Thursday, 5 May 2016

The Toronto Raptors' mascot is called The Raptor

Your targets this week:

1+ out of 7: Well done, you beat us!
3+ out of 7: We'd have won with you on our team!

The attendees
1) The statistician
2) The doctor

The ones that got away
Question 2
1) What is the only food which in a natural/unprocessed state does not spoil?
2) What does this symbol mean? Hint: it's on virtually every car, except maybe hire/rental cars.
3) Who said/wrote: "Art has no influence upon action. It annihilates the desire to act. It is superbly sterile. The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame."?
4) Who said/wrote: "I meant what I said and I said what I meant."?
5) Who said/wrote: "You had me at hello."?
6) Who said/wrote: "History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."?
7) Who said/wrote: "It's difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It's a wonder I haven't abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart."?

The answers

The doctor's excuses

How did you do? Would you have beaten us (1 or more point)? Would you have helped us win (3 or more points)? Let the world know with the poll below, then read on for my alternative questions (loosely) inspired by this week's Ones That Got Away!

Our alternative questions
Question 5
1) What name is shared by the bee mascot of Honey Nut Cheerios and a character from a major animated movie franchise which began in 1995?
2) What phrase, which in an everyday sense can mean (via Webster's) "something very powerful, strong, or effective", derives from a measure of the performance of an engine or aviation fuel?
3) Wilde's downfall began with an accusation of sodomy by the father of Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas, one of his lovers. Lord Douglas' father, however, is arguably better known for lending his name to the (basis of the) rules of what sport?
4) Theodor Seuss Geisel began using various pen names (including 'Seuss') after he was banned from extracurricular activities while an undergraduate at Dartmouth. What activity resulted in this punishment? Now a (very) common activity for students, it was illegal at the time.
5) Tom Cruise's Jerry Maguire co-star, Cuba Gooding, Jr., has seen his career dwindle to mainly direct-to-DVD affairs. One exception was a 2009 television film (pictured) where he plays what (real-life) neurosurgeon and Presidential candidate?
6) Angelou's remarkably varied career included the role of Clara in a production of Porgy and Bess. This character performs the opening song of the musical, a lullaby to her baby, which has since become a jazz standard. What song?
7) Prior to becoming stateless in 1941, what was Anne Frank's nationality?

The answers

How did you do on my alternative questions? Have another poll!


  1. Pretty sure the Jerry Maguire line isn't actually said by Jerry himself, but by Renee Zellweger's character. Was there any fuss around that answer at the quiz?

  2. Jerry Maguire didn't say it, Rene Zellwegger's character did.

  3. Yep, what they said about "You had me at hello". And also, if the question was actually who wrote or said it, the correct answer could be either Dorothy Boyd (character), Renee Zellweger (actor), or Cameron Crowe (writer).

  4. Whoops, thanks for the clarification everyone. I *think* they just wanted 'Jerrry Maguire' on the night, but the implication was they were pretty generous with this, so presumably the various alternatives proposed would have been accepted.