Your targets this week:
1+ out of 12: Well done, you beat us!
4+ out of 12: Well done, you beat the statistician!
6+ out of 12: We'd have won with you on our team!
1) The left-fielder
2) The mac-and-cheese eater
The ones that got away
1) How many boroughs are there in Montreal?
2) For 1 point each, name the four divisions of the National Hockey League before they were renamed in 1993.
3) What sport divides play into "chukkas"?
4) Botts' dots are sometimes used to divide what?
5) For 1 point each, name the three people pictured: they discovered penicillin, were a supermodel, and the 20th century writer who wrote The Doors of Perception about mescaline trips respectively. Each name contains an X.
6) What is the capital of Ghana? Starts and ends with the letter A.
7) Where are the Montgomery glands located? Starts and ends with letter A.
2) Patrick, Adams, Norris, and Smythe Divisions
4) Roads into lanes (they are the reflective dots affixed to the pavement in some places)
5) Alexander Fleming, Kim Alexis, Aldous Huxley
The left-fielder's excuses
2) A real howler for us, since we managed to get four names down - Campbell, Wales, Smythe, and Norris netting us two points - but it turns out that Campbell and Wales are conferences. At least we managed to pull two of them, considering neither of us were more than eight years old when they changed to geographical names.
3) Would've benefited us greatly to have a non-Canadian on our team, here, because all we use our horses for is making terrible family dramas for primetime television and pooping on our most historic streets. While I was able to reason that a chukka is also a name for a desert boot, I did not put together that desert boots were worn by British soldiers, which would have gotten us closer. Without anything good to guess, we played defensively and put lacrosse, because if that was the answer, most of the teams in the bar would've taken it.
4) Really rubbing in the fact that I did not pay attention in any Urban Planning courses here. I thought of stamps (you know how they have those little circular perforations where you're supposed to tear?) and I was so proud of thinking of a thing that separates other things with circles, we didn't really put any more thought into this. Now I wonder what the dots between stamps are called.
5) FLEMING GODDAMN IT. Actual conversation:
- "his first name is definitely Alexander."
- "what's his last name?"
- "I can't remember... same last name as the time zone guy."
- "Oh my god. I had a vest I bought from a thrift store from a boys private school in Toronto that was named after the time zone guy."
- "So what's his name?"
- "I CAN'T REMEMBER."
- Ten minutes of brain-wracking later: "FUCK. WRITE HAMILTON. I GIVE UP."
We didn't stand a chance on Kim Alexis, and we could not get Huxley -- after trying to remember if Hunter S. Thompson, Ray Bradbury, Joseph Keller, Timothy Leary, Jack Kerouac and other druggie-writers had an X in their name, we gave up and wrote "Ray X. Bradbury" -- which, another team pointed out when our wrong answer was read aloud, would have been better had we written "X-Ray Bradbury." Shut up, other team.
6) Well, we knew it started and ended with A, so OBVIOUSLY I wrote Abuja and felt very proud of myself. You know those times when you feel like YOU DON'T EVEN DESERVE TO QUIZ? Here's one!
7) Yup, knew this, but by this point we were pretty beaten down and we couldn't even think of any body parts starting/ending with A other than aorta. Which we knew was wrong. But we wrote anyway, because blank is death in quiz.
How did you do? Would you have beaten us (1 or more points)? Would you have beaten the statistician (3 or more points)? Would you have helped us win (6 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
1) Toronto famously (now) has six boroughs, which is why Canadian poet laureate Drake (lol) calls the city The 6ix. Three are Etobicoke, Scarborough, and Old Toronto. The other three are East/North/(unprefixed) What? Four letters.
2) When the NHL merged in the late 70s with the WHA, four teams entered the league. Of those four, one is still in its original location, while the other three have since relocated to Colorado, Carolina, and Arizona respectively. What are those four merger teams? 1 point each.
3) A question that sums up all of my knowledge of Polo pretty succinctly: who makes Polo Sport brand men's cologne?
4) Two of my favourite Dots growing up were Dot Warner and Dot Matrix. From what TV shows were these two characters? 1 point each.
5) The pictures on the right show two other people with an X in their name: The first, "the first computer-generated TV host", and the second, an animator and director. Who are they? 1 point each.
6) What is the only country that starts and ends with the letter A, whose capital ALSO starts and ends with the letter A?
7) What region (province, state, etc)'s capital is Montgomery? It also starts and ends with the letter A.
2) Edmonton Oilers (still there!), Winnipeg Jets (moved to AZ), Quebec Nordiques (moved to CO), New England/Hartford Whalers (moved to NC).
3) Ralph Lauren
4) Animaniacs and Reboot
5) Max Headroom and Tex Avery
6) Andorra (Andorra la Vella)
How did you do on my alternative questions? Have another poll!