Sunday, June 24, 2007

Answers to last week's Secret Theme rounds


The theme was traditional anniversary gifts (steel, wool, diamond, etc.)

1) What comic book character is the alter ego of multimillionaire industrialist Tony Stark?
Iron Man
2) What West African nation has the capital Yamoussoukro?
Cote d'Ivoire
3) In what sea will you find Australia's Great Barrier Reef?
Coral Sea
4) Who played Screech on Saved by the Bell?
Dustin Diamond
5) What 1973 movie was based upon Harvard Law grad John Jay Osbourne Jr.'s 1970 book of the same title?
The Paper Chase
6) In the film Zoolander, what is Derek Zoolander's signature look (i.e. the one in the early stages of the film)?
Blue Steel
7) What highly-rated 1984 TV mini-series gave us the immortal line "Which one of you bitches is my mother?"
8) What actor was nominated for Best Actor for Salvador in 1987, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Ghosts of Mississippi in 1996, has not won an Oscar, and had a very odd real-life experience in 2001 which gained some media attention?
James Woods; check out his bizarre 2001 terrorism experience
9) What influential Puritan minister founded Yale University?
Cotton Mather
10) The US paid compensation to this country after bombing their embassy in 1999, killing 3 diplomats, while bombing the Serb capital Belgrade (we maintain this was accidental). Name the country.
China (People's Republic of)


The theme was the number 7. As reviewed last week, I screwed up and included Saturn when I meant to ask a question about Uranus (fill in your own joke; failing that, fill in your own anus).

1) What four-letter abbreviation did the Roman Republic (and later Empire) use as a motto?
SPQR, all letters on the 7 key of a cell phone.
2) Name the comedian who was born David Atkins, but uses a stage name we know him by.
Sinbad (he of the 7 voyages)
3) For two weeks in 1965, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs had their best-selling hit song at #2 in the pop charts. Name the song.
"Wooly Bully"; wool is the traditional 7th anniversary gift, and the lyric includes "let's not be L-7"
4) What major league baseball team plays home games at Qualcomm Stadium?
San Diego Padres; SD is the 7th largest city in the US
5) Who was US president in between John Quincy Adams and Martin van Buren?
Andrew Jackson, our 7th president
6) The Cassini space probe was launched by NASA in 1997 to eventually set itself in orbit around which planet?
7) Male Olympic athletes participate in the decathalon. What event do female Olympic athletes participate in as a substitute?
Heptathalon, which has 7 events
8) For which month is the modern birthstone ruby (the traditional one was onyx)?
July, the 7th month
9) Name the British officer who famously led an Arab revolt against the Turks in World War I.
T.E. Lawrence ("of Arabia"), who wrote Seven Pillars of Wisdom about the experience
10) What chemical element, as a gas in its free state, comprises over 60% of the air we breathe?
Nitrogen, atomic weight 7

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