Monday, June 18, 2007

Last week's Secret Theme rounds

I think working the day job plus running two quizzes/week consecutive nights is catching up with me; for the first time I made an outright error in the quiz. The answer to the question itself was correct, however I shouldn't have asked that question in the Frank's Secret Theme round as I somehow miscounted the order of the planets in our solar system. Apparently a couple of days into my weekly cycle of sleep deprivation I have trouble counting to single-digit numbers, and therefore should have all of my quizzes written by Monday night when I'm still fairly fresh.

Thus in trying to figure out the connecting theme of the Frank's round, feel free to answer the question on the Cassini space probe but don't factor it into the Secret Theme. One team still collected the 8 bonus points and I gave another team half credit for barking up the right tree, giving the benefit of the doubt that their correct answer to that question helped sink their chance of earning the bonus points. I feel bad that I can't claim a record of perfection any longer, some 1,600 or so questions into this venture, but I haven't asked a question yet in which I demanded a wrong answer, and that's not a bad track record at all.


1) What comic book character is the alter ego of multimillionaire industrialist Tony Stark?
2) What West African nation has the capital Yamoussoukro?
3) In what sea will you find Australia's Great Barrier Reef?
4) Who played Screech on Saved by the Bell?
5) What 1973 movie was based upon Harvard Law grad John Jay Osbourne Jr.'s 1970 book of the same title?
6) In the film Zoolander, what is Derek Zoolander's signature look (i.e. the one in the early stages of the film)?
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?
9) What influential Puritan minister founded Yale University?
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.


1) What four-letter abbreviation did the Roman Republic (and later Empire) use as a motto?
2) Name the comedian who was born David Atkins, but uses a stage name we know him by.
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.
4) What major league baseball team plays home games at Qualcomm Stadium?
5) Who was US president in between John Quincy Adams and Martin van Buren?
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?
8) For which month is the modern birthstone ruby (the traditional one was onyx)?
9) Name the British officer who famously led an Arab revolt against the Turks in World War I.
10) What chemical element, as a gas in its free state, comprises over 60% of the air we breathe?

... and what were the secret themes for each set of 10 questions? Answers will be posted in a few days.

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