Monday, August 13, 2007

Last week's Secret Themes

As always, the links below have been selected for maximum entermation and infotainment. The Ray's theme last week was varieties of rose.

1) What's the Latin word for "Scotland"? Caledonia
2) In 1964 a band called The Rivieras had their only hit, which went to #5 on the US pop charts. Name it. "California Sun"
3) What English word is taken from the Tongan word for "forbidden"? Taboo
4) What's the word which represents "T" in the NATO radio phoenetic alphabet? tango
5) What Christmas-related treat is said to have been invented by a choirmaster in Cologne, Germany in 1670? The candy cane
6) In Spanish the word is terremoto; what is it in English? Earthquake
7) What fictional character has a famous statue in Copenhagen's harbor? The Little Mermaid
8) During the Vietnam War, American soldiers had a hit song-derived nickname for the AC-47 and AC-130 combat aircraft owing to what they did to the Vietnamese countryside. Name the song and you have the nickname. "Puff the Magic Dragon"
9) What song was almost cut from the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz owing to early screening complaints that it slowed the pace of the movie? "Over the Rainbow"
10) What 1982 Toto song won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year? "Rosanna"


Last week's Secret Theme was Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals. I gave 6 of the 8 points for any less specific answer related to Broadway.

1) What classic film tracks the decline of actress Norma Desmond?
Sunset Boulevard / musical had same title
2) What American humorist was killed in a 1935 plane crash?
Will Rogers / Will Rogers Follies
3) What major Manhattan thoroughfare became heavily developed and subsequently famous because it linked the passenger shipping lines to Midtown?
42nd Street / musical had same title
4) What Charles Dickens novel was published posthumously despite being unfinished?
The Mystery of Edwin Drood / musical had same title
5) What high-grossing 2004 film starred Jim Caviezel?
6) What 1974 #1 song for John Denver features the line "You fill up my senses, like a night in the forest"?
7) What's the French word for "grape?"
Raisin / musical had same title
8) What track on The Beatles' "White Album" (actual title: The Beatles) is an example of musique concrete?
"Revolution 9 "/ Nine
9) In what body of water do you find the Society Islands?South Pacific / musical had same title
10) What well-known Sherlock Holmes story involves a plot to dig a tunnel and commit a bank robbery, as opposed to the usual murder?
Broadway and flower varieties - is this developing into a He-Man butch quiz or what?!

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