Thursday, October 11, 2007

Can you figure out this week's Secret Themes?

Each group of 10 otherwise unrelated questions has a theme running through their answers. Can you answer the questions and figure out the theme? Answers will be posted in a few days.


1) What 1959 MGM adventure film was the sequel to the 1950 film King Solomon's Mines?
2) What monosyllabic word is used generically to describe finely cut rolling tobacco?
3) What 1978 Martin Scorsese concert film featured The Band with their friends Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Neil Young?
4) What 1972 film stars Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider?
5) What high school sit-com, which ran 1982-3, starred a young Sarah Jessica Parker?
6) What basketball magazine started publication in 1994 and prints only 9 issues/year, in basketball season?
7) What Showtime series ran 2000-2005 and shared its title with the shorter-lived (1999-2000) British series that it was based upon?
8) What southern American city has the nickname "The Holy City" because churches dominate its low skyline?
9) What song/production number was cut from The Wizard of Oz (1939) for fear it would date the film and because it did not develop the plot?
10) Serbian paramilitary leader
and accused war criminal Željko Ražnatović was known by a much simpler one-word name. What was it?

... and what theme links the 10 answers?


1) What successful 2001 movie was based upon a best-selling 1999 book by Philadelphia Inquirer journalist Mark Bowden?
2) What 2006 animated film featured the voice talents of Keifer Sutherland, Jim Belushi, Eddie Izzard, Janeane Garofalo and William Shatner?
3) Which Batman villain was born Oswald Cobblepot?
4) What was the name of the Wright Brothers' first successful airplane (Kitty Hawk, NC 1903)?
5) What hugely influential 1914 song by W.C. Handy was the first to have published notation suggesting jazz improvisation, and inspired the Foxtrot?
6) Name the two gangs in West Side Story.
7) What's the title of the National Wildlife Fund's kids' magazine?
What's the title of the first song on the first side of Van Halen's eponymous 1978 debut album?
9) With whose band did Louis Armstrong come to prominence (as the second cornet player)?
10) What cable TV network, founded in 1994, dropped the exclamation point from its name in 2005? Hint: Its parent network is Encore.

... and what theme links the 10 answers?

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