Monday, January 14, 2008

Answers to the last three Secret Theme rounds

I skipped a week in blog coverage following the holiday break at Ray's. Here are the solutions to the three most recent Secret Theme rounds:

Ray's Happy Birthday Bar:

All ten answers contain the names of an American Indian tribal group.

1) What Minneapolis-based rock band had their only Top 40 hit in 1969 with "Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Games with Me)"? (The) Crow / Crow

2) Manatoulin Island is the world's largest island in a freshwater lake; name the lake. Lake Huron / Huron
3) What two-word French phrase was a nickname for colonials in Algeria until 1962? pieds noirs / Blackfoot
4) In Philadelphia the MOVE house at the center of the 1985 fire and mayhem was on what street? Osage Avenue / Osage

5) What 444-mile historic trail and highway links southern Mississippi with Nashville, TN? Natchez Trace / Natchez

6) What horse was the third ever to win the Triple Crown (1935)? Hint: the horse is named after an American city. Omaha / Omaha
7) What 1970 Top 40 hit for The Band narrates a story which occurs in Lake Charles, LA? "Up on Cripple Creek" / Creek

8) The northern border of what American state is known as "Twelve-Mile Circle"? Delaware / Delaware
9) Founded in 1958, this is America's leading motor home producer; name it. Winnebago / Winnebago

10) Name the cocktail: whiskey (traditionally rye), sweet vermouth and bitters served in a lowball glass with a Maraschino cherry garnish. Manhattan / Manhattan

Dirty Frank's:

I neglected to post the January 2nd round, so here are both. All ten answers contain words of English derived from Arabic.

1) Until it filed for bankruptcy in 1999, this was the last US manufacturer of TVs; name it. Zenith / zenith
2) What 1963 novel features the protagonist Esther Greenwood? The Bell Jar / jar

3) What's the next line in the lyric to The Beatles' "Lovely Rita"? Took her home, I nearly made it... Sitting on a sofa with a sister or two / sofa

4) What English Premier League soccer team is also known as The Gunners? Arsenal FC / arsenal
5) What minor Star Wars character has taken on a comedic life of his own in internet bulletin board discussions (one small example here) owing to the catchphrase "It's a trap!"? Admiral Ackbar / admiral (I suspect George Lucas derived the name from Allahu ackbar, seeing as much of Star Wars is cribbed from spending time filming in Tunisia)
6) What annual publication is the main product offered by the Yankee Publishing Co. of Dublin, NH? (Old) Farmer's Almanac / almanac

7) What NBC sit-com, which ran 1964-70, features a character born April 1, 64 BC? I Dream of Jeannie / genie

8) Who wrote and first recorded Cyndi Lauper's hit "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" back in 1979? This happened right here in Philadelphia - Robert Hazard! / Hazard
9) What NBC reality show toyed with the love life of Adam Mesh for two seasons? Average Joe / average
10) What's the second-largest city in the Republic of Ireland? Cork / cork, although the city is from the Gaelic and the word in English is from Arabic

The January 9th set all contain words which become phrases if you add "French" to them.

1) What royal house ruled Britain 1603-1649 and again with the Restoration 1660-1714? Stewart / French Stewart

2) What L.A.-based soft rock band had a #3 album in 1972 with Baby I'm-a Want You? Bread / French bread

3) What do we call the southernmost headland of Tierra del Fuego? Cape Horn / French horn

4) By what simpler name do we know the Auguste Rodin sculpture originally titled Francesca da Rimini? The Kiss / French kiss

5) What American retail chain, founded in 1971, is specifically referenced in the song "America - Fuck Yeah!" from the 2004 movie Team America: World Police? Bed Bath & Beyond / French bed
6) According to the Beatles' song "She's Leaving Home", Father snores as his wife does what? ...gets into her dressing gown / French dressing
7) On the internet, a 404 error is a "file not found." What's a 10060? Connection timed out / The French Connection

8) In 1965, unknown groups Rick & The Ravens and The Psychedelic Rangers both split up and members of each together formed a band that became rich and famous. What band? The Doors / French doors

9) What type of legal document is usually signed by both parties when a high school athlete accepts a sports scholarship? Letter of intent / French letter

10) In the 1960s-1970s, Jamaican deejays would travel with portable sound systems and vocalize over music (usually reggae or ska) in a forerunner to rap. What is this style of vocalization known as? Toasting / French toast

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