Thursday, January 31, 2008

This week's Secret Theme rounds

Each group of 10 otherwise unrelated tough questions has a theme running through its answers. Can you answer the questions and figure out the themes? Answers will be posted early next week.

Ray's Happy Birthday Bar:

1) What ridiculous Scientology "process", usually consisting of pointing at or touching someone in pain or distress, supposedly helps the victim?
2) What Shakespeare character is also known as Robin Goodfellow?
3) What 1995-96 Brit-com, shown more recently in the US on PBS, featured Rowan Atkinson as a cop?
4) What 2006 gymnastics movie from the people who brought us the Bring It On! series of cheerleading movies features Jeff Bridges and a cast of relative unknowns?
5) What fictional substance did Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. create for "Cat's Cradle"?
6) What successful company, established in Los Gatos, California in 1997, reportedly has an annual postage bill of $300 million?
7) What influential Jewish-American newspaper has been published in New York since 1897, originally in Yiddish but now primarily in English?
8) Name the park laid out by William Penn in his plan for Philadelphia where City Hall now stands.
9) What early American auto manufacturer produced a model called the Rocket, which set the world land speed record in 1906 (127.7 mph!)?
10) What 1997 big-budget Hollywood film was directed by John Woo?

... and what theme links the 10 answers?

Dirty Frank's:

1) What French liqueur, distilled with over 130 herbal extractions, has been produced by the Carthusian monks of the town of Voiron since 1605?
2) What 19th century actor, arguably the most famous American actor of the century, hailed from Philadelphia?
3) What 2003 film featured Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom?
4) What do we better know calcium oxide as?
5) What's the nickname of the F/A-18 fighter jet?
6) What's Pat Buchanan's similarly conservative sister's name?
7) Saturday Night Live writer Walter Williams created a wildly popular character which appeared on the show over 20 times 1978-1980; name the character.
8) What Fox Network show, on air 1994-2000, followed the story of the Salinger family?
9) In the US we live in a "state", in Canada in a "province." What is one called in Germany?
10) What world-famous rock band released their first single in 1981 on a label called Hib-Tone? That label never released another record.

... and what theme links the 10 answers?

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