Friday, January 11, 2008

The three most recent 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 Minneapolis-based rock band had their only Top 40 hit in 1969 with "Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Games with Me)"?
2) Manatoulin Island is the world's largest island in a freshwater lake; name the lake.
3) What two-word French phrase was a nickname for colonials in Algeria until 1962?
4) In Philadelphia the MOVE house at the center of the 1985 fire and mayhem was on what street?
5) What 444-mile historic trail and highway links southern Mississippi with Nashville, TN?
6) What horse was the third ever to win the Triple Crown (1935)? Hint: the horse is named after an American city.
7) What 1970 Top 40 hit for The Band narrates a story which occurs in Lake Charles, LA?
8) The northern border of what American state is known as "Twelve-Mile Circle"?
9) Founded in 1958, this is America's leading motor home producer; name it.
10) Name the cocktail: whiskey (traditionally rye), sweet vermouth and bitters served in a lowball glass with a Maraschino cherry garnish.

... and what theme links the 10 answers?

Dirty Frank's:

I neglected to post the January 2nd round, so here are both.

1) Until it filed for bankruptcy in 1999, this was the last US manufacturer of TVs; name it.
2) What 1963 novel features the protagonist Esther Greenwood?
3) What's the next line in the lyric to The Beatles' "Lovely Rita"? Took her home, I nearly made it...
4) What English Premier League soccer team is also known as The Gunners?
5) What minor Star Wars character has taken on a comedic life of his own in internet bulletin board discussions owing to the catchphrase "It's a trap!"?
6) What annual publication is the main product offered by the Yankee Publishing Co. of Dublin, NH?
7) What NBC sit-com, which ran 1964-70, features a character born April 1, 64 BC?
8) Who wrote and first recorded Cyndi Lauper's hit "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" back in 1979?
9) What NBC reality show toyed with the love life of Adam Mesh for two seasons?
10) What's the second-largest city in the Republic of Ireland?

... and what theme links the ten answers?

1) What royal house ruled Britain 1603-1649 and again with the Restoration 1660-1714?
2) What L.A.-based soft rock band had a #3 album in 1972 with Baby I'm-a Want You?
3) What do we call the southernmost headland of Tierra del Fuego?
4) By what simpler name do we know the Auguste Rodin sculpture originally titled Francesca da Rimini?
What American retail chain, founded in 1971, is specifically referenced in the song "America - Fuck Yeah!" from the 2004 movie Team America: World Police?
6) According to the Beatles' song "She's Leaving Home", Father snores as his wife does what?
7) On the internet, a 404 error is a "file not found." What's a 10060?
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?
9) What type of legal document is usually signed by both parties when a high school athlete accepts a sports scholarship?
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?

... and what theme links the ten answers?

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