Thursday, February 21, 2008

Three of this week's Secret Theme rounds for your quizzing pleasure

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.

Lyon's Den:

1) Which US state is the Beaver State?
2) Johnny Roventini (1910-1998) had a catchphrase in a classic popular radio and TV ad from several decades ago. What product did he push?
3) The Oakland A's retired the number 9. Whose number was that?
4) In 1889 this became the 42nd US state. Which one is it?
5) For what 1994 Mike Nichols-directed movie was Jack Nicholson not nominated for any award?
6) Her 2000 album I Wanna Be with You, which went gold, was a remix of her 1999 album So Real. Who is it?
7) What English borough is home to 0 degrees longitude?
8) Who played new homeowner Delia Deetz in the 1988 movie Beetlejuice?

9) What American socialist journalist wrote Ten Days That Shook the World, his account of the Soviet Revolution, published in 1919? He's buried at the Kremlin.
10) What religious group was founded by Mary Baker Eddy in the 19th century?

... and what theme links the ten answers?

Ray's Happy Birthday Bar:

1) In 1956, this singer had a #2 song on the US pop charts with "Whatever Will Be, Will Be" from the movie The Man Who Knew Too Much. Who was it?
2) In 1972, Badfinger had a #4 on the US pop charts with this song produced by George Harrison. Name it.
3) What was Al Stewart's best-selling single, a #8 in 1977? The title of the song is also the title of his best-selling album.
4) What movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1946, a somber story of returning World War II vets adjusting back to civilian life?
5) What was the highest-grossing film of 1996, #25 on the list of all-time highest-grossing movies?
6) What important historic event occurred on June 6, 1944?
7) What 1991 movie centered around the possibility of a homosexual fling between John Lennon and Beatles' manager Brian Epstein?
8) What ABC show had its pilot air immediately following Super Bowl XXII, won the 1988 Emmy for Best Prime Time Comedy, and ran another 5 years without winning the Emmy again?
9) What 2002 romantic comedy paired Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant?
10) What TV show set a record of 23 consecutive seasons in the Top Ten of the prime time Nielsen ratings, 1977-2000?

... and what theme links the ten answers?

Dirty Frank's:

1) What 1991 movie starred Ethan Hawke as Tom McHugh, a man who gets entangled with tongs (Chinese-American gangs)?
2) What soap opera replaced "Another World" on NBC in 1999?
3) What classic Sunday comics reporter worked for a newspaper called The Flash?
4) What movie character from a popular 1993 movie owned a dog named Zero?
5) What Ukrainian political movement made headlines in 2004-05 while backing candidate Viktor Yushchenko?
6) What Led Zeppelin song from their third album (1970) opens with the lyric "Measuring a summer's day..."?
7) What 1954 novel by Simone de Beauvoir tracked the progress of the existential movement in post-war France, and won the coveted Prix Goncourt?
9) In 1975 this specialty magazine was founded as The Strategic Review. In 1976 it changed its title to its current one. In 2007 it went internet subscription-only. Name it.
10) What was Orson Welles' character's name in the classic film The Third Man?

... and what theme links the ten answers?

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