Monday, April 14, 2008

Answers to last week's sample Secret Theme rounds

Dirty Frank's:

The theme was titles bandied around for what became Monty Python's Flying Circus. Some of these alternative titles for the show became titles of episodes. Hey, I told you it was hard.

1) What classic 1954 Warner Brothers sci-fi film featured giant radioactive ants? Them! / Them

2) In 1870 British-born American chemist Robert Chesebrough patented this household product with a wide variety of uses. He invented it right here in Pennsylvania; name it. Vaseline / Vaseline Parade or Vaseline Review

3) What is the #1 TV show in the future according to a running gag in Futurama? Everybody Loves Hypnotoad / The Toad Elevating Moment

4) What 2007 song was #8 on the pop charts almost completely on the strength of iTunes downloads? "1-2-3-4" / 1-2-3

5) According to the Simpsons episode "Homer Bad Man", what is "the rarest gummi of them all"? Gummi Venus di Milo / The Venus di Milo Panic Show

6) What US Forest Service character said "Give a Hoot - Don't Pollute!"? Woodsy Owl / Owl Stretching Time

7) On what Fox sit-com which ran 2001-2006 would you find actresses Vanessa & Bryana Thompkins? Bernie Mac / The Plastic Mac Show

8) In what part of the body are your olfactory mucosa? nose / The Nose Show

9) What small mammal is also called the short-tailed weasel or the ermine? stoat / Year of the Stoat
10) What clan of Hobbits is said to exhibit eccentric behavior even for Hobbits? Tolkein's character Peregrin or "Pippin" is a member of the clan. Took / Baron von Took's Flying Circus or Barry Took's Flying Circus

Lyon's Den:

The theme was gemstones.

1) What 1969 Mel Tillis-penned country-pop tune about a Vietnam vet became a hit for (Kenny Rogers &) The First Edition?
"Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" / ruby

2) What famous African-American singer, winner of a Tony and an Emmy, died in Philadelphia in 1990, although she had no roots here? Pearl Bailey / pearl
3) What 1974 David Bowie album features "Rebel Rebel" and a dystopian future theme?
Diamond Dogs / diamond
4) What conservative New York Times columnist writes the "On Language" column and has authored a number of books on English usage and vocabulary?
William Safire / sapphire
5) What 1995 erotic thriller starred David Caruso and Linda Fiorentino?
Jade / jade
6) What's the nickname of Seattle, Washington?
The Emerald City / emerald
7) What 1969 Alfred Hitchcock film features Cold War spies?
Topaz / topaz
8) What rap group from Queens, NY had a huge hit in 1993 with "Slam"?
Onyx / onyx
9) What's the name of Swarthmore College's remaining sports teams?
The Garnet / garnet
10) What European car maker is owned by GM? Its models of cars released in the US are labelled Pontiacs or Saturns. Opel / opal

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