Thursday, April 10, 2008

This week's sample 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.

Dirty Frank's:

I readily admit this one is hard; no one got the theme this week. The top teams have been nailing this round consistently so I thought it was time for a challenge.

1) What classic 1954 Warner Brothers sci-fi film featured giant radioactive ants?
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.
3) What is the #1 TV show in the future according to a running gag in Futurama?
4) What 2007 song was #8 on the pop charts almost completely on the strength of iTunes downloads?
5) According to the Simpsons episode "Homer Bad Man", what is "the rarest gummi of them all"?
6) What US Forest Service character said "Give a Hoot - Don't Pollute!"?
7) On what Fox sit-com which ran 2001-2006 would you find actresses Vanessa & Bryana Thompkins?
8) In what part of the body are your olfactory mucosa?
9) What small mammal is also called the short-tailed weasel or the ermine?
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.

... and what theme links the ten answers?

Lyon's Den:

1) What 1969 Mel Tillis-penned country-pop tune about a Vietnam vet became a hit for (Kenny Rogers &) The First Edition?
2) What famous African-American singer, winner of a Tony and an Emmy, died in Philadelphia in 1990, although she had no roots here?
3) What 1974 David Bowie album features "Rebel Rebel" and a dystopian future theme?
4) What conservative New York Times columnist writes the "On Language" column and has authored a number of books on English usage and vocabulary?
5) What 1995 erotic thriller starred David Caruso and Linda Fiorentino?
6) What's the nickname of Seattle, Washington?
7) What 1969 Alfred Hitchcock film features Cold War spies?
8) What rap group from Queens, NY had a huge hit in 1993 with "Slam"?
9) What's the name of Swarthmore College's remaining sports teams?
10) What European car maker is owned by GM? Its models of cars released in the US are labelled Pontiacs or Saturns.

... and what theme links the ten answers?
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