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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Mon Nov 21, 2005 7:54 pm

I'm obsessing about this quiz I found in Esquire. I'm leaving out all the questions I've answered, but am hoping you all can get a few of these that I couldn't. Thanks.

3. What three-word phrase appeared on the front (obverse) of the first official US coin, minted in 1787 Mind Your Business

5. If a simply connected polyhedron has 92 vertices and 150 edges, how many faces does it have? 60

8. What common supermarket product can you get by filling in the same 3 letters ib both of these words, one set in reverse order of the other?
S_ _ _ _ _ L _ skim milk

10. All of the countries in the list on the left below have soething in common. Which one of the countries in the list on the right belongs with the countries in the list on the left?

Austria a. Brazil
Bahrain b. Canada
Denmark c. Sweden
Indonesia d. Ukraine
Japan
Monaco
Poland
Singapore
Switzerland
Tonga
Tunisa
Turkey

11. The creator of a classic sitcome took a derisive swipe at the author of the "vast wasteland" speech by naming a doomed object in the sitcom after him. What was the show? Gilligan's Island

12. Whose death was mourned in a national newspaper ad for Volkswagen that showed a cartoon VW bus with a teardrop falling from one of its headlights? Jerry Garcia

14. Change the first letter of one of these names to get a list in which every name still has something in common. Give the altered name for your answer.

Bush/Clinton/Harrison/Kennedy/Taft



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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Mon Nov 21, 2005 8:01 pm

16. What celebrity's brother was the original Mr. Hands in SNL's Mr. Bill films? Ellen DeGeneres

17. Who was the oldest British prime minister in office, and the only one to serve 4 separate times nonconsecutively? William Gladstone.


18.What major corporation's name comes from its first success, a mechanical pencil invented by its founder?sharp

19. The 6 words in the list on the left below have something in common. Which one of the words on the right belongs with those on the left?

collar a. circle
kinetic b. meekly
Mrs. c. rabbi
pencil d. whisk
tennis
verge

21. You're at a specific point in a country on a continent in the world. You're not on an island. If you were to travel in a straight line 300 kilometers (186 miles) in any direction, you would no longer be in the country you started from. What is the largest country in the world you could have started from?

I'll post more later.
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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Mon Nov 21, 2005 8:19 pm

24. In a list begun in 1925, luge is the shortest entry. What is the first entry? Gladiolus

25. As an indirect homage to a hometown celebrity, vandals routinely add the letter d to a street sign in Portland, Oregon. What does the unadulterated sign say?

26. Which name in this list does not belong with the others?

Ariel/Bianca/Calibvan/Cordlia/Cressida/Desdemona/Juliet/Oberon/Ophelia/Portia/Propero/Romeo/Rosalind/Titania

27. Who wrote the only book on the NY Times bestseller list that has ever been been moved from the fiction to the non-fiction category?

28. The titles of a sixties bands's first and second Top Ten hits (totaling 5 words) used only 2 words between them. What was the band?

32. What 4 letter word should replace the question mark in the list below?
Luxembourg - Grand Duke Henri
Belgium - King Albert II
Spain - King Juan Carlos I
Netherlands - Queen Beatrix
Austria - Mozart
Ireland - ?

34. What actress, under a pseudonym, recorded a song protesting John Lennon and Yoko Ono's nudity on the cover of the album Two Virgins?

36. Who is the only person to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Director whose full name (first and last) can be typed on asingle row of a keyboard?

37. What number should replace the question mark?

ringtone 7
none 10
groan 18
carnies 33
livers 47
adorn 86
miscue ?

38. What writer appeared on a US postage stamp along with every word of six of his works (a total of 112 words)?

41. What state can be added to the end of this list to complete the sequence?

Vermont
Connecticut
Virginia
Tennessee
New York
Kentucky
Indiana
Illinois
North Carolina
Pennsylvania

42. Who sang the national anthem at the Muhammad Ali-Leon Spinks rematch in the New Orleans Superdome in 1978? Joe Frazier

44. Johnson: Taylor::Bush:?
a. Pierce b. Garfield c. Truman d. Bush

45. Memory: Italy::family:?
a. Peru b. Kenya c. Canada d. Spain

46. Shawl:Torte::levy:?
a. whip b. cake c. height d. Texas

47. Ellen Degeneres:The Green Berets::Sarah McLachlan:?
a. Saving Private Ryan
b. Mars Attacks!
c. A Clockwork Orange
d. Independence Day


48. Douleur:bread::gelogen:?
a. flight b. oak c. rice d.song

49. Steeds:tuffet::inks:?
a.turf b.dabs c. jolt d.skin


Do me a favor and let me know which ones you're sure about and which are guesses, eh? Thanks for the help. I just need to know the answers and why they are the answers (in some cases).
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Re: Hard Quiz from Esquire

Postby acsguitar » Mon Nov 21, 2005 8:23 pm

3. What three-word phrase appeared on the front (obverse) of the first official US coin, minted in 1787

E. Plurbis Unum?

5. If a simply connected polyhedron has 92 vertices and 150 edges, how many faces does it have? 13800?

8. What common supermarket product can you get by filling in the same 3 letters ib both of these words, one set in reverse order of the other?
S_ _ _ _ _ L _

10. All of the countries in the list on the left below have soething in common. Which one of the countries in the list on the right belongs with the countries in the list on the left?

Austria a. Brazil
Bahrain b. Canada
Denmark c. Sweden
Indonesia d. Ukraine
Japan
Monaco
Poland
Singapore
Switzerland
Tonga
Tunisa
Turkey

Sweden?

11. The creator of a classic sitcome took a derisive swipe at the author of the "vast wasteland" speech by naming a doomed object in the sitcom after him. What was the show? South Park

12. Whose death was mourned in a national newspaper ad for Volkswagen that showed a cartoon VW bus with a teardrop falling from one of its headlights?Jerry Garcia

14. Change the first letter of one of these names to get a list in which every name still has something in common. Give the altered name for your answer.

Bush/Clinton/Harrison/Kennedy/Taft

Um.... Garrison?



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Postby acsguitar » Mon Nov 21, 2005 8:25 pm

16. What celebrity's brother was the original Mr. Hands in SNL's Mr. Bill films?

17. Who was the oldest British prime minister in office, and the only one to serve 4 separate times nonconsecutively?

Churchill

18.What major corporation's name comes from its first success, a mechanical pencil invented by its founder? Bic

19. The 6 words in the list on the left below have something in common. Which one of the words on the right belongs with those on the left?

collar a. circle
kinetic b. meekly
Mrs. c. rabbi
pencil d. whisk
tennis
verge

WTF?

21. You're at a specific point in a country on a continent in the world. You're not on an island. If you were to travel in a straight line 300 kilometers (186 miles) in any direction, you would no longer be in the country you started from. What is the largest country in the world you could have started from? South Africa?

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Postby acsguitar » Mon Nov 21, 2005 8:30 pm

24. In a list begun in 1925, luge is the shortest entry. What is the first entry?huge?

25. As an indirect homage to a hometown celebrity, vandals routinely add the letter d to a street sign in Portland, Oregon. What does the unadulterated sign say?

26. Which name in this list does not belong with the others?

Ariel/Bianca/Calibvan/Cordlia/Cressida/Desdemona/Juliet/Oberon/Ophelia/Portia/Propero/Romeo/Rosalind/Titania
Romeo

27. Who wrote the only book on the NY Times bestseller list that has ever been been moved from the fiction to the non-fiction category?
Stephen Hawking?

28. The titles of a sixties bands's first and second Top Ten hits (totaling 5 words) used only 2 words between them. What was the band? Rolling Stones

32. What 4 letter word should replace the question mark in the list below?
Luxembourg - Grand Duke Henri
Belgium - King Albert II
Spain - King Juan Carlos I
Netherlands - Queen Beatrix
Austria - Mozart
Ireland - LUck

34. What actress, under a pseudonym, recorded a song protesting John Lennon and Yoko Ono's nudity on the cover of the album Two Virgins?

36. Who is the only person to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Director whose full name (first and last) can be typed on asingle row of a keyboard?Wow these are hard

37. What number should replace the question mark?

ringtone 7
none 10
groan 18
carnies 33
livers 47
adorn 86
miscue ?
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Re: Hard Quiz from Esquire

Postby Tavish » Mon Nov 21, 2005 8:34 pm

Absolutely Adequate wrote:I'm obsessing about this quiz I found in Esquire. I'm leaving out all the questions I've answered, but am hoping you all can get a few of these that I couldn't. Thanks.

3. What three-word phrase appeared on the front (obverse) of the first official US coin, minted in 1787

Mind Your Business

5. If a simply connected polyhedron has 92 vertices and 150 edges, how many faces does it have?

Its a Pentagonal hexecontahedron and has 60 faces.

11. The creator of a classic sitcome took a derisive swipe at the author of the "vast wasteland" speech by naming a doomed object in the sitcom after him. What was the show?

That would be Newton Minnow's speech about the crap on TV. The sitcom was Gilligan's Island (the SS Minnow).
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Postby acsguitar » Mon Nov 21, 2005 8:37 pm

This forum has some answers... I got the VW one right!!

http://dynamic.gamespy.com/~fof/forums/ ... ge=2&pp=50
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Postby rob0417 » Mon Nov 21, 2005 10:34 pm

3. What three-word phrase appeared on the front (obverse) of the first official US coin, minted in 1787

E pluubus unom?

5. If a simply connected polyhedron has 92 vertices and 150 edges, how many faces does it have?


8. What common supermarket product can you get by filling in the same 3 letters ib both of these words, one set in reverse order of the other?
S_ _ _ _ _ L _

10. All of the countries in the list on the left below have soething in common. Which one of the countries in the list on the right belongs with the countries in the list on the left?

Austria a. Brazil
Bahrain b. Canada
Denmark c. Sweden
Indonesia d. Ukraine
Japan
Monaco
Poland
Singapore
Switzerland
Tonga
Tunisa
Turkey

first thought was Ukranine at the bottom, but that seems too easy. Probably Canada, most of the countries flags have red and white, will assume they all do

11. The creator of a classic sitcome took a derisive swipe at the author of the "vast wasteland" speech by naming a doomed object in the sitcom after him. What was the show?

12. Whose death was mourned in a national newspaper ad for Volkswagen that showed a cartoon VW bus with a teardrop falling from one of its headlights?

Jerry garcia

14. Change the first letter of one of these names to get a list in which every name still has something in common. Give the altered name for your answer.

Bush/Clinton/Harrison/Kennedy/Taft

First thought they are all middle infielders except taft but couldn't find one to fit, also seems way too random. than looked at musician Harrison and clinton. Led me to famous georges change taft to raft and it works
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Postby rob0417 » Mon Nov 21, 2005 10:38 pm

16. What celebrity's brother was the original Mr. Hands in SNL's Mr. Bill films?

John Belushi?

17. Who was the oldest British prime minister in office, and the only one to serve 4 separate times nonconsecutively?

Churchhill?

18.What major corporation's name comes from its first success, a mechanical pencil invented by its founder?

Bic

19. The 6 words in the list on the left below have something in common. Which one of the words on the right belongs with those on the left?

collar a. circle
kinetic b. meekly
Mrs. c. rabbi
pencil d. whisk
tennis
verge

21. You're at a specific point in a country on a continent in the world. You're not on an island. If you were to travel in a straight line 300 kilometers (186 miles) in any direction, you would no longer be in the country you started from. What is the largest country in the world you could have started from?

This has been driving me nuts. First thought was Luxemburg, but i don't think that is right. The wording makes me think it a trick question, the whole country doesn't have to fit and it could be a peninsula. I will guess Italy, there might be a point where the circle exists in the north, and the south doesn't catch Sicily
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