This game contains ten categories representing different areas of knowledge. Choose one answer for each category and submit those answers to me. Your goal for each category is to choose a correct answer that is chosen by as few other players as possible. A correct answer scores 1 point plus 1 point for every other player who chooses the same answer. An incorrect answer receives a penalty score: the highest correct-answer score for the given category plus 1. The player with the lowest total score wins.
The categories in this game are named for cities mentioned in the 1946 Bobby Troub song “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66,” though in most cases a category’s subject matter is only tangentially related to the city. The notation “11C” refers to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition.
Research is not allowed. Reasonably close spelling is acceptable unless otherwise indicated. Email answers to me at tmcay [at] comcast.net before 11:59 p.m. (MT) Wednesday, April 30.
1) Now you go through St. Louis…
Catholic Saint Medals is a mail-order retailer of medals and jewelry depicting patron saints of the Catholic Church. Choose one of the top twenty male patron saints, according to medal sales as reported by the company’s website (www.catholicsaintmedals.com).
2) …Joplin, Missouri…
The Ahrens-Flaherty musical Ragtime won the 1998 Tony Award for Best Original Score. Choose a Broadway musical that won the Best Original Score Tony in a subsequent year. As a selection aid, the initials of the winning musicals appear below, in alphabetical order.
A / AQ / H / ITH / KB / M / N / NTN / P / SA / TBOM / TDC / TLITP / TP / U:TM
3) …And Oklahoma City is mighty pretty…
Besides Oklahoma City, choose a U.S. state capital that is also the state’s most populous city according to 2012 U.S. Census estimates.
4) …You see Amarillo…
Choose an 11C word that comes from Spanish and contains a double L pronounced as a Y. The word must appear as a single-word, uncapitalized, boldface entry — no plurals or inflections. The pronunciation must be confirmed by 11C, either indicated by a “y” symbol or implicitly suggested by the omission of an “l” symbol.
5) …Gallup, New Mexico…
The Gallup organization conducts annual polls to determine the most admired man and woman “living today in any part of the world.” U.S. Presidents and First Ladies are popular responses to the polls. The 17 individuals pictured below, none of whom have ever held the position of President or First Lady of the United States, were named by at least one percent of respondents in the 2013 Gallup polls. Identify one of these individuals.
What was the length of Route 66, in miles, according to the sum of the two numbers obscured on this sign outside the Midpoint Cafe.
Tie scores will be broken by the answer closer to the correct distance.
6) …Flagstaff, Arizona…
Listed below are situations in auto racing (Indy and/or NASCAR) that are signaled by flags. Choose one of the situations and identify the color(s) of the associated flag. Your answer must include a letter followed by the flag color(s); the number of colors on the flag is indicated in parentheses. For multicolor flags you do not need to indicate patterns, just the colors.
a – Ambulance on course (2)
b – Caution; slow down (1)
c – Driver must return to pit to consult with race authorities (1)
d – Lead driver beginning final lap (1)
e – Oil, water, or debris on course (2)
f – Passing flag; slower drivers should yield to faster traffic (2)
g – Race is stopped (1)
h – Start of race/safe to proceed (1)
i – Winner has crossed finish line (2)
7) …Don’t forget Winona…
The following words and phrases are mnemonic devices culled from Wikipedia and related to various mathematical and scientific concepts:
- GOOD XYLOPHONES USE VERY INTERESTING MUSICAL RHYTHMS
- KING HENRY DIED BY DRINKING CHOCOLATE MILK
- KINKY PEOPLE CAN OFTEN FIND GREAT SEX
- MAY I HAVE A LARGE CONTAINER OF COFFEE
- MY VERY EDUCATED MOTHER JUST SERVED US NACHOS
- OH BE A FINE GIRL KISS ME
- OIL RIG
- PLEASE EXCUSE MY DEAR AUNT SALLY
- ROY G BIV
- TORONTO GIRLS CAN FLIRT AND ONLY QUIT TO CHASE DWARVES
Identify the concept represented by one of these mnemonics. Your answer may either be a short explanation of the concept or a list of the elements corresponding to the letters/words of the mnemonic.
Identify one of the chess pieces in the illustration below. The illustration includes both standard and nonstandard “fairy” pieces. The pieces are arranged in alphabetical order; verifiable alternate names are acceptable.
Choose a seven-letter word that contains five different consonants that are in alphabetical order within the word. For purposes of this category, Y is a vowel. The word must appear in 11C as a single-word, uncapitalized, boldface entry or as an explicit or implicit plural or inflection of such an entry.
10) …San Bernardino
The illustration below features an early menu for the McDonald’s fast-food restaurant, which debuted in San Bernardino, Calif., in 1948. Identify one of the nine 1- or 2-word items partly obscured on the menu.