PUZZLE: Hopscotch

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DOWNLOADABLE PUZZLE: Hopscotch  (PDF puzzle)  (PDF solution)

Programmer and puzzlemaker Alex Boisvert distributed a puzzle packet at Crosswords LA to promote his Crossword Nexus solving app. The packet included the Hopscotch puzzle linked above. Also in the packet was a Marching Bands puzzle by Brendan Emmett Quiggley which he posted on his site.

The tournament crossword puzzles featured at Crosswords LA are available for sale on Alex’s site here. The proceeds benefit Reading to Kids, the organization that Crosswords LA has worked with since its inception. Check out the blog Box Relatives to read Alex Boisvert’s thoughts on computer-based approaches to puzzle construction and solving.

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AUTOFILL PROJECT: Vodka Belt

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Default: 355775
Default with Spaces: 139432

NOTES: I’ve been listening to a lot of public radio podcasts lately including Michael Feldman’s Whad’ya Know, which isn’t available over the airwaves in my area. Feldman’s current announcer is Sara Nics (50) who has a great name for crosswords though I’m not sure if she’s a household name even among public radio fans. I added a few more recent posts from the Supervocalics forum on Facebook: Annie Proulx (70), Hall of Justice (75), and Pillsbury Bake-Off (80). Swedish DJ Alesso (55) entered the U.S. charts recently with “Heroes (We Could Be)” featuring vocals from Tove Lo. Word Spy posted the term procaffinating (72) which describes “delaying or postponing something until one has had one or more cups of coffee.” It’s a cute portmanteau that’s unlikely to get much traction, but we’ll see.

LISTS: Broda, Diehl, and Shukan are keeping the sharedoc active. Addition highlights include body spray (80), pretzel bun (80), and hot toddies (73). Matt Gaffney recently ran a contest puzzle on his website with the theme of geographical belts, as in borscht, corn, rust, etc. Peter Broda added some of the alchohol belts (53) that divide Eurasia by beverage preference. The Wine Belt (60) runs through the Mediterranean nations, the Beer Belt (60) covers Germany, Denmark, and the British Isles, and the Vodka Belt (70) is centered in Russia and the Slavic nations of Eastern Europe. These are some belts that I could really….belt!

ANTI-MATCH GAME – M*A*S*H (RESULTS)

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The 35 entrants are abbreviated in the results as follows:

AA – Andy Arizpe
AR – Andrew Ries
BS – Ben Smith
CK – Craig Kaspar
DK – Dan Katz
DMK – Debbie Manber Kupfer
DP – Doug Peterson
DSh – Dave Shukan
DSt – Dan Streit
EM – Eric Maddy
ES – Eric Suess
FB – Foggy Brume
JB – Jason Boomer
JCa – Joe Cabrera
JCh – Joanna Cheng
JCo – Judy Cole
JHa – Jeffrey Harris
JHe – Joel Hess
JK – Joshua Kosman
JO – Jan O’Sullivan
JS – Jeffrey Schwartz
KH – Katie Hamill
KS – Katje Sabin
MJ – Matt Jones
MN – Myles Nye
MS – Marc Spraragen
NC – Nathan Curtis
RH – Ray Hamel
RK – Ronnie Kon
RR – Rick Rubenstein
SD – Samuel Donaldson
SK – Steve Kinsky
SW – Scott Weiss
TG – Tom Gazzola
TP – Trip Payne
WZ – Wil Zambole

1) Capt. Benjamin Franklin Pierce
Choose a two-syllable word that can fill the blank of the phrase “___ State” to form the nickname of one of the United States. Words in alternate-form nicknames, e.g. “Dixie” in “Heart of Dixie,” are not acceptable. Your answer should be a single word, not a hyphenated word or multiword phrase. Given that most U.S. states have multiple nicknames, official and unofficial, any answer meeting the above criteria and appearing the in the Wikipedia article “List of U.S. State Nicknames” as of the time of this game’s posting will be accepted. Your answer does not need to specify the state.

* Aloha (6) – RK
Badger (3) – KH, MS, RH
Beaver (3) – MJ, SD, TG
Beehive (5) – AA, AR, JK, KS, TP
Buckeye (1) – RR
Empire (4) – JCa, JS, SK, SW
Garden (1) – DSh
Gopher (2) – BS
Gopher (2) – JHa
Keystone (1) – JCo
Nutmeg (3) – DMK, DSt, JO
Ocean (1) – DK
Prairie (1) – WZ
Sagebrush (1) – EM
Sooner (1) – NC
Sunshine (3) – CK, JCh, MN
Treasure (5) – DP, ES, FB, JB, JHe

I wasn’t sure how people who didn’t live in the United States would fare with this category but every player submitted a correct nickname. The Sagebrush State is an alternate nickname for Nevada, less common than Silver State. Aloha is valid for Hawaii but has three syllables. For those unfamiliar with M*A*S*H, Capt. Pierce’s nickname was Hawkeye and Iowa’s nickname was a valid unchosen question for this category along with Golden, Bluegrass, Granite, and Mountain.

2) Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
Choose a two-word entry in 11C in which the first word starts with B and the second word starts with J. Either word may be capitalized. Either word may contain hyphens or apostrophes and still be considered a single word, e.g. if “broken jack-in-the-box” were an 11C entry it would be an acceptable answer. Related forms such as phrasal verb inflections and performer-suffix noun phrases are acceptable, though these forms will be equated for scoring purposes. Entries that appear in the Biographical Names or Geographical Names section are not acceptable.

ball joint (1) – RR
ball-and-socket joint (1) – JHa
* bank job (6) – JCa, TG
BASE jumping (5) – DSh, ES, KH, MS, WZ
bell jar (3) – AR, BS, DK
bench jockey (1) – JHe
* black jack – (6) MN
blow job (5) – DSt, EM, RK, SD, TP
blue jay (5) – CK, DMK, JB, JCo, SK
blue jeans (2) – DP, JCh
bomber jacket (2) – FB, JK
broad jump (3) – KS, MJ, NC
* bug juice (6) – JO, JS
bungee jump (1) – AA
bush jacket (1) – RH
* by Jove (6) – SW

Capt. Hunnicut told people that his initials could stand for “whatever you want,” though he eventually admitted that he was named for his mother Bea and his father Jay. The allowance of partially capitalized and hyphenated answers mentioned in the description was meant to accommodate ball-in-socket joint and BASE jumping. Blackjack, in all senses, is listed as a single word in 11C. By Jove is findable in the definition for Jove but the phrase is not a boldface entry. Bank job and bug juice are nice phrases that unfortunately are not 11C. Other answers include box jellyfish and butt joint.

3) Col. Henry Braymore Blake
Choose one of the following geographical names, each a former name of a world nation, and identify the current name of the nation. Your answer must include the letter of the nation’s former name.

A. Abyssinia
B. Ceylon
C. Dahomey
D. Dutch Guiana
E. East Pakistan
F. Gilbert Islands
G. New Holland
H. Siam
J. Southern Rhodesia
K. Temasek
L. Upper Volta
M. Zaire

A – Ethiopia (2) – KH, WZ
B – Sri Lanka (6) – BS, CK, DK, JCo, MS, SD
C – Benin (6) – DP, DSh, JB, MJ, TG, TP
E – Bangladesh (2) – JS, RK
F – Kiribati (4) – ES, JHe, JK, NC
G – Australia (1) – JCh
H – Thailand (5) – JHa, KS, MN, RH, SW
J – Zimbabwe (3) – DMK, DSt, FB
L – Burkina Faso (4) – AA, AR, EM, JO
* M – Congo (7) – SK
* M – Republic of Congo (7) – JCa, RR

The unchosen answers are Suriname (D), Singapore (K), and Democratic Republic of Congo (M). Republic of Congo is a distinct African nation from DRC which is why I required “Democratic” to be part of a valid answer for M. Col. Blake was find of saying “Abyssinia” as a word of farewell. The episode in which Blake dies in a plane crash on the way home from Korea is titled “Abyssinia, Henry.”

4) Col. Sherman T. Potter
Choose one of the song lyrics below and identify the song in which it originally appeared. Your answer must include the letter of the corresponding lyric segment. In some cases the wording of the lyrics varies slightly according to the source referenced, e.g. in lyric segment D several alternate versions exist with replacements for the word “kissed” that are considerably less modest.

A. “And the roses will die with the summertime, and our roads may be far apart”
B. “Goodbye, Piccadilly, Farewell, Leicester Square!”
C. “I’ll amputate his reveille and step upon it heavily, and spend the rest of my life in bed”
D. “She hasn’t been kissed in forty years, hinky-dinky, parley-voo”
E. “So prepare, say a prayer, send the word, send the word to beware”
F. “They’ll never want to see a rake or a plow, and who the deuce can parley-vous a cow?”
G. “Those deviling hounds who know what fighting means”
H. “Turn the dark cloud inside out till the boys come home”
J. “Where the nightingales are singing and a white moon beams”
K. “While you’ve a lucifer to light your fag, Smile, boys, that’s the style”
L. “You’ll never get rich a-digging a ditch”
M. “You’re the only g-g-g-girl that I adore”

* (no answer) (12) – AA
* A – Danny Boy (12) – DK
B – It’s a Long Way to Tipperary (2) – DMK, JB
* B – Over There (12) – FB, RK
C – Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning (3) – BS, JHe, KH
D – Mademoiselle from Armentieres (1) – RH
E – Over There (3) – DSt, MJ, SW
* G – Fisticuffs (12) – JCh
H – Keep the Home Fires Burning (2) – ES, WZ
J – There’s a Long Long Trail A-Winding (1) – MS
K – Pack Up Your Troubles (in an Old Kit Bag) (3) – JO, KS, RR
L – You’re in the Army Now (5) – JCa, JK, MN, SD, SK
M – K-K-K-Katy (11) – AR, CK, DP, DSh, EM, JCo, JHa, JS, NC, TG, TP

Col. Potter, a former cavalry soldier, could probably identify all of these Word War I-era songs but for many players this category proved to be a major spoiler, especially with the bandwagoning of song M. The unchosen songs are “Roses of Piccardy” (A), “How Ya Gonna Keep ’em Down on the Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree)?” (F), and “Tell That to the Marines” (G).

5) Maj. Margaret Houlihan
Choose a film that depicts the winning actors of an MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss. As a selection aid, the initials of the films appear below in chronological order (from 1992 to 2014) followed by the surnames of the winning actors in alphabetical order; multiple winners are only listed once.

MG / UH / IP / DAD / S / ID / TWS / SIL / CI / STLD / AP2 / S-M / S&H / TN / BM / TN:TBORB / SU2:TS / T / TTS:NM / TTS:E / TTS:BD-P1 / SLP / WTM

Aniston Barrymore Biggs Blair Carrey Chlumsky Cohen Cooper Culkin Dunst Electra Evigan Ferrell Fiennes Fox Gellar Gosling Guidera Gyllenhaal Harrelson Henstridge Hoffman Holly Lawrence Ledger Maguire McAdams Moore Paltrow Pattinson Poulter Roberts Sandler Scott Slater Smart Smith Stewart Stiles Thomas Tomei Wilson

Brokeback Mountain (3) – DSt, SK, SW
Cruel Intentions (1) – DSh
Dumb and Dumber (2) – CK, KH
Indecent Proposal (2) – AR, MJ
Independence Day (1) – JHe
My Girl (2) – EM, JK
Save the Last Dance (2) – BS, JS
* Secretary (5) – RK
Shakespeare in Love (4) – NC, RR, SD, TG
Species (2) – AA, FB
Spider-Man (4) – JCa, JO, KS, MN
Starsky & Hutch (2) – ES, WZ
Step Up 2: The Streets (3) – DP, JCh, TP
The Notebook (1) – RH
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (3) – DMK, JB, MS
The Wedding Singer (1) – JCo
Twilight (1) – DK
We’re the Millers (1) – JHa

I’m not sure if the winners of MTV Movie Awards are well-known so I chose to provide a lot of extra information. I would imagine that some players wished that I was equally generous with category 4. The distribution of correct answers was fairly even. The other correct titles are Untamed Heart, American Pie 2, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and Silver Linings Playbook. The category was inspired by Maj. Houlihan’s nickname “Hot Lips.”

6) Maj. Frank Burns
The ferret is a member of family Mustelidae, a large division of carnivorous mammals that comprises 57 known living species. Choose another animal in this zoological family. Your answer should be a single-word entry in 11C (i.e., ignore animals with multiword names such as black-footed ferret) with a definition that includes a relevant genus label; genera associated with Mustelidae include Mustela, Gulo, Enhydra, and Lutra.

Badger (1) – JCh
Ermine (2) – JO, KS
Fisher (3) – DSt, JHe, MS
* Honey badger (8) – DP
* Marmot (8) – AR
Marten (2) – JB, RH
Mink (7) – ES, JCa, JCo, JHa, NC, SK, TG
* Mongoose (8) – SW
* Nutria (8) – JS
Otter (3) – CK, DK, RR
Skunk (1) – DSh
Stoat (7) – BS, FB, JK, KH, MJ, RK, TP
* Vole (8) – AA
Weasel (4) – DMK, MN, SD, WZ
Wolverine (1) – EM

Maj. “Ferret Face” Burns might have enjoyed knowing that his nickname animal was in the company of many other mustelids. Some players came up with good guesses that are physically similar but biologically distinct from the weasel family. Marmots, nutrias, and voles are rodents and the mongoose is a feline relative of family Herpestidae. I disqualified honey badger for violating the single-word requirement in the category description; I also discovered that honey badger is not 11C. Skunk is a tricky answer: genus Mephitis is not currently classified in family Mustelidae but it used to be, and the 11C definition implicitly supports the old biological association so I ruled the answer as correct.

7) Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III
Choose a United States institution of higher learning with a 2013 endowment that exceeded $4 billion. Twenty schools had such an endowment. As a reference for selection, the schools with the next twenty highest 2013 endowments are listed below.

21. University of Southern California
22. Dartmouth College
23. Vanderbilt University
24. Ohio State University
25. Johns Hopkins University
26. University of Pittsburgh
27. Pennsylvania State University
28. New York University
29. University of Minnesota
30. Brown University
31. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
32. University of Washington
33. Purdue University
34. University of Richmond
35. University of Wisconsin–Madison
36. University of Illinois system
37. California Institute of Technology
38. Amherst College
39. Pomona College
40. Boston College

* Boston University (7) – FB
Columbia University (2) DP, JCa
Cornell University (1) – SD
Duke University (2) – AR, NC
Emory University (2) – ES, TP
Harvard University (4) – JCh, MS, RK, SW
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1) – MJ
Northwestern University (1) – BS
Princeton University (6) – DK, DSh, DSt, JCo, KH, WZ
Stanford University (5) – CK, EM, JK, RR, TG
University of California (2) – JHa, KS
University of Michigan (1) – JS
University of Notre Dame (2) – JO
University of Notre Dame (2) – RH
University of Texas (3) – AA, JHe, SK
Yale University (3) – DMK, JB, MN

Another good spread of correct answers. Maj Winchester’s alma mater of Harvard tops the endowment lust by a healthy margin over second-place Yale. Boston University ranks in the sixties. Other schools in the top twenty include University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago and Rice University.

8) Cpl. Walter O’Reilly
Choose one of the images below, each showing a close-up of the labeling of beverage produced by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, and identify the beverage brand. You do not need to specify the image in your answer.

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7-Up (3) – JCh, MN, RK
Cactus Cooler (1) – DP
Clamato (1) – BS
Country Time (5) – CK, DK, SK, TG, WZ
Diet Rite Cola (2) – JCo, TP
Hawaiian Punch (2) – DMK, DSt
* Hi-C (8) – JK
IBC Root Beer (3) – JB, RH, SW
Orangina (3) – AA, JCa, KS
Squirt (5) – EM, FB, JO, KH, SD
Vernor’s (7) – AR, DSh, ES, MJ, MS, NC, RR
Yoo-Hoo (3) – JHa, JHe, JS

Interestingly, the only beverage not chosen was Radar O’Reilly’s favorite: Nehi.

9) Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
Choose the nickname (not geographical name) of a currently active team in the International League of Triple-A baseball. As a selection aid, the logos of the current teams appear below, with some visual elements obscured. You do not need to specify the image in your answer.

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Bats (6 ) – AA, DP, JHa, JS, MJ, SD
Bisons (1) – SW
Bulls (3) – DMK, MN, RK
Clippers (3) – JCa, TP, WZ
Indians (1) – RH
Iron Pigs (3) – EM, FB, KH
Knights (3) – CK, JB, JHe
Mud Hens (11) – DSh, DSt, ES, JCo, JK, JO, KS, MS, NC, RR, TG
Red Sox (2) – DK, JCh
Red Wings (3) – AR, BS, SK

Klinger would be pleased to see so many Toledo Mud Hens supporters among the players. The other answers are Braves, Chiefs, Rail Riders, and Tides.

10) Capt. Francis John Patrick Mulcahy
The Hallmark website (shop.hallmark.com) has a calendar labeled “2014 Holidays” that features many dates including the ten listed below. Choose one of the dates and identify the holiday associated with it on the website. Your answers must include the letter of the associated date.

A. 2/14
B. 3/17
C. 4/15
D. 4/20
E. 7/28
F. 9/25
G. 10/23
H. 10/31
J. 12/17
K. 12/25

* (no answer) (9) – JHa
A – Valentine’s Day (4) – AA, DMK, EM, JB
B – St. Patrick’s Day (8) – JCh, JCo, JO, KS, MJ, MS, RH, TG
C – Passover (1) – ES
* D – Patriot’s Day (9) – JCa
F – Grandparents Day (9) – AR
F – Rosh Hashanah (4) – FB, JS, KH, NC
G – Diwali (1) – BS
* G – Hanukkah (9) – JHe
H – Halloween (6) – DK, DP, MN, SK, SW, WZ
J – Hanukkah (1) – CK
K – Christmas (7) – DSh, DSt, JK, RK, RR, SD, TP

The chosen Hallmark card dates are all for religious holidays or secularized occasions that derive from spiritual observances such as saint feast days. The religious theme comes from the fact that Capt. Mulcahy is the M*A*S*H chaplain. Players who didn’t catch the religious theme were occasionally lured to some wrong answers that are close on the calendar. Answer E is Eid al-Fitr.

Tiebreaker
The signpost pictured below was a familiar set piece of the television series M*A*S*H; it is now on display at the Smithsonian Institution. Ten numbers have been obscured from the sign. Choose a number that you believe to be the largest of the ten obscured numbers. Tie scores will be broken by the answer closer to the largest number.

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Note: I won’t vouch for the geographical accuracy of any of the numbers used on the prop signpost.

2200 – SW
2214 – AR
4077 – FB
4500 – MJ
4800 – TP
5000 – AA
5000 – JHa
6297 – JK
6405 – JB
6500 – DMK
7000 – JCo
7216 – RH
7300 – EM
7451 – SD
7513 – DP
8001 – JCa
8437 – DSt
8500 – NC
8500 – RK
8700 – WZ
8765 – TG
9000 – ES
9000 – JCh
9000 – SK
9412 – CORRECT
9450 – KS
9876 – DK
10000 – JS
10801 – DSh
12000 – JO
12000 – KH
12231 – CK
12250 – BS
14210 – RR
20000 – MS
1000000 – MN
(no answer) – JHe

FINAL SCORES

RH – 3 1 5 1 1 2 2 3 1 8  = 27
BS – 2 3 6 3 2 7 1 1 3 1  = 29
DMK – 3 5 3 2 3 4 3 2 3 4  = 32
JHe – 5 1 4 3 1 3 3 3 3 9  = 35
WZ – 1 5 2 2 2 4 6 5 3 6 = 36
JB – 5 5 6 2 3 2 3 3 3 4  = 36
JCh – 3 2 1 12 3 1 4 3 2 8  = 39
KH – 3 5 2 3 2 7 6 5 3 4 = 40
EM – 1 5 4 11 2 1 5 5 3 4 = 41
MN – 3 6 5 5 4 4 3 3 3 6  = 42
SW – 4 6 5 3 3 8 4 3 1 6  = 43
CK – 3 5 6 11 2 3 5 5 3 1  = 44
DK – 1 3 6 12 1 3 6 5 2 6  = 45
KS – 5 3 5 3 4 2 2 3 11 8  = 46
ES – 5 5 4 2 2 7 2 7 11 1  = 46
DSt – 3 5 3 3 3 3 6 2 11 7 = 46
SD – 3 5 6 5 4 4 1 5 6 7  = 46
MJ – 3 3 6 3 2 7 1 7 6 8  = 46
JS – 4 6 2 11 2 8 1 3 6 4  = 47
JHa – 2 1 5 11 1 7 2 3 6 9 = 47
SK – 4 5 7 5 3 7 3 5 3 6  = 48
JO – 3 6 4 3 4 2 2 5 11 8  = 48
AA – 5 1 4 12 2 8 3 3 6 4 = 48
RR – 1 1 7 3 4 3 5 7 11 7  = 49
JCa – 4 6 7 5 4 7 2 3 3 9  = 50
DP – 5 2 6 11 3 8 2 1 6 6  = 50
FB – 5 2 3 12 2 7 7 5 3 4  = 50
TP – 5 5 6 11 3 7 2 2 3 7 = 51
MS – 3 5 6 1 3 3 4 7 11 8  = 51
NC – 1 3 4 11 4 7 2 7 11 4 = 54
RK – 6 5 2 12 5 7 4 3 3 7  = 54
AR – 5 3 4 11 2 8 2 7 3 9  = 54
DSh – 1 5 6 11 1 1 6 7 11 7  = 56
JK – 5 2 4 5 2 7 5 8 11 7  = 56
JCo – 1 5 6 11 1 7 6 2 11 8  = 58
TG – 3 6 6 11 4 7 5 5 11 8 = 66

Congratulations to Ray Hamel who finished with the lowest score. Thank you all for playing!

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CURRICULUM VITAE: Qopital Letters

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QOPITAL LETTERS
(Wordplay)

A standard poker deck is augmented by adding a sticker with a letter to each card. Each player is dealt thirteen cards. Players privately arrange their cards into four 3-card hands, with one card left over. Hands are valued based on poker attributes (pair, three of a kind, straight) and whether the sticker letters can form a three-letter dictionary word; “worded” poker hands rank highest, followed by “unworded” poker hands, followed by high card. Players then face each other in a series of poker showdowns, playing their best hands first, then second-best, then third-best, and then worst. For each of the first three showdowns the winning player scores a point (chip). For the final showdown (the best “worst” hand) the winning player scores two chips.

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Peter Newby’s The Mammoth Book of Astounding Word Games includes “Qop,” an anagram game based on a British ancestor of poker called Thirteen Card Brag. Qopital Letters was cobbled together using elements of the word game and the original card game; I should have spent more time giving the game a better title. It was played at a game party where the twelve attendees divided into four teams of three. Each team worked together to decide how best to divide the twelve cards into four hands. The luck factor of the game helped offset the specialized wordsmith skills of some players (Dave Tuller).

 

Crosswords LA Results/indie 500 Update

TLAAP_tile_martini Crosswords LA wrapped up a few hours ago at Fowler Museum on the UCLA campus. Over 120 competitors tested their solving mettle with puzzles provided by Patti Varol, Melanie Miller, Byron Wladen, Trip Payne, and Merl Reagle. In the end, Eric Maddy took top honors for the third time on a diabolical playoff puzzle constructed by David Quarfoot. Jordan Chodorow and John Beck finished second and third respectively. Congratulations to all the winners!

In other crossword tournament news, the Indie 500 has announced a date for its debut tournament: May 30, 2015. Registration information will be posted soon on the website.

Fill That Must Die

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Evan Birnholz over at Devil Cross has started an occasional blog series Fill That Must Die. The series covers common crossword entries that should be removed from the canon regardless of their fill value. The dubious sports abbreviations ALER(S) and NLER(S) get the cigarette and blindfold in the first installment. Check it out.

ANTI-MATCH GAME: M*A*S*H

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This quiz contains ten categories representing different areas of knowledge. Each category requires you to choose one answer from a range of possible correct answers. 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.

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The categories in this game are named for characters in the 1972-1983 television series M*A*S*H, based on the 1970 feature film and the 1968 novel by Richard Hooker. Each category’s subject matter is only tangentially related to the character, thus a familiarity with the M*A*S*H franchise is not required. 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, October 22.

1) Capt. Benjamin Franklin Pierce
Choose a two-syllable word that can fill the blank of the phrase “___ State” to form the nickname of one of the United States. Words in alternate-form nicknames, e.g. “Dixie” in “Heart of Dixie,” are not acceptable. Your answer should be a single word, not a hyphenated word or multiword phrase. Given that most U.S. states have multiple nicknames, official and unofficial, any answer meeting the above criteria and appearing the in the Wikipedia article “List of U.S. State Nicknames” as of the time of this game’s posting will be accepted. Your answer does not need to specify the state.

2) Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
Choose a two-word entry in 11C in which the first word starts with B and the second word starts with J. Either word may be capitalized. Either word may contain hyphens or apostrophes and still be considered a single word, e.g. if “broken jack-in-the-box” were an 11C entry it would be an acceptable answer. Related forms such as phrasal verb inflections and performer-suffix noun phrases are acceptable, though these forms will be equated for scoring purposes. Entries that appear in the Biographical Names or Geographical Names section are not acceptable.

3) Col. Henry Braymore Blake
Choose one of the following geographical names, each a former name of a world nation, and identify the current name of the nation. Your answer must include the letter of the nation’s former name.

A. Abyssinia
B. Ceylon
C. Dahomey
D. Dutch Guiana
E. East Pakistan
F. Gilbert Islands
G. New Holland
H. Siam
J. Southern Rhodesia
K. Temasek
L. Upper Volta
M. Zaire

4) Col. Sherman T. Potter
Choose one of the song lyrics below and identify the song in which it originally appeared. Your answer must include the letter of the corresponding lyric segment. In some cases the wording of the lyrics varies slightly according to the source referenced, e.g. in lyric segment D several alternate versions exist with replacements for the word “kissed” that are considerably less modest.

A. “And the roses will die with the summertime, and our roads may be far apart”
B. “Goodbye, Piccadilly, Farewell, Leicester Square!”
C. “I’ll amputate his reveille and step upon it heavily, and spend the rest of my life in bed”
D. “She hasn’t been kissed in forty years, hinky-dinky, parley-voo”
E. “So prepare, say a prayer, send the word, send the word to beware”
F. “They’ll never want to see a rake or a plow, and who the deuce can parley-vous a cow?”
G. “Those deviling hounds who know what fighting means”
H. “Turn the dark cloud inside out till the boys come home”
J. “Where the nightingales are singing and a white moon beams”
K. “While you’ve a lucifer to light your fag, Smile, boys, that’s the style”
L. “You’ll never get rich a-digging a ditch”
M. “You’re the only g-g-g-girl that I adore”

5) Maj. Margaret Houlihan
Choose a film that depicts the winning actors of an MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss. As a selection aid, the initials of the films appear below in chronological order (from 1992 to 2014) followed by the surnames of the winning actors in alphabetical order; multiple winners are only listed once.

MG / UH / IP / DAD / S / ID / TWS / SIL / CI / STLD / AP2 / S-M / S&H / TN / BM / TN:TBORB / SU2:TS / T / TTS:NM / TTS:E / TTS:BD-P1 / SLP / WTM

Aniston Barrymore Biggs Blair Carrey Chlumsky Cohen Cooper Culkin Dunst Electra Evigan Ferrell Fiennes Fox Gellar Gosling Guidera Gyllenhaal Harrelson Henstridge Hoffman Holly Lawrence Ledger Maguire McAdams Moore Paltrow Pattinson Poulter Roberts Sandler Scott Slater Smart Smith Stewart Stiles Thomas Tomei Wilson

6) Maj. Frank Burns
The ferret is a member of family Mustelidae, a large division of carnivorous mammals that comprises 57 known living species. Choose another animal in this zoological family. Your answer should be a single-word entry in 11C (i.e., ignore animals with multiword names such as black-footed ferret) with a definition that includes a relevant genus label; genera associated with Mustelidae include Mustela, Gulo, Enhydra, and Lutra.

7) Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III
Choose a United States institution of higher learning with a 2013 endowment that exceeded $4 billion. Twenty schools had such an endowment. As a reference for selection, the schools with the next twenty highest 2013 endowments are listed below.

21. University of Southern California
22. Dartmouth College
23. Vanderbilt University
24. Ohio State University
25. Johns Hopkins University
26. University of Pittsburgh
27. Pennsylvania State University
28. New York University
29. University of Minnesota
30. Brown University
31. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
32. University of Washington
33. Purdue University
34. University of Richmond
35. University of Wisconsin–Madison
36. University of Illinois system
37. California Institute of Technology
38. Amherst College
39. Pomona College
40. Boston College

8) Cpl. Walter O’Reilly
Choose one of the images below, each showing a close-up of the labeling of beverage produced by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, and identify the beverage brand. You do not need to specify the image in your answer.

AM MASH - Radar.indd

9) Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
Choose the nickname (not geographical name) of a currently active team in the International League of Triple-A baseball. As a selection aid, the logos of the current teams appear below, with some visual elements obscured. You do not need to specify the image in your answer.

AM MASH - Klinger.indd

10) Capt. Francis John Patrick Mulcahy
The Hallmark website (shop.hallmark.com) has a calendar labeled “2014 Holidays” that features many dates including the ten listed below. Choose one of the dates and identify the holiday associated with it on the website. Your answers must include the letter of the associated date.

A. 2/14
B. 3/17
C. 4/15
D. 4/20
E. 7/28
F. 9/25
G. 10/23
H. 10/31
J. 12/17
K. 12/25

Tiebreaker
The signpost pictured below was a familiar set piece of the television series M*A*S*H; it is now on display at the Smithsonian Institution. Ten numbers have been obscured from the sign. Choose a number that you believe to be the largest of the ten obscured numbers. Tie scores will be broken by the answer closer to the largest number.

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