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.
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.
D. Dutch Guiana
E. East Pakistan
F. Gilbert Islands
G. New Holland
J. Southern Rhodesia
L. Upper Volta
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.
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.
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.
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.