ANTI-MATCH GAME: Mille Bornes (RESULTS)

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The quiz had 48 entrants. In the results post, the entrants’ names are abbreviated as follows:

AB – Andrew Bradburn
AS – Al Sanders
BA – Brigette Anderson
BS – Ben Smith
CKr – Craig Kasper
CKy – Christian Kelly
CP – Chad Phillips
DA – Derek Allen
DK – Dan Katz
DMK – Debbie Manber Kupfer
DP – Doug Peterson
DS – Dave Shukan
EL – Eric LeVasseur
FB – Foggy Brume
FH – Francis Heaney
JA – Jackie Anderson
JB – Jason Brown
JCa – Joe Cabrera
JCe – Judy Cole
JG – Jenny Gutbezahl
JHa – Jeffrey Harris
JHn – Jeffrey Hochstein
JHs – Joel Hess
JHz – Jeremy Horwitz
JSn – Joanne Sullivan
JSz – Jeff Schwartz
KH – Katie Hamill
KS – Ken Stern
LR – Lee Ann R
M4 – Marc412
MH – Mark Halpin
MJ – Matt Jones
MSa – Mike Sylvia
MSn – Marc Spraragen
MSr – Mike Selinker
NC – Nathan Curtis
NH – Nina Henelsmith
RH – Ray Hamel
RK – Ronnie Kon
SKn – Seth Kleinerman
SKy – Steve Kinsky
SPe – Stephen Perry
SPu – Scott Purdy
SW – Scott Weiss
TKF – TK Focht
TP – Trip Payne
VC – Vic Chandhok
WZ – Wil Zambole

Incorrect answers are indicated with italics.

1) Go
The Oxford English Corpus is a massive survey of English language usage, pulling data from literature, journalism, and Internet discourse. A ranking of the most commonly used English words has been derived from analysis of the Corpus. The 100 most common English words in this ranking include 21 two-letter words. The most common of these words is “be”; per the ranking system “be” represents all of its other verbs forms including “is.” Choose any of the other 20 two-letter English words ranking in the top 100.

an (1) – MSa
as (4) – CKy, JG, JHn, MSn
at (3) – M4, SKy, SPu
by (3) – DP, FB, JSz
go (1) – BA
if (5) – MH, RH, RK, VC, WZ
in (1) – KS
me (2) DS, TKF
my (3) – JHs, JHz, MSr
no (1) – NH
of (5) – DA, JA, JCa, JCe, SKn
on (2) – DMK, TP
or (4) – AB, FH, JSn, LR
so (1) – NC
to (7) – AS, CKr, DK, JHa, KH, MJ, SW
up (5) – BS, CP, EL, JB, SPe

Everyone gets off to a good start by submitting a correct answer. The unchosen correct answers are do, he, it, us, and we.

2) Accident
The following quotations appear in the list25.com article “25 Accidental Inventions That Changed the World” (David Pegg, May 14, 2012). Choose one of the quotations and identify the associated invention. Enumerations for the inventions appear in parentheses after each quotation. Quotations are lettered for convenience; you do not need to indicate a particular quotation in your answer.
A –  “…Nobel accidentally discovered a method of…” (8)
B – “…because they were soggy. In an attempt to teach the customer a lesson, Crum sliced them extra thin…” (6 5)
C – “… play with for decades was originally intended as wallpaper cleaner.” (4-3)
D – “…running out of plates while the neighboring Persian waffle stall…” (3 5 4)
E – “…Roy Plunkett, a chemist who worked for DuPont in the early 20th century for accidentally stumbling across…” (6)
F – “…and when he came out in the morning he found his mixture frozen with the stirring stick…” (8)
G – “…Before turning out the lights one evening Charles Goodyear accidentally spilled…” (10 6)
H – “…Art Fry, realized that it would be perfect as a no-slip bookmark…” (4-2 4)
I – “…when he felt the chocolate bar in his pocket start melting.” (9)
J – “…Kellogg began helping his brother cook meals for patients at the Sanitarium at which he worked, he ended up accidentally…” (4 6)
K – “…was on a hunting trip with his dog when he noticed how burrs would stick to its fur.” (6)
L – “…accidentally knocked a flask off of his desk it fell to the ground but rather than shattering…” (6 5)
M – “…he accidentally dropped one of them. To his amusement the spring immediately righted itself…” (6)

Corn Flakes (3) – BS, EL, JHs
Ice cream cone (7) – FB, KS, MSn, NC, SPu, SW, WZ
Microwave (9) – DS, JHa, JSz, KH, MJ, MSa, MSr, SPe, TKF
Play-Doh (5) – DP, 5 JCa, JHz, NH, SKn
Popsicle (2) DMK, FH
Post-It note (3) – AS, DK, JCe
Potato chips (6) – BA, JA, JG, JSn, RH, RK
Slinky (3) – CP, JHn, TP
Teflon (1) – AB
Velcro (5) – CKr, LR, M4, MH, VC
Vulcanized rubber (4) – CKy, DA, JB, SKy

Everyone, again, submits a correct answer. A good number of entrants recognized the molten chocolate bar story associated with the creation of the microwave, and hoped that others would not recognize it. The unchosen correct answers are dynamite (excerpt A) and safety glass (L).

3) Out of Gas
Choose one of the lettered photos below and identify the fictional character represented by the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon in the photo. Your answer must include the letter of the chosen photo. ENLARGED IMAGE

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A – Spongebob Squarepants (3) – CKy, JHs, SKn
B – Bud Lightyear (7) – JCe
B – Buzz Lightyear (4) – JSn, LR, RK, SW
C – The Pink Panther (6) – AB, FB, JG, JHa, SPu, TP
D – Pikachu (1) – CP
E – Spider-man (1) – JHn
F – Energizer Bunny (3) – DK, MJ, WZ
G – Kermit the Frog (4) – DA, FH, JCa, SPe
H – Barney the Dinosaur (1) – NC
J – Snoopy (6) – CKr, DP, EL, KS, MH, SKy
K – Horton the Elephant (5) – BS, KH, MSa, MSn, VC
L – Garfield (2) – AS, DS
M – Dora the Explorer (6) – DMK, JA, JSz, M4, MSr, RH
N – Shrek (4) – BA, JB, JHz, NH
O – Thomas the Tank Engine (1) – TKF

The one wrong answer was clearly on the right track. The distribution of answers prevented the penalty score from being overly severe. Image I shows the deflated and difficult-to-identify Sonic the Hedgehog.

4) Flat Tire
The following fictional characters encounter flat tires in film, either as a driver or offerer of roadside assistance. Choose one of the characters and identify either the film title or the actor (first and last name) who portrays the character; choose one or the other, not both. Characters are lettered for convenience; you do not need to indicate the character in your answer. Film titles and actors are considered separate answers for scoring purposes. The years of the films are provided in parentheses.
A – Peter Warne (1934)
B – Joe Gillis (1950)
C – Humbert Humbert (1962)
D – Clyde Barrow (1967)
E – Wyatt/”Captain America” (1969)
F – Brad Majors (1975)
G – Jonathan Kent (1978)
H – Ralphie Parker (1983)
I – Phil Connors (1993)
J – S.F.C. William James (2008)

[no guess] (7) – NH
A Christmas Story (2) – CP, KS
Barry Bostwick (5) – DK, JB, JG, NC, VC
Bill Murray (2) – DS, MSa
Clark Gable (1) – RK
Darren McGavin (7) – SKy
Easy Rider (3) – FH, MSn, SW
Get Smart (7) – DMK
Glenn Ford (2) – DP, JHz
Groundhog Day (2) – JA, TKF
It Happened One Night (1) – AS
James Mason (4) – CKy, JCe, KH, SKn
Lolita (1) – JHn
Peter Billingsley (5) – BA, JSn, M4, MJ, MSr
Peter Fonda (1) – FB
Sunset Boulevard (6) – AB, JHs, JSz, MH, RH, SPe
Superman (4) – CKr, DA, EL, JCa
The Hurt Locker (1) – WZ
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (3) – BS, JHa, LR
Warren Beatty (1) – SPu
William Holden (1) – TP

I originally planned to use Darren McGavin’s character from A Christmas Story for this question but felt that the character name of “Mr. Parker” (or “The Old Man”) would make it too difficult to identify the movie. Both Mr. Parker and Ralphie (Billingsley) are involved in fixing the flat tire, so the entrant’s error is understandable. I’m not sure which character was assumed to be from Get Smart. The unchosen answers are Bonnie & Clyde and Jeremy Renner (fr0m The Hurt Locker).

5) Speed Limit
Choose a single-word, 11C entry that is Italian in origin and is defined as a direction in music related to tempo or change in tempo. Do not choose a multiple-word entry (e.g. “meno mosso”), a direction that is used as a modifier for another direction (e.g. “assai” or “molto”), or a direction that relates to style, volume, or a playing attribute other than tempo (e.g. “fortissimo” or “legato”).

Accelerando (3) – CKr, FH, MSr
Adagietto (7) – NC
Adagio (3) – JSz, LR, SPu
Affrettando (7) – JCe
Allegretto (2) – JB, MSn
Allegro (6) – CKy, DA, JA, JHn, NH, SW
Andante (5) – DK, DS, KS, MSa, TKF
Arpeggio (7) – JCa
Atempo (7) – DP
Grave (1) – JHz
Largo (4) – EL, JG, JHs, RH
Lentando (1) – TP
Lento (4) – AB, DMK, SKy, WZ
Moderato (1) – AS
Prestissimo (1) – JHa
Presto (6) – KH, M4, MH, MJ, RK, VC
Rallentando (2) – CP, SKn
Ritardando (1) – BS
Ritardo (7) – JSn
Sostenuto (7) – SPe
Staccato (7) – BA
Toccata (7) – FB

Adagietto and affrettando are tempo-related music directions that do not appear in 11C. Atempo appears in 11C as the two-word phrase “a tempo.” Ritardo was ruled a non-acceptable misspelling. Sostenuto and staccato are musical directions that do not specifically relate to tempo or change in tempo. Arpeggio and toccata are musical terms that are not directions. 

6) Spare Tire
Choose one of the lettered menu items below and identify the fast food chain that serves it. Your answer must include the letter of chosen menu item. All items are from different fast food chains.
A – Venti Egg Nog Latte (630 calories)
B – True Classic Pot Pie (790 calories)
C – Double SmokeShack Burger (850 calories)
D – XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito (860 calories)
E – Foot-Long Spicy Italian Sub (960 calories)
F – Caramel Pecanbon (1,080 calories)
G – Big Breakfast Platter With Hotcakes and a Regular Biscuit (1,090 calories)
H – Dave’s Hot ‘n’ Juicy 3/4 Lb. Triple (1,110 calories)
I – Triple Whopper (1,160 calories)
J – Large Carbonara Sub  (1,310 calories)
K – Carnitas Burrito (1,410 calories)
L – Personal PANormous Meat Lover’s Pizza (1,470 calories)

A – Starbucks (3) – CKy, JA, JG
C – Shake Shack (3) – BS, JHz, NC
D – Taco Bell (1) – MJ
E – Subway (4) – DMK, DP, JHs, RH
F – Cinnabon (10) – DK, EL, FB, JSz, KH, KS, SKn, SPu, VC, WZ
G – McDonald’s (1) – SPe
H – Wendy’s (11) – AB, CKr, FH, JCe, JHa, JSn, M4, MSa, MSn, RK, SW
I – Burger King (1) – SKy
J – Quizno’s (6) – AS, BA, CP, MH, MSr, TP
K – Chipotle (3) – DA, JB, JCa
K – Del Taco (12) LR
L – Domino’s (12) JHn, NH
L – Pizza Hut (2) – DS, TKF

Several entrants’ scores fattened in this question due to the unwitting popularity of Cinnabon and Wendy’s as answers. Burger King remained a lean choice despite the helpful brand name “Whopper” in the clue. The pot pie in choice B is served by KFC.

7) Extra Tank
The pictures below feature some popular types of freshwater aquarium fish. Choose one of the pictures and identify the type of fish. As a solving aid, the names of the fish appear below the pictures as transadditions, i.e. anagrams with one extra letter. Alternate names for the types of fish (names that do not form the given transadditions) will not be accepted and spelling counts. ENLARGED IMAGE

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Angelfish (4) – BS, JHz, JSn, SPu
Baby Tiger (9) – JG
Betta (3) – DK, JB, SPe
Cichlid (3) – CKr, KS, M4
Clown Loach (1) – NC
Danio (1) – TP
Eidon (9) – AB
Goldfish (2) – AS, JCe
Guppy (8) – CKy, EL, JA, JHa, JSz, KH, LR, SW
Jack Dempsey (1) – MSn
Kino (9) – NH
Kissing Gourami (5) – FH, JCa, MJ, MSr, RK
Koi (7) – DA, DMK, DS, FB, JHn, MH, SKn
Neon tetra (6) – BA, DP, MSa, RH, TKF, WZ
Piranha (2) – SKy, VC
Tetradon (9) – JHs
Tiger barb (1) – CP

Both knowledge of aquarium fish and skill with anagrams helped entrants net good scores in this question. “Baby tiger” is perfectly reasonable transdeletion attempt that unfortunately missed the mark. The unchosen fish are oscar, plecostomus, and swordtail platy.

8) Driving Ace
Golf will be introduced as a medal sport at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, though more accurately it will be re-introduced since golf was played at the 1904 Summer Games. Besides golf, sixteen sports played at the Rio Games this year will be ones with an introduction year of 1972 or later — this includes re-introductions of sports that experienced hiatus for one or more Summer Games as well as sports that may have been played at Summer Games before 1972 solely as demonstrations. Choose one of these sixteen sports.

The IOC definitions of a “sport” can be tricky, and problematic answers will be handled as follows: If an entrant submits a valid “event” belonging to an Olympic sport then the answer will be converted to the relevant sport and scored accordingly. If an entrant submits a sport “grouping” then the entrant will be asked to be more specific. Being more specific will not involve clarifying gender or distance.

Baseball (13) – JCa, KH, RH, SW, VC
Basketball (13) – JHa
Beach volleyball (12) – AB, DK, DMK, DP, DS, EL, FH, JHz, LR, M4, MSn, SPu
BMX (2) – FB, JCe
Canoe Slalom (1) – CP
Field hockey (13) – MSa
Judo (2) – JSz, TKF
Marathon Swimming (13) – JHs
Rhythmic Gymnastics (4) – CKr, DA, JSn, RK
Rugby (3) – CKy, SPe, WZ
Softball (13) – KS
Synchronized swimming (3) – BS, JG, SKn
Table tennis (2) – JA, MH
Taekwondo (4) – BA, JB, NC, TP
Tennis (1) – AS
Trampoline (2) – MJ, MSr
Triathlon (1) – NH
Ultimate (13) – SKy
Wrestling (13) – JHn

None of the answers to this question required clarification, but the IOC’s arbitrary designations of “sport” caused some difficulty in judging and I apologize for disagreeable rulings. Baseball, softball, and ultimate are not included at the 2016 Games. Basketball, field hockey, and wrestling have been continuously present at the Games starting in years earlier than 1972. Wrestling technically could have required clarification as the IOC recognizes freestyle wrestling and Greco-Roman wrestling as separate sports, but both have long tenures and would be invalid. Marathon swimming was introduced in 2008 but it is considered an event in the perennial sport of swimming, thus it did not require clarification and was unfortunately ruled invalid. Rugby, specifically rugby sevens, debuts at the Games this year. Rugby union was played at previous Games, but the two variants have never been played at the same Games and it is unclear if the IOC would define them as separate sports or separate events within the sport of rugby. Because of this ambiguity, I equated and ruled in favor of the entries “rugby,” “rugby sevens,” and “rugby union.” Unchosen correct answers include archery (re-introduced in 1972), badminton, and mountain biking.

9) Right of Way
Choose a living (as of February 28, 2016) political figure who currently holds or previously held one of the following offices as a given party representative:
Prime Minister of Australia, representing the Liberal Party
Prime Minister of Canada, representing the Conservative Party or Progressive Conservative Party
President of France, representing the Union for a Popular Movement
President of Mexico, representing the National Action Party (PAN)
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, representing the Conservative Party
President of the United States of America, representing the Republican Party

Abraham Lincoln (9) – FH
Brian Mulroney (1) – MSr
David Cameron (5) – BA, JA, RH, SKn, TP
Edward Heath (9) – JG
George H. W. Bush (7) – DA, JB, JCa, JCe, JHn, SW, WZ
George W. Bush (8) – AB, DK, DS, JHa, KH, LR, NH, SPe
John Harker (9) – RK
John Howard (4) – CKy, CP, JSz, MSa
John Major (5) – AS, BS, DMK, JHz, MSn
Kim Campbell (1) – CKr
Margaret Thatcher (9) – SKy
Stephen Harper (5) – FB, KS, M4, MJ, SPu
Tony Abbott (1) – TKF
Vicente Fox (7) – DP, EL, JHs, JSn, MH, NC, VC

John Harker seems to be an errant attempt at another leader, perhaps Stephen Harper. Heath, Lincoln, and Thatcher are no longer living. Unchosen answers include current Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, former Mexican president Felipe Calderón, and the French leaders Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy.

10) Stop
The lettered images below are segments of subway transportation maps representing fifteen major world cities. The maps were cited in a February 2016 Science Advances article as part of a study of cognitive networking and map complexity. The maps are ordered from most complex (A) to least complex (O) per the study’s findings. Choose one of the images and identify the major city that the subway system services. Your answer must include the letter of the chosen image. ENLARGED IMAGE

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A – New York (4) – DP, JG, JHa, SW
D – London (5) – DK, DMK, DS, JA, RH
E – Madrid (1) – MSr
F – Athens (9) – JHn
F – Barcelona (5) – CP, JHz, JSz, LR, RK
G – Moscow (3) – KS, SKn, TP
H – Seoul (8) – DA, FB, JB, M4, MH, MJ, NC, SKy
J – Rio de Janeiro (9) – BA
K – Berlin (8) – AB, AS, BS, CKy, FH, MSa, NH, SPe
L – Chicago (6) – EL, JCe, JSn, SPu, VC, WZ
M – Osaka (2) – JHs, TKF
N – Beijing (2) – CKr, KH
O – Hong Kong (1) – MSn
O – Tokyo (9) – JCa

The unchosen correct answers are: B-Paris, C-Tokyo, are I-Shanghai.

Tiebreaker
Edmond Dujardin grew up in Lille in northern France but he later moved to Arcachon on the Bay of Biscay and, in a former fish cannery, began manufacturing card sets for his newly invented game Mille Bornes. What is the distance, in kilometers, of an automobile trip on the A10 from Lille to Arcachon? Tie scores will be broken by the answer closer to the correct distance.

100 – JB
100 – RH
150 – SKy
180 – AS
200 – SW
217 – AB
234 – JCe
245 – NH
246 – JCa
300 – M4
333 – CKy
343 – DK
372 – DA
427 – VC
450 – LR
500 – MH
500 – MSa
500 – MSr
514 – DP
572 – CKr
600 – NC
600 – SPu
666 – EL
700 – CP
720 – BS
723 – RK
750 – DMK
750 – TKF
754 – BA
865.7 – CORRECT
866 – SPe
950 – JA
1000 – JG
1000 – JHa
1000 – JHs
1000 – JSn
1000 – JSz
1001 – MSn
1200 – WZ
1250 – MJ
1300 – TP
1500 – KH
1501 – JHz
1600 – FH
1800 – SKn
1932 – FB
2000 – KS
4568 – DS
[no answer] – JHn

FINAL SCORES

1 – CP 30
2 – TKF 32
3 – TP 32
4 – AS 36
5 – BS 40
6 – MSr 41
7 – NC 44
8 – JHz 44
9 – JB 45
10 – CKr 46
11 – CKy 47
12 – SKn 47
13 – JA 48
14 – MSn 51
15 – MJ 51
16 – WZ 52
17 – DA 52
18 – BA 53
19 – JG 53
20 – SPe 54
21 – DMK 54
22 – JHs 54
23 – JCe 54
24 – DS 54
25 – KS 55
26 – JSz 56
27 – RK 56
28 – DP 56
29 – FB 56
30 – SPu 57
31 – SKy 57
32 – JSn 58
33 – MH 58
34 – RH 60
35 – DK 61
36 – NH 61
37 – FH 61
38 – JCa 62
39 – JHn 63
40 – MSa 64
41 – LR 64
42 – VC 64
43 – M4 64
44 – EL 65
45 – AB 69
46 – SW 70
47 – JHa 70
48 – KH 72

Congratulations to Chad Phillips and thanks to all who participated.

ANTI-MATCH GAME: Mille Bornes

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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 questions are inspired by types of cards in the game Mille Bornes, though familiarity with the French auto racing game 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) Saturday, March 12.

1) Go
The Oxford English Corpus is a massive survey of English language usage, pulling data from literature, journalism, and Internet discourse. A ranking of the most commonly used English words has been derived from analysis of the Corpus. The 100 most common English words in this ranking include 21 two-letter words. The most common of these words is “be”; per the ranking system “be” represents all of its other verbs forms including “is.” Choose any of the other 20 two-letter English words ranking in the top 100.

2) Accident
The following quotations appear in the list25.com article “25 Accidental Inventions That Changed the World” (David Pegg, May 14, 2012). Choose one of the quotations and identify the associated invention. Enumerations for the inventions appear in parentheses after each quotation. Quotations are lettered for convenience; you do not need to indicate a particular quotation in your answer.
A –  “…Nobel accidentally discovered a method of…” (8)
B – “…because they were soggy. In an attempt to teach the customer a lesson, Crum sliced them extra thin…” (6 5)
C – “… play with for decades was originally intended as wallpaper cleaner.” (4-3)
D – “…running out of plates while the neighboring Persian waffle stall…” (3 5 4)
E – “…Roy Plunkett, a chemist who worked for DuPont in the early 20th century for accidentally stumbling across…” (6)
F – “…and when he came out in the morning he found his mixture frozen with the stirring stick…” (8)
G – “…Before turning out the lights one evening Charles Goodyear accidentally spilled…” (10 6)
H – “…Art Fry, realized that it would be perfect as a no-slip bookmark…” (4-2 4)
I – “…when he felt the chocolate bar in his pocket start melting.” (9)
J – “…Kellogg began helping his brother cook meals for patients at the Sanitarium at which he worked, he ended up accidentally…” (4 6)
K – “…was on a hunting trip with his dog when he noticed how burrs would stick to its fur.” (6)
L – “…accidentally knocked a flask off of his desk it fell to the ground but rather than shattering…” (6 5)
M – “…he accidentally dropped one of them. To his amusement the spring immediately righted itself…” (6)

3) Out of Gas
Choose one of the lettered photos below and identify the fictional character represented by the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon in the photo. Your answer must include the letter of the chosen photo. ENLARGED IMAGE

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4) Flat Tire
The following fictional characters encounter flat tires in film, either as a driver or offerer of roadside assistance. Choose one of the characters and identify either the film title or the actor (first and last name) who portrays the character; choose one or the other, not both. Characters are lettered for convenience; you do not need to indicate the character in your answer. Film titles and actors are considered separate answers for scoring purposes. The years of the films are provided in parentheses.
A – Peter Warne (1934)
B – Joe Gillis (1950)
C – Humbert Humbert (1962)
D – Clyde Barrow (1967)
E – Wyatt/”Captain America” (1969)
F – Brad Majors (1975)
G – Jonathan Kent (1978)
H – Ralphie Parker (1983)
I – Phil Connors (1993)
J – S.F.C. William James (2008)

5) Speed Limit
Choose a single-word, 11C entry that is Italian in origin and is defined as a direction in music related to tempo or change in tempo. Do not choose a multiple-word entry (e.g. “meno mosso”), a direction that is used as a modifier for another direction (e.g. “assai” or “molto”), or a direction that relates to style, volume, or a playing attribute other than tempo (e.g. “fortissimo” or “legato”).

6) Spare Tire
Choose one of the lettered menu items below and identify the fast food chain that serves it. Your answer must include the letter of chosen menu item. All items are from different fast food chains.
A – Venti Egg Nog Latte (630 calories)
B – True Classic Pot Pie (790 calories)
C – Double SmokeShack Burger (850 calories)
D – XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito (860 calories)
E – Foot-Long Spicy Italian Sub (960 calories)
F – Caramel Pecanbon (1,080 calories)
G – Big Breakfast Platter With Hotcakes and a Regular Biscuit (1,090 calories)
H – Dave’s Hot ‘n’ Juicy 3/4 Lb. Triple (1,110 calories)
I – Triple Whopper (1,160 calories)
J – Large Carbonara Sub  (1,310 calories)
K – Carnitas Burrito (1,410 calories)
L – Personal PANormous Meat Lover’s Pizza (1,470 calories)

7) Extra Tank
The pictures below feature some popular types of freshwater aquarium fish. Choose one of the pictures and identify the type of fish. As a solving aid, the names of the fish appear below the pictures as transadditions, i.e. anagrams with one extra letter. Alternate names for the types of fish (names that do not form the given transadditions) will not be accepted and spelling counts. ENLARGED IMAGE

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8) Driving Ace
Golf will be introduced as a medal sport at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, though more accurately it will be re-introduced since golf was played at the 1904 Summer Games. Besides golf, sixteen sports played at the Rio Games this year will be ones with an introduction year of 1972 or later — this includes re-introductions of sports that experienced hiatus for one or more Summer Games as well as sports that may have been played at Summer Games before 1972 solely as demonstrations. Choose one of these sixteen sports.

The IOC definitions of a “sport” can be tricky, and problematic answers will be handled as follows: If an entrant submits a valid “event” belonging to an Olympic sport then the answer will be converted to the relevant sport and scored accordingly. If an entrant submits a sport “grouping” then the entrant will be asked to be more specific. Being more specific will not involve clarifying gender or distance.

9) Right of Way
Choose a living (as of February 28, 2016) political figure who currently holds or previously held one of the following offices as a given party representative:
Prime Minister of Australia, representing the Liberal Party
Prime Minister of Canada, representing the Conservative Party or Progressive Conservative Party
President of France, representing the Union for a Popular Movement
President of Mexico, representing the National Action Party (PAN)
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, representing the Conservative Party
President of the United States of America, representing the Republican Party

10) Stop
The lettered images below are segments of subway transportation maps representing fifteen major world cities. The maps were cited in a February 2016 Science Advances article as part of a study of cognitive networking and map complexity. The maps are ordered from most complex (A) to least complex (O) per the study’s findings. Choose one of the images and identify the major city that the subway system services. Your answer must include the letter of the chosen image. ENLARGED IMAGE

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Tiebreaker
Edmond Dujardin grew up in Lille in northern France but he later moved to Arcachon on the Bay of Biscay and, in a former fish cannery, began manufacturing card sets for his newly invented game Mille Bornes. What is the distance, in kilometers, of an automobile trip on the A10 from Lille to Arcachon? Tie scores will be broken by the answer closer to the correct distance.

Exquisite High School Students

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I recently had the opportunity to lead a group of high school students in some puzzle and game activities. We played some classic packaged games like Set and Squint and then I taught them Exquisite Fruit. As is often the case with newcomers to the game, the students took one round to warm up to the mechanics and then proceeded confidently and enthusiastically. Several students wrote down names of teachers and colleagues on their slips leading to inside references, but I was mainly interested to see the general topics that these teenagers would pick for answers, and the grammatical and editorial approach they would use in forming the questions. I transcribed some of the rounds below. Feel free to post answers in the comments — one answer per commenter, please. Clues with asterisks have been guessed.

1. What is a delicious thick meat fried crunchy baked on a beak and white?
2. Gotta go fast Harrison Ford in Star good person vest with a gun Chewie?
3. What is a warm cozy shirt you wear when it is comfy and warm?
4. Who is this cute snowman that is a dweeb who likes warm hugs stuff?
5. What is a planet by the earth is next month is like cheese in sky?
6. A card game that has ninja panda that is annoying actor that sells cheap?
7. The best holiday full ham food stuffy dinner food yummy gravy and turkey stuffs?
8. What is the big smelly trash car but bigger junk packed vroom vroom vroom?
9. What is the worst and has meaning nothing matters food sleep all day everyday?
* 10. What is the state with snow and colorful scenery right here smoke weed here?
11. Who is the funny guy with bad ugly poophead ugly and can’t be president?
12. Who is a detective that solves mysteries very good thinker and cool as smart?
* 13. Who is the best narrator deep voice snakes plane and Shawshank looks like gold?
14. He comes down the chimney with big chubby belly and cookies of diabetes life?
15. Are they windows can be curious minded looking at one’s retinas and corneas scratched?
16. What is the character a hard exterior body builder can be speedy car?
17. What is the yummy iphone products crushed sauce that is red green crisp?
* 18. Who is the GQ model cry baby football player with nice football player football?
19. What is the colorful stripes of different much color gay pride with color explosion?
20. A horrible movie very terrible breaking dawn that’s Kristen Stewart stupid romance Edward?
21. Is the best patriotic free large US are great free independent outrageous taxes too?
22. What is the spinning circle hip swing fun party around circle big ring sparkly?
* 23. It’s full of naked cats are everywhere my life love Netflix and turkey explore?

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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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.

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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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ANTI-MATCH RESULTS: Route 66

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38 entrants got their kicks by participating in this Anti-Match game They are abbreviated in the results as follows:

AA – Andy Arizpe
BS – Ben Smith
DF – Dan Feyer
DK – Dan Katz
DMK – Debbie Manber Kupfer
DP – Doug Peterson
DS – Dave Shukan
EL – Eric LeVasseur
EM – Eric Maddy
ES – Eric Suess
FH – Francis Heaney
JA – Jackie Anderson
JCa – Joe Cabrera
JCh – Joanna Cheng
JCo – Judy Cole
JH – Jeffrey Harris
JK – Joshua Kosman
JS – Jeffrey Schwartz
KB – Katherine Bryant
KS – Katje Sabin
ME – Marc E
MJ – Matt Jones
MK – Monica Krausse
MSe – Mike Selinker
MSp – Marc Spraragen
NC – Nathan Curtis
PB – Peter Broda
PM – Paul Melamud
RK – Ronnie Kon
RR – Rick Rubenstein
SD – Sam Donaldson
SK – Steve Kinsky
SW – Scott Weiss
TG – Tom Gazzola
TKF – TK Focht
TO – Tanis O’Connor
TP – Trip Payne
WZ – Wil Zambole

 

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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).

St Andrew (17) – MJ
St Anthony of Padua (3) – EL, MK, WZ
St Bartholomew (17) – RR
St Christopher (16) – AA, DP, DS, FH, JA, JCh, JH, JS, KB, ME, MSp, NC, PB, RK, SW, TKF
St Elmo (17) – DK, EM
St Francis of Assisi (3) – BS, DMK, TG
St Jerome (17) – JCa, JCo
St Joseph (1) – PM
St Jude (2) – JK, SK
St Luke (17) – DF
St Mark (17) – SD
St Patrick (1) – TP
St Sebastian (2) – ES, KS
St Thomas Aquinas (2) – MSe, TO

I expected that Christopher would be a popular answer, and not just from the fact that he is the patron saint of travelers and motorists thus apt for the theme of this game. I didn’t predict that he would be so popular as to be a spoiler for all who chose him along with the those whose chosen saints were reasonable but just not in the top twenty. The unchosen St. Michael tops the CSM list with Christopher, Anthony, and Jude next in line. Other saints in the top twenty are Peter, Valentine, and Peregrine, the saint associated with those fighting cancer.

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

Aida (1) – ES
Annie (6) – SK
Avenue Q (4) – DP, JA, RK, SW
Hairspray (1) – MSe
In the Heights (4) – DK, NC, TKF, WZ
Kinky Boots (1) – JH
Matilda (6) – KS, RR
Memphis (2) -PM, SD
Newsies (1) – JCo
Next to Normal (2) – FH, JCa
Spring Awakening (4) – AA, DF, MK, TP
The Book of Mormon (4) – DMK, JCh, MSp, PB
The Drowsy Chaperone (1) – MJ
The Light in the Piazza (5) – BS, EM, JK, JS, KB
The Producers (2) – ME, TG
Urinetown: The Musical (3) – DS, EL, TO

The 1999 winner Parade was the only unchosen correct answer. Annie was a Best Original Score winner back in 1977 and Matilda the Musical lost to Kinky Boots last year.

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.

Atlanta (4) – FH, JH, JS, SD
Boise (5) – ES, MSe, PB, SW, TKF
Boston (3) – DMK, DS, MSp
Charleston (1) – MK
Columbia (1) – TP
Columbus (1) – SK
Denver (2) – DF, KB
Des Moines (2) – NC, PM
Honolulu (5) – EM, JCo, MJ, RK, RR
Indianapolis (3) – BS, EL, WZ
Juneau (6) – KS
Little Rock (3) – DP, JCa, TG
Phoenix (3) – AA, JK, ME
Pierre (6) – JCh
Providence (3) – DK, JA, TO

Correct answers are based on city-proper populations, thus Columbus ranks higher than Cleveland and Cincinnati even though those two cities are twice as large when regarded as metropolitan areas. Juneau ranks third in Alaska, behind Anchorage and Fairbanks. Pierre is South Dakota’s ninth most populous city.

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.

Amontillado (3) – JCo, RK, RR
Banderilla (1) – PM
Caballero (5) – BS, MJ, MSe, MSp, SK
Cholla (1) – AA
Cigarillo (2) – TO, WZ
Cordillera (1) – DP
Llama (1) – TP
Llanero (7) – JK
Llano (7) – DF
Paella (5) – DK, ES, JA, TG, TKF
Pasilla (7) – NC
Pollo (7) – JS
Quesadilla (5) – EL, KS, ME, PB, SW
Sopaipilla (1) – FH
Tomatillo (2) – DS, SD
Tornillo (1) – MK
Tortilla (6) – DMK, EM, JCa, JCh, JH, KB

Llanero and pasilla are not 11C. Pollo appears in the phrase “arroz con pollo” but not as a single-word entry. Llano is an entry but, strangely, 11C does not confirm a “y” option in its pronunciation notes.

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.

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Angela Merkel (8) – BS, DP, FH, JCa, JK, MJ, SK, TKF
Barbara Walters (2) – DS, SW
Bill Gates (2) – JH, TO
Billy Graham (2) – JCo, TG
Clint Eastwood (1) – DF
Condoleezza Rice (1) – ES
J K Rowling (4) – AA, DMK, JA, NC
Jack Nicklaus (9) – RR
Malala Yousafzai (3) – EM, KB, PM
Maya Angelou (2) – KS, WZ
Mitt Romney (1) – DK
Oprah Winfrey (3) – MSp, RK, SD
Pope Francis (1) – MK
Princess Kate (3) – JCh, JS, PB
Queen Elizabeth II (1) – TP
Ron Paul (3) – EL, ME, MSe

Angelina Jolie and Ted Cruz were the unchosen celebrities.

Tiebreaker:

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.

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Tie scores will be broken by the answer closer to the correct distance.

1000 – JH
1011 – JA
1200 – SW
1806 – DP
1812 – SD
1885 – PB
1959 – TG
1970 – JS
2000 – MSp
2101 – DK
2111 – RR
2120 – TP
2150 – EM
2160 – MJ
2170 – JK
2196 – JCa
2222 – DF
2278 – CORRECT, EL
2300 – AA, ES, MK, SK, TKF
2400 – BS
2430 – KS
2488 – ME
2498 – PM, TO
2500 – KB
2552 – RK
2587 – JCh
2600 – MSe
2662 – DS
3000 – DMK, FH
3168 – JCo
3198 – NC
3350 – WZ

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)

a – red/white (2) – ES, JCo
b – yellow (7) – JK, KS, MJ, MK, NC, SW, TG
d – white (5) – DS, MSe, RR, TKF, WZ
e – red/yellow (1) – PM
f – blue/yellow (2) – BS, ME
g – red (3) – AA, EL, KB
h – green (1) – JA
i – black/white (16) – DF, DK, DMK, DP, EM, FH, JCa, JCh, JH, JS, MSp, PB, RK, SD, TO, TP
i – red/white (17) – SK

The consultation (c) flag is black.

7) …Don’t forget Winona…

The following words and phrases are mnemonic devices culled from Wikipedia and related to various mathematical and scientific concepts:

  • FOIL
  • 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
  • SOHCAHTOA
  • 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.

First, outside, inside, last (multiplication of binomials) (13) – DK, DS, JA, JCa, JH, JK, KB, KS, SD, SW, TG, TO, WZ
Gamma rays, X-rays, ultraviolet, visible light, infrared, microwaves, radio wave (electromagnetic spectrum) (2) – JS, RR
Kilo-, hecto-, deka- , base unit, deci-, centi-, milli- (metric unit prefixes)  (1) – PB
May I have … (Digits of pi) (2) – FH, JCh
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune (Solar system planets) (1)  – MK
O, B, A, F, G, K, M (stellar classification) (4) – EL, MJ, TKF, TP
Oxidation is loss reduction is gain (redox reactions) (3) – AA, ES, PM
Parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction (order of operations) (3) – DF, DMK, JCo
Kingdom, phylum, class, order, class, genus, species (taxonomic classification) (2) – DP, ME
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet (visible light spectrum) (3) – MSp, RK, SK
Sine opposite/hypotenuse, cosine adjacent/hypotenuse, tangent opposite/adjacent (trigonometry ratios) (1) – EM
Talc, gypsum, calcite, fluorite, apatite, orthoclase, quartz, topaz, corundum, diamond (Mohs scale) (3) – BS, MSe, NC

Several entrants cited the mnemonics as their favorite category in the game and demonstrated how many they knew along with choosing one to be their official answer. Some entrants misgauged the obscurity of the FOIL method, but no one chose a wrong answer.

8) …Kingman…

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.

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Archbishop (1) – WZ
Berolina pawn/Antipawn (2) – JH, PB
Bishop (12) – BS, DK, DMK, JA, JCo, KB, ME, MK, MSe, MSp, SD, TKF
Grasshopper (3) – FH, PM, SW
Knight (2) – RK, SK
Pawn (4) – EL, EM, RR, TG
Queen (6) – AA, DF, JS, KS, NC, TP
Rook (8) – DP, DS, ES, JCa, JCh, JK, MJ, TO

I included the fairy pieces as a way to bulk up the number of correct answers but I don’t think many entrants were familiar with them (grasshopper was the only one I had heard of). See the Wikipedia article on fairy chess pieces for the unchosen correct answers and dozens of other unorthodox piece types.

9) …Barstow…

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.

Backers (1) – SK
Backlogs (5) – JCo
Backsaw (1) – DMK
Badgers (2) – DK, JS
Beckons (2) – TKF
Bedlamite (5) – TO
Budgers (5) – MK
Calmest (1) – EL
Chakras (1) – RR
Chemist (4) – DP, ES, JA, JCh
Chintzy (2) – BS, DS
Clement  (1) – MJ
Codgers (1) – RK
Columns (3) – AA, JCa, TG
Compost (1) – NC
Cudgels (1) – FH
Defrost (1) – ME
Figment (2) – JK, SW
Florist (3) – EM, JH, MSe
Fulminate (5) – DF
Gymnast (2) – MSp, PB
Hampers (3) – KB, KS, SD
Imprest (2) – PM, TP
Laments (5) – WZ

Budger(s) is not 11C. The other incorrect answers had too many letters; I’m not sure if the entrants misread the category or took “seven-letter word” to mean “a word of at least seven letters.” I considered excluding answers ending in “s” for this category but decided to keep it broad to balance the categories with fewer answers.

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.

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Coffee (3) – DS, EM, KS
Drink (13) – WZ
French fries (3) – DK, JCh, SW
Hamburger (6) – AA, DF, DMK, JA, MSp, RK
Milk (6) – EL, JK, JS, RR, SD, TO
Orange drink (2) – MJ, PB
Root beer (12) –  DP, ES, FH, JCa, JH, MK, MSe, NC, PM, SK, TG, TP
Shakes (4) – BS, KB, ME, TKF
Whole (13) – JCo

No one was tempted by the tempting CHEESEBURGER and the thirst-quenching COKE was similarly unchosen.

FINAL SCORES

1    PM    1    2    2    1    3    1    3    3    2    12   [30]
2    EL    3    3    3    5    3    3    4    4    1    6    [35]
3    ES    2    1    5    5    1    2    3    8    4    12    [43]
4    MK    3    4    1    1    1    7    1    12    5    12    [47]
5    BS    3    5    3    5    8    2    3    12    2    4    [47]
6    TP    1    4    1    1    1    16    4    6    2    12    [48]
7    AA    16    4    3    1    4    3    3    6    3    6    [49]
8    ME    16    2    3    5    3    2    2    12    1    4    [50]
9    MSe    2    1    5    5    3    5    3    12    3    12    [51]
10   WZ    3    4    3    2    2    5    13    1    5    13    [51]
11    KS    2    6    6    5    2    7    13    6    3    3    [53]
12    TG    3    2    3    5    2    7    13    4    3    12    [54]
13    PB    16    4    5    5    3    16    1    2    2    2   [56]
14    SK    2    6    1    5    8    17    3    2    1    12    [57]
15    DS    16    3    3    2    2    5    13    8    2    3    [57]
16    MJ    17    1    5    5    8    7    4    8    1    2    [58]
17    RR    17    6    5    3    9    5    2    4    1    6    [58]
18    DMK    3    4    3    6    4    16    3    12    1    6    [58]
19    RK    16    4    5    3    3    16    3    2    1    6    [59]
20    TO    2    3    3    2    2    16    13    8    5    6    [60]
21    SW    16    4    5    5    2    7    13    3    2    3    [60]
22    JK    2    5    3    7    8    7    13    8    2    6    [61]
23    NC    16    4    2    7    4    7    3    6    1    12    [62]
24    EM    17    5    5    6    3    16    1    4    3    3    [63]
25    JCo    17    1    5    3    2    2    3    12    5    13    [63]
26    TKF    16    4    5    5    8    5    4    12    2    4    [65]
27    FH    16    2    4    1    8    16    2    3    1    12    [65]
28    DF    17    4    2    7    1    16    3    6    5    6    [67]
29    KB    16    5    2    6    3    3    13    12    3    4   [67]
30    JS    16    5    4    7    3    16    2    6    2    6    [67]
31    JCh    16    4    6    6    3    16    2    8    4    3    [68]
32    JA    16    4    3    5    4    1    13    12    4    6    [68]
33    MSp    16    4    3    5    3    16    3    12    2    6    [70]
34    DP    16    4    3    1    8    16    2    8    4    12    [74]
35    JH    16    1    4    6    2    16    13    2    3    12    [75]
36    DK    17    4    3    5    1    16    13    12    2    3    [76]
37    SD    17    2    4    2    3    16    13    12    3    6    [78]
38    JCa    17    2    3    6    8    16    13    8    3    12    [88]

Congratulations to Paul Melamud for taking the top score! Thank you all for playing!

Apologies in advance for any moderation errors. Bring such matters to my attention and I will amend the results as soon as I can.

ANTI-MATCH GAME: Route 66

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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.

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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.

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Tiebreaker:

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.

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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:

  • FOIL
  • 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
  • SOHCAHTOA
  • 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.

8) …Kingman…

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.

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9) …Barstow…

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.

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