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What SDC-related word used to belong on this list?
E. Its past tense form used to
be 'shore', which is a separate (present-tense) verb.
Q2. Keep thinking.
There's someone with green lipstick! And there's someone with
blue rouge! What's so wonderful?
A. the world
E. "The colors of the rainbow so pretty
in the sky are also on the faces of people going by."
Q3. Made for romance.
I don't like lemon in my Diet Coke. I don't like Al Hedison.
And I eat rice on the side. What am I really?
E. "A watusi girl is-a really smart".
According to the lyrics, she doesn't like the Twist, the Fly,
or the Mashed Potato. (Al Hedison was the Fly in the film of
Q4. English does have postpositive adjectives.
What's next on this list?
E. Initials of successive UN Secretaries
Q5. Sex, Lies, and Jackanapes.
There's a single English word that can conjure up the following
Mother Goose rhymes
an eponymous con artist
Name that word!
"Hey diddle diddle", "Diddle diddle dumpling", etc.
to diddle (slang for copulation)
Jeremy Diddler was an artful swindler in James Kenney's
1803 play "Raising the Wind". From the play, "diddle" came
to mean "cheat".
Q6. Alternative Lexicon.
There's a peculiar four-letter English word that hasn't received
much attention from the major dictionaries, but it's bubbled
up in pop culture from time to time...
In the '40s, it appeared in the titles of two songs by famous
bandleaders -- one of the titles was also the name of a movie.
In the '50s, it was in the title of an R&B singer's
first single, which cracked the Billboard pop chart (peaking
In the '60s, it found its way into underground comics.
In the '70s, it hit the Billboard pop chart again (#61),
appearing in the first line of a song that paid homage to
the '50s song.
And in the '80s it showed up in the lyrics of a rock group's
first hit (peaking at #14 on the Billboard chart) -- this
time recalling the '60s comics usage.
Name the word.
Bonus sheep for naming as many songs as possible in which the
word has appeared.
"Are You All Reet?" by Cab Calloway, 1941. "Reet
Petite and Gone" by Louis Jordan, 1947. Title of a 1947
(Also appeared in "The Jitney Man" by Earl Hines,
1941; "Five O'Clock Drag" by Duke Ellington, 1941;
"G.I. Jive" by Louis Jordan, 1943; "I Like 'em
Fat Like That" by Louis Jordan, 1944; and "The Calloway
Boogie" by Cab Calloway, 1947)
"Reet Petite" by Jackie Wilson, 1957 (Also appeared
in "ABC Boogie" by Bill Haley, 1955)
Appeared in R. Crumb's Zap Comics
"Jackie Wilson Said" by Van Morrison, 1972. (Also
appeared in "Sweet Gene Vincent" by Ian Dury, 1977;
"Red Money" by David Bowie, 1979; and "Jitterbug"
by the Charlie Daniels Band, 1979)
"Brass in Pocket" by The Pretenders, 1980. Chrissie
Hynde of the Pretenders said her usage of "reet" was
inspired by Zap Comics: http://www.guitargirls.com/ChrissieHyndeInterview.htm.
(Also appeared in "UFO Has Landed in the Ghetto,"
by Ry Cooder, 1982)
Q7. No food.
Consider the pictures at q7/q7.html
What's common to them?
A. They're breeds of dog.
E. Respectively, Beagle, boxer, Harrier,
pointer, Alsatian, St. Bernard, and Dalmatian. (Albert Schweitzer
was from Alsace, and Pietro II Orseolo was the duke of Dalmatia.)
A dictionary is EILNORSTTUUV, according to whose definition?
A. Anatole France
E. He wrote, "Un dictionnaire, c'est tout
l'univers par ordre alphabétique" ("A dictionary is the universe
in alphabetical order"). EILNORSTTUUV is TOUTLUNIVERS in alphabetical
Q9. Old Nick.
Rummaging through items in a box at a jumble sale, I noticed
that Jason D. seemed to collect a lot of them. What were the
E. JFMAMJ JASOND
Q10. Strange Fruit.
A slave in a New World colony discovered the extract of a particular
kind of tree. His discovery was eventually communicated to a
Swedish scholar, who named the extract in honor of the slave.
What is the name of the extract, still in use today?
Bonus question: On what day of the week was the slave born?
A. Quassia; Sunday.
E. Named by Linnaeus after Kwasi, a slave
from Suriname. "Kwasi" means "born on Sunday" in Akan, the West
African language of many of Suriname's slaves.
Q11. Simultaneous Equation.
Solve for A, B, C, and D:
A is a multiple of B
B sounds like someone who performs a C
a C resembles a D
D is A metathesized
A. octillion, quadrillion, quadrille,
There's a word that looks like two animals next to each other.
(In fact, it refers to an animal that likes to hang around another
kind of animal.) From another perspective, it looks like a onetime
haven for hitmen and outlaws, surrounded by a common AUE exclamation.
Name the word.
E. ox + fly, or "XFL" (the now defunct
Extreme Football League, which had teams named the Hitmen and
the Outlaws), surrounded by "Oy".
I so hated my job that I took an almost-a-year-long vacation
to Palm Beach. When I learned that my temporary replacement
was about to replace me permanently, I (unsuccessfully) demanded
my job back. What's my name?
E. from Dr. Seuss' Horton Hatches
Q14. From A to B.
What does the dedicatee prefer to call himself? See q14/q14.html
A. Billy Moon
E. The pictures are of King John and Jim
Morrison, characters in the poem "Disobedience" by A. A. Milne
from the collection "Now We Are Six" dedicated to Christopher
Milne - nickname Billy Moon.
R. H. Draney
Q15. You're going to hate us!
What's the next number in this sequence? 3, 9, 27, 2, 0
A. 0.60206 (to 5 d.p.)
E. The sequence refers to the smallest
whole number whose English name contains each letter of the
10^3 = one thousAnd
10^9 = one Billion
10^27 = one oCtillion
10^2 = one hunDred
10^0 = onE
...given this definition, the next "number-word" is obviously
"Four", so the next number in the sequence is (approximately)
Q16. Not to be confused with the 59th Street Bridge.
Complete the Swifty: "I took the 60th Street bus," said Tom
E. The B9 is the 60th Street bus in NYC.
Q17. Guess who.
Add one item to this list so that the list is complete and
meaningful: 238, 243, 246, 248, 258, 251, 252, 253, 255, 256,
It is said that on December 14, 1649, a French nobleman settled
a local rebellion by serving a sumptuous meal. At that meal
the guests were served a new delicacy especially prepared by
the cook. To this day, the food bears the name of the nobleman
(not his cook!). What is it?
E. Named after the Duke of Choiseul, Count
Du Plessis-Praslin, who settled a revolt by members of the Bordeaux
Q20. Nota Beanie.
First, fill in the blanks to complete the names of two Beanie
Ants the ___
___ the Horse
These two words form an anagram of the name of a landmark religious
document. What is it?
A. Nostra Aetate
E. (anagram of ANTEATER + OATS)
Q21. To pee or not to pee.
In the U.K. an American may often be surprised on visiting
"the facilities" in a Pub to find the image of a bee embedded
in the porcelain enamel of the men's urinal.
While it is generally understood that this is intended to serve
as an aiming point for the micturator, what is the significance
of a bee being chosen for this function rather than a blue-arsed
fly or some other insect?
A. The Latin for "bee" is "apis".
E. From a letter to the editor of the
Telegraph, published December 6, 2004: "As chairman
of Armitage Shanks between 1925 and 1975, my father had a major
input into the style of the wall urinal. He was also responsible
for an aiming mark in the form of a bee - in Latin, apis. Now
that is high art." -- Charlie Stott, Edinburgh
Q22. Scare Tactics.
On Halloween night, she said "Hey" and then "Boo". What was
A. a ham
E. Scout Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird
dresses up as a ham for her school's Halloween pageant of agricultural
products. In a climactic scene later that night, she greets
Boo Radley by saying "Hey, Boo."
A shop in town had a big two-word sign over the window advertising
its wares, made up of individual letters that gradually fell
off. What was (somewhat) remarkable was that every time a letter
fell off either word, the remaining letters still formed two
words, even when only one letter remained of each. What did
the shop sell?
An AUE regular who's a librarian has been keeping torn-out
pages, and corners of pages, which he's found in his library.
Now that a few have accumulated, he wishes to tape each back
into the book it came from. Alas, he didn't note, for each page,
which book that is. Can you help him?