28 March 2012
"I'll take 'severed feet' for $800, Alex."
The Jeopardy! online test is tonight; it's the first step toward becoming a contestant. It's too bad the readers of this blog can't sign up as a sort of "hive mind," but you can certainly try out on your own. Details here.
I'll probably restart the blog tomorrow. Today I'm cramming for the test.
Relevant: A Jeopardy! episode from 1974. And miscellaneous Jeopardy! trivia.
btw - “Watch Jeopardy!, Alex Trebek’s fun TV quiz game” is a pangram (it contains every letter of the alphabet).
Addendum: A hat tip to Zak, who found a list of the questions online (the morning after the test). Here are the first 25:
1. BYGONE KINGS
His title in French was "Le roi soleil"
2. MOVIE FACTS
Steven Spielberg wasn't yet 30 when he directed this 1975 scarefest that became one of the biggest hits ever
Dan Brown introduced the character Robert Langdon in this novel that preceded "The DaVinci Code"
4. STATE CAPITALS
This city of about 175,000 people, also a state capital, was named by Roger Williams
5. WHAT'S FOR LUNCH
This Mexican dish is meat & veggies coated with masa dough & wrapped in a corn husk
6. FAMOUS AMERICANS
This man who died in CA in 1926 developed over 800 plant varieties, including a russet potato that bears his name
Her "Sonnets from the Portugese" was dedicated to her husband Robert
8. ALSO A BODY PART
This body part is also a term for certain baby mammals, like elephants
9. HISTORIC PLACES
It's a national monument in Charleston Harbor
This 1893 painting is perhaps the most famous artwork ever done in Norway
11. ANNUAL EVENTS
The UFO Encounter Festival takes place each July in this New Mexico city
12. CABLE TV
Since 2006 Tom Colicchio has been the head judge on this Bravo cooking show
13. MIDDLE EAST GEOGRAPHY
Riyadh is the capital of this country
Version 4 of this popular communications device includes Facetime, a system for video calling
15. SHAKESPEARE'S TRAGEDIES
This title character has Banquo killed & is later visited by Banquo's ghost
Conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the membrane that lines the eye, is commonly known as this
17. CROSSWORD CLUES "H"
Emporium for men's clothes & hats (12)
18. BIBLICAL PEOPLE
She's the "she" in the verse "She caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head"
19. THAT'S COLD!
Temperatures can reacn -90 degrees in this area that makes up 75% of the world's biggest country
20. LITERARY TERMS
Type of novel that's often set in a gloomy castle designed in the arch. style of the same name
Masses of pumice from this volcano landed in the ocean & halted ships around Indonesia in 1883
22. ROCK MUSICIANS
In U2 Bono sings lead; this man, born David Evans, plays lead guitar
Halite is also called rock this
With 5.1 million in the metro area, it's Canada's most populous city
The Regal Maxwell House & the Sheraton Music City are found in this souther US city
The last 25 are at this link. I think I only got 31 of the 50 right.