Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Wikipedia Quiz At Seventeen: Janis Ian Edition

Trivia time! #16's answers are posted.

1. Eustace Tilley is the monocled mascot of this magazine.
2. The Director's Guild of America authorizes its members to substitute this pseudonym for their own names in their credits to protest the treatment of their film by the studio.
3. Pitcairn Island was settled in 1790 by mutineers and crew from this ship.
4. A line of plants, especially fruits or vegetables, that is grown organically from seeds older than 100 years (or predating WWII, depending on who you ask) may be labeled with this handed-down adjective.
5. This Mexican port is called "Four Times Heroic," having withstood siege or occupation from the Spanish, French, and twice from the Americans.
6. If you're trying to figure out the possibility of a recessive trait appearing in offspring of parents who carry the gene, you might construct this diagram, named for its biologist inventor.
7. He proposed a Hierarchy of Needs in a 1943 paper. The bottom tier is physiological (food, sleep, breathing, etc.), the top, self-actualization).
8. Of the original 12 companies listed on the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 1896, it is the only one still in existence today.

Bonus! Pop cultural version of the last clue (answer is the same):
8. Contrary to its portrayal on a sitcom, this corporation is not a subsidiary of the Sheinhardt Wig Company.

Discussion question for grammar nerds:
In clue #7, between the words "top" and "self-actualization," should I have used a colon or semicolon instead of a comma?


purplesquirrel said...

1. the New Yorker

3. The Bounty
4. Heirloom

7. Maslow
8. IBM

purplesquirrel said...

Changed my guess
#8: General Electric

Anonymous said...

#2 is Alan Smithee, I think. Re # 4, you've been watching too much Jeopardy, and it's affecting how you phrase your questions. "Hand-me-down" indeed!

Re your grammar question, I would use a comma. There's a term for this use of a punctuation mark to represent an omitted word, but I can't remember what it is.

kmkat said...

Omigod, I can actually answer many (most?) of these!

1. New Yorker.
2. (I know this but couldn't remember until I read Anonymous's answers. Alan Smithee is correct.)
3. Bounty
4. Heirloom (I didn't know there was an actual definition of heirloom vegies.)
7. Maslov (or is it Maslow, as purplesquirrel says?)
8. (Dang, DH and I were just talking about this a couple weeks ago and now I can't remember. So I will guess.) Goodyear? General Electric?

Grammar nerd here; comma.

btw, I panicked today when I thought that today was your day on Jeopardy. I can neither watch it nor record it today. Happpily, my memory was faulty. See ya in two weeks!

Fred said...

1. What is The New Yorker?
2. Who is Alan Smithee?
3. What is the HMS Bounty?
4. What is heirloom?
5. What is Veracruz?
6. What is a Punnett Square?
7. Who is Abraham Maslow?
8. What is General Electric?

(from the bonus question, the sitcom referred to is "30 Rock.")