Tuesday, August 15, 2006

KJ trivia quiz VII...Or try some marmalade with your tea when rowing across the crater

Wherein I guess...I score

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For today's quiz I went 5 for 6. My best mark, yet. Question 2 was a total WAG, but my only other choice was Donna Summer's I love to love you baby and that didn't seem right. Question 3 was a slightly smaller WAG, but I still wasn't completely confident; got it any way. Questions 4 & 5 were relatively easy, but then I missed Question 6. I should've known this one and I was close--I went with Big Bird.

With Question 7 I was close to making a guess. But just didn't have enough biographical data to go with it.

Here's last week's Question 7: What unusual distinction is shared by these eight movies, listed in chronological order? Be specific; I won't prompt on partial answers. The movies: Five Graves to Cairo, Brighton Rock, The Third Man, Stalag 17, Chinatown, Quiz Show, Othello, A Civil Action.

I had no idea, but searching IMDB, each of those movies were helmed by a winner of the Best Director Oscar. At first I thought each movie also had an actor who had won a Best Director Oscar. But this quickly fell apart with Erich von Stroheim. I think my direction would make a great question, but Jennings was heading in a subtler direction:
I tried to warn you. I tried to emphasize that the correct answer was a very specific one. Fully 50 players were on the right track, noticing that a distinguished director acted in each movie, but only eight noticed that the answer was a little more interesting that that: in each movie, a distinguished director plays the baddie (or at least a major villain) of the piece. The menacing directors are, respectively, Erich von Stroheim, Richard Attenborough, Orson Welles, Otto Preminger, John Huston, Martin Scorsese, Kenneth Branagh, and Sydney Pollack. But take heart...I have painstakingly awarded half-credit to the forty of you who were oh-so-close. The half-points may not be on the scoreboard, but they're in my heart, and also on my spreadsheet.

*Here's something I just noticed that might make it impossible to continue with his quizzes or reading his blog. He uses two spaces after the end of a sentence. This is just wrong. And extremely annoying. And wrong.


Blogger XWL said...

You mean the answer to this week's #7 wasn't 'They were all shot by Aaron Burr'?

8/15/2006 01:30:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

Pretty sure it has something to do with marrying porn stars

8/15/2006 01:44:00 PM  
Blogger XWL said...

Actually, my guess (which I made before delving into their respective bios on Wiki) had to do with a commonality in their birthplaces.

8/15/2006 02:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugh...Poitier kills that last theory.

8/15/2006 10:22:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

Wow, I didn't even bother to check Poitier, just assumed I knew. I think this throws more weight behind my porn star theory.

8/16/2006 07:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It kills me that he was born in Miami while his parents were visiting there. So close, and yet so far.

I wonder how we can verify that one of Josephine's husbands was a porn star? ;)

8/17/2006 03:10:00 AM  

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