Yet Another Mystery Theme V: The Mystery Theme Strikes Back by VaccaD

Champion(s):

BarthR
L’enfer, c’est les autres.


Runner(s)-Up:

Falkor23
What, me worry?


Quiz Description

It is a dark time for the Alpaca Farm. Although LL 68 is halfway over, ImperiaLL LLamas have driven the Rebel Alpacas from their hidden base and pursued them across the Andes.

Evading the dreaded ImperiaLL LLamarama, a group of freedom fighters led by SkywalkerL has established a new secret base on the remote quiz of Yet Another Mystery Theme V.

The eviLL LLord VaderD, obsessed with finding young SkywalkerL, has dispatched a dozen remotely interesting questions into the far reaches of Bolivia….

Nah, just kidding. None of that has anything to do with this quiz. Standard mystery theme format, blah blah blah. It just happens to be my fifth attempt at a mystery theme and has nothing to do with The Empire Strikes Back.

(Or does it? Dun dun DUN...)

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Questions:

In WHAT NOVEL does Charles Marlow captain a steamboat from Outer Station to Central Station and back again? He returns with a report for the International Society for the Suppression of Savage Customs, with a postscript reading simply "exterminate the brutes!", but conceals it from its intended recipients.

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THE HEART OF DARKNESS

WHAT TELEVISION SHOW features Richard "Old Man" Harrison, his son Rick, and his grandson Corey, as well as Corey's childhood friend Austin "Chumlee" Russell? Spin-off shows have been set in the UK, Australia, and Louisiana.

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PAWN STARS

WHAT ARTHROPODS are members of the order Xiphosura and (despite their name) most closely related to spiders? They have nine eyes (some of which can see into the ultraviolet spectrum) and their blue copper-based blood contains amebocytes, a white blood cell analogue harvested for use in the LAL test for detecting bacterial endotoxins.

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HORSESHOE CRABS

WHAT ANIMAL FARM CHARACTER, one of two mares on the farm, generally represents the Russian proletariat along with her male counterpart Boxer? (The other mare, Mollie, represents czarist Russians and flees the farm early in the novel.)

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CLOVER

WHAT BREWING COMPANY is a sub-company of Tenth and Blake Beer Company, which is itself the craft and import division of MillerCoors? The company's namesake flagship product, formerly known as Bellyslide Belgian White, is a Belgian-style witbier brewed with white wheat, coriander, and orange peel.

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BLUE MOON BREWING COMPANY

WHAT VESSEL was sunk at Auckland, New Zealand in 1985 by French intelligence operatives? A Greenpeace vessel involved in a wide variety of environmental activities, it took its name from a spurious Hopi legend (actually created by 20th century Christian missionaries) and was in no way a member of a men's athletic team from the University of Hawaii.

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RAINBOW WARRIOR

WHAT 1956 FILM was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, making it the only short film to receive an Academy Award nomination for anything other than Best Short Film? Set in the Ménilmontant neighborhood of Paris, it tells the story of a boy named Pascal and his titular (and very unusual) friend.

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THE RED BALLOON (LE BALLON ROUGE)

Takeittothebridge throwitoverboard / Seeifitcanswim backuptotheshore / Noonesinthehouse everyoneisout / Allthelightsareonandtheblindsaredown

Those lyrics are taken from WHAT 1987 SONG, the highest-charting song in the US by Squeeze?

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HOURGLASS

WHAT PUBLIC INTELLECTUAL, a physiologist by training, is the author of The Third Chimpanzee, Collapse, and Guns, Germs, and Steel? The last of those titles won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.

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JARED DIAMOND

WHAT DIRECTOR is best known for four classic horror movies of the 1930s: Frankenstein, The Old Dark House, The Invisible Man, and Bride of Frankenstein? The 1998 movie Gods and Monsters was a somewhat fictionalized version of his last days, in which he was portrayed by Ian McKellen.

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JAMES WHALE

WHAT EDIBLE SEEDS are frequently used in Levantine cooking, where they're commonly found in kibbeh and baklava? In the West they're sometimes used as a salad topping, but they're most important as an essential ingredient in proper alla genovese pesto.

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PINE NUTS

To WHAT GROUP do all the other questions in this quiz allude? As a hint: the first question refers to the only constant member of the group, the next seven to the other current members, the ninth to a former long-time member, and the last two to former members for only very brief periods.

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LUCKY CHARMS MARSHMALLOW BITS (hearts, shooting stars, horseshoes, clovers, blue moons, rainbows, balloons, hourglasses, diamonds, whales, pine trees)