Dr. Shapiro's Question of the Day II by ShapiroA

Champion(s):

Frivolisaurus


Runner(s)-Up:

SpraragenM
Ayn davar, zeh lo norah.


Quiz Description

This is the sequel to Dr. Shapiro's Question of the Day. As it says there:

I teach middle and high schoolers in San Francisco. Every day, I wear a puzzle or trivia question on my shirt. This quiz is a selection of past questions with no particular commonality, except that each one has been solved by at least one kid. (N. B.: I work with some pretty clever kids.)

Some puzzles don't come with explicit instructions, which you may find annoying if that is the sort of thing that annoys you. Some answers may not be unique. I will judge as fairly as I can.

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1 Frivolisaurus 438 98 15
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2 SpraragenM 412 96 15
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3 Natasha 403 93 15
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4 BenjaminJ 399 90 15
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5 HensleyB 388 88 15
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6 Projectyl 385 85 15
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7 WangS 378 82 00
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8 LuskT 364 78 15
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8 BradburnA 364 78 00
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10 IrwinK 346 75 15
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11 jefe 338 72 15
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12 BoyerA 337 69 15
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13 CrosslandC 332 67 15
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14 DoyleE 327 64 00
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15 letouj 322 61 15
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17 AllyScully 294 56 15
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18 LongD 281 53 15
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19 petkunm 276 51 15
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20 WattsR 271 48 00
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21 rstrata 270 46 15
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22 LoveF 245 42 15
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22 StahlhutJ 245 42 00
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24 Steve 211 38 15
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Questions:

A potato is initially 99 percent water by weight. After drying out some, the potato is 98 percent water by weight. What percentage of its original weight did the potato lose?

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50

(This question was on my nametag on February 8, 2016.)

I walked around my neighborhood at midnight last night, watching festivities that I could barely have slept through if I'd tried. What did I see, hear, and smell on nearly every block? (I'm just looking for a single answer here.)

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FIRECRACKERS (for Lunar New Year)

The word THEME contains three pronouns (he, me, them). What five-letter word contains four pronouns?

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USHER

(Originally presented as a cartoon.)

Hedgehog A: "You nine three much, glutton." Hedgehog B: "It takes two three know two." These hedgehogs have obviously developed their own secret slang. Show that you understand it by using "five" in a sentence.

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e.g., ELEVEN-FIVE, ROGER THAT

A student at the San Francisco Ferry Building sees a rainbow over Treasure Island. At the same moment, someone on Treasure Island sees a rainbow over... where?

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OAKLAND

Candy from swamp shopping center -- that hurts! (11)

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MARSHMALLOW

What hard-to-spell color is named for the flower seen here? You don't have to actually get the spelling right.

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FUCHSIA

(This question was suggested by one of my students.)

What plural noun becomes a different, singular noun when you add an S to the end?

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e.g., PRINCES

Insert "T" to turn spuds into shreds.

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TATERS -> TATTERS

If PAGER is purple and MILE is green and CHEAP is orange, what color is MELON?

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YELLOW

This question's all in the image.

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PROVERB

Corn = baby tree. Den = paradise. Scream = a sweet treat. Cur = reddish gold. Nit = a foot, perhaps. And sometimes, pout = ?

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A CRASH, A SOUND DEFEAT, etc.