Mystery Theme #99 by ShapiroA

Champion(s):

MassogliaB


Runner(s)-Up:

ChernicoffS
God help America.


Quiz Description

Yep, another mystery theme! Answers not adhering to the theme will be rejected, even if the smith might otherwise be inclined to consider them "close enough".

Full Results:

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1 MassogliaB 524 98 15
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2 ChernicoffS 518 95 15
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3 CooperJ 449 92 00
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4 Tortoise 446 89 15
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5 PerryS 428 86 15
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6 WangS 422 83 15
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7 NathanL 382 80 00
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8 WeikleB 374 77 00
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9 RoseM 352 74 00
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10 parenthetical-k 332 71 00
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11 LuskT 305 68 00
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12 Tablesaw 296 65 00
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13 TriviaBug 278 62 15
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20 Chris 181 40 00
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21 RaiaB 168 36 00
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21 JungmanN 168 36 00
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23 JordanG 162 31 00
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24 FryedBetaKappa 159 28 00
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25 BoulierJ 156 25 15
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31 LairdM 83 7 00
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33 caseyyo 43 1 00
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Questions:

Fill in the two missing words from this snippet of a 1982 speech by Ronald Reagan: "... the march of freedom and democracy, which will leave Marxism-Leninism on the _____ _____ of history ..."

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ash heap

Chard is a cultivar, selected for its leaves, of what vegetable more commonly grown for a different part of the plant?

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beet

What adjective can refer to the geometry of positively curved space or to writing that is extremely succinct, even to the point of obscurity? (Its geometric opposite also refers to a rhetorical eccentricity, of a much more expansive sort.)

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elliptic

In Greek myth, Hercules' ninth labor required him to obtain a girdle belonging to what Queen of the Amazons?

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Hippolyta

Name the quasi-Indian dish (3 words), possibly invented in Scotland, which British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook famously identified as "a true British national dish... a perfect illustration of the way Britain absorbs and adapts external influences". Major ingredients include tomatoes (or tomato paste) and cream.

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chicken tikka masala

This word, from the Greek for "set of nine", can specifically refer to the ancient Heliopolitan pantheon of Atum, Shu, Tefnut, Geb, Nut, Osiris, Isis, Seth, and Nephthys.

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ennead

This word traditionally referred to a barrel-maker, and has become a common surname shared (among others) by the author of the 1839 History of the Navy of the United States of America and an actor who played Howard Roark on screen. With the addition of a clarifying hyphen, this word might also refer to a member of a group adhering to the Rochdale Principles.

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cooper

What is the three-letter initialism for the Chicago-based organization, formed in 1905, which originated the motto "An injury to one is an injury to all"?

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IWW

This word (أمة in its original Arabic) commonly refers to the worldwide community of Islamic peoples. Contrary to popular belief (note: not actually a popular belief), Kanye West did not use this word at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards to inform the Islamic community that he would let them finish.

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ummah

Read with care: The rather odd spelling of the U. S. commercial name for the sedative methaqualone, introduced in 1965 and discontinued in the early 1980s, was meant to echo the name of what antacid then produced by the same pharmaceutical company?

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Maalox

The bell jar and the McLeod gauge are laboratory instruments used in the production and measurement, respectively, of what phenomenon?

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vacuum

My aunt Tillie, who is very choosy about what she does and doesn't like, is indeed appreciative of all twelve answers to this questionnaire, which exhibit not only a commonality, but every form of that commonality which is possible using the resources of Aunt Tillie's second language. What is that language?

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Hawaiian