Tortoise's Mystery #1 by Tortoise

Champion(s):

Projectyl
Under no circumstances should I be permitted to engage in agriculture.


Runner(s)-Up:

NathanL
All my thoughts have been replaced with Hamilton quotes.


Quiz Description

It's a mystery quiz! In this case, rather than having a common theme, the answers to the first 14 questions will lead to a two-word "meta" answer, which you will be asked to identify in question 15. In this case, the first 14 questions are listed alphabetically by answer (excluding any leading articles), and figuring out how to properly reorder them is part of the mystery. Good luck!

Full Results:

Rank Player Total %ile 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Money Value (% Incorrect): 37 69 85 74 69 85 64 37 37 58 69 43 74 85 90
1 Projectyl 619 97 15
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2 NathanL 584 92 00
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3 Jsemleslie 558 86 15
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4 akambour 521 81 15
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74
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5 VenguswamyK 516 76 15
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6 DoyleE 407 71 15
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64
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37
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15
43
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7 RautY 366 65 15
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8 RabinK 345 60 15
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69
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43
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9 firetruck 335 55 15
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10 BlomE 319 50 15
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43
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11 Tarn 261 44 15
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69
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12 ArunH 162 39 15
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13 KPope 156 34 15
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14 PipkeR 136 28 00
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15 BringMoreLegos 104 23 00
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16 casketromance 79 18 00
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17 raccoonleaf 0 7 00
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17 DouglasLovesVixey 0 7 00
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17 AdamKing 0 7 00
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Questions:

Fill in the next item in the sequence: doux, demi-sec, sec, extra dry, ____.

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brut

The music video for what 2008 Rihanna hit includes scenes with the artist imprisoned in a barred cell and tied to a bed?

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Disturbia

What 8-bit character encoding scheme, used primarily on IBM mainframes in the 1950s and '60s, encodes the lowercase alphabet in three separate blocks: 0x81-0x89, 0x91-0x99, and 0xa2-0xa9?

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EBCDIC

What corporation, the result of a 1999 merger, was the 6th largest corporation by market capitalization at the end of 2017, and is the largest of the so-called "supermajors"?

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ExxonMobil

In what city was the following picture taken, in February 1960? (City name only; state not required)

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Greensboro

What is the modern name of the body of water featured in this cropped image from Ptolemy's Geography?

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North Sea

What was the stage name of the entertainer born John Elroy Sanford in 1922?

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Redd Foxx

Practitioners of what alternative therapy, developed in 1922 in Japan, focus a "universal energy" through their palms to their patients for healing purposes?

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Reiki

James Franco earned a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the director of what 2003 film?

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The Room

Although most American nonprofits are covered by section 501(c) of the U.S. Code, what two-word phrase specifically applies to entities which meet the conditions of section 501(c)(3)?

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tax exempt

Dance Central Spotlight, Halo 5: Guardians, and Kinect Sports Rivals are three of the video games that are exclusively available on what specific console platform?

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Xbox One

What corporation, founded in 1906 as the Haloid Photographic Company, operated a notable reseach center in Palo Alto, California, that made key developments in technologies such as Ethernet, the graphical user interface, and object-oriented programming?

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Xerox

What name is shared by the tree-loving character in a George Frideric Handel aria heard in the first half of the attached clip and the title of the concert march by John Mackey heard in the second half of the clip, as well as several historical rulers?

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Xerxes

What Brazilian entertainer, born Maria da Gra├ža Meneghel in 1963, is known as the "Queen of Children"?

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Xuxa

After 14 long and arduous trivia questions, it's time for the mystery. Half of the preceding answers may have you seeing double, but don't worry; they should help you spot what you need from the other answers. Put them all together, and the trail will lead to what two-word phrase?

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Buried Treasure