Cast of Characters by ShapiroA

Champion(s):

Tortoise
Slow and Steady


Runner(s)-Up:

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


Quiz Description

All answers are symbols that can be typed on a standard computer keyboard. Just in case Alpaca Farm has an issue with some of these non-alphabetic symbols in answers, type the NAMES of the symbols as well, e.g., ": (colon)".

Full Results:

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1 Tortoise 424 99 15
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2 Projectyl 420 97 15
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3 Jeffurry 407 95 00
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4 WeinbergD 396 93 15
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5 ChernicoffS 394 91 15
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6 DreyfusB 386 89 15
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7 Ruwisc 380 87 15
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8 RJRouge 377 86 15
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9 KitchenB 369 84 15
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10 zerocrates 365 82 00
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11 NathanL 356 80 15
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12 BringMoreLegos 353 78 15
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13 KreitzerJ 350 76 15
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14 UllspergerA 331 75 15
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15 raccoonleaf 329 73 15
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16 Jon1234 326 71 15
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17 jlboldrick 325 69 15
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18 PruettC 311 67 15
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19 Timm 308 65 00
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20 LivenickT 302 63 15
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21 AnthonyBianca 281 62 15
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22 MattK 280 60 15
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23 VenguswamyK 278 56 00
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23 helene 278 56 15
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23 orwant 278 56 00
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26 FauxD 276 52 00
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27 MitchellWA 259 50 00
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28 Tarn 256 48 00
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28 KosmanJ 256 48 00
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30 McClintockJ 253 45 00
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31 ShampooCell 244 43 00
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32 akambour 241 41 15
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33 ElendilPickle 237 39 00
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34 TimL 231 37 00
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39 randalleng 201 28 00
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48 RonningD 130 12 00
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49 JennyV 125 10 00
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Questions:

This symbol began to appear around the 1990s in written text as a gender-inclusive suffix for Spanish-language terms, and was most widely embraced by bilingual activists and academics. More recently it has been supplanted by the still more inclusive "x".

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@ (at sign)

This symbol is to English as guillemets are to French and corner brackets are to Japanese.

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" (quotation mark; double or single accepted)

You've probably seen the bumpersticker. Which character (with a certain color scheme) is the symbol of the Human Rights Campaign?

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= (equal sign)

This symbol is not too common in titles, but you'll find it in the title of a 2009 Matt Damon movie and a Beatles song containing calliope music. It also appears in both the name of a Las Vegas-based rock band AND their 2013 album featuring the single "Miss Jackson".

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! (exclamation point)

Give EITHER of the two characters that are frequently "retrieved" by the Reddit user LimbRetrieval-Bot, whose last 1000 comments are analyzed in the attached image.

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\ or _ (backslash or underscore)

Workers at Bell Labs endearingly referred to this many-named symbol as the "octothorpe".

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# (number/pound/hash)

What is the stage name of Rudy Martínez when performing with the Mysterians

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? (question mark)

The attached illustration comes from the 1820s children's book "The Tragical Death of an Apple Pie". The tale recounts how "B bit it, C cut it, D dealt it..." The text on the page shown is "XYZ and ___ all wished for a piece in hand"; who goes in the blank?

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& (ampersand)

Among its many uses when standing alone, this symbol can refer to the headword in a dictionary entry; to an equivalence relation in mathematics, especially the relation "is asymptotic to"; and, in computing, to a user's home directory. It has also become popular online as a mark of sarcasm, often surrounding a phrase which is not to be taken at face value.

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~ (tilde)

TWO ANSWERS REQUIRED: Kurt Vonnegut famously had things to say about these two symbols: the first he likened to, ahem, the human butthole, while the second he was quite scathing about, writing "all they do is show you've been to college".

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* ; (asterisk and semicolon)

The "Other uses" section of this symbol's Wikipedia page links to the Wikipedia pages for Microsoft, George Lucas, and ASAP Rocky.

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$ (dollar sign)

"Death, be not proud" is an example of a literary device whose name might be most concisely represented by what character?

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' (apostrophe)