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

Champion(s):

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


Runner(s)-Up:

YuC
It is better to sit in silence and appear dumb than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.


Quiz Description

This is the sequel to Dr. Shapiro's Question of the Day III and its predecessors. 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.

Full Results:

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9 BringMoreLegos 384 83 15
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10 capitalr 369 82 15
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Questions:

HAN_MAN

You're on the gallows with no room left for error. Supply the letter such that the resulting 7-letter term has the maximum number of hits on Google (for Dr. Shapiro, at the time of writing; who knows if we all see the same Google results, but don't worry, it isn't close).

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U or HANUMAN

The story goes that Queen Victoria of England enjoyed a certain children's book so much that she requested the author's next work, so he sent her An Elementary Treatise on Determinants -- a book that introduced a method mathematicians now call "Dodgson concentration". What was the book that initially gained her admiration?

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Take the name of Uruguay's capital and translate it (approximately) into English. The result is the name of what Bay Area city, pop. ~75,000? No cheating allowed, though Google surely holds the answer.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW

From a certain entry on Wikipedia: "In the terminology of phonetics, the sound has been described as a voiceless linguolabial trill, [r̼̊] ... A ___ is never used in human language phonemically (that is, as a building block of words), but it is widely used across human cultures."

What word (which is also a kind of fruit) has been redacted?

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RASPBERRY

A chain of sweet treat purveyors with many locations in the U. S. offers a discount that is only available 7 days a year. Those days are in January, March, May, July, August, October, and December. What's the chain?

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BASKIN-ROBBINS (31st-of-the-month deal)

Other than the questionable "chachacha", which English word contains ACHACH?

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STOMACHACHE(S)

Which planet (other than Earth) is, on average, closest to Earth? If it helps, you may assume all planets orbit the Sun in coplanar circles; though this is not entirely accurate, it simplifies the problem without changing the answer.

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MERCURY

The Parsons code (a.k.a. melodic contour) for the chorus of "Jingle Bells" begins with *RR RRR RUDUU...

What well-known Christmas carol has a Parsons code beginning with *DDDDDDD?

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JOY TO THE WORLD

The gnaborretni is a rare and somewhat whimsical typographic symbol whose occurrence is limited to one major world language. What is that language?

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SPANISH

"__, __, __, sugar on your bread, / If you don't like it you can go to bed." These are the 5th and 6th lines of a familiar children's song, in a version from India. The first 4 lines are much closer to the American version, but then the songs diverge because of dialect differences and rhyme constraints. What goes in the blanks?

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X, Y, Z or ZED

The hibiscus, saguaro, and Cherokee rose are the official state flowers of what 3 U. S. states? Yes, all 3 are required, in order. As a small hint, each of these states has (strictly) more vowels than consonants in its name.

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HAWAII, ARIZONA, GEORGIA

What number belongs in the blue cell?

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4 (distance from home for the white king's knight on a chessboard)