Questions On Turning Thirty-One, part I by KlionskyG

Champion(s):

ChernicoffS
Even the president of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked. —Bob Dylan


Runner(s)-Up:

RichmondJ


Quiz Description

I turn 31 years old on February 12th on the solar calendar and on the 8th of Adar (this year March 4th) on the Hebrew calendar, so here are some questions about the number 31. Part I will be out for the former date, part II for the latter date. As an inversion of the numerals 31, there are 13 questions in each of the quizzes. We cover a lot of ground here between the two quizzes -- geography, music, television, current events, sports, math, history, film, literature, language, science, etc.

Unless otherwise specified, a correct last name is sufficient and a correct first name without a last name is not. If you list both names and one is incorrect, you get it wrong.

See below for how scoring works.

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1 ChernicoffS 709 99 31
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3 Meena 637 95 31
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5 KaufmanK 590 91 31
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6 MazelTovCocktail 575 90 31
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8 Vintsanity 534 86 31
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11 DouglasLovesVixey 520 80 31
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13 Commodore 480 77 00
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18 Susan 372 67 00
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18 HirschO 372 67 00
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27 randalleng 299 51 00
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28 jnowell 290 50 00
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Questions:

US HISTORY
Under the 31st US Congress, the 31st state was admitted to the Union. Name the state, one of only a few added after 1800 that was not previously an organized territory.

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California

GAMES/SPORT
What team defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI, scoring on (at the time) both the longest Super Bowl TD pass (81 yards to Antonio Freeman) and the longest Super Bowl kickoff return (99 yards by Desmond Howard)?

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Green Bay Packers

LITERATURE
In the 31st and final chapter of which book will you find praises of a "woman of valor"? "Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain; But a woman that fears the Lord, she shall be praised."

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Proverbs

GEOGRAPHY
What US Interstate roughly parallels US-31 all the way from Mobile, AL through Nashville and Louisville before veering west in Indianapolis?

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I-65

CLASSICAL MUSIC
What prolific composer, born on the 31st day of the year, died at age 31? He is particularly known for his piano works and his settings of poems by Goethe and Schiller.

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Franz Schubert

GRAB BAG
"On our first date, I treated her to the finest ice cream Baskin-Robbins had to offer, our dinner table doubling as the curb. I kissed her, and it tasted like chocolate."

This is a quote from a 3,000 pound monument near the center of ZIP code 60615. Who is "her"?

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Michelle (Robinson) Obama

GAMES/SPORT
31 is the minimum number of moves required to move a stack of five discs of increasing diameter from one post to either of the other two according to the rules of what game, introduced in 1883 by French mathematician Édouard Lucas?

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Tower of Hanoi

FILM
31 is the combined number of lifetime Academy Awards won by the man who has won the highest total, the woman who has won the highest total, and the oldest person ever to win an Oscar. Name any of these three people.

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Walt Disney, Edith Head, James Ivory

GEOGRAPHY
You would dial +31 to reach someone in what country, the most densely populated European country larger than 200 square miles?

For what it's worth, this country is also mentioned in Article 31 of the Treaty of Versailles and is part of Region 31 of the Sweet Adelines International (along with England, Scotland, and Wales).

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The Netherlands

SCIENCE
1,1'-(2,2,2-Trichloroethane-1,1-diyl)bis(4-chlorobenzene) has a more common name that has 31 letters (and no numbers). But this molecule is best known by a much shorter name.

Answer either:
- What are the 1st, 9th, and 17th letters of the 31-letter name?
- Alternatively, give the chemical formula of this molecule.

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DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) (C14H9Cl5)

GAMES/SPORT
Bob Gibson set the modern (post-1920) record with a 1.12 ERA for the Cardinals in 1968, "the year of the pitcher". What pitcher won the World Series despite losing to Gibson both times they faced each other? During the regular season, he set the modern record with 31 wins, en route to being unanimously voted as both the AL Cy Young award winner and the AL Most Valuable Player?

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Denny McLain

GRAB BAG
As of 2018, what was produced in 31 countries? The United States produced the highest quantity of it by far, but it only satisfied approximately a fifth of the national need.

France produced less than half as much, Ukraine less than a tenth, and Hungary and Slovakia far less -- but only in these four countries did it provide more than half of the national need.

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nuclear power

CURRENT EVENTS
Last question in Part I; I hope to curry enough favor with you that you come back in a few weeks for Part II. And now on to the question:

In February 2019, less than ten miles from downtown Toledo, OH, Anthony Miracola set a world record by doing what 31 times in a minute?

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shooting consecutive NBA-distance 3-pointers