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

Champion(s):

Tortoise
Slow and Steady


Runner(s)-Up:

heystephen


Quiz Description

This is the sequel to Dr. Shapiro's Question of the Day IV 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 of these are riddle-like and may not be pinned quite to trivia standards. I'll be as fair as I can; you are guaranteed full satisfaction or your money back.

Full Results:

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1 Tortoise 459 98 15
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2 heystephen 435 96 15
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3 TWright17 407 94 15
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4 NathanL 388 92 15
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5 MilesTeg 327 90 15
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6 KlionskyG 316 88 15
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7 zerocrates 308 85 15
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8 RautY 305 83 15
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9 Flealick 299 81 15
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10 FauxD 297 79 15
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11 MyersB 288 77 15
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12 HowellT3 281 75 15
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13 BlomE 280 70 15
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13 MitchellWA 280 70 15
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13 LesterD 280 70 15
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16 GoldfarbDavidJ 277 65 15
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16 JonesRW 277 65 15
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18 akambour 273 61 15
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19 Stevo600 272 58 00
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19 KesslerA2 272 58 15
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21 KreitzerJ 263 55 15
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22 SokolM 262 53 15
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23 KCrest 260 51 00
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24 LiptonM 253 48 15
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25 KonkelT 249 44 15
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25 JasonDuiuc 249 44 15
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25 ecpekkle 249 44 15
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28 RalliP 248 40 15
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29 IvixorB 236 36 15
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29 HortonR 236 36 15
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31 KPope 228 33 15
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32 KosmanJ 220 30 15
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32 jrwofuga 220 30 15
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34 LoveF 217 27 15
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35 ArunH 216 25 00
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36 orwant 195 22 15
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37 mathew5000 192 20 00
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38 quarterrican 188 18 15
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41 colleenw 156 11 00
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42 Ganman 151 9 15
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43 WatskyA 130 7 15
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44 BarthR 103 5 15
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45 AnthonyBianca 99 3 15
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46 DouglasLovesVixey 46 1 00
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Questions:

"While I was riding my bicycle, a bee got trapped behind my aviator glasses." This horrifying piece of very short fiction happens to include the names of 3 famous brands of what item?

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PLAYING CARDS

What kind of soup is easily found in California's state capital, and what other meal can you make from the "leftovers"? (Two answers required.)

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RAMEN, TACOS

It's in Durham, NC, it's 11'8" tall*, and it's called "The Can Opener". According to 11foot8.com, it has "earned a reputation for its unrelenting enforcement of the laws of physics". What is it?

(* This should actually be in the past tense, as the thing in question was recently altered and is now 12'4".)

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BRIDGE/OVERPASS

Name these four things with an etymological commonality: a pink lunchmeat; a stripey ice cream; a thin cookie made of almonds; a country in South America. (Four answers required.)

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BOLOGNA, NEAPOLITAN, FLORENTINE, VENEZUELA (all named for Italian cities)

It once opened Windows; waves, bangs, and braids; upturned sod; 1 y 1. These are all possible crossword clues with what answer in common?

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DOS

"Distracted by a pyjamaed child waving from the second storey of the tower block, I ploughed into the kerb and couldn't manoeuvre in time to stop my tyre from striking a garbage bin. I lost my licence and had to write a big cheque to keep from going to gaol."

With which word above would a British editor be most likely to find fault?

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GARBAGE

Which supermarket sounds like a good place to find bagels, macaroni, pitted olives, saltines, Life Savers, lotus root, and Swiss cheese?

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WHOLE ("HOLE") FOODS

Before Ira Gessel was a famous mathematician -- OK, famous in my world -- he founded CEPTIA, the Committee to End ___ _______ in America. According to this movement, what once-common urban amenity (manufactured by the Nik-O-Lok Company, among others) had to go? Alas, there was little relief, as its elimination merely left a void, discommoding many.

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PAY TOILETS

If family business owners are MOM/POP, and a recollection of strongly seasoned food is a PEPPERY MEMORY, then where might creatures from The Last Jedi undergo an autopsy?

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PORG MORGUE

According to a rule followed by many entomologists (if not by dictionaries or journalists), 'house fly' is 2 words but 'butterfly' is 1. Per the same rule, is it honeybee or honey bee? ladybug or lady bug? dragonfly or dragon fly? stinkbug or stink bug? (Four answers required.)

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HONEY BEE, LADYBUG, DRAGONFLY, STINK BUG (2 words if 2nd part accurately describes the category it belongs to)

On what type of object in Dr. Shapiro's household does the following text appear: "L'assenza di 'clic-clac' e' indice di sicurezza."

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JAR (LID)

What 8-letter word can be made from (all) the letters of two countries that each lie about 1000 miles from the Red Sea, one to the west-southwest and one to the east-northeast?

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ARACHNID (Chad, Iran)