Mystery theme II by KlionskyG

Champion(s):

JacksonM


Runner(s)-Up:

dklee


Quiz Description

Hot on the heels of my first mystery theme quiz, here's another one on a different theme with a somewhat novel format.

  • Each "question", except for the final one, consists of two clues, each of which has a different answer.
  • You may provide either answer to receive credit - you need not enter both.
  • For example, if Question #0 was:

    1. What is the name of the website you are on right now?
    2. How many points will you get for each unmoneyed question correctly answered?


    You should provide either "Alpaca farm trivia" or "Fifteen" as the answer.

  • If you say either "Alpaca farm" or "Fifteen", I will mark you correct because you need provide only one answer.
  • If you say "Alpaca farm trivia, Five", I will mark you correct because the first answer listed was correct (for the first question), even though you provided two answers and one was wrong.
  • If you say "Llama farm, Fifteen", I will mark you incorrect because the first answer listed was incorrect, even though the second answer listed was correct.
  • If you say "Fifteen, Llama farm", I will mark you correct because the first answer listed was correct even though it was for the second question.
  • Again, you need only provide one answer.



Once I close the quiz, I will make this public recap/discussion available.


Please make sure you actually click submit!

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Questions:

PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION ABOVE REGARDING THESE MULTIPLE QUESTIONS!


1. 200 years after Shakespeare wrote a play with this title, Heinrich Joseph von Collin wrote another, which inspired Beethoven to compose an Overture, Op. 62, with the same title. What Roman are all three of these works named after?

2. Mario Puzo's 1969 novel features a family with what last name? The author later received multiple Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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COR - Coriolan (or Coriolanus); Corleone

1. What town approximately doubles in population when you include the students at the University of Maine, whose flagship campus has been located there since the 1860s? It's also the name of a smaller city in Hennepin County because the founder was from the town in Maine.

2. What is the name of the tallest dam in the United States? It's on the Feather River, 66 miles due north of the California state capitol building (see image):

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ORO - Orono; Oroville Dam

1. By what name was the youngest player on Brazil's 1994 FIFA World Cup-winning national team known? He won again 8 years later, and in the meantime also picked up FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 1996, 1997, and 2002. Don't get him confused with a younger man who plays for Portugal.

2. What is the Japanese term for a samurai without a master (whether by the master's death or after losing favor)? Literally meaning "wave man", the term fits the lone warrior's lifestyle as he drifts around, getting hired as a bodyguard or mercenary or turning to banditry.

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RON - Ronaldo; Rōnin

1. The Biblical Judah's middle son (of three) was put to death after "displeasing" God for taking a certain action instead of fulfilling his brotherly obligations. In the 18th century, his name became a euphemism for that "displeasing" action. What was his name?

2. He said about the opera singer Maria Callas, "There [was] just a natural curiosity; after all, we were the most famous Greeks alive in the world." You might question his ethics - supposedly their affair continued even after he married someone even more famous in 1968. What's his last name?

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ONA - Onan; Onassis

1. Año Nuevo and Pascua are Spanish public holidays that are also federal holidays in the United States. Besides Día del Trabajador (which Spain marks on May 1 and the United States marks on the first Monday in September) and the respective Independence Days (October 12 and July 4), what is the Spanish name for the final shared holiday? This holiday's name appears in the name of the first (unsuccessful) attempt to establish a Spanish colony in the New World.

2. What word fills in the blank in 5th Marine Division signal officer Major Howard Connor's quote, "Were it not for the ________, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima."

"Buzzard" became "bomber" and "iron fish" became "submarine".

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NAV - Navidad; Navajo

1. Give the standard English name of the scientist and philosopher who drew from the writings of Plato and others (1400 years later and 2000 miles further east) to write over 400 books of his own, including The Book of Healing and The Canon of Medicine. In turn, his writings influenced Maimonides and Aquinas, among many others.

2. It might be a long road to hell for a Buddhist who intentionally kills a parent. What is the name of the lowest, "uninterrupted" level of Naraka (hell) in Buddhist cosmology? Hey brother, no rush to wake me up if you get there; you might be waiting for love far away from the sunshine for many, many years.

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AVI - Avicenna; Avīci

1. What standard workplace technical feature is illustrated here in red with arrows on the right side of this image? It's a good way to keep your data safe while working from a coffee shop. Full name required.

2. The image linked below indicates which airport is responsible for the most flights flying over (but not landing in) each US state. According to Randall Munroe's 2014 book What If?, from which the image was taken, which US state is thus the true "flyover state" - the one with the most flights that fly over it but do not start or end there? See image:

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VIR - Virtual Private Network; Virginia

1. Name the 1997 Tamil film whose title in English translates to "The Duo". It won the Best Film award at the Belgrade International Film Festival and (Indian) National Film Awards for supporting actor and cinematography. Its director Mani Ratnam named it as his best film in a 2013 interview.

2. What is the common name for Carukia barnesi, a small (one cubic centimeter), extremely poisonous box jellyfish that inhabits the northern marine waters of Australia? Though the name sounds like it might refer to certain Japanese characters, it's actually a reference to an Aboriginal tribe that lives in northeast Australia.

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IRU - Iruvar; Irukandji

1. With an estimated 15.5 million weekly listeners, whose radio show is the most popular one in the United States? First and last name required.

2. Name either Antonín Dvořák's most famous opera (titled after a Slavic water sprite) or Mikhail Glinka's most famous opera (based on a poem by Pushkin).

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RUS - Rush Limbaugh; Rusalka (Dvořák), Ruslan and Lyudmila (Glinka)

1. From 2003-2016, what was the name of the professional sports stadium whose current name is Guaranteed Rate Field? The home team won one championship during the era in question.

2. What is the common initialism for the school that is home to the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine and the Annenberg School for Communication, and has produced the most NFL draft picks of any school?

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USC - U.S. Cellular Field; USC [University of Southern California]

1. Fill in the blank with the mathematically and poetically correct word:

A dozen, a gross, and a __________,
Plus three times the square root of four.
   Divided by seven,
   Plus five times 11
Is nine squared, and not a bit more.


2. Jalapeños typically rate in the 1,000s; Cayennes in the 10,000s; Habaneros in the low 100,000s; and Pepper X above 3 million. The units here are abbreviated SHU. What does the "S" stand for?

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SCO - Score; Scoville

Please make sure you actually submit your answers!



What is the theme of this quiz?

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CORONAVIRUS - Within each pair of questions, the two answers begin with the same three letters. These three-letter segments, question by question, are sequential (and overlapping) three-letter segments from the string "CORONAVIRUS" (wrapped around so that it begins again where it ends). Thus overall in the first eleven questions, the pairs of answers begin with, respectively, COR, ORO, RON, ONA, NAV, AVI, VIR, IRU, RUS, USC, SCO.