Go ahead, take a look at the results of yesterday’s match: Identical defenses, plus we got the same three questions right, plus our answers make a nice right/wrong/right/wrong pattern. This is not something you see every day. If you gotta tie, this is the way to do it.
1. The first drug specifically licensed as antiretroviral, and the first to be approved by the U.S. FDA for treatment of patients infected with HIV (in 1987), is a drug known by what three letters?
There were so many plays on the subject of AIDS in the late 80s and early 90s that this can almost be considered a theater question. AZT was a total gimme.
2. Name the horse breed, first developed in the American colonies in the 17th century and the most popular in the United States today, which is named for its superior ability at sprinting short distances (specifically, those 1/4 mile or less).
My knowledge of horses comes entirely from picture books for babies: “This is a horse.” I guess at some level I was aware there are different horse breeds, but it’s not something I’ve ever given much thought to. I wrote Arabian at first, then decided that 17th-century colonists were not yet overfamiliar with the word Arab. Took that out and went with palomino instead. This was equally wrong: What I wanted was quarter horse. Oh, “1/4 mile or less.” Cute.
3. Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games trilogy begins with the novel of the same name. Give the title of either of the two subsequent novels in the series.
I knew the second book was _____ Fire, but I couldn’t think what gerund went into that blank. (“Catching.”) That’s okay: I knew the third book is Mockingjay.
4. Identify the sucralose-based product which is, by far, the best-selling artificial sweetener brand in the United States.
An easy gimme! Equal!
WHAT? The answer is Splenda?!
5. The term Bollywood is used informally to refer to the film industry of India, and specifically to the Hindi-language film industry based in what city?
An easy gimme! Bombay!
WHAT? The answer is Mumbai?!
Oh, wait, Bombay and Mumbai are the same thing. Okay, whew.
6. Which branch of Protestant Christianity, one of the largest today with about 75 million adherents worldwide, originated in Scotland, and is influenced primarily by Calvinist theological tradition (similar to Congregationalists)?
Unlike with horse breeds, here I could name a few different sects, stare at the list, and then choose one at semi-random: Episcopalian. Presbyterianism was on my list. I shoulda chose it.