That’s all, folks! Congrats to Eric Suess for taking top honors in the Champions Division!
1. Baseball manager Connie Mack retired in 1950 at age 87 with a total of 3,731 wins, having managed the first 50 seasons of what franchise’s existence? His longevity is due in large part to his role as the team’s sole owner for the final 13 seasons (team nickname required).
For some reason, I associated Connie Mack as having a part in the Jackie Robinson story, so I went with the Dodgers. But it turns out that my brain was generating pleasant fictions that had nothing to do with reality. Mack toed the line when it came to Major League Baseball’s color barrier, and he spent the bulk of his career with the Philadelphia Athletics, a team I had no idea ever existed.
2. The ‘lowest’ set of numbers that fits the definition of a primitive Pythagorean triple is (3, 4, 5). Which set of three numbers is next lowest?
I spent quite a lot of time fooling around with numbers, looking for three that would properly fill out the classic formula a-squared + b-squared = c-squared. When I came across 6, 8, and 10, I stopped looking. Alas, I skipped one: I hadn’t noticed 5, 12, and 13. My answer has a lower average!
3. In this photograph, a single word, the name of the game being played, is obscured (in two different places). What is the word?
My joy at seeing this question was short-lived: It lasted just as long as it took me to click on the photograph. I thought I knew games, and particularly parlor games, but here was something I had never set eyes on in my life. Well, I had to come up with something, and eventually I came up with “skittles.” And amazingly, if you look up skittles in Wikipedia, it directs you to the actual answer to this question: Carrom. So I was close, anyway, and that’s good enough for me even if I didn’t score any points.
4. Otto I was the first, in 962, and Francis II was the last, in 1806, to hold what title (which could be argued actually began with Charlemagne in 800)?
Well… Charlemagne was a Roman Emperor, wasn’t he? But did the Roman Empire last until the early 19th century? I sure didn’t think so, but what do I know? So I went with Roman Emperor — not with any great confidence, but because it would have been a fool’s game to try to come up with some other answer. And thus do I beef up my World History stats on my final day in Learned League.
…Except no. I didn’t get credit for my answer. Because I left out “Holy?” Well, I would have lost even if this question had counted, so I’m not going to make a fuss about it.
5. This term, from Latin for blood relation, is used to describe words which have a common etymological origin (such as the English drink and the German trinken, or the French lait and Spanish leche).
I knew that when I saw the answer that I would exclaim, “Right! Shoulda had that!” And indeed, I have had multiple exposures to the word cognate. It just wouldn’t come to me when I needed it.
6. This is a screenshot from what film?
Now what is this bushwa? This is a photograph of John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn. Wayne portrayed the character in two movies — True Grit and Rooster Cogburn. Are we supposed to know from the photograph which movie this is? Did he drink a particular whiskey in the first movie but not the second? Did his patch change eyes?
Well, time to flip a coin, then. I went with True Grit, which was correct. Anybody get tripped up on this one? Or were both answers accepted?
Thanks all for being such a great bunch of kibbitzers. I wonder what this blog will become next?