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Can You Solve the Boat Puzzle?
Even if you can't, Physics Girl will explain everything.... READ ON
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Lost in Translation Stumper
It's been a very long time indeed since one of us posted a stumper. Speaking for all us bloggers, we don't really have a good excuse, I'm sure, other than with all our new quizzes, we forgot about the poor stumpers. If you recall, we've had a few Geo Stumpers and Song Stumpers and Celluloid Stumpers to date. So today I thought I'd throw out a new one: the Lost in Translation Stumper. First person to make sense of the below rhyme and tell us what it means, gets a virtual... READ ON
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Song-stumper
I thought I'd try a different format for the old stumper feature. Today you'll be filling in the blanks, finishing sentences in this classic song lyric. Actually, it's from some patter that goes between verses of the song. But that's the only hint I'll drop. As always, if you even think of searching online, you'll not only be disqualified, you'll be racked with guilt for days on end. And before the holidays, you need more guilt like you need another... READ ON
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Matching game: The song remains the same
Hey, fellas and fellettes: matching game time! The following are songs the titles of which also constitute their entire lyrics. Pair them with the right artist for a deep and abiding sense of satisfaction! (And also to claim music trivia bragging... READ ON
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Geo-stumper: name that bridge
Though this bridge has been rebuilt a few times over the years, the same stone piers have supported it since 1806! An incipient version of the neon sign mounted on the bridge was first erected in 1935 and was one of the largest in the world, spanning 330 feet with letters up to nine feet high. If you've read my novel, Behind Everyman, you'll remember I made a joke about the sign. Your job now is to: 1. name the river it crosses, 2. the two towns it connects, and 3. give us the... READ ON
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Miscarriage of justice stumper: match the defendants to their charges
The defendants: The West Memphis Three The Seattle Seven The Birmingham Six The M25 Three The Cuban Five The Chicago Seven The charges: A) Conspiracy to incite a riot in the wake of a violent protest at a Courthouse in 1968. One of the accused was Jeff "The Dude" Dowd, upon whom The Big Lebowski's titular protagonist was based. The charges were never formally settled: aided by an admission by government witnesses that prosecutors said they would "go to any length to combat the... READ ON
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Song stumper: "Rich Girl," but correct, girl?
Today's song stumper is multi-tiered. In order to win bragging rights, you must answer each tier correctly. Question #1: Gwen Stefani released the single "Rich Girl" in 2005. Name the famous rapper who performs on the recording. Question #2: "Rich Girl" riffed on a famous song from a Broadway musical. Name the song. Question #3: Name the musical. Question #4: Name the character in the musical that sings the song. Question #5: Stefani's version of the lyric... READ ON
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Song-stumper
1. Masquerading as a man with a reason My charade is the event of the season And if I claim to be a wise man, well It surely means that I don't know 2. You know I work all day To get you money to buy you things, And it's worth it just to hear you say, You're gonna give me ev'rything. 3. I was alone I never knew What good love could do Ooh, then we touched Then we sang About the lovin things Question #1: What are the names of the three songs quoted above? Question #2: What are the names of... READ ON
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Celluloid-stumper: Going to 11
Everyone has his or her favorite Spinal Tap moment: Derek Smalls getting stuck in the plastic pod, David St. Hubbins belting out "Big Bottoms," or, perhaps, any one of the different explanations describing how each of the band's drummers expired. Of course, just about every scene mocks some actually event or fact from the long, interesting history of rock'n'roll music. Your job in this stumper is to name what and who is being mocked in what I think just might be my... READ ON
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Celluloid-stumper: The Ten Commandments
Ransom's great post on the anniversary of "Talkies" got me in an anniversary mood. Yesterday, Cecil B. DeMille's epic, The Ten Commanments, celebrated its 50th, believe it or not. So in honor of old Cecil, I present today's stumper, which I think you'll find a bit harder than those from past weeks. Rules: as always, no lookin nuttin' up nohow, nowhere! Question #1:The Ten Commandments was nominated for seven Oscars but it only won one. For what? Question #2: Cecil B. DeMille directed 80 films... READ ON
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Celluloid-stumper: 6 Degrees
Today's stumper is a bit different than the usual. Most of you are probably familiar the Six Degrees of Ken Jennings feature in our magazine, where Jennings has to connect two disparate things like silly string and string theory - riffing on the Six Degrees of Separation theory. And, of course, there's Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, with variations where any two actors are named and then connected through the movies they and their co-stars have worked on. So we're going to play that... READ ON
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Celluloid-stumper: Paprikash
Today's the first day of Autumn [ed. note: actually it's the 23rd! Guess I was just too darn anxious to bid farewell to the heat of summer], which always makes me think of two things: Central Park and jazz standards like "Autumn Leaves," "Danke Schoen," or "Autumn in New York." And what movie brings them all together like When Harry Met Sally? So in honor of Fall, of "Autumn in New York," and of Rob Reiner's classic comedy, I present you with... READ ON
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Celluloid-Stumper: Yiddish goes H'W'D
You guys have been getting these stumpers far too quickly. So we're making it a little harder yet, with today's installment. As I said in my Weekend Word Wrap this morning, you all use the Yiddish language every day, even if you don't know you do. In the early 20th century, as Tin Pan Alley and vaudeville merged with the incipient film industry, Yiddish quickly found its way into Hollywood films. Today I'm going to drop two quotes from two different films on you. They're... READ ON
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Celluloid-stumper: no horsing around
Some of you have suggested that our stumpers have been too easy so far. Perhaps that's true. Perhaps you'll find this celluloid-stumper more challenging then. The rules, as always: NO GOOGLING. First person to answer all the questions correctly gets bragging rights. There will be many parts to this stumper, so be sure to read carefully. Question #1: What movie does the following monologue come from? Now I figure, two people get married, and they gonna live together forty, fifty... READ ON
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Geo-stumper: name these shadows
One of the country's most famous hand-made structures, this week's geo-stumper is considered a towering feat of do-it-yourself engineering by some; an ugly, overgrown yard ornament by others. Built over 30 years by an unschooled Italian immigrant with nothing more than a window-washer's tools at his disposal, its 100-foot interlocking spires may be the world's tallest found art piece: they're decorated with rusted bed frames, Bubble-Up cola bottles, sea shells and whatever other pieces of... READ ON
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Celluloid-stumper: The Cabinet
We know how much you all loved Ransom's Geo-stumper, so we're serving another one up today, only let's call it a Celluloid-stumper. (By the way, little known factoid: film isn't generally made from celluloid anymore, but rather polyester.) Now then, without Googling, (and we mean it!), bragging rights to the person who can answer these three questions first, and correctly: Question #1: What movie does the following excerpted dialogue come from? Character A: Can you... READ ON

Near the event horizon of a black hole (the boundary in spacetime surrounding said black hole), "spaghettification" will occur, stretching matter into thin strips.

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