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Completion Time: 30m 51s
Theme: American Football and the Super Bowl!
Answers I missed: 0
TODAY’S GOOGLIES …
4 AMMAN: Centuries ago, the city of Amman, Jordan was ruled by the Greeks. Ptolomey II Phildelphus, who ruled what was then Egypt, named the city Philadelphia.
16 DADA: Dadaism thrived during and just after WWI, and was an anti-war, anti-bourgeois and anti-art culture.
20 ORO: Francisco Goya was a Spanish painter, often called the last of the Old Masters, and the first of the moderns. Two of his most famous works are “The Nude Maja” and “The Clothed Maja“.
21 COUMO: I well remember Mario Cuomo’s keynote address to the Democratic National Convention soon after I moved to America. For a new immigrant it was an interesting glimpse into American politics.
22 LEA: Lea Thompson is well known as the star of “Caroline in the City“, the TV show from the nineties, but I best remember as Marty McFly’s mother in the “Back to the Future” trilogy.
35 RDA: The Recommended Daily Allowances were introduced during WWII, and were replaced by the Recommended Daily Intakes in 1997.
36 SNERD: Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen’s most famous character was Charlie McCarthy, but he also worked with Mortimer Snerd.
43 TAI CHI: More properly called tai chi chuan, tai chi is a martial art mostly practiced for improving overall health and increasing longevity.
55 UTES: The athletic teams of the University of Utah.
56 ILIE: I thought that Ilie Nastase was the most entertaining tennis player of the 70s, the days of Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe.
68 SOS: The combination of three dots, three dashes, three dots, is a Morse signal first introduced by the German government as a standard distress signal in 1905. The sequence is remembered as the letters SOS, although there is no pause between the letters, so this is in effect only a mnemonic. Similarly, the phrases “Save Our Souls” and “Save Our Ship” are also only mnemonics, introduced after the Morse signal was adopted.
71 NADER: Ralph Nader first became affiliated with the Green Party for the 1996 Presidential campaign. More recently he ran as an independent, with political positions that were largely consistent with the Greens.
78 JUDD: Judd Apatow is best known for producing the TV series “Freaks and Geeks” and “Undeclared“.
79 SPIRO: Spiro Agnew served as Vice-President under Richard Nixon, before becoming the only VP in history to have to resign because of criminal charges (a bribery scandal).
81 ASIA: What we now know as the (great) game of Risk, was created by a French film director in 1957, originally called “The Conquest of the World”, and first released in France.
82 LENITY: The quality of being lenient …
83 MERRIE: Merrie Melodies was a series of cartoons distributed by Warner Brothers, first introduced in 1931, and last produced in 1969.
85 JOAN: Joan Didion is an American writer, whose work expresses somewhat pessimistic views about contemporary society. She writes about social fragmentation, and believes that the media dictates how we live.
91 IBM: The IBM IntelliStation was a personal computer sold into the workstation niche. It was introduced in 1997, and discontinued last year (2009).
92 AD REM: Literally “to the matter”, ad rem.
94 BUCKY: Bucky Dent won two World Series rings with the New York Yankees, in 1977 and 1978, and is most famous for hitting a home run in the 1978 playoff tie-breaker against the Boston Red Sox.
95 GIN: A Bronx Cocktail: 6 parts gin, 3 parts Sweet Vermouth, 2 parts Dry Vermouth and 3 parts orange juice.
105 SELLERS: “A Shot in the Dark” is the second in the “Pink Panther” series by Blake Edwards, and starred Peter Sellers as Inspector Jacques Clouseau.
107 VERA: Vera Wang’s first choice for a career was figure skating, but she failed to make the 1968 US Olympics team. She switched to the world of fashion, and is famous for her designs of wedding dresses … but also costumes for figure skaters.
123 OSSIAN: Scottish poet James Macpherson produced a series of poems that he claimed were translations of ancient poems, apparently related by Ossian, a hero of Irish and Scottish folklore.
143 KAHN: “It Had to Be You” was published in 1924, with lyrics written by Gus Kahn.
144 ANNE: Princess Anne is the younger sister of Prince Charles, and tenth in line to the throne of the United Kingdom.
145 ABE: Abe Vigoda played Detective Sergeant Phil Fish in “Barney Miller“, and even got his own spin-off show called “Fish”.
146 ADLAI: Adlai Stevenson ran unsuccessfully against Eisenhower in 1952. Some years later he served under President Kennedy as Ambassador to the United Nations. He was always noted for his eloquence, and had an infamous exchange in a Security Council meeting during the Cuban missile crisis. “I am prepared to wait for my answer until Hell freezes over!”
5 MUDD: Roger Mudd is perhaps best known for his 1979 interview with Senator Edward Kennedy. Ted Kennedy’s lackluster responses to some of Mudd’s questions were cited as the reason support plummeted for his 1980 Presidential nomination.
7 AMWAY: Amway is still going strong. It is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States, with sales of around $8 billion and about 13,000 employees.
10 DENIS: Denis Leary is currently starring the TV show “Rescue Me“, but my favorite performance of his was in “The Thomas Crown Affair“.
13 ABU: Abu is a monkey in the Disney production of “Aladdin“. He was based on Abu, a thief in the 1940 film “The Thief of Baghdad“.
17 ANORAK: Anorak‘s aren’t very popular over here in America. Everyone has one in Ireland!
32 TWIT: Again, a word not used very often here in America, but slang that used to be quite common in England.
33 KENNER: Kenner Products of Cincinnati, Ohio introduced the Easy-Bake Oven in 1963, and they are still produced today, but now by Hasbro.
44 HAIR OIL: A pomade is perfumed ointment, mainly used for grooming the hair.
47 LAWN-BOY: The first Lawn-Boy mower was introduced in 1934 by the Evinrude Company, and has been produced by the Toro Company since 1989.
50 LUC: Luc Besson wrote the storyline for “The Fifth Element” when he was still in his teens, and ended up directing Bruce Willis in the lead role in 1997.
60 RATIOS: Yep, sines and cosines are just ratios. As you all recall from school, no doubt, for an angle in a triangle, the sine is the length of the side opposite the angle divided by the length of the hypotenuse (the longest side). The cosine is the length of the adjacent side divided by the length of the hypotenuse.
61 AGORAE: Agorae were open “places of assembly” in Ancient Greece. Over time they became places for commerce, markets.
64 EST: Id est, the Latin for “that is”, abbreviated to i.e.
69 STEARNS: New York investment bank Bear Stearns was one of the institutions that collapsed in the financial meltdown of 2008, and was sold off to JPMorgan Chase.
71 NUREYEV: Ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev’s most famous partnership was with Margot Fonteyn. They had their last performance together when Nureyev was 50-years-old, and Fonteyn an impressive 69.
75 BISMOL: Pepto-Bismol was originally marketed as a remedy for infant diarrhea, and sold under the name Bismosal: Mixture Cholera Infantum.
83 MCCOURT: “‘Tis” was Frank McCourt’s sequel to “Angela’s Ashes“, the story of his life growing up in Ireland. Frank McCourt passed away last year (2009).
84 EPICARP: The epicarp is also known as the “exocarp”, and is the tough, outer skin of fruit.
89 SULFA: Sulfa drugs is a common name for sulfonamides. They are used as anti-microbials.
90 ANA: Ana Ivanovic is a Serbian tennis player, and former world number one. As well as playing tennis, she also studies finance at university in her native Belgrade.
93 DIRAE: The Furies in Roman mythology were the female personification of vengeance. They were also known as the Dirae, “the terrible”.
97 CLARE: Clare Quilty is a character in the novel and movie “Lolita“, a rival to the hero for the affections of Lolita. In the 1962 film he was played by Peter Sellers.
99 DEY: Dey was a title used in North Africa, for rulers in Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli.
102 ONION ROLL: Bialy is a Yiddish word for a small onion roll, that takes its name from Bialystok, a city in Poland.
108 RAE: John Rae was a Scottish explorer, who took on the task of searching for the ill-fated Franklin Expedition of 1845. The Franklin Expedition was itself searching for the elusive Northwest Passage through the Arctic Ocean connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific. John Rae created much controversy back in England when he reported evidence of cannibalism among the ill-fated Franklin explorers.
115 QUARKS: Quarks are sub-atomic particles, found within the nucleus. There are six types of quarks, ne of which is named “up”, and another “down”. The others are top, bottom, charm and strange. One of my physics professors at college worked on the team that discovered the charm.
124 NIOBE: We talked about Niobe and the Weeping Rock a few days ago.
128 ASNER: Ed Asner was most famous for playing Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show“.