First noted in Gallipolis, Ohio, in 1963, there has never been a lack of
explanations for them.
Suspects include oil companies seeking telltale mutations, evil government agencies, satanic
rituals, UFOs, and famers seeking insurance payments. FTP, name this phenomenon, in which
the victims lose eyes and sex organs and are drained overnight of blood, whose UFO link was
played up in the first episode of "South Park."
A: CATTLE MUTILATIONS (accept equivalents)
They got little baby legs and they stand so low, you got to pick 'em up just
to say hello. They got
little cars that go beep, beep, beep. They got little voices goin' peep, peep, peep. They got grubby
little fingers and dirty little minds. They're gonna get you every time. FTP who are these
creatures, sung about controversially in 1977 by the composer of scores for movies such as The
Natural, Ragtime, and Toy Story--Randy Newman.
ANSWER: SHORT PEOPLE
(Moderator note: This is also a pretty good description of the writers for TRASH. :)
He began his coaching career in 1985 in Cleveland under Marty Schottenheimer
In Kansas City,
he served as Schottenheimer's defensive coordinator before being hired to head an AFC Central
rival of the Browns in 1991. During his tenure, he's led his team to the playoffs the last seven
seasons. FTP, name this coach, currently being talked about for the job of coach and general
manager of the new Cleveland Browns.
A: Bill COWHER
Night Watchman, Vital Signs, Breakthroughs, Brain Bogglers, and Light
Elements all are recurring
columns in this magazine devoted to bringing science news at a readable level. FTP name this
magazine that shares its name with a credit card, and television channel.
He was buried 30 years before the start of the film and the manga, on the
site of the Olympics, in
numerous metal drums to prevent his body from coming together and once again destroying the
city. Portions of his energy are present in motorcycle gang member Tetsuo Shimei, causing
Tetsuo to go berserk, slaughter thousands, envelop his girlfriend, and threaten Neo-Tokyo with
destruction. FTP, name this 1988 Japanese animation extravaganza.
In 1997's Album category, Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind edged out Radiohead's
by 180 points; the closest ballot in years. Beck's Odelay won in 1996, while PJ Harvey's To Bring
You My Love did in 1995. The Who's _Who's Next_ was the inaugural winner in 1971. Rankings
are determined by music critics across the country, who each allot 100 points to their top 10
albums of the previous year. FTP, name this annual survey conducted by The Village Voice.
ANSWER: PAZZ & JOP Critics' Poll
His father was an Irish tenor who hosted a thrice-weekly fifteen- minute
musical show called _The
Mohawk Showroom_ in 1949. The son's TV show, which started some forty years later on
WWOR, was a far cry from his father's, as was the son, who once wrapped a flag around his
bottom and told an Iranian guest to kiss it, and claimed to have been attacked by skinheads in the
San Francisco Airport. FTP, name this loud, abrasive, chain-smoking talk-show host.
A: Morton DOWNEY Jr.
Most of the action takes place in Many Ruins Canyon, as Navajo Tribal
Policeman Joe Leaphorn
and Jim Chee try to unravel the mysterious happenings in an Anasazi Graveyard. FTP name this
1988 Tony Hillerman mystery, which sounds like a description of Carmen Sandiego.
ANSWER: A THIEF OF TIME
It wasn't the first movie about a guy who fell in love with a woman he met at
a restaurant who
turned out to be the daughter of a kidnapped scientist only to lose her to her childhood lover
whom she last saw on a deserted island who turned out fifteen years later to be the leader of the
French underground. But it was the funniest. FTP, name this 1984 farce, in which American
singing sensation Nick Rivers, played by Val Kilmer, does for spy flicks and Elvis movies what
Airplane did for disaster flicks.
A: TOP SECRET!
This outfielder needs only 34 intentional walks in 1998 to pass Hank Aaron
and become the all-
time leader in intentional passes. The second player to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases in one
season, he currently ranks third, behind Mark McGwire and Joe Carter, on the active career
home run list with 374. FTP name this man, a three-time National League MVP award winner,
who won his first two with the Pirates and his third with the Giants.
A: Barry BONDS
The Homewreckers Tour, this performer's first tour since 1991, when his
opening act was Alanis
Morisette, went thru the Midwest in early 1998. Since his last album, 1994's Mind Blowin,
bombed, he joined the pro motocross circuit, provided guest vocals for a song by Bloodhound
Gang, and opened up a store in Miami, 2 The Extreme. FTP name this rap artist, who got people
Rollin in their 5.0 with such ditties as Play That Funky Music and Ice Ice Baby.
ANSWER: VANILLA ICE (accept Robert Van Winkle)
According to legend, Mark Goodson approved a pilot for this game show in 1976
when he began
stomping his feet to the theme song. A pilot for a new version of this show was filmed in 1997,
hosted by Dolly Parton. In the original show, each program began with two teams of five seated
opposite each other as if posing for a portrait. FTP, name this game show, hosted by both
Richard Dawson and Ray Combs.
A: FAMILY FEUD
In 1942, this actor was charged with three counts of statuatory rape, but was
acquitted the next
year. At the same time, he was accused of being a Nazi spy, as well as having a love affair with
Tyrone Power--typical of this man, who left Tasmania at age 15 to go an a gold-mining expedition
in Australia. FTP name this actor, who died in 1959, best known for bringing his swashbuckling
skills to the silver screen in The Adventures of Robin Hood.
A: Errol FLYNN
Active in his sport since 1972, this man claims to be second to Michael
Jordan in sales of
licensed merchandise. As an owner, he operates Ron Hornaday's ride in the Craftsman Truck
series, Steve Park's in Winston Cup, and his son's in Grand National. Before 1998, this driver
won 31 races, including 11 Gatorade Twin 125's, at Daytona International Speedway, but never
the big one. FTP name this driver, nicknamed the Intimidator, who won the Daytona 500 in his
20th attempt in 1998.
A: Dale EARNHARDT
A surfer battling drug dealers in Red Surf. Matt Stevens in Return of the
Killer Tomatoes. Joe the
construction worker on Baby Talk. Young carpenter George Burnett on The Facts of Life.
Lecherous foreman Booker Brooks on Roseanne. Ace the physician in 1984's E/R. All these roles
were played by, FTP, what actor, currently seen as Douglas Ross on NBC's ER.
A: George CLOONEY
Born in New York City, and now a trustee of Fordham University, her first
book was a
biographical novel about George Washington, Aspire to the Heavens. Her first suspense thriller
was Where Are the Children, a bestseller. FTP name this author of 17 best sellers inluding The
Cradle will Fall, While My Pretty One Sleeps, All Around Town, and Pretend You Don't See Her.
ANSWER: Mary Higgins CLARK
Barbara Streisand shouldn't have played a boxer's manager and main squeeze.
seemed apt enough as boxer Kid Natural, an athlete who nearly ruined his career punching a wall
after a rival called him "pretty." FTP, thank your lucky stars and name this horrid 1979 film, a
boxing pseudo-drama with a cameo by Brent Mussberger that also featured the dude who played
Grady on Sanford and Son.
A: THE MAIN EVENT
(Isn't the company Cadbury-Schweppes? Given the Canada Dry clue, I could be
wrong -- pg)
They manufacture Orange Crush, Hires Root Beer, and Canada Dry Ginger ale in addition to their
many fine confections. Their Whispa chocolate bars, no longer available in the U.S., still sell well
in Australia and Canada. FTP, name this international firm, famous for its Dairy Milk and
Caramello bars, and especially for its Creme Eggs.
In 1996, MASH fans were saddened when two actors, who played the same character in the film
and TV versions of MASH, died within a month of each other. FTP, name both deceased actors,
and the character both men played on MASH.
A: Roger BOWEN, McLean STEVENSON, Col. Henry BLAKE
Like TV's Dr. Quincy, at most we've known Thames Valley police inspector
Morse by his first
initial, 'E'. That all changed last year, when author Colin Dexter ended the newest Morse novel
by revealing his first name. F15PE, what is Morse's first name, and in what book do we
finally find it out?
A: ENDEAVOR, DEATH IS NOW MY NEIGHBOR
Identify the country music solo artists who recorded the following 1997
albums, FTP each
1. Did I Shave My Legs For This?
ANSWER: Deana CARTER
2. Long Stretch of Lonesome
ANSWER: Patty LOVELESS
3. Carrying Your Love With Me
ANSWER: George STRAIT
Gregory Peck, everybody's favorite post-war leading man, starred in so many
almost last count. Given descriptions, identify the Peck films FTP each.
1. This Alfred Hitchcock thriller starred Peck is an amnesia victim who fears he's committed
murder, and Ingrid Bergman is his potentially untrustworthy psychiatrist.
2. This well-meaning tract on anti-Semitism features fine performances by Peck and Oscar
winner Celeste Holm.
ANSWER: GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT
3.. This late-sixties pic starred Peck as the adoptive father of a real S.O.B.--literally. FTP, name
this film that features Carmina Burana it its soundtrack.
A: The OMEN
Identify these characters from the show Eek! the Cat for the stated number of
points! Feel free to
use exclamation points! They're fun! They make you sound like! Captain Kirk!
1. 5 pts: This grossly overweight cat is Eek!'s girlfriend.
2. 5 pts: This brilliant hoofed mammal is always solving, or creating, technical problems. He has
a red nose, but he ain't no reindeer.
ANSWER: Dr. ELMO the Elk
3. 10 pts: This is the name of Elmo the Elk's nephew, who, in every episode he appears, suffers
from some new tragic malady.
ANSWER: Little TIMMY
(d, 10) This collection of bears are Eek!'s favorite TV stars.
ANSWER: The SQUISHY BEARS
A: a. ANNABELLE b. Dr. ELMO the Elk c. Little TIMMY d. The SQUISHY BEARS
30-20-10 Identify the SF book from quotes from his works.
30) It was supposed to frazzle their nerves. Maybe it did; it certainly frazzled mine. Kinder to
shoot a man.
20) Sergeants aren't born, they reproduce by fission, like all bacteria.
10) Flores died on the way up.
During the 1997-98 NHL season, three members of the Washington Capitals
scored their one
thousandth career point. FTPE, name them.
A: Dale HUNTER, Adam OATES, Phil HOUSLEY
If weirdness has a government, these people, who live in L.A., are in it.
Identify them for the
stated number of points.
1. 5 pts: This aspiring actress has plastered huge billboards of herself about L.A for years.
People have noticed them, but this hasn't translated into any money for her. Still, she keeps
2. 10 pts: Despite the name, the City of the Angels is also home to the Church of the Devils- The
Church of Satan. Name the high priest of the Church of Satan, who resided in Los Angeles until
his Halloween, 1997 death.
ANSWER: Anton Szandor LAVEY
(c, 15) This guru leads something called the Human Potential Movement, and his past and
present disciples include Michael and Arianna Huffington and Demi Moore. He channels a 30,000
year old spirit named Ramtha, who can see the future.
30-20-10, Name the artist from the albums:
30: Chestnut Street Incident, The Kid Inside
20: Nothin' Matters & What If It Did, Human Wheels
10: Dance Naked, Uh-Huh, American Fool
ANSWER: John COUGAR or MELLENCAMP
Things may or may not be looking up for the Indy Racing League. FTPE:
1. They recently signed a $5 million endorsement deal with what auto supply chain?
ANSWER: PEP BOYS
2. This year's opening event at the Walt Disney World Speedway was the first IRL event to have
more drivers than starting positions. The Disney World track is also known by what nickname,
evocative of the circuit's best known track?
ANSWER: the MICKYARD
3. The race at the Mickyard was won by this driver on the Menard team, last year's IRL champ.
Unfortunately for IRL, it looks like he'll be driving in NASCAR next year for Joe Gibbs.
A: Tony STEWART
This year's Oscar nominations featured a number of record-breakers. Name
these former Oscar
record-holders FTP each.
1. Jack Nicholson received his 11th Best Actor nomination for As Good As It Gets, the most
nominations ever for a male performer. Nicholson broke the record set by this Englishman.
ANSWER: Sir Laurence OLIVIER
2. Gloria Stuart became the oldest woman to be nominated when, at age 87, she received a
Supporting Actress nod for Titanic. This actress was 84 when she was nominated for Fried Green
ANSWER: Jessica TANDY
3. Woody Allen earned his record 13th nomination for Best Original Screenplay for
Deconstructing Harry. This man, who penned such films as Ninotchka, Sunset Boulevard, Stalag
17, and Double Indemnity, held the record with 12.
A: Billy WILDER
30-20-10, name the band.
30: Formed in 1981 out of a cover band called The Mob, their first album, 1984's The Warning,
was produced by James Guthrie, who also has The Wall among his production credits.
20: Hailing from Seattle, they survived a three year hiatus and the grunge thing when their 1994
album, Promised Land, went double platinum and produced two hit singles, I Am I and Bridge.
10: While their 1990 album Empire also went double platinum and produced a top 5 single in
Silent Lucidity, they are probably best known for their 1988 concept album Operation: Mindcrime.
Answer these questions about AFC Super Bowl mediocrity.
1. (5) Before Super Bowl 32, name the last AFC team to win the Super Bowl.
ANSWER: LOS ANGELES RAIDERS (not Oakland Raiders)
2. (10) Since the Raiders victory, and including Super Bowl 32, how many different teams have
represented the AFC in the Super Bowl?
3. (15) The epitome of Super Bowl mediocrity, this man played for five straight Super Bowl losers.
Name this quarterback, who was with Buffalo for all four of their defeats, and with San Diego in
Super Bowl 29.
A: Gale GILBERT
(NOTE: The six are Pittsburgh, Miami, Denver, Cincinnati, New England, Buffalo, San Diego)
FTPE, identify the villain from The Tick from their evil plans and physical
1. He has a pig for a foot, and wants to conquer the world- and he's used innocent televisions
and household appliances in his nefarious schemes!
ANSWER: The DEADLY BULB
2. He has furniture for a head, though other than that he's pretty handsome. He's tried to use a
giant cannon to write his name of the moon, among other evil plans.
ANSWER: CHAIRFACE CHIPPENDALE
3. He has a glass dome for the top of his head, through which you can see his brain. He once
tried to auction the Tick to the highest bidder, and use a giant cannon to crash the moon into the
Answer these questions about the likes of Jeff "The Little" Lebowski, played
by Jeff Bridges in the
Coen brothers latest film, The Big Lebowski, FTPE:
1. Instead of his given name, Lebowski minor prefers going by this handle.
ANSWER: The DUDE
2. Aside from the occasional beer, this mixed drink is The Dude's beverage of choice.
ANSWER: WHITE RUSSIAN or CAUCASIAN
3. The Dude is brought together with the title character when a tough looking for money owed by
the Big Lebowski's wife urinates on what feature that "really brought the room together"?
1. Ed McBain is the pen name for a mystery writer who writes about a certain
First for five points apiece, what number is the precinct and in what city is it?
ANSWER: 87th Precinct and NEW YORK
2. FTP what is the real name of the author known as Ed McBain
ANSWER: Evan HUNTER or Salvatore LOMBINO (birthname)
3. FTP what is the name of the latest 87th Precinct novel, the 48th, published in 1997.