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Editado: Nov 4, 2010, 3:57am

NEXT: Five of the ancient tribes of Israel ( new challenge - posted )

Same rules apply.

Editado: Nov 4, 2010, 10:26am

1. Judah

2. Isachar

3. Simon

4. Gad

5. Dann

WOW! - I had to think back to me high school religion class for that one!

NEXT: If you were going to have a FIVE-movie marathon in ONE day, which five movies would you watch, and in what order?

Editado: Jul 10, 2012, 5:16am

The Woman in White

Richard III (Olivier version, 1956?)

The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)

Putney Swope

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

If I wrote this next week, there might be 3
or even 4 differences in the selections. I'm more sure of the order than of what ARE really my favorites -- the 4th and 5th places anyway -- Because I would want to close with the 2 comedies.
"Woman in White" b t w, is based on a Willkie Collins novel, and I remember it as a very enjoyable night at the movies. But in the placement of that and Richard III, I didn't mean that they are necessarily the two "all-time greatest".

NEXT: FIVE U.S.* presidents who, pre-presidency, had never been a governor or a general.

*OR, if not from the U.S., a parallel record, of a Chief of Government, in your country.

Nov 13, 2010, 8:42pm


Nov 14, 2010, 12:37am


*Yes, that does need a footnote; but on my screen, your asterisk didnʻt lead to anyhting.

Nov 14, 2010, 3:27am

I, personally, use asterisks to signal motion in addition to their normally accepted usages. So here, I Mario jump the thread back to being noticed by the lovely LTers :P

Nov 15, 2010, 2:04am

On 4, 6:

Thanks, then.

I guess it does have to be bumped back to #3, to continue the "Revenge: (never understood that part of the title) Word Association".

Nov 15, 2010, 2:53am

lol, capitalizing on the past trend in movie titles and how psychiatrists have the ability to get into your head and scramble things about. Skoobdo continued it. . . . . could have changed it *shrug

If no one answers your next challenge in a couple days, you might want to consider revising to an easier list. (Politics definitely not my strong suit, and seems like others may be in the same boat).

Editado: Nov 15, 2010, 10:48pm

Play on Msg (3)

Five past US Presidents never hold high office status
such as Governor, Mayor other than being "Senator"
were ( not in order )

1.Gerald Ford

2.Abraham Lincoln

3.Ulysses Grant

4.George Washington

5.Lyndon Johnson

NEXT: Five siblings names of the late Michael Jackson
or Donny Osmond.

Nov 15, 2010, 9:11pm




Marion { all surnamed jackson



NEXT: 5 Novel or movie titles which contain
the names of U.S. states or large cities;

OR, if not from U.S. the names of provinces, districts, etc. or large cities in your own country

Editado: Nov 18, 2010, 2:57am


1. New York, New York (movie )

2. Fargo (movie )

3. Washingtown Square (book)

4. North to Alaska (movie)

5. The New Hotel Hampshire ( book)

NEXT: 5 movies only containing the names of countries in the world or nationalities. (e.g.
Good Morning, Vietnam ; The African Queen )

Nov 16, 2010, 9:26am

A Passage to India
Big Trouble in Little China
Made in America
The Italian Job
From Russia With Love

NEXT: Five film or book titles with a famous person in the title ie Bend It Like Beckham (well he's famous in some places!)

Editado: Nov 16, 2010, 8:50pm

Augustus; The Life of Romeʻs First Emperor by 2455220::Anthony Everitt

Cicero the Patriot by 58427::Rose Williams

8931199::Abraham Lincoln by 1400317::Gore Vidal

John Barleycorn* by 27211::Jack London

The Matlock# Paper by 49725::Robert Ludlum

NEXT: Wooly ARTICULATING: Book or movie titles
that have an INDEFINITE article (a, an in English, or their non-English equivalents) and NO DEFINITE articles (the, etc.).

#since "famous in some places" is ok: Matlock was famous only to 403471::Pittsburgh Pirates fans and a few other followers of National League baseball.

* Iʻm assuming that not being real didnʻt keep him from being (once) famous.

Nov 16, 2010, 10:37pm

An Unmarried Woman
A Room with a View
An Affair to Remember
A Separate Peace
2001: A Space Odyssey

Next: book or movie titles that include the name of a tree or plant

Nov 16, 2010, 11:47pm

Iron Orchid by Stuart Woods

Holly by Jude Devereaux

Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Si le Grain ne Meurt / If it* Die by Andre Gide

Desire under the Elms by Eugene OʻNeill

*It: refers to "the grain" of the French title

NEXT: The FIVe novels that were not (as far as you know) ever ade into movies, which you most
wish had become movies.

Editado: Nov 17, 2010, 8:22am

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Editado: Nov 17, 2010, 11:12am

Lady Susan by Jane Austen
El Tunel by Ernesto Sabato
The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
And I'd like to see an honest adaptation of Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, made by someone who actually read the book, please.

NEXT: Five languages officially spoken in *only* one country each, excepting Italian and Latin.

Edit: Touchstones wouldn't work.

Nov 17, 2010, 1:56pm






FIVE countries of which the name is NOT the name of any language. Example: "America". (With due respect to H.L. Mencken and to the French translators who translate U.S. books "from the
American", there is no such language as "American".)

Nov 17, 2010, 4:19pm

1. Mexico

2. Austraila

3. Canada

4. Brazil

5. Argentina

NEXT: Five Operas written in a language that is not the native language of the characters

(example: "Carmen" takes place in Spain, but is written in French)

Nov 17, 2010, 4:36pm

Celtic Language of ancient Gaul > Italian

Aida Egyptian > Italian

William Tell Medieval German > Italian

Nixon in China Chinese (of at least
some of the characters) > English

Faust by Gounod
German > French

NEXT: "I never realized that about her/him. . ."
FIVE movies or novels based on a real personʻs career, which made you somewhat change your opinion of the person (or that youʻve heard had that effect on many readers/vewers).

Editado: Nov 18, 2010, 2:44pm

Cash by Johnny Cash and the subsequent film Walk the Line - I've always loved his music, I was brought up on it, both the autobiography and the film gave me a greater appreciation.

The Josephine B. Trilogy by Sandra Gulland - I had always been fascinated with Josephine Bonaparte, her life story is beautiful

The Alienist by Caleb Carr - I'm re-reading it now. I love the insight into Roosevelt's time as Police Commissioner in NYC

Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi - if anything, the book made me even more terrified of Manson and his "family" by detailing events I had never heard of.

Out of Africa by Karen Blixen - I LOVE the film, but it wasn't until I read the book that I could really appreciate her time in Kenya and everything she went through there.

NEXT: Five movie or book titles that contain an article of clothing in the title.
(example: The Man With One Red Shoe, The Cat in the Hat)

Editado: Nov 18, 2010, 4:16pm

The Shoes of the Fisherman by Morris West

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes by Andy Warhol

The Donkey Shoe* by G. B. Stern

The French Hat Mystery by Ellery Queen

The Cap of Death by June Thomson

*Took a visceral, and completely illogical dislike to this title, and have never read the book. Itʻs almost in a class with my all time unfavorite
titles -- like The Dud Avocado and A Dandy in Aspic

Give the original names of FIVE authors who are best known by their pseudonyms.
Example: Samuel L. Clemens > Mark Twain

Nov 18, 2010, 8:41pm

Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot)
Alice Sheldon (James Tiptree, Jr.)
Paul Linebarger (Cordwainer Smith)
Chuck Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)
Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen)

Next: Five novels in which dreams play an important part.

Editado: Nov 18, 2010, 11:05pm

On 23:

Good list, Jim. I didnʻt know that Tiptree
was an ""Alice".

I was hoping "Mary Ann" would make the list. I had almost forgotten the great "Chuck".

(Is "Paul" so undesirable a name, that one would rather be named "Cordwainer"?)

Nov 19, 2010, 10:16am

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind by Michael Gondry

Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins

Aztec by Gary Jennings

NEXT: Five Historical Fiction Books or Series Set in Ancient or Medieval Times

Editado: Nov 19, 2010, 3:41pm

A Slave of Catiline by Paul L. Anderson

The Egyptian by Mika Waltari

The Etruscan by Mika Waltari

The Persian Boy by Mary Renault

Homerʻs Daughter by Robert Graves

FIVE historical fictions taking place in Europe,
Asia, or Africa, at some time during 1600 -- 1900.

Editado: Nov 19, 2010, 3:44pm

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Nov 20, 2010, 9:17pm

Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser

Flashman at the Charge by George MacDonald Fraser

Sharpe's Eagle by Bernard Cornwell

Shogun by James Clavell

Tai-Pan by James Clavell

Five novels with a military rank in the title

Editado: Nov 20, 2010, 9:38pm

Napoleon: the Story of the Little Corporal
by Robert Burleigh

The Corporal was a Pitcher by Ira Berkow

Der Hauptmann von Kopenick / the Captain
from Kopenick by Carl Zuckmayer

The General's Daughter by Nelson DeMille

The General by Alan Sillitoe

NEXT: FIVe mystery or detetive novel titles, originally in English, WITHOUT use of the words (singular or plural):
"Mystery, "Secret", Phantom", Murder, Theft, Steal/stealing, or Death.

Nov 20, 2010, 9:54pm

206 Bones by Kathy Reichs
After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
Ask the Cards a Question by Marcia Muller
Deception on His Mind by Elizabeth George
A Dedicated Man by Peter Robinson

Next: Books or Plays based on paintings.

Editado: Nov 21, 2010, 12:10am

1.The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham

2.The Horseʻs Mouth by Joyce Cary

3.1527::The Picture of Dorian Gray by 11685::Oscar Wilde

4.53406::Picture This by Joseph Heller

5.11646::Lust for Life by 139708::Irving Stone
(Glad "Paintings" (30) was plural, because 1, 2, and 5 are more about an artist (producing paintings) than about particular instances of painting.) 3 and 4 are primarily about a particular painting.)

NEXT: FIVE U.S. vice presidents who ran for
president and lost*

(doesnʻt have to be "lost EVERY TIME they ran; doesnʻt have to be "never was president". Just that they DID LOSE at least one election.)

Editado: Nov 21, 2010, 2:15am

Aaron Burr

Richard Nixon

Hubert Humphrey

Walter Mondale

Al Gore

Next: Five books or a series of books that have been turned into a tv series.

Nov 21, 2010, 7:13pm

1. Abraham Lincoln by Gore Vidal (shown in 2 2-hour episodes)

2. Make Mine Manhattan by Judith Krantz*
(shown in 4, 2-hour (?) episodes)

3. The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy

4. Roots by Alex Hailey

5. Moses# by Anthony Burgess

* VIdal said of this pair (1,2): Thatʻs television for you: 4 hours for (my) Abraham Lilncoln and
TWELVE for (Krant zʻs) Make Mine Manhattan!

# Donʻt think this was ever a movie, and not sure it ever appeared in book form, but Burgess did write the screen play -- very well done, I think -- and the title role was played by Burt Lancaster.

NEXT: "Hypothetical Party Loyalty"

FIVE presidential candidates whom you WOULDNʻT* have voted for, --but WOULD have, if only they had run
as the candidate of the opposite party. (As, for example) Herbert Hoover (R, IA) and Dwight D. Eisenhower considered doing.

*WOULDNʻT: OR "DIDNʻT, if the candidate is from our own lifetime"

Nov 24, 2010, 2:42pm

LOL, my answer would be "NONE", so someone else will have to answer this one.

Many presidents, if you ask me, don't belong in the party they run for anyway. For those that didn't know, Reagan ran for both parties. He ran in the primaries against Carter in 1976, lost, and ran for the Republican party in 1980. He probably forgot what party he was as he had alzheimers by the time he was in office.

If you voted for McCain because he's Red, or Obama because he's Blue, and no other reason, why vote? You have no clue what you are doing or possibly getting yourself into. Take Bush. You didn't vote W into office, you voted Chaney into office, and Bush was nothing more than Chaney's messenger reading off some paper that Chaney wrote (he was too stupid to come up with his own speech - strategery anyone?)

Nov 24, 2010, 2:56pm

"For those who didnʻt know, Reagan ran for both parties . . ."

No, I didnʻt know. What did he run for as a Democrat?
I knew that his father was a Democrat and even a
Party worker, but I thought Ronald Reaganʻs own career was strictly within the Republican party.

". . .he had alzheinerʻs by the time he was in office."
He wasnʻt the most alert president we ever had, (and I voted against him t wice),
but "alzheimerʻs AS SOON AS HE WAS IN OFFICE" is
too much of as stretch. The alzheimerʻs was diagnosed long after his second term ended.
(Maybe all this belongs in the "Reaganʻs 100th" Thread.)

Nov 24, 2010, 4:05pm


In 1976, he ran against Jimmy Carter in the Presidential Primaries.

The Democratic Party even said that they had chosen the wrong candidate in 1976, and should have gone with Reagan. Reagan ran as a Republican in 1980, and defeated encumbant Jimmy Carter.

Found this out on June 5th, 2004, when the radio stations were talking about Reagan for hours on end. I was in the process of driving and going to pick up what is now my wife, then my girlfriend, from the airport.

For those that don't know, June 5th, 2004 is the date of Reagan's passing.

I definitely didn't know this via remembering the 1976 election. At the time of the primaries, I was about a year old, and come November, I was a year and a half.

Editado: Nov 29, 2010, 5:48pm

"In 1976 (Ronald reagan) ran against Jimmy carter in the (Democratic) Presidential Primaries." (36)

Thanks for the very prompt answer. An earlier case of Republicans getting votes in a Democratic primary
was that Dwight D. Eisenhower (R, NY) and Robert A. Taft (R, O.) both got more votes in Massachusettsʻs Democratic primary than the eventual nominee Adlai E. Stevenson (D, IL).

Estes Kefauver (D, TN)
won the Mass. primary and many others, but had a lot going against him at the Dem. convention, notably the hostility of outgoing president Harry S. Truman, even though they werenʻt too far apart politically. This was the first year that I voted, but not until the November election (1952) in which Stevenson failed to carry Massachusetts, his own state Illnois,
or any Northern state. So, I was thinking, "Is that even legal?" when you mentioned the Reagan vs. Carter run. Then I remembered the R votes in the D rimary of 1952. They were the result of the very flexible rules on write-in voting at that time-- very much tightened up later.

What the Republican Part leadership would think of Reaganʻs "working both sides of the street" is another question, but I think the Partyʻs Conservatives were a lot happier with him, in general, than they were with Goldwater, and Ford.

Nov 25, 2010, 1:25am

> Changing the "NEXT" of 33 (it appears to be
too difficult.

FIVE novels or non-fictions with a number in
the title. The numbers should be ALL ODD, or ALL EVEN, and no repeated numbers.

Nov 25, 2010, 1:41am

A Widow For One Year by John Irving

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Master of the Five Magics by Lyndon Hardy

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution by Nicholas Meyer

Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger

Next: Five vampire novels or short stories written in the 19th century, excluding Dracula.

Nov 25, 2010, 7:16am

Carmilla by Sheridan le Fanu
The Vampyre by Polidori
The Skeleton Count by Elizabeth Grey
Varney the Vampire
Le Capitaine Vampire by Marie Nizet

NEXT: Five pantomime villains ie the evil person in the pantomime

Nov 28, 2010, 1:49am

Um, what's a pantomime?

Nov 28, 2010, 2:02am

To Carrotlady and amanda: (40, 41)

I was all set to thank you for answering this one, amanda4242!

I know what a pantomime is and not much beyond the
definition. I can think of the name of only one mime. Canʻt think of a single name of a character that has
ever been depicted in a pantomime -- hero, heroine, villainess (?) or villain.

I tried Google and found that "pantomime villain"
seems to be used metaphorically quite a lot, but I supose you meant it lilterally -- real pantomimes, and real character names, Carrolady: one name I came up with was a cricket player!

Editado: Nov 29, 2010, 1:43am

Playing on 40:

Pantomime Villains:

1. The Giant in Jack & the Beanstalk

2. Captain Hook in Peter Pan

3. Cinderellaʻ s Stepmother

4, 5 Cinderellaʻs Ugly Sisters

6. (guessing that there was
a pantomime that featured them --the others I have
Googleʻs word for it): The Wolf
in Little Red Riding Hood

7. Hookʻs assistant (forgot his name: Snipe (?)

NEXT: Five books --fiction or non-fiction with
either SEASONS or MONTHS in the title.

Nov 29, 2010, 10:15am

1. Winter's Heart by Robert Jordan

2. The Summer We Read Gatsby: A Novel by Danielle Ganek

3. Remember, Remember the Fifth of November by J. A. Sharpe

4. Autumn: The City by David Moody

5. Night of January Sixteenth by Ayn Rand

NEXT: five books you started reading, but never finished and why you never did- for whatever reason: didn't like it, lost it, etc.

Nov 29, 2010, 10:22am

A Shower of Summer Days by May Sarton
Night in the Lonesome October by Richard Laymon
The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse
The September Girls by Maureen Lee
March Violets by Philip Kerr

NEXT: Actors or singers who have written a fictional novel and the name of the novel

Editado: Nov 29, 2010, 10:27am

Oops! Too late. Carry on. Sorry.

Oh, that one's easy.

1) Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.
Can't stomach the book. I've thrown it against the wall in frustration too many times to count.

2) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
I have no idea why I can't finish it. I think it's just how slow it is. I'm sure it picks up later, and I'm ashamed not to have read such a big Classic, but... *shrugs*

3) Vanity Fair by W. M. Thackeray.
Too long. All the characters are despicable. Can't stand it.

4) A Room with a View by E. M. Forster.
Other, more appealing books keep making me drop it. I'll finish it some time or other.

5) The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.
Same as above. My TBR pile just keeps growing and growing. *sigh*

NEXT: Five books you keep reading and re-reading over the years, and what makes them so interesting.

Editado: Nov 29, 2010, 12:00pm

Mr. Arkadin by Orson Welles
Between the Bridge and the River by Craig Ferguson
Hello, Darling, Are You Working? by Rupert Everett
The Liar by Stephen Fry
The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie

Let's go with girlfromshangrila's idea: Five books you keep re-reading and what makes them so interesting.

Editado: Nov 29, 2010, 12:32pm

Well, can't say I re-read any adult novels. But as a child in the early 80s, I re-read the following numerous times:

1. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
2. Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
3. Inside Outside Upside-Down by Stan Berenstain
4. Goldilocks and the Three Bear by James Marshall
5. Ping by Marjorie Flack

Just to give you an idea how many times I read some of these as a kid, here's an example of a book I haven't read in about 29 years, still remembering it word for word (Each line is a new page, each word starting with a capital letter is a new line on the same page)

Going in
Inside a box
Inside a box Upside-down
Going out
Outside Inside a box Upside-down
Going on
On a truck Outside Inside a box Upside-down
Going to town On a truck Outside Inside a box Upside-down
Falling off
Off the truck
Coming out
Right-side up
Mama mama I went to town Inside Outside Upside-down.

Next: Eggs that are green sound pretty gross. Name 5 foods that would be absolutely gross if they were green (and hint, some may become green when they've turned "gross")

Nov 29, 2010, 2:09pm

cottage cheese

next: five books with a color in the title - can be any color, but they should be the same color in all 5 titles

Nov 29, 2010, 2:29pm

White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison
The White Road by Lynn Flewelling
White Night by Jim Butcher
White as Snow by Tanith Lee
The Weird of the White Wolf by Michael Moorcock

Next: Five books with an animal in the title, excluding children's books.

Nov 29, 2010, 4:40pm

1. The Red Wolf Conspiracy by Robert V. S. Redick

2. Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins

3. The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocolypse byRobert Rankin

4. The Meloncholy Death of Oyster Boy, and Other Stories by Tim Burton

5. King Rat by James Clavell

NEXT: In keeping with this running theme - Five books with a FISH or MARINE MAMMAL in the title

Nov 29, 2010, 9:04pm

Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan
A Miracle of Catfish by Larry Brown
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
A Trout in the Sea of Cortez by John Salter
The Coming of the Walrus by James Riordan

Next: Five books with animals native to Asia in the title.

Nov 29, 2010, 11:32pm

1. The Pandaʻs Thumb
by Steven Jay Gould

2. The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw

3. No Other Tiger by A. E. W. Mason

4. Monkey Chinese, traditional
tr. by Arthur Waley (and others)

5. The Horseʻs Mouth by Joyce Cary

Iʻm not up on mammalian history, so I canʻt guarantee that all these are native to Asia and
ONLY Asia. On 2: I know there were lions in ancient Western Asia. On 5: I think (Iʻm not sure) that fossils of the evolutionary predecessor of the horse were found in West Asia

NEXT: FIVE books your have looked up in LTʻs "Search" and NOT found. Preferably "to your surprise" -- you thought they were not exactly household words, but still not all THAT unknown.

Example Tell me, Stranger by
Charles Bracelen Flood (a novel; ca. 1961).

Nov 30, 2010, 2:48pm


I don't think this is a possible one to answer. Actually, "Tell Me, Stranger" by Charles Bracelen Flood DOES indeed come up.

I did a search for "Charles Bracelen Flood", and "Tell Me, Stranger" is the first book on the 2nd page.

Are you expecting all results to show when you click search? It only shows a certain number (I think it's 10), then you have to click to go to the next page. You will see a number (I think it's near the bottom) for total matches. For "Charles Bracelen Flood", I think it was 36 matches if memory from the last 90 seconds is still intact.

Nov 30, 2010, 5:50pm

Here, I'll solve it by listing goofy books my friends made during school but for obvious reasons never tried published, if that's okay?

Noodle and Straw
The Giants Attack!
Wet Noodle
Whale Lands on Farm
I Eat Noodles

. . . obviously we loved noodles :P

Next: 5 Cartoons that are inappropriate for children

Nov 30, 2010, 7:52pm

5 cartoons that are
inappropriate for children: (55)

1. south Park

2. South Park

3. South Park

4. South Park

5. South Park

(which episode?) -- any that Iʻve seen a bit of.
Just my own opinion but I think S P is equally
inappropriate for adults.

Iʻm not exactly "just kidding", but I donʻt think this qualifies me to provide a "NEXT",
so everyone can still play on the "next" of 55.

Editado: Dez 1, 2010, 12:24am

1. South Park (I really like it, but it's really not meant for kids.)

2. Drawn Together

3. Beavis and Butthead

4. Ren and Stimpy

5. Fire and Ice (This one's an animated film that I watched as a kid. I recently rewatched it and wondered why in the name of God my parents thought it was a good kid's film.)

Next: Five movies that don't deserve their MPAA rating (ex. movies that are R but should have been PG-13, or vice versa)

Nov 30, 2010, 11:56pm

Dez 1, 2010, 5:37pm

1) Showgirls (Was NC-17, should be R - many R-rated movies on TV give the warnings like "violence", "NUDITY!!!!", etc.)

2) The Simpsons Move (Was PG-13, should have been PG)

3) The Fly (Was R, should be PG-13)

4) Rookie Of The Year (Was PG, should be G)

5) Dirty Dancing (Was PG-13, should be R for the sex scenes)

Next: I'm going to cheat - This is more of a "2-parter". Name the 5 gameshows with the BEST theme music, and the 5 gameshows with the WORST theme music. (The "theme music" is the music you hear at the start of the show, and at the end during the credits)

Note - If the gameshow was on multiple times, clarify which years. For example, Family Feud pre-1985 (with Richard Dawson) has different theme music than 21st century Family Feud, or Card Sharks 78-81 with Jim Perry had different theme music than Card Sharks 86-89 with Bob Eubanks.

Dez 1, 2010, 5:51pm

1.Son of Sinbad (1955 (or 1953?)*

2. Deep in my Heart (1958?)

3. Ecstasy (1933?)

4. Lust for Gold (1949)

5. Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Strictly speaking these didnʻt get an "R"; that rating had not been invented yet, except in the case of (5), and its rating was probably "X" not "R". But the
other 4 did (or must have) received their own eraʻs
equivalent of an R.
*If anyone knows which of these dates is right,-- and if Son of Sinbad is ever brought back -- please
let me know.

NEXT: FIVE film versions of novels in which the movie is BETTER than the BOOK -- or almost as good.
Too few for thinking of 5? Iʻd also accept: Titles of which you happen to HAVE read the book and NOT seen the movie.

Dez 1, 2010, 6:14pm

#60, you are 14 minutes late. Please read number 59 for the category you should be answering.

Dez 1, 2010, 6:20pm

On 59-60-61:

ThrillerFan, you should realize by now that the "too late" often happens: It means that the one "I should be answering" wasnʻt on the screen at the time of

Good choices, though (in 59). No closer to and no further from actual "R" ratings than mine (60) were.

Dez 1, 2010, 6:46pm

62, I think you must have misread61. I know what you mentioned happens a lot. The first part, indicating the 14 minutes was one message. The second half was for the next person to respond to 59 instead of 60. If I were at a computer instead of using a phone, I would have spaced and detailed the message better.

Editado: Dez 1, 2010, 8:21pm

On 59, 61, and 63:

I did understand that we were to get the "NEXT" from 59, not 60. Which is all right with me; (but I canʻt play on 59 because I know nothing about game shows, except Jeopardy).

The responding to "BEST" / "WORST" is ok. But the "Clarify which years. . ." part ? !
For some one who doesnʻt approve of
"NEXTS", that are "too difficult" (as in 54), you are getting close to over the line yourself, but Iʻll leave that to the others to decide.

Dez 2, 2010, 10:12am


Years don't have to be "exact". It's not meant to be difficult. Anyone that watched gameshows in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s will know exactly what I mean. But the theme music from Family Feud in the 1980's is vastly different than that of the 2000's. It clarifies which you are referring to. You may think the theme music for Family Feud from the 80s is one of the 5 best, and the theme music from family feud in the 2000s is one of the worst, or vice versa.

Wouldn't it be confusing if you put Family Feud for both and didn't clarify?

That would be like saying "It's My Life" is one of the best songs, and "It's My Life" is one of the worst. In some ways, that's true. "It's My Life" by No Doubt in 2003 is a remake of "It's My Life" by Talk Talk in 1984. The voices of Talk Talk are HORRIBLE. Love the 2003 version.

Not to mention the confusion with Bon Jovi's hit, "It's My Life", or Billy Joel's "My Life".

That's the reason for the year clarification. Years don't have to be exact. It's not like it's a trivia question. It's for clarification.

Dez 3, 2010, 12:04am

( ? )

Let us be on the right track for this game.

We are lost.

Let us be "friends", " Don't fight, but keep on smiling, and the whole world will be smiling ,
:-))) with YOU. Amen

Dez 3, 2010, 12:21am

Start Again: From Message # 60 , posted by "rolandperkins".

Five film versions adapted from the novels, I gave an excellent "thumb ups" for the film versions when compared to the hard copy novel's versions.

1) Margaret Mitchell - Gone With The Wind 4 stars

2) Daphne du Maurier - Rebecca 4 stars

3) Platoon 5 stars

4) Ben Hur 5 stars

5) The Diary of Ann Frank 4 Stars

NEXT: Name five authors from the world who deserved to win the "Nobel Prize For Literature "but never won. These authors must be deceased.

Dez 3, 2010, 12:55am

". . . deserved to win the ʻNovel Prize. . .ʻ "
(in no particular order)

Norman Mailer

John Updike

Robert Lowell

George Orwell

Ennio Flaiano

Ernst Junger

Norman Mailer

George Orwell

Robert Lowell

Thanks for keeping the thread going, skoobdo;
but Iʻll decline to do the "NEXT" on this one,
as ThrillerFanʻs 59 hasnʻt been answered yet.
I donʻt think I should declare 59 defunct, just because I know nothing about the topic

Dez 3, 2010, 9:40am

Just to get back on track, here's what 59's topic was.

I'm cheating slightly, as it's 2 parts.

Name the 5 gameshows with the BEST theme music (i.e. during the credits and introduction), and the 5 gameshows with the WORST theme music.

Also, some gameshows aired multiple times, like Family Feud was on the in 80s, and the 2000s. The theme music was very different between the 2, so for shows like this, just clarify which one you are referring to, either with the year range, or host, or anything that will clarify, like Family Feud in the 80s or Family Feud in the 2k. Same thing for shows like Card Sharks with Jim Perry or Card Sharks with Bob Eubanks.

Dez 6, 2010, 1:52am

5 Gameshows (on TV } with best or worst theme music:

1) Who Want To Be A Millionaire ? - OK

2) Wheel of Fortune - OK

3} The Price Is Right ? - No Good

4) Jeopardy - OK

5) Don't Forget The Lyrics - OK

NOTE: To give two different lists of good and bad
signature tunes of the gameshows is too exhaustive,
and too demanding.

NEXT: Name 5 English League or international clubs
footballers who you think are really excellent "top scorer " footballers in the world in term of scoring style, and NOT a number of international caps or goals scored by him, still living or dead at this juncture (e.g: Pele, Bobby Charlton, George Best and etc.. )

Dez 6, 2010, 10:06am

Torres of Liverpool
Nasri of Arsenal
Bent of Sunderland
Davies of Bolton
Drogba of Chelsea

NEXT: Countries who have won the Football World Cup more than once.

Editado: Dez 6, 2010, 11:18am

I'm assuming you meant soccer since Football is the Superbowl, not World Cup.

1. Italy
2. Brazil
3. West Germany (Doesn't exist now, but did then)
4. Uruguay
5. United States (You didn't specify the sex, Women's - 1991 and 1999)

Next: Name 5 NBA teams that have lost the NBA finals to the LA Lakers.

Dez 6, 2010, 1:43pm

I guess I can't include the Syracuse Nationals since they lost to the Minn. Lakers.

Celtics and Magic the last two years.
Pacers and Sixers about ten years ago.
Knicks about 30 years ago.


Name the romantic partners of five mystery-novel protagonists.

Dez 6, 2010, 4:34pm

Irene Adler (of Doyleʻs Sherlock Holmes

Della Street* (of Gardnerʻs Perry Mason

Susan Silverman (of Parkerʻs Spenser

Audrey McManus (of G. Higginsʻs# Jerry Kennedy

Aggie Doherty (of Higginsʻs Jerry "Digger" Doherty)

* Della and Perry are just starting to get "romantic"
in the most recent one Iʻve read: The Case of the Grinning Gorilla -- No, neither of them is the title character! (ca. 1952) -- In the others Iʻve read, romance, with each other or with anyone else, is conspicuous by its absence.

# Higgins has no P I or law enforcement heroes ot heroines. Jerry Kennedy is a lawyer; "Digger" Doherty a bar owner who is also a criminal.

NEXT: Your FIVE favorite NON-FICTION authors. (They must be strictly non-fiction --never attempted a novel, or even a short story.

Dez 7, 2010, 11:03am

Well, all but one of these aren't "Non-Fiction" like most would think of non-fiction as being, but they are "Not Ficticious", they are fact and theory, but not "stories", per say (except the first):

1) M. William Phelps (The only true crime novelist I've read)

2) Mihail Marin (The best of all authors on the subject, especially his 3 book series on the English Opening)

3) Neil McDonald

4) Richard Palliser

5) David Vigorito

Next: Speaking of the subject of the last 4 authors mentioned, name 5 Sports or Games where a "Draw" or a "Tie" is a legitimate outcome.

Dez 7, 2010, 6:01pm

Tie or draw is a legitimate outcome:





soccer** (aka football, non-Ameican)

*no longer possible in ML Baseball, except in
exhibition games; even the All Star game once ended in a tie. Presumably possible also in h.s. and college baseball, if played where, without lights, darkness might end the game.

** except in a q.final, semi-final or final of a tournament.

FIVE baseball position players (non-pitchers) who became famous NOT primarily as home run hitters.

Dez 7, 2010, 8:30pm

Lou Gehrig - consecutive games record, emotional speech when he left baseball
Cal Ripken, Jr. - for breaking Gehrig's consecutive games record
Joe DiMaggio - 56 game hitting streak, marrying Marilyn Monroe
Yogi Berra - one of the greatest catchers ever, and malapropisms
Johnny Bench - Maybe the greatest catcher in the history of MLB.

Next: Nicknames of famous athletes, any sport. eg.: Lou Gehrig - Iron Man

Dez 7, 2010, 8:55pm

"Double X ", or "The Beast": Jimmy Foxx

Grover Cleveland "Old Pete" Alexander

+ George "Sparky" Anderson +, (a manager,
briefly a player)

Michael "Air" Jordan

"The Fordham Flash": Frankie Frisch

Your idea of the FIVE GREATEST literary people
in MORE than ONE genre.
Examples: Samuel T. Coleridge: Poetry, essays
Susan Sontag: Essays, Novels

Dez 8, 2010, 1:24am


LOL, I remember the tie in the all-star game. The American league coach was whining like a baby that his pitcher would be overused. The American League is a league full of weasels. National League Rules!

Of course, I disagree with the All Star Game being what determines home field in the world series.

However, while Baseball really can't end in a tie now-a-days, I'm surprised you didn't come up with Football. If 15 minutes are exhausted in a non-playoff game, the game is a tie, contrary to Donovan McNabb's theory. God that was so hilarious!!

When I created the question, the 4 I thought of immediately were football, soccer, chess, and checkers (BTW, at the club tonight, my rated chess game was a draw - I had Black, so a draw is an accomplishment). I completely forgot that boxing could be one, the other, and a tie from the 3 judges, for a tie overall.

Dez 8, 2010, 1:46am

"If 15 minutes are exhausted in a non-playoff g ame, the game is a tie, contrary to Donovan McNabbʻs theory." (79)

I thought of football and rejected it, because I couldnʻt think of an example of a tie -- h.s., college, or pro -- in recent years. There were a lot when I was high school age, and long after. I donʻt know, b t w, what is "McNabbʻs Theory".

In baseball, theoretically, a game CAN last forever.
Which only made the All-Star tie fiasco all the more
disappointing. Like you, I donʻt think they should be
playing for one teamʻs home field advantage in OCtober. I liked the old format of NL in even numbered, and AL in odd-numbered years.

Dez 8, 2010, 9:37am


There have actually been a few ties recently. In 1997, there were 2 in the same year (Philadelphia against Baltimore, and New York Giants against Washington). There was another in 2007 (don't recall the teams), but the really funny one was between Philadelphia and Cincinnati in 2008.

Donovan McNabb was the quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008. The game had gone into overtime, and there was a little less than a minute and a half left in overtime, and Philadelphia had the ball. Donovan just strolled along like he was in no rush (like as if it was 5 minutes into the first quarter). The time expires, and he just got this stupid idea in his head that it just continued to another overtime like the first quarter went into the second quarter, changing directions and Philadelphia maintained the ball. He had no clue what-so-ever that it became a tie.

As a joke afterwards, Warren Sapp, since his retirement, has always done his little Santa Bag thing each year (typically "gag gifts") as kinda a joke, to roughly 3 to 5 players. Well, in 2008, he got Donovan McNabb an NFL rule book.

McNabb was a rookie in 1999. How can you be in the NFL for your 10th season and not know the rules by then?

Dez 8, 2010, 6:20pm

". . .got this stupid idea in his heaed that it just continued to another overtime. . ."

Thanks for the "Donovan McNabb Theory" story.
It sounds just like what I would have assumed under the circumstances (as a fan, though a less zealous fan).

Dez 9, 2010, 10:19am

I can't say these are the "FIVE BEST" as I haven't fully read any of them, read about half of what #4 wrote, maybe the first 20 books of what #5 wrote, and have only perused the first 2. Haven't and wouldn't touch #3 with a 10-foot pole.

1. John Grisham - Mystery, True Crime
2. Ann Rule - Mystery, True Crime
3. Nora Roberts - Mystery, Romance (J.D. Robb is Nora Roberts. That's her pen name for her non-romance novels)
4. James Rollins - Thriller, Sci-Fi (That's actually not his real name. Not sure what his real last name is. Writes as James Clemens in the Sci-Fi books. I only read his thriller novels)
5. Stephen King - Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi

Next - Name 5 authors that have written books under multiple names that are NOT listed in my list of 5 above in this message (i.e. No fair using what I just came up with!)

Editado: Dez 9, 2010, 11:38am

1. Anne Rice/A. N. Roquelaure

2. Michael Crichton/John Lange

3. Gore Vidal/Edgar Box

4. Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket

5. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson/Lewis Carroll

Next: Five movies that inspired you to read the book they were based on.

Editado: Dez 9, 2010, 1:05pm

Big Fish by Leo Lionni - an absolutely beautiful movie and wonderfully imaginative book

Atonement by 9333627::Ian McEwan - too much hype for this one. I found both the book and the movie terribly boring

Jurassic Park and The Lost World by Michael Crichton - everyone has seen these movies, but, surpirsing to me, the books were great!!

The Hunt For Red October by Tom Clancy - I love this movie so much, I couldn't help but read it afterwards just to see if there was anything else. I was not disappointed!

The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham - really liked the movie, but just wanted to know more about the history and the setting without searching haphazardly through a bunch of non-fiction

NEXT: Five novels you love that you would really like to see made into movies, and WHY

Dez 9, 2010, 1:21pm

What, only five?

Unwind by Neal Shusterman. This book is innovative, fast-paced, and thought-provoking. What more could you ask for?

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. Interesting Historical Thriller, well researched, filled with fascinating characters, and again, thought-provoking. I would love to see this series made into a movie or, even better, a mini-series.

Lady Susan by Jane Austen. I can't believe nobody has seen the movie potential in this one. It is delicious! It would be a refreshing change from all the bonnet-and-bodices-fest Austen adaptations out there: this story is worlds apart from every other Austen work.

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. By Ray Bradbury! Need I say more?

Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer. Why? Just because I love Hope, and the plot is interesting. =)

NEXT: Five movies that were so well developed, you would be inclined to think they were taken out of books.

Dez 9, 2010, 1:24pm

Freddy and Fredericka: chance for plenty of hilarity, plus moving scenes at beginning and end with eagle.

The Rosewood Casket or another McCrumb ballad novel: assemble several excellent characters and let them enact McCrumb's family dynamics. Plus fabulous mountain scenery.

Serena: I was struck by the vivid imagery and would enjoy seeing it on screen.

In the Bleak Midwinter or any of the Miller's Kill mysteries: for the romantic tension between Claire and Russ.

Good News from Outer Space: tremendous satire.

Next: five books that have affected (even if not radically changed) how you thought about something, and what that something was.

Dez 9, 2010, 1:31pm

1. Rose Madder (Stephen King) - It would be a great King book to make into a movie. Entertain fans of Horror (While my favorite novel is the Thriller Novel, my favorite movie is horror movies), Women's Rights, and Mythology, all in one movie.

2. Term Limits (Vince Flynn) - Entertaining novel about murdering politicians as a way of eliminating the people opposing your side of the vote (i.e. if you want a new law to pass, kill those that you know will oppose the new law). (Didn't give accurate synopsis because didn't want to give away all secrets, just the gist of the book).

3. Deep Fathom (James Rollins) - If nothing else, I'd like to see some actor swim thru an underwater tunnel that takes 4 to 5 minutes to swim thru, and still survive without suffocating to death. I still get chills every time I think about that scene in the book. My heart literally stopped as I read those couple of pages. For some reason, while suffocation is one of the most peaceful ways to die, I find it one of the most frightening. I've seen Saw I and Saw III, with previews to the others. One a man is in the crucified position and the things his hands and feet are tied to are about to twist. Another has a container full of water over a person's head, and the person can't get it off. The latter frightens me more than the former, even though the former is more sick minded, and probably the scarier of the two for most other people.

4. Amazonia (James Rollins) - Just the weird plot is enough to make this into a movie.

5. Subterranean (James Rollins) - This is probably his most "mainstream" type novel, and so it would likely entertain a large audience. What they would use for the creatures found in this underground world would be interesting.

Next: Name 5 fiction novels that included some kind of attack, invasion, take-over, or other catastrophic type of event at the White House.

Editado: Dez 9, 2010, 1:35pm

All righty then...popular topic I see. Ignore my "Next" and go with the one from message 86 since that one was posted first.

Still, make all 15 submissions into movies!

Oh, and by the way, based on the extra description to my third entry:

Let's play a game ...

Dez 9, 2010, 4:30pm

ThrillerFan: When I made the topic, I was totally thinking of Subterranean by James Rollins!! I also agree that his Amazonia whould be interesting, too.

Dez 14, 2010, 9:51am

To hopefully keep this thread going, I'm going to answer #86:

1) 21 (though it's known it wasn't from a book, it actually happened)

2) Ferris Bhueller's Day Off

3) There's Something About Mary

4) The "Saw" series.

5) Firestarter (Oh, say, it did come from a book!)

Next: Name 5 possible reasons that a thread goes dead on LibraryThing (i.e. People stop posting to it).

Dez 14, 2010, 10:13am

1) It's the Holiday season, and most LT members are busy with their checklists, and guests, and cooking, and...

2) There are other, more interesting threads going on in the same groups.

3) The thread goes chatty and/or confusing.

4) The open-ended-ness or discussion-prompt element is lost.

5) The discussion has reached that point in which posting new messages would seem like overkill.

NEXT: Name 5 Library Thing groups that are currenty dormant or mostly inactive, to which you once belonged.

Editado: Dez 15, 2010, 2:18am

Sub-Groups (I donʻt pay much attention to which overall Group they are in). --Perhaps not officially "Dormant", but they were last played on long ago:

1. Wir Philologen

2. Rejoyce 5*

3. Poetry Fool#

4. Too Obscure

5. Gospel Talk (These ar ein no special order; I woud be gald to see any of them revived.)

*Iʻm the "author" of the only post to this thread that is listed. I clicked on it, as I couldnʻt remember ever
posting in it, and the click only brought me back to my profile page! So my curiosity about what I was
writing goes unanswered.

Iʻm sure I didnʻt name this thread, but Iʻm assuming the name echoes Anthony Burgessʻs Re Joyce, an introductory criticism of James Joyce.

NEXT: Match 5 of these once famous politcianʻs remarks with the one whom they were said ABOUT:

1. Will he be re-elected? Sure. Nobody shoots Santa Claus. --Alfred Smith.

2. He is a very modest man, and one who has a lot to BE modest ABOUT. -- Winston S. Churchill

3. Will he be "a one-term president"? Yes, I think heʻll make it. --Eugene McCarthy

4. If heʻs not using the Army, I wish he would let me borrow it! --Abraham Lincoln.

5. I commend him to you. He will add great strength to the ticket. --Harry S. Truman (said without any of his usual pizzazz).

6. He played football without a helmet too often, and he never could walk and chew gum at the same time.
== Lyndon B. Johnson.

The 5 targets are:

Clement Attlee, Jimmy Carter, Estes Kefauver, Gerald R. Ford,
Franklin D. Roosevelt

5 of the 7 have a matching target. 2 of the humorists are left without a listed target.


Editado: Dez 16, 2010, 1:25pm


A 6th reason a thread goes dead!

We continue to get "closed-ended" questions with matching when repeatedly saying that this thread is for "open-ended" questions. Name 5 (fill in the blank) (i.e. Name 5 reasons you decide to hold it when you really really REALLY need to use the bathroom), not Match 1 thru 5 to a thru e.

Dez 16, 2010, 4:03pm

Was there a "NEXT" question in there somewhere?

Dez 16, 2010, 4:39pm


The "Next" is in message 93, which is really a matching exam, not what this thread is intended for. It's supposed to be a category (usually more specific than say, "name 5 books", more like "name 5 books you've read while sitting on the toilet" and the next person has to give 5 items.

The author of message 93 continues to give these closed-answer "matching" quizzes, which is not what this threat is supposed to be.

Occasionally, if it's not matching, it might be a list of 10 presidents, and you have to give the Date of Birth of 5 of them. Again, not what this is supposed to be. It should strictly be "Name 5 _________" (Fill in the blank). Name 5 palindromes of 10 letters or more. Name 5 authors whose books got better as they continued to write. Name 5 authors whose books got worse as they continued to write. Name 5 words of 5 letters or more such that when spelled out, the letters are in alphabetical order.

Yada yada yada - notice how all the examples are "open ended". Author of #93 still hasn't gotten the message, and has been told this many times in the previous thread of this game.

So if you know the "answer" to #93, feel free to answer it, and then give a normal followup for the "Next". It could be name the last 5 times you picked your nose. At least it's open-ended.

Dez 16, 2010, 5:43pm

". . .continues to give these closed-answer ʻmatchingʻ
quizzes" . . . (96)
--On the contrary, I abstained from them for some time in deference to the objecitons of a self-appointed "referee". But it crossed my mind: Do I really have to abstain? Since only one person has raised objections, Idecided to risk another of that format. With all the changes were having in politics lately, that person might lose his position on the "Rules Committee" (if he had one).

"Yada yada yada -notice how all the examples are "open ended".
-- All WHICH examples? if you mean mine, this goes against the "closed answer" designation that you use for me in paragraph 2.

". . . feel free to answer it..."
-- You got that one right!

Editado: Dez 16, 2010, 5:50pm

I understand.

I was trying to be facetious but I guess irony doesn't really come off well in this format.

I don't know the answer and I don't feel like looking all of that up right now, so I'm going to leave it up to everyone else to either look it all up and answer or just skip it in favor of a submission that works with the guidelines.

Dez 16, 2010, 6:03pm

". . .answer, OR just skip it in favor of a submission
that works with the guidelines."
-- Yes. Exactly what I think ThrillerFan should take to be his options, rather than shooting the thread down.

Dez 17, 2010, 9:42am

#'s 97-99.

Read this:


This shows the rules for this thread (just weren't copied onto this one when the previous thread got too long).

People were calling me out with putting ones that were complicated, but at least mine followed the rules stated.

Give at category! That's all you give. Category can be specific or general, but you give a category! Not a matching test.

To answer your question "all WHICH examples", did you not just read the previous paragraph?????

The previous paragraph right before the "yada yada yada". The last 4 sentences of that paragraph are 4 examples! (i.e. Name 5 palindromes of 10 or more letters).

Just to answer the question (could care less if they are right or not), will say:

1 - GF
2 - EK
3 - No Match
4 - FDR
5 - CA
6 - JC

Next CATEGORY: Name 5 books where the gender of the main character is opposite that of the author. (i.e. 5 books where the main character is female and the book is written by a male, or where the main character is male, and the book is written by a female)

Dez 17, 2010, 10:41am

1. J. K. Rowling - The Harry Potter Series - Harry Potter

2. Mary Shelly - Frankenstein - Dr. Victor Frankenstein

3. Tom Robbins - Even Cowgirls Get the Blues - Sissy Hanshaw

4. Robin Hobb - The Farseer Trilogy - FitzChivalry Farseer

5. Ben Williams - Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters - The Dashwood Sisters

NEXT: Five female authors who have written under "Male" psudonyms

Dez 17, 2010, 10:52am

Sayers's Strong Poison, or any of the Wimsey books
LeGuin's The Dispossessed and many others
Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and six more

Books by women are easier here. Let's see about a man writing about a female lead character...

Wolfe's Pandora by Holly Hollander
Pullman's The Golden Compass

Editado: Dez 17, 2010, 10:58am

How funny, CC. You beat me to this answer by about a minute. The weirdest thing is that my 'next' was going to be the same as yours. (cue Twilight Zone music theme)

Anyway, here are my five:

1) George Eliot (Real name Mary Anne Evans)
2) James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice B. Sheldon)
3) George Paston (Emily Symonds)
4) George Sand (Baronne Amandine Dudevant)
5) All Bronte sisters (Charlotte signed as Currer, Emily as Ellis, and Anne as Acton, last name Bell)

NEXT: Five authors with capitals (initials) in his or her pen name.

Editado: Dez 17, 2010, 11:03am

Esta mensagem foi removida pelo seu autor.

Dez 17, 2010, 11:08am

1. J.A. Jance
2. P.D. James
3. W.E.B. Griffin
4. J.D. Robb
5. J.R. Ward

Name 5 authors that are a pain to find in a bookstore because different major chains of bookstores put them under different genres (i.e. Barnes and Noble puts David Lynn Golemon under General Fiction, Borders puts him under Science Fiction and Fantasy)

Dez 17, 2010, 6:08pm

1. In Cld Blood by Truman Capote*

2. Chicago and the Siege of Miami
by Norman Mailer*

3. Divina Commedia / The Divine Comedy
by Dante

4. (and surpisingly even): The Prince / Il Principe
by Niccolo Machiavelli

5. 3 for the price of one: Jim Davis by John Masefield, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

1,2: because they were called "Non-Ficiton
Novels". Do you go by their neing n.f., or by their being novels? Most stores, and nearly all libraries think: the former.
3-4: This may only apply to the Wakele Borders, of Hawaiʻi. Dante is not "Literature", as you might expect, nor even Philosophy or Religion; it is
Medieval History! The same for Machiavelli, for whom you would naturally go to Poliltical Science.
5. These are examples of the old "Childrenʻs or Adult?" question.

NEXT: Five favorite authors whose surnames, in a s sequence, skip at least one letter beyond the previous. Example: Bradley, Ellison, Jones,
Miller, & OʻCasey. NOT eligible: e.g. the sequence: Bradley, Carroll, Ellison, Faulkner, & Gaines.

Dez 17, 2010, 7:22pm

I think I'm doing this right.

1. Clive Barker

2. Bret Easton Ellis

3. Neil Gaiman

4. Laurie R. King

5. Colleen McCullough

Next: five fictional characters that you'd like to have dinner with and why.

Dez 18, 2010, 1:32am

". . .like to have dinner with. .."

Antigone (Sophocles)

Cressida (Shakespeare)

Cynthia* (Propertius)

Mrs. Thorne (Trollope)

Ginny Marshland Timberlane (S Lewis)

* Cynthia: the name is no doubt made up, but the
character is probably based on a real love of Propertius, presented with a tincture of fiction --though heʻs pretty much describing the way it was, not the way
he wished it had been.

NEXT: The middle names of FIVE U.S. presidents;
(Hint: Only since 1868 have nearly all U.S. presidents
HAD middle names. With 2 exceptions, the first
17 presidents didnʻt have middle names; and --again with 2 exceptions -- the 26# presidents SINCE 1868
HAVE had middle names.

# Yes, contrary to what the media tells us, only
43 people have been inaugurated as president.

Dez 18, 2010, 10:59am


Next: five three-dimensional (i.e., we;; drawn) characters form genre fiction.

Editado: Abr 18, 2012, 10:59pm

Character Author Genre

Susan Silverman (Parker) Detective

Hercule Poirot (Christie) Detective

Robert Marquales (Willingham) Noir

Jerry "Digger" Doherty (Higgins) Crime

Ashenden Maugham) Espionage
(no first name given)

NEXT: FIVE characters (fiction or drama) that you
would have liked to be on the jury that tried
them or might have tried them, if charged, for whatever wrong (?) doing by them was alleged in the book. AND add a G (Guilty) or NG (Not Guilty)
for how you would have voted.

Dez 20, 2010, 9:58am

1. Muhammed bin Rashid - G (Consent to Kill)

2. Tommyknockers (Aliens) - NG (The Tommyknockers)

3. Gage - NG (Pet Sematary)

4. David Spangler - G (Deep Fathom)

5. Patrick Johnson's Murderer (don't want to ruin it) - G (The Camel Club)

Next: Name 5 books you've read where you thought they were so drawn out that they could literally have written the book in less than half the number of pages, and still gotten the full story across.

Dez 20, 2010, 1:34pm

1. Atonement by Ian McEwan

2. The Alienist by Caleb Carr

3. The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan*

4. The Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind*

5. Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo**

*I know these both consist of more than one book, but both of the series went on for WAY too long.

**I love these stories. I've tried to read the novels several different times and just can't get through them. Hugo imagines beautiful stories, but his writing/language is just too much!

NEXT: Five instances where you were surprised to discover that the movie is better than the book

Editado: Dez 27, 2010, 11:51pm

1. The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)
Book: The Reason Why (non-fiction) by Cecil Woodham-Smith

2. Robin Hood* (1938) book: see 8elow.

3. True Lies -- The book (same title), I think, was written AFTER the movie.

4. Peyton Place 1950s the book (same title)
by Grace Metalious

5. Gone with the Wind 1939 the book (same title, earlier in the 1930s, by Margaret Mitchell

The above list contains both one of my all-time favorite movies, and
one of my all-time Un-favorite movies. Extra credit (whatever that is) if you can guess which is which!

*my book acquaintance with this is only from text book presentations of about 5th grade level, and they were not masterpieces of folklore-narration, even for that level. If you remember your grammar school text books, you can probably see why the
movie would HAVE to be better.

NEXT: The FIVE most impressive things you have ever heard or read that
one Literary Person said about another -- whether favorable or unfavorable, and whether or not you agreed.

Dez 24, 2010, 5:40pm

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This one is very difficult! We've been stuck here for about 5 days, so I will briefly and not too academically post in order to move this thread along!
1. Ralph Waldo Emerson called Edgar Allen Poe "the jingleman."
2. Poe called Nathanial Hawthorne a "genius."
3. Ralph Waldo Emerson said the Voltaire was "unworthy of a memory."
4. James Russell Lowell called Emerson's speech 'The American Scholar' "an event without former parallel on our literary annals."
5. Horace Greely called 'The Dial' "most original and thoughtful periodical ever published in this country."

My non-professional humble opinions: (I am a non-compensated spokesperson)
Poe is so much more than a "jingleman." I'm not a fan of his prose, but in Poe's poetry (Annabel Lee, Dream within a Dream), I find great depth of feeling, specifically profound grief. Many of been sad and have in fact grieved, but profound grief is something that not everybody has experienced nor can they recognize.

Poe was correct in calling Hawthorne a "genius." I think that Hawthorne portrays the depths of the human soul under extreme pressure in The Scarlet Letter.

Seems as if Emerson is very opinionated on who is "worthy" and who is not. I am surprised at this comment considering Voltaire espoused many of the same ideas of the Trancendentalists such as social reform and civil liberties.

As to Lowell claiming Emerson's speech was "without parallel", oh PLEASE! Emerson was trying to say that American's did not have to look to Europe and did not have be compared to European literature--that she had a writing style all her own. So true--but...without parallel?

I can not comment on "The Dial." I do not have time to read an issue!

I am apologizing in advance for the brevity and simplistic style of this response, but no time to research and write a 4 hour repsonse!

*****Next: Your 5 favorite female characters in literature*****

Editado: Dez 29, 2010, 8:24am


1) Emma Woodhouse in Jane Austen's Emma. She is "handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition", but most of all, she is smart, kind, loving, patient, cheerful, and sweet... even though she has a rather high opinion of herself. I love her complexity.

2) Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. She is perhaps one of the best loved characters in classic literature, and with reason. A strong, opinionated, witty, hilarious, tough-headed middle-class girl with little prospects, who gets the rich, handsome man in the end, is simply irresistible!

3) Juliet Ashton in Mary Ann Shaffer's The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Another strong, cult, intelligent female lead. She is also principled, altruistic, and sincere.

4) Risa Ward in Neal Shusterman's Unwind. By now it should be clear that I am partial to strong heroines. This girl fits the definition to a "t". Plus her name is unique.

5) Hope/Tulip Yancey in Joan Bauer's Hope Was Here. The youngest of the list. Isn't it great to find a female lead with a spine and a voice of her own in Young Adult literature? I think it is.

NEXT: The five most relevant female writers in history, in your opinion.

Edited to add details and format.

Dez 29, 2010, 9:14pm

Jane Austen English, Engl. language

George Eliot English, Engl. language

Mary McCarthy American, Engl. language

Gabriela Mistral Chilean, Spanish Language

Sappho Greek, islander, Aeolic Dialect

NEXT: Name 5 WOMEN authors -- one from each genre:
Poetry, Novel, Criticism, SHort story or Drama, History, and/or Political Science

Editado: Dez 30, 2010, 11:30am

Poetry: Emily Dickinson
Novel: Joanna K. Rowling
Criticism: Virginia Woolf
Short story/Drama: Ntozake Shange
History/Poli-sci: Joyce Tyldesley (who really should be touchstone-ing properly, but isn't).


Five pastiches/hommages/satires/continuations of a famous book that are really quite readable:

Dez 31, 2010, 1:49am

(Assuming parodies count as "Satire")

1. Shamela by Henry Fielding
parody on Richardson

2. Bored of the Rings by the Lampoon
parody on Tolkien*

3. "The Booting of Dan McStew" by anon.#
comic strip author;
parody on Service

4. Apocolocyntosis Divi Claudii / The Pumpkinification
of the Deified Claudius by Lucius Annaeus Seneca;

5. The Frogs / Batrakhoi / Ranae by Aristophanes
Satire, containing much parody on 2 deceased dramatist.
Aeschylus and Euripides,, esp. E.

*havenʻt read this or what its parodying, so I canʻt
guarantee that itʻs readable.

NEXT: Your FIVE FAVORITE politician-authors; suggested: authors who
were presidents, presidential candidates, vice-presidents, senators, governors, or generals. Or, if not up on U.S. politics,
the equivalent from your own country.

# either anonymous, or I just forgot the name.

Editado: Dez 31, 2010, 9:33pm

1. George W. Bush--yes I got it hot off the press and I loved it!
2. Barack Obama I was almost in tears over Of Thee I Sing, A Letter to My Daughters. It was beautifully written and it is every parent's hope for their child.
3. Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life by John McCain. This is in my TBR pile. It is interesting to note that McCain, when interviewed concerning his time in POW camps, said that he recited constantly parts of favorite books. That had he not had that, he would have gone crazy; that it was the only thing that made him remain sane. The interview is here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/02/books/
4. In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam by Robert McNamara. It's good to know that some people did learn a few things. However, I think the "big picture was still missed."
5. The Federalist Papers by James Madison, John Adams, and Alexander Hamilton. Should be required reading for all Americans! My favorite one is the one on gun control, or more specifically, why guns can not be controlled. I think it is #46, but I could be very wrong. I believe it's Adams that is writing that the people need to be armed because they need to have arms to overthrow any government that may become tyrannical! Hmmmmmm............

Next: Your FIVE FAVORITE British works

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Editado: Dez 31, 2010, 11:47pm

Twelfth Night by
William Shakespeare

The Rime of the Ancient mariner by Samuel T. Coleridge

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse

Paradise Lost by John Milton

NEXT: Your 5 FAVORITE Irish, Scottish, Welsh, or American of the Colonial era works

Jan 1, 2011, 6:45am

Nice job, Roland......Rime of the Ancient Mariner is one of my all time faves...in fact I re-read it every year!

I really have no working knowledg of Irish/Scottish/Welsh Literature, but I love Early American lit!

1. A General History , an expansion f A True Relation (1608), by John Smith. Smith's first account of Jamestown's founding. Some say it is self-serving, a defense of Smith's actions while pointing out the weaknesses of the plans of others.

2. Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford The history of the Separatists (Pilgrims)

3. A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson by Mary White Rowlandson , describes her time spent captive with Native Americans

4. Here Follows Some Verses upon the Burning of Our House July 10th, 1666, Copied Out of a Loose Paper by Anne Bradstreet

5. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards

Next 5: Your FAVORITE (best) survival stories...survival from political opression such as survival of the Holocaust, WWII, the Gulags, etc.

Editado: Jan 2, 2011, 1:51am

China Scapegoat: the Diplomatic Ordeal of John Carter Vincent by Gary May

The Drowned and the Saved by Primo Levi

Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi

Alone by Richard E. Byrd

My Life by William Jefferson Clinton

I suppose I should include "Honorable Mention" for 2 classics, even though I havenʻt read them":

Night by Elie Wiesel

Shackletonʻs Extraordinary Voyage
by Caroline Alexander

N EXT: the Name of ONE favorite author,
followed by the names of FOUR other authors,
favorites or not, who have the same FIRST Name as 1.
Example: (assuming William Penn was a favorite of mine:
2555437::William Penn, 1920713::William Wordsworth, 37306::William Kennedy 13286::William Faulkner William Shakespeare

Jan 2, 2011, 6:12am

LMAO! My Life--by Bill Clinton....what did he surive? Monica? Sorry...I couldn't help myself. Guess I should read the book......

Editado: Jan 2, 2011, 9:56am

1. James Rollins

2. James Clavell

3. James Patterson

4. James Tucker

5. James Anderson

NEXT: To start off 2011, or "MMXI", name 5 words that contain at least 2 M's, an X, and an I

Jan 2, 2011, 1:11pm

1. maximum

2. commixt

3. maximal

4. maxima

5. maximize

Next: List 5 scientific frauds and/or hoaxes.

Jan 2, 2011, 2:29pm

"Clinton. . .What did he survive? Monica?"

I took Clinton to have survived a "political ordeal" because of his surviving impeachment.
Also, in state politics, having two NON-consecutive terms as governor. --Gives one the reputation of
being a great survivor*, which is what some historians consider him. (Others, less favorable, prefer the nickname "Slick Willy".)
Whether he survived Monica or not, Iʻm not qualified to say.

*Former LA. governor Edwin Edwards said that
another former gov., Jimmy Davis was the
most amazing LA. poliltician: Why? -- He had two NON-consecutive terms, and still was never indicted!

Editado: Jan 2, 2011, 6:18pm

Addendum to 127

I didnʻt of course mean to imply that, as a survivor, Clinton is in a class with Elie Wiesel, Shackleton, Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn
or Primo Levi.

These lists can be great deceptive "equalilzers"!

I voted for Clinton both times that he ran for president. But then, I did the same for Adlai Stevenson (D, IL) who didnʻt manage to carry any state north of the Mason-Dixon Line.
I thought Hilary Clinton might have been a better president than her husband, but I voted for her major opponent, Barack Obama in the
2008 primary. For that matter, it has crossed my mind that
Eleanor might well have been a better president than Franklin, Laura better than George W.
and Pat better than Dick. Too late to do anyhting about those cases now.

Editado: Jan 2, 2011, 8:17pm

5 scientific frauds and/or hoaxes (126)

1. Cyril Burtʻs Psychology of Intelligence
(used flawed data)

2. The Ponzi Scheme*

3. The "Proving" that a country has few or no members in its Labor Force* (Canada, in the version I read, was "proved" to have a Labor Force of 2 persons!)

4. The "Proving" that the U.S. Moon Landing
of 07/69 was itself a fraud.

5. The "Magic Bullet" explanation of
the Kennedy assassination.

* 2, and 3 are scientific frauds, if Mathematics is
a science. I assume the Ponzi Scheme was
based on Mathematical fallacies, though I donʻt
understand the pseudo-math of it.
3 is based on an assumed ignorance of Set Theory. The "proof" is by keeping subtracting new categories of population, a large part of which has already BEEN subtracted.
4. comes in different versions, usually using fake photography.

5. traumatological fraud and (probably)
ballistics science fraud.

NEXT: FiVE favorite authors, from the FIRST HALF of the alphabet --defined as A - L -- (surnames), skipping at least one letter each time.
Example: Eligible: Bradley, Edward, Gaines,
Johnson, Lawrence.
Ineligible: Anderson, Bienek, Dostoevsky,
Engleman, Faulkner.

Jan 2, 2011, 9:45pm

Most my favorite authors start with the 2nd half of the alphabet, but just an FYI, the first half of the alphabet is A to M (M is the 13th letter of a 26 letter alphabet).

Jan 3, 2011, 3:17am

"the first half of the alphabet is A to M. . ." (1390)

My collections indicate that going through M takes
you far beyond the middle of the collection. It is true that there are 12 letters before M and 13 after, but because of there being more "hard" letters (asthey used to say in Scrabble) after M,
(like q, x and z) the post-M does not come up
approximately half of the time. So I was not judging by NUMBER OF initial letters, but by approximately where
the actual middle of any collection is. For all I know, the actual middle may even be somewhere before L.
So I specified what the "middle" would be for purposes of this game; I wasn't trying to establish a hard and fast rule of what is the middle.

Jan 3, 2011, 12:53pm


I take your word on that. Just makes it all the more ironic that the vast majority of authors I read or have on my to-be-read list that don't have consecutive letters that are the same or adjacent in the alphabet are in the latter half of the actual alphabet: Thor, Silva, Saul, Reich, Phelps, Preston (whom I don't read any more, wasn't thrilled with his novels), etc.

However, while not all of these are "favorites", they all fit the bill, so I'll submit these:

1) Tom Clancy

2) Barry Eisler (My "To be read" list)

3) John Grisham (Again, TBR)

4) Boris Avrukh (I have 1 of his books, not exactly a "favorite" author of mine as his explanations are not as good as say, Mihail Marin's books are)

5) Valentin Bogdanov (Never actually read him, his book that I'm interested in comes out in April 2011)

Next: List 5 authors such that the last name of one author starts with the same letter as the first name of the next author, and the last name of the 5th author starts with the same letter as the first name of the first author (like a chain reaction).

Example (Using baseball players instead of authors):
1) Johan Santana 2) Sandy Kofax 3) Kirby Puckett 4) Prince Fielder 5) Felix Jones

Jan 3, 2011, 3:12pm

Mary McCarthy

Martin Bernal

Bill Naughton

Neil Abercrombie

Abraham Maslow

NEXT: 5 Authors + a title by them, an initial of which
has an initial of the author's name (either 1st or last name).

Example: An initial of the last name: A Fable by Willilam Faulkner
An initial of the first name: All's Well that Ends Well
by William Shakespeare

Jan 3, 2011, 5:40pm

1) The Judas Strain by James Rollins

2) True Blue by David Baldacci

3) The Cardinal of the Krmlin by Tom Clancy

4) G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton

5) The Cat Who Lived High by Lilian Jackson Braun

Next: Name 5 books where the title has no vowels in common with the author (Y is a consonant in all cases here). Articles count (i.e. The, a, etc)

Example: "The Collectors" by David Baldacci (Happens to be the book I'm currently reading)

Title has E's and O's (No A or I), Author has A's and I's (No E or O)

Jan 3, 2011, 5:50pm

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Editado: Jan 3, 2011, 11:20pm

Mr.* Creweʻs Career b y Winston Churchill

129453::Zotz! by 129453::Walter Karig

Nineteen nineteen by 36016::John Dos Passos

25601::Corydon by 25601::Andre Gide

Lucy Crown by Irwin Shaw

A list of EIGHT authors, (4 pairs) of whom all the even numbered ones worked in a neighboring country to the previously named odd numbered ones. Total number of countries need not be 8, as long as each pair has this neighboring sequence.

Example: 1. Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru)
2. Pablo Neruda (Chile)

*The All-American Churchill; the more famous one was only half American. And with a plea
not to be held to the -i- of the full spelling
of "Mr.".

Jan 4, 2011, 11:39am

I'm going to let someone else answer this one as I only really know American and a few British authors, and American and Britan aren't neighboring countries.

Though this does bring up an interesting question. If someone from New York wrote a book in 1862, and another from South Carolina wrote a book in 1864, is that "Neighboring" countries? USA and CSA (Confederate States of America)?

Editado: Jan 4, 2011, 2:34pm

ʻ"Is that ʻneighboring countriesʻ USA and CSA? (of 1862--1864)?" (136)

The short answer is; No.

The long answer is: The Union never recognized
the Confederacy as a nation state, though the
CSA may have recognized what would have been left of the USA as a truncated nation state.

If you want to be metaphorical about it, you could say that the New Yorker and the South Carolinian authors you mention lived "in different Worlds", and yet not in different "countries". The above stance does not entail a complete blindness to de facto realities. The CSA was
recognized as a belligerent -- for purposes of ad hoc negotiations in such things as exchange of prisoners. Thatʻs not the same thing as admitting that their illegal
separation made them a nation.

Jan 4, 2011, 2:49pm


Interesting assessment. I was born in NJ, and now live in NC. One of my 2 biggest pet peeves is seeing people wave the confederate flag in front of their house, or confederate flag bumper stickers or front license plates.

The "CSA" has been "extinct" for over 145 years. Nobody alive today ever lived in the "CSA". Yet some still believe in being white supremicists and can't get over the fact that we are the "United States of America".

We moved to NC when I was in 8th grade ('88-'89). When I found out that we had School on Memorial Day, my first reaction was "WTF!". Now that day is finally observed. A couple of counties over from where I live, that entire county didn't observe Martin Luther King day until the mid-2k decade!

Welcome to the late 19th century North Carolina! LOL!

BTW, my other major pet peeve (I have others, but these 2 are the biggest) is that NC planners were so stupid when they planned to build the "outer belt" (An interstate, I-485, that loops around the outside of Mecklenburg County, which is where Charlotte, NC is, that is 67 miles long) in 1988, which was supposed to be completed in 2008 and is still not and won't be until at least 2014 and probably later, they decided to assess the Charlotte population in 1988 to determine the number of lanes to put in each direction in the first sections they opened. Well, needless to say, traffic is worse there now than on the surface streets. (Using sarcastic tone for next sentence) Real bright there Charlotte planners, Real bright!

Anyway, back to where we were - rolandperkins is asking for 4 pairs of 2 authors each such that the 2 authors are from neighboring countries.

I don't know enough authors outside of the USA or England to come up with 4.

Jan 4, 2011, 3:31pm

Ursula LeGuin (USA): Guy Kay (Canada)
GG Marquez (Colombia): Mario Vargas LLosa (Brazil)
JL Borges (Argentina): Isabel Allende (Chile)
Italo Calvino (Italy): Antoine de Saint-Exupery (France)

Next: five living authors whom you would like to see try something different, and what. For example, what sort of a mystery might Coraghessan Boyle write? A romance by Elmore Leonard?

Editado: Jan 4, 2011, 4:47pm

1) Danielle Steele write a Thriller Novel (would probably still be extremely trashy)

2) Larry Flynt write a book on Men's Anatomy

3) Stephen King write a Romance Novel

4) Tom Clancy write a True Crime Novel

5) Douglas Preston write a book on Knitting Patterns

Next: Name 5 authors you think would be better off modeling. In other words, 5 authors you think look good, but can't write to save themselves. The "author-equivalent" of Britney Spears.

Editado: Jan 4, 2011, 7:33pm

1. George Will

2. Madonna

3. Charles Krauthammer

4. Camille Paglia

5. Rush Limbaugh

(Iʻm assuming that "would be better off modeling" is not to be taken literally, so I canʻt say just how they "look good" or what KIND of
"modeling they should try. 1 and 4 can be interesting, I admit. 3 at least -- doesnʻt exactly "tell it like it is"-- but tells what Conservatives REALLY think, better than 1 does.)
N EXT: Your 5 FAVORITE ROLES in classic
movie productions -- feminine or masculine,
but weʻte looking for ROLE names, not actress or actor names.

Editado: Jan 5, 2011, 9:24am

Not sure what one's definition of "classic" movie productions is, but my definition is that if after 5 years, it's still played constantly on movie stations, like HBO, it must be a classic. Therefore:

1) Kevin McAllister (Home Alone - The child himself)

2) Ferris Beuller (Ferris Beuller's Day Off)

3) Ed Rooney (Ferris Beuller's Day Off - The Principal)

4) Magda (Mary's Roommate in There's Something About Mary)

5) Officer Jack Traven (Speed - Though I must say the one that played Annie Porter, namely Sandrea Bullock, was the one I found "hot" in that movie, though Reeves played a larger role)

Next: Name 5 actors or actresses (aside from the example given) that played a major role in a movie or tv show acting out as a person that is significantly older than the actor or actress really was.

For example: Vicki Lawrence, at age 34 in 1983, acted as "Mama" (The mother of the main adult male character in the show, a woman a lot older than 34) in Mama's Family (which ran until 1990)

Editado: Jan 13, 2011, 9:05pm

I could only think of 3 that met the requirements of 143, and on the marlon and Quinn roles it might be arguable how "significant" the difference was.
Well, thatʻs 3 more than anyone else has come up with in the past 8 days or so. So I had to fill in with 2 who played someone much younger than themselves.

Played Older>

Veronica Lake in the title role
of Miss Susie Sleagleʻs

251672::Marlon Brando as 1592065::Marc Antony
in Julilus caesar (1953)

4132610::Anthony Quinn in the title role of

Played Younger>

81633::Judy Garland (age 16) as Dorothy (age 12)
in The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Mickey Rooney (20-something) as a 12-14 (?) year-old boy in 1851854::Stablemates

NEXT: FIVE actresses/actors who were widely
thought to have been "mis-cast" in a role, but
who, in your opinion did very well in it.
Example: Louis Calhern in the title role of Julilus Caesar (1953) (in my opinion).

Jan 13, 2011, 9:20pm

#143/4: I could only think of Winona Ryder as Spock's mother in the new Star Trek. . .

I don't really have any for this one either. Don't pay attention to the greater public's view on such things. Maybe because I almost always disagree with the reviews?

Jan 14, 2011, 9:55am

I think I can think of 5 (I got the last 4 from my wife, she's the movie fanatic, not me).

1) Sandra Bullock - Speed 2 (Original got great reviews, the 2nd got horrible reviews - I was 22 at the time, and loved seeing Sandra in a swimsuit.)

2) Kenau Reeves in Dracula

3) Steven Webber in The Shining

4) Tom Cruise in Born on the Fourth of July

5) Edward G. Robinson in The Ten Commandments

Next: Name 5 pop artists or groups (i.e. artists that made the radio waves on specifically Top 40 stations) between 1980 and today that have a number in their name (spelled out or numerical, doesn't matter) and one song by each that hit the waves.

Example: Nine Days - Absolutely (Story of a girl)

Jan 14, 2011, 11:01am

1. Blink 182 - All the Small Things

2. U2 - Bloody Sunday

3. 4 Non-Blondes - Whats Up?

4. 98 Degrees - True to Your Heart

5. 3 Dog Night - Try a Little Tenderness

NEXT: Five song titles that are also movie titles
--example "The Way We Were"

Editado: Jan 14, 2011, 11:37am

Title (Song Artist/Year of Movie)

1. "Come Together" (Beetles/2001)

2. "Believe" (Cher/2007)

3. "Shout at the Devil" (Motley Crue/1976)

4. "The Best of Times" (Styx/1986)

5. "Skin Deep" (Nick Lowe/1989)

Next: Five songs that contain a refrain where no part of the title is ever mentioned in the refrain (can be mentioned in one or more versus)

Example: Black Balloon (Goo Goo Dolls) - The words "Black Balloon" are only referenced at the beginning of the first verse, never in the refrain.

Jan 19, 2011, 8:55pm

1. Danny's Song by Loggins and Messina
refrain :And even though we ain't got money, I'm so in love with ya
honey and everything will bring a chain of love. And in the
morning when I rise....
2. El Condor Pasa by Simon and Garfunkle. There isn't a refrain
3. Annie's Song by John Denver : come let me love you, come love me
4. Dover Beach-The Bangles No refrain.
5. A Day in the Life-The Beatles--"I read the news today, oh boy........"

I didn't know if you wanted me to post all the lyrics for every song or not. Sorry that most of these have a 60-80's feel....my age is showing!

Next: List 5 books or short stories where an important character is a man of the cloth. Please give us a 1-2 sentence summary of the book or short story.

Jan 20, 2011, 2:23am

1. Morte dʻUrban by J. F. Powers

2. The Edge of Sadness by Edwin OʻConnor

3. The Power and the Glory
by Graham Greene

4. "Prince of Darkness" by J. F. Powers

5. Men and Brethren
by James Gould Cozzens

1-4 are about Roman Catholic priests. 5 is
about an episcopal priest (or minister, as he
would probably call it.)

1. A priest of the Paulist order is a sort of
super-star in pro-Catholic public relations.
Gets by all right but is sometimes dissatsified with his life. He fantasizes an
"Ideal life" in which an interviewer asks him: "Religion?" and he answers, "None!"
2. A priest, 50-something years old meets an
old school classmate, a woman who is worried about coping with her fatherʻs (he is 70-something) approaching
death. There is friendship, but nothing "romantic" between her and the priest. And
her father outlives her!
3. I know this one better than the others, but couldnʻt do justice to it in 2 sentences. The priest is Montez, a Mexican who is facing persecution in Tabasco,
an ultra-leftist state in the era after the Mexican Revolution.
4. An ambitious and proud priest gets a lesson in humility from his bishop (possibly modled on a former Bishop of Cincinnati, Karl Alter.)
5. Curiously, Cozzens was an atheist, but seems to have generally loved religionists, at least
respectable Episcopal ones. Some c ritics -- non-Catholics considered his best known novel By Love Possessed to be obnoxiously anti-Catholic. His minister in Men and Brethren is
the most commendable of all these 5 clergymen except perhaps, Greeneʻs Montez.

NEXT: FIVE novels or short stories.
in which a main character is an athlete or
show business figure -- a celebrity, or aspiring to celebrity.

Jan 20, 2011, 12:34pm

1. Inside Daisy Clover by Gavin Lambert

2. Genius by Patrick Dennis

3. Prater Violet by Christopher Isherwood

4. Until I Find You by John Irving

5. Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker

Next: Five female detectives from books written before 1961.

Jan 25, 2011, 7:37am

Nancy Drew
Jane Marple
Irene Adler
Tuppence Beresford
Adela Bradley

NEXT: Five books who had one of the main characters in prison or who had just come out of prison

Jan 25, 2011, 4:02pm

The Anderson Tapes
by lawrence Sanders

Coganʻs Trade by Geprge V. Higgins

The Count of Monte Cristo
by Alexandre Dumas

Falconer by John Cheever

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Name the one who was next to hold the same job as -- any 5 of the 15 listed.
Example: George H. W. Bush: Bill Clinton

1. King Edward VII
2. Winston Churchill, p. m.
3. Neville Chamberlain, p. m.
4. Franklin D. Roosevelt, president
5. Gerald Ford, president

6. Joe McCarthy, NY Yankees mgr. *
7. Babe Ruth, NY. Yankees rf
8. Burl Ives, (role of) "Big Daddy" in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (STAGE version)
9. Knute Rockne, Notre Dame coach

10. Janet Leigh, anti-heroine
of Psycho (___played her role in the re-make)

11. Spiro Agnew, vice president

12. Nelson Mandela president

13. Mikhail Gorbachev, president
14. Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy, senator
15. Tony Blair, p.m.

Editado: Maio 2, 2012, 11:18pm

Hint on *8 of 153:

THis one is difficult: This actor is not exactly a household world, but was highly regarded in his time .
His initials are V. J.
V__ __ __ __ __
J __ __ __

(I was going to make this a matching game by putting a list of the successors next to the above list.
But a certain member has, in effect, "Shot down"
previous matching g ames that I devised -- on the grounds that theyʻre "Not a List". So this one IS a List --if you can think of 5
correct names of successors.

Jan 27, 2011, 9:03am

Unless someone else does this one, I guess this thread will die. I have mentioned before that this is intended to be a "List 5 that fit a category challenge", and not a matching, or choose among test.

Open ended means open ended. 5 female detectives before 1961. 5 books where one of the main characters just came out of prison. Etc.

Some categories of mine may be quirky, but you will notice they are always open-ended. Modern day pop artists with a number in their name.

Therefore, your hints mean nothing if you ask me. Once I see a closed-ended question or a matching test, I move on without even attempting any more.

I have offically boycotted answering those that don't fit the proper format for this thread.

So I guess someone else will get this one, or else this thread will die.

Jan 27, 2011, 9:45am

Gordon Brown after Tony Blair
Anthony Eden after Churchill
Jimmy Carter after Gerald Ford
Boris Yeltsin after Gorbachev
Anne Heche after Janet Leigh

NEXT: Five TV series that were at some point made into movies.

Jan 27, 2011, 10:13am

1. Simpsons
2. South Park
3. Star Trek
4. Muppets
5. Sesame Street (movie was "Follow that Bird", 1985)

Next: Name 5 pairs of TV-Characters (live or cartoon, doesn't matter) and Professional Sports Athletes (past or present, any professional sport) that share the same last name.

Note: For TV characters, it's the character name, not the actor's name, so for Full House, it would be "Danny Tanner", not "Bob Saget"

Example: Homer and OJ Simpson

Jan 27, 2011, 3:05pm

1. Michael (NBA) and Tracy Jordan (30 Rock)

2. Shawn (MLB) and Rachel Green (Friends)

3. Terry (NFL) and Hawkeye Pierce (MASH)

4. Nyjer (MLB) and Dexter Morgan (Dexter)

5. Mike (NHL) and Temperance Brennan (Bones)

NEXT: Five movies "based on/inspired by a true story" that came from a book or memior.
example: Out of Africa, movie based on Karen Blixen's memoir Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass

Jan 30, 2011, 5:03am

1. Cleopatra (1963)*

2. J F K (Based mostly on works by Garrison and Marr. Jim Garrison, b t w, played the walk-on role of Chief Justice Warren in the movie.)

3. The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)

4. Seven Years in Tibet

5. Kinsey

* partly based on an earlier Italian silent
movie, partly on Greco-Roman historians Plutarch and Cassius Dio.

NEXT FIVE of your favorite superstitions. OR, if
you are completely without superstitions, the 5
you have observed in others that you would most like to see disappear.

Jan 31, 2011, 10:06am

1) That it's bad luck for a pitcher to step on the chalk line when going from the mound to the dugout or vice versa.

2) Friday the 13th

3) Crossing the path of a black cat is bad luck

4) Breaking a mirror is 7 years of bad luck

5) Brushing your teeth between every inning in baseball (only seen 1 player do it, but he did it every inning, even when he wasn't active...he was a relief pitcher/closer, Turk Wendell)

Next - Let's add some salt to the wound. Name 5 things aside from salt that would likely burn if you poured it into an open wound shortly after cutting yourself.

Jan 31, 2011, 10:18am

!. lemon juice

2. tobasco sauce

3. vinegar

4. tequila

5. chili oil

NEXT: five kitchen appliances (knives are not appliances) on which you can injure yourself

Jan 31, 2011, 10:50am

I didn't include it in case there was contraversy, but while I agree a bread knife, or steak knife, or butter knife isn't an appliance, what about an electric knife? Like to cut a turkey or roast with?

Didn't include that just in case!

1 - Stove (via burning yourself)

2 - Egg Beater (get your fingers caught)

3 - Waffle Iron (again, burn yourself)

4 - Blender (if you are dumb enough to stick your hands in there)

5 - Can Opener (get your finger caught and put a nice slice in your finger or hand)

Next: Name 5 things that an adult might use that they might leave laying around the house that a baby could pick up and hurt him or herself with.

For example - A knitting needle. You might not think twice about putting a knitting needle on the end table to go to the bathroom just to find out your 9-month old son or daugher just poked their eye out.

Also as a hint to those that can't think of items, don't forget that all babies put everything they can find in their mouth!

Jan 31, 2011, 11:17am

1 - Keys

2 - Cotton pads

3 - Shoelaces (attached to shoes)

4 - Pen

5 - Paperclips

Next: 5 novelizations of movies which in turn are based on books.

Jan 31, 2011, 4:49pm

Just want to clarify that last one for myself and others. . . So the order would be: book--movie--book w/ actors on it, and asking for the last one?

Jan 31, 2011, 5:13pm

On 163: "Next:" and 164

I was just hoping that 163 did NOT mean what I think it means -- which is the same as you
describe, katelism in 164. Because, after 7 decades of mo v ie-going and reading, I can think of only one book--movie--book that would meet
the criteria of 163: Taras Bulba by Nikolai Gogol (movie: c a. 1963). I remember seeing paperbacks of the Gogol original and a novelization of the movie being on sale concurrently -- and was
wondering why anyone would want to read the
1960s novelization of the movie, when they could read the original that the movie was really based on. Afriend who was an unpublished writer said,
"It is kind of silly, but reading the novelization
is better than not reading anything."

Jan 31, 2011, 5:29pm

On 164 and 165, yes.

I've seen two books different from the one you mentioned, Roland, and was curious if there were more.
But I'm willing to make concessions if no one can think of five novelizations of movies based on books - Books which had a cover indicating they had been made into movies and using that as a lure even though the books were first.
For instance, Coraline. I've seen differing covers and the only one available to me now is one which ties into the movie (could be a poster, actually). This example wouldn't qualify for the original challenge, though.

Jan 31, 2011, 5:31pm

I've seen a few, mostly sf/fantasy stuff. It might take me a bit to come up w/ 5 though. Right now I can remember Hitchhiker's Guide and Jumper.

Fev 1, 2011, 8:46am

I can only think of two more: Pride & Prejudice with a smiling Jennifer Ehle on the cover, and I capture the Castle with, well, the castle portrayed in the movie. No other comes to mind, though.

Editado: Fev 1, 2011, 2:13pm

I'm doing a combination of the different cover and of the original "Next", because I can unfortunatly think of two books-to-movies-to-books.

1. Dracula: Dracula the Bram Stoker novel, turned into the Coppola film, turned into Bram Stoker's Dracula: A Francis Ford Coppola Film by Fred Saberhagen.

2. Constantine: the movie was based on a story arc in Hellblazer (can't remember which issues) and then the movie had its very own graphic novel adaptation.

3. Dracula tie-in edition for the Coppola film

4. The Princess Bride tie-in edition

5. Rob Roy tie-in for the 1995 movie

Next: Five fads that you hated while they were still popular.

Fev 1, 2011, 2:28pm

1) Bellbottoms

2) Hula Hoops

3) Plaid

4) Britney Spears

5) Hansen (especially MmmBop!)

Next: Five things you enjoy doing with other people around that you absolutely hate doing alone.

Note: All entries must be items that can physically be done alone. Don't mention things like tango dancing or bedroom activities (you know which ones I mean)

Fev 1, 2011, 3:54pm

1. exercising
2. shopping
3. road trips
4. drinking
5. eating out

next: 5 foods that you just cannot bear to eat.

Fev 1, 2011, 4:02pm

1. cooked salmon

2. cilantro

3. dill pickles

4. raw tomatoes

5. gizzards

Next: five urabn legends that you wish would die.

Fev 1, 2011, 4:58pm


OMG, I don't think I could go thru life without Dill Pickles! The rest I agree with you.

Urban Legends I wish would die:

1) The 809 Area Code Scam

2) Lady Gaga is a hermaphrodite

3) Jury Duty Scam - tricking victims into revealing personal info by telling them they've failed to report for jury duty

4) The "Here You Have / Just for You / Here It Is Virus" - Another one of those stupid computer virus urban legends

5) Anthrax in Tide Samples - Based on 7 deaths claimed to have been from detergent samples sent tot hem thru the mail containing anthrax.

Next: This is no urban legend. People are stupid! A man in California complained to the IRS that he kept getting a negative number on his tax return. He explained, "The instructions said to subtract line 8 from line 7, and whenever I subtract 8 from 7, I keep getting minus one."

Name 5 of the dumbest things you have ever heard come out of someone's mouth!

Fev 2, 2011, 6:00am

1. "That should work." (Many cases, and it mostly didn't)

2. "I'm not stupid! I only behave as if I am!" (after rolling a baby trolley filled with ash through most of the apartment, including pushing it downstairs)

3. "I know what I am doing." (Said person burnt its eyebrows and facial hair off and had second to third degree burns on the right hand after igniting a BBQ with gasoline)

4. "I'll drive!" (thoroughly intoxicated)

5. "What's the worst that could happen?" (I. Once. I never said that ever again, and never will. Murphy loves me.)

NEXT: 5 vices you see the allure to but couldn't commit to yourself.

Fev 4, 2011, 8:47am

I don't know if anyone is going to follow on from this, so I will just list five vices. I have to say though I do not find any of them in the least alluring.

Drinking to excess
Taking drugs
Driving too fast

If anyone can do the alluring thing with any vices, then please just ignore this posting.

NEXT: 5 films that have been remade, either better or worse than the original.

Fev 4, 2011, 9:34am

1) Annie

2) Clash of the Titans

3) Friday the 13th

4) King Kong

5) Planet of the Apes

Next: Name 5 City/State combinations specifically from 5 different states such that the City and the State start with the same letter

Fev 4, 2011, 9:59am

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Walla Walla, Washington
Honolulu, Hawaii
Dover, Delaware

Next: Name 5 one-word book titles which start with the first letter of the author's name (either first or last)

Fev 4, 2011, 12:42pm

1. Cyclops by Clive Cussler

2. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

3. Thud! by Terry Pratchett

4. Pyramids by Terry Pratchett

5. Changeless by Gail Carriger

Next: 5 novels by different authors about the same historical figure.

Fev 4, 2011, 1:05pm

1. Dracula by Bram Stoker
2. Graf Dracula by Roderic Anscombe
3. The Dracula Tape by Fred Saberhagen
4. The Dracula Dossier by James Reese
5. Dracula, Prince of Many Faces by Radu R. Florescu

Next: 5 TV Shows that were cancelled early and had to have their finale rushed (at least one, at most three seasons) or got their finale after the last episode aired (DVD, movie or something)

Fev 7, 2011, 9:59am

1. Firefly

2. Dollhouse

3. Sports Night

4. Carnivale

5. Pushing Dasies

NEXT: your five favorite snacks at the movies, aside from popcorn

Fev 7, 2011, 10:21am

Cookie Dough Bites
Soft Pretzel
Junior Mints
Sour Patch Kids

NEXT: 5 songs that felt like the soundtrack of your life at one time or another

Editado: Fev 7, 2011, 12:10pm

1) Don't Speak (No Doubt) (1/5/2004)

2) Barbie Girl (Aqua) (5/14/2004)

3) Complicated (Avril Lavigne) (5/19/1999)

4) Celebration (Kool and the Gang) (6/4/1993)

5) Torn (Natalie Imbruglia) (5/19/1999)

#4 is my highschool graduation. God was I glad to get out of that s**thole!

#3 and #5 come from a woman I dated from 12/98 to 5/99. I always tried to impress her, and apparently the fact that she sensed my not being totally 100% myself, and her being a little less than 7 years older than me (almost 31 vs just turned 24), she obviously felt I tried too hard to impress, dumped me, and put me in a tailspin where I didn't even attempt to date again until December 2003. Obviously #3 described a time in 1999 for me, the song itself wasn't out until 2002.

#1 - I went on a date on 1/3/2004, and the night was great. She even commented it was a great night. 2 days later, she basically says I'm not for her. What was with the turnaround? In the car, literally 1 traffic light past where the bad news phone call concluded, "Don't Speak" came on by No Doubt. It's the only time I've ever had to shut the radio off for a song I've listed to all the time. Just really hit me hard that night.

#2 - Pretty much the first time that my relationship with what is now my wife (since Nov 2006) went from dating to serious.

Next: Going off of my #1 above, name 5 songs you've heard on the radio that you'd normally listen to day in and day out, but at some given moment, you just had to shut the radio off or change the channel when it came on (i.e. Not songs that you thought were complete garbage that you avoided listening to every time it ever played).

Editado: Fev 7, 2011, 3:35pm

1. "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers.

2. "If I Had $1000000" by Barenaked Ladies

3. "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver

4. "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" by The Darkness

5. "Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve

** Don't get me wrong, I like all of these songs. I may not LOVE them, but I like them. The problem I had with each of these songs, is that I was a bartender for 10 years, and each of these songs was on a juke box at one time or another. These were the ones that were played over and over and over and over until just the intro of any one of them would give me a headache. Now that I'm out of the bars, they're not a problem anymore, although John Denver still annoys me.

NEXT: 5 songs with hidden meanings
-- example: "American Pie" - not really about leaving pie, REALLY about the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper (among other things)

Fev 7, 2011, 4:57pm

1. "Turning Japanese" - The Vapors (really about masturbation)

2. "Semi-Charmed Life" - Third Eye Blind (not actually hidden, but few people know that it's about sex and drugs and generally raunchy)

3. "Dota" - Basshunter (about the specific mapping system DoTa on World of Warcraft)

4. "Relax" - Frankie Goes to Hollywood (Abstinence, guess it's not so secret anymore)

5. "3 AM" - Matchbox 20 (about Rob Thomas's mother when she was ill)

NEXT: 5 songs that were either sampled in a song or completed remade in a new genre.
--example: "Sugar Sugar" from the Archies (classic pop) was sampled in the song "Nasty Girl" by Nitty (rap/hip-hop)

Fev 8, 2011, 10:14am

I can't speak for nested samples, but I can easily name 5 remakes that changed genre (and most of the new ones are complete crap!) For the first 2, I don't like the original either (stuff my parents played in the car way too much), but the remake is even worse.

1) Killing me Softly (Flack - Easy Listening, Fugees - Bad R&B, and kill the drum - Jeez!)

2) Lean on Me (Withers - Easy Listening, 2-4 Family - Hip hop - GARBAGE)

3) Nobody Knows (Tony Rich Project - R&B, Don't know who did the Country version or which came first)

4) Every Breath You Take (Police - 1980s, Puff Daddy make an R&B version called I'll be Missing You, words aren't exact, but the music was clearly copied, and the Puff Daddy version is complete trash!)

5) The Time of My Life (Supposedly this came out in the 50's, but wasn't well known to the US until 1987 when Dirty Dancing came out, then in 2010, and at halftime of Superbowl XLV, the worst piece of remake crap ever to hit the radio waves was played by Black Eyed Peas. The first time I heard this was at an Apple Bee's maybe 3 weeks ago, and I questioned the disgrace of god for allowing such garbage into my society)

Next: Name 5 books you wanted to chuck into a burning fireplace after you read it.

Editado: Fev 8, 2011, 10:30am

1. Carrie, by Stephen King

2. The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

3. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

4. The Magus, by John Fowles

5. The Nose by Bernard Malamud

Sorry, folks, I just prefer happier endings :)

What were the destinations of your all-time best vacations?

Editado: Fev 8, 2011, 1:36pm

1) Aruba (Honeymoon)

2) Las Vegas, NV

3) Tunica, MS

4) Atlantic City, NJ

5) Philadelphia, PA

Next: Name the 5 most rundown cities you've ever seen (i.e. boarded up buildings, "downtown" being pretty deserted, etc). For US cities, if it's not a well-known city (like Chadborn, NC is pretty run down), include the state.

Fev 8, 2011, 2:13pm

5 most rundown cities... (187)

Holyoke, MA

Biddeford, Me

Chicopee, MA

Chelsea , MA

Lawrence, MA

NEXT: FIVE novels made into movies, toward which your attitude was "Why did they bother?"

Fev 8, 2011, 6:20pm

1. Atonement by Ian McEwan - I HATED this book (I know I'm in the minority here) and when I saw that it was going to be made into a film, all I could think of is that I would rather do pretty much anything than pay $9 to sit through the boring boring story.

2. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - why bother making this book into a movie? Everybody's read it and NOBODY liked it!!

3. The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman - I understand that they were jumping on the "Harry Potter" Childrens fantasy epic band wagon, but this movie was just unnecessary.

4. Eragon by Christopher Paolini - see #3 above

5. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis - This book was brilliant!! but the story just didn't lend itself to the film. Too much had to be changed for effect, and at that point, why make the movie at all?

NEXT: Five novels that you hope OR dread being made into movies, and why?

Editado: Jul 1, 2012, 7:54pm

1. The Public Burning by Robert Coover --Hope
I had the feeling he must have wished he were writing a screen play rather than a novel; it seemed just MADE FOR the movies. If there were an award for the "most hoped -for AND least LIKELY" to be made into a movie, this would have to "win" it.
2. The Name of Action by Graham Greene
very good story-line, provided you can stand
political yarns. Critics have pretty much ignored it, and even Green himself didnʻt w ant it to be part of his "Complete Works".

3. The Diggerʻs Game by George V. Higgins#
Hope. The dust jacket of my copy says: "Soon to be (a movie)". As far as I know the blurb-writer jumped the gun on that one, and it never w as.

4. Hard Times by Charles Dickens Hope.
Maybe it already has been a movie, but not in my movie-going lifetime.

5. Arthur (film) --a remake of. Dread.
Not sure it ever was a novel? If not, we novel-readers were just lucky.

Who says Iʻm negative-minded? -- 4 "Hopes" and only 1 "Dread".

NEXT: FIVE one-term presidents* who, you wish, had been re-elected -- of modern times or any historical era

*Or, if not in U.S., short-term prime ministers, monarchs or other authorities in your own country.

# On my Favorite Authors List, and The Diggerʻs Game is my favorite of all Higginsʻs.

Editado: Fev 10, 2011, 11:26am

Ok, I'm slightly cheating on this one:

1) Barack Obama - Well aware he may serve more than 1 term, but I'd rather the assurance today rather than one of those dirt bag Republicans that are out there amongst today's candidates, like Palin, or McCain. There are intelligent Republicans out there, but none at the moment that are anywhere near qualified for President currently.

2) George H. W. Bush - Not to be confused with the 3rd biggest moron in American History behind Al Sharpton and Sarah Palin, George W. Bush. His father was actually intelligent!

3) Gerald Ford - Technically, he didn't serve 1 term, he served part of a term.

4) John F. Kennedy - Again, didn't really serve a full term, and if not killed, he might have served another. I was raised Catholic, though am now Lutheran thru marriage. We need another Catholic President in office. Catholic politicians are treated like people of color on the buses of Montgomery Alabama in 1955 were.

5) John Adams - Really just saying it because the first and third served 8 years, and so everyone in the beginning should have had 8 years. Other than the 4 mentioned above, I don't truly believe that anyone who served a term or less should have served longer.

Next - Name 5 well-known politicans (i.e. Vice-President, Cabinet members, Supreme Court, Senators, House - i.e. Not Mayor of a city of 500 people) who may have climbed up the political ladder, but that you feel relieved that they never reached the position of President, where had they become president, you feel the United States would have been DOOMED! (Oh, that's right, it already is doomed! Thanks "W")

Fev 10, 2011, 3:18pm

1. William Knowland (R, CA) senator,
later publisher)

2. Alexander Haig briefly, Sec. of State (R)

3. Strom Thurmond (D SC*, later R, SC)

4. Jeane Kirkpatrick (R)
briefly U.N. ambassador

5. Dick Cheney (R, WY) vice president (and, some have said, de facto president)

YOur FIVE FAVORITE celebrities from fields outside of politics, who became prominent politicians. (OR, if nobody meets that description the FIVE still out of politics who you most wish WOULD become candidates.)

*Thurmond was an anti-Truman Southern, segregationist Democrat at the time he ran
for president (1948). Capsule accounts say he had his own party the "States Rights Democrats" or "Dixiecrats". As I remember it he was posing as the "Real" Dem. candidate, in contrast to
H S T, who was voted to a surprising victory in Nov. 1948.

Editado: Fev 10, 2011, 4:03pm


And what's sad is that while I was in college, August 1993 to December 1997, all people did was make fun of Strom Thurmond.

Not to mention, I went to Winthrop University. Guess where that is? You got it! South Carolina (about 20 miles south of Charlotte). My major was in Computer Science, which unlike most Universities, they put it in the School of Business instead of the School of Arts and Sciences. All the classes for the School of Business were in 1 building. Guess what building that was? You got it! Thurmond Hall. It has an arcing staircase on both sides at the front from the left and right, so you could walk up and down in the shape of a U. At the top, the front doors. You walk in the front doors, and guess who there was a GIGANTIC picture of on the wall to the right immediately when you came in the entrance? You got it! Strom Thurmond!

THANK GOD he was never President!

Anyway, to answer the next one, I have 2, one from MN, the other CA, and the other 3 are celebs that should be politicians (#'s 3 thru 5):

1) Ace the body Ventura

2) Arnold Schwartzenager (probably not spelt right)

3) Sam Waterston (from the original Law and Order)

4) Charles Barkley (Former NBA Player)

5) Jerry Springer (Former Laywer - I think - who then went into TV via "Jerry Springer Show" and "Baggage")

Next: Pretend you were the mother or father of a 17-year old teenager. Name 5 "currently living" (respect the dead) celebrities where, if your son or daughter won a radio contest to see them in person backstage, you would IMMEDIATELY put your foot down and say NO WAY to them and tell them to call the station back and tell them they weren't going. Also, give the reason for each celebrity (i.e. Drugs, like Nirvana, or Skank, like Britney Spears, or any other legitimate reason a parent would tell their kids "hell no!")

Fev 10, 2011, 7:58pm

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Editado: Fev 14, 2011, 6:55am

1) Dieter Bohlen
(He's the INSULTOTRON ASSHOLIA of the local equivalent of American Idol. Also made a lot of money and fans in brain fart music. I utterly despise that person.)
2) Edmund Stoiber
(Right-winged politician who had a stint at becoming chancellor. Thankfully didn't. Also rather lacking in the smarts apartment)
3) Marcus Japke
(Radio DJ on a show that is widely listened to in small trade. I'd kill him on the spot for ALWAYS PLAYING THE SAME SONGS EVERY HOUR. I usually avoid any place where I hear his radio station)
4) Amy Winehouse
(Girl needs therapy on about a gazillion and my dear child isn't a therapist.)
5) Dunnohisfirstname Bärtel
(Local politician. Prick by day, neonazi by night. I'd shove him down the stairs given the chance and an airtight alibi)

NEXT: Name 5 celebrities which are generally mocked but of whom you are a secretly a fan. (bonus points if not even your friends know this)


Fev 14, 2011, 10:15am

1) T.A.T.U.

2) Bob Barker

3) Lawrence Taylor

4) Katy Perry

5) Stephen King (formerly, technically, as I really preferred his older stuff thru about '94 - his newer stuff isn't as good)

Next: Name 5 "pairs" of celebrities where it would be truly freightening to see them locked in the same room together (i.e. Billy Graham and Marilyn Manson)

Editado: Fev 14, 2011, 4:36pm

Rush Limbaugh and Keith Obermann

Pat Robertson and 5438107::Christopher Hitchens

1430698::Benjamin Netanyahu
and Gulbiddin Hekmatayr

GOv. Neil Abercrombie (D, HI)
and Nancy Scott*

909347::Barry Bonds and the Commisisoner of Major League Baseball (his name escapes me at the moment)

N EXT: Your FIVE favorite pairs of characters (Gender F, F; M, M; or (my favorite) F, M; in novel, short story, poetry, film or drama.
examples: Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare); Nicholas & Newman (Dickens) Hester & Pearl (Hawthorne)

*author of the article "Hawaiiʻs Governor (Abercrombie) Admits ʻWe Canʻt Find Obamaʻs U.S. Birth Certificateʻ (National Examiner,

Fev 14, 2011, 5:01pm

Very appropriate for today!!!

1. FitzChivalry Farseer and Nighteyes - Robin Hobb

2. Edmond Dantes and Abbe Faria (The Mad Priest) - Alexander Dumas

3. Hazel and Fiver - Richard Adams

4. Blackthorn and Mariko - James Clavell

5. Ayla and Jondalar - Jean M. Auel

NEXT: the five baddest "bad guys" in your favorite books.

Editado: Fev 14, 2011, 5:59pm

1. Tom Ripley from The Talented Mr. Ripley

2. Hannibal Lecter (but only in The Silence of the Lambs)

3. Iago from Othello

4. Lestat in Interview With the Vampire

5. Patrick Bateman from American Psycho

Next: Five literary criminals who got away with their crime.

Fev 14, 2011, 6:43pm

Technical question?

Is anybody having trouble with slowness: like,
you're typing the 11th or 12th word of a 12-word sentence, and no more than the 3rd or 4thword is
on the screen yet ?

Specifically, is anyone getting a very over-sized message space -- about 3 times the usual size? Itreverts, after a while to the usual size; during the time that it's over-sized it can't be typed onto. On my keyboard at home, that has often been a sign of a complete breakdown to come within hours.

I'm really just clinging to the thin hope that someone will say, "Yes, this is happening all over the place". But I reallize the probability is that it's something within my computer (a Mac) and
not within LT. Not much hope of even reading your answers, after my time runs out on this public keyboard, but I had to try.

Fev 15, 2011, 9:59am


Are you running other applications while typing, especially anything with an engine?

I don't have this delay if I'm not, but if I'm running something like Rybka 4 (one of the latest chess engines) to analyze a position I had in a tournamnet the previous weekend, and then try to type stuff, whether here or even in Microsoft Word, I might type 8 words, shows the first three, continue typing, and all of a sudden, words 4 thru say, 15, show up all at once. It's the computer catching up because memory is being used by more intense programs.

The same would probably occur if you have a high memory-use video game running on your computer, even if you aren't in the middle of a game, but rather, are at the game menu. The fact that the program itself is running is enough to cause what you are experencing.

Not sure about the oversized mesage space. I don't get that.

Hope this helps.

Fev 16, 2011, 5:00pm

On 201:

Thanks for your answer.

No, nothing else was running during the time of the
breakdowns. Your paragraph 2 describes just what I was experiencing. And a little of it today, on this
public library computer.

THe still unresolved problem was --I guess what they call a "Frozen" screen: The arrow couldn't bemoved by the mouse. It is stuck on the upper right of a screen on which I had clicked on the name of author Timothy Ferris in my Profile: WIsh List collection. It made a few moves and then didn't go to Ferris's page, but took me back to
the page on which I made the click.

Fev 17, 2011, 7:16am

Maybe the mouse driver crashed or is unstable. You could try to enable keyboard-based mouse to move the cursor. If that doesn't work you could at least exclude that as being the problem.

Fev 17, 2011, 8:00pm

On 203:

Thanks for your answer with suggestions. (And I don't get to a keyboard very often right now.)

I'm sorry to have to admit that you're using two terms that I haven't even heard before: "mouse DRIVER" and "KEYBOARD-BASED mouse".

Fev 19, 2011, 10:11am

Hm, okay. Driver (as I understand it) are programs that govern the interaction between higher-level software and hardware. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Device_driver )
Keyboard-based mouse might be misleading, I agree. I'm not a native in English, so... anyway. If you're using Windows the operating systems offers you the ability to use the numeric keys (right to the arrow keys) to move the mouse cursor. This isn't really an efficient way to operate a computer but it may help. I can't really describe how to activate it manually, but there's a shortcut. If you press ALT and SHIFT and NUM at the same time (Try holding ALT and SHIFT down at the same time and then press NUM) should open a dialogue. Read it carefully. If it says something like "Activate Keyboard/numeric mouse" or something you may press OK. Otherwise CANCEL. If you pressed OK the number keys on the right should move the cursor when you keep pressing them continuously. NUM 5 would equal left-clicking.

Another way to check for problems would be hitting the TAB key (left of Q). If you see something change, neither your graphic driver nor grapic card should be the problem. In any case would it be best to ask someone who is good with computers to help (kids, grandkids, colleagues).

Fev 19, 2011, 10:56am

Next: Five literary criminals who got away with their crime.

Fev 21, 2011, 8:21am

I have been thinking of this for days and have only come up with 4 (I think they all got away with it!). If anyone can come up with 5, then please ignore this posting.

All the murderers in Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris
Dexter in Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Poirot in Curtains by Agatha Christie

NEXT (unless anyone can do the 5 above): Five actors/actresses who started their careers in another profession.

Fev 21, 2011, 9:31am

Well, this may be cheating, I don't know, but ALL 5 of these started in another career, but in all 5 cases, the same career, singers that became actors:

1) Frank Sinatra
2) Elvis Presley
3) Beyonce
4) Sting
5) Justin Timberlake

Next: Name 5 "pairs" of actors or actresses (or one of each) that acted together in two or more "different" movies (i.e. not a movie and it's sequel, like Men in Black and Men in Black 2).

For example, Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon acted together in Apollo 13, but to count these 2 as a valid pair, they have to have acted in a second movie together as well (which they may very well have ...).

Fev 21, 2011, 10:23am

1. Paul Newman and Robert Redford - The Sting and Butch Cassidy ans the Sundance Kid

2. Julia Roberts and Richard Gere - Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride

3. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson - Zoolander and Meet the Parents (and a few others, I believe)

4. Kira Knightly and Tom Hollander - Pirates of the Carribean 3 and Pride and Prejudice

5. Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino - The Godfather Part II and Heat

NEXT: Five current celebrity couples who met on the set of a movie.

Fev 23, 2011, 9:39am

David Arquette and Courtney Cox
Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon
Jake Gyllenhall and Reese Witherspoon
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Sarah Michelle Geller and Freddie Prinze Jr

NEXT: Five sons or daughters of a successful actor/actress, who have also made a successful career in films.

Fev 23, 2011, 9:50am

Gwyneth Paltrow (Blythe Danner)
Charlie Sheen (Martin Sheen)
Emilio Estevez (Martin Sheen)
Michael Douglas (Kirk Douglas)
Jane Fonda (Henry Fonda)

Next: Five Grammy winners who were best known for non-musical things

Fev 23, 2011, 5:13pm

** @ Carrotlady: technically my "NEXT" was supposed to be about CURRENT couples - and aside from Brad and Angelina, all of those other couples have broken up!!

1. Barak Obama

2. Robin Williams

3. Kate Winslet

4. Whoopie Goldberg

5. BOTH Bill and Hillary Clinton

NEXT: Five songs that you would rather tear off your own ears than listen to

Fev 23, 2011, 5:54pm

1. gambella

2. "Tooba-looba-looba" *

3. Managua, Nicaragua

4. "Ding-o-lay-oh"

5. Thatʻs Amore! **

*Never did know the title of this one, and donʻt need it, except perhaps for avoiding it.

** Upon departure,** This one could take, for all I care, a dozen or so other pseudo-ethnic songs of all ethnicities including my own, with it.

NEXT: FIVE songs that you miss --havenʻt heard them for a long time, and wish they would be revived.

Editado: Fev 24, 2011, 1:18am

Didn't refresh my browser when I first put this up, this is in response to #212. See #215 in response to #213.

1) The Time (Dirty Bit) by Black Eyed Peas

2) 1999 by Prince

3) Even the Nights Are Better by Air Supply

4) Push It by Salt n Pepa

5) I Just Called To Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder

BTW, #1 above is the most godawful, disgraceful form of mass destruction that any group can possibly do to a song that was a top hit when the 80s movie "Dirty Dancing" came out. Then to put that crap on the Superbowl Halftime Show???? An absolute complete and utter disgrace to American television!

Next: Five movies you'd rather rip your eyes out of their sockets than watch

Fev 24, 2011, 1:16am

I'm going to leave the previous post up (more to express my vent about #1 than anything else), which was in response to #212, but here's my answer to #213 (Forgot to refresh by browser)

1) All The Things She Said by T.A.T.U.

2) I Wanna Be Bad by Willa Ford

3) 1985 by Bowling For Soup

4) All You Wanted by Michelle Branch

5) The Way by Fastball

Next: Once again, Five movies you'd rather rip your eyes out of their sockets than watch

Editado: Dez 11, 2011, 12:24am


Death Becomes her

_______ ____ _____, (1940s?) starring William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy*

Dragnet** (ca. 1948) --no connection with the TV Series of a few years later.

New Faces (of 1954)

NEXT: FIVE "MIddles:" She/He was in between these 2:

Example: Madeleine Albright > CONDOLEEZA RICE > Hillary Clinton
(U.S. Secs. of State)
Edward VIII > GEORGE VI > Elizanbeth II
(monarchs of U. K.)
Each group will be a group of THREE names: the MIddle and her/his predecessor AND successor.

*I've mercifully forgotten the title of this one; a "Cowboy" movie and revenge yarn which put s in a good word for the concept of revenge.

** Actually I'd rather re-see this one that have my eyes r ipped out: it was "so bad it was alomst good".
Got a lot of unintended laughs.

Fev 28, 2011, 8:12am

Poet laureates UK - Ted Hughes, Andrew Motion, Carol Ann Duffy
Popes - John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI
Best actor Oscars - Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth
Booker Prize for Fiction - Aravind Adiga, Hilary Mantel, Howard Jacobson
Liz Taylor's husbands - Nicky Hilton, Michael Wilding, Mike Todd

NEXT: Five books that have a colour and a plant/flower in the title

Fev 28, 2011, 3:01pm

1. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

2. The Red Wolf Conspiracy by Robert V. S. Redick

3. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

4. The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers

5. Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass by Karen Blixen

NEXT: Five fiction books with more than one kind of animal in the title

example: The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear

Mar 1, 2011, 7:15am

Sorry CharlieCasino, but that isn't what I asked for. I asked for books that had a colour and a plant/flower in the title ie The Red Dahlia.

Editado: Mar 1, 2011, 10:10am

Gotcha, Carrotlady. Here's take 2 --

1. Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia C. Wrede

2. Silver on the Tree by Susan Cooper

3. Silent Bombs Falling on Green Grass by Russell Mardell

4. Purple Hibiscus: A Novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

5. Lime Tree Can't Bear Orange: A Novel by Amanda Smyth

---- (I guess my touchstones aren't working today)

NEXT: Five fiction books with more than one kind of animal in the title

example: The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear

Mar 1, 2011, 4:45pm

Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips
The Elk-Dog Heritage by Don Coldsmith
Cat & Mouse by James Patterson
Silver Wolf, Black Falcon by Dennis L. McKiernan
The Eagle and the Raven by James A. Michener

Next: Five works of fiction with a spice in the title

Editado: Mar 1, 2011, 5:04pm

1. Cinnamon by V. C. Andrews

2. The Nutmeg of Consolation by Patrick O'Brian

3. Scent of Cloves by Norah Lofts

4. Pepper Penwell and the land creature of Monster Lake by Steph Cherrywell

5. Pepper Garden by John Slimming

Next: Five science fiction novels written by women that were published before 1970.

Editado: Mar 2, 2011, 10:04am

1) Frankenstein - Shelly

2) The Green Queen - St. Clair

3) Agent of the Unknown - St. Clair

4) The Citadel of Fear - Stevens

5) The Heads of Cerberus - Stevens

Next: Name 5 thriller novelists that kicked the bucket in the 21st century (Note - 21st century is January 1, 2001 thru today - 2000 is still 20th century)

Mar 2, 2011, 8:40pm

Michael Crichton (d. 2008)

Sidney Sheldon (d. 2007)

Stephen J. Cannell (d. 2010)

Robert Ludlum (d. 2001)

William Diehl (d. 2006)

Next: Authors of children's books who are best known for non-writing careers.

Mar 4, 2011, 4:53pm

1. Princess Diana

2. Madonna

3. Sarah Ferguson Duchess of York

4. Salman Rushdie*

5. Robert Louis Stevenson

* I held off on this, because of 4 and 5 may be "cheating", as they were writers; but Iʻm getting them in as not primarily writers of childrensʻ literature. R L S on the strength of his A CHildʻs garden of Verses, and that IS a lot "stronger" than Rushdieʻs attempt at a childʻs novel: Haroun and the Sea of Stories, which I read and found very disappointing. Not even a good "REALLY for Adults" type of "Childenʻs" Novel, which I must admit, many "Childrenʻs" novels are.

NEXT: FIVE writers of whom there is no
published autobiography, but you WISH there were one.

Mar 7, 2011, 10:43am

1. William Shakespeare - I always wished he had written an autobiography, even if just to set the record straight on so many things.

2. J. R. R. Tolkien - There are bits and pieces in his notes and journals, but not a definitive autobiography.

3. Alexander Dumas - again bits and pieces in journals, but nothing coming close to a full autobiography.

4. Robert Jordan - it would probably be rather boring, since the man literally did nothing but write for more than half his life, but I would be curious to hear about his process.

5. Agatha Christie - for some reason I can imagine her with a great sense of humor about her life as a writer.

NEXT: Five movies that really were, in your opinion, better than the book.

** for me this includes ANYTHING by Victor Hugo, since he writes wonderful stories, but I can't stand reading his work.

Mar 13, 2011, 6:23am

So far I can only think of three, possibly four.

1. Forrest Gump

2. Fight Club

3. Coraline

4. Various John Grisham adaptations (Since I don't really like any of his books the movies count personally in a sense. I don't have to spend a dozen hours if two will suffice. Same would go for anything by Dan Brown.)

5. Where the wild things are (The original story is rather short and I really liked the movie)

NEXT: Five books you didn't expect to like but were surprised that you did

Mar 13, 2011, 8:08pm

The Argonautica by Apollonius of Rhodes

The Music of Pythagoras; how an ancient brotherhood cracked the code . . .}
by Kitty Ferguson

Emma by Jane Austen

Der Erwahlte / The holy Sinner
by Thomas Mann

The Deanʻs December by Saul Bellow

NEXT: FIVE political office holders (any country) whom you DID NOT support, but found them to be
"not so bad, after all" by the time they left office.

Mar 14, 2011, 11:12am

1) Bill Clinton (President)

2) Strom Thurmond (Senator) - the fact that he did nothing made him not so bad.

3) Mike Easley (Govenor)

And I'm going to have to cheat on this one...I'm only 35, and I've only voted in years with a Presidential election (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008). Therefore, my last 2 are those that I did support and feel like such an absolute MORON for supporting/voting for:

4) Elizabeth Dole (Senator)

5) George W. Bush - In my lifetime, Ford to today, George H.W. Bush is one of the best presidents we've had. His son, uhm, I'd rather have Charles Manson run the country!

Next: Since I had to flip it mid-way, I'm going to flip the theme. Name 5 professional athletes (past or present) that played for an NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, or MLS team that you consider yourself to be a fan of whom you just couldn't stand, whether that be because you felt he wasn't a team player (i.e. played for stats and himself rather than to win), or commited crimes, etc.

Note: Just to clarify, all 5 don't have to come from the same sport. They can come from different teams that you consider yourself a fan of (like in my case, Giants, Mets, Knicks).

Editado: Mar 14, 2011, 11:46am

1. Orlando Cepeda Boston Red Sox o.f.

2. Jack Lamabe {Boston Red Sox p

3. 8998591::Murray Wall Boson Red Sox p

4. 1115520::Pete Rose 592350::Cincinnati Reds
3b, later manager

5. 1465527::Teddy Green 10526936::Boston Bruins d

My dislike of#2 was strictly illogical and ideosyncratic, but I was irked by the local pressʻs
seeming to "Over-rate" him.
#3. once invoked a long-forgotten, obscure rule, and persuaded the official scorer to take a win away from a team-mate and award it to Murray Wall. (This was in the 1950s, when they didnʻt have closers and set-up men, and the "Save" stat had not
become important.)
#5 (1960s-70s) was part of the reason Hockey has acquired a reputation, bordering on that of wrestling, as merely an excuse for

NEXT: Cheers for Arrivals and Departures
The FIVE athletes you were most glad to see your favorite team acquire --AND/OR breathed the deepest sigh of relief when he was dealt to another team. All - "arrivals"
or all - "departures" is OK, or any mix of the two.

Editado: Mar 14, 2011, 12:47pm

#230 - Red Sox Fan, huh? Well, at least we agree on one thing - we both hate the Yankees! (I'm sorry, if you don't hate the Yankees, then you aren't a real Red Sox fan). However, I do have to say, Thank You Buckner! You're my hero!!!! LOL!

1) Johan Santana (Mets - Arrival) - This year doesn't look so hot with him injured, but he is one of the best pitchers ever! His record last year was because of lack of run support. Take the 20-inning St. Louis game in April 2010, for example (Mets won 2-1, scoring once in the 19th, once in the 20th, Cardinals once in the 19th, failed in the 20th). Santana started that game, pitched a complete game, scoreless. Wasn't enough!

2) Mike Piazza (Mets - Arrival) - Need I say more? That's when we hit the playoffs for those 2 years, and went to the world series one of them!

3) Plaxico Burress (Giants - Arrival) - Yeah, he may have "shot himself in the foot", but back when we got him, I knew he was a tall, top notch wide receiver with my wife being a Steelers fan (so I've seen plenty of him). He caught many TDs that defenders were too short to catch, and he did catch the winning TD in Superbowl XLII!

4) Amare Stoudamire (Knicks - Arrival) - Being a Knicks fan for the last 3 or 4 years has been PAINFUL, even comical (i.e. The chant!!! Boom --- Boom --- Boom Boom - Boom - Boom -- FIRE ISIAH!!!! Boom --- Boom --- Boom Boom - Boom - Boom -- FIRE ISIAH!!!!). Of course, tack on Carmelo Anthony and Chauncy Billips and you actually have a team worth watching in Mid-March! Last 3 or 4 years, I tuned out by late February when MLB Spring Training started!

5) Eddy Curry (Knicks - Departure!!!) - GOD I COULDN'T WAIT FOR HIM TO BE GONE!!! FINALLY, FEBRUARY 2011!!!! All the guy ever did was stand there like a tree trunk and not defend anything! Couldn't shoot. Never was willing to pass back out when double-teamed, and warmed the bench/reserves list for the last 2 years!!! 4 or 5 years ago, we were suckers for taking him in a deal with Chicago. Well, now the Timberwolves are the suckers!!!!

Next: Name your 5 favorite sports scams in history. This could be throwing games, gambling, rigging calls by refs, sneaking performance enhancing drugs, or any other illegal activity in the sports world!

Mar 17, 2011, 11:04am

1. Connie Mackʻs collusion with the official scorer to have rookie Elmer Valoʻs name left out of
the official score for a final game of the regular
season, 1939. It kept Valo from being part of a trvia question answer-- as one of the very fdew players who ever played in at least one game of
FOUR different decades 1930s -- 1960s.

2. Murray Wallʻs persuading the official scorer to give him the victory in a 1950s game in which
team-mate Bob Chakales was the "pitcher of record" as that t erm was generally understood at the time.

3. Pete Roseʻs "Ty Cobb" act in the 1970 All Star Game, in a collision with AL catcher Ray Fosse. (All Star games are usually played in a more low-keyed way without the border-line violence of the all-out efforts in regular-season games.) *

4. The Chicago White Soxʻ notorious "throwing" of the 1919 World series.

5. The notorious rullng by Commissioner Bud selig that an All-Star Game of a few years ago
had to end in a tie -- with its aftermath of a controversial change of rules on who would be the 1st home team in subsequent World Series

* I admit that 1-2 are trivial, and that 1-3 are unedifying acts of meanness, rather than scams. The difficulty here is that a serious scam, if
successful, would go unpublicized and would remain, at most, in the "Rumor Stage".

NEXT: (This is strictly hypothetical; I realize that none of you are book-burners):
FIVE authors: IF you heard or read that
their complete works had somehow
magically disappeared
from earth overnight, and they could never again be read, you would greet the news
with a yawn, or even comment "Good riddance!"

Editado: Mar 17, 2011, 12:48pm

1. Dan Brown

2. Stephenie Meyer

3. Gary Soto

4. John Steinbeck

5. Susan Vreeland

Next: Five books that you've written an essay on despite either never finishing or never opening the book.

Mar 17, 2011, 1:23pm


Actually, there are quite a few scams that went public. There's always the 1919 "Black Sox", like you mentioned and the Pete Rose incident, and the 2001 All-Star game, but here are a few others to add to your list:

Late 90's/Early 2000's - Ken Caminitti (now dead) was a Third Baseman for the Astros, and leaked the steroid scandal, I believe targetting Roger Clemmens if I remember right, who also lied under oath, as have others.

2007 NBA Playoffs (and many years prior as well) - Tim Donaghy was rigging calls in the NBA to settle bets of his, and severely rigged the Phoenix/San Antonio series in the 2nd round of the 2007 playoffs. It was so obvious in this case that he finally got caught. There's a book out on it. Sure changes your perspective of basketball refs. He wouldn't make it blatant, and he'd lose a bet occasionally (i.e. no way to Make your Boston -4 bet win via rigged calls when Boston is about to lose by 20+), but all borderline calls would always go in favor of the team he bet on.

2002 NFL Playoff game, NYG@SF - Giants go for a game-ending 41-yard field goal down 39-38 in the Wild Card round of the Playoffs. Giants delcared a lineman eligible. They flub the snap (don't recall if fault was snapper or place holder), and so they try for a pass play. It was blatant pass interference by San Francisco. Game can't end on a defensive penalty. They say that there was pass interference on the defense, but that that penalty is superceded by inelligible man down field by the Giants, the game is over. The inelligible man that was down field, not even the guy the ball was thrown to, was the lineman they declared eligible. It was the 4th and final game of Wildcard Weekend. The next morning, the refs say "they are sorry" for the botched call, and that the Giants should have had 1 play at the spot of the foul (which was somewhere around the 6 yard line if I remember correctly). It would have been a chip shot field goal, and it should have been Giants 41 - Niners 39, but instead, it was Niners 39 - Giants 38.

Editado: Mar 18, 2011, 2:50am

On "rigging calls" (234)

I remember hearing retired* umpire Luciano
tell an interviewer on TV something like:

(He was asked what was the longest extra-innings game that he ever umpired):

"TEN innings is the longest! (if I was the plate umpire). I figure Iʻve given them a good, fair nine innings, and if the two teams canʻt end it in nine,
I can end it in the tenth!"
I not sure he specified that he did this as a plate umpire. Seems it would be hard for an umpire to ensure that the game didnʻt go beyond ONE extra inning, even harder for a bases-umpire. I suppose the plate umpire could call a lot of strikes --on the visiting team--
that he would have called balls during the 1st 9 innings. Sweep the visitors off the field, then itʻs sudden death for them. Then reverse the process on the home team. I suppose a lot of umpires, if in doubt, call "OUT" in preference to "SAFE"; this proclivity is no doubt the source of the rule that "a tie favors the runner."

Mar 17, 2011, 5:10pm

At the time of writing, I had not finished the books. But I usually finished them w/in the week or 2 after. I am such a slow reader when I have class.

1. Crime and Punishment

2. Brave New World

3. Where the Red Fern Grows

4. Katz und Maus

5. To Kill a Mockingbird

Next: Novels read for class that you wish you didn't have to read.

Mar 18, 2011, 5:36am

katelisim, you are a fast reader.

How much time you require to read a novel, "Gone With The Wind" by Margaret Mitchell, unabridged edition ?

Mar 18, 2011, 8:56am

237- I can be a fast reader, when I'm really into a book and don't have other things to do. But any reading for school takes me at least twice as long--it's the forced thing, I'm young and don't like to be told what to do. Been working on that for quite a while. But I've never read GWTW, nor have I seen it. So I have no idea how long it would take.

Mar 18, 2011, 10:03am

1. Les Miserables - never finished it, have no desire to do so.

2. The Grapes of Wrath

3. Great Expectations

4. Wuthering Heights

5. Paradise Lost

NEXT: five novels you've been wanting to read for a while, but just haven't gotten around to yet

Mar 18, 2011, 10:38am

1. Jane Eyre

2. The Insulted and Injured

3. The Scarlet Letter

4. Middlemarch

5. Anna Karenina

NEXT: Five authors whose books nobody could pay you enough to read.

Mar 18, 2011, 10:45am

#235 - Interesting. Never heard about that one before. I guess any time the Mets are on the Road and go extra innings, I better figure the worst! No more Mets 2, Cardinals 1 in 20 innings, huh? LOL! (Mets 2 - Cards 1 was a Saturday afternoon game in April, 2010, in St Louis that started at 4pm Eastern, was the FOX Saturday game of the week, and went on until 10:53pm Eastern, beyond that of many games that started at 7pm Eastern, like Atlanta).

I find the category ironic as I'm trying to get caught up on a few authors so I can start other series. I tend to keep it at 4 series at one time plus books that come out of series that I am caught up. For example, I'm finishing Pursuit of Honor, which catches me up in the Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn, and will read future ones as they come in paperback.

Along with that, I have 2 more to go to catch up in the Camel Club Series, and 2 more to catch up in the Sigma Force series. That will at least allow me to read 3 of the following 5 books:

1) The Lions of Lucerne by Brad Thor

2) Hawke by Ted Bell

3) The Plantation by Chris Kuzneski

4) Infected by Scott Sigler

5) Flight of the Intruder by Stephen Coonts

Next: To play Devil's Advocate to Katelisim's comment about reading books fast, name 5 books you've read where the total page count of the 5 books exceeds 3500 pages (i.e. the 5 books average more than 700 pages).

Mar 18, 2011, 10:49am

Ok, so somebody beat me to the post.

Therefore, 5 authors nobody could pay me enough to read:

1) Danielle Steel (BLAH!)

2) Nora Roberts (YUCK!)

3) Colleen McCollugh (Get that Fantasy/Drama out of my face!!!)

4) William Shakespeare (Highschool was enough!)

5) Stephanie Meyer (PA - LEEZ!)

Next: To play Devil's Advocate to Katelisim's comment about reading books fast, name 5 books you've read where the total page count of the 5 books exceeds 3500 pages (i.e. the 5 books average more than 700 pages).

Mar 18, 2011, 12:07pm

1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1095)

2. Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson (703)

3. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson (743)

4. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville (867)

5. The Curse of the Mistwraith by Janny Wurts (799)

Next: 5 favourite independent or non-Hollywood produced films

Mar 18, 2011, 3:13pm

1/ Vivere in Pace / To Live in Peace

2. The Bicicyle Thief*

3. Il est Arriveʻ le Vingt Juillet**

4. Mr. Hulotʻs Holiday

5. Tight Little Island / Whiskey Galore

* 1 & 2 are of the post-WW II great era of Italian film making; I donʻt know how "independent they were, but they werenʻt "Hollywood".

3 was a German film of the mid 1950s; the same theme as teh recent Valkyrie
I saw "...Le Vignt Juillet" in Montreal -- in German with French captions, and donʻt know the German title.
5 is light heartedly pollitical, a comedy based on a novel by Compton MacKenzie

NEXT: FIVE people that you would cross the street to avoid meeting, if you saw them approaching from a distance --including, but not limited to celebrities.
a distance

Mar 18, 2011, 5:51pm

1. Anyone from the Jersey Shore

2. Justin Bieber

3. Rebecca Black (I'm so sick of that stupid Friday meme)

4. Miley Cyrus . . . or whatever name she's going by now

5. And there's this really loud angry woman that has a news/money segment

*really most of the overly popular kid/teen famous people I would avoid

Next: Opposite! Five people that you would nonchalantly cross the street to meet.

Mar 19, 2011, 12:45am

1. Rep. Mazie Hirono (D, HI)*

2. Bill Clinton (D, Ark.)

3, Hans Kung, scholar, theologian*

4. Mitzi Gaynor

5. Sally Forrest

6. timspalding (of L T)

7. carrotlady (of L T)

8. Pres. Barack Obama (D, IL)

* # 1 and 3 are the two that I actually have met, though only briefly.

(My "Five" turned out to be Eight, but then I never was very good at Math.)

NEXT: Your FIVE UN-favorite book titles; these have got to be really bad, not just stodgy or pretentious -- e.g. youʻre on the point of vowing NEVER to read* the book just because anything with that title must be horrendous.

*but itʻs okay to list them whether youʻve read them or not.

Mar 21, 2011, 9:53am


LOL! My wife, who's a highschool teacher (teaches Latin), and I were eating at a Chinese Restaurant last night, and she was telling me about how the kids in her class were all talking about how bad this stupid "Friday" song was, and was wondering how on earth she could have gotten a record label from anybody, and these are teenagers, keep in mind, like big fanatics of Taylor Swift, which I'm about ready to put a bullet thru my car stereo the next time I hear that stupid "She wears high heels, I wear sneakers, she's cheer captain and I'm on the bleachers".

Makes you wonder how high those high heels are, or how short those short skirts are. Maybe the lyrics should be "She screams hooker and I'm on the bleachers".

But she didn't know who the artist was. I searched for Friday lyrics, and it came up with about 5 or 6 possibilities. I guess I know which one it is now! LOL!

Editado: Mar 21, 2011, 10:10am

**I guess the touchstones just aren't working for me today**

1. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers - Its just too pretentious for words.

2. Book by Whoopi Goldberg - you're Whoopi Goldberg! you can't come up with anything else?

3. Fancy Coffins to Make Yourself by Dale L. Power - saw this one in a used bookstore once. I still don't know if its a "how to . . ." or just a bad title for a novel.

4. The Devil's Cloth: A History of Stripes by Michel Pastoureaut - I don't have the words to express how boring this sounds

5. Bounce the Balls & They will Come: A Coach's Passion for the Great Commission by Betty Wiseman - simply ridiculous.

NEXT: Five titles of NOVELS (fiction) containing the FIRST AND LAST names of FICTIONAL people.
**example: The Lies of Locke Lamora (he is a fictional character in the novel)

Mar 21, 2011, 10:53am

Ok, so I played a game of "Tribond" where you are given 3 things and you have to say what they have in common. "Alexander the Great, Winnie the Pooh, and some other, don't remember", they all have "The" as their middle name. Therefore, counting "Winnie" as the first name, and "Pooh" as the last:

1) Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too

2) Robinson Crusoe

3) Robin Hood

4) Jane Eyre

5) Tom Sawyer

Next: Name 5 fictional novels with a US City in its title. No 2 entries can use the same city.

Mar 21, 2011, 11:33am


Ahahaha! I'm glad some kids have sense. I work at a pizza place, and one of my high school co-workers loves it *eye roll

It's my understanding that Rebecca Black's parents paid for the studio time and the video. Not positive, but that's what I've heard. And it wouldn't surprise me one bit.

I dislike T Swift's music, but I have to say, she's okay. She hosted Ryan Seacrest's radio countdown one morning. . . . funny. In a serious not mocking way, too. Surprised me very much.

Editado: Mar 21, 2011, 12:20pm


Both Taylor Swift and Ryan Seacrest were on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve on December 31st, 2010 as well, for the 2011 New Year (I think, unless I'm off a year an it was 12/31/09 for the 2010 New Year).

I must say, however, that Taylor Swift doesn't hold the title of "WORST SONG EVER!", and no matter how Bad "Friday" is (haven't heard it myself), it can't be any worse than "The Time (Dirty Bit)". That is the absolute worst ever piece of trash released on this planet. The Black-Eyed Peas should be banned from music production after that! How can you dare to destroy a 1957 classic that became a huge hit in America in 1987?

I don't dislike Taylor Swift as a person. There is nothing wrong with her. Not like she's Al Capone, or Charles Manson (or the Black-Eyed Peas). Just her teenybop music is irritating as hell.

Listening to the song mentioned before is like trying to listen to Britney Spears, and listening to her Romeo and Juliet song to me is like trying to listen to a teenage version of Barbara Streisand.

Don't get me wrong, I listen to a lot of power ballads, but that one's just awful! You want good power ballads:

The Spirit Room - Michelle Branch (2001)
Hotel Paper - Michelle Branch (2003)
Goodbye Lullaby - Avril Lavigne (2011)

Individual Power Ballad Songs from albums that aren't predominantly power ballads:

Tomorrow - Avril Lavigne (2002 - Let Go)
How Does It Feel - Avril lavigne (2005 - Under My Skin)
When You're Gone - Avril Lavigne (2007 - The Best Damn Thing)
Family Portrait - Pink (2001 - Missundaztood)
Standing Still - Jewel (2001 - This Way)

And of course, if you want to go retro

You Were Meant For Me - Jewel (1995 - Pieces of You)
I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner (1984 - Agent Provacateur)
Waiting For A Girl Like You - Foreigner (1981 - 4)

Mar 21, 2011, 2:03pm

1. Sexual Perversity in Chicago by David Mamet

2. Phoenix by Steven Brust

3. Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo by Oscar Zeta Acosta and Hunter S. Thompson

4. L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy *

5. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

*If you've only ever seen the movie - which really is fabulous! - you're missing out if you haven't read it!!

NEXT: Five historical fiction novels taking place in Africa

Editado: Mar 28, 2011, 3:38am

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Abr 3, 2011, 6:41pm

Changing the NEXT of 253:

NEXT: FIVE authors in alphabetic order of
their country, skipping at least one letter before the next one you use; (start anywhere in the alphabet).:

example: ... United States, . . .Wales, . . .Albania, . . .Estonia, . . . Greece.

Abr 3, 2011, 7:26pm

Jasper Fforde, England

Günter Grass, Germany

Haruki Murakami, Japan

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Russia

Cassandra Clare, US

NEXT: TV shows or cartoons series that were made into movies, excluding those from the Marvel and DC Universes (XMen, Batman, etc)

Abr 4, 2011, 10:15am

1. The Flintstones

2. The A Team

3. The Untouchables

4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

5. Firefly

NEXT: five movies or books that you really wish there were sequels to, but there aren't.

Editado: Abr 4, 2011, 11:07am

1. There's Something About Mary

2. 21 (After they got caught, did they try teaming up a different game, like Craps with magnetic dice?)

3. Mean Girls

4. Ferris Beuller's Day Off

5. Baseketball

NEXT: With baseball under way, name 5 fictional books with a baseball stat in the title (i.e. Ball, Strike, Out, Run, Hit, Error, etc.).

Note, the plot of the book doesn't have to be about baseball, it could be something as simple as "Out to Lunch" (if there is such a title).

Editado: Abr 4, 2011, 9:20pm

1. Ball Four by Jim Bouton

2. Night of Error by Desmond Bagley

3. Favor the Runner by Jay Richard Kennedy

4. Double deuce
by Robert B. Parker

5. The Comedy of errors
by William Shakespeare

--Only #1 is actually on baseball. Its sequel Ball Five... evoked the classic comment by ML manager Dick Williams: "I DIDNʻT read it, and Iʻm AGAINST it."

NEXT: FIVE books that you are against, without having read them, just from the implications of the title;
To my mind the above Dick Williams comment has a certain logic to it, but Dick Williams possibly should have made
"Iʻm against it" the CAUSE, with "I didnʻt read it" as the EFFECT.

Editado: Abr 5, 2011, 5:13am

Killing Animals by Animal Studies Group
Spiders: Learning To Love Them by Lynne Kelly
Exercise Yourself Thin: Your One-stop Guide to a Beautiful Body by Joanna Hall
The Making of a Welfare Class?: Benefit Receipt in Britain by Robert Walker, Marilyn Howard, Sue Maguire and Rachel Youngs
Other People's Children by Joanna Trollope

NEXT: 5 fiction book titles containing the name of a country

Abr 5, 2011, 9:38am

From Russia, With Love by Ian Fleming

Ireland: A Novel by Frank Delaney

Fair Stood the Wind for France by H. E. Bates

Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton

China White by Peter Maas

NEXT: 5 country western song titles that make you smile (you don't have to like the song - just the title)

Abr 5, 2011, 11:07am

I don't really know counrty music, but not long ago friend of mine sent me her List of the 50 Craziest Country Song Titles. Unfortunately, she didn't include the artists names, but these are my five favorites:

1. I Hate Every Bone In Her Body But Mine

2. I Wanna Whip Your Cow

3. Drop-Kick Me, Jesus, Through the Goalposts of Life

4. Wouldn't Take Her To a Dogfight 'Cause She Might Win

5. I Sat Down On A Bear Trap Just This Morning

NEXT: Five movies that you didn't even expect to like, but you ended up loving

Editado: Abr 5, 2011, 5:42pm

"..didnʻt even expect to like
but ended up loving" (261)

1. Junior Bonner

2. Whale Rider

3. Rapa Nui

4. Duck Soup

5. The Three Stooges (several episodes, "short subjects" as we called them in the 40s.)

(#! is the one that I was surest about as qualifying for this list.
#2,3 ar, like Junior Bonner, on topics that donʻt at all interest me. Loved the movie just the same.)

NEXT: FIVE persons in Politics, the Military,
or Education -no movie (that you know of) has been made about them --that you WOULD Most
like to see a movie version of their lives.

Abr 18, 2011, 4:42am

Changing the "NEXT" of 262, now that it has
gone 1 1/2 weeks without being answered"

NEXT: National Pairs: FIVE pairs of countries, states or provinces that start with the same letter. NExt pair should start with a letter at least one removed from the 1st pair. Start anywhere in the alphabet.

Example: Nigeria/Niger; Paraguay/Poland;
Russia/Rwanda; Tunisia / Texas; Virginia/ Venezuela

Abr 18, 2011, 6:46am






Next: 5 things that creep you out

Abr 18, 2011, 8:35am



strangers coming to my front door (I live in the middle of nowhere on a lonely country road)


walking round empty buildings at night that are bustling during the day

NEXT: Horror films that you have found unintentionally funny, rather than scary

Abr 18, 2011, 10:48am

Haha, all of them? I guess I pick a few off the top of my head :P

1. Saw. The ending. My friend called it and we burst out laughing every time.

2. The Ring. The video tape girl on the stairs and the sound she makes, it's like she has a creaky door in her throat.

3. House on Haunted Hill (1999). There's that fast spinning picture that makes people crazy.

4. Devil. I totally called it. And if you've seen it, you know why that's funny.

5. Cabin Fever 2. There are too many laughable parts to even point out.

Next: Science in sci-fi movies that you think is totally plausible to exist in the next 20 years

Abr 28, 2011, 6:32am


or, Science in scifi movies that is now so outdated it's funny

or, Science/technology that scifi movies/tv predicted

Maybe new options will revive the thread?

Abr 28, 2011, 10:51am

Can't help you there...don't really watch sci-fi. Not a big movie buff to begin with, but the rare few I watch are either Comedy, Action Thriller, Documentaries, or Horror.

If this gives you an idea, my wife and I saw Hanna last week. The previous time that we were at a movie theater, we saw 21. I can almost tell you every move I've seen in the 21st century. Bowling for Columbine, Supersize Me, 50 First Dates, Troy (THAT ONE STUNK), Saw I and III, Mean Girls, Sideways, and the already mentioned 21 and Hanna, along with MAYBE 2 more that I can't think of off the top of my head! That's what? Maybe 10 to 12 movies in 11 years?

Doubt any of this qualifies for sci-fi! :-)

Abr 28, 2011, 12:44pm

@ katelism - maybe you should just start a new catagory. I love this game and I would hate to see it shut down for good.

Abr 28, 2011, 3:01pm

I feel the same as Charlie (269).
ANd I agree with "new options may revive the thread" (267). I havenʻt said so thus far, because, we donʻt have to all be experts at
whatever the "NEXT" of this thread may suggest.

Abr 28, 2011, 3:52pm

lol, I didn't know scifi was dead over here. How about this somewhat related topic

Technology you wish existed, ie I really want teleportation since driving has been so hazardous lately or food containers with hand recognition so people would stop stealing my food.

Abr 28, 2011, 4:15pm

They're not exclusively from movies, but here are 5 technologies that sci-fi predicted:

1. Space travel
A popular subject of sci-fi books and films

2. Cloning
Another popular subject

3. Cell Phones
Remember the communicators on Star Trek?

4. iPads
And the computer tablets on Star Trek?

From Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle

Next: 5 movies made before 1995 that were based on comic books or comic strips.

Abr 28, 2011, 5:04pm



Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Dennis the Menace

Barb Wire

Next: Non-Disney kid movies made before 1995

Abr 28, 2011, 5:22pm

1. The Dark Crystal

2. The Last Unicorn

3. The Muppet Movie

4. An American Tail

5. Labyrinth

** As a child of the 80's, these are some of my most beloved movies!! I show them all to my nieces and nephews now, and they still haven't lost their magic!!

NEXT: Five childrens' books that have been made into NON-DISNEY movies

Abr 28, 2011, 6:00pm

1. Tom Sawyer (ca. 1938)

2. Little Lord Fauntleroy

3. Treasure Island (1950)

4. Kidnapped (1960)

5. Alice in Wonderland (ca. 2007)

6. Hajji Baba of Ispahan (ca. 1954)

7. National Velvet (ca. 1944)

(Mentioning 7, rather than 5, because I canʻt
guarantee that all were NON-DISNEY. In the time of the 1930s Tom sawyer}, "Disney" and "animation" were almost synonymous, so I donʻt
mention any animated ones; theyʻre likely to BE "Disney". I realize 3-6 could as well be called
"Adult" -- but I would call them "Childrenʻs, too"
# 6 maybe was only CHILDISH, not CHildrenʻs.

NEXT: Your FIVE favorite show business OR sports figures who became well known in some other field. Examples: "Sonny" of Sonny and Cher (mayor); Jim Bunning (senator).

Abr 28, 2011, 8:37pm

Dave Bing (Basketball-mayor)
Bill Bradley (Basketball-U.S. Senate)
Ronald Reagan (Film-President)
Jesse Ventura (Wrestler-Governor)
Arnold Schwartneger (Film-Governor)

5 films about disasters, natural or otherwise

Abr 28, 2011, 11:12pm

1. Volcano

2. Dante's Peak

3. 2012

4. The Day After Tomorrow

5. The Towering Inferno

Next: 5 action films from the 1980s, excluding any that star Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stalone, or Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Abr 29, 2011, 10:08am

1. KickBoxer (1989)

2. Ishtar (1987)

3. Above the Law (1988)

4. RoboCop (1987)

5. Lethal Weapon I and II (1987 & 1989)

That was ridiculously hard!

NEXT: 5 romantic comedies from the 1990s, excluding any that star Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, or Meg Ryan.

Abr 29, 2011, 3:00pm

1. As Good as it Gets

2. Before Sunrise

3. Four Weddings and a Funeral

4. The Wedding Singer

5. There's Something About Mary

Only the last of which have I seen.

Next: A slight bit offbeat compared to the "Excluding" theme, name 5 actors or actresses that have acted in at least 1 blockbuster movie, but that would actually give you a hard time if you were playing "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon".

For those of you unfamilar with the game, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is where you have to get to Kevin Bacon in 6 tries or less connecting actors thru movies. For example, if someone gave you Billy Crystal, you could get to Kevin Bacon in 3 "degrees".

Billy Crystal was in "When Harry Met Sally" with Meg Ryan, who was in "Sleepless in Seattle" with Tom Hanks, who was in "Apollo 13" with Kevin Bacon.

"Difficult" should mean that it would require at least 5 steps to get to Bacon.

Abr 30, 2011, 5:16pm

I have spent way too much time on this one. I give up. Could call Cha-cha??? Good luck, y'all.

Abr 30, 2011, 6:07pm

okay, I'm terrible at the Bacon game. . . . so I went to the Oracle of Bacon and I can still only find anyone with 2 degrees.

And, according to that, even Billy Crystal is only 2:

Billy Crystal was in "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" with David Alan Grier, who was in the "Woodsman" with Kevin Bacon 0_0;;

I'm a bit determined to find anything over 2 though. . . .

Editado: Abr 30, 2011, 6:45pm

1. Sal Mineo had a supporting role in Six Bridges to Cross which starred (2)Tony Curtis.

Curtis co-starred in {The Sweet Smell of success} with 3. Burt Lancaster
Lancaster co-starred with (4)Walter Matthau} in
7574678::The Kentuckian. Matthau, as Russell
Long, D, LA) has a short conversation with (5) Kevin Costner, playing Jim Garrison in
J F K. Later in J F K has a longer interview with a suspected assassination figure, a "Composite"* character, played by (6)Kevin Bacon.

NEXT: Numbers in Book Titles: Which would come up the most? Youd onʻt have to run a test on this; just your opinion of which
would be the 5 most frequent. (Or your five f favorites , if you have favorite numbers).
My prediction of the frequency would be
1. Three 2. Seven 3. Four 4. Ten 5. Two

*Composite": Hollywoodese for fictional

Maio 1, 2011, 9:29pm

1. ten

2. three

3. two

4. seven

5. a thousand

Maio 2, 2011, 9:27am


Maio 2, 2011, 11:02am

To keep the post going, since I didn't "solve" the last one, I'll put a topic very similar to the last one.

Name 5 movies with a number either "as" or "within" the title.

Editado: Maio 2, 2011, 11:15am

Isn't it fiberjean's turn to post the "NEXT" bit?

Editado: Maio 2, 2011, 12:22pm


Technically, yes, but if they put no topic, somebody has to post to keep it moving. I know there is a bug about "Yesterday" where often it's the day before, and I saw that message there last night, so I believe that the post is technically Saturday, 9:29pm, so over 36 hours of inactivity is why I posted a topic related to the last one rather than my own topic.

Editado: Maio 2, 2011, 4:37pm

Sorry, I thought there would be other answers to # 282. Go ahead with your topic ThrillerFan. You mean like Seven with Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman.

Name 5 movies with a number either "as" or "within" the title.

Maio 2, 2011, 4:45pm

1. Ten (Bo Derek)

2. Seven (Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman)

3. Anne of a Thousand Days

4. The Magnificent Seven

5. Come Back to the 5 and dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean


Name five books with movie tie-ins in the last five years.

Maio 2, 2011, 5:13pm

On 286-288:

"Isnʻt it fiberjeanʻs turn?. . ."

I would say just "Yes", where ThrillerFan says
"Technically yes", but no harm done, since
288 does give a good "NEXT" for 283, so both have gotten a turn.

Editado: Maio 2, 2011, 5:18pm

@290: Thanks, Roland. You relieved my conscience. =)

Maio 2, 2011, 5:16pm

1. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. (2009)

2. The Nanny Diaries by Emma Mclaughlin. (2007)

3. Atonement by Ian McEwan. (2007)

4. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. (2006)

5. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. (2008)

That hurt.

NEXT: Five fictional meals and/or drinks from any book or movie. Bonus points if they sound tasty.

Maio 2, 2011, 5:30pm

I guess someone else will have to do this one. I can only think of one fictional meal or drink (well, 2, but I don't recall what the 2nd was).

Maybe someone else can identify the 2nd one, and figure out 3 more.

1) Green Eggs and Ham

2) Whatever the Witches were stiring in the pot when they said "Double Double Toil and Trouble" in MacBeth.

Maio 2, 2011, 5:40pm

2) Slurm--Futurama

3) Pangalactic Gargleblaster--Hitchhiker's Guide

4) Ambrosia--food & drink to the Gods

5) Butterbeer--also Harry Potter

Next: Fictional restaurants or bars

Maio 2, 2011, 6:07pm

Kate: I confess I was hoping to see #3 pop up. Thanks for making me happy! LOL =)

Editado: Maio 2, 2011, 6:38pm

1. "The Malamute Saloon"
in Robert Serviceʻs "The Shooting
of Dan McGrew"

2. "The Poisoned Pup" Saloon"
bar, in a comic book parody of (1)

3. Dillonʻs# in G. Higginsʻs The Friends
of Eddie Coyle

4. Antekʻs (Bar) in Algrenʻs
The man with the Golden Arm

5. The Rum Alley Saloon*, NYC
in Craneʻs Maggie

NEXT: Your 5 FAVORITE Book TItles that have a country ora naionality in the title (whether it is straightforward or merely metaphorical--as in Mailerʻs Why we are in Vietnam (Vietnam is not mentioned until the last page.)

# Un-named, but the owner and part-time bartender was
a crime figure named Dillon (no first name given) who moon-lighted as a hired killer.
*This one may have been un-named in the book
but it was in the area of what Crane calls
"Rum Alley".

Maio 2, 2011, 6:58pm

#295: lol, you're welcome :)

I don't think I've read any books with countries or nationalities in the titles, so I'm no help here.

Maio 3, 2011, 10:22am

1. The Italian Secretary: A Further Adventure of Sherlock Holmes by Caleb Carr

2. Great Tales from English History: A Treasury of True Stories about the Extraordinary People - Knights and Knaves, Rebels and Heroes, Queens and Commoners - Who Made Britain Great by Robert Lacey

3. Aztec by Gary Jennings (I know there isn't an Aztec nation anymore, but I think it should count)

4. Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates: Fiction, Fact & Fancy Concerning the Buccaneers & Marooners of the Spanish Main by Howard Pyle

5. The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Onono Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan by Jane Hirshfield (some of the most beautiful poetry I've ever read!)

NEXT: Five books with the names of five different mythical/non-existant creatures in the titles. (ie: The Last Unicorn)

Editado: Maio 3, 2011, 11:17am

Ok, you could argue that I cheated since the last 3 are by the same author, but they are different non-existant creatures.

1) The Maze and the Minotaur

2) The Tommyknockers

3) The Lorax

4) The Sneetches

5) The Zax

By the way, there is a flaw in the book "The Zax". The North going Zax can't go North for ever. The South going Zax can't go South for ever. For instance, after you go over the top (i.e. North Pole), the North going Zax would start going South.

Had the author used East going Zax and West going Zax, and having the West going Zax say that he's never taken a single step North nor South, then it would be feasible. You can go East or West for ever, but not North or South.

Next: In celebration of what happened Sunday, name 5 books with terrorism in the plot where at least one terrorist (or antagonist) ends up dead.

Editado: Maio 7, 2011, 4:05am

1. Capital Crimes by Stuart Woods

2. Rough Sketch* by Robert Sylvester

3. The Satan Bug by Alistair MacLean

4. Patriot games by Tom Clancy

5. The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy

* later published in pb under the same title as its movie version (1949): We were Strangers
The screenwriter is said to have been a Communist, and the terrorists are the "Good guys" as the movie presents it, but terrorism is terrorism.

NEXT: FIVE favorite remakes of a movie; your favoritism can be bec ause they;re
the "5 BEST"
or even the 5 Worst (the "So bad theyʻre almost good" type)

Maio 11, 2011, 9:36am

The Fly
Cape Fear
The Thing
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
King Kong

NEXT: If you could only have 5 flowers in your garden for the rest of your life, (ie the same five flowers and no other kinds), which five would you choose

Maio 11, 2011, 10:15am

1. Lilac

2. tiger lily

3. peoney

4. hyacinth

5. tube rose

** NEXT: five places you've read about in novels, where you have never visited, but you would like to go. (REAL places. Not like Narnia or Middle Earth or planet Vulcan) If you would like to name the novels, too, please do so.

Maio 11, 2011, 10:33am

So many places from so many novels I'll try to limit myself to ONE book, the most recent one I read on traveling: Eat, Pray, Love.

1. New York City, USA.

2. Rome, Italy.

3. Naples, Italy.

4. Calcutta, India.

5. Anywhere in Bali, Indonesia.

Five high quality books on a favorite topic or genre (e.g. traveling, cooking, knitting... or sci-fi, history, biography...)

Editado: Maio 12, 2011, 3:10am

High quality BIOGRAPHIES:

The Lives of the famous Greeks and Romans
by Plutarch (short biographies,
and many of them)

King without a Crown by Stanley Weintraub
bio. of the UKʻs Prince Albert, consort of Victoria

George, Nicholas, and Wilhelm
by Miranda Carter (triple biography)

Memorabilia Socratis by Xenophon

Eminent Victorians by 3031551::Lytton Strachey
4 bios. of the Victorian era in England

NEXT: FIVE favorite historical FICTIONS that are like a biography of one person. Name the person, if the title does not reveal the name.

Maio 12, 2011, 11:29am

1. Courtesan: A Novel by Diane Haeger - Diane De Poitiers, mistress of Henri II of France

2. The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. by Sandra Gulland, and the other two in the trilogy of Josephine Boneparte's life

3. The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner

4. The Judges of the Secret Court: A Novel About John Wilkes Booth by David Stacton and John Crowley

5. The Other Bolyen Girl by Phillipa Gregory - Mary Bolyen

NEXT: Five books with cooking terms in the titles. (i.e. stirring, baking, etc.)

Maio 13, 2011, 10:18am

1. Chess Recipes from the Grandmaster's Kitchen by Valeri Beim (Recipes)

2. Firestarter by Stephen King (Fire)

3. Beating the Open Games by Mihail Marin (Beating)

4. The Judas Strain by James Rollins (Strain - like what you do to Macaroni or Vegetables)

5. The Burning by Bentley Little (Burning - what amateurs like me are doing when we cook)

Next - With the uncertainty of what will follow the Bin Laden slaying, nothing is Black or White. Therefore, name 5 books written by 5 "different" authors such that the author has a "Color" as either their last name (Like Clue's "Mr. Green"), or part of their last name (Like MLB Pitcher "Mark Redman"). Since nothing is Black or White, "Black" and "White" can not be used.

Maio 13, 2011, 11:23am

1. The Rainbow Trail by Zane Grey

2. In Secret Service: A Novel by Mitch Silver

3. Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose - (rose counts as a color, right?)

4. What Would Jane Austen Do? by Laurie Brown

5. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

**NEXT: Five novels with non-mainstream jobs in their titles. (Meaning no "Doctors" or "Lawyers" or "Teachers" etc.) Look for gardeners, anthropologists, etc.

Editado: Maio 13, 2011, 10:05pm

The Mercenary by Jerry Pourbelle

156731::The Franchiser by 405490::Stanley Elkin

1355174::The Bail Bondsman by 405490::Stanley Elkin

79636::The Butler Did it by 59072::P. G. Wodehouse

101280::Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
by John Le Carreʻ

NEXT: "How do you ʻpronounsʻ it?" --
books, fiction or non-fiction, with a pronoun in the title -- using not more than 3 pronouns altogether, e.g. use one pronoun 3 times
and two others once each.
(Eligible: I, you, thou, he, she, it, we, they -- and the accusative forms of these: me, etc.)

Maio 16, 2011, 11:55am

Ok, doesn't say you can't use multiple of them in the same title.

Therefore, using I and It (said not more then 3, not "exactly 3"):

1) A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer

2) It by Stephen King

3) If I Did It by O.J. Simpson

4) As You Like It by William Shakespeare

5) I Spy A Dinosaur's Eye by Jean Marzollo

Next: Author Alliteration! Five fiction-writers featuring favorite first letters. What does this mean? It means you need 5 different authors whose First Name, Last Name, and any one of their Novels, all begin with the same letter.

For the novel, if it's more than 1 word, it's the first word excluding The, A, etc. So, for example, "The Cat in the Hat" starts with C.

Example of a Valid Entry: Sidney Sheldon's "The Sands of Time"

Maio 17, 2011, 3:42am

Phyllis Perryʻs The Pandaʻs Earthquake

Bill Brysonʻs The Best Travel Writing 2000

Marshall McLuhanʻs The Medium is the Massage (sic)

Bertolt Brechtʻs Baal

Peter Pindarʻs A Poetical and Congratulatory Epistle to Mr. James Boswell, Esq.

NEXT: FIVE authors
whose first and last initials are
different but are not more than 2 spaces
removed from each other. Either direction.
Example: Elilgible: Gus Hall G>H, moves ONE space. Dave Barry moves 2 spaces (back)
NOT eligible, e.g. Benjamin Franklin
B>F moves 4 spaces.

Editado: Maio 17, 2011, 8:59am

Campbell Armstrong
Charles Dickens
Kazuo Ishiguro
Jonathan Kellerman
Ngaio Marsh

NEXT: 5 solo artistes who had more than one no. 1 in the charts in the 50s/60s/70s

Editado: Maio 20, 2011, 10:55pm

My trying this quesiton is a lilttle like Christopher Hichens trying a question on an obscure point in Tridentine Theology. But, since no one else had in 3-4 days . . .

1. Elvis Presley

2. Tom Jones

3. Paul Mc Cartney

4. Loretta Lynn

5. Mick Jagger

6. Patti Page

7. Phil Collins

8. Frank Sinatra
(Giving 8 instead of 5, because itʻs likely that at least one or two will be ridiculous chices.)

(Presley was the first that came to mind, but
other than that, the order doesnʻt mean anything
about,chronology, probability, preference, or even alphabet.

NEXT: FIVE actors or actresses who have starred
in both at least one musical and at least one
non-musical production - stage, screen, and TV.

Maio 23, 2011, 4:06pm

1) Nadine Lepera

2) Michael Cerveris

3) Bernadette Peters

4) Phillip Quast

5) Peter Land

NEXT - As a 36-year old that listens to "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira, and watches Game Show Network, I'm going to make somebody else list their 5 most guilty pleasures to keep this thread going! :-)

Maio 23, 2011, 4:26pm

1. Dexter - not that watching such a great show is a guilty pleasure, but I'll wait until the whole season is on DVD and watch five or six episodes in one sitting. (I did this with LOST, too.)

2. Five Guys cheeseburgers - if you haven't tried one, DON'T!! you'll become addicted!!

3. Madonna's Immaculate Collection - taking me back to the 80's!!

4. Under the pretense of buying gifts for my nieces, spending hours in the used bookstore looking through old children's picture books for the ones I read when I was a kid

5. Disney Movies - the old ones. i.e. Sleeping Beauty, The Fox and the Hound, The Sword in the Stone, Peter Pan, and, of course, Robin Hood.

NEXT: your five favorite children's stories that you still love reading/seeing.

Editado: Maio 23, 2011, 8:57pm

1. The Witches by Roald Dahl

2. Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

3. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

4. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

5. The Princess Bride (the book is even better, but I didn't read it until many years after falling in love with the movie)

NEXT: 5 favorite holiday reads. Can be the same holiday for all 5 or different holidays.

Editado: Maio 24, 2011, 7:07am

Maio 24, 2011, 3:12pm

American Literary Review
Michigan Quarterly Review
Halfway Down the Stairs
The Sewanee Review
The Bloomsbury Review

NEXT: Five nature or gardening books

Editado: Maio 26, 2011, 2:48am

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Editado: Maio 24, 2011, 11:09pm

Sons of the Oak by Dave Wolverton

The Winter Oak by James Hetley

The Copper Beach by maeve Binchy

Brenda of Beech House by Dorothea Moore

House of Whispering Aspens by A. AInsley

NEXT: FIVE chiefs of state or government, any country,
with at least 2 BETWEEN one of them and the next. (3 steps to reach the next)
Example: Abraham Lincoln > Rutherford B.hayes
(U. S.) 3 steps

King Farouk > Anwar Sadat (Egypt) (3 steps)

Editado: Maio 25, 2011, 4:45am

King David > King Jehoshaphat (Judah)

King Henry VIII > Queen Elizabeth I (UK)

Emperor Hongwu > Emperor Jiajing (China, Tang Dynasty)

President Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte > President Charles de Gaulle (France)

Premier Nikita Khrushchev > President Mikhail Gorbachev (USSR)

Next: 5 French wine varietals

Maio 25, 2011, 9:20am

Pinot Noir
Cabernet Sauvignon

NEXT: 5 actors who have either played Batman or Superman in film - not TV.

Editado: Maio 25, 2011, 9:26am

Adam West (real name: Bill Anderson, a local farm boy from my point of origin) - Batman: The Movie
Michael Keaton - Batman, Batman Returns
Val Kilmer - Batman Forever
George Clooney - Batman & Robin
Christian Bale - Batman Begins

All gorgeous guys (imho)!

Maio 25, 2011, 10:19am


Maio 26, 2011, 7:04am

Oh, sorry...

5 types of cactus found in the Sonoran Desert

Maio 26, 2011, 7:51am

Christmas cactus
prickly pear c.
saguaro c.
organ pipe c.
beavertail c.

NEXT: 5 rivers in Great Britain

Maio 26, 2011, 8:00am


...and Thames, of course

5 Mexican states

Maio 26, 2011, 9:29am

1. Hidalgo
2. Guerrero
3. Oaxaca
4. Puebla
5. Sonora

Oh, and let's not forget Arizona! (Stupid Republicans)

Next: 5 American authors that are not related (i.e. don't try to mention 3 sisters as 3 entries) with some form of punctuation in their last name, like an Accent Mark, or an Um Lout (or whatever you call that sideways colon in German above a vowel), or apostrophe, etc.

Maio 26, 2011, 10:10am

1. Eugene O'Neil

2. Susanne O'Leary

3. Jenny O'Connell

4. Scott O'Dell

5. Glenn O'Brien

**NEXT: Five fiction novels with a question mark (?) in their titles

Editado: Maio 26, 2011, 11:37am

That would be ä, ö, ü, in other words umlauts.

Maio 26, 2011, 2:12pm


How do you type those things (umlauts)?

Especially in a textbox like this that doesn't seem to allow things like ALT-0065, resulting in the ASCII character 65, which is Capital A. Also, not familar with the ASCII table having German Letters, but maybe it does.

Maio 26, 2011, 4:34pm

Who killed my Daughter? by Lois Duncan

Whereʻ s my Cow? by Terry Pratchett

Why are we in Vietnam?} by Norman Mailer

Can you Forgive her? by Anthony Trollope

Is he Popinjay? by Anthony trollope

NEXT Five BOOKS --Fiction OR Non-fiction -- whose title is a question, BUT EXCLUDING a first word that begins
with "Wh- "

A little more difficult, because the commonest question-words are excluded --if they are the 1st word; elsewhere in the title is okay. But a larger pool
of books to choose from, because non-fiction IS allowed.
(I almost forgot the "Fiction" requirement, and was going to put in (above) two Asimov popular science titles.

Maio 26, 2011, 7:29pm

#331 I have my keyboard set to "United States-International," which allows me to have special characters attached to the shift button. Otherwise, I would just copy/paste any special characters.

Hm, not much help on the current problem. I can only think of this one:
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Maio 26, 2011, 9:31pm

". .help on the current problem" 332 > 333

I had 2 non-wh- entries in my Ficition List (332), and thought of two more (beginning with H-) that would be eligible for this "NEXT".
Likely initial words are "Do" (as you said), "Does", "Is"
Are". and "How".

Maio 26, 2011, 9:37pm

334: I kind of felt like that was a cop out and thought I'd give everyone else their fair chance at the topic.

Maio 27, 2011, 8:15am

Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? by David Dalton and Steven Tyler
Will it Make the Boat Go Faster? by Harriet Beveridge and Ben Hunt-Davis
How Would You Survive as an Ancient Roman? by Anita Ganeri
Do We Have Free Will? by Mark Thornton
Have You Seen Her? by Karen Rose

Next: 5 song titles that are a question, again without a WH word at the beginning.

Maio 27, 2011, 8:56am

Do You Love Me? - Fiddler on the Roof sound track
Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Elvis Presley
Ain't she Sweet? - Frank Sinatra
Do You Want to Know a Secret? - The Beatles
Am I in Sync - Steve Taylor

Next: Songs with a number in the title

Maio 27, 2011, 9:23am

ONE - Yeasayer
Twentyfourseven - Doomtree
A Three-Legged Workhorse - This Will Destroy You
Two Hearts in 3/4 Time - The Avalanches
Fourteen Rivers, Fourteen Floods - Beck

Next: Song titles with 5 or more words in them

Editado: Maio 27, 2011, 9:43am

Put Your Head on My Shoulder - Michael Bublé (and Paul Anka)

I Can't Help Falling in Love With You - UB40 (and The King)

She Works Hard for the Money - Donna Summer

Just to Be Close to You - Lionel Richie

As Long as You Love Me - Backstreet Boys

**NEXT: Five musicians/singers whose works are often remade (as in covers), e.g. Frank Sinatra, Elvis.

Editado: Maio 27, 2011, 11:57am

1. Monkees ("I'm a Believer" remade by Smashmouth - Smashmouth's is better)

2. Talking Heads ("It's My Life" remade by No Doubt - again, Remake is better)

3. Rolling Stones ("Paint It Black" remade by Vanessa Carlton - again, remake is better)

4. Roberta Flack ("Killing Me Softly" remade by the Fugees - both suck)

5. Cyndi Lauper ("Time After Time" remade by Sugar Ray - original is better)

NEXT: With today being Friday: "It's Friday, Friday/Gotta get down on Friday/Everybody's lookin' forward to the weekend, weekend/Friday, Friday/Gettin' down on Friday/Everybody's lookin' forward to the weekend"

The first time I heard this, I wondered if the owner of the record company that recorded this song was on drugs when they accepted the contract for Rebecca Black.

Name 5 other songs that made you wonder the same thing the first time you heard them.

Maio 27, 2011, 3:35pm

1. "Barbie Girl" - Aqua

2. "MmmmmmBop" - Hanson

3. "Make 'Em Say Uhhhh" - Master P

4. "The Sign" - Ace of Base

5. "The Thong Song" - Sisqo

**NEXT: Your five favorite NON-MUSICAL movie soundtracks. (movies where the characters DON'T sing the songs themselves.)

Maio 27, 2011, 4:32pm

Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Queen of the Damned
Kick Ass
Batman Forever

A couple I like that didn't quite fit because a couple songs were sung by characters:
Scott Pilgrim VS the World

Next: Songs that are under 2 minutes

Maio 28, 2011, 11:59pm

Did I kill it? How about I expand it and make it an either/or category with bot extremes?

Next: Songs that are under 2 minutes or over 6 minutes

Maio 30, 2011, 6:48am


Songs under two minutes: Roughly every TV version of opening and ending songs for various TV shows. Also various instrumental songs on soundtracks.
1. Fly me to the Moon - about every other version or so, including Frank Sinatra
2. The Sore Feet Song - Ally Kerr
3. The Last Rock Show - Bowling for Soup
4. Dead Quote Olympics - The Hives
5. Tightrope - Balthrop, Alabama

Songs over six minutes: About half the songs of Metallica (all if you count live performances), and usually jam sessions by whoever you care to name.
I. The Unforgiven - Metallica
II. In the Cage - Genesis
III. Achilles Last Stand - Led Zeppelin
IV. God Only Knows - Oratorio
V. High Hopes - Pink Floyd

NEXT: 5 foreign sweets you like (or could think of yourself taking a liking to)

Maio 30, 2011, 10:51am

lol, You didn't have to do both, I just added the other if people were having trouble with the first so the thread wouldn't die.

1. Gelato
2. Tiramisu
3. Baklava
4. Kinder Chocolate (there used to be a German shop near my house that sold these, but they vanished. Saddest day ever T_T)
5. Gulaab Jamun

Next: 5 foreign things you own (can be the 'made in' if you don't have anything specifically from a different culture)

Maio 30, 2011, 1:21pm

Ooh, Kinder chocolate... I like it fresh out of the fridge. Being able to walk a few hundred meters to get my fix works in favor of that :D

1. A japanese wind chime bell
2. Various asian instant ramen, courtesy of an abroad friend
3. T-Shirts
4. A few DVDs
5. A cute drinking glass

Next: 5 things you see watching out of your window (I know, pretty tame, but I like my view)

Maio 30, 2011, 1:41pm

1. Lake
2. Hockey Rink
3. Street
4. Neighbor's Yard
5. Woods

(Yes, all this from one window! I've also seen a truck run into a school bus--they almost hit my car.)

Next: 5 band names that aren't in English

Maio 30, 2011, 4:49pm

1. Virginia Jetzt! (Virginia Now!)
2. Die Ärzte (The Doctors)
3. Wir Sind Helden (We Are Heroes)
4. Die Fantastischen Vier (The Fantastic Four)
5. Los Bimbos (The Little Children)

Next: 5 capitals of not-western countries (i.e. not European, US, Canada or Australia)

Editado: Maio 31, 2011, 12:01pm

1. Cairo, Egypt

2. Tokyo, Japan

3. Beijing, People's Republic of China

4. Manila, Philippines

5. Bangkok, Thailand

NEXT: five totally land locked countries (meaning no part of them touches the coast of an ocean or inland sea. lakes and rivers are ok)

Maio 31, 2011, 3:38pm

1. Switzerland (Where the book I'm currently reading takes place)
2. Austria
3. Hungary
4. Czech Republic
5. Slovakia

Next: Name 5 21st century singers/musicians that come from 5 different countries amongst the 3 highest crime areas in the world - namely Central America, South America, and Africa

Example: Shakira (Colombia)

Maio 31, 2011, 7:45pm

1. K'naan - Somalia
2. Café Tacvba - Mexico
3. Issa Bagayogo - Mali
4. Weird MC - Nigeria
5. Zola - South Afica

Next: 5 side-kicks that got as much or more attention as the main character. Can be any format (books, tv, movies, games).

Example: Gir from Invader Zim

Jun 1, 2011, 9:22am

1) Side Show Bob from Krusty the Clown on the Simpsons
2) Ed McMahon from the Tonight Show
3) Janice Pennington
4) Dian Parkinson
5) Holly Hallstrom

The last 3 all being "Barker's Beauties" on The Price is Right throughout the 80's and early 90's until the Parkinson lawsuit occurred around '93, Hallstrom's firing in '95, and Penninton's departure sometime near the turn of the century.

Next: Name the 5 dumbest things you've ever seen the driver of the car in front of you do, regardless as to whether you yourself were the driver or a passenger in your car.

Jun 2, 2011, 12:53pm

1. painting her toenails

2. trying to read a giant unfolded road map

3. eating a salad

4. curling her hair - with an actual curling iron

5. searching through luggage in the back seat

NEXT: five places you've read about in novels that you would like to drive to on vacation

Jun 2, 2011, 1:54pm

1) Anywhere in Maine (I think "Castle Rock" was fake, but where books like Pet Sematary took place I think are real)

2) Inside the White House

3) Vegas

4) Atlantic City

5) New York

Next: Since I about died laughing at entries 1, 2, 4, and 5 in message 353, let's do another "dumbest".

Name the 5 dumbest warnings you've seen on the labels of products, wondering how anyone in their right mind could possibly have done it, causing them to place that warning on their product in the first place.

Jun 2, 2011, 5:13pm

1. (on various items) CAREFUL. When heated, product may be hot.
2. (on oven) Do not stand on open door.
3. (on laundry washer) Do not put any person in this washer.
4. (on thermometer) Do not use orally after using rectally.
5. (at the end of all the other warnings on fireworks) Light fuse and GET AWAY!
6. (on egg carton) May contain eggs
7. (on Peanut M&Ms) May contain peanuts

Next: Continuing the stupid/silly trend. . . . Songs and movies are edited for commercial play. List 5 of the dumbest and/or silliest edited phrases. Example: Instead of "fifth of vodka" in an Eminem song, the radio played "fifth of Kool-Aid"

Jun 5, 2011, 11:28pm

1. Renaultʻs Purposes of Love was
changed to Promise of Love n its U. S. edition.

2. Behanʻs line "A Protestant with a horse!"
was changed to "A rich Protestant!" in U.S. productions.*

3. The line "Who farted?" in Beckettʻs Waiting for Godot was changed to "Who belched?" in U. S. productions

4. Clarence Dayʻs (anti?-) hero (his father)ʻs line "why is the world so full of damn fools and Democrats? had its
las t 4 words changed to "DUMB fools and Democrats?" in
the movie version (1950s).

5. Old radio drama court room line: the formula "doyousweartotellthetruththewholetruthand nothing
butthetruth SO Help you GOD!?" used to have its
last four words changed to "So HELP you!?" #

*This is the only one that may be an improvement on the original, as it might be more understandable ot an audience.
Behanʻs original was based on a situation of sociio-economic suppression of Catholics in which a catholic was
less likely than a Protestant to own a horse.

# Ironically this was casused by an Industry taboo against "Swearing" (in the everyday sense of the word). What was being watered down really WAS swearing-- in the strict
sense of the word (taking an oath) -- a perfectly acceptable procedure.

NEXT: FIVE most mourned "LOSSES" in your opinion:
--Athletes joining a hated other team; actresses/actors not "loyal" to their studio or program; politicians changing parties, etc.

Jun 6, 2011, 12:22pm

1) Bill Parcels - Left the Giants in the 90s, go on to New England, the Jets, and eventually, the HATED DALLAS COWBOYS??????? GAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2) Nate Robinson - Went from the Knicks to their hated rival, the Celtics

3) Tom Glavine - Came to New York in 2003, goes back to the scum bag Braves in 2007

4) Pedro Feliciano - He went from being our "Mr Dependable" that we'd play 90 times a year from the bullpen at Shea Stadium and Citi Field to the Damn Yankees across town.

5) Eddy Curry - GETTING him from the Rival Chicago Bulls a few years back is a "Loss" in my book. Along with the chant "Fire Isiah" in the 2007-2008 season, I have been outraged by having Eddy Curry on the staff. The biggest blessing ever occurred this year when he was shipped off to Minnesota. You put Curry on the floor for 5 minutes, it was a 15 point swing in favor of the other team.

Next: Name 5 songs on the radio (i.e. They must have hit the radio waves at some point in history) that force you to immediately change the radio station or turn the radio off.

Jun 8, 2011, 11:07pm

Gambella ca. 1951

Tooba-Looba-Looba* ca. 1951

Cherribee, cherribee, cherribee,
cherribee: Yeah, Yeah, YEAH!*

Bye-bye, Blackbird
(Have to admit itʻs a classic, but Iʻd
still change the station.) (1920s)

DIng-o-lay-o* (1940s?)

* On these, I donʻt know the exact title; just giving some
of the words (if they are words!) to identify them

NEXT: "Not THAT one . . ."
FIVE names of celebrities, --authors, show business figures, athletes etc. who are somewhat well known. But another similar name (or sometimes identical name) is much better known.
Example: NOT George Santayana BUT
Giorgio de Santillana; Not John Frederick Nims
but John Nist; NOT Joe Dimaggio BUT Vince Dimaggio --(however, these can be, but donʻt have to be relatives of each other) -- NOT Elizabeth Taylor the actress BUT Elizabeth taylor the novelist

Editado: Jun 16, 2011, 5:11am

Not quite sure I get this, but.............

Faye Kellerman (Jonathan Kellerman)
Jackie Collins (Joan Collins)
Frank Stallone (Sylvester Stallone)
Sophie Thompson (Emma Thompson)
Pippa Middleton (Kate Middleton)

NEXT: 5 roses that were named in memory of a deceased person, or in honour of a person still living

Editado: Jun 16, 2011, 12:26pm

1. Elizabeth Taylor

2. Princess Diana

3. John F. Kennedy

4. Ingrid Bergman

5. Lady Emma Hamilton

All had breeds/hybrid species of roses named after them

NEXT: Five famous people (alive or dead) with the names of plants in their names
*i.e. Pete ROSE or ROSEmary Clooney

Jun 16, 2011, 1:15pm

1) Roseanne Barr (Actress - I think that's her last name, the Fat lady!)

2) Phil Ivey (Professional Poker Player - Spelt different, but sounds like a plant)

3) Eddy Curry (Professional Basketball Player - and he is HORRIBLE!)

4) Jack Lemon (Actor - I assume a lemon tree is a plant)

5) Iris Johansen (Author - my sister reads her, I sure wouldn't)

Next: Name 5 actors (i.e. MALE, not actresses) whose initials are an acronym for something well known. The Actor can be movies or TV. The Acronym can be that of a business (i.e. TBS) or a phrase (i.e. AWOL) or any other form of acronym.

Example: Benjamin Edward Stiller - BES - BlackBerry Enterprise Server

Jun 17, 2011, 7:05am

Prior Surgical History - Philip Seymour Hoffmann
Liberal Democratic Party - Lou Diamond Phillips
Driver Development Kit - Daniel Dae Kim
Automated Message Handling - Anthony Michael Hall
Business Data Warehouse - Billy Dee Williams

NEXT: 5 chart hits that were the theme tune from a film.

Jun 17, 2011, 12:15pm

1. "The Rainbow Connection" - The Muppet Movie

2. "The End" - Apocalypse Now

3. "Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" - Armageddon

4. "Moon River" - Breakfast at Tiffany's

5. "9 to 5" - 9 to 5

NEXT: five movie re-makes that REALLY shouldn't have been re-made

Jun 17, 2011, 4:10pm

1) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (and I think Johnny Depp is a TERRIBLE actor)

2) Clash of the Titans

3) Death at a Funeral - No remake should ever be a mere 3 years later. Sequel, yes, remake, no!

4) Fame - Come on, the 1980 version was a classic, why remake it?

5) Friday the 13th

Next: Speaking of Death at a Funeral, name 5 things you should never take with you to a funeral.

Jun 17, 2011, 5:21pm

A gun

A Bible, Koran, or Buddhist scripture (if it is a
secular funeral)

A collection of unedifying anecdotes in which the
deceased is the (anti-?) hero.

A disputed will

Former personal possessions -- Paraphernalia of any kind intending to show
how miserly or how lacking in good taste the
deceased was.

NEXT: Your FIVE favorite NON-fictions, excluding the sub-categories of show business, sports, and local politics.

Editado: Jun 17, 2011, 6:44pm

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

Richard II by William Shakespeare

Genessee Fever by Carl Carmer

The Man who Killed Lincoln by Philip Van Doren Stern #

War and Peace by Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoi*

# As I remember it, the author considered this to be NON--fiction, but he admits that the dialogue in it is not
based on original sources - just his idea of what they would probably have said.

*This isnʻt usually thought of as historical, but it does take place some 5 decades before Tolstoyʻs own time.

FIVE FICTIONS taking place in 5 DIFFERENT settings --that is in 5 different countries, states, regions, or provinces. Name the setting n each.

Jun 20, 2011, 9:53am

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie - Egypt
Quiet Flows the Don by Mikhail Sholokov - Russia
The Dying of the Light by Michael Dibdin - Italy
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert - France
Ross Poldark by Winston Graham - Cornwall, England

NEXT: The title of 5 books that are quotations from poems, Shakespeare, other plays etc ie The Dying of the Light above

Jun 20, 2011, 11:46am

1. Rose by Any Other Name (Romeo and Juliet) by Maureen McCarthy

2. Outrageous Fortune (Hamlet) byTim Scott

3. Speak the Speech! (Hamlet) by Rhona Silverbush and Sami Plotkin

4. Muse of Fire (Henry V) by Dan Simmons

5. There's the Rub (Hamlet) by Gordon Goodwin

NEXT: your five favorite sci-fi/fantasy novels to read on a rainy afternoon

Jun 29, 2011, 7:41am

1. The Possessors by John Christopher - just re-reading it now as it happens.
2. Anything at all by Terry Pratchett
3. The Robot collection of stories by Isaac Asimov
4. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
5. Alien by Alan Dean Foster

NEXT: Your five favourite Agatha Christie novels.

Jun 29, 2011, 2:12pm

Carrotlady: I've only read one Agatha Christie, so I won't be able to answer, but Stardust would be at the top of my list, too!! Love it!!

Jul 1, 2011, 5:08am

Guess not too many people have read Agatha Christie, so I will change the NEXT category then.

NEXT: Books that have been written by authors using an alias for whatever reason.

Editado: Jul 1, 2011, 7:11am

Anatomy of a Murder by John R. Voelker (Robert Traver)

A Daughterʻs a Daughter by
Mary Westmacott (Agatha CHristie

Philip Dru Administrator
by "Nubius" (Edward M. House)-

Philosophical Fragments; or Fragments of a Philosophy
by Johannes Climacus (Soren Kierkegaard)

Cats Prowl at Night by
A. A. Fair (Erle Stanley Gardner)


Identify 5 of the following MIDDLE NAMES --some of them not too often used by their proud (?) bearers --by their full name:
Example Darlington > Gen. Smedley A. Butler
Herman> George Herman "Babe" Ruth










Herbert Walker








Marie (The one Iʻm thinking of is male)*







* but yours donʻt have to be the one Iʻm thinking of; not all of these are unique. There are a few Roman and Russian names, and one is a womnaʻs pre-marriage surname; and I realize that these names, though in the middle position are not for the same purpose as other countriesʻ "middle" names.


Jul 1, 2011, 9:38am

LOL, one of those is easy:

1) George Herbert Walker Bush

(And his son can compete with Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann in a 3-way battle for DUMBEST PERSON ALIVE!)

2) Kim Stanley Robinson (Writer of the Mars series)

3) Franklin Delano Roosevelt (President)

4) John Howard Northrop (Nobel Prize - Chemistry - 1946)

5) Lisa Marie Presley (The one I'm thinking of is a female!)

Next: Name 5 female celebrities that have posed for a bikini shot for a magazine or tabloid (any magazine/tabloid - People, SI Swimsuit Edition, National Enquirer, etc) at least once above the age of 40.

(NOTE - She has to have POSED at least once while above 40, people that last posed 20 years ago in their 20s that are 40-something now don't count.)

Jul 4, 2011, 7:21am

Sharon Stone
Courtney Cox
Julianne Moore
Teri Hatcher
Liz Hurley

Next: 5 once very fit looking celebs who have let themselves go over the years, male or female

Jul 5, 2011, 5:58pm

I'll have to let someone else do this one as I'll have to research, which I don't have time for today (tomorrow maybe). Only one that comes to mind is Jessica Simpson. You see her picture on tabloids and she sure has put quite a gut on herself!

Jul 12, 2011, 10:25am

Looks like too much research involved, so I will change the category.

NEXT: Five actors or actresses who have been married more than twice (living or dead)

Jul 12, 2011, 11:01am

1. Elizabeth Taylor

2. Charlie Sheen

3. Mickey Rooney

4. Billy Bob Thornton

5. Zsa Zsa Gabor

NEXT: five movies with a character's first and last name in the title, i.e. The Thomas Crown Affair or Forrest Gump

Jul 12, 2011, 6:35pm

Miss Susie Sleagle's

Brewster MacLeod

Young Tom Edison

Abe Lincoln in Illinois

The Travels of Jamie McPheeters

NEXT: FIVE title (book or movie) with a first& last name,
in which the last-name initial is
earlier than the first-name initial.

Examples: Eligible:
Tom Jones, Joseph Andrews;

NOT eligible: Elsie Venner, Andy Capp...

Jul 13, 2011, 5:37am

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King

NEXT: Five books that have the words 'and the' as part of their title - not the Harry Potter novels!

Editado: Jul 14, 2011, 3:08am

Un Chapeau de Paille dʻItalie / An Italian straw Hat
by Eugene labiche

The Dutch Shoe Mystery by Ellery Queen

The Roman hat Mystery by Ellery Queen

Donkey Shoe by G. B. Stern

The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol

NEXT: FIVE countries, states, provinces or large regions; with # 2 - 5 being an immediate neighbor of the
previous, and using all four direc tions: N, S, E, W;

Start with any of those for but use each direction only once.
Example: England> Scotland (N)
Nevada > California (W); Iowa > Illinois (E)
France > Italy (S)

Editado: Jul 14, 2011, 9:57am

1-2. Florida --> Alabama (W)
2-3. Alabama --> Tennessee (N)
3-4. Tennessee --> North Carolina (E)
4-5. North Carolina --> South Carolina (S)

Name 5 pairs of 1- or 2-digit interstate highways (i.e. NOT the 3-digit extenstions or loops, like I-485, and NOT US highways, like US 1) that crisscross each other such that both interstate "supposedly" go in the same direction (i.e. 2 North/South interstates that criss cross each other, or 2 East/West Interstates that criss cross each other).

NOTE: Criss cross means that from one interstate, you can go either direction on the crossing interstate. When one interstate dumps into another because the first interstate ends, they don't "criss cross". For example, I-85 DOES NOT criss cross I-95. I-85 ENDS at I-95. Had they criss crossed, then in theory, a driver could go from 95 south to 85 south, 95 north to 85 south, 95 sound to 85 north, or 95 north to 85 north (the last 2 are impossible because they dont' criss cross).

Ago 15, 2011, 11:33am

Obviously nobody knows their interstates.

Instead, Name 5 states that border 6 or more other states.

Ago 15, 2011, 11:59am

South Dakota

NEXT: 5 states that share a border with Canada

Ago 15, 2011, 12:06pm

New Hampshire

NEXT: Five shades of blue.

Ago 15, 2011, 12:08pm

1. Maine
2. New York
3. Montana
4. Washington
5. Alaska (different part of Canada, but borders Canada)

Next: Name 5 U.S. Presidents BORN west of the Mississippi River. Keep in mind, just because they resided west of the Mississippi when they were president doesn't mean they were BORN west of the Mississippi.

Ago 15, 2011, 12:09pm

Ok, I got beat:

5 shades of Blue:

1) Periwinkle
2) Royal
3) Navy
4) Midnight
5) Robin Egg

Next: Name 5 U.S. Presidents BORN west of the Mississippi River. Keep in mind, just because they resided west of the Mississippi when they were president doesn't mean they were BORN west of the Mississippi.

Ago 15, 2011, 12:17pm

Herbert Hoover
Gerald Ford
Lyndon Johnson
Richard Nixon
Bill Clinton

NEXT: Five political figures, outside the United States, who were assassinated.

Ago 15, 2011, 12:29pm

Granted, these were all recent, but I can't say I know my World History 20th century or earlier)

1) Li Shiming (China)
2) Sadam Jusaine (Can't spell) (Iraq)
3) Mohamed Moumou (Al-Qaeda)
4) Iccho Itoh (Japan)
5) Chen Yi-hsiung (China)

NEXT: 5 political mis-haps (i.e. W's "Strategery")

Ago 15, 2011, 12:55pm

1. "The police are not there to create disorder; the police are there to preserve disorder." (Mayor Richard Daley, 1968)
2. "misunderestimate" (attributed to George W. Bush)
3. "We are the president." (Hillary Clinton, when Bill was president)
4. Enoch Powell's "Rivers of Blood" speech (because it went over his audience's head and ruined his career, due to his miscalculation that the public at large would understand his classical reference; also, coincidentally, 1968)
5. Joe Biden's plagiarism of Neil Kinnock

NEXT: Five famous works of literature left unfinished at their authors' deaths

Ago 15, 2011, 3:21pm

1. The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan - currently being written from notes by Brandon Sanderson

2. J. R. R. Tolkien's unfinished tales and poems, published posthumously by his son, Christopher Tolkien

3. The Love of the Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald - eventually edited from manuscript and published

4. The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton - eventually edited from manuscript and published

5. The Light-House by Edgar Allen Poe - never finished

NEXT: your five favorite fiction novels you have read in the past five years (that you had not read before then)

Editado: Ago 16, 2011, 3:58am

"Kubla Khan" by Samuel T. Coleridge

Fasti by Ovid

Aeneis / The Aeneid by Vergil*

The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens

Poodle Springs by Raymond Chandler

*Whether or not the Aeneid was completed has been
debated. It has 12 books, exactly half the number of
the Illiad or Odysseyʻs books. Some think that Vergil became disillusioned with his own militarism and imperialism which pervades the Aeneid, stopped it half way through and even tried to persuade his literary executors to destroy all copies of it. The instructor I had in a course on the Aeneid, Robert Angus Brooks was sort of a maverick member of that faction: he believed that it is Anti-Imperialist, and pacifist, but that it IS complete, and its last line, "Vitaque cum gemitu fugit indignata sub umbras (XII, 952)
is, indeed, its intended closing.

NEXT: Your FIVE favorite comic strips, cartoonists (magazine or newspaper), or animated films

Editado: Ago 16, 2011, 3:50am

(I'll respond to Charlie's because he simulposted first, but I'll repost Roland's question at the bottom.)

1. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde - Original, funny, and one of the few books that handles time travel innovatively. Brimming over with literary jokes and references, including some subtle ones, that will make all book lovers wish that they, too, worked for JurisFiction. Alas, the later Thursday Next novels went downhill and became slapdash, but last year's unrelated Shades of Grey showed that Fforde hasn't lost his originality.

2. The Lecturer's Tale by James Hynes - It mixes academic politics with magical realism, and it works. I've since enjoyed his other novels as well, with the exception of this year's tedious and predictable Next.

3. That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo - Not one of his best novels, yet still excellent, so that tells you what I think of the rest of his oeuvre. It has all the usual Russo themes (with the exception of not being set in a blue-collar New York town): midlife crises, lives reexamined and found wanting, sons living out their fathers' mistakes.

4. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk - I never would have expected to like this, and I'd avoided the film, but thank goodness a friend of mine convinced me to read it. It's not about violence; it's about men trying find, or create, a place for themselves in a dehumanizing society. It led me to three other Palahniuk novels that all defied my expectations as well.

5. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett - I didn't expect to like this one either, but it was the only literary fiction I had access to at the time, and the plot eerily paralleled my own circumstances as I was reading it. It has universal themes: dissimilar people forming bonds, use and misuse of language, people rising or falling under stress.

Proposed above by rolandperkins:
NEXT: Your FIVE favorite comic strips, cartoonists (magazine or newspaper), or animated films

Ago 17, 2011, 8:49pm

OK, I'll answer Roland's question then propose one of my own:

1. The Far Side
2. Calvin and Hobbes
3. Dilbert
4. The Lord of the Rings (1978)
5. The Simpsons Movie

NEXT: Five well-known quotations containing similes (such as "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun" or "I'm as corny as Kansas in August")

Ago 17, 2011, 9:41pm

drunk as a lord

cool as a cucumber

Like water for chocolate

No more brains than a flea*

like a steam roller**

Bonus NOT-well-known "simile"

*or other animal of the speakerʻs choice
** may be NOT still well known; owuld be used, e.g. of a
fullback in 1940s football.

# written on a license application , in answer to the question: TYPE of ESTABLLISHMENT? by someone in the 1960s, one of those addicted to the unnecessary use of "like"
preceding just about any noun or phrase.

NEXT: The FIVE phrases you would LEAST MISS, if they disappeared from the language overnight.
e.g. (from my own list) "I never forget a face!"

Ago 18, 2011, 12:45am

"Keeping it real"
"Taking it to the next level"
"Thinking outside the box"
"a new paradigm"

Next category: Your FIVE favorite Shakespearian characters

Editado: Ago 18, 2011, 6:48am

1. Hamlet, because we can't help but echo his words and thoughts, whether we're aware of it or not
2. Iago, because he's so diabolically clever that you almost want him to get away with it
3. Apemantus (from Timon of Athens), Shakespeare's answer to Diogenes the Cynic, because his little-known creed is a gem of wisdom and language
4. Lear, because at one time or another, we've all felt the sting of ingratitude and likened ourselves to "a man more sinned against than sinning"
5. Brutus, because he acted on the best of motives but paid dearly for it; he truly was "the noblest Roman of them all"

NEXT: Five words or phrases that always make you chuckle, even though most people don't find them funny at all

(For me, two examples would be "jentacular" and "poppet valve.")

Ago 18, 2011, 2:57pm

"witchyaditchya" Southern US for "with you, didn't you"?

"I changed up my OTHERmind"...which is now a staple in our family...said by my youngest 30+ years ago to mean
"I changed my mind"

"I Have a Dream" ....referring to ML King's great speech. At a MLK remembrance day in the school gym, after watching
that speech, my 5 year said (at the top of his lungs) "Who cares if he had a dream, I dream almost every night!"

"Shady Pines"....from the Golden Girls......where Dorothy threatened to take her mother

chortled sounds like something a horse would do

Next: Five most notable cereral advertisements

Ago 22, 2011, 12:47am

I doubt that theyʻre the all time "most notable", but I did
happen to notice them (except 5; Iʻmnot that old).

"Breakfast of Champions" -- Wheaties

" ;Ya better eat your Wheaties!ʻ -- Michael Jordan

SNAP, CRACKLE & POP! (Rice Krispies)

". . .IN a big BOWL!" (Kelloggs Bran, Pep, etc.)

"In the Good Old Summer Time"
(Cream of Wheat, ca. 1904)

NEXT: FIVE titles containing the names of presidents or monarchs in FICTION or DRAMA (excluding Shakespeare)

Ago 26, 2011, 9:48am

I make no claim to have read, or have any interest in reading, any of the following, but they fit the category.

1) Death Lurks in the Bush - Kate Grilley (Fitting for W's performance in office)
2) Kitty Goes to Washington - Carrie Vaughn
3) Why I Want to F*ck Ronald Reagan - J G Ballard
4) The John Carter of Mars Collection - Edgar Rice Burroughs
5) The Lincoln Lawyer - Michael Connelly

Next - Back to School. Teach the little ones the concept of alphabetical order. Name 5 books such that the Author's First Name, Author's Last Name, and first word of the book title (excluding articles like The or A), are in alphabetical order. The same author can not be used more than once.

For example: Jonathan Kellerman's "Private Eyes", J comes before K and K comes before P

Ago 26, 2011, 3:12pm

George Higginsʻs The Rat on FIre

Albert Halperʻs Union Square

Jack Kerouac Satori in Paris

Ennio Flaianoʻs Tempo di Occidere / The Short Cut

Albert Camusʻs LʻEtranger / The Stranger

NEXT: IF te next 5 books you read had to be RE_READS,
which 5 would be your choice to re-read?

Editado: Ago 26, 2011, 4:24pm

That one's so easy I expected simulposts by the bucket!

Here's my 5:

Pride and Prejudice
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Divergent (just finished it and I'm already planning a re-read)

NEXT: 5 books you have read more than once, and would read again with pleasure.

Editado: Ago 26, 2011, 4:21pm

Ender's Game
Brave New World
House of Leaves
City of Bones

NEXT: 5 books you have only read once but want to read again soon.

Ago 27, 2011, 4:48am

On the Marble Cliffs / Auf den Marmorklippen
by Ernst Junger

Jonathan Wild by Henry Fielding

Colossians by Bible. N. T.
(attributed to St. Paul)

Bellum Civile / The Civi War by Lucan (aka Pharsalis

The Confidence Man: his Masquerade
by Herman Melville

NEXT: FIVE titles in Fiction or Drama that contain a NEGATIVE: e.g. Never so Few}; Nothing to Pay; repeats allowed, but try to use "NOT" no more than once or t wice.

Set 3, 2011, 12:40am

1. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
2. Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo
3. Much Ado About Nothing by some long-forgotten Elizabethan playwright
4. No Time for Sergeants by Mac Hyman
5. Erewhon by Samuel Butler -- sorry, couldn't resist

NEXT: Five works of literature--other than science fiction and fantasy novels--that are set in fictitious places, and the names of the fictitious places in which they're set.

(For example, One Hundred Years of Solitude set in the fictional town of Macondo, or As I Lay Dying set in Yoknapatawpha County.)

Editado: Out 2, 2011, 3:27am

Main Street by Sinclair Lewis: "Gopher Prairie, MN"

Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis "Zenith, Winnemac*"

Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
Said to be based on Clyde, Ohio. Curiously, "Winesburg" is the name of a real town in Ohio -- a much smaller place than Clyde-- but it wasnʻt the one
that Anderson modled his "Winesburg" on.

The Return of the Native (and other "Wessex" novels)
by Thomas Hardy
Hardy coined the name "Wessex" on the linguistic analogy of the Southern county Sussex, but "Wessex" is in the West,
a composite perhaps of Somerset, Dorset, Devonshire, etc.

the "Jesse Stone" novels, by the late Robert B. Parker:
"Paradise, MA"--on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Parker began in his later years to use
ficitional place names, unlike his earlier works which used
real names. "Paradise may be based on Marblehead, MA
or Magnolia, MA, but is probably a composite.

NEXT: has been changed; SEE: 408

*Winnemac; InMain Street the village is ficitonal, but the state is real--Lewisʻs native Minnesota/ In Babbitt "Zenith" a larger city, is located in a fictional state --"Wiinemac"

Set 25, 2011, 1:05am


--because the deleted one (407, of Sept. 4)
hasnʻt been played on in nearly 3 weeks.

> NEXT: Your FIVE favorite ROLES in
movies of the 1940s through the 1970s;
(Give the characterʻs name (naming who
played it is optional.)

Set 28, 2011, 5:49pm

Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield)in A Man for All Seasons

St. Francis of Assissi in Brother Sun, Sister Moon

Yoda in Star Wars 4: A New Hope

Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird

Adinath (the Warden) in Do Aankhen Barah Haath

Your five favorite series of books with your favorite book in the series.

Out 3, 2011, 11:35am

1) Mitch Rapp - Consent to Kill

2) Camel Club - The Collectors

3) Event Group - Event

4) Sigma Force - Map of Bones

5) M. William Phelps' true crime novels - Perfect Poison

Ok, so I kinda cheated on the last one as it's not technically a "series"

Next: Name 5 fictional books you read where something happens in the book that shocked you because it's too eeriely similar to something that actually happened to you in your lifetime. Include what occurred and how it compared to your real life experience.

Editado: Nov 21, 2011, 2:36am

". . .something happens in the book that shocked you because it's too eerily similar to something that actual happened to you. . ."

1. Bouvard et Pecuchet by Gustave Flaubert

2. The Immoralist by Andre Gide

3. Satire I by Aulus Persius

4. A Fan's Notes by Frederick Exley

5. The Angers of Spring by Joseph Whitehill

(5) is the only one that was really a shocker by its similarity to
the way my career was progressing over a period of months,
at age 30 -- unexpected advancement, followed by a let-down; but in my case the letdown was more severe than in the novel hero's case.

(1) The theme of being sidetracked in study and research, by a
marginally relevant topic which one mistakes for an absolute must
in order to understand one's current topic.

(2) No general affinity here; only that he mentions in passing, about the general state of his health that ailments had always been limited
to "colds, which I did not take very good care of".

(3) The caveat that one should not see one's knowledge as useless "if no one else KNOWS that you know it."

(4.) I would be getting more personal than I want to, if I got v ery specific on this "shocker" about ann alcoholic.

NEXT: FIVE fiction or non-fiction titles of 2 or more words, in which REVERSE alphabetical order is followed.
Examples: War and Peace (W > P)
Moby Dick (M > B). (Ignore articles, "and"s and short prepositions)
NOT eligible would be, e. g. Crime and Punishment (C>P)

Nov 21, 2011, 11:16am

Each with at least three substantive words:
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark
Godel, Escher, Bach - Douglas Hofstadter
Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather
Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe

NEXT: Five works of literature in which you were shocked or genuinely surprised by the death of a character.

Nov 21, 2011, 11:28am

1) Ice Hunt by James Rollins
2) Rose Madder by Stephen King
3) Dead Sea by Brian Keene
4) Small Sacrifices by Ann Rule (SM comes after SA)
5) The Manhattan Hunt Club by John Saul

Next: 5 books whose title contains 2 or more works and specifically has no use of articles (i.e. No The's, And's, A's, etc.)

For example: John Saul's Black Lightning is a valid answer, but The God Project is not because of the first word, The.

Editado: Nov 21, 2011, 2:12pm

(I'm assuming "Words" (413) doesn't include proper names for purposes of this game; there are thousands of titles consisting
of a first & last name, but I'm ruling out those. -- too easy.)

Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley

White Lotus by John Hersey

Black Narcissus by Rumer Godden

Barbary Shore by Norman Mailer

Natural Child by Calder Willingham

NEXT: Similar to 411: But this time STRAIGHT ALPHABETICAL
(not reverse) order: Example (A) Book (of) Ireland (B > I)
End (as a) Man (E > M) Gideon Planish (G > P)
(PRoper names are o k).

Only "Substantive words" as 412 calls them count: Ignore "and", articles, and short prepositions. Proper names are o k.

Nov 22, 2011, 7:25am

Cold Skin by Albert Sanchez Pinol
The Bottle Factory Outing by Beryl Bainbridge
Death Message by Mark Billingham
Black Dog by Stephen Booth
A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie

NEXT: Books that were turned into films that won an Oscar - any Oscar.

Nov 22, 2011, 10:02am

Since I know nothing about which films won Oscars, I'll leave this one to someone else.

However, do all Sesame Street books count? They "won" an Oscar. It's green, and lives in a trash can! :-)

Editado: Nov 22, 2011, 10:27am

Schindler's Ark - Thomas Kenneally
Driving Miss Daisy - Alfred Uhry
How Green Was My Valley - Richard Llewellyn
All the King's Men - Robert Penn Warren
Tom Jones - Henry Fielding

NEXT: Five books whose titles contain palindromic words (such as Tom and Viv or Hop on Pop). One-letter palindromes don't count, and the same palindrome shouldn't be used in more than one title.

Editado: Jun 28, 2012, 1:28am

Het MIM: Brussels Muziekinstrumentenmuseum /
The MIM: the Brussels Museum of Musical Instruments

Oh Dad, poor Dad, Mommaʻs Hung you in the Closet, and Iʻm feelinʻ so Sad by arthur Kopit

Maximum Bob* by Elmore Leonard

Shakespeare Never Did this by Charles Bukowski

"LʻAmiral Larima" by Jacques Prevert

N I M (No middle initial:
FIVE celebrities past or present who had NO MIDDLE NAME.
(Hint: U. S. presidents would provide quite a few--but not thse of the past few decades. Assassins tend NOT to provide this kind of name.


*My favorite Leonard title.

Nov 23, 2011, 9:21am

1) Frederick Austerlitz (Fred Astaire)
2) Bjork Gudmundsdottir (Bjork)
3) Scott Thompson (Carrot Top)
4) Susan Smith (Susan Dey - Did she drown her kids in South Carolina in 1994?)
5) Tara patrick (Carmen Electra)

Next: Name 5 states that have the same number of vowels as states it borders (Meeting at a corner is not a border).

Example: Georgia is NOT a valid answer as "Georgia" has 4 vowels, but Georgia borders 5 states (NC, SC, FL, AL, and TN)

NOTE: For those having trouble finding them, they are out there! There are at least 7 such states, and I may have missed one myself!

Nov 23, 2011, 3:38pm

". . .the same number of vowels as STATES it borders..."
Does that mean as ALL of the states it borders?
(Massachusetts, for example has 4 vowels, as do 3 of the 5
states it borders on).

Editado: Nov 28, 2011, 10:04am

#420 - No. I'll give you one of them as an example, hope this clarifies:

Arizona has 4 vowels (A, I, O, and A), and Arizona borders exactly 4 states (California, Nevada, Utah, and New Mexico)

Note - Arizona meets Colorado at a corner, but they don't share a border.

There are at least 6 other states that meet this quota, and that assumes I didn't miss any myself.

Massachusetts is NOT a valid answer as it contains 4 vowels (A, A, U, and E), but it borders 5 states (Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire). 4 Does Not Equal 5.

It has nothing to do with the number of vowels in the bordering states. It's strictly # of vowels in a given state being equal to the number of states it borders (like given above, Arizona, 4 vowels, and it borders 4 states).

Editado: Dez 5, 2011, 7:51pm

"Itʻs strictly # of vowels in a given state being = to the number of states it borders on...." (420)

Thanks, ThrillerFan.

That wipes out the only state I could think of that would qualify under the way I was interpreting the rules: Rhode Island
-- 4 vowels as also have its neighbors CT and MA. But RI borders on only 2 states.

(Could Hawaʻii (4 vowels)* be counted as "bordering" on all the Pacific states? (Alaska, Calilfornia, Oregon, and Washington)?

*(The glottal stop --nex-to- last letter in "Hawaiʻi" is a consonant.)

Nov 28, 2011, 4:25pm

No, Hawaii doesn't border any states. There are at least 7 states that meet the requirement, and Arizona is one of them.

Nov 28, 2011, 4:39pm

I realize, of course that Hawaiʻi and Alaska, strictly speaking, have zero neighbors. I was just asking if that status could be waived for purposes of this game.

Nov 28, 2011, 9:09pm

Minnesota--I E O A--Wisconsin, South & North Dakota, Iowa

Alabama--A A A A--Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee

Indiana--I I A A--Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky

Mississippi--I I I I--Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, Arkansas

New Mexico--E E I O--Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma (Utah meets at a corner)

NEXT: 5 little-known* sport-like** activities

*as in, doesn't get major attention globally in the media. It can have a large group of practitioners or followers or be covered locally or nationally.

**so I know what I consider sports, sometimes isn't recognized as such at that time. As long as it takes some modicum of physical skill, I think it would work. Use your best judgement.

For example, 5 years ago, parkour would have worked in this category.

Nov 29, 2011, 12:21pm

LOL, turns out I did miss a couple of states. In addition to the ones given (I didn't have Alabama or Mississippi in my list, though they do fit the bill), I had:

New Jersey - NY, PA, DE
West Virginia - VA, KY, OH, PA, MD
Michigan - IN, OH, WS

5 little known sports:

1) Pickle ball (it's like miniature tennis and uses I think a whiffleball)

2) Boche Ball (like lawn bowling)

3) Duck Pin Bowling

4) Chess (Technically, it's a sport, and while well known, media doesn't cover it)

5) Cricket (I think it's a sport - you have to throw 15s, 16s, 17s, 18s, 19s, 20s, and bulls-eyes)

Next: Name 5 things, in real life or in some sort of game, that are a matter of taking down 1 source to eliminate the entire army!

For example, in a swarm of bees, you kill the Queen Bee, and the entire army will collapse, or in the case of one of the "sports" listed above, you eliminate 1 man and the entire army loses, etc.

Editado: Dez 5, 2011, 7:50pm

Well itʻs not exasctly "eliinat(ing) one man", but close enough in principle to the requirement (426):

Baseball: Extra innings or last of the 9th; home team batting. If the visiting pitcher is "elimniated" by the home teamʻs scoring a run, thereʻs nothing that his 8 team mates can do about it. (I always feel

Hockey: In overtime (score tied): skating in on the goalie with no one between the
offensive player and the goalie. Itʻs one against one. and a sudden-death situation.

Bowling: Have to think of the pins as "team members"" here. A solid hit on the king pin: a sure strike, that will topple the king pin and all his "team-mates". (That is, in ordinary bowling -- not always in candle pins
where one or two pins might survive the hit.)

Football: Attempted touchdown pass in the final seconds, with the Offense tied or trailing by 6 or less. It will usually be down to the receiver and one defender. Beating the defender(s) beats the whole opposition.

War: Counter attacks, "taking the war to the enemy": Last ditch offensives like Leeʻs Pennsylvania incursion, or
Hitlerʻs Battle of the Bulge commanded by Von Runstedt. There probably was a murky idea that the momentum of victory (if that tragedy happened) would cause the collapse of the Union Army (Civil War)
or the Allies (WW II). But both failed, thank God.
NEXT: Favorites, interrupted by UN-Favorites:

List Five books in alphabetic order by title, alternating between
a Favorite, and a "Hate". Start anywhere in the alphabet and go somewhere A - Z, each time with a letter farther over toward Z. (Use 5 different initial letters altogether.) For example:
Loved C..., Hated G. . .; Loved L. . .;
hated M. . .; Loved T. . .

Dez 8, 2011, 9:17am

I'm assuming the word 'The' is discounted for the purposes of this post -

Loved - The Cat Sanctuary by Patrick Gale
Hated - Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd
Loved - The Mists of Avalon by Marian Bradbury
Hated - The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Loved - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

NEXT: Titles of books that pose a question

Editado: Dez 12, 2011, 1:10am

Titles of Books that Pose a Question (428):

You Did What? Mad Plans and Historical Disasters
by Bill Fawcett

When Did Ignorance Become a Point of View?
by Scott Adams

Who were the Early Israelites and Where did they Come from?
by William G. Dever

All' ou Menei se? / But isn't it Waiting for you?
by Marcus Terentius Varro

DId Hector Kill Ajax? (internet item) by N. S. Gill

NEXT: Obscure Middle names:

Your 5 favorite little-used middle names, with their not-so-proud bearer.
Examples: Ronald WILSON Reagan, Hubert HORATIO Humphrey, Kele KELI''IMAKEKAUONU'UANUKONA Perkins

Excluded: Spanish fathers' surnames; Russian patronymics;
very well known middle names, e.g. John WILKES Booth
and Lee HARVEY Oswald

Dez 12, 2011, 5:28am

I can't think of anyone else with these middle names:
Søren Aabye Kierkegaard
Dean Gooderham Acheson
Dylan Marlais Thomas
Warren Minor Christopher
James Riddle Hoffa

Next: Five book titles that all rhyme with each other, which means taking the last word of each title would form a rhyming set of five different words. An example would be Jane Eyre, The Fourth Bear, The Silver Chair, Vanity Fair, and Washington Square.

Editado: Jan 13, 2012, 2:41pm

1) It by Stephen King
2) Split by Swati Avasthi
3) Get Fit by Janet Jopson
4) "SIT!: The Dog Portraits of Thierry Poncelet" by Thierry Poncelet and Bruce McCall
5) Does anything Eat Shit? by Sarah Herman

Next: Five books where the main character and the author are of the opposite sex.

Editado: Abr 1, 2012, 8:35pm

". . .main character and the author are of opposite sex. . ."

Author Man; Character: Woman

Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

Pamela by Samuel Richardson

Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Author: Woman; Character: Man
Silas Marner by George Eliot

Cimarron* by Edna Ferber

*This one, a historical novel was probably named after a river and region of the territory>state where it takes place: Oklahoma. But "Cimarron" is also the name of a male minor character; the son of the male hero "Yancey Cravat"

NEXT: FIVE fictions, dramas, or popular non-fictions
with 23 from the FIRST HALF of the alphabet,
and 2 from the SECOND HALF.* No repeats of
initial letters.

*Define where the middle of the alphabet comes
for yourself. ThrillerFan (431) and I have argued about this before, so I don ʻt think my definition would be accepted.

Abr 2, 2012, 11:48am

LOL, It's fairly simple - there are 26 letters in the alphabet. Half that is 13. So A thru M (the first 13 letters of the alphabet) is first half, N thru Z (the last 13 letters of the alphabet) is the second half.

I assume you mean title, not author, in this case, excluding articles like "The" or "A"

1) The Firm - John Grisham

2) Green Eggs And Ham - Dr. Seuss (It's Fiction - albeit children's)

3) H is for Homicide - Sue Grafton

4) Subterranean - James Rollins

5) When the Wind Blows - John Saul

Next: 5 Fiction novels that are One-Word titles of 10 or more letters.

(Need a hint - see one of my answers to the previous category!)

Abr 3, 2012, 1:38am

One-word titles of 10 or more letters

Copenhagen by Michael Frayn

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Middlemarch by George Eliiot

NEXT: FIVE 2-word OR 3-word titles, ignoring articles,
having FIVE different initial letters in the 1st word..

Example: Eligible: 1.(The) Grapes of Wrath
3 words; initial: G 2. Nothing to Pay
3 words; initial: N

NOT eligible: A Fable: one word
1. A Christmas Carol 2. Crime and Punishment --
same initial letter.

Abr 3, 2012, 6:03am

Another fun thread revived. Thanks, Roland.

1. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
2. Billy Budd by Herman Melville
3. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
4. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
5. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

NEXT: Five literary titles in which a major word appears more than once. Examples include Absalom, Absalom! or August Strindberg's Crimes and Crimes.

Editado: Abr 5, 2012, 6:42pm

1. Heart of Texas, vol 1: Lonesome Cowboy (and) Texas Two-Step
by Debbie Macomber

2.* Rachel, Rachel by Margaret Laurence

3. I Am That I Am
by Pamela Freeman Stanton

4.* Linked: the New Science of Networks New Science of Networks b y Albert-Laszlo Barabasi

5. Texas Trilogy (3-in-1): Texas! Lucky, Texas! Chase (and) Texas! Sage
by Sandra Brown

* 2: The 1968 film of this title, starring Joanne Woodward was based, Google says, on a novel by Laurence, but
I donʻt find it on her Author Page in L T, or the title anywhere in L T.

3. Is probably from the King James Bible, and, in modern English, would be "I am THAT WHICH I am"

*4. I hope this isnʻt just an unintended repeat of the last 4 words.; and that i can count it as "llterary" Anyone that can devise that good an adjective-phrase must be
a litterateur, (ven though guilty of tautology.) Iʻm assuming "new science of networks" is an adjective-phrase defining the KIND of "science" that the last 4 words are talking about.

NEXT: Your FIVE FAVORITE Middle Names; of any nationality--
anything coming in the middle of a whole name is acceptable,
even if, as in Spanish, Roman, or Russian usage, it isnʻt
strictly-speaking what English speakers call a middle name.
(Among my favorites are: "Alva" (Tom Edisonʻs)
"Marie" (Victor Hugoʻs), "Issarionovich" (Joe Stalinʻs patronymic),
"Julius" (Caius Caesarʻs gentile (clan) name) Francis (rolandperkinsʻs and Honolulu Mayor Frank Fasiʻs) ).

Editado: Abr 4, 2012, 8:20am

1. Richard Tiffany Gere
2. Joseph Robinette Biden
3. Oliver Hazard Perry (well-known, but still cool)
4. Clive Staples Lewis
5. Frances Bean Cobain

NEXT: Five famous works of literature and the famous writers who could have written them but didn't, in some logical or humorous way. An example would be Arrowsmith by John Fletcher.

Editado: Abr 5, 2012, 3:43am

1. PICKWICK Papers by Gil BREWER

2. FLETCHER and the Falling Leaves
by William ARROWSMITH (with thanks for buckʻs example (437)

3. Oliverʻs Twist (c1962) by Dancer Transition Resource Center

4. The Mildly Aggravated BEAN Field
by Orson BEAN*

5. The Sterile Cuckoo by Margaret Sanger

(The real authors: 1, 3 Dickens. Not sure if the "Pickwick" of (1) -- an ale -- was national or limited to Greater Boston. Its alleged higher alcoholic content earned it the nickname "The Poor Manʻs Whiskey".
Title of (3) is slighlty adjusted.
2. Julia Rawlinson 4,5 John Nichols; title of 4 sllghtly adjusted. )

*Knew author, and know he writes, but never knew him to write this.

NEXT: 5 Authors of 5 different nationalities, and having 5 different initial letters (last name), skipping at least one letter between one author- name and the next.

Example: J.M. Barrie (Scotland); Reneʻ Descartes (France); Herodotus (Greece) Mikhail Lermontov (Russia); Lady Murasaki (Japan):
B > D > H > L > M

Abr 5, 2012, 7:49am

1. Saul Bellow - United States, born Canada
2. Gunter Grass - Germany, born Poland
3. Clarice Lispector - Brazil, born Ukraine
4. Claude Simon - France, born Madagascar
5. Patrick White - Australia, born United Kingdom

NEXT: Five authors with five different surnames, all of which rhyme. (For example, Alison Lurie, Alfred Uhry, Allen Drury, Charles Murray, and Eve Curie.)

Abr 5, 2012, 11:03am

Rhyming Authors' Surnames:

1. Dragon Champion by E. E. KNIGHT
2. Charlotte's Web by E.B. WHITE
3. The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. WRIGHT
4. To Heaven by Water: A Novel by Justin CARTWRIGHT
5. A Coyote Reader by William BRIGHT

NEXT: Five historical fiction novels set in the American colonies

Editado: Abr 6, 2012, 3:52am

Johnny Tremain by Forbes Revolutionary War

Oliver Wiswell by Kenneth Roberts
Revolutionary War, Loyalist (aka Tory) point of view

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaneil Hawthorne Salem, Massachusetts, 17th century

"Endicott and the Red Cross" and "The Maypole of Merry Mount"
-- Braintree / Quincy area of Mass., 17th c.

The Winthrop Woman by Anya Seton
--Mass. Bay Colony,
early 17th century

NEXT: Your FIVE favorite writers who became well known at first by something
other than writing. With at least one example of a work by them.

Example: Madonna

Abr 11, 2012, 1:36am

This was harder than expected, once it's limited to truly talented writers.

1. William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens - He was originally famous as an actor, so much so that Robert Greene found it absurd that Shakespeare also aspired to become a writer.
2. Winston Churchill, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples - First he saved Europe from Nazism, then he wrote history books that won him the Nobel Prize for Literature. Wow.
3. Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy - He leveraged his fame as the world's foremost academic linguist to write widely-read political essays; although I disagree with his politics, I freely admit he's a gifted writer.
4. Woody Allen, Without Feathers - Already a household name as an actor and filmmaker, Allen started writing genuinely hilarious short stories and essays in the 1970s.
5. Robert Reich, Locked in the Cabinet - Initially famous as U.S. Secretary of Labor, he wrote a best-selling political memoir. It's not literature, but it's surprisingly candid, funny, and well-written (without a ghostwriter).

NEXT: Five American books or American writers that deserved to win the Pulitzer Prize but never did. (The list could be five books, five writers, or any combination thereof. Of course, they should be from the timeframe in which Pulitzers were awarded; sorry, Mark Twain.)

Abr 11, 2012, 2:58am

1. James T Farrell

2. Ring Lardner

3. Mary McCarthy

4. Willa Cather

5. George V. Higgins

6. James Baldwin

7. Calder Willingham*

8. Tennessee Williams

Honorable Mention: ( If declining the award counts as NOT winning it.) In the Nobel, you won it whether you like it or not.) Sinclair Lewis who won the Pulitzer but declined it. He later won, and, of course accepted, the Nobel.

*C W is probably little more than a footnote in literary
history now. But he and (1) and (5) are the 3 Iʻm most sure about-- both of their NOT having won it and
about deserving it. Iʻm not really sure that all 8 of the above failed to win it. Iʻm not that up on the history of the award, so I named 8, in case one or two
of them actually did win it.

NEXT: "What Ever Happened to ʻDecade Madnessʻ ?"

FIVE fictions (novel or drama) or widely-read non-fictions of which the author is closely associated with
a particular decade -- at least 3 different decades.
Any nationality.

Example: 1850s: Herman Melville 1940s: John OʻHara
1920s: Ernest Hemingway
1950s: Jack Kerouac

Editado: Abr 11, 2012, 10:32am

Actually, it's confusing, because the category calls for novels or dramas, but the example is authors and not titles, so I'm answering based on the example:

1. John Grisham - 1990s
2. Vince Flynn - 2000s
3. James Rollins - 2000s
4. Stephen King - 1980s (At least most his classics were then - his recent stuff is garbage)
5. Taylor Stevens - 2010s

Next: 5 authors (fiction or non) that write in 5 different genres (1 genre each, just different from one another, don't give 5 male romance novelists, NOT 5 genres each) typically stereo-typed as being predominantly written and read by the other sex.

For example, Men that write Romance novels or Knitting books. Women that write Thrillers (Genuine Thrillers, not "cozy mysteries") or books on Baseball History or the Stock Market or Chess. Not limited to this, but the examples should give you an idea what you are looking for.

Editado: Abr 13, 2012, 10:42am

1. Hugh Laurie, star of HOUSE, wrote the thriller/mystery The Gun Seller

2. Steven Fry, British actor/comebian, wrote the thriller/mystery The Revenge

3. "Weird" Al Yankovic, wrote a childrens' book, called When I Grow Up

4. Katherine Ross, seductress of Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate, wrote a series of childrens' books including Grover Grover Come On Over

5. Jerry Seinfeld, american comedian and TV star, wrote a childrens' book called Halloween

NEXT: Five Stand Alone Fantasy novels. NOT part of any series. Example: The Last Unicorn would qualify, The Fellowship of the Ring would not.

Editado: Abr 13, 2012, 9:05pm

The Arrogant History of White Ben by Clemence Dane

Phantastes by George MacDonald

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
by Edgar Allan Poe

Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay

At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

No sequel, or membership in a series in any of these, as far as I know; I'm doing it from
(sometimes very distant) memories.

FIVE novel or dramatic fictions by 5 different authots of 5 different nationalities,
Keeping the nationalities in alphabetical order; different initial letter for
each COUNTRY, (author names can be in any order) skipping 2 or more letters between entries.

Example: England > Ireland > Mauritius > Portugal > Tonga
NOT eligible, e.g. Albania> Chile; England> France;> ..... U. S. >Vietnam

Abr 13, 2012, 10:20pm

#445 seems to be a reply to #441. So as not to leave ThillerFan hanging with his fun challenge in #444, I'll address that one:

1. Sue Grafton - gumshoe novels (the Kinsey Millhone series)
2. Ursula K. LeGuin - science fiction (The Lathe of Heaven and many others)
3. Fabio Lanzoni - romance novels (He began as a cover model but now also writes them.)
4. John Gray - relationship advice (Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus)
5. Laura Hillenbrand - sports nonfiction (Seabiscuit), war nonfiction (Unbroken)

I won't post a new challenge, so the thread can continue from Roland's in #446.

Editado: Abr 14, 2012, 11:44am

1. The Inner Voice by Renee Fleming /America
2. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome /England
3. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami /Japan
4. Egalia's Daughters by Gerd Brantenberg /Norway
5. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov /Russia

NEXT: Five countries with 'Z' in their name, none of which share a land border.

Example: Zimbabwe OR Mozambique, but not both.

Abr 14, 2012, 5:33pm

Z in the name, sharing no land border.

Zambia Southern Africa

Venezuela South America

Belize Central America

Kazakhstan Central Asia

Azerbaijan West Asia

FIVE people from very unliterary fields who, however briefly, became authors.

EXCLUDED: Those whose books were primarily about their own field; autobiography. e.g. "Tip OʻNeill" on politics;
Orlando Cepeda on baseball."

ELIGIBLE: Authors from Show Business, Politics, Sports, etc.
--any field deemed NON-literary, writing novels, plays, poetry
etc. --something outside what they are famous for.

Abr 14, 2012, 9:41pm

1. Julie Andrews, actress and singer in The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins.

-- As Julie Edwards, wrote a number of very good children's books.

2. Brian May, lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.

-- Has a PhD in astrophysics, authored two books on that subject. Also co-authored a book on stereoscopic photograph cards.

3. Benjamin Disraeli, prime minister of the United Kingdom 1874-1880.

-- Wrote Endymion and other novels.

4. Bobby Seale, activist who co-founded the Black Panther Party in 1966.

-- Wrote a barbecue cookbook.

5. Steve Martin, comedian, actor and musician.

-- Published several novels, my favorite is The Pleasure of my Company.

NEXT: Five books that were disappointments. Highly anticipated, or you paid full-price, or went on wait list at the library. Don't have to be awful, but just not meeting expectations.

Abr 17, 2012, 1:23am

1. Next by James Hynes - It lacked the magical realism that made all his prior works distinctive, and it had too little of his trademark satire of academic politics. Moreover, the ending was predictable when it should have been shocking.
2. Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow - I had enjoyed his Henderson the Rain King, but this nearly plotless book was a dull slog, all the more disappointing because it won a Pulitzer. It's a character study of an irritating, unengaging character.
3. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris - His collections of personal essays are uproarious, but the animal fables in this collection--a departure from his usual form--are inexplicably unfunny.
4. The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason - It's been oversold as a more intellectual cousin of The Da Vinci Code; the characters are bland, the ending is abrupt and forced, and the puzzles really aren't open to the reader.
5. Sophie's Choice by William Styron - Admittedly, it's not Styron's fault that every prospective reader already knows Sophie's horrifying past, but I hadn't anticipated how much of the book's appeal is contingent on the reader not knowing that.

NEXT: Five English words that you consistently see misused. (One of mine would be "however," which people almost invariably use as a conjunction rather than an adverb.)

Abr 17, 2012, 3:52am

1. "Cancel" if used to mean "postpone".
(or vice-versa, but I havenʻt heard "postpone" used to mean cancel.

2. "But" where "and" would be more appropriate. "But" is supposed to show some contrast with the preceding statement. Instead, as often used, it shows nothing
but exactly what you would expect. e .g. "Theyʻre completely unreliable, but theyʻre likely to steal.

3. Misuse of the apostrophe,in various words in the possessive case, e.g. "the Talibansʻ " where "of the Taliban" is meant (apostrophe after the s instead of before it.

4. "If he WOULD HAVE been careful . . ." instead of
"If he HAD been careful . . ." --said of someone who, in fact, was NOT careful (Unreal Condition).
This has changed during my lifetime and become almost the rule rather than the exception; for all I know, it
may be allowable by modern rules.

5. "DISinterested" when meaning "bored, UNinterested".

NEXT: FIVE fairly common masculine first names that have never been the first name of a U. S. President OR
of a well known male monarch.
e.g. Donald*, Keith, Michael, Roland, Samuel

*Iʻm not counting Scottish chiefs or lairds as :monarchs";they usually had a monarch, really or nominally, above them.

Abr 17, 2012, 11:48am

1. Paul

2. Anthony

3. Allen or Alan or Allan

4. Patrick

5. Jeffrey or Geoffrey

NEXT: Novels with plots centered around medical epidemics such as Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton or Outbreak by Robin Cook

Editado: Abr 17, 2012, 1:59pm

Actually, what about St. Patrick? (#4 above)


1. The Stand - Stephen King

2. Amazonia - James Rollins

3. Final Epidemic - Earl Merkel

4. Pandemic - James Barrington

5. Pandemic - Daniel Kalla

Next: 5 words that contain at least 2 letters worth 8 or more points in Scrabble (J, Q, X, and Z are worth 8 or more points).

There's a catch, however, in that you can use each of those 4 letters only once in each word as a standard scrabble set has only one J, one Q, one X, and one Z, so Xerox or Buzzed are invalid words, but Juxtaposition is valid as it contains one J and one X.

Editado: Abr 17, 2012, 3:41pm

Iʻm only 2/5 of the way to solving 454. A major difficulty is that most words with initial Z or X come from Greek, and there isnʻt likely to be a J or a Q later in the word, because Greek doesnʻt have these letters.
Aha! Just thought of a third one --which probab ly many other will have thought of before I reach a fifth.

Abr 18, 2012, 12:12am

Because there are six possible pairings of those four letters (disregarding order), here's one word for each pairing:
1. jonquil
2. jukebox
3. jeopardize
4. exquisite
5. quiz
6. extemporize

NEXT: Five English words derived from non-Indo-European languages, without repeating a language of origin.

Editado: Abr 18, 2012, 2:30am

1. Canuck -Canadian;
from the countryʻs name (so my dicitonary says): "C Canada" which is said to mean "Village" originally;
or from "Kanaks" natives of New Caledonia, possioly related to Polynesian "tangata" (Hwn. "kanaka"
meaning "man", "human being"

2. catsup a sauce; Possibly Chinese through a Hindu language; der. from a Cantonese word meaning
"tomato juice".

3. Kahuna a priest, or seer. Hawaiian.
Itʻs in my Engl. Dict., identical to the Hawaiian spelling.

4. sachem a chief; from a Narragansett Indian
word of the same meaning.

5. shibai deception, scam, fraud (possibly used only in Hawaiʻi English) from Japanese for "show"
"(mere) appearance".

NEXT: FIVE celebrities whose initials are from the
following letter combinaitons:

1. 2 vowels

2 A vowel > a consonant

3. 2 consonants

4. Someone usually known by ONE name
only: 1 vowel.

5. Known by one name only: One consonant.

Abr 18, 2012, 11:37am

1. Amy Adams

2. Emma Stone

3. Meryl Streep

4. Adele

5. Madonna

NEXT: Five novels with the name of the same tree in the title.

Editado: Abr 20, 2012, 12:54am

The Bookshop on Jacaranda Street
by Marlish Glorie

Jacaranda in the Night by Herman Charles Bosman

The Jacaranda Tree by H. E. Bates

Oleander, Jacaranda: a Childhood Perceived
by Penelope Lively

The Jacaranda Junior Atlas by Warwick Wilson

NEXT: FIVE titles, fiction or non-fiction
any language, containing the SAME
NUMERAL-WORD of the numbers 4 to 20

(digit or pair of digits) --doesnʻt matter if the number on the title page is in digits, or in words. But the same number in all 5 titles --
like the tree of #458-459

Abr 20, 2012, 5:38pm

Five eights.

1. Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott

2. Bangkok 8 by John Burdett

3. Eight Skilled Gentlemen by Barry Hughart

4. Eight Months on Ghazzah Street by Hilary Mantel

5. Butterfield 8 by John O’Hara

NEXT: Next. The next five books in your to be read list. If there aren't five lined up or semi-available, then add in some you have been meaning to locate and read.

Editado: Abr 22, 2012, 1:55am

1. Murder in Mount Holly by Paul Theroux*

2. Athens in Decline by Claude Mosseʻ

3. Why Socrates Died: Dispelling the Myths by Robin Waterfield

4. The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry

5. The Ancient Egyptian Language; a simplified Grammar by Margaret Murray


A favorite book from 3 different groups of

3 sequential letters each. Start anywhere in the

alphabet. Skipping letters before you go to the next

group of 3 is optional. But 5 different initial letters no

repeats. Name the group of 3, but give a title from only one of them.

E.G. 1. a Title from E-F-G; 2. A title from M-N-O;
3. A Title from P-Q-R A title from T-U-V; If at end of alphabet, go on to the beginning.
4. A title from A-B-C;

*Met author.

Abr 22, 2012, 1:36am

E-F-G: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
I-J-K: Kings of Infinite Space by James Hynes
L-M-N: Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
Q-R-S: The Risk Pool by Richard Russo
T-U-V: The Trial by Franz Kafka

Next: Five writers from five different countries, limited to countries that are NOT well-known for producing writers. (Example: Derek Walcott from St. Lucia.)

Editado: Abr 22, 2012, 2:04am

From 462 >
I admit Iʻm thinking of the English speaking countries,
China, Japan, Russia, and the larger W. European countries as the ones that ARE well-known for producing writers and are hence ineligible in this. It may be debatable how "NOT well-known" some of the following
are. Ideally, Iʻd like to include a Manx, Andorran, or Liechtenstinian author, but I canʻt think of one off-hand.

Anders Bodelsen -- Denmark

Ismail Kadare Albania

Ricardo Palma Peru

Joseʻ Carrera Andrade Ecuador

ʻEpeli Hauʻofa* Tonga

*Knew author; the reason he canʻt appear in blue is
the 2 glottal stops (shown by apostrophes) in his name --with "Search"s aversion to apostrophes.

NEXT: FIVE titles in which at least one
key word* INITIAL DUPLICATES an initial of the
quthorʻs name.
Example: A F>ABLE by William F>AULKNER

*key word: i. e. a word other than articles, or common
prepositions or pronouns.

Abr 23, 2012, 1:27pm

1) Duma Key - Stephen King

2) Rules of Deception - Christopher Reich

3) G is for Gumshoe - Sue Grafton

4) The Cat Who Played Brahms - Lilian Jackson Braun

5) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain

Next: 5 non-proper words (i.e. starts with a lower case letter) that contain 10 or more letters with only 1 vowel in it. That vowel may be used as many times as necessary within the word. You are allowed to use a different vowel for different words.

Example: Had "Mississippi" not been a proper word, it would be a valid entry. Only Vowel is I, even though it was used 4 times here. Also, had this been a valid entry, you would not be obligated to use "I" as your vowel in the other 4 words, but you could if you wanted to.

Abr 23, 2012, 10:53pm

Ten-letter words, one vowel each.

1) i n f l i c t i n g

2) s e t t l e m e n t

3) b a n d s t a n d s

4) e n t r e n c h e d

5) f i s t f i g h t s

NEXT: The names of five famous dogs in fiction or verse, including the work in which they appear.

Editado: Abr 24, 2012, 11:01am

1. Cujo - Cujo by Stephen King

2. Toto - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

3. White Fang - White Fang by Jack London

4. Fang (Hagrid's dog) - The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

5. Argos (Odysseus' dog) - Homer's Odyssey

NEXT: American sports teams who's names appear in the titles of novels. Include the title, author, and the team.
Example: St. Louis Cardinals - The Cardinal of the Kremlin by Tom Clancy

Abr 24, 2012, 1:36pm

1) New York Yankees - A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain

2) Detroit Tigers - The Teeth of the Tiger - Tom Clancy

3) New Orleans Hornets - The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - Stieg Larsson

4) Sacramento Kings - King Lear - Shakespeare

5) Arizona Cardinals - The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal - Lilian Jackson Braun

NEXT: 5 novels who's titles contain one of the 6 chess pieces. Each title should use a different chess piece.

For those unfamiliar with chess, the 6 pieces are the King, Queen, Rook, Bishop, Knight, and Pawn, so one example would be King Lear by Shakespeare.

Abr 24, 2012, 3:42pm

Five chess pieces.

1. The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

2. A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin

3. Knight's Castle by Edward Eager

4. Rook, Rhyme & Sinker by R. Michael Phillips

5. Baby Jesus Pawn Shop by Lucia Orth

NEXT: Five novels with unreliable narrator OR five movies with unreliable narrator. But no combo of books/movies.

Abr 28, 2012, 4:22pm

Okay, forget that. New challenge, since the last one submarined the thread.

NEXT: Five fiction titles containing the name of a country's capital city.

Editado: Abr 28, 2012, 4:59pm

Washington D. C. by Gore Vidal
( a historical fiction; there may be a lot of fact in it)

Piazza Bucarest (sic) by Jens Christian Grendahl

Berlin Game by Len Deighton

London Match by Len Deighton

Apartment in Athens by Glenway Westcott
(The order implies noting about my idea of the relative merits of the authors. Westcott is certainly not the worst; Vidal may or may not be the best.)

--I was going to say Dando on Delhi Ridge by William Clive but (the old) Delhi is not, strictly speaking, a capital: New Delhi is

NEXT: FIVE titles --fiction OR non-fiction with
a state capital, county seat, or, if non-U. S., province
or other entity parallel to state capitals or country

Abr 28, 2012, 11:12pm

Your challenge in #468 was a terrific and thoughtful one, kittycatpurr, just surprisingly tough. Right now I'm reading a novel with an unreliable narrator, Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem, but I couldn't think of a list of five unless the other four were all by Paul Auster.

Abr 28, 2012, 11:21pm

Oh, wait, suddenly the floodgates have opened, now that I've had my morning coffee:
1. Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
2. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
4. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
5. Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
I've read and enjoyed all five of these. Why didn't I think of them sooner?

No new challenge here, so the thread continues from Roland's in #470. But #468 was too much fun not to address.

Abr 29, 2012, 1:47am

Responding to #470:

Meet the Austins
Sir Walter Raleigh
Ghosts of Columbia
Victoria's Daughters
Elizabeth Regina

New challenge: five novels with musical themes

Editado: Abr 30, 2012, 10:29am

Abr 30, 2012, 11:18pm

1. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
2. The Centaur by John Updike
3. Dragon's Teeth by Upton Sinclair
4. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
5. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

I haven't checked the news yet this morning, but I'm assuming zombies are still mythical.

Next: Five works of fiction (novels, drama, poetry) set on islands, and the islands where they're set. The islands can be real or imaginary, but don't use the same island more than once.

Editado: Maio 3, 2012, 6:09pm

1. The Islands by Gerald Warner Brace* (Atlantic ; Maine coastal islands

2. Island by Aldous Huxley -- imaginary

3. The Island by Peter Benchley imaginary--
Carribean;supposedly in the "Bermuda Triangle" of popular non-fiction.

4. Proud Island by Peadar OʻDonnell --Atlantic;
NW of C ounty Donegal, Ireland; possibly modelled on Inistrahull, in real life the native island
of Celia Houghton Mallon#

5. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
fictional 18th c. pirate stop-off.

( 2> 3 is going from the sublime to the ridiculous; see some of the reviews of Benchleyʻs The Island, book or movie. Huxleyʻs Island is a utopia set in a not-too distant future intended to balance the DYStopia of his
Brave New World. But Island, due to the resolutely 20th century and materialist proclivities of its speed-mad crown prince, ends up as just another dystopia.

NEXT: Opposites

I have to ask for SIX in this one: 3 pairs.

THREE pairs of books of absolutely opposite temperament and tendency: e.g. Pacifist>War-mongering;
Love, Forgiveness >Hate, Revenge; Sublime > Ridiculous SEE the note
on Island> THE Island above; (Parodies are eligib le for the 2nd of the pair in this kind); Pro-Urban>
Male chauvinist> Feminist;
Cosmopolitan > Provincial, etc.
The opposing tendencies
in each pair can be of your own choice.

*Knew author.
# Roland F. Perkinsʻs grandmother

Maio 2, 2012, 12:41pm

Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis - hilarious, with an upbeat ending; protagonist is disenchanted with academia
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy - relentlessly, devastatingly sad; protagonist desperately seeks an education

Walden Two by B. F. Skinner - makes utopia feel inevitable
1984 by George Orwell - makes dystopia feel inevitable

The Risk Pool by Richard Russo - blue-collar, small-town, character-driven storytelling
City of Glass by Paul Auster - middle-class, urban, experimental metafiction

Next: Five novels, each of which is set in a real-life country other than its author's native land. (Extra credit if the five novels are set in five different countries.)

Maio 2, 2012, 2:46pm

1. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan set in China, by American Lisa See

2. The Perfect Royal Mistress set in France, by American Diane Haeger

3. Sins of the House of Borgia set in Italy, by English Sarah bower

4. Aztec set in the Aztec Nation in Central America, by American Gary Jennings

5. The Heretic Queen: A Novel set in Egypt, by American Michelle Moran

NEXT: Five novels with desserts in the titles.
Example: CAKES and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham

Maio 4, 2012, 6:58pm

Five desserts.

Fortune Cookie by Bryce Courtenay

The Gingerbread Girl by Stephen King

Superfudge by Judy Blume

The Empire of Ice Cream by Jeffrey Ford

The Black Forest by Todd Livingston

NEXT: Five genre short stories and their authors -- all different authors. So five ghost stories, or five sci-fi/fantasy stories, or five mystery stories, etc.

Editado: Maio 7, 2012, 3:34pm

1. Some Chinese Ghosts by Lafcadio Hearn

2. The Night the Ghost Got in by James Thurber

3. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James

4. The Upper Berth by F. Marion Crawford

5. Dere AINʻT No Ghosts! by (?) Wilbur Daniel Steele

Article-less & Prep.-less Titles:
As in the "NEXT" of the Use the Last Letter. . . Thread, name, in alphabetical order, 5 book titles (fiction or non-fiction), skipping
at least 3 letter between each entry,
any title with an article or common preposition (e.g. "of", "to", "in").

Maio 7, 2012, 12:44pm

I'm not 100% sure I understand what you are looking for, as "As in the NEXT of the @ Use the Last Letter" doesn't make any sense at all, but if it's merely 5 titles without articles that start with spaced out letters of the alphabet, here we go:

1) Cujo
2) Game Over
3) Misery
4) Pet Sematary
5) Weekend

Next - 5 pairs of Rhyming words that clearly don't go together, like Big and Twig (Twigs are not big) or Sex and Ex (At least I hope these don't go together).

Editado: Maio 7, 2012, 12:49pm

1. Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned by Walter Mosley
2. How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer
3. Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
4. Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley
5. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Next: Five novels whose titles contain the names of chemical elements, without repeating an element.

ETA: Disregard, simulpost.

Editado: Maio 7, 2012, 4:51pm

Replying out of sequence. Five elements.

1. The City of Gold and Lead by John Christopher (transition metal and poor metal)
2. The Neon Wilderness by Nelson Algren (noble gas)
3. Iodine by Haven Kimmel (halogen)
4. The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass (poor metal)
5. Radium Halos by Shelley Stout (earth metal)

and a play :P

Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesserling (metalloid)

Challenge still continues from 481.

Maio 15, 2012, 4:53am

Going back to no. 481 then:

Cat & rat
Monk & drunk
Crazy & lazy
Night & bright
Frown & clown

Hope those are sort of what you were looking for.

NEXT: Five films that are also the title of a song (the song doesn't necessarily have to be in the film)

Maio 15, 2012, 11:26am

1. Across the Universe

2. Jailhouse Rock

3. Take Me Home Tonight

4. Stand By Me

5. 9 to 5

NEXT: Five film titles that contain the name of a flower

Maio 16, 2012, 12:17am

Lili (1953) starring Leslie Caron
and Mel Ferrer

The Lilies of the Field

The Rose (1979) starring
Bette Midler

The Rose Tattoo

The Black Dahlia* (2006)

NEXT: Five favorite "supporting" or "minor"characters in movie or novel.
Only ones excluded
are feminine or masculine "leads" in a movie, or characters so major that the
book is or could be named after them.

* The Black Dahlia: One of those where I DID read the book and DIDNʻT see the movie; a Brian DePalma concoction based on a James Ellroy novel, which in turn was
based on sensational newspaper accounts of the
1940s. DePalma must be the
only director of whom a c ritic
said that "he drained the life out of" -- a murder case!

Maio 17, 2012, 11:13am

rolandperkins - I agree whole-heartedly with that critic! I saw the movie once and swore I would never subject myself to it again!

Favorite supporting/minor characters

1. Miracle Max and Valerie in The Princess Bride by William Goldman, played in the movie by Billy Crystal and Carol Kane

2. Brick Tamland, played by Steve Carell, in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy

3. Igor, played by Marty Feldman, in Young Frankenstein

4. Lily Von Shtupp, played by Madeling Kahn, in Blazing Saddles

5. Luca Brasi, played by Lenny Montana, in The Godfather (movie)

NEXT: I'm currently reading the wonderful biography of Aung San Suu Kyi, The Lady and the Peacock by Peter Popham, list for me your five favorite biographies that inspire you

Maio 27, 2012, 12:51am

Charlie, I'm afraid you've stumped the panel. I haven't read a biography in years, so to keep this thread running, here's a list of five historical figures whose biographies I'd be most interested in reading:
1. Winston Churchill
2. William Shakespeare
3. Joan of Arc
4. Charles Darwin
5. Soren Kierkegaard

NEXT: Five verse forms (e.g., sonnet).

Maio 27, 2012, 1:22pm

1. haiku
2. limerick
3. tanka
4. sestina
5. sonnet

NEXT: 5 books that you own more than one copy of.

Editado: Maio 28, 2012, 5:45pm

1. (The New Testament in Hebrew)

2. Baibala Hemolele (The Bible in Hawaiian) by
Bible. Hawaiian

3. Kumulipo: a Hawaiian Creation Chant
(Anonymous; traditional.
Ed. by Martha Warren Beckwith)

4. Kings, Kinship and Sacrifice: in Ancient Hawaii
by Valerio Valeri

5. A Sense of Order by Jacques Prevert, Pierre Emmanuel, Oscar Acosta, and others Tr. by Roland F. Perkins*

1. I had to use one where the "copies" are not the same edition. One is a Dutch publication with Dutch and Hebrew on f acing pages; the other a British Publication with Yiddish(!) and Hebrew on facing pages. In (2) the copies are of ther s ame edition, different format. 3 - 5 are identical editions.

NEXT: Fantasy Couples:

Five pairs of characters one female, one male
that you would like to see combined in a fiction, poem, or play. (Romantically, or iin Friendship, or
co-working) Name the 2 authors that they come from.
They donʻt have to be chronologically possible, since this is fantasy: You can, if you wish, say you would like to see a "Romeo and Tess of the DʻUrbervilles, or a "Juliet" and "David Copperfiled".

*Met the . . . er, I mean AM -- the translator.

Maio 30, 2012, 10:32am

I don't have 5, so I leave this one to somebody else, but the following is just too funny not to post, and technically, one comes from a fictional movie, the other from a band, and so neither "technically" has an Author, but still, just picture this "couple":

Rapunzel (From the movie "Tangled") and Josh Silver (from the band "Type O Negative")

That would be quite hairy now, wouldn't it?

Jun 26, 2012, 2:49am

490ʻs "NEXT" in "Jungʻs Revenge" appears to have been too difficult to play on.

Iʻm changing it to: GLOBE-TROTTING STORIES:

FIVE Stories: Movie, Novel, or Story Poem taking place in 5 different countries. Use at least ONE MOVIE A N D at least ONE NOVEL. No other genre limitations.

Editado: Jun 26, 2012, 9:52am

1) Excavation - South America

2) Map of Bones - Europe and Africa at the 7 Wonders

3) The Third Option - Middle East

4) Hanna - 2011 Movie in Finland

5) Ferris Bueller's Day Off - United States (Chicago)

Next: 5 Authors from 5 different forms of Genre Fiction (i.e. Mystery, Suspence, Thriller, Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance, Western, etc) whose last names start with the same 2 letters.

For example, if you went with James Rollins (A Thriller Writer), you'd need 4 more authors from 4 other forms of Genre Fiction (like maybe a Romance author, Mystery author, Horror author, and Fantasy author) whose last names also start with "Ro".

Which 2 letters you use is up to you.

Jun 28, 2012, 1:22am

1. Danielle Steel, romance novels
2. Neal Stephenson, cyberpunk novels
3. R. L. Stine, children's horror tales
4. Irving Stone, fictionalized biographies
5. Rex Stout, mystery novels

Next: Five well-known poets, each accompanied by a three-syllable word rhyming with the poet's surname. (For example: Ezra Pound/ultrasound, Edward Lear/atmosphere.)

Editado: Jun 28, 2012, 1:57am

succotash: Ogden NASH

frigidaire: Jacques Prevert*

alpaca: Amiri BARAKA

polymath Sylvia PLATH

Pentecost: Robert FROST

* The name is more or less pronounced:
Pray- VAIR. Donʻt think he would like this rhyme; really a warm-hearted guy at -- well, at heart. Iʻve done some translations from him, and he is on my Favorites List.

NEXT: ROLES: NOVEL, DRANA (including comedy),
Alpha. order; skipping at least one letter between entries. e.g.: Hamlet> Macbeth, > Toby Belch.

Naming the actor or actress is
and or the title is optional.

Jul 1, 2012, 7:00am

1. Andrew Aguecheek - Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
2. Henry Higgins - Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
3. Meg March - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
4. Peter Pan - Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
5. Roderick Random - The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smollett

Next: Five books whose titles collectively use only a single vowel, reused as many times as necessary. (For example: Omoo, Song of Solomon, Nostromo, Scoop, Hop on Pop.)

Jul 1, 2012, 7:36pm

Good one, Buck! Took some thought, not to mention some single-word titles.

She by H. Rider Haggard
Bellwether by Connie Willis
The Kestrel by Lloyd Alexander
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
Seventeen by Booth Tarkington

next: five books that have anything at all in common, such as theme, characters, or setting, but which were all written in different centuries.

Editado: Jul 2, 2012, 8:39pm

Theme in common: Scottish topic

1. Skagboys by William Irvine 21st c. urban Scotland

2. The Papers of Tony Veitch by William McIlvaney 20th c. urban Scotland

3. A Window in Thrums
by James Barrie
19th c. rural Scotland

4. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott 18th c. historical novel
the era of Stuart "Pretenders" to the UK throne, one of whom makes a surprise (disguised) appearance

5. The Wallace
by John Prebble popular non-fiction;
late medieval Scotland; earlier incarnation of the
Brittania v. Caledonia clash
of # 4


5 FIVE different nations: FIVE works of FICTION, DRAMA, or STORY-POEM by
an author NOT usually considered the TOP litterateur of his/her
nation. Name the author.

E. g., Prohibited: UK: Shakespeare. Italy: Dante;
Rome: Vergil.
Allowed: UK: Woolf.
Italy: Silone. Rome: Ovid

Jul 3, 2012, 10:57am

Not sure who you consider most popular in the United States, but I'm sure it's not who I put:

Subterranean - James Rollins (United States)
Bitten - Kelley Armstrong (Canada)
Everville - Clive Barker (United Kingdom)
Shogun - James Clavell (Australia)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne (France)

NEXT: Name 5 non-children's books that feature at least two words in the title that rhyme.

Jul 3, 2012, 4:05pm

1. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
2. True Blue by David Baldacci
3. Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
4. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
5. Card Sharks by George R. R. Martin

NEXT: Five novels with a body of water in the title.

Example: In the Ocean of Night by Gregory Benford

Editado: Jul 8, 2012, 11:59pm

Deer at the Brook
by Jim Arnosky

The Brook Kerith by George Moore

In the Pond by Ha Jin

The Witch of Blackbird
by Elilzabeth George Speare

A Step in the River
by Francis I. Gwaltney

NEXT: PART(isans) of
SPEECH, ALL (one) PART(isan) of SPEECH, and NOTHING BUT (that) PART(isan) of SPEECH:

Five Book Titles that
are of at least two words
and use ONLY ONE major part of speech: If using NOUNS, e.g. NO VERBS
or ADJECTIVES allowed; if using VERBS, NO NOUNS OR ADJECTIVES, etc. (Articles,
pronouns, prepositions you can include at your pleasure; they wonʻt break the rule.)

Jul 9, 2012, 1:15pm

1. The Red and the Black by Stendahl
2. Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
3. The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
4. Sleeping, Dreaming, Dying by The Dalai Lama
5. Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh

NEXT: Five plays that you have either seen performed live, or seen as a movie. If movie, give the year of release. Please use at least four different playwrights.

Jul 9, 2012, 1:31pm

Plays seen live:
1. Misalliance by George Bernard Shaw
2. The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
3. The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie
4. When We Dead Awaken by Henrik Ibsen
5. The Man Who Came to Dinner by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart

NEXT: Five books with units of time in their titles, without using any unit more than once.

Editado: Jul 10, 2012, 5:42am

Hold your Hour and Have Another by Brendan Behan

A Book of Hours by Thomas Merton

Rilkeʻs Book of Hours:
Love Poems to God

by Rainer Maria Rilke

Split Second by Alex Kava

A Month of Sundays
by John Updike

NEXT: Ethnic Names without a language* :
FIVE ethnicities or nationalities that are NOT also related to the name of a language, e.g. as "German"
is found in the word "Germany" or as "Hindi" is
related to the word "India"
e.g. Eligible: Afghan, Nigerian, and (pace H. L. Mencken) American
Ineligible: German, Hindi,
Hawaiian, Tongan, Chinese

*Not of course that the country or ethnicity doesnʻt have language(s), just that its language name(s) are unrelated to the ethnic name.

Jul 10, 2012, 1:30pm

1. Scandinavian

2. Estonian

3. Jewish

4. Lithuanian

5. African-American

Next: Name 5 authors that have hit the NY Times best seller list in the 21st century while still being under the age of 50.

Editado: Jul 13, 2012, 2:07pm

1. Gillian Flynn b. 1971 Gone Girl
2. Rebecca Skloot b. 1972 Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
3. Rachel Maddow b. 1973 Drift
4. Téa Obreht b. 1985 The Tiger’s Wife
5. Michelle Alexander b. 1968 The New Jim Crow

NEXT: Five food dishes or drinks you first tasted after reading about them somewhere other than a cookbook. Titles not required.

Jul 16, 2012, 3:44pm

I don't know if you consider TV Commercials as "reading", but here we go:

1) Kraft Macaroni and Cheese - When I was a kid, and they claimed it was the cheesiest, I told my mother we could no longer eat store brand.

2) Minute Maid orange juice - Again, blame the commericals when I was a kid as to why we quit drinking store brand.

3) Beer - Saw how it was made at a brewery, YUCK!

4) Kraft Italian Parmesean - Wasn't a cookbook, saw the recipe on the box, was looking for a different way to prep chicken than simply on a grill, so I went for it. Since then, have had it about twice a month.

5) Kool Aid - Specifically the Lemon-Lime variant - Again, TV Commercials, and probably the first thing I ever made by myself.

Next: Name 5 fictional novels with at least 1 word in the title of 5 or more syllables.

Jul 20, 2012, 2:08pm

The Claw of the Conciliator
Bridge to Terabithia
Ingenuity in Mathematics
The Alexandria Quartet
The Polysyllabic Spree

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