The gentle L&TM5K readers know their linguistics, baby! It was one of those weeks when it was pretty brutal to miss a single question; five perfect submissions made for very little margin of error. Well, no margin of error, actually.
- Defending champion Mrs. 5000 took the gold star.
- Completing a sweep of the first ten Thursday Quizzes for the Parker household, Rex Parker returned to form to capture the silver.
- Perennial Quiz contender Rebel brought home the blue.
- Two green stars this week. One goes to Blythe, who now needs only a blue to complete her collection, and one to fingerstothebone, her first quiz star!
Congratulations to all competitors, and to all of you non-competitors too. In fact, if you are reading this sentence, I hereby declare you awesome.
The Trophy Case
I hope it's obvious that the giving of stars to a bunch of adults taking wildly arbitrary pop quizzes is not done with an entirely straight face. At the same time, it does seem to add a certain frisson to the whole experience, at least for some of us. So feel free to roll your eyes at this juncture. But, I think you should also join me in admiration of some of our more dominent Quizsters.
These are the people who have combined a startling wealth of knowledge, intuition, and reasoning ability with a certain, shall we say, tenacity in their internet habits, to earn three or more stars over the course of the first ten quizzes. Here is a rare glimpse inside their trophy cases.
As you may already know, the Thursday Quiz has been greenlighted (or perhaps greenlit) for a second season, and you'll be happy to know that ten more episodes are already in production.
We are also very excited here at headquarters about the new Monday Quiz! Taking a cue from the popularity of Thursday Quizzes VIII and X, the new Monday Quiz will be image-based. Instead of an is/isn't format, Monday will now be all about identification -- the operative question being "what is this a picture of?" With only five questions a week, though, Monday will continue to be quicker -- although not necessarily easier -- than Thursday.
And, there will now be virtual prizes on Monday as well as Thursday. More on that in three days -- be here bright and early for what we will, somewhat misleadingly, call The Monday Quiz I!
There. Do I have you all fired up?
Speaking of Fired Up!
BigBrother5000 has come through and produced ticket to the must-see game of the weekend: the #4 Oregon Ducks against the #6 Arizona State Sun Devils. And so I will have the great pleasure of being in Autzen Stadium this weekend to witness Oregon's victory, 35 - 17, against the overrated boys from Tempe.
So, those of you who missed my appearance on Clackamas County's government cable channel this morning -- what, you didn't watch it? -- perhaps you can catch me in crowd shots on the national feed. I'll have my game face on:
...except probably without the face paint.
The Thursday Quiz: a First-Season Outtake
Here it is, the infamous topic that was too pendantic, even for the Thursday Quiz.
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