Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Wednesday Quiz II:12 -- The Quiz of Eights

The Wednesday Quiz -- Season II -- Quiz 12

The Quiz of Eights

The Wednesday Quiz is a "closed-book" test of knowledge and intuition; please do not look up answers, ask others for help, or answer as a team.

Questions about the rules and the ~Fabulous Prizes~ are answered here.


This week, answers are worth eight points apiece (of course) unless otherwise marked.

1. The eight basic colors of Crayola crayons have remained the same since the brand was introduced in 1908. For a point apiece, what are they?

2. What does the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protect you from?

3. Catholics and Lutherans consider the Eighth Commandment to be You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. For other Christians, as well as Jews, the 8th Commandment is what?

4. For two weeks in March, 1965 -- between The Temptations' "My Girl" and The Supremes "Stop! In the Name of Love" -- the number one song on the Billboard U.S. singles chart began with these lyrics:
Ooh I need your love babe,
Guess you know it's true.
Hope you need my love, babe,
Just like I need you.
Name that tune.

5. The Noble Eightfold Path consists of:
1. Right view
2. Right intention
3. Right speech
4. Right action
5. Right livelihood
6. Right effort
7. Right mindfulness
8. Right concentration
But who says so?

6. The "G8" or "Group of Eight," is a yearly forum that has been held (originally as the G6 and for a time as the G7) since 1975 among leaders of traditionally powerful countries. It does NOT currently include the "Outreach Five" countries whose influence has been on the rise more recently: Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and South Africa. For a point apiece, what eight countries DOES it include?

7. Remember eight-track casettes? Why were they said to have eight tracks?

8. Of the eight planets -- the L&TM5K is in full support of the 2006 IAU decision to fire Pluto -- which are (for two points apiece)
the smallest?
the one with the shortest year?
the furthest from the sun?
the one that's almost the same size as Earth?
9. The "Noble Gases" neon (Ne), argon (Ar), krypton (Kr), and xenon (Xe) tend to be chemically unreactive because they have eight ___________.

10. What is the next Fibonacci number after eight?

11. What, for four points, is this dealie:

12. How do you write the number 8 in a binary numerical system?

13. The eighth book of the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible is a short story about a widow who finds a new husband. It is the Book of _____.

Submit your answers in the comments!


La Gringissima said...

1. red, blue, green, yellow, black, white, orange, violet
2. bears
3. Thou shall not swim less than 30 minutes after eating
4. Eight Days a Week
5. The Buddha
6. US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan
7. Cuz that's all you could fit on it, 8 songs
8. Neptune, Mercury, Uranus, Mars
9. Neutrons?
10. hahahahaha! Like I would know.
11. 1/8 note rest
12. hahahahaha! Like I would know.

Cartophiliac said...

1. red, blue, green yellow, black, orange, violet, brown
2. illegal search and seizure
3. thou shalt not lie
4. Eight days a week
5. Buddha
6. US, Japan, UK, France, Germany, Canada, Russia, Italy
7. the tape was divided into four tracks in stereo
8. mercury, mercury, uranus, venus
9. electrons
10. 16
11. eighth note
12. 1001
13. Ruth

La Gringissima said...

oops! Forgot #13

13. Ruth

UnwiseOwl said...

1. Red, Blue, Black, Yellow, Green, Orange, Purple, Brown.
2. Bah, no idea, false inprisonment?
3. Thou shalt not steal. Man, I feel like such a religious nutter.
4. Eight Days a Week
5. Masons or buddhists...I think it's buddhists, but I'll kick myself it it's Masons.
6. The US, The UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Russia...uh...Japan?
7. Before my time, but I think it's the width of the tape, 8mm. Which wouldn't make sense in the US...oh dear. In the ansense of any better idea I'll stay with that, though.
8. Mercury, Mercury, Neptune, Uranus.
9. Valence Electrons
10. Thirteen
11. That's a quaver rest? Some kind of rest, anyway.
12. 1000 (yes, I had to write them all down to get to it)
13. That'd be Ruth, hoorah with the religious nutter questions.

Thanks for a sympathetic season, M5000...if I don't get those postcards this time I'm never going to get them. It's been fun.

Elizabeth said...

What a varied quiz! I like it, though am not sure about my score. But for the record:

1. blue, white, purple, green, yellow, orange, red, black, brown
2. Good thing I just did a post on this. Um. Jail thing. Having to post too much bail?
3. That whole coveting thing, maybe?
4. 8 Days A Week? Beatles.
5. The Buddha.
6. USA. Japan. England. France. Russia. Germany. Italy. Canada?
7. Because the sound was recorded and laid down on 8 parallel tracks, each containing different parts?
8. Smallest = Mercury. Shortest year = also Mercury, I think. Furthest from the sun = either Neptune or Uranus, depending. Same size = Venus, I think.
9. Neutrons.
10. 13.
11. An eighth rest.
12. 1001001
13. Ruth?
14. Oops,there is no 14.

The Calico Cat said...

1. red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, black, & brown.
2. illegal search & seizure
3. you shall not steal
4. keeping with the theme, it kinda has to be "Eight Days a Week."
5. Buddha
6. UK, US, Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy, France, & Russia.
7. They only held 8 songs.
8. Mercury, Mercury, Uranus, Venus
9. electrons (Or neutrons, or protons - can you tell that this was a total guess?)
10. 13 (I only know that from quilting - 3+2+8=13)
11. 1/8th note - total guess based on the theme
12. 1000
13. Ruth (Which is very timely as we read that Megillah this morning in the synogogue as part of the Shavuot holiday observance.)

Eavan said...

1. Red, yellow, orange, green, blue, brown, black, white
2. Umm, soldiers staying in your house?
3. No clue!
4. Eight Days a Week
5. Siddartha Gautama
6. US, UK, France, Germany, Japan, um.
7. Dinosaur.
8. Mercury is the smallest, Neptune is the furthest from the sun, Venus is the same size as Earth.
9. Nope.
10. 16
11. A rest the length of an eighth-note.
12. No clue
13. Ruth

Nichim said...

1. red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, black, white, brown
2. unwarranted search and seizure?
3. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife?
4. Eight Days a Week
5. Buddhists
6. USA, France, Germany, Russia, Canada, UK, Spain, Japan? This seems like something important to know, but I have no idea.
7. Because the recorders can accommodate eight separate audio tracks, which are then laid down to tape?
8. Mercury, Mars, Neptune (except I think sometimes Uranus is farther away - not sure how it is right now), Venus
9. Protons
10. Sixteen
11. an eighth rest
12. 1000?
13. 1 Chronicles?

mrs.5000 said...

This is going to be ungodly difficult.
1 red yellow blue green orange purple black white
2 um, billeting of troops. Guess I should be playing that law office game.
3 thou shalt not, um, commit adultery.
4 Eight Days A Week
5 Confucius
6 US, Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Canada, Russia, and, um, Italy
7 There were silent spaces between the tracks...and I think they were recorded on each side, you never had to flip them two sides of four tracks each?
8 smallest Mercury
shortest year Mercury
furthest Neptune
Earth-siziest Mars
9 electrons?
10 1,1,2,3,5,8...13!
11 an eighth-note rest
12 1000
13 Ruth

DrSchnell said...

1. black, red, blue, green, purple, orange, yellow, white
2. cruel and unusual punishment
3. Dude, I was raised Lutheran and didn't realize we had different commandments than the others! Probably something about coveting. How about coveting your neighbors wife? (Husbands are OK, though!)
4. Eight Days a Week by da Beatles
5. Da Buddha (Siddartha Gautama, to be specific about which Buddha)
6. US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia because there were four on each side?
8. smallest - Mercury; shortest year - Mercury; furthest from sun - Neptune; Almost same size as earth - Venus
9. electrons
10. 16
11.eighth rest
12. 1000
13. Ruth?

DrSchnell said...

Oh - what is it that Lutherans and Catholics can't do that others can (and vice versa)?

Elaine said...

1. Argh. Red, yellow, blue, orange, green, purple, black, white.
2. Freedom from fire ants? No, maybe from having troops quartered on us. No clue.
3. Coveting wives, cattle, and the like?
4. I wanna hold your hand?
5. The Buddha
6. USA, Russia, GBritain, France, Germany, (I'm going slowly because I can't come up with enough countries) Canada, Japan, Italy.
7. Four on one side, four on the other? I already know this is wrong-- husband has several players and repairs these for ebay auctions. Unrepentant audiophile, won't give up 'old technology.' He told me I'm wrong. What else is new?
8. Mercury-smallest; also Mercury-shortest year (closest to Sun); Neptune-farthest; Venus-closest in size to Earth
9. Neutrons; like I'd know.
10. Thirteen
11. Eighth-note rest
12. 1000
13. Ruth (Boaz is the new husband; extra credit? And Naomi was her MIL, to whom she makes the touching speech, "Whither thou goest, I will go; whither thou lodgest, I shall lodge.")


KarmaSartre said...

1/ red orange yellow green blue black brown violet
2/ red staters
3/ since Vatican Council DXLi, when they decided to streamline, I have regained interest in the commandments. Especially like how they combined two in particular, giving us "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife in vain."
4/ Eight Days a Week
5/ The Left
6/ GB - USA-La France - Deutschland - Espana - L'Italia - Russia - Japan
7/ What do you mean "said to have had?"
8/ Mercury - Venus - Neptune - Uranus
9/ Traditionally powerful countries
10/ Capezzio
11/ A very lonely eighth-note
12/ 1000
13/ Jackie O

Kadonkadonk said...

1. red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, white
2. cruel or unusual punishment
3. Don't steal
4. No idea
5. Siddhartha
6. USA! Um, Japan, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada.... somewhere in Russia. Russia?
7. Dont' remember them, don't know.
8. Smallest - Mercury
Shortest year - Mercury
Furthest - Neptune
Same size as Earth - Venus?
9. Electrons? Total guess
10. 13
11. Eighth note rest
12. 08? No idea.
13. Ruth (my middle name)

Melissa said...

1. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, White, Black.
2. Bears?
3. Thou shalt not lie?
4. Eight Days a Week by The Beatles
5. Budda
6. U.S.A., U.K., Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia
7. The recordings were made with 8 tracks.
8. smallest - Mars
shortest year - Mercury
furthest - Neptune
same size as Earth - Venus

9. electrons

10. 2

11. I forget

12. with lots of zeros and ones

13. Ester

Ben said...

1. a. red
b. yellow
c. green
d. blue
e. black
f. orange
g. violet
h. white
2. Illegal search and seizure?
3. You shall not lie?
4. Eight Days a Week
5. Buddha
6. a. U.S.
b. France
c. Germany
d. Italy
e. Russia
f. U.K.
g. Japan
h. Switzerland
7. a. Only barely
b. Because the tape was recorded 8 tracks wide?
8. a. smallest: Mercury
b. shortest year: Mercury
c. I can't remember any mnemonics! My Very Excellent Mother... what? furthest: Uranus
d. Venus
9. electrons
10. 12
11. Finally, one I know! It's an eighth rest.
12. 1000
13. Esther

Phineas said...

1. r(ed), o(range), y(ellow), g(reen), b(lue), v(iolet), b&w
2. Cruel and unusual punishment
3. Eat fish on Friday
4. Eight Days A Week
5. Buddhism
6. US, Canada, Gr. Britain, France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Japan
7. They record 8 separate "channels" of sound, 4 program segments in stereo (4x2)
8. Mercury, Mercury, Neptune, Venus
9. Electrons
10. 13
11. Eighth rest
12. 1000
13. Esther

Dang bible.

Morgan said...

1. Red, green, orange, blue, purple, yellow, pink, black
2. Overbearing zealots.
3. Thou shalt not be an overbearing zealot.

I figured I might be consistent in my BS answers. That way, one of them might be right.

4. I need you
5. Buddha
6. UK, Germany, US, Japan, France, Switzerland, Russia, Australia
7. Because that's the amount of songs they could hold.
8. Mercury, Mercury, Neptune, Venus
9. Valence electrons
10. thirteen
11. Eighth rest
12. 1000
13. Religious Zealots

Michael5000 said...


1. Crayons: The six you'd expect, plus black and BROWN.
2. 8th Amendment: Cruel and unusual punishment.
3. 8th Commandment: Thou shalt not steal.
4. "Eight Days a Week"
5. The Buddha!
6. The US, The UK, Italy, Canada, France, Germany, Russia, and Japan
7. Eight tracks had one continuous loop of wide tape. It held four programs of music, each in stereo.
8. Mercury, Mercury, Neptune, & Venus.
9. Valence Electrons, or electrons in the outmost "shell" where chemical reactions take place. Half credit for "electrons."
10. 1,1,2,3,5,8: Thirteen.
11. A eight, or quaver, rest.
12. 8 = 1000
13. Ruth.

Michael5000 said...

Which gives Unwise Owl the Quiz, followed shortly behind by Phineas, Calico Cat, and Kadonkadonk.

Michael5000 said...


There were six scores in the handsome 500 range this time around: Calico Cat, Elizabeth, nichim, Elaine, d, and Ben.

The top six spots were ferociously competitive.

In 6th: Cartophiliac -- 660.

In 5th: Mrs.5000 -- 673.

In 4th: Kadonkakonk -- 688.

Which left very little air left in the room for:

3rd Place Winner DrSchnell, proud new owner of a gift card (when I get around to it).

2nd Place Winner la gringissima, proud new owner of, um, a Starbucks card (if I remember right, when I get around to it).

And the overall champion of Season 2 leaps explosively from his 10th-place Season 1 performance. Australia -- they dominate international athletics, and now they have wrested the Wednesday Quiz title from its native soil. Congratulations to Unwise Owl, proud new owner of a year's gold membership on, official time sink of the L&TM5K.

Michael5000 said...

Oh -- DrSchnell, la gringa, and Owl? They had 694, 695, and 698 points.

Michael5000 said...

...but now the scores are all reset to zero, and a whole new list of topics slouches towards the City of Roses to be born! WQ III:1 on June 2, 2010!

Michael5000 said...

And here's a little Easter Egg for ya: the general subjects next to the WQ III topics are:


No promises!

Elaine said...

If you are hoping we will study up on these subjects, I am thinking you may have sustained brain damage during the Castle 5000 remodel.

We know you are planning something Brutal!!!

and we love you for it.

The Calico Cat said...

I have a prize going on my blog right now & you don't have to jump through so many dang hoops & cramp your early morning brain as much. Just sayin'

UnwiseOwl said...

Wooh, all I need to do now is get Michael5000 quizzes recognised as an olympic sport, drink more beer and wrestle more crocodiles and I will finally be a real Aussie.

Are those topics in the correct order, Michael? Now I've won I'm going to have to take this seriously and try to keep it up. Study, study, study.

Michael5000 said...

Study, study, study!

DrSchnell said...

Hey, isn't the pirating away of the M5K Wednesday Quiz trophy from the US to down under sort of like when the America's Cup in sailing got yoinked from us by those same Aussies back whenever it was and all of a sudden people here got their knickers in a twist about the blow to our national pride when quite frankly most of them don't pay the slightest bit of attention to sailing in normal circumstances but dammit, this is America!