The weekly game of knowledge, intuition, inductive reasoning, and willingness to risk public embarrassment in a friendly and moderately supportive environment!!
Answers come out Fridayish, or when somebody reminds me, or perhaps when Eavan loses patience.
1. The son of Darius and the grandson of Cyrius, he almost -- but not quite -- pulled off an invasion of Greece.
2. It's one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, the capital of Shaanxi province, the eastern end of the Silk Road, and home to the famous Terracotta Army. It's got a city and a metropolitan population that are both about the same as Chicago's. What is the name of this important city?
3. It's a product -- an extremely viscous biopolymer! -- that they make by fermenting sugar with a bacteria, then use to thicken food or stabilize cosmetic products.
4. What's the stuff on the left?
5. In the Republic of South Africa, Zulu is the most common home language. (Afrikaans is third, and English is sixth.) What language, with about 8 million speakers, is the second most common?
6. This company built the first real personal computer, but didn't try to sell it commercially because it didn't seem like there would be much of a market. Whoops. Their success in the realm of photocopying has managed to keep them afloat, however.
7. These dry-climate gardeners are practicing ______________.
8. Element 54 is an inert, heavy, colorless, oderless gas that lights up when electrical current is run through it. What's it called?
9. This is something that thousands of Scrabble players make reference to all the time without having any idea what it is. What is it?
10. In their less common name, they give credit to Wilhelm Röntgen, the guy who discovered them. But what do we usually call them at the dentist's office?
The tie-breaker: There really weren't too many other questions I could have used with this week's letter. Show us what YOU've got: add a few additional questions, if you can.
Put your answers in the comments in honor of Wilhelm Röntgen.