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Ugh long day... but time for answers for this round:

 

On 1/8/2022 at 10:23 AM, ManvsMini said:

Question 8:

Despite its name, a modern Olympic gold medal is comprised mainly of what metal?

 

Answer:

Spoiler

Silver. The IOC requires all gold medals to be made of a minimum of 92.5% silver with at least 6 grams of gold, which is mostly used in the plating.

 

 

On 1/9/2022 at 11:55 AM, ManvsMini said:

Question 9:

Founded in 1946 with the acronym WWSU, the World <this sport> Union later became the IWSF (International <this sport> Federation) in 1989, and in 2009 changed again to the IWWF, incorporating a related sport. My question is, what was the original sport the WWSU governed?

 

Answer:

Spoiler

Water skiing. WWSU is now the IWWF, which is the International Waterski and Wakeboarding Federation.

 

On 1/9/2022 at 11:05 PM, ManvsMini said:

Question 10:

What creature can live the longest period of time without consuming any water (clarification: consuming or requiring an external water source)?

 

Answer:

Spoiler

The kangaroo rat. It can actually survive without consuming physical water directly from a source. The seeds it eats are metabolized into water, and a bunch of other evolutionary traits allow it to retain water.

 

On 1/10/2022 at 9:39 PM, ManvsMini said:

Question 11:

Which handsome god was killed by a twig of mistletoe in Norse mythology?

 

Answer:

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Balder, or Baldr or Baldur. Take your pick on how to spell it.

 

On 1/12/2022 at 8:22 AM, ManvsMini said:

Question 12:

Designed for the 1889 World's Fair, this structure was the first to surpass both the 200 and 300-meter mark in height. Name the structure.

 

Answer:

Spoiler

It's the Eiffel Tower. It held the title of the world's tallest man-made structure for 41 years until the Chrysler Building surpassed it in 1930.

 

On 1/13/2022 at 9:51 AM, ManvsMini said:

Question 13:

What machine, with a "puzzling" name and extensively used in World War II, is pictured below (in spoiler)?

 

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Answer:

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That is the Enigma machine, used extensively by the German military in WWII, and eventually cracked by Alan Turing and his team.

 

On 1/13/2022 at 9:39 PM, ManvsMini said:

Question 14:

What unit of area was originally the size that a yoke of oxen (driven by one man) could plough in a day?

 

Answer:

Spoiler

An acre.

 

On 1/14/2022 at 9:49 PM, ManvsMini said:

Question 15:

From which South American country does bossa nova dance music originate?

 

Answer:

Spoiler

Brazil, in the late 1950s/early 1960s. Bossa nova is a style of the samba.

 

On 1/15/2022 at 10:15 PM, ManvsMini said:

Question 16:

What gives the mineral turquoise its distinctive color?

 

Spoiler

Copper. The oxidation states of the element copper are blue to green, and when in turquoise mineral deposits you get that lovely color.

 

 

Ok, by my count that's nine questions for the round, at one point each. Total of 9 possible points for this round.

 

Combined with last round's points, there are 17 total points possible.

 

Thanks for the patience! Next round begins tomorrow! I'm off to sleep.

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I grant myself 5.5 points! I only half-broccoli guessed the water skiing one, so I'm deducting half a point.

 

Total 10.

 

I knew of the kangaroo rat for years, but heard of other animals also accomplishing this.

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33 minutes ago, Xiwo Xerase said:

6 points for this round.  Missed last week, so 6 points total.

 

You can still do the previous week, or even the previous month (if we actually had been doing this for that long). That's why I do the answers in spoilers, so anyone playing catch-up doesn't scroll down too far and accidentally read them. It's all for fun, learning, knowledge, memory and all that.

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4 hours ago, paintybeard said:

5 this week and enjoying the whole thing immensely.

 

Very glad to hear this. Doing this is becoming a good stress reliever for me on work days, even if it is just for a few minutes to login and post a question before trying to fall asleep.

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