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How Bright Are You? November 26, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Nature.
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This is a quiz for people who know everything!  These are not trick questions.  They are straight questions with straight answers.

1. Name the one sport in which neither spectators nor participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.

2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backwards?

3. Only 2 vegetables can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?

4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

5. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn’t been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?

6. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters ‘ dw’ and they are all common words. Name two of them . . . without using the dictionary.

7. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar.  Can you name at least half of them?

8. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh.

9. Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter ‘S.’

So, how did you do? 
Did you get them all right?
Not sure?

Answers to Quiz:

1.  Boxing.

2.  Niagara Falls ~ the rim erodes about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.

3.  Asparagus and rhubarb.

4.  Strawberry.

5. The pear grew inside the bottle ~ bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems.

6.  Dwarf, dwell and dwindle.

7.  Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, braces, question mark, exclamation point, quotation mark, brackets, ellipses, and parentheses.

8.  Lettuce.

9.  Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, snowshoes, stockings, stilts.

Extra Credit Question:  If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?

Aah . . . that’s better! 

Source: e-mail from an unknown author (sent by Granny1947)

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1. William D'Andrea - November 26, 2012

These sound like the questions asked on the TV Quiz Show, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” Maybe you should audition.

nrhatch - November 26, 2012

Good idea! Except that I don’t want to be on TV. I like my anonymity.

Plus, if you win a million bucks, “long lost friends” and “distant relatives” come out of the woodwork, like so many termites, palms outstretched for “their piece of the pie.” 😆

2. Butterfly Lestrange - November 26, 2012

1. Name the one sport in which neither spectators nor participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends. – BOXING

2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backwards? – CHIPACOBRA

3. Only 2 vegetables can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables? – ASPARAGUS AND POTATOES

4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside? – STRAWBERRY

5. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn’t been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle? – THEY PUT THE PEAR BEFORE THEY MADE THE BOTTLE

6. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters ‘ dw’ and they are all common words. Name two of them . . . without using the dictionary.- DWARF AND DWELL

7. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name at least half of them? EXCLAMATION POINT, QUESTION MARK, ELLIPSES, QUOTATION MARK, APOSTROPHE, PERIOD, COMMA, BRACKETS, PARENTHESES

8. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh. – LETTUCE

9. Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter ‘S.’ – SOCKS, SHOES, SHOELACE, SANDALS, SLIPPERS, SKATES, SLEIGHS

nrhatch - November 26, 2012

Wow! You really know your stuff . . . unless, of course, you peeked at the answers. 😉

3. Barbara Backer-Gray - November 26, 2012

I got four. How interesting about the pears!

nrhatch - November 26, 2012

Isn’t it. Makes me want to find a bottle at the liquor store and take a peak.

4. granny1947 - November 26, 2012

So…what is the answer re the tests??????

nrhatch - November 26, 2012

Hmm . . . you tell me. 😉

5. Don - November 26, 2012

I did badly, but I loved the pear story.

nrhatch - November 26, 2012

Same here, Don. I got 3, 6, 7, 9 pretty quick. I might have gotten 1, 2, 4, and 8 if I’d given the quiz a bit more thought before peeking at the answers . . . but, since there was no money at stake, I looked. 😯

6. Catherine Johnson - November 26, 2012

I should have known Niagra Falls tut tut! They are really hard questions 🙂

nrhatch - November 26, 2012

When I saw “Niagra Falls,” the answer elicted it a “D’OH!” Same with 1, 4, and 8.

The answers seem self-evident (once the answers are revealed).

7. kateshrewsday - November 26, 2012

I like them all, Nancy, but the best one of all is that last question 😀 Must tell Phil that one.

nrhatch - November 26, 2012

You might print this out and give it to all 3 Shrewsdays . . . to see how shrewd they are. 😀

8. Carl D'Agostino - November 26, 2012

What is the only sport where the defense has the ball? Baseball.

nrhatch - November 26, 2012

What about Cricket? Doesn’t the bowler have the ball on defense?

9. seeker57 - November 26, 2012

I failed miserably, since English is my third language. I’ll go buy a pear at the liquor store, now. But I need your help and hope you’ll find the answer. This quesiton is killing me for the longest time. Name three words that ends in “gry”. Help. Thank you

nrhatch - November 26, 2012

Hungry
Angry
and . . . I’ll think on it. 😉

nrhatch - November 26, 2012

According to Snopes . . . those are the only two.

http://snopes.com/language/puzzlers/gry.asp

seeker57 - November 26, 2012

Yah, thank you, thank you., Mystery solve. Now, I go buy that pear in the bottle.

nrhatch - November 26, 2012

I’m glad you asked . . . and glad that angry and hungry popped into my head right away. I’m also glad I didn’t ponder too long before running over to Snopes for the answer. 😉

10. barb19 - November 26, 2012

I got six out of the eight!

11. barb19 - November 26, 2012

. . . sorry, I meant . . . 9! 😉

nrhatch - November 26, 2012

Woo hoo! You go, girl. 😀

12. ryoko861 - November 26, 2012

That was fun! We got only 4 out of the 10. The pear would be neat to see. That one we got right!

nrhatch - November 26, 2012

I’m going to look for pear brandy the next time I’m at the liquor store . . . not to buy it, just to see it. All I’ve ever found in bottles of liquor is a worm in tequila. 😉

ryoko861 - November 27, 2012

Same here. Bleh…

13. diannegray - November 26, 2012

Great quiz, Nancy – I got 9 😉 (but I have an unfair advantage because I used to write quiz questions in another life) 😀

nrhatch - November 26, 2012

Well, unless you wrote these questions, I don’t think that’s an unfair advantage at all. 😀

diannegray - November 26, 2012

😀

14. sweetdaysundertheoaks - November 27, 2012

It was too early for me.. 🙂 I should have come back for this one before I read the answers.

nrhatch - November 27, 2012

I had the same problem, Pix. I peeked too soon before I gave myself a fair shot.

15. Val - November 27, 2012

I’m mind-boggled by #5!

nrhatch - November 27, 2012

I wondered how they would avoid the magnifying glass effect . . . that intensifies the sun’s rays and fries leaves.

16. Pocket Perspectives - November 27, 2012

Oh no…a very sluggish mind the past few days…not many answers. But….that’s interesting…pears growing in bottles???….wow…that’s remarkable. I’ll print out the quiz and give it to H. tonight..

nrhatch - November 27, 2012

It might have been more fun for all if I had waited to post the answers . . . I know I peeked too soon. 😉

17. sufilight - November 27, 2012

I didn’t do well with this quiz, but enjoyed reading the answers,
especially the one about the pear.

nrhatch - November 27, 2012

Next time, I won’t post the answer right away . . . I expect that many of us peeked too soon (just because we could). 😉

18. Perfecting Motherhood - November 28, 2012

I love this game!
1) War
2) Mount Rushmore. Or maybe it’s just my eyesight going bad.
3) My vegetables I plant in my garden barely grow the year I plant them. I WISH they grew two years in a row!
4) A seedless one. 😉
5) Magic dust
6) Dware you kidding me?
7) What the !:(,’){}???
8) I read East of Eden and I know what happens to that darn lettuce when the ice it sits on top of melts.
9) I’ll wear anything but snakes on my feet.

nrhatch - November 28, 2012

Yay, Milka! Great answers. Especially #2 ~ I expect failing eyesight does cause landmarks to shift a bit.

Perfecting Motherhood - November 28, 2012

I’m about to get reading glasses on top of updating my regular corrective lenses, so I know all about failing eyesight!

nrhatch - November 28, 2012

Wouldn’t it be great to have PERFECT eyesight . . . without glasses? I am glad that I can read without glasses, especially since I can curl up with a book in bed.


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