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“Ca$h Cab” 2/23/12 Nightcap

G1: Lindsay (20th)(BtG: 30)
OUT IN FIVE

G2: Tracy, Mark, Jeff & Greg (The Harrison)(BtG: 45)

R2:
#1: In a particularly memorable amazon review, what John Steinbeck novel was summed up as “dirt, and migrating, and more dirt”?
The Grapes of Wrath
#2: Known as “The disease of kings”, what painful joint condition’s linked to the overconsumption of rich foods like liver & sweet breads?
Gout
RLC: From 2000-10, four U.S. Supreme Court Justices were BOTH nominated & confirmed- name ’em.
Kagan, Roberts, Alito & Sotomayor
#3: Inspiring the term “Narco-soccer”, drug kingpin Pablo Escobar was believed to have bankrolled what country’s national soccer team?
Colombia
#4: Putting the ZN in the stock symbol AZN, what co. merged w/ ASTRA AB in ’99 to form a pharmaceutical giant?
AstraZenica

R3:
#1: Advertised in the ’70s as “A beautiful drink for beautiful people”, what diet soda brand was reinvented in ’06 as a lo-cal energy drink?
TAB
#2: Also called “The lying down game”, what recent fad requires you to lie stiff as a board in peculiar places?
Planking
#3: Meaning “a really good time” in Cajun, what annual music festival has been held on a TN farm since 2002?
Bonnaroo
FQ: The oldest warship still in commission, the HMS Victor was Lord Nelson’s flagship in what famous battle?
Battle of Trafalgar

VB: Centuries before the advent of UGGS, the indigenous people of the Arctic have kept warm w/ these cold weather boots made of animal skins. Derived from a Yupik word meaning “bearded seal”, what’s the term for this traditional footwear?
FA: Mukluk ($3300)

G3: Stuart & Mickey (36th & 9th)(BtG: 36)
$250 WORTH OF DEFEAT

“Ca$h Cab” 2/16/12 Nightcap

G1: Winston (59th & 7th)(BtG: 35)
OUT IN SIX

G2: Georgina, Cody & John (The Frick)(BtG: 30)

R2:
#1: In Hip-Hop parlance, what standard piece of DJ equipment is known as “the wheels of steel”?
Turntable
#2: Short for “continuous positive airwave pressure”, a CPAP machine’s used to treat what snoring-related sleep disorder?
Sleep apnea
#3: Abbrev. NM, what collector’s term denotes that a comic book or baseball card’s in almost-perfect condition?
Near-mint
RLC: Acc. to a 2011 Harris poll, America’s 10 favorite movie stars include John Wayne & nine contemporary actors & actresses. Name six of these stars.
Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Sandra BullockX (Not provided: Clint Eastwood, Johnny Depp, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts)
#4: Prized by Inca royalty for its supremely-soft wool, the Vicuna’s the national animal of what South American country?
Peru

Sole $200 Q: Featuring irrational gun-toting robots, what classic ’80s video game spawned a sequel named “Frenzy”?
MSO: Ryan
FA: “Berserk” ($800)

G3: Alexis, Larry, Raji & Josh (2nd & 12th)(BtG: 41)

R2:
#1: Calling himself “Mega, super, ultra-conservative”, what Chicago Bears coach was nearly drafted to run against Obama for Senate in ’04?
Mike Ditka
#2: A professor of hound teasing at Acme Loonaversity, what “LOONEY TUNES” rooster spent decades tormenting a dog named George?
Foghorn Leghorn (an unsuccessful RLC was edited out)
#3: Despite a reputation for being slow, what sugar byproduct swept through Boston at 35mph after a 1919 accident?
Molasses
#4: Typified by The Prisoner of Azkaban or Return of the King, what slang term does Oxford World Dictionary define as the third book or movie in a series?
MSO: Pete Nakamo
Trequel (A: Threequel)

R3:
#1: Similar to phishing, smishing is a form of fraudulent activity in which victims are contacted by what form of communication?
Text-messaging
#2: A fad of the early ’90s, what wrist accessory was invented by a school shop teacher who was fiddling around w/ ribbons made of steel?
Slap bracelet
FQ: Popular among Wiccans, what primordial Greek goddess was the personification of Mother Earth?
Gaia

VB: These are the cliffs of La Quebrada where performers regularly take the perilous plunge into the Pacific over 100 ft. below. Requiring perfect timing w/ the incoming tide, this death trap for divers is an iconic attraction of what Mexican resort city?
FA: Acapulco ($2200)

“Ca$h Cab” 2/16/12

DR: Alan & Margie (125th & 5th)(BtG: 37)

R1:
#1: What classic nursery rhyme originally featured three maids in a tub instead of three men in a tub?
“Rub-a-Dub-Dub”
#2: Appropriately enough, what city determines college hockey bragging rights w/ a local tournament called The Bean Pot?
Boston
#3: Causing substantial controversy, what physician claimed that his famed maneuver can help victims of asthma & cystic fibrosis?
Heilmich
#4: Known for its pious posture, what long-limbed bug’s the official state insect of Connecticut?
Praying mantis

R2:
#1: Meaning “four rivers” in Mandarin, what Chinese province’s the birthplace of Kung Pao Chicken & twice-cooked pork?
Canton (A: Szechuan)
#2: To promote energy efficiency, what old-school variety of light bulb did IKEA STOP selling in ’11?
Incandescent
#3: Used to describe British currency, what term applies to a metal alloy that’s 92.5% silver?
Sterling
#4: Unlike the squared circle of a boxing ring, UFC fighters square off in a polygonal cage w/ what official name?
MSO: Leslie
Octagon

Sole $400 Q: Literally meaning “bent” in French, what squat-like ballet move’s a staple of cardio-sculpting workouts?
FA: Plie ($1400)

G2: Mishka, Brian, Katie & Dave (51st & 3rd)(BtG: 43)
OUT IN SEVEN

G3: Diane & David (11th & Hudson)(BtG: 37)
STRIKE ONE IN THREE

R2:
#1: While .us is reserved for U.S. websites, .es is the top-level domain for what European nation?
Spain
#2: Appropriated by the band Rush for a ’81 album, “Exit, stage left” was a famous catchphrase of what pink Hanna-Barbera mountain lion?
Snagglepuss
#3: What global lending agency made a rare appearance in the tabloids due to a ’11 scandal involving its director & a hotel maid?
International Monetary Fund
#4: Known as Rocket in the U.K., what bitter salad green became an unlikely symbol of the Liberal Elite in the 2008 election?
Arugula

R3:
#1: Rare in the U.S., what unappetizing disease’s contracted from undercooked pork infected w/ roundworm larvae?
Trichinosis
RLC: In 1948 The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks outlined six basic drinks that every bartender should know- name four of these classic cocktails.
Martini, Sidecar, Manhattan & X (Unsaid: Old-Fashioned, Daiquiri & Jack Rose)
FQ: A blow to European spheres of influence, what 1898 Chinese uprising was poetically referred to as the righteous fists of harmony?
FA: Boxer Rebellion ($950)

“Ca$h Cab” 2/9/12 Nightcap

G1: Donna & Joe (46th & 3rd)(BtG: 32)
STREET S-O USED UP ON Q #4

R2:
#1: Though he moved to Delaware at age 10, Joe Biden’s still known as that scrappy kid from what hardscrabble Pennsylvania town?
Pittsburgh (A: Scranton)
#2: Boasting the bestselling extra, what famed brand of fire log was first created when pencil shavings were combined w/ petroleum wax?
Duraflame
RLC: The TSA lists 10 pieces of sports equipment that may NOT be carried onto a plane, including spear guns & cricket bats. Name five of the other eight.
Lacrosse sticks, pool cues, baseball bats, hockey sticks & (bows &) arrows (Others: Dumbbells, golf clubs & ski poles)
#3: In emergency medicine, the so-called ABCs of basic life support are airway, breathing & what?
Compression (A: Circulation)
#4: Alluding to their state’s French heritage, what university’s fans wear shirts that read G-E-A-U-X Tigers?
Louisiana St.

R3:
#1: Featuring an SF in its logo, what Irish political party sells t-shirts that read “I still hate Thatcher”?
Sinn Fein
FQ: To cut down on commotion in 2011, protestors at the Wisconsin State Capitol were BANNED from bringing what noisy South African horn (which was best known for being used at the FIFA World Cup)?
MSO: Joseph’s brother-in-low Bob
FA: Zuzu Weiser

DR: Matt, Marissa, Alissa & Matt (Varick & Vandam)(BtG: 40)

R1:
#1: What precious metal’s Pt on the periodic table?
Platinum
#2: After 40 yrs. of suspense, it was revealed in ’09 that Joy was the first name of what matronly syrup mascot?
Aunt Jemima
#3: Coined by Chick Hearn, what crowd-pleasing basketball maneuver’s also a synonym for “sure thing”?
Layup (A: Slam dunk)
#4: Since 1974 International Nurses Day has been observed on May 12, the birthday of what famous British practitioner?
SSO
Florence Nightingale

R2:
#1: Acc. to Urban Dictionary, what slang term for gem-encrusted dental jewelry can also refer to one’s personal business?
Grille
#2: Viewing it as “sacrilege”, what four-word phrase did Teddy Roosevelt briefly REMOVE from U.S. coins in 1907?
“In God We Trust”
RLC: From 2000-10, six different cities have hosted either the Winter or Summer Olympics- name four.
Sydney, Athens, Salt Lake City & Beijing

VB: The U.S. Supreme Court has considerable curb appeal due to the 16 fluted columns adorned w/ intricately-sculpted leaves. Named for an Ancient Greek city, what’s the name of this ornate order of classical columns?
FA: Corinthian ($2200)

G3: Jean Michelle (63rd & CPW)(BtG: 40)
USED THE PHONE AT END OF R1

R2:
#1: Due to their low melting point, what chocolate-coated marshmallow cookies are shelved by NABISCO during the Summer?
Mellow Bars (A: Mallomars)
#2: After hooking ’em up to his patented Electrometer, what Scientology founder famously asserted that even tomatoes scream when sliced?
L. Ron Hubbard
FQ: Providing pest control since 1901, what well-known co. was founded by the son of a Latvian immigrant known as “Otto the Rat Man”?
FA: ORKIN

“Ca$h Cab” 2/2/12 Nightcap

G1: Charles & Ian (64th)(BtG: 40)

R2:
#1: New Line Cinema was nicknamed “The house that Freddy built” due to its frightening success w/ what movie franchise?
“Nightmare on Elm Street”
#2: The author of Steal This Book, what famed yippie sometimes published his polemics under the pen name “Free!”?
SSO
Susan Collins (A: Abbie Hoffman)
#3: Shared by PM Tojo & baseball player Matsui, what Japanese first name means “esteem” or “excellence” in English?
Hadeki
#4: Typified by The Monitor & The Merrimack, what variety of 19th C. battleship was named for the metal armor protecting its hulls?
Submarine (A: Ironclad)

Sole $200 Q: What was the name of the overly-cheerful paperclip that once popped up to assist users of Microsoft Windows?
OTHER S-O: Johnny Sulles
FA: Clip It

G2: David, Felix & Reggie (14th & 8th)(BtG: 40)
STRUCK OUT AT $200

G3: Olivia & Soraya (Babo)(BtG: 46)

R2:
#1: Acquired by BACARDI in 1998, what gem of a drink brand was inspired by gin’s popularity in British Colonial India?
Bombay Sapphire
#2: Faced w/ a PR nightmare in ’01, the Houston Astros paid $2.1M to remove what scandal-ridden co.’s logo from its ballpark?
ENRON
#3: Replacing the Scottish Terrier, what hypoallergenic hybrid dog breed appears as a token in “MONOPOLY Here and Now”?
Labradoodle
#4: Featuring two diverging paths, what iconic Robert Frost poem was believed by many critics to reek of irony, NOT inspiration?
“The Road Less Traveled” (aka “The Road Not Taken”)

R3:
#1: Boasting his own book in The Old Testament, whose life of lament earned him the nickname “The Brokenhearted Prophet”?
SSO
Job (A: Jeremiah)
#2: What well-known expression alludes to a medieval practice in which church holidays were marked on calendars in red ink?
Red-letter days
FQ: Now resting in peace beneath The Kremlin, what Soviet cosmonaut became the first human in outer space in ’61?
FA: Gagarin ($1K)

“Ca$h Cab” 1/26/12 Nightcap

G1: Carolyn (40th & 6th)(BtG: 39)
USED MOBILE S-O AT END OF R1

R2:
#1: What star-studded theme restaurant went BANKRUPT in ’99?
PLANET HOLLYWOOD
#2: In 1987 what Filipina First Lady noted for the record that she only owned 1,060 pairs of shoes, NOT 3K?
(Imelda) Marcos
#3: Predating the cure & black eyeliner for 1,600 yrs., what East Germanic tribe invaded & SACKED Rome in 410?
Goths
#4: Used as a curse word on “BATTLESTAR GALACTICA”, what’s the common term for the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing?
Fracking

Sole $200 Q: What mythical reptilian beast was said to kill its enemies w/ a single glance?
FA: Dragon (A: Basilisk)

DR: Matt & Brandon (Flatiron Building)(BtG: 35)

R1:
#1: A beer-swilling sea dog w/ big guns, Poopdeck Pappy was the father of what iconic cartoon sailor?
“POPEYE”
#2: Named for a greenhouse gas, what thinning layer of the Earth’s atmosphere’s linked to an increased incidence of sunburned whales?
Ozone
#3: Sometimes abbrev. C/D, what publication’s billed as the world’s most popular automotive magazine?
Car and Driver
#4: Queen Elizabeth REFUSED a sip of what iconic brand name brew on her 2011 trip to Ireland?
Guinness

R2:
#1: In North Carolina it’s ILLEGAL to plow a cotton field w/ an elephant due to a publicity stunt staged by what famous 19th C. showman?
P.T. Barnum
#2: Inspiring the name of an ILLEGAL act in the NFL, what eco-friendly device dries laundry w/o using any electricity?
Clothesline
#3: Accounting for more than 20% of its country’s export, the SAMSUNG group is the largest conglomerate of what Asian nation?
South Korea
RLC: Not surprisingly, Stephen King had six novels that made NPR’s list of “Top 100 Killer Thrillers of All-Time”- name five of these classics.
The Stand, IT, The Shining, Pet Sematary & Dead Zone (Other: Salem’s Lot)
#4: Immortalized in a satirical twitter account, what variety of snake famously escaped from the Bronx Zoo in ’11?
Cobra

R3:
#1: Described as a crafty cross between amazon & EBAY, what DIY commerce site boasts categories that include crochet, clothing & candles?
ETSY
#2: Introduced under the name LIK-M-AID, what candy consists of pouches of sugar on an edible stick?
Fun Dip
FQ: Famous for his “EUREKA!” moment in the bathtub, what ancient Greek also invented a gigantic metal claw to rip enemy ships out of the water?
FA: Archimedes ($2900)

G3: Heather, Jackie, Hayley & Megan (Chelsea Hotel)(BtG: 38)
LOST $400

“Ca$h Cab” 1/19/12 Nightcap

G1: John & Brian (27th & Lex)(BtG: 36)

R2:
#1: Learning 125 words in sign language, the communicative chimpanzee Nim Chimpsky was named for what American linguist?
Noam Chomsky
#2: Embraced by the Tea Party Movement, the Gadsen Flag featured the phrase “Don’t tread on me” & what animal?
Snake
RLC: Acc. to The Millennial Index, name five of the six best-known athletic shoe brands among young consumers as of ’10.
NIKE, New Balance, adidas, Reebok & X (Didn’t say: PUMA & FILA)
#3: Acc. to India’s national newspaper, what Rudyard Kipling classic was an allegorical celebration of British Imperialism?
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
#4: Derived from the Old French word “bour”, what members of the Middle Class were famously targeted by Karl Marx?
Bourgeoisie

R3:
#1: Fond of tying maidens to railroad tracks, what mustache-twirling villain was the nemesis of the cartoon Canuck “Dudley Do-Right”?
Snidely Whiplash
#2: Meaning stranded or “completely helpless”, what expression was used by sailors in the 18th C. to refer to badly-beached boats?
Shanghaied (A: High & dry)
FQ: As suggested by its name, what bacterial disease can be identified by a colorful symptom called “strawberry tongue”?
FA: Scarlet Fever ($900)

DR: Ira, Shila, Ned & Maura (The Red Rooster)(BtG: 43)
STRUCK OUT AFTER BEING PERFECT THROUGH SEVEN

G3: Allen & Stacy (85th & Park)(BtG: 40)
USED BOTH SHOUT-OUTS RIGHT AWAY & GOT A STRIKE AT END OF R1; PULLED OUT W/ $350 AT THE END