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“Ca$h Cab” 6/21/10

DR: Elizabeth (Houston & Mercer)(BtG: 36)

#1: Also called a spiracle, what’s the more common term for the vent that allows dolphins & whales to spout off?
#2: Dispelling a popular myth, a Johns Hopkins website severs the tie between habitual knuckle-cracking & what degenerative disease?
MSO: Byron
#3: Introduced by Parker Brothers in ’34, what classic board game makes NO apologies for its similarity to Parchessi?
#4: What slang word for “psychiatrist” alludes to a ritual once performed by headhunters of the Amazon Basin?


#1: Hooking up professionals since ’03, what business-networking site did CNN dub “myspace for grown-ups”?
#2: A famous patron of Christopher Columbus, what Spanish monarch was the first woman to appear on a U.S. stamp?
RLC: Mandated by the FDA, the nutrition facts label lists six categories in big, bold-faced type- name five of these six important categories.
Calories, fat, sodium, cholesterol & protein
#3: MON on the NYSE, what agri giant got its start in 1901 by selling saccharin?
Monastery (A: Monsanto)
#4: Named for our 28th President, what folk musician’s guitar often bore the warning “This machine fills fascists”?
John Lennon (A: Woody Guthrie)

G2: George & Cheryl (Jackson Hole)(BtG: 35)

#1: The cousin of a shot glass, what bartending tool shares its name w/ the amt. of liquor it holds- 1.5 fl. oz.?
RLC: Along w/ Marquis, there are four other ranks for men in the British Peerage System- name all four of these ranks.
Baron, Earl, DukeX (Unsaid: Viscount)
#2: Abbrev. CR, what IA city’s affectionately known as “The City of Five Smells” due to its pungent grain-processing plants?
Cedar Rapids
#3: Meaning “religious abode” in Hindi, Dharamsala, India is the seat of what government in exile?
#4: Acc. to the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, it’s OK to occasionally split what simple verb form?

#1: Signed by Myles Standish & 40 pilgrims, what Plymouth Colony document was often called “America’s First Constitution”?
Mayflower Compact
FQ: Used as a weapon in WWI, what toxic gas is released when ammonia & bleach are mixed?
Mustard gas (A: Chlorine)

VB: Officially called the USS Constitution, this Boston-based frigate withstood countless cannonballs during the War of 1812. Despite her oak exterior, what’s the time-tested nickname for this sturdy vessel?
FA: Old Ironsides ($1600)

G3: Kim & Candace (Aquavit on 54th & Park)(BtG: 36)

#1: After TOSHIBA conceded defeat in ’08, what colorful format was declared the winner of the high-def DVD wars?
RLC: As determined by the bestselling book 1000 Places to See Before You Die, name seven of the top 10 sights featured in NYC.Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, The Met, Central Park, Museum of Natural History, The Frick & MoMA (Didn’t Need: Rockefeller Center, Times Square & Lincoln Center)
#2: Also called a tendon, what cord-like part of the buffalo was used by Native Americans to string their bows?
#3: W/ the headline “Goodbye, Colorado”, what award-winning rival of The Denver Post PERMANENTLY STOPPED the presses in 2009?
Rocky Mountain Times (A: Rocky Mountain News)
#4: Sporting its trademark O logo, what brand of sunglasses was worn by 88 medalists at the 2008 Beijing Olympics?

Sole $200 Q: Synonymous w/ the 18th C. tea industry, “Ceylon” was the colonial name for what South Asian country?
MSO: Cirly
FA: Sri Lanka ($950)

“Ca$h Cab” 6/18/10

G1: Matt, Elena & Alana (80th & Broadway)(BtG: 46)

#1: A favorite interjection of “ROCKY BALBOA”, what two-letter word also refers to the number 11 in a game of craps?
#2: Fletching is the term for the aerodynamic feathers that enhance accuracy in what Olympic sport?
#3: Often OVERTAXED during adolescence, what system of the body plays a central role in regulating hormones & moods?
RLC: Aside from its former republics, Russia shares a land border w/ six foreign nations- name five of these six Russian neighbors.
China, Poland, Mongolia, FinlandX
#4: Though she’s flirted w/ Kabbalah, what pop star’s name’s an anagram for the word Presbyterian?

#1: In 1835 what tough-as-nails President survived an ASSASSINATION attempt w/ the help of Davy Crockett?
MSO: Wayne (Matt’s dad)
#2: A mixture of Creole & English, Bajan’s the language spoken by residents of what Caribbean nation?
#3: From a Latin word meaning “pardonable”, what adjective describes minor sins such as pilfering Post-Its?
#4: A terrifying shapeshifter from French folklore, the Loup-Garou was the Gallic version of what supernatural creature?
#5: Named for its signature logo, Roundel is the monthly magazine for drivers of what brand of luxury car?
Lexus (A: BMW)
FQ: Pioneered by James Ferrier, what esoteric branch of philosophy’s concerned w/ the nature of knowledge?

VB: Located in Washington state, this supersized dam boasts enough concrete to circle the equator TWICE. Harnessing the free-flowing power of the Columbia River, what’s the name of this dam?
FA: Grand Coulee (THREE GRAND)

G2: Ivan Hernandez (Battery Park City)(BtG: 25)

G3: Cambria, Nikki, Hannah & Mary (68th & 3rd)(BtG: 30)

#1: Also a tiny blood vessel in the body, what type of action’s used by paper towels to suck up water?
#2: In 1990 what PC co. broke the record for fine print by spelling its initials using only 35 xenon atoms?
RLC: Acc. to carspace.com, what are four of the five essential fluids in your car that should be checked on a regular basis?
Brake fluid, engine oil, window washer fluid & engine coolant
#3: Suffering from intense inflation under president Mugabe, what African nation debuted a $100T note in 2009?
MSO: Brett
#4: Named after the size of the electoral college, what website predicted the ’08 Presidential election w/ impressive accuracy?

Sole $200 Q: Clogging arteries in Canada, poutine’s a comfort food consisting of cheese curds & gravy over what?
FA: French fries ($1050)

“Ca$h Cab” 6/17/10

G1: Brian, Seth & Beth (30th & 2nd)(BtG: 34)

#1: Sometimes called the “Curse of the Celts”, what chronic skin problem gives Bill Clinton his reddish, ruddy complexion?
#2: Born w/ the first name Piyush, what LA governor changed his name to reflect his love of “The Brady Bunch”?
MSO: Stan
Bobby Jindal
#3: Reminiscent of a rodeo, what potent brand of herbicide was first marketed by Monsanto in 1973?
#4: Meaning “little box” in French, what audio format was introduced by PHILLIPS in ’63?

#1: In the field of game theory, what’s the term for a cutthroat situation where one man’s loss is another man’s gain?
RLC: In ice hockey, seven nations rule the rink- name five of the seven that make up the so-called “Big Seven” of hockey.
Canada, U.S., Sweden, Russia, Finland & Czech Republic

VB: A dizzy example of high-tech design, this iconic building turned the architectural world upside-down in 1977. Named for a former president of France, what’s this postmodern Parisian center?
FA: De Gaulle (A: Pompidou)

G2: Roy, Chadwick, Jim & Alice (Strand Bookstore)(BtG: 45)

#1: Entombed in Moscow’s Red Square, what Soviet leader’s body’s reportedly the most visited mummy in the world?
RLC: Spelled BRIC, the BRIC Theory maintains that four countries will dominate the global economy in the future- name these four nations.
China, India, Brazil & Russia
#2: In the exciting world of emoticons, what sentimental symbol’s created by typing the less-than sign & then the number 3?
#3: Home to Mt. Mitchell, what East Coast state boasts eight of the 10 highest peaks east of the Mississippi?
NY (A: NC)
#4: Streaming TV & movies on demand, what website’s name comes from a Chinese phrase meaning “holder of precious things”?

#1: Dubbed “The world’s best flying ring”, what Frisbee-like toy has flown over a quarter of a mile in a single throw?
MSO: Alan
#2: Pouring water directly into the nose, what variety of pot’s commonly used to clear out the sinuses in South Asia?
FQ: After signing an accord w/ Hitler, what British PM INCORRECTLY predicted “peace for our times”?
FA: Neville Chamberlain ($1350)

G3: John & Colleen (Trader Joe’s on 14th between 2nd & 3rd)(BtG: 39)
LOST $200

“Ca$h Cab” 6/16/10

G1: Lisa, two Andrews & Victor (38th & Park)(BtG: 40)

#1: Who wrote The Catcher in the Rye?
J.D. Salinger
#2: In video game ratings, what does E stand for?
#3: Due to its aerodynamic design, what laid-back variety of bicycle outperforms upright bikes over long distances?
#4: Despite objections to its undignified appearance, what ostrich-like bird graces the coat of arms of Australia?

#1: Famous for quilts, members of what religious sect avoid red or yellow patches because they’re too worldly?
RLC: In terms of total medal count, name eight of the 10 nations that dominated the 2008 Summer Olympics.
China, Russia, U.S., Germany, Great Britain, France, Australia & Italy
#2: A mecca for motorsports, what FL city hosts Bike Wk. in the Spring & Biketoberfest in the Fall?
Daytona Beach
#3: Famous for its pale ale, what brewer’s Red Triangle was the first registered trademark in the U.K.?
#4: Also used to describe the eerie light before sunset, what medical term refers to the one-hr. window after a severe injury?
OTHER S-O: Nick (Lisa’s dad)
Crucial Hr. (A: Golden Hr.)

Sole $200 Q: An allegory against McCarthyism, what classic western did John Wayne call the most un-American thing he had ever seen?
High Noon

VB: Boasting blades of bamboo, this martial art was used by the samurai to trade non-lethal body blows. Meaning “way of the sword” in Japanese, what’s the name of this eastern style of fencing?
FA: Kendo ($1900)

G2: Roy Bitter, Sr. & Jr. (Tick-Tock Diner on 34th & 8th)(BtG: 30)

#1: Following a campaign by the Knights of Columbus, what two words were added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954?
“Under God”
#2: A financial icon, what oracle of Omaha sent a letter to investors admitting in 2008 “I did some dumb things”?
Warren Buffett
#3: Revered at the birthplace of Reggae, Trench Town’s a noted neighborhood in what Jamaican neighborhood?
FQ: Heralding the end of Communism in Eastern Europe, the Solidarity Movement started in a shipyard in what country?
FA: Poland

G3: Serah, Lillian & Julie (18th & Irving)(BtG: 50)

“Ca$h Cab” 6/15/10

G1: Tracy Wong (Palm at Second & 45th)(BtG: 46)

#1: Laying low in L.A., a nearly-intact mammoth skeleton was discovered in 2009 next to what famously-sticky site?
La Brea Tar Pits
#2: Popularized by educator Thomas Gallaudet, what unique language’s abbrev. ASL?
American sign language
#3: Established in 1970, what federal agency has been described as the extended shadow of Rachel Carlson?
#4: Eternally upstaged by the Titanic, what British luxury liner was sunk by a German U-boat in 1915?
The Lusitania

Sole $200 Q: Made famous by MONOPOLY, what DEFUNCT railroad served Philadelphia, Atlantic City & the city for which it’s named?
MSO: Andrew (classmate)
FA: Reading

G2: Robin, Chloe & Rena (left side of 13th & Third)(BtG: 33)

G3: Keith, Pat & Brian (51st & Ninth)(BtG: 47)

#1: In 1864 President Lincoln autographed copies of what iconic executive order to raise funds for wounded soldiers?
Emancipation Proclamation
#2: Occurring every May, the world’s only public auction of elk antlers takes place at what WY resort valley?
Jackson Hole
RLC: Name six of the nine states that Obama won in ’08 that George W. Bush won in ’04.
VA, NC, OH, FL, NM & CO (Unnecessary: IA, IN & NV)
#3: What leftist Latin American was the subject of a 1960s snapshot said to be the most famous photograph in the world?
Che Guevara
#4: Inspired by a Freudian concept, what comic strip was set in a medieval kingdom populated by IDIOTS?
Wizard of Id

#1: Introducing Americans to stir-fry & soy sauce, what long-running PBS show made a star out of chef Martin Yan?
X (A: “Yan Can Cook”)
#2: Represented by a shovel-wielding icon, what website’s designed to unbury interesting stories on the Internet?
#3: From the Latin for “sausage”, what paralyzing bacterial disease’s usually called by POORLY-canned food?
#4: Championed by Aristotle, what precious principle’s defined as the desirable middle ground between two extremes?
The Golden Mean
FQ: Known as the BoP, what agency’s responsible for the custody & care of over 200K federal inmates?
Bureau of Prisons

VB: Reviled by some & revered by others, what famous revolutionary lent his name to the “Paris of the Orient”?
FA: Ho Chi Minh ($3300)

“Ca$h Cab”- 7TH S.P.

G1: Christopher, Geraldine & Joanna (2nd & 77th)(BtG: 43)

#1: For kids who know their classics, Cattus Petasatus was the Latin translation of what iconic book?
The Cat in the Hat
RLC: Name the four ingredients in German beer.
Hops, barley, water & yeast
#2: A former capital of French Louisiana, what Alabama city’s named for the local Indian tribe, NOT a child’s plaything?
Lafayette (A: Mobile)
#3: Though just 1/5 the size of China, what nation of over 17K islands boasts Asia’s longest coastline?
#4: Based on DNA analysis, what extinct, flightless bird from Mauritius was a distant cousin of the pigeon?

#1: From the Latin for “nothing”, what meaningless philosophical doctrine was espoused by Nietzsche?
MSO: John O’Connell
#2: The only Confederate soldier convicted of war crimes, Henry Wirz was Commandment of what INFAMOUS Civil War prison?
Ft. Sumter (A: Andersonville)
FQ: Meaning “circle” in Sanskrit, what new-age concept refers to centers of physic energy in the body?
FA: Chakras ($1150)

G2: Tony Moore (One If By Land, Two If By Sea on Barrow & Seventh)(BtG: 32)

DR: Christina, Michael & Matt (Maritime Hotel on 16th & Ninth)(BtG: 35)

#1: Abbrev. PD, what degenerated disorder was named for the doctor who first dubbed it “the shaking palsy”?
Parkinson’s Disease
#2: Leaning far to the left, Chavismo is a political ideology inspired by the president of what Latin American nation?
#3: Protesting his distaste for cruciferous veggies, farmers sent President George H.W. Bush 10 tons of what in ’90?
Corn (A: Broccoli)
#4: Added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2002, the phrase “Go up to 11” originated in what classic mockumentary?
“This is Spinal Tap”

#1: After disappearing over the Sierra Nevadas, what adventurous millionaire & aviator was declared dead in 2008?
Steve Fossett
#2: Composed in 1994, what tech co.’s four-note jingle was meant to invoke innovation & the inside of a computer?
RLC: Acc. to Forbes, name five of the 10 top-earning celebrity chefs besides Alain Ducasse & Nobu Matsuhisa.
Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray & Paula Deen (Leftovers: Tom Colicchio, Wolfgang Puck & Gordon Ramsay)

VB: Often enveloped in a wispy fog, what’s the name of the scenic Appalachian mountain range in Pigeon Forge, TN?
FA: The Smoky Mountains ($2400)

“Ca$h Cab”- 250TH EP.

DR: Capt. Andy Hillstrand & Josh Harris (City Crab on 6th & Columbia)(played for the Ronald McDonald House)(BtG: 50)

For these games, an extra Street S-O was offered.

#1: Founded in Seattle in 1916, what aerospace contractor put the B in B-17, B-29 & B-52?
#2: What chilly Russian region’s now a metaphor for punishment & exile?
#3: Testing a well-known expression, “Mythbusters” once confirmed that it’s easy to shoot fish in what location?
#4: Produced by Intoximeters, Inc., the Alco-Sensor is a leading brand of what testing device?

#1: Set on all-terrain outdoor tracks, what muddy freestyle motorcycle sport’s also known as Scrambling?
#2: Also a nickname for “insane asylum”, what nautical term refers to the trap door that allows sailors to go below deck?
MSO: Beth
#3: While the equator circles the globe at 0º of latitude, the geographic North Pole lies on what line of latitude?
60º (A: 90º)
#4: What endangered species of crane can be heard up to two miles away?

#1: The logo of what clothing brand was inspired by Yosemite’s half-dome?
The North Face
FQ: What specific engine problem occurs when gas bubbles block an engine’s flow of fuel?
SSO #2
Flooding (A: Vapor lock)

VB: Boasting multiple masts, this variety of vessel commanded the high seas during the era of privateering & blockade runs. Sharing its name w/ a tall glass of beer, what’s this swift sailing boat?
FA: Schooner ($2800)

DR #2: Sig, Edgar & Norman Hansen (South Sea Streetport)(played for Children’s Hospital of Seattle)(BtG: 50)

#1: Often overshadowing his pal Rocky, what classic cartoon character hailed from the state of Moosylvania?
#2: Familiar to all fans of XBOX, what iconic VG series is named for its ring-shaped, sci-fi setting?
#3: Ranging from 87-93 at service stations, what numerical rating determines whether gas is regular or premium?
#4: In the drama-filled world of geometry, what measurement of a circle’s calculated by doubling the radius?
Circumference (A: Diameter)

#1: Acc. to wrestling historians, what specific type of match debuted in ’37, a ring enclosed w/ chicken wire?
#2: From the French word for “frame”, what’s the term for the metal structure that functions as the skeleton of the car?
#3: Responding to its “Charbucks” moniker, STARBUCKS introduced a lighter roast named for what fabled Seattle market?
MSO: Mike
Pike Place
#4: Abbrev. TD, what classification’s given to a low-pressure system before it intensifies into a tropical storm?
Tropical depression

#1: From an Old English word for “pulley”, what mechanical winding device’s designed to haul or hoist loads?
#2: In 1991 what Filipino volcano erupted so violently that it lowered global temperatures for two yrs.?
Krakatoa (A: Pinatubo)
FQ: A full moon occurs when the Moon’s farthest from the Sun- what phase occurs when it’s closest?
New moon

VB: This climber’s clawing his way to the top w/ the help of a rope & dozens of D-shaped metal rings. Sometimes called a crab for short, what’s the name for these staples of safe mountain earrings?
FA: Carabiners ($3800- they matched that)