Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Are You a Brainiac?

This is a quiz for people who know everything! I found out in a hurry that I didn't. These are not trick questions. They are straight questions with straight answers. Scroll down for the answers.

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

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

3. Of all vegetables, only two 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.

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."

Answers Below. Scroll down.
Don't cheat!

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

2. North American landmark constantly moving backward ... Niagara Falls (The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.)

3. Only two vegetables that can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons . . Asparagus and rhubarb.

4. The fruit with its seeds on the outside . . Strawberry.

5. How did the pear get inside the brandy bottle? It grew inside the bottle. (The 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 entire growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems.)

6. Three English words beginning with dw . Dwarf, dwell and dwindle.

7. Fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar . . Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation marks, bracket s, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.

8. The only vegetable or fruit never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh . . Lettuce.

9. Six or more things you can wear on your feet beginning with "s" . Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, snowshoes, stockings, stilts.


bornfool said...

I got six right.

bernadette said...

My kiddos live for this kind of stuff. I shall try to stump them. Thanks!

AC said...

I answered 6 correctly but I chose banana for the fresh fruit answer. Lettuce is obviously right - I guess banana desserts mess that up.

Peter said...

I got eight right Judy, not cos I'm smart but cos I'm dumb and couldn't remember the 3 Dw words from when I saw it before.

Wordnerd said...

Stealing this one from you and passing it on to the guy in my office that does really well on these things. Thanks!

Sue said...

I didn't do really well. I'll print this and have my husband work on it.
Maybe my brain isn't awake yet :-)

Duke_of_Earle said...

I got 4 1/2 out of nine. Does that make me a half-wit? (The "half" was the one about perennial vegetables -- I knew asparagus, but...)


P.S. I could argue that in some boxing matches everybody knows who's the leader all the way to the end, if one contestant is simply dominating the other. But...

srp said...

Do you give partial credit?

metten said...

I did much better than I thought I would...

Shephard said...

Oh, that was fun. I did great on the punctuation and footwear, guessed lettuce and the dw words, but the rest were real puzzles.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

I don't suppose 4 of 9 is a passing grade? No, I didn't think so...

WordWhiz said...

I failed miserably! Clearly I am lacking in BRAIN!! I always suspected that was the case!

Raggedy said...

Doesn't dweeb

What is greater than God,
More evil than the devil?
The poor have it,
The rich need it,
And if you eat it, you die?

Have a wonderful day!
(=':'=) meow hugs
(")_ (")Š from da Raggedy one

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I knew some of these Judy! I'm amazed because I usualkly don't know any of these kinds of abswers!
Thanks for the Heads Up on that flower...I looked at the Google images and I'm not sure that is correct...The Alliun looks more like the three flowers that are in this arrangement...but...You are the flower expert!
Yes, I plan to use this florist all the time now. This is the third arrangement I have seen of theirs---two in my own home...(one sent by good friends in San Diego...) So, I'm truly impressed!

Morah Mommy said...

I won't admit to how many I got wrong...but I am proud to say that the last one was very easy.

Just ask my husband about the number of S footwear I own!!

Valderbar said...

I was going to say green onions.

And that Michele sent me.

Cyndy said...

Eeeeeks..I didn't know too many of those. Here from Michele!

Mamacita said...

I've used that quiz for years, in the 'extra credit' section of my class website. I absolutely love quizzes like this. Thank you for posting it.

However, concerning number six. . . . oh well, maybe I'm just a dweeb.

Fran aka Redondowriter said...

I am an idiot, I think. Great questions, though. I'm also a keeper of nostalgic memorailia, by the way, so all these things you are running across make me realize I have a lot of blog fodder I hadn't even thought of yet.