Season 18, Day 1 - “The Top Brass”
It's Water week, and today's quiz inspired by Waterbury.
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Rules and other things to know
I think this pretty much goes without saying, but no Googling or any other form of research in attempt to find an answer is allowed. However, in the rare instance that you do inadvertently come across an answer in the course of life before you've submitted, that's OK.
The bolded text of each question points to the type of answer that I'm looking for. If your answer does not match the bolded text, it's possible you will still get credit if it is a form of, or adjacent to, the correct answer, but you are leaving it in the hands of the judges, so to speak. This is a pretty easy mistake to make and I see it a lot in grading, so it could help to double-check your answers before you submit.
For a question that asks for a name, a last name by itself is acceptable unless otherwise specified (or unless the last name is already provided in the text of the question), with at least one notable exception: for U.S. presidents named Adams, Harrison, Johnson, Roosevelt, and Bush, I will need the full name to distinguish between two possible answers. For fictional characters, first names are acceptable unless otherwise specified.
Correct spelling is not required unless otherwise specified, however there must be a possible pronunciation of your answer that matches a possible pronunciation of the correct answer. In general, adding or taking away a syllable, and adding or taking away an "s" on the end of a name, will unfortunately both usually result in answers that are not accepted.
Titles must be exact, except for the leading article (A, An, or The as the first word). Example: I will accept "Christmas Carol" or "The Christmas Carol" but not "For Whom A Bell Tolls".
Quotation marks in the text of a question are used in three main situations: a. for a quotation or a title, b. to signal that the answer contains the exact quoted word, or c. figuratively, as in the example "COLORFUL" MOVIE for the answer CRIMSON TIDE.
Try to be as specific as you need to be, and submit only one answer, unless more than one is required (I will take the first answer listed if more than one is provided.) It is possible for your answer to be not specific enough to be acceptable, despite not technically being incorrect. Example: for a monarch, I will generally need the name and regnal number unless otherwise specified (or unless there is only one monarch with that name). Another recent example: "mother's milk" was not accepted for the alliterative animal product "mare's milk." If you have any doubt as to how specific you need to be (hopefully this won't be the case often), you can put the more specific part in parentheses, e.g. "(blue) whale."
All of the previous week's quizzes are “due” on Monday at midnight ET, but I will generally accept late submissions if you can submit them in a reasonable amount of time. Continuing with the “school” analogy, I like to think I'm the nice professor that really doesn't want to dock anyone's grade for lateness. Any player who misses any quizzes (with the exception of the G and Fr divisions) will be separated from the season rankings to avoid demotion due to non-participation. However, such a player will still be demoted if their “implied rank” (their rank when their per-quiz average is extrapolated to a full season) lands them in the demotion zone.
I grade all the quizzes manually, so don't worry if the answer key marks you wrong. You can receive a copy of your answers by checking the box in the lower left-hand corner, and you can receive your score by email and/or check the leaderboard page, which I update throughout the week (the question stats tab is updated weekly).
In case of a misclick in assigning confidence points, I will automatically assign the lowest possible point value to any questions that are left blank. For this purpose, I will consider non-qualifying answers (e.g. the name of a person, when I’m asking for a country) to be equivalent to a blank response.
The season will run for 20 quiz days, with the next season starting on the first Monday of the month (July 3). Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about any of the above, or anything else. Thank you so much for being here and allowing me to run this little trivia league for you! I hope you all enjoy the season (and sorry for the extra reading material today).
Waterbury is a city in the U.S. state of Connecticut. The 5th-most populous city in the state and the 9th-largest in New England, it was once the nation’s leading center for the manufacture of brassware, and is nicknamed the “Brass City.” It was also an important hub for the clock industry; the watch company Timex, then known as the Waterbury Clock Company, was founded there in 1854. Waterbury serves as the setting for James Thurber’s short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Watergate judge John Sirica and famed portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz were both born in Waterbury. The town of Waterbury in Vermont, where you can tour the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream factory, is named in its honor (many early settlers of the Vermont town had moved there from the namesake Connecticut city).
Season 18, Day 1 - “The Top Brass”
[Q1] WHEN MADE OF BRASS, THESE FASTENERS PROVERBIALLY REFER TO THE MOST IMPORTANT DETAILS OF A MATTER
[Q2] BRASS IS AN ALLOY OF COPPER AND THIS ONE-SYLLABLE METAL, ATOMIC NUMBER 30
[Q3] IN “THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER,” THE TITLE CHARACTER GIVES HIS MOST PRIZED POSSESSION — THE BRASS KNOB FROM THE TOP OF AN ANDIRON — TO THIS SWEETHEART (FIRST OR LAST NAME ACCEPTABLE)
[Q4] IN A TYPICAL ORCHESTRA, THIS INSTRUMENT IS THE SMALLEST AND HIGHEST-PITCHED MEMBER OF THE BRASS FAMILY
[Q5] THIS “BRASS” SONG, HEARD HERE IN A SCENE FROM THE MOVIE “LOST IN TRANSLATION,” WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TEN PLAYED ON MTV WHEN IT LAUNCHED ON AUGUST 1, 1981