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A star actor’s career typically stumbles onto the scene as a bit part here with a screen credit near the bottom. Few know where most were before they gained momentum. Last appearances are more noted. And that’s this week’s Quiz Question. What was the last movie for the following? Film theatrical releases only. No TV.

Post your answers in the comments section below. Extra points for Peter Falk.

Update and answers

I’m going from memory here. Tania can weigh in if she wants. She probably knows them all. I have added the answers to the list above.

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Just recently I had to respond to a Facebook comment that compared Donald Trump to Barack Obama, this regarding Trump’s lack of familiarity with the truth:

And we should paint President Obama with the same brush? In this regard Obama is a piker compared to Trump. Actually, not even Nixon attained Trump’s rarefied air.

Obama a piker. Yes, a slacker. Then I wondered if anybody reading had an idea where we got the term “piker.” That’s this week’s Quiz Question. What’s the origin of the term?

Post your answer as a comment below. No fair running to  Google. You were supposed to know this stuff already.

Update and answer

People wanting to know how we got the term “piker” need to go all the back to an explorer named Zebulon Pike. Pike, later Brigadier General Pike, conducted two explorations of the American  West under the presidency of Thomas Jefferson. On his expedition he and his men discovered and attempted to climb what is now known as Pike’s Peak in Colorado. This was in November, and they were unsuccessful, leading Pike to proclaim that this obstacle would never be climbed. Today there are an automobile roadway and a cog rail line going to the top.

During the gold rush of 1849 many set out from the eastern states to  head for the California gold fields. Some had “California or Bust” painted on their wagons. As with such adventures, California was a mountain range and a desert too far, and some got to Pike’s Peak and gave up. Today these people are known as pikers, those who failed at their endeavors or did not live up to  their early promise.

In Missouri there is a Pike County, giving rise to the song:

Do you remember sweet Betsy from Pike,
Who crossed the high mountain with her lover Mike?

Followed by numerous additional stanzas.

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This is from somebody else. It showed up on my Facebook feed just in  time, when I needed inspiration for a new Quiz Question. It’s easy. Give yourself about 15 seconds. The problem was posed as:

There are three boxes and three statements. There is a car in only one of the boxes. Only one statement is true. Which statement is true, and in which box is the car?

Post your answer as a comment below.

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Got this one from the Internet, so no fair going to Google for the answer.

ABCDEF × 3 = BCDEFA

Substitute a digit for each letter to provide the correct equation. Post your answer as a comment below. The solution will be provided next week (or sooner).

Update

No solution given yet. I have not taken the time to solve this, but here are some hints.

Note that A < 4 and A ≠ 0. A ≠ 0 is not stated in the problem, but I’m taking it as assumed. If A > 3, then multiplying by three would produce overflow and a number with more digits.

BCDEFA is divisible by 3, which means ABCDEF is divisible by 3, since both have the same digital root.

BCDEFA is divisible by 9.

That should get people going, so I’m going to give more time to come up with an answer.

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Easy one for a change, so give yourself 10 seconds to work it. It’s a single water hose with the ends uncoupled. Where are the ends?

Post your answer in the comment section below.

Update and solution

The solution is straight-forward. See the revised picture below.

Draw circles (ellipses) around A and B. Each has three hoses crossing into (or out of) the ellipse. Therefore, there must be a hose end within each of the two ellipses. Since there are only two ends (one hose), the ends must be under A and B. You don’t need to examine C and D, but if you do you will observe an even number of crossings.

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Oh no! It’s another geography question. Which is larger (more square miles), Honshu or Cuba? Post your answer as a comment below.

Update

It’s Wednesday already, and I just noticed nobody has gotten the Quiz Question from last week. Here’s the answer.

Both Cuba and Honshu are about 800 miles in  length, but apparently Honshu’s bulk adds enough acreage to easily bump Cuba at 88,009 square miles to Cuba’s 42,426. That’s sort of like two to one.

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Monday again. Time for a new Quiz Question of the Week. This is one for the culturally-deprived. What is significant about the following?

I’m a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with my Honolulu Mama Doin’ Those Beat-o, Beat-o Flat-On-My-Seat-o, Hirohito Blues

Hint: it’s in the Guinness Book of World Records. Post your answer in the comments section before you head to Google to get the answer.

Update and answer

Helen suggested this might be the longest title, and if she had said it was the longest song title she would have won first prize, a year’s subscription to Donald Trump’s health care program. Lucky Helen.

The clue is that songwriter Hoagy Carmichael is featured in the movie. He plays the piano and sings his songs in the bar where critical action takes place. What readers might also like to know is that Hoagy Carmichael is also in the Guinness Book of World Records as being the most prolific songwriter.

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Readers have been getting off easy recently. I’m going back to geometry questions, so give your brain a work out.

I found this on the Internet, but you shouldn’t go looking for the solution without first coming up with a solution. With a single line, does not need to be straight, divide the shape shown above into two identical parts. Post your answer as a comment below.

Actually, send me a copy of your solution by email, and I will post it.

Update

No solution. I have not solved it. Mike proposed a solution. See his comment below. Unable to post a graphic, he indicated the shape of the solution as follows:

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See the figure below:

Shape A is the original, turned upright. Shape B is Mike’s proposed solution in graphical form. My apologies if I misinterpreted Mike’s rendition.

What is apparent to me is that shape B cannot be fitted twice into shape A. I’m calling the Quiz Question still  unanswered.