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  1. Yes, I also heard Sing Sing. The name of the village where the prison is located is Ossining, which I've always thought must figure in the facility's official name, but that appears to be Sing Sing Correctional Facility. It seems Sing Sing comes from the Sintsink tribe, which sold the land that became the village to a farmer in 1685. The village changed its name in 1901 to reduce its association with the prison, which also was formally known as "Ossining Correctional Facility" from 1970 to 1985. And that's...more than any of us needed to know. I was thinking I would just greet visitors at the tasting room, really. It's an idea I think we're seriously considering, but just what we'll be doing in the country changes month to month. We'll have to see. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  2. I also was very pleased with myself for getting FJ but also spelled it o-h-m. Judges, get in here! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Very interesting to learn so much about baling hay. I've lived in the suburbs and the city but some longterm dear friends think it might be nice if we all retired somewhere in the country someday, so I figure I have a few decades to learn to do something useful there.
  3. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I'm grateful for this thread. I had a few answers for ____-the-_____ that I have forgotten since this morning but might have fought for. The "where's this train heading" category was fantastic. I get most places by public transportation and have learned about Amtrak routes I haven't been on yet. A dear friend is a railroad buff and we would all like to take a really long trip one day. I'm amused to see all the stir about "Bullitt." The same friend is a Mustang guy and has sent me a few clips from the film. I would like to see it but prefer to watch movies in theatres. Many revival houses here, but that hasn't come up yet. Maybe in 2021! I bow to you. How very kind. I did see it at the divine streamline moderne Rafael Theatre in Marin Co, CA. For 50 years it was your average suburban theatre, until it was damaged by the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989. It was rebuilt about a decade later and is now the California Film Institute's showplace for "art house" type films. COVID has been taken very seriously in the Bay Area, and Marin Co is allowing theatres to be open for 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer, and with no concessisons. When I bought my ticket, the lady at the box office appeared to mark off seats within two rows and two columns. In the end, there were just two of us rattling around an auditorium that could probably seat at least 350. We were reminded several times, including by a friendly employee who came down to speak to us before the screening, that we were required to keep our masks on for the duration. The thickest and most fragrant hand sanitizer I have ever used was available at every door. I felt as comfortable as anyone can these days. It was all approached with an appropriate seriousness, accompanied by warmth. I could provide more information about movies and COVID, but this is not the place. Suffice it to say that I am so grateful to live where there is first and foremost serious attention paid to COVID, but also a good concentration of historic theatres, and I hope that is still the case a year from now. I thoroughly support the Rafael's efforts to help their customers comply with necessary regulations while still enjoying an experience as comfortable and glamorous as the theatre is on a good day. And I hope more aid will be coming for entertainment spaces that have done their part to flatten the curve and so on, which we will sorely miss once current events are behind us, if we don't do more as a society.
  4. Another great game! I don't know that I have ever heard of the Nutrageous bar, but you can bet I'll be investigating that further. I got "polydactyl" from one of my two kittens, who fortunately chooses to use her powers for good rather than evil. The name of the girl in "Crocodile Rock" didn't come to me in time because I have a "Dancing with the Stars" performance from years ago stuck in my mind. The band replaced the name in the song with the contestant's very similar name. I think that's one of my best excuses for missing a second box clue. Now do we think "rรกpido" would've been accepted for the six-letter adverb you use for emphasis if you want something done quickly? My Spanish was rusty at its best. I probably would've gotten Upton Sinclair from "muckraker" anyway, but he was top of mind because he featured in a great movie I saw over the weekend called "Mank," about the screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, of "Citizen Kane" and many others. When Sinclair was shown briefly, I thought the actor looked an awful lot like Bill Nye, and what do you know? Sinclair challenged Frank Merriam for Governor of California in 1934, with a platform focused on universal employment. He lost in part because of a "dirty tricks" campaign waged by several Hollywood studios, as dramatized in "Mank." I'm interested in reading more about it all, but this looks like a good primer if this kind of thing interests you. Now, "Show Boat"! I was thrilled it was mentioned. My mother had a great three-disc set made with all the original orchestrations of every song ever used in the show, including several cut during out-of-town tryouts that their researcher found in an old warehouse. It sparked one of my first really deep dives when I was still in grade school. I perused the liner notes until they wore out and borrowed a big tome about all its different iterations via ILL from the big library in Baltimore that we may as well have moved there. We found the two surviving movie versions and, yes, the Ferber novel. I learned a lot about the joys of pursuing every source of information available about something from all this. I'm only sorry that I didn't get to the Goldenrod, the last surviving riverboat featuring theatrical performances that I know of, which burned a few years ago. Anyway, I did get that one. And I think Helen Morgan's "Bill" from the '36 film is a performance for the ages, so I can't help but share. I hope nobody minds these occasional tangents on favorite clues of the night. I know they're pretty darn long. I just figure we're all "lifelong learner" types, and I really miss socializing, but am all Zoomed out and have been for months. So I very much appreciate slipping in here to see familiar, er, names and pick up a thing or two along with whatever I picked up during the show, while I drop a thing or two of my own.
  5. Many happy returns! To you and, in a different sense, my friend.
  6. He is a master of prose, so I look forward to reading what he will say after the airing. Perhaps he'll give me permission to repeat it here. Dare I hope he continues into Ken's time so we can benefit from his thoughts on that too? I dare, why not? ๐Ÿ™‚
  7. I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one who thought that about Dinkins. I was feeling a bit ghoulish. At least I know I have company. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I'm also very excited that my college thesis advisor was allowed to announce today that he will be on next Tuesday, Dec 1. We met at his last school, but look for "a college professor from San Diego." I think the world of him and feel he has a great base of knowledge. He also does well under pressure. So I believe he could do very well! At any rate, I'm pleased he had the opportunity to meet Alex and achieve his dream to appear during such a difficult time. Done typing now, fingers back to tightly crossed.
  8. Sounds like I'm in for a treat when I get to last night's episode. I'll be sure and watch after my nightcap and not before. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Right, exactly! If you can spit something out immediately if you're blank, fine. Like, have a common last name you'll shout if the question asks for a person and you don't have one. Otherwise, pass and get on with it.
  9. Mea culpa! Maybe my lizard brain glossed over a long-established thread, looking for something "new." Whatever the reason, sorry I missed that. What is it, a Final clue? ๐Ÿ˜‰
  10. I recently read an essay by Roger Dobkowitz, who produced almost 25 years of "The Price is Right," ending with the first year of present host Drew Carey's tenure. He seems really embittered, having been let go, so I take his comments with a grain of salt. But I was interested to read about the number of audition shows taped with different potential hosts, which sounded like they could just about have been aired if CBS had wanted. If they're going to go to that kind of trouble, might as well air 'em, eh? There's also the chance that it's just a formality and they know who they want. It'll be really interesting. I hope someone writes a "tick-tock" about it all in a few years. Question to our fabulous mod: is it worth creating a separate speculation thread, similar to the thread remembering Alex? I guess this is more directly S37 discussion than that was. Just thought I would throw that idea out there. I don't want to send anyone here strictly for game discussion off the deep end. ๐Ÿ™‚
  11. I got "Kruger" from Arrested Development. Remember when George Sr bribes the other inmates in coins not to heckle Lindsay when she comes to visit, and he has to tell her not to keep throwing herself at them because he doesn't have any more krugerrands? Just think, my AD rewatches could've earned me $2000! I'll never "get off Netflix and do something with yourself" again. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Two more weeks of "best of Alex" before guest hosts will make a nice sorbet between courses, as it were. I'm not particularly ready, but he'd want the show to go on. I wonder who "from the family" will turn up besides Ken? No one comes to mind, but I'm open. I know the GEICO clue is not "canon" but it annoyed me tonight. The clue was "the gecko visited this amusement park..." with a photo, and the answer given was "Coney Island." Coney Island in Brooklyn is not an amusement park. It is a district or neighborhood. The amusement park pictured was Deno's Wonder Wheel Park. The other currently operating amusement park in CI is Luna Park. There was the late lamented Steeplechase Park, closed by that winner Fred Trump and undeveloped for years. Etc. "Disney World" is also not an amusement park. Yes, I'm a lot of fun at parties, thank you for asking!
  12. I too liked all the continuity. Dodds has been mentioned, I vaguely recognized Pippa, and I had to Google who Phoebe was but then I kinda remembered that too. Can I say that I liked it when I had to double-check it? ๐Ÿ˜‰ We've seen the judge played by Kathryn Kates before too. Overall, yeah, a pretty good old-school-ish episode. I think the folks who say above that the current teams just needs to throw out a few extra big dramatic moments per episode are right on the money. The pregnant widow added absolutely nothing. Neither did "and now you're another man he's trying to protect his mother from." I "caught" Mariska retweeting a fan who was just in awe of that line. Also read that, of course, all the RBG paraphernalia was at her suggestion. I didn't notice it last week, but it really jumped out at me this time. I know many folks who would really have these things in their office (not that I know for sure, we haven't seen each other in person for months) and I certainly share the sentiment, but it's just a little bit overdone. I don't know, I like her more than many others. I think she is a good actor and someone genuinely trying to make a difference in the world. If I had her kind of influence and adulation, maybe I'd get a little drunk on myself too. I've decided I'm just not going to let the mask stuff bother me anymore. It'll drive me nuts if I keep trying to parse the way they're doing it. I think I wouldn't be unhappy if they had decided to set this season vaguely in Jan or Feb 2020, but they like to be on the pulse of social movements too much, and perhaps as suggested above extras had to be masked or something.
  13. I liked seeing "Number the Stars" come up too. The first chapter was presented in one of our reading textbooks in elementary school. When I realized a few years later that we'd only gotten an excerpt, I was delighted. Musical Theatre is a great category for me. I did know FJ right away. It wasn't perfect, but I didn't think the movie last year was so bad. I saw it all by myself at one of my favorite little neighborhood theatres, a week or two after it came out, and read about the film, musical, and Eliot poetry all the way home. I knew the title of the Eliot work already, but we'll say that my instinct to spend half an hour or more after any movie learning all about it has paid off. Oh, and have a young Celine doing a sublime "Memory," why not? Good game, not too many triple stumpers. And $30K is such a nice round number for the win. *kisses fingers* Do 35 on Monday, Charlie, I dare you! You're very kind. Thank you.
  14. I had to laugh when Krystal said she voted for Shaun in part because he had passed rather than just trying any old answer. Has she been reading our spirited discussions on passing? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I really liked a few of these contestants. Anna, the rock and roll bartender or whatever she said she was with blue hair, tried and failed not to look like the cat who got the cream the couple times she got music questions. Tough ending, but the guy she beat had previously seemed pretty solid too. Thanks, by the way, to those who pointed out above that Jane probably says stuff like "I will accept that answer," whether or not there was a bank at the end of the round, for stat calculations. Makes sense. I do wish they would always give an answer, even when the contestant doesn't make it that far. Did anyone find the audience noise a bit much on this episode? I hadn't noticed it much on the earlier ones, but this time some of the transitions out to commercial sounded positively rhapsodic. If nobody would be generally cheering there, don't have the computerized crowd do it, show!
  15. Who had Alex down as a Billie Eilish fan? ๐Ÿ˜‰ She seems so ubiquitous in some of my circles these days that it's hard to believe she made it big only last year. Perhaps it seems longer because 2020 has been so very long. Anyway, I often learn something from these music categories, and don't mind a clip or two when the rest is moved along so we don't miss clues. I had a good laugh at "Who is Will Hunting?" "Good." which I'd like to believe Alex did on purpose. I'm not sure I would've been very brave in FJ, but I got it immediately too. I have rescue cats but like dogs and all animals, although most of my friends' are mutts. The workshop of Charles Looff carved some sweet St Bernards in the "golden age" of the American carousel. A few others did dogs too, but his are my favorite. I enjoy visiting these in Pawtucket RI. 125 years old! Alex talking about World Pancreatic Cancer Day really got me too. OT, but shortly before dinner I learned of the passing over a year ago of someone who was dear to me in college. I've often thought, why don't I write Dymph a letter and see how she is? For one reason or another I always put it off, and now it's too late. I'm sure nobody is here for contemplations of mortality or my maudlin reminders to seize opportunities to reach out, but do it, don't put it off! I miss her, but she lived a wonderful life. Finally, I heard from one of the folks I "made" watch the show with me when I visited recently. He and his girlfriend are watching daily now. One or two people at a time, we can convert the few remaining people who aren't yet in the club. Onward!
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