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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby Neel Mehta » Sun May 05, 2013 4:44 pm

gwynn1984 wrote:I was going to answer, but I figure instead I'll wait for someone else to do it, and just copy that.


Nice. List #8 consisted of people who were
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accused of plagiarism.


List #9:

Bill Clinton
Michael Douglas
Drake
Eminem
Jane Fonda
Chelsea Handler
Faith Hill
Loretta Lynn
Liza Minnelli
Soledad O'Brien
Gwyneth Paltrow
Joe Perry
Philip Roth
Britney Spears
Paul Walker
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby Neel Mehta » Tue May 07, 2013 8:38 pm

Neel Mehta wrote:List #9:

Bill Clinton
Michael Douglas
Drake
Eminem
Jane Fonda
Chelsea Handler
Faith Hill
Loretta Lynn
Liza Minnelli
Soledad O'Brien
Gwyneth Paltrow
Joe Perry
Philip Roth
Britney Spears
Paul Walker


No takers in 2 days. Hint:
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This would have been easier, or at least Google-able, had I given you a list of athletes who had this in common. But instead I'll add Niall Horan to the list, the youngest non-athlete I can think of who qualifies.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby marpocky » Tue May 07, 2013 8:40 pm

Neel Mehta wrote:
Neel Mehta wrote:List #9:

Bill Clinton
Michael Douglas
Drake
Eminem
Jane Fonda
Chelsea Handler
Faith Hill
Loretta Lynn
Liza Minnelli
Soledad O'Brien
Gwyneth Paltrow
Joe Perry
Philip Roth
Britney Spears
Paul Walker


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This would have been easier, or at least Google-able, had I given you a list of athletes who had this in common.


Ah, so these people were all taken down by doping scandals.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby Neel Mehta » Tue May 07, 2013 9:10 pm

marpocky wrote:Ah, so these people were all taken down by doping scandals.


That's probably worth partial credit, given Joe Perry's history and the strong suspicion that Paul Walker is a dope. I added a line to my hint while you were posting, which should help.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby Cannon » Thu May 09, 2013 4:39 am

List #8

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I'm guessing all have been accused of plagiarism. And you could add Stephen Ambrose and Doris Kearns Goodwin, I think.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby Neel Mehta » Thu May 09, 2013 1:57 pm

Cannon wrote:List #8

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I'm guessing all have been accused of plagiarism. And you could add Stephen Ambrose and Doris Kearns Goodwin, I think.


You're right. I took both of those people off my list because I wanted to maximize the number of people who were not primarily known as writers, which would make the list harder.

Speaking of making the list harder...

Neel Mehta wrote:List #9:

Bill Clinton
Michael Douglas
Drake
Eminem
Jane Fonda
Chelsea Handler
Faith Hill
Loretta Lynn
Liza Minnelli
Soledad O'Brien
Gwyneth Paltrow
Joe Perry
Philip Roth
Britney Spears
Paul Walker


Answer: All of these people have had
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knee surgery.

I realize that this was probably too difficult, but I figured the SPY Lists were like that. Still, with only one guess, we can safely classify that list as a failure.

List #10:

Beck
Catherine Bell
Erika Christensen
Doug E. Fresh
Jason Lee
Elisabeth Moss
Haywood Nelson
Michael Peña
Bijou Phillips
Laura Prepon
Ethan Suplee
Greta Van Susteren
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby Bill » Thu May 09, 2013 3:15 pm

List #11

Kirstie Alley
Joyce Brothers
Linda Cardellini
Joey Fatone
Barbara Feldon
John Glenn
Jennifer Granholm
Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Ken Jennings
Steve Martin
John McCain
Vanna White
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby skullturfq » Thu May 09, 2013 4:37 pm

Bill wrote:List #11

Kirstie Alley
Joyce Brothers
Linda Cardellini
Joey Fatone
Barbara Feldon
John Glenn
Jennifer Granholm
Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Ken Jennings
Steve Martin
John McCain
Vanna White


I might know this one. If it's what I'm thinking, I'm pretty sure the list also includes:

Phil Hartman
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Tom Selleck
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby gwynn1984 » Fri May 10, 2013 6:22 am

Neel Mehta wrote:
List #10:

Beck
Catherine Bell
Erika Christensen
Doug E. Fresh
Jason Lee
Elisabeth Moss
Haywood Nelson
Michael Peña
Bijou Phillips
Laura Prepon
Ethan Suplee
Greta Van Susteren


Are these people all...
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Scientologists?
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby Neel Mehta » Fri May 10, 2013 7:19 am

gwynn1984 wrote:Are these people all...
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Scientologists?


They are. Well done.

List #12:

Tom Brokaw
Errol Flynn
Rudy Giuliani
Richard Harris
Ted Koppel
Ralph Lauren
John Mellencamp
Brian Mulroney
Deborah Norville
Dan Quayle
Doc Rivers
Bruce Springsteen
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby braggtastic » Fri May 10, 2013 7:38 am

Is #11
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Republicans?

If not, is it
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NRA members?
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby Neel Mehta » Fri May 10, 2013 8:00 am

skullturfq wrote:
Bill wrote:List #11

Kirstie Alley
Joyce Brothers
Linda Cardellini
Joey Fatone
Barbara Feldon
John Glenn
Jennifer Granholm
Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Ken Jennings
Steve Martin
John McCain
Vanna White


I might know this one. If it's what I'm thinking, I'm pretty sure the list also includes:

Phil Hartman
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Tom Selleck


Damn fine list, Bill. I was thinking about dual citizenship, braggtastic was thinking politics, but it's neither. skullturfq has it. Funny how things worked out for Joyce, Joey, and Vanna.

I'll add Mel Harris of thirtysomething fame.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby braggtastic » Sat May 11, 2013 8:23 am

Is it
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all have been on game shows?
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby Neel Mehta » Mon May 13, 2013 12:54 am

Neel Mehta wrote:List #12:

Tom Brokaw
Errol Flynn
Rudy Giuliani
Richard Harris
Ted Koppel
Ralph Lauren
John Mellencamp
Brian Mulroney
Deborah Norville
Dan Quayle
Doc Rivers
Bruce Springsteen


This one is not very Googleable either. Hints:
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1. Note that everyone on the list is or was fairly wealthy.
2. Ralph Lauren and Deborah Norville qualify twice.
3. Because of me, our household used to get an item in the mail that each of these people could put on their cars. I may be mistaken, but I think the same can be said for Cannon's household.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby themanwho » Thu May 16, 2013 4:59 am

Bill wrote:List #11

Kirstie Alley
Joyce Brothers
Linda Cardellini
Joey Fatone
Barbara Feldon
John Glenn
Jennifer Granholm
Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Ken Jennings
Steve Martin
John McCain
Vanna White


Tom Brokaw can go on this list too, actually.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby skullturfq » Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:01 am

Here's another list.

Lily Allen
Charlie Chaplin
Pete Doherty
Marcus Garvey
Boy George
Emma Goldman
Yusuf Islam
Lucky Luciano
Charles Ponzi
Tariq Ramadan
Kurt Waldheim
Amy Winehouse
Ernst Zundel
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby braggtastic » Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:04 am

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All have spent time in jail?
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby skullturfq » Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:40 am

That's in a similar spirit to what I had in mind.

In fact, it's possible that your guess is true: I haven't checked.

What I had in mind isn't what you said, but still falls under the general theme of
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"trouble with the authorities"
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby skullturfq » Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:11 am

skullturfq wrote:Here's another list.

Lily Allen
Charlie Chaplin
Pete Doherty
Marcus Garvey
Boy George
Emma Goldman
Yusuf Islam
Lucky Luciano
Charles Ponzi
Tariq Ramadan
Kurt Waldheim
Amy Winehouse
Ernst Zundel


My intended answer for this one:

These are people who, at one time or another, were
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denied entry into the United States.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby Bill » Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:07 am

Neel Mehta wrote:
skullturfq wrote:
Bill wrote:List #11

Kirstie Alley
Joyce Brothers
Linda Cardellini
Joey Fatone
Barbara Feldon
John Glenn
Jennifer Granholm
Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Ken Jennings
Steve Martin
John McCain
Vanna White


I might know this one. If it's what I'm thinking, I'm pretty sure the list also includes:

Phil Hartman
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Tom Selleck


Damn fine list, Bill. I was thinking about dual citizenship, braggtastic was thinking politics, but it's neither. skullturfq has it. Funny how things worked out for Joyce, Joey, and Vanna.

I'll add Mel Harris of thirtysomething fame.


Braggtastic posted the correct answer to this one.

braggtastic wrote:Is it
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all have been on game shows?


It is.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby braggtastic » Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:54 am

I wasn't thinking politics for the most recent one. It was more like trouble makers of many kinds. I would add Russell Brand to the list now that I know the answer.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby skullturfq » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:57 pm

Here's another list which I think is in the spirit of the Spy lists.

Sonny Bono
Tom Cruise
Danny DeVito
Flavor Flav
Michael J. Fox
Seth Green
Ethan Hawke
Mick Jagger
Dennis Kucinich
Salman Rushdie
Nicolas Sarkozy
Rod Stewart
Verne Troyer
Keith Urban
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby Neel Mehta » Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:13 pm

braggtastic wrote:I wasn't thinking politics for the most recent one. It was more like trouble makers of many kinds. I would add Russell Brand to the list now that I know the answer.


You're reading the thread out of order. You were thinking politics (Republicans, NRA members) for List #11, before getting the answer.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby skullturfq » Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:46 am

skullturfq wrote:Here's another list which I think is in the spirit of the Spy lists.

Sonny Bono
Tom Cruise
Danny DeVito
Flavor Flav
Michael J. Fox
Seth Green
Ethan Hawke
Mick Jagger
Dennis Kucinich
Salman Rushdie
Nicolas Sarkozy
Rod Stewart
Verne Troyer
Keith Urban


Is it time for a hint on this one?

You probably noticed a characteristic shared by some of these people (DeVito, Troyer), which would put you on the right track, but there's a little more to it. Ethan Hawke, for example, might not seem to belong, but...

This list is similar, in a way, to one of the earlier lists I posted.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby braggtastic » Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:35 am

Is it
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men shorter than their wives?
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