Vorotyntsev wrote:Well, I for one do not use Google. Probably why I do so poorly.
But I want to complain about one of the questions. I knew Steinbeck named his characters for Cain and Abel. But Ken included "Trask," which had me trying to figure out what the initials C.A.T. referred to (and I knew it wasn't the obvious). Count me doubly disappointed as Steinbeck is my favorite American author.
rkd wrote:I had a similar thought about the Cal and Aron question -- Trask was included as a useful hint, but the T was in each name. However, I don't know what else one could guess with the initials CT and AT that would make any sense.
--Raj Dhuwalia, tied for 147th or something like that ... darn ghosts!
Here's the number that made me think more people are Googling than before: the hardest question this week was the Pac-Man ghosts one, and Andy says it still had 51% conversion.
The ghosts in the original Pac-Man were:
>Blinky (Shadow), Pinky (Speedy), Inky (Bashful), and Clyde (Pokey), not
>Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Sue as some believe, or for the Japanese speakers
>among us, Akabei (trans:red guy), Pinky, Aosuke (trans:blue guy), and
>Guzuta (trans:slow guy). Furthermore, Aosuke is evidently a much darker
>blue in Japan. However, Ms. Pac-Man did replace Clyde with Sue (hence the
>confusion), and also added fruit that bounced around the maze. Also an
>interesting note, the original English Pac-Man cabinets had a Dip-Switch
>setting where the ghost names changed to Urchin (Macky), Romp (Micky),
>Stylist (Mucky), and Crybaby (Mocky). Also, later in their lives, the
>Japanese names were changed to Oikake, Machibuse, Kimagure, and Otoboke.
>Otoboke was Clyde, not Sue (see below).
>bizarre, Jr. Pac-Man did not feature Sue OR Clyde (or Mocky for that
>matter) at all, but introduced two new ghosts. Tim took Sue and Clyde's
>place in hunting the little tyke, and during the Oscar Nominated
>cut-scenes, Pac-Man Junior (the hero, not the game) showed his love and
>affection for the pint-sized ghost named Yum-Yum. Pac-Man Junior is assumed
>to be male, due to his beanie, and Yum-Yum is assumed to be female due to
>the antenna sticking out of its head. Note that Pac-Man Junior was soon
>pulled, due to some of the changes made to the fruit. Pac-Man Junior would
>instead chase and eat various toys, include a cat, a bike, and an
>overflowing beer stein. Concerned parents worried about their children
>eating the bikes.
I had that one off the bat, because I knew Pac-Man's connection to Japan. I didn't know the "East of Eden" one, not having read the book, and I didn't know #7.Ken Jennings wrote:Here's the number that made me think more people are Googling than before: the hardest question this week was the Pac-Man ghosts one, and Andy says it still had 51% conversion.
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