Round 1-ETYMOLOGY• Word origins will be given• 90 seconds• All play• 5 * (No. of teams not getting it)
1.• While Y is used to indicate being exhausted or fatigued, X is used asan intensifier as used in a few other phrases(like X certain, Xcenter).• The word XY has other possible meanings-• In clockmakers lingo it refers to the X stroke in a clock.• It is also American slang referring to a worthless idler and one whosponges off his friends or is a loafer. (In Australia, it may refer to aman down on his luck). Soldiers are said to have used XY to refer topeople who did not carry their own weight.• Jack Kerouac introduced the phrase "Y Generation" in 1948 tocharacterize a perceived underground, anti-conformist youthmovement in New York. The Y movement was a precursor to thehippie counterculture. However, Y had a different meaning here.
2.• The term XY refers to an action which cutsthrough complexity and provides an immediatesolution to a problem. The allusion is to amiraculous fix, otherwise portrayed as waving amagic wand. This figurative use derives from theuse of actual XYs and the widespread folk beliefthat they were the only way of killing werewolvesor other supernatural beings. The most famousliterary reference to this term dates back to the1933 cowboy series "Lone Ranger, initially aradio series and later a highly popular TV show, inwhich the protagonist used XYs.
3.• The origin of this term is attributed to ________ Hoag, a pimp and aconfidence man operating out of New York City. Earlier, what hewould do to relieve customers of money was basicallypickpocketing. It involved his wife Melinda taking their pocketbookand handing it to either Hoag or French Jack(an accomplice). Hehad 2 cops outside for protection who shared in on the loot. Whenhe ran into financial difficulties, he tried to not involve the cops insharing the loot. He carried a con called the "Sliding panel game"which involved a sliding door to the room so he could enter theroom without the "customer" realising and steal all the valuablesfrom his coat. Eventually, the cops found out that they were beingexcluded and arrested him. The adjective was probably added bythe police because of the fact that he was a resourceful thief whofound a clever way to avoid paying graft.• In modern usage the term refers to an arrogant person or one whomakes conceited or sardonic comments.
4.• This word comes from an Anglo-Frenchadverbial phrase which means "passionately,with strong love or desire," or old French for"for loves sake". Originally a term for Christ(by women) or the Virgin Mary (by men), itcame to mean "darling, sweetheart" in themid 14th century and "mistress, concubine,clandestine lover" in the later part of the 14thcentury which is used till date in the samecontext.
5.• In English law, the control of unruly citizens had usually been theresponsibility of local magistrates. Any group of twelve or more thatthe authorities didnt like the look of, could be deemed a --------------- and tumultuous assembly, and arrested if they didnt dispersewithin an hour of the -------------- being read to them by amagistrate. This was the prevailing law at the time in England , asthe government was fearful of Jacobite mobs who threatened torise up and overthrow the Hanoverian George I. The fear was well-founded, as supporters of the deposed Stuarts did actually invade in1715 and again in 1745. The ---------- was passed by the Britishgovernment in 1714 and came into force in 1715.• However, the first record of the figurative use of the phrase is inWilliam Bradfords Letters, December 1819: "She has just run outto X in the Nursery." Today, the phrase is typically used toreprimand rowdy characters and warn them to stop behaving badly.• What is the “good” phrase?
6.• This term is used in the world ofentertainment. The etymology is unknown.While some people believe that the number inthe term is the actual duration in minutes,others believe that the time is equivalent tothe time taken to smoke a cigarette.• It refers to a temporary break or respite.
7.• In the 1580s, the Greeks introduced a method ofbanishment in Athens, by which the citizens gatheredand each wrote on a potsherd or tile the name of aman they deemed dangerous to the liberties of thepeople, and a man whose name turned up oftenenough was sent away.• A word derives from this method of banishment(derived from an ancient Greek word which means claypot).• Another interesting thing that was said to be done isthat the number of votes cast was inscribed in oystershells.
8.• The term, typically used as a simile, first appeared inShakespeare contemporary Christopher Marlowe’s play,The Massacre at Paris (c. 1590s), as a veiled reference toEdwyn Gareth, who was actually Welsh. However, he used_______ because at that time, the English was competingwith them, among others for land and spices.(one amongmany terms coined by the English to insult the _______).• It is a term for a person who issues frank, harsh, and severecomments and criticism to educate, encourage, oradmonish someone. Thus, a X is a person who is rather thereverse of what is normally thought of as avuncular.• Id X
9.• The phrase first appeared in Romeo and Juliet in 1600.The meaning of the phrase is that the content is moreimportant than what its called.• Most local tour guides use a story behind the origin ofthis phrase. They say Shakespeare coined it as a joke atthe expense of the ______ Theatre, which was a rivalto the Globe Theatre, reputed to have had less thaneffective sanitary arrangements. The story goes thatthis was a coy joke about the smell (which was notcharacteristic of a ______).• What is the phrase?
10.• The phrase X is American. It is not known what exactly_____(part of X)is. The earliest citation of the word is somesort of a hut or rustic dwelling which was in WaltWhitmans Specimen Days(1862).Mark Twain used X torefer it to a form of a vehicle in “Roughing It”. The vehicleusage does suggest a possible link with the name for a formof early UK sightseeing bus, i.e. charabanc. Like many otherAmerican phrases, it had a word which indicatedcompleteness even though it was added to most otherphrases just to make it catchy. In 1872,the first usage of theterm X as we know it(referring to a thing) was done by theSedalia Daily Democrat which printed a piece which had aline “Well, the Democracy can flax X, and we hope to seeour party united.”
11.• A X is a migratory worker or homeless vagabond, especially one whois penniless. The term originated in the Western—probably Northwestern—United States during the last decade of the 19thcentury. Unlike "tramps", who work only when they are forced to, and"bums", who do not work at all, Xs are workers who wander. The bindle,which involves a stick with a cloth or blanket tied over one end to holditems carried over ones shoulder is stereotypically associated with Xs.• The origin of the term is unknown though the following were suggested• A X who was a farmhand usually carried his own _____(a gardening tool)• A greeting to call a young man.• A railroad greeting which may today sound like calling ones young malelover.• Syllabic abbreviation of a term which meant "oriented towards home".
12.• In the 17th century, French women were obliged to corset, bunchand pinch their figures into a fashionably correct profile. However,when they relaxed at home, they wore a sack-like garment called Xwhich was a gown constructed of upto 20 yards made of delicatesilk, damask or Indian cotton. Relatively shapeless and lackingruffles, stays, bodices or braids, the X provided comfort for a bodythat would otherwise be squeezed to unnatural configurations.• This laxness is implied in the etymology of X because they used toignore or _______ the corset and the rest of their outdoor dress infavour of the gown.• It was only after WW 2 that it began to be primarily sensual or evenerotic. The modern X is usually transparent and has trimmings,bows and lace exemplified by a photo of Rita Hayworth on Life in1941.
Round 3-CLUE-ING• 6 words will be given-1 for each team• +3 for establishing synonym• Standard clue-ing rules apply• Any violation of the rules will result in thepoints for that word being null and void• All guesses must be written• +20/+15/+10 for the team clue-ing• +10/+7.5/+5 for other teams
Round 4-ITS COMPLICATED• 6 quotes from famous movies given in anunnecessary, complicated fashion.• 45 seconds• All play• 5 * (No. of teams not getting it)• Shots for getting the movie
1.• A statement which declares that a certainsomeone has perpetually survived on thebeningnity of a collective class of peoplecharacterized by the fact that the certainsomeone has no clue about the identity the ofthat collective class.
I have always depended on thekindness of strangers
2.• A queer preference to consume aheterogeneous mixture of alcoholic and non-alcoholic ingredients which have beenblended by moving them back and forthrather than setting them into circular motion.
5.• An epigram given by mom comparing theexperience of the journey that begins withbirth and culminates with death to that of (anusually) rectangular container of candy,resulting in a deeply instilled opinion that thejourney is more probabilistic thandeterministic.
Gentlemen, you cant fight in here!This is the War Room!
Round 5-ARE YOU GETTING LUCKYTONIGHT???• Mixed bag of 12 questions• Choose a number from 1-12• 6 questions clock and 6 questionsanticlockwise• Infy bounce/pounce• 10/0 on direct and pass• +10/-10 on pounce• Madras bounce