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    Star Trek episode, Dave Eggers book, or Mountain Goats song?

    It's a heartbreaking work of heretic pride where no one has gone before! Your mission is to identify each item as the title of an episode from the Star Trek universe (any series), a book by Gen-X literary darling Dave Eggers, or a song by the great allusionists of indie rock, The Mountain Goats.

    1. Where Silence Has Lease

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      Star Trek episode!

      This 1988 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation features a malevolent disembodied face floating in the void of outer space like an evil version of the Sun from Teletubbies.

    2. The Young Thousands

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      Mountain Goats song!

      John Darnielle has called this song, from The Mountain Goats' 2004 album We Shall All Be Healed, "a song about young people on speed."

    3. The Conscience of the King

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      Star Trek episode!

      This underrated 1966 episode of Star Trek's original series features a traveling Shakespearean actor who may or may not be a mass-murdering dictator in hiding. The title is a reference to Hamlet--but you've never really experienced Shakespeare until you've read him in the original Klingon.

    4. Concerning Flight

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      Star Trek episode!

      "STUPIDO! FOOLISH FLORENTINES!" shouts a hologram simulation of Leonardo Da Vinci in this 1997 episode of Star Trek: Voyager.

    5. New Zion

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      Mountain Goats song!

      New Zion, a song about an imaginary cult, is featured on The Mountain Goats' 2008 album Heretic Pride.

    6. A Hologram for the King

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      Dave Eggers book!

      Eggers' 2012 novel about an American IT consultant in Saudi Arabia was later adapted into a film starring Tom Hanks.

    7. Carpenter Street

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      Star Trek episode!

      A 2003 episode of Star Trek: Enterprise sees our heroes visiting 21st-century Detroit to prevent space lizards from harvesting human blood for use in a bioweapon.

    8. Pale Green Things

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      Mountain Goats song!

      I'm not crying, you're crying. Okay, I'm crying. This song is beautiful. Is there a proper way to mourn the passing of our childhood tormentors? This 2005 Mountain Goats track doesn't provide an answer, but it's poignant and affecting all the same.

    9. Saints of Imperfection

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      Star Trek episode!

      Interestingly, this 2019 episode of Star Trek: Discovery takes its name from a quote by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro: "Monsters are the patron saints of imperfection." The plot involves tracking a monster within a transdimensional network of space fungus.

    10. You Shall Know Our Velocity

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      Dave Eggers book!

      Dave Eggers' debut novel, published in 2002, features a pair of childhood friends who travel around the world to give away large sums of money.

    11. Requiem for Methuselah

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      Star Trek episode!

      "Methuselah," the longest-lived human in the Bible, is frequently invoked as a metaphor for longevity. In this 1969 episode of Star Trek's original series, Kirk & friends encounter an ancient immortal born millenia ago on Earth who has gone by many names, including Brahms and Da Vinci. Star Trek really has a thing for Leonardo Da Vinci.

    12. Idylls of the King

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      Mountain Goats song!

      This song from The Mountain Goats' 2002 album Tallahassee borrows its name from a cycle of Arthurian poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

    13. How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth

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      Star Trek episode!

      This 1974 episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series, penned by the late Native American sci-fi writer Russell Bates, was the first in the franchise to win an Emmy. The episode's name comes from Shakespeare's King Lear.

    14. Bread and Circuses

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      Star Trek episode!

      The Roman satirist Juvenal identified "panem et circenses" (bread and circuses; in other words, free food and entertainment for the masses) as a potent means of accruing and holding onto political power, at the cost of eroding the public's sense of civic duty. This original series Star Trek episode from 1968 features a planet of Roman gladiators.

    15. Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

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      Dave Eggers book!

      Published in 2014, this Dave Eggers novel consists entirely of dialogue. The title quotes Zechariah 1:5.

    16. Heroes of the Frontier

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      Dave Eggers book!

      Did you know Alaska's state nickname is "The Last Frontier?" Anyway, this 2016 Eggers novel concerns a dentist who moves with her family to Alaska. Unfortunately, a time-traveling William T. Riker does not show up.

    17. An Obol for Charon

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      Star Trek episode!

      The title of this 2019 outing for the Star Trek: Discovery crew is a reference to the payment required for the ferryman of the River Styx. More importantly, Tig Notaro is in this episode!

    18. Cry for Judas

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      Mountain Goats song!

      "Some things you do just to see how bad they'll make you feel," sings John Darnielle on this track from 2012's Transcendental Youth.

    19. Treachery, Faith and the Great River

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      Star Trek episode!

      One of the finest installments of the greatest Star Trek series, Deep Space Nine (don't @ me), this oft-overlooked 1998 episode deserves more accolades than it's given. (Sabotage, blasphemy, Ferengi mysticism, cranky O'Brien, and Weyoun, SO MUCH WEYOUN. It's great, y'all.)

    20. Context is for Kings

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      Star Trek episode!

      "Universal law is for lackeys. Context is for kings," says the mysterious Captain Gabriel Lorca in this 2017 episode of Star Trek: Discovery. This is the fourth time, but not the last time, the word "king" appears in one of these quiz clues.

    21. The Unforbidden is Compulsory

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      Dave Eggers book!

      Dave Eggers published this slim novella in 2004; the title presumably comes from T. H. White's description of the totalitarian political models of ant colonies in The Once and Future King.

    22. Clemency for the Wizard King

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      Mountain Goats song!

      This title sounds like it belongs in a rock opera inspired by Dungeons & Dragons. That's exactly what it is. The Mountain Goats' 2019 album In League with Dragons is described as a partial rock opera with film noir influences, inspired by tabletop games like D&D.

    23. Lion's Teeth

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      Mountain Goats song!

      Not to be confused with Dragon's Teeth, a 1999 episode of Star Trek: Voyager, this is a song from The Mountain Goats' beautiful and heartbreaking 2005 album The Sunset Tree.

    24. For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky

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      Star Trek episode!

      The title in this 1968 episode of Star Trek's original series comes from a line spoken by one of the characters. Fun fact: it's the longest episode name in Star Trek history.

    25. Tears of the Prophets

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      Star Trek episode!

      Originally titled Tears of the Gods, the eponymous prophets in this 1998 episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine are in fact supernatural beings who are revered as deities by the Bajoran people.

    26. Alpha in Tauris

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      Mountain Goats song!

      This song from The Mountain Goats' debut studio album Zopilote Machine is a reference to the play Iphigenia in Tauris by the Greek playwright Euripides.

    27. Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

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      Star Trek episode!

      Star Trek has often relied on time travel as a plot device when they've run out of ideas. Happily, this time-hopping episode of Star Trek: Discovery, which aired in 2017, is clever and delightful. The title comes to us from Homer's Iliad, wherein Aphrodite gives her girdle (a love charm) to Hera in order to beguile Zeus. Also, in The Iliad, Aphrodite is Zeus's daughter. Awkward.

    28. Down to the Ark

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      Mountain Goats song!

      The Mountain Goats wrote and performed this darkly comic song for American Public Media's Weekend America program in 2008. The song, and the episode, focus on "Super Tuesday," an important day in the US Presidential Primary calendar.

    29. What is the What

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      Dave Eggers book!

      This 2006 novelized biography of Sudanese child refugee Valentino Achak Deng purportedly takes its name from a Dinka creation myth.

    30. The Ballad of Bull Ramos

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      Mountain Goats song!

      In 2015, The Mountain Goats released Beat the Champ, an album about professional wrestling. This song tells the story of the late Apache Bull Ramos, a wrestler from Houston.

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