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LIGHTNING ROUND! Webster's War Of The Words Re-Cap

Our contestants for the 8th annual Webster's War of the Words answered some of these questions... others are entirely new! Challenge yourself to answer them all in 6 minutes, just like the Red and Blue teams did on April 22nd! This final round re-visits words, books, and the news we covered during the game show.

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  1. How many Zone Improvement Plan codes does the Town of West Hartford have?



    06107, 06110, 06117, and 06119.

  2. Although not associated with maritime trade today, Connecticut once engaged in 'cabotage' with the West Indies. Connecticut sent cattle in exchange for what liquid known as 'the pirate's drink'?

  3. Noah Webster and his mentor Benjamin Franklin both had 'an axe to grind' when they introduced this form of spelling based on a word's pronunciation - and they were largely ridiculed for their efforts.

  4. A 'schnauzer' named Asta joined Nick and Nora Charles in this Prohibition-Era detective novel adapted for the screen as a successful six-part film series featuring a very svelte gentleman.

  5. Connecticut had its own 'Tale of Two Cities' until 1879 when it switched from dual capital cities to just one permanent location for state government. Can you name the two cities?

  6. The Millennial term 'woke' is associated with this movement that began in 2013 in response to the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin.

  7. After winning back-to-back World Series championships in 1907 and 1908, what 'big league' team experienced a 108-year drought - purportedly brought on by a curse - before winning the World Series again last year?

  8. In foreign affairs, the United States and China often serve as a 'go-between' for these two feuding neighboring countries.

  9. The 'trill' underdog protagonist of this 1977 Academy Award Best Picture winner won audiences' respect with his hard work and heart, even if he didn't win the final match with Apollo Creed.

  10. An unusual example of a word that most people know but that is not in the dictionary is one that most of us learned from a song in the film of Mary Poppins.



    Sorry we had to make you spell that one.

  11. The Millennium Falcon's 'Radio Detection and Ranging' dish was knocked off during a battle with Lando Calrissian in the last (original) installment of this iconic movie series celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.


    Return of the Jedi

    Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi are the three films from the original trilogy.

  12. President Richard Nixon was forced to resign after he authorized the 'snaffling' of records from which Washington D.C. office complex?

  13. As it turns out, Noah Webster was not 'cut from the same cloth' as the rest of his family, choosing to pursue the life of a lexicographer instead of what 'web-making' familial profession.

  14. The New England Patriots won Super Bowl 51 in February of this year, a welcome distraction from publicity the team had received over the amount of inflation of a football at a prior game. What term was coined to describe the lack of inflation?


    Not Spygate.

    Different 'gate'. Same team.

  15. What 'colloquial' term was created in the early 2000s to describe West Hartford using the first sound of each word?

  16. This native New England fruit-bearing bush was used in archaic American English to describe something small - and by author Mark Twain as the first name of a character he described as 'humble'.

  17. Viewers may have been 'bedazzled' by this accessory displayed prominently in the First Lady of the United States Melania Trump's official portrait.

  18. United Airlines attempted to recover from its major 'gaffe' this month when it forcefully removed a 'volunteer' from a flight by claiming 'one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily,' law enforcement was forced to do what to the person?

    re-establish him
    remove him
    re-accommodate him
    reward him
  19. Though she did record Harold Arlen's songs from 'The Wizard of Oz,' she is best known for her signature songs like 'A Tisket, A Tasket,' and 'The Lady is a Tramp.' On April 25, 2017, we honored the centennial of jazz singer and 'First Lady of Song,"

  20. Although today it is a thriving suburban community known for excellent shopping and dining, up until the late 19th-century West Hartford was best known for what lactational industry?

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