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Brain Celebri-teasers: Week #5

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Welcome back to Brain Celebri-teasers. This is Week #5. Here’s this week’s puzzle:

Week #5
Category:Sports
Difficulty:Medium
Clue:Too bad these guys can’t play together in Philadelphia

Since next week’s the Superbowl, we pay tribute to the gridiron game with a football-themed puzzle. Two points for the first correct answer…

Remember – the solution will be posted on Thursday, so you have 3-4 days to guess. Put your answer in the comments section – first comment (by timestamp) wins.

Now that the contest is over, you can click here to see the answer.

Good luck!

Categories: Brain Celebri-teasers | 3 Comments »

Brain Celebri-teasers: Solution – Week #4

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Welcome back to Brain Celebri-teasers. It’s time to reveal the solution to our Week #4 puzzle:

Week #4
Category:Movies/TV
Difficulty:Medium
Clue:These guys are a couple of late, great comedians
Answer:Jay Leno &
Conan O’Brien
I don’t want to start any rumors here – Jay & Conan are very much alive. They are, however, “late, great” comedians, in that they participated in yet another epic, late night battle for host of NBC’s venerable Tonight Show, a position that Jay won, lost, and then won again. Conan’s holding his own over on TBS, though, especially given his basic cable budget!

The winner this week was Jeff Porten!

After four weeks, the standings are as follows:



PlayerPointsCorrect Answers
Ilya24
Mike23
Jeff Porten23
Konstantin02
Jim01
Jason01

Thanks for playing, everyone! Remember to check back on Monday for next week’s puzzle!

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Brain Celebri-teasers: Week #4

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Welcome back to Brain Celebri-teasers. This is Week #4. Here’s this week’s puzzle:

Week #4
Category:Movies/TV
Difficulty:Medium
Clue:These guys are a couple of late, great comedians

Week #4 returns to Medium difficulty in the Movies & TV category. Two points for the winner!

Remember – the solution will be posted on Thursday, so you have 3-4 days to guess. Put your answer in the comments section – first comment (by timestamp) wins.

Now that the contest is over, you can click here to see the answer.

Good luck!

Categories: Brain Celebri-teasers | 7 Comments »

Brain Celebri-teasers: Solution – Week #3

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Welcome back to Brain Celebri-teasers. It’s time to reveal the solution to our Week #3 puzzle:

Week #3
Category:Politics
Difficulty:Easy
Clue:For a while, these two women shared a twin billing in Washington
Answer:Hillary Clinton &
Monica Lewinski
Hillary and Monica certainly made political news back in the late 1990′s. Hillary, of course, is making more (and better) news these days as our Secretary of State. Monica is (thankfully) out of the public eye. The “twin billing” referred to in the clue is, of course, Bill Clinton, who they both (ahem…) shared during that crazy time.

The winner this week was Mike!

After three weeks, the standings are as follows:




PlayerPointsCorrect Answers
Ilya23
Mike22
Jim01
Jeff Porten02
Konstantin01
Jason01

Thanks for playing, everyone! Remember to check back on Monday for next week’s puzzle!

Categories: Celebri-teaser Answers | 2 Comments »

Brain Celebri-teasers: Week #3

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Welcome back to Brain Celebri-teasers. This is Week #3. Here’s this week’s puzzle:

Week #3
Category:Politics
Difficulty:Easy
Clue:For a while, these two women shared a twin billing in Washington

Week #3 introduces a new category – Politics, but returns to the “Easy” difficulty level. Only one point for the winner, but don’t slack off – every point will count as we approach the end of the year!

Remember – the solution will be posted on Thursday, so you have 3-4 days to guess. Put your answer in the comments section – first comment (by timestamp) wins.

Now that the contest is over, you can click here to see the answer.

Good luck!

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Brain Celebri-teasers: Solution – Week #2

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Welcome back to Brain Celebri-teasers. It’s time to reveal the solution to our Week #2 puzzle:

Week #2
Category:Music
Difficulty:Medium
Clue:For many, these two ladies represent the country’s best…
Answer:Taylor Swift &
Carrie Underwood
Both Taylor and Carrie have won Best Artist honors at the Country Music Awards, making them the “country’s best,” as it said in the clue. Carrie, of course, also won the top prize on American Idol, so she’s been the country’s best in that sense as well.

The winner this week was Ilya!

It’s occurring to me, two weeks in, that multiple people are getting the puzzle right each week. And while there should be a prize for being first, correct answers should be recognized. So, I’m tweaking the standings a little to reflect both points and correct answers. Don’t worry, though – at the end of the year, most points still wins!

So, that being said, after two weeks, the standings are as follows:


PlayerPointsCorrect Answers
Ilya22
Mike11
Jim01
Jeff Porten01
Konstantin01
Jason00

Thanks for playing, everyone! Remember to check back on Monday for next week’s puzzle!

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Brain Celebri-teasers: Week #2

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Welcome back to Brain Celebri-teasers. This is Week #2. Here’s this week’s puzzle:

Week #2
Category:Music
Difficulty:Medium
Clue:For many, these two ladies represent the country’s best…

OK, so in Week #2, we’re moving up to our first Medium difficulty puzzle. Obviously, the difficulty levels are subjective, but I’m trying to define “Medium” as a puzzle in which one of the two people may be fairly obvious, but the other may be harder to figure out. Because it’s harder, two points will be awarded to the commenter with the first correct response…

Remember – the solution will be posted on Thursday, so you have 3-4 days to guess. Put your answer in the comments section – first comment (by timestamp) wins.

Now that the contest is over, you can click here to see the answer.

Good luck!

Categories: Brain Celebri-teasers | 4 Comments »

The Young Trumpet Player Within the Crowd

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Continuing my recent tradition of having very little to say and instead filling space with pictures, I present this (predominantly for my Penn friends). Can you spot the ten-year old amongst the slew of college students? Makes a father proud, it does…


(No? Try clicking on the picture to make it bigger!)

Two notes:
First: his brother, who also makes his father proud, was below and to the right of the frame, teaching himself the drum parts to all the Penn songs (age 8).

Second: the Penn Band Sousaphones rock…

Categories: Family Matters, University of Pennsylvania | 1 Comment »

Brain Celebri-teasers: Solution – Week #1

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Welcome back to Brain Celebri-teasers. It’s time to reveal the solution to our Week #1 puzzle:

Practice Week #2
Category:Sports
Difficulty: Easy
Clue:These two guys were known throughout the sports world for their biting commentary
Answer:Muhammad Ali &
Mike Tyson
Muhammad Ali was as famous for sparring with the likes of Howard Cosell as he was for his boxing in the ring. He was, after all, “The Greatest,” and was never shy about saying so. Mike Tyson, on the other hand, was more known for commentary about biting, rather than “biting commentary,” per se. Just ask Evander Holyfield.

The winner this week was Mike!

After one week, the standings are, well, rather straight forward:

Mike1
4 Others0

Thanks for playing, everyone! Remember to check back on Monday for next week’s puzzle!

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Brain Celebri-teasers: Week #1

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Welcome back to Brain Celebri-teasers. This is Week #1. Here’s this week’s puzzle:

Week #1
Category:Sports
Difficulty: Easy
Clue:These two guys were known throughout the sports world for their biting commentary

Still going pretty easy on you for Week #1. Get your points in now, as future weeks will get harder.

Remember – the solution will be posted on Thursday, so you have 3-4 days to guess. Put your answer in the comments section – first comment (by timestamp) wins.

Now that the contest is over, you can click here to see the answer.

Good luck!

Categories: Brain Celebri-teasers | 6 Comments »