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Wordplay Wednesday 1/16

Postby braggtastic » Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:06 am

Am I missing the thread, or am I finally the first person to get one of these? I think the title word is
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America & the anagram is cinerama.


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Re: Wordplay Wednesday 1/16

Postby skullturfq » Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:16 am

Nicely done! For convenience, here's the link to Ken's relevant blog entry:

http://ken-jennings.com/blog/archives/4568

Ken says that the word in question was "the working title of the best movie of all time".

This is not a fact I previously knew, but without looking it up, if I had to guess a movie that might be called the greatest of all time and also might have had that word as a working title, would it be
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Citizen Kane?
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday 1/16

Postby Neel Mehta » Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:31 am

skullturfq wrote:Ken says that the word in question was "the working title of the best movie of all time".

This is not a fact I previously knew, but without looking it up, if I had to guess a movie that might be called the greatest of all time and also might have had that word as a working title, would it be
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Citizen Kane?


For a moment I thought it might better serve Casablanca, referring to Rick Blaine or the (regular) spelling of his establishment, but you are correct. Link follows; see third paragraph.

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Re: Wordplay Wednesday 1/16

Postby Dobie » Sat Jan 18, 2014 8:51 am

BTW, there's an (apparently untrue) rumor about a certain actor having been cast or almost cast in classic movie. Something about his later career ties in with the title of the movie he supposedly almost starred in.
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday 1/16

Postby rockgolf » Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:05 am

Five movies with that referenced word have received Oscar nominations for acting.

How many can you name? Solution.
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday 1/16

Postby gwynn1984 » Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:32 am

Five movies with that referenced word have received Oscar nominations for acting.


Off the top of my head:

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American Beauty
American Hustle
American Gangster
The Quiet American
American Graffiti


Now to check the solution...
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday 1/16

Postby gwynn1984 » Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:34 am

Checking the solution from Sporcle, I see a little confusion.

The Sporcle quiz is for movies that START with the word. Rockgolf's question here says that the word is REFERENCED. So, one of my answers contains the word, but it doesn't start with it. I don't know if there are any more that contain the word, but not at the beginning.
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday 1/16

Postby rockgolf » Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:10 am

@Gwynn: The Quiet American certainly qualifies the way I put the question here so 5 points to whichever house you belong to.
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday 1/16

Postby jbenz » Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:31 pm

I can think of a year in which the word "American" appears twice in the Academy Award category for Best Adapted Screenplay. (As long as the category includes the original source material too.) Which year?
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday 1/16

Postby rockgolf » Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:25 am

Is it An American In Paris / A Place in the Sun (based on An American Tragedy) from 1952?
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday 1/16

Postby jbenz » Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:30 pm

The year is actually much more recent than that. Both movies are based on actual events.

Hint:
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One movie follows a writer. The other follows a rider.
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday 1/16

Postby jbenz » Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:08 am

jbenz wrote:I can think of a year in which the word "American" appears twice in the Academy Award category for Best Adapted Screenplay. (As long as the category includes the original source material too.) Which year?


For the sake of completeness, this was:

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2003. American Splendor and Seabiscuit. The full title of the source material was Seabiscuit: An American Legend.
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