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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:57 pm 
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Catherine Hardee
Kinston, N.C.

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In the classic tale, what causes the genteel Dr. Jekyll to turn into the evil, nasty Mr. Hyde?
A: He drinks a potion B: His cable bill goes up $5 a month
C: The Jets don’t cover the spread D: Sherlock Holmes de-friends him on Facebook

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A: He drinks a potion


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Which four-letter “M” word can refer to both a single-channel audio recording AND an illness known as “the kissing disease”?
A: Magi B: Mono
C: Mini D: Mayo

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B: Mono


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Dubai hack! You can save yourself a trip to the Burj Khalifa’s observation deck by making a reservation at what appropriately-named restaurant on its 122nd floor?
A: At.Mosphere B: At.Most10storieshigh
C: At.Aboutmyheight D: At.Groundlevel

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A: At.Mosphere


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Which ’80s sitcom star famously helped popularize the #MeToo movement with her 10/2017 tweet about sexual harassment that quickly got over 50K responses?
A: Alyssa Milano B: Pam Dawber
C: Justine Bateman D: Joyce DeWitt

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A: Alyssa Milano


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Descendants of 17th-century French settlers, the Acadians migrated south from Canada and famously established their culture in what state about 2000 miles away?
A: New York B: Minnesota
C: Oregon D: Louisiana

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D: Louisiana


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Your odds of rolling a 9 on a pair of standard six-sided dice are exactly the same as your odds of rolling which other number?
A: 3 B: 5
C: 7 D: 11

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Catherine’s brother Luke is a nuclear engineer. She reasons that there are 4 ways to roll a 9 (3+6, 4+5, 5+4 and 6+3). He says there are only 2 ways to roll a 5, so she answers 7.


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B: 5
Catherine wins $5,000.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:38 am 
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BBTranscriptTeam wrote:
Catherine Hardee
Kinston, N.C.
$7,000
Your odds of rolling a 9 on a pair of standard six-sided dice are exactly the same as your odds of rolling which other number?
A: 3 B: 5
C: 7 D: 11

[Reveal] Spoiler: +1
Catherine’s brother Luke is a nuclear engineer. She reasons that there are 4 ways to roll a 9 (3+6, 4+5, 5+4 and 6+3). He says there are only 2 ways to roll a 5, so she answers 7.


[Reveal] Spoiler: Answer
B: 5
Catherine wins $5,000.


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I don't remember the precise percentages from my days playing backgammon, but I know that 7 has the greatest chance; since 9 is 2 more than 7, I figured 2 less than 7 would yield the same percentages as 9.

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SpacemanSpiff wrote:
BBTranscriptTeam wrote:
Catherine Hardee
Kinston, N.C.
$7,000
Your odds of rolling a 9 on a pair of standard six-sided dice are exactly the same as your odds of rolling which other number?
A: 3 B: 5
C: 7 D: 11

[Reveal] Spoiler: +1
Catherine’s brother Luke is a nuclear engineer. She reasons that there are 4 ways to roll a 9 (3+6, 4+5, 5+4 and 6+3). He says there are only 2 ways to roll a 5, so she answers 7.


[Reveal] Spoiler: Answer
B: 5
Catherine wins $5,000.


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I don't remember the precise percentages from my days playing backgammon, but I know that 7 has the greatest chance; since 9 is 2 more than 7, I figured 2 less than 7 would yield the same percentages as 9.
Luke was on the right track. The odds are based on the number of ways to roll a number. But he identified only 2 of them (1+4 and 2+3) and forgot the other 2. I hope he's more careful at work, for all our sakes.


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