Thanks to everyone for the commentary. It is interesting to see what folks were thinking and other choices they think might make it. Definitely, keep it up! ================================================== By Popular Demand - the goal is to pick something that fits the category and will be the `most popular' answer. You score points based on the number of entries that match yours. For example, if the category is `Cats' and the responses were 7 for Persian, 3 for Calico and 1 for Siamese, everyone who said Persian would get 7 points, Calico 3 and the lone Siamese would score 1 point. The cumulative total over 10 rounds will determine the overall winner. Anyone may enter at any point, starting with an equivalent point total of the lowest cumulative score from the previous round. If a person misses a round, they'll receive the minimum score from the round added to their cumulative total. And, if you want to submit some commentary with your answers, feel free to. Round 5 Results -- Beverages 1 - Soda/Pop Coke 9 2 - Beer Bud 8, Lager 1 3 - Bottled Water Perrier 4, Evian 4, Aquafina 1 4 - Type of Wine White 3, Red 2, Cab Sav 1, Burgundy 1, Merlot 1, Zinfandel 1 5 - Cocktail Martini 7, Margarita 1, Manhattan 1 Individual Scores: 01) Lori McKinnon: Coke Bud Evian Merlot Martini = 67 + 29 = 96 02) Fred Davis: Coke Bud Perrier White Martini = 60 + 31 = 91 03) Marc Ellinger: Coke Bud Evian Red Martini = 60 + 30 = 90 04) Paul Boymel: Coke Bud Perrier White Martini = 53 + 31 = 84 05) Conrad von Metzke: Coke Bud Evian Zinfandel Manhattan = 52 + 23 = 75 06) Tom Howell: Coke Lager Perrier Burgundy Martini = 52 + 22 = 74 Brad Martin: <no entry received> = 52 + 22 = 74 08) Mark Murray: Coke Bud Aquafina White Martini = 44 + 28 = 72 09) Brendan Whyte: Coke Bud Evian Cab Sav Margarita = 47 + 23 = 70 10) David Partridge: Coke Bud Perrier Red Martini = 36 + 30 = 66 1 - Soda/Pop: Though I expected Coke to be the winner, I didn't expect such a lopsided result. Personally, I would have put down Pepsi (Diet Pepsi being my drink of choice). Or maybe a Dr. Pepper, though that may be a skewed thought due it being a Texas original. 2 - Beer: Another lopsided winner, and one I wouldn't have even thought of at all. Around here Coors is probably the usual choice, though there are lots of boutique and micro-brew beers about. When I have a beer, my usual pick for bottled beer is a Shiner (from Shiner, TX) and Coors from cans (such as while at the apartment pool). When I have draft, it usually is a micro-brew. 3 - Bottled Water: An interesting split, but I expected a greater spread of choices. Around here, Ozarka and Dasani are the common ones. When I use bottled water, it is usually a store brand. 4 - Type of Wine: Much as expected, a wide spread with little agreement. My choice is a zinfandel or a white (well chilled!) when I have wine. However, my absolute favorite choice (first tried at Caprial's Bistro in Portland, OR) is a 1999 Pinot Noir from the Torii Mor Vineyards. Note - the 2000 vintage isn't as good and I haven't tried the 2001. 5 - Cocktail: Hmmm, hadn't expected this at all. As with wine, I suspected there would be a wide range of answers with no real common factor. As you can see, I was completely wrong. Personally, I would have chosen a Margarita (being from Texas) or a Whiskey Sour (a favorite drink from when I was much younger). Player Commentary: 1 - Soda/Pop: Conrad - Coke- that's one of those trade names that has become a generic over the years, like Kleenex and Kotex and Xerox - hmmm, wonder why so many of that kind of brand/generic names end in 'x? Marc - It's obvious, isn't it. Now if there is an overly strong Dallas contingent then I'd bet on Dr. Pepper being the choice. But Coke adds life to everything that's nice. Lori - Pepsi SUCKS!!!!!! Tom - otherwise, these are gonna be pretty scattered. Brendan - obvious one this. Through for us down here `soda' is a mix of ice cream and soft drink, not soft drink itself. Pop is a loud sound, or one's grandfather. Or that loud modern music. 2 - Beer: Conrad - Coors - number one in this part of the country, although Budweiser is getting back a lot of the market share the lost through advertising and special offers. It wasn't so long ago that there were basically two kinds of beer in San Diego: 'Coors' and 'something else' Hmmm....but it just occurred to me that Coors isn't marketed in the east, so maybe this is a bad answer for the game....CHANGE OF ANSWER - Budweiser (I leave it to you to make sense of this stream-of-consciousness wandering). Marc - The King of Beers..what more can you say. I'll look forward to what second tier or even microbrew gets a vote. Lori - ...my first thought was Coors Light, but I'm a woman and most of the people playing are men... men drink Budweiser more often than Coors Light, so I went with the more generic name. If this were a female-dominated game, I would have gone with Coors Light. Tom - bet there's no two the same...... Brendan - Heineken and Miller might do well. 3 - Bottled Water: Conrad - I really cant' think of more than one or two names, though I know there are dozens. Me, I'm perfectly happy with the good ol' tap water. Marc - Evian and Perrier are really the only two brands that have national market penetration. Of the two, Evian has a bit better name ID (and around here is distributed by the Coke bottler). Lori - Pretty universal....Perrier, I think, is too old to be widely known and Dasani is, I think, too new. Brendan - Perrier is the other. 4 - Type of Wine: Conrad - It (or actually the 'white' varietal) is all the rage around here. Marc - I prefer Cabernet, but with so many varieties, I'm guessing that 2 votes will be the majority. So it's either red or white.. Lori - my first thought was `red' but I figured that was too general. Tom - thing I'll stick with the Dip classic. Brendan - for white wine, I'd say chardonnay which is popular here, but don't know about the US. I'm tempted to be blunt and say `cask', but I bet few others would, so I hope cab sav is as popular there as here. 5 - Cocktail: Conrad - Gee, I really don't know. Does anybody drink Manhattans any more? My mother-in-law did, by the gallon. So I guess in her memory, that's the answer. Marc -The old standby is making a comeback. It's hard to believe that the martini was almost unheard of when I was in school (85-92) and now its the hottest thing. I had a lemongrass martini at Anna Mindari's (sp?) in SF and now I'm on the kick too. Lori - this was a toss-up with Rum & Coke...Martini just sounded better. Tom - although, with the nasty categories this turn, I wouldn't be surprised if some one sent a Molotov your direction.... Brendan - bourbon and coke isn't a cocktail really. Parts Round 6 1 - Car Part 2 - Computer Part 3 - Newspaper Part 4 - Wargame Part 5 - Human Body Part Deadline: September 31, 2003 at noon to wandrew at compuserve.com or via post to POB 201117; Austin TX 78720-1117
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