Posted by: mattcolvin | November 24, 2016

Jeopardy for Colvin Kids


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I wrote this Jeopardy game for our kids. The categories are various Bible topics and books and places which they know well. If you’re from Davao City and know the Bible, Rick Riordan books, and especially Calvin and Hobbes, you might enjoy this game.

Phrases from the Psalms

  1. Psalm 119:83 says “Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me? For I am become like a _________ in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.”
  2. We suspect that Psalm 102 may not be translating the names of birds perfectly correctly when it says, “I am like a ______________ of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.”
  3. Psalm 23 boasts that the psalmist will “fear no evil” even though he walks through this frightful location.
  4. Four times, Psalm 107 voices the wish that “that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to…” this very general category of people.
  5. Probably the Hebrew of Psalm 103 meant to refer to the mythical Phoenix when it said that God “satisfieth thy mouth with good [things; so that] thy youth is renewed like” this bird.

Answers: — BOTTLE or WINESKIN — PELICAN — VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH — THE CHILDREN OF MEN — THE EAGLE

Book of Common Prayer

  1. The Collect for Purity asks God to “cleanse the thoughts of our hearts” by this means.
  2. The Prayer of Humble Access says that we are not worthy to gather up these objects.
  3. When the offering is collected, the priest says this sentence from 1 Chronicles 29.
  4. Before Holy Communion, the priest invited the people to “Draw near with faith, and take this holy Sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confession to Almighty God,” while they are doing this action.
  5. During Holy Communion, the bread is administered with an exhortation to “eat this in remembrance that Christ died for thee, and feed on him in thy heart by faith with” this.

Answers: — THE INSPIRATION OF THY HOLY SPIRIT — CRUMBS UNDER THY TABLE — “ALL THINGS COME OF THEE, O LORD, AND OF THINE OWN HAVE WE GIVEN THEE.” — “DEVOUTLY KNEELING” — THANKSGIVING

Bible Names the Same

  1. One baked heart-shaped cakes for her half brother. The other ended up married to two brothers in succession and engaged to the third. One is the daughter-in-law of Judah. The other is the sister of Absalom.
  2. One man of this name was a son of Gideon in the book of Judges. Another was a king of Gerar who took Abraham’s wife Sarah for himself. It’s likely that this name was actually a title, since it means “my father is king”.
  3. One was surnamed Agrippa and was married to Bernice; the one in most of the book of Acts, who arrested Peter and killed James was surnamed Antipas. Both were descended from the founder of their dynasty, nicknamed “the great”, who tried to kill baby Jesus. Name these Idumean kings.
  4. One was the high priest in Zechariah chapter 3, who is clothed in filthy garments before being given new rainent; the other is the son of Nun whom God commands to be “strong and of good courage”.
  5. One was a great sea monster mentioned as having been broken in pieces “like one that is slain” in Psalm 89. The other tied a scarlet cord in her window and sheltered the Israelite spies in Jericho.

Answer: — TAMAR — ABIMELECH — HEROD — JOSHUA — RAHAB

Miracles in the Gospels

  1. The first miracle told in the gospel of John,  Jesus did it at a wedding in Cana of Galilee.
  2. It’s an unusual source for tax money, but Jesus told Simon Peter to find a large silver coin in this place to pay the temple tax.
  3. The Pool of Siloam was a little muddier when this man obeyed Jesus’ instructions and washed off the mud that He had put on this man in order to heal him of this infirmity.
  4. Name the first miracle that Satan dared Jesus to do in his temptation in the wilderness.
  5. When Jesus commands Lazarus’ grave to be opened, Martha objects that there will be a stink because he has been dead for this many days.

Answer: —CHANGING WATER TO WINE — THE MOUTH OF A FISH — BLINDNESS — COMMAND THESE STONES TO BECOME BREAD — FOUR

Norse myths

  1. At Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods, this thing will be broken apart. It is guarded by Heimdall, and reaches between Asgard and Midgard. Name this rainbow bridge.
  2. It is mentioned in Beowulf as having been stolen by Hama. In the Poetic Edda, Thor borrows this object when he disguises himself as a goddess and attends a wedding in Jotunheim. Name this amber necklace belonging to Freya.
  3. With a name meaning “golden mane”, this animal is one of the magical objects crafted by the sons of Ivaldi. Its hairs glow in the dark. It was made when Brokkr worked the bellows and Eitri threw a pig’s skin into the furnace. Name this wild boar belonging to Freyr.
  4. Another of Freyr’s possessions is this object, which Gangleri says sounds like a wonderful object, but that it must have taken a lot of magic to create it. Name this ship that folds up like a cloth until it fits in a pocket.
  5. Because Loki turned into a fly and bit the dwarf Brokkr on the eyelids, this object has a too-short handle. Name this hammer capable of leveling mountains when wielded by Thor.

Answers: — BIFROST — BRISINGAMEN — GULLINBURSTI — SKIDBLADNIR — MJOLLNIR

Calvin and Hobbes

  1. His necktie’s skinny end sticks out lower than the wide end. He’s bald, with glasses, and he hates his job, mostly because he has to deal with Calvin and other ill behaved schoolchildren sent to him by Mrs. Wormwood. Name the principal at Calvin’s school.
  2. Calvin made a “historical marker” telling how 40 of these “met a gruesome fate on this spot”. One has a tree sticking through its belly. Another has his head sawn through by Calvin doing “brain surgery”. Another is holding his own head. Another has two heads. Calvin’s mom is not amused by his “house of horrors” featuring these creations made from frozen water.
  3. When faced with a story problem in math class, Calvin turns into this character with two buddies, one travels in a holster, the other in a hip flask. He doesn’t want to do the story problem, but “the dame was persuasive”. It says on his door that he’s a private eye.
  4. Quorg, Plutarg, Mordo, Gorzarg-5, Ahnooie-4, ZK-5, and Mysterio-6 are all examples of these, visited by the intrepid Spaceman Spiff.
  5. It is the site of most of Calvin’s philosophical conversations, although Hobbes is usually shouting things like “Tree!” or “Lake!” It is used to transport them to Mars, and once ends up in the top of a tree. Name this red, wheeled vehicle.

— Mr. SPITTLE — SNOWMEN — TRACER BULLET — PLANETS — CALVIN’S WAGON

More Calvin & Hobbes

  1. Every time Calvin does this, his dad saves a couple hundred dollars. It can be accomplished by eating yucky food, learning to ride a bike, having diarrhea, enduring cold weather, and above all, camping in the rain.
  2. They can be improved by later bedtimes, higher allowance, or driving lessons. The downward graph requires Calvin to append extra sheets of paper in order to display this plummeting number. What is this statistic, frequently reported by Calvin to his father in his roll as campaign manager.
  3. It is painted purple on the outside. In one strip, it is destroyed by a tank; in another, by an F-15 fighter jet, leaving only a crater. Name this place where Calvin is usually bored and daydreaming.
  4. It’s likely that his maladjusted antisocial tendencies are the product of his berserk pituitary gland. He usually calls Calvin “Twinky”. Name this school bully.
  5. It appears to be whistling, but that may be because its skull is actually a coke bottle. Capable of eating an Ultrasaurus in a single bite, it is easily the largest meat-eating animal ever to walk the earth. Name this dinosaur that Calvin discovered.

Answers: — BUILD CHARACTER — DAD’S POLLS or APPROVAL RATING — SCHOOL — MOE — CALVINOSAURUS

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  1. This poor man was destroyed simultaneously by an airliner crashing on his house; by a fifty-car freight train jumping he tracks and landing on his house; by an earthquake fault line opening below it; and by a massive gas explosion when he tried to light his stove with a match. Name this inhabitant of Calvin’s sandbox.
  2. Zqfmgb is a worm found in New Guinea. Zygomorphic and Nucleoplasm net Hobbes nearly 200 points, while Calvin plays “be” and “in” before kicking the board over in frustration. Name this popular board game that “really does teach new words”.
  3. Calvin tries to trade bubble gum cards of this character with Susie. Described as a “defender of Truth, Justice, and the American Way”, he features in a series of comic books, but Calvin also changes into him in a closet. Name this super-hero.
  4. Unable to memorize his spelling words, Calvin uses his transmogrified to assume this form. Susie sees him outside all covered with mud, and Calvin jokes that he and Hobbes look like symbols of the Republican Party and Tammany Hall. Name this animal.
  5. This place shares its name with a Stan Rogers song. This place is the start of most of Calvin’s wagon rides. Hobbes thinks it is named for its great view, but Calvin says it’s from what he shouts whenever they begin their trip. Name this starting point of many a wagon ride.

Answers: — FARMER BROWN — SCRABBLE — CAPTAIN NAPALM — ELEPHANT — LOOKOUT HILL

Percy Jackson

  1. Body odor that smelled like moldy garlic pizza wrapped in gym shorts is the hallmark of this character, who manages an electronics mega mart. Name this man who has to return the money he got from insurance when Percy’s mom Sally returns from Hades.
  2. She sends spiders to bite Annabeth as a baby, and eventually traps her and pulls her and Percy down to Tartarus. Name this greatest of weavers.
  3. Located on Long Island on land stolen from Polyphemus’ island, its cover name is Delphi Strawberry Service. Name this establishment for training demigods, presided over by Mr. D.
  4. She is close friends with Luke Castellan. This foster-child of Artemis is revived with the Golden Fleece. Name this daughter of Zeus who is turned into a pine tree on Half-Blood Hill.
  5. Percy meets this creature trapped in a net and sets it free. If it is killed and its entrails burned, it would destroy the gods. Fortunately, it ends up safe in a spherical aquarium in Olympus. Name this creature, half snake, half bull.

Answers: — GABE UGLIANO — ARACHNE — CAMP HALF-BLOOD — THALIA GRACE — OPHIOTAURUS

The Philippines

  1. Located in the Shrine Hills of Matina, this place offers a good view of the Davao Gulf, so that the Japanese could watch the invasion by the Americans. Name this site with a Japanese tunnel, a waterslide, and a fake Zero fighter plane on the crest of the hill.
  2. It has parking for 1200 cars, and the Symanziks once had a crash in its parking garage. Part of its driveway cracked due to subsidence from the nearby AEON towers foundation. Name this huge mall on J.P. Laurel avenue.
  3. A sign in this building forbids the taking of pictures, while other signs forbid “fixers”. The building is presided over by the chief signing officer, Eddie P. DeLima, but all the work is done by others. They can fingerprint you, but there are no paper towels in the restroom. Name this infuriating office across from Victoria Plaza.
  4. The usual fare is about 25-40 pesos. They aren’t allowed on JP Laurel, but they can carry lumber, pigs, and up to nine people — though one may have to get out if the vehicle tips up. Name these usually yellow means of transportation.
  5. Located in the Buhangin district, it used to be home to the UP Mindanao campus. Its clubhouse is a popular site for wedding receptions, but the swimming pool may be “not available, ma’am-sir”, and the slick tennis courts are good for skating. Name this gated neighborhood.

Answers: — JACK’S RIDGE — ABREEZA — BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION — TRICYCABS — LADISLAWA GARDEN VILLAGE

The Philippines, 2

  1. This island’s name means “deserted”. Home to the La Isla Bonita Resort, it is located off the tip of Samal. Name this place where we went snorkeling a few times.
  2. Full of potholes and dust, it intersects Quimpo Blvd and Maya St near the Overland Bus Terminal and the Hall of Justice. Name this street, home to Davao Covenant Reformed Church.
  3. When the moon is full in August, the ancient inhabitants of Mindanao used to have this celebration. Nowadays, there’s a parade and dancing competition, and the malls are decorated with fruit and orchids. Name this Davao harvest festival.
  4. After the Revolution of 1986, he served seven terms as mayor, interrupted briefly by his daughter Sara. He has insulted the pope and the American ambassador, and is waging a war on drugs. Name this outspoken politician, nicknamed “Digong”.
  5. There are nearly half a million of them in the Philippines, and half that many in Indonesia. Their mythology says that they were towed into Mindanao by a giant stingray. They make their houses on stilts and dress in colorful fabric. Name these “sea gypsies”.

Answers: — TALIKUD — CANDELARIA STREET — KADAYAWAN — Rodrigo DUTERTE — BADJAO or SAMA-BADJAO

 

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