Fans of the Jeopardy! game show, trivia buffs and plastics experts can have fun with today's column.
J-Archive.com has been collecting all of the answers and questions from Jeopardy! since 1983. I decided to check its archives for plastics-related answers and categories. Here's a sampler, see how you do and don't peek at the answers!
1) Trademark name for a plastic concave throwing disk. (“Plastic concave throwing disk” not as catchy a name.)
2) Once made of ivory, today they're made of plastic and weigh 5½-6 ounces; rack 'em up! (The category was “Having a ball.”)
3) In the 1980s college students were combining football and plastic throwing discs to create this “ultimate” sport.
4) Turns out Barbie, age 52, likes younger guys: This plastic man turned 50 on March 11, 2011.
5) In 2000, Fortune magazine named this toy of plastic “automatic binding blocks” the toy of the past century.
6) Good for retaining heat, Dogloo's plastic doghouses are designed to look like these northern domiciles.
7) Before there was plastic, this badminton playing piece was made with a cork and feathers.
8) This government department recommended duct tape and plastic sheets to seal a room against a chemical attack.
9) It may make you look “Hefty,” but Heloise says a plastic one of these is a great substitute for a raincoat. (The category was “Heloise's college hints.”)
10) You could say that this theme park in Billund, Denmark, was built block by (plastic) block.
11) Andy Warhol said of these, “Plastic's better than dirty, used money.”
12) Australia was the first country to start making bills out of this. They improve security and last much longer than paper bills, if you don't spend them.
13) I am having a skylight made from this, a trademarked name for transparent plastic.
14) “Mr. Flexibility” could have been another name for this popular DC Comics star who premiered in 1941.
15) Peter Hodgson Sr. saw the appeal of synthetic rubber that bounced, and sold it in a plastic egg under this name.
16) Don Featherstone was the ingenious creator of these pink plastic lawn decorations.
17) Plastic containers for leftover food that are fit for a “party.” (The category was “The best little “ware” house.)
18) In 1961, Wham-O introduced this 25-foot-long plastic sheet to America's backyards.
19) In 1982, this aluminum foil company introduced a plastic wrap.
20) Despite its name, this Wooster, Ohio, housewares company makes most of its products from plastic.
21) Dustin Hoffman learns about plastics and then busts up a wedding in this classic 1967 film.
22) In 1951, this company put its Elmer's glue into a plastic squeeze bottle with an orange top.
23) In plastic that's heated, the molecules move around and get tangled, reducing the area of the plastic around an object; hence the name. (The category was “Everyday technology.”)
24) This trademarked DuPont technology protects each fiber of a carpet to prevent stains; you might know it better from cookware.
25) In a line of plastic dolls, her name precedes “Pocket.”
26) Your first bat and ball set may have included this perforated plastic ball that doesn't go very far.
27) This toy from Hasbro uses two revolving plastic discs around an axis.
28) The material that's laid down where pineapples are planted keeps weeds off, retains warmth and keeps moisture in; though it's a strip of plastic rather than organic material, it's called this.
29) The reactor is doing a green chemistry trick invented at Argonne — it's using plastic bags to create these, cylinders 50,000 times thinner than a hair, to increase the surface area and the power of batteries.
30) Camphor is used to make plastics, but it's also a common repellent for these clothes-munchers.
31) Wham-O still sells this hip-hugging plastic toy, though not 25 million in four months, like when it debuted in 1958.
32) These small glass or plastic dishes used to culture microorganisms are named for a German bacteriologist.
33) Alexander Parkes developed this synthetic plastic material in 1856.
34) You can draw and measure angles with this, often a semicircular piece of transparent plastic.
35) Many books offered step-by-step solutions to this six-sided plastic puzzle.
36) An 1890s bottle cap invented by William Painter was lined with this; plastic-lined ones appeared years later.
37) Also known as the Sacco chair, it was designed by Zanotta of Milan and featured a bag filled with plastic beads.
38) In 1983 he skirted 11 islands in Biscayne Bay with sheets of pink plastic.
39) Your average U.S. municipal landfill is over 40 percent of this product, way more than plastic or metal.
40) How you feel when you're happy, or the joy of putting trash in this product's garbage bags, the first plastic ones sold.
41) General term for a substance made of two or more materials, like glass inside a plastic matrix.
42) Trademark name for a laminated heat-resistant plastic used for counter tops and flooring.
43) It often means to cover in clear plastic, like a driver's license or library card.
44) A hinged plastic case designed to hold a compact disc and usually a printed insert or liner.
45) Encarta says clothes with a high content of this plastic fiber “became popular in the 1970s.”
46) Plastic encasing a product against a cardboard sheet is called bubble pack or this more painful name.
47) Polypropylene containers melt at 320° F, so they are safe to put in this appliance that uses 140°-degree water.
48) The “V” in PVC, it's energy-efficient because it's made more of salt than petroleum.
49) The “bubble” types of this headgear associated with early astronauts were made of GE's Lexan.
50) Dow Chemical says this trademarked polystyrene insulation material isn't used to make cups, as often thought
51) Used in plastic bags, HDPE and LDPE stand for these two types of “polyethylene.”
Here are the answers:
1) A Frisbee. 2) Billiard balls. 3) (Ultimate) Frisbee. 4) Ken. 5) Legos. 6) Igloos. 7) A shuttlecock. 8) The Department of Homeland Security. 9) A trash/garbage bag. 10) Legoland. 11) Credit cards. 12) Plastic. 13) Lucite. 14) Plastic Man. 15) Silly Putty. 16) Pink flamingos. 17) Tupperware. 18) Slip 'n Slide. 19) Reynolds. 20) Rubbermaid.
21). The Graduate. 22) Borden's. 23) Shrink wrap. 24) Teflon. 25) Polly. 26) A whiffle ball. 27) A Sit 'n Spin. 28) Mulch. 29) A nanotube. 30) A moth. 31) Hula Hoop. 32) A Petri dish. 33) Celluloid. 34) A protractor. 35) Rubik's Cube. 36) Cork. 37) A bean bag (chair) 38) Christo. 39) Paper. 40) Glad.
41) Composite. 42) Formica. 43) Laminate. 44) Jewel case. 45) Polyester. 46) Blister pack. 47) A dishwasher. 48) Vinyl. 49) Helmets. 50) Styrofoam. 51) High density and low density.
How did you do? After sifting through all the Jeopardy! references to plastics, I can report that someone at the show is a big fan of Silly Putty — it came up multiple times.
Loepp is editor of Plastics News and author of “The Plastics Blog.”