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 their 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 51/2-6 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.
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.
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.