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Friday, 19 December
Results!

Well, that was fun, at least for me, anyway. Thanks to all who played. The big winner is a frightening lunatic named J. Rogers, who actually responded with an answer for all 25.

Some things became clear almost immediately: for one, I should never have used "silver spoon," as it is a pretty stock phrase, and shows up in multiple songs, like "Gold Dust Woman" and Everlast's "What It's Like." Second, NOBODY got my original reference for the phrase "stand naked," which was Bob Dylan's "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)," but even worse, our winner made me feel plank-stupid by noticing that the same phrase is used in The Who's "Bargain." The most common trip-up was thinking of "Your Momma Don't Dance and Your Daddy Don't Rock and Roll" for "don't dance," but I specifically said I wouldn't use phrases that were completely used in titles. I was actually thinking of "Safety Dance" when I wrote it, but I could have picked a better one that that, I think.

Anyway! Here are the complete answers. And to those of you who responded with challenges of your own: I thank you for making me realize how much I suck for doing this in the first place. What a pain in the ass these are.

1. choking smokers--The Beatles, "I Am the Walrus"
2. devil too--XTC, "Dear God"
3. grey eyes--New Order, "Temptation"
4. fruit cage--Peter Gabriel "Sledgehammer"
5. supple wrist--The Who, "Pinball Wizard"
6. silver spoon--Harry Chapin, "Cat's in the Cradle"
7. sixty-five degrees--Talking Heads, "Burning Down the House"
8. watch dynasty--Prince, "Kiss"
9. needs sweeping--The Beatles, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
10. halfway there--Bon Jovi, "Livin' On A Prayer"
11. done died--Aerosmith, "Sweet Emotion"
12. god money--Nine Inch Nails, "Head Like A Hole"
13. don't dance--Men Without Hats, "Safety Dance"
14. face north--REM, "Stand"
15. stand naked--Bob Dylan, "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)"
16. baggage carousel--Squeeze, "Tempted"
17. city walls--U2, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
18. slicing up--Pixies, "Debaser"
19. loves horses--Tom Petty, "Free Fallin'"
20. hickory stump--Charlie Daniels, "Devil Went Down to Georgia"
21. 'til touchdown--Elton John, "Rocket Man"
22. be double--The Clash, "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"
23. lost myself--Radiohead, "Karma Police"
24. late September--Rod Stewart, "Maggie May"
25. be abused--Eurythmics, "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"

Congratulations to J. "Mr." Rogers! Send me your address, and I'll send you something crappy, like a box of lizards!


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Box of lizards sounds like a nice gift to me.

Comment number: 002115   Posted by: norm on December 19, 2003 08:25 AM from IP: 160.94.209.10

How about a broken toaster for a prize?

Comment number: 002117   Posted by: Tracy on December 19, 2003 12:33 PM from IP: 24.136.221.1

Hey, hey! There's nothing crappy about a box of lizards! Er... at least to a herpetologist ;)

(Except, of course, if it was a box of dead lizards. That would be pretty crappy.)

Comment number: 002118   Posted by: dave on December 19, 2003 01:35 PM from IP: 12.109.16.140

And all I can think of is The Grapes of Wrath...

"Pa'd crap a litter of lizards..."

Comment number: 002123   Posted by: Mixmaster Mikey on December 21, 2003 06:37 PM from IP: 68.52.13.98

"Silver spoon" evokes Witchy Woman and Gold Dust Woman. Cat's in the Cradle? You're crazy, dude.

Now all three of those songs are stuck in my head in a bewildering little medley. I guess I brought this on myself.

I hate my life.

Comment number: 002883   Posted by: CG on March 3, 2004 10:26 AM from IP: 68.160.206.167

"Silver spoon" evokes Witchy Woman and Gold Dust Woman. Cat's in the Cradle? You're crazy, dude.

Now all three of those songs are stuck in my head in a bewildering little medley. I guess I brought this on myself.

I hate my life.

Comment number: 002884   Posted by: CG on March 3, 2004 10:26 AM from IP: 68.160.206.167

Crap. Sorry about the double post, dude. No idea what happened there.
My iBook hates me. And I hate it. I'm sorry to drag you into this feud.

Comment number: 002885   Posted by: CG on March 3, 2004 10:27 AM from IP: 68.160.206.167

There's an alternative to #23 - Jeff Buckley "Lilac Wine"

Comment number: 003332   Posted by: Rohan on May 31, 2004 10:53 PM from IP: 61.88.188.142

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