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Here's this week's quiz:
The inspiration for this week's thingamajig comes from a NY Daily News article
about the new movie, Flash of Genius. That movie reportedly is about a real inventor of an actual device, as certain kind of windshield wiper.
This week's quizzz concerns fictional inventions, devices, and gizmos. Let's crank 'em up and see if they work:
1. The cloak of invisibility is just one of many useful items in the bag of tricks used by this young wizard/ contemporary cultural phenom. Name him.
2. Medieval Jewish folklore features this man-made walking mannikin shaped from clay. What's the term for him or it?
3. In the same vein as question #2, Karel Capek's play "R.U.R" brought which term for a mechanical man into the language?
4. First published in 1869, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea presented an submarine which actually came into existence and widespread military use decades later. Name the author.
5. Fred MacMurray played the title role of"the absent-minded professor" in the 1961 Disney movie. What comically volatile substance did he invent?
6. In some Arthurian legends, the future king comes his mighty weapon from a magical lady in a lake. In others, he acquires it by extracting it out of a huge rock. What's the name of this sword?
7. A time-traveling device appeared in an 1895 British novel by which visionary writer?
8. And speaking of time travel, in a wildly-popular movie trilogy, Doc Brown and his protege, Marty McFly, race back to the future in a device inside his souped-up DeLorean. What was it called?
9. This character, good or evil depending on how you look at him, used a musical instrument as part of a city-wide extermination business. Who was he?
10. "Ice Nine" was a scientific breakthrough with deadly results -- namely it could freeze every molecule of water on the planet, effectively ending Life As We Know It. Name the iconic American novelist who featured "ice nine" in Cat's Cradle He passed away in 2007.
1. Harry Potter 2. golem 3. robot 4. Jules Verne 5. flubber 6. Excalibur
7. H. G. Wells 8. flux capacitor 9. The Pied Piper 10. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.