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Artist of the Week III – Quiz #28

July 14, 2019


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2019 Artists of the Week (so far): George Harrison, Notorious B.I.G., Amy Winehouse, Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Gorillaz, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, Cheap Trick, Can, Kanye West, Fleetwood Mac, Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, Black Sabbath, Tina Turner, Jeff Buckley, The Monkees, Fiona Apple, Kiss, Dr. Dre, Ella Fitzgerald, Pixies, Supertramp, The Strokes


My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified The Strokes last week.

The results after 27 weeks (as of Thursday afternoon – results submitted after that time will be added to next week’s spreadsheet):


after 27


Ready for Quiz #28?



Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!


Artist of the Week #28
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)


500 points………………..American rapper/actor/writer/philanthropist, born in Chicago in 1972 (birth name Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn), his album, Like Water for Chocolate, is on the 1001 list






400 points……………….His collaboration with John Legend, Glory (the theme song from the film Selma), won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Song






300 points……………….To solve the fraction problem below, you would multiply all terms by the Lowest __________ Denominator (in this case, 6)*







200 points………………..An antonym for unusual or rare (or the repeating lyric in Deep Blue Something’s Breakfast at Tiffany‘s, “You say that we’ve got nothing in _________, no _________ ground to start from”)







100 points………………..The artist is C__________






Answer: الكومنولث دون ثروة

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!


Verbalize the Positive

1. I had to do a bit of fun problem solving with the google translate today – ironically, his stage name wasn’t a routine/ordinary translation

2. *When you hear someone complaining about having to learn fractions (“when are we ever going to need this?”), tell them it just might come in handy on a 300 point clue some day!

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  1. 300, my perfect streak is over. I really like the one song I know by him, so should check out more.

    • What a streak it was!

      • I’m not dismissive of hip hop, but I’m certainly less well versed in it than in rock and pop. I should listen to some. I’ve thumbed through the book a lot, and don’t remember the album title at all – I just double checked it was in the 2005 edition, which it was!

      • I believe in the newer versions of the book he has another album as well – so either this one or 2005’s “Be” are probably the good starting points!

  2. Harrison permalink

    300 please

  3. 200 and I think I missed some quizzes, aah

  4. 500 for me again please! I’m a fan of a few of his albums.

    • Exemplary work, J! I only know Like Water so far, I gather he’s got a newer one in one of the revised editions of the 1001 list as well

      • I would assume Be is in there… I think that was one of those big moments for him and hip hop and that’s kinda what the list is about, eh?

      • That seems to be exactly the kind of thing the list is about! It’s not in my version (that ends in 2005) but it does appear in later versions of the 1001 list. Not sure what it replaced to keep the count at 1001!

  5. 200 by figuring it out. But never heard of him.

  6. 300 points please. It is UNUSUAL for the Math problem to be the place where I find the answer to anything.

  7. 300 just because maths. I’ve no idea who this is.

    • I’m pleased the maths led to the correct answer, even if you’re not familiar with the artist himself!

  8. Thanks for the math. 300 today.

  9. 300 thanks to my maths skills. In the two(?) years I’ve been doing the quiz he’s the first artist I’ve never heard of. I feel like the judge in the Mick’n’Keith trial: “Counsel for the prosecution, what on earth IS a Rolling Stone?”

    • Haha, I hadn’t heard that line from the trial transcript!
      And admittedly, I’m less familiar with him than many of the other artists, as evidenced by questions about fractions rather than about the rest of his discography!

  10. Zack permalink

    300. I know my fractions.

  11. Ok, first of all, it is way too early for any kind of math equations here! haha.
    Secondly, are you not off on vacation right now Geoff??!!
    Thirdly I crapped out at a 100!
    Stumped man. Totally Stumped!
    Carry On…

    • Haha, too true Deke – though what’s the old saying, you can take the teacher out of the math class but not the math class out of the teacher?!!

      • Time to cue up School’s Out by the Coop Geoff!

      • Aaron sent me the 8-track of School’s Out a couple years ago – not that I never need an excuse to cue up the Coop, but that’s just another added layer of enjoyment for that album & its seasonal title track!

      • Timeless Gem that one!

  12. 400 for me, but only because the John Legend reference and the movie. Would not have gotten it that early with it.

  13. 300. Thank heavens for algebra.

  14. jprobichaud permalink

    300 for me too. Not my genre.

  15. 500 nailed from the album title…

  16. 300. I’m glad something I learned age 8 saved me from a ‘cero’ this week. Though knowing the infectious Breakfast at Tiffany’s track would have helped too!

    Hindi word for today’s artist would be ‘साधारण or in English script “sadharan”.

    • It is a rather infectious track, isn’t it!
      And I like those translation options too, enjoy the week Amrita!

      • Breakfast at Tiffany’s has been going around in my head since attempting this quiz! Another word for this week’s artist in Hindi is “aam”, which is also the word for mango!

      • I love those words that have duplicate meanings – in French, ‘avocat’ could mean lawyer or avocado!

  17. 300 for me please. It was the math clue that landed it, and normally I’m rubbish at maths! Quelle chance! 🙂

  18. 300… I’m revising for a Physics test so I have maths on my mind!

  19. Only 300 for me. Please make all Deep Blue Something lyric clues worth 500 points in the future. Mika got it at 400.

    • If I ever have a quiz for the artist “Tiffany” (that sang I think we’re alone now), you can guess what the 500 clue might be!

  20. Alright, I should be in the window now and I earned a 300 this week. Not bad since I have never heard of this person and suck at math.

  21. Am I too late to claim a maths-based 300, please?

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