[Puzzleblogger Kevan Choset, October 18, 2005 at 12:50pm] Trackbacks
We're Number Ten!

Each of the items below is number 10 on some list. Determine what rule I have used to make each list. None of them are overly contrived (e.g., "List of Presidents in order of the heights of their wives"). They vary in difficulty quite a bit, and are not sorted in order of difficulty.

And, of course, no googling.

  1. The Spy Who Loved Me

  2. Michael Leavitt

  3. The Grapes of Wrath

  4. The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists

  5. January 29, 2005

  6. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

  7. Super Bowl XII

  8. The Apartment

  9. John Tyler

  10. Self-referential

  11. Worst

  12. Charles Duke

  13. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

  14. And the continuance of their parents' rage

  15. Helen R. Walton

  16. 2 Samuel

UPDATE: I changed item 2. As stated it was incorrect.

Syd (mail):
The Spy Who Loved Me 10th James Bond Movie?
John Tyler: 10th President of the United States
Helen R. Walton: 10th Richest Person in the United States?
10.18.2005 1:56pm
Crank (mail) (www):
I'll guess a few:

The Spy Who Loved Me - 10th James Bond film

Elaine Chao - 10th in line for the presidency

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - 10th highest grossing film of all time?

John Tyler - 10th President of the US

And the continuance of their parents' rage - Has to be the 10th line of a poem, don't know which one.

2 Samuel - 10th book of the Bible.
10.18.2005 1:59pm
Roger Schlafly (www):
10th book in Amazon sales rank? 10th book in the Bible? 10th highest money-grossing movie? 10th on the Puzzleblogger list?
10.18.2005 2:00pm
10th weak puzzle posted this month? The good ideas seemed to run out after that one with the guards.
10.18.2005 2:13pm
Super Bowl XII: Tenth Super Bowl after Super Bowl II?
10.18.2005 2:16pm
Burt Likko (mail) (www):
"And the continuance of their parents' rage" is the tenth line from Romeo and Juliet, which I believe is Shakespeare's tenth play.
10.18.2005 2:18pm
Mark in Colorado:
Charles Duke was the 10th man to walk on the moon (Apollo 16).
10.18.2005 2:20pm
DNL (mail):
Super Bowl XII is the 10th post-merger (AFL/NFL) Super Bowl, and I think the 10th time the name "Super Bowl" was truly used to describe the game.

"Self-referential" is brilliant, Kevan, being the 10th entry on _this_ list. Well done.
10.18.2005 2:20pm
Dustin Ragan (mail) (www):
I believe that Super Bowl XII is the tenth superbowl to actually have that name, the others were applied retroactively.
10.18.2005 2:23pm
"And the continuance of their parents' rage" - Tenth line of "Romeo and Juliet"

Super Bowl XII - Tenth such game after official adoption of the name "Super Bowl" (I and II were so designated retroactively)
10.18.2005 2:24pm
Joe Ginder:
Grapes of Wrath - 10th on the AFI top 100?
10.18.2005 2:27pm
Joe Ginder:
googled it - I'm wrong.
10.18.2005 2:28pm
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: Katherine Hepburn's 10's Acadamy Award nomination for best actress (but only the NINTH Hepburn-Tracy movie).
10.18.2005 2:34pm
Crank (mail) (www):
January 29, 2005 - 10th day of G.W. Bush's second term?
10.18.2005 2:34pm
MDM (mail) (www):
4. 10th on this week's NY Times bestseller list?
6. Well, it's not 10th on either domestic or worldwide highest grosser lists...
13. Katharine Hepburn's 10th Academy Award nomination.
10.18.2005 2:37pm
jdubya (mail):
"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" 10th film for which an African-American was nomitated for an oscar?
10.18.2005 2:37pm
uh clem (mail):

Rank this puzzle on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being "Best" and 10th being "Worst"
10.18.2005 2:38pm
Witness (mail):
As bad as this one is, it's not nearly as weak as the subpoena one. I think it's time for Eugene to rethink this whole "Puzzleblogger" thing (or at least get someone who can come up with some interesting puzzles).
10.18.2005 2:45pm
Adam (mail) (www):
Elaine Chao was born in Taiwan and is ineligible for the Presidency. #10 is Michael Leavitt.
10.18.2005 2:51pm
uh clem (mail):
My explanation of item 11 - Worst - was just that, an explanation, not an opinion of this puzzle.

I'd give this one an 8.
10.18.2005 2:59pm
Adrian (mail):
Super Bowl XII could also be 10th on the list of most-watched TV programs. About half of that list are various Super Bowls.
10.18.2005 3:06pm
master betty (mail):
The puzzle is not what list each entry comes from, but rather "what rule did you use to create the list." I just can't see any logical connection between the lists.


The Spy Who Loved Me - 10th Bond film

Elaine Chao - 10th in line of succession to POTUS

The Grapes of Wrath - 10th Steinbeck novel;10th best-selling fiction??

The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists - current No. 10 best seller??

January 29, 2005 - 10th puzzle in this series

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - 10th highest grossing film

Super Bowl XII - Dallas 27 - Denver 10???

The Apartment - 10 oscar nominations??

John Tyler - 10th President

Self-referential -10th item in this list

Worst - ??

Charles Duke - 10th man to walk on the moon

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner - 10th Hepburn-Tracy film (I thought they didn't make that many, but maybe they did)

And the continuance of their parents' rage - No clue - I'll go with 10th line in something by...Shakespeare? Red Badge of Courage?

Helen R. Walton - 10th in Forbes richest

2 Samuel - 10th book of the bible
10.18.2005 3:09pm
Kevan Choset (mail):
For John Tyler, I was trying to be tricky and listed the 10th Vice President. But, coincidentally, he was the 10th President, so all you who guessed that are correct.

Here are the ones that have been solved so far:

1) 10th James Bond film
2) Presidential succession, though, as pointed out, she's ineligible, so the real 10th is HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt
3) ??
4) Amazon's 10th highest bestseller (as of the time of my posting the puzzle)
5) The 10th day of this presidential term
6) The 10th highest grossing film of all time (worldwide)
7) ??
8) ??
9) The 10th President/Vice-President
10) The 10th item in this quiz
11) ??
12) The 10th person to walk on the moon
13) Hepburn's 10th Oscar nomination
14) The 10th line of Romeo and Juliet
15) The 10th richest person in America
16) The 10th book of the Old Testament
10.18.2005 3:10pm
Kevan Choset (mail):
Yes, Super Bowl XII was the 10th most watched television program of all time.
10.18.2005 3:11pm
Syd Henderson (mail):
Worst: 10th most common word in English?
10.18.2005 3:13pm
Master Shake:
Master Betty, you are overruled by mastershake. He stated that there are a number of lists, and each item is number ten on its respective list. The puzzle is to determine what rule was used for creating each of those lists, not what the connection between the lists is.
10.18.2005 3:15pm
Adrian (mail):
Worst - 10th most frequently misspelled word?
10.18.2005 3:18pm
"Worst" is the tenth word of a VERY famous quote...
10.18.2005 3:19pm
Kevan Choset (mail):
Well done. I thought that was the hardest one. And fully ungooglable.
10.18.2005 3:23pm
Steve K:
Guess Who's Coming... is the tenth Tracy/Hepburn picture. No, I like the tenth Oscar nomination for Hepburn better.

Fellowship Of The Rings--the tenth highest grossing worldwide picture (or will be soon).

Charles Duke, tenth person on the moon.

Grapes of Wrath. Steinbeck's tenth book.

Self-referential--tenth on your list.

Super Bowl XII0-the tenth highest scoring? Lowest scoring?

The Apartment--tenth Billy Wilder screenplay nominated for an Oscar.
10.18.2005 3:23pm
10th word of "it was the best of times; it was the worst of times"
10.18.2005 3:25pm
Steve K:
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
10.18.2005 3:25pm
Crank (mail) (www):
10.18.2005 3:26pm
Kevan Choset (mail):
Bonus points for this one:
10.18.2005 3:27pm
Stupid monkey!
10.18.2005 3:30pm
You stupid monkey!
10.18.2005 3:33pm
Nobody (mail):
I assume that "blurst" would have been much more googleable.
10.18.2005 3:41pm
Kevan Choset (mail):
Yes, the second google result for "blurst" gives the answer.
10.18.2005 3:55pm
Reader from Boston:
The Apartment was nominated for 10 Oscars (won 5/ lost 5)
10.18.2005 3:56pm
Kevan Choset (mail):
"The Apartment" is not referring to the movie.
10.18.2005 4:08pm
Grapes of Wrath was Steinbeck's 10th published book, though not his 10th novel, as some of his other works were short story collections.

I'm going to stick up and say I like these quizzes. If you don't like them, why are you posting here? The Volokh Conspiracy does have a feature allowing you to block seeing any contributors you don't like; try that.
10.18.2005 4:20pm
Jay Welch (mail):
Tenth overall episode of Seinfeld. (Fifth episode of Season 2).

Coincidentally, this Seinfeld episode is about a tenth as good as the Billy Wilder movie.
10.18.2005 4:21pm
uh clem (mail):
Well, "The Apartment" the movie is definitely #10 on the list of films directed by Billy Wilder.

Granted, this list is in reverse cronological order, but I still think you've got to take it as an acceptable answer.

So what are you after really? #10 Downing Street?
10.18.2005 4:26pm
pooryoric (mail) (www):
I like them, too, Kevan - even though I don't do very well with them :-)

Pay no attention to the whiners.
10.18.2005 4:31pm
Goober (mail):
I like the quizzes, too, but Kevan sometimes makes me feel dumber than does Will Shortz on a Saturday.
10.18.2005 5:28pm
J. Nix:
Please stop being mean to Mr. Choset. I love the puzzles. If I didn't, I wouldn't let it bother me, and I certainly wouldn't say mean things about Mr. Choset.
10.18.2005 5:45pm
DW (mail):
by what counting is 2 Samuel the 10th book of the bible? In many bibles (including the Jewish counting) it is the 9th book.
10.20.2005 2:49pm