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10th Annual Panorama Challenge: 2nd Half Q&As

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Here’s the second half Questions & Answers for the 10th Panorama Challenge  (again, any part of an answer in parentheses was not required, or was an alternate acceptable answer):


16) The mill, once here, was built at the water’s edge by a guy named Wolfert. It was operated by what regular force? Challengers, What made the mill go? TIDES

This “creek” and this nearby neighborhood both have Wolfert’s last name. Pros, Please correctly spell his last name. GERRITSEN

17) The mill, now in the botanical gardens, here, was built for a French family firm in the 1840’s, to create what tobacco product SNUFF

Pros, please correctly spell the name of that French family firm, which was also attached to products like Newport and Kent. LORILLARD

18) In the 1670s Jan Martense Schenck built a home and ran a mill, here, in this appropriately named neighborhood. Challengers, please name the neighborhood. MILL BASIN

Pros, where is Schenck’s house now?  BROOKLYN MUSEUM


19) Over two days in March, 21 inches of snow fell, killing 200 and knocking down miles of overhead wires. During the storm Roscoe Conkling walked three hours to try to get to his club here where a statue of him stands today. Unfortunately he was trapped in a snowbank for 20 minutes, caught pneumonia, died shortly afterwards and became the blizzard’s most famous victim. Challengers, what year was this storm? 1888

Conkling was a big deal politician. But he once quit the US Senate. And he is the last person to turn down what lifetime appointment after being confirmed by Congress? Pros, what position did Conkling turn down? SUPREME COURT (JUSTICE or JUDGE)

20) It’s 1969 and Queens is hit with 20 inches of snow. The Stock Market is closed. 42 people die, half of them in Queens. When the Mayor tries to visit, his limo gets stuck, here, in Rego Park. Later he’s booed and pelted with snowballs. Challengers, who was the mayor during this storm? JOHN LINDSAY

Pros, Rego Park is not named for a person or place. Where does the name come from? REAL GOOD (CONSTRUCTION COMPANY)

21) In 1992 MC Shan produced the number one hit “Informer” for the Canadian artist SNOW. See what we did there? Shan is from here, the largest public housing project in the US. Challengers, What is the name of this complex? QUEENSBRIDGE (HOUSES)

Two years later another resident, the son of jazz musician Olu Dara, released his influential first album Illmatic. What is his name? NAS (NASIR bin OLU DARA JONES)


22) In 1657, here, members of the Religious Society of Friends, and other Flushing residents, signed a petition requesting the freedom to worship as they wished. Challengers, what is the common name for this group – the Religious Society of Friends? QUAKERS

Pros, what is the common name of that 1657 document they sent to Peter Stuyvesant? FLUSHING REMONSTRANCE

23) Residents of City Island complain about the noise the NYPD makes, here. And since every officer is supposed to visit twice a year to practice, it does get loud. Challengers, what NYPD facility is found here? FIRING RANGE (GUN/RIFLE RANGE) (PISTOL PRACTICE)

The facility is generally referred to by its location, this ‘Neck’ off Pelham Bay Park. Pros, what neck is it? RODMAN(S)

24) Although the amusement park, here, no longer bears her name, the Parks department still honors which pioneering journalist who wrote Around the World in 72 Days and 10 Days in a Madhouse. Challengers, what this fearless female’s name? NELLY BLY (ELIZABETH COCHRAN SEAMAN)

Pros, In 1904 she took over the Iron Clad Manufacturing company, here, in Bushwick, and, according to the American Oil and Gas Historical Society, pioneered the use of what ubiquitous container? STEEL OIL DRUM (55 GALLON DRUM) (MODERN OIL BARREL)


We’re going to take the subway from one place to another but the start and finish will have something in common.

25) Want to spend the afternoon watching Thor and take a ride to watch the Ride of the Valkyries at night? Get on the train at Willets Point, here, and transfer at Times Square. Then get off here, at 66th street. Challengers, Explain your voyage. FROM THE METS TO THE MET OPERA
Pros, which trains did you take? 7 to 1

26) Your bet on that stock hasn’t exactly panned out. Get on the train by Trinity Church, transfer at Fulton and travel all the way to North Conduit, here. Challengers, what casino are you at now RESORT(S) WORLD

The casino is run by Genting Group. Pros, In which Asian country are they based? MALAYSIA

27) Let’s start at the Franklin Avenue station and transfer to the 4 or 5 at the Botanic Gardens. Transfer again at Grand Central and get off the train at the end of the line, in Times Square. Challengers, think carefully about the start and finish of this journey. What have we done? SHUTTLE TO SHUTTLE (S TO S)

Pros, The last leg of our journey wasn’t always so short. In what year did this track enter service – but for a different purpose? 1904


28) Here at the 42nd street library you’ll find a glass case with several storybook characters inside. (AUDIO CLUE) What is the name of the author who created them? AA MILNE

Pros, The author and his son were tired of the characters. But they didn’t give them to the library. Who did? HIS PUBLISHER (DUTTON)

29) Here in Greenwich Village you could find this poet who, by his death in 1962, was considered to be America’s most read – if you didn’t mind his weird punctuation and capitalization. (AUDIO CLUE) Challengers, what is the poet’s name? EE CUMMINGS

Pros, Starting in 1924 he lived on what was essentially a dead-end gated alleyway. What is the name of the street where the poet lived?  PATCHIN PLACE

30) Even though he’s on NCIS Los Angeles, he’s from here, in Hollis. (AUDIO CLUE) Challengers, What is his name? LL COOL J

His first album was also the first official release from what label, co-founded by Russell Simmons and NYU student Rick Rubin? Pros, we’re looking for the name of the record label. DEF JAM

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