By the Numbers
Hope-Pourri
Around the House
A Person Walks into a “Bar”
Musical Theater
100

A cycle with only one wheel

What is unicycle? Since there’s no handlebar, riders steer the unicycle by gripping the seat with their legs and twisting their body.

100

 Children’s oath: Cross my heart and [three missing words]. It means “I promise I’m telling the truth.”

What is hope to die? It comes from the 20th-century poem that begins: Cross my heart and hope to die, Stick a needle in my eye.

100

This occupies the same building as the U.S. House of Representatives

: What is U.S. Senate?

100

Trades made without the exchange of money

: What is barter?

100

) In this musical, Tevye sings “If I Were a Rich Man.

What is Fiddler on the Roof? Tevye, played originally by Zero Mostel, is a Jewish milkman in Russia.

200

A song performed by two singers

What is duet? Sonny and Cher’s “I’ve Got You Babe” is a famous duet

200

This most famous precious gem in the world is on display at the Smithsonian Institution.

What is Hope Diamond?

200

Professional who draws up plans for a house

: Who is architect (or draftsman, drafter, etc.). The difference between a drafter and an architect is that a drafter is not limited to drafting designs for buildings; they also design other structures such as highways bridges, sewage systems, etc.

200

Streisand of singing and acting fame

Who is Barbra?

200

) A postulant leaves the convent temporarily to become a governess for the Von Trapp family in the Austrian Alps. Instead of returning to the convent, she marries her boss in this Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical.

: What is The Sound of Music?

400

In 1973, this fast-food chain added the “Quarter Pounder” to its menu.

What is McDonald’s? McDonald’s offers delivery through Uber Eats.

400

Originally, this piece of furniture was used by unmarried women to store clothing and linens for her married life

 What is hope chest? Today, they’re mostly used for storage.

400

Call someone in this profession when your sink has a leak

What is plumbing?

400

A person who cuts hair

Who is barber?

400

She played the original Mrs. Dolly Levi on Broadway at the St. James Theater.

: Who is Carol Channing? The musical is Hello, Dolly! She was replaced by many actresses, including Pearl Bailey, Phyllis Diller, Ethyl Merman, Ginger Rogers, and others.

600

 Another word for trinity, also starting with a T, and meaning “a group of three.” Also, a musical term meaning a chord of three tones.

What is triad? In medicine, it can mean a group of three symptoms that frequently appear together.

600

This U.S. president used the campaign slogan “Hope and Change” in his 2007 campaign.

: Who is President Barack Obama? He changed the campaign slogan in 2011 to “Forward.”

600

This is the title given to the presiding officer in the U.S. House of Representatives.

: What is Speaker of the House?

600

) Person who pours and serves coffee in a Starbucks or Tim Hortons

Who is barista?

600

This Broadway musical came after the film and is set in London. The storyline is woven around the life of the Banks family, their nanny, and the nanny’s friend Bert, a chimney sweep.

What is Mary Poppins? The film opened in 1964, and the Broadway musical opened in 2006.

800

Weather reports often include this type of air pressure as a number

What is barometric? The actual number means little to laypeople, but a dropping barometric pressure is associated with clouds and rain, and a rising barometric pressure indicates clear, sunny weather.

800

) This comedian was Jack Benny’s contemporary and often worked with Bing Crosby

Who is Bob Hope? He was the first comedian who admitted to using writers for his routines.

800

) Slab and crawl space are two types of this.

What is foundation?

800

Mattel doll Ken’s one-time girlfriend and current wife

Who is Barbie?

800

In this Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, household pets with human characteristics take the place of humans as characters.

: What is Cats? The cats belong to a tribe known as Jellicles. The hit tune “Memory” is a standard.

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