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02:55 pm - Better than it sounds
vilakins and astrogirl and others did some fun quiz things, based on the TV tropes section 'Better than it sounds', which gives deceptive précis of well known TV shows and films. Anyway, I think they have taken all the best ones from TV Tropes, but I wanted to do the quiz too, so I made some up.

Here are some descriptions of well known films and TV shows. Can you identify them - helpful hint: none are Mad Men or Breaking Bad. The answers are in comments in case you would like to play.

  1. Insurance claims adjuster struggles with an inadequate filing system and increasingly bizarre tattoos (identified by kalypso_v)

  2. Small township seeks incorporation into the wider legislative oversight of the neighbouring democratic state (parental advisory - strong language) (identified by kalypso_v)

  3. The principle trade of an old and impoverished seaport is in plant alkaloids. This trade is monitored obsessively, via handheld voice transmitters. (identified by kalypso_v)

  4. An irritable political interrogator investigates and belittles the understanding of those who are trying to learn (identified by mraltariel)

  5. Those who recycle the detritus of a recently bombed city live lives of desperation, futility and loathing - with hilarious consequences! (identified by splodgenoodles)

  6. A man confused by changes in gender roles attempts to reconnect with his wife by setting fire to an office block and killing Europeans (identified by splodgenoodles)

  7. When the world is plunged into war, a band of ancient warriors makes a lonely stand at the edge of the sea (identified by splodgenoodles)

  8. An entity half formed of living metal descends from the sky to converse with an intelligent mollusc (identified by wwhyte)

  9. Dwarfed by huge apparatus of unknown function, he is stalked by a remorseless predator. As his body is attacked he can not die but mutates against his will into distorted and inhuman forms. (identified by altariel)



ETA - that was quick

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From:splodgenoodles
Date:April 26th, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
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6.A man confused by changes in gender roles attempts to reconnect with his wife by setting fire to an office block and killing Europeans

Die Hard!
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From:communicator
Date:April 26th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Correct (ETA - and the rest - that was storming)

Edited at 2010-04-26 02:23 pm (UTC)
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From:splodgenoodles
Date:April 27th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
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*bows*

And rather good fun, I must see if I can work up a few...
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From:splodgenoodles
Date:April 26th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
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5. Steptoe and Son?
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From:communicator
Date:April 26th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
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yes indeed - I will edit it up in a moment
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From:kalypso_v
Date:April 26th, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
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Um...
1. Memento
2. Deadwood
3. The Wire

After that I'm stumbling a bit, except that I agree with splodgenoodles on No. 5.
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From:communicator
Date:April 26th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
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Yes to all
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From:the_magician
Date:April 26th, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
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I got Memento, but as I've not seen the other two, that made it harder :-)
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From:communicator
Date:April 26th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
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Off topic, the 'magician' card in this tarot set by graphic artists looks a bit like you
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From:the_magician
Date:April 26th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
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Excellent, thank you!

I've been collecting Magician cards from various tarot decks (mostly from online sites) but I'd never seen that one before.

It's even got my eyes right! ;-)
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From:splodgenoodles
Date:April 26th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
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7 isn't Dad's Army is it?!
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From:communicator
Date:April 26th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
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Yes, it is, I thought these would be hard
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From:altariel
Date:April 26th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
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I really want 9 to be Doctor Who. And 7 to be Asterix.
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From:communicator
Date:April 26th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
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Those both fit don't they, but they are both more childish than that (ETA actually is Dad's Army more or less childish than Asterix?)

Edited at 2010-04-26 02:18 pm (UTC)
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From:mraltariel
Date:April 26th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
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4 is "University Challenge".

These are great!
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From:communicator
Date:April 26th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
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Thanks - and you are right, I hope there was no conferring
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From:mraltariel
Date:April 26th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
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Is number 9 "Terminator 2"? But perhaps not - that seems sort of backwards.
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From:communicator
Date:April 26th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
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No, I tried to make it sound a bit like
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From:wwhyte
Date:April 26th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
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8. The Magic Roundabout!
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From:communicator
Date:April 26th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
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Yes - this is great fun
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From:wwhyte
Date:April 26th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
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Along similar lines, you may already have seen this:

http://d-squareddigest.blogspot.com/2010/04/it-depends-who-you-ask.html
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From:communicator
Date:April 26th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I did see that. I like DD.
From:londonkds
Date:April 26th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
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(9) is Morph?
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From:communicator
Date:April 26th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
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No, I can see why you say it though. It's the predator whose body is most inclined to be distorted into peculiar shapes, but the prey also gets it sometimes.
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From:altariel
Date:April 26th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
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Tom and Jerry.
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From:communicator
Date:April 26th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
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From:altariel
Date:April 26th, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
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I like to think that all your friends list stopped work this afternoon to ponder these.

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