First to take me up on the offer is the wonderful Garreth F Hirons of this blog's least updated linked site (check the sidebar) Atomic Sourpuss who has gone all out Simpsons-style with his questions. Ive hidden the answers beneath those Teletext quality "REVEAL" buttons. See if you can beat me!
Lets start up those heavenly voices above a small town in Springfield...
1. Let's start at the start. In "Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire", Bart visits a tattoo artist. That character has not reappeared since, but is the brother of another recurring Springfield resident - name this more well-known sibling.
Wow. A stumper off the top of my head. So I googled for a (non text) picture and based on the character design it has to Marvin Monroe but I couldn't have told you straight off. Seems more a Herman profession, doesnt it?
"Agreed, but you are absolutely correct – this character is officially designated as Mervin Monroe, a name that one suspects was bestowed upon him retroactively, but nonetheless appears to be canon, unlike Brock off Godzilla."
2. "That cannon of yours is against regulations! In this department, we go by the book." Said to whom, who will have quite the problem avenging his partner's death with this pea-shooter?
McBaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin. "Bye Book"
"Absolutely. If we do another Simpsons punk night, I’m thinking of doing a whole McBain round – it’s a little corner of the universe that contains a whole lot of juicy trivia."
3. Season Eight, Episode Thirteen featured the appearance of the family's short-lived nanny, Shary Bobbins. Name the episode.
Oh god, its a parody of Supercalifragiwossname with "annoyed grunt" replacing "D'oh" in the middle, isnt it? But without looking it up, I couldnt give the exact spelling. You could say I did a half assed job.
LATER REMEMBERANCE: Its "Simpsoncalifragiwossname" with the D'oh in, isnt it?
"It’s “Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious”. I’m inclined to give you the point, as you’ve answered the question in the American way, which is at least in keeping with the spirit of the episode."
4. I was going to do a question about Snake's full name here, but apparently there's several different versions thereof. But I'm a lazy, lazy man, so to partially use my previous research: can you name Snake's son?
I always know him as Snake Jailbird! As for his son...nope. Not a clue.
"As revealed in the Season 17 episode “The Seemingly Never-Ending Story”, which actually isn’t too bad for that era, his name is Jeremy. Which makes him Jeremy Jailbird. He would later change his surname to “Spokein” and be immortalised in song by Pearl Jam."
5. "You Only Move Twice" is the best episode of The Simpsons. Who voices Hank Scorpio in that episode?
Ooft, its up there but "Krusty Gets Kancelled" just sneaks ahead for me due to Eastern Europe's favorite cat and mouse team. The answer is A. Brooks anyway. Albert to his pals.
"“Worker and Parasite” remains a series highlight. I’ve also just thought of three more episodes that are just a little behind this one for me – “Mr. Plow”, “The Itchy And Scratchy And Poochie Show” and “Marge vs. The Monorail”. Anyway, let me ENDUT! HOCH HECH! this thread of conversation before I spend hours going on about episodes I like. You are absolutely correct. Apparently there is quite a lot more ad libbed conversation between Brooks as Scorpio and Castellaneta as Homer out on tape... Let us pray they deliver on the rumoured “director’s cut” of the episode."
6. Because I can't go ten minutes without a wrestling reference, what is the name of the (fictional) wrestler who is quoted as living near Mr Burns? He is heard ululating as Bret "Hitman" Hart considers moving into Monty's mansion in "The Old Man And The Lisa".
I used my old man stink to determine it was no other than the Shrieking Sheik!!!! Have you read Bret Hart's autobiography? It may be the most depressing thing I've ever read. And I've read [JOKE ABOUT GRAHAM LINEHAN AFTER 2007]!!!!
"I don’t know that I’ll ever read that book. Mr Hart was definitely responsible for a great deal of fantastic wrestling action, and along with HBK and, er, Diesel, he propped up the WWF during a period where they were royally screwed, but he also appears to very much believe his own hype, which is always an unattractive quality. ...Er, sorry, I mean – correct!"
7. Name the alleged war criminal who has a cameo as himself in the episode "The Regina Monologues".
Good old Rev. Tony Blair. He used to be in a band you know!!!!
"Was it Wheeler 18? A point for you, sir."
8 and 9. Mr Sparkle is a joint venture of which two companies?
Argh. A fishworks and a "Heavy Manufacturing Concern" but names are eluding me! Dammit Fishbulb!
"This was me being deliberately difficult, for which I apologise; but you have the general gist so I’ll award a point for this. The full names are Matsumura Fishworks and Tamaribuchi Heavy Manufacturing Concern”."
10. What is the real deal with Mr. Burns' assistant Smithers? You know what I'm talking about.
I take it back, this might very well be my favourite episode! The answer is: he's Mr. Burns' assistant. He's in his early 40s, unmarried and resides in Springfield.
"Correct. Thanks for asking!"
11 - 15. And for up to five bonus points, who are the mediocre presidents? Clue: you won't find their faces on dollars or on cents...
There's Taylor! There's Tyler! There's Fillmore! And there's Hayes! There's William Henry Harrison. (He died in thirty days!)
Yeah, I might have listened to "Go Simpsonic with the Simpsons" a few thousand times too many....
"Those are indeed all five of the adequate, forgettable, occasionally regrettable, caretaker Presidents of the U.S.A.! YOUR SCORE: 13/15 YOUR RATING: CROMULENT"
Blimey, I feel he was generous there but I wont argue. If you'd to write a future telly quiz for me, please get in touch through the usual channels. And so concludes our tale. I'm Leonard Nimoy. Goodnight and keep watching the skis...
The Simpsons are going to Delaware!