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Alpha Game 170 From A to Z   Fun and Games

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Zhurong (is an active Mars rover that is China's first rover to land on another planet (having previously landed two rovers on the Moon). It is part of the Tianwen-1 mission to Mars conducted by the China National Space Administration (CNSA). The spacecraft was launched on 23 July 2020 and inserted into Martian orbit on 10 February 2021. The lander, carrying the rover, performed a successful soft-landing on Mars on 14 May 2021, making China the third country to successfully soft-land a spacecraft on Mars and the second one to establish stable communications from the surface, after the United States.[N 1] Zhurong was successfully deployed on 22 May 2021, 02:40 UTC. Zhurong is named after a Chinese mytho-historical figure usually associated with fire and light, as Mars is called "the Planet of Fire" (Chinese: ??) in China and some other countries in East Asia. It was selected by a public online vote held between 20 January 2021 and 28 February 2021, with Zhurong ranking first with 504,466 votes.The name was chosen with the meanings of "igniting the fire of interstellar exploration in China" and "to symbolize the Chinese people's determination to explore the stars and to uncover unknowns in the universe".

Zhurong, der chinesische Rover auf dem Mars, lässt die Erde einen Blick ...

'Nihao Mars': China's Zhurong rover touches down on Red Planet

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That was the end of Round 10....................

Our next topic, something easy. If it fits the letter, use it.

The topic for Alpha Game 170 is..........................From A to Z

Allegory (As a literary device or artistic form, an allegory is a narrative or visual representation in which a character, place, or event can be interpreted to represent a hidden meaning with moral or political significance. Authors have used allegory throughout history in all forms of art to illustrate or convey complex ideas and concepts in ways that are comprehensible or striking to its viewers, readers, or listeners. Writers and speakers typically use allegories to convey (semi-)hidden or complex meanings through symbolic figures, actions, imagery, or events, which together create the moral, spiritual, or political meaning the author wishes to convey. Many allegories use personification of abstract concepts)

PPT - AP English Language and Composition Terms PowerPoint Presentation ...

Define Allegory Examples, Meaning & Definition | Literary Terms

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From: LvlSlgr


Bob can be a man's name, usually a shortened version of Robert - Bob Newhart

Bob can be a hairstyle - 

Bob is a palindrome - spelled the same backwards and forwards -

You can bob for apples -

Peanuts: Lucy encounters Snoopy while bobbing for apples at the ...

And there are many other ways the word bob can be used.

Checkmate ((often shortened to mate) is any game position in chess and other chess-like games in which a player's king is in check (threatened with capture) and there is no possible escape. Checkmating the opponent wins the game. In chess, the king is never actually captured—the player loses as soon as the player's king is checkmated. In formal games, it is usually considered good etiquette to resign an inevitably lost game before being checkmated. If a player is not in check but has no legal move, then it is stalemate, and the game immediately ends in a draw. A checkmating move is recorded in algebraic notation using the hash symbol "#", for example: 34.Qg3#. A checkmate may occur in as few as two moves on one side with all of the pieces still on the board (as in Fool's mate, in the opening phase of the game), in a middlegame position (as in the 1956 game called the Game of the Century between Donald Byrne and Bobby Fischer), or after many moves with as few as three pieces in an endgame position)

Checkmate using a queen and rook. 1.Qg5+ Ke4 2.Rf4+ Ke3 3.Qg3+ Ke2 4.Rf2+ Ke1 5.Qg1#..................................

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From: LvlSlgr


A Dagwood sandwich is a tall, multilayered sandwich made with a variety of meats, cheeses, and condiments. It is named after Dagwood Bumstead, a central character in the comic strip Blondie, who is frequently illustrated making enormous sandwiches. According to Blondie scripter Dean Young, his father, Chic Young, began drawing the huge sandwiches in the comic strip during 1936. Though the exact contents of Chic Young's illustrated Dagwood sandwich remain obscure, it appears to contain large quantities and varieties of cold cuts, sliced cheese, and vegetables separated by additional slices of bread. A whole small fish, presumably a sardine, is usually visible. An olive pierced by a toothpick or wooden skewer usually crowns the edible structure. "Dagwood sandwich" has been included in Webster's New World Dictionary, and "Dagwood" (referring to the sandwich) has been included in the American Heritage Dictionary.

Dagwood Comics.jpg

The Dagwood Sandwich

What is a Dagwood sandwhich?

Equator (is a circle of latitude that divides a spheroid, such as Earth, into the northern and southern hemispheres. On Earth, it is an imaginary line located at 0 degrees latitude, about 40,075 km (24,901 mi) in circumference, halfway between the North and South poles. The term can also be used for any other celestial body that is roughly spherical. In spatial (3D) geometry, as applied in astronomy, the equator of a rotating spheroid (such as a planet) is the parallel (circle of latitude) at which latitude is defined to be 0°. It is an imaginary line on the spheroid, equidistant from its poles, dividing it into northern and southern hemispheres. In other words, it is the intersection of the spheroid with the plane perpendicular to its axis of rotation and midway between its geographical poles. On and near the equator (on Earth), noontime sunlight appears almost directly overhead (no more than about 23° from the zenith) every day, year-round. Consequently, the equator has a rather stable daytime temperature throughout the year. On the equinoxes (approximately March 20 and September 23) the subsolar point crosses Earth's equator at a shallow angle, sunlight shines perpendicular to Earth's axis of rotation, and all latitudes have nearly a 12-hour day and 12-hour night. The name is derived from medieval Latin word aequator, in the phrase circulus aequator diei et noctis, meaning 'circle equalizing day and night', from the Latin word aequare 'make equal')

Equator | NASA

The Equator Monument is located on the equator in Pontianak, Indonesia. It marks the division between the northern and southern hemispheres....................

Galapágy, Ekvádor - prírodní krásy a historie zeme na rovníku ...

About Eq2 | Equity to Equator

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From: LvlSlgr


Fig Leaf - The expression "fig leaf" is widely used figuratively to convey the covering up of an act or an object that is embarrassing or distasteful with something of innocuous appearance, a metaphorical reference to the Biblical Book of Genesis in which Adam and Eve used fig leaves to cover their nudity after eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Some paintings and statues have the genitals of their subjects covered by a representation of an actual fig leaf or similar object, either as part of the work or added afterward for perceived modesty.

In Ancient Greek art, male nakedness, including the genitals, was common, although the female vulval area was generally covered in art for public display. This tradition continued in Ancient Roman art until the conversion of the Roman Empire to Christianity, when heroic nudity vanished. During the Middle Ages, only the unfortunate (most often the damned) were usually shown naked, although the depictions were then often rather explicit.[4] Adam and Eve were often shown wearing fig or other leaves, following the Biblical description. This was especially a feature of Northern Renaissance art.

From about 1530, the developing reaction to Renaissance freedoms and excesses that led to the Council of Trent also led to a number of artworks, especially in churches or public places, being altered to reduce the amount of nudity on display. Often, as in the famous case of Michelangelo's The Last Judgement, drapery or extra branches from any nearby bush was used. This has been dubbed the "fig leaf campaign". For free-standing statues this did not work well, and carved or cast fig leaves were sometimes added, such as with the plaster copy of Michelangelo's David displayed in Victorian era London.

A statue of Mercury holding the caduceus in the Vatican, with a fig leaf placed over the genitalia. The fig leaf was placed there under the more "chaste" Popes; later, most such coverings were removed.

The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, by Masaccio, before and after restoration. It was painted in 1425, covered up in 1680, and restored in 1980.

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Golden Phoenix (When we think of Dubai, we automatically think of excess. A newly developed desert playground where the world’s wealthiest people come to spend their millions. With such an abundance of wealth flowing through the shopping malls of Dubai, no one should be surprised to learn that within a bakery tucked inside the Dubai Mall (also the world’s most visited shopping mall) lies the world’s most expensive cupcake. It’s a gold-infused cupcake made with Italian cocoa, Ugandan vanilla beans, organic strawberries, edible gold dusting, and comes wrapped in an edible 23-carat gold sheet. And at AU$1,157 apiece, this outlandishly decadent cupcake created by Bloomsbury’s Cupcakes is yet another symbol of a city that over the past 15 years has become a glutton for excess. From the world’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa – to the world’s biggest airport, one thing is clear: Dubai rarely settles for second best. Only fifteen of the ‘Golden Phoenix’ cupcakes have sold since they first hit the market in 2013, with almost all of the orders placed by the palaces of the UAE’s ruling sheiks. While this type of decadence might seem over the top, especially when one thinks of the more than 2.5 billion people worldwide who survive on less than US$2 a day, the creators of the world’s most expensive cupcake actually have their hearts in the right place. Dubai’s Bloomsbury’s Cupcakes store has decided to donate 50 per cent of the cupcake’s profit to the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP). Ashraf Hamouda, Head of Partnership & Business Development for MENA, Central Asia & Eastern Europe at the United Nations World Food Programme, pointed out that the cost of a single ‘Golden Phoenix’ cupcake could feed at least 1,850 malnourished children)

Only in Dubai: a $1,000 gold cupcake

Other expensive desserts...............................

The Golden Phoenix was in my folder for the Valuables topic.............


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From: LvlSlgr


Help - is a verb meaning to give assistance or support to.

Or Help! can be the fifth studio album by the English rock band the Beatles and the soundtrack to their film of the same name. It was released on 6 August 1965. Seven of the fourteen songs, including the singles "Help!" and "Ticket to Ride", appeared in the film and take up the first side of the vinyl album. The second side includes "Yesterday", the most-covered song ever written. The album was met with favorable critical reviews and topped the Australian, German, UK and US charts.

The Beatles, standing in a row and wearing blue jackets, with their arms positioned as if to spell out a word in flag semaphore – George, John, Paul and Ringo

The second film starring the Beatles, Help! sees the group struggle to protect Ringo Starr from a sinister eastern cult and a pair of mad scientists, all of whom are obsessed with obtaining a sacrificial ring sent to him by a fan. The soundtrack was released as the band's fifth studio album under the same name. Help! had its Royal World Premiere at the London Pavilion Theatre in the West End of London on 29 July 1965 in the presence of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and the Earl of Snowdon. While not reviewed at the time with the same high level of admiration as their first film, Help! is now credited with influencing the development of music videos.


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Imagination Library (Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write Dolly Parton started her Imagination Library in 1995 for the children within her home county. Today, her program spans five countries and gifts over 1 million free books each month to children around the world)

Dolly Parton Imagination Library - Delphos Kiwanis Club

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library To Be Subject Of One Night Only ...

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