Saturday, January 17, 2015

Today's Oz Comic

We seem to have hit a recent dry spell of Oz references in the comics. But that ends today, with today's Pickles. I just have to wonder how old Earl was when he first saw it.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Oz in Jeopardy!

Happy New Year, everybody! I must say, 2015 is looking a little disappointing so far, what with the lack of flying cars for $39,999 and hoverboards from Mattel. (Why, yes, I have seen the Back to the Future trilogy more than a few times, why do you ask?) Anyway, here's that big epic Jeopardy! post I promised earlier this week. On the December 12 episode, the second category to be revealed in the Jeopardy! round was:

Alex made it clear very quickly, however, that these quotes were from The Movie, not the book (which might have been interesting, too). Our three brave contestants went to other categories at first, but it didn't take them long to try it out, as Michael, the challenger on the right, picked the $400 clue:
Emily, the challenger at the center lectern, rang in first and correctly responded, "Who is the Wicked Witch of the West?" She then picked the $200 clue, which proved to be:
Emily rang in and said, "What is Montana?" which we all know is incorrect. Nobody else wanted to try and guess, "What is Kansas?" But Emily got to pick again. Under the $600 card she found the Daily Double, and so bet $1000. Her clue proved to be:
She correctly replied, "What is courage?" and raised her score. Naturally, she then picked the same category for $800, which was:
This time it was Michael who rang in first, and correctly replied, "What is, 'Oh my'?" He finished the category off, and for $1000 the clue was:
Emily got in first and correctly said, "What is 'There's no place like home.'?" And that was that for Oz in that game (and, as it turned out, the rest of the year). Surprisingly, the defending champion, Ryan — the only player not to give an answer in that category — went on to handily win the whole game, thus once again poking very large holes into my theory that whoever correctly responds to the Oz clues goes on to win the game.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Oz in Jeopardy!

It's taken me longer to get to this, thanks to my old computer slowly dying and having to get back up to speed with this new one (and my, what a difference!), but I can now get everyone up to date again with the latest from everyone's favorite answers-and-questions quiz show. So let's go way back to the first week of December, when Jeopardy! had its annual Kids' Week, with contestants aged ten to twelve. On the December 2 show, one of the categories in the Jeopardy! round was, ironically, The Lion, the Witch or the Wardrobe, in which the clue related to one of those. For $600, the clue was:

Adam, an eleven-year-old from North Carolina, rang in first and correctly responded, "What is the Lion?"

The very next day, also in the Jeopardy! round, the very first clue uncovered was in the Games category for $200:

Unfortunately, this was a triple stumper, and nobody wanted to even guess, "What is Munchkin?" (And while I'm talking about it: Hey, guys, can we get a Wizard of Oz edition of the game?)

I have one more Jeopardy1 episode to deal with, but it's going to have to wait, as this is going to be an epic post!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Oz in Jeorardy!

From the November 25 episode, in the Jeopardy! round was a category called Chick Lit, which was all about books with chickens in them. Naturally, for $400, this was the clue:

Mariusz, the challenger at the center lectern, rang in first and correctly responded, "Who is Dorothy?" He earned $400 for knowing that (or figuring it out) and, unlike some recent contestants who knew their Oz clues, went on to handily win the game.

Today's Classic Oz Comic

Over at the Luann comic strip, creator Greg Evans has given his readers a Christmas bonus (which starts right here), an old holiday-themed storyline from a few years ago featuring Luann's dog, Puddles. Towards the end of the story, we get this strip featuring a familiar ending.

And in case you're wondering, I have the next couple of weeks off now for my winter break. Among the other things I plan to do is catch up on some Ozzy Jeopardy! clues, and even write some posts about other Ozzy topics! Stay tuned!

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Oz in Jeopardy!

I've been so busy with my regular, bill-paying "real" life of late that I haven't had a chance to talk about much more here than new Oz-themed comics — until now! The Jeopardy! clues have been piling up, and I hope to do some catching up in the next couple of weeks. But this first one goes waaaaay back to October 28. One of the categories was a spin on an old favorite, In Other Words, where they rewrite a common saying using totally different words, and you have to give the original. This time it was Oscar Songs In Other Words. All of the correct responses were the titles of winners of the Oscar for Best Song. Clear? Good! Because the very first clue, for $200, was this:

Michael, the challenger at the center lectern, rang in first and correctly responded, "What is 'Over the Rainbow'?" and got $200. Unfortunately, yet again blowing my theory that getting an Oz clue right leads to winning the game, Michael not only didn't win, he was the only player who didn't win. That's right, at the end there were two co-champions, and he wasn't one of them.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Today's Oz-ish Comic

To be honest, I'm not 100% convinced that today's Heart of the City comic is Oz related. However, considering the way it's worded, and Heart's earlier brushes with Oz, I strongly suspect that there's an understood "…of Oz." at the end of her final line.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

It looks like the grandchildren in today's Nest Heads comic have been watching one of TBS's recent broadcasts of The Movie and, like all too many of today's movie watchers, are confused by the history of color in movies. (And in a twist, the Kansas scenes were actually the final ones recorded!)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

I just don't see how the events portrayed in today's edition of The Argyle Sweater could happen. Not only is Dorothy too young to either get married or drive, but also there's no way she'd leave Toto behind!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Today's Id Comic

No, that's not a typo. On Monday, The Wizard of Id celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. That's a pretty good stretch for any comic. Lots of other comics paid tribute, and I almost mentioned it myself on the day, but Id just isn't quite Ozzy enough that I felt I could justify it. But leave it to my man in Japan, Michael-sensei, to find The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee and their tribute to both Id and Oz. (Of course, Dorothy and Toto have shown up a few times, but they're not regular characters.)

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

This week, Betty and her husband (whose name escapes me) have been discussing the special ringtones people set up to go with particular people. In today's installment — well, ou'll just have to click and see!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

My man in Japan, Michael-sensei, pointed me towards today's Rhymes with Orange even before I got to it, and asked if it was Ozzy. Hmm, green-skinned witches and a faucet being an option in funeral planning: Yup, I'd say so!

Monday, November 03, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

Today in Brevity, just a little slice of life along the yellow brick road.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

I didn't see the surprise Oz reference in today's Frank and Ernest coming. Maybe I should have!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Oz in Jeopardy!

Yup, another Oz clue, this time on the Friday, October 17 show. For $1200, this clue appeared in the Broadway Musicals by Song category, in which the correct response is the show that the song appears in:

Sarah, the challenger on the right, rang in first and quite correctly said, "What is Wicked?" She went into Final Jeopardy! with the most money, but bet too much and lost and didn't win.

Yesterday's Oz Comic

It's not "Today's Oz Comic" because I was out of town over the weekend, and didn't see this week's Sunday edition of Mutts until this afternoon. And yes, this is the first of what I suspect will be a small number of Halloween-themed Oz comics this year (or Oz-themed Halloween comics, at least).

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

And another one! Today's Rhymes with Orange combines two classics of world literature (one guess as to what one of them is).

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

They seem to be coming fast and furious of late. But today's Bliss made me laugh out loud at the absurdity of the situation.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

The Wizard of Oz/Halloween crossovers continue. Today it's in Off the Mark.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

All I will say about today's Brevity is, to paraphrase Slappy Squirrel, "Old gag, new twist."