commenter-thread - Ordinary Times

Arrested Development is way, way better than Newhart.

"Salut, je suis Charles, voici mon frère Louis et voici mon autre frère Louis."

"¿Son ellos tus hermanos?"

"Non Armand : Louis!"

(No one I've told that to has ever found it funny.)

Final score:

Brent wins: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9.

JA: 1, 2, and 10

bookdragon: 8

Impressive knowledge on everyone's part. Thanks for playing.

Otto IV; judges say "close enough".

As you probably know, a few hundred years later the Welfs became electors of Hanover and a bit after that inherited the throne of England.

Right on both accounts. (He's the only Emperor Sigismund ever, so he's not generally given a number.)

Though (I just looked) the pope was Gregory VII.

Both correct, but, like HUAC, we need you to name names.

To recap,:

Brent : 3, 5, 7, and 9.

JA: 1, 2, and 10

4, 6, and 8 are still open.

2 is indeed Ferdinand. You're right that that incident took place slightly before he was emperor, but it displayed the full flower of his genius for diplomacy, which quite soon resulted in the Thirty Years War.

Charles X, Louis XVI, and Louis XVIII were brothers, making them the French version of Larry, Darryl, and Darryl.

The Habsburgs, like many noble families, named themselves after one of their castles. They go back to the 10th or 11th century, when they were local lords in what's now Switzerland.

And then there was Tomas Masaryk.

Well done. 5, 7, and 9 are correct. 4 is not, but I suspect you meant it as the answer to a different clue,

 
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