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An initial letter, almost invariably capitalized, is often the first element in a two-word noun compound that constitutes an idiom. (Use of a connecting hyphen varies, and various sources may include or omit a hyphen.) Often, the letter stands for a word; occasionally, letters are used to assign priority (A and B, for example) or represent a shape. Here are common terms representing this form.

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1. A side: a song released on a 45 rpm record, intended to become a hit single (see also “B side”)

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2. A-bomb: a nuclear explosive device, from “atomic bomb”

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3. A Level: a qualification for secondary school graduation originating in the United Kingdom and existing in other countries; the initial stands for advanced

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4. A-game: used in the phrase “bring (one’s) A-game” to describe an A-player

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5. A-player: an athlete—or, by extension, anyone else—who performs at a high level

6. B movie: originally, a low-budget movie that, with a more well-financed, well-publicized film, constitutes a double feature (a presentation of two movies at a movie theater); now, any low-budget commercial film

7. B side: originally, a song released on the flip side of a 45 rpm record opposite an intended hit single; such songs, either ones considered less likely to be popular or alternative versions of the A-side song, sometimes became hit singles in their own right (the term is now used to refer to a bonus track on a recording)

8. B-roll: supplemental film or video footage

9. C-section: a surgical incision to deliver a baby, from “caesarean section”

10. C-suite: collectively, the positions in a corporation constituting the highest level of management, from the first letter in the initials for “chief executive officer,” “chief operations officer,” “chief finance officer,” and so on

11. e-mail: a message delivered online from a digital device and accessed on another device, from “electronic mail” (recently supplanted by email in the Associated Press Style Book; formerly, E-mail); similar terms include e-business, e-commerce, and e-newsletter

12. F-hole: A sound hole in the surface of some stringed instruments, named for its shape (a stylized italic f); similar holes are designated C-holes and D-holes

13. f-stop: a value in optics of the ratio of a lens’s focal length to the diameter of the entrance pupil; the letter is an abbreviation of focal (alternative terms include f-ratio)

14. F-word: a euphemism for a specific form of profanity that begins with the letter f; the “[letter]-word” form is also used to refer to any serious or jocular vocabulary evasion, as in The L Word, the title of a television series about lesbians and bisexual women (similarly, some offensive terms that consist of compound words are disguised by eliding all but the first letter of the first element of the word and inserting a hyphen, as in a-hole)

15. G rated: a designation that represents evaluation of the content of a movie by the Motion Picture Association of America on the basis of its suitability for children; by extension, the phrase refers to family-friendly content or an inoffensive conversation or situation (associated terms are “R rated,” to refer to violent or sexually charged content and “X rated,” denoting obscene or sexually explicit content)

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16. G-string: a garment, a type of thong, worn as underwear or in striptease, alternatively said to derive from girdle or groin; a similar item is called a V-string

17. H bomb: a nuclear explosive device, from “hydrogen bomb”

18. J-school: a journalism department or school at a university, from “journalism school”

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19: O Level: a qualification for secondary school graduation originating but no longer widely used in the United Kingdom but extant in other countries; the initial stands for ordinary (the term in Scotland was “O Grade”)

20. S curve: a term used in engineering and mathematics to represent a function, or a term in fine art for a sinuous body position

21. T-bone: a cut of steak with a cross section of a bone that is shaped like the letter T

22. V-neck: a V-shaped cut in the neckline of a shirt or other garment

23. X-axis: a horizontal line in two-dimensional space, often used in charts and graphs

24. X-ray: a form of electromagnetic radiation

25. Y-axis: a vertical line in two-dimensional space, often used in charts and graphs

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Initials: A.B.
Host: Cory Cove
Players: Chris Hawkey, Paul Lambert, AJ Mansour, Ben Leber

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1Anthony BarrBen Leber1
2Anquan BoldinBen Leber6
3Anthony BennetAJ Mansour2
4Adrian BrodyPaul Lambert5
5Alec BaldwinPaul Lambert3
6Andrew BrunettePaul Lambert5
7Al BundyBen Leber4
8American BeautyPaul Lambert1
9Anheuser BuschBen Leber1
10American BandstandChris Hawkey2
11Atomic BombsChris Hawkey1
12Angry BirdsBen Leber4

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1Ben Leber52
2Paul Lambert411
3Chris Hawkey211
4AJ Mansour11
Notes & Quotes
No incorrect answers!
Hawk: “I can’t win unless Lee is behind me.”
Cory: “Hawk, you have to run the table to have a chance.”
Hawk: “Crazier things have happened!”
Sauce: “Yeah, you’ve run to my dad’s house.”
Cory: “Chris is a historian. He probably read an audiobook.”

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