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  • 2018.10.19
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‘Special seed,’ plenty of sun produce 984-kg prize-winning pumpkin

かぼちゃの重さを競うコンテスト、史上2位の重量で優勝

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The winner of the World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off was so heavy that the man who grew it had to use a backhoe to lift it.

Oregon commercial pilot Steve Daletas won the annual contest in Half Moon Bay, California, on Oct. 8 with a monster pumpkin that weighed 984 kg.

“This all started with one special seed and a whole lot of work,” said Daletas, who raises giant pumpkins as a hobby. “We were really blessed it was sunny almost every day.”

It was the second-heaviest pumpkin ever weighed at the 44-year-old California event, but it was still far from a U.S. record. That was set just last month when a grower in New Hampshire produced a pumpkin weighing more than 1,130 kg.

Daletas, 58, needed a backhoe to place his massive pumpkin on a pickup truck for the drive to California. He said he strapped the pumpkin down and drove “below the speed limit” for 12 hours to get to the contest. (AP)

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backhoe
(名)バックホー(掘削機の一種)
◆ We had to use a backhoe to clean up debris after the typhoon.
(台風の残骸を片付けるのにバックホーを使わなければならなかった)

annual
(形)年一回の
◆annual contest(年一回のコンテスト)
◆ My company hosts an annual fundraiser for cancer research.
(わが社は毎年、がん研究用の資金集めパーティーを主催している)

monster
(形)巨大な
(名)怪物
◆ It looks like a monster storm is headed our way this weekend.
(今週末、巨大な台風がこちらに向かってくるようだ)

weigh
(動)~の重さがある、重さを量る
◆ All fighters are asked to weigh in front of a judge before the match.
(どの選手も試合に先立って審判の前で計量を求められる)
☞weight(名)重さ

massive
(形)巨大な
◆ Kevin fell down yesterday and now has a massive bruise on his leg.
(ケビンはきのう転んだので、今は足に大きなあざがある)

strap
(動)革ひもで縛る
(名)革ひも
◆strap down(縛り付ける)
◆ Last year, we had to strap our Christmas tree to the top of our car to get it home.
(去年はクリスマスツリーを家に持ち帰るため、車の上にひもで縛りつけなければならなかった)

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Listening Comprehension Check

Q1. How did Steve Daletas grow a giant pumpkin?

  • A) With a special seed and a lot of work.
  • B) With special water and sunlight.
  • C) With special dirt and a lot of water.

正解を見る

正解は、A
With a special seed and a lot of work.

Vocabulary Review Quiz

Q1. The winner of the World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off was so heavy that the man who grew it had to use a ( ) to lift it.

  • A) backhoe
  • B) escalator
  • C) shovel

正解を見る

正解は、A
backhoe

Q2. Oregon commercial pilot Steve Daletas won the ( ① ) contest in Half Moon Bay, California, on Oct. 8 with a ( ② ) pumpkin that weighed 984 kg.

  • A) dual
  • B) manual
  • C) annual

    • D) angel
    • E) monster
    • F) light

    正解を見る

    ①の正解は、C
    annual

    ②の正解は、E
    monster

    Q3.That was set just last month when a grower in New Hampshire produced a pumpkin ( ) more than 1,130 kg.

    • A) weight
    • B) weighed
    • C) weighing

    正解を見る

    正解は、C
    weighing

    Q4. Daletas, 58, needed a backhoe to place his ( ) pumpkin on a pickup truck for the drive to California.

    • A) massive
    • B) destructive
    • C) evasive

    正解を見る

    正解は、A
    massive

    Q5. He said he ( ) the pumpkin down and drove “below the speed limit” for 12 hours to get to the contest.

    • A) whipped
    • B) strapped
    • C) fought

    正解を見る

    正解は、B
    strapped

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