Saturday, December 06, 2014

This Blog Shows a Flickering Sign of Life


President's Cup Friendly November 16, 2014

In a unique turn of events, I had a 10 round match ready to go, but since there was 10 players in the room, it was converted into a five-a-side 8 round match. That's right FIVE PLAYERS on each team, not a measly FOUR. I know, 'twas a radical turn of events. REVOLUTION!

The score was, um, 56-48?? Or something like that. And it was exhausting dealing with an extra player on each side. I know. Poor moi. 

Usual things apply, like leaving out the answers for questions people couldn't answer and sticking them at the bottom. Plus, there are a load of spares.

Round 1
1 Which Japanese tennis star is the first Asian player to take part in the ATP World Tour Finals, losing in the semi-finals this year to Novak Djokovic? 
Kei Nishikori
2 Which people, starting with the reign of Kenneth MacAlpin, merged with the Gaels to form the kingdom of Scotland? 
Picts
3 Who donated his tomb to Jesus and supposedly brought the Holy Grail to England? 
Joseph of Arimathea
4 The Bethesda system is used to detect the effects of which virus, known as HPV? The vaccine Gardasil is used against it. 
Human papilloma virus 
5 Which fruit shares its name with the historical region in Kyushu where Saigo Takamori led a failed rebellion in 1877? 
Satsuma
6 Which character in the movie Gremlins was voiced by future US Deal or No Deal host and America's Got Talent judge Howie Mandel? 
Gizmo
7 Which Chinese-American cellist, founder of the Silk Road Ensemble, uses a Davidov Stradivarius and a cello called Petunia? 
Yo-Yo Ma
8 Who is the first permanent president of the European Council? 
Hermann van Rompuy
9 Alexander's Ragtime Band was which composer and lyricist's first major hit? 
Irving Berlin
10 Which play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee fictionalised the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial? 
Inherit the Wind

R2
1 In 1977, James L. Elliot, Edward W. Dunham and Douglas J. Mink discovered which planet's ring system? 
Uranus
2 Disposable Teens, The Dope Show and The Fight Song feature on Lest We Forget, the greatest hits collection of which American rock act?
Marilyn Manson
3 Depicting a rehearsal of a play titled Caliban's Day, The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett features a fictional meeting between W.H. Auden and which composer? 
Britten
4 Mykonos, Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos are part of which Greek archipelago? 
Cyclades
5 In April 2002, which Cambodian king became possibly the first head of state to start a personal website and blog? 
Norodom Sihanouk
6 Which German composer created the Tristan chord (notes F, B, D sharp, and G sharp)? 
Richard Wagner
7 According to the 12th century Chronicle of St. Neot’s, which king burned some cakes? 
Alfred the Great
8 A Dorgi is a cross between a corgi and which other dog? 
Dachshund
9 Which character gives his name to the authorised 2014 Sherlock Holmes novel by Anthony Horowitz?
Moriarty 
10 Patong Beach is said to be the biggest tourist draw on which Thai island? 
Phuket

R3
1 Which musician is the co-author of the debut picture book Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar
Keith Richards (with his artist daughter Theodora Richards)
2 The Tenth Labour of Hercules involved obtaining which giant’s cattle? 
Geryon
3 Vincent van Gogh called which flower-themed painting “the lightning conductor for my illness”? 
Irises
4 Which Canadian snooker player is remembered for his second round match against David Taylor at the 1983 world championship because he stopped playing and wanted to see Cliff Thorburn complete his 147 break?
Bill Werbeniuk
5 Played by Mark Wahlberg, Marcus Luttrell is the title US Navy Seal in which 2013 film? 

6 In a Bulwer-Lytton novel, which title cardinal states that “the pen is mightier than the sword”? 
Richelieu: Or the Conspiracy
7 The invention of which incendiary weapon is credited to architect Callinicus of Heliopolis? 
Greek fire 
8 Which Florentine sculptor's statue of the prophet Habakukk is nicknamed “Le Zuccone” ('pumpkin head')? 
Donatello
9 Which English sailor was the first person to circumnavigate the globe single-handed and non-stop?
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
10 The Isadorables were a group of six dancers, including Elizabeth Milker and Anna Denzler, who were taught by which dancer?
Isadora Duncan

R4
1 Arthur Sasse is best known for taking a photograph of which man sticking his tongue out?
Albert Einstein
2 Which scandal involved the Soviet naval attaché Yevgeny Ivanov?
The Profumo Affair
3 The artwork Four Marlons by Andy Warhol features Marlon Brando in his role from which film?
The Wild One
4 Selkirk Rex, Havana Brown and Norwegian Forest are breeds of what?
Cat
5 Which country is ruled by a queen from the House of Glucksburg?
Denmark
6 Wichita is the largest city in which US state? 
Kansas
7 The Dutch-born pianist Suzanne Leenhoff married which French painter in 1863?
Edouard Manet
8 Nicknamed (more recently) 'The Cobra', which Dutch darts player of Indonesian ethnicity is the youngest ever winner of a world championship?
Jelle Klaasen
9 Sigourney Weaver once lost on Oscar night in both the Best Supporting Actress and Actress categories when she was up for her roles in Working Girl and which other film?

10 The actor Adam West voices the mayor Adam West in which animated TV series?
Family Guy

R5
1 Which city airport is located on Sea Island in Richmond, British Columbia?
Vancouver
2 Robert O'Neill, aged 38, has hit the news headlines for claiming to kill which man? 
Osama bin Laden  
3 The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle is the debut novel of which Newsnight presenter?
Kirsty Wark
4 Funky Drummer and My Thang are much-sampled songs released by which soul music star?
James Brown
5 The world's shortest man, according to Guinness World Records, the 21.5-inch tall 75-year-old Chandra Bahadur Dangi comes from which country?

6 Which English city featured in the name of the Mark 1, one of the world's first recognisable modern computer?
Manchester
7 Played by Stanley Tucci, the talk show host Caesar Flickerman features in which movie series?
The Hunger Games
8 In 2004, which boxer had the first of his four fights with Juan Manuel Marquez, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas?
Manny Pacquaio
9 Which French composer created his piano piece Gaspard de la nuit specifically to outdo the notorious difficulty of Balakirev's Islamey
Maurice Ravel
10 What is the UK's second largest supermarket chain, Tesco being number one?
Asda

R6
1 The tea, rooibus, takes its name from the words for 'red bush' in which language?
Afrikaans
2 Which European Space Agency probe shares its name with an island in Lake Nasser, also known as Qasr Anas al-Wujud, that the ancient Egyptians believed was a holy place for the goddess Isis?
Philae
3 Which English celebrity chef shares her name with the subject of love poems by the Roman poet Tibullus?
Delia
4 Which mausoleum is the burial place of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert?
Frogmore Mausoleum
5 Who directed the films My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons, High Fidelity and The Queen?
Stephen Frears
6 Which medical condition is also known as podagra when it involves the big toe? 
Gout
7 Meeting at the St. Paul's Church in 1848, Germany's first freely elected parliament was named after which city? 
Frankfurt
8 Which country's fleet fired on British fishing boats in the North Sea in an October 1904 incident?
Russia
9 Which London-born stand-up comedian's The 'Out Out' Tour was the best-selling debut DVD of 2011?
Micky Flanagan
10 The taka is the currency of which Asian country? 
Bangladesh 

R7
1 Which two Prime Ministers are named in the Beatles song Taxman?
Mr Wilson & Mr Heath 
2 Which star in the constellation Lyra will become the Pole Star in some 10,000 years' time?
Vega
2 David Suchet played the role of Augustus Melmotte in the 2001 TV adaptation of which novel?
The Way We Live Now
3 The title of a Harold Pinter play, which three-word phrase's various definitions in the OED include 'a state of confusion or uncertainty', 'a dangerous or forbidden place' and 'a stretch of disputed territory'?
No man's land
4 Which Californian wine valley gives its name to the annual event that is the largest wine auction in the world?
Napa Valley
5 Craster kippers come from the village of Craster in which county? 
Northumberland
6 In 1520, who became Sultan of the Ottoman Empire on the death of his father, who was known as 'the Grim'?
Suleyman the Magnificent
7 Which organisation was Benito Mussolini talking about when he said that it was "very well when sparrows shout, but no good at all when eagles fall out"?
League of Nations
8 Which hill top town in Umbria is famous for its university and for its 'baci' or chocolate kisses and chocolate industry as a whole?
Perugia
9 Calling itself the world's only seven star hotel, the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab is located in which city?
Dubai
10 Owned by the John Lewis Partnership, which department store in Sloane Square is named after the son of a Carmarthenshire hat manufacturer, who was born in 1842?
Peter Jones

R8
1 Located in Picardy, which French city's incomplete Cathedral of Saint Peter - the "The Parthenon of French Gothic" - has the world's highest church nave, with a height of 156ft?
Beauvais
2 Nicknamed the "Good Lord's Lantern" or "la Lanterne du Bon Dieu", the Saint-Etienne cathedral in which city in Lorraine displays the largest expanse of stained glass in the world, with 69,920 square feet?
Metz 
3 Which Malaysian dollar billionaire is chairman and chief executive of Beryjaya Corporation Berhad and became owner of Cardiff City in 2010?
Vincent Tan
4 In 1975, which rereleased song became David Bowie's first UK number one single?
Space Oddity
5 The title of a novel by Ian McEwan, which term in Christian theology describes how human beings can be reconciled to God?
Atonement
6 Joel Osteen, with a reported net worth of $56.5 million, is Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church, the largest Protestant Church and largest congregation in the US, averaging a 43,500 attendance per week. It is located in which Texas city?

7 Featuring the songs Phat Planet and Afrika Shox, the 1999 release Rhythm and Stealth was a number one album for which British electronic duo?
Leftfield
8 In 1964, which two-word term was coined by by the toy company Hasbro to market G.I. Joe to boys who wouldn't play with things called 'dolls'?
Action figure
9 Opal is an hydrated amorphous form of which chemical compound?

10 The 1768m-long Peace Bridge between Canada and the US crosses over which river?
Niagara

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ANSWERS TO THE UNANSWERED
R3 5 Lone Survivor
R4 9 Gorillas in the Mist
R5 5 Nepal
R8 6 Houston
R8 9 Silica / Silicon dioxide

Spares
What is the most common beef breed of cattle in the US?
Black Angus
Malaysia, with 100,000 square feet of space is the latest outpost to open internationally for which movie studio, joining Toronto, Berlin and Dominican Republic? 
Pinewood Studios
Which brothers belonged to the early 1980s New Zealand band Split Enz? 
Neil and Tim Finn
Rue de Lille 75343 Paris is the address of which art museum?
Musee d'Orsay
Used in cooking, which type of dehydrated cube derives its name from the French for 'broth'?
Bouillon
In Greek mythology, the broken horn of the goat Amalthea became which object? 
Cornucopia
Which fashion accessory can be basket, messenger, pouch or signature? 
Bag
Which painting in the Maurithuis was purchased for only two guilders and 30 cents by Arnoldus Andries des Tombe in 1881 and given a restoration in 1994 that revealed its dark black background was originally a deep green?
Girl with a Pearl Earring
Philip Webb designed the L-shaped Red House in Bexleyheath for which Arts & Crafts movement leader? William Morris
Which sitcom featured the characters Lord Percy Percy and Lord Melchett? 
Blackadder, specifically Blackadder II
Which major world figure wrote The Story of My Experiments with the Truth: An Autobiography?
Mahatma Gandhi
In the 1990 book Esio Trot by Roald Dahl, what type of creature is Mrs Silver's pet Alfie? 
Tortoise
Which Spanish composer built his 1911 piano work Goyescas around the work of Goya? 
Enrique Granados
Funny Girl is a 2014 novel by which English author?
Nick Hornby
Which novel by George Eliot features the drowning of Tom and Maggie Tulliver? 
The Mill on the Floss
Which literary heroine loves Angel Clare? 
Tess Durbeyfield
Who is Wooden in a piece by Bartok, Happy in an Oscar Wilde story, Little in a book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Black in an Iris Murdoch novel? 
Prince
The half-brother of detective Harry Bosch, LA attorney Mickey Haller is the title character in which 2005 novel by Michael Connelly?  
The Lincoln Lawyer
Which wine shares its name with the largest city in southern Iran? 
Shiraz

Monday, October 27, 2014

Friendly Prez Cup October 26, 2014

Score 48-49?? I know it was 47-47 with two questions left

Missing answers = Unanswered question - answers to unanswered questions at the bottom. Word.

Round 1
1 You and I is the new fragrance by which music group? 
One Direction
2 Death of a River Guide is the 1994 debut novel by which Australian author? 
Richard Flanagan
3 Which eight block-long street runs east to west from Broadway to South Street on the East River in Lower Manhattan? 
Wall Street
4 Which two of the six main characters in Friends did not end up with another main character?
Phoebe & Joey
5 Falling on May 18, 2014 this year, Lag BaOmer is a festive day on which religion's calendar?
Judaism
6 Meyer Lansky, Charlie 'Lucky' Luciano and Ben Siegel are characters in which HBO drama?
Boardwalk Empire
7 Carlos Paredes is known as the defining virtuoso of the Coimbra model of the Portuguese guitar used in which form of music? 
Fado
8 Which two-word legal term from the French language refers to an act of God that frees both parties from a contract? 
Force majeure

Round 2
1 The striker Karim Benzema had spent all of his career with which French football club before joining Real Madrid? 
Lyon
2 How many rugby union clubs play in the Aviva Premiership? 
12
3 Which American singer topped the UK singles chart in 1982 with I've Never Been To Me, a song she first released in 1977? 
Charlene
4 Francisco Sa Carneiro airport serves which European city? 

5 The Spanish flu of 1918 was so called because which King of Spain was afflicted by it? 
Alfonso XIII
6 At his first exhibition in London in 1936, which artist wore a diving suit topped with a Mercedes radiator cap and holding two Russian wolfhounds on a leash with one hand and a billiard cue in the other? 
Salvador Dali
7 Which Pakistan batsman has just scored his 26th Test century to break Inzamam-ul-Haq's national record? 
Younis Khan
8 The Hermannschlact and the Varian Disaster are alternate names for which battle of 9 AD? 
Teutoburg Forest

Round 3
1 Who coached Uruguay to victory in the 2011 Copa America?
Oscar Tabarez
2 Which architect designed the pair of Westminster buildings that were completed in 1906 and formed the original location of New Scotland Yard until 1967? 
(Richard) Norman Shaw
3 What is the largest English-speaking city in South America? 
Georgetown
4 Fear of the Dark, The Final Frontier, No Prayer for the Dying and Powerslave are among the 15 studio albums by which British band? 
Iron Maiden
5 Inspired by the devil from Faust, the Mephisto Waltzes were composed by which Hungarian? 
Franz Liszt
6 Alvy Singer, Miles Monroe and Fielding Mellish are past movie roles played by which director? 
Woody Allen
7 The Swimming Pool is a 54 foot long cut out by which French artist? 
Henri Matisse
8 The board game Diplomacy is set in Europe before the beginning of which conflict? 
World War I

Round 4
1 In Jacques-Louis David's painting Napoleon Crossing the Alps, Napoleon is seen pointing at which pass? 
St. Bernard's Pass
2 Which animal features in the Filipino meat delicacy Lechon?

3 What is the most non-reactive of metals? It does not react with oxygen and does not rust or tarnish. 
Gold
4 Sir Ronald Ross won a Nobel Prize for discovering the presence of Plasmodium in the gut of which insect? 
Mosquito
5 In which religion did Ahura Mazda create the first man, known as Gayomart or Keyumars, out of mud? 
Zoroastrianism
6 Colonel Ojukwu led which breakaway Igbo republic? 
Biafra
7 The Panamanian dictator Omar Torrijos gifted the private island of Taborcillo to which American movie star? 
John Wayne
8 Every year since 1975, the Tour de France has finished on which thoroughfare? 
Champs-Elysees

Round 5
1 Which Mozart opera is based on the pro-Masonic fantasy novel The Life of Sethos by Jean Terrason? 
The Magic Flute
2 The Kroll process and the Hunter process are used to produce which transition metal with a silver colour? 
Titanium
3 Which Prime Minister coined the term “Selsdon Man” to ridicule primitive Tory free-market policies? 
Harold Wilson
4 Which 1930 standard by Duke Ellington, with lyrics by Irving Mills, was originally titled Dreamy Blues

5 Brainerd, Minnesota is the main setting for which Coen brothers film? 
Fargo
6 The three Graces are in the retinue of which Greek goddess? 

7 A pastel de nata is a type of egg tart that is a speciality of which country? 
Portugal
8 Headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and São Paulo, Brazil, what is the world's largest brewer? 


Round 6
1 Which British general surrendered to a combined American and French force at the Siege of Yorktown in 1781? 
Charles Cornwallis
2 Paul Rankin, Kevin Dundon and Rachel Allen are renowned Irish names in which field? 
Cookery
3 A set of variations on John Dowland's Come, Heavy Sleep, Nocturnal was composed by Benjamin Britten for which English classical guitarist? 
Julian Bream
4 The world's largest generic drugs manufacturer, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, is based in which country? 

5 Which work by Thomas a Kempis opens with the quote “he who follows me walks not in darkness”? 
The Imitation of Christ 
6 Which country's current head of state is the successor of Franz Josef II? 
Liechtenstein
7 Which American tycoon said: “The secret of success is to get up early, work late and strike oil”? 
John D. Rockefeller
8 Who missed the penalty that resulted in England being knocked out of Euro '96? 
Gareth Southgate

Round 7
1 Recognised in the residence of the Society of Jesus in Dublin in 1990, The Taking of Christ is a rediscovered masterpiece by which Italian painter? 
Caravaggio
2 Which currency's name means 'marten' in Croatian as it comes from the use of marten pelts as a trading commodity by medieval merchants? 
Kuna
3 In 1002, which king ordered the mass killing of Danes known as the St. Brice's Day massacre? Sweyn Forkbeard conquered England to avenge it. 
Ethelred the Unready
4 Which country has won nine Olympic men's water polo titles? 
Hungary
5 Chi, bu and li are traditional Chinese units of what? 
Length
6 The dead character Mary-Alice Young narrated which American TV show? 
Desperate Housewives
7 Based in New Delhi, the largest university in the world, with an enrolment of more than three million students, is abbreviated IGNOU. The IG stands for which woman? 
Indira Gandhi [National Open University]
8 Also called the Proto-Canaanite, what is the oldest verified consonantal alphabet? 
Phoenician alphabet

Round 8
1 Invented in 1960 by Simon McLeod, which anti-personnel mine is named after a type of late medieval Scottish longsword? 
Claymore
2 Formed in 1972, which Jamaican reggae group is partly named after the Swahili for 'freedom'? 
Black Uhuru
3 Trinidad's Black Stalin, aka Leroy Calliste, is known for playing which music style? 
Calypso
4 Which one-word name describes the subcategory of antiques and collectibles is concerned with all things beer-related? 
Breweriana
5 In 1927, which basketball team played its first ever road game against the Hinckley Merchants? 
Harlem Globetrotters
6 The song Master of the House provides much-needed comic relief in which musical? 
Les Miserables
7 Founded in 1976, what is the highest circulation daily newspaper in Spain that is not entirely devoted to sport? 
El País
8 First developed in Italy, Golden Orange is a cultivar of which fruit? 
Apple

Round 9
1 Which Quentin Tarantino film climaxes with the premiere of the movie Nation's Pride
Inglourious Basterds
2 Which famous Swedish family is the main shareholder in Saab, Astra Zeneca and Ericsson? 

3 Which country contains 24 Alps with heights of over 4500m? 
Switzerland
4 Until the 1940s, which Asian country's currency was known as the tical? 
Thailand
5 Which Flanders-born Italian-based sculptor created four versions of his bronze statue Mercury
Giambologna or Jean Boulogne
6 What is Velvet's surname in Enid Bagnold's novel National Velvet
Brown
7 Which TV drama was first set in the Maryhill CID of Strathclyde Police? 
Taggart

8 Which Danish astronomer was aged 20 when his nose was sliced off in a duel? 
Tycho Brahe



Missing answers
R2 4 Porto
R4 2 Pig
R5 4 Mood Indigo
R5 6 Aphrodite 
R5 8 Anheuser-Busch InBev or AB InBev
R6 4 Israel
R9 2 Wallenberg family

Saturday, June 07, 2014

The biggest questions I've ever written

BH163: Two Symptoms of Madness

(N.B. They are numbered because they are supposed to be part of a 1000-question supplementary quiz for the BIG email quizzes quiz book e-book I am editing. New material acting as bait for old albeit reinforced and spruced-up rope. 

Current word count? 113,005 words. 

Yep, that's six figures and I am the Grady Tripp of quiz question writers)

(N.B. II: It would be a mistake to consider these pieces of art criticism. Sentences written by other hands have been repeated verbatim. Opinions have been borrowed from the far better qualified then bastardised and further slashed with my own MIAOW-ey claw at Jean-Baptiste Greuze, who doth sucketh big icky balls. Rather, they are quiz Qs gone insane; utterly impractical in the real world of asking-and-answering in every format you can think of)

Number One

545. This genre painter's portraits of young girls, such as Le petit chaperon rouge / Little Red Riding Hood (1883), Strawberry Girl and Knitting Girl, initially draw similar, even accusatory comparisons to the sickly chocolate box cover pretty faces that were painted again and again by Greuze, and which now fill the Wallace Collection to detriment of the museum and views on the reputation of their purchaser, the 4th Marquess of Hertford's taste. 

Such charges are ultimately unfounded and horribly superficial: Daughter Louise, for instance, has an integrity and admiration for its upstanding,neatly-dressed subject uncommon in modern museums replete with “representative” 19th century art. Indeed, these bashful youth-drunk souls hardly ever engage with the viewer head on: always looking away, gazing down or too caught up in the salutary pastime they are devoting themselves to or plotting with siblings or playmates. 

Inspired by his 1864 marriage to Anna Rüfli and their resultant offspring (Louise, Marie, Maurce, Cecile), his paintings of progeny-filled family life and portraits of lone or paired children – Boy Sleeping in Hay, Sleeping Children on Stove, First Smile – were good enough to break out of their sentimentalised genre prison and fed his homeland's yearning for the ideal family life, as well his fellow countrymen's appetite for well-painted saleable compositions that were suitable and salutary viewing for all, especially when they portrayed everyday scenes with the family unit engaged in forthright and didactic activities (The Song) or children centred village life going about its daily business (Turnstunde in InsThe Crèche). 

His nation's most popular artist in his own lifetime, which painter (1831-1910) has been called Switzerland's “national painter” thanks to the timeless accessibility and enduring popularity of his portrayals of Swiss village life?

Number Two

835. Vermeer's oeuvre was rediscovered just prior to that of another artist. However, unlike his Dutch contemporary, this Brussels native has never captured the hearts of the public despite portraits, religious paintings and genre scenes that offer “a world that is immediate and yet strangely aloof, mysterious and yet rooted in reality [and] above all a world of silence”. 

His work The Artist's Studio was painted in Rome, his home from c.1646-c.1655, like many of his surviving 40 or so canvases, and features a youth pointing at a torso by the sculptor François Duquesnoy (1597-1643), who was also active in the Eternal City. Another painting, The Schoolroom (c.1650), depicts a beautiful young embroiderer, whose blue dress and white turban set her off against the artist's typical browns. His empathy is at its most intimate in a portrait of a young servant girl (c.1660) that he painted after returning to the north. Though singled out for similarities to Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring (c.1665), while the latter is enigmatic and tantalising and swathed in garments with an exotic shine, the former is shy, unsure and realistically presented as a 17th century working class girl wearing a plain dress made of coarse brown cloth. They hang near each other in the Mauritshuis. 

His monumental masterpiece Plague in an Ancient City (1652) is his greatest painting in terms of size and, some contend, in terms of technical achievement and historical-archaeological erudition as well. Other notable paintings include the Caravaggio-esque chiaroscuro and naked men of the Wrestling Match (1649) and the pious-prone series, The Seven Works of Mercy (c.1646-49): e.g. the Rijksmuseum's Clothing the Naked and Feeding the Hungry

Associated with the Rome-based genre painters of daily life, the Bamboccianti, he served the ruling papal family, the Pamphilj and, thanks to Cardinal Camillo Pamphilj, was given the title Cavaliere di Cristo by Pope Innocent X. A devout Christian who spent six months with the Paris Foreign Missions Society until his dismissal for unstable behaviour in May 1662, he even proselytised and painted as far a foreign field as Aleppo and beyond. 

Which Flemish painter's reputation collapsed soon after his death in Goa in 1664, and began its recovery during the early 20th century, rising slightly higher and higher ever since?

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ANSWERS

Monday, March 10, 2014

You're Here for the Questions, aren't ye?

End of the P-Cup Season Ra Ra Ra

(That sub-headline's ending is not an oblique reference for the Manchester team on University Challenge failing to get any of my two-letter Scrabble word bonus questions; I mean how can QI be mistaken for XI? And they looked so sure)

Our sixth league victory in seven seasons came one game ago, and that was a close run thang dagnabbit and the best draw we will ever play in! It's always a struggle playing with a Tub O'Lard and, I swear the five hour trip to Cambridge, scrambled my mind so much that I missed out on my fourth Full House of the season because I thought there were only 11 letters in the word 'ONEDIRECTIONER" (Yes, I know that's not even a word). Man, that answer sucked asssss.

Nevertheless, game ten was a leisurely jaunt in which I missed out on my fourth Full House of the season because I said "Jacques" and not Orsino said if "Music be the Big Mac of sexytime then let's get a large meal with six chicken McNuggets on the side and some BBQ sauce" (I paraphrase). Man, that answer sucked double ass (ass-ass). However, some self-congratulatory season landmarks of the preening variety: I also broke 200 points in the President's Cup for the first time; got my first 20pt-average season and got my highest 2pt seasons average (5.90). Individually, I was alright indeed. In fact, I answered a total of 146 questions correctly. AND GRRRR IF I HAD HAZARDED A FEW BETTER GUESSES A TAD MORE EXPERTLY, I WOULD HAVE BROKEN THE 150-Q BARRIER. GRRRR... MAKES ME SO ANGRY AND GROWLY GRRRR. Nah, just kidding ... Or am I? (But it's weird when you find President's Cup far easier to negotiate than Tuesday nights in the QLL. Or should I say, totally awesome)

When Sussex (aka UC Alumni) started out, we came dead last in the league on at least two occasions. I mean, we stank up the competition with our incompetence and inability to turn out a full team. It was hilarious. Only, it wasn't. Then we improved so dramatically that we started winning the thing and we never looked back (I hope the same trend has started for the Charity Night  ... we karked major behind for the second year in a row, oh yeah ... BOOF ... come hubris, make me sad; tear this feeling of imperial glory away from my bosom. I dare you!).  Apart from the couple of times every year when Kathryn and I recall our mighty victory against Oxford with a two-person team, and rumble gently with mirth.

Friendly Time
(N.B. I type up a lot of my quizzes in Futura ... it's probably a Wes Anderson thing)

London, going second, won 45-38


President's Cup Friendly 10/03/14

R1
1 Which featured singer links the songs Take Care by Drake, Live Your Life by T.I., Remember to Forget You by Shakira and The Monster by Eminem? 
Rihanna 
2 What did Vladimir Putin call “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century”? 
The fall of the USSR
3 The Huygens Gap is found in which division of the planet Saturn's rings? 
Cassini Division
4 In Greek mythology, which Earth goddess and Uranus were parents of the Titans? 
Gaia
5 Which cryptocurrency was introduced as open source software in 2009 by the mysterious developer Satoshi Nakamoto? 
Bitcoin 
6 Which Jewish holiday is observed on the first and second days of Tishri? 
Rosh Hashanah
7 Lufthansa has its registered office and corporate HQ in which major German city?
U/A
8 Which elementary particles have up, down and charm flavours? 
Quarks

R2
1 Which 2004 film starred the real-life Dutch boxer Lucia Rijker, aka “The Most Dangerous Woman in the World”, as the dirty German WBA welterweight champion Billie “The Blue Bear”? 
Million Dollar Baby
2 Tomari is the main port city and Naha the capital of which Japanese island? 
Okinawa
3 Which Green Day album spawned the singles Wake Me Up When September Ends and Boulevard of Broken Dreams
American Idiot
4 Which Dominican Republic dictator is the subject of Rita Dove's poem Parsley
Rafael Trujillo
5 What nut flavour is the Italian gelato 'nocciola'? 
Hazelnut
6 Which inventor founded the company AT&T on October 5, 1893? 
Alexander Graham Bell
7 Which founder of the DeBeers diamond company tried to build a “Cape to Cairo” railway? 
Cecil Rhodes
8 Which town in North-Rhine-Westphalia hosts the Garry Weber Open, a grass court tennis tournament that has been won by Roger Federer six times? 
Halle

R3 
1 Maurice Jarre composed Lara's Theme for which 1965 film? 
Doctor Zhivago
2 In the only Major win of his career so far, which American golfer's record tournament score of 265 in the 2001 PGA Championship is the record for all majors? 
U/A
3 Linked to chronic alcohol abuse, the neurological disorder Korsakoff's syndrome is caused by a lack of which vitamin in the brain? 
U/A
4 The first mammals appeared during which geological era?
U/A
5 Flamingo is a “stabile” in Chicago's Federal Plaza by which sculptor? 
Alexander Calder
6 Which title character in an August Strindberg play has an affair with the valet Jean? 
Miss Julie
7 Conceived by Julie and Steve Pankhurst and their friend Jason Porter in 1999, which social networking website uses the slogan “Millions of memories all in one place”? 
Friends Reunited
8 Which jazz saxophonist named the song Naima after his wife? 
John Coltrane

R4 
1 Which 1890s conflict led to the USA's annexation of the Philippines, Puerto Rica and Cuba? 
Spanish-American War
2 Which quantity is multiplied by acceleration to give force? 
Mass
3 Which Roman poet wrote Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori
Horace
4 Which town features in Vincent van Gogh's painting Starry Night?
U/A 
5 Which Flavian dynasty founder was victorious during the Year of the Four Emperors? 
Vespasian
6 Rochester is the third most populous city in which US state? 
New York
7 Deriving its name from the Japanese word for cleverness, which style of arithmetic and logic puzzle was invented in 2004 by the maths teacher Tetsuya Miyamoto? 
KenKen / KenDoku
8 Which football club's 1980 FA Cup win is the most recent victory by a team from outside the top division? 
West Ham United

R5
1 The 2013 rugby league Man of Steel award winner Danny Brough is a scrum-half for which Yorkshire Super League team? 
Huddersfield Giants
2 Which Kurdish Muslim general recaptured Jerusalem in 1187? 
Saladin
3 Which Australian film director is best known for his 'Red Curtain' trilogy? 
Baz Luhrmann
4 Mrs Alba Campeol of Treviso has been credited with inventing which dessert in c.1971? 
Tiramisu
5 Ranked at number five in the world, the Malawi Queens is Malawi's most successful ever international sports team. Competing against such other African teams as the Uganda She Cranes, they play which sport? 
Netball
6 Which American poet was known as the “Belle of Amherst”? 
Emily Dickinson
7 All You Need is Lunch, The Fool on the Pill, Denny Lane and W.C Fields Forever are songs by which band? 
The Rutles
8 Formed by a merger on November 30, 1999, which Irving, Texas-based oil and gas company is a direct descendant of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company?
U/A

R6
1 Nicknamed the “Diver's Cemetery”, The Blue Hole is the deadliest dive site in the world and is located off the coast of Dahab in which sea? 
Red Sea
2 Raphael painted a portrait of which Pope with the Cardinals Giulio de Medici and Luigi de Rossi? 
Leo X
3 Designed by Pierre Janssen and Gustave Eiffel, an observatory on which mountain collapsed in 1906? 
Mont Blanc
4 Which Salman Rushdie novel follows the Indian actors and plane crash survivors Gibreel Farishta and Saladin Chamcha?
The Satanic Verses
5 Which current TV show, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy, features the activities of the Chesapeake Ripper? 
Hannibal
6 Which actor played Headmistress Millicent Fritton in the two recent St. Trinian's films? 
Rupert Everett
7 Which dessert cake, made with layers of almond and hazelnut meringue and whipped cream, derives its name from a spa town in the Landes department in south-western France? It comes in a long and rectangular form known as the marjolaine.
U/A
8 Which Vietnamese city was renamed in honour of Ho Chi Minh? 
Saigon

R7
1 For his role in the Great Locomotive Chase during the US Civil War, Private Jacob Parrott became the first army recipient of which military award? 
Medal of Honor
2 What is the largest and lowest-pitched string instrument? 
Double bass / Bass violin
3 Which US linguist composed a sentence in which “colorless green ideas sleep furiously”? 
Noam Chomsky
4 Which composer based his song cycle To The Distant Beloved on the text of physician Alois Jeitteles?
U/A
5 Suryavarman II is best known as the 12th century builder of which 'Temple City'? 
Angkor Wat
6 Which Conservative was the first Prime Minister of the 20th century? 
3rd Marquess of Salisbury
7 Who is the director of the films Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited and Moonrise Kingdom
Wes Anderson
8 Which significant "first" did Jem Mason achieve in the history of horse racing? 
U/A

R8
1 Recounting his time in the Lunghua Civilian Assembly Centre, which British author's autobiography Miracles of Life: From Shanghai to Shepperton was published in 2008?
JG Ballard
2 In 1985, which pasta sauce brand was first introduced in Australia as 'Alora' before a name change four years later? 
Dolmio
3 Cybertron is the homeworld of which robots?
U/A
4 Convicted of the murder and rape of 33 boys and young men, which American serial killer often dressed up as Pogo the Clown? 
John Wayne Gacy
5 Which 2000 single by the Baha Men sold 715,000 copies and was the biggest selling single of the Noughties not to reach Number One? 
Who Let the Dogs Out?
6 Which Monopoly property is a building and not a street? 
The Angel, Islington
7 Which Procter & Gamble brand had a disastrous flop with the 1979 release of its Touch of Yogurt shampoo, partly because buyers thought it was edible?
U/A
8 Which type of Greek mythical creature gave its name to NASA's so-called "Workhorse in Space", a rocket used in over 200 missions from Voyager and Viking to Cassini and New Horizons? 
U/A

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Answers to the Unanswered Questions
R1 7. Cologne
R3 2. David Toms
R3 3. Thiamine / B1
R3 4. Mesozoic
R4 4. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
R5 8. ExxonMobil
R6 7. Dacquoise (from Dax)
R7 4. Beethoven
R7 8. 1st jockey to win the Grand National (on Lottery)
R8 3. Transformers
R8 7. Clairol
R8 8. Centaur

Spares
1 Given the German name for a capital city, which 1806 treaty was signed in the aftermath of the Battle of Austerlitz and ended the Holy Roman Empire? 
Peace of Pressburg
2 Which Egyptian god of the sun was represented by the Mnevis Bull? 
Ra / Atum-Ra
3 Which US President authorised the overthrow and eventual assassination of the South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem? 
JFK
4 Named after an Italian town, which strait connects the Ionian and Adriatic Seas? 
Strait of Otranto
5 Mithridates the Great ruled which ancient kingdom? 
Pontus
6 Which double A-side release by Will Young was the biggest selling single of the Noughties? 
Evergreen / Anything is Possible
7 Which three words link a 1978 song by The Who and a 2011 album by Jessie J? 
Who You Are / Who Are You

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Me So Friendly

This be another friendly wot I wrote from last year. I am really spoiling you with two loads of questions in three days. And these questions are ALL my own. No looking through quiz books in desperation for the purpose of filler questions. Not like the besmirched one directly below this question set.

Unanswered questions answers, as per usual are underneath the Spares.


R1
1 Which hero of classical myth was accidentally killed with a poisoned robe by his wife Deianira?
Hercules / Heracles
2 Recalling the African origin of its cocoa bean ingredients, which animal features in the logo of the Belgian chocolate-maker Cote d'Or?
Elephant
3 Which classic jazz album by Dave Brubeck features the tracks Strange Meadow Lark, Pick Up Sticks and Take Five?
U/A
4 The 2013 Ridley Scott film The Counsellor has an original script written by which Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Road?
Cormac McCarthy
5 Who reprised his role as the Eighth Doctor Who in the 2013 webisode 'The Night of the Doctor'?
Paul McGann
6 Whose poem 'Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College' features the phrase "ignorance is bliss"?
Thomas Gray
7 Originally called Julio Gonzalez, which French-based Spanish painter is known for such Cubist still-lifes as Violon et Guitare, which sold at auction for $28.6m in 2010?
Juan Gris
8 The Casement Report outlined abuses in which free state, the private estate of King Leopold II?
Congo Free State

R2
1 Warning against their machinations, which Roman's sixth Satire warned "who will watch the watchmen?" when talking with regards to women?
Juvenal
2 Which proverbial principle is embodied by the three monkeys named Mizaru, Kikazaru and Iwazaru? 
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil
3 Which man - the first Jewish Prime Minister of France - ended up in Dachau but survived and served once more in the Fourth Republic?
Leon Blum
4 Lord Hate-good, Pliable, Faithful, Formalist and Hypocrisy are characters in which 17th century book?
The Pilgrim's Progress
5 Advertised on TV by Charlize Theron, J'adore is a perfume by which fashion house?
U/A
6 The grandson of Mieszko I of Poland, which king received the last Danegeld and defeated Edmund Ironside at Assandun?
Canute I / Canute the Great / Knut
7 In 1902, the occultist Aleister Crowley and Oscar Eckenstein unsuccessfully tried to climb which Pakistani mountain?
K2
8 What one-word title links the latest entry in the Call of Duty video game franchise and a play by Henrik Ibsen?
Ghosts

R3
1 In the style of rugby union's All Blacks, what is the nickname of New Zealand's national football team?
All Whites
2 Which two-word term describes a star when the core runs out of hydrogen leading to an expansion and cooling of its atmosphere?
Red giant
3 Which architect's designs include the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia and the Stansted airport terminal building?
Norman Foster
4 The Fauvist painter Andre Derain produced a painting of which London bridge in 1906?
U/A
5 In some Tarot card decks, The Hierophant is known by the name of which religious figure?
U/A
6 The England wicketkeeper Matt Prior plays county cricket for which club?
Sussex
7 Which retailer is the world's third largest employer with 2.1m employees?
Wal-Mart
8 Tacloban City is the capital of which Philippine province?
U/A

R4
1 At the 1978 World Cup, West Germany were defeated 3-2 in a match that became known as the 'Shame of Cordoba' by which team? 
Austria
2 Born Johannes Bouwens, which Dutch singer had a global hit in 1975 with Paloma Blanca?
George Baker [Selection]
3 Who married Roxana of Bactria, Stateira II of Persia and Parysatis II of Persia?
Alexander the Great
4 The Oriental Small-clawed is the smallest species and the sea and the great the largest of which mammal?
Otter
5 Which American fashion retailer owns the Hollister brand and the Gilly Hicks lingerie chain?
Abercrombie & Fitch
6 A moshav shitufi is a type of cooperative village in which country?
Israel
7 The youngest noncommissioned American officer in history, Johnny Clem served as a 12-year-old drummer boy in which war?
US Civil War
8 In 1993, Tansu Ciller became the first and so far only woman prime minister of which country? 
Turkey

R5
1 The historic centre of which Polish city is situated at the foot of Royal Wawel Castle?
Krakow
2 Which division of General Motors introduced the Corvette sports car in 1953?
Chevrolet
3 Which title links a 1964 Buffy Saint-Marie protest song and a 1992 film starring Jean Claude van Damme and Dolph Lundgren film? 
Universal Soldier
4 A villain in the Bond film Live and Let Die, which loa of the dead in Haitian voodoo is married to Maman Brigitte? 
Baron Samedi
5 The human body contains twice as much blood of which other fluid? 
U/A
6 A Neo-Druid movement supporter, the physician William Price pioneered which funeral practice in Great Britain? 
Cremation
7 Born in 1842, which French composer is best known for such operas as Manon, Werther and Thais?
Jules Massenet
8 The Atash Behram, meaning 'fire of victory', is the highest grade of fire temple - the place of worship in which religion?
Zoroastrianism

R6
1 Which Russian composed his fourth symphony between 1877 and 1878 during the breakdown of his marriage to Antonina Milyukova? 
Tchaikovsky
2 Which Cornish fish pie is cooked as part of traditional celebrations for Tom Bawcock's Eve?
Stargazy pie
3 Which silent film star's debut movie role was in the 1917 short comedy The Butcher Boy alongside Fatty Arbuckle who played the title character? 
U/A
4 Which late snooker player won the World Professional title at his first attempt, was the first winner at the Crucible Theatre and was the inaugural winner of the Masters?
John Spencer
5 Which Swedish band released the '90s albums Emmerdale, Life, and Gran Turismo?
The Cardigans
6 What is the more common name of the disease osteomalacia when it occurs in children? 
Rickets
7 BRIAN the Robot appears in TV ads for which insurance price comparison website?
Confused.com
8 Which current Cabinet minister wrote a biography of William Pitt the Younger?
William Hague

R7
1 Enceladus is the only geologically active moon of which planet where active eruptions have been observed?
Saturn - hindsight repeat!
2 In a Roman public bath, if the caldarium was the hot bath and the frigidarium the cold bath, what was the warm bath?
Tepidarium
3 The Sky Arts series A Young Doctor's Notebook stars Jon Hamm and which English actor as his physician character's younger, shorter version?
Daniel Radcliffe
4 Who had a no.4 hit in 1986 when she sang the EastEnders theme tune in the song Anyone Can Fall in Love?
Anita Dobson
5 The Savannah is a domestic hybrid cat breed that is a cross between the domestic cat and  which African wild cat?
Serval
6 Which charity for helping young people was founded by Prince Charles in 1976?
The Prince's Trust
7 What is the name of the youngest of Boris Johnson's three siblings?
Joseph / Jo
8 Owned by Pearson, which leading publisher of educational materials for schools is the world's oldest commercial imprint, having been founded in 1724?
U/A

R8 
1 Originally named Polarbjorn, the Arctic Sunrise is an ice-strengthened ship that was purchased by which organisation in 1995?
Greenpeace
2 The cardoon is the wild variety of which flower vegetable, whose traditional cultivars include Romanesco, Violet de Provence and Verde Palermo?
Artichoke / Globe artichoke
3 Shared with the closely related perennial delphinium, which common name is given to the flower genus Consolida due to the shape of the calyx?
Larkspur
4 Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been president of which African country since 1979?
U/A
5 Richard Kay has stepped down as the gossip columnist of which newspaper after 10 years?
Daily Mail
6 Atomic number 85, which of the halogens derives its name from the Greek for 'unstable'?
Astatine
7 England's rugby union Head Coach, Stuart Lancaster, was Director of Rugby at which club before joining the national set-up in 2011?
U/A
8 Founded in 1999 by US computer science student Aaron Peckham, which user-edited online slang dictionary has become infamous for its many colourful entries and definitions? It uses the slogan 'Define Your World'.
Urban Dictionary

Spares
T-back, V-string, Cheeky and, for men in Asia, Fundoshi and Kowpeenam are types of which undergarment?
Thong
Which mild-flavoured cheese is drained, but not pressed, so some whey remains and the individual curds remain loose? When pressed, it can become hoop cheese or pot cheese.
Cottage cheese
Founded in 1951, which Group is the oldest centre-right think tank and shares its name with an area of East London? Past chairmen include Geoffrey Howe and Norman Lamont.
The Bow Group
Which city, situated on the plain of the River Guadalquivir, is home to the Giralda bell tower, the Plaza de Espana in the Maria Luisa Park and Cajasol Tower skyscraper?
Seville
Which Oscar-winning director played Leopoldo Pisanello in the 2012 Woody Allen film To Rome with Love?
Roberto Benigni

Answers to The Unanswered
R1 3. Time Out
R2 5. Christian Dior / Dior
R3 4. Charing Cross Bridge / Hungerford Bridge
R3 5. The Pope
R3 8. Leyte
R5 5. Lymph
R6 3. Buster Keaton
R7 8. Longman
R8 4. Angola
R8 7. Leeds Carnegie