Wednesday, November 04, 2015

BH165: The Pre-EQCing

Just, you know, putting them out there... (if you want to have a look at a quiz before the Euros that might make you feel stupid, dim-witted and ignorant of all the world contains, hey, you're welcome!)

1 Which German "City of Blades" is renowned for the manufacture of swords, knives, razors and scissors by such firms as DOVO, Wüsthof, J.A. Henckels and Böker?
2 In 1817, Jeremiah Brandreth "The Nottingham Captain" became one of the last people to be beheaded with an axe in Britain for leading which uprising? 
3 Londonderry Island at the western end of the Beagle Channel was named by which ship captain and descendant of the Marquis of Londonderry? 
4 Which Minister-President of the Austrian Empire, from 1848 to 1852, restored the Habsburg Empire as a European great power following the Revolutions of 1848? 
5 Which creator of Scrooge McDuck was called "the Hans Christian Andersen of comic books" by cartoonist Will Eisner? 
6 Who created the visionary environment known as Salvation Mountain in the Colorado Desert in California?
7 Which jockey rode the last two Kentucky Derby winners, American Pharaoh and California Chrome? 
8 What is the only football club to win four Copa Libertadores finals in a row, between 1972 and 1975?
9 Which Chairman of the Federation Council since 2011 is considered the highest-ranking female politician in Russia? 
10 Which French singer rose to prominence in the early 1980s with hit songs like Gaby oh Gaby and Vertige l'amour
11 The USSR wanted to name Rutherfordium, element 104, after which father of the Soviet nuclear bomb? 
12 The title of which band's 1969 debut LP Pickin' Up the Pieces refers to the break-up of Buffalo Springfield?
13 Which conglomerate, founded in 1948 by Shin Kyuk-ho, is named after a character in The Sorrows of Young Werther
14 Killed in a 1981 road accident, which motorcycle legend's pall bearers included James Hunt, John Surtees and Giacomo Agostini? 
15 Which Dutchman's most famous portrait is his 1642 half-length portrayal of Gerard Andriesz Bicker, the rather plump son of Andries Bicker, the mayor of Amsterdam? 
16 Entering service in 1956, which short-range AAM is the most widely used missile in the West? 
17 Nicknamed "The General", which US TV pioneer is credited with an eponymous law that states the value of a broadcast network is proportional to the number of viewers? 
18 In 2008, who became the first French act singing in English to top the French album chart, with A Mouthful?
19 Founded in Osaka in 1947, which Japanese football team began as the club of Sumitomo Metal Industries? 
20 What is Australia's Thunder from Down Under? 
21 In 1535, Angela Merici and 28 companions founded the Company of which female saint, whose martyrdom Hans Memling depicted on a shrine? 
22 Nigel, Marianne, Debbie, Eliza, Donnie and Darwin the chimp form which animated family? 
23 Who composed the jazz drumming soundtrack for the Oscar-winning film Birdman
24 The libretto for Alexander von Zemlinsky's opera Der Zwerg / The Dwarf was adapted from which Oscar Wilde short story? 
25 Which citrus soft drink's original formula was invented in 1940 by Tennessee beverage bottlers Barney and Ally Hartman? 
26 Extending all five fingers and presenting the palm towards a person, the Moutza is a traditional insult gesture in which country?
27 What does the Indonesian game of panjat pinang involve? 
28 Rainer Maria Rilke, the husband of her friend Clara Westhoff, wrote the poem Requiem for a Friend in memory of which painter? 
29 The three crew members of which 1971 Soviet space mission are the only humans to have died outside the Earth's atmosphere? 
30 Which Sri Lankan holds the record for most Test runs scored batting at number 11? 
31 Which attempted US state was set up at Jonesborough in 1784, with John Sevier as its first and only governor?
32 Ottoman sultan Mehmed II supposedly beheaded a slave to show which Venetian painter that his depiction of John the Baptist's severed head was unrealistic? 
33 Which L.A. Philharmonic conductor (1933-39) was Mahler's assistant during the premiere of the Symphony of a Thousand?  
34 Which Scottish yachtsman was the first person to sail single-handed non-stop westwards around the world? 
35 A gilded Budweiser carton, Fiat Veritas or Let There Be Truth is a 2013 work by which Vietnamese-born Danish artist? 
36 Based on Chip Kidd's cover illustration for Michael Crichton's novel, which logo was originally designed by Sandy Corolla? 
37 The documentary Maidentrip is about which 14-year-old Dutch sailor's solo two-year voyage around the world? 
38 Which Flight of the Conchords actor plays lifeguard and leg model Terry Pole and various other characters in the TV show Short Poppies
39 Which French deep-house DJ had a 2015 European hit with Goodbye (featuring Lyse)? 
40 Which Uruguayan winger scored the decisive goal in the final match of the 1950 World Cup? 
41 On which island is Martin Gusinde Anthropological Museum, the southernmost museum in the world?
42 Who is the only US soldier to be court-martialled and executed for desertion since the American Civil War? 
43 The gin sling has been attributed to which famous bartender of the Limmer's Hotel, London? 
44 Which westernmost cluster of the Caroline Islands opted for independence in 1978?
45 Which lawyer and crime author wrote the Helen West novels and Sarah Fortune novels? 
46 The 1959 nudist comedy The Immoral Mr. Teas was which director's first feature?
47 Molotov Man was a photo taken by Susan Meiselas during which 1979 revolution? 
48 Which Middle Eastern country is by far the world's largest producer of pistachios and saffron?
49 Which space station will be launched in 2256 as the "last, best hope for peace"? 
50 Which Italian architect created a chapel, believed to be the most expensive ever created, for Igreja de Sao Roque Jesuit church in Lisbon? 
51 Setting a new world record, who defeated Emil Zatopek and Chris Chatway in the 5000m at the 1954 European Championships? 
52 Named after the self-proclaimed psychic (1904-97) who was born Lydia Emma Pinckert, what is the "Jeane Dixon effect"? 
53 Which Geneva cathedral is known as the adopted home church of John Calvin? 
54 Which Los Angeles landmark was called Nuestro Pueblo by its Italian-American artist creator Simon Rodia? 
55 Which wife of Romulus was the only married woman carried off during the Rape of the Sabine Women?





Answers to BH165
1 Solingen 2 Pentrich rising 3 Robert FitzRoy, captain of HMS Beagle 4 Prince Felix of Schwarzenberg 5 Carl Barks 6 Leonard Knight 7 Victor Espinoza 8 Independiente 9 Valentina Matviyenko 10 Alain Bashung 11 Igor Kurchatov 12 Poco 13 Lotte Group 14 Mike Hailwood 15 Bartholomeus van der Helst 16 AIM-9 Sidewinder 17 Sarnoff's law - named after David Sarnoff 18  The Dø 19 Kashima Antlers 20 Male revue - rivals of the Chippendales 21 St. Ursula or Ursulines 22 The Wild Thornberrys 23 Antonio Sanchez 24 The Birthday of the Infanta 25 Mountain Dew 26 Greece 27 Climbing a greased pole to win a wheel of prizes at its top 28 Paula Modersohn-Becker 29 Soyuz 11 (Union 11) - the dead cosmonauts were Georgy Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov and Viktor Patsayev 30 Muttiah Muralitharan 31 Franklin 32 Gentile Bellini 33 Otto Klemperer 34 Chay Blyth - in 1971 on the 59-foot boat British Steel 35 Danh Vo 36 Jurassic Park 37 Laura Dekkers 38 Rhys Darby 39 Feder / Hadrien Federiconi 40 Alcide Ghiggia - who scored the winner in the 2-1 victory over Brazil 41 Isla Navarino 42 Eddie Slovik (1920-45) 43 John Collins 44 Palau 45 Frances Fylfield 46  Russ Meyer 47 Nicaraguan Revolution 48 Iran 49 Babylon 5 50 Nicola Salvi 51 Vladimir Kuts 52 The tendency to promote a few correct predictions while ignoring a larger number of incorrect predictions 53 St. Pierre Cathedral 54 Watts Towers 55 Hersilia

Saturday, October 17, 2015


Proof of my inexorable decline as a writer

'Allo. The year starts again. Like the song in the War Horse trailer that John Tams sings (yes, yes! That's Mr. Know Nothing, Kit Harington as Albert Dodgy Accent Narracott stroking his wicker steed). No wait, that's inexact; the title is The Year Turns Round Again. That tune gets me in the feels. Sorry for using the phrase "gets me in the feels" - but it's all the rage nowadays. Keep up with the lingo of this sadly degraded zeitgeist or become a dead shark (that's a garbled Annie Hall reference RIGHT THERE. Piers Morgan-style BOOM!).

Anyway, I'm already babbling. Which is why I must post and run. Otherwise, I'm just going to keep dropping bafflingly tangential pop culture references riddled with slang-infested bollockese and stop-gap terminology like "Anyhoo" and "I mean".

Anyhoo, I mean, erm, yes! FRIENDLY. Score: 'Twas 39 to a three-man team (the fair sweet land that be Sussex) versus 43 for the quartet (the befouled slum that be the Corbyn kingdom of Islington) that did quiz combat with them. Right. BYE.

N.B. Answers to the unanswered Qs corralled and placed at the bottom 

President's Cup friendly 11/10/2015

1 Which Italian composed the operas L'amico Fritz and Iris
Pietro Mascagni
2 Which endocrine gland is found in the neck, below the Adam's apple? 
3 Named after a Balearic Island, which supermini is SEAT's best-selling car? 
SEAT Ibiza
4 Reid Hoffman is the billionaire co-founder of which business-oriented social networking service, launched in 2003? 
5 Fulbright Scholars, St. Botolph's, A Pink Wool Knitted Dress and The Earthenware Head are poems in which collection by Ted Hughes? 
Birthday Letters
6 Which 1976 song by The Trammps features the refrain "Burn, baby, burn"? 
Disco Inferno
7 Which 19th century prime minister owned Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire? 
8 In which German city was the Paulaner brewer founded by a group of Minim friars in 1634?

1 What is the UK's busiest container port? 
2 The All Blacks rugby stars Joe Rokocoko and Sitiveni Sivivatu were born in which country? 
3 Who was the first black leader of a British trade union? 
Bill Morris - general secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union from 1992 to 2003
4 Which name for the museum-infested area centred on London's Exhibition Road derives from a 19th century consort? 
5 Which term for a Japanese martial arts teacher is literally translated as 'first born' or 'one who has gone before'? 
6 Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O'Neill is a retelling of which trilogy by Aeschylus? 
The Oresteia
7 Which now defunct magazine had a September 1978 test issue with Plastic Bertrand on its cover and a centre spread of Sham 69? 
Smash Hits
8 Ladoga Lacus, a methane lake named after Lake Ladoga in Russia, is on which moon of Saturn? 

1 In 1993, which Japanese corporation revolutionised the world of hand sanitation with the Jet Towel?
2 The Boojum tree (Fouquieria columnaris) takes its name from which poem? 
The Hunting of the Snark
3 Which event, held on the Memorial Day weekend, is billed as "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing"?  
4 In which Robert Louis Stevenson novel is Sir Danvers Carew MP beaten to death with a walking stick? 
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
5 The name of which sunken tanker combined the company that was Standard Oil of Indiana and a former capital of Spain? 
Amoco Cadiz
6 Dated January 20, 1964 and selling for 25c, which magazine edition featured Babette March on its cover? 
7 The world's highest permanent astronomical observatory, at 5460m, the University of Tokyo Atacama Observatory (TAO) is sited on Cerro Chajnantor in which country? 
8 Which country's nuclear program is thought to have been sabotaged with the Stuxnet computer worm? 

1 Agra was the capital of which empire between 1598 and 1648? 
Mughal Empire
2 Which Northampton rugby player is married to The Saturdays singer Una Healy? 
Ben Foden
3 Attracting around 6m people per year, which cathedral is Germany's most visited landmark? 
Cologne Cathedral or High Cathedral of Saints Peter and Mary
4 Which British singer won five gongs at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in 2008?
5 Known by a three-letter abbreviation, what is the UK's largest and longest-standing private car park operator? 
NCP - National Car Parks
6 Archimedes was killed by a Roman soldier in c.212 BC during which city siege? 
Siege of Syracuse
7 What is the actual first name of survivalist Bear Grylls? 
Edward [Michael Grylls]
8 Which culture between the palaeolithic and neolithic derives its name from the Greek for 'middle stone'? 

1 Filiph Svensson (SWE), Harald Erlbruch (GER) and Gunter Inmann (AUT) are among the world's top ranked players in which form of golf?
2 Devon and Somerset Wanderers won Great Britain's gold the only time which sport was played at the Olympics? 
3 Winner of 24 first division titles, what is the only Cypriot club to reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals? 
APOEL FC - nicknamed "Thrylos" (The Legend)
4 Super Hans, Big Suze and Alan Johnson are characters in which Channel 4 comedy? 
Peep Show
5 Which member of Monty Python made a cameo appearance as a surfer in a 1997 episode of Home and Away
Michael Palin
6 Discovered and released by Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers detailed US involvement in which conflict? 
Vietnam (1945 to 1967)
7 Benito Mussolini was named after which Mexican president (1806-72), the man who overthrew the Second Mexican Empire? 
Benito Juarez
8 Which American beer is abbreviated PBR? 
Pabst Blue Ribbon

1 Located in Russia, what is the second largest lake in Europe after Lake Ladoga? 
Lake Onega
2 Which defending US Open champion died in an aviation accident less than eight months earlier, in October 1999? 
Payne Stewart
3 Dubbed "The Franchise of WCW", the wrestler Steve Borden, Sr. is known by what one-word ring name, which he shares with a prominent British musician? 
4 Which music club was opened in 1973 by Hilly Kristal at 315 Bowery, Manhattan? 
CBGB (Country, Bluegrass and Blues)
5 In 2012, in which Russian city was a granite statue of Yul Brynner inaugurated in Yul Brynner Park in front of the house he was born in at 15 Aleutskaya St.? 
6 Which US rock band's 1990 debut album Shake Your Money Maker featured their cover of the Otis Redding song Hard to Handle
7 Who was the last Roman emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty? 
8 Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry are characters in which trilogy of novels by Philip Pullman? 
His Dark Materials

1 Al Alvarez's book The Biggest Game in Town details which 1981 Las Vegas event? 
2 Which Korean conglomerate was founded in 1938 by Lee Byung-chul as a trading company? 
3 The Kray twins shot George Cornell in which London pub? 
The Blind Beggar
4 Which Romantic poet is the title subject of a 1972 opera by Virgil Thompson, the American composer's third and final such work? 
Lord Byron - it is titled Lord Byron
5 Which German (1882-1935) was described by Einstein as the most important woman in the history of mathematics? 
Emmy Noether
6 Which domesticated fowl is Gallus gallus domesticus
7 Which boxing and clothing brand was started in London in 1960 by Bernard Hart? 
8 Grantley Adams International Airport is located in Seawell, Christ Church, on which Caribbean island? 

1 Which wife of Henry VIII died shortly after giving birth at Hampton Court Palace? 
Jane Seymour
2 The Nippon Budokan in Tokyo was originally built for which competition? 
Judo at the 1964 Summer Olympics
3 Which Republican defeated the Democrat, Alton B. Parker, in the 1904 US presidential election? 
Theodore Roosevelt
4 Dominic West won a BAFTA for playing which killer in the TV film Appropriate Adult
Fred West
5 Invented by Dr. Gregory Pincus and Min Chueh Chang, what is the COCP? 
Combined oral contraceptive pill or first birth control pill
6 150 Edmiston Drive is the address of which Scottish stadium, which suffered notable disasters in 1902 and 1971? 
7 Perugino's fresco The Delivery of the Keys to St. Peter can be seen in which famous location? 
Sistine Chapel
8 DJ Adrian Cronauer was the real-life inspiration for which war movie? 
Good Morning, Vietnam

Which of the Beatles' fathers was in a band called Jim Mac's Jazz? 
Paul McCartney
Which American won nine Grand Slam singles tennis titles in the 1920s? 
Bill Tilden
Iceberg, Crystal Head, Polar Ice and Schramm Organic are Canadian types of which spirit? 


The Unanswered
R1 7. William Lamb, Lord Melbourne
R1 8. Munich
R3 1. Mitsubishi
R3 3. Indianapolis 500
R3 6. First Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition
R4 4. Amy Winehouse
R5 1. Minigolf
R6 6. The Black Crowes
R7 1. World Series of Poker

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

BH164: These Questions Needed a Place to Go

Yo Neckbeards and Nerdlingers and Novitiates. These be questions in my huge question distribution file (320 pages and counting, with mostly one or two line Qs). They be wasting anyway in there, because I don't see them going anywhere suitable like the televisions or the print media. They could go in a quiz book, but you know what I'm like when it comes to publishing quiz books (that may take decades).

So here they are (unverified, so prepare yourself for disheartening spelling mistakes and the like). For your befuddlement. Smell you later.


1 In 1999, which British chess player and Old Eastbournian broke the record for youngest player to defeat a grandmaster in an official game? 
2 Which late Sahrawi singer dedicated El Chouhada, a song on her 2005 debut solo LP Deseos, to her three brothers, who were killed fighting in the Western Sahara War? 
3 Famed for his backboard-shattering dunks, which NBA star was given the nickname "Chocolate Thunder" by Stevie Wonder? 
4 Which Italian director first made an international splash with La Terra Trema, a chronicle of life in a Sicilian fishing village? 
5 In 1939, John H. Lawrence, the "father of nuclear medicine", was aboard which ship when it became the first ship to be sunk during the Second World War and the first British ship to be sunk by U-boats? 
6 Which US TV drama is named after a computer command that causes a processor to overload, shutting down the machine? 
7 The largest private garden in central London after that of Buckingham Palace features which mansion, and since 1955, has been the US Ambassador's official residence? 
8 Created by Nakayama Miki in the 19th century, which Shinto-based religions's central tenet is "kashimono-karimono" - 'a thing lent, a thing borrowed'?
9 Running between Skien and Dalen, the 65 mile-long Bandak Canal is which country's longest canal?
10 Who became the first Africa-American author to win the Best Play Tony Award for The River Niger (1972)? 
11 Born Peter Rene Cipiriano Baumann, which Swiss music star has sold 14 million records and had hits with Somebody Dance with Me, Take Control and Chihuahua, winning 10 World Music Awards for being Switzerland's best selling artist? 
12 Which German bobsledder retired in 2010 as the most successful bob pilot of all time? 
13 Which naturalist gives his name to the mountain range that is the most important range of Alberto de Agostini National Park on Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego? 
14 Which Shinto storm god, who ruled over the sea, was born from the kami Izanagi wiping his nose?
15 Which holiday is began when Shiva the Destroyer's wife Uma covered his eyes with her hands, so he grew a third eye and returned light to the world?
16 Which German student of Hugo Grotius authored On the Duty of Man and Citizen
17 The cover of Dino Buzzati's novel The Tartar Steppe featured The Red Tower by which painter? 
18 Cyclic ethers that are often used as adhesives, which compounds are synthesized in the Sharpless reaction?
19 Which Irish-born economist wrote the notoriously difficult to read Mathematical Physics: An Essay on the Application of Mathematics to Moral Sciences (1881)? 
20 Identified by a US ecologist, which effect describes the positive correlation between population density and individual fitness of a population or species? 
21 What links Leonidas in 1938 , Ademir in 1950, Garrincha and Vava in 1962 and Ronaldo in 2002? 
22 Which 2015 book by journalist Stephen Witt is subtitled The End of an Industry, The Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy
23 Named after Stalin's close ally Semyon Budyonny, what is a Budenovka? 
24 In 1961, the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC bought A Young Girl Reading or La Liseuse (c.1770) by which French painter? 
25 In 2012, which Irish singer became the first artist to have a different album in the British charts every year for 25 consecutive years? 
26 Co-founder of the poetry magazine Zunai, which Brazilian author, outsider artist and schizophrenic wrote the autobiographical novel All Dogs are Blue and died in a Rio psychiatric clinic in 2008? 
27 The Peruvian football club Deportivo Wanka is based in which city?
28 Standing 278ft wide and 309ft high, what is the world's largest natural-rock span? 
29 Forming the first response to inflammation, what is the most abundant type of white blood cells?
30 Which river god found Romulus and Remus and gave them to the she-wolf Lupa to suckle, and later rescued and married Rhea Silvia, the twins' mother a Vestal Virgin who had been sentenced to death?
31 Which four-word title links albums by Badfinger, Pink Floyd and The Kingsmen, and songs by Incubus, Avril Lavigne, Delta Goodrem? 
32 A child actress in Field of Dreams and Uncle Buck, who has gone on to receive Emmy nominations for supporting and guest acting in Transparent and Girls
33 Which term, derived from a Latin word meaning bluish-grey or green, describes the pale grey or bluish-green appearance of the surfaces of some plants, and features in the name of a _____ gull, ____-winged gull, _____ macaw and ______ tanager?
34 Housing the Museo Civico d'Arte Antica, which palace in Turin with a facade designed by Filippo Juvarra was the first Senate of the Italian Kingdom? 
35 Co-writer of Why Nations Fail with James Robinson, which rock star of developmental economics is best known as the author of Colonial Origins of Comparative Development
36 The Democratic Republic of the Congo claims 45 per cent of which longest freshwater lake in the world, with its only outlet the Lukuga which empties into the Congo River? 
37 Who is said to have created modern Brazilian poetry with the publication of Paulicéia Desvairada aka Hallucinated City in 1922? 
38 Who wrote a series of stories about the hack screenwriter Pat Hobby, including ones about his "college days"? 
39 In 1898, who performed the first social psychology experiment and found that cyclists pedal faster in groups than when it is done alone? 
40 Which dictator was overthrown and forced to flee to Ivory Coast after the French-run Operation Barracuda? 
41 In 364, which Roman emperor may have died of carbon monoxide poisoning due to the fumes from the brazier in his tent, thus ending the line of Constantine?
42 In 1785, a Mexican government inspector chanced upon the Pyramid of the Niches on which site in southern Mexico, a city of Classic Veracruz Culture that flourished from 600 to its fall in 1230 and known for its 20 ballcourts? Since the 1970s, it has been the most important archaeological site in Veracruz, attracting 650,000 visitors a year. 
43 Featuring an insurgent force of Abbasids under as-Saffah, the 750 battle at the Zab River, a tributary of the Tigris, ended which caliphate? 
44 A.W. Tillinghast (1876-1942) was one of the most prolific architects of which sporting venues?
45 Who did Chinua Achebe call a "bloody racist" in his essay An Image of Africa
46 Displayed in the Naples National Archaeological Museum, what is the oldest extant depiction of Atlas from Greek myth? 
47 Always Was, Is and Always Shall Be is the 1980 debut studio album by which highly controversial American punk rock musician, known for his public displays of defecation? 
48 An influence on the Cartoon Network show Steven Universe, which 1978 anime series featured the directorial debut of Hayao Miyazaki? 
49 Born Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo, which soprano, known as "The Peruvian Songbird", released her first studio LP, Voice of the Xtabay, in 1950?   
50 The lance of Gabriel Montgomery, captain of the French King's Scottish Guard, caused whose accidental death? 




Answers to BH164
1 David Howell - who defeated Dr. John Nunn in a blitz game at the Mind Sports Olympiad 2 Mariem Hassan 3 Darryl Dawkins 4 Luchino Visconti 5 SS Athenia  - it was en route from Glasgow to Montreal 6 Halt and Catch Fire 7 Winfield House 8 Tenrikyo 9 Norway 10 Joseph A. Walker 11 DJ BoBo 12 Andre Lange 13 Charles Darwin - the mountain range is called the Cordillera Darwin 14 Susanoo 15 Holi 16 Samuel von Pufendorf 17 Giorgio de Chirico 18 Epoxides 19 Francis Ysidro Edgeworth 20 Allee effect - named after Warder Clyde Allee 21 Brazilian footballers who won the Golden Boot at the World Cup 22 How Music Got Free 23 A type of hat or "broadcloth helmet" worn as part of the early Red Army uniform 24 Jean-Honore Fragonard 25 Daniel O'Donnell 26 Rodrigo de Souza Leao 27 Huancayo 28 Rainbow Bridge, Utah 29 Neutrophil 30 Tiberinus 31 Wish You Were Here 32 Gaby Hoffman 33 Glaucous 34 Palazzo Madama 35 Kamer Daron Acemoglu 36 Lake Tanganyika 37 Mário de Andrade 38 F. Scott Fitzgerald 39 Norman Triplett 40 Jean-Bedel Bokassa of Central African Republic 41 Jovian 42 El Tajin 43 Umayyad Caliphate or dynasty 44 Golf 45 Joseph Conrad 46 The Farnese Atlas 47 G.G. Allin 48 Future Boy Conan 49 Yma Sumac 50 Henry II, King of France - a lance fragment inflicted a mortal head wound during a jousting tournament 

BH163: Three and a Half Years Later

(This was just hanging around in my unpublished posts - I have quite a few - so thought I might as well put it out there. Er, the following words make no sense to me...)

Bond was talking about Resurrection

Saw Skyfall. Was alright. Decent action. Better plotting. For once!

1 A devastating victory for France over England, which battle of June 18, 1429, has been described as being to the French what Agincourt was to the English?
2 The Saeima is the parliament of which former Soviet republic?
3 Arguably the highest city in the world, La Rinconada is in which country?
4 Discovered in 1861 by the man it is named after, which comet causes the Lyrids meteor shower?
THATCHER - as in A.E. Thatcher
5 In story-telling, 'analepsis' and 'prolepsis' are the respective technical terms for what? 
6 The Maira is a right bank tributary of which river, known in ancient Ligurian as Bodincus or Bodencus?
7 From the Greek word for 'long', which diacritic is placed above a vowel and marks a long vowel? The opposite is the breve, which marks a short or light syllable or a short vowel.
8 Which 'Bat-Hound' was the canine companion of Batman and Robin in the 1950s and 1960s DC comics featuring the duo? 
9 The cooking paste known as kapi in Thai, belachan in Malay, terasi in Indonesian and haam ha or ha jeung in Cantonese is made from what ground and fermented sea creatures?
10 Which British author published his fourth novel, The Looking Glass War, in 1965?
11 Avarcas are traditional sandals that originally developed, using recycled car tyres for the sole, on which Balearic island?
12 Known for having a cork wedge in the sole, Wörishofers are orthopaedic ladies' sandal that are named after Bad Wörishofer, a spa town in which country?
13 Both a successor and predecessor of Pitt the Younger, the Prime Minister Henry Addington was known as the 1st Viscount what?
14 In 2012, the 27-year-old Ukrainian, Anna Ushenina, beat Antonaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria on a tie-break, to become the 14th women's world champion in which game?
15 Founded in the Czech town of Zlin in 1894, which company achieved the Guinness World Record "Largest Shoe Retailer and Manufacturer" for selling 14 billion pairs of shoes? It took the surname of its founder Tomas and has an eponymous museum in Toronto, where the firm later moved its operations.
16 Who built Isambard Kingdom Brunel's ship, the SS Great Eastern, at Millwall on the River Thames?
17 In 1936, which magazine commissioned what became Walker Evans and James Agee's 1941 book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men as a report on Alabama tenant farmers, though it never published their work?
18 Marni Nixon dubbed which actress's voice in the 1957 film An Affair to Remember?
19 The Turin Shroud is kept in a chapel of the Turin cathedral that is dedicated to which New Testament saint?
20 Discovered on February 20 of this year, the smallest exoplanet detected to date - Kepler-37b - is in which constellation?

Friday, February 06, 2015

Selections from a President's Cup Match that took place on the First of February on a Sunday in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Fourteen in ye London public house called the Calthorpe Arms on a road named Grays Inn

(Reasons why it isn't a full match: I'm ah gonna recycle them other sums ah beetches. Aw yeahh! Yee-ha! I'm a grizzled Forty Niner Miner jumping round in his long johns! Who needs all the questions he writes and can't be wasteful giving them away FOR FREE.)

Blank answers, you know, tumbleweed and howling wind from both teams, test them on yo'self. Word.

In which film remake does Nicolas Cage scream: "Oh no, not the bees! Not the bees!"?  
The Wicker Man
Which former Tory Foreign Secretary wrote the political novels The Shape of Ice and Image in the Water
Douglas Hurd
The 1963 film Nine Hours to Rama climaxes with the real-life assassination of which man? 
Mahatma Gandhi
Semiconductor industry pioneer Victor Grinich was one of the 'traitorous eight' that founded which 'Valley'? 
Silicon Valley
Shah Muhammad Rais is the title subject of which 2002 non-fiction book by Åsne Seierstad? 
The Bookseller of Kabul
1 In May 1535, which English bishop was created Cardinal Priest of San Vitale by Pope Paul III? 

Which political newspaper's first issue was published on May 5, 1912, costing two kopeks and consisting of four pages? 
Which Tory politician became European Commissioner for Trade in 1995? 
Leon Brittan
Who made a famous speech known as the 'Appeal of 18 June' on BBC radio in 1940? 
Charles de Gaulle
The Basij is a paramilitary volunteer militia established by which revolutionary leader in 1979? 
Ayatollah Khomeini
Sung by Edda Dell'Orso, the piece The Ecstasy of Gold is part of which Ennio Morricone western movie score? 
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
2 Renzo Piano is designing a new main building for which art museum in New York's Meatpacking District? 

3 Which two-word title links songs by The Beatles, Mary J. Blige, Jody Watley and Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne? 

Sharing his name with an author of the same nationality, which Scottish civil engineer (1772-1850) designed Bell Rock Lighthouse (1807-10)? 
Robert Stevenson
4 Which Brookside actor played DCI Charlie Wise in the TV drama Cracker

Stephen King's time travel novel 11/22/63 is about an attempt to prevent which assassination?
5 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy and which other novel form John le Carre's Karla Trilogy? 

John Edward Gray (1800-75)  was the first known collector of which items? 
Postage stamps
In 2012, Mike Williams succeeded Krissi Murison as editor of which music weekly? 
NME (New Musical Express)
Which execution device was invented by the dentist Albert P. Southwick of Buffalo, New York? 
Electric chair
Starring Elizabeth Olsen as the book's title character, the 2013 film In Secret is based on which Emile Zola novel? 
Thérèse Raquin
Who has played Queens Elizabeth I, Elizabeth II and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz? 
Helen Mirren
Designed by Marcello Nizzoli in 1949, what type of device is an Olivetti Lettera 22? 
Mechanical typewriter
6 Who directed the banned 1977 prison TV film Scum and its 1979 cinema remake, as well as the Northern Ireland-set film Elephant

Formed in L.A. in 1965, which pop group was the brainchild of TV producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider? 
The Monkees 
7 Which infection of the small intestine derives its name from the Greek for 'bile'?

Which country has the largest Gypsy population in Europe? 
Which two-word French phrase gives the title of the 1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young LP featured the singles Woodstock, Teach Your Children and Our House
Déjà vu
Which detective is a 93-year-old retiree in Mitch Cullin's 2006 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind
Sherlock Holmes
8 Winner of the 1958 Albert Einstein Award, which Budapest-born theoretical physicist lost his right foot in a streetcar accident when he was a young student? 

9 In 1324, the Irish servant Petronella de meath became the first person in Europe to be burned at the stake for which crime?

Charles-André Merda claimed to have fired the shot that broke which man's jaw?
Maximilien Robespierre 
Which Northumberland racing track is England's most northerly National Hunt course? 
Hexham Racecourse
In 1917, Fireman Jim Flynn became the only boxer to defeat which future heavyweight champion by knockout? 
Jack Dempsey
10 Which Swedish city was founded by royal charter in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus? 

11 The French cartoonist Marius Rossillon, aka O'Galop, famously created which tire manufacturer mascot? 

The 1824 monograph Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire was which French scientist's only publication? 
Sadi Carnot
What type of financial capital is given to early-stage, high-potential, growth start-up companies? 
Venture capital


The Unanswered
1 John Fisher
2 Whitney Museum of American Art
3 Real Love
4 Ricky Tomlinson
5 Smiley's People
6 Alan Clarke
7 Cholera
8 Edward Teller
9 Witchcraft
10 Gothenburg
11 Bibendum aka the Michelin Man

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

President's Cup Friendly 11/1/2015

Howdy. The friendly score was 38-32. Scores were equal going into the last found, I think. Not much more to say. Ummm....

1 Featured at the end of the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Al Khazneh (The Treasury) is an elaborate temple in which ancient city? 

2 Cape Agulhas is the place where which two oceans meet? 
Atlantic and Indian Oceans
3 Which West German Chancellor was the first leader of the Christian Democratic Union? 
Konrad Adenauer
4 Known for recently playing Steven Hawking, which British actor married Hannah Bagshawe in December 2014? 
Eddie Redmayne
5 Which German composed the 1861 work Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel
Johannes Brahms
6 Who commanded the British Expeditionary Force during the Battle of the Somme? 
Douglas Haig
7 Home to the largest winter ice sculpture festival in the world, which 'Ice City' is the capital and largest city of China's Heilongjiang province? 
8 The gymnast Olga Korbut was born in which former Soviet republic?

1 America's University of Georgia is located in which college town, associated with such music groups as REM and the B-52s? 
2 A favourite snack of Elvis Presley, a Fool's Gold sandwich includes a loaf of bread, one jar of grape jelly, a pound of bacon and one jar of what? 
Peanut butter
3 Fairbanks is the largest city in the Interior region of which US state? 
4 Which actor accompanied Charley Boorman on the motorcycle journey TV documentary Long Way Down
Ewan McGregor
5 In two films, Gemma Jones and Jim Broadbent have played Pamela and Jim, the parents of which fictional diarist? 
Bridget Jones
6 Which prince was the son of George II and father of George III? 
Frederick, Prince of Wales
7 The bronze statue Let Us Beat Swords Into Plowshares (1958) by Soviet sculptor Evgeny Vuchetich symbolises the main goal of which political organisation? 
United Nations
8 Taught after the trivium, the quadrivium consisted of arithmetic, geometry, music and which scientific subject? 

1 What breed of dog was Balto, the leader of a team that made a heroic journey across Alaska with serum for a diphtheria epidemic? 
2 Boris Karloff's ghost is said to haunt which New York apartment building, better known as the scene of John Lennon's shooting? 
The Dakota
3 As portrayed in a recently released Netflix series, Marco Polo met and lived at the court of which Yuan dynasty emperor? 
Kubla Khan
4 In which 2014 comedy sequel was Wet n' Wild Gold Coast fictionalised as the water park Splash Planet? 
The Inbetweeners 2
5 Which stadium is known as `'the house that Ruth built"? 
Yankee Stadium
6 In 1931, which US firm became the first company to produce electric guitars? Rickenbacker - founded as the Ro-Pat-In Corporation
7 Which branch of physics is concerned with heat and temperature and their relationship to energy and work? 
8 What is the ring name of 7ft-tall WWE wrestler Paul Donald Wight? 
The Big Show

1 Which town's name features on the postmark on the British Guiana 1c Magenta, the world's rarest stamp?

2 Which pie is a traditional part of Thanksgiving meals in North America? 
Pumpkin pie
3 Which coffeehouse company was founded by Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegl and Gordon Bowker in 1971? 
4 In 2002, what did Paul Kelleher try to decapitate with a Slazenger V600 cricket bat? 
A statue of Margaret Thatcher on display at London's Guildhall Art Gallery (he succeeded with a metal bar)
5 Which German footballer scored the extra-time goal that won the 2014 FIFA World Cup final? 
Mario Götze
6 Which Sri Lankan cricketer played his final Test innings in August 2014, ending his career with 11,814 test runs? 
Mahela Jayawardene
7 Which quiz show has been hosted by Regis Philbin, Meredith Vieira, Cedric the Entertainer and Terry Crews? 
US Who Wants to be a Millionaire 
8 Which two giants, whose names appear in the Old Testament, are associated with Guildhall, London? 
Gog and Magog

1 The US socialite Fanny Ronalds was known for her affair with which English composer, who was played by Allan Corduner in the film Topsy Turvy
Arthur Sullivan
2 The third tallest secular tower in medieval Italy, the Torre del Mangia is a 88m-tall structure in the Piazza del Campo of which Tuscan city? 
3 Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport serves the city of Hambantota in which Asian country? 
Sri Lanka
4 In 2014, the Elton John Stand has opened at which football ground? 
Vicarage Road
5 Which South Korean ferry capsized and sank in April 2014 with the loss of at least 295 lives?  

6 Which Soviet icebreaker was the world's first nuclear-powered ship? 
7 Which American actress was the first person to accrue 10 Oscar nominations for acting? 

8 The Trialmaster is a motorcycle jacket produced by which British firm, also known for making the coat worn by Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock

1 In 285, which Roman emperor partitioned the empire's administration into eastern and western halves? 
2 Which American's 15 major title wins remains the all-time record for a female golfer? 

3 Barnard's star is in which 'Serpent Holder' constellation? 
4 Which team never missed the NHL playoffs between 1949 and 1967? 

5 In 1907, which composer of the opera Lea married Crown Princess Louise of Saxony? 

6 Which New York City bridge was described by Le Corbusier as "the only seat of grace in this disordered city"? 
George Washington Bridge
7 A delicatessen favourite, knishes are soft dough shells filled with what? 

8 Originally from Memphis, the hip hop group Three 6 Mafia have been called the "Originators" of which rap style, whose name they coined as a description of their Southern or Dirty South type sound? 

1 Similar in appearance to the xylophone and marimba, which percussion instrument was invented in 1927 by Henry Schulter, Chief Tuner of the company J.C. Deagan, Inc.? 
2 Which sea's name is Kazakh for 'Sea of Islands'? 

3 Khlestakov pretends to take on the title job in which Gogol play? 
The Government Inspector / The Inspector-General
4 Which British actor's movie roles include Sallah in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Gimli in The Lord of the Rings trilogy? 
John Rhys-Davies
5 Who is best known for singing the title theme tune from the film Ghostbusters
Ray Parker Jr
6 The 'Ndrangheta is a Mafia-type criminal organisation based in which Italian region? 
7 Consisting of a long pole with a noose at the end, the Uurga is a type of lasso used by which Asian people? 
8 The banded anteater, marsupial anteater and walpurti are alternative names for which marsupial of Western Australia, whose diet consists almost exclusively of termites? 

1 In 1968, who became the first Dutch cyclist to win the Tour de France? 

2 The famous American Civil War site Fort Sumter is off the coast of which state? 
South Carolina
3 The avoirdupois system of weights is based on a pound of how many ounces? 
4 Produced in Nicaragua, Flor de Cana - Spanish for 'sugarcane flower' - is a brand of which spirit? 
5 The plantar reflex is elicited when which part of the body is stimulated with a blunt instrument? 
The sole of the foot
6 Which American social psychologist is known for his controversial experiment on obedience conducted in the 1960s at Yale, as well as his small-world experiment? 
Stanley Milgram
7 Which country's flag is known as the Hinomaru
8 The Scottish botanist Robert Fortune, who died in 1880, is best known for introducing which plants from China to India? 
Tea plants

Tom Nero is the central character in which 1751 series of Hogarth engravings? 
The Four Stages of Cruelty
What is the most common bird in the world? 
Domestic chicken, with around 50 billion birds
Which US film director created the View Askewniverse? His more recent films include Tusk, Red State and Cop Out
Kevin Smith
Which US city is home to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden? 
Washington DC
James Boswell wrote a 1786 Journal of a Tour... to which islands? 

Answers to the Unanswered Questions
R1 1 Petra
R1 8 Belarus
R4 1 Demerara
R5 5 MV Sewol
R5 7 Bette Davis
R6 2 Patty Berg
R6 4 Montreal Canadiens
R6 5 Enrico Toselli
R6 7 Oniony mashed potatoes
R6 8 Crunk
R7 2 Aral Sea
R8 1 Jan Janssen