Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Horror! (BUY MY QUIZ BOOK)


BUY MY QUIZ BOOK, The Moody Blues say GO NOW!!!

Haven't you heard? Every copy of The Times Quiz Book that goes unsold, a particularly cute sea otter will spontaneously explode in a pfft of viscera and fur. Imagine the spatter. All that blood and goo guts. Dripping. Splatting. Won't someone think of the sweet little sweet otters? As they backstroke into the oblivion of extinction ("Awww ... so schweeeeeet")?

Cannibal Holocaust. Braindead. Sam Peckinpah's Salad Days. Care Bears: The Giving Festival Movie. The Otter-pocalypse will unleash more gore than all of those spurty bloodbaths combined and multiplied by ... quintillion!

You can prevent this tragedy.

It is within your power.

Peace, love, smoochies are just a click away. An Amazon click.


About the Book 


Do you have the general knowledge to match double world quiz champion Olav Bjortomt? More than 200 challenging quizzes from the MindGames section of The Times to test your general knowledge to the limit. With over 4000 questions, set the pace as quiz master for your friends, colleagues and family, or pit yourself against Olav in a battle of wits.
Subject areas include Geography, Music, the Arts, Film, Literature, Sport, Politics, Science, History and Wildlife, with each quiz offering a final teaser picture question. Enough questions to scramble even an egghead’s brains.


And the otter-plosions will happen. With absolute certainty. If I believe it, it will be so. Even if the evidence doesn't bear this out. Evidence no doubt proffered by the "experts". Don't you know? We live in a post-expert era. Rank amateurism is the path forward. Deploying naive intuition pickled in our gut feelings and driven by our own personal notion of whatever the frack common sense is is how we get shit done. It's all about the feels. And reinforcing those feels with what we like hearing. Competing opinions and novel viewpoints can only slow us down and impede our journey to the glory that is a future that looks much like our past. A glorious past where everybody was happy, everyone was winning and no one was whining and we kicked major ass, beautifully! And that ass got kicked. So kicked, so kicked it went to sleep. But now it's waking up. Everywhere!

Shouldn't that ass be kicked again? Just because. Kicking ass is the cure for our ills.

We can all create our own reality; a beautiful reality - it will be great. The best! We're gonna have so much beautiful reality for ourselves. Bigly. And big league. Wishful thinking for all! Hurrah! That's what these increasingly "interesting times" have taught me. And if it doesn't happen, I can deny I ever made such a prognostication, even if I leave this statement right here. The audacity of such brazenness is very much en vogue. Thrilling subversion. The reckoning? What reckoning? We won't ignore the warning signs, even they've become actual events that happen to be smashing us over the head with a sledgehammer.

But of course, that's no gorram way to set, run or do a quiz. Quizzes must hold steadfast in the face of the Now. Take a stand. Hold fast. I'm Spartacus and so's my wife!

And buy a book to prove your allegiance to quiz, your loyalty to the tenets of verifiable questions. Pay homage to facts in quiz question form. Not facts delivered by the churning mouths of grey men on TV. Those facts suck major ballsack. Facts that are interchangeable with lies. Who can tell the difference? We can. We got the truth, so truthy, it's scorching a hole inside us, in our hearts, soul and brains, and no, that's not me having a stroke. Though there's a bit of a burning sensation on the underside of my nutbag. So once again, we return to balls.

Balls. Something stirreth. Yes. I am talking a load of balls. Who knows what I just said? I don't believe it. I forgot. I'm telling myself "Wrong". These words above me are obviously lies concocted by the MSM. A hacker got in there, somewhere, who knows how these things happen? Who knows how anything happens?

And yet, we can all put our faith in quiz questions. Particularly the ones below. If you need a fix right now...


But if you ask, who are you, what makes it better, all that shit. Well I say, I'm the Juggernaut ... I mean, the inaugural World and inaugural Olympic and triple European champion of quiz, BITCH!***

Kneel before SOB!

Booyakka-shah on top!

(If you want to make sure - remember! otters go kaboom! - buy my other quiz book from two years ago, which if you haven't bought already, well, a sentence was passed long ago and you don't even know it yet. As J.J. Hunsecker said: "You're dead son, get yourself buried")

*** And I've always thought: if Vinnie Jones can get a major part in a Hollywood movie (frickin' HOLLYWOOD!), can consort with the McKellen, the Picard and Hugh Sideburns and be allowed to say dialogue like THAT, then you and I and everyone we know can achieve anything. Anything. His casting in X-Men 3 - by Matthew Vaughn, stretched, broke and smashed the oh-so-human limits of possibility (Vaughn of all people: a man of supreme taste and judgement; a man who is married to Claudia Schiffer. That's Claudia Schiffer! And his marrying that German Aphrodite; another act that snapped the constraints of real-life credulity, when one considers the physical dimensions of such a couple). So when they tell you don't bother, don't even bother to dream, you say: "If Vinnie Jones can play Juggernaut in an X-Men film when his mate has upped and left to Kick-Ass and left you without the comfort of nepotism, but with a git like Brett Ratner, then surely I can one day walk on the red iron sands of Mars. Surely your next door neighbour can cure HIV and cancer in his shed, just because he's the biggest fan of both Casualty and The A-Team that you've ever met. So it goes."

BH166: My appeal to you and thee and ye and thou

1 Who sang the first line of Do They Know It's Christmas? in a) 1984 b) 1989 c) 2004 d) 2014?

2 Which Italian distiller (1764-1815), a native of Turin, invented Vermouth and consequently the aperitif? 

3 A bestseller in France, a graphic novel by sexologist Philippe Brenot and artist Laetitia Coryn tells which story From Apes to Robots

4 Who was the French composer (1791-1833) of the opera Zampa and the ballet La fille mal gardée or The Wayward Daughter?

5 Fabien is an airmail pilot of the Patagonia Mail in which 1931 work, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's second novel? 

6 Which Soviet naval officer (1904-74) achieved the rank of Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union and served as People's Commissar of the Navy during WW2 - a Russian aircraft carrier, launched in 1985, was named in his honour? In 1941, he ordered the creation, near Leningrad, of a special forces company RON, the first Soviet underwater special force.

7 Australia's leading commercial dramatist, who wrote the plays Don's Party, The Removalists and The Club

8 Which term - chakameh in Turkish - is an ancient Arabic word and form of writing poetry (that typically runs from 15 to 80 lines, and sometimes more than a 100), often translated as ode, passed to other cultures after the Arab Muslim expansion? Notable examples include the ______ Burda ('Poem of the Mantle') by Imam al-Busiri and Ibn Arabi's collection The Interpreter of Desires.

9 Best known for her novel Marianne Dreams, which English writer's series about a wolf ineptly pursuing a young girl, began with Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf

10 Mark Twain went broke, losing nearly $5m in today's money, on investing in a mechanical typesetting machine that would have revolutionized printing if it had worked. However, he remained friends with the inventor. His name?

11 Which pope authorized the 1456 inquisitorial court that examined Joan of Arc's trial and declared her innocent? 

12 Which Bishop of Reims and Apostle of the Franks baptised Clovis I, king of the Franks on December 25, 496? This baptism, leading to the conversion of the entire Frankish people to Catholic Christianity, was a momentous success for the Church and a seminal event in European history.

13 The title of which 1955 Norman Mailer novel (his second) refers to the Parc-aux-Cerfs, a resort Louis XV kept stocked with young women for his personal pleasure? 

14 Isaac Hayes and David Porter spontaneously came up with the title of which 1966 song - a hit for Sam & Dave - when Hayes was trying to get Porter to hurry out of the Stax Studios restroom and get back to work?

15 Which branch of classical mechanics describes the motion of points, bodies (objects) and systems of bodies without consideration of the masses of those objects nor the forces that may have caused the motion?

16 Which French actress plays a vengeful rape victim named Michele in the new Paul Verhoeven film Elle (based on the novel by Philippe Djian?

17 Inspiring Mr. Brocklehurst, the headmaster of Lowood School in Jane Eyre, which English churchman (1791-1859) founded the long-lived monthly The Children's Friend

18 Created by Stan Cross in 1920 as You & Me, which Australian comic strip was taken over by Jim Russell who ran it for world record 62 years? 

19 In which 1928 play by Nikolai Erdman does Semyon, a young, unemployed man fail at learning the tuba, forcing him to take drastic actions? 

20 Though convicted and hanged for only one murder, which killer nurse (1837-96), known as "The Reading Baby Farmer", may have murdered as many as 400 infants?

21 Opened to traffic in 1932, the French King Bridge crosses which river, the longest in New England, in Massachusetts? 

22 Which American tennis player, whose career high-ranking was 39 in 2003, was the first professional tennis player to appear in Playboy?

23 Known for a series of novels set in the fictional East European country of Graustark (capital city Edelweiss), who wrote the 1902 novel Brewster's Millions (that has been adapted many times, including the Richard Pryor version)? 

24 Which WW2 Japanese general, after whom US rules in regards to command responsibility for war crimes were named (the _______ Standard), was nicknamed "The Tiger of Malaya", and was hanged for war crimes pertaining to his soldiers' conduct in the Philippines? 

25 Who was a) the father of and b) the wife of Piast the Wheelwright, aka Piast Kolodziej, the semi-legendary 9th century Polish figure who founded the Piast dynasty that would rule the future Kingdom of Poland?


1 a) Paul Young b) Kylie c) Chris Martin d) One Direction2 Antonio Benedetto Carpano
3 The Story of Sex
4 Ferdinand Hérold 
5 Night Flight
6 Nikolay Kuznetsov - as in the ship Admiral Kuznetsov
7 David Williamson
8 Qasida or kaside
9 Catherine Storr (1913-2001), also used pen name Helen Lowrie
10 James Paige 
11 Callixtus III
12 Saint Remigius or St. Remy
13 The Deer Park 
14 Hold On, I'm Comin'
15 Kinematics
16 Isabelle Huppert
17 William Carus Wilson
18 The Potts
19 The Suicide
20 Amelia Dyer 
21 Connecticut River
22 Ashley Harkleroad
23 George Barr McCutcheon
24 Tomoyuki Yamashita
25 a) Choscisko b) Rzepka

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Howdy, my long-lost, much-missed pardners.

Been a few months, eh?

Um. This is so difficult. Been too long. So much that should have been said/posted. 

Now there's a void. Ice and silence and absence. I got nothing: diddly squat nada. REE-EN.

Well, apart from this friendly I forgot to post last year. The score was 48-52. Or 52-48. 

So enjoy. I'm outta here - wait, friendly, what a coincidence! I've got a "family friendly" quiz book to finish. Right now. GRRRR. I am also fine-tuning an array of cutting remarks in readiness for combat with the inevitable hordes (bovine masses) of The Deceived on Amazon e.g. (first, there's me Will Grahaming it) "What kind of insane family would find these questions enjoyable? Impossibly hard. Had to return it" Me: Oh you did not write that. YOU ABSOLUTE, MASSIVE, THROBBING, PUTAIN DE SPAM-HANDLER DOUCHENOZZLE! - Je sais. Wildean wit at its most sublime.  

So fare thee well. Er, see you next year?

November Some Time? Maybe Early December. Back in Twenty Fifteen
1 Nicknamed "The Squire", which US golfer completed the career Grand Slam when he won the Masters in 1935? 
Gene Sarazen
2 In 1714, which German physicist built the first thermometer to contain mercury as a thermo-metric medium? 
Daniel Fahrenheit
3 Which US author's L.A. Quartet includes The Black Dahlia (1987) and The Big Nowhere (1988)? 
James Ellroy
4 Which co-founder of the London Marathon was steeplechase champion at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics? 
Chris Brasher
5 Presented to Queen Victoria in 1850, which diamond is set in the platinum crown made for the late Queen Mother for the 1937 coronation? 
6 Which cathedral in Ghent houses The Ghent Altarpiece by Jan and Hubert van Eyck? 
St. Bavo's Cathedral
7 Which Jewish festival of Shavuot takes place seven weeks (50 days) after which festival's first day? 

8 In 2012, what became the first ever British-Asian sitcom on the BBC? 
Citizen Khan

1 Which legendary creatures appeared in five faked photographs taken by Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths? 
Cottingley Fairies
2 The Russian-born Swiss billionaire businesswoman Margarita Louis-Dreyfus owns which French football club? 

3 A deathbed scene featuring the AIDS activist David Kirby was used in a controversial ad for fashion company? 
4 The Trendelenburg test is used to determine the competency of the valves in the superficial and deep veins of patients with what condition? 

5 Starring Conrad Veidt as Prince Metternich, the German comedy film The Congress Dances (1932) is set at which historical event? 
1815 Congress of Vienna
6 Instead of barking, which breed of African wolf dog produces an unusual yodel-like sound known as a "baroo"? 
7 Which chemical element, symbol Fl, is named after the Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia? 
8 Which New York City borough is the title of a 2009 novel by Colm Toibin? 

1 Pope Damasus commissioned which man in 382 to make a revision of the old Latin Bible translations? 
St. Jerome (Vulgate)
2 What name links a number one single for Brotherhood of Man and the judge who is the villain of Shakespeare's play Measure for Measure
3 Which bay colt was foaled on May 23, 1933, from the mare Swing On and sired by Hard Tack, son of Man o' War? 
4 Which two types of quark have the lowest masses of all quarks? 
Up and down
5 Which sailor married the Sky Sports presenter Georgie Thompson in December 2014? 
Ben Ainslie
6 Mercury City Tower, Eurasia Tower, and City of Capitals are among the tallest skyscrapers in which capital city?

7 Which car company makes the Octavia, Fabia and Superb? 
8 King's Oak, a village on Birmingham's outskirts, was the originally setting for which TV soap? 

1 Which heavy metal band released the 1983 debut album Kill 'Em All
2 Which English footballer's son became the Wimbledon Boys Champion in 1962? 
Sir Stanley Matthews, father of Stanley Matthews, who was until Andy Murray, the last British male to win a singles tournament at Wimbledon 
3 Ranginui and Papatuanuku are the sky father and earth mother in which people's mythology? 
4 What types of pet are Grunts, Sweetlips, Foxfaces, Basslets, Anthias, Chromis, Dottybacks, Tangs and Surgeons? 
Marine aquarium fish
5 The name of which island group refers to the islands around the sacred island of Delos? 
6 Which ruler divided the Hapsburg dynasty between its Austrian and Spanish branches upon his abdication in 1556? 
Charles V
7 Kingston Falls is the setting for which 1984 Christmas-time comedy horror film, directed by Joe Dante? 
8 Ascending a height of 51,000 feet in a hydrogen-filled balloon in 1931, Auguste Piccard and Paul Kipfer became the first people to reach which atmospheric layer? 

1 Alexander George Thynn, born in 1932, is the 7th Marquess of where? 
2 Who has become the first British comedian to release a no.1 classical album, with his 2015 debut release A Year of Songs
Alexander Armstrong
3 Which Tory chancellor, who resigned in 1972, summed up his career as "hired by Winston Churchill, fired by Margaret Thatcher"?

4 Which bird (Corvus corax) is the most widely distributed of all corvids? 

5 After the release of Alex Kidd in Shinobi World in 1990, the last in the franchise, Sega decided to remove Alex Kidd in favour of which character as their new mascot? 
Sonic the Hedgehog 
6 After presiding over the funeral of his friend Alexis Helmer, John McCrae was inspired to write which poem on May 3, 1915? 
In Flanders Field
7 Which live show animal prop was designed by Roger Waters and built in December 1976 by the artist Jeffrey Shaw with the help of design team Hipgnosis? 
The original Pink Floyd pig
8 In English, which four seas are named after colours? 
Black Sea, Red Sea, White Sea, Yellow Sea

1 Edward Rutledge (age 26) was the youngest signer; Benjamin Franklin (age 70) was the oldest. Which document? 
US Declaration of Independence
2 Played in the Thor films by Renee Russo, where Marvel Comics have added an A to her Old Norse name, which goddess is described in nearly all mythical sources as the wife of Odin? 
3 Which Russian composer, who taught Shostakovich, wrote the music for the ballets, Les ruses d'amour, Raymonda and Stenka Razin
Aleksandr Glazunov
4 In 2009, actress Sophie Winkleman married which son of Prince Michael of Kent? 
Lord Frederick Windsor
5 Nicknamed the "Junk Bond King", which American investor was head of the high-yield bond department at Drexel Burnham Lambert in the late 1980s, when his earnings exceeded $1bn in a four-year period, a record for US income at the time? 
Michael Milken
6 Which French cathedral, famed for its 142m-tall tower, was described by Victor Hugo as a "gigantic and delicate marvel", by Paul Claudel as a "pinky-red angel hovering over the city" and by Goethe as "the most sublime, word-spreading tree of God"? 

7 The Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman broke which MLB record on July 11, 2014? 
Fastest recorded pitch speed in MLB history at 105 mph or 169 km/h
8 Sherry and beaten egg was the preferred Budget tipple of which Victorian-era Chancellor? 
William Gladstone

1 The name of which dish means 'fried rice' in Indonesian and Malay, and has been called the national dish of Indonesia? 
Nasi goreng 
2 The UK's number one Cabernet Sauvignon, Casillero del Diablo is made in which South American country? 
3 Stonewall Jackson earned his famous nickname at which July 21, 1861 battle? 
1st Battle of Bull Run or First Manassas
4 Which heavyweight champion was knocked out by Jess Willard in Cuba in 1915? 
Jack Johnson
5 Mandeville is the capital of the Parish of Manchester on which Caribbean island? 
6 Which Danish king was succeeded by his son Sweyn Forkbeard in around 986? 
Harald Bluetooth
7 Churchill described which November 20, 1947 event as "a brief flash of colour on the weary road we have to travel"? 
The wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh
8 The French bartender Fernand Petiot claimed that he invented which vodka-based cocktail in the early 1920s? 

1 Captain Phasma, Kylo Ren, Poe Dameron and Supreme Leader Snoke are characters in which film? 
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2 Which Russian teacher described the actor Mikhail Chekhov, nephew of the playwright Anton, as his most brilliant student? 
Konstantin Stanislavsky
3 Soul Cake Tuesday Duck is Discworld's version of which folkloric figure? 

4 Which aria in The Barber of Seville features many "la la las" and has Figaro proclaiming that he is the luckiest and he has "razors and combs" at his command? 
Largo al Factotum
5 Which Victoria Cross recipient wore the belt that bears his name due to the difficult his disability caused with wearing his officer's sword? 
Sam Browne  
6 Which member of The Scaffold is Paul McCartney's brother? 
Mike McGear
7 Spain recently hosted England at the Estadio Jose Rico Perez, the Alicante home of which mythically named Segunda Division B football club? 
8 Philosophy, Jurisprudence and Medicine, collectively known as the University of Vienna Ceiling Paintings or The Faculty Paintings, were painted between 1900 and 1907 by which Austrian? 
Gustav Klimt 

1 Cadiz, Cairns, Campbell, Curie, Corby, Chafe, Canberra, Charleston and Crewe are craters on which planet? Mars
2 Published posthumously by the British Library in 2011, the novel The Narrative of John Smith was written in 1883 by who? 
Arthur Conan Doyle
3 Which Austrian composer has blue plaques at 180 Ebury Street SW1 and 20 Frith Street in Soho? 
Mozart - he composed his first symphony at age eight in Ebury Street in 1764 and one in Frith Street where he stayed with his father and sister and entertained as a musical prodigy in 1765
4 Komatsu is the world's second largest manufacturer of construction equipment and mining equipment after which US company?

5 In 1974, Buckminster Fuller succeeded Cyril Burt as president of which high IQ society? 
6 The Group 17 elements in the periodic table are known by what name? 
7 The death of a childless and extremely disabled king known as Charles the Bewitched caused which 18th century war? 
Spanish Succession
8 The mostly collapsed 12th century Saint-Benezet Bridge spans the River Rhone in which French city? 

1 The Al in Al Pacino's name is short for what? 
2 The Mangani is a fictional species of great apes in which novels? 
Tarzan novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs
3 First flown in 2005, the Falcon 7X is the flagship offering of which French company's business jet line?

4 Which Asian country took away the citizenship of its Rohingya minority in 1982? 
5 Which Japanese company's Fiera car model caused controversy in Puerto Rico, where fiera means 'ugly old woman'? 
6 Crilly, Maguire and Hackett were the surnames of the main male characters in which sitcom? 
Father Ted (Fathers Ted, Dougal and Jack)
7 Which Jamaican music star has written memoirs titled I'll Never Write My Memoirs (2015)? 

8 Who succeeded her husband Nestor as president in 2007 and defeated Hermes Binner in her 2011 reelection bid? 
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

They went unanswered in the game...
R1 7. Passover or Pesach
R2 2. Olympique Marseille
R2 4. Varicose veins
R3 6. Moscow
R5 3.  Reginald Maudling
R5 4. Common raven
R6 6. Strasbourg Cathedral
R7 8. Bloody Mary
R8 3. Easter Bunny
R9 4. Caterpillar
R10 3. Dassault
R10 7. Grace Jones

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