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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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

Monday, January 20, 2014

Gotta Post Sumting: Questions in Yer Eye-Holes!

MM vs Sussex Friendly: 19/1/2014

MM Win 44-38 or something

Mildly Naughty Disclosure: Some questions were written with the aid of an Encyclopædia Britannica quiz book (I wrote it yesterday morn in three hours; sometimes a leg-up is needed to turn one round in such a short space of time, he says with the excuses, and more excuses). EB-aided Qs are thus starred *

The unanswered Qs' answers are below the Spare...


R1
1. What was the first and surname of Margaret Thatcher's father? 
Alfred Roberts
2. The football team Real Betis is based in which city? 
Seville
3. Which Seinfeld star plays US Vice-President Selina Meyer in the TV comedy Veep
Julie Louis-Dreyfus
4. Diamorphine is the technical name for which drug? 
Heroin
5. Based on a book by Jon Krakauer, which Sean Penn film tells the real-life story of Christopher McCandless who starved to death in Alaska in 1992? 
Into the Wild
6. James Turner Street in Birmingham is the setting for which Channel 4 show? 
Benefits Street
7. Complete the title of the painting in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art: Aristotle Contemplating a Bust of...
... Homer
8. Which British philosopher, in his treatise Principia Ethica, held that 'good' was indefinable and that it was a non-natural quality? 
G.E. Moore

R2
1. Which two word title links a poem by Hart Crane, a biography of Barack Obama by David Remnick, and a TV drama featuring the role of 'Saga Noren, Malmo County Police'? 
The Bridge
2. The Step Pyramid of King Djoser, the earliest monumental construction made of stone, is located where in Egypt? 
Saqqara
3. Which 17th century Spanish painter is known for such works as The Little Fruit Seller; Beggar Boys Eating Grapes and Melons; and his portraits of St Isidore of Seville and St Leander of Seville in Seville Cathedral? 
Murillo
4. Succeeding Leonid Kravchuk, Leonid Kuchma became the second president of which country in 1994? 
Ukraine
5. Which provincial Irish rugby union team plays its home games at the Galway Sportsgrounds? 
Connacht
6. Which letter of the alphabet is the name of the agent played by Tommy Lee Jones in the Men in Black films? 
K
7. Who published The Hired Man, the first novel of his 'Cumbrian Trilogy', in 1969? His non fiction books include 2003's The Adventure of English
Melvyn Bragg
8. Lord Puttnam of Queensgate is the Chancellor of which university, whose motto is "Live and Learn"? 
Open University

R3
1. Which Urdu word, derived from the Arabic for 'organiser', is used for a coordinator of a city or town in Pakistan, a position similar to mayor?
U/A
2. Which singer reputedly wrote the song Splish Splash in only 12 minutes?* 
Bobby Darin
3. Which moon, similar in size and density to Pluto, is thought to have been formed elsewhere in the Solar System before being captured by Neptune?* 
Triton
4. Ochlophobia is a common fear of what?* 
Crowds
5. The Timken Museum of Art is located at 1500 El Pardo in which Californian city's Balboa Park? 
San Diego
6. The smallest penguin species, the Little Blue or Little Penguin, is also known by which common name? 
Fairy penguin (Eudyptula minor)
7. What is the only halogen element that is liquid at room temperature?* 
Bromine
8. Which New York City-born jazz and salsa musician was known as 'The Musical Pope', 'The King of the Timbales', and 'The King of Latin Music'? He guest starred in The Simpsons double-episode 'Who Killed Mr Burns?' 
U/A

R4
1. In 1900, the army pathologist Walter Reed demonstrated that mosquitoes transmitted which disease?* 
Yellow fever
2. Famously associated with Jane Goodall, Gombe Stream National Park is in which African country?* 
Tanzania
3. Which Google operating system is the world's most widely used smartphone platform? 
Android
4. Shepherd's, Battle, Broad, Sparth, Dane and Long-Bearded are types of which weapon? 
Axe
5. Which maker of cigarette lighters began in the US as the Art Metal Works in 1886? Its one-word name completes the ad slogan "You're a Winner - with a ______!"? 
U/A
6. The cruciate ligaments are found in which part of the body?* 
Knee
7. Which green pigment can be obtained through the application of acetic acid to copper plates? 
Verdigris
8. Which small nocturnal fox of the Sahara gives its name to the nickname of Algeria's national football team; a lightweight helicopter made by Eurocopter; and the code name of the Mozilla Firefox for Mobile web browser? 
Fennec

R5
1. Who played Prince Vultan in the 1980 film Flash Gordon
Brian Blessed
2. Who released the solo studio albums Here Come the Warm Jets, Another Green World and Ambient 1: Music for Airports
Brian Eno
3. Gracia, L'Eixample, Nou Barris and Sant Marti are districts of which city in Spain? 
Barcelona
4. Which 1837 novel is alternatively titled The Parish Boy's Progress
Oliver Twist
5. Sigmund Romberg's operetta Blossom Time was based on the life of which Austrian composer?*
U/A
6. Enceladus is the brightest of all moons orbiting which planet?* 
Saturn
7. Which New Zealand cricketer, who debuted in 1997, is the 8th player in Test history to take 300 wickets and score 3000 runs? 
Daniel Vettori
8. Which castle was owned by the Greville family until it was bought by the Tussauds Group in 1978? Its name is that of the earldom bestowed upon the Grevilles in 1759. 
Warwick Castle

R6
1. Endemic to Tasmania, what type of creature is a Black Currawong?
U/A
2. In 2011, Philip Clarke replaced Sir Terry Leahy as chief exec of which retailer? 
Tesco
3. Which term is used for the gel-like substance enclosed within the cell membrane, and the organelles, the cell's internal sub-structures? 
Cytoplasm
4. Who began his first stint as manager of Stoke City in 2002? 
Tony Pulis
5. Known by the abbreviation TMV, what became the first virus to ever be discovered in 1898? 
Tobacco Mosaic Virus
6. Which ITV sitcom was adapted for television by Eric Chappell from his 1971 play The Banana Box
Rising Damp
7. Jake, Ben and Karen are the names of 'The Children' in which sitcom, first broadcast in 2007? 
Outnumbered
8. What is William Shakespeare's star sign? 
Taurus

R7
1. Which porn star, real name Lindsay Honey, is the father of actor Tiger Drew-Honey, who plays Jake in Outnumbered
Ben Dover - good knowledge Nic!
2. Popular in Trinidad and Tobago, the Aloo Pie is a variant of which savoury pastry with origins in Uttar Pradesh? 
U/A
3. Which French tennis player won the 2005 Australian Open ladies singles title? 
Amelie Mauresmo
4. According to tradition, which apostle reached Muziris in India in 52 AD, and died in either Mylapore, India 20 years later, or Persia? 
Thomas / Didymus
5. The 6th century ruler Guaram I of Iberia and George XII, who died in 1800, were the first and last kings of which country and former Soviet republic? 
Georgia
6. In the language of Esperanto, all singular nouns end in which vowel?* 
O
7. Which type of nut comes from deciduous trees in the genus Juglans?* 
Walnut
8. The Montreal Shamrocks, Winnipeg Victorias and Ottawa HC were early winners of which major trophy? 
Stanley Cup

R8
1. What is a male giraffe called?* 
Bull
2. Which term was coined by Peter Karlson and Martin Lüscher to describe a chemical used to communicate between individuals of the same species?* 
Pheromone
3. Which singer, killed at the age of 30 in a plane crash, was born Virginia Patterson Hensley?* 
Patsy Cline
4. Which substance in the human body is the main product of the parotid gland?* 
Saliva
5. Which Norman King of England shares his name and regnal number with the men who, respectively, became king of Germany in 919 and king of the Franks in 1031? 
Henry I
6. Which tycoon set the world's land plane speed record in 1935?* 
Howard Hughes
7. Which order's emblem features the motto "HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE" in gold lettering? 
Order of the Garter
8. The Lapin, Splash, Landy and Swift are cars produced by which Japanese automaker? 
Suzuki

Spare
The Procuress is a signed and dated work of 1656 in Dresden's Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister  by which Dutchman? 
Vermeer

Unanswered Question Answers
R3 1. Nazim
R3 8. Tito Puente
R4 5. Ronson
R5 5. Schubert
R6 1. Bird
R7 2. Samosa

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Questions and that's it really...


... so here's my first Prez Cup friendly of the year. Played after the Westminster match. This was written at an incredible pace (let's say 153 minutes), ergo it's rough and ready and random. And it still probably maybe contains a few errors that come from not verifying stuff. Which is very unprofessional of me.
Fun for you
The unanswered questions have been left blank to encourage your sense of abstract competitiveness
Other notes:
The Japanese drum question was written before the EQC Nations final.
I wrote the Lou Reed song two days before he died. What a vaguely interesting coincidence. I'll avoid writing friendly questions on the likes of John Cale, Tom Waits, David Crosby and Richard Thompson for the foreseeable future. Just in case.
If I had put up the 'Coppola' Sicilian headwear question earlier than Tuesday, we BHs may not have won that night's QLL match against Nomads. Procrastination in posting = awesome victory - assuming our opponents would have read my blog (probably not, but it's nice to conceive fatuous and pointless theories).

Date to be entered here when I look up stuff
R1
1. Said to have appeared to an indigenous peasant named Juan Diego on 9 December 1531 at the village of Teyepac, the Virgin of Guadelupe is which country's patron saint?
MEXICO
2. Begun in 1953, the Division de Honor is the top Spanish league competition for clubs playing which sport?

3. Lieutenant Pigeon had a number one with which instrumental song in 1972 - the only British chart-topper in history to feature a mother and a son playing instruments?
MOULDY OLD DOUGH
4. The mythical robber known as Procrustes was killed by which Greek hero?

5. Which English actor links the films In the Bedroom, Batman Begins, The Full Monty and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel?
TOM WILKINSON
6. Based in Bielefeld, Germany, which 'Doctor' is known for its ristorante and culinaria pizzas?
DR. OETKER
7. Which chronic gambler, who died of TB aged 35 in Denver in 1887, was married to a girl named Big Nose Kate?
DOC HOLLIDAY
8. Who played the boxer James J. Corbett in the 1942 film Gentleman Jim?
ERROL FLYNN

R2
1. Which toy designer applied for a patent on something he called Mechanics Made Easy in 1901?
FRANK HORNBY
2. Donna Tartt's third novel The Goldfinch is named after a rare surviving painting by which Dutch painter, who was killed in the 1654 Delft Explosion?
KAREL FABRITIUS
3. The WBA controversially stripped Muhammad Ali of its belt when he gave which boxer a rematch in 1965?
SONNY LISTON
4. In 1932, manager Joe Jacobs famously shouted "We wuz robbed!" when which boxer lost a decision to Jack Sharkey for the heavyweight championship of the world?

5. Brewed by Grupo Modelo, which pale lager is the top-selling beer brand in Mexico and the top-selling imported beer in the US?
CORONA EXTRA 
6. The name of which fruit comes after 'Malay', 'mammee', 'Elephant' and 'custard' to give the name of other fruit?
APPLE
7. Which three-word title links a 1977 song by Elvis Costello and Bret Easton Ellis's debut novel?
LESS THAN ZERO
8. Which chocolate company owns the brand Brookside, which makes dark chocolate-covered fruit candies?
HERSHEY 

R3
1. Which special administrative region of 582,000 people has the highest population density of any sovereign state or dependent territory in the world?

2. Which Russian city is the northernmost city in the world with a population of over 250,000?
ARCHANGEL / ARKHANGELSK
3. Which term for a formidably powerful woman comes from a a female oriental villain in the comic strip ‘Terry and the Pirates', drawn by the US cartoonist Milton Caniff?

4. Which country is the most successful at the World Polo Championships with four golds out of a total 7 medals?
ARGENTINA
5. Canada is the world's most successful country in the women's (15 golds) and men's form (31 golds) of which winter sport?

6. Which country is the world's largest producer of tobacco, mushrooms and truffles, asparagus, apples, peanuts, tangerines and cabbage?

7. "Plucked her eyebrows on the way. Shaved her legs and then he was a she" is a line from which Lou Reed song?
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
8. Later starring in Jackie Brown, who played the title role in the Blaxploitation films Coffy and Foxy Brown?
PAM GRIER

R4
1. Which Venetian painter's Sleeping Venus aka the Venus of Dresden was an important inspiration for Titian's Venus of Urbino?
GIORGIONE
2. Which Irish-born composer, whose songs include In darkness let me dwell and Flow my tears, became a lutenist at the English court in 1612?
JOHN DOWLAND
3. Which NFL quarterback won the first of four Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers in 1982?
JOE MONTANA
4. Which 1974 horror film by the director Tobe Hooper used the tagline: "Who will survive and what will be left of them?"?
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE
5. The composer Morton Stevens is best known for writing the theme tune to which US cop show that was heard on the first of 279 episodes in 1968?
HAWAII FIVE-O
6. Which 2013 film is about the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates?
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS 
7. Which astronaut, who performed the first American space-walk on June 3, 1965, was killed during pre-launch testing for the Apollo 1 mission?
ED WHITE
8. What nationality was Jorge Chavez, the aviation pioneer who became the first man to fly over the Alps in September 1910?

R5
1. Which soprano from New Zealand released her first internationally published album Pure in 2003?
HAYLEY WESTENRA
2. Which London football ground is located on Zampa Road, Bermondsey?
THE DEN, MILLWALL
3. Which company marketed tap water in the UK using the brand name Dasani?
COCA-COLA
4. Designed by Jean Rene Pierre Litoux, Sager Palace at Stromgatan 18 is the official residence of which country's Prime Minister?

5. Telling the story of the five bombers of the ill-fated Navy Flight 19, the writer Vincent Gaddis was the first person to suggest that which area was cursed?
BERMUDA TRIANGLE
6. According to legend, when Pope Leo IV died in 855 he was succeeded by an Englishman named John of Mainz, who during a procession two years later, did what before dying?
GIVE BIRTH to a son
7. Which of the 12 Tribes of Israel formed the Kingdom of Judah with the tribe of the Judah?

8. Today, about 16 million people carry genes that can be traced to which 13th century conqueror?
GENGHIS KHAN

R6
1. Located at the top of Medicine Mountain in the Bighorn Mountain Range, the Bighorn Medicine Wheel is a 75-foot-wide stone circle in which US state?
WYOMING
2. Though temperatures at the visible surface reach 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which part of the Sun's outer atmosphere has temperatures that then shoot up to between 2 million and 9 million degrees Fahrenheit?
CORONA
3. Two months after her abduction by the Symbionese Liberation Army, which heiress was seen robbing a San Francisco bank with her SLA captors?
PATTY HEARST
4. A bispectral index monitor or BIS monitor is used to observe brain waves to measure a patient's pre-surgery level of what?
AWARENESS
5. The Ordovician-Silurian, about 440 million years ago, and the Cretaceous-Tertiary, 65 million years ago, are the first and fifth great... what? 

6. Also called the king of herrings, which giant sea serpent lookalike, usually measuring 36-feet long, has recently made news headlines by washing up on shores? It is also the world's longest bony fish
GIANT OARFISH / REGALECUS GLESNE
7. Which restorative water source is the explorer Juan Ponce de Leon said to have searched for in Florida?
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
8. The Coppola is a type of cap that is considered traditional headwear on which Mediterranean island?
SICILY

R7
1. The United Arab Emirates won its first ever Olympic medal when the Dubai royal family member Ahmed Al Maktoum won gold in which sport?
[DOUBLE TRAP] SHOOTING
2. Containing the world's oldest lyrics in a national anthem, the Kimigayo is the national anthem of which country?
JAPAN
3. Sidney Cotton, Patrick Dalzel-Job and Wilfred 'Biffy' Dunderdale have been cited as inspiration for which fictional character?

4. Born at West Horsley, Surrey in 1911, which advertising executive wrote the best-selling 1963 book Confessions of an Advertising Man?

5. Kirsty Roper, the wife of Switzerland's richest man, the biotech billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli, is best known for writing the song Black Coffee, a number one for which group?
ALL SAINTS
6. Which electro-mechanical root cipher machine was invented by the German engineer Arthuer Scherbius at the end of World War One?
ENIGMA 
7. Which Scottish engineer became surveyor general of all British metropolitan roads in 1827?
JOHN MACADAM
8. Which South Korean auto manufacturer makes the Optima and Picanto?
KIA

R8
1. The title of which James Jones World War Two novel is a reference to the stand of the 93rd Regiment in the Crimean War?
THE THIN RED LINE
2. Kodo, Gocoo and Ondekoza are troupes that play the taiko, a Japanese form of which musical instrument?
DRUM
3. Who won successive Oscars for his work on Gigi and Porgy and Bess in 1958 and '59, and won again for Irma La Douce and My Fair Lady?
ANDRE PREVIN
4. Which Premier League club shares its name with a Chilean Primera Division football team who are based in the Pacific coast city of Vina del Mar?
EVERTON
5. Having the most toxic venom of any land snake in the world, the Fierce Snake is more commonly called the Inland what?
TAIPAN
6. Which country's local version of the Guinness Book of Records is called the Limca Book of Books?
INDIA
7. Which term for the art or science of promoting 'health and beauty' using oils extracted from plants was coined in 1937 by the chemist and perfume maker Rene-Maurice Gattefosse?
AROMATHERAPY
8. The symphonic poem The Ballad of Blanik and the 1891 opera The Beginning of a Romance are works by which Czech composer?
LEOS JANACEK
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Spares
The Gaza Strip has an 11km border to its southwest with which country?
EGYPT
The idea to make an area by the campus of Skolkovo Moscow school for business management the Russian equivalent of which Californian region was announced by President Dmitry Medvedev in 2010?
SILICON VALLEY
Virunga, Africa's oldest national park, straddles the equator in which country? 
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
The nine-day Kura Karnival has been held on which Indonesian island since 2002?
BALI
Whose song Maniac featured on the Flashdance soundtrack?
MICHAEL SEMBALLO
The abbreviation T.U.R.P. is used for the surgical operation known as a Trans Urethral Resection of what? 
PROSTATE
A choli is a bodice worn by women underneath which common Asian garment?
SARI
In which country did the Siege of Daraa begin in April 2011?
SYRIA  

ANSWERS TO THE UNANSWERED
R1 2. RUGBY UNION
R1 4. THESEUS
R2 4. MAX SCHMELING
R3 1. MACAU
R3 3. DRAGON LADY
R3 5. CURLING
R3 6. CHINA
R4 8. PERUVIAN
R5 4. SWEDEN
R5 7. BENJAMIN
R6 5. EXTINCTIONS
R7 3. JAMES BOND
R7 4. DAVID OGILVY