BH145: File It Up Again
What do snails use to polish their shells?"
The entirely tenuous and flimsy connection with the following quiz is that yet again these are UNVARNISHED (hee hee) questions taken from files of yore - whatever the hell that means. Yore? Yore what?
On a Completely Random Note or Two
I've also just realised how gorram bloomin' amazing LCD Soundsystem's All My Friends is. Just thought I'd tell you that. Nearly seven months after its release (btw, they are one of my "repeat" live bands: a musical act I go and see again and again without fear of my enjoyment being diminished. Primal Scream recently left this elite group. The feckin' Rolling Stone rip-off merchants). Going back to the cited song, I just can't stop myself from listening to the full version and watching the video edit.
Can't stop watching The Dark Knight trailer again and again and again like thousands of saddo fanboys, either because in my heart of hearts I know I am a total comics geek (there lie in the attic copy upon copy of early 90s Marvel and DC comics (though I preferred DC, not knowing what was what back then), secreted in those see-through plastic wrappy things) and surrender to the notion of the Frank Miller/Alan Moore Joker-Batman storyline hybrid finally getting their spiritual due on the Beeeeeeg Screen, i.e. an IMAX.
I will now carry knives and lint in my pocket in honour of Heath Ledger's "Chelsea Smile" Joker: "C'MON! HIT ME!"
Also, I doubt seven months of fever pitch anticipation will ruin my enjoyment of the movie when it finally comes out in the summer. Then again ... (bastard marketeers)
Oh yeah. The Quiz.
1 What was the first book in Robert Jordan's popular Wheel of Time fantasy saga?
2 Which casino game gets its name from an Italian word meaning "zero"?
3 Which American novel ends with the line: "He raised his hand and over the desolate earth he traced in space the sign of the dollar"?
4 Who composed the 1966 St Luke Passion oratorio?
5 Which silent film comedian starred in more than 100 short films as a character named Lonesome Luke?
6 Who directed the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke?
7 What was the name of the French freighter that blew up and killed 581 people in the port at Texas city, Texas in 1947?
8 Having Alpine for its administrative seat, what is the largest county in Texas?
9 Which US country singer was nicknamed The Texas Troubadour?
10 Which island off Africa's west coast is located directly on the Equator?
11 Which instrument represents the swan in Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals?
12* Which former world champion boxer, real name Gerardo Gonzalez, was famed for his "bolo punch"?
13 An act of chivalry performed on a tennis court inadvertently led to the death of which French king?
14 The instrumental Classical Gas was the biggest ever hit for which Texas musician and guitarist (b.1938)?
15 Who was the famous wife (b.1897) - instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines - of publisher George Palmer Putnam?
16 The death of which poet moved WH Auden to write the line: "Earth receive an honored guest"?
17 Which day in the USA was conceived as a nationwide educational experience to dramatise America's environmental plight in 1970?
18 According to the terms of the Treaty of Troyes, which French king betrothed his daughter Catherine to England's Henry V?
19 What in painting is "aquarelle"?
20 Now sometimes used as a euphemism for insider trading, what word describes the buying of currencies or shares for quick resale at a higher price, as in "stagging"?
21 What is the base of an entablature, resting on top of a column in a classical building called?
22 If something is described as "arenaceous", what is it?
23 What name for a fleet of merchant ships is derived from the former name of Dubrovnik, Croata?
24 What name is given to the vibrating element in a loudspeaker; a soft iron bar linking the two poles of a horseshoe magnet?
25 What do we call the clipping of a word by omission of a final segment, e.g. "prof" for "professor"?
26 In language, how is the dramatic effect of "aposiopesis" (meaning "becoming silent" in Classical Greek) achieved?
27 From a 1st century BC Roman statesman who supported Virgil and Horace, what name describes a generous patron, especially of the arts?
28 What adjective relates to Socrates' method of eliciting latent knowledge by means of a series of questions?
29 What can be the stem of an Asian rattan palm, a walking stick made of the same material and the name of a strait?
30 What did a "lorimer" make in former times?
31 Meaning "he" or "she died", what is the formal term used before the date of death of the person specified?
32 What term describes the eye of an elementary king, as in some insects, and the eye-like marking on a peacock's tail?
33 What degree arc is an "octant"?
34 What word originates from the Latin for name caller, referring to a slave who would accompany his master during election campaigns to remind him of the names of people he met?
35 What is the only non-metric race that the IAAF recognises a world record for?
36 Also called Ding an sich in German, what name is given to a thing in itself, rather than as it appears to the mind or senses according to Kantian philosophy?
37 What term described a layman living a religious life in a monastery, but one who had not taken formal vows?
38 What sort of criminal is a "peterman"?
39 What sort of food are "pettitoes"?
40 What adjective relates to utterances or conversation, for example about the weather, whose purpose is to express friendly feelings rather than to convey ideas?
41 How often does something happen if it is described as "per mensen"?
42 Which classic novel ends: "Yes I said yes I will Yes"?
43 Which forest north-east of Lake Taupo in New Zealand's North Island is one of the world's largest planted forests?
44 What does "alate" mean?
45 In which island group are Dominica, Martinique, St Lucia and St Vincent?
46* What bird is a "phoenicopter"?
47 Which 8th century Byzantine imperial dynasty originated in Asia Minor?
48 Which grain is used to make semolina?
49 What is the name for lands held by a corporate body such as the church, in perpetual or inalienable tenure?
50 Whose photographic series of immigrants arriving in New York and their living and working conditions, published in 1908, is often considered to be the first photo story?
51 Where do "xerarch" plants or organisms grow?
52 Which Spanish drama form, related to the mystery plays in England, was well-established in Spain by the 13th century?
53 Who were the ancient people of Semitic or Indo-European origin that were among the inhabitants of Canaan at the time of the Israeli invasion?
54 Aristagoras, son of Molporagus, was the famed tyrant of which ancient Greek city in south-west Asia Minor in the late 6th century BC and early 5th century BC?
55 Popularised in the 40s and 50s, which energetic American dance style in 4/4 time evolved from the jitterbug, a form of Swing dance?
56 In croquet, what is the collective two-word term for balls coloured red, yellow or orange?
57 What was the first synthetic local anaesthetic (of the amino ester group), first produced in 1905?
58 If a wine is described as "tough", what does it have too much of?
59 In modern Turkey, what is the form of address equivalent to "Mr"?
60 The ICBN is the International Code of what kind of Nomenclature?
61 Menthol is an extract of which plant?
62 Which Dublin newspaper was founded in 1728 by Jonathan Swift?
63 What vehicle has design variations known as open plenum, peripheral jet and flexible skirt?
64 In law, what is a "jacitation"?
65 Sharing its name with a British river, what is the legal term for wreckage lying on the ocean floor?
66 Which Roman philosopher and poet, writer of the hexameter poem Derereum natura, is said to have died (in 55BC) from the effects of a love potion administered by his wife Lucilla?
67 What was the author Arnold Bennett's real first name?
68 Also known as The Miners, which Scottish football team is nicknamed "The Blue Brazil"?
69 In which English cathedral is the some 1200-year-old sculpture known as the Hedda Stone?
70 Who directed the first and the last of the 30 Carry On films?
71 How long is the appointed term of the UN Secretary-General?
72 What was the Anglo-Saxon term for the noble governor of a shire, replaced after the Norman Conquest with the office of sheriff?
73 A softball game lasts how many innings?
74 Who was the first person to win five Tour de Frances (between 1957 and '64)?
75 Which political award, established in 1949, is given every year to those contributing to European co-operation and is named after a historical ruler?
76 What Latin word means "by virtue of being"?
77 What part of a plant embryo develops into the main root?
78 Featuring a lighthouse keeper named Lawrence, The Wreckers (1916) is an opera by which female composer and leading suffragette, whose other works included Fantasio (1898), The Boatswain's Mate (1916) and Der Wald (1920)?
79 Which peninsula in Gwynned lies between Cardigan Bay and Caernarvon Bay?
80 What is the age limit for someone entering the Turner Prize?
81 What is the British term for an ordinary seaman, a sailor who is not an officer?
82 What is an uninterrupted stretch of water on a river or a canal called?
83 In astronomy, what is a "bolide"?
84 Which centaur, who was atypically wise and civilised, became the constellation Sagittarius when he died?
85 Daniel Quilp is a character in which Dickens novel?
86 Which English Quaker's last words were "To be like Christ is to be a Christian"?
87 The name of the computer language COGO is a contraction of which two words?
88 What is the second most common pub name after The Red Lion?
89 What word for brownish yellow or clayey mineral used in pigments comes from the earth north of a namesake Italian town?
90 What is wool or cloth recycled from unfelted old or waste cloth?
91 From the Greek for "speaking incorrectly" - literally a person from a city in Asia Minor where the ancient Athenian colonists spoke a corrupt form of Attic Geek, what is an error of grammar or usage called?
92 What sort of ramp slopes into the water, supporting a ship being built or repaired?
93 Who designed the west towers and gable of Westminster Abbey?
94 Which Scottish king was ransomed in the Treaty of Berwick in 1357?
95 Which Walter Scott title character marries Isabelle de Croye?
96 What number wedding anniversary are leather gifts given on?
97 In engineering, what did Fang Feng invent c.140BC?
98 In which Yorkshire village were the Bronte sisters born?
99 Rock musician William Michael Albert Broad became famous under what name during the 1980s?
100 The Arc de Triomphe is located in the centre of which Paris square?
Answers to BH145
1 The Eye of the World 2 Baccarat 3 Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand 4 Penderecki 5 Harold Lloyd 6 Stuart Rosenberg 7 Grandcamp 8 Brewster 9 Ernest Tubb 10 Sao Tome 11 Cello 12 Kid Gavilan 13 Charles VIII 14 Mason Williams 15 Amelia Earhart 16 WB Yeats 17 Earth Day 18 Charles VI 19 Watercolour wash 20 Arbitrage 21 Architrave 22 Sandy 23 Argosy 24 Armature 25 Apocope 26 Breaking off speech in writing in mid-sentence 27 Maecenas 28 Maieutic 29 Malacca 30 Metal accessories, such as bits and spurs, for horses 31 Obiit 32 Ocellus 33 45 degrees 34 Nomenclature 35 Mile 36 Noumenon 37 Oblate 38 Safe-breaker 39 Pig's trotters 40 Phatic 41 Monthly 42 Ulysses 43 Kaingaroa 44 Winged 45 Windward Islands 46 A flamingo 47 Isaurian 48 Wheat 49 Mortmain 50 Lewis Hine 51 Dry places 52 Autos sacramentales 53 Amorite 54 Miletus 55 Jive 56 Hot colours 57 Novocaine 58 Tannin 59 Bey 60 Botanical 61 Peppermint 62 The Intelligencer 63 Hovercraft 64 A false claim 65 Lagan 66 Lucretius 67 Enoch 68 Cowdenbeath 69 Peterborough Cathedral 70 Gerald Thomas 71 Five years 72 Alderman 73 Seven 74 Jacques Anquetil 75 Charlemagne Prize 76 Qua 77 Radicle 78 Ethel Smyth 79 Lleyn 80 Fifty 81 Rating 82 Reach 83 Brilliant exploding meteor 84 Chiron 85 The Old Curiosity Shop 86 William Penn 87 Co-Ordinate Geometry 88 Crown 89 Sienna 90 Shoddy 91 Solecism 92 Slipway 93 Nicholas Hawksmoor 94 David II 95 Quentin Durward 96 Third 97 Universal joint 98 Thornton 99 Billy Idol 100 Place de l'Etoile or the Place Charles de Gaulle