Monday, August 31, 2009

It Would've Happened Anyway


These Qs were going to go in the QB in an orgy of single-line questions at the heartstopping climax. However, they didn't. Instead I opted to keep the same format throughout the book (whose content/pages I have now capped - once and for all! - and will be doing the final final draft this week).

Final QB penultimate draft word count is 238, 813 words. No wonder it's taking me so long to finish the thing off, while working so hard at it since I can came back from Norway that yesterday I swear I was entering a mild state of psychosis and writing rough drafts for blog posts, which I am quite glad I did not unveil to the world. You'd give me funny looks.

So. You know. Here they are...

BH159: More with Less
1. Which 1990 novel is subtitled The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch?
2. Which German playwright wrote Frühlings Erwachen / Spring Awakening (1906)?
3. Jenny Bunn is the title character of which 1960 novel by Kingsley Amis?
4. Buchanan Dying (1974) was the only play written by which late US novelist?
5. A 1919 novella, The Curse of Capistrano was the first work to feature which hero?
6. Which Peruvian (b.1928) wrote A Theory of Liberation: History, Politics, Salvation (1971)?
7. “Tascabile” is the Italian name for what common object?
8. Born Robert Lee Maupin, which street criminal wrote Pimp: The Story of My Life (1967)?
9. Who began her “Commissario Guido Brunetti” series with Death at La Fenice (1992)
10. Asterix’s home village is in the northwest of which region of ancient Gaul?
11. Which 1981 Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel tells the story of Santiago Nasar’s murder?
12. The title of which 1934 Evelyn Waugh novel alludes to The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot?
13. Which Nevada festival houses revellers in Black Rock City?
14. Which traditional English folk round has the second line "Lhude sing cuccu!"?
15. Which musical has Christopher Lee, playing villain Mr. Midnight, sing ‘Name Your Poison’?
16. The Turbo-folk singer Ceca is the widow of which Serb warlord, who died in 2000?
17. Which 1816 opera is subtitled ossia L’inutile precauzione / or The Useless Precaution?
18. ‘The Great Charlemagne’ is the national anthem of which country?
19. Which group reached no.2 in the US and UK with its cover of ‘A Groovy Kind of Love’?
20. Which rap mogul, born Percy Miller, founded the talent agency No Limit Sports?
21. Which cricketer recorded the no.2 Indian hit ‘You’re the One for Me’ with Asha Bhosle?
22. The Joropo song ‘Alma Llanera’ is considered which country’s unofficial national anthem?
23. Which Douai-born sculptor produced Samson Slaying a Philistine (1562)?
24. Located off the coast of Tasmania, what is the largest of the Furneaux Islands?
25. Which Icelandic fishing town has The Blue Lagoon for its premiere attraction?
26. The 1912 eruption of which Alaskan volcano was the 2nd largest of the 20th century?
27. With its capital at Potenza, which region is the “instep” of Italy?
28. Which liberal arts college was established in 1780 in Lexington, Kentucky?
29. Which three-letter word means ‘prefecture’ in Japanese?
30. What is the second biggest ethnic group in Afghanistan after the Pashtun (c.42%)?
31. The Mekong River runs through which six countries?
32. The endometrium is the inner membrane of which mammalian organ?
33. Kintaro Hattori founded which watch company in 1881?
34. Which interspecific cultivar of rice is known by the acronym NERICA?
35. Salvadori’s monitor is the largest species of monitor lizard found on which island?
36. Which bird is the only extant member of the genus Dromaius?
37. Which terrier derives its name from the Welsh estate of Captain John Edwardes?
38. What became the last US state to secede from the Union in 1861?
39. Which national leader died when his C-130 Hercules crashed on August 17, 1988?
40. In March 1901, who became the first ex-US president to die in the 20th century?
41. Lanzoni is the surname of which Italian male model (b.1959)?
42. Asda House, headquarters of the supermarket chain, is in which city?
43. Prince William and Prince Harry both belonged to which house at Eton?
44. Held on March 28, 2009, which $5 million horse race is run at Nal al Sheba?
45. Portugal coach Phil Scolari punched which Serb player during the Euro 2008 qualifiers?
46. The siblings Dan, Gee and Rachel Atherton are rising stars in which sport?
47. What is the nickname of South Africa’s female national football team?
48. Which American is the only athlete to have won Olympic gold in sprints and hurdles?
49. Who became the first person to win £1 million on British TV in December 1999?
50. Which rapper plays Odafin “Fin” Tutuola in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit?






Answers to BH159
1. Good Omens (by Terry Pratchett, who “wrote a bit over two thirds”, and Neil Gaiman)
2. Frank Wedekind (1864-1918). He wrote the “Lulu” plays Erdgeist and Pandora’s Box.
3. Take a Girl Like You. She was played by Sienna Guillory in the 2000 BBC adaptation.
4. John Updike
5. Zorro. Don Diego Vega was the creation of Johnston McCulley.
6. Gustavo Gutiérrez. The Liberation Theology founder is a Dominican priest.
7. A paperback. It means ‘pocket book’.
8. Iceberg Slim (1918-92). Aka Robert Beck, he also wrote Trick Baby and Long White Con.
9. Donna Leon (b.1942). The US crime novelist’s series is set in Venice.
10. Armorica (mostly identical to modern Brittany)
11. Chronicle of a Death Foretold / Crónica de una muerte anu
12. A Handful of Dust (“I will show you fear in a handful of dust”)
13. Burning Man. Held in the Black Rock desert, it starts on the last Monday of August.
14. ‘Sumer is icumen in’. Translated from Middle English it means ‘Loud sings cuckoo!’
15. The Return of Captain Invincible. Alan Arkin plays the titular alcoholic superhero.
16. Arkan (aka Željko Ražnatović). Her birth name is Svetlana Veličković (b.1973).
17. The Barber of Seville (by Rossini, natch)
18. Andorra. It was composed by Juan Benlloch y Vivó, Archbishop of Burgos.
19. The Mindbenders. Diane & Annita first released the Toni Wine-Carole Bayer Sager song.
20. Master P. (b.1969). He is CEO and founder of No Limit Entertainment.
21. Brett Lee. Bhosle is the subject of the Cornershop no.1 ‘Brimful of Asha’.
22. Venezuela
23. Giambologna (born Jean Boulogne; 1529-1608). The piece was for Francesco de’ Medici.
24. Flinders Island
25. Grindavik. It is 3mi/4.8km from the town centre.
26. Novarupta (in Katmai National Park and Preserve)
27. Basilicata
28. Transylvania University. There is a namesake Romanian university in Braşov.
29. Ken (or –ken). The suffix –fu is added to the governing units of Osaka and Kyoto.
30. Tajik (with about 27% of the population)
31. China, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam
32. Uterus. Its Latin name is tunica mucosa uteri.
33. Seiko. Its name is a Japanese word for ‘exquisite’, ‘minute’ or ‘success’.
34. New Rice for Africa (developed by the West Africa Development Association)
35. New Guinea. Up to 244cm/8ft, Varanus salvadorii is also called the crocodile monitor.
36. Emu. Dromaius novaehollandiae is the largest bird native to Australia.
37. Sealyham (in Haverfordwest, the county town of Pembrokeshire)
38. Tennessee
39. Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. The Pakistani President was succeeded by Ghulam Ishaq Khan.
40. Benjamin Harrison. The 23rd president, he succeeded and preceded Grover Cleveland.
41. Fabio. He appeared on the cover of 100s of romantic novels during the 80s and 90s.
42. Leeds (founded as Association Dairies & Farm Stores Ltd in 1949)
43. Manor House
44. Dubai Sheema Classic
45. Ivica Dragutinović. He joined Sevilla from Standard Liège in the summer of 2005.
46. Mountain biking. Dan and Rachel became world downhill champions in 2008.
47. “Banyana, Banyana” (‘The Girls, the Girls’)
48. Harrison Dillard (100m in 1948 and 110m hurdles in 1952)
49. Ian Woodley (b.1960). A professional poker player, he won it on TFI Friday.
50. Ice-T. Born Tracy Marrow in 1958, his best album - which means it is the only one of his I've ever liked - is O.G. Original Gangster (1991).


Anonymous Arf said...

I'd agree that O.G was easily Ice-T's best album but you should really reinvestigate the Power album.

Sure, it's patchy but High Rollers, Drama, I'm Your Pusher, Girls L.G.B.N.A.F and Soul On Ice are all incredible, and it simply gets no better than the double sided cover with Darlene in her swimsuit.

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