Friday, December 23, 2016
BH167: cor, this is bloody hard work...
.... no wonder I never post anything. It's all just an exhausting faff. But then again, what isn't?
(I just felt like posting some questions.)
1 Which former Bolivian president (1825-28) was assassinated in an ambush at Berruecos on June 4, 1830?
2 Which no.1 single by Will Smith features a sample of the 1982 song Forget Me Nots by Patrice Rushen ("Sending you forget me nots / To help me to remember")?
3 Which two-time WWE Champion, mixed martial artist and current UFC fighter (b.1978), whose real name is Phil Brooks, lost his first professional fight (against Mickey Gall) at UFC 203 in September 2016?
4 In the late 9th century, at Weissenburg (later Wissembourg) Abbey, which Benedictine monk composed a gospel harmony that is considered the first substantial work of verse in German? Written in rhyming couplets (7104 couplets), it is now called the Evangelienbuch, which is the first use of rhyme in German literature. He is the first German poet whose name we known from his work.
5 Which West German author (1914-79) developed his theory of etyms in his gargantuan magnum opus Zettels Traum (1979), a 1334-page novel inspired by Finnegans Wake?
6 Which Italian-born composer (1775-1840) composed the opera Ivan Susanin in 1815, 20 years before Glinka's namesake opera?
7 Due to become a 2018 Steven Spielberg film, Ready Player One is a sci-fi novel by which US writer?
8 Which Argentine director (1914-81) was mostly known for his sexploitation films in the 1960s and 1970s starring his favourite actress and romantic partner, sex symbol Isabel Sarli - his works include the first naked scene in an Argentine film (El Trueno entre las hojas), while his namesake grandson Armando won an Oscar for co-writing the film Birdman?
9 Which king of Sicily (1095-1154) succeeded in uniting all the Norman conquests in Italy into one kingdom with a strong centralized government?
10 Co-founder of Fontshop, which German typographer (b.1947) designed the FF Meta and Nokia Sans typefaces?
11 Which Dynamo Kiev player scored a hat trick in the USSR's 4-3 defeat by Belgium in the round-of-16 at the 1986 World Cup?
12 What is the only grape used to make the red wine Brunello di Montalcino?
13 Jeringonza is a Spanish language game that involves doing what?
14 Along with Kirch Kiraly (USA), which two-time Italian world champion (1990 & '94) was named the 'Greatest [male] Volleyball Player of the Century' by the FIVB?
15 Which 1878-80 series of foreign policy speeches given by Gladstone, the Liberal Party leader, is often cited as the first modern political campaign?
16 The Will Rogers phenomenon is obtained when moving one element from one set to another set has what effect?
17 Welsh football legend John Charles said of which Italian brand (founded in the old Lazzarini cobbler's shop in Ascoli Piceno): "these are not football boots, they are golden slippers"?
18 Nicknamed Juanga and El Divo de Juarez, which iconic, flamboyant Mexican singer (1950-2016) sold over 100 million copies worldwide, his 18th studio album, Recuerdos, Vol. II, being the best-selling album of all time in Mexico with over 8m copies sold? He wrote some 1,800 songs, including Hasta Que Te Conoci, El Noa Noa, No Tengo Dinero, Abrazame Muy Fuerte and De Mi Enamorate.
19 Which 2016 video game, the debut title for Hangar 13, is set in 1968 in the city of New Bordeaux (a fictional redo of New Orleans) and centres on orphan/Vietnam War vet Lincoln Clay?
20 Which Argentine composer's reworking of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, used as the theme on the radio quiz Brain of Brain, was described by Robert Robinson as "Mozart plus sacrilege"?
21 Which music video/ film director (b.1953) from Catterick, North Yorks, has directed over 500 music videos, including Do They Know It's Christmas, Sweet Child o' Mine, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Wonderwall, Oops! ... I Did It Again, Believe (by Cher) and, of course, TATTVA?
22 Deluged with Hollywood golden age star cameos (Dorothy Lamour! Victor Mature! Ethel Merman! Jackie Coogan! Johnny Weissmuller! Cyd Charisse! Milton Berle! and sweet Zsa Zsa!), which 1976 film directed by Michael Winner spoofed the craze surrounding Rin Tin Tin?
23 Named after a roadstead in Virginia, which March 8-9, 1862 clash was the most noted naval battle of the US Civil War?
24 Which 1938 play, set during the Spanish Civil War, is the only such full-length work by Ernest Hemingway?
25 In 1914, Sybil Brinton published Old Friends and New Fancies, the first work of fan fiction related to which writer?
26 During World War Two, the criminals Henri Lafont and Pierre Loutrel led which group, known as the "French Gestapo"?
27 Which item links TV roles played by Joe Manganiello (in The Pacific) and David Rasche (headlining his own show) with a Peter Gabriel song?
28 Rio's Estadio Sao Januario (capacity 25,000), a historic venue that was used many times by Getulio Vargas for his public speeches, is the home of which football club?
29 Known for discovering the peregrine falcon, which English ornithologist wrote Ornithologica Britannica (1771), probably the first British work to use binomial nomenclature?
30 In 1946, which Dane became the first woman to win the Palme d'Or for directing the film The Red Meadows?
31 Which chieftain of the Senones led the Cisalpine Gauls that sacked Rome in 387 BC - the only time the city was occupied by a non-Roman army before the fall of the city to the Goths in 410 AD?
32 Which 2001-2010 manga series by Hiromu Arakawa is about brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric searching for the Philosopher's Stone to restore their bodies after a failed attempt to bring back their mum?
33 Celine Dion's album D'eux (1994) became the best-selling French-language album of all time. Which French musician wrote most of the album, including Je sais pas and his duet with Dion, J'irai ou tu iras?
34 Rolf Hochhuth's Pope/Holocauts play The Deputy (1963) was adapted into which 2002 Costa-Gavras film?
35 Born near Zhytomyr (present-day Ukraine), which Soviet pianist (1915-97) famously did not play Bach's Goldberg Variations?
36 Who started fighting as a professional boxer in July 1948, winning a fight against Harry Bilizarian and going on to win his first 16 bouts by KO?
37 Which Cartoon Network show featured a titular pink beagle who lives with his elderly owners Muriel and Eustace Bagge in the town of Nowhere and constantly has to fend off supernatural threats?
38 When Gene Roddenberry brought back Star Trek as The Animated Series, he couldn't afford to hire every main cast member of the original series, meaning that which vital character/actor was missing from the series?
39 Live by Night is which US crime writer's epic follow-on to The Given Day - Joe Coughlin changes from small time thief to big time outlaw in 1920s Boston?
40 In The Simpsons, Comic Book Guy is the proprietor of which comic book store?
41 Mark Twain described which member of the genus Annona as "the most delicious fruit known to men"?
42 In 1899, which German physicist proposed a set of units of measurement based on only the properties of free space?
43 Dubbed "the Johannes Kepler of Optics", which Scottish physicist's contributions to the field of optics included studying the double refraction by compression and his discovery of the photoelastic effect? He also invented the "lenticular stereoscope" - the first portable 3D viewing device, the binocular camera, two types of polarimeter, the polyzonal lens and the lighthouse illuminator.
44 The Altarpiece of the Redeemer (1354-57) in the Strozzi di Mantova chapel at Santa Maria Novella, Florence; the Orsanmichele tabernacle (finished 1359) described as "the most perfect work of its kind in Italian Gothic" and (an attribution at least since he has become Master of the Works in 1359) the mosaic decoration and the rose window of Orvieto Cathedral are works by which 14th century Italian painter, sculptor and architect?
45 The President's Hat (his Francois Mitterrand-themed 2012 debut), The Red Notebook, and French Rhapsody are works by which novelist, journalist, screenwriter and collector of antique keys, born in Paris in the early 1970s?
46 Which Lieutenant of the Tower (1513-20) was fictionalised as a character in Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera The Yeomen of the Guard?
47 Known for such albums as Levekisha, Nouvelle Attitude and Obomiyia (featuring the song La Connaissance), the Gabonese singer Patience Dabany, aka Marie Josephine Kama, served as First Lady of Gabon from 1967 to 1988 as wife of which president?
48 The metafictional novel Blood and Guts in High School, written in the late 1970s and published 1984, about Janey Smith who dies of cancer like her creator, remains which late US writer's most popular book?
49 Nicknamed "Bobo" (and "The Hawaiian Swede"), which US boxer's reign as world middleweight boxing champion Oct 1953 - Dec 1955 was the longest reign of any champion in that division during the 1950s?
50 So who be spitting deez sick rhymzzzz: "Number one rap innovator / Tell them haters see you later", "When I was just a little girl growing up in Weezy / Listening to Snoop Dogg, Dre and Yeezy" and "I'm big in the game, so big in the game / Now I've got the whole world saying my name"*?
ANSWERS TO BH167
1 Antonio Jose de Sucre
2 Men in Black
3 C.M. Punk
4 Otfried or Otfrid of Weissenburg
5 Arno Schmidt
6 Catterino Cavos
7 Ernest Cline
8 Armando Bo
9 Roger II
10 Erik Spiekermann
11 Igor Belanov
13 Adding the letter p after each vowel of a word, and repeating the vowel
14 Lorenzo Bernardi
15 Midlothian Campaign - named from the constituency where he successfully stood in the 1880 election
16 Raises the average value of both sets - Roger supposedly said: "When the Okies left Oklahoma and moved to California, they raised the average intelligence level in both states"
17 Pantofola d'Oro
18 Juan Gabriel
19 Mafia III
20 Waldo de los Rios
21 Nigel Dick
22 Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood
23 Battle of Hampton Roads
24 The Fifth Column
25 Jane Austen
26 The Carlingue
28 Vasco da Gama
29 Marmaduke Tunstall
30 Bodil Ipsen
32 Fullmetal Alchemist
33 Jean-Jacques Goldman
35 Sviatoslav Richter
36 Rocky Marciano
37 Courage the Cowardly Dog
38 Pavel Chekov/Walter Koenig
39 Dennis Lehane
40 The Android's Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop
41 Cherimoya (Annona cherimola)
42 Max Planck - Planck units or natural units are defined exclusively in terms of five universal physical constants, including the speed of light in a vacuum, c
43 Sir David Brewster - this discovery gave birth to the field of optical mineralogy
44 Orcagna aka Andrea di Cione di Arcangelo
45 Antoine Laurain
46 Sir Richard Cholmondeley
47 Omar Bongo Ondimba
48 Kathy Acker
49 Carl Olson or Bobo Olson
50 Honey G
*A vision has come to me. I see, I see a stage at Reading Festival and a bottle-of-piss bombardment so devastating, so uriney, so pummelicious that Miss G will still be shrieking and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when she starts drawing her pension