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The King William College Quiz, apparently now my only FPP in a year (since the last quiz), hopefully as hard as ever, but unlikely to reward my brand of laziness. Merry Christmas! See previous posts for laying out answers, I'll post the Guardians' answer sheet in January.
posted by biffa (101 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
Thanks for our annual reminder that we are not as smart as we think we are.
posted by beagle at 3:37 PM on December 24, 2007 [3 favorites]


Wow do I not have a cluuuuuuuue about any of this stuff. Reminds me of how pathetically Google-bound I've become.
posted by facetious at 3:51 PM on December 24, 2007


Yeah, just a side note: anyone who uses Google on this is a filthy dirty cheater. It's a general knowledge quiz, not a Googling quiz, dammit!
posted by matthewr at 4:04 PM on December 24, 2007


This is fantastic(ally difficult)! Against all odds, I have managed to crack #6 without any of the Google; who wants to chip in?

6. [Something about Russians]
    2 - Molotov
    3 - Anton Chekov
    8 - Dmitri Mendelev
    9 - Yuri Gagarin?
    10 - Ivan Pavlov

Of course, if it's Yuri Gagarin, that ruins everyone's name ending with 'V.' Maybe that's what the category is... hmmm...
posted by coolhappysteve at 4:05 PM on December 24, 2007


Happy to get the first one.

Section 13 seems to be military ranks.
1- Sergeant Pepper
7- The Modern Major General
8- Corporal Himmelstoss
9- Private Mulvaney
posted by MtDewd at 4:13 PM on December 24, 2007


Hogwarts and Pavlov.

YOU DO REALIZE THAT I'LL NEVER FEEL COMPLETE AGAIN UNTIL I'M ABLE TO ANSWER THIS TEST WITHOUT GOOGLE, RIGHT?
posted by Memo at 4:16 PM on December 24, 2007


Well, 13.1 has to be the beatles, but I'm a bit stumped.

I remember posting the one here 3 (4?) years ago. I'm so sorry!
posted by BigCalm at 4:17 PM on December 24, 2007


A few random ones:

11.5 Heart of Darkness
13.1 Sgt. Pepper
16.2 Leiden
18.1 Jelly Bean
18.10 Oleg Gordievsky
posted by limon at 4:22 PM on December 24, 2007


14.9

Who or what might be regarded as the pharmacist's bible?

I have a bad feeling that the answer is going to turn out to be the Physician's Desk Reference, which seems to be the favorite of many doctors, though generally reviled by pharmacists. Facts and Comparisons is by far superior.

This being an English quiz, I have no idea if this text is also used in the UK.
posted by Tube at 4:23 PM on December 24, 2007


Theme of three is faked documents by the looks of it, with the Hitler Diaries and Zinoviev letter in there.
posted by Abiezer at 4:24 PM on December 24, 2007


I have a bad feeling that the answer is going to turn out to be the Physician's Desk Reference, which seems to be the favorite of many doctors, though generally reviled by pharmacists. Facts and Comparisons is by far superior.

I'd vote for the Pharmacopoeia over either text.
posted by The White Hat at 4:25 PM on December 24, 2007


I should like to amend my guess to Martindale's...
posted by Tube at 4:32 PM on December 24, 2007


Also, 8.2= Hook
posted by The White Hat at 4:33 PM on December 24, 2007


Hamlet and... and... damn, should have paid more attention in that English class.
posted by dws at 4:56 PM on December 24, 2007


Test says, "Answer all of these general knowledge questions without using Google."

[Humannaire unplugs test; reconfigs.]
posted by humannaire at 4:58 PM on December 24, 2007


Who are these plural Guardians who have the answer sheet? Did they steal it from the The (formerly Manchester) Guardian newspaper?
posted by orthogonality at 4:59 PM on December 24, 2007


ſome Anſwers regarding Pirates (the Numeral Eight):

1. John Gow
2. Captain Hook
3. Captain Sharkey (of Arthur Conan Doyle's Captain Sharkey)
5. Anne Bonny
8. Francois L'Olonnais
9. Captain Blood

I'm not really sure what they have in common aside from pirate-ness, though. And 6.9 is Yuri Gagarin; I found it while I was testing to see if it was Alexei Leonov.
posted by The Bridge on the River Kai Ryssdal at 5:01 PM on December 24, 2007


17.1 : Paddington
17.4: Whitechapel
17.5: (Victoria) Embankment (Cleopatra's Needle)
17.8: Waterloo
17.9: Hyde Park Corner (Copenhagen is Wellington's Horse.)

The theme seems to be tube stations.
posted by eriko at 5:07 PM on December 24, 2007


I'm...not smart. Certainly not as smart as I like to think I am, and judging by this, probably not even smart at all.
posted by infinitywaltz at 5:32 PM on December 24, 2007


14 is all about various Martins. Here's what I remembered without Google:

14-2: St. Martin of Tours
14-3: martingale
14-4: freemartin
14-5: Martinique

So 14-9 has to have martin somewhere in its name or as one of the editors/authors, or is a sly allusion to something that really isn't a formal pharmacist's source.
posted by maudlin at 5:35 PM on December 24, 2007


oh, poo.
posted by CitizenD at 5:37 PM on December 24, 2007


(And Tube got it with Martindales -- sorry, didn't see that before I posted).
posted by maudlin at 5:38 PM on December 24, 2007


11.4 is either Robotussin or Nyquil.

I think.
posted by T.D. Strange at 5:38 PM on December 24, 2007


*wipes away smug smile*
posted by oxford blue at 5:56 PM on December 24, 2007


13.6 - A reference to Catch-22, without resorting to research, I think it was (Captain) Havermeyer? Definitely from Catch-22, even if I have the wrong name.
posted by Joe Invisible at 6:33 PM on December 24, 2007


Darn you, Joe Invisible - I was just coming in here to say Catch-22! (Could it have been Major Major Major? He was also pretty crazy.)
posted by Quietgal at 7:38 PM on December 24, 2007


11.9 - the Red Queen? "Off with his/her head!"
posted by Quietgal at 7:45 PM on December 24, 2007


Whoops - section 11 is about hearts. 11.9 would be the Queen of Hearts, and the Tolbooth was a prison in Glasgow(? Edinburgh?) that was heart-shaped, if you believe Sir Walter Scott's The Heart of Midlothian.
posted by Quietgal at 7:52 PM on December 24, 2007


My first metafilter post!! I think these are right:

4.2 is Graham's Town in Africa (Just So Stories)
4.6 has to be Winnie the Pooh

5.8 is Howard's End

8.7 is Frederick in the Pirates of Penzance

10.3 is Mr. Rochester (Jane Eyre)

11.6 is the flower Puck picks for Oberon in Midsummer Night's Dream - "Love in Idleness"
11.9 is the Queen of Hearts, 'Alice in Wonderland'
posted by katiewa at 7:57 PM on December 24, 2007


You know, I have to confess that when I see things like this I feel absolutely no compunction to answer the questions. It just doesn't interest me.

Where do I turn in my card? :(
posted by sonic meat machine at 8:16 PM on December 24, 2007


3 looks like famous hoaxes. I'm pretty sure 3-1 is William Henry Ireland, who forged a "lost" Shakespeare play, and 3-8 is the Piltdown man, a homonid skull forgery.
posted by borkingchikapa at 9:03 PM on December 24, 2007


Captain Blood was one of my grandfather's favorite books. He twisted my arm for many years to get me to read some Rafael Sabatini. And damn, grandpa was right: Sabatini writes wrote some great stories.
posted by dws at 9:06 PM on December 24, 2007


I have looked over the quize and, quite honestly, I don't think I like ANY of you anymore.
posted by johnj at 9:12 PM on December 24, 2007


Whoops - section 11 is about hearts.
Then that would make 11.5 'Heart of Darkness;' should have gotten that.

14.10 is Martin Chuzzlewit, the eponymous Dickens protagonist.
posted by coolhappysteve at 9:32 PM on December 24, 2007


1.1 is Oklahoma (46th state, founded in 1907)
posted by Lucinda at 9:32 PM on December 24, 2007


and for 18.7, the "noontide run" - isn't there some college in England where you have to run around some large part of the campus at noon? It figured into "Chariots of Fire", I think...
posted by Lucinda at 9:40 PM on December 24, 2007


7.2 Hamlet and Laertes
that and the Winnie the Pooh one were all I got. Thanks, my ego just made a comic balloon sound and spiraled around the room before falling fully deflated behind the sofa.
posted by Grod at 10:14 PM on December 24, 2007


Oh, wait. I think 6.4 is Tchaikovsky but don't quote me on it.
posted by Grod at 10:15 PM on December 24, 2007


Ah, I got a few more. Still, the old ego is on life support and unlikely to pull through. Bastards.
posted by Grod at 10:17 PM on December 24, 2007


I think 2/7 is St Custard's, of Molesworth fame. Also,

6 – whose 20th century lymantrid emulalated a 17th century cervid doesn't inspire confidence.
posted by emf at 12:22 AM on December 25, 2007


17 is about locations in London:

17.1 Paddington
17.2 Little Venice
17.4 Whitechapel
17.5 Victoria Embankment
17.6 Connaught Hotel
17.7 Jack Straw's Castle
17.10 Lambeth
posted by tigris at 12:42 AM on December 25, 2007


9 is about farms - all fictional, I think:

9.1 A little farm in Arkansaw? Don't know if it had a name (Huckleberry Finn)
9.2 Animal Farm (Orwell)
9.3 Talbothays Farm (Tess of the d'Urbervilles)
9.4 Salt Lake Farm (Under Milk Wood-DylanThomas)
9.6 Philip's Farm (The Brook-Tennyson)
9.10 Renshent Farm (Tommy Big-Eyes-T. E. Brown)
posted by tigris at 1:03 AM on December 25, 2007


4 seems to be about South Africa - in fact and fiction:

4.1 Rorke's Drift
4.2 Graham's Town (Just So Stories-Kipling)
4.3 Tchaka (Prester John-John Buchan)
4.4 Basil D'Oliveira - cricketer
4.5 Solomon Plaatje
4.7 Cecil Rhodes
4.8 Hendrik Verwoerd
4.9 Dromedaris
posted by tigris at 1:21 AM on December 25, 2007


14 has 'martin' as part of the answer:

14.1 Dean Martin
14.2 St. Martin of Tours
14.3 Martingale
14.4 Freemartinism
14.5 Martinique
14.6 Martinware
14.8 Remy Martin
14.9 Martindale
14.10 Martin Chuzzlewit
posted by tigris at 1:29 AM on December 25, 2007


13 is military ranks:

13.1 Sergeant Pepper
13.2 Lieutenant Godet (Sir Percy Hits Back- Baroness Orczy)
13.4 Battery Sergeant-Major Tudor Bryn Williams (from British TV comedy series It Ain't Half Hot Mum)
14.6 Bombardier Havermayer (Catch 22)
14.7 Major-General Stanley (Pirates of Penzance)
14.8 Corporal Himmelstoss (All Quiet on the Western Front)
14.9 Private Mulvaney (Kipling)
14.10 Brigadier Gerard (Conan Doyle)
posted by tigris at 1:53 AM on December 25, 2007


16 is European Universities:

16.1 Coimbra (Portugal)
16.2 Leyden (Germany)
16.3 Tartu (Estonia)
16.4 Salamanca (Spain)
16.5 Bristol (England)
16.6 Turku (Finland)
16.7 Cambridge (England)
16.8 Padua (Italy)
16.9 Gottingen (Germany)
16.10 Dublin (Ireland)
posted by tigris at 2:01 AM on December 25, 2007


15 is about the 'Swallows and Amazons' books by Arthur Ransome:

15.1 Peter Duck
15.2 George Owdon and Ralph Strakey
15.3 motor cruiser Margoletta
15.4 The Mastodon
15.5 Wildcat
15.6 Great Northern Diver
15.7 Kanchenjunga
15.8 Mumps
15.9 Mariehamn
15.10 Timothy
posted by tigris at 2:09 AM on December 25, 2007


Section 1.9 Colin Blythe, aka Charlie Blythe. Cricketer who played for Kent. The figures in question are his bowling figures for the match against Northamptonshire. For those of you not conversant with the idiosyncrasies of of cricket, interpretation as follows: 31.1 overs (an over consists of 6 balls) 14 maidens (overs in which no runs were scored) 48 runs for 17 wickets
posted by lesbroux at 2:18 AM on December 25, 2007


11 answers contain the word 'heart':

11.1 Hole in the heart? (ventricular septal defect)
11.2 The Heart of the Matter (Graham Greene)
11.3 Kind Hearts and Coronets
11.4 Purple Hearts
11.5 Heart of Darkness (Conrad)
11.6 Heart's-Ease
11.7 Sick Heart River (John Buchan)
11.8 Heartbeat (British TV series)
11.9 Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland)
11.10 The Heart of Midlothian
posted by tigris at 2:23 AM on December 25, 2007


10 answers contain the word 'chester'

10.1 Winchester Light Automatic Rifle
10.3 Edward Rochester (Jane Eyre)
10.4 Melchester Rovers (Roy of the Rovers cartoon strip)
10.5 G. K. Chesterton (about Father Brown)
10.6 Sir Francis Chichester
10.7 Silchester
10.8 Chesterfield
10.9 Barchester (Anthony Trollope)
10.10 Colchester Utd.
posted by tigris at 2:37 AM on December 25, 2007


7 is famous duels in fact and fiction:

7.1 Lenski (Eugen Onegin)
7.2 Hamlet and Laertes
7.3 Colonel David Fawcett
7.5 Professor Moriarty (Sherlock Holmes)
7.7 Sohrab (Matthew Arnold)
7.8 Charles, 4th Baron Mohun
7.9 11th Earl of Shrewsbury
posted by tigris at 2:53 AM on December 25, 2007


8 is pirates in fact and fiction:

8.1 John Gow
8.2 Captain Hook
8.3 Captain Sharkey (The Green Flag - Conan Doyle)
8.4 Radio Caroline (pirate radio station)
8.5 Anne Bonny
8.6 Billy Bones (Treasure Island)
8.7 Frederick (Pirates of Penzance)
8.8 Francois L'Ollonais
8.9 Captain Blood (Sabatini)
8.10 Conrad the Corsair (Byron)
posted by tigris at 3:10 AM on December 25, 2007


2 is schools in fiction:

2.1 St. Dominic's (The Fifth Form at St. Dominic's - Talbot Baines Reed)
2.2 Lowood Institute (Jane Eyre)
2.3 Beardsley School (Lolita)
2.4 Dotheboys Hall (Nicholas Nickleby)
2.5 Fernhurst (The Loom of Youth - Alec Waugh)
2.6 Marcia Blaine Academy (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark)
2.7 St. Custard's (Willans/Searle)
2.8 Roslyn School (Eric or Little by Little - Frederic Farrar)
2.9 Hogwarts (Harry Potter)
2.10 Greyfriars (Billy Bunter)
posted by tigris at 3:27 AM on December 25, 2007


1 events in 1907:

1.1 Oklahoma
1.2 Irish 'crown jewels' (insignia of the illustious order of St. Patrick) stolen in Dublin
1.3 Persil washing powder
1.4 Robert Baden - Powell
1.5 Rudyard Kipling
1.6 The Playboy of the Western World - J. M. Synge
1.7 Horace Rayner
1.8 Thomas W. Lawson schooner
1.10 First TT race on Isle of Man
posted by tigris at 3:38 AM on December 25, 2007


3 is famous forgers/forgeries

3.1 William Henry Ireland
3.2 Eric Hebborn
3.3 Zinoviev letter
3.4 Konrad Kujau
3.6 Alceo Dossena
3.7 George Psalmanazar
3.8 Piltdown Man
3.10 Lothar Malskat
posted by tigris at 3:55 AM on December 25, 2007


5 answers contain the word 'end':

5.1 Land's End (Cornwall)
5.3 Endgame (Samuel Beckett)
5.4 Turnip Townshend (Charles, 2nd Viscount Raynham)
5.5 The End of the Affair (Graham Greene)
5.6 Manhood End (Eddi's Service - Kipling)
5.7 Mile-end (The Life of Colonel Jack - Defoe)
5.8 Howard's End (E. M. Forster)
5.9 Southend-on-Sea
5.10 Great End (Lake District)
posted by tigris at 4:11 AM on December 25, 2007


12 the names of tunes to famous hymns:

12.1 Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
12.2 I vow to thee my country
12.3 O Jesus I have promised
12.4 When I survey the wondrous cross
12.5 Come down O love divine
12.6 Guide me O thou Great Redeemer
12.7 Glorious things of thee are spoken
12.8 The day thou gavest Lord is ended
12.9 Let us with a gladsome mind
12.10 In the bleak midwinter
posted by tigris at 4:28 AM on December 25, 2007


tigris I'm not sure if I'd be madder at you for using google or if you actually knew the answers.
posted by QuarterlyProphet at 5:43 AM on December 25, 2007


QuarterlyProphet - I'll go with being madder if tigris was cheating, because I was damn sure I was going to be the only person who knew what the T. W. Lawson was, and briefly felt incredibly smug about it. I will now go back to just feeling incredibly full and slightly drunk, thank you for your time.
posted by Lebannen at 8:04 AM on December 25, 2007


Section 18:
4 must be Bob Woolmer in the West Indies. The hyoid bone being broken is a tell-tale sign of strangulation.
9 is Kevin Rudd, elected Aus PM.
10 is Gordievsky.
posted by Burger-Eating Invasion Monkey at 8:43 AM on December 25, 2007


18.7 is at Trinity in Cambridge. Varsity reported someone beating the record this year.
posted by Burger-Eating Invasion Monkey at 8:44 AM on December 25, 2007


18.7 - Specifically Great Court, no? Sam Dobin, if memory serves.
posted by djgh at 9:43 AM on December 25, 2007


Correcting tigris, 16.2 Leyden is in the Netherlands, not Germany
posted by beagle at 10:56 AM on December 25, 2007


Keeping score:
Sections now fully answered above, whether correctly or not, and whether by tigris or not:
1, 2, 8, 11, 12, 15, 16

Not yet answered at all:
3.9
4.10
5.2
6.1, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7
7.4, 7.6, 7.10
9.5, 9.7, 9.8, 9.9
10.2
13.3, 13.5
14.6
17.3
18.2, 18.3, 18.5, 18.6, 18.8
posted by beagle at 11:29 AM on December 25, 2007


6.5 Ivan IV, the Terrible
posted by beagle at 11:44 AM on December 25, 2007


10.2 Grantchester (Rupert Brooke, "The Old Vicarage")

(completes section 10)
posted by beagle at 11:50 AM on December 25, 2007


13.5 Major Jonquier (C.S. Forester, The Gun)
posted by beagle at 11:53 AM on December 25, 2007


correction to the score sheet: 14.7 is not answered, 14.6 is answered
posted by beagle at 11:54 AM on December 25, 2007


14.7 Purple Martin
posted by beagle at 11:56 AM on December 25, 2007


18.8 Prince Harry
posted by beagle at 11:59 AM on December 25, 2007


See also Mark D. Lew's annual answer page.
posted by beagle at 12:07 PM on December 25, 2007


9.5. The farm (Hill Farm?) in Tarka the Otter
7.10. The Green Knight (in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight)
posted by verstegan at 12:13 PM on December 25, 2007


I don't think we've really conquered it until we formulate the category titles in such a way as to work with every question. Come on, people!
posted by coolhappysteve at 1:42 PM on December 25, 2007


4.10 Machadodorp. Temporary Boer government.

7.8 Lord Mohun? Duel between the Duke of Hamilton and Lord Mohun in 1712; Lord Mohun's second was accused of having stabbed the Duke while the Duke's second was lifting him up.

7.10 Goliath?
posted by lesbroux at 2:19 PM on December 25, 2007


14.7 Sandmartin? Nests in the same sort of terrain as the kingfisher and bee-eater, and a 'British' bird may be a more likely answer, given the origin of the quiz.
posted by tigris at 2:43 PM on December 25, 2007


Sorry tigris - didn't notice you'd already posted Lord Mohun for 7.8. Blame it on a long day (it's nearly midnight here...)
posted by lesbroux at 2:54 PM on December 25, 2007


7.10 Goliath? Sounds absolutely right, lesbroux! Felled with a stone and then decapitated!
posted by tigris at 3:30 PM on December 25, 2007


7.4 George Tierney. Lived 1761 – 1830. English politician, born in Gibraltar. Fought a duel with William Pitt the Younger in 1798, after Pitt impugned his patriotism. Both came through unscathed.
posted by tigris at 2:42 AM on December 26, 2007


9.7 Cold Comfort Farm. From the novel by Stella Gibbons: " Edward the Sixth had originally owned it....but he had grown tired of it, and had it rebuilt....William and Mary had pulled it down again....George the Second....burned it down....George the Fourth pulled it down again".
posted by tigris at 6:00 AM on December 26, 2007


9.9 Dickson appears to have been associated with King William's College -- there is a Dickson House there. So this 500-acre farm may be on the Isle of Man; perhaps it even became the campus itself -- the college site has no details on Dickson.
posted by beagle at 9:33 AM on December 26, 2007


6.1 Nikodim, Metropolitan of Leningrad and Novgorod; died of a heart attack during an audience with Pope John Paul I in 1978.
posted by lesbroux at 2:24 PM on December 26, 2007


7.4 William Pitt the Younger. Many thanks to Mark D. Lew for pointing out that we mistakenly put his opponent as our answer earlier on!
posted by tigris at 3:58 AM on December 27, 2007


18.3 Margaret Thatcher. In February 2007, a bronze statue of her was placed in the Houses of Parliament. She quipped: "I might have preferred iron — but bronze will do. It won't rust."
posted by tigris at 8:26 AM on December 27, 2007


17.9 Hyde Park Corner. There is a bronze equestrian statue of the Iron Duke there, near the Wellington Arch. It was designed by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm Bart., R.A. (1834-90) in 1888.
posted by tigris at 1:55 PM on December 27, 2007


9.8 Holgersson Farm. From 'The Wonderful Adventures of Nils Holgerssonn' by Selma Lagerlöf.
posted by tigris at 6:06 PM on December 28, 2007


13.3 Colonel Bramble. From 'The Silence of Colonel Bramble' by Andre Maurois...."the orderlies brought the rum, sugar and boiling water; the colonel put the
gramophone to speed 61, and Dr O'Grady talked about the Russian Revolution..."
posted by tigris at 8:08 AM on December 29, 2007


9.9 Blaweary. The retirement home acquired by Dickson McCunn in 'Castle Gay' by John Buchan. "A farm of some five hundred acres had been bought ......he had on the whole made a pleasing thing of Blaweary (it was the name which had first taken his fancy)..."
posted by tigris at 5:02 PM on December 29, 2007


Blaweary.
Nice job. Sorry about the red herring, before. There seems to be some Buchan-KWC connection, but I haven't figured that out, either.
posted by beagle at 5:54 PM on December 29, 2007


re: Blaweary......I think the 'retirement' bit refers to McCunn having sold his grocery business in Glasgow in order to settle down as a country gentleman.

15.9 Mariehamn. This appears to come from Ransome's book 'We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea'. This is a quotation from it:......"Pommern. They listened to Daddy telling them of the island harbour of Mariehamn in the Baltic to which the barque belonged."

9.8 Holger Nilsson's farm. This seems definitely to be from Lagerlöf's 'The Wonderful Adventures of Nils', but as Mark D. Lew points out, the farm would bear the name of the father rather than the son. The farm appears to have no other actual name in the book.
posted by tigris at 3:00 PM on December 30, 2007


I'm still not convinced of Mariehamn, but that quote is evidence in favor.
posted by CCBC at 11:29 PM on December 30, 2007


Re: Mariehamn.........think the other Ransome book that has been suggested is Racundra's First Cruise, but so far we can find no mention of either the Pommern or Mariehamn in there.

PS: the KWC quiz has finally been published in the Guardian today. The words 'gate', 'horse', and 'bolted' spring somewhat to mind!
posted by tigris at 4:34 AM on December 31, 2007


14.8 Julian Pemartin Laborde. This seems the most feasible answer and the building in question is probably the Palacio de Las Cadenas (now the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art) in Jerez. Apparently construction began in 1860 from a plan by the French architect, Charles Garnier, and was finished in 1866. It was originally the home of the Frenchman Julian Pemartin Laborde, who settled at Jerez as a sherry producer. Other information suggests that it does indeed border the Sandeman edifice.
posted by tigris at 5:47 AM on December 31, 2007


I think 4.6 is Xixo from The Gods Must Be Crazy. Can't find a video to confirm, though.
posted by CCBC at 12:18 AM on January 1, 2008


18.6 Sir Ian Botham......I think the 'previous recognition of bovine excellence' probably refers to the legend that a particularly succulent piece of beef steak was knighted by a king in appreciation, and thus became known as "Sir Loin" (sirloin). The king is variously said to be Henry VIII, James Ist, or Charles II of England.
posted by tigris at 8:58 AM on January 1, 2008


18.5 Alan Coren. British journalist, known as the 'Sage of Cricklewood' - died Oct. 2007.
posted by tigris at 11:52 AM on January 1, 2008


Re: Alan Coren. Wrote a book called 'The Cricklewood Diet'. Cricklewood is a district in North London.
posted by tigris at 12:03 PM on January 1, 2008


4.6 Have found the answer at last! Yay! It is:

The Bushman of the Kalahari, and comes from the book 'The Lost World of the Kalahari' by Sir Laurens van der Post.
posted by tigris at 4:50 PM on January 1, 2008


Re: The Bushman of the Kalahari - the quotation is from Chapter 1, 'The Vanished People'.
posted by tigris at 5:00 PM on January 1, 2008


Well done tigris - I've been racking my brains over both of those!
posted by lesbroux at 12:36 AM on January 2, 2008


Re: The Bushman of the Kalahari - here is part of the paragraph that contains the quotation: "The Bushman loved honey. He loved honey with a passion that we, with a sweet-shop on every corner, cannot hope to understand. Bitterness is to the tongue what darkness is to the eye; darkness and bitterness are forms of one another. And the taste of honey to the Bushman was like the light of the fire to his eye, and the warmth of its ruby flame in the black night of Africa".
posted by tigris at 9:02 AM on January 2, 2008


Tha answers were published on the King William College web site today. We didn't do too badly although the quizmaster's maths (17.8) leaves something to be desired!!
posted by lesbroux at 10:53 AM on January 18, 2008


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