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December 23, 2010 7:08 AM   Subscribe

From Castletown, it's the quiz of the year! It's back and as hard as ever!
posted by biffa (95 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Okay, let's do this.

13.4 == Akbar the Great.
posted by empath at 7:17 AM on December 23, 2010


12.3 == Quicksilver Ointment
posted by empath at 7:20 AM on December 23, 2010


16.5 Verona

(curious, do you guys Google or otherwise research this, or try to do it from your own knowledge? I do the latter, but get about 2-3 right each year).
posted by Infinite Jest at 7:24 AM on December 23, 2010


15-all - are you a citizen of the UK - if not, kindly disregard the entire charade of trivia. Thank you kindly.
posted by efalk at 7:25 AM on December 23, 2010


10.10 Woody Guthrie
posted by mollweide at 7:26 AM on December 23, 2010


10.5 Lead Belly
posted by mollweide at 7:28 AM on December 23, 2010


10.5 Lead Belly?
posted by Lucinda at 7:28 AM on December 23, 2010


1.5 Dr Crippen.
posted by tomcooke at 7:30 AM on December 23, 2010


6.5 Uther Pendragon
posted by Eumachia L F at 7:32 AM on December 23, 2010


18.5 = Edward Elgar
posted by bright cold day at 7:36 AM on December 23, 2010


Section 12 are all questions about the Aubrey-Maturin novels of Patrick O'Brien, btw.
posted by BrotherFeldspar at 7:38 AM on December 23, 2010


11.8 = W (tungsten)
posted by bright cold day at 7:43 AM on December 23, 2010


10.1 = John Cale?
posted by bright cold day at 7:48 AM on December 23, 2010


15.2 The Cavern Club, Liverpool
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:49 AM on December 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm working on 4.1 "Who demonstrated phonetic pronunciation?"!

(but really, I just wanted to comment in this thread. This quiz is hard and I seem more intelligent amongst you smarties.)
posted by iamkimiam at 7:50 AM on December 23, 2010


16.3 Messina
posted by CheeseLouise at 7:50 AM on December 23, 2010


15.8 The White House?
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:54 AM on December 23, 2010


That's what she said.
posted by griphus at 7:55 AM on December 23, 2010


13.1 Dagny Taggart
posted by eugenen at 7:56 AM on December 23, 2010


Can we admit to using Google yet? I've found one or two answers but will refrain from posting if we're not.
posted by Lucinda at 7:57 AM on December 23, 2010


14.8 = The Lune Aquaduct
posted by bright cold day at 7:59 AM on December 23, 2010


1.1 is Boutrous Ghali, not to be confused with Boutrous-Boutrous Ghali.
1.6 is Tolstoy.
posted by talldean at 8:04 AM on December 23, 2010


12.2 Smallpox (see14)
posted by adamvasco at 8:09 AM on December 23, 2010


14.1 Newcastle on Tyne swing Bridge ?
posted by adamvasco at 8:16 AM on December 23, 2010


Well, I guess I don't know dick about shit.
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:18 AM on December 23, 2010 [4 favorites]


1.8 = Henry Irving
posted by bright cold day at 8:25 AM on December 23, 2010


18.10 better be about this event, or I will be Most Put Out.
posted by norm at 8:28 AM on December 23, 2010


1.7 = Nicholas I of Montenegro
posted by bright cold day at 8:28 AM on December 23, 2010


1.2 E. M. Forster (Howards End).
posted by Eyebeams at 8:28 AM on December 23, 2010


The only one I know probably. :-(
posted by Eyebeams at 8:29 AM on December 23, 2010


10.1 SW3 is Chelsea, there was a punk band called Chelsea....or songwise, Jon Bon Jovi 'Midnight in Chelsea', Elvis Costello (I Don't Want to go to) Chelsea?
posted by Infinite Jest at 8:34 AM on December 23, 2010


1.4 = The French submarine Pluviose and the steamer Pas de Calais. (Also)
posted by bright cold day at 8:36 AM on December 23, 2010


7.10 Limerick?
posted by Eyebeams at 8:40 AM on December 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


7.1 is almost certainly bowling figures from cricket. "Began" - took 7-43 on his debut? Or "began a series"? (The Ashes?)

I had a few names in mind but it wasn't anyone that I was thinking of.
posted by Infinite Jest at 8:40 AM on December 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


7.1 = Dominic Cork (hat-tip to Infinite Jest - they're his debut figures for England against W.I., the best-ever by an Englishman, apparently.)
posted by bright cold day at 8:46 AM on December 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


10.9 Pinetop Perkins?
posted by Benny Andajetz at 8:48 AM on December 23, 2010


This is ridiculous, someone needs to do this right and setup a wiki.
posted by geoff. at 8:52 AM on December 23, 2010


10.2 - Snoop Doggy Dogg?
posted by Benny Andajetz at 8:52 AM on December 23, 2010


9.3 = eider
posted by Quietgal at 8:53 AM on December 23, 2010


16.9 Rigoletto.
posted by Eyebeams at 8:57 AM on December 23, 2010


9.2 = Lambert Simnel? (pretender to the crown of King Henry VII)
posted by bright cold day at 8:58 AM on December 23, 2010


16.10 Rape of Lucretia (Part 16 all operas?)
posted by Eyebeams at 8:59 AM on December 23, 2010


1.5 - Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen
posted by Benny Andajetz at 9:06 AM on December 23, 2010


Oh - despite "Where" I assumed that in Part 16 they want the name of the opera/play - maybe not.
posted by Eyebeams at 9:08 AM on December 23, 2010


3.7 - probably a Dr Doolittle reference but I can't work it out.
posted by bright cold day at 9:14 AM on December 23, 2010


4.4 - something to do with the Treaty of Nystadt? Any Swedish history buffs in the house?
posted by bright cold day at 9:31 AM on December 23, 2010


7.5 Could be Rinty Monaghan?
posted by avianism at 9:33 AM on December 23, 2010


7.10 could be a limerick.
posted by avianism at 9:34 AM on December 23, 2010


7.9 could maybe maaaaybe be the Guinness Gravity bar in St. James Gate, the highest bar in Dublin. Maybe.
posted by avianism at 9:43 AM on December 23, 2010


8.2 = Malachi (I presume this is a biblical reference)
posted by bright cold day at 9:46 AM on December 23, 2010


We were just starting this at work today.

Section 7 are all southern irish counties.

7.1 Cork (Dominic Cork, it's his bowling figures in his first test)
7.5 Monaghan (Rinty Monaghan, defeated Jackie Peterson 1948)
7.9 Louth (St. James Church, in Louth, Lincolnshire, has the highest church spire in England)
7.10 Limerick
posted by BigCalm at 9:57 AM on December 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


9.5 = Humbert Humbert
posted by bright cold day at 10:00 AM on December 23, 2010


9.9 = Franz Schubert

Section 9 are "_-berts"? (9.1 Lambert Simnel; 9.5 Humbert Humbert)
posted by bright cold day at 10:07 AM on December 23, 2010


11.4 Something with air quotes?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 10:10 AM on December 23, 2010


11s are letters then? Makes 11.1 "Z".
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 10:12 AM on December 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


9.4 = Benjamin Gimbert
posted by bright cold day at 10:13 AM on December 23, 2010


11.4 could then be "V" (as in the shape of the gesture) but it doesn't feel exactly right.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 10:14 AM on December 23, 2010


11.10 "Q" (-fever)
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 10:15 AM on December 23, 2010


13.10 Babar and Celeste
posted by chinston at 10:24 AM on December 23, 2010


9.7 = Maria Fitzherbert
posted by bright cold day at 10:27 AM on December 23, 2010


9.8 = Dogbert
posted by bright cold day at 10:29 AM on December 23, 2010


11.6 Giotto's 'O'
posted by Jakey at 10:36 AM on December 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


7.7 = Tipperary (Lyrics of "It's a long way to Tipperary")
posted by HastyDave at 10:37 AM on December 23, 2010


11.5 = (vitamin) A
10.7 = Fatboy Slim

Those are tough.
posted by marmot at 10:41 AM on December 23, 2010


State of play -

1.1 = Boutrous Ghali
1.2 = E. M. Forster (Howards End).
1.4 = Pluviose and Pas de Calais.
1.5 = Dr Crippen
1.6 = Tolstoy
1.7 = Nicholas I of Montenegro
1.8 = Henry Irving


6.5 = Uther Pendragon


7 (Of or relating to counties of Ireland)
7.1 = Dominic Cork
7.5 = Rinty Monaghan
7.7 = Tipperary
7.9 = Louth
7.10 = Limerick


8.2 = Malachi


9 (ending in *bert)
9.2 = Lambert Simnel
9.3 = eider(?)
9.4 = Benjamin Gimbert
9.5 = Humbert Humbert
9.7 = Maria Fitzherbert
9.8 = Dogbert
9.9 = Franz Schubert


10.1 = John Cale or Chelsea
10.2 = Snoop Doggy Dogg?
10.5 = Lead Belly
10.7 = Fatboy Slim
10.9 = Pinetop Perkins?
10.10 = Woody Guthrie


11 (letters)
11.1 = Z
11.4 = (Something with air quotes? V?)
11.5 = A (vitamin)
11.6 = O (Giotto)
11.8 = W (tungsten)
11.10 = Q (fever)


12 (Aubrey-Maturin novels of Patrick O'Brien)
12.2 = Smallpox
12.3 = Quicksilver Ointment


13.1 = Dagny Taggart
13.4 = Akbar the Great
13.10 = Babar and Celeste


14.1 = Newcastle on Tyne swing Bridge ?
14.8 = The Lune Aquaduct


15.2 = The Cavern Club, Liverpool
15.8 = The White House?


16 (Operas)
16.3 = Messina
16.5 = Verona
16.9 = Mantua (Rigoletto)
16.10 = Rome? (Rape of Lucretia )


18.5 = Edward Elgar
posted by bright cold day at 10:49 AM on December 23, 2010


Part 12 Qs are all from Aubrey-Maturin novels it appears.
posted by Eyebeams at 10:55 AM on December 23, 2010


I think 6.4 might be the guy who designed the Sydney Opera House which is (looking it up) Jorn Utzon. Maybe the 6s all start with U?
posted by Copronymus at 10:56 AM on December 23, 2010


14.7 = Dundas Aquaduct
posted by bright cold day at 11:01 AM on December 23, 2010


10.4 = Flea?
posted by Billiken at 11:19 AM on December 23, 2010


So I've started googling here, as all the ones I got have already been found by other people:

The 13s seem to have multiple elephants in there, could it be a theme?

13.3. Mrs Magnusson, aka Princess Christina, is a member of the Order of the Elephant

(and elephants are included in the tags for that Akbar the Great book, though I don't know if they were involved in the bridge incident; no idea about John Galt though).
posted by Lebannen at 11:40 AM on December 23, 2010


6.2 the Beehive?
posted by Lebannen at 11:43 AM on December 23, 2010


5.2 Christ's Hospital's uniform has yellow stockings, the same as Malvolio in Twelfth Night
posted by mhum at 12:36 PM on December 23, 2010


Elephants, thanks!

13.6 Surus
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 12:41 PM on December 23, 2010


I've had the quiz for a few days and this is what I have so far. (I answer what I can off the top of my head, then Google, then look to other people.) Some sections I don't bother with ( 3 is about holes on golf courses. ) I haven't gotten to 18 at all.

1—1910
1. Boutros Ghali
2. E.M. Forster, Howard’s End
3. Kissing on French trains
4. Pluviose and Pas-de-Calais
5. Hawley Crippen (Bucknall Street)
6. Leo Tolstoy
7. Nicholas I of Montenegro
8. Henry Irving
9. Mark Twain and Halley’s Comet
10. Stravinsky’s The Firebird

2— Gordons
1. Dexter Gordon
2. Catherine Gordon
3. Hezekiah Leroy Gordon “Stuff” Smith
4. Gordon Bennett
5. Charles George Gordon
6. Gordon Highlanders
7.
8.
9. Flash Gordon
10. Gordon Samuel

4— Danes
1. Victor Borge
2. Carl Nielsen
3. Michael Laudrup
4. Valdemar IV of Denmark
5. Knud Rasmussen
6.
7. Thomas Dinesen
8. Hans Christian Andersen
9. Tycho Brahe
10. Christian VII

6— Ut words
1. Utopia (A Modern Utopia)
2. Utah
3. Utsira (N. Utsire/S.Utsire on the shipping forecast broadcast at 198)
4. Jorn Utzon
5. Uther Pendragon
6. Maurice Utrillo
7. utility
8. Utrecht (Adrian VI, only Dutch pope)
9. Eucalyptus
10. Allison Uttley

7— Irish counties as names
1. Dominic Cork
2. Mayo
3.
4.
5. Rinty Monaghan
6.
7. Tipperary
8. James Galway
9. Louth
10. Limerick

8— Prophets
1. Jonah
2. Malachi
3. Amos
4. Joel
5. Hosea
6. Haggai and Zechariah
7. Daniel
8. Jeremiah
9. Isaiah
10. Ezekiel

9— Berts
1. Filbert
2. Lambert Simnel
3. St. Cuthbert duck
4. Benjamin Gimbert
5. Humbert Humbert
6. Flaubert
7. Maria Fitzherbert
8. Dogbert
9. Schubert
10. Osbert Lancaster

10—
1. Nico (Chelsea Girl)
2.
3. Turk Murphy (This might be Daniel Turk, but I think the category is for jazz and popular musicians.)
4.
5. Leadbelly (William Ledbetter)
6. Cutty Cutshall (there’s lots of Shears, too, including Billy.)
7. Fats Waller (More likely than Domino.)
8.
9. Pinetop Perkins
10. Woody Guthrie (thanks, Metafilter)

11— Letters
1. Z
2.
3. C (XVIIC – XVIII)
4.
5. Vitamin A
6. O (done freehand by Giotto)
7. The L-shaped room
8. W (tungsten)
9. Expert
10. Q fever

12—
1.
2. Spanish flu
3.
4.
5. Ole Bugge
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

13— Elephants
1. Arunculeia (Buchan, House of the Four Winds)
2. Bandoola (J.H.Williams, In the Footsteps of Elephant Bill)
3. Order of the Elephant (Mrs.Magnusson = Princess Christina)
4. Hawa’i
5. Kala Nag
6. Surus
7. Abul-Abbas
8. Suleiman
9. Hanno
10. Babar and Celeste

16— Opera locations
1.
2.
3.
4.
5. Verona. Romeo and Juliet
6.
7.
8. Terracina. Fra Diavolo
9. Mantua. Rigoletto
10.

17— What author… Last Words
1.
2.
3. Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles
4.
5. Hall Caine, The Manxman
6. C.S. Forester, Flying Colours
7. Robert Louis Stevenson, The Beach of Falesa
8. John Masters, Bhowani Junction
9. Max Beerbohm, Zuleika Dobson
10. (This one really bugs me, because I know it and can't recall it.)

18— 2010
1.
2.
3.
4.
5. Edward Elgar displaced by Adam Smith on the 20 pound note
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
posted by CCBC at 12:49 PM on December 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


5.7 Probably Uppingham School, which was relocated temporarily to Wales to escape typhoid fever outbreaks in Uppingham
posted by mhum at 12:53 PM on December 23, 2010


18.2 Kiel, Germany awarded Major Tony Hibbert their great seal
posted by mhum at 1:00 PM on December 23, 2010


10.6 Jake Shears, of the Scissor Sisters.
posted by HastyDave at 1:12 PM on December 23, 2010


CCBC - wasn't (1.10) the riot in the Teatre des Champs-Elysees at the premier of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, not Firebird?
posted by jph at 1:13 PM on December 23, 2010


#jph: I don't think so. Firebird fits the question better.

Got some more for 16. All locations so far are in Italy.
16— Opera locations
1. Bologna, il Matrimonio Segreto
2. Bergamo, Arlecchino
3. Messina, Beatrice and Benedict
4.
5. Verona. Romeo and Juliet
6.
7.
8. Terracina. Fra Diavolo
9. Mantua. Rigoletto
10. Rome, Rape of Lucretia (via Metafilter)
posted by CCBC at 1:27 PM on December 23, 2010


14.10 Probably the Stretton Aqueduct, given that the other answers in this section are also aqueducts of some sort.
posted by mhum at 1:33 PM on December 23, 2010


5.4 Charterhouse School sold its spot in Charterhouse Square to Merchant Taylors' in the wake of the Clarendon Commission
posted by mhum at 1:50 PM on December 23, 2010


16.4 Cremona, la Finta Semplice
16.6 Syracuse, Tancredi
16.7 Montalto, Pagliacci
posted by CCBC at 1:53 PM on December 23, 2010


5.5 Dulwich College has the boat that Ernest Shackleford sailed from Elephant Island to South Georgia, across the Scotia Sea
posted by mhum at 1:53 PM on December 23, 2010


5.6 St. Paul's School's original charter references the number 153 which is the number of fish caught by Jesus in John 21.
posted by mhum at 1:58 PM on December 23, 2010


6— Ut words
1. Utopia (A Modern Utopia)
2. Utah
3. Utsira (N. Utsire/S.Utsire on the shipping forecast broadcast at 198)
4. Jorn Utzon
5. Uther Pendragon
6. Maurice Utrillo
7. utility
8. Utrecht (Adrian VI, only Dutch pope)
9. Eucalyptus
10. Allison Uttley


♫ One of these words is not like the other ♫
posted by iamkimiam at 1:59 PM on December 23, 2010


How reading this quiz makes me feel.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 2:25 PM on December 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


5.9 Eton was painted by Canaletto ("little canal" in Italian)
posted by mhum at 3:22 PM on December 23, 2010


5.8 Rugby School's slang refers to the bell in the chapel tower as "boomer"
posted by mhum at 3:39 PM on December 23, 2010


#iamkimiam:
Whoops! Lemme just check that out.
posted by CCBC at 3:39 PM on December 23, 2010


okay. 6.9 Utile
Thanks, iamkimiam
posted by CCBC at 3:57 PM on December 23, 2010


17.10 Joseph Conrad, The Rescue
posted by CCBC at 4:03 PM on December 23, 2010


5.10 I guess I'll have to go with Westminster who took over a bunch of the abbey buildings after the dissolution of the monasteries
posted by mhum at 5:12 PM on December 23, 2010


Man, do I feel undereducated.
posted by zardoz at 8:44 PM on December 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


I do love the Aubrey / Maturin books:

12.8 "rigging out the foretopgallant studdingsail booms"
posted by lucidprose at 11:39 PM on December 23, 2010


How reading this quiz makes me feel

You're not supposed to know the answers in advance. The motto of the quiz translates as: "To know where you can find anything is, after all, the greatest part of erudition."
posted by outlandishmarxist at 6:37 PM on December 24, 2010


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