Return of the King William's College General Knowledge Quiz, 2018!
December 21, 2018 4:56 AM   Subscribe

It's the most wonderful time of the year: The 2018 edition of the King William's College General Knowledge Paper has been posted (.pdf). Let's take a whack at solving it together!

"The King William's College General Knowledge Paper (GKP) has been frustrating and intriguing a select group of quiz connoisseurs since 1904. The paper consists of 18 sets of 10 questions, each set covering a particular theme, which in many cases is far from obvious. Cracking the theme has long been one of the attractions to devotees of the GKP...A Latin phrase is always printed at the top of the quiz: "Scire ubi aliquid invenire possis ea demum maxima pars eruditionis est". Freely translated, this means 'The greatest part of knowledge is knowing where to find something'. However, be warned – using Google or a similar search engine may not always deliver the expected results!"

Previously.
posted by MonkeyToes (57 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
 
Pssst, the Royal Statistical Society Christmas Quiz is one door down. It's a good day for trivia fans and quiz sleuths.
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:09 AM on December 21, 2018 [1 favorite]


2-3 is Bishop Len Brennan. "Len Len Len Len Len"
posted by The Nutmeg of Consolation at 5:11 AM on December 21, 2018 [2 favorites]


16-10 has to be the Island of Yap, with the giant Rai stone money.
posted by explosion at 5:15 AM on December 21, 2018 [1 favorite]


4-4: Agatha Christie's Peril at End House.
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:15 AM on December 21, 2018


16.6 is st peter & st paul archipelago
posted by poffin boffin at 5:17 AM on December 21, 2018


12.9 is 'Nevermore'.
15.10 is Virginia Woolf.
posted by misteraitch at 5:18 AM on December 21, 2018


I'll make the google spreadsheet.
posted by waninggibbon at 5:19 AM on December 21, 2018 [9 favorites]


Thank you, waning gibbon!
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:21 AM on December 21, 2018


16.5 is the Falkland Islands.
posted by misteraitch at 5:22 AM on December 21, 2018


The topic for 4 is Agatha Christie novels.
4-2 is Death In The Cards.
4-6 is And Then There Were None.
4-9 is Murder on The Orient Express.

And continuing the theme of detective stories, 15-1 is Stapleton from The Hound of the Baskervilles.
posted by dannyboybell at 5:22 AM on December 21, 2018 [1 favorite]


Should we refrain from posting answers and wait for the google sheet?
posted by The Notorious SRD at 5:22 AM on December 21, 2018


8.4: The mushroom from Alice in Wonderland.

13.8: Joseph Whitworth
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:26 AM on December 21, 2018


Without peeking or googling:
2.10 Bienvenu Myriel, bishop of Digne
4.9 Murder on the Orient Express
7.10 The Daily Prophet
12.8 Odin's ravens
posted by snakeling at 5:29 AM on December 21, 2018


Spreadsheet link in which to put your answers and sources.
posted by waninggibbon at 5:30 AM on December 21, 2018 [3 favorites]


1.1 finland, king frederick charles

1.3 compiègne

1.6 fritz haber

1.7 debussy

1.8 kaiser wilhelm II

1.10 the RAF
posted by poffin boffin at 5:30 AM on December 21, 2018


2.1 - Bishop of Vannes (Dumas’s Musketeers novels)
2.10 - Bishop of Digne (Les Miserables)
posted by Catseye at 5:44 AM on December 21, 2018


3.5 - I am about 90% sure the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood in Edinburgh has a portrait of Winnie Ewing with that inscription underneath.
posted by Catseye at 5:49 AM on December 21, 2018


what if every answer was 'spam'

do i win
posted by lalochezia at 5:52 AM on December 21, 2018 [1 favorite]


on 7.10 the potter wiki says the prophet is 1 knut so i'm conflicted but since there is no sense or consistency to canon i can't really argue with the answer i guess
posted by poffin boffin at 5:52 AM on December 21, 2018


6.8 is the poinsettia
posted by chappell, ambrose at 6:01 AM on December 21, 2018


Should we refrain from posting answers and wait for the google sheet?

Yeah and let's all neatly remove and fold our wrapping paper instead of throwing it wildly on the floor said no-one ever.

(Merry Christmas I am sorry for being a monster in the face of your responsible suggestion)
posted by howfar at 6:03 AM on December 21, 2018 [15 favorites]


Can’t edit the spreadsheet on phone, so somebody who can stick in that 7.4 is Nigel Molesworth, from Ronald Searle’s books (chiz chiz).
posted by Catseye at 6:06 AM on December 21, 2018


11.4 is Allen’s rule
posted by chappell, ambrose at 6:06 AM on December 21, 2018


15.2 is Shelley
posted by chappell, ambrose at 6:09 AM on December 21, 2018


9-6 is Roger Casement.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 6:10 AM on December 21, 2018


18.5 is Arkady Babchenko
posted by chappell, ambrose at 6:13 AM on December 21, 2018


2.6 is "a bowl of smoking bishop"
posted by gauche at 6:13 AM on December 21, 2018


Amending my earlier answer to 3.5. It’s definitely the statue of Donald Dewar on Buchanan St in Glasgow.

3.2 is Ibrox Park, also in Glasgow.
posted by Catseye at 6:14 AM on December 21, 2018 [1 favorite]


So the theme for 3 is Glasgow. (Kelvingrove Art Museum is also in Glasgow).
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 6:19 AM on December 21, 2018


In that case 3.8 is the Mackintosh Tower at the Lighthouse, on Mitchell Lane (in Glasgow)
posted by Catseye at 6:32 AM on December 21, 2018


9-5 is Roger Walker.
12-7 is Elijah (I think).
posted by huimangm at 6:35 AM on December 21, 2018


3.3 is Hampden Park stadium where Queen's Park Football Club play. They continue to be an amateur team in the pro league
3.10 is the Armadillo
3. 7 is indeed Kelvingrove, home of Dali's Christ of St John of the Cross
posted by Jakey at 6:48 AM on December 21, 2018


5.10 is Paarl, South Africa
posted by blob at 6:51 AM on December 21, 2018


5.5 is Durban, South Africa
posted by blob at 6:56 AM on December 21, 2018 [1 favorite]


7.3 Is from the Red Dwarf episode Backwards but I don't know what the periodical would have been called.
posted by electricinca at 7:01 AM on December 21, 2018 [1 favorite]


18.6 is Mohamed Salah, LFC striker. 17.6 is Morgan Moreen from "The Pupil" by Henry James
posted by jivadravya at 7:19 AM on December 21, 2018


17.5 must be Beetle from Stalky and Co. I don’t know the specific line, but that’s the book and Beetle fits.
posted by LizardBreath at 7:32 AM on December 21, 2018 [1 favorite]


5.1 is St. Lawrence Ground, Canterbury, Kent. Tilia is a lime tree. St. Lawrence Ground is one of two cricket grounds with a tree on the grounds.
"Unfortunately, high winds across southern England on 7 January 2005 caused the 200-year-old tree to snap in two, leaving a 7 feet (2.1 m) stump."
posted by blob at 7:38 AM on December 21, 2018


1:2 2 "who tragically missed the night train from Lisbon to Porto?"

is probably Sidonio Pais.

My wife adds "'tragically', my ass. Fu**ing proto dictator. Good riddance!"
posted by vacapinta at 7:46 AM on December 21, 2018


5.2 is Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, Wales
Sir Garry Sobers and Frank Hayes off Malcom Nash of the Glamorgan County Cricket Club.
"Nash is best known for being the unfortunate victim of Garry Sobers' six sixes in as many balls on 31 August 1968 while bowling slow left-arm.[1] [2] The ball was sold by Christie's the auctioneers for £26,400 in November 2006[3] (even though there is some doubt as to whether it was actually the ball concerned).

In August 1977, he was also hit for five sixes and a four by Lancashire batsman Frank Hayes.[4] Thus he became the only bowler to concede 36 and 34 runs off separate overs in first class cricket."
posted by blob at 7:58 AM on December 21, 2018


5.4 is Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan. Named in honour of former Libyan President Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who took the title "Brotherly Leader and Guide".
posted by blob at 8:10 AM on December 21, 2018


5.6 is Buxton, UK

"Derbyshire were bowled out for 42 in a little over an hour"..."Following-on, Derbyshire fared little better, making 87 to crash to their heaviest defeat of the century" (great story, by the way)
posted by blob at 8:23 AM on December 21, 2018


McGill University is a match for 14.2
posted by Wobbuffet at 9:05 AM on December 21, 2018


11.5 is Naismith's rule. So maybe the theme for 11 is "rules"?
posted by madcaptenor at 9:06 AM on December 21, 2018


Université Laval is a match for 14.1, so I guess the theme for 14 is Canadian universities.
posted by Wobbuffet at 9:12 AM on December 21, 2018


So now start coming up with Canadian universities and figuring out who they're named after. 14.10 is McMaster.
posted by madcaptenor at 9:17 AM on December 21, 2018


12.3 is a harelip
posted by chappell, ambrose at 10:18 AM on December 21, 2018


12.8 is Huginn and Muninn: Odin's ravens.
posted by Gwynarra at 10:24 AM on December 21, 2018


12 is about ravens (or other corvids) apparently.

Also 18.10, disappointingly, has nothing to do with rap. The answer is Michael Curry.
posted by chappell, ambrose at 10:28 AM on December 21, 2018


5.8 is Bourda, Georgetown, Guyana
posted by blob at 1:35 PM on December 21, 2018


is 7.10 the daily prophet
15.3 javert
posted by 20 year lurk at 2:51 PM on December 21, 2018


8.9 = asparagus
Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers
https://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/t/therelivedaking.html
posted by picopebbles at 10:47 PM on December 21, 2018


15.8 is Steerforth
posted by Death and Gravity at 8:06 AM on December 22


12.6: To what was the scowling Calvinist minister likened as the Marquis knelt on the scaffold?

"The grim Geneva ministers
With anxious scowl drew near,
As you have seen the ravens flock
Around the dying deer."

The Execution of Montrose, by William Edmondstoune Aytoun
posted by MonkeyToes at 7:24 PM on December 23


11.8, "8 in what do ladies go twice round the New and once round the Old?", sounds like a reference to the New Course and the Old Course at St Andrews golf links : anybody know what contest that might be?
posted by vincebowdren at 3:39 AM on December 27


sounds like a reference to the New Course and the Old Course at St Andrews golf links : anybody know what contest that might be?

St Andrews Junior Ladies' Open: "Established in 1989 to complement the Boys’ Open and to recognise the increasing level of interest in competitive golf for junior ladies, the ladies compete on the Strathtyrum Course and the Eden Course with the semi finals (scratch only) and finals played over the Old Course."
posted by MonkeyToes at 8:28 AM on December 27


Not using the spreadsheet -- those things always get messed up.
1:3 Finland, that had, briefly, a Bolshevik government: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_Civil_War#Compromise

Otherwise, good show, everyone!
posted by CCBC at 6:09 PM on December 29


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