Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Wednesday Quiz forgets the deep sea swell and the profit and loss.


The new weekly game of knowledge, intuition, inductive reasoning, and willingness to risk public embarrassment in a friendly and moderately supportive environment!!

Answers come out Fridayish.

1. Her other books included Daniel Deronda (1876), Felix Holt, the Radical (1866), and Romola (1863).

2. What country are we looking at here?

3. Who said this?
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.
4. What Italian novelist created William of Baskerville and his young protege Adso?

5. It's the amount of work done by a force of one dyne exerted for a distance of one centimeter. Or in layman's terms, it's equal to about 100 nanojoules.

6. Built in 1964 as the first of its kind, this ship is still in use today.

7. Who was the television character who mentioned this bisque in this line:
I met this lawyer, we went out to dinner, I had the lobster bisque, we went back to my place, yada yada yada, I never heard from him again.

8. What's that word that means "a theory of knowledge that asserts that knowledge arises from sense experience, and thus supports observation and experimentation."

9. What city are we looking at here?

10. Some think that this stanza of poetry is, as they say, "better than Cats."
I grow old … I grow old …
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.
Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
I do not think that they will sing to me.
Who wrote both?


The tie-breaker: Name five important people, living or dead, whose last name begins with this week's letter.

O you who turn the wheel and look to windward, put your answers in the comments.  


Elaine said...

1. E-someone... Edith Wharton would be a bit later and besides I need a last name... George Eliot/Elliot how DID she spell that? Did you like _Middlemarch?_
2. Eritrea
3. Eisenhower, saying farewell
4. Eco
5. erg
6. Enterprise
7. Elaine (Benes, not I)
8. Empiricism
9. Elko
10. Eliot (T.S. 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock'...I think 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats' is over-rated, but everyone should have a bit of fun.)

Einstein, Eggleston (if you're from Atlanta, you think of this one), Esther (you know, from the Bible), Eastman (the camera guy), Eichmann (in a bad way), King Edward 'Long-shanks' (ask the Welsh), Ekberg (well, not really *Important*, but..), Ehrlichmann (along with Haldeman, one of the German Shepherds of Nixon's staff), Eyck (the painter).

La Gringissima said...

1. George Eliot
2. East Timor
3. Dwight D. Eisenhower
4. Umberto Eco
5. dunno
6. U.S.S. Einstein?
7. one of those Seinfeld people
8. experiential ?
9. Edmonton, Alberta
10. T. S. Eliot

I know I sucked on this one, so no point worrying about a tie breaker...

Elaine said...

Edmonton! Duh. My excuse for not even getting the right country is that it was wee hours, I was slouching in my chair, and the vision in my right eye is really sucky lately. Plus, I'm an idiot.

lamanyana said...

1. ???
2. ???
3. Eisenhower
4. Umberto Eco
5. Erg
6. Einstein
7. Elaine from Sienfeld?
8. Epistomology
9. Edmonton
10 T.S. Eliot

Edward Elgar
Amelia Earhart
John Evans (Governor of Idaho when I was a kid)
Wyatt Erp
Lynndie England (sad I remember this one)

Ben said...

I think these are getting progressively harder.

3. Eisenhower? Sounds presidenty.
4. None that I've ever read.
6. U.S.S. Einstein. If there is such a ship. So far all of my "E" answers are beginning with an "I" sound.
7. Elaine. From Seinfeld.
8. Existentialism
10. Emily Dickenson

Michael5000 said...

Ben: I wrote 'em all as one big batch for the most part, so variations in harditude are mostly coincidental. I think vowels are a little harder.

Mm Mud said...

1.George Eliot (Mill on the floss is the only one of her that I've read)
2. East Timor
3. I've definitely read it but who escapes me!
4. dunno
5. An erg
6. First of a nuclear powered aircraft carrier- USS Einstien
7. Elaine Benis
8. Empiricial theory
9. Edmonton, Alberta
10. The other eliot that one a nobel prize- T.S. Eliot

Who would've thunk finding E's would have been difficult! Seems to be popular with the math/physics types: Euclid, Euler, Edison, Einstein, Escher

mrs.5000 said...

1 George Eliot
2 Um. It's new, isn't it? And it's definitely not Ecuador.
3 Einstein
4 Umberto Eco
5 Erg
6 Enterprise
7 Elaine (but not our Elaine)
8 Empiricism
9 Edmonton
10 T.S. Eliot
Eisenhower (Dwight)
Earhart (Amelia)
Erikson (Leif)
Esposito (Phil)
Ellison (Harlan)

Aviatrix said...

1. Elphinstone

2. East Timor

3. Eisenhower

4. Umberto Eco

5. one erg

6. USS Einstein

7. Elaine

8. Epistemology (or is that when they have to make a slit in your vagina to get the baby's head out?)

9. Edmonton

10. Evans

Euler, Escher, Erlenmeyer, Ellington, Earhart

Michael5000 said...

1. George Eliot
2. East Timor
3. Dwight D. Eisenhower
4. Umberto Eco
5. Erg!
6. U.S.S. Enterprise
7. Elaine, from Seinfeld
8. Empiricism
9. Edmonton, Alberta
10. T. S. Eliot

Michael5000 said...

Seven points for Aviatrix:

Elaine: I did like Middlemarch. And I believe she spelled it both ways, but that we've since settled on one-l Eliot.

Mm Mud: I'm giving you half marks for "first nuclear powered aircraft carrier." And I like that your E-people are all math/physics types -- I wonder why that IS!

Aviatrix: Epistemology deals with theories of how we know, as opposed to Ontology, which deals with theories of that which is. And hell, I don't even HAVE a vagina.