Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Wednesday Quiz hath loosed the fateful lightning of its terrible swift sword

It's:


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 on Friday, unless I'm busy.  And it looks like it's going to be a busy Friday.

1. The first one got started in the year 222, the second one was around from 1088 to 1099, and the most recent one -- the eighth -- died in 1644. Who are we talking about here?

2. What country is this? (Extra dork points: what's the unusual color scheme of its flag?)



3. King David, the beloved hero of the Old Testament, got his loyal and conscientious soldier's wife pregnant, and to avoid a scandal arranged to have the soldier killed. What was the hapless soldier's name?

4. It begins with the word "Stately" and ends with the word "yes," and has around a thousand pages in between.

5. Its other two members are Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton.

6. If you saw this flag flying over the Donetsk post office, what country would you be in?



7. What movie includes this line of dialog:
Keaton always said, "I don't believe in God, but I'm afraid of him." Well I believe in God, and the only thing that scares me is Keyser Soze.
8. What's this?


9. His best-known character is Rabbit Angstrom.

10. Sir Thomas More thought it would be the ideal kind of place.

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The tie-breaker: If YOU had been writing today's quiz, what are a few more answers (or questions) you would have included?

The Wednesday Quiz's truth is marching on!  Answers in the comments, yo.  

16 comments:

Elaine said...

1. Union of some sort?
2. Uganda
3. Uriah, but I thought he just sent him into the heat of battle so he could have the wife to himself (naughty! since he already had plenty of wives and concubines.) Are you sure there was hanky-panky ahead of time?
4. Unknown
5. Upwardly-mobile or undefeated sports guy
6. Uzbekistan?
7. Damn, can't remember the title, but Kevin Spacey is now in my head thanks to you
8. Useless
9. Updike (hate the Rabbit books)
10. Utopia

I would include Urticaria. Because I know that one. Also Pope Urban, the word Urbanization, and Ugli fruit. The movie UP.

La Gringissima said...

1. dunno
2. Uganda
3. Uriah
4. Ulysses
5. U2
6. Ukraine
7. dunno
8. uranium?
9. John Updike
10. Utopia

Nichim said...

1. Pope somebody or other. Ursl?
2. Uganda
3. Umm...
4. Ulysses
5. U2
6. Ukraine
7. ?
8. Uranium? Unilpentium?
9. Updike
10. Utopia

Elizabeth said...

YOU are much too clever these days.

1. Urban, Pope (I assume)
2. Uganda
3. Uriah
4. Ulysses, by Joyce
5. U2
6. Uzbekhistan
7. Ummmm....
8. Uranium
9. Updike
10. Utopia

co said...

1. Urban papacy
2. Uganda (um ... umber?)
3. Uriah
4. Ulysses
5. U2
6. Ukraine
7. Untouchables
8. Uranium
9. Uncle Uffie
10. Utopia

I would have resisted the temptation to ask what Ripley was wearing when she finally defeated the alien in the first movie.

Aviatrix said...

misclicked. Above was Aviatrix.

mrs.5000 said...

1. Well, maybe a Pope. Urban? Urbane?
2. Uganda. I wouldn't know the color scheme, because we're, like, only on the M's.
3 Mr. Bathsheba. Uriah?
4 Ulysses
5 U2.
6 Ukraine
7 The Usual Suspects
9 Uranium
10 And what a character he is! John Updike
9 Under a bridge. Just kidding! Utopia

Spare answers:
Ukelele
Utrecht, Treaty of
Captain Underpants
Ubbydubby Talk
Ullulate
Utrillo
Ur
Ungulates

Ben said...

1. Unknown
2. Uganda - Green, Yellow and Blue
3. Unknown
4. Unknown
5. U2
6. Uzbekistan
7. Unknown
8. Uranium
9. Unknown
10. Utopia

Aviatrix said...

Oh! Oh! Mrs. 5000! I vote for ungulates. Ungulates are awesome.

PB said...

1. (Pope) Urban(s)
2. Uganda (and no idea)
3. Uriah the Hittite
4. Ulysses
5. U2?
6. Uruguay (can't think of any other U countries besides the UAE and US)
7. The Usual Suspects... the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist.
8. Uranium
9. Robert Updike
10. Utopia

Tie-Breaker: ukelele, Uruk-hai (the hybrid orcs that Saruman creates in Lord of the Rings), ululate (I don't know what the question would be - I just think it's a cool word).

PB said...

Oops - apparently I changed Mr. Updike's first name. And I definitely thought of Ukraine last night and promptly forgot about it.

Critical Bill said...

1. King Louies of France?
2. Zaire? Std African Tri-Color.
3. Joe (no clue, I'm a pagan).
4. Atlas Shrugged (no clue).
5. U2.
6. Georgia (no clue).
7. The Usual Suspects (one of my favorites).
8. Spirograph wheel.
9. John Updike
10. Utopia

Critical Bill said...

Apparently I haven't caught on to the whole letter of the week theme. But I'm that way.

eavanmoore said...

Well, looks as though it's not too late for me to step in.

1. Sounds so mysterious. I'm curious to find out what it is.

2. Uganda
3. Uriah
4. Ummmm. Sounds like the kind of thing I'm not expected to read, so I guess it's okay.
5. Gosh
6. Ukraine

7. The names sound familiar, but they don't ring bells.
8. Uranium!
9. John Updike
10. Utopia -- which looks curiously unlike more modern utopias. The word stuck around longer than the vision, evidently.

Michael5000 said...

Answers!

1. Those would be the Pope Urbans.

2. Uganda (with its relatively distinctive red/gold/black scheme)

3. Uriah

4. Ulysses

5. U2

6. Ukraine

7. the Usual Suspects. I thought this was the gimme, and that Uriah would be the stumper, which shows what I know.

8. Uranium, abstract model of.

9. John Updike

10. Utopia

Michael5000 said...

Elaine: What's Urticaria? Also, Pope Urban is a good idea.... : )

co: Hey, a new... oh.

Mrs.: Utrecht, Treaty of is especially nice. Congratulations on your perfect run, by the way. What? Oh, of COURSE I noticed!

Avia: We're very partial to ungulates ourselves.

PB: Ooh, I do like Uruk-hai....

Critical Bill: I don't know why I even send OUT memos.

Oh, I didn't.

eavenmoore: I'm curious why you are exempted from books that start with "Stately" and end with "yes"...?

Also, it's possible that Larry Mullen rings bells in some of the more overblown arrangements.

A stylin' 8 points for co. And everyone had a marvelous time.