Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Wednesday Quiz, close bosum-friend of the maturing sun


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. Who called Autumn the:
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run....
2. Whose 1781 book Critique of Pure Reason is about... um...  something to do with the nature of knowledge. Or something.

3. This is a pretty representative painting by what artist?

4. Here is one of many possible recipes. What's the food?
5 cups cabbage, cut into bite-size pieces
6 Tbs salt
2 Tbs sugar
1 tsp to 2 Tbs crushed red pepper flakes (according to taste)
1/4 tsp fresh ginger root, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
2 green onions, finely chopped

1.) In a large colander, mix cabbage with 5 Tbs salt. Let sit for 3 hours.
2.) Rinse cabbage thoroughly. Gently squeeze out excess liquid.
3.) Place the drained cabbage in a large glass bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
4.) Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 1 or 2 days.
5.) Chill before serving.

5. It's the third largest city in India and, by some measures, the eighth largest urban area in the world. And its name isn't spelled the way it used to be.

6. What country is this?

7. What fictional character famously found a solution -- kind of -- to the Kobayashi Maru test?

8. It's the highest point in Tanzania.

9. Where are we?

10. If you want to buy something in Sweden or Norway, you better have some __________.


The tie-breaker: What are some words that you like -- as words -- that begin with this week's letter.

Put your answers in the comments.  Gently squeeze out excess liquid.


gS49 said...

1. Keats, probably
2. Immanuel Kant
3. Klee (representative, but not pretty)
4. Kraut, well, sauerkraut
5. Kolkut (nee Calcutta)
6. Kiribati, I hope
7. Kirk, James Tiberius, who should have been expelled
8. Mount Kilimanjaro of the snows
9. In Russia, the Kremlin photographs you.
10. Kroner or Kredit Cards

gS49 said...

Ooh, first!

Elizabeth said...

Kool Kwiz, K(m5)!

1. Keats.
2. Kant.
3. Klee.
4. Kimchee.
5. Kalcutta?
6. Kiribati.
7. Kan't think of an answer.
8. Kilamanjaro, Mt.
9. Kiev.
10. Kroner.

kaleidescope kinnikinnik kind-hearted kitsch kirsch kangaroo

Elaine said...

1. Keats
2. Kant
3. Klimt
4. Kraut (sauer)
5. Kashmir isn't a city, so that won't work; Kalkutta?
6. No Klue
7. Kid Klutz?
8. Kilimanjaro
9. Kremlin/Red Square/St. Basil's
10. Kroner

Kitten, kite, komodo (dragon), kimono, kith and kin, kaboodle, kibosh, keen (it was a cool word once)

mrs.5000 said...

1 Keats
2 Kant
3 Kandinsky
4 kimchee
5 Kalkutta?
6 uh...Kiwi Islands?
7 Kaptain Kirk
8 Kilamanjaro
9 We're milling about outside St. Basil's, admiring the onion polychromes...the Kremlin.
10 kippers! But some kold hard Kroner would be even better.

kibble, kicker, killjoy, kilowatt, kyne, keg, kissability, kangaroo, keelhaul, kindergarten, kingfisher, keyhole--kiitos is thank you in Finnish, kami is paper or spirit in Japanese, depending on the intonation, and kikiriki is what roosters say in Spanish

mrs.5000 said...

Oh, silly me, I thought of Kiribati, but had imagined it as one lonely island...

Elaine said...

Wait, Mrs. 5000! You really like the word KEELHAUL?
(M5000, beware of sailing with your mate... She could be a KILLJOY and turn you into KIBBLE, feed you to the KINGFISHERS....)

Kimchee! of course! I should have read further than 'cabbage and salt.'

Ben said...

I think these are getting harder...

3. Klee
4. Kim-chi
8. Mt. Kilimanjaro
9. Kremlin
10. Krones

Eavan said...

1. Keats, I think? It's pretty.
2. Kant. And yes, I read that one without knowing what it was about. Not knowing what "a priori" meant didn't help.
3. Kandinsky
4. Kimchi.
5. Kolkata (prettier than Calcutta, I approve).
6. Kiribati
7. Dunno!
8. Kilimanjaro
9. the Kremlin

10. Kroner, and you will need many, many of them. :-(

So, I don't like K-words very much, but I have a perverse fondess for the phrase "Kilmainham Gaol."

Christine M. said...

1. Keats
2. Kant
3. Kandinsky
4. kimchee
5. dunno
6. dunno
7. Capt. James T. Kirk
8. Mount Kilimanjaro
9. Krasnii Ploshad -- in English, Red Square. But, hey, Krasnii Ploshad starts with a K! I know you're looking for the Kremlin as the answer, but the Kremlin is actually a complex of buildings across the square from St. Basil's. Too many Russian classes in college.
10. kroner

kittens, kolaches, kitchen, kites, kibble, Kankankee

sister jen said...

I actually know some of these--I usually know 0-1, but knowing more than 1 makes me want to play.

1 Keats
2 Immanuel Kant
3 Kandinsky
4 pickled cabbage, smells terrible--um--kraut?
5 Kalkutta w/ a K? Who knew?
6 No idea--but it starts w/ a K
7 James Tiberias (sp?) Kirk
8 K something
9 the Kremlin?
10 kroner

Favorite K word: knowledge.

Aviatrix said...

1. Keats - The poem is familiar from school, but I don't like it, so it must have been with the narrow-minded teacher who was obsessed with Ireland.
2. Kant - my roommate took philosophy and I used to read her books
3. Kandinsky - my other roommate took art and I think she did her thesis on this guy.
4. kim chee a.k.a. Korean fermented cabbage - I tried it once, got really really sick that night. I don't know if it was the kim chee or the sesame chicken, but the sesame chicken tasted really really good. The kim chee did not.
5. Kbangalore - too bad my third roommate was in biology, not geography, and was from Nigeria, not Kwhatever this is, nor the next one.
6. Kyrgystan - Because I can't think of any island group nation that begins with K, and if I'm going to get it wrong anyway, I might as well get it waaay wrong, and misspell it, too. Also my Nigerian x-roommate never sends me e-mail, if you were going to ask.
7. Kirk, James T. - Way too easy. You should have at least reversed the question.
8. Kilamanjaro, Mount - Mountain in Africa beginning with K.
9. Красная Площадь - The answer you want is probably Kremlin, but we're not in the Kremlin if we have this view, we're in Red Square, the name of which only starts with K if I write it in Russian. Or probably most other Slavic languages, but I have a better chance of spelling it correctly in Russian. Красная means "Red" but it's not named after the red Russians nor after the colour at all. It is the archaic form of Красывая, beautiful.
10. krona, which probably means "crown" and likely has a germanic-style plural, with er.

Words that start with K that I like include khan, kayak, kamik, Kwakiutl, Kwakwaka'wakw, klaa, Khmer, & книга.

Christine M. said...

Ah, Площадь is feminine. I forgot! thanks, Aviatrix!

elaine said...

Shouldn't a grown man know how to spell BOSOM?

Michael5000 said...

I get so excited. It throws me off.

Aviatrix said...

Hee, La Gringissima, I love how we had almost identical answers to question nine, while everyone else fell neatly into claiming it was the Kremlin, like sheep falling into a sheep dip.

Also I don't think I noticed before how much more appropriate it is in Russian for there to be a horseman sculpture in the middle of a square.

Michael, you should start doing quizzes with one non-letter answer and see how many people you can coax into saying ridiculous things, because the letters all line up.

Anonymous said...

1. Kant
2. Kant
3. Kevin
4. Kraut
5. Kennai?
6. Kirubiti
7. I got nuttin.
8. Nuttin
9. Kremlin

Anonymous said...

10. Kroner.

I got me some computer skilz.

Mm mud said...

2. Kant- The current Pope has a beef with him
4. Kimchee- good kimchee hard to come by with no close korean friends close by :(
5. Kolkatta- I think it is the largest city in india by population
6. Klose to Tahiti??
7. Kap'n Kirk
8. Kilimanjaro
9. Kremlin - the red square

Kirchoff (a EE guy associated with laws of current), Kimchee(kukumber and radish varieties liked best), Kitchidi (indian comfort food), Kiwis (as in nationality), Koalas(never met one), Kilimanjaro, K2.

Michael5000 said...

1. Keats
2. Kant
3. Kandinsky
4. Kimchi
5. Kolkata
6. Kiribati
7. Captain Kirk
8. Mount Kilimanjaro
9. The Kremlin; full marks also for informed persnickity alternatives.
10. Kroner

The winning k-word is "KITTEHS," and the prize goes to me, Michael5000.