Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Wednesday Quiz is very clean


The Wednesday Quiz, in its third incarnation, is basically the same old weekly game of knowledge, intuition, inductive reasoning, and willingness to risk public embarrassment in a friendly and moderately supportive environment!!  With a minor twist that will probably make it rather difficult at first!  

Traditionally, it is a closed-book quiz.

It is very possible that answers will come out over the weekend.

1. His sons were said to be the ancestors of the twelves tribes of Israel.

2. This is the flag of what country?

3. In what movie is it repeatedly stressed that Paul's grandfather is very clean?

4. The green organ in this diagram is basically a storage tank that dumps its contents into the duodenum if fats show up that need to be digested. It's pretty handy, but you can live without it if you have too.

5. After accepting his Nobel Prize in Physics at age 37, this Italian scientist moved to the United States to escape fascism. He was a major figure in the construction of the first atomic reactor and in the Manhattan Project, and was apparently a really nice guy. Element 100 is named after him.

6. It is, according to a common dictionary,
A philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe... and stresses freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences of one's acts.
7. When this entity was created in 2002, it was considered the largest reorganization of the U.S. government in more than 50 years.

8. In this diagram, line PR and line QS are both _______________.

9. What 1945 novel by Evelyn Waugh is subtitled "The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder"?

10. Until the most recent generation of commercial aircraft, most passenger airliners were more than 50% ____________ by weight.


Search your sacred and profane memories, then put the answers in the comments.  


Elaine said...

1. Oh, Lord. Jacob, I think.
2. Ireland (Northern)? Iguana? Iceland! Just pick one...
3. Trick question? in, Have no Idea.
4. Gallbladder
5. Enrico FERMI
6. Existentialism
7. Department of, of...
8. Crossing? ha, ha, just kidding. Chords
9. in Bombing
10. A...Aviatrix?

gS49 said...

1. Jacob
2. Icelang
3. Hu knows?
4. Gall bladder
5. Fermi
6. Existentialism
7. Dept of Homeland [In]Security
8. Chords
9. B?
10. Aluminum (or Aluminium in the U.K.)

Voron X said...

1. Jacob
2. Iceland
3. Haven't seen it, whatever it is.
4. Gall Bladder
5. Fermi
6. Existentialism
7. Department of Homeland Security
8. Chords
9. Beats me. Don't recognize that author.
10. Aluminum

Critical Bill said...

1. Jay
2. Ireland (suspicious looking pole top though.
3. Hard Day's Night
4. Gall Bladder
5. Fermi
6. Existentialism
7. DHS
8. Curlicues
9. Brideshead Revisited
10. Aluminium

Chance said...

1. Jacob
2. Iceland
3. Hello
4. Gall bladder
5. Fermi
6. Existentialism
7. Dept of Homeland Security
8. Chords
9. Brideheas Revisited
10. Aluminum

Chance said...

Brideheas? You stupid monkey!

UnwiseOwl said...

1. Jacob, dude had twelve sons, anyways.
2. Iceland (thanks SatW)
3. Hard Day's Night, A (he is VERY clean)
4. I have the gall to suggest that it's a gall bladder, I think.
5. Mr. Fermi, but I can't remember his first name (do I still get points?)
6. Existentialism, or some other nonsense.
7. Department of...Parks and Wildlife?
8. Chords, methinks, though I sued to know them as another name when I was a kid.
9. Brideshead Revisited is the only Evelyn Waugh novel I can name.
10. Aeroplane Fuel!

Eavan said...

I've no idea why, but I'm thinking Hatchet.
Department of Homeland Security
Brideshead Revisited

Aviatrix said...

1 So many J-names. I know it's not Jesus, but is it Jacob? I think he's the one that tricked his father-in-law into giving him a lot of sheep, but had to marry the ugly older daughter years before he could marry the beautiful younger one.
2 Iceland. Took me a minute to dredge up the I-nordic.
3 Herbie the Love Bug (see question 9)
4 I was going to go for spleen, but the trend gives me gall bladder.
5 Enrico Fermi? Was he the Manhattan Project scientist who had learned English from Shakespearean plays and used to accost streetcar conductors with "Prithee good gentleman!" and the like. Or was that guy Hungarian?
6 I don't know many philosophy things, but I've heard of Existentialism.
7 This has to have something to do with post-2001 paranoia ... so I guess it's the Department of Homeland Security.
8 Chords: took me a moment but now this is the answer that anchors the puzzle.
9 Brothels and Blessings (if you haven't got a clue, try to be funny)
10 One wants to say "wings" but the wings are quite light. I also want to say "fuel" but I'm pretty sure the question refers to empty weight. I had a big argument for "wiring," and A is for avionics, but normal people don't use that word. Oh, Aluminum. That was a kind of sad tour of my mind.

mhwitt said...

Wow, no answer posted yet. OK, I'll bite for the first time in I don't know when. At least half of these are guesses. I'll let you guess which half.

1. Abraham
2. Norway
3. The Graduate
4. The gall bladder
5. Fermi
6. Existentialism
7. The Department of Homeland Security. Still don't like that name. Smacks of National Socialism somehow.
8. Chords
9. Brideshead Revisited
10. Aluminum