Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Wednesday Quiz is but mad north-north-west


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!!  

Traditionally, it is a closed-book quiz.

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

1. What's the capital of the second largest country in the world?

2. Who also wrote The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, Bend Sinister, Transparent Things, and Look at the Harelequins!

3. Who is shown in this... wait! no! What extremely important world figure was born in 570 and lived until 632?

4. Hydrogen is Element #1, and Helium is Element #2. What is Element #3?

5. It is made with one part vodka, one part triple sec, and one part lemon juice.

6. As the President of the most populous country in the world, as well as General Secretary of its dominant political party and Chairman of its Military Commission, he is arguably far and away the most important person in the world.

But what's his name?

7. Mizoram, Kerala, Sikkim, and Uttar Pradesh are parts of _____________.

8. Who claimed to be but mad north-north-west, and, when the wind was southerly to know a hawk from a handsaw?

9. You've grooved to his operas Galileo Galilei, Akhnaten, and Einstein on the Beach, to his symphonies, and to his often performed violin concerto, but did you know he won a Golden Globe for his music for The Truman Show?

10. What is this a map of?


Put your answers in the comments, then reward yourself with a nice mixture of one part vodka, one part triple sec, and one part lemon juice.


Voron X said...

1. Ottawa (I guess you're going by area and not population)
2. No Idea
3. Mohammed
4. Lithium
5. Kamikaze
6. Hu Jintau
7. India
8. Hamlet
9. I couldn't resist - had to look, but should have known this was Phillip Glass
X. Francophones

UnwiseOwl said...

1. Ottawa, Canada
2. My friend Nabokov, although I think they were Harlequins...
3. Muhammed?
4. Lithium
5. No idea...stomach-ache
6. Wen Ji-Bauo, or however you would like to Anglisize it.
7. Must be India, met Uttar Pradesh in the dictionary last night.
8. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark!
9. I did not know that, and neither do I know the answer.
10. French speakers, I think, but the Green marks...are they cities whose official language is French?

GS49 said...

2 Nabokov
3 Mohammad
4 Lithium
5 Krapp's Last Drink?
6 Jiang
7 India
9 Glass
10 French-speaking areas

pfly said...

1. Ottawa
2. Ni, ni!
3. Mohammed
4. Lithium
5. Kozmopolitan?
6. Jin? No wait, 胡锦涛
7. Bharat
8. Huh?
9. Glass, Phil
10. Former French Empire?