Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Wednesday Quiz is only making plans for Nigel


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. He became prominent in the years around 1900 as a civil rights leader in South Africa. Later, he led a very well known independence movement in his home country. Who is this very famous man?

2. This odd sentence -- A way a lone a last a loved a long the riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs. -- is, in halves, the opening and closing line of what notoriously difficult book?

3. He developed the first practical rolls of photographic film as well as the first good motion picture filmstock, made a vast amount of money, and was extravagently philanthropic; but -- contrary to what ~I~ always thought until just now -- none of his daughters or granddaughters ever married a Beatle.

4. Hoo boy. OK, who is the Italian composer whose best known works are the operas La fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment), L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love), and Lucia di Lammermoor?

5. In what 1967 American movie does forgetting your number, losing your spoon, playing grab-ass or fighting in the building, not being in your bunk at eight, smoking in the prone position in bed, turning in the wrong sheet, sitting on bunks in dirty pants, not bringing back your empty pop bottle, loud talking, or failing to keep order all result in spending a night in the box?

6. Iraq's second-biggest city and major port, it's also the hometown of Sinbad the Sailor, or at least it would be if Sinbad the Sailor weren't fictional.

7. What company do these vehicles belong to?

8. This is a map of the provinces of what country?

9. What's the yellow bit on this map?

10. Wikipedia very accurately states that this "band from Swindon, England [is] perhaps... better known for [its] long-standing critical (rather than commercial) success." Their better-known songs include "Senses Working Overtime," "Dear God," "Making Plans for Nigel," and the impressively dextrous "Love on a Farmboy's Wages." What was their name?


Anyone who fails to put their answers in the comments, spends the night in the box.


Christine M. said...

1. Gandhi
2. Finnegan's Wake
3. George Eastman
4. er, i know this but can't think of it
5. Catch 22?
6. Basra?
7. Alaska Air
8. Zambia?
9. Yukon
10. XTC! <3

Christine M. said...

$. Donzetti!

Voron X said...

1. Ghandi, I'm guessing.
2. Finnegan's Wake?
3. Edison?
4. Dimaggio (beats me!)
5. Cool Hand Luke (What we have here is a failure to c'mmun'cate!)
6. Basra, probably
7. Alaska Airlines (SeaTac baby!)
8. Zambia. I seem to remember the country being weird-shaped like their flag. Isn't Zimbabwe roundish?
9. Yukon Territory
10. XTC (though I'm fond of Primus' cover version of "WOMPF Nigel" -- (was it on Sailing the Seas of Cheese??)

This is a hard test.

mrs.5000 said...

1 Gandhi
2 Finnegan's Wake
3 Eastman
4 D'Imposibilini
5 the one where Paul Newman eats all those eggs. Crap. No, that's not it either.
6 Baghdad.
7 Adidas. No, just kidding. Alaska Airlines.
8 Good lord. Zambia?
9 Yukon! It's the Yukon!
10 XTC?

mrs.5000 said...

Oh, right. Second biggest city.

Anyone who can't remember the name of that movie spends the night in a box.

Ben said...

Hopefully putting WRONG answers won't get me put in the box.

1. Geronimo
2. Finnegan's Wake?
3. Mr. Eastman?
4. Dunno
5. Cool Hand Luke
6. Baghdad
7. Alaska Airlines
8. Zimbabwe
9. It's a, er, Yellow bit. Actually, it's the Yukon Territory.
10. Not commercial!? Then how am I supposed to know! The Xylophones? X-Men?

gS49 said...

1. Garvey, Marcus
2. Finnegan's Wake
3. Eastman, Geo.
4. Donnizetti
5. Charlie and Esther at the Flamingo Grill
6. Basra
7. An airline
8. Zimbabwe
9. Yukon Territory
10. X (meaning wrong)

UnwiseOwl said...

1. M. Ghandi?
2. Ok, so it's Joyce. I know it's not Ulysses, and I don't think it's Dubliners, which leaves waht, Finnegan's Wake? Hey, that starts with F! Nice.
3. Ok. Well, I have no idea with the photography bit, but I can probably name enough prominent Beatle wives to suggest that you're probably looking for a Mr. Eastman. Provided that you don't want any demonstrated actual knowledge on the topic, I feel like I earnt that point.
4. Sounds French, starts with D...D'arcy sounds French and starts with D. I don't know if there are any composers called D'arcy, but...wait, Debussy is a composer, right? Is it Debussy? Assuming that it is (and that's a big assumption), then the random neurons are doing me well today.
5. One I actually know! I ain't no hard case. Cool Hand Luke! Thanks, cultural invasion of Hollywood cinema!
6. I'm pretty sure Basra is smaller than Baghdad, so I'm gonna go with that. Baghdad has other more notable ways to identify it, so unless you're playing games, I'm happy with Basra.
7. Who the hell is that? I claim my overseas-player-gets-out-of-jail-free-card and say...uh...Air Canada?
8. Damn, Zaire, Zimbabwe, Zululand, Zambia...could be any of those, except Zululand...I think somebody needs a refresher in African geography...I feel like it's not west-coastal enough to be Zimbabwe, but then again I'm not sure if Zimbabwe is actually coastal or if my memory is playing tricks on me, that leaves Zaire and Zambia...Yeah, I got nothing, but a flip of a coin says Zambia. I'm ok with that, I feel somewhere in my gut that Zaire is squarer.
9. If I am not mistaken, that is somewhere in Canada, which makes it the Yukon Territory.
10. Thanks to They Might Be Giants,I know that this is XTC. At least, I'm feeling pretty confident.
Whoa...what a week.