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What was the last date on which the British prime minister
shared his first given name with that of a subsequent (different!)
British prime minister?
A. 7 June 1935
Q34. Literally. Well, figuratively literally.
A trapeze artist is in a sketch artist. What's a passenger
A. a cartographer
E. A jumper is in a drawer. A rider is
in a charter. And water is in a pitcher.
Q35. Is to as is to.
Alcatraz : Parker pen :: gulyas : ?
E. Alactraz is now a park and was a penitentiary;
hence, a park or pen ("Parker pen"). Gulyas is a stew or a cowboy;
hence, a soup or man ("Superman").
Q36. You're beautiful.
Hair is to dove as lip is to thread as tooth is to?
E. Song of Solomon, chapter 4:
1. Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou
hast doves' eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of
goats, that appear from mount Gilead.
2. Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn,
which came up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins,
and none is barren among them.
Q37. Hands Across the Water.
Consider the many terms coined in AUE to express commonalities
across the Great Pond: "transpondian", "transpondental", "transpondal",
etc. The "cross-the-pond" notion is also expressed in the name
of a rock magazine founded in 1974 and a rock album popular
thirty years later. But there's another common feature shared
by the name of the magazine and the name of the band that released
the album -- a feature also possessed by a Rightpondian catchphrase
of the late '90s. Name the magazine, the band, the catchphrase,
and the common feature.
A. "Trans-Atlantic Trouser Press"; Death
Cab for Cutie; Rule Britannia; Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
E. The common feature: "Trouser Press",
"Death Cab for Cutie", and "Cool Britannia" are all titles of
songs by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band.
Q38. Seasonal Affective Disorder.
On a cool October day, a colonel sat down and talked to an
orphan. The orphan said he had 75. The colonel said he had 75
too. Then along came a sad-looking spider. How many did the
E. At the end of the 1899 baseball season
in the National League, the Chicago Orphans (now called the
Cubs) finished with 75 wins, as did the Louisville Colonels.
The Cleveland Spiders only had 20 wins -- with 134 losses, the
worst record in the history of baseball.
According to Retrosheet.org, the 1899 season ended on Oct.
15. The Spiders' last win was on Sept. 18. http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/Y_1899.htm
A certain four-letter word for "copulate" which starts with
'f' (you know the one: this is not a trick question, at least
not in that respect) was changed in the American version of
a book to the name of a country. Which country?
E. In Life, the Universe, and Everything
by Douglas Adams
Q40. Happy spring to readers in the Southern Hemisphere!
Some will be tempted to pronounce my name with the "foreign
a" vowel. In one job I commissioned a famous series of anatomically
correct wax figures, NTTAWT. I held an oxymoronic position in
society and was the first to observe an oxymoronically named
substance, though Northern Europeans got the credit (because
of bias?). I got in trouble by sympathizing with the wrong side
in the Post-Bastille period, but lived to an age similar to
Ron's present age. I died of a fall in the street (or of a stroke
[according to other sources]). Who am I?
A. Felice Fontana
E. Fontana was a lay abbot and was the
first to observe water gas. "Felice fontana" must mean something
like "happy fountain" or "happy spring".
A band with a name evoking bygone technology reworked a seasonally
appropriate song. They made a minor change, replacing an empty
flight with a signal to make a pit stop (or words to that extent).
What was the song and what was the change?
A. The Boys of Summer; dead-head to black-flag
E. In the airline industry, a "deadhead"
is a flight without passengers or cargo. In racing, a "black
flag" is a signal for a driver to come into the pits.
Q45. I declare!
There is a root of English words that, possibly with affixes,
can have any of the following meanings. What root?
E. acquire = contract (malaria)
area = tract (of land)
hooking up = traction (of tires)
insanity = distraction (to which one is driven)
insoluble = intractable
sign = contract (an employee)
stretching = traction (of bones)
pull = retract
volume = tractate
The pictures are:
Q47. Stannah rep, go home....
In which country might you expect not to find any stairs?
E. A bungalow is a "house in the Bengal
style", and Bangladesh is the "Bengal nation".
Create a non-complex, non-compound English** sentence that
maximises the number of diaereses and umlauts. Proper names
are not allowed.
**i.e., the sentence is idiomatic and only contains words that
are accepted in mainstream English, i.e. they can be found in
a standard desk dictionary.
Winning answer: "NoŽl, noŽl," sang
the Luton Girls Choir outside the local coŲperative society's
offices in a faux-naÔf manner as not one of them could reasonably
be described as genuinely naÔve, "noŽl, noŽl, born is the king
How did Jim diagnose Elizabeth's condition?
A. He suspected it when she didn't respond
to a slammed door, and confirmed it by shouting behind her.
She didn't respond to a slammed door or his shouting behind
E. Huckleberry Finn, chap.
Q50. Proper subset.
The following sentence follows a strict rule; write another
sentence, substantially different from it, that follows the
Go put needles in his pus.
A. e.g. We advise the employe to escape
ale, to bus, devote cares to the gal, the mortgage to be done.
(submitted by Rick Wotnaz)
E. Each word in the sentence is also
a word if its last letter is doubled.
Q51. Brock music
Ireland: Guinness and fighting
Wales: Sheep and dirt
Scotland: Haggis and scotch eggs
England: ? and ? and ?
A. ninjas and lasers and gold
Q52. Not about navigation.
You can get from Java to Santiago de Tolķ by way of Madeira
including the wine. Please explain how this statement is true.
A. benzene<frankincense of Java; toluene<balsam
of Tolu; methyl connected with wood (Madeira means "wood")
E. "Benzene" comes from "benzoin": "Earlier
benjoin, from French benjoin and Italian benzoino, both from
Arabic luban jāwī, frankincense of Java."
"Toluene" comes from "Balsam of Tolu" from "Spanish tolķ, after
Tolķ [or Santiago de Tolķ], a seaport of northwest Colombia."
"Methyl" is from "methylene" from "French m[?]thyl[?]ne : Greek
methu, wine; see medhu- in Appendix I + Greek hūlē,
"Madeira" is Portuguese for "wood".
All etymologies from AHD.
Q53. How do I get there?
Using Google Maps, find two points with as many steps as possible
in the directions from one to the other.
A hooker, a maiden, 3 liters of champagne, Mrs. Pitt, plus
Chuck Foster's obsession. Name the bachelor!
A. Samuel Enderby
E. These are all boats met by the Pequod
The Town-Ho - hooker
The Jeroboam - 3 liters of champagne
The Jungfrau (Virgin) - maiden
The Bouton-de-Rose (Rosebud) - Chuck Foster (Kane)'s obsession
The Samuel Enderby
The Bachelor - in title
The Delight - in title
The Rachel - Mrs. Brad Pitt, a.k.a Rachel
Q58. See You
There's a building (C) in Holmfirth, Macclesfield, Chippenham,
Bognor Regis and Northampton (and elsewhere, probably, though
I haven't found any outside England) that connects two words
(A and B) that I learned this year. A is a psychological condition
which used to afflict Frenchmen; B occurs in the Gerlish-sounding
expression "to go B".
Name A, B and C.
A. dromomania, kino, Picturedrome
Q59. Women Authors
Let's talk about four women authors...
a) This one is alleged to have had a child resulting from a
brief affair with the then Prince of Wales. Her major literary
effort languished for 40 years before it was "rediscovered"
and achieved a much greater degree of popularity. During her
life she was associated with two very different modes of transportation
and achieved great fame for achieving a "first" with one of
b) This one is also known primarily for one book, the writing
of which was driven in part by the loss of her child to an accident
with his hobby. The book got turned into a movie which gave
it a wider audience than the original oeuvre.
c) This one was part of a literary family. Amongst others she
wrote a book whose title referenced a variegated reptile and
another book whose title referenced incendiary trees.
d) This one married into aristocracy but soon split from her
husband. She went on to have a romance with another man that
featured prominently in the movie made from one of her books.
Despite being nearly two decades older, the speculation is that
she shared another lover with (a) above, but this individual
may just have been a good friend to both of them.
The main thing that associates these 4 women authors is that
they all lived (and wrote about) a location where you would
never expect to find such a concentration of literary talent.