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E. In order, they're diet (dye it), Hugh Hewitt (hue hue it), Tintin
(tintin') and Culler (color).
Q62. Take your partners
Pair up these people:
Paul Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran
Andrew S Grove
Ida Eva Tacke
George Kingsley Zipf
A. Bailey/Blair politicians
Brandon/Soul Springer musical
Carey/Coleman Calif governor election
Foxx/Travers "Crash and Burn"
Jesson/Neil weather presenters
Berger/Roy Booker Prize
Q63. Make-A-Myth (TM).
Pick a mundane** one-syllable word and construct a believable
folk etymology for it.
**At least 10,000,000 Google hits
When specialized undergarments for women's breasts were developed,
their main function was initially envisioned as providing protection
rather than comfort or eroticism. So just as soldiers used to wear
metal armor, so the underwear was described in terms of metals.
(Indeed, the first woman to buy one soon found herself saddled with
the nickname "Old Ironsides".)
Now, various fabrics were tried in those early days, and one of them
was unbleached cotton, which of course is yellowish. One worker
seeing a wagon being loaded with these yellow undergarments, thought
of a yellow metal and dubbed it "a shipment of brass". And the
nickname quickly spread through throughout the trade.
But things were different when it came to retail. Education for
women was minimal in those days, and when they heard a store owner
speaking of "brass" as a mass noun, they often misinterpreted it as a
plural. And so by back formation we have today's count noun-- "bra".
Monkeys, of course, had nothing to do with it.
Q64. Art: An Idiocy.
"Ruined Inaction" (or perhaps "Ennui Indicator") is the greatest
of literary masterpieces, according to whose definition?
A. Jean Cocteau
E. He is quoted as saying, "Un chef-d'oeuvre de la littérature n'est jamais
qu'un dictionnaire en désordre" ("The greatest masterpiece in literature is only
a dictionary out of order"). RUINED INACTION (or ENNUI INDICATOR) is UN
DICTIONNAIRE out of order.
Q65. If the salt hath lost its flavor.
I had set up camp somewhere in Western Uganda on one of my
monthly safaris through the district that had been assigned
to me. That afternoon another traveler arrived in my camp and,
as was the custom, I invited him to join me for dinner and to
pitch his tent in our encampment. I had never met him before,
but I knew of him by reputation and that, amongst other things,
he was a noted scholar in his religion.
However, I had not planned for an extra mouth to feed, so I
dispatched my cook to obtain some basic provisions from the
closest village. I could hardly feed our illustrious visitor
on reconstituted Z-rations. So I asked the cook in Swahili "Kamata
baisekeli, tafadhali kwenda anunua mkate, maziwa, siagi, uki,
chumvi na pilipili." Translated - I asked him to take the bicycle,
and to please go buy some bread, milk, butter, honey, salt and
My visitor allowed as to how he hadn't understood a word of
my request to the cook - except for one he said, which appeared
to have the same etymological roots of a word that featured
prominently in the discourse of his religious studies.
Of which of the world's great religions was this man a member
and what triggered the recognition?
A. Judaism; He recognised the word "pilipili" (pepper) as being
related to the term "pilpul", a form of argument used in studying
and interpreting the Talmud, derived from "pilpel", to season.
Q66. Whose lines?
"Oh, wow, you're all sweaty and out of breath. Suck me. Suck
"And you vibrate me until I explode!"
Q67. Not fish.
Thomas Jefferson had one (in _1776_, anyway), but George Washington's
three are much better remembered in Americana. What are they?
A heraldic mullet, which represented the rowel of a spur, has the shape of a
modern five-pointed star.
'The red-and-white stripe (and later, stars-and-stripes) motif
of the [U.S.] flag may have been based on the Washington family
coat-of-arms, which consisted of a shield "argent, two bars
gules, above, three mullets gules" (a white shield with two
red bars below three red stars). Since 1937, this design has
been used as the flag of the District of Columbia.' — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_the_United_States
Q68. On topic.
You have chili at Wendy's, shrimp at Long John Silver's, an
Egg McMuffin at McDonald's, a roast-beef sandwich and curly
fries at Arby's, and a chocolate cone at Dairy Queen. What should
you have next? Please explain.
Accepted answer: Starbucks,
to complete the classic sequence of courses.
E: This is the old formal dinner (soup, fish, entree, remove [meat], releve
[vegetable], sweet, [savoury,] dessert) recreated as a fast-food
Q69. "Computer Generated".
Which fictional character links bands The Hothouse Flowers
and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark?
An eccentric Englishman wrote an equally eccentric tale in
French. Another Englishman translated it from French to English
(though he claimed to have translated it from Arabic). Later,
a writer in Spanish playfully observed that the original French
version wasn't faithful to the English rendering. What was the
name of the tale?
E. It was written in French by William Beckford in 1782 and translated into
English by Samuel Henley in 1785. Jorge Luis Borges wrote, "El original es
infiel a la traducción" ("The original is unfaithful to the
Q72. Aptronyms again.
If Omar Lucida existed, what would he do for a living?
A. opera singer
E. "O mar lucida", first words of the song "Santa Lucia".
Q73. I'm home.
There were three jovial Welshmen found in Japan. What am I?
Q74. No-Go Area
"Rather like Soweto, or Granny's fanny, people know it's there
but don't know how to get there." To what was Christopher Hitchens
referring in his article "An Insular Depression"?
A. Kowloon - the walled city (demolished
This word, "usually used in the plural", has never** appeared
on aue in the plural form, and only once in the singular. What
Q76. Like the blind leading the blind.
Madison was Adams's teacher. Explain.
A. Joanne Madison "Anne" Sullivan was Helen Adams Keller's teacher.
E. Anne was nearly blind, and Helen was blind.
Q77. At full speed
This is a toughie because it's not generally googlable. So,
please remove one item from the list below to make the remaining
list meaningful and complete.
A. Wednesday before the second Tuesday of April.
b. Wednesday before the second Sunday of March.
c. Wednesday before the second Sunday of January.
d. Wednesday before the third Sunday of June.
e. Wednesday before the first Sunday of July.
By my reckoning there are 25 "E" states and 25 "C" states,
the "C" states being: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado,
Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland,
Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina,
North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina,
South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont. What do "E" and "C"
A. Edge and Center - approx location of state capitals
Q81. Holy Vitamin C
What connects St Athan with oranges?
A. Athan from Tathan, orange (ultimately) from narang
E. Reversed, it's not a city in Africa. (The rest are; e.g.,
Q83. Def Jam
Extricate the ten words: attract band befit beverage beverage
brace clothing container contest courtship disembowel dismiss
draw drill exercises face fair fuse gathering glide handsome
haven invigorate just left light marriage match monkey move
pair performers plane please plunder port sack sower strip stripe
suit suit support tie tool tool tool tree unite window
This word came from a language that's not the source of any
other English word that the Panel knows of--but you might have
thought its origin was more ordinary, since it's been subject
to exactly the same folk etymologizing as a common English given
name (a process that proceeded farther in North America than
E. From Amboinese "ai lanto" (or something like that), meaning
"tree of heaven". The word has been altered as if it came from
Greek "anthos", flower--the same thing that happened to "Anthony".
Q88. Reverse Picture Alphabet
A picture has been placed on each of 25 webpages with URLs
of the form http://alt-usage-english.org/sdc2005/q88/___.htm If, for example,
the picture is of a yak, the URL of the next page will be http://alt-usage-english.org/sdc2005/q88/yak.htm.
Navigate through the pictures in reverse alphabetical order
and let us know the word that begins with the letter A.
To start you off, we need to give you a picture of something
beginning with the letter Z, so here you are:
A. Z is for "zilch". Subsequent answers have been added to each
web page. To see them, use your mouse to select the area next
Back in the 1980s I read about a fascinating mathematical fact
in Dipole's column in 'Electronics and Power' magazine. Imagine
my surprise therefore to read on the internet that this fact
was only discovered in the autumn of 1994... By whom?
A. Cody Birsner
Q90. Foodstuff etymology.
AUE is renowned for its discussion of ethnic foods as well
as its insightful deconstruction of the works of various novelists,
essayists and associated ink-stained wretches. And its dicussion
of etymologies is unequalled in any hall of academe.
So therefore, wouldn't it be nice if we could associate the
etymology of the name a foodstuff with an oeuvre by some author,
famous or notorious, take your pick.
To reduce the field of candidates a bit, we can tell you that
this foodstuff (for lack of a better sobriquet) has has not
been discussed directly in these hallowed halls. But associated
products have triggered impassioned repartee between Yanks and
Brits while causing Aussies to choke on their breakfasts.