Q: Please provide the appropriate entries at the
beginning and ending of this list:
???? New Inactive Hidden Strange ????
A: Sun and Ray. The entries are the names of the
noble gases (helium, neon, argon, krypton, xenon, radon) translated into
to English. If this is too easy, we can just give three and ask for
2. Camel Jockey
Q: This colorful character of WWI-era aviation is
also known to have spent some time in Francophone Sahara with his flying
friends searching for a particular military installation.
What is the name of the desert outpost associated with that part of his
A: Fort Zinderneuf (Snoopy vs. The Red Baron)
3. Listener's Digest
Q: A scant 86 years after the line in the London
tube system whose colour is silver was opened was an interesting year in
music on both sides of the pond. We have taken the introductions from
five top songs from that year and pasted them together into an eight
second MP3 file
(141Kb)! Please listen to this sound file
and tell us  the
year;  the titles of the songs.
A: 1966 Wild Thing Summer in the City
You Keep Me Hanging On You Don't Have to Say You Love Me Little
Red Riding Hood
4. Alfa, Toyota, and ...
Q: Add another item in such a way that this list
remains meaningful and consistent: Juliet, Cleopatra, Cressida, ??
A: Ronicus. Each item is the part of the title of a
Shakespeare play after "and": Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra,
Troilus and Cressida, Titus Andronicus. (Could "Lancaster" also be a
valid answer to this question? "The First Part of the Contention Betwixt
the Two Famous Houses of York and Lancaster" is the original title of 2
5. How many parts?
Q: Consider the eight classical parts of speech:
noun, pronoun, adjective, verb, adverb, preposition, conjunction, and
interjection. Name two words that are each listed as at least five of
these parts of speech (and provide the appropriate citation to a
unless http://www.m-w.com suffices).
The words 'up' and 'down' are each listed as: noun, adjective, verb,
adverb, and preposition.
Notes: The requirement to name two words is a half-hearted hint to think
in pairs, specifically, a dichotomy. If this is too great a hint, the
editor is welcome to back it off to a single-word answer.
I have not found a way to make m-w.com do wildcard hunting for multiple
senses that would have made this a more mechanical affair. This is a
Good Thing (TM).
There may be others having five. Six, anyone?
6. Silence in the desert
Q: I was born (in a city whose name means "Street
Fortress") in the same year that England declared war on Spain. My
surname means something like "Large Trees", or something like that. But
of course, I changed my name when I married an engineer in Paris, and
took his last name, which some say means, "Keeping Silent in the Desert"
(although others would dispute this etymology). I had a profession
whereby I enjoyed access to high society. One year after the English
fleet destroyed the Danish fleet in the harbour of Copenhagen, my
husband and I moved to London. I died in the year that Prussia and
Austria-Hungary received their constitutions "from above". A photograph
of me is at http://www.londonelegance.com/aue/who.jpg
Who am I?
(Flonker's note - at one point during the actual competition the
above URL appeared to be dead, so an alternative URL was
A: Of course this could only be Madam Tussaud, nee
7. Institutional Building
Q: See the picture at
have seen this building on televsion. Can you identify it (either by
address or in terms of its occupiers)
A: Number 10 Broadway, SW1, London. Home of The
Metropolitan Police Service, aka New Scotland Yard.
8. The winds are gone!
Q: This is a three-part-many-sheep question.
Please examine the photo that may be seen by clicking here
provide the following:
1. where was the photo taken? 2. what
is the exact height of this person in centimetres? 3. (extreme toughie)
believe it or not, our very own aue archives contain a link to *another*
photograph of this subject (taken at a prominent wax museum in London)
in a thread having to do with naming various nationalities. What is the
nationality of this woman? 4. why is she unhappy?
A: Windsor Castle, *EXACTLY* 160 centimetres,
Kazakh/Cossack, because she cannot see over the wall into the garden of
the castle. Long
9. Marching Orders
Q: I began my journey at the base of a steep
hill. I proceeded south-east on a street whose name commemorates a
notable battle. I turned right and proceeded south along a street whose
name commemorates a notable battle. I then made another right and
proceeded on a street whose name commemorates a notable battle. After
several moments, I turned left on a street whose name commemorates the
ending of a war. I turned right again and proceeded until I found myself
on a small street whose name commemorates a notable battle. Before me
was a street whose name ultimately comes from a Viking warlord. I saw a
memorial there, but it did not commemorate those who died there. Who
died here? Please support your answer by retracing my route.
A: Princess Diana of Wales et al. Montmartre,
Magenta, Sebastopol, Rivoli, Concorde, Alma, and Avenue d' New York.
10. Knickers in a twist?
Q: A dignified and serious attendant transforms
into a somewhat louche artiste. A past exponent of her art might have
provided an exotic cup of tea. Please explain why, these days, you would
probably find her among Scandinavian simpletons, with Eastern European
field-dwellers adding special appeal to her performance.
A: An ecdysiast (anagram of staid+syce) is a
stripper and Gipsy Rose Lee (Rosie Lee = cup of tea) is the past
exponent. Lapps (from a word meaning simpleton) and Poles (from a word
meaning field-dweller) (lap dancing, pole dancing)
Q: Compose a double dactyl about an aue poster.
Rhyme and meter must be exact.
A:There was no Totally Official Answer provided
of course. So contributions are reproduced below.
Mike Oliver offered:
Higgledy piggledy Richard Fontana-san Moved from New York to
the City of Wind
Caught by the cot, but not Married to Mary, his Horse was not
hoarse so he'd Not really
Oliver then added
I see on Googling that I forgot a rule. Try:
Brooklynus Fooklinus Richard Fontana-san Moved from New
York to the City of Wind
Caught in her cot, while not Married to Mary,
he'd Postapostolic'ly Not really
Zimmer chimed in with
Higgledy Piggledy Robert E. Cunningham Tried to
establish when I follows E.
Case upon case amassed Unsystematically. What feisty weirdo
said "Just after C"?
-------------------------------------------------- To which Bob
Cunningham took exception with:
"Humor is not a valid excuse for posting false and
defamatory statements. After the uproarious laughter has died out,
the reader is still left with the impression that the falsehood is
fact." -------------------------------------------------- Mike Oliver
then came back with
Ingeles Angeles Michael Ray Oliver Makes his new home in
the State of one star
County of Denton's a Xerolocality That's why the blighter
can Not find a
discussion about permissibility of double dactyls then broke out to which
Ben Zimmer put the kibosh by quoting John Hollander's use of "the classic
double dactyl", e.g.:
Twilight's Last Gleaming
Higgledy piggledy, President Jefferson Gave up the ghost on
the Fourth of July.
So did John Adams, which Shows that such
patriots Propagandistically Know how to
More here: http://www.stinky.com/dactyl/dactyl.html
------------------------------------------------ Mickwick then came in
Blackguardly-haggardly Jitzius Couperus Served in the Camel
Corps Fore I was born.
Now that the Empire's gone, Sentimentalicly Jitze shoots Fritzes
he's Staked to his
Who's'e confusey Christopher Johnson Is he a
teenager? Is he a creep?
Someone's obsession, Identificational, Clogs up the
postings, Diverts us from
at pongid then blasted:
Donna Richoux Lives in a shoe. She posts our FAQs And
never looks back.
Bun Mui Lives in a tree. She posts cryptically. Is it
Dena Jo Born sans surname. Yet we enjoy her All of the
John Dean Seldom mean. Sprightly, eruditely.
Evan Kirshenbaum Oh fuck it, there's a limit you know
came back snappily with
Higgledy Piggledy, Riggsy and Coooperus Join in their
insult game To our ennui.
People of AUE Incontrovertibly Yearn to shout,
pleadingly, "Just let it
Vass then risked severe retribution with:
Outfielder, infielder It's all in the game. But then
there's pitchers and catchers And heavy hitters uncommon But best of
all, We've got slammin' Rey
which Toady Lickspittle came right back with
Niminy - Piminy Reinhold The Publisher
Ultrafastidious Student of slang
Battled the critics and Bowdlerizational Pedants by showing
them How it would
Friedman, a panelist, just couldn't resist with:
Manager tanager, Laura the bean-counter, Writes to a
newspaper, Cooks (with) her books,
Never says anything Student-pride-injuring; That's not the sort
of thing Oxford now
Laura Spira then settled the argument by pointing out that "...I
now have a hat trick of poems posted in aue addressed to me by charming
men. I feel *greatly* honoured..."
12. Surprisingly PC
Q: What's been running in Broadway for 36 years?
A: The Metropolitan Police Service, aka New
13. Mystery Person
Q: I was born in a place associated with a doctor
with poor eyesight. My academic work led me into public life and, among
others, an association with a man with an oddly puzzling name who led a
famously unpopular (and unexpected) group. In my early sixties, I took
on a high-profile job for which my nationality and name make me unusual.
Sadly, I died soon after. Ives' speculation about the fate of an elderly
acquaintance has something in common with legends about the cause of my
death. Who am I?
A: Pope Adrian VI. Born in Utrecht (Dr
Strabismus(whom God preserve)of Utrecht is a character from the work of
H. B. Morton, "Beachcomber".) Professor of Theology. Associated with
Ximenes, leader of Spanish Inquisition (Monty Python: No-one expects the
Spanish Inquisition"; puzzle connection: UK crossword setter called
Ximenes) Became pope when aged 62/63 (sources vary). Was not required to
change name and was last non-Italian pope until 1970s. Reputed to have
died after swallowing a fly (Burl Ives "I know an old woman who
swallowed a fly.")
14. Four Corners?
Q: What is the fourth element of this set?
Los Angeles, Calif. Seattle, Wash. Newton, Mass.????
A: Jacksonville, Fla. These cities are the
intersections of Interstates 5 and 10, 5 and 90, 95 and 90, and 95 and
10. (If the inclusion of Newton in the data makes it too easy, switch
Newton and Jacksonville.)
15. Intoxication of sweetness
Q: How does night unfurl its splendour? Please
A: Slowly, gently. (Phantom of The Opera)
16. ISO Certified Communications Protocol
Q: What piece of communications equipment works
equally well everywhere in the world?
A: A transponder. (Transpondial?)
17. Plus ca change, the more it's the same thing
Q: Name two words--call them A and B--that have
the following property: The English word A is translated (in one sense)
by the French word B, the English word B is translated by the French
word A, and another sense of the English word A is also A in French. Of
course we're talking about spelling, not pronunciation, but B is
pronounced in English about the same as A is pronounced in French.
A: A = mine, B = mien
18. Iowa's missing too
Q: Mary, Laura, Caroline, Grace--who's missing?
A: Charles, or Freddie. (Laura Ingalls Wilder's
baby brother Charles Frederick, who died in Iowa. Both Freddie and the
family's stay in Iowa are omitted from the Little House books.)
19. Famous musical type
Q: My first name is derived from my mother's
maiden name, and of course my last name I got from my Dad. I am still
popular today - known for both my lyrics and my tunes - even though I
died somewhere around the mid-1960's. (But I did have a long and
productive life - I nearly made it to 100).
Anybody hearing my name for the first time might assume it had something
to do with energy transference, or possibly even that I was a purveyor
of religious pamphlets. Can you identify me?
A: Cole Porter. (As opposed to a coal porter or a
20. We're not making this any easier
Q: In the original language, to what does God
measure the wind?
A: Brebis tondue (sheared ewe). From the French
proverb "A brebis tondue Dieu mesure le vent," God tempers the wind to
the shorn lamb.
21. Diminutive royal leg
Q: Who won the "Bluebird", and how did it become
A: Boris Spassky (defeating David Bronstein at
Leningrad in 1960). The final position of this chess game was shown in
the movie of _From Russia with Love_.
22. Butter at the Deux Magots
Q: My poetry has been published in France, but
not in my native land and not in my native language. My first name is
that of an Apostle. My last name means "I have suffered" in Icelandic.
Who am I?
A: Paul Gascoigne
Q: What is the Latin sentence, and what was the
name of the underage restaurateur's daughter?
A: Latin sentence: non sum qualis eram bonae sub
Underage daughter: Adelaide Foltinowicz (known as "Missie"). Ernest
Dowson's most famous poem, whose title is that sentence, describes his
fidelity in his fashion to the nymphet, who he met when she was twelve
and who rejected his marriage proposal. In the poem he calls her Cynara
(the scientific name of the artichoke) and always follows the name with
an exclamation point.
24. But not Jerusalem artichokes
Q: What connects The Synagogue, a professor of
Hebrew in Strasbourg, and artichokes?
A: _The Synagogue_ or _The Collection_ is the name
of a mathematical compendium by Pappus (early 4th century B.C.?),
Johannes Pappus (1549-1610) was a Lutheran theologian and professor of
Hebrew, and the seed of an artichoke has a pappus. The "choke" consists
of the developing pappi. (Jerusalem artichokes are in the sunflower
genus, _Helianthus_, one of the minority of Asteraceae genera in which
the seeds don't have pappi.)
25. What colour? (Toughie)
Q: Scenario: Please assume that you are making a
quick wine run to Calais on the Dover ferry. As you aimlessly roam
(bored to tears) about the passenger deck, you notice a flurry of heated
activity, and drawn from boredom you approach the fracas. Suddenly, a
crew member recognises you as an alt.usage.english regular and announces
in a broad French accent, "Ah ha! We have someone to solve our problem!"
As the gathering crowd stares at you in admiration, the crew member
leads you to a confused, dishevelled, but harmless old man speaking in a
heavy eastern European accent that you cannot recognise.
He repeats the following in broken English: "...I essentially with
essential to a lot of people assembled excessive, I go where goes to a
lot of excessive collected persons. I essentially with essential to a
lot of people, and beyond my knowledge of a lot of people assembled
Explanation: Dobie Gray, 1965, "The In Crowd". The text is a Babelfish
mangling of the opening lyrics, "I'm in with the in crowd, I go where
the in crowd goes, I know what the in crowd knows"
Contributor comment: What a hoot! If it's square, we ain't there...
26. Tree to get ready
Q: Please name a tree that was blown down in a
storm in 1820.
A: The Fairlop Oak, Hainault Forest, Essex
27. All in the family
Q: My great-grandfather was ennobled in the 17th
century, and immediately commissioned a fictitious family tree tracing
him back to the first lord great chamberlain of England. My grandfather
invited 100 young people to a house party with the intent of marrying
them off to each other, but he died during the party leaving 54 wills.
My father had the peculiar habit of arising very early in the morning to
pick fruit from the garden and hiding it throughout the house. When the
Crimean War broke out, I decided to build the largest hot-air balloon in
the world, fly it across Europe, and shoot at the Russian army from
above. Sadly, this plan never materialised. So I moved to Spain and
became a recluse in a hotel. I had my meals delivered to my room, but
never let anyone collect the crockery - when the room filled up with
dirty plates, I simply took a new room! When I died, my earldom became
extinct. Oddly enough, I am remembered as a great balloonist. Who am I?
A: Benjamin Stratford, 6th earl of Aldborough
28. 15 minutes
Q: My 15 minutes of fame came in the early 1970s
at a senior citizens talent contest in Bognor Regis. I was 80 years old
at the time. As a contestant, I recited the following verse:
A robin redbreast on my sill, Sang for a crust of bread, I slowly
brought the window down, And smashed its fucking head.
Unfortunately, the judges disqualified me. Who was I?
If someone who was mentioned in the answer to one of this year's teasers
was born here, then a useful hint for Q25 would be "if it of rectangular
it we congregate that place not". If not, then a useful hint would be
"unknown number of seas has a pale pigeon to glide".
Q: What is the connection among abuelos cracking
whips, the bearer of the Claw, and gay rights? Please give full details.
A: One or more characters called "abuelos"
(grandfathers), who crack whips, are among the masked dancers in the
Matachines dances of Hispanic America, at least in the northern Mexican
and southwestern U.S. versions. The bearer of the Claw is Severian, the
hero of Gene Wolfe's superb tetralogy _The Book of the New Sun_.
Starting life as a torturer in a science-fictional Commonwealth, he grew
up in the Matachin Tower, probably so named because the torturers wore
masks. The Mattachine or Matachine Society was a gay-rights group
founded in Los Angeles in 1950 and influential till the mid '60s. It was
named after the Societe Mattachine in medieval and renaissance France,
which presented masques, with reference to the hidden lives of gay men
at the time.