Quiz Set 3 - Answers
Round 1: General Knowledge
1. The whip, the crack of which is a sonic boom.
2. The Moon.
3. Porsche. It was the Lohner-Porsche Mixte Hybrid, made in about 1900. Toyota did make the first widely commercial one at the other end of the century, but theirs wasn’t the first in history.
4. The Unicorn. Beloved by some Scottish kings, it has appeared on royal arms for centuries.
5. Dallas, played by Tom Skerrit. Either answer is acceptable.
6. The 1890s. It was the Home Insurance Building in Chicago, opened in 1894.
7. 0. Moses didn’t build an Ark, Noah did.
8. Joanne Kathleen. JK Rowling is her pen name, but the J does stand for her first name, and the K comes from her paternal grandmother. Who’s Who lists her as Joanne Kathleen Rowling, and she presented herself under that name when standing before the Leveson Inquiry into the culture and ethics of the British Press. She may not have been born with a middle name, but on that basis she has certainly assumed one, and it’s clear what the K stands for.
9. 5000 – 1.
10. Tungsten, coming from wolfram, which is its name in many European countries. That word ultimately derives from words meaning “wolf’s froth” in reference to the tin consumed during its extraction. Tungsten itself is simply Swedish for “heavy stone”.
Round 2: Double Answers
In this round, you get two clues to a single answer. I’m only looking for the one word connecting both answers – if it’s a person’s name, I only need the one name, and words like “The” can be ignored. An individual clue may have many answers, but only one will fit the other clue as well.
1. The Crucible.
3. Goldeneye. Ian Fleming did write Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but he was more famous for writing the James Bond books. The film is named for the house, though its supposedly original plot is essentially a modernisation of that of the novel Goldeneye (the film of Moonraker ironically borrowing comparatively little from its own book).
4. Hampshire, as in New Hampshire. This one has a habit of coming up in any given round about the USA, over here.
5. Marathon. I’m not sure it was ever known by this name in the USA, however.
6. Raleigh, as in South Carolina and Walter.
7. McGonagall, as in Minerva and William. Rowling named her deputy headmistress for the poet as she liked the name. The lines I quoted are from his most famous poem, The Tay Bridge Disaster.
9. Cardinal, as in the Arizona Cardinals.
10. Coke, as in Coca-Cola and Cocaine.
Round 3: Connections
1. Abraham Lincoln. This question was originally worded as “Under which president was slavery abolished?” which meant that technically the answer could be Andrew Johnson. This is because the 13th Amendment, while passed in Congress under Lincoln, wasn’t formally ratified until after Johnson was in power. I rephrased it a few hours after posting the questions after two people answered Johnson. If there was a fit with the connection under both names I’d have left it as it is, but surprisingly I can’t find one. (Abraham (Abe), “Grampa” Simpson)
2. Patty Hearst (Patty Bouvier)
3. Troy (Troy McClure)
4. Riviera (Dr Nick Riviera)
5. Robert Burns (Mr Burns)
6. Tom Clancy (Police Chief Clancy Wiggum)
7. Otto Von Bismarck (Otto Mann, the school bus driver)
8. The Mona Lisa, which is another obvious answer disguised by a misleadingly tough question (Lisa Simpson)
9. Ralph Lauren (Ralph Wiggum)
10. Characters from The Simpsons, as given in brackets.