Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Quz 4

A relatively easy one this time around. 36 is the score to beat, though there are a potential 41 on offer.

Round 1: Words

(Every answer contains the word "Cat")

1. To formally renounce a throne, right, power, claim or responsibility. Abdicate

2. A violent upheaval or a sudden physical change in the earth's surface. Cataclysm

3. Something which calls up or produces memories or feelings. Evocative

4. A picture or description that ludicrously exaggerates the peculiarities or defects of the subject. Caricature

5. To chew or otherwise reduce to a pulp. Masticate

Round 2: Elephants

1. What is the English translation of the term "pachyderm", variously used to describe elephants, hippos and rhinos? Thick skinned

2. Whose medical condition was diagnosed by Victorian doctors as attributable to his mother being knocked over by an elephant whilst pregnant? (A bonus point for getting the name exactly right). The Elephant Man (whose name was actually Joseph Merrick)

3. Which Hindu God has the body of a man, albeit with two extra arms, and the head of an elephant? Ganesha

4. Which fictional elephant, who eventually became ruler of the elephant kingdom, was co-created by Jean and Cecile de Brunhoff, and appeared in stories illustrated by Jean and later his son Laurent, as well as a cartoon series and several animated films? BaBar

5. Which writer wrote a fictional origin story for the elephant which was published in 1902, and also composed a short poem titled "The Elephant" in which he describes the animal as "Our lord the Elephant, Chief of the ways of God." Rudyard Kipling

Round 3: Royal Deaths

1. What very regrettable thing happened to William the Conqueror during his funeral at Caen in 1087? He exploded

2. George II's eldest son Frederick died of a burst abscess believed to be caused by the impact of what object? A tennis/cricket ball

3. George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, died in 1478, reputedly by drowning in what? A butt of Malmsey wine

4. Which of Henry VIII's wives was the second one to be beheaded? Catherine Howard

5. Which monarch was reputedly murdered by a fundamental red hot poker? Edward II

Round 4: Music (Queen)

(Five Queen songs, each with the title written in an alternative fashion)

1. Ecstasy From West Of Moravia. Bohemian Rhapsody

2. Some Form Of Sorcery. A Kind Of Magic

3. Beneath Force. Under Pressure

4. Allow Me To Continue At Present. Don't Stop Me Now

5. No-One Goes To Hell. Heaven For Everyone

Round 5: Lost Things

1. What name did 19th century geologist Philip Sclater give to his supposed lost continent, which he believed could once be found in the Indian Ocean, and would account for the similarities in Indian and Madagascan fauna? Lemuria

2.The Bermuda Triangle, in which many ships and planes have been lost over the years, has one point in Bermuda itself, and one in Florida. It's third point lies on which Caribbean island? Puerto Rico

3. In which play is a character told "To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness."? The Importance Of Being Earnest

4. According to common legend, the Roman IXth Legion disappeared in the second century AD, presumably in battle with tribesman from what is now Scotland; their last official record, dated AD71, states they had settled in what became known as Eboracum, remnants of which can still be seen in which British city? York

5. The term "Lost Generation", attributed to Gertrude Stein overhearing a French car mechanic and popularised by Ernest Hemingway, came to be used in the US to describe those who came of age shortly after which conflict? World War I

Round 6: Mountains

1 Which peak, part of the Karakoram Range and located on the China/Pakistan border, has gained the nickname "The Savage Mountain" due to the exceptional difficulty involved in climbing it, and the high fatality rate amongst those who make the attempt? K2

2. The novella "At The Mountains of Madness", published in 1936, was written by which American horror author, best known for creating the extra-terrestrial monster Great Cthulhu? H.P. Lovecraft

3. Which mountain, the tallest in the Cairngorms, is said to be haunted by a malevolent entity that takes the form of a tall grey man, the sight of whom causes unbearable terror? Ben MacDui

4.What is the tallest known mountain in the Solar System, and on which celestial body is it found? Olympus Mons, on Mars

5. Who played Inman in the 2003 film Cold Mountain, which was adapted from the Charles Frazier book of the same name? Jude Law

General Knowledge

1. (From A Town Like Alice) What is the name of the family that Jean initially helps when they attempt to evacuate? Holland

2. Which German naturalist and explorer helped give birth to the field of biogeography, and gave his name to a penguin, a squid, a lily, a bay, a current, a river, and a peak, amongst other things? Humboldt

3. Who became world heavyweight champion in 1962 after knocking out Floyd Patterson in the first round, and though found dead on the 5th of January 1971 was judged to have died in December 1970 due to the number milk bottles and newspapers at the door? Charles L. "Sonny" Liston

4. Located in Venezuela and with a height of over a kilometre, what is the highest waterfall in the world? Angel Falls

5. Who resigned as first secretary of the treasury this weekend following revelations that he had claimed £40 000 for living in his partner's house? David Laws

6. What is the largest order of marsupials to be found outside of Australia? Possums

7. The House Of Keys is the lower house of which island's parliament? The Isle Of Man

8. The Robert Burns poem "Green Grow The Rushes, O" is cited as one possible origin for which slang term for foreigners employed by Spanish and Portuguese speakers, and most famously by Mexicans? Gringo

9. Martin Scorcese's 2005 film "No Direction Home" was a feature-length documentary about which American singer-songwriter? Bob Dylan

10. What kind of animal is a John Dory? A fish

9 comments:

Jamie said...

Round 1
1. Abdicate
2. Cataclysm
3. Evocative?
4. Caricature
5. Masticate

Round 2
1. Stone-skinned
2. John Merrick?
3. Ganesha
4. Baba
5. Rudyard Kipling

Round 3.
1.
2.
3. Wine
4. Catherine Howard?
5. Richard III?

Round 4.
1. Bohemian Rhapsody
2. A Kind of Magic
3. Under Pressure
4. Don't Stop Me Now
5. Something to do with Heaven, clearly, but not being a massive Queen aficionado...

Round 5.
1.
2. Trinidad?
3. The Importance of Being Earnest
4. York
5.

Round 6.
1.
2. H. P. Lovecraft
3.
4. Olympus Mons, on Mars
5. Jude Law?

Round 7.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5. David Laws
6. The Kangaroo order (tree kangaroos are found in New Guinea)
7. Japan?
8. Gringo
9. Bob Dylan
10. A fish

To be honest, I found that one of your harder quizzes...

SpaceSquid said...

24 for Jamie. As to its ease, all I can tell you is this was the first time in the five quizzes I've written that six teams got into the thirties. Rounds 3 and 5 were quite tough, though.

Midget_Yoda said...

Ooh ooh, Queen songs!

Round 1:
1) Abdicate
2)
3)
4) Caricature
5) Masticate

Round 2:
1) Somthing about skin... Tough skin?
2) John Merrick
3) Vishna
4) Baba
5)

Round 3: (you may notice some guess work here)
1) He woke up?
2)A high velocity Penguin
3)Wine
4)The 5th one. (You're going to demand a name aren't you)
5)

Round 4:
1)Bohemian Rhapsody?
2)A Kind of Magic
3)Under Pressure
4)Don't Stop Me Now!
5)Heaven for Everyone

Round 5:
1)Lemuria?
2)Monkey Island?
3)The Importance of Being Earnest
4)York
5)Vietnam

Round 6:
1)(makes fool of self) The Eiger?
2)HP Lovecraft
3)
4)Olympus Mons, on Mars
5)

Round 7:
1) Franke?
2)
3)
4)
5)David Laws
6)
7)
8)Gringos
9)Bob Dylan?


Tough one this time Dr Squid, tough one.

Tomsk said...

Well it started off easy...

R1

1. Abdicate
2.
3. Evocation
4. Caricature
5. Masticate

R2

1. Thick-skinned
2. The elephant man
3. Ganesh
4. Babar
5. Rudyard Kipling

R3

1.
2.
3.
4. His fifth
5. Edward III

R4

1. Bohemian Rhapsody
2. It's a Kind of Magic
3. Under Pressure
4. Don't Stop Me Now
5. Everyone goes to heaven

R5

1.
2
3. The Importance of Being Earnest
4. York
5. World War 1

R6

1. K2
2. Lovecraft
3.
4. Olympus Mons, Mars
5.

GK

1. ?
2.
3.
4.
5. David Laws
6.
7.
8. gringos
9. Bob Dylan
10. Fish

Chemie said...

1. Abdicate
2. Cataclysm?
3. Evocative?
4. Caricature
5. Masticate

Round 2: Elephants
1. Thick skin
2. The Elephant man?
3. Ganesh
4. BaBa
5. Rudyard Kipling?

Round 3: Royal Deaths
1. He burst/exploded
2. A cricket ball
3. In a barrel of his favourite wine (Malmsey)
4. Katherine Howard (5th)
5. Edward II

Round 4: Music
1. Bohemian Rhapsody
2. It's a Kind of Magic
3. Under Pressure
4. Don't Stop Me Now
5.

Round 5: Lost Things
1.
2.Tobago?
3. Importance of being Ernest
4.
5. World War 1

Round 6: Mountains
1 K2?
2. HP Lovecraft
3.
4.
5. Jude Law?

General Knowledge
1. What's the book of the week?
2. Humboldt?
3.
4. Angel Falls?
5.
6. Kangaroo
7.
8. Gringo
9.
10. Fish

SpaceSquid said...

19 for MY (and yes, I wanted a name for Henry's second victim); who also gets bonus points for being the first person to correctly name the mythical bridge between Madagascar and India.

Tomsk gets 23. Perhaps I'm not actually making these quizzes easier so much as getting better at pitching them to the particular clientele of the Elm Tree (I removed a question about The White Stripes from the "elephants" round because none of them have apparently even seen a CD). Or maybe it's one of those quizzes that is sufficiently eclectic as to work well in groups and badly for individuals.

Regardless, the combined score of Team Interwebs currently stands at 29, which puts you at joint seventh (of thirteen). Just one more, though, and you rise to joint fourth. I might even give you the tie-breaker I used last night.

SpaceSquid said...

Chemie gets 28 (and a highly impressive full marks for Round 3, which I thought the hardest), and increases the overall total to 34, and second place. Told you it was easy!

The book of the week, by the way, is still A Town Like Alice. I would have mentioned had it changed, but fair point: I shall add the title to the questions, and if anyone has read it and wants another guess, then I shall alter the scores accordingly if necessary.

Chemie said...

Aha!I knew having the Guardian Kings and Queens of England supplement in the bathroom as loo-time reading would come in handy eventually! Haven't read the Alice thing so it wouldn't have helped.

'tis very important in pub quizes to ensure questions range over all age ranges and knowledge. Including 'modern' music. Make the fuddyduddies work for it!

SpaceSquid said...

Easy for you to say Chemie, you don't have to spend 90 minutes trying to stop them rioting in confusion and cantankerousness. I'm never more than two questions away from it turning into a scene from Night of the Living Dead.