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Time for a quiz

Quite a hard one in places I think. And fifty questions.

Have a go anyway. I'll screen comments until I reply saying if you got the answer right or wrong.


(Oh, and there might be the occasional clue among my userpics.)

1. Who played lead guitar on the Beatles song 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'?

2. In Traveller, the 'Rebellion' (aka the 'Second Civil War' and the 'Final War') started with whose murder at the hands of Archduke Dulinor of Ilelish?

3. Incarnations of the Porsche 911 are generally denoted with three digit numbers of the form 9xx. What is the current model, released earlier this year?

4. In 2002, the television programme 'Top Gear' returned in a new one hour format featuring 'The Stig' and presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and which other presenter?

5. What connects the following fictional characters? Kate Hughes, Reverend Stevens, Detective Constable Braithwaite, Mel Ryan, Eddy Fox, Barbara Gillet, Mr Wilson.

6. Which Norwegian former ski racer has won more Olympic medals than any other skier, was the youngest skier ever to win Olympic Gold in 1992 and the oldest skier to ever win Olympic Gold in 2006?

7. Davidstow in north Cornwall has a parish church not a cathedral and is a village not a city. Why is this odd?

8. If you turn on a Sinclair Zx81 and type J, SHIFT-P, SHIFT-P, NEW LINE, what command have you entered?

9. What is the highest mountain in Tamriel?

10. Name this fantasy warrior: "Because of his pale skin and white hair, he is also known in Starsza Mowa (Older Speech) as "Gwynbleidd", the "White Wolf".

11. In Traveller, the only Imperial world with a tech level of 17 is Sabmiqys, which has a population of 0. Why?

12. Five of the last six Hugo Awards for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) have been won by Doctor Who. Of those episodes (or double episodes), all but one were written by Steven Moffat. Which other Doctor Who episode and writer won the award in that period?

13. Who is the president of the Solar Spice and Liquors Company?

14. Axanar in Star Trek. Babylon 5 in Babylon 5. Altor in Space Precinct. Vespa Colony in Space: Above and Beyond. Viking Station in C.J. Cherryh's Alliance-Union setting. Shulimik in Traveller. Name the real star (as in astronomy, not celebrity) common to all these fictions.

15. What is 'skyr'?

16. What was Reginald Perrin's middle name?

17. What relation was Mick Fleetwood to Layla between 1970 and 1977?

18. In Monty Python's Lumberjack Song, one of the types of tree mentioned is "the plucky little aspen". Explain why the aspen isn't really that little.

19. How many surviving species of elephant are there in the world, according to official classification?

20. Who was the male lead of the 1945 film 'Strawberry Roan', based on the novel by A.G. Street?

21. And which 60s pop star appeared also appeared in the film?

22. By population, what is the smallest country in Africa?

23. What nationality is Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini?

24. In the NBA, the 1987-88 Washington Bullets team featured Tyrone Bogues at point guard and Manute Bol at centre. What was particularly striking about this combination?

25. Which former all-star baseball player holds the (unofficial) record for the fastest 40 yard dash time in the National Football League scouting combine?

26. Which spell in first edition Dungeons & Dragons was named after the little girl who wrote to Gary Gygax (in crayon!) suggesting it?

27. The name of which D&D arch-villain is an anagram of one of Gary Gygax's favourite authors?

28. The 2004 album 'Has Been' was a collaboration between singer-songwriter-pianist Ben Folds and which 60s superstar?

29. 'Soap' McTavish is a star of which series of computer games?

30. What is the connection between Mythago Wood and Elite?

31. I'm an FCA. What is a CA?

32. One minute silences are now common before football matches. In 1993, non-league Congleton planned to hold one to commemorate the passing of their oldest fan. Why were they forced to call it off?

33. In 2004, James Hayter came on as a substitute in the 84th minute in a match against Wrexham. 140 seconds later what had he achieved?

34. In terms of height above sea level, what is the highest league ground in English football?

35. If he hadn't chosen to play for Wales, Ryan Giggs would have been eligible to play for which other international team?

36. Which character has been played at different times by the following actors? Paul Darrow, Peter Cushing, Wayne Pygram, Keene Curtis, Stephen Stanton.

37. Who is the Argentinean manager of Athletic Bilbao?

38. Suldrun's Garden is the first book in which fantasy trilogy?

39. Mark Seven and Reb Shavron were agents working for which military and scientific organisation under the command of Space Major Joel Shaw (who in turn reported to President Cal Tarrant)?

40. 'Andrew North' was a nom-de-plume of which SF author?

41. "The coin of the kingdom of the mad dangles on my chest to remind me of the eternal oscillation of human fortunes" is a line from the prologue of the marxist novel 'Q', which was _not_ written by which former Watford FC striker, but which seems at first that it might have been?

42. 'The Hammer and the Cross' is a collaboration between Stainless Steel Rat author Harry Harrison and which English professor?

43. What is the current flagship of the Royal Navy?

44. What was the name of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes's (not really canonical, but appearing in a number of connected works) older brother?

45. Athletics. Discus throwers get dizzy but hammer throwers do not. The scientific paper examining this won which academic prize last year?

46. Nicholas Briggs provides the voice of the Daleks in Doctor Who. What part did he play in Steven Moffat's sitcom 'Coupling'?

47. The physical form of the daleks was designed by BBC designer Raymond Cusick who stood in at the last minute for the designer originally assigned (who became unavailable because of a scheduling conflict). Who was that original designer?

48. The South Park episode 'ManBearPig' is a spoof of which Oscar-winning film?

49. Which solar system object, first discovered in 1801, was originally thought of as a planet, but is now considered by the International Astronomical Union to be a 'dwarf planet'?

50. Friederike Thyra Marion Wilhelmine Dorothea von der Osten is a 52-year-old German homeopathic doctor. What is her significance as far as the UK is concerned?



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Mar. 19th, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
Quickly, and off the top of my head -

4: James May?
11: Are they all computers?
15: An Icelandic dairy product, a bit like yoghurt
19: Three, last time I looked
30: Rob Holdstock?
31: Chartered Accountant
34: Buxton?
40: Ceres
42: Tom Shippey
43: HMS Victory
45: IgNobel
Mar. 19th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
4. Nope.
11. Close enough. They're all robots, which (controversially) don't count as people for the classification purposes of the Imperial Interstellar Scout Services. Since Sabmiqys is interdicted, nobody goes there anyway.
15. Correct.
19. Correct: African Bush, African Forest and Asian.
30. Correct. The author wrote the novella which came with the game.
31. You're going to have to be more specific I'm afraid.
34. No.
40. 'Andrew North' was a nom-de-plume of 'Ceres'? I think you mean that Ceres is the answer to 49, in which case, you're correct.
42. Correct.
43. No.
45. Correct. More specifically, the IgNobel prize for Physics.
Mar. 19th, 2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
2. Strephon is the name that comes into my head when I read this question, but I have very little faith in this answer, given that it's several years since I read all your introductary plot-setting stuff.

10. Geralt of Rivia. I'm playing The Witcher at the moment, and am enjoying it - just started chapter 3.

22. Probably some teeny island that I'd never heard of until I started doing Sporcle, like Sao Tome and Principe, or something like that.

26. The only spell I can think of with a girl's name in it is Tasha's Hideous Laughter.

31. Chartered Accountant?
Mar. 19th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
2. Very good! Wrong, but a very good attempt.
10. Correct. (And well done for not falling into the trap of thinking it was that other albino 'White Wolf'...)
22. Sao Tome & Principe is second, so no.
26. It was originally Tasha's Uncontrollable Hideous Laughter, but yes.
31. You're going to have to be more specific I'm afraid.
Mar. 19th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
2. It was in fact a surgically-altered double who was killed, the Real Strephon being en-route elsewhere - something to do with LongBOW and the incoming "Empress Wave", IIRC.

11. I knew it was filled with sentient robots, but you had already revealed this.

...and that poor showing is all I can manage at the moment, without looking anything up.

Mar. 19th, 2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
2. Absolutely correct. EDIT: Well actually, if I'm being very pedantic, it was a clone double.

11. Correct, but as you say, you were mostly beaten to it.

Edited at 2012-03-19 09:24 pm (UTC)
Mar. 19th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
You are quite right, although he claimed it was a surgically-altered double as he feared repercussions against other clones. However, If I were to be allowed to get away with that I'd also have to add that when he revealed his survival he didn't admit the exact reasons why he wasn't at Capital, either.
Mar. 19th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
1. George Harrison?
2. Emperor Strephon?
4. Not James May, he joined later.
7. It's where Cathedral City cheddar comes from
8. LOAD"" If you don't press play on the tape, though, there's no point
11. It's a sentient planet computer thing
16. Iolanthe
18. Because it's quite big?
19. Three - Indian, African plains, and African Forest. A pygmy population in India is rumoured.
31. Capital Allowance
45. Ignobel Prize
49. Ceres
Mar. 19th, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
1. No.
2. No. Close, but no.
4. Well yes, but that still isn't the right answer.
7. Correct.
8. Correct.
11. No, it's robots. See above.
16. Correct.
18. Can you be a bit more specific?
19. Correct, but wellinghall beat you to it.
31. Well yes, but I'm looking for an answer that is more closely connected to the term FCA.
45. Correct, but wellinghall beat you to it.
49. Correct, but wellinghall beat you to it.
Mar. 19th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
1) Clapton
4) James May
6) Kjetl Aamodt
8) LOAD""
16) Iolanthe
18) Widest trunk?
19) 3
22) Djibouti
23) Algerian
32) He was still alive
33) Hat-trick
34) The Hawthorns
35) England
45) Ignobel
49) Ceres

Only answered the ones I think I know off the top of my head. I have a wide quiz knowledge, but not in the field of sci-fi!
Mar. 19th, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
1. Correct.
4. No.
6. Correct.
8. Correct, but king_pellinor beat you to it.
16. Correct, but ditto.
18. No.
19. Yes, but two other people got there first.
22. No.
23. No.
32. Yes. Apparently he was running late and turned up not long before they were going to do it!
33. Regrettably, yes.
34. Correct. Home of course of West Bromwich Albion, in the mountainous West Midlands...
35. Strangely no. Even though he did play for England schoolboys, eligibility for that was simply because he lived in England at the time. The rules for eligibility are a little complex for adult footballers, and even more so for British adult footballers, but Giggs was never eligible to play for England in senior internationals.
45. Correct, but you aren't the first.
49. Correct, but you aren't the first.
Mar. 19th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
22) Hmm, something like the Comoros?
Mar. 20th, 2012 10:09 am (UTC)
Mar. 19th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
Been ninja'd on a few already, but let's see about these:

12. Waters of Mars (Davies and Ford)

14. Epsilon Eridani

28. Shatner

47. Ridley Scott
Mar. 19th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
12. Correct.
14. Correct.
28. Yes!
47. And yes (great piece of trivia that one).
Mar. 19th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
7 : is curious not only because Davidstow doesn't have a cathedral, because Cheddar doesn't have a cathedral either. Maybe it's supposed to suggest Wells cathedral?

48 : An Inconvenient Truth
Mar. 19th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
7. Good point.
48. Correct.
Mar. 19th, 2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
Tough quiz.

38. Lyonesse. I thought this was the Jack Vance you didn't like / hadn't read? That trilogy's still the only series of his I have read, I know I should broaden my reading sometime...
Mar. 20th, 2012 10:12 am (UTC)
38. Correct. Except that I did like the series, albeit not as much as the Dying Earth books. Haven't read them in a long while, but may well reread at some point (although I need to recover the first book from a friend first). The other Vance that I've read and think is brilliant is Emphyrio.
Mar. 20th, 2012 10:14 am (UTC)
Looking things up on wikipedia etc is of course cheating, so where someone has admitted to doing this in their reply I haven't unscreened so that someone else has the chance to get the answer unaided.

Bad knirirr...
Mar. 20th, 2012 12:42 pm (UTC)
Indeed, I am very naughty. Although I went to the primary source rather than Wikipedia.
Mar. 20th, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
50 - isn't she the would-be-queen if the current rules of succession were backdated to the first World War?

(though frankly if you are going to backdate to 1914, why stop there when you could go further and take it back to Matilda, thus derailling history much more emphatically?)
Mar. 20th, 2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
Not quite correct, but close enough for jazz. She's the person who would be Queen if the rules for succession had been changed to the eldest child, regardless of gender, during the reign of Queen Victoria. She is descended from Queen Victoria's eldest daughter and then Kaiser Wilhelm II.

If those new rules of succession were backdated to WW1, when King George V was on the throne, the current monarch would still be the Queen (who is the eldest child of George V's second child - Edward VIII's abdication would have made no difference, except that she would have had to wait until 1972 to become Queen).

As far as I can see, changing the rule to eldest-child-regardless-of-gender wouldn't have made much of a difference in most cases.
Mar. 20th, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
"Close enough for jazz" is not a phrase I had come across before.
Mar. 20th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
Copyright of the late jazz saxophonist Martin Clare I believe.
Mar. 20th, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
Mar. 21st, 2012 09:11 am (UTC)
! He used to say it, but certainly did not make the saying up!

Jazz is probably not the universal cultural concept it once was, which is perhaps why you have not encountered the saying...
Mar. 21st, 2012 09:18 am (UTC)
I stand corrected. I'd not heard it in any other context either.
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