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I said it was a hard quiz, so here are some clues to the questions nobody has got right yet.

Unanswered Questions

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?
Clue: It's almost the same numbers.

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?
Clue: It's not James May, who replaced this guy after the first series. The guy you are looking for is Cornish and a Sunday Times columnist.

5. What connects the following fictional characters? Kate Hughes, Reverend Stevens, Detective Constable Braithwaite, Mel Ryan, Eddy Fox, Barbara Gillet, Mr Wilson.
Clue: If I told you that Kate Hughes was married to Jamie McCrimmon, would that help?

9. What is the highest mountain in Tamriel?
Clue: It's in the region of Tamriel called 'Skyrim'.

13. Who is the president of the Solar Spice and Liquors Company?
Clue: In a series of stories by Poul Anderson.

17. What relation was Mick Fleetwood to Layla between 1970 and 1977?
Clue: To answer this, you have to know who 'Layla' was in real life.

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.
Clue: Technically, aspen 'trees' aren't trees but stems. Does that help?

20. Who was the male lead of the 1945 film 'Strawberry Roan', based on the novel by A.G. Street?
Clue: There's a connection to one of my favourite television series and to one of my favourite film series.

21. And which 60s pop star appeared also appeared in the film?
Clue: Mostly associated with urban areas.

22. By population, what is the smallest country in Africa?
Clue: Popular honeymoon destination.

23. What nationality is Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini?
Clue: It's a western European country.

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?
Clue: 28 inches.

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?
Clue: He knows.

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

29. 'Soap' McTavish is a star of which series of computer games?
Clue: He's in the SAS.

31. I'm an FCA. What is a CA?
Clue: I've never been a CA. Before I was an FCA I was an ACA.

35. If he hadn't chosen to play for Wales, Ryan Giggs would have been eligible to play for which other international team?
Clue: His grandfather was from this country.

36. Which character has been played at different times by the following actors? Paul Darrow, Peter Cushing, Wayne Pygram, Keene Curtis, Stephen Stanton.
Clue: But only Peter Cushing is famous for the role.

37. Who is the Argentinean manager of Athletic Bilbao?
Clue: He also managed Chile in the last world cup and is one of football's eccentric tactical geniuses.

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)?
Clue: The name Tarrant is also associated with something else created by this writer.

40. 'Andrew North' was a nom-de-plume of which SF author?
Clue: He might be a she.

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?
Clue: He also played for AC Milan.

43. What is the current flagship of the Royal Navy?
Clue: NATO designation L15.

44. What was the name of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes's (not really canonical, but appearing in a number of connected works) older brother?
Clue: He was the one who inherited the family estate, which was in Yorkshire, and not on Dartmoor.

46. Nicholas Briggs provides the voice of the Daleks in Doctor Who. What part did he play in Steven Moffat's sitcom 'Coupling'?
Clue: You may question his acting range.



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Mar. 21st, 2012 11:41 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure the answer to 17 is that Mick Fleetwood was fucking Clapton's girlfriend/wife.

Sort of like how "she might need a lot of loving but she don't need you" was tom petty bitching about Clapton fucking his wife.
Mar. 21st, 2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
Not quite, but you're thinking broadly along the right lines.
Mar. 21st, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, so then Clapton was fucking her while she was married to Mick Fleetwood.

Both Clapton and Fleetwood are so notorious for fucking other people's wives it gets confusing. (Remember when Mick Fleetwood was fucking Stevie Nicks even though she was married to Buckingham - even though both Nicks and Buckingham were in Mick's band at the time?)
Mar. 21st, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
Well quite, although he's not the guilty party here.

Layla was written by Eric Clapton about George Harrison's wife Patti Boyd (with whom Eric was having an affair). Patti's little sister Jenny was married to Mick Fleetwood.

So the correct answer is 'brother-in-law'.

Jenny herself had an affair with Fleetwood Mac's lead guitarist Bob Weston which resulted in Fleetwood sacking him from the band and in turn to Lindsey Buckingham replacing him. Buckingham insisted on bringing Stevie Nicks with him leading eventually to the situation you describe.
Mar. 21st, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
Ah! Thanks! I knew Layla was about Clapton fucking/wanting to fuck someone's wife, I just got lost in the extremely complexity of the sexual relations of the members of Cream and Fleetwood Mac.

Wasn't Buckingham doing Christine McVie at one point as well?
Mar. 22nd, 2012 10:19 am (UTC)
Not that I'm explicitly aware of, although it's certainly possible. I've seen an interview with Mick Fleetwood in which he says something like him and John McVie were the only members of the band not to!

While married to John McVie, Christine had an affair with the band's lighting director (who is the subject of the song 'You Make Loving Fun', which by a strange coincidence my iPod, set to random shuffle, decided to play on my way to work this morning). She then had a fling with Beach Boy Dennis Wilson (the subject of the song 'Hold Me'). She was then married to keyboard player / songwriter Eddy Quintela for something like 20 years, although they have since divorced.
Mar. 21st, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
Is 43 HMS Ocean?

Edited at 2012-03-21 02:04 pm (UTC)
Mar. 21st, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
Nope, although that would have been my guess too!
Mar. 21st, 2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
Damn! Ok try Bulwark then as anything else will mean searching the RN website or googling. It certainly won't be any of the sludgemarines.
Mar. 21st, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
HMS Bulwark is the correct answer!

(Based at HMS Drake, just around the corner from the two bridges in the userpic.)
Mar. 21st, 2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
3: 912?
22: Kenya?
Mar. 22nd, 2012 10:20 am (UTC)
3. No.
22. No.
Mar. 21st, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
18. Aspens sucker and make themselves into small woods don't they? (Like that sodding plum tree at the top of the garden, which is now at least a coppice) So I spose technically 'one aspen' could cover a lot of ground.

35. England??? Frankly the origin of the grandfather of Ryan Giggs is not a clue. It's an obfustication.

40. for some reason I thought someone had got this one. Andre Norton.
Mar. 22nd, 2012 10:26 am (UTC)
18. Correct. Aspen trees are apparently genetically identical stems forming from a common root mat, which makes an aspen grove (or 'clonal colony') a single organism. The Pando aspen grove in Utah is estimated to be 80,000 years old, is 106 acres in size and masses about 6,600 tons, making it the world's heaviest known organism.

35. No. Here's another clue. Giggs is a UNICEF Ambassador and has visited this country in that role.

40. Correct. I can understand why female SF authors adopt male pseudonyms, especially when writing YA fiction, but not when their real name is Andre...

Mar. 22nd, 2012 12:09 pm (UTC)
Her real name isn't Andre, that's another pseudonym I think. I think her real name is actually Alice.
Mar. 22nd, 2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
Ah I see. Alice Mary Norton apparently.
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