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The Summer Quiz 2016 - Round Two - The Answers

By OldPete
June 22 2016

The answers to Round Two of Old Pete's Summer Quiz! Away we go...






Thanks to all who joined in - what I enjoy is not only setting the questions but also learning from your answers.


Cities   ( where am I or even was I )


1.            I am probably the only city in the world with a bridge linking me directly to another country.

OK got this one wrong - I was thinking of Copenhagen – but there were some valid alternatives and corrections to my inadequate geography


2.             High on a hill a gilded statue of Our Lady stands guard over the city and port

Marseilles    - Notre Dame de la Garde must have looked down in horror at the scenes in the Old Port recently.


3.             I had a symphony written in honour of my citizens heroism.   Leningrad   - as it was then and is referred to in the dedication of Shostakovich’s 6th symphony -   Sarge I didn’t know about the state intervention over the naming of the 7th   but interesting nevertheless.


4.            On the outskirts of this city there is a huge statue of men looking out to sea commemorating  my country’s maritime past Lisbon – the statue is of the 15/16th century explorers   and is known as the Navigators.


5.             Northampton and this city are fatally connected . Canterbury  - through any Beckett connection you care to identify. Beckett was murdered in Canterbury cathedral.


What links or connects


6.           Two 20th century British Prime Ministers , Edward VIII , A Presidential retreat , and a recently deceased pop star. David  - Cameron & Lloyd George   Camp David and Davis Bowie and Edward VIII   was known familiarly as David


7.       A French cheese , a legendary sign post on an ancient pilgrim route , a diagonal move , a shepherding aid. This question was inspired by one of my favourite tipples   - Shepherd - Neames   “ Bishops Finger “   on the label of the bottled version it tells you all about the sign post to Canterbury. So the link is Bishop - the French cheese - It does say French   - is Pont L’Evec   or the Bishops bridge - quite a common cheese in Normandy / Brittany.   A Diagonal or Bishops move   and a Bishop carries a crook like staff indicating his/ her role as shepherd of his/ her flock


8.            kiosk , Odeon , psyche , architect , crypt , telephone. apathy  Yes they are all derived from ancient Greek.


9.           Saladin , A character from the comedia del arte , the cap badge of midland regiment , The patron saint of Spain.  Well it took you a long time to get this Rugby related question until Sarge strikes again . They are all indicators of Premiership rugby teams.   Saladinled the Saracens ( although the fact that Sarries fans insist on wearing crusader like tabards may have confused you )   The character from the comedia del arte is of course Harlequin The cap badge of the Leicestershire regiment is a Tiger ( it / they even featured in an episode of Poirot )   and the patron Saint of Spain   is Saint James - well then?


10.         An assassin’s assassin - a cockney Indian - the worth of a good woman - an American born comedian .     the answer is RUBY   -   Lee Harvey Oswald was shot by Jack Ruby , a Ruby Murray   is rhyming slang for a curry - “ the worth of a good woman is far above rubies   “ -   Book of Proverbs I think ?


Which is the odd one out

11.          Manchester , Croydon , Amsterdam , Warsaw , London  

All have a tram system except London


12.          Courtney Lawes , Alex Waller, Paul Diggin , Steve Thompson , Tom Collins   ,

                All went to Northampton School for Boys – except Alex Waller


13           Magnus Flyte , Thomas Hardy,George Elliot , Robert Galbraith , Georges Sand ,

Thomas hardy   -all the others are women writing under male names.


14.          Carrot , swede, salsify , artichoke , radish

                Artichoke   -   all the others are roots or tubers.


15.          Rutherford , Bohr , Crick , Teller , Fermi

                Crick   - all the others were engaged in what was known at the time as Atomic research .




16.          How did a gift of sporting equipment allegedly lead to a dramatic invasion. Well it pays to read the question in which the word “ dramatic “ is a pretty significant clue . So its Henry V and the gift of tennis balls from the Dauphin of France.


17.         Richard Jenkins was better known as who ?   YES – Richard Burton. Apparently he took the name Burton out of admiration for one of his teachers.


18.        Who is supposed to have been the first person to use the “ F “ word on British Television.In the 14/ 15th centuries which was the largest ( by land area ) state or country in Europe. Some close answers here and some way out by several hundred years. It was the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth   - which covered Modern Poland and the Baltics as well huge chunks of what would now be the Ukraine.   ( haven’t you ever watched the film Taras Bulba on a wet Sunday afternoon )

                Well   some controversy here   - but I had it down as Kenneth Tynan.


19.       Roughly - When and how was thrift phased out of our pockets -   Again this is arguable and a bit confusing in terms of when the threepenny bit with the thrift plant on it was actually phased out .  The last threepenny coins minted were in the early years of Elizabeth ii s reign and the obverse showed a portcullis. The last showing the thrift plant were minted in the reign of George VI   so we could say they were phased out starting in 1952/3                 Incidentally I remember as a nipper in South Wales having Christmas pudding in which there was a hidden silver threepenny bit – anyone else remember them ?



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Re: The Summer Quiz 2016 - Round Two - The Answers
Phil. (IP Logged)
22/06/2016 22:18
Thanks, Pete - look forward to Round Three next week! smiling smiley

Re: The Summer Quiz 2016 - Round Two - The Answers
OldPete (IP Logged)
23/06/2016 07:45
apologies again - i seem to have muddled the answers to Qs 18 and 19 so I trust folk can make sense of them.

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Re: The Summer Quiz 2016 - Round Two - The Answers
Flinstone Saint (IP Logged)
23/06/2016 09:15
Inflation had taken the silver thrupenny up to a silver sixpenny by the time I was eating Christmas pudding, Pete ;-)


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Re: The Summer Quiz 2016 - Round Two - The Answers
Matthew (IP Logged)
23/06/2016 20:16
Thanks, Pete - I enjoy these!


Re: The Summer Quiz 2016 - Round Two - The Answers
Connorman (IP Logged)
24/06/2016 07:03
Nice one, Pete. These quizzes are a happy diversion from codswallop.

Re: The Summer Quiz 2016 - Round Two - The Answers
Wee Jim (IP Logged)
24/06/2016 12:33
Yes indeed most enjoyable! Still think Teller is the odd one out ;-)

Re: The Summer Quiz 2016 - Round Two - The Answers
OldPete (IP Logged)
24/06/2016 21:45
Jim - its actually very difficult to think up an odd one out where there are not several reasons or candidates for being the odd one.

Re: The Summer Quiz 2016 - Round Two - The Answers
Wee Jim (IP Logged)
25/06/2016 08:10
Sorry Pete not intended as a criticism of your efforts. You put some intriguing groups together.

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