College of General Knowledge, MeFi Edition January 24, 2017 6:48 PM   Subscribe

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MetaFilter/King William’s College quiz: the answers:

1
1. Woodrow Wilson (electoral college votes)/Woodrow Wilson (US presidential election)
2. Karl von Stürgkh, assassinated by Adler./Count Karl von Stürgkh (Austrian premier shot by Friedrich Adler)
3. Buchan (Greenmantle)/John Buchan (Greenmantle – Hilda von Einem)
4. Carl Nielsen/Carl Nielsen (symphony, The Inextinguishable).
5. Roald Dahl/Roald Dahl (his birth per his Puffin Passport)
6. “There is something wrong with our [bloody] ships. And something wrong with our [bloody] system.” David Beatty /“There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today” (Vice–Admiral Beatty at the Battle of Jutland)
7. Roger Casement, “hanged on a comma”Sir Roger Casement’s (“Hanged on a comma”)
8. Kingsport, Tennessee, Mary hanged/ Erwin, Tennessee (elephant named Mary had killed her handler)
9. Vermouth won the (unofficial) Grand National. Was trained in Sussex./ Winner of Racecourse Association Steeplechase run at Gatwick (substitute for the Grand National)
10 As Chu Chin Chow /Chu Chin Chow (musical at His Majesty’s Theatre, London)

2
1. Jersey Royal potato/Jersey Royal potato (Originally Jersey Royal Fluke)
2. Alderney/Alderney (Lagers – Norderney, Helgoland, Sylt and Borkum)
3. Armorel. Fictitious version of Sark and the evacuation of a Guernsey cow, Venus, in Appointment With Venus by Jerrard Tickell/St Malo and St Sampson (Victor Hugo, Toilers of the Sea)
4. Guernsey and St. Malo Hugo, Les Miserables/Armorel (Jerrard Tickell, Appointment with Venus)
5. Sark/Sark (Mervyn Peake, Mr Pye)
6. Moses Corbet after Battle of Jersey/ Major Moyse Corbet (Battle of Jersey, 1781)
7. Euston and Henry Sartorius, memorialized in plaques at Victoria College, Jersey. where both were educated./Sartorius brothers (Reginald and Euston, VC, alumni of Victoria College, Jersey)
8. “Les Casquets” Swinburne “Seven rocks rear heads that the midnight masks”/Les Casquets (Swinburne)
9. the Minquiers (1850) /Les Minquiers (St Malo-Jersey ferry, 1850)
10. George Carteret, seigneur of Jersey/Sir George Carteret


3
1. Danny Deever /Danny Deever
2. “She knows, because She warns him, and Her instincts never fail,
That the Female of Her Species is more deadly than the Male”/That the female of the species is more deadly than the male
3. Ubique/Ubique
4. the Bolivar/Bolivar (The Ballad of the Bolivar)
5. Hedgehog and Tortoise “The Beginning of the Armadillos”/Slow-Solid Tortoise and Stickly-Prickly Hedgehog (The Beginning of the Armadilloes)
6. T.B. “A Child’s Garden”/TB (A Child’s Garden)
7. Delilah Aberyswith “Delilah”/Delilah Aberyswith (Delilah)
8. The Coastwise Lights (Bremen, Leith, and Hull)/The Coastwise Lights of England (re Bremen, Leith and Hull)
9. Bill ‘Awkins /Bill ’Awkins
10. Eddi/Eddi of Manhood End (Eddi’s Service)

4
1. Cullen skink /Cullen skink
2. Chowder, clam or cod Moby Dick /Chowder (Herman Melville, Moby Dick)
3. “Thick giblet soup” Ulysses /Thick Giblet soup (James Joyce, Ulysses)
4. portable soup O’Brien, “The Thirteen-Gun Salute” /Portable soup (Patrick O’Brian, The Thirteen-Gun Salute)
5. pottage Genesis 25 /Pottage of lentiles (Genesis 25:34. King James Bible)
6. cock-a-leekie /Cock-a-leekie (Sir Walter Scott, The Fortunes of Nigel)
7. “a plate of broth” Buchan, Huntingtower/A plate o’ broth (John Buchan, Huntingtower)
8. bird’s nest soup/Bird’s nest soup
9. the Mock Turtle Alice /The Mock Turtle (Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
10. cabbage soup Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory/Cabbage soup (Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

5
1. 1925: Sheffield United Beat Cardiff City (Bluebirds = Cardiff, Blades = Sheffield)/Cardiff City (Bluebirds) lost to Sheffield United (Blades) 0-1, 1925
2. 1959: Nottingham Forest beat Luton Town (Miliners = Luton)/Luton Town (Hatters) lost to Nottingham Forest 1-2, 1959
3. 1935: Sheffield Wednesday Beat West Brom (A trickier one, Sheffield Wednesday = The Owls, West Brom are called the Throstles, which is a type of thrush also known as a mavis)/Sheffield Wednesday (Owls) beat West Bromwich Albion (Throstles) 4-2, 1935
4. 1922: The Godwinson reference is to King Harold who won the Battle of Stamford Bridge just before the big day in hastings. This is one of only three finals held at Stamford Bridge (which isn't the same place as the battle) and the second to feature Huddersfield Town (The Terriers)/Huddersfield Town (Terriers) defeated Preston North End at Stamford Bridge, 1922 (Terriers had lost there to Aston Villa in 1920. Harold Godwinson victorious in 1066)
5. 1973: Sunderland very unexpectedly beat Leeds (Sunderland = Black Cats, Leeds = Peacocks) I don't know what the "by then out of season" means. Sunderland beat Preston North End in 1937, so it could be that, but I can't fit a Game Bird to Preston so it's no better. /Sunderland (Black Cats, playing in red and white) beat Leeds United (sometime Peacocks) 1-0, 1972
6. 1978: Arsenal vs Ipswich (Nice and straightforward, Ipswitch = The tractor Boys)/Ipswich Town (Tractor Boys) defeated Arsenal (Gunners) 1-0, 1978
7. 1903: Derby County = The Rams (i.e. flock of sheep) and they lost very badly. This is the only FA Cup final that Derby played at Crystal Palace/Bury (Shakers) beat Derby County (Rams) at Crystal Palace, 6-0, 1903
8. 1949: Leicester are the Foxes, They were beaten by Wolves (aka Wolverhampton Wanderers)./Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Leicester City (Foxes) 3-1, 1949
9. 1951: Tons of teams are called the Magpies but it's usually Newcastle. They played The Tangerines (aka Blackpool)/Newcastle United (Magpies) beat Blackpool (Tangerines) 2-0, 1951
10. 1982: QPR are the Spiders hence Web. In 1982 They played spurs and drew, and the match was replayed. Spurs won. Hence the web being escaped twice. (They changed the rules in 1999 replacing a replay with penalty shootouts)/Blackburn Rovers beat Queen’s Park (Spiders), 1883 and 1884

6
1. Rose of Tralee/Rose of Moyvane (Rose of Tralee song)
2. Rosy starling/Rose-coloured Pastor (aka Rose-coloured Starling/Rosy Starling)
3. Clifford Rose/Clifford Rose (Secret Army/Kessler)
4. Golden Rose (to Henrietta Maria. Barberini = Urban VIII)/Golden Rose (Pope Urban VIII to Henriette Maria, 1625)
5. Rose Street, Edinburgh The Rose Street Challenge is to have a pint at every bar along the “Amber Mile”./Rose Street, Edinburgh
6. Rosie Burdock (=Rosalind Buckland) Laurie Lee, Cider With Rosie/Rosie Burdock (Laurie Lee, Cider with Rosie)
7. Rosebud/Rosebud (Citizen Kane)
8. Mary Rose/Mary Rose (Battle of the Solent, 19 July 1545)
9. Mary Rose/Mateus Rosé
10. Roseola/Roseola infantum

7
1. Venice glassworks Moonraker /Torre dell’Orologio
2. Harry’s Bar Hemingway, Across the River and into the Trees/Harry’s Bar (Hemingway, Across the River and into the Trees)
3. Ospedale della Pietà Vivaldi = il Prete Rosso/Ospedale della Pietà (Antonio Vivaldi)
4. Campanile of San Marco/St Mark’s Campanile
5. Scuola di San Rocco Tintoretto= Little Dyer/Scuola Grande di San Rocca (Tintoretto)
6. the Rialto (by Mrs. General in Little Dorrit) /The Rialto (Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit II, v)
7. the Grand Canal (honeymoon with George Eliot)/The Grand Canal (newly-wed to George Eliot)
8. la Fenice/La Fenice
9. Gallerie dell Accademia [? The Vitruvian Man is there, but the Vitruvian Horse? I can’t believe that KWC’s Dr. Cullen meant the Man was a quadruped, but I’ve been fooled before.]/Gallerie dell’Accademia (Vitruvian Man)
10. the Florian coffeehouse (now) originally "Alla Venezia Trionfante" (Venice the Triumphant)/Caffè Florian (1720)

8
1. Murmansk/Murmansk
2. Coromandel (Edward Lear)/Coromandel (Edward Lear, The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò)
3. Assmannhausen (or Heinrich Mannle?)/Assmannshausen (Rheingau)
4. Fermanagh/Fermanagh
5. Salamanca Royal Scots College/Salamanca (Royal Scots College)
6. Normandy (June 6 is St. Norbert’s Feast Day.)/Normandy (6 June 1944)
7. Godmanchester/Godmanchester
8. Tasmania/Tasmania
9. Kilimanjaro/Kilimanjaro
10. Kalimantan/Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo)

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1. Oberon (musk rose and eglantine) Midsummer Night’s Dream/Oberon, King of the Fairies (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
2. Leontes The Winter’s Tale/Leontes, King of Sicily (The Winter’s Tale)
3. Alonso, The Tempest/Alonso, King of Naples (The Tempest)
4. Ferdinand Love’s Labour’s Lost/Ferdinand, King of Navarre (Love’s Labour’s Lost)
5. Duncan Macbeth/King Duncan’s (Macbeth)
6. Philip King John/King Philip of France’s (King John)
7. Louis Henry VI, pt.III/King Louis (XI of France, Henry VI Pt 3)
8. King of France (Charles VI), Henry V/King Charles VI of France (Henry V)
9. Claudius Hamlet/King Claudius (Hamlet)
10. Antiochus Pericles, Prince of Tyre/Antiochus, King of Antioch (Pericles)

10
1. Tiradentes/Tiradentes’s
2. Cathedral of Brasilia/Cathedral in Brasilia (like Metropolitan Cathedral, circular with 16 supporting beams)
3. Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira/Sócrates (footballer)
4. Manaos (sic) Jules Verne, The Cryptogram/Manaos (Jules Verne, Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon)
5. Congonhas/Congonhas (Aleijadiho’s sculptures of 12 Prophets in Santuário do Bom Jesus de Matosinhos)
6. Pico da Bandeira/Pico da Bandeira (Picos da Neblina and 31 de Março found to be higher in 1965)
7. Getulio Vargas/GetúlioVargas (suicide note, 24 August 1954)
8. Trinidad(e). James I = James Harden Hickey/Trinidad (South Atlantic)
9. Para/The state, Pará (represented by Spica in the constellation Virgo)
10. Brazil nut (Berthollia)/Brazil Nut Tree (Bertholletia, after Claude Louis Berthollet)

11
1. Percy Gorringe/Percy Gorringe’s (Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit)
2. Bobbie Wickham/Bobbie Wickham (“Carrot-topped Jezebel”, Jeeves in the Offing)
3. Claude and Eustace Wooster “The Inimitable Jeeves”/Claude and Eustace (The Delayed Exit of Claude and Eustace, The Inimitable Jeeves)
4. Simla/Simla (Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen)
5. Butterfield/Mr Butterfield (Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves)
6. Gussie Fink-Nottle/Gussie Fink-Nottle (The Mating Season)
7. Freddie Meadowes/Freddie Bullivant’s (Fixing it for Freddie, Carry on Jeeves)
8. Claude “Catsmeat” Potter-Pirbright/Catsmeat Potter-Pirbright (The Code of the Woosters)
9. Clementina “Jeeves and the Kid Clementina”/Clementina (Jeeves and the Kid Clementina, Very Good Jeeves)
10. Gussie Mannering-Phipps/Augustus Mannering-Phipps (Extricating Young Gussie, The Man with Two Left Feet and Other Stories)

12
1. the Window tax Houses with more than eight windows paid tax after 1825, before that it was more than seven. Or ten. Or whatever depending on when.)/The Window Tax
2. Andrea del Sarto/Andrea del Sarto (Max Beerbohm, Seven Men, Savonarola Brown, Act 3).
3. A blonde: Velma/Helen Grayle Raymond Chandler, Farewell My Lovely Chapter 13. cited twice in this quiz. /A blonde (Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely).
4. Judas window/Judas window (Porridge, TV)
5. North Oxford Betjeman, “May-Day Song for North Oxford”/North Oxford (John Betjeman)
6. James Thurber/James Thurber (The Thurber Carnival, Memoirs of a Drudge)
7. Sisera’s mother/Sisera’s mother (Judges, 5:28)
8. “Eleanor Rigby”, Paul McCartney/Eleanor Rigby (Paul McCartney)
9. Jean Brodie Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie/Miss Jean Brodie (Muriel Spark)
10. an honest bob George Formby, “When I’m Cleaning Windows”/An honest bob (George Formby, When I’m Cleaning Windows)

13
1. Vidkun Quisling/Vidkun Quisling (joint administrators)
2. Thor Bjorklund/Thor Bjørklund (cheese-slicer)
3. Tor Sørnes/Tor Sørnes’s (recodable key-code lock)
4. Christian Kielland/Christian Kielland’s (Obstetric Forceps)
5. Roald Amundsen/Roald Amundsen (North-West Passage)
6. Thor Heyerdahl/Thor Heyerdahl (Kon-Tiki expedition, Humboldt Current)
7. Gerhard Hansen/Gerhard Hansen (leprosy, AKA Hansen’s disease)
8. Olaf II of Norway, killed by Thorir Hund/King Olaf II (Thorir Hund at Battle of Stiklestad)
9. Trygve Lie/Trygve Lie (secretary-general of United Nations)
10. Kirsten Flagstad/Kirsten Flagstad (Norwegian bank note)

14
1. Boole Library, University College, Cork/Boole library, University College, Cork
2. State Library of South Australia, Adelaide [this sounds right, but is the only non-Brit library in this section, so…]/Mitchell library, Glasgow (Stephen Mitchell and Son, tobacco brand)
3. King James Library, St, Mary’s College, University of St.Andrews, Fife/King James library, St Andrews
4. John Rylands Library, Manchester/John Rylands library, Manchester (Enriqueta Augustina, née Dalcour)
5. Bodleian Library, Oxford Thomas Bodley/ Bodleian library, Oxford
6. Lincoln Cathedral Library, Lincolnshire/Wren library, Lincoln Cathedral (Dean of Lincoln, Michael Honywood)
7. St. Deiniol’s (now Gladstone Library), Hawarden, Flintshire/St Deiniol’s, Hawarden, Flintshire (now known as the Gladstone library)
8. Percival Library, Clifton College, Bristol/Percival library, Clifton College
9. Taylor Library, Corpus Christi, Cambridge/Taylor library, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (Chronophage)
10. /Sydney Jones library, Liverpool (Alfred Holt and Co)

15
1. April and May Merry Wives of Windsor/April and May (Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 3,2 l 60-62)
2. odour of sanctity Ingoldsby Legends/Sanctity (Thomas Barham, The Jackdaw of Rheims)
3. /Stinking Hellebore (AKA Bearsfoot)
4. Guests (Ben Franklin)/Guests/visitors (Benjamin Franklin)
5. Feelings Charles Kingsley, Two Years Ago chapter1/Feelings (Charles Kingsley, Two Years Ago, chapter 1, Poetry and Prose)
6. Rembrandt/Rembrandt’s (The Unconscious Patient, Allegory of the Sense of Smell, one of his five Senses)
7. I'm going with the scent of "scarlet amaryllis, shimmering blue hyacinths, and great bouquets of tulips," but I can live with "a strong floral scent."/Hyacinths (Ethel Mannin, Fragrance of Hyacinths)
8. “a smell of Burning” Belloc (under a pseudonym), “The Benefits of Electricity”/Burning (Hilaire Belloc, Newdigate Poem)
9. “mushroomy, pine-woody, evergreen smells” John Betjeman, “A Subaltern’s Love Song”/Mushroomy, pine-woody, evergreen (John Betjeman, A Subaltern’s Love-song)
10. carbon dioxide? perhaps methane? /Music-making (WH Auden, In Praise of Limestone)

16
1. “Jim, Who ran away from his Nurse, and was eaten by a Lion”, Belloc, Cautionary Tales for Children/Jim, who ran away from his nurse and was eaten by a lion (Hilaire Belloc)
2. Jim Dixon (delivers the Merrie England lecture while drunk) Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim/Jim Dixon’s (Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim)
3. Jim Dale (Mrs. Dale’s Diary)/Dr Jim Dale (Mrs Dale’s Diary)
4. Jim Davis, Masefield/Jim Davis (John Masefield)
5. Jim Brading Arthur Ransome, We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea/Jim Brading (Arthur Ransome, We Didn’t Mean to go to Sea)
6. Jim Hacker (Yes, Minister)/Jim Hacker’s (Yes Minister)
7. Jim Hawkins (Treasure Island)/Jim Hawkins (RL Stevenson, Treasure Island)
8. Guzzling Jimmy!/Guzzling Jimmy (WM Thackeray, Little Billee)
9.Nigger Jim (Huckleberry Finn) / Jim in Huckleberry Finn
10. Jim Rockford (played by James Garner, The Rockford Files)/Jim Rockford (The Rockford Files, TV)

17
1. “still worthwhile”/Still worthwhile (John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons, 1954, for Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 musical theme Smile)
2. the Snark Carroll, “The Hunting of the Snark”/A Snark (Lewis Carroll, The Hunting of the Snark)
3. “breastless creatures” T.S.Eliot, “Whispers of Immortality”/Breastless creatures (TS Eliot, Whispers of Immortality)
4. ‘”a fascist frown” Muriel Spark, The Girls of Slender Means/A fascist frown (Muriel Spark, The Girls of Slender Means)
5. Walter Mitty James Thurber, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”/Walter Mitty (James Thurber, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)
6. Dean Acheson "He smiled with the spontaneity of a mechanical tiger."/Dean Acheson (Sketches from Life of Men I have Known, 1961)
7. Philip Marlowe Chandler, Farewell My Lovely chapter 18. Same book, same blonde as 12.3 – unusual for Dr. Cullen to do that./Philip Marlowe (Raymond Chandler, Farewell My Lovely)
8. "malevolent" and "aged" Ted Hughes, "Pike"/Malevolent and aged (Ted Hughes, Pike)
9. Yellow Dog Dingo Kipling, Just-So Stories/Yellow-Dog Dingo (Rudyard Kipling, The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo, Just So Stories)
10. “rarely” Rupert Brooke, “ The Old Vicarage, Grantchester”/Rarely (Rupert Brooke, Cambridge people in The Old Vicarage, Grantchester)


18
1. David Cameron/David Cameron
2. Tim Birkhead/Tim Birkhead, The Most Perfect Thing Inside (and Outside) a Bird’s Egg
3. Paul Daniels/Paul Daniels
4. “View of the Sea at Scheveningen”, Van Gogh/Van Gogh’s Seascape at Scheveningen (stolen in Amsterdam in 2002)
5. Pete Willett Ryder Cup/Peter Willett’s (prior to Ryder Cup)
6. Margot Honecker/Margot Honecker
7. Gene Luen Yang and Lauren Redniss won the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's MacArthur genius grant in September, 2016. How 14th applies, though.../Hans Kosterlitz’s (Nobel prize for physics, alumnus of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge)
8. Monty Don, Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs, from Gerald Durrell’s My Family and other Beasts/Monty Don (Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs, cf Gerald Durrell, 1956)
9. Hilton Hotel lift/A lift in the Hilton hotel (Sale Sharks rugby players exceeded weight limit for lift by 19 stone)
10. Spacecraft Juno enters Jupiter orbit/Juno spacecraft orbiting Jupiter
posted by MonkeyToes to MetaFilter-Related at 6:48 PM (6 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Thank you to everybody that pitched in; it's the first time (I think) that I've participated, and I enjoyed the heck out of this project. (With extra thanks to CCBC for consolidating our answers in usable form, and to dilaudid for the blessing to use Google--"To know where you can find anything is, after all, the greatest part of erudition.")
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:56 PM on January 24


Our Answer: 5. 1973: Sunderland very unexpectedly beat Leeds (Sunderland = Black Cats, Leeds = Peacocks)
Their Answer: Sunderland (Black Cats, playing in red and white) beat Leeds United (sometime Peacocks) 1-0, 1972

Ummm, Actually...

Also:
Our Answer: 10. 1982: QPR are the Spiders hence Web. In 1982 They played spurs and drew, and the match was replayed. Spurs won. Hence the web being escaped twice. (They changed the rules in 1999 replacing a replay with penalty shootouts)/
Their Answer: Blackburn Rovers beat Queen’s Park (Spiders), 1883 and 1884


Fine, I guess, I'd argue that all of the others are a single year, thus my answer fits better. And I would also argue that Blackburn Played QPR in 1884 and 1885, not 1883.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 8:15 AM on January 25


Holy cow, for the first time in years I missed it! Nice work, team MeFi!
posted by beagle at 8:22 AM on January 25


Seems your mefi answers don't fully match what's in the spreadsheet. Where do these answers come from?
posted by effbot at 1:27 PM on January 25


Where do these answers come from?

I pulled them from the comments in the original thread, opting to go with CCBC's numbered lists, and the handful of answers that popped up after CCBC posted.
posted by MonkeyToes at 1:32 PM on January 25


Somehow I missed the answers earlier, just saw them today. For everyone who feels dumb now, the King William Quiz is very wrong on 18.7. The guy who won the Nobel and who was the 14th Gonville and Caius scholar to do so was Michael Kosterlitz, Hans (d.1996) was his father. Take that, Doctor Cullen! And what is this Rose of Moyvane business, seems Tralee to me? And Just this guy has noted some not-good FA answers. (Actually there's almost always a couple of bad questions/bad answers on this quiz. I think they throw them in to make people feel better.)

Notable non-answers from MeFi and me: the smells of hyacinth and Auden; Mitchell Library, Glasgow.

I always learn something from these quizzes. Such as the existence of Thackeray's silly poems and that play by Max Beerbohm that sounds a whole lot more interesting than Pippa Passes.
posted by CCBC at 11:26 PM on January 29 [2 favorites]


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