EQC 2013: Photos and sample questions

November 8, 2013 in EQC, Quizzes

The Ireland B team at EQC 2013Last weekend was brilliant and, travel trauma aside, I really enjoyed it – even the quizzing! If you’d like to have a look at a gallery of photos I took, please head on over to the IQO Facebook page and look see. Or, if you’re lazy, here’s the direct link.

I’ve had a few requests for questions from last weekend. Rather than upload an entire quiz etc, I’m actually going to showcase questions from each of the quizzes over the weekend, to give those who missed the tournament a taste of how it went.

And how hard the questions were!

So, here we go. Starting with…

Nations Cup (Friday night):

  1. Also the title of a 2009 film by Dario Argento, name the Italian 20th-century genre of literature and film, which in Italian indicates crime fiction and mystery.
  2. According to its website, every winner of which award, distributed each year at Harvard University, will have “done something that first makes people laugh, then make them think”?
  3. Which commune in northern France, where Napoleon went to school and where he fought a battle in 1814, shares its name with a character played by actress Gwendoline Christie in Game of Thrones?
  4. Not only celebrated for his legendary power but for his insatiable appetite also, which wrestler was the most-crowned athlete of antiquity, earning the title ‘periodonikes’?
  5. Which country is the world’s leading producer of uranium and site of the world’s biggest tent?

Individual quiz (Saturday morning):

  1. According to Japanese legend, which birds will grant a wish or even provide eternal good to whoever folds 1,000 origamis of them?
  2. Although also leek, celery and onion can be used, which vegetable is the main ingredient of Du Barry soup, named after the Comtesse Du Barry, the last official mistress of French king Louis XV?
  3. Which saintly ‘little female bear’, with Anglo-Breton connections, who led 11,000 virgins to their deaths, is celebrated annually on October 21st?
  4. This cyclist was at his best in the 1980s, becoming world champion in 1986 and winning the Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic four times during his career. Although his name might suggest he comes from the Americas, he is an Italian. What is his name?
  5. In 2013, which country lifted the bane on using the letters q, w and x in official documents? The usage of the letters had been outlawed for 85 years.

Club quiz (Saturday evening):

  1. Which religious sect, in which adherents called for a return to early Christianity and did not use the cross nor build churches, preferring to perform rituals outdoors, arose in Bulgaria and Macedonia in the 10th century?
  2. Built by the Persian Safavid king, Shah Abbas II around 1650, the 24-arch Khaju Bridge can be found in what city, a former capital of Persia?
  3. One of his country’s greatest athletes, this World Junior champion won Botswana’s first ever medal at the Summer Olympic games when he finished second to David Rudisha in the 800m at the 2012 games. What is his name?
  4. What name is shared by an island off the coast of Chile, the archipelago to which it belongs, the sea between it and the mainland, and the province of Chile in which they are all contained?
  5. One of the largest mesas or tablelands on the North American continent, this region in the Southwestern United States that encompasses parts of eastern New Mexico and northwestern Texas, is often called the ‘Staked plain’. What is its proper (Spanish language) name?

Pairs quiz (Sunday morning):

  1. The 1905-born Maria Augusta Kutschera became famous under the name of her husband, a retired Austro-Hungarian Navy officer. What name?
  2. What name is given to the unleavened bread, that looks like a giant cracker, traditionally eaten by Jews during Passover, when the eating of other food is forbidden?
  3. Which player became, in 1961, the first non-American to win the Masters Golf tournament?
  4. Which actress has appeared opposite Kevin Costner in Waterworld, opposite Tom Cruise in The Firm and opposite Michael Douglas in Basic Instinct?
  5. Which Canadian national park, that spans more than 10,000 km2, is located in Alberta to the west of Edmonton, on the northern end of the Icefields Parkway, that starts 230km further south in Banff National Park?

Well done to the setters from the International Quiz Association who created the weekend’s excellent questions, of which the above are just a sample. Have a go at them. I’ll give you the whole weekend…

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