Long lost cousin Sidney’s answers

March 27, 2011 in Gilligan's, Quizzes

Sidney Nolan painting of Ned Kelly, 1946.

Here are the answers to the questions posted in Friday’s Long lost cousin Sidney.

I won’t be in Gilligan’s next Tuesday night, alas.  I’ll be in Dublin watching (hopefully) Luis Suárez and Diego Forlán playing football.

But that’s next week.  Let’s get last Tuesday out of the way first.


  1. In what year was the ‘SOS’ distress signal first used? A> 1912 *
  2. In which decade were the Sydney Harbour and Golden Gate bridges opened to the public? A> 1930s
  3. The ancient region of Flanders is now covered by which three modern states? A> Netherlands, Belgium and France
  4. Australian artist Sidney Nolan is best known for his series of paintings of whom? A> Ned Kelly
  5. What was the first name of the poet Lord Byron? A> George
  6. How many Claremorris Open Exhibitions have there been? A> 33
  7. Which saint is associated with Scallop shells? A> St. James (Santiago)
  8. Which South American country’s flag features the ‘Sol de Mayo’? A> Argentina **
  9. In the 1960s, what were Gemini, Titan and Saturn? A> Spacecraft
  10. Which was the first human organ to be successfully transplanted? A> Kidney
  11. Which US State was named after the wife of King Charles I? A> Maryland
  12. Which saint is said to have been crucified on an X-shaped cross? A> St. Andrew ***
  13. What is unusual about Hermit Crabs? A> It doesn’t grow its own shell ****

That’s all folks.  Nothing more to add, except these several footnotes!

* Now, we were nowhere near this but 1912 was announced and the Titanic was also mentioned.  However, Wikipedia doesn’t agree with this, citing the “Cunard liner Slavonia on June 10, 1909″. It does mention the Titanic however, stating that “the ship’s Marconi operators intermixed CQD [and older signal] and SOS distress calls” before claiming that “the use of CQD appears to have died out after this point.”

** We spent a lot of time debating whether we’d say Argentina or Uruguay. Both are technically correct though.

*** Think of the flag of Scotland.

**** We answered “can change shell”, which I’d argue is pretty close to being correct!

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