Answers from Tartu

November 12, 2012 in EQC, Quizzes

Here are the answers to the questions I posted during the weekend.

So how do you think you did? Could you keep up with the quizzers at the European Quizzing Championships?

If so, drop me an email and I’ll sort you out for a place on next year’s squad. 🙂

Update: Fancy giving the full Individual Quiz a go? Click here to download the paper (PDF, 5.4 MB).

Nations Cup questions:

  1. Formed in 1909, they are still over 200 years younger than the university they represent. The Whiffenpoofs are an a-capella vocal group from which Ivy League Institution? A> Yale
  2. Found worldwide in the tropics, by what name is the bird also called the Jesus Bird or the Lily Trotter better known? A> Jacana
  3. Which US state’s top three cities (in terms of population) all begin with the letter C? A> Ohio
  4. What is the name for the variant of the Greek language which has been the official language of the modern Greek state since 1976? A> Demotic
  5. Two US sports teams, one NHL one NBA, based in the same state but in differnent cities, share the same nickname. What is it? A> Kings
  6. What do the letter ATF stand for in the name of a US Federal Bureau? A> Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
  7. What is the name of the Italian region, the capital of which shares its name with the Italian name for an item on the flag of Mexico? A> Abruzzo
  8. In his novels, Ian Fleming states that James Bond looks most like which American pianist, actor and bandleader? A> Hoagy Carmichael
  9. Which Canadian town is the only one in the world whose name includes not one but two exclamation marks? A> St Louis du Ha! Ha!

Individual questions:

  1. Which three-digit number refers to the NOT FOUND error message indicating that a HTTP server cannot find the requested item? A> 404
  2. Formerly the Whitbread Round the World race, what is the name of the yacht race around the world that is held every three years? A> Volvo Ocean Race
  3. Born in 1907 and actor in classics such as It’s a Wonderful Life and To have and have not, Sheldon Leonard is no best-known for giving his name to the two main characters in which TV show? A> The Big Bang Theory
  4. On 6 April 2012, in which European capital city were 11,541 empty chairs set out along Titova St. to mark a 20th anniversary? A> Sarajevo
  5. The work Le Piacevoli Notte (Nights of Straparola) is a collection of 75 stories by the 16th century writer Gianfresco Straparola. It is considered the oldest European collection of which kind of stories? A> Fairy-tales
  6. Which West African nation has given the world the dance craze known as the Azonto? A> Ghana
  7. Which human substance, that tends to be more of the wet type in European or Africans and more of the dry type in Americans and Asians, is also effective – but for obvious reasons not very popular – remedy for cracked lips? A> Ear wax
  8. Almost one quarter of all chess matches begin with the moves e4 c5. This is the opening move of a defence, named after which Mediterranean island? A> Sicily
  9. He won two CART championships in North America during the last 1990s, drove in Formula One and lost both his legs in a crach in 2001. Who won three handbiking medals at the London Paralympics in 2012? A> Alex Zanardi
  10. The practice started in 1952 and has been repeated during the most recent Detroit Red Wings home playoff games. What creatures are thrown on the ice by the fans to support their team? A> Octopus

Finally, here’s another chance to see the photos taken by myself, Derek and Padraic over the weekend.

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