POP QUIZ: MISCELLANY III, RETURN TO MISCELLANY ISLAND (answers)

Congratulations to this week’s Top Scorer (and officiall Trivialitycheck Christmas Elf) Todd J! Todd scored a title-grabbing 6/10 on this random bunch of factoids. There is no truth to the rumour that he peaked at our crib-sheet while he was writing the Christmas quiz… probably. Nice work, Todd!

And Happy new Year, everyone!

1) If the first is “The Deerslayer” and the third, fourth and fifth are respectively “The Pathfinder”, “The Pioneers” and “The Prairie”, what comes second?
2) What’s the most expensive property on a standard UK Monopoly board?
3) Dionysus gave King Midas the ‘gift’ that everything he touched should turn to gold. What did Apollo do to Midas?
4) In the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm Sweden, George S Patton (later to become a four star general in the US army) was the first ever to represent the United States in what event?
5) David Bowie, Sean Connery, Dame Edna Everage and Boris Karloff have all performed the part of narrator on record for which piece of classical music?
6) In the game of cricket, what score would you have if you scored a ‘nelson’, which is considered bad luck despite being quite a high score?
7) The Zanclean Flood, which occurred 5.3 Million Years ago (on a Tuesday, about lunchtime) is thought to have filled in what previously dry sea?
8) What unique position in film history is held by the character of John Strangways, a British spy stationed in Jamaica?
9) What is divided in half, metaphorically, by the Sagittal Plane?
10) Dick Fosbury has leant his name to a technique in which sport?

1) “THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS” (They are the series ‘The Leatherstocking Tales’ by James Fenimore Cooper)
2) MAYFAIR
3) GAVE HIM THE EARS OF AN ASS
4) MODERN PENTATHLON
5) PETER AND THE WOLF by PROKOFIEV
6) ONE HUNDRED AND ELEVEN
7) THE MEDITERRANEAN
8) HE IS THE FIRST PERSON EVER KILLED IN A JAMES BOND MOVIE (DR. NO)
9) THE HUMAN BODY (divided into left and right. Front and back are divded by the Coronal Plane)
10) HIGH JUMP (The ‘Fosbury Flop’)

According to Wiki, the modern pentathlon was designed to simulate the challenges which might be faced by a Cavalry Soldier behind enemy lines: shooting, horse-back riding, fencing, swimming and running. Regular Cavalry soldiers were considered ‘professionals’ as they trained in these disciplines regularly. Officers were considered amateurs, and allowed to compete. At the 1912 Olympics, Patton placed 21st overall in the pistol shooting, and complained that the judges had not scored him properly. He claimed that the holes left in the paper targets by his .38 caliber pistol were so large (most competitors were using .22s), that some of his later shots passed right through them without leaving a second hole. In the judges determination, Patton had in fact missed the target entirely.

In cricket, no one knows why a ‘nelson’ is considered bad luck. Some point to an unfortunate game by a player named Nelson, but no record of the game can be found. Others have speculated that the ‘111’ looks like a wicket with the bails knocked off. But no one is sure.

Thanks,
QM Bill

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