POP QUIZ: MISCELLANY IV BRIDE OF MISCELLANY (answers)
And a random round of applause goes to Tom A and Angela M, who each scored 6/10 on this week’s quiz. Miscellaneous felicitations to you both!
1) The Albert Bartlett Russet was the official potato of which 2015 film?
2) Which Pope commissioned Michelangelo to repaint the vault or ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in 1505?
3) Who had a 1963 comedy hit single with a ‘camp’ adaptation of “The Dance Of The Hours”, from the opera “La Giaconda” by Amilcare Ponchielli?
4) Anzac Day, a day of remembrance observed in Australia and New Zealand, was originally established to commemorate which WWI battle?
5) Jabir (sometimes written as Geber and usually pronounced ‘hay-burr’), an 8th century Arabic alchemist known for using a confusing mix of text, arcane symbols and unsourced allusions in his writing, is considered the inspiration for what modern English word, meaning nonsense?
6) In the book of Daniel, what king sees ‘the writing on the wall’, and learns that his own death is imminent?
7) What term, which combined the German words for “to drive” and “enjoyment”, was used as a slogan in Volkswagen ads in the early 1990s?
8) If you stored your belongings in a lazarette (or lazaret), where would they be?
9) What is unusual about a word, usually a proper name or brand name, which is described as being in ‘Camel Case’?
10) What is the better known nickname of American missionary, conservationist and nurseryman John Chapman?
1) THE MARTIAN
2) JULIUS II
3) ALLEN SHERMAN (“Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah”)
8) ON A SHIP (a small storage room, usually between decks)
9) IT HAS A MID-WORD CAPITAL (eg the D in ‘McDuff’ or the V in ‘AltaVista’)
10) JOHNNY APPLESEED
So, yes, I made a typo when I originally posted this. Julius II commissioned Michaelangelo to paint the vault of the Sistine Chapel in 1505, not 1805. Sorry about that. And special thanks to Todd, who, rather than pointing out my error, just assumed that he had misunderstood the question. I appreciate your confidence Todd, however misplaced.
Now, just for fun, here’s my favourite version of “The Dance Of The Hours”: