POP QUIZ: MISCELLANY V THE ONE WHERE ‘V’ MEANS ‘FIVE’ (answers)

Congratulations to Tim B, who dominated this recent randomness with a strong 6/10. Way to go, Tim!

1) The leader of which country lives in an official residence which was originally called ‘Gorffwysfa’ meaning ‘place of rest’ in Welsh?
2) What stately manor is the setting for both the first and last novel featuring Agatha Christie’s ‘Hercule Poirot’?
3) Kings Cross, Marylebone, Fenchurch and Liverpool in the UK and Gare du Nord, Montparnasse, Saint- Lazare and Gare de Lyon in France are the equivalent to what in North America? Your answer must include all four to be correct.
4) Instead of using ‘AD’, dates in which dystopian novel are given as ‘AF’, meaning ‘After Ford’?
5) The word ‘parsec’, the unit of astronomical distance, is formed by combining abbreviations of two other words. The ‘sec’ part stands for ‘second’. What does the ‘par’ part stand for?
6) Which classic piece of musical theatre features a vessel called The Cotton Blossom?
7) Who, although famous for other endeavours, plays clarinet for the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band and has featured at regular gigs in New York City for more than 35 years?
8) What traditional measurement for an amount of beer is equal to six firkins, or fifty-four gallons?
9) The 1,833km State Barrier Fence no 1, first of three fences which stretch across 3,256km of Australia, was constructed in the early 1900s to stop the advance of what?
10) Who received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in 1992, for his portrayal of a man who was himself nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in 1940?

1) CANADA (24 Sussex Dr was originally built by Joseph Merrill Currier in 1866)
2) STYLES COURT (accept: Styles)
3) READING, PENNSYLVANIA, B&O and SHORT LINE (Railroads in the boardgame Monopoly)
4) BRAVE NEW WORLD
5) PARALLAX
6) SHOWBOAT
7) WOODY ALLEN
8) HOGSHEAD
9) RABBITS
10) ROBERT DOWNEY JR (portraying Charlie Chaplin, who was nominated for ‘The Great Dictator’)

In October of 1859 an English Settler in Victoria, Australia named Thomas Austin thought it would be a good idea to release two dozen rabbits into the area surrounding his estate, so he could hunt them. According to wiki, he said “The introduction of a few rabbits could do little harm and might provide a touch of home, in addition to a spot of hunting.” The Australians built over 3,000km of fencing, attempting to control the spread of the vast population of rabbits which sprang from that original two dozen. It didn’t work. Possible reason: rabbits can jump.

Hercule Poirot’s original full-length novel appearance was in the “Mysterious Affair At Styles”, in which Styles Court is the home of the Inglethorp family. His last appearance was in “Curtain”, in which he is again resident at Styles Court, now converted to a convalescent home for the aged and infirm. Poirot’s death in that final novel (spoilers!) occasioned the first and only New York Times Obituary for a fictional character.

Thanks,
QM Bill

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