POP QUIZ: MISCELLANY VII LUCK NUMBER VEE EYE EYE (answers)

And top honours go to Dee Dee T again this week! Dee Dee scored an immaculate 10/10 on our miscellany quiz. A random round of applause for Dee Dee!

1) For stringed instruments played with a bow, such as violins or cellos, what does the instruction “con legno” mean?
2) Who is Annie Wilkes’ favourite author?
3) What term for the tuning mechanism of a guitar is also a song by the band Bush and an album title by Deep Purple?
4) In the famous Abbot & Costello “Who’s On First” routine, what’s the name of the baseball team they are discussing?
5) Cracked, broken and sitting on a cold concrete slab, the Tsar Koloko III is nevertheless still the world’s largest what, weighing in at 201,924kg?
6) In science fiction, what is the appropriate response to the greeting “peace and long life”?
7) A brief refrain from the “The Whiffenpoof Song”, once a hit for Rudy Vallee, preceded a siren at the start of which ’70s WWII drama TV series?
8) The musical ‘South Pacific’ is based on stories by which American author?
9) What historical event (often referenced in 2016) was made possible because of Merkle’s boner?
10) The ‘Blade Runner’ in Australia, the ‘Kangoo Z.E.’ in France and the ‘G-Wiz’ in the UK are all brands of what?

1) TO USE THE WOODEN SIDE OF THE BOW
2) PAUL SHELDON (Stephen King’s ‘Misery’)
3) MACHINE HEAD
4) THE ST LOUIS WOLVES
5) BELL
6) LIVE LONG AND PROSPER
7) BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP (acc: Black Sheep Squadron, which it was called in syndication)
8) JAMES MICHENER
9) THE CHICAGO CUBS WINNING THE WORLD SERIES IN 1908 (acc: Cubs winning the penant)
10) ELECTRIC CAR

The Tsar Koloko III, or Tsar Bell, has never rung. A fire broke out during it’s forging in 1735, and as workers threw buckets of cold water to douse the flames, the bell developed many small cracks, and an eleven ton piece fell off completely. Bell and shard sit on a conrete pedestal outside the Kremlin. A heavier bell, The Great Bell Of Dhammazedi, was reportedly over 300 tons, but was lost by shipwreck during transport and may never be recovered.

“Live long and prosper” was first used in the Star Trek episode “Amok Time”, where they return to Spock’s home planet, Vulcan, so he can undergo the pon-farr mating ritual. The order of the phrasing has changed occasionally, with “Live Long And Prosper” being either the greeting or the response, and in at least one instance both.

Individually, the things you tighten or loosen to tune a guitar string are often called keys, or sometimes pegs, or just ‘tuners’. But the mechanism – the key, the thing it screws into, the mount onto the headstock, the casing around it – is called a machine head. Also, there’s no Deep Purple album called “tuner thingies”.

The wiki article on “Merkle’s Boner” is nearly 2,000 words long, not including citations and references. It was apparently quite a controversial call. Essentially, an inexperienced rookie player named Fred Merkle of the New York Giants failed to advance a base on a hit, which caused a ‘force-out’ situation and ended the game in a tie, despite a ‘winning run’ being scored on the same play. Many feel that the ‘force-out’ call was a bad call, the Giants should have been credited with that final run and taken the league championship. Instead the game ended in a tie, a make-up game was played and the Cubs beat the Giants, won the penant and went on to win the World Series.

Thanks,
QM Bill

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