POP QUIZ: NOT AS MISCELLANEOUS AS YOU MIGHT THINK (answers)
PLEASE NOTE: Posting early this week because I’ve got a big TIFF marathon on Wednesday. Apologies to anyone who intended to submit answers last-minute.
And an Excelsior! goes to Robert M this week, who pulled off a superior 11/11 on this week’s quiz, getting every question correct and also identifying the hidden theme. Way to go, Robert!
1) The Colossus of Rhodes, a huge statue considered one of the Seven Wonders Of The Ancient World, was a statue of whom or what?
2) What fierce creature is the name of the University Of Michigans twenty-seven sports teams, covering football and basketball, and everything else including water polo?
3) In which 2014 film does Jake Gyllenhall portray an unscrupulous reporter, shooting footage of road accidents and sabotaging other reporters’ work?
4) What is the name of the female sprite who attends Prospero in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”?
5) In Homer’s “The Odyssey”, what is the name of the cyclops described as being the son of Poseidon and Thoosa?
6) What city is served by Sky Harbor International Airport?
7) A 2005 discovery of an ancient papyrus fragment may indicate that the Number Of The Beast is actually not 666, but instead is what?
8) Which Argentinian pro-golfer won the US Open in 2007 and the Masters in 2009, the first of his countrymen to ever win a Golf major?
9) If Anthony Edwards is “Goose” and Tom Skerritt is “Viper”, what is Val Kilmer?
10) “The Storm”, which features covers of songs originally by Nickleback, Hank Williams Jr, and Richard Marx, is a top-10 2007 modern country album by which artist?
1) HELIOS (Greek Titan-god of the sun)
6) PHOENIX, AZ
8) ÁNGEL CABRERA
9) ICEMAN (pilot nicknames in the film “Top Gun”)
10) TRAVIS TRITT
HIDDEN THEME: “colossus”, “wolverine”, “nightcrawler”, “ariel”, “cyclops”, “phoenix”, “beast”, “angel”, iceman” and “storm” are all super-heroes in the X-Men comic books by Marvel.
The discovery mentioned in question seven is one of my favourite things ever. The idea that there’s been a typo in a text to which people attach such importance is very amusing to me. There’s a similar story about an ancient copy of the Qur’an being found which changes the passage which reads “martyrs shall receive 72 virgins in heaven” to “martyrs shall receive 72 white raisins in heaven.” Imagine the disappointment. I mean, the white raisins aren’t even particularly good raisins…