POP QUIZ: THE NOSE KNOWS (answers)

Congratulations to Todd McG, who put his nose to the grindstone and came out with a creditable 7/10.  Way to go!

1) What comedian, singer and actor with a career spanning five decades was affectionately known as “The Schnozzola”?

JIMMY DURANTE

2) Which Russian composer wrote the opera “The Nose”, in which a man’s nose is detached from his face, and runs about the town causing mischief?

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH

3) The phrase “Follow your nose! It always knows!” was used frequently in TV commercials for what food product (and I’m using the word ‘food’ loosely here)?

FROOT LOOPS

4) In the nursery rhyme ‘Sing A Song Of Sixpence’, whose nose is pecked off by a black bird (aren’t children’s rhymes sweet)?

THE MAID

5) Beginning with an argument over whether a certain mathematical formula was legitimate, who lost his nose in a swordfight in 1566?

TYCHO BRAHE

6) Who wrote the original ‘Adventures Of Pinocchio’?

CARLO COLLODI

7) In Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, act 4 scene 1, the witches cast a spell which includes “Gall of goat, and slips of yew, Silver’d in the moon’s eclipse, Nose of…” what? Hint: it doesn’t rhyme.

TURK (also, the liver of a Jew, the lips of a Tartar and the finger of a ‘birth-strangled’ babe.  The witches did NOT mess about)

8) During the black plague epidemics in Europe, ‘Plague Doctors’ often wore masks with long beak-like noses on them, and stuffed the noses full of what?

PERFUMES (the ‘miasmatic’ theory of disease held that bad smells were the cause of infection, so the perfume was supposed to prevent you from getting sick.  NOTE:  It did not work.)

9) In ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’, Cyrano believes that his large nose makes him ugly, and therefore unworthy of the love of which character?

ROXANE

10) According to various stories, Napolean’s soldiers or British troops or Mamluk slave-soldiers may have but Muhammad Sa’im al-Dahr probably did destroy the nose of what famous monument?

THE GREAT SPHINX OF GIZA

Almost everyone who correctly answered number three misspelled “FROOT”, but I let it slide.

Thanks,

QM Bill

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