POP QUIZ: YOU CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE (answers)

Congratulations for the second week in a row go to Ralph L! Ralph tied for first last week, but this week he holds top honours all by himself! Way to go, Ralph!

1) When measuring the distance from London, England to other U.K. destinations, what intersection is traditionally used as the starting point?
2) The Canary Islands are owned by Spain, but which mainland African nation is actually closest?
3) Which landlocked nation borders Ukraine and Romania, and no others?
4) In which two cities would you find unofficial “Mile Zero” markers for the Trans-Canada Highway (but no “Kilometre Zero” markers)?
5) Described as the “northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world”, in which Canadian Territory would you find Alert?
6) Sydney, Australia lies adjacent to the foothills of what major Australian mountain range?
7) Lake Kariba, the world’s largest man-made reservoir by volume, is caused by the Kariba Dam blocking the flow of what river?
8) What’s the English translation of the Spanish geographical term ‘bahia’, as in ‘Bahia de Cochinos’?
9) Iguazo Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world, are on the Iguazo river, which forms part of the border between which two South American countries?
10) If you land at Fa’a’a International Airport, near the town of Papeete, which island are you visiting?

1) CHARING CROSS
2) MOROCCO
3) MOLDOVA
4) VICTORIA BC and ST JOHN’S NF
5) NUNAVUT (Alert population as of last Census in 2011: 62)
6) THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
7) THE ZAMBEZI
8) BAY (Bay of Pigs)
9) BRAZIL and ARGENTINA
10) TAHITI (which is very Fa’a’a away)

Using Charing Cross as London’s centre-point is part of something called “The Knowledge”, a test for cabbies reckoned by some to be the most difficult regularly administered test in the world. It requires an in-depth knowledge of streets within a six mile radius of the famous intersection, some 25,000 streets in all. One online source says “You will need to know: all the streets; housing estates; parks and open spaces; government offices and departments; financial and commercial centres; diplomatic premises; town halls; registry offices; hospitals; places of worship; sports stadiums and leisure centres; airline offices; stations; hotels; clubs; theatres; cinemas; museums; art galleries; schools; colleges and universities; police stations and headquarters buildings; civil, criminal and coroner’s courts; prisons; and places of interest to tourists.” Best of luck.

Bahia de Cochinos translated to “Bay Of Pigs”. If you got that question wrong, don’t feel bad. It’s not the only ‘Bay Of Pigs’ failure there’s been.

Thanks,
QM Bill

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