Sunday, 24 November 2013

The 'mac' in Tarmac comes from the name of Scottish engineer John McAdam

The team name: Rob Ford: any colour you want as long as it's crack

The attendees
1) The statistician
2) The doctor
3) The Klingon
4) The game dev

The ones that got away
1) Asia makes up what percentage of Earth's land mass? You can be up to 5% over or under.
2) What word derives from the Greek for 'sharp dull'?
3) Vancouver is known as the Hollywood of Canada, but which of these appears the most in city nicknames: Paris, Venice or Athens?
4) What was the profession of the man killed so that Hannibal Lecter could enjoy his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti?
5) Which US State's state bird is the road runner?
6) Which word, which contains the letters OK consecutively (but not at either end), turns into a word with the same meaning if you remove the OK?
7) Which 2009 film opens with the lines "Oh, America I wish i could tell you that this was still America. But I've come to realize that you can't have a country without people. And there are no people here"
8) Rearrange the letters of the word INTERACTION to make two new related words. (So you're looking for two words which between them have the 11 letters of INTERACTION in them.)

The answers

Poll results: 14 votes with the average voter scoring 2/8!

The excuses

The alternative questions
1) Despite thinking for years it was a joke about the board game Risk, in which 1987 film does the quote "never get involved in a land war in Asia" actually feature? It actually derives from principles espoused by Field Marshall Montgomery in a 1962 speech to the House of Lords.
2) Which contemporary musical instrument's unabbreviated name, deriving from the Italian for soft and strong, sounds like an oxymoron? (The name of an earlier version of the same instrument has a similar property.)
3) Which celebratory event in 2012 was in part inspired by a Canaletto painting?
4) The most recent taking place in 2011, the (full) UK census has taken place every 10 years since when?
5) New Mexico is one of four US states that begins with 'New'. Name two of the others.
6) On which game show would host Bruce Forsyth say "I'm the joker in the pack, which makes me such a lucky jack, but here's 4 people that are so appealing, ok dollies, do your dealing."
7) Which BAFTA award winning computer game franchise allows teams of up to four players to co-operate in a bid to survive a zombie apocalypse?
8) Which cigarette brand sponsored the World Snooker Championship from 1976 until 2005 before advertising legislation halted the practice?

The answers


  1. I would make the case for OKAY as an answer to Q6.

    1. Ha, nice spot. I've edited it slightly now to rule that out (I think that was specified on the night, but the dude had to spend about 10 minutes explaining it because no-one really understood what he meant, so I could be wrong).