Thursday, 10 April 2014

Bantam is the only boxing weight class which is an anagram of a river in Turkey

Special note: Usually at The Ones That Got Away we don't like to mention which quizzes stumped us. This is mainly because a) we don't want to be mobbed by the thousands of Montreal-based Only Connect fans, and b) the questions are often a bit, well, questionable. I'm making an exception this week however, with these questions coming from an excellent quiz run by this guy. If you are a Twitterer, he's well worth a follow, and if you're a Facebooker, you can do that 'Like' thing here. And of course, if you're ever in Montreal you should come on down and take us on in our natural environment!

Your targets this week:

1+ out of 11: Well done, you beat us!
7+ out of 11: We'd have won with you on our team!

The attendees
1) The statistician
2) The doctor
3) The engineer

The ones that got away
1) Which was the first animated movie to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar?
2) According to research carried out last year, the article about which man is the most contested on Wikipedia?
3) Which 1974 David Bowie single's title is made up of the same word repeated twice?
4) Which pet product's active ingredient is the chemical nepetalactone?
5) Name the song and artist behind these lyrics:

I've got stiffness in my bones
Ain't no beauty queens in this locality
I tell you
Oh but I still get my pleasure
Still got my greatest treasure

6) In the surfer phrase 'hang ten', to what does the word 'ten' refer?
7) One of the world's hottest peppers is named after which Caribbean city?
8) Of the six famous numbers in the TV series Lost, which one is the only prime?
9) What three-name fictional law or accounting firm has been used in several parody settings by (among others) Johnny Carson, Groucho Marx and Daffy Duck?
10) Sort these boxing weight categories from heaviest to lightest: bantam, cruiser and welter.
11) The six Australian states are New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia and which other?

The answers

Poll results: 26 votes. 25 of you did better than us but just 2 would have helped us win! The average voter scored just under 4/8.

The excuses

The alternative questions
Question 2
1) Just two other animated movies have been nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, both since 2009 when the Academy expanded the number of nominees for the award. Name one of them.
2) George W Bush is now arguably better known as a world-renowned painter than as a president, but which former world leader has he attempted to paint here?
3) Which 1986 film, written by Monty Python Terry Jones, saw David Bowie play a Goblin King who kidnaps a baby?
4) Which fictional heroine is known by the nickname 'Catnip' to her friend Gale?
5) An essential piece of Queen trivia is that Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara on the island of Zanzibar. Of which modern-day country is Zanzibar now a semi-autonomous part?
6) Which American state lends its name to a metric of wave height measurement used by surfers, scaled so that the actual height of the wave is roughly twice the figure quoted?
7) Having asked about the Scoville Scale last week, the other essential piece of chilli-based trivia knowledge is which is the world's hottest. You might think it's the Ghost Pepper, crowned in 2007, but it has since been superseded twice, with the current holder taking the title on Boxing Day 2013.
8) Prime numbers play a vital role in many areas of online security via cryptography. One of the more widely used encryption algorithms is known as RSA, but from what is the name RSA derived? (An equivalent system was developed by the English mathematician Clifford Cocks around three years earlier, but was deemed classified information until 1997.)
9) Daffy Duck appeared in 133 cartoons during animation's so-called 'golden age' between 1928 and the late 1960s. Two Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies characters appeared in more. One of these is Bugs Bunny, who is the other?
10) Who was the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title?
11) Australia's national anthem Advance Australia Fair was chosen after receiving 43% of the vote as part of the 1977 referendum. Which song came in second with 28%, beating the former anthem God Save The Queen into third?

The answers


  1. Dewey, Cheatem & Howe is something I shouldn't have been able to forget ever since it was pointed out to me that it means "Do we cheat 'em? And how!"

    But I did. :(

  2. Hey guys, thanks for the mention! Based on your performance on Wednesday, it seems like this article will be much, much shorter next week. Have a great weekend!