Thursday, 17 April 2014

You probably won't start an avalanche just by shouting

Your targets this week:

1+ out of 10: Well done, you beat us!
We were (joint) winners this week, so no 'winninger than you' target! (Sorry.)

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

The ones that got away
Question 5

1) Which planet in our solar system has the largest number of known moons?
2) In which year was the first woman inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
3) Which South American country has had the two deadliest known avalanches?
4) In the Second World War, which allied nation helped the USA in developing a weapon intended to produce man-made tsunamis?
5) Who is this chap (pictured)?
6) In which year did an Icelandic volcano erupt causing huge disruption to air travel across Europe?
7) ...and what was the name of that volcano?

And finally, this quiz (to our utter delight) also featured a special round based on the Only Connect sequences round, after we mentioned to the quizmaster that "there's this really cool British show you should check out...". Here are the three(!) we got wrong, but I'll be putting up the rest at a future date for the particularly curious.

8) Pictures!

Question 8: what comes fourth?

9) Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad
10) LeBlanc, Clarkson, Jean

The answers

Poll results: 27 votes. All of you did better than us! The average voter scored about 2.3/10.

The excuses

The alternative questions
1) In Holst's The Planets suite, each movement is associated with its corresponding astrological character. Jupiter, for example, is the Bringer of Jollity. What is Saturn the bringer of?
2) Which British band, inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, refused to attend their induction ceremony, instead sending a letter describing the museum as "urine in wine" before adding "We're not coming. We're not your monkeys.".
3) If you visit the Wikipedia page for the Icelandic króna, you are helpfully informed that ""ISK" redirects here". This is because apparently some confused people might be looking for Interstellar Kredit, a currency from which online video game whose developers are also Icelandic?
4) Quizzing chestnut time: what does the Japanese word 'tsunami' literally translate to?
5) Quizzing chestnut time number 2: The Indian region of Punjab takes its name from the convergence of how many rivers?
6) Excluding those featuring the Union Jack, only three national flags incorporate a solid red cross. One is Iceland, name one of the others.
7) Another spelling test: spell Iceland's capital city.
8) An important part of the Easter story, what is a sepulchre?
9) With which condition was Michael Jackson diagnosed in 1986, causing depigmentation of parts of the skin?
10) Between 1904 and 1911 the Governor General of Canada was a grandson of which former British Prime Minister, after whom a particular blend of tea is thought to be named?

The answers

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