Thursday, 31 July 2014

Pulp Fiction won the Palme d'Or

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Your targets this week:

1+ out of 9: Well done, you beat us!
3+ out of 9: We'd have won with you on our team!

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

The ones that got away
1) The Battle of Quebec was also known as what?
2) What are the two defining characteristics of a single malt Scotch whisky? (There was some amount of clarification on this, including that "made in Scotland" is not one of the things being asked for. Essentially, what do the words 'single' and 'malt' indicate?)
3) What is the oldest distillery in the world?
4) ...and in what year was it founded?
5) On a Scotch label, what does the term cask strength (or barrel strength) mean?
6) What are the two differences between a Manhattan cocktail and an Old Fashioned cocktail? (Each cocktail has two components/ingredients that the other doesn't, you need all four for the point.)
7) What song do Uma Therman and John Travolta dance to in the diner scene in Pulp Fiction?
8) Name the two main high school girl characters in the movie Clueless. Hint: they share their names with singers "from the 70s, I guess?". First names suffice.
9) What is the name of the seaside town that features at the end of the movie The Shawshank Redemption?

The answers

Our excuses

How did you do? Would you have beaten us (1 or more correct)? Would you have helped us win (3 or more correct)? Let the world know with the poll below, then read on for my alternative questions (loosely) inspired by this week's Ones That Got Away!

My alternative questions
1) While the Seven Years' War ended with dramatic territorial exchanges across the globe, little changed in Europe. What four word Latin phrase, meaning "the state existing before the war", is used to describe such outcomes?
2) This milk flavouring product's original (Swiss) name was based on what were its two main ingredients: eggs and malt. Originating as a misspelling of this name, what is it known as in English-speaking markets?
3) The Old Bushmills Distillery is a mere 2.5 miles away from which UNESCO World Heritage Site? Its visitors' centre was shortlisted for the 2013 Stirling Prize, but lost out to Nuneaton's Astley Castle.
4) What are the (distinct) prime factors of 1608? (That is, the set of prime numbers which divide 1608 exactly.)
5) The term 'proof' in the context of alcohol is, like the more common alcohol by volume (ABV), a measure of how much alcohol is in a liquid. It originated in the 16th century when gunpowder would be doused in what drink and then ignited to 'prove' it had not been watered down?
6) New York (both the state and the city) was named in honour of the Duke of York who would become which English King?
7) The C'est la Vie featured in Pulp Fiction was, alas, not the C'est la Vie that shot Irish pop group B*Witched to double-denim stardom back in 1998. Incredibly, they had a further three consecutive UK Number 1 singles - name any one of them.
8) Clueless was (loosely) based on the Jane Austen novel Emma. Name one year in which Jane Austen was alive.
9) Some essential trivia to finish: The Shawshank Redemption was adapted from the novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by which renowned author?

The answers

How did you do on my alternative questions? Have another poll!


  1. Dang ! I went 1819 for Jane Austen, and Horlcks instead of Ovaltine. I knew about Stephen King and managed to work out Status Quo Ante Bellum from my knowledge of latin phrases.

    1. Eesh, 1819 is pretty tough, bad luck! Pleased on how that Latin question worked out for you, I like it when questions can be worked out :)

  2. Brittany (Murphy) acted in Clueless; maybe that was in your mind.

    1. Oh, good spot, could have snuck in that way :)