N-n-n-nineteen. Later than expected – illness, partly, but also this is an amateur site. It’s not like we can bring in a temp and certainly not anyone from another department, especially Cryptics. It might be sunny weather but there’s also a cold wind, so staying inside and doing a short quiz is a reasonable option.
Quiz Questions (answers follow below)
What is the fourth item in these sequences?
1. Smallest administrative unit (UK)
2. Large city (France)
3. Small village (Tuscany)
1. Type of dance after evening (87)
2. Optical illusion (82)
3. Very large tooth (79)
What’s the connection between these four items?
a) E G (Spanish, French, Portuguese)
b) G (French)
c) G-B (Portuguese)
d) P N G (English, Hiri Motu, Sign Language, Tok Pisin)
7. Which is the odd one out from these four?
a) Deborah Kerr (The King and I)
b) Natalie Wood (West Side Story)
c) Julie Andrews (The Sound of Music)
d) Audrey Hepburn (My Fair Lady)
Five questions on Family Prizes
These pairs of people are/were related. Which of these were successful in winning these major prizes and which weren’t?
8. Kingsley and Martin Amis (father and son) were both writers. Which won the Booker Prize?
9. Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi (father and daughter) were both Prime Ministers of India at some stage in their careers. Which won the Nobel (Peace) Prize?
10. Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine (sisters) were both actresses. Which won the Best Actress Oscar?
11. Frank and Nancy Sinatra (father and daughter) were both singers. Which had a UK number 1 record?
12. Kirk and Michael Douglas (father and son) were both actors. Which won the Best Actor Oscar?
Warning: Answers about to follow
1. Small town Cornwall or golf benchmark (Parish, Paris, Pari, Par)
2. Film with a Bob on his own (e.g. Bob Roberts (1992) starring Tim Robbins). Sequence is Bob and three others (Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice), Bob and two others (Rita, Sue and Bob too), Bob and one other (Jay and Silent Bob strike back) then a Bob on his own. Of course, you might have chosen a different Bob, in which case you might appreciate this song from the sadly short-lived Colorblind James Experience.
3. E.g., Gossip (77). Fleetwood Mac albums and the years they were released, going back in time – Tango in the Night, Mirage, Tusk, Rumours.
4. The four “Guinea” countries and their official languages – Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Papua New Guinea
5. These are all songs called “Gloria” by respectively, Vivaldi, U2, Laura Brannigan and Van Morrison. Only the final two of these are definitely about a woman called Gloria, The first (Vivaldi) is a song to God, the second (U2) is less clear whether it’s about God or woman
6. All become new words when you add “val” to them
7. Julie Andrews (The Sound of Music) – Four-octave range Andrews actually did her own singing in the film, as opposed to the three others, where the voice was actually that of Marni Nixon (1930-2016). As not many filmgoers ever got to see Marni (although, she played the part of a nun in the Sound of Music), she’s the featured picture for this quiz.
How did you get on? Do you disagree with any of the answers or have different but valid ones.
Well, don’t forget to comment below, then – these quizzes don’t make themselves, you know, and it gets exceeding solitary without any sign of people or even AI doing them.
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