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Jolly Hockeysticks
17th Apr 2002, 11:12
Questions are a mix of History and Geography or thereabouts.

RULES
1. Questions posted on Wednesday about midday UTC. Answers posted on Sunday or whenever I feel like it.
2. 2 points for each correct answer. Multi-part questions require all parts answered correctly for the 2 points. 1 point will be awarded for answers that are significantly on the right track. The 2nd point will be awarded to the first person to “fill in the gaps”. Bonus points may be awarded additional relevant information.
3. There is no Rule 3
4. Judge's decision final.
5. Do not edit your posts. If you want to add or correct something post a new reply. The points go to the first person to get the correct answer. "First" is taken as the posting time. If you edit a post, the editing time will be used.

NOTES
Where a question asks about a “State” this means a country, nation, principality, any territory wholly independent. If the question refers to one of the United States of America, then it will say “US State”.

Just the Bold Red ones left.

1. How many times has the Nile frozen over and in what years?
Twice, in 829 and 1010 - Kilted
2. Which country, apart from USA, has a capital city named after a US President?
Liberia. Monrovia is named after James Monroe. - Kilted
3. What was a Royal Navy frigate accused of doing on 07 Sep 1973?
Throwing carrots at an Icelandic gunboat - Kilted
4. In 897, whose body was removed from its sarcophagus and put on trial for various crimes?
Pope Formosus - DeepC
5. What is the world’s smallest republic?
Nauru - DeepC
6. Who said "If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith"?
Albert Einstein - Kilted
7. What happened to the streets of London in 1807?
They were lit by gaslights for the first time - Kilted
8. What, and where, is the tallest active volcano in the world?
Nevados Ojos del Salado, Chile/Argentina. 6,887 m - Rollingthunder
9. The Valley is the capital of which territory?
Anguilla - Kilted
10. What do the following have in common: Philadelphia, York, Lancaster, Baltimore, Annapolis, Princeton, Trenton, New York City?
They all served as the seat of government for the USA before Washington, D.C., became the permanent capital. - Four Seven Eleven
11. In which country is the North Pole?
None. It’s in the Arctic Ocean - Justforkix
12. Who was killed as a result of an assassination attempt on Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933
Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak - Kilted
13. Why did Americans panic on 30 Oct 1938?
Orson Welles 'War of the Worlds' radio program - DeepC
14. What weighed 184 lbs. and transmitted a beeping radio signal for 21 days?
Sputnik I - Justforkix
15. Which British Battleship was hit by a torpedo in the English Channel on 01 Jan 1915?
Formidable - Kilted
A bonus point for what the torpedo was fired from
German sub U-24 - Kilted
16. Who was elected president of which newly created state on 10 Jan 1922?
Arthur Griffith, Irish Free State - Kilted
17. The 50 foot tall “Hollywood” sign was first erected in 1923. What did it originally read, and what was its purpose?
Hollywoodland. A real estate ad - Kilted
18. Which city is served by J.F. Kennedy International Airport?
La Paz, Bolivia - Rollingthunder
19. Who was the last person to be tried for witchcraft in England, and what was the verdict?
Jane Wenham in 1712. Guilty or not guilty !!! (see explanatory post) - Dkosky
20. What is the connection between Iran Air Flight 655 and WW1 spy Mata Hari?
Vincennes. The Iranian Airbus was mistakenly shot down by USS Vincennes on 03 July 1988. Mata Hari was executed by a French firing squad at Vincennes Barracks, outside Paris on 15 October 1917 - ORAC


RISE and FALL
People come to power, as head of state of a country, by various means, and cease to be in power, also by various means.

RISE: Who came to power on

a. 02 Nov 1930
Haile Selassie was crowned Emperor of Ethiopia - Kilted
b. 17 Nov 1954
General Gamal Abdel Nasser became Egyptian head of state after forcing out General Mohammed Naguib - woderick
c. 20 Feb 1971
Idi Amin declared himself president of Uganda and promoted himself to General - Kilted
d. 10 May 1994
Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as president of South Africa. - Kilted
e. 04 May 1979
Margaret Thatcher - Kilted

FALL: Who ceased to be in power on

f. 29 Jul 1975
General Yakubu Gowon Nigeria. Overthrown in a bloodless coup by Brigadier General Murtala Muhammed - Kilted
g. 16 Mar 1976
British Prime Minister Harold Wilson quit - Kilted
h. 17 Jun 1982
Leopoldo Fortunato Galtieri. Argentina. Resigned after Falklands War - Kilted
i. 09 Aug 1974
Richard Nixon. Resigned - Kilted
j. 05 Jul 1977
Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan. Military coup - woderick

Final Scores
Kilted – 41
DeepC - 6
Justforkix - 4
Rollingthunder - 4
woderick - 4
Four Seven Eleven - 2
ORAC - 2
Dkosky - 2

JH

DeepC
17th Apr 2002, 11:26
13. Orson Welles - War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast

DeepC
17th Apr 2002, 11:30
5. Nauru

DeepC
17th Apr 2002, 11:32
4. Pope Formosus

Justforkix
17th Apr 2002, 11:32
11. In which country is the North Pole?
The North Pole is not in any country, as the South Pole.

14. What weighed 184 lbs. and transmitted a beeping radio signal for 21 days?
The Russian sattelite Sputnik

Kilted
17th Apr 2002, 12:34
1: twice, 829 and 1010

2: Monrovia, Liberia, after 5th US president, James Monroe

3: Throwing carrots at an Icelandic gunboat!

4: Pope Formosus (by his successor, Steven VII). For a bonus, he was dug up and beheaded 10 years later by another pope - Sergius III!

5: Nauru, PAcific Ocean

6: Albert Einstein

7: They were lit for the first time, by street lamps.

8: Cotopaxi, Ecuador (5895m)

11: Which one? Geographic, or magnetic?

12: Anton Cermak (Mayor of Chicago)

15: HMS Formidable

16: Arthur Griffith, Irish Dail

17:"Hollywoodland" purpose was as an advertisement for real estate

18: New York

19: Helen Duncan, she was convicted

That'll do for now!

Kilted
17th Apr 2002, 12:50
Rise

a: Haile Selassie, self-styled "Emperor" of Ethiopia

c: Idi Amin, Ugandan "President"

d: Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa (I'm beginning to see a pattern here:) )

e: Margaret Thatcher (yep, definitely a pattern :D )

Kilted
17th Apr 2002, 13:03
f: Major general Yakubu Gowon, Prime minister of Nigeria (the pattern continues :D )

g: Harold Wilson

h: Lt Gen Leopoldi Galtieri (Lost Falklands war)

i: President Nixon

What_does_this_button_do?
17th Apr 2002, 14:08
5 is the Vatican City

Jolly Hockeysticks
17th Apr 2002, 14:37
Well, the tartan skirted one seems to be cleaning up here guys and gals.:)


DeepC - correct 4, 5, 13
Justforkix - correct 11, 14
(technically Sputnik 1, but I’ll give you both points as I’m in a good mood…)
Kilted - correct 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 12, 15, 16, 17, a, c, d, e, f, g, h, i
(technically in 7 it was gaslamps, but ditto as for Justforkix)
Kilted – wrong 8, 18

Now then Kilted re 19
Helen Duncan was not the answer I was looking for. However there is a case to be made that you are technically correct, :o for which you can have 2 points, but I will leave the question open.

Helen Duncan’s rather spectacular medium abilities were considered to be a security risk to the D-Day invasion plans and the “authorities” were looking for a way to take her out of circulation for a while. All the charges they considered only carried penalties of fines or prison sentences that were too short. She was eventually charged, amongst other things, under the Witchcraft Act of 1735 being accused of pretending 'to exercise or use human conjuration that through the agency of Helen Duncan spirits of deceased dead persons should appear to be present'.

The jury found her guilty of conspiracy to contravene the ancient 1735 Witchcraft Act but not guilty on all other charges. However the judge interpreted the jury's findings to mean that she had been involved in plain dishonesty and for this reason he therefore sentenced her to nine months imprisonment.


Scores so far
Kilted – 38
DeepC - 6
Justforkix - 4

JH

Kilted
17th Apr 2002, 14:45
9: Anguilla

15 Bonus : 2 torpedo's actually, from U-24, fired by Oberleutnant Rudolf Schneider:rolleyes:

Methinks you're up to trickery with 18, but'll keep trying!

Four Seven Eleven
17th Apr 2002, 14:56
10. They were the seat of government for the U.S. before Washington DC became the national capitol. (1800)

DeepC
17th Apr 2002, 15:13
Out of interest who actually knows the answer to more than about 5 of these questions without Googling them?

Jolly Hockeysticks
17th Apr 2002, 15:26
Kilted – correct 9, 15 bonus,
Four Seven Eleven - correct 10

DeepC – I couldn’t agree more. Have you any idea how hard it is trying to write a googleproof question?


Scores so far
Kilted – 41
DeepC - 6
Justforkix - 4
Four Seven Eleven - 2

JH

Four Seven Eleven
17th Apr 2002, 15:34
who actually knows the answer to more than about 5 of these questions without Googling them?

More than 5?! You've gotta be kidding!! And even when I do Google, I get the same answers that Jolly H has rejected! (Cotopaxi, Ecuador and New York City).:eek:

There is obviously something very, very tricky about number 18, though.....................:confused:

DeepC
17th Apr 2002, 17:20
OK, If my conscience had let me I could have googled most of them before anyone else seemed to notice that a new Quiz had been posted. : )

We have to find a way of making it Googleproof. Can you cantact Google and get them to remove any reference to the answers from there search engine!

Surely they can understand the importance of the JB Histography Quiz!!

ORAC
17th Apr 2002, 19:36
8. Mauna Loa in Hawaii. Only the top 14,000 ft are above sea level, but the sea level is 16,000 below. making the total height over 30,000 ft. As such, not only is it the tallest volcano. it is also the tallest mountain in the world - relative to the earth's surface.

ORAC
17th Apr 2002, 19:41
Mata Hari was executed in Vincennes. Iran Air 655 was shot down by the USS Vincennes.

scran
17th Apr 2002, 23:00
Damn - late again.

Anyway - 18 - JFK International - New York City


Actually no - that's not JFK INTERNATIONAL - well, then again, it is in the USA road atlas I have here so:




Alright, having thought about it (but don't quote me!) is it a trick question? Because of it's location, JFK being actually situated on Long Island, is it the City of Queens, or Brooklyn, or Long Island?


(And Jolly, if I get it, do I deserve a bonus point!!!!:rolleyes: :p )

Jolly Hockeysticks
17th Apr 2002, 23:59
Good morning.

ORAC
Well done on the Vincennes. (That was supposed to be the tough one that took ages…)
Wrong on 8. In this sense “tallest” is in the conventional way of measuring mountains – from sea level.

Scran - no you’re on the wrong track


Scores so far
Kilted – 41
DeepC - 6
Justforkix - 4
Four Seven Eleven - 2
ORAC - 2

JH

scran
18th Apr 2002, 00:31
In that case Jolly, the answer must be New York City, New York.


(And if you don't be nicer to me, I'll give you a hard time on the next music quiz!!!!!!!!:cool: :cool: :D )

Rollingthunder
18th Apr 2002, 00:42
Nevados Ojos del Salado

On the border of Chile and Argentina.

6887m ASL

Rollingthunder
18th Apr 2002, 00:55
Helen Duncan, 1944

Guilty of conspiracy to contravene the Witchcraft Act of 1735.

Rollingthunder
18th Apr 2002, 01:02
La Paz, Bolivia

LPB

Elevation 13313 feet.

Jolly Hockeysticks
18th Apr 2002, 02:39
Rollingthunder - correct 8, 18
Re 19, the witchcraft trial, read my post on the subject on page 1

About 18: J.F. Kennedy International Airport is in La Paz, Bolivia
The big airport in New York is John F. Kennedy International Airport


Scores so far
Kilted – 41
DeepC - 6
Justforkix - 4
Rollingthunder - 4
Four Seven Eleven - 2
ORAC - 2


JH

scran
18th Apr 2002, 02:59
Jeeeez Jolly..........


I'm gonna go through your next effort on the Music Quiz with a fine tooth comb!!!!!!!



:D :D :D :D

djk
18th Apr 2002, 05:35
I know I'm a bit late in putting an answer in for all of this,

last person to be tried for witchcraft in England was Jane Wenham in 1712, she was found guilty however she was not executed.

Jolly Hockeysticks
18th Apr 2002, 13:34
OK, Dkosky you can have the points for 19.
It was indeed Jane Wenham that I was looking for, although I was looking for a verdict of not guilty.

Actually, the jury found her guilty but the judge later reversed the decision of the jury because of unbelievable evidence and she was released. So technically, guilty and not guilty are both “correct” answers. Rather a waste of time, that bit of the question really….:rolleyes:

So, just b and j left

Scores so far
Kilted – 41
DeepC - 6
Justforkix - 4
Rollingthunder - 4
Four Seven Eleven - 2
ORAC - 2
Dkosky - 2

JH

djk
18th Apr 2002, 20:36
b. Qurban Ali Khan becomes governor of North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan which until 1947 was formerly a part of British India.

woderick
19th Apr 2002, 23:02
j. Zulfakair Ali Bhutto
Deposed in Coup

Jolly Hockeysticks
20th Apr 2002, 11:18
woderick correct on j.

Scores so far
Kilted – 41
DeepC - 6
Justforkix - 4
Rollingthunder - 4
Four Seven Eleven - 2
ORAC - 2
Dkosky - 2
woderick - 2


Just b. left

JH

woderick
20th Apr 2002, 15:08
b Gamal Abdal Nasser?
Beloved got it but I can't confirm the date - may be wrong

Jolly Hockeysticks
20th Apr 2002, 17:11
Nice one woderick - Nasser it was.

And just in the nick of time before Danny shuts us down...

Final Scores
Kilted – 41
DeepC - 6
Justforkix - 4
Rollingthunder - 4
woderick - 4
Four Seven Eleven - 2
ORAC - 2
Dkosky - 2

JH