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Quiz 3

In Vino Veritas

The Saarang 2000 Lone Wolf Quiz

“7.Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.”

-Wittgenstein,“Tractatus Logico Philosophicus”

-1.A question dedicated to the title. What cocktail consists of Tia Maria, Vodka and Coke?

Black Russian

0. He studied at the Royal Academy of Art, where he learnt the Grand Style of art, which featured themes from history and mythology. In 1813, his first and only sculpture, a figure of the dying Hercules, won critical acclaim and a gold medal in the Adelphi Society of Arts competition. In order to earn money, he began painting portraits of members of fashionable society. Among his famous subjects were President James Monroe, the poet William Cullen Bryant, and the inventor Eli Whitney. His portrait of the French soldier and statesman Marquis de Lafayette became the best known of all his paintings. He was also involved in the nativist movement. In 1836, he ran for mayor of New York City on the Native American ticket but lost the election. Who are we talking about ?

Samuel Morse.

1. The son of Gordius, he was a devotee of Pan and invited the wrath of Apollo who turned his ears into that of an ass. He tried to hide this but his hairdresser knew the truth and whispered it into a hole in the ground. A bunch of reeds grew from the hole and whispered the story to everyone. Who was he ?


2. In an interview: “ I have no middle name. I briefly used my mother’s maiden name, Sachs. I had an uncle, whom I greatly disliked, who was also named ______. So, in order to avoid the growing confusion between the two of us, I decided to take a middle initial and went through the alphabet to find one that seemed to me to give the best punctuation, and decided on __”. Fill in.

David Selznick, O

3. What is the name given to a grazing animal that chews its cud and has split hoofs ?

A Ruminant.

4. The suffix “een” in Celtic mythology lends the meaning of a diminutive as in the Irish words “colleen” (little girl) and “poteen” (little pot). The rather strange word we are looking for is a similar diminutive of “smiodar” (fragment). Which word ?


5. What is Greek for " a river with good places to cross" (i.e) good fords ?


It was a commercial association of German, Dutch and Flemish towns that was established in the 13th century and reached the peak of its power in the 14th century. The name comes from the middle German word meaning “company”. The history of this grouping can be traced back to the trade agreement between Lubeck and Hamburg. What association ?

Hanseatic League.

6. Poetically described as the Queen of Scottish churches in the East, it is indeed one of Chennai’s most beautiful churches. The church has ornate white Doric columns, tiled marble floors and a high sky-blue dome of unsurpassable beauty. Which church ?

St.Andrews Kirk, Egmore.

7. When Christian Dior died in 1957, who was his first successor ?

Yves St. Laurent.

8. Which is the only US State with no straight lines in its borders ?


9. “It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window”. A very characteristic comment. Name the author.

Raymond Chandler.

10. Just fill in the last line.

Razors pain you;

Rivers are damp

Acids stain you;

And drugs cause cramp

Guns aren’t lawful;

Nooses give

Gas smells awful;


- Dorothy Parker, “Resume”.

You Might As Well Live.

11. The English king Offa decreed that two hundred and forty coins were to be struck from a pound of silver. By doing this what did he introduce ?

Pound Sterling.

12. Which 1969 song contained the following lyrics:

He wear no shoeshine

He got toe-jam football

He got monkey finger

He shoot Coca-Cola.

Come Together ( Beatles).

13. The French critic and poet Saint Beuve, was born on 23 December 1804. On one occasion in his life, he was unfortunate enough to get involved in a duel. What was his unusual choice when asked to select his weapons ?


14. Sir Neville Cardus is talking about someone in all the blanks. Identify him. “In our own day, ____ comes as close as anybody to the classical style, though there are moments when its definition needs to be loosened to accommodate him. It is as difficult to adapt classical clam and dignity of poise to modern inswingers and googlies as it would be to translate Milton into Gertrude Stein or Haydn into Tin-pan alley. The grammar and alphabet of cricket could be deduced from the play of _____ and codified again; He is all the textbooks in an omnibus edition.”

Sir Len Hutton.

15. What was the geometric shape of the sign branded on the arm of an initiate into the Vermissa Valley lodge 341 ?

A triangle inside a circle- The Valley of Fear.

16. The Al-Sirat is a legendary bridge on Islamic mythology. Which two places does it connect ?

Heaven and Earth.

17. Oliver Queen was the secret identity of what millionaire turned crime-fighter who developed his skills while stranded on a desert island ?

Green Arrow.

18. The miracles accompanying the Battle of Milvian bridge led to what epochal event in history ?

The Embracing of Christianity by Emperor Constantine.

19. Easy enough. What is Latin/Greek for sailor ?


20. ."Newspaper editor sometimes seem to resent that they have to run comics. Well, sometimes I resent being in their newspapers." Identify the speaker.

Bill Watterson.

21. An in-joke in Mission:Impossible. Tom Cruise goes online with his laptop by typing in, not Usenet, but _______.


22. What is the name of the traditional sicilian hat worn by most Sicilians(!) ?


23. What is unique about the sound track in the film "Rear Window" ?

All of the sound in the film is diegetic--meaning that all the music, speech, and other sounds all come from within the world of the film.

24. It was first produced by the Egyptians who made it their national drink by 1300 B.C. It was considered good medicine and was prescribed for scorpion bite. From Egypt, it travelled to Greece and from there to Gaul and England through Caesar. In the middle ages, it was made at home and later on, monasteries took the responsibility. In 1292, it became popular in the town of Pilsen in Bohemia which was famous for its deep mineral springs. What ?

Beer. Pilsen is where Pilsner originated.

25. .Sitter. What, according to sailor's legend, is the spirit of the sea called ?

Davy Jones.

26. What is Spanish for "fair weather" ?


27. Connect the following: "of twelve digits", barren, Troy.

Small intestine. Duodenum, Jejunum, Ileum.

28. Fill in:

`And has thou slain the Jabberwock?

Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

O frabjous day! Calloh! Callay!

He ________ in his joy.'

CHORTLED. This is from "Through the Looking Glass".

29. Who are the founders of the production company Taybur ?

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

30. It was developed by Ernest Mahler, of 1918 Kotex fame, from cellucotton, and was introduced under the name Celluwipes. How do we know it now ?


31. A gravestone in Yorkshire, erected in 1247, bore the following inscription:

“Here underneath dis laihl stean

las Robert ________________

neer arcir yer az hie sa geud

And pipl kauld im __________

Sick utlawz as he an iz men

Il England nivr si agen

Obit 24 kal Decembris 1247”.

Fill in the blanks.

Earl of Huntingdon, Robin Hood.

32. Who was the original platinum blonde, in the movie of the same name ?

Jean Harlow.

33. What is the Latin word for “pebble” ?


34. “ The Man…The Music…The Madness…The Murder…The Motion Picture…Everything you’ve heard is true”. This was the blurb for which movie ?


35. Said to derive from the black slang term for sex, it came to symbolize an art form that could express the full range of human emotions. What ?


36. What was the final act at Woodstock ?

The Star-Spangled Banner.

37. Charles de Gaulle once said: “Deep down, my only international rival is ______ ! We are little fellows who won’t be had by big fellows”.


38. A club opened in 1889 on the Boulevard de Clichy in Montmartre. Its vast dance floor and exotic entertainment attracted Parisians of all classes. Among the entertainers who performed here, a few individuals established special notoriety for their outrageous styles, making it far more fascinating than the tamer ball-rooms of the Champs-Elysees. To promote them, the owner Charles Zidler asked an artist, who was visiting several times a week, to prepare the poster for the 1891 season. The resulting work shot the artist to fame. Name the club and the artist.

Moulin Rouge, Toulouse-Lautrec.

39. “_______ , light of my life, fire of my loins”. This is the opening line of a book. Complete with the title.


40. Olympic: Sacred Olive:: Nemean: ?


41. The principle of extrapolated matter analyses states that since every piece of matter in the Universe is in some way affected by every other piece of matter in the Universe, it is in theory possible to extrapolate the whole of creation - every sun, every planet, their orbits, their composition and their economic and social history from, say, one small piece of fairy cake. What device uses this principle ?

The Total Perspective Vortex.

42. The question was never found.