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RUBRIC: welcome to the LJ wing of a quiz** sat for 111 years by some lucky schoolkids*** somewhere and etc blah blah: viz 18 themed sets of 10 questions each -- a new one every day (more or less). Don't put googled answers up till after the next question appears -- to let others show off their BRANES -- and note where they are googled (or borrowed off of rival sites with good answers). OFF WE GO!


1 In the year 1916:
i: who won 277-254?
ii: which aristocrat fell prey to an eagle?
iii: who released a story involving the mysterious “v. I”?
iv: whose 4th was completed but could not be extinguished?
v: who experienced what would later be listed as his funniest moment?
vi: what well-remembered observation followed explosions on Indefatigable and Queen Mary?
vii: whose prosecution was aided by an adjustment of punctuation?
viii: where, uniquely, was an elephant hanged for murder?
ix: how was Vermouth the toast of Sussex?
x: how did Ali Baba resurface?

COMPLETED:
i: is US PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON, who defeated the Republican Evans Hughes (combination [livejournal.com profile] carsmilesteve and [livejournal.com profile] dubdobdee)
ii: is KARL von STÜRGHK, Prime Minister of Austria at the time of his assassination by Friedrich Adler on 21 October 1916 ("Adler" = German for eagle). Googled by [livejournal.com profile] jeff_worrell
iii: is from JOHN BUCHAN'S GREENMANTLE (via [livejournal.com profile] jeff_worrell's google: the only clue is a piece of paper with three words written on it, Kasredin, cancer, v. I.; for fuller quote see comments)
v: [livejournal.com profile] jauntyalan) wonders if this is CHAPLIN (not yet confirmed)
vi: was "There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today", said by Admiral of the (British) Fleet DAVID BEATTY (googled [livejournal.com profile] jauntyalan)
vii: is ROGER CASEMENT cf comma chameleon (guessed [livejournal.com profile] dubdobdee, google-confirmed [livejournal.com profile] jauntyalan)
viii: MARY THE ELEPHANT was hanged (more accurately lynched) in Erwin, Tennessee (googled [livejournal.com profile] jauntyalan)
ix: VERMOUTH won the Grand National that year (googled [livejournal.com profile] jauntyalan)
x: Ali Baba resurfaced in the musical CHU CHIN CHOW (googled [livejournal.com profile] jauntyalan and [livejournal.com profile] katstevens)

*= latin for: "real actual knowledge is knowin how to google**** stuff"
**as published every year in the guardian just before xmas (answers some time in the new year)
***all the boys of king williams school on the isle of man sit it sight unseen then take the paper home during holidays and look stuff up to increase their score and retake it
****the setters used to claim they've checked nothing is INSTANTLY googleable, tho this claim seems quite porous...

Date: 2017-01-02 11:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dubdobdee.livejournal.com
(apologies for the lateness of this going up: my family-bound internet-lite xmas was extremely full on)

(i will try and make up time by posting two a day, starting wed: unfortunately i have deadlined work for tomorrow)

Date: 2017-01-02 11:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jauntyalan.livejournal.com
*** there appears to be an "isle of man" round this year

Date: 2017-01-02 11:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dubdobdee.livejournal.com
roger casement was executed in 1916 and thus seems a likely candidate for vii

ii: i thought this might be the red baron but he died in 1918

Date: 2017-01-03 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeff-worrell.livejournal.com
(after googling "famous deaths in 1916" plus some fancy guesswork)

It looks like ii. is Karl von Stürgkh, who was Prime Minister of Austria at the time of his assassination by Friedrich Adler on October 21st. "Adler" is also German for eagle.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_von_Stürgkh

Date: 2017-01-02 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeff-worrell.livejournal.com
iv. is presumably Carl Nielsen ("The Inextinguishable" Symphony)

Date: 2017-01-02 02:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carsmilesteve.livejournal.com
i. I'm guessing this is the result of the electoral college in the US election? Sadly i can't remember who that makes the answer....

Date: 2017-01-03 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jauntyalan.livejournal.com
(google goggles on)

ix Vermouth was the winner of the Grand National

Date: 2017-01-03 05:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jauntyalan.livejournal.com
x appears to be a musical "Chu Chin Chow"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu_Chin_Chow

Date: 2017-01-03 06:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jauntyalan.livejournal.com
viii Erwin, Tennessee, as described in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_(elephant)

Date: 2017-01-03 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jauntyalan.livejournal.com
vi "There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today" this dude…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Beatty,_1st_Earl_Beatty#First_World_War

Date: 2017-01-03 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katstevens.livejournal.com
I thought due to the wording that Ali Baba might have been a hilariously-named submarine, but when I googled to 'confirm' I found this instead: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu_Chin_Chow

Date: 2017-01-03 06:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeff-worrell.livejournal.com
(with Google + via rival site found via Google but not opened)

iii. is the first of this year's inevitable Buchan answers. It comes from Chapter One of 'Greenmantle'. Hannay receives a telegram from Sir Walter Bullivant of the F.O. and goes to see him...

Sir Walter shook hands with me and his eyes blinked a little.

'I may be sending you to your death, Hannay - Good God, what a damned task-mistress duty is! - If so, I shall be haunted with regrets, but you will never repent. Have no fear of that. You have chosen the roughest road, but it goes straight to the hill-tops.'

He handed me the half-sheet of note-paper. On it were written three words - 'Kasredin', 'cancer', and 'v. I.'

'That is the only clue we possess,' he said. 'I cannot construe it, but I can tell you the story...

Date: 2017-01-03 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jauntyalan.livejournal.com
v sounds like Chaplin, but how is there a definitive "funniest moment was film X in 1916". so mebbes not??

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