I have to admit, I’m not a fan of Leonard Cohen.
The guy’s work passed me by.
So, right at the moment?
I’m saddened for his friends, fans and family: who are obviously having a hard time in the wake of the man’s death.
But, for myself?
I’m must confess: Leonard Cohen’s death hasn’t affected me …
At any rate, it’s a Friday.
Which means, of course, that it’s time for the Friday Question Set.
Here’s this week’s: covered, as ever, by the Creative Commons License* …
ROUND ONE. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE.
Q1) True or False: pumpion is an old name for Pumpkin.
Q2) What’s the more common name for sycosis: Barber’s Itch, Crabs or astigmatism?
Q2) Barber’s Itch
Q3) People who took place in the Rebecca Riots, between 1839 and 1844, attacked what: Tollgates, Factories or stand-up comedians?
Q4) What part of an animal are the lights?
A4) The lungs.
Q5) Which small Antipodean island do Vandemonians come from?
Q6) On which radio station would you have heard the Ovaltinies?
A6) Radio Luxembourg.
Q7) Who’d use Tiver, in their day to day work: shepherds, potters or plasterers?
A7) Shepherds. It’s use to dye sheep’s wool, while it’s still on the sheep.
Q8) Tokaji comes from where?
A8) Hungary. (It’s a wine region: partly in Hungary, but extending in into Slovakia.)
Q9) What word links an immoral man, & a garden implement?
Q10)Henry Mayhew, and Ebenezer Landells, founded which magazine: Punch, Private Eye or the New Scientist?
ROUND TWO. MUSIC AND LIGHTS.
Q11) What have country star kd lang, Steve Tyler of Aerosmith, Seal, and Canadian rocker, Bryan Adams all got in common?
A11) They’re all vegetarians. (Or vegans, if you feel really picky)
Q12) William ‘Spree’ Simon, from Trinidad, is the man credited with inventing what: the steel drum, the timpani, or the bongo drum?
A12) The steel drum.
Q13) The average rock concert usually has an average level of how many decibels?
Q14) Ludwig Van Beethoven, Lemmy, from Motorhead, and Cher, all have, or had difficulty with what?
A14) Their hearing.
Q15) Sinead O’Connor, the Bangles and Chaka Khan, have all released songs written by whom?
Q16) Barbra Streisand, Donny Osmond, and Carly Simon all suffer from what: arachnophobia, claustrophobia, or stage fright?
A16) Stage fright.
Q17) Duran Duran’s View to a Kill, Boom Bang a Bang, by Lulu, and Everybody Wants to Rule the World, by Tears for Fears, were all banned during which war?
A17) The Gulf War
Q18) The MacCrimmon family were reputed the greatest ever players of which Scottish musical instrument?
A18) The bagpipes.
Q19) Most pieces of music — and some instruments — are in a Major or minor what?
Q20) If you play three or more notes at the same time, you’ve played a what … ?
A20) A chord.
ROUND THREE. THE WRITTEN WORD.
Q21) Something Wicked This Way Comes was written by whom: Ray Bradbury, Steven King, or James Herbert?
A21) Ray Bradbury.
Q22) Ringworld was written by which science fiction writer: Larry Niven, Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke?
A22) Larry Niven.
Q23) In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, what colour was the flying Ford Anglia?
Q24) Which detective writer said ‘An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have’?
A24) Agatha Christie.
Q25) Harper Lee wrote which famous book about the 1930s deep south of the USA?
A25) To Kill A Mockingbird.
Q26) Which Joseph Heller book is about a famous ‘no-win’ situation?
A26) Catch 22.
Q27) Since 1902, publisher’s Frederick Warne have published Beatrice Potter’s Tale of… whom?
A27) Peter Rabbit.
Q28) How old was Adrian Mole, when he started his secret diary?
A28) 13 and ¾.
Q29) Which scientist wrote The God Delusion?
A29) Richard Dawkins.
Q30) Carlo Collodi wrote about which puppet?
A30) Pinocchio: he was the man who wrote The Adventures of Pinocchio
ROUND FOUR. BOOM AND BUST.
Q31) GATT stands for General Agreement on Tariffs and…what?
Q32) Where would you find the Dow Jones Index?
A32) On Wall Street.
Q33) A group of producers acting together to fix prices are known as what: a cartel, a syndicate or a monopoly?
A33) A cartel.
Q34) On which continent is the CFA Franc a currency?
Q35) Which government body sees if a takeover is in the public interest?
A35) The Monopolies & Mergers Commission
Q36) The Channel Islands, Gibraltar, and the Island of Mann all use pounds Sterling, but what do their have in common with Scotland and Northern Ireland?
A36) Their own bank notes.
Q37) What is the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s official London address?
A37) 11, Downing Street.
Q38) Other than in Denmark, the Danish Krone is, or at least was, used in two other places: name one of them.
A38) Greenland, & the Faroe Isles
Q39) What name is given to unrecorded, or illegal, economic activity?
A39) The black market.
Q40) The Federal Reserve is which country’s central bank?
A40) The USA’s.
ROUND FIVE. PRAISE BE.
Q41) Shintoism is the native religion of which Far Eastern country?
Q42) Which East European country is home to the world’s largest Eastern Orthodox Church? (By amount of members.)
Q43) Members of the Society of Friends are known as what: Quakers, Shakers, or Jehovah's Witnesses?
Q44) Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma are major gods in which religion?
Q45) Muslims are obliged to make a pilgrimage at least once in their lives. Where to?
Q46) The International Society for Krishna Consciouness is more popularly known as what?
A46) The Hare Krishna’s
Q47) Members of which Indian religion have uncut beards and hair?
Q48) Which celebrity religion was founded by science fiction writer, L. Ron Hubband?
Q49) What nationality was Confucius?
Q50) Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are better known as what?
ROUND SIX. GENERAL IGNORANCE.
Q51) What games were first held in 776 BC?
A51) The Olympic Games.
Q52) If you cross the Foveaux Strait from South Island, and arrive on Stewart Island, you’re in which country?
A52) New Zealand.
Q53) In gambling, what are ‘Fulhams’?
A53) Loaded dice..
Q54) Which high military rank was introduced in 1736; – Field Marshal, Admiral of the Fleet, or Air Commodore?
A54) Field Marshal
Q55) Ancient Roman emperors were the only people in the empire traditionally allowed to wear what colour?
Q56) What is the square root of 729?
Q57) What word can go before 'shot' and after 'cauliflower'?
Q58) Where would an American wear a fanny pack?
A58) Around their waist: it’s the US term for a bum bag.
Q59) How many old threepenny bits were in a pound?
Q60) True or false: Indiana Jones was named after George Lucas’s dog.
I hope those are useful.
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