King William College Quiz 2008-9

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This is a collaborative attempt at the King William's College Quiz by subscribers of ringing-chat (28 December 2008 on). Please add your answer below the question, with any relevant explanation in parantheses followed by your initials. Prefix the answer with #* to indent the answer without screwing up the numbering.

1) During the year 1908:

  1. who announced T?
    • Henry Ford - TJCS
  2. who finished at 59 with 15 and 25?
    • WG Grace - CMP
  3. what confectionery was inspired by Shaw?
    • Chocolate soldier - DL
  4. who gained her second first at an old east-coast fort?
    • Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (first female mayor, also first female with a medical qualification) - Hippo
  5. where did the Thomas Flyer arrive on the Asiatic mainland?
    • Vladivostok - RAH
  6. whose birthday present was cut into nine pieces for the family headdress and other equipment?
    • Edward VII (Cullinan diamond) - PPB
  7. whose resignation pre-empted his demise by just 16 days?
    • Henry Campbell-Bannerman - TN
  8. which tale launched a nouveau riche boy-racer?
    • Wind in the Willows - TJCS
  9. for whom was Lord Hugh best man?
    • Winston Churchill - TJCS
  10. what event elevated Manuel?
    • The assassination of his father and brother - CMP

2) Who began what by: [Literary Openings]

  1. recalling unusual citrous abundance?
  2. describing his subject's physiognomy with a succession of v's?
  3. justifying the creation of a short palindromic nickname for "himself"?
    • Charles Dickens (Great Expectations) - deH
  4. describing the emergence at dawn of a moustached little man with bowlegs?
  5. recalling melancholy inspiration from early evening sights and sounds in a rural churchyard?
    • Gray (Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard) - Ted
  6. suggesting that it was generally accepted that a well-heeled loner must be looking for a lady?
    • Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice) - Ted
  7. describing a studio filled with the scents of roses, lilac and pink-flowered thorn?
  8. describing his hero facing execution and recalling the –discovery of ice?
  9. recalling a send-off from family and friends at Charing Cross?
  10. providing an alibi for the white kitten?
    • Lewis Carroll (Through the Looking-glass) - JEC


  1. Whose ground-breaking effort quoted Numbers XXIII, 23?
    • Samuel Morse (First public telegraph message, 24/5/1844: "What hath God wrought") - TN
  2. Who wired who confirming worst fears and requesting gumboots?
    • The Consul in Solitas to the US Government (in "Cabbages and Kings" - he requested gunboats and they sent gumboots) - TN
    • Flora Poste
  3. Whose telegram caused Dew to hasten westward on the Laurentic?
    • Captain Henry George Kendall (SS Montrose) - RAH
  4. Who, on sighting the enemy, urgently requested a firearm and 300 bullets?
  5. Whose expression of delight was accompanied by a request for a patent oil cooking stove?
  6. With what single word did the defeated Governor allegedly advise cancellation of the papal travel arrangements?
  7. Who described a suave, Bohemian, elderly, storekeeper in the Commercial Road?
  8. Which repetitious message prompted the query "Does that mean Yes?"
    • Better drowned than duffers if not duffers wont drown, Swallows and Amazons - DPG
  9. Who discovered a crumpled telegram reading "Suivez à Bokhare Saronov"?
  10. On what occasion was the royal wrath not expressed in code?

4)[Scottish Islands]

  1. What is the Island of Sheep?
    • Soay (an island off the coast of either Skye or Hirta depending which Soay is meant) - RAS
  2. Where did the sea cave inspire Op 26?
    • Staffa (Hebrides - Fingal's Cave) - deH
  3. Where was Magnus Erlendsson executed?
    • Egilsay, Orkney - PPB
  4. What was David's gift to the Berkshire monks?
    • The monastery that he, King David had founded on the Isle of May, given to the abbey at Reading - Ted
  5. Where did an amputated digit earn its owner the right to build a monastery?
    • Lismore - TN
  6. Where did the great grandson of King John III make his first British landfall?
    • Eriskay (Bonnie Prince Charlie) - CPU
  7. Where is the unique mutton derived from a diet of Laminaria?
    • North Ronaldsay - Ted
  8. Where was quarantine enforced for 48 years?
    • Gruinard Island (Anthrax contamination) - deH
  9. To what was Meg's deafness compared?
    • Ailsa Craig (Robert Burns) - Hippo
  10. Where was Andie Dale the prefect?
    • The Bass Rock (Catriona) - deH

5) Travelling from Nordic lands, try unravelling: [-ling]

  1. the eponymous traitor,
    • Quisling - CPU
  2. then Merrill's famed fisherman partner
    • Jussi Bjorling ("The Pearl Fishers" duet)
  3. and a misplaced cygnet,
    • The Ugly Duckling - CPU
  4. contrasting with a little anser,
    • Gosling - CPU
  5. thousands of whose elders visit a Waddenzee barrier island,
    • Terschelling - CPU
  6. while in Belgium, memories of Ursula are awakened by a Flemish Primitive,
    • Memling - PPB
  7. and in the Amblève, or perhaps the Lesse, one might confusingly make geometry a sport
    • Angling - CPU
  8. and try to catch a little trout
    • Tickling - PPB
  9. or even its seemingly lepidopteran relative
    • Grayling - Ted
  10. before celebrating in Germany with Piesport's speciality
    • Riesling - CPU

6) Who: [Regnal number VI]

  1. was Foolish?
    • Charles VI of France - PPB
  2. was Rodrigo de Borja y Borja?
    • Pope Alexander VI - PPB
  3. invested Henry Sinclair as Earl of Orkney?
    • Haakon VI of Norway - CPU
  4. had a half-sister sired by his father's physician?
    • Frederick VI of Denmark - CPU
  5. founded a Siamese school, which was later named in his honour?
    • Rama VI of Siam (Thailand)- DPG
  6. was born on the 34th annversary of the death of his great grandfather and the 17th of that of his great aunt?
    • George VI - DPG
  7. was the offspring of parents sharing the same grandmother?
    • James VI and I (the grandmother being Margaret Tudor) - CPU
  8. was the 36th and last in a line started in 1299?
    • Mehmed VI of the Ottoman Empire - RAS
  9. was blinded by his mother Irene?
    • Constantine VI - PPB
  10. was tripartite?
    • Henry VI (Shakespeare plays) - CPU


  1. Which language was developed by a Polish ophthalmologist?
    • Esperanto - RAS
  2. Which language of the Romance group has a definite article suffix?
    • Romanian - MJB
  3. Of which European language is the origin unknown, even to the experts?
    • Basque - RAS
  4. Which geographically Scandinavian language is not linguistically Scandinavian?
    • Finnish - DL
  5. Which European language is the only survivor of its branch of the Indo-European group?
    • Greek - RAS
  6. Which Slavonic language is spoken in a country whose national language is not Slavonic?
    • Wendish - DL
  7. Which European language is spoken by about 1% of the population of Switzerland?
    • Romansh - RAS
  8. Which European language has a past tense form which looks like a future?
  9. Which Slavonic language has done away with the case forms of nouns?
    • Bulgarian - MBD
  10. Which European national language still retains the dual number?
    • Scots Gaelic - RAS
    • Greek - DL
    • Slovene - MBD
    • Manx - Ernie

8) What: [Shellfish]

  1. is also a game using 28 marbles?
    • Abalone - Hippo
  2. formed part of a linear horti–cultural decoration?
    • Cockle shells (Mary, Mary, quite contrary) - CPU
  3. are typically preserved in seasoned butter in Lancashire?
    • Potted shrimps - Mo
  4. when released in America, suggested involvement with Christine Keeler?
  5. are geographically confusing names of what is neither one thing nor the other?
  6. pelecypod was perhaps familiar to the pupils (and their successors) of Rev Thomas Langhorne?
    • Mussels (he founded Loretto School in Musselburgh) - CPU
  7. did the man from the Borough regard as the invariable accompaniment of poverty?
    • Oysters (The Pickwick Papers) - Hippo
  8. legs are found in unbaled water together with tangled lines?
    • Crabs (Under Milk Wood) - Hippo
  9. nominally, has blue representatives in another kingdom?
    • Periwinkle
  10. when baked too brown, must sugar his hair?
    • The Lobster (Alice in Wonderland) - GZ

9) Journeying on what, between which termini, might one's thoughts turn to:

  1. sleepwalking?
  2. elliptical orbits?
    • Johannes Kepler, Prague Main to Wiesbaden (overnight train) - SJF
  3. the quintessential libertine?
    • Casanova, Ljubljana - Venice (train) - SJF
  4. a soldier without a passport?
  5. the founding father of the EU?
    • Jean Monnet, Bruxelles Midi - Basel (train) - SJF
  6. the royal prisoner of Sönderborg?
  7. Judith and three mute wives?
  8. clothed and naked versions?
  9. the mount of Bellerophon?
    • Flying Horse (Pegasus, from Earth to Mount Olympus) - GACJ
  10. melting clocks?
    • Train from Kunming to Dali? - TN

10) Which river:

  1. received the defeated Aunus?
    • Tuulos - TN
  2. floats laden barges by banks of myosote?
    • Thames DPG
  3. was central to the non-payment of a mayoral debt?
    • Weser (Pied Piper of Hamelin) - TN
  4. was identified without doubt by the discovery of the initials AD
  5. saw Captain Schenk acquire an engineer to replace the deceased Walter?
    • The Danube (Greenmantle by J Buchan) - TJCS
  6. despite being in flood, could be crossed dry-shod following clerical plantar immersion?
    • The Jordan (Joshua 3) - CPU
  7. provided drinks for kine, and horses, and little humorous donkeys?
    • The Oise - DPG
  8. along with Cairo was passed unnoticed by the raft in the fog?
    • Ohio (Mark Twain, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn") - SJF
  9. was a source of shelly snails and green lettuces?
    • The Amazon. (Kipling, "The Beginning of the Armadillos").
  10. witnessed a case of unwitting filicide?

11) Who or what: [Stanleys]

  1. had instinct?
  2. reds started as Villa?
    • Accrington Stanley - Hippo
  3. uniquely, got three in whose match?
    • Stan Mortensen, in Stanley Matthews' final - Hippo
  4. claimed continuing labial adhesiveness?
    • Stanley Kubrick? (Eyes wide shut) - TN
  5. was formerly William and succeeded Louis?
  6. in repetitive utterances, anticipated Glyn Daniel et al?
  7. described a small arm accident on 17/6/15?
  8. was executed at Bolton after Worcester?
    • Lord Derby. (After The Battle of Worcester. Ted
  9. was targeted by Nat and Dermot?
    • Stanley Weller. Pinter's "The Birthday Party" Ted
  10. was presumptuous?
    • Henry Morton Stanley (on finding Dr Livingstone) - Hippo

12) Where: [Charles Dickens Pubs]

  1. was the mistress leguminous?
    • The Blue Dragon Inn (Martin Chuzzlewit) - GACJ
  2. were the Harmonic Meetings regularly held?
    • The Sol's Arms (Bleak House) - TJCS
  3. was Rogue resuscitated after his prolonged immersion?
    • The Six Jolly Fellowship Porters (Our Mutual Friend) - GACJ
  4. did the circus manager point out that "People must be amuthed"?
    • Coketown (Hard Times) - TJCS
  5. did the curate speak for one hour and 25 minutes at an anti-slavery meeting?
    • The Goat and Boots (Sketches by Boz) - DPG
  6. did a little, yellow high-shouldered man, with a fixed grim smile, tell about a queer client?
    • The Pickwick Club (The Pickwick Papers) - DPG
  7. did the landlord report that Phil was so drunk that a boy might take him?
    • The Three Cripples (oliver Twist) - DPG
  8. did the Yorkshire schoolmaster interview tutors and pupils?
    • The Saracens Head (Nicholas Nickleby) - GACJ
  9. did the strange man stir his rum-and-water with a file?
    • Three Jolly Bargemen (Great Expectations) - DPG
  10. did the hangman bind the old man to his chair?

13)[US presidents]

  1. Who remained a bachelor?
    • James Buchanan (1857-1861) - RAH
  2. Who had been ADC to Mad Anthony?
    • William Henry Harrison (who only lasted for 31 days as president in 1841) - RAH
  3. Who was described as a withered little apple-john?
    • James Madison DPG
  4. Whose nickname was perfect for a slogan of approval?
    • Abraham Lincoln? (Honest Abe) - TJCS
  5. Who enlisted as a private, but came out as a brevet major?
    • Ronald Reagan RAH
  6. Who maintained that silence ensured no need for repetition?
    • Calvin Coolidge - TN
  7. Who, in his youth, admitted to cutting down a cherry tree?
    • George Washington - TJCS
  8. Who compared his strength to that of a male cervid?
    • Theodore Roosevelt ("strong as a bull moose") - TN
  9. Who is remembered, nominally, in West Africa?
    • Monroe - PPB
  10. Which two died on the same day?
    • John Adams (second President), Thomas Jefferson (third President). July 4, 1826 - MSD

14) Within the capital of which member state of the United Nations will you find:

  1. calluna?
    • New Zealand (Wel*ling*ton) - GZ
  2. 3.14159?
    • A*pi*a (Samoa) - MBD
  3. that its alright?
    • Japan (T*ok*yo) - GZ
    • Thailand (Bangk*ok*) - Hippo
  4. a Windermere resident?
  5. a West Country watercourse?
    • Canada (Ot*taw*a) - GZ
  6. a pudding distinguished by –ladies' fingers?
    • US Virgin Is (*Charlotte* Amalie) - PPB - isn't a member state of the UN (Hippo)
    • Belgium (B*russe*ls) - Hippo
  7. a simian representative?
    • Hungary (Bud*ape*s)t - GZ
  8. a Tibetan monk?
    • Pakistan (Is*lama*bad) - GZ
  9. a semi-metal?
    • Botswana (Ga*boron*e) - PPB
  10. nothing?
    • Philippines (Ma*nil*a) - GACJ

15) Who: [Birds]

  1. was morally pure in EC2?
  2. shot Buffalo Bill at Belvedere, Ohio?
    • Clarice Starling (Silence of the Lambs) - GACJ
  3. went to the wrong church for her wedding?
    • Fanny Robin (Far from the Madding Crowd) - GACJ
  4. believed, erroneously, that –Byron murdered Ezra Chater?
    • Bernard Nightingale (Arcadia) - GACJ
  5. killed Lord Frederick in a duel, following his return from Belgium?
    • Sir Mulberry Hawk (Nicholas Nickleby) - GACJ
  6. possessed nothing but the –contents of his wallet, the clothes he stood up in, the hare-lip, the automatic he should have left behind?
    • Philip Raven (A Gun for Sale) - GACJ
  7. was as little interested in love as in the habits of Trematodes?
    • Shearwater - DPG
  8. wore white for her immolation on October 27?
  9. advocated unlimited slaughter of bluejays?
    • Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird) - GZ
  10. posed as Doctor Copernicus?

16) Following my leader, who or what:[Flies, as in fishing]

  1. is a Hampshire jewel?
  2. decorated Findlater's label?
    • A dry fly (fishing). Ted
  3. is meteorologically striking?
    • Thunder and lightning - TN
  4. houses Colum Cille's shrine?
  5. could be wild duck washed down with Ch. Latour?
    • Mallard and Claret - TN
  6. might refer to poor Sarah's biliary obstruction?
  7. is absolutely necessary to a ram?
    • Tup's Indispensible - TN
  8. was Anastasia's great aunt?
  9. could have been a crusader?
    • Soldier Palmer - TN
  10. is a –musteline appendage?
    • Stoat's Tail Ted

17) In which town:

  1. did prisoner 24601 steal the episcopal silver?
    • Digne (Les Miserables) - GACJ
  2. did Lady de Winter poison the novice at the convent?
    • Bethune (The Three Musketeers) - Hippo
  3. was the cathedral like a vast boudoir prepared for Emma?
    • Rouen (Madame Bovary) - Hippo
  4. did Jake, dining alone, drink a bottle of Ch. Margaux for company?
  5. did Duhamel ask that the crayfish should be very lightly boiled just seized?
  6. did la Baronne de la Chalonnière encounter Alexander Duggan at the Hôtel du Cerf?
    • Gap (Day of the Jackal) DPG
  7. did Holmes spend some months in a research into coal-tar derivatives?
    • Montpelier - EBH
  8. were plum-coloured shoes removed to expose red stockings?
  9. did Harry urge his uncle to enter and fortify the town?
  10. did Hannay receive hellish news from Laidlaw?

18) During 2008:

  1. which gartered kiwi was laid to rest?
    • Sir Edmund Hillary - AMK / Clarrie
  2. which fine food has gained PGS in Leicestershire?
    • Melton Mowbray Pork Pie - TJCS
    • Stilton - DL
  3. who, following 2nd at 2K with 3 others, got 1st at 3K alone?
    • Rebecca Romero (silver 2004 rowing quad sculls, gold 2008 cycling)- Hippo
  4. which sometime bulbous plant would seem to be involved with "arthrology"?
    • Garlic - EBH
  5. who made successive day trips to Abergele, Fountains Abbey and Mugdock?
    • Ian Botham - CMP
  6. where has the pancake bell ceased to signal the start of a race owing to health and safety issues?
    • Olney - AMK
    • Ripon - MSD
  7. where did a giant arachnid briefly invade an apparently –coleopteran habitat?
    • Liverpool - CPU
  8. what legendary diamond fell to the successors of the fictitious Misson?
  9. who got six months for dis–honesty at White Plains?
    • Marion Jones
  10. whose jobcentre manager fetched £17.2m?
    • Lucian Freud - GACJ