King William College Quiz 2009-10

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This is a collaborative attempt at the 105th King William's College Quiz by subscribers of ringing-chat (27 December 2009 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 messing up the numbering.

1) During the year 1909:

  1. what hidden addiction was revealed in Munich?
  2. what was founded at the southern tip of Kinneret?
    • Degania Aleph, Israel's oldest kibbutz - SS
  3. who filed a patent for a hermetically sealed burial casket?
  4. which youngsters received numbered anklets by the Aberdeenshire seaside?
    • Six young lapwings ringed by ornithologist Arthur L Thomson - CJB
  5. who, contrary to generally accepted opinion, may have reached where after Cook?
    • Robert Perry reached the North Pole on April 6, 1909; whereas Frederick Cook claimed to have been there a year earlier - GACJ
  6. whose gallinaceous offering was held up by the censors and emerged posthumously?
  7. who was rewarded for lofty idealism, vivid imagination and spiritual perception?
    • Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlof - SS
  8. which Portuguese island colonies lost their Quaker customers?
    • Sao Tome (customer Cadburys) - SS
  9. whose unscheduled dip in La Manche cost him a grand?
    • Hubert Latham - TN
  10. which negative logarithm came from Carlsberg?
    • the pH scale deH

2) Which politician:

  1. was brought down by arachnoid largesse?
  2. was expelled as Speaker following bribery by the Corporation?
  3. in a constituency renowned for its RHS Show, succumbed to Campanula vestimenta alba?
    • Neil Hamilton (lost his Tatton seat to "a Bell in a white suit")
  4. enriched himself as PMG and provided a suitable surname for one of Disraeli's fictional characters?
  5. was impeached, but not convicted, for allegedly accepting a bribe of 5,000 guineas from the East India Company?
    • Warren Hastings - JEC
  6. continued to draw an annual income of £25,000 from moneys which were not his, for 15 years after resigning as PMG?
  7. transferred his non transferable vouchers for his wife to travel from Glamorgan on the Great Western Railway?
  8. similarly provided, inappropriately, first-class tickets for his mistress to travel to Yorkshire?
  9. was impeached on bribery charges shortly after his elevation to a viscountcy?
  10. used a Guest List for awarding Orders and other honours?

3) In which city:

  1. did Dizzy Mabel get drunk on gin?
    • Cologne: can't remember the book but it's by Grahame Greene - CJB
  2. did George confuse the words for cushion and kiss?
  3. did Peregrinus bring Christmas presents to the poor bookbinder's family?
  4. did the enormous Olga address her guest, inappropriately, as her little turtle-dove?
  5. was the Cardinal encouraged to forsake celibacy in favour of a Lutheran union to solve a financial crisis?
  6. did the dinner guests of the extended family include poet, physician, broker, wine-merchant, lumber-merchant and pastor?
  7. did the disguised head groom cause a fire to reduce 42 houses to rubble and ashes?
  8. was the annual subscription for the Blue Diamond 175 (in pre-euro money)?
    • Hamburg in Smiley's People - CJB
  9. was the bearer of a pound of Raven mixture expected at 9.34pm?
  10. did the people proclaim their Mayor a noddy?
    • Hamelin - TN

4) In the finals of the AELT & CC's championships:

  1. which runner-up won 29 games?
  2. which match was decided after 12 games?
    • Dorothea Douglass Chambers v Dora Boothby 6-0 6-0 in 1911 - MJK
  3. who required 40 games for his three-set victory?
    • Manuel Santana v Dennis Ralston 6-4 11-9 6-4 in 1966 - MJK
  4. which two-set match was decided after 46 games?
    • Margaret Smith Court v Billie Jean King 14-12 11-9 in 1970 - MJK
  5. which champion is now remembered for his predatory reptile motif?
    • Fred Perry - MJK
  6. in which match did the runner-up win as many games and sets as the victor?
  7. which titled finalist was imprisoned by the Gestapo?
  8. what was the role of Brooke's grandfather?
  9. who was the only victor to lose a set 0-6?
    • Bob Falkenburg in 1948 - MJK
  10. who defeated his brother three times?
    • Willie Renshaw defeated Ernest in 1882, 1883 and 1889 - MJK

5) ?

  1. Where did 13 go to the scaffold on Friday 13th?
  2. Who carried out the last public execution in Britain?
    • William Calcraft - JEC
  3. Whose controversial execution by firing squad was alluded to by Voltaire?
    • Admiral Byng - JEC
  4. Which tailor, under sentence of death, was reprieved and elevated to Headsman?
    • Ko-Ko (in 'The Mikado') - JEC
  5. Which sexagenarian was chased around the scaffold and needed 11 blows with the axe?
  6. Which teenager was hanged for rape and murder, but revived while being prepared for dissection in Surgeons' Hall?
  7. Who was burned alive, without prior garrotting, owing to bungling by the executioner?
  8. Which trooper's swollen purple throat and stark and staring eyes were mocked?
    • "C. T. W. Sometime trooper of the Royal Horse Guards" ("The Ballad of Reading Gaol") - JEC
  9. How was the poisoner cook from John Fisher's household executed?
    • He was boiled alive - TJCS
  10. Who survived three attempts at hanging at Exeter?
    • John Babbacombe Lee - CJB

6) Who or what:

  • Breads
  1. are endocrine?
    • Sweetbreads deH
  2. invested in the Goat?
  3. is overlooked by Calum's Hill?
    • Breadalbane - TN
  4. is repetitious (and inspiring) at Cardiff?
    • Bread of Heaven deH
  5. is neither brightly coloured nor feathered?
    • Parrot bread - TN
  6. were placed in 774 pots, 39 tubs and 24 boxes?
    • Breadfruit deH (on the Bounty)
  7. nickname has been applied to the Ukraine?
    • The Breadbasket (of Europe) - TN
  8. emphasises enthusiasm for a new idea?
    • (The best thing since) sliced bread deH
  9. is flavoured with cloves?
    • Garlic Bread - TJCS
  10. is palindromic?
    • Naan or Hallah - SS

7) Who or what:

  • Van
  1. was watched at eye level?
    • Van der Valk (name of title music) CPU
  2. found room at one end for Victoria?
  3. is not trusted for the way he parts his hair?
  4. tale was found among the papers of the late Diedrich Knickerbocker?
    • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - SS
    • Rip Van Winkle - CJB
  5. painted an ecclesiastical decoration for a Flanders-based Florentine banker?
  6. under a changed name, was allegedly instructed to include all facial blemishes?
    • Pieter van der Faes (Peter Lely) - TN
  7. turned to architecture following a relapse and provocation of the wife?
  8. took his name from the city of Sint-Janskathedraal?
    • Jeroen Anthoniszoon van Aken (Hieronymus Bosch) CPU
  9. had a costly wetting in the Barry Burn?
    • Jean Van der Velde at Carnoustie - MJK
  10. revealed lives by invitation?

8) Who or what:

  1. is tragelaphine?
    • antelope - SS
  2. is also a humming bird?
  3. was considered better than best?
  4. has a contrary reaction to that of litmus?
    • Hydrangea - TN
  5. reverted to its former name following caprine slaughter?
  6. retained his virtuosity despite accidental conversion to syndactyly?
  7. had a facial expression likened to a fireside utensil?
  8. is garnished with eggs and crustaceans?
  9. is black and fork-tailed?
    • Black Kite - GACJ
  10. stepped out from BA?

9. Where does the brewer:

  1. recall 4468?
    • Nottingham (Mallard Brewery) or Horsham (WJ King's "Mallard" ale) - TN
  2. produce a preserved gamebird?
    • Blandford St Mary (Hall & Woodhouse's Pickled Partridge ale) - TJCS
  3. start his product with a silent "P"?
    • Ptarmigan Ale from Harviestoun Brewery - MJK
  4. provide a label for a hirsute cage bird?
    • Diss (Old Chimney Brewery "Hairy Canary") - TN
  5. remember the birthplace of 007's adventures?
    • Ross-shire (Black Isle Brewery, Goldeneye Pale Ale) CPU
  6. remind us of a battle with a heptacephalic rodent?
    • Shropshire (Hanby Ales does a Nutcracker Ale) deH
  7. produce evidence of canine appreciation?
    • Witney (Wychwood brewery's The Dog's Bollocks) - TJCS
  8. commemorate Joanna Maria Lind?
    • Malvern (Malvern Hills Brewery "Swedish Nightingale") - TN
  9. appear to condone avian greed?
  10. recognise a recurved bill?
    • Allendale (Allendale Brewery "Curlew's Return") - TN

10) ?

  1. Who did Paul much evil?
    • Alexander the coppersmith deH
  2. Who extended his realm into the Irish Sea?
    • King Alexander III of Scotland - JEC
  3. Who attributed the cold winter wind to the Almighty?
    • Mrs C F Alexander (All things bright and beautiful) CPU
  4. Who confused rubrum and notatum when making his epic discovery?
    • Alexander Fleming (different types of Penicillin) deH
  5. Who shot himself following annihilation of the Second Army by the Eighth?
    • General Alexander Samsonov - JEC
  6. Who, following his death, may have re-emerged as a hermit, living for a further 39 years?
    • Tsar Alexander I of Russia - JEC
  7. Which monarch was shot, together with the French foreign minister?
    • King Alexander I of Yugoslavia - JEC
  8. Who perceived his life as a protracted period of infirmity?
    • Alexander Pope - JEC
  9. Who was challenged by Gray over his patent?
    • Alexander Graham Bell deH
  10. Who was mistaken for a match?
    • Alexander Beetle (Now We Are Six - A.A. Milne) - JEC

11) Which ordinal:

  1. is metronomic?
  2. *5th (trigeminal) is liable to neuralgia? MK
  3. was secured by MacArthur?
    • 38th (parallel) - TN
  4. may forecast persistent precipitation?
    • 15th (July, St Swithin's Day) - CJB
  5. was applied to Sarto, the village postman's son?
    • 10th (Pope Pius X) - JEC
  6. recalls tearful memories of the Tigris and Euphrates?
    • 137th (psalm) - TN
  7. is associated with an annual brainteaser?
    • Could this be self-referential? This is the 105th KWC General Knowledge paper. CPU
  8. was used by Wraysford in his Diary?
  9. signalled a peaceful trio?
  10. was applied to Lime?
    • 3rd (The Third Man) - JEC

12) Which Queen of England or Great Britain:

  1. battled for Lancaster?f
    • Marguerite d'Anjou (wife of Henry VI) - SS
  2. was the first to be kissed by Pepys?
    • Catherine of Valois wife of Henry V - SS
  3. was the consort of two Kings of England?
    • Ymma (Emma) married to Ethelred the Unready and Canute - SS
  4. made a posthumous journey to London leaving her viscera at Lincoln?
    • Eleanor - TN
  5. numbered two archbishops and one bishop among her maternal uncles?
  6. on first meeting her future spouse had prompted him to order a glass of brandy?
  7. escaped in a hurry from a Cambridge Hall, before it was burned down?
  8. died following surgery for an umbilical hernia?
    • Queen Caroline wife of George II - SS
  9. regretted the jettisoning of this for that?
  10. corresponded with Mrs Freeman?
    • Anne - TN

13) Which English cathedral:

  1. is built on the highest ground?
    • Birmingham - RAH
  2. has both a Bishop and a Dean with a glass eye?
    • Lincoln (Bishop's Eye and Dean's Eye rose windows) CPU
  3. contains a medieval lectern representing a large water bird?
    • Norwich (a pelican) CPU
  4. has accommodated a pilgrim and his family annually since 2002?
  5. achieved its current lofty status through meteorological intervention in 1584?
  6. has a gallinaceous motif commemorating the founder of a Cambridge college?
    • Ely Cathedral - John Alcock deH
  7. possesses a plurality of plumbous receptacles for baptismal water?
  8. houses the tomb of the founder, in 1264, of an Oxford college?
    • Rochester - TN
  9. has a pulpit accessed by an intramural staircase?
  10. houses the only equestrian statue?

14) Name the venue and the activity:

  1. Royal flood-plain.
    • Kingsholm, rugby (Gloucester) CPU
  2. A half of cuckoo pint.
    • Lords, cricket (cuckoo pint aka Lords and Ladies) CPU
  3. The headsman's victim.
  4. Simmonite, lacking a vowel.
  5. A glorious shire relocated by the sea.
  6. A shortened and outdated underground carriage.
  7. The chiropteran hang-out of the eccentric.
  8. Milne's joey by the river.
  9. Calverley's alternative.
  10. An ox cart perhaps.

15) Who or what:

  • -ula CPU
  1. is perifoveal?
    • Macula CPU
  2. is bridged by a memorial to Pepi?
    • Obvious -ula to be bridged is the Vistula? CPU
  3. was a notoriously cruel Wallachian prince?
    • Vlad the Impaler deH
    • i.e. Dracula CPU
  4. overlooks the burial ground of Anne, Catherine and Jane?
    • The Tower of London deH
    • or more specifically its chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula CPU
  5. was thought, through its bite, to cause an extreme impulse to dance?
    • The tarantula deH
  6. was a probable tuberculous infection, so named after a breeding sow?
    • Scrofula deH
  7. is an abnormal passage connecting two epithelial surfaces?
    • Fistula deH
  8. broken bone is associated with an unspoken wish?
    • Furcula deH
  9. was Linné's name for the sea parrot?
    • This is another name for the Puffin so Fratercula - deH
  10. is the Hill of the Fords?
    • Benbecula CPU

16) Having got into the red, complete:

  • Red Monopoly squares
  1. B-dul Carol – ........... – B-dul Eroiler.
    • B-dul Kogalniceanu (Romania) - TJCS
  2. Holmens Kanal – ........... – Torvgade.
    • Børsgade (Denmark) - TJCS
  3. Robinson Road – Shenton Way – ...........
    • Collyer Quay (Singapore) - TJCS
  4. Sancová ulica – Vajnorská ulica – ...........
    • Palisády (Slovakia) - TJCS
  5. Strandvägen – Kungsträdgårdsgatan – ...........
    • Hamngatan (Sweden) - TJCS
  6. ........... – Boulevard Malesherbes – Avenue Henri-Martin.
    • Avenue Matignon (France) - TJCS
  7. Plaza Urquinaona – ........... – Ronda San Pedro.
    • Calle Fontanella (Spain) - TJCS
  8. ........... – Tartu maantee – Pärnu maantee.
    • Narva maantee (Estonia) - TJCS
  9. ........... – Capel Street – Henry Street
    • Abbey Street (Ireland) - TJCS
  10. Lönnrotinkatu – ........... – Simonkatu.
    • Annankatu (Finland) - TJCS

17) What eponymous word owes its origin to:

  1. F René?
    • Chateaubriand steak deH
  2. JD Scotus?
    • Dunce - TN
  3. HP Mitchell?
    • Melba (Dame Nellie M's real name was Helen Porter Mitchell) - JEC
  4. Gerhard Kremer?
    • Mercator Projection of maps deH
  5. Charles de Rohan?
    • Soubise (Charles de Rohan, Prince de Soubise) - JEC
  6. RV Shepherd and HJ Turpin?
    • Sten gun - JEC
  7. John Montague?
    • Sandwich (John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich) - JEC
  8. Haile Selassie?
    • Rastafarian - TN
  9. C Cardoni?
  10. M Tracy?
    • bacitracin - JEC

18) During 2009:

  1. who mischievously rocked the boat?
    • Hazel Blears - TJCS
  2. whose victory in Bavaria has recalled I Samuel XVII?
    • David Haye - JEC
  3. which Hat-maker has become the first female to be so honoured?
  4. what left Lavender Hill intact but sustained a rupture at Langhorn Drive? Fake blood balloon at Twickenham - MK
  5. who, in disgrace, became Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead?
    • Michael Martin (not too sure about the disgrace, though) - JEC
  6. which vessel's sinking with the loss of all 36 lives has been recognised philatelically
    • Ellan Vannin - SMC
  7. what non-event at Fort Collins recalled a fictional disaster in the Chilterns?
  8. who has provided extremely interesting reading matter for rail travel?
  9. who will never stir again, however much he is shaken
  10. what, according to Unesco, has risen from the dead?

See Also

King William College Quiz 2008-9