"The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"


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"The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:04 am

this from Jon Carroll of the San Francisco Chronicle. I'll serialize his latest here:

<<So perhaps your Christmas is over now, or has not yet begun, and perhaps you're not having Christmas at all, and you want a quiet something to tide you over on this day when America seems to stop business as usual. For your listening and dancing pleasure, therefore, a Christmas quiz.

Of course, you could read this column with your trusty Google by your side, but it might be more fun to see if your actual brain can provide the answers. Or you can do it with friends and see how that hive-mind thing is working out. But however you want to do it is fine. It's yours now.


1. Victorian people who wanted to make something accurate down to the finest details were said to "get it right down to every jot and tittle." What are a jot and a tittle?


(note, he annually has a third column in which he prints the corrections to his answers, of which there are always a few)
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby Daisy » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:07 am

The smallest bones in our body?
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby Marlow » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:40 am

OOOO, OOOO . . . uh . . . never mind . . . sigh . . . :wink:
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby jeremyp » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:41 am

A jot is the horizontal mark on the letter "t", and a tittle is the dot above an "i" or a "j".
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:24 am

that's what I thought, but not quite right

<<1. A tittle is the dot over an "i." A jot is the smallest mark in calligraphy, which includes the dot over the letters "j" and "i" and the period. The phrase comes from an English translation of the Bible.>>
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:25 am

2. What was Whoopi Goldberg's original name?
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby cullman » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:49 am

Caryn Johnson.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby jeremyp » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:50 am

gh wrote:2. What was Whoopi Goldberg's original name?

Caryn Elaine Johnson
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:52 am

<<2. Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in New York City.>>
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:53 am

3. What is Mexico's full name?
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby jeremyp » Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:10 am

gh wrote:3. What is Mexico's full name?

The United States Of Mexico?
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:18 am

not exactly
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby jeremyp » Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:20 am

The United Cartels of Mexico?
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:53 am

<<3. The full name of the country of Mexico is Estados Unidos Mexicanos.>>
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:00 pm

4. Benghazi, Libya, has been much in the news lately. If you fly east from Benghazi, what is the first country you hit? (Hint: It's not Egypt). If you fly due west from Benghazi, what is the first country you hit? How about due north? Due south?
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby Conor Dary » Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:06 pm

I guess:

East: Tunisia
West: Morocco
North: The Med
South: Mali
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby Pego » Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:08 pm

What a tricky question! "Not Egypt" threw me off so I looked it up.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby dukehjsteve » Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:09 pm

Good question ! I was stumped by the "east", and my guesses on the other 3 were wrong ! ( All this after I got my atlas out )
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby j-a-m » Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:21 pm

gh wrote:4. Benghazi, Libya, has been much in the news lately. If you fly east from Benghazi, what is the first country you hit? (Hint: It's not Egypt). If you fly due west from Benghazi, what is the first country you hit? How about due north? Due south?

East: Tricky, would've said Egypt, but with the hint I guess you fly all across the Mediterrean, maybe to Israel
West: probably Tunisia?
North: Italy
South: maybe Chad?
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby jeremyp » Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:22 pm

East: Israel
South: Chad
West: Tunisia
North: Albania? or Greece. Awful close.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:57 pm

<<4. Due east of Benghazi, Libya, is Israel. (Because of a bump in the Mediterranean coastline, Benghazi is substantially north of Cairo. Heck, it's north of Jerusalem.) Due west of Benghazi is Tunisia. Due north is Greece. Due south is Chad.>>
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:59 pm

5. What language was Oscar Wilde's "Salome" written in?
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby tandfman » Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:34 pm

Gaelic?
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby Conor Dary » Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:28 pm

I'd say French.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:34 pm

<<5. "Salome" was written in French. Wilde translated it into English later.>>
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:35 pm

6. Define these aristocratic terms: (a) Baron of Beef, (b) Vickers Viscount, (c) Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion, (d) Marquess of Queensberry Rules, (e) Duke of Earl.

(McGato..... these coming up to snuff?)
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby mcgato » Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:45 pm

gh wrote:(McGato..... these coming up to snuff?)
Been busy most of today, so only catching up now. Conor is scooping me on the other thread. These are more interesting than last year. So far.

Keep them coming. Oh, and I have no idea about the answers to the most recent one.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby lonewolf » Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:46 pm

a. a cut of beef
b. an airplane
c.no idea
d.boxing rules
e. dunno
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby mcgato » Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:48 pm

Wait, wasn't Duke of Earl a song by some woo-wop group?
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby cullman » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:03 pm

Duke Of Earl was sung by Gene Chandler
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:25 pm

<<6. (a) A baron of beef is a joint of beef consisting of the two sirloins joined at the backbone; also called a double sirloin.

<<(b) The Vickers Viscount is the first turboprop airliner, first flown commercially in 1953. (

<<(d) The Marquess of Queensberry Rules are a code of generally accepted rules in the sport of boxing. They were named so because John Douglas, ninth Marquess of Queensberry, publicly endorsed the code, although they were written by a sportsman named John Graham Chambers in 1867.

<<(e) The "Duke of Earl" is a No. 1 record from 1962, by Gene Chandler originally but covered by many.>>

still waiting for The Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion (which was a cypher to me).
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:26 pm

clue: I'll be shocked if anyone but an Englishman/woman gets that last bit.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby Daisy » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:29 pm

gh wrote:clue: I'll be shocked if anyone but an Englishman/woman gets that last bit.

I grew up in England and have no clue.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby Conor Dary » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:33 pm

A guess. A saddle for a horse? Or something equestrian....or something to do with girdles...

Who knows...
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby Daisy » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:38 pm

I'll guess it's a new wing added onto an older estate house. Or a type of folly? A tea house in London?
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:00 pm

<<(c) The Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion is a small society of evangelical churches, founded in England in 1783 by Selina, Countess of Huntingdon. Today it has 21 congregations in England.>>

(that, of course, is not trivia, to my way of thinking: it's an incredibly obscure bit of knowledge, and there's a huge difference)
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:01 pm

7. Who lived in Ayot St Lawrence? Hint and more questions: He won a Nobel Prize. What other unexpected honor did he win? The work he won that prize for inspired another cultural landmark. What was it?
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby mcgato » Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:44 pm

Wild guess of James Joyce. No ideas of other clues, since Joyce may not be correct.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:35 pm

Joyce is not correct
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gm » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:42 pm

I know it was GB Shaw, just not the other answers. I didn't listen that closely on the tour in high school :)
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