Questions for all 2003


Joanne Kelley January 2003
Per Lundberg February 2003
Murray McGlew March 2003
Cathy Bannister April 2003
Peter Ravn Rasmussen May 2003
Cathy Bannister June 2003
Edi Winkler July 2003
Jouko Koppinen August 2003
David Hawley September 2003
Stephen Merdith October 2003
Paul Kyle November 2003
John Bourke December 2003

January 2003

Q1 When the BBC marketed a videotape of “Bill and Ben” about 10 years ago, how many copies were sold?

Q2 St Denis is the patron saint of France, of the city of Paris, and also of what group of people?

Q3 How do the residents of Northern Ireland pronounce the letter ‘h’?

Q4 Esso named its successive oilfields in the North Sea after sea birds – Auk, Brent, Cormorant, Dunlin, Eider, and so on – what problem did this lead to? [Fulmar]

Q5 What do you get if you add the ASCII character codes for the word ‘INDONESIA’ [666]

FESTIVE SUPPLEMENT – What are these peculiar habits from around the world?

Q6 Tsujigiri

Q7 Areodjarekaput

Q8 Raphanizein

Q9 Mallemaroking

Q10 Anaranjear

Q11 Where is this crowd going? <Crew.Jpg>


Feb 2003

Q1 During the French Revolution, Tom Paine was arrested and sentenced to death. What with the guillotine being booked so far in advance, an “X” was chalked on the cell door of prisoners due for the chop. One can imagine Mr Paine’s disappointment when, one day, his cell door was so marked. However, as history shows, he was able to wag this event – how did this happen?

Q2 Apart from Iraq and Somalia, what other country has recently argued in favour of the death penalty for children?

Q3 BBC TV’s puppets “Bill and Ben” spoke in a mysterious language called “flobbadob”, named after the typical sound of one of the words. Where did this word originally come from?

Q4 Eric the Memorable was a King of Denmark who died in 1104. Why was he described as “the memorable?”

Q5 In the 1890’s Monsieur D- who explored the ruins of Susa was elected to the French Academie des Inscriptions. Mme D- who helped in the work not only received the Legion of Honour, but what other privilege?

Q6 Whose house was this? (housewho.jpg)


March 2003

Q1 The opera Einstein On The Beach ends with the lyrics “How much do I love you? Count the stars in the sky. Measure the waters of the oceans with a teaspoon. Number the grains of sand on the sea shore. Impossible, you say? Yes, and it is just as impossible for me to say how much I love you . . .” And remarkable too, Dr Bob says – why?

Q2 The Greek island of Lesbos has nothing (well, nothing in particular) to do with lesbians – what is the derivation of the word ‘lesbian’?

Q3 Translate into English: combat emplacement evacuator

Q4 Do hens like spicy food?

Q5 Who was Huey Duey & Louie’s mother?

Q6 <farmers.jpg> What can one do to help the farmers of Myrtleford?


April 2003

Q1 In what film does someone say “We educators cannot do anything until the public is sufficiently aroused”?

Q2 What is the lowest uninteresting number?

Q3 In line dancing, how many different dances are there?

Q4 What country recently almost forbade sex, childbirth and caviar?

Q5 What size was Neanderthal Man’s brain in comparison to ours?

Q6 <Lesson1.jpg> What well-known tune is being taught here?


May 2003

Q1 Could Stalin play the piano?

Q2 What mammal (other than man) kills the most people in Africa every year?

Q3 What must you have if you want to fight a duel in Paraguay?

Q4 For British atom bomb tests at Maralinga, where did the Australian government offer to station some sample troops?

Q5 What unusual effect would you observe if you mixed 500ml of water with 500ml of vodka?

Q6 What’s this? (London from the space shuttle)


June 2003

Q1 The closest approach of the planet Mars this year is just under 56 million km on 26 August – when was the last time it came as close as that to Earth?

Q2 What species of animal has the largest brain in relation to its size?

Q3 What State of the USA is most often hit by lightning?

Q4 Translate into Australian “Tabernacle à deux étages sans escalier de sauvetage, hostis”

Q5 What film contains the immortal spoken line “glub glub”

Q6 Whose foot is this?


July 2003

Q1 One sound occurs in nearly all spoken languages – what is it?

Q2 What was the original name of the journal American Mathematical Monthly?

Q3 If you are driving in Russia and you see a sign that says “Cmon” what should you do?

Q4 When the Swedish pop group ABBA was assembled in the early 1970s they had to overcome an unusual legal difficulty – what was that?

Q5 Did Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, ever go whaling?

Q6 Who’s this? <string.jpg>


August 2003

Q1 How many things have a mass of exactly 1 kilogram?

Q2 Do cats miaow at other cats?

Q3 When was the girl’s name “Wendy” first used?

Q4 Scandinavian food: Why are cloudberries more expensive than lingonberries?

Q5 If you fall from a ship in Arctic waters, what should you do?

Q6 Who wrote this? <writing.jpg>


September 2003

Q1 In total, how much of Sai Baba’s holy ash is handed over to devotees every day?

Q2 What, according to its composer Don McLean, was the meaning behind the song American Pie?

Q3 Of dead bodies of persons found drowned in the ocean, 100% are dead but 70% of them have something else in common – what is it?

Q4 Why do gypsies translate the name “Stanley” into Romany as “Beshaley”?

Q5 January 25 is Burns Night; in which country are the most celebrations held?

Q6 (picture) What book is she reading?


October 2003

Q1 Why was the Linux computer operating system given its dual-boot facility?

Q2 Who said in the 1960s something like “Tell the Russians that they can now sleep in peace”

Q3 There is a ball 12 feet in diameter on top of a pole 60 feet high. On the ball stands a man whose eye is six feet above the ball. How much ground beneath the ball is invisible to him?

Q4 What is the significance of the above problem?

Q5 Why did Guy de Maupassant often decide to eat his lunch at the newly-built Eiffel Tower?

Q6 <lord.jpg> What has motivated the lady in the shower to say “Oh, Lord”? (For bonus points: there are two quite separate reasons. Clues given on October 20, if nobody gets it before then)


November 2003

Q1 Why were the Mr Bean TV programs nearly banned in Italy?

Q2 Mick Jagger once wrote to the Dutch artist Maurits Escher, asking permission to use one of Escher’s woodcuts on a forthcoming LP cover. What was the reply?

Q3 According to experienced travellers, if you are driving in the remote Australian outback and your vehicle breaks down, what is the first thing you should do?

Q4 What did the penguin say to the Eskimo?

Q5 A recipe for a particular dish includes oat bran, mashed bananas, chopped pears and water. What ingredient can optionally be added?

Q6 <where5> Where was this picture taken?


December 2003

Q1 Henry VIII’s ruthless agent Thomas Cromwell got a brilliant law passed that allowed a person to be convicted for conspiracy without identifying who with – who was the first victim?

Q2 How many kilometres did Amundsen himself pull a sledge on his pioneering return journey to the South Pole?

Q3 In the epic film Lawrence of Arabia how many females have speaking parts?

Q4 In what year did humanity realise that the body of the Sun was not like the bodies of the other planets? [1929]

Q5 What song is also known as The Italian Chiropractor’s Song? [i w y b]

Q6 <picture> Shower scene in Psycho – [Casaba melons]