As you may have noticed, the quiz had Africa as its theme, and the questions 2 to 15 were loosely organised north to south.
> 1. It starts with Rosanna, but what does it end with?
"Africa". As noted, "it" here refers to the album "Toto IV" by Toto.
"Roseannadanna" was suggested, but that starts with RosEanna. (Luckily, I did check the Toto spelling before I posted the quiz!)
> 2. The ruins of the ancient city of Carthage are located in which > present-day country?
Tunisia. Tunis is a city in the same country.
> 3. The United Arab Republic originally consisted of which two > present-day countries?
Egypt and Syria. Egypt kept the moniker for another nine years after the split. Libya was never part of it. (And was a kingdom during the most of the duration of UAR.)
> 4. "You must remember this: A kiss is still a kiss". Which film is it?
> can't take a taxi cab to Timbuktu" > The title of the song is "Life is Hard" - but what's the name of > the band?
No, they are not Timbuktu - that's a Swedish rap artist - but they are Timbuk 3.
> 6. Cheick Sallah Cissé made himself a national hero in the recent Olympic > Games in Rio by winning the first gold medal ever for the Ivory Coast. > In which sport did he compete?
I'm impressed that so many knew this. I only knew about it because there was a short note about it in my newspaper about it. When researching the question, I observed that one more Ivorian got a medal in Taekwondo. And a person from Niger got a silver medal. Who would have known that this sport is big in this part of the world?
> 7. Afria has seen more than one megalomaniac dictator. Still you have > to say that Jean-Bédel Bokassa took it to the next level. What did > he do?
Crowned himself emperor. The country was the Central African Republic. (Called Central African Empire after the coronation.)
He was indeed accused for cannibalism, but Wikipedia says that he wss cleared from these charges, why I scored it as wrong.
Swp suggested "president for life", and indeed he was before he made himself emperor. However, that is so incredibly commonplace for this type of guys, that it does not qualify for the next level. So no points.
> of bandy is not very big. In the world championships different > divisions there are teams from Europe, Asia and North America. > There is also a team representing an African country. Which?
No, they are not based in Mogadishu or elsewhere in Somalia, but mainly in the Swedish town of Borlänge. It started as an integration project to pick up Somalian kids who did not really find their place in the Swedish soceity. A former bandy star took care of them, and the goal was from the start that they should play in the world championships, despite they had never stood on skates before. At least the first time they played they were augmented by a Somalian guy from Canada who is a hockey player and who joined them on his own cost.
They have yet to win a tournament game, but they have nevertheless been immensly popular with the local folks in Russia. (Where the last three championships have been held.)
> 9. With over 300 000 dwellers, Dadaab is said to be world's greatest > what?
Refugee camp. It in northern Kenya, which I should have said in the question. If nothing else, that would have been a hint for #8.
> 10. What geopolitical feature is more or less unique to Denmark and > Equatorial Guinea?
Capital is on a island, but they also have territory on continental mainland. The UK is arguably a third case. British Columbia too, if we go to second-level enities.
> 11. For half a point each, tell me in which country you bump into if > you start in 0°N, 0°E and sail due > a) North
> b) East
Gabon. And you have to stick very strictly to the equator, since else you will run afloat in São Tomé e Principe. The equator passes through a strait between the main island and a smaller one. (Had anyone answers São Tomé, I would have approved it.)
> 12. Denis Mukwege has been nominated for Nobel's Peach Prize. Give > either his profession or where he is active. In either case, be > sufficiently specific.
To quote Wikipedia:
Denis Mukwege (born 1 March 1955) is a Congolese gynecologist. He founded and works in Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, where he specializes in the treatment of women who have been gang-raped by rebel forces.
Gynecologist was required for the profession. For the location I did not need Bukavu, but I wanted you to say North-Eastern Congo-Kinshasa.
My sincerest apologies for the typo (or whatever we should call it) that may have distracted some entrants.
> 13. By age, who is the currently the oldest head of state? Give > either the name or position + country.
Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe
People knew this one better than the King Of Thailand in my last quiz, but I was amused to see QEII being suggested this time as well. But she is a young girl of 90, compared to 92-year old Mugabe.
> 14. Miles Davis's double album from 1974 "Get Up with It" features > the half-hour long "Calypso Frelimo". What is Frelimo here?
Frente de Libertação de Moçambique. At the time, the leading liberation guerilla, today the leading policital party in Mozambique.
> 15. The rocker Mannfred Mann hails from which country?
> 16. Name any person who was awarded an Oscar for his or her > involvement in the film "Out of Africa".
Sydney Pollack, Kurt Luedtke, David Watkin, Stephen B. Grimes, Josie MacAvin, Chris Jenkins, Gary Alexander, Larry Stensvold, Peter Handford, John Barry.
Meryl Streep was a popular answer, but she was only nominated.
I did see the film, but I will have to confess that I found it utterly boring. It might not really have helped that I saw it dubbed in German.
-- Erland Sommarskog, Stockholm, email@example.com
On Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 9:12:42 AM UTC-4, Erland Sommarskog wrote: > Rotating Quiz 229 is over and stomping the field with a decisive > victory is STEPHEN W PERRY who is to set RQ230. Congratulations.
thank you. I will set the next rq sometime between tonight and tomorrow, hurricane hermine will determine when.
> (Called Central African Empire after the coronation.)
> He was indeed accused for cannibalism, but Wikipedia says that he wss > cleared from these charges, why I scored it as wrong.
I disagree, but understand why you ruled it that way. when I saw the other answers, cannibalism was the most outrageous and seemed like the answer you were looking for. crowning oneself emperor seems rather tame by comparison. I mean, come on, who hasn't crowned themselves god-emperor of all time and space?
> Swp suggested "president for life", and indeed he was before he made > himself emperor. However, that is so incredibly commonplace for this > type of guys, that it does not qualify for the next level. So no points.
and I concur with this ruling as well. it was a poor attempt as I couldn't remember which atrocities he committed.
> answer you were looking for. crowning oneself emperor seems rather tame > by comparison. I mean, come on, who hasn't crowned themselves > god-emperor of all time and space?
Yeah, that was a difficult one. Cannibalism is certainly the level above making yourself emperor. But after all, that was only accusations, and he has been cleared of them. So we don't know if he ever was on that level.
-- Erland Sommarskog, Stockholm, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Tilque <email@example.com>: Sep 03 04:41PM -0700
Erland Sommarskog wrote:
> Egypt and Syria. Egypt kept the moniker for another nine years after the > split. Libya was never part of it. (And was a kingdom during the most > of the duration of UAR.)
When I said Libya, I was getting it mixed up with the Federation of Arab Republics. That started off with Libya and Egypt.
-- Dan Tilque
"Peter Smyth" <firstname.lastname@example.org>: Sep 04 10:46AM
Erland Sommarskog wrote:
> you will run afloat in São Tomé e Principe. The equator passes through > a strait between the main island and a smaller one. (Had anyone > answers São Tomé, I would have approved it.)
It looks like the equator does just clip the island of Ilheu das Rolas, search on Google Maps for 0N 6.52E.