These questions were written to be asked in Toronto on 2016-07-18, and should be interpreted accordingly.
On each question you may give up to two answers, but if you give both a right answer and a wrong answer, there is a small penalty. Please post all your answers to the newsgroup in a single followup, based only on your own knowledge. (In your answer posting, quote the questions and place your answer below each one.) I will reveal the correct answers in about 3 days.
All questions were written by members of the Usual Suspects and are used here by permission, but have been reformatted and may have been retyped and/or edited by me. For further information see my 2016-05-31 companion posting on "Questions from the Canadian Inquisition (QFTCI*)".
I wrote most of one of these rounds.
* Game 9, Round 4 - Miscellaneous - 20th-Century Composers
This is a miscellaneous round, and once again it's a music round without audio. The subjects of this round are all composers who lived and worked in the 20th century. Some may have been born in the 19th century, and some have lived or continue to live in the 21st.
For the first 6 questions, we'll give you the name of a composer, and you identify the correct picture on the handout:
* Game 9, Round 6 - Miscellanous - The Longest Name
This miscellaneous round is on "The Longest Name". For example, if we asked about James Bond movies, we'd want the one with the longest title, which is "On Her Majesty's Secret Service".
*Note*: Sometimes we will specifically ask for a one-word name, but even when we don't, we're still counting only the number of letters, not spaces. For example, if John Tory was an answer, we'd say his name was 8 letters long.
Also, when we refer to names of places or organizations, we're talking about the names commonly used for them, in English -- for example, Toronto, 7 letters, not City of Toronto; Toronto Argonauts, not Toronto Argonauts Football Club; and Mexico, not United Mexican States.
1. The name Saskatchewan Roughriders has 23 letters; but if we exclude the CFL and only look at the major sports leagues that are based in the US, then the longest name is a mere 21 letters. Name this NBA basketball team that plays in the Western Conference.
2. The longest *surname* of a major-league baseball player today is just one word but is 14 letters long. (In fact, as far as we can tell it's the longest surname of all time in baseball.) His previous teams include Texas and Boston, and currently he's with the Detroit Tigers, usually playing catcher. Who is he?
3. Which one of Jane Austen's novels had the longest title, at 19 letters?
4. Of all the characters in "Hamlet", this courtier has the longest one-word name at 12 letters. His role in "Hamlet" was minor, but in 1966 he became one of the title characters in a new play showing other events taking place during the action of "Hamlet". Name him.
5. What country has the longest name *that is only one word*? It's in Europe, it's landlocked, and it's 13 letters.
6. Of countries whose names end in -stan, which one has the longest name, at 12 letters?
7. This question refers to the population of cities proper, not metropolitan areas; for example, Toronto and Brampton count separately. In Canada there are about 25 cities with over 200,000 population. The longest name is 11 letters, and by the way, 4 of those letters are the same. Name that city.
8. Which station on the Toronto subway system currently has the longest name, using the form currently shown on the TTC map? Since we said "subway", the Scarborough RT does not count. The station opened in 1987 and its name has 15 letters.
9. The chemical element with the longest name is one of those radioactive ones that don't exist in nature. It was first created in the 1960s, but went without a permanent name for about 30 years due to a dispute over priority. The name finally chosen is 13 letters long and honors a physicist with a 10-letter surname, who worked mostly in England and also in Canada, but was born in a third English-speaking country. Name that 13-letter *element*.
10. In math, which one of the regular polyhedra has the longest name at 12 letters?
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Joshua Kreitzer <firstname.lastname@example.org>: Oct 10 04:26AM
email@example.com (Mark Brader) wrote in news:abadndNCItU-kmbKnZ2dnUU7- > and you identify the correct picture on the handout:
> 2. Arvo Pärt. > 3. Henryk Górecki ["HEN-rick Goo-RET-ski]. > 4. Vangelis. B
> 5. Benjamin Britten. > 6. Aaron Copeland. P
> 7. Picture N, an American born in 1937. He's known for operas, > symphonies, film scores, and other works, many in a minimalist > style. Philip Glass
> and classical works.
> 9. Picture E, an Italian born in 1928, known for film and TV scores, > but also the composer of over 100 classical works. Morricone
> we can tell it's the longest surname of all time in baseball.) > His previous teams include Texas and Boston, and currently he's > with the Detroit Tigers, usually playing catcher. Who is he? Saltalamacchia
> 3. Which one of Jane Austen's novels had the longest title, at > 19 letters? Sense and Sensibility
> but in 1966 he became one of the title characters in a new play > showing other events taking place during the action of "Hamlet". > Name him. Guildenstern
> 5. What country has the longest name *that is only one word*? > It's in Europe, it's landlocked, and it's 13 letters. Liechtenstein
> 6. Of countries whose names end in -stan, which one has the longest > name, at 12 letters? Turkmenistan
> a 10-letter surname, who worked mostly in England and also > in Canada, but was born in a third English-speaking country. > Name that 13-letter *element*. Rutherfordian
> 10. In math, which one of the regular polyhedra has the longest > name at 12 letters? dodecahedron
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Dan Tilque <firstname.lastname@example.org>: Oct 10 01:00AM -0700
Mark Brader wrote: > and you identify the correct picture on the handout:
Mark Brader: > see my 2016-05-31 companion posting on "Questions from the Canadian > Inquisition (QFTCI*)".
> I wrote one of these rounds.
The former capitals round was mine.
> * Game 9, Round 2 - Science
> 1. What branch of medical science is this round about? One of > its best-known practitioners was Wilder Penfield.
Neurology, neuroscience, neurosurgery; anything similar, such as "brain science", was acceptable.
> does anyone here smell burnt toast?*
> 2. Name the Canadian institution, dedicated to clinical and research > neuroscience, founded by Wilder Penfield in 1934.
Montreal Neurological Institute.
> areas of the brain are responsible for different functions > -- and each one now has one of those areas named after him. > Name either man.
Paul Broca, Carl Wernicke ["VAIR-nick-uh"]. 4 for Dan Blum, Joshua, and Dan Tilque.
> 4. British neurologist John Hughlings Jackson inferred the function > of the motor cortex by observing patients with what disorder?
Epilepsy. 4 for Pete and ye olde Marcusse. 2 for Dan Blum.
> 5. Dopamine, epinephrine, glutamate, serotonin, and tryptamine > are all examples of what type of chemical?
Neurotransmitter. 4 for Peter, Dan Blum, Marc, and Dan Tilque. 3 for Erland.
> 6. The death of dopamine-generating cells in the "substantia nigra" > of the brain results in symptoms of which neuro-degenerative > disease?
Parkinson's disease (or Parkinsonism). 4 for Marc. 3 for Dan Blum. 2 for Peter and Pete.
> 7. Some neurons include a long part that transmits impulses away > from the cell body. Name it.
Axon. 4 for Dan Blum, Marc, and Dan Tilque.
> One of his books took its title from the story of a music > professor who was gradually losing the ability to visually > identify common objects. What was that title?
"The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat". The last 6 words were sufficient. 4 for Peter, Dan Blum, Joshua, Marc, and Dan Tilque.
> Soviet physician and psychologist, author of "The Man with a > Shattered World", whose work helped to establish neuropsychology > as a discipline?
Alexander Romanovich Luria. 4 for Dan Blum.
> of neuropsychology, because of the unusual and devastating > disability he was left with, following surgery to treat severe > epilepsy. What disability?
Anterograde amnesia -- the inability to form new memories. 4 for Dan Blum and Marc.
> when the capital was finally moved to Washington, the country's > two largest cities each had a turn as capital. Name *both* > of them.
New York, Philadelphia. 4 for Calvin, Peter, Bruce, Dan Blum, Erland, Joshua, Pete, Jason, Marc, and Dan Tilque.
> the capital permanently. But in the end that provisional choice > remained the capital for over 40 years until the reunification > with East Germany finally took place. Name the city.
Bonn. 4 for Calvin, Peter, Bruce, Dan Blum, Erland, Joshua, Pete, Jason, Marc, and Dan Tilque.
> is of course required: for example, "Las Vegas", not "Vegas".
> 3. Nigeria. Since 1991 the capital has been Abuja. What was > it before?
Lagos. 4 for Calvin, Peter, Bruce, Dan Blum, Erland, Joshua, Pete, Marc, and Dan Tilque.
> 4. Côte d'Ivoire ["COAT dee-VWAHR"], or the Ivory Coast. > Since 1983, Yamoussoukro. What was it before?
Abidjan. 4 for Peter, Dan Blum, Erland, Joshua, and Pete.
> 5. Kazakhstan. Since 1997 the capital has been Astana (or Akmola, > its previous name). The usual question: what was it before?
Almaty, formerly Alma-Ata (accepting either). 4 for Björn, Erland, Joshua, Pete, and Dan Tilque.
> 6. Pakistan. Since 1967, Islamabad.
Rawalpindi. It was made the temporary capital in 1959 while the new city of Islamabad was under construction next to it. At the time I wrote the round I didn't realize this (I was under the impression that Rawalpindi was an old name for Islamabad rather than a separate city), and if I had known I would've worded the question to exclude it. The expected answer, though, was Karachi, and I will generously score that answer as almost correct. So, 3 for Peter, Dan Blum, Erland, Pete, and Marc. 2 for Calvin.
> 7. Tanzania. Since 1996, Dodoma.
Dar es Salaam. 4 for Calvin, Peter, Dan Blum, Björn, Erland, Joshua, and Marc.
> 8. Turkey. Since 1923, Ankara.
Istanbul, formerly Constantinople (and this time either one is acceptable!). 4 for Peter, Dan Blum, Björn, Erland, Joshua, Pete, Jason, Marc, and Dan Tilque. 3 for Calvin.
> 9. Russia. Since 1918, Moscow.
St. Petersburg (also generously accepting its later names, Petrograd and Leningrad). 4 for Calvin, Peter, Bruce, Dan Blum, Björn, Erland, Joshua, Pete, and Dan Tilque.
> 10. Brazil. Since 1960, Brasilia.
Rio de Janeiro. 4 for Calvin, Bruce, Erland, Joshua, Pete, Marc, and Dan Tilque. 2 for Peter and Dan Blum.
Scores, if there are no errors:
GAME 9 ROUNDS-> 2 3 TOTALS TOPICS-> Sci His Dan Blum 29 33 62 Marc Dashevsky 24 27 51 Dan Tilque 16 28 44 Joshua Kreitzer 8 36 44 Peter Smyth 10 33 43 Erland Sommarskog 3 39 42 Pete Gayde 6 35 41 "Calvin" 0 29 29 Bruce Bowler 0 20 20 Björn Lundin 0 16 16 Jason Kreitzer 0 12 12
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Erland Sommarskog <firstname.lastname@example.org>: Oct 10 07:05AM
> St. Petersburg (also generously accepting its later names, Petrograd > and Leningrad). 4 for Calvin, Peter, Bruce, Dan Blum, Björn, Erland, > Joshua, Pete, and Dan Tilque.
Generously and generously, it was named Petrograd when it lost its status as capital. Whence I used that for my answer.
-- Erland Sommarskog, Stockholm, email@example.com
Dan Tilque <firstname.lastname@example.org>: Oct 10 12:33AM -0700
Erland Sommarskog wrote: >> Joshua, Pete, and Dan Tilque.
> Generously and generously, it was named Petrograd when it lost its status > as capital. Whence I used that for my answer.
And the Turkish capital was named Constantinople when the capital was moved. It didn't get changed to Istanbul until several years later.