These questions were written to be asked in Toronto on 2016-09-26, 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 Misplaced Modifiers 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 2016-11-26 companion posting on "Questions from the Canadian Inquisition (QFTCI*)".
* Game 2, Round 4 - Literature - Favorite Haunts of the Literary Set
That is, places where writers ate and drank.
1. This Parisian cafe was frequented by Camus, Picasso, Brecht, and many others. An eponymous French literary prize has been awarded since 1933. Name the cafe.
2. Somerset Maugham wrote a number of stories and plays in this hotel that he claimed stood "for all the fables of the exotic East". It now has a suite named after him. Name the hotel.
3. Whose statue will you find leaning against the bar at the El Floridita?
4. Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, Alexander Woollcott et al. met regularly for lunch from 1919 to 1929 in which New York hotel?
5. This group of Oxford academics met regularly through the 1930s and '40s at the Eagle and Child, and later at the Lamb and Flag. They would eat and drink and offer up their unfinished works for discussion and critique. Tolkien read "The Lord of the Rings" there, and C.S. Lewis read "Out of the Silent Planet". What was the name of their little group?
6. The Rhymers' Club was founded by three poets in 1890 and met regularly at the Cheshire Cheese on Fleet St., London. As one of the founders put it, "We read our poems to one another and talked criticism and drank a little wine"; who was that?
7. Today the Grand Hotel is famous for its annual Nobel Peace Prize banquets. But it used to be a favorite haunt of this famous playwright, who lunched there so often that Edvard Munch painted him reading a newspaper in the cafe. Which famous playwright?
8. In 1916 writers, poets, and painters founded the Cabaret Voltaire in the Holländische Meierei ["Hol-LEND-ish-uh MY-er-eye"], a popular tavern located in a seedy section of Zürich. This marked the birth of what art movement?
9. Who wrote her first blockbuster novel in the Elephant House Tea and Coffee Shop in Edinburgh?
10. This writer would often pop into Davy Byrne's Pub for a gorgonzola sandwich and a glass of burgundy -- as does the main character of his most famous novel -- and as do hundreds of tourists on their annual literary pilgrimage. Who was the writer?
* Game 2, Round 6 - Canadiana - Classic Toronto Dining
That is, places where Torontonians eat (and maybe drink), or used to. Except as indicated, name the restaurant.
1. A popular buffet from 1928 through the '70s, located at 336 Bay St. It was on the west side of Bay, a short distance north of Adelaide St. The building where the restaurant was located was designated a heritage site in 1980, but the restaurant itself closed in 1982.
2. There were actually two famous buffet restaurants in Toronto in that period. The other one opened in 1949 in the Westminster Hotel at Gould and Mutual Sts. Other locations opened in Scarborough, in Mississauga, and on Queen's Quay; the last one closed in 1981.
3. Located at 36 Wellington St. E., this Viennese cafe-restaurant featured "schnitzels so big they'd hang over the edge of the dinner plate". Vines wine bar was located underneath. Closed in 1987.
4. A chain of quality candy stores with dining rooms which offered sit-down dining. Locations at Bloor and Yonge and on Yonge St. right next to the Elgin theater. You could also find Howard Engel's Benny Cooperman there at the "Grantham" location.
5. For a lot of kids, this place at 54 The Esplanade provided their first taste of "real Eye-talian" food. Located in a converted warehouse, seating 600 since 1971.
6. This restaurant was the scene of many a teenage first date. Diner-style food with a hint of downtown cool, it closed in 2014 after 34 years in the Eaton Centre. Famous for its burgers, buffalo chips, and extra-thick milkshakes.
7. Where could a student in the 1960s to the '80s get a decent steak for under $10 in downtown Toronto? At 403 Yonge St., just north of Gerrard. And don't forget the orange whip.
8. Somewhat more pricey is this restaurant, open since 1929 at Queen and Coxwell in the Beach. They like to be known as the "original steak house" and feature all-day breakfast and quality steak dinners.
9. Look out for the big orange sign in front of this family-run resto at Danforth and Jones, open since the early 1970s. Cheap burgers -- round, although you might expect otherwise. Also good Greek food and the classic cranky counter guys.
10. Known for feeding U of T students huge wooden platters full of meat, the Corona, the Country Style, and the Blue Cellar Room were all located near Bloor and Brunswick. And they all featured the cuisine of *which country*?
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Dan Tilque <email@example.com>: Dec 11 12:12AM -0800
Mark Brader wrote: > East". It now has a suite named after him. Name the hotel.
> 3. Whose statue will you find leaning against the bar at the > El Floridita?
> 4. Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, Alexander Woollcott et al. met > regularly for lunch from 1919 to 1929 in which New York hotel?
> for discussion and critique. Tolkien read "The Lord of the > Rings" there, and C.S. Lewis read "Out of the Silent Planet". > What was the name of their little group?
> of Zürich. This marked the birth of what art movement?
> 9. Who wrote her first blockbuster novel in the Elephant House > Tea and Coffee Shop in Edinburgh?
J K Rowling
> main character of his most famous novel -- and as do hundreds > of tourists on their annual literary pilgrimage. Who was > the writer?
> 5. For a lot of kids, this place at 54 The Esplanade provided their > first taste of "real Eye-talian" food. Located in a converted > warehouse, seating 600 since 1971.
The Old Spaghetti Factory
> of meat, the Corona, the Country Style, and the Blue Cellar > Room were all located near Bloor and Brunswick. And they all > featured the cuisine of *which country*?
> * Game 2, Round 2 - Geography - North, South, East, West
> In each case, name the place we describe. All answers will contain > the word "north", "south", "east", or "west" -- *in some language*.
This was the 2nd-easiest round in the original game, after the current-events round.
> 1. This Ontario town was incorporated in 1971 with the amalgamation > of several villages including Sharon and Holland Landing.
> 2. An Indiana city on the St. Joseph River. In 1852, Henry > Studebaker set up his first wagon shop here.
South Bend. 4 for Dan Blum, Joshua, Pete, Dan Tilque, Marc, Bruce, and Gareth.
> 3. This country was born in 1918. The name it later adopted -- > which was officially retired in 2003 -- identified it as the > home of the southern Slavs.
Yugoslavia. 4 for Dan Blum, Joshua, Dan Tilque, Marc, Peter, Gareth, Erland, and Calvin.
Its first name was the "Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes". "Yugo-" comes from Serbian and related languages.
> 4. This former province achieved nationhood as Bangladesh in 1971.
East Pakistan. 4 for everyone -- Dan Blum, Joshua, Pete, Dan Tilque, Marc, Bruce, Peter, Gareth, Erland, and Calvin.
> 5. This northwest German region includes the cities of Munster > and Dortmund. The treaty ending the 30 Years' War was signed > here.
Westphalia. 4 for Dan Blum, Joshua, Pete, Dan Tilque, Peter, and Gareth. 3 for Erland and Calvin.
"West" is spelled the same way in German.
I scored the modern state of "North Rhine Westphalia" as almost correct. The Peace of Westphalia was actually signed, in 1648, in *two* places in Westphalia: Munster and Osnabrück. Munster is well within the modern state, but Osnabrück now lies just across the state line into Lower Saxony.
> 6. Glamorous Uruguayan ocean resort, known recently for its > Monte-Carlo-style "Formula E" electric-car races.
Punta del Este. 4 for Joshua and Erland.
"Eate" is, of course, Spanish for "east".
> 7. One of the main Japanese islands; its name means "North Ocean > Road".
Hokkaido. 4 for Dan Blum, Dan Tilque, Peter, Erland, and Calvin. 3 for Joshua and Marc. 2 for Pete.
> 8. The name of this Chinese city literally translates as "South > Capital".
Nanjing (accepting Nanking). 4 for Joshua, Dan Tilque, Gareth, and Erland.
Beijing is the "North Capital".
> 9. The name of the 6th-largest country in the world derives from > the Latin for "Southern land." The name was first used > officially in 1817.
Australia. 4 for Dan Blum, Joshua, Dan Tilque, Marc, Bruce, Peter, Gareth, Erland, and Calvin.
When I heard this question I was hoping the next one would ask for the European country whose name means "Eastern realm" -- namely Austria (from the German "Österreich"). But no.
> 10. This African country is the newest member of the United Nations, > having gained admission in July 2011.
South Sudan. 4 for Dan Blum, Joshua, Pete, Dan Tilque, Peter, Gareth, Erland, and Calvin.
> * Game 2, Round 3 - Sports - Sports in the Roaring Twenties
> 1. In 1924, which city hosted the Olympics for the second time?
Paris. 4 for Joshua, Pete, Dan Tilque, Bruce, Peter, Gareth, Erland, and Calvin. 3 for Dan Blum.
> 2. Thoroughbred racehorse Man o'War won 20 out of 21 races he was > entered in. His last victory, in October 1920, was at Kenilworth > Park -- in which Ontario city?
> 3. On the basis of his football achievements at the University of > Illinois, "Time" magazine put Red Grange on its cover in October > 1925. Next month Grange turned pro, signing with which NFL team?
Chicago Bears. 4 for Joshua, Pete, Dan Tilque, and Marc. 3 for Dan Blum and Gareth.
> 4. Frenchwoman Suzanne Lenglen was the first female superstar in > her sport, famous for her attire as well as her technique. > What sport?
Tennis. 4 for Joshua, Bruce, Peter, Gareth, and Calvin. 3 for Dan Blum.
> 5. In 1926, swimmer Gertrude Ederle ["ED-er-lee"] did *what* in > 14 hours 34 minutes, faster than any of the men who preceded her?
Swam across the English Channel. 4 for everyone.
> 6. Which schooner, skippered by Angus Walters, won its first > international races in 1921?
> in Detroit and another two in Philadelphia, before retiring as > the holder of 43 major league regular season career records." > Who is the Baseball Hall of Fame describing here?
Ty Cobb. 4 for Dan Blum, Joshua, Pete, Marc, Gareth, and Calvin.
> 8. What was "the house that Ruth built"?
(The first) Yankee Stadium. 4 for Dan Blum, Joshua, Pete, Dan Tilque, Marc, Bruce, Gareth, and Calvin.
Of course, the expression refers to the New York Yankees' attendance improving after "Babe" Ruth joined the team.
> and British Open Championships in the same year, 1926. After > retirement in 1930, he co-founded the Masters Tournament. > Name him.
Bobby Jones. 4 for Joshua, Pete, Marc, Peter, Gareth, and Calvin.
> 10. In the years 1920 to '29 inclusive, which team won the Stanley > Cup 4 times, more often than any other team? Hint: the answer > is also the name of a current NHL team.
Ottawa Senators. 4 for Pete and Marc.
They won in 1920, 1921, 1923, and 1927, but ran into trouble in the Depression years. They missed the 1931-32 season, became the St. Louis Eagles in 1934, and folded the following year. St. Louis got another team (the Blues) in 1967, but Ottawa didn't get one until 1992 (the current Senators).
The question said "also", indicating that the current team of that name must not be the same one that held that record in the 1920s. All of the wrong guesses were current NHL teams that were already playing by 1929.
Scores, if there are no errors:
GAME 2 ROUNDS-> 2 3 TOTALS TOPICS-> Geo Spo Joshua Kreitzer 35 28 63 Gareth Owen 28 27 55 Dan Blum 28 21 49 Dan Tilque 32 16 48 "Calvin" 23 24 47 Pete Gayde 18 28 46 Marc Dashevsky 19 24 43 Peter Smyth 24 16 40 Erland Sommarskog 31 8 39 Bruce Bowler 12 20 32
-- Mark Brader, Toronto | "You don't SIT IN the traffic jam; firstname.lastname@example.org | you ARE the traffic jam." -- Werner Icking
On Friday, December 9, 2016 at 2:57:20 PM UTC+10, Mark Brader wrote: > > I respectfully suggest that whoever wrote this question be taken out > > and shot.
> Huh? That is the correct Olympic record for this very high-profile event.
True enough, but no-one (including the athletes themselves) cares about Olympic records (unless they are also world records). The Olympics are all about the medals. Hence it is a very poor question.
Calvin <email@example.com>: Dec 10 03:50AM -0800
On Friday, December 9, 2016 at 2:53:11 PM UTC+10, Mark Brader wrote: > > I guess this refers to the *Olympic* record even though it is not > > explicitly stated in the question.
> It was the Olympic challenge round, remember?
They why did the word appear in the Bolt question? But it's of little consequence.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Brader): Dec 10 10:31AM -0600
"Calvin": >>> I guess this refers to the *Olympic* record even though it is not >>> explicitly stated in the question.
Mark Brader: >> It was the Olympic challenge round, remember?
"Calvin": > They why did the word appear in the Bolt question?
Well, these things happen.
> But it's of little consequence.
Oh, good. -- Mark Brader, Toronto | "This is a film of non-stop action email@example.com | and non-start intelligence." --Mark Leeper
firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Brader): Dec 10 10:34AM -0600
"Calvin": >>> I respectfully suggest that whoever wrote this question be taken out >>> and shot.
Mark Brader: >> Huh? That is the correct Olympic record for this very high-profile event.
"Calvin": > True enough, but no-one (including the athletes themselves) cares about > Olympic records (unless they are also world records).
Are you suggesting that anyone pays attention to track events when they *aren't* part of the Olympics? -- Mark Brader, Toronto "I'm not a lawyer, but I'm pedantic and email@example.com that's just as good." -- D Gary Grady
> 1 Which actor portrayed lawyer Tom Hagen in the Godfather films?
> 2 Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker comprised which rock > group? Cream > 3 Which word can refer to either a fruit or calcium oxide (CaO)? Lime > 4 Which car manufacturer's logo features three diamonds?
> 5 The Hittites were an ancient Anatolian people whose empire centred > on the city of Hattusa located in which modern-day country? Iraq > 6 What is the most widely spoken language in Switzerland? German > 7 Which hit song of 1973 includes the following line: "Clowns to the > left of me, Jokers to the right"? Stuck in the middle with you > 8 What was the title of American relationship counsellor John Gray's > 1992 best-seller? Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus > 9 Founded in 1876 in Baltimore and named after its benefactor, which > US university is often known by the acronym JHU? John Hopkins University > 10 Idi Amin died in 2003 in which Middle-East country? Saudi Arabia