These questions were written to be asked in Toronto on 2016-12-06, 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*)".
If TRT, or UTC+3, is the time in Turkey, in what countries do the following times apply?
1. CVT, UTC-1. 2. IST, UTC+5:30. 3. PET, UTC-5.
* Montreal Boroughs and Neighborhoods.
4. Two neighborhoods of Montreal form a single borough or "arrondissement" which takes its name from both of them (like the borough of "Hammersmith and Fulham" in London, England). Both are former towns that were annexed by the city of Montreal in 1910. The Décarie cuts through the middle of the borough. One neighborhood is Côte-des-Neiges; name the other, where you will find Concordia University's Loyola campus on Sherbrooke Street West.
5. The area was originally known as Côte Ste-Catherine. Residents include a substantial percentage of expatriates from France. There is also a sizable Hasidic Jewish community, representing about 20% of the population. Many Jewish synagogues, schools, and businesses can be found on avenues Van Horne, Bernard, and St-Viateur.
6. This is the borough with the most distinct neighborhoods -- including downtown, the historic district of Old Montreal, Chinatown, the Gay Village and the Latin Quarter. Name it.
* Cities by Satellite Image
Name the metropolis shown in each satellite photo.
An exonym is a place name that does not follow local usage. For example, Italians say "Firenze", but in English the city's traditional name is "Florence". What are the English names for following places?
10. The city of Guangzhou. 11. The river Tevere. 12. The city of al-Qahirah.
13. Name the strait that separates the European and the Asian sides of Istanbul.
14. Looking across to the Golden Horn is the royal residence that served the Ottoman sultans for over four centuries. Name the palace of the sultans.
15. Name Istanbul's most famous square, which stands at the head of Istiklal Avenue in the European part of the city. It was the site of violent repression of anti-development demonstrations in 2013.
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"Peter Smyth" <email@example.com>: Apr 10 09:52AM
Mark Brader wrote:
> If TRT, or UTC+3, is the time in Turkey, in what countries do the > following times apply?
> 1. CVT, UTC-1. Cape Verde > 2. IST, UTC+5:30. India > 3. PET, UTC-5. Paraguay
> * Cities by Satellite Image
> Name the metropolis shown in each satellite photo.
> 10. The city of Guangzhou. Shanghai > 11. The river Tevere. > 12. The city of al-Qahirah. Cairo
> * Istanbul
> 13. Name the strait that separates the European and the Asian > sides of Istanbul. Bosphorus > Istiklal Avenue in the European part of the city. It was the > site of violent repression of anti-development demonstrations > in 2013.
Mark Brader: > but those points will be *divided equally* between all entrants > who get it right. This means there is effectively a large bonus > if you can answer a question that nobody else gets.
Since there were 7 entrants, and LCM(1,2,3,4,5,6,7) = 420, each question was worth 420 points divided equally between everyone who got it.
And the winner is STEPHEN PERRY with a score of 1,618 points. Hearty congratulations, sir! And please set RQ 252 at your earliest convenience.
> * Entertainment
> 1. This actor who lived 1894-1974 was 39. He played an actor in "To > Be or Not To Be", a comedy about the Nazis' occupation of Poland.
Jack Benny (whose comedy shtick in later life included a permanent claim of only being 39). 140 for Dan Blum, Marc, and Stephen.
> 2. This singer who lived 1919-65 appeared in a duet with his > daughter in 1991.
Nat King Cole. (Through the magic of special effects. "Unforgettable".) 70 for Dan Blum, Gareth, Peter, Marc, Calvin, and Stephen.
> 3. This woman who started her career as a hip-hop singer was > nominated for an Oscar for her role as a prison matron in > "Chicago" (1992).
Queen Latifah. 105 for Dan Blum, Gareth, Calvin, and Stephen.
> Fountainhead". He also directed part of "The Wizard of Oz", > but did not receive screen credit for that. He had 5 nominations > for the Best Director Oscar, but never won.
King Vidor. 210 for Gareth and Stephen.
> and did some of his own stunt driving on cars and motorcycles, > including parts of one of the most famous chase scenes of all > time. He had an Oscar nomination for "The Sand Pebbles" (1967).
Steve McQueen. (The white one. "Bullitt", "The Great Escape", etc.) 84 for Dan Blum, Gareth, Marc, Calvin, and Stephen.
> 6. This man has directed only a few feature films so far, starting > with "Hunger" (2008), but he has already won the Oscar as Best > Director, for a 2013 movie.
Steve McQueen. (The black one. "12 Years a Slave".) 105 for Dan Blum, Gareth, Calvin, and Stephen.
> * History
> 7. After many unsuccessful prosecutions, this advocate of assisted > suicide was imprisoned for murder in 1999.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian. I accepted "Kevorian". 84 for Dan Blum, Gareth, Peter, Stephen, and Dan Tilque.
> 8. Over 50 people were killed in rioting after Stacey Koon, Laurence > Powell, Timothy Wind, and Theodore Brisenio were acquitted of > using excessive force against this man.
Rodney King. 60 for everyone -- Dan Blum, Gareth, Peter, Marc, Calvin, Stephen, and Dan Tilque.
> of the 5 living children made it to adulthood. In the end > the heir to the throne was the second cousin of this monarch. > Name this monarch.
Queen Anne. (Ruled 1702-14.) 140 for Dan Blum, Peter, and Calvin.
Her successor, King George I, was not her closest relative -- in fact more than 50 people who would in the ordinary way have been in the line of succession were skipped over. In 1701, however, Parliament had passed the "Act of Settlement" for the purpose of ensuring that the throne would remain in the hands of Protestants rather than Catholics such as the deposed King James II or his descendants.
To this end, as well as prohibiting Catholics from taking the throne, the act also specified explicitly who would be next in line to inherit if neither then-King William III nor then-Pricess Anne had any children. King James VI, Anne's grandfather, had had a daughter Elizabeth who moved to what is now Germany and married into royalty there; Elizabeth's daughter Sophie von der Pfalz, known in English as the Electress Sophia of Hanover, now became the designated successor. Sophia actually died just before Anne, so it was her son, who incidentally did not speak English, who took the British throne as George I.
> 10. This author wrote the time-travel novels "Time and Again" and > "From Time to Time", as well as the novel that the various > movies titled "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" were all based on.
Jack Finney. 210 for Dan Blum and Stephen.
> 11. This character should have trusted Cordelia instead of the > other two.
King Lear (in the play of that name). 60 for everyone.
> 12. This man, now 77, was one of the leading players of his sport. > Although American, he has been commemorated on a £5 note by > the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Jack Nicklaus. 70 for Dan Blum, Gareth, Peter, Calvin, Stephen, and Dan Tilque.
> injury during a game. His player number was retired, but in > 1968 he asked for it to be reactivated and given to Ron Ellis, > who wore #6 for the rest of his career.
With a hand consisting of 4 jacks, 4 queens, 4 kings, and one ace, most people today would open the bidding with a strong articificial bid, probably either 1 club or 2 clubs depending on their system. However, in traditional natural methods 4 no trump was the opening bid for this 28 HCP balanced hand.
And it's also possible that someone in whose methods a 4NT opening bid had no other meaning would try it on this hand with the intent that it would be whatever version of Blackwood they played, despite the significant probability that if partner has less than two aces then the auction will end at an unmakeable contract.
-- Mark Brader | "This is the most unreadable book I've ever seen. ... firstname.lastname@example.org | I can imagine someone wanting to assassinate the author, Toronto | but not for religious reasons." --Peter Moylan