Pauls Quiz 279

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1. The name for which kind of cat stems from a word for a type of striped silk?

2. What was Inspector Columbo's matter-of-fact first name? (5 letters)

3. Which David sang each of the following songs? One point for each correct answer.
a. Silver Lady
b. Rock On
c. Jeans On
d. Almost Cut My Hair
e. Cherish
f. California Girls
g. Song For Bob Dylan

4. In North Africa, what is a 'Tajine' (or Tagine)?

5. The following line is from which 1962 Hollywood psycho thriller?
"You wouldn't be able to do these awful things to me if I weren't still in this chair."

6. Which American tennis player was the only man to have won the US Open singles title on grass, clay and hard courts?

7. Which former French colony was, until the late 1950s, one of the largest wine producing countries in the world?

8. The name of which alternative form of Japanese medicine translated means "finger pressure"?

9. In the world of mountain climbing there are 14 mountains known as the 'Eight-thousanders'. Name the 'Eight-thousander' that starts with the letter 'A'.

10. What name did Hitler want to give his so called 'Welthauptstadt' (world capital city)?

ANSWERS

1. Tabby (from striped silk taffeta) The English term tabby comes from a translation of the French for "striped silk taffeta", which derives from the French tabis, meaning "a rich watered silk (originally striped)", in turn from Middle French atabis (14th century), from the Arabic term attabiya, from Attabiy, a neighbourhood of Baghdad where such cloth was first made, named for Prince 'Attab of the Umayyad Caliphate, as compared to the Spanish term ataviar, meaning "to decorate or to dress or wear" (often implying very elegant and/or expensive clothing). The term tabby cat, "one with a striped coat", is attested from the 1690s; the shortened form tabby was first attested in 1774. The idea of "female cat" (1826) may be influenced by the feminine proper name Tabby, a pet form of Tabitha, which was used in the late 18th century as slang for a "difficult old woman". Taffeta (archaically spelled taffety) is a crisp, smooth, plain woven fabric made from silk or cuprammonium rayons. The word is Persian in origin and means "twisted woven." It is considered to be a "high-end" fabric, suitable for use in ball gowns, wedding dresses, and interiors for curtains or wallcovering. It is also widely used in the manufacture of corsets and corsetry: it yields a more starched-like type of cloth that holds its shape better than many other fabrics. An extremely thin, crisp type of taffeta is called paper taffeta.

2. Frank Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo, a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The character and show, created by William Link and Richard Levinson, popularized the inverted detective story format, which begins by showing the commission of the crime and its perpetrator; the series therefore has no "whodunit" element. Columbo's first name has never officially been identified, although the name "Frank Columbo" has been visible on pieces of identification throughout the show's history.

3. Seven answers
a. David Soul
b. David Essex
c. David Dundas
d. David Crosby
e. David Cassidy
f. David Lee Roth
g. David Bowie

4. A pot (an earthenware pot used for cooking)

5. What ever happened to Baby Jane?

6. Jimmy Connors

7. Algeria

8. Shiatsu In the Japanese language, shiatsu means "finger pressure". Shiatsu techniques include massages with fingers, thumbs, feet and palms; assisted stretching; and joint manipulation and mobilization. To examine a patient, a shiatsu practitioner uses palpation and, sometimes, pulse diagnosis.

9. Annapurna Annapurna is a massif in the Himalayas in north-central Nepal that includes one peak over 8,000 metres (26,000 ft), thirteen peaks over 7,000 metres (23,000 ft), and sixteen more over 6,000 metres (20,000 ft). Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means "full of food", but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests.

10. Germania ("Welthauptstadt Germania" - literally "World Capital Germania") Germania was the Roman and Greek term for the geographical region inhabited mainly by the Germanic people. It bordered to west on the Rhine river, to the south on the Danube river, to the north on the Baltic Sea, and to the east on the Vistula river.

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