Pauls Quiz 133

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1. Funnily enough, which `olde`English word meant mind intelligence? (Clue, Aristotle said it is educated insolence)  3 or 4 letters.

2. After buying three electric chairs, why did Ethiopian emperor Menelik II abandon the idea of using this 'humane' method of execution?

3. Which tennis star had a role in the Bond film Octopussy?

4. What is:
    a: the French word for butterfly and 
    b: the Spanish word for butterfly?

5. Alba white, Black autumn and Perigord are all examples of what ?

6. Which large multi-cultural city with an urban population of almost five million was once known as York? (Clue, the longest street in the world starts here)

7. Which two male tennis proffessionals have won the most  singles titles in the Open era? (since 1969)

8. Although it wasnt a coincidence, what do Carl Jung and the band the Police have in common? Two answers

9. What is the largest country in the world without any speed limits?

10. Which animal has the longest hair ? Second letter is an "A"


1. Witt or wit

2. No electricity Emperor Menelik II GCB, GCMG, baptized as Sahle Maryam (August 17, 1844 ? December 12, 1913), was Meridazmach of Shewa (1866-1889), then nəgus? n?g?st of Ethiopia from 1889 to his death. During the 1890s, Menelek heard about the modern method of executing criminals using electric chairs, and he ordered 3 for his kingdom. When the chairs arrived, Menelik learned they would not work, as Ethiopia did not yet have an electrical power industry. Rather than waste his investment, Menelik used one of the chairs as his throne, sending another to Lique Mequas Abate. Menelek was known for saying "We must resist the powers, to keep our independence."

3. Vijay Amritraj Amritraj was born in Chennai, India on December 14, 1953. He and his brothers, Anand Amritraj and Ashok Amritraj, were among the first Indians to play in top-flight international tour tennis. In 1976, the brothers (Vijay and Anand) were semi-finalists in the Wimbledon men's doubles. After playing his first grand prix event in 1970, Amritraj achieved his first significant success in singles in 1973 when he reached the quarter-final stage at two Grand Slam events. At Wimbledon he lost 5-7 in the fifth set to the eventual champion Jan Kodes and later that summer at the U.S. Open lost to tennis great Ken Rosewall after having beaten another legend, Rod Laver, two rounds earlier. Vijay also had a brief acting career, appearing with Roger Moore in the James Bond film, Octopussy as Vijay and in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. He has since gone on to become a sports commentator, has been a judge at the Miss Universe pageant, and has developed a successful multimedia business.

4. Two Answers:
    a: Papillon 
    b: Mariposa (apparently it means "Maria sit down")

5. Truffles The Black Autumn truffle and Black P?rigord Truffle (Tuber melanosporum) is named for the P?rigord region in France and grows exclusively with oak. Specimens can be found in late autumn and winter, reaching 7cm in diameter and weighing 100g though usually weigh less. The White truffle or Alba Truffle (Tuber magnatum) comes from the Langhe area of the Piedmont region in northern Italy and, most famously, in the countryside around the city of Alba. It is also found in Croatia, on the Istria peninsula in the Motovun forest alongside Mirna river.

6. Toronto Toronto is the largest city in Canada, and is the provincial capital of Ontario, making it the seat of the provincial Crown. It is located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. e name Toronto is likely derived from the Iroquois word tkaronto, meaning "place where trees stand in the water". In 1793, Governor John Graves Simcoe established the town of York on an existing settlement, naming it after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany. Simcoe chose the town to replace Newark as the capital of Upper Canada, believing the new site would be less vulnerable to attack by the Americans. In 1813, as part of the War of 1812, the Battle of York ended in the town's capture and plunder by American forces. York was incorporated as the City of Toronto on March 6, 1834, reverting to its original native name. The population of only 9,000 included escaped African-American slaves fleeing Black Codes in some states. Districts of Toronto today include: East York, Etobicoke, North York, Old Toronto, Scarborough and York.

7. Two Answers:
    Jimmy Connors (109) and 
    Ivan Lendl (94)

8. "Synchronicity" and "Ghost in the machine". Synchronicity was a theory posed by the founder of analytical psychology C G Jung and Ghost in the machine is one of his works.

9. India

10. Yak The yak (Bos grunniens, but also Poephagus grunniens, though this new name is not universally accepted) is a long-haired bovine found throughout the Himalayan region of south Central Asia, the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and as far north as Mongolia. In addition to a large domestic population, there is a small, vulnerable wild yak population. In Tibetan, the word yak refers only to the male of the species; a female is a dri or nak. In most languages which borrowed the word, including English, yak is usually used for both sexes.


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