Pauls Quiz 135

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1. What is the well known word for "edge of the city"?  ( often mistranslated as "top of the city " )  hint: a landmark and tourist goal

2. Which hematophagic animal can accelerate fifty times faster than the space shuttle?

3. What kind of food produce does one associate with the words 
    a. Thompson and 
    b. Jerusalem?

4. Which criminal organisation's name means "our thing"? Two words

5. What are the two most populated island countries in the world?

6. The following words are from which song? 
    "The next stop that we make will be England"  (if you miss it I 'll feel sorry, sorry for you}

7. A beautiful princess, a revolutionary ship and a Roman goddess. Six letters

8. In which tv series or films would you find the following dogs? Choose five  
    a. Apollo 
    b. Toto 
    c. Nana 
    d. Mutley 
    e. Bluebell 
    f. Freeway 
    g. Butkis 
    h. Herpes

9. The Khyber pass joins which two countries?

10. Almost 50% of all the pistachios in the world are grown in which country? 
    a. USA 
    b. Iran or 
    c. India

ANSWERS

1. Acropolis Acropolis (Gr. acron, edge + polis, city) literally means the edge of a town or a high city. For purposes of the defense, early settlers naturally chose elevated ground, frequently a hill with precipitous sides, and these early citadels became in many parts of the world the nuclei of large cities which grew up on the surrounding lower ground. The word "Acropolis", though Greek in origin and associated primarily with Greek cities (Athens, Argos, Thebes, and Corinth with its Acrocorinth), may be applied generically to all such citadels (Rome, Jerusalem, Celtic Bratislava, many in Asia Minor, or even Castle Rock in Edinburgh).

2. A flea

3. Two Answers:
    a. grapes The sultana grape is cultivated in the United States under the name Thompson Seedless, named after William Thompson, a viticulturist who was an early grower in California and is sometimes credited with the variety's introduction.     b. artichoke The Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus), also called the sunroot or sunchoke or topinambur, is a species of sunflower native to eastern North America, from Maine west to North Dakota, and south to northern Florida and Texas.

4. Cosa Nostra According to some mafiosi, the real name of the Mafia is "Cosa Nostra" ("Our thing"). Many have claimed, as did the Mafia turncoat Tommaso Buscetta, that the word "mafia" was a literary creation. Other Mafia defectors, such as Antonio Calderone and Salvatore Contorno, said the same thing. According to them, the real thing was "cosa nostra". To men of honour belonging to the organization, there is no need to name it. Mafiosi introduce known members to other known members as belonging to "cosa nostra" (our thing) or la stessa cosa (the same thing), meaning "he is the same thing, a mafioso, as you". Only the outside world needs a name to describe it, hence the capitalized form "Cosa Nostra".

5. Indonesia and Japan

6. Love Train (O Jays) The next stop that we make will be England
Tell all the folks in Russia, and China, too
Don't you know that it's time to get on board
And let this train keep on riding, riding on through
Well, well People all over the world (you don't need no money)
Join hands (come on) Start a love train, love train (don't need no ticket, come on)

7. Aurora (Sleeping beauty was princess Aurora, Aurora was a Russian naval ship involved in the October revolution and Aurora is the Roman goddess of the dawn)

8. Eight Answers:
    a. Magnum PI 
    b. Wizard of Oz 
    c. Peter Pan 
    d. Wacky Races 
    e. Animal Farm 
    f. Hart to Hart 
    g. Rocky 
    h. Priscilla Queen of the Desert

9. Afghanistan and Pakistan Throughout history it has been an important trade route between Central Asia and South Asia and a strategic military location. The summit of the Khyber Pass is 5 km inside Pakistan at Landi Kotal and it cuts through the northeastern part of the Safed Koh mountains which themselves are a far southeastern extension of the Hindu Kush range.

More: In the movie, "The Man Who Would Be King", directed by John Huston and starring Sean Connery and Michael Caine, the protagonists make a journey through the Khyber Pass in which they must fool a British military guard who knows them.

It is the nickname of a narrow passage in London's King's Cross St. Pancras tube station and a steep, narrow close (lane) in Stromness, Orkney goes by the same name.

There is a Pink Floyd song called Up the Khyber on the album More and there is a Ministry song called 'Khyber Pass' on the album Rio Grande Blood. *Khyber Pass is referenced in the song "Life is a Highway" by Tom Cochrane.

Khyber Pass" is Cockney rhyming slang for "arse" e.g. "Taking a fall right on your Khyber!".

10. b. Iran The pistachio (Pistacia vera L., Anacardiaceae; sometimes placed in Pistaciaceae) is a small tree up to 10 m tall, native to mountainous regions of Iran, Turkmenistan and western Afghanistan. It has deciduous pinnate leaves 10?20 cm long. The plants are dioecious, with separate male and female trees. The flowers are apetalous and unisexual, and borne in panicles. The fruit is a drupe, containing an elongated seed (a nut in the culinary sense, but not a true botanical nut) with a hard, whitish shell and a striking kernel which has a mauvish skin and light green flesh, with a definitive flavour. When the fruit ripens, the husk changes from green to an autumnal yellow/red and the shells split partially open (see photo). This is known as Dehiscence, and happens with an audible pop. Iran is responsible for the production of over 190,000 tonnes of pistacios every year, the USA comes in second place, producing over 100,000 tonnes.

 

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