Pauls Quiz 150

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1. Emerald City is the capital of which country ? Two letters    
    For extra points, name the four countries that border it.

2. A group of girls, and, another word for beer.

3. Since medieval times, name the patron saint of the following European countries.  
    a. Wales  
    b. Italy  
    c. England  
    d. Spain  
    e. Ireland  
    f. Scotland  
    g. France

4. Name the two rival gang leaders in the St. Valentines Day massacre.

5. E J Spares, Good Blue of 79, Old Geites and Old Osmans are all examples of what ?  
    a. micro breweries  
    b. Blue Ribbon winners  
    c. pidgeon breeds  
    d. Taverns in England older than 700 years

6. Which seven-letter word translated means 'cut belly' ?

7. In Great Britain, the Dickin medal is the 'Victoria Cross' for  
    a. animals  
    b. civilians  
    c. children or
    d. entertainers

8. For each of the following Beatles, give the first name of their first wife.  
    a. Paul  
    b. John  
    c. George  
    d. Ringo

9. What is the well known word for pocket monster ? Seven letters  Fourth letter is an "E"

10. It has been said that in 9th century Ireland there was a 'nose tax' imposed on the locals by the Danes. Why nose tax  ?
    a. People complained they were ' paying through the nose' .   
    b. People who didnt pay had their nose split.  
    c. People without a broken nose paid higher taxes because it was assumed they led an easier life and therefore had more wealth.


1. Oz
    Bonus: Munchkin, Winkie, Quadling and Gillikin. The Emerald City is the fictional capital city of the Land of Oz in L. Frank Baum's Oz books, first described in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Located in the center of the Land of Oz, the Emerald City is the end of the famous yellow brick road, which starts in Munchkin Land. In the first book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the walls are green, but the city itself is not. However, when they enter, everyone in the Emerald City is made to wear green-tinted eyeglasses; this is explained as an effort to protect their eyes from the "brightness and glory" of the city, but in effect makes everything appear green. This is yet another "humbug" created by the Wizard. In this book, the Wizard also describes the city as having been built for him within a few years after he arrived.[

2. Bevy

3. Seven Answers:
    a. St. David  
    b. St. Anthony  
    c. St. George  
    d. St James  
    e. St. Patrick  
    f. St. Andrew 
    g. St. Denys

4. Al Capone and George 'Bugs' Moran

5. c. Pigeon breeds

6. Seppuka Hara-kiri and seppuku are two different terms for the same thing- ritual suicide by self-disembowelment. Seppuku is a politer term than hara-kiri. Samurai would commit seppuku on order of the shogun, or because of some personal shame or humiliation. The most famous to commit seppuku were the Chushingura-- the 47 Ronin or masterless samurai who, in the eighteenth century, avenged the unjust death of their lord and then all committed seppuku, in anticipation of the death sentences they would surely have received. They are national heroes. More recently, the novelist, Yukio Mishima, committed seppuku in 1970, after an unsuccessful attempt to execute a right-wing coup d?etat. It is said that after cutting his abdomen, that he tried to write the word "ken" or sword in blood but that the pain was too much for him. His confederate then struck off his head. Both the coup and his seppuku were efforts to revitalize the spirit of bushido in Japan, apparently without success.

7. a. animals   
    As of February 2008, 68 have been awarded.

8. Four Answers:
    a. Linda  
    b. Cynthia  
    c. Patti  
    d. Maureen

9. Pok?mon Pok?mon is a media franchise owned by video game giant Nintendo and created by Satoshi Tajiri around 1995. Originally released as a pair of interlinkable Game Boy role-playing video games, Pok?mon has since become the second most successful and lucrative video game-based media franchise in the world, behind only Nintendo's Mario series. The name Pok?mon is the romanized contraction of the Japanese brand, "Pocket Monsters". The concept of the Pok?mon universe, in both the video games and the general fictional world of Pok?mon, stems from the hobby of insect collecting, a popular pastime which Pok?mon executive director Satoshi Tajiri-Oniwa had enjoyed as a child.

10. b. People who didnt pay had their nose split As for the expression "Pay through the nose", this is an English expression. To "pay through the nose" for an item is to pay a very high price for that item. There are several competing folk derivations of this phrase, but they are regarded by philology as somewhat far-fetched. One derivation holds that it is a reference to the Danish poll tax on the Irish in the ninth century. The story goes that the Danes slit the noses of non-payers. However, the phrase did not appear in print until 1672.


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