Pauls Quiz 157

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1. A savage brute in Gullivers Travels and a modern engine.  Five letters

2. In Britain what did judges wear when passing the death sentence ?

3. Parson Jack, Fox, Cairn, Bedlington and Kerry Blue are all examples of what ?

4. Name the five countries that border Kenya.

5. Cheerfully optimistic, ruddy and the red chalk pencil used by artists.  Eight letters

6. What name or title is/was given to each of the following ?   
    a. a governor in Turkey (3 letters)  
    b. light of the world in ancient Eygpt (7 letters)  
    c. great king in Hindustan (9 letters)  
    d. protector in Persia (4 letters)  
    e. a lord in Mecca (7 letters)

7. What did the old English word wif (wife) mean ?

8. Famous Persian astronomer, poet and mathematician. (I?ll give you a bit of slack with the spelling)

9. The rhythmic motion of water in lakes or bays sometimes induced by earthquakes is called what ?  
    a. wolders  
    b. tsunamis  
    c. seiches  
    d. intaglios

10. Other than the name of a tiny Royal dwarf to Edward VI, ' Xit '  was also the name given to the largest ever range in the world (in the 1880s) under fence. (3 million plus acres)  Where was it found?  
    a. Texas  
    b. New South Wales  
    c. Siberia


1. A Yahoo A Yahoo is a legendary being in the novel Gulliver's Travels (1726) by Jonathan Swift. Swift describes the Yahoos as vile and savage creatures, filthy and with unpleasant habits, resembling human beings far too closely for the liking of protagonist Lemuel Gulliver, who finds the calm and rational society of the Houyhnhnms far preferable. The Yahoos are primitive creatures obsessed with "pretty stones" they find by digging in mud, thus representing the distasteful materialism and ignorant elitism Swift encountered in Britain. Hence the term "Yahoo" has become synonymous with "cretin," "dinosaur," and/or "Neanderthal." It is doubtful that there is any connection with any Hebrew roots as it has been proposed by some. The negative use of the Hebrew name Jehu is due to the actions of this ancient king and never in reference to the original meaning of the name.

2. A black cap (small square of black cloth)

3. Terriers

Kenya4. Five Answers:
    Sudan and 
    Uganda. The Republic of Kenya is a country in Eastern Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the east, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, and Sudan to the northwest, with the Indian Ocean running along the southeast border. The country is named after Mount Kenya, a very significant landmark, and both were originally usually pronounced ˈkiːnjə in English although the native pronunciation and the one intended by the original transcription Kenia was ˈkenia. During the presidency of Jomo Kenyatta in the 1960s, the current pronunciation ˈkɛnjə became widespread in English too because his name was pronounced according to the original native pronunciation. Before 1920, the area now known as Kenya was known as the British East Africa Protectorate and so there was no need to mention mount when referring to the mountain.

5. Sanguine Sanguine refers to a reddish, often tending to brown, color of chalk used in drawing. The word may also refer to a drawing done in sanguine. Sanguine lends itself naturally to sketches, life drawings, and rustic scenes. It is ideal for rendering modeling and volume. In the form of wood-cased pencils or manufactured sticks, sanguine may be used similarly to charcoal or pastel. As with pastel, a mid-toned paper may be put to good use. A fixative is often applied to preserve the finished state of the drawing.

6. Five Answers:
    a. Bey  
    b. Pharaoh  
    c. Maha-rajah  
    d. Shah  
    e. Scherif

7. woman The term originated from the Middle English wif, from Old English wīf, woman, wife, from Germanic * wībam, woman, related to Modern German Weib (woman, wife), from the Indo-European root ghwībh-; wīb, meaning veiled or clothed, referred to the wedding veils. The original meaning of ?wife? as simply ?woman?, unconnected with marriage, is preserved in words like ?midwife? and ?fishwife?.

8. Omar Khayyam Ghiyās od-Dīn Abul-Fatah Omār ibn Ibrāhīm Khayyām Nishābūrī was a Persian poet, mathematician, philosopher and astronomer who lived in Persia. His name is also given as Omar al-Khayyami and Omar Khayyam. He is best known for his poetry, and outside Iran, for the quatrains (rubaiyaas) in Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, popularized through Edward Fitzgerald's re-created translation. His substantial mathematical contributions include his Treatise on Demonstration of Problems of Algebra, which gives a geometric method for solving cubic equations by intersecting a hyperbola with a circle

9. c. seiches A seiche is a standing wave in an enclosed or partially enclosed body of water. Seiches and seiche-related phenomena have been observed on lakes, reservoirs, bays and seas. The key requirement for formation of a seiche is that the body of water be at least partially bounded, allowing natural phenomena to form a standing wave. The term was first promoted by the Swiss hydrologist Fran?ois-Alphonse Forel in 1890, who had observed the effect in Lake Geneva, Switzerland. The word originates in a Swiss French dialect word that means "to sway back and forth", which had apparently long been used in the region to describe oscillations in alpine lakes.

10. a. Texas


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