Pauls Quiz 218

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1. What is the well known word for 'sailor of the universe'?

2. The song titles of which two UK number one hits from the year 1983 are the names of women with the initials 'BJ'? One point for each correct answer.

3. Until the mid 16th century "sea dogs" was the English word for which type of predator?

4. What are the two missing words in this famous quote from the film Casablanca?
"Of all the ... ..... in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine"

5. The name of which famous band is also the Aramaic word for 'the father, my father'?

6. Which fruit plays a role in the downfall of Captain Queeg in the film 'The Caine Mutiny'?

7. Nurse, Cookie Cutter, Blue, Zebra, Carpet, School, Bull and Wobbegong are all examples of what?

8. What are the three main herbs used to make absinthe? One point for each correct answer.

9. Which strategically important neutral island country did the UK invade on the 10th of May 1940?

10. The name of which criminal syndicate translated means 'our thing'?


1. Cosmonaut (Astronaut is 'sailor of the stars')The word is an anglicisation of the Russian word kosmonavt, one who works in space outside the Earth's atmosphere, a space traveller, which derives from the Greek words kosmos, meaning "universe", and nautes, meaning "sailor".

2. Two answers: Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) and Baby Jane (Rod Stewart)

3. Sharks

4. "gin joints" Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz, starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid, and featuring Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and Dooley Wilson. Six lines from Casablanca appeared in the AFI's movie quotes poll, the most of any film (Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz were tied with three apiece). The others were: "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship" (20th), "Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By'" (28th), "Round up the usual suspects" (32nd), "We'll always have Paris" (43rd), and "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine" (67th).

5. Abba

6. Strawberries

7. Sharks

8. Three answers: wormwood, fennel and anise.

9. IcelandThe invasion of Iceland, codenamed Operation Fork, was a British military operation (Royal Navy, Royal Marines and a small Canadian task force) during World War II. The invasion began in the early morning of 10 May 1940 with British troops disembarking in Reykjavík. Meeting no resistance, the troops moved quickly to disable communication networks, secure strategic locations and arrest Germans. Requisitioning local means of transportation, the troops moved to Hvalfjörður, Kaldaðarnes, Sandskeiði and Akranes to secure landing areas against the possibility of a German counterattack. In the following days air defence equipment was deployed in Reykjavík and a detachment of troops was sent to Akureyri. In the evening of 10 May, the government of Iceland issued a protest, charging that the neutrality of Iceland had been "flagrantly violated" and "its independence infringed" and noting that compensation would be expected for all damage done. The British promised compensation, favourable business agreements, non-interference in Icelandic affairs and the withdrawal of all forces at the end of the war. Resigning themselves to the situation, the Icelandic authorities provided the invasion force with de facto cooperation, though formally maintaining a policy of neutrality.

10. Cosa Nostra The Mafia (also known as 'Cosa Nostra') is a criminal syndicate that emerged in the mid-nineteenth century in Sicily. It is a loose association of criminal groups that share a common organizational structure and code of conduct. When the American mafioso Joseph Valachi testified before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the U.S. Senate Committee on Government Operations in 1963 (known as the Valachi hearings), he revealed that American mafiosi referred to their organization by the term cosa nostra ("our thing" or "this thing of ours").

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