Summer Quiz (2)

Another 10 questions below
1. Which Irish nationalist MP represented Scotland?
2. What’s this bloke’s Mafia connection?
3. Name the harpist helping out Mr Ferry
4. Who are not competing in the World Cup of Lacrosse in Mancester?
5. Who invented the equals sign? (=)
6. Which Irish politician’s brother was abducted and killed by assumed Irish Government forces in 1923?
7. How many Alliance MPs have there ever been?
8. Where was New Zealand 2nd longest serving Prime Minister born?
9. Which is the best ever try:
a) or b)
10 If the base of a right angle triangle is 9, the opposite, 16 what’s the hypotenuse?

  • Oracle

    1. Which Irish nationalist MP represented Scotland?…. O’Connor but I though it was Birmingham or Liverpool he opted for

    2. What’s this bloke’s Mafia connection?… He’s a member of Sinn Fein

    3. Name the harpist helping out Mr Ferry .. No Idea

    4. Who are not competing in the World Cup of Lacrosse in Mancester? … The Native peoples of North America (morally the Brits are wrong, Technically they’re right, and Politically they are 100% correct)

    5. Who invented the equals sign? (=) .. A welsh guy don’t know his name

    6. Which Irish politician’s brother was abducted and killed by assumed Irish Government forces in 1923?… Sean Lamass

    7. How many Alliance MPs have there ever been?… 45

    8. Where was New Zealand 2nd longest serving Prime Minister born?… no idea

    9. Which is the best ever try: C) Thierry Henry

    10 If the base of a right angle triangle is 9, the opposite, 16 what’s the hypotenuse? 18.357

  • Alan Maskey

    Oracle: TP O’Connor represented Liverpool, of Jock Stein, Bill Shankley, Lou Macari, Kenny Daglish fame.

    The equals sign is an interesting one. The Arabs and Greeks must have overlooked it.

  • RepublicanStones
  • A Greek

    Oracle,
    you never encountered the 3,4 5 triangle ?

    or 30,40,50 triangles ?
    or 9,16,25 triangles ? :o)

  • Apart from my dim recollection of right-angled triangles (thanks to the High School, Dublin, and a later explanation of how the pyramids were constructed) the only one I know instantly is #5: Robert Recorde. That’s not my Leaving Cert Maths, but because, while at Cambridge, he wrote an epic tome entitled The Urinal of Physick so how could I not cherck him out.

    As a pay-back, and since the Welsh bias is to the fore:

    The future Mrs Scallon got 32. The future Mrs Visconti, before and after — the delectable Mary from Pontardawe, got 26. What now better-known and far better-selling singer came joint fourth with Gwendolyne with just eight?

  • Oh, more Llareggub!

    The following is prompted by a daughter living in Noo Joisey (though none of her children were allowed to get born in the Garden State) and an iPod loaded with Springsteen.

    #2: That’s Steven van Zandt, who plays guitar in the E-Street Band, a.k.a. “Silvio Dante” in The Sopranos.

  • Dewi

    How about if people just try and answer the questions so I can decide a winner?

  • Dewi

    Julio iglesias.

  • You, Dewi, are a Welsh equivocator! Liverpool, Scotland division!

    It’s the same Thomas Power O’Connor who made a fleeting appearance in the Arthur Alfie Lynch question in your last outing. O’Connor was an MP from 1880 until he died in 1929. He was elected for Galway Borough in 1880, was returned in both that seat and Liverpool, Scotland, in 1885, and chose to represent the Liverpool seat.

    That created the Galway by-election won by Captain Willie O’Shea, Kitty’s titular husband. O’Shea had been MP (nominally a “Home Ruler”, but not a formal member of the Irish parliamentary party) for Clare, before it was divided into the two seats, in the previous parliament.

  • #3: Ferry’s producer was Rhett Davies. Clare Davies, Rhett’s wife, talent-spotted harpist Julia Thornton and so she was recruited for the Roxy Music reunion world tour.

    Umm, Dewi, haven’t you raved about Ms Thornton previously on Slugger?

  • #7: Ah! I see the hidden twist. Naomi Long is not quite unique. Answer: Two!

    Montgomery Hyde was squeezed out of the UUP on the Leviticus issue (because he spoke on the Wolfenden Report, urging the same equality of treatment for male homosexuals as for female prostitutes). So in 1959 Stratton Mills inherited the Unionist fiefdom of Belfast North.

    When Heath abolished Stormont in 1972, Mills did not follow the other UUP MPs in resigning the Tory whip. Instead he resigned from the UUP, and then described himself as “Independent Unionist and Conservative”. In 1973 he announced he had joined the Alliance Party.

  • #8: I know for sure that the longest-serving PM was “King Dick” Seddon. Now, I fully expect that to cause conniptions with the Hidden Hand of Sluggerdom decency. Seddon was from Lancashire, I believe.

    So that leads us to “Farmer Bill” Massey. He was the instigator of the NZ Reform Party. Massey’s family were Orangemen from Limavady. Long-suffering denizens of Sluggerdom will recall that Massey’s bust (or was it a full statue?) was in the news a while back. The proposal was to remove “sectarian” memorabilia from the Limavady Council offices.

  • Alan Maskey

    Here are ten for Dewi at al to try out

    1. Shortly after being released from internment, he won an all senior football Ireland, before being banned by the GAA for playing foreign games. Who was he?
    2. What was the first foreign field game to be played at the GAA’s Croke Park?
    3. He played at Minor level for Dublin, he won 29 soccer caps for Ireland, captaining both the FAI’s and IFA’s sides, as well as winning a host of honours at club level, for which he played in every position except outside left. Who is he?
    4. What is the shortest verse in the Bible?
    5. What famous Irishman played soccer for the Jewish Guild?
    6. He boxed for N Ireland. His father sang in the Eurovision for Ireland. Name him.
    7. What have the late Bobby Sands MP and RUCR Denis Price got in common?
    8. What former Irish politician was very successful in the pantomime Snow White?
    9. Name the medieval European noblewoman who is buried beneath St Peter’s Basilica in Rome?
    10. Name the famous Belfast sportsman who advertised Cookstown sausages.

  • There’s no sign of narrow national bias in #9, of course.

    Many years back I encountered one as greybearded and senile as I am now. He claimed to have been at Twickenham in ’36 and witnessed the Obolensky try. There’s the shortest of clips here.

    When I was at school and TCD, we young things loved to hate Tony O’Reilly. Belvedere was not out favourite team (they’s put us out of the Leinster Senior and Junior Cup too often). He already had that “sharp” reputation (the waved hair, the rumoured kangaroo-skin boots) which culminated in his chauffeur delivering his kit to the Irish dressing-room for his final 1970 international (that story needs to come in Willie John McBride’s best Ballymena). However, there was a photograph of O’Reilly, extended and horizontal, crossing the line with four South Africans attached to his various parts. I think it came from a Lions game (v. Transvaal?). It sticks in my mind as one of the classic rugby images.

  • willis

    “However, there was a photograph of O’Reilly, extended and horizontal, crossing the line with four South Africans attached to his various parts. ”

    I do worry that the actual photograph will not live up to my mental picture based on that description.

  • Alan Maskie @ 5:42 PM:

    Now I’m really out-of-my-depth and out-of-my-comfort zone.

    Would #3 be Johnny Carey, captain of Man U from the end of the War until the early ’50s?

    #4: John 11:35. Those two words spring, blasphemously, to my unbelieving lips too frequently.

    #5: How about Chaim “Vivian” Herzog?

    #8: Dana Scallon.

    #9: Nice one! Maria Sobieski Stuart, wife to the Old Pretender, James III; mother of “Bonnie Prince Charlie” Charles III; and of the Cardinal King, Henry IX.

  • Dewi

    10 would be G Best

  • #2 has me snookered. I know Alex is anticipating answers based on the glorious 24 Feb 2007 42-13 thrashing. I witnessed it on screen in a pub in Dundrum, Co Down. A horsey, very-Anglophone lady arrived: “Did they play both national anthems? Oh, good. Come on, Ireland!” That’s what makes Northern Ireland, no matter what one’s prejudices, somehow special, if also somewhat schizoid.

    Now, before it was Croke Park it was where Bo’s used to play. So, that too is not the answer.

    But, didn’t the GAA authorize a “College Football” game in the mid ’90s? The rationale: American Football was not in competition with Gaelic. I think it helped that one of the teams was Notre Dame’s “Fighting Irish”. Is that on the right lines? (Even if nobody will ever convince me that American Football is a “sport”.)

  • Alan Maskey

    I append herewith some of he correct answers. Several of the suggested answers are omitted, showing how tricky these things can be:
    1.
    2. 1967 Aussie Rules compromise/ Australian Football World Tour, or 1996 Notre Dame v Navy in American football.
    3. Jackie Carey.
    4.
    5.
    6.
    7.
    8. Dana
    9.
    10. George Best.

  • #6 has to be McGuigan father-and-son, from Clones. I know the son is Barry. The father is … Pat?

    By the way, I know I’m right on #9: all three Stuarts (James III, Charles III and Henry IX) are grouped nearby. As I recall, there are just three memorials to women in St Peter’s. One is for Queen Christina of Sweden, in recognition that she converted to Catholicism. The third is a Bernini to the belligerent Matilda of Tuscany.

  • Rather than put a quiz where everyone can see the answers of other people, let us have it for http://quiz.worldofuncertainty.org/ – then people would have to estimate how well they know the answers, not just guess.

  • Waking in the fastnesses of the night and correcting myself @ 10:25 PM:

    I see the point of #9, now. Christina is “medieval”, whereas Maria Sobieski would be “early modern”? I was eliminating two of the three on the basis of being “royal” rather than “noble”.

    What I woke with, though, was a dim thought of #7. The obvious answer is that both, in different ways, were sadly done down by the PIRA Army Council. I doubt that would be acceptable. Were they also related in some fairly-adjacent way? Cousins? In-laws? Hmmm: I’m clutching at straws here.

    Anyway, thanks to Dewi and Alan Maskie for a good evening’s entertainment. I came closer to understanding this lot than I did that convoluted plot of Sherlock.

    Back to kip.

  • Alan Maskey

    1. Shortly after being released from internment, he won an all senior football Ireland, before being banned by the GAA for playing foreign games. Who was he? Joe Stynes.
    4. What is the shortest verse in the Bible? Amen. (I got caught out here ages ago mysdelf with Jesus wept).
    5. What famous Irishman played soccer for the Jewish Guild? George Best.
    6. He boxed for N Ireland. His father sang in the Eurovision for Ireland. Name him. Barry McGuigan from Clones.
    7. What have the late Bobby Sands MP and RUCR Denis Price got in common? Both went to Stella Maris school.
    9. Name the medieval European noblewoman who is buried beneath St Peter’s Basilica in Rome? Queen Cristina of Sweden.

    Dave:Only the wisdom (or folly) of crowds could make headway on this.
    .

  • No-ball! I invoke Hawkeye and the third umpire!

    #4: Revelation 22:21: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

    That’s one thing upon which the Authorised (King James) Version and the Douai Bible agree. Amen. is the shortest sentence in the Bible, but the full verse, the “charis”, is not the shortest verse.

    The joy of growing up an Anglican (with a penchant for the smells-and-bells variety) is that one is not required to believe a great deal. Hence, three things:

    1. The show’s the thing.

    2. When the inevitable loss of faith arrives, it is not traumatic.

    3. One has ample time to focus on the language, which serves well in later life if, as I was, called upon to teach the work of John Milton.

    In days before multi-culturalism and political correctness were all-important, one examination board even set The Book of Job (AV) as an A-level text. And good show, too.

  • Alan Maskey

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0092mpf

    Listen to this guy go. Different leagues. How do they do it?

  • joeCanuck

    Too hard, Dewi. I got 1 in both quizzes.

  • Honestly – these are the only ones I knew (my lack of knowledge appears well balanced):

    Dewi
    2. What’s this bloke’s Mafia connection. Soprano’s
    4. Who are not competing in the World Cup of Lacrosse in Mancester? Iroquois nation.
    6. Which Irish politician’s brother was abducted and killed by assumed Irish Government forces in 1923?… Lemass
    10 If the base of a right angle triangle is 9, the opposite, 16 what’s the hypotenuse? 18.357

    Alan
    3. Jackie Carey (I’d heard the ‘…every position but bit..’ somewhere before)
    6. Barry McGuigan
    8. Dana
    10. George Best.

  • Alan Maskey

    See if you can do better with these. Pass rates depend on what you know about the others.

    1. What was the name of the first association football club Glasgow Rangers played against?
    2. How many of their 18 matches did Glasgow Rangers win when they first won the Scottish League in 1899, the year they moved to Ibrox?
    3. What is the largest ever attendance at an Ibrox Park game? 88, 567: 98,567; 108,567; 118,567?
    4. Which of the following support Glasgow Rangers: Kenneth Branagh, Rod Stewart., Bono, Gordon Ramsey, Billy Connolly, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Ardal O’Hanlon,
    5. Brother Walfrid Kerins, Celtic’s founder, was a member of what Catholic religious order?
    6. What was the name of the charity Brother Walfrid Kerins wanted to raise money for?
    7. What was the name of the first association football club Glasgow Celtic played against?
    8. Who were the first British club to reach the final of a UEFA club competition?
    9. Who was Glasgow Rangers’ last paid signing?
    10. How many League appearances did Neil Lennon make with Manchester City?

  • Alan Maskey

    Here are the Glasgow answers. I thought it might be interesting to see what titbits people know, especially about the other side.

    1. Callander Football Club.
    2. 18.
    3. 118,567 v Celtic, 1939.
    4. Kenneth Branagh, Gordon Ramsey, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer. The others all support Celtic.
    5. The Marists.
    6. The Poor Children’s Dinner Table.
    7. Glasgow Rangers..1961 Rangers reached the final of the European Cup Winners’ Cup, becoming the first British club to reach the final of a UEFA club competition.
    8. Glasgow Rangers.
    9. Maurice Edu.
    10. One.