The 31 questions fall into 5 themes thus: Theme 1: 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, 31 Theme 2: 2, 7, 12, 17, 22, 27 Theme 3: 3, 8, 13, 18, 23, 28 Theme 4: 4, 9, 14, 19, 24, 29 Theme 5: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30. If you don’t like thinking about numbers, you can also follow the framing of the questions. Theme 1 is framed with left and right directions, Theme 2 questions end with exclamation-marks , Questions in Theme 3 begin with the word ‘And’, all questions in Theme 4 use the word ‘Gimme’, and Theme 5’s questions require you to ‘Identify’.
1. Something in the top end was once named after the man R administering the beating. So, two names. (2)
ANSWER British PM Lord Palmerston chastising John Chinaman, Punch cartoon . Darwin, in Australia’s Top End, was originally named Palmerston .
ANSWER Arthur Golden based his novel Memoirs of a Geisha on conversations he had with Mineko Iwasaki , seen in pic. She sued him later for breach of contract—he had promised her anonymity but went on to mention her name and thank her and so on. They settled out of court.
6. L once nearly fought a banger duel with R but later collaborated with him on a struggle, and even gave it a snazzy name. Identify both and the name. (3)
ANSWER I got L and R mixed up in the question, but doesn’t really matter. Now corrected. Bismarck in the cartoon and Rudolf Virchow in the portrait. Bismarck once challenged Virchow to a duel, whereupon the latter chose a pair of sausages in which only one was infected with cholera bacillus as weapons. Despite being Bismarck’s political opponent, Virchow supported him in the bid to diminish the influence of the Church in matters of State and coined the term Kulturkampf to describe the Chancellor’s attempt.
7.A One is not quite a desert, and the heart of someplace. Another is an old and complicated idea. The third is a book about something also called Joseph! (3 points plus 1 for connecting all three)
ANSWER A: Registan in ancient Samarkand B: Ptolemy’s Geocentric theory C: Murray Rubenstein’s The Book of Joseph inspired by the story of Rabbi Low who created a Golem to save the Jews of Prague. The shadow in the cover is the Golem himself, sometimes called Joseph. Samarkand, Golem and Ptoelmy should normally yield Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus Trilogy.
8. And here we must look a hundred times in what he wrote. (1)
ANSWER James Michener. One of the books he wrote was titled Centennial.
9. Name from chemistry textbooks helped set up a company. Gimme both. (2)
ANSWER Charles Hall, who took his aluminum expertise to a company that eventually became Alcoa.
ANSWER The director Jim Jarmusch on the sets of Dead Man.
31. Famous before and after L and R. Who he? Who or what is the missing hero? (2)
ANSWER This is Leonard Thompson, diabetes sufferer and famous guinea-pig on whom Banting and Best tested their insulin extract. He lived to be 27 as a result.
THEME 1 People after whom parts of the human body are named Darwin's Tubercle Virchow's node Zonule of Zinn Purkinke Cells Malphigi has a long list of things named after him Insulin takes its name from the Islets of Langerhans—named after Paul Langerhans
<ul><li>THEME 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Miracles performed by Christ </li></ul><ul><li>Tilapia: Coin in the Mouth of the Fish. </li></ul><ul><li>Talitha Getty's name comes from the phrase Talitha cumi (Rise, little girl) used by Christ will bringing back Jairus' daughter from the dead. One of the few Aramaic phrases to survive translation. </li></ul><ul><li>Turning Water into wine was Christ's first miracle, at a wedding in Cana. </li></ul><ul><li>When Christ exorcises a group of demons who say "My name is Legion', he causes them to enter a herd of swine--known thereafter as the Gadarene Swine </li></ul><ul><li>Bartimaeus, according to tradition, is the name of the blind beggar healed by Christ. </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus wept, the shortest verse in the Bible occurs a little after he hears of the death of Lazarus, and a little before he raises him from the dead. </li></ul>
Theme 3 Nicknames of American states. South Dakota: Mt. Rushmore State Florida: Sunshine State Arizona: Grand Canyon State Colorado: Centennial State Illinois: Prairie State Golden State: California
THEME 4 Company Towns Communities set up and run by American companies . Sugarland, Texas, built by the Imperial Sugar Company. Alcoa, Tennessee Hershey, Pennsylvania Boulder City, Nevada was built for workers putting up Hoover Dam. Newton set up by Maytag in Iowa. Gary Cooper took the name Gary from Gary, Indiana. Set up by US Steel.
THEME 5 The Sons of Lee Marvin A closed society of prognathous types who sit around looking like the legendary actor, organised by Jim Jarmusch. John Lurie, Tom Waits, Richard Boes and Nick Cave are members—there is speculation about Bankole being part of the group.