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1. Politically-speaking, what has the following selection of dates in common? 1945, 1955, 1964, 1979, 1992, and 2001? 2. Why, in the world of bird classification, might Passeriformes and Struthio camelus be seen as figurative book-ends? 3. The Roman god of plant growth and a specific dwarf planet have the same name. What is it? 4. Complete the names of both the actors/actresses who won Baftas in the following years, together with the films in question. 1990 - Daniel Day --- & Dead --- Society, 1991 - Jessica --- & --- Miss Daisy, 1992 - Jodie --- & The --- of the ---, 1993 - Emma --- &--- End, 1994 - Anthony --- & The --- of the ---, 1995 - Hugh --- & --- Weddings and a ---, 1996 - Nigel --- & The --- of --George, 1997 - Brenda --- & --- and Lies, 1998 - Judi --- & Mrs ---, 1999 - Cate --- & E-------h and 2000 - Kevin --- &---Beauty. 5. Harry Baillie (various spellings) is a famous fictional 14th Century precursor of a modern tour guide. He is in charge of a particularly awkward group of holidaymakers each of whom have their own personal transport. How are his charges known collectively? 10. We have two eyes in order to see the world from different angles, therefore creating slightly different pictures. The brain's job is to combine those two visions into a single-three dimensional image. QUIZOPEDIA ANSWERS Mike Harris 6. "Already with thee! Tender is the night" is a line by a famous 19th Century English poet and which has been borrowed by a well-known 1930s American author for the name of a novel. Name both writers.

7. Where was the possible source of this quotation? "Sin is a dangerous toy in the hands of the virtuous. It should be left to the congenitally sinful who know when to play with it and when to leave it alone." Was it Heaven, Hell, Purgatory or somewhere else? 8. What word can be placed before glove, purse, Tavern and Theatre? 9. In the world of art, what is a polyptychis? 10. Specifically, why do human beings possess two eyes? 7. The source was not any of these mythological places, but within the covers of the brilliant US journalist, HL Mencken's, (1880-1956) The American Mercury (1929). 8. The word is 'mermaid' - i) a type pf British sponge, ii) the egg case of certain types of fish, iii) a 17th Century literary London pub, iv) a present-day London theatre. 9. A polyptych is a picture made up of four or more linked parts, usually wooden panels. It was a popular form for altar pieces from the C14th to the early C16th.

5. Harry Baillie was the landlord of London's Tabard Inn. He had offered to perform the thankless task of escorting Geoffrey Chaucer's 29 pilgrims to the shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. 6. The poet was John Keats (1795-1821) and the novelist, F Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940).

Blethyn/Talk, 1998 - Dench/Brown, 1999 - Blanchett/Elizabeth & 2000 - Spacey/American.

3. Both are known as Ceres. 4. The missing information is as follows: 1990 - Lewis/Poets, 1991 - Tandy/Driving, 1992 - Foster/Silence/Lambs, 1993 - Thompson/Howard, 1994 - Hopkins/Remains/Day, 1995 - Grant/Four/Funeral, 1996 - Hawthorne/Madness/King, 1997 - Compiled by Mike Harris 1. The question years refer to a selection of UK general elections which have occurred since the end of World War II. The winners on these occasions and in question order were, i) Clement Attlee (L), ii) Anthony Eden (C), iii) Harold Wilson (L), iv) Margaret Thatcher (C), v) John Major (C) and Tony Blair (L) The voting percentages were 72.6, 76.8, 77.1, 76.0, 77.7, 71.3 and 59.4, respectively. 2. The 'bookends' refer to bird classification, imperative since there are about 9,000 species and 27 different orders. Passeriformes account for 50% of all birds while the Struthio camelus, the ostrich, has a pigeonhole all to his/herself.

Quizopedia is influenced by two quotations. "All knowledge is of itself of some value" (Dr Johnson) and, "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." (Anon.)
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 8, 2010
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