Thursday, June 14, 2012

Quiz week 25 (London 2012 countdown)

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this week: 12 Questions about London  #london2012countdown

1) XY is sometimes mistaken for ZY, the next Y upstream. A popular urban legend is that in 1968, Robert McCulloch, the purchaser of the old ZY that was later shipped to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, believed that he was in fact buying XY. This was denied by McCulloch himself and has been debunked by Ivan Luckin, the vendor of the Y.
X,Y,Z please.

2) What could have got its present name from the Sanskrit word for darkness/ignorance/indifference or the fact that it was the meeting point of 2 rivers, one of them river Isis ?

3)  Which nickname came about due to the cylindrical shape of these tunnels?

4) What is this monument was erected in memory of?

5)  In questioning, Sarjeant said he had been inspired by the assassination of John Lennon in December 1980, and the attempts on the life of President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II. In particular he noted the ease with which Mark David Chapman had become famous after killing John Lennon. A friend said that at the time of John Hinckley, Jr.'s attempt on the life of President Reagan, Sarjeant had said "I would like to be the first one to take a pot shot at _________". The police found that Sarjeant had written "I am going to stun and mystify the world. I will become the most famous teenager in the world."
At whom did Marcus Simon Sarjeant fire six blank shots as the person  rode down The Mall to the Trooping the Colour ceremony in 198 ?

6) Queens consort, the wives of Kings, traditionally wore the Crown of Mary of Modena, Queen of King James II. By the beginning of the 20th century, that small crown was in a decrepit state. A new European-style crown, flatter and with more arches than was traditional in British crowns, was manufactured for Queen Alexandra, consort of King Edward VII. A new crown, more akin to traditional British crowns, was manufactured for Queen Mary, consort of King George V, who was crowned in 1911. The final new consort's crown in the 20th century was manufactured for Queen Elizabeth, consort of King George VI, who along with her husband was crowned in 1937. All three consorts' crowns in turn included the _______. The crown is now on display along with the other British Crown Jewels in the Tower of London.

7) How is 30 St Mary Axe (formerly the Swiss Re Building) informally referred to?  With 41 floors, the tower is 180 metres (591 ft) tall, and stands on the former site of the Baltic Exchange building, which was severely damaged on 10 April 1992 by the explosion of a bomb placed by the Provisional IRA.

8) What does this (heavily edited) plaque in London Zoo commemorate?

9) The logo of what changed from the one on the left to the one on the right in 2003?

10) Which famous character is missing from this list:  Gregory House, Basil the Great Mouse Detective, Sherlock Hound, Danger Mouse, Sexton Blake, Carland Cross and James Black (Case Closed) ?

11) At a young age, this guy worked as a miller in Clacton but in 1834 he moved to London where he began selling groceries in Stepney. He set up something that is now all over London. His establishment has a dress code policy and has turned away several people who it believes are not dressed appropriately. These include a soldier in uniform, a scout troop, a woman with a mohican hair cut, a 15 stone (95 kg) woman and FC Shakhtar Donetsk's first team for wearing tracksuits.

12) _______  was originally three houses: a mansion overlooking St. James's Park (called "the House at the Back"), a townhouse behind it located at _____ and a cottage next to _____. The townhouse, from which the modern building gets its name, was one of several built by the person below between 1682 and 1684. Identify.

This painting now hangs in _________ inside the front door.


2 answers:

8.Commemorates Harry Potter perhaps, that places looks very much like the zoo in which Harry sets the python loose.
9.Wembley Stadium

X = London
Y = Bridge
Z = Tower

2) Thames

3) The Tube

4) The Great Fire of London

5) The Queen

6) Kohinoor

7) The Gherkin

8) The Harry Potter scene in 'The Philosopher's Stone'

9) The Wembley stadium

10) Sherlock Holmes(All residents of Baker Street)

11) Charles Henry Harrod

12) Number 10 Downing Street, 10 Downing Street, Number 10, Sir George Downing, Number 10

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