Like most bloggers I spend a stupid amouint of my time looking to see who reads my stuff and so I was perplexed by my search query log:
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Why the sudden interest in Ceylon Paris suicide 1903 ?
The answer is the wonderful King Billy Quiz.
"Scire ubi aliquid invenire possis, ea demum maxima pars eruditionis est"
1. In 1903:
1 who founded the WSPU?
2 what speed limit was imposed on motor cars?
3 who was the Sublime Paralytic, who died of cholera?
4 whose weekly journal began to publicise atrocities in the Congo Free
5 whose residence at Holly Lodge was commemorated by the first blue
6 whose handwritten catalogue described works for sale at their Peckham
7 who was hounded by the Governor of Ceylon to suicide in a Parisian
8 which Franco-Peruvian reached his journey's end on Fatu Iwa?
9 in what was the Chimney-Sweep the first victor?
10 how was Giuseppe Sarto renamed?
2. Which pioneer:
1 was the Oldham egg-collector?
2 experimented with family planning in Hispaniola?
3 achieved whole-hearted substitution in the "great barn"?
4 discovered the anaesthetic and analgesic properties of laughing gas?
5 devised a system of raised point writing at the Institution des Jeunes
6 is now credited with the discovery of the retrovirus which compromises
7 combined a surgical approach to Schizophrenia with Portuguese diplomacy?
8 described his invention in Traitι de l'auscultation mιdiate ?
9 discovered in soil, an agent to counter Koch's bacillus?
10 worked out inheritance in Moravia?
3. Who painted:
1 the church of Auvers?
2 the church of St Sιverin?
3 a 404 ft spire with a rainbow?
4 the church of St Jacques near the Quai Duquesne?
5 a Notre Dame lookalike in a "pretty" town by the Seine?
6 a Norman cathedral, more than 20 times, from above a draper's shop?
7 the Confessor's building with a procession of KCBs?
8 Mariakerk, with Buurkerk and the cathedral?
9 the old church in Sundborn?
10 the church at Blainville?
4. Who composed:
1 Alligator Hop?
2 Maple Leaf Rag?
3 Stevedore Stomp?
4 Riverboat Shuffle?
5 Bourbon Street Parade?
7 One O'Clock Jump?
8 Muskrat Ramble?
9 Milneburg Joys?
10 St Louis Blues?
5. What culinary delicacy misleadingly suggests:
1 sugary loaves?
2 Maharashtrian poultry?
3 a citrous dairy product?
4 a North British gamebird?
5 a bunny from the Principality?
6 tarts filled with ground ungulate flesh?
7 a partly concealed amphibian?
8 a lizard from Banffshire?
9 a dachshund in season?
10 satanic riders?
1 is 3.14159?
2 is back to back clothing?
3 represents one millionth of a metre?
4 was the timely creation of Louis Brandt?
5 fraction of serum contains the antigen opposition?
6 cerebral activity consists of oscillations with a frequency of 8-13
7 is the destination of the posterior fontanelle?
8 blockade was investigated by Black?
9 project was devised by van Veen?
10 is a minimal amount?
7. In which town:
1 was Ryan's bridge too far?
2 does a modern bridge recall Gerritszoon?
3 did Mesdag create his suburban panorama?
4 did Freeling's Piet advance to Commisaris?
5 was silence doubly assured by Balthazar Gerard?
6 did Gerard and Anton establish their Incandescent Lamp Works?
7 did the peacemakers cede Gibraltar to Britain?
8 did van Aeken adopt his natal city's name?
9 does the Elfstedentocht start and finish?
10 did the Goblin arrive by mistake?
8. Who or what:
1 was Tashunka Witco?
2 is 4400 foot pounds per second?
3 was devised by Niels and Janne Olsson?
4 supplied St Pancras vestry with eight acres for a cemetery?
5 is a cocktail of ginger ale, brandy and a twist of lemon?
6 was the apparatus instrumental in the escape from a Silesian POW camp?
7 stands where the Alaska and Klondike highways meet?
8 has two daughters crying "Give, give"?
9 nebula is adjacent to Zeta Orionis?
10 was Sir Anthony Meyer?
9. In which city might one wait at:
3 Santa Justa?
4 Santa Lucia?
5 San Giovanni?
6 Santa Apolσnia?
8 Sint Pieters?
10 Sγo Bento?
1 bleeds at St Brynach's?
2 is tallest of all at the Hermitage?
3 is Coleridge's Lady of the Woods?
4 did the Jews hang their harps upon in Mesopotamia?
5 Christmas bloomer came from Joseph's staff on Wearyall?
6 was the HQ of the Kentish smugglers Quested and Ransley?
7 provided a perch for the Royal fugitive after Worcester?
8 conundrum was introduced by Archibald Menzies?
9 is St Lawrence's unique feature?
10 shelters the village smithy?
11. Who or what:
1 was the Pontus Axeinus?
2 was that young Mars of men?
3 sticker was succeeded by brown in 41?
4 was Billy's ante-mortem gift from the blind beggar?
5 name was on the lid of a box to be left with Barkis till called for?
6 was acquitted in Mogador on the evidence of Lady Cicely Waynflete?
7 had a particular wish to turn down Moultrassie avenue?
8 blemish arises from the oxidation of sebum?
9 is Leicester's troglodyte cannibal?
10 is Dendroapsis polylepsis?
12. Identify titularly:
3 James Durie
4 Thorkell Mylrea
5 Francisco Scaramanga
6 Zafrillah bin Ismail bin Said
7 Sir Edward Manley
8 Harvey Birch
9 Alec Leamas
1 was Levi, the taxman?
2 was executed at Achaia?
3 is associated with Pecten maximus?
4 was the second martyr after Stephen?
5 was accompanied by his wife on his missionary travels?
6 financed the purchase of the Field of Blood with his reward?
7 may, or may not, have been the Patmos seer?
8 is remembered annually with Simon?
9 was the twin, who needed proof?
10 came on as a substitute?
14. Translate further, to the popular English name:
2 little plum
4 little brother
5 green-footed chicken
6 grass widow on Ithaca
7 swift immerser
8 softest body
1 Angela, Saphir, Ella, ...
2 apples, cherries, hops, ...
3 ..., Nuoro, Oristano, Sassari
4 Rheingold, Walkure, Siegfried, ...
5 Mildred Harris, Lita Grey, Paulette Goddard, ...
6 ... , Norbert Brainin, Siegmund Nissel, Martin Lovett
7 Burnt Norton, East Coker, ... , Little Gidding
8 de Morville, de Tracy, ... , Brito
9 Justine, Balthazar, ... , Clea
10 market, home, ... , none
16. Which waterfall:
1 is Ireland's highest?
2 embraces three county boundaries?
3 is adjacent to a succession of three bridges?
4 is traversed by Lord Tweedmouth's iron bridge?
5 according to Borrow, resembled thin, beautiful threads?
6 saw the Buggane come to grief through a cut apron string?
7 is eddying and whisking and spouting and frisking?
8 can be seen through More's eyes on the Mound?
9 witnessed the death of a sleep-walker?
10 is Skene's overflow?
1 is Ingvar Kamprad?
2 showed that k=A exp(-E/RT)?
3 was represented by Verdi as Renato?
4 was the "curator of the secrets of 82 nations"?
5 successfully absorbed nitroglycerin in kieselguhr?
6 beat Floyd, but was felled by him the following year?
7 marched his invading army across the frozen sea?
8 was tutored in philosophy by Descartes?
9 wrote about an anserine passenger?
10 devised a binomial flora?
18. In 2003:
1 who did 42.195 x 7 in 7/365?
2 who was stitched up after a managerial tantrum?
3 what took Baumgartner 12 minutes and 3 seconds?
4 who scored three golden ducks and one short of a ton?
5 who was tempted to recommend Schultz as a concentration camp commandant?
6 who, sadly, can no longer advise us to eat the hamburger and throw away
7 who got in through St George's after a quick change in the Highlander?
8 whose failure to avoid dying has ruined his career?
9 which diary has given way to capital espionage?
10 how did Sweden score 56-42?