Jan 19

Wiki-illiams Quizz 2018. Round 3

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1 Whence the Diehards?

2 Which Park witnessed disasters costing 25 and 66 lives?

3 Where, after 150 years, do they continue “to play for the sake of playing”?

4 Where did the repeated administration of Antimony lead to a public execution on the Green?

5 Where does a great patriot stand above the inscription “There shall be a Scottish Parliament”?

6 What, according to Fairservice, had nane o’ yere whig-maleeries and curliewurlies and open-steek hems about it?

7 Where can the surrealist’s depiction of the crucified Christ be seen floating high above Port Lligat?

8 Where does the eponymous tower commemorate the designer of former newspaper offices?

9 Where did Mussa Ali transmit the fatal virus to Nurse Wilson?

10 Which noted pantomime venue is Dasypodine?


1 the Gorbals Diehards a kids gang in John Buchan’s Huntingtower. The (first of the) annual Buchan question(s) [Mark M]

2 Ibrox Park [Mark S]

3 Hampden Park. Queen’s Park team motto is “Ludere Causa Ludendi” [HARDTOGETHITS/Enitharmon]

4 This appears to be Sauchiehall Street. The poisoner Dr Edward Pritchard [Enitharmon] had resided at Berkeley Street, but (according to wikipedia) the poisonings were at a later address after the previous house burned down.

5 The statue of Donald Dewar at the top of Buchanan St [DrT/ByeByePride]

6 Frank Osbaldistone in reported speech says Fairservice describes Glasgow Cathedral thus in “Rob Roy” [DrT/bbp]

7 Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (Salvador Dali’s ‘Christ of St John of the Cross’, [Enitharmon] Limmy’s guide to post-apocalypse survival at the KAGM 

8 Mitchell Lane https://www.glasgowmackintosh.com/attraction/the-lighthouse “… housed in the former Glasgow Herald building” [Enitharmon]

9 Knightswood Fever Hospital (Catherine Wilson was the last person to die from smallpox in Scotland, 1950) [Enitharmon] Some google book evidence

10 The Clyde Auditorium, officially now the SEC Armadillo! I know I guessed this – oo, an animal obscure enough that we don’t immediately recognise the Latin adjective, and a performance space in the Glasgow area, hmmm :-) However definite credit to: [Enitharmon]




  1. 1
    jeff w on 2 Jan 2019 #

    7 is to do with Salvador Dali, but I can think of at least two paintings that fit the description. Need the theme to narrow it down.

  2. 2
    byebyepride on 2 Jan 2019 #

    5 Is the top of Buchanan St, Glasgow, outside the steps leading up to the Royal Concert Hall. The patriot is Donald Dewar.

  3. 3
    byebyepride on 2 Jan 2019 #

    Theme could be Glasgow? 6. Andrew Fairservice is a comic character in Rob Roy who accompanies Frank on his travels to Glasgow and the Highlands. Can’t think what he’s referring to here.

  4. 4
    byebyepride on 2 Jan 2019 #

    In which case 7 could be the religious museum whose name I’ve forgotten, which has a famous Dali painting in it. Adrian Mole is very impressed by this when he visits, according to his diaries.

  5. 5
    byebyepride on 2 Jan 2019 #

    8. I’m guessing is the tower of Glasgow University, designed by and – casting my mind back to when I worked across the quadrangle from it – possibly named after Gilbert Scott. Not sure if he also designed newspaper offices though, so this could be off-base.

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    Mark M on 2 Jan 2019 #

    OK, if we’re thinking Glasgow, are the Diehards the Gorbals Diehards, who I think were the kids gang in John Buchan’s Huntingtower?

  7. 7
    hardtogethits on 2 Jan 2019 #

    I’m not sure what’s going on here, but I do know no3 is Queens Park (or Hampden Park)

  8. 8
    mark sinker on 2 Jan 2019 #

    so is (2) ibrox park? there was a disaster there when i was a kid, was there another also?

  9. 9
    mark sinker on 2 Jan 2019 #

    think i know (4) also — well i do cz i googlechecked it — but i will wait till tomorrow per the very strict rules and rubric :)

    clue: antimony is a poison, not sure why it’s in caps here

  10. 10
    Alan on 2 Jan 2019 #

    The Guardian also reproduce the odd capitalisation used in the source: https://www.kwc.im/uploads/gkp-questions-2018-19.pdf

    Unrelated (uninteresting) antimony culture fact – it was the poison in a latter ep of Jonathan Creek, which featured a tortuous “Anti Money” clue (no more spoilers). This round is not about Jonathan Creek episodes.

  11. 11
    anatol_merklich on 2 Jan 2019 #

    10: I have a hunch that Dasypus is a genus (or something) of animals; is there a Glasgow pantomime venue named for a kind of animal?

  12. 12
    Mark M on 3 Jan 2019 #

    Re11: Is there a Glasgow Hippodrome?

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    mark sinker on 3 Jan 2019 #

    4 (guessed correctly but checked via google) is indeed palmer the poisoner, publicly executed by hanging in 1856 and very notorious at the time — poisoned several people for the life insurance, which he then lost on the horses

    (choice note from wikipedia: “As he stepped onto the gallows, Palmer is said to have looked at the trapdoor and exclaimed, “Are you sure it’s safe?”[15]”)

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    enitharmon on 3 Jan 2019 #

    They’re all about Glasgow. As I expect you have discovered.

    1. The Gorbals (The Gorbals Diehards, a teenage gang, appear in John Buchan’s ‘Huntingtower’).

    2. Ibrox Park ( 25 killed in 1902 during a Scotland v England match when a stand collapsed. 66 killed in 1971 in a crush on a stairwell after somebody fell).

    3. Hampden Park (English translation of the motto of Queen’s Park FC, the last remaining fully amateur side in the Scottish Football League).

    4. 11 Berkeley Terrace (Dr Edward Pritchard became the last man to be publicly hanged on Glasgow Green in 1863 after murdering his wife and her mother with antimony)

    5. At the top end of Buchanan Street in front of the Royal Concert Hall (statue of Donald Dewar)

    6. Haven’t worked this one out.

    7. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (Salvador Dali’s ‘Christ of St John of the Cross’, on display there when it’s not out on loan, which is quite a lot)

    8. 11 Mitchell Lane (the Mackintosh Tower, part of the Lighthouse, the Scottish Centre for Design and Architecture, in the former offices of the Glasgow Herald designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh).

    9. Knightswood Fever Hospital (Catherine Wilson was the last person to die from smallpox in Scotland, 1950)

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    enitharmon on 3 Jan 2019 #

    Mark M @ 12: yes there is, or rather was. It was a cinema and music venue on Sauchiehall Street, later renamed the O₂ ABC and currently closed after being extensively damaged in the Art School fire last summer.

    Horses is equine. Dasypodine is armadillos. The Armadillo is the former Clyde Auditorium, now bearing its popular nickname officially.

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    Mark M on 3 Jan 2019 #

    Re15: Got it now! Know the building, didn’t actually know what it was used for.

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    byebyepride on 3 Jan 2019 #

    Re: 6. This is Glasgow Cathedral. From Rob Roy (Frank Osbaldistone is narrating):

    “It is the only metropolitan church in Scotland, excepting, as I am informed, the Cathedral of Kirkwall, in the Orkneys, which remained uninjured at the Reformation; and Andrew Fairservice, who saw with great pride the effect which it produced upon my mind, thus accounted for its preservation—“Ah! it’s a brave kirk—nane o’ yere whig-maleeries and curliewurlies and opensteek hems about it—a’ solid, weel-jointed mason-wark, that will stand as lang as the warld, keep hands and gunpowther aff it.”

  18. 18
    Alan on 4 Jan 2019 #

    LEVEL CLEARED (see “progress” section for collected, and a little bonus, info)

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