Dec 18

Wiki-illiams Quizz 2018. Round 1

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RUBRIC: welcome to the FreakyTrigger wing of a quiz sat for a hundred and funfty years by some lucky/isle of man schoolkids etc blah blah bloop. Themed sets of 10 questions each — a new one every day (or so). COLLABORATIN’ COMMENT CREW (C3) pile in — we can work it out

RULEZ: Don’t put googled answers up till after the next question appears — to let others show off their BRANES — and note where they are googled (or borrowed off of rival sites with good answers). OFF WE GO!

(If you are on old LiveJournalista, WELCOME KOMRADE, yes we are trying out a move here in decadent capitalist pop blog. I don’t know if the FT/wordpress comments can support the hot action, or if the stone cold will to quizz is even there. Let’s find out)

ROUND 1 During 1918:

1 Where did whose reign last for 66 days?

2 Who tragically missed the night train from Lisbon to Porto?

3 Where would Bolshevik “surrender” be annulled eight months later?

4 Which supreme competitor had scored 80 when finally dismissed by Brown?

5 Who published cynical views on an eminent convert to Rome, a groundbreaking headmaster and a “Chinese” martyr?

6 Who led the development of gasses for chemical warfare, but was selected by KVA for his work on facilitating N2+3H2⇔2NH3.

7 Whose passing was mourned by his wife Emma and their daughter Chouchou?

8 Who gave up everything and was the guest of Count Godard and his family?

9 Whose closing words from Horace were sadly only too true?

10 Of what did Sykes take charge 13 days after its formation?


1 Frederick Charles of Hesse, King-elect of Finland from 9 October to 14 December 1918 [Anatol wikipedia’d]

2 Sidónio Pais, assassinated at the station [Alan, google work]

3 The treaty of Brest-Litovsk (3 March) was annulled by the Armistice (11th Nov) [Mark S]


5 Maybe Lytton Strachey in his “Eminent Victorians” [Mark S]

6 Nobody actually piped in with this – Fritz Haber from off of the Haber Process was awarded a Nobel prize (KVA is the Swedish Academy) [Presumably all A-level chemists]

7 Debussy – married an Emma and their daughter was named Claude-Emma, but called Chouchou (presumably for the LOLZ. in both cases) [Jeff, well done for not mentioning Che Guevara who was minus 10 in 1918]

8 That Kaiser Wilhem Zwei chap who was a guest at “Am A Wrong Un” castle for 18 months post abdication [Alan, googling]

9 Wilfred Owen in “Dulce et Decorum Est” [Anatol]

10 Possibly the “Eastern Committee” though not confirmed


  1. 1
    Alan on 31 Dec 2018 #

    I have never found a clue immediately as peasy in the first round as #6 here. A-level chemistry innit

  2. 2
    mark sinker on 31 Dec 2018 #

    5: I think this may be Lytton Strachey’s Eminent Victorians

  3. 3
    mark sinker on 1 Jan 2019 #

    and 3 is the treaty of brest-litovsk

  4. 4
    jeff w on 1 Jan 2019 #

    a-ha! Here we are. And no I haven’t been refreshing ddd’s LJ page for a week of course I haven’t. Sadly, I also have no answers, but 7 might be Debussy – think he eventually married an Emma.

  5. 6
    Alan on 1 Jan 2019 #

    Googling around it looks like 10 might be https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Committee but I’ve not seen/hit on the specified 13 days yet

  6. 8
    anatol_merklich on 2 Jan 2019 #

    (googled) 9 is probably Wilfred Owen, whose poem “Dulce et Decorum Est” was finished in 1918, the year of his death, and the final words of which are from Horace’s Ode no. III.2:

    If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
    Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
    And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
    His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
    If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
    Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
    Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
    Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—
    My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
    To children ardent for some desperate glory,
    The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
    Pro patria mori.

    One may argue against this suggestion that the poem does not at all make it seem “sadly only too true” that death for one’s country is sweet and proper, but I suppose the sad truth only refers to the fact of Owen’s death itself.


  7. 9
    anatol_merklich on 2 Jan 2019 #

    (wikied) 1 appears to be Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse, who was King-elect of Finland from 9 October to 14 December 1918, and indeed the only presumptive monarch of that country (alone) ever:


  8. 10
    anatol_merklich on 2 Jan 2019 #

    (wikiconfirmed) … and Jeff is right that 7 is Claude Debussy, who died in 1918, had a wife named Emma, and an only child named Claude-Emma (!), /dite/ Chouchou, who would die the following year.

  9. 11
    enitharmon on 3 Jan 2019 #

    5 is Lytton Strachey (‘Eminent Victorians’: John Henry Newman, Thomas Arnold and Charles George ‘Chinese’ Gordon of Khartoum.

    6 Fritz Haber (invented the Haber process for converting nitrogen into ammonia for use in fertiliser and explosives. The KVA is the Kungliga Vetenskapsakademien, the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, which awarded Haber the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1918, presumably for the fertiliser aspect rather than the explosives).

    9. Wilfred Owen (‘Dulce et decorum est’, Owen’s last poem before he died which ends “The old lie: dulce et decorum est pro patria mori”)

  10. 12
    Peter on 11 Jan 2019 #

    Number 10 – He took command of the newly-formed air force

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