Jan 19

Wiki-illiams Quizz 2018. Round 11

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1 What was reduced by 20 in 1967?

2 What urges adhesion to the desk on terra firma?

3 What prohibited shoes or boots with spikes or springs?

4 What postulates that individuals in warmer climates have longer limbs?

5 According to what should three miles take one hour, with an additional one hour for climbing 2000ft?

6 What is a formula relating to the concentration of a lethal gas to the length of exposure required to cause death?

7 What was formulated following the shooting of the prime minister’s personal secretary?

8 In what do ladies go twice round the New and once round the Old?

9 What was the invention of an Orford mathematician?

10 What patriotic offering is derived from Alfred?


  1. 1
    katstevens on 10 Jan 2019 #

    5) sounds like something to do with hot air ballooning?

  2. 2
    jeff w on 10 Jan 2019 #

    To me, these look like mathematical or physical Laws or constants or formulae. So, 5) could be a walking speed measurement for example. 2) = something to do with friction? On the other hand, 8 suggests St Andrews golf courses.

  3. 3
    Alan on 10 Jan 2019 #

    rougher than laws, I get a “maxim” feeling – like they are all rules of thumb, or “Sod’s Law” adjacent

  4. 4
    Alan on 10 Jan 2019 #

    (does some googling) If Mannion is looking, I think he has a chance of knowing 1

  5. 5
    Alan on 10 Jan 2019 #

    This is one where once you get the theme it’s quite easy to google many quickly.

    I think there is a typo in 3 (in the http://www.kwc.im original) should be “spikes or sprigs” not spriNgs

  6. 6
    mark sinker on 10 Jan 2019 #

    isn’t there a typo in (6) also? shd the first “to” be there?

  7. 7
    anatol_merklich on 11 Jan 2019 #

    4: There are at least two of these that I tend to mix up: Allen’s Law and (not sure about this one, but possibly) Bergmann’s Law. I think the limb-length one may be Allen’s.

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    mark sinker on 11 Jan 2019 #

    The Orford mathematician seems — via google — to by Henry Coggeshill, who invented some kind of large slide rule or sliding rule, which (wikipedia sez) expanded “the slide rule’s use beyond mathematical inquiry” (it doesn’t say how, though).

    So I wondered if the theme is the word rule?

  9. 9
    Andrew Farrell on 11 Jan 2019 #

    I think it’s possibly ‘rules named after’ – it’s Coggeshall Slide Rule, 4 is Allen’s Rule, 5 is Naismith’s Rule (for how long hiking should take).

    7 is McNaughton’s Rules, developed by the House of Lords after Daniel McNaughton, a Scottish woodturner, shot Edward Drummond, Personal Secretary to several British Prime Ministers. The rules were used to establish the basis of the insanity defence in common-law countries.

  10. 10
    Andrew Farrell on 11 Jan 2019 #

    (all totally Googled of course – annoyingly #1 doesn’t appear to be Robert’s Rules (nor do the others))

  11. 11
    Alan on 11 Jan 2019 #

    yep. RULE(S) are the operative words. I got all but 2 and 8 quite quickly once that penny dropped.

  12. 12
    Alan on 11 Jan 2019 #

    Go on then. Repeating, collecting and adding…

    1 30 year rule, info from webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    2 ?
    3 Queensberry Rules
    4 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen%27s_rule
    5 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naismith%27s_rule
    6 Haber’s Rule (him again!)
    7 M’Naghten/McNaughton Rule
    8 ?
    9 That dude’s slide rule of some flavour
    10 Rule, Britannia! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule,_Britannia! (“originally included in Alfred, a masque about Alfred the Great”)

  13. 13
    Alan on 11 Jan 2019 #

    10 was a Q on Sleb Mastermind this eve

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