Jan 19

Wiki-illiams Quizz 2018. Round 16

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Which island or island group:

1 Gained psittacine relief?

2 Was discovered on New Year’s Day?

3 Had an Imperial association with an eminent MHK?

4 Take their name from a mainland feature 450km distant?

5 Were named after the Tory member for Great Marlow during a welfare voyage?

6 Saw the surgeon accidentally marooned and obliged to survive on avian-polluted water and sulid blood?

7 Was noted for cannibal land-crabs and stunted tree ferns?

8 Was home to the poor people who lived on a cinder?

9 Is partly both inaccessible and luscinial?

10 Is home to a unique fiscal?


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    jeff w on 15 Jan 2019 #

    I’ll wager a pocketful of Napoléons that the surgeon in 6. is Stephen Maturin, given the setter’s ongoing fondness for Patrick O’Brian (in the teeth of universal apathy among Wikki-illiams quizzers).

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    DrFidelius on 15 Jan 2019 #

    Jeff: it was Desolation Island, if memory serves.

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    mark sinker on 15 Jan 2019 #

    1: does “psittacine” have something to do with parrots (or their removal)?
    10: “fiscal” (as in procurator fiscal) is an office of state in scotland, so maybe this where this is going?

    9: there’s an inaccessible island in mcmurdo sound in the antarctic but unless “luscinial” means you can walk across to it over the ice for part of the year i don’t know if this is relevant

    are these islands real or fictional?

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    jeff w on 15 Jan 2019 #

    @mark – could be both, especially as MHK = a Manx parliamentarian (Member of the House of Keys) so likely to relate to a real person?

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    anatol_merklich on 15 Jan 2019 #

    4 could be the Cape Verde islands; the Cape Verde itself is on the western part of the African mainland.

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    The Lurker on 16 Jan 2019 #

    10 – a fiscal is a name given to a number of different shrike species. Wikipedia’s list of shrikes includes the Sao Tome fiscal, an endemic species, so São Tomé and Príncipe.

    9. Inaccessible Island and Nightingale Island (Luscinia megarhyncos) are both part of the Tristan da Cunha archipelago.

    A bit of bird knowledge plus Wikipedia useful for this one!

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    The Lurker on 16 Jan 2019 #

    I did think about Cape Verde but Wiki says it’s 570km from the coast (but either it or the quiz could be wrong)

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    anatol_merklich on 16 Jan 2019 #

    The Lurker: fyi the convention here is not to post googled/wikied/otherwise-assisted answers and info before next question is up, but as this rule is not posted in every round, it’s easy to miss.

    That said (and as this only opens Q4 up rather than closing it down), measuring on Google Earth confirms your misgivings about Cape Verde. Hm.

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    The Lurker on 16 Jan 2019 #

    Ah, sorry. They were assisted answers rather than blind googling (eg I knew what a fiscal was, just not the species), but I’ll hold back a little longer in future.

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    jeff w on 16 Jan 2019 #

    Googling for this round OK now, I think.

    On 1., not saying this is the answer but I was interested to find that one part of the world, viz the Seychelles, has rid itself of the invasive ring-necked parakeet:


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    jeff w on 16 Jan 2019 #

    7. is South Trinidad, from an account recalled in “The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic 1910-1913” by Apsley Cherry-Garrard, a narrative of Captain Scott’s last (fatal) expedition. {Googled}

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    katstevens on 16 Jan 2019 #

    Googled 5 – wiki sez the Falkland islands were named after Anthony Carey, the 5th Viscount Falkland. (The dude who did said naming was on a ship called Welfare.)

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