Jan 19

Wiki-illiams Quizz 2018. Round 7 8

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(GAH – I published 7 and 8 out of order, soz like)

1 What was likely to give Pistol indigestion?

2 What proved to be soporific for Benjamin and his family?

3 What was dismissed as no more than a college-educated relative?

4 What, according to the hookah-smoking larva, can variably influence height?

5 What were all snatched by the greedy monarch while dining with his sister-in-law?

6 What culinary combination features in the refrain of a ditty describing an amphibian’s final journey?

7 With what, specifically, did the old gentleman in the black velvet cap darken the air?

8 What extraction project beneath the floating island had taken eight years?

9 To what spring growth were the Premiers in days of old likened?

10 What was a relic of Leopold’s poor mama?


  1. 1
    enitharmon on 6 Jan 2019 #

    Fruit and veg…

    3. ‘A cauliflower is a cabbage with a college education’ – Mark Twain
    4. Mushroom – Alice in Wonderland
    6. Gammon and spinach – froggy went a courting.
    10. Pretty sure this is the shrivelled old potato that Leopold Bloom carries around Dublin in Ulysses

  2. 2
    Tom on 6 Jan 2019 #

    2 is Beatrix Potter, Benjamin Bunny – is it radishes? I forget the actual crop!

  3. 3
    mark sinker on 6 Jan 2019 #

    lettuce i think

  4. 4
    mark sinker on 6 Jan 2019 #

    1: is presumably Shakespeare’s Pistol, but I don’t know the ref w/o looking it up
    8: i dimly recall there’s a project to extract moonbeams from cucumbers in gulliver’s travels, on the floating island of laputa? (but i might have muddled separate things here)

  5. 5
    Alan on 6 Jan 2019 #

    8 is another of the handful I immediately knew. Sunbeams out of cucumbers. Gulliver’s Travels taking the piss out of the Royal Society

  6. 6
    Kerry on 7 Jan 2019 #

    1 is a leek (Fluellen shoves it down his throat in Henry V)

  7. 7
    jeff w on 7 Jan 2019 #

    7 is “a shower of onions, turnip-radishes, and other small
    vegetables” having been preceded by cucumbers and marrows, launched over the wall from the garden next door – from Nicholas Nickleby

    By the way, this is Round 8, not 7 in my version of the Quiz. Have we missed one out?

  8. 8
    Alan on 7 Jan 2019 #

    AAAAGH. Thanks Jeff. I had problems with drafts/versions on this post, which should have appeared as an earlier version after I accidentally overwrote it with the next one.

    I will edit the next post that’s about to publish to be ACTUAL round 7.


    OK, magically this is now round 8 (with URL change to match), and 7 (really) should appear soon


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