Jan 20

King William’s College Kwizz 2019. FT Round 12

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What currency of which country is suggested by:
 1 a nip?
 2 6.76 metres for gold?
 3 a Balkan amphitheatre?
 4 a sweet-tasting carbohydrate?
 5 a converted Muslim place of worship?
 6 a competitive gathering of male gamebirds?
 7 the home of an optical Leviathan?
 8 a multi-coloured trogon?
 9 a glowing proboscis?
10 punctuation?


  1. 1
    Alan on 29 Jan 2020 #

    I feel like I’m cheating if I almost instantly post that 9 will be the Dong with the Luminous Nose and Vietnamese currency

  2. 2
    Phil on 29 Jan 2020 #

    10 is ‘colon’, which I think – possibly as ‘colón’ – is the currency of Bolivia… or else not Bolivia but somewhere nearby. Ish.

    4 – is there such a currency as the ‘sucre’?

  3. 3
    Chelovek na lune on 29 Jan 2020 #

    1. Is Armenia. They have a dram.

  4. 4
    The Lurker on 30 Jan 2020 #

    Two bird questions! (6) is a Lek, which I think is the Bulgarian currency. (8) is a quetzal, which is the currency of somewhere in Central America.

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    The Lurker on 30 Jan 2020 #

    Is there a currency called the Cordoba somewhere in Latin America? Cordoba (in Spain) has a mosque converted into a cathedral (5).

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    anatol_merklich on 30 Jan 2020 #

    Followups to those mentioned already:

    #4 @2: Ecuador used to have a sucre, which I believe has been replaced by the US dollar.
    #5 @5: Nicaragua has the cordoba, yes.
    #6 @4: The lek is the Albanian currency; Bulgaria has lev and Romania leu.
    #8 @4: Yes, the quetzal is Guatemalan.
    #10 @2: Not Bolivia, theirs is the boliviano I think, the colon could possibly be El Salvador or Costa Rica. Leaning towards the latter, but not sure.

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    The Lurker on 30 Jan 2020 #

    6.76m is too high for a high jump and too short for any of the throws or a triple jump. Women’s long jump? Any famous female long jumpers?

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    anatol_merklich on 30 Jan 2020 #

    #2: If I remember correctly, there was a British Olympic champion long jumper called (Mary?) Rand, which would lead us to South Africa?

    #7: The HQ of some company specializing in optical instruments, glasses or similar? The only thing that springs to mind is Carl Zeiss of Jena, but jena is no currency.

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    Chelovek na lune on 30 Jan 2020 #

    #3 I’m fairly sure is Pula. Which I think is a currency somewhere in the southern part of Africa…

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    anatol_merklich on 1 Feb 2020 #

    #3 @9: Yep, I think the pula is the currency of Botswana.

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    anatol_merklich on 2 Feb 2020 #

    Getting nowhere with optical Leviathans, including trying to come up with locations of GIANT TELESCOPES to no avail, I decided to turn the search around and see if any currency I could think of might ring any optical bell. No luck so far, but here are the ones I came up with (including some which are recently defunct and quite possibly some spurious misrememberings), in case it can help anyone else:

    krone, krona, koruna, kroon, lat, litas, rouble, hryvnya, euro, pound, dollar, franc, escudo, manat, som, somoni, afghani, lira, lev, leu, yen, yuan, won, rial, riel, riyal, dinar, dirham, shekel, diner, zloty, forint, shilling, ariary, nakfa, najra, cedi, kwanza, kwacha, ouguiya, birr, pataca, peso, lempira, bolivar, boliviano, (nuevo) sol, real, guarani, kina, rupee, rufiyah, ringgit, tala, balboa

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    anatol_merklich on 2 Feb 2020 #

    also: tenge

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    anatol_merklich on 5 Feb 2020 #

    So, I looked up which ones I forgot: apsar, peseta, guilder, florin, (convertible) mark, taka, ngultrum, lari, dalasi, kuna, gourde, rupiah, kip, loti, denar (not diner), kyat, tögrög, metical, leone, dobra, lilangeni, baht, pa’anga, vatu.

    If I absolutely had to give an answer now, I’d go with Peruvian sol as the Sun, which is a large thing and allows us to see optically and um it really doesn’t work all that well does it.

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    Andrew F on 5 Feb 2020 #

    (non-Ethiopian) Birr in Co. Offaly, Ireland is the home of the Rosse six-foot telescope, aka the Leviathan of Parsontown (as Birr was formerly known, for the sadly dull reason that the earls of Rosse were the Parson family). Built in 1845, and the world’s largest telescope until 1917.

    (The telescope wasn’t six foot long – the lens was!)

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    Alan on 9 Feb 2020 #

    ^^ top marks to Andrew for Birr

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