GUY FALKES EVE BUZZER EXPLOSION, November 1995
Fresno "B" Pack by Larry Rubinow
1. It is now permanently docked in Groton, Connecticut, where
free tours are available of its mess, command center, and torpedo
room -- but they don't let you near the engines! FTP, name this
first submarine in the U.S. nuclear fleet.
The U.S.S. _NAUTILUS_
2. The Chinese call it Lu-Shun [lue shoon], and it occupies the
southernmost tip of Manchuria. FTP, identify this anchorage lost
by Russia to Japan per the 1905 Treaty of Portsmouth.
_PORT ARTHUR_ (also accept _RYOJUN_, the Japanese name)
3. His 1794 execution was thus described by Italian mathematician
Joseph Louis Lagrange: "It took only an instant to cut off that
head, and a hundred years may not produce another like it." FTP,
name the French chemist famous for discovering the role of oxygen
Antoine Laurent _LAVOISIER_
4. Bill Gates may be the most famous living nerd, but the man who
coined the term "nerd" undoubtedly has far greater name
recognition. FTP, name this author, who used the word in his 1950
book, "If I Ran the Zoo."
Dr. _SEUSS_ or Theodore Seuss _GEISEL_
5. He argued that the consumer is generally more interested in
the apparent status conferred on him by owning a product than by
the utility of the product itself, thus originating the concept of
conspicuous consumption. FTP, identify this economist and author
of "The Theory of the Leisure Class."
Thorstein Bunde _VEBLEN_
6. After leaving the Highland Light Infantry in 1932 he bounced
around the world doing odd jobs for several years. The oddest job
ended up being that of movie star. Name this actor who won an
Oscar for "Separate Tables," and whose published work includes --
FTP -- "The Moon's A Balloon" and "Bring on the Empty Horses."
7. In 1640, Stephen Day of Massachusetts began printing some 1700
copies of "The Whole Booke of Psalmes Faithfully Translated into
English Metre," translated by John Eliot, Richard Mather, and
Thomas Weldof. FTP, this first book printed in the British
Colonies is better remembered by what name?
The _BAY PSALM_ book
8. Older sibling Uday toured with Anna Pavlova and founded a
center for classical dance and music in Almora, India. But it is
Uday's younger brother who is better known in the West, as a
consummate master of the sitar. FTP, name him.
9. Although there is some dispute about the actual discoverer,
there is no question that John Napier published his results first,
in 1614. FTP, what is this system of computation that fueled the
10. It recently made the timely revelation that retired General
Colin Powell is related to several presidents and the British Royal
Family. FTP, give the common name of this publication, more
formally known as the "Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the
Peerage and Baronetage of the United Kingdom."
11. He developed the good-neighbor policy in relations with South
American states and helped maintain relations with the USSR during
WWII. Franklin Roosevelt called him the father of the United
Nations. FTP, name this Tennessee-born Nobel laureate, the United
State's longest-serving Secretary of State.
12. His theoretical constructions were many, including a noted one
attempting to prove, through the flight of an arrow, that motion
itself is impossible. However, he is best remembered for supposing
a footrace between Achilles and a tortoise, a race Achilles can
never win. FTP, name this Greek philosopher.
_ZENO_ of Elea
13. This Englishman illustrated fewer than 20 children's books in
his lifetime, but he will forever be associated with that genre in
this country. FTP, name the 19th-century painter whose name graces
the award given annually by the American Library Association to the
best American illustrated children's book.
Randolph J. _CALDECOTT_
14. Their last Grand Master, Jacques de Molay, was burned at the
stake outside Notre Dame in 1314, but they continue to rear their
heads in latter-day conspiracy theories. FTP, name this order
founded by French knights in Jerusalem in 1119.
The _KNIGHTS TEMPLAR_ or the _TEMPLARS_
15. We don't know what they called themselves; instead we use a
Navajo word to describe the vanished people whose relics the
Navajos found when they arrived in the Four Corners area. FTP,
identify these one-time residents of the cliff dwellings of the
16. It is defined as the intersection with a sphere's surface of
a plane passing through the center of the sphere. FTP, what is
this construct, defining the shortest route between any two points
on the exterior of a sphere?
_GREAT CIRCLE_ (prompt if "circle" given)
17. This city of fewer than 10,000 people nestled against the
Winooski River boasts a thriving insurance trade and a granite
statehouse with a gold-leaf dome. FTP, name this city, the
birthplace of Admiral George Dewey and the capital of Vermont.
18. The Eighth Marquis of Queensberry is remembered for sponsoring
the establishment of the modern rules of boxing in the 1860s. His
son, Lord Alfred Douglas, is remembered for quite different
reasons. FTP, identify the noted British author and playwright
imprisoned on morals charges after engaging in a homosexual affair
with Lord Alfred.
19. If they could find one, physicists would call it an "Einstein-
Rosen Bridge" -- but the popular name is more colorful. FTP,
identify this theoretical shortcut through space-time which
justifies the Federation's interest in Deep Space Nine.
20. Louis Farrakhan's "Nation of Islam" was founded by Wallace D.
Fard. However, this man was by far the longest-reigning leader of
the NOI, from 1934 to his death in 1975. FTP, name this mentor of
Elijah _MUHAMMAD_ or Elijah _POOLE_
21. Indy-car racer Johnny Rutherford was born there in 1938, but
it's better known for being the site of a bold, but ultimately
bungled, attempt to rob two banks simultaneously. FTP, name this
town in southeast Kansas, site of the 1892 demise of the Dalton
22. Robert Russell Bennett's most popular symphony, "The Four
Freedoms," was inspired by an eponymous mural in a New Jersey
tavern painted -- FTP -- by what noted American artist and
illustrator who spent his later life painting his neighbors in
23. Much of his fame rests on three unfinished novels, all of
which he wanted burned after his death. Fortunately, they were
published instead. FTP, name this Czech author who died of
tuberculosis in 1924.
24. The people here have only good memories of Richard Nixon, who
as president returned to them their sacred Blue Lake in the Sangre
de Cristo range in New Mexico, long held by the federal government.
FTP, identify this pueblo community, the cradle of an uprising
against the U.S. government in 1847.
25. His most recently published work, "The First Man," hit the
shelves in 1994. Not bad for a guy who died in a car crash in
1960. FTP, name the French author and Nobel recipient famous for
"The Plague" and "The Stranger."
GUY FALKES EVE BUZZER EXPLOSION, November 1995
Fresno "B" Pack by Larry Rubinow
Bonus Questions (all worth 30 points)
1. It has been observed that some fine writing comes out of
prisons -- but not this packet. For the stated number of points,
identify these incarcerated authors:
A. He wrote "Soul on Ice" while doing time in California's
Folsom Prison. For five points, name him.
B. This knight and former member of Parliament completed his
only known work in prison in 1469. For 10 points, who was he?
Sir Thomas _MALLORY_
C. One of the finest poets of the Middle Ages, this graduate
of the Sorbonne wrote his "Ballad of Hanged Men" while awaiting
execution; he was banished instead. For 15 points, identify him.
Francois _VILLON_ [vee-YOHN] or Francois _DE MONTCORBIER_
2. Let's see if you're up on your classics; ten points for each
correct identification of a figure or object from Greek mythology:
A. The daughter of Minos, she rescued Theseus but was later
abandoned by him.
B. As long as the Trojans kept this wooden statue of Athena,
they believed their city would remain inviolable.
C. This blind prophet figured large in such disparate works
as Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex" and T.S. Eliot's "The Wasteland."
3. Genocide and ethnic cleansing, while recently-coined terms,
are old concepts. For instance, in 1572 a Catholic plot to kill
virtually every Protestant in France left tens of thousands
A. First, for 10 points, tell me the name commonly given to
_SAINT BARTHOLOMEW'S DAY_ massacre
B. Now for 20 points, identify the king of France at the
time, the second son of Catherine de Medicis to hold the crown.
4. These twin brothers, working on opposite sides of the
Atlantic, each did pioneering work in the exploration of the
A. First, FTP, give me the shared last name of these Swiss-
born balloon designers.
_PICCARD_ (Auguste and Jean)
B. Later in life, Auguste turned his efforts to the sea,
inventing a new class of deep-sea vehicle not unlike his
stratospheric balloons: a pressurized passenger gondola suspended
below a larger, buoyant hull. For 20 points, name it.
_BATHYSCAPHE_ [BATH-uh-skayf] (do not accept
5. A Norse is a Norse, of course, of course. Ten points for each
correct answer on Scandinavian mythology.
A. Baldur was slain when struck by an arrow made from this
B. Outside the walls of Asgard lay this "land of the
C. The branches of this ash tree spread over the entire
6. Joseph Heller catapulted to fame in 1961 with his first novel,
"Catch-22." Answer the following questions about his later
work for 10 points each.
A. This 1984 book is a humorous retelling of the story of
B. This 1986 non-fiction work cowritten with Speed Vogel
chronicled Heller's battle with a paralytic condition,
Guillain-Barr [GEE-an bah-RAY] syndrome.
_NO LAUGHING MATTER_
C. In 1994 Heller wrote this sequel to "Catch-22," in which
a 68-year-old Yossarian confronts his mortality.
7. The name's the same. Identify these rock or pop music
performers whose names are shared with other notables.
A. First, for five points, name the protean singer who took
on a stage name because he shared his real name with Davy Jones of
B. Next, FTP, identify the jazz-influenced pop singer-
songwriter who shares his name with one of the Chicago Black Sox.
C. Finally for fifteen points, name the guitarist for R.E.M.
who shares his name with a noted New Zealand anthropologist.
8. The plays of Shakespeare have often been retooled for film.
FTP each, answer these questions about films that borrow, to one
degree or another, from the Bard:
A. Akira Kurosawa moved "King Lear" to feudal Japan for this
B. Keanu Reeves plays a young homosexual coming of age in
this film, which borrows structure and some dialog from Henry IV,
parts 1 and 2.
_MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO_
C. In this far-out version of "The Tempest," the sprite
Arial is recast as Robbie the Robot.
9. As waterfowl go, it would appear to be at a disadvantage; its
feathers aren't completely waterproof, and it must return to dry
land and preen after diving for food. Even so, ecologists are
concerned it may be displacing native species on a lake dividing
Vermont from New York. For 10 points, identify the lake; for an
additional 20, name the bird, sometimes used -- with a ring around
its neck to prevent swallowing -- to assist Japanese fishermen.
Lake _CHAMPLAIN_; _CORMORANT_
10. It is the curve traced by a fixed point on the circumference
of a circle that rolls completely around the circumference of a
second circle. For 15 points, name this type of curve; for an
additional 15, name the heart-shaped curve resulting when the two
circles are the same size.
_EPICYCLOID_ (acc. EPICYCLE); _CARDIOID_
11. On November 8, 1861, the captain of the U.S.S. San Jacinto
forcibly removed Confederate diplomat James Mason and his companion
from a British mail steamer, thus insulting the English and
starting a diplomatic incident. For 15 points apiece:
A. What was the name of the second Confederate diplomat, a
former representative and senator from Louisiana who had served as
President Polk's minister to Mexico?
B. What was the name of the British ship, a name promptly
attached to this incident?
The _TRENT_ (accept "The _TRENT AFFAIR_")
12. Identify these three poets for the stated number of points.
No rhyming necessary.
A. For 5: "The Dover Bitch," by Anthony Hecht, is a sequel
of sorts to this poet's "Dover Beach."
B. Collections of his work include 1961's "Kaddish and Other
Poems" and 1967's "TV Baby Poems."
C. Long a resident of Carmel, California, his poems include
"Science," "The Bloody Sire," and "Shine, Perishing
13. The name they chose for their movement was descriptive, but
also misleading; it suggested they lived before 1483, when in fact
they were a group of disaffected 19th-century British artists.
A. First, FTP, name this group, whose name reflects their
affinity for Gothic forms and subjects.
The _PRE-RAPHAELITES_ or the _PRE-RAPHAELITE BROTHERHOOD_
B. A latecomer to the Pre-Raphaelite movement, this baronet
was popular for his elegant treatments of Arthurian legend, as in
"The Beguiling of Merlin"; his most popular work, "King Cophetua
and the Beggar Maid," was derived from a Tennyson poem. For 20
points, name him.
Sir Edward _BURNE-JONES_
14. "I'm not a politician, but I play one on TV." Identify these
actresses who have strayed into the world of politics.
A. First, for five points, name the former ambassador to
Czechoslovakia whose film credentials include "Stand Up and
Cheer" and "The Little Princess."
Shirley _TEMPLE_ Black
B. For ten points, though she ran for Parliament in 1974,
her more publicized political involvement has been in support of
C. For 15 points, this two-time Oscar winner retired from
acting in 1992, when she was elected Labor Party member of
Parliament for Hampstead-Highgate.
15. The Food and Drug Administration is, as of November 1995,
considering the use in food products of a new fat substitute, one
which the Center for Science in the Public Interest claims can
deplete the body's stores of several essential vitamins.
A. First, for 15 points, name the developer of the
substitute, a corporation that in the early 1990s purchased the
former Czechoslovakia's largest detergent company.
_PROCTER AND GAMBLE_
B. Now for 15 points, name the new fat substitute, the first
to be stable when heated.
16. Some of the greatest contributions to American literature have
been made by immigrants. Answer these questions on foreign-born
authors FTP each.
A. This Polish-born novelist won acclaim in 1965 for his
first novel, "The Painted Bird," but possibly better known is
1971's "Being There."
B. He moved to the U.S. from Poland in 1935 and sold his
first book the same year, but didn't set a novel here until 1972's
"Enemies: A Love Story."
Isaac Bashevis _SINGER_
C. A graduate of the University of St. Petersburg, she
emigrated from Russia at age 21, and her first novel, "We, The
Living," was predictably about young Russians.
17. Identify this historical figure on the first clue for 30
points, after two clues for 20, or after all three for 10:
30: After the American Revolution was concluded, he was
named military commander at Calais [cah-LAY].
20: His statue is prominently featured in Lafayette Square
across from the White House.
C. His French expeditionary force joined with Washington's
army to force the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown.
Comte de [Count of] _ROCHAMBEAU_ [roh-shahm-BOH];
also accept Jean Baptiste Donatien de _VIMEUR_
18. Waiting to find out if the Big Bang will result in an open or
closed universe? If one astronomer's right, you're in for a long
A. First, for 10 points, what is the two-word name for a
more or less static model of the universe, as opposed to the Big
B. Now for 20 points, identify this British renaissence man
who also writes plays, an opera libretto and sci-fi novels such as
"The Black Cloud" .
Sir Fred _HOYLE_
19. It should surprise no-one to learn that Texas executed more
prisoners in 1994 than any other state. It also had the most
convicts on death row, some 344. For 10 points each, identify the
next three states in number of felons sentenced to die as of 1994;
you may name them in any order.
_CALIFORNIA_ (332); _FLORIDA_ (312); _PENNSYLVANIA_ (153)
20. You can key in on 30 points if you answer these three
questions on keyboard instruments.
A. First, for five points, this steam-driven relative of the
pipe organ can be heard for miles.
B. FTP, It consists of 23 or more bells, played by a
keyboard of levers and pedals, and are most frequently found in
churches and cathedrals.
C. For fifteen points: unlike a harpsichord, in which the
strings are plucked, this predecessor of the piano strikes the
strings with a blade, the position of which along the length of the
string determines the pitch of the resulting note.
21. The 1949 tragic musical "Lost in the Stars" was based on the
novel, "Cry, the Beloved Country." For 15 points each:
A. The author of "Cry, the Beloved Country," this South
African novelist also wrote "Too Late the Phalarope" [FAL-uh-rohp]
and "Ah But Your Land is Beautiful."
B. The music for "Lost in the Stars" was composed by this
man, better known for his collaborations with Bertholt Brecht.
22. He got his doctorate from Berkeley in 1937 and became
chancellor there in 1959. In between, he won a Nobel Prize and
played a role in the discovery of ten of the transuranium elements.
A. FTP, identify this chemist.
Glen T. _SEABORG_
B. For 20 points, identify by atomic number the element some
insist should be named "Seaborgium" in his honor.
23. In late October of 1995, French commandos using tear gas
raided a ship harbored at Brindisi, Italy, as the vessel was
preventing a French destroyer from leaving port.
A. First, FTP, name the vessel's owner, an organization
whose ships had been attacked by French forces twice before in
B. Now, for 20 points, name this third Greenpeace ship to
suffer a French attack.
24. Sometimes it seems African nations change names more often
than O.J. Simpson changes alibis. For 10 points each:
A. The nation of Burkina Faso was known, until 1984, as
B. In October of 1964, the former Northern Rhodesia became
Republic of _ZAMBIA_
C. This small republic completely engulfed by South Africa
was once known as the High Commission Territory of Basutoland.