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Given how fast most of my questions were answered I thought that perhaps my quiz was too easy! If I set another one (which I'm happy to do on a regular basis if Bill's OK with it) I'm going to try and make it a bit harder.

 

I've set supper quizzes in the past and it is a tricky balancing act. For those, I normally set 10 rounds of 10 questions each. I aim for virtually everybody in the room to know the answers to about 6 per round and chuck in a couple of tougher ones to sort out the leading teams from one another. The winning team should get 80-90% correct.

 

I took a similar approach compiling the BGO quiz, but I guess this is a bit different since it only needs one person to know the correct answer. You're a bit like one very large (and impressively brainy!) quiz team.

 

I must confess I did put in a few questions to see if they would be answered by the BGOer I expected to answer them. I've also discovered you all know even less than I do about graphic novels!

 

I reckon that if a quiz is too hard people get bored. I wish the question master at the pub quiz I regularly go to with Bill and Deino understood this :mad: .

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I must confess I did put in a few questions to see if they would be answered by the BGOer I expected to answer them.

 

And did they, Grammath?

 

Chrisq - were you surprised by the direction any of the answers came from?

 

PS - I know the quiz isn't quite complete, but I really don't know any of the remaining answers!

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Chrisq - were you surprised by the direction any of the answers came from?

Yes. Some questions I thought were too obtuse and cryptic for people to get, and some I thought were too easy lingered around when I thought they would have been snapped up early.

 

I'll post the final few answers later - 2 is Sam Spade, 3 is Nero Wolfe, 5 is Fitzroy MacLean Angel and 7 is 'daughter' (from The Godfather). Can't remember the rest off the top of my head.

 

I'm all out of questions now. I'll try and get down the library this weekend but maybe we need a little break from quizzes for a little while.

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3. Well this is Nero Wolfe, isn't it? In the books by Rex Stout?

 

Martin S Taylor

Correct - I'll give the benefit of the doubt that you looked at the first post in the thread only and not my post directly above yours that gives the answer :)

 

Edited to say: Sorry Hypnotist, didn't realise this was only your second post here. Welcome to BGO! And congratulations on getting Nero Wolfe from what was a very obtuse question.

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This thread has a rather unfinished look, but I can't find any more to it anywhere. if you can remember the last few answers, Adrian, would you kindly post a completed list? This is how it was left:

Here is where we are:

 

1. How many whacks did Olive Martin deliver? Legally, none

2. Whose short-lived partner was Archer?

3. Archie did the legwork for whom?

4. What make of car did Morse drive? Jaguar and Lancia

5. Who drives a car called Armstrong, and has cat called Springsteen?

6. Who invited Kenzie to have a drink before the war? Jim Vurnan, Senator Sterling Mulkern, Senator Brian Paulson

7. For which family member did Bonasera seek justice?

8. Which reporting duo investigated the death of Thurmond Call?

9. Kurt Wallander polices which country? Sweden

10. A is for Alibi, but what are B and C? B is for Burgular and C is for Corpse

11. Who was Tennison's prime suspect? George Marlow

12. Where does Mrs Raisin live? Carsely

13. When not sleuthing, how does Charles Paris earn a living? Acting

14. Who investigated the murders in the Rue Morgue? Auguste Dupin

15. Who wrote Rache in blood on a wall? Jefferson Hope

16. Who has a lesbian niece called Lucy? Dr Kay Scarpetta

17. Who played baccarat at Deauville? Bond, James Bond

18. Which bar does Nick Stefanos tend? The Spot

19. Who listens to jazz in Nottingham? Resnick

20. Who stole the Empress of Blandings?

21. Which crooked mayor ruled the Twenty-seventh city?

22. Which flowers didn't Miss Blandish get? Orchids

23. Which city houses the 87th Precinct? New York

24. One for the money, but how many big ones are there? Ten

25. Who's the only Jewish Cowboy detective in the village? Kinky Friedman

26. In what year did the housesitters meet the coypu man? 1976

27. Who got away with it by feeding the leg of lamb to the police? The ToTU woman

28. Ponsonby ruined whose perfectly good hangover by turning up dead?

29. How did Mma Ramotswe's employee help men at school? She gave typing lessons

30. Who wrote The Singing Detective? Dennis Potter

 

Clues for the rest:

 

2. Lew Archer's partner was V-shaped. The eyes, the chin. When he saw one, he called it one.

3. Was his boss a fiddle player?

5. You either know this author or not. You wouldn't believe me if I told you.

7. Bonasera was a funeral director. He believed in America.

8. Admittedly a rather unknown book, but with "Train"ing you will get it.

20. I must go look this up. I thought it was the Earl of Emsworth's neighbour, but he might have been the one who stole the Cow Creamer.

21. This question is ambiguous, but I have published many corrections and seconded strongly worded motions to the contrary.

28. I think Ponsonby died in Scotland, but I don't know Jack.

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Final answers, except for no. 20.

 

1. How many whacks did Olive Martin deliver? Legally, none

2. Whose short-lived partner was Archer? Sam Spade

3. Archie did the legwork for whom? Nero Wolfe

4. What make of car did Morse drive? Jaguar and Lancia

5. Who drives a car called Armstrong, and has cat called Springsteen? Angel (from the Mike Ripley novels)

6. Who invited Kenzie to have a drink before the war? Jim Vurnan, Senator Sterling Mulkern, Senator Brian Paulson from the Dennis Lehane book

7. For which family member did Bonasera seek justice? His daughter (in The Godfather)

8. Which reporting duo investigated the death of Thurmond Call? Ward James and Yardley Acheman in the Pete Dexter novel, The Paperboy

9. Kurt Wallander polices which country? Sweden

10. A is for Alibi, but what are B and C? B is for Burgular and C is for Corpse

11. Who was Tennison's prime suspect? George Marlow

12. Where does Mrs Raisin live? Carsely

13. When not sleuthing, how does Charles Paris earn a living? Acting

14. Who investigated the murders in the Rue Morgue? Auguste Dupin

15. Who wrote Rache in blood on a wall? Jefferson Hope

16. Who has a lesbian niece called Lucy? Dr Kay Scarpetta

17. Who played baccarat at Deauville? Bond, James Bond

18. Which bar does Nick Stefanos tend? The Spot

19. Who listens to jazz in Nottingham? Resnick

20. Who stole the Empress of Blandings? Can't remember!

21. Which crooked mayor ruled the Twenty-seventh city? Duff question, I was after S. Jammu who became poilce chief (in Jonathan Franzen's novel)

22. Which flowers didn't Miss Blandish get? Orchids

23. Which city houses the 87th Precinct? New York

24. One for the money, but how many big ones are there? Ten

25. Who's the only Jewish Cowboy detective in the village? Kinky Friedman

26. In what year did the housesitters meet the coypu man? 1976

27. Who got away with it by feeding the leg of lamb to the police? Can't remember the name - it was from Tales of the Unexpected

28. Ponsonby ruined whose perfectly good hangover by turning up dead? Jack Parlabane

29. How did Mma Ramotswe's employee help men at school? She gave typing lessons

30. Who wrote The Singing Detective? Dennis Potter

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An American pal has told me that these books are the clue to one classic crime mystery. As I'm not well up in the genre can anyone help please?

 

Foetal attraction by Kathy Lette

Pip by Freya North

Late for the wedding by Jayne Ann Krentz

Jack Maggs by Peter Carey

The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

Napoleon and Josephine : The Biography of Marriage Francer Mossiker

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An American pal has told me that these books are the clue to one classic crime mystery. As I'm not well up in the genre can anyone help please?

 

Foetal attraction by Kathy Lette

Pip by Freya North

Late for the wedding by Jayne Ann Krentz

Jack Maggs by Peter Carey

The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

Napoleon and Josephine : The Biography of Marriage Francer Mossiker

 

 

This makes me think of "Great Expectations" but is that a crime novel?

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Yes, it certainly would make you think of that novel. I wonder if she's got her genres mixed. I'll let you know. Cheers.

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