Thursday’s quiz

It’s your turn to ask the questions again.

There’s half a dozen electronic jars of raspberry jam for anyone who poses a question which stumps everyone.

13 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:

    What do the following five men of the 19th century all have in common?

    Alexander Hamilton – one of the drafters of the US constitution

    Alexander Pushkin – the great Russian poet

    Evariste Galois – the famous French mathematician

    Ferdinand Lassalle – the German/Jewish socialist philosoper

    Mikhail Lermontov – another Russian poet, the name being familair perhaps because a cruise ship named for him wrecked on our coasts some years ago


  2. rob Hosking says:

    What is the common element between the songs ‘Grandad’ by Clive Dunn; ‘A Walk on the Wild Side’ by Lou Reed, and ‘Good Morning Freedom’ by Blue Mink?


  3. Andrei says:

    Herbie Flowers – Distinctive bass style, I’m an old bass player, still got a double bass but don’t play it anymore, my hands wont left me. Nik, my boy does though from time to time.

    That “walk on the wild side” bass line classic

    Didn’t know about that “Grandad” thing though – Hmmm


  4. Alwyn says:

    I know that Hamilton, Pushkin and Lermontov were all killed in duels.
    I don’t know about the other two but I am willing to wager that they also died that way.


  5. Andrei says:

    You’ld win your bet sigh, too sharp for me today Alwyn


  6. Alwyn says:

    Forbes magazine each year publishes a list of the 400 richest Americans.
    Does anyone know the reason they chose the number 400 as the cut-off point?


  7. JLG says:

    What are the only two countries that are double landlocked (that is, they are landlocked, and all their contiguous neighbours are landlocked, too)?


  8. JLG says:

    I didn’t realise that Lermontov had died in a duel. Thanks for the new knowledge!


  9. JLG says:

    Was it because they had set a certain net-worth threshold and only 400 people surpassed that level when it was first tabulated?


  10. Andrei says:

    Liechtenstein and Uzbekistan


  11. Alwyn says:

    I’ll give you a clue. The reason actually pre-dates the list and in fact pre-dates the original publication of the the magazine.


  12. rob Hosking says:

    Given his performance thus far, I think Andrei should get not just electronic jam but an honorary guest spot on QI.


  13. JLG says:

    I had a feeling you’d know the answers!


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