Monday, April 30, 2012

D1. Initially, this medium of communication was referred to as 'wireless telegraphy', which is why the British call it what they do, as opposed to the term more commonly used in the US, India and most parts of the world. This term eventually derives from a Latin word that means, among other things, 'spoke in a wheel', 'beam of light' or 'ray'. What's the common term we refer to it by?

A. Radio (the British tended to call it the wireless). The Latin root is 'radius'

Thursday, April 26, 2012

F1. Across most of Europe, it's called a 'smoking'. In France for example, the two varieties -- distinguished by collar type -- are referred to as 'le smoking Deauville' and 'le smoking Capri'. It rose to respectability in Britain after it was worn to informal parties in the 1880s by the then Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII). The Prince introduced it to a guest of his, the American millionaire James Potter. Potter then wore it at parties at the elite club housed in the buildings in the picture. As a result, in America, it got its name from the name of this club. What do they call it there?

A. A tuxedo

Sunday, April 22, 2012

A1. Called "the Marco Polo of neuroscience" by Richard Dawkins, he writes regularly on "Illusions" in the magazine shown here. Who?

A. Vilayanur S. Ramachandran

Monday, April 16, 2012

E1. What might you do to a painting, a volume on a computer's hard disk, a telescope or a horse without offending your significant other?

A. Mount it. 

Got all kinds of funny answers -- how do you partition a horse, or defrag a painting?!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

G1. The word 'catamite', reasonably popular in the Victorian era but now considered archaic, refers to a young man or boy kept by a man for sexual purposes. The word derives from the Latin form of the name of the young man seen being 'pursued' by Zeus in this depiction of a Greek myth. What's his name?

Clarification: I'm looking for the original Greek name.

A. Ganymede

Saturday, April 7, 2012

C1. Identify the man on the right in this photo, whose diary jottings led to a 1998 short story collection titled 'Of No Fixed Address'.

A. Kaizad Gustad

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

B1. This picture from the early 1970s shows the Director of Sports Timing and Relations of Longines SA. In this part of his career, he had also been General Secretary of the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation and was involved in the organisation of the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games. Name the man.

Hint: In his more recent avatar, he has  been one to stir up controversy, for example by suggesting that female football players should wear tighter shorts to appear more attractive to men, that Latin American countries would 'applaud' John Terry for having an extramarital affair, that homosexuals should 'refrain from any sexual activity' while attending the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and that on-field racism could be corrected with a 'handshake'.

A. Sepp Blatter