Tuesday, June 26, 2012

C3. What's the connection?

A. All films directed by Mira Nair. The woman at bottom left is Amelia Earhart, subject of her latest film, 'Amelia' (2009)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

A2. The linked audio clip is a rendition of 'Meglio Stasera' (known in English as 'It Had Better Be Tonight'), a song with music by Henry Mancini, Italian lyrics by Franco Migliacci and English lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It was composed for a 1963 film, in which it was performed by Fran Jeffries (the version you are about to hear). Name the film.

A. 'The Pink Panther' (the original one)

Watch the video here:

Monday, June 18, 2012

B4. This is St. John Lateran's Basilica, the cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome. Who is currently the Bishop whose ecclesiastical seat this is?

A. The Bishop of Rome, which happens to be one of the traditional titles of the Pope, therefore Pope Benedict XVI

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

D3. The ancient Egyptians called this constellation Scarabeus (for the sacred scarab beetle). In Greek mythology, it represented a creature sent by the goddess Hera to distract Hercules while he fought the Lernean Hydra, one of his Twelve Labours. In one version of the story, Hercules kicked it into the sky, where it resides. What is the constellation called in English?

A. Cancer

Saturday, June 9, 2012

F3. With the words, "On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it", what name did Jesus use to refer to the fisherman-apostle originally named Simon?

A. Peter, from the Greek 'petros', meaning 'rock' (the root of 'petroleum' -- rock oil, 'petrified' -- turned to stone, etc). In the original Aramaic, which is what Jesus and his disciples spoke, he called him 'Cephas', also meaning 'rock', which was translated when the story was rendered in Latin (in which it was 'Petrus').

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

G3. In a 1955 article in 'The Economist', this person used the following opening line: "Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion." Name him (just his surname will do, but for brownie points, will appreciate a full name).

A. C. Northcote Parkinson. The statement has come to be known as 'Parkinson's Law'.

Brownie points to Groucho, the only one to get the full name exactly right (Doc M spelt it wrong).

Friday, June 1, 2012

B3. Given below are the main points of this footballer's CV (I have left out the most recent items). Name him.

Born: Santpedor, Catalonia 18/1/71
Position: Midfield
* FC Barcelona 1990-2001
* Brescia Calcio 2001-2002
* AS Roma 2002-2003
* Al-Ahli 2003-2005
* Dorados de Sinaloa 2006

A. Pep Guardiola, who's just departed after a successful coaching stint with his former club, Barcelona (and, before that, its junior team)