Tuesday, June 09, 2009


The June Miniquiz Number 5 was obviously too fiendish and convoluted because I received only one correct answer and only one three quarter correct answer. Never mind with five more mini quizzes to go before the champion is crowned and with more marks at stake in the next few rounds everyone still has a chance.


Where is the town originally called New Liverpool and what is the connection with a British Prime minister and a poker hand?

New Liverpool in North Carolina was renamed Wilmington in honour of Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington and Prime Minister in 1742. 

The poker hand was the tricky part, but Wilmington NC is on the Cape Fear River. Two well known films named Cape Fear [the latest starring Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte and Jessica Lange and directed by Martin Scorcese] have been made based on the book The Executioners by John D MacDonald. 

In the words of Carl Hiaasen:

I was born and raised near Bahia Mar, the Fort Lauderdaleyacht basin where Travis McGee moored his poker prize houseboat, the Busted Flush.
Slip F-18, as every true fan of John D MacDonald knows.

Wilmington NC, Cape Fear River, Cape Fear Film, The Executioners, John D MacDonald, Travis McGee, the Busted Flush, Poker. Six degrees of separation?  

[photograph shows the Cape Fear River at Wilmington NC. There will be another easier quiz next month]


Blogger iasa said...

Ah fiendish!

7:27 AM  

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