Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Here are the answers to the September MiniQuiz number 8.

Questions and Answers:

1] Which crime writer wrote "As a man gets older, if he knows what is good for him, the women he likes are getting older, too. The trouble is that most of them are married. " A bonus mark for getting the book.

Those words of wisdom had to come from one of the hard boiled great writers, and this was:

Ross MacDonald: The Zebra Striped Hearse 1962

2] How might a member of a low Indian caste help you find the connection between a large timepiece and an impossible exit ?

More tricky but a low Indian caste is an Untouchable, a recent film version of The Untouchables starred Kevin Costner.
Kevin Costner also starred in No Way Out, which was based on Kenneth Fearing's novel The Big Clock.

3] Can you view the dark resonance and deliver the answer that nominally links an assassinated president, a biblical brother and an English painter ?

Almost every word provides a clue.
View it is a movie. Dark-it is a noir film. Resonance-ring. Deliver- who delivers, the postman.

Nominally- it is the names that are important.

The assassinated president is not Abraham Lincoln but James Garfield, the biblical brother is Cain, and of course the English painter is J.W.Turner.

Their names are all linked in the 1946 film noir The Postman Always Rings Twice starring Lana Turner, and John Garfield, based on the novel by James M. Cain.

I thought that was rather neat, or fiendish if you prefer.

Congratulations to the two joint champions, both from the USA [Texas and Virginia], and the two joint runners up from Denmark and Scotland.
You were all brilliant and very impressively kept going over such a long period.
I will be in contact to arrange your prizes.

Next month a short quiz with a book prize and then in November a longer Winter Festivals Quiz to keep those little grey cells glowing until January 2010.


Blogger Dorte H said...

Well, I was not that far off on question two then.

Congratulations to the Americans, and Norman, it has been fun!

8:09 AM  
Blogger iasa said...

It was neat-o-bandito you little devil.

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well-done!!! This was a brilliant quiz.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I would never have got that (2) (or any of them, even though I am v fond of Ross McD) - but that movie of No Way Out with Kevin Costner- I was just transfixed. That scene with him in the boat with Sean what's her name. Kevin C- pure beauty. I was awestruck throughout the whole thing and totally missed all the plot. Had to go out and buy the video after the end of the cinema version....

12:41 PM  

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