The Gate        JON CARROLL -- The 15th Annual Xmas Quiz Answers
Friday, December 26, 1997
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YOU'VE HAD 24 fun-filled hours to wrestle with the questions. The agony is over; here now the answers:

1. What they have in common is seven. Palatine is one of the seven hills of Rome, Indian is one of the seven seas, Happy is one of the seven dwarfs, Anger is one of the seven deadly sins and Pharos is the official name of the Lighthouse at Alexandria, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

2. The equator passes through Indonesia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Congo, the other Congo, Gabon, Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador. Extra credit for Sao Tome and Principe, although really that's just showing off.

3. Trick question, and a Lewis Carroll trick at that. ``NEW DOOR'' does indeed anagram to ``one word.''

4. Virginia Stephen is the birth name of Virginia Woolf.

5. In order: Colette (1954), Einstein (1955), Braque (1963), Guthrie (1967), Eisenhower (1969), Forster (1970), Christie (1976).

6. Coronado comes from Los Quatro Martires Coronados, the Four Crowned Martyrs, on whose feast day the island was discovered. It has nothing to do with the explorer Coronado.

7. Murray Faulkner, brother of William Faulkner, helped kill John Dillinger. Dillinger was famous in folk legend for the size of his male member, and many touring side shows offered exclusive viewings -- adults only -- of what purported to be the severed organ.

8. Dudley Do-Right's horse was called ``Horse.''

9. The rinceau, the splat, the cockleshell and the palmette are all parts of an armchair.

10. THEY'RE ALL THE same number, sort of. 100 is 100 base 10, 121 base 9, 144 base 8, and so forth.

11. Naturally, ``The Leader of the Pack,'' in which the Shangri-Las met Mr. Bad Boy at the candy store. Also, ``The Stroll,'' in which the Diamonds wanted to stroll to the candy store, and ``Ballad of a Teenage Queen,'' in which Johnny Cash's royal sweetie worked at . . . well, you know.

12. To quote from John McPhee: ``If by some fiat I had to restrict all my (geologic) writing to one sentence, this is the one I would choose: The summit of Mt. Everest is marine limestone.''

13. Shakespearean plays with women in their titles: ``Romeo and Juliet,'' ``Antony and Cleopatra,'' ``Troilus and Cressida.'' I also said ``Macbeth,'' because who's to say which one is intended, but I was told to pipe down.

14. The Harrison Ford movie is ``The Mosquito Coast''; the Tom Hanks vehicle is ``The Money Pit''; the Audrey Hepburn film is ``Breakfast at Tiffany's,'' which is where the song ``Moon River'' comes from.


Lieberkuhn is in the small intestine. It has no historical significance. Oh, stop booing.

16. The French fiction writer most widely translated into other languages is Jules Verne.

17. The very famous, the very fabulous Seventh Amendment begins: ``In suits at common law, where the value at controversy shall exceed $20, the right of a trial by jury shall be preserved. . . .''

18. Julius (Groucho), Arthur (Harpo) and Leonard (Chico) are the Marx Brothers; Phineas, Franklin and Freddie are the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers; Jesus, Mateo and Felipe are the baseball-playing Alou brothers; and Woodson and Alexander were better known as Jesse and Frank, those bank-robbin' James brothers.

19. The most likely malady to be suffered at the South Pole by new arrivals is altitude sickness -- the pole is 9,370 feet above sea level.

20. The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind; the answer is

The ``splat'' is part of the back, and is located beneath the optional palmette.

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