Diamond Jubilee Quiz

Posted: April 18, 2012 in Quiz

Events, dear people, events have blown my blogging off course, and even marooned my reading in a dark place.

But I have returned hopefully with something that will interest and amuse. 2012 is the year of the Olympics [more on that in a future post] and also of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Therefore to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth I have constructed a Jubilee Quiz to test your crime fiction knowledge with  a book prize to the winner.

I think the Queen, whose birthday is on the 21st April, does a fantastic job, and although her potential successor does not impress, the idea of a President Blair, or President Kinnock, or even a President Bercow is horrifying enough to turn me into a monarchist.

The Queen has reigned for 60 years, so there are 6 questions with 10 marks each. Your answers should be sent to thbear08@googlemail.com and the closing date for entries is 1 May, 2012. Here we go:

1] What is the “Royal” connection with an Old  Brownstone House at West Thirty-Fifth Street ?

2] Where is the “Queen of Watering Places”?

3] How Royal are Daniel Nathan and Emanuel Lepofsky?

4] Who did Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein employ, and what is the Royal connection?

5] How are a Cornish Duchess and a Frozen Princess linked?

6] Which novel features an assassination attempt on a Crown Prince, and a criminal known as the Prince?

Good luck. 

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Norman – So nice to have you back :-). And with a fiendish quiz, too, no less! Thanks for putting this together.

  2. kathy d. says:

    Fiendish is right. Will have to figure this one out, although no monarchist am I, considering that my homeland fought a war of independence awhile ago.

  3. Sarah says:

    I can do number 5 off the top of my head. All the rest, hmmm, I need a bit more time.

  4. Maxine says:

    Welcome back, Norman. I, too, can do 5. (One could also ask how a Cornish princess is linked with a Danish superheroine?). The rest….oh dear 😉

  5. Norman Price says:

    Thanks Margot; it is nice to be back even though I am finding it hard to concentrate.

    Kathy, politicians in the UK are such clowns that many people still believe a monarchy is the the better choice than an elected politician as head of state. The choice offered to voters between Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone for Mayor of London, and the election by MPs of John Bercow as Speaker of the House of Commons are examples of the limitations of democracy. At least you knew where you were with Louis XIV. 😉

    Sarah, I needed six questions for sixty years and my brain was faltering a bit so number 5 was a perhaps more straightforward.

    Thanks Maxine. I got that one wooly jumpers and burnt cakes. 😉

  6. Great to see you back, Norm! Like Sarah and Maxine I too have the answer to 5 off the top of my head. But, as they say, the rest? Oh dear…

  7. Norman Price says:

    Thanks Rhian. That number 5 slipped in because of the book I am reading now, a blend of nappies and Nazis. 😉

  8. kathy d. says:

    Nappies and Nazis? What an interesting combination. That could be a parent with an infant who is studying WW2 history or whose investigation goes back to WWII or a new parent during WWII.

    I could say — as someone from the States — that funds that go to the monarchy and all of the trappings and privileges, say, a recent wedding that cost tens of millions of dollars — could go for health and dental care, education, jobs, housing and pension benefits, etc.

    But we’re dealing with our own problems over here, as the discussion re-emerges about cuts to pension and medical programs which people paid for during their working years, called “earned benefits.” Now more people are going without medical care (forget dental care, just read that 1/3 of people over 65 here don’t have their own teeth!), debt collectors are coming into emergency rooms and ready to invade labor and delivery rooms to demand payment of old bills before treating, say a heart attack or a birth.

    Yet profits are at record levels with the “jobless” recovery. Food programs are also on the chopping block; this includes 16 million children affected.

    So I read my way through this, the only escape.

  9. Norman Price says:

    Kathy, we couldn’t afford the Royal Wedding and we certainly can’t afford the Olympics. These are bread and circuses for the masses, while there are cuts in social services for the elderly and the vulnerable.

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