keeping with our predisposition towards gentle enthusiasm, acute
quirkiness and uncompromising obscurantism, I thought this column might
start the new Bikwil year with a quiz.
no prizes offered — which may be just as well, since some
questions are extraordinarily easier asked than answered.
Nevertheless, as much correspondence, electronic or
paper-based, will be entered into as you care to generate
(e.g. appealing for clues).
said, see how many answers you can dig up.
to . . .
Kwizz Gig 1
1. What was the stage name of John Simon Ritchie?
2. Whose funeral took place in a medical school and
consisted of a eulogy followed by the dissection of the corpse?
3. Which political exile lived for a short time with the
painter Diego Rivera?
4. For what is Muhammed edh-Dibh best known?
5. Whose dead body was identified by a volume of Keats in
his coat pocket?
6. Whom did Gandhi call “the highest moral authority” on
account of his religious tracts promoting peace through non-resistance?
7. Which literary figure once arrived in America
proclaiming, “I have come to continue my search for naked women in wet
8. Name the lawyer and unsuccessful U.S. Presidential
candidate who was described by H.L. Mencken in these words: “He was born
with a roaring voice, and it had the trick of inflaming half-wits.”
9. Concerning his work it was asked, “Where
are their feet?” Who was he?
10. Whose embalmed head was kept for 29 years by his widow
in a red leather bag?