Kwizz Gig 3 Solution
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Kwizz Gig 3 Solution

Here is the solution to the quiz which Fizzgig presented in the From the Back Verandah column of Issue 37 (May 2002).

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Here is the solution to Kwizz Gig 3 of Issue 37, May 2003.

1. By what name is Domenicos Theotocopoulus better known?
— El Greco. He was born on Crete, and his Spanish patrons had trouble pronouncing his real name, he gradually became known by his nickname, which means “The Greek”.

2. What is Tommy Flowers remembered for?
— Flowers (1905-98) was the Royal Post Office researcher in electronic telephone transmissions who designed the first programmable computer, the British military code-breaking computer Colossus at Bletchley Park in 1943-4.

3. What makes Enheduanna notable in literary history?
— The daughter of the Akkadian (North Babylonian) king Sargon the Great (c. 2371-2316 BC), Enheduanna is accepted as the world’s first author known by name. She wrote hymns to the goddess Inanna.

4. Two of the most famous men of the 19th century were born February 12, 1809, but an ocean apart. Who were they?
— Lincoln and Darwin.

5. While she was a medical student, author Gertrude Stein became convinced that she had a blood disease. What treatment did she prescribe herself?
— Boxing with a professional. According to a neighbour, the house used to resound to shouts of, “Now give me one in the jaw! Now give me one in the kidney!”

6. What book is believed to contain the longest sentence written in a European language?
— Les Misérables
, by Victor Hugo. The sentence runs over 2.5 pages and consists of 823 words, with 93 commas, 52 semicolons and four dashes.

7. What inspired Sergei Prokofiev to compose Peter and the Wolf?
— The Walt Disney film Fantasia. In fact he composed Peter and the Wolf for Disney.

8. Although Samuel Morse invented the Morse Code, he did not actually invent the telegraph. Who did?
— The physicist and scientific administrator Joseph Henry (1797-1878). He sued Morse for stealing his patent, and won.

9. Which of the following composers suffered from syphilis: Frederick Delius, Gaetano Donizetti, Scott Joplin, Niccolò Paganini, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Bedrich Smetana?
— All of them.

10. What is the literary significance of madeleine cakes?
— It was the taste of some madeleine cakes evoking memories in the mind of Marcel Proust that prompted him to write his 13-volume, 1.25 million word masterpiece À la Recherche du Temps Perdu.

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