Attempt the Royal Statistical Society Christmas quiz

For the past 21 years, the newsletter of Royal Statistical Society has published a fiendish Christmas quiz for its members.

To efficiently tackle the quiz you’ll need to have a mixture of general knowledge, logic and lateral thinking. No specialist mathematical expertise is essential. Are you up to the activity?

The 2014 edition of this yearly challenge appears beneath for information blog readers. A year’s subscription to Significance magazine is on supply to the reader submitting the highest scoring entry ahead of the competitors closes.

Solutions need to be sent by e-mail to rssquiz@rss.org.united kingdom by 18.00 GMT, Wednesday 7 January.

An explanation of your solution is needed for some inquiries to receive complete marks. The quiz editor’s selection is final and in the case of a tie an extra tie-breaker question may be utilised.

So right here goes – and ideal of luck to all people brave sufficient to tackle it! We will publish the solutions on the Datablog in January.

Much more information about the Royal Statistical Society can be found right here.

one. Setting the scene (12 points)

In entire or in element, which works are set on, in or at:

  • (a) A ship at sea The Palace of Theseus An open spot The guard-platform of the castle
  • (b) Antwerp, c. 925 Thuringia, c. 1200 Rome, c. 1350 Gothic Spain, at an unspecified time
  • (c) A Leicestershire castle, c. 1194 A Warwickshire castle, c. 1575 ‘A large and antiquated edifice’ in Northumberland, c. 1715 Prestonpans, 1745

2. Groups (six points)

As of December 2014, which groups comprise:

  • (a) Three royals, 5 lords, a baroness, two prime ministers, two historians, a mathematician, a naturalist, a surgeon, two other scientists, an artist, an art historian, a playwright, a classicist, a conductor and an net pioneer
  • (b) NC, VC, ED, DA, AC, and 17 blues
  • (c) 45 of one particular, 53 of yet another, and two who belong to neither?

three. Coordinates (five factors)

What seem, in sequence, at

(2,1), (1,5), (one,3), (two,3), (3,3), (2,4), …, (one,2), (three,6), (one,1)?

four. Calendar (12 points)

In 2014, what was won:

  • In January, five-, for the 2nd time in seven years?
  • In February, by the hosts, with 13 out of 33?
  • In March, by the Lord of the Lake, by a narrow margin?
  • In April, by Charles Smith’s namesake, by three?
  • In Could, by two Welshmen, at about the same time, 7 days apart?
  • In June, by a Czech and a Serb, every for the 2nd time?
  • In July, generally, by a shark?
  • In August, in Switzerland, by a Dutch woman at the double?
  • In September, when 12 stars beat 13 stripes?
  • In October, when Morse aided the SFG beat the KCR?
  • In November, by 67, after the 11th of 19?
  • In December, by the very best of Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand and Spain?

five. British Studio (ten factors)

Each and every of the 9 names in the listing under consists of one mistake. Appropriate them, and with the help of the title, make clear what they signify. Which one particular of the nine is represented by the corrections, study in buy?

  • Mama C
  • Will Bourn
  • Lambrini
  • Eric Roget
  • Billy Wu
  • Rik Shaw
  • W Loman
  • Alexa Ponnet
  • Paul Lea

6. ALW (6 points)

Determine the following.

  • (a) 1968: ADWD, CED
  • (b) 1970: HOTM, IDKHTLH
  • (c) 1976: ASIAH, DCFMA
  • (d) 1981: TSOTJ, M
  • (e) 1986: TMOTN, AIAOY
  • (f) 1989: LCE, ABL

7. Meetings (6 points)

Describe the diagram.

eight. Lambrinis (9 factors)

What do the following have in common?

  • Henry Williamson’s greatest-identified creation
  • One of James Herbert’s 1st
  • Two in ‘Wind in the Willows’
  • Michael’s Amy
  • 1 who ran ‘like a ripple of wind’
  • A hairy pig that laughs, and yet another of the exact same loved ones
  • A close relative of the llama
  • Gazza in Italy

9. Capital Name Poser (four factors)

Mali, Comoros, Togo and Senegal, and their capitals, share a specific house that is distinctive amongst the countries of Africa. What is it, and which two South American countries share the very same home?

ten. Farewell (10 points)

Identify the following, who all bade farewell in 2014.

  • The portrayer of TS Individuals (2005)
  • The brother of one of 2 (a)
  • One particular who named Rodney ‘Dave’
  • Richard, who was Richard, as in 8
  • Robert, who was Mario, as in 8
  • Joan Collins, Henry VIII, a man from St Ives, …?
  • An American Gangster’s mother
  • A guy who twice appeared, villainously, as a shark
  • The one who Married a Millionaire
  • ‘The Ugly’

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