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Low turnout. Wonder where everyone is. Here go the answers


1. ____ is a generic term used for something that started as a knee-jerk reaction against the excessive use of reason and rationale in the political, aristocratic and social norms imposed by the Age of Enlightenment. It stressed a strong emphasis on emotions such as trepidation, horror and awe imposed by nature leading to an aesthetic experience of the same.

# Romanticism. Primary proponents of which were poets such as Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

2. The walled city of Cochester, Britain belonging to the King’s Royalists was laid under siege during the British Civil War of 1648. A massive cannon was strategically placed on the city’s wall. On July 15th 1648, the Royalist fort was blown to pieces and this massive cannon was destroyed. The Royalists attempted to raise the cannon on to another part of the wall but because it was so heavy, they failed to do so. The whole incident was immortalized in English literature in a rather humorous way. What?

# Humpty Dumpty - the rhyme that immortalized the canon.

3. George Shelvocke, like many others of his time, commanded a non-government ship authorized by the British Empire through letters of marque to attack foreign shipping. In 1719, while attacking enemy vessels and plundering them, Shelvocke and his crew circumnavigated the globe via the coast of South America as far up as California, later crossing over to China seas and returning to England by land. He was later arrested on charge of “piracy” and acquitted shortly thereafter. What were his class of sailors called?

# Privateers/Privateering - the term used for sailors authorized by the government to indulge in piracy.

4. Alexander is credited with having introduced it to India and Persia in 330 B.C. Persian physicians document its use in the treatment of migraine headache, sciatica and other painful ailments. Sometime in 400 A.D., it was introduced into China. In 1799, the Chinese empire issued the following decree: "__ is a harm, it is a poison, undermining our good customs and morality and its use is prohibited by law. Now the commoner Yang dares to bring it into the Forbidden City."

# Opium

5. A single word/name connects the following pictures.

Pic 1 is the RAF logo that in its original(not its present form) linked up to the final word.
Pic 2 is of an aircraft whose name directly links up to the word.
Pic 3 is a Greek character who lends his name to a category associated with the word.


# Albatross is the connect.

Pic 1 - The RAF logo was originally designed to have the albatross on it, but was modified later to incorporate the eagle.
Pic 2 - is the Albatross aircraft.
Pic 3 is Diomedes from Greek mythology. Diomedeidae is the biological name for the albatross family.

6. Musical connect. Fairly straightforward.


# Iron Maiden. All the pics are names of Iron Maiden songs - Flight of Icarus, Where Eagles Dare, Lord of the Flies, Children of the Damned and Alexander the Great.

The theme (as I deemed fit) is "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by S T Coleridge. Partial points awarded if you mentioned Coleridge.

Q1 links up to Coleridge directly.
Q2 is semantic in a sense. Humpty Dumpty is a nursery rhyme and links up to "Rime" as such.
Q3 is a direct connect. Shelvocke wrote a treatise on his travels around the world as a privateer reading which Wordsworth advised his good friend Coleridge to compose a poem on the subject matter.
Q4 links up to Coleridge and his opium-driven writings.
Q5 links to the poem directly. The mariner in the poem shoots an albatross.
Q6 - Iron Maiden composed the operatic "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" for their "Powerslave" album, the song being inspired by Coleridge's poem.


1. In 1846, at the end of the Mexican-American war US marines acquired a significant part of California and raised the American flag in what is now called Old Town. At that time, the Marine Corps Station was part of an enormous rancho. Sometime in 1890, newspaper publisher Edward Scripps renamed the area to ___, which loosely translated means "view of the sea". Between 1917 and 1937, Charles Lindbergh used it to practice tricky landings and take-offs. During the 1940s it became a permanent military location. In 1986 the base came into public spotlight for entirely non-military reasons, making it is a favorite tourist attraction. What is the popular name for this base?

#Miramar, the airforce base near San Diego. The movie "Top Gun" was filmed here and made the place famous.

2. Tzaraath is an affliction/group of afflictions commonly mentioned in the Tanach and other Jewish sources. Biblical descriptions imply that it would afflict clothes and houses in addition to the person. Symptoms included the whitening of skin over the whole body with sores, patches on the skin and spots which are reddish-white. The infected were often characterized as spiritually impure, reside in isolation and beg for redemption as Tzaraath was a punishment for sin. Tzaraath is commonly misinterpreted by several Biblical translations to be another common disease, one who's major symptoms are not observed in Tzaraath. Which disease?

# Leprosy

3. Established in 1902 by James Lansdowne ____ , the company was known for making fast street racers and had a long series of wins. In 1913, the company filed for bankruptcy before business revived when James combined with Bob Shelley and they developed the BS 490 cc bike for races. In 1930s, the company became a household racing name in Britain and produced models such as The Featherbed and CS1. The company still survives today under the famous name and is contemplating venturing into other markets.

#Norton of Norton bikes fame

4. Originally meaning 'Old Peak' in Quechua language, it was discovered in 1911 by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham and is considered one of the most enigmatic sites in the world. Two thousand feet above the Urumba river, the place functioned as a city and served additional purposes as an astronomical laboratory with stone pillars/carvings found to be precise to the point of accurately indicating the date of the two equinoxes and other significant celestial periods. A smallpox outbreak is purported to have emptied the city of its last residents.

#Macchu Picchu.

5. Connect the following album art covers. Specifically looking for the name of a person.


# Jim Fitzpatrick - all of these were album covers designed by the famous Irish artist.

6. Born in a 1920s wealthy Italian family under a fascist regime, he was deeply influenced by proletarian beliefs early on after observing the plight of poor peasants and workers. A brief stint in politics followed with the Communist Party of Italy before he established his own publishing house. Among the first publications was an autobiography of Jawaharlal Nehru before his 1950s success of accidentally stumbling upon and later smuggling a manuscript of Pasternak's 'Doctor Zhivago' out of communist Russia efore publishing it for capitalist readership. A career of terrorist activity followed before he was found dead at the foot of an electricity pylon near Milan, apparently killed by his own explosives. Who?

#Giangiacomo Feltrinelli. A little more on this forgotten man when I get to the connect.

7. He sued a vodka company in 2000 for reasons expressed as follows:
"As a supporter of the ideals for which ___ died, I am not averse to its reproduction by those who wish to propagate his memory and the cause of justice throughout the world, But I am categorically against the exploitation of it for the promotion of products such as alcohol, or for any purpose that denigrates __'s reputation. "

He won an out of court settlement for the lawsuit of about $50,000 which he donated to his country’s medical system saying "___ would have done the same." Famous for reasons closely associated with the above incident. Who?

#Alberto Korda - the photographer who gave us the famous B/W photo of Che Guevara. Korda was not given his due for the photo, until much later.

Theme, as is obvious after Q7 is Che Guevara and the Motorcycle Diaries.

Q1 links up to Miramar Beach, Argentina where Guevara and Grenado stopped on their trip.
Q2 links up to the leper colony where Guevara and Grenado served for a while
and where Guevara had his 'enlightenment' to serve the revolution!
Q3 links to the Norton 500 - La Pedorosa - the breakdown bike on which the two finished parts of their road trip.
Q4 is a spot the two stopped around on their bike ride.
Q5, Q6 and Q7 link up to Che Guevara in a slightly complex way. Story goes that Korda originally took pictures of Castro and Che at a gathering. Che's picture was overlooked by Korda's employers. Sometime later (and probably around the time Che was killed), Feltrinelli met Korda and on being shown Che's picture bought it for a handsome amount and began distributing the photo in Europe and elsewhere - where it became a symbol of Che's thoughts and ideals. Jim Fitzpatrick picked up Korda's photo and colorized it - creating the now iconic red/black image of Che, that later inspired guys like Warhol and co. to use it for public advertising.

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Thanks to all who attempted. Will post some dry/static visual questions over the week.

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