asisaid Challenge Remix

By Tim Butler | Posted at 23:49

OK, so the last asisaid Challenge ended in a fizzle. Kevin was way ahead, but didn't actually want to win and I got busy and didn't have time to assemble new questions. Flip was the second highest in score, and she is no longer reading blogs, as far as I know. So, here's your chance to start and make a name for yourself as an amazing Challenge question answerer.

Here's why you'll want to participate: prizes! The winner will get a new, really nice hosting account prepaid for six months from my company, and either a free domain name for one year (registered via or a $10 iTunes Store gift card. No purchase necessary, purchase will not increase chances of winning, void where prohibited.

Let's start off with two questions. The rules are simple: (1) I must either know you from elsewhere or you must be a regular commenter on asisaid as of today to participate. (2) You are on your honor not to use Google or other online search tools to come up with answers to these questions. The questions are meant to be a challenge, but Google, et al., make a challenge not much of one. No Google, no Live Search, no Yahoo, no Amazon. (3) I reserve the right to remove a participant at my sole discretion. Got it? OK, let's get started.

The winner will be the person who accumulates 250 points or has the most points when I decide to end the challenge.

Easy Question (2pts)
What notable government figure of recent times was ten days short of setting a record as the longest lasting occupant of his or her office?

Intermediate Question (5 pts)
What notable issue of Christian doctrine did St. Nicholas participate in a major debate about and where was the debate?

Hard Question (20 pts)
Who wrote the following quote and what work does it belong to? And, for 2 extra points, what is the title of that part of the work? For 3 more bonus points, tell the background about the work.

April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

Happy challenging!

Re: asisaid Challenge Remix

Well I don't have a clue on even the easiest one. :shock:

Posted by Christopher - Dec 17, 2006 | 19:51

Re: asisaid Challenge Remix

Yeah right.

Politics = Don't follow it.
Lit = Never studied it.
History = Why spend time remembering it when as they say, “History repeats itself” so all you have to do is wait for it too occur again and you can see it live.

Good Nights folks you've been great, I'll be hear all week. Don't forget to tip your waitresses.


Posted by Mark - Dec 18, 2006 | 1:42

Re: asisaid Challenge Remix

Hmm… if no one has any ideas by tomorrow, I'll offer a hint — at least on the easiest one. I thought it'd be easy, but maybe I picked to obscure of fact.

Mark: The service has been pretty bad around here, must I still tip my waitress? :roll:

Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Dec 18, 2006 | 4:48

Re: asisaid Challenge Remix

Let me take a stab at the hard one - TS Eliot?

Concerning WW I ?

Posted by Mike O - Dec 18, 2006 | 5:00

Re: asisaid Challenge Remix

Easy: What!? That's the easy one? Yikes!

Medium: I cry foul! Not much is truly known about St. Nicholas. There's just no documented proof of his existence. Just a lot of legend. He was problably the bishop of Myra (in present day Turkey) sometime in the 300s, but again, all we have is legend until about 500 years after his death (I can't remember the name of the author).

He is supposed to have participated in the Council of Nicea specifically debated the Arian heresy. But the council is well recorded and no mention if Nicholas is mentioned.

Hard: Um…. sure.

Posted by Jason P. Franklin - Dec 18, 2006 | 16:31

Re: asisaid Challenge Remix

Well, I might not be American so this is a bit of a stab in the dark, but I shall guess Donald Rumsfeld for the easy question.

Posted by Dave - Dec 18, 2006 | 17:34


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