Challenge Set #9

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 4:46 AM

It is time for the Challenge to return. However, I have decide to update the rules. You still cannot use Google or another general web search engine to do research and so on. The big change is that I am no longer going to limit the Challenge to one winner. I may substitute, at my discretion, a different prize of a similar value for the next winner after the first one, but there is no reason to give up if you are behind. Keep at it and you too will eventually get a prize. (Well, I'm not promising unlimited prizes, but you know what I mean.). Additionally, Kevin has said he does not want the initial prize, so don't let his 215 points discourage you.

If you are new to the game since it last occurred, I highly recommend you read the information on the aformentioned link so that you can understand exactly how this works and so on.

Kevin: 215 (up from 190 on February 13)
Flip: 105 (up from 70 on February 13) — earned points from “Photo Game” (here, here)
Christopher: 70
Jason: 35
Josiah: 30
Eduardo: 20
Ed: 10
Chris (answering vicariously for his wife): 10

Note: I've placed the answers to the previous, still pending questions on the permalink/comment page for this entry (just incase anyone here has been up at night wondering what the answers were).

New Questions

9.1) Who is the current president or prime minister of Romania? Explain the basic connection between those two offices (5 pts. for each of the three things you can answer here).

9.2) Who wrote this and where? Is this the author's thought or that of a persona? (10 pts.)
I shall tell you. We have killed him - you and I. We are his murderers. But how have we done this? How were we able to drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon? What did we do when we unchained the earth from its sun? Whither is it moving now? Whither are we moving now? Away from all suns? Are we not perpetually falling? Backward, sideward, forward, in all directions? Is there any up or down left? Are we not straying as through an infinite nothing?

9.3) What is happening at 6:00 PM, 13 days from now (presently, it is April 16). (5 pts.)

9.4) What happened on this day (again April 16) in 1178 B.C. that may have been of interest to Homer? (15 pts.)

9.5) What bill has made it to the President's desk in recent days that has the support of retailers and is hated by some consumer advocates? (5 pts.)

House Cleaning
Let's answer the unfinished questions of the past:

7.4.) Who was the one clergyman to sign the U.S. Constitution? What was his affiliation? (5 pts.) Whoops, I should have asked for a signer of the Declaration of Independence instead. The answer then would be John Witherspoon, who was president of what is now Princeton University for a time.

7.5.) What are the two parts of AT&T, other than Baby Bells, that will be reunited if the SBC-AT&T merger is approved by regulatory agencies? What makes this merger such an interesting contrast to AT&T's 1998 acquisition of Tele-Communications Inc. (TCI)? (10 5 pts.) If you check the numbers, AT&T paid sizably more for the upstart TCI than SBC is paying for the telephone company, Ma Bell, just a few years later.

8.1.) Who wrote/spoke the following and, if applicable, what is it? What other thing — I'm being intentionally vague here — derives its name from a phrase within here? (10 pts.)
Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all convictions, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
The answer here is William Butler Yeats (notice the connection to my name) and it is a poem entitled The Second Coming. Kevin guessed Achebe's Things Fall Apart for the latter part of the question, which is exactly what I was shooting for.

8.3.) Name the ties of the apostate UCC denomination to the Puritans and eighteenth century Methodists. (10 pts.) BONUS: Link it to the German Pietists as well for 5 pts. The Congregational Christian church resulted from the merger of a part of the eighteen century Christian movement (which in turn came from Methodist/Revival influence) and the Congregational Church, the church of the Pilgrims. This new church merged with the Evangelical and Reformed church, which traces part of its roots back to the German Pietists that settled in Missouri and elsewhere.

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5 comments posted so far.

Re: Challenge Set #9

7.4) Aha! I knew I was missing something basic. I was looking at the wrong document. :)

9.1) I know the answer to this, as a goof friend of mine is leaving soon for long term missions in Romania and we’ve been studying up, but I’ll leave it for someone else.

9.3) I don’t know about anyone else, but in 13 days at 6pm, I’ll be waiting in line for Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. :D

Posted by kevin - Apr 17, 2005 | 6:17 PM- Location: Milwaukie, OR

Re: Challenge Set #9

I had that many points? I’ve got to update my page…

9.1 Basescu was the president last time I checked and Tariceanu was prime minister. I haven’t followed the news lately, so if there’s been a coup d’etat or something, I won’t know about it :???:

9.2 Are the words of Nietzsche’s madman, if I’m not mistaken

9.3 Hmm… You turn another year, perhaps? :mrgreen: (Else, I have no idea.)

9.4 Since you refer to a date, you probably mean the total solar eclipse in 1178, which Homer mentions, but I can’t remember if it was in the Illiad or the Odyssey :???:

And may I add that I’m very grateful that you finally gave us the answers to the remains of the former challenges! [finally, sleep!] :shock:

Posted by Flip - Apr 17, 2005 | 7:29 PM- Location: Sweden

Re: Challenge Set #9

Kevin: Sorry about 7.4, that did make it a bit of a challenge. :oops: I wasn’t thinking of Hitchhikers… is that opening at 6 PM on that day?

Flip: Yup, you have that many points — your site reflects your score, I believe, from two challenge sets ago. Since then you answered 15 pts. of additional questions and received 30 pts. in the photo game.

9.1 is right — no coup has occurred as far as I know. Although someone from Romania did attack my server today, oddly enough. 9.2 is correct — you’re amazing, Flip! 9.3 is a good guess but not correct. 9.4 is correct and comes from the Illiad, I believe.

I’m glad you can finally sleep! :)

Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Apr 18, 2005 | 1:30 AM- Location: MO

Re: Challenge Set #9

Hitchhiker’s opens the 29th, but I’m sure there will be showings earlier in the day. :)

Posted by kevin - Apr 18, 2005 | 3:02 AM- Location: Milwaukie, OR

Re: Challenge Set #9

9.2 was mere luck, actually… Since your posts inspired me, I’m still reading a lot about Christian theology which kind of lead me in to a bit of Nietzsche too. And I think the text you cited was included in a biography I read about him some years ago. :smile:

The answer to 9.4 I encountered during my Homerian/astronomy period (right after my Inka/Aztek period - the obvious link is Hergé’s TinTin, of course, because he takes advantage of a solar eclipse in the book where TinTin is captured by the Inkas, so that made me read about solar eclipses, which is when I saw the reference to Homer, which made me remember the reference when I finally read the Illiad and the Oddyssey). What can I say - useless facts seem to stick, somehow :roll:

Posted by Flip - Apr 18, 2005 | 10:26 AM- Location: Sweden

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