A Great Miracle Happened There

by Kieran Healy on December 23, 2005

It’s that time of the year again: the “King William College General Knowledge Paper”:http://www.kwc.sch.im/gkp.html has arrived. It’s the kind of quiz that exists at a point just (or far) beyond the production possibility frontier of a space defined by your fondness for crossword-puzzles and your stock of cultural capital. If previous years are anything to go by it’s designed to be google-proof, but you’re in with a shot if you can guess the theme that unites all the questions in each section. Have at it. (The Great Miracle, incidentally, is scoring more than, say, 20 points.)



Tim Worstall 12.24.05 at 8:59 am

9.9 I think I have a clue about.

The rest? Arrrgh!


neil 12.24.05 at 9:02 am

I got 7.9, so it’s probably the easiest one…


Anne 12.24.05 at 11:40 am

Are the questions getting more dificult or am I losing it? I’ve got the connections for sections 9 and 10 – I think.


dave heasman 12.24.05 at 12:36 pm

Section 8 looks doable. Debo and Peason together.


Wendy 12.24.05 at 2:07 pm

17.1-10 are Sherlock Holmes related, I think.


ben wolfson 12.24.05 at 2:24 pm

Section six is not that difficult.


g 12.24.05 at 4:21 pm

It’s not all googleproof, though one has to use a bit of imagination here and there.


dr ngo 12.25.05 at 2:41 am

Definitely not Google-proof: we (my wife, my son and I) got only about a dozen “legitimately,” but were able with the aid of Google, to come up with another forty or so. Of course some of this has to be “smart Googling,” i.e., guessing what to google for or, conversely, using Google for an initial clue or definition that then leads back to a wrinkle in one’s own knowledge.

Meanwhile, Merry Christmas to All who celebrate it, and appropriate Seasonal Greetings to the rest of you.


Richard Bellamy 12.25.05 at 9:15 pm

“I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know.”

— Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi.


Nick 12.26.05 at 9:58 am

Section 8 isn’t too bad, but could 8.9 be a mistake by the compilers? Edward VIII announced his abdication from his house in Sunningdale; did someone confuse it with Wentworth, home of another famous golf course near Windsor?


Anne 12.26.05 at 10:55 am

Section 9 is about champagne, 10 is French towns and 16 is red. I know nothing about motorcycles…


Liz 12.28.05 at 7:56 pm

I liked the Hans Christian Andersen and the literary marriage sections, but I could only get half.

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