Bravo, Nathan. Wait an hour and go ahead. My apologies. :-/ That wasn’t meant to you in particular. ;) Cheers.
Hmm. Andrea declares Rodolfo the winner but then Rodolfo challenges his own answer within the allowed hour, but his challenge is based on information provided by Andrea when she was declaring him the winner. Is it any wonder the rules have nothing to say to such convoluted circumstances! I believe the only correct answer to Andrea’s question is From Russia with Love, since this ﬁlm predates Goldﬁnger and is the only one in which the actual titles of the ﬁlm are projected onto the body of a dancing woman. So Andrea was wrong to declare Rodolfo the winner. Andrea is hereby requested to pose another question, on a diﬀerent theme, within the next 12 hours. Thank you.
BTW. “As the ox turns in the plowing.” Explain that to those who don’t know Greek! ;)
Sorry, Quizmaster, but we the people have risen in arms and toppled your arrogant ancien r
Oh great, I forgot to hit second ‘Post this message’ button after I wrote that, and now Rodolfo has posed a new question, and it has already been correctly answered. Drat! Ignore previous message, since you seem to have resolved the situation without my intervention (good, good). Nathan poses the next question.
That’s how they always manage to escape! ;)
Wow. I leave for a cigarette and miss all the great debate. I gotta quit smoking ;-) Unfortunately, I can’t claim to know much about Greek — my answer came from Donald Anderson’s Calligraphy: the art of written forms, p. 37, Dover Press. Just good timing really. I happened to be reading it the other day. So, next question: There are ﬁve (typically used) typographic or punctuation characters in Thai. I suppose some are used more than others. Name the 5 and give their function. Cheers. ps: I’m not sure if this violates Rule 9? If so, I’ll pose a diﬀerent question.
Fongman: bullet Angkhankhu: Terminal punctuation (end of chapters) Khomut: terminal punctuation (end of a story) Angkhandeaw: terminal punctuation (end of a sentence/stanza) Paiyan noi: abbreviation sign
Absolutely right. In fact, I should’ve said six since I was thinking of Maiyamok for repitition and not of Angkhandeaw (which is orthographically the same as Paiyannoi). I doubt there will be a challenge, but I suppose it’s only right to wait an hour…
OK, here’s a more diﬃcult (and fairly google-proof) one. In the 1980s, a certain prize winning, English language author wanted large sections of his ﬁrst novel set in diﬀerent colours to capture the rhythm of the singing voice. Unfortunately, his publisher refused so he came up with a new system. Who was the author? What was the novel? What was his plan B? Good luck, Matha.
Avital Ronell “The telephone book” Plan B: change fonts. hhp
hint: It’s an Irish writer
uhh… shane macgowan!
No, not Shane. He’s the Irish national rep in drinking contests.
Irish writer, ﬁrst novel, prize winner (for a diﬀerent book), singing voice (which rules Shane out for sure) M.
Author: Roddy Doyle. Novel: The Commitments. Plan B: How the fek should I know? I only saw the ﬁlm. He probably used diﬀerent typefaces, ‘cause that’s what I would have done if the cheap bastard publisher wouldn’t let me use diﬀerent colours.
You’re spot on for the writer and the novel, John, and “How the fek should I know?” is probably the most appropriate answer for the 3rd part of the question, so I’m going to give it to you. In fact the cheap bastard publisher was also against using diﬀerent typefaces or even diﬀerent sizes so he resorted to using uppercase for the songs and ﬁddling around with the mise en page. Over to you, my friend, unless there’s a challenge, that is. Matha
Hang on, wasn’t The Commitments self-published? Was Doyle his own cheap bastard publisher?
NEW QUESTION: Below is an illustration showing three ligatures. What script is this (that’s the easy part), and what is the sequence of letters that each ligature represents? For extra marks, identify the punchcutter.
the script is Greek. A: gamma + omega B: alpha + upsilon + tau + omicron + upsilon C: gamma + epsilon + nu
Eduardo, good shot. You got one of them wrong, but I’m not telling you which one.
you mean the missing diacritics?
No. One of the sequences of letters. I deliberately left out the diacritics to make the question easier.
A: gamma + upsilon + nu
Note, however, that the raised hook at the end of the second ligature indicates the presence of a perispomeni. But that’s not the mistake you made.
one more hint, please? are you sure about A? looking to my reference here, i actually think my original answer was wrong. [btw, it’s almost time to log oﬀ here. maybe i come back in some 3 hours, but i’m not sure.]
Eduardo, our last messages crossed, and I missed your second identiﬁcation of A. You are correct, it is: gamma + upsilon + nu. I hereby declare you the winner. You have 12 hours in which to pose the next question. By the way, what was your reference? My are the big Ensched
Guess?! ;-) It’s Jacob Sabon’s “petit texte grec”. hhp
Non, but quite close.