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Horses for courses

This is just an ordinary quiz round, themed to reflect the topical interest in Tesco's burgers. (Well, it was topical a few days ago when I wrote the questions. No doubt it'll be completely forgotten by the time I actually run the quiz in a few weeks' time…)

In which years did Red Rum win the Grand National? (1/2 point for two years correct)

Which ancient ruler had a horse called Bucephalus?

If a horse is below a certain height, it’s a pony. What is that height? (in hands, inches or cm as you prefer)

What are the names of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse?

Horses get calluses inside their knees. What are these called?

Which English monarch allegedly cried “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!”

In the 1950 film The Wooden Horse, for what rather unusual purpose is the horse used?

In 2007 Daniel Radcliffe appeared in a West End play in which his character worships and also attacks horses. What’s the play called?

What was the name of the Trojan princess who warned her people against taking in the wooden horse the Greeks had made for them, but was ignored?

The Household Cavalry is made up of two regiments: what are they? (1/2 point for each)

I've filled it in myself with the correct answers, so if you have a look after you've submitted yours, you can see how many you got right. (I'm thinking this is a fairly easy round at the moment.) As usual, please do say if any seem unfair, wrong, too tough, don't make sense, etc!



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27th Jan, 2013 17:55 (UTC)
I think we've just found my quizzing Achilles Heel
Without checking the correct answers, I'm pretty sure that I've got all the general knowledge ones right, and all the horse-lovers ones wrong (admittedly counting Household Cavalry as horses, and Buchephalus as Gen Knowledge).
27th Jan, 2013 21:42 (UTC)
Re: I think we've just found my quizzing Achilles Heel
Achilles Fetlock, maybe?
27th Jan, 2013 18:30 (UTC)
How about asking what's the difference between a mule and a hinny?

Or what is Colic (and why is it serious), what is a Palomino

What colour is a Suffolk Punch? How many Suffolk Punch foals were born in 2012 (see http://suffolkhorsesociety.org.uk/news)

27th Jan, 2013 21:49 (UTC)
Excellent, yes, should definitely have a Suffolk punch one. Mules/hinnies might flummox people, on the current evidence, I fear.
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27th Jan, 2013 21:43 (UTC)
Ah, OK, I'll add 'historically' or 'traditionally'.
27th Jan, 2013 18:44 (UTC)
Question 4- not technically callous- its where legs were joined in womb to prevent kicking mum from inside and help birthing.

Pos alternative question- where on a horse is 'the frog'? It's the rubbery triangle or soft tissue in the middle of underside of hoof.
27th Jan, 2013 21:47 (UTC)
Ooh, right, that's interesting. Mm, the frog one might be better, it looks like chestnuts are too difficult.
27th Jan, 2013 18:51 (UTC)
I'd be a bit miffed that you didn't say you could put 3 answers down for the first question.

Also, I have been influenced by Odyssey (the Profound Decisions LARP) and can't accept your answer of 'Alexander the Great'. He's Alexander the Bastard *spits on ground*
27th Jan, 2013 21:44 (UTC)
Mm, I should add the word 'three' I think.

(And I will accept Alexander qualified by any epithet. But not Caligula.)
27th Jan, 2013 19:29 (UTC)
27th Jan, 2013 21:45 (UTC)
Sounds like you need to find some horsey teammates, pronto (like the Lone Ranger found Tonto).
27th Jan, 2013 22:19 (UTC)
Or should that be: like the Lone Ranger found Silver?
28th Jan, 2013 09:53 (UTC)
There's always one neigh-sayer.
27th Jan, 2013 21:40 (UTC)
I'd say dick3 and apocalypse are the only really easy ones (for a pub team). The others are all pretty specific knowledge.
27th Jan, 2013 21:47 (UTC)
Mm, it's beginning to look as though my own knowledge of such things, which I thought pretty rudimentary, may be unrepresentative.
28th Jan, 2013 00:16 (UTC)
Oh I dunno - all the more general less horse-specific ones have got a clear majority of correct answers, and everyone seems to have known Equus for some reason. But the horsey ones are genuinely tough and the problem is that apart from Red Rum, they're not guessable - the hands, and the regiments and especially the chestnuts are what are known in our household as "Three apples" questions, as that is our default answer to any University Challenge question that is beyond us.
28th Jan, 2013 09:59 (UTC)
I'll give a point for the hands for being fairly close, and the chestnuts I think people will have fun guessing a name even if they don't know. The regiments one is more problematic, though, seems likely to just be frustrating: looks like I'll have to switch that.
27th Jan, 2013 22:13 (UTC)
It occurs to me very belatedly that I really blew it in strategic terms on Q1. The correct play given that I don't know the answer is to name every year from 1800 to 2013 just to be sure of my half point!
28th Jan, 2013 09:54 (UTC)
Heh, yes, I'd spotted that needed fixing thanks to ar_gemlad's comment (although she was coming at it from the other direction).

Edited at 2013-01-28 09:55 (UTC)
28th Jan, 2013 10:10 (UTC)
Assuming the apolocalypse (oops, nice typo though) gets one point for all four correct I'm moderately pleased with 4/10
28th Jan, 2013 11:06 (UTC)
The four horsemen of teh Ap0Lolcata!ypse is from a different sort of quiz.
28th Jan, 2013 22:45 (UTC)
The horsemen of the apocalypse question threw me - I knew they were pestilence etc, but as you asked for names I assumed they must also have actual names that I wasn't aware of!

My horsey knowledge is apparently not great. My knowledge of plays in which Daniel radcliffe has appeared naked, however, is excellent.
29th Jan, 2013 09:16 (UTC)
Mm, I think I might need to make a few of the questions a bit less horsey. (But probably not any more naked-Radcliffe-y, sorry.)
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