Just eleven entrants for the eleventh quiz (TAC56, pp8-9), but a higher average mark than in recent years - 48% - and something of a revivalist mood with several ace quizzers from bygone days making welcome return appearances. Or, in one case, a welcome return to form: the Barbara Brodie / Stuart Benn pairing has entered every quiz since 1994 but other commitments and distractions (eg a terrible habit of jetting off to the January sun) meant that they hadn't seriously challenged since the last of their three victories in 1997. This time however they applied themselves and won by a country kilometre. Being the only people to correctly answer 5e and to choose the right hill in 7b showed their class. The 1993 and 1995 winners Brenda Lowndes and Dave Tyson made their first appearance since 1998 but could only finish mid-table. Likewise Charles Everett and Nick Bowyer, turning up for the first time since 1998 and 1995 respectively. It was left to perennial bridesmaids Peter Shaw and Bruce Smith to come second - their fourth such finish (they won in 2000). A well-deserved third spot went to Andy Mayhew, while Keith Craig continued to score only half centuries without making that step up on to the podium. Last year's winner Ian Baines was unable to defend due to family illness, while Bev Barratt took the booby prize to Wales with a no-disgrace score of 16. Thanks as ever to all who entered. 78 Stuart Benn / Barbara Brodie, 641/2 Peter Shaw / Bruce Smith, 571/2 Andy Mayhew, 56 Keith Craig, 511/2 Graham Benny, 48 Wolf Gruellich, 46 Brenda Lowndes / Dave Tyson, 411/2 Barbara Jones / Charles Everett, 38 Gavin Grewar, 291/2 Nick Bowyer, 16 Bev Barratt.
1a In 2002 ... where did a failed traverse of Point 2182 lead to seven deaths? Nothing to do with an unnamed 665m peak: Point 2182 was the junction where the train came off the tracks in the Potters Bar rail crash in May 2002.
1b ... what financial story featured one of the Lowthers and some expensive erosion? Also in May, Merlyn Lowther was in the news: she is chief cashier at the Bank of England and her signature is on the drinking vouchers. A batch of fivers - "The most secure £5 note we have ever produced" - had to be recalled after the serial numbers started rubbing off. Half marks for GB and BJ/CE who suggested Michael M Lowther, one of the auditors from dodgy-dealing Andersens.
1c ... what hill man was handed £135 after clocking up 321,888 miles? First of four unsolved questions (the others being 4d, 4e and 4f). Adam Watson traded in his 18-year-old VW Polo - "still the original petrol engine, nothing done to that engine". And he got a £135 discount off his new Toyota Yaris. Mentioned in the Metro (the paper, not the car), 23 Oct.
1d ... what connected the Munros with the Burrell collection? Slight vagueness here. The number of Dead Di's possessions retained by her loyal retainer Paul Burrell was given as 310 in some reports, but the figure most often heard at Burrell's trial was 284 - which is, of course, the current number of Munros.
1e ... which SubMarilyn received an October delivery of water? Beacon Hill, the 142m summit of Lundy - the island was supplied by tanker towards the end of a long dry spell.
2a In 2002 ... what happened when Joss Naylor ran beneath Cleeve Hill? Cleeve Hill towers over Cheltenham race course and a horse named after the great Ponds runner finished second to Ilnamar in the 3:15 Coral Eurobet Cup on 13 March. Joss subsequently won the Ian Williams' Owners Novices' Chase - again at Cheltenham - on Ne'erday 2003.
2b ... what weatherbeaten loser said: "I'm going to go home, put some shorts and a T-shirt on and go for a walk"? Tiger Woods, after the Open at Muirfield in which he carded a third-round 81 in conditions that would have scarcely raised an eyebrow (or a cagoule hood) on a Scottish hillside. Woods ended with 65 to walk away with a Munroish/Burrellish 284.
2c ... which major sporting event banned camping inside its stadia? The football world cup in Japan and South Korea, where Article 4 (9) of the rules for spectators and visitors to stadia and other facilities banned the erection of tents, huts or similar structures (which presumably ruled out bothies as well). Also banned were animals, gunpowder and helmets.
2d ... how, in mid-January, did Arran feature in a world record? Arran Thompson and Caroline Atkins added 200 together for England against India at Lucknow, the highest opening partnership in women's test cricket. The men's record of 413 also has a Scottish placename connection, as this still stands to Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj "Glen" Roy.
2e ... Encamp H05A08. Explain. Encamp, a town in Andorra, saw its football team reach the qualifying round of the Uefa cup, only to lose 0-5 at home then 0-8 away against Zenit St Petersburg. It isn't clear what would happen if Encamp were ever required to play in a South Korean "no camping" stadium.
3a In 2002 ... what doctor's list began: "Sail around the world, climb Mount Kilimanjaro..."? Dr Mark Greene, the much-ogled medic played by Anthony Edwards in ER. In one of the over-weepy episodes during which he pegged out, Greene/Edwards reeled off a list of last-gasp aspirations.
3b ... which Channel 4 series featured a society called "Cartographers for social equality"? The West Wing - the show that has taken over from Reggie Perrin in many people's minds whenever the name CJ is mentioned.
3c ... which fictional character was "conceived behind a large boulder on Helvellyn"? Fernando Partridge, son of Alan Partridge - "A-ha!" (Although he appears to have stopped saying this.)
3d ... whose advertising pitch was: "Get your hands on a contour"? Coca-Cola, for no obvious reason.
3e ... typical energy value: 1587 kilojoules, 374 kilocalories. Which Grahams? Golden Grahams, a hellish-looking cereal made by politically incorrect Nestlé. (As mathematically correct Warbeck has pointed out, 374kC is actually 1571kJ.)
4a In 2002 ... which book deleted 67 Munro Tops? Slightly contentious, this, as page 8 of the new SMC Corbetts guidebook could be read to mean that any Munro Top with under 30m of drop is not shown on that book's maps, rather than having been deleted in the wider world. They made a Meall na h-Aisre of it anyway (see pp4-5 here for review).
4b ... which map created a familiar Munro in an unfamiliar location? An instructive curiosity, which only BJ/CE answered correctly. The two-sided Explorer 414 includes, at NH015199 on its upper half, the name Sgurr an Doire Leathain at around 850m beneath the northern edge of the Beinn Fhada plateau. This is in a font which the OS often uses for Munros - but SaDL, as any fule kno, is one of the South Cluanie Munros, two ridges further south. So what has happened? Well, rather than being a newly discovered, genuinely researched OS name, the country's mapping agency has used, without checking, information from the 1997 edition of Munro's Tables. Here the SMC gave the location of SaDL not as the correct NH015099, but as NH015199, 10km to the north on Beinn Fhada. More on this OS/SMC conflict of interest in TAC58.
4c ... the maps of which dead poet, with a doodle of a duck, ended up in the library? John Betjeman, whose 32 OS maps went into the British Library. Now he would have had something to say about the purple plague afflicting modern maps.
4d ... whose novel was described as having "the emotional subtlety of an Ordnance Survey map. It's about as flat too"? Various wrong guesses - Archer, Titchmarsh, Welsh - but it was Tony "Trig Point" Parsons, for his Man and Boy.
4e ... the new SMC guide unveils which Corbett? The old trick of taking two questions from the one source. Somewhat oddly, the Corbetts book features a non-Corbett on its cover, the mighty Suilven. And Suilven is an anagram of "unveils" (just as Slioch is an anagram of Ochils, and Tower Paths is an anagram of Stop the War).
4f ... what book, published annually, divides Scotland into the 27 regions shown here (see map, TAC56 p8)? Very hard - no one came close. The map appears in Gardens of Scotland, which details big showpiece gardens plus suburban plots where the householder serves tea and scones on one Sunday each summer. The map's regions are alphabetical, so local government reorganisation prompts occasional changes, eg region 25 was Stewartry in 1994 but Stirling in 2002.
5a Where was a hill discovered made from the remains of half a million sheep? East Chisenbury on Salisbury Plain - scene of an archaeological dig which suggested that methods of dealing with FMD have changed little over recent millennia.
5b Which sport was initially played under Naismith's Rules? Goodness knows how it took 12 years of TAC to let the hillgoing world know that "Naismith's Rules" applies to more than just the old 3mph, 2000fph, eating-sandwiches-on-the-hoof equation. Dr James Naismith formulated 13 rules for the game of basketball, first played at Massachusetts YMCA in 1891.
5c LM407791 220902. Where? 407791 was the amusingly over-precise attendance claimed for the Livelihood March (full name the Liberty and Livelihood March) staged in London by various landownerish types and others on 22 September 2002.
5d What hill won the Grand Notional? There's always a question that amuses the setters enough to make them splutter into their beer, and this, this year, was it. We thought it easy, but no one really caught our drift - although five people got in touch to ask if it was a typo, which was progress of a kind. Two hilly horses have won the Grand National: Foinavon in 1967 and Ben Nevis in 1980. But the great northern hill is actually called Foinaven, hence the idea of a spurious o. Only NB scored here, offering both hills but picking up a half-point for at least getting the spelling right.
5e It used to be around 100m wide with 30m drop. Now the drop is about 15m. Which inverse Munro, created on a green field site 861/2 years ago? Lochnagar Crater was the result of 60000 pounds of explosive which army sappers placed under German trenches and blew up on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1 July 1916. The tunnellers came via Lochnagar Street, as the 51st Highland Division named their "home" trench. Gordon Smith, TAC regular and student of the Great War, reports having been "to the bottom of Lochnagar". Oddly, there is a Cairn Trench on the same map as the actual Lochnagar: see Landranger 44/392744. WG scored half for Hill 60, at Ypres. See http://www.firstworldwar.com/today/lochnagar.htm
6a-6e Five illustrations (see TAC56 p9) show index contours for five Scottish hills. The first is the hill cut off at 600m, the second at 700m and so on up to 1000m. The Landranger for one of the five shares edges with the Landrangers for the other four. The contiguous element made this fairly easy once one hill had been identified, and the 1000m contour was clearly the one to go for, there being fewer of these. The five hills - and their summit heights and locations - were: 6a Meall nam Damh (bizarrely given as Meall nam mh on some maps) 671m, 26/353522; 6b Sgurr Mhic Bharraich 779m, 33/917173; 6c Marg na Craige 834m, 35/620973; 6d Lurg Mhor (with Meall Mor) 986m, 25/065404; 6e Beinn a' Chaorainn (and tops) 1052m, 34-41/386850. GB received the only bonus point in the whole quiz for pointing out that we had missed an additional tiny 700m ring contour just to the north of the main Sgurr Mhic Bharraich contour - 33/919178.
7a Which Marilyn Munro has most SubMarilyns, and how many? Glas Tulaichean, three: Meall Uaine (43/110674), Meall a'Choire Bhuidhe (43/062710) and Creag nam Brataichean (43/113614).
7b Which Munro has most Graham Tops, and how many? Carn Sgulain, 15: too many to list, but they stretch as far north as Carn Phris Mhoir, 35/807218 and Carn Bad an Daimh, 35/762217. Has anyone been round all 15 in a day? (This and the next two questions would have been a doddle had the TACit Graham Tops booklet been published - it's due in September.)
7c Which Corbett has most Graham Tops, and how many? Ben Tirran, 23: again too numerous to mention here, but they don't include Cairn Trench. It's too high - 800m - and has only around 15m of drop anyway.
7d Which Graham has most Graham Tops, and how many? Ben Cleuch, seven: all the Ochils New Donalds. Two Grahams have six GTs: Ballencleuch Law and Carn na Coinnich (including the aforementioned Meall nam mh).
7e Which Graham knocked another Hill off the top in 1962? Graham Hill, who became Formula One world champion by relieving Phil Hill of the title. Incidentally, Strathclyde University includes something called the Graham Hills Building.
8a-8e Using recent OS maps, turn these hills into five distinct pairs. Ronas Hill / Rame - map tops for the first and last Landrangers: 450m, 1/305835 and 205m, 204/727338. Beinn a'Chreachain / Beinn nan Eachan - both misspelt on Explorers: Bienn a'Chreachain, 377/373441 (but correct as Beinn on the Ex378 overlap) and Beinn nan Eachnan 378/570383. Ben Macdui / The Bochel - Marilyns with three-figure eastings identical to northings: 36-43/989989, 36/232232. Bredon Hill / Sgurr a'Choire-rainich - typos in recent Landranger heights: 229m (should be 299m), 150/958402 and 248m (should be 848m) 25/247569. Fionn Choire / Sgurr Sgumain - included in a list of 14 "Munros" on the back of Ex411.
9 Twelve phrases derive from 12 hill-related phrases/names, each translated from English into Portuguese, German, Spanish, Italian, French (although not in that order) and back into English. Work out the original phrases using the Lost in Translation software at http://www.tashian.com/multibabel/ The parenthetical number after each phrase refers to the number of words in the original phrase. Each set of three questions includes one hill name. The usual crowdpleaser to end with, and a particularly mad one this year. Quiz winners SB/BB scored 100% here to wrap things up nicely.
From Munro's Tables (1997 edition):
9a Structure of the cut (2) - Mount Keen (p31). 9b in the zone of the sketch (4) - in the Map Room (p11). 9c The emergency is not always possible (5) - Certainty is not always possible (p141).
9d Banns of the point and the paranoicos proprietors (5) - Peak pubs and paranoid landlords (front cover). 9e Very surely - Ben Loyal (p18). 9f I must produce in the layer of the situation, mine that esteem the characteristic of the midgie (11) - I ought to be able to produce my own midgie magnet (Murdo, p9).
From Corbett Tops and Corbetteers:
9g Corbett had to collapse the association of fagotto - (8) Corbett was a founder of the Rucksack Club (p38). 9h As observing the buttock with all the list gathered (6) - As with any list gathered retrospectively (p33). 9i The red one of deers had fallen (2) - Hart Fell (p24).
From OS Landranger 44 9j Tree of the activator of the exit of the delivery of the mountain (3) - Mountain Rescue Post (Ballater). 9k Luminous assembly (2) - Naked Hill (44/442871). 9l Devices of the cliff (2) - Rock features (key).
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