“Who did Wagner live next door to, atemporally?”

28 Sep

Atemporally? Good grief. Only in Oxford could this have been a quiz question.

Granted it wasn’t a pub quiz, it was the Blackwell’s quiz, but I didn’t really expect it to be basically University Challenge.

“What ancient Greek word meaning ‘unit’ was sometimes used to describe God and also leant its name to the metaphysical beliefs of the followers of Pythagorus?”

Yep.

No, had never heard of whatever the answer to that one was.

However, thanks to the impressively learned members of Simon’s book group, which included a retired academic, we came second – oh the glory! And also on our team was the St John’s librarian, who somehow knew the answer to the above. It was Jimi Hendrix, FYI.

This was the first time I’ve done well in a quiz without Steve Mason being on my team. I asked him the Wagner question tonight, just out of interest. And yeah. He knew.

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2 Responses to ““Who did Wagner live next door to, atemporally?””

  1. Simon T 07/10/2010 at 3:11 pm #

    Handel, actually ;)

    • Mel 08/10/2010 at 11:10 pm #

      Ooooh my apologies. I must have Wagner on the brain (not prepared to admit why, but the letter X might be a factor.) x

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