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|Quiz #375 - November 11, 2012
|1. What famous landmark can you see from the roof of this building?
2. Where is the nearest museum?
3. What was the weather like on Sunday Nov 11 in this city?
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Christine Walker Daniel Jolley
Donna Jolley Arthur Hartwell
Dennis Brann Margaret Paxton
Milene Rawlinson Jackie McCarty
Angel Esparza Robert Austin
Janice M. Sellers Gary Rice
Dennis Brann Marcelle Comeau
Carol Farrant Karen Petrus
Diane Legere Collier Smith
Joyce Veness Tom Collins
John Pero Jean Callum
Tom Collins Tony Knapp
Tish Olshefski Joe Lott
Rebecca Bare Peter Norton
Kathy Mooney Judy Pfaff
Diane Legere Mike Dalton
Don Draper Alan Lemm
Alison Stephens Sally Garrison
Jon Edens Alan Cullinan
Joshua Kreitzer Lauren Bavin
Robert Edward McKenna
Quiz Poet Laureate
1. The Sydney Opera House and the Harbor Bridge
2. Westpac Museum, around the corner on Playfare St.
3. Hi 68 deg F, low 61 deg F, Sunny
|Flag of Australia
|Steering wheel on
other side of car
|Taxis Combined Services
with telephone no. 133-300
|Museum of Contemporary Art
140 George Street
The Rocks NSW 2000
T: +61 2 9245 2400
TTY: +61 2 9241 6634
F: +61 2 9252 4361
|The Rocks Discovery Museum
The Rocks (enter via Argyle St)
T: +61 2 9240 8680
|Use the "Search Nearby" Feature on Google Maps
to find the nearest museum
|Museums that come up on the list
with distances from the Holiday Inn at the Rocks:
Museum of Contemporary Art - 227 m south
The Rocks Discovery Museum - 132 m south
Museum of Sydney - 649 m south
Westpac Museum - 40 m NW
|The Museum of Sydney
cor. Phillip and Bridge Streets
Sydney, NSW 2000
T: +61 2 9251 5988
6–8 Playfair Street
The Rocks 2000
T: +61 2 9251 1419
|Comments from Our Readers
|Since the steering wheels are on the right hand side of the cars, that
narrowed down the location a little. From the flags, I guessed Australia.
But there wasn't enough of the flags showing to be sure. A search of
"Old * Holiday Inn" did the trick. That's the Old Sydney Holiday Inn,
A search of Sydney landmarks brought up a host of things. You used
the word 'famous', so that meant that even I might have heard of
whatever it is. That limits it to the Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera
House. We can see the approach to the bridge in the background of the
photo. If you move on down the road a bit you can see the arch of the
bridge. I'm pretty sure that is visible from the roof. The buildings
across the street from the hotel are not real tall, so I'm guessing you can
also see the Opera House.unless a really big ship docks at the Hickson
The nearest big museum is the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220
meters south on George Street. But the Westpac Museum is just around
the corner. Head north on George Street and turn left at the corner just
past the motorcycles.
What was (past tense) the weather like on 11/11? It was a lovely spring
day in the mid to low 70's (F). Rain is predicted for Wednesday. Your
e-mail telling us that the new quiz is up was time stamped 1:20am on
11/11. Sydney is 19 hours ahead of California time. As I write this it is
just after 4am on 11/12 in Sydney. That means one of two things. You
figured we'd all be asleep until it was 11/12 in Sydney or you are
currently traveling in the east. Are you in Nova Scotia? ;-)
LOL. I'm not that tricky. I guess I just figured that people would be
doing the quiz throughout the week. My use of 'was' vs 'is' was a slip of
But thanks for giving me credit for being tricky. But congrats on the
great critical thinking.
You and Donna Jolley are the only ones to pick up on the steering wheels
being on the other side of the car. And one of those flags is for Australia
and the other is for New South Wales.
- Q. Gen.
Okay, so you weren't in Nova Scotia.
We've all seen countless pictures of the Opera House and its distinctive
architecture makes it memorable. But all of those pictures were taken
from afar. It wasn't until this quiz that I realized how big it is. I'm not an
opera fan, but I'd love to check out the building. I hope you got to see it
|There are two websites where archival weather information for
Sydney (and other cities) can be found:
www.wunderground.com has historical weather information for
many cities worldwide. However, I was only able to pull up the
last ten days for Sydney.
bom.gove.au is the website of the Australian Bureau of
Meteorology. This site has long term archival weather records
for locations all over Australia. These include max and min
temperatures and rainfall and solar exposure. Click here.
|How Arthur Solved the Puzzle
|Interesting quiz. Google maps and their street view used extensively.
The Australian flags gave the country. Wikipedia said the top
Australian landmarks are the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney
Harbor Bridge. The bridge arch is 134 meters high and impossible to
miss. Viewing the Opera House depends on location and height.
The Taxis Combined Services taxi is a Sydney cab verifying Sydney
as the city.
I assumed the bridge in the background as the South approach
putting the hotel east of the bridge. Google's street view showed the
North approach had concrete arches, and other Sydney bridges had a
Centering the maps on the Opera House I searched for Hotels. The
enlarged picture had the name hotel-pic.jpg. I was focused on hotels,
and over looked the Harbor Inn. I used the street view to search the
streets, and found Holiday Inn on George St. Moving up to the hotel,
I found 55 on the pillars and Holiday Inn above the door. I was
unable to see them in my enlarged picture.
With the Holiday Inn located, I searched for Museums and found
Westpac Museum close by. I went to the Holiday Inn web site and
searched their pictures. I found the Opera House is also viewable
from their roof top swimming pool. The Harbor Bridge being a given.
Google maps and street view let me solve the quiz, and was also used
to create the quiz. Googling Weather Archives got me the
wunderground history site which gave me a lot of information about
the November 11 weather.
|Bridge ramp in background
|How Donna Solved the Puzzle
|There were a number of clues in the picture that led me to my
The Holiday Inn sign and the cars parked on the left side of the road
with right hand drivers. The flags also was a good clue. It had to be
either Australia or New Zealand. I Googled images and found a
similar picture of the Holiday Inn in Sydney, Aust. You can see the
Sydney Opera House from the atrium atop of the Holiday Inn. There
are many museums fairly close to the Inn, but I believe the one you
want is the Museum of Contemporary Art/ Royal botanic Gardens.
[The weather] was the hardest part for me, I believe it was mostly
clear, winds 15 to 20 KMH [9.3 to about 12.5 MPH], lighter in the
evening. Highs 25 C or 77 F.
|The Sydney Opera House
|Sydney Opera House
|Sydney Opera House at Night
|Click on image to see a fascinating video on
the history of The Sydney Opera House
|Facts about the Sydney Opera House