Updated: Jul 3, 2021
With an average difficulty of 52, Season 125 hit the Goldilocks Zone of question sets. Not too difficult and not too easy, but just right. The four most difficult question of the season were placed on the four final days – exactly as they should be. Therefore, a big thank you should go to Jens Andersen for making a varied and perfectly balanced set of questions. I hope to see you return as quizmaster again some time.
No one managed to get a perfect season, but four players came very close. Bob Thompson, David Nadore, Hans Ewald Skov Hansen and Ronny Swiggers all finished on 13 points. Since we cannot have a season without a clear winner this of course meant a tie-break. This time the topic was one-word Best Picture Oscar winners. When all the special rules had been applied 25 answers would be accepted as being correct. And I was honestly amazed at how good the competing contestants were at naming these films. Ronny finished last after having named 12 films on the list – a performance that I would have thought would have earned him a better position. Hans came second to last with 15 correct answers. That left two players, Bob and David. Bob came up with an astonishing 19 correct answers and yet it wasn't quite enough to beat David who finished the season with twenty points. An awesome score in the truest sense of the word. To stay true to the theme of the tie-break, I have a one-word response for that... “WOW”! Please give it up for David who is our new champion. This is David's first championship, but I have a feeling it will not be his last. Tie-break breakdown: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1l9zWuVdUzqyOjhwNzsFME2hA3i-28wB1tS4utomSYKg/edit?usp=sharing The answers to the final three days of the season are: _________________________
Day 12 of 14 Category: Painters This Dutch artist who took his last name from the town where he was born is considered to be one of the most notable representatives of the Early Netherlandish painting school. The oil paintings The Creation of the World and Adoration of the Magi are both on display in the Prado Museum in Madrid. What is the name of the artist?
Answer: Hieronymus Bosch
Day 13 of 14 Category: Mammalogy What is the common name for the mammal 'Odobenus rosmarus' which is referenced by both Lewis Carroll and Rudyard Kipling in their famous literary works? Answer: Walrus
Day 14 of 14 Category: Journalists Which Indian-American journalist and author has published the non-fiction books titled The Post-American World (in 2008) and Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World (in 2020)? Since 2008, he has been hosting a weekly public affairs show on CNN and he writes a weekly column for The Washington Post.
Answer: Fareed Zakaria __________
Hall of Fame
Tony Moore 18 (Season 111) Laruchka Budelinik 8 (Season 85) Duncan McDonald 8 (Season 123) Dan Palethorpe 8 (Season 124) Allie Livesley 7 (Season 87) Sisira Mark Anthony 7 (Season 119) Mette Mølgaard Pedersen 6 (Season 14) Jens Andersen 4 (Season 107) Kathryn Hutchinson 4 (Season 108) Dorian Willems 4 (Season 113) Sarah Jane Bodell 3 (Season 84) John Robinson 3 (Season 104) Bob Thompson 3 (Season 112) Sander van der Heyden 3 (Season 122) Morten Mølgaard Pedersen 2 (Season 4) Jonas Ravn 2 (Season 15) Nick Cuthbert 2 (Season 21) Remi Nikolai Nissen 2 (Season 23) Adrian Allen 2 (Season 32) Michael Clark 2 (Season 37) Bjarke Hansen Christensen 2 (Season 70) Kasper Fuhlendorff 2 (Season 72) Isuru Anuradha 2 (Season 88) Ananthakrishnan Harikrishnan 2 (Season 98) Ida Rud 1 (Season 9) Troels Leth 1 (Season 13) Inge Støttrup 1 (Season 16) Karen Friis Clausager 1 (Season 26) Andy Rowe 1 (Season 27) Tine Kristensen 1 (Season 33) Andrew John 1 (Season 34) Franz Eichhorn 1 (Season 46) Thomas Kolåsæter 1 (Season 52) Chris Grandison 1 (Season 64) Mads Theodorsen 1 (Season 92) Bastian Fischer 1 (Season 94) Bob Douglas 1 (Season 102) Rishabh Gupta 1 (Season 103) Indika Jayasinghe 1 (Season 114) Gert-Jan Dugardein 1 (Season 116) Dhruv Sharma 1 (Season 117) Ronny Swiggers 1 (Season 120) David Nadore 1 (Season 125)