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Quiz about Cutting Edges
Quiz about Cutting Edges

Cutting Edges Trivia Quiz


Let me just cut in for a moment - I must show you ten things related to cutting edges or the word 'cut' that I have in my possession. Will you be brave enough to take a look?

A multiple-choice quiz by malik24. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
malik24
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
346,881
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
5505
Awards
Top 10% Quiz
Last 3 plays: JAM6430 (10/10), brenda610 (9/10), 4wally (10/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. Which curved blade, which may have derived indirectly from the French for 'knife', was a cutting edge favoured by Jack Sparrow and other pirates? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. The song "The First Cut Is the Deepest" was originally written and released by Cat Stevens in 1967. Of the four artists below who covered the song, which one took it to number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and Number One on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in 2003? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Eric Brooks is a vampire hunter from the Marvel Comics universe who is better known by which name? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. 'In the Cut' (2003) was a movie with an edge: a series of murders were investigated whilst the main character, Frannie, was having an affair with the detective of the case, Malloy, who grew more suspect as time went on. Who played Frannie and Malloy respectively? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. The Buster Sword, a blade with a huge cutting edge, was used by emotionally challenged hero Cloud Strife and was visually impressive. In which of these video games initially released by Square for the PSX in 1997 - which really didn't live up to its name - did the Buster Sword feature? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Other than being a sharp implement, which of these types of transport is a cutter? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. 'Cutting Edge' was a continuing TV series first broadcast on UK's Channel 4 in 1990. Within which of these domains did 'Cutting Edge' primarily apply its razor sharp insights to? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. If something is said to be cutting edge idiomatically, for example within 'cutting edge' technology, then which of these answers best describes its meaning? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Keeping the quiz title in mind, which of these marine animals of the order 'Sepiida' is able to change its skin colour at will, giving it the title 'chameleon of the sea'? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. The rather gruesome phrase 'cut off the nose to spite the face' can be traced back to an incident that occurred somewhere around 870 AD in which a Mother Superior, Aebbe the Younger, in Scotland did just that to save her virginity from raiders. Who were these raiders? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Which curved blade, which may have derived indirectly from the French for 'knife', was a cutting edge favoured by Jack Sparrow and other pirates?

Answer: Cutlass

Malik24 informs us that the trusty cutlass is said to derive from 'coutelas', a French machete-like blade, which itself derived from 'couteau', a French knife. It was favoured in naval battles because it was sturdy enough to cut rope and yet nimble enough to use at close quarters. In the movie series 'Pirates of the Caribbean', they really didn't seem to utilise these swords to their best abilities - they hardly ever seemed to draw blood! Perhaps they just weren't proper pirates after all...
2. The song "The First Cut Is the Deepest" was originally written and released by Cat Stevens in 1967. Of the four artists below who covered the song, which one took it to number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and Number One on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in 2003?

Answer: Sheryl Crow

Tazman6619 sharply notes that Sheryl released "The First Cut Is the Deepest" as the first of two singles used to promote her compilation album "The Very Best of Sheryl Crow". The song had wide appeal and crossed-over onto many different charts. Chart success:
Number/chart
1 - US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart
13 - Irish Singles chart
14 - US Billboard Hot 100
19 - New Zealand RIANZ Charts
31 - Austrian Singles Chart
35 - US Billboard Country Songs chart
37 - UK Singles Chart
Sheryl's version was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
3. Eric Brooks is a vampire hunter from the Marvel Comics universe who is better known by which name?

Answer: Blade

Let pollucci19 slash any doubts you might have - Created by Marv Wolfman (appropriate name), Blade made his first appearance in "Tomb of Dracula #10" in July 1973. In this edition he is seen sporting an Afro hairdo, wearing his trademark leather coat and wielding knives made of teak. Blade's mother, Tara, a prostitute, develops complications during Blade's birth and the doctor that comes to her aid is Deacon Frost, a vampire.

He feasts on Tara which leads to her death but not that of the child. In the process of feeding on Tara some of the vampire's enzymes make their way into the baby's bloodstream. Blade is born with semi-vampiric powers, such as a longer lifespan and the power to sense supernatural beings, and a deep resentment toward vampires.
4. 'In the Cut' (2003) was a movie with an edge: a series of murders were investigated whilst the main character, Frannie, was having an affair with the detective of the case, Malloy, who grew more suspect as time went on. Who played Frannie and Malloy respectively?

Answer: Meg Ryan & Mark Ruffalo

Malik24 edges in that 'In the Cut' was produced by Nicole Kidman and Jane Campion, and this was, in fact, Nicole Kidman's producing debut. 'In the Cut' was based on a novel of the same name by Susanna Moore, and it was, sadly, not too-well received by critics in general (although, I always barrack for the underdog, myself.). On the plus side, it made more in the box office than it cost ($12,000,000).
5. The Buster Sword, a blade with a huge cutting edge, was used by emotionally challenged hero Cloud Strife and was visually impressive. In which of these video games initially released by Square for the PSX in 1997 - which really didn't live up to its name - did the Buster Sword feature?

Answer: Final Fantasy VII

Malik24 imparts that the 'Final Fantasy' series is the gift that just keeps giving us sharp titles. Although, some might argue the sharpness has dulled in some of the later editions - nevertheless, 'Final Fantasy VII' was one of the most popular amongst fans of the series, and is an RPG set in a stylish world which features a conflict of technological and natural themes, with a villain pulling the strings from afar.

The Buster Sword is Cloud Strife's (the main character) signature weapon. He obtained this weapon from a friend in difficult circumstances, and always keeps the weapon with him, despite obtaining better ones within the game.
6. Other than being a sharp implement, which of these types of transport is a cutter?

Answer: Boat

Malik24 cuts the tension, notifying us that a cutter is a small-medium sized sailboat often used by those who exert authority, for example coastal guards. A cutter can also be used to ferry passengers from a larger boat to the land. Variations of the cutter include the pulling cutter, the pilot cutter and even a rowing cutter.
7. 'Cutting Edge' was a continuing TV series first broadcast on UK's Channel 4 in 1990. Within which of these domains did 'Cutting Edge' primarily apply its razor sharp insights to?

Answer: Political and social issues

Malik24 cuts to the chase, telling us that 'Cutting Edge' broadcast several one-off documentaries which focused on both joyous and sad stories. One sad case included the coverage of Katie Piper (2009), a burns victim which featured the inspirational story of a young woman who had been attacked with acid and still stood up and stood proud. A documentary on 'My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding' also spawned a popular new series of the same name, following gypsy and traveller brides as they plan their wedding days (often with impractically huge dresses).
8. If something is said to be cutting edge idiomatically, for example within 'cutting edge' technology, then which of these answers best describes its meaning?

Answer: At the position of greatest advantage or advancement

Malik24 cuts in, stating that 'cutting edge' is also synonymous with 'state of the art' - the highest point of development or achievement, particularly technologically, achieved at any one time. For example, "That company's mobile phone technology is cutting edge". Of course, a cutting edge can be the edge of a blade, which would be highly likely to lacerate the skin if applied to its surface, but that is not idiomatic.
9. Keeping the quiz title in mind, which of these marine animals of the order 'Sepiida' is able to change its skin colour at will, giving it the title 'chameleon of the sea'?

Answer: Cuttlefish

Malik24 dices dismay, informing us that the cuttlefish changes colour both to communicate with other cuttlefish and to camouflage themselves from predators. They have sacs of pigments which can be crushed by muscles when necessary - this pigment causes the change in colour perception. Oddly, the cuttlefish has a 'W' shaped pupil, and perhaps ironically cannot see colour despite their ability to change it at will.

The cuttlefish is also said to be one of the most intelligent invertebrates - what a cutting edge fish.
10. The rather gruesome phrase 'cut off the nose to spite the face' can be traced back to an incident that occurred somewhere around 870 AD in which a Mother Superior, Aebbe the Younger, in Scotland did just that to save her virginity from raiders. Who were these raiders?

Answer: Vikings

Tazman6619 cuts up a dish of extra facts, informing us that the exact details of the incident are somewhat disputed but the basic story in all accounts is the same. Basically, the Mother Superior is said to have gathered her nuns together when either Viking pirates (or possibly Danish) landed in Scotland. To save her virginity, she cut off her nose and upper lip and encouraged her nuns to do the same. All followed suit and were spared by the pirates who were disgusted by the sight. In some accounts they were then burned to death by the pirates, but in others she survived beyond the incident.

Phrases.org says the phrase has come to mean to "disadvantage yourself in order to do harm to an adversary." Someone very bitter might engage in such behaviour!
Source: Author malik24

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