April 22, 2006

Loose ends

My memory is not what it used to be, or in fact never was.

Kuffir, commenting on my Words that matter post, reminds me that I didn't acknowledge his answers, or even provide the answers, for a previous question here.

So let me make amends. The question was from my post Quiz time of a month ago. Here it is again:
    Who is John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum? What is his connection to Alfred Hitchcock? What is his connection to David Duke?
Thanks to zap, Sunil, kuffir and Taruna for answers. Between then, they got the answers I had in mind, Taruna providing all three. Here's what Taruna wrote:
    Gutzon Borglum was the famed sculptor behind the Mt.Rushmore Wall of President faces. He was a prominent member of Ku Klux Klan. David Duke was a leader of the Klansman.

    I guess Hitchcock is related to Borglum via the climax scene of North to Northwest (Cary Grant movie).
Indeed, the climax of that classic is on the face of Mt Rushmore.


In Man, bowls, arch, I had three photographs of Bombay up and I asked, where were these taken? And which one was taken by a six-year-old?

Answers: the shot of a man in a window was taken in Matharpacady. The bowls are from Zaveri Bazar, the jewellery heartland of Bombay: small earthen bowls like diyas, used for heating gold. The arch is the entrance to the spectacular Irani Masjid in Dongri.

I like how the first commenter there answered the second question: using heights and distances from high school -- the young-'un shot the old-'un. QED.

Fine job! And correct, too.

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