Friday, August 08, 2008


Last night's photo, as clever nunyaa guessed, is of a tradtional water-cooler.

Phew! It's hard thinking up a quiz in 43 C and answers beginning with the letter "I" are the most difficult!

Nevertheless, without further ado, I present tonight's quiz:

C - - - - - - - - - , a type of pasta deriving its name from the indentations made in the dough. Help is here.

A Modica - - - - , the oldest part of the town. Clue: High!

L - - - - - , the largest of the Isole Eolie [Aeolian Islands].

T - - - da Morire, satirical film about the Mafia.

A - - - Finocchiaro, opposition senator born in Modica.

N - - - - , the first Greek colony in Sicily.

I Mare - - - - - , one of Sicily's seas and one of the most seismic areas in the world.

S - - Giorgio, famous Baroque cathedral in Modica.

S - - - - - - - - , city of Greek temples and celery!!

E - - - - , where Aphrodite had her temple. Clue: "of the heather".

T - - - - - - , type of nougat eaten at Christmas.

T - - - - - - - , town where the author of A House in Sicily made her home.

A - - - - , town near Noto which was also destroyed in the 1693 earthquake. It was rebuilt on a new site.

Highlight below for answers:
cavatieddi; Alta; Lipari: Tano; Anna; Naxos; Ionio; San; Selinunte [Italian derives the word "sedano" and we derive the word "celery" from this]; Erice; torrone; Taormina; Avola.


jmb said...

I was not in Sicily at Christmas but I ate torrone quite a bit when I was there.

I did not know Selinunte was derived from sedano but there's quite a lot I don't know about Sicily it seems. Been to Lipari however.

CherryPie said...

I seem to be getting worse at these and I can't even blame the heat it's raining here!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, jmb. I'm scared to eat torrone these days - a bit harsh on the teeth! I have never been to Lipari.
Oh, cherrypie, send us some rain! Ooops! - Just looked out and we have some!

Cat said...

Phew, i'm glad I didn't offer my opinion openly as I was completely wrong in what I thought it was!
I didn't know that about Selinunte either. It was my favourite place in Sicily - well, one of them but much preferred it to Agrigento - more pristine and quiet - and you can walk from temple to beach. Ah, the problem with me 'visiting' your site is that I'm always tempted to reminisce.. I won't even start about the time I was in Caltanissetta (don't bother going if you haven't.. would be my brief advice!)

jams o donnell said...

Well three right. I broke a tooth on torrone so it's a no-no!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, cb. Do fel free to reminisce here! I've never stayed in Caltanissetta, only been through it on the way to other places. Would love to know your story about it. Oh, jams, I do sympathise!

Leslie: said...

WEll, I've been to 3 of those places, and figured out the answers to two more. Pretty good, I think, without googling. :D

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I'm impressed, Leslie!

Cat said...

I spent a day there when I got on the wrong bus and thought I was going to Caltagirone (which I'm sure you've been to and is absolutely lovely - I went a few times). Caltanissetta is however, quite different.. apart from the Averna being produced there.. it doesn't have as much charm. And if you've been dependent on public transport in Sicily as I was (I don't know if you drive.. ) you'll know that bus times aren't necessarily kind to people who end up on the wrong part of the island during the post-lunch lull :)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, cb. Yes, I've been to Caltagirone many times and love it there. I can imagine how you felt at Caltanissettta as I do not drive! Thanks again for the tale.


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