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4/16/08

sneakydeaky quiztime (V): the answers

You knew it was coming....you waited up late and kept hitting refresh til Otto posted it up.......yes indeedy doo, the special time is here:

SNEAKYDEAKY QUIZTIME V: THE ANSWERS

And man, you guys were screaming and wailing at me this week with "OW OWWWWW OWOWOWOWOWOWOWWWWWWWW...TOO HARD OTTO!". Ok, fair enough...even I admit this one was a toughie. So next week we'll try a different formula and see what happens. But that's for then, and this is now, so let's get on with the show!!

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I asked:
1) When asked about the difference between the price of milk in March and the official inflation numbers for said product, what was the reason given by Argentina's cabinet chief A. Fernandez?

a) "Milk was freely available at various prices."
b) "The agro strike doesn't count."
c) "Maybe people buy a different kind of milk."
d) "The gov't is not lying. Why do I have to keep repeating that?"

The correct answer was c), "Maybe people buy a different kind of milk." Takes your breath away, dunnit? Straight from the dept of "can't make that shit up". Every LatAm cabinet needs its pitbull terrier type...AF is the dude in Klistina's.

Maybe even worse was the total lack of reaction from Argentinians over that comment. Just goes to show how even their ingrained cynicism (and they sure got that down there) has been beaten to a pulp over this inflation thing.

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I asked:
2) Here's a part of Latin America, according to Google Earth. Why is it covered with water? a) It rained a lot
b) Typical for the time of year
c) Somebody plugged up the river
d) It's always like that round here

The correct answer was c), cos the googleshot is of the Itaipú Dam, Paraguay/Brazil, and the big puddle that formed behind it. I'm also being non-sneakydeaky and giving a point for d) as an answer, cos it's been true for the last 25 years. Itaipú is something to behold, and I could go on about it for a week. I might even dedicate a whole quiz to it one day.

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I asked:
3) Which country's government decreed a 10% rise for all workers in private companies this week?

a) Paraguay
b) Dominican Republic
c) Bolivia
d) Uruguay

The correct answer was c), Bolivia. Gotta love Evo...why vaguely annoy the Santa Cruz people when you can really really get 'em mad as hell, eh?

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I asked:
4) Due to inflationary pressures, both Chile and Peru recently announced direct aid programs for its low-income citizens. How much more has Chile set aside for its program than Peru?

a) Twice as much money
b) Three times as much money
c) Five times as much money
d) Ten times as much money

The correct answer was c), according to my own calculations. However some smartypants added an addendum to his (correct) answer to pretty much prove that even 10X comes up short.
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I asked:
5) The average Latin American is responsible for what quantity of greenhouse gas per year?

a) 3.8 tonnes
b) 7.5 tonnes
c) 12.3 tonnes
d) 23.4 tonnes

The correct answer was b), 7.5 tonnes. Those other numbers weren't just picked out of a hat though. 3.8MT per person is the greenhouse gas footprint in Monaco (just about the lowest). 12.3MT is for Germany. -And the 23.4MT? Have a guess.

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I asked:
6) What percentage of Honduras' GDP is made up of remittances from abroad?

a) 7%
b) 13%
c) 19%
d) 25%

The correct answer was d), 25%. That's seriously big sendhomes, no? To be honest, I don't know if it's good or bad...it just IS.

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I asked:
7) Which stock lost 4.6% after Otto recommended it as a buy this week?

a) ARU.to
b) ECH
c) PCU
d) DNT.to

The correct answer was a), Aurelian. But it'll go up this week...honest..like....errr.......dude.

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I asked:
8) Who is still the worst Finance Minister in Latin America?

a) Martin Lousteau
b) Martin Lousteau
c) Martin Lousteau
d) Martin Lousteau

The correct answer was Martin Lousteau. Hey you guys are smart. Mind you, after looking back at number 7), maybe dwelling on those who think they know about finance isn't such a good idea right now.........

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I asked:
9) Which of these was the best performing stock market index this week (Mon 7th to Fri 11th)?

a) The S&P 500
b) The Argentine Merval
c) The Nasdaq Composite
d) The Brazilian Bovespa

The correct answer was b), the Merval. Here's the chart to prove it (click to enlarge).

Mind you, it wasn't exactly a "best" performance, more like a "least worst".

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I asked:
10) Which Latin American president asked their defence minister to resign this week?

a) Klishtina
b) Lula
c) Evo
d) Studmuffin

The correct answer was d), the Studmuffin got rid of Wellington Sandoval (crazy name, crazy guy) after suddenly realizing his armed forces were riddled with CIA informants. That made me laugh, cos it's a bit like suddenly realizing that it rains in the jungle, or a sudden burst of conscience makes you realize that snow is cold.

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And there we go! The only thing left to reveal is the name of our lucky winner. And that person is the wonderfully amazing RESSEL! Oooooh yeah, the Ressel dude scored a mighty NINE OUT OF TEN (I was impressed, gotta say) and gets tonight's star prize, the romantic evening for two with Ecuador's President Rafael Correa. The good news is that, by all accounts, the totally cool surferdude Ressel is a top kisser. However, I would advise no tongues on first dates, ok?

And that just about wraps things up for this edition. So keep your eyes peeled for the next sneakydeaky quiz, coming at you on Saturday. Until then,

Toodle Pip!