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Saturday, September 10, 2005

(3) The Third Eye

The sets 4, 5, 6, 7 are still open for answers, and the eighth set is up.
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Now for the answers to the third set :
  • Q1: Both George and Sumeet got this one, it was JFK in a 1963 speech in West Berlin. There is an interesting article about the exact semantics of using the indefinite artice ein, here. According to that article the statement actually means something like I have the characteristics of a Berliner, rather than I am a Berliner.

  • Q2: The answer is (天空の城ラピュタ)Laputa:Castle in the Sky. Laputa is flying island in Jonathon Swift's Gulliver's Travels. Literally, La Puta would be the whore in most Romance languages, and supposedly Swift meant it to be an allegory of Britain (in context of their suppression of Ireland, cf Swift's The Drapiers Letters)

  • Q3: The arbit question. No special funda in this question. It's just that the ability of humans to easily identify languages spoken/written even when we don't know the language always amazes me. Douglas Hofstadter has apparently done quite a bit of work on this problem, and things like what we mean by the essence of a character, eg. `a', which in different fonts/styles can take drastically different yet be recognisable. If you want to check some of your answers check this blog. In case anybody's interested I got 12 of them.