Summer Mini-League 1, Question #5

X is a city in the northern parts of the country it is located in, which was part of the French colonies up until the middle of the 20th century. X is often compared to another city, with both cities being home to a famous structure designed by the same individual.

The French were quite proud and boastful of their civil and tidy houses in the city. However these houses were extremely tall and narrow, resulting in lower property taxes. During the early 20th century, the French faced a major issue due to the plumbing system they had introduced in the city, as it became a breeding ground for rats. This problem sparked a rather peculiar and witty form of rebellion from the colonized.

The French administration then recruited a team of hunters and set up a rat bounty programme, in which the rat hunters would get paid for every rat tail they procured, as they didn’t want to dispose off the body. However, these hunters outwitted the French, and started clipping off the rat tails, and letting the rats free. Some even went as far as to breeding rats! By the time the French realized what had happened, it was too late and the bubonic plague hit the city.

Identify the city (X).

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Summer Mini-League 1, Question #4

In 1957, two engineers sealed a couple of shower curtains together which they originally tried to sell as wallpaper. However, that pitch turned out to be quite unsuccessful. Stressed, the engineers rebranded it and tried to resell it by marketing it as an insulation.

A year later, the product got IBM as its first client, which was a huge relief for the duo. Since then, the product has gone from strength to strength, and experiences widespread usage in the present day.

What is the product commonly called?

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Summer Mini-League 1, Question #3

This freestyle duo took to the streets of London to see if anyone from the general public could match an incredible feat of athleticism. A thousand pounds were up for grabs for anyone who could be head and shoulders above the rest. This challenge is pictured below with a subtle reference to the athlete’s livery at the time of the challenge.

Identify the athlete.

(P.S. Brownie points if you spot the reference and the pun.)

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Fourth question of the Summer Mini-League 1 goes up at 12 PM today (10th July)! The answer to this question will be released in the comments at the same time.

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