A NNE-AVRIL LABRUSSE, the winner of Phnom Penh Post Superquiz, spent ten full
days searching for answers; cross-checking and proving all but one of the 45
questions, and generally hounding friends for help.
Most of the answers
were found pouring over books; many she knew already. Others required more work.
For the names of streets named after non-Cambodians she spent a day on a
moto touring the city.
She persuaded the Statistics Institute on Monivong
Bld to open its files to find that Siem Reap was Cambodia's largest province by
area. Institute staff were surprised to find out they had the
At the railway station she chanced upon a wandering,
gray-haired official who said he might know when the first train traveled
between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. Under the glass top of his desk was a
two-page feature and photos of a 1969 French newspaper that told exactly that
The only question in which Labrusse erred was the name of the
broken or Japanese bridge, Sangkum Restr Niyum.
"Everyone told me it was
Chroy Changwar, the name of the penisula," she said.