Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The Brentwood Gazette Weekly Teaser — 16-1-2013

Hmmm … 

You know, I’ve got to confess that — every time I write up one of these Gazette teasers — I get what I’ve some to think of as an Earworm going through my head.

You know what an Earworm is: one of those tunes that suddenly — and for no reason you can think of — plays it’s way through your head.

Although in THIS case … ?

I know perfectly well that — because of the day — I get the chorus from this going through my head … 

Good, isn’t it … ?

At ANY rate, let’s move on, shall we?

After all: it’s Wednesday, which means I should be posting up today’s Gazette Teaser.

Here it, covered by the usual license
Q1) 16th January, 1919, saw the US Senate pass the law that banned alcohol.   In which year did this go into effect: 1920, 1921 or 1922 … 
Q2) More to the point, which amendment to the US constitution actually banned booze: the 17th, 18th or 19th … ?
Q3) Which Amendment — in 1933 — eventually repealed Prohibition: the 19th, 20th or 21st … ?
Q4) One of the US states that voted for repeal — Utah — is home to a famously sober church: which church … ?
Q5) The Code of Hammurabi is the earliest law code that mention beer and beer parlours: is it Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Greek or Ancient Babylonian … ?7
Q6) How many gallons are there in a Hogshead: 45, 54 or 63 gallons … ?
Q7) The amount of alcohol in alcoholic drinks is shown by its ABV: the higher the ABV, the stronger it is.   But what does ABV stand for … ?
Q8) Who — famously — had a 2006 hit with ‘Rehab’ … ?
Q9) On the same sort of musical lines, which band had a 1979 hit with ‘Milk and Alcohol’?
Q10) And finally … which brand of lager is — informally — known as ‘wifebeater’ … ?

And here’s last weeks questions and answers … 


Q1) New England Telephone & Telegraph installed the first battery powered telephone exchange on 9th January, 1894.   But in which Massachusetts town: Lexington, Manchester or New Braintree … ?

Q2) More to the point, in which Massachusetts county is that town: Essex, Middlesex or Sussex … ?

Q3) New England Telephone & Telegraph was formed by investors from Massachusetts, and which other US State?

Q4) Who's generally accepted as the inventor of the telephone … ?

Q5) More to the point, he originally designed the 'phone whilst working on educating whom: the deaf, blind or mute … ?

Q6) Who else has a claim for patenting the first telephone: Elijah Wood, Elisha Gray or Elliot Smith … ?

Q7) Moving on, slightly.   BT is Britain's main landline provider: but what does BT stand for … ?

Q8) What's the American term for a mobile phone … ?

Q9) What's the traditional Cockney Rhyming slang term for a phone … ?

Q10) And FINALLY … what was the original term for a phone hacker: phone phunker, phone phan or phone phreak … ?


A1) Lexington.

A2) Middlesex.

A3) The smallest in the US, Rhode Island.

A4) Alexander Graham Bell.

A5) The deaf.

A6) Elisha Gray.

A7) British Telecom.

A8) A cell phone.

A9) Dog and Bone.

A10) Phone phreak.

Enjoy those.

Now … Have one on me … 

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