Tuesday, 29 January 2013

The Daily Teaser — 29-1-2013

Well, it’s official: I’ve actually had a damn good night’s sleep, and am ready to see what the day brings.

OK, that’s not going to be much, on my money.

But, if nothing else … ?   I can make me way up to the local library.

Just to get some exercise, you understand.

I’ve actually managed to start reading Terry Pratchett’s Dodger: so I won’t be borrowing anything, just yet … !

That should give me enough time to pick and choose something … !

Let’s get moving on, shall we?

Yes, let’s … !


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers.   Along with admitting that history can get depressing, at times, she also bagged 6 — or possibly 5·5 — out of 6.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s questions, shall we?   Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video … 

Q1) 29th January saw the first publication of Poe’s The Raven.   In which New York newspaper … ?
Q2) More to the point, in which year was this … ?
Q3) 29th January, 1856, saw Queen Victoria institute the Victoria Cross.   It’s usually announced in the London Gazette: with one exception.   Whom … ?
Q4) During World War 1, 29th January, 1916, saw Paris bombed by what kind of German aircraft … ?
Q5) 29th January. 1976, saw the West End of London bombed by which terrorist group … ?
Q6) And finally … 29th January, 1819, saw Sir Stamford Raffles land on which island … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 28th January, 1624, saw Sir Thomas Warner found the first British colony in the Caribbean: on which Caribbean island … ?   
A1) Saint Kitts.
Q2) Which country is that island part of … ?   
A2) The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis.   (It’s the smallest sovereign state in the Americas, seemingly.)
Q3) 28th January, 1932, saw Japanese armed forces attack Chinese city … ?   
A3) Shanghai.
Q4) More to the point, name either of the two versions of Chinese, spoken in that city …    
A4) Mandarin, the official language of China, and Shanghainese, a dialect of Wu Chinese.
Q5) 28th January, 1813, saw the first publication of Pride and Prejudice.   Who wrote Pride and Prejudice … ?   
A5) Jane Austen.
Q6) And finally … 28th January, 1878, saw the oldest college paper in the USA: the what Daily News … ?   
A6) Yale Daily News.
As it’s former Gap Band frontman, Charlie Wilson’s birthday, today, I’ll leave you with their big UK hit … 

And with this quote from the late W. C. Fieldsº …
“I didn’t squawk about the steak, dear. I merely said I didn’t see that old horse that used to be tethered outside here.”
W. C. Fields  January 29, 1880 – December 25, 1946
Enjoy the day.

*        You’re right, Debbi, it can be: saying that, I’ve got an documentary on, that I recorded last night: about the Muisca.    It seems some of their rituals were the basis of the rumours of El Dorado.

º        He obviously shopped at Tesco … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Hey, Paul! I posted another chapter today. Afterward, I admitted to being a nerd. :)

I realized this after remembering a photo you'd posted on your blog. There was something about your expression that lingered in my mind. I think it reminded me of myself, especially at that age. Anyway, I hope you don't mind my blogging about this, since you often refer to the teaser group as geeks. Nerds, geeks, whatever, right? :)

1. the New York Evening Mirror
2. 1845
3. the American Unknown Soldier
4. German zeppelins
5. the IRA
6. Singapore

My next post is going to be my own teaser. This should be fun! :)