Wednesday, 22 May 2013

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 22-5-2013

Blimey, there’s a thing … !

It seems that the Brentwood Gazette not only has a new website: but also been winning awards.

You’ve got to hand it to Neville and the gang: they’ve done well, there … !

I’m just glad the gang think think I and the rest of the amateurs who contribute have something to add to the hard work they put in.

Kudos by association, so to speak.

At ANY rate … ?

At any rate, it’s Wednesday: which means it’s time for the Brentwood Gazette’s Teaser.

Here’s this week’s question: both here, and on BOTH Gazette pages …
Q1) 22nd May, 1980, saw the release of the original Pac-man.   By which Japanese electronics company … ?   
Q2) Toru Iwatani, the game’s designer, partly based Pacman on a Japanese character for what part of the face … ?   
Q3) He also drew inspiration from which foodstuff … ?   
Q4) What’s the Japanese version of the game called: Pakkuman, Pakkulaman or Pakkula … ?   
Q5) Pac-man’s enemies — the four ghosts who always chased him — were known as Shadow, Speedy, Bashful and Pokey.   Give us any of their nicknames … ?   
Q6) What colour did they turn, when Pacman ate a PowerPill?   
Q7) In the original US version of the game — the version we would’ve seen, here in the UK — eating one of the pellets would score how many points: five, ten or fifteen … ?   
Q8) How many points did you need to score, to gain an extra life … ?   
Q9) What was the furthest level you could reach, in Pac-man: 254, 255 or 256 … ?   
Q10) And FINALLY … ?   What was the name of the sequel to Pac-man … ?   
Here’s last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) 15th May, 1718, saw James Puckle patent a well known type of gun: what type of gun … ?   
Q2) What was Puckle’s day job … ?   
Q3) What did he call his gun: a defense gun, attack gun or show gun … ?   
Q4) Moving on, slightly: the Gatling gun, a very early machine gun, was first used in which country’s civil war … ?   
Q5) Real machine guns — like the Maxim, Vickers and Chuchat — saw  their first widespread use in which 20th Century war … ?   
Q6) What name is given to the grooves found in many gun barrels … ?   
Q7) What do those grooves improve about a bullet … ?   
Q8) Your friends who smoke will have a relative of the flintlock gun in their pocket.   What is it … ?   
Q9) Which science fiction series had an episode called ‘Spectre of the Gun’ … ?   
Q10) Finally … Name either of the bands to release a version of the song, ‘The Guns Of Navarone’, in the UK …    
A1) The Machine Gun.   
A2) A lawyer.   (Although records are unclear if he was a barrister, solicitor, counsel or licensed conveyencer.)   
A3) The defense gun.   (Shame on you if you missed the bad pun …)   
A4) The USA’s.   
A5) World War One.   
A6) Rifling.   
A7) The accuracy.   (It’s the same reason why rugby balls and American footballs are the shape they are: it means they can be spun, as thrown, to increase the accuracy.)   
A8) The common or garden lighter.   (The flintlock firing wheel is the ancestor of the spark wheel in most gas and all Zippo-type petrol lighters.)   
A9) Classic ‘Star Trek’.   
A10) The Skatalites and The Specials.   
Enjoy those … !

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