Saturday, 21 September 2013

The Daily Teaser — 21-9-2013: Oh, Mr Wells

Right, I’ve finally worked it out.

I HATE Domino’s Pizzas.

Actually, no, no, I don’t: they’re nice pizzas, generally speaking.

What I’ve had enough of … ?

Is their most recent advert, which recycles the theme tune from Champion The Wonder Horse.

And managed to earworm the blessed thing in my head, overnight.


So, with a vague sense of annoyance … let’s move on … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: along with letting us know she thought yesterday’s was something of a doozie, she ALSO bagged four out of five.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s H. G. Wells† questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the ‘How To,’ License and video … 

Q1) 21st September, 1866, saw the birth of writer, H. G Wells.   What did the H stand for … ?
Q2) More to the point, what did the G stand for … ?
Q3) Wells is one of three writers known as the ‘Father Of Science Fiction’.   Name the French writer he shares the title with.
Q4) Which American writer do they share the title with … ?
Q5) H. G. is also noted for creating war-games, despite being a pacifist.   Name either of the non-fiction books with which he created war-gaming.
Q6) Which left wing society was Wells a member of … ?
Q7) His first science fiction novel was original published in May of 1895.   What was it called … ?
Q8) Griffin is the protagonist of which of Wells novels … ?
Q9) Which of Wells novels’ sees Mr Barnstable travel to a utopia 3000 years into the future … ?
Q10) One of Wells’ non-fiction works — World Brain — covered Wells’ belief in the creation of a World … what … ?
Q11) Which of Wells novels’ is set on an island in the Pacific … ?
Q12) And FINALLY … Which Tommy Steele film is based on the H. G. Wells novel, Kipps … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 20th September, 2012, saw the death of Irish sportsman, Paul O’Connor.   Which sport did he play … ?
A1) Hurling.
Q2) 20th September, saw the UK’s Parliament pass the legislation that created the original version of which southern African country … ?
A2) South African: or the Union Of South Africa, as it was, then.
Q3) 20th September, 1970, saw a Russian probe — the Luna 16 — land where … ?
A3) The Moon.
Q4) 20th September, 1973, saw Bobby Riggs beaten in the Battle of the Sexes exhibition Tennis match.   By whom?
A4) Billy Jean King.
Q5) Finally … 20th September, 1854, saw French and British forces win the Battle of the Alma.   That battle is generally considered the first battle of which war?
A5) The Crimean War.
Enjoy those.

I’ll leave you with this thought from the man himself …
“We do not want dictators, we do not want oligarchic parties or class rule, we want a widespread world intelligence conscious of itself.”
From the Preface of World Brain, by H. G. Wells.
And with this song† … 

*        Oh, I don’t know about that, Debbi: John Lydon’s supposed to be a tough guy to impress … !

†        I have to admit, I’m seriously pleased with today’s Teaser.   I’ve done twelve questions: which I know is a bit of a monster.   But it’s a twelve question monster that doesn’t mention War Of The Worlds, once … !


Anonymous said...

Dear Paul, why is his second name more to the point than his first? love from Graham

Nik Nak said...

Basically, Graham, it boils down to three words.

Because It is … ”

Debbi said...

So I've noticed! :)

1. Herbert
2. George
3. Jules Verne
4. Robert Heinlein
5. Floor Games and Little Wars
6. the Fabian Society
7. The Time Machine
8. The Invisible Man
9. The Shape of Things to Come
10. government
11. The Island of Doctor Moreau
12. Half a Sixpence

Debbi said...

Hey, Paul!

I'd like to change my answer to #10.

Make that World Encyclopaedia.

Thank you! :)