Sunday, 29 December 2013

The Daily Teaser — 29-12-2013

Argh … !

Or, at least, ‘Argh’ … I think … 

I have to admit to being a touch nervous: I’m due to help out with my nephew’s birthday party, today.

Lord know’s how I’m going to do with that!

I’ll be frank … I’m feeling just a touch of stage fright … !   But Jude NOT having his favourite uncle there … ?

Well, that just wouldn’t be on, now would it … ?

Hmm … 

Let’s move on, shall we?   Before I get overwhelmed … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw both Kaiju and Debbi putting in their answers: with Kaiju telling us x-rays are cool, and Debbi telling us she’s going to be checking out some more Terry Pratchett, the day saw Kaiju* scoring six out of six, and Debbi† scoring five.

Let’s see how they — and you — do with today’s questions, shall we?

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

Q1) 29th December, 1914, saw serialization start — in The Egoist — of A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man.   Who wrote A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man … ?
Q2) More to the point, in which Irish city was that writer born … ?
Q3) 29th December, 1911, saw Sun Yat-sen become the provisional president of where … ?
Q4) 29th December, 2006, saw the UK repay its Anglo-American Loan: originally run up in the wake of which war … ?
Q5) 29th December, 1986, saw the death of former British Prime Minister, Harold MacMillan.   What title did he hold, on his death … ?
Q6) Finally … 29th December, 1860, saw the launch of Britain’s first seagoing ironclad, the HMS Warrior.   What does HMS stand for?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 28th December, 1941, saw the start of Operation Anthropoid: the plot to kill which Nazi leader … ?
Q2) That leader was in charge of what was then called the ‘Protectorate Of Bohemia and Moravia’: which is now in which European country … ?
A2) The Czech Republic.
Q3) 28th December, 1993, saw British Customs officials seize £70 million worth of cocaine.   Cocaine they felt was linked to whom: the Mafia, the Yakuza or the Cripps … ?
A3) The Mafia.
Q4) 28th December, 1944, saw Maurice Richard become the first professional player to score eight points: in which US sport … ?
A4) NHL Ice Hockey.
Q5) 28th December, 1973, saw the Endangered Species Act signed into US law: by which US President … ?
A5) Tricky Dicky, himself: Richard M. Nixon.
Q6) Finally … 28th December, 1895, saw Wilhelm Röntgen publish the paper describing his discovery of what kind of radiation … ?
A6) X-rays.   (Which have frequencies from 30 petahertz to 30 exahertz.   Apparently.)
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“After us, the deluge. I care not what happens when I am dead and gone.”
Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, Madame de Pompadour, 29 December 1721 – 15 April 1764.
And — given it’s Marianne Faithfull’s birthday — this tune … 

Have a good day … !

*        Hang on, Kaiju, I thought it bow ties that were cool … ?

†        I know what you mean, Debbi: I’ve still got The Magic Labyrinth to get through … !

1 comment:

Debbi said...

I've got so much reading to do, it's overwhelming! :)

1. James Joyce
2. Dublin
3. the Republic of China
5. Lord Stockton, Viscount Macmillan
6. Her/His Majesty's Ship