Tuesday, 18 February 2014

The Daily Teaser — 18-2-2014

OK, I’ll admit to not being a sports fan, usually.

Unusual, I know, but there you go.

Apart from one or two sports.

Snooker’s the main one I do watch: or, at least, try and make time for, where possible.

Every-so-often, I’ll watch out for the Curling, when the Winter Olympics is on at a convenient time.

This morning was one of those times: Britain’s Men’s Curling team were playing Norway, in their last round-robin match, each hoping to land a place in the semi-finals.

Britain got through*: by a narrow two points.

Phew … !


Moving on … yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi† putting in her answers: along with letting us know there’s more snow on the way, she ALSO scored six out of six.

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

Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video … 

Q1) 18th February, 1885, saw the first publication of Mark Twain’s Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn.   What Twain novel is Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn a direct sequel to … ?
Q2) 18th February, 1957, saw Walter James Bolton become the last person executed: in which country … ?
Q3) 18th February, 1900, saw the first day of the Battle of Paardeberg: fought as part of the Second Boer War.   In which country did the First and Second Boer Wars take place … ?
Q4) 18th February, 1972, saw the Californian Supreme Court rule which punishment to be invalid: the death penalty, public flogging or community service?
Q5) Finally … 18th February, 1978, saw the first Ironman Triathlon take place.   This consisted of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bicycle ride and and a 26.2 mile … what … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 17th February, 2011, saw the start of civil war: in which North African country … ?
A1) Libya.
Q2) The rebels were fighting the country’s now dead dictator: who was he … ?
A2) Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
Q3) Moving on … 17th February, 1949, saw Chaim Weizmann elected as President of which Middle Eastern country … ?
A3) Israel.
Q4) 17th February, 1933, saw the Blaine Act passed in the USA.   Famously, this ended the prohibition of what, in the USA … ?
A4) Alcohol.
Q5) 17th February, 1959, saw the launch of the Vanguard 2 weather satellite.   It launched to measure what aspect of the weather: rainfall, cloud cover or the amount of reflected sunlight?
Q6) Finally … 17th February, 1945, saw the birth of Irish actress, Brenda Fricker.   For which film was she the first Irish winner of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar … ?
Given today is Yoko Ono’s birthday, I’ll leave you with  Don’t Worry, Kyoko, Mummy’s Only Looking For Her Hand In The Snow 

And this thought …
“Some of the goals were good, some of the goals were sceptical.”
Bobby Robson, 18 February 1933 – 31 July 2009.
Enjoy your day.

*        Most of Britain’s Curlers are Scottish: in much the same way the many of Britain’s lawn green bowlers are English.   I REALLY hope Scotland doesn’t vote for independence.   We’d not have a hope of Curling Gold!

†       I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you, Debbi, and hope it’s light!   (Oooh, did I tell you Britain’s through to the Curling semis … !)

‡        Possibly the only song I’ve heard that I can describe as ‘Ambient Shrieking’ … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Well done on the curling! :) It's hard to picture Britain without Scotland. I hope they stay with you.

1. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
2. New Zealand
3. South Africa
4. the death penalty
5. run

Good God! Yoko could curdle milk with that voice!