Sunday, 30 March 2014

The Daily Teaser — 30-3-2014

I think we can safely say it’s now spring.


Yep … 

The clocks went forward, last night.

I have to admit: it’s something I find mildly … 

Well, curious, frankly.

I still, for the life of me, couldn’t tell you why we have to do it.

One of these day’s … ?

I’ll figure out — or find — an explanation that makes sense for me!

Now … let’s get a move on … 

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi*† putting in her answers: as well as putting up a trailer for Riptide, her third novel, ALSO bagged four out of seven.

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) 30th March, 1842, saw the first use of an anaesthetic, during surgery: by Crawford Williamson Long.   Which anaesthetic was it: nitrous oxide, ether or  chloroform?
Q2) 30th March, 1981, saw the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan.   In hospital, afterwards, he famously said to his wife, Nancy, “Honey, I forgot to … ” … what … ?
Q3) 30th March, 1909, saw the opening of the Queensborough Bridge.   In which US city?
Q4) 30th March, 1867, saw US Secretary of State, William H. Seward, purchase Alaska, on behalf of the USA.   From which country … ?
Q5) Finally … during fierce wars between England and Scotland, 30th March, 1296, saw Edward 1st sack which town … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 29th March was the date of the first ever London Marathon.   Name either of the first winners of the race.
A1) US runner, Dick Beardsley and Norwegian, Inge Simonsen, who crossed hand in hand.
Q2) In what year was that first Marathon … ?
A2) 1981.
Q3) The race’s ‘Red’ Start point is in which London Park … ?
Q4) The Marathon race is named for the Battle of Marathon: when courier, Pheidippides, took the news of Greek victory at the battle, to his home city.   Which Greek city was it … ?
A4) Athens.
Q5) More to the point, the Greeks fought the battle of Marathon against whom: the Romans, Egyptians or Persians … ?
A5) The Persians.
Q6) The London Marathon is — like other marathons — run over a distance of 26 miles: and how many yards … ?
A6) 385.
Q7) Finally … the London Marathon usually finishes on which London Road: The Mall, Oxford Street or Birdcage Walk … ?
Given it’s the birthday of Surfari’s bassist, Ken Forssi, today, I’ll leave you with their best known song … 

And with this thought from Vincent Van Gogh …
“What is true is that I have at times earned my own crust of bread, and at other times a friend has given it to me out of the goodness of his heart. I have lived whatever way I could, for better or for worse, taking things just as they came.”
Vincent van Gogh, 30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890.
Have a good day … !

*        Blast!   That’s what happens when you lose concentration, Debbi!   She’s actually here … !

†        Talking of which, Debbi, I think someone mixed questions one and two, yesterday … !

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Thanks, Paul! I'll have to send a friend request her way!

1. ether
2. duck
3. New York
4. Russia
5. Berwick