Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 16-4-2014

Ah HA!

That’s my World Book Night books delivered, then … !

Just so you know, I’ve been volunteering for that for about three years, now: quietly handing out multiple copies of whatever good read’s on the World Book Night list since 2011.

The one I’m handing out, this year … ?

Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City*.

Hell, let’s raise some eyebrows … !

At ANY rate, it’s Wednesday, today.

Which means it’s time for the Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser.

Here’s this week’s, covered by the usual Creative Commons License† …
Q1) 16th April saw the conviction of the Great Train Robbers: in which year of the 1960s?
Q2) More to the point, in which year was the robbery carried out … ?
Q3) How many of the Robbers were sentenced, that day … ?
Q4) Who was the leader of the Robbers?
Q5) He was eventually sentenced — in 1968 — to 25 years: eventually serving some nine years.   He was released in 1978: from which Kent prison … ?
Q6) Roughly how much — in used bank notes —  was stolen: £2.6 million,  £3.6 million or £4.6 million … ?
Q7) What was the name of the farm the Robbers used as a hideout?
Q8) Which (relatively minor) member of the gang famously lived in Brazil for many years: after escaping from HMP Wandsworth?
Q9) Which of the Robbers was the group’s Treasurer: and ended his days, shot dead in Marbella, Spain … ?
Q10) Finally … who headed the police squad that investigated the Great Train Robbery … ?
Here’s last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) 9th April, 1937, saw the first completely Japanese-built plane land in the UK.   What was it called … ?
Q2) The plane’s name translate’s from Japanese as Divine … what … ?
Q3) Which Japanese company built it: Mitsubishi, Nissan or Obayashi?
Q4) The plane launched from Tachikawa Airport in Tokyo.   And landed in which now closed London Airport … ?
Q5) April 9th also saw the first flight of the 737: in which year of the 1960s?
Q6) More to the point, the 737 is built by a division of which company … ?
Q7) That company makes the 737 in its well known factory in Renton.   In which US state is Renton … ?
Q8) 9th April, 1969, saw the first flight of the British built Concorde.   The plane was built by British companies: in co-operation with companies from which European country? 
Q9) Concorde was a supersonic transport, and faster than what: light, sound or gossip … ?
Q10) Finally … in which years was Concorde retired: 2001, 2002 or 2003 … ?
A1) The Kamikaze.
A2) Wind.
A3) Mitsubishi.
A4) Croydon Airport.
A5) 1967.
A6) Boeing.
A7) Washington.
A8) France.
A9) Sound.   (Tachyons may travel faster than light.   Nothing goes faster than gossip.)
A10) 2003.
Enjoy those!

*        As I recall, Mrs Madrigal, one of the mainstays of the series, is an only slightly dotty old lady: who earns her money as the landlady of 28, Barbary, San Francisco, one of the settings of the book.   She also grows her own cannabis.

†        As you’re possibly new … all it means is that you’re free to copy, use, alter and build on each of my quizzes: including the Teasers, Gazette Teasers and the Friday Question Sets.   All I ask in return is that you give me an original authors credit on your event’s flyers or posters, or on the night: and, if you republish them, give me an original authors credit AND republish under the same license.   A link back to the site — and to the Gazette’s, if that’s where you’ve found these — would be appreciated.

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