Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 17-9-2014: The Flying Circus


It’s officially getting latish … 

Well … Ish … !

What CAN I tell you … ?

Except I’ve been in to Chelmsford, again: for an ultrasound scan on  a suspected hernia.

What got me about the whole process … ?

Was the direction the receptionist gave me: to get to Radiology.

“It’s second on the left, past Marks and Spencers.”

The National Health Service isn’t what it used to be … !


At any rate, it s Wednesday.

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

Here’s this week’s question: covered by the usual Creative Commons Licence* … 
Q1) 17th September saw Baron von Richthofen win his first aerial combat: during which year of World War 1?
Q2) The fight took place over which French town: Lille, Cambrai or Dunkirk?
Q3) One of the men he shot down was Captain Tom Rees.   Captain Rees was a member of what: the British Army, the Royal Air Force or the Royal Navy?
Q4) Over all, the Baron made how many confirmed kills: sixty, eighty or one hundred … ?
Q5) What was Baron von Richthofen’s first name … ?
Q6) He was also known as the ‘Bloody’ … what?
Q7) Von Richthofen’s German title — Freiherr, the German equivalent to Baron — translates as what: free man, free lord or free mason?
Q8) The squadron von Richthofen led — Jagdgeschwader 1, or JG1 — became known as Baron von Richthofen’s Flying … what … ?
Q9) “10, 20, 30, 40, 50 or more,” is a line from a song about the Baron: released by The Royal Guardsmen.   What was the song called?
Q10) Finally … The Baron was mentioned in the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip, as the flying enemy of who: Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty or Snoopy?
Here’s last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) 10th September saw American Express open for business in the UK.   In which year of the 1960s?
Q2) The company charged an annual fee to its new card holders.   Of £3 and how many shillings: ten, twelve or fifteen?
Q3) American Express started its life as an express mail service in the USA: back in 1850.   What was its better known sister company called?
Q4) The original US American Express Card was what: a credit card, or a card card?
Q5) American Express was the second card of its type to open in the US.   What was the first: Barclaycard, Visa or Diners Club … ?
Q6) The standard American Express card is green, and has a picture on it.   Of what: the Roman god, Herpes, a centurion or the Emperor Trajan?
Q7) American Express are also the world’s biggest issuers of what: credit cards, prepaid debit cards or travelers cheques?
Q8) What colour is American Express’ most exclusive card: gold, platinum or black … ?
Q9) American Express have issued a card with which well known London shop: Selfridges, Harrods or Hamleys?
Q10) Finally … according to American Express’ famed adverts, you shouldn’t leave where, without it?
A1) 1963.
A2) Twelve.
A3) Wells Fargo.
A4) A charge card.   (I’ve had neither: so couldn’t tell you what the difference is.   All I know is that you pay the money back after it’s spent: unlike a debit card, where you only spend the money if you’ve got it.)
A5) Diners Club.
A6) A centurion.   (You’ve never heard of Herpes†?   Roman god of decorated archways … )
A7) Travelers cheques.
A8) Black: it’s their Centurion Card.   (Exclusive is possibly the right word: you only get one if you’ve already got their platinum card, AND met other criteria.   You’re not just rich.   You’re Stinking!)
A9) Harrods.   (They do loyalty points … ?   Oh, well, I’ll have two, then … )
A10) Home.
Enjoy those: I’ll catch you later.

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†        It’s a bad joke, on my part.   ‘Fornix’ is the Latin word that gives us ‘fornication’: and was a decorated archway.   Fornication was also the word — apparently — for a group of prostitutes: who’d decorated Roman archways in the same way working girls in Amsterdam ‘decorate’ windows.   If you fornicate, that’s when you’d met Herpes, the god of decorated archways … 

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