Friday, 12 September 2014

The Daily Teaser — 12-8-9: The Battle Of Marathon

That’s an odd one … 

Seems I’ve missed a special delivery.

I have to admit, I was out, yesterday: after job searching at the job centre — it looks like I’ve bagged a couple of interviews, by the way — I headed up to town to get some milk.

I got back at around half past One.

And checked my mail, after the plumber had been.

I got back at just after half past One.   Seems the postman turn up at five to two, when I was in.   13·56, according to the card.

When I was in!

He could’ve knocked, is my point.


Which is what gets me, at the moment.


I’m wondering what on EARTH’S been delivered.

With my luck … ?

Well, with my luck, it’ll be something unwanted: a court summons, say, or an arrest warrant.

Something like that.

It couldn’t possibly be a cheque!

But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and scoring six out of six.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s Marathon question set, shall we?

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

Q1) 12th September, 490 BC, is the conventionally accepted for the Battle of Marathon.   On one side were an ancient Greek army: from which city?
Q2) The Greeks were fighting an invading army from where: Egypt, Persia or Rome?
Q3) Who was the enemy king who ordered the invasion: Darius 1st, Julius Caesar or Herod Antipas?
Q4) The Marathon race is inspired by the story of the messenger, Pheidippides: who delivered the news of Greek victory.   To which city?
Q5) Which Greek god is supposed to have appeared to Pheidippides: Pan, Apollo or Zeus?
Q6) Finally: the battle is supposed to be the first recorded incidence of which medical condition … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 
Q1) 11th September, 1914, saw the birth of Pavle: who grew up to become Patriarch — or formal head — of which European country’s church … ?
A1) Serbia’s.
Q2) 11th September, 1978, saw the death of Janet Parker.   Ms Parker was the last person to die of which disease … ?
A2) Smallpox.
Q3) 11th September, 2013, saw the forming of the Catalan Way human chain: to highlight the desire for Catalonian independence.   Catalonia is part of which European country … ?
A3) Spain.
Q4) 11th September saw Scotland vote in favour of having a devolved parliament.   In which year?
A4) 1997.
Q5) Scotland votes on its independence from the rest of the UK: in which year?
A5) This year: 2014.   This coming Thursday …
Q6) Finally … 11th September, 1998, saw the Opening Ceremony of the 1998 Commonwealth Games.   In which country were the 1998 Games held … ?
A6) Malaysia.   In Kuala Lumpur, in fact … 
I’ll leave you worth a re-enactment of the battle … 

And these words …
“With you it rests, Callimachus, either to bring Athens to slavery, or, by securing her freedom, to be remembered by all future generations.”

Words ascribed to Militiades, by Herodotus.
Enjoy your day … 

*        I’ll keep my eyeballs open for that, Debbi!

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Awesome! Thanks, Paul. :)

1. Athens
2. Persia
3. Darius 1st
4. Athens
5. Pan
6. delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)