Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The Daily Teaser — 5-11-2014: GUNPOWDER … !

Hmmm … 

Did I tell you I had an interview, yesterday … ?

I had an interview, yesterday.

For a local fast food restaurant, so you know.

There’s a certain amount of irony there: in that the suggestion to go to the weight management programme I’m on, came — in part —from my Job Centre advisor: who also found the interview for me.

At ANY rate … !   I had an interview, yesterday.   Which I suspect went well enough.   Saying that … ?

Saying that, I think I won’t get a position from the franchise running the restaurant.

Britain has an age related, statutory minimum wage: a lot of the rest of the interviewees were younger, and therefore cheaper, than me.

Go figure … !


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

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s rather explosive questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video

Q1) 5th November is — in the UK — fireworks night: making the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.   Fireworks are also known as what: pyrotechnics, hydrostatics or geomancy?
Q2) Many fireworks contain saltpetre.   Saltpetre is Potassium what: Nitrate, Nitride or Nitrous?
Q3) What carbon based substance is in gunpowder: coal, charcoal or graphite?
Q4) Gunpowder also contains which very yellow element: Sulphur, Chlorine or Selenium?
Q5) Gunpowder was invented in 9th Century where: Afghanistan, China or India?
Q6) Records show gunpowder being made in England in 1346.   Where: the Houses of Parliament, the Tower Of London or the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich?
Q7) One form of gunpowder goes on a handheld firework, that produces white, orange or yellowish sparks.   In the UK, these are usually called what?
Q8) Muskets, jezails and arquebuses used gunpowder.   What are they?
Q9) Many commercial fireworks use a mix of aluminium powder with potassium perchlorate.   What’s this called: stun powder, flash-bang or flash powder?
Q10) Finally … Gunpowder goes into the firework known as a Catherine wheel.   The wheel is named after Saint Catherine of where?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 
Q1) 4th November, 2011, saw Bishop Tawadros elected as Pope: over  which church?
A1) The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria.   (BLAST! I should point out, here, I made a damn silly mistake: and put the year as 2011: it should, of course, read 2012.)
Q2) 4th November, 1942, and during the Second Battle of El Alamein: who disobeyed orders and started a five month retreat?
A2) Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.
Q3) 4th November, 1924, saw Nellie Tayloe Ross elected as the USA’s first female state governor.   Of which US state?
A3) Wyoming.
Q4) 4th November, 1937, saw the birth of Loretta Swit: best remembered as Major Margaret Hotlips Houlihan.   In which series?
Q5) Finally … 4th November, 1960, saw Dr Jane Goodall notice the chimps at the sanctuary she worked in, using what: computers, tools or wheels?
A5) Tools.   (She spotted one ‘fishing’ for termites: by poking a stick into a termite mound.)
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“The real use of gunpowder is to make all men tall.”

Thomas Carlyle.
And this tune … 

Have a good day.

*        I’m thinking next week’s episode will be as good, Debbi: and as unnerving.   Actually … ?   I think at least one of these will be viewable … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Yeah. :)

Congrats on the job.

1. pyrotechnics
2. nitrate
3. coal
4. sulphur
5. China
6. the Royal Arsenal
7. sparklers (??)
8. firearms
9. flash powder
10. Alexandria