Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 14-1-2015: Titan and Other Moons …

You know, I’m getting urges.

Mostly … ?

Well, mostly for some sugar in my tea.

Strange but true!

So I’m in something of a rush: as I’d like to nip out, shopping.

So, without much further ado?


Without much further ado, we’ll get yomping on to this week’s Brentwood Gazette Weekly Teaser.

Here’s this weeks, covered by the usual Creative Commons License* …
Q1) 14th January saw the Huygens probe land on the moon, Titan.   Titan orbits which planet of the solar system?
Q2) The landing took place in which year?
Q3) The probe was launched by from the Cassini probe: named after Giovanni Cassini.   Giovanni Cassini discovered four of Titan’s neighbouring moons.   Name one of those neighbours.
Q4) Cassini was born in what’s now which country … ?
Q5) Titan was discovered by Christiaan Huygens: the man the probe was named after.   Huygens was from which European country?
Q6) Titan is the only moon — of its planet, or in our solar system — to have an atmosphere.   That atmosphere largely consists of which gas: nitrogen, oxygen or chlorine?
Q7) Titan’s lakes are liquid what: hydrocarbons, alcohols or alkalis?
Q8) Titan is larger — by volume — than our solar system’s smallest planet.   What’s that small planet called?
Q9) Titan is the second largest moon in our solar system.   The largest is Ganymede: which orbits which planet?
Q10) Finally … Which science fiction writer wrote The Sirens Of Titan: Isaac Asimov, Kurt Vonnegut or Harry Harrison?
Here’s last week’s
Q1) 7 is a Prime number: in other words, it’s only exactly dividable by itself: and what other number?
Q2) True or False: 7 is a Fibonacci number.
Q3) What are the chances of rolling a seven, on two standard, six sided dice: 1 in 6, 1 in 8 or 1 in 10?
Q4) What name is given to a seven-side, two dimensional, shape: a heptagon, a septagon or a septisimal?
Q5) Write the number seven … in binary.
Q6) In Jewish tradition, what’s the seventh day of the week?
Q7) What’s 7 squared?
Q8) The Lotus 7 car features in the opening titles of which TV series: The Fugitive, The Prisoner or The Avengers?
Q9) Name any one of the seven hills of Rome.
Q10) Finally … The Seven Kingdoms of Westeros feature in which series of books: The Lord Of The RingsA Song OF Fire and Ice or Terry Pratchett’s Discworld?
A1) One.   (1)
A2) False.   (Fibonacci numbers are part of a sequence — starting with zero and one — where each number is the sum of the previous two: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21 and so on.   As you can see, seven isn’t one of those.)
A3) 1 in 6:  the same chance you have of rolling a double.   (There are 36 possible combinations of rolls.   Rolls that add up to  seven makes up six of those possible combinations: 1 and 6, 6 and 1, 2 and 5, 5 and 2, 3 and 4 and 4 and 3. Six chances in thirty-six is, mathematically, equivalent to one in six.)
A4) A heptagon.
A5) 111.   (Binary only uses zeroes and ones to make up a number: showing 7 as 111 tells us that seven is made of 1 four, 1 two and 1 one.   If you’re reading the online version of this, I’ll include a link to the Wikipedia page about binary notation: here.)
A6) Saturday.   (Some forms of Christianity — notably the Seventh Day Adventists — share this view.)
A7) 49.   (It can also be written as 7 to the power of 2, or 7^2, or 7².)
A8) The Prisoner.
A9) The Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline, Esquiline, Palatine, Quirinal and Viminal.   (The Vatican Hill, Pincian Hill and Janiculum Hill aren’t usually counted amongst the hills: as they are outside the ancient city walls.)
A10) George R. R. Martin’s A Song OF Fire and Ice: the associated TV series takes its name from the first volume, A Game Of Thrones.   (Were I still doing live pub quizzes, I would NOT accept Game Of Thrones as the answer: it’s the name of the TV series based on the novels, not the series of novels themselves.)
Enjoy those.

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