Saturday, 14 March 2015

The Daily Teaser — 14-3-2015

You know, I’m in a quandary.

Well, not a quandary, I’m just up, early.

Yes, it’s that time of the month.

The time of the month, when there’s a staff meeting at, work.

Which has me up at silly o’clock, frankly.

But my quandary?   Has nothing to do with it.

I’ve been thinking I’d like to finish off Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Quest.

It’s a nice riveting story, the character’s are sympathetic, the plot’s jogging along to a climax.

But, of course, it’s a library book.   So I’ve only so long, to finish it, before I have to return it.

But, of course, I’d like to mark the death of Terry Pratchett, somehow: probably by reading the disc world series, again.

Oh, I’ve a copy of A Slip Of The Keyboard to dip in and out of.

Otherwise things would be serious.


But let’s move on, shall we?

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

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

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

Q1) 14th March, 1647, saw ambassadors from Bavaria, France and Sweden sign the Treaty Of Ulm.   During what: the One Hundred Years War, the Thirty Years War or Six Day War?
Q2) 14th March, 1942, saw Anne Miller become the first patient in the US treated with what: an Iron Lung, penicillin or radiotherapy?
Q3) Which of Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera’s saw its debut on 14th March, 1885?
Q4) Eli Whitney was granted the patent for the Cotton Gin: on 14th March, 1794.   The Gin separates cotton seed … from what?
Q5) Finally … 14th March, 1900, saw the USA put its currency — the US dollar — onto the gold standard.   In this case, it meant $20·67c bought how much gold: ½ ounce, 1 ounce or 2 ounces?
Here’s last years questions and answers …
Q1) 13th March, 1633, saw Galileo Galilei arrive in Rome.   For his trial before whom: the Inquisition, the Gestapo or the Curia?
A1) The Inquisition.
Q2) 13th March, 1978, saw TV presenter, Anna Ford, make her debut as a newsreader: on ITV.   What’s the name of ITV’s then news service?
A2) Independent Television News: also known as ITN.
Q3) 13th March, 1692, was the date of the Glencoe Massacre, when 78 members of the MacDonald clan were killed: for refusing to pledge loyalty to Britain’s then king.   Who was that king?
A3) William 3rd: also known as William of Orange.
Q4) 13th March, 1931, saw what named as the capital of British India?
A4) New Delhi.
Q5) Finally … 13th March, 1981, saw over to miles of streets — in Louisville, Kentucky — destroyed by explosions.   In what: the traffic lights, the sewers or the electricity network?
A5) The sewers.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“At 60, I could do the same things I could do at 30, if I could only remember what those things are.”

Billy Crystal, born 14th March, 1948.
And this March† … 

Have a good day.

*        A pint of Winkles would be entirely the thing, Debbi.   (Sir Terry mentioned — in one early novel — that the Disc had a variety of grape that grew backwards in time: called reannual grapes.   You’d plant them this year, and harvest them last year.   Wine from the grape gives you hangover, the day before you drink it.)

†        Strauss’s Radetzky March will be familiar to those of us who are fans of the original version of The Prisoner will recognise the piece: it’s used as a recurring theme, throughout the show.


Mr Strict said...

1. Thirty Years War.
2. Penicillin.
3. The Mikado.
4. Cotton Fibre.
5. 1 ounce.

Debbi said...

Back from a day-long filmmaking seminar. Whew! :)

1. The Thirty Years War
2. penicillin
3. The Mikado
4. fibers
5. 1 ounce