Sunday, 20 September 2015

The Daily Teaser — 20-9-2015

Now, I have to confess to having had a very good day off, yesterday.

After all, it finished with The Magician’s Apprentice: possibly the strongest opening episode of Dr Who I’ve seen in a while.   I’ll try not to spoil things for Debbi, as I don’t know if she and partner Rick, haven’t seen it yet.   But my word, that was one to watch!

I also managed to get to see my nephew, Jude: who’s getting tall, for a four year-old!

And possibly the owner of the daffiest sense of humour … 

Oh … And a delivery turned up!   From Amazon.

Of some DVDs* I’d ordered, I should add.   The original switch I’d ordered still hasn’t arrived.

Personally … ?   I’m somehow not surprised … !


But let’s get a move on, shall we … ?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga† and Debbi‡ putting in their answers: with both 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) 20th September, 1909, saw the UK’s Parliament pass the act that created which country?
Q2) It was created by uniting four colonies.   Name one of those colonies.
Q3) Muhammed — prophet and founder of Islam — arrived in a well known city: on 20th September, 622 AD.   Which city?
Q4) Robert of Geneva was elected as Pope, under the name Clement 7th: on 20th September, 1378.   What title do historians give him: Pope, Antipope or Avignon Pope?
Q5) Monterrey was founded on 20th September, 1596: in what was then called New Spain.   The city is in what’s now which country?
Q6) Finally … 20th September, 1973, saw Bobby Riggs beaten, by Billie Jean King: in the match known as The Battle of the Sexes.   What sport were the pair playing: tennis, snooker or volleyball?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 19th September is — of course — Talk Like A Pirate Day.   Which Cornish-set Gilbert and Sullivan operetta is all about pirates?
A1) The Pirates Of Penzance.
Q2) Fictional pirate, Long John Silver, featured in which R. L. Stevenson novel?
A2) Treasure Island.
Q3) Who, in 1953, released the book, The Space Pirate: Harry Harrison, Phillip K. Dick or Jack Vance?
A3) Jack Vance.   (It’s also known as The Five Gold Bands.)
Q4) During the Golden Age of Piracy, two well known pirates stalled their executions by claiming to be pregnant.   Name either …
A4) Anne Bonny and Mary Read.
Q5) Finally … The Queen Anne’s Revenge was the ship captained by which pirate?
A5) Edward Teach: better known as Blackbeard.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“Art is not a democracy. People don’t get to vote on how it ends.”
George R. R. Martin, born 20th September, 1948.
And, given it’s Alanah Currie’s birthday, this tune … 

Have a good day … !

*        The first three series of Sherlock, the 1981 version of The Day Of The Triffids, series two of House of Cards … and the Aaagh It’s The Mr Hell Show, the last thing Bob Monkhouse worked on.   You have to love a title like Aaagh It’s The Mister Hell Show.

†        I think, Olga, International Talk Like A Pirate Day gives us a chance to get in touch with our inner pirate.   He says, with a straight face!   Glad you enjoyed the added quote and tune, by the way: it always amazes me the ones I end up finding.   (Saying that … ?   I’m just surprised I’ve managed to keep a stream of questions going … )

‡        My pleasure, Debbi: I’m just glad to have seen it!   The BBC have released it on iTunes: but ONLY made it available if you buy a series pass.   As you can imagine, that’s going to hack of a lot of UK fans.   After all, the consensus view is that we — in the UK — are paying for it, so maybe should be getting it!


Debbi said...

How very weird. About the series pass.

1. South Africa
2. Natal
3. Medina
4. Antipope
5. Mexico
6. tennis

Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) South Africa
Q2) Cape of Good Hope, Natal, Orange River Colony, and the Transvaal Colony.
Q3) Medina
Q4) Avignon Pope
Q5) Mexico
Q6) Tennis

Pleased to hear your day was good and got a delivery (even if not what you've been expecting). Great quote too (I've had that discussion with some readers).