Sunday, 15 November 2015

The Daily Teaser — 15-11-2015: The Coventry Blitz

Oh, now THAT’S handy … !

The USB sticks I ordered from Amazon, last week, have turned up.

2 gigabyte ones, I should add.   Which I mostly got, with the idea — believe I should say — that you can never have two many USB sticks.

They’re a bit like pens, in that respect.

You can never have too many pens.   You can never find one, when you need one: and, seemingly, when you DON’T need one … ?

You end up tripping over the blessed things!

At ANY rate … ?   I might well just give the sells a good review.

The sticks were delivered ahead of the stated due date: AND came with a set of lanyards.   The little thingies that let you hang the sticks from a wrist/neck/keyring.

It’s just a shame I’ve not yet worked out how to thread the things onto the sticks, as yet!


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga* putting in her answers: scoring six out of six in the process.

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

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

Q1) Over the night of the 15th, and 14th, of November, 1940, Coventry was bombed by the German Airforce.   Notably, the city’s 14th Century what, was destroyed in the bombing?
Q2) The bombing started the night before: on the 14th.  At what time: 19:20, 19:30 or 19:40?
Q3) German statements about the bombing of Coventry claimed it was in reprisal for the bombing — in the previous week — of which German city?
Q4) The main Humber Hillman factory was destroyed during the raid.   In peacetime, the factory — and company — made what?
Q5) What was the name of the wartime German airforce?
Q6) Group Captain F. W. Winterbotham claimed Coventry wasn’t defended on this night: so Britain would not reveal it could decode German messages sent via an Enigma machine.   Britain’s decoders were based where?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) During the US Civil War, 14th November, 1862, saw President Abraham Lincoln approve plans to capture the capital city of the Confederate Staes of America.   That capital is now part of the USA.   Which Virginian city is it?
A1) Richmond.
Q2) Which UK city was bombed: on the night of the 14th — and early morning of the 15th — of November, 1940?
A2) Coventry.
Q3) 14th November, 1954, saw the birth of Condoleeza Rice.   Which political office did she hold under President George W. Bush?
Q4) 14th November, 2014, Saw the death of TV producer, Glen A. Larson.   His first big hit series, for Universal Studios, was a Western: called what?
Q5) More to the point, his Mormon beliefs were the inspiration for which of his serials?
A5) Battlestar Galactica.   (Personally … ?   I preferred the remake: not quite so staid …)
Q6) Finally … 14th November, 1967, saw physicist, Theodore Maiman, granted the patent for the world’s first what?
A6) Laser.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“Coventry was adequately concentrated in point of space [to start a firestorm], but all the same there was little concentration in point of time.”

Sir Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris, head of RAF Bomber Command.
And this song, originally written to mark the anniversary of the Coventry bombing … 

Have a good day.

*        Any idea how to thread a needle, Olga?   I SWEAR, I’m going to get these lanyards on … !

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Hi! Back from ScriptDC, and I'm glad to report that it was great! :)

1. the Coventry Cathedral
2. 19:40
3. Munich
4. the Luftwaffe
5. Bletchley Park