Tuesday, 12 April 2016

The Daily Teaser — 12-4-2016: The First Spaceman

Wouldn’t you just know it … ?

I’ve had a payment card for my council tax on order: for some time, now.

And — understandably, I think — been a little concerned, as it hadn’t actually turned up.

So … ?

So, yesterday morning, I went to Brentwood Council: to see if they could tell me anything.

About the only thing they could offer?

Was the information it would be here, “at some point, this week.”

Disappointing, but something I had to be happy with.

So — mildly disappointed, but at least with SOME sort of info — I went shopping.

And headed home.

Put my shopping away … 

And checked my post.

Only to find the card had been delivered whilst I was out.

Wouldn’t you know it?

But let’s 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 themed questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How To, License and video … 

Q1) 12th April saw the first person to travel into space, do so by orbiting the Earth.   What was his name?
Q2) He did so on 12th April.   Of which year of the 1960s?
Q3) Our hero travelled in the Vostok what: 1, 2 or 3?
Q4) At the moment of launch, the spaceman used the phrase, “Poyekhali.”   The phrase means what: “Let’s boogie,” “Let’s go,” or “Engage”?
Q5) Our hero was put into space by whom: the USA, UK or USSR?
Q6) That country would’ve called our hero a what: astronaut, taikonaut or cosmonaut?
Q7) That first orbit around Earth took how long: 88, 98 or 108 minutes?
Q8) Our hero was a Major in his country’s what: army, navy or air-force?
Q9) The major and his craft were launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.   The Cosmodrome is in what’s now which country?
Q10) Finally … when he eventually landed, the Major landed just outside a small town called what: Marx, Lenin or Engels?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 11th April, 1909, saw the founding of Tel Aviv.   The city is in which country?
A1) Israel.
Q2) 11th April, 1913, was the date of the Nevill’s Ground attack: an attack on a sports ground by Suffragettes.   It was the only such attack on what: a football field, rugby pitch or cricket ground?
A2) Cricket ground.   (Although, strictly speaking, the Suffragettes attacked the Pavilion.)
Q3) 11th April, 1961, saw whose warcrimes trail begin?
A3) Adolf Eichmann’s.
Q4) 11th April, 1908, saw the launch of the SMS Blücher.   The ship was the last cruiser built by whom: the Ottoman Empire, imperial Germany or the Russian Empire?
A4) Imperial Germany.
Q5) Finally … 11th April, 1972, saw the original broadcast of Radio Four’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.   Who’s the show’s current chairman?
A5) Comedian, Jack Dee.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“I am a friend, comrades, a friend!”

The Major’s words, to the people he met, on landing back on Earth.
And the tune he hummed in space …

Have a good day … 

*        You know, I’ll have to have a look at that book, Olga: it sounds interesting to say the least.   (And thank you: all I have to do know is update my passwords and CVs on the various job-hunting websites.)

†        She was certainly eye-catching, Debbi!   The Beeb managed to catch at least one kid, post-performance, who’d got a hoop from somewhere!   (Oh … got another techy teaser, today …)


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) Yuri Gagarin
Q2) 1961
Q3) 1
Q4) Let’s go (It good have been great if he’d said ‘let’s boogie’ though…)
Q6) cosmonaut
Q7) 108 minutes
Q8) Air-force
Q9) Kazakhstan
Q10) Engels
I can't imagine what the people who saw this man landing on a parachute must have imagined.
I'm sure the people delivering the card were just waiting for you to go and complain... :)

Debbi said...

It's one of those long ones! :) As John Lennon once said, "I got blisters on me fingers!" :)

1. Yuri Gagarin
2. 1961
3. 1
4. Let's go!
5. the USSR
6. cosmonaut
7. 108 minutes
8. air-force
9. Kazakhstan
10. Engels

Whew! :)