Friday, 1 July 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 1-7-2016: The Third Man

You know, it’s not often I miss a trick.

But I’m thinking I missed a trick.

Frankly … ?   When writing a Teaser for today?

I totally overlooked the fact today … is the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.

So I won’t be marking the battle with a Teaser.

But … ?

But I’ll be listening to the various bits of news coverage, as far as I’m able.


I’ll be quietly hopeful the battle’s like won’t happen again.


But let’s move on, shall we?

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

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

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

Q1) Who was revealed to be the ‘Third Man’: on 1st July, 1963?
Q2) The announcement was made by the then Lord Privy Seal.   Who was he?
Q3) The Third Man was part of a group of spies known as the Cambridge Spy Ring.   How many were originally identified: two, three or four?
Q4) The Third Man went to WHICH Cambridge college?
Q5) At first, only two of the spies were identified.   Name either.
Q6) The pair defected in 1951: to the country they’d been spying for.   Which country was it?
Q7) The fourth member was identified: in 1979.   Who was he?
Q8) During World War Two, the Third Man worked for whom: MI5 or MI6?
Q9) The Third Man was usually known under a nickname: taken from the title of a book by whom?
Q10) Finally … the spy ring was usually called the Cambridge Four.   Who was accused of being the Fifth Man, in 1990?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 30th June, 1908, saw a large explosion occur: near the Stony Tunguska River.   The explosion was due to what: an nuclear bomb, a meteor or a crashed plane?
A1) A meteor.
Q2) River, and event, where in what’s now which country?
A2) Russia.   (In what’s now the Krasnoyarsk Krai region of what we call Siberia.)
Q3) A handover ceremony took place: on the night of 30th June, 1997.   This handed control of Hong Kong from the UK: to where?
A3) The People’s republic of China.
Q4) The Emperor of Abyssinia appealed for help, on 30th June, 1936: from the League of Nations.   What was that Emperor’s name?
A4) Haile Selassie.
Q5) Albert Einstein published On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies on 30th June, 1905.   This outline the theory of what: general relativity, special relativity or the photoelectric effect?
A5) Special relativity.
Q6) Finally … public sector workers went on strike: on 30th June, 1974.   In which US city?
A6) Baltimore.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“MI6 and Foreign Office files on the rest of the Cambridge spy ring remain in closed archives.”
From a Guardian article, ‘The Cambridge spy ring: what the biographers say,’ first published in 2014.
And possibly the ONLY tune we could use for today …

Enjoy your day.

*        It’s pretty mush what I was saying to Olga, on Twitter: that I’d have to pencil it in at SOME point!   Mind you, I keep thinking I should check out The Third Man.    Too many films, not enough time … !


Olga Nunez Miret said...

The Third Man I definitely recommend (the quote about the Swiss and the music would make it worth watching on their own, but it's fabulous, great photography and Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten at their peak).
I got quite confused about who was who and how many they were but...I guess that's what happens with spies

Q1) Kim Philby
Q2) Edward Heath
Q3) Four
Q4) Trinity College
Q5) Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean.
Q7) Anthony Blunt
Q8) MI6
Q9) Rudyard Kipling (Kim because he was born in India)
Q10) John Cairncross

Debbi said...

It's a GREAT movie. You simply must see it! :)

1. Kim Philby
2. Edward Heath (he and I have the same birthday, FWIW)
3. four
4. King's College
5. Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean
6. the Soviet Union
7. Anthony Blunt
8. MI6
9. Graham Greene
10. John Cairncross