Saturday, 17 December 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 17-12-2016

Bugger … 

I hate it when my IBS acts up.

I was working, last night.

And got hit by a rather painful flare up.

I’m thankful I’ve got a sympathetic bunch of bosses: who let me go home, early.

But, boy … 

That’s something I’ve come to loath.


Let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga* and Debbi† putting in their answers:  with Olga scoring ten out of ten, and Debbi scoring nine..

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

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

Q1) Diplomatic relations were re-established: on 17th December, 2014.   Between the USA and where … ?
Q2) Six people were killed, on 17th December, 1983: when an IRA bomb went off near which London department store?
Q3) The US Air Force closed Project Blue Book: on 17th December, 1969.   The Project was the air force’s investigation … into what?
Q4) 17th December, 1989, saw Fernando Collor de Mello win the first democratic presidential election: for President of where?
Q5) Finally … Harold Holt disappeared whilst swimming: on 17th December, 1967.   He disappeared whilst serving as Australian … what?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 16th November saw MPs in the House of Commons vote to abolish hanging.   In which year of the 1960s: 1965, 1967 or 1969?
A1) 1969.
Q2) The original, relevant, act had suspended the Death sentence for some five years, and had come into force, when: 1963, 1965 or 1967?
A2) 1965.
Q3) This particular vote covers Great Britain.   In other words, Hanging was abolished in all countries of the UK … except one.   Which one?
Q4) The act — and the vote — effectively abolished hanging as a punishment, for one capital offense.   Which one: arson in naval dockyards, murder or treason?
A4) Murder.
Q5) The then leaders of each of Britain’s major political parties voted for abolition: including Britain’s then Prime Minister.   Who was he?
Q6) The then Home Secretary opened the debate on Abolition… Who was he?
Q7) After this vote, hanging remained as punishment in the UK.   For what: piracy without violence, manslaughter or espionage?
A7) Espionage.
Q8) Hanging was traditionally carried out on what?
A8) A scaffold: also called a gallows.   (Gallows Corner, in Romford, would’ve had one.   I suspect lynchings — or a gallows — may have been at Hanging Hill Lane, in Hutton: but can find no actual references I’d trust, online.)
Q9) Early forms of hanging killed the hanged person by strangulation.   Later versions were supposed to break the victim’s … what?
A9) Neck.   (What’s called the ‘standard drop’ meant the person fell between 4 and 6 feet.   The ‘Long Drop’ varied according to the weight and height of the hanged person.   In either case, the knot would be carefully placed, so as to assure the neck broke.)
Q10) Finally … Hanging, as a punishment for any capital crime, was finally abolished in which year of the 1990s?
A10) 1998: with the introduction of the Human Rights Act (1998).
I’ll leave you with this …
“Only two classes of books are of universal appeal: the very best and the very worst.”
Ford Madox Ford, 17 December 1873 – 26 June 1939.
And this … 

Have a good day … 

*        Did you manage to source any USB sticks, Olga?   I’m curious, now … !

†        Had to double check question 7, yesterday, Debbi: espionage was the answer I was after.   


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) Cuba
Q2) Harrods
Q3) UFOs
Q4) Brazil
Q5) Prime Minister
Thanks, Paul. I'm keeping it in mind for whenever I need to send presents (I'm not big on Xmas and aren't planning much here) but my method these days is to be on the lookout as I seem to find them anywhere (my most recent cheap buy was in Tesco...)
Sorry to hear about your IBS. It's a funny time of the year for food, but it could be so many things...

Debbi said...

I wondered about that. Oh, well.

We had an ice storm here and our power went out. It came back on in the nick (or the nik-nak) of time. :) *groan*

1. Cuba
2. Harrods
3. UFOs
4. Brazil
5. Prime Minister