Thursday, 16 November 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 16-11-2017

Right … 

It’s Thursday … 

Which means several things.


I’ve got a day off, today.

That means?

I’ve got to get an early night, tonight: as I’ve got an nine o’clock start, tomorrow.

Which certainly implies just one episode of The Strain.   Par for the course, in one sense: it’s what’s been happening for the past couple of nights.

As a last thought … ?

I’m feeling slightly rushed.

As, at eleven, today?

I’ve an appointment at the dentist.

I’m feeling a little rushed: and nervous.

But hopeful.

I’m hoping it’ll be the day this tooth comes out … !


Let’s move on.

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 To, License and video … 

Q1) The patent for the thermionic valve was granted on 16th November of which year?
Q2) The patent was granted to John Ambrose whom?
Q3) That valve was a what: oscillating valve, rectifying valve or amplifying valve?
Q4) The thermionic valve was a what tube?
Q5) Both valve and tube let electricity go in one direction: from a filament called a what?
Q6) From the filament … to what ‘a’?
Q7) In addition to a heater, most valves have two parts: the filament and the ‘a’.   They’re usually in a glass tube holding those parts in a what?
Q8) A two part valve has two parts, and a heater: a two part valve is known as a what?
Q9) A three part valve is a what?
Q10) Finally … the valve made electricity by doing what to the filament: cooling it, heating it or dry roasting it?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 

Q1) 15th November, 1988, the launch of the Buran spacecraft.   The Buran was the Soviet Union’s version of what: the Space Shuttle, Concorde or the Apollo rockets?
A1) The Space Shuttle.
Q2) The STS-38 mission was launched by NASA on 15th November, 1990.      Carrying a highly secret payload for which US government department: the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security or the Department of Health and Human Services.
A2) Department of Defense.
Q3) Which People’s Republic was became a republic: on 15th November, 1990?
A3) Bulgaria.
Q4) Hu Jintao was named as General Secretary of China’s communist party: on 15th November, 2002.   Who replaced him in the role: on 15th November, 2012?
A4) Xi Jinping.
Q5) Finally … today is the earliest day the third Thursday of November can fall.   It’s therefore the earliest day of which wine?
A5) Beaujolais Noveau.
Here’s a thought …
“Considerable progress has been made of late years in our knowledge concerning the structure and relations of atoms and electricity. Recent discoveries have moreover placed in a new light old theories and experimental work.”
The valve’s inventor, in a piece for Popular Science Monthly, Vol 61, May, 1902.
And a song … 

Today’s questions all be answered in tomorrow’s Teaser.

Have a good day.

*        You know, I’ve never actually read any of Cornwell’s stuff, Olga: although I’ve caught some of the Sharpe stuff on TV.   I keep thinking I should read up more on the whole Napoleonic period: I think it was influential … 

†        It’s not Siri that’s the problem, Debbi, it’s some of the connected … um … toys … that are the problem!   (There’s connected sex toys acting up!   Ye gods, where the hell are the connections going???????!!!‽!!!????????)


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) 1904
Q2) Fleming
Q3) Oscillation (I read oscillation but I’m sure they must have called it oscillating as well)
Q4) vacuum
Q5) cathode
Q6) anode
Q7) vacuum
Q8) Diode
Q9) Triode
Q10) Heating it
I've heard about Sharpe and seen the books but I haven't watched that either. Based on what I've read so far, I think I'll read more of his books.
Good luck with the dentist! (Fingers crossed!)

Debbi said...

Don't ask, don't tell! :) LOL!

1. 1904
2. Fleming
3. oscillating valve
4. vacuum
5. cathode
6. anode
7. vacuum
8. diode
9. triode
10. heating it