Thursday, 8 March 2018

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 8th March, 2018

8th March, 2018.

Yep: I’ve got falsies!

Teeth, that is.

Yeah … ok … 

That’s gone down like a lead ballon, shan’t it … ?

Forget I mentioned it … !


On other fronts … ?

On other fronts, I’ve had half an eye on the case of Sergei Skripal, the poisoned Russian double agent, living in Salisbury.

And … ?

Well, it’s been officially confirmed: that an unnamed nerve agent was used to poison him and his daughter.

Indeed, the diplomatic situation is being discussed on the Today programme as I speak.

It’s … 

I have to confess, I’m not sure how I feel about this.

Yes: it’s not a nice thing to have happened: ESPECIALLY not for Mr Skripal and his daughter.

It’s also something done — as far as anyone can tell, right now — at the behest of a foreign power.

Another unpleasant thing to take into account.

But possibly the worst thing to consider?

Is the fact MI6 seemed to have dropped the ball in looking after the chap.

One of ours got it wrong … 


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 questions, shall we?

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

Q1) 8th March, 1950, saw Rover unveiled a car powered by what: electricity, a gas turbine or solar power?
Q2) The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was first broadcast on radio: on 8th March, 1978.   The film version was released in which year?
Q3) A jet exploded at LAs Vegas airport: on 8th March, 1972.   Which (then) airline did it belong to?
Q4) 8th March, 1841, saw the birth of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.   Holmes served in which US body: the Supreme Court, the Senate or in the Cabinet of the United States?
Q5) Finally … 8th March is International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day.   An offshoot of International Women’s Day, it marks womens involvement in making what: tea, coffee or beer?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 

Q1) 7th March, 1989, saw the UK and Iran break off diplomatic relations.   In a row over which book?
Q2) Alexander Graham Bell received the patent for the telephone: on 7th March, 1876.   Who — going by 2017 revenue — the UK’s biggest phone company?
A2) With the equivalent of $47 billion?   Vodaphone.
Q3) Which Dutch American painter was born on 7th March, 1872?
A3) Piet Mondrian: also spelt Mondriaan.
Q4) Police broke up a Civil Rights march on 7th March, 1965: as the march was heading out of Selma.   Selma, protest and police action, were in which US state?
A4) Alabama.
Q5) Finally … ?   Two British soldiers were killed outside the Messereene Barracks: on 7th March, 2009.   By a splinter faction of what: the IRA, UDA or ETA?
A5) A splinter faction of the IRA, calling themselves the Real IRA.
Here’s a thought …
“If you’d spent your life being called ‘Gyles Brandreth’, you would crawl across broken glass to achieve the bliss, the simplicity, the purity, the joy of simply being called ‘Bob’.”
Gyles Brandreth, 8 March 1948.
And a very early Tubeway Army tune … 

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

Have a good day.

*        Actually, The Death of Stalin’s ANOTHER movie I keep meaning to see, Olga.   Armando Ianucci’s got a very good reputation as a writer, and Jason Isaac’s impressed me in Star Trek Discovery.   He crops up in Event Horizon, too.   And, yes: that’s why I try and pass on an ear worm: it’s seems to be the only way to get rid of them!   (You know, dead — or critically ill — Russians seem to be topical, right now …)

†        Good lord, he has his own Wikipedia page, Debbi?   I’m impressed!   It’s not often that happens!   (2010?   That’s too recent a death …)


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) A gas turbine
Q2) 2005 (there is a TV series from 1981)
Q3) Trans World Airlines
Q4) The Supreme Court
Q5) Beer
I'm sure you'll enjoy the movie when you get to it. I was watching the X-Files yesterday and some sort of toxic gas was also featured (although no Russians this time).

Debbi said...

Don't I know? I still miss the guy! :(

1. a gas turbine
2. 2005
3. TWA
4. the Supreme Court
5. beer