Monday, 4 June 2018

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser 4-6-2018: Pulitzer!

4th June, 2018

Yes: former President Clinton has written a thriller with James Patterson.

And was on the Today programme, hawking the thing around town.

What caught my attention?

Was his criticism of moves in the US towards electronic voting booths: booths he feels would be too easy to hack.

Wise thought, that.


I know in the UK has old fashioned paper voting.

But the impression I got from the media?

Was that the electoral counts, in various sports halls and parish halls across the country, used laptop with various spreadsheet apps, to store the results.   But that those laptops could not be connected to the net, until the count was finalised: to keep the risk of that machine being accessed remotely, and the results interfered with, to a minimum.

Which I can applaud … 

But still find concerning.

Those results could still be swiped from a central computer … 


But 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 first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded on 4th June: of which year?
Q2) Laura E. Richards, Maud Howe Elliot and Florence Howe Hall, won one of the first Pulitzers.   But for what type of book: a biography, history or journalistic report?
Q3) Robert Frost, Eugene O’Neill and Robert E. Sherwood, have all received how many prizes?
Q4) The prizes are available as a result of Joseph Pulitzer seetting up the fund for them in his will.   He made his money as a publisher of what: books, music or newspapers?
Q5) Finally … ?   Which singer won one of the three Pulitzer Prizes for Music, this year? (2018)
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 

Q1) 3rd June, 1957, saw Noël Coward return home: amidst accusations of going into tax exile.   Where was he living, at the time … ?
A1) Jamaica.
Q2) More to the point, who did he play in the 1969 version, of The Italian Job?
A2) Mr Bridger.   (Keats, Mr Bridger’s trusty helper in the film, was played by Graham Payn, Coward’s real world life partner.)
Q3) Hernando de Soto claimed Florida, for his home nation.   Which nation was that?
A3) Spain.
Q4) 3rd June, 1885, saw Cree Big Bear, flee the North WestMounted Police.   In what was to be the last military engagement in which country?
A4) Canada.
Q5) Finally … 130 people died on the 3rd June, 1962.   In a air crash in Orly Airport.   Airport and crash were in which French city?
A5) Paris.
Here’s a thought …
“All you have to do [to win a Pulitzer Prize] is spend your life running from one awful place to another, write about every horrible thing you see. The civilised world reads about it, then forgets it, but pats you on the head for doing it and gives you a reward as appreciation for changing nothing.” 
David Balducci, The Christmas Train.
And a song …

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

Have a good day.

*        Yep, you’re right, Olga, a lot do.   Bart’s voiced by Nancy Cartwright, I think her name is.   I seem to recall a couple of interviews with her: where she admitted saying “Don’t have a cow, man,” in Bart’s voice, to confuse checkout girls in super markets!   (Hmmm … the Pratchett Solution … Might JUST need to mention it next time we have an expenses scandal in the UK.)

†        Hmmm … I’ve JUST seen a piece from Digital Spy, Debbi: that tells me the BBC are putting all of the new Dr Who on the iPlayer, in the run-up to series 11.   Blowed is I can find it on the web version, though!!


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) 1917
Q2) Biography
Q3) Four
Q4) Newspapers
Q5) Kendrick Lamar
It must be quite funny to be able to use the voice of one of the characters you voice in everyday life. Yes, I think you should always quote Terry Pratcher. Have a good week!

Debbi said...

Well, David's looking excited about it! :) I say bring back some old episodes! Tom Baker! Romana! K-9! Sarah! Adric! The Brigadier! I could go on ...

1. 1917
2. a biography
3. 4
4. newspapers
5. Kendrick Lamar