Monday, 16 April 2012

The Daily Teaser — 16-4-2012

You know, I think —only think, mind — that I’m going to yawn.

Wouldn’t you know it, I had another bad night’s sleep, last night … !

One that wasn’t necessarily helped by the NHS: I was in enough pain to actually call the NHS Direct service.

Their advise … ? “Lot’s of fluids, make sure you’ve got a hot water bottle on the area, and phone an ambulance if it’s REALLY bad … ”

Helpful: when you consider I’m off to the surgery, today, for an ECG.

And my hot water bottle went walkies, years ago … !

Hmmm … 

Let’s get moving on, shall we … ?

Before you get REALLY bored* … !


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi — bless her … ! — putting in her answers: and along with admitting she wasn’t too familiar with UK regulationª, also bagging 7 out of 7º.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s questions, shall we?   Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video … 

Q1) 16th April, 1457BC, is the best estimate of the word’s earliest recorded battle: at which small Israeli settlement … ?
Q2) 16th April, 1945, saw the US Army liberate the Colditz PoW camp: who played Flight Lieutenant Phil Carrington, in the BBC series, Colditz … ?
Q3) 16th April, 1953, saw the Queen officially launch the Royal Yacht, Britannia: in which year was it decommissioned … ?
Q4) 16th April, 1746 was the date of the Battle of Culloden, between Scottish and English forces: name either army’s leader … 
Q5) And finally … 16th April, 1881 saw who fight his last gun battle, in Dodge City … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …

Q1) 15th April, 1912, saw the RMS Titanic finally sink after hitting an iceberg: at what time was the collision … ?
A1) 11:40, ships time.

Q2) 15th April, 1955, saw Ray Kroc open his first McDonalds restaurant.   In which year did it open it’s first drive-thru restaurant … ?
A2) 1975.

Q3) More to the point, in which US state was this … ?
A3) Arizona.

Q4) Equally to the point, in which city is the only kosher McDonalds: outside Israel … ?
A4) Buenos Aires, in Argentina.

Q5) During the 1920s, 15th April saw mine owners announce more wage cuts, leading to the UK’s General Strike: in which year of the 1920s?
A5) 1926.

Q6) 15th April, 1755, saw the first publication of Dr Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of English: what’s the first word in that dictionary … ?
A6) A.   (Smartarse, moi … ?)

Q7) And finally … 15th April, 1738, saw the premiere of Serse: an operetta written by whom … ?
A7) George Frideric Handel.   (An Italian operetta, written by a German … for English audiences … )
Enjoy those, everyone: I’ll catch you later.

After I’ve left you with one of birthday boy, Henry Mancini’s lesser known tunes: interpreted by a well known Chicago based, beat combo … 

*        Or I start making Mammoth noises: which is silly, as I don’t actually know what a mammoth sounds like … 

º        Lord KNOWS where I got my original set of answers from, Debbi!   Because I certainly don’t … !

ª        Pointless bit of trivia, for you, Debbi, it’s only this year the Government’s decided to repeal some of Britain’s odder — or more out of date — laws: including the one that says adult males have to practise archery for at least two hours on Sundays.   Oh, and the one that makes it illegal to eat minced spiders‡ on Christmas Day … 

‡        Which is possibly a good thing.   There’s never enough to go around … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Amazing what odd laws manage to stay in effect, simply because people just forget they exist and don't care. :)

Minced spiders, though. What's up with that? :-/

I'd have to pass. I'm allergic to bugs. :)

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5. Bartholomew "Bat" Masterson