Thursday, 26 April 2012

The Daily Teaser — 26-4-2012

Hmmm … 

Now THAT’S what I call a bad line … !

I’ve got to admit, I’m usually glued to Radio 4, at this time of day.

They’re in the middle of a piece about the cost of housing in London, and done a phone interview.

Which sounded like it was on a very iffy phone-line indeed: to the point where the interviewee sounded vaguely like a Dalek.

And frankly … ?

That seems to be happening a lot, just recently.

I can’t help but wonder whether the BBC’s suffering a bit … 

Let’s get moving on, shall we … ?


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi — all on her ownsome — putting in her answers:  along with admitting where she’s found a Prisoner remix video, AND admitting to be a serious fan of writer, Lawrence Block*, she also bagged 5 out of 5.

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) 26th April, 1984, saw President Ronald Reagan start a state visit to where … ?
Q2) 26th April, 1966, saw which Uzbek city destroyed by an earthquake?
Q3) 26th April, 121AD saw the birth of Emperor Marcus Aurelius: in which Ridley Scott film is Marcus Aurelius played by Richard Harris?
Q4) More to the point, Marcus Aurelius was a follower of which philosophy … ?
Q5) 26th April, 1933, saw the establishment of Nazi Germany’s notorious Gestapo: what phrase was Gestapo a contraction of … ?
Q6) And finally … 26th April, 1923, saw Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon marry whom … ?

And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 25th April, 404 BC, saw the end of the Peloponnesian War, when Athenian forces were defeated: by whose Spartan army … ?   A1) Lysander’s.
Q2) 25th April, 1939, saw the debut of Batman: name either the artist or writer that scripted that first episode.   A2) Artist, Bob Kane, and writer Bill Finger.
Q3) 25th April, 1953, saw James D Watson and Francis Crick describe their discovery of DNA: in an article in which magazine … ?   A3) Nature.
Q4) More to the point, name either of the Medical Research Council scientist who also made contributions to the discovery …   A4) Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin.
Q5) And finally … 25th April, 1974, saw an almost bloodless coup overthrow the Estado Novo, the dictatorship running which country … ?   A5) Portugal.
Enjoy those, everyone: after handing over to birthday boy, Count Basie.

It’s about time this town had some swing … !

*        I’ve got to admit, Debbi, I was going to ask if you knew if he was any relation to Robert Block, as it suddenly occurred to ask.   Then I had a look at his Wikipedia entry: my WORD isn’t he prolific … !!!!!!!

1 comment:

Debbi said...

He is astoundingly prolific. He's one of those old pros who would knock out a bunch of pulp novels (under a pseudonym) just to pay the bills. He'd also write his best stuff under his own name. That's the kind of amazing Lawrence Block is. Whew! :)

1. China
2. Tashkent
3. Gladiator
4. Stoicism
5. Geheime Staatspolizei
6. Prince Albert, Duke of York, later known as King George VI

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