Monday, 16 July 2012

The Daily Teaser — 16-07-2012

Did you know it was Saint Swithun’s Day, yesterday … ?

I’m guessing so: after all, the weather reports on the BBC’s news channel’s wouldn’t shut up about it.

Me, neither, actually: as I’m sure Trevor will tell, you, it formed the basis of two questions, yesterday.

And according to the old superstition, that mean’s yesterday’s cloudy — but basically sunny — weather is set to continue for 40 days.

You can tell it’s a superstition.

Because it looks, right now, like it’s going to throw down, at some point … !

Let’s move on, then: before it rains … !

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Trevor — in Big Beast Mode — putting in his answers, AND bagging 6 out of 6.

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

Q1) 16th July, 1945, saw the testing of the first atomic bomb: in which US state … ?
Q2) More to the point, at which top secret project … ?
Q3) Even more to the point, the first nuclear reactor — Chicago Pile 1 — was in an abandoned what … ?
Q4) Equally to the point, 16th July, 1945 saw the USS Indianapolis leave for Tinian Island: with parts for what … ?
Q5) Still on World War Two … 16th July, 1945, saw the start of the Potsdam Conference.   Name any of the three Allied leaders at the conference.
Q6) And finally … The ensuing Potsdam Declaration demanded the unconditional surrender of which country … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 15th July is the feast day of the saint Winchester Cathedral is dedicated to: who is he … ?
A1) Saint Swithun: also spelt Swithin, so you know.
Q2) More to the point, according to an old tradition, if it rains, today, for how many days will it rain for … ?
A2) 40 days.
Q3) Even MORE to the point … ?   15th July is the date of the Ancient Roman festival of which pair of twins … ?
A3) Castor and Pollux*.
Q4) Moving on … 15th July, 2003, saw Time AOL disband its Netscape Communication arm: what product did Netscape famously make … ?
A4) Netscape Navigator, one of the world’s first web browsers.
Q5) 15th July, 1985, saw the release of what was — at the time — the world’s best-selling console: what was it called … ?
A5) The Nintendo Entertainment System
Q6) And finally … 15th July, 1910, saw the naming of which disease … ?
A6) Alzheimer’s.
Enjoy those, everyone: just so we can mark the late Guy Lombardo’s birthday, I’ll leave you with this tune … 

*        You do realise I’m tempted to say their existence is a load of ol’ pollux, Trevor?   Trevor … ?

1 comment:

trev-v said...

A1 New Mexico
A2 Manhattan Project
A3 Rackets court
A4 "Little Boy"
A5 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, US President Harry S Truman and leader of the Soviet Union Josef Stalin
A6 Japan