Monday, 24 December 2012

The Christmas Eve Teaser — 24-12-2012


You know, it HAS to be said, that TV’s REALLY going downhill.

At least, Christmas TV is, I think.

Which is why I’ve got the last episode of I,  Claudius on.

Which, whatever else we can say … ?   Is still a fantastic piece of work: I still can’t believe it took me several years to realise it has no background music!

But let’s get’s moving on, shall we … ?

Yes, let’s.


Yesterday’s saw both Kaiju and Debbi putting in their answers: with both Kaiju and Debbi scoring 7 out of 855*, it also saw Debbi mentioning her Second Amendment post, and Kaiju asking whether yesterday’s second question was a trickº one.

But let’s see how they — and you — do with today’s questions, shall we … ?

Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, license and video … 

Q1) Christmas Eve is a four act opera by whom: Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka, Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov or Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky … ?   
Q2) 24th December, 1914, saw the start of the World War 1 Christmas Truce.   Near which Belgian town … ?   
Q3) More to the point, what was the name of the pope who’d called for peace, in the run-up to Christmas, that year … ?   
Q4) In which year did Pope Benedict 16th perform the Christmas Eve Thought For the Day … ?   
Q5) Equally to the point, what’s Benedict 16th’s Twitter name … ?   
Q6) Moving on … During World War 2, 24th December, 1943, saw which US general named as Supreme Allied Commander … ?   
Q7) And finally … 24th December, 1166, saw the birth of which English king … ?  
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 23rd December, 1823, saw the debut of the poem, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas.   What’s the poem’s name … ?
A1) A Visit From Saint Nicholas.
Q2) More to the point … how many reindeer are mentioned in the poem … ?
A2) 8.   (Any one of a dozen variations of Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder and Blitzen … )
Q3) 23rd December, 1975, saw US President, Gerald Ford, sign the Metric Conversion Act into US law.   When did Britain’s Board Of Trade agree to a British metrication program: 1964, 1965 or 1966 … ?
A3) 1965.
Q4) More to the point, what’s the basic metric unit of mass … ?
A4) The kilogram.
Q5) 23rd December, 1936, saw the first flight of which bomber … ?
A5) The Vickers Wellington.
Q6) And finally … 23rd December, 2007, saw which country abolish its monarchy … ?
A6) Nepal.
I’ll leave you with this quote from birthday girl, Ava Gardner …
“The ­problems were never in bed. The ­problems would start on the way to the bidet.”Ava Gardner December 24, 1922 – January 25, 1990
And with a suitably Christmas tune from Motorhead: considering it’s frontman, Lemmy’s birthday … 

*        I’m definitely looking forward to it, Debbi!   Oh … Did you find the comment on yesterday’s post … ?

º        Trick question, Kaiju … ?   Line 16 in the Wikipedia text … :D

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Yes, I did. Thanks! I added the video, because it's so awesome! :)

1. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
2. Ypres
3. Pope Benedict XV
4. 2010
5. @Pontifex
6. Dwight Eisenhower
7. John, aka John Lackland

Merry Christmas! :)

Hope you and yours have a great one.