Wednesday, 15 May 2013

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 15-5-2013: In The Shadow Of The Gun

You know, I have to admit, I’m a bit of a Dr Who fan: something my regular readers would’ve possibly realised by now.

Which means, of course, JUST to give myself something to listen to — background noise, as it were — I’ve got last Saturday’s episode on: Nightmares In Silver.

After all, it’s a Cyberman with a hand that detaches: and strangles someone … !

How cool is THAT … ?!


At ANY rate … ?

At any rate, today’s Wednesday: which obviously means it’s the day for the Brentwood Gazette’s weekly Teaser.

You can find this week’s questions either at the Gazette’s own site — over here — or right here.
Q1) 15th May, 1718, saw James Puckle patent a well known type of gun: what type of gun … ?
Q2) What was Puckle’s day job … ?
Q3) What did he call his gun: a defense gun, attack gun or show gun … ?
Q4) Moving on, slightly: the Gatling gun, a very early machine gun, was first used in which country’s civil war … ?
Q5) Real machine guns — like the Maxim, Vickers and Chuchat — saw  their first widespread use in which 20th Century war … ?
Q6) What name is given to the grooves found in many gun barrels … ?
Q7) What do those grooves improve about a bullet … ?
Q8) Your friends who smoke will have a relative of the flintlock gun in their pocket.   What is it … ?
Q9) Which science fiction series had an episode called ‘Spectre of the Gun’ … ?
Q10) Finally … Name either of the bands to release a version of the song, ‘The Guns Of Navarone’, in the UK …

Here’s last week’s questions and answers.
Q1) Today is VE Day: marking the partial ending of World War Two.   What does VE stand for … ?
Q2) More to the point, in which year was the end of World War Two … ?
Q3) Technically, VE Day marks the day which hostile country surrendered … ?
Q4) On which date had that country’s forces in Italy surrendered … ?
Q5) Who was that country’s leader, at the time of its surrender … ?
Q6) Who was British PM, on VE Day … ?
Q7) More to the point, VE Day, 1945, was the US President’s 61st birthday.   Who was US president … ?
Q8) On which day do the former Soviet Union influenced countries celebrate VE Day … ?
Q9) Which noted Jazz trumpeter and radio presenter was playing trumpet in Trafalgar Square, on VE Day … ?
10) And finally … what were the only parts of the UK to be occupied during World War 2?
A1) Victory in Europe.
A2) 1945.
A3) Nazi led Germany.
A4) 2nd May, 1945.
A5) Admiral Karl Dönitz.
A6) Winston Churchill.
A7) Harry S Truman: he’d replaced Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died a few weeks earlier.
A8) May 9th.
A9) Humphrey Lyttelton.
A10) The Channel Islands.

Enjoy those, folks.

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