Wednesday, 22 May 2013

The Daily Teaser — 22-5-2013: The Ḥashshāshīn

Did you know that … ?

It’s May.

Well, of you course you knew that: you know that as well as I do.

What get’s me … ?   Is the weather.

Is it just me, or is May, 2013, looking to be rather grotty?

It is, isn’t it … ?

Hmmm … 

Let’s mull it over, and move on, shall we?   Yes, let’s … !


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: along with agreeing that ALL sorts of bands could knock out some good tunes, AND putting up a post herself, also bagged six out of six.

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) 22nd May, 1176, saw the Ḥashshāshīn attempt to assassinate which Sultan … ?
Q2) More to the point, the Ḥashshāshīn belong to which branch of Islam: Sunni or Shia … ?
Q3) According to Marco Polo, the Ḥashshāshīn’s leader was the old man ofwhere … ?
Q4) The man behind Marco Polo’s story was called Hassan-i … what: Subaru, Sabbah or Sulu … ?
Q5) The Ḥashshāshīn’s fortress, Alamut, translated into English as the what’s nest … ?
Q6) Finally … Alamut was in what’s now which country … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 
Q1) 21st May, 1904, saw the original founding of FIFA: which sport does it govern … ?
A1) Football: or Association Football, if you want the formal title.   It’s also occasionally referred to as Soccer.   (I’m tempted to ask my American readers how on EARTH one can refer to a game as football, when you’re allowed to pick up the ball and throw it.   But I suspect I’ll get someone mentioning Rugby … )
Q2) More to the point, who’s the current president of FIFA … ?
A2) Sepp Blatter.
Q3) 21st May, 1674, saw John Sobieski elected as King of which European country … ?
A3) Poland.
Q4) And of which Grand Duchy … ?
A4) Lithuania.
Q5) 21st May, 1936, saw Sada Abe, arrested, after several days wondering around Tokyo: with her lover’s severed what … ?
A5) Genitals.   (Apparently, she wanted — after killing him — to keep the bit of him that gave her the ‘… most vivid memories’.   Lovely woman … )
Q6) And finally … 21st May, 1840, saw British sovereignty declared over what’s now which country … ?
A6) New Zealand.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“Procrastination is opportunity's assassin.”
Victor Kiam.
And with this song from Marillion … 

*        Here’s hoping today’s tune goes down well, Debbi … !   (Bless ’em, Marillion are possibly the only |band to be named after a J. R. R. Tolkien book … )

1 comment:

Debbi said...

I am listening to the tune as I type the answers with my pinkie and good hand! :)

Thank heavens for cut and paste, right? :)

1. Saladin
2. Shia
3. the Mountain
4. Sabbah
5. Eagle's Nest
6. Iran

Thank you, Paul, for embedding my post! :)

This explains everything! ;)