Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser

Well, that’s a thing … 

As I speak … ?

Well, as I speak, I’ve got the BBC’s News Channel on.

Which is covering the fact that there’s a G8 summit about Alzheimer’s Disease.

Personally … ?

Well, I’m a Terry Pratchett fan: one who saw a much loved grandmother die of the condition.

Hopefully, the promised doubling of funding that PM, David Cameron has announced, will do some good.

But I’m VERY aware that it’s going to take some time … 


At any rate, today’s Wednesday.

Which means, obviously, that it’s the Brentwood Gazette’s publication day: and, therefore, time for the Gazette’s weekly teaser.

Here’s this week’s questions, covered by the Creative Commons License* …
Q1) 11th December saw Bill W, one of AA’s founders, finally stop drinking.   In which year of the 1930s?
Q2) What did the W stand for … ?
Q3) More to the point, what does AA stand for … ?
Q4) The group takes its name from its main text, used to help members achieve sobriety.   The book is nicknamed … what … ?
Q5) Bill W cofounded AA with Dr Robert Smith: known to many AA members as Dr … what … ?
Q6) The group was founded in Akron: in which US state is Akron … ?
Q7) The group famously has how many steps … ?
Q8) What name does AA give to someone who talks a newcomer through the Steps … ?
Q9) One of AA’s offshoot groups helps drug addicts, and is called NA.   What does NA stand for … ?
Q10) Finally … when going through that final treatment, Bill W was treated with a drug made from which beautiful woman?
If you’re concerned about your drinking you can contact AA on 0845 769 7555 or
You can also contact Alcohol Concern’s Drinkline on 0800 917 8282.
Here’s last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) 4th December saw the first and last studio meeting of legends, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.   In which year of the 1950s?
Q2) The impromptu jam session was held in at Sun Studios: in Memphis.   In which US state is Memphis … ?
Q3) The four were informally referred to as the what Quartet … ?
Q4) Which of the Quartet was famed for his — rather theatrical — piano playing style … ?
Q5) At the time of writing, in late October, who is the only Quartet member still alive … ?
Q6) All four members of the Quartet recorded a version of ‘Blue Suede Shoes’.   Who wrote and recorded the original?
Q7) What was Elvis’ first UK hit: ‘Heartbreak Hotel,’ ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ or ‘Hound Dog’ … ?
Q8) Johnny Cash’s 1968 live album was recorded where … ?
Q9) Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis were the only two quartet members to have UK № 1s in their lifetime.   Elvis had 17.   What was Jerry Lee’s only UK UK № 1?
Q10) Finally … Perkins, Cash and Lewis recorded their ‘Class of ’55’ album, partly as a nod to Elvis, in 1986.   With who?
A1) 1956.
A2) Tennessee.
A3) The Million Dollar Quartet.   (And wouldn’t you just KILL for the master tapes … ?)
A4) Jerry Lee Lewis.
A5) Him again: Jerry Lee Lewis.
A6) Carl Perkins.
A7) Heartbreak Hotel’.   (Which, famously, was based on newspaper coverage of a man’s suicide note.)
A8) Folsom State Prison.
A9) Great Balls Of Fire’.
A10) Fellow Sun Studios veteran, Roy Orbison.
Enjoy those.

I’ll catch you later … 

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