Wednesday, 18 December 2013

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 18-12-2013: Piltdown Man

OK, I’ll admit to being sadly geeky.

No, really.

Geeky … and happy to watch The Day Of The Doctor, the 50th Anniversary Dr Who special, all over again.

And — metaphorically, at least — want to give Christopher Ecclestone a kicking for not doing the gig.

I think one or two lines in there were his.


But enough with the briefery geekery!

It’s Wednesday: and while my dinner’s cooking, it’s time for the Brentwood’s Gazette’s Weekly Teaser.

Here’s this week’s Piltdown Man questions … 
Q1) 18th December, 1912, saw the announcement of the alleged discovery of Piltdown Man.   The man who announced the hoax was called Charles what: Dawson, Higson or Dixon … ?
Q2) The fake human ancestor was discovered in Piltdown.   Which was a small village in what was then which county: East Sussex, West Sussex or Mid-Sussex?
Q3) The hoax skull consisted of the upped part of a modern human, and the lower jawbone from which great ape: a gorilla, chimp or orangutan … ?
Q4) Piltdown Man was described as the missing … what … ?
Q5) Piltdown Man was finally exposed as a hoax in which year of the 1950s … ?
Q6) Which detective author was felt — by some — to be the man responsible for the hoax: Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or Dorothy L. Sayers … ?
Q7) Mike Oldfield famously pretended to be Piltdown Man on which of his albums … ?
Q8) While we talking of hoaxes, the fake automatic chess player, famous in the 18th Century, was known as the Mechanical … what … ?
Q9) P. T. Barnum, the original Prince Of Humbug, famously exhibited the Feejee what: Mammoth, Mermaid or Monkey … ?
Q10) Finally … which Christian church’s holy book is felt by many to by a hoax, invented by its founder, Joseph Smith … ?
And here’s last week’s questions and answers …
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?
A1) 1934.
A2) Wilson.   (In common with AA’s tradition of anonymity, he was publicly referred to as Bill W for years.)
A3) Alcoholics Anonymous.
A4) The Big Book.
A5) Dr Bob.
A6) Ohio.
A7) 12.   (It’s why AA, and groups like it, are referred to as ‘12-step groups’)
A8) A sponsor.
A9) Narcotics Anonymous.
A10) Deadly Nightshade: also known as Atropa  belladonna and Belladonna, the Italian for ‘beautiful woman’.
Enjoy those: I’ll catch you next time.

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