Monday, 30 December 2013

The Daily Teaser — 30-12-2013: Back In The USSR

Bloody HELL, I’m glad I don’t have to do that, to often … !

You’re going to ask, aren’t you … ?

Well … I was at my nephew, Jude’s, third birthday party, yesterday: over at a local farm shop, called Ashlyn’s, which runs it’s Playbarn!

Basically, it’s quite a posh cafe: with a VERY big play area for children, that also hires itself out for children’s parties.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I was exhausted, following Jude around.

After all, that play area … ?

Is HUGE … !


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: along with letting us know show’s got a huge reading list, ALSO scored six out of six.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s Soviet-ish questions, shall we?

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

Q1) 30th December saw the formal foundation — and declaration of — the USSR.   In which year of the 1920s?
Q2) What does USSR stand for … ?
Q3) The revolutionaries that set up the USSR — and led by Vladimir Lenin — were whom: the Mensheviks, Bolsheviks or Milosheviks … ?
Q4) Following the death of Vladimir Lenin, in 1924, three men assumed power in the newly founded USSR.   Which of those men, in one of his last letters, did Lenin warn the Soviet government about … ?
Q5) What — from 1924 onwards — was the highest law-making body of the USSR: the Presidium, the Council of Ministers or Supreme Soviet … ?
Q6) Which Moscow landmark housed the USSR’s government for many years … ?
Q7) Finally … In which year of the 1990s did the USSR formally dissolve … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 29th December, 1914, saw serialization start — in The Egoist — of A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man.   Who wrote A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man … ?
Q2) More to the point, in which Irish city was that writer born … ?
A2) Dublin.
Q3) 29th December, 1911, saw Sun Yat-sen become the provisional president of where … ?
Q4) 29th December, 2006, saw the UK repay its Anglo-American Loan: originally run up in the wake of which war … ?
Q5) 29th December, 1986, saw the death of former British Prime Minister, Harold MacMillan.   What title did he hold, on his death … ?
Q6) Finally … 29th December, 1860, saw the launch of Britain’s first seagoing ironclad, the HMS Warrior.   What does HMS stand for?
A6) Depending on whether there’s a king or queen in charge, either Her (or His) Majesty’s Ship.
I’ll leave you with this version of the Internationale, used by the USSR as it’s national anthem, in its early years … 

And this thought from V. I. Lenin …
“Complete equality of rights for all nations; the right of nations to self-determination; the unity of the workers of all nations—such is the national program that Marxism, the experience of the whole world, and the experience of Russia, teach the workers.”
V. I. Lenin.
Have a good day … 

*        I know exactly what you mean, Debbi.   Did I tell  you I’ve been going through P. J. Farmer’s  Riverworld saga … ?   Quite something to read … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...


1. 1922
2. Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
3. the Bolsheviks
4. Stalin
5. the Supreme Soviet
6. Grand Kremlin Palace
7. 1991