Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 23-4-2014: Saint George’s Day

 Oh, BLAST … !

I totally forgot to post up a Friday Question Set, last week!

Drat and blast … !

Still … !

I should be able remedy that, this coming Friday!

I hope!

At ANY rate … ?

It’s Wednesday: and Saint George’s Day.

Oh, AND World Book Night: which means I’ll be poking books through letter boxes, later.

Right at the moment, though … ?

Right at the moment, it’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for the Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser.

Here’s this week’s questions: covered by the usual Creative Commons License* …
Q1) Saint George is patron saint of four areas of Spain; name any of them.
Q2) Saint George is said to have been a legionary for which Roman Emperor; Diocletian, Tiberius or Vespasian?
Q3) Saint George is also the patron Saint of whom; butchers, bakers, or candle-stick makers?
Q4) Saint George is a minor patron Saint of Germany; which Archangel is Germany’s main patron saint?
Q5) Saint George is also patron saint of which South American country?
Q6) Saint George is patron saint of those suffering from which sexually transmitted disease?
Q7) Which Anglo-Saxon English king was Saint George’s predecessor as patron Saint of England; Alfred the Great, Æthelred the Unready, or Edward the Confessor?
Q8) April 23rd is also the birthday of which very English playwright?
Q9) Which of his plays tells the story of doomed lovers from rival noble families?
Q10) Which medieval crusaders had the Saint George’s cross on their shields?
Here’s last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) 16th April saw the conviction of the Great Train Robbers: in which year of the 1960s?
Q2) More to the point, in which year was the robbery carried out … ?
Q3) How many of the Robbers were sentenced, that day … ?
Q4) Who was the leader of the Robbers?
Q5) He was eventually sentenced — in 1968 — to 25 years: eventually serving some nine years.   He was released in 1978: from which Kent prison … ?
Q6) Roughly how much — in used bank notes —  was stolen: £2.6 million,  £3.6 million or £4.6 million … ?
Q7) What was the name of the farm the Robbers used as a hideout?
Q8) Which (relatively minor) member of the gang famously lived in Brazil for many years: after escaping from HMP Wandsworth?
Q9) Which of the Robbers was the group’s Treasurer: and ended his days, shot dead in Marbella, Spain … ?
Q10) Finally … who headed the police squad that investigated the Great Train Robbery … ?
A1) 1964.
A2) 1963.
A3) 12.
A6) £2.6 million.   (That’s just over £41 million, in today’s money.)
A10) Detective Chief Superintendent Thomas Marius Joseph ‘Tommy’ Butler.
Enjoy those: I’ll catch you later … 

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