Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 16-7-2014: The Islamic Calendar

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Sounds like I’m in possible trouble.

Well, not trouble, per sé.

I’m in schtick, as an old boss would’ve said.


I’m having to apply for help from a food bank … !

You know, the charities who collected donated food, and give it to those in need?

I’m on the latter end of the equation.

Wouldn’t you know it … ?

But my problems aren’t yours: although you’re welcome to press my Donate button, if you think I’m entertaining … !

At ANY rate … ?

At any rate, today’s Wednesday: which means it’s time for the Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser.

Here’s this weeks, covered by the usual Creative Commons License* …
Q1) 16th July marks the formal start of the Islamic Calendar.   In which year of the Western Calendar: 622, 623 or 624?
Q2) The current Islamic year is 1435 AH: ‘AH’ stands for Anno … what … ?
Q3) That first year was chosen, as it marked the Prophet’s travels to which city … ?
Q4) 16th July corresponds to the first day of the first month of the first year of Islamic calendar.   Is that month Muharram, Rabi’ al-thani, Sha’aban or Dhu al-Hijjah?
Q5) That first month has a name that comes from the Arabic word, ‘haram’.   ‘Haram’ means what: forbidden, forbearance or forgiveness?
Q6) What’s the holiest month of the Islamic year?
Q7) Name either of the two major schools of Islam.
Q8) What’s the name of the more mystical school of Islam?
Q9) The Five Pillars of Islam — the basic beliefs common to all — include a once in a lifetime pilgrimage to which Saudi city … ?
Q10) Finally … Islam’s holiest site is in that city: what’s it called … ?
Here’s last week’s questions and answers.
Q1) 9th July saw the first championships played at Wimbledon: in which year of the 1870s … ?
Q2) The championship is — famously — stilled played at Wimbledon: what’s the name of the club it’s played at … ?
Q3) What’s the post code for the club … ?
Q4) Wimbledon is one of four international Grand Slam tournaments in its sport: name one of the other three … 
Q5) Which of those Grand Slams is played on a clay court … ?
Q6) Who won that first Men’s Singles Championship … ?
Q7) In which year was the current Centre Court opened … ?
Q8) Exactly what sport are we talking about, here … ?
Q9) At the time of writing (in early June), William Renshaw, Roger Federer and Pete Sampras have each won the same number of Wimbledon Mens’  Singles Finals.  How many times are we talking about … ?
Q10) Finally … Andy Murray won the Mens’ Singles Final in 2013: becoming the first British player to win, since who won in 1936?
A1) 1877.
A2) All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
A3) SW19 5AE.
A4) The Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open.
A5) The French Open at the Stade Roland-Garros.
A6) Spencer Gore.
A7) 1922.
A8) Tennis: or Lawn Tennis, if you like accuracy.
A9) Seven times.
A10) Fred Perry.
Enjoy those: I’ll catch you later … !

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