Thursday, 21 August 2014

The Daily Teaser — 21-8-2014: The Shogun

Did I tell you I have an iPod … ?

A much repaired fourth generation one: but I’m not complaining.

Mostly … ?

Well, mostly because it syncs nicely with my AppleTV set top box.

That And the iPod version of iPlayer?   Means I can happily catch up last night’s episode of Dead Ringers.

You can never get enough of Jon Culshaw’s version of Tom Baker, can you … ?

But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and scoring ten out of ten.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s Shogunate questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video … 

Q1) 21st August saw Minamoto no Yoritomo become the first Shogun: in which year of the 1190s … ?
Q2) More to the point, that made Yoritomo a medieval military dictator: of which Far Eastern country … ?
Q3) Minamoto effectively became his country’s de facto ruler: who — in name, at least — was the county’s actual ruler … ?
Q4) Who’s the current holder of that latter office: Yoshihito, Hirohito or Akhihito … ?
Q5) What’s that county’s word for the Shogunate: Bakufu, Tofu or Otaku … ?
Q6) The shogun was a military figure: what name was used of this county’s knights … ?
Q7) Those knights famously used a long sword called a … what … ?
Q8) The feudal lords protected by those knights were called what: dame, dumb or daimyo … ?
Q9) Moving on, again: which car company produces the Shogun range of SUVs and trucks … ?
Q10) And finally … who wrote the 1975 novel, Shogun … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 20th August saw the birth of writer, H. P. Lovecraft.   What did the P stand for?
A1) Phillips.
Q2) In which year of the 1890s was he born … ?
Q2) 1890.
Q3) Lovecraft was best remembered for writing in which genre: horror, westerns or romance?
A3) Horror.
Q4) Lovecraft was born in Providence: the capital city of the smallest state of the USA.   What is that state?
A4) Rhode Island.   (Strictly speaking, it’s called State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.)
Q5) Lovecraft was a regular contributor to Weird Tales Magazines.   Made from cheap paper, Weird Tales — and magazines like it — were consequently known as what: pulps, rags or glossies?
A5) Pulp magazines.   (Lots of early American crime, horror, fantasy and science fiction was published in pulps.   Erle Stanley Gardner, creator of Perry Mason, got his start in crime pulps: and Conan the Barbarian was another star of Weird Tales.   What’s more, sci-fi pulp, Astounding, which kick-started many well known writers, is still going.   Then there’s the Tijuana bibles.   You don’t want to ask about the Tijuana bibles … )
Q6) One of H. P’s best known works — The Call of Cthulhu — was turned in a silent film.   In which year of this century: 2004, 2005 or 2006?
A6) 2005.   (It WAS on the UK branch of iTunes, at one point.   I missed it … !)
Q7) Under The Pyramids was one of the rare stories Lovecraft was commissioned to write.   Which real-world escapologist was the central character … ?
Q8) Many of Lovecraft’s stories feature academics from Miskatonic … where: Academy, College or University?
A8) Miskatonic  University.
Q9) In Lovecraft’s fictional universe, that institution had one of the few genuine copies of the spell-book Lovecraft frequently mentioned.   What was that spell-book called?
A9) The Necronomicon.   (It supposedly contained Foul, Hideous Things Man Was Not Meant To Know!   I’m assuming it’s Amy Childs’ dress size … )
Q10) Finally … Lovecraft’s fictional universe is known as the Cthulhu … what?
A10) Cthulhu Mythos.
I’ll leave you with this potted history … 

And this thought …
“The strong manly ones in life are those who understand the meaning of the word patience.”
Tokugawa Ieyasu, a later Shogun.
Enjoy your day … 

*        I know, Debbi, I know!   The WEIRD bit … ?   Is I found Call Of Cthulhu on the UK iTunes: a week later … ?   A week later, it’s gone … !

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Guess it got called away? :)

1. 1192
2. Japan
3. The Emperor
4. Akihito
5. Bakafu
6. general
7. Katana
8. daimyo
9. Mitsubishi
10. James Clavell