Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 5-11-2014: Bonfire Night

Right … 

I’m going to type rather fast, today.

I’ve an interview at 12·30, today: and need to get ready.

In Pilgrim’s Hatch, I should add, so quite a walk!

So, without much further ado … ?


Without much further ado, here’s this week’s Brentwood Gazette Teaser: covered by the usual Creative Commons License* …
Q1) On the 5th November, we celebrate the arrest of the man attempting to blow up which of the Houses of Parliament?
Q2) The plot to blow up that House is known popularly known as what: the Barrel Plot, Gunpowder Plot or Jihadi Plot?
Q3) Who was the famous plotter arrested on the night?
Q4) How many barrels of explosive was he found with: twenty-six, thirty-six or forty-six?
Q5) Yes or no: would the explosive have worked?
Q6) The Plot was headed by whom: Robin Gatsby, Robbie Catsby or Robert Catesby … ?
Q7) The Plotters wanted to kill King James 1st of England, whilst he was opening Parliament.   James 1st of England was James the what of Scotland?
Q8) Bonfire Night is traditionally held on 5th November, in the UK: and on Walpurgis Night, in many parts of Europe.   Walpurgis Night is on which date in April: the 30th, the 23rd or the 16th?
Q9) 5th November sees many of us holding a Fireworks Night: again, to mark the failure of the plot.   Which firework is named for Saint Catherine Of Alexandria?
Q10) Finally … In ‘V For Vendetta’, the main character, V, wears a Guy Fawkes mask.   Which Australian actor plays V?
Here’s last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) 29th October saw the first computers linked up in the Internet’s predecessor: the ARPANET.   ARPANET is a contraction of Advanced Research Projects Agency … what … ?
Q2) In which year of the 1960s was this … ?
Q3) The ARPANET was funded by which US government department: the Department of Defense, Treasury or Education … ?
Q4) The name, Internet is short for what … ?
Q5) ARPANET’s funders paid for the software that lets thing on the Internet talk to everything else on the ’Net: it’s called TCP/IP.   What do either of the P’s stand for … ?
Q6) Many of us on the ’Net, make use of the World Wide … what … ?
Q7) Many internet addresses start with the letters http.   What does the h stand for in http: hyper, hypo or happy … ?
Q8) Those addresses are called URIs: or Uniform Resource whats … ?
Q9) Many of us use tablets and smart phones to surf the ’Net.   Most of which connect to the ’Net through what: the mobile phone network, an ethernet cable, or carrier pigeon?
Q10) Finally … most of us will connect — wirelessly or otherwise — to the internet through a what: Router, Grouter or Gromit?
A1) Network.
A2) 1969.
A3) The Department of Defense.
A4) Internetwork.   (In other words, it’s a network of computer networks: connected by routers, using a common set of communications conventions.)
A5) Protocol.   (The TCP/IP software is also called the Internet Protocol Suite.)
A6) Web.   (Many of us use the terms interchangeably: which they aren’t.   If I’ve got it right, the Web’s like a bus: with passengers.   A full bus — that stops to let passengers on and off — is just one type of traffic on one part of the transport network: much as the Web and its traffic is one part of the activity, on one part of the Internet.)
A7) Hyper.   (In full, the contraction is HyperText Transfer Protocol.)
A8) Identifier.   (They look something like this:, or   Usually, you’ll find them in you web-browser’s URL bar.)
A9) The mobile phone network.
A10) Router.
Enjoy those: and have a good, safe time, at a display … !

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