Friday, 19 December 2014

The Daily Teaser — 19-12-2014

It’s official: I’m home … !

Well, of course I’m home: I wouldn’t be writing this, if I wasn’t.

After what had to be one of the busiest nights of working at my local KFC.

Quite enjoyable, actually.

But also one with staff shortages: as a couple had phoned in ill.

I have to give credit to a couple of co-workers who stayed on longer, to help.

You have to thank co-workers, like that!


But let’s move on, shall we?

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

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?   Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video … 

Q1) 19th December, 2010: which cricketer scored his 50th career Test century, at a test match in Gautang?
Q2) Cricket’s Test matches last for up to how many days?
Q3) 19th December, 1154, saw the coronation of Henry 2nd.   Henry was King of England, Duke of Normandy, and Lord of where: Scotland, Ireland or Wales?
Q4) The crown put on Henry’s head was the (then) version of Saint Edward’s Crown.   Is that version still in use?
Q5) 19th December, 1961, saw India annex Daman and Diu.   Up until then, the two territories had been controlled by which European country?
Q6) 19th December, 1986, saw Mikhail Gorbachev release Andrei Sakharov from internal exile.   Sakharov had been exiled in which Russian city?
Q7) 19th December, 1974, saw Nelson Rockefeller sworn in as the 41st Vice President of the United States.   Which President was he vice president to?
Q8) 19th December is — for US Episcopal churches — the feast day of Lillian Trasher.   Lillian achieved fame running what sort of institute, in Egypt?
Q9) 19th December, 1985, saw the birth of footballer, Gary Cahill.   Which Premiership side does he play for?
Q10) Finally … 19th December, 1606, saw three ships set off for the first English speaking settlement in the US.   Which settlement is it?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 18th December, 1912, saw the announcement of the alleged discovery of Piltdown Man.   The man who announced the hoax was called Charles what: Dawson, Higson or Dixon?
Q2) The fake human ancestor was discovered in Piltdown.   Which was a small village in what was then which county: East Sussex, West Sussex or Mid-Sussex?
A2) East Sussex.   (Mid-Sussex was merged into West Sussex in 1974.)
Q3) The hoax skull consisted of the upper part of a modern human skull, and the lower jawbone from which great ape: a gorilla, chimp or orangutan?
Q4) Piltdown Man was described as the missing … what?
A4) Missing link.
Q5) Piltdown Man was finally exposed as a hoax in which year of the 1950s?
A5) 1953.
Q6) Which detective author was felt — by some — to be the man responsible for the hoax: Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or Dorothy L. Sayers?
Q7) Mike Oldfield pretended to be Piltdown Man on which of his albums?
A7) Tubular Bells.   (The Piltdown Man section starts at  11 minutes, 57 in, on Side Two.   Just in case your interested … )
Q8) While we talking of hoaxes, the fake automatic chess player, famous in the 18th Century, was known as the Mechanical … what?
A8) The Mechanical Turk.
Q9) P. T. Barnum, the original Prince Of Humbug, famously exhibited the Feejee what: Mammoth, Mermaid or Monkey?
A9) Mermaid.
Q10) Finally … which Christian church’s holy book is felt by many to by a hoax, invented by its founder, Joseph Smith?
A10) The Mormons: or Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
I’ll leave you with this song … 

And this thought …
“You’ve got to perform in a role hundreds of times.   In keeping it fresh one can become a large, madly humming, demented refrigerator.”
Ralph Richardson, 19 December 1902 – 10 October 1983.
Enjoy your day.   Personally?   I’m going to try and get Ralph Richardson’s fridge impression out of my head … 

*        I wouldn’t mind seeing it, to be honest, Debbi.   Like I say, it could well be a complete pile of old codswallop†, but because North Korea’s kicking off … ? Well … 

†        Although, I have to say, I wouldn’t usually approve of abusing fish … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

I love that word -- codswallop! :)

1. Sachin Tendulkar
2. 5
3. Ireland
4. no
5. Portugal
6. Gorky (aka Nizhy Novgorod
7. Gerald Ford
8. an orphanage
9. either the England national football team or Chelsea
10. Jamestown, VA! :)