Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 4-3-2015: The Windy City

Quiet … 

THAT’s the way of it … 


Which is sort of the way I like it, frankly.

My birthday, before you ask: with all that entails.

Frankly … ?

A few MORE cards, and a pile of cash would’ve been nicer, but you can’t have EVERYTHING!


Well … 

APART from dinner with Anna Kournikova, but that’s — as I think I’ve said, before — is a WHOLE other post!

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

Here’s THIS week’s questions: covered by the Creative Commons License* …
Q1) 4th March, 1837, saw the incorporation of the US city of Chicago: in which US state is Chicago … ?
Q2) It’s also the third most populous city in the US: name either of the cities that have bigger populations.
Q3) Chicago sits on the shores of which of the Great Lakes?
Q4) What’s the tallest building in Chicago … ?
Q5) Which of the Christopher Nolan/Christian Bale Batman films didn’t have scenes filmed in Chicago?
Q6) 2120 South Michigan Avenue was the site of what was once called “America’s greatest blues label”.   Which record company are we talking about: Motown, Chess or Sun?
Q7) Who was Chicago’s longest serving mayor?
Q8) Which musical opens with the song, All That Jazz … ?
Q9) Chicago is also known as what: the Windy City, Winding City or Wendy City?
Q10) Which Chicago set film ends with its two central characters being arrested in Chicago City Hall: after being chased by police, Nazis, a country and western band and Princess Leia?
Here’s last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) 25th February saw Mr S. Colt patent his famed revolver.   Are revolvers repeating weapons?
Q2) The gun was called the Colt Paterson: after the small town it was made in.   Was Paterson in New Jersey, New York or New Hampshire?
Q3) How many bullets could the gun’s cylinder hold, at one time: four, five or six?
Q4) In which year of the 1830s did Mr Colt receive the patent?
Q5) That original revolver had a .28 caliber.   The caliber — or calibre — of a gun is the approximate width of what?
Q6) In making his guns, Colt made one big innovation.   What innovation: interchangeable parts or an assembly line?
Q7) Those early revolvers saw use against the Seminole Indians.   The Seminole were a tribe in which US state: Alabama, Florida or Georgia?
Q8) Come the US Civil War, Mr Colt made money selling guns to which side?
Q9) One of Colt’s most famous revolvers — the Colt SAA — was first made for who: the US Army, the US Navy or the Texas Rangers?
Q10) Finally … Wyatt Earp was supposed to have carried a custom Colt revolver: called the Buntline Special.   How long — in inches — was the barrel of these guns: 10”, 12” or 16”? 

A1) Yes.
A2) New Jersey.
A3) Five.
A4) 1836.
A5) Depending on who you ask, either the internal width of the barrel, or the width of the appropriate bullet.
A6) Interchangeable parts.   (Such parts had been made earlier in the century: but Colt introduced machine made, interchangeable parts.)
A7) Florida.
A8) Both.
A9) The US Army.   (Indeed, ‘SAA’ stands for ‘Single Action Army’.   A version of this gun used a .45 calibre bullet: and was known as the ‘Gun that Won the West.’)
A10) His version was 12 inches.   (As far as any one can tell, short story writer, Ned Buntline made up the story about commissioning the things, and presenting them to Earp.   Nonetheless, the Colt company makes a ‘Buntline Special’ with a 16” barrel, as a result.)
Enjoy those: I’ll catch you later.

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