Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 19-8-2015: Which Witch … ?

You know, I have got to confess, I am having a while of a time with my new TV.

If, for no other reason than this: it means I can hook up my Apple TV set top box, and get watching some old TV series.

It HAS to be said: retro-classic Sapphire and Steel still looks rather good.

I can only hope any remake — one’s been mooted, recently — is as good.

Here’s hoping.


But that’s not why you’re here, now is it?

It’s a Wednesday: which means it’s time for the Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser.

Here’s this week’s: covered by the usual Creative Commons License* …
Q1) 19th August saw the Salmesbury Witches put on trial.   In which year: 1611, 1612 or 1613?
Q2) Salmesbury is in which English county: Derbyshire, Lancashire or Yorkshire?
Q3) Thomas Potts published his account of the trials of the time.   Which court position did he hold?
Q4) The witches were accused of holding regular meetings.   What name is usually given to these kinds of meet: shabbaths, sabbaths or sabbats?
Q5) The trials of the Salmesbury Witches were at the same Assizes as those of the Pendle Witches.   The main accused was who: Anathema Gadget, Alia Widget or Alizon Device?
Q6) Were the Samlesbury Witches imprisoned, hung or acquitted?
Q7) These witch trials were influenced by England’s king, James 1st. His book on the subject was called what: the ‘Dæmonologie’, the ‘Malleus Maleficarum’ or ‘Thou Shalt Not Suffer A Witch To Live’?
Q8) 19th August also saw four people executed as a result of the Salem Witch trials.   In which year of the 1690s?
Q9) Salem is now called Danvers: and is in which US state: Massachusetts, Maryland or Rhode Island?
Q10) Finally … Arthur Miller wrote THE play about the Salem Witch Trials.   What was it called?
Here’s last week’s questions and answers … 
Q1) 12 August, 1981, saw the release of the original IBM PC.   What does ‘PC’ stand for … ?
Q2) IBM stands for International Business … what?
Q3) IBM used which comedy figure to advertise their PCs?
Q4) The original PC — with the model number 5150 — had an 8088 chip as its CPU.   A CPU is a Central Processing … what … ?
Q5) More to the point, the 8088 was and is made by which company?
Q6) The early PCs had ‘Game Control Adapters’.   Those adapters let you plug what into your PC: a joystick, trackpad or mouse?
Q7) IBM’s first portable PC was called what … ?
Q8) Its first laptop PC was the … ?
Q9) The PC’s mother-board is also called the BIOS board: BIOS stands for Basic Input Output … what?
Q10) Finally … did that original PC come with a mouse?
A1) Personal Computer.
A2) Machines.
A3) Chaplin’s Little Tramp.
A4) Unit.
A5) Intel.
A6) A joystick.
A7) The IBM Portable PC.
A8) PC Convertible.
A9) System.
A10) No.   They only really took off with the introduction of the original Mac.
Have a good week: I hope you enjoy the questions.

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