Wednesday, 2 September 2015

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 2-9-2015: Professor Tolkien.

Hmmm … 

Interesting day at work … 

Like other fast food joints, the one I work in gets inspected on a regular basis.

Either by the local council’s food hygiene people — we do well, from what I’m seen — and by the company’s own inspectors.

Who do so to make sure we’re meeting the company’s standards.

We had one of the latter, today: and passed.   And … ?

It has to be said, the company’s inspector was rather impressed with me,   I’m getting a good mention in his report, apparently.

Nice to know.   I can only hope it leads to a pay rise … !


But my shameless self promoting isn’t why you’re here: is it … ?

Nope: you’re here because it’s Wednesday.   And THEREFORE, time for the Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser.

Here’s this week’s set: covered by the usual Creative Commons License* …
Q1) 2nd September, 1973, saw the death of J. R. R. Tolkien.   Who was the main character of his children’s book, The Hobbit?
Q2) More to the point, that hobbit joined thirteen dwarves and a wizard: to burgle from a dragon.   What was the name of the dragon?
Q3) More to the point, who was the leader of the dwarves?
Q4) Name any of the three books that make up Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings?
Q5) What name did Tolkien give to the setting for The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings?
Q6) The last book in that setting was called what?
Q7) Tolkien was a philologist: which involved the study of what: alphabets, languages or runes?
Q8) At which University was Tolkien a professor?
Q9) Name either of the colleges he was a professor at?
Q10) Finally … What did the J stand for … ?
Here’s last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) John Fitch patented the steamboat on the 26th of August.   In which year of the 1790s?
Q2) What did he name his first steamboat: Persistence, Percussion or Perseverance?
Q3) What river did his first boat travel: the Colarado, the Delaware or the Mississippi?
Q4) Fitch got most of his funding from businessmen in which US city?
Q5) His boats made regular trips between that city: and Burlington.   Burlington was and is in which US state: New Jersey, New York or Rhode Island?
Q6) Most US steamboats travelled which US river: the Brazos, the Rio Grande or the Mississippi?
Q7) There was a line of steamboats on that river named for which Native American tribe: the Natchez, Navaho or Nisqually?
Q8) Which US writer worked on Mississippi steamboats: Nathaniel Hawthorn, Mark Twain or Edgar Allen Poe?
Q9) ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,’ by The Band, mentions a famous steamboat, named after a Confederate general.   Which general: Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson or George Pickett?
Q10) Finally … the writer mentioned in Q8 builds a steamboat: in which series of science fiction books: the ‘Riverworld’ series, the ‘Dune’ franchise or the ‘Culture’ novels?
A1) 1791.
A2) Perseverance.
A3) The Delaware.   (What DID Della wear?   Exactly?   We’ll possibly never actually know …)
A4) Philadelphia.
A5) New Jersey.
A6) The Mississippi.
A7) The Natchez.
A8) Mark Twain.
A9) Robert E. Lee.
A10) Phillip Jóse Farmer’s Riverworld series.   (OK … who answered Dune?)
I’ll catch you next time … !

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