Wednesday, 17 February 2016

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 17-2-2016: Ruth Rendell

Right … 

I’m now officially rushed: as I’m due to head for work, in a tick.

I’m not complaining that much: the extra hour at the start of today’s shift is appreciated, but doesn’t leave me MUCH time to make lunch!

So … without much further ado … 


Without much further ado, here’s this week’s rather literary Weekly Teaser: covered by the usual Creative Commons License* …
Q1) 17th February marks the birth of writer, Ruth Rendell.   In which year: 1929, 1930 or 1931?
Q2) In which part of London: South Woodford, Woodford Green or Woodford Wells?
Q3) Her best known detective character is Chief Inspector Reginald who: Swinford, Tarbert or Wexford?
Q4) The first book he appeared in was called ‘From Doon with …’ what: Love, hate or death?
Q5) He also appeared in a 1983 Rendell novel, called ‘The Speaker of Mandarin.’   Mandarin is a version of which Eastern language: Japanese, Chinese or Thai?
Q6) The most recent novel featuring the Chief Inspector was ‘No Man’s Nightingale.’   The book was published in which year: 2012, 2013 or 2014?
Q7) Her most recent standalone novel was published last year.   It’s called ‘Dark …’ what: Holes, Corners or Pits?
Q8) She also wrote ‘The St Zita Society.’   Saint Zita is a patron saint of whom: chefs, carpenters or maids?
Q9) Ruth Rendell wrote 14 novels under which pen name: Barbara James, Barbara Vine or Barbra Streisand?
Q10) Finally … Ruth Rendell was Baroness of Babergh.   Babergh is in which country: Sussex, Suffolk or Surrey?
Here’s last weeks questions and answers … 
Q1) 10th February, 1996, saw Garry Kasparov beaten by a computer called what: Deep Thought, Deep Blue or Deep Sea?
Q2) At which board game: Backgammon, Chess or Shogi?
Q3) Which company made the computer?
Q4) Kasparov lost that game: but won the match.   What was the overall winning score: 3-1, 4-2 or 5-4?
Q5) Who won the rematch, in 1997?
Q6) Which East European country is Kasparov from: The Ukraine, Estonia or Russia?
Q7) In this game, each player starts with how many pieces: 12, 16 or 20?
Q8) The board consists of a series of what: squares, triangles or rectangles?
Q9) The game achieved its approximate modern form in which year: 1465, 1475 or 1485?
Q10) APART from World Champion, what’s the highest title a player of this game can attain: 9th Dan, Grandmaster or Black Belt?
A1) Deep Blue.
A2) Chess.
A3) IBM.
A4) 4-2.
A5) Deep Blue.
A6) Russia.
A7) 16.
A8) Squares: 64 of them, all told.
A9) 1475.
A10) Chess Grandmaster.   (Black belts are usually only handed out in Asian martial arts.   However, high ranking Go and Shogi players are usually awarded a 9th Dan.)
I hope those are fun!

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