Monday, 25 April 2016

The Daily Teaser — 25-4-2016

Hmmm … 

I think I’m going to have to get a halfway decent moisturiser, I really am!

I’m getting noticeably dry hands.

No, really: I think that — between rough soap, dodgy air conditioning and cold weather — they’re getting as rough as sandpaper.

Painfully so, in fact.   I DO know I’ve managed to dig up some disposable latex gloves for work.

Those will have to do, for now.


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga* andy Debbi† putting in their answers: with both scoring five out of five.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?

Here they are, along the How To, License‡ and video

Q1) 25th April, 1983, saw the Pioneer 10 probe fly by which (then) planet?
Q2) 25th April, 1959, saw the opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway.   Connecting North America’s Great Lakes to what: the Atlantic or the Pacific?
Q3) Robert Noyce was granted the patent for the integrated circuit: on 25th April, 1961.   These circuits are occasionally known as micro … what?
Q4) Nicolas Pelletier became the first person executed by guillotine: on 25th April, 1792.   What was he: a forger, highwayman or murderer?
Q5) Finally … the final part of the Obelisk of Axum was returned to its home country: on 25th April, 2005.   What IS that country?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 24th April, 1558, saw Mary, Queen of Scots, marry François, the heir to the French throne.   As heir, he held which title: Duke of Anjou, Dauphin or Rex Francorum?
A1) Dauphin.
Q2) 24th April, 1957, saw the first episode broadcast of The Sky At Night.   Who was it’s original presenter?
A2) Sir Patrick Moore.
Q3) 24th April, 1916, was the first day of the Easter Uprising.   In which country?
A3) Ireland.
Q4) In the run up to World War 2, the Nazis closed the HQ of the Watch Tower Society: on 24th April, 1933.   In other words, they started to persecute whom?
A4) The Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Q5) Finally … 24th April, 1973, saw the birth of cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar.   He’s also known as the Little … what?
A5) Little Master.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“The greatest theatre that I experienced in my life was The Living Theatre and they were Off-Off-Broadway. And that was in the fifties.”
Al Pacino, born 25th April, 1940.
And this tune …

Have a nice day …

*        You know, that’s a good point, Olga: I really couldn’t tell you.   His having played Malcolm Tucker and Cardinal Richelieu, would probably help, though!   (Actually?   Kevin Spacey’s played Richard 3rd: while he was artistic director of the Old Vic.   A few years later, he turned up in House of Cards … )

†        Should be good to see her on the go, Debbi, I know THAT much … !   And you’re right, Blake’s Seven is rather good.   The BBC never spent a huge amount on it: but the writing was something else.   Bless him, Sachin Tendulkar’s been called that for years: the only OTHER cricketer to get called that … ?   Was W. G. Grace.   (Both Tendulkar and Grace are cricketing maestros: the games equivalent to Babe Ruth, say, or Pele.   If you’re going to mention the player of a given game?   Their names are going to mentioned …)

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Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) Pluto (it must be very disappointing to be downgraded from planet… Well, at least it’s still a Disney character)
Q2) Atlantic
Q3) chip
Q4) Highwayman
Q5) Ethiopia

I've only seen Kevin Spacey live once, (I think) performing David Mamet's 'Speed the Plow' with Jeff Goldblum (it was good indeed) at the Old Vic. Funnily enough with your quote about Al Pacino... I visited New York with a friend years back. She was also a big theatre fan and we went to watch 'True West' with John C. Reilly and Philip Seymour Hoffman (it was superb) and my friend, who'd booked the tickets by phone, moaned at the woman at the box office because they seemed to be quite far back. She replied 'Al Pacino had the same seats and he didn't complain'. Well, neither did we after that. The lady at the post office was right. The theatre was quite small so you could see well from everywhere...

Debbi said...

1. Jupiter
2. the Atlantic
3. microchip
4. a highwayman
5. Ethiopia