Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 29-6-2016

Damn … 

I think I could do with being back in bed!

To be honest?   To be honest, I could probably have helped myself, there: by getting an early night.

But there you go … 

I was RATHER keen on settling in with Event Horizon!

Still … 

No harm done.

So long as I get some caffeine in me … !


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: scoring nine out of ten in the process.

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

Here they are, along with the How To, License and video … 

Q1) 29th June, 1881, saw Muhammad Ahmad name himself as Mahdi.   The Mahdi is a much discussed figure in which religion?
Q2) Ahmad, himself, was based in which African nation?
Q3) 29th June, 1976, saw the Seychelles become independent.   From where?
Q4) Isabel Peron was named as interim president of Argentina, on 29th June, 1974: by her husband, the President.   Which president WAS he?
Q5) Steve Wozniak tested the first Apple 1 computer: on 29th June, 1976.   As of 2013, how many working Apple 1s were said to be still functioning: five, six or seven?
Q6) Finally … 29th June, 1919, saw the birth of rodeo rider and actor, Slim Pickens.   In which film did he play Major T. J. ‘King’ Kong?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 28th June, 1846, saw the saxophone patented.   By Adolphe whom?
A1) Adolphe Sax.
Q2) Adolphe was from what’s now which European country?
A2) Belgium.
Q3) The Sax, itself, is what kind of instrument: brass, woodwind or stringed?
A3) Woodwind.   A Sax player blows into the instrument, as one does with both woodwind and brass.   But woodwind instruments like the Sax, and the clarinet that Adolphe played, had reed mouth pieces that generate the initial noise.   Brass instruments have a cup shaped mouthpiece.   (I tried learning the trombone, a brass instrument, at school: effectively, it’s a bit like blowing a raspberry into a funnel.)
Q4) The Saxophone’s mouthpiece is what determines whether it’s brass, woodwind or stringed.   What’s that made from?
A4) Pieces of reed or cane.
Q5) The Sax usually comes in two keys: name one of them.
A5) B flat (B♭) or E flat (E♭).
Q6) Most of the larger saxophones have a u-bend: around the third hole.   Name either of the models that usually don’t.
A6) The Sopranino or Soprano.
Q7) A traditional Saxophone quartet has four instruments.   Name any one of the four.
Q8) Which Hazel O’Connor song in Breaking Glass, featured a sax solo by Wesley McGoogan?
A8) Will You?.   This is purely a matter or personal opinion, of course … but I feel Will You? is one of the two best love songs ever written.
Q9) Charlie Parker, Lester Young and John Coltrane all played versions of the saxophone.   What genre of music did they play?
A9) Jazz.
Q10) Finally … Adolphe never built the lowest pitched sax that he designed designed.   What was that instrument called?
A10) The Subcontrabass saxophone.   Apparently?   People have tried: but there’s been arguments about the only attempted one, in 1999, counted.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“That’s why I never became a director. I never had patience with people.”
Ray Harryhausen, June 29, 1920 – May 7, 2013.
And this tune … 

Enjoy your day.

*        There’s not?   I’ll have to go and have a look, up at the library, Debbi!   (Oh, sorry about Q5, yesterday, Debbi!   If I remember my school Trombone lessons, things like alto, tenor, bass, or soprano, is the instruments broad range: how high or low they are.   The key — B♭, E♭Minor — tells you the notes the instruments use.   Some instruments are in a key: some, like the piano or guitar, can use LOTS of keys.)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

No problem, Paul. :)

1. Islam
2. Sudan
3. Britain
4. Juan Peron
5. six
6. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

That's a mouthful!