Saturday, 26 November 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 26-11-2016

There’s very few times when you can say a giant’s died.

Very few times.

Today, though?

I’ve woken to see both the BBC News Channel, and the Today programme talking about Cuban leader, Fidel Castro.

In the past tense.

I realised what that meant, pretty quickly.

The Republic of Cuba’s lost it’s founding father.

Now I don’t know how you feel about it?   I’m not sure how I feel about it, to be frank.

But … ?

It doesn’t take much thinking to realise the man would get mixed reactions.   After all, his regime had a bad human rights record: and made dodgy deals with soviet Russia.

But was also the man responsible for standing up to the US, and introducing a universal health service to his nation.

You might not call him a conventional giant.

But none the less …

A giant is what he’s going to be seen as.


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga* and Debbi† putting in their answers: with both scoring 10 out of ten.

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

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

Q1) 26th november, 1607, saw the birth of minister, John Harvard.   The College named for him, is in which US state?
Q2) The Race Relation Act came into force in the UK: on 26th November of which year?
Q3) 25th November, 1895, saw the birth of Bill W.   Which shy self help group did he help found?
Q4) More to the point: what did the W stand for?
Q5) Bassist, John McVie was born: on 26th November, 1945.   McVie was a founder of Fleetwood Mac.   McVie was also a member of which 1960s band?
Q6) Finally … 26th November, 1976, saw the release of which anarchic single?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 25th November saw the opening of the play, The Mousetrap.   In which year?
A1) 1952.
Q2) The play opened at which theatre: The Ambassadors, Saint Martin’s or The Dominion?
A2) The Ambassadors.
Q3) That theatre is in which city’s theatre district: New York’s, London’s or Paris’s?
A3) London’s.
Q4) That district is called what?
A4) The West End.
Q5) The play is now being shown in which theatre: The Ambassadors, Saint Martin’s or The Dominion?
A5) Saint Martin’s.
Q6) The play is a murder mystery.   Also known as a who … what?
A6) Whodunit.   (Usually?   It was either the Butler … OR the vicar, in the library … with the cucumber …)
Q7) Who wrote the play?
A7) Agatha Christie.
Q8) The play takes place in Monkswell Manor.   Monkswell Manor is a fictional what: guest house, motel or hotel?
A8) Guest house.
Q9) Monkswell Manor is owned by Mollie and Giles Ralston.   Name any of the guests — or other characters — in the Manor.
A9) Christopher Wren, Mrs Boyle, Major Metcalf, Miss Casewell, Mr Paravicini, who are guests at Monkswell Manor, and DS Trotter, who’s investigating a murder.
Q10) Finally … The Mousetrap is based on a short radio play called Three what?
A10) ‘Three Blind Mice’.
I’ll leave you with thought …
“The best material model of a cat is another, or preferably the same, cat.”
Norbert Wiener, November 26, 1894 – March 18, 1964.
And this song …

Enjoy your day …

*        Both cases sound nasty, Olga‡^: for what it’s worth, my thoughts are with them.   (I’m getting the impression this year’s Black Friday was fairly subdued: and mostly online.   AND that shops were quiet.

†        It’s a weird one Debbi‡^: and I suspect you’re right, it’s a retail thing.   I’m getting the impression it’s being driven by the retailers.   (I wouldn’t worry TOO much: I’ve not seen it, either.   Mind you … I’ve never read The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-time … )

‡        I’m getting the impression there’s a backlash coming …

^        Oh, just so you know … ?   I’ve a feeling the Christopher Wren character was named after Sir Christopher Wren: possibly one of Britian’s best known architects, and the man who designed Saint Paul’s.

1 comment:

Debbi said...

You should read that book about the dog in the nighttime. It's very good! :)

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