Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 15-3-2017

Boy, but I feel tired!

Late night at work, I think!

What do I mean, think?

I know it was a late night.

And one of those weird ones.

Weirdish, at any rate.

Mostly where I had at least three people ask me if I was a robot.

My usual reply?

“No: I think human, I think … ”

Well, it get’s a laugh.

And, when you’re boiler’s* leaking all over the place, that helps the call along … 


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga† and 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 with the How To, License and video … 

Q1) 15th March, 1976, saw the death of Julius Stephen: shot whilst chasing a suspected bomber.   Mr Stephen drove what: a bus, a tube train or a tram?
Q2) The first major international cricket match between England and Australia started: on 15th March, 1877.   These matches are called what: exams, tests or trails?
Q3) A truce was signed on 15th March, 1978.   Between Somalia: and where?
Q4) 15th March, 2011, saw a civil war start: in which Middle Eastern country?
Q5) Finally … who abdicated on 15th March, 1917?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 

Q1) 14th of March is — if using the US date format — Pi Day: as the date would be written how?
A1) 3/14: corresponding to the first three digits of the constant.   It’s also written as 3-14-xxxx, where xxxx is the year.
Q2) Version 1.0 of the Linux kernel was released: on 14th March, 1994.   What are you most likely to find a version of Linux on: your phone, your washing machine or your heating?
A2) Your phone: a significant number of smart phones are Android phones: Google Android is build on the free Linux kernel, as it’s cheaper than building their own, or using a Windows kernel.   Saying that?   Some fridges are internet enabled, and use operating systems based on the kernel: as do some thermostats.
Q3) 14th March saw protests erupt in Tibet.   In which year of this century?
A3) 2008.
Q4) 14th March is the feast day of Saint Matilda of Ringelheim.   Ringelheim is in which German speaking country: Germany, Austria or Switzerland?
A4) Germany.   (Although it’s now Salzgitter-Ringelheim)
Q5) Finally … 14th March is the Ancient Roman festival of Second Equirria.   Both first and second Equirria were held in honour of which Roman God: Mars, Jove or Apollo?
A5) Mars.
I’ll leave you with something vaguely Italian …
“Le spine della rosa sono nacoste dal fiore: the thorns of the rose are hidden by the bloom.”
Bella Mafia, Lynda La Plante, born 15th March, 1943.
And a song … 

Enjoy your day.

I’m going to have a regeneration booth installed … 

*        I work in a call centre: one that handles out-of-hours calls for various social landlords.   Basically: we take the calls for tenants who need emergency repairs.   Or who think EVERY call that get’s answered is automated.

†        I know what you mean, Olga^: half the time, I never know where a post — or a Teaser, actually — is going go, until my fingers hit the keyboard!   The other half of the time?   I’ll be re-doing sentences at the start of a piece … so they match the ending!   (Which is never any where NEAR where I intended to go!)

‡        Yeah, I had a look at that, Debbi^!   Those guys are the serious hard squad: I just wish I had more time, as that’s sort of what I had in mind when I started the blog!   And I know what you mean about research: I never know where I’ll end up!

^        Actually, Olga, Debbi, do you get a bounce, when you write?   When I’m doing some teasers — themed ones, especially — I get a sense of rhythm going.   When one question logically leads to another.   I wish I could remember which ones were which, but some of the sets?   I’ve sat back, looked at the set, and thought “THAT worked!”


trev-v said...

A1 Tube Train

A2 Test matches. only 5 days long.

A3 Ethiopia

A4 Syria

A5 Tsar Nicholas II of Russia

By the way if you can get your hands on GBP2500,000 you can buy an original Apple 1 which is for sale in Germany.

Debbi said...

Yeah, definitely. When you get into a writing rhythm, that's a great thing. :)

1. a tube train
2. tests
3. Ethiopia
4. Syria
5. Nicholas II