Friday, 21 April 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 21-4-2017

Hmmm … 

I was — was — vaguely planning to tell you I’d seen a film last night.

Oh, I saw a film, last night: the flawed but watchable, and very visual, The Void.

Yes, I know I say flawed: but it’s worth a go, for all that.

Then … ?

Someone started shoot a gun off: on the Champs-Élysées, in Paris.

My thoughts go to those shot.

My worries?

Are that this could hand right-wing extremist, Marine Le Pen, the French election.


In other news … ?

I’ve finally managed to catch a significant Coming Soon trailer: for series ten of Dr Who.

The significant bit?

Isn’t John Simm, back again for one last outing.


It’s THAT bit with Peter Capaldi, going orange … 

I think Christmas will be interesting … 


Let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: scoring seven out of ten in the process.   Tha day ALSO saw Olga† looking in: letting us know how things are going.

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

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

Q1) 21st April, 2012, saw the UN adopt UN Security Council Resolution 2043.   The Resolution allowed the UN to monitor a peace plan: where?
Q2) Brasília went into operation as Brazil’s capital: on 21st April, 1960.   Which city did Brasília replace as capital?
Q3) 21st April, 1945, saw the Red Army enter the outskirts of where: Berlin, Munich or Plön?
Q4) The Wignacourt Viaduct opened: on 21st April, 1615.   Where is the Aqueduct: Malta, Sicily or Corsica?
Q5) Finally … The UN adopted UN Security Council Resolution 47.   The Resolution was about the conflict, where: Bangladesh, Kashmir or Pakistan?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 

Q1) 20th April is the UN’s official Chinese Language Day: marking one of the UN’s official languages.   How many official languages does the UN use, in total?
A1) Six.
Q2) Name one of the other official languages.
A2) Arabic, English, French, Russian or Spanish.
Q3) The date was chosen as it marks the day a mythical Chinese figure supposedly invented what: Chinese calligraphy, Chinese characters or printing?
Q4) Written Chinese is written how: from left to right, or right to left?
A4) Left to right.   (In columns: in other words, the first character is at the top of a column of written Chinese, with the line going from the top of the page, to the bottom.   The columns then go from the left hand side of the page, to the right hand side.)
Q5) Most educated Chinese people know roughly how many characters: 3000, 4000 or 5000?
A5) 4000.
Q6) In Standard Chinese, these characters are known as Hanzi.   The name comes from a Chinese Imperial dynasty, and the ethnic group named for the dynasty.   Name either.
A6) The Han.
Q7) Standard Chinese, itself, is a version of what: Cantonese, Mandarin or Hokkien?
A7) Mandarin.
Q8) Standard Chinese is based on the dialect spoken where: Beijing, Shanghai or Nanjing?
A8) Beijing.   (Formerly known as Peking, the city is one of the three most heavily populated on the planet.)
Q9) Standard Chinese, and its parent dialect, are the most widely spoken form of Chinese, with some 850 million speakers.   What’s the next most widely spoken version: Wu, Min or Yue?
A9) Wu.   (According to Wikipedia, the Wu dialect — and its variants — are spoken by some 80 million native speakers: and includes the versions spoken in Shanghai, Hong Kong and much of Zhejiang Province.)
Q10) Finally … Chinese is a what language: Hmong-Mien, Sino-Tibetan or Austroasiatic?
I’ll leave you with a thought …
“I am not a novelist, I’m a storyteller. There is no art in what I do. No mystique.”
Alistair MacLean, 21 April 1922 – 2 February 1987.
And let Iggy and the gang, do they thing … 

Today’s questions will be answered in tomorrow’s Teaser.

Have a good day.

*        Amazing to read the translation, too, Debbi: a Matilda was/is all the stuff you own, tied into a bundle — a Matilda — and worn on your back.   Funny what you find out … !   (Sorry about the score, by the way … but, BOY, did I have to do some double checking … !)

†        Oh, I’ve had that, occasionally, Olga: I usually re-loading the page helps.   Which reminds me, I should maybe donate to the site, at some point: I couldn’t do the teasers, without Wikipedia as a starting point … !


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) Syria
Q2) Rio de Janeiro
Q3) Berlin
Q4) Malta
Q5) Kashmir
Have a good weekend. I don't think I'll be able to call in over the weekend, but I hope it is a good one. Yes, I also have the same suspicions about Paris...

Debbi said...

No problem, Paul! That was a tough set.

You really must read this book, "How to Build a Girl". It doesn't have ray guns, but oh, my! :) Lots of musical references.

1. Syria
2. Rio de Janeiro
3. Berlin
4. Malta
5. Kashmir