Quiz Time (4)

Just for fun, answers below. The next batch of questions I released for the Age UK Lockdown newsletter. Hardly anything UK-specific this week so I am expecting everybody to do brilliantly!

Questions

1.

I have a leaky garden tap. The tap leaks twice as much every day, and I put a (n empty) bucket under it. After 5 days, the bucket was full. After how many days would it have been half-full?

2.

Who played the title role in The Godfather (1972)?

3.

What type of animal is a mountain chicken?

4.

What tax was introduced by Henry VIII in 1535?

5.

What is the female of a goose called?

6.

On 19th August 1968, Soviet tanks rolled into which country?

7.

Tropic of Cancer – north or south of the equator?

8.

Ag is the chemical symbol for ….?

9.

The velocipede was an early type of what?

10.

“I could be handy mending a fuse, when your lights have gone” – which song?

Answers

1.

4 days (thanks, F) Think backwards. The bucket fills with twice as much water each day, so if, on Day #5, it is full, it must have been half-full on Day #4, a quarter of Day #3, an eighth on Day #2, a sixteenth on Day #1 etc.

2.

Marlon Brando. Do they get any easier than this? 🤣

3.

A frog! They live on a couple of islands in the Caribbean (Montserrat and Dominica) and are one of the world’s largest frogs.

4.

A Beard Tax.

5.

Just a goose. A male is called a gander, but a female is just called a goose!

6.

Czechoslovakia

7.

north

8.

Silver.

9.

A bicycle.

10.

When I’m 64, by The Beatles.

How’d you do? Easy Peasy, huh? Do you deserve a pat on the back or a kick up the ass?

Quiz Time (3)

Fancy exercising your brain again? I know, it is Sunday…

This is the third batch of questions I released for my Age UK newsletter. Again, there are one or two questions that I wouldn’t expect anybody to know if they’re not in the UK, but see how you do. Just for fun, answers below.

Questions

1.

What is the capital of Libya?

2.

We probably all know that Ruth Ellis was the last woman to be hanged in Britain, but what year?

3.

How many times can you take a cookie from a jar of 20 cookies?

4.

How much does a first-class stamp cost?

5.

Tallin is the capital of?

6.

In 5 years, the combined age of a man and his son will be 80. Given that the age difference between them is 30 years, how old is the son?

7.

We might all be locked down, but in what year did Elvis sing about being locked up, with Jailhouse Rock?

8.

What is the name for a group of rhinos?

9.

Who was Prime Minister when the NHS was formed?

10.

Just now, at the start of lockdown, when the Premier League was suspended, how many points were Liverpool leading it by?

Answers

1.

Tripoli

2.

13th July, 1955

3.

Only once. After that, it is a jar of nineteen cookies, and so on. [Thanks Farida for asking a very similar question.]

4.

76p

5.

Estonia

6.

In 5 years, the father will be 55 and the son 25, making a combined age of 80..
So, right now, the son is 20. [Thanks, again, F.]

7.

1957

8.

A crash!

9.

Clement Atlee, in 1948

[Incidentally, when you talk about Trump winning with a minority vote, the same thing happened here all those years ago. Clem was kicked out in the 1951 General Election, despite winning the most votes.]

10.

25, having played 29 games. They had 82 points, while their closest rival, Manchester City, had 57 points, having played 1 game fewer.

[Liverpool duly went on to win the title when the Premier League resumed last week. The triumph was accompanied by mass celebrations out on the streets of Liverpool. Watch out for the spike coming your way soon!]

How’d you do? Easy Peasy, huh? Don’t worry, the next batch were harder!

Quiz Time (2)

How did you enjoy my quiz questions last time?

Here is the second batch that I wrote for my charity newsletter. See how you get on this time. There are a couple of UK-specific question in there, but I left them in just to confound any UK readers! As always, just for fun, answers below.

Questions
1.Complete the sequence: Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, …
2.In what year was Margaret Thatcher first elected Prime Minister?
3.After the Good Friday Agreement, what was the pair of Martin McGuiness and Ian Paisley commonly known as, by the media?
4.In which US state is Mount Rushmore?
5.Staying in the USA, which city is The Big Easy?
6.What is the main alcoholic ingredient of a Cuba Libre cocktail?
7.If you flew for 12 hours from Heathrow, where would you likely end up? New York, Sydney, Cape Town or Madrid? (A bonus point if you said Heathrow!)
8.What did Little Jack Horner pull out?
9.We are hearing a bit about North Korea’s Kim Jong Un at the moment, but when did he become their leader?
10.Which country’s flag is this: undefined
Answers
1.Scooby Doo!
2.1979
3.The Chuckle Brothers
4.South Dakota
5.New Orleans
6.Rum
7.Cape Town. Sydney is at least 19 hours, while Madrid and New York are “just” 2½ hours and 8 hours, respectively.
8.A plum
9.December, 2011
10.Greece

Quiz Time

I just thought – throughout this crisis, Age UK Wiltshire have been printing a weekly Newsletter for clients, and I volunteered to set some quiz questions. I thought I’d share them here.

Bear in mind, they are for a UK audience, so some of them will be quite UK-specific.

I’ve tried to pitch some of them as really easy, some as head-scratching, but none are impossible. Questions that nobody can answer is not my idea of fun. And, one of my friends might recognise some of their maths questions, which I stole from her! Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

I must’ve done forty or fifty of these things but I’ll just post the first ten for now, and post some more another day. Answers below, this is just for fun.

Qurstions
1.A grandmother has 6 grandchildren. Each grandchild was born 2 years apart, and the youngest is 10 years old. How old is the eldest?
2.Which soccer teams plays its home games at Carrow Road, in yellow and green, and is nicknamed the Canaries?
3.In which county is Stratford-upon-Avon?
4.In what one year did the following take place: West Side Story premiered, Elvis bought the mansion which became Graceland, and the hits included Blueberry Hill, All Shook Up and Wake Up Little Susie?
5.What is the longest river in the world?
6.In what year did the first stretch of the M1 motorway open?
7.Name the five Great Lakes of North America
8.Who was the Prime Minister at the start of the Suez crisis?
9.Which US city is served by JFK Airport?
10.A farmer has sheep and chickens in their barn. They count 26 feet, and there are 10 animals in total. How many of each animal do they have?
Answers

120.
2.Norwich City
3.Warwickshire
4.1957
5.Nile
6.1958
7.Superior, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, Erie.
8.Anthony Eden
9.New York
10.3 sheep
7 chickens

I bet you knew them all, didn’t you?

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge (29 May 2020)

Jim’s prompt this week is Midnight at the Oasis, a song which conjours up all sorts of visions. For me, the very first thought is of the desert, Egypt, the Sphinx. During lockdown I have responded to this prompt, normally with a song of my own, but this week, let’s do something different.

Firstly, apologies to my UK readers, who might well have seen this one on the quiz show Eggheads a few days ago. In fact it was because I was reminded of this question so recently that I post it today for an international audience.

We’ve all heard of the Riddle of the Sphinx, right? The riddle that says What is it that has one voice, and is four-footed and two-footed and three-footed? And we all know that the answer is a person, because the three stages represent the three stages of life?

But did you know that there was a second, less well-known riddle? This one goes along the lines: There are two sisters: one gives birth to the other and she, in turn, gives birth to the first. Who are the two sisters?

Anybody got any idea what the answer is? Sure, you can look it up, but where’s the fun in that?

If you think you know the answer, post it in a comment and I’ll publish the correct answer, also in a comment, shortly after 6PM my time (GMT + 1), tomorrow.