Quiz Time (7) – Your Last Assignment

One last set of my newsletter questions for you. This set will be published right about now. Things are getting a bit more normal here as lockdown restrictions are lifted, and Age UK are calling a halt to its weekly newsletter, as many of the clients are starting to venture outside a little. Ironically, I’m not, really, not yet, but many of them, 20 years older than me, are!

Many of you did rather well last week, so I made the questions extra-hard this time! See how you do – it’s just for fun, answers below. Primarily British audience, yada, yada. In fact, you Americans will get some of these that Brits might struggle. I hope so, anyway – we’re in trouble otherwise 😆.

Questions

1.

How many nickels in a dollar?

2.

And still on American currency, which president’s image is on a $5 bill? (no peeking 🤣)

3.

To which country does the island of Texel belong?

4.

The River Liffey flows through which capital city?

5.

What does the Scoville Scale measure? (Hint: this question came from a Mexican!)

6.

In what year was Channel 5 TV, the one nobody can pick up, launched in the UK?

7.

Little Tommy Tucker, Sings for his supper, What shall we give him?… So, what did they give him?

8.

Who was Henry VIII’s last wife?

9.

Who sang about the Waterloo Sunset?

10.

How many fingers do The Simpsons cartoon characters have?

Answers

1.

20. A nickel is worth just 5c.

2.

Abraham Lincoln

3.

The Netherlands. It is just off their coast in the North Sea. It is beautiful there.

4.

Dublin

5.

The spiciness of chilli peppers! Thanks, Irene, for the inspiration!

6.

1997

7.

White bread and butter!

8.

Catherine Parr

9.

The Kinks

10.

Four

See? I told you! How did you do?

Quiz Time (6)

I’ve got into the habit of publishing these questions, but savour them because there is only one more set to come after this batch.

You know the drill by now, just for fun, answers below.

In previous weeks I’ve apologised for some UK-specific questions, but for this set you might actually have an advantage, especially if you’re in the USA. But to balance it out, there’s definitely one there, so you can have a free pass on the last question… unless you’re mega-brainy 🤣

Questions

1.

Who wrote the novel Nicholas Nickleby?

2.

As whom was Dino Paul Crocetti better known?

3.

Which animal has the latin name pan troglodytes?

4.

San Antonio Spurs. Which sport?

5.

Come to think of it, in which US state is San Antonio?

6.

“You have made my life complete, And I love you so” – name the song.

7.

How old was outlaw Billy the Kid when he died? See how close you can get.

8.

Which chess pieces can move diagonally, but only one square?

9.

Complete the name of the colour: Powder ___

10.

What was Christopher Trace’s biggest claim to fame?

Answers

1.

Charles Dickens

2.

Dean Martin

3.

Chimpanzee

4.

Basketball

5.

Texas

6.

Elvis Presley, Love Me Tender

7.

just 21, 1859-81. He was originally a New Yorker by birth but died at Fort Sumner, NM.

8.

A king or a pawn, if it is taking another piece

9.

I was thinking of Powder Blue, but CARAMEL informs me that there is also a Powder Pink. Thanks, Mel!

10.

He was the very first Blue Peter presenter (1958-67)

Did you ever even hear of Blue Peter? Not to worry, how did you do otherwise?

Riddle

I have just finished catching up in my reader, and one post stood out. It is from an blog I follow, and I have reblogged their post below.

Somehow, I follow four or five Italian blogs. I neither speak nor read Italian, but I like the blogs nevertheless. I have to run them through a translation tool, which gets them approximately correct. Today I encountered a riddle – I need to have a proper think about this later but for now I shall just post it for you to digest, too.

The riddle, translated, is:

What is it? There is one thing that, those who buy it never need it, they know they don’t need it, but they always buy it for someone else; instead those who need it, do not know they need it, and never buy it for themselves.

The blog in question says that they will post the answer in a few hours, and I’ll post it in a comment on this post tomorrow. Anyway, here is the original post:

Centoquarantadue

Stamattina vi proponiamo un indovinello. Avete tempo fino al pomeriggio per pensarci, e se volete potete provare a rispondere nei commenti.

C’è una cosa che, chi la compra non ne ha mai bisogno, e sa di non averne bisogno, ma la compra sempre per qualcun altro; invece chi ne ha bisogno, non sa di averne bisogno, e nonlacompra mai per sé.

Di cosa si tratta?

L’immagine non c’entra nulla. E’ solo per darvi il buongiorno come si deve.

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Quiz Time (5)

I still have a couple of these left, so would you like to give your brain some gentle exercise this weekend? I published this particular set of questions in the last half of June (we drip-fed them at 5 questions per week), so there are just a couple of these left. They’ve announced that they’re stopping the newsletters at the end of July.

Looking through the questions, even I think some of these are quite hard, and I set them! There are a few that are UK-specific, but I’ll give you a free pass on those. A couple of them, I wouldn’t expect you to know unless you’re a fan of old UK TV.

The question featuring milk – most of our milk cartons have both their imperial volume and the metric equivalent printed on the label, so people will have seen this value thousands of times. But did they ever take any notice of it? So it’s actually a test of their observation. The UK is probably unique in printing both values, so Brits probably have an advantage.

So, bear in mind that these questions were primarily created for our (British) Age UK clients, who are…of a certain age! But have fun and see how you do, answers below!

Questions

1.

How many sides has a nonagon?

2.

Which UK sitcom was set in a department store?

3.

What type of seafood do the French call a moule?

4.

And staying in France, what are the main ingredients of a crêpe?

5.

If I overtake the runner placed second in a race, what place am I in?

6.

In Roman mythology, who was the King of the Gods?

7.

The movie which won the Best Picture Oscar in 1979 was “The ___ Hunter”?

8.

Which Little Piggy had roast beef?

9.

(Without looking at your carton of milk!) How many millilitres in a pint?

10.

In which year was the first episode of EastEnders broadcast?

Answers

1.

Nine.

2.

Are You Being Served?

3.

A mussel

4.

Flour, egg, milk and a bit of sugar. They’re basically (what the British think of as) pancakes.

5.

Second (Farida, you’re a star!)

6.

Jupiter

7.

The Deer Hunter

8.

The middle/third one.

9.

568.

10.

1985

I must admit I had to look the mythology answer up myself – mythology, my head is like my lounge…pretty empty! And, as for nursery rhymes… But how good were you?

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?