Trivial

Here’s one I heard on tv last night:

What substance, commonly used in DIY, is a mixture of chalk and linseed oil?

If you know the answer, feel free to post it in a comment, and we can all admnire how brainy you are. I’ll post the answer in my own comment this evening (UK).

Fandango’s One Word Challenge (17 August 2020)

for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC), wanderlust.

Let’s try something a bit more offbeat today.

When looking for ideas for this post I quickly found that there is a Wanderlust Travek Magazine in the UK. I poked around their site for a bit and they have a few travel quizzes on there, of all things.

So here is one. Fifteen photographs of colourful buildings, and we have to guess what country they’re in (they give four options). That’s it – the only link is that they’re “colourful”.

So, do you want to have a try?

https://www.wanderlust.co.uk/content/where-are-these-colourful-buildings-quiz/

And how did I do?

Well, the number of buildings I knew was a big fat zero.

The number of buildings I guessed correctly, just on things like style of building etc.) was eight. Half marks. I bet you can do better!

No login or any other nonsense required, it is all totally anonymous. It’s just a bit of fun. And if you enjoyed that one, they have several on their site.

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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