Thursday’s questions were:
1. Who said: “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ?
2. Who wrote Cold Comfort Farm?
3. It’s hiver in French, inverno in Italian, invierno in Spanish and takura in Maori.
4. Where was New Zealand’s coldest temperature recorded? There’s a bonus point if you can say what it was.
5. What’s best for keeping a house warm in winter – electricity, gas or fire?
Points for answers:
Alwyn wins an electronic fruit cake with a clean sweep – though I prefer a real fire to heat pumps.
GD got two, a close for # 3 and bonuses for reasoning for # 4 and very full answer to #5 – I share your enthusiasm for merino mink, under or outer.
Andrei got four and close with a I presume that was supposed to be negative 15 for #4?
Adam got two and a surprised look for #5.
Paul got 3 1/2 – right temperature, wrong place – with a bonus for making me smile.
Answers follow the break:
1. John Steinbeck.
2. Stella Gibbons.
4. Ranfurly: 025.6 according to NIWA.
5. Electricity and gas have their places, have coem across heat pumps on or near the floor which are okay but when hot air rises can’t work out the attraction of those high up – and I still prefer a fire.