Tuesday’s answers

Monday’s questions were:

1. Name a band and a song it sings which are both palindromes.

2. Who wrote Breakfast at Six?

3. Who said, There’s a hell of a distance between wise-cracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wise-cracking is simply callisthenics with words.?

4. Which language is spoken as a first language in the most countries?

5. It’s Queen’s Birthday today – but when is Queen Elizabeth II’s real birthday?

For the first time all questions were answered correctly.

An electronic bunch of flowers goes to Paul Tremewan who got all 5.

Kismet got 2, 3, 4 and half of 5.

I thought Ed Snack was right with 4 but if Wikipedia is to be believed, we were both wrong.

PDM gets a point for trying.

Tuesday’s answers follow the break:

1. Abba – SOS.

2. Mary Scott.

3. Dorothy Parker.

4. I thought it was Spanish which is the first language in: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela.

But Wikipedia says it’s English which is spoken as a first language in: 

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, the British Indian Ocean Territory, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, the Cayman Islands, the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guam, Guernsey, Guyana, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Jersey, Montserrat, Nauru, New Zealand, Pitcairn Islands, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland), the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the United States.

It’s also one of 11 first languages in South Africa.

5. 21 April – she was born in 1926.

3 Responses to Tuesday’s answers

  1. pdm says:

    HP – I think English is also the first language of Fiji – it certainly was when I lived there in the mid 70’s.


  2. Ed Snack says:

    I’ll happily concede, I wasn’t counting all the minor territories like the Falklands and South Georgia which aren’t (to the best of my knowledge) truly independent countries. Nor are, IMHO, Gibraltar, Jersey, (and Guernsey, Alderney or Sark), St Helena or the Isle of Man. But the number is still impressive. Is English an “official” language in India as well ?


  3. homepaddock says:

    Ed – I think English is an official language in India but not a first language for the majority of the people.


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