Monday’s Questions were:
1. Who wrote Among the Cinders?
2. Who said: We are biologically engineered to have the wonder filtered out of out lives, to learn to take astonishing things for granted, so that we don’t waste too much energy on being surpised but get on with the eating and mating, gardening, feeding cats, complaining about taxes or being pleased about economic recovery . . . “?
3. How many NZ Prime Ministers have died in office?
4. Where did the Great Fire of London start?
5. Who invented the cat flap?
Gravedodger and Rayiinz get a bunch of daffodils each for scoring 3/5; Paul Tremewan gets a single camellia flower for two with a bonus for orginality and Paul Corrigan gets a consolatory branch of blossom for trying.
Tuesday’s answers follow the break:
1. Maurice Shadbolt.
2. Margaret Mahy (in Endings and Beginnings, A Dissolving Ghost: Essays and more (2000).
3. Five if you count – John Ballance who was Premier and died in 1893. Four if you don’t count Ballance: Richard John Seddon, 1906; William Massey, 1925; Michael Joseph Savage, 1940; and Norman Kirk, 1974.
4.. In Pudding Lane – specifically in the bakery of Thomas Farriner (or Farynor).
5. Isaac Newton – The Daily Mews explains how it happened.