Monday’s questions were:
1. How many letters in the Maori alphabet?
2. What is a Sophora microphylla? 3. What are Frankincense and myrrh?4. Who wrote, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus . . .”?
5. Who said, “Christmas is the one time of year when people of all religions come together to worship Jesus Christ.”?
PaulL gets a point for justifying his answer to #2 and a half for his answer to #4.
Andrei gets 2 and a half for his answer to #4.
Since it’s Christmas I won’t deduct a mark for pedantry. I don’t know enough about linguistics to know if he’s right about the Maori alphabet, but the intent of the question was to determine how many letters of the alphabet are used when writing the Maori language.
Gravedodger gets 4 plus a half for his answer to #4.
David gets three.
Paul Tremewan gets three and a bonus for humour.
PDM gets a bonus for honesty.
Tuesday’s answers follow the break:
1. Fifteen: a, e, h i, , k, p, t, m, n, o, p,r, t, u, w; 20 in you count the dipthongs: ā, ē, ī, ō, ū and 22 if you count ng and wh as letters.
2. The most common of the eight species of kowhai.
3. Resin (dried tree sap) that come from trees of the genus Boswellia (frankincense) and Commiphora (myrhh), which are common to Somalia. Theywere used ot make incense.
4. Francis Pharcellus Church, an editor of the New York Sun.
5. Bart Simpson.