Monday’s quiz

1. What’s the difference between a raisin and a sultana?

2. What is moss stitch?

3. What does, “He aha te mea nui ot te ao?” He tangata! He Tangata! He tangata!” mean?

4. Who wrote, Cold Comfort Farm?

5. Who said: “I have an idea that the phrase ‘weaker sex’ was coined by some woman to disarm the man she was preparing to overwhelm.”?

8 Responses to Monday’s quiz

  1. Paul Tremewan says:

    1 Red grape and white grape. I remember an answer to this question once as being ”about $1.25 a kilo’
    2 Should this not be ‘Who is Moss Stitch? He was a shearer out of Rawene on the Hokianga..
    3 What’s the most important thing in the world? Its us: the people!
    4 Stella Gibson?
    5 Tony Vietch ? …. just a guess.


  2. Andrei says:

    (1) Raisins are made from grapes with seeds, sultanas from seedless varieties

    (2) oh fie knitting?

    (3) pass

    (4) Stella Gibbons

    (5) Ogden Nash


  3. david winter says:

    1) A raisin is a dried grape. A sultana is the wife of a sultan. They’re really quite different. (in looking up the real answer I also found it’s a name given to the pukeko in other parts of the world!)

    2) I *think* moss stitch is alternate ‘out of synch’ rows of knit one purl one. (my knitting obsessive girlfriend will tell me if I’m wrong)

    3) What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, the people the people.

    4) pass

    5) It’s sounds like the sort of thing James Thurber would say, and since I’d love that to be the answer that’s my guess.


  4. Samo says:

    Red and white grapes
    Tight knit evenly bobbly jersey knit
    No idea
    WC Field


  5. gravedodger says:

    1 Raisins are dried red grapes with seeds sultanas are dried seedless white grapes
    2 plain knobly knitting where one knits a purl stitch into a plain and vice a versa.With assistance from Mrs GD, I only knew it was a knitting stitch.
    3 I go with the ‘what is the most important thing in the world, it is people, it is people, it is people’.
    4 Stella Gibbons. Set in rural England pre war, my war that is.
    5 Pass, can I have a little bit of a mark if it wasn’t Mae West.


  6. Deborah says:

    1. The grapes they are made from – red and white.

    2. Knitting – one plain one purl, reversed in the next row, deeply time consuming to do, what with flipping the wool back and forth each stitch, and really, why would you when there are masses and masses and masses of much more interesting stitches that can bu used.

    3. What is the most important thing? It is people, it is people, it is people. My husband uses this precept a lot in his management job.

    4 Stella Gibbons. It’s fascinating looking at her predictions about the technology that would be available in the near future. If I recall correctly, she had an idea about video phones, and small personal airplanes that functioned in very much the same way that cars do now.

    5 No idea!


  7. pdm says:

    1. Raisin has seeds sultanas don’t. Bugger you David Winter I had the wife of a Sultan too and you beat me to it.
    2. Knitting – if mrs pdm was here she would know but she is back in NZ for a few weeks.
    3. I think it might rain tomorrow.
    4. ?
    5. Dorothy Parker – by the way gd I thought I had sole rights to Mae West as an answer in this quiz.


  8. Deborah says:

    I would just like to add to my answer to number 3, that the first time I recall coming across this saying was in the Anglican Cathedral in Christchurch. I think it’s on a plaque, or maybe woven into a panel, or placed just under a woven wall hanging, or something like that, on the left hand side. But my memory of this could well be very faulty; I haven’t been inside the cathedral since early 1997 (I think).


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