Monday’s questions were:
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.”?
Everyone who was on the right track with the raisin and sultana even if it wasn’t the full answer can have a point and then:
Paul got two correct, an on-the-right-rack point for the raisin, and can have a bonus for humour and a half for his answer to 4 which was nearly right.
Andrei got two and an on-the-right-rack point for the raisin with a bonus for making me smile with his oh fie.
David got two, a bonus for his extra information with sultana and a half for an educated attempt with the quote.
Samo got one right and an on-the-right-rack point for the raisin.
Gravedodger got the an on-the-right-rack point for the raisin plus three right (and Mrs GD can have a bonus for her contribution); and since he asked so nicely he can have the wee bit for trying with 5.
Deborah got the an on-the-right-track point for the raisin plus three with a double bonus for extra info on Cold Comfort Farm and “He aha te mea nui ot te ao?” He tangata! He Tangata! He tangata!”.
PDM gets a point for trying with the raisin and a bonus because I believe he’d have given the sultana answer if David hadn’t got there first and a half for raising a smile with his answer to 3.
Tuesday’s answers follow the break:
1. Raisin is the generic name for dried grapes and sultana is a particular type of raisin which is lighter in colour and moister. Wikianswers says:
Originally, Sultanas were produced in Turkey, from the Sultana variety of grape. Nowadays, they are produced from the same variety of grapes as other raisins but by a different process. They are treated with sulphur dioxide and heated artificially. Other raisins are allowed to dry and darken in the sunlight.
2. Moss stitch is done by casting on an even number of stitched then knitting a plain, purl plain . . . in the odd rows and purl, plain, purl . . . in alternate rows.
3. What is the most important thing? It is people, it is people, it is people.
4. Stella Gibbons, published in 1932.
5. Ogden Nash.