Monday’s quiz

1. What was the origin of the term proof in relation to alcohol content?

2. What does stick to one’s last  mean?

3. What are the two smallest countries, by area, in the world?

4. Who said, “New Zealand is a country of thirty thousand million sheep, three million of whom think they are human.”

5. Who is New Zealand’s Minister of Internal Affairs?

5 Responses to Monday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:

    (1) Proof is the percentage of alcohol by volume multiplied by two.

    (2) it comes from the old saying A cobbler should stick to his last A last being of course the tool which a shoemaker uses to form the shoe

    (3)Vatican city would be one, Monaco the other?

    (4) Barry Humphreys as his alter ego Edna Everage

    (5) Nathan Guy

  2. Andrei says:

    To expand on (2) It means you should stick to what you know

  3. gravedodger says:

    1 the historic description of alcohol content in distilled spirit. Came I think from the royal navy giving rum to sailors and the method they used to determine proof when they suspected it had been watered down. If gunpowder(black) would not burn when doused with the spirit it was “under proof”
    2 stay with what you know. From the “Last”, the piece of iron or hardwood shaped roughly as a sole that the cobbler held a boot or shoe on as he worked on it. Father had three sizes and used them to put heel and toe plates on shoes or hobnails into the leather soles of the “Pannells”
    3 The Vatican and Principality of Monaco, If you don’t accept the Vatican then it would be Nauru or Tuvalu.
    4 Barry (dame edna) Humphries. Humour or cheep shot?.
    5 Hon Nathan Guy who replaced Richard Worth mid last year.

  4. David W says:

    Not a good week for my, doesn’t bode well for the pub quiz I’m about to be off to…

    1) 100% proof is the lowest concentration of alcohol that will keep blackpowder burning. I’ve heard the story about british sailors testing they weren’t being short changed on their grog and, though it sounds apocryphal to me, I don’t have any more reliable back story

    2) A last is that little anvil a cobbler uses (which I only know from about 10 cryptic crossword clues that have used this definition!) so to stick to one’s last is confining oneself to one’s area of expertise.

    3) The vatican and, at a guess, Monaco. Don’t know if any island nations are smaller still

    4) No clue

    5 ) Well, it has to be one of the three Ministers of Everything That’s Left Over but I’ve now seen GD’s answer so can’t really guess. Pass.

  5. pdm says:

    1. The proof is that if you drink to much you will fall over and feel sick the next morning.
    3. Vatican City and Monaco.
    4. Who cares – especially if it was a smart alec Aussie.
    5. Nathan Guy – seeing as he is not the Minister of Statistics.

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