Monday’s quiz

1. Who is the patron saint of tax collectors?

2. What is a mast year?

3. Who wrote, ‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,’ – that is all/ Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know and in which poem?

4. What is a windrow?

5. Who said/wrote: A woman, especially if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.?

12 Responses to Monday’s quiz

  1. gravedodger says:

    1 St Mathew, my best “Mathew” friend is a GP
    2 The year of a heavy crop of acorns is referred to as a Mast year also applied to some nut crops.
    3 Keats
    4 crops cut for hay or threshing are often windrowed – gathering a sward of the crop into a row for next machine. Can be a hazard in the likes of the Canterbury plains where the raised row is prone to wind damage, some reduction in susceptibility can be achieved by running the rows with the prevailing wind. A lot of high value seed crops are cut flat as modern harvesters are able to undercut and pickup the previously mown crop, thresh and then the resulting seed is artificially dried for storage.


  2. gravedodger says:

    Sorry a pass on 5 sounds a bit churchillian to my mind.


  3. JC says:

    2. Also applies to tree seeds like Rimu.

    4. In NZ a windrow also means where land is cleared and the bush/rubbish/trees/scrub is pushed into lines with the cleared ground in between the “windrows”. These can then be left to rot down or burned (usually) in Autumn.

    5. Also sounds like Thomas Bracken.



  4. Andrei says:

    (1) Must be St Matthew – who else could it be

    (2)A year of abundance of the fruits of the earth

    (3) Ode to a Grecian Urn by John Keats

    (4) A row of hay left to dry in the sun

    (5) Jane Austin


  5. Cadwallader says:

    Too tough for me! Whoever the Patron Saint of Tax Collectors is/was Michael Cullen was his greatest disciple. (That’s worth 5 points!)


  6. david winter says:

    1) err, pass. (not a good start)
    2) A year with a great crop of something. In NZ it’s particularly associated with Southern Beech which flower and fruit prolifically once every 4-6 years with knock-on effects for the pests that live in those forests. (I spent a recent mast-summer collecting samples in red and silver beech forests – the only time I’ve ever had hayfever thanks to a native plant)
    3) Keats in Ode to a Grecian Urn
    4) A row of a crop/grass cut and cut and laid out to dry in the field
    5) And i end as poorly as I started. No clue.


  7. Paul Tremewan says:

    1 St Matthew
    2 a big crop year
    3 Sam Hunt at a guess if it’s not Milton
    4 What the balers come back to a day or two after the hay mower and tethers and the sweep have been through: according to Peter Cape’s famous song ” Spell-o, You Jokers” and something else learned in uni hols!
    5 I know this: it’s quintessential Helen Clark


  8. bearhunter says:

    St Matthew
    Super-fertile year, crop-wise
    Keats and it’s Ode ON a Grecian Urn, not TO a Grecian Urn.
    A row of hay after cutting
    Jane Austen.


  9. Rob Hosking says:

    1. Must be Matthew, since thats what he was.


    3. Keats

    4. I am embarrassed to say I stared at this blankly for what felt like ages….before the penny dropped. Its when you rake the hay into rows for the bailer. I’ve windrowed hay countless times. I’ve just never seen the word written down before.

    5. Jane Austen.


  10. rayinnz says:

    Refers to plants that have an irregular pattern of cropping and a Mast year is the big one. Beech is often mentioned
    J Keats “Ode to a Grecian Urn”
    A crop that when mown has been gathered into a narrower row
    Jane Austen


  11. pdm says:

    The only one I know this week is:

    4. A row of hay that has been turned by a rake or tedder.


  12. gravedodger says:

    pdm, respectfully, have you been away from the farm for a while. very sophisticated machines now that:
    1 avoid the untidy gather of the goose neck and swath board on the trad mower.
    2 “Windrowers now gather seed crops from many meters to a narrow row with canvass system to leave all the seedheads on the straw to mature.
    3 another attatchment “crimps” or “conditions” a hay crop to assist drying of the stems, directly behind the cutting and gathering machinery, 3 things with one pass.
    Probably other new things unknown to me as I have a severe allergy to all things hay, work not hayfever. Hell they bale it green now and wrap it and call it Baleage, carry it with “soft Clamps”. Alas it only stores well for one year, average quality for two.
    “Tedder”, now theres a blast from the past havn’t heard them called that for a while. When I first tedded hay it was a machine designed for horse speed, now they travel at 20 plus kph. The old Booth MacDonald would have destructed at 10 KPH
    We always “baled” hay in N Canty but during the Wairarapa sojourn had to call it “pressing”
    Along with docking for tailing, rickers for spars, riding ones ewes at lambing for doing a lambing beat, rousies for shedhands, such a rich thing language.
    Cheers nb have not gone to Mae West again.


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