Monday’s quiz

1.  What does Otakou/Otago mean?

2. Who wrote The Man Whose Mother Was  A Pirate?

3. What does the Plimsol line indicate?

4. People who suffer from atelophobia are afraid of what?

5. What does q.e.d. (quod erat demonstrandum)  mean?

9 Responses to Monday’s quiz

  1. kismet says:

    1 The place of red earth
    2 Pass
    3 The level a ship sits in the water at when at maximum load
    4 Pass
    5 That which has been demonstrated


  2. Bearhunter says:

    Place of red earth
    Margaret Mahy (cool book too).
    Maximum draft of a ship.
    A fear of imperfection (I know this because a teacher once told me I would never have to worry about it.)
    That which was to be shown.

    Finally, some questions I knew!


  3. Angela says:

    the place where the red earth, or red ochre, abounds
    Margaret Mahy
    waterlines to show the level the water should reach when the ship is properly loaded
    fear of imperfection
    Thus it is proved


  4. Gravedodger says:

    Had to look up the phobia so to prove I don’t suffer from it I shall be crass and naughty and go to the naughty corner for my ziz.
    1 Maori for bagpipes with a mainly red tartan cover
    2 the yarn Ms Mahey told about the neighbor who tried to master the said pipes.
    3 The mark indicating the level at which Ms Mahey exploded and shot out of her tennis shoes when she couldn’t take any more.
    4 I had absolutely no Idea
    5 the epitaph Ms Mahey suggested less than politely for the aforementioned neighbor’s tombstone which loosely translated says enough is enough and that is proof that even she had a limit at which she became unstable.


  5. Andrei says:

    (1) –
    (2) –
    (3)Loading line painted on a vessel to show if it is overloaded for the conditions in which it is to sail
    (4) Perfectionism
    (5) It is shown – literally “that which was to be demonstrated”


  6. david winter says:

    Oh my, another poor showing on the way I’m afraid.

    1) I’ve managed to live here for… well, sometime, without picking that piece of information up

    2) Not so much as a clue

    3) the “loading line”, painted so as it will be level with the water when the ship at maximum load. (It’s named after a Mr Plimsoll who was something of a social crusader and the MP who drafted the bill that made the line compulsory for British ships )

    4) No, I can’t even guess at the etymology of that one!

    5) The vernacular version would be “there, I did it, just like I told you I would!” but I think the literal translation is “that which was to be demonstrated”


  7. Andrei says:

    A demonstration of the use Q.E.D.

    Claim: the sum of all the natural numbers from 1 to n inclusive equals n(n+1)/2

    When n=1 then n(n+1)/2 becomes 1(1+1)/2= 2/2 = 1
    ∴ This formuala holds for n=1.

    Assume the formula holds for some number m

    Then ≠ 1 then ∑m = m(m+1)/2 according to our hypothesis

    So (∑m) + (m+1) = m(m+1)/2 + (m+1) = (m² + m)/2 + (m + 1)

    = [ (m² + m) + 2m +2] / 2
    = (m² + 3m + 2)/2
    = (m+1)(m+2)/2 ie it is (m+1)(m+1+ 1 )/2.
    And since it is true for 1 it must be true for all natural numbers > 1 under the principal of mathematical induction



  8. pdm says:

    1. Pass
    2. Pass
    3. Waterline when a ship is fully loaded.
    4. Fear of telephones.
    5. Andrei lost me on this one.


  9. Paul Tremewan says:

    1 It means you’re staunch, Speights and med school
    2 As I recall all the Hauraki pirates were all men, so no idea
    3 Load up to these lines on a vessel. Had to learn it as of my celestial navigation quals at London School of Navigation
    4 Fear of imperfection… used to have it but fixed it.
    5 ‘There you have it!’ or, ‘that proves it!’


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