Monday’s quiz

1. Who was Britain’s youngest Prime Minister?

2. Ag, Co, Fe and Hg are chemical symbols for what?

3. Who said “It is best to read the weather forecast before praying for rain”?

4. Finish the quotation: To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune . . . .

5. What do al dente, con anima and trompe l’oeil mean?

11 Responses to Monday’s quiz

  1. Gravedodger says:

    1 Pitt the younger.
    2 Silver, Cobolt, Iron and Mercury.
    3 Mark Twain
    4 from Oscar Wilde “The importance of being Ernest”.To lose both, careless
    5 al dente test pasta and other cooking by biting
    con anima pass
    trompe l’oeil; art – illusion


  2. david winter says:

    OK,let’s see if I remember anything at college (when I took French and could recite embarrassingly large sections of the periodic table of the top of my head…)

    1) Pitt the Younger (but if you believe Blackadder there was also “Pitt the glint in the milkman’s eye”

    2) Science! They’re Silver, Cobalt, Iron and Mercury (and they’re all transition metals)

    3) Well, every witty remark ever made was from (or has since been attributed to) one of Mark Twain, George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde and Winston Churchill. So let’s attribute this one to GBS.

    4) “; to lose both looks like carelessness” or something similar

    5) al dente means “to the bite” and definitely not “as hard as a tooth”
    con anima must mean something like “lively” or “with vigor”
    trompe l’oeil has something to do with eyes… “to the eye”


  3. Bearhunter says:

    Pitt the Younger

    Silver, cobalt, iron and mercury.

    Mark Twain?

    “To lose two is simply carelessness…” or something like that. It’s from The Importance of Being Earnest.

    To the tooth; with soul; trick of the eye (it’s a kind of painting style that uses optical illusions).


  4. Bearhunter says:

    DOH! Sorry for the double post…


  5. Raymond A Francis says:

    1 Pitt the Younger, learn in 5 form history and checked after the UK election. An amazing life
    2 Silver, Cobolt, Iron and Mercury (3rd form)
    3 Sounds like a pithy/down to earth Mark Twain to me
    4 We are off to Europe for a French wedding soon. So
    el dente is the bite test for pasta ” to the tooth bite”
    con anima Musical, with feeling
    trompe l’oeil Art a style of painting that tricks the eye


  6. homepaddock says:

    Bearhunter – I thought it might be a sign of excitement at answering all the questions.

    But since it’s obviously a mistake I’ve sent the second post to the rubbish bin.


  7. Cadwallader says:

    1 Tony Blair.
    2 Silver Cobalt Iron and Helium.
    3 Mark Twain?
    4 “…to lose a second merely careless.”
    5 a Crunchy.
    b with spices?
    c trumping one’s vision?


  8. 1 Bill Pitt the younger version
    2 silver, cobalt, iron and mercury…. but I can’t guess the tie-up. Is it something to do with the gestation period of a goat?
    3 I thought it was ‘pay for rain’ and I had picked it was a secret tape recording between Sarah Ferguson, ex Countless of York and Jim Hickey… but I guess I’m wrong.
    4 …to lose both is just careless.’ or words to that effect as Oscar Wilde wrote.
    5 Ah food music and art: al dente is related to how cooked pasta is /are; con animo is music for play with freedom, and tromp etc is as an optical illusion. There are some great buildings been painted like this in Europe.
    Also RIP Paul Reynolds, internet guru who dies unexpectedly yesterday. We used to share premises in High Street. I We will long remember the wonderful scottish brogue and his views on the possibilities of the net.


  9. pdm says:

    1. William Pitt – the younger.
    2. Silver, pass, iron, pass.
    3. Your Farmer?
    4. …but to lose two is carlessness.
    5. Would Al Dente be related to Al Donte a racehorse which won either the Newmarket or Railway or perhaps even both some years ago. Ithink it was trained by Davey Jones in Hastings.


  10. adam2314 says:

    1. Earl of liverpool

    2. Silver. cobalt. Iron. Mercury.

    3. Mark Twain.

    4. But to lose two is carelessnes

    5. Hmmmm.. Wog food that sticks to a wall.


  11. Deborah says:

    1. William Pitt the very youngest. He became Prime Minister at age 24.

    2. Silver, Cobalt, Iron and Mercury. I like silver best.

    3. No idea, but it is raining at long last in Adelaide. the endless clear days make it very easy to plan family outings, but I’m starting to get very bored with having to water the garden by hand. Probably not as much rain as you’re getting there, but we had some rain last night, and we’re getting a good soaking tonight.

    4. … to lose both looks like carelessness.

    5. al dente – to the teeth, meaning that the pasta should fell firm, neither soft nor crunchy
    con anima – with spirit, or animation / movement (also, repetition: this term appeared in your list of musical terms a few weeks ago)
    trompe l’oeil – literally, trick the eye. It’s a form of painting that tricks the viewer into thinking they are seeing something three dimensional. For example, Trompe l’oeil on wall in Solingen, Germany


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