Tuesday’s answers

Monday’s questions were:

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?

No complaints about it being too hard this week and when the first answers came in I thought I was going to have the easy task of saying everyone got 100%, but that isn’t quite the case so:

Gravedodger got 4 2/3.

David got four (would have been five if he’d gone with his first guess for the quote) and a bonus for humour,  lateral thinking and knowing about transition metals.

Bearhunter and Ray got all five correct.

Cadwallader got two, plus 3/4 and 2/3 (yes I could add those fractions, but it gives a more accurate reflection  of the answers this way).

Paul got four with bonuses for humour and thanks for his tribute to Paul Reynolds.

PDM got 2 1/2 with gold bonuses for humour and lateral thinking.

Adam got four – and a question: how can a man who writes so elequently on food not enjoy pasta?

Deborah got four with a bonus for having a better memory than me (albeit that’s not difficult) and another for extra information (relevancy not important).

All that said the judge was too confused to work out who got the electronic bouquet and suggest you all pop over to Heritage Irises  to pick your own.

Tuesday’s answers follow the break.

1. William Pitt. the younger. (Does anyone know why the young rather than Junior?)

2. Silver, cobalt, iron and mercury.

3. Mark Twain.

4.To lose both looks like carelessness.

5. Literally for the tooth, usually translated as firm to bite; with feeling (used in music);  trick the eye – a painting technique used to give the impression of three dimensions.

2 Responses to Tuesday’s answers

  1. Gravedodger says:

    Have spent a bit of time on “the younger” today and best bet so far is it was the language of the time, junior came later and of course then we have that rather garish American title system of the 2nd, 3rd,4th and so on.
    Fertile ground for Max Cryer I guess on nat rad.
    I would venture that Blair was the youngest of what we understand the Prime minister as we know it today.
    18th century Britain was ruled politically by the lords and the monarch, with minor representation from the commons and with the first hanoverian kings attending cabinet. The leader of the government variously leader of the lords and occasionally leader of the house of commons and with the office of first lord of the treasury. By the late 17 hundreds, prime minister came into use but most heads of government eschewed the title of Prime Minister. It came into regular use in the 1800s.
    Robert Walpole was probably the first to exercise the office as we understand it today.

  2. homepaddock says:

    Thanks GD – not only good at proof reading, also good at research and history.

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