Thursday’s quiz

1. What is ombrology?

2. Who said: “Statistics are the triumph of the quantitative method, and the quantitative method is the victory of sterility and death”?

3. Who wrote the poem The Magpies?

4. Name three of the seven instruments usually found in the woodwind section of an orchestra.

5. Name the ship which landed at Port Chalmers with the first settlers for Otago on March 23rd 1848.

5 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. gravedodger says:

    1 The study of rainfall (science) often employs an ombrometer and can result in ombrophobia (temporary) when one hears heavy continuous rain on the roof and one took a chance that the stock on low ground would be ok till tomorrow.
    2 pass
    3 Denis Glover. Adapted to a wonderful play commenting on the damage sustained by many returned soldiers.
    4 oboe, piccolo, bassoon,flute,
    5 The John Wickliffe

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  2. gravedodger says:

    I wouldn’t have got any closer to Q2 with 20 guesses.

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  3. adam2314 says:

    1. The study of rain ( Should they not be ombrolla’s )
    2. Pass.
    3. Dennis Glover.
    4. Flute. Oboe. Clarinet.
    5. Pass.

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  4. Andrei says:

    (1) The study of rain
    (2) Hilaire Belloc
    (3) –
    (4) Flute – no reed
    Clarinet – single reed
    Oboe – double reed
    (5) The John Wickliffe

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  5. david winter says:

    1) No clue, about the field of study or what ‘omb’ might mean

    2) No clue, but they’re right on the first bit and wrong on second count

    3) Denis Glover (just thinking of it, I had to google it to find out how to spell “Quardle oodle ardle”)

    4) Oboe, Bassoon and Clarinet

    5) Damn, this was in the news last week but that fact failed to lodge in my brain

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