Thursday’s quiz

1. Corgis were originally bred to do what work?

2. Who said: “I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” ?

3. Which New Zealand singer sang If I Only Had Time? (token gesture to NZ music month).

4. It’s amitié in French, amistad in Spanish and the nearest I could find in Maori was whanaungatanga – what is it in English?

5. What is a gnomon?

6 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:

    1 Cattle dogs
    2 Mark Twain
    4 Friendship
    5 γνώμων gnomon is a Greek word that means pointer, it now refers to the thing that casts the shadow on a sundial.


  2. Paranormal says:

    1 Cattle dogs
    2 Mark Twain
    3 John Rowles
    4 Friends
    5 Something out of LOTR? – I’ll take Andreis word for it


  3. pdm says:

    1. As cattle dogs.
    2. Oscar Wilde.
    3. John Rowles
    4. The closest I can get is via amigo which is friend
    5. No idea.


  4. david winter says:

    Dear me…

    (1) Pass
    (2) Pass
    (3) Err… one of the older crooning types… John Rowles?
    (4) Going by the method of French translation that go me through 5th form (what latinate English word does it look most like?) I’m going to say ‘amity’ or ‘friendship’
    (5) And pass.



  5. 1 To bite the ankles of unelected spongers.. [Harsh? A quote from Bil Bayley, British comedian… good but!]
    2 Mark Twain
    3 John Rowles
    4 Friendship.. a number of European yachts have been named this… [Why weren’t they just called ‘Friendhip’? -Ed.]
    5 That, is it not, the name given to a model of the solar system… if it is that, is this answer the result of too much time wasted on crosswords and the pursuit of a Masters in trivia…


  6. gravedodger says:

    1 Cattle dogs bark and heel. Had a fearless Jack Russell that operated very safely on the flat and going up hill the inevitable lash out response going right overhead, not so successful descending as she was fairly in the line of fire, a quick learner though survived 10 years of farming and 7 years of very active retirement.
    2 Mark Twain ( a total guess but sounds like his MO)
    3 John Rowles
    4 Friendship
    5 No Idea, guess, it is a member of the garden ornament genre


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