Thursday’s quiz

1. Who said: “Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades; they’ll give you as many chances as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING.”

2. Who has just resigned as coach of the Silver Ferns, who has replaced her?

3. What is Spinacia oleracea more commonly known as and who ate it for strength?

4. It’s espoir in French; speranza in Italian, esperanza in Spanish and awhero, wawata or manawa ora  in Maori, what is it in English?

5. Where was Richie McCaw born and where was his childhood home?

7 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:

    (1) I think that might be Bill Gates
    (2) –
    (3) Spinach and Popeye the sailor man
    (4) I think you have asked this before and I think I answered last time – I have a daughter called this Nadezhda (aka Nadia) . In case in isn’t a case of mistaken déjà vu I’ll give you – HOPE

    (5) He was from your way I believe that being North Otago

  2. James Stephenson says:

    1) I suspect we’re being double-bluffed here, so I’m guessing it’s Bill Gates, rather than Steve Jobs.
    2) Ruth Aitken and some long maori name that didn’t mean anything to me.
    3) Spinach and Popeye
    4) Hope
    5) Erm…whatever pdm says.

  3. david winter says:

    (1) I don’t know, but they’re wrong.
    (2) Ruth Aiken was and I think Wai Taumanu is (though that might just be one of about three netballing names I could come up with)
    (3) Well.. the second half gives it away a little! Spinach and Popeye
    (4) That’s hope. In cycling (a sport that has _never_ come up in any quiz I’ve ever done, so I just add these factoids when I can…) the under 23 teams are called the “espoirs” which I guess means those hopeful of turning pro.
    (5) Rugby is not a sport I know a great deal about.

  4. pdm says:

    1. Merv Wellington.
    2. Ruth Aitken replaced by Waimarama Taumanu.
    3. Sinach and Popeye The Sailorman.
    4. Pass but if it is related to cycling as RW says then JS will be right because he really knows things about cycling.
    5. Who cares – it is his bloody foot and his form we are worried about.

  5. gravedodger says:

    1 Bill Gates, one of eleven rules and every student leaving school should know and understand them all.
    My favorite is the one about “your Teacher”
    2 Ruth Aitken has moved her retirement up due to her Dad’s health issues and her deputy Wai Taumanu has been handed the job with the Aussies on the horizon.
    3 Spinach and Popeye.
    4 Hope.
    5 Birth place not sure, but his Dad farmed in the Hakataramea Valley and he went to Primary School in Kurow, then College in Dunedin. Hence the various claims on his origins. It was settled when he came to Lincoln College and Canterbury Rugby . In a touch of Irony another talented No 7 of the same era, went to Christs College then played for Otago, his name, Sam Harding.

  6. Paul Tremewan says:

    1 Sean Fitzpatrick
    2 Ruth Aitkin / Wai Temanu
    3 spinach, Popeye
    4 hope
    5 A village somewhere about halfway between Oamaru and Omarama probably..

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