Thursday’s quiz

It’s your turn to ask the questions again.

Anyone who stumps us all will win an electronic chocolate sponge.

9 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:

    (1) Who said “What good is the warmth of summer, without the

    cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

    (2) Which city is known as the coldest city on Earth? And you can

    count on it, no matter how cold it gets this winter at your place it will

    be positively balmy compared to this town where the temperature in

    winter has been known to drop below -60 °C

    (3) It is froid in French, freddo in Italian,

    frio in Spanish and холодно (holodno) in Russian –

    what is it in English?

    (4) Who was the leader of the Great Siberian Ice March?

    (5) How will you keep your house warm this winter?


  2. wildninja says:

    What is an electronic chocolate sponge?!!


  3. Alwyn says:

    1. John Steinbeck in “Travels with Charlie” I think. I was re-reading Cannery Row last month. One of the most popular of the Nobel Literature prize winners I would think.
    2. You want a city so it is probably probably in Siberia. There is somewhere with a name like Yakust that might qualify. It won’t have been anything like as cold as the research base Vostok in the Antarctic though. It got to about -90C.
    The coldest place I have ever been to was Calgary in February. It got below -40C which was awful to a warm-loving New Zealander.
    3. Cold
    4. No idea. I doubt if guessing a Russian qualifies as an answer..
    5. We put in a heat pump last winter. They are wonderful.


  4. Andrei says:

    A cyberspace treat that you can enjoy without getting fat


  5. wildninja says:

    I’m chuckling… I still don’t know what a chocolate sponge is. I’m American… perhaps I’m not familiar with the term. Is it a chocolate spongecake? The first visual that popped into my head was of some battery-powered cleaning tool.


  6. wildninja says:

    Spongebob also came to mind.

    Okay, thanks folks, now I need a snack.


  7. homepaddock says:

    Sponge cake is sort of tautology and a contradiction. A sponge is much lighter than a cake, usually filled with cream.


  8. Gravedodger says:

    1 had enough hint of Steinback but had to google for confirmation. So that is a pass
    2 somewhere continental Canada or the old USSR so with your usual bent will say Siberia, as for a city pass.
    4 Absolutely no idea.
    5 solar for most with intelligent design supplemented with a 2 kw inverter heat pump and a Gas Fire for dire straights (can be lit without electricity). Emergency cooking the gas BBQ.
    oh and keep a 2kw Honda generator as part of mobile home with us as a standby.
    A tad smug yes but experience to be credited for the forward planning.


  9. homepaddock says:

    1. I agree with Steinbeck but wouldn’t have got it unprompted.

    2. Somewhere in inland Siberia.

    3. Cold, frio was one of the first Spanish words I learned.

    4. Nicholas?

    5. Hot water pipes under the floor and radiators powered by diesel and an open fire for ambience and emergencies.


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