Thursday’s quiz

It’s your turn to ask the questions again.

Anyone who stumps us all will win an electronic sticky date pudding.

8 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:

    (1) Who wrote “All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”.

    And what book is this quote taken from?

    (2) The ubiquitous “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn was part of his Op 61 written as incidental music – what was this written for?

    (3) It is novia in Spanish, sposa in Italian, mariée in French and Невеста (nevesta) in Russian.

    What is it in English?

    (4) Who wrote the musical “Kiss Me, Kate” and what earlier work does it reference and mirror?

    (5) The author of the quotation in the first question also wrote
    “What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility.”

    Agree/disagree – do you have your own recipe for marital bliss?

  2. Rob Hosking says:

    1. Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

    2. Guessing…one of the Hohenzollern or Hapsburg weddings?

    3. Nope, haven’t a clue…

    4. Cole Porter. Based on Taming of the Shrew.

    5. Agree. Don’t think I have a ‘recipe’ as such but I’ve found one of the paradoxes of marriage is that it isn’t the similarities which provide the greatest binding power, its the differences.

  3. Rob Hosking says:

    OK, some questions:

    1. What is a ‘brass monkey’ and why are its appendages used as a temperature gauge?

    2. What is an ‘oodle’ and where and how did the plural of this word become a term for a lot of things?

    3. What is a ‘great wadge’ of something and is this a measurable amount?

    4. For the agriculturally minded (and completely unseasonably): hay turner, hay tedder or hay rake?

    5. June 22 1982: what did Robert Muldoon do?

    (nb: I only know the answer to one of these questions)

  4. homepaddock says:

    1. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy.
    2. If it’s the one that we sang “Here comes the bride, fair, fat and wide” to I think it was written for Midsummer Night’s Dream.
    3. Bride (novia is also girlfriend in Spanish).
    4. I knew Taming of the Shrew but wouldn’t have got Cole Porter if I hadn’t seen Rob’s answer.
    5. Yes. There is no one recipe (and I’m not sure even the best of marriages are always blissful) but making the decision to stay married and committing to making the marriage work is a good start; remembering to have fun together, good communication, love, trust . . .

  5. homepaddock says:

    1. Don’t know but we had a Wizard of Id cartoon on a student flat wall saying “It’s so cold they had to take the brass monkeys inside”.

    2. A doodle without it’s d.

    3. Lots, a large amount, not necessarily unmeasurable.

    4. Tedder or rake.

    5. Did he send a ship to help Britain free up another vessel for the Falklands War?

  6. Freddy says:

    NB: same here.
    #4, Hay ‘turner’ is a term used by country newcomers, lifestyleblockers and so forth, the correct word is Tedder, To ted is to ‘shake out’ to allow to dry…once dried a ‘rake’ pulls the dry material into a suitably narrow row for baling…

  7. willdwan says:

    Rob is right, it is Anna K. Not sure of the others but respect and courtesy at all times has helped give me 27 happy years of marriage.

  8. willdwan says:

    1. A brass monkey is a triangular base with shallow depressions in it. They would stack cannon balls up in a pyramid on the old war-ships next to the cannon. A big drop in temperature would cause it to shrink a bit, and the pile would collapse, hence, ‘freeze the balls off a brass monkey.’

    4. We use a tedder.

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