Friday’s answers

Thursday’s questions were provided by Andrei and Rob:

(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?

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)

They both win an electronic sticky date pudding for stumping us all.

They can be collected by leaving the answers below.

3 Responses to Friday’s answers

  1. Andrei says:

    To score my contribution

    Rob Hosking gets 3

    Ele gets ½ for (1) 1 point for each of (2), (3) and (5) and another ½ giving 4 and the kudos for the highest score

    willdwan gets 2 points


    (1) Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina

    (2) Midsummer Night’s Dream – in particular it was written to be used as an intermezzo between Acts IV and V of this play.

    “Here Comes the Bride” is actually Wagner not Mendelssohn Ele. And In particular it is “Treulich gefuhrt” from the opera ” Lohengrin”

    (3) Bride

    (4) Cole Porter, Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare

    (5) If you make it work you have got it right 🙂


  2. That music was fair nice – thank you


  3. homepaddock says:

    ““Here Comes the Bride” is actually Wagner not Mendelssohn Ele.”

    Just shows a little knowledge is not enough. I’ve always preferred Mendelssohn’s wedding march though didn’t have it at our wedding. I walked into church to the singing of Praise My Soul and we walked out to the Trumpet Voluntary.


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