Thursday’s quiz

1. Who said: What win I, if I gain the thing I seek?
A dream, a breath, a froth of fleeting joy.
Who buys a minute’s mirth to wail a week?
Or sells eternity to get a toy?

2. What is a metagrobologist?

3. It’s jouer in French, giocare in Italian, jugar in Spanish and tākaro in Maori, what is it in English?

4.  How does this phrase end and in which game would you find it: Go to jail, go directly to jail . . .?

5. You’re stuck inside with a group of friends on a cold, wet . Would you opt for board games, cards, puzzles or  . . . ?

7 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:

    (1) That quote is from the “Rape of Lucretia” by the immortal bard

    (2) ?

    (3) Play

    (4) Go to jail, go directly to jail, Do not pass go

    (5) Cards are good value, memory games, in the old days Charades was fun and since it requires no paraphernalia a good old stand by but it is now forgotten I fear


  2. J Bloggs says:

    1) Sounds like William Shakespeare
    2) Pass
    3) Play
    4) Do not pass go. Do not collect $200 – it’s from Monopoly
    5) Group LEGO build!!!!!


  3. Gravedodger says:

    1 & 2 had to google so will hold my whist (there is another blast from the past)
    3 Play/perform.
    4 The go to jail card from the chance pile of “Monopoly” board game.
    5 As with so much of life c 21st century if it isn’t electronic it don’t rate, currently swmbo and moi are seated with the heat pump running, temperature controlled by a chip, she on her ipad, moi on a tablet and occasionally commenting on the latest gem discovered or sadly more likely inanity from the various entertainment/infotainment options accessed.
    News, comment, solitaire, sudoku, other mind games, research one of Hp’s date in history or rural roundup posts, tis all bloody marvellous but as for the good old days, the only thing good was youth, and making do, as for the rest, now is soo good.


  4. Andrei says:

    My answer to question 1 should be modified to read The Rape of Lucrece rather than The Rape of Lucretia

    Since Shakespeare used the genitive case for Lucretia’s name in his poem which is correct for the title but not necessarily so within the body of the work.


    Its many years since I read it and never noticed at the time – Perhaps an English major from days of yore could have given a plausible explanation, pontificating for hours as to why Shakespeare did this, puffing on his pipe as he did so.

    Here is Isaac Asimov’s short story “The immortal Bard” 🙂


  5. Will says:

    1. Gosh, well done Andrei, I never read that one. I guessed it was that ‘Shakespeherian rag,
    so elegant, so intelligent.” Anyone recognise those lines?

    2. Person who fondles manikins inappropriately.

    3. Play.

    4. Do not pass go Do not collect $200

    5. Manikins.


  6. Will Dwan says:

    Lines are from T.S. Eliot’s great anthem of despair “The Waste Lands.”


  7. homepaddock says:

    Thanks Will, that was filed in a deep recess of my memory.


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