Thursday’s quiz

While I’m blogging lighter anyone is welcome to pose the questions with no need to follow my five-question formula.

Anyone who stumps everyone will win a virtual bunch of sweet peas.

8 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:

    (1 ) Who sometimes believed “six impossible things before breakfast” from what literary work was it taken and who was the author

    (2) What is “phlogiston”

    (3) In Spanish you’ld say disparates
    in French “balivernes”
    in Italian “balivernes”
    and Russian “ерунда (yerunda)”

    to get a point write it it in English

    (4) In what book was Billy Pilgrim the protagonist and who wrote it

    (5) Is your body physiologically sensitive to a 0.7 °C change in temperature? i.e. are you physically aware of a rise or fall in temperature of this magnitude?


  2. Teletext says:

    1. Terence Alan Milligan, born in Ahmednagar India on April 16, 1918, was the son of an Irish born soldier serving in the British Army and an English mother. During WW2 he served in the Royal Artillery and later wrote 6 books on his war memoirs. What was the title of the first book?

    2. What was the title of the 5th book in the series and what was the “sub title” or reason for writing it?

    3. What was the title of the 6th book and “sub title” did it have.

    4. In his first book there is a reference to “Armageddon”. What did Milligan and his fellow troops think that this meant?

    5. In 1960 he took up Irish citizenship through his father’s lineage. Why?



  3. Andrei says:

    (1) Adolf Hitler – my part in his downfall
    Never read it saw it as a film




    (5) He was born in India (Q1) and therefore to gain British citizenship had to swear an oath of allegiance to the crown, which offended him since he had served the crown in the British Army as a British subject


  4. J Bloggs says:

    1) The Queen, Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

    2) The now discredited theoretical substance that was beleived to be responsible for combustion

    3) Nonsense

    4) Slaughterhouse 5, Kurt Vonnegut

    5) pass


  5. Teletext says:


    1. The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol (Charles Dodgson)

    2. Phlogiston was believed to be an element that existed in combustion and rust that caused both to happen. It was put forward in the mid 1600’s and was eventually discredited in the late 1700’s.

    3. Nonsense or twaddle

    4. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut

    5. I would say yes that the body is physiologically sensitive to such a small temperature change. I don’t think that you would be mentally aware to it. You would certainly be aware if your body temperature experienced a 0.70 change.


  6. J Bloggs says:

    1) What botanical category definition includes bananas, pumpkins and kiwifruit, but excludes strawberries, raspberries and blackberries?

    2) How was the four way dispute in sovereignty between Britian, the Kingdom of the two Sicilies, France and Spain over Graham Island in 1831 eventually brought to an end?

    3) What do San Marino, Lesotho and the Vatican City all have in common, and why is Monaco different?

    4) What is the claim to fame of Emilio Marcos Palma?

    5) What is unique about Bir Tawil?


  7. Andrei says:

    J Bloggs


    (2) Graham Island sank beneath the waves rendering the dispute meaningless – a similar issue is playing out today in the South China sea

    (3) they are all enclaves – i.e. countries completely surrounded by another country. Monaco having a border on the Mediterranean Sea is not an enclave


    (5) Bir Tawil is a region that lies between Egypt and Sudan that neither want so it is unclaimed territory – this came about from the way Great Britain drew the borders in its Imperial days though they whys and wherefores are mysterious to me

    People live there, what they do about passports I don’t know


  8. Teletext says:

    J Bloggs

    1. The first three are all botanical berries but the last three are regarded as aggregate fruit and not berries

    2. The island was in a seismic area and sank and hasn’t been sighted since.

    3. They are all landlocked states completely encircled by one country. Monaco borders France on three sides and the Mediterranean Sea on the fourth.

    4. He is an Argentinian who’s claim to fame is that he is the first person to be born on Antarctica

    5. It is an area of land (about 2000 sq km) between Egypt and Sudan that is part of neither country and neither one claims it. Believed to be the only piece of land in the world in this situation


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