Thursday’s quiz

You’re welcome to pose the questions with no need to follow the five-question formula I used.

Anyone who stumps everyone will win an electronic bunch of gladioli.

4 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:

    A tricky one and I hope an interesting one

    The poem below is an English translation of a poem published in 1895 in the literary magazine Iveria under the byline Soselo – the Authors boyhood nickname was Soso, a diminutive of his Baptisimal name.

    This poem and others by the same author, who composed them while a seminarian, were memorised by schoolchildren in his native land most usually attributed to Anonymous – the generations of students who were familiar with them would have been unaware of their true authorship


    The bud has blossomed; now the rose
    Touches the tender violet.
    The lily, bent above the grass
    By gentle breezes, slumbers not.

    The lark, signing its chirping hymn,
    Soars high above the clouds;
    Meanwhile, the nightingale intones
    With sweet, mellifluous sounds:

    “Break forth in bloom, Iberian land!
    Let joy within you reign.
    While you must study, little friend,
    And please your motherland!”

    The question is from the clues I have given, a clue within the poem itself and without resorting to Google can you identify the author whose name you will know.

    The answer may surprise you.

  2. J Bloggs says:

    1) Which play begins with “Now is the winter of our discontent”

    2) What title does the character giving that soliliquey have at the time?

    3) What would the exact relationship have been between the above character and Edmund “The Black Adder” in the opening episode of the TV series “The Black Adder”

    4) What would have Edmund’s surname have been?

    5) Which is the only Shakespeare play longer than the play in Question 1?

  3. J Bloggs says:

    Andrei: The magazine title sounds Russian, which would tie in with the mention of the Motherland within the poem text. Given the date, and the reference to the seminary leads me to suspect the author is Josef Stalin

  4. Andrei says:

    J Bloggs

    (1) Richard III

    (2) Duke of Gloucester

    (3) –

    (4) Couldn’t stand Black Adder but it was set at the end of the Wars of the Roses with an imaginary Plantagenet King his father so that’s the answer – Plantagenet

    (5) Hamlet is the longest Shakespearean play

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