Thursday’s quiz

You’re welcome to pose the questions.

Anyone who stumps everyone will win a virtual Black Bun for Hogmanay.

5 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:


    Day of a coming year promising change,
    Yet full of promises, we need but watch
    And pray for guardianship to come
    Over caprices and all foolish ways!
    So shall bright sunshine in advancing days
    And starry invitations lead to Heavenly praise.

    The final stanza. Can you identify the poem and the Author

    (2) Why does the fiscal year start on April 1st

    (3) από καταβολής κόσμου (Apo Kataboles Kosmou) was the dating system used on the Byzantine calendar. what was the origin date for this calendar (i.e 1 AD is the origin date for our Gregorian calendar making next year 2017)

    (4) What is the beginning of the year as reckoned on the Gregorian calendar according to the Russian Orthodox Church Calendar

    (5) Can you express the date of 1st of January 2017 (Gregorian or NS) as reckoned according to the Byzantine Calendar?

  2. Teletext says:

    1. New Year’s Day1848, by the great American poet Walt Whitman

    2. It all has to do with the East India Company who programmed their fiscal year to the same as the Indian fiscal year which was based around the Gregorian Calendar and ran from April to March with New Year’s Day on April 1. As the EIC was the largest trader in those days, everyone else followed.

    3. Based on our current calendar it’s first year was September – August BC 5509 – 5508

    4. September 1

    5. Jan 1 7526 I think

  3. J Bloggs says:

    1) What was the real name of “Harry Hotspur”?

    2) What was his title?

    3) Where and when did he die?

    4) What happened to his body after his death?

    5) In which of Shakespeare’s plays does he appear?

  4. J Bloggs says:

    Gah – ignore question 2 – I misread my research!!!!!

  5. Andrei says:

    (1) He was Sir Henry PErcy

    (2) we can ignore

    (3) He died at the Battle of Shrewsbury which was in the first decade of the 15th century 140something

    (4) It was dismembered and displayed throughout the kingdom

    (5) Henry IV part 1

    Tottenham Hotspur football club is named for him – “The Spurs”

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