Friday’s answers

Thanks to Andrei and J Bloggs who posed the questions.

Should they have stumped us all they can claim a virtual Black Bun by leaving the answers below.

2 Responses to Friday’s answers

  1. Andrei says:

    My New year trivia quiz answers was not straight forward and though Teletext gave it a good shot I think I may claim the prize 🙂

    (1) the poem was New Year’s Day 1848 by Walt Whitman

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

    Great Britain used the Julian calendar until September 2 1752 and the New year started on the Feast of the Annunciation i.e. 25 March

    That is the 24th March 1602, the day Queen Elizabeth I died was followed by 25th March 1603, that being the first day of that year – by convention in history books the date is adjusted so her date of death is given as 1602

    April the 1st was the first day of a new month in the new year which is why financially it starts the New year to this day

    (3) από καταβολής κόσμου (Apo Kataboles Kosmou) was the dating system used on the Byzantine calendar. what was the origin date for this calendar?

    The start date is 1st September 5509 BC the supposed date of The Creation

    (4) 1st September taken from the above

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

    This held two traps for the unwary both of which Teletext fell into making his answer two years out

    Firstly 1st of January 2017 on the Gregorian Calendar is 20th of December 2016

    Secondly there is no year 0 AD the year 1BC is followed by 1 AD

    So the calculation for the Byzantine year is 2016 – -5509 – 1 = 7524 and will be until September 14th 2017

    And the answer to the question using modern English month names is 20th December 7524 – phew!


  2. J Bloggs says:

    1) Sir Henry Percy, son of the 1st Earl of Northumberland

    2) He never actually had any noble title, which is why I asked people to ignore the question – he was however a Knight of the Garter.

    3) 21st July, 1403 at the Battle of Shrewbury

    4) After the Battle, Percy’s body was taken to Whitchurch in Shropshire, and buried. However, rumours persisted that he was still alive, so the King had the corpse disinterred, beheaded & quartered, with the head being sent to York & displayed on a pike at the gates, and the quarters sent to various other parts of the kingdom. He eventually was re-buried in York Minster. Percy was not officially declared a Traitor to the Crown until January 1404.

    5) Henry IV, Part 1


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