wellinghall: (Stilton)
4. Who gave a dinner party where he served, "Caviare, turtle soup, homard newburg, perdrix aux choux, asparagus, blackberry ice, mushrooms, sherry, Mumm 1911, light port, 1875 brandy"?

5. Whose host urged him, "Don't spare the caviare," "Eat your fill of the whitebait," "And when the porterhouse steak comes along, wade into it"?

6. Who was astonished to have, "A quite epicurean little cold supper laid out ... There were a couple of brace of cold woodcock, a pheasant, a pate de foie gras pie with a group of ancient and cobwebby bottles."

Food quiz

Jan. 12th, 2016 01:41 pm
wellinghall: (Stilton)
1. Who was, "Going to give up eating (except for pie, because [he liked] pie)"?

2. Who, "When he began to eat pie, [ ... ] wished he had eaten nothing else. He ate a piece of pumpkin pie and a piece of custard pie, and he ate almost a piece of vinegar pie. He tried a piece of mince pie, but could not finish it. He just couldn’t do it. There were berry pies and cream pies and vinegar pies and raisin pies, but he could not eat any more."

3. Who was faced with this table?
"Such heaped up platters of cakes of various and almost indescribable kinds, known only to experienced Dutch housewives! There was the doughty doughnut, the tender oly koek, and the crisp and crumbling cruller; sweet cakes and short cakes, ginger cakes and honey cakes, and the whole family of cakes. And then there were apple pies, and peach pies, and pumpkin pies; besides slices of ham and smoked beef; and moreover delectable dishes of preserved plums, and peaches, and pears, and quinces; not to mention broiled shad and roasted chickens; together with bowls of milk and cream, all mingled higgledy-piggledy, pretty much as I have enumerated them, with the motherly teapot sending up its clouds of vapor from the midst."
wellinghall: (Battleship)
Who did Britain beat in the following conflicts?

1. The shortest war in history
2. Battle of Madagascar
3. Battle of Tamatave
4. Battle of Mirbat
5. Battle of Bladensburg
6. Battle of the North Cape
7. Battle of Mount Harriet
8. Battle of the Falkland Islands
9. Battle of the River Plate
10. Quatre-Bras
wellinghall: (Bowling)
What happened twenty years ago today?

Quiz time!

May. 31st, 2012 07:04 pm
wellinghall: (Jo Grant #2)
1. What's entertainment?
2. What else is entertainment?
3. Who wants to entertain you?
4. Who else wants to entertain you?
5. Who died on 22/11/63?
6. Who else died on 22/11/63?
7. And who *else* died on 22/11/63?
8. What is the largest goose?
9. What was Lord Peter Wimsey's address?
10. Why was this his address?
wellinghall: (Owl)
When did the following come out.

1. The Bakshi "Lord of the Rings" film
2. The Rankin / Bass "Return of the King" film
3. The Rankin / Bass "Hobbit" film
4. The Peter Jackson "Fellowship of the Ring" film
5. The Brian Sibley "Lord of the Rings" radio adaptation
6. The first BBC "Lord of the Rings" radio adaptation
7. The BBC "Hobbit" radio adaptation
8. US National Public Radio "Lord of the Rings" adaptation
9. The WBAI "Lord of the Rings" adaptation
10. The Finnish live action television series "Hobtit"

11. Explain why
12. Show your workings
wellinghall: (Cook)
What happened in ...

1. 55 BC
2. 54 BC
3. 43 AD
4. 410
5. 449
6. 597
7. 991
8. 1066 (September)
9. 1066 (October)
10. 1346
11. 1348
12. 1356
13. 1415
14. 1485
15. 1497

Chocolate for the winner (across Facebook and LiveJournal together) (but no googling!)
wellinghall: (Owl)
... first lines of books, that is. These are pseudo-random books, in that they are on the shelf next to me. I'm interested to see what this comes up with, and whether anyone can guess any of them!

1. When Jocelyn Brandon died - at a great old age, as magicians tend to do - he left his house and his field-of-care to his grandson, Andrew Brandon Hope. Enchanted Glass, by Dianna Wynne Jones; first guessed by [livejournal.com profile] ladyofastolat
2. The best remedy for a bruised heart is not, as so many people seem to think, repose upon a manly bosom. Have his Carcase, Dorothy L Sayers; [livejournal.com profile] fallingtowers
3. "And by the way," said Mr Hankin, arresting Miss Rossiter as she rose to go, "there is a new copy-writer coming in today." Murder Must Advertise, Dorothy L Sayers; [livejournal.com profile] fallingtowers
4. Albrecht Durer is one of the most famous artists of all times.
5. "Too many!" James shouted, and slammed the door behind him. The Dark is Rising, Susan Cooper; [livejournal.com profile] fallingtowers
6. "Don't forget you are going to Aunt Alicia's."
7. "Help me!"
8. Although I am writing this in the year 1877, I was not born until 1921.
9. From the Fosseway westward to Isca Dumnoniorum the road was simply a British trackway, broadened and roughly metalled, strengthened by corduroys of logs in the softest places, but otherwise unchanged from its old estate, as it wound among the hills, thrusting farther and farther into the wilderness. The Eagle of the Ninth, Rosemary Sutcliff; [livejournal.com profile] ladyofastolat
10. Eight is a golden age.
11. I have had some very odd meals in my time, and if I liked I could tell you about a meal in a mine, or a meal in Moscow, or a meal with a millionaire.
12. Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Cannery Row, John Steinbeck; [livejournal.com profile] fallingtowers
13. Veldt to scrub to fields to farms to these first tumbling houses that rise from the earth.
14. Attention I ask from all the sacred people, greater and lesser, the offsrping of Heimdall. The Elder or Poetic Edda, anon; [livejournal.com profile] fallingtowers / [livejournal.com profile] ladyofastolat
15. When nations go to war each side tries to destroy the other side's fighting forces - or, sometimes, the other nation; that is what war is about.

Okay, so many of those turn out to be pretty well-known. Others, though, probably aren't!
wellinghall: (Al)
[livejournal.com profile] tree_and_leaf was the first person I saw doing the meme this time round; I snarfed the title from [livejournal.com profile] pellegrina.

1. Open up your music player. Hit shuffle.
2. Record the first few lines line or two of the first thirty twenty songs that come up that do not give away the name of the song. Skip instrumentals (and I have also skipped spoken word tracks), but don't skip the embarrassing ones.
3. Make hapless LJ denizens guess the song names and artists. Google is cheating. For musical songs, the name of the musical is acceptable in place of the artist.
4. Least hapless LJ denizen wins admiration. That's right, just like a lobbyist in budget season, the points don't matter.

1. She keeps Moet et Chandon in a pretty cabinet. Killer Queen, by Queen; first guessed by [livejournal.com profile] ladyofastolat
2. Lately I am becoming aware of your dark side. Darkside, Al Stewart
3. Paul Gervase picks up the Herald and sees the face of Zelda Fitzgerald. Life Between the Wars, Al Stewart
4. And here's to you. Mrs Robinson, by Simon & Garfunkel; [livejournal.com profile] ladyofastolat
5. Here I stand, look around. Now I'm Here, by Queen; [livejournal.com profile] hilarityallen
6. I'm your top prime cut of meat, I'm your choice. Elected, Alice Cooper
7. Naughty boys in nasty schools. Baggy Trousers, by Madness; [livejournal.com profile] philmophlegm
8. Everywhere the sun is shining. Confusion, Electric Light Orchestra
9. Oh, no you'll never get me up in one of these again. I'm Mandy, Fly Me, 10cc
10. This is the way I always dreamed it would be. I Can Hear Music, Larry Lurex
11. Another red letter day, so the pound has dropped and the children are creating. Friends will be Friends, by Queen; [livejournal.com profile] hilarityallen
12. When I get even more old than I am now, I'll have a house overloking the water. Katherine of Oregon, Al Stewart
13. Sailing away on the crest of a wave, it's like magic. Livin' Thing, Electric Light Orchestra
14. You talk like Marlene Dietrich and you walk like Zizi Jean Maire. Where do you go to my lovely?, by Peter Sarstedt; [livejournal.com profile] tree_and_leaf
15. I left my home one day, For the sake of better pay. Rollin' Home, Status Quo
16. Seated one day at the tom-tom. The Reluctant Cannibal, by Flanders & Swann; [livejournal.com profile] sally_maria
17. Every day I get in the queue. Magic Bus, The Who
18. You think we look pretty good together. Substitute, The Who
19. When I was a batchelor, I lived all alone. The Foggy Foggy Dew, trad; [livejournal.com profile] ladyofastolat
20. Behind the wall, the ears of love are listening. Black and White, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel

Some of these are pretty easy; some are really, really obscure. It's just the way they came out.

SF quiz

Oct. 28th, 2011 09:39 pm
wellinghall: (Jo Grant #2)
1. Who worked for the EBC?
2. Who can stand on Zanzibar?
3. Where is Montival?
4. Who lost her heart to a starship trooper?
5. Who always do things in threes?
6. Who worked at the Nuclear Utilisation Technology Centre?
7. Who speculated on what would have happened if Lee had not won the Battle of Gettysburg?
8. Which bishop write about going to the moon?
9. What is Wells's Law?
10. What are Clarke's (three) Laws?
11. What are the terms of the Clarke - Asimov treaty?
wellinghall: (Al)
1. Who are breaking all the rules?
2. What goes from Milan to Yucatan?
3. What is it wrong to wish on?
4. What do I realise as I am lying in my bed thinking of you?
5. If a voice comes over clear, what is it saying?
6. If you want something a little sweet, who should you come to?
7. What am I no good at?
8. Even though you make me cry, what can't I do?
9. Who left the same time as Johnny?
10. Who don't I want to end up like?
11. (double points for this one) Connect these ten songs.
wellinghall: (Badger)
1. Who went to Greyfriars' School?
2. And who went to Cliffe House?
3. Who was educated at Mr Bulstrode's establishment?
4. And who was educated at Miss Bulstrode's school?
5. Who went to Lowood school?
6. Who took a degree at Shrewsbury college?
7. Who taught at Brookfield?
8. And who was taught by Mr Marks and Mr French?
wellinghall: (Badger)
1. How many full member nations of the UN are there? 193 since South Sudan joined earlier this year.
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wellinghall: (Badger)
1. Where would you go to buy Trevor Francis tracksuits? From a mush in Shepherds Bush (Only Fools and Horses).
2. Who could be so good for you? "I" could. Dennis Waterman as Terry McCann (Minder).
3. If your mansion house needs haunting, who should you call? Rentaghost.
4. Who lives at the Wonderland Zoo? The Hair Bear Bunch.
5. Who is the indisputable leader of the gang? Top Cat / Boss Cat.
6. What are you if you beat them all? A record breaker.
7. What can happen in the next half hour? Anything (Stingray).
8. What tells the time steadily? The clock in Trumpton.
9. Who is a sort of wondermouse? Fingermouse.
10. Who lived in Bedrock? The Flintstones.
wellinghall: (Badger)
1. How many full member nations of the UN are there?
2. Name the two observers at the UN.
3. And name the three original members of the UN who are no longer members.
4. Which nation has copra (dried coconut meat) has its main export, accounting for 62% of all exports?
5. In every country of the world but one, the major unit of currency (eg the pound) is made up of 100 minor units, or occasionally 1,000 minor units. However, in one country, the major unit is made up of only five minor units. Which country?
6. Which is the longest ship canal in the world?
7. How long is it (miles or kilometres)?
8. Which is the longest vehicular tunnel in the world?
9. How long is it (m or km)?
10. What is the mass of the earth (tons or tonnes)?

Chocolate for the winner!
wellinghall: (Badger)
1. Where would you go to buy Trevor Francis tracksuits?
2. Who could be so good for you?
3. If your mansion house needs haunting, who should you call?
4. Who lives at the Wonderland Zoo?
5. Who is the indisputable leader of the gang?
6. What are you if you beat them all?
7. What can happen in the next half hour?
8. What tells the time steadily?
9. Who is a sort of wondermouse?
10. Who lived in Bedrock?
wellinghall: (Badger)
Remember this quiz?

1 is, as [livejournal.com profile] colinbj said, the diameter in centimetres of lead shot of weight n balls per lb.. It is therefore of use in determining shotgun gauges.

2 is William Henry "Dusty" Hare, with 7,337 points.

3 is, as [livejournal.com profile] wemyss and [livejournal.com profile] camillofan said, Kapil Dev.

The answer to 4 is that no prizes are awarded in the Badwater Ultramarathon, "the world's toughest foot race", covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA in temperatures up to 130F (55c).

5 is a ring of diameter 10 inches at 1,000 yards.

6 is John Rae, the Orkney-born Canadian explorer, for his feat in walking 1,200 miles in two months in winter.

7 is, as [livejournal.com profile] philmophlegm said, a little over 102 feet.
wellinghall: (Badger)
1. What does this formula represent?

2. Who currently holds the world record for points scored in a first class rugby career?

3. Who was David Gower's sole test wicket, in his career as a bowler?

4. What prizes are awarded in the Badwater Ultramarathon?

5. How large is the innermost, or X, ring of the target when rifle shooting over a distance of 1,000 yards?

6. Who earned the Inuit nickname Aglooka, "he who takes long strides"?

7. How tall is the tallest lego tower?
wellinghall: (The Inn)
1. There were 58.9m people living in the UK in April 2001. How many of those were women?
30.2m women and 28.7m men. For every 100 men in the UK, there are just over 105 women.

2. How many babies were born in the UK in 2008?
794,000 babies. That's a birth rate of 12.9 per 1,000 population.

3. How many people died in the UK in 2008?
580,000. That's a death rate of 9.4 per 1,000 population.

4. How many deaths were from external causes? (accidents etc)
20,700, or 3.6% of all deaths.

5. How many cases of measles were reported in the UK in 2008?
5,351. That's up from 2,865 just eight years previously.

6. And how many cases of malaria?
403, down from 1,166 eight years before.

7. How many marriages took place in the UK in 2007?
274,000 marriages.

8. And how many divorces?
144,000 divorces.

9. How many legal migrants were there into the UK in 2008?
149,000. Of these, 11,600 came from the Americas.

10. Which was the only baby boy name to be in the top 10 in both 1934 and 2008?
James was no 9 in 2008, and no 6 in 1934. I had previously missed William, which was no 10 in 2008 and no 3 in 1934.
No girl's name was in the top ten in both years.


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