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Post by witchfinder on Tue Oct 11, 2011 9:21 pm

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This extremely difficult quiz question is possible to answer using the internet, lets see who gets the correct answer first.

What is the name of the cottage next door to The Crown & Anchor pub, near Kilnsea, East Yorkshire. ?
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Post by oftenwrong on Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:43 pm

I somehow omitted to mention the football, but a location that was garrisoned by the British military during WW2 "for mutual defence". From which experience the locals acquired the taste for "a nice cuppa tea."

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Post by oftenwrong on Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:33 pm

A Mrs. Trellis of North Wales has written in to ask whether this question remains "open".

No, it was correctly answered by Ivan a week ago, when he identified the location as the Faroe Islands without actually saying so.  

(62°00'N latitude and 7°00'W longitude, which makes London well to the East of them, which may surprise some)


Next question, please.
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Post by Ivan on Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:44 pm

An agnostic who was born a Jew but wrote Christian music. He had a father who was Italian and a mother who was German. His more famous friend wrote a concert work about a creature that was going up in the world.

Have I given too much away? Who was he?
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Post by oftenwrong on Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:33 pm

Room for more than one answer? Italian composer Giulio Regondi (1822-1872) was
born in Switzerland to a German mother and an Italian father. Wrote for the guitar and also for the concertina. (Not many competitors in that field.)
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Post by Phil Hornby on Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:02 pm

How about Gerald Finzi - whose friend was Vaughan Williams whose lark ascended...?
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Post by Ivan on Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:01 pm

Well done, Gerald Finzi was the geezer I had in mind.  

Did Giulio Regondi have any friends, or was he like Millwall supporters and post-Brexit Britain? afraid
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Post by oftenwrong on Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:13 pm

Yes, Lark ascending was indeed a gift, but as I'd never heard of the fizzing chap it took me no further.  
Nevertheless, I'm sure "Post-exit Britain" can find an accommodation with Recep Tayyip Erdogan since neither is likely to have any other BFF in 2020.
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Post by Phil Hornby on Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:37 pm

I always listened attentively during Music lessons in school - at least, when I managed to stay awake...
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Post by oftenwrong on Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:52 am

The following is a synopsis of a popular TV series:

"Uhtred sets out to defeat the brothers Erik and Sigefrid, take back Eoferwic and reassert Guthred's authority. Hostility is rife when Sven tries to reason with Thyra."

1. Name the title, and identify which episode of what number series is above-described.
2. What is the name and nationality of the actor playing King Guthred?

(clue: It's not EastEnders.)
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Post by Phil Hornby on Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:42 pm

What a coincidence!

I took the train to Edinburgh yesterday to enjoy a day in what could eventually become a lost kingdom....
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Post by oftenwrong on Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:52 am

The overwhelming modesty of Cutting Edge readers clearly inhibits showing-off, but what everybody knows is that "The Last Kingdom" is a sword-and-sandals epic now on its second series on BBC2. In episode 4 shown on April 6th Danish actor Thure Lindhart played the part of King Guthred.

Moving swiftly on ....

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Post by oftenwrong on Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:20 pm

This isn't a question, it's just an example of how a REALLY difficult question was resolved by Alan Turing's team at Bletchley Park of popular legend - which will excite the interest of the type of person who has "tuned-in" to a space on the www about hard questions.

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/techandscience/what-was-the-flaw-in-the-enigma-machine/ar-BBzVOnX?li=BBoPWjQ&ocid=iehp

(Ensure you are sitting comfortably before you begin.)



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Re: Extremely difficult quiz questions

Post by Ivan on Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:02 am

Can you name these three European capital cities?

1.



2.



3.


(Photos from Twitter users)
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Post by oftenwrong on Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:38 pm

Another week, another brain-teaser:

We're looking for a three-word description that links all of the following ...

1.  Jessica Curry
2.  Nobuo Uematsu
3.  London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, June
4.  Royal Philharmonic, Albert Hall in November
5.  Classic FM High Score, Leeds next week

What's the common denominator?
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Post by Phil Hornby on Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:03 pm

Is this to do with The Chinese Room and the music therefrom...?

As for the cities...how about Budapest, Oslo and Helsinki...?
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Post by Ivan on Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:53 pm

I've no idea about 'The Chinese Room', but the cities are correct. A certain wise man of this parish explained to me how easy it is to identify photos on Google. However, I left the question in place because I thought the pictures brightened up the thread! Surprised
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Post by Phil Hornby on Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:42 pm

Indeed so - although I first thought that the top picture was Pease Pottage Town Hall...
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Post by oftenwrong on Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:53 am

A mistake any of us could have made.




Current search indeed has "music" in the answer, but to record a high score, tell us what makes it different?
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Post by Phil Hornby on Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:53 pm

It is the music from certain video games isn't it?
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Post by oftenwrong on Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:36 pm

Absolutely correct.
Jessica Curry presents a weekly show on Classic FM devoted to the music written especially to accompany Computer Games. The best-known piece is called Aerith's Theme, composed by Nobuo Uematsu for the game Final Fantasy VII, which will be played at the concert dates mentioned in the question.
If you listen to the Classic FM programme on Saturdays between 9pm and 10pm you could sample music for Broken Sword; Snake Pass; Blue Dragon or Lost Oddysey.

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Post by oftenwrong on Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:00 pm

"Time and tide wait for no man ...."

The punctuation nazis are having fun with the plastic Five-Pound-Note, which they say "contains a grammatical mistake".

What's their problem?

(Though a purist might call it a syntax error)
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Post by Ivan on Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:55 pm

Can you make a connection between a recent state visit to the UK, some coffee mugs and a wheelie bin?
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Post by oftenwrong on Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:07 am

Starts presumably with the state visit last November of the President of Colombia, who generously brought flowers and coffee with him for the royal banquet in case they weren't readily available in Austerity Britain.

I regret the rest must be for another brain ....
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Post by Ivan on Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:44 am

Don't be stumped so easily! You made a thoughtful response, but I was looking for a much more recent state visit.

Clue - this is a question about sport. scratch
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Post by Phil Hornby on Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:51 pm

My feeling is that Ashley Giles is the key here.

Giles was an England spin-bowling cricketer whose had some coffee mugs made for sale in his benefit year. The mugs should have borne the legend ' King of Spin' but were erroneously produced with 'King of Spain' emblazoned upon them.( The real King came to the UK in recent times).

When bowling, Giles had an approach to the wicket  which was somewhat trundling and ponderous and he therefore became known as 'Wheelie Bin' .

If that isn't the answer, I have no idea what is...
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Post by Phil Hornby on Sun Jul 23, 2017 2:09 pm

" What's their problem?"

It appears to be the omission of quotation marks in Churchill's famous message( and even a full stop at the end of the quotation).

I have never liked the order of the " I promise to pay the bearer on demand..." bit, either. I'd favour the sentence ending "....the sum of five pounds on demand".
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Post by Ivan on Sun Jul 23, 2017 2:41 pm

If that isn't the answer, I have no idea what is...
Spot on, sir!  thumbsup

It was that nasty, patronising, right-wing commentator and Old Etonian Henry Blofeld who called Giles a "wheelie bin" because of his trundling run-up, much to Giles' disgust. (I'm not surprised that the James Bond supervillain was named after Blofeld's father, with whom Ian Fleming went to school.)
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Post by Phil Hornby on Sun Jul 23, 2017 6:19 pm

"...nasty, patronising, right-wing commentator ..."

(bbc)

"Goodness - my  dear old thing..."
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Post by oftenwrong on Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:18 pm

Phil Hornby wrote:" What's their problem?"

It appears to be the omission of quotation marks in Churchill's famous message( and even a full stop at the end of the quotation).

I have never liked the order of the " I promise to pay the bearer on demand..." bit, either. I'd favour the sentence ending "....the sum of five pounds on demand".

Indeed, Sir: http://www.countryliving.co.uk/news/news/a1722/new-five-pound-note-grammar-mistake/
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Post by Phil Hornby on Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:19 am

Ah, yes - that Oxford comma. I'm never quite sure about them...
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Post by Ivan on Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:15 pm

Can you make a connection between a canal which was used to carry bricks, a village on the north coast of Cornwall, and a Berkshire town which was deemed to be "unfit for humans"?
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Post by oftenwrong on Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:11 am

Sir John Betjeman (Come friendly bombs..) died Trebetherick, Cornwall on 19 May 1984, aged 77. The Slough Canal Arm was used to carry bricks into London via the Grand Union Canal.
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Post by Ivan on Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:45 am

Very good answer, and just as ‘correct’ as what I was anticipating.  

In his poem ‘A Shropshire Lad’, Betjeman wrote about a canal “that carried the bricks to Lawley” (not to mention a gentleman who rose “rigid and dead” from it!).
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Post by oftenwrong on Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:13 am

"Rigid and dead" doesn't sound much fun.  I take enjoyment from the poet's own recording about Miss Joan Hunter-Dunn.  Encapsulates the frustrating human condition of being an ardent young man.

A 17th.century puzzle concerning a canal and bricks queried how it can be that throwing some bricks out of an overloaded barge can cause it to rise in the water although the bricks themselves sank immediately.
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Post by Ivan on Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:44 pm

I guess that Archimedes would have had something to say about that.

This is probably too easy, but here goes:-

Apart from being media 'personalities', what do Harry Enfield, Holly Willoughby and Alex Adair have in common?
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Post by oftenwrong on Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:25 pm

This place?



The College of Richard Collyer
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Post by Ivan on Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:46 pm

I said it was too easy!  Sad

Yes, all three of them attended that sixth form college in Horsham.
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Post by oftenwrong on Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:42 pm

Traditional British rain-in-August provides ample time in which to cogitate.

Also associated with Horsham, who are these other four celebrities?

A**** ; K*** P**** ; D**** D*** ; P**** B**** S****** ?
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Post by Phil Hornby on Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:58 pm

The fourth can only be Shelley - and the second may be Katy Price and the third Diana Dors. Is the first Adele? - it fits, at least...
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Post by oftenwrong on Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:42 pm

Right again, you pop-picking pollster !

(Who ever suspected that Horsham could be such a swinging place?)  

Next time: Famous visitors to Dorset villages such as Toller Porcorum, Ryme Intrensica and Cerne Abbas. We can leave Melbury Bubb and Piddle Hinton for another day.
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Post by Phil Hornby on Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:39 am

Ah, the power of guesswork...! Shocked
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