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Extremely difficult quiz questions

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 Phil Hornby on Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:39 am

Ah, the power of guesswork...! Shocked

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Post by oftenwrong on Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:33 pm

Indeed. That's what's fuelling Tory policy on Brexit.
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Post by Ivan on Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:41 pm

What is this intended to depict?  confused


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Post by oftenwrong on Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:36 pm

Umm.  Guess we can all learn from that.  But life isn't just Black-and-White so possibly the message is that too many unpleasant people hide behind a mask of respectability.

Not only Presidents, of course.
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Post by oftenwrong on Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:41 pm

I had set aside this afternoon for sympathising with that poor Mr Trump in his current travails, but was distracted by the sight of a large-ish bird happily feeding on our lawn.  Colourful compared with most avian visitors, this angry-looking male with a long beak made repeated stabs at the ground where I know there to be a thriving ant colony.  Odd choice of diet, but chacun à son gout as our friends in Brussels might say.  The internet informs us that its long prehensile tongue - useful for grabbing insects - is coiled in the back of the head, which reminded me of a personal encounter some time ago now, though not relevant to the present topic. The Past is another country, they did things differently there, and besides, the wench is dead.

The bird is common to most European countries, but what do we call it?


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Post by Phil Hornby on Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:52 pm

"...what do we call it?"

It's not 'Eric' is it...? Embarassed
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Post by oftenwrong on Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:54 pm

Do try to be serious; "Eric" is a fish.
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Post by Phil Hornby on Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:54 pm

Of course. silent

So, it could be Arnold, the green woodpecker...
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Post by oftenwrong on Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:13 pm

Certainly a green woodpecker, though we weren't formally introduced.

Lovely plumage.

For those with an uncertain grasp on reality, this correspondence carries a "PG" rating.
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Post by oftenwrong on Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:23 am

Nobody under the age of Fifty will have had much practical experience of the English currency before the advent of decimal coinage, but most people have heard of "Pounds, shillings and pence".



BBC radio is currently airing a series "Rumpole of the Bailey", based on the novels of (Barrister) John Mortimer which are still fun to read.

In the books, solicitors send out their Bills to clients with curious itemized entries such as "To engrossing instructions - Thirteen shillings and fourpence"; or "Attending you on the telephone - Six shillings and eightpence."

Why on earth would they have chosen those specific amounts?
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Post by Phil Hornby on Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:43 pm

I can only imagine that such sums represented , respectively, two-thirds and a third of a £1 note. The charge was likely to be a whole number of pounds per hour and segments of an hour would be charged appropriately , eg at the rate of 4d per minute if the hourly charge were £1. ( 6/8d= 20 minutes and 13/4d = 40 minutes )

But I am , of course, far too young to recall pre-decimal currency... Embarassed
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Post by oftenwrong on Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:37 pm

"far too young to recall pre-decimal currency"

Clearly, and not only correct, but sensible enough to avoid trying to calculate percentages of a fraction.

At current "values", when professionals charge £200+ an hour, it's not difficult to imagine their response to being offered 100 pence instead.

And we are still resistant to Kilometres per hour as a measure of speed.

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Post by Phil Hornby on Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:57 pm

If we had to contemplate kilometres, I'd run a mile...   scratch
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