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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 Phil Hornby on Sun Feb 05, 2017 2:56 pm

Having consulted the Under-Butler at Oftenwrong Towers ( he tells me it's his afternoon off) I believe it may be Trafalgar Square, because the most likely score in rolling two dice is a seven which he tells me takes you adjacent to Nelson and his column.

But he did sound as if he'd had a tincture or two at lunchtime....

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Post by Ivan on Sun Feb 05, 2017 6:06 pm

Very good. The square you're most likely to be on is the jail, because apart from arriving there as a visitor, you can be sent there by a card (and without passing 'Go'). The most likely score in rolling two dice twice is 14, which lands you on Trafalgar Square.

On which property are you least likely to land? scratch
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Post by oftenwrong on Sun Feb 05, 2017 7:21 pm

My dice have just rolled under the table, but the Under Butler saw this question before I did so has blown the gaff (whatever that means) on it by murmuring "Old Kent Road" out of the side of his mouth as we passed in the hallway. Where does he get such curious habits?
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Post by Ivan on Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:45 pm

Your Under Butler has made an intelligent guess there. As everyone starts from 'Go' using two dice, it's impossible to land on the first property on your first time round the board. That means your chances of landing on Old Kent Road during the course of the game are fractionally below average, but it's not the least likely property to receive a visit.


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Post by oftenwrong on Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:20 am

Applying the logic of the first answer, i.e. that you are likely to be re-starting from Jail, Pall Mall cannot be a valid target, since two dice cannot produce a move of only one place. (Though the Under Butler has shown us dice that he bought in Thailand which will produce any number you like).

en passant
Why did the game's manufacturers withdraw "the shoe" as a player-token, and with what did they replace it?
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Post by Phil Hornby on Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:25 pm

I can only imagine that this may be symbolic of few people actually walking anywhere anymore and that the replacement must be something electronic like a mobile 'phone or an I-pad ?

Unless it is a tasteful model of Theresa May holding Trump's hand, of course...
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Post by Ivan on Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:05 pm

Pall Mall is another intelligent guess - and again the chances of landing on it are fractionally below average - but it is not the answer.

Go back to the reason why Trafalgar Square is the most likely property to land on and have a look at the board from there. 7 is the most likely throw using two dice; 6 and 8 are the next most likely.
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Post by Phil Hornby on Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:23 pm

I'm torn between The Old Kent Road and The Angel...
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Post by oftenwrong on Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:41 pm

Probability theory, a branch of mathematics concerned with the analysis of random phenomena. The outcome of a random event cannot be determined before it occurs, but it may be any one of several possible outcomes. The actual outcome is considered to be determined by chance.

Boiled down, anything has a 50/50 chance of occurring:  Heads or Tails; Win or Lose; Live or die; succeed or fail.  We're told that the odds against winning the Lottery are billions to one, but that doesn't appear to impede the sale of tickets.

(en passant) The makers of Monopoly "consult the public" about essentials like the shape of the tokens - because it gets them free publicity.
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Post by Ivan on Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:35 pm

Sorry for taking so long to reply, but my PC has become unusable by a trojan that knocked out both Norton Antivirus and Malwarebytes. Until I can get a replacement, a friend has loaned me a laptop.

Probability theory can be very annoying. If you hear that there is only a 1 in 10,000 chance of contracting some nasty illness, it’s hardly consolation if you’re the one – it’s 100% to you. And yes, if some of us from Cutting Edge sat down for a single game of ‘Monopoly’, the outcome probably wouldn’t be affected by the fact that Trafalgar Square (Illinois Avenue on the American version) is the most visited site on which there is property; there’s even a Chance card which tells you to go there. (There’s also a Community Chest card which tells you to go back to the Old Kent Road, which is why that isn’t the least visited site.)

For anyone still awake by now, the ‘poshest’ section of the board doesn’t get so many ‘hits’. If you start from the most visited site, Trafalgar Square, two average scores of 7 will land you on Super Tax. A score of 6, almost as likely, will land you in jail. However, Mayfair does have a couple of advantages. Firstly, if you land on the Community Chest site just past Go, you might be invited to “pay a fine or take a Chance”. If you choose the latter, you could be invited to go back three spaces. Another Chance card says “advance to Mayfair”. Therefore, Park Lane (or Park Place on the US board) is the least likely street to be visited.

With apologies. Maybe this thread should be renamed 'extremely boring quiz questions', but at least it makes a change from talking about Trump and Brexit all the time!
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Post by oftenwrong on Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:44 pm

Thanks for the explanation, Ivan. Took our minds off the resurrection of the Dirty Digger for a few moments anyway.
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Post by Ivan on Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:01 pm




1. Where is this?
2. Who was born here?
3. A very unpopular American First Lady was born in the same year. Who was she?
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Post by oftenwrong on Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:15 pm

The Karl Marx House is the writer's birthplace, now a museum in Trier (Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany).

Angelica Singleton b. Feb 13 1818, married Abraham Van Buren on November 27, 1838 in Wedgefield, South Carolina.
The marriage strengthened President Van Buren's ties to the Old South.






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Post by Ivan on Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:39 pm

Well would you believe it! Two First Ladies born in the same year.  headbang

I've no reason to think Angelica Van Buren was "very unpopular"; the answer I was anticipating was Mary Todd Lincoln. (And we never did find out if she enjoyed the play.)
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Post by oftenwrong on Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:24 pm

Mrs Van B upon becoming First Lady apparently entered into the spirit of the Presidency with a bit too much enthusiasm. For a reception she had a dais erected in the White House from which to survey the ordinary people. It was soon dismantled. Well, she was only 20 years old.
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Post by Ivan on Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:54 am

Which actor was made an honorary member of two Kent police forces in the 1950s?
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Post by Phil Hornby on Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:00 am

It surely has to be Jack Warner - aka Dixon of Dock Green...
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Post by oftenwrong on Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:03 am

Evening, all.  'Stanley Holloway? Dixon of Dock Green' - as unlike today's Police Procedurals on TV as anything you could imagine. Far too slow to keep up with Difficult Questions.
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Post by Ivan on Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:19 am

Failed again – so-called ‘difficult question’ answered in just six minutes.  headbang

Jack Warner was made an honorary member of the Margate and Ramsgate police forces for his leading role in ‘Dixon of Dock Green’. It ran for 432 episodes between 1955 and 1976, by which time ‘The Sweeney’ had appeared on our television screens and was presenting a very different (and probably more realistic) picture of policing in London.
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Post by oftenwrong on Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:59 pm

Brown Boots, is all I'll say.
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Post by Phil Hornby on Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:51 pm

Here are the football results :

Sheffield United 2 Southampton 1
Newcastle United 2 Barnsley 0
Sunderland 3 Preston North End 1

What is the next result - and why...?
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Post by oftenwrong on Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:58 pm

Tu 16Dec 2014 Derby 1 - 3 Chelsea
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Post by Phil Hornby on Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:14 pm

Offside! Not the answer for which I search, I'm afraid. And what was the basis for the suggestion, I wonder? Was it detected that Sheffield United and Southampton did also play each other on that same date in 2014? Just a coincidence , if so.

Either the Under-Butler is not concentrating fully, or else he is given insufficient time-off to keep his football knowledge refreshed.

Or is it just about football...?
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Post by oftenwrong on Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:35 pm

U-B's best alternative answer to what happened next is: "Smoked-salmon sandwiches in the boardroom." But I fear he's losing his concentration, what with all this talk of repatriating immigrants.
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Post by Phil Hornby on Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:11 am

Obviously a clue is required to give some 'extra time'.

The matches mentioned were FA Cup Finals...

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Post by Ivan on Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:55 pm

Sheffield Utd lost in a Cup Final replay in 1901, but won the trophy in a replay in 1902.

Newcastle lost in the Cup Final of 1908, but won the Cup in a replay in 2010.

Preston lost in the Cup Final of 1937, but won the Cup in 1938.

So maybe the answer is Charlton's win over Burnley in the 1947 Final, after losing to Derby in the Final in 1946?

As the clue suggested, all of those victories took longer than 90 minutes, either requiring extra time or a replay (in the good ol' days before penalty shoot-outs).
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Post by Phil Hornby on Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:13 pm

Really well thought-out answer - and more complex than the answer I am looking for.

The Cup Finals I set out were, as I think you suggest, in 1902 , 1910 and 1937. So what is the next logical result?
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Post by Phil Hornby on Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:53 am

Ok - the next result is Blackpool 4 Bolton 3.

Surely the reason is now obvious...?
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Post by Ivan on Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:05 pm

First Cup Finals for four different monarchs? (Mrs Windsor stopped going to such events in 1964, but still manages Epsom and Ascot; nice to be able to pick and choose what 'work' you do.)
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Post by Phil Hornby on Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:59 pm

Well done! All Cup Finals in Coronation years.

Which will be the next in the sequence, one wonders...?
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Post by Ivan on Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:41 pm

I had discounted that theory several days ago because George V's coronation took place at Westminster Abbey on 22 June 1911.
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Post by oftenwrong on Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:57 pm

Acquaintances have on occasion referred to me as The Department of Useless Knowledge, but I know when I'm being outclassed.

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Post by Ivan on Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:05 pm

lol!
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Post by Phil Hornby on Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:06 pm

"...George V's coronation took place at Westminster Abbey on 22 June 1911. "

In which case I owe everyone an apology! Embarassed
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Post by oftenwrong on Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:18 pm

Most people are interested in food, there are more cookbooks in the English language than poetry anthologies.  Gourmets are prepared to travel in search of new taste sensations, so where would you be if the offering in a Michelin-starred restaurant might include:
Fermented lamb on reindeer lichen with mushroom cream?
Also on the Menu you could have chosen the seafood option:



Where in the world?
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Post by Phil Hornby on Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:41 am

The mere mention of reindeer lichen suggests the Artic Circle might be involved.

How about Canada...?
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Post by oftenwrong on Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:21 pm

Good opener, but closer to home, not actually within the Arctic Circle.  

In the location, they call a leg of wind-dried, aged and fermented lamb, skerpikjøt.  According to a restaurant critic,  Skerpikjøt has a feisty reputation. It's generally handed to the foreign visitor with a warning. It has the sort of pungent odour you can smell through a closed door. The meat is that dark red favoured by Francis Bacon, marbled with greyish fat. The taste is gamey with a hint of gorgonzola, the texture leathery like serrano ham.

You're probably already talking to your Travel Agent.


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Post by Phil Hornby on Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:30 pm

Surely, Denmark then, given the funny 'o' with the line through it.

( Sorry if that was too technical a description...) Embarassed
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Post by oftenwrong on Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:36 pm

You are getting warmer, though the location is not "warmer".
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Post by Ivan on Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:24 pm

Maybe not Denmark, but part of the Danish kingdom, somewhere between Norway and Iceland? One of those places that gets a mention in the shipping forecast, and whose football team lost to Switzerland in the World Cup qualifiers a few months ago?
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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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