Category: Diversions

quizzes, puzzles and tricks


Earth tremors are not unknown around our way – maybe every month or so and the building rocks a little. Plus there is a neighbour who does something involving dropping a heavy object, e.g. a bed, quite often [or falling out of one]. Haven’t nailed this one yet and it’s usually just the once per day.

So it was a surprise to read about a 4.4 quake today because I thought, around 3 p.m., that the tremor was a bit larger than normal. There was a bit of the old up and down going on of the building on its foundations.

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Try these

1. How many nostrils do we have?
2. Tallest mountain on earth, measured from its base?
3. Largest living thing on earth? [Hint: in Oregon]
4. Current day country Marco Polo was from?
5. What did Antonio Meucci invent?
6. Chicken tikka masala was invented in which city?
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Desert Island Disc [singular]

I’ll throw in a piece of music to accompany this post but it’s really asking you a question:

Not so much as a Desert Island Disc but more a legacy you leave behind.  The Beeb has approached you and asked you to select a passage or piece of music – just the one, no more – and they’ll preserve it with your name attached, for posterity.

This piece of music has to BE you, it has to sum you up as a person, it has to leave your message to the world. No restrictions on genre but perhaps on length – let’s cap it at about an hour.

One piece only, no special mentions.  A really tough task.  Meanwhile, a quickie:

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Henry VIII

According to the secular law/Church law at the time [including anything changed by Hal], how many wives did Hal actually have and who were they?  On what grounds were the others not?

Meanwhile, a cautionary tale about nagging.  I’m still shocked to this very day about the ungracious and barbaric treatment of Anne at and after her death:

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