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The Summer Quiz - Round Four - The Answers

By OldPete
July 22 2016

The answers to Round Four of Pete's Summer Quiz. Away we go...









1.      How did a divorce in Ipswich clear the way for eventual downfall of royalty. -

It is where Wallace Simpsons divorce from Herbert Simpson was finalised thus clearing the way for Edward VIII to marry her -


2.      In what way did a Chinese riddle with potentially fatal consequences lead to a sleepless night. -  

Yes its Puccini’s opera Turandot which features a riddle inorder to win the hand of the Chinese Emperors daughter – failure to get the right anser meant execution - the aria Nesun Dorma No one sleeps   features.


3.      What is the somewhat rocky connection between one of the original thirteen and a Scottish city.

New Hampshire is known as the granite state while Aberdeen is known as the granite city.


4.      How did   the admiralty connections of this observer and recorder of everyday life lead to his having a street named after him in an East coast port.

Samuel Pepys the famous diarist was a member of the Admiralty board and Harwich an Admiralty borough so he was its MP   - hence Pepys street in Old Harwich. ( where incidentally I misspent my youth in various pubs thereon )


5.      During the battleship era and probably even today where naval guns are concerned and English is spoken what is the word used to order their use and why.  

Perhaps debateable but in the big gun era it was shoot – as Fire was ambiguous and referred to an outbreak of fire etc.


6.      John , Sam, Adrian ,Bridget , Victoria and Tony -   all did what .

They kept diaries and I had in mind   John Evelyn , Samuel Pepys , Adrian Mole , Bridget Jones , Queen Victoria and Tony Benn.


Complete and explain the following sequences - note that the basis for the sequence may be different for each list.


7              yellow , green, brown , blue ,pink …. Black  

- it’s the sequence of coloured balls after all the reds have been potted in snooker.


8              Anthony , Harold , Alex , Harold , Edward , Harold , Edward , Harold, James …     

Prime Ministers so the next one is Margaret. – in order   Anthony Eden , Harold MacMillan , Edward Heath , Harold Wilson , Edward Heath, Harold Wilson , James Callaghan ,


9              United Kingdom , Italy , Poland , Finland , Germany , Sweden , Spain ……

A bit of sneaky one this – its a list of current ( I did say current ) EU states in order of size- by land area up to the biggest one which is France.


10           20, 1, 18 , 4 , 13 ……. 6 – is the next one going round a dart board.


11.         how did a one time minister for war make it safer to cross the road ?  

Samuel Hoare Bellisha   as minister of Transport introduced the crossing thingy – known for ever after as the Bellisha beacon.


12.       “ Travaile , Famille , Patrie “ in what way was this slogan ( Work , Family , Home land   ) still seen for some time after the downfall of its originators.  

Several of you got the Vichy France connection - the Vichy motto appeared on coinage still in circulation well into the late 50s. If I remember correctly   the Vichy Francs were used as centimes by then,


13.        What alternative   links Len Deighton , Philip K Dick , C. J. Sansom and Robert Harris -  

It’s alternative Histories in which Germany won the second world war or similar - The books are in order SS / GB ; The Man in the High Castle  Dominion   and Fatherland


14.       England and Denmark probably have justifiable claims to be the oldest established monarchies in Europe - but which is the youngest - most recently established. ( this excludes restorations as in Spain )    

This one proved difficult and Belgiums monarchy founded in 1831 looked a good prospect – but no – the answer is Norway which became independent of Sweden in 1905 - its first King was a Danish prince   the choice of whom upset the Kaiser because the prince was married to one of Victoria’s nieces or granddaughters ( not sure which )  and Kaiser Bill thought this would give Britain too much influence etc.


15.       What is the connection between   a visually impaired mendicant , a man in a hat , and an evil twin.  

Experts in the crime scene quickly pounced here - It refers to the   murder of Harry the Hat in the Blind Beggar pub by the Kray gang.


16.          Always dodgy these -     Which is the odd one out   -   Primrose, Hyacinth , Violet , Myrtle , Lily , Begonia , Poppy.

Begonia – I hope - all, the others can be and have been used as female names.


17.       After making their names ( it might be said ) as respectively - Queen of England , In Outer Space   and in Albert Square   they went on to pursue another career - who are / were they and   what was it did they did next.  

Well you almost got all it - Glenda Jackson went to be MP for Hampstead   and Michael Cashman ex Eastenders went on to become an MEP and more recently a Life Peer.   Now in the end you got the late Andrew Faulds later MP for Smethwick.   He is best known for his role as Jet Morgan in the radio programme Journey into Space. Other well- known cast members included David Kossoff and later Alfie Bass.


18.      What is the connection between sorting the mail and a permanent military presence -

Well after a little help you tracked it down to Barrack Rd Northampton, in 1794 a barracks was built to enable a permanent military presence in the town. The soon to be redundant Royal Mail sorting office was built on the site of the old barracks.



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Re: The Summer Quiz - Round Four - The Answers
Phil. (IP Logged)
22/07/2016 14:43
Pete's taking a break from doing these for a couple of weeks so can I just take the opportunity to say "Thank You!" for the quizzes over the last month or so. The Eds are forever in your debt for helping to keep COYSDC "live" over the summer and the questions have been spot on!

Cheers, fella! smiling smiley

Re: The Summer Quiz - Round Four - The Answers
Matthew (IP Logged)
22/07/2016 14:58
Big thanks again, Pete!


Re: The Summer Quiz - Round Four - The Answers
Clegthorpe (IP Logged)
22/07/2016 15:17
16. A quick search on turns up 353 ladies with the first or middle name of Begonia, born between the 1870s and 2004. None were born in Northamptonshire though! I believe it is a (relatively) popular name in Spain.

As others have said, thank you for doing these, Pete, they are most enjoyable.

Re: The Summer Quiz - Round Four - The Answers
OldPete (IP Logged)
22/07/2016 21:18
dear friends - so pleased that it has been well received - I try to keep it friendly and fun. ( which some may remember is what this massage board was always about ) and what is also pleasing is the friendly way in which people have responded.

Clegthorpe - well there is no accounting for taste - I suppose I just looked out at our garden and though no one could possible be called Begonia - should have gone for Geranium - but even then some so called celebrity has no doubt inflicted even that on their hapless child.

Re: The Summer Quiz - Round Four - The Answers
Clegthorpe (IP Logged)
23/07/2016 06:12
Pete - many years ago I knew an older lady called Iris. Nothing unusual in that, of course; except one day she told me it wasn't her real name, she had changed it from her given name of Rhododendron!

Re: The Summer Quiz - Round Four - The Answers
fair_weather_fan (IP Logged)
24/07/2016 16:28
Thank you again OP for entertaining us over the summer.

Dare I say the list of land areas for EU states looks a bit odd. Perhaps you got it from UKIP.

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