OK – here are the answers given to the questions from the 1927 quiz book which I posted last week : -
1) What is Wren’s most famous building ?
St. Paul’s Cathedral ( can’t really argue with this one, but its not the sort of question I like a great deal since ‘famous’ is very much a subjective concept )
2) What years are Leap Years ?
All years which are divisible evenly by four
3) Which blossom first – apple trees or pear trees ?
Pear trees ( I wouldn’t argue – but its just a boring question )
4) How are herrings caught ?
In nets ( d’oh ! )
5) From what animal do we get venison ?
6) What is flannel made of ?
7) Who was the Prince Consort ?
Prince Albert – husband of Queen Victoria
8) Where is the Coronation Stone ( in 1927 )
In Westminster Abbey ( now in Edinburgh Castle )
9) Where are cockles found ?
ON sandy sea shores
10) What is chiefly manufactured in Sheffield ?
11) In what county is the New Forest ?
12) What is Perry made from ?
13) What is larding ?
A method of introducing bacon fat into meat or fowl to be cooked
14) What is the postage on a letter to the USA ? ( in 1927 ! )
A penny-halfpenny ( daylight robbery )
15) When is Low Sunday ?
The Sunday after Easter
16) What is the highest weight for Parcel Post ? ( in 1927 )
17) What is beetroot chiefly used for
18) Who was Julius Caesar ?
The First Emperor of Rome (debatable – nowadays the consensus seems to be that Augustus was the first )
19) What happened at Runnymede ?
Signing of the Magna Carta ( terrible question, since other things have happened a Runnymede, although none quite as significant, I admit )
20) What is the Bodleian ?
The Oxford University Library
21) Who was Balak ?
The king of Moaab who employed Balaam to curse Israel
22) Who wrote Ivanhoe ?
Sir Walter Scott
23) What is flannelette made of ?
24) What does I.L.P. stand for ?
Independent Labour Party
25) What is an isthmus ?
A narrow neck of land connecting two larger areas of land
26) What birds like building their nests under eaves ?
Swallows ( I would imagine that there are other birds who do this too )
27) What birds like building their nests in sandbanks ?
28) What birds leave their eggs to hatch themselves in the sun ?
29) What do you connect with the name Butterick ?
Paper patterns of garments
30) What is measured in reams ?
31) Which British bird lays the largest egg ?
The swan ( little vague – I’d have liked to know which species )
32) Who is supposed to have said that the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton ?
The Duke of Wellington
33) What is the meaning of Sinn Fein ?
Ourselves ( I’ve also heard it rendered as we, ourselves – and – ourselves alone )
34) In what year did Queen Victoria come to the throne ?
35) How old is the Prince of Wales ( in 1927, later Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor )
33 in June 1927
36) Quote the proverb which tells you when it is safe to change winter for summer clothes
Cast ne’er a clout till May be out.
37) What is a sweetbread ?
The pancreas of an animal. A very digestible form of food ( his words, not mine )
38) Who is the fourth lady in the land ( in 1927 )
Princess Elizabeth ( now HM the Queen – Gawd Bless ‘Er )
39) How does cotton grow ?
On bushes in fields, in pods
40) What is the capital of Somerset ?
41) What is the capital of Devon ?
42) Where are the Cotswold Hills ?
43) Where are the Quantock Hills ?
Between Somerset and Devon
44) Where is Dartmoor ?
45) What is Worth famous for ?
Standing by shop windows and making silly reflections – no, not really , - Creator of fashions in women’s clothes
46) Who was Man Friday ?
Robinson Crusoe’s ‘savage’ companion on his island
47) What is November 11 , 1918, famous for ?
48) What is a barnacle ?
A shell fish which attaches itself to the bottom of ships
49) What two primary colours mixed together make purple ?
Blue and red
50) What are complines ?
The last of the daily hours of prayer in most monastic rules
How did you do ? Remember, George says that ANY adult ought to achieve at least 50% !