Well, THAT’S a bonus: I’ve just had the plumber down to check on the washing machine … !
It seems that PART of the problem was some pipes I’d not screwed in tightly enough.
And a faulty stopcock, at the other end … !
Alleluia … !
This means two things.
Firstly … ? I can get stuff clean without flooding the kitchen.
And secondly, I can clean my underwear.
Sheer BLISS, that … !
But let’s get moving onwards, shall we?
After all, it IS Friday.
And, as regular readers will tell you, that means the Friday Question Set.
Here it is, along with the usual Creative Commons License …
ROUND ONE. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE.
Q1) What is the name for a scene in a play, with only ONE actor?
A1) A monologue.
Q2) Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha was married to who?
Q2) Queen Victoria.
Q3) What is usually kept in a bandbox?
A3) A hat.
Q4) In tennis, how is the score of 40 all known?
Q5) Singer and gardener Kim Smith is better known how?
A5) Kim Wilde.
Q6) Which organisation formed its first troop in Glasgow, in 1908: the Boy Scouts, the Boys Brigade or the Salvation Army?
A6) The Boy Scouts.
Q7) Who was the first British PM to take office four times: William Gladstone, Benjamin Disraeli or Margaret Thatcher?
Q8) What word can go before ‘cup’, ‘scotch’ and ‘fly’?
Q9) Where does a hydrophyte plant live?
A9) In water.
Q10) Who or what, does the Blue Cross Charity provide aid to?
ROUND TWO. BODY PARTS.
Q11) Which is the largest internal organ in the human body?
A11) The liver.
Q12) What is the clavicle better known as?
A12) The collarbone.
Q13) In Greek mythology, which beast had a woman’s head and a lion’s body?
A13) The Sphinx.
Q14) Which English queen said “I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a King”?
A14) Elizabeth 1.
Q15) Which part of the body is technically called the hallux?
A15) The big toe.
Q16) What is the light-sensitive part of the eye called?
A16) The retina.
Q17) Which gland produces insulin within the body?
A17) The pancreas.
Q18) What are a person’s eye teeth otherwise known as?
Q19) How much skin does an average male adult human have: 10 square feet, 20 square feet or 30 square feet?
Q20) How many pairs of chromosomes are there in a human cell?
ROUND THREE. MILITARY MATTERS.
Q21) Which army rank is the most senior: Captain, Lieutenant or Major?
Q22) In which war was the Battle of Marston Moor fought?
A22) The English Civil War.
Q23) Which naval weapon was invented by Robert Whitehead in 1866?
A23) The torpedo.
Q24) Which organisation publishes The War Cry?
A24) The Salvation Army.
Q25) Who replaced Sir John French as commander of the British Expeditionary Force in 1914?
A25) Douglas Haig.
Q26) In which war did Leo Tolstoy fight?
A26) The Crimean War.
Q27) William Shakespeare’s play Troilus and Cressida is set against the background of which war?
A27) The Trojan War.
Q28) With which country did the UK fight the Cod War in the 1960s?
Q29) Gavrilo Princip, the man who assassinated Franz Ferdinand and triggered World War I, died how: by hanging, cyanide-poisoning or tuberculosis?
Q30) Which king hid in an oak tree after the Battle of Worcester?
A30) Charles II. The original oak, at Boscobel House, died after tourists removed many of its branches as souvenirs. Its replacement was badly damaged by a storm in 2000, so a new sapling, grown from an acorn from the old tree, was planted by Prince Charles in 2001.
ROUND FOUR. ROUND THE WORLD.
Q31) What, in a German town, is the Rathaüs?
A31) The town hall.
Q32) Motorists in Thailand drive on the left: true or false?
Q33) Of which country is Tallinn the capital?
Q34) To which country does Easter Island belong?
Q35) On what island was Freddie Mercury born?
Q36) What is the capital of Uruguay?
Q37) Which city is serviced by the John O’Hare airport?
Q38) Who wanted to know the way to San Jose in 1968?
A38) Dionne Warwick.
Q39) In which continent do the Berbers live?
Q40) In which country may be found the stone-cut city of Petra?
ROUND FIVE. TOONS.
Q41) What was Mickey Mouse’s original name: Mortimer, Mohammed or Michelle?
A41) Mortimer Mouse.
Q42) Which Disney cartoon character provided a nickname for prime minister Tony Blair?
Q43) Who provided the voice of Bugs Bunny?
A43) Mel Blanc.
Q44) Which was the first cartoon character to attract the attention of the censors?
A44) Betty Boop.
Q45) In which cartoon series did Officer Charlie Dibble appear?
A45) Top Cat: also known in the UK as Boss Cat.
Q46) Which actor provided the voice for Shere Khan in the Disney version of The Jungle Book?
A46) George Sanders.
Q47) Who created the cartoon character Charlie Brown?
A47) Charles M. Schulz.
Q48) With which cartoon character is the catch-phrase ‘Yabba-dabba-doo!’ associated?
A48) Fred Flintstone.
Q49) Who created Tom and Jerry?
A49) William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.
Q50) What was the name of the cavemen-racers in Wacky Races?
A50) The Slag Brothers, Rock and Gravel, in the Boulder-mobile. Formula One ace Michael Schumacher was nicknamed Dick Dastardly after the character in Wacky Races on account of both his prominent chin and his employment of ruthless tactics on the track against other drivers.
ROUND SIX. GENERAL IGNORANCE.
Q51) Which boxing film won the Best Film Oscar, in 1976?
Q52) Henry the 8th was named Defender of which faith?
A52) Roman Catholic.
Q53) Which native people prefer to be known as Kooris?
A53) Australian Aboriginals.
Q54) True or False: Casanova was expelled from school, for alleged homosexuality?
Q55) What’s the first name of President Barack Obama’s wife?
Q56) Anita Roddick founded which shop?
A56) The Body Shop.
Q57) De Exorcismis et Supplicationibus Quibusdam is the official document describing which Roman Catholic ritual?
A57) The Rite Of.
Q58) Which model became the face of L’Oreal, in 1998?
A58) Kate Moss.
Q59) Papyrus was an early form of which everyday item?
Q60) How many packs of cards do you need for a game of canasta?
Enjoy that lot, folks: comments are, of course, appreciated … !