Sunday, 12 June 2011

Doing the Knowledge

George Washington and His Family
Edward Savage (1790)

MasterM
Seriously, who is going to know
"Commercial centre of Mongolia (5)?"

MrM
That is easy...Ulan Bator.
Right, what about:
"City midway between Detroit and Chicago (9)"

MasterM
That would be Ohiohioio

MrM
Here is one for you, MrsM:
"Short-tailed oceanic bird (6)
beginning with F.

MasterM
Feline.

MrM
Idiot boy - it says "bird"
and in case you hadn't noticed
cats have long tails.

MrsM
Fulmar.

MrM
Good Heavens, it fits!
You are on a roll...what about:
"Garden feature suitable for alpine plants (7)"

MrsM
Rockery

MasterM
I always wondered what the point of rockeries was.

Now I think I know who will get this one...
"Artificial device used to resolve plot
in an artistic work (4,2,7)
"

MissM
Deus ex machina.

A respectful silence falls.

14 comments:

  1. Love this! Unfortunately for Master M, for whom I have the utmost respect, since he has traveled more in his much shorter life than I probably ever shall, Ohio is a state, not a city, as I'm sure he knows, based on his answer... =) and the answer to that one is Fort Wayne (Indiana) which is ridiculous, no one would ever know that, even the people FROM there. =) And thus endeth that ridiculously long sentence.

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  2. AnonymousJune 12, 2011

    Glen Miller's got a gal there ...

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  3. We all know when we have been trounced!

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  4. MissM did that with an audience!! Impressive! I find that my most surprisingly-knowledgeable moments (for instance during University Challenge) invariably occur when I'm alone.

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  5. All that education is paying dividends.

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  6. Oh. They are such bright whippersnappers!

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  7. What an erudite bunch. We reached our pinnacle of knowledge at the school quiz night on Friday, when we correctly identified Carol Vorderman as this year's 'Rear of the Year' winner. See, there are benefits to reading the Metro.

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  8. Scot - my keyboard is still dyingJune 14, 2011

    sounds like everybody is home for once, good for you. you must be in mother's-heaven.
    so what did you bake...

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  9. scot - in lower caseJune 14, 2011

    by the way...anonymous, i heard she was a real pip-a-roo...

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  10. I am ful of respect for Miss M as I have no idea what it means and am off to google it. But I feel I ought to tell you about the time when I was watching University Challenge with my husband (B.Sc Chem Dip Cons UkIC)
    and I answered (correctly) 'covalent bonds' to a question. When I tell you I did general science at O level and just scraped through, you will be as amazed as I was.

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  11. I suspect that the city between Detroit and Michigan is actually Kalamazoo (somewhat closer to halfway as the crow flies) and you'd have to have a pretty strange route for Fort Wayne to be halfway....
    Hope you're all enjoying your trip.
    N.

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