Answer me this…

28 March 2011

Third place (second losers)

What was name of the former doctor in the Goodies?

What wheat is traditionally used in pasta?

Yes. Quiz night.

Once every three or so months, anywhere from 50 to 120 colleagues plus spouses, partners and ringers assemble at the Barnstaple rugby club for charity quiz night.

Thanks to quizmaster Dave and everyone who takes part, we’ve raised over £11,000 over the years for local charities, including about £250 the other night for St John’s in Braunton.

Though it occasionally descends into drink-assisted farce, it’s a good nature evening full of banter and Dave’s bad jokes. On this occasion, Dave’s distinctive Black Country twang was a source of merriment.

Dave usually chooses an appropriate fancy dress theme, to go along with the chosen charity. Though there’s been patchy efforts more recently, there was pretty good participation this time. Who could turn down the “doctors and nurses” theme? The Dr Harold Shipman team went down well.

For four years, our team has on and off fought for prominence only to fall just short of top dog. That’s a bitter pill. Without being too big-headed (well, perhaps very big headed), I’m used to winning at work quizzes. As a representative of HMG in foreign parts, my office mates usually cleaned up in social club quizzes much to irritation of our defence forces colleagues.

Well, we fell short again on Friday. Let down in the music round and playing our joker in the wrong round. Third place on a tie break question.

What year was Coca-cola first available in bottles? (Nearest answer wins) We guessed 1901 (1894 is correct).

The Goodies doctor? Graham Garden, of course.

Pasta wheat? Durum, naturally.


Buckland Brewer Gardeners’ Club Quiz

5 February 2008


With thanks to the Buckland Brewer Gardeners’ Club, a gardening quiz posed at the October 2007 fun evening.

1. Name the famous garden tended by Geoff Hamilton?
2. Who founded Bressingham Gardens in Norfolk?
3. Cockneys call it ‘Sparrowgrass’, what is it’s correct name?
4. Who first grew pineapples in Britain and then used it in sculpture to ornament the pillars round his London home?
5. What does granulated clay in gardens have in common with groundsmen who put it on cricket squares?
6. What word is used to describe whitish, bluish or greyish bloom on flowers, fruit or stems?
7. What is the state of a plant that has total necrosis?
8. Nematode, a tiny worm, can harm some plants but is useful in ridding which garden pest?
9. What do conifers and sewing have in common?
10. True or false to scarify lawn or seeds?
11. What is the berry used to flavour gin and tonic?
12. By what name are Jersey Royals also known?
13. Gracie Fields claimed to have the biggest ‘what’ in the world?
14. A daffodil flower has a trumpet. Which other plant sounds brassy?
15. What flower comes in parrot form?
16. Propagation using parts of a plant?
17. What is the dense mass of a cauliflower called?
18. What is the name of a path caused by rain?
19. What sort of flowers did Tiny Tim tiptoe through?
20. What is the cutting the top of a tree, sometimes for commercial use, called?

Answers in a week or so.