Friday, July 31, 2009

[friday quiz] five fiendish questions



1. Air Force One is the US President's plane. What is Marine One?

2. Eboracum is the Roman name for which city?

3. Which is the closest answer to how long the Hundred Years War lasted - 97 years, 100 years, 115 years or 147 years?

4. The Condor Legion was the name of the German air force flying for Franco's nationalist side in the Spanish Civil War. What was the name of the Irish volunteers on Franco's side?

5. What was the name of Haile Selassie before he was crowned in 1930?

Answers

A helicopter, York, 115 years, The Blue Shirts founded by former Irish president William Cosgrave and commanded by Gen. Eoin O'Duffy, Ras Tafari

9 comments:

Bill Quango MP said...

I really like that movie. That peaceful talk scene, and the one with the photographs.

Bill Quango MP said...

1. Air Force One is the US President's plane. What is Marine One? no idea

2. Eboracum is the Roman name for which city? hmmmm

3. Which is the closest answer to how long the Hundred Years War lasted - 97 years, 100 years, 115 years or 147 years?

115 years

4. The Condor Legion was the name of the German air force flying for Franco's nationalist side in the Spanish Civil War. What was the name of the Irish volunteers on Franco's side?
Blue shirts. Don't know if they were anything to do with the blue division.
5. What was the name of Haile Selassie before he was crowned in 1930?

Don't know. I do believe that he insisted on all proceedings and treaties with the British being conducted in ancient Aramaic. He would have got on well with Mel Gibson.

dearieme said...

4

His Girl Friday said...

only knew two...

Bill,
it's the better one... ;)

James Higham said...

Bill - you do know to highlight the white part under Answers, don't you?

Dearieme - improvement on the last one, eh?

HGF - it wasn't easy, especially for an American girl.

jams o donnell said...

3/4.

James the Irish contingent that fought on Franco's side in the Spanish Civil War included a large number of blue shirts but it is wrong to say that the Irish contingent was called the blue shirts.

They were known as XV Bandera of the Spanish Foreign Legion or Bandera Irlandesa.

As a fighting force they were as much use as a chocolate teapot, More were killed in a firegight with Canary Islanders frighting for the nationlaists than were killed by the Republicans.

James Higham said...

Thanks, Jams - I was unaware of that. It was a question I had in my collection from years ago and I just used it. Hemmingway might have known.

nikita said...

3.
The closest is 115, but the real answer 116?

James Higham said...

I've read that it can be construed as either 114 or 116 - that's why I adopted this way.