Sunday, 17 March 2013

29/01/13: Starting to drag on

The attendees
1) The statistician
2) The doctor

The ones that got away
1) Idris is a dragon in which children's TV programme?
2) What was the currency of the Netherlands prior to the Euro?
3) How long does it take Halley's comet to orbit the sun? (You can have a year either way)
4) Identify the film from this quote: "Gimme some sugar, baby."
5) Identify the London station from this cryptic clue: "Bacon or pastries upon high."

The answers

The excuses
1) We managed to come up with three children's shows which we knew to have dragons in, none of which were the correct answer (but as a fun bonus quiz, see if you can name any of them: answers under the button below). First, we spent a long time debating whether the BBC Look and Read 'classic' Through the Dragon's Eye was famous enough to be what was expected, as we had coincidentally watched a few episodes on YouTube the day before. Why were we watching videos of old BBC children's programmes? Because that's what YouTube suggests if you watch too many episodes Knightmare, apparently. This also has a dragon in it, of course, but while I couldn't remember his name I was pretty sure it wasn't Idris either. So, we finally settled on the Clangers, the name of whose dragon I could actually recall (spoilers: it's not Idris), but was rather optimistically hoping was some sort of nickname.

2) Bad miss this one. We stuck down Krona without really thinking, even though any fule kno that's more of a Scandinavia(ish) thing.
3) Another classic overthink. The doctor immediately thought 75, which I suggested would make it a very difficult question with such a small margin for error, so instead we went for a nice round 100. Oops. (In fact, it seems the one year either way was allowed because the orbit varies between 75 and 76 years, although the answer given was 75.)
4) More film quote fun for us. We went with Mary Poppins, because why not.
5) No comment.

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