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5 hours ago, speakers-corner said:

Thanks for the ding there.

Staying with comedians, In which town was Benny Hill born and in which town did he die?

I think he died  in Teddington but haven't a clue where he was born unless that was also Teddington.

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3 hours ago, colleda said:

I think he died  in Teddington but haven't a clue where he was born unless that was also Teddington.

Thats half a ding, see if you can get the rest.

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23 hours ago, speakers-corner said:

Thats half a ding, see if you can get the rest.

I have probably read it somewhere but there's no way I can remember. I'll guess and say India. The only reason I remembered Teddington is because I have a friend who lives there.

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On 13/05/2018 at 4:17 PM, colleda said:

I have probably read it somewhere but there's no way I can remember. I'll guess and say India. The only reason I remembered Teddington is because I have a friend who lives there.

Would that be Two Ton Ted from Teddington (he drove the baker's van ... ) ?

Tragic how I recall lines from a terrible novelty single from decades ago, but for the life of me can't remember my own mobile number ...

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I don't think I've asked this one before but here it is.

What was the nationality of the person who shot down the Red Baron (von Richthofen)?

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13 hours ago, speakers-corner said:

I think he was canadian. Pilots Name was Brown if I remember rightly.

Not correct, sorry, although one would have a hard time convincing a Canadian otherwise.

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4 minutes ago, Boggin's Dad said:

Could he have been a victim of friendly fire?

 

I am going to have a go with German.

Sorry, not friendly fire.

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As the question setter is Australian, we assume it was an Australian member of the armed forces, but as to a name we have not got a clue.

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That's a ding as the question was what country. The most recognised, officially, was an Australian Lewis gunner named Buie. However, there is another contender, an Australian named Popov with a possibly better claim. It was established, without doubt when Richthoffen's plane and wound were  examined after he crashed, that the single bullet that killed him came from ground fire. See

 

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Thank you, we didn't expect the ding as it was a stab in the dark, our original answer was the same as speakers-corner.

 

What colour is the filling in a traditional oreo biscuit (cookie)?

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Well I  have read two of them , so that's C.S Lewis,  A. Huxley and , er ...

Not being able to see any thematic or author links I'm hazarding a guess at the titles being quotes.

Quotes are usually the bible or Shakespeare .... let's try Will !

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OK, all I know about either of the 2 I can identify makes them different, not similar - Lewis , obtrusively Christian , Huxley atheist, Lewis unreadable, Huxley readable, Lewis an inkling , Huxley not , Lewis prissy, Huxley keen on mind altering substances ...

I know Huxley had a grandfather (TH Huxley, a strong supporter of that controversial upstart C. Darwin) who was a famous biologist , so did Lewis and author I don't know of both have famous grandparents too ?

I'm grasping at straws here !

Edited by hal-an-tow
I said Huxley when I meant Lewis. I'm confused.

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Well, it's been nagging at me, so earlier today I did some research and found the answer .

Therefore I'm out !

If I'd seen the note on who was behind book #3 before I cheated, I might perhaps have guessed better ... :unsure:

Probably not though !

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Well I think I've stumped you on this one, so I'll give you the answer, which is that the authors (CS Lewis, Aldous Huxley and John F Kennedy) all died on the same day - 22 November 1963. I'll give the ding to hal-an-tow for identifying two of the authors.

 

I wasn't expecting anyone to identify JFK as the author of the third book, but I thought that the coincidence of their deaths was a fairly well-known bit of pub quiz trivia, so I thought people might work it out by connecting Lewis and Huxley. However it's always difficult to judge what other people know, so if I made it too hard I apologise!

 

Over to hal-an-tow...

Edited by Optimist on the run
John F Kennedy, not John F Huxley!

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Sorry, only just came back and spotted I was awarded the nearest-mis- to-the-target ding

The next question will be posted asap.

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Keeping to the book theme:

Which author's characters include a master key, low cloud and no one ?

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Not him,  sorry.

Hintage : I've used (approximate) translations into english, or definitions of. the character's actual names.

And as with the JFK question, the third one on the list is probably the easiest way to the answer ...

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13 hours ago, hal-an-tow said:

Not him,  sorry.

Hintage : I've used (approximate) translations into english, or definitions of. the character's actual names.

And as with the JFK question, the third one on the list is probably the easiest way to the answer ...

 

Given the hint ref translation, and the fact that Niemand (German) translates to no one or 'Nobody ', I'm guessing they are Mister Men created by Roger Hargreaves

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Interesting, but no,  the author I'm after wrote books with a higher reading age ... and the 'no-one' is not translated from German ...

 

Further clues: the first two characters were travel companions in the same book , 'no-one ' was a villan in a different book, both books have been filmed ( probably several times ).

The author died when Huxley and Lewis were still schoolboys ...

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HG Wells? Philleas Fogg for the low cloud, and the Invisible Man as no-one. Don't know about a master key though, unless there's a skeleton in one of his books.

 

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4 minutes ago, Optimist on the run said:

HG Wells? Philleas Fogg for the low cloud, and the Invisible Man as no-one. Don't know about a master key though, unless there's a skeleton in one of his books.

 

I'm getting my authors confused - Philleas Fogg was Jules Verne.

 

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22 hours ago, Optimist on the run said:

I'm getting my authors confused - Philleas Fogg was Jules Verne.

 

I seem to remember that Phineas Fogg's manservant was called PassePartout, the French for a masterkey.  If that completes the puzzle give the "Ding" to Optimist please, he did all the hard work :lol:

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Optimist gets the ding for Jules Verne , honourable mention to dodgydaved for adding another 33% of the answer .

Yep, from  'Round the World in 80 days ' (and more recently, expensive crisps) Phileas Fogg, his servant Passepartout ( French for goes all places, also a word for a passkey/masterkey )  and the third one was Captain Nemo from 20000 Leagues under the Sea : nemo is Latin for no one.

 

As often happens the bit I though was the giveaway folk would get first (nemo) turned out to be nothing of the kind !

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Ok, changing the theme...

 

Which group had a British number 1 hit in 1970, and a number 2 hit in 1982, despite the entire line-up changing between times?

 

Bonus points if you can name the hits!

Edited by Optimist on the run

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7 hours ago, speakers-corner said:

Fitting to what is about to start, I think it is the England Wold Cup squad of 1970 and 1982. No idea of the names of the songs.

Ding to speakers-corner. The songs were Back Home and This Time (We'll Get it Right).

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