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Thanks for the Ding but I would like to pass this one over to searcherdog as he missed out last time. So over to searcherdog.

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Ooooo, thank you Speakers Corner. Let's go back to 1767 when John Spilsbury invented the jigsaw puzzle. What was the picture on the puzzle? I believe there are two possible answers so either will be accepted.

 

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As this is a geocaching forum/quiz. I am going to guess that it was a map of the Known world.

 

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I had no idea for this one so I asked aunty Google.

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OK, nothing heard yet from Boggin's Dad, Speakers-corner or anyone else. I'll wait another few days and see if there are any hotter attempts otherwise I'll post a follow-up question to keep things moving. 

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I can vaguely recall making these in primary school for our own amusement many years ago using the same subject.

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Well, we haven't had further guesses from the other two and it's probably time to move this thread on.

 So, for everyone including those who have googled or equivalent .........

Why was the first jigsaw invented?

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5 hours ago, searcherdog said:

Well, we haven't had further guesses from the other two and it's probably time to move this thread on.

 So, for everyone including those who have googled or equivalent .........

Why was the first jigsaw invented?

For teaching the children of George III and Queen Charlotte, international boundaries. A map was glued to a wooden board and then cut up along country boundaries.

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The original question was "What was the picture on the first puzzle?" which had two possible answers depending on which source is used. One source gives a map of the UK counties and the other gives a map of Europe. 

The tie breaker question - I was expecting "teaching geography" so Colleda gets the DING!!

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In 2011 Christchurch, New Zealand, was devastated by an earthquake. The beautiful and historic stone Christchurch Cathedral was almost destroyed. Whilst being repaired (the repairs are still not complete) a temporary cathedral was built. What unusual material was used in its construction which has led to it becoming a tourist attraction.

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10 hours ago, colleda said:

In 2011 Christchurch, New Zealand, was devastated by an earthquake. The beautiful and historic stone Christchurch Cathedral was almost destroyed. Whilst being repaired (the repairs are still not complete) a temporary cathedral was built. What unusual material was used in its construction which has led to it becoming a tourist attraction.

Cardboard

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1 minute ago, Optimist on the run said:

Cardboard


A ding to Optimist.

This cathedral was designed by a Japanese architect. Probably more fitting than a cardboard crane;).

I was there in April and it is truely an amazing piece of work.

Over to you OOTR

 

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4 hours ago, colleda said:


A ding to Optimist.

This cathedral was designed by a Japanese architect. Probably more fitting than a cardboard crane;).

I was there in April and it is truely an amazing piece of work.

Over to you OOTR

 

 

Thanks. I was there in 2002, in my pre-digital days. It was only when the earthquake happened that I looked back through my photos and realised I hadn't got a single one of the old cathedral. :(

 

Garfield, the cartoon cat, is about to celebrate another birthday. In which year was the cartoon strip first published?

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Well, I was thinking of a little earlier but 79 makes a nice 40. Wow, that's elderly for a cat! 

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On 6/23/2019 at 11:55 AM, searcherdog said:

Well, I was thinking of a little earlier but 79 makes a nice 40. Wow, that's elderly for a cat! 

I think you're close enough for a ding - it was actually 1978.

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Thank you and Happy Birthday Garfield.

I'll think of another question soon ....... 

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There is a country which has a runway longer than the shortest scheduled flight from that country?

Which country?

 

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On the basis that the shortest scheduled flight in the world is between two of the Scottish highlands (ISTR one is Barra, and it lands on the sand), I'll go for Scotland having a runway somewhere which is longer than that flight.

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The two islands are Westray and Papa Westray and the flight is 1.7 miles long.

The runway is at Campbeltown Airport 1.89 miles long.

Both in Scotland so that's a DING to MartyBartfast.

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Nearly 3 weeks, MartyB may be on holiday so here's an interim one:

 

Next 2 in this sequence please;

 

Central, Circle, District, Bakerloo, Piccadily, ?, ?.

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Ok, a topical question for today. Theresa May's period as Prime Minister is unusual in that it neither started nor finished with a General Election. Who was the last British Prime Minister that the same applied to?

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Was it the one wot got shot? Spencer Percival, I think?

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I am no authority on UK PMs but I had a think about this and thought maybe it was someone who, to me made or had little impact on the political scene. The only name I could come up with was John Major?

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I'm thinking Anthony Eden.

 

He took office after Churchill retired. MacMillan followed him as PM after two years as Eden resigned through ill health.

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8 hours ago, colleda said:

I am no authority on UK PMs but I had a think about this and thought maybe it was someone who, to me made or had little impact on the political scene. The only name I could come up with was John Major?

 

4 minutes ago, South_Stander said:

I'm thinking Anthony Eden.

 

He took office after Churchill retired. MacMillan followed him as PM after two years as Eden resigned through ill health.

 

Colleda, John Major's premiership ended with a General Election, when he was replaced by Tony Blair.

 

South_Stander - you're so close I'm going to give the ding to you, as you've stated the person I was looking for. Macmillan also retired through ill health, and was replaced by Alec Douglas-Home. So over to you...

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12 minutes ago, Optimist on the run said:

South_Stander - you're so close I'm going to give the ding to you, as you've stated the person I was looking for. Macmillan also retired through ill health, and was replaced by Alec Douglas-Home. So over to you...

 

I actually forgot all about Douglas-Home. In my head I went from Harold MacMillan straight to Harold Wilson.

 

Ok, another topical one. Today is set to be the hottest day on record in the UK with temperatures due to hit 39°C (102°F). But where is the hottest place on Earth, according to the World Meteorological Organisation, with an average air temperature of 46.1°C (115°F), and a highest record of 56.7°C (134°F)? 

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33 minutes ago, MartyBartfast said:

I'll try the obvious: Death Valley, California.

 

Sometimes it is the obvious. Well done. 👍

 

Furnace Canyon in Death Valley is the place. 

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Thanks.

 

It's being widely reported in the news that trains will be running slower due to the risk of tracks buckling in the heat, but what's the standard UK rail track gauge?

 

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9 hours ago, MartyBartfast said:

Thanks.

 

It's being widely reported in the news that trains will be running slower due to the risk of tracks buckling in the heat, but what's the standard UK rail track gauge?

 

4' 8.5"

We learned this in primary school as the rail tracks in NSW use the same gauge. Queensland has narrow gauge 3'6" and Victoria is 5'2'. I remember as a kid traveling by train from Sydney to Melbourne required a change of trains at Albury NSW, on the NSW/Victoria border.

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8 hours ago, colleda said:

4' 8.5"

 

That's a Toot-Toot to colleda, all aboard for the next question:

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3 minutes ago, MartyBartfast said:

 

That's a Toot-Toot to colleda, all aboard for the next question:

I'm chuffed. Many thanks. A different continent now.

In what US state was Davy Crocket born? You know him, King of the Wild Frontier!

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"Born on a mountain top in Tennessee
Greenest state in the land of the free
Raised in the woods so's he knew ev'ry tree
He kilt him a b'ar when he was only three
Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier!"

 

at least according to Walt Disney anyway!!

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Not Tennessee, sorry  but who could forget that song.

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