Questions for September 2014

PLEASE HAVE A GO – by posting a comment, preferably sarcastic – as I know the answers anyway; I’ll put the real answers up in early October.  Meanwhile the earnest student of Estonian manhole covers can go here!

  1. In the Melbourne production of Wagner’s Ring, when Fafner, the giant, takes away the treasure in Das Rheingold, what does he do on the way out?
  2. What pseudonym did photographer June Newton choose, by stabbing a pin into a map of Australia?
  3. According to Jacky Bowring, in her book A Field Guide to Melancholy … yes, I think I am reading too many books … what mental state particularly affects Astronomers, Weavers, Clowns and Art-Historians?
  4. The Swedish village of Råå, near Helsingborg, is noted for the eels in its river – what is the Swedish word for these?
  5. “Off-fall” is the word for scraps that drop from a production line. Things that resemble such scraps are ….
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13 comments

  1. DR BOB’s REAL ANSWERS –
    1. There are golden iPhones among the treasure; he picks one out, poses with it and takes a selfie,
    2. Alice Springs
    3. Melancholy – because all these trades require introspection, a sense of great detail, but simultaneously an awareness the vastness and incomprehensilibilyof the universe, and of memory and history. God, I feel so depressed.
    4. Råååål, å being a small river, and ål is eel. If you don’t have the å character on your keyboard, you can write it as Raaaaaaaal
    5. OFFFALLLIKE

  2. Q1. In the Melbourne production of Wagner’s Ring, when Fafner, the giant, takes away the treasure in Das Rheingold, what does he do on the way out?
    A1. Wagner’s ring, of course. Fafner is a naughty giant.

    Q2. What pseudonym did photographer June Newton choose, by stabbing a pin into a map of Australia?
    A2. Just as well June did not stab her map of Tasmania. She would be a naughty photographer, quite apart from being in agony.

    Q3. According to Jacky Bowring, in her book A Field Guide to Melancholy … yes, I think I am reading too many books … what mental state particularly affects Astronomers, Weavers, Clowns and Art-Historians?
    A3. Acute pseudopriapism. They are all naughty occupations.

    Q4. The Swedish village of Råå, near Helsingborg, is noted for the eels in its river – what is the Swedish word for these?
    A4. Parramatta.

    Q5. “Off-fall” is the word for scraps that drop from a production line. Things that resemble such scraps are ….
    A5. Droppings from astronomer, weaver, clown and art-historian Rings.

  3. With a sad, sad heart I have to surrender to the the zeitgeist.(I don’t know what a zeit is).
    Your page heading discourages correct answers.
    I go WAY out of my way to get them WRONG and then you applaud a RIGHT answer!!
    Redundant Fascist!!!
    I hope all your manhole covers turn square and disappear…

  4. As with a cold-reading medium who trolls dozens of names past the subject and looks for a response, my heart jumped a little when you gave the right answer.

  5. 1. Shout “Yoink!”
    2. June Woolloomoolloo, thus guaranteeing a lifetime of misspelled picture credits (in fact, I am sure I misspelled the bloody thing too)
    3. Narcolepsy… oh, wait. That’s what affects the poor sods forced to watch them work.
    4. Den sleimige swimdingen
    5. Probably still eaten by those bloody yanks. Is there anything they would not eat?

  6. Dear Anonymous (3/9/14)
    Have been a long time admirer of your work.
    However, just which imbecilic belief is being promoted in Q3? Surely not my BFF Astronomy!!!

  7. Good Grief, Dr Bob, what have you started? Following Auntie Glad’s lead for Q2, the list goes on. Alice Springs, William Town, Myrtle Bay, Lily Field, Mary Borough, Peter Sham, Lewis Ham, Leon Gatha, Earl Wood, Rich Mond, Kat Oomba, Denis Tone, Kelly Ville, Terry Hills … where does it all end?

  8. 1. Appears on ‘border security’
    2. Stan (more) Newtown?
    3. Pass
    4. Raa would have pretended they were aliens and turned that into a documentary so could have marketed them as a Raa eel ET show?
    5. A one f ofal is nearly a circle
    A two f offal is organic bits
    We now have a three f offfall. A four f offffal would be? (OK, so this answer doesn’t add to my fifteen minutes of fame)

  9. In the Melbourne production of Wagner’s Ring, when Fafner, the giant, takes away the treasure in Das Rheingold, what does he do on the way out?
    Votes for Tony Abbott

    What pseudonym did photographer June Newton choose, by stabbing a pin into a map of Australia?
    Victor Harbour? Murray Bridge? Phillip Island? Mollymook? Normanhurst? Tom Price?

    According to Jacky Bowring, in her book A Field Guide to Melancholy … yes, I think I am reading too many books … what mental state particularly affects Astronomers, Weavers, Clowns and Art-Historians?
    Porridge

    The Swedish village of Råå, near Helsingborg, is noted for the eels in its river – what is the Swedish word for these?
    Colin

    “Off-fall” is the word for scraps that drop from a production line. Things that resemble such scraps are …. Chinese?

  10. 1. In the Melbourne production of Wagner’s Ring, when Fafner, the giant, takes away the treasure in Das Rheingold, what does he do on the way out?

    World War 2 American soldier’s view of Fremantle. “My God – this place must be the arsehole of the world”.

    Local wharfie “Just passing through are you mate?”

    2. What pseudonym did photographer June Newton choose, by stabbing a pin into a map of Australia?

    Obviously “OUCH”. Must remember not to leave my finger behind the map next time.

    3. According to Jacky Bowring, in her book A Field Guide to Melancholy … yes, I think I am reading too many books … what mental state particularly affects Astronomers, Weavers, Clowns and Art-Historians?

    Schizophrenia – in two minds whether their work is utter crap or not.

    4. The Swedish village of Råå, near Helsingborg, is noted for the eels in its river – what is the Swedish word for these?

    IKEA.

    “Off-fall” is the word for scraps that drop from a production line. Things that resemble such scraps are ….

    Now all I have to do is sneak this past security to the scrap metal place again.

  11. 1. He quaffs from a flagon of Sparkling Rheingold.
    2. Pakenham Upper.
    3. A delusion that they are the first person in history to have a particular experience or make a discovery.
    4. Mmmm.
    5. Inkblots

  12. 1. Updated his FafBook.

    2. Map Of Tassie.

    3. A fear of being hit by an asteroid that resembles John Fleming carrying hand-made baskets and wearing giant shoes.

    4. Min svävare är full med ålar.

    5. … careless workers.

  13. Q1. Fellate a wombat?
    Q2. Copthatya Mongrel-Bastard.
    Q3. Who the hell is Jacky Bowring? Why are you promoting imbecilic beliefs?
    Q4. Deesa
    Q5. Politicians.

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