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Quizzes & Puzzles 61

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Some new problems with which to exercise the brain. But first a look at answers and solutions to Quizzes & Puzzles 60. New problems below the image (cartoon).

Answer to Quiz 60:1

Cats of a certain colour have better health than other cats - and on an average, they live longer. Which colour (of cats) are we talking about?

The answer is black cats. I quote from my article Black Cats, Heralds of Evil?

[...] solidly black cats probably are genetically healthier than other cats. It is due to their high level of melanin, the pigment colouring most mammals (including humans).”

Answer to Quiz 60:2

Notung is a magic sword in an old myth. One thing it was used for, was for the hero to kill a dragon. Who was the hero and the dragon?

A little clue: This myth is the theme in a famous opera cycle, and as well sword as dragon appear there.

In the third part of Wagner's' opera cycle “Der Ring des Nibelungen”, we are told how Siegfried slays the dragon Fafnir with the sword Nothung (or Notung). He has previously repaired the sword, which can only be done by someone who has no fear.

In some sources the sword is called Balmung, and in old Norse mythology, it is called Gramr (or Gram). In the Volsunga Saga, Siegfried is called Sigmund, and in other sources one can see him named Sigurd.

After slaying the dragon Fafnir, he is honoured with the epithet “Fafnir's bane”.

Answer to Quiz 60:3

Flags with three coloured stripes (equally sized stripes in three different colours), horizontally or vertically, normally symbolise republics. However, there are three European monarchies with such flags (there are historical reasons for that). Which three monarchies are we talking about?tise what

Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. @Duvinca knew this.

Let me quote my article La Tricolore: What is the Origin of Its Colours and Design?

The design of the French flag, three coloured bands, symbolises republic. It was used for the first time in that meaning from 1579, in the Prince's flag of William I of Orange-Nassau, when he fought for the establishment of the Dutch Republic, separating it from Spain. The flags of Luxembourg and the Netherlands, although today these countries are not republics, are based on this one.“

If the subject interests you, I suggest you read the full article.

Answer to Quiz 60:4

If you make a double Salchow, which sport are you practising?

Figure skating. @Duvinca knew this as well.

Answer to Quiz 60:5

Who was the legendary Red Baron, and for what is he famous?

@Duvinca,who is the star of this issue of “Quizzes & Puzzles”, answered that he was a pilot from WW1 or WW2, which so far is right. He was a German fighter pilot, a flying ace (the ace-of-aces), in WW1. His real name was Manfred Albrecht von Richthofen.

Answer to Quiz 60:6

Which are the six elements considered as noble gases?

The noble gases are: Helium, Neon, Argon, Krypton, Xenon, and Radon. @McJulez provided the right answer.

And now some new exercises for brain & memory...

Quiz 61:1

Two sovereign states have flags showing a dragon - which two states/countries?

Quiz 61:2

Which European country had once a financial bubble based on speculation in tulip bulbs?

Quiz 61:3

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones – they were the four members of one of the greatest rock bands ever. Which rock band?

Quiz 61:4

How was French emperor Napoleon III related to Napoleon I?

Quiz 61:5

What game are you playing if you are castling?

Quiz 61:6

Frank Wörndl, Ernst Hinterseer, Ingemar Stenmark, Gustav Thöni, Piero Gros, ... These gentlemen have all been world champions, but in which sport?

Quiz 61:7

"This fire so scorches our brain, that we wish

To plunge into the depth of the gulf, Hell or Heaven, who cares?

To find something new in the depths of the Unknown!"

This is the end of a mid-nineteen-century poem. It is a translation, the original is in French:

Nous voulons tant ce feu nous brûle le cerveau,

Plonger au fond du gouffre, Enfer ou Ciel, qu'importe?

Au fond de l'Inconnu pour trouver du nouveau!”

Who wrote this, what is the name of the poet?

You'll find answers and solutions in the next “Quizzes & Puzzles”.

Quizzes & Puzzles has its own label in my Index, where all issues of the series can be found.

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61.1. One is Bhutan our neighbouring country 61.5 is it in Chess.

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2 months ago

Bhutan and chess, both answers are right

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2 months ago

Great and thanks

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2 months ago

Bhutan, and something like Wales or Whales if I remember correctly have flags with Dragon.

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Bhutan is right. Wales has a dragon on its flag, but it is no sovereign state, so it is wrong.

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2 months ago

61.2 must be Netherlands. That's all I know for today ;)

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The Netherlands is right, so you nailed it today.

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Oh thanks! I didn't know the real name of that famous Red Baron, good information. And very interesting the answer of the flags, curiously that fact of Belgium. About today's questions, I'd say the 61:2 it was the Netherlands, Holland, famous because of their tulips even today. But at that time with a simple bulb they could buy a house!

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Yes,of course it is the Netherlands. Nice that yoou lied te other information. You can find many article about flags here:

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