The quiz has now closed. No one got all the answers right but the most nearly-correct entry was that of Angela Heather – congratulations to her and thanks to all those who took part. The answers have been added after each question below.
In anticipation of a return to the pleasure of travelling we once took for granted, Fare Wise Travel in Hungerford has come up with a few brain-teasers to help wile away the lockdown – with the chance to win a family canal trip on the Rose of Hungerford for use after 1 July 2020 (or whenever it can re-open).
How to Enter
Email your answers to the questions below to Veronica at email@example.com by midnight on Sunday 31 May 2020. The winner will be chosen at random from all the correct entries.
And, even if you don’t win, see the foot of the post for a way you can use the questions as part of your home-schooling work, cunningly combining geography with arts and crafts.
So, here we go…
What do the following mean and what language are they in?
1 Erklärungsnot. An emergency explanation (eg ‘the dog ate my homework’) – German.
2 He waka eke noa. We’re all in this together – Maori.
3 Pily Pala. Butterfly – Welsh.
4 Utepils. The first beer of the season outdoors on a sunny day – Norwegian.
5 What is the capital of Ecuador? Quito.
6 Vilnius is the capital of which country? Lithuania.
7 Did Elvis live in this ancient Egyptian city? Memphis.
8 Ultravox sang about this capital in 1980. Vienna.
9 Which are the three Mascarene Islands? Mauritius, Reunion and Rodrigue.
10 Able was I ere I saw…where? Elba (a famous palindrome).
11 Which two Scottish islands might you eat and drink? Eigg and Rum.
12 What is the capital of the world’s largest island (and is ruled by which monarch)? Nuuk in Greenland and Denmark’s Queen Margrete.
Suggestion for home schooling
Make a globe out of papier mâché and a balloon and then try to locate all the above answers in the correct places – he wake eke noa, after all. After that, parents may be in need of an utepils…
Terms & Conditions
• The winner will be selected at random from the correct entries received and notified by email within 48 hours of the closing date (see above). Acceptance must be confirmed by email within 48 hours of the notification or we will select another winner to whom this condition will also apply. The judge’s decision in all matters will be final.
• Only one entry can be accepted from any one email address.