Wednesday, April 02, 2008

some teasers

Current work: Med duo 2/nonfiction
Listening to: Karine Polwart
Reading: Liz Fielding, His Personal Agenda (loved it – great hero, and the ‘reckless, clever and cool’ description of him by the heroine’s mum… oh, yes. Works for me. He was really noble. And very, VERY sexy)

Went to see the Spiderwick Chronicles yesterday with the kids. Was OK but I could’ve done with more plot. Littlest one found it a tad scary. However, in the previews, we saw one about a young boy making films. Given son’s current obsession, we have to see Son of Rambow (rang DH from the café and wheedled him into coming with us). Oh, and I bought my ticket for Kathryn Williams next week. And some more silver polish (trophy looks nice and shiny again now, and hopefully a good rub with the tarnish-remover cloth once a week will keep it nice. I am so paranoid that somehow am going to ruin it before next February).

Some teasers for you (taken from the site – which I have to admit is one of my Very Bad vices. I like the ‘codewords’ and the crosswords. And yes, I have hit the top 10 in some of the league puzzles before now – not this week, though, as am having a dim week). If you want to check the answer, highlight the white space in the text between the square brackets. (I have to admit I did get all these apart from the last one. But they amused me. Good for limbering up the brain before writing.)

Is it legal for a man to marry his widow’s sister in church? [No, it is impossible. A man cannot have a widow.]

Is it correct to say, ‘The herd of sheep is eating the hay,’ or, ‘The herd of sheep are eating the hay’? [Neither – the collective noun for sheep is flock, not herd.]
There is one word in the English language that is always pronounced wrong. What is it? [Wrong.]

A man pushed his car. He stopped when he reached a hotel at which point he knew he was bankrupt. Why? [The man was playing monopoly and his game piece was a car.]

The word GHOTI can be pronounced FISH using just three words as evidence. What are they? [The GH of ROUGH makes an F sound. The O of WOMEN makes an I sound. The TI of ACTION makes a SH sound.]

Three switches outside a windowless room are connected to three light bulbs inside the room. How can you work out which switch connects to which bulb if you are only allowed to enter the room once? [Flick one switch on for a minute, then flick it off. Then flick on another switch and enter the room. The second switch will connect to the lit bulb, the first switch to the bulb that is warm, and the third to the bulb that is cold.]


Jan Jones said...

Ah, I would have said just stand in the doorway with one hand on the light switches for the last one...

Got the others.

Liz Fielding said...

Oh, Kate... His Personal Agenda, the book my editor kept pushing off the end of contracts until I had a big enough gap to finish it. It was a spin off from my longer, Wild series. I had to change the names, but if you're read Wild Lady, you'll recognise Nyssa in her former incarnation as Heather.

She was my second heroine to steal the hero'sa car. I just love it when they do that!