Jan. 13th, 2016 10:18 am
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i: On what was Smiler fed?
ii: Where is the vanelline source of ferruginous waters?
iii: Whose scholarly woodpecker was a wooden bookend?
iv: Where, according to Bede, was Adda’s brother the Abbot?
v: What was given its name by Lamancha owing to the execrable food and wine?
vi: Where was she heard singing about her laddie’s blue bonnet and dimpled chin?
vii: To which establishment was the frisky prentice hauled with fanfares?
viii: Where in 1940 were tables for two laid as tables for four?
ix: What was earned by William and discarded by Tony?
x: Whence the Cholmeleians?

INCOMPLETE: we need ii, viii and ix!

Date: 2016-01-13 10:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dubdobdee.livejournal.com
i: is smiler the name of a crocodile in something?
iii: is this PROFESSOR YAFFLE in BAGPUSS?? :D :D
ix: is Tony here Tony Blair?

Date: 2016-01-13 10:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jauntyalan.livejournal.com

Date: 2016-01-13 10:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carsmilesteve.livejournal.com

Date: 2016-01-13 10:20 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)


i is so familiar, will think about it some more...

Date: 2016-01-13 10:22 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
iii is Bagpuss, the woodpecker being Professor Yaffle. The answer to the question would strictly speaking be "Emily", though.

How this helps with any of the other questions I'm not sure!

Tom E.

Date: 2016-01-13 10:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dubdobdee.livejournal.com
lol at the massed BAGPUSS SCHOLARDS hurrying in here :)

Date: 2016-01-13 01:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] braisedbywolves.livejournal.com
Magical Mouse Mill still a metaphor that I use, well, more than I'd like :(

Date: 2016-01-13 01:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jauntyalan.livejournal.com
the phrase "BUTTERBEANS AND BREADCRUMBS" is the touch-point for me

Date: 2016-01-13 02:45 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
the theme is gates

Date: 2016-01-13 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeff-worrell.livejournal.com
I have cheated and identified the theme. We have no 100% correct answers yet.

Date: 2016-01-13 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeff-worrell.livejournal.com
Clue: Smiler is a baby

Date: 2016-01-14 11:51 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
as 19 is up, i'll SPOILER you all with google skills

x is easy to google - it's a Highgate school, so highGATE.

everyone knew iii, but who does Yaffle *belong* to. PostGATE

vi - i had an inkling this was a tyneside poem, and found https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Keel_Row. The answer being SandGATE

I'm sure others got the theme via google too. anyone go for the other Qs?


Date: 2016-01-14 01:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jauntyalan.livejournal.com
my anonymous and smug comment didn't appear.

So anyway, x is easy to Google - they are the alumnae of Highgate School. So ans: Highgate

any fule kno iii was about Prof Yaffle. But what's the theme connection to the above. Oh hello Oliver Postgate

vi I had a hunch was a Tyneside poem, and turns out I was right… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Keel_Row which is in Sandgate

Other gate answers plz
Edited Date: 2016-01-14 01:19 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-01-14 01:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dubdobdee.livejournal.com
it did not! i declined to unscreen it bcz it broke two of JUST THREE JUST RULES >:(

as a lustily maverick beak i can point out that you have in fact lost nothing and gained much by my ruling :D
Edited Date: 2016-01-14 01:51 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-01-14 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jauntyalan.livejournal.com
i waited til q18 had been up a bit, and put in my name. soz if i appeared to be a funkiller :-(

(autocorrect gold: funkiller -> funkier)

Date: 2016-01-14 02:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dubdobdee.livejournal.com
indeed: it seems i was MAKIN THE LAW MAKIN THE LAW about a different anono-comment, possibly not yours at all (sorry)

^^^this is what happens with anono-comments ppl, you can't tell who left them and wild accusations fly (sorry not sorry)

(yours became "suspicious comment", probably because of the links in it -- i shd probably go back thru everything for more "suspicious comments", they're much easier to overlook than the merely unscreened)
Edited Date: 2016-01-14 02:17 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-01-14 01:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jauntyalan.livejournal.com
iv - another Tyneside hunch checked out. Turns out this is GATEshead.

so it's not just ending in GATE

Date: 2016-01-14 07:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeff-worrell.livejournal.com
'hauled to' in vii. suggested a gaol, in turn suggesting Newgate - which a quick Google confirms; it's from The Cook's Tale by Chaucer

Date: 2016-01-14 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeff-worrell.livejournal.com
v is Buchan yet AGATE erm AGANE, from the Preface to "The Runagates Club" :

A London dining-club is a curious organism, for it combines great tenacity of life with a chameleon-like tendency to change its colour. A club which begins as a haunt of roysterers may end as a blameless academic fraternity; another, which at the start is a meeting-place of the intelligent, becomes in the progress of time a select coterie of sportsmen. So it has been with the institution of which I am the chronicler. It has changed its name and is now the Thursday Club, and the number of permissible members has been increased. Its dinners are admirable; conversation at its board is dignified and a little serious; it has enlarged its interests, and would not now refuse a Lord Chancellor or a Bishop.

But in its infancy it was different. Founded just after the close of the War by a few people who had been leading queer lives and wanted to keep together, it was a gathering of youngish men who met only for reminiscences and relaxation. It was officially limited to fifteen members--fifteen, because a dozen was dull, thirteen was unlucky, and fourteen had in those days an unpleasing flavour of President Wilson and his points. At first, until Burminster took it in hand, the food and wine were execrable; hence the name of the Runagates Club, given it by Lamancha from the verse in the 68th Psalm: "He letteth the runagates continue in scarceness."

But all defects in the fare were atoned for by the talk…

Date: 2016-01-24 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sbp.livejournal.com

"Ferruginous" water, i.e. with iron in, aka chalybeate waters. Found in many Spa towns inc HarroGATE.

However, even the OUP English Dictionary doesn't know what "vanelline" means.

Edited Date: 2016-01-24 07:03 pm (UTC)

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