See below the answers for yesterdays ‘Monday Mind Workout’, how did you do?
1. Can you fill in the blank?Remember, remember the fifth of November,Gunpowder _______ and plot.
The famous poem about the failed Gunpowder plot in 1605, now marked every year with wrapping up warm and watching fireworks
2.Who was the ringleader of the gunpowder plot?
b) Robert Catesby
Robert Catesby was the ringleader and the brains behind the plot. However, Guy Fawkes is the name most people remember, because he was the one caught red-handed under the House of Parliament.
3. What are the birthstones of November?
c) Topaz and Citrine
Topaz comes in many bright colours, like blue, pink and in the more popular shade of orange. Citrine also has a warm orange colour and is believed to be a healing stone.
4.On the 13th of November John Montagu was born… But what was named after him?
His full name was: John Montagu, Fourth Earl of Sandwich and he is credited with popularising the sandwich in 1762. It is rumoured that while refusing to leave the table during a reaaaally long game of cards, he asked for some meat in-between two slices of bread so that he could eat with one hand… Genius!
5. Who had a hit with ‘November Rain’?
Guns and Roses
6. November was originally the ninth month?
True, in the Roman calendar it was the ninth month before January and February was added.
7. Bonfire Night is celebrated on the 5th of November, but in which year was the Gunpowder Plot?
8. November has always had 30 days
False: Julius Caesar changed the number of days from twenty nine to thirty one. However, later the Romans changed it to thirty.
9. How many times was November mentioned in Shakespeare’s work?
After 37 plays and 154 sonnets, the greatest writer in English literature did not once mention the month of ‘November’ in any of his works.
10. What is it you are supposed to grow in November?
b) A beard
November has become a month to raise awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer where some men let their beards and moustaches grow.
11. On November 22, 1990, which British Prime Minister resigned after 11 years in office, the longest term of any British Prime Minister in the 20th century. Margaret Thatcher
12.If you were born on the 26th November, what would your Zodiac sign be?
13. Which famous British children’s author was born in November?
b) C S Lewis
Belfast-born he won a scholarship to Oxford where he headed a group of writers known as the ‘Inklings’, which included J R R Tolkien. He went on to be one of the most influential authors of children’s books with The Chronicles of Narnia
14.Up until 1959, it was illegal to not celebrate Bonfire Night in the UK. True
15. Which century were fireworks invented?
Fireworks were invented by accident. In the 10th century, a Chinese cook accidentally mixed three common cooking ingredients (sulphur, charcoal and a salt substitute) and set it alight, which resulted in colourful flames. The first recorded fireworks display in England was at the wedding of King Henry VII in 1486.
Below are 5 firework anagrams:
16.WHEEL IN TEACHER (9,5) Catherine Wheel.
17. REP LARKS (8) Sparkler
18. NORMAL DANCE (5,6) Roman Candle
19. CAMP JUNK JIG (7,4) Jumping Jack
20.A FUNNEL VISITOR (6,8) Silver Fountain
Warm regards Lisa