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« Reply #3345 on: January 14, 2020, 07:55:49 PM »

Was going to try & think up a tricky puzzle to get my own back for your blackshirt challenge laugh  

Hi Pen,

Well you had a minor win in that it took me ages to find out who the guy in the second picture was although I knew what his first name had to because I had worked out the rest of the clues. It was a good puzzle and very topical as the current shenanigans at the Palace could be seen as modern-day microcosm of the answer to your puzzle.



   

I don't know if you've heard that workers are being systematically ripped off in Australia. Examples are seemingly without end: from pizzas to posh nosh, from convenience stores and corner cafes to supermarkets, on farms and in franchises across Australia. Investigations continue to show that workers' are being paid less than they are legally entitled to.  The government has finally ordered an official investigation.

The Department charged with the investigation suspected Blue was not paying proper wages to his workers and sent an agent out to interview him.

I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them,” demanded the agent.

Well,” replied Blue, “There’s my farm hand who’s been with me for 3 years. I pay him $600 a week plus free room and board. The cook has been here for 18 months, and I pay her $500 a week plus free room and board. Then there’s the half-wit who works about 18 hours every day and does about 90 percent of all the work around here. He makes about $10 per week, pays his own room and board, and I buy him a bottle of Single Malt every Saturday night.”

That’s the guy I want to talk to, the half-wit,” says the agent.

That would be me,” replied Blue.



This is the background to today’s puzzle.

Life as an English farmworker in the 1830s was dismal. Rent and a basic diet of tea, bread and potatoes would cost a typical family 13 shillings a week. But exploitative landowners, given land by the Enclosures, paid their workers as little as 9, 8, even 7 shillings. Six such men in 1832 founded the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers, demanding 10 shillings a week. A local landowner reported them, and under an obscure 1797 law they were arrested and transported to Australia.  In England they became popular heroes and 800,000 signatures were collected for their release. Their supporters organised a political march, one of the first successful marches in the United Kingdom, and all were eventually pardoned in March 1836 and all were released by 1837. Four returned to England. They are still celebrated in trades union history.

The answer to the puzzle is to work out what the question is.    The bonus point is for answering the question correctly. 6 3 3 5 3 3 2020 9(3,6) 7 8?

What are the   the 2020    ?

Hints:  Only use the first syllable of the Russian Authors surname and discard the first syllable of the fruit.  Most people think it is a vegetable.




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« Reply #3346 on: January 14, 2020, 10:13:04 PM »

Hi Jack

I think it's fair to say you have had a major win with your challenge today laugh  I've got the subject matter but can't suss out the actual question yet.  I will return to it this afternoon when I have the pleasure of the fracture clinic!  Perhaps some lunch might help the brain cell a bit Hungry

I did choose my last puzzle with all the royal shenanigans in mind Angry   I'm actually feeling quite nostalgic for Brexit laugh

   

Like Arnie I'll be back...

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« Reply #3347 on: January 15, 2020, 12:55:08 AM »

I'm back Jack Smiley

I've solved the puzzle hurrah!  It was the picture of the dates that flummoxed me laugh  When I looked this morning I couldn't make out what they were & thought they were steaks! Numpty Roll Eyes  Anyway the answer for the bonus point is Friday, 17th July to Sunday, 19th July.  A clever & interesting challenge - very enjoyable Smiley  Took me back to my school days!

My puzzle goes back further in English history.  It's 5 words.  3, 7, 5, 7, 5.  First name of the gent in the second picture. Your bonus is to give the date please. 


Three animals were having a huge argument over who was the best: The first, a hawk, claimed that because of his ability to fly, he could attack anything repeatedly from above, and his prey had nary a chance. The second, a lion, based his claim on his strength---none in the forest dared to challenge him. The third, a skunk, insisted he needed neither flight nor strength to frighten off any creature. As the trio debated the issue, a grizzly bear came along and swallowed them all: hawk, lion and stinker!

It's busy & noisy this afternoon.
Am going to turn from to any minute now Demon

Soon be home time Smiley
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« Reply #3348 on: January 15, 2020, 02:14:58 AM »

Hi Pen,

Well done on the challenge and full marks on the bonus.  You will have to boast about that one to Zoe.  Wink

I can’t be precise about the date in your challenge but it was probably sometime in July. 1588. The incident was probably apocryphal but if was true the reason for his nonchalance was probably that adverse winds and tides made a delay in sailing inevitable.

Must get back to the land of nod. We have a golf game at 7.30. We are playing early because the weatherman says it could get a bit warm today.
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« Reply #3349 on: January 15, 2020, 02:48:24 AM »

Very impressive Jack Smiley  Think you deserve an extra bonus point!
Enjoy the golf & don't get too overheated.
It's howling a gale & lashing with rain here Sad  Not nice for driving.
But it's home time Triumphant
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« Reply #3350 on: January 15, 2020, 05:14:48 AM »

ps When I see Zoe on Friday I will most definitely be claiming bragging rights for solving your very tricky challenge Smiley
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« Reply #3351 on: January 15, 2020, 11:30:25 PM »

Hi Pen,

The weatherman exaggerated how warm it was going to be be.  Apart from the smoke, it was perfect weather for playing golf and so I have no excuses for coming in near the bottom of the field.

   

A Sydney businessman, a dyed in the wool city slicker, moved to the country and bought a piece of land next to Blue as a hobby farm. He talked to Blue about how he was going to make a fortune chicken farming. He then asked to buy 100 chickens off Blue.

That’s a lot of chickens, do you need any advice?,” commented Blue.

I mean business, and if you can succeed in business in Sydney, you don't need to be told how to succeed by a yokel out here in the sticks,” the city slicker replied.

A week later he was back again. “I need another 100 chickens,” he said.

Geez Mate, you are serious about this chicken farming,” Blue told him.

Yeah,” the city slicker replied. “If I can iron out a few problems.”

Problems?” asked Blue.

Yeah,” he replied “I think I planted that last batch too close together.”



I've got a few ideas for the next challenge but I need to sleep on them.



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« Reply #3352 on: January 16, 2020, 02:02:08 AM »

Hi Jack

Another busy day in paradise laugh 

I'm a bit out of inspiration for a challenge today!  I will have to get my thinking cap on or wait until Zoe comes after work on Friday.  or better still I might message her in the meantime & get her thinking about it Demon

      

Nearly home time Smiley
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« Reply #3353 on: January 16, 2020, 07:03:20 PM »

Triumphant  Hi Pen,

It just rained for 5 minutes.  I think it's saving the rest up until we hit off at golf tomorrow. Grin

   


I dont think I got around to telling you about Blue's wedding night.

Blue and Sheila left the church and arrived at the hotel where they were spending the first night of their honeymoon.  They opened the champagne and began undressing.  When Blue removed his socks, Sheila asked, "What's wrong with your feet?  Your toes look all mangled and weird".

"I had tolio as a child," he answered.
"You mean polio?" she asked.
"No, tolio. The disease only affected my toes."

When Blue took off his pants, Sheila asked "What's wrong with your knees? They're all lumpy and deformed!"
"As a child, I also had kneasles," he explained.
"You mean measles?" she asked..
"No, kneasles.  It was a strange illness that only affected my knees."

Sheila had to be satisfied with this answer.  As the undressing continued, Blue at last removed his underwear.
"Don't tell me, let me guess... Smallcox" Sheila said.



I haven’t been able to concentrate on a challenge because we have been running around preparing for an exciting weekend coming up.  That should tweak your curiosity, Pen


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« Reply #3354 on: January 16, 2020, 09:55:44 PM »

Hi Jack

First & foremost I am really loving your new picture Smiley  You look very smart.  Was it from your wedding anniversary or do you wear a dicky bow to play golf? Demon
My curiosity is well & truly tweaked laugh  Just like that rather cute pussy cat!  Hope you're going to spill the beans in your next post!

     

I got quite excited when you said it had rained!  I suppose 5 minutes is better than nothing.

Your Blue joke was hilarious laugh

Blue's Kiwi cousin Westie was a real miser.  He scrimped & saved all his life & loved money more than anything else.  Just before he died he said said to his wife Shirl, "Now listen, when I die I want you to place all my money in the coffin with me.  I want to take all my money to the after life".  So he got his wife to promise with all her heart that she would put all his money in the coffin with him.  Shortly afterwards he died.

His wife was dressed all in black sitting next to the coffin with her best friend to support her.  When the funeral was over & just as the undertakers were going to seal the coffin Shirl said "wait a moment".  She had a shoebox with her which she placed inside the coffin & the undertakers took it away.

Her friend said "I hope you weren't stupid enough to put all that money in with that stingy old git".  Shirl said "Yes I promised.  I'm a good Christian.  I can't lie. I promised him that I would put that money in the coffin with him".   Her friend said "You mean to tell me you put every penny of that money in his coffin?"

"I certainly did" said Shirl.  "I collected all that money together, took it to the bank & paid it into my account & then I wrote him a cheque!"

Hope you will soon let the cat out of the bag laugh


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« Reply #3355 on: January 17, 2020, 08:19:56 PM »

First & foremost I am really loving your new picture Smiley  You look very smart.  Was it from your wedding anniversary or do you wear a dicky bow to play golf? Demon

Hi Pen

Nothing so dramatic.  Our golf club had a black tie dinner and I was the only one who took it seriously.  I scattered the moth balls and found a penguin suit I used to use when I escorted June to formal functions when she had to represent her Department when we were in Melbourne in the mid-90's.



Long before Blue became a cultured gentleman, Ocker and Blue were driving through the countryside near Bowral, when Ocker says to Blue, “Be a good egg Blue, and pull over will ya, I gotta get ridda some dead weight me ol’ son before I disgrace me-self.”

No wukkas Ocker, I need to water the ‘orses me-self, I’m fit ta bust.”

Blue found the only tree in the area so Ocker could have a branch to perch over, whilst he himself went the other side of the car for his light relief. Finishing his ablutions first, Blue hopped back in and waited for Ocker, who seemed to be taking even longer than he normally did! Having finished the form guide, and still no stir from Ocker, Blue sung out, “Oi Ocker, you fall asleep over there or what?

Still no answer from behind the tree. Investigating the situation Blue found Ocker writhing about in agony, clutching his unmentionables. “Gawd’s Treuth Ocker, what’s append?

Soon’s I went to hang me butt over the branch a bloody Red-Back Spider bit me ol’ jellybean bag. Ooh my Gourd Blue, I never knew pain like this before, what’re we gunnadoo?”

She’ll be right mate. I’ll call up the Doc on me CB (this was back in the pre dawn before mobile phones), he’ll tell us what’s what.” So Blue called up the Doc on the Citizen’s Band Radio. The Doctor advised Blue that he needed to make an incision where the bite was (on Ocker’ scrotum) and suck all the poison out, and Ocker, although he’d be sore and sorry would be 0K.

As Blue returned to the tree, Ocker asked him if he’d managed to get hold of the Doc, and if so, what did he have to say? “Yeah Ocker, I got hold of him alright.” “Yeah, and?…..Well, what’d he say Blue?”

He said ya gunna die mate!”


     
 
Well Pen, I keep feeling  there’s something I ought to be telling you.  But I can’t think about it now, I have to go and pack. Demon
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« Reply #3356 on: January 18, 2020, 05:56:57 AM »

Oh Jack you're very very naughty teasing me like that Demon  I'm bursting with curiosity now!  If you're packing that means you're off on a trip somewhere...spill the beans!

Your Blue joke was very funny laugh

I've had a very busy day so I'm just popping in this evening.  My sauvignon blanc is chilling nicely in the fridge & I have a new Midsomer Murders to enjoy it with Smiley  Problem is it has clowns in it (the programme not the wine laugh) so I don't know if I'll like it.  Can't explain why but they give me the willies.

What would you get if you cross a trumpet and a serpent?
 A snake in the brass.

A woman woke her husband one night and said, 'There's a burglar in the kitchen eating my home-made steak and kidney pie!'
 'Oh dear: said her husband. 'Who shall I call, police or ambulance?'

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine they lay down for the night, and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend awake. "Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see."
Watson replied, "I see millions and millions of stars."
 "What does that tell you?" Holmes questioned.
Watson pondered for a minute. "Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?"
Holmes was silent for a minute, then spoke. "Watson, you idiot. Someone has stolen our tent."

   

My armchair is calling me Smiley
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« Reply #3357 on: January 18, 2020, 03:14:00 PM »

Hi Pen,

I am in a bit of a rush.  I am drafting this in Andrew’s lounge room in Canberra.  I’ve only got time to set you a very easy challenge and tell you about the trip we are going on tomorrow.

This is the historical background to today’s challenge.

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Henry VIII’s favourite ship sank in July 1545 in the battle of the Solent, as Henry VIII looked on. In July 1545, Henry VIII, his army and his fleet were at Portsmouth and had taken up a defensive position against a formidable French fleet – larger than the Spanish Armada of 1588 – which was at anchor off the Isle of Wight. His favourite ship was caught in a French attack on another vessel, and began to sink. It was no gentle sinking; the ship – propelled by the weight of her hull, 600 crew, stores, cargo, ballast and guns – hit the seabed with such force that her keel came to rest three metres below the estuarine mud of the Solent floor.
Hundreds of men aboard the ship drowned, and only around 25 survived. There could be several reasons why she sank while turning: human error, overloading, a gust of wind that made the ship unstable, or a cannonball fired by the French. The most likely reason for the loss of the ship was human error, says the Museum dedicated to the history of this ship.


This is the blurb about the Museum

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Explore Henry VIII’s favourite ship, recovered from the seabed in one of the most challenging archaeological excavations of all time. See the thousands of objects, from the large guns and the surgeon's tools to personal items like tankards and nit combs, which recreate life onboard with an authenticity no other attraction can provide.

Whether you’re interested in the lives of the officers, the ordinary sailors, or even the ship’s dog, you don’t just get a window into their lives, this exhibition opens a door to the world of 1545.

The challenge is name the Museum and its location.
3 4 4 6,
10 (5 5) 8 9(4 5)

The bonus point is for naming the Captain of the ship when it sank

The   Museum,
Historic

Oh Damn, Pen, I’ve run out of time.  I’ll have to wait until next time to give you the details, but you can probably guess anyway. Demon



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« Reply #3358 on: January 19, 2020, 02:57:40 AM »

Hi Jack

Just to let you know I've spontaneously combusted laugh


In view of your challenge I think you are going to the boating lake in Canberra & hiring a rowing boat & possibly taking along a picnic Demon laugh
By the way the answer for the bonus point is Sir George Carew Smiley

I've had Zoe beavering away to try & come up with a really tricky puzzle!

This is 3 words & is a galactic glutton!  The word pattern is 12, 5, 4.  In view of your teasing me I'm not giving you any further clues Demon  I don't think you'll have too much trouble with it.


Whatever you have planned...
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« Reply #3359 on: January 19, 2020, 04:05:02 AM »

Hi Pen,

My puzzle wasn’t prompted by our current journey, it was something I remembered from our 2010 visit to southern England.  
I bumped my head 22 times looking through the Victory.  Full bonus marks awarded.

I am not sure of the first word of your puzzle.  Was it broken up as 3 2 7.  It’s giving me a massive headache trying to work it out

Blue told me that the last two words reminded him of the poem

Mary had a little lamb
It’s fleece was black as charcoal
And every time it wagged it’s tail
You could see it’s little xxxxhole


Just to leave you with a little puzzle,
we are heading out to the airport this afternoon to take a 105 minute flight
but we will only adjust our watches by 60 minutes
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