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Chibiabos83
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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 8:36 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I presume it's Thomas or Gordon. Or is there one I've forgotten? My wasted youth. Mike will definitely know!


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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it's Thomas the Tank Engine. There were quite a few groans when I went through the answers.



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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I'm the Mike you meant..well I don't know.  I never encountered Thomas the Tank Engine as a child or adult.


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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I meant MikeAlx, whose son George is devoted to Thomas et al.


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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, George would've got that in an instant! Me too, but I think plenty of adults would struggle with it unless they had young(ish) children. I certainly wouldn't have known it a few years back, despite having read the books as a child.

Gordon is no 4, but also blue (as is no 2, Edward). Percy, no 6, is green. Toby, no 7, is brown and since he's clad with wood. Beyond 7 I start to struggle, though I expect George knows a few more.



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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's where the question setter has an advantage: I don't need to know everything off the top of my head - once I have the idea for a question, there's the entire net where I can go and check things. I certainly didn't remember the colours of the various engines in the Thomas stories.

Quite a few years ago, in order to do some research on a question, I actually went into Atomic Kitten's website to check on a few things! Oh, the shame of it... Smile

I never ask questions where the answer is a big number (e.g. How many miles is the Nile? How high is K2 in feet?) because no-one knows and no-one cares. I never ask for dates either for the same reason.



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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aah Thomas the Tank Engine, my son was obsessed with that and knew every episode word for word!!

I can still recall many of the characters

Thomas, Henry, Gordon, Percy, James, Edward and Toby which have already been mentioned

Off the top of my head I recall Sir Handle, Oliver, Bill and Ben, Daisy the diesel, Donald and Douglas, Duncan, Skarlowey and Rheneas, Rusty, Duke, Stepney, Colin  and Mavis not to mention Trevor the traction type engine, Toad (I think he was a truck) Thumper, the naughty trucks, Annie and Clarabel the carriages, Harold the helicopter, Bertie the bus, and my two personal fav's the stroppy Crankey the crane and equally stroppy Bulstrode the barge

Duck was number 8 he was green I think , Donald and Douglas were 9 & 10 and both black although I'm not sure which was which number and Oliver was 11 and green thats all I can remember though!




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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Himadri, that's exactly the sort of question I hate quiz-masters setting.  I like my questions very straight and general-knowledge.  Nothing tricky. Our quiz master had a section more or less on history, one on geography, one sciency, some local questions, and sport.  When he had a sports question he prefaced it with, "And here's one for Carolyn", since I had queried early how many sports one there would be.  Oh, that was another lot of "literature" ones - they had ten books on NZ sportspeople and we were to give the subject/author from the title.  Only got three of those, but I don't think many people did any better.  

And thankfully he doesn't go for a whole lot of modern celebrity or music questions (has his not-all-that-generally-young audience in mind, I suppose).  

The Thomas books were after my kids' time, so I don't them much either.

Cheers, Caro.


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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sure, you have to know the profile of the audience - their age is important. I used to set quizzes quite regularly sme years ago, but don't so often nowadays.

Most of my questions are pretty straight, but I do admit I liked the Thomas the tank Engine question!



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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't realise your children were so old, Caro!   Wink

The Thomas books were written from the 40s onwards - the last one was late 60s or early 70s, I forget, though Rev. Audry's son has written some since then.  But I only know them through reading them to other people's children many years ago as a babysitter, and wouldn't have known which number was which - used to be better on the colours, but very rusty now.



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