Category Archives: quizzes

Quiz the forty-third: Campfire tales (Part one)

Ah, the humble campfire. Toasting marshmallows, roasting weenies, telling ghost stories. This is where movies got their start, before there were movies. Or novels. Or even writing systems. But at least your food was cooked and you were warm while you were being entertained!

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Quiz the forty-second: Underground (Part one)

Since our last quiz was set on the buses, I thought I’d stick with public transportation this week and take a ride on the subway. Or, as our friends in London say, the Tube. In fact, we may find ourselves on the Tube pretty soon . . .

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Quiz the thirty-eighth: Breaking news (Part one)

Well, I’ve already quizzed you (several times) with newspaper headlines so I thought I’d get with the twenty-first century this week and give you some chyrons to read. I didn’t even know “chyron” was a word until just recently. In case it’s new to you too, they’re the headline captions you see on a news broadcast and they get their name from the Chyron Corporation, which specialized in creating them. In movies they serve much the same purpose as those spinning newspaper headlines from yesteryear. With that bit of background out of the way, here are some examples for you to see if you can place.

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Quiz the thirty-fourth: Men in pyjamas (Part one)

Well, I always call them pyjamas anyway. Though apparently the American spelling is pajamas. Also known as PJs, jimmies, jimjams, or jammies, they have been disappearing from our silver screens, just as, one assumes, they have been disappering from our bedrooms. I don’t know why. I think they can be both comfortable and classy. In any event, as with our quizzes involving newspaper headlines and phone booths, here’s yet another trip down memory lane to look at the way we used to live.

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