Can I complete the whole of Round 9 of ABC Wednesday based on our four week stay in South Africa in February? Click on the photos to enlarge.
Q was always going to be the tricky one as there wasn’t much I could find in South Africa that began with this letter.
So I have taken the easy way out and come up with a Quick Quirky Quiz about our time in Cape Town.
But as most of the questions are based on personal experiences, you will need guesswork to find the the answers, although an explanation should appear when you hit on the right one.
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While we were in South Africa, Mrs Parrot acquired a new nickname. What was it?
Question 1 Explanation:
Mrs Parrot was so relaxed that she developed a ten second delay between being asked a question and answering it.
Mrs Parrot bought the walking stick pictured above and it too had a nickname. Was it:
Question 2 Explanation:
Trick question -- it was all four of them at one time or another and all silly puns: Michael Stich, Michael Caine, Kathy Staff and Rod Stewart
While we were in South Africa, the government was criticised for spending £40,000 on a new marketing slogan for the country. Is it:
Cradle of mankind
More than you can imagine
Alive with possibilities
Where east meets west
Question 3 Explanation:
'Alive with possibilities' was the previous slogan and was replaced by 'More than you can imagine'. That's £10,000 a word for someone.
Sadly, the “More than you imagine” slogan isn’t particularly original. It has been used by Portugal, the US state of Maryland, Clackmannanshire in Scotland, a vocational training business in Australia and an award winning ad-campaign in the US.
Which of these is a genuine occupation we encountered:
Question 4 Explanation:
They are all silly answers, even the correct 'baboon chaser' whose job it is to keep the little mokeys from pestering the tourists. Or is it the other way round?
What is the Western Cape 20 Twenty cricket team known as?
Question 5 Explanation:
I think they missed a trick in not calling themselves the Cape Crusaders!
if you heard a South African talking about a 'potjie' (pron: poi-key), what would it be? (You should get this if you were paying attention last week)
A little white lie
A Xhosa headscarf
A cooking pot
A small hide drum
Question 6 Explanation:
A potjie is a cast iron cooking pot and also the name of the delicious stew of layered vegetables and meat slow-cooked in it over an open fire.
If a South African tells you that he (or she) will be with you "just now" do you expect to see them:
Immediately, as soon as possible
Quite soon, in an our or so
Or at some vague point in the future
Question 7 Explanation:
There is no such thing as a simple "now" in the SA lexicon. "Right now" means immediately, "now now" is quite soon while "just now" is indeterminable point in the future.
What do South Africans call traffic lights?
Question 8 Explanation:
In Cape Town, as in other English speaking places, different words have been adopted for everyday items, so what I would call traffic lights are known as robots. And a water boiler is called a "geyser".
The coming wedding of Prince William and kate Middleton was in the news while we were in South Africa. There was a campaign to mark the occasion with the tradional 'lobola' as a gift for happy couple, but what was it?
A male lion skin
A pair of antelope
A gold and diamond spear
A herd of cows
Question 9 Explanation:
The campaign was a clever marketing ploy by the no-frills airline Kulula which launched a Facebook page to determine just how many cows Kate Middleton might be worth.
Finally, another nickname quesion. Pictured above is the pool vacuum at work at Carmichael Guesthouse. What did we call him/her/it?
Question 10 Explanation:
Anyone who knows my football club affiliations would have correctly guess at Nemanja Vidic, Manchester United defender who always cleans up the attack.
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