As promised, here are the answers to Helen’s Spring Quiz posted here on April 1st. How well did you do? There are some tricky ones.
- According to the UK Met Office, on what day does spring commence? March 1st. (Difficult question. It seems it is only the UK Met Office that divides the year into three complete month periods so that they can compare monthly statistics).
- Who is the Roman goddess of spring? Flora
- For Australians, in what month does spring begin? September
- What name is given to the first day of spring when night and day are the same length? The Vernal Equinox
- Who composed ‘The Four Seasons’? Vivaldi
- Who wrote the music for the ballet, ‘The Rite of Spring’? Stravinsky
- The song, ‘Younger Than Springtime’ features in which Rogers and Hammerstein musical? South Pacific
- What is the nickname of Bruce Springsteen? The Boss
- ‘Primavera’ or Spring is a famous painting by which artist? Botticelli
- What kind of animal is a springbok? An antelope
- What do we in the UK call the vegetable known as scallions in the USA? Spring onions
- Which poet wrote these first two lines? ‘Oh to be in England, now that April’s there’. Robert Bowning
- Easter Sunday always falls on the first Sunday after the full moon following the spring equinox. True or False? True.
- What name is given to the Sunday before Easter? Palm Sunday
- What was the name of the hill where Jesus was crucified? Golgotha. (Also known as Calvary – acceptable answer)
- What item of clothing is particularly associated with Easter parades? Ladies’ hats, (Easter bonnets)
- Which fruit cake with two layers of marzipan is traditionally eaten at Easter? Simnel cake
- On what day are hot cross buns traditionally eaten? Good Friday
- Which Russian jewellery firm is famed for designing elaborate jewel encrusted eggs? Fabergé
- Easter Island belongs to which country? Chile
How did you get on without cheating by looking them up? One of Unlocking Warwick’s volunteer couples, Edwina and Patrick, got 16, which is pretty impressive. Did anyone beat or match that?
Helen has been devising quizzes for our monthly socials ‘In The Ballroom’, so during the lockdown she’ll put one online at the beginning of every month. And remember you can try to identify obscure features in the centre of town by looking at the ‘Do you know Warwick?’ pictures on the Unlocking Warwick Facebook page.
Best wishes to all during this difficult time.