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Team CLR write:

At [political blog] Cedar Lounge Revolution, we’ve been running a cryptic quiz over Christmas – one question for each of the thirteen days of Christmas. There’s a wee prize and entries close on Sunday. Your readers might be interested. Details on how to enter and the questions are at link below

Here are some of the questions…

2. (a) Why in Ireland are there no 12th, 22nd, 24th, 25th, or 32nd?
(b) And why can we not yet say if the most recent, not included in this question, will remain in the list?
(c) In the USA, what happened to the 18th?

4. The one in Kerry is designated 08/26, the one in Donegal 03/21, as is the one in Waterford (although they may not be exactly parallel), and the one in Sligo 11/29. The location of the one in Co Clare has a different name, but it is designated 06/24. Apart from those we ask about, there is one other which we have not identified because it would give subject of the question away. What are the designations in Cork and Dublin?

9. This comes up too frequently, but what’s the next number:
587 659 698 587 659 587 523 493

10.  It first occurred in 1963 and was not repeated until 1982. In 1983 it was done by a different state for the first time, but was not until 1994 that it was done by, technically, a further different state for the first time (although three other states had other firsts in this field in the intervening period). Then in 2012, the final state to have done it did it for the first time (although another state has had a first in this field since then). What is it?

11.  How are Galway United, Longford Town and Kildare County related?

Anyone?

The Cryptic Christmas Quiz (Ceder Lounge Revolution)

24 thoughts on “Tales From The Cryptic

  1. Cup of tea anyone?

    If you convert the Frequency 587 Hz to a cord it is a D. The rest are
    So D E F D E D C B.
    I still don’t know what the right answer is.

  2. Cup of tea anyone?

    2 is the amendments bills that have not passed. 12th is Abortion for suicide. The last one is about abolishing teh Seanad. Hopefully that one goes ahead.

    1. Demon

      Changing the Seanad so it’s directly elected by all the people, with no reference to party, might be good. Abolishing it would just leave the Dail with untrammelled power.

      1. Cup of tea anyone?

        What if we abolish them all and have a “Twitch runs the country” style system?
        If Twitch can get through Pokemon it can get through anything.

  3. Cup of tea anyone?

    10 took a bit of research but it is about Women in space.
    Or space women

    whatever you prefer

  4. RockyRoader

    #10 – addresses to both houses of the Oireachtas by a visiting state leader?

    #4 ORK is 17/35 , DUB is 10/28

  5. CLRGO

    Here are the answers to the questions in the Broadsheet post:

    2 (a) Why in Ireland are there no 12th, 22nd, 24th, 25th, or 32nd?
    (b) And why can we not yet say if the most recent, not included in this question, will remain in the list?
    (c) In the USA, what happened to the 18th?

    Answer
    This question is about amendments to constitutions. Part (a) lists the ‘missing’ amendments to the Constitution of Ireland.
    The 12th proposed to exclude the risk of suicide as a ground for permitting abortion. The vote on that was held on the same day as the votes for the 13th and 14th amendments; the 12th was not approved by the people and the 13th and 14th were.
    The proposed 22nd amendment was never put to the people as the Bill did not complete the legislative process in the houses of the Oireachtas. The number could have been used for one of the amendments put to the people in June 2001, but it wasn’t.
    The 24th amendment would have allowed the State to ratify the Nice Treaty in June 2001. That amendment was defeated and the number was not used for the next proposed amendment in March 2002. (The 26th amendment to allow ratification of the Nice treaty was passed in November 2002.)
    The 25th amendment revisited the question of suicide and abortion. It was rejected in March 2002.
    The 32nd proposed the abolition of the Seanad, and the vote was held on 3 October 2013; it was rejected by the people. The 33rd amendment was also decided that day, and was passed.
    The 35th amendment was voted on in May 2015, and proposed to lower the age for eligibility to be president. That vote was held on the same day that the 34th amendment (on marriage equality) was passed. We don’t know yet if that number will be re-used for the next proposed amendment.

    The 18th amendment to the USA’s Constitution prohibited alcohol.

    So, the answers for (a) are, respectively:

    amendment rejected,
    amendment not put to the people,
    amendment rejected,
    amendment rejected, and
    amendment rejected.

    (b): the number may be used again

    (c): It was repealed by the 21st amendment.

    4 The one in Kerry is designated 08/26, the one in Donegal 3/21, as is the one in Waterford (although they may not be exactly parallel), and the one in Sligo 11/29. The location of the one in Co Clare has a different name, but it is designated 06/24. Apart from those we ask about, there is one other which we have not identified because it would give subject of the question away. What are the designations in Cork and Dublin?

    Answer
    The answers we were looking for were: Cork: 17/35 and 7/25 & Dublin: 10/28 and 16/34.

    The numbers are the designations of runways at those airports. The designation of a runway is based on its bearing compared with magentic north. The actual magentic bearing (which can run from 0 to 360 degrees) is divided by ten and rounded to give a two digit number (0 degrees and 360 degrees are the same direction; 36 and not zero is used). Because a runway has two ends, it has two directions, which are separated by 180 degrees, and this converts to two numbers that differ by 18.

    The airports named or referred to in the question are those in Ireland that are permitted to operate scheduled services. We did not name Shannon Airport in the question, but referred to it as ‘the one in Co Clare’. The other airport permitted to receive scheduled flights, which we did not identify because it would give the subject of the question away, is officially named Ireland West (although popularly known as Knock).

    9 This comes up too frequently, but what’s the next number:
    587 659 698 587 659 587 523 493

    Answer
    523

    The numbers are the frequencies (in Hz) of musical notes. These convert to D E F D E D C B C which are the notes for ‘Fa la la la la, la la, la la’, with the last note missing if the tune is played in C, an octave above middle.

    10 It first occurred in 1963 and was not repeated until 1982. In 1983 it was done by a different state for the first time, but was not until 1994 that it was done by, technically, a further different state for the first time (although three other states had other firsts in this field in the intervening period). Then in 2012, the final state to have done it did it for the first time (although another state has had a first in this field since then). What is it?

    Answer
    ‘It’ is women in space.

    Four states have put women in space, although women from more than four countries have gone into space. The four states that have done it, the first time they did, and the women are as follows:
    1963 – Soviet Union mission – Valentina Tereshkova
    1983 – USA mission – Sally Ride
    1994 – Russia mission – Yelena Londakova
    2012 – China mission – Liu Yang
    The second time a woman went into space was also on a Soviet mission, in 1982. The cosmanout was Svetlana Savitskaya.
    The other ‘firsts’ referred to in the question concerned the nationalities of the women
    1991 – Soviet Union mission – Helen Sharman – UK citizen
    1992 – USA mission – Roberta Bondar – Canadian citizen
    1994 – USA mission – Chiaki Mukai – Japanese citizen
    2014 – Russia mission – Samantha Cristoforetti – Italian citizen
    In addition to those mentioned in the question, the following ‘firsts’ for French, Koren, and Japanese women in space also occurred:
    1996 – Russia mission – Claudie Haigneré – French citizen
    2008 – Russia mission – Yi So-yeon – Korean (south/republic of) citizen
    2010 – USA mission – Naoko Yamazaki – Japanese citizen
    Finally, for completeness, the two following could also be considered firsts. The two women were naturalised citizens of the USA at the time of their flights. They were the first women from their countries of birth to go into space (although we make not claim here on CLR about the legal status of their nationalities!)
    1997 – USA mission – Kalpana Chawla – US citizen & originally Indian
    2006 – Russia mission – Anousheh Ansari – US citizen & originally Iranian

     

    11 How are Galway United, Longford Town and Kildare County related?

    Answer
    All of these soccer clubs were managed by Tony Cousins.

    Answers to all of the questions here: https://cedarlounge.wordpress.com/2016/01/06/the-clr-prize-cryptic-christmas-quiz-how-to-enter/

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