Here are the Blogs in the John M. Joyce
Tuesday, 15 January 2019
Here at NER the quizzes we set are deliberately designed to take you on journeys along the less travelled byways of general knowledge. I know that not a few of you do some research and attempt one or two questions because you often email me and tell me about the joys of encountering odd snippets ...Read More...
Posted on 01/15/2019 3:51 PM by John M. Joyce
Tuesday, 1 January 2019
Happy New Year to all.
Having had you puzzle over deaths on Boxing Day I thought that I should end this Prize Quiz with half a dozen questions about new beginnings.
The new I’ve chosen is the start of new lives in the relationship of marriage. All the marriages in the following six questions ...Read More...
Posted on 01/01/2019 10:46 AM by John M. Joyce
Wednesday, 26 December 2018
If you missed them you can find Part One by clicking this link , Part Two by clicking this link , Part Three by clicking this link and Part Four by clicking this link .
Well, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas Day. As you consume the last of the festive fare and resolve that next year you’re ...Read More...
Posted on 12/26/2018 10:39 AM by John M. Joyce
Tuesday, 25 December 2018
If you missed them you can find Part One by clicking this link and Part Two by clicking this link and Part Three by clicking this link .
It’s Christmas Day so there’s only two easy little questions for you to ponder as you digest your excellent lunch:
1) Why is Santa always represented as ...Read More...
Posted on 12/25/2018 8:08 AM by John M. Joyce
Monday, 24 December 2018
If you missed them you can find Part One by clicking this link and Part Two by clicking this link.
It’s Christmas Eve and traditionally carols are sung. We’ve all sung them, or heard them, since we were little children, but how well do you actually know your carols? Let’s see how many of the ...Read More...
Posted on 12/24/2018 10:32 AM by John M. Joyce
Sunday, 23 December 2018
If you missed it, you can find Part One of the Prize Christmas Quiz here.
Jesus Christ is our spiritual king, the emperor of our souls, and of course there is the story of the three Kings—the three wise men—that is traditionally a part of Christmas (see the Gospel of Matthew Ch. 2 for ...Read More...
Posted on 12/23/2018 10:45 AM by John M. Joyce
Sunday, 16 December 2018
After you're done here, be sure to enter Part 2.
Obviously, we’re about to celebrate the birth of Our Saviour Jesus Christ. We know where he was born —in an inn’s stable in Bethlehem—but do you know the answers to the following questions regarding the births of famous people?
1) ...Read More...
Posted on 12/16/2018 2:27 PM by John M. Joyce
Saturday, 21 July 2018
You’ll all remember the anti-free speech story from a week or so ago.
The one about the nasty, horrible, ill-mannered louts and sluttish females all of whom support President Trump and the Free Tommy Robinson campaign who surrounded and abused a London bus driver simply because she was a Mohammedan ...Read More...
Posted on 07/21/2018 4:07 PM by John M. Joyce
Saturday, 6 January 2018
Now and again a cartoonist hits the nail on the head and draws something that touches on many levels of meaning.
This one from Yaakov Kirschen, whom you can find at http://drybones.com/, is absolutely excellent.
You will recall that a brave Iranian woman protested against the sexist, ...Read More...
Posted on 01/06/2018 5:37 PM by John M. Joyce
Friday, 5 January 2018
I set forty-two questions for you to ponder over. I chose to set forty-two questions so that I could remind you of an interesting Christmas fact about the number forty-two: to wit, there are forty-two generations given in the Gospel of Matthew's version of the genealogy of Jesus. That is to say, ...Read More...
Posted on 01/05/2018 7:23 PM by John M. Joyce
Thursday, 4 January 2018
...before I give you the answers here’s a final question. A sort of Twelfth Night bonus question, as it were.
Q. Illuminatingly, who did what with a tree at Christmas in New York City in AD1882?
I’ll post all the answers in a few hours time.
All together now: ‘Enjoy’.
Posted on 01/04/2018 8:55 PM by John M. Joyce
Sunday, 31 December 2017
Today is Christmas Sunday and the Feast of the Holy Family, as well as New Year’s Eve. So, as you raise glass in celebration of having survived another turbulent year I thought you might all enjoy another five questions in my seasonal quiz. Answers, as usual, will be on Twelfth Night.
You can ...Read More...
Posted on 12/31/2017 10:49 AM by John M. Joyce
Monday, 25 December 2017
Merry Christmas to all of you who read at NER.
If you have an idle moment or two you may care to try to answer some, or all, of my quiz questions. As usual, all the answers have something to do with Christmas. The answers to the ten questions I ask below all have something in particular to do ...Read More...
Posted on 12/25/2017 7:23 AM by John M. Joyce
Sunday, 24 December 2017
Just a little something extra for the fourth Sunday in Advent, also Christmas Eve.
You can find the first twenty-one questions in this quiz here at NER.
Remember, it's all about Christmas.
(1) When were carols first sung in churches and who introduced them?
(2) Traditionally, when ...Read More...
Posted on 12/24/2017 1:05 PM by John M. Joyce
Sunday, 17 December 2017
The answers to all the questions asked below are related to Christmas, or Christmas carols or songs, in some way.
(1) What would cost you around eighty thousand pounds (around one hundred and seven thousand US dollars)?
(2) What was the name of the first song ever broadcast, and who broadcast ...Read More...
Posted on 12/17/2017 11:43 PM by John M. Joyce