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Daily Quiz: Wednesday 24th February 2021

If I look in my pockets I have some things that might make an interesting quiz. I hope you think so too! Enjoy!

#1. The first thing I look for (and hopefully find!) in my pocket is my keys. I have a Swiss Army knife attached to my keys. Which is the Original Swiss Army Knife manufacturer?

The Swiss Army knife is a multi-tool pocketknife manufactured by Victorinox. The term “Swiss Army knife” was coined by American soldiers after World War II due to the difficulty they had in pronouncing “Offiziersmesser”, the German name (lit. “officer’s knife”). Originating in Ibach, Switzerland, the Swiss Army knife was first produced in 1891 when the Karl Elsener company, which later became Victorinox, won the contract to produce the Swiss Army’s Modell 1890 knife from the previous German manufacturer. In 1893, the Swiss cutlery company Paul Boéchat & Cie, which later became Wenger SA, received its first contract from the Swiss military to produce model 1890 knives; the two companies split the contract for provision of the knives from 1908 until Victorinox acquired Wenger in 2005. A cultural icon of Switzerland, both the design of the knife and its versatility have worldwide recognition. The term “Swiss Army knife” has acquired usage as a figure of speech indicating extreme utility applicable to more or less any scenario at hand.

#2. The next thing I find in the back pocket is my I Phone which reminded me to call my friend in Canada. What is Canada's country code for phone calls?

Telephone numbers in Canada follow the fixed-length Bell System format, consisting of the country code  1, followed by a three-digit area code, a three-digit central office code (or exchange code) and a four-digit station code. This is represented as 1 NPA NXX XXXX, in which the country code is “1”.

#3. I really should clear my pockets out more often! Here's my car parking ticket from when I went to see Wallabies play All Blacks in Bledisloe Cup at Eden park. The stadium traces its origin back to which year?

Eden Park has been a sports ground since 1900. In 1902, Harry Ryan, a young, passionate cricketer, stood on Kingsland Road and looked out over a rough paddock. It was strewn with stones, rocky outcrops and cowpats with a low-lying swamp at the bottom. He saw a cricket ground. This was to become Eden Park. Ryan and friends initially leased the land and the Eden Cricket Club was formed. In 1910 the Park became the home of Auckland Cricket and then Auckland Rugby Union leased the Park in 1914, officially making Eden Park its home in 1925. A Trust was set up in 1926 providing a group of Trustees to manage Eden Park primarily for the benefit of Auckland Cricket and Auckland Rugby. The Eden Park Trust manages the Park today.

#4. Good grief, here's a small diary in the shape of a beer bottle from a restaurant I visited! Given that the brand of beer is called 'Gurkha', what sort of restaurant did I pick these up in?

The Gurkhas are the people of Nepal and northern India, who have been supplying very fine soldiers to the British Army for nearly 200 years. Incidentally, Nepalese food is delicious too. My personal favourite is Mt Everest Kitchen, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland

#5. I've also got a silly promotional badge for Guinness which was given out to coincide with St. Patrick's Day. What's the date of St. Patrick's Day?

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick , is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. 385 – c. 461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

#6. I've got some chocolates in my pocket, delicious hokey pokey bar. Along with brown sugar and corn syrup what is an important ingredient in hokey pokey lump?

Honeycomb toffee, sponge toffee, cinder toffee or hokey pokey is a sugary toffee with a light, rigid, sponge-like texture. Its main ingredients are typically brown sugar, corn syrup (or molasses or golden syrup in the Commonwealth of Nations) and baking soda, sometimes with an acid such as vinegar. The baking soda and acid react to form carbon dioxide which is trapped in the highly viscous mixture. When acid is not used, thermal decomposition of the baking soda releases carbon dioxide. The sponge-like structure is formed while the sugar is liquid, then the toffee sets hard. The candy goes by a variety of names and regional variants.

#7. I've also got a pretty little heart locket in my pocket given to me by my lady. There is some engraving which reads 925. What does this mean?

The 925 shows that it is made from Sterling Silver, or 92.5% silver. Solid gold would have been marked 999 – showing it was 99.9% gold.

#8. There's also a jar of tablets in my pocket. Given that they are small, white, and taste mostly of sugar, what sort of tablets are they?

Aspirin and paracetamol do not taste of sugar and ‘Medicinal Compound’ is found in the Scaffold’s novelty song ‘Lily the Pink’. Homeopathic remedies contain minute dilutions of substances either in a tincture or, in this case, in a sugar pill.

#9. Being an Aucklander, an essential thing in my pocket is this blue piece of plastic which takes me all over Auckland. When was AT Hop officially launched?

The AT HOP card is an electronic fare payment card that was released in two versions on Auckland public transport services, beginning in May 2011. The smart card roll out was the first phase in the introduction of an integrated ticketing and fares system (Auckland Integrated Fares System, or “AIFS”) that was rolled out across the region. The first iteration of the card – commonly referred to as the “purple HOP card” – was discontinued in 2012 because of issues with the delivery of key technologies. The current card, called the AT HOP card, is in use on all ferry, train and bus services in Auckland. The rollout of the card to all three transport modes was completed in March 2014

#10. And lastly some loose change. Can you identify this mountain on the back of 50c

The barque ship Endeavour by Captain Cook, sailing south with Mt Taranki behind. Used in Captain Cook’s first of three voyages to New Zealand, the Endeavour would have passed by Mt Taranaki early in the year 1770 as it was sailed down to Ship Cove in the South Island after first anchoring in Turanganui (Poverty Bay) in the North Island.

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