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  • Fatiguez 8 Feb 2013 16:29:10 8,655 posts
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    I always pronounced 'squirrel' with one syllable and I'm from da home counties. I suppose that's Americanisation gone rampant. Someone alert mongo.

    (also only ponces say skwir-rul, skwerl is better)
  • Alastair 8 Feb 2013 16:31:54 14,947 posts
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    smiles
    Because there's a mile between the first letter and the last. :)

    Not as nice as I used to be

  • RedSparrows 8 Feb 2013 16:35:10 20,739 posts
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    Fatiguez wrote:


    (also only ponces say skwir-rul, skwerl is better)
    I say 'skwir-rul' :(
  • w00t 8 Feb 2013 16:41:37 10,973 posts
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    Straight?

    The day charity died - NEVER FORGET

    (the mic was OK in the end)

  • Deleted user 8 February 2013 16:45:46
    One letter short.
  • Alastair 8 Feb 2013 16:46:49 14,947 posts
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    Surely I've already won it with my 'wacky' answer.
    I'm so bonkers!!

    Not as nice as I used to be

  • Deleted user 8 February 2013 17:02:24
    You win a swift kicking.
  • Deckard1 8 Feb 2013 17:26:00 25,376 posts
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    Straights!

    Called it

  • Deleted user 8 February 2013 17:38:05
    I'll accept that. The specific word I was thinking of was "screeched". But you could also have had Strengths, Stretched, Scratched and probably a few others. And there are more esoteric words that are longer, but they're either archaic or technical.
  • neilka 8 Feb 2013 17:40:48 14,938 posts
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    Deckard has often dreamt of being Screeched.
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  • Mola_Ram 12 Feb 2013 01:51:23 6,195 posts
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    Well, nobody seems to be offering questions, so here's one:

    What instrument, and what note, do orchestras usually tune to?

    Bonus points if you can tell me why this is done. In that I actually do not know. There are lots of theories, but none make complete sense.
  • mal 12 Feb 2013 02:46:14 21,928 posts
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    Do they bring in a guy with an accordian? Only instrument I know of that doesn't need tuning, or so I'm led to believe. No idea what note: G?

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • Mola_Ram 12 Feb 2013 02:59:09 6,195 posts
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    Wrong and wrong. The accordion idea is cool though.
  • Khanivor 12 Feb 2013 03:45:12 39,862 posts
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    A triangle?

    No, no, the fucking cow bell!
  • FuzzyDuck 12 Feb 2013 03:49:56 3,525 posts
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    It's an oboe playing, um an A? In't it because an oboe is tuned at the time of manufacture and that's it? In that it can be retuned and is the one instrument guaranteed to produce the desired reference note?

    Then again, I haven't looked at anything to do with music theory in years that doesn't pertain to spanking the 4 string plank :D
  • mal 12 Feb 2013 03:56:16 21,928 posts
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    I had a quick search for triangles (yeah, bit of a cheat I know) and it seems they don't come tuned to a specific note, just get sold by size. But I don't think you'd want a percussion instrument, as those dudes are usually situated at the outside back of the orchestra, so other dudes on the outside front on the opposite side might have difficulty hearing something like a triangle across the span of the orchestra.

    If you were to go someone in the middle, I'd have thought the trumpeters might be a good bet, although IIRC they're usuaully on second row behind the trombonists. I suppose a trombonist with perfect pitch could do the job.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • Mola_Ram 12 Feb 2013 04:14:51 6,195 posts
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    FuzzyDuck gets it, although technically the note is 'Concert A', not just A. The concert scale is standard, while individual notes are relative to what key your instrument is in.

    The reason you gave is one of the ones I've heard around the place. It sounds dodgy to me though, as oboes can be out of tune, and you can tune an oboe (to an extent) by changing the reed or embouchure on individual notes. If you couldn't change the pitch you'd be well fucked if your two oboes weren't in tune with each other, or if you had something like a piano that you couldn't easily tune on the fly.

    The most sciencey explanation I've found is that the oboe is least affected by heat and humidity, so there's more likelihood of it being in tune. But now that there are electronic tuners, afaik there's no real reason why orchestras still tune to the oboe. Except for tradition.

    EDIT: mal is also correct re: positioning of the instruments so the tuning note is easy to hear. Oboes are right in the centre, while trumpets and trombones aren't, not really. But then there are other instruments in the centre too, like clarinets, bassoons etc. So it doesn't completely hold up as an explanation.

    Edited by Mola_Ram at 04:56:08 12-02-2013
  • FuzzyDuck 12 Feb 2013 04:56:31 3,525 posts
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    Mola_Ram wrote:
    FuzzyDuck gets it. The reason is dodgy though, as you can tune an oboe. And they can be out of tune.
    Huzzah! That's some jolly good table quiz fodder. Couldn't quite remember if it was C or A. I'll now mentally file it away under 'shit you're sure of but can't remember your sister's birthday'.

    As it's so late and I don't have the capacity to be a cunning bugger, what was the name of the book that's widely credited with kickstarting modern environmentalism? Bonus kudos for naming the author!
  • imamazed 12 Feb 2013 09:32:36 5,450 posts
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    Isn't the author something like Goya?

    And it's called mother earth or summat? I studied this at uni :(
  • mal 12 Feb 2013 11:45:27 21,928 posts
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    Ah, I should know this one I think, but I'm currently stuck at the Author's first name. Memory's an absolute bitch when you're not allowed to google ;)

    Actually, on second thoughts I'm not sure I know the name of the book, but Imamazed has tickled a few grey cells so I'm going to go with: Gaia - James Lovelock.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • monkman76 12 Feb 2013 11:49:28 3,393 posts
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    The World According to Clarkson by Jeremy Clarkson?
  • FuzzyDuck 12 Feb 2013 12:05:41 3,525 posts
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    Nope, nope and definite nope! :D

    Hint - Dave Grohl co-wrote/played on a song about it!

    Edited by FuzzyDuck at 12:06:14 12-02-2013
  • LeoliansBro 15 Feb 2013 14:56:29 41,863 posts
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    RESSURRECT!

    In Meatloaf's Song 'I would do anything for love (but I won't do that)', what is the 'that' which he won't do?

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • Deckard1 15 Feb 2013 14:59:30 25,376 posts
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    Screwing around. NO HE WON'T DO THAT.

    Called it

  • Bremenacht 15 Feb 2013 15:01:09 15,741 posts
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    Oh Christ. Paying any attention to Meatloaf lyrics is asking too much.

    Once an eagle taught me courage. And I will never forget that day

  • LeoliansBro 15 Feb 2013 15:01:17 41,863 posts
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    Nice one! I would have also accepted 'cheating on that bird in the hot dress faffing about in the bath and sitting on a floating bed'.

    Your turn.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • Bremenacht 15 Feb 2013 15:01:35 15,741 posts
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    Kill a midget?

    Once an eagle taught me courage. And I will never forget that day

  • TheSaint 15 Feb 2013 15:07:46 13,629 posts
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    Go on a diet?
  • Deckard1 15 Feb 2013 15:08:58 25,376 posts
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    Cheering pig jedi.



    Name the actor.

    Called it

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