Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Monday Quiz XXVIII

Stamps

What countries issued the following postage stamps?

1.




2.




3.



4.



5.




Submit your answers in the comments.

29 comments:

fingerstothebone said...

1. Great Britain
2. Japan
3. Russia
4. Hungary
5. Switzerland

Karin said...

1. England/GB
2. Japan
3. Russia
4. Hungary
5. Switzerland

Cartophiliac said...

1. UK
2. Japan
3. USSR
4. Hungary
5. Switzerland

The Calico Cat said...

1. Great Britain
2. Japan
3. Russia
4. Hungary
5. Switzerland

La Gringissima said...

UK
Japan
Soviet Union
Hungary
Switzerland

jovaliquilts said...

UK
Japan
USSR
Hungary
Switzerland

Thanks for an easy one for a change!

Chance said...

Are you aware that the countries are printed right there on the stamps? usually you edit that stuff out.

I think this will result in an avalanche of first placers...

UK
Japan
Soviet Union
Hungary
Switzerland

d said...

great britain
japan
russia (or i guess soviet union to be exact)
hungary
switzerland. i'm saying switzerland.

DrSchnell said...

1. United Kingdom
2. Japan
3. Soviet Union
4. Hungary
5. Switzerland.

DrSchnell said...

Or, for number 3, The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, if you're being a stickler.

karmasartre said...

1 / United Kingdom (or Queendom)
2 / Japan
3 / USSR - I always thought it should be US,SR with that string of adjectives
4 / Hungary - that's their two foot stamp
5 / Switzerland

I thought this was easy so there must be some cool tricks involved...

Cartophiliac said...

I think Michael was so brain-fried from the Decathalon that he needed to do a really easy one so he could coast a bit...

mrs.5000 said...

Wow, I was sure this would be a quiz on sports franchises, the 80's music scene, or African geography to put me in my place again post-decathlon. But it turns out I spent a lot of time as a kid helping my little brother with his stamp collection, so it's a piece of cake.
1 Great Britain
2 Japan
3 Soviet Union
4 Hungary
5 Switzerland

Phineas said...

1. Great Britain, possibly smelling a rat here.
2. Japan
3. USSR - more trickeration potential here.
4. Hungary
5. Switzerland

OK - in a bold and potentially foolish move, I'm changing #1 to an exotic British territory (thus supporting the 50p). Put me down for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Fool for paper said...

1) England or Great Britain
2) Japan
3) Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR)
4) Hungary
5) Oh heck - Switzerland?

Rebel said...

1 United Kingdom
2 Japan
3 the USSR
4 Hungary
5 Switzerland?

Rebel said...

ok - the fact that we've all more or less got the same answers is making me nervous - where's the curve ball?

Dan said...

No rest for the weary. I'll try not to mail this one in.

(sorry)

1. England
2. Japan
3. The Former Soviet Union
4. Hungary
5. Finland?

jennyj said...

England
Japan
The (former) Soviet Union
Hungary
Finland

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

That one stamp reminded me of how cold it is in here. I'm getting a "nip on."

karmasartre said...

Love to be picky, Michael5000, but I think you just passed a thought without liveblogging it.

boo said...

1. Great Britain
2. Japan
3. Soviet Union
4. Hungary
5. Finland


Stamps are addictive.

Nichim said...

1. Great Great Britain
2. Japan (ooh, pretty!)
3. Union of Soviet Socialist (ooh, a blimp!) Republics
4. Hungary
5. Switzerland

Michael5000 said...

We've got:

1. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, AKA Great Britain, AKA the UK.

2. Japan.

3. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, AKA the USSR.

4. Hungary.

5. Switzerland.

We're going to demand relative perfection today. England isn't the same as the UK* -- it's one of four constituent "countries," for lack of a better word, that make up the UK -- and Russia is certainly a much different beast than the Soviet Union. For those answers, for present purposes: close but no cigar.


* "Great Britain" isn't quite right either, but I'll bow to the convention of its use as a synonym for "United Kingdom."

Michael5000 said...

And, even with said persnickitiness, we have a whopping ELEVEN Exclamation Points going out today, far more than the previous high of seven (MQII, MQXX, MQXV).

Mrs.5000 (sigh. "Hail, Victor!") stays on top of the leaderboard with her third Exclamation Point in a row, bringing her to eleven.

DrSchnell extends his record-breaking run to an unprecidented FIVE E.P.s in a row; he's got eight altogether. Chance bags his eighth as well.

Karmasartre, d, Cartophiliac, and la gringissima all take their fifth Exclamation Point; Rebel grabs her third.

Finally, welcome for their first appearance in the victory parade: Nichim, Jovaliquilts, and newcomer Fool for Paper!

Well done to them, and to all, and especially to those of you who said "England" and "Russia" and are now seething with anger and resentment.

fingerstothebone said...

I think maybe Mrs.5000 should change her name to HailVictor! (with the '!')!

Michael5000 said...


@Chance: DON'T SCARE ME LIKE THAT, DUDE!!! Indeed, I hadn't intended to block out "Nippon," "CCCP," "Magyar," and "Helvetia." I figured that sorting out the less familiar names would be reasonably challenging, especially for people who had just finished a decathlon. It's certainly not MY fault if I have a buncha brainiac readers.

@d: Awesome save!

@DrSchnell: Well, you didn't need THAT much save....

@Phineas: Too much save!

@Rebel: "Curve ball"? Moi?

@Dr. Ken: [snort]

@karma: My readership numbers are not among the highest, but there are running jokes in my comments. I am the richest of bloggers.

@Nichim: I liked the blimp, too. Awesome after-the-fact performance on the language quiz, by the way....

mrs.5000 said...

I'm afraid I'm not comfortable with the idea of signing my comments "HailVictor!"

Of course, I'm not comfortable with the phrase "passing a thought," either, though I do admire it.

karmasartre said...

@ Halle Victoire,

It's the PC version of "brain fart".