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    WOSSNAME -- MARCH 2006 -- PART 4 OF 4 (continued) ... 7) WINTERSMITH -- ADVANCE PEEK At 9, Tiffany Aching defeated the cruel Queen of Fairyland. At 11, she
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2006
      WOSSNAME -- MARCH 2006 -- PART 4 OF 4 (continued)


      At 9, Tiffany Aching defeated the cruel Queen of Fairyland.

      At 11, she battled an ancient body-stealing evil.

      At 13, Tiffany faces a new challenge: a boy. And boys can be
      a bit of a problem when you're thirteen.

      But the Wintersmith isn't exactly a boy. He is Winter itself --
      snow, gales, icicles -- all of it. When he has a crush on Tiffany,
      he may make her roses out of ice, but his nature is blizzards
      and avalanches. And he wants Tiffany to stay in his gleaming,
      frozen world. Forever.

      Tiffany Aching is a trainee witch - now working for the seriously
      scary Miss Treason. But when Tiffany witnesses the Dark Dance --
      the crossover from summer to winter - she does what no one has
      ever done before and leaps into the dance, into the oldest story
      there ever is, and draws the attention of the Wintersmith himself...

      As Tiffany-shaped snowflakes hammer down on the land, can Tiffany
      deal with the consequences of her actions? Even with the help of
      Granny Weatherwax and the Nac Mac Feegle - the fightin',
      thievin' pictsies who are prepared to lay down their lives for their
      'big wee hag' ...

      It's going to be a cold, cold season, because if Tiffany doesn't
      survive until Spring -- Spring won't come.

      Publication date: US October 1, 2006, price $16.99
      UK September 28, 2006


      Discworld Multiple choice quiz ye Seconde

      Being a modest selection of Disc-related brain-ticklers and memory-

      by Annie Mac and Steven D'Aprano

      1. What device or artifact did Tiffany Aching employ to overcome
      Jenny Green-teeth?

      a) kung fu
      b) Wentworth
      c) an 8-inch frying pan

      2. Who introduced Cohen the Barbarian to "dine-chewers"?

      a) the Chieftain of the Horse People
      b) Twoflower
      c) Farrah Fawcett

      3. What first tipped Vimes off that Corporal Littlebottom was female?

      a) her high-heeled iron boots
      b) her sparkly green dress
      c) her lipstick

      4. In Maskerade, Salzella claimed that all musical instruments are
      "incredibly expensive to repair" with one possible exception:

      a) triangles
      b) MacFeegle mousepipes
      c) the spoons

      5. The Dwarf in charge of printing The Times was called:

      a) Gimlet Grimfodder
      b) Gunilla Goodmountain
      c) Worsel Gummidge

      6. Name three poisons commonly (or snobbishly) used by the Assassins'

      a) Mur, Nig and Eniru
      b) Darestim, Daturon and Iocaine
      c) Bloat, Lord Downey's mint humbugs, and Wasp Agaric

      7. The Agateans' deadly explosive device is known as a:

      a) Flaming Dragon
      b) Screaming Mimi
      c) Barking Dog
      d) Barbarian Vampire Ghost

      8. In "The Seventh Wife of Greenbeard", according to Malicia Grim,
      Mrs Greenbeard stabbed her husband in the eye with:

      a) an umbrella
      b) a frozen herring
      c) dangerous beans

      9. When Albert was working as a Hogswatch pixie, he called himself:

      a) Old Man Trouble
      b) Fairy Peaseblossom
      c) Uncle Heavy

      10. The notice over the Gates of Hell in "Eric" reads:

      a) "You don't have to be 'damned' to work here, but it helps!!!"
      b) "It's not where you stand, it's which way you face!!!"
      c) "Rooms available!!! Apply at desk!!!!!"

      11. The Spouter breed of swamp dragon tends to:

      a) Piddle reginic acid when excited
      b) Explode in the presence of mint
      c) Drop its scales at the first sign of danger
      d) all of the above

      12. What were the most vital ingredients in Mrs Gogol's gumbo?

      a) snakes' heads and ladies' fingers
      b) parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
      c) dried prawns and gris-gris


      Alas, our call for limericks seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
      Are there no poets among us?

      Even I can produce one:

      There once was a fellow named Rob
      Who they say was a bit of a slob
      He married the Kelda
      (Who was somewhat his elda)
      And got a more lucrative job.

      Annie Mac is a limericks dynamo:

      Said His Grace, the Duke Samuel Vimes
      "We're solving most violent crimes
      "I'm glad of the hype
      "But I've one major gripe:
      "They got my age wrong in The Times!"


      Moist Von Lipwig, Postmaster of wiles
      Offered stamps in some true-to-life styles
      "Quirm Reals" - no misnomer!
      Their pungent aroma
      Preceded deliv'ry by miles.

      Littlebottom, a Dwarf of the Watch
      Has raised her race-profile a notch
      She excels at deduction
      But, if there's a ruction
      Gives good Dwarfish kicks to the crotch!

      File Rust under "citizens, leading"
      He's a man of impeccable breeding
      But though he can muster
      Rude upper-crust bluster
      His true "inner chin" is

      The Captain called Carrot's phlegmatic
      Dependable; never erratic
      Though some think him "slow"
      He dupes them, y'know:
      There's far more than dust in *his* attic.

      A fabulous fellow is Death
      He dances without drawing breath
      His phizogg's quite fearful
      But is he e'er cheerful?
      "The anther," says Igor, "ith YETH."

      Mistress Ogg is a witchsome old nanna
      She's quite good at managing mana
      But I sadly must tell:
      She's not yet found a spell
      To stop spelling banananana.

      O, praise the most marvellous Clacks!
      Now messages travel in packs
      Technological terrors
      Are prone, though, to errors
      When semaphore mangles the facts...

      Magrat, stressed-out Highness of Lancre
      For simpler times does oft hanker:
      No national notions
      Just brewing up potions
      For folks who remember to thank 'er.

      The scrumptious cuisine of Brindisi
      Kept Henry Slugg's kitchen staff busy
      Though he hates to eat it
      We all know his secret -
      He's no real Brindisian, is 'e?

      I guess we'll just have to hold the contest open until April 25th.
      Please send all entries to:
      _jschaum111@..._ (mailto:jschaum111@...)

      Senior Wrangler: not just an Unseen University position!

      by Steven D'Aprano

      At the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, a wrangler is a
      student who has completed the third year (called Part II) of the
      Mathematical Tripos with first-class honours.

      The highest-scoring student is named the "senior wrangler"; the second
      highest-scoring student is the "second wrangler"; the third highest is the
      "third wrangler", and so on. Last is (or was) the wooden spoon.

      Senior wranglers have included some of Britain's most brilliant
      mathematicians and scientists, including John Herschel, George Stokes and
      Lord Rayleigh and J. E. Littlewood. John Couch Adams scored so well, that
      there was a greater gap between him and the second wrangler than between the
      second wrangler and the wooden spoon.

      Interestingly, there are some equally if not more famous names associated
      with the rank of second wrangler (such as James Clerk Maxwell, J.J. Thomson
      and Lord Kelvin). Legend has it that Kelvin was so confident that he had
      come top of the exam that he asked his servant to run to the Senate House
      and check who the second wrangler was. The servant returned and informed
      him, "You, sir!". It is also suggested that the final exam required the
      students to write a proof of a theorem (which Kelvin himself had provided
      the proof for, earlier in the course); unfortunately, because he had created
      it, it hadn't occurred to him to learn it, and he spent a lot of time
      working it out from scratch - while the student who achieved Senior Wrangler
      put it down to having committed the proof to memory.

      The first woman to top the maths list, albeit unofficially, was Philippa
      Fawcett, who took the exams in 1890. At the time, women were not officially
      ranked, although they were told how they had done compared to the male
      candidates, so she was ranked "above the senior wrangler".

      from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrangler
      Copyright 2006 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
      If you did not get all 4 parts, write: jschaum111@...

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