New year quiz: Competition hotting up

Mystery 29

Question 29: Where is this plaque (Street name for one point, number for another point)? (I didn’t take the image, and I rather the person who took it didn’t answer, please!)

Cheers for all your wonderfully sporting answers to the new year quiz!

Right. Last night, I scored the quiz so far. I will do so again tonight. Here’s the results so far. I have also added two questions on this article which I forgot to put in the main one, and are rather good. Answer them here, on or the main quiz post.

Oakparkrunner is currently leading with 4 points.
Grande Pablo is second on 2 points.
Fred Butler, Karen, and Julielem have 1 apiece.

Questions 4,5,13,14,15,17,25 & 26 have gone.

Questions 6,11 and 27 are there for the taking.

I think some are easy and will leave you kicking yourselves. If you go for a walk or drive tomorrow, I think 1,2,8,9,18 are really easy for the observant and I’m surprised nobody has got them.

Some of the more obscure questions, the answers are in past articles. Think laterally. Some can work with the help of things like Google Earth/maps.

Cheers for being such good sports!
Keep head scratching, and I’ll settle up the scores again on Sunday night.

Cheers
Bob

Mystery 30Question 30: Where is this, and what does it indicate? The answer lies in a post on the blog somewhere…

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18 Responses to New year quiz: Competition hotting up

  1. Andy Dennis says:

    Q30. This looks like the buttress of the bridge that used to carry the Midland Railway over Chester Road, south of the old Brownhills West Station.

  2. fred butler says:

    Bob,
    Question 10, the first meeting of the Piers Morgan fan club, THE WALSALL WOOD RIFLEMEN ?

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  4. fred butler says:

    Re question 11,
    There seems some confusion over the location of this one, I have been out this morning and fortunately I did not have to go far, it is by the second bridge from Chasewater, after the toll road bridge, it connects the old Wharf lane to Whitehorse Rd, the inscription plaque on the bridge designates it as ‘BURNTWOOD ROAD BRIDGE’,and as some other guys have pointed out the slots were to take boards to stop the water flow. Interestingly enough I think they were used only a few months ago when as you spotted a dredging digger topled off a barge in the basin and had to be rescued, the water was stopped then yo get it out,

    Fred Butler

    • Brilliant, Fred. I was surprised this caused so much trouble.

      The Anglesey branch has a slightly different design to the Wyrley and Essington, and was built later. There are four stopping off points, where the canal narrows under the original bridges – Lichfield Road, Chase Road, Watling Street and Wharf Lane. Near to each notch, there is a tally for the location number. This, as can be seen, is No. 4. They count in the direction the system was built (I assume), and that makes the Wharf Lane Bridge, or Burntwood Road Bridge as it’s properly known, the correct answer.

  5. Loz says:

    Q29 – Is this something to do with Pat Collins in Walsall Wood

  6. Latest scores on the doors:

    Andy Dennis has 6 points.
    Fred Butler has 4 points.
    Oakparkrunner has 4 points.


    BrownhillsDavidNotBob has 3 points.
    Grande Pablo has 3 points.
    Dave Cottle has 2 points.
    Emell has 2 points.


Karen,Tim. Pedro and Julielem have 1 apiece.

    All questions except 1,3,7,12 and 16 have gone.

    Andy Dennis has mentioned the answer to question 1 in a very recent piece of research.
    Question 3 is staring you in the face. It’s on the Anglesey branch, and may be a later addition.
    Question 7 is to the north east of Brownhills. It has watery connotations.
    The manhole in 12 has also featured on the blog, although it may take a bit of thought to answer the bolting aspect. Come on folks, where did I go nosing around?
    I’ve talked about 16. It’s featured on my 365daysofbiking, and from my post about that, you can click through to a browsable thumbnail archive. Go for it.

    There’s a whole lot of real ale – brewed in Brownhills – at stake here. Noted ale-arse The Stymaster raves about Backyard’s Hoard Ale. There are five questions left, and with a concerted effort, a back marker could clinch it!

    Thanks for all being such good sports.

    There’s more quirky stuff in our area than we could really imagine. I have enough material for another quiz, which I may run over easter if you’re up for it. Let me know what you think.

    Cheers

    Bob

  7. emell says:

    Q29 – Number 124? Great Charles Street.corner near Vernon Ave.

    • Right, Emell, you win a point and a bonus prize.
      It’s actually a trick question. Both 124 Great Charles Street and 1 Vernon Avenue have this plaque set into their bay window front sills. Vernon Avenue is harder to see on Streetview, but it’s there. Since the two houses are semi-detached, they were both the 1,000th House as they were built together. Both got a plaque.

      I wouldn’t know any of this, but for the taker of the original photo, reader Facade66, who posted it a few months ago on Panoramio. It’s his image I used.

      I can’t get my head around the 1,000 figure, and I’d really like to do the maths on that sometime. I can’t see there being 1,000 council houses in Brownhills at that time, but there must have been. It’s curious. I think the Hussey estate may only just been partially built (but that’s from memory), the Avenues (‘Garden City’) was there, and a fair few up The Wood, but were Saddler Road/Valley View etc built back then?

      An interesting one.

      Cheers
      Bob

  8. Last chance, folks.

    The competition closes at 12 Noon today, 5th January 2012. Answers received after that time will not be counted.

    Running scores:
    Andy Dennis has 6 points.
    Fred Butler has 4 points.
    Oakparkrunner has 4 points.

BrownhillsDavidNotBob has 3 points.
    Grande Pablo has 3 points.
    Emell has 3 points.
    Dave Cottle has 2 points.
    

Karen, Tim, Pedro, Angela Hodgkinson and Julielem have 1 apiece.

    Only questions 1,3,7 and 12 Remain.

    Additional clues to the remaining questions can be found in answer to BrownhillsDaveNot Bob’s fishing expedition at:

    http://brownhillsbob.com/2012/12/29/2013-new-year-quiz/#comment-14822

    Andy Dennis has mentioned the answer to question 1 in a very recent piece of research.
    Question 3 is staring you in the face. It’s on the Anglesey branch, and may be a later addition.
    Question 7 is to the north east of Brownhills. It has water connotations.
    The manhole in 12 has also featured on the blog, and now we know why it should be bolted, to prevent water from blowing the top off.

    Cheers
, and good luck

    Bob

  9. Right folks, competition has now closed. Thanks for all your entries. We’ll have a winner shortly…

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