Friday, 17 February 2012

Quizzle # 3

The deadline for Quizzle #2 is 11:59 pm on Thursday 1st March 2012.

For rules and details of how to enter please see the intial post.

Round One - Picture Round

1. Which chemical element did he discover?
2. This is an outline of which country?
3. Of which band was he the lead singer?
4. After which player is this chess opening named?
5. In which city was he born?
6. Who painted it?

Round Two – Ditloids

7. 78 P have been C by the C C
8. 8 A S have N that B with the L M
9. 18 G in the P T
10. 3 L of R
11. 7 GM W by M S at the O G in M
12. 9 U K N O S for the S G

Round Three – Crossword Clues

13. Mincing Noel Coward is no withdrawn playwright (5, 5) _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ L _ _
14. Multinational vegetable group (6) _ _ _ A _ _
15. Carbon date combat sport (4, 8) _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ T _ _ _
16. Foul-smelling agent takes it back (5) _ E _ _ _
17. Devilish, devilish shipment overwhelms Shakespearean character (15) _ _ _ _ _ S _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
18. Febrile Attlee reiterating spurious motto (7, 7, 10) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ A _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Round Four – What Comes Next

19. O, T, T, F, ???
20. Red China, South Pacific, Studebaker, television , ???
21. Life, eyes, men, time, ???
22. SQ, HA, CB, HA, ???
23. Lazio, Lombardy, Campania, Piedmont, ???
24. 62 Russian, 64 Finnish, 96 French, 99 German, ???

Round Five – Cryptic Film Titles

25. The Hatching of Turkey, perhaps
26. Cronus (but not Rhea)
27. Fred Housego
28. Hilton State
29. Smutty Gabriel, for instance
30. Longest rave

Remember to e-mail your answers to

Themed Round One - Alliterative Footballers

1. Which Serbian sweeper scored his team’s only goal when Ajax lost 2-1 to Real Madrid in the 1966 European Cup Final and, again, scored his team’s only goal when Ajax lost 4-1 to AC Milan in the 1969 European Cup Final?
2. In 1995, Blackburn Rovers coach Ray Harford wanted to sign which alliterative footballer only for team owner Jack Walker to respond with the immortal line "Why do you want to sign ________ ______ when we have Tim Sherwood?"
3. Former French captain Didier Deschamps led which team to the Champions League Final as coach in 2004?
4. The first winner of the Onze d'Or, a football award handed out by French magazine Onze Mondial to the world’s best footballer at the end of each year since 1976, which Dutch left winger scored 143 goals for the great Anderlecht side of the 1970s?
5. The second winner of the Onze d'Or (in 1977) was which footballer who was to be handed the first of two European Footballer of Year awards the following season?
6. Currently playing for Sporting Lisbon, which 6’5” central defender is the tallest outfield player ever to have played for the USA national team?
7. For which club was Argentine forward Claudio Caniggia playing when he received a 13 month ban for testing positive for cocaine in 1993?
8. Which defender scored West Germany’s last minute equaliser to take the 1966 World Cup final into extra time?
9. Having won 119 caps, which goalkeeper, who has played for Antalyaspor, Fenerbahçe, Barcelona and Beşiktaş J.K in an eventful career, is the Turkish international team’s record appearance holder?
10. In 1999, Manchester United signed Mikaël Silvestre after pulling out of a deal to buy which African central defender because of concerns about his history of knee injuries?

1. Velibor Vasović
2. Zinedine Zidane
3. Monaco
4. Robert Rensenbrink
5. Kevin Keegan
6. Oguchi Onyewu
7. AS Roma
8. Wolfgang Weber
9. Rüştü Reçber
10. Noureddine Naybet

Themed Round Two - Non-Greek Gods

1. Often depicted as a terrible creature with an angry blue face, which sky god was the chief deity of the pre-Islamic Turkic peoples such as the Huns, Bulgars, and Magyars?
2. The daughter of Ra and Atum and originating as the patron goddess of Lower Egypt, Bastet is commonly depicted with the head of which animal?
3. Because he was feared for his ability to send hail, thunder and lightning, children were drowned annually as a sacrifice to him. Which Aztec deity, commonly depicted with goggle eyes and fangs, was the god of rain, fertility, and water?
4. Said to never break or to miss its target, what is the name of the magical spear carried by Odin?
5. The state deity of Phrygia, which Anatolian Earth Mother was adopted by the Romans who renamed her Magna Mater and who claimed her conscription as a key religious component in their success against Carthage during the Punic Wars?
6. Represented as wearing the sun for a crown, with thunderbolts in his hands, and tears descending from his eyes as rain, Viracocha is the great creator god in the pre-Inca and Inca mythology. He is better remembered by what alternative name that was appropriated as the name of a sea-going vessel?
7. To which Hindu god was the Angkor Wat dedicated when it was built for King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century?
8. A trickster god who can shape shift, most often into the praying mantis, and noted for his creation of the first eland, Cagn is the supreme god of which African people?
9. Giving her name to a large trans-Neptunian object in our solar system, who was the Inuit goddess of the sea and marine animals?
10. Which late-generation god from ancient Mesopotamia and patron deity of the city of Babylon rose to the position of the head of the Babylonian pantheon when Babylon became the political centre of the Euphrates valley in the time of Hammurabi?

1. Tengri or Tengger or Tangra
2. Cat or lioness
3. Tlaloc
4. Gungnir
5. Cybele
6. Kon-Tiki
7. Vishnu
8. Bushmen or San
9. Sedna
10. Marduk

Answers & Results to Quizzle Puzzle # 2

Time is up for the second Quizzle Puzzle and the scores are in. Six entrants scored over 50 and so they shall be the chosen few to have their scores listed (again, about 20 entrants in total).

1. David Stainer 60
2. Trevor Montague 58
3. Dom Tait 56
4.= Mark Grant 52
4.= Mark Walton 52
6. Hugh Bennett 51

David's score is truly exceptional (as are the scores from Trevor and Dom, in particular) but it reflects the fact that I was feeling kind :-). Quizzle #3 will not be so generous and will be available from tomorrow. Be afraid, be very afraid...


Round One – Picture Round

1. Tenrecidae (Lesser Hedgehog Tenrec)
2. Maryland (The Awakening)
3. Mysterious Skin (Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Brady Corbet)
4. Casa Milà or La Pedrera (Barcelona)
5. Colombian (Alejandro Falla)
6. Indonesia (Suharto)

Round Two – Ditloids

1. 50 Cities in England (also accepted 50 Countries in Europe as several references cite this number as correct)
2. 4 Australians have Won the Men’s Singles Title at Wimbledon in the Open Era
3. 116 is the Number of Years that the Hundred Years’ War Lasted
4. 12 Episodes of Fawlty Towers were Broadcast
5. 47 is the Number of Chromosomes in the Body of a Person with Klinefelter’s Syndrome
6. 83 is the Age at which a Jewish Man can Celebrate his Second Bar Mitzvah

Round Three – Crossword Clues

1. Bright
2. Laocoön
3. Retail
4. Alone
5. Lionel Messi
6. Orange

Round Four – What Comes Next

1. Greenwich Palace – the birthplaces of Kings Henry of England from Henry IV to Henry VIII
2. 2010 Southampton – the cities of birth of the winning acts of ‘X Factor’ from 2006 until 2010
3. BB2 – the first half of the postcode of the first five teams to have played in football’s Premier League when arranged in alphabetical order
4. ATOOTP – the abbreviated titles (minus the first two words) of the first five book in J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ series
5. Oceanus, Haemonius, Olenos, or Melisseus – the father of the mythological characters after which the five largest moons of Jupiter are named when ranked according to diameter (from Ganymede to Amalthea). Each of the four answers given is accepted according to one tradition or other and so each is acceptable as an answer. Also, the order in which the first four in the sequence were given is also the order of the largest moons of Jupiter by mass; the next moon in this sequence is Himalia and as no parentage is recorded for Himalia, in any tradition, I have also accepted any answers along the lines of ‘unknown’. On reflection, this question had too many 'correct' or 'kind of correct' answers. You live and learn.
6. Boise – the five westernmost state capitals in the contiguous United States running from westernmost to fifth westernmost.

Round Five – Cryptic UK number 1s

1. Puppet on a String
2. Don’t Cha
3. Two Tribes or Israelites
4. Israelites or Two Tribes
5. Wooden Heart
6. Yellow River

Friday, 3 February 2012

Quizzle # 2

The deadline for Quizzle #2 is 11:59 pm on Thursday 16th February 2012.

For rules and details of how to enter please see the intial post.

Round One – Picture Round

1. To which family does this animal belong?
2. In which American state could you see it?
3. This is a scene from which film?
4. What is the name of this building?
5. What is his nationality?
6. Of which country was he President?

Round Two – Ditloids
7. 50 C in E
8. 4 A have W the M S T at W in the O E
9. 116 is the N of Y that the H Y W L
10. 12 E of F T were B
11. 47 is the N of C in the B of a P with K S
12. 83 is the A at which a J M can C his S B M

Round Three – Crossword Clues
13. Zippy just after headboard (6) _ _ I _ _ _
14. Southeast Asian omnnivore is a mythological character (7) _ _ _ _ O _ _
15. Never ending story, we hear, contains European market (6) _ E _ _ _ _
16. By myself in Buffalo, New York (5)_ _ _ N _
17. See millions jostle sportsman (6, 5) _ _ _ _ E _ / _ _ _ _ _
18. Mohammad’s first follower sweeps unfinished house (6)_ _ A _ _ _

Round Four – What Comes Next
19. Bolingbroke Castle, Monmouth Castle, Windsor Castle, Pembroke Castle, ????
20. 2006 Islington; 2007 Whitburn; 2008 Islington; 2009 South Shields; ????
21. N5, B6, S71, B9, ????
23. Tros, Lycaon, Inachus, Agenor, ????
24. Salem, Olympia, Sacramento, Carson City, ????

Round Five – Cryptic UK number 1s
25. Marionette
26. Do not tea
27. Dan and Zebulun
28. Dan and Zebulun (yes, again)
29. Stilted Compassion
30. Huang He

Remember to e-mail your answers to

Themed Round One – City Books

1. Which 1998 novel opens with the Foreign Secretary Julian Garmony, newspaper editor Vernon Halliday, and famous composer Clive Linley attending the funeral of Molly Lane?
2. Who wrote the 1929 novel ‘Berlin Alexanderplatz’ that told the story of a small-time criminal, Franz Biberkopf, who is drawn into the underworld?
3. Which 1999 Paul Auster novella tells of the life of a dog called Mr Bones as he attempts to come to terms with the approaching death of his master?
4. What is the name of the famous (fictional) author who serves as the protagonist of Thomas Mann’s novella ‘Death in Venice’?
5. The American attorney, politician, minor novelist and Chicano Movement activist Oscar Zeta Acosta, who disappeared in Mexico in 1974, was the inspiration for the Samoan Attorney Dr. Gonzo in which 1971 novel?
6. Which 1989 novel, set 10 years in to the future, opens with the lines, “This is the story of a murder. It hasn't happened yet. But it will. (It had better.) I know the murderer, I know the murderee. I know the time, I know the place. I know the motive (her motive) and I know the means.”?
7. Which 1994 novel by J.M. Coetzee draws heavily on Dostoyevsky’s novel ‘The Devils’? In particular, Coetzee concentrates on the chapter entitled ‘At Tikhon’s’ which was suppressed by Dostoyevsky’s editor and never reinstated.
8. Günter Grass’ novels ‘The Tin Drum’, ‘Cat and Mouse’, and ‘Dog Years’ are collectively known by what name?
9. In which 1836 novel does the protagonist, a young, quixotic Italian nobleman called Fabrice del Dongo, wander on to the field of battle at Waterloo where he is considered to have been one of Napoleon’s bravest captains?
10. Which 1989 novel by José Saramago tells the story of a proof reader who is assigned to correct the titular book?

1. Amsterdam (by Ian McEwan)
2. Alfred Döblin
3. Timbuktu
4. Gustav von Aschenbach
5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (by Hunter S. Thompson)
6. London Fields (by Martin Amis)
7. The Master of Petersburg
8. Danzig Trilogy
9. The Charterhouse of Parma (by Stendhal)
10. The History of the Siege of Lisbon

Themed Round Two – North American un-Great Lakes

1. Its name an abbreviated combination of the Latin words for ‘truth’ and ‘head’, which glacial lake in northwestern Minnesota is considered to be the source of the Mississippi River?
2. How are Otisco Lake, Skaneateles Lake, Owasco Lake, Cayuga Lake, Seneca Lake, Keuka Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Honeoye Lake, Canadice Lake, Hemlock Lake, and Conesus Lake collectively known?
3. The largest lake entirely within New York State, it is commonly referred to as the ‘thumb’ of the Finger Lakes. Which lake?
4. Lake Xochimilco in the Valley of Mexico is best known as the world’s last remaining native habitat for which amphibian?
5. New Orleans lies along the south and eastern shore of which lake, the second-largest inland saltwater body of water in the United States, after the Great Salt Lake?
6. Which river drains the deepest lake in North America?
7. The "Old Man of the Lake", a tree stump that has been bobbing vertically more than a century, is a well known feature of which American lake that was formed around 7,700 years ago by the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama?
8. Utah’s Great Salt Lake is the largest remnant of which ancient pluvial lake which covered much of western Utah in prehistoric times?
9. The Lake of the Woods separates mainland Minnesota from the only part of the USA outside of Alaska to lie north of the 49th parallel. What name is given to this region?
10. A remnant of the prehistoric Glacial Lake Agassiz, which is, after the Great Bear Lake and the Great Slave Lake, the third largest lake to lie entirely within Canada?

1. Lake Itasca
2. Finger Lakes
3. Lake Oneida
4. Axolotl
5. Lake Pontchartrain
6. Mackenzie River (drains the Great Slave Lake)
7. Crater Lake
8. Lake Bonneville
9. Northwest Angle
10. Lake Winnipeg

Answers & Results to Quizzle Puzzle # 1

Ok, so the deadline is up for Quizzle Puzzle #1.

There were just under 20 entrants (we can do better than that surely?!) but, as promised, I will only publish the results of the exalted few. On this occasion, it so happened that 3 scores stood out rather from the pack, and so the top three were (out of 60 points):

1. David Stainer 56
2. Dom Tait 52
3. Mark Grant 50

Well done to all three of you.


Round One – Picture Round

1. Australia (Thorny Devil)
2. Pierre Bonnard (Dining Room in the Country)
3. The Great White Hope (James Earl Jones)
4. Myanmar or Burma (Kyaiktiyo Pagoda)
5. Napoli (Ezequiel Lavezzi)
6. Chile (Sebastián Piñera)

Round Two – Ditloids

7. 26 Cantons in Switzerland
8. 15 Red Balls are Potted in a Maximum Break in Snooker
9. 666 is the Sum of the Numbers on a Roulette Wheel
10. 8 Paintings in A Rake’s Progress by William Hogarth
11. 69 is the Atomic Number of Thulium
12. 9 Series (or Seasons) of Celebrity Big Brother have been Broadcast in the United Kingdom

Round Three – Crossword Clues

13. Asleep
14. Hoopoe
15. Harry
16. Slog
17. Autostrada
18. University Challenge

Round Four – What Comes Next

19. Sweden (1931) – birthplace and birth year of the last five winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature
20. Two – the first word of the first track on each of the last five studio albums released by the Beatles
21. 17 E2 – the sum of the four one-digit numbers in the year that the last five British monarchs have come to the throne, followed by an abbreviation of the name of the monarch taking the form of the first letter of the regnal name, followed by the regnal number in Arabic numerals. So, 1952 Elizabeth II becomes 1+9+5+2 = 17 E2. Yes, naughty, I know :-)
22. Baghdad – the capital cities of the first five members of OPEC when arranged alphabetically.
23. Sarajevo – the capital cities of the first five fully-independent nation states to have a star (or stars) on their flags when arranged alphabetically.
24. Rainbow (also accepted ‘iris’) – the etymological roots of the names of chemical elements running from holmium to iridium when arranged alphabetically.

Round Five – Cryptic Literary Titles

25. Hard Times
26. Mr. Norris Changes Trains
27. The Remains of the Day
28. Prozac Nation
29. The Story of Tracy Beaker
30. The Walrus and the Carpenter