Friday, 17 February 2012

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


  1. I know this will come across as petty but that's not going to stop me. Why isn't the order of the discovery of the moons an acceptable sequence seeing as it is the same order? I chose that over size as it had a definite answer.

    I enjoyed it anyhow.


    1. Hi Hugh,

      Ganymede and Callisto were discovered on 7th January 1610 and Io and Europa on the following day but I cannot find any reference that states whether Ganymede was discovered prior to Callisto on the 7th or whether Io was discovered prior to Europa on the 8th. If you have a source that proves that this was the case then let me know and I'll give you an extra point (you were already given one point for an 'almost correct' answer).