July 2014 Picture Puzzles

Each of the following seven puzzles decodes to a word, phrase, song title, book, or film.

Picture Puzzles 48 (July 2014)


July 2014 “Mixed Bag”Questions

1. Link each artist or group with an album released by that artist or group.
Artist or Group: Phil Collins, Norah Jones, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Rolling Stones, The Jefferson Airplane
Album: Cosmo’s Factory, Bridges to Babylon, Surrealistic Pillow, No Jacket Required, Feels Like Home

2. Each of the following is a jumbled type of dinosaur. Unscramble them.
A. Near a runty ox russ
B. Sour at guess
C. On USA or burst

3. Who is Norah Jones’ musical father?

4. Who won the Australian V8 supercar series championship in both 2003 and 2004?

5. “Boer” is Dutch for: A. farmer B. soldier C. renegade

6. Who led the Grande Armee?

7. Was Emma Peel in The Avengers an exponent of Kick-boxing, Tae-Kwon-Do
or Kung-Fu?

8. Who wrote the best-selling Australian novel “Cloud Street”?

9. In which western movie did Grace Kelly play Gary Cooper’s wife?

10. Give an anagram for the word “sensual”


11. In which general direction would you fly in going from London to Paris: North, South, East or West?

12. Who is St Martin of Tours the Patron Saint of?

13. What is a manticore?
14. What was the nature of the General Slocum Disaster?

15. When was the only year that Cricket was an Olympic event?

16. Which major cartoon character was voiced by Clarence Nash?

17. “Winnie” and “Pooh” were a pair of big guns used in World War 2. Where were they situated?

18. What place did Australia’s Donald Macintosh achieve in the Live Pigeon Shooting at the 1900 Olympic Games?

19. In what year was Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens established?

20. What is the minimum age for a licenced driver in the Northern Territory?



July 2014 Skeptical Crossword Puzzle


July 2014 Logic & Maths Puzzles


June 2014 Picture Puzzles

Each of the following seven puzzles decodes to a word, phrase, song title, book, or film.

Picture Puzzles 47 (June 2014)


June 2014 “Mixed Bag”Questions

1. Each of the following phrases has been shortened to just numbers and initials. For example, “26 = L in the A” stands for “Twenty-six letters in the alphabet” Decode the following: a. 12 D of C b. 1 or 2 H on a C c. 15 P in a R U T 2. What was invented by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989? 3. In sport, Kookaburra and Duke are the two what? 4. The Anheuser-Busch (ANN-hi-sir bush) company is the world’s largest producer of what? 5. What was the name of the last emperor of the Aztecs, killed by the Spanish in 1520? 6. In the TV series, before marrying Mike Brady to establish The Brady Bunch, Carol Brady’s marital status was (a) Unmarried mother of three (b) Widowed (c) Divorced (d) Never specified 7. Write the names of four countries which are pronounced in English with only one syllable. 8. The world’s largest casino is run by: A. The Mafia B. An American Indian Tribe C. The Catholic Church 9. True or false: The first electric sign in New York was for Heinz and portrayed a 40 foot long pickle 10. Which is closer to Melbourne: Auckland or Perth? HARDER: 11. What do the fictional characters Jason Todd and Tim Drake have in common? 12. There are two cities in Great Britain which are referred to as The City of Legions. Name either one. 13. Give the surnames of the two rivals in the Bone Wars of 1877 to 1892 14. How do we better know Mizaru, Kikazaru and Iwazaru? 15. Loretta Young won her one and only Academy Award for which film? 16. The cocktail Cuba Libre is better known by which common name? 17. What is the main claim to fame of Vladimir Kosma Zworykin? 18. What ubiquitous device was invented by Don Wetzel in 1969? 19. What ubiquitous device was invented by Art Fry in 1974? 20. Ebenezer NSW has Australia’s oldest what type of building?


June 2014 Skeptical Crossword Puzzle

Its theme is Finance & Economics and it can be found


June 2014 Logic & Maths Puzzles


May 2014 Picture Puzzles

Each of the following seven puzzles decodes to a word, phrase, song title, book, or film.

Picture Puzzles 46 (May 2014)


May 2014 “Mixed Bag”Questions

1. The following three words were part of a partially solved crossword. Given the clues, solve each word. (a) Fear or unease [11 letters] T _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ N (b) A sudden violent fit or seizure [8 letters] P _ _ _ X _ _ _ (c) Extremely painful [12 letters] _ _ C _ _ C _ _ _ _ _ _ 2. According to the song, how many articles did “my true love give to me” over the entire 12 days of Christmas? 3. Which celebrity’s name is an anagram of “Got weirdos” ? 4. The acronym GT is often used to designate elite cars. What does it mean? 5. Name the three countries which are collectively referred to as The Baltic States 6. Which TV detective drove a 1959 Peugot 403 convertible? 7. In a certain fairy tale, Snow White has a sister. What is that sister’s name? 8. With which city were Batman and Robin associated? 9. Give two anagrams of the word “pre-natal”. 10. In Wayne’s World and its sequel, Mike Myers plays Wayne. What is the name of Dana Carvey’s character? HARDER: 11. A Florida man called Howard Jenkins unexpectedly made financial news in 1994. How? 12. After 16 year old Ralph Lifshitz changed his name he went on to become seriously rich. Now 75, what name did he adopt? 13. (a) What was the pen name of the authoress whose most successful novel was Under Two Flags? (b) How did she arrive at that name? 14. Orogenesis is the process of making what? 15. What is Livermorium? 16. Which father and son pair won Oscars for the same movie? 17. With what sport is the name Ezzard Charles associated? 18. What record is held by Australian Rules Football player Claude Clough? 19. Which country has a capital city called Victoria? 20. What has been the greatest winning margin (in lengths) in the Melbourne Cup?


May 2014 Skeptical Crossword

Theme: Homeopathy


May 2014 Logic & Maths Puzzles



April 2014 Picture Puzzles

Picture Puzzles 45 (Apr 2014) ANSWERS

April 2014 “Mixed Bag”Questions

1. Seven metal elements were already known before 1 AD. List them 2. What links the words thorn, shout, seat and stew?

3. Of Which US state is Springfield the capital?4. Which French painter was famous for scenes painted in his own his Japanese Garden?5. Some Germans use a tannenbaum from time to time to decorate their house. What is a tannenbaum?6. What is the smallest mammal?7. What is a muntrie?8. Does “Sternutation” mean: sneezing, shedding old skin or losing hair?9. Name the four tele-tubbies10. Which Australia performer was “The Sheik of Scrubby Creek”?

  HARDER: 11. In what event did Charles Downing Lay win a silver medal at the 1936 Olympics Games? 12. What is the literal translation of the Italian coffee-flavoured dessert Tiramisu? 13. What is Moo Goo Gai Pan in a chinese menu in English? 14. Is the Autonomous Community of  Andalucia in the North, South, East or West of Spain? 15. Julie Andrews’ first credited on-screen film role was for Mary Poppins in 1964. However her voice was used 12 years earlier to overdub an English language version of an Italian film. Name that film. 16. Who owned a white mule called Faddah? 17. Which TV series had a regular character with the name Hiram J Hackenbacker? 18. Which superhero’s alter ego is a radio reporter called Billy Batson? 19. Frederic Dannay & Manfred Bennington Lee jointly wrote what? 20. Which Australian explorer commanded the first submarine to sail under the Arctic ice-sheet in 1931?


April 2014 Skeptical Crossword

Theme: General


April 2014 Logic & Maths Puzzles






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