October 2014 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture Puzzles 51 (October 2014)


October 2014 “Mixed Bag” Questions

1. If you had one of each denomination of Australian currency, how much money would you have?

2. Unjumble each of the following to give a town in the British Isles.
Drub Hinge, Sean Saw, Self bat, Ah bin Grimm

3. What recreational activity occurs in a Plaza de Toros?

4. A dilettante is a person who:
A. collects objects of art for personal satisfaction
B. dabbles in a subject without taking it seriously
C. dresses according to the currently prevailing fashion

5. Which European capital city’s public buildings are guarded by soldiers in skirts?

6. Which novel features a character called Atticus Finch?

7. Give two anagrams for the word “retails”

8. Who Am I?
• I’m a Comedian.
• Born 22nd November 1921, died 5th October 2004
• Best known films are Caddyshack and Easy Money
• Typical quote: I was such an ugly kid… when I played in the sandbox, the cat kept covering me up.

9. Which company has subdivisions which include Puffin, Ptarmigan and Pelican?

10. On the day 20th of March in what year?
• Beatles song, Free As A Bird, with John Lennon as lead singer, is released.
• US Stock exchange hits a record high
• Sarin Gas is released in Tokyo subway with 12 killed, 4,700 injured


11. According to legend, what were the last words of Civil War General John Sedgwick?

12. Mary Surratt was hanged for conspiracy to murder in 1865. Who was the victim?

13. Three generations of Coppolas have won Oscars. Who was eldest, and in what category?

14. What toy was invented by Joshua Lionel Cowen around 1900?

15. Which Scandinavian country is home to seven or eight of the world’s ten longest cruise ships?

16. Which two national flags contain Arabic writing?

17. Which Roman emperor banned the original Olympic Games?

18. Who did Geoffrey Rush portray in the film Quills?

19. Which comedy star was born Arthur S Jefferson?

20. What was the screen name of Margarita Carmen Cansino?


October 2014 Skeptical Crossword Puzzle


October 2014 Logic & Maths Puzzles


September 2014 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture Puzzles 50 (September 2014)


September 2014 “Mixed Bag” Questions

1. Link each of the following fictional futuristic vehicles with a person who was/is a crew member of that vehicle.
VEHICLES: Tardis, Heart of Gold, Red Dwarf, Enterprise, Millenium Falcon
CREW MEMBERS: Trisha MacMillan, Chewbacca, Geordie La Forge, Dave Lister, Tegan Jovanka

2. What have the following words have in common?

3. According to Princess Diana’s memoirs, how many times did she and Charles meet before they got married: five, thirteen or twenty-one?

4. Where on the US coast did Australia II win the Americas Cup?

5. Lima stands for “L” in the phonetic alphabet. What is the only other city represented in this alphabet?

6. Which British king was Prince of Wales for sixty years before inheriting the throne?

7. True or false: Most American car horns beep with the same musical note

8. In The Lord of the Rings trilogy, who had possession of the ring when it was destroyed?

9. Are Elmer Fudd’s shoes red, green or yellow?

10. Give three one-word anagrams for the word “hardest”


11. What is the link between Tom Pearce and Eva Carmichael?

12. In what year did half of the Melbourne Police Force strike during the Spring Racing Carnival?

13. Whose were the last footprints to be left on the Moon?

14. In which two years did Australia and New Zealand send a combined team to the Summer Olympics?

15. What was or is the main claim to fame of German Erich Hartmann?

16. On Sept. 15, 2005, Google offered exactly 14159265 shares of Class A stock in the company. Why did they pick that unusual number?

17. In which year were the Oscar Ceremonies delayed by a year due to flooding in Los Angeles?

18. Which classic movie was set in Hadleyville?

19. Which movie was inspired by Kim Peek?

20. What can be either “S laid” or “Z laid”?


September 2014 Skeptical Crossword Puzzle

Theme: Alternative Healing


September 2014 Logic & Maths Puzzles


August 2014 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture Puzzles 49 (August 2014)


August 2014 “Mixed Bag”Questions

1. Name eight countries that start with I

2. True or false? Sherlock Holmes was praised by the Soviet Union as a “Hero of Logical Thought.”

3. What did Australian boat designer Bob Miller change his name to?

4. In what century did The Black Death kill most people: 12th, 14th or 16th?

5. Which TV series co-starred Ronnie Barker and Kate Beckinsdale’s father?

6. How old was Bryce Courtney when he wrote his first novel?

7. Who portrayed Andy Hardy in a series of movies?

8. Provide an anagram for the word “senator”

9. Which late 1968 Beatles Song was their longest lasting number 1 on Australian, US and UK hit parades?

10. In which country would you find the region of Patagonia?


11. Ferdie Ato Adoboe of Kenya set current world records in 1991 in what unusual athletic discipline?

12. How did Flight Sergeant Nicholas Alkemade become famous in 1943?

13. What record did Fernando Alfonso establish on September 25 2005?

14. How many US states have capital cities which end in the word “city”?

15. Name the filly who in 1876 won VRC Derby, the Melbourne Cup and the VRC Oaks in the space of six days.

16. Why did the United Arab Emirates deport 1,075 camel jockeys in June 2006?
17. Where on your body would you find a lunula?

18. How many railway engines were parked on the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932 to test its load-bearing capacity?

19. In what year and why were cane toads introduced into Australia?

20. In what year were Flying Doctor Services introduced?


August 2014 Skeptical Crossword Puzzle


July 2014 Logic & Maths Puzzles


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






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