April 2014 Picture Puzzles

Picture Puzzles 45 (Apr 2014)

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-tubbies


10. Which Australia performer was “The Sheik of Scrubby Creek”?




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?


March 2014 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture puzzles 44 (Mar 2014)


March 2014 “Mixed Bag” Questions

1. If you listed all seven Roman numerals from highest to lowest, what year would that represent?

2. Riddles:

a. I come in different shapes and sizes.
Parts of me are curved, others are straight.
You can put me any place you like, but there is only one right place for me.
What Am I?

b. I can be cracked, I can be made, I can be told, I can be played.
What am I?

c. What can be driven but has no wheels, sliced but remains whole?

3. Write three anagrams of the word DRAPE.

4. What four letter word is a diminutive male name, an object ball and a naval flag?

5. For what is Howard Carter famous?

6. What kind of animal is a macaque?
A. Parrot
B. Monkey
C. Tropical Fish

7. What predominant colour are Virgin Blue aircraft?

8. Len Denanovitch became a member of the Australian Cricket team sometime after changing his name to what?

9. What was the Australian name of the film released in the USA as Cry In The Dark?

10. NACRE ( nay – ka) is:
A. A defense treaty between Scandanavian countries
B. The technical term for belly-button lint
C. The lining of an oyster shell

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11. Which food item is colloquially known as “Cocky’s Joy”?

12. What type of gun did Albert Pratt receive a UK patent for in 1918?

13. What was unusual about the funeral of Swede Roland Ohisson in 1973?

14. What useful device was patented by Hymen Lipman in 1858?

15.When the Buffalo Sabres play the Florida Panthers, what sport is involved?

16. How did Annie Edson Taylor celebrate her 63rd birthday?

17. Which US State is called The Sunflower State?

18. What is a mullion?

19. For what is August Bartholdi best known?

20.By what name is Harry Longabaugh (LONG-ge-bar) better known to history?

21. Which singer had a major hit record in 1958, had small roles in the films High Noon & The Outlaw Josey Wales, a bigger role in the TV series Rawhide, and recorded his later songs as Ben Colder?

22. The leader of the Government in the state of Victoria has only been called “Premier” since Federation in 2001. What official title was used before then?

23. Who actually wrote the rules of boxing usually ascribed to the Marquess of Queensberry?

24. In what unusual way are the van Gorcum and van Aefferden graves linked?

25. The Treaty of Ghent officially ended war between which two countries?

26. What is the best known work by author Carlo Collodi?

27. For what invention is Doug Englebart best known?

28. Which Australian state has had not only a Premier with alliterative initials, but a Governor with exactly the same name?

29. What kind of weapon was the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Geschütz?

30. King Henry I of England reputedly died after eating too much of one of his favourite foods. What food?


March 2014 Skeptical Crossword

Theme: Hoaxes and Scams


March 2014 Logic & Maths Puzzles


February 2014 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture puzzles 43 (Feb 2014)


February 2014 “Mixed Bag” Questions

1. A mother’s age in years and her daughter’s age have digits in reverse order. Last year, the mother was twice as old as the daughter. What are their ages?

2. Why are 2004 10¢ coins worth more than 2003 10¢ coins?

3. In which film did Tom Cruise say “I feel the need-the need for speed”?

4. If you are discalceated, (dis – cal – see – ate – ted) does that mean that you have lost your hat, your underwear or your shoes?

5. What name is shared by 2 Kings of Macedonia, 3 Kings of Scotland, 6 Popes, 2 Russian Czars and one former Australian cabinet minister?

6. Who am I ?
I was born in 1925 and began entertaining in a singing and dancing triple act with my father and grandfather. I developed my talents to include acting and comedy. I died in 1990

7. Linen yarn is manufactured from the fibres of which plant?

8. Which thrill-seeking activity began as a religious ritual on Pentecost Island, Vanuatu?

9. What are the Christian names of singer/songwriters Hall and Oates?

10. With what business are the firm of Stock Aitken Waterman associated?

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11. After what animal is the French Exocet missile named?

12. What former Australian Rules player for Richmond, Geelong and St Kilda shares a name with a former Governor of The Falklands Islands?

13. How are the actors who play Jack Frost and Ernie Trigg in the same British TV series related to each other?

14. What leisure activity did John Spilsbury invent in 1767?

15. Which country will host the next World Scouting Jamboree in 2015?
16. According to an old saying and a 1927 hit song, how many Frenchmen can’t be wrong?

17. What “first” was recorded by Becky Zerlentes on April 3 2005?

18. One of the newer Thomas the Tank Engine characters is called Winston. What is his job?

19. Which civilisation produced Black Figure Pottery?

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

21. What is Chester Carlson famous for inventing?

22. When a person does something shameful, they are said to have “blotted their escutcheon”. What is an escutcheon when used in this sense?

23. Clark, Pinchgut, Rod, Goat, Cockatoo and Shark are all What?

24. John William Alexander Jackson is recognised as the youngest Australian to do what?

25. Quaggas became extinct in 1883. What are their closest living relatives?

26. Of which family of plants is Vanilla a member?

27. Which famous composer’s skull was stolen in 1809 and only returned in 1954?

28. Where are the neighbouring Cat and Mouse Castles?

29. What groovy item was invented by Englishman Edward Craven Walker in 1963?

30. Who wrote Johnny Preston’s 1959 hit Running Bear?


February 2014 Skeptical Crossword

THEME: Charles Darwin


February 2014 Logic & Maths Puzzles


January 2014 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture puzzles 42 (Nov 2014)


January 2014 “Mixed Bag” Questions

1. At a recent visit to the reptile house at a local zoo, I counted a total of 27 heads and 70 feet. I was counting snakes, lizards and people. There were twice as many lizards as there were people.
(a) How many snakes were there?
(b) How many lizards were there?
(c) How many people were there?

2. Pair up each of the US capital cities with its correct state
CITIES: Atlanta, Boston, Montgomery, Phoenix, Springfield
STATES: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts

3. What is unusual in the way cartoonist Ken Maynard represents cockatoos?

4. What Australian political record does Francis Forde hold?

5. In early Australian slang, what was referred to as “swipes”?

6. To be vulpine means to have the characteristics of which animal?

7. Who introduced the “wokka wokka” board to popular music?

8. The Australian slang term “Ribuck” is closest in meaning to:
(a) O.K.
(b) See you later
(c) Go Away

9. To get from Helsinki to Stockholm, would you travel North, South, East or West?

10. What was the name of The Hunchback of Notre Dame?

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11. Where are the neighbouring Cat and Mouse Castles?

12. What colour is associated with the exclusive London department store Harrods?

13. In a poem by Edward Lear, what is the main distinguishing feature of The Pobble?

14. What was Rudolf Nureyev doing on a trans-Siberian train on 17 March 1938?

15. A landlocked country surrounded only by other landlocked countries may be called a “doubly landlocked” country. There are only two in the world. What are they?

16. What and where in Australia are The Bradshaws?

17. Mary Plain was a popular children’s book character between the 1930s and 1960s. Where did she and her family live?

18. In what year did Popeye and Olive Oyl first appear as a married couple?

19.Last year the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Florida announced the death of Cheetah, Johnny Weissmuller’s Chimpanzee side-kick in several Tarzan films. What age did they claim for him?

20. The author Stephen King has a wife who is also a prolific author. What is her name?

21. Although the Romans were unfamiliar with lenses, the word “lens” is a Latin word. How does the Latin word “lens” translate into English?

22. After events of 23rd February 1885, who was described as “The Man They Couldn’t Hang”?

23. The character Lieutenant Dannl Faytonni in the Star Wars series only had two scenes. Who played him, and which better-known Star Wars character was also played by that actor?

24. What was Michelle Obama’s maiden name?

25. How long is the land boundary between Victoria and Tasmania?

26. In what year was Australia’s Sentinel military tank produced?

27. The Argus, established in 1846 was one of Melbourne’s three morning daily newspapers until it ceased publication in what year?

28. What is a terret?

29. What two characters in the Lord of The Rings trilogy were played by John Rhys-Davies?

30. What is the capital of Namibia?


January 2014 Skeptical Crossword

THEME: Religions, Myths and Superstitions


January 2014 Logic and Maths Problems








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