Puzzles

May 2016 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture Puzzles 70 (May 2016)

ANSWERS


May 2016 “Mixed Bag” Questions

1. In the opera La Boheme does the heroine die of murder, suicide, illness or accident?

2. What does a cruciverbalist indulge in?

3. What kind of event is Womad, and where is it held?

4. In what part of your body would you suffer an enteric disease?

5. What is a styptic pencil used for?

6. What was the character Rapunzel most remarkable for?

7. In what year did War Rationing end in Britain?  A. 1945 B. 1949 C. 1954

8. What five-letter “R” word is a natural polymer?

9. What is the predominant colour in an amethyst?

10. In what year did Bob Geldof promote the Live Aid concert to raise money for African famine relief?

HARDER QUESTIONS:

11. What is “degaussing” (dee–gow–sing) and why did they do it to ships in World War II?

12. Who beat the Roman army at the battle of Cannae in 216 BC?

13. On which river is Washington DC situated?

14. What was the real name and occupation of author Lewis Carroll?

15. In internet parlance, what does the term URL stand for?

16. Who stabbed French Revolution Leader Jean-Paul Marat to death in his bath on 13th July 1793?

17. How many possible opening moves are there in a game of chess?

18. a. When was the first Agatha Christie Mystery Novel published?
b. What was it called?
c. Which of her famous detective characters did it introduce?

19. There are four Guggenheim museums in the world currently operating as at April 2016. Where are they?

20. How many stars are on the Chinese flag?

ANSWERS


May 2016 Skeptical Crossword

Theme: Religion and Superstition

MAY 2016 SKEPTICAL CROSSWORD


May 2016 Logic & Maths Problems

MAY 2016 LOGIC & MATHS PROBLEMS



April 2016 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture Puzzles 69 (April 2016)

ANSWERS


April 2016 “Mixed Bag” Questions

1. In what industry is American Bert Rutan a modern-day pioneer?

2. Decode these so-called “letter equations”. Each represents a common phrase.
e.g. 2 = P in a P would be “two peas in a pod”
Example: “365 = D in a Y would be”
365 days in a year
Solve these:
a) 2 = W in a F
b) 4 = Y in an O
c) 5 = L in a L
d) 13 = B in a BD

3. What was the name of Josef Stalin’s daughter who defected to the west?

4. What instrument did Oscar Peterson play?

5. At what festival, and in what South American city do Samba Schools compete with each other annually?

6. Which 1960s film starred Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Houghton and Sidney Poitier?

7. Australia’s first speeding fine was imposed in what year?
A. 1897 B. 1902 C. 1904

8. What organ is inflamed when one has encephalitis?

9. “Judo” means
A. Self Defence B. Gentle way C. open hand

10. True or false? At 30 days, Pope John Paul 1 had the shortest reign of any pope

HARDER: (You may want to look these up)

11. In what year did the Boy Scout Movement commence?

12. CSIRO is Australia’s peak body of Applied Scientific research. What does “CSIRO” stand for?

13. Where does the perfume brand name “4711” originate?

14. What are the ingredients in a “Vicious Sid” Cocktail?

15. State whether each of these three sports has (or has not) ever been an Olympic event.
(a) Tug of War
(b) Croquet
(c) Cricket

16. In what year was the British Mini motor car first sold?

17. What are the names of King Lear’s three daughters in the Shakespearean tragedy King Lear?

18. Who was the third astronaut to walk on the moon?

19. What is the common name for food additive 901?

20. For how long can you legally drive in Victoria Australia on an international license before you have to get a Victorian license?

ANSWERS


April 2016 Skeptical Crossword

Theme: Homeopathy

APRIL 2016 SKEPTICAL CROSSWORD


April 2016 Logic & Maths Problems

APRIL 2016 LOGIC & MATHS PROBLEMS



March 2016 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture Puzzles 68 (March 2016)

ANSWERS


March 2016 “Mixed Bag” Questions

1. For each of the following TV characters, give both the actor or actress best known for portraying that character and the name of the TV series which featured the character.
Fox Mulder
Jedd Clampett
Ethel Mertz

2. Smith is still the commonest surname in the UK. Name the next four most common.

3. For what man-made devices is Mount Palomar in the USA famous?

4. The Beatles song that goes:
“Sexy Sadie –what have you done? You made a fool of everyone”
is aimed at which cult figure of the 1960s?

5. Which plane’s frequent crashes in the 1950s prompted Melbourne chemist Dr David Warren to invent The Black Box?
A. Fokker Friendship;  B. DeHavilland Comet;  C. Douglas DC7

6. Of Which US state is Lansing the capital?

7. Who won the 1980 Best Actress Oscar for Coal Miner’s Daughter?

8. What nationality was Edvard Munch, painter of The Scream ?

9. In what year?
• The UK and Ireland both introduce decimal currency
• John Lennon records Imagine
• Films include A Clockwork Orange and Dirty Harry
• Astronauts take their first ride on the moon in the lunar rover
• Bangladesh achieves independence from Pakistan

10. What industry employs two-thirds of the labour force in the Bahamas?
A. Fishing
B. Fruit growing
C. Sugar production
D. Tourism

HARDER: (You may want to look these up)

11. Which three Olympic sports were introduced at Sydney in 2000?

12. What is the common name for Food Additive 150?

13. Who was the last King of Albania, and in what year, and in what fashion did his reign come to an end?

14. Which planet of our Solar System has a moon called Metis?

15. By which nickname was Albert de Salvo better known?

16. From which plant is the liqueur “Kummel” derived?

17. Who created the fictional detective Phillip Marlowe?

18. If the Governor-General of Australia is unable to proceed, which Office-bearer automatically becomes his / her stand-in?

19. (a) Which actors portrayed brothers Bart and Brett and cousin Beau Maverick in the original Maverick TV series?
(b) Which Studio produced the original series?
(c) Who portrayed Brett Maverick in the 1994 film version?

20. The character Sir John Falstaff appears in three Shakespearean plays and is mentioned in a fourth. Name them.

ANSWERS


March 2016 Skeptical Crossword

Theme: General Skeptical Issues

MARCH 2016 Skeptical Crossword


March 2016 Logic & Maths Problems

MARCH 2016 LOGIC & MATHS PROBLEMS



February 2016 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture Puzzles 67 (February 2016)

ANSWERS


February 2016 “Mixed Bag” Questions

1. In which two sports did Australia’s first Olympic Gold Medallist Edwin Flack compete at the 1896 Olympics?

2. The Australian spider that America’s blackwidow is most closely related to is:
A. Red-back B. Funnel-web C. Hunstsman

3. Why did NATO move its headquarters from Paris to Brussels in 1966?

4. Which Australian State flag bears a picture of a white-backed piping shrike, (inaccurately sometimes called a magpie)

5. Was the Bauhaus a famous German school of Architecture, Cooking or Economics?

6. What country put the Yeti (or Abominable Snowman) on its 1958 list of protected species: Nepal, Tibet or China?

7. Who released Alice’s Restaurant in 1967?

8. Which 1960s film starred James Mason and featured Shelley Winters, Sue lyon and Peter Sellers?

9. What was The Wicked Witch of the West squashed by in The Wizard of Oz?

10. Who was president of the International Olympic Committee between 1980 and 2001?

HARDER: (You may want to look these up)

11. How many possible opening moves are there in a game of chess?

12. When was the first Agatha Christie Mystery novel published, what was it called and which of her famous detective characters did it introduce?

13. There are five Guggenheim museums in the world. Where are they?

14. How many stars are on the Chinese flag?

15. What is the diameter, in millimetres, of (a) a compact disc? (CD) and (b) the hole in the centre of a Compact Disc?

16. Apart from unconfirmed sightings, when and where was the last live Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) seen?

17. How many eyes do most spiders have?

18. What is the Australian code number for food additive monosodium glutamate (MSG)?

19. How many sheets of paper are there in a quire?

20. Who shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1956?

ANSWERS


February 2016 Skeptical Crossword

Theme: Frauds and Scams

FEBRUARY 2016 SKEPTICAL CROSSWORD


February 2016 Logic & Maths Problems

February 2016 Logic & Maths Problems



January 2016 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture Puzzles 66 (January 2016)

ANSWERS


January 2016 “Mixed Bag” Questions

1. For each of the following TV characters, give both the actor best known for portraying that character and the name of the TV series which featured the character.
a. Lovejoy
b. Arthur Daley
c. Captain Mainwaring

2. Decode these so-called “letter equations”. Each represents a common phrase.
e.g. 2 = P in a P would be “two peas in a pod”
a. 8 = T on an O
b. 12 = N on a CF
c. 12 = E in a D
d. 6 = W of HTE
e. 2 = W D M A R

3. With which medical breakthrough was the Australian Howard Florey associated?

4. Whose real name was Doris Kappelhoff?

5. Which Australian leader of the opposition was wounded in an assassination attempt in the 1960s?

6. Which American president’s father was once US ambassador to Great Britain?

7. Australia’s Royal National Park, established in 1879 is the world’s second oldest after Yellowstone in the USA. In what state is Royal National Park?

8. How is Australian musician Mark Lizotte better known?

9. Which is Australia’s most sunny State capital in terms of hours per day?

10. Which European cartoon hero has a dog called Snowy?

HARDER: (You may want to look these up)

11. What is polythelia?

12. Who was originally supposed to occupy the black sarcophagus in Admiral Nelson’s tomb?

13. In what state or territory of Australia is there an annual public holiday for Borroloola Show Day?

14. Mary Tamm and Lalla Ward portrayed Romana 1 & 2 respectively in Dr Who. What is “Romana” short for?

15. In which city is the Jackie Chan Science Centre located?

16. Which Prince of the United Kingdom fought in World War I on the German side?

17. Bill Howard is the only back – to – back winner of which event?

18. Where is Whoop Whoop Weather Station?

19. Which country has a flag whose obverse is different from its reverse?

20. Which fragrance was first made for the Russian Count Orloff in 1768?

ANSWERS


January 2016 Skeptical Crossword

Theme: Job Titles and Descriptions

JANUARY 2016 SKEPTICAL CROSSWORD


January 2016 Logic & Maths Problems

JANUARY 2016 LOGIC & MATHS PROBLEMS




PUZZLES ARCHIVES


PUZZLES ARCHIVE 1  (AUGUST 2010 to APRIL 2011)

PUZZLES ARCHIVE 2 (MAY 2011 to SEPTEMBER 2011)

PUZZLES ARCHIVE 3 (OCTOBER 2011 to NOVEMBER 2012)

PUZZLES ARCHIVE 4 (December 2012 to June 2013)

PUZZLES ARCHIVE 5 (July 2013 to September 2014)

PUZZLES ARCHIVE 6 (October 2014 to December 2015)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 111 other followers

%d bloggers like this: