Puzzles

May 2015 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture Puzzles 58 (May 2015)

ANSWERS


May 2015 “Mixed Bag” Questions

1. Name four African mainland countries that start with S.

2. Link the following film stars with their autobiographies.
STARS: David Niven, Peter Ustinov, Errol Flynn, Michael Caine, Peter Fonda, Leonard Nimoy, Alec Guinness
BIOGRAPHIES: I Am Not Spock, My Wicked Wicked Ways, What’s It All About?, Dear Me, The Moon’s a Balloon, The Diary of a Retiring Actor, Don’t Tell Dad

3. Who famously bowled underarm against New Zealand in 1981?

4. To what family of fish do goldfish belong?

5. Which English sitcom TV couple was played by Yootha Joyce and Brian Murphy?

6. Draughts and chessboards have 64 squares. What popular game has a board of 225 squares?

7. What was the name of Batman’s (that is, Bruce Wayne’s) butler?

8. In which continent was the 19th century battle of Antietam fought?

9. For which two films did Jane Fonda win Best Actress Oscars?

10. What is the name shared by the Greek god of the sea, the 1906 Melbourne Cup winner and the West Australian nickel mining company that was the centre of a boom and a scandal in 1969/70?

HARDER: (You may want to look these up)

11. What is the predominant religion among Pitcairn Islanders?

12. The confectionery known in its country of origin as Lokum is better known to English speakers as what?

13. What was remarkable about the United States Air Force’s bombing of Schaffhausen on 1 April 1944?

14. Who took out U.S. Patent 1,781,541, and for what kind of device?

15. Historians now generally agree that Queen Anne’s main reason for knighting Isaac Newton was not for his scientific achievement, nor even his work as Master of the Mint. What was it?

16. How many points is the letter C worth in the Swedish version of Scrabble?

17. Which American state is bounded by South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming?

18. For what body of work is Australian composer Barrington Somers Pheloung best known?

19. What was Major-General Logan Scott-Bowden doing at night on New Year’s Eve 1943?

20. Which state of Australia has the Weedy Sea Dragon as its official marine emblem?

ANSWERS


May 2015 Skeptical Crossword

This month the theme is GENERAL SKEPTICISM.

MAY 2015 SKEPTICAL CROSSWORD PUZZLE


May 2015 Logic & Maths Problems

MAY 2015 LOGIC & MATHS PROBLEMS



April 2015 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture Puzzles 57 (April 2015)

ANSWERS


April 2015 “Mixed Bag” Questions

1. Given the following descriptions, write the name of the Scottish village in each case.
A. Where TV’s Hamish Macbeth was policeman
B. Where couples traditionally elope to to get married
C. In musical comedy it only materialises once every 100 years

2. What are the three main ingredients in a Pina Colada cocktail?

3. In order of distance from the sun, the planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. Which is next?

4. Which comic strip dog was created by Alex Graham?

5. In which South American country is the port of Valparaiso?

6. According to a literary quote, what hath hell no fury like?

7. Which comic strip character’s great enemy was Black Pete?

8. Which American writer has “Quoth the raven, nevermore” as his epitaph?

9. Which Sci Fi TV series of the sixties, which had a five-year run and was based
on a 1961 movie starred Richard Basehart and David Hedison?

10. Which of Australia’s six state capitals was the last to be proclaimed a city in 1902?

HARDER:

11. What code name for a shadowy person the 1970s was revealed in 2005 as that of FBI agent Mark Felt?

12. Who said “a dog has the soul of a philosopher”?

13. In what year did the Catholic Church apologise to Galileo for convicting him of heresy?

14. What shape is wombat poo?

15. Australia is only one country that has a compulsory voting system. How many countries officially have national compulsory voting (whether enforced or not)?

16. The Shannon Number is the number of possible what?

17. Although only two verses or stanzas are ever used officially, how many verse or stanzas make up the complete Greek National Anthem?

18. According to the Guinness Book of Records, how old was Bluey, the World’s oldest dog when he died?

19. Of what country is the city of Conakry the capital?

20. Erling Kagge is best known for what 1992/3 feat?

ANSWERS


April 2015 Skeptical Crossword

This month the theme is CRYPTIDS.

APRIL 2015 CROSSWORD PUZZLE


April 2015 Logic & Maths Problems

APRIL 2015 LOGIC & MATHS PROBLEMS


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