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)


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?


February 2016 Skeptical Crossword

Theme: Frauds and Scams


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)


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?


January 2016 Skeptical Crossword

Theme: Job Titles and Descriptions


January 2016 Logic & Maths Problems


December 2015 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture Puzzles 65 (December 2015)


December 2015 “Mixed Bag” Questions

1. For What film did Cher win the Best Actress Oscar in 1987?

2. Who had a hit with Hey Joe in 1967?

3. Who created The Muppets?

4. Is Baghdad on the Tigris River or the Euphrates river?

5. Milton Friedman is an expert in what field?

6. For what is Jefferson Davis famous?

7. True or false: No Oscars were awarded in 1933.

8. Which writer invented The Jabberwock?

9. The terms planche, stutz and tinisca are recent additions to the possible moves in which Olympic sport?

10. Is a krait a fish, a bird or a snake?

HARDER: (You may want to look these up)

11. Michael Foale was the first British person to do what?

12. The Roman town of Lutetia was the forerunner of which present-day European City?

13. What are the two ingredients in a Bellini cocktail?

14. In the 1930s an animal called Gef became a tabloid sensation in Britain. Who or what was Gef?

15. What is the postcode for Casey Antarctic Base?

16. Which action hero was created by Johnston McCulley?

17. Which Opera is based on a Prosper Mérimée Novella?

18. A Renaissance author called Piccolomini co-wrote a popular erotic novel. He later became better known by what name?

19. Who allegedly attacked who in the Battle of Karánsebes in 1788?
20. Which American state arose from a colony founded by James Oglethorpe as an asylum for debtors?


December 2015 Skeptical Crossword



December 2015 Logic & Maths Problems


November 2015 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture Puzzles 64 (November 2015)


November 2015 “Mixed Bag” Questions

1. In the nursery rhyme, what were the occupations of the three men in a tub?

2. There are at least four legitimate English 7 – letter anagrams of the word “PIRATES”. How many can you find?

3. What is the one place where the American flag flies 24 hours a day, is never raised or lowered and is never saluted?

4. How many times a year does an adult cat shed its coat: one, two or three?

5. In what year of the 60s did visiting British model Jean Shrimpton cause a scandal in Melbourne by wearing a miniskirt to the races?

6. How can you tell that rain is on the way by looking at a pine cone?
A. Its scales open up
B. Its scales close
C. Its scales become loose

7. Which authority figure wears the Fisherman’s Ring?

8. The word carnival is derived from a French term meaning what in English?
A. Fun time
B. Feast of meat
C. Goodbye to meat

9. A standard part of an American GI’s field equipment is known in Pentagon doublespeak as a “combat emplacement evacuator”. What is it to the average civilian?

10. What is the name of William Golding’s book about a group of British schoolboys isolated on an island?

HARDER: (You may want to look these up)

11. In what year was The Reverend William Bedford “mooned” by three hundred female convicts?

12. What country has this flag?

13. Why did a Chicago man named Corey Taylor fake his own death in 2007?

14. What was unusual about Frank Hayes’s winning ride on Sweet Kiss?

15. What name did author CS Lewis give to the planet Mars?

16. Which comic strip was created by Bob Montana?

17. Who wrote the Black Spider Memos?

18. What vehicle has the registration number SCV 00919?

19. What did David Worrell use as weapon when trying to rob a London bank?

20. Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a 50,000 word novel called Gadsby. What was unusual about it?


November 2015 Skeptical Crossword



November 2015 Logic & Maths Problems


October 2015 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture Puzzles 63 (October 2015)


October 2015 “Mixed Bag” Questions

1. What Australian motoring classic was first sponsored by Redex in 1953?

2. What, to a Scot is a bairn?

3. What are (or were) the nationalities of The Three Tenors?

4. Which four legitimate five-letter English words can be written using the letters A,C,E,P & S once each?

5. What specific infectious disease is the BCG vaccine used to prevent?

6. Which is likely to be larger; your brain, or your liver?

7. In what field did Grandma Moses become famous?

8. What is the capital of the US state of Texas?

9. On the 19th of June in what year?
• Muhammad Ali is convicted for refusing induction in US Army.
• Paul McCartney admits on TV that he took LSD

10. What fish is served as the main course on Christmas Eve in Austria?

HARDER: (You may want to look these up)

11. Who was Western Australian State Horse Ploughing Champion in 1993 and 1994?

12. Which Australian invention was designed by Lyster Ormsby and built by John Bond?

13. Which State of the USA does not have a rectangular flag?

14. What is composer Irving Szathmary’s best-known composition?

15. What place does Sam Poo have in Australian history?

16. In 1969 a war started between two countries over a football game. Name the two countries.

17. Kenneth Kennedy was the first to represent Australia in which Olympic event?

18. Who or what is Barfing Barb?

19. List the six countries that border France

20. What was the name of Napoleon Solo’s boss at UNCLE, and who played him?


October 2015 Skeptical Crossword



October 2015 Logic & Maths Problems


September 2015 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture Puzzles 62 (September 2015)


September 2015 “Mixed Bag” Questions

1. What’s Winnie-the-Pooh’s favourite food?

2. Write an anagram for the word “despair”

3. In 1978 “The Girl In the Red Bikini” was a major news headline in Australia. Why?

4. Are people most likely to be allergic do dogs, cats or horses?

5. According to the nursery rhyme, how old is Pease Porridge in the pot?

6. These three ladies all won Best Actress Oscars during the 80s. For three points, put their wins in chronological order, first to last.
Jessica Tandy, Katherine Heburn, Sally Field

7. What play, turned into a musical, then a film was a black comedy featuring a talking man-eating plant?

8. Which American patriotic song is sung to the same tune as God Save The Queen?

9. Of which Australian city is Golden Square a suburb?

10. In Which modern country would you find the historical country of Abyssinia? A. Egypt B.Sudan C. Ethiopia

HARDER: (You may want to look these up)

11. The common name for the constellation Leo is “The Lion”. What is the common name for the constellation Apus?

12. What is the Mercalli Scale used to measure?

13. What was unusual about the sinking of the submarine USS Tang in October 1944?

14. Historically, which of the 26 letters of the English alphabet was the last to be added?

15. Which US State Capital was once known as “Pig’s Eye”?

16. Raimondo and his brother Piero dÍnzeo were to first athletes to do what?

17. Which high-profile annual event is celebrated at Gobblers Knob, Pennsylvania?

18. What is a baby llama called?

19. Candice Bergen’s father Edgar was a popular ventriloquist. Apart from the fact that it was made of wood, what was special about the design of the honorary Oscar he received in 1937?

20. Which annual event’s inaugural winner was Captain Arthur Waite in 1928?


September 2015 Skeptical Crossword



September 2015 Logic & Maths Problems


August 2015 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture Puzzles 61 (August 2015)


August 2015 “Mixed Bag” Questions

1. What do these three objects have in common: Corn, Weasel, Balloon

2. In which century does (will?) Buck Rogers operate?

3. Who was the first British actor to be made a Lord in 1970?

4. Which world leader was imprisoned for 26 years on Robben Island?

5. What popular TV series about ancient Rome was based on books by Robert Graves and starred Derek Jacobi in the title role?

6. What was the name of Elvis Presley’s backing group?

7. Where are The Spanish Steps?

8. What are Britain’s three major political parties?

9. On the 5th of June in what year? Sirhan Sirhan fatally shoots Bobby Kennedy

10. What are Switzerland’s four official languages?

HARDER: (You may want to look these up)

11. Why did the Arizona Republic Newspaper win a Procrastinator of the Year Award in 1982?

12. Who played Elmer Prettywillie in a 1926 silent film?

13. By what brand name is polytetrafluoroethylene better known?

14. Which geological feature in Victoria Australia was originally called The Sow and Piglets?

15. What happened when TV’s inventor John Logie Baird tried to turn graphite into diamonds?

16. William Friese-Greene was a pioneering inventor specialising in what field?

17. Which of the planets has a moon called Margaret?

18. What was unusual about the trial of Formosus in Rome in 897 AD?

19. What links Edward Oxford, John William Bean, William Hamilton and Robert Pate?

20. Why was English Queen Anne’s body buried in a square coffin?


August 2015 Skeptical Crossword



August 2015 Logic & Maths Problems


July 2015 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture Puzzles 60 (July 2015)


July 2015 “Mixed Bag” Questions

  1. This question is about Gordons.
    A. Who played Gordon Gecko in a 1987 movie?
    B. By what name is Gordon Sumner better known?
    C. What type of activity are people doing when they perform The Gay Gordons?
    D. In which continent did the British General Gordon have his last stand in 1885?
    E. In which Australian state or territory is the Gordon River?
    F. Which two interstate highways are linked by Gordon Street Footscray?

2. What was the name of the two ships that Captain Cook personally sailed in on his three voyages of discovery between 1768 and 1779?

3. What nickname was given to Santa Clara Valley California in the mid-70s because of the main industry there?

4. In which Robert Louis Stevenson adventure did much of the action take place on the good ship Hispaniola?

5. In what month of what year did Melbourne receive its record rainfall over a 24 hour period?

6. In Lord of the Rings, what kind of creature was Shelob?

7. Who shot who at Stringybark Creek in 1878?

8. Which two girls were the object of Archie Andrews’ affection?

9. In which foreign capital is The Forbidden City?

10. On what river are the Victoria Falls?

HARDER: (You may want to look these up)

11. Either define or draw an interrobang.

12. Where on a CD player would you find Guillemets?

13. Twenty-four-year-old Australian Benita Johnson became Australia’s first world champion in which field of athletics on 21st March 2004?

14. What connects the Australian women Mary Howe, Mary Ann Baker and Elizabeth Jessie Hickman?

15. Which three Australian states or territories meet at Poeppel Corner?

16. What did Australian Jack Grant invent in 1965?

17. In what unusual way did King Alexander of Greece die in 1920?

18. Philosopher, mathematician and astrologer Jerome Cardan predicted his own death in 1576. How did he ensure that that prediction was accurate?

19. Which Prince of Wales (hence heir to the British throne) died in 1751, and what was the accident that caused his death?

20. Which movie actor and actress portrayed Norman and Ethel Thayer?


July 2015 Skeptical Crossword



July 2015 Logic & Maths Problems


 June 2015 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture Puzzles 59 (June 2015)


June 2015 “Mixed Bag” Questions

1. What is a malapropism and where does the word come from?

2. Pair each star with his or her original name
STAR: Michael Keaton, Angie Dickinson, Judy Garland, Bono. Brigitte Bardot, Ben Kingsley, Meg Ryan, Cary Grant
ORIGINAL NAME: Frances Ethel Gumm, Margaret Hyra, Angeline Brown, Camille Javal, Krishna Bhanji, Archibald Leach, Paul Hewson, Michael Douglas

3. What is the currency of Thailand?

4. Which bent Detective sergeant in TV’s The Bill fled to Australia?

5. Which precursor to the Science Fiction novel was written by Mary Shelly in 1818?

6. What all-time great record Christmas hit was first recorded by cowboy star Gene Autry?

7. What is common about all the following words; boycott, derby, diesel, frisbee, and guillotine?

8. Which author with an alliterative name wrote The Day of the Jackal?

9. The elements Helium, Neon, Argon, Krypton, Xenon and Radon are collectively called the [what] gases?

10. Who has friends called Wendy, Scoop, Muck and Dizzy?

HARDER: (You may want to look these up)

11. Who or what was slain with a vorpal blade near the Tumtum tree?

12. At last count, (March 2015) how many natural satellites (moons) does the planet Jupiter have?

13. What is unusual about the Newark Ohio building of the Longaberger Company?

14. Why does the Union Jack appear in Hawaii’s flag?

15. “Redsmith” is an alternative name for what occupation?

16. What record did Min Bahadur Sherchan set in May 2008?

17. Perelandra was the name given by the author CS Lewis to what?

18. How is Baron Greenwich better known?

19. What distinction does Point Nepean in Port Philip Bay claim in regard to both world wars?

20. What city is served by Dum Dum Airport?


June 2015 Skeptical Crossword

This month the theme is CULTS & SECTS.


June 2015 Logic & Maths Problems


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)


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?


May 2015 Skeptical Crossword

This month the theme is GENERAL SKEPTICISM.


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)


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?


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?


April 2015 Skeptical Crossword

This month the theme is CRYPTIDS.


April 2015 Logic & Maths Problems






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