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


March 2015 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture Puzzles 56 (March 2015)


March 2015 “Mixed Bag” Questions

1. What is the chemical formula of ice?

2. Who am I?

  • I am a cricketer , who played for Australia and captained Tasmania and Durham
  • I was born in 1960
  • I played 107 tests for Australia, compiling 7422 runs

3. Write two one-word anagrams of the word “sober”.

4. For what event in 1947 is Chuck Yeager most famous?

5. What is a nonagon?

6. In what four TV series did Bill Bixby star?

7. What is the only Shakespeare play whose title refers to weather?

8. Which two Australian women have had feature roles in Batman movies?

9. Which member of ABBA was not born in Sweden?

10. What is the capital of the US state of Arizona?


11. For what invention is Joseph Bramah celebrated?

12. The Principality of Andorra is unusual in that its monarchy is shared between two co-princes. One is always the Spanish Bishop of Urgell; who is the other?

13. Who was Olivia Newton-John’s Nobel Prize winning grandfather?

14. What service organisation was founded by Mrs E Watts in 1953?

15. Who created the cartoon character Blinky Bill?

16. What is the common alternative name for the pastime of Fargling, aka Roshambo?

17. By what name did Ilich Ramírez Sánchez become better known?

18. Which batsman faced the first ever ball bowled in Test Cricket?

19. What kind of weather event produces fulgurites?

20. Although English is a rich language, sometimes foreign languages have useful words for specific situations. The German word Schlimmbesserung is an example. What does it mean?


March 2015 Skeptical Crossword

Theme: General Skeptical Issues


March 2015 Logic & Maths Problems


February 2015 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture Puzzles 55 (February 2015)


February 2015 “Mixed Bag” Questions

1. Name five countries that start with “U”.

2. How many Australian cities have ever launched official bids to host the Summer Olympics?

3. Which World War II general was known as “Old Blood and Guts”?

4. Who Am I?
• I am a stage performer with TV and film credits.
• I also have also written a play, a murder mystery and two autobiographies.
• I was born Rose Louise Hovic in 1914 in Seattle Washington and died in 1970.
• I had a domineering mother whose attempts to break unto show business met with little success until my younger sister June started to attract attention as a child vaudeville performer.
• Things changed when my 13 year old sister ran off to be married and I was pushed into the spotlight doing early burlesque routines at the age of 15.
• My life story was turned into one of the most successful Broadway musicals of all time.

5. Which common board game is in the shape of a six-pointed star?

6. Who died in 1827 during a thunderstorm while composing his tenth symphony?

7. Which Melbourne singer/songwriter hit number 1 in 2005 with the E.P. Scar?
8. Which of Batman’s TV villains was played by Frank Gorshin?

9. How many US states border the Gulf of Mexico?

10. On the 17th of April in what year? The Ford Mustang goes on sale in the USA for $2368 without optional extras.


11. What did Peter de Bernardi and Jeffery Petkovich do together on the 28th of September 1989?

12. How many firkins of ale are equivalent to one kilderkin?

13. Who is the only person to have played first class cricket and to have won a Nobel Prize?

14. What is the name of Dame Edna Everage’s older son?

15. For which European country was Engelbrekt a real-life mediaeval freedom fighter?

16. In what year was croquet an Olympic sport?

17. How many tests did Bob Simpson play before making his first test century?

18. Which town styled itself “The Yo Yo Capital of the World” in 1946?

19. Why was the Mitsubishi Pajero renamed the Montero in Spain?

20. Estelle Reiner, the wife of Carl Reiner and the mother of Rob Reiner had one of the more memorable lines of 1989 movies. What was it?


February 2015 Skeptical Crossword

Theme: Logical Fallacies (4)

February 2015 Logic & Maths Problems


January 2015 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture Puzzles 54 (January 2015)


January 2015 “Mixed Bag” Questions

1. Write three anagrams for the word “timer”

2. Which Australian sportsman was known as “Steady Eddie”?

3. Which are you most likely to die of soonest; lack of sleep, or lack of food?

4. In what river does the Spirit of Tasmania ferry dock while in Tasmania?

5. According to the advertising, what kind of animals produce Carnation milk?
6. What pieces of equipment designed for the Normandy Invasion of World War II were given the code name of mulberries?

7. In which Ocean do the Islands of Cape Verde lie?

8. In which Australian state is Tumbarumba?

9. In what way did The Herald of Free Enterprise make news in 1987?

10. Which Italian term is equivalent to the French “hors d’ouvres”?


11. What is Donald Duck’s middle name?

12. Who is credited with inventing the tea bag in 1908?

13. What is the Munsell System use to classify?

14. Which American President owned a pet alligator?

15. Elizabeth Bayley Seton was America’s first what?

16. Who was the only person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize posthumously?

17. Why was the famous Battle of New Orleans unnecessary?

18. Where was the quintessential French fashion designer Pierre Cardin actually born?

19. What is the main claim to fame of Hiroo Onoda?

20. What is the main claim to fame of Cornelius van Drebble?


January 2015 Skeptical Crossword


The Theme is “Chiropractic”

January 2015 Logic & Maths Puzzles


December 2014 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture Puzzles 53 (December 2014)



December 2014 “Mixed Bag” Questions

1. For each of the following pairs of words you can make two new common words or phrases by carefully selecting an appropriate word to put between them.
For example, Watch Collar
By placing the word “dog” in the middle you get Watch dog and Dog collar. Your answer would therefore be “dog”
A. Bare path
B. Back stand
C. Gold Bowl
D. Cauliflower Drum

2. On TV, who was just above Ensign Charles Parker and just below Captain Wallace T Binghampton in the chain of command?

3. Which two teams compete for the Sir Frank Worrell Trophy, and in What sport?

4. Give three anagrams for the word “rescued”

5. From what countries were the following English kings imported?
A. William III
B. James I
C. George I

6. Which manufacturer of electrical appliances advertised with the slogan “that’s life”?

7. Who wrote The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling?

8. According to the song, how long is the Camptown Racetrack?

9. What range of up-market leisure-time articles does the Conde-Nast International Company produce?

10. Who composed The Water Music and The Fireworks Music?


11. When Yuri Gagarin became the first spaceman on 12th April 1961, how many orbits did he complete?

12. What distinction is held by Pope Urban VII?

13. What occupation does a “cordwainer” (pronounced “cordner”) pursue?

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

15. In what Year was the Welcome Stranger nugget discovered?

16. Sir Redmond Barry was the judge who sentenced Ned Kelly to death. For how long did Barry live after Kelly’s death?

17. How many overs did Rod Marsh bowl in Test Cricket?

18. Who has been the only English Pope so far?

19. What is Donald Duck’s middle name?

20. Who is credited with inventing the tea bag in 1908?


December 2014 Skeptical Crossword


The Theme is “Famous Skeptics”

December 2014 Logic & Maths Puzzles


November 2014 Picture Puzzles

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

Picture Puzzles 52 (November 2014)


November 2014 “Mixed Bag” Questions

1. In what state of Australia is each of the following places:
a. Do-Town
b. Ulladulla
c. Wooloomooloo
d. Tantanoola

2. In World War II, T34s were produced in enormous quantities. What kind of weapon were they, and which army was equipped with them?

3. In mythology, what was the name of the beautiful wife of Menelaus?

4. Which long-running TV series featured Anne B Davis as a regular cast member?

5. What sport did Mark Twain say was “a good walk spoiled”?

6. Who hops down the bunny trail?

7. Give an anagram for the word “ripples”

8. Who was the oldest Beatle?

9. What is the capital of the US state of Alaska?

10. What product was first advertised in the 1880s as “An esteemed brain tonic and intellectual beverage”?


11. In what country was Aristotle Onassis born?

12. Of which country is Maseru the capital?

13. What feat do some New Zealanders claim for Richard Pearse?

14. The Science Fiction Novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” became the basis of which film?

15. Which of Captain Cook’s ships was the first to cross the Antarctic Circle?

16. What early novel’s alternative name was The Modern Prometheus?

17. In what year was the first FA Cup Final?

18. In what year did Diners Club introduce the credit card?

19. What is Kiki Haakonson’s main claim to fame?

20. Which city was the first to install traffic lights, in 1914?


November 2014 Skeptical Crossword Puzzle


November 2014 Logic & Maths Puzzles


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






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