Saturday 7 January 2012

22 Questions, 1 Clue

We've been doing this thing in my family over the last couple of months, where Mum gets a day off from cooking dinner, two of the rest of us plan and prepare a 3-course meal where as many ingredients as possible all start with the same letter, and the other two of us write and present a quiz themed around the same letter.

Today, we did the letter B, and I was on the quiz-writing side.  And I thought, since I've gone to the trouble of writing a quiz, I may as well get my money's worth and put it on here for you lot to have a look at.  I've deleted questions 13 and 14 because the answers were family in-references to start with, and then I worded question 14 so badly that none of the family knew what I was on about.  So you get the other 22 questions to chew over, ranging from the very easy to the potentially excruciating.

You get one clue for the whole quiz: every single answer starts with the letter B.  And you're not allowed to use Wikipedia except as a last resort!

  1. Which primary colour has the least number of cone cells in the human eye?
  2. What is the second-highest rank in the Anglican clergy?
  3. Which is the largest country in South America?
  4. What type of temporary skin defect is likely to appear after a burn?
  5. What Russian group, whose name means ‘the majority’, went on to become the country’s Communist Party?
  6. What form of private transport was first developed by various European inventors in the early-mid 19th century?
  7. The Hebrew word for which creature was the basis of the name Deborah?
  8. Which sport, included in the Olympics since 1992, uses a shuttlecock?
  9. Which UK county often has the word ‘Royal’ attached to its name?
  10. Which town in Hampshire contains Festival Place and The Anvil?
  11. In British usage, what word refers to the hinged panel covering a car’s engine?
  12. What region of Germany is known, among other things, for its motor works?
  13. QUESTION DELETED on grounds of extreme obscurity
  14. QUESTION DELETED on grounds of extreme obscurity
  15. What notorious incident took place in the Far East between 1898 and 1901?
  16. Which Sheffield-based confectioners first produced Liquorice Allsorts?
  17. Which classical composer carried on writing music despite going deaf?
  18. Which band is famous for, among other things, walking over a zebra crossing?
  19. Which animated film began life with the working title American Dog?
  20. Natwest, Lloyds and HSBC are all what?
  21. In the Star Wars trilogy, what is the name of the bounty hunter who takes Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt’s palace?
  22. What is the other common name of the mythical creature ‘Sasquatch’?
  23. What city is the capital of Belgium?
  24. What name is given to the lowest compartment in a ship, and to the water that collects there?

  • First 12 for '12 status: 7 down, 5 to go - past the half-way post
  • Latest book read: still A Brit Different
  • Latest film/TV watched: Wallace & Gromit's World of Invention
  • Latest music listened to: part of Adiemus II: Cantata Mundi by Karl Jenkins
  • Latest edible item eaten: chocolate
  • Predominant colour of clothes: reddish-brown
  • Programs and web pages currently running: Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, Firefox (tabs: MatNav 6.1; A White Horizon; Blogspot Create Post), Skype, Windows Media Player 11
  • Webcomics posted today: n/a

- The Colclough


  1. *Starts quiz*
    1. "Which primary colour has the least number of cone cells in the human eye?"

    Red, I think. Hang on... *Bangs head against wall*

  2. Well, I know 14 for them for sure, and another 3 I've made an educated guess at. I'm stumped by 10, 12, 15, 19 and 22, although I'm almost certain I do know 15 and 22, but just can't think of them right now. They're probably come to me in the middle of the night.

  3. I'll have a go later, I think 14 is Bass Guitar.

  4. My answers, email you I shall. Spoil them not, I will.

  5. I've had to look up 19 and 22. They were just driving me mad. Still, I've whittled 13 down to either The Curse, or Bob.

  6. No, Tim... Think "B"... B B B B B B B!!!!!!! In that case 13 has to be Bob. Please tell me it's Bob.

  7. I think 13 is Black Bean Sauce.