Quiz Special: Fiddle and Find! (Part 2)

Cryptic crosswords are too easy, aren’t they? What we need is something that somehow combines cryptic clues, anagrams and lateral thinking in a sort of mega-puzzle… Thankfully, that’s exactly what quiz-master Brit the Elder has created…

How to solve the ‘Fiddle and Find’ quiz:
(1) Solve the cryptic clue
(2) Apply the bracket to your answer
(3) Fiddle and find to get the final answer!

The final answers are all themed. The theme will become obvious after you’ve solved a few – and will then help you to solve more.

See Part 1 here. Full answers will appear later.

 

11. disorderly ant heaps (8)   (as-le)

12. good provider (8)   (ier-aty)

13. insulating current (7)   (l-s)

14. unsanctioned art works (8)   (it-e)

15. great country (7)   (in-b)

16. pushes boats (6)   (s-d)

17. twinkle to twinkle (5)   (m-e)

18. tender suggestion (8)   (al-ie)

19. American wager (6)   (ae-do)

20. maintain application (5)   (i-e)

Quiz Special: Fiddle and Find! (Part 1)

Cryptic crosswords are too easy, aren’t they? What we need is something that somehow combines cryptic clues, anagrams and lateral thinking in a sort of mega-puzzle… Thankfully, that’s exactly what quiz-master Brit the Elder has created…

How to solve the ‘Fiddle and Find’ quiz:
(1) Solve the cryptic clue
(2) Apply the bracket to your answer
(3) Fiddle and find to get the final answer!

The final answers are all themed. The theme will become obvious after you’ve solved a few – and will then help you to solve more.

 

1. sell whip (4)   (l-r)
2. verminous colour (5)   (u-o)
3. rob fool (3)   (g-e)
4. Axe assassin? No, man! (7)   (t-e)
5. becomes edible (6)   (n-d)
6. nudge trudge prod plod (3)   (j-d)
7. autocontroller (8)   (m-e)
8. extended family group (5)   (b-g)
9. shop and save (5)   (t-h)
10. confuse flow controller (6)   (e-ou)

 

A further 10 questions (and a hint, if necessary) will follow in Part 2  tomorrow.

 

The Dabbler’s Literary Quiz – Part 3

Concluding Brit the Elder’s fun quiz for all book-lovers (see part 2 here)…. Simply identify the literary work and author from the initials. A few are slightly obscure but you’ll know most. There’s also a clue for each one. Readers are free to post answers in the comments, so don’t read those if you don’t want to spoil it.

36. TGG by FSF  Some said he had been a German spy

37. TDC by LT   The way that can be spoken of is not the constant way.

38. TSTS by IM I saw a monster rising from the waves.

39. HOD by JC   horror

40. C,TBC by AP   “It was my son that killed your son,” said the old man.

41. SPOW(LOA) by TEL    All men dream, but not equally.

42. AIW by LC    She swam in her own tears

43. GE by CD   Jaggers

44. ACO by AB   What happened now was that one white-coated veck strapped my gulliver to a like head-rest, singing to himself all the time some vonny cally pop-song.

45. TSDOAM by ST  Oh Joy! Oh Rapture! Pandora is organising a sock protest!

46. WH by CB  …and stretching an arm out to seize the importunate branch; instead of which, my fingers closed on the fingers of a little ice-cold hand!

47. CAP by FD   Being a small woman, the blow fell straight across the crown of her head.

48. TCITH by DS   We looked! Then we saw him step on the mat! We looked! And we saw him!/

49. S by JS   Time stopped and there was nothing in the world but two men looking into eternity in each other’s eyes. And the room rocked in the sudden blur of action…

50. TG by JD    Owl ice cream

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The Dabbler’s Literary Quiz – Part 2

Continuing Brit the Elder’s fun quiz for all book-lovers (see part 1 here). Simply identify the literary work and author from the initials. A few are slightly obscure but you’ll know most. There’s also a clue for each one. Readers are free to post answers in the comments, so don’t read those if you don’t want to spoil it. Solution and part 3 to follow next week…

21. FML by RC    Moose

22. AFTA by EH   Bonello leaned over, put the pistol against the man’s head and pulled the trigger.  The pistol did not fire. “You have to cock it,” I said. He cocked it and fired twice.

23. M by WS   all our yesterdays

24. JW by RC   Ethel, Robert, Mr and Mrs Brown

25. FQ (EC) by TSE   In my beginning is my end

26. TF by NM    A rumble in the jungle

27. AHOTESP by WC   from the Birth of Britain…

28. TCIOTDITNT by MH   The Monty Hall Problem

29. LOP by YM   Tiger, hyena…meerkats

30. HPATOOTP by JKR   Part 5

31. P’S D by SP   I am told this day that Parliament hath voted 2s. per annum for every chimney in England, as a constant revenue to the Crowne.

32. OTR by JK   …and I looked up at the ceiling and didn’t know who I was for about fifteen strange seconds.

33. DOAN by GA and WG   April 9. Commenced the day badly.

34. TGM by JPD …And all I want is one break which is not my neck.

35. L J by KA    His mouth had been used as a latrine by some small creature of the night.

 

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The Dabbler’s Literary Quiz – Part 1

Brit the Elder’s quizzes are notoriously fiendish, but this one is a bit of fun for all book-lovers. Simply identify the book (or short story) and author from the initials. A few are slightly obscure but you’ll know most. There’s also a clue for each one. Readers are free to post  answers in the comments, so don’t read those if you don’t want to spoil it. Solution and part 2 to follow next week…

1. TSC by JJR  …born free…

2. GWTW by MM …tomorrow is another day.

3. TWB by CK   Tom, the little chimney sweep

4. TO or TS by AC   Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don’t know.

5. BMHAWK by DB  They made us many promises…but they never kept but one. They promised to take our land, and they took it…

6. CWR by LL    Huge and squat, the jar lay on the grass like an unexploded bomb.

7. W-T-P by AAM   These are the wrong sort of bees!

8. TSG by RD   Intelligent life on a planet comes of age when it works out the reason for its existence.

9. GT by JS   Luggnagg

10. MAC by PO’B  Sophie

11. TAQ by CSF  Allnutt and Rose

12. TL-P by LW  The world is everything that is the case.

13. TWITW by KG    Uptails all!

14. TM by FK    What has happened to me?

15. D by SH   Then Bella did something very kind.

16. SV by S   Do one thing for me, SV.

17. TR by P   “So opinion and knowledge must have different correalates corresponding to their difference of faculty.”    “They must.”

18. TDOAF by AF   I want to go on living after my death.

19. MD by HM  Call me!

20. POTAAAYM  by JJ  Hero

Quiz Special: Lark Rise and Candleford Fair

Time for a quiz! Can you solve the riddle of ‘Lark Rise and Candleford Fair’? It’s another Brit the Elder special… but this time, he assures us, it’s significantly less fiendish than the last few, so everyone should have a bash at it…

Viewers of the television series Lark Rise to Candleford might be surprised to learn that these two villages still exist today. Whilst not having quite the day-to-day social intensity of the BBC programmes, the villages do get together for various communal events, including an annual fair, which takes place on neutral ground .

I have only been to the fair once, but I was lucky enough to have as a guide one of the fair’s organisers, a small, ardent man named Jack Dawkins. Jack showed me round the stalls and entertainments and told me some of the history of the event. On this occasion he was delighted that the fair was taking place at all, as he and his wife had spent the previous night in gale conditions, battling to keep the displays and all the colourful bunting from blowing away.

“We do so much work together on this celebration,” he told me. “We would have hated to have to call it off.”

As we wandered around, I was surprised by the quality of the second-hand stalls. I noticed a stall selling classic magazines, something I like to collect. I love those old mag pieces with satirical comments on government, and I managed to find three to add to my collection.

There were plenty of food stands at the fair, and even what looked like a flat-packed pub, assembled for the day. It was called the “Duck or Grouse”, an old joke placed over a low doorway, I know, but I still find it amusing. Inside, we surveyed the menu. There were two bitters to choose from, Lark Rise Best or Kathy’s ale. But at £5 a bottle, the wine was a steal, so I ordered a bottle of white. Throats lubricated, we turned to the food, both ordering Dover sole as a starter and chicken supreme as a main course.

This pleasant interlude was enhanced by the view of the countryside through the makeshift window. Jack told me that the superb rambling routes in the vicinity were the best in the whole Fieldfare Vale area. When I asked about his own experiences with running the fair, he admitted that Continue reading