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

Round Blogworld Quiz Special – Part 2

In our special two-part quiz, Brit the Elder has supplied 15 cryptic clues: see part 1 for the first 7 clues (but don’t read the comments if you don’t want to know the answers); the rest are below.
Don’t forget that to make it extra tricksy, the answers are all connected. Who will claim the imaginary cream bun by getting the connection… in detail…?

8. Houses which disorderly pair lament. (10)
9. Hesitation after Greek god and fiend (Roman one) cause chaos.(11)
10. Praise explodes into a form of worship. (10)
11. Rate “not sound”. (4)
12. Delivery workers? (6)
13. Guard, guards, lookout, lookouts. (5)
14. “And his _________ may defeat my life”. (Othello) (10)
15. Sounds like Bilbo’s golden treasure, but actually it’s wooden. (4)

Solution to follow….

Round Blogworld Quiz Special – Part 1

This week we have another fiendish mega-quiz from Brit’s Dad to keep you occupied in the last week of the holidays. As with the previous one, it comes in two parts. Brit the Elder has supplied 15 cryptic clues: the first 7 clues are below, the rest will follow tomorrow.
To make it extra tricksy, the answers are all connected. Who will claim the imaginary cream bun…?
  1. Roaring for the English batsman, indebted. (9)
  2. A number of spots cause sudden failure. (5)
  3. Pass it, if you’re good enough! (6)
  4. Acumen from wise head. (10)
  5. Famous horse backed to make a killing (6)
  6. Spell “allure” (5)
  7. Noise of mollusc, belonging to you and me.(7)
The second set of questions will appear tomorrow…

The Dabbler’s Round Blogworld Quiz #23

This week’s devilishly fiendish Round Blogworld Quiz question (see the previous ones and their solutions here) has been set by expert solver and League of Dabblers stalwart Jonathan Law. As usual, find the link between these cryptic clues. A point for each item you get, and an imaginary cream bun of regal proportions if you get them all. If you get the link straight off, please don’t give it away too early!

What connects a Shakespeare play with a capacity audience; the man who rode Tony the Wonder Horse; the naked lady of Henly’s Corner and a nightclub dancer from Harlem USA; Claireece P. and a medley-playing pianist named, but not usually called, Gladys; and Sir Ben Kingsley’s first meal of the day?

The overall answer connects with Bin Laden’s giant clock and “the band the Beatles could have been”.

Clues will be given as necessary, and the solution will appear later.