- Garden Alcove/Shelter for Ships
- Passenger-carrying Transport/Misuses
- Roof Overhang/Depart
- Brown Pigment/Wood
- Amount Allowed/Formal Speech
- Confuse/Swaying Walk
- Bounding Walk/Secretly Run Away
- Fictional Detective/Personification of Darkness in Greek Myth
- Willow/ More Curious

What is the nine-letter word, phrase or saying?

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]]>However, the quiz changed to Movie Quotes just before the start. Now they weren’t too bothered, but if you’re a real music buff but never watch films, you’re not going to be happy.

In a normal pub quiz this exact scenario is not likely to happy, but we have written before about a Hallowe’en quiz that was predominantly questions on horror films.

Do yourself a favour and do the quiz you promise.

]]>Sunday 3rd - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 4th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Monday 4th - The Mill Cambridge 19.00

Tuesday 5th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 6th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 7th - Academy Espresso Bar 19.30

Sunday 10th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 11th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Monday 11th - The Mill Cambridge 19.00

Tuesday 12th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 13th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 14th - One Bar at Wales Millennium Centre 19.30

Sunday 17th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 18th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Monday 18th - The Mill Cambridge 19.00

Tuesday 19th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 20th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 21st - Academy Espresso Bar 19.30

Sunday 24th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 25th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Monday 25th - The Mill Cambridge 19.00

Tuesday 26th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 27th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 28th - One Bar at Wales Millennium Centre 19.30

]]>A hiker leaves his tent and walks five miles due south, turns and walks five miles due east, and finally walks five miles due north. You would expect the walker to have a further trek of five miles due west in order to get back to the tent.

Oddly, the hiker is back at the tent.

How is this possible?

The only way that this is possible is if the tent is at the North Pole.

The hiker walks five miles away from the pole (which must be south), then walks east along a line of latitude that is five miles from the pole, and finally walks five miles north back to the pole.

]]>A hiker leaves his tent and walks five miles due south, turns and walks five miles due east, and finally walks five miles due north. You would expect the walker to have a further trek of five miles due west in order to get back to the tent.

Oddly, the hiker is back at the tent.

How is this possible?

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Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>BOOB

BA

KIOKI

TOOT .

I . . . . .

BOOB = 3003 and BA = 37, hence BOOB x BA = 111111.

O = 0, I = 1, K = 2, B = 3, A = 7 and T = 9.

]]>BOOB

BA

KIOKI

TOOT .

I . . . . .

Can you complete the sum?

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]]>C, K, O, P, S and U

These are the first six letters where the uppercase and lowercase letters look the same and this continues

V, W, X, Y and Z

]]>C, K, O, P, S and U

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>- Mr Black is reading essays,
- Mr Grey is reading a book by the author facing him,
- Mr Brown is sitting between the essayist and the humourist,
- Mr Pink is sitting next to the playwright,
- The essayist is sitting opposite the historian,
- Mr Green is reading plays,
- Mr Brown is the novelist's brother-in-law,
- Mr Black, who occupies a corner seat, has no interest in history,
- Mr Green is sitting opposite the novelist,
- Mr Pink is reading a book written by the humourist,
- Mr White never reads poetry.

Can you identify all six authors?

From 3 we can see that the essayist and the humourist are sitting in corner seats on one side of the carriage. And from 5 we know that the historian is in a corner seat opposite the essayist. Which leaves one corner seat unknown.

From 1 we know that Mr Black is not the essayist, and from 8 we can tell he is not the the historian. Also from 8 we know he is in a corner seat, so he must be the humourist or sitting opposite the humourist.

From 7 Mr Brown is not the novelist, so from 9 we can tell that Mr Green is not sitting opposite Mr Brown in the other middle seat. Also he can't be the essayist or the historian (they are opposite each other) nor can he be opposite the humourist.

So Mr Green is the humourist, who is opposite Mr Black, who is the novelist.

In a grid of names against writing specialisms we can cross of many possibilities, leaving Mr White as the essayist, Mr Pink as the historian, Mr Brown is the poet and Mr Grey is the playwright.

]]>- Mr Black is reading essays,
- Mr Grey is reading a book by the author facing him,
- Mr Brown is sitting between the essayist and the humourist,
- Mr Pink is sitting next to the playwright,
- The essayist is sitting opposite the historian,
- Mr Green is reading plays,
- Mr Brown is the novelist's brother-in-law,
- Mr Black, who occupies a corner seat, has no interest in history,
- Mr Green is sitting opposite the novelist,
- Mr Pink is reading a book written by the humourist,
- Mr White never reads poetry.

Can you identify all six authors?

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Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>On 1st June Brady wore blue, Blair and Billie wore red, Blake wore green and Brook wore yellow.

On 11th June two girls wore red, one wore green, one wore blue and one wore white.

On 19th June Blake wore green and Brook wore yellow, with the others in red.

Blake wore yellow on 22nd June and white on 23rd June.

On 1st July all the girls were dressed exactly as on 1st June.

Who wore green on 11th June?

Blair, Billie, Blake and Brook are wearing the same colour on 1st and 19th June, so their numbers of dresses must be different factors of 18, so 1, 2, 3 and 6.

Blake can't own one dress, two dresses or three dresses, as she is in different colours on the 19th, 22nd and 23rd June, so she owns six dresses and wore white on the 11th June.

Blair and Billie must own one dress and two dresses, although we don't which is which, and so they must have worn red on the 11th June.

Brady must have five or ten dresses as the number she owns must be a factor of 30 but not 18. In either case she wore blue on the 11th June.

So Brook wore the green dress on 11th June.

]]>He recorded a piece to camera via Zoom that afternoon, and his comments featured in the episode on 29th September. The episode is 15 minutes long, and The Answer Run was the last program covered. We can't advocate fast forwarding through the other items, but the segment starts at 12.12.

You can view the whole episode here. Hopefully we will be asked to give our opinions on other quiz shows before too long.

]]>On 1st June Brady wore blue, Blair and Billie wore red, Blake wore green and Brook wore yellow.

On 11th June two girls wore red, one wore green, one wore blue and one wore white.

On 19th June Blake wore green and Brook wore yellow, with the others in red.

Blake wore yellow on 22nd June and white on 23rd June.

On 1st July all the girls were dressed exactly as on 1st June.

Who wore green on 11th June?

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Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>Tuesday 1st - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 2nd - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 3rd - One Bar at Wales Millennium Centre 19.30

Sunday 6th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 7th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 8th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 9th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 10th - Academy Espresso Bar 19.30

Sunday 13th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 14th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Monday 14th - The Mill Cambridge 19.00

Tuesday 15th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 16th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 17th - One Bar at Wales Millennium Centre 19.30

Sunday 20th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 21st - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Monday 21st - The Mill Cambridge 19.00

Tuesday 22nd - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 23rd - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 24th - Academy Espresso Bar 19.30

Sunday 27th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 28th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Monday 28th - The Mill Cambridge 19.00

Tuesday 29th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 30th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 31st - One Bar at Wales Millennium Centre 19.30

]]>He had played a nine-hole match against each of his three daughters, and to encourage them he had arranged to pay them for holes that he failed to win. Each of the matches was treated separately. If he failed to win a hole he paid £1; if he didn't win on two consecutive holes he paid £3 (£1 plus £2); three consecutive holes meant £6 (£1 plus £2 plus £3); and so on.

He had done badly and paid out £47, and his daughter were now shopping!

Each of the three matches had started badly for him, as he had lost the second hole, The River, in all three matches. Three outrageous bounces into the water apparently.

However, on Twin Brooks he had been able to drive over all the water, whereas all his daughters had laid up short. Because of this he had won this hole against them all.

This was a small mercy, as he had won only two other holes - different holes in different matches.

What number hole is Twin Brooks?

Taking the two matches where he had won two holes, he must have paid out for seven holes in each. The cheapest way to pay out on seven holes is two lots of two holes and one lot of three holes. Two holes cost £3 and three holes cost £6, so £12 in each match, or £24 for the two matches.

As he lost £47 in total and a minimum of £24 in two of them, he can have lost a maximum of £23 in the third match, in which he won one hole - Twin Brooks.

If Twin Brooks is the first or ninth he would lose eight consecutive holes, which would be £36 - too much.

If Twin Brooks is the eighth (it can't be the second) he would lose seven holes for £28 and one hole for £1 giving £29 - again too much.

If Twin Brooks is the third or the seventh he loses a block of two holes for £3 and a block of six holes for £21, making £24 - just too much once more.

If Twin Brooks is the fifth he lose two lots of four holes, which is two lots of £10 making £20. This sounds promising. However, this means that in the other two matches he would have also lost a block of four holes. So the cheapest way to pay out would be four holes (£10), two holes (£3) and one hole (£1) making £14, and two lots of £14 plus £20 is £48. Twin Brooks is not the fifth hole.

So Twin Brooks is either the fourth or the sixth.

In the match where he won one hole this makes three consecutive holes for £6 and five consecutive holes for £15, totalling £21 on that match. This leaves £26 lost on the other two matches.

This can be achieved by three consecutive holes for £6 (either before hole four or after hole six) with the remaining five holes split into a block of three holes for £6, and one hole for £1.

If Twin Brooks is hole six, then the two matches where he won two holes he would have to win four and six in one match and two and six in the other - remember he won different holes in the two matches. But we know he lost hole two in all three matches, so this is wrong.

Thus Twin Brooks is the fourth hole, and he won hole six against one daughter and hole eight against the other.

]]>As a Brewery or Pub Chain Owner you would like to take advantage of the economies of scale to bulk buy Quizzes for your pubs, and secure a nice discount.

So you pay your weekly fee, the supplier sends a quiz to all your pubs each week and . . .

“We’ve tried running quizzes here, but they don’t really work”,

“There’s a bloke who does our Quiz Nights and we’re not going to change”

“Our quizzes are the first Wednesday of the month – we don’t need one every week”

“No one in our pub liked the quiz you sent, so we stopped using them”

“Six rounds are too many for us – we use the best four rounds and throw the others”

You have got a lovely big discount, but most of the Quizzes end up in the bin. Which rather defeats the point.

There must be a better way.

**The Solution**

How about you buy a pool of Quiz Rounds (Note: Rounds not Quizzes) for use in your pubs; if they want to use them they do, and if they don’t they don’t. You only pay for what your pubs use.

Here’s how it works:

- You buy a number of Quiz Rounds that go into a pool.
- Any of your pubs that wants to use the free quizzes creates an account, and we link it to your account so they can access the quiz rounds.
- Each pub can then choose the number of rounds for their quiz night, the subjects for each round, and the difficulty for each round. They get exactly the quiz that they want, which might be completely different from every other pub.
- Every time a pub generates a quiz round the number in your pool decreases by one, so you are only paying for what the pubs actually use.
- When the number of rounds in your pool drops below your chosen limit, we’ll send you an e-mail to remind you to top up the pool.

**Get What You Want, Not What You’re Given**

The benefit to you is that you can supply your pubs with quizzes without paying for those that go in the bin.

The benefit to the pubs is they get to choose the frequency, length, subject and difficulty of the quiz they use, instead of the One Size Fits All approach that doesn’t really work.

]]>He had played a nine-hole match against each of his three daughters, and to encourage them he had arranged to pay them for holes that he failed to win. Each of the matches was treated separately. If he failed to win a hole he paid £1; if he didn't win on two consecutive holes he paid £3 (£1 plus £2); three consecutive holes meant £6 (£1 plus £2 plus £3); and so on.

He had done badly and paid out £47, and his daughter were now shopping!

Each of the three matches had started badly for him, as he had lost the second hole, The River, in all three matches. Three outrageous bounces into the water apparently.

However, on Twin Brooks he had been able to drive over all the water, whereas all his daughters had laid up short. Because of this he had won this hole against them all.

This was a small mercy, as he had won only two other holes - different holes in different matches.

What number hole is Twin Brooks?

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Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>A G N V T E R

E W T I Y S W

O H M R O N K

E E D E E E A

T T T A E O I

C R L T N T I

Round and round and round we go, Even though our wits are slow, First-Class ticket? How absurd, One should always take a third.

"Round and round" and "take a third" are the clues. You go cyclically through the message taking out every third letter, and get -

NEW YORK DETECTIVES MEETING THE TRAIN AT WATERLOO

We assume that the message's original recipient decoded it, hid the paper and left the train before Waterloo . . . or perhaps not!

]]>A G N V T E R

E W T I Y S W

O H M R O N K

E E D E E E A

T T T A E O I

C R L T N T I

Round and round and round we go, Even though our wits are slow, First-Class ticket? How absurd, One should always take a third.

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>If you turn the first gear (the one with 30 teeth) around 20 times, how many times does the fourth gear turn?

As the first gear has three times the number of teeth that the second gear has, the second gear will turn three times as often - 60 times.

As the third gear has twice the number of teeth that the second gear has, the third gear will turn half as often - 30 times.

As the third gear has twice the number of teeth that the fourth gear has, the fourth gear will turn twice as often - 60 times.

In fact, as the second and fourth gears have the same number of teeth, the number of teeth on the third gear is not relevant.

]]>If you turn the first gear (the one with 30 teeth) around 20 times, how many times does the fourth gear turn?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>The story goes that a King or other ruler wants to reward one of his subjects and asks what they would like, expecting the request to be for money, gold or something in that vein.

Instead the request is for one grain of rice to be placed a the first square of a chessboard, two grains of rice on the next square, four grains on the next square, and so on, doubling each time.

The King thinks this is a very meagre reward and urges the subject to reconsider, but he is unmoved - this is the reward he wants.

How many grains of rice does he receive?

The number of grains of rice increases very rapidly, with the 64th and final square containing 2 ^ 63 grains of rice. The total number of grains of rice is 2 ^ 64 -1 or 18,446,744,073,709,551,615 which works out at about 1.4 trillion metric tons; more rice than there is on the planet.

]]>The story goes that a King or other ruler wants to reward one of his subjects and asks what they would like, expecting the request to be for money, gold or something in that vein.

Instead the request is for one grain of rice to be placed a the first square of a chessboard, two grains of rice on the next square, four grains on the next square, and so on, doubling each time.

The King thinks this is a very meagre reward and urges the subject to reconsider, but he is unmoved - this is the reward he wants.

How many grains of rice does he receive?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>She eventually went along, and unfortunately these reservations were well founded.

Difficulty is quite subjective and the difficulties assigned to the questions in the quiz were very random. Our question setter was the only person there who knew the answer to one question, and gained three points. Then a very easy question that virtually everyone knew got 20 points.

In addition, a handful of quite high-value questions had incorrect answers, which made matters even worse.

I'm afraid we can't recommend this approach.

]]>Sunday 1st - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 2nd - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 3rd - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 4th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 5th - One Bar at Wales Millennium Centre 19.30

Sunday 8th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 9th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 10th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 11th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 12th - Academy Espresso Bar 19.30

Sunday 15th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 16th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 17th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 18th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 19th - One Bar at Wales Millennium Centre 19.30

Sunday 22nd - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 23rd - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 24th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 25th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 26th - Academy Espresso Bar 19.30

Sunday 29th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 30th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

]]>Carter's stepson Adams is the stepfather of Brown. Carter's mother is a friend of Mrs Edwards, whose husband's mother is a friend of Mrs Brown.

What is the name of the stepson of Davies?

If the five men are designated A, B, C, D and E, and their mothers as a, b, c, d and e, then we have:

A married to b

B not married to e

C married to a

D not known

E not married to c

It follows that Edwards must be married to Davies' mother, Brown is married to Carter's mother and Davies is married to Edward's mother.

Thus Edwards is the stepson of Davies.

]]>Carter's stepson Adams is the stepfather of Brown. Carter's mother is a friend of Mrs Edwards, whose husband's mother is a friend of Mrs Brown.

What is the name of the stepson of Davies?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>In the puzzle there are five discs of different sizes that have a hole in the middle, and three pegs. At the start of the puzzle the five discs are on peg one, and each disc is on a disc that is bigger than it. That is, the biggest disc is at the bottom, the second biggest next, up to the smallest disc on top.

The challenge is to move all five discs to peg two. However, you can only move one disc at a time, and you cannot put a disc on top of a disc that is smaller than it. You can place a disc on an empty peg.

If you have not seen the puzzle before it is fun to try to solve it. Use five coins of different sizes as a makeshift version.

Solving the puzzle does take a lot of moves; probably more than you first expect.

So the first part of the puzzle - how many moves does the five-disc puzzle take?

And the second part - can you produce a formula for the number of moves with any number of discs?

This puzzle is often used as an example of recursion in computer programming.

Moving a five-disc pile from peg one to peg two can be achieved by moving a four-disc pile from peg one to peg three, moving a disc from peg one to peg two, and then moving the four-disc pile from peg three to peg two.

And moving the four-disc pile from peg one to peg three can be achieved by moving a three-disc pile from peg one to peg two, moving a disc from peg one to peg three, and then moving the three-disc pile from peg two to peg three.

And so on, until moving a one-disc pile is just moving that one disc.

From this we can see that moving a one-disc pile requires one move. And moving an n-disc pile needs two times the moves needed for an (n-1)-disc pile plus one.

One disc needs one move, two discs needs three moves, three discs needs seven moves, and so on.

The number of moves is 2^n - 1, and for five discs that works out at 31 moves.

]]>In the puzzle there are five discs of different sizes that have a hole in the middle, and three pegs. At the start of the puzzle the five discs are on peg one, and each disc is on a disc that is bigger than it. That is, the biggest disc is at the bottom, the second biggest next, up to the smallest disc on top.

The challenge is to move all five discs to peg two. However, you can only move one disc at a time, and you cannot put a disc on top of a disc that is smaller than it. You can place a disc on an empty peg.

If you have not seen the puzzle before it is fun to try to solve it. Use five coins of different sizes as a makeshift version.

Solving the puzzle does take a lot of moves; probably more than you first expect.

So the first part of the puzzle - how many moves does the five-disc puzzle take?

And the second part - can you produce a formula for the number of moves with any number of discs?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

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