Thursday, November 20, 2008


I know some people have been waiting to test themselves on another quiz. Here is something for you to puzzle about on those cold winter nights and as encouragement there will be two prizes. 
One multiple book prize for the highest score, and one drawn from all entrants who score 40% or more. 

The quiz will close on 5 January and answers should be sent to by midnight that day GMT. 

Some of the questions are straightforward and some a bit more convoluted to test those little grey cells. I think the questions are a bit easier than some I have set in the past so please do have a try.
Here we go....

1) Who is the man in the photo and what is the connection with an English hangman? 

2) Arthur Ward, and a medieval order of knights. How are they linked by an 1882 Act of Congress? 

3) Which crime writers were:

a) a tank commander
b) a dentist
c) an English, games and history school teacher  
d) a Gordon Highlander
e) given a 20 year sentence for armed robbery
f) A theatre director in East Africa
e) struck down by Blackwater fever in West Africa
f) born in Racalmuto, Sicily

4) What is the connection between a cardboard box, an engineer's thumb and a Greek interpreter?

5) What links a Swiss opium addict, a British navy commander and a fictional Swedish detective?

6) An Irish port, a trailing woody stemmed plant and a heavy load are linked in crime fiction, how?

7) Which crime writers were/are a:

a) railway engineer (b) civil engineer (c) an engineer born in a prison

8) Which fictional detective:

a) was born in Santa Rosa California
b) changed his name from Charalambides
c) was educated at Eton, Balliol and Harvard and was awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor
d) was the son of a Polish stage hypnotist
e) was born in Santa Teresa California

9) Which crime writers are involved with:

a) a large semi aquatic reptile (b) a barefoot contessa (c) Montelusa

10) From what book does the following sentence come:

He smiled with compressed lips and asked: 'You know of Barbarossa, Redbeard, Khair-ed-Din?' 

11) There is a convoluted crime fiction link between a Sicilian statue made from a type of fired clay, the Reverend Theodosius Longmoor and the Comte de Guy? Explain.

12) Who has written crime fiction novels set in:

a) Laos (b) Mongolia (c) Tibet (d) Oland (e) Shanghai (f) Fjallbacka (g) Bologna 

13) The more common names for a small female sibling, a massive loss of consciousness and a protracted farewell, and how are they educationally  linked to a Kiwi author's detective?

I hope these will be a test and you will enjoy working out the answers. Good luck. 


Blogger Kerrie said...

THey look very hard Norm, but I'll have a go over the next few weeks

1:54 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

I am sure you will represent Australia well Kerrie.
Canada and the USA have starred in previous quizzes so I need their monopoly to be broken.:0)

3:39 PM  
Blogger Mack said...

Norm, you are a fiend! It's always the "short, balding, retired health care professional" that gets you. This will be grand fun and I'm glad we have until 5 Jan. to work through it.


5:01 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Fiend ! Thanks for the compliment. :O)

I may have to change that from balding to bald very soon. Good luck.


4:39 AM  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

It's your quizzes and not your driving that elicit curses, my fiendish friend. I like questions 12 and 13 so far!

My v-word is the cry of a Greek restaurateur who has run out of his most popular item: nogyro.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

12:19 AM  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Another nice touch, you devious so-and-so: Calling the connection in #11 "convoluted," all the better to make us shrink in horror from the rest of the questions, which are probably straightforward, according to your Gordian standards.

Any books I read in 2009 I will obtain on my own. There appears to be little chance I'll win any from you.
Detectives Beyond Borders
“Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home”

8:30 PM  
Blogger Sunnie Gill said...

Question 11? Geeze, Louise, I'm still struggling with question 5.
I'm going to retire to my bed now with a cup of tea and have a lie down (it's 12.27am and I've been creatively googling since sbout 8.30)
Shall return to this tomorrow. I shall not be defeated in this quest.

You're not related to our dog are you, Norm. She's not nicknamed Lucretia McEvil for nuffin.

See ya.

5:28 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

A fiend, fiendish friend, devious so-and-so, and now the ultimate compliment human brother to Lucretia McEvil.
Thank you Sunnie and good luck. ;0)

8:21 AM  
Blogger Sunnie Gill said...

I'm going to need Luck. I've roped in a friend who stopped by for lunch and we're off on other tangents with those questions and having no luck at all.

Hey you're not descended from Machiavelli are you?

8:08 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Machiavelli or Sun Tzu.

7:21 AM  

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