Easter Quiz:  Answers and Results

 

The quiz turned out to be harder, or less interesting, than I intended:  no one got full marks.  The key to it was that all the answers could be made from the letters of the word ‘Easter’.  Because of this limitation, the questions were fairly cryptic, and further disguised by putting them into mock categories rather than into their real categories.

 

Nevertheless, Tim produced a respectable score within a few days, and filled in some of the gaps later.  He is therefore the outright winner. 

 

Of the others who tried, Teresa was doing well (without any help from me) before she got stuck, and several made a good start without finishing. 

 

Congratulations to Tim.  Here is your virtual cup:

 

 

 

 

And the answers were:

 

 

Nature

 

1.  ART

 

2.  SEA

 

3.  SEER

 

4.  TEA

 

 

History

 

5.  EASE

 

6.  SAT

 

7.  SET

 

8.  STAR

 

9.  TEASE

 

 

Literature

 

10.  SEE

 

11.  TERSE

 

 

Religion

 

12.  STARE

 

Sport

 

13.  ERSE

 

14.  RATE

 

15.  REST

 

 

Proverbs and Sayings

 

16.  SEAT

 

17.  STEER

 

18.  TAR

 

 

General Knowledge

 

19.  EAR

 

20.  EAST

 

21.  TEAR

 

22.  TEE

 

 

Brainteasers

 

23.  ASTER

 

24.  EAT

 

25.  TREE

 

 

 

 

Commentary

 

The answers in alphabetic order, together with the question, its actual category and its mock category, and a gloss on the answer, are as follows:

 

art       Said to hide itself to deceive you  (Proverbs and Sayings/Nature)  Ars est celare artem (there is an art which hides art)

 

aster    Large daisy  (Nature/Brainteaser)  Botanically similar

 

ear       Should Antony have applied to the listening bank?  (Literature/General Knowledge)  ‘Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears’ (from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar)

 

ease    Life of Reilly?  (Proverbs and Sayings/History) Equals a life of ease (saying)

 

east     Company of imperial rulers (History/General Knowledge)  The East India Company, which ran India in the 19th Century

 

eat       Carpe diem, loosely  (Proverbs and Sayings/Brainteaser)  ‘Eat, drink and be merry For tomorrow we die’ (sayings, Latin and English)

 

erse     Celtic form of expression (General Knowledge/Sport) Form of Gaelic language spoken in Ireland and Scotland         

 

rate     Now under Bank’s control, but not Gordon’s  (General Knowledge/Sport) Interest rates now set by the Bank of England, not the Chancellor of the Exchequer (Gordon Brown)

 

rest      Taken at the seventh  (Religion/Sport)   The day of rest

             

sat       A common example of early writing (General Knowledge/History)  ‘The cat sat on the mat’ – sentence often used in teaching reading and writing

           

sea      Water for Iris (Literature/Nature)  The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch     

 

seat     Bob may have two or four (Sport/Proverbs and Sayings)  Bobsleigh events are for two and four men sleighs

 

see      Pope would write here (Religion/Literature)  The Holy See

 

seer     Dry weather forecaster? (Brainteaser/Nature)  Pun: ‘seer’, a prophet or fortune-teller, sounds like ‘sere’ (dry)

 

set        After diversionary activity, put before marriage in the end (Sport/History)  ‘Game, set and match’ called at the end of a tennis match

 

star      Superior body providing guidance to Kings (Religion/History)  The star followed by the Magi

 

stare    Tramp’s philosophical question (Literature/Religion)  ‘What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare?’ (W H Davies)

           

steer    Cox (Sport/Proverbs and Sayings)  Steering is the main function of the cox in rowing

 

tar       Blackjack? (Brainteaser/Proverbs and Sayings)  ‘Tar’ – associated with blackness, and ‘Jack Tar’, colloquial for sailor

 

tea       Chaotic meal for young explorer (Literature/Nature)  The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

 

tear     Rip-off in floods  (Brainteaser/General Knowledge)  Pun: ‘rip off’ meaning to tear, also ‘floods of tears’

 

tease   Richard’s plea for honest dealing (General Knowledge/History)  ‘Please, please, don’t tease’ – Cliff Richard hit of 1960

 

tee       Provides support for drivers (Sport/General Knowledge)  Tee as used in golf

 

terse    Laconic speech in English (General Knowledge/Literature)  ‘Laconic’ means terse, or of few words

 

tree     Sequoia (Nature/Brainteaser)  The giant American Redwood tree

 

 

 

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