Image SourceQuiz Questions1.Which of these literally means ‘little Virgin Mary’?A.MarquisB.MarionetteC.MarzipanD.Marsupial2.A ‘blockbuster’ hasn’t always been a blockbuster. What was it originally?A.A spinning wheelB.A shipC.A feastD.A bomb3.What would you do with an antepast and a postpast?A.Read themB.Wear themC.Eat themD.Spend them4.True or false: turtles were once called ‘field tortoises’.A.TrueB.False5.What can’t you do if you’re illachrymable?A.DanceB.SingC.CryD.Laugh6.Someone is talking to you. You recognise them, but can’t remember where from. What are you doing?A.TartlingB.SpartlingC.DartlingD.Thwartling7.Shakespeare didn’t use the word ‘catastrophe’ to mean a catastrophe. What did he use it for?A.A toiletB.A belchC.A person’s buttocksD.An upset stomach8.In 2004, the first new symbol since the First World War was added to the Morse code alphabet. What was it?A.@B.!C.?D.#9.The expression ‘tit for tat’ was originally ‘tip for tap’. What did it mean?A.“You give me advice, I’ll give you advice”B.“You help me, I’ll pay you”C.“You tell me a secret, I’ll tell you a secret”D.“You hit me, I’ll hit you”10.Which of these was originally a legal term for lewd conduct or obscenity?A.SkulduggeryB.SwashbucklingC.Jiggery-pokeryD.Treachery11.In Victorian slang, which of these did you have ‘up the chimney’ if you’d mortgaged your house?A.A handB.A monkeyC.A tableD.A cake12.The Roman equivalent of ‘taking coals to Newcastle’ was taking what to where?A.Owls to AthensB.Cats to MoscowC.Frogs to CairoD.Bears to Berlin13.Which of these were known as ‘elf-chokes’ in Old English?A.SnoresB.HiccupsC.CoughsD.Sneezes14.Thoroughly think this through—how many different ways can ‘ough’ be pronounced in English?A.4B.6C.8D.1015.As a verb, which of these can be used as a synonym of ‘daydream’?A.MoonB.SunC.StarD.Meteor16.Which of these is a genuine medical disorder?A.Monster head syndromeB.Vampire teeth syndromeC.Ghost heart syndromeD.Alien hand syndrome17.How many place names in the entire United States have possessive apostrophes in their name?A.5B.505C.5,005D.50,00518.You’ve just kepped your Dutch cousin. What’s happened?A.You’ve married your childhood sweetheartB.You’ve walked the dogC.You’ve bumped into your best friendD.You’ve vanquished your worst enemy19.And finally... In 17th century slang, what was the ‘last feather’?A.Closing time in a pubB.TwilightC.The youngest member of a familyD.The latest fashion20.And finally... Zythepsary is often claimed to be the last word in the dictionary. What does it mean?A.WindmillB.BreweryC.ChurchD.HospitalQuiz Outcomes1.UH OH...Image SourceLet’s face it, that could have gone better. Worth another go? 2.UH OH...Image SourceLet’s face it—that could have gone better... Worth another go? 3.MUST TRY HARDER...Image SourceNot a bad mark for a tough quiz—but there’s certainly room for improvement...! 4.ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT...Image SourceNot bad for such a tough quiz! But there’s room for improvement... Time for one more go? 5.NOT BAD AT ALL!Image SourceNot a bad score at all for such a tough quiz—well played! 6.HALF MARKSImage SourceNothing wrong with half marks when the questions are as tough as these! Well played. 7.WELL PLAYED!Image SourceA great score for such a tough quiz! Well played. 8.WELL PLAYED!Image SourceAn excellent score for such a tough quiz, well played! 9.A BRILLIANT SCORE!Image SourceBrilliantly played for such a tough quiz—well done! 10.EXCELLENT!Image SourceA superb score all round—consider yourself an honorary Haggard Hawk! 11.TOP MARKS!Image SourceBlimey, you really do know your HH trivia. Ever thought about starting a Twitter account about words...?