Image SourceQuiz Questions1.First things first—what is a ‘lanuge’?A.The first growth of a man’s beardB.The first customer of the dayC.The first person you see on New Year’s DayD.The first frost of the winter2.Today we say “alpha, bravo, Charlie, delta”—but the very telecommunications alphabet began with what four words?A.Arm, Back, Chin, DeltB.Amsterdam, Baltimore, Casablanca, DenmarkC.Abigail, Brenda, Chastity, DominiqueD.And, But, Could, Did3.The opposite of ambidextrous is ‘ambilevous’. What does it literally mean?A.Ugly on both sidesB.Difficult on both sidesC.Dark on both sides D.Left-handed on both hands4.Which was these familiar expressions was popularised in an advertisement for Listerine mouthwash in 1925?A.“Always the bridesmaid, never the bride”B.“A bad workman always blames his tools”C.“The customer is always right”D.“The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”5.Which of these pairs of words BOTH derive from the French word for ‘doll’?A.Kitten and kitschB.Calf and caftanC.Puppy and puppetD.Cub and cube6.Which of these is a line on a map that links places that hear the same clap of thunder at the same time?A.IsohyetB.IsonephC.IsobrontD.Isohel7.After you’ve overquatted, you’re going to swage. What are you going to do?A.After you’ve eaten a lot of food, you’re going to relaxB.After you’ve finished your journey, you’re going to take a bathC.After you’ve memorized your lines, you’re going to walk onto the stageD.After you’ve fallen asleep, you’re going to dream 8.All of these derive from the names of characters in Greek legend—except one. Which one?A.AtlasB.VerdigrisC.EchoD.Mentor9.Horses ‘hinniate’. Dogs ‘allatrate’. So which animal ‘pupillates’?A.OwlB.PeacockC.GooseD.Raven10.What was unusual about the first edition of the Bible ever published in North America?A.It had no New Testament B.It was written in Algonquin C.There was a mistake in the 10 CommandmentsD.Adam and Eve were renamed11.Which of these can be used to mean ‘something so extraordinary that it cannot possibly exist’?A.Black swanB.Red pandaC.White rhinoD.Yellow river12.Meaning ‘a deprived area’, the expression ‘skid row’ emerged thanks to what industry?A.Gold miningB.TailoringC.BrewingD.Logging13.True or false: the word ‘child’ originally meant ‘adult’.A.TrueB.False14.What does the ‘fell’ in ‘one fell swoop’ mean?A.QuickB.UnstoppableC.RuthlessD.Sudden15.The expression ‘high and dry’ literally refers to...A.Mountaintops hidden by cloudB.Laundry blown by strong windsC.Rooftops devoid of snowD.Ships marooned out of water16.A well known nickname for body lice and an expression of baldness both derive from...?A....the name of a danceB....the name of a type of waterbirdC....the name of a planet in the solar systemD....the name of a type of nut17.“That babelavante says nothing but thungers!” Or in other words...?A.“That noisy gossip says nothing but lies!”B.“That wise old man says nothing but good advice!”C.“That untrustworthy swindler says nothing but riddles!”D.“That terrible poet says nothing but terrible poems!”18.Shakespeare used the word ‘sieve’ in All’s Well That Ends Well. What did he use it to mean?A.Someone who cannot singB.Someone who is terrible at their jobC.Someone who cannot be trusted with a secretD.Someone who cannot help but make a fool of themselves19.A jinx wasn’t always a jinx. What was it originally?A.A birdB.A danceC.A penD.A cloud formation20.And finally... What is a wheady-mile?A.A mile travelled as swiftly as possibleB.A mile roughly estimated, but not accurately measuredC.A mile of tough, uneven groundD.The final, tiresome, prolonged mile of a long journeyQuiz 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...?