Cryptic Quiz 4

Here’s one for the General Knowledge buffs, the Medieval Historians and those of you who love researching a subject. It’s our first topic with many possible answers and a crucial component of my favourite board game: Kingmaker. I spent happy days with my family walking in The Marches, that landscape of rolling hills, patchwork fields, woodland and long valleys, which straddles the Welsh-English border; so called for its marching armies on their way to siege the next stronghold. Can you use the clues below to find five castles?

First Question

I’m a big fan of castle builders, but were they really, well-meaning people? Apparently so!
G (8)

castle builders had to be: “rich”

well-meaning: “good”

Were the castle builders the “good” “rich”?

Apparently so:


Second Question

The wives in this castle clearly had rooms with a view.
B (9)

In their rooms were the wives’ husbands:

A wives’ view was of their “handsome husbands”: “beaux maris”


Third Question

Dig? Burn? This is the result of a mix-up between Edward and Henry.
E (9)

“Dig? Burn?” is the result of a mix-up: anagram of “Dig Burn”: “DinBurg”

Edward: “E”


“DinBurg” between “E” and “H”


Fourth Question

It sounds as if English cricket misses him when he’s in New Zealand.
S (8)

English cricketer who’s missed when he’s in New Zealand: Ben Stokes: “Stokesy”

It sounds as if: Sounds like Stokesy:


Fifth Question

The note ends.
D (5)

The note: musical note: “D”

ends: “over”


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K (10)

pet: dog

property: house

dog house: “kennel”

The word on the street is that: I heard that: Sounds like:

Sounds like “kennel”: “kenil”

Value: “worth”

“kenil” has “worth”


Picture Question

Can you also solve the picture clue?


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Chemical elements: All possible, Carbon: C, Copper: Cu, Gold: Au, Hydrogen: H, Iron: Fe, Nitrogen: N, Oxygen: O, Silver: Ag, Sulphur: S

Chess: King: K, Queen: Q, Bishop:B, Knight: N, Rook: R

Countries: Australia: Aus, England: Eng, France: Fr, Germany: Ger, Great Britain: GB, Northern Ireland: NI, New Zealand: NZ, Russia: Rus, Scotland: Sco, South Africa: SA, Spain: Esp, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: UK, United States of America: USA/US

Cricket Score Card: bowled: b, caught: c or ct, stumped: st.

Direction: east: E, left: L, north: N, right: R, south: S, west: W

Jobs: Salesperson/man/woman: Rep

Military: Royal Artillary: RA, Royal Engineers: RE

Miscellaneous: Hospital: H

Money: penny: d/p, pound: l, shilling: s

Music notation: loud: f, notes: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, quiet: p, very loud: ff, very quiet: pp

Musical notes: doh, ray, me, fa/fah, so, la/lah, te

Names: First/Christian Names can be abbreviated to the first letter. Common alternatives are also used: Catherine/Katherine: Cath, Cathy, Kat, Kate, Katy, … Charles: Charlie, Chaz, Chuck, … Elizabeth: Liz, Lizzy, Beth, Betty, Eliza, … Henry: Harry, Hal, …

Numbers: billion/thousand-million: giga/G, billionth: nano/n, hundredth: centi/c, million: mega/M, tenth: deci/d, thousand: kilo/k, thousandth: milli/m, trillion/million-million: tera/T

Police: Detective Inspector: DI, Detective Sargent: DS, Policeman/Copper/Plod: PC

Popular Culture: Compact Disk: CD, Extended Play record: EP, fashionable: U, laugh out loud: lol, Long Play record: LP, unfashionable: non-U

Position/Grade: First/1st/I/A, Second/2nd/II/B, Third/3rd/III/C, Fourth/4th/IV/D, Fifth/5th/V/E, Sixth/6th/VI/F/Fail

Road Names: Avenue: Av, Close: Cl, Court: Ct, Crescent: Cr, Drive: Dr, Road: Rd, Street: St

Roman Numerals: one: I, five: V, ten: X, fifty: L, one hundred: C, five hundred: D, one thousand: M,

Scientific: acceleration: a, Amps: A, Centigrade: C, electricity: AC (Alternating Current), DC (Direct Current), Energy: E, Fahrenheit: F, hour: h/hr, mass: m, minute: m/min, Newtons (Force): N, Speed of Light: c, second: s/sec, speed/velocity: v, time/temperature: t, Tesla: T, Volts: V, Watts: W

Ships: Steam Ship: SS, Her/His Majesty’s Ship: HMS

Sport: Professional: Pro

Subjects: Art/s: A, Biology: Bio, Chemistry: Chem, Engineering: Eng, Philosophy: Phil, Science: Sc

Text: circa : c, editor: ed, information: i/info, in charge: ic, plural: pl, reference/referee: ref, refers to/with reference to: re, slang: sl, spelling: sp, very: v,

Titles: Bachelor: B, Doctor: Dr/DPhil/PhD, Knight: Sir, Master: M, Missis/Missus/Mistress: Mrs, Mister: Mr, Professor: Prof, Saint: St

Vehicle Licence Plate Country Codes: France: F, Germany: D, Italy: I, Switzerland: Ch, UK: GB

Weights and Measures: gram: g, metre: m, pound: lb, stone: st, ton/tonne: t