Cryptic Quiz 16
Puzzles are a life-saver on a rainy day or a long train journey. Even better is sharing one with someone or even everyone in the room; an ice-breaker made by the joy of being offered the chance to help. Here are five puzzles that you’ll all remember.
Works randomly paired, without limits.
“Toils” randomly: “soliT”
paired, without limits:
“paired” with the letters at each end removed: “aire”
The rowdy cubs are hiding inside. Are you taking the bike?
The rowdy “cubs”:
Anagram of “cubs”: “s cub”
“R U” taking the “bike”: “RUbike”
“s cub” hiding inside “RUbike”
The merry dance was up.
The merry dance: “Jig”
“was” up: “saw”
Fitful doze beneath the arch.
Anagram of “drowse”:
beneath the “arch”:
at the end the “arch”
Candle can be removed for clear foundation.
“can” be removed: “dle”
“dle” foundation for “rid”
how many more there are: “the difference”
Spot the Difference
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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