“Queen Singles”

Cryptic Quiz 220

A selection of songs recorded and released as singles by the rock band, Queen.

First Question

Mary Stuart’s supporters’ view of her cousin Elizabeth?
K (6,5)

Killer Queen

Second Question

Put on cycling tops in time. Lost one and was victorious, coming back at the end.
D (3’1,4,2,3)

Put on: “Don”

cycling “tops”: “stop”

“stop” in “time”: “t stop ime”

One: “I”

“t stop ime” lost “I”: “t stop me”

was victorious: “won”

“won” coming back: “now”

“Don t stop me” and “now” at the end:

Don’t Stop Me Now

Third Question

Scattered rain over a hectare, fell into hemp field, so interrupting organisation.
B (8,8)

Scattered: Anagram of

Anagram of “rain”: “ian r”

a hectare: “ha“

“ian r” over “ha”: “ian r ha”

“ian r ha” fell into “hemp” field: “hem ianr ha p”


organisation: “body”

“hem ian r ha p so” interrupting “body”:

Bohemian Rhapsody

Fourth Question

Sounds like cricket club came close; competently competing, creatively in East Sussex coastal town?
S (5,4,2,4)

“cricket club came close competently competing creatively”: “Seven Cs”

“in East Sussex coastal town”: “of Rye”

Sounds like “Seven Cs of Rye”:

Seven Seas of Rhye

Fifth Question

How to tell late voting chilled?
C (5,6,5,6,4)

How to …?: Inverse

Crazy: Anagram of

Anagram of “Little Thing Called Love”: “tell late voting chilled”

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

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I (1,4,2,5,4)

One: “I”

Desire: “want”


copy: “fake”

French cheese: “Brie”

“fake Brie”, says the Reverend Spooner

who meant to say: “break free”

I Want to Break Free

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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