Brain Teaser – Weights & Measures


All kinds of words are used to describe how heavy, long, etc. things are. Check your knowledge of weights and measures with this brainteaser.  Need help? Try using Credo Reference for help.

1. “Mg” is an abbreviation for which measure of weight?

2. How many pints are there in a quart?

3. Which unit of length was introduced by the French in the 18th century as one ten-millionth of the distance from the Equator to the North Pole?

4. How many grams are there in a kilogram?

5. What is the word for the metric unit of area equal to 10,000 square metres?

6. “Cwt” is an abbreviation for which measurement of weight?

7. How many furlongs are there in a mile: six, eight or twelve?

8. What system of weight got its name from a city in France which was the site of a noted medieval fair that developed its own system of weights?

9. Which ancient unit of measurement was originally equal to the length of the forearm from the tip of the middle finger to the elbow?

10. “Ramp weight” is the weight of what sort of thing?

Questions set by Tony Augarde, author of “The Oxford Guide to Word Games”.

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