Brain Teaser – Firsts


This week’s brainteaser is all about firsts: things that happened first or that are called “first”.  Need help? Try Credo Reference for the answer.

1. Where was the first lawn tennis championship in the world held in 1877?

2. In a medical context, what is the meaning of the phrase “first aid”?

3. What was the title of the film in which Sean Connery played James Bond for the first time?

4. What was the title of the Beatles’ first record in 1962?

5. Which painting by John Constable was entitled “Landscape, Noon” when he first exhibited it at the Royal Academy?

6. Was Charles Dickens’s first novel “The Pickwick Papers”, “Great Expectations” or “Oliver Twist”?

7. In philately, what is a “first-day cover”?

8. Bonnie and Clyde were the first names of two infamous US criminals whose story was filmed as “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967) by the US director Arthur Penn. But what were the surnames of Bonnie and Clyde?

9. Which British composer wrote “On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring”?

10. Which 1949 book has as its first line: “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen”?

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

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