Brain Teaser – Nine & Ten

All the questions in this week’s brainteaser are about the numbers nine and ten. Need help? Use Credo Reference.

1. According to the proverb, which animal has nine lives?

2. What is the meaning of the phrase “the whole nine yards”?

3. Who starred in the 1979 film “10″ as a sexually obsessed middle-aged composer who marks his girls 1 to 10?

4. What is or was a “cat-o’-nine-tails”?

5. According to the Old Testament, which Hebrew leader was given the Ten Commandments engraved on two tablets of stone?

6. Who appeared in the 1980 film “Nine to Five” and composed the song of the same name which won a Grammy award in 1981?

7. In Roman numerals, what letter represents the number ten?

8. Who was the “nine days’ queen” (1537-1554)?

9. Who wrote the poem “The Old Vicarage, Grantchester” which includes the lines: “Stands the Church clock at ten to three? And is there honey still for tea?”

10. The 1919 book “Ten Days that Shook the World” by US journalist John Reed was about which historical event?

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (

Credo Reference contains these dictionaries of quotations, where you will find many of the answers.


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