Brain Teaser – Thankgiving Day

Are you getting ready to sit down to dinner with Turkey, cranberry sauce and all those other goodies? Here’s some trivia you can test your guests with at the dinner table! Let’s see if they know the history behind Turkey day! Need help? See Credo Reference.

1. Which month was the 1st Thanksgiving mostly likely held in?

2. What was the name of the Native American tribe who out numbered the colonist and they had a feast with?

3. How many days was the first Thanksgiving celebration?

4. After the American Revolution War the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789, was proclaimed by President George Washington. What date was it held on?

5. Which president proclaimed Thanksgiving Day to be held on the last Thursday of November?

6. In 1939, 1940, and 194, this president tried to change Thanksgiving Day to the next to the last Thursday in November, who was it?

7. Why do we eat Turkey on Thanksgiving day?

8. What was the name of the colony in 1621, who held the 1st Thanksgiving?

9. In the poem: Over the river and through the wood,
 To _____________ house we go. – whose house do we go according to the original poem?

10. Who campaigned for 30 years to establish Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday?

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!

Brain Teaser – Celebrity Births

This week we challenge you to guess the year when certain well-known people were born. All you have to do is to pick the correct year from three options.  Need help? Use Credo Reference to find the answers.

1. Daniel Radcliffe, star of Harry Potter films: 1979, 1984 or 1989?

2. Jennifer Aniston, actress: 1969, 1979 or 1989?

3. Britney Spears, US pop singer: 1971, 1981 or 1991?

4. William Shakespeare, English dramatist: 1544, 1564 or 1584?

5. Bill Clinton, 42nd president of the United States: 1946, 1956 or 1966?

6. Jane Fonda, US film actress: 1937, 1947 or 1957?

7. Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian arctic explorer: 1861, 1871 or 1881?

8. Colin Firth, English stage and screen actor: 1950, 1960 or 1970?

9. Stirling Moss, racing driver: 1929, 1939 or 1949?

10. Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis: 1846, 1856 or 1866?

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 (

Brain Teaser – Regions

This brainteaser is about different named regions of the world, and where they are.

Need help? Try Credo Reference for the answer.

1. The Costa Brava is a coastal region of which country?

2. Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne are wine-producing areas of which country?

3. The Sahel is an area bordering the southern margins of which desert?

4. Name two of the three countries which make up the Low Countries.

5. The Northwest Territories are a division of which country?

6. Emilia-Romagna is a region of which country?

7. Oceania is a rather ambiguous term generally applied to the islands of which ocean?

8. Which writer borrowed the name of “Wessex” from Anglo-Saxon history for the West Country setting of most of his novels and many of his poems?

9. Darfur is a region in the west of which country?

10. Bohemia is a historic region which is now in which country?

Questions set by Tony Augarde (

Brain Teaser – Smith

Some while ago we had a brainteaser about people whose surname was Jones. Now we have a quiz in which you have to identify from the clues people whose surname is Smith.  Need help?  Try Credo Reference.

1. Rap artist who had the lead role in TV’s “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and later starred in the films “Independence Day” and “Men in Black”.

2. British actress who appeared in the films “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”, “A Room With a View”, “The First Wives Club” and “Gosford Park”.

3. The most prominent jazz-blues Hammond organ player of the late fifties and early sixties.

4. Australian gardener Maria Ann Smith had an apple named after the familiar name she was known by. What is the apple called?

5. British author who wrote the children’s classic “The Hundred and One Dalmatians” as well as the plays “Autumn Crocus” and “Dear Octopus”.

6. British writer whose best-known poem is probably the title poem of her 1957 collection “Not Waving But Drowning”.

7. African-American blues singer (died 1937) known for her imposing physical size and full-bodied delivery. Edward Albee wrote a 1960 play about her death.

8. The founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (otherwise known as the Mormons).

9. Scottish economist whose 1776 book “The Wealth of Nations” revolutionized thinking about capitalism.

10. A Whig clergyman and canon of St Paul’s who was called by Macaulay “The Smith of Smiths”.

Questions set by Tony Augarde (

Brain Teaser – Rivers


Bow River and Cascade Mountain, Banff National...

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This week’s brainteaser is all about rivers of various sorts.  Need help? Try Credo Reference.

1. What is the world’s longest river?

2. Which well-known university town is located in England on the Cam River?

3. What was the title of the song which Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer wrote as the theme music for the 1961 film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”?

4. Which river, 4,000 miles long, begins near the Pacific Ocean and descends through Peru and Brazil before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean on the equator?

5. The Huang-he is the second longest river in China. What English name is given to it because of the great amounts of silt it carries down?

6. The Bow River in Banff National Park is in which country?

7. Which Irish river rises in the Wicklow Mountains and divides the city of Dublin into two?

8. In which country does the River Oise begin?

9. In 1915, who wrote the “Spoon River Anthology”, a collection of epitaphs in free verse?

10. In classical myths, the shades of the dead had to cross which river to reach Hades?

Questions set by Tony Augarde (