BrainTeaser: General Knowledge


credo refenenceThis one is about all kinds of subjects – to test the breadth as well as depth of your knowledge. Need help? Use Credo Reference Online.

1. Which US television series starred six people including Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer?

2. Which of these is not an island: Mauritius, Madagascar, or Mauritania?

3. Who wrote a famous 1892 poem about Gunga Din?

4. A regicide is someone who kills what sort of person?

5. Who directed the films “Rear Window”, “Notorious” and “The Birds”?

6. Which poet called autumn the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”? Was it Keats, Shakespeare or Wordsworth?

7. The Frenchman Jean-Claude Killy was famous in which sport?

8. Is toothwort a disease, a plant, or an insect?

9. Is “K” the chemical symbol for krypton, iron, or potassium?

10. The balls used in snooker have eight different colours. Name six of them.

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 (www.augardebooks.co.uk)

Brain Teaser – General Knowledge


Here is another of our popular general knowledge quizzes, which test the breadth as well as the depth of your knowledge. Need help? Use Credo Reference.

1. In Charles Perrault’s fairy tale about Cinderella, what vegetable or fruit was turned into a magnificent carriage for her?

2. What was the name of the bald detective played in a TV police series by Telly Savalas in the 1970s?

3. Which group of islands includes Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura?

4. Which part of the body is affected by the disease of silicosis?

5. What vegetable is used to make sauerkraut?

6. Was the musical “My Fair Lady” written by Lerner & Loewe, Rodgers & Hart, or Rodgers & Hammerstein?

7. The heads of four American presidents are carved on Mount Rushmore. Name three of these presidents.

8. Was the composer Vivaldi French, Italian or Greek?

9. What pseudonym was generally used by the American writer Samuel Langhorne Clemens?

10. What is the official language of Austria?

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 (www.augardebooks.co.uk)

Brain Teaser – Triple Treat


Here is a general knowledge quiz in which you have to choose the correct answer from three possibilities.

1. In which country is Bondi Beach: Australia, China or Argentina?

2. In which city was President John F. Kennedy assassinated in 1963: Memphis, St Louis or Dallas?

3. Who wrote the poem that begins “If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you”: Dylan Thomas, W. H. Auden or Rudyard Kipling?

4. How many feet are there in a fathom: six, eight or twelve?

5. In a symphony orchestra, is a bassoon part of the brass, woodwind or percussion?

6. Is Father’s Day in May, June or July?

7. Barsac is a wine made in which country: France, Germany or Italy?

8. Is Addis Ababa the capital of Sri Lanka, Nigeria or Ethiopia?

9. Booker T. and the Mgs was the house band for Stax Records for over ten years. Was Booker T’s surname Smith, Jones or White?

10. Electrum is an alloy of which two metals: gold and silver, copper and gold, or silver and zinc?

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 (www.augardebooks.co.uk)

Brain Teaser – General Knowledge


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1. How many days does February have in a leap year?

2. Which famous city landmark in Paris was erected in the Champs-de-Mars for the Paris Exhibition of 1889?

3. In Roman numerals, what number is represented by the letter V?

4. Which member of the girl group Destiny’s Child had the surname “Knowles”?

5. Which author wrote “Adam Bede”, “The Mill on the Floss” and “Silas Marner”?

6. The title “dauphin” was formerly used for what relation of the king of France?

7. Which Spanish painter was one of the most notorious surrealists and developed a repertoire of striking, dreamlike, hallucinatory images – distorted human figures, limp pocket watches, and burning giraffes?

8. Is a dory a kind of antelope, butterfly or fish?

9. In which year did the USA enter World War I?

10. Is Beethoven’s 6th Symphony known as the Choral, the Pastoral, or the Unfinished?

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 (www.augardebooks.co.uk)

Brain Teaser – General Knowledge


This week’s brainteaser is to test the breadth as well as the depth of your knowledge. Need help? Use Credo Reference Online

1. In “Sesame Street” and the “Muppet Show”, what sort of animal was Kermit?

2. Which rock group released albums called “Their Satanic Majesties Request” and “Sticky Fingers”?

3. The word “Hock” is used to refer to wine from which country?

4. Which animal is usually associated with Capricorn, the tenth sign of the zodiac?

5. Monza is well known for its motor-racing circuit. In which country is Monza?

6. “Zn” is the symbol for which chemical element?

7. Was the film “Casablanca” made before, during, or after the Second World War?

8. Who was the predecessor of John F. Kennedy as president of the United States?

9. What shape is the pitch in Australian Rules football?

10. What name is usually given to Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony?

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 (www.augardebooks.co.uk)