Cryptic connections: 6 multi-part questions

The following questions are all cryptic questions requiring both general knowledge and lateral thinking, in the style of Radio 4’s Round Britain Quiz. Numbers in brackets are the points for getting that part of the question right.

  1. Why would all these sound the same on the radio, and what catchphrase of the latter might be particularly suited to doing this quiz? (3 points)
    1. A power hungry citizen
    2. First inhabitant of the Land of Nod
    3. A Maurice in Hollywood
  1. Why is the relationship between the following three sets of two things the same?
    1. The favoured instrument of Tom Lehrer, and a fragment of pottery
    2. A substitute parent, and Cucumis anguria pickled in brine or vinegar
    3. The rider of Trigger, and the financial institution overseen by Mr Horta-Osario (4 points)
  1. Why would the 8th song on the Queen album “It’s a Kind of Magic” or the 13th Carry On film constitute poor advice for the following?
    1. The mother of Elizabeth I
    2. UCL’s inventor of the Panopticon
    3. Sean Bean’s Winterfell incarnation
    4. The composer of the German national anthem (3 points)
  1. Why would the following only fit into the Mustelidae family if they got muddled up?
    1. The kind of cake invented by Louis Sacher
    2. Nigel Slater’s autobiography
    3. Switzerland’s third largest city? (2 points)
  1. Why would you pass through the following when going from the place where the money is kept to the place where the guns are kept via Shakespeare’s burial place?
    1. Populus nigra
    2. A first cousin of Tsar Nicholas II
    3. The singers of Never Ever and Black Coffee; and
    4. The Beatles album with something on it (4 points).
  2. In which UK town might you expect to find all of the following, and why?  And what relation does Phyllida Law’s husband have to all of them?
    1. A Lady with a Lamp
    2. The father of the Sons of Thunder
    3. Robert Zimmermann’s alter ego
    4. Father McGuire
    5. A very naughty boy (4 points)

Answers below (scroll down)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Why would all these sound the same on the radio, and what catchphrase of the latter might be particularly suited to doing this quiz? (3 points)
    1. A power hungry citizen
    2. First inhabitant of the Land of Nod
    3. A Maurice in Hollywood;

A: All pronounced Cane (0.5) (Citizen Kane (0.5), Cain in the Bible (0.5), Michael Caine (0,5) (real name Maurice Micklewhite)). Michael Caine’s catchphrase is “Not a lot of people know that” (1), which might be apt for people doing a quiz.

 

  1. Why is the relationship between the following three sets of two things the same?
    1. The favoured instrument of Tom Lehrer, and a fragment of pottery
    2. A substitute parent, and Cucumis anguria pickled in brine or vinegar
    3. The rider of Trigger, and the financial institution overseen by Mr Horta-Osario (4 points)

A: They refer to an architect and a building they designed (1):

  1. Piano (0.5) (Renzo Piano): designed The Shard (0.5) (fragment of pottery)
  2. Foster parent (0.5) (Norman Foster): designed The Gherkin (0.5) (pickled cucumber)
  3. Roy Rogers (0.5) (Richard Rogers): designed the Lloyds Building (0.5) (Lloyds Bank is run by Antonio Horta-Osario)

 

  1. Why would the 8th song on the Queen album “It’s a Kind of Magic” or the 13th Carry On film constitute poor advice for the following?
    1. The mother of Elizabeth I
    2. UCL’s inventor of the Panopticon
    3. Sean Bean’s Winterfell incarnation
    4. The composer of the German national anthem (3 points)

A: The album and film are both called “Don’t lose your head” (0.5), poor advice for these people who have already lost their heads (0.5) (either as a form of execution, or post-mortem)

  1. Anne Boleyn (0.5)
  2. Jeremy Bentham (0.5)
  3. Eddard Stark (0.5)
  4. Joseph Haydn (0.5)

 

  1. Why would the following only fit into the Mustelidae family if they got muddled up?
    1. The kind of cake invented by Louis Sacher
    2. Nigel Slater’s autobiography
    3. Switzerland’s third largest city? (2 points)

All anagrams of members of the Mustelidae family

  1. Torte => Otter (0.5)
  2. Toast => Stoat (0.5)
  3. Basle => Sable (0.5)

 

  1. Why would you pass through the following when going from the place where the money is kept to the place where the guns are kept via Shakespeare’s burial place?
    1. Populus nigra
    2. A first cousin of Tsar Nicholas II
    3. The singers of Never Ever and Black Coffee; and
    4. The Beatles album with something on it (4 points).

A: All refer to stops on the Docklands Light Railway (0.5) which you would pass through if you went from Bank (where the money is kept) (0.5) to Woolwich Arsenal (where the guns are kept) (0.5) via Stratford (Shakespeare’s burial place) (0.5)

  1. Poplar
  2. King George V
  3. All Saints
  4. Abbey Road (the album with the song “Something” on it)

 

  1. In which UK town might you expect to find all of the following, and why? All characters in the Magic Roundabout (half point), therefore found in Swindon (half point) And what relation does Phyllida Law’s husband have to all of them Phyllida Law’s husband was Eric Thompson, who wrote and narrated the Magic Roundabout (half point)?

Half a point for each of the below

  1. A Lady with a Lamp Florence Nightingale (Florence)
  2. The father of the Sons of Thunder Zebedee (in the Bible)
  3. Robert Zimmermann’s alter ego Bob Dylan (Dylan)
  4. Father McGuire Dougal (in Father Ted)
  5. A very naughty boy Brian (in Monty Python and the Holy Grail) (4 points)

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