Famous paintings: Fill in the blanks (20 questions)

Fill in the blanks in the story below using the titles of famous paintings. Three artists appear twice. There is some pretty poor wordplay in a few cases, and in one case a full stop needs to be inserted into the name of the painting for the narrative to make sense.

I put down the book I was reading. It was by Edgar Allan Poe, who I had always considered one of the finest (1) horror authors of all time. I could never forget the story of “The Raven” even though I read it more than thirty years ago, which I suppose shows (2). And the Poe certainly made a change, (3) on the Floss which I had finished reading the day before.

I caught some of a nature documentary on my way out. “Eagles hunt by day, but at (4) come out to catch their prey”. I would have stayed to watch more but my wife was getting at me. Some flowers had died because of my neglect, and as I went out she was still saying “I told you, you have to (5) regularly!”

Though it was dark and there was no moon, I could still see a little as it was a very (6). My route took me across (7), which I understand was modelled on an original in Kyoto. I also passed a row of Pizza Express shops; while they were doing a roaring trade, other restaurants had fared less well, and (8) in particular had done very badly and all shut down.

There was a lot of litter around from everyone (9) between United and Town earlier in the day. United won 6-0, though Town weren’t really at fault as it was the reserve team called up after about of flu among the first eleven, so it was a something of a (10). In addition, rather than the scoreline, in the evening papers it was the half-time streaker who ended up making (11), particularly as the Foreign Secretary was in attendance with (12) from France and Germany. It was also notable for the spirit of the losing side’s fans; (13) they gave their team after the match was something to behold. Their chief cheerleader had just been released from prison and was now at (14) in a rousing rendition of the team song. Town’s manager’s behaviour at the end was questionable though. In particular the (15) I call it.

I was going to see my uncle’s family. Interestingly, he’s (16) Ray, the famous photographer. I often call his family (17) as they love crisps and chips so much. My aunt’s friend, Mr. Rooney, was also staying there. He said he was tired. “Hit {18)”, said Aunt Eileen. Frankly, (19) he gave her on the lips on his way to bed was a little hard to stomach, but you know his reputation with the older ladies. My uncle didn’t like it either; I can still clearly hear (20) he gave when he saw it. It was all getting a bit awkward, so I got up and left for home.

Answers below (scroll down)















  1. American Gothic (Grant Wood)
  2. The Persistence of Memory (Salvador Dali)
  3. Coming from the Mill (L.S. Lowry)
  4. Nighthawks (Edward Hopper)
  5. Water Lilies (Claude Monet)
  6. Starry Night (Vincent Van Gogh)
  7. Japanese Bridge (Claude Monet)
  8. The Harvesters (Pieter Breugel the Elder)
  9. Going To the Match (L.S. Lowry)
  10. Massacre of the Innocents (Peter Paul Rubens)
  11. A Bigger Splash (David Hockney)
  12. The Ambassadors (Hans Holbein The Younger)
  13. The Great Wave (Katsushika Hokusai)
  14. Liberty Leading the People (Eugene Delacroix)
  15. The Laughing Cavalier (Franz Hals)
  16. The Son of Man (Rene Magritte)
  17. The Potato Eaters (Vincent Van Gogh)
  18. The Haywain (John Constable)
  19. The Kiss (Gustav Klimt)
  20. The Scream (Edvard Munch)



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