1. Which literary villain perished at the Reichenbach falls in a novel of 1893?
2. In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, what kind of animal is Boxer, sent to be slaughtered in exchange for a case of whiskey after he defends the exiled pig Snowball’s reputation?
If you take the first two letters of each answer, you will have ten groups of two letters. These ten groups of two can be rearranged to form the names of two famous British authors, one primarily a playwright and the other a novelist. The two letter combinations should not be split up when forming the name of the authors.
1. Which author created the detective Jack Frost, as played by David Jason in the series “A Touch of Frost”?
2. By what three initials is the state broadcaster of Ireland commonly known?
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).
1. Fill in the initials referring to works of literature. For example: F 451 by RB would be Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
1. 39 S by JB
2. S 5 by KV
The answers or part of the answers to the following questions are anagrams of the surnames of famous authors. The names of the authors are in alphabetical order. Give both the answer and the name of the author for half a point each.
One of the authors can be considered an “odd one out”. Which one and why? (1 point)
1. What was the name of Thailand prior to 1939?
1. Which author created the religious detective Father Brown?
The title character in Father Ted lives on Craggy Island. But on which island does his perennial rival Dick Byrne live?
1. What was the name of the Russian artist (later a French citizen) who is credited with the development of the first purely abstract paintings?
2. Which American artist began his career as a designer of war posters, and later became famous for his paintings of American life in the mid-20th century, and his landscapes of the Cape Cod area where he lived most of his life?