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Answers from Mirthy Explorer issue 5 - Women's History Month Anagram Quiz



Answers from Mirthy Explorer issue 4 - Alphabet quiz

A - An ingredient in Elizabethan make up and Victorian green wallpaper


B- Invented at the request of their Landlord to protect part of the body of the game keepers

Bowler Hat

C- This vegetable was overproduced in the Second World War and was even, unsuccessfully made into ice creams


D - A famous Disney elephant with very unusual ears


E - African and Indian


F – this links to the letter P alphabetically also a famous mode of transport that leaves you approximately 9 feet above the ground and is named after money

(Xxxxx ) Farthing

G – the tradition of “bumping” glasses started in this country - some of each wine spill into each other’s glass proving you not trying to poison each other


H – this is included in rope making and more unusually is also in tea bags


I - This shiny, waterproof, abrasive product was routinely found in workplaces, hospitals, school toilets and public conveniences, probably intending to discourage innocents from taking a break from work or lessons.

Izal toilet paper

J – in this country you can have a spa in wine


K - in ancient Rome women were prohibited from drinking wine to drink wine –husband could do what if they caught their wives drinking?

The husband could “kill” his wife if he caught her drinking alcohol

L - what is a phobia of rabbits called


M - two copies of what are in cathedrals and two in a London Museum - two word answer – second word starts with C

Magna Carta

N - When is Beaujolais Noveau wine released for sale


O - What is the phobia of wine called


P - Relates to letter F . this will give you the first word of the answer although alphabetically it is second! A famous mode of transport that leaves you approximately 9 feet above the ground and is named after money

Penny (Farthing)

Q - Relating to Malaria this product helps to cure Malaria and is/was found in Tonic water giving it the bitter taste


R - The Cutty Sark gets its name from a poem Tam O’Shanter by who?

Robert Burns

S - This question will earn you 100 extra points if you spell it correctly! – Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke are famed for singing this in the first of two famous films but not the second


T - Where is the oldest wine cellar in the world and the bottles are all still in tact


U - Which country’s national anthem is actually based on a drinking song


V - Which of Rudolph’s compatriots is alphabetically the last


W - Adam’s Ale is better known as what?


X - Our inner self is shown off via this

X Ray

Y - Both a diet a game and a biscuit


Z - A Delicious Italian dessert


Trivia Answers from Magazine Issue 2

1. If you are walking along an English country lane and meet someone who says he is a batologist, which forager's dream would he be studying?

Answer: Blackberries

One of the most familiar sights in autumn along hedgerows throughout the British Isles is the bramble or wild blackberry bush (Rubus fruticosus). The plant is a nightmare for gardeners because of its intrusive roots but it provides a wealth of protective cover along country lanes for our smaller wildlife friends, such as birds and rodents.

Insects visit the flowers for pollen and nectar before the petals die off and turn into the succulent dark purple berries that humans and animals forage at the latter part of the year. For centuries we have lived off the land and the blackberry has provided a wealth of nutrition through food and drink, as well as being used as a dye for wool and clothing. Chiropterology is the study of bats, whereas batology is the scientific study of the genus Rubus, more commonly known as brambles.

It is taken from the Greek words "baton" meaning blackberry, and‎ "ology" meaning study of. Also included in this family are the succulent raspberry, boysenberry, loganberry and tayberry.

2. Which constellation represents a hunter and weapons?

Answer: Orion

3. One of the most famous spas in England is Bath, whose famous waters have been visited since Roman times. What was the Roman name for Bath?

Answer: Aquae Sulis

4. What is "a cappella" music?

Answer: Music that is sung without accompaniment

5. The late 1920s and early 1930s saw the first true skyscrapers being built in Europe and America. This striking photo shows a detail of the exterior of one Art Deco's most famous creations, whose silhouette has graced the New York City skyline since 1930. What iconic skyscraper am I referring to?

Answer: Chrysler Building

Symbols of modernity and financial prosperity, skyscrapers flourished during the Art Deco era, their towering silhouettes forever changing the skylines of American cities. The earliest skyscrapers, built in the last two decades of the 19th century, had between 10 and 20 floors - a far cry from what they would become in the 20th century thanks to technological advances such as the use of steel frames or reinforced concrete. The two main hubs for the construction of these awe-inspiring buildings were New York and Chicago, both densely-populated cities plagued by a scarcity of land; height restrictions and concerns about the impact of these modern-day towers on the urban landscape prevented a similar explosion in Europe.

Very few of the many skyscrapers built in the US in the first three decades of the 20th century enjoy the same iconic status as the Chrysler Building. Built between 1928 and 1930 to serve as the headquarters of the Chrysler Corporation, it was designed by architect William van Alens in a shape reminiscent of a ziggurat pyramid through a clever use of setbacks. Working together with Walter Chrysler, the company's founder, Van Alen added a number of striking architectural details - such as a frieze of hubcaps and fenders, radiator cap ornaments shaped like Mercury's winged helmet, and the steel eagles (a symbol of flight) shown in the photo - meant to evoke the company's automobiles and the age of machines. The most distinctive feature of the Chrysler Building, however, is its magnificent, steel-clad crown, decorated with bold geometric designs, and topped by a needle-like spire. With its 77 floors, and a height of 318.9 m (1,046 ft), the Chrysler Building was the world's tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building (1931), and it is still the world's tallest steel-framed brick building. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

6. Although the Art Nouveau movement started in the last decade of the 19th century, it was brought to international attention by the World Fair organized in 1900 in which European city?

Answer: Paris

Inspired by various sources,such as the British Arts and Crafts movement and Japanese art, Art Nouveau (French for "new art") first developed in Belgium in the 1890s - quickly spreading to neighbouring France and other European countries. However, it was with the Exposition Universelle held in Paris from 14 April to 12 November 1900 that the style established its place as a worldwide phenomenon.

The pavilions dedicated to decorative arts provided a unique showcase for the creativity of Art Nouveau artists and designers, displaying stunning examples of jewelry, glassware, ceramics and furniture. Art Nouveau was also featured in the interior decoration of many of the pavilions, as well as the posters produced to advertise the Exposition. Those displays proved very popular with the public, and gave exposure to artists and designers from all over the world. Many of the imposing structures built for the exhibition were meant to be temporary, and were demolished shortly afterwards. However, a few of them - such as the Gare d'Orsay (now Musée d'Orsay), the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, and the Alexandre III bridge - have survived to this day, as have 86 of the 154 Metro stations designed by architect Hector Guimard, which have become one of the symbols of Paris. Two of these entrances are still protected by elaborate glass-and-cast-iron "dragonfly" canopies, with the elegant, sinuous shapes that characterize Art Nouveau: the one shown in the photo, Porte Dauphine, is the only entrance that is still on its original site.

7. The word "masala" can often be seen on some of the delicious menus served in India. What does the word "masala" mean?

Answer: Mixture of spices

Masala is a mixture of spices that often include green chilies, ginger, black pepper, cloves, cumin, cardamon, nutmeg and coriander. It can be mixed to a paste and added to curry or used to marinate meat or fish. Masala chai, or tea, is a mixture of spices diffused in hot water with sugar.

8. When sitting down and eating an Indian meal, what are paratha, appam and roti?

Answer: Breads

Many Indian breads are simply made with flour, water and salt. Paratha is a popular unleavened bread which usually contains ghee, a clarified butter. Appam is a thin pancake type bread using rice flour. Roti is made from whole wheat flour and has a thinner variety called chapati.