WATCH THE BIRDIE QUIZ ANSWERS

Comments from the quiz master and answers to the questions

WATCH THE BIRDIE QUIZ

 

I had a record number of forms back this year in the Peterborough Minster Rotary annual quiz sheet, Watch the Birdie. 93 forms found their way back to me and of these 34 were all correct. On Thursday June 7thone was pulled out at random and this came from Andrew Ashenhurst from Exeter.

There were several clues that caused some problems Clue 8 proved to be the most vexatious. The dictionary definition of a mean or cantankerous person is a buzzard which by chance happens to be a bird.

Clue 37 Cowardly oscillating appendage really led to some creative answers. Willow Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow Flicker, Yellow Bunting and getting warmer Yellow Fantail. What I was looking for was Yellow Wagtail.

Clue 28 was another clue that caused a bit of grief. A very small Latin caveman. Latin should have nudged you to a latin name of a bird and if you knew that a troglodyte was a caveman and you were looking for a very small bird you would have arrived at Troglodytes troglodytes, the Wren.

I make no apologies for getting you to put your thinking caps on and I hope that you have enjoyed the intellectual stimulation.

I would like to thank members of Peterborough Minster Rotary club for helping me sell the quiz sheets and particular mention goes to Colin Moore who did all the photocopying for free so that the only expenses we incurred was the £25 prize. 

I would also like to thank everyone who bought the quiz, we have raised in excess of £600 for charities both home and abroad. I hope that you enjoyed the challenge and didn’t take it too seriously. There will be another quiz sheet early in the New Year.

Thank You 

Brian Parsons

 

1

Hoods first name (5)

Robin

2

King Arthur’s magician (6)

Merlin

3

Royal angler (10)

Kingfisher

4

Grown up Ugly Duckling (4)

Swan

5

Swiss clock bird (6)

Cuckoo

6

Local fork tailed favourite (3,4)

Red Kite

7

Orange billed mollusc collector (13)

Oystercatcher

8

A cantankerous or mean person (7)

Buzzard

9

RSPB logo (6)

Avocet

10

Caravan of Love group (12)

Housemartins

11

Could this be big at the fairground (6)

Dipper

12

Musical candida albicans (4,6)

Song Thrush

13

Bald as a what (4)

Coot

14

A bird that booms (7)

Bittern

15

Tie up a chicken (7)

Moorhen

16

Inexperienced shin (10)

Greenshank

17

Cutlery beak (9)

Spoonbill

18

Features in a chess game (4)

Rook

19

Speedy train or duck (7)

Mallard

20

Goes down on your bed (5)

Eider

21

Shelley’s ode to a songbird (7)

Skylark

22

Tower of London bird (5)

Raven

23

Conversations with a rock (9)

Stonechat

24

Cowardly tool (12)

Yellowhammer

25

Shrink back in fear (5)

Quail

26

Reef or granny (4)

Knot

27

Professor Yaffle was one (5,10)

Green Woodpecker

28

A very small Latin caveman (4)

Wren

29

Small measure of unwanted wheat (9)

Chaffinch

30

Silence of the  Lambs Clarice (8)

Starling

31

Rossini’s thief (6)

Magpie

32

Gulliver’s author (5)

Swift

33

Berkeley Square bird (11)

Nightingale

34

Could be in the country picnic food (9)

Fieldfare

35

Two dozen under a crust (10)

Blackbirds

36

D H Lawrence white bird (7)

Peacock

37

Cowardly oscillating appendage (6,7)

Yellow Wagtail

38

Very dark moan (5,6)

Black Grouse

39

Does this bird sit on a pecan (8)

Nuthatch

40

Multicoloured beak on this seabird clown (6)

Puffin

41

Madame Tussaud’s bird? (7)

Waxwing

42

Rheims ring thief (7)

Jackdaw

43

007  film duck (9)

Goldeneye

44

Rutland Water fish eagle (6)

Osprey

45

Parisian hirondelle (7)

Swallow

46

Sounds like a single letter bird (3)

Jay

47

Opposite to traffic light code (8)

Redstart

48

Does this bird wear a Van Dyke (7,3)

Bearded Tit

49

Tamp grain anagram (9)

Ptarmigan

50

Shortened sibling is also this (6)

Siskin

 

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