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The Cryptic Pub Quiz

The Cryptic Pub Quiz
Frank Paul
Price: £
16.99
  • Hardback
Published: 
16 Nov 2017
ISBN: 
9780715652077
Pages: 
304
Genre: 
  • Non-Fiction
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1. What, according to separate idioms, may suffer from fatal inquisitiveness or seize the fleshy organ of a silent person?

2. Which of the seven traditional colours of the rainbow is the only one not to contain any letters of the word 'mackerel'?

3. The name of which priestess in Greek mythology is also the title of songs by Mariah Carey and Enrique Iglesias? (see below for answers!)

Since 2015, the Mill in Cambridge has hosted an unusually fiendish quiz that combines the pub's warmth with the logic and wordplay of the cryptic crossword or GCHQ Christmas card. Questions might take the form of wordsearch poems, jokes, rebuses, 11+ exam-style analogies (but far trickier), and a round that allows contestants to use each letter of the alphabet only once in their answers. There s even a murder mystery to sink your teeth into, and a bewildering encounter with the Sphinx.

This unique book is the work of the artist Frank Paul who has gathered the best rounds from the Mill s quiz night - filled to the brim with drawings as exquisite and intricate as the puzzles to challenge and amuse you and your fellow quiz-fans. Among the rounds you will find: Sum Fun with Roman Numerals, Foot in Mouth, Premature Obituaries, Motion Picture Mixture, Crawl Inside My Idiom Attic, Gogglebox Jigsaw, Advent Calendar of Doom, Chemical Element Blind Date, to name but a few.

A rewarding challenge, The Cryptic Pub Quiz will bring joy to everyone from the Tuesday night pub quiz fan to the cryptic crossword aficionado, and all who cannot resist having their minds bent, blown and boggled.

1. Cat (got your tongue)

2. Indigo

3. Hero

Frank Paul

About Frank Paul

Frank Paul has gathered the best of more than 100 rounds of pub quizzes into this book. Alongside the questions and often forming part of the questions are his drawings, which are as intricate as the puzzles. His work has been shown at Marlborough Fine Art exhibition and at solo exhibitions in York and London. Paul is the son of Lucian Freud and Celia Paul. He lives in Cambridge with his partner and their daughter.