Well, I’ve consulted with the fine accounting firm of Crunchem, Fudgem and Lye, and it turns out our top scorer this week is Todd J!  Way to go, Todd.  Todd got a resounding 8/10, which gave him a comfortable couple of points over our second-place players.  Also, Todd’s a lawyer, so he argued with me about the ones he got wrong.  Or as he puts it, ‘plea bargained’.

1) The number of teaspoons in a table spoon, times the number of players on a (FIFA regulation) soccer team

3 x 11 = 33

2) The number of squares on a chessboard, divided by the number of maids a-milking

64 / 8 = 8

3) Add the number of cards in a deck excluding jokers to the last two digits of the year of the Woodstock Music & Art Festival and then divide by the number of sides on a hendecagon

(52 + 69) / 11 = 11

4) Take the number of men the Grand Old Duke Of York had, divide by the number of ways there must be to leave your lover, then add the sum of the numbers at the three, six, nine and twelve o’clock positions on a dart board

10,000 / 50 + (6 + 3 + 11 + 20) = 240

5) Take the traditional biblical number of the beast, divide by the number of muses in Greek myth, and then subtract the number of rpms of an ordinary juke-box single

666 / 9 – 45 = 29

6) Take the number Patrick McGoohan’s character used to regularly deny, multiply by the number of witches in a coven, and then divide by the number of steps in a Hitchcock film title

6 x 13 / 39 = 2

7) Take the answer to the ultimate question of life the universe and everything, divide by the the number of Lawrence’s Pillars Of Wisdom, and then multiply by the number of sisters John Boy Walton had

(42 / 7)  x  3 = 18

8) The number of the Apollo mission that first landed on the moon, multiplied by the number of stumps on a wicket, plus the number of books in the Old Testament (King James Version)

11 x 3 + 39 = 72

9) The number of unique husbands Elizabeth Taylor had, add the number of masts on a brigantine, and then multiply by the sum total of all the pips on a standard die

(7 + 2) x 21 = 189

10) Take the four-digit year of the Great Fire Of London (under Charles II), subtract the number of miles The Proclaimers would walk, and then the number of MORE miles they would walk, and then divide by the number of the classroom where Pete Dixon taught history

(1666 – 500 – 500) / 222 = 3

Lots of folks seemed to think there were three muses rather than nine.  I’m guessing they might be confusing fates with muses.  A couple of other crib notes, in case people had questions:

Patrick McGoohan played the lead role in the TV show “The Prisoner”, where he was held in a bizarre village from which he was not allowed to escape.  He was constantly referred to as “#6”, presumably his inmate number, and he always railed against it.

‘The answer to the ultimate question of life the universe and everything’ is from Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhiker’s Guide” series of comic science fiction novels.  A super-computer is built to find the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything, and eventually returns the answer “42”.  Of course, then they have to figure what the question was…

Pete Dixon was the history teacher in “Room 222”, the 70s TV show about an inner-city high school in the early 70s.  I’ve never seen it.  And at least a couple of other folks who had never seen it managed to guess it correctly.  Well done, them.

And finally, somebody asked who “Lawrence” was and why he got to decide how many pillars of wisdom there are… Lawrence is of course T.E. Lawrence, otherwise known as Lawrence Of Arabia.  And he got to decide how many pillars of wisdom there were because he had a large number of friends with guns.  There is wisdom in that…


QM Bill





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