Credo Reference Friday Brainteaser

We post the brainteaser questions every Friday on the blog. Email your quiz answers to us at All correct entries will be entered into a monthly prize draw and one lucky person will win a £10 book voucher. The more brainteasers you enter the greater your chances are of winning.

Please note – You must be a member of South Ayrshire Libraries to enter this competition

This week: Weights and Measurements

All kinds of words are used to describe how heavy, long, etc. things are. Check your knowledge of weights and measures with this brainteaser.

Don’t know the answers? Credo’s Friday Brainteaser is compiled using content from Credo Reference, so if you need a little help you know where to look.

  1. “Mg” is an abbreviation for which measure of weight?
  2. How many pints are there in a quart?
  3. Which unit of length was introduced by the French in the 18th century as one ten-millionth of the distance from the Equator to the North Pole?
  4. How many grams are there in a kilogram?
  5. What is the word for the metric unit of area equal to 10,000 square metres?
  6. “Cwt” is an abbreviation for which measurement of weight?
  7. How many furlongs are there in a mile: six, eight or twelve?
  8. What system of weight got its name from a city in France which was the site of a noted medieval fair that developed its own system of weights?
  9. Which ancient unit of measurement was originally equal to the length of the forearm from the tip of the middle finger to the elbow?
  10. “Ramp weight” is the weight of what sort of thing?

Questions set by Tony Augarde, author of “The Oxford Guide to Word Games”.

Closing date  for this quiz is Thursday 5th August 2010

How to enter

Email your answers, numbered 1-10, with the email subject heading ‘Credo Brainteaser Weights and Measurements to

Remember to include your name, address, contact telephone number and your library card number (found at the back of your library card above the bar code) in the email.

Winners will be notified at the end of each month and the quiz answers will be posted on the blog with next week’s questions.

Good Luck!


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