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.

Congratulations to last month’s winner:  Elaine Barr, Troon

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

This week: Triple Play

In this brainteaser, all you have to do is to choose the correct meaning from three suggestions.

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. Is the kookaburra a kind of fish, an insect, or a bird?
  2. Cummerbund means the German government, a slang term for a lazy person, or a wide sash worn around the waist?
  3. Scapula means the shoulder blade, a surgeon’s knife, or the shaven top of a monk’s head
  4. Apiarian means before the time of the dinosaurs, belonging to the monkey family, or relating to beekeeping or bees?
  5. A buckler is a small round shield, a decorated belt, or a trainer of race-horses?
  6. Aspartame is a kind of long grass that grows on sand dunes, an artificial sweetener, or a kind of pasta?
  7. A porbeagle is a kind of bird, a kind of whale, or a kind of shark?
  8. Chervil means a kind of herb, a small kangaroo, or a servant in medieval times?
  9. A czardas is a Siberian musical instrument, a Russian sweet containing caramel, or a Hungarian folk dance?
  10. A neonate is a swelling on the skin, a newborn baby, or an African musical instrument?

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

Closing date  for this quiz is Thursday 12th August 2010

How to enter

Email your answers, numbered 1-10, with the email subject heading ‘Triple Play 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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