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:  Amanda McPhail, Ayr

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

This week: Firsts

This week’s brainteaser is all about firsts: things that happened first or that are called “first”.

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. Where was the first lawn tennis championship in the world held in 1877?
  2. In a medical context, what is the meaning of the phrase “first aid”?
  3. What was the title of the film in which Sean Connery played James Bond for the first time?
  4. What was the title of the Beatles’ first record in 1962?
  5. Which painting by John Constable was entitled “Landscape, Noon”| when he first exhibited it at the Royal Academy?
  6. Was Charles Dickens’s first novel “The Pickwick Papers”, “Great Expectations” or “Oliver Twist”?
  7. In philately, what is a “first-day cover”?
  8. Bonnie and Clyde were the first names of two infamous US criminals whose story was filmed as “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967) by the US director Arthur Penn. But what were the surnames of Bonnie and Clyde?
  9. Which British composer wrote “On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring”?
  10. Which 1949 book has as its first line: “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen”?

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

Closing date for this quiz is Thursday 16th September 2010

How to enter

Email your answers, numbered 1-10, with the email subject heading Firsts 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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