I don't want to do this to death. But now you can have a final go, with clue, at the New Year Old Quiz and then look below the fold for the answers. Then we can all move on to sort out a real problem: refugees, cancer, global warming, source of really good pancakes . . . take your pick.
8 Concealed animal
Here is a list of animals. But which other animal is hiding?
RACCOON, PARROT, LEMMING, KOOKABURRA, AARDVARK, LINNET, OTTER
Clue: have you got double vision?
13 A round of drinks
What could follow Mojito, Eggnog, Riesling, Lemonade, Ouzo, ?
Clue: Where would you START with this wine?
3 Calendar Foods
If we eat Fish on St David's Day, Crab on US Independence Day and Goat on Christmas Day, what do we eat at Hallowe'en?
Clue: What start sign are you?
15 Letter Sequence I
What is the next entry in each of the following:
M, V, E, M, J, S, U, ?
E, Z, D, V, F, S, S, A, N, Z, ?
Clue: Which planet is this German Count on?
18 Friends in other countries
Gary has friends in countries all round the world including Argentina, Denmark, Russia, Sudan, and the USA. Which country is Gary in?
Clue: Look within the country names.
What links: D, X, 4th, Y
Clue: speak them out loud and go with the flow
29 Odd one out
Which is the odd one out: FIRM, HELM, SOAK, WASH
Clue: can you see the wood for the trees?
59 Odd one out
CHAT, COMMENT, DIRE, ELF, FORT, MANGER, PAIN, POUR
Clue: don't think in English
64 Arrange the pieces in alphabetical order
ARCH, FROGS, PLAN, WEE
Clue: Think chess
55 Two words
The following 18 words fall into two sets of nine, according to two other words:
DAM, DRONE, INLAND, INTER, KING, LACE, LADY, LICE, LINGER, NICKED, RENTAL, ROLE, SON, STIFF, STING, TINS, USED, WING
Clue: Try adding words and if that doesn't help, ask your parents.
8 The double letters spell CORMORANT
13 Try Tea because it begins with T and the initials then spell out MERLOT
3 Scorpions - obvious if you know, or care, when the signs of the zodiac come through the year
15a Planet initials: N is for Neptune
15b Integers auf Deutsch E is for Elf
18 Hungary. This is a little weak. HunGary, ArgenTina, DenMark and SuDan end with a personal name. Russia begins with one and UniTed States of AmErica has two.
23 Homophony: Dee, Exe, Forth and Wye are all British rivers
29 FIRM is the only word which doesn't include a tree name Elm Oak Ash
59 Elf (see above) is a valid word in German, the others ditto in French
64 If chess pieces are added these make good words
ArchBishop, PlanKing, WeeKnight, FrogsPawn,
55 This baffled me entirely until I looked up the clue = Ask your parents
The words sort according to whether they stay valid words prefixed by Ma or Pa
Madam, Padrone, Mainland, Painter, Making, Palace, Malady, Malice, Malinger, Panicked, Parental, Parole, Mason, Mastiff, Pasting, Matins, Paused, Pawing
Padrone is a bit of a stretch as an English word, but then we've adopted Parole and Madam from French