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Orange Quiz Sheet: the answers and the winners!

This year’s orange quiz sheet raised over £600. Thanks to everyone who sold them for us, and of course to everyone who bought one. We sold a dozen via the Internet, and received 7 sets of answers that way. The Quizmaster tells me that the winners are:

Hilary Coote (Hastings) and Pam Robbins (Battle) with perfect scores of 70, and runners up Derek Greenup (Pett) and Mrs A Buchan (Hastings). We’ll divvy up the prize-money between them.

Here are the answers, with explanations.

  1. I’ve heard Victoria’s lasted 64 years. (4)   rain  (reign!)
  2. How popular things go down:  a ….. (5)      storm
  3. Diamonds (3)     ice
  4. Greetings, bad weather! (4)    hail
  5. Confederate general met in the street. (5)      sleet  (Lee inside st for street)
  6. You find it in the mountains – no wonder! (5)  snow (hidden answer)
  7. Rent-a-party: it’s a blast! (7)       tornado (torn + a + do)
  8. May be first down in a bank. (9)    snowdrift (anag)
  9. Sounds like a quick thrashing. (9)        hurricane

10. I am nuts about such a freak phenomenon. (7)     tsunami (anag)

11. Presents party spectacle in front of the Queen. (6)  shower (show + ER – a shower is also a presents party)

12. A meteorologist’s gut feeling, perhaps (4)       wind

13. Sounds as if the quartet is fly-fishing. (8)         forecast (four + cast)

14. Such extreme weather might toss about Trans World Airlines. (8)     heatwave (TWA inside heave)

15. We might see Oxford University Press drown in such weather. (8)    downpour      (anag. O.U.P + drown)

16. This is how low Queen Mary sank (7)       draught (though we  thought some people’s  ‘settled’ was quite good)

17. Useful in the winter to OAPs, and in summer to hang-gliders. (8)   thermals

18.  A blow to Kathleen Ferrier (9)        southerly

19. Used by swimmers in qualifying races? Can be nasty (10)   heatstroke

20. Roosevelt (not Teddy) goes round toilet for a serious wetting (5)     flood (loo inside FD)

21. A quick snack for David Jason? Extremely  (9)       frostbite (David Jason starred in ‘A Touch of Frost’ on TV)

22. The darkness you’d find in Hades (5)  shade

23. 451, according to Bradbury (10)     Fahrenheit (Fahrenheit 451 – book title)

24. Haggle about our Mum’s effects, initially (9)   barometer (barter around O,M,E – initial letters)

25. The sort of weather to make elks cry (8, 3)   mackerel sky (anag.)

26. Depression as expressed by cows (3)    low

27. Freddie, say, expands in the heat (7)      mercury (Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen)

28. This may, in a way, conceal tiny rotary outflow of air (11)      anticyclone (anag.)

29. Harsh ground conditions may well stop farmer cultivating (10)      permafrost (anag.)

30. Yet this current goes nowhere near the Arabian coast (4,6)    Gulf Stream

31. The child from South America that causes big climatic changes (2,4)  El Nino (El Niño) or La Nina (La Niña)

32. O unmusical bum!  – without a strange cloud in the sky (12)     cumulonimbus (anag.)

33. A lost polar bear might be this (or a London policeman caught short) (3, 6)    met office (met off ice  /or/ met officer without final –r)

34. Sudden wind in August (and at other times of year) (4)         gust (hidden answer)

35. They say there’s a bit of an atmosphere in a town in Middlesex (4)    haze (Hayes)

36. A shout of “Butterfingers!”  (4)      mist  (missed!)

37. A hot wind that might cause harm at Tangiers (9)       harmattan (hidden answer)

38. A storm in a tea-cup, Norman? (7)        typhoon (typhoo +N for Norman)

39. Biblical 20, from French “toboggan”  (6)            deluge

40. Oddly, SoMe OrGy might take one’s breath away (4)       smog (oddly = odd letters)

41. A cause of widespread concern – malt ice, or male tic, for example (7, 6)  climate change

42. A green and peaceful warrior (7)       rainbow

43. Such precipitation is a pet subject of hydrologists (4,3,4)     cats and dogs

44. A noise that isn’t only heard on Thursdays (7)     thunder (Thursday = day of Thor, god of thunder)

45. It’s wet & windy when National Symphony Orchestra is trapped in satellite (7) monsoon    (N.S.O inside moon)

46. It started like the Zodiac and went like the wind (6)       zephyr  (Zephyr & Zodiac both models of Ford cars)

47. What Nigella does with a lemon when baking  (7)        drizzle

48.  Nasty weather that may start and finish like a squash ball (6)   squall

49. Why does a film director worry? – about actors. (8)                                    overcast

50. E.g. sailing, rowing, kayaking…but when R becomes U, head for dry land! (10)  waterspout  (watersport, change –r- for –u-)

51.  Medic should resolve this matter of dehydration (7)       drought (Dr. + ought)

52. Work at holiness – on your head be it! (10)          hailstones (anag.)

53.  Was this Bishop of Winchester the first Michael Fish? (2.7)       St.Swithun/Swithin

54.  This producer of honey may give you wind (4)     Gale (proprietary brand of honey)

55. With which Benjamin Franklin took a shocking risk (9)  lightning

56. Fräulein Schiffer sounds in a less sunny mood (8)  cloudier (= Claudia,   pronounced in the German way)

57. With Tammy and Jinty, this appealed to girls in the 1970s/80s (5)    Misty (comic for girls)

58.  It looks pretty, but might make you boo a surreal air   (6,8)       aurora borealis (anag.)

59. Mathematician from the sub-continent? You’re surprisingly warm (6,6)    Indian summer

60. Coco, Sir? It’s hot (7)     sirocco (anag.)

Can you find these names or expressions, which all contain (or seem to contain) a reference to the weather?

61. How some people like eggs. (5,4,2)       sunny side up

62. A story in which a rat and a mole figure prominently (3,4,2,3,7) The Wind in the Willows

63. Lawrence’s 1915 novel (3,7)     The Rainbow

64. How quickly butter melts in a storm (4, 7, 9)    like greased lightning

65. Something that’s hard to find or doesn’t exist (6,4) Scotch mist

66. Like Gene Kelly (or the two Ronnies) (7,2,3,4)            Singing in the Rain (sorry – it should have been Morecambe & Wise, but everyone spotted it)

67. Statement of a successful umbrella manufacturer  (5,5,3,1,6,6)            Every cloud has a silver lining

68. Put something off in America (4,1,4,5)        take a rain check

69. Have too much on (2,6,5)        be snowed under

70. Northern Irish potter (9,7)           Hurricane Higgins

2 thoughts on “Orange Quiz Sheet: the answers and the winners!

    1. My Chambers dictionary defines draught as ‘The depth to which a ship sinks in the water”. Admittedly, some people might say that ‘draught’ isn’t 100% a ‘weather expression’, but the setter’s decision, as they say, is final. Lots of people arrived at ‘draught’, though some came up with ‘settled’, which was quite good. Hope you enjoyed the rest of the quiz sheet, though.

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