Vowels and bowels: answers

February 25, 2011 in Gilligan's, Quizzes

Here are the answers to the questions posted yesterday.

By the by, I forgot to mention that my team won out on the night. We scored 83 out of 94, leaving us six clear of second place.

Anyways, to begin, here are those two questions we got right:

  • What two parts of the body are anagrams of each other? A> Elbow and bowel
  • Which tree’s name features all five vowels and just two other letters? A> Sequoia

It was entertaining to see how the room behaved when asked that question about the body parts.  You’d have sworn that everyone was miming Heads, shoulders, knees and toes. 🙂

Main answers:

  1. Who is the new Garda Commisioner? A> Martin Callinan
  2. If a month starts on a Sunday, what will it have that no other month has? A> Friday 13th
  3. What is the literal meaning of the word “eskimo“? A> Eater of raw meat
  4. What is the current Irish minimum wage? A> €7.65 per hour
  5. The Swaythling Cup is played for in which sport? A> Scrod Table tennis
  6. Epistaxis is the medical term for what common complaint? A> Nosebleed
  7. Four words in the English language end in -dous. Tremendous, stupendous, and horrendous are three. What is the other? A> Hazardous
  8. Name either of the two words in the English language which contain all five vowels and in the right order. A> Facetious or abstemious *
  9. What word signifies the existance of more than one form of an element e.g. carbon can be graphite, diamond etc? A> Allotropy
  10. Which Italian city was once home to the Stradivarius** family? A> Cremona


  1. David McWilliams
  2. Jamie Oliver
  3. Colin Farrell
  4. Moira Deady
  5. Mary Harney
  6. Imelda May
  7. Michael Bublé
  8. Graeme McDowell
  9. John and Edward Grimes / Jedward
  10. Ivan Yates
  11. Meryl Streep
  12. Eamonn Coghlan
  13. Lacoste
  14. Lise Hand

Sorry, I don’t have a better link for Lise Hand.  She hasn’t got much of an online profile.

Rightyo, until next week…

* These are the two most common. There are others.

** Correctly, they should be referred to as the Stradivari family.

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