In my previous life I was a software development manager and every now and then, myself and the Dev team (many of whom have now also left) get together for a catch-up, a few beers, meals out and the occasional quiz.
As nominated quiz master the other night, I gave some thought as to a quiz round specifically targeted to test the wits of IT nerds such as ourselves…
So what to include?
Well, we’re all coders so I originally thought about some sort of SQL or other programming puzzle, but as a few of our non-IT partners (including my own) were due to attend I decided to spare them the trauma.
Looking for questions they might also know the answers to is how the Cryptic Computing round was born. The answers are pulled from anything and everything to do with computing, including the internet, software, jargon and more.
And most of them are commonly known and used, with just a few more specific computing ones thrown in…
I’ve included the questions I used below, along with the answers further down – no peeking!!.
Being an IT geek will definitely be an advantage, but everyone should be able to get some of them. Although, if you live over the pond from the UK, a couple may cause you problems as they’re British specific.
- Waterway becomes major literature distributor
- The male sheep stood for something, but what?
- Assistance from office furniture
- Harry Potter helps user through the process
- Sounds like microwave oven timer sound effect fights whoopee equivalent for 2nd place
- Asked what could he see, Satan replied…
- Penguin does for free, what others charge for
- Flying trapeze artist spends a lot of time reading
- Bed making step is a big improvement on the abacus
- Unexpected charge on adornment for driveways
- The repeated steps were bigger than expected
- That is to say, in other words, used for browsing
- Arthur thought a character set was the stencils you got from the stationers
- Wise counsel was given as to the safety of the user’s data
- Classic British motorbike brings PCs to a protected standstill
- Bus station achieves an exceeding low IQ
- Cubed parliamentarians lead to demise of high street music purveyors
- Misleading suggestion that edited images will be sold
- The 11th letter contains 24 more of these than most people think
- Shop selling cash gives financial advice
Purely to break the page up a bit and create some space to make peeking at the answers more difficult, below is a photo of yours truly with questions in hand…
And if you’re thinking I look a little “worse for wear“, it’s because I am!
So, wondering how you’ve done?
You’ll kick yourself I’m sure for any that you’ve missed.
Well take heart, my old team didn’t do too brilliantly either, with the highest score being just 12. Although in their defence, I think alcohol may have played some part.
- Random Access Memory
- Help Desk
- ICL (or Syntax)
- Bill Gates
- Macro (or Infinite Loop)
- Dumb Terminal
- Money Supermarket
And if you need some explanations…
2. A male sheep is a ram. 5. In the UK, Bing and Yahoo (whoopee is an exclamation similar to yahoo) are currently fighting for 2nd place behind Google. 6. “I see Hell”, although “Sin Tax” as supplied by one of the team is also good! 7. Linux is a free alternative operating system to Windows and Unix, the logo for which is a penguin. 10. Charges are referred to as “the bill” on this side of the pond. 12. Look up the definition of i.e. 13. Ref: Arthur Askey. 15. A reference to Norton Anti-Virus now famed for slowing PCs to a crawl. 17. MP is the title for a British member of parliament. 20. Ref: www.moneysupermarket.com.
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Finally, hope you enjoyed them. Why not post how well you did below?