Song Intros (Quiz Round)

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Following on from my Cryptic Computing (Quiz Round) post, I thought I’d add another round from that most enjoyable evening.

As avid readers of my About Me page will know, I have an eclectic taste in music including heavy metal, reggae, country ‘n’ western, blues, rock ‘n’ roll and anything else produced prior to 1990.

Test Your Musical Knowledge

Most of the songs featured are fairly well-known so for someone like myself who enjoys a wide range of tunes, they shouldn’t be too much of a challenge.

Have a go at guessing the song title and artist for the following song opening lines. Answers can be found further down the post. No peeking!

The Questions

  1. Six o’clock already. I was just in the middle of a dream.
  2. I got my first real six string. Bought it at the 5 and dime.
  3. Tommy used to work on the docks.
  4. All my love, all my kissing. You don’t know what you’ve been missing
  5. One, two, three o’clock, four o’clock, rock
  6. Mama, just killed a man.
  7. I had nothing to do on this hot afternoon, but to settle down and write you a line
  8. Well I’m gonna raise a fuss, I’m gonna raise a holler
  9. Picture yourself in a boat on a river. With tangerine trees and marmalade skies.
  10. If everybody had an ocean, Across the U.S.A.
  11. The silicon chip inside her head. Gets switched to overload
  12. Ma, take this badge off of me. I can’t use it any more.
  13. Lay where you’re laying. Don’t make a sound
  14. I was born in a crossfire hurricane. And I howled at my ma in the driving rain
  15. Hot town, summer in the city. Back of my neck getting burnt and gritty.
  16. I found my thrill…
  17. Well, she was just 17, You know what I mean.
  18. Sittin’ in the mornin’ sun. I’ll be sittin’ when the evenin’ come.
  19. Hey where did we go, Days when the rains came.
  20. It’s a little bit funny this feeling inside. I’m not one of those who can easily hide.
  21. It was Christmas Eve babe, In the drunk tank.
  22. Comin’ to ya on a dusty road, Good lovin’. I got a truck load.
  23. I’ve travelled this old world of ours from Barnsley to Peru. I’ve had sunshine in the arctic and a swim in Timbuktu
  24. Never know how much I love you. Never know how much I care.
  25. A long long time ago. I can still remember how that music used to make me smile.

No Peeking!

Just to break up the answers from the questions and to stop you from inadvertently peeking, I thought I’d add a YouTube clip at this point.

Why not take a short break to enjoy a song that perfectly sums up how I used to feel when I worked for Local Government, before I became a self-employed web designer and software developer

This is a song by one of the artists in the quiz, although not as popular as the song featured.

Hope you enjoyed that! And now…

The Answers

  1. Manic Monday – Bangles
  2. Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
  3. Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
  4. Oh Boy – Buddy Holly
  5. Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley and the Comets
  6. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  7. You Wear It Well – Rod Stewart
  8. Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran
  9. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – The Beatles
  10. Surfin’ USA – The Beach Boys
  11. I Don’t Like Mondays – Boomtown Rats
  12. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – Eric Clapton / Bob Dylan / Guns n Roses
  13. Sex On Fire – Kings of Leon
  14. Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones
  15. Summer in the City – Lovin Spoonful
  16. Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino
  17. I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles
  18. Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
  19. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  20. Your Song – Elton John
  21. Fairytale of New Yorkl – Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl
  22. Soul Man – Sam & Dave / Blues Brothers
  23. I’ve Never Met A Nice South African – Spitting Image
  24. Fever – Peggy Lee / Ella Fitzgerald
  25. American Pie – Don McLean

Copyright Free

There’s nothing special here so please feel free to use this quiz as your own, but if you do publish it somewhere, why not include an acknowledgement and a link back to this blog page?

Finally, why not post how well you did below?


Cryptic Computing (Quiz Round)


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…

Test Yourself

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.


The Questions

  1. Waterway becomes major literature distributor
  2. The male sheep stood for something, but what?
  3. Assistance from office furniture
  4. Harry Potter helps user through the process
  5. Sounds like microwave oven timer sound effect fights whoopee equivalent for 2nd place
  6. Asked what could he see, Satan replied…
  7. Penguin does for free, what others charge for
  8. Flying trapeze artist spends a lot of time reading
  9. Bed making step is a big improvement on the abacus
  10. Unexpected charge on adornment for driveways
  11. The repeated steps were bigger than expected
  12. That is to say, in other words, used for browsing
  13. Arthur thought a character set was the stencils you got from the stationers
  14. Wise counsel was given as to the safety of the user’s data
  15. Classic British motorbike brings PCs to a protected standstill
  16. Bus station achieves an exceeding low IQ
  17. Cubed parliamentarians lead to demise of high street music purveyors
  18. Misleading suggestion that edited images will be sold
  19. The 11th letter contains 24 more of these than most people think
  20. Shop selling cash gives financial advice

Answers Below

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.

The Answers

  1. Amazon
  2. Random Access Memory
  3. Help Desk
  4. Wizard
  5. Bing
  6. ICL (or Syntax)
  7. Linux
  8. Acrobat
  9. Spreadsheet
  10. Bill Gates
  11. Macro (or Infinite Loop)
  12. IE
  13. ASCII
  14. Oracle
  15. Norton
  16. Dumb Terminal
  17. MP3s
  18. Photoshop
  19. Bytes
  20. 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:

Copyright Free

Please feel free to use these as you’re own, but if you do publish them anywhere, please include an acknowledgement and a link back to this blog page.

Finally, hope you enjoyed them. Why not post how well you did below?

Am I becoming a “Quiz Addict”?

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It all started whilst planning for a quiz night with some of my old workmates (from before I became a self-employed software developer / web designer). The intention was a night of playing Buzz on the old PS2. Great for a beer-fuelled gathering if you’ve never tried it.

Anyway, as a few of the party are at a slightly higher intellectual level than the aforementioned Buzz game, I thought I’d print out a few sheets of other challenges to peruse between breaks. 

I came up with the idea of finding a blank map of the world with country borders, but no country names on it and set to work trying to find one on Google.

Within a few clicks I encountered Sporcle and the following page containing an on-line name the countries of the world quiz:

Have a go! I managed 89 on my first go, but would have a got a few more if I could’ve spelt them! Bosnia and Herzegovina definitely got the better of me…

Anyway, that was 9th January and a day hasn’t gone by that I haven’t been back on the site. That’s it. I’m addicted, which isn’t a good thing as I work from home on a computer and the ability to quickly alt+tab from what I should be doing to the Sporcle site is hampering my working day…

Help!! Is there an organisation that caters for this sort of thing?

The thing is, the quizzes are short (up to 15 minutes), but often fast and furious so there’s a real “just one more…” feel to it. Plus, there’s 1000s of quizzes on there covering a wealth of different subjects and best of all, it’s fast to load, requires no registration, is relatively advert free and doesn’t require any browser plug-ins.

Is there a word for it?

Quiz addiction that is. I did have a brief look on Google, but couldn’t find one. If you know of one, let me know in a comment below and I’ll credit you.

And do you know of any other similar free sites?

I know even at the rate I’m going, it’ll take a considerable length of time to work through all Sporcle has to offer, but it’d be interesting to know if anyone else has encountered any other sites they’d recommend. Again, stick it in a comment below.

Remember though, to compete with Sporcle it needs to be easy to search through, super fast and require no browser plug-ins in order to work.

Finally, beware…

Everyone that I’ve mentioned this site to so far has also become addicted. You have been warned!

Right, better sign off for a quick quiz. Think I’ll do a music one this time…

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