a guess the themes quiz answers

The answers to a guess the themes quiz. If you’ve not done it yet, and want to, head over to that page before reading on.

Let me entertain you

1. The number of minutes in a quarter in Gridiron (American) Football or the age, in the UK, a minor can be sent to prison to await trial?


2. The minimum age in most US states at which a person may gamble or the number of spots on a standard cubical die?


3. Only nine Bank of England notes of a certain value were issued in connection with the Marshall Plan on 30 August 1948. Nicknamed Giant, how much was each note worth?

One Million Pounds

4. Which British television sitcom, first shown on Channel 4 between 1990 and 1998, is set in the offices of GlobeLink News, a fictional TV news company, was recorded close to transmission and made use of contemporary news events to give the programme a greater sense of realism?

Drop the Dead Donkey

5. Chroma key compositing, or chroma keying, is a visual-effects and post-production technique for compositing (layering) two images or video streams together based on colour hues, how is this technique commonly described?

Green screen/blue screen

6. How did Bruce Forsythe introduce Anthia Redfern in TVs The Generation Game?

The hostess with the mostest

7. Which American actor has been one of The Dirty Dozen, a James Bond villain, one of Kelly’s Heroes in movies but is probably best known as a New York City Detective Lieutenant who was fond of using the catchphrases, “Who loves ya, baby?” and “Cootchie-coo!”?

Telly Savalas

8. People who are strongly inclined to do, use, or indulge in something repeatedly are know as what?


9. In the UK TV series Dr. Who, who is the renegade alien Time Lord and the archenemy of the title character the Doctor?

The Master

10. Which song, sung by Noel Harrison, was introduced in the film The Thomas Crown Affair in 1968 and has been covered by many artists including Dusty Springfield, Johnny Mathis, Neil Diamond and, for the movie remake in 1999, Sting?

Windmills of Your Mind

You’ll like this, not a lot

11. “A teenage, Italian gang in the Bronx, NYC, 1963. They have their confrontations with other gangs. Drugs and weapons are uncool. Adult life awaits them.” – was the description of which a 1979 film which was nominated for the “Worst Fake Accent – Female” at the Stinkers Bad Movie Awards?

The Wanderers

12. What is a thin pieces of impervious material installed to prevent the passage of water into a structure from a joint or as part of a weather resistant barrier system?


13. Who is the fairy tale stock character who comes to the rescue of a damsel in distress and must engage in a quest to liberate her from an evil spell or enemy?

Prince Charming

14. What three word phrase is an alternate phrase for the principle of causality, establishing one event or action as the direct result of another?

Cause and effect

15. As an adjective it means “having a slim or delicate build” or as verb it means “to treat as unimportant : make light of”.


16. At the end of Sunset Boulevard, delusional crackpot Norma Desmond stalks toward a camera, thinking it’s a movie camera (in reality, it’s a news camera and everyone is there because she’s about to be arrested for murder), saying, “All right, Mr. DeMille”. Complete that sentence.

I’m ready for my close-up

17. Which 1982 song by British trio Imagination, was a major European hit that peaked at number 2 in the UK?


18. What is a heavy cotton cloth pressure-sensitive tape with strong adhesive and tensile properties that is widely used in theatre, photography, film, radio and television production, and industrial staging work?

Gaff or gaffer tape

19. Which independent production company produced programmes such as Derry Girls, Have I Got News for You, Drop the Dead Donkey and Father Ted?

Hat trick

20. Which American drama television series (2008-2015) the follows former “psychic” Patrick Jane, a consultant to the California Bureau of Investigation and his boss, using the highly developed observational skills he previously employed to “read” people’s minds?

The Mentalist


First theme is Quiz Shows, combine two answers to get:

  • Fifteen to One
  • The One million Pound Drop
  • Screen Test
  • Telly Addicts
  • Mastermind

Second theme is Terms used in magic:

  • Wand
  • Flashing – accidentally showing something meant to be hidden, possibly ruining the effect
  • Charm – the act of chanting or reciting a magic spell
  • Effect – how the magic trick is experienced by the spectator
  • Sleight (of hand)
  • Close-up magic
  • Illusion – a type of magic trick
  • Gaff – a gimmick that imitates something real
  • Trick!
  • Mentalist a type of magic act