Avian Quiz Answer – July 1, 2011
Ah yes, the answer to this week’s quiz. Here is what I remember about the quiz: the clues are all about birds, but the answer is not. OK, got it. Clues=birds. Answer=not birds.
I gave clues to the first four words in a sequence of words, your job was to get the next word in sequence. Here are the clues, and their answers:
1st two words … I’m listening to a local birdsong right now, eastern US north to Canada, common, suburban … Tufted Titmouse … “Peter, Peter”.
3rd word, 1st syllable … what do Kirtland’s Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Palm Warbler, American Pipit (and maybe others) have in common? … The “pump” their tails.
3rd word, 2nd syllable … Florida breeding one-word named bird, the northern limits of its breeding range, swamps, marshes, last three letters of the name … Limpkin … “kin”.
4th word, What do bee, gnat and honey have in common? … bird families, bee-eater, gnat-eater, honey-eater … “eater”.
As I said, all of the clues have to do with birds. Putting the answers together in sequence … “Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater”. Here is a common version of this children’s nursery rhyme in today’s parlance:
“Peter, Peter pumpkin eater,
Had a wife but couldn’t keep her;
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well.”
And so the answer to this week’s quiz is “Had”. I hope you had some fun with this one.
Congratulations to Nick, who got the right answer within moments.
See you next quiz.