Some travel and visits to the hospital have delayed this posting.  All is well now, and so here are the answers to last week’s quiz.


The clues:

–    Take a beverage produced by a large distributor.
–    The beverage’s name is 10 letters long.
–    You will see that the first 5 letters and the last 5 letters have 3 letters in common.
–    Delete these 6 letters, leaving 4 letters remaining.
–    Rearrange these 4 remaining letters and you will end up with a rare avian visitor to North America.

Working backwards, as suggested, was a good way to begin answering the quiz.  A rare avian visitor to North America with the name containing only 4 letters.  SMEW is the correct choice.  Out of how many, I do not know.  Add to that six letters, two instances of three different letters.  The letters are ART.  Yielding SMARTWATER as the correct answer.

A huge congratulations to Derek for getting the correct answer!


The question: What do NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WEST, LEFT and RIGHT have in common, but not UP or DOWN?

Clare got A correct answer (all the words contain the letter “T”).  Congratulations to Clare, who gets partial extra credit.

However I was looking for a more diabolical answer.   Thorn, Shout, Seat, Stew, Felt, Girth … all are anagrams of the indicated words.  Up and Down do not have anagrams.

Until next time …

Written by Jory
Jory's first field guide-identified bird was a Northern Cardinal. This turned out to be his gateway drug into birding. In 2007 Jory became the least accomplished birder to see 300 birds in New York State in one year. He has birded the world over but maintains his birding "beginner mind", of which he is inordinately proud. Just ask him. Jory is the 10,000 Birds Avian Quizmaster, coming up with ever more diabolical ways to stump his legion of devoted fans. He lives with his wife and the possessions of his children just outside of Albany NY.