Trivioku puzzle #5


1.Helium and neon are the only true elemental examples of what sort of gas? (5)
2.What’s the surname of the notorious Scottish psychiatrist who studied schizophrenia? (5)
3.In which part of London was Passport to Pimlico made? (6)
4.Which landlocked country bordering Algeria had a major food crisis in 2005-6? (5)
5.Which archangel is regarded in Biblical tradition as the angel of death? (7)
6.What is the second most spoken language in India? (7)
7.What can be scalene or obtuse,among other things? (8)
8.What term describes a lock of hair or a type of butterfly? (7)
9.What is the heraldic term for silver? (6)
HINT:This part of America is under threat.

Trivioku puzzle #4


1.What’s the term for a public outdoor swimming pool? (4)
2.What is solid carbon dioxide also known as? (3,3)
3.Which organisation has 12 members,including Iran and Nigeria,now that Indonesia has left? (4)
4.At which village in Radnorshire was diarist Francis Kilvert the curate? (5)
5.What’s the high-pitched cry often made by puppies called? (4)
6.What was the nickname of Castilian nobleman Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar? (2,3)
7.Dr Johnson,Jerome K Jerome and Tom Hodgkinson have all edited magazines called The — ? (5)
8.What word connects Sting with a city in Poland? (6)
9.Which character,first name Tom,features in several of Patricia Highsmith’s novels? (6)
HINT:This is down, leading to food shortages.

The warp (stop all the clocks)

has already broken the news (and spoilered my anecdote!), but I’m going to drone at you anyway…

The world won’t be the same without Ken Campbell’s drawling of the words ‘glossolalia’, ‘Neville Plashwit’ and ‘gastromancy’, and walking his dogs on the Walthamstow marshes.

Permit me to trot out a personal memory: and I were chatting to Ken (for it is he) in the bar before a show a few years ago and I speculated whether any of the material was the same as in the last show of his I’d seen. He replied in his remarkable nasal way: “As Newton said about Jesus, he was made of different stuff.”

As he said it, he was pathetically counting out dozens of pennies to see if he had enough for a drink, so I stepped in and got him one. It was, beloved readers, a coke. Ned Sherrin and Alan Coren never told stories like this, eh?

I can still remember some of Macbeth in Vanuatu pidgin thanks to Ken, and that’s a life skill to treasure – though remembers more than I do.

Actually, I’ve also stalked him along Green Lanes with another friend, but that’s another story.

I guess we’ll never get the History of Comedy Part Two now. Sniff.

Maybe if I keep working on my already prodigious eyebrows I can do the tribute act some day.