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'Frank Paul is an extremely impressive chap and a dazzling quizzer' Victoria Coren Mitchell, Presenter of Only Connect
'A 21st-century Lewis Carroll. The best quizmasters aim to delight, and Cryptic Pub Quiz does so on every page' Alan Connor, author of The Joy of Quiz
'I am most impressed with the high quality of the questions. They should offer an enjoyable challenge' Tim Moorey, author of How to Crack Cryptic Crosswords
Since 2015, the Mill in Cambridge has hosted an unusually fiendish quiz that combines the pub's warmth with the logic and wordplay of the cryptic crossword or GCHQ Christmas card. Questions might take the form of wordsearch poems, jokes, rebuses, 11+ exam-style analogies (but far trickier), and a round that allows contestants to use each letter of the alphabet only once in their answers. There's even a murder mystery to sink your teeth into, and a bewildering encounter with the Sphinx.
This unique book is the work of the artist Frank Paul who has gathered the best rounds from the Mill's quiz night - filled to the brim with drawings as exquisite and intricate as the puzzles to challenge and amuse you and your fellow quiz-fans. Among the rounds you will find: Sum Fun with Roman Numerals, Foot in Mouth, Premature Obituaries, Motion Picture Mixture, Crawl Inside My Idiom Attic, Gogglebox Jigsaw, Advent Calendar of Doom, Chemical Element Blind Date, to name but a few.
A rewarding challenge, The Cryptic Pub Quiz will bring joy to everyone from the Tuesday night pub quiz fan to the cryptic crossword aficionado, and all who cannot resist having their minds bent, blown and boggled.
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'Frank Paul is an extremely impressive chap and a dazzling quizzer' --Victoria Coren Mitchell, Presenter of Only Connect
'A 21st-century Lewis Carroll. The best quizmasters aim to delight, and Cryptic Pub Quiz does so on every page. This is quizzing where you know the answer but find it only after delicious mental contortions. Relentlessly creative, frequently hilarious and consistently beautiful.' --Alan Connor, author of The Joy of Quiz and former question editor for Only Connect and Richard Osman's House Of Games
'I am most impressed with the high quality of the questions. They should offer an enjoyable challenge to those adept at cryptic crossword solving' --Tim Moorey, author of How to Crack Cryptic Crosswords
About the Author
Frank Paul has gathered the best of hundreds of rounds of pub quizzes into this book. Alongside the questions and often forming part of the questions are his drawings, which are as intricate as the puzzles. Bohemia Galleries have hosted numerous sellout solo exhibitions in York and London and published two limited edition books. His work has also been shown at Marlborough Fine Art Paul is the son of Lucian Freud and Celia Paul. He lives in Cambridge with his partner and their daughter.