Word puzzles are probably the most popular of pastimes for people who enjoy quizzes, you only have to look at the popularity of crosswords to realise that. They also make great paper rounds as the combined “brain -power” of the team always helps to solve even the most difficult of clues. You can almost feel the energy at a good quiz!

I have split these quizzes into three sections, but as always this are just my thoughts and I am sure that you can think of many different possibilities for exciting paper rounds.


  1. Avril says:

    Stuck on 4P in a R

  2. Ruth McGilligan says:

    Anyone know what c9cl is!!

  3. Algy Anderson says:

    3=v of c in s
    4=b of c in a j
    6=sb on the bs
    4=f for a r in sj
    4=p in a pt


  4. Peter says:

    Any ideas please for:
    25 H in a D
    8th SUS

  5. Chris McKay says:

    Any ideas for the following. Been stumped on a Xmas quiz for 2 weeks now. HELP!!!

    3 = C on a QT
    21 = P in a G
    2 = S in a D

    Thank you!

  6. Caroline says:

    Anyone know what 6 H and 1 P on a C L is please.

  7. Simon Burrow says:

    Any idea
    2=2 e fd

  8. Peter says:

    I am totally baffled
    5 s of s
    5l L S F
    8 V on a

  9. Dawn Watterson says:

    Please can anyone help with the following
    500 is a M in C R S
    3 I is the D of an I H P
    96: H of B B in M
    5 L S F
    1896 M I the W
    BO: P 44 of A
    1280 R B I G

  10. Angela Rice says:

    Does anyone know 150 = m.o.i.p (7), (2), (5), (10)?

  11. Buster says:

    Answer 1 should be three sheets to the wind not two

  12. Michael Taylor says:

    I have been sent one

    13 T in the CT.
    Someone suggested 13 tales in the Canterbury Tales. I know this to be incorrect because there is 24 tales.

  13. Sara says:

    3 B G G

  14. Amy White says:

    Please could you help with the following
    2 NBO and T
    21 K of the D
    10 C in a E
    5 MY in a PT

  15. David Taylor says:

    I am stuck with these few 88-pk ,32-df at which w f , 8-s on a ss ,3-bm(shtr), 4-Q in a gū, 5-d in a zc.

  16. Sarah says:

    Any help with 9 m= t for sl to r e

  17. christine walsingham says:

    ANY IDEAS ON THE FOLLOWIng please – 12345 OIC of FA, and 19 AN of P. Many thanks’

  18. Brian says:

    4 G in the C B H

  19. Brian says:

    4 G in the C B H

  20. Michael Taylor says:

    I have bee struggling on the last question out of 65 and have until Friday to find a solution.
    Any help appreciated thanks.

  21. Val says:

    I’m stuck with

    9 E in the OE
    54 S in a TU

  22. katy says:

    Really struggling with the last couple on my list:

    6 DW of the PL

    thank you

  23. Bob says:

    I have some tough ones here I have been struggling with for days
    1=MM is AMP
    12 FF Of a D
    45=TS in T
    5D of the R
    2 RD on a YW
    400+E to BM in M

    Can anyone shed some light on these?

  24. Julie Heys says:

    Any one help with these
    18 EPNO
    45 LHFOC
    8 SR
    2 LLC1SA
    5 LKWIS

  25. Greg says:

    I can’t figure this one out I need help
    4 CNOFTB

  26. Grandma Bee says:

    Struggling to find Christmas related ditloid.- – 2 ICC—
    Can anyone help please. Xx

  27. Hannah Conway says:

    Please help, I’m truly struggling with this one

    22 e 2 f d

  28. Hannah Conway says:

    Hi, can anyone help me out, it’s driving me crazy

    22 e 2 f d

  29. Ed Allan says:

    /Hi ditloid driving us bonkers 16 f—–/–/—/—–/n——-
    Any ideas

  30. Jennifer says:

    This ditloid is driving me bonkers – please put me out of my misery!


  31. GARY says:

    anyone help ??
    7S IN A

  32. Jeremy Cox says:

    Anyone know 2 = FPN

  33. Danny says:

    Any idea for:
    5 UK M at P

  34. Cath says:

    Can anyone help with ?MML (I think it’s 6MML)
    It’s a clue for a geocache and it’s the last clue of six and even though I think it’s 6, I really want to know why. Can anyone help?

  35. Verity says:

    Hi struggling with a few complex ditloids.
    5 CB in a BS
    10=FSS in a P
    0001 = 1 MPM
    0 = FN of the FS
    20 = S in a CO
    20 = T in the PI
    39 = I in a M
    7 = Of M (GE)
    5 = O in the W

    • Verity says:

      I’ve now got 5 Currant Buns in a Bakers Shop and 7 Oceans of the World but still struggling with
      10 = FSS in a P
      0001 = 1 MPM
      7 = Of M (GE)
      39 = I in a M
      20 = T in the PI
      20 = S in a CO
      0 = FN of the FS

  36. HT says:

    Can anyone help with these two:

    TWGT 11

    SENCC 1701

  37. Ian McGhie says:

    Hi, Looking for help with a couple of unusual ditloids.

    a SS of L (a L) C of 20 D of 10 cowwhides

    OHC C E “W” B F 487 DT of A
    Pretty sure this one is about Hilary Clinton
    Thanks in advance

    • Ian McGhie says:

      Got one,
      a standardised shipment of leather (a last) consists of 20 dicker of 10 cowhides.

      • Ian McGhie says:

        Forgot to mention deadline for this quiz is Tuesday 1600, only other one I am stick at is
        BBH 2359 is BOBH.

        Fingers crossed you can help or I am struck by a flash of inspiration. 🙂

  38. David Garland says:

    Just these few to finish. Thanks in advance.
    9=P in a RT
    9=R of S on the AF
    4=S of a C

  39. Anthony Glover says:

    Help with these pleas:
    4=B of C in a J
    2=G in S
    6=S on the AF
    5=L in a L
    1=E of a C

  40. Helen Cullwick says:

    Any help with the following would be greatly appreciated.
    62 = m of s
    3 = e in a t
    118 = e in the pt
    12 = s on a d
    7 = s in the p
    78 = l of a tc in f

    Many thanks

  41. D Courtneys says:

    3 = b in b b

  42. Kathy says:

    Please help can anyone solve 6= W in C
    Thanks in anticipation

    • A.J. says:

      6 = Weapons in Clue(do) [Original version: Candlestick, Wrench, Rope, Lead Pipe, Knife, and Revolver. Later versions have nine weapons]

  43. Sam says:

    Can anyone help me with these two please:

    4 b in a n
    49 s


  44. Jean says:

    Please help racking my brains and completely stuck
    20 S in a P
    2 P in a Q, 4 Q in a G
    C of 9 T
    The 3 M B, G, H and C
    1 M T is A M T
    1F, 2F, RF, BF

  45. A Bagworth says:

    Any ideas on these?
    8 Q in a S
    14 P in a NM


  46. John Dorson says:

    Grateful for anyone’s help with:

    4 = mm (RB).

    I just know I will kick myself…

  47. Tracey Johnson says:

    Can anyone please help ?
    AS IN TS9
    1 HW
    3W FROM A GL
    3 RC
    1H = 8S
    4W AND A F
    2 C 3 a c
    AT OF 2 c

  48. Alex bridges says:

    275 R O M W

    18 C of A

  49. Georgia says:

    Please help!!

    9 C in T W L (with A R)

    Driving me insane!!

  50. PLEE says:


    10=S in the LM

  51. patricia lee says:

    10 S in the LM

    • Helen Ross says:

      I’m usually pretty good at these but you got me stumped. I was totally blown away about two weeks ago when the category of Ditloids was on Jeopardy ! so, help me out on yours. maybe it’s just too early in the morning !!! this would be a really fun thing for an English teacher to do every day. Put it on the “blackboard”. great language skill to figure these out.

    • Andy Brace says:

      Only hing I can think of is something on the lines of 10 Stages in the London Marathon

  52. Jill Higgison says:

    Any idea what the following is
    1 LPW to M

  53. Ivor Gloworm says:

    Hi I need help please, just cant get this one. 6 B C

  54. Ian tee says:

    Hi anybody know AJ is 90% W


  55. Tiffany B says:

    Any idea what 13T in a BD stands for?

  56. Fred Bear says:

    Help please
    4 M in 60m is the SL on E n Cs
    Q S 10 in S
    32 P on a C R

  57. Isabel says:

    Any ideas:
    2 A N of H
    T 9 T (DLS)
    6 S on a S C
    8 L in an O S P
    12 C C in a S P
    15 J B B (I F)
    31 C O F
    47 S on a H
    60 M in a D
    101 T on a S S

    • A.J. says:

      2 = Atomic Number of Helium

      The 9 Tailors (Dorothy L Sayers book) (sequence of church bell rings announcing a death)

      6 = Sides on a Solid Cube

      8 = Lanes in an Olympic Swimming Pool

      12 = Court Cards in a Standard Pack (of cards) [Kings, Queens, Jacks]

      47 = Strings on a Harp

      60 = Minutes in a Degree

    • Keith says:

      Did you ever get the answer for
      31 c o f?

      • A.J. says:

        I think 31 = C O F may originally have been 31 = C O F (BR) and the parenthetical got dropped off somewhere along the way. If so, then 31 = Choice of Flavors (Baskin Robbins) is a reasonable solution. Similar to 31 = F of BRIC, which appears on some ditloid web sites.

        If anything else comes to mind, I will post it.

    • Keith says:

      Also 101 t on a so
      Any help you can offer would be appreciated,

      • A.J. says:

        101 = T on a SS

        The pernicious thing about ditloids is their vulnerability to transcription errors. One small change and we are all chasing a mirage (as an example, your question just above changed “SS” to “SO”). The other difficulty is the ditloid whose solution requires very specialized, arcane knowledge to solve – e.g., the number of manhole covers on Drury Lane. I suspect that this ditloid is one of these two kinds – it either began life as something simple, like “100 = Tiles in a Scrabble Set,” or the answer is very obscure.

        Here is an answer that “works,” although it is not very satisfying:

        101 = Thirty-seven on a Senary System (base 6)

    • A.J. says:

      15 James Bond Books (Ian Fleming)

  58. Wendy says:

    Did you ever get the answer for 17=LbTaToaD

  59. Vanda ralph says:

    0 = TM of G

  60. Judith Marshall says:

    I have a very complicated Ditloid puzzle. Stuck on the following :-
    168 T S on a D ;
    14 B in a H H ;
    69 M from C to L
    7 S N of S M
    6 D in a G R
    21 V of P
    41 M J S

  61. Sarah Smith says:

    4 J i A i D – any ideas?

  62. mark.watchorn@btinternet.com says:


  63. james Kerr says:

    Sorry 888= st on t
    N of P in the a
    666 = SS.
    Am stuck with these any help please….

  64. james Kerr says:

    888 = at on t
    666 = SS
    Anybody know these two am baffled.

  65. Patti says:

    25 = C. in T.B.
    16 = F. F.
    1000 = D.A. was Q
    Anyone know the answers

  66. mark.watchorn@btinternet.com says:



  67. KK says:

    Please help!

    10 TB of the DNS

  68. graham long says:

    20v on a d

  69. Michael Bradfield says:

    Anyone know what 12 p on a st

  70. Mama boo says:

    Help please what is 5 IR in a BOG?

    • A.J. says:

      I don’t believe this is the answer the poser of the ditloid intended, but if not, it is a coincidence most strange.
      Call of Duty 4, the video game, contains Mission 5, the Bog. The main achievement to win the mission is to activate an InfraRed (IR) beacon. A twisted interpretation

      [Call of Duty 4, Mission] 5 = [Activate] InfraRed [Beacon] in a Bog If this is the sought-after solution, the ditloid is horrid. Too few alpha characters and BOG should be B.

  71. Isabelmckenna says:

    What is 29028equalsH of W in F

  72. Lynette says:

    9 = O over the E

  73. Harold says:

    1 mp on the cf

  74. Brian says:

    2 = OEPM any idea’s please

  75. Phil says:

    Stuck with following: 16N and 3W for MS at the O//16SWB in a B// 10L and 2C on a L// 6 is the LPN, TN is 28//2H on a BC//12P and 20H on a SSF//The N is 4258ML//16=Thye N of HM to ZZG and ET//19S have a C on the O (5P and 14A)//1952=HH the SOG. Pretty hard going

  76. Julia says:

    50 c in the c
    240 y in a c

  77. Sarah says:

    9 W a S in a TS

    Any help??

  78. Pauline Dale says:

    Wats 3= s to H

  79. Helen says:

    Any help with 2 = P in a PT

  80. Peter says:

    what does H:A 47 mean and also Y S for 10


  81. Angus says:

    @moyra 10994 = Deepest Part oo the Ocean in Metres

    @irene 9 = Ladies Dancing

  82. Irene Duncan says:

    Hi, does anyone know what 9LD stands for or 11

    F O A B thanks

  83. Richard King says:

    Hi, can you give me some ideas for a quiz marathon round. I have used TV, and country capitals, but i need more ideas, especially sport questions as i am doing a sports quiz in November.


  84. Moyra cowie says:

    Any idea what the following could mean
    10994 DPotOiM


    17 LbTaToaD

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