Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Numbers Game

A quiz with a difference to tide you over these interminable days until the next RR list. Here are ten short samples taken from (mostly) well known songs but can you identify the tracks? Hope it works (they are very short samples) and that it's not too hard/easy. As anyone who's ever set a quiz will tell you, it's very difficult to pitch these things at the right level. As the quizmaster you clearly know all the answers and it becomes almost impossible to gauge what's easy and what isn't. That's my excuse anyway...

Update: The final results are now in...

19 comments:

glasshalfempty said...

Brilliant! Several seem familiar, but I've only got 'It takes two' by Tina Turner so far. Maybe if I go to sleep by counting sheep...

Blimpy said...

Genius idea!! We're onto the next level!


(and that's numberwang!!)

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Blimpy said...

one is U2?

Two is Tina?

Three - a young Tom Waits ?

Four - some sort of motown or Spector production

Five - Beck

Six - Flaming Lips

Blimpy said...

8 is on the tip of my brain!!! AAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaghrgggrr!

debbym said...

Three Coins in the Fountain (I KNEW I'd know an answer eventually) - but isn't it Frank Sinatra?

Mr DNA said...

Hehe, nice idea, ToffeeBoy.

glasshalfempty, your glass is half-full, but it’s Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston doing It Takes Two.

I saw the singer of number 7 in Asda the other week – I can exclusively reveal that he doesn’t dress as a woman to do the weekly shop …

I suspect the song at number 10 could also have been used as number 5, or number 50 if necessary.

TonNL said...

1. One - U2
2. It takes two - Marvin Gaye/Kim Weston
4. Beatles - When I'm 64??
7. I know this one, but what is it????
8. Simple Minds - New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) ??
10. Cocteau Twins, but what?

ToffeeBoy said...

As Young Mr Grace would have said, "You're all doing very well."

Here's the correctly identified list so far:

1. One - U2
2. It Takes Two - Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
3. Three Coins In The Fountain - Frank Sinatra
4. When I'm Sixty Four - The Beatles
5. ?????? - Beck
6. ?????? - ??????
7. ?????? - ?????? (you got it Mr DNA!!)
8. ?????? - ??????
9. ?????? - ??????
10. ?????? - Cocteau Twins (again, MR DNA, I bow to you...)

Blimpy said...

The Beck song is called High 5 (Rock The Catskills)

FP said...

For seven I'm getting Heaven 17 - Come live with me?

ejaydee said...

I'm surprised nobody figured out 1999 by Prince.

ToffeeBoy said...

@ blimpy - correct on the Beck track
@ fp - no you're not! Check Mr Dna's clue...
@ ejaydee - well done - I thought that was the hardest one.

So this is where we are now:

1. One - U2
2. It Takes Two - Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
3. Three Coins In The Fountain - Frank Sinatra
4. When I'm Sixty Four - The Beatles
5. High 5 (Rock The Catskills)
- Beck
6. ?????? - ??????
7. ?????? - ?????? (see Mr Dna's clue)
8. ?????? - ??????
9. 1999 - Prince
10. ?????? - Cocteau Twins

You've got until lunchtime on Thursday (UK time) to guess the missing numbers...

steenbeck said...

7--James? David Bowie? They both sound remotely like that, have songs entitled 7 and might reasonably be expected to wear dresses. But I doubt DB does his own shopping.

saneshane said...

tis is Dexys midnight runners 7 days too long by any chance?

come back and two quizzes going aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!

ToffeeBoy said...

@ saneshane - yes indeed it is!

So, just 6 and 8 to go. A couple of clues (or possibly riddles) for you...

6 is part of a bigger number
I could also have used 8 for it

Blimpy said...

i'm gonna kick myself at the end of this. ..

ToffeeBoy said...

OK - the deadline has now passed. For anyone who's still following this thread, here's the track list in full.

1. One - U2
2. It Takes Two - Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
3. Three Coins In The Fountain - Frank Sinatra
4. When I'm Sixty Four - The Beatles
5. High 5 (Rock The Catskills)- Beck
6. 36D - The Beautiful South
7. Seven Days Too Long - Dexys Midnight Runners
8. 2-4-6-8 - Tom Robinson
9. 1999 - Prince
10. Five Ten Fiftyfold - Cocteau Twins

Blimpy Limpy said...

***kicks himself over number 8, as predicted***