A Quiz: What’s this a List of?

It’s Friday, so here’s something scientific to fill your time until you can run off home. the following is a list of items from a manuscript I was reading last week. Can you guess what they are?

  • Heart & Dart
  • Ingrailed Clay
  • Square-spot Rustic
  • Large Yellow Underwing
  • Hebrew Character
  • The Uncertain
  • Common Rustic
  • The Dun-bar
  • Yellow-line Quaker
  • The Chestnut
  • The Snout
  • Small Fan-foot
    • Marks will be deducted for the right answer, so if you know what hey are, then don’t spoil it by revealing all.

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13 Responses to A Quiz: What’s this a List of?

  1. Lou Woodley says:

    Some of them would make great pub names. Anyone for a drink in “The Uncertain”?

  2. Chris Surridge says:

    Minor parties contesting the upcoming general election?
    “I used to be an Uncertain voter myself but having succumbed to the appeal of the Hebrew Characters in 2005 I’ll probably end up supporting Snout.”

  3. Brian Derby says:

    Some of them sound like obscure butterflies – underwing, fanfoot, two sorts of rustic. Others could be race horses – only Google will tell.

  4. Ken Doyle says:

    Heart and Dart…Hall and Oates…obscure bands, shirley?

  5. Bob O'Hara says:

    Little known fact: Square-spot Rustic and Common Rustic were both formed by members of The Wurzels, after they were thrown out for artistic differences.

  6. Cath Ennis says:

    Ooh, is there a new X-Men coming out?!

  7. Mike Fowler says:

    Cockney rhyming slang, me ol’ china:

    1. Heart and Dart: Bottom burp
    2. Ingrailed Clay: A roll in the hay
    3. Square spot rustic: Two feet thick
    4. Large Yellow Underwing: Small green smelly thing
    5. Hebrew Character: Uncle Jebediah
    6. The Uncertain: Net curtain
    7. Common Rustic: Three feet thick
    8. The Dun-bar: Scottish crowbar
    9. Yellow-line Quaker: Sports Injury Faker
    10. The Chestnut: Hazelnut
    11. The Snout: Gout
    1. Small Fan-foot: What do you do with a troublesome trumpet tree? Root-te-toot.
  8. Richard Wintle says:

    They are all developmental genes in Drosophila Sophophora melanogaster. Especially “Ingrailed clay” – the name’s a dead giveaway.

  9. Richard Wintle says:

    Bloody markup language. Drosophila, of course.

  10. Eva Amsen says:

    I also thought butterflies. Or flowers…but they can’t be flowers, because flowers wouldn’t be called Chestnut, because that’s already a tree… Hmmm.

  11. Bora Zivkovic says:


  12. Bob O'Hara says:

    Bora looses points for getting he correct answer. 🙂

  13. Richard Wintle says:

    My second guess was going to be “Victorian euphemisms for naughty acts”.

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