Credo Reference Friday Brainteaser – Indoor Games

This week’s brainteaser is about indoor games, and particularly the numbers associated with each game.

1. In the card game of pontoon or vingt-et-un, players try to obtain card combinations which add up to how many points?

2. How many squares are there in the game of noughts and crosses (known in the US and Canada as tick-tack-toe)?

3. In the game of Cluedo, how many suspects are there?

4. In the game of darts, how many points are scored if a dart hits the centre ring (the bull)?

5. In Trivial Pursuit, how many colour categories are the questions in?

6. In Chess, how many pieces or chessmen does each player start with?

7. In roulette, how many numbered slots are there in the wheel (there are two possible answers)?

8. In a game of ludo, how many counters does each player have?

9. A backgammon board is marked out in how many triangular points?

10. If two people are playing a game of halma, how many pieces do they normally start with?

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How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (

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