Written Quiz Answers page 2
- At least two cars are identifiable by make in the last frame of The Red Sea Sharks. Name one.
A white Mercedes convertible (11), the Thom(p)sons’ blue Citroen (5), a light blue Porsche at the upper left and the front of a light yellow Citroen on the right.
- What setting does a Tintin book and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” have in common?
A temple carved in the face of a stone cliff. See Petra.
- What Tintin book shares a setting with “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”? The Red Sea Sharks
- Name one non-Tintin movie in which a Tintin book appears. “Nobody’s Fool,” “Kramer vs. Kramer” More Tintin movie and TV sightings at Tintinologist.org
- What tortures does the Emir threaten to carry out on Professor Smith and Bab El Ehr?
Impaling on a spit, roasting over a slow fire, pulling out beard one hair at a time
- Name one coloring, drawing or printing mistake in the Tintin books.
The missing gold stripe (Thanks to Peter K. Perkins.):
In The Shooting Star, Captain Haddock first appears in his dress jacket on page 20, accepting flowers. His sleeve has three gold stripes in frames 10 and 12. But only two gold stripes in some later frames:
4, 5, 6, 7, 9
Furthermore, in frame 10 of page 21, the captain sprouts a sixth finger! (Or, at least it looks like a sixth finger. Some readers insist that it’s just the fold in the Captain’s palm.)
Throughout the rest of the book, the captain’s coat sleeve always has three stripes.
• The yellow hand: in Red Rackham’s Treasure pages 5 and 6, one of Tintin’s hands is yellow.
• The yellow notebook: On page 10 of The Broken Ear, Tintin’s red notebook turns yellow for one frame.
• The missing boot: In Explorers on the Moon, Tintin is missing a boot, page 12 frame 8.
• Peter K. Perkins also found a mistake in Prisoners of the Sun: Who’s Carling?
More errors in The Adventures of Tintin (site no longer maintained)
Even more Errors in The Adventures of Tintin (with a feedback form)
- Name two towing services in the Tintin adventures.
Luxor Breakdown Service (The Crab with the Golden Claws), Autokart (to the rescue) (Land of Black Gold)
- What are the first names of the two knife throwers?
Both Ramona bad guy in The Broken Ear, and Ramon Zarate, an alias of General Alcazar.
- What motto did Tintin find at the bottom of his check at the Klow Restaurant?
“Danger awaits the one who dares to poke his nose in others’ affairs.”
- In which book does Snowy drink the most? The Black Island
- What adventures feature Bordurians and/or Syldavians?
King Ottokar’s Sceptre, Destination Moon, Explorers on the Moon, The Calculus Affair
- What adventures does Alcazar appear in?
Tintin and the Picaros, The Broken Ear, The Seven Crystal Balls, The Red Sea Sharks
- What hotel does Calculus usually stay in when he visits Geneva? Hotel Cornavin
- Who is Stefan Szhrinkoff? A Bordurian attempting to kidnap Calculus in The Calculus Affair.
- Name one Rock ‘n’ Roll group that plays at the San Theodoros carnival. Like, “The Dripping Tap,” man.
- Which adventures feature sticking plaster? The Calculus Affair, Flight 714
- What is sigillography? Sigillography (also called sphragistics) is the study of seals or signets.
- Where does Tintin meet the Thom(p)sons in the beginning of The Crab with the Golden Claws? The Olympia Bar
- Whats the motto jotted on a scrap of paper on Thompson and Thomsons incredibly messy desk in The Crab with the Golden Claws?
“A place for everything and everything in its place.”
- Name the items found on the dead sailor in The Crab with the Golden Claws.
1 key, 2 buttons, 5 dud coins, 1 box Aristos cigarettes, 1 pocket knife, a stub of pencil, some papers, a piece of label from a can of crab
- What is the dead sailors name in The Crab with the Golden Claws? Herbert Dawes
- What is the new name of the Karaboudjan? Djebel Amilah
- What does Tintin discover in the hold of the Karaboudjan? Opium and Champagne
- Who is chief of the Arumbayas? Chief Avakuki
- Why does the seaplane in The Crab with the Golden Claws crash?
Captain Haddock beans Tintin with an empty whiskey bottle. In this first story with Haddock, he’s a dangerous drunk.
- Did the captain and Tintin travel by dhow or sambuk on the way to Mecca? A sambuk (The Red Sea Sharks)
- In Land of Black Gold, Snowy says “You aren’t starting another one of your adventures are you? Why don’t we retire?”
If Tintin and Snowy had retired then, how many adventures would they have missed?
Nine adventures: Land of Black Gold, Destination Moon, Explorers on the Moon, The Calculus Affair, The Red Sea Sharks, Tintin in Tibet, The Castafiore Emerald, Flight 714, Tintin and the Picaros
- When do Tintin and the Captain wear women’s clothes? In The Red Sea Sharks, to escape the patrols in Wadesdah.
- Which adventure titles include colors?
Seven titles include colors: The Black Island, The Crab with the Golden Claws, Red Rackham’s Treasure, Land of Black Gold, The Red Sea Sharks, The Castafiore Emerald and The Blue Lotus
- Only three adventures published in English have Tintin’s name in the title. Name two. Experts name all three.
Tintin in America, Tintin in Tibet and Tintin and the Picaros
In addition, two adventures not generally available in English also contain Tintin’s name in the title, Tintin in the Land of the Soviets and Tintin in the Congo.
- What Bordurian hotel do Tintin and the Captain stay in? The Hotel Zsnôrr.
- What is printed on Thompson and Thomson’s sailor hats aboard the Speedol Star? Titanic
- What is the date Thompson and Thomson got fired as Autokart drivers for “slipping on the ice”? Friday, August 18
- In which book does Tintin become a secretary? King Ottokar’s Sceptre
- List three professors in the Tintin adventures. Experts name five.
Some Professors: Professor Calculus; Professor Phostle (The Shooting Star); Professor Cantonneau (The Shooting Star, The Seven Crystal Balls, Prisoners of the Sun); Professor Smith, one of Müller’s aliases (Land of Black Gold); Professor Topolino (The Calculus Affair); Professor Fang Hsi-ying (The Blue Lotus); Professor Alembick (King Ottokar’s Sceptre);
An unnamed, absent-minded professor appears in the beginning of The Broken Ear;
Professors Tarragon, Sanders-Hardiman and Reedbuck (The Seven Crystal Balls, Prisoners of the Sun).
Doctor Ridgewell is not identified as a professor, though he appears to be an anthropologist, not a medical doctor.
Note: In Europe, it is traditional to give the title professor only to those Ph.D.s or M.D.s who also hold a teaching post at a university.
See Notable Names for the stories behind some of the names.
- Who were the sons of the dragon? A Chinese secret society dedicated to the fight against opium (The Blue Lotus)
- What was the key to the secret code intercepted by Tintin at the beginning of The Blue Lotus?
Take the first two letters of each word.
- What happened to Mitsuhirato after Tintin broke up his opium smuggling ring? He committed Hara Kiri (ritual suicide).
- What two hearing devices does Calculus use in Destination Moon? An ear trumpet and a hearing aid.
- What kind of plane crashed, forcing Tintin to trek to Tibet? A DC 3
- List two endearing terms the Emir Ben Kalish Ezab uses for his son Abdullah. Experts list five.
Duckling, little sugar plum, darling chocolate candy, little lamb, treasure, baby lambkin, little honeybun, little peppermint cream, little angel, little cherub, (Land of Black Gold)
- List any of the less endearing terms the Emir uses for Abdullah.
Young rascal, little rascal (Land of Black Gold)
- List three very unendearing terms the Emir uses for Sheik Bab El Ehr.
Mongrel, son of a mangy dog, grandson of a scurvy jackal, great-grandson of a moulting vulture, stinking hyena, slimy serpent
- Name the unit of currency in Syldavia. The khor.
- What does Müller (alias Professor Smith) do rather than submit to the Emir’s tortures?
He grabs Abdullah’s gun and shoots himself in the facewith ink.
- What airline did the Captain and Calculus take to San Theodoros in Tintin and the Picaros? Santaero
- What adventure begins with a lost briefcase? King Ottokar’s Sceptre
- Whose briefcase was lost? Professor Alembick’s briefcase
- What is the name of Ben Kalish Ezab’s pet cheetah? Ayesha
- Who is Skut? A pilot Tintin meets in The Red Sea Sharks. Piotr Skut returns in Flight 714.
- What is Skut’s nationality? Skut hails from Estonia.
- Name any squawking popinjay in Tintin adventures. Experts name three and the stories they appear in.
Iago, the parrot Bianca Castafiore gives to the Captain in The Castafiore Emerald; the parrot in The Broken Ear who witnessed Balthazar’s murder; any of the parrots in Red Rackham’s Treasure, the parrot Tintin buys from Senhor Oliveira da Figueira in Cigars of the Pharaoh.
In Tintin in the Congo, a parrot bites Snowy’s tail.
- What is szlacek made of (according to the waiter)? The hind leg of a young dog, in Syldavian sauce.
- What hotel are the Captain and Tintin vacationing at as Tintin in Tibet begins? Hotel des Sommets
- Where was Tintin living just before his adventure in Tibet?
At Marlinspike. Chang’s letter is addressed to 26 Labrador Road, but forwarded to Marlinspike.
- In which book is Snowy chased by a goat? The Black Island
- What is a puñal? A dagger (Ramon’s favorite weapon in The Broken Ear)
- What kind of animals does Snowy say he can’t stand?
Talking animalsreferring to Iago, the parrot Bianca Castafiore gives the Captain. Snowy is apparently talking to Captain Haddock’s Siamese cat, in The Castafiore Emerald. (Snowy is also afraid of spiders.)
- Name at least one meal eaten by Tintin.
Sausage and Mash in The Shooting Star (but Snowy stole the sausages). Slazcek in King Ottokar’s Sceptre. A chicken leg on the train in The Black Island.
- Name two meals Snowy steals.
Spaghetti (The Shooting Star), sausages (The Shooting Star), a chicken (The Black Island), a joint (of meat! Shame, Tintin fans who grew up in the ’60s.) (Land of Black Gold)
- What did the Captain put in Carreidas’ hat? A five dollar bill (Flight 714)
- What does G.S.C. stand for? Gangsters Syndicate of Chicago (Tintin in America)
- Name one item Tintin buys from Senhor Oliveira da Figueira.
Skis and ski poles, top hat, watering can, parrot and cage, clock, bucket and towel, collar and lead for Snowy, hockey stick, green doghouse
- Why does Bianca Castafiore always mispronounce the Captain’s name?
It’s partly the Captain’s own fault. When he first introduces himself to her in The Calculus Affair, he says “Er... Hoddack, ... er ... Haddad ... excuse me, Haddock.” Castafiore also misprounouces the names of other characters.
- What defensive idea does Tintin borrow from Sherlock Holmes?
Placing a dummy in the window to fool an assassin in Tintin in America. Sherlock Holmes uses the same trick to fool Colonel Sebastian Moran in “The Adventure of the Empty House.”
- How does Tintin use barrels twice to fool enemies? Allies hidden in barrels, in Tintin in America and in The Blue Lotus.
- Name the capitals of Borduria and Syldavia. BorduriaSzohôd, SyldaviaKlow
- Name two injuries Snowy sustains to his tail.
Caught in a rat trap and whacked by an electric fan in Senhor Oliveira da Figueira’s shop in Land of Black Gold
bitten by a parrot in The Broken Ear
stabbed by a sword cane in Tintin in America
picked up by the tail by a swan in The Calculus Affair
shot in the tail on page 43 of The Broken Ear; (and on the next page, Tintin rescues Snowy from the falls, grabbing him by the tail)
shot again in the tail by Ridgewell’s blow dart on page 49 of The Broken Ear
bitten on the tail by a piranha on page 56 of The Broken Ear
cigarette ash dropped on his tail in King Ottokar’s Sceptre by (the real) Professor Alembick
door slammed on his tail in The Black Island
In The Secret of the Unicorn, Captain Haddock acts out Sir Francis Haddock stamping on a fuse to put it out, but stamps on Snowy’s tail instead on page 25.
Snowy also sustains several tail injuries in Tintin in the Congo.
- Name two cats in Tintin adventures.
Captain Haddock’s Siamese (Tintin and the Picaros, The Castafiore Emerald, The Calculus Affair, The Seven Crystal Balls, The Red Sea Sharks, Destination Moon)
a black-and-white cat Snowy chases on the grounds of The Darwin Museum (page 24 of The Seven Crystal Balls)
the black and white cat Snowy chases in The Black Island (p5)
the black cat Snowy chases on a dhow, discovering the cargo of guns on page 18 of Cigars of the Pharaoh
a black cat in Prisoners of the Sun (On page 7, Chiquito says “It's nothing. It’s only the cat.” The cat appears again on page 8.)
Big cats: Ayesha, Emir Ben Kalish Ezab’s pet cheetah in The Red Sea Sharks; a cougar in Tintin in America; a tiger in Cigars of the Pharaoh, and the lion and leopard in Tintin in the Congo. In addition, several dead cats appear: Mark Falconer’s lion’s head and tiger skin, etc.
- What is The Klow? A Syldavian restaurant near Flyaway Road.
- What does the name The Klow come from?
The Klow is named after the capital of Syldavia, Klow, which means Freetown. Klow was formerly known as Zileheroum.
- What is The Moonshine Club? A speakeasy; motto: Bootleggers to the White House [sic], in Tintin in America
- Who are P. Schwarz, E.P. Jacobini and M. Trentin? Egyptologists found mummified in Cigars of the Pharaoh
- Who is Jolyon Wagg’s uncle? Anatole
- What is Jolyon Wagg’s uncle’s profession? Anatole was a barber.
- What is Marlinspike Hall’s three-digit phone number? 421
- What is the difference between X-FLR6 and O.X22?
X-FLR6 is the trial moon rocket. O.X22 is the knockout gas used by the gangsters in Tintin in America.
- What country is Marlinspike Hall located in?
England. King Charles II bequeathed Marlinspike hall to Francis Haddock in Red Rackham’s Treasure, page 60 panel 2 of the compact edition. Furthermore, on page 44, panel 2 of The Secret of the Unicorn, Tintin holds a letter addressed to the Bird brothers at Marlinspike Hall, Marlinshire, England. This, of course, is in the American editions. Marlinspike is Moulinsart in French, and Marlinspike is modeled after a French castle. A Wikipedia article on Tintin points out that Tintin flies home in the early black and white edition of The Black Island on Sabena airlines, the former Belgian national airline. Tintin and Captain Haddock also fly Sabena from Marlinspike to Geneva in the American edition of The Calculus Affair.
- When does Tintins famous quiff not stand up? (Thanks to R.B. Lawson)
In Prisoners of the Sun Tintin and Snowy leap from a runaway train. As he emerges from the water, Tintin’s quiff is plastered down, perhaps because Snowy was on his head. Earlier in Prisoners of the Sun and in other adventures, such as The Red Sea Sharks and The Calculus Affair, water seems to have no effect on the quiff. In The Blue Lotus, Tintin’s quiff is flattened while he’s swimming in the river rescuing Chang. But as soon as he stands up in the water it pops back up.
- In which Tintin book can you see another Tintin book?
In Cigars of the Pharaoh, page 14, frame 13, Patrash Pasha shows Tintin his copy of Destination Moon. But Cigars of the Pharaoh was originally published in 1934, while Destination Moon was published in 1953, almost 20 years later. In the Petit Vingtieme version, Patrash Pasha is holding Tintin in America, and in the second edition, Tintin in the Congo.
- When does Captain Haddock wear a coat and tie and brush his hair? In The Castafiore Emerald after Bianca tells him “I see I must scold you for something else too. That jersey, it really won’t do on a man of your age.”