Written Quiz Answers

Written Quiz Questions

  1. Who is the Milanese Nightingale? Bianca Castafiore
  2. Who is Ranko? The gorilla in The Black Island
  3. Name three two-volume adventures.
    The Secret of the UnicornRed Rackham’s Treasure
    The Seven Crystal Balls
    The Prisoners of the Sun
    Destination Moon
    Explorers on the Moon
    While not really a single adventure, Cigars of the Pharaoh and The Blue Lotus are closely linked.
    Also, The Red Sea Sharks is to some extent a sequel to Land of Black Gold,
    Tintin and the Picaros is to some extent a sequel to The Broken Ear and
    Tintin in America follows from Tintin in the Congo.
    The Calculus Affair follows from King Ottokar’s Sceptre, featuring the return of Bianca Castafiore and ongoing disputes between Syldavia and Borduria.
  1. In King Ottokar’s Sceptre, Tintin escapes from a Bordurian frontier post with three essentials. What are they?
    A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread--and Snowy (Referring to the line “A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread--and Thou” from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam).
  2. What was Captain Haddock’s ancestor’s name? Sir Francis Haddock
  3. Who accompanies Bianca Castafiore wherever she goes? Her accompanist, Igor Wagner and her maid, Irma
  4. List five ways Bianca Castafiore mispronounces Haddock. In The Castafiore Emerald, Bianca never calls Haddock by the right name and never calls him the same name twice. In order, here are her Castafiore Emerald mistakes: Fatstock, Drydock, Hopscotch, Stopcock, Hammock, Paddock, Maggot, Bootblack, Bedsock, Hatbox, Stockpot. (She also mistakes Jolyon Wagg’s name, Professor Calculus’ name and Nestor’s name.) In other books she makes more mistakes, including Harrock, Hemlock, Padlock, Hassock, Havoc and Balzac
  5. What is the significance of Museum of Ethnography exhibit number 3542? It is the Arumbaya fetish with the broken ear in The Broken Ear.
  6. Why did Thompson and Thomson save Tintin’s life in Cigars of the Pharaoh? So they could arrest him
  7. Name the parrot Bianca Castafiore gave to Captain Haddock. Iago
  8. Who became King Ottokar the first? Baron Almaszout, in King Ottokar’s Sceptre
  9. When does Tintin first meet Alcazar? In The Broken Ear
  10. Who employed Nestor before the Captain? The Bird brothers in The Secret of the Unicorn
  11. Who is “Peggy my dove”? General Alcazar’s wife in Tintin and the Picaros
  12. Name the butcher in Marlinspike village. Cutts
  13. Name the Captain’s favorite brand of whisky.
    Loch Lomond (In the original black and white version of The Black Island, the whiskey is shown as Johnnie Walker, a real brand.)
  14. How does Jolyon Wagg make his living? He’s a salesman for Rock Bottom Insurance.
  15. Name five books Thompson and Thomson appear in.
    Experts name three books they do not appear in.
    Thompson and Thomson appear in all Tintin books except Land of the Soviets, Tintin in America, Flight 714 and Tintin in Tibet. See if you can find their cameo in The Shooting Star. Then come back here and check out the answer. The Thom(p)sons also have a cameo in Tintin in the Congo, which isn’t published in English.
  16. What is Thompson and Thomson’s motto? “Dumb’s the word.”
  17. How long have the Thom(p)sons worn mustaches? Since they were born, by their own claim in Tintin and the Picaros, page 47.
  18. What is the khamsin? A hot, southerly wind that blows regularly in Egypt and over the Red Sea about 50 days a year.
  1. Name the only song Bianca Castafiore is ever heard to sing. The Jewel Song from “Faust” The Michigan State University Library has the Jewel Song online.
  2. What are two of Tintin’s favorite exclamations? “Great Snakes” and “Crumbs”
  3. Give three meanings for “chang.”
    Tintin’s friend in The Blue Lotus is Chang Chong-Chen. Chang returns in Tintin in Tibet.
    Chang Lin-Yee, son of Cheng Lee-Kin (Chang Chong-Chen is the adoptive nephew of Cheng Lee-Kin),
    The sound of a sneeze,
    The name of a Pekinese dog,
    A Tibetan alcoholic beverage
  4. What is the national beverage of Syldavia? Mineral water
  5. Name five epithets the Captain uses. Experts name ten.
    Anacoluthons, ostragoths, road hogs, vizigoths, sea gherkin, wretch, ignoramus, abominable snowman, Pithecanthropus, pockmark, cannibal, iconoclast, nincompoop, ruffian, baboon, pickled herring, squawking popinjay, swabs, bully, bandit, Cro-Magnon, Mameluke, vampire, dipsomaniac, body snatcher, odd-toed ungulate, macrocephalic baboon, and many, many others
  6. Which book takes place entirely in Marlinspike? The Castafiore Emerald

  1. Name three ships the Captain commanded.
    Sirius (Red Rackham's Treasure), Karaboudjan (The Crab with the Golden Claws), Aurora (The Shooting Star), and he takes over the Ramona (The Red Sea Sharks).
  2. Name three other ships or boats Tintin sails in.
    Isis (Cigars of the Pharaoh); Sereno, Allan’s ship (Cigars of the Pharaoh); Scheherazade (Red Sea Sharks), Ramona (The Red Sea Sharks), Speedol Star (Land of Black Gold); The Pachacamac (Prisoners of the Sun); An unnamed dhow in Cigars of the Pharaoh (when he is rescued)
  3. What does S.S.S. stand for? Society of Sober Sailors (The Shooting Star)
  4. What film is Rastapopoulos shooting in Cigars of the Pharaoh? “Arabian Knights”
  1. What is aguardiente?
    A type of brandy made of sugar cane, popular in South and Central America. Tintin spends a half hour drinking aguardiente with the Colonel in charge of the firing squad while waiting for new rifles in The Broken Ear. He finds it “a bit strong.” In The Seven Crystal Balls, Alcazar tells Captain Haddock that aguardiente is “awfully strong.” Haddock pooh poohs him, but then chokes on the liquor.
  2. What are the Captain’s two favorite epithets? “Blistering Barnacles” and “Thundering Typhoons,” with many variations
  3. What is Cuthbert Calculus’s hobby in The Castafiore Emerald? Growing roses
  4. Name three Calculus inventions.
    White rose, cure for alcohol abuse, sonic weapon, nuclear moon rocket, powered roller skates, color TV, submarine, soda carbonation machine, clothes brushing machine, wall bed
  5. When did Tintin first meet Bianca Castafiore? She picked him up hitchhiking in Syldavia. (King Ottokar’s Sceptre)

Comedian Eddie Izzard on Snowy’s bark.
  1. What does Snowy say when he barks? Wooah!
  2. What is the C.C.D.G.A.?
    The Central Committee of the Distressed Gangsters Association, which kidnapped Tintin in Tintin in America
  3. Who discovered the mineral phostlite? Professor Decimus Phostle in The Shooting Star
  4. In which adventure did Tintin meet Captain Haddock? The Crab with the Golden Claws
  5. In which book did Tintin meet Professor Calculus? Red Rackham’s Treasure
  6. What country is the Bohlwinkel Bank located in? Sao Rico
  7. Where was Red Rackham’s Treasure hidden? The basement of Marlinspike Hall in a globe.
  8. Who stole the Castafiore emerald? A thieving magpie (Also see answer 54)
  9. What is Rajaijah juice? The poison of madness
  10. What scares Snowy most? Spiders
  11. Who are “the guerrillas who’ve sworn to get rid of Tapioca.”? The Picaros
  12. What is an Araneus diadematus?
    Tintin looks through the telescope early in The Shooting Star (1942) and sees what he thinks is a giant space spider. Turns out the spider is on the telescope lens. Professor Phostle identifies it as Araneus diadematus, the common garden spider. Two Araneus diadematus—named Arabella and Anita—flew on the Space Shuttle (1973).
  13. Who drinks the second most whiskey? Snowy (of course, Captain Haddock drinks the most).
  14. Beginners name three villains.
    Experts name five.
    Tintin professors name five and include aliases.
    Major villains: Rastapopoulos, alias di Gorgonzola; Müller, alias Mull Pasha, alias Professor Smith; Allan; Sheik Bab El Ehr; General Tapioca; the Bird Brothers; Colonel Sponsz, alias Colonel Esponja; Colonel Jorgen, alias Boris; Bobby Smiles; Mr. Bohlwinkel of Sao Rico; Mitsuhirato; the Fakir in Cigars of the Pharaoh; Al Capone, AKA Scarface (Capone is the only real-life villain to appear in The Adventures of Tintin.)
    Some of the numerous minor villains: Gibbons, Dawson, “Jock McPhee” (an alias, but he never reveals his real name); Omar Ben Salaad; Ivan; Hans Boehm; Paolo Colombani; Spalding; Puschov; Walter, the airport spy from Red Sea Sharks and Flight 714; Colonel Alvarez; Zloty, and many others
    See Notable Names for the stories behind some of the names.
  1. What is a “dear little gymnotus”?
    A South American electric fish (really). The gymnotus, however, does not generate enough electric power to shock a person, as the electric eel does. For more information on weakly electric fish, visit The Animal Communication Project.
  2. What is the national drink of Peru?
    Pisco, from Quechua, or Inca: pisqu, a bird, one of the mysterious designs on the Nazca plateau, a brandy distilled from grapes More from Wikipedia
    More from embassyofperu.org.nz
  3. What do llamas do when they are angry? Spit
  1. What is a “gazza ladra”? A thieving magpie
    At the end of The Castafiore Emerald, Castafiore leaves Marlinspike to sing in Rossini’s opera La Gazza Ladra. From Wikipedia on La Gazza Ladra: “The opera begins with a young girl, Ninetta Villabella, who works as a house maid to a wealthy farm-owner. Some expensive silver cutlery goes missing, and Ninetta is blamed, though it was actually stolen by a magpie. Ninetta is condemned to death, and it is only the discovery of the cutlery in the magpie’s nest that saves her life.”
  2. What are Syldavia’s chief exports? Wheat, mineral water from Klow, firewood, horses and violinists
  3. Why doesn’t Professor Calculus wear a hearing aid? Because, he claims, he’s “only a little hard of hearing in one ear.”
  4. What did Captain Haddock say when he found Red Rackham’s Treasure? “Blistering treasures, it’s Red Rackham’s barnacles.”
  5. Name the Japanese man first seen speaking to the dustbin diver in the beginning of The Crab with the Golden Claws.
    Bunji Kuraki of the Yokohama Police
  6. Who was the British explorer who first visited the Arumbayas? Walker
  7. Members of what tribe are the “sworn enemies of the Arumbayas”? The Rumbabas
  8. 5What is the license plate number of Thompson and Thomson’s jeep in The Land of Black Gold?
    433 (This is a tough one, but the plate is shown 20 times, including on the cover.)
  9. What is Ridgewell’s hobby?
    Ridgewell the explorer meets Tintin in The Broken Ear. He saves Tintin (and himself) using ventriloquism, his pet hobby.
  10. What’s the registration number of the seaplane Tintin hijacks in The Crab with the Golden Claws?
    CN-3417 (This is also a tough one. We have no excuse.)
  11. Translate the following Arumbaya passage:
    “Owar      ya?  Ts    goota    meecha  mai ’tee.”
    “How are you? It’s good to meet you matey.”
  12. How close did the shooting star come to Earth?
    Most of it missed by 48,000 kilometers (45,000 km in the French version). One piece reached earth.
  13. What are the dates of the San Theodoros Carnival? February 22, 23 and 24
  14. When does Tintin get drunk?
    When he is about to be executed in The Broken Ear, from wine fumes in The Crab with the Golden Claws. Also, for those familiar with books not included in the American editions, Tintin gets drunk in Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, after accidentally winning an aerobatic contest (see also The Black Island). (Thanks to Peter Griffin.)

  1. When does the Captain wear his jersey backward?
    In The Red Sea Sharks, the Captain removes his jersey to use it as a flag to wave down the Scheherazade. He puts it back on backward.
  2. When does Tintin wear bell-bottom pants?
    In Tintin and the Picaros. In the other adventures, he mostly wears plus fours, baggy pants tucked into socks.
  3. What is the official motto of Syldavia?
    Eih bennek, eih blavek: “If you gather thistles, expect prickles.” More on the Syldavian language: Hergé’s Syldavian.
  4. What is Professor Calculus’s first name? Cuthbert
  5. What is the Captain’s first name? Archibald
  6. What is the name of Tintin’s dog? Snowy (in English-language editions)
  7. What does Tintin do for a living?
    He’s a reporter. He’s seen interviewing and taking notes, but never typing or in a newspaper office. His byline never appears.
  8. What are Thompson and Thomson’s two most valuable possessions? Bowler hats and walking sticks
  1. Which story features three birds? The Castafiore Emerald
  2. Name the three birds featured in the story mentioned in question 75.
    The old hoot owl; Iago, the parrot; and the thieving magpie
  3. What does Alcazar smoke, cigarette, cigar or pipe? Cigars
  4. In which book do Thompson and Thomson win an aerobatic championship? The Black Island
  5. The plane alluded to in question 78 bears the registration G-AIRJ. What is the significance of the last four letters?
    The last three letters, AIRJ, when read as “air J,” sound out Hergé. All of the airplanes in The Black Island have registration letters that begin G-. See Notable Names.
  6. Who became Muskar, the first King of Syldavia? Hveghi, leader of the Slav tribe that conquered Syldavia
  7. Name two stories featuring magpies. The Castafiore Emerald; The Black Island
  1. At least two cars are identifiable by make in the last frame of The Red Sea Sharks. Name one.
    A white Mercedes convertible and the Thom(p)sons’ blue Citroen. There’s also a possible light blue Porsche at the upper left and a possible light yellow Citroen on the right.
  2. 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.
  3. What Tintin book shares a setting with “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”? The Red Sea Sharks
  4. 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
  5. 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


  1. 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:





    10, 12



    4, 5, 6, 7, 9



    10, 11











    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)
  2. 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)
  3. What are the first names of the two knife throwers?
    Both Ramon—a bad guy in The Broken Ear, and Ramon Zarate, an alias of General Alcazar.
  1. 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.”
  2. In which book does Snowy drink the most? The Black Island
  3. What adventures feature Bordurians and/or Syldavians?
    King Ottokar’s Sceptre, Destination Moon, Explorers on the Moon, The Calculus Affair
  4. What adventures does Alcazar appear in?
    Tintin and the Picaros, The Broken Ear, The Seven Crystal Balls, The Red Sea Sharks
  5. What hotel does Calculus usually stay in when he visits Geneva? Hotel Cornavin
  6. Who is Stefan Szhrinkoff? A Bordurian attempting to kidnap Calculus in The Calculus Affair.
  7. Name one Rock ‘n’ Roll group that plays at the San Theodoros carnival. Like, “The Dripping Tap,” man.
  8. Which adventures feature sticking plaster? The Calculus Affair, Flight 714
  9. What is sigillography? Sigillography (also called sphragistics) is the study of seals or signets.
  10. Where does Tintin meet the Thom(p)sons in the beginning of The Crab with the Golden Claws? The Olympia Bar
  11. What’s the motto jotted on a scrap of paper on Thompson and Thomson’s incredibly messy desk in The Crab with the Golden Claws?
    “A place for everything and everything in its place.”
  12. 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
  13. What is the dead sailor’s name in The Crab with the Golden Claws? Herbert Dawes
  14. What is the new name of the Karaboudjan? Djebel Amilah
  15. What does Tintin discover in the hold of the Karaboudjan? Opium and Champagne
  16. Who is chief of the Arumbayas? Chief Avakuki
  1. 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.
  2. Did the captain and Tintin travel by dhow or sambuk on the way to Mecca? A sambuk (The Red Sea Sharks)
  3. 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
  4. When do Tintin and the Captain wear women’s clothes? In The Red Sea Sharks, to escape the patrols in Wadesdah.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. What Bordurian hotel do Tintin and the Captain stay in? The Hotel Zsnôrr.
  8. What is printed on Thompson and Thomson’s sailor hats aboard the Speedol Star? Titanic
  9. What is the date Thompson and Thomson got fired as Autokart drivers for “slipping on the ice”? Friday, August 18
  10. In which book does Tintin become a secretary? King Ottokar’s Sceptre
  11. 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.
  12. Who were the sons of the dragon? A Chinese secret society dedicated to the fight against opium (The Blue Lotus)
  13. 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.

  1. What happened to Mitsuhirato after Tintin broke up his opium smuggling ring? He committed Hara Kiri (ritual suicide).
  2. What two hearing devices does Calculus use in Destination Moon? An ear trumpet and a hearing aid.
  3. What kind of plane crashed, forcing Tintin to trek to Tibet? A DC 3
  4. 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)
  5. List any of the less endearing terms the Emir uses for Abdullah.
    Young rascal, little rascal (Land of Black Gold)
  6. 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
  7. Name the unit of currency in Syldavia. The khor.
  8. 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 face—with ink.
  9. What airline did the Captain and Calculus take to San Theodoros in Tintin and the Picaros? Santaero
  10. What adventure begins with a lost briefcase? King Ottokar’s Sceptre
  11. Whose briefcase was lost? Professor Alembick’s briefcase
  12. What is the name of Ben Kalish Ezab’s pet cheetah? Ayesha
  13. Who is Skut? A pilot Tintin meets in The Red Sea Sharks. Piotr Skut returns in Flight 714.
  14. What is Skut’s nationality? Skut hails from Estonia.
  15. 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.
  16. What is szlacek made of (according to the waiter)? The hind leg of a young dog, in Syldavian sauce.
  17. What hotel are the Captain and Tintin vacationing at as Tintin in Tibet begins? Hotel des Sommets
  18. 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.
  19. In which book is Snowy chased by a goat? The Black Island
  20. What is a puñal? A dagger (Ramon’s favorite weapon in The Broken Ear)


  1. What is a kukri?
    A kukri is a heavy knife famed for its use by the Nepalese Gurkhas.
    An unnamed military man shows a knife to Tintin on page 40 of Cigars of the Pharaoh and calls it a kukri. The knife shown, however,
    is not a kukri: , but a katar: .
  1. What kind of animals does Snowy say he can’t stand?
    Talking animals—referring 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. What did the Captain put in Carreidas’ hat? A five dollar bill (Flight 714)
  5. What does G.S.C. stand for? Gangsters Syndicate of Chicago (Tintin in America)
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.”
  9. How does Tintin use barrels twice to fool enemies? Allies hidden in barrels, in Tintin in America and in The Blue Lotus.
  10. Name the capitals of Borduria and Syldavia. Borduria—Szohôd, Syldavia—Klow
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. What is The Klow? A Syldavian restaurant near Flyaway Road.


  1. 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.
  2. What is The Moonshine Club? A speakeasy; motto: Bootleggers to the White House [sic], in Tintin in America
  3. Who are P. Schwarz, E.P. Jacobini and M. Trentin? Egyptologists found mummified in Cigars of the Pharaoh
  4. Who is Jolyon Wagg’s uncle? Anatole
  5. What is Jolyon Wagg’s uncle’s profession? Anatole was a barber.
  6. What is Marlinspike Hall’s three-digit phone number? 421
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. When does Tintin’s 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.”
Hong Kong Stamp Drawings
  1. How much did it cost to send Chang’s letter, seen in the opening frames of Tintin in Tibet?
    One dollar and 30 cents (Hong Kong).

    The stamp drawings, by the way, appear to be patterned after real stamps, for example:

    Hong Kong Stamp QE     Hong Kong Stamp