Written Quiz Answers 1

See Notable Names for the stories behind many of the names you’ll find here.

  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
    Closely linked pairs of adventures:
    Cigars of the Pharaoh and The Blue Lotus; The Red Sea Sharks and Land of Black Gold; Tintin and the Picaros and The Broken Ear; Tintin in America and Tintin in the Congo;The Calculus Affair and King Ottokar’s Sceptre

  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.
  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”.
  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)
  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 71; Colonel Alvarez; Zloty, and many others
  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-.
  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


The Thom(p)sons’ cameo on page 20 of The Shooting Star: