Brainteaser from Credo Reference: Left-handers


Friday, 07 March 2008
Are you right-handed, left-handed, or even ambidextrous? According to statistics, about ten per-cent of people are left-handed. Here are some questions connected with being left-handed.

1.Which influential electric guitarist, who died in 1970, was left-handed, and played a re-strung right-handed guitar throughout his career?

2.Which left-handed US tennis player was Wimbledon men’s singles champion in 1974 and 1982, and World Championship Tennis champion in 1977 and 1980? He was one of the first to use the double-fisted backhand.

3.What is a “left-handed compliment”?

4.Which left-handed West Indies cricketer was only 24 when he made 375 runs for the West Indies against England in the fifth Test in Antigua in 1994 – the highest individual score in 117 years of Test cricket?

5.In 1931, which French composer wrote a Piano Concerto in D Major, for left hand: was it Debussy, Ravel or Messiaen?

6.What connection has the word “sinister” with being left-handed?

7.Which US blues guitarist and singer (1923-1992; real name: Albert Nelson) was left-handed but learned to play on a standard guitar without restringing it, which contributed to his characteristic sound?
His ringing style influenced numerous rock guitarists, and his recordings for the Stax label, such as “Born Under a Bad Sign” and “Crosscut Saw”, became classics.

8.What is “handism”?

9.Which US film actor made his big breakthrough in 1958 with “The Left-Handed Gun”, “The Long Hot Summer”, and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”?

10.Which US baseball player started his career as a left-handed pitcher with the Boston Red Sox (1914-19) and became famous for his powerful hitting with the New York Yankees (1920-34)? He is considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the game.

Link to Answers

Questions set by Tony Augarde,
author of “The Oxford Guide to Word Games”
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!


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