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Quiz about Nothing

Nothing Trivia Quiz


Fifteen cryptic clues to words which could mean nothing. For example - Naughtiness covers nothing (5) gives the answer aught (inside naughtiness). All the other answers are provided, too - you just need to match each one to the correct clue. Good luck!

A matching quiz by Lottie1001. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
Lottie1001
Time
3 mins
Type
Match Quiz
Quiz #
413,328
Updated
Aug 02 23
# Qns
15
Difficulty
Very Easy
Avg Score
14 / 15
Plays
398
Awards
Top 10% Quiz
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(a) Drag-and-drop from the right to the left, or (b) click on a right side answer box and then on a left side box to move it.
QuestionsChoices
1. Start Northallerton, Otley, Whitby, Thirsk for nothing in Yorkshire. (4)  
  Nada
2. Change drain for nothing. (5)  
  Nobody
3. Avoidance hides nothing. (4)  
  Null
4. A water bird scores nothing in a cricket match. (4)  
  None
5. Nothing found in Azerbaijan, Brazil, China or Dominica. (5)  
  Nil
6. Unisex without use is nothing. (3)  
  Zero
7. Neon alters nothing. (4)  
  Love
8. Alternately Nuuk Lily gives nothing. (4)  
  Duck
9. Shakespeare's ass could be nothing. (6)  
  Void
10. Clover holds nothing at a tennis match. (4)  
  Bottom
11. Nod, boy! Move to find nothing. (6)  
  Nowt
12. There is nothing at the end of Canada. (4)  
  Nought
13. Tough northern changes nothing. (6)  
  Nix
14. Maize rose covers nothing. (4)  
  Zilch
15. Finally, then, I fill nothing. (3)  
  Nadir





Select each answer

1. Start Northallerton, Otley, Whitby, Thirsk for nothing in Yorkshire. (4)
2. Change drain for nothing. (5)
3. Avoidance hides nothing. (4)
4. A water bird scores nothing in a cricket match. (4)
5. Nothing found in Azerbaijan, Brazil, China or Dominica. (5)
6. Unisex without use is nothing. (3)
7. Neon alters nothing. (4)
8. Alternately Nuuk Lily gives nothing. (4)
9. Shakespeare's ass could be nothing. (6)
10. Clover holds nothing at a tennis match. (4)
11. Nod, boy! Move to find nothing. (6)
12. There is nothing at the end of Canada. (4)
13. Tough northern changes nothing. (6)
14. Maize rose covers nothing. (4)
15. Finally, then, I fill nothing. (3)

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Start Northallerton, Otley, Whitby, Thirsk for nothing in Yorkshire. (4)

Answer: Nowt

The word start means we need the first letters of the following four words to find the four-letter answer - nowt - a Yorkshire word meaning nothing. It is used in expressions such as 'There's nowt so queer as folk' or 'It's nowt to do with me'. Northallerton, Otley, Whitby, and Thirsk are all towns in Yorkshire.
2. Change drain for nothing. (5)

Answer: Nadir

The word change indicates an anagram. Rearranging the letters of drain leads to the five-letter answer - nadir, which means the lowest point of something, or nothing. The word comes through Old French from the Arabic 'nazir' meaning opposite the zenith. In astronomy it means the point directly below an observer. It is also defined as the lowest or most unsuccessful point.
3. Avoidance hides nothing. (4)

Answer: Void

Hides indicates a hidden word. The four letter answer, void, is in the middle of avoidance. C. S. Lewis, a British author, said, "Into the void of silence, into the empty space of nothing, the joy of life is unfurled." An ancient Chinese philosopher, Laozi, said "The eternal void is filled with infinite possibilities."
4. A water bird scores nothing in a cricket match. (4)

Answer: Duck

A duck is a water bird. The term for a score of nothing in cricket is a duck. This is short for a duck's egg, which looks like 0. A golden duck is even worse, since it means the batter has been dismissed on their first ball, with a score of zero. Somewhat rarer, but still possible, is a diamond duck when the batter is dismissed for a score of nothing without facing a ball.
5. Nothing found in Azerbaijan, Brazil, China or Dominica. (5)

Answer: Zilch

The word founds indicates that the answer is hidden in the clue. The middle two countries of that short list, Brazil and China, use the last three letters of the former and the first two letters of the latter to make the five-letter answer - zilch, which means nothing.

The word is relatively new; it is thought to date back to the 1960s. It possibly comes from Mr. Zilch who was a character in 'Ballyhoo', an American magazine from the 1930s. The Canadian investor, Peter Cundill, said, "I'm lucky to have the kind of life where the differentiation between work and play is absolutely zilch. I have no idea whether I'm working or whether I'm playing."
6. Unisex without use is nothing. (3)

Answer: Nix

Removing the three letters of the word use from unisex leaves the three-letter answer - nix, which means nothing. It comes from, and sounds very similar to, the German word, 'nichts', which also means nothing. In the song, 'I Cain't Say No', from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical, 'Oklahoma', Ado Annie sings, "I'm jist a girl who cain't say no, / I'm in a tumble fix. / I always say, come on, le's go- / Jist when I orta say nix!"
7. Neon alters nothing. (4)

Answer: None

The word alters indicates an anagram. Rearranging the four letters of neon gives none, another word for nothing. None is defined as not any, or no one. It comes from the Old English 'ne' meaning not and 'an' meaning one. William Shakespeare wrote, "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."
8. Alternately Nuuk Lily gives nothing. (4)

Answer: Null

Taking the alternate letters from Nuuk Lily gives the four-letter word null, which means nothing. It comes through Middle English and Old French from the Latin 'ne' meaning not and 'ullus' meaning any. John Banville, an Irish novelist, said, "Throughout the 1960s and 1970s devoted Beckett readers greeted each successively shorter volume from the master with a mixture of awe and apprehensiveness it was like watching a great mathematician wielding an infinitesimal calculus, his equations approaching nearer and still nearer to the null point."
9. Shakespeare's ass could be nothing. (6)

Answer: Bottom

Bottom, one of the rude mechanicals in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', is remembered for wearing an ass's head in the play within a play. As well as referring to the lower portion of something, bottom also refers to the very lowest point, which would be nothing.

The Swiss wrestler known as Cesaro said, "I started at the bottom and worked my way up. I think that shows hard work pays off. A good thing takes a while."
10. Clover holds nothing at a tennis match. (4)

Answer: Love

Inside clover, as indicated by the word holds, is the four letter word love. Love is used for a score of zero in tennis, so it is the answer we need. Its derivation is similar to the term for a cricket score of nothing. It is said to come from the French l'oeuf, meaning the egg, which refers to the shape of the egg being like the figure 0.
11. Nod, boy! Move to find nothing. (6)

Answer: Nobody

Move indicates an anagram. The letters in nod boy can be moved to make nobody. A nobody is described as a person of no importance or a nothing. This saying by Yogi Berra, "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded." always amuses me. However, Anne Frank made an excellent point with this comment, "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
12. There is nothing at the end of Canada. (4)

Answer: Nada

The last four letters of the word, Canada, give the answer - nada. The origin of the word, as used in English, is attributed to Ernest Hemingway, who borrowed it from Spanish, where it means nothing. In his 1933 story, 'A Clean, Well-lighted Place', he wrote, "Our nada who art in nada, nada be thy name thy kingdom nada thy will be nada in nada as it is in nada. Give us this nada our daily nada and nada us our nada as we nada our nadas and nada us not into nada but deliver us from nada; pues nada. Hail nothing full of nothing, nothing is with thee."
13. Tough northern changes nothing. (6)

Answer: Nought

Changes indicates the requirement for an anagram to solve the clue. Northern can be abbreviated to N, using that with the five letters of tough leads to the six-letter answer - nought, which means nothing. It comes from Old English 'na' meaning no and 'wiht', which means thing. Nought is regarded as a variant spelling of naught, hence the etymology.

However, when spelled with the 'o' rather than the 'a' it is often used to refer to the numerical digit '0'. The pencil and paper game, known as Tic Tac Toe in some parts of the world, is also known as Noughts and Crosses because of the symbols used by the players in the grid.
14. Maize rose covers nothing. (4)

Answer: Zero

The word covers indicates that the answer is hidden inside the clue. The last two letters of maize and the first two letters of rose give the four letter answer, zero, which means nothing. The word is from the seventeenth century and comes through Old Spanish from the Arabic 'sifr' meaning cipher.

The Dalai Lama said, "A zero itself is nothing, but without a zero you cannot count anything; therefore, a zero is something, yet zero."
15. Finally, then, I fill nothing. (3)

Answer: Nil

From the word finally, we know that we need the last letters of the following three words for the three-letter answer - nil. The word comes from the nineteenth century, and is a contraction of the Latin word 'nihil' meaning nothing. It is most commonly used for the result of a soccer match, as in 'His team won four nil!', meaning that the opposition scored no goals while his team scored four.
Source: Author Lottie1001

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