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Quiz about Sewing and Needlecraft Puns I
Quiz about Sewing and Needlecraft Puns I

Sewing and Needlecraft Puns I Trivia Quiz


Many everyday phrases and common words relate to needlework and sewing terms. Go ahead! "Tear into" them and see how many answers you can "piece together"! American English where relevant.

A multiple-choice quiz by duracell. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
duracell
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
201,117
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
8748
Awards
Editor's Choice
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Question 1 of 10
1. It is gray, bitingly chilly and raw outside. The sun is not visible, and there are no fluffy clouds floating in a blue sky. What's the meteorological adjective for the appearance of the sky in this dismal weather that also describes a type of sewing stitch? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. "Excuses, excuses. All I ever get is excuses!" If people are saying this to you, you are probably guilty of which of the following sewing-related copouts? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. If you are in the habit of eating a lot of bran cereals, fruit, vegetables and grains, it might be because your doctor has recommended a diet with a lot of what "material"? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. According to Shakespeare, what common and comforting activity resembles the repair of a sweater when it "...knits up the ravell'd sleeve of care?" Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. When my son was a little boy his grandmother took him to a restaurant that specialized in fancy desserts. He was totally enthralled by a delectable treat he selected that day: a smooth, dark, creamy confection based on the name of an Asian fiber? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Are your socks full of holes? Do they need mending? There is a word which describes the specialized kind of mending used for socks (though, actually, it is more like weaving). And it's an expletive as well, but a mild one. You won't offend a soul if you blurt it out, but a few people might laugh at you. What's the word? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. What word is a noun which refers to a framework on which cloth is woven, and is also a verb which means to appear or to overshadow? (How did these meanings evolve? Read my theory on the answer page, and send me your comments....) Anyway, what's the word? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Over and over again, people say that this sewing-related quality is "good to have." In its plural form, it describes hooks and eyes, snaps, buttons and buttonholes, zippers and Velcro fasteners. What is it? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. This unique treat is often found at fairs, carnivals and circuses, where it's created on the spot, swirled onto a paper cone. It's pink or pastel, light as a feather, and sweet and sticky and messy, so naturally kids LOVE it. It's sometimes called spun sugar and it contains the name of a fiber grown in hot climates. What is it? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. What name is shared by a kind of cat with random spots and a kind of plain cotton cloth with a brightly printed pattern? The cloth originated in the Indian port city of Calicut. The cat originated -- somewhere and sometimes hangs out with a gingham dog. Hint



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1. It is gray, bitingly chilly and raw outside. The sun is not visible, and there are no fluffy clouds floating in a blue sky. What's the meteorological adjective for the appearance of the sky in this dismal weather that also describes a type of sewing stitch?

Answer: Overcast

The overcast stitch is an simple slanted stitch usually found on the raw edges of seams or as a decorative finishing stitch on a blanket or jacket. There is a blanket stitch but it isn't used to finish raw edges and it is rectangular in appearance, not slanted. The other two choices are invented...
2. "Excuses, excuses. All I ever get is excuses!" If people are saying this to you, you are probably guilty of which of the following sewing-related copouts?

Answer: "Hemming" and hawing

According to the 2000 American Heritage Dictionary, hemming is "a short cough or clearing of the throat made especially to gain attention, warn another, hide embarrassment, or fill a pause in speech" and hawing is "an utterance used by a speaker who is fumbling for words." That's all I have to say.. er... um...ahem...except that the three other choices are not real phrases.
3. If you are in the habit of eating a lot of bran cereals, fruit, vegetables and grains, it might be because your doctor has recommended a diet with a lot of what "material"?

Answer: "Fiber"

High fiber diets are helpful to facilitate good digestion. High fiber foods such as those listed usually contain other nutritional benefits such as protein, vitamin and minerals. The other choices presented here are just silly, but did you know that flax and hemp are plants used to make cloth and also to make food products?
4. According to Shakespeare, what common and comforting activity resembles the repair of a sweater when it "...knits up the ravell'd sleeve of care?"

Answer: Sleep

This beautiful metaphor is uttered by a most un-beautiful character: the murderous Macbeth. His guilt has taken away his ability to sleep, and he longs for, he craves a good night's sleep, the sleep of a clear conscience. Here is the quote from Act II, Scene II:

"... innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the ravell'd sleeve of care,
The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast..."

(So why am I writing trivia questions at 3:30 am?)
5. When my son was a little boy his grandmother took him to a restaurant that specialized in fancy desserts. He was totally enthralled by a delectable treat he selected that day: a smooth, dark, creamy confection based on the name of an Asian fiber?

Answer: French "silk" pie

French silk pie filling is a very rich confection that resembles Chocolate Mousse. A true chocolate mousse is tricky to make, and is comprised of only 3 ingredients: fine dark chocolate, fresh heavy cream and extra-fine granulated sugar. It's delightfully decadent.
Another correct answer could have been CHIFFON PIE. The incorrect choices are fictitious.
6. Are your socks full of holes? Do they need mending? There is a word which describes the specialized kind of mending used for socks (though, actually, it is more like weaving). And it's an expletive as well, but a mild one. You won't offend a soul if you blurt it out, but a few people might laugh at you. What's the word?

Answer: Darn!

Not much to say here. Not many people darn socks anymore, but with the price of specialty sports socks going sky high, it's a darn good idea! "Darn" is a less offensive variation of a stronger swear word that means condemned or accursed. The colorful British equivalents are "blamed," "blasted" or "bloody." Get the picture? The other choices are real expressions but have nothing to do with sewing.
7. What word is a noun which refers to a framework on which cloth is woven, and is also a verb which means to appear or to overshadow? (How did these meanings evolve? Read my theory on the answer page, and send me your comments....) Anyway, what's the word?

Answer: Loom

In Indian philosophy, the world is seen as illusory, since matter is constantly changing and time is cyclical. The world is named Maya, illusion, and is likened to a fabric woven of experience and time masking the reality of the spiritual world. The loom on which Maya is woven must be much greater than the cloth itself.

When an object "looms" it takes on awesome God-like proportions, just like this celestial loom. Spinning wheels and Quilt frames hold thread and cloth, but not for weaving. Clothing racks likewise.
8. Over and over again, people say that this sewing-related quality is "good to have." In its plural form, it describes hooks and eyes, snaps, buttons and buttonholes, zippers and Velcro fasteners. What is it?

Answer: Closure

Closure is over-rated. It's one of those pop culture phrases that's so overused, no one knows what it means anymore. Why is it so "good" to have closure? Perhaps because most people (excluding trivia buffs of course) are mentally lazy. Instead of embracing complexity, they prefer the easy way out. And they're always in a hurry. So, they'd say: "Hey, if you got this answer wrong, you asked for it. Stop whining. Get over it. Move ON." Closure. Closure, however, is essential for garments....

As for the other choices, none fit the phrase "___ is good to have" and also describe zippers and buttons!
9. This unique treat is often found at fairs, carnivals and circuses, where it's created on the spot, swirled onto a paper cone. It's pink or pastel, light as a feather, and sweet and sticky and messy, so naturally kids LOVE it. It's sometimes called spun sugar and it contains the name of a fiber grown in hot climates. What is it?

Answer: "Cotton" Candy

The data on cotton candy is "pure fluff." The other candy names are
invented.
10. What name is shared by a kind of cat with random spots and a kind of plain cotton cloth with a brightly printed pattern? The cloth originated in the Indian port city of Calicut. The cat originated -- somewhere and sometimes hangs out with a gingham dog.

Answer: Calico

Officially speaking, both calico and tortoiseshell cats have a mixture of colors, but the calico has large areas of white fur. Tortoiseshell is not the name of a type of cloth. Muslin and Dotted Swiss did not originate in Calicut, India and neither have print pattern. Muslin is a plain white cloth, and dotted swiss is a solid color with white flocked dots.
Source: Author duracell

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