Prize picture quiz: February 2021

WELL done to the bookworms who successfully tackled our bumper January quiz – now it’s the turn of bird lovers to get an “easy” test of their identification skills.

There could only be one winner to our January literary challenge and the successful entrant who was the first to have their correct entry picked out of the hat was Alison Holloway from Amersham who wins £25 worth of book tokens.

Our quiz has been running for more than a year now, and to help support our local independent bookshops, we have another £25 worth of book tokens to give away to one lucky winner who can solve our February quiz.

Photographer Graham Parkinson has generously allowed us to use a selection of his amazing pictures taken during the past few weeks at a number of local locations. But which six birds has he pictured?

To enter, just identify the six birds pictured below, numbered 1-6, and send your answers to us by email.

Answers to by the end of the month. The answers and winner will be revealed on March 1. See below for rules.

Our January quiz had TEN questions about authors who either have local connections or who have featured in articles over the three years since The Beyonder was launched. See below for the answers.



The answers to our bumper January quiz were:

PICTURE 1: Which 18th-century poet completed his famous ‘Elegy’ in a country churchyard at Stoke Poges? Thomas Gray
PICTURE 2: Which poet immortalised the phrase “the darling buds of May”?
William Shakespeare
PICTURE 3: Gail Simmons’ 2019 book The Country of Larks takes its name from a phrase coined by which 19th-century novelist to describe the Chilterns? Robert Louis Stevenson
PICTURE 4: Which young Yorkshire poet wrote: “There is a silent eloquence/In every wild bluebell”? Anne Bronte
PICTURE 5: Which famous fictional bear lives in The Hundred Acre Wood? Winnie The Pooh
PICTURE 6: Which local children’s author worked in this garden writing hut?? Roald Dahl
PICTURE 7: Which children’s author lived in a house called Green Hedges which has been recreated in miniature at the Bekonscot model village in Beaconsfield? Enid Blyton
PICTURE 8: Which children’s author created tales of a fantasy world of magic, mythical beasts and talking animals to tell to children evacuated from London to his Oxfordshire home?
CS Lewis
PICTURE 9: Which famous English writer is said to have bought oysters for his cat, Hodge? Samuel Johnson
PICTURE 10: This Fleet Street pub has numerous literary connections and even a children’s book named after it. But that book by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wrighte was a playful homage to which famous Victorian novelist who may have been a regular patron?
Charles Dickens


1 The competition is open to all visitors to The Beyonder website. 2 Entry to the competition is only via the contact page on our website or by email to 3 By submitting an entry, entrants give The Beyonder the right to publish their name in the event of them winning the competition. 4 All entrants must supply their names and a valid e-mail address. The Beyonder will only ever use e-mail details for the purposes of administering this competition, and will not publish them or provide them to anyone without permission. 5 Only one entry should be submitted by any individual entrant and anyone submitting multiple entries may be disqualified. 6 One winning entry will be selected at random from all entries after the competition closes at midnight on January 31. 7 The winner, once notified, will be entitled to nominate a bookshop where £25 worth of book tokens can be redeemed. 8 The Beyonder’s decision as to the winner is final. No correspondence relating to the competition will be entered into. 9 The Beyonder reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of its control. 10 In the event of there being no outright winner, the best incomplete entry may be selected at the editor’s discretion to win the prize.

PICTURE CREDIT: The header image for this page was taken by Fidel Fernando (Unsplash)


The shopper still needs one more shilling to buy the book. The book was priced at one guinea (21 shillings or £1.05 in decimal money). The man puts down a ten-bob note = 10 shillings (50p), two half-crowns (2s 6d or 12.5p each), a florin (2s or 10p), a bob (1s or 5p), a tanner (6d or 2.5p), two thruppenny bits (6d or 2.5p in total), 11 pennies, a ha’penny and two farthings (12d = 1s or 5p). How much more does he need to buy the book? The amounts listed add up to one pound exactly. Another shilling (5p) will give him the total guinea, or £1.05p.