Guess The Anchorage

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Salty Dog Talk

The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions

Salty Dog Talk by Bill Beavis and Richard McCloskey (Adlard Coles Nautical, 9781472907981, £8.99)

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Work songs sung aboard ship which brighten up the drudgery of hand hauling and also ensured the men all pulled their weight together. There were different shanties for different work. Halyard shanties were brisk for the quick but comparatively easy work of hoisting sail. Capstan shanties sung when the anchor was to be hauled aboard were generally slow and sentimental. The custom goes back to the 15th century and the word shanty probably takes its name from the French chanter, to sing.


Can you work out these boating anagrams?

Hearten mull car

Basins lie rein

Tab richly shy



I come in different shapes and sizes. Parts of me are curved, other parts are straight. You can put me anywhere you like, but there is only one right place for me. What am I?


What five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?


The number 8,549,176,320 is a unique number. What is so special about it?


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Anagrams: Ellen MacArthur, Sir Ben Ainslie, Sir Chay Blyth
Riddles: A jigsaw puzzle piece / short
Brainteaser: This is the only number that includes all the digits arranged in alphabetical order.
Anchorage: Weymouth Harbour