1.

The home of early alchemy.

The answer is 'The Museum of the History of Science', which, according to the Broad Street information board, was the first chemical laboratory in England.

2.

Who laid the foundation stone of the New Bodleian Library?

The answer is 'Queen Mary', in 1937. See latin inscription in stone close to the entrance. The library opened in 1946, after WWII

3.

Who observed it coming, back in the 18th century.

The answer is 'Edmund Halley'. The New College  Lane information board advises where he had his observatory & lived, 1703-42.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.

Its entrance watched over by 2 lions & a unicorn.

The answer is 'The Sheldonian Theatre'. Above the clearly visible lion & unicorn over the doorway is the mask of a 2nd lion.

5.

Which building previously housed the University Press?

 

The answer is 'The Clarendon Building'.

6.

Who had a witty bedside manner?

The answer is 'Dr John Radcliffe', the funder of the Radcliffe Camera. See information board in Radcliffe Square.

7.

Which Canon of Canterbury died on 24th August 1625?

The answer is 'George Hoveden'. A memorial to him is engraved on the wall of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin.

 

 

 

 

8.

What is the latin for 'Generosity'.

Clue: Look up the word.

The answer is 'Munificentia', which is inscribed below the statue of on the front of University College in the High St..

9.

What did Sarah introduce to the world?

The answer is 'Oxford Marmalade'. A blue plaque in the High St. commemorates Sarah Cooper's creation.

10.

A thief at rest, in black & white.

The answer is 'Magpie Lane', off the High St..

11.

Close to 100cm if it were he, not I.

The answer is the 'Mitre' hotel, on the High St.. (Almost 'metre, with an 'e', not an 'i'.

12.

Where do you find two ancient characters sawing & chiselling together?

The answer is 'Brasenose College', which is decorated with an assortment of gargoyles etc., including these two.

 

 

 

 

13.

What serve for delight, ornament & abilities?

The answer is 'Studies', according to the inscription above the entrance to the Museum of Oxford on St Aldates.

14.

Who was mayor of Oxford in July 1893?

The answer is 'Thomas Lucas', who on the 6th July that year laid the foundation stone for the building currently houseing the Museum of Oxford (on the wedding day of the Duke of York & Princess Victoria Mary of Teck).

15.

Complete the inscription 'My sword I give to him, That shall succeed me in my........'.

The answer is 'Pilgrimage'. This inscription is in the paving stones at the entrance to the grounds of Christ Church Cathedral.

16.

Here you'll find two legionaires with a routine job to do.

The answer is 'Carfax Tower', with its two bells, chimed by roman legionaires.

 

 

 

 

17.

If B to C is 25.75 miles, what distance is C to D (via B4031).

The answer is '10.75 miles', according to the 1930's signpost outside the council buildings on New Road. (B is Buckingham, C is Chipping Norton & D is Deddington).

18.

A street on the defensive.

The answer is 'Bulwark Lane', off New Road.

19.

A building that's had at least 3 main uses. What are they?

The answer is 'Corn Exchange, Fire Station & Theatre', on George St..

20.

One building in Oxford that's no longer a place of learning.

The answer is 'The Old School', off George Street, which is now a bar & restaurant.

21.

Who completed the city's 'Ladder of Learning'?

The answer is 'Thomas Hill Green', who is commemorated on a plaque in the entrance to the Politics, International Relations & Sociology Library on George St. for helping found the Oxford High School for Boys.

 

 

 

22.

It could be fired from a canon if it were also hot.

The answer is 'The Grapes', which becomes 'grapeshot', if you add 'hot'.

23.

What type of bird comes in threes, with three gold stars?

The answer is 'black swans' on a coat of arms on the Martyrs' Monument in St Giles.

24.

Named after the Member for Woodstock.

The answer is 'The Randolf' hotel, named after Randolph Churchill, MP for Woodstock.

25.

Who was THE GRIM HAUL'

(anagram).

The answer is 'Hugh Latimer', one of the Protestant Martyr Bishops burnt for their faith in 1555. See plaque on the wall of Balliol College, & the martyrs' memorial in St St Giles.

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