Question one in our cryptic quiz, “Three is The Magic Number”!

1st September 2009 by Denise

As you might know, MOO turns three this month. We’ve got a party planned in London, and special discounts at the ready, but we thought we’d also have a little fun online.

A Birthday Quiz

Throughout the month of September we’ll be sharing the stories of some new characters here, on the blog. Cryptic clues are hidden in every story, to help you answer the question written at the end of each tale. There’ll be three questions each working day – and a prize for the first person who answers a question correctly.

Today, our three winners will each receive a Flickr Pro account, and a free pack of MiniCards.

We start our quiz with three brothers, and a tale of a most interesting client…


Hardboiled, Part One

As Sam says, “It just takes a bit of fore… er, threesight.”

We may not look the type but we solve big problems, my brothers and I. Perhaps it’s because we’re small of stature that people underestimate us. Or perhaps it’s because they assume our mental acuity is affected by our visual acuity. Either way, it’s their loss when they pass us over for the competition.

You see, we’re experts in our field. You can search ten (to the hundredth power, even) times over and not find anyone that comes before Sam, Nick, & Ray. When small businesses owners find themselves in trouble during their first few years they come to us. And we sort things out for them. At least we do when they listen to our advice. When they underestimate us it’s a bloody mess, sometimes literally…

It was a cloudy cold day when she walked into the office. She was wearing a moth-eaten fur coat like some deposed queen. She said her name was Mary and that she needed our help. A corporate shark was looking to take a bite out of her business and she said that unless she could figure out how to get more customers, pronto, she might as well ride out of town on a bronco. She laughed nervously, “I’m a poet and I…”

“Please, sit down,” I interrupted. I didn’t have the heart to tell her pronto and bronco didn’t rhyme. Sam and Ray tapped on over and pulled out a chair for her. We didn’t know it then, and it pains me to admit it now, but this dame was going to be trouble. Big trouble for all three of us. But for now we offered her a cup of tea and asked what her story was.

She sighed heavily, dabbed at her eyes with a lace-edged hanky, and opened her mouth, lips trembling to hold back the tears, and told us the first of a great many lies…

QUESTION: By what collective name are the three brothers best known?


Remember, only the first correct answer posted in the comments will win!
We’ll approve all answers to this question when the next question goes online, to give everyone a fair crack at the whip!


(Time and date stamp on the blog comment to be held as proof of time of answer. Judges decision is final!)

Comments (200)

  1. Stacey:

    Threesite?

  2. James Martin:

    I would have to say the three are collectively known as ‘The Three Blind Mice.”

  3. Carrie Tackett:

    Three Blind Mice

  4. Cori K.:

    I’m pretty sure, by the clues about description, that these guys are “Three Blind Mice.”

  5. Katrina:

    Three Blind Mice?

  6. Anika:

    Three blind mice?

  7. Jenny Paltanwala:

    Is the answer business advisors.

  8. Gemma White:

    Three Billy Goats Gruff

  9. Shana:

    The Three Little Pigs

  10. Kimberly Beatty:

    3 Billy Goats Gruff?

  11. Dave Rouse:

    All the king’s men

  12. Emily:

    3 blind mice?

  13. Lilian:

    I am probably wrong but I think it is the Three Stooges

  14. Janet:

    The Three Blind Mice?

  15. Donna:

    THE THREE BLIND MICE

  16. Kristina:

    three blind mice, perhaps.

  17. Jodi Beamish:

    You’ve probably already got the answer for this one, but my guess is: the Three Blind Mice

  18. Pauline Brunton:

    The Three Blind Mice

  19. moo:

    the three blind mice

  20. Tzaddi:

    The Three Blind Mice?

    …tough one :-)

  21. spyra:

    The three blind mice!

  22. Bob:

    Is it just me, or are these incredibly hard?

  23. Alicia:

    The three musketeers

  24. Andrea:

    Threesight!

  25. Katie:

    The brothers are the Three Blind Mice

  26. CarrieD:

    Three Blind Mice

  27. Kitti:

    Three Blind Mice

  28. Bob:

    3 blind mice.

  29. Kendra:

    Three Billy Goats Gruff

  30. Jane Fung:

    Search Engines

  31. Val:

    Lawyers? Tsk tsk.

  32. Carrie Stewart:

    is it three blind mice???!!!

  33. Bob:

    why do people keep saying the same thing?
    if the person above you has the same thing – they’ll get recognition for it, if you just repeat the same thing it wont count!

  34. Sara:

    Harry? (Bloody Queen rhyme)

  35. lizette venter:

    trio. Surely that is the collective name for a group of 3?

  36. daniel:

    three blind mice i’m not winning though

  37. Laura:

    I think you’re referring to the Trinity or to Gaul which is omnes divisa in partes tres

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