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. Macarena:

    I think they are Three Blind Mice

  2. Christie:

    The three little pigs?

  3. Lisa:

    Just kidding, I’m stumped! :)

  4. Drew Komonchak:

    the billy goats Gruff?

  5. Amanda:

    3 blind mice…?

  6. Lilly:

    I think the three brothers are…MOO MiniCards!

  7. Kirsty:

    Three Blind Mice?

  8. Mike:

    The Three Blind Mice

  9. Melinda Seyler:

    Spade is the brothers’ name.

  10. Becky:

    My guess is three blind mice!

  11. Justine:

    The three brothers are the Three Billy Goats Gruff.

  12. Joyce:

    are they the three blind mice

  13. sooyin:

    Is the answer the Three Blind Mice?

  14. sooyin:

    By the way, I’m so happy you’re having this sort of competition again! I had so much fun with the Moo Egg hunt previously! =)

  15. Melissa Osburn:

    The Three Blind Mice? The farmer’s wife was a reference to Mary, Queen of Scots, a deposed queen.

  16. lori jones:

    Are they Choreographers.??

  17. Marisa:

    The three blind mice

  18. macpug:

    3 Blind Mice? :P

  19. Vilma Morgan:


  20. suki:

    the three blind mice? but then they’d be hugh, tom and nick…

  21. Gaby:

    The brothers Grimm

  22. Leanne Templeton:

    The Three Blind Mice

  23. Bre Garcia:

    The Three Billy Goats Gruff ?

    Though the passage makes reference to Mary Mary Quite Contrary lol. the three with the small stature would have to be the three billy goats gruff in the theme of nursery rhymes…

  24. Michelle:

    The collective name these three brothers are best known by is, The Three Blind Mice.

  25. Darlene Munter:

    the big three

  26. Marian:

    Could they be the three blind mice?

  27. A. Vanya:

    Three Blind Mice

  28. Kristy:

    Adolphus II, Francis and Alexander

  29. Brad Dressler:

    The three little pigs!

  30. Aaron McFann:

    You are the Three Blind Mice

  31. Victoria Nicholson:

    Three blind mice1

  32. Victória Lopes:

    Three blind mice

  33. Denise:

    My answer is “Charles”.

    09/01/09 10:29 AM (MST-United States)

  34. frankie:

    could it be the Grimms brothers?

  35. Kathy:

    October Road

  36. Kelly:

    Is the answer Google?

  37. lisa:

    Three blind mice.

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