>>> Type ID Pop Quiz V2.3.2 - Expert Level

This is how it works:

  • A portion of a glyph is published in the Type ID Pop Quiz.
  • Try to identify the glyph and the typeface. To win, you need to name at least:
    1. typeface
    2. weight
    3. character/glyph
  • Show off your knowledge by casually mentioning additional trivia, like who designed it, when and by whom was it (first) published, and other cool stuff to impress your fellow Typophiles with.
  • The winner produces a new challenge -- a portion of a glyph, black on white background, presented in a 288 x 288 pixel square, including a R204G000B00 1 pixel border.
  • The person who posts a challenge can't win the next game.

In case of any disputes, I will act as judge, jury and avenging angel of wrath.

If you think this is a little too difficult, maybe try the Entry Level Type ID Pop Quiz or Intermediary Level Type ID Pop Quiz first.

Good luck everyone, and have fun. ;^)

With respectful thanks to the originator of this utterly useless but highly entertaining waste of time, the often imitated but never duplicated Cheshire Dave.


Lex, you're up. Here's the previous thread.

Here's the image:

- Lex

Couldn't you really make it any harder? :^D

Boy am I glad I started these Entry Level and Intermediary Level quizzes. :^P

Couldn’t you really make it any harder? :^D

Well, it’s a Garalde, and the glyph is ‘e’ or ‘c’ … No?! It’s a ‘€’ from some pomo hybrid face? Okay, I shut my mouth.

Oh come on guys - It's not that hard ;-)

It's not 'e', 'c', or '€'.

Maybe this will help:

Same glyph, same scale.

- Lex

A ct or st ligature?

Nick Cooke

ct-lig, my first impression, too.

. . .
Bert Vanderveen BNO

It's not a ligature.

- Lex

A swash cap, perhaps ?

I thought that it could be æ, œ or even the ß.

Not a swash cap.

The letter is used in everyday English, so it's none of those crazy foreign-lookin' things, Andre.

- Lex

Does the "portion of the glyph" need to be upright and un-mirrored/flipped?

I thought the same thing.
I took both images to Photoshop and moved them around.
still made no sense to me.

wild quess: some numeral (6 or 9) maybe BaskerVille
(real wild guess)

Something by Sudtipos?

Is it an ampersand?

Looks like 'P'.

Neither portion of the glyph has been rotated, skewed, flipped, reversed, or transformed in any way other than cropping. Both portions are the same scale.

Not a numeral. Not an ampersand. It's a letter.

It predates Sudtipos by a few decades or so.

- Lex

Not a 'P'.

- Lex

I think it's a lowercase "a", although I'm not sure of the font -- yet.

Yes! It is a lowercase 'a'.

- Lex

No guesses yet? You guys should go back to school and study a little harder.

- Lex

So, it’s a two-storey ‘a’ from a pre-digital typeface, right?
What about that swash hint? Is it the regular ‘a’ in this face, or an alternate? Is it a script?

Two-storey 'a': Yes.
Pre-digital: Yes.
Swash alternate: Yes.
Script: No.

- Lex

University Roman Italic Alternate by ITC?

Something with Flair.

We have a winner!

Possibly one of the ugliest 'a's I've ever seen.

You're up, Michael.

- Lex

It's actually University Roman Alternate, not the Italic, but I'll give it to you anyway since it was a hard one :-)

- Lex

You’re right. It is ugly!

Try this:



Yes. It is a "g".

Maybe I made this too easy.

Is it Kells?

It really looks like Celtic style...like Ceanannas or Corcaigh or Agedage Insular HU, hmm...

When looking closer, I think it might be Eirinn

You got it Lorem, Eirinn Gaelic . Sorry for the delay — had a night class tonight.

Tag, you’re it.


Ok, here it is. This one may be tough because it's a custom face.

‘g’? No wait, it is lorem, so: ‘a’? ;°9

Might as well be lowercase s.

Florian, your first thought is right, it is g.

"g" from Stempel Garamond?

or may be Warnock Pro.

It is from a custom typeface. By a famous type designer.

Lowercase G. By Gerard Unger.

It's from someone who's older than Unger.


Yale typeface by Matthew Carter ?

Yale: no
Carter: yes

And Florian, you teased me with lowercase a - so here's something of it, as a hint:

Sammy Roman

Fenway roman? Probably not, now that I see that "a."

Now the link is repaired, it contained space:

repaired link.

Even more on Carter:

The g is quite popular. Nice typeface BTW. :^)