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>>> Type ID Pop Quiz V2.4 - 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.


Congrats to you now, Sindre! Glorious. :)

Thanks, Nina, but we'd better wait for authorised judgement this time. Technically, you won, since your solution was the first to match the provided sample.

... waiting impatiently for the verdict ...

Sorry, I forgot I was running this thing!

Yes, you are correct. Your turn, Sindre :-)

- Lex


I have absolutely no idea if this is ridiculously easy or insanely hard.

Good luck, everyone.

Thought I had it here but the angles aren't quite right.

Is it a bowl and stick glyph?

Nice try, Craig.

Er, I'm afraid that's unfamiliar terminology to me, Ben, but I deduce you're asking whether this is one of these glyphs: bpdqþ. And my answer is: No hints yet.

FF Pitu

FF Pitu

Nice try, but no.

free font?

Only in my dreams. Well, in fact, it's actually rather inexpensive.

so not an american foundry then?

This is not Twenty Questions.

OK then, the typeface in question is not from an American foundry.

And yes, it is a stick and bowl glyph.

I'll make it easier: The author of this typeface has two letters with diacritics in his name.

It's not the q from František Štorm's Serapion, is it?

Actually, it is. We have a winner! Congratulations.

Gee, I dig that typeface. Baroque 'n' roll!

arrrrgggg—oh—I mean congratulations. :-)

Okay, here goes:

Good luck!

Could be a French ampersand.

But it's not! :-)

Maybe an 'R' or a 'K'?

- Lex

Nope. It's a lowercase letter.

free or pay?

Sorry, totally "spaced out" and forgot to give any clues! Hmm...

It's not a free font.

Same glyph and scale.

Could it be a ‘g’?

Not a 'g'

Probably a connected typeface, may be the x.

Now we're getting somewhere, but not an x.

Designer taught me much of what I know about designing type.

But I've never met him.

Time for another subtle hint, perhaps? (Yes, I know the rules forbid my participation in this round.)

Yeah, like: Is the designer, by any chance, a regular contributor to Typophile?

Not a contributor to Typophile I don't think. I learned from his books.

:-| This is a hard one.

Maybe another view will propel one of you towards the right answer.

Same glyph and scale.

I'd say that's a caps J

No, it's lowercase!

I think it's the ‘w’ in Rocket by Leslie Cabarga, who is well known for his many books.

Nicely done. It's actually the 'v', but I'm going to say that's close enough! Your turn, Marcelo.

Thanks, Craig. Here's the new one:

At first look, I guess it's the interrogation point from a sans serif typeface.

No, it's not an interrogation point. Sans serif? well... er... hmmm... it's in my "Idon'tknowhowtocatalogtheseones" folder in my font manager.

What about the number 2 or the german Eszett? If it's not a sans serif, could it be a “hybrid” one? ;^)

An outline three?

hmmm... yes, André , hybrid could be a keyword for this one, also decorative and display :^)

Craig, it is a three! not outlined though.

Do I smell the ‘Hague style’? ;-p

Does this have anything to do with the mathematical typographer Luc Devroye.
I have him on my friends list in Google Talk.


Ha ha ha! yes, Florian, yes... he was born in Netherlands but lives in the U.S. ;^)

Nothing to do with Luc Devroye.