>>> Type ID Pop Quiz V2.5 - 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 × 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, Mr Bald Condensed or me 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.


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Here’s the new challenge: Have fun!

Is this could be the german etset in its italic style?

Hi André,
nope, it’s not an ß (eszett).

Hello Florian,
It's been some time since I did this.
Wild guess: Æ in some script?

So Prolix ?

Here's something I thought of:

Hoi Arjen,
An Æ? Yes!
Some script? Well, sort of.
No, it’s not So Prolix.

art deco inspired ?

Another wild guess. I'm a bit stuck within all these script. And probably it's just some kind of sans-serif/italic/swashed character… The line-endings are rounded in this one, so it's not correct, but still.

Charminette Light by Joe Van Der Bos ?

Mike, no, there is no Art Deco involved.
Arjen, yes, you are on the right track: it’s a swashy italic from a sans-serif type family.

It feels like OurType, but I have no clue. Sorry.

Oh man. I think I've got it. Too bad, I can't say. That's a very careful cropping, Florian.

Tell me thursday what it is. Too busy with other things right now.

Paul, and others: good luck.

It was allmost too easy.
Name me a group of typedesigners who's famous for their curly, swashy fonts!

Right, Underware!
And this one is Auto 3 light italic

Should I wait for your approval, Florian? Or can I allready start the next challenge?

This might be a tough one!

Arjen, you got it! Auto 3 Italic it is. Congratulations!
Paul, I would have zoomed out a bit today – but with such experts around, that was not necessary.

Any ideas?
Should I give some hints?

Seems to be a fraction, may be 8/9

Haha I was right.

Is that a %?

@sim: Yes, I didn't expect that to be found so quickly. 8/9

I'm off to Berlin. Will look (if possible) otherwise no response until Monday.

I'm back after a very nice weekend in Berlin.
Let's continue the quest on this secret symbol. (No hints in that).

I can’t imagine many fonts have precomposed 8/9 fractions. Perhaps it’s from something pre Opentype? Unless it’s an arbitrary fraction.

Dalton Maag sell fonts with 8/9 fractions, and their Viato Bold isn’t far off (but it can’t be something so obscure, can it?).

That looks about right, Frode.

It is not really obscure. It isn't pre-OpenType either, released in 2010. The weight I've used was for free.

Adelle Extra Bold!

Edit: No, it was released in 2009!

Or, it might be Aller!

Edit: Nope! 2008. Man, I have to check these dates before I get so excited.

John is right: Bold Limited to be precise.

Congrats and good luck with the next Question.

I’d say that’s rather obscure :) Congrats John!

Cool! Here’s the new cropped glyph.

No guesses, no questions? Should I give a hint?

Is it the A of Quadraat Sans?

It is an A, but it is not a typeface by Fred Smeijers.

The type designer is Canadian.

I'm not allowed to play this time, right?

That is correct, Arjen. Perhaps I should drop another hint: the family of typefaces (serif and sans-serif) was custom designed for a national publication.

I think it’s the A in Nick Shinn’s Globe and Mail News regular. It might also be some other intersection, M, W and N have similar shapes.

You are right, Frode. Globe and Mail News is the font and, as I confirmed earlier, it is an A. Nick Shinn's type design is one of the big reasons I enjoy my Globe and Mail subscription.

I just upped the level to über-expertise.

Probably the e letter.

No, it’s not an e.

When is the proper time to drop a hint? Oh, I can give you one right ahead. The font and it’s creator are both american, but not from the US.

Is it an A?


/fl/ ligature?