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Inside Beano – Issue 4103: What is Blaster Ball?

The Beanotown gang get creative when a plan to play basketball fails on a massive scale!

Beano Team
Last Updated:  July 11th 2022

1. Life’s but a game! 

Dennis and JJ are trying to play basketball, but it’s not going well. But the combination of Dennis, a tennis ball blaster and JJ’s competitive skills starts a brand new game. So begins, Beanotown’s ultimate game: Blaster Ball!  

How fast should the Blaster Ball be?


  • 5 miles an hour 0.2 %
  • 20 miles an hour 0.2 %
  • Over 100 miles an hour, like a profession tennis player's serve 0.4 %
  • Faster than the speed of light 0.3 %

2. Half a superhero is better than none!

The Nerks have taken over Beanotown – what will Bananaman do to stop them? He only has half a banana though! He’ll only be half Bananaman then! Fingers crossed it the superhero half, and not the banana-brained part!  

What snack would you offer an alien to welcome them to Earth?


  • Crisps 0.3 %
  • Half a chocolate bar 0.2 %
  • A sausage roll 0.2 %
  • I'd go what they call 'full buffet' 0.3 %

3. Snap! 

Heena is getting pranked by Harsha – so it’s business as usual in the Chandra household. But the real prank is the mind game!

What would do as a revenge prank?


  • Cover a kitchen sponge with chocolate spread 0.1 %
  • Make a very salty glass of squash 0.3 %
  • Cling film over the toilet 0.4 %
  • I'd get them to try and order a glass hammer from the DIY shop 0.2 %

4. Reduce, reuse, recycle!

Miss Mistry is teaching the class a lesson about recycling. Minnie is ready to reuse some of her minxing ways – and she’s sure Miss Mistry will not appreciate it! 

What's the furthest you've thrown a paper aeroplane?


  • A few centimetres, which is a bit embarrassing 0.1 %
  • Right across the living room 0.4 %
  • 1 mile 0.1 %
  • I threw one and it never landed – it's still up there, actually 0.4 %

5. Asking for a friend!

Teacher’s been asked to do an assembly all about friendship – but if he can’t get his class to work together on a normal day, however will he manage this? But there is one thing the Bash Street Kids know about, and that’s friendship.  

What's the greatest thing about your best friend?


  • They can burp really loudly 0.2 %
  • They're good at sharing 0.2 %
  • They tell the best jokes 0.3 %
  • They're good at football 0.3 %

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