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Free TRIVIA ANSWERS for 2013

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 27 December 2013

Answers to last week's questions on Christmas:

1 Christmas was first celebrated in the third century at the earliest. December 25 was celebrated as the birth of the sun-god centuries earlier.

2 Christmas Day became a national holiday in America in 1870.

3 In 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' we have a partridge in a pear tree, two turtle doves and three French hens. Of what were the four? No, not calling birds. They were colly (black) birds.

4 Isaac Newton, Humphrey Bogart, Anwar el-Sadat and South African UDF leader Christmas F Tinto were born on 25 December.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 20 December 2013

Answers to last week's questions on TV history:

1 Analog TV ended in Australia this month.

2 Bruce Gyngell was the first person to appear on Australian TV. He became chief executive of three networks: 7, 9 and SBS.

3 Brian Henderson read the news on Channel 9 for 46 years, from January 1957, four months after the station opened (originally the weekend evening news before taking over weeknights), until his retirement at age 71 in November 2002.

4 In 1997 and 1998, Stan Zemanek's Beauty and the Beast was seen for an hour each weeknight on Foxtel. Who did he see as his main media competition in that timeslot? Himself, on 2UE 7pm to midnight.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 13 December 2013

Answers to last week's questions on South Africa:

1 While Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, he ran 11 kilometres each day in his cell.

2 Besides starting with QU and ending in U, the other letter of the name of the South African town where Nelson Mandela grew up and retired is 'N'. The town name is Qunu.

3 South Africa won no Olympic medals in the two decades from 1970 to 1990 as it was banned from competing because of its apartheid law.

4 South African president, Jacob Zuma, has four wives, several lady friends and 19 children.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 6 December 2013

Answers to last week's questions on crosswords:

1 A century ago, on December 21 1913, Arthur Wynne's work on the first ever word-cross was published. The invention was later renamed 'crossword'. (David Astle, Cluetopia)

2 The occupation of the subject of the portrait by Amanda Marburg, runner-up for the 2011 Archibald Prize, is crossword compiler. David Astle is a compiler for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

3 The answer to the cryptic crossword clue 'How the widowed cannibal felt about his nagging wife, the Roman soldier (9)' is gladiator.

4 What is a four-letter word for an Egyptian flower? This is typical of how cryptic crossword compilers give us a wrong steer. The Egyptian flower was part of a clue for 'Nile', which is a flower, ie something that flows.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 29 November 2013

Answers to last week's questions on words:

1 The Oxford Dictionary's 2013 word of the year is 'selfie'.

2 Abstemious and facetious (and abstemiously and facetiously) are the most common words with the five vowels in correct order, abstentious is another and there are some rarely used..

3 Words with all vowels in reverse order are pulmonifera, quodlibetal, subcontinental, unnoticeably and uncomplimentary.

4 The plural of most singular English language words is formed by adding an "s". Very few of these plural words can then be transformed into a singular word by adding another "s". What such words are there? Care, cares and caress; and prince, princes and princess are two.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 22 November 2013

Answers to last week's questions on Australian radio history:

1. Sydney radio call-signs: 2FC was owned by Farmer and Company; 2BL Broadcasters Limited; Giordano Bruno was the founder of the Theosophical Society, 2GB's original licensee; Electrical Utilities was a small business owned by 2UE's founder, but the initials were reversed to make pronunciation easier; the founder of 2KY came from Kentucky, or the original owner, the Labor Party, gave their stations call-signs starting with K, such as 3KZ Melbourne and 4KQ Brisbane; 2UW was the reversed initials of the Workers' Union; the original licensee of 2CH was the NSW Council of Churches and 2SM's original licensee was St Mark's Catholic church at Drummoyne.

2. Tom Crozier spent over 50 years in radio as announcer, newsreader, station manager and Radio Marketing Bureau chief. The first words he spoke on radio were '2KA testing'.

3. Newcastle's 2HD is Australia's second-oldest commercial radio station, having started a day after 2UE on 27 January1925. What did it broadcast in the years 1942, 1943 and 1944? Nothing, having lost its licence. The licensees, Jehovah's Witnesses, were suspected of having broadcast items at certain times as coded messages for the Japanese. Nothing was proven.

4. 3AK Melbourne only broadcast for three hours in the middle of the night all week and for three hours in the middle of the day at weekends in the 1930s because its broadcast licence was only valid for those hours. It was banned from broadcasting while other stations were on the air.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 15 November 2013

Answers to last week's questions on President Kennedy:

1 Lee Harvey Oswald lived for two days after shooting President Kennedy. He was then shot too.

2 After his attractive wife seemed to be getting more attention than he was, President Kennedy said 'I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris'?

3 After President Kennedy won the 1960 US election without winning the state of Ohio, no other presidents have done so.

4 President Kennedy is the only Catholic US president.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 8 November 2013

Answers to last week's questions on toilets:

1 The UN General Assembly has designated November 19 World Toilet Day, because 6 billion of the world's 7 billion population have access to mobile phones, but only 4.5 billion have toilets.

2 Falling from a great height causes droppings to be spread over a wide area, so small droppings scattered over several metres are from a giraffe.

3 The answer to the cryptic crossword clue 'Decisive defeat in the flush toilet?' is Waterloo.

4 An Eskimo house without a toilet is an ig.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 1 November 2013

Answers to last week's questions on horse racing:

1 What sport has connections? Horse racing. It is difficult to listen to a day's race commentaries without hearing the word several times.

2 Only one of the first 10 horses home in the 2011 Melbourne Cup was Australian-born. It came eighth.

3 After No Bombs won the $A10,000 race at Worcester in 1979 by eight lengths he was tested for dope and a sample proved positive. The prize money was forfeited. No Bombs had eaten a Mars Bar The sample showed a positive reading for caffeine from the stable lad's bar. (Book of Sports Lists)

4 Teletrak announced in August 1999 that it would spend $80 million building three race tracks in South Australia. The tracks didn't cater for any spectators as the races were to be shown live on the internet for internet gambling.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 25 October 2013

Answers to last week's questions on the Sydney Opera House:

1 The only building to achieve UNESCO world heritage status while its architect was still alive is the Sydney Opera House.

2 Building the Sydney Opera House cost 14 times more than anticipated ($102 million compared with $7.2 million).

3 The money for building the Sydney Opera House was raised by lotteries.

4 In June 2010 a music performance took place at the Sydney Opera House for the only group that would appreciate it, namely dogs. It was an experimental performance of music in high frequencies that only dogs could hear.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 18 October 2013

Answers to last week's questions on pencils:

1 When did you last use a pencil? If you're in Australia, probably on 7 September at a polling booth. If outside Australia, probably a lot longer.

2 There is no lead in a lead pencil.

3 A ferrule is used to describe the piece of metal that holds a rubber eraser on a pencil.

4 Graphite was first wrapped in wood in the 1500s to form a pencil.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 11 October 2013

Answers to last week's questions on sporting comebacks:

1 Sailing's greatest comeback: In the 2013 America's Cup last month, with the winner to be the first to take nine races, New Zealand led 8-1. America then won the next 8 for a 9-8 victory.

2 American Chanda Rubin achieved the ultimate tennis recovery. She won after being down a set, 0-5 and 0-40 against Jana Novotna in the 1995 French Open.

3 Golf's biggest recovery or choke: In the 1996 Masters decider, Nick Faldo trailed playing partner Greg Norman by six strokes entering the final round and beat him by five strokes, firing a 67 while Norman had a 78.

4 Ian Thorpe could claim the biggest swimming comeback: In the Australian championships and Olympic trials in March 2004, Thorpe overbalanced while on the blocks for the 400m freestyle and was disqualified, meaning he wouldn't be allowed to compete in that event at the Athens Olympics. Thanks to qualifier Craig Stevens withdrawing from the event to allow him back in, Thorpe went from disqualification to gold medallist.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 4 October 2013

Answers to last week's questions on Kenya:

1 The first five letters of the surname of Kenya's president are the same as the name of his country. He is Uhuru Kenyatta.

2 It was a special achievement when Mr Humphrey Ochuo Makasembo trounced his four rivals in the December 1997 Kenyan elections because he died three weeks before the polls opened.

3 Polygamy is not a crime in Kenya.

4 All of the first 10 in the October 2005 Chicago Marathon were from Kenya.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 27 September 2013

Answers to last week's questions on Papua New Guinea:

1 Papua New Guinea is the only country that claims rugby league as its national sport.

2 There are 830 languages spoken in Papua New Guinea.

3 Besides Papua New Guinea, the other two countries with Guinea in their name are Equatorial Guinea and Guinea.

4 The official 'knock-off' time for the Papua New Guinea civil service is 4.06pm

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 20 September 2013

Answers to last week's questions on marathon running:

1 Tom Denniss returned to the Sydney Opera House on 13 September 2013 after going for a run. He'd been away 20 months.

2 He ran a marathon every day.

3 He's the fastest person to have run around the world.

4 The favourite food of marathon runners is pasta.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 13 September 2013

Answers to last week's questions on Nauru:

1 Nauru is the world's smallest republic.

2 Nauru is 6km wide at its maximum point and has a total area of 21 square km.

3 Until 2000, Nauru derived its enormous wealth from bird droppings (phosphate or guano, highly prized as fertilizer).

4 A resident of Nauru is a Nauruan, which reads the same backwards.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 6 September 2013

Answers to last week's questions on the 2013 Australian federal election:

1 The first method the prime minister used for announcing the September 7 election date was Twitter.

2 Coke in the Bubblers is the name of a political party hoping for success in the 2013 election.

3 The NSW ballot paper for the Senate is more than a metre wide.

4 Magnifying sheets are available for elderly people to read it.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 30 August 2013

Answers to last week's questions on the 2013 Australian federal election.

1 Not all of the candidates for the Senate at the federal election live in Australia. One lives in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

2 Prime minister Kevin Rudd and his former treasurer, Wayne Swan, went to the same school, Nambour High. In different years they were dux and school captain
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3 Opposition leader (now Prime Minister) Tony Abbott was awarded a blue at Oxford University for boxing.

4 Former Queensland premier Peter Beattie is contesting the seat of Forde, named after former prime minister Frank Forde. Forde was the shortest-serving prime minister in Australian history, being in office for eight days.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 23 August 2013

Answers to last week's questions on Australia v England cricket:

1 Playing for England against Australia in 1956, Jim Laker took 19 of the 20 wickets.

2 The first test match between England and Australia was played in 1877 in Melbourne and won by Australia by 45 runs. Australia beat England by the same margin, 45 runs, in the centenary test match played in Melbourne in 1977.

3 While typing a letter, English cricketer Derek Pringle put out his back, causing him to withdraw on the morning of a test,

4 Excluding drawn matches. Australia has now lost its last eight test matches.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 16 August 2013

Answers to last week's questions on Egypt:

1 No papyrus grows in Egypt now, except for a small specimen outside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

2 President Nasser was not worried about the outcome of the compulsory voting at Egypt's first election in 1956 because he was the only candidate.

3 An Egyptian MP said in June 1996 that chewing gum was partly to blame for 15 sexual attacks in a Nile Delta university. (Sydney Morning Herald)

4 The Nile River flows through 10 countries: Burundi (its source), Rwanda, Ethiopia (branch river, the Blue Nile), Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Tanzania and (surprise) Egypt.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 9 August 2013

Answers to last week's questions on numbers:

1 At one second past two minutes after 3 o'clock on 5 August, we had the unique event where each term was the sum of the two before it – the 1st second of the 2nd minute of the 3rd hour of the 5th day of the 8th month of the 13th year of the 21st century. (Sydney Morning Herald 30 July 2013)

2 What caused the population of Rabbit Flat, Northern Territory, to double and its average age halve at the same time? Bruce and Jacquie Farrand, the only residents, had twins. (Guinness World Records)

3 In the 1960s, Sydney radio station 2SM had a weekly program called 'Thirty Top Tunes'. Listeners were invited to predict the next week's 30 tunes in correct order to win the highest prize in Australian radio. Ignoring the fact that more than 30 tunes were contenders for the list, and taking just half the 30, how long would it take to list all possible arrangements of 15 names, assuming you could write one list of the 15 each minute? 2 487 996 years. Strangely, the prize was never won.

4 Why are 1999 American 10-dollar notes worth more than 1998 American 10-dollar notes? 1999 American 10-dollar notes are worth $19 990, while 1998 American 10-dollar notes are worth only $19 980.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 2 August 2013

Answers to last week's questions on British Royalty:

1 The London newspaper The Sun changed its name to The Son for 22 July to honour the royal baby's birth.

2 The Countess Charlotte of Hohenau has dropped one place and now occupies 1,385th place in the list of royal succession to the British throne.

3 The Prince of Cambridge was made a member of the Geelong AFL Club before he was a week old.

4 King George VI was a chain smoker.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 26 July 2013

Answers to last week's questions on murder:

1 Senior Constable David Rixon arrested Michael Jacobs for murdering him. Constable Rixon handcuffed Jacobs before collapsing and dying from the bullets that Jacobs fired at him.

2 How did the two husbands and two sons of Judy Moran react when she was found guilty of murdering the brother of her second husband on 9 March 2011? They couldn't react. Son Mark was murdered in 2000, son Jason in 2003, first husband Lewis in 2004 and second husband Des in 2009. (Sydney Morning Herald 10-3-11)

3 Ivan Milat's murders took place in the Belanglo State Forest in the 1990s. His great-nephew Matthew Milat murdered 17-year-old David Auchterlonie in 2010 in Belanglo State Forest.

4 On 24 July 2012, 19-year-old Corey Loveridge was ordered to stand trial for the murder of a 17-year-old boy in 2010. On the following day, his cousin had his bail refused for murdering an 18-year-old in July 2012.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 19 July 2013

Answers to last week's questions on Australia v England cricket:

1 In this month's First Test, Ashton Agar was in the highest last-wicket partnership ever by any nation in the history of Test cricket, and he scored the highest-ever innings by a number 11 batsman.

2 What was special about the English partnership of Trott and Root in the First Test? Their surnames involved only three different letters. (Sydney Morning Herald)

3 How many of England's first three batsmen scored centuries in the second innings of the first test against Australia in 2010? All three, of course, or the question wouldn't have been asked, Strauss scored110, Cook was 235 not out and Trott 135 not out.

4 Channel 9's coverage of cricket began in 1977. Richie Benaud and Bill Lawry were commentators for all of the next 35 years.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 12 July 2013

Answers to last week's questions on the Tour de France:

1 The 2012 Tour de France started in Belgium.

2 The 2013 Tour de France started on an island, the French island Corsica.

3 All of of Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France wins were consecutive, from 1999 to 2005.

4 Lance Armstrong is rated the greatest ever cheat in sport.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 5 July 2013

1 Nelson Mandela played the organ in Westminster Cathedral, London, on 2 June 1999.

2 The only street in the world to have housed two Nobel Peace Prize winners is in South Africa. Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both owned houses in Vilakazi Street, Orlando West. (Sydney Morning Herald)

3 www.46664.com is a site supporting Nelson Mandela's projects and is his prison number.

4 Nelson Mandela married Graca Machel on his 80th birthday.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 28 June 2013

Answers to last week's question on Wimbledon tennis:

1 Yaroslava Shvedova didn't lose a point in the first set of her 2012 Wimbledon 3rd round match.– the first 'golden set' in Grand Slam history.She won the match 6-0, 6-4. The only known previous golden set in a major (although not Grand Slam) event was in Bill Scanlon's 6-2 6-0 in 1985.

2 Why did Serena Williams say the following about her coming 4th round match? 'Hopefully I'll be able to win a point in the first set. That will be my first goal, and then I'll go on from there.' She was to play Shvedova in the next round.

3 Who was the previous record-holder in going closest to Yaroslava Shvedova's achievement? Shvedova again. She won the first 23 points of her match against Amy Frazier in 2006.

4 Shvedova lost the match 1-6, 6-0, 6-0, so after winning the first 23 points and first five games, she lost the next 13 of the next 14 games.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 21 June 2013

Answers to last week's questions on sport:

1 Jordan O'Hearn was crowned Australian junior marbles champion this month. (Sydney Morning Herald)

2 He is aged seven.

3 The marbles world championship has been staged at Tinsley Green, Surrey, England, since 1932 and in various forms for 300 years.

4 The sport of marbles uses 'cat's eyes' and 'glassies' and has been played since the time of the Pharaohs.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 14 June 2013

Answers to last week's questions on Ford cars:

1 Lawyer Horace Rockham warned Henry Ford to stay away from the car industry with the words 'The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty, a fad'.

2 Model T Ford cars were black.

3 The model of Ford following the original Model T was Model A.

4 The best-selling car after the Model T Ford was the Volkswagen Bug.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 7 June 2013

Answers to last week's questions on the French Open tennis:

1 The centre where the French championships are played was named after World War I pilot, not tennis star, Roland Garros.

2 From 1898 to 1926 (except for the war years) all of the 24 winners and 24 runners-up in the French men's singles were French.

3 From 1897 to 1926 (except for the war years) all of the 25 winners and 25 runners-up in the French women's singles were French.

4 In her first-round match in the 2012 French Open, Ashleigh Barty served 13 consecutive faults in her practice serves. It has to be a record, even though it's not a normal statistic. (Sydney Morning Herald)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 31 May 2013

Answers to last week's questions on Mt Everest:

1. What is the world's highest mountain? (a) Mt Chimborazo in Ecuador (b) Mt Everest in Nepal (c) Mt Mauno Koa in Hawaii (d) all of the above (e) none of the above
Any except (e) is correct. It depends on definition. Mt Chimborazo doesn't make the list of the 30 highest mountains in the world, yet it is when measured from the earth's centre as the mountain is near the equator, where the earth bulges. It also pokes furthest out into space. Everest's summit is the furthest from sea level. Mt Mauno Koa is the highest from base to summit, as it rises from a submarine base that is 4,000m below sea level.

2. You know what Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norkay did. Why don't you know what Ernst Schmied and Jürg Marmet did? It's because we only remember winners. Ernst Schmied and Jürg Marmet were the second pair (third and fourth people) to reach the summit of Mt Everest.

3. Nepalese Mona Mulepati and Pem Dorje Sherpa were the first couple to marry on the summit of Mt Everest.

4. Most Mt Everest sherpas have only one name, ie no first and surname.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 24 May 2013

Answers to last week's questions on crosswords:

1 The Sydney Morning Herald last week published its 20,000th cryptic crossword.

2 From the Herald's first cryptic crossword: You may expect to find Arabs here (5). The solution is Basra.

3 The answer to this one appears backwards in the clue itself: In part USA makes progressing East-West relations work (4,5) It's Kama Sutra.

4 Substituting Roman numerals in the clue 5 + 0 + I + 500 = 0 (4) gives the answer 'void'.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 17 May 2013

Answers to last week's questions on Malaysia:

1 Malaysia's ruling coalition, returned after this month's election, has been in power for 56 years.

2 Malaysia's top traditional sport is top spinning.

3 Malaysians can keep the top spinning for two hours.

4 Millions of bats emerging from caves at dusk and flying in thick formation in search of food determined that the last flights to Mulu airport, Malaysia, must arrive by 4pm.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 10 May 2013

Answers to last week's questions on the Blue Mountains:

1. Explorers Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth began the first crossing of the Blue Mountains on 11 May 1813.

2. Until 1998, how many of the famous Three Sisters rock formations were under the control of the Blue Mountains Council? One and a half. The invisible boundary went through the middle. The National Parks and Wildlife Service was responsible for maintaining the other one and a half.

3. The name of the bridge over the Great Western Highway at Katoomba is the Aunty Dawn Colless Bridge.

4. The name of the bridge over the Great Western Highway at Leura is the Aunty Joan Cooper AOM Bridge.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 3 May 2013

Answers to last week's questions on horse racing:

1 Black Caviar won all of her 25 races.

2 The name of the British racehorse Popoooooooo born in 1773 was pronounced 'Potatoes' (pot eight Os)

3 Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia horse racing is anti-clockwise, New South Wales and Queensland are clockwise.

4 Bookmakers offered 66-1 against the jockey Duc of Alburquerque in the Grand National. The 66-1 was against his finishing the race on horseback. (Book of Heroic Failures)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 26 April 2013

Answers to last week's questions on US Masters Golf:

1 Adam Scott is the first Australian to win the US Masters Golf in its 80-year history.

2 Does Adam Scott reside on the Gold Coast, in Bermuda or in Switzerland? Yes.

3 Until 2012, the Augusta National Golf Club, home of the US Masters, refused membership to women.

4 In the 1996 US Masters, Greg Norman's opening round was a course record 63. In the last round he had a six-shot lead but lost by five, thus earning him top place in The Observer's list of the 10 worst chokers in the history of sport.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 19 April 2013

Answers to last week's questions on Margaret Thatcher:

1 Margaret Thatcher said: 'The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money'.

2 None of the 69 British prime ministers before Margaret Thatcher was female.

3 Margaret Thatcher was called 'the iron lady'.

4 The solution for the cryptic crossword clue 'Italian hunter will soundly net Margaret Thatcher, for instance' is 'cacciatore' (catch a Tory).

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 12 April 2013

Answers to last week's questions on North Korea:

1 You can enter North Korea without a visa. In South Korea you take a tour to Panmunjom, and enter the Demilitarised Zone. The room where talks take place straddles the border. Walk around the talks table and in doing so, you are in North Korea.

2 Journalists regularly use the term 'rogue state' or 'rogue nation' when referring to North Korea.

3 The current president of North Korea is dead, but in 1998 he was made permanent president, to continue after his death.

4 North and South Korea have technically remained in a state of war since the termination of the Korean War.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 5 April 2013

Answers to last week's questions on Australian politics:

1. The federal minister whose first name is an anagram of his surname is Gary Gray.

2. The federal department with the longest name is the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

3. In 1998, what was the occupation of Dominic Fischer, son of 52-year-old deputy prime minister, Tim Fischer? At 18 months old, he spent most of his time playing with his rattles and other toys.

4. The first name of former federal opposition leader Kim Beazley is Kim.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 29 March 2013

Answers to last week's questions on Rome:

1. Rome was the first city to reach a population of 1 million, in 133 BC.

2. The Turkish bath originated in Rome.

3. Rome escaped bombing in World War II, apparently because an accidental bomb on the Vatican would be a public relations disaster for the Allies.

4. Approximately 10,000 people are granted an audience with the Pope at each Wednesday meeting when he is in Rome.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 22 March 2013

Answers to last week's questions on test cricket:

1. Four of the Australian team were sacked from the third test against India which began on 14 March for not doing their homework. They failed to deliver by email or in person a statement of team tactics within five days of the request.

2. Ex-Pakistan captain Wasim Akram is the only bowler to achieve consecutive hat tricks in test cricket.

3. The player with the highest batting average in test cricket history is not Don Bradman. The West Indian Andy Ganteaume made 112 in his only test innings. (Sydney Morning Herald)

4. The wife of Victoria's Roy Park missed the whole of his career as a test cricket batsman because she dropped a ball of wool. He was bowled first ball and never played international cricket again. His wife missed the ball because she was picking up the wool while doing her knitting in the VIP enclosure. (Sydney Morning Herald)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 15 March 2013

Answers to last week's questions on Venezuela:

1. At the end of the announcement of the death of President Hugo Chavez this month, government officials shouted 'Long live Chavez'.

2. Hearing the country name 'Venezuela' should make you think of a hunting boat on an Italian canal because it sounds like 'Venice whaler'. (David Astle, Sydney Morning Herald)

3. Venezuela's flag has eight stars.

4. Manuel da Silva Oliveira has 610 ice-cream flavours in his shop in Merida, Venezuela.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 8 March 2013

Answers to last week's questions on Vatican State:

1. The only two countries/states besides Vatican State that are surrounded by another country are Lesotho (by South Africa) and San Marino (by Italy).

2. The only state that is smaller than the Vatican is the Knights of Malta.

3. Vatican (Catholic), Saudi Arabia (Islam) and Pitcairn Island (Seventh-day Adventist) are all said to have 100 per cent of their resident population belonging to the same religion.

4. Saudi Arabia responds to criticism by the Vatican of Saudi Arabia's refusal to allow Catholic churches to be built in their country by saying that the Vatican would not allow mosques to be built on their land.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 1 March 2013

Answers to last week's questions on The Sydney Morning Herald:

1 The Sydney Morning Herald is Australia's oldest surviving newspaper. The second oldest is the Maitland Mercury.

2 In November 2012, the Herald dropped the use of 'yesterday', the previously very popular word, along with 'today', 'tonight' and 'tomorrow'. So a Friday edition would report an event happening the previous day as 'on Thursday' and a 'tonight' event as 'on Friday night'.

3 After two men were shot dead by Sydney police within a week in March, 2012, The Sydney Morning Herald reported the second incident with 'a police critical incident investigation was under way last night after a man was killed by an officer for the second time in a week.' Comments on its web site were 'Was his name Jesus?' and 'Hope he's third time lucky.'

4 Lindsey Browne was a crossword compiler for the Herald for 68 years.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 22 February 2013

1. What did Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger have in common? They are the same person.

2. It's nearly 600 years since another pope retired, in 1415.

3. Pope Benedict XVI belonged to the Hitler Youth.

4. Pope Benedict XVI's full title is His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop of Rome. Vicar of Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman province, Sovereign of the State of the Vatican City, Servant of the Servants of God.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 15 February 2013

Answers to last week's questions on drugs in sport:

1. Last week's Crime Commission report said it had found major taking of drugs by Australian sporting teams. The Essendon Football Club had chosen 'Whatever it takes' as its slogan for 2013.

2. What does the US firm Clear Test provide for those sports people and others worried about drug testing? Urine. Just add water (Sun-Herald 26 November 2000)

3. China, suspected of drugs use by its team, won 13 of the 16 gold medals on offer for swimming at the 1994 world championships.

4. What did Charlie Chaplin, Vanilla Ice, Eartha Kitt, Eminet, Bill Clinton, Naomi Campbell and Lance Armstrong have in common? They never knew their fathers.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 8 February 2013

Answers to last week's questions on Mali:

1. The country name Mali is an anagram of Peru's capital city, Lima.

2. Timbuktu is a real place, in Mali.

3. 'From here to Timbuktu' is an expression for 'a long distance'.

4. The village chief who lives in a cliff cave in Mali's Dogon Desert descends to the desert only one day a year.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 1 February 2013

Answers to last week's questions on Australian Open tennis 2013:

1. Maria Sharapova won her first 28 games in the 2013 championship.

2. She won 12 consecutive games in three of her matches. The first two were both 6-0, 6-0. In her fourth round, she lost the first game but then won 6-1, 6-0.

3. Why was Tomic's match on the first Saturday of the 2013 event played on Court 8 instead of the main arena? Sara was playing in a junior singles match, which is never played on a main court. Her brother, Bernard, played on the main arena though.

4. Australian Open champion twins Bob and Mike Bryan play almost identically, except that they are mirror tennis twins. Bob plays left-handed and Mike right-handed

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 25 January 2013

Answers to last week's questions on the Australian Open tennis:

1. The Seven Network had 16 commentators for its coverage of the 2012 Australian Open. It was 'hosted by Matt White and Hamish McLachlan, with main commentary from Bruce McAvaney, Jim Courier, John Newcombe and Sam Smith and other commentary from Henri Leconte, Todd Woodbridge, Nicole Bradke, Alan Stone, Rennae Stubbs, Sandy Roberts, John Fitzgerald, Geoff Masters, Kerryn Pratt and Roger Rasheed. (Canberra Times)

2. A player on one of the main courts at the 2012 Australian Open would have been able to spot more than 40 signs bearing the name Kia.

3. What was odd about the 2012 Australian Open web site reports of 'six-foot-10' Ivo Karlovic and 'six-foot-nine' John Isner? Australia adopted the metric system for measurement more than 35 years earlier, yet heights of tall people are still commonly given under the old system.

4. Not all of the nine Australians playing on the first day of the 2013 Australian Open won through to the second round. Fortunately one did.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 18 January 2013

Answers to last week's questions on 2013:

1. The four numbers in 2013 are all different. It's a quarter of a century since that last happened, in 1987 (Sydney Morning Herald)

2. 2013 is a mix of four consecutive numbers. That last happened in 1432. (Sydney Morning Herald)

3. It will next happen in 2031. (Sydney Morning Herald)

4. All months have 28 days.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 11 January 2013

Answers to last week's questions on Nonsense:

1. What did Attila the Hun and Catherine the Great have in common? The same middle name.

2. Why don't you need a parachute to skydive? You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

3. What is the main reason for divorce? Marriage.

4. What can you never eat for breakfast? Lunch or dinner.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 4 January 2013

Answers to last week's questions on light globes:

1. How many politicians does it take to change a light globe?
Two. One to change it and another to change it back again.

2, How many Labor Party politicians does it take to change a light globe?
None. They don't have a policy on that.

3. How many movie actresses does it take to change a light globe?
One, but you should have seen the line outside the producer's hotel room.

4. How many preachers does it take to change a light globe?
Light globes won't change, so preachers stick to changing humans.


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