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Free TRIVIA ANSWERS for 2014

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 26 December 2014

Answers to last week's questions on hostages:

1 A gunman held hostages in Sydney's Martin Place on 15 and 16 December 2014. What was the first name of the man? Man

2 The gunman was out on bail for sexual assault and accessory to murder at the time of the hostage drama.

3 ABC, Seven and Nine TV networks covered the siege the whole time; Ten did for over 12 hours but abandoned their coverage just two hours before the dramatic end.

4 In March 2010, Somali pirates were holding 50 ships and 800 hostages.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 19 December 2014

Answers to last week's questions on Christmas anagrams:

1 (A term for Christmas period) Oh! One does allow gifts (3,6,2,8) = The season of goodwill

2 (Christmas carol) No hotel to befit them well (1,6,4,2,9) = O Little Town of Bethlehem

3 (First 12 words of another Christmas carol) O hark the herald angels sing the boy's descent which lifted up the world (5,9,7,5,6,2,5,3,6,2,3,6) = While shepherds watched their flocks by night all seated on the ground

4 (Seasonal shopping discounts) Fresh scams…at retail (5-9,4) = After-Christmas sale

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 12 December 2014

Answers to last week's questions on weather:

1 Sydney forecasts often use opposite pairs of words to mean the same thing as in 'partly cloudy' or 'mostly sunny'.

2 What is the difference between mist and fog? If visibility is less than one kilometre, it's a fog.

3 What two identical letters inserted in h - - r make the word for an eastern English or Scottish mist? The missing letters are aa, giving haar.

4 The unofficial symbol of windy Wellington, the New Zealand capital, is an umbrella turned inside out.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 5 December 2014

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 28 November 2014

Answers to last week's questions on personal names:

1 Spain's Duchess of Alba, who died last week, was unusual for all of the following reasons: (a) her full name was Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva (b) she married Jesus (Jesus Aguirre y Ortiz de Zarate) in 1978 (c) she had more titles than any noble in the world, being a duchess seven times, a countess 22 and a marquesa 24 (d)) she had the right to ride on horseback into Seville cathedral (d) all her six children are divorced (e) she gave each of her children a palace.

2 Prince, Paris and Blanket are the children of Michael Jackson.

3 Galileo's first name was Galileo. His surname was Galilei.

4 The first name of Nigeria's President Jonathan is Goodluck.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 21 November 2014

Answers to last week's questions on retiring Westpac CEO, Gail Kelly:

1 When Gail Kelly was head of St George Bank in 2001, no other chief executives of Australia's top 100 companies were women. (Sydney Morning Herald)

2 Two women besides Gail Kelly are running ASX top 50 companies: Kerrie Mather at Sydney Airport Corporation and Alison Watkins at Coca-Cola Amatil.

3 In Forbes magazine's 2010 list of the world's most powerful women, Gail Kelly ranked 8th. The order was 1 US First Lady Michelle Obama; 2 Kraft Foods chief executive Irene Rosenfeld; 3 talkshow host Oprah Winfrey; 4 German Chancellor Angela Merkel; 5 US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton; 6 PepsiCo chief executive Indra Nooyi; 7 singer Lady Gaga; 8 Gail Kelly; 9 singer Beyonce; 10 talk show host Ellen DeGeneres (Sydney Morning Herald 9 January 2011)

4 Gail Kelly was born on 25 April (Anzac Day) and her triplets on 11 November (Remembrance Day) (Sydney Morning Herald)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 14 November 2014

Answers to last week's questions on Australian politicians' quotes:

1 Agnostic prime minister Gough Whitlam made this quote about the Queensland premier: " Mr Bjelke-Peterson is an ostentatiously religious man who has taken a vow of poverty for Queensland."

2 Gough Whitlam replied to a question about what he'd do if he ended up facing God with: 'I shall treat him as an equal.'

3 John Watkins replied to a reporter's question about challenging for the position of NSW premier by saying 'I will remain as deputy premier even if Mr Iemma is hit by a bus, and that won't happen while I'm Minister for Transport'.

4 Environment Minister Peter Garrett described the crumbling Antarctic ice shelf as something 'we can see visually with our own eyes'.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 7 November 2014

Answers to last week's questions on the Nobel Peace Prize:

1 Malala Yousafzai, who last month became the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is 17.

2 Chinese political reformist Liu Xiaobo was in jail in north-eastern China, serving the first year of his 11 years sentence for his role in calling for democracy in China, when his award of the Nobel Peace Prize was announced on 8 October 2010.

3 Why was the winner of the 1992 Nobel peace prize not presented with her award in Oslo until 2012? The winner. Burma's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, had been under house arrest for 15 of the previous years and was on her first trip to Europe since the house arrest ended.

4 The Nobel Peace Prize was named after the discoverer of dynamite, Alfred Nobel.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 31 October 2014

Answers to last week's questions on former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam:

1 Gough Whitlam was 98 when he died on 21 October.

2 The governor-general's sacking of Gough Whitlam as prime minister made the Sunday Telegraph's list of the top 10 Australian news stories of the 20th century.

3 After his sacking, Gough Whitlam said "Well may we say 'God save the Queen', because nothing will save the governor-general".

4 Gough Whitlam's second given name was Gough. His full name was Edward Gough Whitlam.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 24 October 2014

Answers to last week's questions on final school exams:

1 No marks separated the top and bottom students who sat for the Malay language exam in the 2012 NSW Higher School Certificate exam. The first and bottom students were the same boy, as he was the only one sitting the exam. (Sydney Morning Herald)

2 Why had the top student in both the 2005 and 2006 NSW Higher School Certificate Beginners Korean exams been confident of getting that distinction? Each year's exam had only one candidate. (Sydney Morning Herald)

3 Which of G K Chesterton, Sir Winston Churchill, Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, George Washington and Sir Isaac Newton excelled in school? None of them. Chesterton was bottom of his classes until 15, Churchill was the worst student at Harrow, Darwin did poorly at school and failed a medical course, Edison's headmaster (Edison only had three months of formal schooling) said that he 'would never make a success of anything', Einsten spoke haltingly until aged nine, Washington left school at age 10 and Newton was in the lowest form of his school. (The Book of Lists)

4 None of Liberia's 25,000 candidates who took the 2013 university entrance exam passed. A student needed at least 70 per cent to qualify; none scored more than 50 per cent. (Sydney Morning Herald)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 17 October 2014

Answers to last week's questions on Turkey:

1 "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" was called "Who Wants 500 Billion?" in Turkey because one Australian dollar was worth a million lira in Turkey. (Telegraph)

2 Turkey's Republic Day, celebrating the republic's proclamation on 29 October 1923, lasts 35 hours, beginning at 1pm on 28 October. (David Astle, Cluetopia)

3 The only person allowed by law to smoke on Turkey's buses is the driver.

4 Southern Cyprus isn't friendly with Turkey, so in Cyprus, Turkish Delight is called Cyprus Delight.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 10 October 2014

Answers to last week's questions on former US president Jimmy Carter:

1 Jimmy Carter turned 90 on October 1.

2 Jimmy Carter's occupation after his military service was peanut farmer.

3 His part-time occupation during his presidency was Sunday School teacher. (Radio National's Religion and Ethics)

4 He prayed up to 25 times in a day. (Religion and Ethics)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 3 October 2014

Answers to last week's questions on Russia:

1 Elizabeth I of Russia owned 15,000 dresses

2 President Putin is divorced.

3 Vladimir Putin began his career in the KGB, the Secret Police (BBC Country Profile)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 26 September 2014

Answers to last week's questions on rugby league:

1 What did the Parramatta Eels lose on 13 July 2012 for the first time since joining the NRL in 1947? A Friday 13th match.

2 In 2009, the NRL player selected to be 'the face of rugby league' to launch the season was arrested days after the launch, charged with sexual assault for which he was acquitted; in 2011 the star player was charged with assault, also a few days after the launch, and was acquitted; in 2013 the selected player was suspended two days before the launch for problems with gambling and alcohol. (Sydney Morning Herald)

3 Four members of the 2013 South Sydney first grade team were all born in England, had the same surname – Burgess and were all brothers.

4 The 2013 rugby league grand final was scheduled to commence at 7.18. It started at 7.26.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 19 September 2014

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

1 In this year's US Open, Kei Nishikori beat Milos Raonic in a match that finished at 2.26am - the latest finish in the event's history. The latest finish before this was also 2.26am, John Isner vs Phillipp Kohlschreiber in 2012.

2 Before those two, it was yet again 2.26am, Mats Wilander vs Mikael Pernfors in 1993. So three matches are equal holders of the latest finish record.

3 How did former Grand Slam champions Stefan Edberg (US), Goran Ivanisevic (Wimbledon), Boris Becker (US, Wimbledon and Australian) and Michael Chang (French) all reach the semi-finals of this year's French Open? As coaches of the four semi-finalists – Roger Federer (coached now by Stefan Edberg), Marin Cilic (Goran Ivanisevic), Novak Djokovic (Boris Becker) and Kei Nishikori (Michael Chang). (Sydney Morning Herald)

4 Not one of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal reached the final of this year's US Open. The previous Grand Slam final without any of them was nine years ago.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 12 September 2014

Answers to last week's questions on Scotland:

1 The Kingdom of Fife is a council area in Scotland. Although once a kingdom, it is still commonly known by that title.

2 The Firth of Forth is the estuary (firth) of Scotland's Forth River.

3 An entire football crowd could easily be immersed in Scotland's Loch Ness, but claims that the whole world's population could be immersed at the same time are as certain as the existence of the Loch Ness monster.

4 Carlton County prison, Canada; MS Dresden (a 10 000 tonne freighter), Germany; Pigeon Point Lighthouse, south of San Francisco, USA; and Carbisdale Castle, Scotland, all became youth hostels.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 5 September 2014

Answers to last week's questions on David Eastman:

1 David Eastman, who was serving life for murdering the Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner, was released from prison last month after having his conviction quashed.

2 He had served 19 years in jail.

3 His most prominent item of clothing was a broad-brimmed hat.

4 He was dux of Canberra Grammar School. (Sydney Morning Herald)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 29 August 2014

Answers to last week's questions on Detroit:

1 About 50 per cent of residents of Detroit aren't paying their water bills.

2 The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is indebted for over $6 billion.

3 In 2010, for the median price of a house in Sydney, you could buy 100 houses in Detroit. (Sydney Morning Herald)

4 An effort by two bank robbers in Detroit in 1970 was hailed as the world's worst getaway. They rushed out into the street only to find that their getaway car had been stolen. (Book of Heroic Failures)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 22 August 2014

Answers to last week's questions on Syria:

1 Protesting against the government and giving or receiving medical treatment by those unapproved are illegal in Syria.

2 The version of Aramaic that Jesus spoke is now only spoken in Syria.

3 It is only believed to be spoken in three villages.

4 Syria gained independence from France in 1946.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 15 August 2014

Answers to last week's questions on Israel:

1 The first mention of Jews in the Bible is in 2 Kings 16:6. Verse 7 says Israel was fighting them then.

2 Israel has executed two people: Adolf Eichmann and a soldier falsely accused of treason.

3 Customers eat in the dark in Jaffa Port's Black Restaurant in Israel. So how do the waiters cope?
The waiters are blind, so they're used to it. (Sun-Herald)

4 The Jewish population of Israel is over six million. What country has the lowest number of Jewish people?
Afghanistan had a Jewish population of one in 2005. (BBC News)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 8 August 2014

Answers to last week's questions on World War I:

1 A Dutch-Javanese dancer, Mata Hari, ordered that a suit and pair of white gloves be especially tailored for her for her most dramatic occasion. This was her execution. She was the most famous spy of World War I. (Book of Facts)

2 John Curtin was the only Australian prime minister to spend time in jail. He served three days for failing to comply with an order for a compulsory medical examination for conscription during World War I.

3 On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 1914 British and German soldiers called an unofficial truce so that they could exchange gifts and sing carols with the enemy.

4 About 8 million horses were killed during World War 1.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 1 August 2014

Answers to last week's questions on World War I:

1 Japan didn't fight in World War I.

2 Channel 9 Sydney terminated its 2013 coverage of the Sydney Anzac Dawn Service half-way through the playing of the Last Post and before the one-minute's silence.

3 The first words of 'Abide With Me' are 'Abide with me, fast falls the eventide. The darkness deepens…' Thus it's incongruous that it's the first hymn at Anzac dawn services.

4 When drawing up the Versailles Peace Treaty at the end of World War I the great powers forgot to include Andorra, so it was able to fight World Wars I and II simultaneously. (Book of Heroic Failures)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 25 July 2014

Answers to last week's questions on the Commonwealth Games:

1 What word beginning with 'f' featured 28 times in Channel 10's listing of the sports details for the first week of their 2010 Commonwealth Games coverage? Featuring.

2 Sheila Dikshit was the Chief Minister for the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, criticised for having filthy athletes' accommodation.

3 When Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan beat Duncan Kasumba Mugabe of Uganda 6-2, 7-6 in the first round of the tennis singles at Delhi on October 4, 2010, it became the longest men's singles in Commonwealth Games history. That was because it was the first day of tennis in Commonwealth Games history.

4 Yelling was appropriate for encouraging England's marathon runner to win a bronze medal in the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Her name was Elizabeth Yelling.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 18 July 2014

Answers to last week's questions on Alan Waddell:

1 When adding rows of pounds, shillings and pence in his head, Alan added all three columns simultaneously.

2 An anagram of Waddell is 'add well'.

3 Alan was rejected for overseas war service in 1939 because he had flat feet.

4 Alan didn't read a newspaper on Sundays as a teenager because it was against the principles of his strict Methodist family. He did sneak in some card games with his cousins on a Sunday if the parents were elsewhere. Besides church, the other Sunday activity in his teenage years was the visit to his grandparents graves in Sutherland cemetery.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 11 July 2014

Answers to last week's questions on walking:

1 Namibia's Fish River Canyon Trail is always fully booked for months or even years ahead because it's so popular, even though the trail doesn't exist. You choose your own route, including when to cross the river and how to navigate over or around the house-size boulders.

2 Steve Gough didn't wear any clothing for his walk the length of the UK, from Land's End to John o' Groats, in 2003–2004 and again in 2005–2006, except for hiking boots and socks and a hat occasionally.

3 Somnambulism is sleep walking.

4 (c). Kurt Fearnley, twice winner of the New York paraplegic marathon, crawled the length of the Kokoda Track on his hands and knees as he has no legs below the knees.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 4 July 2014

Answers to last week's questions on Wimbledon:

1 Tony Trabert's prize for winning the Wimbledon singles was a 10-pound voucher, redeemable at the Lilywhite sports goods store.

2 Crossword clue: A female winner of the Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship. Answer: Ashe

3 Geoff Brown reached the finals of a Wimbledon singles, men's doubles and mixed doubles without losing a set. He lost all the finals. (Australian Sport through Time)

4 The Wimbledon singles draws now have a field of 128, not counting the players in the qualifying rounds. When Lottie Dod won her first women's singles in 1887, there were six players.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 27 June 2014

Answers to last week's questions on Iraq:

1 The only country names containing 'q' are Iraq, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique and Qatar.

2 The given name of the wife of Iraqi hostage Douglas Wood was her surname. How can that be? Her name was Yvonne Given.

3 US president George W Bush said: 'The vast majority of Iraqis want to live in a peaceful, free world. And we will find these people and we will bring them to justice.'

4 The only government building left standing in Baghdad after the 2003 Iraq war was the Ministry for Oil.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 20 June 2014

Answers to last week's questions on Brazil:

1 The only country that crosses the equator and a tropic (Tropic of Capricorn) is Brazil.

2 The capital of Brazil is Brasilia.

3 Brazil got its name from the Brazil nut, not the other way around.

4 The real name for the currency of Brazil is the real.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 13 June 2014

Answers to last week's questions on the World Cup:

1 Australia spent $45 million on seeking votes to host the 2022 World Cup. How many of the 25 votes did Australia win as a result? None.

2 What is special about the following contrived news agency report of an actual event, the suspected bribed decision announced in 2010 in Zurich of the successful bidders for holding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, Russia and Qatar?
Animosity between countries, desperately enticing football's greatest honour, influenced judges, knowing large monetary negotiations outweighed pedigree. Qatar, Russia secured the ultimate votes, withstanding xenophobia. (Yesterday, Zurich)
The intial letter of each word forms the alphabet in correct order. It is extraordinary in that the event, its location, time and details occurred exactly as described. (David Astle, wikipedia.org/wiki/Abecedarius)

3 How did a bum become captain of South Korea's soccer team, the 1998 winner of the Asian group qualifying tournament for the World Cup? Cha Bum was the best applicant for the position

4 What independent state has never fielded a team in the World Cup? The Vatican is one.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 6 June 2014

Answers to last week's questions on World War II:

1 The D-day landing in World War II occurred on 6 June 70 years ago.

2 The only casualty of the first allied air attack on Berlin in World War II was the one elephant in the Berlin zoo.

3 BOAC's short C-class flying boats operated from below sea level in World War II when they used the Dead Sea, which is 394m below sea level. (Guinness World Records)

4 Of the 7000 resistance fighters in the Auvergne forests in France in World War II, only one, Nancy Wake, was a woman. (Peter FitzSimons, Nancy Wake)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 30 May 2014

Answers to last week's questions on Thailand:

1 Until 1948 Thailand was called Siam.

2 All smoking on TV in Thailand must be pixellated or otherwise obscured.

3 You should be able to walk across Thailand in about two hours at its narrowest point, which is 10.96 kilometres, or 13.4 kilometres on roads and tracks. (Sydney Morning Herald)

4 Kittipong Wachiramanowong played Davis Cup tennis for Thailand.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 23 May 2014

Answers to last week's questions on McDonald's:

1 Ronald McDonald is making a comeback this year.

2 All of these apply to the McDonald's training manual for new staff: (a) it has 300 pages (b) it states where employees' name badges must be shown (c) it says what kind of smile must be shown to each customer (c) it specifies the amount of mayonnaise to be put under the top of each bun.

3 McDonald's Australia CEO, Catriona Noble, attended Hamburger University.

4 US children get the majority of their antibiotics from McDonald's food.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 16 May 2014

Answers to last week's questions on James Packer and David Gyngell:

1 The photographer who captured 300 images of the fight between James Packer and Bruce Gyngell this month was paid over $200,000.

2 The fight took place near Bondi Beach.

3 James Packer's father, Kerry Packer, lost $6.6 million in one night at Crockford's Casino, London.

4 Bruce Gyngell, David Gyngell's father, fronted the first program on Australian TV, in 1956.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 9 May 2014

Answers to last week's questions on Russia:

1 Russia only beat America by 20 days in the savage contest to be first to put a man into space.

2 When it's 12 o'clock in England, what time is it in Russia? As long as you didn't say 12, 1 or 2 o'clock, you're right. Russia has nine time zones

3 The name of what Russian city is something we might say when farewelling a best friend? Byelovo.

4 The world's largest cannon and largest bell are both in the Kremlin in Moscow. Neither has been used. (Reader's Digest Book of Facts)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 2 May 2014

Answers to last week's questions on shipping disasters:

1 The captains of Italy's Costa Concordia and South Korea's Sewol left their ships when there were still many passengers on board.

2 All of these happened or will happen on Friday 13th: Australia's worst bushfire, claiming 71 lives in January 1939; Costa Concordia's sinking in January 2012; and asteroid 99942 Apophis making a close encounter with Earth, closer than the orbits of communication satellites, in April 2029.

3 When four ships were wrecked at Semaphor, South Australia in one night in 1907 they all finished on top of each other. The Ardencraig ran into the anchored Norma and both sank. The Jessie Darling later holed herself on the wreck and sank. Just before daylight the Port Chalmers struck the accumulated wreckage and also went down.

4 Britain lost more than 10,500 ships in the Napoleonic wars.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 25 April 2014

Answers to last week's questions on NSW premier, Barry O'Farrell:

1 A bottle of wine caused Barry O'Farrell to announce on 16 April his resignation as NSW premier.

2 Mr O'Farrell was supposed to greet the second and third in line for the British throne four hours after announcing his resignation.

3 A decade ago, Mr O'Farrell was obese, but held the shadow ministry for Health.

4 Nine former NSW premiers are still alive.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 18 April 2014

Answers to last week's questions on Catholic popes:

1 Popes John XXIII and John Paul II are to be canonised on 27 April.

2 How many female popes have there been? One or none. There is a suggestion that there was a Pope Joan in the 9th century.

3 Before becoming popes, John Paul II was Karol Wojtyla, Benedict XVI was Joseph Ratzinger and Francis I was Mario Bergoglio.

4 Peter had a mother-in-law (Matthew 8:14) so the first pope would have been married.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 11 April 2014

Answers to last week's questions on the Catholic Church.

1 Catholics use an aspergillum for sprinkling holy water.

2 In the early 1900s, cardinals were able to grant 200 days, archbishops 100 and bishops 50. The grants were for the number of days' remission from purgatory. (Richard Dawkins)

3 A priest commits sigilism when he breaches the confessional box by blabbing the teller's secrets outside the sacred booth. (Sydney Morning Herald)

4 Catholics use the terms confession and reconciliation interchangeably.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 4 April 2014

Answers to last week's questions on William Shakespeare:

1 On what date was William Shakespeare born? If you knew that date, you'd be on your own. No-one else does. But as he was baptised on 26 April 1564.we can guess it was some time in April 1564, 450 years ago.

2 Crossword clue: Defame Shakespeare's (7). Answer is asperse (shake the order of the letters in 'speares').

3 What is the opposite directory listing for Shakespeare's Mark? (7) Answer is antonym (opposite is antonym and a directory listing for Mary Antony would be Antony M).

4 Geoffrey Robertson didn't just read Shakespeare's works, he learnt them – off by heart. (ABC-TV 18 February 2014)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 28 March 2014

Answers to last week's questions on airlines:

1 South African Airways doesn't fly to its country's capital, Pretoria.

2 When Virgin Australia was known as Virgin Blue, the main colour of its planes was red.

3 Saudi Arabia banned Swiss Air from flying to its airports because of a cross, the Swiss flag, painted on its aircraft.

4 Bmi baby, Condor, Flybaboo and One-Two-Go are discount airlines.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 21 March 2014

Answers to last week's questions on baseball:

1 Rupert Murdoch owned all four of Harper & Collins Publishers, 20th Century Fox, TV Guide magazine and the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.

2 What has Orland Serrell been able to do since being hit on the head by a baseball in 1979 at age 10? (a) virtually nothing – he has to be attended to for everything 24 hours a day (b) describe in detail every meal he has had had since then (c) recall the weather, where he was and what he was doing on every day (d) instantly calculate the number of days between any two dates. He has been able to do (b), (c) and (d).

3 Prince Fielder was a first baseman in America's Major League.

4 Even though Cuba had won three gold medals in baseball, it wasn't rated a greater chance for gold in the 2012 Olympics than Japan or USA. Why was this? Baseball was no longer an Olympics sport.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 14 March 2014

Answers to last week's questions on Ukraine:

1 The world's tallest crossword covers the side of a building in Lvov, Ukraine. (David Astle, Clutetopia)

2 In 1995, the largest banknote in use in the Ukraine was for one million Karbovanets.

3 The most dangerous place to live in the Ukraine is Chernobyl. Because of the 1986 nuclear power plant disaster, it is thought it won't be safe to live there for another 20,000 years.

4 Ukraine's Oleksandr Dolgopolov junior plays Davis Cup tennis.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 7 March 2014

Answers to last week's questions on Qantas:

1 The letters in QANTAS stand for Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services.

2 The world's oldest operating airline was KLM, but after its merger with Air France, the oldest is now Qantas.

3 Does a 747 operate on Qantas Flight 747 between Sydney and Adelaide? No, but a 738 does.

4 Which airline was voted first in the Skytrax World Airline Awards in 2011 and 2012? You need a clue? Oh, all right then. Its name starts with QA. Qatar Airways.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 28 February 2014

Answers to last week's questions on the Sochi Winter Olympics:

1 The Olympic flame went out 44 times on its way to Sochi.

2 Tongan Fuahea Semi changed his name to Bruno Banani, a German fashion company, as a marketing ploy.

3 Justine Dufour-Lapointe won the gold medal in Freestyle Skiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Her sister, Chloe, won the silver medal.

4 Australia's David Morris won silver in the Men's Aerials competition. The final was judged from the best of how many jumps? The final depended on only one jump.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 21 February 2014

Answers to last week's questions on Schapelle Corby:

1 Of the 500 defendants who appeared in Indonesia before head judge Linton Sirait on drugs charges prior to Australia's Schapelle Corby, none were acquitted.

2 Hotman Paris Hutapea, lawyer for Schapelle Corby, owned 60 houses. (Telegraph)

3 The Nine Network had planned to show the movie 'Schapelle' at 8.40pm on 10 February, but when her release was confirmed for that day, they brought it forward to 8.40pm on 9 February. At 8.40pm on the originally-planned night, 11 February, they ran the same movie for two hours again.

4 There are now eight Australians in Kerobokan Jail. Seven are members of the 'Bali Nine' and another is doing 18 years for drugs.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 14 February 2014

Answers to last week's questions on Russia:

1 The first American consumer product to go on sale in Russia was Pepsi-Cola.

2 Russian chess grandmaster Boris Gudkov beat a computer in three successive chess games. The computer beat him in the fourth game by electrocuting him. The champion was rushed to hospital but was dead on arrival. (Sunday Telegraph)

3 Russia is only 3 kilometres from the United States. That's the distance between the Bering Strait islands of Little Diomede (US) and Big Diomede (Russia)

4 Russia is the largest country. Second is Canada.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 7 February 2014

Answers to last week's questions on the Winter Olympics:

1 This is the first time that the Winter Olympics have been held in Russia.

2 All of hare, polar bear, leopard, ray of light and snowflake will be mascots for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

3 No contestants have been killed in Winter Olympics history, but five fatalities have occurred in training (Sun-Herald)

4 There is a skeleton event in the Winter Olympics. It's racing a sled down an icy track.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 31 January 2014

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

1 The Australian players with four Ks in his surname is Thanasi Kokkinakis.

2 If you went to bed before the finish of an important late-night match, how could you have been told the result by ABC TV's network 3, even though it closes at 9pm and re-opens at 6am daily? For some strange reason, the network re-opens at 1am for a one-minute news update, then immediately closes again until 6am.

3 The court clocks didn't have any numbers.

4 Ball-boys and ball-girls stood at the net when they were on the umpire's side of the court and knelt when they were on the far side.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 24 January 2014

Answers to last week's questions on the 2014 Australian Open:

1 Li Na has the shortest name of the players in the 2014 Australian Open tennis and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova the longest.

2 Sanders' first name is Storm.

3 The names of 31 players end in 'ova'.

4 Courtsiding, feeding courtside information to an overseas betting syndicate, was investigated for the first time at this year's Australian Open.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 17 January 2014

Answers to last week's questions on Australian tennis players:

1 Former number one Margaret Court's occupation is preacher.

2 Reflected in Case Dellacqua's name is 'called yes', and 'yes' is the key-word in Optus advertisements. (Sydney Morning Herald)

3 When right-handers are serving, does the racquet follow through to the left or right side of the body? Would you be less certain of your answer if you were watching Sam Stosur? Sam Stosur is an exception in that her racquet follows through on the right (same) side of her body.

4 Of the world's male tennis players, Roy Emerson has won the most grand slam titles (including doubles), followed by three other Australians, John Newcombe, Todd Woodbridge and Frank Sedgman.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 10 January 2014

Answers to last week's questions on nonsense:

1 If you try to fail and succeed, which have you done? You have failed to fail.

2 If you jog backwards, will you gain weight? No.

3 How long is a piece of string? Twice the distance from one end to the centre.

4 Is the Pope a Catholic? Yes.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 3 January 2014

Answers to last week's questions on nonsense:

1 In which battle did Napoleon die? In his last one.

2 Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? At the bottom.

3 River Ravi flows in which state? In a liquid state.

4 If you threw a blue stone into the Red Sea, what would it become? Wet.


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