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Free TRIVIA ANSWERS for 2017

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 9 December 2017

Answers to last week's questions on volcanoes:

1 Australia's only two active volcanoes are on Heard Island, 4100 km south-west of Perth, and on the McDonald Islands, a further 43km west.

2 (a) Lava from the West Mata solidifies quickly because it is over a thousand metres underwater, south of Samoa and surrounded by Fiji and Tonga

3 (b) Newspapers named Iceland's volcano that caused cancellation of 63,000 flights in 22 countries for a week, but radio and TV news presenters didn't name it because they couldn't. Its name is Eyjafjallajokull. The ABC's Standing Committee on Spoken English said that 'the Icelandic version is too difficult for English speakers, but went for ay-yah-FYAH-lah-yoh-kul. (Sydney Morning Herald 20 April 2010)

4 The word for the lung disease caused by the inhalation of mostly volcanic silica ash dust is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. We hope you got the spelling right.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 2 December 2017

Answers to last week's questions on Robert Mugabe:

1 Until November, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe was the world's oldest head of state.

2 He is 93.

3 (a) An assassination of the editor-in-chief of Harare's "Daily News" was planned at the city's CIO by the nephew of President Mugabe. The nephew's surname is Mugabe; his first name is Innocent.

4 After losing the 2008 election for president, Robert Mugabe organized a repeat. He got 100 per cent of the votes because he was the only candidate after the opposition leader pulled out because of murders of his supporters.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 25 November 2017

Answers to last week's questions on Sydney ferries:

1 (c) Ferry McFerryface was the name given to Sydney's newest harbour ferry in November.

2 The residents of Dangar Island, in Sydney's north, park their wheelbarrows at the ferry wharf. The island is car free.

3 Also in Sydney's north, Mr Wiseman ran the Hawkesbury River's first ferry, at Wisemans Ferry. His first name was Solomon.

4 (a) How long is it since a vehicular ferry (or punt) last operated in the inner Sydney metropolitan area? No more than 17½ hours. A vehicular ferry still operates between Putney and Mortlake, 8km from Sydney city.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 18 November 2017

Answers to last week's questions on refugees:

1 (c) Manus Island is Papua New Guinea's fifth largest. The country has hundreds of small islands.

2 A protest agaist the treatment of Manus Island refugees was held this month on the top of the Sydney Opera House.

3 (a) Former Jewish refugee Stanley S Newberg fled persecution and did well after moving to the US. When he died in 1994 at 81, he was worth US$8.4 million. He left US$5.6 million to the US government.

4 One of the main Australian news stories in recent years was about stopping the thousands of refugees arriving by boat. What two lines of the third verse of our national anthem refer to this? "For those who come across the seas, We've boundless plains to share."
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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 11 November 2017

Answers to last week's questions on words:

1 (c) Collins Dictionary's "Word of the Year" for 2017 was two words - fake news.

2 (c) What was odd about the Oxford English Dictionary's 2015 "Word of the Year"? It was a pictograph – an emoji officially called "Face with Tears of Joy".

3 (b) The longest word in the Oxford English Dictionary is "floccinaucinihilipilification", with 29 letters. It means "the act of estimating is worthless". (Book of Facts)

4 The first word in Englsih dictionaries is "a", but second place goes to aardvark.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 4 November 2017

Answers to last week's questions on Sydney:

1 (a) On 1 November Sydney celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding.

2 (c) On Good Friday 2013 Sydney's trains operated to a Saturday timetable, buses to Sunday timetable and ferries to public holiday timetable. Only Sydney could achieve this.

3 Sydney Harbour's Fort Denison became obsolete before it was completed. (National Parks and Wildlife Services video)

4 For Sydney people for about a year until 25 March 2011, their monarch, governor-general, prime minister, state governor, premier and lord mayor were all women.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 28 October 2017

Answers to last week's questions on Martin Luther:

1 On October 31 500 years ago Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church.

2 Archaeologists in Wittenberg, Germany, have discovered Das Klo. It's the toilet on which Martin Luther sat while he wrote the 95 theses that started the Protestant Reformation.

3 Martin Luther, Joan of Arc, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Henry IV of France, Napoleon, Fidel Castro and St Mary MacKillop were all excommunicated from the Catholic Church.

4 The fathers of both British prime minister Theresa May and German chancellor Angela Merkel were ministers - Anglican and Lutheran.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 21 October 2017

Answers to last week's questions on the Higher School Certificate:

1 (b) The NSW Higher School Certicate exams are celebrating their 50th anniversary.

2 (b) Nearly half of the start times for the exams begin at five minutes before the hour or half hour.

3 (c) James Ruse High has been the top school in the HSC for all of the last 21 years.

4 (b) The last exam in this year's HSC will be Drama, with Classical Hebrew Continuers second last.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 14 October 2017

Answers to last week's questions on phones:

1 (a) Five calls were received in its first two months by the Step Together helpline set up by the NSW government in 2017 at a cost of millions of dollars and one of them was a wrong number.

2 The Australian business which answers its phone by saying "Hello, Hang Up" is the Hang Up picture framing company.

3 There were 24 "A's" in the name of the finance company that had the first entry in the 2004 Sydney business telephone directory - one A followed by a space then 19 As then another space and AArdvark Finance Lenders. In the 2013/14 directory only seven As were needed to be first – A AAAAAA Carpet Complete Restorations.

4 Only two Zs were needed to gain last entry in the 2013/14 business directory – ZZM Partners.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 7 October 2017

Answers to last week's questions on Russia:

1 (c) Russia celebrates October Revolution Day on 7 November.

2 (c) The Russian polar cruise ship and icebreaker Yamal accommodates 100 passengers. A crew of 140 accompanies them.

3 Which has the more frequent changing of the guard ceremony, Madrid's royal palace or the Kremlin in Moscow? The Kremlin, where the guards change hourly. At Madrid's royal palace the ceremony takes place once a month, except for three months when it doesn't happen at all.

4 What do Kuntzkamera Museum in St Petersburg, Russia; Christiana, a Denmark suburb of Copenhagen; most African border crossings; and Ho Chi Minh's tomb in Hanoi, Vietnam have in common? Photos aren't allowed.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 30 September 2017

Answers to last week's questions on Germany:

1 (b) German law requires federal elections to be held on a Sunday or public holiday, as it was on 24 September.

2 (c) There were 42 parties contesting the September election.

3 They included all of Party of Bible-Abiding Christians, Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany and the Party for Change, Vegetarians and Vegans.

4 Oktoberfest opens in September each year.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 23 September 2017

Answers to last week's questions on world championships:

1 (a) The world championship with a winner's trophy of a gold fig leaf held this month was the World Hide and Seek Championships.

2 (c) It was held in Italy.

3 (a) The wife carrying world championship is held in the International Bachelor Festival at Ballybunion, Ireland, each year. The wife (it can be anyone's, as long as she is over 17) has to be carried over a 254m course complete with water obstacles and timber hurdles. The prize includes the wife's weight in beer. (Planet Talk)

4 The World Worm Charming Championship requires contestants to see how many worms they can charm to the surface using methods other than digging or water. The world record for 30 minutes is 567.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 16 September 2017

Answers to last week's questions on marriage:

1 (a) Same-sex marriage is legal in 23 countries.

2 Until the mid-1960s, every lady in the Commonwealth Public Service had to leave the service when she married, irrespective of whether she had children.

3 Bill Gates met his wife at a Microsoft press conference.

4 Mickey Rooney married eight times.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 9 September 2017

Answers to last week's questions on space exploration:

1 Voyager 1 was launched on 5 September 40 years ago.

2 It is the man-made object furthest from Earth and is still in contact with NASA.

3 The spacecraft Cassini is to plough into Saturn on 15 September.

4 It had been orbiting Saturn for 13 years.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 2 September 2017

Answers to last week's questions on Princess Diana:

1 Princess Diana died 20 years ago, on 31 August.

2 Forty-eight hours after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Sydney Telegraph devoted the same number of pages to her as the BBC World Service television news did in minutes of its 9pm 45-minute bulletin. The number was 39.

3 The top two of the most-watched events in Australian TV history (based on proportion of Sydney and Melbourne homes watching) were Princess Diana's wedding and funeral. (Sydney Morning Herald 7 May 2011)

4 Before Diana Spencer, the only two commoners to have their faces on a British coin were Oliver Cromwell and Winston Churchill.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 26 August 2017

Answers to last week's questions on Elvis Presley:

1 Elvis Presley died 40 years ago, on 16 August 1977.

2 Thirty years after his death, Elvis was making $239 a year.

3 Lisa Marie Presley is the daughter of Elvis Presley and ex-wife of Michael Jackson.

4 When he secretly entered the Elvis Presley impersonator contest at Lil Thompson's Steakhouse in Tennessee, Elvis came second.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 19 August 2017

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

1 The two 'Ms' are joined in the Commonwealth Bank's name as it appears on its branches

2 "It's 10 o'clock and the Commonwealth Bank is now open for business" was broadcast for more than 20 years by all Australian commercial radio stations at 10am each working day.

3 Osvaldo Mejis robbed the Cabramatta branch of the Commonwealth Bank on 16 May1997. His accomplice was aged five.

4 The two offenders involved in a raid on the Commonwealth Bank branch at Armidale, Perth, on the night of 23 May 1999 were girls aged nine and seven.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 12 August 2017

Answers to last week's questions on Sydney's Martin Place:

1 Construction of the GPO building in Martin Place, Sydney, began in 1863.

2 The GPO historic landmark building in Martin Place is owned by a Singapore company.

3 In the first week of August, there were nearly 40 tents in Martin Place.

4 The tent residents obtained their food from a free cafeteria set up beside the tents.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 5 August 2017

Answers to last week's questions on republics:

1 Bill Shorten promised on 28 July to hold a referendum on Australia's becoming a republic in his first term if elected as prime minister.

2 Although most countries are republics, only two have 'republic' said every time the country is mentioned. They are Central African Republic and Czech Republic

3 Czech Repblic is almost always referred to as 'the Czech Republc'.

4 San Marino is said to be the world's oldest surviving republic.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 29 July 2017

Answers to last week's questions on golf:

1 Taking a shortcut by hitting the ball over a grandstand was banned from the latest British Open golf.

2 Australia's Adam Scott had a three-stroke lead with four holes to go to win the 2012 British Open but bogeyed each hole. The average distance from the hole for the four-par putts he missed to lose was 3 metres.

3 "Tiger" Woods' first names are Eldrick Tont.

4 Your helicopter pilot carries your clubs to the final par-3 hole at the Limpopo course in South Africa. Players must take a helicopter to the tee, on the edge of a 400m mountain. The ball takes at least half a minute to land. A $1 million prize awaits the golfer who manages a hole-in-one. (Sun-Herald)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 21 July 2017

Answers to last week's questions on rugby league:

1 New South Wales has won only one of the last 11 State of Origin series against Queensland.

2 The former State of Origin player who has a three-letter surname with an apostrophe after the second is Ben Te'o

3 The rugby league player with a hyphenated first name and a surname with four consecutive vowels is Frank-Paul Nuuausala

4 The Australian businessman and former joint owner of the South Sydney Rabbitos rugby league team who has a three-word surname of which the middle word is à is Peter Holmes à Court.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 14 July 2017

Answers to last week's questions on Wimbledon:

1 Only one of the nine Australians in this year's Wimbledon singles survived the first round, and that was after saving seven match points.

2 Each defeated first-round player received $64,000 for losing.

3 None of the points in Bernard Tomic's match were longer than four shots.

4 Of the top-40 ranked players in this year's men's singles, 21 are aged 30 or over, and all of the top five are.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 7 July 2017

Answers to last week's questions on postcodes:

1 Postcodes were introduced to Australia 50 years ago, on 1 July 1967.

2 The postcode for Broke is 2330 and for Nhill 3418, so 2330 + 3418 = 2880 (Broken Hill).

3 What city's Olympic Games year was the same as its postcode? Sydney 2000

4 The postcode for 1770, a town in Queensland, is 4677.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 30 June 2017

Answers to last week's questions on Canada:

1 Canada turned 150 on July 1.

2 The uniting of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick colonies formed the country Canada.

3 Harold Grace was one of seven judges at the Miss Alberta and Miss Teen Alberta pageants in Canada in 2000. This might have been a difficult task for him because he had been blind for 15 years.

4 In the list of countries with winners in the annual Rock Paper Scissors world championships, Canada is placed first.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 23 June 2017

Answers to last week's questions on fire:

1 Three people on board a light plane that crash-landed in a Melbourne suburb on 27 January 1999 were saved when water from a fire hydrant drenched the plane within seconds. How was the hydrant turned on? The plane ploughed into it.

2 The New Orleans fire-extinguisher factory was destroyed by fire in 1985. (Sunday Telegraph)

3 Adam Brewer set fire to and consequently destroyed the Salvation Army warehouse in Parramatta in April 2010 to create a diversion while he robbed the neighbouring car dealership.

4 Cryptic crossword clue: Conclude it is not a fire (7) = Inferno.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 16 June 2017

Answers to last week's questions on London:

1 Australian Robert Thomson became the first foreign editor of The Times in March 2002; Rod Eddington chief of British Airways in 1998; and Rod Marsh, head of the National Cricket Academy, was appointed to 2007. (Sydney Morning Herald 16 March 2002)

2 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for the last five years.

3 Most of the London Undergroud - 55 per cent - is not underground.

4 A former KGB officer purchased the London Evening Standard in 2009.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 9 June 2017

Answers to last week's questions on the Six-Day War:

1 The Six-Day War took place 50 years ago this month.

2 By the end of the war, Israel had taken Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Jordan's West Bank and Syria's Golan Heights.

3 All of Jerusalem was back under Jewish rule at the end of the war for the first time in about 2000 years.

4 "Jerusalem" means "peace".

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 2 June 2017

Answers to last week's questions on Aboriginals:

1 Fifty years ago, on 27 May 1967, a referendum on Australian Constitution amendments regarding Aboriginals was held. It was approved by 90.77 per cent of voters.

2 The movie "Ozzie" stars a talking koala and Aboriginal actors from Alice Springs. It was filmed in New Zealand.

3 The Aboriginal tent embassy has stood on the lawn outside parliament house in Canberra for 45 years.

4 The 1997 claim by the NSW Aboriginal Land Council for two islands in the Wallamba River, near Tuncurry, was rejected because the islands didn't exist. They were shown on a 1967 map, but had apparently been eroded.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 26 May 2017

Answers to last week's questions on riches:

1 The company Plutus Payroll has been named in Australia's alleged $165 million taxpayer fraud. Plutus was the ancient Greek god of wealth.

2 Billionaire Ingvar Kamprad, founder of the world's largest furniture chain, Ikea, preferred travel by bus using his pensioner discount card and economy class when flying.

3 Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino's Pizza, sold his helicopter, yacht, aircraft, radio stations, vintage car collection, artefacts worth $A1.7 million, a lake island resort and more than 90 per cent of his stake (US$1 billion). He gave the proceeds to charity.

4 Bill Gates lost $A18.64 billion in the Wall Street crash of 10-14 April 2000.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 19 May 2017

Answers to last week's questions on drugs:

1 Methylenedioxymethamphetamine is ecstasy.

2 In 2014 Uruguay became the first country to legalise marijuana.

3 What percentage of Australians don't touch drugs? One in half a million, or 0.0002%. Besides alcohol and tobacco, commonly-consumed drugs are in tea, coffee, cola drinks, chocolate and headache tablets.

4 Which of these illegal drugs have you tried? (a) Derbisol (b) ecstacy (c) heroin That wasn't a drug test but a truth test. 20% of students said they'd taken Derbisol,
but that's a fictitious name. (David Astle)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 12 May 2017

Answers to last week's questions on Jehovah's Witnesses:

1 Russia decided last month to shut down the Jehovah's Witnesses and confiscate their property.

2 Cora Miller was sacked from her job as waitress at a Mexican restaurant in Clinton, Maryland, USA, in 1997 for refusing to sing 'Happy Birthday'. She was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses, who do not permit celebration of birthdays or Christmas.

3 The print run for The Watchtower, the fortnightly publication of this small Christian group is 42 million, the largest for any magazine in the world. Its other publication, Awake, only prints 41 million.

4 American singer Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) opposed blood transfusions, believed that Jesus came in 1914 and refused to vote because he was a Jehovah's Witness.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 5 May 2017

Answers to last week's questions on cars:

1 The unlicensed driver attempting to travel on his own across Australia from Port Macquarie to Perth, reached Broken Hill after 1300km, or almost a third of the way, before being stopped by police on 22 April. He was aged 12.

2 When a mechanic took former Coca-Cola Amatil chairman Dean Wills' car for a drive on West Head Road in July 1997 and crashed into a tree, he caused more than $2 million damage.

3 The car service organization NRMA's Open Road magazine for November/December 1998 gave 10 "practical steps you can take to stop car sickness before it starts." Their obvious first tip was 'avoid cars'

4 After traffic lights at a freeway off-ramp were ceremoniously opened by Victoria's Minister for Roads, Geoff Craige, on 19 August 1997, the first two cars to use the off-ramp collided.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 28 April 2017

Answers to last week's questions on Sydney suburb names:

1 Len Waters Estate is a Sydney suburb.

2 The suburb name with three descriptions of grassy areas is Greenfield Park.

3 Sydney's two-letter suburb is Dee Why, probably named after the Spanish galleon Dona Ysabel, which was wrecked nearby. (How Did Things Start?)

4 The Sydney suburb name with a double H and silent D is Leichhardt.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 21 April 2017

Answers to last week's questions on the Sydney Harbour Bridge:

1 After the toll gates on the Sydney Harbour Bridge were no longer used from January 2009, it took a month short of eight years to remove them.

2 The bridge is closed for most of a day each year for the running of the Sydney marathon. Now a horse race across it is proposed.

3 The Sydney Harbour Bridge claimed a record for the world's largest single-arch bridge.

4 There are about 6 million rivets in the bridge.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 14 April 2017

Answers to last week's questions on horse racing:

1 Winx has won 17 consecutive races.

2 It's not a world record because Black Caviar won 25 and Camarero 56.

3 On its race day, you hear the Melbourne Cup described repeatedly as 'the race that stops the nation'.

4 What does the name of horse Ray Sauce mean? Try pronouncing it quickly.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 7 April 2017

Answers to last week's questions on speaking:

1 ABC TV's My Year 12 Life on 26 March 2017 had 27 minutes of Year 12 students talking. They said 'like' 138 times, or an average of once every 12 seconds.

2 The verbs boing, clunk, crack, crunch, cuckoo, drizzle, giggle, mumble, plop, sizzle, slosh, splash, squash, squeak, squelch, squish, swish, thud and whisper are all onomatopoeic, ie they are made from sounds associated with the action named.

3 Each 'a' in Abraham is pronounced differently.

4 The two middle letters in each of bird, curd, herd and word are different but pronounced the same.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 31 March 2017

Answers to last week's questions on the Bible:

1 Bible Society Australia celebrates the 200th anniversary of its founding this month.

2 More than half of the verses in Genesis in the King James version of the Bible begin with 'And'.

3 The two words "and then" begin 48 of the first 60 verses of Ezra 2.

4 You never hear a sermon based on Nehemiah 7:8-21 because all verses start with the same two words, the middle of all verses has the children's mother's name and all verses end with the number of children. They contain nothing else.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 24 March 2017

Answers to last week's questions on gambling:

1 Gambling and entertainment company Tabcorp was fined an Australian record $45 million this month.

2 Tabcorp's CEO is David Attenborough.

3 Bondi Beach, Excess Knowledge, Pentathlon, Qewy, Sir John Hawkwood and Who Shot the Barman were all horses in the 2016 Melbourne Cup.

4 Jan McMillen was professor of gambling at the University of Western Sydney.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 17 March 2017

Answers to last week's questions on industry names:

1 Banksy opened a theme park in England in 2015 featuring boats with refugees. He called it Dismaland.

2 Banksy opened a hotel in Bethlehem in 2017 with every room overlooking the Israeli wall. He caledl it The Walled Off Hotel.

3 Jim Penman was the founder of all of Jim's Mowing, Jim's Gardening, Jim's Fencing, Jim's Plumbing, Jim's Antennas, Jim's Windscreens and Jim's Dogwash.

4 'The Price is Right' store in Church Street, Parramatta, on 1 December 2015, had an overhead sign advertising the prices of 22 of its products. All of them ended in 99 cents.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 10 March 2017

Answers to last week's questions on the Western Australian elections:

1 The PHON party is Pauline Hanson's One Nation party.

2 The Daylight Savings Party and the Fluoride Free Party are contesting the Western Australian elections.

3 The party that only has policies concerning animals is the Animal Justice Party.

4 Western Australia was the first Australian state to have a female premier.

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Answers to last week's questions on weight:

1 For the first time in ages, 36-year-old Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, believed to be the world's heaviest woman, was able to raise her hand and touch her face in
February this year. Her disability was caused by her weight - 500kg. (Sydney Morning Herald)

2 At the time of his death the weight of Dr Robert Atkins, author of the best-selling Atkins Diet, qualified him as being obese.

3 Donna Simpson weighed 292kg at the end of 2010. Her goal was to increase her weight by 50%. She wanted to reach 453.5kg to become the fattest woman in the
world. (Telegraph 29-12-10)

4 A calorie is the amount of heat required to raise one gram of water by one degree Celsius.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 24 February 2017

Answers to last week's questions on TV personalities:

1 Tim Bailey celebrated his 25th year at Ten on 18 February. For the last 20 of those years he has been the network's Sydney weather presenter.

2 David Attenborough was 90 when still doing his nature programs last year.

3 Judge Judy Sheindlin earned about $64 million for the last few years. (The Hollywood Reporter)

4 When turning to his next text in his Bible, It Is Written Oceania presenter Gary Kent finds it after four or five flips of pages, or occasionally extremes of three or six, and never has to turn back. He also almost always finds his text on the right-hand page.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 17 February 2017

Answers to last week's questions on temperature:

1 The USA, Bahamas, Belize and Cayman Islands are the only countries to still measure the temperature in Fahrenheit.

2 Marble Bar holds the Australian record for most consecutive days with a temperature of above 37.8 degrees (100 degrees Fahrenheit) at 160 days.

3 Oodnadatta holds the Australian record for highest temperature with 50.7 degrees.

4 The mallee fowl has a built-in thermometer—it pokes its head below ground level to check the temperature in its underground nest and can maintain it within a range of
one degree - 33 to 34 degrees. (Geo Volume 18 Number 3)

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 10 February 2017

Answers to last week's questions on executions:

1 The last person to be legally executed in Australia was Ronald Ryan, 50 years ago this month.

2 What security precautions were taken in Indonesia in March, 2015, for the transfer of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran to the execution island? 600 armed police, 30 armoured vehicles, a military plane and fighter jets.

3 Education ministry boss Ri Yong-jin was executed in 2016 for falling asleep in a meeting being addressed by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

4 Under Colonel Mariam's rule of Ethiopia 10,000 "counter-revolutionaries" were shot. Before they could claim the bodies, relatives had to pay the cost of the bullet.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 3 February 2017

1 The top seed did not win the men's singles in any of the first 30 years of the Hall of Fame tennis championships in Newport, Rhode Island. If you assume that the top
seed in ATP tennis tournaments would normally have a 50-50 chance of winning, the chances of none doing so in those 30 years were not good - one chance in over 1,063 million.

2 On 21 January (Australian time) Donald Trump was inaugurated as the USA's 45th president. Two days later, Gladys Berejiklian became NSW's 45th premier.

3 Divide one by nine and you get 0.111111111. Divide that number by nine and you get 0.0123456789

4 The square of 111111111 is 12345678987654321.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 27 January 2017

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

1 All of these are surnames of players in the 2017 Australian Open: Kravchuk, Zverev, Jaziri, Fratangelo, Ramos-Vinolas, Shvedova, Vandeweghe, Khromacheva, Muguruza and Lu.

2 Petr Korda won the Australian Open tennis (1998) and his daughter Jessica won the Australian Open golf (2012).

3 If a Rod Laver Arena ball-boy stood in front of the Kia sign that he was supposed to be beside, you could still tell whether Kia was a sponsor of the 2014 Australian
Open. You could look at one of the other 40 Kia signs around the court and on the net.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 20 January 2017

Answers to last week's questions on American presidents:

1 Only one US president has resigned – Richard Nixon (Sydney Morning Herald 31 December 2014)

2 All the following American presidents owned slaves, and, except those marked *, all while in office. George Washington (owned between 250-350 slaves), Thomas Jefferson (about 200), James Madison (more than 100), James Monroe (about 75), Andrew Jackson (fewer than 200), Martin Van Buren* (one), William Henry Harrison* (11), John Tyler (about 70), James Polk (about 25), Zachary Taylor (fewer than 150), Andrew Johnson* (probably eight), Ulysses S. Grant* (probably five)

3 William Taft weighed 160kg at inauguration.

4 To become president of the USA before age 35 you'd have to get the requirement changed that you must be at least 35.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 13 January 2017

Answers to last week's questions on nonsense:

1  How many people work in the Federal and NSW Public Service? About half of them.

2  If your toast falls off the table and lands on the floor buttered-side up, you can conclude that you buttered the wrong side.

3 According to Voltaire’s character Dr Pangloss in Candide, the human nose was purposely designed to support spectacles. (A C Grayling, The God Argument)

4  What is now needed to break open a packet of scissors? Scissors.

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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 6 January 2017

Answers to last week's questions on the calendar:

1  The opening lines of an editorial in the magazine Adventist Record dated January 17, 2015 read: ‘The first Adventist Record of the new year! Believe it or not 2015 is already well under way.’ It was received by those on its mailing list on 22 December, 2014, when 2015 was hardly 'well under way'.

2  The busiest time of the year for gyms is the first couple of months - until new year's resolutions wear off.

3  Mona Vale House, near Ross in Tasmania, has 365 windows, 52 rooms, 12 entrances and seven chimneys. It is called a calendar house.

4  How can you have a long weekend every week in Oman and the neighbouring United Arab Emirates? Spend Thursday in Oman, Friday in Oman or the UAE and Saturday in the UAE. The weekend is Thursday-Friday in Oman and Friday-Saturday in the UAE.


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