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Free TRIVIA ANSWERS for 2017

On this page we broaden our scope from the unusual aspects of Sydney geography to the unusual aspects of world geography and to quirky matters in general.

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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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Free Trivia Answers to Questions for week ending 3 March 2017

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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