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Free TRIVIA QUESTIONS for 2009

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 25 December 2009

This week’s subject is Christmas.

1. What country has the highest number of vegans per capita in the 40 days before Christmas? (a) that’s a stupid question (b) whichever country has the highest percentage at any other time during the year (c) Bulgaria

2. What did Mary Young become when she married Brian Christmas in America in 2007?

3. When does Pitcairn Island hold its elections? (a) every Christmas Eve (b) in each Olympic Games year (c) it doesn’t have elections

4. If you were gambling on which carol would be last in a Christmas carols session, which should you go for?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 18 December 2009

This week’s subject is boxing.

1. The NSW Amateur Boxing Association came to its end in this month. How many held the position of secretary (head of the association) in its last 60 years? (a) only one, Arthur Tunstall (b) 6, or an average tenure of a decade (c) almost as many secretaries as that number of years

2. Jack Johnson became the first black heavyweight champion when he beat Tommy Burns in Sydney in 1908. On what appropriate and approaching public holiday did this happen?

3. In what sport is the score kept secret until the end of the contest?

4. The above question was so easy that you want a harder one, don’t you? What four points on the body are most vulnerable to a one-punch knockout?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 11 December 2009

Turmoil in the Liberal Party has dominated the news in Australia for the past fortnight. So this week’s subject is Australian politicians.

1. The new leader of the Liberal Party is former Health Minister (now Prime Minister), Tony Abbott, whose name appears in the first of our quotes on the home page. What does he do in his spare time? (a) fish (b) sunbake (c) run marathons and cycle long distances

2. Did Brian Harradine, an independent member of the Australian Senate from 1975 to 2005, have any children? (a) no (b) yes, six (c) yes, 13

3. Independent member of the ACT Legislative Assembly, Michael Moore, lists three hobbies in Who’s Who. Building and bushwalking are two; what is his other hobby? (a) collecting old buses (b) building sandcastles (c) breeding kangaroos

4. The second wife of former National Party MP Michael Cobb was Barbara Cobb. Who was his fourth wife?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 4 December 2009

This week’s subject is dates.

1. Ask people this question: If a boy were aged five at the outbreak of World War I, in what year would he have been born? What will they answer?

2. Cryptic crossword clue: January, 2000? (9). Why was the answer ‘midsummer’?

3. When did the present millennium begin?

4. The 2001 Australian election was held on 10 November. What two features of this date, 10-11-01, are special?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 27 November 2009

This week’s subject is Tiger Woods, the winner of this month’s Australian Masters golf.

1. On 10 November, 2009, 7000 spectators followed Tiger Woods around a Melbourne course. What was the event? (a) the Australian Masters (b) a practice round

2. Is Tiger Woods part (a) African (b) American (c) Thai (d) Chinese (e) native American or (f) European?

3. How many play-offs in majors has Tiger Woods won? (a) none (b) most of them (c) all of them

4. How many majors has Tiger Woods lost after being ahead at the start of the last round?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 20 November 2009

Following the army shooting in Texas last week, this week’s subject is mass murder.

1. What did Dr Harold Shipman do for 215 of his patients between 1975 and 1998?

2. Why was a mass murderer named in a magazine’s list of Australia’s Top 100 most influential people?

3. After the April 1999 school massacre in Denver, Colorado, that left 15 dead, what restriction did President Clinton propose on the purchase of handguns by 18-year-olds? (a) no purchase of handguns allowed by 18-year-olds (b) 18-year-old only allowed to purchase one handgun a month

4. What city has the world’s highest murder rate? (a) Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (b) Caracas, Venezuela (c) Johannesburg, South Africa

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 13 November 2009

This week’s subject is tennis star Andre Agassi, whose book is released this month.

1. What has Andre Agassi revealed in his November, 2009 book? (a) he wore a wig (b) he hated tennis (c) he took drugs (d) all of those

2. Andy Roddick equalled the fastest ever recorded serve (239.7kmh) on 15 June 2003. Did his opponent, Andre Agassi, manage to touch the ball?

3. Besides Andre Agassi, what other American grand slam title winner had the initials AA?

4. What is special about this quote: ‘Damn, I Agassi, miss again. Mad.’

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 6 November 2009

With a 16-year-old Sydney girl sailing solo around the world, and a 14-year-old Sydney boy planning the same challenge, this week’s subject is sailing.

1. If you sail around the world at 60 degrees south latitude, how often do you strike land?

2. How many yachts broke the Sydney-Hobart record in the December 1999 race? (a) none (b) 3 (c) 16

3. Which British prime minister won the Sydney to Hobart yacht race in 1969?

4. What age were the youngest and oldest skippers in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race? (a) 30 and 60 (b) 17 and 84 (c) 22 and 91

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 30 October 2009

This week’s subject is multiple marriages.

1. What winner of seven French and six US Open ladies’ singles titles is now just one away from a matrimonial grand slam after her divorce this month from golfer Greg Norman?

2. Is Larry King, host of CNN’s Larry King Live, married?

3. Did Reverend Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church, officiate at any weddings last week?

4. What did 84-year-old Nigerian Mohammadu Bello Abubakar agree to do in September 2008? (a) take his 86 wives on holiday to Ghana (b) take his 170 children to Disneyland (c) divorce 82 of his 86 wives

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 23 October 2009

This week’s subject is the World Masters Games, which are being held now In Sydney.

1. Ruth Frith set a world record and won a gold medal with her shot put throw of 4.07 metres in the World Masters Games 100-104 age division. What has she excluded from her diet all her life? (a) vegetables (b) meat (c) saturated fat

2. Did Ruth Frith also come last in any event in the World Masters Games?

3. Did Santa Claus contest any events in this World Masters Games?

4. Since you answered the last question so well, we can now ask: what type of footwear did Santa Claus select for the 10-kilometre road race and 100-metre race?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 16 October 2009

This week’s subject is Samoa, the Pacific island country that was devastated in the tsunami of a fortnight ago.

1. Almost all Samoans go to church on Sundays. What do they wear? (a) shorts or short dresses (b) suits and best dresses (c) white

2. What do most Samoans do for 15 minutes from 6pm? (a) eat (b) contemplate (c) refuse to cross the road

3. What major change occurred in Samoa’s road rules last month? (a) it became the first country since the 1970s to change the side of the road on which cars are driven (b) the speed limit was increased from 20mph to 30mph (c) hand signals were no longer required

4. Why was the entire Polynesian Airlines fleet grounded for five days in December 1996? (a) All the cities its fleet serviced were subject to typhoons (b) Its only plane was damaged when it ran onto the grass verge after landing at Apia, Samoa

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 23 October 2009

This week’s subject is the World Masters Games, which are being held now In Sydney.

1. Ruth Frith set a world record and won a gold medal with her shot put throw of 4.07 metres in the World Masters Games 100-104 age division. What has she excluded from her diet all her life? (a) vegetables (b) meat (c) saturated fat

2. Did Ruth Frith also come last in any event in the World Masters Games?

3. Did Santa Claus contest any events in this World Masters Games?

4. Since you answered the last question so well, we can now ask: what type of footwear did Santa Claus select for the 10-kilometre road race and 100-metre race?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 16 October 2009

This week’s subject is Samoa, the Pacific island country that was devastated in the tsunami of a fortnight ago.

1. Almost all Samoans go to church on Sundays. What do they wear? (a) shorts or short dresses (b) suits and best dresses (c) white

2. What do most Samoans do for 15 minutes from 6pm? (a) eat (b) contemplate (c) refuse to cross the road

3. What major change occurred in Samoa’s road rules last month? (a) it became the first country since the 1970s to change the side of the road on which cars are driven (b) the speed limit was increased from 20mph to 30mph (c) hand signals were no longer required

4. Why was the entire Polynesian Airlines fleet grounded for five days in December 1996? (a) All the cities its fleet serviced were subject to typhoons (b) Its only plane was damaged when it ran onto the grass verge after landing at Apia, Samoa

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 9 October 2009

With the announcement that South America’s Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games, this week’s subject is Olympic cities.

1. How many of the modern summer Olympic Games have already been held in South America?

2. How many of the modern summer Olympic Games have already been held in the southern hemisphere?

3. How many of the modern summer Olympic Games have been held in Africa?

4. How many Olympics cities can you name?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 2 October 2009

With football finals approaching, this week’s subject is Australian football.

1. How many players were there on each side in the first AFL match (1858)? (a) 3 (b) 5 (c) more than 15

2. Only one of the St George/Illawarra players was seen to shake hands with a Melbourne player after Melbourne beat them in the final minutes of the 1999 first grade rugby league final. What were most of the other St George team players doing instead? (a) recovering from injuries (b) crying (c) saluting

3. What was Mal Melinga doing when he formally announced that he would not stand for parliament? (a) announcing that he would stand for parliament (b) facing a judiciary hearing (c) waiting for his bride

4. What was Eddie McGuire’s occupation in 2005? (a) president of Collingwood Football Club (c) Channel Nine football commentator (c) Channel Nine quiz commentator (d) 3MMM radio broadcaster (e) director of Athletics Australia (f) all of the above

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 25 September 2009

This week’s subject is this web site’s subject, walking.

1. Up to how many porters does Peregrine Adventures have on Himalayan tracks at any one time? (a) they don’t use porters (b) 80 (c) 800

2. What did Frenchman Rémy Bricka cross on his 1988 5636km walk? (a) a desert (b) a mountain (c) an ocean

3. How many suburbs are passed through on the popular walking and jogging track around Sydney’s Iron Cove? (a) 3 (b) 7 (c) 15

.4. What variation of walking, that you probably have not used since you were about six or seven, is faster than walking but slower than running? Could you do it naturally now at your first attempt?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 18 September 2009

With the US Open tennis ending, that is this week’s subject.

1. Up to what age can you be a ball boy or ball girl for the US Open?

2. Anastasia Rodionova was narrowly beaten by Kateryna Bondarenko in 2009. What is significant about their names?

3. In what type of queue would the seventh seed in this year’s women’s singles always be certain that she’d be last?

4. When did all top 16 seeds in the men’s singles last reach the third round of a grand slam event?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 11 September 2009

This week’s subject is the Kennedys.

1. How many of Senator Edward Kennedy’s relatives died before middle age? (a) none (b) 2 (c) 7

2. The surname of Robert Kennedy’s assassin was Sirhan. What was his first name?

3. How many Catholic US presidents have there been?

4. According to opinion polls, who have been the three most popular American presidents? (Yes, JFK is one of them.)

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 4 September 2009

This week’s subject is American synonyms. There’s only one question, but it’s a fairly long one.
What are the American word equivalents for these words used in Australia? accelerator, autumn, biscuit, blow horn, bonnet (of car), boot (of car), bumper (of car), car, caravan park, chemist, chips (potato), crisps, dollar note, draughts (game), each (eg four games each), exhaust pipe (on car), expressway, ground floor, footpath, full stop (at end of sentence), hand brake, jam, jumper, lift (to avoid stairs), lolly, maths, mobile phone, mum, peak hour, pedestrian crossing, petrol, poker machine, prepare (a meal), railway, restaurant, rubbish, second place, service station, soft drink, somewhere, take-away food, tap, torch, tomato sauce, tram, tramlines (on tennis court), ute, zed

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 28 August 2009

With the Afghanistan election just over, Afghanistan is this week’s subject.

1. What is the first name of Dr Abdullah, the main challenger in the August 2009 Afghanistan election?

2. Until 2001, in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, which of these were illegal for women? (a) owning a TV set (b) attending school or university (c) having head, face or body uncovered (d) attending sporting events or playing sport (e) working outside the home except in health work

3. Which was most encouraged in Afghanistan until 2001? (a) playing music (b) owning a VCR (c) owning books published outside Afghanistan (d) none was encouraged

4. What did the government in Kabul ban from all Afghanistan schools in April 1997? (a) computers (b) mobile phones (c) attendance by girls

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 21 August 2009

This week’s subject is long names.

(1) What is “Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii”? (a) the name of a New Zealand child (b) the name of an Australian song (c) the name of an American song

(2) Why did Germany’s Constitutional Court this year not allow a Munich dentist to call herself Frieda Rosemarie Thalheim-Kunz-Hallstein?

(3) What did Talebulamaineiilikenamainavaleniveivakabulaimakulalakeba do? (a) crime (b) play cricket (c) play croquet

(4) Who is Germany’s Economics Minister? (a) Karl Schultz (b) Butch Reichel (c) Karl-Theodor Maria Nikolaus Johann Jacob Philipp Franz Joseph Sylvester Freiherr von und zu Guttenburg

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 14 August 2009

With the world swimming championships having finished last week, this week’s subject is swimming.

(1) What world record was set at the 2009 world swimming championships? (a) the world record for world records (b) the largest number of spectators

(2) Did the release of the first high-tech suit, Speedo’s LZR Racer, in February 2008 result in any world swimming records being broken that year? (a) no (b) yes – seven (c) yes - 108

(3) If the Speedo LZR Racer were as good as claimed, would it have been worthwhile for a swimmer to wear two of the suits at once?

(4) In what style of swimming are women the most nearly equal of men?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 7 August 2009

This week’s subject is Australian commercial radio survivors.

(1) Ian Craig called his last horse race on 24 June this year. For how many years was he race broadcaster at Sydney’s 2KY? (a) 20 (b) 41 (c) 44

(2) For many years until last April, from what position did Mike Jeffreys host 2CC Canberra’s breakfast programme? (a) station manager (b) standing (c) sitting, of course

(3) What has Rex Hunt talked about for 23 years on Melbourne’s 3AW? (a) crime (b) table tennis (c) fish

(4) Alan Jones has topped the ratings for Australia’s hardest shift, Sydney breakfast, for 15 years. With what word does he open his program each morning? (a) good (b) well (c) now

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 31 July 2009

With the ‘Ashes’ cricket series being played in England, this week’s subject is Australian cricket.

(1) In Shane Warne’s record-breaking last test match as a bowler, who was the top-scoring batsman in Australia’s second innings?

(2) Were any of the 1886 Australian cricket team that played against Britain Aboriginal? (a) no (b) yes – half of them (c) yes – all of them

(3) What was the maiden surname of Stuart MacGill’s friend who became his wife? (The answer is in the question.)

(4) Now follows our world record for length of a trivia question. On 18 June 2005, the Sydney Daily Telegraph ran a preview of the match scheduled for later in the day. It included these comments:
‘Prime time television will tonight dish up what promises to be the most terrible game of cricket anyone could ever see. Australia’s tour of England kicks off with the alleged excitement of the one-day series. The Aussies play Bangladesh - that most mighty of cricket nations - in what will be a sad, one-sided affair. England flogged the hopeless Bangladesh side in a game on Thursday night (Australian time). They didn’t even lose a wicket on their way to victory…I always look forward with great anticipation to the Ashes tour…But Bangladesh? Please…Little resistance is offered from the likes of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh…more cynical fans (like me) say no more…If you were a 12-year-old in Bangladesh, who was lucky enough to have access to a television set, what could possibly be attractive about watching your countrymen getting flogged every time they took to the field?…The Bangladeshis were dragged out of their practice gear and tossed into the elite world of cricket far too early…they are light years away from being near Australia or England…What the ICC has created is an embarrassing mess. Tonight, at 7.30, smack bang in the middle of prime time in Australia, 12 very young, inexperienced cricketers will take on the best in the world. They will be hopelessly outclassed - which must be humiliating and demoralising for them…What we are about to see just isn’t cricket.’
Which team won?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 24 July 2009

This week’s subject is the moon again.

(1) What was the date of man’s first step on the moon? (a) 20 July 1969 (b) 21 July 1969

(2) Dr Harrison Schmidt was the last person to do what?

(3) What is the only man-made object visible from the moon?

(4) Did China’s media give saturation coverage to the first landing of man on the moon?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 17 July 2009

With the 40th anniversary of man’s first moon landing on 20th July, the subject for this week and next week is the moon.

(1) The first manned moon landing in July, 1969, was heralded as being the start of regular moon landings, including tourist trips to the moon and a permanent settlement there. When was the most recent manned moon landing? (a) 1972 (b) 1982 (c) 2002

(2) What was the first word said on the moon? (a) safe (b) Houston (c) McDonalds

(3) What was the name of the first woman to walk on the moon?

(4) What situation caused Alfred M Worden to become the most isolated human ever?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 10 July 2009

This week’s subject is smoking

(1) It was revealed last month that Guinness World Records has refused to acknowledge the world’s youngest smoker. Why is this? (a) they say that there is insufficient evidence, even though everyone in his school says that they have seen the seven-year-old smoke (b) approving a record for the two-year-old Chinese boy who smokes a pack-a-day to relieve hernia pain would encourage others to break it

(2) What organisation is the world's largest tobacco manufacturer?

(3) How many brands of cigarettes do Chinese government tobacco factories produce? (a) 1 (b) 2, one for home consumption and one for export (c) 900

(4) Who funded the first studies showing the relationship between smoking and lung cancer? (a) the United States surgeon-general (b) Adolf Hitler (c) Rothmans of Pall Mall, but the research was suppressed

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 3 July 2009

Now that we’re in the middle of the world’s most celebrated tennis tournament, this week’s subject is Wimbledon.

(1) For the first time, play can continue in rain at Wimbledon with its new roof on the centre court. Until last year, if the whole day’s play was washed out, until when were your tickets for that day valid? (a) for that day only and there was no refund (b) for that day only but you get a refund (c) for the next day if seats were available (c) for any day in the tournament if seats were available

(2) How many “ovas” (players with surnames ending in “ova”) are there in the main draw of this year’s ladies’ singles? (a) 0 (b) 4 (c) 22

(3) Who have the shortest and longest names in the ladies’ singles?

(4) What do Lindsay Davenport, Virginia Ruzic and Mark Edmondson have in common? (a) They were all disqualified for late arrival at Wimbledon (b) They each lost a Wimbledon final after having match point. (c) They each had to return to their Wimbledon dressing room to change out of coloured clothing.

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 26 June 2009

There has been plenty of activity following last weekend’s election in Iran. Iran is this week’s subject.

(1) How many prisoners escaped in the largest ever jail break in Tehran, Iran? (a) Iran has never had an escaped prisoner (b) 250 (c) 11,000

(2) The penalty for a non-Muslim man who rapes a Muslim woman in Iran is death. What is the penalty if they have sex by consent?

(3) The father of what world top-five American tennis player (for nearly 15 years) represented Iran in boxing?

(4) After being stripped of his nationality by Iran, why did “Sir Edward” live at Paris’ main airport, Charles de Gaulle, for 11 years without leaving the airport?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 19 June 2009

This month is the 65th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy landing; this week’s subject is World War II.

(1) What was the name of the vessel that destroyed the submarine USS Tang in October, 1944? (a) Hood (b) USS Tang

(2) What were the parents of World War II allied supreme commander, General Dwight Eisenhower? (a) Nazis (b) Germans, but not Nazis (c) pacifists

(3) Within 50 either way, how many aircraft carriers did Germany lose during World War II?

(4) What was significant about the World War II armistice signed in the railway carriage at Rethondes? (a) it was written backwards (b) it was written in blood (c) it was written in invisible ink

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 12 June 2009

This week’s subject is spelling.

(1) Who became the US national spelling champion last month? (a) Ann Smith (b) Tim Day (c) Kavya Shivashankar

(2) When was the letter "J" first used in the English language? (a) it has always been used in the English language (b) about 500 years ago (c) well before 3 000 BC

(3) What do the words barbeque and miniscule have in common?

(4) In an English dictionary, which letter begins most words?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 5 June 2009

This week’s subject is South Africa.

(1) Is Jacob Zuma, sworn in as president of South Africa last month, married?

(2) Has Jacob Zuma been charged with any criminal offences?

(3) A competition which attracted 140 entries was held in South Africa to suggest a name for a national park that had been created at Cape Peninsula. Where did the entry ‘Cape Peninsula National Park’ finish in the best entries list?

(4) Which of the countries Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa did not compete in the Pacific School Games in Sydney?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 29 May 2009

This week’s subject is newspapers.

(1) In last Sunday’s Sydney Sun-Herald comics section, a puzzle with a prize of ‘a set of musical instruments’ showed the following in small print: ‘Terms and Conditions: Entrants must be 18 or over.’ W hat was the puzzle? (a) How many prime numbers are there between 500 and 5000? (b) In how many ways can the cards in a normal deck be arranged? (c) Can you fill in the numbers that are missing when you count from 1 to 10? 1 2 3 4 _ 6 _ 8 9 10

(2) How often is the Dutch Weekly published? (a) weekly (b) fortnightly

(3) What nine-letter word appears in one of the first two paragraphs of half of newspaper news items?

(4) Up to how many trees have been used to make the paper needed for one Sunday edition of The New York Times? (a) 63 (b) 630 (c) 63,000

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 22 May 2009

This week’s subject is Iceland

(1) In what category is Johanna Sigurdardottir, elected prime minister of Iceland last month, a world first? (a) first openly lesbian prime minister (b) first grandmother prime minister (c) first prime minister with a surname longer than half the number of letters in the alphabet

(2) In which of these areas is Iceland a world leader? Military, railways, safety railings, lifts, weed killer

(3) What is unique about Iceland's elephant birds? (a) They are not birds. They are fish that can survive being frozen through winter. (b) They cannot fly when they lose sight of the sea and fall to the ground. (c) They have a trunk that is five times as long as their wingspan.

(4) Of what does Iceland consume the most per capita of any country? (a) fish (b) deer (c) Coca-Cola

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 15 May 2009

This week’s subject is pigs.

(1) What is the difference between a pig and a swine?

(2) What should you do if you see a pig looking up at the sky?

(3) Which word in "guinea pig" is an incorrect description of the animal?

(4) In what country do half the world’s pigs live?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 8 May 2009

This week’s subject is disease.

(1) What is this week’s swine flu epidemic? Is it epidemic, endemic or pandemic? And how do you match those words with these definitions? (a) disease prevalent among a community at a special time (b) disease prevalent over a whole country or over the whole world (c) regularly or only found among specified people or in a specified country

(2) What is the only certain way of making the body immune from measles?

(3) What is an almost certain cure for a woman’s arthritic pains, but unavailable to men?

(4) We know all about antibiotics. What about ‘biotic’?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 1 May 2009

This week’s subject is anagrams of occupations

(1) What sales occupation is made by re-arranging the letters in ‘dud sale career’? (4,3,6)

(2) What name for people whose job is to search space is an anagram of ‘moon starers’? (11)

(3) Who searches the other way and analyses the earth, and is an anagram of ‘go get soil’? (9)?

(4) What title for the head of a business is an anagram of ‘rodent@piracy.com’? (7,8)

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 24 April 2009

This week’s subject is Somalia.

(1) At the time of the killing of three Somalis last week, were Somali pirates holding any other sailors or ships?

(2) What countries were responsible for the formation of Somalia? (a) Ethiopia and Eritrea (b) Djibouti and Kenya (c) England and Italy

(3) What is Somalia’s main language?

(4) Where were the attempts to form a government for Somalia held in 2000 and 2004? The capital, Mogadishu, of course (b) Djibouti and Kenya

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 17 April 2009

This week’s subject is the USA.

(1) What is April 15 in the USA? (a) April Fools’ Day (b) tax day (c) George Washington’s birthday

(2) What was the original name of St Paul, capital of Minnesota? (a) Pig’s Eye (b) Fat Chance (d) Do Drop In

(3) What US state was once an independent republic?

(4) What West Virginia town name used to have the least number of letters? (a) Ax (b) X (c) 6

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 10 April 2009

This week’s subject is cats.

(1) What happens when a major blood vessel in a cat's chest vibrates? (a) it chokes (b) it eats (c) it purrs

(2) After ‘Puss’, what has been the most popular name in recent years for an Australian cat? (a) Cat (b) Tom (c) Will

(3) What is the approximate cat population of Australia’s Lord Howe Island?

(4) What does a cat measure with its whiskers? (a) width (b) temperature

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 3 April 2009

This week’s subject is dates.

(1) Why did Burger King publish a full page advertisement in USA Today announcing the introduction of a new menu item, a Left-Handed Whopper, which would include the same ingredients but all rotated 180 degrees for the benefit of their left-handed customers?

(2) On what day of the year did the BBC Panorama programme provide coverage of Switzerland’s spaghetti harvest?

(3) The last odd day, ie all digits in the date were odd, was 19/11/1999. When will the next odd day be?

(4) What characteristic of the date 02/02/2000 made it the first of its kind since 28/08/888?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 27 March 2009

This week’s subject is McDonald’s.

(1) Why did 27-year-old Florida resident Latreasa L. Goodman ring the emergency number 911 from McDonald’s this month? (a) the restaurant was under attack by armed and hooded gunmen (b) a British Airways plane had crashed through the roof (c) the restaurant had run out of McNuggets

(2) What became the diet of Geoffrey Giuliano, the original actor to play the McDonald’s clown, Ronald McDonald?

(3) What did McDonald's open at ski town Lindvallen in Sweden on 7 December 1996?

(4) What was unique about India's first McDonald's restaurant, opened in 1996?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 20 March 2009

This week’s subject is Sydney TV

(1) When was the last time that all Sydney’s free-to-air TV channels covered the same event live?

(2) Besides news, what is the only programme shown on Sydney TV at the same time seven days a week?

(3) When are all Sydney’s three commercial TV channels showing the same program type from Tuesdays to Fridays? (a) midday (b) 2.30pm (c) 2.30am

(4) What two words do Channels Ten and Nine like to use immediately before their main news item? (a) the news (b) the headlines (c) but first

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 13 March 2009

This week’s subject is jails.

(1) Vassilis Paleokostas escaped from the high-security Korydallos prison in Athens, Greece, in 2006 by helicopter. How did he escape from the same prison last month (February 2009)?

(2) What group of people ran Guatemala’s Pavon prison for more than 10 years until it was stormed by 3000 soldiers and police in September 2006? (a) inmates (b) warders (c) retirees

(3) What was surprising about the robbery of the superintendent of Melbourne’s Pentridge jail in 1874? (a) thieves broke into the jail (b) warders robbed the office and gave the proceeds to prisoners

(4) What did Bassam Hamzy, a maximum security prisoner at Lithgow jail, do 19,000 times in six weeks, or an average of once every five minutes, 24 hours a day? (a) eat (b) drink (c) make mobile telephone calls

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 6 March 2009

This week’s subject is executions.

(1) How did 27-year-old identical twin brothers R. Sathis Raj and Sabarish Raj escape being convicted and hanged on drugs charges in Malaysia last month?

(2) For which offences were people executed in Ukraine in 1996-97? (a) stealing ball-point pens (b) attempting to steal tax receipts (c) pricking female cyclists in the buttocks with sticks and needles (d) all of the above

(3) What was the crime for which two ladies were sentenced to death by firing squad in Somalia in February 2001? (a) treason (b) rescuing from drowning the country’s women’s liberation leader (c) “unnatural behaviour”, after one of the lesbians reported the other for being too rough

(4) Who was forced to conduct the funeral service for 80-year-old clergyman John Lowes before he was hanged in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, in 1645?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 27 February 2009

This week’s subject is space.

(1) Russia and America were involved in a head-on collision this month. Where did it take place?

(2) What is the closest star to us?

(3) Why does the sun shine?

(4) How many lives are known to have been lost because of being directly hit by an extra-terrestrial object?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 20 February 2009

This week’s subject is birthdays.

(1) You have a better than 75% chance of getting this answer correct. What famous person was born on 12 February 200 years ago? (a) Abraham Lincoln (b) Charles Darwin

(2) What is the most frequently-sung song in English?

(3) Who wrote Happy Birthday, which was first publicly sung in 1924? (a) Mozart (b) two Sunday School teachers (c) three opium traders

(4) What event happened on both of the only two birthday observances recorded in the Bible? (a) a birthday party (b) an angel visitation (c) a murder

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 13 February 2009

This week’s subject is music.

(1) Police last month charged a singer with negligence for lighting fireworks that set a Bangkok club ablaze on New Year’s Day, killing 65 revellers. Did the name of his pop group have anything to do with the offence?

(2) Of what singing group did Decca Records say “We don’t like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out.” when rejecting them in 1962?

(3) Only one choir entered the 1978 Arklow Musical Festival choral contest. Where did it come? (a) first (b) second (c) last

(4) Sydney church group Hillsong’s ‘For All You’ve Done’ album debuted at number one on the Australian record Industry Association’s charts in July 2004. Sales from the music stand at their church totalled 9766. How many sales were from other outlets? (a) 3 (b) 300 (c) nearly 40 000

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 6 February 2009

This week’s subject is families.

(1) A week ago, on 26 January, a lady gave birth to her eighth child in Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Centre in California. What was the age difference between this and her first child? (a) more than eight years (b) eight years to the day (c) less than eight years

(2) What was unusual about the three boys who gained the first three places in each of their Years 10, 11 and 12 at Sydney’s Normanhurst Boys’ High School in 1995, 1996 and 1997?

(3) What was unusual about the school captains at Sydney’s Kirrawee Public School for the years 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2000?

(4) If a triplet dies, what are the other two?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 30 January 2009

This week’s subject is air transport

(1) What is the Hudson River? (a) a 500km river that flows through New York State (b) a river bordering New York City (c) a safe landing place for large aircraft

(2) Australia’s first female pilot to be licensed to carry passengers died this month. Her name was Nancy Bird until she married Charles Walton. How was she known after that? (a) Nancy Bird-Walton (b) Nancy-Bird Walton

(3) How did Civil Aviation chairman Dick Smith justify his claim that lowering Australian air safety standards would save lives?

(4) Three people left California on 11 April 1996 to set a record on a flight to the east coast. The plane crashed after one-third of the journey and all were killed. How old was the pilot? (a) 7 (b) 77 (c) 97

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 23 January 2009

With a new president to be installed this week in the USA, this week’s subject is American presidents.

(1) What very recent president said ‘More and more of our imports come from overseas’?

(2) To what prominent person living down a hole did a US soldier say ‘President Bush sends his regards’ on 13 December 2003?

(3) What does the ‘W’ in the name of US president George W Bush stand for?

(4) What percentage of his federal salary for his 47 years in government did Herbert Hoover give to charity?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 16 January 2009

This week’s subject is oldest people.

(1) The world’s oldest person, Portugal's Maria de Jesus, died this month at age 115. Up to what age could she read and write? (An error margin of 50 years is allowed.)

(2) Who is the oldest heir to the throne in British history?

(3) How old was Jeanne Calment when she made her first CD in 1996, entitled ‘Maitresse du temps’? (a) 50 (b) 80 (c) 120

(4) How many years did Dot Dawson’s Australian radio career span? (a) 40 (b) 50 (c) 75

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 9 January 2009

This week’s subject is the best of 2008:

(1) What was the most popular name for baby boys in Australia, Britain and New Zealand in 2008? (a) Billy (b) Jack (c) Liam

(2) What was the most popular name for baby girls in Australia in 2008? (a) Emma (b) Mia (c) Theodora

(3) What was the most popular tourist attraction in the world in 2008? (a) Times Square (b) Eiffel Tower (c) Disneyland

(4) What was the best invention in 2008? (a) Retail DNA Test (b) leaf-blower silencer (c) Acme do-it-yourself tornado kit

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 2 January 2009

This week’s subject is the worst of 2008.

(1) What was voted the worst choice for a celebrity baby boy’s name in 2008? (a) Alphabet (b) Bronx (c) Candelabra

(2) What was voted the worst choice for a celebrity baby girl’s name in 2008? (a) Jagger (b) Joseph (c) Blue (d) all of the above

(3) What was the world’s most dangerous vacation spot in 2008? (a) Afghanistan (b) Bulgaria (c) Cyprus

(4) What was the world’s worst loss in international sport in 2008? (a) Australia’s archery team loss (b) Bulgaria’s ice hockey team loss (c) China’s bowls team loss

Next week will be the best of 2008.

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