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Free TRIVIA QUESTIONS for 2010

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 31 December 2010

This week's subject is 2011.

1. At 11 seconds after 11.11am on 11 November 2011, a digital clock will read 111111111111. How long will we have to wait before something like that appears again?

2. Kings Cross drug identity Bill Bayeh is due to be released from jail in 2011. What other significance does 2011 have for Kings Cross and Bill Bayeh?

3. If the first marathon was run in 490BC, when should the 2500th anniversary marathon be?

4. In 2011 Christmas Day is on a Sunday. So will the official Christmas Day holiday in Australia be (a) on the Sunday, (b) on the Boxing Day Monday and the Boxing Day holiday moved to Tuesday, or (c) on the Tuesday, and the Boxing Day holiday retained on Monday?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 24 December 2010

This week's subject is Christmas

1. A 20-year-old Peruvian woman, Virgen Mary, gave birth to a baby boy on Christmas Day 2008. She and the baby's father were going to name him after a famous soccer player, but decided on what name?

2. How many times is Christmas mentioned in the Bible?

3. In Sydney's Darling Harbour suburb on 8 January 2008 nine party goers were arrested when guests turned on police while another 500 looked on. What were they celebrating?

4. For what is 'trims cash' an anagram?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 17 December 2010

This week's subject is the Commonwealth of Nations.

1. What was the Commonwealth of Nations previously called?

2. What do Mozambique and Rwanda have in common? (a) they are the only countries to become members of the Commonwealth of Nations without a British colonial past or constitutional ties to the UK (b) something else. (You know it has to be the first option, don't you? We couldn't just invent that.)

3. How many countries are members of the Commonwealth of Nations? (a) 7 (b) 17 (c) more than 50

4. How many Commonwealth of Nations countries/territories can you name? (If you can remember them all, you will have done fairly well.)

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 10 December 2010

With the Australian Open under way, this week's subject is golf.

1. What did Colin Blake drive across America from coast to coast?

2. The total prize money for the 1996 South Australian Open golf championship was $300 000. How much was Greg Norman paid just for appearing?

3. The largest ever TV audience for a game of golf was on 6 February 1971, yet there was only one spectator at the event. Where was this game played?

4. Which of the following is an ingredient in golf balls? (a) honey (b) kelp (c) tobacco

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 3 December 2010

This week's subject is Prince William.

1. What does England's Prince William have in common with three consecutive US presidents (Ronald Reagan, George Bush Senior and Bill Clinton), Kermit the Frog and polar bears?

2. What would Prince William have been banned from if he married a Catholic?

3. How will Prince William spend Christmas Day this year? (a) joining the royal family for Christmas Dinner and afternoon hunting at Windsor Palace (b) quietly with his fiancée at Balmoral Castle (c) working a voluntary shift as an RAF rescue pilot so that married pilots can have Christmas with their families

4. What relative of Prince William is a convicted criminal?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 26 November 2010

Following more than its share of incidents this month, Qantas is this week's subject.

1. How was the name Qantas derived?

2. Many people are scared of flying and of bad luck from the number 13. What is the phone number for Qantas reservations?

3. How many passengers has Qantas lost in air crashes in the jet era?

4. How many refuelling stops did Qantas have on its tri-weekly service to London in 1938? (a) 7 (b) 13 (c) 29

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 19 November 2010

With its first election for years held last week, this week's subject is Burma.

1. When was the previous election in Burma? (a) 10 years ago (b) 20 years ago (c) 50 years ago

2. What is the alternative name for Burma?

3. Is the stress in the name Myanmar on the first, second or third syllable? (And would you like the second question again?)

4. What do Burma, Liberia and USA have in common that no other countries retain?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 12 November 2010

This week's subject is Mars.

1. NASA is asking for volunteers to go to Mars in about 2030. For how long will they stay on Mars?

2. Why did veteran Russian cosmonaut Valery Polyakov say that only men aged over 60 should be included on a manned space mission to Mars?

3. What term do journalists almost always use when reporting on Mars?

4. What colour is Mars?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 5 November 2010

This week's subject is Australia's most famous horse race, the Melbourne Cup.

1. The Melbourne Cup is now run on the first Tuesday in November. When was it run in 1875? (a) 1 January (b) it was to have been run on the first Saturday in April, but was delayed for a week when it was realised that that was Easter (c) the first Tuesday in November

2. What time on what day did the NSW Government choose to release its controversial 30 000-page contract with the builders of the Cross City Tunnel?

3. What former Melbourne Cup winner and champion jockey headed the 1998 promotion for G-line, the addicted gamblers' telephone counselling service?

4. What did Sydney radio station 2CH broadcast for the first time in its 70 year history in 1995, after its sale by the NSW Council of Churches? (a) the Melbourne Cup (b) advertisements for alcoholic drinks (c) both of the above

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 29 October 2010

This week's subject is mining.

1. How many media people covered the Chile mine rescue? (a) just 8, who covered the story for all media outlets, as there was limited space above the mine (b) nearly 100 (c) 2000

2. Why were more lifted from the Chile mine than those who were originally trapped in it?

3. What temperature (C) did the miners have to endure for their 69 days underground? (a) around three degrees below freezing (b) a relatively pleasant 24 (c) 34

4. Where is Tom Price?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 22 October 2010

This week's subject is saints.

1. Who becomes Australia's first saint of the Catholic Church on October 17?

2. Every May since the 12th century, people of Gubbio in northern Italy have staged a race to commemorate St Ubaldo, believed to have saved the town from invasion. Three statues—of Saints Ubaldo, George and Anthony—are raced up the narrow track of Mt Ingino, with that of St Ubaldo starting in pole position. In how many of the 800-plus races has St Ubaldo been beaten?

3. Of what, with the initials BK, was St Valentine the saint? (The 'B' is especially helpful for you.)

4. How can you become a saint as soon as you wish?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 15 October 2010

This week’s subject is India.

1. Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated. How did her son, Rajiv, also prime minister of India, die?

2. What is the main feature of the Indian flag? (a) a star (b) a wheel (c) a vegetable

3. What shape are playing cards in India? (a) rectangular (b) round (c) square

4. How many people in India were homeless after the 1998 floods? (a) 30 (b) 30 thousand (c) 30 million

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 8 October 2010

This week’s subject is the Commonwealth Games.

1. Australia’s Rachael Grinham won the silver medal for squash at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Who beat her for the gold medal? (a) her sister (b) the world champion (c) a paralympian

2. On the same day, 20 March 2006, Natalie Saville won the silver medal for the 20km walk. Who beat her for the gold medal? (a) her sister (b) the world champion (c) a paralympian

3. In what activity did 14 of the 22-member Sierra Leone team succeed in the 2006 Commonwealth Games? (a) marathon (b) discus (c) disappearing

4. Which of the following concerns were raised before the 2010 Commonwealth Games? (a) dengue fever (b) terrorist attacks (c) falling bridges (d) falling roofs (e) dirty handbasins (f) bedclothing with dog paw marks (g) snakes

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 1 October 2010

This week’s subject is Vietnam.

1. What anniversary of its founding does Hanoi celebrate on 10/10/10? (If you need help, just replace each / with x.)

2. What do the Vietnamese call the Vietnam War?

3. Up to a decade ago, Vietnam was the largest exporter of what commodity? (a) scrap metal (b) cheese (c) baskets

4. The unit of Vietnamese currency is the dong. Approximately how many dong can you get for one dollar? (a) one dong (b) half a dong (c) 15,000 dong

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 24 September 2010

This week’s subject is Sydney radio ratings.

1. On 30 March 2010, the day that the results of the Sydney radio ratings survey were released, 2GB evening personality Brian Wilshire turned 66. So how many consecutive surveys had he won?

2. 2SM’s breakfast announcer, Grant Goldman, has the most listeners in which of these categories? (a) under 18s (b) over 55s (c) train travellers

3. ‘Aunt Margaret’, Margaret Herd,.who had a life-long contract with 2CH to broadcast the children’s program Fairy Godmother from 5 to 5.35pm each Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon, was still broadcasting when she was in her 80s. According to the McNair Anderson radio surveys, to what age group did most of her listeners belong? (a) under 5 (b) under 17 (c) over 55

4. For how many years on 2UE was Gary O’Callaghan Sydney’s top-rating breakfast personality? (a) 5 (b) 15 (c) nearly 50

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 17 September 2010

This week’s subject is queues.

1. How long has the waiting time been in the queues for the China, Saudi Arabia, Japan and South Korea pavilions at Shanghai’s World Expo, which has been attracting more than 400,000 people a day and runs until the end of next month? (a) only seconds (b) never more than four minutes (c) more than five hours

2. Why did 54 people form a queue in difficult conditions in Nepal on 16 May 2002?

3. What is the only English-language word that is pronounced the same way with or without its last four letters?

4. What English word has five consecutive vowels?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 10 September 2010

This week’s subject is the US Open tennis.

1. In the 2008 US Open, Ivo Karlovic served 42 aces. How many did his opponent Florent Serra serve?

2. Why didn’t John Isner, the conqueror of fifth seed Andy Roddick in 2009, raise his hand like other players to shake with the umpire after the match?

3. Who was the first unseeded woman to win the US singles, which has been played since 1887?

4. How many of the last 14 women’s singles finals in the US Open have gone to three sets? (a) all of them (b) none of them (c) exactly half

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 3 September 2010

This week’s subject is the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the world’s largest single-span steel bridge.

1. The Sydney Harbour Bridge has just celebrated what 60th anniversary? (a) the ceremony of turning the first sod (b) the joining of the two halves of the arch (c) the opening of the bridge to traffic

2. Who cut the ribbon at the official opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge? (a) Capt de Groot, an interloper on horseback (b) premier Jack Lang (c) Enmore resident, Syd Bridge

3. What famous Australian actor, who last week was banned from leaving Australia as planned because of tax issues, worked as a rigger on the Sydney Harbour Bridge?

4. How much annual rental does BridgeClimb pay to the Sydney Harbour Bridge owners, the NSW Government, for allowing it to take walkers across the arch? (a) nothing (b) $20 000 (c) $2 million

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 27 August 2010

This week’s subject is Azaria Chamberlain, who disappeared from Uluru in Central Australia 30 years ago this month.

1. In the trial of Azaria’s mother, Lindy Chamberlain, it was claimed that Azaria had been murdered in the family car because scientific evidence showed that blood found under the dashboard was baby’s blood. What was this ‘blood’ later found to be? (a) blood from a male, not female, baby (b) blood from a teenager (c) sound deadener

2. An English professor testified that red marks on the baby's clothing were bloodstains from the hand of a small lady. What were these bloodstains? (a) blood from an overweight lady (b) red desert dust

3. Lindy Chamberlain said that a dingo had taken her baby, but the discovered clothes were reported to have been ‘neatly folded’. What was the explanation for this? (a) it must have been a tidy dingo (b) the ranger who found the clothes stated that he folded them

4. Media publicity reported that Azaria means ‘sacrifice in the desert’. Why was that later retracted?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 20 August 2010

This week’s subject is Australian prime minister Julia Gillard.

1. Julia Gillard was born in the area of a village in southern Wales with a name that has only one vowel. How many consonants precede the vowel? (a) 3 (b) 4 (c) 6

2. Before Julia Gillard, who was the last Australian prime minister to be born overseas? (a) Paul Keating (1991-1996) (b) Bob Hawke (1983-1991) (c) Billy Hughes (1915-1923)

3. What religion were or are Australian prime ministers Curtin, Gorton, Whitlam, Hawke and Gillard?

4. Julia Gillard was sworn in as prime minister on 24 June 2010. If her party loses the election on 21 August, will her term be the shortest of any Australian prime minister?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 13 August 2010

This week’s subject is Australian elections.

1. Why was the only election debate between prime minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader (now Prime Minister) Tony Abbott changed to a different time slot by channels 2, 7 and 9 on 25 July 2010? Because of (a) an earthquake (b) a terrorist bombing (c) a cooking show on channel 10

2. What is the most popular month for holding federal and state elections in Australia?

3. What is the least popular month for holding federal and state elections in Australia?

4. How many of the following people (surnames in italics) contested the 1998 Australian federal election? Justice Abolish Child Support and Family Court; Marcus Aussie-Stone, Prime Minister John Ipiss the Family, Paul-Ian Handsome Puppet, Pauline Pantsdown.

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 6 August 2010

This week’s subject is Australian prime ministers’ quotes.

1. Who asked then opposition leader and later prime minister Kevin Rudd the most questions during the 2007 election campaign?

2. What two-word expression did prime minister Julia Rudd use 37 times during her speech at the announcement of the 2010 election date? (a) going forward (b) moving forward (c) I’m here for the long haul

3. What Australian prime minister said ‘life wasn’t meant to be easy?’

4. Who wrote the speech that contained the line ‘life wasn’t meant to be easy’ which haunted that prime minister for the rest of his days?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 30 July 2010

This week’s subject is cycling.

1. Where did the 1996 Tour de France start? (a) in France, of course (b) in The Netherlands (c) in London

2. Where did the 2007 Tour de France start? (a) in France, of course (b) in The Netherlands (c) in London

3. What was the winning time in the 1964 Olympics semi-final of the 1km cycling sprint between Giovanni Pettenella and Pierre Trentin? (a) under 30 seconds (b) 60 seconds exactly (c) over 22 minutes

4. Which sport is the answer to this cryptic crossword clue? Candy stick sport (7)

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 23 July 2010

This week’s subject is World Cup again.

1. Which country’s team was the only one not to lose a match in the 2010 World Cup? (a) Spain (b) New Zealand (c) Germany

2. Who was recognized worldwide as the best at picking which teams would win? (a) the coach of Spain (b) the president of South Africa (c) an octopus

3. How many times had Spain previously won the World Cup?

4. Besides Spain, what are the only four countries have a name of just one syllable?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 16 July 2010

This week’s subject is North Korea’s World Cup.

1. What did North Korea achieve in this year’s World Cup for the first time for 44 years?

2. How did North Koreans who wanted to travel to South Africa for the World Cup gain permission from their government?

3. According to ESPN, who were the 30-40 fans supporting the North Korean team? (a) paid Chinese actors (b) sports psychologists (c) South Koreans trying to distract the North Korean team

4. What prominent North Korean person gave strategic advice to the country’s team for match tactics?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 9 July 2010

This week’s subject is Wimbledon:

One match overshadowed all others in the 2010 Wimbledon men’s singles, breaking a large number of tennis records. By how much did John Isher and Nicolas Mahut break these records:

1. Most games in a match (previously 112)? (a) by 5 games (b) by 15 games (c) by 71 games

2. Longest match (previously 6 hours 33 minutes)? (a) by 3 minutes (b) by 13 minutes (c) by 4 hours 32 minutes

3. Longest fifth set (previously 40 games)? (a) by 2 games (b) by 5 games (c) by 98 games

4. Most aces in a match (previously 96)? (a) by 7 aces (b) by 21 aces (c) by 119 aces

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 2 July 2010

This week’s subject is female prime ministers.

1. Julia Gillard has been honoured on 24 June 2010 as Australia’s first female prime minister. Why is Francis Forde, who was prime minister of Australia for eight days in 1945, not given this accolade?

2. Who said last month that she would more likely play full forward for the Western Bulldogs, travel to Mars and star in a Hollywood movie with Brad Pitt than mount a challenge for prime minister?

3. How much a minute did former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher charge for after-dinner speeches? (a) $20 (b) $200 (c) $2000

4. Did British prime minister Margaret Thatcher sack Winston Churchill?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 25 June 2010

This week’s subject is marriage.

1. How old was former Western Australian premier Sir Charles Court when he married Judith Butt? (a) 15 (b) 55 (c) 85

2. Can a male member of the Australian Dieri tribe legally marry his mother’s mother’s brother’s daughter’s daughter or his mother’s father’s sister’s daughter’s daughter?

3. For how long was Adolf Hitler married?

4. A woman who lived in Sydney married 10 men. None of them died and there were no divorces, yet she didn’t break the law. How could this be?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 18 June 2010

This week’s subject is death.

1. The world’s oldest person, Portugal’s Maria de Jesus, died a year ago at 115. Up to what age could she read and write?

2. What caused the 456 BC death of Greek playwright Aeschylus? (a) an eagle (b) a tortoise (c) his bald head (d) all of the above

3. What was the former function of Canberra’s National Film and Sound Archive building? (a) the city morgue (b) the national theatre

4. Who is the only Australian to be buried in Westminster Abbey? (a) governor-general Lord Dunrossil (b) bush poet C J Dennis (c) the unknown soldier

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 11 June 2010

This week’s subject is the World Cup.

1. Before 2006, how many goals had Australia scored in the World Cup? (a) at least 10 (b) 1 (c) 0

2. Was “football” so-named because the ball was kicked by the feet?

3. Is the first name of footballer Hiddink, manager of Chelse in 2009, spelt GWS?

4. Who was the player in the 2006 World Cup final with the initials ZZ?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 4 June 2010

This week’s subject is Mount Everest.

1. By how much did 13-year-old Jordan Romero break the record for youngest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest a week ago? (a) 3 days (b) 3 months (c) 3 years

2. How many porters did Australia’s Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepal’s Tenzing Norkay have for the first successful Mt Everest climb? (a) none (b) one each (c) over 300

3. On Australian Tim McCartney-Snape's first climb to the summit of Everest, he and his two mates were caught in a blizzard and wondered if they would survive. They agreed the night would pass more quickly if they did not look at their watches until they were all confident it was at least 5am. When they did check their watches, what time was it? (a) 7.45pm (b) 4.58am (c) 5.02am

4. Who is the only person to have climbed all of Mt Everest, ie from sea to summit?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 28 May 2010

This week’s subject is Jessica Watson.

1. How much of Jessica Watson’s round-the-world sail was completed before she had a crash with a cargo boat?

2. Although she was able to sail her yacht around the globe, what was Jessica Watson unable to do legally? (a) drive a car (b) drink alcohol (c) vote (d) all of the above

3. How old is Jessica Watson?

4. When was the last time that all three Australian free-to-air commercial networks showed the same event live?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 21 May 2010

This week’s subject is British prime ministers.

1. David Cameron is the youngest British prime mister for how many years? (a) 20 (b) nearly 120 (c) nearly 200

2. The British prime minister lives at Number 10 Downing Street; the Chancellor of the Exchequer is at Number 11 and the office of the Chief Whip at Number 12. Who lives at Number 9?

3. During what event did British prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s popularity soar to its highest level?

4. How did British prime minister Lord Home pronounce his surname?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 14 May 2010

This week’s subject is snooker.

1. Australia’s Neil Robertson won the world smoker championship this week. How many years was it since the title was last won by someone from outside Britain? (a) 30 (b) 5 (c) one – Britain hasn’t won it for 10 years

2. The maximum break in snooker is usually stated as 147. How is it possible to get a higher break?

3. How can you know a red ball will go into a selected snooker pocket, if hit hard enough, irrespective of the angle at which the cue ball hits the red?

4. If two snooker balls are touching each other and also touching the cushion, and one other ball is sent along the cushion into them, one of the original balls will go out from the opposite end. If two balls are sent down together, the two original balls will be propelled along the cushion while the two new ones will remain. What will happen if three balls are sent down? And if two balls are sent from one end and one from the other end simultaneously, what will happen?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 7 May 2010

This week’s subject is sailing.

1. Where has 16-year-old Jessica Watson been for the last six months?

2. What did Sir Francis Chichester do?

3. What sailing term has two apostrophies?

4. How did quadriplegic Hilary Lister, who can only move her head, control her sailing boat in her 2008 attempt to sail solo around the British Isles?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 30 April 2010

This week’s subject is Iceland, the country whose volcano caused 22 countries to close their airports for a week.

1. The name of what other European country is identical to Iceland except for one letter?

2. How much of Iceland is north of the Arctic Circle?

3. What is Iceland’s capital, which has an unusual combination of consecutive letters: ykj?

4. The surname of the Iceland prime minister ends in dottir. What does that Icelandic word mean?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 23 April 2010

This week’s subject is volcanoes.

1. At what figure did the population of Montserrat’s capital, Plymouth, peak in 1996? (a) 2 million (b) 2,000 (c) nil

2. What was the feature of Plymouth’s main street in 1996? (a) crowds celebrating the city’s bicentenary (b) lava

3. What is the only continent that has no active volcano?

4. What religion teaches that the galactic emperor called Xenu brought billions of his people to Earth 75 million years ago and buried them in volcanoes?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 16 April 2010

This week’s subject is rowing.

1. Last month, Shaun Quincey became the first person to row across the Tasman from Australia to New Zealand. Who was the first person to row from New Zealand to Australia? (a) his father (b) Olympic rower Henry ‘Bobby’ Pearce (c) no-one has achieved that feat

2. In rowing, what is a ‘repechage’?

3. What was special about the 1932 Oxford-Cambridge boat race?

4. What sport gave Australia its first world champion?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 9 April 2010

This week's subject is World War II survivors.

1. Andree Peel (also known as Agent Rose), a French resistance heroine who saved more than 100 Allied lives, was about to be shot in 1945 at Buchenwald, Germany, when the execution squad fled from approaching US forces. Instead of having seconds to live, for how long did she survive? (a) until last month (b) until age 105

2. Irena Sendler saved 2500 Jewish children by smuggling them from the Warsaw Ghetto. She was discovered and tortured in 1943, but saved on her way to execution by a friend's bribing German guards. Who beat her 2007 Nobel Prize nomination? (a) Al Gore (b) Agent Rose

3. Australian Nancy Wake led an underground escape line for allied soldiers in Hitler's Germany and became the war's most-decorated heroine. For how many years did she survive the war? (a) she didn't survive the war (b) 3 (c) she is still alive, at 97, in a nursing home in London

4. What did Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda and Private Teruo Nakamura do in the Philippines after World War II ended? (a) created a pacifist movement (b) kept fighting the war for another 21 years

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 2 April 2010

This week’s subject is Easter.

1. What warning did Philippine health officials issue two days before Easter 2008? (a) drive carefully (b) don’t drink too much (c) crucifixions can be bad for your health

2. What island is named after Easter?

3. Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 74th birthday on Good Friday (April 21) 2000. How many years was it since her previous birthday fell on a Good Friday? (a) 1 (b) 4 (c) she had never before had a birthday on Good Friday

4. When is Sydney’s two-week Royal Easter Show officially opened? (a) in the first five minutes of the first day (b) on the afternoon of the first day (c) when it is half over

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 26 March 2010

This week’s subject is young murderers.

1. Jon Venables was 10 when he murdered two-year-old James Bulger in Britain in 1993. He was released in 2001 and was returned to custody this month. By what name is he known now?

2. How were the two who were charged with the murder and sexual assault of Ryan Harris in 1998 passing the time in court during the first day of their New York trial? (a) paying full attention to the prosecutor’s case (b) dozing (c) colouring-in

3. A seven-year-old boy shot dead a six-year-old girl classmate near Detroit, Michigan, 10 years ago this month. Where were the boy’s father and grandfather at the time of the shooting?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 19 March 2010

This week’s subject is Winston Churchill.

1. Did British prime minister Margaret Thatcher sack Winston Churchill?

2. Which of the following prizes was Sir Winston Churchill awarded? (a) Nobel Prize for Literature (b) first prize in Hampton-on-Tyne primary school’s cross-country race (c) prize for most improved in behaviour at his infants’ school

3. Who said “If the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour’”?

4. Why is the statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Parliament Square, London, heated from the inside?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 12 March 2010

This week’s subject is Australian cricket statistics.

1. Australian fast bowler Brett Lee has announced his retirement from Test cricket. What was the fastest ball he ever bowled? (a) 89mph (b) 99mph (c) 99.9mph

2. What was the Test batting average of Australia’s greatest batsman, Don Bradman? (a) 89 (b) 99 (c) 99.94

3. Why can the record set by Wahroonga’s 12-year-old Nicky Wheeler for earliest hat-trick in a career never be beaten?

4. How many pages did Sydney’s Telegraph devote to Australian captain Steve Waugh the day after he announced his retirement? (a) None, because he was a columnist for the “Herald” (b) 4 (c) 15

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 5 March 2010

This week’s subject is traffic offences.

1. North Sydney Court banned a 55-year-old man from approaching within 20 metres of what last week? (a) schools (b) his wife’s house (c) parking meters

2. Is it illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle in Alabama?

3. What colour cars are most likely to get pulled over for speeding?

4. For what offence did former Formula One racing champion Nigel Mansell appear in a British court?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 26 February 2010

This week’s subject is February dates.

1. What was special about six seconds after five minutes past 4am on the third of February 2001?

2. A 12-digit palindromic time and date occurred at 8.02pm on 20 February 2002 (200220022002). When was the previous 12-digit palindromic time and date?

3. The date 2/2/2000 was the first for 1111 years with only even numbers. When will the next year with only odd numbers be?

4. Grandmother said she was born on 29 February 1900. How old is she now?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 19 February 2010

This week’s subject is winter and ancient Olympics.

1. Eric the Eel is remembered fondly for being the slowest swimmer at the 2000 Olympics. What was the nickname, with the same initials (E the E), given to the most fondly remembered 1988 winter Olympics competitor, a British skier?

2. How many contestants have been killed in Winter Olympics competition history?

3. What did jockeys wear in horse races in the ancient Olympics?

4. Who were forbidden, on pain of death, from watching the ancient Olympics? (If you answered the previous question correctly, you’ll have no trouble with this one.)

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 12 February 2010

With the Australia v Pakistan Twenty20 cricket having just finished, Pakistan is this week’s subject.

1. What relative of Pakistan’s president Asif Ali Zardari was twice Pakistan's prime minister and head of the Pakistan People's Party - a position Mr Zardari inherited upon that person’s death in December 2007? (a) father (b) wife (c) daughter

2. What does the 'stan' in 'Pakistan' mean?

3. The most candidates to stand in a national election for a single constituency was 107, in Pakistan in 1997. How were the candidates listed? (a) alphabetically according to surname (b) alphabetically according to first name (c) by symbols because of illiteracy

4. What did Pakistani wrestler Akram Bholoo eat each week? (a) an entire roast goat (b) a burning log of wood (c) if it were the week before a fight, nothing; then he just drank cold lemon tea.

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 5 February 2010

This week’s subject is the Australian Open Tennis, ending on the last day of January.

1. The name of which women’s semi-finalist appears in the Mona Lisa?

2. Which women’s semi-finalist shakes her hand in front of her chest after each point?

3. Which star player has a prominent tattoo?

4. Which player’s first and surname appear more often in the reverse order to that shown on the Australian Open’s web site, and in both orders at different times in items in The Sydney Morning Herald?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 29 January 2010

This week’s subject is disasters.

1. Earthquake severity is always almost quoted as a reading on the Richter Scale. What does the Kantimori Scale measure? (a) earthquakes (b) volcanic eruptions

2. How is it that Australia’s greatest national disaster was a volcanic eruption that killed more than 3000 people, even though this volcano is not in Australia but in Papua New Guinea?

3. What type of natural disaster kills most people in the United States? (a) hurricanes (b) earthquakes (c) lightning

4. Did Dubai’s worst road accident, in March 2008, involve 200 cars and 300 people?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 22 January 2010

With the opening this month of the world’s tallest building, the 818-metre Dubai Tower, this week’s subject is tall buildings.

1. What building was the tallest in a city famous for tall buildings, lost its title, then regained it in 2002?

2. Who built America’s most sacred icon, the Statue of Liberty? (a) the American Pilgrims, in New York (b) the American Republicans, in Washington (c) the French, in France

3. Was the Tower of London a fortress, palace or prison?

4. What type of buildings dominated the London skyline 250 years ago?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 15 January 2010

This week’s subject is first names.

1. William was the most popular name for newborn boys in New South Wales in 2009. Was that more or less than the number of Williams in 2008?

2. Aaron is a male first name starting with a double letter. What are two male first names startling with double L?

3. Who are Trig and Track? (a) cartoon characters (b) two of Sarah Palin’s children (c) two of the senior management of the New Zealand railways

4. What country, close to Australia, has children with these given names? Midnight Chardonnay, Number 16 Bus Shelter, Fat Boy, Hitler, Yeah Detroit, Spial Cicada, Violence and (for twins) Benson and Hedges and Fish and Chips

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 8 January 2010

This week’s subject is jokes.

1. The British Association for the Advancement of Science conducted what it described as the largest-ever scientific study of humour. What was the subject of what it found to be the world’s funniest joke? (a) hunting (b) suitcase locks (c) wool

2. The most frequently submitted joke to the British Association for the Advancement of Science humour study was: “What’s brown and sticky?” What was the answer?

3. Why did the dinosaur cross the road?

4. On which side of the cup do you put the handle?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 1 January 2010

This week’s subject is mammals.

1. Is a jackrabbit a rabbit?

2. The hyrax is about the size of a rabbit. To what animal is it most closely related? (a) rabbit (b) elephant

3. What is the only mammal that can’t jump?

4. What is the collective noun for ferrets? (a) academy (b) business (c) college

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