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Free TRIVIA QUESTIONS for 2012

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 28 December 2012

This week's subject is New Year.

1. When is Silvester?

2. Until a couple of decades ago, the season's greeting was always 'Merry Christmas and a P--------- New Year. What was the word beginning with 'P'?

3. The United Nations has designated 2013 as the International Year of what? (a) Water Co-operation (b) Quinoa (c) both (d) neither

4. What Australian capital city celebrates its centenary in 2013?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 21 December 2012

This week's subject is Christmas.

1. What do David Jones stores do with their Christmas decorations on the 25th?

2. Are there any contradictions between the accounts of Jesus' birth as recorded by the gospel writers Mark and John?

3. Did the type of bed Jesus was placed in at birth show that his parents were rich or poor?

4. What is a Nowel? What is a Nowell?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 14 December 2012

With 21 December being what some calculate as our end according to the Mayan calendar, this week's subject is calendars.

1. How many months were there in a Mayan year? (a) 12, of course, otherwise the 21 December date wouldn't apply (b) 18 (c) it didn't have months

2. What happened in England between 3 and 13 September 1752? If you don't know, answer nothing.

3. Of months that include a Friday 13th, on what day of the week do they mostly start?

4. What unnecessarily long terms did we use to describe 2000 before and after, and 2010 before and for its first week or so?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 7 December 2012

With 7 December 2012 being the 40th anniversary of the launch for the last moon landing, the moon is this week's subject.

1. What is the maiden name of the mother of Buzz Aldrin, the second person to set foot on the moon?

2. Men from how many countries have set foot on the moon?

3. Do our moon, sun and solar system have a name?

4. What do the moon and the Mariana Trench have in common, or rather in opposites?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 30 November 2012

This week's subject is smoking.

1. What might you need from 1 December in Australia to tell you which brand of cigarettes you are purchasing? (a) hearing aid (b) glasses (c) chart showing what brand the packet's colours and symbols represent

2. What is the most frequent type of rubbish?

3. What was a condition of employment with Rothmans in the 1960s?

4. What Guinness world record did Albania's King Zog hold? (a) owner of the world's largest tobacco company (b) smoker of the highest number of cigarettes in a day (c) first ruler to ban smoking entirely in his country or territory

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 23 November 2012

This week's subject is cheating.

1. After Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France wins because of drug use, why were those titles not passed on to the next placegetters?

2. Why was the judge's summing up delayed for a day in the trial of the 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' coughing cheat contestant?

3. If you cheat on your tax return, the Australian Tax Office can fine you. If you make an error or omit something in your return that meant you paid too much tax, and the tax office discovers the error, what does it do? (a) it does not advise you (b) it advises you and refunds the overpaid amount, less an administration fee and 2% of the amount (c) it refunds the overpaid amount and pays you interest

4. How many of the eight finalists in the men's 100 metres at the 1988 Seoul Olympics were found to have been drug cheats? (a) none (b) 2 (c) 6

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 16 November 2012

This week's subject is Ecuador.

1. For how long has Julian Assange been a resident at the Ecuador embassy in London?

2. Which of these is a product of Ecuador? (a) Panama hats (b) Chinese gooseberries (c) kiwi fruit

3. Of the 13 countries in South America, only two don't share a border with Brazil. Ecuador is one. What is the other?

4. Is Quito the former name of Ecuador or its present capital?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 9 November 2012

This week’s subject is Mormons.

1. Do Mormons believe that Jesus visited America?

2. Where, according to Mormons, was the Garden of Eden?

3. What was the more complicated name of the Community of Christ denomination from 1872 to 2001?

4. As ‘reorganized’ is spelt ‘reorganised’ in Australia, did the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Australia spell its name with a ‘z’ as its headquarters church in USA did, or with an ‘s’?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 2 November 2012

This week's subject is US elections.

1. Are the US presidential elections always held on the first Tuesday in November?

2. Did Ronald Reagan win more than two-thirds of the states in the 1984 US election?

3. Why does Mitt Romney expect voter support from Utah and Arizona?

4. What is the official name of the Mitt Romney's Mormon church?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 26 October 2012

This week's subject is US presidents.

1. At each of what incidents of a similar event concerning Presidents Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley was Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham, present?

2. What American president's surname means 'naked'?

3. How does President Obama spell his first name?

4. Which two of these are requirements for being elected US president? (a) aged over 35 (b) born in USA (c) male

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 19 October 2012

This week's subject is Bali.

1. When was the last time that all Sydney's main free-to-air channels (ABC1,7,9 and 10) covered the same event live?

2. How long did chief judge Encep Yuliardi take to review the evidence and read his judgment on the day that Bali bomb-maker Umar Patek was sentenced? (a) 11 seconds (b) 11 minutes (c) 11 hours

3. What is the full name of Bali's Kerobokan Prison head of security, Maliki?

4. What is Pocari Sweat, commonly found in Bali? (a) perspiration from the excessive humidity (b) a canned drink (c) Bali's number one sport amongst its mainly Hindu population

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 12 October 2012


This week's subject is football.

1. In Australian football, the home of AFL is Melbourne and the home of NRL is Sydney. So teams from which cities won their grand finals on the last weekend of September?

2. Do the three children of long-time NRL coach Wayne Bennett (Brisbane, St George, Newcastle) play rugby league?

3. What rugby league record do Hazem El Masri and Daryl Halligan share?

4. When Essendon played the Gold Coast Suns in the AFL in 2011, were their scores tied at the end of the first quarter?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 5 October 2012

This week's subject is Tuvalu.

1. What royal people visited Tuvala last month?

2. What is the name of Tuvalu's capital? (a) Funafuti (b) Diveatofu (c) Catchawava (d) none of those – don't be ridiculous

3. Which of these applies or apply to Tuvalu? (a) the British Commonwealth's smallest member (b) the world's smallest independent nation after the Vatican (c) newest member of the British Commonwealth

4. Tuvalu and Afghanistan are the only country names with three consecutive letters in what order?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 28 September 2012

This week's subject is Islam.

1. What is the first name of the Coptic Christian Nakoula, who produced the film that sparked worldwide protests?

2. What words begin all 114 chapters of the Koran except for one?

3. What has a hafiz done?

4. Is the prophet's name transliterated as Muhammad, Muhammed, Mohammad or Mohammed?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 21 September 2012

This week's subject is rescuers.

1. Why is a Swedish diplomat, born 100 years ago this month, credited with saving more lives single-handedly than anyone else?

2. What did the boy who saved Winston Churchill from drowning have in common with Dr Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin and personally administered it to save Winston Churchill's life when he was Britain's World War II prime minister?

3. A fire in their Philadelphia home in January 1996 burnt to death the sister and cousin of Kenneth James. While their neighbours, Don and Cynthia Stephens, were trying to rescue his sister and cousin, what was Kenneth James doing? (a) sleeping in the rear room (b) fighting a fire in a house a street away (c) robbing the Stephens' house of winter coats, a mobile phone, a video camera, other cameras, jewellery and cash

4. During the British firemen's strike of 1978, an army unit, which had taken over emergency firefighting duties, was asked by an elderly lady to rescue her cat from a tree. How did they manage to recue the cat alive and leave the cat dead?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 14 September 2012

This week's subject is Mars.

1. NASA has asked 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, the 'red planet'?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 7 September 2012

This week's subject is smoking.

1. West Java's Muhammad Dihan Awalidan is famous for smoking a pack of 25 cigarettes a day. What's so special about that?

2. What brand of cigarettes are smoked by Bruce Burrell, who kidnapp Kerry Whelan, demanded a million-dollar ransom and then murdered her?

3. What three countries are referred to in the present name for the former tobacco company W.D & H.O. Wills?

4. The two actors who played the "Marlboro Man" died in 1992 and 1995. Of what did they both die?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 31 August 2012

This week's subject is the Paralympic Games.

1. South Africa's Oscar Pistorius has no legs but runs on carbon fibre blades. Is he an Olympic or Paralymic athlete?

2. Were the 1984 Paralympics held in England or USA? (Don't bother to Google the answer. You'll get it right.)

3. Is wheelchair rugby a Paralympics sport?

4. Is contact permitted in wheelchair rugby?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 24 August 2012

This week's subject is the final for the 2012 Olympic Games.

1. Did Britain's Waterfield compete in a water or field event?

2. What competitor was presented with her silver medal by her mother?

3. Most media reports said that James Magnusson was beaten by 'one one-hundredth of a second' in the 100m freestyle. What is odd about that expression?

4. Why did New Zealand kayaker Mike Dawson say he was tempted to put in a protest about his mother? (a) they are not on speaking terms and she tried to distract him during his event (b) she was a judge at the Olympics and gave him a two-second penalty for touching a gate on his course

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 17 August 2012

This week's subject is another on the 2012 Olympic Games.

1. What handicap did the USA's Manteo Mitchell have during his run in the 4x400 relay heat which his team won? (a) asthma (b) broken leg (c) cancer

2. What did Usain Bolt do in the final seconds before each of his races?

3. Many of the sprint and rowing races had eight competitors but there were nine lanes. Who was in the ninth lane?

4. Did tiny Jamaica have any success in the final of the 200 metres?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 10 August 2012

This week's subject is again the 2012 Olympic Games

1. At what time did the pre-show to the opening ceremony start? (a) 8pm to the second (b) 8.12pm (c) 8.40pm, 10 minutes late

2. Who supported Zara Phillips in her equestrian event?

3. Yes includes an apostrophe under what circumstances?

4. Is Miao the first name or the surname of Australia's top-ranked table tennis player, competing in her fourth Olympics?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 3 August 2012

This week's subject is the 2012 Olympic Games.

1. What class of athletes has Qatar sent to London for the first time in the Olympics?

2. What country's uniform has been described as 'a retro 90s pizza delivery uniform'

3. Where are the USA and Australian athletes' uniforms made? (a) the USA uniforms were made in Australia and the Australian uniforms in USA (b) both uniforms were made in China

4. What is the surname of this Australian swimmer: first name James, in the Australian 4x100m relay team, one of the two fastest 100m freestyle swimmers in the world and born 11 April 1991?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 27 July 2012

This week's subject is again the Olympic Games.

1. Where did the 2004 Athens Olympic marathon start?

2. What percentage of the Australian team at the inaugural Olympics in 1896 won gold medals? (a) 100% (b) 50% exactly (c) 0%

3. How many Australian women won track and field medals in the modern Olympics before 1928?

4. Which events of the 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympics were held in Sweden? (a) that's a stupid question (b) skiing (c) equestrian

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 20 July 2012

This week's subject is the Olympic Games.

1. The Olympic Games is the world's biggest sporting event. What is second biggest?

2. For how long did Australian Simon Fairweather hold the Olympic archery record? (a) 36 years (b) 36 hours (c) a few seconds

3. Why did Stella Walsh have an unfair advantage in winning the gold medal for the women's 100m running at Los Angeles in 1932? (a) she was the only competitor (b) the 1932 virus affected the other competitors but she escaped it as she only arrived in Los Angeles the day before the games opened (c) he was a man

4. What distinguished 2004 Athens Olympics boxers Australia's Peter Wakefield and New Zealand's Soulan Pownceby? (a) they were criminals (b) they were priests (c) they were pacifists

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 13 July 2012

This week's subject is London.

1. What is the only city besides London to have held the Olympic Games three times?

2. What has London's Financial Times had in common with pink salmon since 1893?

3. What was the real name of serial killer Jack the Ripper, believed responsible for the deaths of 18 people in London's East End in the 19th century?

4. What 1666 disaster that destroyed 13,200 houses is an anagram of 'Inferno of old'? (4,2,6)

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 6 July 2012

This week's subject is Wimbledon 2012.

1. What did Novak Djokovic pull out of his bag as he was about to start his first-round match at Wimbedon 2012? (a) 12 racquets (b) a wooden racquet (c) a golf club

2. How well did the Australian men do in their 128-person singles draw? (a) four reached the quarter finals (b) three made it into the second week (c) two won a set

3. How many matches were won by the nine Australians in the men's and women's singles combined?

4. What was the most common expression used by Australian men in their post-match interviews? (a) he played better (b) I didn't stay focused (c) you know

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 29 June 2012

This week's subject is Wimbledon.

1. In how many years have the four top seeds in both the men's and women's singles at Wimbledon reached the semi-finals? (a) never (b) once (c) more than half the time

2. For how many weeks each year is play not permitted on Wimbledon's centre court?

3. After riding her pushbike to a Wimbledon final, the winner returned home to her brother who said: "Where have you been?" She replied: "To a tournament at Wimbledon which I won." Who was this Wimbledon champion?

4. Since what year has Slaznger been the official ball for Wimbledon? (a) 1902 (b) 2002 (c) it is the one prominent tennis ball brand that has never been used at Wimbledon.

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 22 June 2012

This week's subject is British prime ministers.

1. What did prime minister David Cameron leave behind at a pub this year? (a) his wallet (b) his 8-year-old daughter (c) secret MI5 files

2. Is 11 Downing Street between 10 and 12 Downing Street, opposite 10, or doesn't it exist?

3. For how many hours did Winston Churchill sleep each night? (a) 2 to 3 (b) an average person's 8 hours, even in critical war periods (c) 10

4. Who proudly announced he had achieved "peace in our time" with Adolf Hitler, shortly before the outbreak of World War II?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 15 June 2012

With the transit of Venus having occurred on 5 and 6 June, this week's subject is Venus.

1. The Mariner 1 space probe was launched from Cape Canaveral on 28 July 1962 for its 100-day voyage to Venus. Four minutes after take-off it plunged into the Atlantic Ocean. What caused the $10 million loss? (a) omission of a minus sign from the computer instructions (b) filling of the fuel tank with a partial ethanol blend (c) the mission chief was on sick leave and his deputy misread 'about' in the computer instructions for the four-minute mark as 'abort'

2. How many days are there in a year on Venus?

3. How long are the seasons on Venus?

4. Is Venus suitable for a holiday?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 8 June 2012

This week's subject is British royalty.

1. For how many years has Queen Elizabeth II been on the throne?

2. How many sovereigns has Australia had in the second half of the country's existence?

3. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee boat parade finished with the choir singing 'Land of Hope and Glory" and 'God Save the Queen'. How did the choir appear? (a) nervous (b) solemn (c) drenched

4. With what did the boat parade finish? (a) a few seconds of fireworks (b) the lowering of the raised Tower Bridge road (c) a clearing of the heavy rain that dominated the parade (d) all of the above

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 1 June 2012

This week's subject is the French Open tennis.

1. In the 36 finals from 1892 to 1932 (not played 1915-1919 because of World War 1) how many of the French men's singles championships were won by French men? (a) all of them (b) about half of them (c) none of them

2. In the 23 finals from 1897 to 1924 how many of the French women's singles championships were won by French women? (a) all of them (b) about half of them (c) none of them

3. What champion of the French Open has the name Lithium Sodium?

4. Did the 2.08 metres tall Croatian Ivo Karlovic win any games solely on aces in the first round of the 2009 French Open?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 25 May 2012

This week's subject is Greece.

1. What is the smallest country (in area) to host an Olympic Games?

2. Of the 1400 people and additional number of animals that live on Mt Athos in Greece, how many are female?

3. What letter ends most surnames in Greece?

4. What did Christodoulos Paraskevaidis head? (a) Greek Orthodox Church (b) Modern Olympics revival campaign (c) Greek left-wing party that refused to partner any other opposition party and thus caused the repeat election

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 18 May 2012

This week's subject is French presidents.

1. What percentage of women voted for Charles de Gaulle when he was first elected president of France?

2. With whom did Canadian disc jockey Pierre Brassard have his most publicised phone conversation when he pretended to be the French president?

3. Who is the head of state of the small European country Andorra? (a) the president of France (b) the bishop of Urgell (c) the prime minster of Andorra

4. Who crowned Napoleon Emperor of France in 1804?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 11 May 2012

This week's subject is Rupert Murdoch.

1. What was Rupert Murdoch's first newspaper? (a) Adelaide's afternoon tabloid, The News (b) London's now defunct paper, The Sun (c) Sydney University's magazine, Honi Soit

2. How old was News Ltd owner Rupert Murdoch in 2003, the year his daughter, Chloe, was born? (a) 45 (b) 57 (c) 72

3. Rupert Murdoch was one of two Australians listed in the top 100 most influential people of the 20th Century by "International Who's Who". Who was the other?

4. What is unusual about the first name of the third child of Lachlan (son of Rupert) and Sarah Murdoch? (a) it starts with two identical vowels (b) it starts with two different vowels (c) it has no vowels (not counting Y)

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 4 May 2012

With Mormon Mitt Romney about to become the official Republican contender in this year's US elections, this week's subject is Mormons and marriage.

1. What did the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints abolish in 1890?

2. How many polygamists are estimated to live in the largely Mormon state Utah now? (a) none (b) probably fewer than 20 (c) between 20,000 and 40,000

3. Was Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), married?

4. How many wives did his successor, Brigham Young, have? (a) none (b) 2 (c) 55

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 27 April 2012

This week's subject is the Greens party.

1. The leader of the Greens who announced his retirement this month has what different colour surname?

2. Where does his surname rank for the most entries in the Sydney telephone directory out of black, brown, grey and white?

3. What party did Shauna Forrest represent in local and state elections in 2001, 2003 and 2004?

4. What method of transport to parliament does New Zealand Greens Party MP Nandor Tanczos use? (a) his own double-decker bus (b) Mercedes-Benz car (c) skateboard

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 20 April 2012

This week's subject is rowing.

1. How did Tenton Oldfield, an old boy of Shore (a school that stars in rowing) come to be the star of this year's Oxford/Cambridge boat race?

2. What was the most popular sport in Sydney between 1830 and 1880?

3. What is unusual about the annual Todd River Regatta in Alice Springs?

4. Why was the Todd River Regatta cancelled in 1993?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 13 April 2012

This week’s subject is the Titanic.

1. When did the Titanic sink?

2. The last survivor of the Titanic, Millvina Dean from England, died on 31 May 2009, the 98th anniversary of the launching of Titanic's hull. How old was she at the time of the sinking? (a) nine days (b) nine weeks (c) nine years

3. How many passengers could have fitted into the ship’s lifeboats? (a) all of them, as it carried enough lifeboats for double the number of passengers on the maiden voyage (b) all of them, but there wouldn’t have been enough boats for the crew as well (c) only about half of them

4. When his film "Raise the Titanic" became a financial disaster (at $260 million it was probably the most expensive film ever made), what was Lord Grade's comment? (a) It would have been cheaper to have lowered the Atlantic. (b) I should have stuck with garbage collecting.

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 6 April 2012

This week's subject is Easter.

1. When did Good Friday fall on a Monday?

2. How many times is the word 'Easter' mentioned in the Bible?

3. How did Easter Island get its name? (a) a European explorer landed there on Easter Sunday (b) 'Easter' is derived from the Spanish word for 'possession' and was adopted by Chile when it took control of the island

4. What is the feature of the Easter Island flag? (a) a monochrome version of the Union Jack (b) a red carving which looks like a hammock with a human head on each end.

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 30 March 2012

Following the death of King George Tupou V last week, this week's subject is Tonga.

1. Who awarded Tonga's King George Tupou V his rows of medals?

2. What was the maximum weight of the previous king, Taufa'ahau Tupou IV? (a) 80kg (b )120kg (c) just over 200kg

3. How did King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV of Tonga travel through the country's main centre around the beginning of this millennium? (a) by bicycle (b) by horse and cart (c) by steam train

4. Which country is first to greet the new day?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 23 March 2012

This week's subject is Singapore.

1. What happened in Singapore 70 years ago last month?

2. Which of these imports was banned in Singapore until 2003? (a) books published in Liechtenstein (b) chewing gum (c) Hills hoists (d) all of the above

3. What is the fine, in Australian dollars, for dropping a piece of paper, such as a bus ticket, on the street in Singapore? (a) $10) (b) $100 and the cane (c) $1000

4. Which of the following is/are legal in Singapore? (a) not flushing the toilet (b) passing water in an elevator (c) having a car fuel tank less than three-quarters full at the causeway (d) shearing sheep on Sundays

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 16 March 2012

With the eastern states now recovering from the most widespread floods in Australia for decades, this week's subject is floods.

1. The coverage of Queensland's floods in Rockhampton's The Morning Bulletin on 6 January 2011 quoted piggery owner Sid Everingham as saying 'more than 30,000 pigs have been floating down the Dawson River'. What did Sid actually say?

2. What is the surname of a spokesman for the Clarence State Emergency Services? (a) Flood (b) Underwater (c) Manyweathers

3. What was the surname of the person responsible for how much water was released over the spillways of dams in south-east Queensland during the January 2011 floods?

4. When did St Mark's Square in Venice last flood?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 9 March 2012

This week's subject is World War I

1. What neat age had the world's last surviving World War I veteran, Florence Green, reached when she died last month? (a) 100 (b) a neat 111 (c) 115

2. Sixteen Australian World War 1 veterans were still alive in 1996. What was their average age? (a) 100 (b) a neat 111 (c) 115

3. How successful were the British K-submarines, developed in 1917 (a) not very successful (b) they won World War I for the British (c) they changed the face of warfare for all time

4. What two Pacific countries have a public holiday to commemorate not their greatest victory but one of their worst battle defeats?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 2 March 2012

This week's subject is leap years.

1. What is a bissextile year?

2. What do Italian composer Rossini Gioacchino, Indian prime minister Desai Morarji, American bandleader Jimmy Dorsey and radio personality Jonathan Coleman have in common?

3. Have all Olympic Games been held in leap years?

4. When will the Olympic Games next not be held in a leap year?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 24 February 2012

This week sees the 70th anniversary of the first enemy attack on Australian soil – the bombing of Darwin in World War II. That war is this week's subject.

1. What attacked Australian city was originally named Palmerston (after an English prime minister) before being renamed after a vegetarian?

2. How many soldiers who were Australian citizens fought in World War II?

3. When did World War II end in South Australia? (a) April 1945 (b) September 1945 (c) August 2002

4. Has the mainland United States ever been bombed from the air?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 17 February 2012

This week's subject is Queen Elizabeth II

1. Which anniversary of her accession to the British throne is Queen Elizabeth II celebrating this month?

2. Who threw a tennis racquet and shoes at Prince Phillip during a tour of Australia by Queen Elizabeth and the Prince in 1954?

3. When Queen Elizabeth II arrived in New Zealand on 23 February 2002, their prime minister was away in another country. Who greeted the Queen? (a) the world's tallest lady (b) the world's first transexual member of parliament (c) the leader of the country's republican movement, a convicted murderer

4. What was the first name of the Queen Mother, mother of Queen Elizabeth II?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 10 February 2012

This week's subject is shoes.

1. What are Australia's three most famous shoes?

2. How many pairs of shoes did Imelda Marcos, wife of former Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos, own when he was ousted in 1986? (a) 3 (b) 300 (c) 3000

3. How many things that you can wear on your feet begin with 's'?

4. What is the official school footwear on Lord Howe Island?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 3 February 2012

With Kodak's filing for bankruptcy, this week's subject is photography.

1. What percentage of U.S. photographic film sales did Kodak attain with its Kodachrome? (a) almost 50% (b) 75% (c) 90%

2. Kodak's bankruptcy was caused by the digital camera era. What company produced the first digital camera?

3. Whose death did legendary Australian cameraman Neil Davis capture on film in 1985 when he was covering an attempted coup in Bangkok?

4. Five security cameras at 363 George Street, Sydney, caught a thief in the act of committing his offences on 28 and 29 November 2000. What was he stealing?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 27 January 2012

This week's subject is the Australian of the Year award.

1. How many people have won the title Australian of the Year more than once?

2. Why was there no 1993 Australian of the Year?

3. Who are the only brothers to have both been Australian of the Year? (a) Galarrwuy Yunupingu and Mandawuy Yunupingu (b) Steve Waugh and Mark Waugh (c) Peter Costello and Tim Costello

4. What occupation gives you the best chance of being Australian of the Year? (a) charity worker (b) medical doctor (c) sports champion

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 20 January 2012

With Australia and India playing a test cricket series, this week's subject is India.

1. Does Australia or India celebrate a national holiday on January 26?

2. Does a unicorn, a wheel or a xylophone appear on the Indian flag?

3. What shape are playing cards in India?

4. All-India Radio broadcast funeral music and schools and shops were closed on 22 March 1979 when Indian prime minister Morarji Desai informed parliament that Jayaprakash Narayan, patriot and elder statesman, had died. Who was most surprised by the tributes?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 13 January 2012

This week's subject is the Samoan dateline change.

1. When Samoa dropped 30 December from its calendar last month by moving to west of the dateline, what was Saturday became Sunday for them. Did Seventh-day Adventists (Saturday observers everywhere else) decide to have Sunday as their sacred day to retain their seven-day cycle, or switch to the new Saturday?

2. What did the only known Jew in Samoa decide to do?

3. Have flights between Samoa and the nearby tiny country Tokelau been affected?

4. What has American Samoa done?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 6 January 2012

As for the January holiday season in 2011, this week's subject is changing light globes.

1. How many hands does it take to change a light globe?

2. How many pedants does it take to change a light globe?

3. How many orthodox rabbis does it take to change a light globe?

4. How many Amish does it take to change a light globe?

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