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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 27 December 2013

This week's subject is Christmas.

1 When was Christmas first celebrated? (a) year 0 (b) year 1 (c) several hundred years AD

2 When did Christmas Day become a national holiday in America? (a) probably around 33AD (b) in the early 1500s (c) 1870

3 In 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' we have a partridge in a pear tree, two turtle doves and three French hens. Of what were the four?

4 On what day of the year were these people born? Isaac Newton, Humphrey Bogart, Anwar el-Sadat and South African UDF leader Christmas F Tinto

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 20 December 2013

This week's subject is TV history.

1 What Australian TV era that began in 1956 ended this month?

2 Bruce Gyngell was the first person to appear on Australian TV. Of which Australian TV network did he become chief executive?

3 For how many years did Brian Henderson read the evening news on Sydney's Channel 9? (a) 14 (b) 25 (c) 46

4 In 1997 and 1998, Stan Zemanek's Beauty and the Beast was seen for an hour each weeknight on Foxtel. Who did he see as his main media competition in that timeslot?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 13 December 2013

This week's subject is South Africa.

1 While Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, how far did he run each day in his cell? (a) he couldn't run in his cell, but walked a thousand paces (b) a kilometre (c) 11 kilometres

2 Besides starting with QU and ending in U, what is the other letter of of the name of the South African town where Nelson Mandela grew up and retired?

3 Approximately how many medals (gold, silver and bronze) did South Africa win in the Olympic Games in the two decades from 1970 to 1990? (a) none (b) one per Olympics on average (c) 500, more than any other country except for Great Britain, USA and Germany

4 Is Jacob Zuma, elected president of South Africa in April 2009, married?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 6 December 2013

This week's subject is crosswords.

1 What did Arthur Wynne invent a century ago this month? (a) the word-cross (b) the crossword.

2 What is the occupation of the subject of the portrait by Amanda Marburg, runner-up for the 2011 Archibald Prize? (a) prime minister (b) company director (c) crossword compiler

3 What is the answer to this cryptic crossword clue? How the widowed cannibal felt about his nagging wife, the Roman soldier (9)

4 What is a four-letter word for an Egyptian flower?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 29 november 2013

This week's subject is words.

1 What word, connected with photography, is the Oxford Dictionary's 2013 word of the year?

2 What word has the five vowels in their correct order?

3 What word has the five vowels in reverse order?

4 The plural of most singular English language words is formed by adding an "s". Very few of these plural words can then be transformed into a singular word by adding another "s". What is one such word?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 22 november 2013

Australian radio is 90 years old on 23 November 2013. This week's subject is Australian radio history.

1. What did original Sydney commercial radio call-signs 2FC, 2BL, 2GB, 2UE, 2KY, 2UW, 2CH and 2SM stand for?

2. Tom Crozier spent over 50 years in radio as announcer, newsreader, station manager and Radio Marketing Bureau chief. What were the first words he spoke on radio? (a) The king is dead. (b) The Japanese have agreed unconditionally to surrender terms and World War II is over. (c) 2KA testing.

3. Newcastle's 2HD is Australia's second-oldest commercial radio station, having started a day after 2UE on 27 January 1925. What did it broadcast in the years 1942, 1943 and 1944? (a) religious programs (b) patriotic music (c) nothing

4. Why did 3AK Melbourne only broadcast for three hours in the middle of the night all week and for three hours in the middle of the day at weekends in the 1930s?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 15 november 2013

This week's subject is President Kennedy.

1 For how long did Lee Harvey Oswald live after shooting President Kennedy on 22 November 1963?

2 Who said 'I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris'?

3 After President Kennedy won the 1960 US election without winning the state of Ohio, how many presidents have done so?

4 The Catholic Church is the largest Christian denomination in the United States. Other than President Kennedy, how many US presidents have been Catholic?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 8 november 2013

This week's subject is toilets.

1 What designation has the UN General Assembly given to 19 November this year? (a) World Hygiene Day (b) World Water Day (c) World Toilet Day

2 What animal's droppings are small but spread over several metres each time it has a motion?

3 Cryptic crossword clue: Decisive defeat in the flush toilet? (8)

4 What do you call an Eskimo house without a toilet?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 1 november 2013

This week's subject is horse racing.

1 What sport has connections?

2 How many of the first 10 horses home in the 2011 Melbourne Cup were Australian-born? (a) all of them, of course (b) 1 (c) 0

3 After No Bombs won the $A10 000 race at Worcester in 1979 by eight lengths he was tested for dope and a urine sample proved positive. The prize money was forfeited. What had the horse eaten? (a) heroin with a street value of $A800,000 hidden in his stall by his drug courier owner (b) a Mars Bar (c) 200 headache tablets

4 Teletrak announced in August 1999 that it would spend $80 million building three race tracks in South Australia. For how many spectators were the tracks to cater?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 25 October 2013

With 20 October being the 40th anniversary of its completion, this week's subject is the Sydney Opera House.

1 What is the only building to achieve UNESCO world heritage status while its architect was still alive? (a) the Sydney Opera House (b) the White House (c) Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world

2 How much did building the Sydney Opera House cost compared with the anticipated cost? (a) it came in 20 per cent under budget (b) the cost was almost (within 1 per cent) of the anticipated coast (c) it was 14 times more than anticipated

3 How was the money for building the Sydney Opera House raised? (a) by donations (b) by lotteries (c) by taxation

4 In June 2010 a music performance took place at the Sydney Opera House for the only group that would appreciate it. What was the group? (a) pensioners (b) teenagers (c) dogs

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 18 October 2013


This week's subject is pencils.

1 When did you last use a pencil?

2 What percentage of a lead pencil is lead?

3 What is a ferrule?

4 When was the pencil invented? (a) in the 1500s (b) in the 1800s (c) no-one knows

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 11 October 2013

This week's subject is sporting comebacks.

1 What was the greatest comeback in the history of sailing?

2 What was American tennis player Chanda Rubin's greatest claim to fame?

3 What was golf's biggest recovery?

4 What was swimming's biggest comeback?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 4 October 2013

This week's subject is Kenya.

1 What are the first five letters of the surname of Kenya's president?

2 Why was it a special achievement when Mr Humphrey Ochuo Makasembo trounced his four rivals in the December 1997 Kenyan elections? (a) he was only aged 15 (b) he died three weeks before the polls opened (c) he fled Somalia and entered Kenya for the first time a month before the election

3 What is the maximum penalty for polygamy in Kenya? (a) execution by throwing off a cliff (b) 200 hours' community service work at a women's refuge (c) no penalty

4 How many of the first 10 in the October 2005 Chicago Marathon were from Kenya?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 27 September 2013

This week's subject is Papua New Guinea.

1 What is the only country that claims rugby league as its national sport?

2 How many languages are spoken in Papua New Guinea? (a) 3 – English, Papuan and Pidgin (b) 830

3 Papua New Guinea is Australia's nearest neighbour. What are the other two countries with 'Guinea' in their name?

4 What is the official 'knock-off'' time for the Papua New Guinea civil service? (a) 3.30pm (b) 4.06pm (c) 5pm

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 20 September 2013

This week's subject is marathon running.

1 Tom Denniss returned to the Sydney Opera House on 13-09-13 after going for a run. How long had he been away? (a) 20 days (b) 20 weeks (c) 20 months

2 On how many of those days did he run a marathon? (a) one day in five (b) every second day (c) every day

3 How far did he run? (a) around New South Wales (b) around Australia (c) around the world

4 What is the favourite food of marathon runners?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 13 September 2013

This week's subject is Nauru.

1 What is the world's smallest republic?

2 Nauru has its own airline and shipping company as well as once having the world's highest per capita income. How wide is it at its maximum point? (a) 6km (b) 10km (c) 16km

3 Until 2000, from what did Nauru derive its enormous wealth? (a) bird droppings (b) gold (c) oil

4 The word for a resident of Nauru is a palindrome. What is it?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 6 September 2013

This week's subject is again the 2013 Australian federal election.

1 What was the first method the prime minister used for announcing the September 7 election date? (a) Twitter (b) emailing his supporters (c) a media conference

2 What is the most unusual name of a political party hoping for success in the 2013 federal election? (a) Manual Dial in Koala Revival (b) Coke in the Bubblers (c) Julia Jurassic

3 How wide is the ballot paper for the senate in the 2013 federal election?

4 What is supplied to help elderly people with the ballot paper?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 30 August 2013

This week's subject is the Australian federal election.

1 Do all candidates for the Senate at next month's federal election live in Australia?

2 Prime minister Kevin Rudd and his former treasurer, Wayne Swan, went to the same school, Nambour High. What status did they have? (a) suspended and expelled (b) dux and school captain

3 For what sport was opposition leader (now Prime Minister) Tony Abbott awarded a blue at Oxford University? (a) athletics (b) boxing (c) cricket

4 Former Queensland premier Peter Beattie is contesting the seat of Forde, named after former prime minister Frank Forde. For how long did Forde serve as prime minister? (a) 8 days (b) 8 months (c) 18 years

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 23 August 2013

This week's subject is Australia v England cricket.

1 What did Jim Laker do?

2 The first test match between England and Australia was played in 1877 in Melbourne and won by Australia by 45 runs. By how many runs did Australia beat England in the centenary test match played in Melbourne in 1977?

3 During what activity did English cricketer Derek Pringle put out his back, causing him to withdraw on the morning of a Test? (a) lifting his drink bottle (b) typing a letter (c) opening a screw-top jar

4 How many consecutive test matches has Australia now lost?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 16 August 2013

This week's subject is Egypt.

1 Papyrus is the famous waterside plant used for millennia by Egyptians for everything from books to house construction. Approximately what percentage of the banks of the Nile are covered in papyrus?

2 Voting was compulsory at Egypt's first election in 1956. Why was (to be) President Nasser not worried about the outcome?

3 What did an Egyptian MP say in June 1996 was partly to blame for 15 sexual attacks in a Nile Delta university? (a) chewing gum (b) freak rainfall averaging 5mm a day (c) sand

4 Through how many countries does the Nile River flow? (a) 1 (b) 3 (c) 10

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 9 August 2013

This week's subject is numbers.

1 What unique event happened at 3.02 on 5 August this week, and will never happen again?

2 What caused the population of Rabbit Flat, Northern Territory, to double and its average age halve at the same time?

3 In the 1960s, Sydney radio station 2SM had a weekly program called 'Thirty Top Tunes'. Listeners were invited to predict the next week's 30 tunes in correct order to win the highest prize in Australian radio. Ignoring the fact that more than 30 tunes were contenders for the list, and taking just half the 30, how long would it take to list all possible arrangements of 15 names, assuming you could write one list of the 15 each minute? (a) all day (b) a 40-hour week (c) more than a week

4 Why are 1999 American 10-dollar notes worth more than 1998 American 10-dollar notes?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 2 August 2013

This week's subject is British Royalty.

1 Why did the London newspaper The Sun change its name on 22 July 2013 and what did it change to?

2 What position does the Countess Charlotte of Hohenau now occupy in the list of royal succession to the British throne? (a) 5th (b) 12th (c) 1,385th

3 Who is the youngest member of the Geelong AFL Club?

4 Did King George VI smoke?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 26 July 2013

This week's subject is murder.

1 Who arrested Michael Jacobs, found guilty last week for the murder of Tamworth highway patrol officer, Senior Constable David Rixon?

2 How did the two husbands and two sons of Judy Moran react when she was found guilty of murdering the brother of her second husband on 9 March 2011?

3 Ivan Milat's murders took place in the Belanglo State Forest in the 1990s. Where did his great-nephew Matthew Milat murder 17-year-old David Auchterlonie in 2010?

4 On 24 July 2012, 19-year-old Corey Loveridge was ordered to stand trial for the murder of a 17-year-old boy in 2010. What was his cousin, 18-year-old Kieran Loveridge, doing on the following day? (a) having bail refused for murdering an 18-year-old in July 2012 (b) graduating from Goulburn Police Academy

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 19 July 2013

This week's subject is Australia v England cricket.

1 What records did Ashton Agar set in this month's First Test?

2 What was special about the English partnership of Trott and Root in the First Test?

3 How many of England's first three batsmen scored centuries in the second innings of the first test against Australia in 2010?

4 Channel 9's coverage of cricket began in 1977. For how many of the next 35 years had Richie Benaud and Bill Lawry been commentators?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 12 July 2013

This week's subject is the Tour de France.

1 Where did the 2012 Tour de France start? (a) in France, of course (b) in Belgium

2 Where did the 2013 Tour de France start? (a) in France, of course (b) on an island

3 How many of Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France wins were consecutive?

4 Who was the greatest ever cheat in sport?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 5 July 2013

This week's subject is Nelson Mandela.

1 What did South African president Nelson Mandela do for the first time in his life on 2 June 99? (a) eat meat (b) vote (c) play the organ in Westminster Cathedral, London

2 In what country is the only street in the world to have housed two Nobel Peace Prize winners?

3 What is the significance of www.46664.com?

4 What did Nelson Mandela do on his 80th birthday?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 28 June 2013

This week's subject is Wimbledon tennis.

1 Yaroslava Shvedova did not lose a game in the first set of her 2012 Wimbledon 3rd round match against French Open runner-up Sara Errani. What was even more impressive about her achievement in that set?

2 Why did Serena Williams say the following about her coming 4th round match? 'Hopefully I'll be able to win a point in the first set. That will be my first goal, and then I'll go on from there.'

3 Who was the previous record-holder in going closest to Yaroslava Shvedova's achievement? (That seems a hard question, so there must be some explanation.)

4 What was the result of that match? (Likewise)

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 21 June 2013

This week's subject is sport.

1 In what sport was Jordan O'Hearn crowned Australian junior champion this month? (a) squash (b) marbles (c) hopscotch

2 How old is he? (a) 7 (b) 57 (c) 97

3 What world championship has been staged at Tinsley Green, Surrey, England, since 1932 and in various forms for 300 years? (a) squash (b) marbles (c) hopscotch

4 What sport that uses "cats' eyes" and "glassies" has been played since the time of the Pharaohs?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 14 June 2013

Following last month's announcement of the closure of Australia's Ford plant, this week's subject is Ford cars.

1 Who did lawyer Horace Rockham warn to stay away from the car industry with the words 'The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty, a fad'?

2 From what colours could buyers of the Model T Ford choose?

3 What model of Ford followed the original Model T? (a) Model A (b) Model U (c) Model T2

4 The Model T Ford held the record for best-selling car until 1972. What car took its record then?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 7 June 2013

This week's subject is the French Open tennis.

1 Was the centre where the French champonships are played named after tennis star Roland Garros?

2 From 1898 to 1926 (except for the war years) how many of the 24 winners and 24 runners-up in the French men's singles were French? (a) all of them (b) nearly half of them (c) none of them

3 From 1897 to 1926 (except for the war years) how many of the 25 winners and 25 runners-up in the French women's singles were French? (a) all of them (b) nearly haf of them (c) none of them

4 What record did Ashleigh Barty set in her first-round match in the 2012 French Open? (a) the most consecutive faults in a match warm-up (b) they youngest female player in French Open history (c) the most backhand winners in a two-set ladies singles in French Open history

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 31 May 2013

With 29 May being the 60th anniversary of the first confimed climb to the top of the world, this week's subject is Mt Everest.

1. What is the world's highest mountain? (a) Mt Chimborazo in Ecuador (b) Mt Everest in Nepal (c) Mt Mauno Koa in Hawaii (d) all of the above (e) none of the above.

2. You know what Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norkay did. Why don't you know what Ernst Schmied and Jürg Marmet did?

3. What did Nepalese Mona Mulepati and Pem Dorje Sherpa do on Mt Everest?

4. What is common for most Mt Everest sherpas' names, such as Appa, who holds the record of 19 summits?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 24 May 2013

This week's subject is crosswords.

1 What does The Sydney Morning Herald publish this week? (a) its 200th Omega crossword (b) its 2000th quick crossword (c) its 20,000th cryptic crossword

2 What is the solution to this clue from the Herald's first cryptic crossword? You may expect to find Arabs here (5)

3 The answer to this one appears backwards in the clue itself: In part USA makes progressing East-West relations work (4,5)

4 A Roman numerals clue: 5 + 0 + I + 500 = 0 (4)

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 17 May 2013

This week's subject is Malaysia.

1 For how long has Malaysia's ruling coalition, returned after this month's election, been in power? (a) only two months (b) nearly 20 years (c) over half a century

2 What is Malaysia's top traditional sport?

3 In Malaysia's top traditional sport, for how long can the item that the sport revolves round be kept in motion? (a) 2 seconds (b) 2 minutes (c) 2 hours

4 What determined that the last flights to Mulu airport, Malaysia, must arrive by 4pm? (a) late afternoon thunderstorm activity (b) industrial action by pilots wanting to be home for dinner (c) millions of bats

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 10 May 2013

This week's subject is the Blue Mountains.

1. What significant Australian exploring feat began 200 years ago on 11 May 1813?

2. Until 1998, how many of the famous Three Sisters rock formations were under the control of the Blue Mountains Council? (If you guess correctly, you're brilliant!)

3. What is the name of the bridge over the Great Western Highway at Katoomba? (a) Colless Bridge (b) Dawn Colless Bridge (c) Aunty Dawn Colless Bridge

4. What is the name of the bridge over the Great Western Highway at Leura? (a) Cooper Bridge (b) Joan Cooper Bridge (c) Aunty Joan Cooper Bridge (d) Aunty Joan Cooper AOM Bridge

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 3 May 2013

This week's subject is horse racing.

1 How many of her 25 races did Black Caviar win?

2 A British racehorse born in 1773 had the name Potoooooooo. How was the name pronounced?

3 Athletics track events are run anti-clockwise. What about Australian horse racing?

4 Bookmakers offered 66-1 against the jockey Duc of Alburquerque in the Grand National. What was the 66-1 against?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 26 April 2013

This week's subject is US Masters Golf:

1 Adam Scott won this month's US Masters. How many Australians beat him to that honour in the 77-year history of the event?

2 Does Adam Scott reside on the Gold Coast, in Bermuda or in Switzerland?

3 Until 2012, to which one group of people did the Augusta National Golf Club, home of the US Masters, refuse membership? (a) people with a criminal conviction, however small (b) women (c) anyone under 21 (d) those without US passports (e) atheists

4 The English sporting authority The Observer listed its 10 worst chokers in the history of sport. Who was the Australian who topped the list with his US Masters' result?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 19 April 2013

This week's subject is Margaret Thatcher

1 What British prime minister said: 'The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money'?

2 How many of the 69 British prime ministers before Margaret Thatcher were female?

3 What was Margaret Thatcher commonly called?

4 Cryptic crossword clue: Italian hunter will soundly net Margaret Thatcher, for instance (10)

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 12 April 2013

This week's subject is North Korea.

1 How can you enter North Korea without a visa?

2 What term do journalists use to describe North Korea?

3 What is unique about the current president of North Korea?

4 What is odd about North Korea's declaration of a state of war with South Korea?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 5 April 2013

This week's subject is Australian politics.

1. Who is the federal minister whose first name is an anagram of his surname?

2. What federal department has the longest name?

3. In 1998, what was the occupation of Dominic Fischer, son of 52-year-old deputy prime minister, Tim Fischer?

4. What is the first name of the father of former federal opposition leader, Kim Beazley?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 29 March 2013

This week's subject is Rome.

1. What position does Rome hold in the list of first cities to reach a population of 1 million?

2. Where did the Turkish bath originate? (a) Ankara (b) Istanbul (c) Rome

3. What areas of buildings in Rome were most bombed during World War II?

4. How many people are granted an audience with the Pope at each weekly Wednesday meeting when he is in Rome? (a) 10 (b) 100 (c) 10 000

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 22 March 2013

This week's subject is test cricket.

1. For what reason were four of the Australian team sacked from the third test against India which began on 14 March? (a) assaulting members of the India team (b) being in a drunken rampage throught streets of New Delhi at 3am (c) not doing their homework

2. What record for test cricket hat tricks did ex-Pakistan captain Wasim Akram achieve?

3. Who has the highest batting average in test cricket history?

4. Why did the wife of Victoria's Roy Park miss his whole career as a test cricket batsman? (a) she died before his first test (b) she had no interest in cricket (c) she dropped a ball of wool

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 15 March 2013

This week's subject is Venezuela.

1. What did Venezuelan government officials shout at the end of the announcement of the death of President Hugo Chavez this month?

2. Why should hearing the name 'Venezuela' make you think of a hunting boat on an Italian canal?

3. How many stars are there on Venezuela's flag? (a) none (b) 1 (c) 8

4. How many ice-cream flavours has Manuel da Silva Oliveira in his shop in Merida, Venezuela? (a) one, vanilla (b) 21 (c) 610

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 8 March 2013

This week's subject is Vatican State.

1. Besides Vatican State, which is surrounded by Italy, what are the only other two countries/states which are completely surrounded by another country?

2. What is the only state that is smaller than the Vatican?

3. What country/state/territory has the highest percentage of population belonging to the same religion?

4. How does Saudi Arabia respond to criticism by the Vatican of Saudi Arabia's refusal to allow Catholic churches to be built in their country?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 1 March 2013

With its decision to change from broadsheet to tabloid format in March, this week's subject is The Sydney Morning Herald.

1 The Sydney Morning Herald is Australia's oldest surviving newspaper. What is the second oldest? (a) The Age, Melbourne (b) Daily Telegraph, Sydney (c) Maitland Mercury

2 What common word was dropped by the Herald in November 2012?

3 After two men were shot dead by Sydney police within a week in March, 2012, how did The Sydney Morning Herald report the second incident? (a) A police critical incident investigation was under way last night following the second fatal police shooting in a week (b) A police critical incident investigation was under way last night after a man was killed by an officer for the second time in a week

4 For how long was Lindsey Browne a crossword compiler for the Herald? (a) 68 years (b) 28 years (c) a February only – 28 days

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 22 February 2013

This week's subject is Pope Benedict XVI.

1. What did Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger have in common?

2. How many years is it since another pope retired? (a) 66 (b) nearly 600 (c) just over 1600

3. To what youth organisation did Pope Benedict XVI belong?

4. What is Pope Benedict XVI's full title? And congratulations if you get that right.

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 15 February 2013

This week's subject is drugs in sport.

1. Last week's Crime Commission report said it had found major taking of drugs by Australian sporting teams. What slogan had the Essenedon Football Club chosen for 2013?

2. What does the US firm Clear Test provide for those sports people and others worried about drug testing?

3. Did China, suspected of drug use by its team, win any of the 16 gold medals on offer for swimming at the 1994 world championships?

4. What did drugs cheat Lance Armstrong have in common with Charlie Chaplin, Vanilla Ice, Eartha Kitt, Eminet, Bill Clinton, and Naomi Campbell? (a) they were born on April 25 (b) their fathers' first name was Bill (c) they never knew their fathers

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 8 February 2013

This week's subject is Mali.

1. What country's name is an anagram of another country's capital?

2. Does the fabled town Timbuktu, defined in some dictionaries as an inaccessible place, really exist?

3. The Oxford English Dictionary calls Timbuktu 'the most distant place imaginable'. In what four words is Timbuktu most often mentioned when discussing a long distance?

4. How often does the village chief who lives in a cliff cave in Mali's Dogon Desert descend from the cave to his village each year? (a) on one day a year (b) once a week, but in summer only (c) every day, of course

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 1 February 2013

This week's subject is Australian Open 2013:

1. How long did Maria Sharapova take to lose her first game in the 2013 Australian Open? (a) about 80 seconds (b) 28 games

2. In how many of her matches did she win 12 consecutive games?

3. Why was Tomic's match on the first Saturday of the 2013 event played on Court 8 instead of the main arena?

4. Do the 2013 Australian Open men's doubles champions, twins Bob and Mike Bryan, play tennis identically?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 25 January 2013

This week's subject is the Australian Open tennis.

1. How many commentators did the Seven Network have for its coverage of the 2012 Australian Open? (a) 7 (b) 16

2. Would a player on one of the main courts at the 2012 Australian Open have been able to spot a sign bearing the name Kia?

3. What was odd about the 2012 Australian Open web site reports of 'six-foot-10' Ivo Karlovic and 'six-foot-nine' John Isner?

4. Did all of Australia's nine players win their matches on the first day of the 2013 Australian Open?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 18 January 2013

This week's subject is 2013.

1. The four numbers in 2013 are all different. How many years is it since that last happened?

2. 2013 is a mix of four consecutive numbers. When did that last happen?

3. When will it next happen?

4. How many months this year will have 28 days?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 11 January 2013

It's the holiday season, so continuing in last week's mood, this week's subject is Nonsense.

1. What did Attila the Hun and Catherine the Great have in common?

2. Why don't you need a parachute to skydive?

3. What is the main reason for divorce?

4. What can you never eat for breakfast?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 4 January 2013

This week's subject is light globes.

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

2. How many Labor Party politicians does it take to change a light globe?

3. How many movie actresses does it take to change a light globe?

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

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