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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 30 December 2016

This week's subject is Hollywood actresses

1 What Hollywood actress, who died this month, had identical first and middle names?

2 How many marriages did she have and at what age did she die? (a) 6 and 66 (b) 9 and 99

3 How many children did she have? (a) 1 (b) 11

4 For how many days did her second-last marriage survive? (a) 1 (b) 111

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 23 December 2016

This week's subject is Christmas.

1 How many wise men does the Bible say visited the baby Jesus?

2 Were they all wise men or did they include a woman?

3 Australia's Christmas Island is crossed by 130 million migrants at the beginning of the rainy season late each year. What are these migrants? (a) bees (b) crabs (c) Indonesians

4 How many of them die on the roads? (a) about 10 (b) about 100 (c) about one million

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 16 December 2016

This week's subject is John Glenn.

1 John Glenn, who died on 8 December, was the first American to do what?

2 What space record is still his? (a) youngest person in space (b) oldest person in space (c) heaviest person in space

3 How old was he on his last space flight? (a) 27 (b) 77 (c) 85

4 Who did he represent when he appeared on the TV program Frasier?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 9 December 2016

This week's subject is broadcaster Bob Rogers.

1 What birthday did long-time 2CH Sydney broadcaster Bob Rogers celebrate on 3 December 2016?

2 Where did Bob Rogers'program rank out of the 14 stations in the Sydney ratings for his morning shift on 2CH when he was 84? (a) 1st (b) 2nd (c) 14th, of course, but at that age it was an achievement to still be on radio

3 For how many years has he been a radio broadcaster (still doing a Monday to Friday program and a Saturday night one)? (a) 43 (b) 55 (c) 74

4 What is the average age of the morning presenters Bob Rogers on 2CH and John Laws on 2SM now? (a) 55 (b) 70 (c) 85

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 2 December 2016

This week's subject is sugar.

1 Why was sugar prominent in the news in November?

2 What syrup, containing cocaine, caffeine and sugar, was first produced in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1886?

3 Food ingredients must be listed in order of largest to smallest. How, then, has Kellogg's Nutri-Grain been able to avoid listing sugar first?

4 If you add a dessertspoonful of water to a full glass it overflows. Does it also overflow if you add a dessertspoonful of sugar?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 25 November 2016

This week's subject is the moon.

1 This month's supermoon was the closest to us since when? (a) 1934 (b) 1948 (c) 2000

2 When will the moon next be this close? (a) June next year (b) 2034 (c) 2134

3 What are your chances of touching the moon and returning to tell all your family and friends about it?

4 What licence did Neil Armstrong have first – driver's or pilot's?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 18 November 2016

This week's subject is the White House.

1 Is the White House address Tennessee or DC?

2 What does the White House in Washington have in common with Casablanca in Morocco?

3 What shape is the White House's Oval Office?

4 Who was the only president who didn't live in the White House, Washington DC? (Yes, help provided.)

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 11 November 2016

This week's subject is US presidents.

1 Who is the only US president to have been elected four times?

2 What nationality were the first eight US presidents at time of birth?

3 Was the father of President George Bush jnr also president of the USA or director of the CIA?

4 Was Ronald Reagan right- or left-handed?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 4 November 2016

This week's subject is the US election.

1 When are US elections held? (a) on the first Monday of November (b) on the first Tuesday of November (c) on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November

2 How many marriages has Donald Trump had?

3 If Donald Trump wins, where will he rank in oldest US presidents at time of election?

4 How much have Hilary and Bill Clinton made from giving speeches? (a) nothing - they only charge travel and some accommodation expenses (b) nearly $1 million (c) over $150 million

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 28 October 2016

This week's subject is the Philippines.

1 How many killings on an average day have occurred under Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte since his war on drugs began when he took office at the end of June? (a) 0.7 (b) 2.1 (c) 36

2 At what time does he go to bed? (a) 7pm (b) shortly after 1am (c) shortly before sunrise

3 To avoid having to worry about bottle deposits and returns, into what do some drink outlets in the Philippines pour your soft drink to take away? (a) your hands (b) plastic bags (c) envelopes

4 The Philippines is the only country (ie ignoring independent states) which still bans which of these? (a) sex before marriage (b) divorce (c) women cab drivers

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 21 October 2016

This week's subject is Thailand.

1 For how many years had the king of Thailand reigned until his death this month? (a) 30 (b) 50 (c) 70

2 Who has now become the world's longest-reigning monarch?

3 What is Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit?

4 How many people are accommodated in each room of the Bangkok Hilton? (a) 16 (b) 60 (c) over 90

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 14 October 2016

This week's subject is Colombia.

1 What award did Juan Manuel Santos, president of Colombia, win this month?

2 How many murders did Colombia have in 2002? (a) none, for the first time since 1816 (b) almost one a day (c) 32 000

3 Who was Colombia named after?

4 For what Colombia mistake is American entertainer Steve Harvey best remembered and what double mistake did he then tweet?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 7 October 2016

This week's subject is electricity blackouts.

1 How many towns in South Australia were without electricity on 28 September? (a) 5 (b) 10 (c) more than 15

2 A blackout in in Chile in May 1997 went one better than South Australia by having almost the whole country without electricity in May 1997. What caused it? (a) May Day bombers (b) seaweed (c) a llama that broke into an electricity substation

3 Former ABC general manager, Talbot Duckmanton, was given the task of providing a commentary from the Sydney Harbour Bridge's pylon lookout during a World War II evening. The commentary was expected to last about a minute, but due to a technical problem in the studio he had to continue talking for 20 minutes. He later said that his task that evening would be ideal for testing how good any aspiring announcer was. What did Talbot Duckmanton have to describe for that 20 minutes?

4 Why did the three electric chairs ordered from New York in 1890 by Abyssinian emperor Menelek II not work?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 30 September 2016

This week's subject is rugby league football.

1 How long was it from the referee blowing his whistle to start a Sunday league match against Taunto East Reach Wanderers until Lee Todd swore and was sent off? (a) two seconds (b) 1 hour 19 minutes and 50 seconds

2 According to Israel Folau, who told him to switch from rugby leage (Brisbane Broncos) to Australian Rules football (Greater Western Sydney)? (a) Broncos coach Andty Griffin (b) prime minister Tony Abbott (c) God

3 In rounds 8 and 9 of the 2016 NRL, the Newcastle Knights didn't score any points. How many did their opponents score in total? (a) exactly 100 (b) only 5 (c) also 0

4 What is half the first name of Parramatta NRL player Radradra?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 23 September 2016

This week's subject is zoos.

1 Which zoo celebrates its 100th birthday on 7 October?

2 How many animals does it have? (a) just under 400 (b) about 4,000 (c) over 40,000

3 When temperatures in Amsterdam dropped to minus five degrees in January 1997, penguins at the Amsterdam Zoo were unable to adjust to the change. What were they kept in until temperatures rose again?

4 "Me at the zoo" was the first video clip uploaded to what?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 16 September 2016

This week's subject is Australian TV history.

1 What happened in Sydney on 16 September 60 years ago?

2 What were the first words at the opening of Australian TV? (a) Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to television (b) Ladies and gentlemen, good evening. This is
Chuck Faulkner and this is the news (c) This is Channel 9, TCN, Sydney

3 How many readers were the hosts for the Sydney ABC-TV news 7pm Monday to Friday in the 33 years from 1968 to 2001?

4 In the first few months after the ABC's ABN Channel 2 started at the end of 1956, what did it use to fill in the approximate five-minute gaps at the end of programs
it had purchased from commercial stations? (a) promos (b) news (c) a water-wheel turning

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 9 September 2016

This week's subject is the Paralympics.

1 How do swimmers without arms touch the wall in Paralympics?

2 How old is Australia's Libby Kosmala, the oldest competitor in this month's Paralympics? (a) 54 (b) 73 (c) 103

3 Since what year has she been competing in the Paralympics? (a) 1972 (b) 2004 (c) this is her first Paralympics

4 How many competitors is Russia sending to this Paralympics?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 2 September 2016

This week's subject is Australian currency.

1 Where will the Acacia verticillata subsp.ovoidea and the Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris appear on 1 September?

2 Why is it quite normal for an Australian to see a horse thief each day?

3 In pre-decimal currency, 2½ d meant two pence and one half penny. "Two pence" and "half penny" were not pronounced as their spelling would suggest. How were they pronounced?

4 In Australia's pounds, shillings and pence days, accountants used to bill clients in guineas, an inconvenient amount that required clients to do calculations to find the real amount of the bill. How much was one guinea?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 26 August 2016

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

1 What three- (or four-) word expression did the commentators use regularly in reference to major track and field event finals to keep us watching while the earlier rounds were on?

2 What is Nigerian 200m runner Oduduru's first name? (a) Ed (b) Bill (c) Ejowvokoghene

3 What track gold medalist has a surname that describes what he does?

4 What did identical triplets Leila, Liina and Lily Luik do?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 19 August 2016

This week's subject is again Olympic Games:

1 The Canberra Times ran this story about the 2016 Olympic Games opening ceremony: 'Rio was set alight on Saturday morning when athletes from 206 countries kicked off the Games in spectacular style at the Maracana Stadium. Just 103 of Australia's 421-strong team marched into the venue to begin the world's biggest sporting party as they put preparation before celebration.' How long was it between the ceremony and the paper's publishing it? (a) three days (b) two days (c) it published the story in print about six hours before the ceremony started and online just under nine hours before

2 Which of baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sports/rock climbing and surfing will be sports in the 2020 Olympics?

3 Who started the tradition of an Olympic torch relay?

4 How many Olympic gold medals has Michael Phelps won now?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 12 August 2016

This week's subject is Olympic Games.

1 In a list of countries competing in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics you find a team that is not from a country. Which is it?

2 What is Rio de Janeiro in English?

3 Of Michael Phelps' 16 Olympic medals, how many were gold? (a) all of them (b) all but two

4 Michael Phelps equalled the record eight for the most medals of any kind at a single Olympics. What did he do in the next Olympics?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 5 August 2016

This week's subject is the Rio Olympics.

1 How many staff will be at Rio to provide Seven's TV coverage? (a) 150 (b) 450 (c) 750

2 How many cameras will the network have there? (a) fewer than 30 as they will be using overseas networks' vision (b) about 200 (c) more than 1000

3 What will Australia have in Rio for the first time in an Olympic Games? (a) more female contestants than males (b) more over-30s than under (c) more born outside Australia than in Australia

4 When not in the pool, what has been one of the fun activities for the Australian swimmers? (a) getting drunk (b) colouring in (c) riding emus

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 29 July 2016

This week's subject is Olympic Games.

1 Which Olympic sport uses the smallest ball?

2 Is there an age limit for men's football at the Olympic Games?

3 What is the only Olympic sport in which individual men and women compete against the opposite sex?

4 In what sports did Eddie Eagan win a gold medal in both the summer and winter Olympics, the only person ever to do so?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 22 July 2016

This week's subject is Brazil crime.

1 Of the 50 most dangerous cities in the world, how many are in Brazil? (a) none (b) 11 (c) about half

2 What are Rio de Janeiro residents referring to when they say it won't be long before it has its arms up instead of out?

3 How did two September 2004 Brazilian car thieves start their life behind bars while still on the run?

4 Who smuggled tools to dig tunnels and mobile phones, complete with battery and charger, to prisoners at a jail in Brazil in January 2013? (a) their cat (b) their grandparents (c) their jail superintendent

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 15 July 2016

This week's subject is Brazil.

1 What caused the world's largest (by volume) waterfall, the Guaira Falls between Paraguay and Brazil, to lose their title in 1982?

2 Frederico, who was running for mayor of Pilar, Brazil, died under suspicious circumstances. Frederico had been leading in the polls. What was unusual about Frederico? (a) he was a goat (b) he was three months old (c) he was 103 years old

3 Where do Brazil nuts mainly come from?

4 What happens to the contents if you shake a tin of mixed nuts?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 8 July 2016

This week's subject is Australian politicians.

1 For what offence was Pauline Hanson's son fined in 1998? (a) not voting (b) assaulting a demonstrator at a One Nation rally (c) being drunk and disorderly at a One Nation rally

2 Who was the last Australian federal Liberal or Labor leader, in government or opposition, to go at a time of own choosing?

3 Could you vote for Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow in the 2 July election?

4 A Sydney Morning Herald 'galary collection' commemorating Australia's most embarrassing political moments included Malcolm Fraser's trousers. What were some others?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 1 July 2016

This week's subject is Britain.

1 What nickname did the British Labour Party have for David Cameron in the 2006 election? (a) Charmer Cameron (b) Dave the Chameleon (c) Dead Duck Dave

2 What sport has the greatest number of participants in England? (a) darts (b) rugby union (c) tennis

3 What is Big Ben?

4 Crossword clue: Daughter suggests London custom (8,2,3,5) If you need a hint, try an anagram (changing the order of letters) in 'daughter'.

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 24 June 2016

This week's subject is Australian elections.

1 Which, if any, of these were political parties contesting a Senate seat in the 2013 election? No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics, Senator Online (Internet Voting Bills/Issues), Secular Party of Australia, Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HELP) Party, The Wikileaks Party, Future Party, Sex Party, Stop The Greens, Bullet Train For Australia, Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting), Pirate Party, Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party

2 A man whose first name was Ivor contested three Senate, five House of Representatives and four state elections from 1972 to 1998. What was his surname? (a) F (b) Fivor (c) Fitzgerald-Smithsonian

3 Until 2008, what was the world's biggest electorate? (a) Kentucky (b) Kalgoorlie (c) Kenya

4 Why had Wyatt Roy never voted in an election before being elected himself in the 2010 federal poll?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 17 June 2016

This week's subject is boxing.

1 Muhammad Ali took the heavyweight boxing title from Sonny Liston, who had been convicted of what crime?

2 What is the greatest number of world boxing championship titles that have been available at the same time? (a) 5, one for each weight division (b) 10, one for each weight division in two different organisations (c) 63

3 When Ricky Hatton fought Kostya Tszyu in 2005 in Manchester, why did the match take place at 2am?

4 Which of these is banned for boxers by the International Amateur Boxing Association? (a) after-shave lotion (b) beards (c) cotton singlets

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 10 June 2016

This week's subject is Christianity.

1 Members of the Anglican Church are called Anglicans, members of the Catholic Church are called Catholics. What are members of the Uniting Church called?

2 Following the tradition to have deceased bishops lie in state so that mourners can pay their last respects, the Bishop of Lesbos, Nicephorus Glycas, was laid to rest clad in his episcopal vestments in 1896 at a Greek Orthodox Church in Methymni. What suddenly ended the period of mourning?

3 For what activity is Sydney identity and former alcoholic Arthur Stace fondly remembered? (a) graffiti (b) designing the Great Synagogue and St Mary's and St Andrew's cathedrals (c) campaigning for a cross to be placed on the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

4 Why is the answer to the question "Of what is St Jude the patron saint?" impossible?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 3 June 2016

This week's subject is births.

1 A lady in India has given birth to the heaviest baby girl ever. How much did shet weigh? (a) 5.7kg (b) 6.8kg (c) 7.9kg

2 America's Griffin twins were born a year apart. How was this possible?

3 For how long after birth do our eyes continue to grow?

4 According to North Korea, what happened regadring Kim Jong-il's birth?. (a) his birth was prophesied by a swallow (b) it was heralded with a double rainbow (c) it was heralded by a new star in the heavens

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 27 May 2016

This week's subject is airline incidents.

1 Captain Richard de Crespigny successfully returned his A380 to Singapore airport on 4 November 2010 after an engine exploded, another couldn't be shut down and debris fell over Indonesia. The next day he was a passenger on a 747 Qantas flight that had engine trouble. To what airport did it have to return?

2 Why did a Cypriot airline pilot with 153 passengers land at the wrong airport, Paphos, rather than fly for a further 10 minutes to Larnaca in May, 1997? (a) It was the end of his shift. (b) one of his passengers was late for a wedding—his own. (c) the birth of her baby was imminent.

3 Are the chances of being killed greater while in a plane or while driving to the airport

4 Should you consider yourself fortunate if another plane and yours are involved in a near miss?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 20 May 2016

This week's subject is the new Philippines president.

1 Does the new Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte claim to be married? (a) no (b) yes, with two wives (c) yes, with two wives and two girl-friends

2 Which of these has he joked about doing? (a) jumping off the Sydney Harbour Bridge (b) raping and murdering an Australian missionary (c) hanging the Australian prime minister

3 What does he claim he will do to criminals who resist? (a) personally kill all of them (b) feed their bodies to the fish in Manila Bay so they will grow fat (c) both of those

4 Who was one of the favourites to be vice-president? (a) Ferdinand Marcos Junior (b) Bongbong

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 13 May 2016

This week's subject is Captain James Cook.

1 What was Captain James Cook's ship 'Endeavour' renamed?

2 What is the furthest point from the last resting place of Captain Cook's 'Endeavour' that a piece of the ship is located?

3 What was Queensland previously named by Captain Cook? (a) New South Wales (b) Victoria

4 What was Victoria previously named by Captain Cook? (a) New South Wales (b) Queensland

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 6 May 2016

This week's subject is submarines.

1 It was announced last week that Australia is to get 20 new submarines. If all of the present Australian population were to share the cost equally, how much would each person pay? (a) $20 (b) $200 (c) $2000

2 What is the solution for this anagram crossword clue? About turn for German submarine (1-4)

3 To view the wonders of the undersea world that no other person had seen, Admiral R J Galanson peered through the portholes of a submarine at the ocean floor 1km below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. What was the first thing he saw? (a) a fish believed to be extinct (b) an empty beer can (c) a dinosaur bone

4 What are most American submarines named after? (a) cities (b) fish (c) presidents

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 29 April 2016

This week's subject is Port Arthur.

1 Why is Port Arthur Tasmania's top tourist attraction?

2 What happened at Port Arthur 20 years ago, on 28 April, 1996?

3 What was the sentence for Port Arthur shooter Martin Bryant?

4 When will he be due for parole? (a) next year (b) 2020 (c) 3031

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 22 April 2016

This week's subject is William Shakespeare.

1 What happened 500 years ago on 23 April, 1616?

2 Who was Anne Hathaway?

3 On what date was Shakespeare born? Don't worry if you're not sure.

4 Why is his baptismal date important?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 15 April 2016

This week's subject is Sydney suburb names

1 Which colourful Australian parrot got its name from a Sydney suburb?

2 What do the suburb names Canoelands, Glen Alpine, Hillsdale and Prairiewood have in common?

3 In what identically-named Sydney and Brisbane suburbs were the NSW and Queensland offices of the formerly-named Birds Australia?

4 What are the only two Sydney suburbs that do not share their initial letter with any other suburb?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 8 April 2016

This week's subject is Mormons.

1 Why did NRL footballer Will Hopoate decline to play for his club for two years and on what days will he now miss matches?

2 How often can Mormon missionaries phone home during their two years away? (a) twice a year – on Mother's Day and Chrstmas Day (b) twice a week (c) twice a day

3 How often is a Mormom missionary pair together? (a) whenever they are on missionary door-knocking (b) 6am to 6pm six days a week (c) continuously 24 hours a day except for when they use the bathroom

4 Which group has the higher percentage of polygamists—mammals or Mormons?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 1 April 2016

This week's subject is flags.

1 What country voted this month to keep the Union Jack on its flag?

2 What country's flag shows a map?

3 What do the flags of Dominica, Egypt, Fiji, Kiribati, Mexico and Zambia have in common?

4 What country's flag is the only one with six colours?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 25 March 2016

This week's subject is Easter.

1 What is the earliest date in the year for the observance of Easter Sunday? (a) 22 March (b) 23 March (c) 31 March

2 When will it next occur on the earliest date? (a) 2018 (b) 2028 (c) 2285

3 What is the latest date in the year for the observance of Easter Sunday? (a) 16 April (b) 25 April (c) 8 May

4 From where does the name Easter come?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 18 March 2016

This week's subject is Maria Sharapova.

1 Which Russian tennis player said the following? "No, I'm not the next Anna Kournikova. I want to win matches."

2 What do grand slam champions Maria Sharapova and Luke Jensen (French doubles) have in common?

3 What does Maria Sharapova do before each serve? (a) turn her back on her opponent (b) fix her hair behind her left ear (c) fix her hair behind her right ear (d) all of the above

4 How much did Maria Sharapova make from endorsements in 2014? (a) nearly $1 million (b) $5 million (c) $22 million

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 11 March 2016

This week's subject is marriage.

1 What did 84-year-old Rupert Murdoch do this month?

2 What did Samuel Baker, the explorer who discovered the Murchison Falls on the Nile River, consider his best purchase in Africa?

3 What is the largest number of couples that Reverend Moon, head of the Unification Church, married at the one ceremony? (a) 40 (b) 400 (c) 40,000

4 How many of the brides in the largest wedding ceremony conducted by Reverend Moon had previously met their husbands-to-be?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 4 March 2016

This week's subject is Sydney streets.

1 If your friends told you that their address was The Road in Penrith, how would you know which road?

2 What is the name of the main avenue in Macquarie Park?

3 How can a street be a road and an avenue at the same time?

4 What separate distinctions do each of these Sydney street names have? Aaron Place, Carlingford; Zuttion Avenue, Beverley Hills; Xenia Avenue, Carlton; Llandaff Street, Bondi Junction and Yatay Close, Plumpton?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 26 February 2016

This week's subject is population.

1 What mark did Australia's population pass this month?

2 Residents of what country comprise one-seventh of the population of the United Arab Emirates?

3 What is unusual about the whole population of the Sydney suburb Rookwood?

4 Why do most people die within three months of their birthday or their partner's birthday?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 19 February 2016

This week's subject is Albert Einstein.

1 How long did it take to prove Albert Einstein's prediction of the existence of gravitational waves was correct? (a) 10 years (b) 100 years – until announced this month (c) he has been proven wrong

2 What did the Biblical Adam, Einstein and elephants have in common?

3 Why did Albert Einstein's supervisor fail Einstein's PhD thesis? (a) it was undecipherable (b) it was too long (c) it was too short

4 Who was 'Time' magazine's 'man of the millenium'?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 12 February 2016

This week's subject is Australian currency.

1 When was decimal currency introduced to Australia?

2 How did you know the date?

3 Alan Waddell was known for his walking, but he had a talent for mathematics that enabled him to add pounds, shillings and pence columns simultaneously. What is an appropriate description of him in a two-word anagram of his surname?

4 Why was he banned from a weekly 2SM maths competition? (a) for cheating (b) for winning it too often

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 5 February 2016

This week's subject is the internet.

1 What was Australia's "most popular boring web page" in 2000? (a) Grammar co-ordinates (b) Grasscam (c) Google

2 What is the surname of Kim, the owner of the web site kim.com?

3 What does url stand for?

4 What does html stand for?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 29 January 2016

This week's subject is the Australian Open tennis.

1 Other than World War II, what caused the Australian championships not to be played in one year?

2 No Australian has won the Australian men's singles since 1976. In the years from 1946 to 1976, how many times was the title not won by an Australian? (a) 4 (b) 24 (c) 34

3 Why did only one of their mothers bother to watch any of the players in the four grand slam ladies' singles finals ending with the Australian in January 2003?

4 How many "ovas" (players with surnames ending in "ova") were there in the 128-person draw of the 2010 ladies singles?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 22 January 2016

This week's subject is nonsense.

1 How can someone go eight days without sleeping?

2 How can you lift an elephant with one hand?

3 If it took eight men four hours to build a brick wall, how long would it take four men to build it?

4 How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 15 January 2016

This week's subject is jokes.

1 Why do people tell stupid Irish jokes?

2 Are all the following rumourtoids, paraprosdokians or paradigms?
"He was at his best when the going was good." —Alistair Cooke on the Duke of Windsor
"You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing—after they have tried everything else." —Winston Churchill "I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it." —Groucho Marx
"A modest man, who has much to be modest about." —supposedly Winston Churchill, about Clement Attlee
"If I could just say a few words… I'd be a better public speaker." —Homer Simpson
"I haven't slept for 10 days, because that would be too long." —Mitch Hedberg
"I sleep eight hours a day and at least 10 at night." —Bill Hicks
"I don't belong to an organized political party. I'm a Democrat." —Will Rogers
"The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on my list." —probably Winston Churchill

3 What do real estate salespeople have to know?

4 What are two good ways of catching a rabbit?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 8 January 2016

This week's subject is again light globes.

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

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

3 When is the only time a man should be put on a pedestal?

4 An otherwise empty building has three identical light switches at the top of a flight of stairs leading to a basement. One of the light switches operates a light globe in the basement; the other switches do not operate anything. It is impossible to see the light globe by any means from the switches. No-one else is present. How can you find out which switch operates the light globe if you are only allowed to go down to the basement once?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 1 January 2016

This week's subject is light globes.

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

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

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

4 Again, how many pedants does it take to change a light globe?

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