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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 19 August 2017

This week's subject is the Commonwealth Bank.

1 What two letters are joined in the Commonwealth Bank's name as it appears on its branches?

2 What 12-word message about the Commonwealth Bank was broadcast for more than 20 years by all Australian commercial radio stations at 10am each working day? (a) It's 10 o'clock and the Commonwealth Bank is now open for business (b) Bank Commonwealth. Why in all heaven's name would you bank anywhere else?

3 Osvaldo Mejis robbed the Cabramatta branch of the Commonwealth Bank on 16 May 1997. How old was his accomplice? (a) 5 (b) 15 (c) 85

4 What was the average age of the offenders involved in a raid on the Commonwealth Bank branch at Armidale, Perth, on the night of 23 May 1999? (a) 8 (b) 98

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 12 August 2017

This week's subject is Martin Place, Sydney.

1 When did construction begin of the GPO building in Martin Place, Sydney? (a) 1863 (b) 1943, during World War II

2 What country owns the historic landmark GPO building in Martin Place, Sydney? (a) Australia, of course (b) Singapore

3 How many tents were in Martin Place in the first week of August? (a) none, of course - it's the centre of the city (b) nearly 40

4 If homeless people are living in tents in Martin Place, how do they pay for their Martin Place food? (a) with donations from the thousands of pedestrains each day (b) the food from the Martin Place cafeteria is free (c) they take the ferry across the harbor and dine in Kirribilli

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 5 August 2017

This week's subject is republics.

1 What did Bill Shorten promise on 28 July to do in his first term if elected as prime minister?

2 Although most countries are republics, only two have 'republic' said every time the country is mentioned. What are they?

3 Although not in its official title, one of those two countries' names is almost always preceded by another word. What is that word?

4 What tiny country is said to be the world's oldest surviving republic?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 29 July 2017

This week's subject is golf.

1 What was banned from this month's British Open? (a) swearing (b) taking a shortcut by hitting the ball over a grandstand (c) using dogs as caddies

2 Australia's Adam Scott had a three-stroke lead with four holes to go to win the 2012 British Open but bogeyed each hole. What was the average distance from the hole for the four par-putts he missed to lose? (a) 3 metres (b) 13 metres (c) 33 metres

3 Whose first names are Eldrick Tont?

4 Who carries your clubs to the final par 3 hole at the Limpopo course in South Africa? (a) you carry them yourself (b) your caddy (c) your helicopter pilot

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 21 July 2017

This week's subject is rugby league.

1 How many of the last 11 State of Origin series against Queensland has New South Wales won?

2 What former State of Origin rugby league player has a three-letter surname with an apostrophe after the second?

3 What rugby league player has a hyphenated first name and a surname with four consecutive vowels?

4 What Australian businessman and former joint owner of the South Sydney Rabbitos rugby league team has a three-word surname of which the middle word is à?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 14 July 2017

This week's subject is Wimbledon.

1 How many of the nine Australians in this year's Wimbledon singles survived the first round? (a) none (b) one, and after saving seven match points (c) six

2 How much does each defeated first-round player get for losing? (a) nothing, of course (b) $640 (c) $64,000

3 How many of the points in Bernard Tomic's match were longer than four shots? (a) none (b) only 3 (c) 77

4 How many of the top-40 ranked players in this year's men's singles are aged 30 or over? (a) 2 (b) 5 (c) more than half. And how many of the top five are?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 7 July 2017

This week's subject is postcodes.

1 What were introduced to Australia 50 years ago, on 1 July 1967?

2 Why does 2330 + 3418 = 2880? It might help you to know that 2330 is the postcode for Broke and 3418 for Nhill.

3 What city's Olympic Games year was the same as its postcode?

4 What is the postcode for 1770?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 30 June 2017

This week's subject is Canada.

1 What anniversary does Canada celebrate at the end of this week?

2 What three colonies joined to allow this?

3 Harold Grace was one of seven judges at the Miss Alberta and Miss Teen Alberta pageants in Canada in 2000. Why might some people have thought this would be a difficult task for him? (a) he was not a Canadian (b) he had been blind for 15 years (c) he was dead

4 In the list of countries with winners in the annual Rock Paper Scissors world championships, is Canada placed first or last?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 23 June 2017

This week's subject is fire.

1 Three people on board a light plane that crash-landed in a Melbourne suburb on 27 January 1999 were saved when water from a fire hydrant drenched the plane within seconds. How was the hydrant turned on?

2 What happened to the New Orleans fire-extinguisher factory in 1985?

3 Why did 29-year-old Adam Brewer set fire to and consequently destroy the Salvation Army warehouse in Parramatta in April 2010? (a) to create a diversion while he robbed the neighbouring car dealership (b) as a reprisal because they refused to baptise him (c) to dry out after swimming across the Parramatta River at night to escape police

4 Cryptic crossword clue: Conclude it is not a fire (7)

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 16 June 2017

This week's subject is London.

1 In 2002 the heads of London's The Times, British Airways and Britain's National Cricket Academy were all the same nationality. Which nationality?

2 Where in London has WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange been living for the last five years?

3 Is the London Underground underground?

4 Who purchased the London Evening Standard in 2009? (a) a former Vietcong major (b) a former KGB officer (c) a former garbage truck driver

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 9 June 2017

This week's subject is the Six-Day War.

1 How many years ago did the Six-Day War take place from 5 to 10 June?

2 By the end of the war, which of these had Israel taken? (a) Egypt's Sinai Peninsula (b) Jordan's West Bank (c) Syria's Golan Heights

3 All of Jerusalem was back under Jewish rule at the end of the war for the first time in about how many years? (a) 20 (b) 200 (c) 2000

4 What does "Jerusalem" mean?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 2 June 2017

This week's subject is Aboriginals.

1 Fifty years ago, on 27 May 1967, a referendum on Australian Constitution amendments regarding Aboriginals was held. It was approved by what percentage of voters? (a) 90.77 (b) 70.77 (c) 50.07

2 The movie "Ozzie" stars a talking koala and Aboriginal actors from Alice Springs. Where was it filmed? (a) Alice Springs, where no koalas live (b) Koala Park, in a Sydney suburb where no Aboriginals live (c) in New Zealand

3 For how long has the Aboriginal tent embassy stood on the lawn outside parliament house in Canberra? (a) 4 months (b) 5 years (c) 45 years

4 Why was the 1997 claim by the NSW Aboriginal Land Council for two islands in the Wallamba River, near Tuncurry, rejected?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 26 May 2017

This week's subject is riches.

1 The company Plutus Payroll has been named in Australia's alleged $165 million taxpayer fraud. Of what was Plutus the ancient Greek god?

2 What have been the preferred methods of transport of billionaire Ingvar Kamprad, founder of the world's largest furniture chain, Ikea? (a) bus using his pensioner discount card and economy class when flying (b) personal chauffeur and one of his own five private jets

3 Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino's Pizza, sold his helicopter, yacht, aircraft, radio stations, vintage car collection, artefacts worth $A1.7 million, a lake island resort and more than 90% of his stake (US$1 billion). What did he do with the proceeds?

4 How much did Bill Gates lose in the Wall Street crash of 10-14 April 2000? (a) $A800,000 (b) more than $A1 billion (c) nearly A$2 billion

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 19 May 2017

This week's subject is drugs.

1 What is methylenedioxymethamphetamine?

2 In 2014 Uruguay became the first country to legalise what?

3 What percentage of Australians don't touch drugs? (a) less than 1% (b) about 20% (c) about 50%

4 Which of these illegal drugs have you tried? (a) Derbisol (b) ecstacy (c) heroin

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 12 May 2017

This week's subject is Jehovah's Witnesses.

1 What country decided last month to shut down the Jehovah's Witnesses and confiscate their property? (a) Australia (b) Russia (c) USA

2 Cora Miller was sacked from her job as waitress at a Mexican restaurant in Clinton, Maryland, USA, in 1997 for refusing to sing 'Happy Birthday'. Why did she refuse?

3 What is the print run for The Watchtower, the fortnightly publication of this small Christian group? (a) 8 thousand (b) 85 thousand (c) 42 million

4 Did American singer Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) oppose blood transfusions, believe that Jesus came in 1914 or refuse to vote?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 5 May 2017

This week's subject is cars.

1 An unlicensed male driver, attempting to travel on his own across Australia from Port Macquarie to Perth, reached Broken Hill after 1300km, or almost a third of the way, before being stopped by police on 22 April 2017. How old was the driver? (a) 12 (b) 82 (c) 102

2 When a mechanic took former Coca-Cola Amatil chairman Dean Wills' car for a drive on West Head Road in July 1997 and crashed into a tree, how much damage (in money terms) did he do? (a) $250 000 (b) $1 million (c) more than $2 million

3 The car service organisation NRMA's Open Road magazine for November/December 1998 gave 10 "practical steps you can take to stop car sickness before it starts." What was their first tip?

4 After traffic lights at a freeway off-ramp were ceremoniously opened by Victoria's Minister for Roads, Geoff Craige, on 19-8-97, what did the first two cars to use the off-ramp do?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 28 April 2017

This week's subject is Sydney suburb names.

1 What is Len Waters Estate?

2 The name of which Sydney suburb comprises three descriptions of grassy areas?

3 What Sydney suburb name is two letters?

4 What Sydney suburb name has a double H and silent D?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 21 April 2017

This week's subject is the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

1 After the toll gates on the Sydney Harbour Bridge were no longer used from January 2009, how long did it take to start removing them? (a) only two hours - they were removed during the night (b) two weeks (c) a month short of eight years

2 The brige is closed for most of a day each year for the running of the Sydney marathon. What has now been proposed for another type of race across it? (a) a backwards running race (b) a horse race (c) a car race

3 What world record has the Sydney Harbour Bridge claimed? (a) largest single-span bridge (b) oldest eight-lane bridge
(c) most expensive eight-lane city bridge

4 How many rivets are there in the bridge? (a) about 600 (b) about 6000 (c) about 6,000,000

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 14 April 2017

This week's subject is horse racing.

1 How many consecutive horse races has Winx won?

2 Is that a world record? (a) it will be jointly held if Winx wins her next race (b) no, Black Caviaer won 25 conscutive races (c) no, the record is 56

3 What six-word description of the Mebourne Cup do you hear repeatedly on its race day?

4 What does the name of horse Ray Sauce mean?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 7 April 2017

This week's subject is speaking.

1 How often do 17-year-olds say 'like'? (a) once every half hour (b) once a minute (c) once every 12 seconds

2 What do the verbs boing, clunk, crack, crunch, cuckoo, drizzle, giggle, mumble, plop, sizzle, slosh, splash, squash, squeak, squelch, squish, swish, thud and whisper have in common?

3 What is significant about the pronunciation of each 'a' in 'Abraham'?

4 What is the significance about the pronunciation of each of the middle two letters in bird, curd, herd and word?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 31 March 2017

This week's subject is the Bible.

1 What anniversary of its founding does Bible Society Australia celebrate this month? (a) 20th (b) 200th (c) 250th

2 What percentage of the 1533 verses in Genesis begin with the word 'And'? (a) about 5% (b) about 25% (c) more than 50%

3 What two words begin 48 of the first 60 verses of Ezra 2? (a) The priests (b) The children (c) And then

4 Why do you never hear a sermon based on Nehemiah 7:8-21? (a) all verses start with the same two words (b) the middle of all verses has the children's mother's name (c) all verses end with the number of children (d) all of the above and nothing else

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 24 March 2017

This week's subject is gambling.

1 How much was gambling and entertainment company Tabcorp fined this month? (a) $45,000 (b) $4.5 million (c) $45 million, which would give it an Australian record

2 Who is Tabcorp's CEO? (a) David Attenborough (b) Justin Bieber (c) Prince Charles

3 What do Bondi Beach, Excess Knowledge, Pentathlon, Qewy, Sir John Hawkwood and Who Shot the Barman have in common?

4 Of what was Jan McMillen professor at the University of Western Sydney? (a) Philosophy (b) Mathematics (c) Gambling

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 17 March 2017

This week's subject is industry names.

1 Banksy opened a theme park in England in 2015 featuring boats with refugees. What did he call it? (a) Dismaland (b) Isisland (c) Refugeeland

2 Banksy opened a hotel in Bethlehem in 2017 with every room overlooking the Israeli wall. What did he call it? (a) Bethtel (b) The Walled Off Hotel

3 Was Jim Penman the founder of Jim's Mowing, Jim's Gardening, Jim's Fencing, Jim's Plumbing, Jim's Antennas, Jim's Windscreens or Jim's Dogwash?

4 'The Price is Right' store in Church Street, Parramatta, on 1 December 2015, had an overhead sign advertising the prices of 22 of its products. How many ended in 99 cents?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 10 March 2017

This week's subject is next Saturday's Western Australian election.

1 What is the PHON party?

2 Which of these parties is/are contesting the Western Australian election? (a) Daylight Savings Party (b) Fluoride Free Party (c) Party Party

3 Which party's policies only concern animals?

4 Which was the first Australian state to have a female premier?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 3 March 2017

This week's subject is weight.

1 For the first time in ages, 36-year-old Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, believed to be the world's heaviest woman, was able to raise her hand and touch her face in February this year. What had caused her disability? (a) overweight (b) anorexia

2 At the time of his death, what did the weight of Dr Robert Atkins, author of the best-selling Atkins Diet, qualify him as? (a) obese (b) average (c) anorexic

3 Donna Simpson weighed 292kg at the end of 2010. What was her goal? (a) to halve her weight by the end of 2011 (b) to increase it by 50%

4 What is the definition of a calorie?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 24 February 2017

This week's subject is TV personalities.

1 Tim Bailey celebrated his 25th year at Ten on 18 February. For how many years has he been the network's Sydney weather presenter? (a) 5 (b) 10 (c) 20

2 How old was David Attenborough when he was still heading his nature programs in 2016?

3 How much was Judge Judy Sheindlin earning annually for the last few years up to 2016? (a) $62 million (b) $620,000 (c) nothing from the TV program, just her magistrate salary

4 When turning to his next text in his Bible, what amazing talent does 'It Is Written Oceania' presenter Gary Kent display?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 17 February 2017

This week's subject is temperature.

1 What do only USA, Bahamas, Belize and the Cayman Islands have in common?

2 Marble Bar holds the Australian record for most consecutive days with a temperature of above 37.8 degrees (100 degrees Farhrenheit). How many days was this? (a) 6 (b) 60 (c) 160

3 What temperature record does Oodnadatta in South Australia hold?

4 The mallee fowl has a built-in thermometer—it pokes its head below ground level to check the temperature in its underground nest. Between how many degrees range can it maintain the
nest temperature? (a) one (b) 5 (c) 10

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 10 February 2017

This week's subject is executions.

1 How long is it since the last person was legally executed in Australia?

2 What security precautions were taken in Indonesia in March, 2015, for the transfer of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran to the execution island? (a) one set of handcuffs
and one escort for each (b) 20 armed police and four armoured vehicles (c) 600 armed police, 30 armoured vehicles, a military plane and fighter jets

3 What is the penalty for falling asleep in a meeting being addressed by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un?

4 Under Colonel Mariam's rule of Ethiopia 10,000 "counter-revolutionaries" were shot. For what did their relatives have to pay before they could claim the bodies?
(a) the cost of the bullet (b) a week's salary for the executioner (c) a month's salary for Colonel Mariam

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 3 February 2017

This week's subject is numbers.

1 The top seed did not win the men's singles in any of the first 30 years of the Hall of Fame tennis championships in Newport, Rhode Island. If you assume that the top seed in ATP tennis tournaments would normally have a 50-50 chance of winning, what were the chances of none doing so in those 30 years? (a) one in 50 (b) one in a thousand (c) one in over a million

2 On 21 January (Australian time) Donald Trump was inaugurated as USA president. Two days later, Gladys Berejiklian became NSW premier. Donald is the 45th president; what number is Gladys for NSW premier? (a) 45th (b) don't be ridiculous - that's not possible

3 Divide one by nine and you get 0.111111111. Divide that number by nine and what do you get?

4 What is the square of 111111111?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 27 January 2017

This week's subject is Australian Open tennis.

1 Which of these are surnames of players in the 2017 Australian Open singles? Kravchuk, Zverev, Jaziri, Fratangelo, Ramos-Vinolas, Shvedova, Vandeweghe, Khromacheva, Muguruza and Lu

2 What two Australian Opens did Petr Korda and Jessica Korda win?

3 If a Rod Laver Arena ball-boy stood in front of the Kia sign that he was supposed to be beside, could you still tell whether Kia was a sponsor of the 2014 Australian Open?

4 What was the prize for Margaret Court (then Margaret Smith) when she won the first of her Australian singles titles in 1960? (a) a medallion (b) an umbrella (c) less than 1% of the 2017 prize money ($30,000 cf $3.7 million)

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 20 January 2017

This week's subject is American presidents.

1  How many US presidents have resigned?

2  What did these American presidents own that no president would be allowed to now? George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,  James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James Polk, Zachary Taylor, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant

3  How much did William Taft weigh at inauguration? (a) 50kg (b) 160kg

4  What would you have to do to become president of the USA before age 35?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 13 January 2017

This week's subject is nonsense.

1  How many people work in the Federal and NSW Public Service?

2  If your toast falls off the table and lands on the floor buttered-side up, what can you conclude?

3  According to Voltaire’s character Dr Pangloss in Candide, what  is the purpose of the human nose?

4  It’s nonsense but it’s also true: What is now needed to break open a packet of scissors?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 6 January 2017

This week's subject is the calendar.

1 The opening lines of an editorial in the magazine Adventist Record dated January 17, 2015 read: 'The first Adventist Record of the new year! Believe it or not 2015 is already well under way.' When was it received by those on its mailing list? (a) 17-1-15 (b) 1-1-15 (c) 22-12-14

2 What is the busiest time of the year for gyms? (a) the first couple of months (b) Easter (c) Christmas

3 Mona Vale House, near Ross in Tasmania, has 365 windows, 52 rooms, 12 entrances and seven chimneys, so what is it called? (a) a calendar house (b) a palace house (c) a suburb in one house

4 How can you have a long weekend every week in Oman and the neighbouring United Arab Emirates?

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