26 june 2018






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           All original writing

           2014, 2015, 2016, 2017,            2018        Ian McLauchlin


XMAS QUIZ 2017                                 Answers at the end

You might need a pencil and paper.

1. Beatles Singles in anagram form:

  1. Move lode
  2. Efine life
  3. E eck, toti dirt
  4. Lousey shove

2. Who was born first?

  1. William Shakespeare
  2. Elizabeth I
  3. Sir Francis Drake

3. Which town is in Somerset?

  1. Frome
  2. Midsomer Norton
  3. Sherbourne

4. What is the connection between these?

  1. Amanda
  2. James
  3. Alun

5. And these?

  1. Blue sky
  2. Cap
  3. Good
  4. Lateral

6. Music Quiz, 12 tracks. Name that tune.

7. Name these bridges:

8. Science:

  1. What is the main constituent of steel other than iron?
  2. What does 'emf’ stand for?
  3. What element's name begins and ends with the letter n ?
  4. What does the H stand for in LHC?
  5. What decimal number does this binary number represent?  1 0 1 0 1 0 1
  6. Which size of paper measures 148mm by 210mm?

9. Quotes. Who said these in 2017?

  1. "Mugwump."
  2. "Part of the beauty of me is I'm very rich."
  3. "It seems to be backtracking on the original commitment of the UK to honour its international commitments."
  4. "Parliamentary scrutiny is not an affront to democracy, it is its very essence."
  5. “When everybody – not me, when everybody – the level of anger at what they’ve been witnessing with respect to the FBI is certainly very sad.”

10. What do these have in common?

Milkshake duck,   newsjacking,   unicorn,   broflake.

11.  Arts:

  1. Which artist’s grandfather was the founder of the psychoanalytic school of psychiatry?
  2. What is the first name of Mr Darcy, hero of Pride and Prejudice?
  3. Brothers Charlie and Craig Reid are members of which band?
  4. Which picture by Edvard Munch has been the target of several high profile art thefts?
  5. How is painter Doménikos Theotokópoulos commonly known?

12.  Natural world:

  1. Kepler’s laws are three rules which can be used to describe what?
  2. Which gardener’s item was invented by Edwin Beard Budding in 1830?
  3. What type of creature is a kob?
  4. In which human organ would you find the hypothalamus?
  5. What do these have in common:  silverfish, crayfish, cuttlefish, razorfish.

13.  What is the connection:

  1. Caller
  2. Richard
  3. Smoked
  4. Red

14. Geography: Which body of water are these in?

  1. Balearics
  2. Hawaii
  3. Pitcairn Islands
  4. South Georgia
  5. Mauritius
  6. Seychelles
  7. Skyros

15. More geography:

  1. Which two major rivers meet at Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire?
  2. What and where are the Cairngorms?
  3. What and where is the Giant's Causeway?
  4. Where is the Minack theatre?
  5. Where is Tonga?
  6. Where is Burkina Faso, what was its former name and what does it mean?

16. Miscellany:

  1. Which famous perfume was launched on May 5th, 1921?
  2. Ingvar Kamprad grew up on a farm called Elmtaryd in the parish of Agunnaryd. How is he best known?
  3. Musical by Willy Russell called John, Paul, George, Ringo and ?
  4. What is laughing gas?
  5. Where in the body is it impossible to touch with your right hand?
  6. What was MacDonald’s prize possession?

17. Which country has issued these stamps?


18. More 'who said these?'

  1. “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”
  2. "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
  3. "Hey, it's hard to put food on your family."
  4. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
  5. "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."
  6. "This thaw – took a while to thaw, it's going to take a while to unthaw."
  7. "There are Known knowns. These are the things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know."
  8. "And they have no disregard for human life."
  9. The art of flying is to throw yourself at the ground and miss."
  10. "We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further."
  11. “In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods. They have not forgotten this.”

19. Flags. Which Country?

20. Who invented these?

  1. Jet Engine
  2. CT scanner
  3. Disposable razor
  4. LED light source
  5. Laser
  6. Fundamentals of the internet
  7. Vacuum cleaner
  8. Inkjet printer
  9. Shorthand
  10. Microprocessor
  11. Traffic lights
  12. Radar
  13. Principles of mobile phone infrastructure - cellphone networks
  14. Cash Machine
  15. Wireless computer networking