Questions for all 2010

WINNERS 2010 –

David Frankland January 2010

Terry Kelly February 2010

Win Fowles March 2010

Wendy Mooney April 2010

Edi Winkler May 2010

Geoff Merrell June 2010

Ian & Sue MacLeod July 2010

Stephen Roberts August 2010

Steve Mencinsky September 2010

Leon Down October 2010

Benjamin Huber November 2010

Ripley Perkins December 2010


January 2010

Q1 According to the Islamic scholar Hafýz Zahabi in his book Great Sinners, what class of persons shall endure the greatest suffering on the Day of Judgment?

Q2 What privilege did Shefqet Bey Verlaci hold, although he decided not to exercise it?

Q3 According to a joke told in the days of Communist East Germany (GDR), why did the USA, USSR and GDR collaborate to raise the Titanic?

Q4 How did one of the big hits by The Seekers arise from a discussion about Stalin’s favourite film?

Q5 Dr Bob’s keyboard fell onto a hard floor, and three of the key caps flew off. Which three?

Q6 This is the working end of a hand-held tool, like a screwdriver but having two small metal projections on a flat face. What is it for?

February 2010

Q1 Which popular cheese is made backwards?

Q2 What was Iran called before it was called Persia?

Q3 Who was the last English Captain to tour Australia undefeated?

Q4 Which Australian city was named after Thomas Townsend?

Q5 Which male body part swells to ten times its normal size when stimulated?

Q6 Where’s this?

March 2010

Q1 What was Kim Jong Il’s score when he played his first-ever round of golf?

Q2 Florence Nightingale got all ready to go to the Crimea, but her departure was suddenly delayed, why was that?

Q3 There are 1,189 chapters in the King James Version of the Bible (OT plus NT). Therefore there is a middle chapter – which one is it?

Q4 While we’re at it, what is the shortest chapter in the KJV Bible?

Q5 A small, differentiated minority of true Icelanders have Icelandic as their second language. What is their first language?

Q6 What’s this?

April 2010

Q1 What happened on 18 November 1307?

Q2 What would a literate Icelander have said on hearing about what happened on 18 November 1307?

Q3 What prominent 20th-century person expressed approval over what happened on 18 November 1307?

Q4 What is the connection between the answer to Q1, and Captain Beefheart?

Q5 What famous overture was included in the music book for the band on the Iitanic?

Q6 Where’s this?

May 2010

Q1 Why were the Raelians denied an Australian tax-exempt status as a religion?

Q2 St (or at the time, Sister) Mary McKillop was once excommunicated by the Catholic Church. Was Mother Teresa excommunicated?

Q3 Muslims must normally pray towards the Ka’aba in Mecca, but where is it permissible for a Muslim to pray facing in any direction?

Q4 I hope you recall about the Complutensian Polyglot – the first printed edition of the Greek New Testament, printed 1514-1517 in a town with Latin name Complutum. One of the chief editors of the Complutensian Polyglot accused the Dutch scholar Erasmus of tampering with the text of the Johannine Comma, which is prominent in the Latin version. OK /sigh/: the Johannine Comma is the disputed wording in 1 John 5:7-8 that basically says that God, JC and the H.Ghost are really all one. Erasmus retorted that he had remained faithful to several versions of the Greek text, and would not give ground. How was this resolved?

Q5 From Bad Lands by Tony Wheeler: “Khomeini himself was once asked for a ruling on what should happen to a chicken if a man had had sex with it. Could the violator barbecue the buggered bird? No! thundered Khomeini. Certainly not! And neither could his family – or their neighbours. How about somebody who lived two doors away? Well ……. ??

Q6 Who’s this?

June 2010

Q1 Why does Mickey Mouse wear gloves?

Q2 Captain Ahab’s log reads: Funny thing happened this morning, we were looking for white whales between Pitcairn Island and Tahiti. Well that’s not really funny, but this is – we have a devout Muslim sailor who helps the navigator – that’s not the funny bit either, but it’s coming – and he always makes a big deal about calculating the correct direction to pray in. But this morning, he didn’t bother for once – he simply knelt and prayed in the direction he happened to be already facing. But for afternoon prayers he again worked out the proper direction with care. Maybe Dr Bob’s fans could tell me why that was? … will finish this later, white whale sighted

Q3 How is the first business week (Week 01) of the year defined?

Q4 What is ironic about Hercule Poirot’s reverence for “the little grey cells”?

Q5 In the event of a general flooding of the low-lying landscape, residents of South Woodham Ferrers – once designated the 33rd worst town in the UK – would be evacuated to the William de Ferrers Centre. What would happen next?

Q6 Who shot him?

July 2010

Q1 How did Queen Victoria prevent her balls getting warped?

Q2 Several thousand invading Vikings attempted to land at Maldon, England in 991 AD. What gallant gesture was made by Byrhtnoth, the commander of the defending forces?

Q3 In some later analyses of the Battle of Maldon (991 AD), it has been said that the resultant massacre was due to an attribute of Byrhtnoth called overmod in Saxon. What does this translate roughly into?

Q4 In those days, circa 991 AD, of whom else was overmod a noted characteristic?

Q5 How much soap and tallow was used to grease the slipway at the launch of RMS Titanic?

Q6 This is a soldier of 3 Bn, 3rd Marines in Afghanistan. What is he looking for?

August 2010

Q1 What was the song on the flip-side of the Pink Floyd’s first single originally called?

Q2 Among Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, how many albums were produced in non-English speaking countries?

Q3 What 7-letter words starting with SUB and CON are mathematically linked to the word DEWFALL (if I give you the complete words the #1 Google result is the answer)

Q4 Who said, and on what occasion: "Such things should not happen in wartime; have you Germans no sense of honor left at all?"

Q5 How many miles to the gallon – no, how many feet to the pound (of coal) did the Titanic burn? (before it hit any icebergs)

Q6 What is the origin of these -Mystery Meteors- photographed from the Space Shuttle?

September 2010

Q1 The family of the surrealist painter Dali owned a boat; it was called SON. Why was it called that?

Q2 In the picture "Archaeological Reminscence of Millet’s Angelus", what is wrong with the shadows of the two people?

Q3 What is the odd one out: Burning tree, plough, walrus, bishop, giraffe?

Q4 (Enough surrealism, and back to good old Iceland.) There being no building for it at the time, where did the upper house of the Icelandic government used to meet?

Q5 (Nope – back to surrealism) The numeral Pi, written in base 27 and expressed using A-Z for digits 1-26 and a space for zero, starts off "C.CVEZCVBMLYZXMSWPRP…." and goes on, well, forever. One can, if desperate for things to do, look in this infinite stream for actual English words, but one would find many more words if they were enciphered by an arbitrary simple substitution (choosing any permutation of the alphabet you like). For example, CVEZCV could be an encipherment of ERASER – or equally well of CHURCH, ESPIES, etc., and at the end of the above short sample, SWPRP could decipher to DRBOB, or STEVE. Somebody with time to spare has deciphered words for the first million base-27 digits – what would you rather they were doing instead? – but that is not the question – and the longest deciphered word found was VENTRICULOGRAPHY. However, the word DERMATOGLYPHICS, which is 1 letter shorter, was found no less than six times! Why does it occur so often?

Q6 This is Retrospective Bust of a Woman (1933), by Salvador Dali. Picasso attended the first exhibition of this work; in what unusual way did he appreciate it?

October 2010

Q1 In Monty Python’s Cheese Shop sketch, how many types of cheese are named?

Q2 What does a narwhal use its tusk for?

Q3 Some dark-age Europeans wrote of a distant land, so fecund that cattle would burst if they grazed for more than a small part of the day; where the running water made music like stringed instruments; where the vines fruited 12 times a year; and where the wheat was headed, not with grains, but with whole loaves of bread. The people of this land were also said to worship within clouds of wheeling swans. Ok, quiz fans – where was it?

Q4 When were terrestrial globes introduced into Europe?

Q5 In warfare, what is the safest distance (under 5 km) for a foot-soldier to be from an enemy tank?

Q6 Where was this traditional dance enacted?

November 2010

Q1 If you were driving in the USA in 1955 and you saw a roadside sign that said, simply “Four” – what would the next sign say?

Q2 What happened in Beaver, Pennsylvania in 1792?

Q3 What was the first American TV program to show any part of a toilet on the screen?

Q4 Where (apart from in a zoo, etc) could you find penguins, north of the equator?

Q5 Dr Bob recently holidayed on a ship where he was told it was unlucky and therefore forbidden to whistle, to clink drinking glasses together and to say a particular word. What word?

Q6 This is one of Daguerre’s first photos – of a main street in Paris. Apart from the one man standing at lower left, where is everybody else?

December 2010

Q1 What did Uri Geller claimed to have been randomly attacked by?

Q2 What is the name of the red bit that hangs over the beak of a turkey?

Q3 What is the size of the unit of measurement, the Sagan? (If you have 1 Sagan of, say, bananas, how many do you have?)

Q4 What excuse did John Edward give for failing to claim The Amazing Randi’s million-dollar prize?

Q5 What animal (other than humans) causes the most deaths in Australia?

Q6 This is a country – yes, it’s got holes in it. What difficulty might waiters in this country experience, just before the end of a customers’ meal?

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