Questions for all 2005


Daniel Baxter January 2005
Rosie Love February 2005
Craig Boyce March 2005
Madge Carew-Hopkins April 2005
Victoria Laing-Short May 2005
James Dale June 2005
Keith Frampton July 2005
D E Fones August 2005
Rosie Love September 2005
Stephen Moratti October 2005
Mr Mutwehir November 2005
Peter Haines December 2005

January 2005

Q1 What do Tasmanian Devils eat?

Q2 The big stained glass window of Gloucester Cathedral was dismantled during World War II for safe storage, but when reassembly began in 1945 it was found that all the little sticky paper labels that identified the glass pieces had fallen off. How was the window reassembled?

Q3 What most impressed Capt Fitzroy about the young Charles Darwin when the latter applied to join the voyage of the Beagle?

Q4 What common attribute (other than being Greek) qualified the Greek entrants in the 1904 Olympic Marathon?

Q5 What should you do if a bomb goes off in your building?

Q6 <Picture: grettir.jpg> – Grettir the Strong, hero of Icelandic sagas, actually existed and lived on this hilltop, which is why these people are visiting the place. Scholars now believe they know _exactly_ where Grettir lived. Where?


February 2005

Q1 Why would a barber in Geneva rather cut the hair of two Frenchmen than of one German?

Q2 Approximately what force is exerted in the stem of an apple hanging from a tree?

Q3 What (other than their value) is unusual about banknotes of Zambian kwacha?

Q4 When a meteorite hits the surface of the Earth – which, by definition, they always do – immediately after impact, how hot is the meteorite?

Q5 Complete this quote from Dr Johnson to his friend, the actor David Garrick circa 1750 “I’ll come no more behind your screens, Mr Garrick, because ….”

Q6 <Picture> We haven’t had nudes for a while, so here’s a girl wearing only a chess set. (A) Guess where she lives? and (B) what is wrong in this picture?


March 2005

Q1 How were pickpockets traditionally punished in Framley, UK?

Q2 King Priam of Troy tired of the ranting of the prophetess Cassandra, especially as she was invariably correct but nobody ever believed her, and had her detained in a building. What shape was the building?

Q3 Why do giraffes, chous (as in dogs) blue-tongued lizards and a few other creatures have blue tongues?

Q4 What size is German bog paper?

Q5 What is someone talking about if they say “The notes were sour because the stitches leaked”

Q6 Picture question – These are OMON troops (Russian Black Berets – crack counter-terrorist troops of the MVD). Why should you not look at them in a mirror?


April 2005

Q1 What was Ivan the Terrible doing just before he dropped dead?

Q2 What difficulty did Jose Capablanca encounter in his first public game of chess?

Q3 What were the moves in the shortest officially recorded game of world-class chess?

Q4 At the 1972 Fischer-Spassky match, the games started at 10am. Bobby Fischer generally arrived at about 10:07 (when he arrived at all). Why?

Q5 At the 1972 match Bobby Fischer complained about the style of the chairs, the cameras and the lights, the first ten rows of spectators, the noise of children unwrapping sweets, the size of the 64 squares, the size of the pieces, and what else?

Q6 Picture question with lady fully clothed and NO CHESS. This is a recent appearance of Australian psychic Sharina at an “alternative festival”. What is happening?


May 2005

Q1 J. Julius Joseph was a veteran Communist in the USA in the 1940s. One day, his landlord checked over his apartment and was mystified to find the lavatory seat severely damaged by burning. What had happened?

Q2 At the time of the Spanish Armada, a chain of beacons was used to signal messages across England. What data rate could be achieved by this method of transmission?

Q3 As the song goes, “Herr Mannelig, will you marry me … I will give the twelve flour mills that stand between Tillo and Terno”. Is this a good deal?

Q4 What distinguishes certain banknotes issued in Tatarstan?

Q5 Phil Jordan’s flagging career as a psychic has recently been revitalised (if that is the word) through psychic detective work. In what other ways could Mr Jordan assist in the investigation of a murder?

Q6 This is an area of land, a few metres across, in its natural state in the USA. In which state?


June 2005

Q1 What country is believed – indeed, has been proved – to be the best in which to study cryptography?

Q2 What festival is celebrated on 14 March or 22 July each year?

Q3 How many birds are shredded annually by a large wind turbine? (0.2 birds/turbine/year)

Q4 A priest once said to Groucho Marx “Groucho, I’d like to thank you for all the joy you have given to the world”. What did Groucho answer?

Q5 What percentage of cricket fans like the music of Bela Bartok?

Q6 (X-ray of B Williams’s knee) What’s this?


July 2005

Q1 Odoacer deposed Augustulus, the last Emperor of Rome, on 4 September 476. At what time of day was that done?

Q2 Sir John Mills was once at a party where he and his wife weren’t sitting together. He wrote a note “Do you fancy coming round to my place tonight? We could have some fun” and asked a waiter to give it to “the attractive woman at the table across the room”. What happened next? (Waiter gave it to Princess Diana)

Q3 What, according to Monty Python, was Italy famous for?

Q4 How many equations are displayed on tombstones at Westminster Abbey? (One: the Dirac equation)

Q5 Which of the following are unwelcome in Tasmania? Norway Pout, Striped Mullet, Three-line Grunt, Pollock, Shy Drum, or Tubesnout?

Q6 Where’s this (Chechen war monument with bayonet)


August 2005

Q1 Towards the end of the movie “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” Snow White kisses six of the dwarfs goodbye. Which dwarf misses out?

Q2 What famous historical character said “It might have been a little higher” (in a disappointed tone of voice)?

Q3 Complete this saying, “All good things must come to an end, except …..”

Q4 Which celebrity’s favourite book is “If you take a mouse to the movies”?

Q5 Do more baggage carousels at airports go around clockwise than anticlockwise?

Q6 <picture CIMG0432 – Tichborne Claimant book> What is the topic of the book from which this useful conversion table is taken?


September 2005

Q1 Which book is most often stolen from public libraries?

Q2 How much time elapses before British people who are late for an appointment feel the need to call ahead and apologise?

Q3 The response team at the 2002 Bali bombing atrocity called the local US embassy to report finding an American citizen with terrible burns and 60% of skin lost. What was the reply?

Q4 Henry Ford’s first road car was built in a shed in Detroit. What was the first thing that went wrong on its first test run, and how was it fixed?

Q5 Complete this quote by Jim Morrison “Well that’s New York for you – the only people that rush the stage are …..”

Q6 <picture> What club meets at the little cottage in the centre of the picture?


October 2005

Q1 Proposed Australian laws governing the use of embryos in research were modified in 2002 to allow the eating of caviar, and to allow what else?

Q2 What did Marie Antoinette eat at her last meal?

Q3 In the Library of Congress classification of books, what is the designator of the subclass devoted to the Bible?

Q4 What do you have to do to qualify as a “fanatic of Canadian nationalism”?

Q5 What was the meaning of the new English word “tey” invented at an American university circa 1980?

Q6 <signature.jpg> Whose signature is this? [C Columbus]


November 2005

Q1 Who, while cooking soup and wanting a soft-boiled egg, invented the idea of putting the egg in the soup in order to save on washing-up?

Q2 Who was the first person to utter the word _fuck_ as part of the formal eulogy at a British memorial service?

Q3 Recent research has shown that a certain marine creature has many eyes and four brains, and what other body part in profusion?

Q4 What is the origin of the saying “He is as thick as two short planks”?

Q5 The emperor Nero compelled all Roman house owners to erect a porch over their front doors that a man could stand on. What was the idea behind this?

Q6 <picture: Alfred drives the Danes out of Wessex> This (partially censored) sketch from “Great Moments in History” depicts what famous event?


December 2005

Q1 What is the best excuse for having failed to do something that was wanted “as soon as possible”?

Q2 London’s National Gallery, perversely, contains paintings mostly by non-British artists. A fox got trapped in the gallery overnight. Which room did the fox prefer to hang around in?

Q3 If bees were to get into the National Gallery, which painting would they like best?

Q4 What did Linda Lovelace, star of the movie Deep Throat, call her pet cat?

Q5 To his dismay, what body part kept sticking out through Albert Einstein’s clothing?

Q6 <Moon picture> What is happening here?