Hooray it’s a double holiday! Why not celebrate it with a few challenging questions. This quiz has the music clips in the odd one out question. Hope you enjoy and comment below as well.
(answers follow below)
What comes fourth in the following sequences?
a) Act of Parliament limiting time per day working for women and young people
b) Football war
c) Light bulb life
a) Jamaican singer
b) LP Hartley’s “foreign country”
What is the connection between these four items?
a) England (Wales) 1962-74
b) Ireland (Ireland) 2006-7
c) Scotland (Trinidad and Tobago) 2000-12
d) Wales (Scotland) 2000
a) Japan 113
b) Poland 84
c) Germany 32
d) France 31 and 87
7. Which is the odd one out from these four clips?
8. Edward III banned which sport (still currently played), as it would distract the bowmen of England from archery?
9. Based on the popular “poundshop” concept, a discount store opened in London’s Mayfair, 2016, with everything priced at:
c) £20; or
10. Which of these members of the Dad’s Army cast had actually been in the WW2 Home Guard?
a) Arthur Lowe (Mainwaring)
b) Clive Dunn (Jones)
c) John Laurie (Frazer)
11. What is the occupation of Unhygienix in the Asterix books?
12. In May, a YouTube prankster said he was responsible for a 60m (197ft) sign reading “Welcome to Luton”, visible on the approach to which major London airport?
Warning: Answers about to appear
- Time needed for mastery of a skill (Malcolm Gladwell in his 2008 book, Outliers) would be a good answer but there may be others. Sequence is 10 hours (as in the Ten Hours Act 1847), 100 hours (a nickname for the football war between El Salvador and Honduras (1969) and 1,000 hours – believed to be the average span of an incandescent light bulb, so the fourth in the sequence would be something that was 10,000 hours.
- Something to do with the future. Sequence is the four ghosts that appear to Scrooge in Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. In order they were (Jacob) Marley, Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, with the fourth being the Ghost of Christmas Future.
- Someone/something with the name Kaka, such as the Brazilian footballer or one of New Zealand’s native parrots. Sequence is Nana (Mouskouri), Mama (Cass), La la (Land)
- Surnames of footballers and the countries they played for and when; i.e., Mike England played for Wales, Stephen Ireland, rather appropriately, played for Ireland; Jason Scotland played for Trinidad and Tobago and Gary Wales who played for Scotland, albeit only two matches for the U20 team.
- Elements of the Periodic Table that are named after countries, along with their atomic numbers. Elements are Nihonium, Polonium, Germanium, Francium and Gallium
- The four busiest railway stations in the UK, according to ORR for the year ended March 2021 – Stratford (Johns), Waterloo (picture shows ABBA winning Eurovision in 1974 for the song), Victoria (Coren-Mitchell, of course) and London Bridge (pic here shows the one which was moved to Arizona)
- The second clip is the odd one out from these. All the other three are known to be musically based (at least partly) on Pachelbel’s Canon whereas “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procol Harum is based partly on JS Bach’s Air on a G String. The other three track are “Rain and Tears” by Aphrodite’s Child, “All Together Now” by the Farm and “Memories” by Maroon 5. Chance here to remember Vangelis (Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou) who died last month, who was a member of Aphrodite’s Child and who wrote the music for “Rain and Tears”.
How did you get on?
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