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A lovely fleece, a hip priest and the number of the beast – take the Thursday quiz


We meet again. I’ve got 15 questions about topical news and general knowledge with some jokes and weird facts thrown in, and you’ve got a desperate desire to find something that will kill exactly two minutes and fifty-seven seconds of your Thursday. And then you will get cross because one of the questions unexpectedly involves anagrams. Let us know how you get on in the comments, but remember, it is just for fun and there are no refunds.

The Thursday quiz, No 11

1.GLOBAL NEWS: The ship that gained notoriety for blocking up the Suez canal earlier in the year is being released by Egyptian authorities who have held it since it was dislodged on 29 March. But what was its name?

2.SPORT: Emma Raducanu withdrew from her Wimbledon fourth-round match on Monday. But who was her opponent?

3.FATE & FORTUNE: 10-year-old Irish lad William Woods won €1,000 (£860) in a prize draw at Christmas. This week he was interviewed about how he’d spent the money. What did he buy?

4.ON THIS DAY: It is the anniversary of the day that Roswell army airfield issued a press release reporting the recovery of a “flying disc” from a ranch near Roswell, sparking the Roswell UFO incident and a million conspiracy theories. Which year though?

5.AD ASTRA: Today also marks the anniversary of the 135th and final launch of a US space shuttle by Nasa, 10 years ago. Which shuttle flew the last mission?

6.YET MORE SPACE: This week Chinese astronauts performed a space walk outside their new space station – called Tiangong station. But what does the name mean in English?

7.LOVELY FLEECE: The 1963 movie Jason and the Argonauts depicts the quest for the “Golden Fleece”. In Greek myth, what was the name of the legendary golden-woolled winged ram that was the source of the fleece?

8.HIP PRIEST: Mark E Smith once famously said: “If it’s me and yer granny on bongos, it’s the Fall.” But according to the Wikipedia timeline of members of the Fall – the official source for the Thursday quiz – how many permanent members of the Fall were there over the course of the band’s history?

9.TURBULENT PRIEST: While on the subject of priests, history records that the archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Beckett met his end after an English king exclaimed “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?” and some over-enthusiastic aides obliged. Which king?

10.NUMBER OF THE BEAST: Earlier this year #TimsTwitterListeningParty held their 666th event. Which LP did everyone listen to along with the artist?

11.SCIENCE: What is the chemical symbol for silver?

12.KIDS TV: Disney’s Donald Duck has a ludicrous middle name. What is it?

13.MOVIES: The Cannes film festival opened with the new Leos Carax movie – Annette – starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard. But which lovable but arty pop duo have supplied the music?

14.MONEY: The BBC published its annual list of its highest-paid stars, with Gary Lineker top of the pile. But who was the highest-paid woman? Plot twist – it’s anagram time…

15.ONLY IN AUSTRIA: A 65-year-old man “felt a ‘nip’ in the genital area” shortly after sitting on the toilet at his home in Graz just after 6am on Monday, according to a statement from police in Styria province. He then looked into the toilet and discovered … what?

  • If you do think there has been an egregious error in one of the questions or answers, please feel free to email martin.belam@theguardian.com but remember, the quizmaster’s word is always final and he will never, ever, ever back down.



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