Massive moons, lengthy canals and a very optimistic Neville – take the Thursday quiz

The quiz master remains away, but early this morning a troupe of highly trained carrier pigeons delivered 14 questions from a secret location in Scotland to the Guardian’s offices. Can you face the fiendish combination of some questions loosely connected to today’s date, Kate Bush, Doctor Who, anagrams and all the usual gubbins? There are no prizes, it is just for fun, and let us know how you get on in the comments.

The Thursday quiz, No 23

1.GEOGRAPHY: Scotland is rightly renowned for its absolutely beautiful islands that teem with wildlife like these puffins. But roughly how many Scottish islands are there?

2.VERY OLD COLONIAL NEWS: In 1775 the Thirteen Colonies began fighting the American revolutionary war prior to declaring independence as the United States of America. Which of these four was not one of the 13?

3.ENSEMBLE CAST: We’ll get this one out of the way early today. Which international streaming hit featured these three as recurring supporting actors? Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez and Elizabeth Ashley

4.COMPARATIVELY SPEAKING: Methuselah is renowned as the oldest person in the Bible. But which of THESE four characters mentioned in the Bible lived for the longest time, according to the Bible?

5.EYE KNOW WHO YOU ARE ARE: Who is this?

6.SPACE: Jupiter is a massive show-off with 79 moons. Of these four options, which is the largest?

7.WATER FEATURES: Notwithstanding that fractal theory makes people extremely argumentative if you ever try to ask how long a body of water is in the Thursday quiz, roughly how long is the Panama canal?

8.MUSIC: Who released albums called Meddle, Animals and The Final Cut?

9.ON THIS DAY: On 30 September 1938, the British prime minister Neville Chamberlain was proudly announcing he had secured “peace for our time” thanks to the Munich agreement with Adolf Hitler’s Germany. The optimistic doofus. Which two other countries, apart from the UK and Germany, signed the agreement?

10.KINGS AND QUEENS: Who was proclaimed King of England on 30 September 1399?

11.TRUE OR FALSE: The Monopoly man, the emblem of the game published by Hasbro, wears a monocle

12.WORRYING POKEMON DESCRIPTIONS: Not every Pokémon is as cute as Pikachu. Which Pokémon has this worrying official description: “A Pokémon formed by the spirits of people and Pokémon. It tugs on the hands of children to steal them away. Because of the way it floats aimlessly, an old folktale calls it a ‘Signpost for Wandering Spirits.'”

13.SCIENCE CORNER: Which of the following elements is not found in CaHCO₃?

14.AND FINALLY: Here’s Prince Charles emerging from Doctor Who’s Tardis for some reason. But aside from him, which of these actors has never been Doctor Who? Plot twist – yes, it is anagram time …

  • If you do think there has been an egregious error in one of the questions or answers, please feel free to email but remember, the quiz master’s word is always final, and genuinely he’s not going to answer because today he is on an all-day train from Inverness to Kings Cross.


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