Boy bands, happy lands and Buffy’s deadly sidekick – take the Thursday quiz | life and style


With the quizmaster’s vacation a distant memory in the rear view mirror, it’s time for the Thursday quiz again. Fifteen topical and general knowledge questions, with a few jokes, and our ubiquitous friends Kate Bush and Ron from Sparks. There’s a hidden Doctor Who reference to spot for a bonus point in the comments. It’s just for fun, there’s no prize, but let us know how you do.

The Thursday quiz, n° 48

1.THE DOG ATE MY HOMEWORK: Sri Lanka had to cancel school exams for millions of students after running out of what?

2.WEAVING THE WHOLE ROAD: A Spaniard who ate hash cakes before being arrested by police for driving erratically used a fake ID to try to convince them he had diplomatic immunity from ‘or ?

3.FLAGS OF JOY: This is the sunny and joyful flag of which US state?

4.HAPPY HUNTING GROUND: This is a 1975 song by Sparks where people “don’t talk or act like you do”. But that’s not important right now. Which country has just been declared by a UN-sponsored Happiness Index as the happiest country in the world for the fifth consecutive year?

5.HAPPY EGG CHASERS: Italy won their first Six Nations men’s rugby game in absolutely donkey years this weekend, unexpectedly beating Wales in Cardiff. In which year did Italy last win a men’s Six Nations game before this?

6.HAPPY BIRTHDAY: It’s Alyson Hannigan’s birthday. Happy birthday, Alyson! But what was his character’s name in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

7.TODAY: It is also the birthday of William Morris, British textile designer, poet, artist and socialist activist. But where in London is the William Morris Gallery?

8.ENSEMBLE CASTS: Which classic 1970s British sitcom starred Pauline Yates, John Barron and Geoffrey Palmer in regular roles?

9.SCOTTISH THINGS: Bonnington Linn, Corra Linn, Dundaff Linn and Stonebyres Linn make up what in Scotland?

ten.OIL DISASTER: Where did the Exxon Valdez oil spill take place?

11.FIBONACCI NUMBERS: First described in Indian mathematics, and forming a sequence where each number is the sum of the previous two, F₅ is equal to five. Boy band Five (often written as 5ive) had a string of hits in the late 90s and early 2000s. Which of these guys was NOT a member?

12.STATE THE EVIDENCE: Brazil consists of a federal district and how many other states?

13.GO THERE: Wikivoyage lists 23 places visited by the fictional Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days. Number 8 is Prayagraj, India. It is at the confluence of the Yamuna and what major river?

14.WHEN IT IS AJAR: A court case in Ireland is debating whether artist Harry Clarke’s stained glass windows are a moveable work of art that can be sold, or an integral part of the structure, of which famous Dublin cafe?

15.MUSIC: Who recently won a £2.1million copyright appeal for their single Dark Horse?

  • If you believe there has been a glaring error in any of the questions or answers, please feel free to email, but remember that the word of the master of the quiz is always final and that it will not have any truck with your nonsense.


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