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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 martin.belam@theguardian.com, 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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