Long-running Christie and pigs that are shifty – take the Thursday quiz

Welcome once again to the Thursday quiz, the moment that I like to think signals the beginning of the end of the middle of the week. No anagrams for you this time, but your other regular and beloved features are all here: Kate Bush, Ron from Sparks, and a particularly tricky hidden Doctor Who reference to spot. It is just for fun. Honestly, there has been no thought put into awarding prizes at all. Let us know how you get on in the comments.

The Thursday quiz, No 31

1.BRING HOME THE BACON: Last week, Hong Kong authorities captured and euthanised several wild boars as they began a campaign to reduce their numbers in urban areas around the financial centre. What triggered the move?

2.PER ASPERA AD ASTRA: Nasa’s Dart mission was due up into space this week. What are they planing to do with it?

3.GCSE SCIENCE CORNER: Biology this week. Which of these words best describes a prokaryotic organism?

4.EDITH PIAF SAID IT BETTER THAN ME: That’s a heartwarming 2017 song for the easily moved by Sparks. But that’s not important right now. Where was Edith Piaf born?

5.TO BOLDLY GO: The storyboards for a doomed 1970s film version of a sci-fi classic left unmade by Franco-Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky sold this week for €2.66m (£2.24m) at auction, about 100 times the expected price. Which book was he proposing to film?

6.ENSEMBLE CAST: When the Holy Triumvirate of Noakes/Purves/Judd (pictured here with legend Valerie Singleton as well) were broken up as permanent Blue Peter presenters, who was the next permanent presenter to be added to the show?

7.MORE ANCIENT BRITISH KIDS’ TV: Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin made Ivor the Engine, but what was the name of the dragon that lived in Ivor’s firebox?

8.ANCIENT PLAYS: After being premiered in Nottingham in October, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in London on 25 November the same year. Which year?

9.WHAT’S IN A NAME: The two massive gantry cranes in Belfast’s dock were completed in 1969 and 1974. What are they known as?

10.YOU CAN’T KEEP A GOOD MOSAIC DOWN: A priceless Roman mosaic that once decorated a ship used by the emperor Caligula was rediscovered after it had been where for almost 50 years?

11.WORLD NEWS: Next week, Dame Sandra Mason will replace the British monarch as head of state and become the first president of which Caribbean island state?

12.ON THIS DAY: On 25 November 1596 an attack on a church is considered to have started what was brilliantly known as the cudgel war or Klubbekriget. In which modern-day country did it happen?

13.MUSIC: Having travelled all the way from Australia to meet her, Channel Seven’s Matt Doran’s prestigious interview with whom was canned when he let slip that he hadn’t listened to her latest album in full yet?

14.TRUE OR FALSE: The Greek island of Vulcano has ordered a partial evacuation and banned tourists after an increase in seismic activity and gases in the area?

  • 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 you don’t want to be like the many people who emailed him last week to haughtily point out that Kansas City was not in the state of Kansas but in Missouri without taking two seconds to check first whether Kansas City, Kansas also existed. Which it does.


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