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Welcome to Thursday’s quiz, where every stab at humor is “even less funny than previous outrageous attempts,” according to one satisfied customer in the comments from the week before. You’ll be faced with 15 questions about current news and general knowledge, with a portion of sarcasm and in-jokes. There are no prizes, but let us know how you fared in the comments.

The Thursday quiz, no 55

1.DOCTOR NEW: Ncuti Gatwa will take over Jodie Whittaker as the Time Lord in Doctor Who. In which Netflix series does he play the part of Eric Effiong?

2.ART FOR ART: Irene Demas and her husband Tony, from Ontario, seem to be able to retire after auctioning off a painting they traded with an artist in the 1970s?

3.FERAL HOGS: We are sorry to inform you that the wild boars of Rome have been at it again. What is banned in much of northern Rome to help people avoid contact with the animals?

4.GCSE SCIENCE CORNER: What does a potentiometer measure?

5.LITERATURE: George Elliots Middlemarch is set between 1829 and 1832. But when was it first published?

6.AMATEUR HOUR: That’s a 1974 Sparks song where she lets you know “when you go pro.” But that’s not important now. A Virgin Atlantic transatlantic flight had to return last week after the amateur jokes that happened on board?

7.IT’S A DOG’S LIFE: A Massachusetts family got a surprise when they found a stray puppy and took it home. What did it turn out to be?

8.ROAD SIGN AROUND THE WORLD: What does this road sign from Brazil mean?

9.FIBONACCI NUMBERS: First described in Indian mathematics, and forming a sequence where each number is the sum of the previous two, F₁₂ is 144. But 144 is the square of what number?

10.CITIES IN DISGUST: Which town in North East England is based on settlements formerly known as Pons Aelius and Munucceaster, sometimes modernized as Monkchester?

11.WHY THE LONG FACE?: A standard 40m x 20m dressage arena has letters clockwise around the rim of the arena starting at the entrance?

12.HEAD FOR ALTITUDE: John Kelly, a 37-year-old data scientist, broke the record for scaling all of the Wainwright slopes in the Lake District in five and a half days. How many are there?

13.ALLONS-Y: The Wikivoyage website lists 23 locations visited by the fictional Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days, none of them by hot air balloon. Number 15 is Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. But in what year were the Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City?

14.ENSEMBLE CASTS: What’s the name of the two old men on the balcony who always harass Fozzie Bear on The Muppet Show?

15.MUSIC: Which artist celebrated his 60th birthday this week by putting £1,000 behind the bar for fans in 60 different pubs?

  • If you think a gross error has crept into any of the questions or answers, please don’t hesitate to email [email protected], but remember that the quizmaster’s word is always final , and you don’t want him to do that. release the dogs.

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