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On this page we broaden our scope from the unusual aspects of Sydney geography to the unusual aspects of world geography and to quirky matters in general.

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 19 September 2014

This week's subject is the US Open tennis.

1 In this year's US Open, Kei Nishikori beat Milos Raonic in a match that finished at 2.26am - the latest finish in the event's history. What was the latest finish before this?

2 And the latest finish before those two?

3 How did former Grand Slam champions Stefan Edberg (US), Goran Ivanisevic (Wimbledon), Boris Becker (US, Wimbledon and Australian) and Michael Chang (French) all reach the semi-finals of this year's French Open?

4 Not one of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal reached the final of this year's US Open. How many years since there was last a Grand Slam final without any of them?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 12 September 2014

This week's subject is Scotland.

1 Where is the Kingdom of Fife?

2 What is the Firth of Forth?

3 How many people could be immersed at the same time in Scotland's Loch Ness? (a) an entire AFL grand final crowd (b) An AFL plus ARL grand final crowd (c) the whole world's population three times over

4 What do the following have in common: Carlton County prison, Canada; MS Dresden (a 10 000 tonne freighter); Germany; Pigeon Point Lighthouse, south of San Francisco, USA; and Carbisdale Castle, Scotland? (a) sirens (b) they all became youth hostels (c) they all became drug rehabilitation centres

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 5 September 2014

This week's subject is David Eastman.

1 Why was David Eastman, serving life for murdering the Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner, released from prison last month? (a) his conviction was quashed (b) he was found to be mentally unfit (c) his non-parole period had expired

2 How long had he served? (a) 19 weeks (b) 19 months (c) 19 years

3 What item of his clothing was most prominent?

4 How did he perform at Canberra Grammar School? (a) he was expelled (b) he repeated his fourth year and left half-way through his next year (c) he was dux

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 29 August 2014

This week's subject is Detroit, Michigan, USA.

1 How many residents of Detroit aren't paying their water bills? (a) barely 1% (b) 50% (c) almost 90%

2 How heavily indebted is the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department? (a) over $6 billion (b) almost $5 million (c) it's not indebted – it showed a profit of $950 million in the first half of this year

3 In 2010, for the median price of a house in Sydney, how many houses could you buy at the median price in Detroit, the largest city in Michigan, USA? (a) none – just one small room (b) 2 (c) 100

4 An effort by two bank robbers in Detroit in 1970 was hailed as the world's worst getaway. Why did their robbery fail? (a) they rushed out into the street only to find that their getaway car had been stolen (b) they had broken into a bank that had been closed a month earlier (c) over 70 plain-clothed detectives were attending a bank executives' meeting inside

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 22 August 2014

This week's subject is Syria.

1 Which of these was illegal in Syria in 2012? (a) protesting against the government (b) giving or receiving medical treatment

2 In how many countries is the language Jesus spoke still used?

3 In how many villages is the language Jesus spoke still used?

4 From what country did Syria become independent in 1946?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 15 August 2014

This week's subject is Israel.

1 The first mention of Jews in the Bible is in 2 Kings 16:6. Who was fighting them then? (a) Egypt (b) Israel (c) Lebanon

2 How many people has Israel executed? (a) none (b) 2 (c) no official figures are released, but believed to be about 1,000

3 Customers eat in the dark in Jaffa Port's Black Restaurant in Israel. So how do the waiters cope?

4 The Jewish population of Israel is over six million. What country has the lowest number of Jewish people?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 8 August 2014

This week's subject is again World War I.

1 A Dutch-Javanese dancer, Mata Hari, ordered that a suit and pair of white gloves be especially tailored for her for her most dramatic occasion. What was this occasion?

2 John Curtin was the only Australian prime minister to do what? (a) win a gold medal in an Olympic Games (b) spend time in jail (c) be a state premier and Australian prime minister simultaneously

3 What did the British and German soldiers do on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 1914?

4 About 8 million what were killed in World War 1? (a) Germans (b) Italians (c) horses

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 1 August 2014

The first world war started a century ago, on August 4 1914. World War I is this week's subject.

1 On which side did Japan fight in World War 1? (a) with Britain and its allies (b) against Britain and its allies (c) it didn't fight in World War 1

2 When did Channel 9 Sydney terminate its 2013 coverage of the Sydney Anzac Dawn Service? (a) not until after the last digger had left (b) as soon as the MC said 'And there we conclude the 2013 dawn service' (c) half-way through the playing of the Last Post and before the one-minute's silence

3 What is incongruous about the first few words of the first hymn sung at the Sydney Anzac Dawn Service?

4 How was Andorra able to fight World Wars I and II simultaneously?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 25 July 2014

This week's subject is the Commonwealth Games.

1 What word beginning with 'f' was featuring 28 times in Channel 10's listing of the sports details for the first week of their 2010 Commonwealth Games coverage? (You need some help? It's in the question.)

2 Of which Commonwealth Games, criticised for having filthy athletes' accommodation, was Sheila Dikshit the Chief Minister?

3 When Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan beat Duncan Kasumba Mugabe of Uganda 6-2, 7-6 in the first round of the tennis singles at Delhi in 2010, it became the longest men's singles in Commonwealth Games history. How could this be, especially as the match only went to two sets?

4 Yelling was appropriate for encouraging England's marathon runner to win a bronze medal in the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Why was this?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 18 July 2014

This week's subject is Alan Waddell, born 100 years ago, on 24 July 1914.

1 Alan was an accountant. When adding rows of pounds, shillings and pence in his head, which column would he add first? (a) the pence column, and divide it by 12, like everyone else (b) the pounds column, and divide it by 20, like everyone else (c) all three columns simultaneously

2 What anagram of Alan's surname, Waddell, indicated his mathematical talent?

3 Ironic for someone who became a famous walker, why was Alan rejected for overseas war service in 1939?

4 What did Alan not do on Sundays as a teenager? (a) read the newspaper (b) play cards (c) visit the cemetery

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 11 July 2014

This week's subject is walking

1 Namibia's Fish River Canyon Trail is always fully booked for months or even years ahead because it's so popular. What makes the trail special? (a) spectacular ocean scenery (b) spectacular bush scenery (c) it doesn't exist

2 What clothing did Steve Gough wear for his walk the length of the UK, from Land's End to John o' Groats, in 2003–2004 and again in 2005–2006?

3 What is somnambulism?

4 What activity dominated Kurt Fearnley's conquest of the KokodaTrack in 2009? (a) acrobatics (b) ballooning (c) crawling

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 4 July 2014

This week's subject is Wimbledon.

1 What was Tony Trabert's prize for winning the Wimbledon singles? (a) a 10-pound trophy (b) a 10-pound voucher (c) a 10-pound pendant

2 Crossword clue: A female winner of the Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship (4)

3 Geoff Brown reached the finals of a Wimbledon singles, men's doubles and mixed doubles without losing a set. How many of the finals did he win?

4 The Wimbledon singles draws now have a field of 128, not counting the players in the qualifying rounds. When Lottie Dod won her first women's singles, how many were in the event? (a) 6 (b) 64 (c) 512

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 27 June 2014

This week's subject is Iraq.

1 Besides Iraq, what three countries have a 'q' in their name?

2 The given name of the wife of Iraqi hostage Douglas Wood was her surname. How can that be?

3 What US president said: 'The vast majority of Iraqis want to live in a peaceful, free world. And we will find these people and we will bring them to justice.'

4 What was the only government building left standing in Baghdad after the 2003 Iraq war? (a) US Embassy (b) Ministry for Oil (c) Standing Committee for Peace

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 20 June 2014

This week's subject is Brazil.

1 What is the only country that crosses the equator and a tropic?

2 What is the capital of Brazil?

3 What did Brazil get its name from?

4 As opposed to nicknames for currencies such as 'buck', what is the real name for Brazilian currency?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 13 June 2014

This week's subject is the World Cup

1 Australia spent $45 million on seeking votes to host the 2022 World Cup. How many of the 25 votes did Australia win as a result?

2 What is special about the following contrived news agency report of an actual event, the suspected bribed decision announced in 2010 in Zurich of the successful bidders for holding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, Russia and Qatar?
Animosity between countries, desperately enticing football's greatest honour, influenced judges, knowing large monetary negotiations outweighed pedigree. Qatar, Russia secured the ultimate votes, withstanding xenophobia. (Yesterday, Zurich)

3 How did a bum become captain of South Korea's soccer team, the 1998 winner of the Asian group qualifying tournament for the World Cup?

4 What independent state has never fielded a team in the World Cup?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 6 June 2014

This week's subject is World War II.

1 What major event of World War II occurred on 6 June 70 years ago?

2 Which of the following was the only casualty of the first allied air attack on Berlin in World War II? (a) Hitler's nephew
(b) Minister for Propaganda Goebbel's niece (c) an elephant

3 How were BOAC's short C-class flying boats able to operate from below sea level in World War II?

4 Of the 7000 resistance fighters in the Auvergne forests in France in World War II, how many were women?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 30 May 2014

This week's subject is Thailand.

1 What was Thailand's previous name?

2 How is smoking shown on Thailand TV? (a) pixellated (b) as a symbol of utopia (c) it can't be shown

3 How long would it take to walk across Thailand, assuming you did not sleep, only had meals while walking and only stopped for toilet needs?

4 What did Kittipong Wachiramanowong do?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 23 May 2014

This week's subject is McDonald's.

1 What McDonald's personality is making a return this year?

2 Which of these applies to the McDonald's training manual for new staff? (a) it has 300 pages (b) it states where employees' name badges must be shown (c) it says what kind of smile must be shown to each customer (c) it specifies the amount of mayonnaise to be put under the top of each bun

3 What university in Illinois did the CEO of McDonald's Australia, Catriona Noble, attend?

4 From where do US children get the majority of their antibiotics?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 16 May 2014

This week's subject is James Packer and David Gyngell.

1 How much was paid to the photographer who captured 300 images of the fight between James Packer and Bruce Gyngell this month?

2 Where did the fight take place? (a) at Australia's best-known beach (b) at Australia's best-known casino (c) under Australia's best-known bridge

3 What is the most that James Packer's father, Kerry Packer, lost in one night at Crockford's Casino, London? (a) $6.6 million (b) he never lost there, despite playing regularly for 17 years

4 What was Bruce Gyngell, David Gyngell's father, best known for?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 9 May 2014

This week's subject is Russia.

1 By how much did Russia beat America in the savage contest to be first to put a man into space? (a) 20 days (b) 20 weeks (c) 20 months

2 When it's 12 o'clock in England, what time is it in Russia?

3 The name of what Russian city is something we might say when farewelling a best friend?

4 The world's largest cannon and largest bell are both in the Kremlin in Moscow. Has the bell been rung more often than the cannon has been fired?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 2 May 2014

This week's subject is shipping disasters.

1 What did the captains of Italy's Costa Concordia and South Korea's Sewol do before their ships sank?

2 What do the dates of these events have in common: Australia's worst bushfire, claiming 71 lives in January 1939; Costa Concordia's sinking in January 2012; and asteroid 99942 Apophis making a close encounter with Earth, closer than the orbits of communication satellites, in April 2029?

3 Four ships were wrecked at Semaphor, South Australia in one night in 1907. What was unusual about the position of the wrecks?

4 How many merchant ships did Britain lose in the Napoleonic wars? (a) none (b) more than 1000

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 25 April 2014

This week's subject is former NSW premier, Barry O'Farrell.

1 What caused Barry O'Farrell to announce on 16 April his resignation as NSW premier? (a) a multi-million dollar misappropriation of government funds (b) a plot by his party to fabricate allegations against opposition members (c) a bottle of wine

2 Who was Mr O'Farrell supposed to greet four hours after announcing his resignation?

3 A decade ago, Mr O'Farrell was obese. What shadow ministry did he hold for the then opposition?

4 Now that Mr O'Farrell has retired, how many former NSW premiers are still alive?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 18 April 2014

This week's subject is Catholic popes.

1 Who will become saints on 27 April?

2 How many female popes have there been?

3 Who were Karol Wojtyla, Joseph Ratzinger and Jorge Mario Bergoglio?

4 Was the first pope married?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 11 April 2014

This week's subject is the Catholic Church.

1 What do Catholics use an aspergillum for?

2 In the early 1900s, cardinals were able to grant 200 days, archbishops 100 and bishops 50. What were the grants for?

3 When does a priest commit sigilism?

4 What is the difference between confession and reconciliation?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 4 April 2014

This week's subject is William Shakespeare.

1 On what date was William Shakespeare born?

2 Crossword clue: Defame Shakespeare's (7)

3 What is the opposite directory listing for Shakespeare's Mark? (7)

4 In his school days, did human rights barrister, academic, author and broadcaster Geoffrey Robertson QC, read Shakespeare's works?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 28 March 2014

This week's subject is airlines.

1 What African airline that flies to Australia doesn't fly to its own country's capital?

2 What was the main colour of Virgin Australia's planes when it was known as Virgin Blue?

3 Why did Saudi Arabia ban Swiss Air planes from using its airports?

4 What are bmi baby, Condor, Flybaboo and One-Two-Go?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 21 March 2014

With the US Major League baseball season starting in Sydney on March 22, this week's subject is baseball.

1 Who is the richest—the owner of Harper & Collins Publishers, 20th Century Fox, TV Guide magazine or the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team?

2 What has Orland Serrell been able to do since being hit on the head by a baseball in 1979 at age 10? (a) virtually nothing – he has to be attended to for everything 24 hours a day (b) describe in detail every meal he has had had since then (c) recall the weather, where he was and what he was doing on every day (d) instantly calculate the number of days between any two dates

3 Was Prince Fielder a baseballer?

4 Even though Cuba had won three gold medals in baseball, it wasn't rated a greater chance for gold in the 2012 Olympics than Japan or USA. Why was this?

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 14 March 2014

This week's subject is Ukraine.

1 What is the side of a building in Lvov, Ukraine, famous for? (a) the world's tallest crossword (b) the largest number of broken bricks on any building in the world (c) a vertical Russian-language cemetery

2 In 1995, after a period of hyperinflation, what was the largest banknote in use in the Ukraine? (a) 10 karbovanets (b) 1,000 karbovanets (c) one million karbovanets

3 Where is the most dangerous place to live in Ukraine?

4 What does Ukraine's Oleksandr Dolgopolov junior do? (a) play polo (b) play David Cup tennis (c) chair Crimean peace talks between Ukraine and Russia

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Trivia Quiz: Questions for week ending 7 March 2014

This week's subject is Qantas.

1 What do the letters in QANTAS stand for?

2 What is the world's oldest operating airline?

3 Does a 747 operate on Qantas Flight 747 between Sydney and Adelaide?

4 Which airline was voted first in the Skytrax World Airline Awards in 2011 and 2012? You need a clue? Oh, all right then. Its name starts with QA.

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