Thursday, 13 March 2014

There are approximately 1.25 people per square mile in Alaska

Your targets this week:

1+ out of 8: Well done, you beat us!
2+ out of 8: We'd have won with you on our team!

The attendees
1) The statistician
2) The doctor
3) The oceanographer
4) The chemical engineer

The ones that got away
Question 6
1) What did the 'Two Plus Four Agreement' concern?
2) In what year was the Sino-Indian War?
3) What was the capital of Portugal between 1808 and 1821?
4) How much (in US dollars) did the USA pay Russia for Alaska in 1867?
5) In the context of stock markets, in which year did Black Monday take place?
6) Which country previously used this flag (pictured)?
For questions 7 and 8, find two words of the given length that create a 'chain' from the first to the last. For example, if the puzzle read

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Then the first missing word could be 'FIELD' and the next 'MOUSE' to create the chain PLAYING FIELD, FIELD MOUSE, MOUSE MAT. You need both for the point. Got it? Good. (Now imagine a quizmaster trying to explain this in the final round of the night...)
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The answers

Poll results: 30 votes. 22 of you did better than us of which 13 would have helped us win! The average voter scored 1.4/8.

The excuses

The alternative questions
1) A boring, but essential piece of trivia: what was the capital city of West Germany?
2) Which two countries are bordered only by India and China?
3) Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue was considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world until 2010, when Christ the King was built in which European country?
Question 4
4) The flag of Alaska (pictured), designed by 13-year-old Benny Benson for a 1927 competition, features the North Star and which asterism in the constellation Ursa Major?
5) While The Wolf of Wall Street didn't pick up the Best Picture award at this years Oscars, it did mark the seventh film starring Leonardo DiCaprio to be nominated for the prize. Name three of the others.
6) The flag of South Africa was previously notable as the only national flag with six colours (ignoring those with fiddly little crests and whatnot that always spoil these sorts of questions). But since 2011 which other African country also has a flag with (approximately) the same six colours?
7) House music traces its origins to which American city, also notable for its Willis Tower (though you may know it by another name)?
8) Another trivia classic to finish: how many keys on a standard grand piano? (And if that's too easy, you can nab a bonus point if you can tell me how many of them are white.)

The answers

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