A1. Which planet has a three-month day with a temperature of 400oC and a three-month night of minus180oC?
A2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first in which trilogy of novels?
A3. For what does the letter ‘P’ stand in the shipping company ‘P & O’?
PENINSULAR (& Oriental)
A4. Route 66 spans 7 states and is named after which early twentieth century film actor?
Will ROGERS highway
A5. Which is the most recent winner of the Oscar Best Picture that had a sporting theme?
MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004)
A6. Name the comic book artist who illustrated Judge Dredd, The Punisher and The Preacher, and who died in October 2016.
A7. During the Vendee Globe round the world yacht race, sailors must navigate past three capes – Cape Horn, the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Leeuwin. Off the coast of which country is Cape Leeuwin?
A8. Philip Larkin - poet, grump and traditionalist – held a particular dislike for three modernists whom he referred to as the three Ps. Name the artist.
A9. Which sportsman’s autobiography “My Turn” was published posthumously in 2016?
A10. Being as much as 50 feet, which British river’s tidal range is the World’s second highest?
A11. Who was the President of the Royal Society that gave Isaac Newton permission to publish has ‘Principia Mathematica’ under the auspices of the Royal Society?
A12. Founded in 1611, Charterhouse Public School is in which county?
A13. The prefix “Yugo” in the word Yugoslavia has what meaning?
SOUTH (or SOUTHERN)
A14. As part of his work in what he called ‘social physics’, the Belgian statistician and sociologist Adolphe Quetelet devised which measure of health?
BODY MASS INDEX or BMI
A15. Keith Stackpole represented Australia internationally on 43 occasions at which sport?
A16. During World War 2 what did members of the Guinea Pig Club undergo?
A17. The city of Petra was the trading centre of which people?
A18. Roger Mellie’s Profanisaurus is an invaluable lexicon of profane words and expressions. It is a spinoff publication from which UK comic?
A19. Which Shakespearean character said ‘O Gertrude, Gertrude, when sorrows come, they come not single spies but in battalions’?
A20. The Lines of Torres Vedras were used to defend which city in 1810?
A21. Sterlet, oscietra and sevruga are three of the four main varieties of what foodstuff?
A22. In 1968, the abolition of theatre censorship paved the way for which musical to open in the West End?
A23. Who was the playwright and novelist who, in 1915, was given the codename ‘Somerville’ when he was sent to Geneva by MI6?
A24. In 1835, a French mathematician suggested an explanation for the prevailing air movements observed north and south of the equator. What was his name?