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Published on May 14th, 2014 | by Nick Payne

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Payne’s Chain Reaction II

Welcome back for the second instalment of Payne’s Chain Reaction! This is a quiz with a difference; each answer links to the next forming a chain which can provide clues to any questions you get stuck on. The links range from as obvious as a shared word to more obscure facts and play-on-words. Finally, in the spirit of scientific research, collaboration is encouraged!

Note: links get revealed between the answer and the previous answer.


Last question in the previous chain:

20. Which musical instrument has varieties called pipe, reed, chord, and electronic?


1. In which Microsoft Windows game are Pauline, Michele and Ben your default opponents?

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Hearts
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The heart is an organ

2. Which children’s programme, first broadcast in 1965, had characters Dougal, Zebedee, Brian, Ermintrude and Dylan?

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The Magic Roundabout
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Heart and Magic are both radio stations

3. What geological term is given to a political victory in which one candidate or party receives an overwhelming majority of the votes?

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Landslide
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Roundabouts and slides are both found in parks

4. For which band did John Pasche designed the famous “Tongue and Lip Design” logo in 1971?

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The Rolling Stones
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Movement of rocks

5. Which 2003 film sees Dewey Finn (Jack Black) pose as a teacher and enter his class into Battle of the Bands?

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School of Rock
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Stones and rocks (also they’re a rock band)

6. What is the name of the aperture formed by the iris?

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The pupil
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Pupils attend school

7. What type of lemur fills the same ecological niche as a woodpecker using its long, thin middle finger?

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Aye-aye
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The pupil is found in the eye

8. Who is the archenemy of Peter Pan?

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Captain Hook
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Aye aye Captain!

9. Which J.D. Salinger novel of 1951 has sold over 65 million copies which its protagonist, Holden Caulfield, becoming an icon for American teenage rebellion?

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The Catcher in the Rye
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Hook and catch

10. Manna, supposedly given to the Israelites by God, is a type of what staple food?

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Rye bread

11. What can also be referred to as a “sarnie” or a “butty”?

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Sandwich
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Bread is a key constituent of a sandwich

12. If Paris has a “Metro” and London has an “Underground”, what does New York have?

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Subway
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Subway make sandwiches

13. What did Bruce Reynolds mastermind in 1963?

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The Great Train Robbery
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The subway is an underground train system

14. Up to 1981, what was London’s BT Tower known as?

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Post Office Tower
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The plot involved a Post Office train

15. Who was the most famous person to be born on 22 July 2013?

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Prince George of Cambridge
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Rayal mail / Royal male (I’m not sorry)

16. What drinking game is won by the first team whose members have sequentially consumed their beverages?

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Boat race
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Cambridge completes in the annual boat race

17. What is “prosopagnosia” an inability to recognise?

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Boat race is cockney rhyming slang for face

18. Who has appeared on the cover of “Sport Illustrated Swimsuit Issue” a record five times?

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Elle “The Body” Macpherson
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Parts of people

19. Created by Tyra Banks, which reality television programme is sometimes abbreviated to “BNTM”?

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Britain’s Next Top Model
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Elle Macpherson presents BNTM

20. In the 2007 film “Hot Fuzz” where does lead character and exceptional policeman, Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg), get told to go if he wants to be “a big cop in a small town”?

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The model village
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Models

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graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc in Physics and has since joined the University of Aberdeen to study for a PhD in Medical Physics (only part of the reason for this was to be called Dr Payne).



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