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Published on September 25th, 2014 | by Nick Payne

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Payne’s Chain Reaction III

Time for the third instalment of Payne’s Chain Reaction! As you may know by now 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.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

1. Which band famously consisted of a cop, a Native American, a GI, a biker, a construction worker and a cowboy?

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The Village People
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village

2. Which Christian organisation was founded by Sir George Williams in 1844?

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YMCA is famously sung by The Village People

3. In which European city would you find the Jet d’Eau?

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Geneva
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The HQ of the YMCA is in Geneva (sorry, that was a hard one)

4. What event prompted the Daily Mail headline “Are we all going to die next Wednesday?”?

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The switching on of the LHC
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CERN is based in Geneva

5. Which fictional character states “Well that was the silliest tea party I ever went to! I am never going back there again!”?

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Alice (in Wonderland)
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A Large Ion Collider Experiment (A.L.I.C.E.) is part of the LHC

6. Which Conservative Prime Minister (1957-1963) was given the title the “Earl of Stockton”?

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Harold Macmillan
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Macmillan published Alice in Wonderland (again, sorry)

7. Which tropic lies north of the equator?

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The Tropic of Cancer
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Macmillan Cancer Research

8. What are pubic lice colloquially known as?

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The constellation of Cancer is known as The Crab

9. Who was the first Disney character to have a Jamaican accent?

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Sebastian the crab
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crabs…

10. A statue of which Hans Christian Anderson character can be found in Copenhagen’s harbour?

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The Little Mermaid
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Sebastian appeared in The Little Mermaid (the Disney version at least)

11. According to Homer’s poems, what mythical creatures is Poseidon’s chariot drawn by?

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Hippocampi
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Both mermaids and hippocampi are half fish (but then half human and horse respectively)

12. In what species of fish, with a prehensile tails, do the males bear the unborn young?

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Seahorses
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Seahorse is the name given to the genus Hippocampus

13. Who hosts the BBC’s comedy panel show QI?

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Steven Fry
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Baby seahorse are called fry

14. Which country on the Adriatic Sea was broken up, between 1989-1992, forming seven modern-day states?

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Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
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S. Fry and S.F.R.Y.

15. “Cravat” stems from the French word “Cravate” referring to which nationality?

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Croats
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Croatia was formerly part of S.F.R.Y.

16. Cruella de Vil is the antagonist which 1961 Disney film?

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One Hundred and One Dalmatians
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Dalmatians originate from Croatia

17. Since being adapted for television, which BBC comedy show has been presented by Nick Hancock, Paul Merton and, most recently, Frank Skinner?

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Room 101
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Same number

18. In what year were the Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles (USA)?

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The term Room 101 first appeared in Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
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The 1984 Winter Games were held in S.F.R.Y.

19. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” is a line from which book?

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Animal Farm
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Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm were both written by George Orwell

20. Who was King of Italy between 17 March 1805 – 11 April 1814?

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Napoleon Bonaparte
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Napoleon is a main character in Animal Farm (actually portraying the role of Joseph Stalin in the Russian Revolution)

21. Which country, act and song that won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest?

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Sweden, ABBA – Waterloo
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Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo

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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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