Quiz

Published on March 30th, 2015 | by Nick Payne

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Payne’s Chain Reaction IV

A new academic year sees Payne’s Chain Reaction return for its fourth instalment! 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:

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

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Sweden, ABBA – Waterloo

1. What’s the only UK top ten single for which both the band’s name and the song’s title are palindromes?

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ABBA – SOS
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ABBA again

2. Created by Colin Dexter, which character first appeared in ‘Last Bus to Woodstock’ (1975) and died 12 books later at the end of ‘The Remorseful Day’ (1999)?

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Inspector Endeavour Morse
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Morse code

3. With which ship did Captain James Cook successfully complete the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand?

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HM Bark Endeavour
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Inspector Morse’s first name is Endeavour (bizarrely)

4. What holds the (Out-of-this-)World Record for the greatest distance travelled on a celestial body?

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Opportunity Rover (>25 miles on Mars)
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Opportunity reached the Endeavour crater

5. Peter Gene Hernandez saw chart success with “Just The Way You Are”, but by what name is he better known?

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Bruno Mars
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Opportunity is on Mars

6. Which was the most recent state to join the U.S.A.?

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Hawaii
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Bruno Mars is Hawaiian

7. Which book holds the British record for the fastest selling paperback?

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Fifty Shades of Grey – E.L. James
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Hawaii Five-0 (50) [the fiftieth state]

8. What is the title of Oscar Wilde’s only novel?

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The Picture of Dorian Gray
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Grey and Gray

9. When the Pevensies return to Narnia who is the rightful king?

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Prince Caspian
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Both characters are portrayed by the actor Ben Barnes (hard one, sorry)

10. Famed for its coffee, which Southeast Asian island is the World’s most populous?

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Both Java and Caspian and extinct species of tiger :’(

11. Which musical note is the enharmonic of Db?

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Java and C# are both programming languages

12. What score is given for the ability to resolve a gap of one arc minute on a Snellen chart?

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20/20 vision
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if you have 20/20 vision then you can see sharp…

13. In which team sport are Devon and Somerset Wanders current Olympic champions?

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Cricket
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Twenty20 is a form of cricket

14. “Love Never Dies” is the sequel to which musical?

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Phantom of the Opera
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Phantom and Cricket are both Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals

15. In which film’s famous pottery scene would you see Patrick Swayze amorously ruin Demi Moore’s work? What song is playing at the time?

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Ghost and “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers
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A phantom is a ghost

16. Which Belgium-born French guitarist pioneered ‘Gypsy Jazz’ in the 1930s?

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Jean “Django” Reinhardt
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Django Unchained
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both the Righteous Brothers and Reinhardt covered “Georgia On My Mind

17. Who is Def Leppard’s drummer?

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Rick Allen
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Both are disabled; two of Reinhardt’s fingers were paralyzed due to burns, Allen’s left arm was amputated after a street-racing accident

18. Which Avenger has the surname Odinson?

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Allen is known as the Thunder God but actually Thor is the god of thunder

19. According to a traditional English nursery rhyme who “has far to go”?

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Thursday’s child
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Named for Thor (Thor’s day)

20. What was the sequel to BBC’s ‘Life on Mars’ entitled?

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Ashes to Ashes
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Both “Thursday’s Child” and “Ashes to Ashes” are Bowie songs (as is “Life on Mars”)

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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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