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Published on May 1st, 2015 | by Nick Payne

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Payne’s Chain Reaction V

Are you ready for the fifth 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. What was the sequel to BBC’s ‘Life on Mars’ entitled?

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Ashes to Ashes

1. Of the seven original covers for the Harry Potter books, which is the only one not to show Harry?

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
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Phoenix rise from the ashes

2. In Disney’s Hercules (1997) what monster does Hercules fight after saving two children trapped under a rock?

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The Hydra
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mythical creatures

3. Which of Marvel’s Avengers was The First Avenger?

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Steven Rogers a.k.a. Captain America
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Captain America took down the Hydra organisation in the film

4. Which clown fish found himself unwillingly living at 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney?

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Rogers and Nemo are both Captains

5. What name was given to the disputed zone between trenches during the Great War?

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No Man’s Land
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Nemo is Latin for “no man”

6. In order to escape the authorities, where did Radio Caroline broadcast from?

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International waters
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Both forms of Terra nullius (not owned)

7. Referenced in The Simpson’s during Homer’s trip to space, which Waltz by Strauss plays over the closing credits of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)?

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The Blue Danube
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The Danube is an unowned international waterway

8. In Judaism, what is considered to be the holiest city?

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Jerusalem
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Unofficial national anthems [for Austria and England]

9. After living The Simple Life who was arrested for drink driving before going on to look for her new BFF?

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Paris Hilton
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Cities with syndromes named after them

10. Whose face is said to have launched a thousand ships?

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Helen of Troy
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Paris “kidnapped” Helen and brought about the Trojan War

11. Which lovers led the joint forces who were beaten by Octavian Caesar at the Battle of Actium? (Hint: they were his great-uncle’s ex-general and ex-mistress respectively)

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Antony and Cleopatra
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Historical beauties

12. Which star-crossed lovers were the first to be described as such?

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Romeo and Juliet
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Title characters in Shakespeare plays that end in a double suicide (tight link!)

13. What term is given to a masculine animal at the top of its social hierarchy?

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Alpha male
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Appear in the NATO phonetic alphabet

14. What is the most well-known image on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel?

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The Creation of Adam
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“first man”

15. What are the names of the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

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Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo
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Michelangelo painted The Creation of Adam

16. Which long-running Ubisoft videogame series was endorsed by author Tom Clancy?

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Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
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Splinter trains the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

17. In what type of device would you find a subscriber identity module card?

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Mobile telephone (it’s a SIM card)
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Also known as “cell phones”

18. What gambling term is given to someone whose expression hides their emotion?

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Poker Face
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Telephone and Poker Face are both songs by Lady Gaga

19. According to the nursery rhyme sometimes referred to as My Fair Lady, what landmark is “falling down”?

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London Bridge
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Card games

20. What monarchical event was celebrated on 02 June 2012?

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The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
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London Bridge is on the Jubilee line

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About the Author

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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