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Published on September 17th, 2015 | by Nick Payne

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Payne’s Chain Reaction VI

Welcome to the sixth instalment of Payne’s Chain Reaction! For those who don’t know 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.


From the end of the last chain:

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

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The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

1. In which song featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo does the refrain, sung in Zulu, roughly translate as “It’s not usual but in our days we see those things happen. They are women, they can take care of themselves.”? (Hint: She’s doing well enough to buy expensive footwear)

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Diamonds on the soles of her shoes” – Paul Simon
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Diamond

2. The “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” lived in Memphis, Tennessee but who was he and what was the name of his mansion?

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Elvis and Graceland
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Diamonds on the soles of her shoes” is from the Paul Simon album “Graceland

3. How does on-screen James Bond like his Martinis?

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Shaken not stirred
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Elvis sang “All shook up

4. What mental state is akin to Cabin Fever but sounds more like someone obsessed with spreading gossip?

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Stir crazy
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Stir

5. By what nickname was saxophonist Charlie Parker known?

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‘Stir’ and ‘bird’ are both slang for prison

6. If Kim and Kanye’s daughter endorsed an eponymous fragrance, what would it be marketed as?

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North by North West
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The Birds” and “North by Northwest” are both films directed by Alfred Hitchcock

7. What important navigational point was found to be at 84.3°N 131.0°W in 2009 but is believed to be moving toward Russian at a rate of around 35 miles per year?

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The Magnetic North Pole
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North

8. Which Disney princess goes by the alias “Briar Rose”?

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Princess Aurora
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Aurora (Northern and Southern lights) are caused by interactions with the Earth’s magnetic field

9. What is somnambulism?

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Sleepwalking
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Aurora is the Princess in “Sleeping Beauty

10. Which studio’s logo is a boy fishing from a crescent moon?

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DreamWorks
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Sleepwalking and dreaming are things done while sleeping

11. Which 2010 children’s film’s main character is named after a diaphragm spasm?

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How to train your dragon
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DreamWorks produced “How to train your dragon

12. What fractal pattern can be formed by repeatedly folding a strip of paper in half in the same direction and then unfolding it such that each section makes a right angle with its neighbours?

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Dragon curve
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Dragon

13. In which 1993 Spielberg film would you find a Central American island inhabited by dinosaurs?

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Jurassic Park
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Iterations of the Dragon Curve appear at the section titles in Michael Crichton’s novel “Jurassic Park

14. In which 1912 Conan Doyle novel would you find a South American plateau inhabited by dinosaurs?

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The Lost World
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The Lost World: Jurassic Park” is the name of the sequel to “Jurassic Park

15. Until the remake of “The Jungle Book” is released, what is the only film to have starred both Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson?

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Lost in Translation
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Lost

16. In 2009 Prawo Jazdy was wanted by police after committing numerous traffic offenses throughout the Republic of Ireland, why was he never caught?

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Prawo Jazdy is Polish for driving licence
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This was literally lost in translation

17. Which James Bond film was the first not to use the title of an Ian Fleming story? (Hint: Timothy Dalton was Bond)

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Licence to Kill
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Licence

18. What type of bird, found in the Americas, is known for mimicking the songs of other birds?

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Mockingbird
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(Licence) To Kill a Mockingbird

19. In cricket, what name is given to a lower-order batsman brought on to defend the loss of a wicket near the end of the day’s play?

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Night-watchman
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Go Set a Watchman” is the sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird

20. In terms of human characteristics what is the colloquial opposite of an early bird?

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A night owl
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Nite Owl is one of the Watchmen from DC Comics (and also uses the word night…)

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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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