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Published on February 19th, 2016 | by Nick Payne

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Payne’s Chain Reaction VII

Welcome to the seventh 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 or as additional questions – “What links those answers??”. 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. In terms of human characteristics what is the colloquial opposite of an early bird?

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A night owl

1. From which deity does Greece’s capital get its name?

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Athena
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Athena’s symbol was an owl

2. Which Roman goddess is found on the U.S. Medal of Honor and the logo of the Max Planck Society?

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Minerva
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Greek and Roman equivalent deities

3. During Harry’s time at Hogwarts who was the head of Gryffindor?

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Professor Minerva McGonagall
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Namesakes

4. What is the English title for the Franz Kafka novel Die Verwandlung?

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The Metamorphosis or The Transformation
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Prof. McGonagall taught Transfiguration

5. Set in Japan, in which opera by Puccini would you find the Humming Chorus?

+ answer
Madame Butterfly
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Butterflies undergo a metamorphosis

6. First shown in 1989 and having its West End revival in 2014, which Schönberg and Boublil musical is set during the Vietnam War?

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Miss Saigon
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Miss Saigon is based on Madame Butterfly

7. What is the largest city in Vietnam?

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Ho Chi Minh City
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Ho Chi Minh City was previously called Saigon

8. What is the name of the area in an aircraft in which the explosive ordnance is held?

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Bomb bay
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Large cities which have changed their names [Bombay is now Mumbai]

9. During the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, what unlikely act of sabotage did Queen Elizabeth II perform on two Australian athletes?

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She’s photobombed them!
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Bomb and photobomb

10. What term, awarded Collins English Dictionary words of the Year 2015, is given to consuming multiple episodes of a TV program in a single sitting?

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Binge-watching
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Collins English Dictionary words of the Year 2014 [Photobomb] and 2015 [Binge-watching]

11. What race is run over 42.195 Kilometres?

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The marathon
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A marathon is another term for an extended period of content intake

12. In George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice, on which Game of Thrones is based, what is the name of the huge structure at the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms?

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The Wall
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During a marathon runners hit ‘the wall’

13. Which film’s title character is a trash compactor?

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WALL-E
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The word ‘wall’

14. What name is given to the 24th of December?

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Christmas eve
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EVE was WALL-E’s co-star

15. Which 12th Century church is situated in the heart of Aberdeen?

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Kirk of St. Nicholas
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St. Nicholas is heavily associated with Christmas

16. Who are the central trio aboard the USS Enterprise?

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Captain James T. Kirk, Mr Spock and Dr Leonard H. “Bones” McCoy
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Kirk is of the three

17. What do most adults have 206 of?

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Bones
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McCoy’s nickname is Bones

18. What effect, similar to a chain reaction, is utilised by Rube Goldberg machines?

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The domino effect
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“Bones” is a nickname for dominos

19. With which band did Eric Clapton originally record his hit song Layla?

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Derek and the Dominos
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Dominos

20. Who were the Fab Four?

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John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Star
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George Harrison participated at the first session of Derek and the Dominos
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Layla is about Clapton’s unrequited love for Harrison’s then wife Pattie Boyd

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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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