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Published on June 1st, 2016 | by Nick Payne

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Payne’s Chain Reaction VIII

Welcome to the eighth 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. Who were the Fab Four?

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The Beatles – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Star

1. What car did Ferdinand Porsche design at Adolf Hitler’s behest?

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VW Beetle
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Beatles and Beetles

2. Which 1968 Disney film was rebooted in 1997?

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The Love Bug
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Beetles are bugs

3. What mental disorder, with a name rooted in Greek mythology, is the female equivalent of satyriasis?

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Nymphomania
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They caught the love bug – i.e. they can’t get enough

4. What is considered Robert Palmer’s signature song?

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Addicted to Love
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Nymphomaniacs are addicted to love

5. What Shania Twain song has two exclamation marks in its title?

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Man! I Feel Like a Woman!
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Twain’s music video is a homage to Palmer’s

6. Which American Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete had a surprising appearance on the 2015 cover of Vanity Fair magazine?

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Caitlyn Jenner (previously Bruce Jenner)
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Bruce felt like a woman

7. Whose ex-wife and daughters have we been keeping up with since 2007?

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Robert Kardashian
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Both have been married to Kris Houghton / Kardashian / Jenner

8. In 1973, who became the first NFL player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season?

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O.J. Simpson
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Robert Kardashian was a defence attorney for Simpson when he was tried for murder in 1995

9. In sport, the illegal use of what is often referred to as “doping”?

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Anabolic steroids / performance-enhancing drugs
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Nicknamed “Juice”

10. With which athlete did Nike develop the Livestrong wristband in 2004?

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Lance Armstrong
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Famously took performance-enhancing drugs

11. Who were the first two people to walk on the Moon?

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Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin
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Share a surname

12. What are the names and professions of the two main characters in the Toy Story franchise?

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Woody Pride [Sheriff] and Buzz Lightyear [Space Ranger]
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Share a first name

13. What cover song was Eric Clapton’s only US number-one single?

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I Shot the Sheriff
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Sheriffs

14. What word is given to a mass departure of people?

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Exodus
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Bob Marley songs

15. What can only be divided by themselves and 1?

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Prime numbers
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Books of the Torah / Old Testament [‘Exodus’ and ‘Numbers’]

16. Who is the leader of the Autobots?

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Optimus Prime
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The word ‘prime’

17. What AC electrical device is used to transfer energy between circuits using electromagnetic induction?

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Transformers
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ROBOTS IN DISGUISE!

18. Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan started dating (and later married) after appearing together in which film?

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Step Up
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One type of transformer is a step-up

19. What phrase, alluding to batting in baseball, is used to mean initiating action and assuming responsibility?

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Step up to the plate
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The words ‘ step up’

20. What structures make up the Earth’s lithosphere?

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Tectonic plates
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The word ‘plate’

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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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