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Published on September 7th, 2016 | by Nick Payne

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Payne’s Chain Reaction IX

Welcome to the ninth 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. What structures make up the Earth’s lithosphere?

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Tectonic plates

1. What seismic events have an epicentre?

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Earthquakes
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Earthquakes happen due to tectonic movement

2. In 2012, who duetted with Emeli Sandé on “Beneath Your Beautiful”?

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Labrinth
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Labrith also had a hit with “Earthquake

3. In Greek mythology, who killed the Minotaur?

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Theseus
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Theseus killed it in the Labyrinth

4. Which German siblings murdered an elderly woman in her own oven?

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Hansel and Gretel
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Known for marking their route – Theseus used thread, Hansel and Gretel used stones/breadcrumbs

5. What was the first feature film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios?

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
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Both are The Brothers Grimm fairy tales

6. Other than golf, what other sport was added to the Olympic roster for the 2016 Games?

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Rugby 7s
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Sevens

7. What theatrical objects are usually invisible for mime artists?

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A prop is a position in rugby

8. Who is known as the Queen of Soul and what Otis Redding cover became her signature song?

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Aretha Franklin – Respect
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Props = Respect

9. Who invented the lightning rod?

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Benjamin Franklin
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They share a surname

10. In 2016, which Lin-Manuel Miranda musical was nominated for a record-setting 16 Tony Awards?

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Hamilton
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Founding Fathers that appear on bank notes

11. What is the oldest continuously published daily newspaper in the United States?

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New York Post
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Founded by Alexander Hamilton (Sorry, that was hard!)

12. Which American film studio’s distinctive searchlight logo is usually accompanied by a triumphant fanfare?

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20th Century Fox
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Both are now owned by Rupert Murdoc

13. Which football team were the champions of League One in 2009, the Championship in 2014, and the Premier League in 2016?

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Leicester City FC
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Leicester are nicknamed “The Foxes

14. Which political pressure group advocates proportional representation in the United Kingdom?

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Electoral Reform Society
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Both were founded in 1884 (sorry, another tricky one!)

15. By what name is writer and mathematician Charles Dodgson better known?

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Lewis Carroll
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A famous early member of ERS

16. Which book’s first chapter is entitled “Down the Rabbit Hole”?

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
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Written by Lewis Carroll

17. Which 1999 sci-fi film championed the use of wire-fu and “bullet-time” slow-mo?

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The Matrix
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The Matrix has a lot of references of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (e.g. “follow the white rabbit“)

18. In March 2016, what beat Lee Sedol by 4 games to 1?

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AlphaGo
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Artificial intelligence

19. Shares in Nintendo rose more than 50% in three days of trading following the launch of which app?

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Pokémon Go

20. What Greek letter denotes the prefix “micro-”?

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μ (Mu)
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Mew is a pokémon

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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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