Q1 Krung Thep Maha Nakhon is the official name for the capital city of which country?
Q2 In the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest, a number of entries came joint first. What were the winning entries for Spain, Netherlands and France?
Q3 What began in 2001 at Halberstadt Cathedral in Germany, and should be completed in 2640?
Q4 If 2017 was “I’m not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change” and 2018 was “Working at the Jobcentre has to be a tense job – knowing that if you get fired, you still have to come in the next day”, what was 2019?
Q5 In 1958, 17 year old Robert G Heft designed something for a school project that earned him a B-, but the grade was changed to an A after President Eisenhower contacted the school about the design. What was the design?
Q6 Who won four consecutive terms of mayor in Cormorant Township, Minnesota (starting in 2014)?
Q7 Tony Hawks challenged the Moldovan football team to… what?
Q8 What did Claudio Daniel Troglia and Carmela Vitale both invent and receive patents for that made life that little bit easier for takeaway diners?
Q9 An accident resulted in a young Matt Murdock being blinded but gaining incredible abilities; this was Daredevil’s origin story. According to Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in their comic book series, which team was created by the same accident?
Q10 What do the following have in common: The Roman goddess of marriage (Greek equivalent of Hera); the thoroughbred horse that in 1935 was the third winner of the American Triple Crown; the precious metal that iron pyrite is often confused for; the US state where you might find a famous 3D computer-generated teapot (designed by Martin Newell); what Excalibur is an example of.
Quick summary of rules:
Two of the above questions are secretly mined; I hope you like guessing! Submit as many or as few questions (in any order) as you dare by private message to me. Please number your answers. I will mark the answers in the order you send them to me.
If you answer a question that has a mine, it will blow up, regardless of whether or not your answer is right.
If you don’t set off a mine, you will be invited to submit more answers, or lock in your score. If you answer all the non-mine questions correctly, the mines are defused, and you will be invited to answer the mine questions. These mines will not explode, even if you answer them incorrectly.
WARNING: You must wait for me to tell you the mines are defused before attempting them, or they WILL explode. Seriously, you need to wait. If you submit all your answers in one go, your score is going to be really low.
Scoring: all questions are worth one point each. For every question you attempt, your multiplier will increase by one. E.g. attempt five questions, and your multiplier is five. Your score is the number of questions you get right multiplied by the multiplier. If a mine blows up, your multiplier drops to one.
You only get one attempt at each question. Also, watch out for the automatic numbering system; I strongly recommend you preface your answers with the letter A: e.g. A1, A5, A7 etc. If you realise you’ve got it wrong, edit your message to me. Do not rely on me telling you the numbering is wrong, as I’m not doing that (sorry!). I will always wait at least one hour before marking, so you have a bit of time. Once I’ve “liked” your post, it means I’ve started marking, so please don’t change anything after that point.
All the questions have been thoroughly checked, but if you do see an error, please let me know by private message only. If there is a mistake, I will inform everyone.