Q1 What 1968 film (based on a story by Ian Fleming) had Gert Frobe as the villain, as well as an appearance by Desmond Llewelyn (who provided the lead with the film’s famous car)?
Q2 Who wrote a story to win a bet, the bet being to write a story using no more than 50 words, which became one of the best selling English language stories ever written?
Q3 What do Richard Bachmann, John Beynon and Robert Galbraith all have in common?
Q4 What type of animal was the first creature intentionally sent into space?
Q5 What was found in Ljubljana Marshes in 2002 that is (as of April 2022) the oldest of its kind ever found?
Q6 Who designed the Chupa Chups logo?
Q7 What is the name of the island (that is also known as Hub Island) that was bought by the Sizeland family in the 1950s?
Q8 What was the first webcam set up for?
Q9 What did the Commette family, when they returned from holiday, find had hit their house whilst they were away?
Q10 What do the following have in common: the elf member of the Fellowship of the Ring; the planet you’re standing on right now; the English Actress who advertised BT for many years as the character Beatrice Bellman; the first astronaut to walk on the Moon
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.