Q1 N is the chemical symbol of which element?
Q2 If you take a correctly solved classic Sudoku puzzle, and turn the top line into a nine digit number, what is the probability that this very big number will be a prime?
Q3 Niall, Liam, Zayn, Louis, and Harry are the first names of which former boy band?
Q4 Ernst Stavro Blofeld is a fictional character in which series of books and films?
Q5 Times New Roman, Helvetica and Courier are all examples of what?
Q6 The inosilicate mineral, with the chemical composition (Mg,Fe2+)2(Mg,Fe2+)5Si8O22(OH)2 and was first discovered in Massachusetts in 1824, is called what? (see footnote)
Q7 How long did King Louis XIX rule over France for?
Q8 Rebecca, the novel by Daphne du Maurier, was made into a film in 1940. Who directed it?
Q9 “Every Good Boy Deserves Food” is a mnemonic used to remember what?
Q10 Each of the following (plus lots more besides) got some extra focus in September 1989. Why? The Democrat and Republican presidential candidates in the 1960 US General Election; the first artificial satellite launched into space; the author of Doctor Zhivago; that famous cinematic chariot race from 1959.
Footnote for Q6: Chemical formula isn’t easy to copy and paste in plain text, and I can’t display the superscripts and subscripts correctly. So the formula in the question is the plain text with no formatting done (suitable for copying and pasting into an internet search engine), and below is an image showing how it should be displayed correctly.
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.