Pauls Quiz 233

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1. What is the largest living fish species?

2. What was the name of Pinocchio's long suffering father?

3. What is the name of the wise old ewe in the film 'Babe'?

4. One of the most expensive coffees in the world is 'Blue Mountain'. In which country is it grown?

5. World War Two ended September 2 1945 when the Japanese surrendered on board which US battle ship?

6. What are the famous jewelled eggs called that were made between 1885 and 1917?

7. Which five countries suffered the most war related civilian deaths during World War Two? (war related includes starvation) One point for each correct answer.

8. In the year 1700, Luxembourg, Naples, Milan, Sicily and Sardinia belonged to which monarchy?

9. Who rode an eight-legged horse named Sleipnir?

10. The following song titles are incomplete. What is the missing day of the week in each title? One point for each correct answer.
a. Ruby
b. Pleasant Valley
c. Drive In
d. Morning 3 am
e. I'm In Love
f. Night's Alright (For Fighting)
g. On My Mind


1. Whale SharkThe whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is a slow-moving filter feeding shark and the largest known extant fish species. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 meters (41.50 ft) and a weight of more than 21.5 metric tons (47,000 lb), and there are unconfirmed reports of considerably larger whale sharks. Claims of individuals over 14 meters (46 ft) long and weighing at least 30 metric tons (66,000 lb) are not uncommon. The whale shark holds many records for sheer size in the animal kingdom, most notably being by far the largest living non-mammalian vertebrate, rivaling many of the largest dinosaurs in weight.

2. GeppettoMister Geppetto (also Mastro Geppetto), is a fictional character in the novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. Geppetto is an elderly, impoverished woodcarver and the creator (and thus father) of Pinocchio. He wears a yellow wig that looks like cornmeal mush (or polendina), and subsequently the children of the neighborhood (as well as some of the adults) call him "Polendina", which greatly annoys him. "Geppetto" is a nickname for Giuseppe.

3. Maa

4. Jamaica Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee or Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee is a classification of coffee grown in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. The best lots of Blue Mountain coffee are noted for their mild flavour and lack of bitterness. Over the last several decades, this coffee has developed a reputation that has made it one of the most expensive and sought-after coffees in the world. Over 80% of all Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is exported to Japan. In addition to its use for brewed coffee, the beans are the flavor base of Tia Maria coffee liqueur.

5. USS Missouri

6. FabergéThe first Fabergé egg was crafted for Tsar Alexander III, who decided to give his wife, the Empress Maria Fedorovna, an Easter Egg in 1885, possibly to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their betrothal. It is believed that the Tsar’s inspiration for the piece was an egg owned by the Empress’s aunt, Princess Vilhelmine Marie of Denmark, which had captivated Maria’s imagination in her childhood. Known as the Hen Egg, it is crafted from gold. Its opaque white enameled ‘shell’ opens to reveal its first surprise, a matte yellow gold yolk. This in turn opens to reveal a multi-coloured gold hen that also opens. It contained a minute diamond replica of the Imperial Crown from which a small ruby pendant was suspended. Unfortunately, these last two surprises have been lost

7. Soviet Union, China, Germany, Poland and Indonesia.

8. The Spanish monarchy

9. Odin Odin is a major god in Norse mythology and the ruler of Asgard. Homologous with the Old English "Woden", the Old Saxon "Wôdan" and the Old High German "Wôtan", the name is descended from Proto-Germanic "*Wodanaz" or "*Wodanaz". "Odin" is generally accepted as the modern English form of the name, although, in some cases, older forms may be used or preferred. His name is related to oðr, meaning "fury, excitation," besides "mind," or "poetry." His role, like that of many of the Norse gods, is complex. Odin is a principal member of the Æsir (the major group of the Norse pantheon) and is associated with war, battle, victory and death, but also wisdom, Shamanism, magic, poetry, prophecy, and the hunt. Odin has many sons, the most famous of whom is Thor. As Odin is closely connected with a horse called Sleipnir, a spear called Gungnir, and transformation/shape shifting into animal shapes, an alternative theory of origin contends that Odin, or at least some of his key characteristics, may have arisen just prior to the 6th century as a nightmarish horse god (Echwaz), later signified by the eight-legged Sleipnir.

10. Seven answers
a. Ruby Tuesday (Rolling Stones)
b Pleasant Valley Sunday (Monkees)
c. Drive in Saturday (Bowie)
d. Wednesday Morning 3 am (Simon & Garfunkel)
e. Friday I'm In Love (The Cure)
f. Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting (Elton John)
g. Friday On My Mind (Easybeats)

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