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1. During the Second World War, some Wimmera pilots had the opportunity to fly what de Havilland fighter-bomber aircraft which had a name suggesting it could sting or bite?
2. Many Wimmera reception centres feature poker machines. In what year did legislation pave the way for their introduction into Victoria? a. 1978; b. 1995; c. 1990; d. 1980.
3. What infamous character gave the ‘Rats’ of Tobruk, the Allied garrison which held the Libyan port of Tobruk against the Afrika Corps in 1941, their nickname?
4. Name all the animals that feature on the Australian coat of arms, including state badges on the shield.
5. The golden wattle, Acacia pycnantha, is prominent across the Wimmera. What Governor-general proclaimed the golden wattle Australia’s national flower in 1988?
6. In human anatomy is the sartorius the longest, shortest, widest or narrowest muscle in the body?
7. Is the cultivar ‘Arapiles’, accredited in 1994, a type of highprotein wheat, malting barley, field pea or high-yielding canola?
8. True or false? To the naked eye, apart from when the female is carrying eggs, it is impossible to distinguish between a male and female yabby.
9. What prominent structure stands stationary in Dimboola’s Apex Park as a monument to an industry’s role in the development and prosperity of the township?
10. What was the alternative and ultimate loser to the Video Home System, VHS, during the video format war of the 1970s and ’80s?
11. What is the astronomical word starting with ‘S’ given to the occasions when the sun is directly over one of the earth’s tropics?
12. Still on astronomy, what is the word starting with ‘E’ that describes occasions when day and night are of equal duration?
13. Myth or truth? In cloud-toground lightning, the light we see is actually travelling up to the cloud.
14. Many of us keep budgerigars as pets and many come in various colours. Generally, budgies in the wild are what colour?
15. Some Wimmera grounddwelling spiders escaped the January floods through what survival habit that has led to their common name?
16. Wet weather and wetlands have brought the majestic black swan back to our region. Adult swans are vulnerable during an annual moult. Why?
17. True or false. We often see large gatherings of ravens, often mistaken for crows, because dominant males often have large harems.
18. Some Wimmera lizards are capable of an amazing feat called autotomy. What is this?
19. During the 1920s, what style of domestic house with an American name dominated suburban development across Australia, Victoria and the Wimmera?
20. The bark of melaleuca trees common to Wimmera swamp country has led them to be commonly called what?