Each of these is a quiz question in its own right, but the answers connect to a common theme, which could be anything from plumb straightforward to bizarrely lateral
1 During the 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympics, Australia’s strict quarantine laws forbade the entry of horses, resulting in the equestrian events being held in which other country?
2 Although Finland has been named ‘The Land of a Thousand Lakes’, which other European country’s lakes (numbering around 450,000) do in fact far outnumber Finland’s and include the Hornindalsvatnet, Europe’s deepest lake?
3 Which country, once a part of the British Empire and then a province of India, achieved independence in 1948?
4 The Central Cemetery of which country’s capital city has over 3.3 million tombs (including those of composers Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert), almost twice the city’s present living population?
5 The mighty Amazon River begins as a glacial stream on a snowcapped Andean peak called Nevado Mismi, in which country?