Life & Style Weekend - - MIND - COM­PILED BY: ROY O’REILLY


1. For­mer prime min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott cel­e­brates which birth­day to­day (a) 50th (b) 55th (c) 60th? 2. Is Ocea­nia a re­gion of the At­lantic Ocean or Pa­cific Ocean? 3. A gang-gang is a species of (a) budgeri­gar (b) cock­a­too (c) pel­i­can? 4. Adolf Hitler was born in (a) 1889 (b) 1899 (c) 1909? 5. Which mile­stone amount did prize­money for the Mel­bourne Cup reach in 1985 (a) $100,000 (b) $1 mil­lion (c) $50 mil­lion? 6. The 2017 G20 sum­mit was held in which Ger­man city? 7. “It must have been cold there in my shadow to never have sun­light on your face,” are lyrics from which song? 8. Which Queens­land senator re­cently re­signed af­ter re­veal­ing she was a dual Cana­dian cit­i­zen? 9. Name the North Amer­i­can car­niv­o­rous plant which has a trap­ping struc­ture for cap­tur­ing its prey. 10. For the sec­ond time in two years, which Aus­tralian surf­ing star was in­volved in a shark scare dur­ing a com­pe­ti­tion at Jef­freys Bay in South Africa? 11. Which state won the 2017 State of Ori­gin se­ries 2-1? 12. Miso, the tra­di­tional Ja­panese sea­son­ing, is pro­duced from (a) car­rots (b) mush­rooms (c) soy­beans? 13. Does a pademelon look sim­i­lar to a dingo or wal­laby? 14. Name the high­est prime num­ber in the thir­ties. 15. Is cholera an in­fec­tion of the liver or small in­tes­tine? 16. Steve Whit­more, the long-time voice of which Mup­pets char­ac­ter, was re­cently fired for “un­ac­cept­able busi­ness con­duct”? 17. Name the 1764 James Har­g­reaves in­ven­tion which was a key de­vel­op­ment in the in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion of weav­ing. 18. Wy­oming is in which Aus­tralian state/ter­ri­tory? 19. Which US bil­lion­aire in­vestor re­cently do­nated $4.17 bil­lion in shares to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion and four fam­ily char­i­ties? 20. With the long­est time be­tween Mel­bourne Cup vic­to­ries, which jockey rode the win­ners in 2000 and 2016? 21. Which English movie and TV star was in­ves­ti­gated for blas­phemy in Ire­land for re­fer­ring to God as “capri­cious, mean-minded and stupid” on a 2015 TV show? 22. What is the term for the thou­sands of Ja­panese peo­ple, known as “evap­o­rated peo­ple” who an­nu­ally van­ish with­out a trace? 23. The king’s gam­bit is an ag­gres­sive open­ing move in which game? 24. Which fed­eral min­is­ter grew up on a cherry farm in the Ade­laide Hills? 25. The first recorded ci­ta­tion of the term “wild goose chase” is in which Shake­speare play?


1. (c) 60th. 2. Pa­cific Ocean. 3. (b) cock­a­too. 4. (a) 1889. 5. (b) $1 mil­lion. 6. Hamburg. 7. Wind Be­neath My Wings. 8. Larissa Waters. 9. Venus fly­trap. 10. Mick Fan­ning. 11. Queens­land. 12. (c) soy­beans. 13. Wal­laby. 14. 37. 15. Small in­tes­tine. 16. Ker­mit the Frog. 17. Spin­ning jenny. 18. New South Wales. 19. War­ren Buf­fett. 20. Ker­rin McEvoy. 21. Stephen Fry. 22. Jo­hatsu. 23. Chess. 24. Julie Bishop. 25. Romeo and Juliet.

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