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Word of the week: FitzRoy

Robert FitzRoy (1805-1865) was a naval officer, captain of HMS Beagle for Darwin’s voyage to the southern hemisphere, and later an MP. He was also Governor of New Zealand and, later still, the “founding director of the Meteorological Office – the world’s first full-time professional weather forecaster”. That quote comes from the fly-leaf of my… Continue reading Word of the week: FitzRoy

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10 questions about UK #1s: the answers are in the lyrics

Here are 10 quiz questions based on the lyrics of UK #1 hits, in order of when they reached #1. If you know which afternoon was never ending in “Lady Madonna”, how old Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West) was when he died, or what Craig David and his lady did on Sunday, you’ll… Continue reading 10 questions about UK #1s: the answers are in the lyrics

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Pop Master Summary w/e Fri 8 April 2022

Along with at least 8 million other people I continue to follow Pop Master, the mid-morning quiz on BBC Radio 2. It has been the subject of many pieces on this Blog, most recently this piece from January. Currently I make a note of the following: my score, the bonus questions, any questions I have… Continue reading Pop Master Summary w/e Fri 8 April 2022

Quiz Questions · Trivia

You might as well have a guess, revisited: another 50 answers that are usually right

In December 2017 I wrote this piece listing 25 answers to quiz questions where it’s usually worth having a guess, offering the following advice: It’s worth having a guess as long as you’re not going to lose money or points or be eliminated from the game for being wrong. If a question begins with the… Continue reading You might as well have a guess, revisited: another 50 answers that are usually right

Quiz Questions · Sport · Trivia

20 questions about “Sports Personality of the Year”

In December 2020 I posted this piece about the BBC “Sports Personality of the Year” (or SPOTY for short). Here are 20 questions about the award, 10 of which have multiple choice answers. The answers to all of them appear at the end of this Post. The Questions Before Emma Raducanu won it in 2021,… Continue reading 20 questions about “Sports Personality of the Year”

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Pop Master: Let down by Question 10 (20 examples)

Pop Master, BBC Radio 2’s mid-morning quiz, is the most listened-to slot on UK radio. I have mentioned that fact before on this Blog, many times, but always qualified it with the phrase “outside of breakfast shows”. The generally-quoted number of daily listeners up till now has been 7.5m but according to Scott Mills, when… Continue reading Pop Master: Let down by Question 10 (20 examples)

Quiz Questions · Tenable · Trivia

Trivia in 10s: “World” #1s and LAND-less countries

The posts on this Blog relating to ITV quiz show “Tenable” have received nearly one million views. Most of these posts contain the correct answers to the lists of 10 items that contestants name to build up, and then win, a jackpot. There have been repeats and the odd Celebrity Special over the last eight… Continue reading Trivia in 10s: “World” #1s and LAND-less countries

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Quiz questions: all the answers contain each vowel once 

On “University Challenge” earlier this week there was a good set of questions whose answers all featured every vowel once and once only. There was something similar on a “Missing Vowels” round in “Only Connect” recently.   I have spent an hour coming up with more examples and offer them below. The answers to the 20 questions here are all nouns (although… Continue reading Quiz questions: all the answers contain each vowel once