POP QUIZ: MATH-O-MANIA
(If you’re checking out a Trivialitycheck.com ‘Pop Quiz’ for the first time: Every Wednesday (or most, anyway) I post ten trivia questions, usually on some kind of theme. If you respond with answers or guesses, I’ll tell you your score. Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title of this post as the subject line. The full set of answers is posted the following week, along with congratulations to the high scorer(s). No googling!)
Who said math can’t be fun? Well, almost everyone, really. But I think this is fun. To solve the equations below, you’ll first have to use your trivia skills to figure out what the numbers are. Once you’ve got the numbers, the rest should be easy, right?
For this quiz, you can use a calculator, but you still can’t google!
Calculate the following. All answers will be whole, positive numbers.
1) The number of teaspoons in a table spoon, times the number of players on a (FIFA regulation) soccer team
2) The number of squares on a chessboard, divided by the number of maids a-milking
3) Add the number of cards in a deck excluding jokers to the last two digits of the year of the Woodstock Music & Art Festival and then divide by the number of sides on a hendecagon
4) Take the number of men the Grand Old Duke Of York had, divide by the number of ways there must be to leave your lover, then add the sum of the numbers at the three, six, nine and twelve o’clock positions on a dart board
5) Take the traditional biblical number of the beast, divide by the number of muses in Greek myth, and then subtract the number of rpms of an ordinary juke-box single
6) Take the number Patrick McGoohan’s character used to regularly deny, multiply by the number of witches in a coven, and then divide by the number of steps in a Hitchcock film title
7) Take the answer to the ultimate question of life the universe and everything, divide by the the number of Lawrence’s Pillars Of Wisdom, and then multiply by the number of sisters John Boy Walton had
8) The number of the Apollo mission that first landed on the moon, multiplied by the number of stumps on a wicket, plus the number of books in the Old Testament (King James Version)
9) The number of unique husbands Elizabeth Taylor had, add the number of masts on a brigantine, and then multiply by the sum total of all the pips on a standard die
10) Take the four-digit year of the Great Fire Of London (under Charles II), subtract the number of miles The Proclaimers would walk, and then the number of MORE miles they would walk, and then divide by the number of the classroom where Pete Dixon taught history