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It’s a miscellany round! Not even a hidden theme this time. Just trivial randomness. Well not random, I mean… I put these questions here on purpose… I guess the theme is “questions which are in this quiz”.

1) Aldous Huxley and C.S. Lewis died on the same day as each other, but their obituaries received little attention, being overshadowed by which other, far more publicized, demise?
2) In earth sciences, ‘Pangaea’ refers to a supercontnent that existed some 250 million years ago. In the same period, what was Panthalassa?
3) Which veteran actor speaks the first line of dialogue in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”?
4) The comic books and graphic novels “Dark Star” by Curt Vile, and “Maxwell The Magic Cat” by Jill de Ray are actually both by what famous comics writer and cartoonist, who also occasionally uses the pseudonym Translucia Baboon?
5) If you encounter a character called “Mr Cavity” what activity are you probably engaging in? (keep it clean, folks…)
6) What are “The Drones” to Bertie Wooster, “The Bellona” to Lord Peter Wimsey and “The Diogenes” to Mycroft Holmes?
7) How is the mother of Col. Paul Tibbets remembered in history?
8) What national capital has the longest city-name of any in the world, which translates into English as (roughly) “City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Vishvakarman at Indra’s behest.” It is written in the native language as a single 164 character word.
9) What British city is associated with the “Three Js” of Jute, Journalism and Jam, being three industries of historical importance?
10) Marcel Duchamp’s 1917 work “Fountain”, initially rejected by the Society of Independent Artists but now considered a milestone in 20th Century Art, consisted of what?

QM Bill

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