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Welcome to the Thursday quiz, where every stab of humor is “even less funny than previous laughable attempts” according to a happy customer in the comments the other week. You are challenged with 15 current affairs and general knowledge questions, with a portion of sarcasm and jokes. There’s no prize but let us know how you did in the comments.

The Thursday quiz, n° 55

1.DOCTOR NEW: Ncuti Gatwa will succeed Jodie Whittaker as Time Lord in Doctor Who. In which Netflix series does he play the role of Eric Effiong?

2.ART FOR ART: Ontario’s Irene Demas and her husband Tony look ready to retire after auctioning off a painting they traded with an artist for what in the 1970s?

3.WILD PIGS: We regret to inform you that the boars of Rome have been in the game again. What has been banned in much of northern Rome to help people avoid contact with animals?

4.GCSE SCIENCE CORNER: What does a potometer measure?

5.LITERATURE: George Elliot’s Middlemarch is set between 1829 and 1832. But when was it first published?

6.AMATEUR HOUR: This is a Sparks song from 1974 where it will let you know “when you turn pro”. But that’s not important right now. A Virgin Atlantic transatlantic flight had to turn back last week after what amateur shenanigans happened on board?

7.IT’S A DOG’S LIFE: A family in Massachusetts got a surprise when they found a stray puppy and brought him home. What turned out to be?

8.ROAD SIGNS AROUND THE WORLD: What does this Brazil road sign mean?

9.FIBONACCI NUMBERS: Described for the first time in Indian mathematics, and forming a sequence where each number is the sum of the two previous ones, F₁₂ is 144. But 144 is the square of which number?

ten.DISGUISED CITIES: Which city in North East England is based around settlements formerly known as Pons Aelius and Munucceaster, which is sometimes modernized as Monkchester?

11.WHY THE LONG FACE? : A standard 40m x 20m dressage arena which letters clockwise around the edge of the arena, starting at the entrance?

12.HEAD TO THE HEIGHTS: John Kelly, a 37-year-old data scientist, broke the record for climbing all the hills of Wainwright in the Lake District in five and a half days. How many are there?

13.LET’S GO: The Wikivoyage site lists 23 places visited by the fictional Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days, none of them in a hot air balloon. Number 15 is Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. But what year did Salt Lake City host the Winter Olympics?

14.ENSEMBLE CASTS: What are the names of the two old men on the balcony who always heckle Fozzie Bear in The Muppet Show?

15.MUSIC: Which artist celebrated their 60th birthday this week by putting £1,000 behind the bar for fans at 60 different pubs?

  • If you believe there has been a glaring error in any of the questions or answers, please feel free to email martin.belam@theguardian.com, but remember that the word of the master of the quiz is still final and you don’t want him to. release the dogs.

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