Trivia Quiz Answers


Thank you for your entries.  The winner, with 44 points, was Mike Smith.  Here is the virtual trophy:




Mike smith



Runners up were Mick and Pat.  The answers were:



The Arts


1.  Who looked back in anger in 1956?

(John) Osborne, author of the play Look Back in Anger [one point for Jimmy Porter, the play’s leading character]


2.  Who was ‘eyeless in Gaza, at the mill with slaves’?

Samson, in Samson Agonistes by John Milton


3.  Which prize is awarded annually for the greatest contribution to art in Great Britain?

(The) Turner Prize


4.  Whose ring starts with gold and ends in twilight?

(Richard) Wagner – his Ring cycle begins with Das Rheingold and ends with Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods)


Science and Technology


5.  What is the most abundant metal in the earth’s crust?



6.  Which computer company is known as ‘Big Blue’?




7.  Which mathematician invented the first system of logarithms?

(John) Napier


8.  Who, in the 50s, invented a revolutionary new engine, first used in a production car in the 60s?

(Felix) Wankel



9.  Which famous iron structure is 300m high?

(The) Eiffel Tower


10.  Who led the first circumnavigation of the globe?

(Ferdinand) Magellan






11.  What cost $7.2 million in 1868?



12.  Where did a little boy fall down in 1945?

Hiroshima (‘Little Boy’ was name given to the atomic bomb dropped there – ‘Fat Man’ was dropped on Nagasaki)



13.  What name is given to the two wars between Britain and China in the 19th Century?

(The) Opium Wars




14.  Who founded an orderly society in 1534?

(St) Ignatius (of Loyola), who founded the Society of Jesus





15.  What is the shortest book of the Old Testament?





16.  Who was just four short of averaging 100?

(Don) Bradman, Australian cricketer, who required just four runs in his last match to bring his average in Test matches to 100, but was bowled out for a duck


17.  In what sport could you find a goal-line, a crease and a face-off?

Ice Hockey    

Words and Languages


18.  What is the fifth letter of the Greek alphabet?




19.  What French phrase describes a policy of non-intervention?







20.  What name could describe a match or the devil?





21.  What kind of puzzle uses pictures or symbols to stand for the words of the solution?




22.  Who took a small step in 1969?

(Neil) Armstrong on stepping on to the moon


23.  What acronym describes the largest stock exchange in the United States, though it has no premises of its own?

NASDAQ - National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation, which conducts all business by telephone or Internet


24.  Whose refusal to salute a hat is said to have led to the birth of a nation?

(William) Tell – his action eventually led to his killing the Austrian governor and the rise of the Swiss nation


25.  The initial letters of the other 24 answers (ignoring any articles, honorifics or first names) can be arranged to make a well-known question.  What is it?

Who Wants to be a Millionaire?






1 July 2001