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Quiz 42a

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  1. If the Sun suddenly exploded, about how many minutes would it take before people on Earth realised?

  2. If it's 9am in London in January, what time is it in New York?

  3. In Britain, do we put the clocks forwards or backwards by one hour in the spring?

  4. Is a day on Mars longer or shorter than a day on Earth?

  5. Did the Cretaceous or Devonian Period come first?

  6. Is the study of flags vexillology, vexollology, or vexallology?

  7. The Star of David appears on Israel's flag. How many points does it have?

  8. The flag of Libya is the only national flag that is a single, solid colour ? what colour is it?

  9. The orange, white and green flag of the Ivory Coast can be flipped horizontally to look like the flag of which other country?

  10. Flying a flag upside down is a sign of what?

  11. What part of an animal does tripe come from?

  12. Which fruit was formerly called the Chinese gooseberry?

  13. Bloomers and baps are types of what?

  14. If an American recipe listed chopped scallions, what would you use?

  15. What is Bombay duck a type of?

  16. What does a rickshaw driver push with his feet?

  17. Which road vehicle takes its name from the Hindu God Jagganath?

  18. Henry Beck's map made sense of what transport system?

  19. Which European country would you be visiting if you flew to Findel International airport?

  20. What was the first mass-produced motorcar?



1. Eight minutes. Light travels at 300,000 km per second (186,000 miles per second) and the sun is about 150 million km (93 million miles) away.
2. 4am. The base time zone, called Greenwich Mean Time, is set at 0 degrees longitude and runs through Greenwich. By travelling west of Greenwich, the time becomes earlier by one hour for every 15 degrees longitude.
3. Forwards. Daylight Saving Time, or British Summer Time, was first introduced to Britain during World War I. It enabled people to make fuller use of the hours of daylight.
4. Longer. Mars days are 24 hours and 37 minutes - the time it takes the planet to spin once on its axis, making the sun appear to rise in the morning and set in the evening.
5. The Devonian. Fish appeared during this Period approx. 360 million years ago, whereas the Cretaceous Period, approx. 65 million years ago, saw the first amphibians.
6. Vexillology, from the Latin word vexillum, meaning flag or banner, and the suffix -ology, meaning the study of.
7. Six. This shape is known as a hexagram and is formed by two overlapping equilateral triangles, which make a hexagon in the centre. It can be found on the tombstones of religious Jews going back hundreds of years.
8. Green.
9. Republic of Ireland, here the green and orange represent the Catholic and Protestant religions while the white is a hope for peace.
10. Distress.
11. The stomach. Tripe usually comes from cows, but is also made from sheep and pigs.
12. Kiwi fruit. Since farmers in New Zealand were first to grow the fruit for export, and it was thought that the Chinese label was inappropriate for fruit consumed by Western countries due to the Cold War, the kiwi fruit got its new name.
13. Bread.
14. Spring onions.
15. Fish. Found in India, this fish is often dried and salted before it is eaten (commonly in curry).
16. Pedals. A rickshaw is a human-powered tricycle taxi used in many parts of Asia.
17. A juggernaut. It is believed that devotees of the God threw themselves beneath the wheels of the cart bearing his image, hence a modern juggernaut is a vehicle capable of crushing people.
18. The London Underground. Beck started his drawing in 1931, and it has been updated ever since. Its simplicity has been adopted worldwide.
19. Luxembourg. It is the only airport in the country with a paved runway.
20. The Model T Ford. Each car could be made in around 90 minutes on a production line using standardised parts.



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