Ancient pharaohs, weird science and lovely Liza Minnelli – take the Thursday quiz | Life and style

Ancient pharaohs, weird science and lovely Liza Minnelli – take the Thursday quiz | Life and style

Here comes the Thursday quiz, representing all that is good in the world against a backdrop of unfolding chaos. Fifteen questions that are vaguely topical or general knowledge or generally just a bit weird. There are no prizes, but you can pick up one extra bonus point if you can spot a hidden reference to Doctor Who and mention it in the comments, where we’d love to find out how you got on. Enjoy!

The Thursday quiz, No 62

1.WORLD LEADER PRETEND: The G7 summit was this week, but which venue was hosting?


2.WORLD LEADER PRETEND II: It was also the Nato summit this week. But where was that?


3.PHEW WHAT A SCORCHER: Thanks to a climate crisis-induced heatwave, the mayor of Castenaso, near Bologna in Italy, is imposing a €500 fine for doing what with water?


4.DEUCE: It is Wimbledon this week. What is the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club testing to try and broaden the appeal of the sport?


5.SENT HIM HOMEWARD TAE THINK AGAIN: The SNP has announced it will hold a Scottish independence referendum. Flower of Scotland celebrates a Scottish victory over Edward II of England, but who was monarch when the Acts of Union came into effect to form Great Britain in 1707?


6.WEIRD WORDS: According to the Cambridge online dictionary, what does ballute mean?


7.WEIRD SCIENCE: What is the name of the substance that spiritualists believe is exuded physically by some mediums when they are contacting the dead?


8.ENSEMBLE CASTS: Which of these animated children’s shows was narrated by Richard Briers on its original BBC run in 1974, and again when it was revived by Channel Five in 2005?


9.GOLDEN SLUMBERS: Tutankhamun was the last pharaoh of the 18th dynasty. When is his reign believed to have begun?


10.UNDER THE TABLE WITH HER: That’s a 1975 Sparks song where ‘nobody misses diminutive offspring’. But that’s not important right now. In which province of South Africa can Table Mountain be found?


11.IT’S A DOGS LIFE: This is Willow, the official dog of the Guardian’s Thursday quiz. She is a dachshund. What does dachshund mean in German?


12.1966 AND ALL THAT: An exciting weekly series of questions that aren’t about football, leading up to the 2022 Fifa World Cup in that famously football-loving bastion of human rights, Qatar. The 1934 Fifa World Cup was held in Italy. But what currency would Italy have been using in 1934?


13.I THINK ABOUT YOU: Pet Shop Boys were a Glastonbury highlight for many of those more inclined to being middle-aged, and they played Losing My Mind, a hit for Liza Minnelli when they recorded it with her in 1989. Who wrote it?


14.ALLONS-Y: The website Wikivoyage lists 23 locations visited by the fictional Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days, none of them by hot air balloon. No 22 is Dublin, Ireland. But which of these is an Irish name for that city?


15.THIS WOMAN’S WORK: Kate Bush enjoyed her two well-deserved UK No 1 singles an incredible 44 years apart. But which of these pairs of events were also 44 years apart?


  • If you do think there has been an egregious error in one of the questions or answers, please feel free to email, but remember, the quiz master’s word is always final, and he’s still busy watching Glastonbury sets on iPlayer.