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Comic heroes, gameshow hosts and space probes: take the Thursday quiz | Life and style

The quiz master is away, recuperating from his recent exertions at the Winter Olympics. Fortunately, before he left, he passed a crumpled piece of paper into the hands of one poor overworked member of Guardian production staff, and said, “This will probably do.” Before you are 15 general knowledge and somewhat less topical questions than usual. There is still a hidden Doctor Who reference to spot among the wrong answers and, of course, along the way you’ll meet some of your favourite familiar friends from the quiz. It is just for fun and there are no prizes, but let us know how you get on in the comments.

The Thursday quiz, No 44

1.THAT’S NUTS: Forestry and Land Scotland is introducing which animal to act as a deterrent to grey squirrels moving north up the A9 corridor and invading?

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2.TO BOLDLY GO: Nasa has announced a new mission called HelioSWARM which will consist of nine small spacecraft that will fly in formation to simultaneously measure the conditions of what?

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3.WHO AM I? Born in London and finding fame in a series of fantasy films, I recently said that my early attempts to do the voice of a famous comic book hero in a Matt Reeves’ directed film were ‘absolutely atrocious’. Who am I?

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4.AEROFLOT: That’s a Sparks song from 2000 where they are enjoying ‘vodka on ice, and a hostess who’s witty’. But that’s not important right now. On Friday British Twitter got gripped watching a live stream of planes attempting to land at Heathrow during Storm Eunice. What was the name of the channel?

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5.ENSEMBLE CASTS: Richard Ayoade, Edward Tudor-Pole and Richard O’Brien have all hosted which game show?

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6.ON THIS DAY: 24 February marks the anniversary of the Battle of Roslin, part of the First War of Scottish Independence which would include a decisive Scottish victory at the Battle of Bannockburn eleven years later. But which year was the Battle of Roslin?

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7.LITERATURE: The Brontë sisters, along with their brother Branwell, wrote extensively when they were young about a fictional world. What was it called?

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8.HAPPY BIRTHDAY: It is Rose Matafeo’s birthday tomorrow. Happy birthday, Rose! But what was the name of her show which won the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Comedy Show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018?

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9.CITIES IN DISGUISE: Which US city was first known as Terminus, and later Thrasherville, before adopting its current name in 1847?

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10.MUSIC: Queen singer and absolute legend Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara, but he also released a 1973 single under which pseudonym?

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11.FIBONACCI NUMBERS: First described in Indian mathematics, and forming a sequence where each number is the sum of the two preceding ones, F₁ is one. But which element has the atomic number of one?

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12.LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION: Which of Northern Ireland’s counties is Ballymena in?

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13.ALLONS-Y: Wikivoyage lists 23 locations visited by fictional Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days. No 4 is Brindisi, Italy. But which of these famous Roman roads is said to have eventually terminated there?

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14.SIX NATIONS: The men’s Six Nations features lots of subsidiary cups contested between specific sides, like the Calcutta Cup between Scotland and England. But which of these options is NOT a trophy contested during the Six Nations fixtures?

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15.MUSIC: Which hugely successful artist released albums called Music Box, Daydream and Butterfly during the 1990s?

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  • If you think there has been an egregious error in one of the questions or answers, please feel free to email [email protected] but remember, the quizmaster’s word is always final, and genuinely he is away so we might just all have to live with it if there are any disputes.

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