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A quiz it is

Trivia only a day later than promised; that’s practically on time. Vaguely colonial-themed. Question 1 is for non-Sydneysiders only. Leave your answers in comments; winner gets some kind of actual or virtual prize.

1a) Which sport is played most frequently at the Sydney Football Stadium?
1b) Which sport is played most frequently at the Sydney Cricket Ground?
2) Which year was the first US air raid on Tokyo?
3) Who is the Head Chief of Fiji?
4) Which US state has the Union Jack on its flag?
5) What’s the southernmost point in the EU?
6) Which country’s independence was secured under General Halloween the Opening?
7) Why did a hundred Canadians move a very long way south in 1837?
8) Which country’s federal parliament sits furthest away from its cabinet?
9) Which single letter distinguishes the Raven King from Richard IV?
10) Which country’s former national flag included a harp, a fleur-de-lys and four lions?

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  1. February 25, 2012 at 2:13 am | #1

    Although I cheated on some by searching, I have most of answers at the top of my head before searching except question 1 which I did need to look up:

    1a. Rugby League (thought to be Aussie Rule!)
    1b. Aussie Rule (well I know it isn't cricket!)
    2. My stab would be 1944, but could it be 1943? (won't confirm this one)
    3. HM the Queen Elizabeth II (well, now I found it's a republic but this WAS my first hunch and still remained so)
    4. It's easy, Hawaii.
    5. If only Overseas Departments are an integral part of French Accession to the EU, Reunion. Otherwise, it would be some point in the French Antarctic Territory. (Partially confirmed by the reading of the Lisbon Treaty but it's badly written as it always refer to the source document, Maastricht Treaty!)
    6. That I really don't know.
    7. Due to the Canadian Rebellion of 1837 they were sent south (thought to be Acadian cleansing but that isn't right)
    8. The European Union (with its parliament officially in Strasbourg)? :P Or is it South Africa, but both aren't technically federal state.
    9. Is it the R?
    10. Canada

  2. February 25, 2012 at 3:21 am | #2

    1b) Aussie Rules
    4) Hawaii
    5) I'm not going to look at the map, but it's clearly part of France, though I can't remember whether Reunion or Guiana is further south. (IIRC, New Caledonia isn't part of the EU)

  3. February 25, 2012 at 9:47 am | #3

    2) It was early, 42 perhaps. They deliberately flew a few B somethings off a carrier, getting them to land in China, just so they could say they'd bombed Tokyo. Summat like that anyway.
    3) Brenda,
    4)Hawaii
    5) Some bit of Frog Outremer.
    6) For some reason I want to say Liberia.
    7) Very long way….Antarctic for something or other at a guess. Whaling on S Georgia? Summat like that?

    Not going to spoil things by trying to look anything up….

  4. February 25, 2012 at 9:51 am | #4

    Alan has some good answers, but is a long way from totally right. Still a fair few ungot. MORE, PEOPLE.

  5. February 25, 2012 at 9:55 am | #5

    I'll post hints to ungot questions about 10 hours from now.

  6. ajay
    February 25, 2012 at 12:26 pm | #6

    General Halloween the Opening is Toussaint L'Ouverture, liberator of Haiti.

    The Doolittle Raid was '42.

    The Raven King is John Uskglass in Susannah Clarke's "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell". Richard IV is the Brian Blessed character in "Black Adder". No idea of the answer though.

  7. chris y
    February 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm | #7

    1a) Which sport is played most frequently at the Sydney Football Stadium? Rugby Union
    1b) Which sport is played most frequently at the Sydney Cricket Ground? Aussie Rules
    2) Which year was the first US air raid on Tokyo? 1942?
    3) Who is the Head Chief of Fiji? Elizabeth Windsor
    4) Which US state has the Union Jack on its flag? Hawaii
    5) What’s the southernmost point in the EU? Kerguelen Is?
    6) Which country’s independence was secured under General Halloween the Opening? Haiti
    7) Why did a hundred Canadians move a very long way south in 1837? Evicted for playing Cajun music?
    8) Which country’s federal parliament sits furthest away from its cabinet? South Africa?
    9) Which single letter distinguishes the Raven King from Richard IV? Richard IV was also either Labert Simnel or Perkin Warbeck, but that doesn't help much either.
    10) Which country’s former national flag included a harp, a fleur-de-lys and four lions? The United Kingdom?

  8. john b
    February 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm | #8

    7 is sort-of-got. Think of southerly places where very bad people might have been sent.

    For 9, Ajay has identified Richard IV correctly. I'm thinking of a much older raven king story than that of John Uskglass. Dsquared might be well placed to work out who I mean.

  9. dsquared
    February 28, 2012 at 4:41 am | #9

    Bendigeidfran was king of the ravens in Welsh mythology and his name translates as "Bran the Blessed".

  10. ajay
    March 1, 2012 at 6:55 am | #10

    7 is sort-of-got. Think of southerly places where very bad people might have been sent.

    Botany Bay?

  11. March 1, 2012 at 6:59 am | #11

    Souther.

  12. March 3, 2012 at 5:12 pm | #12

    1a. Boozing.
    1b. Sun tanning.
    2. 1907, it was an 18 second raid by the Wright brothers.
    3. The head chef is Gordon Ramsey.
    4. Alberta.
    5. Those islands in the Atlantic which belong to Spain.
    6. Narnia.
    7. Because they were bored waiting for the ice to melt.
    8. Kitchen cabinet or drinks cabinet?
    9. A love letter.
    10. Ire-Engl-France.

  13. March 4, 2012 at 8:03 am | #13

    1a) Rugby League (a couple of clubs use it as their home ground)
    1b) Rules (would have been league until the SFS was built)
    2) 1942, off USS Hornet
    3) Her Majesty the Queen.
    4) Hawaii
    5) This is a good question. Kerguelen is more southerly than the Falklands, but I don't know if it's in the EU. I'll go with La Réunion, followed by French Guiana.
    6) Haiti
    7)?
    8) South Africa (Cape Town vs. Pretoria)
    9)
    10)

  14. March 4, 2012 at 8:06 am | #14

    (and come to think of it, you still get Aussies who moan about how the SCG was better. I've been to a match at the SFS and to be honest they might have a point, it was a bit soulless)

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