Coffee Break Extra: Quizopedia

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Byline: Mike Harris

1. What sport did Otto Jelinek (1940-), a Canadian politician and former champion ice skater, describe as the "ultimate laxative"?

2. Identify the most numerous type of animal on Earth .

3. Of which wars were these battles important turning points? i) Agincourt (1415), ii) Balaclava (1854), iii) Monte Cassino (1944), iv) Ladysmith (1898), and v) Naseby (1645) 4. Explain a connection between a mythological Cyclop and a boring conurbation.

5. These are the middle names of successive US presidents (1932-2009).

Who are they? Baines, Delano, David, Fitzgerald, Earl, Hussein, Jefferson, Milhous, Rudolph, S and Wilson.

6. Jarndyce v Jarndyce is an interminable legal battle about inheritance in Dickens' Bleak House, Kramer v Kramer is another legal battle revolving around divorce so what kind of conflict, if any, is tied up in the recent clever Daily Telegraph show business headline, Winslet versus Winslet?

7. Identify the South Wales port which exported 11,000,000 tons of Welsh coal in 1913, an all-time record for any port.

8. The following are international civil aircraft markings. Which countries do they represent?

CF, D, EC, G, HB, OO, SX, TC and VT 9. What is the derivation of the US state called Florida?

10. "As a boy, I genuinely believed in the man who never ate bacon because its red and white stripes reminded him of Sheffield United - indeed, in my blue and white Sheffield Wednesday heart, I applauded and supported his loyalty." Which Yorkshireman said this? Was it, i) Alan Bennett (1934- ), ii) Brian Clough (1935-2004), iii) Roy Hattersley (1932- ), iv) Michael Parkinson (1935- ), or Fred Trueman (1931-2006)?

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1. The sport is known as "luge" (French for sled) and involves using a small one or two-person sled. The rider travels face up and feet first. Steering is performed by flexing the sled's runners with the calves. …