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Byline: Mike Harris

Quizopedia is influenced by two quotations. "All knowledge is of itself of some value" (Dr Johnson) and, "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." (Anon.) Compiled by Mike Harris 1. Establish a link between, i) Professor Steve Jones (1944- ), ii) Milton Keynes (1967- ), and iii) The Universe (13.5b- ).

2. What was the original nickname of Cardiff's Civic Centre at Cathays Park? Was it the i) Welsh Florence, ii) Welsh Paris, iii) Welsh Stockholm iv) Welsh St Petersburg, or, v) Welsh Washington (DC)? 3. To which sport does the following Oscar Wilde-like quotation refer: "It is the unthinkable in pursuit of the unsinkable." 4. When, according to cosmologists, did time begin and when might it end? 5. Why was Samuel Plimsoll (1824-98) popularly known as the sailor's friend? 6. Linguistically-speaking, what have these nations' names in common? Fiji, Greece, Kazakhstan and Morocco.

7. What are the common surnames of these famous pairs? i) John Wilkes (Assassin/1839-65) & William (Salvation Army founder/1829-1912), ii) Connie (Pop Singer/1938- )& Dick (Jockey and Writer/ /1920- ), iii) Ken (Politician/ 1945- ) & David (Missionary/1813-73), iv) Toni (US novelist/1931- ) & Van (Rock singer/ 1945- ), and, v) Bob (Footballer and Manager/ 1919-96) & Ian (Clergyman and Politician/1926- ).

8. Identify the painters responsible for, i) Birth of Venus (1485), ii) Death of Marat (1793), iii) The Kiss (1908), iv) The Scream (1893), v) Girl With A Pearl Earring (1666), and vi) Jeune Paysanne a sa Toilette (1888).

9. Which famous C12th principality writer is famous for this assessment of his people? "If they would be inseparable, they would be insuperable." 10. Explain the following equation. "Washington + Idaho + Montana + North Dakota + Minnesota + Michigan = 48." 1. The link between these components, according to Steve Jones in The Daily Telegraph's View From The Lab, is that from whichever angle they are viewed they are boringly similar and that this uniformity is due to physical expansion. …

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