Archive for December, 2013

The Quizzes Keep Coming

2013 Quiz: who said what? (Telegraph)

Nature’s weird wildlife news quiz 2013 (BBC)

City slicker or sub-prime? (Mail Online)

Which young lover said: Women want me like mad? By Marcus Berkman (Mail Online)

Mastermind quiz of 2013 (Mail Online)

And just to prove that we have a sense of humour:-

The embarrassing wrong quiz answers that prove Britain really is dumbing down (Mail)

or not:

Littlejohn’s makes you proud to be British quiz 2013 (Mail)






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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 50,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 19 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Keep Reasoning

The challenges to your brain in the newspapers keeep on coming:-

Complete the equation 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 = 2014 (Guardian)

Can I increase my brain power? (Guardian), which links to:-

A free on-line application that provides dual-n-back training for memory and intelligence.

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Want a Change? Think Laterally

Could you be the government’s next hacking expert?

“The government, working alongside the Cyber Security Challenge, is currently on a recruitment drive to identify future cyber security soldiers.

“After testing your skills against these challenges, GCHQ may just want to track you down.” (Mail Online)


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More Quizzing in the Winterval

Those quzzes keep coming. Here are some more to test your general (and more specific) knowledge:-

Boxing Day Family Puzzler 2013 (BBC)

Finance Christmas Quiz (Telegraph)

Test your memory of 2013 (Telegraph)

David Bowie quiz of 2013 (Guardian)


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Christmas is a Time to Quiz

How better to pass the Christmas period than with the quizzes in the press?

Here are some: –

The King William’s College quiz 2013 (Guardian)

Lost in showbiz celebrity quiz of 2013 (Guardian)

Richard Osman’s Pointless general knowledge quiz (Guardian)

Christmas books quiz of the year (Telegraph)

Fiendish Christmas science quiz (Telegraph)

Fergie, Morrissey, Burgundy or Bishop: who said it? (Telegraph)

The ultimate bank holiday super quiz (Telegraph)

Whitaker’s Quiz of the Year (Independent Part 1)

Quiz of the Year (BBC Part 1 of 4. More available on site)

Good luck!

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News of the Charity Quiz

Sally writes:-

This is to let you all know that I have sent off the proceeds of the Charity Quiz held on the first night of the season to two charities: £106 each to the RNLI (local branch) and the Ashgate Hospice in Chesterfield.

  • The Ashgate Hospice is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
  • The RNLI have a campaign to renew the Ilfracombe Lifeboat and Inshore Rescue Boat. It is the Lifeboat (I think) that is named the Derbyshire, so the local branch is particularly keen to support this.

So thank you to all who supported this event – the charities have acknowledged our donations.

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Are You Better Than Boris?

The questions asked of Boris Johnson, on radio, from the Daily Telegraph.

As the second question was asked in one of George Orwell’s “As I Please” columns in the 1940s, and was later reprinted in Orwell’s Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters (1968), one wonders at Boris’s reading abilities, let alone logic.

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Train Your Brain For Cambridge

With university entrants under so much pressure, what better than to check out some questions used to separate the engineering sheep from the goats.

Cambridge University interview questions from the Daily Telegraph

[The webmaster scored only 80% in this and the OECD maths test].

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Train Your Brain For Pisa

With the OECD’s report on comparative success (in the case of the UK, very comparative) in education tests, here are some of the questions used:

OECD Maths questions from the Daily Telegraph

How would you do?

Here are some more, aimed at a higher level, in Business Insider.

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