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Set by Phil  |  39 pts     (2019-01-07)

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1) Only three computer games have sold over 100 million copies. They were released in 1984, 2011 and 2013 - what are they? (although these sales figures include mobile downloads, I'm looking for games first released for consoles, not mobile games such as Candy Crush Saga, which has incidentally been downloaded 2.7 billion times!) (3 pts)  Phil:  2019-01-07

2) These 4 photos are some of the most iconic in the NASA Photo Library - all featuring in their 'Top 50' list. a) What's the name of this photo? _A__H R__E b) The Pillars of what? c) The deepest view of the universe at the time, taken by the Hubble space telescope. Known by the acronym HUDF, the last 3 words are? (it would make a farmer confident to plough) d) Which space shuttle is this - exploding 73 seconds after liftoff? (4 pts)  Phil:  2019-01-07

3) In four years, which Big Band leader had 17 Number One records and 59 Top Ten hits (more than Elvis Presley and the Beatles did in their careers), then went missing over the English Channel during WW2? (1 pt)  Phil:  2019-01-07

4) Match these 4 pairs of Roman / Greek gods: Zeus, Aphrodite, Minerva, Athena, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Hermes. (4 pts)  Phil:  2019-01-07

5) In the USA, Military 'Black Projects' are censored from the Senate and have the highest secrecy levels of any engineering project. These 4 planes have emerged from such initiatives - name them: a) The fastest jet plane ever made - named after a bird b) Give me its colloquial name, officially called the B2 Spirit c) Made famous in a 2001 War Film about the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu d) An ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft that shares its name with a rock band (4 pts)  Phil:  2019-01-07

6) a) Over a human life, you have between 206-270 bones, but do you have more at birth or death? b) Human bones are grouped into 6 major areas - what are they? They begin with the letters S, C, H, A, L and P. (7 pts)  Phil:  2019-01-07

7) The 'Curse of the Bambino' was a superstition affecting which baseball team after selling which player in 1918 to the New York Yankees? It lasted until this team won the World Series again in 2004. (2 pts)  Phil:  2019-01-07

8) a) Ridley Scott is a prominent film Director from which country? b) He directed the film Alien, which has spawned 5 prequels/sequels. He only directed two of these - name them. The Official Posters are below, with useful details masked by Aliens that appear in almost every episode of which American animated comedy series? c) He also directed Blade Runner, whose sequel incorporated which 21st Century year into its title? (4 pts)  Phil:  2019-01-07

9) BASIC is a group of FOUR newly-industrialised countries, formed in 2009 - what are they? (4 pts)  Phil:  2019-01-07

10) a) There are 6 naturally-occurring Noble Gases, all residing in the right-hand column of the periodic table. Moving down from Helium, name the next 5 (in any order) - their scrabble scores (in order) would be 4, 6, 16, 12 and 6. b) With atomic number 118 and symbol Og, which synthesised element is predicted to be the 7th Noble Gas? It is named after Yuri Oganessian and its scrabble score is 10. (6 pts)  Phil:  2019-01-07

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