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Odd books, Chess hooks and a very naughty worm – take the Thursday quiz

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Where would we be without the Thursday quiz? On one of the other days of the week I guess. All your favourites are here as you face 15 topical or general knowledge questions. Can you spot the hidden Doctor Who reference? Can you avoid the lure of answering Kate Bush to the music question? And will Ron from Sparks end up disappointed with you – yet again? It is not entirely serious, but let us know how you got on in the comments.

The Thursday quiz, No 33

1.LITERATURE: Julia Donaldson has revealed that publishers had a problem with her initial opening couplet for the book Superworm. How had she wanted to open the book for children?

2367

2.LITERATURE AGAIN BUT NOW EVER WEIRDER: Which book has won the public vote for the Diagram prize for ‘oddest book title of the year’ in 2021?

4786

3.OOOOOOOF: The other week a homeowner in Maryland tried to fight something with coal, only to burn their own house down, causing more than $1m in damage. What were they trying to fight?

2163

4.SPORT(-ISH): Magnus Carlsen has been embroiled in an epic battle for the World Chess Championship in Dubai, which has been racking up the page views on our live blogs. But who or what is he playing?

3696

5.MUSICAL CHESS: Who had a worldwide hit in the 1980s with One Night in Bangkok, written by Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus and taken from the musical Chess?

2000

6.LIGHTEN UP, MORRISSEY: That’s a 2008 Sparks song where a man is complaining his girlfriend always compares him unfavourably to the Smiths singer. But that’s not important right now. When did Morrissey first do a gig wearing a ‘Fuck the Guardian’ t-shirt?

3790

7.GCSE SCIENCE CORNER: Talking of bitter old things, in 1774 Swedish chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele is credited with the isolation of which element, to which he gave the catchy name ‘dephlogisticated muriatic acid air’

3616

8.ENSEMBLE CASTS: Which of these shows, which can be loosely grouped as ‘Scandi noir’ – featured a regular cast including Søren Malling, Lars Mikkelsen and Sofie Gråbøl?

3236

9.FLAGS OF JOY: This is the flag of a French overseas territory. Which one?

1920

10.EVERY TRAIN GOES EAST FROM HERE: What is the westernmost passenger train station in Wales?

4899

11.FREE WELSH STUFF: Over the next year or so every household in Wales is to be offered something free as part of a Welsh government plan to fight against the climate emergency. What?

1677

12.ON THIS DAY: On 9 December 2017 the Marriage Amendment Bill received royal assent and came into effect, making Australia the 26th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage. Which was the first country to do so, in 2001?

3775

13.NEW GREEN REAL DEAL: It is the birthday of Green Party MP Caroline Lucas today. Happy birthday, Caroline! But the question is, how many times has she been elected MP for Brighton Pavilion?

6356

14.HAPPY BIRTHDAY: It is Judi Dench’s birthday today too. Happy birthday Judi! But what was the first James Bond film in which she played M?

2050

15.WHAMAGEDDON: That’s the game where people try to go from 1 December to 24 December without hearing Last Christmas by Wham!, one of the greatest Christmas singles of all time. But which year did it first become a No 1 hit in the UK singles chart?

1891

  • If you do think there has been an egregious error in one of the questions or answers, please feel free to email martin.belam@theguardian.com but remember, the quiz master’s word is always final, and you wouldn’t want him to notify Santa that you should be put on the naughty list

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