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Time travel, doppelgangers and a lady in red – take the Thursday quiz

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The quiz master is away, but do not fret. Before he left, a cache of documents written in invisible ink were entrusted to a secret operative in the Guardian offices, containing 14 questions on topical trivia and general knowledge. As usual, there’s a hidden Doctor Who reference to spot, a picture of our beloved Kate Bush, and one round that has anagrams in it just to be annoying. Have fun. There are no prizes, but let us know how you get on in the comments.

The Thursday quiz, No 20

1.SPACE, THE FINAL FRONTIER: Nasa has completed the final tests of the space telescope that will replace the Hubble. What is it called?

4500

2.EARLY SCIENCE FICTION: In the HG Wells story The Time Machine, future society has evolved into two competing groups – the Eloi and the…?

690

3.MUSIC: Which artist this week released a report they had commissioned on the climate impact of live music, and called for the UK government to formulate a plan to tackle it?

2000

4.ANAGRAM TIME: Which of these people have NOT been president of the United States?

3500

5.TRUE OR FALSE: There are three different men called Boris Vishnevsky standing against each other for election in the same municipal contest later this month in St Petersburg, Russia.

6.GEOGRAPHY: What is the capital city of Mali?

6016

7.SCIENCE CORNER: Lithium metal reacts slowly with water to form a colourless solution of lithium hydroxide (LiOH) and hydrogen gas (H2). The resulting solution is…

3616

8.SPORT: The Tokyo Paralympics have sadly come to an end. Which of these combinations of year and host city is not correct for a past Paralympics Games?

2891

9.WHO SAID IT: Which glamorous film star said: “Look your best – who said love is blind?”

10.EYE KNOW WHO YOU ARE: Who is this?

646

11.WHAT THE HELL IS IT THIS TIME: That’s a Sparks song that imagines a busy god vexed every time someone prays to them because of something trivial like they’ve cracked up their car. But that’s not important right now. In the New Testament, in which letter attributed to St Paul does he say: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

3790

12.POETRY CORNER: The internet has made the poem that begins “I have eaten / the plums / that were in / the icebox” one of the most famous poems of all time. But who wrote it?

6720

13.THE LADY IN RED: William Hogarth’s 1742 painting of a woman clad in red damask and draped in diamonds will be one of the stars of the show at a new exhibition of his work at the Tate Britain. Who is she?

2416

14.ENSEMBLE CASTS: You love this round. Which British show included these three actors as regular supporting cast members? Julia Sawalha,
Jane Horrocks and June Whitfield

3236

  • 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 also, he is on holiday.

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