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The mills of the gods are said to grind slowly, but they die extremely well. In contrast, the Thursday quiz comes every week extremely quickly, and rather than saying that everything is fine, a lot of people nitpick. As a result, the sulfurous questions continue and you’ll be faced with 14 more vaguely topical and general-knowledge riddles that will feature nearly all of your favorite labor-intensive jokes. There is no price, it’s just for fun. Let us know how you do in the comments, where you can get bonus points for spotting oblique Doctor Who references and being funny.

The Thursday quiz, n°81

1.THE INVISIBLE WAY: We have lost Mimi Parker, drummer and vocalist of the hauntingly beautiful band Low. Where did she form the band with Alan Sparhawk, who was her husband?

2.TEASER BY TAMMY: Tammy Wynette had a hit single with DIVORCE in 1968. No one knows how interested she would have been in GCSE science questions, but what element C is the symbol for?

Tammy Wynette

3.HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Today would have been the birthday of enthusiastic thesis writer Martin Luther (not pictured). Happy birthday, Martina! If you enjoyed that stuff, of course. My apologies if this is not the case. His publication of October 31, 1517 Dispute on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences contained how many theses?

Painting of Jesus

4.ART FOR ART’S sake: Meanwhile, art boffins at the Bredius Museum in The Hague, where the sketch The Raising of the Cross (not pictured) has been on display since 1921, revealed last week thanks to new scientific techniques that it had really been painted By whom?

artist's palette

5.IT’S A DOG’S LIFE: Meet Willow, the Guardian’s official Thursday quiz dog, on the bus. In the Netherlands, authorities have sanctioned the use of what they say to scare wolves, which they say are so unafraid of humans that they could become a serious danger.

Willow, the Guardian's official Thursday quiz dog

6.A FUN BAND OF SPACE GUYS: This is a 1983 Sparks song about aliens here to infiltrate and get tanned. But the New York skyline was disrupted last week not by aliens, but by a display of drones announcing the 10th anniversary of what game?

Ron Mael

seven.WHAT’S HAPPENING: Speaking of breached airspace, which European country had to shut down part of its airspace after a chunk of the massive rocket used to deliver China’s third space station module of Tiangong suffered an uncontrolled fallback to earth?

A Long March 5B rocket

8.1966 AND ALL THAT: A series of non-football questions ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, about which England Euro champion Beth Mead said the ban on homosexuality was “the complete opposite of what I believe in and respect”. . It’s not something I will support or promote.” The 2006 World Cup was held in Germany. But which Austrian wrote the melody of the German national anthem?

wayne rooney

9.ALSO NOT ALL ABOUT FOOTBALL BUT WITH A MISLEADING FOOTBALL-THEMED PHOTO: Erling Haaland started playing in the Premier League as someone on Fifa’s super easy mode. But Halland’s tourist board says its popularity has erased its search engine presence. Where is Halland County located?

Erling Haaland

ten.TREE-MENDOUS: An old tree in a ruined abbey (not pictured) has won the UK’s Tree of the Year award – but what kind and where was it?


11.OBVIOUS DOCTOR WHO REFERENCE: What was the name of the character Catherine Tate played so brilliantly in Doctor Who, and will be doing again next year?

Catherine Tate and David Tennant

12.OH HOW TERRIBLY VEXING WITH DIDO: Vexillology is the study of flags, and Dido had a hit with White Flag, so how could they not be lumped into an exciting new recurring Thursday quiz category? Which of these countries has a national flag that could be described as “three horizontal stripes of equal width, red at the top, blue in the middle and apricot at the bottom”


13.COCKTAIL O’CLOCK: The Thursday quiz is partial enough to be written in the pub, which could explain a lot. But if you order a shot of a coffee liqueur like Kahlúa topped with Baileys, what will it most likely be called?

Royal visit to Northern Ireland

14.GCSE SCIENCE SULFURIC QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Despite what you repeatedly say in the comments, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry spells sulfuric, GCSE Examiners spell sulfuric and the Thursday Quiz spells it sulfuric. What color is sulfuric acid (not pictured, it’s just someone looking at a microscope)?

A scientist

15.SILVER SCREEN MACHINE: Who has been announced to host next year’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards, which you probably know best as the Oscars?


If you believe there has been a glaring error in any of the questions or answers, please feel free to email, but remember that the word of the host is definitive and that he often wishes to be the kind of person confident enough to state in the comments that the year Tammy Wynette had a hit with DIVORCE is wrong in the Thursday quiz without bothering to look it up first .