Thursday’s quiz

While I’m blogging lighter you’re welcome to pose the questions with no need to follow the five-question formula I used.

Anyone who stumps us all will win a virtual jelly sponge.

11 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:

    (1) In hoc signo vinces

    (a) What is this language of this quote?

    (b) This is a translation – What was the original language in which it was rendered?

    (c) What does it translate to?

    (2) To whom was the sign given in a vision?

    (3) What was the symbol painted on the shields of the recipient as a result?

    (4) How does this connect to the opening movement of the 1812 Overture?


  2. J Bloggs says:

    1) What does Asia have at least 9 of, North America 7, Europe 5, South America & Africa 4 and Australia 3, but Antarctica officially has none?

    2) “Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day, fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way” are the opening lines to which song, by which band, off which album?

    3) In French its “temps”, German “Zeit”, Itatian “orario” and Maori “Wa” – what is it in English?

    4) Who said “Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so” and in which book did he appear?

    5) What is your favourite way of filling in spare time?


  3. J Bloggs says:

    a) Latin
    b) Greek

    2) Pass

    3 The Cross

    4) Pass


  4. Andrei says:

    J Bloggs

    (1) Time Zones – interestingly enough China only has one, officially anyway

    (2) It is from Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the moon” – can’t name the song title

    (3) Time

    (4) –

    (5) Playing a stringed instrument – love bass lines and improvisations on double coursed instruments – Bouzouki, mandolin and 12 stringed guitar.

    Hate playing double bass in amateur productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas though because of youthful experiences – in fact I hate musicals fullstop – though Opera I like


  5. Teletext says:

    Finally a quiz from me that isn’t about Spike Milligan et al.

    1. What is an automorphic number?

    2. How many 2 digit automorphic numbers are there and what are they?

    3. What is unusual about the number 25?

    4. what is unusual about the numbers 1 and 81?

    5. Which current fictional character has a penchant about numbers and who created this person?


  6. Will says:

    1.a. Latin. b. Greek? c. In this sign conquer.
    2. Constantine allegedly.
    3. Cross, I suppose.
    4. ?


  7. Will says:

    1. Time zones.
    2. Time from Dark Side of the Moon.
    3. Time.
    4. Sounds like Douglas Adams, so I’ll guess Dirk Gently, the eponymous detective agency owner. Not confident.
    5. I love sailing, windsurfers, or yachts, and have an embarrassing number of guitars. Can even play the solo to Time – feedback, delay, distortion…cool.

    Someone else will have to attempt teletext’s questions, they make my head hurt.


  8. Andrei says:


    (1) This is a number whose square ends in the same digits as itself

    (2) there are two (there is a theorem that says for any number of digits greater than 1 there are a max of 2) but I can’t be bothered working them out

    (3) 1, 5 and 6 are the three 1 digit automorphic numbers 25 is 5² 5 being the first non trivial automorphic number

    (4) There a lots of answers to this – one thing they have in common is the both have 4th roots – 1 is the fourth root of itself of course while 3 is the fourth root of 81

    Maybe the sum of their digits is their square root is what you have in mind



  9. Teletext says:


    1. a) Latin
    b) Greek
    c) The Latin meaning is “In this sign, you will conquer). The original Greek means “In this, conquer)

    2. Supposedly Constantine I

    3. The cross????

    4. It starts with violas and cellos playing a Russian tune which has something to do with the Eastern Orthodox Church music and the Cross

    J. Bloggs

    1. Time Zones

    2. Time, Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon

    3. Time

    4. Arthur Dent The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

    5. Devouring books and listening to music. Both from all genres.

    Re my questions, #5 I meant to include “bestselling” before current.


  10. Teletext says:

    J. Bloggs
    I am slightly disappointed that you weren’t able to somehow include Jim Croce great song “Time in a Bottle” in your quiz


  11. J Bloggs says:

    Teletext – it is a great song, and if it had occurred to me when I was writing it, I would have wrangled it in there somehow 🙂


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