Mixed Bag Christmas Get-Together

The annual Mixed Bag Christmas gathering saw us play a great game, eat a lovely meal and rack our brains with a quiz. Fancy having a go?…here are the questions:

  1. Which has the highest mountain: Earth or Mars?
  2. What are the small indentations on a golf ball called?
  3. Which city in the world has the largest population?
  4. With what device are earthquakes recorded?
  5. Name the yellow Telly Tubby
  6. What are Alpha Centauri and Sirius?
  7. Which actress was the lead star in High Society?
  8. Which 60s rock group recorded “Lighter Shade of Pale”?
  9. Clean, Jerk, and Snatch are terms used in which activity?
  10. Which country is bordered by both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans?
  11. In which country would one find 8 of the world’s 10 highest mountains?
  12. Which is the world’s second-largest country in land area?
  13. What is the most common blood type in humans?
  14. The name of which area in the Pacific means “many islands”?
  15. What is the only word in English ending in the letters ‘mt’?
  16. When there are two full moons in the same month, what is the second called?
  17. Who wrote “Waiting for Godot”?
  18. What is the name given to the process of signalling with two flags?
  19. What is the currency of Switzerland?
  20. What is the business term for assets which can be immediately turned into cash?
  21. Which country beginning with a ‘T’ has a shoreline on the Andaman Sea?
  22. Which is the largest planet in the solar system?
  23. Which Beatle married a Bond girl?
  24. Which instrument did Louis Armstrong play?
  25. Which Irish-American playwright wrote Moon for the Misbegotten, Long Day’s Journey Into Night and The Iceman Cometh?
  26. On which street do Bert and Ernie live?
  27. One tablespoon = how many teaspoons?
  28. What does a philatelist do?
  29. Which mythological figure flew so close to the sun that the wax on his wings began to melt?
  30. What is the green pigment in plants called?
  31. In terms of the amount of alcohol you get, which is the most expensive: whiskey, beer, or wine?
  32. Which country has the largest Christian population?
  33. What does a taxidermist do?
  34. What’s the maximum length of a test match in cricket?
  35. Which country produces the most wind power per capita?

There were a few brainteasers too:

  1. John and Jack’s combined age is 91. John is now twice as old as Jack was when John was as old as Jack is now. How old are they?
  2. Two sons are born to the same woman at the same time of the same day of the same year, yet they are not twins. How can this be?
  3. Is it correct to say “the yolk of the eggs are white” or “the yolk of the eggs is white”?
  4. What goes through the front door, but never enters or leaves the house?
  5. Even though we may never have our own entry in the Guinness Book of Records, there is one record that each of us holds at some point in our lives. What is it?
  6. There is a tunnel with a single railway track going through it. One day two trains enter and leave the tunnel on the track going in opposite directions, without stopping, at exactly eight o’clock but they do not crash. How could this be?
  7. I often go to the local police station, usually early in the morning or late at night when there aren’t many people around, and destroy large numbers of fingerprints… yet I am not a criminal. Who am I?
  8. One day Kerry celebrated her birthday. Two days later her older twin brother, Terry, celebrated his birthday. Is this possible?

see below for the answers!

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Quiz answers:

  1. Mars
  2. Dimples
  3. Shanghai (24 million)
  4. Seismograph
  5. La La
  6. Stars
  7. Grace Kelly
  8. Procol Harum
  9. Weight lifting
  10. Republic of South Africa
  11. Nepal
  12. Canada
  13. Type O
  14. Polynesia
  15. Dreamt
  16. Blue Moon
  17. Samuel Beckett
  18. Semaphore
  19. Swiss Franc
  20. Liquid assets
  21. Thailand
  22. Jupiter
  23. Ringo Starr
  24. Trumpet
  25. Eugene O’Neill
  26. Sesame St.
  27. Three
  28. Collects stamps
  29. Icarus
  30. Chlorophyll
  31. Beer
  32. USA
  33. Stuffs animals
  34. Five days
  35. Denmark

Brainteaser answers:

  1. 52 and 39 years old
  2. They are triplets
  3. Neither – the yolk is yellow
  4. The keyhole
  5. We are the youngest person in the world
  6. One travels at 8am, the other at 8pm
  7. The cleaner
  8. Yes. The mother was on a cruise near the International Date Line. Terry was born on March 1st, before the ship crossed the Date Line and Kerry was born on 28th Feb. In a leap year her birthday is two days before her brother’s.