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The Number 40


  1. In the UK, there is a historical saying that if the weather rains on which saint's day, it will remain wet weather for forty days and forty nights?
  2. Who took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks?
  3. What is 40 in Roman numerals?
  4. Which chemical element has the symbol Zr and atomic number 40?

  5. It's traditional that a 40th anniversary is known as what anniversary?
  6. Who was the 40th President of the United States?
  7. What phrase is a colloquial term for a short nap?
  8. "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" is an Arabic folk tale added to which collection of stories?
  9. Moses spent three consecutive periods of "forty days and forty nights" on which mountain?
  10. "Forty Shades of Green" is a song written by country singer Johnny Cash about which country?
  11. Which Central Asian country has a name that means "Land of forty tribes"?
  12. Which term, denoting a period of isolation, originates from the Venetian language and literally translates to "forty days"?
  13. Which 2005 comedy film stars Steve Carell as a middle-aged man who has never had sex?
  14. In 40ADm which Roman emperor is thought to have staged a mock invasion of Britain?


  1. St Swithun's
  2. Lizzie Borden
  3. XL
  4. Zirconium
  5. Ruby
  6. Ronald Reagan
  7. 40 winks
  8. The One Thousand and One Nights, also known as Arabian Nights
  9. Mount Sinai
  10. Ireland
  11. Kyrgyzstan
  12. Quarantine
  13. The 40-Year-Old Virgin
  14. Caligula