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Quiz: 23 tricky trivia questions to test your knowledge

  1. If you take away one letter, you’re left with twelve. What is the word?
  2. A game of draughts or checkers has how many possible opening moves?
  3. Starting with the Penny Black in 1840, stamps were printed in sheets of how many, which continued with all British postage stamps issued until 1971?
  4. The opera Aida was commissioned in 1869 to mark what event?
  5. How many American states have names that contain just 4 letters?




  6. Of the 13 commonly accepted vitamins, all except which vitamin are present in an egg?
  7. Who wrote two autobiographies, Return to Earth in 1973, and Magnificent Desolation in 2009?
  8. Which science park in Wiltshire was known for over 100 years as one of the UK's most secretive and controversial military research facilities?
  9. Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, were married for how many years?
  10. Which Asian country is the second largest coffee producer in the world, accounting for roughly 20 percent of the world coffee production?
  11. Which is the only country in Africa with a Spanish speaking majority?
  12. Which American president was a champion wrestler?
  13. The Great Pyramid of Giza was the tallest man-made structure in the world until which century?
  14. Which country starting with the letter 'M' is the biggest?
  15. Which creatures has five pairs of eyes, 300 teeth and 32 brains?
  16. Where were some of Eugene Shoemaker's ashes sent to in 1997?
  17. Under which river does the Queensway road tunnel run?
  18. Which is the fastest racket sport in the world?
  19. "Camptown Races" was the signature tune of which cartoon character?
  20. In English its worth 10 points but in Polish only one, what is it?
  21. Which country is closest to the Canary Islands?
  22. Which phrase did Shakespeare invent for Romeo and Juliet which means a hopeless quest?
  23. Which three countries with populations over 10 million come first alphabetically?



Answers:

  1. Dozens
  2. Seven
  3. Sheets of 240 (each sheet of Penny Blacks was worth one pound as there are 240 pennies in an old pound)
  4. Opening Suez canal
  5. 3 (Iowa, Ohio, and Utah)
  6. Vitamin C
  7. Buzz Aldrin
  8. Porton Down
  9. 15-years
  10. Vietnam
  11. Equatorial Guinea
  12. Abraham Lincoln
  13. 14th century (tallest up to 1311 AD, until surpassed by Lincoln Cathedral)
  14. Mexico (it is bigger than Mongolia!)
  15. Leeches



  16. On the moon (he's the co-discoverer of the Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9)
  17. River Mersey
  18. Badminton
  19. Foghorn Leghorn
  20. The letter 'Z' in scrabble
  21. Morocco
  22. A wild goose chase
  23. Afghanistan, Algeria, and Angola