A phantom’s author, a city of vice and the breaking of a wand – take the Thursday quiz

The Thursday quiz is here as a tiny glimmer of normality in a mixed-up world. You will laugh at the jokes. You will curse as you second-guess yourself about at least one of the questions, and then get it wrong. And you will recoil from the hideous AI art waiting for you at the conclusion. It is just for fun and there are no prizes, but let us know how you got on. And don’t forget, you can score bonus points for spotting hidden references to Doctor Who or making the quiz master laugh with your comments.

The Thursday quiz, No 74

1.IN SLEEP HE SANG TO ME: The Phantom of the Opera musical is to close on Broadway after a run of approximately 1bn years. But who wrote the original Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, which was first published in 1909?

Phantom of the Opera costumes

2.I’M SORRY DAVE, I’M AFRAID I CAN’T DO THAT: Which cryptocurrency changed the way it works in a software update known as “the merge” in order to reduce its hideously large carbon footprint?

Women at home using laptop

3.DO YOU LIKE OUR OWL?: Amazon Prime is basing a TV series on Blade Runner. But which year is the original 1982 movie set in?

Falconer and owl

4.RINGS AROUND THE WORLD: Scientists have proposed Saturn’s rings formed when a moon got pulled too close and disintegrated between 100m and 200m years ago. What have they named that hypothetical moon?


5.ON THIS DAY: Joseph Smith said he discovered what for the first time on 22 September 1823 in the hills near his home in Manchester, New York, which he would later claim to translate as the Book of Mormon?

Book of Mormon

6.HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND OBVIOUS DOCTOR WHO REFERENCE: It is the lovely Billie Piper’s birthday today. Happy birthday, Billie! But what was the name of the character she played in Doctor Who, starting in 2005?

Billie Piper

7.SPILL THE BEANS: A huge leak of data has revealed that the next version of Grand Theft Auto will once again be set in Vice City, as was the 2002 instalment. But Vice City is loosely based on which real US city?

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City screenshot

8.BREAKING THE WAND: Even the Thursday quiz watched the Queen’s funeral on Monday, so you knew there would be some questions about it. Who was in charge of one of the final ceremonial acts, the breaking of the “Wand of Office”?

Wand of Office being broken

9.AVE ATQUE VALE: Also at the Queen’s funeral at Windsor was one of her favourite horses, Emma (pictured), who was led out to watch the coffin pass by. But which breed of horse is she? The Queen was patron of the society dedicated to them.

Why the long face?

10.1966 AND ALL THAT: A series of questions not related to football leading up to the 2022 Fifa World Cup awarded to Qatar where thousands of migrant workers have died. The 1982 Fifa World Cup was held in Spain. But what is the opening line of the Spanish national anthem?

Paolo Rossi and Bruno Conti

11.SWEET BABY CHEESES: Which of the following options is NOT a variety of cheese produced in Italy?

Wallace and Gromit

12.TAMMY’S TEASER: Tammy Wynette had a hit single with D-I-V-O-R-C-E in 1968. But which C is one of the Latin names for the settlement the Romans lived in at the present-day location of Colchester?

Tammy Wynette

13.GCSE SCIENCE BUT WITH STEVIE NICKS: Stevie once said she wanted to go over and kill Lindsey Buckingham every time Fleetwood Mac played Go Your Own Way live. But which word describes an object that doesn’t want to go its own way, and instead will return to its original shape when forces are removed?

Stevie Nicks

14.MUSIC: Goldfrapp are absolutely ace and feature the talents of Will Gregory and which vocalist?

Musical notation

15.NEW FACE IN AI HELL: What prompt did the Thursday quiz give to an AI drawing robot to produce this masterpiece?

An image for the Thursday quiz

If you do think there has been an egregious error in one of the questions or answers, please feel free to email martin.belam@theguardian.com, but remember the quiz master’s word is final, and you don’t want him to send Erik round now that he is unemployed.