Detective debuts, Pilton pop and crabs in disguise – take the Thursday quiz

Recently dubbed “daft and tiresome” by one satisfied customer, it is time again for the Thursday quiz. You will need to know a little bit about the week’s news. You will need to know a little bit about some vaguely topical general knowledge. And you will need to know that it is just for fun, and that there are no prizes. There is a bonus point available if you can spot a hidden reference to Doctor Who among the incorrect answer options. We would love to hear how you got on in the comments.

The Thursday quiz, No 61

1.SUITS YOU, SIR: Lamarckdromia beagle is a type of crab (not pictured) newly discovered off the coast of Western Australia. But what does the species like to wear as if it were a hat?

2.I SAY I SAY I SAY: Which comedian this week claimed he had to speak to the police after somebody complained about one of his jokes, leading to him ‘putting the words giant donkey dick (not pictured) into a message to a police detective (not pictured)’

3.ELECTION WINNER: This is the new president of Colombia after he won the election at the weekend. What is his name?

4.ELECTION LOSER: Emmanuel Macron’s coalition has lost its overall parliamentary majority. He formed his party as La République En Marche, but what has it changed its name to?

5.GCSE SCIENCE CORNER: And it is biology this week. These statements illustrate differences between plant and animal cells. One of the four is INCORRECT. Which one?

6.GEOGRAPHY: One of these statements about rivers in Africa is NOT true. Which one?

7.DETECTIVE INSTINCT: Which of these was the first story to feature Agatha Christie’s detective creation Hercule Poirot?

8.STRAVINSKY’S ONLY HIT: That’s a 2020 song by Sparks where ‘he toned it down a bit’. But that’s not important right now. Which of these works IS NOT by composer Igor Stravinsky?

9.WACKY MACCA THUMBS ALOFT: Stravinsky isn’t playing Glastonbury, but Paul McCartney is. He was 80 at the weekend. Happy birthday, Macca! In 1970, what was his first solo album called?

10.IT WERE ALL FIELDS ROUND HERE WHEN I WERE A LAD: Glastonbury started life as the Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival. When?

11.1966 AND ALL THAT: This is the start of a new exciting weekly series of questions not about football leading up to the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar. The 1930 Fifa World Cup was held in Uruguay. Which of these facts about Uruguay’s national anthem is true?

12.SWEET BABY CHEESES: Which of the following options is NOT a variety of cheese that originates in Wales

13.COULDN’T ESCAPE IF I WANTED TO: There is a new project to try and find out what happened to all the bodies left behind on the battlefield at Waterloo in 1815 (not pictured). But which present-day country is the battlefield of Waterloo located in?

14.ALLONS-Y: The website Wikivoyage lists 23 locations visited by fictional Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days, none of them by hot air balloon. No 21 is Cobh, Ireland. In 1912 the Titanic set sail from the port there. But, pre-independence, what British royalist name did the town have when she set off?

15.THIS WOMAN’S WORK: Kate Bush has enjoyed her two UK No 1 singles an incredible 44 years apart. But which of these pairs of events were also 44 years apart?

  • If you do think there has been an egregious error in one of the questions or answers, please feel free to email, but remember, the quiz master’s word is always final, and fact-checking jokes is for dullards.