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Trivia Quiz 3 – answers

  1. Which instrument has been described as “that ill woodwind that no-one blows good”?
    The oboe.
  2. What was escapologist Harry Houdini’s real name?
    Erich Weiss.
  3. Which is heavier – an ounce of lead or an ounce of gold?
    An ounce of gold. (Gold is weighed using the Troy ounce of 480 grains; lead is weighed with the standard avoirdupois ounce of 437½ grains.)
  4. Of which country is Kingstown the capital?
    St Vincent and the Grenadines.
  5. What was Issur Danielovich Demsky better known as?
    Kirk Douglas.
  6. Which is heavier – a pound of lead or a pound of gold?
    A pound of lead. (The Troy pound only has 12 ounces; the pound avoirdupois has 16.)
  7. Who was the longest-reigning king in British history?
    George III (1760-1820).
  8. Why did the Siamese twins move from Britain to France?
    So that the other one could drive.
  9. What is the only village in the United Kingdom with an exclamation mark after its name?
    Westward Ho! in Devon.
  10. What does the Highway Code give as the minimum stopping distance (in feet) at 50mph?
    175 feet.
  11. What is the tallest mountain in the Americas?
    Mount Aconcagua, at 6,960m/22,834ft.
  12. What was the Spruce Goose?
    A massive seaplane conceived by eccentric multimillionaire Howard Hughes. It flew only once.

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