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Junior Mastermind episode 4: The answers

How did you do?

Nora Owen will be mad if you didn't do well.
Nora Owen will be mad if you didn't do well.
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Here they are. How did you do?

  1. What currency, created in 1999, entered into public circulation on January the first, 2002? The euro
  2. Which County Down golfer became World Number 1 in March 2012 after a win at the Honda Classic in Florida? Rory McIlroy
  3. Which Italian Artist painted frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? Michelangelo Buonarroti
  4. In the nursery rhyme, ‘Polly puts the kettle on’ – but who takes it off again? Sukey
  5. What did the United States of America buy from Russia in 1867 for just over seven million dollars? Alaska
  6. What landmark building in Australia was turned green for Saint Patrick’s Day in 2012? Sydney Opera House
  7. What is the common name given to the large marine mammal, which has two pointing tusks and is found in the Arctic seas? Walrus
  8. The physical components of a computer are known as what? Hardware
  9. Which city in Northern Spain holds an annual Bull Run during the ‘Fiesta de San Fermín’? Pamplona
  10. Painted Lady, Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral are all types of what creature? Butterfly
  11. Where in the human body would you find your patella? Knees
  12. How many zeros are there in the number one million? Six
  13. What city is the official host to the 2016 Olympics? Rio de Janeiro
  14. In Irish mythology, for what sport was Cú Chulainn best known? Hurling
  15. What stone can visitors kiss at a castle in Cork in order to speak eloquently? Blarney Stone
  16. In the Northern Hemisphere, there are winter and summer solstices. The Winter solstice is in December, when is the summer solstice? June
  17. The All England Lawn Tennis Club is the home to which Grand Slam tennis tournament? Wimbledon
  18. Which post-impressionist Dutch painter famously cut off his own ear lobe? Van Gogh
  19. In the nursery rhyme: ‘Twinkle twinkle, little star’, what did the little star look like? A diamond
  20. Lugnaquillia and the Sugar Loaf Mountains are in which county of Leinster? Wicklow
  21. There are two colours in the hat of Dr Seuss from ‘The Cat in the Hat’. One is red, what is the other? White
  22. In August 1945, The United States of America dropped two atomic bombs on cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in which Asian country? Japan
  23. How was Samuel Clemens, author of the ‘Tom Sawyer’ and ‘Huckleberry Finn’, better known? Mark Twain
  24. What is another two-word name given to the flight recorder in a plane? Black box
  25. In the Christian Calendar, what is the day before Ash Wednesday called? Shrove Tuesday
  26. What is the world’s largest inland mass of water? Caspian Sea
  27. What small bird, usually associated with Christmas, is known as a redbreast? Robin
  28. With what leather weapon is movie hero Indiana Jones associated? Whip
  29. What is the currency of the United Kingdom? Pound Sterling
  30. A silverback is the dominant male of which type of ape? Gorilla
  31. What is a male duck called? Drake
  32. In ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ what is Captain Sparrow’s first name? Jack
  33. The White House in Washington DC is the official residence of whom? The President of the United States
  34. Which continent borders the Arctic Ocean to the North and the Mediterranean Sea to the South? Europe
  35. Which Six Nations Rugby match in 2012 was postponed due to a frozen pitch? France v Ireland
  36. What was the first name of the French Impressionist painter, Monet? Claude
  37. In 1588, Spain’s King Philip the Second sent an Armada to invade which country? England
  38. After hatching from an egg, what does a young frog become? Tadpole
  39. Romaine, ‘Little Gem’ and Iceberg are all types of which healthy food? Lettuce
  40. Of what is Seismology the study? Earthquakes
  41. Elected in 2011, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny is the leader of which political party? Fine Gael
  42. Who writes the teenage spy Alex Rider series of books? Anthony Horowitz
  43. On April 23 1014, a famous battle took place in Ireland. What was it called? Battle of Clontarf
  44. Which river flows through Dublin city and into Dublin Bay? The Liffey
  45. What did Little Bo Peep lose? Her sheep
  46. On what date in St. Valentine’s Day? February 14
  47. A male peafowl is a peacock, what is the term for the female? Peahen
  48. In the movie “Happy Feet”, released in 2006, what is the principal species of bird featured? Penguins
  49. Which county won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling title in 2009 to make it a historic four-in-a-row? Kilkenny
  50. Who became the ninth president of Ireland in 2011? Michael D Higgins
  51. Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are collectively known by what name? Benelux
  52. What cereal is the main ingredient in porridge? Oats
  53. The ‘Mona Lisa’ painting hangs in the Louvre Gallery in Paris. Which sixteenth-century Italian artist painted it? Leonardo da Vinci
  54. What word is used to describe the animal life of a certain region or time? Fauna
  55. The Great Irish Famine of 1845 to 1849 was caused by blight on what root vegetable? Potato
  56. Which American audiologist, born in Scotland, invented the telephone? Alexander Graham Bell
  57. What statue in Copenhagen’s harbour based on a character in a fairytale, is now one of Denmark’s biggest tourist attractions? The Little Mermaid
  58. What is the common name for the boardgame known in North America as checkers? Draughts
  59. Which wildlife park is on an island in Cork Harbour? Fota Wildlife Park
  60. Around which planet does Ganymede, the largest moon in the solar system, orbit? Jupiter
  61. The T-Rex was one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs that ever lived. What does the ‘T’ stand for? Tyrannosaurus
  62. What state, located in the city of Rome, is also the smallest country in the world? Vatican City
  63. Niagara Falls lies on the border of Canada and what other country? USA

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