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Junior Mastermind episode 2: The answers

Are you smarter than an eleven-year-old?

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Here they are. How did you do?

  1. Which fairytale character wore glass slippers to a ball? Cinderella
  2. With which Olympic sport would you associate the terms flyweight, bantamweight and welterweight? Boxing
  3. With which country would you associate the children’s toy Lego and the story-teller Hans Christian Andersen? Denmark
  4. The Olympic and the Britannic were the sister-ships of which famous, luxury passenger liner? The Titanic
  5. What is the capital city of Syria, thought to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world? Damascus
  6. Which popular English singer-songwriter has released two albums entitled “19” in 2008 and “21” in 2011? Adele
  7. Which large mammal, often used as a riding or pack animal in arid regions is known as ‘the ship of the desert’? Camel
  8. On which classic children’s television programme do you find the characters Elmo, Big Bird and Cookie Monster? Sesame Street
  9. Which fictional spy have the actors Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig all played? James Bond
  10. In which mountain range will you find the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu? The Andes
  11. ‘The Battle of Jutland’ was the only major sea battle fought in which war? World War One
  12. The four tennis tournaments that comprise the sport’s Grand Slam are held in America, France, the United Kingdom and what other country? Australia
  13. Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario are the five lakes comprising which North American geographical feature? The Great Lakes
  14. Through which European capital city does the imaginary line, the Greenwich meridian, pass? London
  15. Often associated with possible alien invasions, for what do the letters UFO stand? Unidentified Flying Object
  16. What worldwide event do Munich in 1972, Barcelona in 1992 and London in 2012 have in common? The Olympic Games
  17. Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael are all members of which famous musical family? The Jacksons
  18. What is a female fox called? Vixen
  19. What is the name given to the group of reptiles, often large in size that died out over 65 million years ago? Dinosaurs
  20. Manannán mac Lir, after whom the Isle of Man is supposedly named, is the Irish god of what? The Sea
  21. Which famous book includes ‘The Book of Genesis’, ‘The Book of Numbers’ and ‘The Book of Psalms’? ‘The Bible’
  22. What was the name of the wizard and wise man who advised and aided the legendary King Arthur? Merlin
  23. Which 2012 blockbuster movie stars Robert Downey Junior, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Samuel L. Jackson as superheroes? ‘The Avengers’
  24. How many pieces are on the board at the beginning of a game of chess? Thirty two (32)
  25. Which African river, with a length of over 6,000 kilometres is the longest river in the world, and flows out into the Mediterranean Sea? The Nile
  26. The Norwegian Roald Amundsen led the first expedition to which geographical spot, beating the ill-fated Captain Scott by just over a month? The South Pole
  27. If you were gazing at the firmament, in which direction would you be looking? Upwards
  28. King’, ‘Royal’ and ‘Emperor’ are varieties of which flightless bird? Penguin
  29. Which comic book and movie character’s alter- ego worked as a reporter for ‘The Daily Planet’ newspaper in the fictional city of Metropolis? Superman
  30. According to the phrase, ‘the pen is mightier than…’ which weapon? The sword
  31. Which mountain in County Mayo , closely associated with Saint Patrick is sometimes climbed by barefoot pilgrims? Croagh Patrick
  32. Along with the actor comedians, Ardal O’Hanlon and Frank Kelly, Dermot Morgan starred as a Catholic Priest in a successful television series by what name? ‘Father Ted’
  33. In which Sport do two countries compete for the America’s Cup? Yachting
  34. The United Nations agency, the IMF, is currently involved in helping to manage the finances of Ireland during the economic recession. For what do the initials IMF stand? International Monetary Fund
  35. What European country’s name means ‘low lands’, as about a quarter of the country’s landmass is at- or below sea level? The Netherlands
  36. Which American singer, known as “The King of Rock and Roll”, was born in 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi and died in Memphis, Tennessee in 1977? Elvis Presley
  37. A doctor of paediatrics specialises in diagnosis and caring for what group of patients? Children
  38. In the Muslim calendar, the holy month of fasting between dawn and dusk each day begins and ends with a new moon. What is it called? Ramadan
  39. What is the name of the canal that cuts through Central America, linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean? The Panama Canal
  40. What is the more common name for ascorbic acid, found in high quantities in citrus fruits and fresh, green vegetables? Vitamin C
  41. What is the name of the system of writing using patterns of raised dots that allows visually-impaired people to read? Braille
  42. A hot air or steam-bath room, traditionally associated with Finland, is called what? Sauna
  43. The Mediterranean island Corsica, which was the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, is part of which European country? France
  44. What unit, also a part of the human body, is used to measure the height of horses? Hand
  45. In which English city will you find Mancunians? Manchester
  46. How are the comic book characters Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael, famous for their martial art skills, better known? The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  47. What is the name of the Irish actress who plays Luna Lovegood in the ‘Harry Potter’ film series? Evanna Lynch
  48. What address in London is the official residence of the British Prime Minister? 10 Downing Street
  49. What was the name of the segregation policy that South Africa abandoned in 1991? Apartheid
  50. What is the character name of the television Time Lord who uses a TARDIS to travel through time and space? Doctor Who
  51. In which ocean will you find the Mariana Trench, the deepest point of any ocean? The Pacific Ocean
  52. What endangered animal is used as the symbol of the WWF, the Worldwide Fund for Nature? The panda
  53. The American Michael Phelps won eight gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing for which sport? Swimming
  54. Which animated movie, released in 2010, featured Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes and Gru’s yellow minions? “Despicable Me”
  55. Before it adopted the Euro as its unit of currency in 2002, which European country used the peseta? Spain

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