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Could you be the Junior Mastermind champion?

Here are all the questions from last night’s final.

Presenter Nora Owen with winner Jack Meenan
Presenter Nora Owen with winner Jack Meenan
Image: TV3

ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD Jack Meenan from Donegal has been named TV3′s Junior Mastermind champion.

Here are the questions he answered to take him to the top spot.

How many can you answer? How many could you answer if you were sitting in that scary black chair with the light shining in your face?

Have a go:

  1. Which British Prince, who is second in line to the throne, married Kate Middleton in Westminster Abbey in April 2011?
  2. Which English Premiership football team play their home games at White Hart Lane?
  3. The city of Timbuktu is in which continent?
  4. Canada is officially a bilingual country. English is one of the languages; what is the second?
  5. In which Caribbean country did the reggae music style, popularised by Bob Marley, originate?
  6. Daniel Fahrenheit devised a scale used for measuring what?
  7. The first non-stop transatlantic flight landed in June 1919 in which Irish county?
  8. Which Irish author writes the book series called ‘Skullduggery Pleasant’?
  9. What is the largest living land animal?
  10. Islamabad is the capital of which country in Southern Asia?
  11. Name the object hit by the players in ice hockey.
  12. In the nursery rhyme, what was the shepherd’s night time delight?
  13. The young of which type of large, usually white, waterfowl is called a cygnet?
  14. Which toy derives its name from the Danish words for ‘play well’?
  15. Which type of entertainer specialises in balancing and catching items such as balls, plates, and knives?
  16. What was the name of the War, which was triggered by Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait on August the second, 1990?
  17. Of which boy band, known for their hits such as ‘All Time Low’ and ‘Glad You Came’ is the Irishman Siva Kaneswaran a member?
  18. Which Roman ruler had the seventh month of the year named after him in his honour, as he was born during that month?

(The answers are in the link at the bottom of this article)

And here are the questions faced by the rest of the contestants:

  1. Who is credited with driving the snakes out of Ireland and into the sea?
  2. The bamboo-eating giant panda is native to which country?
  3. What colourless gas, with a faint sharp odour, has the chemical formula CO2?
  4. Which American golfer won the 2012 US Masters at Augusta?
  5. On which fictional, cobbled English street will you find businesses including ‘Roy’s Rolls’, ‘The Kabin’ and the ‘Corner Shop’?
  6. A leveret is the young of which type of fast-running, long-eared mammal?
  7. Which English author wrote the two books series about the ‘Famous Five’ and the ‘Secret Seven’?
  8. How many counties are in the province of Connacht?
  9. What was the name of the first man-made satellite, launched in 1957, by the former Soviet Union?
  10. Which popular form of word puzzle consists of a  square or rectangular diagram divided into black and white squares?
  11. Which American President visited his ancestral home of Dunganstown in County Wexford in 1963?
  12. The Hindu Kush, located in north-eastern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan is what sort of geographical feature?
  13. At what sport does Tipperary man Eoin Kelly excel?
  14. Which cartoon character, which featured in the ‘Shrek’ films, also starred in a self-titled movie in 2011?
  15. Which country is by far the largest in the world?
  16. Which former American Vice-President made the movie about global warming entitled ‘An Inconvenient Truth’?
  17. What is the name of the group of islands at the mouth of Galway Bay?
  18. Which Scotsman is credited with having invented the television?
  19. The flag of which country features the Star of David?
  20. Philip Pullman is the author of which award-winning trilogy of books?
  21. In 2008 in Beijing, which athlete born in Jamaica became the first man in Olympic History to win both the 100m and the 200m races in World Record times?
  22. Which 1982 Steven Spielberg film features a space alien who wants to phone home?
  23. According to ancient Greek mythology, which mountain was the home of the Gods?
  24. In which War did the Battle of the Somme take place?
  25. The LUAS transport system in Dublin has its own colour codes. One line is red. What colour is the other?
  26. Katniss Everdeen is the teenage heroine of which series of books, the first of which was recently made into a blockbuster movie?
  27. In which sport do particpants use a shuttlecock?
  28. Programmes, which run on a computer, telling the computer what to do, are more commonly known as what?
  29. What sort of weapon, associated with Robin Hood, does a Fletcher make and sell?
  30. Which American television series focuses on the adventures of a teenage Clark Kent before he goes to Metropolis?
  31. What is the name of the scale which measures the acidity or basicity of a liquid, whose values fall between zero and fourteen?
  32. What colourless, tasteless and odourless liquid has the chemical symbol H20?
  33. What is the name of the typically box-like kitchen appliance that cooks using high frequency electro-magnetic waves?
  34. The William Webb Ellis Trophy is awarded to the winners of Which Sporting World Cup?
  35. Chocolate is made from what type of beans?
  36. ‘Waltzing Matilda’ is known as the adopted Anthem of which country in the southern hemisphere?
  37. How many humps does a dromedary have?
  38. In Germanic and Scandinavian mythology, what is the name of the god of thunder?
  39. In what Irish city will you find the ‘Jack Lynch Tunnel’?
  40. Which Middle Eastern country uses the shekel as its unit of currency?
  41. The author Beatrix Potter’s first book was about a rabbit who wore a blue jacket. What was his name?
  42. What type of colourful and horned animal, found in Central African forests, is a bongo?
  43. What does the double ‘o’ signify for the fictional spy James Bond?
  44. In which European capital city were the first Modern Olympics held in 1896?
  45. Which TD for Cork South Central, who was previously Minister for Foreign Affairs, was elected Leader of Fianna Fáil in January 2011?

How did you do? Here are all the answers>

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Emer McLysaght

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