Hungry dogs, chatty bots and Lady Gaga’s new job – take the Thursday quiz | Life and style

Thursday again, we exclaim with surprise, as if seven rotations of the planet was some kind of innate measure of time rather than an arbitrary distinction that capitalism imposed on us. Anyway, cheer up. Fifteen vaguely topical and general knowledge questions await you, with an extra bonus this week. It’s just for fun. There are no prizes. But feel free to let us know in the comments your score, and you could earn bonus points if you spot any oblique nods to Doctor Who. Enjoy!

The Thursday quiz, No 60

1.I’M AFRAID I CAN’T DO THAT DAVE: Google has put an engineer on leave after he kept saying one of his AI chatbots had become sentient. What is the chatbot called?

2.FULL FATHOM FIVE: The wreck of a Royal Navy warship that sank in 1682 while carrying the future king James Stuart has been identified off the coast of Norfolk. What was it called?

3.THE SILVER SCREEN: Irish-language film An Cailín Ciúin has earned more than €600,000 since its release last month, breaking box office records in Ireland and the UK. What is the title of the film in translation?

4.DEUCE: Sue Barker has announced this year will be her last year broadcasting from Wimbledon. But when did she retire as a professional tennis player?

5.FACES IN THE NEWS: Who is this?

6.ANOTHER FINE MESS: It would have been comedian Stan Laurel’s birthday today. But where was he (pictured, left) born?

7.IT’S A DOG’S LIFE: A 12-week-old puppy named Daisy (not pictured – that’s Willow) has successfully had emergency surgery in Derby after eating what?

8.GCSE SCIENCE CORNER: Which of these actions causes there to be a chemical reaction?

9.FIBONACCI NUMBERS: First described in Indian mathematics, and forming a sequence where each number is the sum of the two preceding ones, F₁₇ is 1597 and thankfully the last question in this series. But in 1597 Jacopo Peri and Jacopo Corsi wrote what is considered by many to be the first opera. Setting the story of a Greek myth to music, what was it called?

10.HAVE IT YOUR WAY: McDonald’s restaurants in Russia have begun reopening with a new logo and under the new name Vkusno & tochka, which (roughly) translates to what?

11.IN THE STARS: On June 16, 1963, before there was a McDonald’s in Moscow, the Soviet Union sent Valentina Tereshkova into space. She was the first woman that we know of to go into orbit. What was the name of her spaceship?

12.JOKER FACE: Lady Gaga is going to be starring in the sequel to the miserabilist multi-award-winning Joker movie. Who will she be playing?

13.PHILATELY SPEAKING: Which rock star’s childhood stamp collection will be going on display at the Postal Museum in London in July?

14.NICOTINA: That’s a 1982 song by Sparks, but that’s not important right now. It has been recommended that the smoking age in England should rise by a year, each and every year, to extinguish the habit. Which other country has previously announced this policy?

15.ALLONS-Y: The website Wikivoyage lists 23 locations visited by the fictional Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days, none of them by hot air balloon. No. 20 is New York, New York, US. So good they named it twice. But what was it originally called?

16.BONUS CORRECTION QUESTION: Which of these cities is not mentioned in the massive smash hit Pop Muzik by Robin Scott’s M?

  • 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 that’s it

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