Astley’s band, Lloyd Webber’s stand and a very creepy castle – take the Thursday quiz

Once again it is time to take the challenge of the Guardian’s rather silly Thursday quiz. Fifteen questions on general knowledge and topical trivia plus a few jokes, and some regular features. Can you spot the hidden Doctor Who reference? Will Kate Bush ever be the correct answer? And what will be the most annoying thing this week – the Pokémon question? Or that picture of Ron from Sparks inevitably appearing again? It is just for fun, there are no prizes, but there are bonus points to be had for making the quiz master laugh with your comments. Let us know how you get on …

The Thursday quiz, No 25

1.UK NEWS: A longlist of eight areas has been announced to be the 2025 UK city of culture. But which is the current UK city of culture?

2.WORLD NEWS: Last week Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Maria Ressa. But where is she from?

3.ON THIS DAY: 14 October is the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Harold arrived for the battle in the immediate aftermath of having fought the Battle of Stamford Bridge. Against whom?

4.SCIENCE CORNER: Kraftwerk famously sang that it causes chain reaction and mutation, but talking about radioactivity, which of these radioactive particles has the highest ionising power?

5.COMPARATIVELY SPEAKING: Sonic The Hedgehog was the subject of a truly terrifyingly bad movie adaptation recently. But which of these Sega consoles was the first to be released in Japan during the 1990s?

6.WORRYING POKEMON DESCRIPTIONS: Back by popular demand. Not every Pokémon is as cute as Pikachu. Which Pokémon has this worrying official description: “Born from a sand mound playfully built by a child, this Pokémon embodies the grudges of the departed. It takes control of anyone who puts a hand in its mouth and so it adds to the accumulation of its sand-mound body. If you build sand mounds when you’re playing, destroy them before you go home, or they may get possessed.”

7.CASTLES: Notwithstanding killer ghost Pokémon sandcastles, castles are basically great, and there are still the remains of over 600 of them in Wales. But which Welsh castle is described by the Cadw website – they are the historic environment service of the Welsh Government – as “the largest castle in Wales”?

8.SPORT: At the weekend France (pictured) won the second edition of the men’s football Uefa Nations League. But who were the first champions in 2019?

9.ENSEMBLE CAST: Which 1970s US detective drama featured these actors as the regular supporting cast? Noah Beery Jr, Joe Santos and Gretchen Corbett

10.NOTHING TRAVELS FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIGHT: That’s a recent song by Sparks where they argue that what scientists are telling you is clearly wrong. But that’s not important right now. What IS the speed of light in a vacuum?

11.MUSIC: “I can get a train, I don’t need no hamburgers. No take-away, I want my own game. No bacon steak, no strawberry milkshake, I wanna keep it.” These lyrics featured in a 1982 UK hit single by which of these artists?

12.WELL I WONDER: At the weekend 80s star Rick Astley performed two sold-out shows singing the songs of the Smiths backed by which modern indie band?

13.TRUE OR FALSE: The oldest known surviving moving film in existence was filmed in Roundhay, Leeds?

14.TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED: This week Prince Charles said that he has converted his Aston Martin to run partially on what?

15.AND FINALLY: Andrew Lloyd Webber says he hated the recent film adaption of Cats so much that he did what?

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