Questions and answers from previous weeks of the Viewer Challenge.

Monday 7th December

Question:

"We must leave exactly on time - From now on, everything must function to perfection." Whose words were these, spoken to a station-master and quoted in 1939, part of the mythology that the trains always ran on time under Fascist dictatorships?

Answer:

MUSSOLINI

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Monday 2nd December

Question:

Which village near Vienna is the site of the hunting lodge where the Habsburg crown prince Rudolf and his paramour Mary Vetsera commited suicide in mysterious circumstances in 1889?

Answer:

MAYERLING

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Monday 25th November

Question:

What name is that of an Arian Christian Germanic people who maintained a North African kingdom in the 5th and 6th centuries and who, under their king Gaiseric, sacked Rome in 455?

Answer:

VANDAL

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Monday 7th October

Question:

In cytogenetics, what term describes the entire chromosomal complement of a cell which may be observed during mitotic metaphase?

Answer:

KARYOTYPE

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Monday 30th September

Question:

'In the darkening twilight I saw a lone star hover gem-like above the bay.' This was the last diary entry of which explorer, written on January 5th 1922 at Grytviken in South Georgia?

Answer:

ERNEST SHACKLETON

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Monday 23rd September

Question:

Sao Vincente, Boa Vista and Santiago are among the islands of which republic? It gained its independence from Portugal in 1975, has a population of around half a million, and is situated around 600 kilometres from the coast of West Africa.

Answer:

CAPE VERDE

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Monday 16th September

Question:

'The Strangest Man' by Graham Farmelo is a 2009 biography of which scientist, who applied Einstein's Theory of Relativity to quantum mechanics in order to describe the spin of an electron? In 1933 he shared the Nobel Prize for physics with Erwin Schrödinger?

Answer:

PAUL DIRAC 

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Monday 9th September

Question:

Often featuring in photographic illusions caused by forced perspective, which structure was begun in 1173 as the third and final structure of its city's cathedral complex? Designed to be 56 metres high, improvements to the foundations since 1990 have diminished its distinctive aberration.

Answer:

THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA

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