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Junior Mastermind: How many of last night’s questions can you answer?

The big black chair is waiting…

The finalists. These children are all probably cleverer than you.
The finalists. These children are all probably cleverer than you.
Image: TV3

TAKE A SEAT in the black chair over there. Are you sitting comfortably? Do you mind if we shine this light in your face?

Just relax. This is merely a test to find whether you’re smarter than an 11-year-old.

These are the questions from the fifth episode of TV3′s Junior Mastermind, which aired last night.

Answers are linked in a separate post (see below). Good luck!

Take the test:

  1. Which pop group did the singer Robbie Williams leave in July 1995, but then rejoin in September 2009?
  2. Which Fox network cartoon features amongst its characters Patty, Krusty and Barney?
  3. The capital of the largest island in the Caribbean is Havana. What is the island’s name?
  4. What is the name of Ireland’s official rugby anthem, which was written by Phil Coulter?
  5. Which planet is known as “The Red Planet”?
  6. A Beanie, a fez and a Panama are all varieties of which type of clothing?
  7. The ‘Niña’, ‘Pinta’, and ‘Santa María’ were ships associated with which fifteenth century explorer?
  8. According to the proverb, what does a rolling stone not gather?
  9. Michael Cusack and Maurice Davin are credited with being two of the founders of which sporting organization?
  10. Which presidential candidate of 2011 also represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest, which she won in 1970?
  11. Alcatraz, formerly a notorious prison, is an island in the bay of which American city?
  12. Lough Erne, both Upper and Lower, are located in which county in Ulster?
  13. Which African-American Civil Rights leader, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, was assassinated in April 1968?
  14. Which Italian city is famous for its canals?
  15. Mandarin and Seville are both varieties of which fruit?
  16. Which character in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland muttered “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late”?
  17. Crawl, backstroke and butterfly are different styles in which sport?
  18. Which fairytale character chooses the possessions of the smallest of three bears - for being neither too large nor too small for her, but ‘just right’?
  19. Air Force One is a plane used by the holder of which political office?
  20. How many sides does a hexagon have?
  21. What is the name of the line of latitude that runs around the world, dividing the earth into Northern and Southern hemispheres?
  22. The Strait of Gibraltar connects which sea to the Atlantic Ocean?
  23. ‘You’re Fired’ is a catchphrase used in which reality television show?
  24. The musicians Sharon Shannon and Mundy had a hit song in 2008, which mentioned an Irish county in the title. Name the song.
  25. What overall term is given to the people who fought each other and animals as entertainment in Ancient Rome?
  26. The Knockmealdown Mountains stretch into two counties; one is Tipperary, what is the other?
  27. What body part, used in the digestion process of food, has a crown, neck and root?
  28. What is the name of the atmospheric layer that absorbs the majority of the UV radiation from the sun that reaches Earth?
  29. Excluding substitutes, how many players are there on a rugby union team?
  30. What is the only mammal capable of true flight?
  31. In a 1956 book written by Dodie Smith, which breed of dogs were menaced by Cruella De Vil?
  32. Anfield is the historic home ground of which English Premiership Soccer team?
  33. Which child performer played the title role in the long-running Disney television series ‘Hannah Montana’?
  34. In November 2011 in an agreement with Chinese conservationists, two animals were transported to Edinburgh Zoo . What species are they?
  35. ‘Artemis Fowl’ is a series of books written by which Irish author?
  36. According to Census 2011, English is the most spoken language in Ireland. What is the second most spoken language?
  37. Agoraphobia is a fear of what?
  38. Which country in Asia is divided into two parts, one is a one party state, and the other as a democracy?
  39. When someone is a difficult situation, they might say they are between a rock and what other area?
  40. What is the abbreviated name given to a particular piece of software, designed to run specifically on a smartphone or tablet computer?
  41. What is the capital of Sweden?
  42. Which member of the traditional Irish music group, ‘The Dubliners’ died in April 2012?
  43. What is the primary function of internet sites such as Google, Yahoo and Bing?
  44. In astronomy, which planet is named after the Roman God of the sea?
  45. Venison is the meat of which animal?
  46. What is the name of the Australian curved stick that when thrown returns to its thrower?
  47. What colour of cycling jersey is worn by the race leader in the Tour de France?
  48. For what do the initials of the Irish institution NAMA stand?
  49. Which singer, who died in June 2009, had three children known as Prince, Paris and Blanket?
  50. In the nursery rhyme, what kind of soul was ‘Old King Cole’?
  51. What substance that is essential to life has the scientific formula H2O?
  52. What term in Tenpin Bowling describes having knocked all the pins after a player’s second bowl?
  53. Feline is a description of what kind of animal?
  54. What Swedish chemist, born in 1883, invented dynamite and later used his vast fortune to fund the Prizes which bear his name?
  55. Which Scottish loch, some twenty three miles long, is said to contain a mysterious aquatic monster?
  56. What is the largest ocean in the world?
  57. What is the term for when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, partially or fully blocking out the sun?
  58. The writer of the book ‘Mein Kampf’, meaning ‘My Struggle’ was, in 1938, voted ‘Time magazine Person of the Year’? Who was he?
  59. The oldest university in Ireland, was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth the First. What is its name?
  60. The Aurora Australis is the Latin name for which celestial phenomenon?

Want the answers? Here they are>

More: Junior Mastermind episode 4 – How many questions can you answer?>

Five youngsters will be competing in the Grand Final next week:

Eoin Finnerty, 11, Co Down (specialist subject: The Tenth Dr Who)
Daniel Walsh, 11, Waterford (specialist subject: Percy Jackson: The Teenage Hero)
Oliver Juchnevicius, 11, Dublin 13 (specialist subject: The Rise and Fall of Concorde)
Callum Farrell, 10, Dublin 5 (specialist subject: The History of the Phoenix Park)
Jack Meenan, 11, Donegal (specialist subject: TinTin the Great Adventurer)

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