Our March ‘Not In The Ballroom Quiz’ with questions on science and nature produced some very high scores. Well done to all who got more than fifteen out of twenty.
Quizmistress Helen Fellows has declared the winner to be Edwina McConville, (not for the first time), with a great score of 19 . She failed to get question number three.
So here are the answers:
1. What does the Beaufort Scale measure? Wind speed or force
2. What is the largest internal organ in the human body? The liver
3. What is the most abundant gas in the Earth’s atmosphere? Nitrogen
4. Which are the only birds known to be capable of flying backwards? Hummingbirds
5. Approximately what percentage of the Earth’s surface is covered by water: 61%, 71% or 81%? 71%
6. Which chemical element is sometimes also known as quicksilver? Mercury
7. Where is the smallest bone in the human body located? The Ear
8. The adjective ‘porcine’ refers to which animal? Pig
9. In the periodic table, what’s the symbol for iron? Fe
10. What type of animal eats both animals and plants? Omnivore
11. Which English scientist is credited as having invented the World Wide Web in 1989? Tim Berners-Lee
12. What is studied by a lepidopterist? Butterflies
13. Which planet in our solar system has the most moons? Saturn. (Unlucky if you said Jupiter. Quite recently 20 more moons were found orbiting Saturn and it overtook Jupiter in the moon-count with 82 moons).
14. What is the primary function of red blood cells in the human body? Transport oxygen around the body
15. A leveret is the young of which animal? Hare
16. From which plants is the heart drug Digitalis obtained? Foxgloves
17. Dolly was the first ever living creature to be cloned. What type of animal was she? Sheep
18. Igneous rocks are generally associated with which natural phenomenon? Volcanoes
19. What is the tallest and thickest variety of grass? Bamboo
20. Which antibiotic was the first to be discovered? Penicillin
Well done, Edwina. Watch out for the April Quiz from Unlocking Warwick. It will appear on the website on All Fool’s Day.