Trivia time: 20 questions on transport

It’s time to challenge friends or family with Expat Living’s Weekly Quiz. You can get together with a small group, have a glass of wine and try these out – or stick to Zoom, of course. This week, it’s trivia on transport: 20 questions on planes, trains, automobiles, and others methods of moving around! #1 Which city is home to the gondola?#2 “You can have it any colour you want, so long as it’s black!” said Henry Ford about which car that he launched in 1908?#3 Which two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle was used by the Romans?#4 “Flying Kangaroo” is the nickname of which airline?#5 Which Hollywood film features a DeLorean car as a time machine?#6 Name the cities where you can find these famous roads: Champs-Elysées, Orchard Road, Lombard Street, Abbey Road.#7 Which country are you in if you’re riding a shinkansen train?#8 What method of transportation is “shank’s pony”?#9 Which of these countries is the only one where you drive on the left side of the road: Austria, Saudi Arabia, Fiji, Mexico?#10 A sloop, a brig and a yawl are all propelled by what?#11 The first Space Shuttle had its name changed in 1976 from Constitution to Enterprise at the request of hundreds of thousands of fans of which TV show?#12 Volvo cars are from which country?#13 In 1783, the Montgolfier brothers successfully trialled a hot-air balloon flight in France using which three animals: rooster, sheep and duck; llama, piranha and iguana; fox, mouse and goat?#14 What word starting with “h” is another name for an air-cushion vehicle, or ACV?#15 The original Orient Express train service (the one from Agatha Christie’s famous story) ran between Venice and which other city, Istanbul, Athens or Prague?#16 Which popular vehicle in Asia takes its name from the sound of its engine?#17 The spy thriller The Hunt for Red October, starring Sean Connery, is about which type of transportation?#18 If I fly from LAX to LHR, and then all the way to BKK, which three cities have I visited?#19 The 1960s music group Gerry and the Pacemakers had a hit song about a ferry that crosses which river in England? #20 In Singapore, the metro system is called MRT. What do Hongkongers call their metro system? BONUSWho am I?(If you can answer correctly after the first clue, you get 10 points, but you lose a point for each additional clue you require to identify the person.)I was born in 1897, in the US state of Kansas. (10)My childhood nickname was “Meeley”. (9)I was considered a tomboy as a kid, riding wooden sleds over ramps and collecting worms, moths and toads. I also kept a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about successful women in male-oriented fields. (8)In my early 20s, I decided to take flying lessons. (7)Later in life, I would become known as a style icon, and produce my own fashion line; this wasn’t my biggest claim to fame, however. (6)I suffered as a young patient of the Spanish flu epidemic in 1918, and was hospitalised for a month as a result, suffering lifelong effects from the illness. (5)In 1937, I disappeared in a plane over the Pacific Ocean and was never seen again. (4)Ten years earlier, I had become the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. (3)My first name is Amelia. (2)I am Amelia who, starting with “E”? (1)All the answers (no cheating!)#1 Venice#2 Model T#3 Chariot#4 Qantas#5 Back to the Future#6 Champs-Elysées, Paris; Orchard Road, Singapore; Lombard Street, San Francisco; Abbey Road, London#7 Japan#8 Walking#9 Fiji#10 Wind#11 Star Trek#12 Sweden#13 Rooster, sheep and duck#14 Hovercraft#15 Istanbul#16 Tuk-tuk#17 Submarine#18 Los Angeles, London and Bangkok#19 Mersey#20 MTRBONUS: Amelia EarhartThis article first appeared in the July 2020 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!

Trivia time: 20 questions on art

It’s time to challenge friends or family with Expat Living’s Weekly Quiz. You can get together with a small group, have a glass of wine and try these out – or stick to Zoom, of course! This week, it’s 20 trivia questions on art and artists.  #1 Who painted the Mona Lisa?#2 The same artist, according to a popular rumour, spent 12 years just painting Mona Lisa’s lips. That’s not true, but how long did he take to do the whole painting, 48 days, four years or 18 years?#3 What do you call the Indonesian art of decorating cloth with wax and dye?#4 English artist Andy Brown stitched together a thousand used tea bags to create a portrait of which royal figure? #5 Match the cartoonists with their comic strip creations: Charles M Schulz, Gary Larson, Bill Watterson; The Far Side, Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts.#6 Michelangelo’s statue of David has a disproportionately large what: big toe, belly button or head?#7 What do you call the aesthetically-pleasing out-of-focus blurring of some areas of a photograph: rokeh, nokeh or bokeh? #8 Soup cans are synonymous with which artist?#9 What do you call the wooden board that an artist mixes and arranges paints on? (Half a mark for the word and another half for spelling it correctly)#10 The Kiss is a famous gold-toned painting by Austrian artist Gustav who?#11 Who was the lead male actor in The Thomas Crown Affair, a 1999 romantic thriller about a billionaire who steals a painting from a gallery?#12 Which type of paint dries more quickly, acrylic or oil?#13 Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso, better known as Pablo Picasso, was born in which century?#14 Name the anonymous British artist who, in 2017, hid a paper-shredder in a painting frame so that the painting would be shredded after selling at auction. (Hint: He has a one-word name starting with “B”.)#15 What is the word for the Japanese art of paper folding?#16 List the following three art movements or periods in chronological order: Pop Art, Realism, Baroque.#17 What’s the two-word name for a painting or drawing of a group of everyday objects placed together? #18 Match the city with the gallery: Uffizi, Rijksmuseum, Tate; Amsterdam, London, Florence.#19 What does Italian artist Maurizio Savini make sculptures out of: chewing gum, cow manure or chicken gizzards?#20 The four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles take their names from Renaissance painters. Name two of them. BONUSWho am I?(If you can answer correctly after the first clue, you get 10 points, but you lose a point for each additional clue you require to identify the person.)I was born in 1904 and died in 1989. (10)I believed that I was the reincarnation of my deceased older brother. (9)One of my earliest works is Landscape Near Figueras, which I did at age six, and which hangs in a museum today. (8)I was twice expelled from art school in Spain. (7)I went on to become a key figure in the Surrealist movement. (6)I designed the logo for the Spanish lollipop brand Chupa Chups. (5)I’m perhaps best known for a painting that features melted clocks. (4)I’m also known for my extravagantly long, thin moustache. (3)My first name is Salvador. (2)I am __________. (1) All the answers (no cheating!)#1 Leonardo da Vinci#2 Four years#3 Batik#4 Queen Elizabeth II#5 Charles M Schulz, Peanuts; Gary Larson, The Far Side; Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes#6 Head (it’s thought the artist did this to compensate for the fact that people would be viewing the statue from afar and from below)#7 Bokeh#8 Andy Warhol#9 Palette#10 Klimt#11 Pierce Brosnan#12 Acrylic#13 19th (25 October 1881)#14 Banksy#15 Origami#16 Baroque (1600-1750), Realism (1848-1900), Pop Art (1960s)#17 Still life#18 Uffizi, Florence; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Tate, London#19 Chewing gum#20 Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, RaphaelBONUS: Salvador DaliLooking for something to do? See our What’s On section.

Puzzle Pages, July 2020: All the Answers!

Here you’ll find the answers to our Puzzle Pages from Expat Living July 2020 issue. If you missed the puzzles or you’d like to make sure you get them in each issue from now, don’t forget to subscribe!Puzzle Page 1Q&A#1 Zero#2 10 points#3 Rice#4 2009#5 Messi 6, Ronaldo 5#6 New Zealand#7 Lowest (or least) common denominator#8 A frog#9 USA (it was invented in San Francisco)#10 AA MilneSUDOKU8 5 7  4 1 3  6 2 96 4 9  5 7 2  1 3 81 3 2  6 9 8  7 4 52 1 6  7 8 5  3 9 43 8 4  1 2 9  5 7 67 9 5  3 6 4  8 1 25 2 1  9 3 6  4 8 74 7 8  2 5 1  9 6 39 6 3  8 4 7  2 5 1WORDWHEELMain word: differentOther possible words:deer, dere, dire, dirt, dree, eire, erin, erne, fere, fern, fire,firn, free, fret, frit, ired, nerd, rede, reed, reef, reft, reif,rein, rend, rent, rete, ride, rife, riff, rift, rind, rite, tern,tier, tire, tree, tref, defer, deter, diner, drift, eider, ender,enter, fifer, finer, fired, freed, fried, inert, infer, inter, niter,nitre, refed, refit, rente, retie, terne, tired, treed, treen,trend, tried, trine, deffer, defier, defter, denier, dieter, differ,entire, fender, ferine, finder, friend, nereid, niffer, redfin,reedit, reffed, refind, refine, reined, rented, retied, retine,rident, riffed, rifted, tender, tiered, tinder, triene, trined,definer, refined, niffered, differentKENKEN3 2 5 1 41 5 4 2 35 3 1 4 22 4 3 5 14 1 2 3 5Puzzle Page 2ART & COLOURMatch the painting with the artist:American Gothic = Grant WoodThe Birth of Venus = Sandro BotticelliGuernica = Pablo PicassoThe Kiss = Gustav KlimtMona Lisa = Leonardo da VinciThe Starry Night = Vincent van GoghMissing vowels:RNG = orangeMGNT = magentaQ = aquaNDG = indigoPCH = peachMRN = maroonMSTRD = mustardVLT = violetZR = azureLV = oliveQUICKIESecret messages:VAD ERS = Space InvadersHIJKLMNO = Water (“H to O”)YOU JUST ME = Just between you and meARTIST & SONGSimon & Garfunkel, “Hello darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again” (“The Sound of Silence”)Miley Cyrus, “We clawed, we chained, our hearts in vain, we jumped, never asking why” (“Wrecking Ball”)Tones and I, “Dance for me, dance for me, dance for me, oh, oh, oh” (“Dance Monkey”)Sinéad O’Connor, “It’s been seven hours and 15 days, since you took your love away” (“Nothing Compares 2 U”)Village People, “Young man, there’s no need to feel down; I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground” (“YMCA”)Guns N’ Roses,  “She’s got a smile that it seems to me reminds me of childhood memories” (“Sweet Child O’ Mine”)MC Hammer, “My, my, my my music hits me so hard, makes me say, ‘Oh my Lord!’” (“U Can’t Touch This”)Drake, “You used to call me on my cell phone, late night when you need my love” (“Hotline Bling”)Aretha Franklin, “What you want, baby, I got it; what you need, do you know I got it?” (“Respect”)The Kinks, “I met her in a club down in old Soho, where you drink champagne and it tastes just like Coca Cola” (“Lola”)Liked this? Read on for more fun puzzles and trivia: Saying goodbye to a decade20 quirky facts about SingaporeThe great Travel Guide quiz

20 trivia questions on games

It’s time to challenge friends or family with Expat Living’s Weekly Quiz. You can get together with a small group, have a glass of wine and try these out – or stick to Zoom, of course! This week, it’s 20 trivia questions on games and puzzles (of the non-digital variety!). #1 If you’re pretty sure that Colonel Mustard did it in the Billiard Room with the candlestick, what game are you playing?#2 What colour is the Geography “wedge” or “piece of pie” in the classic version of Trivial Pursuit?#3 Controversial when first released in 1966 – it was described as “sex in a box” by one critic – which game features a large plastic mat with coloured circles on it?#4 In a deck of playing cards, which is the only King that doesn’t have a moustache? (He’s also the only one holding a sword up behind his head.)#5 The name of which tabletop game of physical skill and coordination is derived from the Swahili word meaning “to build”?#6 If I’m standing in front of a group of people and tugging on my earlobe, or folding and unfolding my hands like they’re a book, or placing a number of outstretched fingers on my forearm, what am I most likely doing?#7 The first jigsaw puzzle was created in the 18th century. Did it feature a picture of a castle, the map of the world or a horse?#8 The TV show Wheel of Fortune is based on which paper-and-pencil game where one player chooses a word and another tries to determine what the word is by guessing its letters?#9 What’s another name for the rook in chess?#10 What do you call the “reverse” version of Hide and Seek, where one person hides and the players all search for that person, joining them in the hiding spot when they find them until everyone has found the spot? #11 The current world record for the fastest solve of this 3D puzzle is 3.47 seconds, yet it reportedly took the inventor one month to solve for the first time in 1974. Which puzzle? #12 The name of which ancient board game, still played today, combines the word for a part of the body with the word for a type of ham?#13 In 2019, the makers of a famous game took to Twitter to clarify a rule. They said: “If someone puts down a +4 card, you must draw 4 and your turn is skipped. You can’t put down a +2 to make the next person draw 6. We know you’ve tried it.” Which game?#14 Which aquatic form of the game known as tag or tiggy takes its name from a 13th-century Italian trader and explorer?#15 Which game is played with a set of 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols, and features “melds”, “kongs, “pongs” and “chows”?#16 In 2017, a Tyrannosaurus Rex, a penguin and a rubber duck replaced the original thimble, wheelbarrow and boot as playing tokens in which game?#17 What’s the aim of the board game Operation, invented in 1965 and still played today? #18 Finish the name of this popular kids’ game played indoors or outdoors: The Floor is …#19 The fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons has featured in countless films and TV shows, from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial to which Netflix blockbuster whose fourth series is currently in production?#20 Which board game features plastic representations of four famished sub-Saharan ungulate mammals being telescopically leveraged to retrieve dispensed spheres? BONUSWhat am I?(If you can answer correctly after the first clue, you get 10 points, but you lose a point for each additional clue you require to identify the person.)I’m a game invented in 1938. (10)My creator was an American architect, Alfred Mosher Butts. (9)After a slow start on the market, I surged in popularity from 1952 when the president of department store Macy’s played me and placed a large order for his store. (8)I ran as a TV game show from 1984 to 1993. (7)I was inducted into America’s National Toy Hall of Fame in 2004. (6)I’m a point-scoring game, and one way to earn big points is by getting a “bingo” or a “bonus”, worth 50 points. (5)My name means “to scratch frantically”. (4)I feature racks, tiles and a bag that players reach into at different points during play. (3)The popular app Words with Friends is a variation of me. (2)I am S_____. (1)All the answers (no cheating!)#1 Clue (or Cluedo)#2 Blue#3 Twister#4 King of Hearts#5 Jenga#6 Playing Charades#7 Map of the world#8 Hangman#9 Castle#10 Sardines#11 Rubik’s Cube#12 Backgammon#13 Uno#14 Marco Polo#15 Mahjong#16 Monopoly#17 Players have to carefully remove plastic pieces from a patient’s body with tweezers, without getting buzzed#18 Lava#19 Stranger Things#20 Hungry Hungry HipposBONUS: Scrabble

Trivia time: 20 trivia questions on history!

It’s time to challenge friends or family with Expat Living’s Weekly Quiz. You can get together with a small group, have a glass of wine and try these out – or stick to Zoom, of course! This week, it’s 20 trivia questions on history. #1 How long did the 1896 war between Zanzibar and Great Britain last: 24 days; 11 months; or 38 minutes?#2 In which century did the Dodo become extinct?#3 When it launched in 1911, the Titanic was the largest manmade moving object on earth. How many funnels did it have?#4 How did Joan of Arc die?#5 What kitchen invention was awarded first place at the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893?#6 A ruler of which ancient civilisation is said to have had his slaves smeared with honey to keep the flies away from him? #7 What famous music festival was attended by 400,000 people in the US in 1969?#8 True or false: since the end of World War II, all British tanks have been equipped with tea-making facilities.#9 Place the following religions in correct order of their development, from first to last: Christianity, Buddhism, Islam.#10 In what year was the Berlin Wall torn down?#11 Which type of wireless technology takes its name from a Nordic king?#12 What famous city once had thoroughfares named Foul Lane, Stinking Lane and Bladder Street, which have since been renamed? #13 Where is Asia’s oldest university: India, Thailand or the Philippines?#14 An icon of the “Roaring Twenties” was a woman who wore shirt skirts, flaunted “respectable” behaviour and was referred to as a what?  #15 Which of the following dictators composed six operas: Kim Jong-Il, Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein?#16 What was the name of the Sherpa who became the first to summit Mount Everest along with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953?  #17 Which American President rescued 77 people in his first job as a lifeguard: John F Kennedy, Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan? #18 Which civilisation was the first to use paper money?#19 Only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World remains mostly intact today. Which one?#20 In 1923, jockey Frank Hayes won a 20-1 upset victory in a horse race in New York. What was unusual about his condition at the finish line?BONUS: Who am I?(If you can answer correctly after the first clue, you get 10 points, but you lose a point for each additional clue you require to identify the person.)I am a ruler from the ancient world. (10)My birth name was Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus, but that’s not how I’m known to history. (9)I held power from the age of 17 until my early death at age 30. (8)My mother is alleged to have killed my predecessor, allowing me to fill his spot. (7)I later had her killed, just to be safe. (6)I participated in sporting contests while in power, and was awarded first place in every event I entered, even the ones I lost. (5)I’m a Roman emperor. (4)I’m said to have “fiddled while Rome burned” (even though fiddles weren’t invented for another thousand years!) (3)I’m best known by my one-word, four-letter name. (2)I am N___. (1)All the answers (no cheating!)#1 38 minutes#2 17th century (the last widely accepted sighting was 1662)#3 Four#4 She was burnt at the stake (in 1431, at the age of 19)#5 The dishwasher#6 Ancient Egypt (Pharaoh Pepi II)#7 Woodstock (headline acts included Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Grateful Dead and The Who)#8 True#9 Buddhism, Christianity, Islam (around 2,500 years, 2,000 years and 1,400 years old respectively)#10 1989#11 Bluetooth. It’s named after King Harald (10th century), who was nicknamed “Bluetooth” probably on account of a dental issue. The Bluetooth logo combines the two Nordic runes of his initials. (Why name Bluetooth after Harald? Because he was said to be a great communicator who brought people together.)#12 London#13 The Philippines (the University of Santo Tomas, in Manila, was founded in 1611 by Spanish Roman Catholic priests)#14 Flapper (as opposed to a wowser)#15 Kim Jong-Il#16 Tenzing Norgay#17 Ronald Reagan#18 Chinese (in the 7th century)#19 The Great Pyramid of Giza#20 He was dead; Hayes died of a heart attack during the race but his body stayed in the saddleBONUS: NeroLooking for something to do? See our What’s On section.

Trivia time: 20 questions on the weather!

Welcome – are you loving Expat Living’s weekly quizzes? How about challenging a friend or family member? You can get together with them over Zoom, Houseparty or Google Hangouts. This week, it’s 20 trivia questions on the weather. #1 Which is colder, zero degrees Celsius or zero degrees Fahrenheit?#2 A snowflake has how many sides?#3 It mightn’t actually rain cats and dogs, but it can rain other smaller animals. What allegedly fell from the sky onto Bath, England, in an 1894 storm: jellyfish, snakes or mice?#4 Bill Murray plays a cynical TV weatherman in which 1993 fantasy comedy film?#5 The Beaufort Scale, which measures wind strength, includes five types of breeze: Fresh, Light, Strong, Gentle, Moderate. List them from weakest to strongest.#6 Is the average lightning bolt as wide as a strand of hair, a thumb or a baseball?#7 On 28 March 2007, around 9,000 people in North Dakota lay down on the ground and proceeded to set the Guinness World Record for what? (Hint: It had been snowing.)#8 Rain that evaporates before it hits the ground is known as black rain, empty rain or phantom rain?#9 Harvey, Ike and Katrina are all names of what?#10 In the famous old saying, does “Red sky at night” signify good or bad weather?#11 Match the song with the artist: “Sunshine of Your Love”, “Soak Up The Sun”, “Black Hole Sun”; Sheryl Crow, Soundgarden, Cream#12 What process of “weather modification” was used at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing in an effort to prevent a downpour of rain at the opening ceremony?#13 Which city has the highest average annual rainfall: Bangkok, London or Auckland?#14 A tornado that forms over the ocean is called a what, starting with “w”?#15 Which is more likely to bring fine and sunny weather, a low- or high-pressure system?#16 A children’s book and film is Cloudy with a Chance of … what?#17 Which of these is not the name of a wind: Mistral, Kalimpong, Fremantle Doctor, Sirocco?#18 Starting with “d”, what’s the nautical term for an area near the equator where a lack of any wind can cause ships to get stuck at sea?#19 What’s the highest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica: 12, 16 or 20 degrees Celsius?#20 What rained from the sky in the lyrics of a popular 1983 disco song by The Weather Girls?BONUSWhat am I?(If you can answer correctly on the first clue, you get 10 points, but you lose a point for each additional clue you require after that.)I’m a Hollywood movie released in 1996. (10)My executive producer was Steven Spielberg. (9)I grossed US$495 million worldwide, behind only Independence Day for the year. (8)My cast included Philip Seymour Hoffman, in one of his earlier film appearances. (7)My original tagline was going to be “It sucks!”, but it was changed because producers were worried reviewers would use the words for comedic effect. (6)My weather-related sound effects were created using altered recordings of animal growls and moans. (5)My lead roles were played by Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt. (4)I’m a disaster movie about deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma. (3)I have a one-word title beginning with the letter “T”. (2)I am T____. (1) All the answers (no cheating!)#1 Zero degrees Fahrenheit (it equals around minus 17 degrees Celsius)#2 Six#3 Jellyfish#4 Groundhog Day#5 Light, Gentle, Moderate, Fresh, Strong#6 Your thumb – around 2 to 3cm on average.#7 The most snow angels made simultaneously in one place#8 Phantom rain (also known as “virga”)#9 Destructive Atlantic hurricanes (Katrina hit in 2005, Ike in 2008 and Harvey in 2017)#10 Good weather (“Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight”)#11 “Sunshine of Your Love” by Cream; “Soak Up the Sun” by Sheryl Crow; “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden#12 Cloud seeding#13 Bangkok (its average of 1650mm is around a third higher than the other two)#14 Waterspout#15 High#16 Meatballs#17 Kalimpong (it’s a city in India)#18 Doldrums#19 20 degrees (20.75 degrees, to be precise, set in February this year)#20 Men (“It’s Raining Men”)BONUS: Twister

Trivia Questions – this time it’s on words!

4th June 2020 by Shamus Sillar 3 Min ReadWelcome – are you loving Expat Living’s weekly quizzes? How about challenging a friend or family member? You can get together with them over Zoom, Houseparty or Google Hangouts. This week, it’s 20 trivia questions on words. #1 Which letter of the alphabet is used most frequently in English? #2 What word (particularly relevant this year) comes from an old Italian term for the 40-day period that a ship used to be kept in isolation if it was thought to be carrying sick passengers? #3 What 11-letter word starts and ends with the letters “und”? (Hint: dig around and you might get it…)#4 If you say “meri kurisumasu” to someone, what are you wishing them, and in what language?#5 The dot over the letter “i” is officially known as a tittle, jittle or swittle?#6 What’s the only number in the English language that has the same number of letters in its written name as its value?#7 What English word is derived from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet?#8 What product did Jacques Nicot introduce for the first time into France in the 1500s?#9 What word can mean all of the following: to give a negative review of a movie; to search for gold; a cooking utensil? #10 What common three-letter word is the only definite article in the English language?#11 “Queueing” is a relatively common word, but what is its very uncommon feature?#12 In Cockney rhyming slang, what do the following phrases mean: “bag of fruit”, “trouble and strife”, “butcher’s hook”?#13 Triskaidekaphobia means having an irrational fear of which number?#14 A “couch potato” is someone who sits in front of the television for long periods of time. What does a “mouse potato” do? #15 What 10-letter word starting with “t” can you spell by just using the top row of a QWERTY typewriter?#16 Which of these words has the most definitions (over 400, in fact) listed in the dictionary: set, hand or fall?#17 Make a five-letter word using the letters ABCDEF and without repeating any letter.#18 What’s the technical word for having a rumbly tummy: borborygmus, brucellosis or bruxism?#19 Which animal appears as the very first word in many dictionaries?#20 On a similar theme, the word that often appears last in the dictionary is “zyzzyva”. Is it a type of insect, a breeze or a musical instrument?BONUSWhat am I?(If you can answer correctly on the first clue, you get 10 points, but you lose a point for each additional clue you require after that.)I’m a word of six letters. (10)I describe a common feeling. (9)While I’ve officially been in use since the 1950s, I was only added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2018. (8)I’m what is known as a portmanteau, or a combination of two existing words. (7)I’m the name of a 2019 book with the subtitle “5 Simple Steps to Balance Your Hormones and Restore Your Joy”. (6)A recent Snickers chocolate bar ad campaign played on the effect I can have on people. (5)I’m thought to be the result of a decrease in the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood, triggering an increase of cortisol and adrenaline. (4)I start with “h”. (3)My definition is “bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger”. (2)I am the word “h____”. (1)All the answers (no cheating!)#1 The letter “e” (for every appearance of “q” in English, “e” is said to appear 56 times)#2 Quarantine (“40” in Italian is “quaranta”)#3 Underground#4 “Merry Christmas”, in Japanese#5 Tittle#6 Four#7 Alphabet (alpha and beta)#8 Tobacco (the word “nicotine” is named after him)#9 Pan#10 The#11 It has five consecutive vowels#12 “Bag of fruit” is a suit; your “trouble and strife” is your wife; a “butcher’s hook” is to have a look at something#13 13#14 Sits in front of a computer for a long period of time#15 Typewriter#16 Set#17 Faced (we’ll also pay “decaf”, though we won’t drink the stuff…)#18 Borborygmus (brucellosis is a contagious infection and bruxism is teeth-grinding)#19 Aardvark#20 Insect (it’s a type of weevil) BONUS: HangryLooking for something to do? See our What’s On section!

Puzzle Pages, June 2020: All the Answers!

28th May 2020 by Shamus Sillar 2 Min ReadHere you’ll find the answers to our Puzzle Pages from the June 2020 issue. If you missed the puzzles or you’d like to make sure you get them in each issue from now, don’t forget to subscribe!Page 1Q&A#1 Roy Orbison#2 Venison#3 Sweden (its inventor was Alfred Nobel, who also started the Nobel Prize)#4 Little Women#5 Turkish lira#6 Harp#7 Horse#8 Obtuse#9 Indonesia#10 TearsSUDOKU9 6 5  1 2 4  7 3 83 4 8  9 5 7  1 6 22 7 1  6 8 3  4 9 54 8 6  3 7 1  2 5 95 9 7  2 4 8  3 1 61 3 2  5 6 9  8 7 46 2 4  7 1 5  9 8 37 5 9  8 3 2  6 4 18 1 3  4 9 6  5 2 7WORDWHEELMain word: workforceOther possible words:cero, core, corf, cork, crew, crow, fore, fork, froe, frow,kerf, kore, orfe, reck, rock, roof, rook, wore, work, coker,cooer, corer, cower, crook, crore, force, frock, frore,ocker, rower, wooer, wreck, cooker, corker, crower,forcer, forker, recook, recork, reroof,  rework, rocker,roofer, woofer, worker, crooker, coworkerKENKEN5 1 4 3 22 4 5 1 34 3 1 2 53 5 2 4 11 2 3 5 4Page 2LEARN THE LINGOMatch the English word with its language of origin Bagel = YiddishPoltergeist = GermanTaboo = TonganChutney = HindiKaraoke = JapaneseKetchup = ChineseMissing VowelsDRN = durianLTTC = lettucePPY = papayaPTT = potatoBN = bananaNN = onionP = peaCCNT = coconutGV = guavaSPRGS = asparagusQUICKIEWhat does the Y stand for in VIBGYOR?Yellow (Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red)ARTIST & SONGBeastie Boys, “You wake up late for school, man, you don’t wanna go”: “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)”Bob Dylan, “How many ears must one man have, before he can hear people cry?”: “Blowin’ in the Wind”The Spice Girls, “So tell me what you want, what you really, really want”: “Wannabe”Due Lipa “Aren’t you the guy who tried to hurt me with the word ‘goodbye’?”: “Don’t Start Now”Cyndi Lauper, “If you’re lost you can look and you will find me”: “Time After Time”Kate Bush, “Heathcliff, it’s me, I’m Cathy, I’ve come home”: “Wuthering Heights”AC/DC, “I was caught in the middle of a railroad track, I looked round and I knew there was no turning back”: “Thunderstruck”Carly Rae Jepsen, “Hey, I just met you and this is crazy, but here’s my number…”: “Call Me Mabye”PSY, “Naje-neun ttasaroun inkanjeo-gin yeoja”: “Gangnam Style”Bee Gees, “Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk I’m a woman’s man: no time to talk”: “Stayin’ Alive” Liked this? Read on for more fun puzzles and trivia: Saying goodbye to a decade20 quirky facts about SingaporeThe great Travel Guide quiz

Trivia – 20 Question’s on TV

Welcome to Trivia Thursday, Expat Living’s weekly quiz. How about challenging a friend or family member? You can get together with them over Zoom, Houseparty or Google Hangouts.  This week it’s 20 trivia questions on TV – we think you’ll really need to dig in to your memory bank for this one! #1 The first ever TV advertisement aired at the start of a US baseball game in 1941; was it for a watch, a car or a brand of coffee?#2 Which of her former boyfriends does Carrie Bradshaw end up with in the final episode of Sex and the City? #3 Who narrated Planet Earth and Blue Planet?#4 What’s the name of the crazy drummer from Dr Teeth and The Electric Mayhem, the fictional rock band in The Muppets?#5 There have been local versions of MasterChef filmed in dozens of countries, from Indonesia to Paraguay, but where did it all begin?#6 The term “wardrobe malfunction” was coined in 2014 by Justin Timberlake, as part of an apology for a live TV clothing mishap involving which singer? #7 Which television show from the 1970s is set in a mismanaged hotel in Torquay, England?#8 George Clooney first came to fame in which medical-themed TV series?#9 Who will play Queen Elizabeth II in the upcoming fourth series of The Crown?#10 Which fictional TV character might be found using a multifunctional tool known as a “sonic screwdriver” to do everything from opening doors to tracking alien life?#11 The great “videotape format war” of the late 1970s and early 1980s was fought between VHS and which other video device? #12 Name two of America’s four most popular TV soap operas.#13 Which member of the Beatles worked as a narrator on Thomas the Tank Engine?#14 Which renowned show had episodes featuring the catchphrases “low-talker”, “puffy shirt”, “big salad” and “shrinkage”?#15 Winona Ryder stars in which current sci-fi/horror series?#16 Which illicit drug is at the centre of the storyline of Breaking Bad?#17 Name the TV shows featuring these iconic characters: Tyrion Lannister; The Fonz; Ralph Wiggum #18 Who was filmed on live TV trying to evade American police in a “low-speed pursuit” in a white Ford Bronco in 1994?#19 During the 2017 Oscars presentation, La La Land was mistakenly announced as Best Picture. Which film, starting with M, had actually won the award?#20 Name one of the Teletubbies. BONUS(If you can answer correctly on the first clue, you get 10 points, but you lose a point for each additional clue you require after that.)What am I?I’m a TV series that aired from 2004 to 2010. (10)My pilot episode was directed by JJ Abrams, who recently directed two Star Wars films. (9)I was conceived as a multicultural show featuring a large international cast. (8)Most of my filming was done in Hawaii. (7)I’m often ranked as one of the greatest TV series of all time. (6)Actress Evangeline Lilly appeared in a leading role in 108 of my 121 episodes. (5)My first series includes the discovery of a mysterious “hatch” leading underground, and an enemy known as the “Smoke Monster”. (4)My storyline revolves around airplane passengers who end up stranded on a strange island. (3)I have a one-word title beginning with L. (2)I am ____. (1) All the answers (no cheating!)#1 Watch (a Bulova wristwatch)#2 Mr Big#3 Sir David Attenborough#4 Animal#5 The UK (it first aired there 30 years ago, in July 1990)#6 Janet Jackson#7 Fawlty Towers#8 ER#9 Olivia Coleman#10 Dr Who#11 Betamax (VHS won the war)#12 The Young and the Restless; Bold and the Beautiful; Days of our Lives; General Hospital#13 Ringo Starr#14 Seinfeld#15 Stranger Things #16 Crystal meth (or “blue” as it’s referred to in the show)#17 Game of Thrones; Happy Days; The Simpsons#18 OJ Simpson#19 Moonlight#20 Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa, PoBONUS: LostLooking for more? See our whats on section.

20 Quiz Questions on Geography

Welcome to Trivia Thursday, Expat Living’s weekly quiz! How about challenging a friend or family member? You can get together with them over Zoom, Houseparty or Google Hangouts. Every Thursday, we’ll put up a 20 new questions covering topics relating to pop culture, geography, history, language and more. This week, it’s a geography quiz! #1 Mount Vesuvius overlooks which city?#2 In which country can you find a geographical feature named Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu?#3 Busan is the second biggest city in which country?#4 Which is the only continent that straddles all four of the world’s hemispheres (Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western)?#5 Anagrams, Part 1: rearrange the letters of the following words to make the names of four countries – rain, chain, plane, moan#6 Which dog breed starting with the letter C is named after a state of Mexico?#7 What is the largest body of water, by volume, in the United Kingdom?#8 If you’re standing at the summit of Mount Kinabalu, what island are you on?#9 In geographical terms (rather than Johnny Cash terms), what is the Ring of Fire?#10 Which is the only American state with one syllable in its name?#11 What are the modern names of these former Asian countries: Siam, Ceylon, Kampuchea?#12 What is the second highest mountain in the world?#13 Australia is wider than the moon: true or false?#14 What is known as “The Eternal City”?#15 Which country spans the most time zones?#16 What’s the official language of Brazil?#17 Which African country has the largest population, Nigeria, Egypt or Ethiopia?#18 What is the largest island in the Caribbean Sea?#19 Anagrams, Part 2: rearrange the letters of the following words to make the names of four countries – moon race, lizard newts, a comedian, rent again#20 What’s the capital city of Canada?BONUS(If you can answer correctly on the first clue, you get 10 points, but you lose a point for each additional clue you require after that.)What am I?I’m a country in Asia, roughly the same size as Taiwan. (10)I am a constitutional monarchy, with a king as my head of state. (9)I share borders with the two most populous countries in the world, China and India. (8)My own population is relatively small – over 160 countries have more people. (7)I have a dragon on my flag. (6)My national dish is a combination of chilli peppers and cheese. (5)My capital city is Thimphu. (4)My most famous tourist attraction is a cliffside monastery known as “Tiger’s Nest”. (3)I start with the letter B. (2)I am _____. (1) All the answers (no cheating!)#1 Naples, Italy#2 New Zealand (it’s the name of a small hill in the Hawke’s Bay region)#3 South Korea#4 Africa#5 Iran, China, Nepal, Oman#6 Chihuahua#7 Loch Ness#8 Borneo#9 The zone around the edge of the Pacific Ocean (or the Pacific Rim) that is particularly prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions#10 Maine#11 Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia#12 K2#13 True (Australia is approximately 4,000km from east to west; the diameter of the moon is closer to 3,500km)#14 Rome#15 Russia (11 time zones; when it’s 8pm in Kaliningrad in the west, it’s already 6am the next day in Provideniya in the east)#16 Portuguese#17 Nigeria (around 200 million, which is 90 million more than the second largest, Ethiopia)#18 Cuba#19 Cameroon, Switzerland, Macedonia, Argentina#20 OttawaBONUS: BhutanSee more weekly quiz questions in our Things to Do section!