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What is the largest country that doesn't share a land border with any other country?
Australia
What is something with a pH over seven called?
A base
What animal is very common in European heraldry, despite being extinct in
Europe for at least 1000 years?
Lion
What is the longest mountain chain on Earth, not counting underwater ranges?
Andes
Whose summer retreat is located at Castel Gandolfo, about 25 km southeast of Rome?
The Pope
In Russia he's Иван, in France he's Jean, in Italy he's Giovanni. What is he in Spain?
Juan
What famous novel invented the terms "thoughtcrime" and "doubleplusgood"?
Nineteen Eighty-Four
What word means to sail all the way around something, such as the world for example?
Circumnavigate
What does the © symbol mean?
Copyright
What is another name for the Strait of Gibraltar?
Pillars of Hercules
What movie's main character is named Michael J. Dundee?
Crocodile Dundee
According to Guinness, what is the best-selling book of all time?
The Bible
In 1400, who became the first poet to be buried in Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey?
Geoffrey Chaucer
What do the stars on the U.S. flag represent?
The 50 States
What country's largest ethnic group are known as Magyars?
Hungary
What term from the Soviet era means "fellow citizen"?
Comrade
Put on your thinking cap ... What is Sudan's largest port on the Red Sea?
Port Sudan
Who was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic?
Amelia Earhart
What occurs twice each year, around 20 March and 23 September?
Equinox
What 1978 sequel was advertised with the tagline
"Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water..."?
Jaws 2
39 Comments
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Level 78
Jul 9, 2021
Please accept Tovarish for comrade
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Level ∞
Jul 9, 2021
Show-off :)
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Level 78
Jul 10, 2021
Just to show of a bit more, you should also accept Gospadin which is Russian for citizen. I learned Russian in Soviet times. The correct greeting to a policeman was Dobry Den Tovarish Militsionare (good day Comrade Policeman). To which the correct response was Dobry Den Tovarish Gospadin (Good Day Comrade Citizen).
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Level 57
Jul 21, 2021
Technically no, as a native Russian speaker I can tell you that Gospadin is similar to gentleman, while Grashdanin is citizen, even today.
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Level 57
Jul 21, 2021
Though I don't exactly know if the term Gospadin (gentleman) would be used in the Soviet union, considering that it came from the term Gospod, God, Grashdanin is probably what you meant
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Level 94
Jul 9, 2021
Never heard of 'a base' before - only knew it as acid or alkali (acidic or alkaline) from school. Googled it and it is showing as base (basic) too, so obviously correct, just personally not come across the term so presume it is predominantly used in America
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Level 76
Jul 9, 2021
An acid would be something with a pH LESS than 7.
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Level 79
Jul 10, 2021
alkaline really has to be accepted
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Level 66
Feb 15, 2024
The original comment is saying that the scale ranges from Acid to Alkali which is correct. Nobody thinks Acid and Alkali are interchangeable.
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Level 83
Jul 10, 2021
My understanding is that an alkali is a base which can form an aqueous solution. Since pH only applies to aqueous solutions, I think the correct answer should be alkali (with base being also accepted, of course).
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Level 68
Jul 10, 2021
Nah, I learn it as Acid and Base in Chemistry (UK).

Acid and Alkali is obviously more well known but the saying goes ‘all alkali are bases but not all bases are alkali’

It’s acids and bases.

Alkalis are just bases that dissolve in water

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Level ∞
Jul 10, 2021
Alkali will work now.
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Level 75
Jul 9, 2021
I never would've got that one if it hadn't told me to put my thinking cap on!
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Level 52
Jul 21, 2021
I was under the impression Port Sudan was a rather well known city (as far as Sudan goes), but quiz stats have proven me wrong.
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Level 75
Jul 21, 2021
I'm sure Port Sudan is very well known as far as Sudan goes, but how far is that?
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Level 81
Sep 29, 2021
Of course that threw me off and I tried "Cap Sudan" - can't win for trying :)
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Level 81
Apr 21, 2022
This is definitely my new favorite wrong answer
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Level 63
Aug 3, 2022
Tried 'Fezzan' because I remembered it was in the area and sounds like 'Fez on'
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Level 67
May 17, 2023
I tried variations of Port of Khartoum, then thought it might be French like Port Louis, so was trying to figure out how Port Rouge etc. might be spelled.

Now I know Khartoum is @400 miles inland, on the White Nile

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Level 83
Jul 10, 2021
Please add alkali or alkaline…as a Brit, never heard of base but alkali is regularly used here
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Level 68
Jul 10, 2021
Nothing to do with language.

Acids and bases is correct.

Alkalis are just soluble bases (ie they dissolve in water). So a substance over pH 7 is a base but not necessarily an Alkali…

It’s only an alkali if it’s a base (because it’s over pH 7) AND it’s soluble.

So for alkali to be correct, the question would have to ask what a soluble substance over pH of 7 is.

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Level 83
Jul 11, 2021
Words can have multiple meanings and nuances, and in the UK 'alkali' is extremely commonly used, even in education, to refer to what Americans usually call a 'base'.
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Level 71
Jul 8, 2022
As a Briton I am very familiar with the term "base", but I had not understood the restrictions on the term "alkali". We live and learn.
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Level 67
Jul 21, 2021
Nice quiz!
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Level 63
Jul 21, 2021
Oh, I didn't notice extinct *in Europe*, thought you meant really extinct. Considered typing "unicorn", but not many people know that there once really was a unicorn, although it was a rhinoceros and went extinct a lot earlier.
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Level 29
Jul 21, 2021
Comrade doesn't come from the Soviet era.

It's not even Russian, it comes from Spanish

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Level 66
Jul 21, 2021
Latin, technically, but it's also the generally accepted English translation of the Russian (of Turkic origin) word това́рищ which was widely used in the USSR (СССР, if you're feeling picky).
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Level 76
Jul 21, 2021
please allow just sudan, given it asks what port - maybe make the answer box ‘Port ______ ‘?
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Level 68
Feb 1, 2024
It couldn't be any easier...
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Level 66
Jul 21, 2021
I tried Port of Sudan. Disappointed
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Level 65
Jul 21, 2021
My first guess for Michael J Dundee was Threat Level Midnight
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Level 77
Feb 1, 2024
Nah, you're thinking of Agent Michael Scarn.
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Level 69
Jul 22, 2021
How the hell is Port Sudan the least guessed answer? It's so obvious looking at how the question is framed.
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Level 80
Jul 25, 2021
Honestly, I just typed "Sudan" and when that wasn't accepted I didn't bother typing out the whole thing. In most quizzes on here, I feel like that type of obvious shorthand is accepted. I imagine I'm not the only one. Some people probably tried "Port OF Sudan", etc and then just gave up and moved on.
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Level 75
Jan 30, 2024
Same, I just tried "Sudan" and moved on when it wasn't accepted.
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Level 67
Jul 22, 2021
For Juan, could you accept the Catalonian Joan?
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Level 65
Nov 2, 2023
Please accept товарищ for comrade
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Level 73
Feb 1, 2024
I tried so much "Circumnavigation", that's the word, Circumnavigate is the verb
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Level 66
Feb 1, 2024
A different perspective on Amelia: http://mileswmathis.com/amelia.pdf