UPDATED: A bit of weather in this week’s Ken Behrens Quiz

Jeremy Jones 12 November 2021
Captain Cook Memorial Jet

The Captain Cook Memorial Fountain. Is it taller than Telstra Tower? Photo: File.

From Canberrans on the world stage to the domestic scene, this Ken Behrens Quiz ranges from general knowledge to local wisdom. Are you the office champion, or maybe a niche knowledge specialist? Let us know in the comments how you went – warning, we have now updated this article with the answers at the bottom.

  1. What do the words Bandit, Critic, Dauntless, Dwindle, and Elbow (as a verb) have in common?
  2. Who officially gave Canberra its name during a ceremony on Capital Hill at midday on 12 March 1913?
  3. Who is the only other person mentioned by name in the Beatles’ song “Eleanor Rigby”?
  4. Which Canberran (we can claim him!) hosted Think Tank and Good News Week?
  5. Which word comes from a combination of the Greek words for ‘sharp’ and ‘blunt’?
  6. Which three states don’t observe Daylight Saving Time?
  7. Which is taller? The Captain Cook Memorial Fountain or Telstra Tower.
  8. While Canberra has been the capital, has it snowed in Canberra for Christmas?
  9. Which spirit is flavoured by juniper berries?
  10. What is the tallest mountain in the ACT?
  11. What ingredient is the difference between Eggs Benedict and Eggs Florentine?
  12. On an ACT fire danger rating meter sign, what colour is the ‘Extreme’ segment?

    Two young boys go tobogganing at Crookwell

    Has Canberra ever had a white Christmas? Photo: File.

  13. The hallux is the clinical name for which body part?
  14. What is 1111 squared?
  15. Bert Newton sadly passed away. Which number is higher: the number of Gold Logie Awards won by Bert Newton or the number of Logie Award ceremonies hosted by him?
  16. Which Pacific island nation recorded its first-ever COVID case last week? Tonga, Fiji, or Thailand.
  17. The greeting “Kia Ora” comes from which language?

    two people hold products

    Marcus Dawe and Sophia Hamblin Wang took out the global pitch competition at what event? Photo: MCi.

  18. Canberrans Marcus Dawe and Sophia Hamblin Wang won a Dragon’s Den-style pitching contest at which major event last week?
  19. The new James Bond film is in cinemas. How many different Bond actors have there been?
  20. Where in Canberra is Phar Lap’s heart?

ANSWERS: Don’t peek before you’ve taken the quiz!

  1. Invented by Shakespeare
  2. Lady Denman
  3. Father McKenzie
  4. Paul McDermott
  5. Oxymoron
  6. WA, NT, QLD
  7. Telstra Tower
  8. Yes, 1968, 1984, 1987
  9. Gin
  10. Bimbri Peak
  11. Spinach
  12. Red
  13. Big Toe
  14. 1234321
  15. Logies hosted
  16. Tonga
  17. Maori
  18. 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference
  19. Seven
  20. The National Museum of Australia

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