Here are eight of the noodle-scratchers that the teams tackled at the Mind Over Matter Inter School Quiz. How many did you get right? (Scroll down for the answers – no peeking!)
1 Where would you find the thinnest skin on the human body?
2 Black, green, white are three of the four main varieties of this. The fourth gets is name from a Chinese word for “black dragon”. What are these varieties of?
3 Christchurch in New Zealand and A Coruna in Spain form one pair. Lianyungang in China and Junin in Argentina form a similar pair. Some other pairs are Palembang (Indonesia) – Neiva (Colombia) and Ulam Ude (Russia) – Puerto Natales (Chile). What term is used to describe these pairs of cities?
4 What sport involves a rikishi attempting to force another rikishi out of a dohyō or trying to touch the ground with anything other than the soles of the opponent’s feet?
5 From the Icelandic verb for “to gush”, what is the name of a spring characterised by intermittent discharge of water ejected turbulently and accompanied by steam?
6 What term of Italian origin (Venetian dialect) is typically used to describe events featuring races by rowed, sailed or powered boats?
7 Georges Lemaitre was responsible for proposing what theory related to the expansion of the universe that is also part of the name of an extremely popular US TV series?
8 Tyr, Odin, Thor and Frigg were Norse gods. How do we remember them today, along with the Sun, the Moon, and the Roman counterpart of the Titan Cronos?
4 Sumo wrestling
7 Big Bang Theory
8 Days of the week