Moon landings, light-minutes and Duran Duran’s three Taylors – take the Thursday quiz | Life and style

The quiz master is away, so once again the Thursday quiz is pre-written by him on an obtuse and capricious theme – this week: song titles by Duran Duran. Fifteen questions on general knowledge, all of them tenuously tied to a song by one of the greatest British pop acts of the 1980s and beyond. Make Simon and company happy by letting us know how well you got on in the comments. They’ve got a new single out and everything.

The Thursday quiz, No 124

  1. 1.HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF: Hungry Like the Wolf was one of Duran Duran’s earliest hits, but what is the Latin name for a grey wolf?

  2. 2.UNION OF THE SNAKE: The Thursday quiz is still saddened by the death of Sinéad O’Connor. What was her debut album called?

    A snake

  3. 3.NOTORIOUS: In what year was The Notorious B.I.G. killed?

    Biggie Smalls

  4. 4.THE CHAUFFEUR: Lewis Hamilton shares the record for the most F1 world titles. Who does he share the record with?

    Lewis Hamilton

  5. 5.NEW MOON ON MONDAY: Where did Apollo 11 land on the moon?

    The moon

  6. 6.ORDINARY WORLD: The standard atmosphere is a unit of pressure defined as 101,325 what …?

    The earth

  7. 7.PLANET EARTH: The astronomical unit (au) is defined as roughly the mean distance of the Earth from the sun. Since 2012 it has been fixed as how many light-minutes?

    Luke Jerram's Gaia artwork

  8. 8.GIRLS ON FILM: Who won best actress earlier this year at the Oscars?

    An Oscar

  9. 9.CARELESS MEMORIES: When did the House of Congress adopt two articles of impeachment against Bill Clinton while he was in office as the 42nd president of the United States?

    Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton

  10. 10.A VIEW TO A KILL: Duran Duran provided the theme tune to the 1985 James Bond movie A View to a Kill, the last to feature Roger Moore in the role. How many James Bond movies did Moore star in?

    Roger Moore

  11. 11.IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW?: The song with the immortal line “Don’t say you’re easy on me, you’re about as easy as a nuclear war”. “Little Boy” was the name of the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima. What was the name of the one dropped by the US on Nagasaki?

    Atomic bomb

  12. 12.SAVE A PRAYER: Everybody knows that Saint Peter is credited as being the first Bishop of Rome, starting the line of popes. But who succeeded him, and is generally recognised by the Catholic church as the second pope?

    Martin Belam outside the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican

  13. 13.RIO: What is the name of the male Spix’s macaw played by Jesse Eisenberg in the 2011 Disney animated movie Rio?

    Christ the Redeemer in Rio

  14. 14.ELECTRIC BARBARELLA: Duran Duran got their name from the character Durand-Durand in the movie Barbarella. Who played him in that 1968 film?

    John Taylor

  15. 15.WILD BOYS: And finally, a question about the band. Which of the three Duran Duran boys had the surname Taylor?

    Duran Duran

If you really do think there has been an egregious error in one of the questions or answers, feel free to email [email protected], but remember the quiz master’s word is final and he is on holiday in cool places.

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