Travel plans, J-Lo’s man and why now less is more – take the Thursday quiz | Life and style

Have you been enjoying the Olympics? Then why not go for gold yourself with the challenge of the Thursday quiz. A mix of general knowledge and topical trivia questions, all laced with a smattering of jokes, the ever-present Kate Bush, the odd irritating anagram, and a hidden Doctor Who Easter egg for you to find. It is just for fun, but let us know how you get on in the comments.

The Thursday quiz, No 14

1.CITIES: Which Scottish city boasts a statue of comic character Desperate Dan from the Dandy?

2.GLOBAL NEWS: After months of dispute, Pedro Castillo this week became the new president of which South American nation?

3.WHAT THE HELL IS IT THIS TIME: What The Hell Is It This Time is a song by Sparks that imagines a god busy with famine and war, being somewhat vexed every time someone prays to get in touch with Him/Her in the hope that Arsenal wins. But that’s not important right now. In which book of the Gospel does it say: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

4.THIS QUIZ AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR THE BOTH OF THEM: Talking of Sparks, the Edgar Wright-directed documentary The Sparks Brothers opens in cinemas in the UK this week. But which is the older Mael brother in Sparks? Russell, left, the singing one? Or Ron, right, the creepy moustache one on the keyboards who inexplicably looks like Kevin Rowland from Dexys Midnight Runners in this particular photo? Russell or Ron?

5.FLORIDA MAN SPECIAL: A Florida man startled beachgoers when he washed ashore inside a ludicrous hybrid bubble-running wheel device. Where did he tell the Flagler county sheriff’s office that he was headed for?

6.SPORT: The 第32回オリンピック競技大会 are well under way. That’s the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to me and you. But when did Tokyo last host the Olympics?

7.BROADCASTING WOES: South Korean broadcaster MBC apologised after using offensive images in fact-boxes to depict several countries during the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday. What picture did they use for Ukraine?

8.LITERATURE: While we are thinking about Japan, rendered in English, a Japanese haiku generally consists of three lines and how many syllables?

9.CELEBRITY GOSSIP: Jennifer Lopez keeps going viral on social media every time she is pictured with her current partner. Which superhero actor is he? Plot twist – it is anagram time…

10.MUSIC: Who had a hit in 2004 with the song Hounds of Love?

11.WHO SAID IT: Who once said “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself”?

12.ON THIS DAY: On 29 July 1986 Margaret Thatcher and François Mitterrand signed the agreement to build a tunnel under the Channel. But where did passenger services at the English end of “the Chunnel” originally terminate?

13.WHERE ON EARTH: Multidisciplinary artist Osman Yousefzada has unveiled his new installation Infinity Pattern 1, a giant vibrant pink work that covers an entire building. Where?

14.LESS IS MORE: What is it called when a manufacturer or retailer keeps the price of something the same, but reduces the quantity sold – eg instead of six Panini football stickers in a packet for 50p, you only get five Panini football stickers in a packet for 50p?

  • If you do think there has been an egregious error in one of the questions or answers, please feel free to email martin.belam@theguardian.com but remember, the quiz master’s word is always final and he hates your disturbing lack of faith.

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