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The Friday Quiz – 20th September

It’s that time of the week again, when the working week winds down and thoughts turn towards the weekend. And what better way to kick things off than with the Friday quiz? Puzzles, anagrams and the usual trivia teasers await…

Round 1 – Identical triplets

The answers to each half of these questions begin with the same first three letters (as in Herschel and herpetology):

  1. Cell organelle, named after an Italian physician, and involved in the processing and packaging of proteins; Element with atomic number 79.
  2. The biological order that owls belong to; The only element to be named after a place in the British Isles.
  3. The SI unit of electrical conductance, named after a German industrialist; The SI unit of radiation dosage, named after a Swedish physicist.

Round 2 – Organs of the body

Identify the organs (as they are found in the human body) from the description given:

  1. Found just below the diaphragm, in the right upper quadrant of the abdominal cavity. Its functions include glycogen storage, hormone production and detoxification.
  2. Located in the left upper quadrant of the abdominal cavity. Its primary function is filtering blood, and it can be removed without endangering life.
  3. Situated immediately below the nasal cavity and above the larynx. Generally divided into three sections, and has important roles to play in digestion, respiration and vocalisation.

Round 3 – The Picture Round

As usual, three charade-style picture clues to answers linked by a theme. This week, it’s things related in some way to meteorology:



Pete / Klearchos Kapoutsis / Deutsche Fotothek



Wikipedia / snowmanradio / PD




PD / KirinX / D Sharon Pruitt


Round 4 – ‘Effects’

  1. What is the name of the effect (often experienced as a vehicle approaches and then passes you) in which the frequency of waves increase or decrease as the source moves closer or further away from the observer?
  2. What is the name of the effect in which particles are deflected in a particular direction when viewed in a rotating reference frame (such as the Earth) – as seen in meteorology, when particles moving from areas of high pressure to areas of low pressure are deflected either left or right, depending on which hemisphere you are in?
  3. Providing the first experimental  evidence of the link between light and electromagnetism, which British scientist  was the discoverer, in 1845, of the effect that now bears his name?

Round 5 – Anagrams

This week’s anagrams are all types of cetacean:

  1. A Bulge
  2. Warlike hell
  3. Bellhops Tendon Commotion
  4. Scooter
  5. Opprobrious Hare

Good luck, have fun, and look out for the answers next week!


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