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September 14, 2017
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Which country’s Presidents and military rulers have included Yakubu Gowon, Sani Abacha and Goodluck Jonathan?
 
1. George VI was the last emperor of India, reigning until 1947, when he gave up that title in favour of two new titles for his new dominions, becoming King of India and King of Pakistan. Who was the last Emperor of Pakistan?

2. He was the first person to figure out a way — actually a couple of ways — to isolate oxygen. He  dubbed the mystery element “fire air” because he noticed that it produced sparks when it came into contact with charcoal dust. Which pharmacist are we talking about?

3. Meanings of what four-letter word include: a tidal wave of unusual height; the diameter of a tube or cylinder; a deep, vertical hole dug, for example, to obtain water; and, in the words of Ambrose Bierce, “a person who talks when you wish him to listen”?

4. Which country’s Presidents and military rulers have included Yakubu Gowon, Sani Abacha and Goodluck Jonathan?

5. An arboreal snake of sub-Saharan Africa, Dendroaspis polylepis has what common name?

6. In which European city is the Mother Teresa Cathedral, located on the boulevard Bill Clinton? It is the capital of a country recognised by more than 110 of the UN’s 193 member states.

7. About what space bodies did the Canadian science writer David Levy describe as being, “Like cats: they have tails, and they do precisely what they want”?

8. Which Stock Exchange is the first to make crypto-currency a new investable asset. As part of efforts to avoid large money-laundering operations, though, only qualified investors will be allowed to trade?

9. Hurricane _____, the storm that ravaged southern Texas this week, will be the most expensive natural disaster in America’s history. Early estimates put the cost at $160bn.

10. At noon local time on September 3, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake registered  at  Punggye-ri testing site, according to the US Geological Survey. What caused it?

Answers

1. Queen Elizabeth II. Surprising as it may seem today, Elizabeth II, the reigning queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth nations, was the Queen of Pakistan for four years. Yes, the world’s first “Islamic Republic” was ruled by English heads of state for nine years: Elizabeth and her father, George VI. Elizabeth’s reign over Pakistan ended 60 years ago, when, on March 23, 1956, Pakistan became a republic

2. Carl Scheele

3.
Bore

4. Nigeria

5. Black Mamba. The black mamba is a venomous snake endemic to parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Skin colour varies from grey to dark brown

6. Pristina (Kosovo). The city has a majority Albanian population, alongside other smaller communities. With a population of about 500,000, Pristina is the second-largest Albanian city in the world

7.
Comets

8. Moscow

9.
Harvey

10. That indicated that Pyongyang detonated a hydrogen bomb with a 100-kiloton yield, according to experts, which would make the device around seven times stronger than the bomb America dropped on Hiroshima in 1945
 

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