1. What is the name for both a type of stringed musical instrument and a kitchen utensil used for slicing vegetables?
2. “Mrs Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me” is a line from which 1960s film? (Bonus points for naming the actor who delivered the line and the actress he said it to.)
The Graduate. (Bonus points: Dustin Hoffman; Anne Bancroft.)
3. The acronym EBITDA stands for earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and…?
4. Name Russia’s prime minister.
5. In Greek mythology, a minotaur has the body of a man and the head of a …?
6. Lapins, merchants and vans are all varieties of which fruit?
7. The string section of an orchestra is normally arranged into how many subsections?
8. Which company is the major sponsor of the Australian Wallabies?
9. What is the name of the defensive fortification built in Roman Britain in AD122 just south of the border between England and Scotland?
10. Which BAFTA-winning American actress welcomed her first child, Rose, this month?
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The treasurer explains how Arthur Sinodinos, as the chairman of its finance committee, knew nothing of illegal donations being made to the Liberal Party.
“I look forward to getting back out there to attack that tree like I planned on doing. No tree is going to keep me down.”
The Shark is mauled by a chainsaw, but sustains only minor nerve damage. He was cutting down a tree.
“It’s a humanitarian mission with military elements.”
The attorney-general explains that Australia is not at war. They are peace bombs.
“The regulation of medicines is a thicket of complexity, bureaucracy and corporate and institutional self-interest.”
In a letter to Alan Jones, the prime minister voices his support for the medical use of marijuana.
“I don’t run the NSA any more than I run any other foreign intelligence agency or any other country.”
The New Zealand prime minister accepts that Edward Snowden may have been correct when he said the country’s metadata was being harvested by America.
“The operations’ successes speak for themselves.”
The minister for boats confirms that 12 asylum seeker vessels have been turned back at sea, letting the on-water matters we cannot know about talk for themselves.