1. Mary Westmacott was a pen name of which 20th-century British crime writer?
2. The martial art kendo originated in which country?
3. True or false: tamarin is a type of subtropical fruit?
False (it’s a type of monkey).
4. Who captains New Zealand’s All Blacks rugby team?
5. Where on a horse is the fetlock?
6. What is the horticultural practice of training a tree or shrub to grow flat against a lattice wall?
7. Which condition affecting bone development in children is caused by a deficiency of vitamin D, calcium or phosphate?
8. What was the first name of Italian Fascist prime minister Mussolini?
9. Laser is a acronym of “light amplification by stimulated …” (Bonus point for naming which decade of the 20th century the laser was first patented.)
“Emission of radiation”. (Bonus point: 1960s.)
10. Ganesh is a Hindu deity with the head of which animal?
“In what felt like a Groundhog Day moment yet again in the early hours of Tuesday I spoke with Mark Scott about another unedifying incident at Q&A.”
The communications minister complains of his interactions with the ABC. Another tactic might be to not get unnecessarily involved in petty programming errors.
“To the naked eye the reef looks fully as good as it did 50 years ago.”
The blinding 84-year-old remains chipper about the prospects for the Great Barrier Reef. The naked eye was less good for noticing phone hacking at his British tabloids.
“It’s important that people don’t hyperventilate.”
The prime minister advises that the best way of dealing with sharemarket losses is by breathing into a paper bag. He also has a handy list of tips for curing hiccups.
“I am keenly aware my position was idiosyncratic.”
The former prime minister explains why she waited until she was no longer in a position to do something about same-sex marriage legislation to decide that she would like to see something done about same-sex marriage legislation.
“Documentary director Maya Newell, an old girl of Burwood Girls High, is a ‘gayby’ in as much as she says she has lesbian ‘mums’.”
The “columnist” deploys a series of sceptical quotation marks while attacking the children of same-sex parents. He makes an interesting “point” about the risk of teaching tolerance in schools.
“Fuck, cunt, poo, bum.”
The former Labor leader shares a list of the words he knows with the audience of the Melbourne Writers Festival. He forgot “wee”, though, which is why he never led the country.