1. Which novel’s opening features the line, “… light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul”? (Bonus point for naming the author.)
Lolita. (Bonus point: Vladimir Nabokov.)
2. Which teams were this year’s minor premiers in the NRL and AFL?
NRL: Melbourne Storm; AFL: Sydney Swans.
3. What is the largest port of Israel?
4. Name the new governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.
5. Which artist’s new album, to be released this month, is titled Joanne
6. According to the Bible, how many years did Moses spend wandering the desert?
7. Participants in which sport practise matawari and teppo exercises?
8. What name was given to the mythical lost city of gold in the New World?
9. Which classical Greek philosopher was known as “the ugliest man in Athens”?
10. What is nitrous oxide commonly known as?
“Very quickly after we were attacked – it was obviously quite a serious situation – the Peshmerga called in an air strike and probably within a half an hour, 40 minutes, the jets were overhead.”
The short man from Longman describes being present during a firefight with Daesh in a town west of Mosul. He said he was there because he wanted to “see for myself”, which was also his excuse for looking at that magazine behind the bike sheds.
“I think I’m just very unlucky, to be honest.”
The Sydney tradesman, identified only by his first name, describes being bitten on the penis by a spider for the second time in five months. The veracity of the story, and what he was doing to the spiders, was not immediately clear.
“That makes me smart.”
The Republican presidential candidate defends the fact he pays no income tax. Because not funding schools is the secret to his penetrating intellect.
“We’ve got to start talking about the things that matter to individuals. Let me tell you: migration, culture … jobs, manufacturing – all of those things matter to people in Australia.”
The Liberal senator says the Coalition needs to win back voters from One Nation, and that “flamboyant rhetoric” will not do it.
“There are lunatics in this country who bizarrely advocate a 100 per cent renewable energy target, as if they want a real-life Hunger Games.”
The One Nation senator shows the kind of sober rhetoric Bernardi is presumably talking about. In this instance, regarding a power outage in a state he doesn’t represent.
“There was a spontaneity to him that you enjoyed and that’s why we loved being in Max’s company.”
The commentator remembers cricketer Max Walker, who died on Wednesday, aged 68.