1. Salvator Mundi
, which sold last month for a record-breaking $US450.3 million, was a painting by which renowned artist?
2. With which sport would you associate the snatch and the clean and jerk?
3. To what was Franklin D. Roosevelt referring when he spoke of “a date which will live in infamy”?
The bombing of Pearl Harbour.
4. Who plays P. T. Barnum in the upcoming film The Greatest Showman
5. New Zealand has had how many female prime ministers? (Bonus points for naming them.)
Three. (Bonus points: Jenny Shipley, Helen Clark and Jacinda Ardern.)
6. What is the most populous city in South America?
7. Michael Balzary, bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is better known by what name?
8. What do people with cynophobia fear?
9. In Star Trek
, what name starting with ‘K’ is given to an extraterrestrial humanoid warrior species?
10. What is the cube root of 125?
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The Labor senator resigns as deputy whip after a tape emerged showing he misrepresented his misrepresenting of party policy regarding the South China Sea. In his memory of the conversation, he came across as more of a spiv.
“Sometimes as a minister you slap your forehead and say to yourself ‘What were these guys thinking?’ ”
The minister for communications criticises Triple J for moving its Hottest 100 broadcast from a date that marks the dispossession of Australia’s First Peoples. His criticism is misplaced, but the sentence does neatly describe cabinet process.
“In recent days, we have seen too many senators once again prioritise politics over people.”
The head of the Australian Christian Lobby condemns the parliament for voting with the will of the people on marriage equality. It’s looking increasingly likely that he actually doesn’t understand how democracy works.
“It means these young people have the autonomy they deserve.”
The principal solicitor at the Inner City Legal Centre celebrates a decision that means transgender teenagers will no longer have to appeal to the Family Court to begin hormone treatments. There is no joke for this item: it is a win for human expression.
“He was a horrible, horrible man.”
The media executive excoriates Don Burke after multiple claims of sexual harassment were published. A better time to do that might have been when he was running the network Burke was on and the women alleging abuse were his employees.
“Government’s policy remains the same until it’s changed.”
The prime minister announces a banking royal commission. His government has previously claimed such an inquiry would undermine confidence in the banking system and annoy his friends and donors.