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Once again we ask you to take on the ultimate Thursday challenge – assuming you consider 15 questions on general knowledge and topical trivia plus a few jokes to be the ultimate challenge. If not, well, why not do it anyway? It is just for fun and there are never any prizes, but let us know how you get on in the comments. There are bonus points for making the quiz master laugh but, be warned, extreme pedantry is frowned upon.

The Thursday quiz, No 12

1.GLOBAL NEWS: The Aboriginal flag turned how many years old this month?

2.ON THIS DAY: On 15 July 2006, Twitter was introduced to the world, condemning every journalist on the planet to frantically refreshing the app on their phone 24/7 in case they miss something. The first tweet was sent earlier that year by Jack Dorsey on 21 March. What did it say?

3.COMPARATIVELY SPEAKING: There was some football or something and then it turned out it wasn’t coming home after all but it made lots of news because of racism and the fact that some members of the UK government had argued before the tournament it was fine for fans to boo players for making a peaceful protest gesture against racism. But which of England’s unsuccessful penalty takers at Euro 2020 is the oldest?

4.TYRONE MINGS: Which Conservative MP tweeted to England’s Tyrone Mings he should stick to football and stay out of politics, just a few days after the same MP had posted images of England’s Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane and the slogan ‘football’s coming home’ emblazoned with the Conservative party logo?

5.SPANISH KINGS: Mary I was the daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. She compounded her Spanish roots by marrying which Spanish monarch?

6.ART: Talking of Spain, critics have been reappraising the Basque artist Agustín Ibarrola’s 1977 painting Guernica Gernikara, which went back on display in the last few days. It is an interpretation of one of the world’s most famous paintings made as part of a campaign to get Picasso’s masterpiece back to Guernica after its long exile where?

7.SPORT THAT IS NOT THE FOOTBALL: The Isle of Man’s Mark Cavendish has been ripping up the Tour de France, with the sprinter recording his 34th stage win and equalling the record set by which legendary cyclist?

8.GEOGRAPHY: Which of these is the tallest mountain in Northern Ireland?

9.MUSIC: It would have been the birthday of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis today. But which 80s solo pop singer did a glossy cover version of Love Will Tear Us Apart that was a hit in Germany and the Netherlands and featured on their UK No 1 album No Parlez?

10.FILM & TV: The prestige drama The Terror was about the grisly fate of the crews of the polar exploration ships HMS Terror and …

11.SCIENCE: Talking of the icy Arctic, which of these basic GCSE-esque phrases best describes what happens to water as it freezes?

12.IT’S GRIMSBY UP NORTH: Still on an icy theme, Grimsby’s iconic ice factory is going to be turned into what?

13.VIDEO GAMES: This week a sealed N64 game cartridge dating from 1996, described as one of fewer than five copies in such condition, sold for $1.5m at auction. Which game?

14.TRUE OR FALSE: Zsa Zsa Gábor’s ashes were buried in Budapest this week, five years after her death. They were flown there first class.

15.AND FINALLY: Did Richard Branson go “into space”?

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