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Let’s have an answer! Take our fiendish University Challenge quiz

Ahead of the grand final of the brain-squeezing series next Monday, test your mental mettle with 15 questions set by the show’s quizmasters

The opening scene of which of Shakespeare’s plays comprises just 61 words, the longest of those words being “lightning”, “hurlyburly” and “graymalkin”?

Macbeth

Twelfth Night

Timon of Athens

Comedy of Errors

What term for a type of particle accelerator also applies to a type of electromagnetic radiation generated by charged particles spiralling in magnetic fields?

Cyclotron

Gamma

Synchrotron

Collider

The works of which Italian artist, born in 1449, include St Jerome in His Study and the frescoes for the Sassetti chapel in Florence? His numerous apprentices included Michelangelo.

Fra Angelico

Domenico Ghirlandaio

Leonardo Da Vinci

Sandro Botticelli

For which film set in Rome did Paolo Sorrentino win the 2014 Academy Award for best foreign language film?

Life Is Beautiful

The Great Beauty

Parasite

The Postman

What bird does the British Trust for Ornithology describe as: “By far the biggest passerine, with a similar wingspan to a buzzard. The bill is strikingly long and heavy”?

Long-tailed tit

Rook

Raven

Tawny owl

In March 1969, the Ussuri River was the scene of armed clashes between which two major powers?

China and the Soviet Union

The Soviet Union and the US

China and the US

The UK and Argentina

In April 1912, Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly solo over which body of water, crossed earlier by Louis Blériot?

The Channel

Atlantic Ocean

Black Sea

Lake Superior

Described as “the little town keeping the lights on in France”, Arlit in Niger was until 2021 the site of one of the world’s largest mines of which toxic metal?

Bismuth

Mercury

Lead

Uranium

What colour links the field of the flag of the Basque country, William Morris’s house in Bexleyheath and leading football clubs in Belgrade and Salzburg?

Red

Green

Purple

Blue

Who wrote the Nebula-award-winning novels Doomsday Book and All Clear?

George R R Martin

Neil Gaiman

Connie Willis

Ursula Le Guin

Nenagh, Clonmel and Cashel are towns in which inland Irish county, bordering Galway and Cork?

Kerry

Tipperary

Kildare

Offaly

According to Jeff Bezos, what “has some magical ability to turn off the politeness gene in the human being”?

Online reviews

Social media

Email

Hunger

In materials science, the ratio of the contractile to the tensile strains is named after which French scientist, born in 1781?

Pierre-Simon Laplace

Charles Friedel

Siméon-Denis Poisson

Louis Pasteur

Which English cathedral is noted for stained-glass rose windows known as the Dean’s Eye and the Bishop’s Eye?

Lincoln

Durham

Ely

York Minster

Totem and Taboo, and Civilisation and Its Discontents are early 20th-century works by which thinker?

Otto Rank

Frantz Fanon

Carl Jung

Sigmund Freud

15 and above.

You may not confer – and you certainly don’t need to, with a score like that! Bravo

14 and above.

You may not confer – and you certainly don’t need to, with a score like that! Bravo

13 and above.

You may not confer – and you certainly don’t need to, with a score like that! Bravo

12 and above.

You may not confer – and you certainly don’t need to, with a score like that! Bravo

11 and above.

You may not confer – and you certainly don’t need to, with a score like that! Bravo

10 and above.

And at the gong … you’ve done pretty well. Not quite well enough to be in the University Challenge final … but who needs that kind of stress anyway?

9 and above.

And at the gong … you’ve done pretty well. Not quite well enough to be in the University Challenge final … but who needs that kind of stress anyway?

8 and above.

And at the gong … you’ve done pretty well. Not quite well enough to be in the University Challenge final … but who needs that kind of stress anyway?

7 and above.

And at the gong … you’ve done pretty well. Not quite well enough to be in the University Challenge final … but who needs that kind of stress anyway?

6 and above.

And at the gong … you’ve done pretty well. Not quite well enough to be in the University Challenge final … but who needs that kind of stress anyway?

5 and above.

Oh, do come on! You tried your best, but unfortunately there’s no way you’re going through to the next round

4 and above.

Oh, do come on! You tried your best, but unfortunately there’s no way you’re going through to the next round

3 and above.

Oh, do come on! You tried your best, but unfortunately there’s no way you’re going through to the next round

2 and above.

Oh, do come on! You tried your best, but unfortunately there’s no way you’re going through to the next round

0 and above.

Oh, do come on! You tried your best, but unfortunately there’s no way you’re going through to the next round

1 and above.

Oh, do come on! You tried your best, but unfortunately there’s no way you’re going through to the next round

The University Challenge grand final airs Monday 5 April at 8.30pm on BBC Two

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