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As these introductory blurbs get increasingly labored and half-hearted, it is time once again to gather for the rituals of the Thursday quiz. Face the 15 vaguely topical and general knowledge questions. Sigh as you ponder if Kate Bush will ever be a correct answer. Cower under the withering gaze of Ron from Sparks. And seek out a hidden reference to Doctor Who in the incorrect answers. There are no prizes, but let us know how you got on in the comments.

The Thursday quiz, No 56

1.EUROVISION IS BRILLIANT: Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision song contest for Ukraine, but what was the name of their song?

2.SPACE (WO)MAN: Sam Ryder came second at Eurovision with his song Space Man. But what was the name of the first British woman in space?

3.SCIENCE CORNER: While we are talking about space, scientists have produced the very first image of the black hole that lurks at the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way. But what is the black hole called?

4.HAPPY BIRTHDAY: A different type of star. It is Grace Jones’ birthday today. Happy birthday, Grace! But where was she born?

5.ON THIS DAY: On 19 May 1499, Catherine of Aragon got married for the first time. Who to?

6.PREMIER MINISTRE: France has a new prime minister, the first woman to hold the role for more than thirty years. Who is she?

7.THAT’S NO YOLK: A statue of Margaret Thatcher was pelted with eggs within hours of being unveiled. But where is it?

8.DICTATOR’S SON: That is a 2015 song by Sparks and Franz Ferdinand where he is ‘learning the family trade’. But that’s not important right now. A painting spotted in the background of Imelda Marcos’ home appeared to be a ‘missing’ work by which artist?

9.FIBONACCI NUMBERS: First described in Indian mathematics, and forming a sequence where each number is the sum of the two preceding ones, F₁₃ is 233. But which of these sums is equal to 233?

10.ENSEMBLE CASTS: Kang Sae-byeok was 067, Cho Sang-woo was 218 and the old man Oh Il-nam was 001. But in Squid Game, what number was Seong Gi-hun, the first player we met on the outside world, played by Lee Jung-jae (pictured)?

11.LITERATURE: What is the name of Elizabeth Strout’s book that won the Pulitzer prize for fiction in 2009?

12.WHY THE LONG FACE?: What is the name of Woody and Jessie’s horse introduced in the movie Toy Story 2?

13.ALLONS-Y: Wiki Voyage lists 23 locations visited by fictional Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days, none of them by hot air balloon. No. 16 is Medicine Bow, Wyoming, US. But what was the nickname of the famous dinosaur skeleton unearthed nearby?

14.THE BEAUTIFUL GAME: Founding members of the European Super League Liverpool won the FA Cup final at the weekend. But when was the first FA Cup final?

15.UVAVU AND ERANU: Vic Reeves has been exhibiting his bird paintings in London, but under his real name. What is the name he is using for the exhibition?

  • If you do think there has been an egregious error in one of the questions or answers, please feel free to email martin.belam@theguardian.combut remember, the quiz master’s word is always final, and you wouldn’t enjoy being fired into a black hole.

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