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1. ANIMALS- Australia has some of the most weird and wonderful creatures on the planet, and also some of the deadliest. Which one of these critters CANNOT cause you to become very ill, or.. shudder.. die, by toxicity alone?
2. BRAIN TEASERS- Of the Australia's six state and two territories' capital cities, only two can be anagrammed into other words. One is Hobart (which becomes the rather obscure 'athrob'), but what is the other city name?
3. CELEBRITIES- Paul Hogan, star of the 'Crocodile Dundee' movies, starred in the very funny 'Paul Hogan Show' before his leap into international stardom. Who was his 'faithful sidekick' in the show?
4. ENTERTAINMENT- Which long-running radio serial, set in the fictitious town of Tanimbla, featured such luminaries as Gwen Plumb, Queenie Ashton and June Salter?
5. FOR CHILDREN- 'Bananas in Pyjamas' is a very popular show with the kiddies. Many Aussies were brought up with the exploits of B1 and B2 and their friends. Which of these characters are NOT part of the cast?
6. GENERAL- Australia is the leading producer of opals, with more than ninety percent of the world's output. There are several types of opal, but which type is generally considered the most valuable?
7. GEOGRAPHY- Australia covers three time zones, namely Eastern, Central and Western, but one city in New South Wales actually operates on Central Time. What is that city?
8. HISTORY- Which knighted engineer, scholar and soldier was CIC of the Australian Army Corps in France in 1918? He is remembered by having a University named in his honour.
9. HOBBIES- In 1973, 'Wheels' magazine awarded Car of the Year to which rather controversial vehicle?
10. HUMANITIES (Architecture). One of the most enduring images that the world sees of Australia is the Sydney Opera House. What nationality was the man who designed it?
11. LITERATURE- Author Patrick White won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973, for a book based on the life and death of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt. What is the name of the book?
12. MOVIES- What 1976 Australian movie was set against the backdrop of the 1969 federal election?
13. MUSIC- Which long-serving group took its name from a body of water between Melbourne and Geelong, in Victoria?
14. PEOPLE (Criminals)- Who was the last person hanged in Australia?
15. RELIGION- Mary MacKillop was beatified in 1995 by Pope John Paul II, and became Australia's first saint in 2010. She was responsible for starting a series of Catholic schools throughout South Australia, which eventually covered most of the country. What is the name of the order that she founded that helped launch these schools?
16. SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY. Which dinosaur is named after a Queensland town?
17. SPORTS. When the Olympics came to Australia in 1956, where were the equestrian events held?
18. TELEVISION- When Australia's "Wheel of Fortune" appeared on television in 1981, who was the host?
19. VIDEO GAMES- Which Australian-made, hugely popular RTS video game was first unleashed upon the world in 1997?
20. WORLD- Politics- On November 11, 1975, Australia had a major constitutional crisis, with the Governor-General dismissing the Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam. A very famous photo was taken on the steps of Parliament House, with a man reading out the dismissal notice, a grim-faced Whitlam standing behind him. Who was the man who delivered that fateful notice of dismissal?
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