Who wore an official conscience badge? The Weekend quiz
1 What was the German liner Monte Rosa renamed after the war? 2 In what did Sarah Bernhardt famously sleep? 3 What had fallow years in 2012 and 2018? 4 Who wore an official conscience badge? 5 What marine creature is an argonaut? 6 Who was the proverbially wealthy king of Lydia? 7 Which novel was subtitled The Intimate Diary Of A Professional Lady? 8 Where was the White Revolution launched in 1963? What links: 9 Yomiuri Giants; Hanshin Tigers; Saitama Seibu Lions; Chunichi Dragons? 10 Taylor-Burton; Daria-i-Noor; Hope; Cullinan? 11 Snape; Sutton Hoo; Scar; Port an Eilean Mhòir? 12 To Die; This Way; To Do It; To Run; In the USA? 13 Elizabeth II; Queen Anne; Queen Mother; Carol Thatcher? 14 Luxembourg, France, UK & Netherlands (5); Sweden (6); Ireland (7)? 15 Nile delta; Venice ghetto; Huguenot refugees?
1 Empire Windrush. 2 Coffin. 3 Glastonbury festival. 4 Jiminy Cricket (in Disney’s Pinocchio). 5 Octopus. 6 Croesus. 7 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos. 8 Iran. 9 Japanese baseball sides. 10 Celebrated diamonds. 11 Ship burials in the UK: Suffolk; Suffolk; Orkney; Ardnamurchan, Scotland. 12 Born... albums: Lana Del Rey; Lady Gaga; Craig David; both Bruce Springsteen. 13 Played by Olivia Colman: The Crown; The Favourite; Hyde Park On Hudson; The Iron Lady. 14 Most Eurovision wins by country. 15 Origin of the word, now used generally.
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