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An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #49: Pub Quiz Camouflage


For this pub quiz, I urge you to listen closely. The final word hidden within this pub quiz describes, jokingly, what pub quiz participants are.

Answer on!

  1. What is the name given to any convex polyhedron with six faces, all of which are quadrilaterals (though not necessarily rectangles)?
  2. What is the third-largest island of Japan?
  3. Who is the Japanese figure skater who, aside from being famous for having broken many world records, holds (as of September 18, 2020) the world standing of 1?
  4. Four of Jupiter's moons were discovered by astronomer Galileo Galilei. Out of those four, what is the name of the smallest one?
  5. Which male deity, along with his goddess partner, was believed to have created Japan?
  6. Who is the founder of the American aerospace manufacturing company SpaceX?
  7. What is the most spoken constructed language?
  8. What term is used to describe a programming language that is designed to go beyond the norms of programming language design yet is not intended to be for practical use?
  9. Which American animated cartoon series had a final episode entitled Things Change?
  10. Which British band created the hit song Everybody Wants to Rule the World?
  11. Which part of the human eye, made of smooth muscle, determines how much light is received by the retina?
  12. The official music video for Jumpsuit, a single taken from Trench, the fifth album of American band Twenty One Pilots, was filmed in which country?
  13. Which American band is known for their creative music videos, one of which featured many optical illusions and was made to promote the band's single The Writing's on the Wall?
  14. Who voices the main character of the Cars film series, Lightning McQueen?
  15. In the popular game Minecraft, what creature serves as the final boss?
  16. What is the other name for a 9-sided polygon, aside from "nonagon"?
  17. Which song by British-Irish band One Direction has a number as its title?
  18. The diamond is the birthstone of which month?
  19. In the song Innuendo by British band Queen, what was Freddie Mercury's next instruction to the listener after telling them to "Surrender your ego"?
  20. What is the general name for animals under the order Coleoptera?
  21. Castilian military leader Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar is best known by what name?
  22. What was the new (and more well-known) name of the British musician who was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight?
  23. The Milwaukee Bucks basketball team is part of which conference of the National Basketball Association?
  24. Which country is geographically part of both Africa and Asia?
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The answers are, in order,

Q CUBOID, KYUSHU
U YUZURU HANYU, EUROPA
E IZANAGI, ELON MUSK
S ESPERANTO, ESOTERIC
T TEEN TITANS, TEARS FOR FEARS
I IRIS, ICELAND
O OK GO, OWEN WILSON
N ENDER DRAGON, ENNEAGON
A EIGHTEEN, APRIL
B BE FREE, BEETLES
L EL CID, ELTON JOHN
E EASTERN, EGYPT

and so we learn that people doing pub quizzes are (one hopes)

QUESTION-ABLE.

We were told

to listen closely because it's the initial sounds that matter.

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