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Welcome back to the Thursday quiz. A handful of topical questions and some general knowledge challenges await you. It’s just for fun and there’s no prize, but let us know how you do in the comments. There is a hidden Doctor Who reference in one of the incorrect answer options, which will earn you a bonus point if you can spot it. Have fun.

The Thursday quiz, n° 54

1.BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: The US military has returned something it stole from the village of San Pietro near Vicenza in northern Italy during World War II. what was that?

2.Naughty Naughty Very Naughty: A rare copy of a “wicked” Bible from 1631 has been found in New Zealand. Due to an unfortunate typographical error, which of the Ten Commandments was mutilated?

3.COURT ORDER: The judge in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard libel trial was temporarily lost to sight last week after the court showed the pre-recorded deposition of a doorman who did what?

4.ON THIS DAY AND ALSO IN COURT: Alfred and Albert Stratton were convicted of murder on May 5, 1905. They were the first men in Britain to be convicted of murder and executed on the basis of what kind of evidence?

5.NOW THAT I OWN THE BBC: This is a song by the Sparks from 1994 where they wonder “What am I supposed to do with this thing?”. But that’s not important right now. Who got the TV rights to England’s senior men’s football team for the next two years?

6.BOY RACER: A four-year-old boy (not pictured) appears to have gotten into his parents’ car, then crashed it into two parked cars before being found wandering the streets in his pajamas in which Dutch city?

7.LASSIE COME HOME: In another incident almost tailor-made for Thursday’s quiz, a three-legged dog with cancer (not pictured) saved what in a Minnesota river drama?

8.GCSE SCIENCE CORNER: That’s enough nonsense for a quiz. If a simple electrical circuit contains three resistors in series of 4 ohms, 8 ohms and 2 ohms in that order and nothing else, what is the total resistance?

9.LITERATURE: Jose Eduardo Agualusa’s 2012 novel A General Theory of Forgetting is based on a true story about a Portuguese woman who locks herself in her apartment just before the independence of which African country in 1975 ?

ten.FIBONACCI NUMBERS: Described for the first time in Indian mathematics, and forming a sequence where each number is the sum of the two previous ones, F₁₁ is 89. It was in 89 BC. J.-C. that Cicero finished his service in the Roman army. But what was Cicero’s full name?

11.CITIES IN DISGUISE: Which Scandinavian city was once called Ánslo, Christiania and Kristiania?

12.WHY THE LONG FACE? : What was the Scottish name of Merida’s faithful riding companion (not pictured) in the 2012 Disney/Pixar film Brave?

13.LET’S GO: The Travel Wiki lists 23 places visited by the fictional Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days. Number 14 is San Francisco, but when did construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begin?

14.HAPPY BIRTHDAY: It’s Henry Cavill’s birthday today. Happy birthday, Henry. But what is the name of the character he plays in The Witcher?

15.MUSIC: Ric Parnell, drummer for the film This Is Spinal Tap, has sadly passed away. What 1981 hit did he play on?

  • If you believe there has been a glaring error in any of the questions or answers, please feel free to email martin.belam@theguardian.com, but remember that the word of the master of the quiz is still final and you don’t want him to. release the dogs.