Thursday, January 21, 2021

NRMjobs Quiz answers 21-Jan-2021

(1) Where on a plant would you find apical meristems? (bonus: where would you find intercalary meristems?).

Answer: Tips of roots and shoots (bonus: Nodes between leaves, or at the base of leaves).

(2) What does the acronym STEM stand for?

Answer: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.

(3) Which of the following is not a stem vegetable: (a) Asparagus (b) Broccoli (c) Celery (d) Kohlrabi (e) Rhubarb?

Answer: (b) Broccoli.

(4) Where does this lyric come from? - “Long stem roses are the way to your heart, but he needs to start with your head” (one point each for the artist and the song).

Answer: Madonna / Express Yourself.

(5) What is the main difference between a human stem cell and any other kind of human cell?

Answer: Stem cells are undifferentiated (ie they are ‘blanks’, with the potential to turn into many different cell types). Other human cells are differentiated, with their cell type already determined.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

NRMjobs Quiz answers 14-Jan-2021

This week’s theme: ‘Alienists’

(1) What leading, German-born botanist is believed to have deliberately introduced blackberry to Australia in the mid-1800s?

Answer: Ferdinand Mueller.

(2) The tiny town of Boolarra in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley is famous for its annual folk music festival. But what is it infamous for?

Answer: The source of the highly invasive Boolarra strain of carp.

(3) What is Thomas Austin infamous for?

Answer: The successful introduction of rabbits to Australia.

(4) What Australian biologist is the author of two books – Feral Future and The New Nature – dealing with invasive species and disrupted ecosystems.

Answer: Tim Low.

(5) True or false?: Cane toads were introduced to Australia by the CSIRO.

Answer: False: Cane toads were introduced by the Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

NRMjobs Quiz answers 7-Jan-2021

This week’s theme: ‘Roots’

(1) What is a murnong?

Answer: Yam daisy (Microseris sp.)

(2) Which politician is known colloquially as ‘The Beetrooter’?

Answer: Barnaby Joyce.

(3) In which State or Territory is the Canning Stock Route located?

Answer: Western Australia.

(4) What is a pig-root?

Answer: When a horse (or other animal) kicks up with its back legs, while keeping its forelegs on the ground.

(5) What is ‘root beer’ called in Australia?

Answer: Sarsparilla.


Thursday, December 31, 2020

NRMjobs Quiz answers 31-Dec-2020

This week’s theme: ‘Poles’

(1) Mount Kosciuszko was named in 1840 in honour of a Polish-American hero, Tadeusz Kosciuszko. Who named the mountain?

Answer: Paul Strzelecki.

(2) In Australian meteorology, what do the letters IOD stand for?

Answer: Indian Ocean Dipole.

(3) Which explorer (with his party) was the first to reach the South Pole, on 14 December 1911? (bonus: who came second?).

Answer: Roald Amundsen (bonus: Robert Scott).

(4) What is a pollywog?

Answer: A tadpole.

(5) What did South Australian engineer James Stobie patent in 1925?

Answer: The Stobie pole (electricity / telegraph pole used in place of timber in South Australia).


Thursday, December 24, 2020

NRMjobs Quiz answers 24-Dec-2020

This week’s theme: ‘Yule-tide’

1. What Australian island, most of which is now a national park, was named on 25 December, 1643?

Answer: Christmas Island.

2. “The north wind is tossing the leaves…” is the first line of an Australian Christmas carol written in 1948 by John Wheeler and William G James. What is the next line?

Answer: “The red dust is over the town”.

3. Anoplognathus is a genus of large beetles in the scarab family, with more than 30 known species in Australia and South Africa. What are they commonly known as?

Answer: Christmas beetles.

4. Who wrote and recorded the Australian Christmas song ‘White Wine in the Sun’ in 2009?

Answer: Tim Minchin.

5. Austracantha minax is a small, brightly patterned, endemic animal which often lives in large communities in bushland throughout Australia. What is its common name?

Answer: Christmas spider (aka Jewel spider).

6. What once-popular Australian children’s Christmas song, released in 1961, has been banned from being played by many childcare centres?

Answer: Six White Boomers.

7. What author and artist, best known for characters based on Australian native seed pods, was first published in the 1889 Christmas edition of the ‘W.A. Bulletin’?

Answer: May Gibbs (creator of Gumnut Babies).

8. What do these native flora species from different parts of Australia have in common: Ceratopetalum gummiferum, Prostanthera lasianthos, Bursaria spinosa and Nutsyia floribunda?

Answer: They are all associated with Christmas because of their flowering times (C. gummiferum, B. spinosa and P. lasianthos are all known as ‘Christmas bush’, N. floribunda is known as ‘Christmas tree’).

9. How many people were killed at sea and on land by Cyclone Tracy when it struck Darwin in the early hours of Christmas Day, 1974? (a) 16 (b) 44 (c) 71 (d) 108 (e) 132

Answer: (c) 71.

10. What is in the boot when you are “dashing through the bush in a rusty Holden ute” (bonus question: is the back of a ute actually called a boot?).

Answer: Esky (bonus: no idea – just put that in to start arguments). Merry Christmas all.



Thursday, December 17, 2020

NRMjobs Quiz answers 17-Dec-2020

 This week’s theme: ‘Devils

(1) What is the usual English name for Karlu Karlu – a natural feature visible from the Stuart Highway about 100 km south of Tennant Creek.

Answer: Devil’s Marbles.

(2) What is another word for willy-willy?

Answer: Dust devil.

(3) What company registered the name ‘Tasmanian Devil’ as a trademark in the 1960s?

Answer: Warner Bros

(4) What is the common name for the Australian desert lizard, Moloch horridus?

Answer: Thorny devil (aka mountain devil).

(5) ‘Devil’s Dust’ was the title of a two-part TV docu-drama, first broadcast on the ABC in 2012. What does the name refer to?

Answer: Asbestos.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

NRMjobs Quiz answers 10-Dec-2020

This week’s theme: ‘Coolabah’

(1) What is the origin of the name ‘coolabah’.

Answer: Aboriginal name for tree (‘gulabaa’ in Yuwaalaraay language).

(2) While visiting Dagworth Station in 1895, Banjo Paterson wrote a lyric about a swagman who camped under a coolabah tree. There is now a Waltzing Matilda Centre museum in the nearest town. Where is it?

Answer: Winton, Queensland.

(3) What colour is the Eucalyptus coolabah flower?

Answer: Creamy white.

(4) What Coolabah tree on the bank of Coopers Creek, near Nappa Merrie homestead, was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register in 2003?

Answer: The Dig Tree (one of two trees emblazoned by William Brahe marking where stores had been buried for the missing Burke and Wills expedition).

(5) Fill in the missing word from this 1970s cask wine advertising jingle: “Where do you … your Coolabah?”

Answer: Hide.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

NRMjobs Quiz answers 3-Dec-2020

 This week’s theme: ‘Coinage

(1) From 1938, what animal was depicted on the reverse side (‘tails’) of the Australian penny?

Answer: Kangaroo.

(2) What animal was depicted on the ‘tails’ side of the Australian 1 cent coin?

Answer: Feather tailed glider.

(3) What pre-decimal Australian coin featured the head of a merino ram?

Answer: Shilling.

(4) What animal is depicted on the ‘tails’ side of the current 5 cent piece?

Answer: Echidna.

(5) In what year did the Royal Australian Mint release a commemorative dollar coin featuring the landcare logo?

Answer: 1993.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

NRMjobs Quiz answers 26-Nov-2020

This week’s theme: ‘Tracks’

(1) Who is the author of the popular book Tracks, Scats and Other Traces - A Field Guide to Australian Mammals?

Answer: Barbara Triggs.

(2) The last Federal Budget (5 October, 2020) confirmed funding to bitumenise an iconic, 472-kilometre outback road. What is the name of the road?

Answer: The Strzelecki Track.

(3) Complete the line: “There’s a track winding back to an old fashioned shack along the road to …”

Answer: Gundagai.

(4) The fossilised footprints of what extinct creature can be found on a lakebed near Camperdown in South West Victoria?

Answer: Diprotodon.

(5) The Trans-Australian Railway from Kalgoorlie to Port Augusta includes the longest straight section of train track in the world. The total length without a curve is (a) 258km (b) 368km (c) 478km (d) 588km (e) 698km?

Answer: (c) 478km.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

NRMjobs Quiz answers 19-Nov-2020

This week’s theme: ‘Mollusca’

(1) Which of the following is not a mollusc?: (a) Garden snail (b) Oyster (c) Cuttlefish (d) Octopus (e) Earthworm.

Answer: (e) Earthworm.

(2) What hard-shelled, edible mollusc – common in coastal south eastern Australia – shares a common name with a purple-flowering, invasive weed of south eastern Australia?

Answer: Periwinkle.

(3) What invasive marine bivalve mollusc was discovered infesting several marinas in Darwin Harbour in 1999, and was successfully eradicated?

Answer: Black striped mussel (Mytilopsis sallei).

(4) What inhabitant of the Great Barrier Reef (and elsewhere) is the world’s largest living bivalve mollusc, growing to more than 200kg.

Answer: Giant clam (Tridacna species).

(5) Australia’s largest native land slug, Triboniophorus graeffi, is found along the coast in NSW and Queensland. It takes its common name from a distinctive marking. What is it commonly called?

Answer: Red triangle slug.