Clocks: 10 questions

  1. What is the name of Salvador Dali’s 1931 painting of melting clocks?
  2. Which band released the 2003 single Clocks?
  3. What is the name of the symbol which represents how close we are to a global catastrophe in terms of a number of minutes to midnight? It has been maintained since 1947 by the members of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
  4. In the traditional song “My Grandfather’s Clock, how long does the clock in question stand on the floor?
  5. What word is defined as follows: “a mechanism in a clock or watch that alternately checks and releases the train by a fixed amount and transmits a periodic impulse from the spring or weight to the balance wheel or pendulum”?
  6. Which instrument maker was the recipient of the Longitude Prize, a prize offered by the British Navy in the 17th century to anyone who could develop a clock which accurately kept time at sea?
  7. What is the name of the fictional language, based on Russian, which Anthony Burgess developed for his controversial novel A Clockwork Orange?
  8. The worlds oldest working clock dates from 1386, and is found in which English cathedral?
  9. In the silent film comedy Safety Last, which film star ends up hanging from the minute hand of a clock face, high above the city streets?
  10. According to the first line of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, what time where the clocks striking?

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  1. What is the name of Salvador Dali’s 1931 painting of melting clocks?
    A: The Persistence of Memory
  2. Which band released the 2003 single Clocks?
    A: Coldplay
  3. What is the name of the symbol which represents how close we are to a global catastrophe in terms of a number of minutes to midnight? It has been maintained since 1947 by the members of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.
    A: The Doomsday Clock
  4. In the traditional song “My Grandfather’s Clock, how long does the clock in question stand on the floor?
    A: 90 years
  5. What word is defined as follows: “a mechanism in a clock or watch that alternately checks and releases the train by a fixed amount and transmits a periodic impulse from the spring or weight to the balance wheel or pendulum”?
    A: An escapement
  6. Which instrument maker was the recipient of the Longitude Prize, a prize offered by the British Navy in the 17th century to anyone who could develop a clock which accurately kept time at sea?
    A: John Harrison
  7. What is the name of the fictional language, based on Russian, which Anthony Burgess developed for his controversial novel A Clockwork Orange?
    A: Nadsat
  8. The worlds oldest working clock dates from 1386, and is found in which English cathedral?
    A: Salisbury
  9. In the silent film comedy Safety Last, which film star ends up hanging from the minute hand of a clock face, high above the city streets?
    A: Harold Lloyd
  10. According to the first line of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, what time where the clocks striking?
    A: Thirteen

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