Nieuws - 6 januari 2010

Sneaky quiz question 10

Marieke Bruins wins 2009 News Quiz.
Three quarters of the entrants were female.

Any quiz worth its salt contains one pitfall - one of those really sneaky questions. In Resource's 2009 News Quiz it was question 10 about the accommodation of Dutch students without rooms.
Nearly every entrant was pretty certain that the university was putting its students up in a holiday camp at Hoenderloo. That is certainly the case for foreign students, but the Dutch students are having to make do without any accommodation, i.e. option B and not option A.
The editorial staff received nearly thirty entries. We assume many more enjoyed answering the questions. A notable feature was the large number of female puzzlers - three quarters of the entrants were female. Don't men like quizzes? Or do men just not like good food? For the first (and only) prize is a restaurant voucher. It is going to a very deserving Marieke Bruins. She is one of the four entrants, including one man, who did not make a single mistake. The final winner was decided by drawing lots. Indeed, Bruins (a researcher in the Valorisation of Plant Production Chains Chair Group) was quick to get her answers out: her e-mail with all the right answers arrived in the editorial mailbox one day after the magazine was issued, in the evening just before eleven o'clock.
Most of the entrants made just one mistake: see above. In principle you could find all the right answers by looking in the Resource archives at Even so, there were still three entrants who managed to give the wrong answer to eighteen out of the twenty questions. Funnily enough, these three did manage to get the 'Hoenderloo question' right! Finally, here is an honourable mention for the three who didn't make any mistakes but still didn't win: Ludmila Mlynarova, Jan Peter Nap and Anne van Diepeningen, who won last year.
The correct answers were: 1C, 2C, 3C, 4B, 5C, 6B, 7B, 8A, 9C, 10B, 11B, 12C, 13B, 14C, 15A, 16C, 17A, 18B, 19B, and 20C.