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KWC's annual quiz fiendish as ever

Try 'the world's most difficult quiz' for yourself

If the post-Christmas boredom is beginning to set in, a puzzling annual tradition is sure to keep your mind busy for the next few days.

King William's College's General Knowledge Paper is known by quiz buffs and lateral thinkers across Great Britain as one of the most difficult in existence.

The highbrow test has been handed out to students since December 1904 - and for the past fifty years, it's been published every year in The Guardian newspaper.

Among the 180 cryptic questions making the 2016 paper are:

  • 'Locate Ellan Vannin: in Koala (no ice!)';
  • 'Who got 14 days for searching fully-clothed for amphibians in the fountain beneath Nelson’s Column?';
  • 'How often do squat citizens smile?';


  • 'Where, uniquely, was an elephant hanged for murder?'.

In days gone by, KWC students who performed well were given time off school - while those who failed miserably were given detention.

This year's brain teasers have been once again devised by Islander Dr Pat Cullen, who's carried the Paper into the modern era with his self-styled 'un-Google-able' questions.

You can find the quiz for yourself by clicking here.

The answers will be released as pupils return to school in the new year.

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