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Mastermind Club

Quiz 2020

No 30



Set by Mel Kinsey


1/ The flag of which country shows a yellow sun, crossed by a stylised representation of the tunduk (crown of the traditional yurt)? 


2/ The flag of which country features an African fish eagle in flight over three vertical strips of red, black and orange? 


3/ Which US state flag is this? The figure of Tyranny is depicted lying prostrate at the feet of the Roman goddess Virtus, symbolizing the defeat of Britain in the American War of Independence. The motto 'Sic Semper Tyrannis' (`Thus Always to Tyrants') was shouted aloud by John Wilkes Booth during his assassination of Abraham Lincoln.   


4/ Similar to that used in the traditional rushnyk cloth, a pattern designed in 1917 by Matrena Markevich appears down the hoist side of which national flag?


5/  Based on the so-called `Prince's Flag' and nicknamed the 'Orange, White and Blue', this flag served as the official flag of which country between 1928 and 1994?

South Africa

6/ Which kingdom in the Himalayas has a flag which features the Druk (thunder dragon) from its mythology?

7/ The national flag of Poland, when flipped upside down, closely resembles that of which large Asian country?

8/ The national flag of which country shows a golden steppe eagle flying under a sun with thirty-two rays of light?


9/ Add the number of stars on the official state flags of the USA, China and New Zealand – what is the total number of stars?

59 (50 + 5 + 4)

10/ On the flag of which state of the USA would you find the Big Dipper and the North Star?

11/ Two of the official national flags of African countries feature the images of a shield and two spears, although the spears are arranged in different positions. Can you name both  countries?

Kenya and Eswatini (Swaziland)

12/ Which country has the world’s only non-quadrilateral or square national flag?


13/ Which is the world’s only official national flag to feature a picture of the Bible?

Dominican Republic

14/ Designed by John Eisenmann in 1901, the flag of which US state is the only non-rectangular one amongst the 50 states? It is burgee-shaped, with three red and two white horizontal stripes, and seventeen stars grouped around a red disc superimposed onto a white circle.


15/ The central horizontal band of the Estonian flag, the bottom horizontal band of the Iraqi flag, and the central star in the Ghanaian flag – are all composed of which colour?   


16/ The flag of which African country features a grey-crowned crane (the national bird) in the center?


17/ The official flag of which mainland African country is one of the few that does not utilize the green, gold and red which is common to many of the continent’s flags? It consists of a light blue field cut across horizontally by a black stripe with a thing white frame, which may represent the zebra – its national animal that also appears on its coat of arms.      


18/ Which country’s flag is this : a red centered crest on a yellow field cut by black and white diagonal stripes? The crest includes the royal parasol (ceremonial umbrella), the wings, the crescent and a pair of open hands Below the crescent is a banner with the Arabic inscription “Always render service with God's guidance”. 


19/ The largest flying bird in the world by combined measurement of weight and wingspan, the Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) is a cultural icon of countries in the region, and is depicted on the national/ state flags of two South American nations – Bolivia and which other?       


20/ Containing a yellow interlaced pentagram radiating rays of light on a blue shield, this emblem is found on the official flag of which African country?     


21/ Found on the Brazilian state flag, the motto ‘Ordem e Progresso’ (‘Order and Progress’) is inspired by which philosopher’s motto of positivism – ‘Love as the beginning, and order as the base; progress as the end’?  

Auguste Comte

22/ Which country’s flag is nicknamed the ‘Khanjar Bo Sayfain’ (‘Dagger and Two Swords’, a reference to its national emblem (located in the canton) which is also a symbol of the Albusaidi Dynasty?         


23/ From 1952 until the fall of its royal government in 1975, which country had a red flag with a white three-head elephant (representing the Hindu god Erawan) in the middle? On top of the elephant is a nine-folded umbrella that represents the mythical Mount Meru in Buddhism.


24/ During the 1936 Summer Olympics, Liechtenstein came to realize that its flag was identical to another country’s, prompting it to add a crown to the canton of the flag. Which is this other country, which did not even participate in that year’s Olympics?    


25/ Officially recognized as the national flag in 1959, the flag of Wales consists of a red dragon that is most commonly associated with which 7th-century King of Gwynedd? Though little is known about him historically,  he has since become a mythical figure of redemption in Welsh culture and a prominent character in the romantic stories of Geoffrey of Monmouth. 


26/ The official flag of which European state features its coat of arms that depicts its famous Three Towers?

Located on three peaks of Monte Titano, they are the Guaita, the Cesta and the Montale towers, constructed between the 11th and 14th centuries.      

San Marino 

27/ In use from 1949 to 1990, the official East Germany state flag featured which two objects/ tools? One represented the workers in the factories, while the other the intelligentsia. Both are surrounded by a ring of rye representing the farmers.  

Hammer and Compass

28/ Adapted in July 2004, the national flag of which country is composed of a red leaf framed by gold trimming, with its coat of arms in the centre showing a golden double-headed eagle holding a golden scepter in the right claw and a blue-green orb with a golden cross in the left claw?   


29/ Found on its national flag, the coat of arms of Spain is composed of the arms of its six historical kingdoms (e.g. Castile, Navarre and Aragon). Which kingdom, now part of the autonomous community of Andalusia, is represented by a pomegranate with two leaves?   


30/ On the official flag of which country would you find the phrase ‘Allahu Akbar’ (‘Allah is the greatest’), written in kufic scrip in two lines and repeated eleven times in each line?    


31/ An emblem in black showing a boar’s tusk (worn as a symbol of prosperity by the local people) and two leaves of the local namele tree features on the flag of which Pacific island country?        


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