Answers – Annual Geek Christmas Quiz – 2015

Here are the answers to the post from last week – Xmas Geek Quiz!


  1. Luke Skywalker’s name was originally written as Luke Starkiller
  2. J.J. Abrams directed the latest Star Wars film
  3. Siths nearly always have red light sabers. 
  4. 2001 A space odyssey was released in 1968
  5. Blade runner was based the book ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’
  6. Harry Potter’s Wand is 11 inches

Taglines – what was the film?

  1. In space no-one can hear you scream – Alien
  2. To boldly go where no man has gone before – Star Trek?
  3. An adventure 65 million years in the making. – Jurassic Park
  4. It’s Christmas Eve In L.A. And The Party Action’s About To Explode… On The Fortieth Floor! – Die Hard
  5. We’re all in it together – Brazil
  6. Nothing On Earth Could Come Between Them – Titanic


  1. EEPROM stands for Electronically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory
  2. 12 principles in the Agile Manifesto
  3. FORTRAN stands for Formula Translating System
  4. COBOL stands for Common Object Business Oriented Language
  5. Oct 31 = Dec 25 (31 in base 8 corresponds with 25 base 10). The punchline to the geek joke ‘why do programmers get mixed up between Halloween and Xmas’
  6. Moore’s Law – the number of transistors (or the processing speed) in a computer circuit doubles every 2 years


  1. The largest moon in the solar system is Ganymede
  2. The ISS travels at 5 miles per second, or 17,150 MPH
  3. Corn Flakes were invented as part of J. Kellog’s health regimen to prevent masturbation!
  4. up, down, strange, charm, top, and bottom are quarks
  5. The first law of thermodynamics states that heat energy cannot be created or destroyed. Also known as the principle of conservation of energy
  6. Tetris blocks are tetrominoes


  1. Ada Lovelace programmed Charles Babbage’s difference engine
  2. Tony Hoare’s ‘Billion Dollar Mistake’ was the Null Reference
  3. Kellogg and Rice invented the dynamic loudspeaker
  4. Cilla Black was 2015’s most googled term in the UK 
  5. The first Briton in Space was Helen Sharman in 1991
  6. Isaac Newton invented the cat flap?

Picture Round

What are the missing country codes?


1 JE

2 SE

3 AT

4 RO

5 BG

6 GI

Famous RegEx

what is it matching?

7) [ -~]

  • All printable ASCII characters

8) ^(.)(.)\2\1$

  • 4 letter palindromes – e.g. ABBA, NOON, BOOB

9) /^#?([a-f0-9]{6}|[a-f0-9]{3})$/

  • Hexadecimals e.g. #0031da- also HTML colour codes

10) /^<([a-z]+)([^<]+)*(?:>(.*)<\/\1>|\s+\/>)$/

  • HTML Tags

11) ^(([0-9]|[1-9][0-9]|1[0-9]{2}|2[0-4][0-9]|25[0-5])\.){3}([0-9]|[1-9][0-9]|1[0-9]{2}|2[0-4][0-9]|25[0-5])$

  • IP Addresses

12) \A(?:[a-z0-9!#$%&’*+/=?^_`{|}~-]+(?:\.[a-z0-9!#$%&’*+/=?^_`{|}~-]+)*

 |  “(?:[\x01-\x08\x0b\x0c\x0e-\x1f\x21\x23-\x5b\x5d-\x7f]

     |  \\[\x01-\x09\x0b\x0c\x0e-\x7f])*”)

@ (?:(?:[a-z0-9](?:[a-z0-9-]*[a-z0-9])?\.)+[a-z0-9](?:[a-z0-9-]*[a-z0-9])?

 |  \[(?:(?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)\.){3}



         |  \\[\x01-\x09\x0b\x0c\x0e-\x7f])+)\])\z

  • Email addresses

Famous phycisists

(with their birth year) rearrange the letters

13) Beginners were here (1901) – Werner Heisenberg

14) A chairlady fame (1791) – Michael Faraday

15) Awaits on acne (1642)  – Isaac Newton

16) Nettle Binaries(1879) – Albert Einstein

17) I Urea crime (1867) – Marie Curie

18) I agile oil legal (1564) – Galileo Galilei

Famous monsters

Name the film


19 Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back – (The wampa ice creature that attacked Luke)

20 The Thing – (the thing!)

21 Pan’s Labyrinth – (the pale man)

22 Clash of the Titans – (The Kraken)

23 Monsters, Inc – (Randall Boggs)

24 Beowulf  (The sea monster?)


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.Net developer based in Brighton, UK. Interested in software, science, local politics and environment
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