Sep 15, 2014


At the 2014 US Open tennis tournament, Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese to make it to a Grand Slam singles final. Another well-known compatriot of his also featured in a competitive semi final at the same tournament for the first time (previously making other Grand Slam semi finals in 1994, 1995, and 1996).


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This day last year: Q.1081

Sep 14, 2014


The Japanese writer Haruki Murakami's novel "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage" was published in 2013. The English translation was released in Aug 2014.

The book is about Tsukuru and his quest to understand something that his four friends did to him. The name of each of these friends indicates a colour; in contrast, Tsukuru's name means 'to make'. Building on this, the publishers of the novel have included something unusual with each copy of the book, that could be used to decorate the book, one set representing each of the five friends.

What is included with the book?

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This day last year: Q.1080

Sep 13, 2014


The peacock is a very important symbol in this little-known religion, with the "Peacock Angel" being a significant figure in the religion's founding myths. They are primarily located in Northern Iraq, but if other forces in the region have their way, they may not remain there.

Which religion is this, which has made headlines in mid-2014 for being persecuted?

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This day last year: Q.1079

Sep 12, 2014


Played the Q.IZ contest?

The rock group U2 released its new album "Songs of Innocence" in September in Cupertino, California. One of the songs was made freely available to listeners using a certain marketplace.

What else was happening on that evening there?

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This day last year: Q.1078

Sep 11, 2014


Based on a guest question by Shaival Patel | contribute questions | Played the Q.IZ contest?

In September 2014, former England Captain Ian Botham delivered the 2014 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's. In his speech, he said "X" provides the "perfect opportunity for betting and therefore fixing" and believes "players are slaves to it". He added: "I'm worried about the "X" - in fact, I fear it shouldn't be there at all.It is changing the priorities of world cricket."

What was he talking about?

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This day last year: Q.1077