If you’ve read our new City Guide for 2018 and attempted the challenging quiz on page 26, we have the answers for you below. (If you haven’t done the quiz, we’ve included the questions so you can try it now – but don’t scroll down until you’re finished!) How many can you get out of 20?
#1 Singapore’s first MRT station, Toa Payoh, opened in what decade?
#2 Old Chang Kee is best known for what type of snack?
#3 The coldest temperature ever recorded in Singapore was (a) 22.6 (b) 19.4 or (c) 14.8 degrees Celsius?
#4 When President Obama visited Singapore in 2016, what local dish did he reference in his introductory remarks? (Hint: it starts with “r”.)
#5 Approximately how many passengers passed through Changi Airport last year, (a) 60 million, (b) 600 million or (c) 6 billion?
#6 What Singlish word refers to the practice of claiming a table at a food centre by leaving a packet of tissues on a table?
#7 Which island just off Singapore’s coast is said to have been formed by an elephant and a pig turning to stone?
#8 What is written in microtext on the back of the S$1,000 note? (Yes, there’s a $1,000 note!)
#9 What Singapore attraction was renovated in 2008 – at great expense – after feng shui experts deemed it was moving in an unlucky direction?
#10 If you stretched all of Singapore’s roads end to end, would they reach (a) Kuala Lumpur, (b) Hong Kong or (c) The Moon?
#11 What MRT stations have the anagrams Trauma Pork, Gender Kit and Siri Raps?
#12 If you order a cup of “Kopi C”, does it come black or white?
#13 What tasty-sounding road is Singapore’s longest?
#14 Approximately how many high-rise buildings does Singapore have, (a) 180, (b) 965 or (c) 4,300?
#15 What’s another term for Singapore’s Peranakan community?
#16 What hill was previously known at various times as Forbidden Hill, Government Hill, Sir Bonham’s Hill and Flag Hill?
#17 What is Singapore’s biggest export?
#18 Was Lau Pa Sat hawker centre built in (a) 1825, (b) 1898 or (c) 1944?
#19 Which ingredient is not found in a traditional Singapore Sling cocktail, (a) vodka, (b) pineapple juice or (c) cherry brandy?
#20 What 2018 Disney/Marvel blockbuster has already become the highest grossing film in Singapore box-office history?
- 1980s (1985)
- Curry puffs.
- (b) 19.4 degrees, recorded in 1934.
- Rojak. (Obama was referring to Singapore’s mix of races, religions and creeds.)
- (a) 60 million.
- Pulau Ubin.
- The words of the national anthem.
- The Singapore Flyer.
- (b) Hong Kong (3,000km approximately)
- Outram Park, Kent Ridge, Pasir Ris
- White. Kopi C is coffee with evaporated milk and sugar added.
- The “PIE” (Pan-Island Expressway), at 42.8km.
- (c) 4,300.
- Straits-born Chinese or Baba-Nyonya.
- Fort Canning Hill.
- Electronic integrated circuits (almost 10 percent of all exports).
- (a) 1825
- (a) Vodka. The Singapore Sling is a gin-based cocktail.
- Avengers: Infinity War
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