Sunday, 19 December 2010

Sunday Quiz 13

Now I'm the proud recipient of a LAMMY (thanks Dave), I hope you continue to enjoy these quizzes...


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1.Its name in Sanskrit means 'full of food'.Which series of peaks in the Himalayas include the 10th highest mountain peak in the world, as well as the highest fatality to summit ratio, at 40 percent


Annapurna


2.Captain Edward L.Beach became the first to circumnavigate the globe using what mode of transport?


Submarine


3.Under the 15th Amendment of the American constitution, what was significant about the vote of Thomas Mundy Peterson in 1870?


The first African-American to vote


4.Aluminium ore is mainly extracted from which rock,named after the French village,where its properties were first recognised,by Pierre Berthier in 1821?


Bauxite


5.Jiyai Shin of South Korea is currently the world number one in which sport?


Golf (ladies)


6.By what name are the British comedy trio Greg Davies,Steve Hall and Marek Larwood better known?


We Are Klang


7.From which country,did Chad gain its independence in 1960?


France


8.Found almost exclusively in Australia,what sort of marine animal is the 'snubfin'?


Dolphin


9.Often referred to as the 'Father of Geometry',which Greek mathematician wrote his influential work 'Elements' in circa 300BC



Euclid


10.The innermost gulf on the Yellow Sea,which sea,due to it's close proximity to Beijing, is one of the most busy seaways in the world?


Bohai Sea


11.What three word title can be applied to a Communist Party of China leaders arrested after Mao Zedong's death,an English post-punk band who released the album 'Entertainment!' in 1979 and the name given to the founding members of the English Social Democratic Party in 1981?


Gang Of Four


12.The only overseas branch of Harrod's department store can be found in which South American country?


Argentina


13.Starring Steve Carrell as Gru,which 2010 animated film tells the story of a super-villain, who gets his pride wounded when someone steals an Egyptian pyramid,so he plans to pull the biggest heist of the century, by stealing the Moon.


Despicable Me


14.What is the capital of the disputed North African territory, Western Sahara?


Laayoune (or El Aaiun)


15.In January 2010,Rupert Humer became the first British journalist to be killed in the Afghanistan war zone.For which Sunday newspaper, was he working?


Sunday Mirror


16.Which low cost airline, is the largest scheduled airline and also a hub, at Wales' largest airport, at Cardiff?


BMIBaby


17.Which city in western France, located on the Loire River,is situated 50 kilometres from the Atlantic coast and is the 6th largest city in France?


Nantes


18.Located next to St Paul's cathedral what 200 year old London institution has been housed at Paternoster Square since 2004?


London Stock Exchange


19.Set in Bideford,North Devon,at the time of the Spanish Armada,what is the title of the 1855 Charles Kingsley novel,which shares its name with a nearby seaside resort?


Westward Ho!


20.Element 112 was previously known as ununbium until February 2010,when it was renamed after which scientist,on the 537th anniversary of his birth?


Nicolaus Copernicus (Copernicium)


21.The King Baudouin stadium in Brussels,Belgium was modernised in 1995.It was known by what name linked to a 1985 event?


Heysel Stadium


22.Alleged to have given one such item to Naomi Campbell,what is the name of the former Liberian President, who went on trial in 2010, for his part in the production of blood diamonds?


Charles Taylor


23.Used to treat a variety of ilnesses,it is produced by the adrenal gland.It is released in response to stress and its primary functions are to increase blood sugar, suppress the immune system, and aid in fat, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism.Name this steroid hormone?


Cortisol


24.In the world of video-gaming,who or what are Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde?


The ghosts in the Pac-man game


25.Euskadi Ta Askatasuna are a nationalist and terroist group who were founded in 1959 and declared a ceasefire in 2010.In which country do they originate and operate from?


Spain (more commonly known as ETA)


26.Situated in the town of Ossining,in which US city is the notorious Sing Sing prison?


New York


27.In 2007,entertainer Bob Monkhouse made a posthumous TV advert promoting the awareness of which particular illness/disease,which included the line 'What killed me kills one man per hour in Britain. That's even more than my wife's cooking!'?


Prostate Cancer


28.What name was given to the conspiracy to murder all the British cabinet ministers and Prime Minister Lord Liverpool in 1820?


Cato Street Conspiracy


29.What is the highest value prime number, that one can finish in a game of darts,using all three darts?


167 (One hundred and sixty seven)


30.The Riksdag is the national parliament of which European country?


Sweden


31.In line with Belfast and Newcastle Upon Tyne,which is the only European capital city is situated at 54 degress latitude?


Vilnius


32.Its influence extended primarily to the art work,especially among the Pre-Raphaelites.Who wrote the 1810 book 'Theory of Colours',showing phenomena such as coloured shadows and refraction?


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


33.It was a monarchy centered in Afghanistan and included northeastern Iran, the modern state of Pakistan as well as the Punjab region of India. It was established at Kandahar in 1747 an Afghan military commander under Nader Shah of Persia and ended in 1826,where it was later won by the British.What is the name of this short-lived,but important Empire?


The Durrani Empire


34.From which Western Cape prison was Nelson Mandela released after serving 27 years in 1990?


Victor Verster Prison


35.Alan Garcia is the current President of which South American country?


Peru


36.Composing around 75 operas, which Italian composer's most famous work is Lucia di Lammermoor,with the aria 'Una furtiva lagrima' from L'elisir d'amore,perhaps his most recognisable piece?


Gaetano Donizetti


37.Resulting in a British defeat,during which conflict ,did the 20th century Battle of Spion occur?


Second Boer War


38.C20 H25 N3 O is the chemical formula for which narcotic,synthesised in 1938 by Albert Hofmann?


LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide)


39.Similar in appearance to the xylophone, marimba, and glockenspiel ,it can be played with a different number of mallets and includes a sustain pedal.Which orchestral and jazz percussion instrument was first marketed in 1921?


Vibraphone


40.Based in Kazhakstan,it is the world's largest and also first space launch facility.It was where Sputnik 1 and Luna 1 launched and also saw Gagarin in Vostok 1 become the first man in space. What is the name of this facility, originally called Leninsk?


Baikonur Cosmodrome


41.With the main campuses at Camperdown and Darlington and a whole host of influential alumni,which is the oldest and second largest university in Australia?


University of Sydney


42.The rock musical,'Spiderman:Turn Off The Lights',is due for release in early 2011 on Broadway.Members of which rock band have wrote the music and lyrics for the production?


U2 (Bono and The Edge)


43.Held in Henham Park,Suffolk,it began in 2006,it is renowned for its comedy,music,literature and also its Radio 4 tent.What is the name of this festival,held in July each year?

The Latitude Festival

44.Which US chat show host's long running TV series, will be replaced by Piers Morgan in 2011,with the show 'Piers Morgan Tonight'?


Larry King


45.What attraction in Belfast opened in 2007,but closed in April 2010,primarily because it blocked a memorial to the Titanic victims ?


The Belfast Wheel


46.In terms of aviation,Ellen Church,a registered nurse,became the first
woman employed in what role in 1930?


Air Stewardess (known as stewardess at the time,but accept hostess flight attendant etc)


47.The Cook Islands announced in December 2010 the first case of which illness to be found on the Islands?


HIV


48.Which ninteenth century author was the founder and owner of british weekly literary magazine 'All the Year Round'?


Charles Dickens


49.In 1937,director Tex Avery introduced a new animated character in the cartoon short 'Egghead Rides Again'.Into what more recognisable character is Egghead known today?


Elmer Fudd


50. At the General Election televised debates,David Dimbleby moderated the Birmngham show for the BBC and Adam Boulton did the same for BSkyB in Bristol.Who moderated the first debate, in Manchester for ITV?



Alastair Stewart