Saturday, 24 December 2011

Christmas Quiz

Happy Christmas to everyone!

Thank-you very much for the support you have given in the past year.

I now have readers from all around the globe,which is pleasing to know.

My Twitter quizzes will be back up from 26th December,so keep an eye out.

Below is a Christmas related quiz.(I promise not to ask the names of Santa's reindeer)

Hope you enjoy......................

1.The Hotelling-Faustmann model is a standard used by many countries,when deciding the price of which Christmas commodity?

Christmas Trees

2.The Christmas mountains,which have peaks including North Pole Mountain,Mount Prancer and Mount St Nicholas,can be found in which mountain range?


3.The Christmas carol 'In The Bleak Midwinter' was written by Christina Rossetti as a poem,which was published posthumously in 1904.Which British composer added the music two years later?

Gustav Holst

4.In which two of New Testament Gospels is the story of the nativity told?

Matthew and Luke

5.The 'Pasterka' is the midnight mass service in which European country,which also uses Christmas Eve day as a period of fasting?


6.Operation Christmas Drop,is an American Air Force training tradition,whereby members of the Andersen Air Force base and the residents of which of America's territories, drop gifts to remote islands throughout Micronesia?


7.What name is given to the date in the Christian calendar when Mary was visited by the Angel Gabriel?

The Annunciation

8.Who is the only British monarch,to be crowned at Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day?

William I (the conqueror)

9.Which actress born on Christmas Day 1949,has been nominated for six Academy Awards,winning Best Actress in 1980 for her part in 'The Coal Miner's Daughter?

Sissy Spacek

10.Elvis Presley had only one UK Christmas number one single in 1962,with which song?

Return To Sender

11.A collection of letters written and illustrated between 1920 and 1942 for his children, from 'Father Christmas'. They tell of the adventures and misadventures of Father Christmas and his helpers, including the North Polar Bear and his two sidekick cubs, Paksu and Valkotukka.Eventually published in 1976 and 2004,who was the well-known author?

JRR Tolkein

12.Its name meaning nativity in Portuguese,which large South American city was founded on Christmas Day 1599?


13.In the traditional song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas',how many animals are mentioned?

23 (Twenty three)

14.He played Prince Humperdinck in the film 'The Princess Bride' and was also nominated for an Academy Award for his part in 'Dog Day Afternoon',which actor performed the part of main character,Jack Skellington,in Tim Burton's 'The Nightmare Before Christmas?

Chris Sarandon

15.Which artist painted an 1894 nativity scene with a Tahitian scene,titled 'Be Be'?

Paul Gaugin

16.Based on the nativity,who wrote his first play in 1940 'Bariona, ou le fils du tonnerre ',which was written and performed during his time as a prisoner of war in a German stalag?

Jean Paul Sartre

17.The Australian Indian Ocean Territories consist of two island groups.Christmas Island is one,which is the other?

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

18.Cattleya Maxima is also known as Christmas flower.To which species of flower does it belong?


19.The Belavezha Accords held in 1991,prompted the resignation of which President on Christmas Day of the same year?

Mikhail Gorbachev

20.Which type of Christmas decoration was founded in Lauscha,Germany in the nineteenth century and became globally popularised, when FW Woolworth began selling them in his shops?


21.The son of Pepin the Short,which Holy Roman Emperor was crowned on Christmas Day 800AD.He is also known as Charles I of Germany?


22.During the Boxing day 2004 tsunami,many Asian countries were hit,but which nation had the largest death toll, of the African nations hit?


23.So called,because of their abundance at Christmas time,what type of insect,native to Australia,is from the genus Anoplognathus?


24.Which Christmas character has been played on screen by Judy Cornwell in 1985,Elizabeth Mitchell in 2006 and Miranda Richardson in 2007?

Mrs Claus

25..According to tradition,this item was introduced in 1847 by Thomas Smith.Its original name was the 'Cosaque',but over time it gained its onomatopoeic name by which we know today.What Christmas item is this?


26.Which explorer discovered Christmas Island in 1777?

Captain James Cook

27.Carlos Andres Perez died on Christmas Day 2010.He served two seperate terms as President and was eventually impeached in 1993.In which South American country did he hold office?


28.Killing an estimated 681 people in 1940,in which English City did the 'Christmas Blitz' occur?


29.In which country is the traditional Christmas dessert known as Risalamande,where the finder of the almond in the centre is entitled to an extra present?


30.Shunned by The Times,The Guardian and the BBC in many of their guides,what word,according to Millicent Fenwick's 1948 'Vogue Book of Etiquette' should never be used in Christmas greetings cards?


31.An American football competition,the final is played between the top two high schools from two regions,Kanto and Kansai.In which country is the annual Christmas Bowl played?


32.Although he served in Turkey,what nationality was St Nicholas of Myra, from whom Santa Claus is said to have derived?


33.Haplochromis phytophagus or 'Christmas fulu' is native to Kenya,Uganda and Tanzania.Which type of animal is it?


34.Written in six parts,the Christmas Oratorio is a 1734 work by which composer who also wrote the Ascension Oratorio and Easter Oratorio, around the same time?

Johann Sebastian Bach

35.In most parts of China, Christmas is not a public holiday, but in which two administrative areas of China is the public holiday observed?

Hong Kong and Macau

36.In the novel 'A Christmas Carol' which character says 'God bless us, every one!' whilst eating Christmas dinner,a line Dickens repeats at the end of the story?

Tiny Tim

37.To the nearest 5 degrees south,what is the latitude of Christmas Island (Australian Territory)?

10 (ten) degrees and 30 minutes South

38.'Julemanden',literally 'The Yule Man ,is the Santa Claus equivalent in which Scandinavian country?


39.Well known for his thriller novels,which American author wrote the Time Bestselling, comedy novel 'Skipping Christmas' in 2001,which was the basis of the 2004 film 'Christmas With The Kranks'?

John Grisham

40.Thought by many to be the worst construction of its kind and involving deaths during its testing,the Christmas Bullet,designed by Dr William Christmas, was what mode of transport?

Aircraft (fighter bi-plane)

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Thursday Quiz 60

Last Thursday Quiz of the year.

I hope you enjoy this set....................

1.A relative of black pepper,it is known for its narcotic and sedative properties.What is the name of the traditional Polynesian beverage,that is fermented by chewed or grated peeled roots of 'Piper methysticum'?


2.What unit of measurement,is equivalent to one tenth of a nautical mile?


3.What name was given to the part of France's American empire that comprised modern day Prince Edward Island,Nova Scotia and New Brunswick?


4.Produced by Italian manufacturer Pagani between 1999-2011,it is a high-end (sports) road car.Originally named the 'Fangio F1' ,it was renamed,in 1995,after an air current above Argentina.What is the popular name of this vehicle?

(Pagani) Zonda

5.In which decade did UNICEF,Linus Pauling and Dag Hammarskjold all win the Nobel Peace Prize?


6.What name is given to the protective coat surrounding a cereal seed ,which is particulalrly well known for its high fibre content?


7.It has it's own parliament and can draw comparisons with the Isle of Man,in terms of governance.The Aland Islands,in the Baltic Sea, is ultimately under which country's sovereignty?


8.Which hugely successful rock group released their 9th and final studio album,entitled 'Coda',in 1982?

Led Zeppelin

9.The second most populated urban area in Castile and Leon,which city in western Spain,is home to the country's oldest university,founded in 1218?


10.In football,only two men have managed winning teams of both the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA World Cup.Name either?

Marcello Lippi and Vincente del Bosque

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


12.Who was the British Prime Minister,at the time of the outbreak,of the Vietnam War?

Anthony Eden

13.In terms of population,which is the smallest Australian state capital city?


14.One of the breakthrough British acts of 2011,what is the real surname of the British singer-songwriter known as Jessie J?


15.Spotted by Sylvester Stallone whilst taking part in NBC's 'America's Toughest Bouncer',he is a 'tough guy actor',known for his distinctive haircut.By what name is Laurence Tureaud usually referred?

Mr T

16.Receiving 17 Emmy nominations in 2011,which US TV comedy series revolves around three families,inter-related through Jay Pritchett (played by Ed O'Neill) and his children?

Modern Family

17.Named after the number of women to attend the first meeting in 1929,it elected Amelia Earhart its first President two years later.Which organisation was created to provide mutual support and advancement for female pilots,primarily in America?

The Ninety Nines

18.Also known as the lancehead viper it is endemic to Martinique.By what French name is the venomous snake from the Bothrops lanceolatus species,usually referred?


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


20.Part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands,which island is served by the capital city of Oranjestad?


21.The site of many rocket and space shuttle launches,in which US state is Cape Canaveral (Cape Kennedy between 1963-1973),found?


22.Since 1998,the world's busiest airport ,by passenger traffic,is located in Atlanta,Georgia.After which two former city mayors is the airport named?

(William)Hartsfield (Maynard)Jackson

23.The letters INRI are the first letters of the Latin wording placed on the cross of Jesus at Pilate's request.In Latin it says 'Iesus Nazarenus,Rex Iudaeorum'.How does this translate to English?

Jesus of Nazareth,King of the Jews

24.In 1901,Emil Adolf von Behring,became the first Nobel Prize winner of which category?

Physiology or Medicine

25.Winning 4 times in the 1970s and twice in the 2000's,which team holds the record for the most American football 'Superbowl' wins?

Pittsburgh Steelers

26.In tennis,which was the last year that the same country provided all four men's Grand Slam singles winners in the same year?

1988 (Mats Wilander won Aus,US and French.Stefan Edberg won Wimbledon)

27.In Greek mythology which Spartan king was the husband of Leda and father of Helen,Clytemnestra, Timandra, Phoebe,Philonoe,Castor and Polydeuces?

King Tyndareus

28.Effective from 1999,the Treaty of Ottawa,was agreed by over 150 nations,to put an end to the production and development of which type of weapon?

Land Mine (Anti-personnel)

29.In the Sergei Prokofiev work 'Peter and the Wolf',which character is portrayed by the bassoon?


30.In the Charles Dickens novel,what is the first name of the title character known as 'Little Dorrit'?


Sunday, 18 December 2011

Sunday Quiz 57

Hello,I have created a 2011 quiz this evening,with questions relating to events this year.

Also I thought i'd let you know of the quizzes over the Christmas period:

Thurs 22nd Dec - Thursday Quiz as normal
Sun 25th Dec - Christmas Quiz (As is traditional,it will largely be a repeat of last year's)
Thurs 29th Dec - No Quiz - On hols
Sun 1st Jan - Normal Quiz. First of 2012

Anyway I hope you enjoy this set.............

1.Her profile was boosted further in 2011 after marrying and divorcing basketball player Kris Humphries in just three months.Which US reality TV star,according to the 'Zeitgeist',was the most searched celebrity on Google in 2011?

Kim Kardashian

2. In October 2011,Richard Branson opened the world's first commercial spaceport,known as 'Spaceport America',where he is expected to begin commercial flights by 2013.In which US state is it located?

New Mexico

3.In August 2011,which 58 year old US sitcom star,most popular during the 1990s,announced on Jay Leno's 'The Tonight Show',that she would be running for US President at the 2012 election?

Roseanne Barr

4.Released in December 2011,what is the name of the successor to the Sony handheld game console known as the 'PSP' or Playstation Portable?

Playstation Vita (or PSV)

5.Both opening in the UK in 2011,which British architect designed both the 'Turner Contemporary',in Margate and the 'Hepworth Wakefield' art galleries?

David Chipperfield

6.Previously known under his stage name 'Sweet Mickey',the former recording artist,Michael Martelly became the President of which Central American country in May 2011?


7.Also known as 'the lying down game',it became an internet sensation in 2011.First coined in Australia,what term is given to the action of lying face down with arms to the sides, in unusual public spaces and photographing it?


8.In May 2011,Malta held a referendum which resulted in the legalisation of divorce.At that time only two other countries in the world did not permit divorce.Vatican City was one,but which Asian country was the other?


9.Much in the news in March 2011,what is the SI derived unit of dose equivalent radiation?


10. In November 2011,the work entitled 'Rhein II',was sold for $4.3million (£2.7m) at Christies's in New York,becoming the most expensive photograph ever sold.It is a work created by which noted,German photographer?

Andreas Gursky

11.At the 2011 Academy Awards,which film provided the winners of both 'Best Supporting' acting roles,with Christian Bale and Melissa Leo the respective recipients?

The Fighter

12.Following the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in May 2011,which American economist became the interim Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund,before Christine Lagarde was appointed permanently in August of the same year?

John Lipsky

13.In October 2011,which European separatist militant organisation declared an end to its 43-year campaign of political violence, which has killed over 800 people since 1968?

ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna )

14.Currently creative director of fashion brand Alexander McQueen,who designed the wedding dress for (Catherine)Kate Middleton,for her marriage to Prince William in April 2011?

Sarah Burton

15.Created by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich in 2005,it is an Emmy award-winning,adult comedy show,that parodies a number of pop culture conventions,using 'stop-motion' animation of toys, action figures, and 'claymation'.Known for using a host of cameo voices,it was to be the last role,before his death in 2011,of American actor Gary Coleman.What is this show's title?

Robot Chicken

16.Succeeding Alan Garcia in July 2011,Ollanta Humala became the President of which South American country?


17.Noted for his discovery of 'quasicrystals',in which Nobel Prize category was the Israeli professor,Dan Shechtman awarded in 2011?


18.Found in February 2011 amongst manuscripts bought by a children's book charity, the unpublished work entitled 'Mr Tumpy's Caravan',was created by which author?

Enid Blyton

19.Ending Lindsey Vonn's run of the last three years,which female German alpine skier became the 2011 Overall World Cup Champion?

Maria Riesch

20.Up to 14th December,which film was the highest grossing of 2011,that was not a sequel?

The Smurfs

21.Located in the Mozambique Channel in the Indian Ocean,which island became the fifth French overseas department in March 2011?


22.Performing the song 'Running Scared',singers Eldar and Nigar were announced as winners of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.Which country did they represent,only the fourth time the country had entered?


23.In June 2011,Tea Obreht became the youngest author to win the Orange Prize for Fiction.What was the title of her debut novel?

The Tiger's Wife

24.At the 2011 World Athletics Championships,which Australian hurdler,later named 2011 IAAF 'Woman Athlete of the Year' took Gold in the 100 metres hurdles final?

Sally Pearson

25.The travelling companion of Che Guevara during their 1952 trip around Latin America,he authored the memoir 'Travelling with Che Guevara: The Making of a Revolutionary'.This served as a reference for the 2004 film 'The Motorcycle Diaries', in which he was played by Rodrigo de la Serna.What is the name of this Argentine-Cuban doctor,writer and scientist,who died in March 2011?

Alberto Granado

26.Constructed as a replacement for 'Challenger' ,which space shuttle,that made its first flight in 1992,was finally retired in June 2011?


27.Reaching the top 10 of the US Country music charts 5 times between 1969 and 1977, her biggest hit was 'Blanket on the Ground', which, became her only number one in 1975.She also released 17 studio albums between 1968-1983.What is the name of this American country star,known for her bluesy voice,who died in December 2011?

Billy Jo Spears

28.In July 2011,which former Wales rugby international,became the first person to complete the 'Explorers' Grand Slam,a challenge to reach the seven continental summits and both Poles in the same year? Richard Parks
29.In January 2011,Estonia became the latest country to join the Euro.What was the name of its previous currency?


30.Also the name of her 2011 tour,which female American singer,released her seventh studio album, 'Femme Fatale', in 2011?

Britney Spears

31.According to the 2011 Forbes 'Rich List',Frenchman Bernard Arnault,is Europe's richest man.Of which French luxury goods conglomerate is he the CEO?

LVMH (Louis Vuitton and Moet Hennessy)

32.Beating Uruguayan team Penarol in the final,which Brazilian football team won the 2011 Copa Libertadores?


33.In October 2011,Tomas Transtromer,from Sweden,became a Nobel Laureate in which category?


34.Entering service in October 2011,which Asian airline provided the first commercial flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner?

All Nippon Airways

35.As part of the Arab Spring series of protests and revolutions in 2011,which African country ,became the first to overthrow their leader,Zine El Abidine Ben Ali,forcing him into exile in Saudi Arabia?


36.In April 2011,who became the first Spanish actress to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?

Penelope Cruz

37.In October 2011,Helle Thorning-Schmidt,became the first ever female Prime Minister of which European country?


38.Writing the novel,'A Sense of an Ending',who was awarded the 2011 Man Booker literary prize?

Julian Barnes

39.In November 2011,Ivian Sarcos became the latest winner of the Miss World beauty pageant.Which South American country did she represent?


40.Replacing the long-running Larry King Live, in January 2011,'Piers Morgan Tonight' made its TV debut on CNN.Which fellow TV chat show host was his first guest?

Oprah Winfrey

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Thursday Quiz 59

Here's another set of 30 to get you through the cold snap.


1.In December 2011,which country became the first ever country to formally leave the Kyoto Protocol?


2.An American pioneer,he is known for his role in defending the Alamo during the Texas Revoulution,where he was killed in 1836.He is,however,best known as the inventor of a curved sheath knife bearing his name.What is his name?

James (Jim) Bowie

3.Completed by Ogden Nash in 1968.,the poem 'The Scoobious Pip', tells of an animal of unknown taxonomy and the attempts of the other animals of the world to classify it.Due to his death in 1888,it was,originally, the unfinished work of which English poet and illustrator?

Edward Lear

4.Formerly used as a whaling base,its largest island is Spitsbergen.What is the name of the archipelago,located in the Arctic Circle which constitutes the northernmost part of Norway?


5.Represented by Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland,which country won the 2011 Mens Golf World Cup in November 2011?


6.The national flower of Russia,it belongs to the plant family Asteraceae.It is perhaps best known as a sleeping aid and as a popular herbal tea.By what name is it commonly known?


7.Common in South and Central America as well as Africa,what type of animal is a 'characin'?

Fish (similar to carp)

8.In 1939,which surrealist painter designed the set and wrote the libretto for a ballet entitled 'Bacchanale',based on Wagner's 'Tannhauser' and the myth of Leda and the Swan?

Salvadore Dali

9.Which scientific theory is largely associated with the American meteorologist Edward Lorenz,arising from his study of convection in the atmosphere?

Chaos Theory

10.Airing between 1997-2002,this US TV sitcom is centred around a couple who marry on their first date,despite being complete opposites.Starring Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson in the title roles,what is the show's name?

Dharma and Greg

11.In Greek mythology,what was the name of the wise centaur who taught many Greek heroes including Jason,Achilles,Perseus and Asclepius,at his school in Thessaly?


12.Along with Judea it was renamed 'The West Bank' following the Jordanian conquest of 1948.What was the name of the capital city,of the ancient Kingdom of Israel?


13.Much used in the Renaissance period,what is the name of the classical motif,in the style of a ram's horn,overflowing with fruit and flowers and symbolising abundance and plenty?


14.Named as an imitation of Sierra Leone's capital,Freetown,which city serves as the capital of Gabon?


15.The basis for a 1972 film,which American author's best known work is 'The Poseidon Adventure'?

Paul Gallico

16.Olympic art competitions formed part of the modern Olympic Games during its early years.The first was held in 1912 in Stockholm,but at which Summer Games,(also held in Europe),did it make its final appearance?

Helsinki (1952)

17.Derived from the Greek meaning 'to inscribe',what word is used to describe a brief, interesting and usually memorable statement,originally made on statues,but has since been used in a variety of texts?


18.Originating in South Asia,it is an edible fat,derived from butter,by removing most of the water.What is the name of this foodstuff,whose name is taken from Sanskrit?


19.Currently,which is the only country in South America where (male) homosexual acts are still illegal?


20.Which of the great Greek tragedians wrote plays including 'Heracles','Hippolytus' and 'Phoenician Women'?


21.What three-word phrase (or term) connects a 1996 film starring Bruce Willis,a 2001 novel by David Baldacci and a 2011 US TV sitcom starring Tim Allen?

Last Man Standing

22.Meaning 'Way of the Warrior-Knight',which Japanese word was originally used to describe the code of conduct for a Samurai?


23.Commonly known as rock salt,what is the scientific name given to the mineral form of sodium chloride?


24.Separated by the Qiongzhou Strait from the Leizhou Peninsula,it is comparable to Belgium in its size.Assuming Taiwan is accepted as the largest,which is the second largest Chinese island,in terms of area?

Hainan Island

25.Of the recording artists that made up the 1956 'Million Dollar Quartet',who was the oldest?

Johnny Cash

26.Queen Maud Land,is the most southerly territory to pass through the Prime Meridian.Located in Antarctica,it belongs to which European country?


27.He released his third album in 2008,entitled 'Year of the Gentleman'.This contained the singles 'Closer','Mad' and 'Miss Independent',which were top 20 hits on both sides of the Atlantic.Also known as an actor and songwriter for other artists,how is the American R&B star,Shaffer Chimere Smith Jr ,more commonly known?


28.Covering the entire compulsory school education period,the'Folkeskole', is a system whereby the student stays at the same school from the age of 6 through to 17 years of age.In which European country is it popular?


29.It is a liquid obtained from coal tar and used in the production of dyes,plastics,insecticides and detergents.With the chemical formula C6H6,what is the name of this aromatic compound?


30.Which wild west figure has been famously portrayed in films by Burt Lancaster (1957),Kurt Russell(1993) and Kevin Costner (1994)?

Wyatt Earp

Monday, 12 December 2011

Sorry for the delay....

Due to some time constraints (I'll not bore you),I was unable to complete this Sunday's Quiz,however I have compiled a 'Best Of' quiz of 50 Questions used over the past year.

As it is coming up for Christmas,you may want this compilation set on a PDF format for use at work,home etc.If you do,let me know and I'll e-mail a copy over to you.(

I hope you enjoy them and I'll be back as normal on Thursday

Many thanks

1.What two word phrase links a chain of clothing stores owned by Gap Inc, a hit single by the post-punk group The Boomtown Rats and a term used for a politically unstable country dependent upon limited agriculture?

Banana Republic

2.Of the five recognised dwarf planets, which is the largest ,both in terms of size and mass?


3.Gwyneth Lewis,Gwyn Thomas and (currently) Gillian Clarke have all held which important ,cultural post in Wales,since its inception in 2005?

National Poet

4.Born in Munchenbuchsee,Switzerland,which expressionist and surrealist painter's works include Rose Garden,Head of Man and Castle and Sun?

Paul Klee

5.With an atomic number of 76,it is twice as dense as lead.Which element,a part of the platinum family,is the densest natural element?


6.It is the annual national pilgrimage of Ireland and held on the last Sunday of the month of July. Pilgrims climb Ireland's holiest mountain,Croagh Patrick in County Mayo, traditionally,in their bare feet. It is held in honour of Saint Patrick with appoximately 20,000-30,000 pilgrims participating on the day. With a name sounding like an unpleasant smell what is this holy day called?

Reek Sunday (accept Garland Sunday)

7.Rehoboam was the ruler of Judah in 930 BC. Which biblical ruler was his father,who died in 931 BC?


8. In which of Shakespeare's plays would you find the characters Cloten,Imogen and Caius Lucius?


9.This make of British sportscar is named after a former, multiple Formula One Champion. It was founded by Dutch millionaire Klaas Zwart in 1995 and the first models being the 'FGT' in 1995 then the 'Ecosse' in 1998. What is the name of this 'high end' vehicle manufacturer,based in Banbury?

Ascari Cars

10.With the only difference being a slightly darker tint of blue on the left hand vertical strip,which African country's flag is almost identical to that of Romania?


11.Noted for a number of works,he discovered Saturn's rings,the pendulum clock and wave theory, amongst others.Who is this 17th century Dutch scientist?

Christain Huygens

12.Its explosions are believed to be the origin of long-duration gamma ray bursts.Which astronomical term refers to an exceptionally large star that collapses at the end of its lifespan,specifically to an explosion with an energy of over 100 supernovae?


13.The last Brazilian film to have won an Academy Award was in 1985,when William Hurt won the award for Best actor. The film was also nominated in the Best Picture,Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay categories.Directed by Hector Babenco and based on the 1976 novel by Manuel Puig,what is the English title of this film,set in a Brazilian prison?

Kiss Of The Spider Woman

14.What name links a donkey from George Orwell's 'Animal Farm',one of the sons of the biblical figure Jacob and a slang term for an American hundred dollar bill?


15.Fought and won under the command of the Duke of Marlborough,during which conflict did the 1706 Battle of Ramillies take place?

War of Spanish Succession

16.With approximately fifty percent taken up by resevoirs, what is the longest river on the Iberian peninsula?


17. Still trying to seek independance,what is the name of the exclave and province of Angola, that is seperated from the rest of Angola, by a narrow strip belonging to the Democratic Republic of Congo?


18.A painter of the Pop Art movement,he was a contemporary of David Hockney and studied at Chelsea School of Art. His works include 'Still Life With Dagger', 'Sweet Bowl' and 'After Lunch'. What is the name of this artist, who won the Turner Prize in 1987 and died in 1995?

Patrick Caulfield

19.One of the largest toy manufacturers in the world, it was founded by Henry and Helal Hassenfeld in 1923. What is the name of this company ,whose products include Mr Potato Head , GI Joe and My Little Pony ,amongst others?


20.His most 'famous' work is The Origin of the Knights of Bath,he became poet laureate when he was 30 years, the youngest ever. Which 18th century poet gained this distinction?

Laurence Eusden

21.Sao Miguel,Pico and Terceira are the largest islands in which
archipelago,situated in the Atlantic Ocean?

The Azores

22.His conquests have included the Golden Gate Bridge,The Eiffel Tower and the Petronas Towers. What is the name of the renowned French climber, nicknamed 'Spiderman' for his reputation of climbing without ropes and who also suffers from vertigo?

Alain Robert

23.What is the capital city of ,the former Soviet state, Turkmenistan?


24.Used everyday in hospitals and at doctors' surgeries, for what is a sphygmomanometer, used to measure?

Blood Pressure

25.In 'Peter and the Wolf,by Russian composer,Sergei Prokofiev,each animal is represented by an orchestral instrument.Which instrument,traditionally, represents the Wolf?

French Horn(s)

26.Which son of Gengis Khan,succeeded his father in 1229 and became the second 'Great Khan',of the Mongol Empire?

Ogedei Khan

27.Andrew Lloyd Webber has won an Oscar for best original song in Evita (1996) . Name of the other two musicals for which he has also received an Academy Award nomination?

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) Phantom of The Opera (2004)

28.Which chemical element is represented on the periodic table by the letter 'V'?


29.Who is the only FIFA World player of the year that has never played at a World Cup Finals?

George Weah

30.What is the name of the Christian denomination founded in Switzerland in 1693 by Jakob Ammann?


31.What name was given to the followers of a 14th century political and religious movement,led by John Wycliffe?


32.Winning in 1902 in the category of physiology or medecine for his work on malaria,who became the first British person to be awarded a Nobel Prize?

Ronald Ross

33.With four category wins,which film,along with 'The King's Speech', picked up the most awards at the 2011 Academy award ceremony?


34.Which is the first chemical element,by atomic number,whose chemical symbol, is also an American state code abbreviation?

Neon (atomic number 10 - NE is zipcode for Nebraska)

35.Which one colour is common to the flags of Jamaica,Syria and the Bahamas?


36.Produced by Italian brandy producer Arturo Vaccari, which yellow liquer named after a war hero, is a blend of herbs and fruits such as star anise and juniper?


37.Which unit of weight is equal to 1/7000th of a pound?

A Grain

38. Which word, familiar to generations of British soldier, derives from a Hindustani word for home ?


39.England played many of its early football international games at cricket grounds,but which was the first football stadium to host an England international football game (a stadium still in use today)?

Bramall Lane

40.The Golan Heights form a rocky plateau, that serves both as an area of strategic importance and as a popular tourist attraction.In which country is this area situated?


41.Maglev is currently the system used by the World's fastest commercial train,the Shanghai Maglev.For which two words is Maglev an abbreviation`?

Magnetic Levitation

42.Which American photographer was noted for his black and white depictions of the American West including the work 'Moon and Half Dome' and was also the pioneer of the Zone System photography technique?

Ansel Adams

43.Which team won the last ever East German football league title in 1991?

FC Hansa Rostock

44.Instrumental in retaining the right of Scottish banks to issue their own notes in 1826,who appears on every Scottish bank note?

Sir Walter Scott

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


46.In which modern day country can Mount Sinai,the location where Moses received the Ten Commandments, be found?


47.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)

48.Which Graham Greene novel features the character James Wormold,a vacuum cleaner salesman,who becomes caught up in the world of espionage?

Our Man in Havana

49.The first country to allow female Members of Parliament,which country was also the first European country to allow women to vote in parliamentary elections?


50.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

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Thursday Quiz 58

Here's my next set


1.Which Shakespearean character shares the name with the second largest moon of Uranus?


2.Which Japanese composer is particularly famous for his film soundtracks,including 'Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence'(1983),'The Last Emperor'(1987) and 'Snake Eyes'(1998)?

Ryuichi Sakamoto

3.Founded in 1997,it is now published in seven languages and has around 450,000 e-mail subscribers.The 'ZENIT' new agency aims to represent the views of which Christian denomination?

Roman Catholic

4.Within the arts in the UK,what position has been held,most recently, by Trevor Hands (1986-1991),Adrian Noble (1991-2003) and Michael Boyd since 2003?

Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company

5.Making their debut at the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix,which country became the most recent to provide a driver in a Formula One race?

Russia (Vitaly Petrov)

6.Who was the British Prime Minister during the short reign of King Edward VIII?

Stanley Baldwin

7.Famous for developing the 'Android' mobile operating system,they are sometimes referred to as the 'OHA'.Which three-word name is given to the consortium of several companies,including, HTC,Motorola,Samsung Electronics and T-Mobile,which aims to develop open standards for mobile devices?

Open Handset Alliance

8.The Troodos Mountains are the location of the highest peak,whilst the Pedieos is the longest river.In which European country can these geographical features be found?


9.Which island nation located in the central Atlantic ocean,is an archipelago of 10 islands,with Santiago being the largest in terms of area and population?

Cape Verde

10.Only two men have been nominated for acting Academy Awards in five different decades.Unsurprisingly,Jack Nicholson is one,but who is the other?

Michael Caine

11.Based on a Gregory Maguire novel of 1995,which musical by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman explores the relationship between the misunderstood character Elphaba and the ambitious,glamourous character,Galinda Upland?


12.Augusta Ada King,Countess of Lovelace,was best known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical computer, the analytical engine.Her mother was Anne Isabella Milbanke,but which poet,was her famous father?

Lord (George) Byron

13.Almost totally destroyed in 1887 by earthquake,it was its country's capital until 1997.The city of Almaty is the largest city,in terms of population,of which former Soviet state?


14.Sharing a name with a US state capital,which battle of 1776 saw George Washington command his first military action on American soil?

Battle of Trenton

15.Originally formed in 1995 as 'Kara's Flowers',which American pop/rock band,fronted by Adam Levine,have sold more than 15 million albums worldwide,with their releases, 'Songs About Jane'(2002),' It Won't Be Soon Before Long'(2007) and 'Hands All Over'(2010)?

Maroon 5

16.A 19th century American campaigner for women's rights and dress reforms,she founded the feminist paper 'The Lily' in 1849.In pursuit of dress equality,she is best known for wearing 'trousers for women',(which would later bear her name).What is this campaigner's name?

Amelia Bloomer (trousers known as Bloomers)

17.Which American statesman and soldier,was commander-in-chief during the Texan War,where his army defeated the Mexicans at the 1836 Battle of San Jacinto,paving the way for the Republic of Texas to become an independent country?

Sam Houston

18.Receiving an Honorary Academy Award in 2004,which American directed,amongst others,the films 'Breakfast at Tiffany's','Days of Wine and Roses' and the 'Pink Panther' series of films,starring Peter Sellars?

Blake Edwards

19.An Italian Jewish chemist and writer,he wrote novels, short stories, essays, and poems.He is best known for writing 'If This Is a Man',an account of the year he spent as a prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp.What is this writer's name?

Primo Levi

20.Beating Argentina 3-1 in the final,which country won the Davis Cup in December 2011?


21.Known for containing temple pyramids and the largest known Meso-American ballcourt,which ancient Mexican city served as the Mayan capital of the Yucutan peninsular,between (circa)the 11th and 13th centuries?

Chichen Itza

22.Used extensively in the cosmetic and health care sectors,by what name is the yellow waxy substance,secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals,usually referred?


23.Occupying most of the eastern part of the country,which historical province of the Czech Republic includes the cities of Brno,Ostrava and Olomouc?


24.Found in most vertebrates,the are manufactured by bone marrow.By what three-word name are erythrocytes,usually referred?

Red Blood Cells

25.A British literary prize,it is awarded each year,by the Society of Authors,to the best writer,under the age of 35, of a book published in the past year.The winner receives a £12,000 prize,which must be spent on foreign travel.Which British author,born 1874,instituted this award in 1947?

Somerset Maugham

26.Rewarded for its people's brave defence against the Spanish in 1574,which city,(also the birthplace of Rembrandt),became the first Dutch university city in 1575?


27.Which city serves as the capital of the Caribbean nation of Grenada?

St George's

28.In Hindu and Buddhist religious art,it is thought to help with prayer and meditation.Which general shape is represented by 'mandala'?

Circle (circular)

29.A global reality TV franchise,it is known as 'Ich bin ein Star – Holt mich hier raus!' in Germany,'Kandisdjungeln' in Sweden and 'Bobo's in the Bush' in the Netherlands.How is it known in the UK and USA?

I'm A Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here!

30.The French culinary term,'beche-de-mer',refers to the food obtained from which marine animal,found in the South West Pacific?

Sea Cucumber

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Sunday Quiz 56

Hello again and thanks for waiting this week.Unfortunately,things have been a bit hectic this week,but I now have a set of 40 for you to have a go at.

Great to be back at a Grand Prix event this week as it seems ages since my last(in October).

Still waiting for my Brain of Britain date,but should hear soon,as I know I'm definitely on in January.I'll keep you posted.

Back to business(kudos awarded for linking the answers to Questions 26 and 27.I'll post that answer on Thursday).............

1.In December 2011,Brazilian football legend,'Socrates', died following complications from food poisoning.For which football club did he spent most of his career?


2.Mentioned in the New Testament,Simon of Cyrene was the person who helped Jesus carry the cross.In which modern day country could Cyrene be located?


3.What place name is shared by the capital city of Antigua and Barbuda and the capital of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador?

St Johns

4.In the 'Transformers' series of films,toys and TV shows,'Optimus Prime' is the leader of the heroic 'Autobots'.Who is the leader of the evil 'Decepticons'?


5.Winning the Gambrinus liga for the first time in 2011,they made their Champions League debut in the 2011/12 season.In which European country does FC Viktoria Plzen play its domestic football?

Czech Republic

6.In terms of population,which is the largest of the French overseas departments?


7.Famous for its 1854 battle and for its namesake type of hood,in which modern day country can the town of Balaclava be found?


8.Completed in 1986,which two Asian countries are connected by the The King Fahd Causeway?

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

9.A ten-time Grammy Award winner,she gained fame,in the 1970s,as the frontwoman of the funk band Rufus.She has since has a successful solo career and released albums such as 'I Feel for You','Destiny' and 'CK'.By what stage name is the American soul singer Yvette Marie Stephens,better known?

Chaka Khan

10.Its leading members included Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Theodore Rousseau, Jean-Francois Millet and Charles-Francois Daubigny.What name is given to this group of 19th century,French landscape painters,whose name is derived from the village near Fontainebleau Forest, where the artists gathered?

Barbizon School

11.Which US TV sitcom,first aired in 2000,has seen numerous cameo performances during its 11 year history, including Shaquille O'Neal,Alanis Morrisette,Martin Scorcese,Mel Brooks,Ben Stiller,Hugh Hefner and Ricky Gervais?

Curb Your Enthusiasm

12.In 1996 convicted murder Billy Bailey,was executed in the state of Delaware.He is noted as the last person in the United States,to be executed by which method?


13.Prominent during the English Civil Wars,what was the name of the political movement,which emphasised popular sovereignty,equality before the law and religious tolerance, all expressed through their manifesto 'The Agreement of the People'?

The Levellers

14.Which African country links UK top 20 singles for Jimme Rodgers in 1958 and Michael Jackson in 1989?

Liberia (Woman from Liberia and Liberian Girl respectively)

15.Dying in in December 2011,who was the last Prime Minister of (The Socialist Federal Republic of) Yugoslavia,serving between 1989-1991?

Ante Markovic

16.In terms of scheduled passengers carried,which is the largest non-American airline in the world?


17.In October 2004, during a qualifying for the UK Snooker Championship, Jamie Burnett became the first (and so far only) player to achieve what distinction,or record, in a competitive match?

Made a break over 147 (148 vs Leo Fernandez)

18.Extensively used in scientific research due to their ability to regenerate limbs,which species of salamander fails to undergo metamorphosis from its larvae,leaving the adults remaining aquatic and gilled?


19.The main functions of which organ in the human body are: removing old red blood cells,holding a reserve of blood and recycling iron?


20.Literally meaning 'deceive the eye',which French term,describes an illusionistic painting effect,such as painting a ceiling to look as if it is open to the sky?

Trompe L'oeil

21.In 1876,who is reputed to have shot and killed American folk hero,Wild Bill Hickok,whilst playing poker in the Number Ten Saloon,in Deadwood?

(John) Jack McCall

22.Located in modern day Jordan,it is the highest point of the Pisgah range.Which mountain is mentioned in the Bible as the place where Moses was given a view of the Promised Land?

Mount Nebo

24.Named after a British politician and merchant,by what island name was Tuvalu known,prior to its independent status in 1974?

Ellice Islands

25.President of Haiti between 1971-1986,what was the real name of the notorious leader,nicknamed 'Baby Doc'?

Jean-Claude Duvalier

26.How is the character Cio-Cio San referred to,in the title of a famous Puccini opera?

Madame Butterfly

27.Founded in the American inner cities,what name is given to the game in which two long jump ropes turning in opposite directions, are jumped by one or more players simultaneously?

Double Dutch

28.In an attempt by the government to control information getting out of the country,in which Middle Eastern state were iPhones banned from use and import,in December 2011?

29.If someone was to be said to suffer from 'bradycardia',what would be their primary symptom?

(Abnormally) Slow Heart Beat

30.Adapted into a 2010 film starring Tilda Swinton,it tells the story of a fictional school massacre.What is the title of the 2005 Orange Prize (for Fiction) winning book,written by Lionel Shriver?

We Need To Talk About Kevin

31.Usually red in colour,although the Pope always wears white,what is the name of the small skullcap worn by clerics of the Roman Catholic Church?


32.What word connects the US rappers O'Shea Jackson,Tracy Marrow and Robert van Winkle?

Ice (perform under the names Ice Cube,Ice-T and Vanilla Ice respectively)

33.Which Canadian Province,has the country's southernmost point?


34.Which 1874 Thomas Hardy novel tells the love story between Gabriel Oak and Bathsheba Everdene?

Far From The Madding Crowd

35.During which 17th century conflict did the first and second Battles of Newbury occur?

English Civil War

36.Once a very common first name in early medieval times,what is the most popular surname in Spain?


37.Best known for his compositions 'Symphonie fantastique' and 'Grande messe des morts',which French composer was once paid 20,000 francs by Paganini for the piece 'Harold en Italie'?

Hector Berlioz

38.According to Greek mythology,which of Jason's Argonauts was the son of King Aeacus and the father of Greek heroes Ajax the Great and Teucer the Archer?


39.Originally fighting for a seperate state in 1949,it changed its aim in the 1970s to try to force a Federal system.In which country does the guerilla organisation known as the Karen National Union operate?

Burma (Myanmar)

40.Which is the only city to have hosted the World Athletic Championships twice?


Sunday, 27 November 2011

Sunday Quiz 55

Just let you know.Next week will still have quizzes,but will be slightly shorter (20 on thurs/30 on Saturday).The reason is I'm away for a couple of days and I have a Grand Prix event.

Back to tonight.

I hope you enjoy this set...............

1.In 1993,which African nation,the continent's third smallest,became the most recent addition to the 'Arab League' economic organisation?


2. In 1988,which TV show became the first and only television show to have its entire cast flown over to the UK to make an appearance at the Royal Variety Performance,in front of the Queen?


3.An important contributor to the De Stijl art movement,he went on to found Neo-Plasticism.Which 19th/20th century Dutch artist,is best known for his works that consist of a white background,with a painted grid of vertical and horizontal black lines and three solid primary colours?

Piet Mondrian

4.Recognised by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru and Vanuatu,Abkhazia is an autonomous republic of Georgia.Which city serves as its capital?


5.Three years after finishing as runner-up whilst playing for Crystal Palace,which Chinese footballer,(the only one to date),won the Asian player of the year in 2001,whilst playing for Dundee?

Fan Zhiyi

6.Which natural satellite of Neptune is named after any one of the sea nymphs that were the fifty daughters of Nereus and Doris?


7.During which decade of the 20th century did the four-day 'Football War' between Honduras and El Salvador occur?

1960s (1969)

8.Named after its leaders,what was the popular name given German left-wing terrorist group,who were prevalent during the 1970s and who were also known as 'Rote Armee Fraktion'?


9.Of which South American country,is the Marxist-Leninist militant organisation,known as 'FARC',a fierce and long-standing opposer?


10.With a market capitalisation of US$2.93 trillion,the pan-European stock exchange known as Euronex,is the 5th largest in the world.In which city is it based?


11.Which 20th century conflict was ended by the Dayton Agreement?

Bosnian War

12.Premiered on Broadway in 1927,the George Kaufman and Edna Ferber play 'The Royal Family', ran for 345 shows.It was written as a parody of which legendary acting family of that era?

Barrymore Family

13.A prolific writer,especially short stories,he wrote two famous books set around the Klondike Gold Rush.What was the pseudonym used by the American author John Griffith Chaney,born in 1876?

Jack London

14.Immortalised by Ernest Hemingway in his novel 'The Sun Also Rises',which Italian city,is noted for its 'Fiesta of San Fermin',which is held in July and features a notorious bull run?


15.First appearing in the early 1980s,'The Lennon Wall', is an iconic feature,especially for young people and students.During the communist era it was a place to air grievances,but today is used to inspire peace and love.Featuring John Lennon-inspired graffiti,including song lyrics,in which European capital city can the wall be found?


16.Seen as the founding Empire of France and Germany,its beginning date is based on the crowning of Charlemagne and ends with the death of Charles the Fat.What name is given to this Middle Ages ruling Empire?

Carolingian Empire

17.Recorded in 1990,the 'Three Tenors' concert in Rome,is a record breaking and Grammy winning classical album.The singers are well known,but who was the Indian conductor of the performance?

Zubin Mehta

18.Making their first public performance at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival,which world famous,magical entertainment act,was known as the 'Asparagus Valley Cultural Society' until 1981,when they changed their name after fellow collaborator,Weir Chrisimer,left the act?

Penn and Teller

19.Until 2006,which Asian country was known as the only official Hindu state in the world,due to ninety percent of its population following the religion?


20.'ECT',is a treatment used on patients with severe psychiatric disorders.It is applied by sending an electric current to the brain of an anaesthetized patient.For what does the abbreviation ECT stand?

Electroconvulsive Therapy

21.Catherine of Braganza was the wife of King Charles II of England.Her father,John IV,was the King of which country?


22.Named after an ancient Greek city that placed emphasis on physical fitness,what was the name of the sporting games,held every four years in the former Soviet Union,(until 1979),for nationals only?


23.Working closely with Gilbert and Sullivan,for what ,(occupation), was Frederick John D'Auban best remembered?


24.In terms of population,Manchester is the largest city of which US state?

New Hampshire

25.Located in East London,which world famous bell foundry, is known for casting notable bells such as 'Big Ben' and the 'Liberty Bell' in Philadelphia?

Whitechapel Bell Foundry

26.Taking its name from an art exhibit about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima,what is the title of the fourth studio album by U2,written in 1984 and featuring the anthemic single Pride (In The Name of Love)?

The Unforgettable Fire

27.Which Swiss city is home to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee and also to a 28-station metro system, making it the smallest city in the world to have such a system?


28.Encephalitis is an inflammation of which organ of the human body?


29.The Director-General of the BBC between 1960-69,was the younger brother of which famous English author,born in 1904?

Graham Greene (brother of Hugh Greene)

30.In 1949,which former UK colony,became the tenth and latest province to enter the Canadian Confederation?

Newfoundland and Labrador

31.Isla de los Estados is an Argentine island that lies 29 km west of Tierra del Fuego, from which it is separated by the Le Maire Strait.It's name,when translated to English,is shared by which well known island of the United States?

Staten Island

32.Well known for her books about important historical characters,who was the second wife of the British playwright,Harold Pinter?

(Lady) Antonio Fraser

33.Which of William Shakespeare's comedies is centred around the two pairs of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice and Claudio and Hero?

Much Ado About Nothing

34.Born in 1972,which French male tennis player holds the record for playing in the most Grand Slam singles tournaments?

Fabrice Santoro (played in 70)

35.Her 1974 novel 'Tim',was made into a 1979 film starring Mel Gibson,although she is probably best known for writing 'The Thornbirds',which was turned into a 1983,Emmy Award winning TV mini-series.What is the name of this Australian author?

Collen McCullough(Robinson)

36.A complicated knot,it was used by a legendary King of Phrygia,to tie up his wagon.The oracle said that whoever untied the knot,would rule Asia.Which legendary knot was eventually cut by Alexander The Great, with his sword?

Goridian Knot

37.Slowly cooked at the table,in a mixture of soy sauce,sugar and minin,what meat is traditionally used in the Japanese Winter dish 'Sukiyaki'?

Beef (Pork used in some areas,but beef is traditional)

38.First aired in 2007,this American TV drama series follows ex-spy Michael Westen,who is trapped in Miami ,after mysteriously being dumped by the intelligence services.With Jeffrey Donovan in the lead role,what is the title of this show?

Burn Notice

39.What is the name of the influential American publisher who launched the famous American magazines, 'Time','Life','Fortune' and 'Sports Illustrated'?

Henry Luce

40.Known around the world,especially on the festival circuit,they released their UK number one,(debut) album 'We Started Nothing' in 2008.They also released singles including 'That's Not My Name','We Walk' and 'Shut Up And Let Me Go' .How are the musical duo of Katie White and Jules de Martino,better known?

The Ting Tings

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Thursday Quiz 57

I could call this the Heinz Quiz.

Anyway,enjoy this set..................

1.In November 2011,'The People's Party', led by Mariano Rajoy,won a majority in the General election of which European country?


2.With 1,196 inhabitants per square mile ,which is the most densely populated stae in the USA?

New Jersey

3.The most common type of which vegetable,is also known as Calabrese?


4.Which Shakespearean character name connects the title character in 'The Merchant of Venice',the brother of Leonato in 'Much Ado About Nothing' and the father of Proteus in 'the Two Gentlemen Of Verona'?


5.Formed in 1984 by two former members of The Beat,they are a best known for their 1988,global number one album,'The Raw and the Cooked'.What is the name of this British band,who take their name from a 1960 film starring Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood?

Fine Young Cannibals

6.Originating in the Carpathian mountains,which Eastern European river runs through Ukraine and Moldova and also separates most of Moldova's territory from the breakaway de facto state of Transnistria?

Dniester River

7.Enid Bagnold was the author of the novel 'National Velvet' from which the 1944 film,starring Elizabeth Taylor was taken.She is also noted as the great-grandmother of which (current) public figure and famous wife?

Samantha Cameron

8.The French Impressionist painter,Berthe Morisot,became the sister- in-law of which noted French painter,after marrying his younger brother Eugene?

Eduoard Manet

9.Founded in 1921,the fashion house,Gucci,has become one of the top fashion brands in the world.Gucci was the surname of the founder,but what was his first name?


10.Since the event became known as the America's Cup in 1851,only three countries outside the USA have held the trophy.Name two of them?

Australia,New Zealand and Switzerland

11.Widely considered as one of the most prestigious and selective universities in the world,in which US state is Stanford University located?


12.Responsible for the design of over 100 churches across the Netherlands,which 19th century,Dutch architect,is best known for designing Amsterdam Cental Station and for winning the contest to design the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam) in 1876?

Pierre Cuypers

13.Beatified in 2000,he was also the last Pope to rule as the Sovereign of the Papal States.Serving for over 31 years,which 19th century Pope, holds the record for the longest elected papal reign?

Pius IX

14.14.Decided at the Battle of Bouvines,the 13th century Anglo-French War,was fought between the armies of King John of England and which French monarch?

Philip II

15.What official title is currently held by Pierre DesRuisseaux in Canada,Cilla McQueen in New Zealand and WS Merwin in the USA?

Poet Laureate

16.Who won Academy Awards in the category of 'Best Director' for the films 'Mrs Miniver'(1942),'Best Years of Our Lives'(1946) and 'Ben-Hur'(1959)?

William Wyler

17.Released in 1964,'Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M',was the debut album by which famous American duo?

Simon and Garfunkel

18.The scientific term, 'Terminal Velocity', describes a free falling object's downward force of gravity,when it is equal to an upward force of what?


19.What was Nelson Mandela's occupation,prior to his 28 year incarceration?


20.One of the longest running shows in Broadway history,it was written by Kenneth Tynan,with its title is taken from a painting by Clovis Trouille.What is the name of this avant garde theatrical revue,that consists of sketches in sex-related topics?

Oh! Calcutta!

21.Also a capital city,which is the largest city,by population,in the Caribbean?

Santo Domingo

22.Designed by Minoru Yamasaki,the Century Plaza Towers,have a common resemblance to his more famous work,'The World Trade Centre'.In television, the Towers were the headquarters of the fictional private detective Remington Steele.In which US city are they located?

Los Angeles

23.Originally called the Fitzroy Street School,its main exponents included Vanessa Bell,Eric Gill,John Nash and Kenneth Martin.Sharing its name with a square on the London edition of 'Monopoly',which 20th century art movement,aimed to counteract the tendencies of Surrealism and Abstractism by returning to more figurative forms of expression?

Euston Road School

24.Located at the southern tip of the British Virgin Islands archipelago,Norman Island is believed to be the inspiration of which 19th century novel?

Treasure Island

25.In November 2011,who was awarded the prestigious literary prize,the 'Prix Goncourt',for his novel,' L'Art francais de la guerre'?

Alexis Jenni

26.Stretching from the Baltic to the North Sea,what was the name given,to the economic alliance of trading cities and their merchant guilds,that dominated trade along the coast of Northern Europe during the Late Middle Ages and early modern period?

Hanseatic League

27.Following on from her breakthrough role in 2000's Girlfight, she is best known for playing tough girl roles and starring in Hollywood blockbusters such as The Fast and the Furious, Resident Evil, S.W.A.T., Avatar and Machete.She is equally well known for her role as Ana Lucia Cortez in the television series Lost.What is the name of this American actress?

Michelle Rodriguez

28.Only second to Roger Federer (who has reached 23 to date),which male tennis player reached the final of 19 Grand Slam singles finals, in the open era,recording eight wins?

Ivan Lendl

29.A 16th century Italian painter,he was a pupil of Raphael and became a pioneer of the Mannerist painting style.His notable works include 'Isabella d'Este' and 'The Stoning of St Stephen'.What is the name of this influential painter,who is also mentioned in Shakespeare's 'Winter's Tale'?

Giulio Romano

30.Of which British Overseas Territory,is Road Town the capital?

British Virgin Islands

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Sunday Quiz 54

The next batch is ready.

Hope you enjoy.........

1.In November 2011,'The Polynesian Leaders Group', an eight member governmental co-operative,was formally launched.In which of its capital cities did it take place?

Apia (Samoa)

2.Which human reflex or convulsion,is also known as a 'sternutation'?


3.In 1520 Emperor Montezuma II was killed during the initial stages of the Spanish conquest of Mexico.It occurred when which Conquistador and his men,fought to escape from the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan?

Hernan Cortes

4.Which decade of the 17th century saw the founding of Harvard University,the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the start of building work on the Taj Mahal?


5.Best known these days as an actor,Jason Statham began his career as a World class athlete.In which sport did he represent Great Britain at the 1992 World Championships,where he finished in a credible 12th place?


6.The Sami people,are the indigenous people inhabiting the area of Sapmi in Northern Europe.By what common,(but now considered colloquial) name is Sapmi known?


7.Doing so at the 2003 Wimbeldon Championships,who did Roger Federer beat in the final,to win the first of his Grand Slam singles titles?

Mark Philippoussis

8.Bad Mergentheim,located in the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg,is famous for being the last stronghold of which military order,dissolved by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1809?

Teutonic Knights (or Order)

9.Known in Arabic as Bab al Zakak,which narrow body of water connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean?

Strait of Gibraltar

10.In 1956, he won the Nobel Prize for Physics,for his involvement with the invention of the transistor.In 1972,he won the same prize,for his work on a fundamental theory of conventional superconductivity ,known as the 'BCS theory'.Who is this American,the only man to have received two Nobel Prizes for Physics?

John Bardeen

11.Literally translated in English as 'Orange tree Coast',which of the Spanish 'Costas' follows the coast of the province of Castellon,from Vinaros to Almenara?

Costa del Azahar

12.Released in 2008,which American singer and songwriter,created a US Billboard Chart record by staying in the singles charts for 76 weeks,with the song 'I'm Yours'?

Jason Mraz

13.The well known piano maker,Carl Bechstein,set out to manufacture a piano,able to withstand the great demands,imposed on the instrument by the virtuosi of the time.In 1857, Hans von Bulow gave the first public performance on a Bechstein grand piano by performing,his father-in-law's Piano Sonata in B minor.Who was von Bulow's famous composer relative?

Franz Liszt

14.In mathematics,what name is given to a number that has,both,a real and imaginary part,such as 5+2i?

Complex Number

15.The mountain known as Pico Duarte,is the highest in the Carribean.Lying in the Cordillera range,in which country is it found?

Dominican Republic

16.Sometimes disputed due to its bay location,which Venezuelan lake is generally considered to be the largest lake in South America?

Lake Maracaibo

17.Formed in 1962 and based in Miami,the paramilitary terrorist group known as Alpha 66,was set up to oppose which political leader?

Fidel Castro

18.In 1916,the only Nobel Prize awarded that year went to Verner von Heidenstam of Sweden.In which category did he receive the prize?


19.Identified as a daughter of Zeus and Hera,who war the Greek goddess of war?


20.Based in Manchester,the UK independent record label,Factory Records,is known for giving catalogue numbers to everything,from posters to stationery,(as well as records).Which iconic Manchester venue,was given the catalogue number FAC51?

The Hacienda Club

21.Which Italian Prime Minister was kidnapped on March 16th 1978, by the left-wing Red Brigades,where he was later killed after 55 days of captivity?

Aldo Moro

22.Writing hit songs such as 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow' and 'Saving All My Love For You',what is the name of the lyricist partner and first husband of Carole King?

Gerry Goffin

23.Located in Arizona,after which US President, is there a namesake dam and lake?

Theodore Roosevelt

24.Established in 2009,after which European football legend does FIFA name an award,for the most aesthetically significant and 'most beautiful' goal of the year?

Ferenc Puskas

25.Influencing major trends such as Bauhaus and the De Stijl movement,which 1920s art movement,was developed at the Moscow Institute of Artistic Culture and pioneered by the sibling sculptors Antoine Pevsner and Naum Gabo?


26.Including its most northern outpost,Raoul Island,to which country do the Kermadec Islands belong?

New Zealand

27.Known for his criticism of social institutions and studies on human sexuality,which 20th century French philosopher's main works included, 'Madness and Civilization','The Order of Things' and 'The History of Sexuality'?

Michael Foucault

28.Which First World War poet is noted for his works including 'The Old Huntsman'(1917),'Counter Attack and Other Poems (1918) and 'Aftermath'(1920)?

Siegfried Sassoon

29.Home to the oldest boat club in the world,which Oxford College is (reputed to be) named after a bronze door knocker?

Brasenose College

30.Who won the Best Actor Academy Award for his role as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film adaptation of Harper Lee's novel, 'To Kill A Mockingbird'?

Gregory Peck

31.First published in 1881,which American author wrote the novel,'The Prince and The Pauper'?

Mark Twain

32.Written by Thomas Arne in 1740,the British patriotic song 'Rule Britannia',was originally part of which work,that tells the story of a well known 9th century figure?

Alfred (based on King Alfred the Great)

33.Fleeing Rome in 1606, after killing a man,which Italian painter died of a fever in Porto Ercole four years later,whilst on his way back to the capital,to receive a pardon?

(Michelangelo Merisi da) Caravaggio

34.In May 2011,the England cricketer Jonathan Trott,scored 203 runs during the first test against Sri Lanka.It was the highest batting score of any England player against Sri Lanka in test history.Who's 20 year old record did he surpass?

Graham Gooch

35.Occurring on 23rd April 1616,which famous European author is reputed to have died on the exact same day as William Shakespeare?

Miguel de Cervantes

36.The title of which song reached number two in the UK singles charts for
Madonna in 1985 and 1991 and for the band Let Loose in 1994?

Crazy For You

37.Accounting for around one fifth of the population,which Asian country's President,according to an agreement between the political and religious leaders,must be a Maronite?


38.Sharing its name with an area of Ireland,which German city was the location for the signing of the Treaty of Westphalia, that ended the Thirty Years' War in 1648?


39.With 200 representatives,which European country has a Parliament known as the 'Eduskunta'?


40.Founded in Metzingen,Germany in 1924,which high end fashion brand, has licensing agreements with various companies,including Samsung to produce its mobile phones,Movado to produce watches,and Safilo to produce sunglasses and eyewear?

Hugo Boss

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Thursday Quiz 56

Another batch.

Some of these are particularly tricky,but I hope you still enjoy them....................

1.In November 2011,which Pacific island state had three different Presidents in less than a week,after President Freddie Pitcher,was ousted after just six days?


2.In Greek mythology,'The Mares' were man-eating horses,associated with Heracles' eighth labour.To which mythological giant did they belong?


3.Assuming office in December 2006,he was elected for a six-year term. A member of the Partido Accion Nacional (PAN),who is the current President of Mexico?

Felipe Calderon

4.Which African lake is divided among Burundi,Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Zambia?

Lake Tanganyika

5.The female rowers,Elisabeta Lipa (1984-2004) and Georgeta Damian (2000-2008) have both won 5 Olympic Gold Medals,equalling Steven Redgrave's record in the Men's event.Which country did they both represent?


6.On the periodic table,what name is given to the series of fifteen metallic chemical elements with the atomic numbers 57-71?


7.By winning Wimbledon Championships in 2011,who became the first Grand Slam event winner to be born in the 1990s?

Petra Kvitova

8.Founded by Richard Steele in 1709,which British literary and society journal,famous for its 'Little Black Book' of eligible young adults,primarily focuses on the glamorous lives and lifestyles of the upper class?

The Tatler

9.After Wyoming,which is the second least populated of the 50 US states?


10.Airing between 1974-1975,it featured a young Helen Hunt as the protagonist's daughter.The American TV show 'Amy Prentiss',was a spin-off from which other 1960s and 1970s US detective series?


11.Between 1690-1721,the import of what commodity, was banned in England by the Calico Acts?


12.Derived from a venomous pit viper,what name was given to the vocal group of Democrats in the Northern United States who opposed the American Civil War?


13.Which atoll serves as the capital of Tuvalu?


14.Winning the Booker Prize in 1993,which Roddy Doyle novel has the synopsis,'The world as described, understood and misunderstood by a ten-year-old Dubliner'?

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

15.Which American actress played the title role in the 1992 film version of 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer'?

Kristy Swanson

16.Winner of the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1916,he also served as the society's president from 1923 until 1925.Which Danish born-Irishman,is best known for his monumental work,'The New General Catalogue',which was based on William Herschel's previous work, 'The General Catalogue'?

John Dreyer

17.Released in 1997,which Quentin Tarantino directed film is an adaptation of the novel 'Rum Punch',written by Elmore Leonard?

Jackie Brown

18.In terms of both land area and population ,which is the largest of the Dodecanese islands?


19.Which Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical,holds the record for most Broadway performances,giving over 9800 (to date)?

The Phantom of The Opera

20.Driven by Maurice Trintignant,which make of Italian sports car,made its only Formula One appearance at the 1956 French Grand Prix,where it failed to finish?


21.Mainly caused by caused by repetitive work in a certain position,what is the popular (or colloquial) name,for the medical condition known as prepatellar bursitis?

Housemaid's Knee

22.Occurring in important quantities in Russia and Greenland,what name is given to the mineral compound of sodium,aluminium and fluorine (NA3 AlF6),used in the smelting of aluminium ores?


23.Which country shares the longest land border with Brazil?


24.The Australian dollar is also used in three independent Pacific Island states.Name any two these states?


25.In which decade did Ernest Hemmingway,Boris Pasternak and Albert Camus all receive Nobel Prizes for Literature?


26.Considered an equivalent to the Nobel Prize,the Fields Medal,was first awarded in 1924 and is available to researchers under the age of forty.In which field is the prize awarded?


27.Which German composer, conductor, and founder of the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra,is best known for his operatic version of Shakespeare's comedy 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'?

(Carl)Otto Nicolai

28.In 1971,which politican,became the first aboriginal member of the Australian Parliament,after filling a casual vacancy,left by Liberal senator,Dame Annabel Rankin?

Neville Bonner

29.Derived from Anushtakin ad-Darazi,one of its early preachers,what is the name of the eclectic religious community, found primarily in Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan, which emerged from Ismailism during the 11th century?

The Druze

30.In October 2011,after 27 years of marriage,the husband and wife members of this American new wave/punk band, Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore,announced their seperation.Formed in 1981,they have released 16 studio albums,including 'Evol'(1986),'Goo'(1990) and 'Rather Ripped'(2006).What is the band's name?

Sonic Youth

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Sunday Quiz 53

Here are your next batch of 40.

Have fun.........

1.Which former EU commissioner was asked ,in November 2011,to form a new government in Italy,following Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's resignation?

Mario Monti

2.Written in the Gospel of John,which figure from the town of Bethany, appears as the brother of Mary and Martha?


3.Awarded the prize for his performances in 1984,1985,1988 and 1992 films,which US actor holds the unenviable record, of receiving most Golden Raspberry Awards in the category of Worst Actor?

Sylvester Stallone

4.Prohibited by the 1919 Treaty of Versailles,what was the name given to the concept of union between Germany and Austria?


5.All won during the 21st century,which football player has played on more English FA Cup Final winning teams than any other?

Ashley Cole (3 for Arsenal and 3 for Chelsea)

6.First aired in 2011,it received 13 Primetime Emmy nominations.Based on George R. R. Martin's best-selling series of fantasy novels and starring Sean Bean,what is the name of this TV drama?

Game of Thrones

7.In Morocco,there are four Imperial cities,taking their status from the fact they were,or are capitals.Rabat and Marrakech are two,name either of the others?

Fes and Meknes

8.Particularly popular with US sports teams,who or what is the 'Oendan', in Japan?

Cheerleading Team

9.Which 19th century poet and humourist,noted for his works 'Whims and Oddities' and 'Odes and Addresses', is also remebered for his contributions to 'Punch' magazine,where it is thought he created the first 'picture pun'?

Thomas Hood

10.Released in May 2011,what was the subtitle,of the fourth and latest instalment of the 'Pirates of the Carribean' film franchise?

On Stranger Tides

11.Although believed to have over 850 languages spoken throughout the country,which nation's official languages are English,Tok Pisin and Hiri Motu?

Papua New Guinea

12.Behind 'Internet Explorer,what is currently,the world's second largest internet browser?

Mozilla Firefox

13.Serving between 1971-1989,which politician,was the last General Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party,the head of state in East Germany?

Erich Honecker

14.Which notable 16th century figure,is the central character of the 2009 Man Booker winning novel, 'Wolf Hall'?

Thomas Cromwell

15.Born Dwight Arrington Myers in 1967,this American rapper and producer,(along with his backing group The Boyz),is most famous for creating the theme tune to American comedy series 'In Living Colour' and for recording the 1991 global hit single 'Now That We Found Love'.What is the name of this man,who died in 2011?

Heavy D

16.Located at the far south west of the Sar Mountain range,it is found on the Macedonian coat of arms.In forming a frontier,it is also the highest peak of both Macedonia and Albania.What is the name of this mountain?

Mount Korab

17.Named in honour of Ludwig Maximilians,which German University is noted for its association,(including students and teachers),with 34 Nobel Prize winners,including Max Planck,Wolfgang Pauli and Otto Hahn?

University of Munich

18.Perhaps the largest peasant uprising in European history,through which modern day country,between 1524-1525,did the conflict against the Swabian League,known as the Peasants' War take place?


19.A name derived from the Portuguese language,which city serves as the capital of Benin?

Porto Novo

20.Which Irish author is the creator of the 'Artemis Fowl' series of fantasy books?

Eoin Colfer

21.The drug atorvastatin,is sold by pharmaceutical company Pfizer, under the trade name 'Lipitor'.It is the world's biggest selling pharmaceutical drug.For what common condition,transported in the blood plasma of all mammals,is it primarily used to treat?

High Cholesterol

22.Also the subject of a 1987 film starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman,what was the name of the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility, love, war, and sex?


23.Excluding retirements due to injury,the world number one tennis player,Novak Djokovic has only lost two matches in 2011 (to date).One was to Roger Federer in the French Open semi-final,but which Japanese player beat Djokovic, to reach the final of the Swiss Indoor tournament,in Basle?

Kei Nishikori

24.With nine extant manuscripts,the oldest is held at the Bodleian Library at Oxford.What is the name of the oldest surviving major work of french Literature,that tells the story of a courageous titular knight during the Crusades?

Song Of Roland

25.Flying from Newark International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport,Beverly Burns became the first woman to captain what specific make of commercial airplane?

Boeing 747

26.Which British Nationalist political party,was founded in 1934 and has had continuous representation in parliament since 1967?

Scottish National Party

27.Flowing into the Sarpsfossen,Europe's greatest flowing waterfall,which river is the longest in Norway?


28.Resulting in over 3500 deaths,during which 19th century conflict did the Battle of Shiloh occur?

American Civil War

29.Which French king was defeated by King Edward III of England during the Battle of Crecy in 1346?

Philip VI

30.Achieving the feat in Australia and Germany,what was the only number one single for the rock group Led Zeppelin?

Whole Lotta Love

31.Derived from its black colour and a term used by German miners,what is the more common name for the radioactive, uranium-rich mineral and ore,known as Uraninite?


32.With reference to the human body,what,in general terms, is 'senescence'?

The Ageing Process

33.During which century did the Pope last use he regnal name 'Innocent'?

18th (Innocent XIII 1721-24)

34.The second longest mountain range in Europe,in which country do the majority of the Carpathian Mountains lie?


35.Which African country has borders with Western Sahara in the north, Algeria in the northeast,Mali in the east and south east and Senegal in the south west?


36.Measured in Pascals,what scientific term is given to 'the resistance of a fluid,which is being deformed, by either shear or tensile stress'?


37.Alphabetically,which US state capital comes second,behind Albany?

Annapolis (Maryland)

38.Richard Slaney,the husband of fellow 1980s athlete Mary Slaney (nee Decker),is probably best remembered for carrying his fiancee from the track,after she lay stricken during the 1984 Olympic Games 3,000m final.In which event, did he represent Great Britain at the same Games,where he finished 15th?


39.Home to the capital Suva,which is the largest of Fiji's islands,both in terms of area and population?

Viti Levu

40.Which historical conflict is commonly divided into the phases, 'The Edwardian War','The Caroline War' and 'The Lancastrian War'?

The Hundred Years War