Sunday, 30 January 2011

Sunday Quiz 19

Hope you enjoy the next 50......





1.In office since 2003,the ex-semi professional football player Recep Tayyip Erdogan,is the current Prime Minister of which European country?


Turkey


2.Which Italian football team were the last winners of the UEFA Cup Winners cup in 1999?


Lazio


3.With a population of 1.4 million and the largest city of Siberia,which is Russia's 3rd largest city,by population?


Novosibirsk


4.In 1998,David Hempleman-Adams became the first person in history to complete the 'Explorers' Grand Slam'.This involves reaching the North and South Poles and the highest summit on each of the seven continents.What nationality is he?


British


5.Taking their name from a French football team,which indie/dance act,formed in the early 1990s and fronted by Sarah Cracknell,have had the UK top 40 singles 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart','You're in a Bad Way' and 'He's On the Phone'?


Saint Etienne


6.OPEC currently has two members from South America. One is Venezuela,which is the other?


Ecuador


7.The main airport in Quebec and Canada's third busiest,is named after which of its former Prime Ministers?


Pierre-Elliott Trudeau


8.The Aardman Animations company,which have created films such as 'The Wrong Trousers' and 'Chicken Run',are primarily based in which English city?


Bristol


9.The tallest man-made monument in the United States is located in Missouri,designed by Eero Saarinen and Hannskarl Bandel and completed in 1947.What is its name?


Gateway Arch (St Louis)


10.Fort Christina was its first settlement and it was named after the country which first arrived there.What was the name of the colony along the Delaware River, on the Mid-Atlantic coast of North America, from 1638 to 1655,until seized by Peter Stuyvesant and eventually becoming part of New Amsterdam?


New Sweden


11.In the world of television,what links Olympians,Sharron Davies,Judy Simpson and Du'aine Ladejo?


All became TV 'Gladiators'


12.Bordered by Togo to the west and Nigeria in the east,which African nation was known as French Dahomey until 1960 ,but eventually settled with its current name in 1975?


Benin


13.Recently, the 2011 (83rd) Academy award nominations were released.Who was the only British woman to be nominated in either a best actress or supporting actress category?


Helena Bonham-Carter (The King's Speech)


14.Native to Madagascar,it is the world largest nocturnal primate.It is characterised by its method of finding food, by gnawing holes in trees and using its middle finger to pull it out.What is the name of this creature?


Aye-Aye


15.Part of the orchestral percussion section,it looks like an upright piano, sounds similar to a glockenspiel and is operated by a keyboard.Which instrument,invented in 1886 by the Parisian harmonium builder Auguste Mustel has been made most famous by Tchaikovsky?


Celesta


16.In Christianity,what,specifically,is the 'Pater Noster'?


The Lord's Prayer (Latin for Our father)


17.in which calendar would the Gregorian year 2010 read as 1431?


Islamic/Muslim


18.Who wrote the 1962 play,'Who's Afraid of Viginia Woolf?


Edward Albee


19.When would be the only time a person could suffer from the condition known as Pre-eclampsia?.


During Pregnancy


20.In 2007 the UK music retail chain,Virgin Megastores,was replaced by Zavvi,which bought out the company from Richard Branson.However Zavvi went into administration in late 2008 and many of the stores were subsequently bought out and renamed by which other entertainment chain?


HMV


21.What was the name of the ITV teletext information service,the equivalent of BBC's 'Ceefax' service,which ran between 1974 and 1992?


Oracle


22.Which chemical element is found in all living organisms?


Nitrogen


23.Prince Buster,Lee'Scratch' Perry and King Tubby are all legendary artists,associated with which genre of music?


Reggae


24.The second year in succession that the Costa Awards Book of the Year has been awarded to a book of poetry,which English woman and Forward Prize winning poet wrote the 2010 book 'Of Mutability',to collect the 2010 prize?


Jo Shapcott


25.The fifth President of the United States,who was also noted for his major role and eventual signing of the Louisiana purchase in 1803?


James Monroe


26.Which county in the Irish Munster province,is divided into North and South Riding and has Clonmel as its capital?


Tipperary


27.Which American chemical company is responsible for the invention and development of many polymers,including Teflon,Lycra and Neoprene?


DuPont


28.Which music artist was the first to perform at the new Wembley stadium in June 2007?


George Michael


29.The People's Alliance for Democracy is a protest and political movement against the Prime Minister in Thailand.What colour of shirt are they usually referred to?


Yellow


30.Messier 31 is an official name for which well known celestial object?


Andromeda Galaxy


31.From which French ship was the musket ball fired which killed Horatio Nelson?


Redoubtable


32.A code of honour,particularly in the Sicilian mafia,generally speaking,what is 'Omerta'?


Code of silence (refusing to give information to police or authorities etc)


33.In France,if you asked for a 'pamplemousse',what would you get?


A Grapefruit


34.What is the nmae of the canal that links the North Sea to the Baltic sea?


Kiel Canal


35.He was a 10th century Abbot of Glastonbury Abbey and Arch Bishop of Canterbury,who also shares the name of a British charity for blind, ex-service,military personnel.Which saint,according to English folklore,was said to have pulled the devil by the nose,with red hot tongs?


St Dunstan


36.Which 15th century French explorer was the first European to describe and map the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the shores of the Saint Lawrence river,which he named 'The Country of Canadas'?


Jacques Cartier


37.Which act has had the most UK top 40 singles,(45 in total) without ever getting to number one?


Glee Cast
38.In the British military,what is the 'Glasshouse',which is located in Colchester,Essex?


Military prison (the only one in Britain)


39.Asti,Cuneo and Turin are three of the eight provinces that make up which Italian region?


Piedmont


40.In the 2010-11 Ashes ,which Australian took most wickets over the entire series?


Mitchell Johnson


41.What is the unit of weight in textiles,used to measure the fineness of yarns such as silk,rayon or nylon?


Denier


42.Which European manufacturer of sports cars,founded in 1963, has created the models,Miura,Countach and Diablo?


Lamborghini


43.How is the chaparral cock, a ground cuckoo native of Mexico, better known?


Roadrunner


44.As of May 2009,two inventors/engineers appear on the English £50 pound note.Name either?


James Watt and Matthew Boulton


45.Raymond Kroc,impressed by standards of a food stand,bought rights to run similiar stands in 1954.Which global restaurant chain is he famous for founding from these humble beginnings?


McDonalds


46. The name of which familiar cloth/ material derives from the French city of Nimes?


Denim


47.At the 2010 British comedy awards ceremony held in January 2011,which children's TV show won the prize for 'Best Sketch Show'?


Horrible Histories


48.What is the capital of and largest city in the state of Minas Gerais, located in the southeastern region of Brazil?


Belo Horizonte


49.Beating Ken Norton for the WBC heavyweight boxing title,he held onto it for a further seven years,defeating Muhammed Ali in the process.Which boxer was known as the 'Easton Assassin'?


Larry Holmes


50.Which Russian author is most noted for his controversial 1955 book,'Loilita'?


Vladimir Nabakov