Sunday, 6 February 2011

Sunday Quiz 20

My next website recommendation,for those of you who haven't yet had the pleasure,goes to the Quizbowl Stanford site.(

This site has literally thousands of questions from a variety of US and Canadian Quiz Bowl tournaments and buzzer quizzes. A good tough set,that will keep you very busy.


Slightly later than expected tonight,but here are another batch of 50 for you to have a go at.

1.An American company that one would recognise in the fruit juice section of a supermarket,who became the first producer of commercially available cranberry juice?

Ocean Spray

2.In 1961,model Peter Anthony beat five fellow hopefuls to land,what would prove to be one of Hollywood's most iconic roles.Unfortunately,he couldn't cope with the demands of the role,so which actor,spotted in the film 'Darby O'Gill and the Little People' went on to gain international fame and fortune?

Sean Connery (the role of James Bond)

3.At the 1904 World Fair ,in St Louis,Willam Morrison and John Wharton,showed off their machine for the first time.Ever since it has become popular at fairgrounds and circuses,especially with children.What 'food based' item does their machine create?

Candy Floss/Cotton Candy

4.What word links a 'New World' monkey,a language spoken in the Madang province of Papua New Guinea and the pen name of the late 19th and early 20th century Scottish writer and satirist,Hector Munro?


5.Located in Southern Africa and named after its neighbouring dam,which lake is the world's largest resevoir,by volume?

Lake Kariba

6.Adding together both Summer and Winter versions,which European country,has hosted the modern Olympic Games five times since 1896?


7.Currently,Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope holds the position.What title is given to the professional head of the Royal Navy and the whole British naval service?

First Sea Lord

8.What is the name of the artist,broadcaster and ornithologist,knighted in 1973 and died in 1989,who was a founder of the World Wildlife fund and who also founded several wetland bird sancturies in the Uk,including sites at Slimbridge and Arundel?

Sir Peter Scott

9.Translated as 'river of the monks' ,Des Moines is the capital of which US state?


10.Discovered by Hernan Cortes in 1519,its capital is Xalapa and is the third largest state in Mexico.Which Mexican,coastal state literally translates in English to 'True Cross'?


11.What is the name of the 12th century Kievan prince whose life became the subject of an early Russian epic poem and an opera by Aleksandr Borodin?

Prince Igor

12.One of the most abundant gases,which chemical element has the atomic number 8?


13.Which is the only Carribean country to operate an underground passenger rail system?

Dominican Republic

14.From which Carribean island does the music genre calypso originate?


15.Primarily it was established to target the Irish Republican Army and to suppress revolution in Ireland.It was composed largely of British World War I veterans and employed by the Royal Irish Constabulary from 1920 to 1921.Taking their name from the colour of their uniforms,hat name was given to these unpopular temporary constables?

Black and Tans

16.Retaining their title in defeating Denmark after extra time,which nation won the World Men's Handball Championship in January 2011


17.The deputy to Heinrich Himmler, who was the de facto ruler of Bohemia and Moravia, nicknamed 'The Butcher of Prague'?

Reinhard Heydrich

18.The Pink and White Terraces were considered a natural wonder. Thought to have been completely destroyed by a violent volcanic eruption in 1886, researchers discovered portions of the Pink Terraces on the bottom of Lake Rotomahana in 2011.In which country can this site be found?

New Zealand

19.Originally written as part of BBC's 'Play For Today' series,which 1979 film, set in a brutal British borstal saw early performances from British actors,Ray Winstone,Phil Daniels and Mick Ford?


20.Puntland is a region in Africa,with the Gulf of Aden to the North and the Indian Ocean in the South East. It is the location of over a third of the country's population,with half of these are nomadic.It has also declared itself as an autonomous state,but does not seek independence.In which country is Puntland situated?


21.One of the best selling artists in America,which American rock band formed in Franklin Tennesee in 2004 and fronted by lead singer Hayley Williams,released the UK number one album 'Brand New Eyes' in 2009?


22.Named after an American gasroenterologist,which condition,also known as regional enteritis,is an inflammatory disease of the intestines that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus?

Crohn's Disease

23.Behind Gannymede,which is the second largest moon of Jupiter?


24.Endorsed by Franz Liszt,for which musical instrument is Karl Bechstein renowned for manufacturing?


25.Set up by Dave Thomas in Columbus, Ohio,1969,it is known for its square burgers and for its tagline 'You know when its real'.Behind McDonalds and Burger King,what is the world's third largest fast food,burger chain?


26.Which castle near Edenbridge, Kent was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn?

Hever Castle

27.How were the early 1990s comedy team of Steve Punt,Hugh Dennis,Rob Newman and David Baddiel,collectively known?

The Mary Whitehouse Experience

28.Honoured by the Legion d'honneur in 2005,this British actress has become a French National after spending most of her adult life in France.Appearing in English and French films (and an episode of 'Absolutely Fabulous'!),she is probably best known for her Academy Award nominated role in 'The English Patient'.Who is she?

Krisitn Scott-Thomas

29.Ben Hur author,Lew Wallace,was also a governor of New Mexico in the late 19th century.He is less known for offering a pardon to which notorious outlaw,who declined the offer?

Billy The Kid/William Bonney

30.In humans there are eight, arranged in two rows. The proximal row includes the scaphoid, lunate, triangular, and pisiform, while the distal includes the trapezium, trapezoid, capitate, and hamate. What is the name given to these set of bones,that also relate to a namesake syndome?

Carpal Bones (or carpus)

31.Which law states that 'strain is proportional to stress'?

Hooke's Law

32.Which team were the runners up in the first,FIFA football World Cup final in 1930?


33.A massively successful American rap artist,his greatest triumph occurred in 2008,when his album 'Tha Carter III' sold over a million copies in the US on its first week of release.In 2009 he served 8 months in prison for possession of a firearm.Who is Dwayne Michael Carter Jnr better known as?

L'il Wayne

34.What is the slang term,often mistaken for a brand name for various alkyl nitrites inhaled for recreational purposes, particularly amyl nitrite, butyl nitrite, isopropyl nitrite and isobutyl nitrite?


35.The subject of an icinic 1945 World War II battle,its name means 'sulphur island', and lies 650km south of Japan.What is the name of this island which has Mount Suribachi as its highest,volcanic peak?

Iwo Jima

36.Denbies,located in Dorking,Surrey,is famous for the giant 'Lego House' created in James May's BBC TV series 'Toy Stories'.However,in which industry is Denbies,one of the leading providers in the UK?

Wine Industry (largest Vineyard in England)

37.Henry Stanley found Dr Livingstone in a small town called Ujiji,on the shore of Lake Tanganyika.In which country can this town be found?


38.According to the poet Robert Browning,who or what 'fought the dogs and killed the cats'?

Rats (From the Pied Piper of Hamelin)

39.In February 2011,three Pakistani cricketers were suspended for five years on corruption charges.Name any two?

Mohammad Amir,Mohammad Asif,Salman Butt

40.First passed by Lord Liverpool in 1815, in order to protect from less expensive foreign imports,what name was given to the series of Acts, that sharply restricted the import of grain into Britain?

Corn Laws

41.Which female President of Canada came to power in June 1993,but only held office for 5 months?

Kim Campbell

42.If LHR is London and CDG is Paris,in which American city would you find IAD?

Washington DC (Dulles International Airport) -(IATA airport codes)

43.Which Greek mathematician wrote the works 'Elements',considered the standard book of mathematics for over 2000 years?


44.One of the French overseas departments,it is an island,with a population of around 800,000 and located in the Indian Ocean,east of Madagascar and 200 miles south west of Mauritius.Previously it has been known as 'Ile Bonaparte and 'Bourbon',but its name today commemorates the union of revolutionaries from Marseille with the National Guard in Paris.Which island?


45.With a plot based on passages from Ovid's Metamorphoses,who wrote the 16th century poem 'Venus and Adonis'?

William Shakespeare

46.Pinkie Brown,played on film by Sir Richard Attenborough in 1947 and by Sam Riley in an upcoming adaptation,is the central,anti-hero character in which 1938 Graham Greene novel?

Brighton Rock

47.Native to Africa,they are characterised by the spiraling effect on their straight horns.What is the name of the largest of the antelopes?

Eland (Common or Giant)

48.The UK basketball team,the Mersey Tigers,was originally founded in 2007 as an official partner club of which English football team?


49.What deficiency is common to the moths,the Mottled Umber,Vapourer and the Female Winter Moth?

They cannot fly

50.Which EM Forster novel weaves together the lives of the Bast, Schlegel, and Wilcox families?

Howard's End