Sunday, 27 February 2011

Sunday Quiz 23

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Here's the next 50......

1.According to Ray Bradbury novel,at what temperature do books burn?

451 degrees farenheit (From the book Farenheit 451)

2.It is produced by bombarding uranium and plutonium with alpha particles in nuclear reactor.Named after an early Nobel Prize winner, it was actually identified at the University of California in 1944.Which chemical element has the atomic number 96?


3.Which 18th century Scottish philosopher and economist, wrote the important works,'A Treatise of Human Nature' and 'An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding'?

David Hume

4.In which European country's football league,do the teams Videoton,Vasas and Lombard-Papa compete in the top division?


5.What is the surname of the children featured in the CS Lewis book, 'The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe?


6.Taken from a Cree word meaning 'muddy waters',which is the largest and capital city, of the Canadian province of Manitoba?


7. With a population of around 36000,which British Overseas Territory,located in the West Atlantic,has its capital at Cockburn Town?

Turks and Caicos Islands

8.Also included on the flags of the British dependencies of Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands,which is the only independent country to have human beings depicted on its national flag?


9.Having its origins in Ireland and North West England,what derogatory word was used to describe for southern whites who supported 'Reconstruction' following the US Civil War?

Scalawag (from Scallywag or scally)

10.The main characters in Quentin Tarantino's' 'Reservoir Dogs' are named after colours.For example Tim Roth plays Mr Orange.If the colours are translated as snooker ball values,which actor plays the highest value character?

Steve Buscemi (Mr Pink)

11.Which Swiss sculptor created the work 'L'homme qui marche I' in 1961,which,in February 2010, went on to be one of the most expensive works of art to be sold at auction?

Alberto Giacometti

12.If VHF is very high frequency and UHF is ultra high frequency,in terms of radio bands,what is EHF?

Extremely High Frequency

13.According to a mandatory religious commandment given by Guru Gobind Singh,what is the name of the ceremonial dagger,that should be worn by all baptised Sikhs?


14.Which crime,which was illegal under English law as 'felo de se',ceased to be an offence with the passing of a 1961 Act?


15.With its capital at Visby,which province and diocese of Sweden,is the largest island in the Baltic Sea?


16.Which multi award winning, Florence born architect,includes the Pompidou Centre in Paris,the Millenium Dome in London and the European Courts of Human Rights in Strasbourg,amongst his works?

Richard Rogers

17.In writing his book entitled 'The Loneliest Man in the World',warden Eugene K.Bird was describing which war criminal,who served the final 21 years of his lifetime and prison sentence as the only inmate of Spandau prison?

Rudolf Hess

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.The National Salvation Front became the governing body following the revolution and fall of which Eastern European government in 1989?


20.Under which British Prime Minister, were women allowed to vote on equal terms as men,after their voting age was lowered to 21?

Stanley Baldwin

21.Sharing its name with an English/German indie band fronted by Eddie Argos,what term, coined by Jean Dubuffet,refers to spontaneous and untrained artworks,often created by criminals or the mentally ill?

Art Brut

22.In physics,who's law states,in very simple terms,that strain is directly proportional to stress?


23.Owned by Argentina and Chile and separated from mainland South America by the Strait of Magellan, which archipelago's name translates to English as 'Land of Fire'?

Tierra del Fuego

24.Which very well known astronomer,succeeded John Flamsteed, to become the second Astronomer Royal?

Edmund Halley

25.'Nader and Simin,A Separation',is the English title of a 2011 film written and directed by Asghar Farhadi .In February 2011, it won the Golden Bear award at the Berlin film festival,becoming the first film from which country to achieve this?


26.Reigning between 1913-1918 and ended by the German Revolution,who served as the last King of Bavaria?

Ludwig III

27.Making its Broadway premier in 2000 ,Tim Rice and Elton John wrote a musical ,entitled and based on which of Verdi's operas?


28.Constructed between 1840 1843,which well known,London landmark,was designed by William Railton?

Nelson's Column

29.Which pianist,conductor and composer won back to back Academy awards in 1958 and 1959 ,(for Gigi and Porgy and Bess respectively),in the category of 'Best Scoring of a Musical Picture'?

Andre Previn

30.Although it is not the capital,Birkikara is the most populous city in which European nation?


31.Founded in 1953 by Michael Kogan,which Japanese video game developer and manufacturer,created the original 'Space Invaders' coin-operated arcade game?


32.Which Christian feast day,is also a name shared by colleges at both Oxford and Cambridge Univeristy?

Corpus Christi

33.A 20 year veteran of American football's NFL,he played for the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers,New York Jets and his final team,the Minnesota Vikings.He holds numerous records including NFL consecutive starts,most career touchdown passes and most career passing yards.What is the name of this NFL legend who finally retired in January 2011?

Brett Favre

34.Used in the manufacture of soft drinks,which acid is represented by the chemical formula H2 CO3?

Carbonic Acid

35.Since the departure of Angus Deayton from the BBC's long running panel game 'Have I Got News for You',Alexander Armstrong holds the record for most 'guest host' appearances with seventeen shows.Who is ranked second,hosting nine shows?

Jack Dee

36.A founder of the Jamaican Labour Party he became Prime Minister of Jamaica in 1962,succeeding Norman Manley.Appearing on the Jamaican $1 coin,who was this influential and heroic figure?

Alexander Bustamante

37.Preceeding Rosa Parks by nine months,possibly due to the fact she was unmarried and pregnant at the time,which fifteen year old schoolgirl is noted for being the first person to resist bus segregation in Montgomery,Alabama?

Claudette Colvin

38.The Latin Bridge is a historic Ottoman bridge over the River Miljacka.It is the site of the infamous assassination of whom?

Archduke Ferdinand (in Sarajevo)

39.With which children's literary character,does Benjamin Hoff use as an introduction to Taoism,in his 1982 book?

Winnie the Pooh (The Tao of Pooh)

40.Achieving UK number one hit singles in 2010,with 'Real Good Times' and 'Green Light',which group (or collective),have current members, including Wiley,Breeze and Brazen and have had past members including Dizzie Rascal and Tinchy Stryder?

Roll Deep

41.Which 20th century US president, survived an assassination attempt by Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme?

Gerald Ford

42.It is the tallest concrete tower in the world,replacing Canada's CN Tower and the second tallest free standing building (after Burj Khalifa).Opened in 2010 to coincide with the Asian Games,it is named after the traditional European name for the city in which it is located.What is the tallest building in China?

Canton Tower

43.What common name is given to the 1798 collection of poems, written by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge,that includes 'Tintern Abbey' and 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'?

Lyrical Ballads

44.A former head of Christian Dior,he went on to form his own fashion house in 1961.In 1983 became the first living fashion designer to be honoured by the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a solo exhibition and in 2001 was awarded Commander of the L├ęgion d'Honneur.Who is this Algerian born fashion designer?

Yves Saint-Laurent

45.To which major winning golfer,was former tennis star Chris Evert married, for 18 months between June 2008 and December 2009?

Greg Norman

46.Having the atomic number 5,which chemical element's silicate is used in the production of Pyrex?


47.Which female vocal group achieved the first US Number 1 single for the Tamla Motown record label,with their 1961 single 'Please Mr Postman'?

The Marvelettes

48.What is the name of the thin form of spaghetti,which is taken from the Italian for 'little worms'?


49.In a game of darts,which of the double finishes, is referred to as 'madhouse'?

Double one (1)

50.Also found in Homer's 'Iliad',which character 's story is told in Virgil's epic poem 'The Aenied'?