Thursday, 31 March 2011

Thursday Quiz 26

Here's todays 20........

1.In computer memory,how many bytes make up a kilobyte?

1024 (One thousand and twenty four)

2.The largest lake in Central America is located and named after,which country?


3.Which Jane Austen novel begins with the line,'The family of Dashwood has long been settled in Sussex'?

Sense and Sensibility

4.By what name is the type of ringworm fungal condition,'tinea pedis',more commonly known?

Athlete's foot

5.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

6.In which sport did the first official World Championships take place in Helsinki, in 1983,attracting around 1300 competitiors?

Athletics (Track and field)

7.Born on Mount Cyllene and appearing in Greek mythology,how are Maia,Taygete,Elektra,Alkyone,Asterope,Kelaino and Merope more commonly known?

The Pleiades

8.In the 1938 film 'Bringing up Baby' ,starring Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant,what animal was the 'baby'?


9.The artists Jackson Pollock,Louise Bourgeois and Sidney Nolan were all born in which decade of the 20th century?


10.Which well known building's design is thought to have been influenced by Leinster House in Dublin and the Château de Rastignac in the Dordogne region of France?

The White House

11.An area that was a major resort and site of amusement parks during the first half of the 20th century,what is the name of the peninsula located at the southernmost part of Brooklyn in New York City and whose name is derived from the Dutch for 'Rabbit Island'?

Coney Island

12.They are part of the Appalachian Mountains and are considered the most rugged mountains in New England.Attracting many visitors,due to their proximity to Boston,in which US state,do the White Mountains form nearly a quarter of the landscape?

New Hampshire

13.Located around 20 miles north of London,the First Battle of St Albans is regarded as the first battle of which 15th century conflict?

War of the Roses

14.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?


15. In revolt against the new government of Patrice Lumumba,it became a breakaway state in July 1960,separating itself from the newly independent Democratic Republic of the Congo.What was the name of this state,declaring independence under Moise Tshombe, leader of the local CONAKAT party?


16.The Bollywood move Bichhoo,starring Bobby Deol and Rani Mukerji,is a 'frame for frame' copy of which 1994 film,that portayed Jean Reno as a hitman who is befriended a 12 year old girl called Mathilda,played by natalie Portman?


17.Electrons,Muons and Taus are three of the 'flavours' of which elementary particle and fundamental constituent of matter?


18.Named after an abduction at the Japanese Embassy in a South American country,what is the name of the phenomenon whereby abductors or captors develop a sympathy for their hostages?

Lima Syndrome

19.Formed in 1948 at the Cafe Notre Dame in Paris,the avant-garde art movement known as COBRA was founded by six Europeans.It's name was first coined in the same year by Christian Dotremont,who took the initial letter or letters of the members' home cities.Name two of the three cities used?


20. In 2003 an all-seated stadium with a capacity of 30,154,known as 'A Pedreira', was built as the new home for the local club and as a UEFA Euro 2004 venue.It is a unique stadium as it was carved into the face of the adjacent Monte Castro quarry and is the work of the 2011 Pritzker Prize winner, Eduardo Souto de Moura.Which Portuguese football team,the last ever winners of the Intertoto Cup,play their home games at this location?

Sporting Braga

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Sunday Quiz 26

I thought I would mention the upcoming World Quiz Championships in June.

I have been to two of these so far and have thoroughly enjoyed pitting my knowledge against great quizzers from around the world.I would recommend anyone to have a go.

There are many locations around the world to compete and the questions are always challenging and interesting.

If you are interested,then you could visit the Quizzing website (see links) or try

Here's another 50..............

1.One of the largest ferry companies in the world,Stena Line was founded and operates from which country?


2.American astrophysicist,cosmologist and Nobel Laureatre George Smoot III won US$ 1 million in 2009 on which US TV quiz show?

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

3.Betty Joan Perske is the real name of which American actress,who won her only Academy acting award in 1997 for the film 'The Mirror Has Two Faces'?

Lauren Bacall

4.Which harbour,the largest in Cuba, was briefly known as Cumberland Bay when the British seized it in 1741, during the War of Jenkins' Ear?

Guantanamo Bay

5.In March 2011,disco singer, Loleatta Holloway died aged 64.She is best known for her controversial vocals on which 1989 UK number one single,that went on to be the biggest selling single of that year?

Ride On Time (by Black Box)

6.In 1968 Equatorial Guinea became an independent country after previously being under which European country's administration?


7.Featuring Leslie Nielsen,the 1956 film 'The Forbidden Planet',is based on which of Shakespeare's plays?

The Tempest

8.Starting at Sumava,it flows through Prague and eventually merges with the River Elbe at Melnik.Which is the largest river in the Czech Republic?


9.Which fruit with the Latin name Persea americana,is also known in the US as an alligator pear?


10.Maxwell Montes is a mountain and the highest point on which planet in the solar system?


11.Between 1978 and 1989,the sale,ownership and use of which 'mode of transport' was forbidden in Norway,due to the high number of injuries caused?


12.In which Charles Dickens novel does the evil character 'Mr Pecksniff' appear?

Martin Chuzzlewit

13.In 1941,the German spy Josef Jakobs was the last person to be executed at the Tower of London.What was the method of execution?

Shooting / Firing squad

14.What title or word links a biblical sea monster, a 17th century work by philosopher Thomas Hobbes and a type of cross-stich?


15.Which prolific American actor received 'Best Supporting Actor' Academy award nominations for his roles in the 1986 film 'Platoon' and for the 2000 film 'Shadow of the Vampire'?

Willem Dafoe

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


17.Which Russian composer tried to commit suicide in 1877, by walking into the freezing River Neva at the dead of night,following his disastrous marriage?

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

18.What was the only UK number one single for British pop rock duo 'The Eurythmics?

There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)

19.Founded in 1584,which is the oldest (Champagne region) Champagne house still in operation today?


20.What is the name of the tough, fibrous protein,synthesized by the outer layer of the skin and the major component of animal hair,nails,claws,horns and feathers?


21.Named in honour of the second son of King George III,what is the capital city of the Canadian province of New Brunswick?


22.Also the name of an Italian football team,Greek heroine according to myth,refused to marry any man unless they could beat her in a foot race?


23.Which British actor gained worldwide and cult fame after appearing in films as the Star Wars character 'Chewbacca' ?

Peter Mayhew

24.In which specific Winter sport is the American Seth Wescott and Canadian Maelle Ricker the respective and current Olympic champions?

Snowboard Cross

25.During the Second Boer war,which famous war correspondent was imprisoned in the Staats Model School, in Pretoria, but later escaped to Mozambique?

Winston Churchill

26.Founded in 1886 by David McConnell,which global cosmetics brand began trading under the name of 'The California Perfume Company'?


27.At the start of the 2011 Formula One motor racing season,there are three British drivers.Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are two,but who is the third,currently representing the Force India team?

Paul di Resta

28.In 2010 in the UK,what type of license,according to a BBC finding, was granted to thirteen children under the age of 10?


29.In 1987,'The Tortellis',became the first spin-off TV series to follow on from which,hugely successful, US sitcom?


30.Named after a German scientist,what is the SI unit of magnetic flux?


31.What is the name of the,American-owned, chain of over 300 small volcanic islands,that are located in the North Pacific and mark a line between the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska?

The Aleutian Islands

32.According to Blomberg and Forbes,which bank,with headquarters in Paris and London,is ranked as the world's largest company,with assets worth US$ 3.1 trillion?

BNP Paribas

33.Melekeok is the capital city of which pacific island nation?


34.In which English city is Fairfield House,the location where Haile Sellasie spent nearly five years in exile between 1936 and 1941?


35.Presented annually by the King of Norway,the Abel Prize is an international award given to outstanding contributions in which field?


36.In which US state are the headquarters of the CIA located?


37.Creator of the work 'Naturalis Historia' (Natural History),how was the 1st century Roman author,philosopher and naturalist Gaius Plinius Secundus,better known?

Pliny The Elder

38.According to Hindu and Jainist cosmology,which mythical mountain is considered to be the centre of all physical,meta-physical and spiritual universes?

Mount Meru

39.Renowned for their asceticism,communistic lifestyle and skill at predicting the future,what was the name given to the Jewish sect that had an important influence from around 2BC to the 1st century AD and who are believed by some scholars to have written the Dead Sea Scrolls?


40.What name links a Greek god who was a son of Cronus and Rhea, a 1969 film based on a novel by Paul Gallico and an American ballistic missile system succeeding Polaris and preceeding Trident 1?


41.How is the influential global figure, Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso better known?

(14th) Dalai Lama

42.Nicknamed 'Jackpot',who won the 2011 PDC World Darts Championship,beating Gary Anderson by 7 sets to 5?

Adrian Lewis

43.The works of which Victorian author include 'Cranford','North and South' and 'Ruth'?

Elizabeth Gaskell

44.Which well known and namesake fictional character has been played on screen,amongst others, by Charles Laughton in 1939,Anthony Quinn in 1956 and Anthony Hopkins in 1982?

Hunchback of Notre Dame / Quasimodo

45.Serving as the Prime Minister of France from 1906 to 1909, and again from 1917 to 1920.,he was one of the major voices behind the Treaty of Versailles at the Paris Peace Conference.Who was this statesman,nicknamed 'Le Tigre',for his determination as a wartime leader?

Georges Clemenceau

46.Derived from the Greek word for 'to snatch',which mythological creatures were best known as winged spirits who would constantly steal food from the Phoenician King Phineas?


47.In February 2011,they released their third studio album with 'Rolling Blackouts'.What is the name of this Brighton based,indie pop/rock band,who were nominated for a Mercury Music Prize in 2004 with their debut album,'Thunder,Lightning,Strike' and who have a lead singer named Ninja?

The Go! Team

48.With alumni including Somerset Maugham,David Gower and Christopher Marlowe,in which cathedral city is Kings School,the oldest in the United Kingdom?


49.Responsible,amongst others,for the films,'Sex and Lies','Topsy-Turvy' and 'Vera Drake',which British film director is the former husband of the British actress Alison Steadman?

Mike Leigh

50.Spoken in the provinces of Alava,Biscay and Gipuzkoa,which European language,also known as Euskara, is the official language for around 750,000 people?


Thursday, 24 March 2011

Thursday Quiz 25

50 Up

I hope you enjoy this and the next 50..............

1.What is the largest and capital city on the Falkland Islands?

(Port) Stanley

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


3.Native to sub-Saharan Africa,what type of creature is a Boomslang? A


4.Creating works such as 'Tamburlaine The Great' and 'The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus',which Elizabethan poet and dramatist was murdered by Ingram Frizer in 1593?

Christopher Marlowe

5.The 17th/18th century Italian craftsman,Bartolomeo Cristofori, is regarded by many to have been the inventor of which musical instrument?


6.Behind Harvard and Yale,which is the third oldest of the US Ivy League universities?

University of Pennsylvania

7.Which Greek mathematician discovered the law relating buoyancy to displacement?


8.Its name is derived from its main ingredient of thin, cleaned strips of beef tripe,Flaki (or Flaczki) is a traditional stew from which European country?


9.In March 2011,singer Ronan Keating revealed he is to take part in a relay swim across which body of water, to raise money for his cancer charity the Marie Keating Foundation and Cancer Research UK, in September?

Irish Sea

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


11.Which football team won the first ever UEFA Champions League Final in 1993,after Basile Boli scored the only goal of the game?


12.Featuring a number one single and cover versions of Born Free,Black Night and Abide With Me,which British comedian released the album 'I Will Cure You' in 1991,reaching number 16 in the UK album charts?

Vic Reeves

13.Which impressionist painter and sculptor was noted for his pastel work of bathing women and his paintings of ballerinas?

Edgar Degas

14.Founded in England in the 18th century by Ann Lee,how are members of the religious movement, 'United Society for Believers in Christ's Second Coming',more commonly known?


15.Its president is the economist Ruben Aganbegyan.In which country does MICEX,Europe's 5th largest stock exchange,operate?


16.The US postage stamp,the 'Inverted Jenny',is regarded as one of the most valuable stamps in the world after selling at auction for US$ 975,000 in 2007.It is unique as the picture of 'Jenny' is printed upside down.Who or what is 'Jenny'?

(Curtiss JN-4) Airplane or Bi-plane

17.Named after one of its leaders,which 16th century rebellion took place due to the unpopular intention of Queen Mary I to marry Philip II of Spain?

Wyatt's Rebellion (after Thomas Wyatt)

18.Held in 1943,'Eureka',was the given codename for which of the World War II conferences, that involved 'The Big Three', of Winston Churchill,Josef Stalin and Franklin D Roosevelt?

Tehran Conference

19.Which British Prime Minister was the first to have been born in the 20th century?

Sir Alec Douglas-Home (born 1903)

20.What word or title connects the superheroine alter-ego of Rahne Sinclair,an English heavy metal band,who in 1991,released the album 'Downfall and The Good Guys' and the alternative name for the flowering plant aconitum?


Sunday, 20 March 2011

Sunday Quiz 25

On the mend!

A little bit late tonight,but should all be back to normal now,so thanks for waiting this week and enjoy this batch of 50............

1.Which adventurer is depicted on the front side of the New Zealand 5 dollar note?

Sir Edmund Hillary

2.The oldest person to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature,she is also the last British recipient,collecting the award in 2007.Who's best known novels include 'The Grass is Singing','The Golden Notebook' and the collection 'Canopus in Argos'?

Doris Lessing

3.Which is the most northerly capital city in Africa?


4.Probably best known for the film 'Safety Last!',where he is seen clutching to the bending hands of a clock which dangle from the outside of a skyscraper,which silent film actor was a founder of the Academy of Motion Pictures,Arts and Sciences and who made more money from his films than Charlie Chaplin?

Harold Lloyd

5.In 2010 a new theme park was established at the Orlando resort in Florida,alongside Universal Studios and the Islands of Adventure park.Which literary character was the inspiration behind it?

Harry Potter (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter) Norse mythology,who was the wife of Odin and goddess of marriage, the home and motherhood?


7.When viewed at a certain angle,Holbein's 1553 painting:`The Ambassadors` reveals which mysterious object?

A skull

8.Perhaps most famous for her 1961 novel, 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie',which Scottish author has entitled her 1992 autobiography 'Cirriculum Vitae' and became a Dame in 1993?

Muriel Spark

9.Of all the countries that have a land border with only one other country,Canada and the US have ,by far, the longest border.Between which two countries is the second longest border found?

Spain and Portugal

10.What two word term connects a 1970 book written by psychologist Arthur Janov relating to a noise he heard, whilst working at a psychiatric hospital, a Scottish rock group co-formed by the former drummer of The Jesus and Mary Chain and a Harvard University tradition of streaking through the Yard,before final exams?

Primal Scream

11.From which family of animals does the racoon,coati and kinkajou belong?


12.Who holds the Premier League record,in terms of transfer fee, as the most expensive goalkeeper in English football?

Craig Gordon

13.Used in anthropology and medicine,what aesthetic would the Fischer-Saller scale measure?

Hair Colour

14.Which word meaning ‘to agree together secretly’ comes from the Latin for ‘breathe together’, having similar origins to
the word ‘respiration’?

Conspiracy (or conspire)

15.Located in the KwaZulu-natal province on the east coast,which city is famous as the busiest port in South Africa?


16.Recorded at a 2011 Davis doubles match against Germany,which Croatian male tennis player regained his world record,from Andy Roddick, for the fastest serve,recorded at 156 miles per hour?

Ivo Karlovic

17.Branches of which discipline in Hinduism, include Raja,Karma,Jnana and Bhakti?


18.Which Australian city is found on the southern slopes of the Taylor mountain range?


19.In early 2011,the internet overseer Icann,gave their final approval to give pornography websites which top level domain name (instead of .com or .org etc)?


20.The Eiffel bridge was built in 1875,after Gustave Eiffel was invited to rebuild the previous railway bridge that had been destroyed by flooding.It crosses the river Prut and separates which two Eastern European countries as part of the Iasi-Ungheni railway?

Romania and Moldova

21.In which religion is Hachiman the God of War?


22.Exceeded only by the Bay of Fundy and attracting many 'river surfers',which British river is home to the second largest tidal range in the world?


23.Considered the first democratically elected Marxist president in the Americas,he fled his palace La Moneda in 1973 as the result of a military coup.Who was this socialist president from 1970 to 1973, who was succeeded by Augusto Pinochet as Chilean president?

Salvador Allende

24.Telling the myth of the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts to retrieve the Golden Fleece,which epic Greek poem was written by Apollonius Rhodius around the 3rd century BC?


25.Although there are some satellite campuses scattered around the county,in which town does the University of Essex have its largest and original campus?


26.Which object was described as the 'fountain', in the readymade work of art, created by Marcel Duchamp in 1917 and signed by R.Mutt?

A Urinal

27.Sharing its name with a 1990 song by Aztec Camera,what was the original name of the ITV breakfast programme launched in 1983 and a predecessor to GMTV,ITV Breakfast and Daybreak?

Good Morning Britain

28.A key astrological advisor to the Elizabethan court and on many of the voyages of discovery,which 16th century mathematician and alchemist also chose the date for the coronation for Queen Elizabeth I?

John Dee

29.What is the name of the character who is known as Shakespeare's 'Merchant of Venice'?


30.A raid integral to the United States' effort to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid,which battle was depicted in Ridley Scott's 2001 film, 'Black Hawk Down'?

Battle of Mogadishu

31.In which sport are the Belle Vue Aces,Birmingham Brummies and Eastbourne Eagles all leading British teams?


32.Known to millions of British radio listeners,how is Hong kong born David Lloyd Vitty better known?

Comedy Dave

33.With its major characters including John Harmon,Bella Wilfer and Nicodemus 'Noddy' Boffin,which was the last completed novel of Charles Dickens?

Our Mutual Friend

34.Announced in the 2011 Forbes Rich List,Liliane Bettencourt is ranked 15th,with an estimated wealth of $23.5 billion.She is the heiress and principal shareholder of which French cosmetics company?


35.Which country was added to the G7, in 1997, to form the G8 international forum?


36.A postcode more familiar to soap opera fans,what UK postcode prefix has been designated to the London Olympic Stadium and Olympic village?


37.Built in collaboration with NASA in 2010, for what was the main purpose of 'Fenix' capsules?

Rescue trapped miners
(at the Copiapo mining disaster in Chile)

38.Which French painter and sculptor co-founded the Cubist art movement with Pablo Picasso in the early 20th century?

Georges Braque

39.Apart from Lithium,name any chemical symbol that begins with the letter 'L'?


40.Which British company (and competitor),bought the ZX Spectrum home computer range and 'Sinclair' brand in 1986,going on to launch the ZX Spectrum 'plus 2' and 'plus 3' models?


41.The mummified body of which 18th/19th century philosopher and author of the 'Fragment on Government', is on display at University College London, where it is occasionally recorded as 'present but not voting' at the college council?

Jeremy Bentham

42.Who,according to legend,was the mother of King Arthur?

Igraine (or Eigyr or Igerne)

43.Which Soviet Union president succeeded Yuri Andropov in 1984 only to die from illness 13 months later?

Konstantin Chernenko

44.In response to the Montgomery bus boycott in 1957,the Southern Christian Leadership Conference became a major influence in the American civil rights movement.Who became its first leader in the same year?

Martin Luther King Jr

45.In which country were Kiefer Sutherland,Olivia Newton-John and Angela Lansbury all born?

United Kingdom (England specifically)

46.Which Arthur Miller play featured the character Willy Loman, and was made into a 1951 film starring Frederick March?

Death of a Salesman

47.Usually performed by adding an extra device,what would the musical term 'con sordina' denote?

To be played with a mute

48.In mathematics,which Greek letter represents the SI prefix of 'micro' (or one millionth),the Mobius function in Number Theory and the coefficient of friction in physics?


49.Used in several ancient cultures,what was a 'bireme'?

Boat or Ship (propelled by oars and a square sail)

50.Located on the Baltic coast,what is the principal seaport of Poland and also the largest city in Pomerania?


Sunday, 13 March 2011

Delay with this Sunday's quiz

Hello and thanks for visiting

Unfortunately, I have been unwell,so the next Quiz will now be next Sunday 20th March. Thereafter the quizzes will be back to normal

Thank-you for your patience and thanks for your interest in the site

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Thursday Quiz 24

Two quiz league sites for you to check out. Firstly is the Southport and Formby Quiz league (,which has a great template for a quiz league site.It has plenty of questions and links to other quiz leagues.

Secondly is the Sunderland Quiz League ( which has a good selection of questions too.

Both recommended.

Here's 20 more for you............

1.First observed by the Voyager 1 space probe in 1977,which planet in the solar system, was the third planet to be recognised as having a ring system surrounding it?


2.Playing at the Cricket World Cup in 2011,which international team is captained by Ashish Bagai?


3.A branch of the larger Electronic Arts company,which video games brand is responsible for,amongst others,the successful 'FIFA','Madden' and 'Tiger Woods' series of sports games?

EA Sports

4.Produced by Elizabeth Arden,which female pop singer has released perfumes in the last decade called 'Curious' and 'Fantasy'?

Britney Spears

5.Guadacanal,Tulagi and Florida are three of the islands that made up the World War II Battle of Guadacanal.Which island nation,located east of Papua New Guinea and has its capital at Honiara, can these islands be found?

Solomon Islands

6.In which decade of the 19th century did these events occur: The eruption of Krakatoa,US President James Garfield is assassinated and Mark Twain publishes the book,'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'?


7.Changing to the Euro in January 2007,which EU member country,previously used the tolar as its currency?


8.Ruling around 500BC,of which Empire was Cyrus II (the Great) the founder and ruler?

Persian (or Achaemenid)

9.Only three artists have sold over 100 million albums worldwide both as a solo artist and (separately) as part of a group.Name two of them?

Paul McCartney,Michael Jackson,Phil Collins

10.Measured in lux seconds,what photographic term is defined as, 'the total amount of light allowed to fall on the photographic medium during the process of taking a photograph'?


11.Home to the Royal Canoe Club and only accessible by a hand wound chain ferry,Trowlock Island is found in which English river?


12.An animated TV series,that premiered in the US in 2009,which show,created by the same makers of 'Family Guy', tells the story of Cleveland Brown,his family and also features a family of bears?

The Cleveland Show

13.Nicknamed 'The Green Island',which is the largest and most populous island in Portuguese Azores archipelago?

Sao Miguel

14.Used in the interpretation of quantum mechanics,what (hypothetical) domestic animal did Edwin Schrodinger famously use ,to illustrate the complexities of the subject?


15.According to the New Testament in the book of Revelations,what name is given to the site of the final cosmic battle between the forces of good and evil?


16. The daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne and the mother of Orpheus,who,in Greek mythology,was the Muse of epic poetry?


17.Created by Canadian telecommunications company Research In Motion and due for launch in 2011,what is the name of the tablet computer that will act as a direct competitor to Apple's 'i-pad'?

(Blackberry) PlayBook

18.Found only in China,what species of vole is named after,the title given to the eldest son of the Russell family, whose seat is at Woburn Abbey?

Duke of Bedford's Vole

19.The opera 'Troilus and Cressida',written by William Walton in 1954,was based on a poem by whom?

Geoffrey Chaucer

20.A characteristic that gave rise to an English word,what name is given to the Norse warriors who were reported, in the Old Norse literature, to have fought in a nearly uncontrollable, trance-like fury?


Sunday, 6 March 2011

Sunday Quiz 24

Straight in with the quiz tonight.

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

1.Which Canadian peninsula,named after the province of which it is part of,separates the Bay of Fundy from the Gulf of St Lawrence?

Nova Scotia

2.One of Australia's best known painters,who was particularly noted for his series of depictions of Ned Kelly?

Sidney Nolan

3.Which play by TS Eliot tells the story of the death of Thomas Becket,including an interlude, whereby the killers attempt to justify their actions?

Murder In The Cathedral

4.Which European country's royal dynasty began with Asparukh in AD 681 and finished in 1946 with Simeon II?


5.She competed at the 1968 US Championships for figure skating,but did not make the Olympic squad.After this she went into fashion,where she became a senior fashion editor at Vogue for sixteen years.She opened her own label in 1990 and is now world renowned for her bridal gowns,including those worn by Alicia Keys,Victoria Beckham and Avril Lavigne.Who is this American designer of Chinese parentage?

Vera Wang

6.Who composed the opera 'War and Peace',adapted from Tolstoy's 19th century novel?

Sergei Prokofiev

7.Which make of car includes the models 'Toledo','Leon' and 'Alhambra'?


8.Best known for his conditioning experiments on dogs,which 18th/19th century Russian scientist won the Nobel Prize for medicine or physiology in 1904 'in recognition of his work on the physiology of digestion'?

Ivan Pavlov

9.The second largest shopping mall in England,in which Kentish town is Bluewater situated?

Greenhithe (not Swanscombe or Dartford)

10.In which 12-a-side sport could you find the Toronto Argonauts,Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Montreal Alouettes compete?

Canadian Football

11.In which English county is the official countryside residence of the Prime Minister,known as Chequers,located?


12.The Scottish band,Wet Wet Wet had their first number one single in 1988 with the song 'With A Little Help From My Friends'. This was a double A-sided single recorded for the charity 'Childline'. Which solo performer,recorded the reverse with a cover version of The Beatles' song 'She's Leaving Home',his only number one to date?

Billy Bragg

13.Adelie,Chinstrap and Gentoo are all species of which bird?


14.Which Tennessee Williams play is a recollection of the character Tom Wingfield's memories of his mother Amanda and sister Laura and takes its name from Laura's collection of figurines?

The Glass Menagerie

15.The actress who plays the role of Nancy ,the President's confidential assistant ,in the first seven series of 'the West Wing',is Martin Sheen's real life daughter.Her surname is Estevez,but what is her first name?


16.Built between 1925 and 1975,the Welsh village of Portmeirion was designed in the style of an Italian village and was used in the 1960s cult TV show 'The Prisoner'.Who was the architect and creator of this village,one of the most popular tourist attractions in Wales?

Clough Williams-Ellis

17.Which Italian region,located in the south east of the country ,bordering the Adriatic Sea,contains the cities of Bari,Foggia and Lecce?


18.Washington-on-the-Brazos, Harrisburg, Galveston, Velasco and Columbia all served as capital cities, during the 19th century, in which US state?


19.Excluding organistions,the USA have provided the most Nobel Laureates,with the United Kingdom second.Which European country have provided the third most recipients,with 102 winners?


20.Initially registered under the name SCADTA,Avianca is the flag carrying airline of which South American country?


21.In terms of population,what is the largest city in Scandanavia, that is not a capital city?


22.Also known as cobalamin,which of the 'B' vitamins,is water soluble and plays key roles in the normal functioning of the brain,nervous system and in the formation of blood?

Vitamin B12

23.According to Hesiod's Theogony, who was born when 'Cronus cut off Uranus' genitals and threw them into the sea, and from the sea foam, she arose'?


24.At the FIFA football World Cup,New Zealand,surprisingly,were the only unbeaten team in the competition.However they only scored 2 goals.One was scored by a defender who plays for West Ham and the other a striker who plays for Gold Coast in Australia.Name either goalscorer?

Winston Reid and Shane Smeltz

25.In which Shakespearean play does the title character start the play as Caius Martius?


26. Praslin, Silhouette Island and La Digue are three of the four largest islands of which archipelago,located in the Indian Ocean,1500 kilometres east of mainland Africa?


27.The most famous buildings are in Italy,but other well known types are in Hungary,Poland and Portugal with a particularly iconic one in Barcelona,Spain.Derived from the Greek for 'Royal House',what specific name is given to these ornate and religious buildings?


28.Succeeding Daniel arap Moi in 2002 Mwai Kabaki is the current president of which East African country?


29.Created as a spoof to the 1930s science fiction serials,which cartoon character was played by Daffy Duck in the role of an intergalactic future hero?

Duck Dodgers

30.How is the Booker Prize winning novelist and poet Dame Antonia Susan Duffy, more commonly known?

AS Byatt

31.The 1403 Battle of Shrewsbury saw Henry IV's army defeat a rebel army from Northumberland.Who led this rebel army,only to be killed by an arrow after lifting his visor for air?

Henry 'Hotspur' Percy

32.From which Commonwealth country are the cheeses Evansdale,Chesdale,Eatondale and Miss Dalton produced?

New Zealand

33.Gruber is the most common surname in which European country?


34.Featuring members Duncan James,Lee Ryan,Simon Webbe and Antony Costa,which boyband reunited in 2009 and will represent the United Kingdom at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, in Germany?


35.The Dartford river crossing in Kent consists of two methods of crossing.One is the Dartford tunnel,the other is by bridge.What royal name is given to the bridge?

Queen Elizabeth II bridge

36.Only one individual indoor track and field world record is held by a British athlete.Name either the athlete or event?

Colin Jackson (60m hurdles)

37.Which actress born in 1928,appears three times on the cover of the Beatles' 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band',the most of any person or animation featured?

Shirley Temple

38.Found on thousands of products worlwide,this character was 'born' in 1974.She has friends called Cathy, Tippy, Fifi, Tiny Chum, Rory, and Mory.Her twin sister Mimmy wears a bow on her right ear so that everyone can tell them apart. Name this feline character created in Japan?

Hello Kitty

39.What item of sports 'clothing',now banned as of March 2011,did Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson describe as an item that 'Real men' would not wear?


40.Which card game played in casinos, has versions such as 'punto banco' and 'chemin de fer' and is the favoured game of James Bond?


41.The 'Carmina Burana' is the best known work of which German composer,who founded the Gunther School of composition?

Carl Orff

42.The Universal Studios theme park has four sites across the world.Two are in the USA(at Orlando,Florida and Los Angeles)and another is in Japan.In which other Asian country can the fourth site be found?


43.Their name is translated as 'German Jews' ,as many descend from medieval Germany and along the Rhine.What name is given to the group that make up approximately 80 percent of the world's Jews?

Ashkenazi (or Ashkenazic)

44.If the colours of the London Underground were to correspond to the values on an archery target. What line would represent 7 or 8 points?

Central (Red)

45.Which author,that has sold around 100 million books worldwide,is most noted for her 'Vampire Chronicles' series of books?

Anne Rice

46.Which eponymous Shakespearean character has a daughter named Innogen and two sons named Guiderius and Arviragus?


47.The volume of which polyhedron is found by the mathematical formula: V= 1/3 X base X height?


48.In the bible story (or parable) 'The Good Samaritan',what was the occupation of the first character that avoided to help the beaten and robbed man?


49.A student of Salieri which 19th century composer of the Dante and Faust Symphonies,is best known for his Hungarian Rhapsodies?

Franz Liszt

50.In golf it's the Ryder Cup and in 9-Ball pool it's the Mosconi Cup.What is the equivalent USA vs Europe cup competition for Ten Pin bowling?

Weber Cup

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Thursday Quiz 23

I stumbled across a nice fun site the other day called 'Quizicon'.( Very much in the mould of Sporcle, it times you as you try to complete a list (for example you have 5 minutes to name the 50 largest countries by area).It also has categories I've not seen on Sporcle too.Certainly worth a look.

Here's Thursday's batch -(Nice and early)

1.Inishmore,Inishmaan and Inishsheer,make up which group of islands,located at the mouth of Galway Bay?

Aran Islands

2.In medicine,if systolic is the name given to the upper blood pressure reading,what name is given to the lower reading?


3.Which of King Arthur's knights was most famous for getting into a beheading contest with a mysterious green knight?

Sir Gawain

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


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


6.Which French scientist shared the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics with Marie and Pierre Curie?

Antoine-Henri Becquerel

7.After stealing fire from Zeus,which Titan of Greek mythology was punished by being tied to a rock while an eagle ate his liver,only for it to grow back and eaten again the next day?


8.Which London Square,the scene of one of the four suicide bombings on 7 July, 2005,is located in Bloomsbury and home to a , bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi, designed by Fredda Brilliant?

Tavistock Square

9.In February 2011,the Cleveland Cavaliers set a new record for consecutive losses,after their 25th straight defeat by the Dallas Mavericks.In which sport does this team compete?


10.Edith Granger,Louisa Chick and James Carker are all major characters in which Charles Dickens novel?

Dombey and Son

11.Flowing through the cities of Logrono, Zaragoza,Tortosa,Flix and Amposta,it discharges in a delta on the Mediterranean Sea.Which is the longest river that flows entirely in Spain?

Ebro (or Ebre)

12.Dastar,Pheta and Mysore Pheta are all styles of which piece of religious clothing?


13.It is synthesised using the Vernueil flame-fusion process and gets its colour from the presence of chromium ions.Which gemstone and variety of the mineral corundum,has a long history of being mined in Myanmar(Burma)?


14.In 1960, Modibo Keïta was elected the first president of which country,formerly known as French Sudan and has its capital at Bamako?


15.What three-word title links a band formed by Carl Barat, who released the album 'Waterloo To Anywhere in 2005 and a 2002 film directed by Stephen Frears, telling the story of two illegal immigrants in London?

Dirty Pretty Things

16.In terms of area,which is the largest of the world's landlocked countries?


17.Which is the first chemical element,by atomic number,whose chemical symbol, is also a two-letter American state code abbreviation?

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

18.Which early 20th century American dramatist and Nobel Laureate, also created the Pulitzer prize winning plays 'Anna Christie','and 'Strange Interlude'?

Eugene O'Neill

19.Initially trading in 1910 as the Shwayder Trunk Manufacturing Company in Denver,Colorado,which luggage company,one of the world's largest,changed to its current trading name in 1966,taking its name from one of their trademark suitcases,which itself,had been named after a biblical figure?


20.Fought between the Habsburg Monarchy and a Saxon–Prussian alliance,the 18th century War of the Bavarian Succession,is also known by what vegetable name,due to the number of soldiers that died from starvation during the conflict?

Potato War