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 www.wqc2011.com



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


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



Sweden


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?



Spain


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?



Vltava


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



Avocado


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



Venus


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?



Skateboard


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?



Leviathan


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?



Sievert


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?



Gosset


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?



Keratin


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



Fredericton


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?



Atalanta


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'?



Avon


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?



Shotgun


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



Cheers


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



Weber


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?



Palau


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



Bath


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



Mathematics


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



Virginia


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?



Essenes


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?



Poseidon


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?



Harpies


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?



Canterbury


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?



Basque