Sunday, 17 April 2011

Sunday Quiz 29

It's that time again.

I thought I would also offer my congratulations to Ian Bayley,who became the 2011 Mastermind Champion.A great all-round performance and definitely deserved.

Well done!

If any of you are thinking of the next series,then my advice is to go for it.I had a great time this year and although I missed out on a runners-up spot,I enjoyed the whole experience.I'll hopefully be back for the 2013 series.



Here's Sunday's 50........

1.in April 2011,which European country imposed a law that bans Muslim women from wearing a birqa or niqab in public places?



France


2.In Greek mythology,what was the name of the nymphs, best known for tending the garden, from where Heracles, stole the golden apples in his 11th Labour?



Hesperides


3.Belonging to Turkmenistan,Ogurja Ada is the country's largest island.It is also the longest island to be found in which sea?



Caspian


4.Which ancient unit of length measurement was referred to in the English speaking world as a distance of 3 miles?



League


5.Constructed and unveiled in 1770 by Wolfgang von Kempelen to impress the Empress Maria Theresa,it became famous for being an elaborate hoax.What device,used in exhibitions,was known as 'The Turk'?



(Automatic) Chess Machine


6.Meaning 'heroic' in Italian,what title is Beethoven's symphony number three usually referred to?



Eroica


7.Written over a period of time between 475 and 200BC,'The Analects' is a piece of work completed by students and disciples of which Asian philosopher?



Confucious


8.Between 1838-39,Mexico and France fought which war, that began when a French cook complained to King Louis Philippe that his shop had been looted by Mexican officers?



Pastry War


9.Designed by the baroque architect Nicola Salvi who died during the years of construction,which landmark in Rome was finally completed in 1762 by Giuseppe Pannini?



Trevi Fountain


10.Which is the only US state flag to feature an image of a US President?



George Washington (on the flag of Washington)


11.Devised by Joe Davis in the 1950s,the variant cue sport 'Snooker Plus' had an additional two coloured balls to that of traditional snooker.One worth 8 points,the other worth 10 points.Name either of the coloured balls used?



Orange (8 points) Purple (10 points)


12.An English painter,interior designer and member of the Bloomsbury group,Vanessa Bell was the sister of which well known, early 20th century author?



Virginia Woolf


13.In terms of distance,which of the four Galilean moons of Jupiter is closest to the planet?



Io


14.In 1847, Guiseppe Verdi wrote an opera, that was entitled and based upon which of Shakepeare's plays?



Macbeth


15.Juba is the capital city of which state,that will formally declare its independence as of July 2011?



Republic of South Sudan (accept Southern Sudan)


16.Winning in 1996 when racing for the 'Ligier' Formula One team,who was the last Frenchman to win the Monaco Grand Prix?



Olivier Panis


17.Most often found in sculpture,what name is given to a subject in Christian art that depicts the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus?



Pieta


18.Made from a double layer structure of silicone rubber,the 'Mugen Puchipuchi' is a Japanese key chain toy ,that simulates which 'activity', associated with the packaging/unpackaging of goods?



Bubble Wrap Popping


19.Which word, in common use today ,is derived from a play by Czech writer Karel Capek,that tells the story of Helena Glory as she tries to save the human race from destruction, by overzealous 'workers'?



Robot (from the play RUR or Rossum’s Universal Robots)


20.Which 20th century English author is best known for his works 'Lost Horizon' and 'Goodbye Mr Chips'?



James Hilton


21.Also the name of a computer software company,found on most computers,which type of sun-dried building brick, is made from sand, clay, water and organic materials such as straw?



Adobe


22.Which producer of the Academy Award winning film 'Around the World In Eighty Days',was also famous for being the third husband of Elizabeth Taylor?



Mike Todd


23.Which of Thor Heyerdahl's reed boats was named after a well known river that rises in the Taurus mountains?



Tigris


24.Due to the name already being used, in the UK, as a type of cat food,how was the 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon, 'Top Cat', known to British TV viewers until 1999?



Boss Cat


25.According to the Book of Genesis,who was the first and eldest son of Jacob and Leah and the founder of an Israelite Tribe?



Reuben


26.Bushcrop,Conqueror,King of The Ridge and Tokyo Slicer are all varieties of which salad vegetable?



Cucumber


27.In July 1954, Italian climbers Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni,became the first people to make a successful ascent of which mountain?



K2


28.Which group of Carribean islands were known as the Danish West Indies ,until they were renamed in 1917 by their new owners?



US Virgin Islands


29.Named after two main characters ,'Elinor and Marianne' was the original title of which Jane Austen novel?



Sense and Sensibilty


30. Given its current name by Sultan Majid bin Said of Zanzibar in the 1860s,it translates from Arabic as 'house of peace'.Which African city and former capital was previously known as Mzizima?



Dar Es Salaam


31.Claiming to be the Earl of Warwick,which 15th century pretender to the English throne,lead a revolt against King Henry VII at the Battle of Stoke Field?



Lambert Simnel


32.In April 2011 at the Valero Texa Open,professional golfer Kevin Na, recorded the worst ever score for a par four hole, since PGA Tour records began.How many strokes did it take for him to complete the hole?



16 (Sixteen)


33.Making its TV premier in September 2008,which American television drama series focuses on the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club, operating in a fictional town in Northern California?



Sons Of Anarchy


34.Dated to 1274BC,the Battle of Kadesh was fought between the forces of the Egyptian empire under Ramesses II and which other empire,led by Muwatalli II?


Hittite


35.What is the name of the internet search engine website, unveiled by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in May 2009 at the 'All Things Digital' conference in San Diego?



Bing(.com)


36.Who became the interim Leader of the Labour Party from 11 May to 25 September 2010, until Ed Miliband took over the role?



Harriet Harman


37.Which member of the hip-hop act, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, was responsible for the familiar rap on Chaka Khan's 1984 hit 'I Feel For You'?



Melle Mel


38.Which name links a novel by George Eliot,a 7th/8th century monk who wrote 'The Ecclesiastical History of the English People' and a nomadic ethnic group of Bangladesh?



Bede (Adam Bede,The Venerable Bede and the Bede People)


39.Appointed to office by President Sarkozy in May 2007,who is the current Prime Minister of France?



Francois Fillon


40.Founded in 1993,AirAsia is Asia's largest low-fare, no-frills airline.It is based in which country?



Malaysia


41.Which country provided football teams for 3 of the 4 semi-finalists for the 2011 Europa Cup?



Portugal


42.Awarded the 1991 Man Booker Prize for his book 'The Famished Road'who is (currently) the only Nigerian writer to have received this accolade?



Ben Okri


43.Which city serves as the capital of the Australia's Northern Territory state?



Darwin


44.On which Mediterranean island is the Shakespeare play 'Much Ado About Nothing' set?



Sicily


45.Erode, a city in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is the world's largest producer of which plant,used as a spice and commonly known as 'haldi' in India?



Tumeric


46.Mel Brooks, Martin Scorsese, Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer and Steve Coogan have all made guest appearances on which US comedy sitcom,written by Seinfeld co-creator, Larry David?



Curb Your Enthusiasm


47.In terms of area,the Gharwar Field is ,by far, the largest oil field in the world.In which country is it located?



Saudi Arabia


48.With music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson and based on Puccini's opera La bohème,what is the title of the Pulitzer Prize winning musical, which tells the story of a group of struggling,impoverished young artists and musicians in New York's Lower East Side?



Rent


49.In April 2011 Shane Watson broke the record for number of sixes hit during a One Day International cricket match,hitting 15 for Australia against Bangladesh.Which West Indian cricketer's record did he beat?



Xavier Marshall


50.Of the six basic trigonometric functions used in mathematics,which would come first alphabetically?



Cosecant