Thursday, 7 April 2011

Thursday Quiz 27

I'd like to send my congratulations to the Magdalen College Oxford for a tremendous University Challenge win.All four players were very strong and played a great game.Worthy winners!


Another 20 to have a go at...............





1.In April 2011,who became the first Spanish actress to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?



Penelope Cruz


2.Which two colours are represented on the flag of Greenland?



Red and White


3.The former Real Madrid and Portugal manager Carlos Queiroz signed a contract in 2011 ,to manage which Asian national football team?



Iran


4.In which South American country is the 'Real',the unit of currency?



Brazil


5.Which of Tennesee Williams' characters has been played on screen by Vivien Leigh in 1951,Ann-Margret in 1984 and Jessica Lange in 1995?



Blance Dubois (from A Streetcar Named Desire)


6.Which British scientist discovered,amongst others,the chemical elements,sodium,calcium,magnesium,boron and barium?



Humphrey Davy


7.Located in the Parliament House, overlooking Syntagma Square,which European country's parliament is known as the 'Vouli'?



Greece


8.Commemorating the July Revolution of 1830 and toppling of Charles X of France,the iconic painting 'Liberty Leading The People,located in the Louvre in Paris,is a work by which 19th century painter?



Eugene Delacroix


9.What was the codename given to the successful British deception plan during World War II,which helped to convince the German high command, that the Allies planned to invade Greece and Sardinia, in 1943, instead of Sicily, the actual objective?



Operation Mincemeat


10.During the 1990s,the artists Bobby Brown,Bell Biv Devoe and Ralph Tresvant all had top 40 hit singles in the UK and US.By what name were they collectively known when they had a worldwide hit during the 1980s,with the song 'Candy Girl'?



New Edition


11.Mongolia has two countries considered as mainland antipodes.Name either?



Chile and Argentina


12.Johannes Kepler was the assistant to which noted 16th century Danish astronomer and alchemist,who at one time was thought to have owned one percent of the entire wealth of Denmark?



Tycho Brahe


13.Early on in his career he wrote short works,including one on the earthquake in Lisbon, which was so popular that it was sold by the page.Which 18th century German philospoher is probably best known for his 1781 magnum opus 'A Critique of Pure Reason'?



Immanuel Kant


14.Native to India,the plants of the genera Elettaria and Amomum (in the ginger family),are often used in Indian and Nordic cuisine as a spice.By what name is it usually known?



Cardamom


15.Composed by the Jewish prophet Jeremiah,which poetic book of the Hebrew Bible, mourns the destruction of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple in the 6th Century BC?



Book of Lamentations


16.Home to the Gaucho,what is the name given to the vast South American fertile plains that cover around 750,000 square kilometres, covering a large part of Argentina and extending into Uruguay and the southernmost state in Brazil?



Pampas


17.Named after a 19th century polar explorer,on which island,can the most southerly active volcano on earth,Mount Erebus,be found?


Ross Island


18.After leaving the Labour Party and prior to the formation of the British Union of Fascists,what was the name of the political party set up in the early 1930s by Oswald Mosley?



The New Party


19.Also credited with the invention of the Paimio Chair,which 20th century Finnish architect is noted for the design of the Essen Opera House,the Helsinki University of Technology and Finlandia Concert Hall?



Alvar Aalto


20.Preceeded by John Tyler and succeeded by Zachary Taylor,which US President is noted for leading the nation to a sweeping victory in the Mexican–American War and for overseeing the opening of the U.S. Naval Academy and the Smithsonian Institution?



James K Polk