Sunday, 8 May 2011

Sunday Quiz 32

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50 more for you to have a go at...........

1.For the seventh year in a row,which family finished top of the Sunday Times 'Rich List 2011' (the richest people in the UK), with an estimated fortune of £17.5 billion?


2.In mobile phone technology,what does the acronym 'SIM' mean?

Subscriber Identity Module

3.Based on the Uncle Remus cycle of stories by Joel Chandler,this 1946 Disney film features both live action.Perhaps best known for its Academy Award winning song 'Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah',what is the name of this film,set in America,during the late 19th century?

Song of The South

4.Competed for in a similar way to the Ryder Cup,what is the name of the biennial competition, that features a team of professional US golfers, against a Rest of The World team,but does not include any Europeans?

Presidents Cup

5.A former Conservative Member of Parliament for Falmouth and Camborne and Life Peer since 2000,which well known figure was satirised in episodes of the TV programmes,'Drop The Dead Donkey' and 'the Brittas Empire', as a future British Prime Minister?

Sebastian Coe

6.In 1968,a group of Eastern European nations,led by the Soviet Union,invaded Czechoslovakia in answer to Alexander Dubcek's 'Prague Spring,' political liberalisation reforms.Which was the only Warsaw Pact nation that refused to join the invasion?

Romania (Albania withdrew from the Pact before invasion)

7.Originally an alliance of European commercial vehicle manufacturers,it is now subsidiary of Fiat Industrial.What is the name of this commercial vehicle company,one of the world's largest that was founded in 1975 and based in Turin?


8.Which is the first fibonacci number over 13 that is also a prime number?

89 (Eighty Nine)

9. Lying in the Firth of Clyde,which Scottish island,with a population of around 7000,has Rothesay as its only town?


10.In Charles Dickens' novel 'Great Expectations',what is the actual name of the character nicknamed 'Pip'?

Philip Pirrip

11.Located between the Panama state of Brazil and the Misiones province of Argentina,what is the name of the series of waterfalls which takes its name from the Guarani for 'big water'?

Iguazu Falls

12.To which British musician did American businesswoman Nancy Shevell get engaged in May 2011?

Paul McCartney

13.Standing at 12 metres tall and made of ivory and gold-plated bronze,which of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World was made by the Greek sculptor Phidias?

The Statue of Zeus at Olympia

14.Championed by Descartes,Spinoza and Leibniz,which form of philosophy,often used in politics, is often seen as the mid-point between realism and internationalism?


15.With an average life span for a man being 45 years,the Yukaghir people are a rapidly declining tribe.Predominantly settled in the basin of the Kolyma River,in which country can this indigenous group be located?

Russia (East Siberia)

16.Which spice is made from the grinding of the dried fruits of 'Capsicum annuum',such as bell peppers or chilli peppers?


17.Since the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 and upto 2010,which voting country has awarded the United Kingdom,in total (not average), the most points?

Austria (with 167 points -Ireland second with 166 points)

18.Placed on one of the lines at the beginning of the staff, which symbol indicates the name and pitch of the notes on that line?


19.Losing to Hungary 6-0 in its only appearance,which country,playing under its former name,became,in 1938,the first Asian team to participate in a World Cup Finals?

Indonesia playing as Dutch East Indies

20.Richard Attenborough's 1987 film drama, 'Cry Freedom',starring,Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline and Penelope Wilton,tells the true story of which South African black activist, who dies in suspicious circumstances whilst in custody?

Steven Biko

21.Which endocrine gland in the human body,located at the base of the brain and about the size of a pea,is also known as the hypophysis?

Pituitary Gland

22.Through which Australian state capital does the River Torrens flow?


23.Which name,meaning 'red' in Latin, links the English King that built Carlisle Castle,a 1970s and 80s funk band fronted by Chaka Khan and the character played by American comedian George Carlin, in the 'Bill and Ted' series of films?

Rufus (the nickname of King William II)

24.Told by Ovid in his work 'Metamorphoses',what was the name of the mythological,ill-fated lovers,that communicated their love through a crack in the wall between their houses?

Pyramus and Thisbe

25.Which 18th century composer,that spent much of his life working for the Spanish and Portuguese Royal courts,is noted for his friendship with George Handel,his well known composer father and his compositions of over 550 harpsichord sonatas?

Domenico Scarlatti

26.Which specific weapon,first used in military conflict during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78,was created by the English engineer Robert Whitehead?

Self-propelled Torpedo

27.Appearing on the album 'Abbey Road' and reaching number 4 in the UK singles chart,which was the only George Harrison composition to top the American charts while he was in the Beatles?


28.What surname links a film actor born in Bucharest and famous for playing 'Rico' in the 1930 film,'Little Caesar',the first black player to play major league baseball and the boxer born in 1921 under the name Walker Smith?

Robinson (Edward G.,Jackie and Sugar Ray respectively)

29.The geographical and historical area of Anatolia has been home home to many civilizations throughout history, such as the Hittites, Phrygians, Lydians and Persians.In which country did the majority of Anatolia cover?


30.Which country is the fifth largest,both in terms, of population and area?


31.Previously known as North Solomons,Bougainville,is an autonomous region that is politically,but not geographically, a part of which country?

Papua New Guinea

32.Behind Rangers and Celtic,which Scottish football club have won the third most Scottish FA Cup competitions (with 10 wins to date)? Queens Park
33.Which insect from the order Dermaptera can be a slang term meaning 'to attempt to influence by persistent confidential argument' or 'to eavesdrop'?


34.In 1902 Benito Mussolini, emigrated to which country, where he worked for the newspaper 'L'Avvenire del Lavoratore',but was deported in 1903 for his advocacy of a violent general strike?


35.Born in the US Virgin Islands,which french painter,noted for his works,'Boulevard Montmartre by Night' and 'Lower Norwood Under Snow',is the only artist to have shown his work at all eight Paris Impressionist exhibitions, from 1874 to 1886?

Camille Pissaro

36.Patented and placed into production by Pierre-Louis Gautrot in 1856, it was named after a 19th century French bandmaster.Made from brass and with a double reed,it was intended to serve as a replacement in wind bands for the oboe and bassoon which, at that time, lacked the carrying power required for outdoor band music.What is the name of this seldom used musical instrument?


37.What was the first married name of Wallis,Duchess of Windsor?


38.What was the christian name of Argentine Marxist revolutionary 'Che' Guevara?


39.Of the six Kings and Queens that hold office in European Union countries,who is the youngest?

Carl XVI Gustaf (Sweden)

40.As of the end of April 2011,Milos Raonic,Frank Dancevic and Peter Polansky were the top three ranked, male tennis players,representing which country?


41.With its primary use as a laxative,what is the name of the drug that is obtained from the pods and dried leaves of certain species of 'Cassia'?


42.Novi Sad and Nis are two of the largest cities in which European country?


43.Which 17th century explorer discoverered Baffin Bay,only to be suspected of disloyalty,hence the Bay named after his lieutenant?

Robert Bylot

44.In Greek mythology,which titan was the father of Zeus,Hades and Poseidon?


45.Which French economist,along with Henri Dunant, was the joint winner of the first Nobel Peace Prize for ' being one of the main founders of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and also the main organiser of the first Universal Peace Congress'?

Frederic Passy

46.Clara Wieck was a 19th century German musician and composer, considered one of the most distinguished pianists of the Romantic era.To which of her contemporaries did she marry?

Robert Schumann

47.Starring Sally Field, Rachel Griffiths, Calista Flockhart and Rob Lowe,what is the name of the American television drama series,first airedin 2006, that centres on the Walker family and their lives in Pasadena, California?

Brothers and Sisters

48.Founded in 1966 by a former Italian Davis Cup tennis player,this brand of sportswear was associated with Jimmy Connors,Pat Cash and (particularly with) John McEnroe in the 1970s and 1980s.What is the name of this brand,that has recently had a revival in the world of tennis,becoming now the main sponsor of Novak Djokovic and Ivo Karlovic?

Sergio Tacchini

49.Derived from a Latin word meaning 'sharp',referring to the characteristic points on its leaves,how is the 'Acer' genus of trees and shrubs more commonly known?


50.Literally translated as 'New trend',which Brazilian music style,particularly popular in the 1960s is widely used to refer to a fusion of samba and jazz?

Bossa Nova