Thursday, 30 June 2011

Thursday Quiz 39

Just made it!

To those of you attending the Rochester Grand Prix,I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Hope you all enjoy this batch..............

1.The 2011 Wimbledon's Womens' singles event has had various notable and interesting results.Occurring for the first time since 1913,what was particularly rare about the line-up for the Quarter Final stage of the competition?

All European players

2.What is the name of the portable, felt-covered, wood lattice-framed dwelling structure traditionally used by Turkic and Mongolian nomads, in the steppes of Central Asia?


3.Working in over 40 countries the modern organisation bears her name.Who was the early 20th century author,campaigner for womens' rights and pioneer in the field of birth control that wrote the controversial 1918 sex manual, 'Married Love'?

Marie Stopes

4.Translating to English as 'prize',what was the make or class of Russian submarine,model AS-28, that was rescued by the British Royal Navy in 2005,off the coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula,the same class as the ill-fated 'Kursk',which sank in 2000?


5.Written specifically for Queen Elizabeth II's 60th birthday in 1986,it featured several songs that would go on to appear in the hit show 'Aspects of Love'.Which lesser known Andrew Lloyd-Webber/Tim Rice musical centres around a sportsman called Donald and his split loyalties between his team and his girlfriend Emma?


6.Which of the New Testament Gospel writers, founded the Coptic Church, under the original guise of the Church of Alexandria in c.42AD?

St Mark (The Evangelist)

7.Which animal links the football team AS Roma,British actor Robert Lindsay,professional bodybuilder Michael Van Wijk and the BDO World Darts Champion, Martin Adams?

Wolf (Roma's nickname is the Wolves,Robert Lindsay played the character Wolfie in the TV show 'Citizen Smith',Van Wijk is plays 'Wolf' in TV 'Gladiators' and Adams is nicknamed 'Wolfie'

8.A prolific Mexican born,American actor,he gained his two Academy Award wins during the 1950s,for his supporting roles in 'Lust for Life' and 'Viva Zapata!'.He also led an interesting and turbulent life where he married the adopted daughter of Cecil Mille,lost his son in a tragic accident in WC Fields' swimming pool and worked under Frank Lloyd-Wright.What is this Hollywood legend's name?

Anthony Quinn

9.Which former British Prime Minister died in March 2005,the same month and year as his wife?

James Callaghan

10.Lords of Dogtown is a 2005 biographical film directed by Catherine Hardwicke and written by Stacy Peralta. The film is based on the story of 'The Z-Boys', an influential group of teenagers who revolutionised which sport?


11.With which Soviet leader was the term 'Perestrioka' widely associated,to denote his policies of pragmatic reform?

Mikhail Gorbachev

12.Celebrating its 'day' on the 28th June 2011,what letter of the Greek alphabet has been suggested by a group of mathematicians, to replace the constant,'pi',having a new value of about 6.28?


13.Popular in North Africa,Turkey and Asia,where on the body would someone wear a 'babouche'?

Foot (heeless slipper)

14.Who was the French science fiction novelist who wrote the 1963 work 'La Planète des singes',which was the basis for the film franchise 'The Planet of The Apes'?

Pierre Boulle

15.Sasha Vujacic is a Slovenian professional basketball player, playing for the LA Lakers and New Jersey Nets in the NBA.Although relatively well known in his field,he is probably best known for his famous sporting girlfriend.Who is she?

Maria Sharapova

16.Traditionally it is one of the leading centres of Romanian social, cultural, academic and artistic life.The capital of the Principality of Moldavia from 1564 to 1859,which is the second largest city in Romania by population?


17.What is the name of the thick soup used in Russian and Ukrainian cuisine,that can consist of either meat,fish or mushrooms,with all three containing pickled cucumber?


18.During the 1970s,the country's Prime Minister, Saloth Sar, forced urban dwellers to relocate to the countryside in order to work in collective farms and forced labour projects.The aim of which was 'restarting civilization' in 'Year Zero'.By what name was Saloth Sar more commonly known?

Pol Pot

19.Having died before the story begins,which eponymous Charles Dickens character had afather called Edwin Leeford?

Oliver Twist

20.The current official residence of the President of the Italian Republic is located on which hill, the tallest of the seven hills of Rome?

Quirinal Hill

21.Occupying eight departments in the west of present-day Guatemala,its capital was Quetzaltenango.Taken from the Spanish meaning 'the heights',which independent state was added as a sixth state to the Federal Republic of Central America in the 1830s,only to be recaptured by Guatemala in 1840?

Los Altos

22.Which Finnish-American architect,considered one of the masters of American 20th Century architecture,created Dulles International Airport in Washington DC and the iconic 'Gateway Arch' in St Louis?

Eero Saarinen

23.Generally known by it s nickname, Operation 'Magic Carpet' the military Operation 'On Wings of Eagles' between June 1949 and September 1950 brought 49,000 Jews from which country to the new state of Israel?


24.Founded in a London location to which it lent its name,its members included Virginia Woolf,John Maynard Keynes,EM Forster and Lytton Strachey.What was the name of the 1920s/1930s group of writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists that originally got together for informal discussions,but went on to become hugely influential in a variety of fields?

Bloomsbury Group

25.In which West End and Broadway musical, are the main characters comprised of sisters called Elphaba and Nessarose Thropp?


26.Two songs that contain the (separate) word 'Earth', have reached number one in the UK singles chart.One in 1987,the other in 1995.Name both artists to achieve this?

Belinda Carlisle ('Heaven is a Place on Earth' in 1987) - Michael Jackson
('Earth Song' 1995)

27.Which mountain located in the Sierra Nevada range,is the highest peak of the 48 contigouous United States?

Mount Whitney

28.The largest two moons of Uranus are named after characters from which of William Shakespeare's plays?

A Midsummer Night's Dream (Titania and Oberon)

29.Turkey and China are currently the largest producers of this substance found in both igneous and sedimentary rocks.With a Mohs hardness rating of 6,which mineral makes up around 60% of the earth's crust?


30.In Olympic Ice Hockey,including both men's and women's events,which country tops the all-time medal table,having won the most Gold medals and the most medals in total?


Sunday, 26 June 2011

Sunday Quiz 38

Left it a little late as I was watching Beyonce at Glastonbury on the TV.

Hope you enjoy this batch............

1.Lulz Security (or Lulz Sec),was a group that has made several high profile attacks on corporations and government agencies.Disbanding in 2011,what was their main method of attack?

Computer Hacking

2.Directed by Terence Mallick and starring Sean Penn and Brad Pitt,what is the title of the Palme d'Or winning film at the 2011 Cannes film Festival?

The Tree Of Life

3.Making their living as rice cultivators,traders and seafarers,the Bugi people represent the largest ethnic group, on which of Indonesia's large islands,particularly around Lake Tempe?


4.It's monuments have earned it a place in UNESCO's World Heritage sites,which city was the capital of the Vietnamese Empire until 1945?


5. With a series of novels entitled 'Les Rougon-Maacquart',he was a major contributor to the literary school of naturalism.Which 19th century French author was equally renowned for his influence in the exoneration of Alfred Dreyfus,encapuslated in his open letter entitled 'J'accuse'?

Emile Zola

6.Which Scottish novelist and physician,wrote works including 'The Keys of the Kingdom' and 'The Citadel' and had the television series 'Dr Finlay's Casebook',based on his stories?

AJ Cronin

7.What was the name of the French Admiral who was in charge of the defeated French fleet at the battle of Trafalgar?

Pierre Villeneuve

8.Although generally known by his stage name,which R&B music star and Academy Award Winning actor has the real name,Eric Bishop?

Jamie Foxx

9.First recorded at Eton School in 1825,which handball game,played by 2 or 4 players,is derived from the French game 'jeu de paume'?


10.The Turkish professional football club,Bucaspor,is currently the only top-tier team from which city,Turkey's third largest by population?


11.Holding an annual exhibition for ten years in the late 19th entury,what name was given to the group of Belgian painters, designers and sculptors, formed in 1883 by the Brussels lawyer, publisher, and entrepreneur Octave Maus?

Les Vingt

12.Named after the neuro-surgeon who first described it,what is the name of the hormone disorder caused by high levels of cortisol in the blood,causing rapid weight gain and associated with the consumption of certain steroids?

Cushing's Syndrome

13.In 2000,the Dutch rock festival,'Pinkpop',was the first major public event to provide what resource for women?

Female Urinals

14.Which 1980s American series starred Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner as divorced housewife Amanda King and top-level 'Agency' operative Lee Stetson, who begin a strange association, after encountering one another in a train station?

Scarecrow and Mrs king

15.Which of Shakespeare's plays tells the story of a wealthy and generous Athenian,who wastefully gives away all of his money and eventually ends up living in a cave in the wilderness,where he finds an underground trove of gold?

Timon of Athens

16.Also known as John Clayton or Lord Greystoke,he is usually known by his 'ape name' of Tarzan.What does Tarzan mean in English?

White Skinned

17.Which is the only African nation that has appeared in all six Womens World Cup Finals tournaments?


18.Until 1997 whilst under British rule,what was the major city and generally regarded capital of Hong Kong?


19.Named after the University where it was invented,which early device ,used for storing electric charge,was a glass jar coated inside and outside with metal foils,with a rod electrode projecting through the mouth of the jar?

Leydan Jar

20.Handling nearly all of the country's trade,which city is the capital of Mauritius?

Port Louis

21.Thought to be a key influence of a major 20th century revolution,who devised the series of ideologies known as the 'April Theses'?

Vladimir Lenin

22.Opposite to the zenith,what is the name of the point on a celestial sphere,immediately below the observer ,therefore unobservable?


23.Which Italian luxury car company,founded in Bologna in 1914,but now owned by Fiat,has the current models,'Quattroporte' 'GranTurismo' and 'GranCabrio'?


24.Which animal native to Africa is often,colloquially known as the 'ant bear'?


25.Which Carribean country is home to the House of Angostura, famous for the production of the (usually) drink flavouring ,'angostura bitters', invented by the company's founder?

Trinidad and Tobago

26.Created between 1920-1939 and located in Poland,by what name is the Free City of Danzig now known?


27.Held in great respect in ancient times and obtaining its name from a legend in the 'Letter of Aristeas',what is the name of the historic Greek translation of the Old Testament adopted by Christians?


28.In 1978 Emilio Marcos Palma made history be becoming the first recorded baby to be born in which location?


29.According to the sport's regulations,all Speedway motorcycles must only use which specific substance for fuel?


30.What is the English name of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series,that is known as 'Le Pacha' in France,'Kocia Ferajna' in Poland and 'Turpi Urfi' in Hungary?

Top Cat (known as Boss Cat in the UK only)

31.Including the example 'blessed are the meek;for they shall inherit the earth',how are the eight blessings in Matthew's Gospel and four blessings in Luke's Gospel,collectively referred?


32.Which Asian capital city is the nearest antipodean capital to Bogota in Colombia?

Jakarta (Indonesia)

33.What was the title of Sue Townsend's fifth book in the Adrian Mole series,written in 1999 and focuses on Adrian,aged 30, working as a chef in a top Soho restaurant?

(Adrian Mole:) The Cappuccino Years

34.Who was the first US President of the 20th century?

William McKinley

35.Occurring when the Moon is in its 1st and 3rd quarters,what is the name of the especially small tidal range, that is produced by the tidal forces of the Sun and Moon acting in opposition?

Neap Tide

36.His country's longest serving Prime Minister,which Australian statesman was responsible for sending Australian troops to the Korean War in 1950?

Robert Menzies

37.Although its citizens are classed as New Zealanders,it is self governed.Which island in the South Pacific is known as the Rock of Polynesia and has Alofi as its capital?


38.In June 2011,which historic Argentine football club were relegated from the top division for the first time in their 110 year history?

River Plate

39.Only two directors have won back-to-back 'Best Director' Academy Awards.John Ford was the first,but who was the second,claiming the prize for his 1949 and 1950 films?

Joseph L Mankiewicz

40.Named after the English pioneer of sterile surgery,what is the name of the genus of bacteria,normally associated as a type of food poisoning?


Thursday, 23 June 2011

Thursday Quiz 38

As I'm up to 75 quizzes and around 2600 questions,I thought I would thank those of you visiting the site.It certainly keeps me motivated and I hope the site will continue to grow!

Here's Thursday's quiz.I hope you enjoy........

1.In European city are the headquarters of the European Space Agency located?


2.Still in use today for civil engineering projects and named after its inventor,what is the name of the type of portable, pre-fabricated, truss bridge,developed by the British, during World War 2 for military use?

Bailey Bridge

3.As well as being the third largest city in Spain,by population,Valencia is also the third largest city in which other country?


4.Causing thousands of casualties and refugees,the late 1980s/early 1990s War of Nagorno-Karabakh,was fought by which two countries?

Azerbaijan and Armenia

5.A short lived ceremony,it parodied the BRIT awards and only occurred once,in 2006.Set up by music channel 'Music Choice',it awarded prizes for 'oustandingly bad' music,with 'winners' including Lisa Scott-Lee,Jessica Simpson and Steve Brookstein.The awards are named after which supermodel,whose own 1994 single 'Love and Tears' was seen by Music Choice as a supremely awful example of the genre?

Naomi Campbell (Naomi Awards)

6.In 1922 he represented Belgium in Davis Cup tennis,but eventually turned to politics,where he became a hugely influential European figure.Which Belgian Prime Minister also served as the first President of the United Nations General Assembly and ,during the late 1950s,served as Secretary General of NATO?

Paul-Henri Spaak

7.With around 100 verified cases around the world,at what age is a person officially known as a 'supercentenarian'?

110 (One Hundred and Ten)

8.A 15th century Dominican nun and mystic,she worked tirelessly to bring Pope Gregory XI back to Rome from France.She is also known for having Christ's stigmata imprinted on on her body.Named after a city in Tuscany,who,in 1940,was declared joint Patron Saint of Italy,alongside St Francis of Assisi?

St Catherine of Siena (Catherine Benincasa)

9.Which British physicist and 1904 Nobel Prize winner lent his (titled) name to the discovery of the scattering of sunlight by air molecules,making the sky appear blue?

Lord Rayleigh (known as the Rayleigh Scattering)

10.The 1969 Academy Award ceremony was particularly interesting,in that two women won the 'Best Actress' award.One played the character Eleanor of Aquitaine,the other played Fanny Brice.Name either actress to pick up the award?

Katharine Hepburn (The Lion In Winter) Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl)

11.A rival to the later made 'VHS',which global electronics company developed the 'Betamax' video recorder in 1975?


12.In the natural sciences,which term can be used to describe the electrically induced heat, commonly used for muscle relaxation and also a method of heating tissue electromagnetically for therapeutic purposes in medicine?


13.Which 17th century chaplain and perjurer is infamous for his 'Popish Plot',a fabricated claim by the Catholic church to kill Charles II of England?

Titus Oates

14.Winner of the World Rally Championship drivers' title in 1981 and the Paris-Dakar Rally four times,which Finnish racing driver became a Member of the European Parliament between 1999-2009?

Ari Vatanen

15.What links West Indian cricket legend Joel Garner,a jazz saxophonist considered a founder of the smooth jazz genre,a letter of the NATO phoenetic alphabet and UK darts player Ted Hankey?

Sesame Street characters (Garner sometimes nicknamed Big Bird,Grover Washington Jr,Oscar and Hankey is known as The Count)

16.The 'Nilgai','Kudu','Dik-Dik' and 'Dibatag' are all types of which animal?


17.From 1972 until the introduction of the Euro in 2008,what was the currency of Malta?

Maltese Lira

18.Also the subject of a Philip Glass,symphonic cantata,what is the name of the hydroelectric dam located on the Parana River on the border between Brazil and Paraguay and one of the largest of its kind in the world?

Itaipu (Dam)

19.Due for launch in July 2011,what is the name of the website created by author JK Rowling,which will sell e-books and audio books,including an extra 18,000 words of additional content?


20.At the 2011 Wimbledon tennis championships only one of the doubles pairings 'Wildcard' entrants was not British.One of which was Peter Luczak.Which crowd favourite and former mens' singles champion is his partner?

Lleyton Hewitt (both Australian)

21.Which Amorite king of Babylon was noted for creating one of the first written codes of law in recorded history,inscribed on stone tablets and standing over 8 feet tall?


22.Although sold in various parts of Asia,it is extremely popular in Japan. Sharing its name with a US state,what is the name of the brand of coffee-flavoured beverages sold by The Coca-Cola Company?


23.According to the 2009 film,in which South African city is the alien settlement known as 'District 9'?


24.Its objective is to provide long term segregated housing for inmates described as the highest risk or 'worst of the worst'.What one-word term,mostly associated with the US,is generally used to describe the units that represent the most secure levels of custody within in the prison system?


25.Endemic to the Antarctic and, in 2011, seen on a New Zealand beach for the first time in 44 years,'Aptenodytes forsteri' is the tallest and heaviest of which animal species?

Penguin (Emperor Penguin)

26.Designed by the 'Swiss Cracking Association',what was the Commodore Amiga computer,the first to receive,in 1987?

Computer Virus

27.Resulting in a defeat for Cetshwayo by Lord Chelmsford,which battle,effectively, marked the end of the Anglo-Zulu war in 1879?

Battle of Ulundi

28.In May 1955,what was formed by the 'Treaty of Friendship,Co-Operation and Mutual Assistance?

Warsaw Pact

29.Finishing the 1996 Epsom Derby in last place,riding 'Portuguese Lil' ,what record is held by jockey Alex Greaves?

Only female jockey ever to have rode in the race

30.Gathering a cult following in several countries,what was the name of the dubbed English language version, of the Japanese television series 'Saiyuki', based on a classic sixteenth century Chinese novel by Wu Cheng'en?


Sunday, 19 June 2011

Sunday Quiz 37

Not much to report today,so just enjoy today's questions..............

1.Since 2000,the Williams sisters have been dominant in the Wimbledon Ladies Singles tournament,winning the title 9 times out of 11.Which two women have won the remaining two titles?

Maria Sharapova and Amelie Mauresmo

2.One of the UK's most respected choreographers,he first came to prominence when he co-founded the dance company ,'Adventures in Motion Pictures in 1987.He has since won numerous awards for various stagings,including Mary Poppins and Edward Scissorhands.Who is this figure,that caused controversy in 1995,when he replaced the swans in 'Swan Lake' with bare-chested male dancers?

Matthew Bourne

3.Written in 1902,which of Beatrix Potter's 23 'tales',did she declare was her favourite?

The Tailor of Gloucester

4. In 1997, a cause for beatification and canonisation into sainthood was opened by Pope John Paul II,bestowing upon him the title of 'Servant of God'.Globally recognised,which Archbishop of San Salvador was assassinated in 1980?

Oscar Romero

5.Part of the lanthanide series,which chemical element with the symbol Ho and atomic number 67 is named after a European capital city?

Holmium (named after Stockholm)

6.Regarded today as a major figure in American literature,which prolific poet is remembered for only publishing around 12 of her 1800 poems,as she was very reclusive,to the point where she would rarely leave her room?

Emily Dickinson

7.Mainau,Reichenau, and Lindau are the three major islands in which body of water,lying at the northern foot of the Alps and crossing borders of Switzerland,Germany and Austria?

Lake Constance

8.Supplying domestic and foreign news to the media,in which Asian country is the 'Yonhap' news agency based?

South Korea

9.Halldor Lexness was a 20th century writer,who wrote many books and plays in his lifetime and in his own country is well celebrated.Of which European nation is he the only Nobel Laureate?


10.With a connection to the theatre,which three word title gave UK top 40 hits for Madonna in 1994,Rihanna in 2008 and the Glee cast in 2010?

Take A Bow

11.Which term is applied to the philosophical movement that includes Jean Paul Sartre,Søren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche,whose main focus is based,fundamentally, around the meaning or purpose of life?


12.Described as a hybrid of The X-Files,The Twilight Zone and Dark Angel,which US TV series,first aired in 2008,follows an FBI team that uses unorthodox techniques to investigate a series of unexplained occurrences, related to mysteries surrounding a parallel universe?


13.Which Swiss psychologist was famous for his analysis of dreams,for popularising the terms 'extrovert' and 'introvert' and for writing his 'Red Book'?

Carl Jung

14.Its title is taken from the length of time of the protagonist's ordeal.Which 2010 biographical adventure film co-written, produced and directed by Danny Boyle,stars James Franco as mountain climber Aron Ralston, who became trapped by a boulder in Robbers Roost, Utah in April 2003?

127 Hours

15.Awarded annually,in the US, to the league's top defence player,it is given by its sports Professional Writers Association for the player who 'demonstrates throughout the season, the greatest all-round ability in the position'.In which sport is the James Norris Memorial Trophy a coveted accolade?

Ice Hockey

16.The Tuskegee Univesity is an historic college set up primarily for African-Americans at the end of the 19th century.Since then it has gone on to become a noted college and alumni has included Lionel Richie and Keenan Ivory Wayans,as well as a number of NFL American football players.Which prominent African-American leader was hired as the college's first principal?

Booker T Washington

17.Although he was one of the Marx Brothers,which member never appeared in any 'Marx Brother' movie?


18.According to legend, Pheidippides ran 25 miles from the battlefield near Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek victory over Persia.He arrived with the word 'Nenikekamen' and collapsed and died on the spot from exhaustion.Which three word phrase did 'Nenikemen' translate to in English?

We Have Won

19.His life is portrayed in the 2005 film 'Shine',by Geoffrey Rush,which Australian concert pianist is as well-known for having schizoaffective disorder as he is for his piano playing?

David Helfgott

20.What name is given to a device fitted to a spark ignition engine, that mixes its fuel of air and petrol in suitable proportions, for combustion?


21.Similar to the New Zealand 'haka',which national rugby union team begin each game by performing a war dance called 'Sipi Tau'? Tonga
22.Its current President is Placido Domingo.Founded in 1963,what is the name of the European federation that was established in order to preserve and promote historic buildings,sites and monuments in over 20 countries?

Europa Nostra

23.Located in Boertia,Greece,what is the name of the mountain in Greek mythology that was sacred to the Muses?

Mount Helicon

24.Best known for playing the character Denise Huxtable in US sitcom,'The Cosby Show' and for being the former wife of Lenny Kravitz,which actress,in 1992, legally changed her name to Lilakoi Moon?

Lisa Bonet

25.Deriving from a Tamil word meaning 'ruby',which mineral,often used as an abrasive, is formed, primarily, from aluminium oxide? Corundum
26.Nobel Prize winner,Murray Gell-Mann,introduced which quark into the theory of elementary particles?


27.Finding fame in 1991 as a vocal quartet,they have sold more records than any R&B/soul group.How are Michael McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman collectively known?

Boyz II Men

28.Which organic compound that has the formula CHCl3,was first used by Scottish obstetrician, James Young Simpson,for general anesthesia during childbirth?


29.From which animal is the food product, lard, created?


30.Also known as the Waller's Gazelle or Giraffe-necked Antelope,which species of long-necked antelope is found in East Africa and is the only member of the genus 'Litocranius'.


31.On January 1 1901,Edmund Barton became the first Prime Minister of which country?


32.Housed in Dublin's Trinity College,what is the name of the Latin illuminated manuscript,containing the Four Gospels,that was created by 8th century Celtic monks?

Book of Kells

33.Founded in 1954 by a Korean,the 'Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity',(shortened to Unification church),is now usually known by what colloquial name?


34.Which battle was the opening engagement of the German invasion of Belgium, and the first battle of World War I?

Battle of Liege

35.Operating charter services to leisure destinations in Europe and Egypt,which country is home to the budget airline known as 'flyNiki'?

Austria (named after Niki Lauda)

36.Also noted for the members Rodrigo,Cesare and Lucrezia,which important Italian family during the 15th and 16th centuries, first became famous when Alfonso, became Pope Calixtus III in 1455?


37.Publicly known by her first name only,she was a hugely popular Mexican-American singer of the 1980s and 1990s and winner of numerous Latin music awards and accolades.She is also remembered in a 1997 biopic,which Jennifer Lopez played the eponymous role.Who is this singer,murdered at the age of 23 by Yolanda Saldívar, the president of her fan club?

Selena (Quintanilla-Pérez )

38.Argentine middleweight boxer,Juan Roldan holds a unique place in boxing history.In 1984 he became the only fighter to officially score a knockdown against which boxing legend?

Marvin Hagler

39.Including the famous revolt,led by Spartacus,which series of wars, occurred in Sicily and mainland Italy in order to suppresss the slave uprisings of the late 2nd and early 1st century BC?

Servile Wars

40.Sharing the name of the 8th satellite of Jupiter,found in 1908,which Greek mythological character was the daughter of Helios,wife of Minos and mother to the Minotaur?


Thursday, 16 June 2011

Thursday Quiz 37

On nice and early today.Hope you like the set........

1.Named after Lord George Gordon,President of the Protestant Association,in which English city did the 1780, anti-catholic, 'Gordon riots' occur,resulting in around 500 protestors being wounded or killed by the army, in their effort to dispurse the crowd?


2.Despite at appearing in 17 summer and winter games,which is the only South American country, (and not territory), that has never won any Olympic medals?


3.In Greek and Roman mythology,what name is given to the happy fields,usually on the borders of the Underworld,where the good and virtuous remain in perfect happiness after death?

Elysium (or Elysian Fields)

4.Having accommodation for 28 people and costing around at US$53,000 a day to rent,Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands,is entirely owned by which billionaire businessman?

Richard Branson

5.Critically acclaimed globally for their 1998 album 'Moon Safari and their 2000 film score for 'The Virgin Suicides',by what name are the French electronic pop duo consisting of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel known?


6.Located on Oahu,the state capital and largest city of Hawaii is Honolulu.However,what is the largest town,by population, on Hawaii island itself?


7. In 1993 Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond received media coverage for the award of the 'Anti-Turner Prize'.They offered £40,000 to be given to the 'worst artist in Britain', voted from the real Turner Prize's short-list.Also infamous for burning £1million of their own money,from which 1990s pop/dance group were they leading members?

KLF (Kopyright Liberation Front)

8.Producing the rock and pop bands,Alphabeat,The Raveonettes and Aqua,which country also host the annual Rokslide music festival,one of the most popular in Europe?


9.Which American comedian, actor and musician provides the voice for the 'Kung Fu Panda',in the Dreamworks Animations films of the same name?

Jack Black

10.In which religion are the terms Talmud and Gemara used to describe a record of discussions, pertaining to laws,ethics and philosophies?


11.Known as the 'Furies' in Roman mythology, they are depicted by carrying torches and covered with snakes.The spirits of vengence,'Alecto','Megaera' and 'Tisiphone' are collectively known by what name in Greek mythology?


12.Named after one of the British Isles,what name is used to describe the, usually sleeveless shirt worn by Australian rules football players?


13.Which globally recognised charity,was formed following a publication of Peter Benenson's article, 'The Forgotten Prisoners', in The Observer newspaper, in May 1961?

Amnesty International

14.In 1938,Mustafa Ismet Inonuhe became his country's second ever president.His presidency lasted throughout the Second World War and was given the official title of 'National Chief'.Although notable himself,who was his more famous predecessor?

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1st President of Turkey)

15.Between 1899-1935,Sir Arthur Evans,a British archaeologist excavated the city of Knossos on the island of Crete.By doing so,he developed the concept of which ancient civilisation?


16.A group of Russian Army officers,they attempted a coup against Tsar Nicholas I in 1825.Later they became regarded as martyrs and founders of the 19th century Russian revolutionary.Named after a month of the year,by what name are this group remembered?


17.The third longest in the world,which Australian mountain range is home to the country's highest mainland mountain,Mount Kosciuszko?

Great Dividing Range

18.Prominent during the Wars of the League of Augsburg and the War of Spanish Succession,what name was given to the privateers that were licensed by governments to prey upon enemy shipping vessels in the English Channel and the Atlantic?


19.Recording a number one single in the UK and across Europe and number two in the US with her 1983/4 protest song,what is the stage name of German pop star Gabriele Susanne Kerner?

Nena (99 Red Balloons/Luftballons)

20.Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has been Prime Minister of which country since 1971,making him the longest-serving unelected Prime Minister in the world?


21.Discovered at the GSI Centre for Heavy Ion Research,the chemical element with the atomic number 110 is named after which German city?

Darmstadt (Darmstadtium)

22.With his brother St Methodius,which 9th century saint and Christian missionary, is particularly noted for travelling to Moravia where he translated scripture to Slavonic and introduced a new,Greek based alphabet?

St Cyril

23.A unit of volume used in Australia for water,what literal measurement is equivalent to 500 gigalitres?

A Sydney Harbour (or Sydharb)

24.Literally meaning 'the guilded one',which Spanish name,later associated with a mythical city,was given to the legendary and powerful Muisca tribal chief who had his body coated in gold dust?

El Dorado

25.Named after the Scottish surgeon that first described it,what is the name of the medical condition that involves paralysis of the muscles of one side of the face,caused by the dysfunction of cranial nerve 7?

Bell's Palsy

26.A successful businesswoman and political activist in her own right,by what nickname was the wife of US President Lyndon B Johnson,generally known,although she was born with the first name Claudia?


27.With the modern site,almost entirely created by Italy during the 1930s,which city serves as the capital of Eritrea?


28.Played between the 1996/97 and 2009/10 seasons,which Belgian football club holds the record for most consecutive (14) participations in the UEFA Cup/Europa League?

Club Brugge

29.Which one of Alexandre Dumas' 'Three Musketeers' is the oldest by some years and seen as the group 'father figure'?


30.Winning the Academy Award for 'Best Picture',it beat off competition from 'Citizen Kane','The Maltese Falcon' and 'Suspicion'.What was the name of the 1941 John Ford film,starring Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O'Hara,that tells the story of the Morgans, a close, hard-working Welsh family at the turn of the 20th century?

How Green Was My Valley

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Sunday Quiz 36

As a small change to the site,I''ve decided to continue with 40 questions on a Sunday and 30 on Thursday,just to even things up a bit.

Either way,I hope you enjoy this set............

1.What relation was Kaiser Wilhem II,to the British Queen consort,Alexandra of Denmark?


2.The 16th century painter Paolo Caliari was noted for works such as, 'The Wedding at Cana' and 'The Feast in the House of Levi'.With reference to his birthplace,by what surname is he more commonly known?

Paolo Veronese

3.Popularised in the 1940 Disney film 'Fantasia'.which French composer wrote the 1897 piece 'The Sorceror's Apprentice'?

Paul Dukas

4.Which two word term was a political party founded in 1960s America by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale,the nickname for Portugusese football star Eusebio and the alter-ego of T'Challa,one of Marvel Comics' first African superheroes?

Black Panther

5.Which British actor and voice artist who died in June 2011,was probably best known for providing voices for the 'puppets 'Zippy' and 'George' on the children's TV show 'Rainbow'?

Roy Skelton

6.A European football legend,especially in the Spanish league,he played for the Barcelona team that thrashed arch rivals Real Madrid 5-0 in the 1993/94 season.The following season he played for the Real Madrid side that gained revenge in winning 5-0 against Barcelona.Which footballer,who had also played for Juventus and Lazio holds this unique record?

Michael Laudrup

7.According to Forbes magazine,as of 2nd May 2011 ,which US list is now headed by the Mexican,Joaquin Guzman Loera?

FBI's Most Wanted List

8.Alphabetically,which US state capital would appear last?

Trenton (New Jersey)

9.One of King Arthur's knights he had a son,Lohengrin, the Knight of the Swan.Which character is best known for his quest for the Holy Grail and,in earlier stories,healing the Fisher King?

Sir Percival (or Parsifal)

10.In 1911,the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire became one of the deadliest industrial disasters in US history,resulting in the deaths of around 140 workers.In which US city did this tragedy occur?

New York

11.Dominique Pire,was a Dominican friar, whose work helping refugees in post-World War II Europe saw him receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1958.What was his nationality?


12.Owned by Mitsubishi and featuring current models such as the 'Persona','Exora' and 'Saga',from which Asian country does the car manufacturer,'Proton', originate?


13.Inspired by the cathedral tower at Salamanca,this structure on the campus of Stanford University, California,stands at 87 metres high.It's main use is for library storage,although the exiled Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn lived on the 11th floor for some time, before he moved in 1976.Named after a 20th century US President,what is the name of this structure?

Hoover Tower

14.Both aired on the Nickelodeon TV network and featuring a Spanish language element,'Go Diego Go!' is a spin-off from which similar children's TV show?

Dora The Explorer

15.Which Australian male model,from Serbian and Croatian descent, caused controversy in May 2011,when he was placed at number '98' in FHM magazines' annual international poll of the 'top 100 sexiest women in the world'?

Andrej Pejic

16.A word common in physics,what can be defined as 'a particle representing a quantum of light or other electromagnetic radiation'?


17.In June 2011,over 1,000 new species were announced,after a 2006 survey on the island of Espiritu Santo.It is the third largest island of which Pacific island nation?


18.The Beethoven composition known as 'Pastoral' is also known by which symphony number?

6 (Six)

19.Separated from the mainland by the Kalmar Strait,it is home to Borgholm Castle and the annual Skördefest harvest festival.With a population of around 25,000,what is the second largest Swedish island?


20.In June 2011,two new chemical elements,both transuranium, were officially recognised.One with the atomic number 114,the other 116.Name either?

Ununquadium and Ununhexium

21.Sounding like a school football team and based in his home city of Rosario,from which Argentine football club did Barcelona sign Lionel Messi at just 11 years of age?

Newell's Old Boys

22.With the atomic number 72,which chemical element and transition metal is named after the Latin name for Copenhagen?


23.A 19th century work of epic poetry,it was compiled by Elias Lönnrot from Finnish and Karelian oral folklore and mythology.It is one of the most significant works of Finnish literature and played an instrumental role in the development of the Finnish national identity.What is the title of this national epic of Finland?


24.Particularly successful in the UK,which American comedian and musician has an alter-ego called Otis Lee Crenshaw and is described by Matt Groening, as the inspiration for 'The Simpsons' character Moe Szyslak?

Rich Hall

25.Sharing a name with a phenomena experienced over polar regions,who was the Roman goddess of the dawn,equivalent to the Greek Eos?


26.Selling over 30 million copies in over 30 languages,which Pulitzer Prize winning novel was Margaret Mitchell's only major publication?

Gone With The Wind

27.Which one word title was a UK top 10 hit for Kris Kross in 1992,Girls Aloud in 2003 and Madonna in 2006?


28.A Russian designed spacecraft,it has made 110 flights in various incarnations.In 2011 it took 3 members of the'Expedition 28' to the international space station.Translated as 'Union' in English,what is its Russian and more familiar name?


29.Alphabetically,which Old Testament book comes first?


30.Which Belarussian female tennis player,winner of over 80 doubles titles, made her only Grand Slam Singles Final appearance in 1988 at the French Open,only to be beaten 6-0 6-0 in 32 mins by Steffi Graf?

Natalia Zvereva

31.Once used in anaesthesia,it has become a recreational and illegal drug in most parts of the world.With street names such as 'angel dust','supergrass' and 'killer weed',what is the scientific name for the drug most commonly known as 'PCP'?


32.Home to 9 National Parks and often referred to as 'the 'Heart of India',which central Indian state is the second largest in terms of area and has Bhopal as its capital?

Madhya Pradesh

33.Linking London Paddington station with Cornwall,the Night Riviera Sleeper Service is one of a few UK train services offering sleeping accomodation.Which Cornish town or city's station is the terminus for this train line?


34.When the fifth terrestrial TV channel in the UK,Channel 5,launched in 1997,the first programme to be aired was a soap opera based around the characters living in the fictional London suburb of Charnham.What was the show's name?

Family Affairs

35.Her surname is shared by a 1982 Italian football World Cup winner.Which Italian born nun who founded the 'Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus',became,in 1946,the first US citizen to be canonised as a saint?

Francis Xavier Cabrini

36.A feature,inparticular to Huntingdon's disease and Saint Vitus' Dance,what is the name of the involuntary ,jerky movements caused by damage to the part of the brain that controls muscular co-ordination?


37.Winning Peace Prize in 2001,who is the only Ghanaian Nobel Laureate?

Kofi Annan

38.What is the English title of the 1997 Italian film,that won 3 Academy Awards,including 'Best Actor' to Roberto Benigni for his portayal of a father who must employ his fertile imagination to help his family, during their internment in a Nazi concentration camp?

Life Is Beautiful

39.Largely responsible for 'The Book of Common Prayer',which 16th century Archbishop of Canterbury was responsible for annulling King Henry VIII's marraiges to Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn,as well as divorcing him from Anne of Cleves?

Thomas Cranmer

40.With a population around 75000,which Carribean Island has Roseau as its capital?


Thursday, 9 June 2011

Thursday Quiz 36

Pleased with my overall performance at the World Quizzing Championships,including a joint 14th in the sport genre.These quizzes are certainly helping me,so I hope they are having the same effect for you.

Here are the 30 as promised...........

1.Written and by Andrew Gold and performed by Cindy Fee,which well known 1980s/90s US TV sitcom had the song, 'Thank-you For Being A Friend', as its theme tune?

Golden Girls

2.In June 2011 which Serbian-American author became the youngest author to win the Orange Prize for Fiction, for her debut novel 'The Tiger's Wife'?

Tea Obreht

3.With many sites around the world,what is the German word,literally meaning 'storage place', that is used by palaeontologists,to describe a sedimentary deposit that exhibits extraordinary fossil richness or completeness?


4.Created by dancer and choreographer Alberto 'Beto' Perez in Colombia during the 1990s,it is used in health clubs and gyms throughout the world.What is the name of this dance fitness program that combines international music with dance in an effort to make exercise fun?


5.What connects a 2008 film produced by Tom Hanks and features,amongst others,Colin Firth and Julie Walters,a late 1990s BBC sitcom written by Jonathan Harvey and starring Kathy Burke and a spin-off show from the satirical BBC TV series 'The Day Today'?

All named after Abba song titles (Mamma Mia,Gimme Gimme Gimme and Knowing Me Knowing You (with Alan Partridge)

6.Spending 37 years in exile in Portugal following the 1947 constitution of the Italian Republic,who was the last King of Italy,known as the 'May King' as he only served for 33 days in the Spring of 1946?

Umberto II

7.Used to accompany the Sardana, a Catalan folk dance,what is the name of the traditional music ensemble of Catalonia, that consists of 11 members?


8.Famous for creating 'Samson and Delilah' (1949),'The Greatest Show On Earth' (1952) and 'The Ten Commandments'(1956),which prolific American film director (and producer), was renowned for the flamboyance and showmanship of his films?

Cecil B.DeMille

9. In 1967, Gnassingbe Eyadema led a successful military coup, after which he became president. At the time of his death in 2005, Eyadema was the longest-serving leader in modern African history, after having been president for 38 years.Gaining its independence from France in 1960,he was president of which country ?


10.Winning between 1992 and 2006,which Norweigian skier has won more Olympic alpine skiing medals than anyone else,with 8 in total?

Kjetil Andre Aamodt

11.Taken from the Athabaskan language meaning 'high one',what English name is usually given to the well known mountain 'Denali',the centrepiece of the Denali National Park?

Mount McKinley

12.A luxury Swiss watchmaker based in Saint-Imier,which company is particularly renowned for it's sports events timing equipment and also its 'aviator' watches?


13.What three word English term is more commonly used to describe the neurodegenerative disease, bovine spongiform encephalopathy?

Mad Cow Disease

14.Approximately 800 light years from Earth,how are Alnitak,Alnilam and Mintaka collectively known?

Orion's Belt

15.Doing so in August 1956,what became the first film soundtrack to reach number one in the UK album charts and the second number one album ever in the UK?


16.Which fictional character has been portrayed in films by actresses including Olivia de Havilland in 1938,Audrey Hepburn in 1976 and Cate Blanchett in 2010?

Maid Marian (or Lady Marian)

17.The Mantoux test is a diagnostic tool, that uses an intradermal injection,to determine whether a patient is suffering or has suffered from what illness?


18.Cape Cod, often referred to locally as simply the Cape, is an island and a cape in the easternmost portion of which US state?


19.Established in 1787 by the theatre and art loving King,it has produced some of its country's finest actors,including Academy Award winners.In which country can the acting school 'Dramatens elevskola',be found?


20.Having a broad,flat blade and wielded with both hands,what is the name of the large double-edged sword used by Scottish Highlanders between the 15th and 18th centuries?


21.Gaining international renown as the face of Boer resistance against the British during the Second Boer War,what was the name of the President of the South African Republic between 1883-1900,who eventually had to flee and remain in exile in Mozambique?

Paul Kruger

22.Won by Slovenian Janez Brajkovic in 2010,in which sport do participants compete in the 'Dauphine Libere'?


23.Appearing in global news and with testing happening in 2011,Danish organisation,Copenhagen Suborbitals,have created a rocket,whereby they aim to perform the first amateur manned spaceflight.After which fellow and appropriate countryman have they named the craft?

Tycho Brahe

24. What term was coined by British architects Alison and Peter Smithson,to describe the poured board-marked concrete with which Le Courbusier constructed many of his post-World War II buildings?


25.Used mainly in science,it can be used for other uses such as the production of cream.What is the name of the device that separates the components of a mixture by using rapid rotation which,in turn,creates a subsequent force?


26.Which is the smallest African country,by area,that passes through the equator?

Sao Tome and Principe

27.The United Nations Security Council consists of 5 permanent member countries and 10 elected member countries (over a two year term).Of the elected members(as at June 2011) which country was elected to represent Eastern Europe?

Bosnia and Herzegovina

28.Doing so in 1983,who is the only male or female New Zealand tennis player,to have played in a Wimbledon singles final in the Open era (ie since 1968)?

Chris Lewis

29.The word 'paparazzi' is generally regarded as an eponym.It is believed to have originated from a character's name in which famous 1960 film,directed by Federico Fellini?

La Dolce Vita

30.Particularly famous for one of her works,which author of books such as 'The Giant and The Joneses' and 'The Princess Mirror-Belle Collection',became the UK's 'Childrens Laureate' in June 2011?

Julia Donaldson

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Sunday Quiz 35

40 instead of the usual 50 tonight,as I have been a little pre-occupied with the World Quizzing Championships,however I'll give you 30 instead of 20 on Thursday.

Speaking of the WQC, I would like to congratulate Pat Gibson on his tremendous win.A fantastic effort!

For any of you that entered,I hope you enjoyed the test.The results are available on the various IQA sites.

Back to tonight.Enjoy.................

1.Belgian siblings Kevin,Jonathan and Olivia Borlee have all represented their country at which sport?

Athletics (mostly 200 and 400 metres)

2.Which very specific ailment is described as the protrusion of the upper part of the stomach into the thorax, through a tear or weakness in the diaphragm?

Hiatus or Hiatal Hernia (not 'Hernia')

3.Which US state's next three biggest cities,after the capital,in terms of population,are Cedar Rapids,Davenport and Sioux City?


4.Including Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko,the group of rogue abstract artists known as the 'Irascables' had only one female member.Who was this Romanian-born American painter who died in 2010 aged 100?

Hedda Sterne

5.First aired in 2005,the American reality show Miami Ink and its spin-off series' LA Ink and London Ink all deal with which particular industry?

Tattoo (Artist,Shop etc)

6.Which all-girl group,in 1988, reached number 11 in the UK singles charts and number 2 in the US, with a cover of Simon and Garfunkel's 'Hazy Shade of Winter'?

The Bangles

7.Which artist has released the only UK number one single to start with the word 'Stop'?

David Sneddon (Stop Living The Lie in 2003)

8.First Nations, is a term of ethnicity that refers to the Aboriginal peoples of which country?


9.Which 21st century, landmark President comes next in the list:-Fernando Collor,Itamar Franco,Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva?

Dilma Rousseff (The first female Brazilian President)

10.Created in 1942 by Lt-Col Vladimir Peniakoff,this World War II British fighting unit were engaged in intelligence gathering and 'hit and run' attacks behind enemy lines in North Africa and Italy.Taken from their commanding officer's nickname,how were this unit better known?

Popski's Private Army

11.Which Portuguese town is world famous as a place of pilgramage, after three peasant children claimed to have seen 'the Virgin of the Rosary' in 1917?


12.Also making appearances in episodes of Famiy Guy,The Simpsons and 30 rock,the villainous red-suited character with red rabbit ears known as the 'Noid' was a character used by which global food outlet?

Domino's Pizza

13.Appointed Queen Elizabeth II's official dressmaker between 1950 and 1989,which luxury fashion designer said of his his best known creation,the gown designed in 1977 Silver Jubilee portrait,that it had been 'immortalised on a thousand biscuit tins'?

Hardy Amies

14.Which British river name can be in East Sussex at 30 miles in length,in Yorkshire at 60 miles and in Northamptonshire at 159 miles?


15.Which mammals, in the order Chiroptera,have their smallest species called 'Kittis hog-nosed' and the largest called the 'Giant-crowned Flying Fox'?


16.Which word can be a type of wild swinging punch,another name for the farming machine,known as a 'conditioner' or a name of the mushroom with the latin name 'Panaeolina foenisecii'?


17.Although they have won four football World Cup Finals,Italy have also lost two.Which other international team beat Italy in both of those finals?


18.Which British racing driver,competing for Bryan Herta Autosport is nicknamed 'difficult Dan',for his temperament in the pit lanes and was crowned the winning driver of the 2011 Indianapolis 500 motor race?

Dan Wheldon

19.Which world renowned Cambridge college has provided 32 Nobel Laureates,the most of any Oxbridge college?


20.In the 'Happy Days' spin-off, US sitcom, of the 1970s and 1980s,how are the actresses Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams better known?

Laverne and Shirley

21.Winner of the 1946 Nobel Prize in Literature,which German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include 'Steppenwolf', 'Siddhartha', and 'The Glass Bead Game'?

Hermann Hesse

22.In May 2011,Sergei Bagapsh died following complications during surgery.Recognised by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru and Vanuatu,of which Republic was he President?


23.A French work,it was written by Choderlos de Laclos and published in 1782 and is composed entirely of letters written by the various characters to each other.Which famous novel,adapted many times for stage and screen,tells the story of the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont,who use sex as a weapon to humiliate and degrade others?

Dangerous Liaisons / Les Liaisons dangereuses

24.How is the Italian 'Torre pendente' better known to English speakers?

Leaning Tower (of Pisa)

25.In which country is the language of Nahuatl spoken by an estimated 1.5 million Nahua people?


26.A British model and actress,she is best known for modelling for Victoria's Secret and for replacing Megan Fox as the lead female character in the upcoming film Transformers: Dark of the Moon.Who topped the annual FHM Magazine 'Sexiest Woman' poll for 2011?

Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley

27.Located at the end of the Silk Road,its old town has been marked as a World Heritage site.Which city was once,the third largest city in the Ottoman Empire and now the largest city,by popultion in Syria?


28.'Black and White In Colour',is a 1976 war film and black comedy directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, it depicts French colonists at war with the Germans in West Africa, during World War I.Spoken in French,it is which country's first and (so far),only Academy Award?

Cote D'Ivoire/Ivory Coast

29.An incurable degenerative neurological disorder,'Kuru' is widely accepted to have been transmitted among members of the Fore tribe via cannibalism.In which Oceanian country is this disease almost entirely endemic?

Papua New Guinea

30.Sometimes called Brownlee particles,after the original collector,what two-word term is used to describe the microscopic grains of extraterrestrial dust,(some of which are believed to be from comets) ,that enter the Earth's atmosphere at high velocity?

Cosmic Dust

31.Which American athlete, in 2010, became the first non-African (by birth or nationality to break the 27 minute mark for the mens 10,000 metres?

Chris Solinsky

32.He could have been described in a variety of ways,including watchmaker,inventor,musician and arms dealer,but which Frenchman is probably best known for his written works (translated in English as), 'The Barber of Seville and 'The Marriage of Figaro',of which Mozart based is famous operas?

Pierre-Augustin Beaumarchais (Accept Pierre-Augustin Caron)

33.A 23-year-old Canadian,he is a slacker and part-time musician who lives in Toronto and plays bass guitar in the band Sex Bob-omb. He falls in love with American delivery girl Ramona Flowers, but must defeat her seven evil exes in order to date her.Who is this title character of the graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O'Malley?

Scott Pilgrim

34.Also called pink eye or madras eye,what medical term refers to inflammation of the outermost layer of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids,usually caused by infection?


35.First mentioned in English literature by Ben Jonson in his comedic play 'The Alchemist',what is the name of the impudent trickster figure, originating in Middle Low German folklore and whose 'Merry Pranks' are the subject of a poem by Richard Strauss?

Till Eulenspiegel

36.Inspired by the Johannes Vermeer painting 'Girl With a Pearl Earring',which author created the novel in 2002,which presents a fictional account of Vermeer, the model, and the painting?

Tracy Chevalier

37.Which is thee only international rugby union side,that is not a '6 Nation' side,to have also appeared in World Cup Finals?


38.Its name translates as 'Thor's Harbour',what is the largest town and capital of the Danish controlled Faroe Islands?


39.Which large Asian automobile maunfacture produces models such as the Genesis,Excel and Dynasty?


40.A German architect,he is commonly referred to and addressed by his surname and along with Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier, is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of Modern architecture.After whom is the prestigous European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture named?

Mies van der Rohe

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Thursday Quiz 35

Only a couple of days to go before the World Championships.I'm not at all sure how good or bad I will do .

Hopefully these questions may help a little

Also thank-you to those who have been supporting the 'Fantasy World Quizzing Championships' game. A great response and should be interesting once the results are in.Remember if you want to enter,you have until midnight 4th June (BST) to make your selections.

Anyway for those of you competing on Saturday,good luck and I will see the British contingent in Lichfield.................

1.Granted university status in 1992,in which town or city can the University of Central Lancashire be found?


2.In computing and inparticular the internet,for what do the letters of the acronym URL stand?

Uniform Resource Locator

3.In May 2011,which country became the last in European Union,to legalise divorce?


4.The city of Las Vegas,surprisingly for a city so large,has no major league sports teams,as it is often thought it would avoid betting irregularities.However it does have one minor league team,named the Las Vegas 51s,who act as a feeder team to a major league team in Toronto.What sport do the '51s' play?


5.The popular tourist location of Mykonos belongs to which island group, found in the Aegean sea?


6.Which 2001 Steven Soderbergh remake of a 1960 film,sees celebrities such as Lennox Lewis,Wladimir Klitschko,Angie Dickinson,Joshua Jackson and Soderbergh himself ,making cameo appearances?

Ocean's Eleven

7.Common to comestic surgery,inparticular liposuction,in which specific area of the body can the submental be found?

Chin (just below)

8.Discovered by the Mariner 9 orbiter in 1972 and later studied in detail by Viking,on which planet can the vast complex system of canyons known as Valles Marineris be found?


9.Part of the African Copperbelt,which country,in terms of production,provides,by far,the most amount of African copper?


10.Who was the last non-US or Jamaican athlete, to hold the official world record for the Mens 100 metres?

Donovan Bailey (Canada)

11.Located in northwest Russia and close to St Petersburg,which is the largest lake,entirely in Europe?

Lake Ladoga

12.Known in Spanish as 'nandu',which flightless South American bird,similar to the ostrich has two species,the American (Greater) and Darwin's (Lesser)?


13.Flying on the 1985 'Discovery' mission,what is the nationality of the only royal and also first muslim, to have flown in space?

Saudi Arabian (Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud -nephew of the King
of Saudi Arabia)

14.Founded in Iran during the first millenium BC,what is the name of the religion that follows one supreme God, by the name of Ahura Mazda and has a scripture called 'Avesta'?


15.A name (traditionally,but not correctly) given to a sweet potato in the US and parts of Canada,which vegetable, a primary agricultural commodity in West Africa and New Guinea,belongs to the Dioscorea genus and can grow to 2.5metres in length?


16.Medically known as 'Peritonsillar abscess' and considered to be the cause of George Washington's death,by what name is this severe complication of tonsilitis more commonly known?


17.Located on the Oder River,which Polish city is the seventh largest by population,the country's largest seaport and the capital of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship?


18.Born into a wealthy landed family of the Russian aristocracy ,he was also a close friend of Gustave Flaubert.His most famous work is the 1862 novel 'Fathers and Sons',which was not very well received in his homeland,but it did receive particular success in England.Who was this 19th century writer?

Ivan Turgenev

19.What was the name of the descendants of Jews who lived in Spain and Portugal before 1492,but were then expelled for not accepting Christianity?


20.Prior to Bob and Mike Bryan,which American tennis playing brothers,in 1979 at the French Open, were the last brothers to win a Grand Slam doubles title?

Gene and Sandy Mayer