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 InĂ¡cio 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