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