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 Plan├Ęte 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?