Sunday, 28 August 2011

Sunday Quiz 44

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Back to the important stuff.Hope you enjoy this batch.................

1.Performed almost entirely in Japanese,which World War II drama,was the last Steven Spielberg, produced film, to be nominated for a 'Best Picture',Academy Award?

Letters From Iwo Jima

2.Ranked as the most influential person in Mumbai by a national daily newspaper,which prominent, Indian social activist,spent 288 hours on hunger strike,until Parliament passed strong anti-corruption laws in August 2011?

Anna Hazare (or Kisan Baburao Hazare)

3.In August 2011,scientists at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne announced their discovery of a planet,orbiting a pulsar.From which substance, (familiar to the Mohs scale),was the planet entirely made up of,only the second time such a planetary mass has been discovered?


4.In James Joyce's novel, Ulysses,he uses modern literary devices to narrate a single day in the life of a Dublin businessman, named Leopold Bloom.This day ,intentionally, draws elaborate parallels to which Greek hero's '20 years of wandering'?


5.Which forename and surname is shared by an English rugby union player that represents Exeter and the England 'Sevens' side,an English golfer who plays on the European Tour and the British swimmer that holds the long and short course National records for the 50 metre Freeestyle and Butterfly?

Mark Foster

6.Located on the Great Plains of the Midwestern United States,what became the 37th contiguous US state and the first new US state following the American Civil War,mainly as a result of the 1862 Homestead Act?


7.An organic compound with the chemical formula C6 H5 OH,it is a white crystalline solid and first extracted from coal tar.Which acid is also known as Phenol?

Carbolic Acid

8.Born in 1960,he has appeared in numerous TV shows and films,in a career of over 35 years,but is particularly remembered for 3 main roles.Which American actor played the characters, Bugsy Malone in the 1976 film adaptation, the Fonz's cousin 'Chachi',in Happy Days and the title character in the 80s sitcom 'Charles In Charge'?

Scott Baio

9.Used in Asia for passenger services between the many islands of Japan,(amongst other journeys),what specific type of vehicle is the Boeing 929?


10.Founded in 1990,it is accepted at around 11 million point of sale outlets worldwide.What is the name of Mastercard's main brand of debit card?


11.Born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli,what was the regnal name of the Pope who served throughout the entire Second World War?

Pius XII

12.Founded by Robert Maxwell in 1990,it was a weekly newspaper,sold on Thursdays and billed as 'Europe's first national newspaper'.In 1996,edited by Andrew Neil, it was transformed into a high-end tabloid format,that was aimed at the business community.What was the name of this short-lived newspaper,which ceased production in 1998,due to poor sales?

The European

13.According to the Guinness Book of World Records,it was the most watched TV show of all time, with over 1.1 billion viewers around the world each week.Which 1990s American 'action-drama' series originated as a spin-off, from the 1989 TV film,'Panic at Malibu Beach'?


14.In UK legislative procedure,which stage of a bill follows the second reading and precedes the 'report' stage?

Committee Stage

15.With lyrics by Australian comedian and musician,Tim Minchin,it was originally performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company.Which of Roald Dahl's childrens books,was adapted into a musical in 2010,which will make its West End debut in October 2011?


16.In August 2011,following the resignation of Steve Jobs,who became the new CEO of Apple Inc?

Tim Cook

17.Containing the destruction of the Walls of Jericho,which Book of the Old Testament can be split into the three parts - 'the conquest of Canaan','the distribution of the land' and 'the farewell address'?


18.A name in common with a famous 16th century painting,which dark comedy, one of the masterpieces of Henry James's final period, follows the trip of Lewis Lambert Strether to Europe,in search of Chad,his widowed fiancee's wayward son?

The Ambassadors

19.Which of Shakespeare's plays is set,primarily, in the Forest of Arden?

As You Like It

20.A Brazilian footballer,he plays for F.C. Porto in the Portuguese first division.Born Givanildo Vieira de Souza,by what comic book nickname is he generally referred,due to his resemblance to actor Lou Ferrigno?


21.The titular character of an 1843 play by Antonio Garcia Gutierrez and an 1857 Verdi Opera,what was the name of the first Doge of Genoa,fatally poisoned in 1363?

Simon(e) Boccanegra

22.Found in the Atlas Mountains of Algeria and Morocco and famously in Gibraltar,what is the name if the only free living primates in Europe, (besides humans)?

Barbary Apes (or Barbary Macaque)

23.With types such as coronary,ureteral and prostatic,what name is given to the artificial tube,inserted into a natural passage in the body to 'prevent, or counteract, a disease-induced, localised flow constriction'?


24.Prior to David Cameron,who was the last British Prime Minister to have been formally educated at Eton College?

Alexander Douglas-Home

25.Noted for his flamboyant style,his magnum opus was that of the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) in Barcelona,which was unfinished at the time of his death in 1926.Who was its Spanish architect?

Antonio Gaudi

26.By some margin,which country has produced the most 'top prize' winning contestants, on the TV gameshow,'Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?


27.Which German city,the 7th largest by population, is located in the Bundesland of North Rhine-Westphalia and home to Europe's largest canal port?


28.Named after a 1952 and 1956 Olympic Champion,in which athletic event is the 'O'Brien shift',a common technique?

Shot Put

29.Located at at Kourou,in which French Overseas Territory can the European Space Agency's major spaceport be found?

French Guiana

30.In 1948,the artist Lucien Freud,married Kitty Garman,which would last for four years.Who was her famous father,an American-born, British sculptor ?

Jacob Epstein

31.Named after a former US President,what is the capital city of the US state of Wisconsin?


32.In the history of aviation,for what is Thomas Selfridge remebered, after an event of 1907?

First person to be killed in a plane crash

33.With the defeat of its army and the fall of the capital,which 19th century conflict was ended by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo?

Mexican-American War

34.The outlaw and bank robber,Jesse James,was assassinated by which member of his gang in 1882?

Robert Ford

35.It is believed a 50-page speech folded over twice in the breast pocket and a metal glasses case slowed the bullet.Which US President,not only survived an assassination attempt by saloon-keeper John F Schrank,but continued with his speech,stating ,'It takes more than one bullet to bring down a Bull Moose'?

Theodore Roosevelt

36.Which Austrian city's International airport is also known as the 'Blue Danube' airport?


37.Which 19th century,British fashion designer,is widely considered the 'Father of Haute couture' and credited as the first designer, to put labels onto the clothing he manufactured?

Charles (Frederick) Worth

38.Closely related to the beluga whale,the males of which species of whale, in the Monodontidae family, are distinguished by a characteristic long, straight, helical tusk extending from their upper left jaw?


39.Named after a mythical ancient Greek king,this 64-gun,Royal Navy ship saw service in the American Revolutionary, French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.What is the name of the ship,remembered for being Nelson's favourite?


40.A record production duo consisting of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, they are credited with contributing the sound for many successful hip hop, R&B and pop artists in the late 1990s and 2000s.They are also believed to be the most successful producers in music history.Named after a planet,by what pseudonym are they better known?

The Neptunes

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Thursday Quiz 46

Back to the usual format.I hope you didn't mind too much.

I've had a hectic few weeks,so had to 'chop and change' a bit with the format

Anyway,I hope you enjoy this new set of 30...........................

1.Endemic to New Zealand,it was large,ratite bird,believed to have become extinct in the 15th century.It was the only bird that didn't have any form of wings.What is this bird's name?


2.Since its inaugural ceremony in 1992,the annual Mercury Music Prize, has produced 18 different winners.Of these,only two have achieved a UK number one single.Name either?

Dizzie Rascal or Arctic Monkeys

3.An American poet,he was one of the leading figures of the Beat Generation in the 1950s.Who is best known for his epic poem 'Howl', in which he celebrated his fellow 'angel-headed hipsters'?

Allen Ginsberg

4.Believed to be anxiety related,which appropriate two-word syndrome,descibes a phenomenon,in which patients exhibit elevated blood pressure in a clinical setting, but not in other settings?

White Coat Syndrome

5.Taken from the Russian for 'Peace' or 'World',what was the name of the largest artificial satellite orbiting the Earth from 1986,until its deorbit in 2001?


6.With the chemical formula CaSO4 2H2O,it is found in alabaster and was used as a decorative stone in Ancient Egypt.What is the second softest mineral on the Mohs Hardness Scale?


7. An American songwriting and record producing partnership,they became synoymous with 1950's 'rock'n'roll'(although their catalogue,stretches over a far greater period).Writing songs including 'Hound Dog', 'Jailhouse Rock', 'Kansas City' and 'Stand By Me',what were the names of this duo,one of whom sadly passed away in August 2011?

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

8.What name, meaning 'ruler',has been given to several legendary, Greek Kings,inparticular,the brother of Jocasta,regent of Thebes,who awarded the throne to Oedipus?

Creon (Kreon)

9.Which is the only state of the Commonwealth of Nations,located on mainland South America?


10.In August 2011,Lamine Diack of Senegal,was elected unopposed, to another term as President of which global,sporting governing body?

IAAF(International Association of Athletics Federations)

11.Written by Laozi in around the 6th century BC,the scripture known as Tao Te Ching,is regarded as the most important text of which religion?


12.Separated from the mainland by the Euripus Strait,it is administered as part of the central Greece periphery.With the capital at Chalcis,which is the second largest Greek island,in terms of area and population?


13.The medical abbreviation,IVF, is a process by which egg cells are fertilised by sperm outside the body.For what does the initials 'IVF' stand?

In Vitro Fertilisation

14.Born in Germany in 1738,he emigrated to the UK at the age of 19. Which noted astonomer,was also a talented musician and responsible for composing 24 (largely forgotten) symphonies?

(Frederick) William Herschel

15.He was due to appear in all three 'Godfather' films,but was written out,after a disagreement over wages.Which actor played the role of the Corleone family lawyer and adopted son,'Tom Hagen'?

Robert Duvall

16.The location of the country's largest airport,which city served as Uganda's capital,immediately prior to it's independence from the UK, in 1962?


17.Between 1643 and 1689,the mathematician, John Wallis, served as chief cryptographer for Parliament.He is also credited for introducing which mathematical symbol?

Infinity symbol

18.The principal gateway to Mecca, which city is the largest sea port on the Red Sea and the second largest city in Saudi Arabia,in terms of population,after the capital city, Riyadh?


19.Written by Andrew-Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton in 2000,this musical was set in 1969 and centred around a local football team,who aim to overcome religious intolerances.Lasting just 11 months in the West End,what was its title?

The Beautiful Game

20.A term coined by critic F. S. Boas inhis 1896 work 'Shakespeare and his Predecessors',how are the Shakesperean plays, 'All's Well That Ends Well', 'Measure for Measure' and 'Troilus and Cressida',often described?

Problem Plays

21.La Seigneurie is the capital of which small,inhabited Channel Island?


22.First played in 1896 and drawing parallels with football's FA Cup,the Rugby League Challenge Cup is a prestigious knockout competition,organised by the Rugby Football League. Originally it was contested only by British teams, but in recent years has been expanded to allow teams from France and which other country?


23.What surname links one of the guitarists in the rock band ZZ Top,a 16th/17th century English composer and organist and the author of the novel, 'Cold Comfort Farm'?

Gibbons (Billy,Orlando and Stella respectively)

24.Which English writer,born in Cairo,is known across the globe,for his creation of Captain Horatio Hornblower and for writing 'The African Queen',later adapted into a major Hollywood film?

CS Forester

25.Which global TV show franchise,originated in Japan under the (translated English) title of 'Tiger of Money'?

Dragons Den

26.With a population of just 15000,which city,granted its status by Queen Elizabeth II in 1994,is the least populated city of both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland?


27.Also known as the law of volumes,it is credited to an unpublished work of the 1780s.Who's law describes how gases tend to expand when heated?

(Jacques) Charles'

28.In Greek mythology,what name was given to the children of Gaia,led by Eurymedon,who waged war on the Olympian gods,only to be defeated and sent to the abyss of Tartarus?

Gigantes (or Giants)

29.Deriving its name from an Hitchiti term meaning 'big water',it is known locally as 'The Big O'.Which lake,with an average depth of just 9 feet (3m),is the largest freshwater lake in Florida and the second largest entireley within the 48 contiguous US states?

Lake Okeechobee

30.What is the name of the American conglomerate holding company,that has Warren Buffet,one of the world's richest men,as its Chairman and CEO?

Berkshire Hathaway

Sunday, 21 August 2011

And again..................

1.Originally called 'Lennox's Bridge',it was opened in 1851.Crossing the Yarra River,it has become an iconic part of Melbourne and inparticular a focal point for the 'Moomba' New Years Eve celebrations.After it was reconstructed in 1886,by John Grainger,it was renamed.By what 'royal sounding' name is this bridge now known?

Princes Bridge

2.In 2003,which large motor vehicle manufacturer became the sole parent company of Rolls Royce Motor Cars?


3.Hugely popular in Ireland,her 2008 album 'Love Tattoo' and 2010 follow-up 'Mayhem',both made number one in the Irish music charts.The latter also made the top 10 in the UK.Which Irish singer-songwriter,known for her rockabilly music style,won the 2009 Irish national music award 2009 Meteor Award in the category of 'Best Female' ?

Imelda May

4.In 1910,art critic Roger Fry coined which term,generally regarded as an art movement,to describe the more progressive forms of French painting in the late 19th century?

Post Impressionism

5.Taken from the latin word meaning 'the four ways',what word or term describes the four subjects,(astronomy,geometry,arithmetic and music),taught in medieval universities?


6.Similar symptoms to 'carpal tunnel syndrome,it occurs when the ulnar nerve is obstructed during its path along the outer edge of the elbow. This compression of the nerve often leads to a tingling or 'pins and needles' sensation in the little and ring fingers.What name is given to this condition?

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

7.Taken from the description in his 'History of Animals',the Aristotle lantern is a complex jaw apparatus found on which spiny,marine invertebrate?

Sea Urchin

8.The phenomenon was identified by the 20th century American philologist, Maurice Bloomfield.He noticed words that eliminated a syllable when two consecutive identical or similar syllables occured.Examples include the word February becoming 'febury' and 'probably' becoming 'probly'.by what '-ology' is this phenomenen known?


9.Ending as the result of an Act of Parliament,which UK institutions were the subject of the 'Binary Divide' between 1965-1992?

Polytechnics and Universities

10.A sea stack of red sandstone,it is perched on a plinth of igneous basalt rock and located close to Rackwick Bay, in the Orkney Islands.Popular with climbers and BASE jumpers,what is the name of this distinctive landmark,whose name derives from a William Daniell painting?

Old Man of Hoy

Saturday, 20 August 2011

10 more


1.Born in to a wealthy and well connected family in 1901,who became the chairman of the newspaper giant 'Mirror Group Newspapers' in 1951 and later,became chairman of the International Publishing Corporation between 1963-68?

Cecil Harmsworth King

2.A 1981 film,it features George C Scott and follows a group of military school students, who decide to take over their school in order to save it from closing.The film is notable as it saw Tom Cruise appear in only his second film role and Sean Penn in his first.What is the title of this film,which takes its name from the famous musical piece, played in the U.S. military, during flag ceremonies?


3.Which city serves as the capital of Montenegro?


4.A Norwegian explorer and scientist,he is remembered for his 1895 attempt to get to the North Pole,by letting his ship,'The Fram',get frozen into the ice,north of Siberia and then drift towards Greenland.What is the name of this man,who also received the 1922 Nobel Peace Prize for his Russian relief work?

Fridtjof Nansen

5.Located in Baffin Bay,it is one of the larger members of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and is also Canada's 6th largest island.Its most notable presence is that of the Haughton impact crater.Named after an English county,what is claimed to be the world's largest uninhabited island?

Devon Island

6.Likened to football's UEFA Champions League,the Heineken Cup is a European rugby tournament that started in 1996.Since then,which team have been most successful,by winning the tournament four times and beaten finalists twice?


7.Originally a money lender,who was appointed Lord Mayor of London in 1397,by Richard II,a position he held on a record equalling four occasions?

Richard 'Dick' Whittington

8.A myth taken from Hesiod's 'Works and Days','Pandora's Box' is said to have contained all the evils of the world. When Pandora opened the jar, all its contents except for one 'item' were released into the world.What 'item' was left at the bottom of the box?


9.Although received moderately at the box office,it went on to be a hugely successful cult film. Which 1982,Ridley Scott film,is set in a futuristic Los Angeles society and is based on the novel, 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' by Philip K. Dick?


10.One of the largest English festivals of its kind,it attracts over a million visitors every year.Which South of England Air Festival,made headlines in August 2011,when one of the pilots of the 'RAF Red Arrows' display team was killed in a plane crash?

Bournemouth Air Festival

Friday, 19 August 2011

Back Again

As promised..............

1.Located at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway in Mountain View,California,what appropriate, numerical name is given to the corporate headquarters of the world's largest internet search engine?

Googleplex (Google being the search engine)

2.Mycology, is the branch of biology ,concerned with the study of which (generic) organisms?


3.Commanded by Colonel Robert Clive,it saw a decisive victory for the British East India Company over the Nawab of Bengal and his French allies,thus establishing Company rule in South Asia.During which 18th century conflict did the Battle of Plassey take place?

The Seven Years' War

4.Found in Christian churches,what name is given to the which small chest or cabinet, in which the consecrated hosts are kept?


5.To date(August 2011),which is the only month of the year,NOT to be mentioned in the title of a UK top 40 single?


6.Running throught the Scandanavian peninsula,the Scandanavian mountains are located in several countries.Located in the county of Oppland,in which country is the highest peak found?


7.A natural organic compound,it is used as a food preservative.It has the chemical formula C6 H8 O2 and an 'E' number '200'.Which acid,first isolated from the unripe berries of the Rowan,takes its name from the tree's Latin name?

Sorbic Acid

8.In August 2011,the annual Pukkelpop music festival, was cancelled, after storms and high winds caused a stage to collapse,killing five people and injuring 71.The second largest,behind the Rock Werchter,in which European country is this festival held?


9.Prior to Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko,who were the first pair of brothers to become World Heavyweight champions?

(Leon and Michael) Spinks

10.A British war artist,he later produced several portraits including 'Sir Winston Churchill' and 'Somerset Maughan'.Which 20th century artist is perhaps,most noted,for his large tapestry 'Christ In Majesty',which was created for Basil Spence's new Coventry Cathedral?

Graham Sutherland

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Day off/out today,so more Questions tomorrow

An opportunity I couldn't miss today,so I had to take a day off.

Back tomorrow!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Next Batch

Another 10...........

1.Rich in associated calcium and phosphorus,which protein makes up around 80% of proteins found in cows milk and is also the main protein found in cheese?


2.The ancient Greeks called it 'Lake Asphaltites'.In Hebrew and Arabic,it is sometimes referred to as the 'Sea of Lot'.By what name is this body of water most commonly known?

Dead Sea

3.As well as becoming Poet Laureate in 1638,following the death of Ben Jonson,which 17th century poet and playwright,is also known for having William Shakespeare as his godfather?

William Davenant

4.Only occurring in males,Orchitis (or orchiditis) is a condition involving the painful inflammation of which part of the body?


5.One of golf's 'Majors',the 2011 USPGA tournament was won by Keegan Bradley.Finishing one shot behind,which Danish golfer finished the best of any European?

Anders Hansen

6.In August 2011,'Mr Tickle',the oldest of Roger Hargreaves' 'Mr Men' characters, celebrated his 40th birthday.First appearing 10 years later,who became the first 'Little Miss' character?

Little Miss Bossy

7.First appearing on TV in 2005,it follows the fortunes of CIA agent 'Stan Smith' and his family.What is the name of this an American animated television series created by Seth MacFarlane,the creator of 'Family Guy'?

American Dad

8.Translated to English as 'Federal Defence Force',what German name is used to describe the unified armed forces of Germany?


9.Named after the 5th President of the United States,Monrovia is the capital city of which African country?


10.Known as the greatest comic actor in Rome,who was born as slave,but was freed by the dictator Sulla,in around the 1st century BC,due to his oustanding acting ability?

Roscius (Quintus Roscius Gallus)

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

More More More


1.Released in 1988 and featuring on the 'Rattle and Hum' album,which song became the first UK number one for U2?


2.Which 17th century conflict is often divided into the four phases-The Bohemian Revolt, the Danish intervention, the Swedish intervention and the French intervention?

Thirty Years War

3.The ancient city of Antioch,was once one of the largest cities of the Near East and a chief city of early Christianity.In which modern day country is it located?


4.In a reaction to the riots across parts of the UK in August 2011,British Prime Minister, David Cameron, hired the services of which 'supercop',a former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Depatment ?

Bill Bratton

5.Ranked at number 5 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness,which group of phosphate minerals,includes the major component of tooth enamel and bone mineral?


6.The Igbo (or Ibo) people originate from West Africa,primarily Nigeria.Which short-lived,independent state were they responsible for establishing between 1960-1970?


7.Starring Richard Gere and Vanessa Redgrave,this John Schlesinger film is set in a the village of Dobcross in North West England.The film focuses on three romances, taking place, as a result of the stationing of American troops in Britain, in the build up to the Normandy Landings.Written by Colin Welland,what is the title of this film?


8.A pioneer in the fields of radioactivity and radiochemistry,which German chemist and Nobel Laureate,is credited with the discovery of nuclear fission,by a process of bombarding uranium atoms with neutrons?

Otto Hahn

9.Which 19th century poet includes amongst his greatest works,'Prometheus Bound',To a Skylark' and 'Adonais'?

Percy Shelley

10.Named after the Queen consort of King George III,it is the smallest capital of any Canadian Province.Which city is the capital of Prince Edward Island?


Monday, 15 August 2011

Another 10 for you

Here's the second batch of 10.Enjoy..............

1.A 6-a-side 'sport',it is split into two halves of 13 minutes each.Said to have originated in North East England as a way of improving soldiers' fitness,it held its first World Championship in Finland in 2000.At the 2005 event, it is believed that over 5000 players participated.Which unusual form of football is this?

Swamp Football

2.With a family connection,which 1960s and 70s American pop group contained the members Scott Engel,John Maus and Gary Leeds?

The Walker Brothers

3.Neil Armstrong made two spaceflights in his career,both of which were historical.In 1969,he walked on the moon,but in 1966,he was part of a crew that made the first ever docking between two spacecraft.What was the name of the spacecraft of which he was commander?

Gemini 8

4.After Kingston,the capital,which city,in terms of population, is the second largest in Jamaica?


5.The last leader of the Fourth Republic,which French President was the immediate predecessor to Charles De Gaulle and his Fifth Republic?

Rene Coty

6.Finishing in 7th place in the 2004 edition of American Idol,which contestant went on to be nominated for an Academy Award,for her role alongside Beyonce Knowles and Jamie Foxx in the 2006 film ‘Dreamgirls’?

Jennifer Hudson

7.A Japanese puffer fish,it is eaten in special restaurants and served cooked,or in small slices,raw.Due to parts of the fish being poisonous,the fish is known to cause instant death,so is only prepared by staff who have passed an official examination and obtained a license.What is the name of this notorious Japanese delicacy?


8.The subject of patent and design infringement lawsuits from Apple Inc,which company makes the 'Galaxy Tab' series of Android-based tablet computers?


9.Since the presumed extinction of the Chinese River Dolphin in 2006,the remaining species' of river dolphin only reside in three freshwater rivers worldwide.Name two of these rivers?


10.A glacial lake in the south-east of Switzerland,it lies at the border between Switzerland and Italy.Named after the 9th most populous city in Switzerland,which lake is situated between Lake Como and Lake Maggiore?

Lake Lugano

Sunday, 14 August 2011

A slight change.......

This week,for a variety of reasons that I will not bore you with,I will be putting up 10 questions per day,instead of the 40/30 formula I usually use.

In effect you will still get 70 questions this week,but split over 7 days.

If you prefer less questions over more days as a future formula,let me know and I will see what the general consensus is.

Anyway enjoy this batch................

1.Prior to Spain winning the 2010 FIFA Football World Cup,their best performance in the tournament was finishing in fourth place.In which year did it occur?

1950 (in Brazil)

2.Originating from its 16th century ruler,what is currently the unit of currency of the Phillipines?

(Phillipine) Peso (or Piso)

3.Starring Kirk Douglas,the 1956 film 'Lust For Life',tells the biographic story of which post-impressionist painter?

Vincent Van Gogh

4.Between January 2011 and August 2011,only one US group had achieved a number one in the UK album charts.Formed in 1994 which rock band released their 7th studio album 'Wasting Light' in April 2011?

Foo Fighters

5.It is based on a story from the 'Libro de los ejemplos',a medieval Spanish collection of fifty-one cautionary tales.Which Hans Christian Andersen novel was published. along with 'The Little Mermaid',in his third published collection of fairy tales,in 1837?

The Emperor's New Clothes

6.The capital of the Aquitaine,it is a port city,with a population of just over 1 million inhabitants.Which important and historical French city stands on the Garonne River?


7.Named after an American lawyer and author,which 'tongue-in-cheek' law states, 'as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 100%?

Godwin's Law (Mike Godwin)

8.The People's Democratic Republic of Yemen,(or South Yemen),was a socialist republic in the present-day southern and eastern Provinces of Yemen.It was present between 1967-1990,until it united with the Yemen Arab Republic.Sharing its name with a Gulf,what was it's capital city during this period?


9.In terms of passenger traffic,which is the busiest airpot in Europe (as of 2011) that is neither linked to (eg London Gatwick), or located in a capital city?

Frankfurt Airport

10.Although convicted for the assassination of Chicago mayor Anton Cermak,which US President was believed to have been intended target of Giuseppe Zangara?

Franklin D Roosevelt

Friday, 12 August 2011

Thursday Quiz 45

Here it is at last.

Thanks for waiting.I hope you enjoy this set.................

1.Sarawak,located on Borneo,is the largest state,in terms of area, of which Asian country?


2.In 1889,which country became the third Test Cricket nation,following the already established teams, of England and Australia?

South Africa

3.Winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the 1945 film 'Mildred Pierce',she is also noted for the films,'Sudden Fear'(1952) and 'Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?'(1962).Better known by her stage name,which actress was born as,Lucille Fay LeSueur,in 1905?

Joan Crawford

4.Used in many parts of South Asia,which word or term,refers to a series of steps leading down to a water body,usually a holy river?


5.With a name very similar to a US state capital,which island is the most populous of the Bahamas and also home to its capital city,Nassau?

New Providence

6.Due to the early resignation, in January 1989, of President 'Pik' Botha,who became interim President of South Africa for 100 days,until he was beaten into second place by FW de Klerk in the September General Election?

Chris Heunis ( or Jan Christiaan Heunis)

7.Also having an equation named after him,which 18th century, Dutch mathematician's 'Principle',states 'that as the speed of moving fluid increases,its pressure decreases?

Daniel Bernoulli

8.What name connects a moon and satellite of Pluto,a Greek mythological monster killed by Heracles,the longest and largest star constellation and one of the Greek-owned Saronic Islands?


9.In the 1960s animated TV series,'Wacky Races',what was the name of the car driven by Penelope Pitstop?

The Compact Pussycat

10.One example is the beginning of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto.What Italian name,in music, is given to an improvised passage,that is played or sung by a soloist,in a free rhythmic style, and often allowing for virtuosic display?


11.Following his retirement from American football, he appeared in various comedic roles in TV and films,inparticular appearing in commercials for Miller Lite.However,his best-known role was as Moses Hightower in the first six Police Academy movies.Who was this 6ft 7in (2.01m) tall actor,who died in August 2011?

(Charles) Bubba Smith

12.Which solid colour belt signifies a practitioner of Judo,that has reached a grade of 9th 'Dan' or higher?


13.Reaching number 2 in the UK charts in 1989,Michael Ball recorded the song ‘Love Changes Everything'.From which Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical is it taken?

Aspects of Love

14.Currently (August 2011),the CEO of the French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH,who,according to Forbes magazine in 2011,is Europe's richest man?

Bernard Arnault

15.Constantinople finally fell to which historical Empire after a two-month siege on 29 May 1453?

Ottoman Empire

16.Behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne,which former Indian cricketer has taken the third most Test Match wickets of all-time,with 619?

Anil Kumble

17.Which US state capital is the smallest capital, in terms of population?

Montpelier (in Vermont)

18.Which song title links top 20 singles for Blondie in 1980,Go West in 1985 and Spagna in 1987?

Call Me

19.What was the 'real' first name of the iconic 1920s French fashion designer,Coco Chanel?


20.Which 10th century King of England was the first English monarch to pay a Danegeld tax, following the Viking victory at the Battle of Maldon in 991?

Aethelred II (The Unready)

21.In 2008,King Gyanendra Shah abdicated, as a result of a law abolishing the monarchy,which Asian country saw Ram Baran Yadav,become its first ever President?


22.First appearing in 'Mickey's Revue' in 1932,which popular cartoon character was originally known as 'Dippy Dawg'?


23.Which UK Prime Minister holds the unfortunate record for the shortest term in office,serving just 119 days in 1827?

George Canning

24.Which European capital city,gave its name to the 1973 Treaty,that enabled Denmark ,Ireland and the UK to become part of the European Economic Community?


25.Consisting of the 'Pennsylvanian' and 'Mississippian' epochs,it is described as a period when sea-beds rose to form new land areas, rotted vegetation formed coal and where amphibians and sharks became abundant.Which geological period is thought to have occurred between 320-360 million years ago?


26.Operating in many countries around the world,'ING' ,is the largest banking/financial company in the world by revenue.Appearing at many events,inparticular sporting events,its familiar logo shows an orange lion lying down and with its face in view.From what country does'ING' originate?


27.Located in Europe,this monolithic limestone promontory, was one of the Pillars of Hercules and was known to the Romans as Mons Calpe.How is it better known in English?

The Rock of Gibraltar

28.Born in Assisi,she was an early follower of St Francis.Which female saint founded the order of Franciscan nuns,known as the 'Order of Poor Ladies' and is also the patron saint of television?

St Clare (of Assisi)

29.What,specifically,connects the works of literature,'The Poor Man and the Lady',by Thomas Hardy,'A Brilliant Career',by James Joyce and 'Diaries' by Philip Larkin?

All classed as 'Lost Works'

30.Appearing in many adaptations,both in literature and on screen,which fictional character first appeared in an 1883 work by Carlo Collodi?


Thursday's Quiz will be here tonight Friday 12th August

Apologies to those of you who expected there to be a quiz on Thursday 11th.Unfortunatley my broadband decided not to work yesterday evening and I had a few questions still to write.The quiz will now be up Friday night.


Sunday, 7 August 2011

Sunday Quiz 43

I hope that those of you who attended the Flitwick GP had a good day's quizzing.Congrats to Olav Bjortomt on winning the event.

I'm now looking forward to the British Quiz Championship in Lichfield in September.

I'm also hopeful of a place in this year's 'Brain of Britain'.I should find out this week and I probably couldn't have done any better at the audition,so I'm keeping everything crossed.

Another 40 for you to have a go at...........

1.Born in 1937,which Italian Pritzker Prize-winning arcitect is particularly noted for his collaboration with Richard Rodgers in designing the Pompidou Centre in Paris and also for his design of the London skyscraper,'The Shard',which will become the tallest building in the European Union, on completion in 2012?

Renzo Piano

2.A French style of abstract painting popular in the 1940s and 1950,it was founded as a reaction to Cubism,characterised by spontaneous brushwork, drips and blobs of paint straight from the tube.It's members included artists such as Jean Dubuffet,Nicholas de Stael Serge Poliakoff, and Georges Mathieu.Derived from the French word for 'stain',what is the name of this art movement?


3.Of the current Olympic (track) athletics distances,which is the only one in which both the current Mens and Womens world records, are held by athletes of the same country?

5000 metres (Kenenisa Bekele and Tiranesh Dibaba of Ethiopia)

4.In August 2011,which 58 year old US sitcom star,most popular during the 1990s,announced on Jay Leno's 'The Tonight Show',that she would be running for US President at the 2012 election?

Roseanne Barr

5.Adopted in 2005 and in official use since its independence in 2011,the flag of Sudan contains six colours.What colour is the star on this flag?


6.Making its debut in 2006,which American entertainment show has been hosted by Regis Philbin,Jerry Springer and Nick Cannon?

America's Got Talent

7.Equalling the record set by 1977's 'The Turning Point' ,which 1985 film, was nominated for Academy Awards in 11 categories , including Best Film and Best Actress,but failed to win any?

The Color Purple

8.Syreeta Wright was a Grammy nominated,American singer and songwriter who died in 2004.She is particularly noted for her collaborations with Billy Preston and which other music 'superstar',whom she was married between 1970 -1972?

Stevie Wonder

9.In computing,the device known as a modem,is actually an acronym for which two words?

Modulator Demodulator

10.Known as a telamon pillar in Roman architecture,it is a structural support originating in ancient times.Since then it has been used in many historical buildings,perhaps most notably, at the Hermitage museum in St Petersburg.Who or what is depicted in a telamon pillar?

A male figure

11.Which African capital city,divided by the White and Blue Niles,has its name derived from the Arabic meaning, 'end of an elephant’s trunk'?


12.Known as 'little flower',he was a charismatic Mayor of New York for 3 terms between 1934-1945.He was a 'new dealer', supporter of Franklin D Roosevelt and acclaimed as one of the great mayors in US history.Having several locations named in his honour,he was also the subject of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical 'Fiorello!'.Who was this politician that died in 1947?

Fiorello La Guardia

13.From which 1982 collection of Stephen King novellas,are the films 'The Shawshank Redemption','Apt Pupil' and 'Stand By Me', all adapted?

Different Seasons

14.During which 15th century conflict, did the significant battles of St Albans,Northampton,Wakefield and Towton all occur?

War of the Roses

15.Winner of the Turner Prize in 1991,he is best known for his sculptures such as the 'Sky Mirror' in Kensington Gardens,London and 'Cloud Gate' in Chicago's Millenium Park.In 2010,along with Cecil Balmond,he was commissioned to design the 'ArcelorMittal Orbit',marking London's hosting of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.Who is this well-known British sculptor?

Anish Kapoor

16.A former headmaster of Repton School,he presided over the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.Who was the Archbishop of Canterbury between 1945-1961?

Geoffrey Fisher

17.In Mozart's opera 'The Marriage of Figaro',what is the name of Figaro's bride-to-be?


18.Whooper,Trumpeter and Tundra are all species of which bird?


19.The Parliament of Sri Lanka has been based there since the formal inauguration of its new building on 29 April 1982.Known by its full or abbreviated name,what is the administrative capital city of Sri Lanka?

Sri Jayawardenpura Kotte or Kotte

20.Along with the titular character,it features the brothers Dunstan and Godfrey Cass.The novel tells the story of a member of a Calvanist church who is wrongly accused of stealing the congregation's funds.With the subtitle 'The Weaver of Raveloe',what is the title of George Eliot's third novel?

Silas Marner

21.Located along the eastern edge of the Korean peninsula,it covers parts of North and South Korea.In which mountain range is Seoraksan the highest peak?

Taebaek Mountains

22.What is the name of the popular and traditional Punjabi yogurt-based drink of the Indian Subcontinent,made by blending yogurt with water and Indian spices?


23.By far the most successful side in the sport's history,which US baseball team has won the World Series a record breaking 27 times,since its first final in 1903?

New York Yankees

24.A popular tourist attraction in New York state,it comprises 11 lakes ,including Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake.By what anatomical name are they usually referred,due to their shape?

Finger Lakes

25.An influential 19th century Norweigian composer,he had a funeral march composed in his honour, by his friend and contemporary,Edvard Grieg.Who is noted for creating the Norweigian National Anthem?

Rikard Nordraak

26.In Taiwan,September 28th is celebrated as a national holiday known as 'Teachers Day'.It is held, to coincide with the birthday of which 6th century BC philosopher?


27.Which early 20th century statesman was the subject of an assassination attempt by Fanny Kaplan and thought to have caused his health to go into steady decline?

Vladimir Lenin

28.Named after a 15th century,Italian explorer,it is approximately 110 kilometres wide.Which strait,located in the Gulf of St Lawrence, runs between Newfoundland (to the north east) and Nova Scotia (to the south west)?

Cabot Strait

29.In terms of population,which is the largest of the Netherlands' Overseas Territories?


30.In Shakespeare's 'Othello',which character is the wife of Iago and also Desdemona's maidservant?


31.In August 1964,Peter Allen and Gwynne Owen Evans,became the last prisoners to be executed in the UK,after being convicted of murder.They were both executed at exactly 8.00am,but in different prisons,both located in the north of England.Name either prison?

HMP Walton (in Liverpool) and HMP Strangeways (now known as HMP Manchester)

32.The US sitcom 'The Golden Girls' ended its seven year run in 1992, due to star Bea Arthur's decision to leave the show.Later that year,(and running for 24 episodes),the other three stars,(Rue McClanahan, Betty White and Estelle Getty), reprised their characters in a follow-up series.What was its similarly named title?

The Golden Palace

33.Prior to being moved to Westminster Abbey on the orders of her son, King James I of England,in which English cathedral,close to Fotheringay Castle,was Mary Queen of Scots buried?

Peterborough Cathedral

34.In which of Earth's principal atmospheric layers is around 90% of the Ozone layer situated?


35.In the Harry Potter series,she is the first female 'Death Eater' introduced in the books and is known as one of the most faithful members of Voldemort's inner circle.What is the name of this character,portrayed on screen by Helena Bonham-Carter?

Bellatrix Lestrange

36.The elder brother was Prime Minister of Thailand between 1991-96,before buying a majority stake in Manchester City Football Club.The younger sister also became Thailand's Prime Minister in August 2011,becoming the first woman to do so.What surname do they share?

Shinawatra (Thaksin and Yingluck respectively)

37.Released in 1990, the compilation album,'Red Hot + Blue', sold over a million copies worldwide and was heralded as one of the first major AIDS benefits in the music business.With contributors such as Neneh Cherry,Erasure and Annie Lennox,the album was a series of cover versions,originally written by which American composer?

Cole Porter

38.Which prominent English architect, particularly noted for several modernist buildings, including London's Waterloo International railway station,is the current (as of August 2011) President of the Royal Academy (of Arts),a position in which he was elected in 2004?

Nicholas Grimshaw

39.Mamoudzou is the capital of which French overseas territory,that is geographically part of the Comoros Islands?


40.First competed for in 1995,the Beach Soccer World Cup (or World Championship,as it was originally known),is played on an annual basis and has seen 38 different national teams compete in at least one tournament.Of those 38 nations,which has won 13 of the 15 tournaments,played to date?


Thursday, 4 August 2011

Thursday Quiz 44

Good luck to those attending the Flitwick Grand Prix this weekend.Unfortunately I'm a bit busy at the moment,so cannot make it,but I'll be in Lichfield for the British Champs.

Hope you have a great day.

Back to a new quiz.Hope you enjoy the set.................

1.The 30ft high sculpture 'Maman', was designed by Louise Bourgeois for the 2000,inaugural 'Unilever series' exhibition at the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall.There have since been more of these creations erected at locations such as the Guggenheim in Bilbao and the Hermitage Museum,St Petersburg.What sort of creature is 'Maman' a giant sculpture?


2.Which Scottish band,formed by Bobby Gillespie and Jim Beattie in 1982,were the inaugural winners of the Mercury Music Prize in 1992?

Primal Scream

3.The Nurek dam,is currently the world's tallest(completed) dam,standing at a height 300 metres.Located on the Vakhsh River,in which central Asian nation is it located?


4.A diverse group of ray-finned fish,they are a popular food in the Southern United States,particularly the 'channel' and 'blue' species.To which fish species, did President Ronald Reagan establish a National Day ,in 1987,to recognise 'the value of these farm-raised fish'?


5.The only living species of the order Tubulidentata,it is a medium-sized, burrowing, nocturnal mammal native to Africa.Which animal takes its name from the Greek meaning 'digging footed'?


6.One of the best selling groups of the 1970s in the UK and across Europe,they were formed by German record producer Frank Farian and took their name from an aboriginal TV detective.Which vocal group's original line-up featured Jamaicans Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett, Maizie Williams from Montserrat and Bobby Farrell from Aruba?

Boney M

7.Much the same as Hong Kong's 1997 tranfer to China from the UK,Macau (or Macao),became an administative region of China,after several centuries under Portuguese rule?In which year did the Macau 'transfer' occur?


8.Due to a change in the rules,the Man Booker Prize did not award a prize in 1970.However in 2010,it was decided to make a special award by public vote.With the prize coming 40 years after the book's publication and 30 years after the author's death,who was posthumously awarded the 1970 Booker Prize for his novel 'Troubles'?

JG Farrell

9.Running between Norway and the southwest coast of Sweden and the Jutland peninsula of Denmark,which strait connects the North Sea to the Kattegat?


10.After appearing in 3 episodes of the BBC drama series 'Casualty',he made his first big screen appearance as a rent boy in the biopic 'Wilde'.As well as roles in two of the biggest grossing films of all-time,he has had roles in 'Black Hawk Down','Troy' and 'Ned Kelly.Which actor is this?

Orlando Bloom

11.In 1993,tennis player Monica Seles was stabbed on court by a crazed fan of Steffi Graf.Who was Seles' Bulgarian opponent that day?

Magdalena Maleeva

12.Which British sculptor became the first female winner of the Turner Prize in 1993 for her work, 'House'?

Rachel Whiteread

13.Published in 1874,which novel,set in the Midlands,features the central character,Dorothea Brooke?

Middlemarch (A Study of Provincial Life)

14.Formerly the head of its country's Football Association,he has been in power since 2009.George Abela is the current President of which Commonwealth country?


15.Currently,one of the most popular and widely used,which computer programming language was originally developed by James Gosling at Sun Microsystems in 1991?


16.Of the 8 Ivy League universities,which was founded most recent?

Cornell University (founded in 1865,96 years after Dartmouth, the
next 'youngest')

17.Of the 56 delegates that signed the 1776 American Declaration of Independence,which two,would later serve as US Presidents?

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

18.Introduced around 1757,the Italian alcoholic drink brand,'Cinzano',is a variety of which fortified wine?


19.Written as an opera in the later half of the 19th century,'Boris Godonov',was based on which writer's play of the same title?

Alexander Pushkin

20.Two of the most expensive paintings ever sold at either auction or private sale,were previously owned by record company owner,David Geffen.One was 'No 5,1948',painted by Jackson Pollock and sold for $140 million in 2006.The other was 'Woman III',sold also in 2006 for $137.5 million.Which Dutch-born American abstract expressionist artist painted the latter?

Willem de Kooning

21.Although they were better known,by their middle names,the artist Jackson Pollock and the World War II German politician,Joseph Goebbels,were both born with which first name?


22.Playing 108 times for his country,he also won a World Cup winners medal.Who,in July 2011,succeeded Bob Bradley in becoming the manager of the United States football(soccer) team?

Jurgen Klinsmann

23.Monte Titano is the highest peak in San Marino.In which mountain range does it lie?


24.Usually distilled from grain, potatoes,honey and sugar beets,its name translates to mean whisky or a strong spirit.It is also often referred to as the country's equivalent of vodka.From which modern day, European country, does the alcoholic drink,Horilka,originate?


25.In which Shakespeare play do the major characters Don Pedro,Balthasar and Don John all appear?

Much Ado About Nothing

26.At the 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai,which swimmer set a new world record in the 200-metre individual medley final and in doing so,became the first person to set a long-course world record since FINA banned rubberised swimsuits in 2010?

Ryan Lochte

27.In 1865,the grandfather designed,amongst others,the Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras Station.In 1903 his grandson won a competition for his design of the Anglican cathedral in Liverpool.What surname do they share?

Scott (George Gilbert and Giles Gilbert respectively)

28.Rising in the Australian Alps,it flows for 2,375 kilometres (1,476 miles),before reaching the ocean at Lake Alexandrina in South Australia. Named in 1830, in honour of the British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies at that time,what is Australia's longest river?

Murray River

29.Used in drawing and for entertainment,it was one of the inventions that led to photography.Taken from the Greek meaning 'dark,vaulted room or chamber',it consists of a box or room with a hole in one side, which allows light to strike a surface inside.An image is then reproduced, upside-down, but with colour and perspective preserved.What is the name of this two-word device?

Camera Obscura

30.Authors of the letter inviting William III and Mary to become rulers of England,by what name were the group of seven, English noblemen conspirators, usually referred?

The Immortal Seven