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?



Malaysia


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?



Ghat


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?



Hydra


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?



Cadenza


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?



Red


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?



Gabrielle


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?



Nepal


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



Goofy


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?



Brussels


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?



Carboniferous


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?



Netherlands


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?



Pinocchio