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