Thursday, 29 September 2011

Thursday Quiz 50

Back after my holiday and I have a newly refreshed quiz head.

Also good to come back on a landmark Quiz number.

Well,I hope you enjoy this batch and I may see some of you in Rainhill for the Mersey GP this weekend.

Thanks again for your continuing support

1.Much in the news in 2011,what is the capital city of Yemen?

Sanaa (or spelling variation)

2.Originating in the Caucasus,what is the name of the fermented milk drink that is traditionally made from camel's milk and created by inocculating the 'milked' animals with special grains?


3.Excluding the 'lost plays',two of William Shakepeare's plays were not published as part of the 'First Folio'.Name either?

Pericles, Prince of Tyre and The Two Noble Kinsmen

4.On 1st January 2011, Estonia became the most recent EU member state to adopt the Euro as its unit of currency.Which EU member state previously held this record,adopting the Euro on 1st January 2009?


5.Also one of the fastest half marathon runners of all time,which Kenyan athlete broke Haile Gebrselassie's world marathon record in Berlin in September 2011?

Patrick Makau (Musyoki)

6.Deriving their name from a king of Thessalian Phthia and son of Zeus,which legendary group of brave and skilled warriors were commanded by Achilles,as described in Homer's 'Iliad'?


7.In which Eastern art,is the Yoshizawa-Randlett system, a series of diagrams,describing the art?


8.The 1994 film 'The Shawshank Redemption' was adapted from a 1982 Stephen King novella.The name of which legendary Hollywood actress, appeared in the title of the novella preceeding the words '...and the Shawshank Redemption'?

Rita Hayworth

9.The Peninsula of Musandam is an exclave, which has a strategic location on the Strait of Hormuz.It is separated from the rest of which country, by the United Arab Emirates?


10.Which comic strip began life in 1947 under the name of 'Li'l Folks',in the Minnesota based newspaper,the St Paul Pioneer Press?


11.Receiving the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1924,which Dutch doctor and physiologist invented the first practical electrocardiogram in 1903?

Willem Einthoven

12.The current Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard,represents which Australian state in Parliament?


13.Since the 1707 Act of Union,who is the only British monarch not to have had children?

Edward VIII

14.Celebrated by the Christian Orthodox Church during Lent,it commemorates a miracle that took place in Bethany.Which feast day is traditionally celebrated on the day before Palm Sunday?

Lazarus Saturday

15.Generally accessed via Faro airport around 45km away,which fishing village,located in the south of Portugal,is the country's busiest seaside resort,attracting over 5 million visitors each year?


16.The River Danube passes through or flows in 10 different European countries.How many of those countries are not EU member states?

4 (Four - Croatia,Serbia,Moldova,Ukraine)

17.Known by the latin name 'Miliaria rubra',it is a common skin disorder,mainly found in tropical countries.Which medical condition results from obstruction to the ducts of the sweat glands,forming a crop of small red pimples,associated with itching?

Prickly Heat

18.Born in 1874 in Vienna,he became associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art and became a leader of the Second Viennese School.In 1907 he wrote his Chamber Symphony,which caused a riot at its first performance.Which innovative and sometimes controversial composer, is credited with the development of the 'twelve-tone technique'?

Arnold Schoenberg

19.Rene Goscinny is widely known for writing the 'Asterix' comic books until his death in 1977.Which person,the comic book's illustrator,took over the writing,until 2011?

Albert Uderzo

20.Celebrated on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Tishrei,it is one of the three biblically mandated festivals on which Jews were commanded to make a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem.By what Jewish name is the Festival of Tabernacles or Festival of Booths known?


21.At the 2011 World Athletics Championships in Daegu, the only new World Record was set in which event?

Mens 4x100 metre relay (set by Jamaica)

22.With a connection to a South American bird,what is the name of the second largest of Saturn's moons?


23.Presented annually since 1959,the 'TV Week' Logie Awards are the main television industry awards in which country?


24.Currently there have only been five detected,with one making headlines in 2011.What is particularly unique to a 'circumbinary planet'?

It orbits around two stars instead of one

25.Translated from the German meaning 'flank' or 'wing',what is the name of the brass musical instrument that resembles a trumpet,but has a wider, conical bore?


26.Structurally similar to a steroid,it is actually a secosteroid.Cholecalciferol is a form of which Vitamin?

Vitamin D (it is known as Vitamin D3)

27.The acronym STOL,is used in the field of aviation,usually when aircraft use is away from airports,or when runway use is limited.For what,do the letters STOL stand?

Short Take Off Landing

28.Developed in 1708 by Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus,it was the first European hard-paste porcelain.Renowned wordwide for its 'cross-swords' hallmark,which German town gives its name to this brand of porcelain?


29.Located in the Orkney Islands,which body of water became known as the site of the United Kingdom's chief naval base during both World Wars and which also saw 74 German ships scuttled in 1919?

Scapa Flow

30.Originating in Los Angeles in 1983,they have received 7 Grammy Awards and sold over 65 million albums worldwide.Which US funk rock band,fronted by Anthony Kiedis,has released albums including 'Freaky Styley','Mother's Milk' and,in 2011,'I'm With You'?

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Thursday Quiz 49

I'm now off on my holidays (at last),so the next quiz,after tonight's,will be on here on Thursday 29th September.

Please feel free to refresh your memory with the other 3500 questions on the site,in the meantime.

Here's my next batch...........

1.Which country of the Lesser Antilles has the largest population?

Trinidad and Tobago

2.Serving between 1975-2003,which Australian composer was the predecessor to Peter Maxwell-Davies as the Master of the Queen's Music?

Malcolm Williamson

3.Adapted into a film in 1996,in which 1961 Roald Dahl novel, do the main characters,James Henry Trotter,Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker appear?

James and The Giant Peach

4.Officially adopted in 1960,which is the only African country to have a green-coloured star on its national flag?


5.Aired globally between 1984-1985, Glen A Larson produced this action adventure TV series.The basic plot sees the character Dani Reynolds, discovering that her husband was a CIA agent,who was murdered.Only lasting one series,the show is particularly remembered for the 'Holding Out For a Hero' theme tune and for the tragic death of one of its leading actors,Jon-Erik Hexum.What was this show's title?

Cover Up

6.Since the contest began in 1951,three countries have win the 'Miss World' beauty pageant for a record 5 times.The UK is one,name either of the other countries?(clue:one South American,one Asian)

Venezuela and India

7.Created by American author,Dan Brown,what is the name of the main protagonist of the novels 'The da Vinci Code','Angels and Demons' and 'The Lost Symbol'?

Robert Langdon

8.Apart from Alaska,only one US state lies north of the 49th parallel.Situated in Manitoba,the exclave of Elm Point,in Lake of the Woods County,belongs to which US state,nicknamed 'The Land of 10,000 Lakes'?


9.Synoptic is a term applied to three of the four New Testament gospels,due to the amount of common material they contain.Which one of the Gospels is not considered synoptic?

Gospel of John

10.The hepathlon was first contested at the Olympic level at the 1984 Summer Los Angeles Games,replacing the pentathlon as the primary women's combined event.Which two events were added to the pentathlon to create this new seven event contest?

Javelin and 800 metres

11.Also one of the largest cities in the Sahara,which city serves as the capital of Mauritania?


12.Film director Roman Polanski,writer William Somerset Maugham and the English painter Ford Maddox Brown,were all born in which European country?


13.In 2011,South Sudan became the 193rd United Nations member states.Joining in 2006,which European nation was the 192nd member state?


14.Of the five extant species of ratite,the ostrich is the largest.Which ratite is the smallest?


15.In September 2011,which Russian film director won the prestigious 'Golden Lion',at the Venice Film Festival,for his adaptation of the German legend,'Faust'?

Alexander Sokurov

16.In 2010,the Playstation 3 game 'Killzone 2',became the first game soundtrack to be awarded which prestigious British music prize?

Ivor Novello Award ( or Ivor)

17.Named after the Spanish Queen that sponsored Christopher Columbus,which is the largest island of the Galapagos archipelago?

Isabela Island

18.Translated from the Italian for 'middle',it is often created in the form of a balcony.What name in architecture, is given to an intermediate floor between the main floors of a building?

Mezzanine (or entrosol)

19.Meaning 'new soldier',what was the name of the elite force of 14th century Turkish soldiers,employed as bodyguards to the Ottoman Sultan?


20.Located in Russell Street, near Covent Garden,the Fortune Theatre is one of the smallest theatre's in London's West End.It is most notable for hosting which long running,Stephen Mallatratt play,first performed in 1989 and featuring a cast of only two actors?

The Woman In Black

21.What relation is Prince Philip,the Duke of Edinburgh to the 19th century British monarch, Queen Victoria?

Great-Great Grandson

22.Noted for painting macabre devils,imps and monsters,he took his adopted name from his birthplace.Which 15th/16th century painter,creator of 'The Garden of Earthly Delights',was born Jerome Van Aken?

Hieronymous Bosch

23.In physics,what name is given to the study of the production of very low temperature and the behavior of materials at those temperatures?


24.In 1943 , a Dutch physician,Dr. Willem Kolff constructed the first working medical machine of its kind. Due to the scarcity of available resources,he had to improvise the building of the initial machine using sausage casings, beverage cans, a washing machine and various other items which were available at the time.Now used regularly all over the world,what medical machine did he invent?

Dialyser (Dialysis Machine)

25.Also used in the vulcanisation of rubber and the manufacturing of concrete,which inorganic chemical compound,when mixed with 0.5% of iron oxide is known as calamine?

Zinc Oxide

26.One of the most watched TV shows of the 1980s,'Dynasty' was a drama series that revolved around the Carringtons, a wealthy oil family .In which US state was the show set?

Colorado (Denver)

27.Following their first football league title,FC Otelul Galati,played their first UEFA Chammpions league game in September 2011.Based in the country's 7th largest city,by population,which European nation do they represent?


28.A popular frozen milk-based dessert from the Indian Subcontinent,it is often described as 'traditional Indian ice-cream'.It is not whipped and due to its density,takes longer to melt than traditional Western ice-cream.What is this dessert's name?


29.Using the calculations of Urbain Le Verrier, at the Berlin Observatory, in 1846,which German astronomer was the first person to view the planet Neptune?

Johann Gottfried Galle

30.Which 17th/18th century political activist,playwright,architect and Bastille inmate,is perhaps best known, for designing the English landmarks,Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard?

John Vanbrugh

Monday, 12 September 2011

Sunday Quiz 46

Apologies for being a bit late,but here is Sunday's Quiz,

Hope you enjoy...........

1.Located in North East Papua New Guinea,it was the site for the Battle of Shaggy Ridge ,fought between Japanese and Australian soldiers in World War II.Also the name of a former shipping forecast area,which range of mountains,includes the highest (assumed) unclimbed peak in the world?

Finisterre Range

2.Entering the tournament,ranked 92 in the world,which German female tennis player narrowly missed out on the 2011 US Open final,after losing to Samantha Stosur in three sets in the semi-final?

Angelique Kerber

3.Endemic to certain islands of Indonesia,from where its name derives,what is the largest living species of lizard on Earth,growing up to 3 metres long in many cases?

Komodo Dragon

4.Based on a 19th century poem by Alexander Pushkin,what is the name of the Tchaikovsky opera,that tells the story of a bored St Petersburg dandy?

Eugine Onegin

5.Founded in 1983,'Just For Laughs' is the largest international comedy festival in the world.In which Canadian city is it held?


6.An over-the-counter medicine,it is produced worldwide by Procter and Gamble,to treat minor digestive system upsets.Its active ingredient is bismuth subsalicylate,from which it derives its name.Which medicine is often nicknamed 'the pink stuff',following various advertising campaigns?


7.Rising to international fame with their debut album, 'Hybrid Theory'in 1996,they have since sold over 50 million albums worldwide and received two Grammy Awards.Which popular American rock band is led by vocalist,Chester Bennington?

Linkin Park

8.Originally the automobile manufacturing division of Swedish Airplane Limited,which Swedish car manufacturer was sold to General Motors in 1990,who in turn,sold it to Spyker Cars NV in 2010?


9.The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra is a professional orchestra based in which South African city?


10.Doing so in 1998,which Italian was the last cyclist to win both the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia in the same year?

Marco Pantani

11. 'An epic-drama of the war with Napoleon, in three parts, nineteen acts and one hundred and thirty scenes',was the self description of the ambitious play 'The Dynasts'.Written between 1904-1908,which novelist and writer was its creator?

Thomas Hardy

12.In Greek mythology,they were part of the Argonauts.Known as the Boreads,they were supernaturally gifted sons of Boreas and Oreithyia.Which one of the Boreads shares a name with a French port city?


13.In which country is the tallest 'skyscraper' building in South America located?

Chile (Gran Torre Santiago)

14.In one of the most iconic pictures of the 1990s,Liz Hurley was photographed in a revealing Versace black dress,held together by large gold safety pins.Which 1994 event was she attending,along with her boyfriend at the time,Hugh Grant?

(British) Premiere of the film 'Four Weddings and a Funeral'

15.Doing so in 2006,which Ken Loach film,set during the Irish War of Independence,was the last British winner of the 'Palme d'Or',the highest prize at the Cannes film festival?

The Wind That Shakes The Barley

16.Found in South America,it is the only member of the genus,'Vultur'.Which species of condor is the world's largest bird of prey?

Andean Condor

17.The only player to have been world championship runner-up in both snooker and billiards without winning either title,he is also unique,in that he is the only professional snooker player to have carried the flag at an Olympic Games.Who is this player?

Eddie Charlton (Australia)

18.Founded in 1884,it takes its name from a Roman General,its members have included George Bernard Shaw,HG Wells,Clement Atlee and Tony Blair.Which British socialist movement,best known for laying many of the foundations of the Labour Party?

Fabian Society

19.Of the three King Richards that served as English monarch,which was on the throne for the longest period?

Richard II

20.Rising to prominence in 1987,at the age of 14,she achieved a number one single in the French music chart for 11 weeks,with her worldwide hit 'Joe Le Taxi'.Since then, she went on to record many more hits,mainly in France,as well as becoming a model for Chanel.She is probably best known today as the long-term partner of Johnny Depp.What is her name?

Vanessa Paradis

21.His surname is familiar to astronomers.Playing for the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys,which American football linebacker,is noted as the only player to have won 5 'Superbowl' championships,doing so between 1989-1995?

Charles Haley

22.First coined in 1913 at the suggestion of British astronomer Herbert Hall Turner,which unit of length,equal to 3.26 light years,is used to measure large astronomic distances?


23.Which country is the only one to have a land border with the West African nation of The Gambia?


24.What is the most abundant halogen in the Earth's crust?

Fluorine (13th most abundant element)

25.Awarded annually,which literary prize consisting of £30,000 and a bronze sculpture called the 'Bessie',is given to a female author of any nationality, for the best original full-length novel,written in English,in the previous year?

Orange Prize For Fiction

26.In 1994 three men shared the Nobel Peace Prize for ' opening up opportunities, for a new development, towards fraternity in the Middle East'.One of the men was Yasser Arafat.Name either of the others?

Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres

27.A 20th century Mexican painter,she is best known for her self portraits and for her communist sympathies.She was married to the cubist painter,Diego Rivera and collectively they were known as 'the elephant and the dove'.What is the name of this enigmatic painter,the subject of a 2002 film starring Salma Hayek?

(Frida) Kahlo

28.Containing 50-70% of the world's lithium reserves,the Salar de Uyuni,is the world's largest salt flat.It lies in the southwest corner of which South American country, in the Potosi Department?


29.Similar to the Egyptian sphinx,which legendary creature,originating from medieval Persia,consists of the body of a lion,head of a human,porcupine's quills and the tail of a scorpion?


30.A common human birth defect,it is a congenital deformity, involving one or both feet rotated internally at the ankle.What is the name of this defect,known in Latin as 'congenital talipes equinovarus'?

Club Foot

31.It was to be the last production by the partnership of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and was also the most expensive series ever produced for television up to that time.Which 1970s British science fiction show,starred Martin Landau as Commander John Koenig and Barbara Bain as Dr Helena Russell?

Space 1999

32.A large, secretive contract manufacturer,Taiwanese company Foxconn is best known for the manufacture of two extremely popular, everyday gadgets,used by several hundred million people worldwide.Name either gadget?

i-Phone or iPad (accept either)

33.Gregory Peck,Robert Mitchum and Martin Balsam played roles in both versions of which film,originally made in 1962 and recreated in 1991 by Martin Scorcese?

Cape Fear

34.Founded in 1979 by Curtis Sliwa,it started as an organisation to combat widespread violence and crime on the New York City Subways.It has now spread across the world,also providing education workshops for schools and businesses.What is the name of this organisation,easily recognisable by the red beret worn by its members?

Guardian Angels

35.Personally ordered by Adolf Hitler and planned by Major Harald Mors,The Gran Sasso raid (or Operation Eiche),was a 1943 mission by German paratroopers, to rescue which political leader?

Benito Mussolini

36.Other than in Romeo and Juliet,there is one other of Shakepeare's plays which includes a character called Juliet.It is a morality play set in Vienna,where Juliet is bethrohed to the character Claudio.What is its title?

Measure For Measure

37.First lauched in 1959,it saw service during the Vietnam War and the Gulf War of 1991.With a name in common with a Californian city,what was the name of the first nuclear powered warship?

USS Long Beach

38.Both were Republicans.Which is the only occurence of a US President being followed into office by another President whose surname starts with the same letter of the alphabet?(Need both Presidents)

James Madison followed by James Monroe

39.The 20th century musicians,Archie Camden,Maurice Allard and William Waterhouse are all notable exponents of which woodwind instrument?


40.Predominantly relating to the 17th century,for what is the British association,'The Sealed Knot',particularly noted for performing?

Battle Reenactments (English Civil War)

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Thursday Quiz 48

Straight to it.

Hope you enjoy..............

1.Invented between 1910 and 1911,the 'Schick Test',was used to determine,whether or not, a person was susceptible to which disease?


2.Originating in Argentina,it is rarely taller than eight hands in height (at the withers) and is thought to have only a few thousand in existance worldwide.Taking its name from one of the original breeders,what is the name of this minature horse, one of the smallest breeds of horse in the world?


3.What three-word title is shared by a 1912 Thomas Mann novella,a 1971 film starring Dirk Bogarde and the 1973 opera written by Benjamin Britten,which was to be his last?

Death In Venice

4.One of the 48 constellations described by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy,which Northern hemisphere constellation, is taken from the Greek meaning 'herdsman' and contains Arcturus,the third brightest star in the night sky?


5.With an estimated 102,400 members worldwide and known to the Japanese Police as 'boryokudan' (meaning violence group),what usual name is given to the members of the traditional organised crime syndicates in Japan?


6.How are the characters Dmitri,Ivan and Alexei referred to in a classic novel of 1880?

The Brothers Karamazov

7.Although Jefferson City is the capital,it is only the 15th largest city in the US state of Missouri,by population.Which city is the largest in the state?

Kansas City

8.Usually housing the credence table as well as seats for officiating and assisting ministers,what name is given to the space around the altar, in the sanctuary, at the east end of a traditional Christian church building?


9.In the boardsports,such as surfing,a person who rides their respective board with the left leg positioned at the front,is known as 'regular'.Named after a Disney cartoon character,,what name is given to somebody who rides with their right leg positioned at the front?


10.In 1994,the sport of Darts split to form two governing bodies and two different World Championships.Phil Taylor has won,by far,the most The Professional Darts Council(PDC) World titles.Who has won the most British Darts Organisation(BDO) World titles,with 4 wins,since the split?

Raymond Van Barneveld

11.Named after a reclusive priest,Friar Benedict,which South American country is host to the town of Fray Bentos,known for a 1997 plane crash,killing 74 and more famously its corned beef manufacture?


12.In 1890,King William III of the Netherlands died without a male heir,leaving his daughter Princess Wilhelmina,to become Queen.This led to the independence of which country,that was restricted to male heirs by the Nassau Family Pact?


13.Sharing a name with a 1990s Welsh rock band,which mental condition sees patients experiencing an extreme loss of motor skills and sometimes holding rigid poses for hours,ignoring any external stimuli?


14.Which word or name links a horse racetrack in Baltimore,home to the Preakness Stakes,the only station on London Underground's Victoria Line to have no form of interchange and a 1949 Ealing comedy starring Stanley Holloway and Margaret Rutherford?

Pimlico (The film being Passport To Pimlico)

15.Prior to formation of 'The New Power Generation' in 1990,what was the name of Prince's first backing group,with which he had hits including,'Purple Rain','When Doves Cry' and 'Let's Go Crazy'?

The Revolution

16.After Athens,in terms of population,what is the second largest city in Greece?


17.Located in the province of Connacht,which Irish county is served by Castlebar as its county town?

County Mayo

18.Appointed Poet Laureate in 1813,which writer's noted works include,'The Fall of Robespierre',co-written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge,several biographies,including Horatio Nelson and the childrens story 'The Three Bears' (commonly referred to as Goldilocks)?

Robert Southey

19.Which landlocked country is the smallest,in terms of area,of the 7 countries to border Iran?


20.Which South American country,despite facing criticism over plans to build a highway through the Amazon rainforest,had its first 'National Pedestrian Day',in September 2011,banning all motorised vehicles from roads,in a bid to promote environmental awareness?


21.Its name translates as 'The Five Treasures of Snows' and was first climbed in 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band.Which mountain,until 1852,was assumed to be the highest in the world?


22.Born as Golda Mabovitch in 1898,which modern day country was the birthplace of the first female Prime Minister of Israel,Golda Meir?


23.During a prolific film career,spanning over 20 years,Brad Pitt has earned just two Academy Award nominations (without ever winning).The second was for 'Best Actor' in the 2008 film 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'.In which 1995 film, directed by Terry Gilliam, inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 short film 'La jetee',did he receive his first nomination,awarded in the category of 'Best Supporting Actor'?

Twelve Monkeys

24.The trial of which former French President,charged for embezzlement began in Paris in September 2011?

Jacques Chirac

25.A name in common with an English slang word for sleep,what is the unit of currency in Laos?

(Laos) Kip

26.Active during the French Renaissance,he was a 16th century architect appointed by King Francis I of France.His role was to take charge of the building projects at the Palais du Louvre,transforming the old chateau into the palace that we know today.What was the architect's name?

Pierre Lescot

27.She served as Secretary of Transportation under Ronald Reagan and Secretary of Labour under George H.W. Bush before becoming head of the American Red Cross.What is the name of this successful US politician,North Carolina's first female Senator from 2003 to 2009 and wife to the 1996 Republican presidential nominee?

Elizabeth Dole

28.Currently ranked 19th by the International Rugby Board,which will be the only country making its Rugby World Cup debut in 2011?


29.Based on the medieval legend of Genevieve of Brabant,it received its first performance in 1850.What is the title of Robert Schumann's only opera?


30.The actor Don Johnson is well known for playing the part of James 'Sonny' Crockett,In the 1980s US TV detective drama,'Miami Vice'.Which lesser known actor played his detective partner Ricardo 'Rico Tubbs?

Philip Michael Thomas

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Sunday Quiz 45

Up late writing this one as I'm catching up from the weekend's British Quiz Championships.

Well done to Pat Gibson on winning both the Individual Title and Pairs Title, along with current Mastermind Champion Ian Bayley (congrats to Ian too!)

Tough quiz,but a very enjoyable day.

Back to tonight.Hope you enjoy.....................

1.Two French football teams,hold the record for winning the most League Championships,since the professional era began in 1932.With 10 titles each,name either?

Marseille or St Etienne

2.The largest lake in South America,Lake Titicaca,lies on the border of which two countries?

Peru and Bolivia

3.With a title connected to an animal,the original production was most famous for having Meryl Streep and Sigourney Weaver in its ensemble.Which Stephen Sondheim musical, adapted from an Ancient Greek comedy by Aristophanes,was originally performed in Yale University's swimming pool in 1974?

The Frogs

4.Although he has never won an Academy Award,he has received several nominations,as well as numerous other film awards.Which producer,director and writer founded the 'Industrial Light and Magic' visual effects company in 1975,now one of the most successful in the industry?

George Lucas

5. The wife of a former English poet laureate,which female poet and author became,in 1982,the first poet to win a Pulitzer Prize posthumously, for 'The Collected Poems'?

Sylvia Plath

6.Which of the six alkali metals on the periodic table,comes last alphabetically?


7.Appearing in 1999 on the Veronica TV channel,which European country was the original 'Big Brother' TV series first aired?


8.Located in the Pas-de-Calais department,in Northern France,which large French town will be home to the first of the Paris Louvre's satellite museums?


9.At the age of 18,William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children.Give the name of two of the children?


10.Located on the northern shore of the Great Slave Lake,this town's name is derived from the First Nation aboriginals, who made tools from regional copper deposits.What is the capital of Canada's Northwest Territories?


11.Since July 2008 the company has been owned by the French firm Pernod Ricard.It is currently the third largest brand of alcoholic spirits in the world after Bacardi and Smirnoff.From which country does 'Absolut Vodka' originate?


12.In Greek mythology,she was the daughter of King Aeetes of Colchis and granddaughter of the sun god Helios.Which sorceress,the title of a Euripides play,became the wife of the hero Jason and bore him two children, Mermeros and Pheres?


13.Subang Jaya,located in the state of Selangor,is the largest city ,in terms of population,of which Asian country?


14.Designed by Enrico Del Debbio,in 1927,it was originally known as the Stadio dei Centomila,until it changed its name in 1960.Which sports stadium,is home to the football teams,AS Roma and Lazio as well as the Italian national rugby union team?

Stadio Olimpico (accept Olympic Stadium)

15.In which 2001 comedy film,does ben Stiller play the title character,a dim-witted model,who gets caught up in a plot to assassinate the Prime Minister of Malaysia?


16.Located in Listowel,in Ireland,it was the world's first commerical system of its kind.Which specific type of transport system,named the Lartigue,was opened in 1888?


17.Named after a manor house in Hoddesdon,Hertfordshire,which plot,led by members of the 'Country Party' (later becoming Whigs),saw the attempted assassination of King Charles II of England and his brother James, Duke of York?

Rye House Plot

18.After inspecting a DNA sample from his sister's great grandson,which Australian bushranger's remains, were foundin August 2011, in the former Melbourne prison,HM Pentridge?

Ned Kelly

19.Prior to becoming US President,in which US state, did Ronald Reagan serve as Governor, for two terms between 1967-75?


20.Which British band formed in 1977 ,fronted by founder member Green Gartside,take their name from a homage to the political writings, of Italian Marxist theorist, Antonio Gramsci?

Scritti Politti

21.Which US President was responsible for the implementation, of the economic recovery programme ,'The New Deal'?

Franklin D Roosevelt

22.Holding the posts of Chancellor of the Exchequer, Foreign Secretary, Leader of the House of Commons and Deputy Prime Minister,who was Margaret Thatcher's longest-serving Cabinet minister?

Geoffrey Howe

23.If the 'hallux' refers to a person's big toe,what Latin name refers to a person's thumb?


24.Which drug, is the foremost cause of acute liver failure in the Western world and also accounts for the most drug overdoses in the US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand?

Paracetamol (or acetaminophen)

25.Created by Damon Albarn and James Hewlett,they entered the 'Guiness Book of Records' for 'most successful virtual band',in 2007.How are the four animated members: 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs,collectively known?


26.An interval of time from about 250 million to 65 million years ago,which geological era includes the Cretaceous,Jurassic and Triassic periods?


27.Which economic and political agreement among Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay,was founded in 1991 by the Treaty of Asuncion?

Mercosur (or Mercosul)

28.Aside from race-walkers,Franka Dietzsch,holds the record of appearing at most World Athletics Championships,by competing at ten of them, between 1991-2011.In which event did she compete?


29.Playing the role of the self-absorbed teen,Courtney Walker,which member of the regular cast of 'Friends',began their TV career,in 1990,in the short-lived US TV sitcom, 'Molloy'?

Jennifer Aniston

30.Succeeded by Walter Ulbricht,in the new role of Chairman of the Council of States,which German politician and Communist became the first President of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) in 1949, an office abolished upon his death?

Wilhelm Pieck

31.In antiquity, it was known as the Thracian Chersonese.Which peninsula,the name and site of a famous World War I battle,is derived from the Greek meaning 'beautiful city'?


32.Derived from the Old Norse term for landslide,what term is given to an accumulation of broken rock fragments at the base of crags, mountain cliffs, or valley shoulders?


33.Headquartered in Dublin,it is aFortune Global 500 company,that is the largest consulting firm in the world.Known for its association with the World Golf Championships and until 2009,Tiger Woods,what is the name of this large company?


34.Co-writing the film with Dan Aykroyd,which actor played the role of Dr. Egon Spengler in the 1980s 'Ghostbusters' films?

Harold Ramis

35. Used by Allied forces in World War I to locate artillery and more recently used by scientists to monitor earthquakes,what is the name of the study if soundwaves that are lower in frequency than 20 Hertz per second,the 'normal' limit of human hearing?

Infrasonics (or Infrasound)

36.In geometry,what name is given to an angle that is greater than 180 degrees?


37.On the Richter scale,earthquakes measuring 8.0-8.9 are known as 'major.Those between 9.0-9.9 are known as 'great'.Yet to be recorded,, what name is given to an earthquake measuring at 10.0 and above?


38.The equivalent to the London Underground or Paris Metro system,in which European capital city is the rapid transit railway system known as the U-Bahn?


39.Published as part of her 1952 collection' The Apple Tree',which British author and playwright wrote the short story, 'The Birds' ,famously made into an Alfred Hitchcock directed film?

Daphne Du Maurier

40.Although it sounds like it should be at the end,which position,in fact, does the letter 'zeta' lie in the Greek alphabet?

6th (sixth)

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Thursday Quiz 47

I'm really looking forward to the British Quiz Championship on Saturday in Lichfield,(although I do feel a bit under-prepared).

Hope to see some of you there

Here's tonight's batch......................

1.Often alternating top billing for their screenplays,they share film credits for editor under the alias 'Roderick Jaynes'.What is the name of the Academy Award winning film producers,whose works include,'Fargo','The Big Lebowski' and 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?'

The Coen Brothers (Joel and Ethan)

2.Discovered in 2004,it has been identified as the thinnest, strongest and most conductive material in the world, which many believe could revolutionise electronics.Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov, both were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work with this substance in 2010.Which substance?


3.In 2011,the New York Yankees became the only team,ever to hit three in one game.In Baseball,what constitutes a 'Grand Slam' home run?

A home run hit when all three bases are filled,so the maximum four points are scored (3 bases + hitter)

4.Designed by engineer Tommy Flowers,for what were 'Collosus' machines used,during the Second World War?

Codebreaking (reading encrypted German messages etc)

5.Apart from its coastline with the South China Sea,Brunei is completely surrounded by which state of Malaysia?


6.Which prominent Roman general and heir apparent,was the great-nephew of the Emperor Augustus,the nephew of Emperor Tiberius,the father of Emperor Caligula,the brother of the Emperor Claudius and the maternal grandfather of Emperor Nero?

Germanicus (full name Germanicus Julius Caesar)

7.Also known as Avogadro's number,what is the SI base unit of chemical substance?


8.Formed in 1949 with the amalgamation of Holyhead Grammar and St Cybi Secondary school,for what is Holyhead High School notable in British eductaion?

The UK's first recorded Comprehensive School

9.Occasionally known as a 'babakoto',by what name is the largest species of lemur,commonly known?


10.Declared a World Heritage site in 1979,El Djem is one of the world's most intact examples of a Roman amphitheatre.In which North African country is it located?


11.With Sid James in the title role,which 1974 'Carry On' film,was to be both his and Hattie Jacques' last, in the series of comedy films?

Carry On Dick

12.Who was the German chancellor at the time of the Re-Unification of Germany in 1990?

Helmut Kohl

13.Which larger island group includes the Gilbert Islands,the Marshall Islands,Nauru and Banaba as its associated islands?


14.Which 20th century composer, wrote ,amongst his works,the ballets 'Billy The Kid','Rodeo' and The Appalachian Trail'?

Aaron Copland

15.Which female American superstar singer has a male model alter-ego named 'Jo Calderone',making his/her most recent appearance at the 2011 MTV Music Awards?

Lady Gaga

16.Discovered in 1931,its main food source is in meat,dairy products and eggs,which vitamin is also known as Biotin?

Vitamin B7

17.In athletics,The United States hold the fastest eight times,ever recorded for the Mens 4x400metre relay.Which different country has recorded the 9th fastest,doing so at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games ?

Great Britain (and Northern Ireland -accept UK,but NOT England)

18.Invented and developed by Richard James in the early 1940s,which best-selling toy has also been used, by college professors to simulate the properties of waves,by United States troops in the Vietnam War as mobile radio antennas and by NASA in zero-gravity physics experiments, in the Space Shuttle?

Slinky (spring)

19.Which poetic Book of the Old Testament,mourning the destruction of Jerusalem,is written by the Jewish prophet Jeremiah?

(Book of)Lametations

20.Resulting in the abdication of the king,the proclomation of a republic and the establishment of a provisional government,in which European country did the the February Revolution of 1848 occur?


21.A Federal subject of Russia,Chechnya is located in the Northern Caucasus Mountains.Which city serves as its capital?


22.A 17th century, cavalier poet,he fought on behalf of the king during the Civil war.Which writer is most noted for his works, 'To Althea From Prison' and 'Lucasta'?

Richard Lovelace

23.Which is the only South American country that uses the US dollar as its official currency?


24.From which country does the folk dance,the 'mazurka',originate?


25.One of the world's largest sportswear manufacturing companies,it was founded by Italian brothers in 1911.Noted for its endorsement of Bjorn Borg,what is the name of this company,that has been owned by and operated, from South Korea, since a takeover in 2007?


26.Which of the English Plantagenet monarchs,reigned for the longest?

Henry III

27.A generic description for some black-furred animal breeds and for the colour black in heraldry,what is the name of the species of marten,that inhabits forest environments, primarily in Russia and has also been historically harvested, for its highly valued fur?


28.Known in North Africa by the Arabic word 'qibli',it is also the name of a model of Volkswagen car.What is the name of the Mediterranean wind, that comes from the Sahara and reaches hurricane speeds in North Africa and Southern Europe?


29.In terms of both population and area,what is,by far,the largest of the Isles of Scilly?

St Mary's

30.Which 20th century, British author's most famous works include, 'A Town Like Alice','Requiem For A Wren' and 'On The Beach'?

Nevil Shute