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)