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