Sunday, 30 October 2011

Sunday Quiz 51

I'm pleased to see Mastermind is back this Friday.

Also I think some of you are off to the European Quiz Championships this week,so in case you have left before Thursday night,I wish you all the best of luck.

Maybe these will help


1.In October 2011,they won their 11th title.Which American baseball team,are only second to the New York Yankees on the all-time list of World Series winners?

St Louis Cardinals

2.The title of a 1987 novel by Tom Wolfe and a subsequent 1990 film starring Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis,what name is given to events,particularly in 15th century Italy,in which objects deemed to be sinful,such as art or books,are burnt?

Bonfire of the Vanities

3.Which city serves as the capital of Cape Verde?


4.Endemic to many parts of Latin America,the group of lizards known as Basilisks,are known for their ability to run,for short periods, across water.It is this ability that gives them which two-word nickname,the name by which it is commonly referred?

Jesus Christ (Lizard)

5.What is the name of the Italian Moto GP motorcyclist,who was tragically killed whilst competing at the Malaysian Grand Prix in October 2011?

Marco Simoncelli

6.First introduced by the Dutch artist Theo van Doesburg in 1930,what two-word term applied to artists,who argued that their particular form of abstractionism 'must be free of any symbolical association' ?

Concrete Art

7.One of the top ten most populated cities in Brazil,it is known as the 'Brazilian Venice',due to its many rivers, small islands and over 50 bridges,found in city centre.Translated in English as 'reef',what is this city's name?


8.What name links the second largest city in Azerbaijan,previously known as Kirovabad and the Sanskrit derived name for cannabis?


9.Prevalent between 1397-1523,what was the name of the historical term,used to descibe the series of personal unions that united the Kingdoms of Denmark, Norway and Sweden?

Kalmar Union

10.Between 1701-1896,the Ashanti was a powerful military Empire,primarily due to their early adoption of European rifles.The Ashanti monarchy continues today as a constitutionally protected,sub-national state,located in which West African country?


11.Landing in September 1959,what was the name of the Russian spacecraft,that became the first to reach the surface of the Moon?

Luna (2)

12.With the motto 'The Cross is steady while the world is turning',which monastic order was founded by Saint Bruno of Cologne in 1084?


13.Which three-word title links a 1988 Leonard Cohen album,a 1985 UK number one single by Wham and a minor 1986 single by Barry Manilow?

I'm Your Man

14.Which Argentine international footballer has scored the most goals at FIFA World Cup Finals?

Gabriel Batistuta (10 Goals)

15.Founded in 1834,it is now a subsidiary of Coty Inc.Which global cosmetics brand advertises with the tag-line 'Get The London Look'?


16.Self proclaimed as the Captain of Kent,who was the Irishman that lead the insurrection of 1450 against King Henry VI?

Jack Cade

17.Included in the 'Time 100:The Most Important People of the Century',what was the name of the American businessman,who took over the small-scale McDonald's Corporation franchise in 1954 and built it into the most successful fast food operation in the world?

Ray Kroc

18.Which of the four British home nations has the closest mainland to the Isle of Man?


19.One of the 'Founding Fathers' of the United States of America,he became the first leader of the Federalist party.His death,in 1804,was a result of a wound obtained in a duel, with political adversary Aaron Burr.Which historical figure is commemorated on the US 10 dollar bill?

Alexander Hamilton

20.In January 2011,she was recognised as the best Sportsperson of the Year in China,in a non-Olympic sport.Who is the current female World Chess champion?

Hou Yifan

21.Consisting of the the Heer,the Kriegsmarine and the Luftwaffe,what German name is given ,to describe the unified armed forces of Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1945?


22.Part of the largest video game franchise of all-time,which character made his first appearance in 1981,when he was known as 'Jumpman'?


23.What is the mathematical formula used to calculate the volume of a cylinder?

V=∏r2h (volume=pi x radius squared x height)

24.Founded in the early 19th century,their name translates as the 'Charcoal burners'.What name is given to the groups of secret Italian revolutionary societies,who were influential in the process of Italian Unification and to whom a popular pasta dish's name is derived?


25.In October 2011,which Hindi science fiction, superhero film,became Bollywood's most expensive,by having an estimated budget of $39 million?


26.Which Italian composer wrote,amongst others, the 17th century operas 'Ormindo','Giasone' and 'La Calisto'?

Francesco Cavalli

27.Elected in October 2011,which politician will take over from Mary McAleese as the new President of Ireland from November 2011?

Michael Higgins

28.It is a medical condition,whereby the body develops ulcers on its extremities.Sometimes confused with frostbite and trench foot,its symptoms include redness, itching, blisters and inflammation and is typically developed after exposure to cold weather.What is the common name for the condition also known as 'perniosis'?


29.Wrote in 1811 under the pseudonym of 'A Lady' ,which was the first of Jane Austen's novels to be published?

Sense and Sensibility

30.The first prize was awarded jointly to Nelson Mandela and Anatoly Marchenko,with the 2011 prize going to five members of the 'Arab Spring'.Named after a Soviet scientist and dissident,what is the name of the annual award created by European Parliament,which honours individuals or organisations, who have dedicated their lives to the defence of human rights and freedom of thought?

Sakharov Prize

31.Mileva Maric and Elsa Lowenthal were the former wives of which noted Nobel Laureate,who died in 1955?

Albert Einstein

32.A winger who wore the number 11 shirt,he was known to fans as 'La Galerna del Cantabrico' (The Storm of Cantabrian).Which Spanish football legend,part of the dominant 1950's Real Madrid side,holds the record of winning 6 European Cup winners Medals?

Francisco Gento

33.Despite receiving many awards during his career,the musical composer Andrew-Lloyd Webber has won just one Academy Award,doing so in 1996.Which song won him (and Tim Rice) the award?

You Must Love Me

34.The coastline of which sea is made up from the Gulf of Gonave, Gulf of Venezuela, Gulf of Darien, Golfo de los Mosquitos, Gulf of Paria and the Gulf of Honduras?

Carribean Sea

35.Although it is situated on the African tectonic plate,the island of Socotra is officially a part of which Middle Eastern country?


36.Brendan Cole, Craig Revel Horwood, Paul Mercurio and Alison Leonard are the resident judges on which country's version,of the TV franchise 'Dancing With The Stars'?

New Zealand

37.Of which rock-forming mineral,represented on the Mohs scale, is Moonstone a variant?


38.Prolific and noted during the late 18th and early 19th centuries,by what name was the French Rococo sculptor,born Claude Michel,commonly referred?


39.The nephron is the basic structural and functional unit of which organ in the body?


40.The 'Myth of Er' is a story whereby a soldier named Er recalls his journey in the afterlife, including an account of reincarnation and the celestial spheres of the astral plane. The influential story,introduced the idea that moral people are rewarded and immoral people are punished, after death.It is the concluding part of which classic book,first written around 380BC?

The Republic (Plato's Republic)

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Thursday Quiz 54

Another 30 for you.


1.First launched in 2008,to which mobile phone company does the smartphone brand known as 'Xperia' belong?

Sony Ericsson

2.Controversial at the time,'The Raft of the Medusa',was a 19th century painting,depicting the aftermath of a contemporary French shipwreck,in which the captain had left the crew and passengers to die.It also featured a young Eugene Delacroix,posing as one of the dying figures in the picture.Which pioneer of the Romantic art movement created this work in 1819?

Theodore Gericault

3.Which English king commanded the decisive English victory at the Battle of Crecy,during the Hundred Years' War?

Edward III

4.The third wife of another former President, which Argentine politician,became the first female President in the Americas,when she was elected to office in 1974?

Isabel Peron

5.Last played in 2008,which international team are the current holders of the Rugby League World Cup?

New Zealand

6.According the Alexandre Dumas novel,what is the name of the character who is transformed into 'The Count of Monte Cristo'?

Edmond Dantes

7.Named after a distinctive fungal growth in various areas of the body,white-nose syndrome is believed to have caused over 1 million deaths of which mammal,since it was first identified in 2006?


8.Spanning the borders between Pakistan, India and China,in which mountain range can the world's second highest peak,K2,be located?

Karakoram Range

9.Sandwiched between Mexico and Colombia,which is the largest,in terms of area,of the seven mainland countries of Central America?


10.Featuring Jennifer Beals and Pam Grier,which American TV drama series,aired between 2004-2009,follows the loves and lives of a group of lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in West Hollywood?

The L Word

11.Following Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's successful 1953 ascent of Mount Everest,which country provided the next four climbers to reach the summit,doing so in a 1956 expedition?


12.In Greek mythology,what was the name of the notorious ferryman who carried souls of the newly deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron?


13.With a career spanning 6 decades,he has completed 100 tours, had 18 platinum albums, and sold more than 110 million records.Who is the best selling French singer of all-time?

Johnny Hallyday

14.In which part of the human body can the Hyaloid canal be located?

The Eye

15.One of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico,in which Eastern state does the city of Cancun lie?

Quintana Roo

16.Created by Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg,the film 'The Adventures of Tintin',was released in October 2011.Which British actor is cast in the title role?

Jamie Bell

17.First identified in 1913 by Kasimir Fajans and Oswald Helmuth Gohring,it was originally named 'brevium'.Which chemical element,has the atomic number of 91 and the chemical symbol Pa?


18.A Frankish military and political leader,he served as Mayor of the Palace under the Merovingian kings.He is remembered for winning the Battle of Poitiers in 732,in which he defeated an invading Muslim army,halting northward Islamic expansion in Western Europe.Thought to be a founding figure of the Middle Ages,what was the name of this man,the father of Pepin the Short and grandfather of Charlemagne?

Charles Martel (or Charles the Hammer)

19.Unlike surveying,it takes into account the Earth's curvature.What name is given to the branch of science,concerning the size and shape of the Earth,its gravitational field and the location of fixed points?


20.Native to New Guinea and Australia,they have three species known as 'Northern','Southern' and 'Dwarf' and are thought to have the lowest bird-call to human ears.Behind the ostrich and emu,it is the third tallest bird.What is its name?


21.In ancient Rome,what name was given to the practitioners of the Etruscan system of divination,who would inspect the entrails of sacrificial animals?


22.In October 2011,the Boeing 787 Dreamliner,made it first ever commerical flight,flying between Haneda and Hong Kong.Through which airline,was the flight made?

All Nippon Airways

23.Which American composer won back to back Academy Awards for 'Best Original Song',with the tracks 'Moon River' in 1961 and 'Days of Wine and Roses' in 1962?

Henry Mancini

24.Particularly popular in Christian art,which term is used to describe a work of art that is divided into three sections or panels,which are hinged together and folded?


25.Written in 1869,it was not published in English until the 20th century.Which Dostoyevky novel tells the story of Prince Myshkin's return to Russia from a Swiss sanatorium, only to find himself at the centre of an emotional struggle between a beautiful kept woman and a gorgeous, virtuous girl?

The Idiot

26.Also the current sponsor of Manchester City Football Club,which airline carries the flag of Abu Dhabi,in the United Arab Emirates?


27.Under which US President did the Louisiana Purchase occur,where over 800,000 square miles of land was acquired by the US from France?

Thomas Jefferson

28.Also the name of a TV detective,what term,derived from Middle-Age heraldry, is used to describe the device whereby pictures are used instead of words?


29.In winning the 2008 Womens Long Jump event,who became Brazil's first and (so far) only individual female Olympic champion?

Maurren Maggi

30.It makes frequent allusions to a very famous English poem,from which its title is derived.Written by Jez Butterworth,which West End and Broadway play,tells the story Johnny 'Rooster' Byron,a local waster and modern day pied-piper?


Sunday, 23 October 2011

Sunday Quiz 50

Here it is.I apologise in advance for having 2 questions relating to Richard Branson.

Anyway I hope you enjoy this batch....................

PS As much as I like Autumnwatch,when is Mastermind going to be shown?It must be soon

1. In October 2011,Richard Branson opened the world's first commercial spaceport,known as 'Spaceport America',where he is expected to begin commercial flights by 2013.In which US state is it located?

New Mexico

2.The Nishan Sahib,is the official flag of which religion?


3.Often found in diabetics,which medical term is used,to describe the symptom in which the patient displays excessive thirst?


4.Along with Richard Branson,he was the co-skipper of the Virgin Atlantic Challenger vessels, that attempted to break the Atlantic Ocean crossing record during the 1980s.He is better known for being the first person to sail non-stop westwards around the world, aboard the yacht 'British Steel'.What is this yachtsman's name?

Chay Blyth

5.Which three-word title connects the UK top 10 hit singles for Eurythmics in 1983,Madonna in 1987 and Eve in 2001?

Who's That Girl

6.Which Gothic horror character has been played on screen by Herbert Lom in 1970,Laurence Olivier in 1979 and Anthony Hopkins in 1992?

Abraham van Helsing

7.Created several years after the original went on sale,what name was given to the 4x4x4 cube,that acted as a 'sequel' to the Rubik's Cube?

(Rubik's) Revenge

8.Which of the 'Seven Wonders of The Ancient World',would be located in the Turkish city of Bodrum,if it was to exist today?

Mausoleum of Halicarnassus

9.Which English writer is best known for her 1938 play,'Dear Octopus' and her 1956 children's novel,'The One Hundred and One Dalmations'?

Dodie Smith (Dorothy Gladys Smith)

10.A popular US TV series during the 1980s,it starred Tom Selleck in the titular role.Which US state was the setting for 'Magnum P.I'?


11.One of the most successful IndyCar racing divers of the 21st century,he is also the husband of the American actress,Ashley Judd.Which Scottish driver has won the Indianapolis on three occasions,as well as claiming the last three IndyCar Series titles?

Dario Franchetti

12.Its name is derived from a 16th century French Ambassador in Portugal,who promoted its medicinal properties to Catherine de Medici.Which substance and stimulant has the chemical formula C10 H14 N2?


13.One of the most important oil fields in the North Sea,to which country does Ekofisk belong?


14.Fought between 1700-21,which conflict began when an alliance of Denmark–Norway, Saxony, Poland-Lithuania and Russia declared war on the Swedish Empire?

Great Northern War

15.Winning 8 Gold medals,which country topped the final medals table at the 2011 World Track Cycling championsips,held in the Netherlands?


16.Born in 1916,which prolific film actor and three-time Academy Award nominee ,was born with the name Issur Danielovitch,but changed it when he joined the US Navy during World War II?

Kirk Douglas

17.In which two counties of Northern Ireland does the country's capital,Belfast,lie?

Antrim and Down

18.Born in 1870,which Italian physician,educator and noted humanitarian,is best known for her philosophy of education which bears her name in schools throughout the world?

Maria Montessori

19.Formerly known as Frunze,what is the capital and the largest city of Kyrgyzstan?


20.An ongoing series of international protests,they began in late September 2011.They are primarily against social and economic inequality, corporate greed and the influence of corporations on government.Following the lead taken by the Wall Street protest,by what name (or tag) are these series of demonstrations known?

'Occupy' (followed by location)

21.The 'Rocket-Powered Recoilless Weapon' was the brainchild of Dr Robert H. Goddard as a side project of his work on rocket propulsion.Also used to describe any shoulder-fired missile waepon,by what generic one-word name is this weapon known today?


22.Surpassing Nokia in 2011 to become the third largest smartphone maker in the world (behind Apple and Samsung),which Asian country is home to the telecommunications giants,'HTC'?


23.Since her 1998 debut with the single 'Poker Face',she has sold over 50 million records in Japan, making her the best selling solo singer in Japanese history.She has also made three of the world's top 20,most expensive pop videos ever.What is the name of this Japanese icon,known as 'Ayu' to her fans?

Ayumi Hamasaki

24.Which Hungarian-born,Israeli biochemist, was jointly awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize for Chemistry,along with Aaron Ciechanover and Irwin Rose, 'for the discovery of ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation'?

Avram Hershko

25.The musical director of the English National Opera between 1979-1993,he has also been appointed principal conductor for several prestigious British Symphony orchestras during his career.Who was appointed chief conductor and musical director of the Halle Orchestra in 2000,a role he still holds today?

Mark Elder

26.Including two extant species,'North American' and 'Eurasian',which (primarily) nocturnal mammal is the second largest of the rodents,behind the Capybara?


27.Located in the Malaysian Sarawak state,which city,in terms of population,is the largest in Borneo?


28.They were political statements drafted in 1798 and 1799, in which two US state legislatures took the position that the federal 'Alien and Sedition Acts' were unconstitutional.(They argued that each individual state has the power to declare that certain federal laws are unconstitutional and void).Which two states drew up these historical resolutions,which were written secretly by Vice President Thomas Jefferson and James Madison?

Kentucky and Virginia

29.In 1949 the French philosopher,Gaston Bachelard,coined a term ' to refer to a belief that things and events could be known in advance.Derived from a Greek mythological character,who was cursed after spurning Apollo's advances,which female name is used to describe this complex or syndrome?

Cassandra (Complex or Syndrome)

30.An American author,essayist and playwright,he was born in 1925 and published his first book in 1946.His third novel, 'The City and the Pillar' (1948),outraged critics,as it was one of the first major American novels to feature unambiguous homosexuality.What is the name of this writer,whose other fictional works include 'Julian'(1964), 'Duluth'(1983) and 'Empire'(1987)?

Gore Vidal

31.Which gland in the human body,is a protrusion found at the bottom of the hypothalamus,at the base of the brain?

Pituitary Gland

32.Established in 1932,it was governed by Puyi,the last Qing Emperor.What was the name of this Japanese puppet state,which was abolished in 1945,due to the fall of the Imperial Japanese government?


33.Currently ranked at number 12,which international team,according to the current FIFA football rankings,(23/10/11),is the highest ranked of the former Yugoslav Republics?


34.Developed around the turn of the 20th century by a bartender working at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel,what is the traditional spirit used in the cocktail,'Singapore Sling'?


35.How many different English kings,form the title of William Shakespeare's 'historical plays'?

7 (Seven - John,Richard I+II,Henry VI,V,VI+VIII)

36.Home to a famous coffee brand,Blue Mountain Peak is the second highest peak in the Caribbean.In which country is it located?


37.After heading a military coup deposing Emperor Pedro II,Manuel Deodoro da Fonseca became,in 1889, the first president of which country?


38.Primarily served in Belgium and northern France,'Moules-Frites',is a popular dish consisting of French fries and what else?


39.Which Canadian river originates in the Great Slave Lake, in the Northwest Territories and flows north into the Arctic Ocean?

McKenzie River

40.Released in 1984,it is set sometime between the fifth and sixth episodes of the Star Wars saga and located on the forest moon of Endor.Featuring iconic furry characters from 'Return of The Jedi',what is the title of this Star Wars spin-off?

Caravan of Courage :(An Ewok Adventure)

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Thursday Quiz 53

Time for another set.

Have fun with these........................

1.What was the title of the novel,for which Julian Barnes was awarded the 2011 Man Booker Prize?

A Sense of an Ending

2.What name lends itself to a Christian feast falling 50 days after Easter Sunday and an ancient Israeli feast celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai?


3.Of the 8 possibilites,which country has the longest land border with Serbia?


4.The symptoms of Psittacosis in humans,are often severe,initially mimicking typhoid fever,before developing into pneumonia.The disease is also known by what ornithological name,after the bird from which it is contracted?

Parrot's Disease

5.In Womens athletics only two women have ever cleared 4.90 metres,outdoors,in the pole vault.One is (not surprisingly) Yelena Isinbaeva of Russia.The other, is which American athlete,who achieved the feat twice in 2008,the same year in which she won a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics?

Jennifer Suhr

6.Created by the influential silent film producer,Wilhelm Murnau,which famous 18th century painting was the inspiration behind his debut film,'Knabe in Blau'?

The Blue Boy (Thomas Gainsborough)

7.Thought to be twice as deep a the Grand Canyon,it is also home to the Andean Condor.Which South American country's third most visited tourist attraction is the Colca River Canyon?


8.In 1984,from which country did Brunei gain its independence?

United Kingdom

9.Translated in English as 'King Charles',which city,in terms of population,is the 4th largest in Belgium and the largest in Wallonia?


10.He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the 1963 film 'Tom Jones' and later played the role of the magistrate in the 1968 film adaptation of 'Oliver!'.What is the name of this Welsh actor who also received an Academy Award for 'Best Supporting Actor' in the 1959 film 'Ben-Hur'?

Hugh Griffiths

11.Which singer-songwriter,a former pupil of the BRIT school,released her debut single,'Do It Like a Dude' in November 2010 and her debut album 'Who You Are' in February 2011?

Jessie J

12.In 1957,he led the Conservative Party to its first electoral victory in 27 years and continued to hold office for the next 6 years.Which Canadian Prime Minister,known for his stance on equality,appointed the country's first female minister to his Cabinet and the first aboriginal member of the Senate?

John Diefenbaker

13.Written by Igor Stravinsky in 1910,which was the first original score ballet performed by the famous Ballet Russes?

The Firebird

14.Loosely based on Joliet Prison,in Illinois,it is thought to have been named after a nearby river,a tributary of the Illinois River.What is the name of the fictional prison in the 2005-2009 US TV show 'Prison Break'?

Fox River (State Penetentiary)

15.Behind Elvis Presley,which artist has had the second most US Top 40 singles,with 56 in total?

Elton John

16.Which one the the Greek 'Pleiades',was the mother of Hermes the messenger?


17.Published in English over 70 years after it was originally written,it is known as 'Hitler's Second Book:The Unpublished Sequel to Mein Kampf'.What is the original German title of this work by Adolf Hitler?

Zweites Buch

18.What was the actual English surname,of the human rights activist Malcom X?


19.The 'billycock' was a hat,originally made for the politician and soldier Edward Coke in 1849.By what name is this hat generally known today,especially in the UK?

Bowler Hat

20.In 2011,the Wiltshire town of Wootton Bassett,had the honour of receiving a'Royal' prefix to its name.It is only the third town in England to have been given this honour.Which other two English towns have also received this status?

Tunbridge Wells and Leamington Spa

21.Which 17th century cavalier poet is best known for his work 'To Althea From Prison',where he writes the memorable line 'Stone Walls do not a prison make'?

Richard Lovelace

22.In 'La Liga',Spain's top football league,only two non-Spanish players have scored more than 200 league goals.One played between 1953-66,the other 1981-94.Name either?

Alfredo di Stefano and Hugo Sanchez (respectively)

23.In Greek mythology,which Queen of Mycaenae was the wife of Agamemnon?


24.Sometimes called 'Operation Hummingbird,what 5 word phrase is used to describe the event in June 1934,when the SS,on Hitler's orders',murdered around 150 members of the Sturmabteilung?

Night of the Long Knives

25.Which country accounts for around 80% of the world's production of platinum?

South Africa

26.What name links the capital city of the Spanish region of Cantabria,a department of Colombia and,(according to Forbes magazine),the 13th largest public company in the world?


27.Celebrated four times a year,which Hindu festival,translated in English as 'nine nights',sees Shakti worshipped in nine different forms?


28.A member of the genre,sometimes referred to 'New Journalism',which Pulitzer Prize winning writer,created the novels,'The Naked And The Dead'(1948),'The Executioner's Song'(1979) and 'Tough Guys Don't Dance(1984)'?

Norman Mailer

29.Founded in 2010,they released their debut,eponymous album in October 2011.What is the full name of the solo project set up by former Oasis member,Noel Gallagher and his new backing band?

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

30.Its meaning is literally translated as 'tied together'.Which Italian word indicates that musical notes are to be played (or sung) smoothly and connected?


Sunday, 16 October 2011

Sunday Quiz 49

A late one tonight.Busy weekend.

Here they are,so please enjoy this next batch..................

1.In 2011,American computer scientist Dennis Ritchie, died aged 70.He is most noted for his creation of which computer programming language,one of the most widely used of all time?

C (language)

2.The Rosetta Stone is an ancient Egyptian stele inscribed with a decree issued at Memphis in 196 BC.It was written on behalf of which ancient king?

Ptolemy V

3.An incredibly prolific musical director,he is,perhaps, best known for his work during the 1970s,with Stephen Sondheim, on productions such as 'Follies', 'A Little Night Music' and 'Pacific Overtures'.Most importantly he has received more individual Tony Awards,than anyone else in the history of the award.Who is this American director?

Harold 'Hal' Prince

4.Completed by his son Edward in 1870,which English architect's most famous work,is the design of the new Palace of Westminster,including the iconic Clock Tower that is home to 'Big Ben'?

Charles Barry

5.Playing at the highest level in France, Italy and Spain for over 15 seasons,he was a World Cup winner in 1998 and European Championship winner two years later.Having recorded an impressive 142 appearances,who is the most capped player in the history of the French national football team?

Lilian Thuram

6.Assassinated by a former student,on the steps of the University of Vienna in 1936,which German philosopher and physicist was one of the founding fathers of the 'Vienna Circle' of logical positivists?

Moritz Schlick

7.In which Pacific island group,is Saipan the major island,housing over 90% of the population?

Northen Mariana Islands

8.The coup of 18 Brumaire,was a 1799 coup d'etat that saw Napoleon Bonaparte finally overthrow which system of government,that was replaced by the French Consulate?

The French Directory (or Executive Directory)

9.Which famous 19th century author,wrote the unfinished book,'Billy Budd',that was published posthumously in 1924?

Herman Melville

10.The Grammis Awards have been presented annually (since the cermony's ressurection in 1987),to celebrate and honour the country's musical talent.Equivalent to the American 'Grammy' Awards,in which Northern European country are they held?


11.Prior the The Reform Act of 1832,what two word term was used to describe an area in the United Kingdom, that had a very small electorate,that could be used by a patron to gain undue and unrepresentative influence within Parliament?

Rotten Borough

12.A noted explorer in his own right,he went to South America on behalf of Charles V of Spain in 1526.What was the first name of the explorer son of John Cabot?

Sebastian (Cabot)

13.Composer of the 19th century opera 'The Bartered Bride',what was the nationality of Bedrich Smetana?


14.Lofoten is an island group located in the 68th and 69th northern parallels.Found in the Arctic Circle,to which country do the islands belong?


15.The 'Camera d'Or' or 'Golden Camera',is a prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival.A better known recipient is Steve McQueen,who won this award in 2008 for the film 'Hunger'.For what,is this prize specifically awarded?

Best first feature film

16.In Greek mythology,it was encountered by Odysseus on his wanderings.What name is given to the huge whirlpool,located in the Straits of Medina,which swallowed ships whole?


17.Which English Liberal Member of Parliament,was the first person to win a solo Nobel Peace Prize,in 1903,for his work in international arbitration?

(William)Randal Cremer

18.What name is given to the spider,which attacks its prey by constructing a burrow with a cork-like lid made of soil?

Trapdoor Spider

19.Apart from Abu Dhabi and Dubai,name one of the other five emirates that form the United Arab Emirates?

Ajman,Fujairah,Ras al-Khaimah,Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain

20.Of the countries currently rated by credit agency 'Standard and Poor',which is the only country to hold a 'CC' credit rating,meaning it is 'currently highly vulnerable'?


21.A schismatic Berber Christian sect,it was particularly prevalent during the 4th and 5th centuries AD.Formed to rival the Bishop of Carthage and to oppose the persecutions of Christians under Diocletian,they were named after their first bishop.What name was given to this sect,who believed 'a church should be a church of saints and not of sinners?


22.In 2009 at the UK Parliament's 'Prime Minister's Questions',an argument regarding a 15th/16th century painter's age at death occurred, when David Cameron attempted to ridicule (then Prime Minister) Gordon Brown's general factual accuracy.The debate spilt over onto the artist's entry on Wikipedia, when an editor from Conservative Party altered the dates to substantiate David Cameron's claim.Which artist was the subject of this debate?

Titian (Tiziano Vecelli )

23.The Mosconi Cup is 8-Ball Pool's equivalent of the Ryder Cup,whereby USA take on Europe at the sport.Since it was first played in 1994,three World Snooker Champions have taken part (all representing Europe).Steve Davis is perhaps the most famous.Name either of the other two?

Ronnie O'Sullivan and Alex Higgins

24.In Greek mythology,which one of the Muses was responsible for love poetry and hymns?


25.After William Shakepeare,which 20th century American author holds the record for most 'Penguin Classics' titles,with 23 in total?

John Steinbeck

26.A 16th century scholar,he was the first to make an English translation of the Bible,drawn directly from Hebrew and Greek texts.In 1530 he also wrote 'The Practyse of Prelates',opposing Henry VIII's divorce on grounds it contravened scriptual law.What is the name of this historical figure,who was tried for heresy in 1536,where he was strangled and burnt at the stake?

William Tyndale

27.A member of the Whig Party,who was the last US President that was neither a Republican or Democratic candidate?

Millard Fillmore

28.Sometimes known as Barnard 33,it is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion. It is one of the most easily identifiable nebulae,because of the shape of its swirling cloud of dark dust and gases.When viewed from Earth it's shape resembles the head of which animal,giving the nebula its common name?

Horse (Horsehead Nebula)

29.Named after a 17th century Italian physicist,which non-SI unit of pressure,has the ratio of 1 to 760 standard atmosphere,which equates roughly, to the fluid pressure exerted by a millimetre of mercury?

Torr (after Evangelista Torrecelli)

30.Which TV detective is the most famous creation of the crime writer Henning Mankell?

Kurt Wallander

31.Originating in Central Asia,they have become closely associated with a type of hat.What type of animal is a Karakul?


32.Found in the Mexican state of Sinaloa,it is served by General Rafael Buelna International Airport and is a popular tourist destination.It is also the location of the largest Mexican seaport on the Pacific.What is the name of this city?


33.What is the name of the French diplomat, who became responsible for developing the Suez canal in 1869, by joining the Mediterranean and Red Seas?

Ferdinand de Lesseps

34.Used thirteen times throughout history,which regnal name did Giovanni de Medici choose, after becoming Pope in 1513?

Leo (X)

35.Which two letters connect the chemical symbol of the element number 84,the title character in the 'Kung Fu Panda' film franchise and a percussion instrument originating in 19th century China,similar to cymbals?


36.Which Middle-Eastern country has been ruled by the Al Thani royal family since 1825?


37.'Le Boudin',is the traditional marching song of which elite,military unit?

French Foreign Legion

38.Featuring the principal song 'The Impossible Dream',which musical is based around the incarceration of Miguel de Cervantes,by the Spanish Inquisition?

Man of La Mancha

39.Commanded during the Spanish-American War by Colonel Leonard Wood and Lieutenant-Colonel Theodore Roosevelt,which two-word nickname,(used today as a suffix by several North American sports teams), was given to the First US Cavalry Regiment?

Rough Riders

40.In 1940,which Carribean island joined the British Windward Island administration from the British Leeward Island administration,before joining the West Indies Federation in 1958?


Thursday, 13 October 2011

Thursday Quiz 52

Here's your Thursday (late)night set.

Have fun.........

1.Nominated for the Turner Prize in 1998,which artist's work has been chosen for the 2011/12 Turbine Hall exhibition at London's Tate Modern Gallery?

Tacita Dean

2.When Queen Elizabeth II was born in 1926,what was her position in line to the British throne?

Third (after her father -later King GeorgeVI and uncle Edward -later King Edward VIII)

3.Characterised by its distinctive yellow color,it is a popular drink in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and other states of the former Yugoslavia.From which fruit is the liqueur 'Kruskovac' distilled?


4.Located in the Southern Alps,how is the mountain,'Aoraki',known in English?

Mount Cook

5.In 2011,Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,was one of three recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize,for her work and campaign for women's rights.Of which country is she President,currently the only elected female head of state in Africa?


6.Housing works by artists such as Barbara Hepworth,Ben Nicholson,Henry Moore and Alfred Wallis,in which English city can the avant-garde art
gallery 'Kettle's Yard' be located?


7.Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar,what is the name of the TV drama series,first aired in September 2011,that follows the lives of twin sisters Bridget Kelly and Siobhan Martin,(both of whom are played by Gellar)?


8.Often used in science,to express sizes of structures including atoms, molecules and chemical bonds,which non-SI unit,represented by the Swedish letter 'A',is equal to 1 ten billionth of a metre?


9.In terms of surface area,which of North America's 'Great Lakes',is the smallest?

Lake Ontario

10.Based in the city of the Jaipur,which cricket team,captained and coached by the former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne,were the inaugural champions of the Indian Premier League in 2008?

Rajasthan Royals

11.With the atomic number 15,which chemical element was discovered in 1669 by Hennig Brand and takes its name from the Greek meaning 'light-bringer'?


12.Home to the seat of the Archbishop of the Church of Sweden,it is also the location of the oldest university in Scandinavia.In terms of population,what is Sweden's 4th largest city?


13.In the Western Christian calendar,'Rogation days' are observed in the three days preceeding which Feast day,celebrated 40 days after Easter Sunday?

Ascension Day

14.In Norse mythology,what name is given to Thor's belt,which magnifies his strength?


15.With a total of 15 different individual names,which surname is (currently) represented on most Hollywood 'Walk of Fame' stars?


16.Mauritius,Reunion and Rodrigues are the major islands that form which Indian Ocean island group,lying east of Madagascar?

Mascarene Islands

17.After the capital,Sydney,which city,in terms of population,is the second largest in New South Wales?


18.Traditionally made from rice straw and covered with layers of soft rushes,they are built to a standard size,(equivalent to one sleeping space,described as '6 mat','8 mat' etc).What name is given to this traditional Japanese floor matting?


19.Which well known 20th century composer wrote his first ballet, 'Grohg', in 1925 and his last ballet,'The Pied Piper' in 1951?

Aaron Copland

20.Doing so in 1980,which is the only African country to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest?


21.One of the original members of the Iroquois League,they are indigenous people of North America,who call themselves Kanien'gehaga, meaning 'people of the place of the flint'.Fighting against the Americans during the American War of Independence,they eventually settled in Ontario.With a connection to hairdressing,how are these people better known?


22.Which 17th century physicist,is noted for his invention of the mercury barometer and for having a theorem in fluid dynamics named after him?

Evangelista Torricelli

23.The greatest distance between the capitals of two sovereign countries,that share a border,is 6423 km (or 3991 miles).Which two capital cities does this apply to?

Moscow (Russia) Pyongyang (North Korea)

24.Which Persian word,equivalent to the English word 'viceroy',was first used officially by the Ottoman government in 1867 and used subsequently by Ismail Pasha, and his dynastic successors until 1914?


25.Celebrating the year's television and broadcasting,in which Commonwealth country are the prestigious Gemini Awards presented?


26.For which team did the 2010 and 2011 World Driver's Champion, Sebastian Vettel,make his Formula One debut,doing so at the 2007 United States Grand Prix?

(BMW) Sauber

27.It is recognised as the 'highest distinction in Computer science' and sometimes referred to as the 'Nobel Prize of computing'.Which annual award,given by the Association for Computing Machinery,is named in honour of a 20th century British scientist and mathematician,who spent much of World War II working at Bletchley Park's codebreaking centre?

Turing Award

28.What name is given to the war, which saw the unsuccessful revolt by the Greek states, from Macedon,following the death of Alexander the Great in 323AD?

Lamian War (or Hellenic War)

29.They were particularly noted for their advertising posters and the collage technique used to create them.By what 'family' name were late 19th/early 20th century illustrators William Nicholson and James Pryde,collectively known?

Beggarstaff Brothers (or Beggarstaff J&W)

30.Which Charles Dickens novel is set around the Maypole Inn and includes the families,the Willets,the Chesters and the Vardens?

Barnaby Rudge

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Sunday Quiz 48

Another set for you to enjoy............

1.The birthplace of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi,it was proclaimed as the new capital of the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, following the capture of Tripoli, by forces loyal to the National Transitional Council.Which city?


2.Located on the Central Line,which London Underground station,until 1937, was called 'Post Office' due to its proximity to the General Post Office headquarters in London's St Martin le Grand?

St Paul's

3.In 2006,the American entrepeneur,Randy Lerner,took over as owner of Aston Villa Football Club.He has also been the owner of which American Football team since 2002?

Cleveland Browns

4.Upto the atomic number 105,only two chemical elements have symbols made up of two different vowels.Gold (Au) is one,with the atomic number 63,what is the other?

Europium (Eu)

5.Selling more than 30 million records,she is among the most successful recording artists of all time in France. She also holds the record for the most number one hits in the French charts (which began in 1984), with twelve to date, eight of which were consecutive.Her most notable songs include 'Sans contrefacon', 'Libertine' and 'California'.Who is this prolific performer?

Mylene Farmer

6.Founded in the US in 2002,it is a social networking site,used primarily for business and professional networking.In 2011,it reported more than 120 million registered users,spanning more than 190 countries and territories worldwide.What is this site's name?

Linked In

7.In Chemistry what name is given to the atoms of chemical elements which have the same number of protons and electrons,but have a different number of neutrons in their nuclei?


8.Born Nathan Birnbaum,he was an actor,comedian and writer,who performed on television,radio,theatre,film and vaudeville.Who was (perhaps) best known for his partnership with wife,Gracie Allen during the first half of the 20th century?

George Burns

9.In classical antiquity,Illyria was a region in the western part of the Balkan Peninsula.It is also the setting for which of Shakespeare's plays?

Twelfth Night

10.First aired in 2009,it stars Jason Schwartzman as a fictional writer based in Brooklyn, New York City, who moonlights as an unlicensed private detective.What is the name of this US comedy series,which also stars Ted Danson?

Bored to Death

11.In the United States,no one has been executed for a crime other than murder or conspiracy to murder, since James Coburn was executed in Alabama on 4th September 1964.For what crime,was he convicted?


12.Horatio Gates was an American General,particularly noted for being defeated at two battles during the American War of Independence.Firstly,he was defeated at the First Battle of Saratoga, by the British,despite having significantly more troops.His second and final defeat occured during which 1780 Battle,(sharing a name with a London borough),which again resulted in a British victory?

Battle of Camden

13.Which actor,noted for his famous actress wife and his social network exploits,started his career in the TV show 'That 70s Show',playing the role of Michael Kelso?

Ashton Kutcher

14.Forming the northern half of the Ellsworth Mountains,which mountain range contains Vinson Massif,the highest peak in Antarctica?

Sentinel Range

15.Considered by many to be the greatest female player in the history of the game,Heather McKay (nee Blundell) is arguably Australia's greatest-ever sportswoman.Winning 16 consecutive British Open titles between 1962 and 1977,she also went unbeaten in for over 18 years in competitive matches.In which sport was she so dominant?


16.A daughter of George William Lyttelton, 4th Baron Lyttelton, she became Maid of Honour to Queen Victoria in 1863 and had an aunt who was married to William Ewart Gladstone.She is noted,herself,as a pioneer of women's education.What is the name of this figure,who also has a female only Cambridge College,named in her honour?

Lucy Cavendish

17.Particularly popular during the 1950s and 1960s,which fabric,developed by the British company ICI,was used in garments that required a permanently pressed look, such as skirts and trousers?


18.In 2005,a museum dedicated to the Swiss artist Paul Klee, was designed and built by the Italian architect Renzo Piano. Containing around 4,000 of the artists' works,in which city is the 'Zentrum Paul Klee' located?


19.Literally meaning 'seal pup bay',it is located immediatley south of Reykjavik.With a population of around 30,000,what is Iceland's second largest municipality?


20.Performed by resident act,Cirque du Soleil at the Las Vegas hotel,the MGM Grand,it is a unique show,in that it is performed using several floating stages.Sharing its name with a letter of the Cyrillic alphabet and most Ayrshire postcodes in Scotland,what is the title of this show?


21.First discovered in 1832 by Carl Reichenbach,it is a chemical product formed by the distillation of a tar that remains heavier than water.It is found naturally from the burning of wood and coal in blast furnaces and fireplaces and is commonly found inside chimney flues.Deriving its name from the Greek meaning 'flesh preserver',how is this product known in English?


22.Served by Faleolo International airport,it has the capital city of Apia.Which Polynesian country is made up of the two main islands,Upolu and Savai'i?


23.The Bishop of London at the time,he was also entrusted with the roles of Lord High Treasurer of England and First Lord of the Admiralty.He was chosen by King Charles I to be on the scaffold and to offer the last rites before his execution.Who was later selected as the first Archbishop of Canterbury following the restoration?

William Juxon

24.Featuring the caldera known as 'Crater Lake' ,as its most notable feature,in which US state can the Crater Lake National Park be located?


25.Which film has won more Academy Awards than any other musical film,winning in 10 categories?

West Side Story

26.It is traditional for the American Football team that wins the Superbowl, to have an audience with the US President at the White House,shortly after their win.However in 1986 this was not possible due to the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster.In October 2011,25 years after the event,which team finally got their audience with the President,himself a fan of the winning team?

Chicago Bears

27.On the periodic table,Tin has a chemical symbol of Sn.For what Latin word does The Sn stand?


28.Who,according to the Old Testament,was the wife of Isaac and mother of Jacob and Esau?


29.Reigning in the 6th century BC,which tyrant,overthrown in a popular uprising, was the seventh and last King of Rome?

Tarquinius Superbus

30.Adapted into a 1957 film starring Henry Fonda,who wrote the original play '12 Angry Men'?

Reginald Rose

31.The name of which country connects a 1994 John Updike novel,an Irish mythological island in the Atlantic and a famous Latin American song ,written by Ary Barroso in 1939?


32.Historically it is the location of two Victoria Cross deeds,following the sinking of the Japanese cruiser 'Takao',in 1945.Which strait forms the border between the South of Malaysia and the North of Singapore?

Straits of Johor

33.After being held to a 2-2 draw by Guinea,which two-time tournament winner,failed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations for the first time since 1986?


34.Which German-born,British biochemist shared the 1945 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology with Howard Florey and Alexander Fleming,for their work and research of penecillin?

Ernst Chain

35.Which popular children's character,associated with Kensington Gardens, first appeared in the 1902 novel 'The Little White Bird',before appearing in his own novels and several subsequent films?

Peter Pan

36.Pyrope, almandine, spessartine, grossular, uvarovite and andradite are all common varieties of which group of minerals,commonly used as gemstones,(in particular to those born in January)?


37.Thought to be the heaviest musical instrument,it is typically housed in a
free-standing bell tower, or the belfry of a church or other building. Made from a minimum of 23 cast bronze bells,they are played by striking a keyboard with the fists,activating levers and wires that connect to the metal clappers,which strike the bells.What is this instrument's name,particularly common in the Low Countries?


38.In Rugby League's European Super League,St Helens hold the unfortunate record of losing the last five Grand Finals between 2007-2011.In 2006 ,however,they did win the final.Who did they beat on that occasion?


39.Translated in English as 'holy cross',which Spanish name is associated with many locations across Latin America,including the largest populated city in Bolivia?

Santa Cruz

40.In 1984,which Indian city,the capital of Madhya Pradesh, did a major industrial disaster occur,when poisonous gas escaped from the Union Carbide factory,killing around 2500 people?


Saturday, 8 October 2011

A team request

Hello, just a quick plea to anyone who is going tho the Oxford Open Tournament (buzzer quiz) in January and does not have a team.

I am looking to form a team/squad of 4-6 players.I also hope to write a packet (dependent on time/work etc) ,so costs could be reduced.

If you are interested please e-mail me ASAP,as places are becoming


I am happy to join up with anyone of any ability,as I really want to go for the experience more than anything.(Although I will still be a little competitive,I imagine)


PS New Quiz ,as usual tomorrow,late evening (BST)

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Thursday Quiz 51

Another batch to keep you entertained................

1.In October 2011,Tomas Transtromer,from Sweden,became a Nobel Laureate in which category?


2.The subject of a 1980 film,he was a member of the Bushveldt Carbineers,during the Second Boer War.Which English born,Australian army lieutenant was convicted and executed,along with Lieutenant Peter Hancock, on charges of war crimes against several Boer prisoners in 1902?

Harry 'Breaker' Morant

3.An American fashion designer,he started his couture house in Paris in 1930,after serving as editor-in-chief of the French edition of Vogue.Who is best known for designing the 1937 wedding dress of Wallis Simpson,Duchess of Windsor?

Mainbocher (or Main Rousseau Bocher)

4.Taking over office from Lars Lokke Rasmussen,who,in October 2011 became the first female Prime Minister of Denmark?

Helle Thorning-Schmidt

5.In 2010,Stacy Bromberg, became the first ever PDC Women's World Darts Champion, after defeating Tricia Wright 6-5 in the final.What is her nationality?


6.What name is given to the study of the history and geographical origin of all types of proper names?

Onomastics (or Onomatology)

7.Including fine restaurants, hotels, and stores,it is Chicago's busiest shopping district.It is also famous for including the prestigous buildings,such as the Wrigley Building,the John Hancock Centre, the Tribune Tower and the Allerton Hotel.What superlative name is given to this portion of Michigan Avenue,(a name that could also be said about Blackpool)?

Magnificent Mile

8.Thought to be the most proficient of his time,in which profession was the 16th/17th century figure,Richard Burbage,particulaly noted?


9.A political and military league of seven Swiss Catholic cantons,it was formed in 1845,to resist plans for a centralisation of government.What was the name of this league,who were defeated,following a namesake war two years later,which lead to the formation of a Swiss Federal state?


10.The first of its kind in Europe,which British music awards cermony was established in 1995 by Kanya King and Andy Ruffell?

Music Of Black Origin Awards (commonly known as MOBOs)

11.A subsidiary of 'the company,'Limited Brands,it was founded in San Francisco,in 1977,by Roy Raymond,who felt embarrassed when buying lingerie for his wife in a department store environment.What is the name of this chain of shops,which has now become the largest lingerie retailer in the US,(as well as one of the largest in the world)?

Victoria's Secret

12.The 30th Governor of Rhode Island,he became a Union Army General during the American Civil War,but was heavily defeated at the Battle of Fredericksburg and Battle of the Crater.Since then,he has become better known for his facial hair.What is the name of this General?

Ambrose Burnside

13.Performed at London's Criterion theatre since 2006,it is a farce, adapted from a 1915 novel.The play is performed with a cast of only four. One actor plays the hero and protagonist, an actress plays the three women with whom he has romantic relations and two other actors play every other character in the show.Adapted,also,for the big screen in 1935,1959,1979 and 2008,what is the title of this work?

The 39 Steps

14.Which English monarch granted the Royal Charter to George Clifford,Earl of Cumberland,to form the 'Governor and Company of Merchants of London trading with the East Indies',later known as the East India Company?

Queen Elizabeth I

15.Which 18th century British Prime Minister was also the father of a future Prime Minister and the brother in-law of William Pitt the Elder?

George Grenville

16.Between the years of 1958-1984,by what name,relating to one of the country's major rivers,was Burkina Faso known?

Upper Volta

17.Named after a prophet,it consists of a single chapter, divided into 21 verses.What is the shortest book of the Old Testament?


18.During the 1930s,Ernest Walton became the first person in history to artificially split the atom.He is also noted as the only person, from which country, to have won a Nobel Prize in science?


19.Since the first World Athletics Championship were staged in 1983,which event has provided most Gold medals for the UK (or Great Britain and N.Ireland)?

Mens Triple Jump (3 times)

20.The Sejm and the Senate are the two chambers which make up the National Assembly of which European country's parliament?


21.The 1999 UK number 3 single, 'The Great Beyond',was taken from 'The Man On The Moon' film soundtrack.It is the highest UK singles chart placing, for which world famous American band?


22.After Tasmania,which is the second most populated Australian island?

Norfolk Island

23.NRK Classic is a European,government-owned radio station,playing classical music 24 hours a day.It is particularly noted as the world's first all-digital radio station.From which country does it broadcast?


24.Originating in the 1940s,it is known in Hawaii as 'Hawaiian Steak'Owned today, by the Hormel Foods Corporation,which foodstuff,the subject of many jokes (and a famous musical),sold its 7 billionth can in 2007?


25.In medicine,they are used in the treatment of heart failure,high blood pressure and fluid retention.What is the name the class of drugs that increase the production of urine?


26.Also known for his role in the 'Oceans' film series,which actor,the son of a 1970s Academy Award nominee, plays the role of 'Daniel 'Danno' Williams',in the 2010 remake of the 1960s/70s TV show,'Hawaii-Five-O'?

Scott Caan

27.A prolific 19th/20th century American composer,his works include 'A Symphony: New England Holidays' and 'The Unanswered Question'.In whose name is an annual music scholarship,awarded to young composers,by the American Academy of Arts and Letters?

Charles Ives

28.Located in the Kluane National Park and Reserve,in which one of Canada's three federal territories can Mount Logan,the country's highest mountain be found?


29.In 1997,the film 'Titanic', received a record equalling 14 Academy Award nominations.It shares this feat with which 1950 Joseph L. Mankiewicz film,that starred Bette Davis?

All About Eve

30.Taken from the Hebrew meaning 'sitting together',what name was given to the was assembly of 23 judges appointed in every city in the Biblical Land of Israel?


Sunday, 2 October 2011

Sunday Quiz 47

Here's 40 more for you...........


1.Winning the 2011, International Bluegrass Music Association's Entertainer of the Year,which Hollywood actor and comedian plays banjo with the Grammy award winning group,'The Steep Canyon Rangers'?

Steve Martin

2.In 1976,Canada joined the G6 economic group,to make it the G7.Who was the Canadian Prime Minister at the time,a key figure during the process?

Pierre Trudeau

3.Making the news headlines in September 2011,which 'spiritual sounding',domestic Nepalese airline,crashed in the Mount Everest region,killing 19 people?

Buddha Airlines

4.Which 19th century churchman, poet and leader of the Oxford Movement, gave his name to College at Oxford University?

John Keble

5.Excluding penalty shoot-outs,who was the last Scottish footballer to have scored a goal in an English FA Cup Final?

Brian McClair (for Man Utd in 1994 final)

6.Now extinct,the only quagga to have been photographed alive, was at London Zoo in 1870.Of which extant animal is it a subspecies?


7.First played in 1897,there has been 90 encounters.Both teams have won 43 games each,with 4 games tied.The Sawhorse Dollar trophy is an American Football rivalry game between Dartmouth College and which other Ivy League college?

University of Pennsylvania

8.Taken from the Persian meaning 'city of love',what is the capital of Turkmenistan?


9.'Shakespeare's Globe' is a modern reconstruction of the 1614 Globe Theatre building.It was founded by the actor and director Sam Wanamaker and built approximately 230 metres from the site of the original theatre.Opened to the public in 1997,which of Shakespeare's historical productions,was the first to be performed there?

Henry V

10.In May 2011,a special edition of the BBC's political debate programme, Question Time,was recorded from which British prison?

Wormwood Scrubs

11.In terms of area,which is the largest landlocked African country?


12.Created after the dissolution of Gran Colombia,it existed until 1858.Which Republic consisted primarily of present-day Colombia and Panama, with smaller portions of modern Ecuador and Venezuela?

New Granada

13.Who,in 1943,suceeded Benito Mussolini as head of the Italian Government,(serving in the role of Prime Minister)?

Pietro Badoglio

14.Only two extant mammals are monotremes,whereby they give birth by laying eggs.The platypus is perhaps the best known,but with four monotreme species,which mammal,resembling a hedgehog,is the other?

Echidna (accept Spiny Anteater)

15.Nominated for five Golden Raspberry Awards,which 1986 film starred (then) newlyweds Sean Penn and Madonna,as well as George Harrison in the role of a nightclub singer?

Shanghai Surprise

16.A punning combination of a location in Chelsea, London and television cowboy,which term refers to a stereotype of young, upper class or upper-middle-class women or men,who share distinctive and common lifestyle traits?

Sloane Ranger

17.Founded in 1946,it is set of table top games simulating team sports such as association football, cricket,rugby and hockey.Failing to trademark the game under the name of 'hobby',it was renamed after the neo-Latin word for the 'Eurasian Hobby',bird of prey. What is the trademark name of this popular game?


18.Which name links one of the mythological Pleiades,a play by Sophocles,a character in the musical 'Starlight Express' and a former member of the US female group, 'The Pussycat Dolls'?


19.Sudetenland is the German name,used in English during the first half of the 20th century, for the northern, southwest and western regions of which modern day country,inhabited mostly by ethnic Germans?

Czech Republic

20.In September 2011,China successfully launched the country's first space station module, from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Gansu Province.What is the module's name (no need for number)?

Tiangong (1)

21.Usually taking place on the first Sunday in October,the prestigous horse race,the 'Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe',is run on which French racecourse?


22.Officially in use between 1930-1960,what was the name given to the Soviet government agency,responsible for setting up forced labour camps,notorious for housing political prisoners?


23.Discovered in 1782 by Jons Jakob Berzelius,which chemical element,with the atomic number 52,is named after the Latin word for 'Earth'?


24.Eclipsing Steve Martin's previous record,which Hollywood actor,in September 2011, made his 16th appearance as host of US entertainment show,'Saturday Night Live'?

Alec Baldwin

25.Originally called the Uris Theatre,it was re-named in honour of a famous American composer.It has been the home to the musical 'Wicked' since October 2003 and is located on West 51st Street.Which Broadway theatre has the largest seating capacity?

Gershwin Theatre

26.Prior to the 2011 Rugby World Cup,which nation holds the record of making four quarter final appearances,without ever progressing any further?


27.The noted Latin American writers Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda,received Nobel Prizes for Literature in 1945 and 1971 respectively,both under their pen names.From which country are they from?


28.Spanning the history of the Roman Empire from the death of Augustus in AD 14 to the death of emperor Domitian in AD 96,which Roman senator and historian is particularly noted for his works 'Annals' and 'Histories'?

(Gaius Cornelius)Tacitus

29.The highest mountain in the Alps,east of the Brenner Pass,Grossglockner is which European country's highest peak?


30.The British folk, pop and progressive rock group,'Sackridge',were mostly successful during the early 1970s. In 1970 they created history by being the first band, to play at which venue?

Glastonbury Festival

31.Which African language has six main varieties known as Tashelhit, Kabylian, Central Tamazight, Tarifit, Shawia, and Tuareg?


32.'Luncheon On The Grass','Olympia' and 'A Bar at the Folies-Bergere',are the English titles of major works by which 19th century Impressionist painter?

Edouard Manet

33.Occurring to some British politicians over the years,what is the maximum prison sentence,that can be given to a person convicted of perjury in the UK?

7 (Seven) Years

34.Following through Bolivia and Brazil,it is the biggest tributary of the River Amazon.Sharing it's name with an island in the North Atlantic,what is the name of this river?

Madeira River

35.Two winning titles of the (Man) Booker literary award,have been successfully adapted into Academy Award winning films,in the category of 'Best Picture'.Name either?

The English Patient ,Schindler's Ark (adapted to Schindler's List)

36.A member of 'The Five',which Russian composer wrote his first opera,'The Maid of Pskov'. whilst serving as an officer in the Imperial Russian Navy?

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

37.What medical name is given to the surgical operation, in which a bone flap is temporarily removed from the skull, to access the brain? Craniotomy
38.Which American actor and comedian,who died in 2009,is best known for playing the roles of Frank Catton ,in the 'Ocean's...' series of films and Jimmy Bosley in the Charlie's Angels films?

Bernie Mac (Bernard Jeffrey McCullough)

39.Of the six wives of King Henry VIII of England,which lived to the greatest age?

Catherine of Aragon (Died aged 50)

40.Home to one of the Baltic states' largest airports,it is located at the confluence of its country's two largest rivers.It is also the birthplace of LL Zamenhof,the creator of the Esperanto language.In which European country is the city of Kaunus?