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?