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)