Sunday, 6 November 2011

Sunday Quiz 52

I'm back after a couple of days of being unwell.Thanks for waiting

Well done to all of those who took part in the weekend's European Quiz Championships.I hope to be in Tartu,Estonia in 2012.

Here's another 40. Hope you enjoy...............

1.Ridden by Christophe Lemaire and trained by Mikel Delzangles,which prestigious horse race was won by the French horse,Dunaden,in 2011?

Melbourne Cup

2.After its independence from Spain in 1821,to which country did Panama belong,before its official separation in 1903?


3.If something is described as palmate,what (general) shape is it?


4.Located in the north of the country,halfway between Brescia and Verona,which is the largest lake,in terms of surface area,in Italy?

Lake Garda

5.Replacing the individual pursuit, the points race, and the Madison at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games,what is the name of the indoor cycling competition,whereby riders will gain points in six seperate events to ascertian an overall winner?


6.Liliane Bettencourt is one of the wealthiest women in the world.This is mainly due to her majority shareholding in which global cosmetics company?


7.Which 18th/19th century German playwright and friend of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, wrote the notable works,'The Wallenstein Trilogy','Maria Stuart' and 'Wilhem Tell'?

Friedrich Schiller

8.His nickname,comes from the Norman-French,meaning 'short stockings'.Which Duke of Normandy and unsuccessful claimant to the English throne,was the eldest child of King William I and Matilda of Flanders?

Robert Curthose

9.Breaking out on the Easter of 1282,it was to start a subsequent eponymous war.What name was given to the successful rebellion on the island of Sicily,against the rule of King Charles I (of Anjou)?

Sicilian Vespers

10.Based on the comic book of the same name,it is an American TV horror series set in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.Starring Andrew Lincoln and first aired in 2010,what is the title of this Golden Globe-winning show?

The Walking Dead

11.Which Italian composer wrote the musical scores for the spaghetti westerns 'A Fistful of Dollars','For A Few Dollars More' and 'The Good The Bad and The Ugly'?

Ennio Morricone

12.Which chemical element with the atomic number 106 and chemical symbol Sg,is named after a 1951 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry?

Seaborgium (after Glenn T Seaborg)

13.Adapted for a 1979 TV series,what is the name of the Raymond Bradbury short story collection, that follows the colonisation of Mars by humans and the conflict between themselves and the indigenous population?

The Martian Chronicles

14.In terms of population,which is the largest country to have a mainland border with Thailand?


15.Which eponymous character, created by Gaston Leroux in a 1910 novel,has been played on screen by Lon Chaney Sr in 1925,Claude Rains in 1943 and Herbert Lom in 1962?

The Phantom of The Opera (also known as Erik)

16.Which is the most populous city within the American region of New England?


17.Born in Miletus around 624BC,he was one of the Seven Sages of Greece.Which pre-Socratic philosopher, is regarded as the first philosopher in the Greek tradition?


18.Celebrated on october 19,in which country is Mother Teresa Day a public holiday?


19.Located in the Baltic Sea,Saaremaa and Hiiumaa are the two largest islands that belong to which country?


20.Published in 1946,EV Rieu's version of 'The Oddessy',was the very first of which series of books,still in production today?

Penguin Classics

21.Named after a nephew of Charles I and the first Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company,what name was used to describe the territory in British North America, consisting of the Hudson Bay drainage basin?

Rupert's Land

22.Which distinguished German actress,the second wife of Bertolt Brecht,became Artistic Director of the Berliner Ensemble after her husband's death in 1956?

Helene Weigel

23.Named after a Serbian-born American inventor and rival to Thomas Edison,what is the SI unit for magnetic flux density (or magnetic induction)?


24.Commonly used in physics,what is the 23rd and penultimate letter of the Greek alphabet?


25.In the 2011 film version of 'The Smurfs',which character was voiced by Jonathan Winters,the only cast member to reprise his role from the 1981 TV series?

Papa Smurf

26.Sometimes known as the 'blow-organ' or 'key-flute',it is a free-reed instrument that has a musical keyboard and is played by blowing air through a mouthpiece in the side of the instrument.Popular in music education in Asia,it is also featured heavily on the 2001 Gorillaz single 'Clint Eastwood' and the 1983 Depeche Mode track 'Everything Counts'.What is the correct name for this instrument?


27.One of the largest pilgrimages in the world,it is the fifth pillar of Islam.What is the name of the religious duty that must be carried out by every able-bodied Muslim (who can afford to do),at least once in their lifetime?


28.What surname links the Italian economist and 1985 Nobel Laureate,a 19th /20th century Italian anthropologist,who worked primarily on Indonesian islands and a 20th century painter who created 'Nude Sitting on a Divan',one of the world's most expensive works of art?

Modigliani (Franco,Elio and Amedeo respectively)

29.After France and Spain,which nation has provided the most Tour de France winners?


30.Lake Okeechobee is the second largest freshwater lake located within the 48 contiguous states.The lake is is divided between Glades, Okeechobee, Martin, Palm Beach, and Hendry counties.In which US state is it found?


31.It has been held at the Drouant restaurant every December since 1903.Its notable winners have included Marcel Proust, Jean Fayard and Simone de Beauvoir.Named after a successful author and critic,what is the name of the most prestigious literature prize in France,won in 2011 by Alexis Jenni?

Prix Goncourt

32.In which modern day European country were the Piasts (960-1370) and the Jagiellons (1386-1572),the longest reigning dynasties?


33.Serving in his present role since 1982,he won his country's latest general election in October 2011,resulting in a sixth term in office.Of which African country is Paul Biya the President?


34.Which wild west character has been played in movies by Robert Wagner in 1957,Robert Duvall in 1972,Kris Kristofferson in 1986 and Brad Pitt in 2007?

Jesse James

35.Which is the only country on mainland Africa with Spanish as the official language?

Equatorial Guinea

36.Silicosis, also known as Potter's rot,is an occupational disease that affects which part of the human body?

Lungs (respitory system)

37.Located on the island of Luzon,it served as its capital between 1948-1976.Which city is the most populous in the Philippines?

Quezon City

38.Poets' Corner is the name traditionally given to a section of the South Transept of Westminster Abbey,due to the number of poets, playwrights, and writers buried and commemorated there.The first writer was interred there in 1400,although it is thought his burial may have been more likely linked to his position as Clerk of Works of the Palace of Westminster than to his fame as a writer.Who was this writer?

Geoffrey Chaucer

39.Native to Central and South America,what type of animal is a Tamandua?


40.Founded in 1979,it first created games for the Atari 2600 console.Since then it has created games on various formats,including the big-selling 'Crash Bandicoot','Spyro The Dragon' and 'Call of Duty' franchises.What is the name of this company,the world's first independent developer and distributor of video games for gaming consoles?