Thursday, 17 November 2011

Thursday Quiz 56

Another batch.


Some of these are particularly tricky,but I hope you still enjoy them....................



1.In November 2011,which Pacific island state had three different Presidents in less than a week,after President Freddie Pitcher,was ousted after just six days?



Nauru


2.In Greek mythology,'The Mares' were man-eating horses,associated with Heracles' eighth labour.To which mythological giant did they belong?



Diomedes


3.Assuming office in December 2006,he was elected for a six-year term. A member of the Partido Accion Nacional (PAN),who is the current President of Mexico?



Felipe Calderon


4.Which African lake is divided among Burundi,Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Zambia?



Lake Tanganyika


5.The female rowers,Elisabeta Lipa (1984-2004) and Georgeta Damian (2000-2008) have both won 5 Olympic Gold Medals,equalling Steven Redgrave's record in the Men's event.Which country did they both represent?



Romania


6.On the periodic table,what name is given to the series of fifteen metallic chemical elements with the atomic numbers 57-71?



Lanthanide


7.By winning Wimbledon Championships in 2011,who became the first Grand Slam event winner to be born in the 1990s?



Petra Kvitova


8.Founded by Richard Steele in 1709,which British literary and society journal,famous for its 'Little Black Book' of eligible young adults,primarily focuses on the glamorous lives and lifestyles of the upper class?



The Tatler


9.After Wyoming,which is the second least populated of the 50 US states?



Vermont


10.Airing between 1974-1975,it featured a young Helen Hunt as the protagonist's daughter.The American TV show 'Amy Prentiss',was a spin-off from which other 1960s and 1970s US detective series?



Ironside


11.Between 1690-1721,the import of what commodity, was banned in England by the Calico Acts?



Textiles


12.Derived from a venomous pit viper,what name was given to the vocal group of Democrats in the Northern United States who opposed the American Civil War?



Copperheads


13.Which atoll serves as the capital of Tuvalu?



Funafuti


14.Winning the Booker Prize in 1993,which Roddy Doyle novel has the synopsis,'The world as described, understood and misunderstood by a ten-year-old Dubliner'?



Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha


15.Which American actress played the title role in the 1992 film version of 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer'?



Kristy Swanson


16.Winner of the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1916,he also served as the society's president from 1923 until 1925.Which Danish born-Irishman,is best known for his monumental work,'The New General Catalogue',which was based on William Herschel's previous work, 'The General Catalogue'?



John Dreyer


17.Released in 1997,which Quentin Tarantino directed film is an adaptation of the novel 'Rum Punch',written by Elmore Leonard?



Jackie Brown


18.In terms of both land area and population ,which is the largest of the Dodecanese islands?



Rhodes


19.Which Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical,holds the record for most Broadway performances,giving over 9800 (to date)?



The Phantom of The Opera


20.Driven by Maurice Trintignant,which make of Italian sports car,made its only Formula One appearance at the 1956 French Grand Prix,where it failed to finish?



Bugatti


21.Mainly caused by caused by repetitive work in a certain position,what is the popular (or colloquial) name,for the medical condition known as prepatellar bursitis?



Housemaid's Knee


22.Occurring in important quantities in Russia and Greenland,what name is given to the mineral compound of sodium,aluminium and fluorine (NA3 AlF6),used in the smelting of aluminium ores?



Cryolite


23.Which country shares the longest land border with Brazil?



Bolivia


24.The Australian dollar is also used in three independent Pacific Island states.Name any two these states?



Tuvalu,Nauru,Kiribati


25.In which decade did Ernest Hemmingway,Boris Pasternak and Albert Camus all receive Nobel Prizes for Literature?



1950s


26.Considered an equivalent to the Nobel Prize,the Fields Medal,was first awarded in 1924 and is available to researchers under the age of forty.In which field is the prize awarded?



Mathematics


27.Which German composer, conductor, and founder of the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra,is best known for his operatic version of Shakespeare's comedy 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'?



(Carl)Otto Nicolai


28.In 1971,which politican,became the first aboriginal member of the Australian Parliament,after filling a casual vacancy,left by Liberal senator,Dame Annabel Rankin?



Neville Bonner


29.Derived from Anushtakin ad-Darazi,one of its early preachers,what is the name of the eclectic religious community, found primarily in Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan, which emerged from Ismailism during the 11th century?



The Druze


30.In October 2011,after 27 years of marriage,the husband and wife members of this American new wave/punk band, Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore,announced their seperation.Formed in 1981,they have released 16 studio albums,including 'Evol'(1986),'Goo'(1990) and 'Rather Ripped'(2006).What is the band's name?




Sonic Youth