Saturday, 24 December 2011

Christmas Quiz

Happy Christmas to everyone!

Thank-you very much for the support you have given in the past year.

I now have readers from all around the globe,which is pleasing to know.

My Twitter quizzes will be back up from 26th December,so keep an eye out.

Below is a Christmas related quiz.(I promise not to ask the names of Santa's reindeer)

Hope you enjoy......................

1.The Hotelling-Faustmann model is a standard used by many countries,when deciding the price of which Christmas commodity?

Christmas Trees

2.The Christmas mountains,which have peaks including North Pole Mountain,Mount Prancer and Mount St Nicholas,can be found in which mountain range?


3.The Christmas carol 'In The Bleak Midwinter' was written by Christina Rossetti as a poem,which was published posthumously in 1904.Which British composer added the music two years later?

Gustav Holst

4.In which two of New Testament Gospels is the story of the nativity told?

Matthew and Luke

5.The 'Pasterka' is the midnight mass service in which European country,which also uses Christmas Eve day as a period of fasting?


6.Operation Christmas Drop,is an American Air Force training tradition,whereby members of the Andersen Air Force base and the residents of which of America's territories, drop gifts to remote islands throughout Micronesia?


7.What name is given to the date in the Christian calendar when Mary was visited by the Angel Gabriel?

The Annunciation

8.Who is the only British monarch,to be crowned at Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day?

William I (the conqueror)

9.Which actress born on Christmas Day 1949,has been nominated for six Academy Awards,winning Best Actress in 1980 for her part in 'The Coal Miner's Daughter?

Sissy Spacek

10.Elvis Presley had only one UK Christmas number one single in 1962,with which song?

Return To Sender

11.A collection of letters written and illustrated between 1920 and 1942 for his children, from 'Father Christmas'. They tell of the adventures and misadventures of Father Christmas and his helpers, including the North Polar Bear and his two sidekick cubs, Paksu and Valkotukka.Eventually published in 1976 and 2004,who was the well-known author?

JRR Tolkein

12.Its name meaning nativity in Portuguese,which large South American city was founded on Christmas Day 1599?


13.In the traditional song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas',how many animals are mentioned?

23 (Twenty three)

14.He played Prince Humperdinck in the film 'The Princess Bride' and was also nominated for an Academy Award for his part in 'Dog Day Afternoon',which actor performed the part of main character,Jack Skellington,in Tim Burton's 'The Nightmare Before Christmas?

Chris Sarandon

15.Which artist painted an 1894 nativity scene with a Tahitian scene,titled 'Be Be'?

Paul Gaugin

16.Based on the nativity,who wrote his first play in 1940 'Bariona, ou le fils du tonnerre ',which was written and performed during his time as a prisoner of war in a German stalag?

Jean Paul Sartre

17.The Australian Indian Ocean Territories consist of two island groups.Christmas Island is one,which is the other?

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

18.Cattleya Maxima is also known as Christmas flower.To which species of flower does it belong?


19.The Belavezha Accords held in 1991,prompted the resignation of which President on Christmas Day of the same year?

Mikhail Gorbachev

20.Which type of Christmas decoration was founded in Lauscha,Germany in the nineteenth century and became globally popularised, when FW Woolworth began selling them in his shops?


21.The son of Pepin the Short,which Holy Roman Emperor was crowned on Christmas Day 800AD.He is also known as Charles I of Germany?


22.During the Boxing day 2004 tsunami,many Asian countries were hit,but which nation had the largest death toll, of the African nations hit?


23.So called,because of their abundance at Christmas time,what type of insect,native to Australia,is from the genus Anoplognathus?


24.Which Christmas character has been played on screen by Judy Cornwell in 1985,Elizabeth Mitchell in 2006 and Miranda Richardson in 2007?

Mrs Claus

25..According to tradition,this item was introduced in 1847 by Thomas Smith.Its original name was the 'Cosaque',but over time it gained its onomatopoeic name by which we know today.What Christmas item is this?


26.Which explorer discovered Christmas Island in 1777?

Captain James Cook

27.Carlos Andres Perez died on Christmas Day 2010.He served two seperate terms as President and was eventually impeached in 1993.In which South American country did he hold office?


28.Killing an estimated 681 people in 1940,in which English City did the 'Christmas Blitz' occur?


29.In which country is the traditional Christmas dessert known as Risalamande,where the finder of the almond in the centre is entitled to an extra present?


30.Shunned by The Times,The Guardian and the BBC in many of their guides,what word,according to Millicent Fenwick's 1948 'Vogue Book of Etiquette' should never be used in Christmas greetings cards?


31.An American football competition,the final is played between the top two high schools from two regions,Kanto and Kansai.In which country is the annual Christmas Bowl played?


32.Although he served in Turkey,what nationality was St Nicholas of Myra, from whom Santa Claus is said to have derived?


33.Haplochromis phytophagus or 'Christmas fulu' is native to Kenya,Uganda and Tanzania.Which type of animal is it?


34.Written in six parts,the Christmas Oratorio is a 1734 work by which composer who also wrote the Ascension Oratorio and Easter Oratorio, around the same time?

Johann Sebastian Bach

35.In most parts of China, Christmas is not a public holiday, but in which two administrative areas of China is the public holiday observed?

Hong Kong and Macau

36.In the novel 'A Christmas Carol' which character says 'God bless us, every one!' whilst eating Christmas dinner,a line Dickens repeats at the end of the story?

Tiny Tim

37.To the nearest 5 degrees south,what is the latitude of Christmas Island (Australian Territory)?

10 (ten) degrees and 30 minutes South

38.'Julemanden',literally 'The Yule Man ,is the Santa Claus equivalent in which Scandinavian country?


39.Well known for his thriller novels,which American author wrote the Time Bestselling, comedy novel 'Skipping Christmas' in 2001,which was the basis of the 2004 film 'Christmas With The Kranks'?

John Grisham

40.Thought by many to be the worst construction of its kind and involving deaths during its testing,the Christmas Bullet,designed by Dr William Christmas, was what mode of transport?

Aircraft (fighter bi-plane)

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Thursday Quiz 60

Last Thursday Quiz of the year.

I hope you enjoy this set....................

1.A relative of black pepper,it is known for its narcotic and sedative properties.What is the name of the traditional Polynesian beverage,that is fermented by chewed or grated peeled roots of 'Piper methysticum'?


2.What unit of measurement,is equivalent to one tenth of a nautical mile?


3.What name was given to the part of France's American empire that comprised modern day Prince Edward Island,Nova Scotia and New Brunswick?


4.Produced by Italian manufacturer Pagani between 1999-2011,it is a high-end (sports) road car.Originally named the 'Fangio F1' ,it was renamed,in 1995,after an air current above Argentina.What is the popular name of this vehicle?

(Pagani) Zonda

5.In which decade did UNICEF,Linus Pauling and Dag Hammarskjold all win the Nobel Peace Prize?


6.What name is given to the protective coat surrounding a cereal seed ,which is particulalrly well known for its high fibre content?


7.It has it's own parliament and can draw comparisons with the Isle of Man,in terms of governance.The Aland Islands,in the Baltic Sea, is ultimately under which country's sovereignty?


8.Which hugely successful rock group released their 9th and final studio album,entitled 'Coda',in 1982?

Led Zeppelin

9.The second most populated urban area in Castile and Leon,which city in western Spain,is home to the country's oldest university,founded in 1218?


10.In football,only two men have managed winning teams of both the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA World Cup.Name either?

Marcello Lippi and Vincente del Bosque

11.From which country,did Chad gain its independence in 1960?


12.Who was the British Prime Minister,at the time of the outbreak,of the Vietnam War?

Anthony Eden

13.In terms of population,which is the smallest Australian state capital city?


14.One of the breakthrough British acts of 2011,what is the real surname of the British singer-songwriter known as Jessie J?


15.Spotted by Sylvester Stallone whilst taking part in NBC's 'America's Toughest Bouncer',he is a 'tough guy actor',known for his distinctive haircut.By what name is Laurence Tureaud usually referred?

Mr T

16.Receiving 17 Emmy nominations in 2011,which US TV comedy series revolves around three families,inter-related through Jay Pritchett (played by Ed O'Neill) and his children?

Modern Family

17.Named after the number of women to attend the first meeting in 1929,it elected Amelia Earhart its first President two years later.Which organisation was created to provide mutual support and advancement for female pilots,primarily in America?

The Ninety Nines

18.Also known as the lancehead viper it is endemic to Martinique.By what French name is the venomous snake from the Bothrops lanceolatus species,usually referred?


19.In line with Belfast and Newcastle Upon Tyne,which is the only mainland European capital city situated at 54 degress latitude?


20.Part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands,which island is served by the capital city of Oranjestad?


21.The site of many rocket and space shuttle launches,in which US state is Cape Canaveral (Cape Kennedy between 1963-1973),found?


22.Since 1998,the world's busiest airport ,by passenger traffic,is located in Atlanta,Georgia.After which two former city mayors is the airport named?

(William)Hartsfield (Maynard)Jackson

23.The letters INRI are the first letters of the Latin wording placed on the cross of Jesus at Pilate's request.In Latin it says 'Iesus Nazarenus,Rex Iudaeorum'.How does this translate to English?

Jesus of Nazareth,King of the Jews

24.In 1901,Emil Adolf von Behring,became the first Nobel Prize winner of which category?

Physiology or Medicine

25.Winning 4 times in the 1970s and twice in the 2000's,which team holds the record for the most American football 'Superbowl' wins?

Pittsburgh Steelers

26.In tennis,which was the last year that the same country provided all four men's Grand Slam singles winners in the same year?

1988 (Mats Wilander won Aus,US and French.Stefan Edberg won Wimbledon)

27.In Greek mythology which Spartan king was the husband of Leda and father of Helen,Clytemnestra, Timandra, Phoebe,Philonoe,Castor and Polydeuces?

King Tyndareus

28.Effective from 1999,the Treaty of Ottawa,was agreed by over 150 nations,to put an end to the production and development of which type of weapon?

Land Mine (Anti-personnel)

29.In the Sergei Prokofiev work 'Peter and the Wolf',which character is portrayed by the bassoon?


30.In the Charles Dickens novel,what is the first name of the title character known as 'Little Dorrit'?


Sunday, 18 December 2011

Sunday Quiz 57

Hello,I have created a 2011 quiz this evening,with questions relating to events this year.

Also I thought i'd let you know of the quizzes over the Christmas period:

Thurs 22nd Dec - Thursday Quiz as normal
Sun 25th Dec - Christmas Quiz (As is traditional,it will largely be a repeat of last year's)
Thurs 29th Dec - No Quiz - On hols
Sun 1st Jan - Normal Quiz. First of 2012

Anyway I hope you enjoy this set.............

1.Her profile was boosted further in 2011 after marrying and divorcing basketball player Kris Humphries in just three months.Which US reality TV star,according to the 'Zeitgeist',was the most searched celebrity on Google in 2011?

Kim Kardashian

2. 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

3.In August 2011,which 58 year old US sitcom star,most popular during the 1990s,announced on Jay Leno's 'The Tonight Show',that she would be running for US President at the 2012 election?

Roseanne Barr

4.Released in December 2011,what is the name of the successor to the Sony handheld game console known as the 'PSP' or Playstation Portable?

Playstation Vita (or PSV)

5.Both opening in the UK in 2011,which British architect designed both the 'Turner Contemporary',in Margate and the 'Hepworth Wakefield' art galleries?

David Chipperfield

6.Previously known under his stage name 'Sweet Mickey',the former recording artist,Michael Martelly became the President of which Central American country in May 2011?


7.Also known as 'the lying down game',it became an internet sensation in 2011.First coined in Australia,what term is given to the action of lying face down with arms to the sides, in unusual public spaces and photographing it?


8.In May 2011,Malta held a referendum which resulted in the legalisation of divorce.At that time only two other countries in the world did not permit divorce.Vatican City was one,but which Asian country was the other?


9.Much in the news in March 2011,what is the SI derived unit of dose equivalent radiation?


10. In November 2011,the work entitled 'Rhein II',was sold for $4.3million (£2.7m) at Christies's in New York,becoming the most expensive photograph ever sold.It is a work created by which noted,German photographer?

Andreas Gursky

11.At the 2011 Academy Awards,which film provided the winners of both 'Best Supporting' acting roles,with Christian Bale and Melissa Leo the respective recipients?

The Fighter

12.Following the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in May 2011,which American economist became the interim Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund,before Christine Lagarde was appointed permanently in August of the same year?

John Lipsky

13.In October 2011,which European separatist militant organisation declared an end to its 43-year campaign of political violence, which has killed over 800 people since 1968?

ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna )

14.Currently creative director of fashion brand Alexander McQueen,who designed the wedding dress for (Catherine)Kate Middleton,for her marriage to Prince William in April 2011?

Sarah Burton

15.Created by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich in 2005,it is an Emmy award-winning,adult comedy show,that parodies a number of pop culture conventions,using 'stop-motion' animation of toys, action figures, and 'claymation'.Known for using a host of cameo voices,it was to be the last role,before his death in 2011,of American actor Gary Coleman.What is this show's title?

Robot Chicken

16.Succeeding Alan Garcia in July 2011,Ollanta Humala became the President of which South American country?


17.Noted for his discovery of 'quasicrystals',in which Nobel Prize category was the Israeli professor,Dan Shechtman awarded in 2011?


18.Found in February 2011 amongst manuscripts bought by a children's book charity, the unpublished work entitled 'Mr Tumpy's Caravan',was created by which author?

Enid Blyton

19.Ending Lindsey Vonn's run of the last three years,which female German alpine skier became the 2011 Overall World Cup Champion?

Maria Riesch

20.Up to 14th December,which film was the highest grossing of 2011,that was not a sequel?

The Smurfs

21.Located in the Mozambique Channel in the Indian Ocean,which island became the fifth French overseas department in March 2011?


22.Performing the song 'Running Scared',singers Eldar and Nigar were announced as winners of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.Which country did they represent,only the fourth time the country had entered?


23.In June 2011,Tea Obreht became the youngest author to win the Orange Prize for Fiction.What was the title of her debut novel?

The Tiger's Wife

24.At the 2011 World Athletics Championships,which Australian hurdler,later named 2011 IAAF 'Woman Athlete of the Year' took Gold in the 100 metres hurdles final?

Sally Pearson

25.The travelling companion of Che Guevara during their 1952 trip around Latin America,he authored the memoir 'Travelling with Che Guevara: The Making of a Revolutionary'.This served as a reference for the 2004 film 'The Motorcycle Diaries', in which he was played by Rodrigo de la Serna.What is the name of this Argentine-Cuban doctor,writer and scientist,who died in March 2011?

Alberto Granado

26.Constructed as a replacement for 'Challenger' ,which space shuttle,that made its first flight in 1992,was finally retired in June 2011?


27.Reaching the top 10 of the US Country music charts 5 times between 1969 and 1977, her biggest hit was 'Blanket on the Ground', which, became her only number one in 1975.She also released 17 studio albums between 1968-1983.What is the name of this American country star,known for her bluesy voice,who died in December 2011?

Billy Jo Spears

28.In July 2011,which former Wales rugby international,became the first person to complete the 'Explorers' Grand Slam,a challenge to reach the seven continental summits and both Poles in the same year? Richard Parks
29.In January 2011,Estonia became the latest country to join the Euro.What was the name of its previous currency?


30.Also the name of her 2011 tour,which female American singer,released her seventh studio album, 'Femme Fatale', in 2011?

Britney Spears

31.According to the 2011 Forbes 'Rich List',Frenchman Bernard Arnault,is Europe's richest man.Of which French luxury goods conglomerate is he the CEO?

LVMH (Louis Vuitton and Moet Hennessy)

32.Beating Uruguayan team Penarol in the final,which Brazilian football team won the 2011 Copa Libertadores?


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


34.Entering service in October 2011,which Asian airline provided the first commercial flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner?

All Nippon Airways

35.As part of the Arab Spring series of protests and revolutions in 2011,which African country ,became the first to overthrow their leader,Zine El Abidine Ben Ali,forcing him into exile in Saudi Arabia?


36.In April 2011,who became the first Spanish actress to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?

Penelope Cruz

37.In October 2011,Helle Thorning-Schmidt,became the first ever female Prime Minister of which European country?


38.Writing the novel,'A Sense of an Ending',who was awarded the 2011 Man Booker literary prize?

Julian Barnes

39.In November 2011,Ivian Sarcos became the latest winner of the Miss World beauty pageant.Which South American country did she represent?


40.Replacing the long-running Larry King Live, in January 2011,'Piers Morgan Tonight' made its TV debut on CNN.Which fellow TV chat show host was his first guest?

Oprah Winfrey

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Thursday Quiz 59

Here's another set of 30 to get you through the cold snap.


1.In December 2011,which country became the first ever country to formally leave the Kyoto Protocol?


2.An American pioneer,he is known for his role in defending the Alamo during the Texas Revoulution,where he was killed in 1836.He is,however,best known as the inventor of a curved sheath knife bearing his name.What is his name?

James (Jim) Bowie

3.Completed by Ogden Nash in 1968.,the poem 'The Scoobious Pip', tells of an animal of unknown taxonomy and the attempts of the other animals of the world to classify it.Due to his death in 1888,it was,originally, the unfinished work of which English poet and illustrator?

Edward Lear

4.Formerly used as a whaling base,its largest island is Spitsbergen.What is the name of the archipelago,located in the Arctic Circle which constitutes the northernmost part of Norway?


5.Represented by Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland,which country won the 2011 Mens Golf World Cup in November 2011?


6.The national flower of Russia,it belongs to the plant family Asteraceae.It is perhaps best known as a sleeping aid and as a popular herbal tea.By what name is it commonly known?


7.Common in South and Central America as well as Africa,what type of animal is a 'characin'?

Fish (similar to carp)

8.In 1939,which surrealist painter designed the set and wrote the libretto for a ballet entitled 'Bacchanale',based on Wagner's 'Tannhauser' and the myth of Leda and the Swan?

Salvadore Dali

9.Which scientific theory is largely associated with the American meteorologist Edward Lorenz,arising from his study of convection in the atmosphere?

Chaos Theory

10.Airing between 1997-2002,this US TV sitcom is centred around a couple who marry on their first date,despite being complete opposites.Starring Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson in the title roles,what is the show's name?

Dharma and Greg

11.In Greek mythology,what was the name of the wise centaur who taught many Greek heroes including Jason,Achilles,Perseus and Asclepius,at his school in Thessaly?


12.Along with Judea it was renamed 'The West Bank' following the Jordanian conquest of 1948.What was the name of the capital city,of the ancient Kingdom of Israel?


13.Much used in the Renaissance period,what is the name of the classical motif,in the style of a ram's horn,overflowing with fruit and flowers and symbolising abundance and plenty?


14.Named as an imitation of Sierra Leone's capital,Freetown,which city serves as the capital of Gabon?


15.The basis for a 1972 film,which American author's best known work is 'The Poseidon Adventure'?

Paul Gallico

16.Olympic art competitions formed part of the modern Olympic Games during its early years.The first was held in 1912 in Stockholm,but at which Summer Games,(also held in Europe),did it make its final appearance?

Helsinki (1952)

17.Derived from the Greek meaning 'to inscribe',what word is used to describe a brief, interesting and usually memorable statement,originally made on statues,but has since been used in a variety of texts?


18.Originating in South Asia,it is an edible fat,derived from butter,by removing most of the water.What is the name of this foodstuff,whose name is taken from Sanskrit?


19.Currently,which is the only country in South America where (male) homosexual acts are still illegal?


20.Which of the great Greek tragedians wrote plays including 'Heracles','Hippolytus' and 'Phoenician Women'?


21.What three-word phrase (or term) connects a 1996 film starring Bruce Willis,a 2001 novel by David Baldacci and a 2011 US TV sitcom starring Tim Allen?

Last Man Standing

22.Meaning 'Way of the Warrior-Knight',which Japanese word was originally used to describe the code of conduct for a Samurai?


23.Commonly known as rock salt,what is the scientific name given to the mineral form of sodium chloride?


24.Separated by the Qiongzhou Strait from the Leizhou Peninsula,it is comparable to Belgium in its size.Assuming Taiwan is accepted as the largest,which is the second largest Chinese island,in terms of area?

Hainan Island

25.Of the recording artists that made up the 1956 'Million Dollar Quartet',who was the oldest?

Johnny Cash

26.Queen Maud Land,is the most southerly territory to pass through the Prime Meridian.Located in Antarctica,it belongs to which European country?


27.He released his third album in 2008,entitled 'Year of the Gentleman'.This contained the singles 'Closer','Mad' and 'Miss Independent',which were top 20 hits on both sides of the Atlantic.Also known as an actor and songwriter for other artists,how is the American R&B star,Shaffer Chimere Smith Jr ,more commonly known?


28.Covering the entire compulsory school education period,the'Folkeskole', is a system whereby the student stays at the same school from the age of 6 through to 17 years of age.In which European country is it popular?


29.It is a liquid obtained from coal tar and used in the production of dyes,plastics,insecticides and detergents.With the chemical formula C6H6,what is the name of this aromatic compound?


30.Which wild west figure has been famously portrayed in films by Burt Lancaster (1957),Kurt Russell(1993) and Kevin Costner (1994)?

Wyatt Earp

Monday, 12 December 2011

Sorry for the delay....

Due to some time constraints (I'll not bore you),I was unable to complete this Sunday's Quiz,however I have compiled a 'Best Of' quiz of 50 Questions used over the past year.

As it is coming up for Christmas,you may want this compilation set on a PDF format for use at work,home etc.If you do,let me know and I'll e-mail a copy over to you.(

I hope you enjoy them and I'll be back as normal on Thursday

Many thanks

1.What two word phrase links a chain of clothing stores owned by Gap Inc, a hit single by the post-punk group The Boomtown Rats and a term used for a politically unstable country dependent upon limited agriculture?

Banana Republic

2.Of the five recognised dwarf planets, which is the largest ,both in terms of size and mass?


3.Gwyneth Lewis,Gwyn Thomas and (currently) Gillian Clarke have all held which important ,cultural post in Wales,since its inception in 2005?

National Poet

4.Born in Munchenbuchsee,Switzerland,which expressionist and surrealist painter's works include Rose Garden,Head of Man and Castle and Sun?

Paul Klee

5.With an atomic number of 76,it is twice as dense as lead.Which element,a part of the platinum family,is the densest natural element?


6.It is the annual national pilgrimage of Ireland and held on the last Sunday of the month of July. Pilgrims climb Ireland's holiest mountain,Croagh Patrick in County Mayo, traditionally,in their bare feet. It is held in honour of Saint Patrick with appoximately 20,000-30,000 pilgrims participating on the day. With a name sounding like an unpleasant smell what is this holy day called?

Reek Sunday (accept Garland Sunday)

7.Rehoboam was the ruler of Judah in 930 BC. Which biblical ruler was his father,who died in 931 BC?


8. In which of Shakespeare's plays would you find the characters Cloten,Imogen and Caius Lucius?


9.This make of British sportscar is named after a former, multiple Formula One Champion. It was founded by Dutch millionaire Klaas Zwart in 1995 and the first models being the 'FGT' in 1995 then the 'Ecosse' in 1998. What is the name of this 'high end' vehicle manufacturer,based in Banbury?

Ascari Cars

10.With the only difference being a slightly darker tint of blue on the left hand vertical strip,which African country's flag is almost identical to that of Romania?


11.Noted for a number of works,he discovered Saturn's rings,the pendulum clock and wave theory, amongst others.Who is this 17th century Dutch scientist?

Christain Huygens

12.Its explosions are believed to be the origin of long-duration gamma ray bursts.Which astronomical term refers to an exceptionally large star that collapses at the end of its lifespan,specifically to an explosion with an energy of over 100 supernovae?


13.The last Brazilian film to have won an Academy Award was in 1985,when William Hurt won the award for Best actor. The film was also nominated in the Best Picture,Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay categories.Directed by Hector Babenco and based on the 1976 novel by Manuel Puig,what is the English title of this film,set in a Brazilian prison?

Kiss Of The Spider Woman

14.What name links a donkey from George Orwell's 'Animal Farm',one of the sons of the biblical figure Jacob and a slang term for an American hundred dollar bill?


15.Fought and won under the command of the Duke of Marlborough,during which conflict did the 1706 Battle of Ramillies take place?

War of Spanish Succession

16.With approximately fifty percent taken up by resevoirs, what is the longest river on the Iberian peninsula?


17. Still trying to seek independance,what is the name of the exclave and province of Angola, that is seperated from the rest of Angola, by a narrow strip belonging to the Democratic Republic of Congo?


18.A painter of the Pop Art movement,he was a contemporary of David Hockney and studied at Chelsea School of Art. His works include 'Still Life With Dagger', 'Sweet Bowl' and 'After Lunch'. What is the name of this artist, who won the Turner Prize in 1987 and died in 1995?

Patrick Caulfield

19.One of the largest toy manufacturers in the world, it was founded by Henry and Helal Hassenfeld in 1923. What is the name of this company ,whose products include Mr Potato Head , GI Joe and My Little Pony ,amongst others?


20.His most 'famous' work is The Origin of the Knights of Bath,he became poet laureate when he was 30 years, the youngest ever. Which 18th century poet gained this distinction?

Laurence Eusden

21.Sao Miguel,Pico and Terceira are the largest islands in which
archipelago,situated in the Atlantic Ocean?

The Azores

22.His conquests have included the Golden Gate Bridge,The Eiffel Tower and the Petronas Towers. What is the name of the renowned French climber, nicknamed 'Spiderman' for his reputation of climbing without ropes and who also suffers from vertigo?

Alain Robert

23.What is the capital city of ,the former Soviet state, Turkmenistan?


24.Used everyday in hospitals and at doctors' surgeries, for what is a sphygmomanometer, used to measure?

Blood Pressure

25.In 'Peter and the Wolf,by Russian composer,Sergei Prokofiev,each animal is represented by an orchestral instrument.Which instrument,traditionally, represents the Wolf?

French Horn(s)

26.Which son of Gengis Khan,succeeded his father in 1229 and became the second 'Great Khan',of the Mongol Empire?

Ogedei Khan

27.Andrew Lloyd Webber has won an Oscar for best original song in Evita (1996) . Name of the other two musicals for which he has also received an Academy Award nomination?

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) Phantom of The Opera (2004)

28.Which chemical element is represented on the periodic table by the letter 'V'?


29.Who is the only FIFA World player of the year that has never played at a World Cup Finals?

George Weah

30.What is the name of the Christian denomination founded in Switzerland in 1693 by Jakob Ammann?


31.What name was given to the followers of a 14th century political and religious movement,led by John Wycliffe?


32.Winning in 1902 in the category of physiology or medecine for his work on malaria,who became the first British person to be awarded a Nobel Prize?

Ronald Ross

33.With four category wins,which film,along with 'The King's Speech', picked up the most awards at the 2011 Academy award ceremony?


34.Which is the first chemical element,by atomic number,whose chemical symbol, is also an American state code abbreviation?

Neon (atomic number 10 - NE is zipcode for Nebraska)

35.Which one colour is common to the flags of Jamaica,Syria and the Bahamas?


36.Produced by Italian brandy producer Arturo Vaccari, which yellow liquer named after a war hero, is a blend of herbs and fruits such as star anise and juniper?


37.Which unit of weight is equal to 1/7000th of a pound?

A Grain

38. Which word, familiar to generations of British soldier, derives from a Hindustani word for home ?


39.England played many of its early football international games at cricket grounds,but which was the first football stadium to host an England international football game (a stadium still in use today)?

Bramall Lane

40.The Golan Heights form a rocky plateau, that serves both as an area of strategic importance and as a popular tourist attraction.In which country is this area situated?


41.Maglev is currently the system used by the World's fastest commercial train,the Shanghai Maglev.For which two words is Maglev an abbreviation`?

Magnetic Levitation

42.Which American photographer was noted for his black and white depictions of the American West including the work 'Moon and Half Dome' and was also the pioneer of the Zone System photography technique?

Ansel Adams

43.Which team won the last ever East German football league title in 1991?

FC Hansa Rostock

44.Instrumental in retaining the right of Scottish banks to issue their own notes in 1826,who appears on every Scottish bank note?

Sir Walter Scott

45.Often referred to as the 'Father of Geometry',which Greek mathematician wrote his influential work 'Elements' in circa 300BC?


46.In which modern day country can Mount Sinai,the location where Moses received the Ten Commandments, be found?


47.Element 112 was previously known as ununbium until February 2010,when it was renamed after which scientist,on the 537th anniversary of his birth?

Nicolaus Copernicus (Copernicium)

48.Which Graham Greene novel features the character James Wormold,a vacuum cleaner salesman,who becomes caught up in the world of espionage?

Our Man in Havana

49.The first country to allow female Members of Parliament,which country was also the first European country to allow women to vote in parliamentary elections?


50.Based in Kazhakstan,it is the world's largest and also first space launch facility.It was where Sputnik 1 and Luna 1 launched and also saw Gagarin in Vostok 1 become the first man in space. What is the name of this facility, originally called Leninsk?

Baikonur Cosmodrome

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Thursday Quiz 58

Here's my next set


1.Which Shakespearean character shares the name with the second largest moon of Uranus?


2.Which Japanese composer is particularly famous for his film soundtracks,including 'Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence'(1983),'The Last Emperor'(1987) and 'Snake Eyes'(1998)?

Ryuichi Sakamoto

3.Founded in 1997,it is now published in seven languages and has around 450,000 e-mail subscribers.The 'ZENIT' new agency aims to represent the views of which Christian denomination?

Roman Catholic

4.Within the arts in the UK,what position has been held,most recently, by Trevor Hands (1986-1991),Adrian Noble (1991-2003) and Michael Boyd since 2003?

Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company

5.Making their debut at the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix,which country became the most recent to provide a driver in a Formula One race?

Russia (Vitaly Petrov)

6.Who was the British Prime Minister during the short reign of King Edward VIII?

Stanley Baldwin

7.Famous for developing the 'Android' mobile operating system,they are sometimes referred to as the 'OHA'.Which three-word name is given to the consortium of several companies,including, HTC,Motorola,Samsung Electronics and T-Mobile,which aims to develop open standards for mobile devices?

Open Handset Alliance

8.The Troodos Mountains are the location of the highest peak,whilst the Pedieos is the longest river.In which European country can these geographical features be found?


9.Which island nation located in the central Atlantic ocean,is an archipelago of 10 islands,with Santiago being the largest in terms of area and population?

Cape Verde

10.Only two men have been nominated for acting Academy Awards in five different decades.Unsurprisingly,Jack Nicholson is one,but who is the other?

Michael Caine

11.Based on a Gregory Maguire novel of 1995,which musical by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman explores the relationship between the misunderstood character Elphaba and the ambitious,glamourous character,Galinda Upland?


12.Augusta Ada King,Countess of Lovelace,was best known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical computer, the analytical engine.Her mother was Anne Isabella Milbanke,but which poet,was her famous father?

Lord (George) Byron

13.Almost totally destroyed in 1887 by earthquake,it was its country's capital until 1997.The city of Almaty is the largest city,in terms of population,of which former Soviet state?


14.Sharing a name with a US state capital,which battle of 1776 saw George Washington command his first military action on American soil?

Battle of Trenton

15.Originally formed in 1995 as 'Kara's Flowers',which American pop/rock band,fronted by Adam Levine,have sold more than 15 million albums worldwide,with their releases, 'Songs About Jane'(2002),' It Won't Be Soon Before Long'(2007) and 'Hands All Over'(2010)?

Maroon 5

16.A 19th century American campaigner for women's rights and dress reforms,she founded the feminist paper 'The Lily' in 1849.In pursuit of dress equality,she is best known for wearing 'trousers for women',(which would later bear her name).What is this campaigner's name?

Amelia Bloomer (trousers known as Bloomers)

17.Which American statesman and soldier,was commander-in-chief during the Texan War,where his army defeated the Mexicans at the 1836 Battle of San Jacinto,paving the way for the Republic of Texas to become an independent country?

Sam Houston

18.Receiving an Honorary Academy Award in 2004,which American directed,amongst others,the films 'Breakfast at Tiffany's','Days of Wine and Roses' and the 'Pink Panther' series of films,starring Peter Sellars?

Blake Edwards

19.An Italian Jewish chemist and writer,he wrote novels, short stories, essays, and poems.He is best known for writing 'If This Is a Man',an account of the year he spent as a prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp.What is this writer's name?

Primo Levi

20.Beating Argentina 3-1 in the final,which country won the Davis Cup in December 2011?


21.Known for containing temple pyramids and the largest known Meso-American ballcourt,which ancient Mexican city served as the Mayan capital of the Yucutan peninsular,between (circa)the 11th and 13th centuries?

Chichen Itza

22.Used extensively in the cosmetic and health care sectors,by what name is the yellow waxy substance,secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals,usually referred?


23.Occupying most of the eastern part of the country,which historical province of the Czech Republic includes the cities of Brno,Ostrava and Olomouc?


24.Found in most vertebrates,the are manufactured by bone marrow.By what three-word name are erythrocytes,usually referred?

Red Blood Cells

25.A British literary prize,it is awarded each year,by the Society of Authors,to the best writer,under the age of 35, of a book published in the past year.The winner receives a £12,000 prize,which must be spent on foreign travel.Which British author,born 1874,instituted this award in 1947?

Somerset Maugham

26.Rewarded for its people's brave defence against the Spanish in 1574,which city,(also the birthplace of Rembrandt),became the first Dutch university city in 1575?


27.Which city serves as the capital of the Caribbean nation of Grenada?

St George's

28.In Hindu and Buddhist religious art,it is thought to help with prayer and meditation.Which general shape is represented by 'mandala'?

Circle (circular)

29.A global reality TV franchise,it is known as 'Ich bin ein Star – Holt mich hier raus!' in Germany,'Kandisdjungeln' in Sweden and 'Bobo's in the Bush' in the Netherlands.How is it known in the UK and USA?

I'm A Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here!

30.The French culinary term,'beche-de-mer',refers to the food obtained from which marine animal,found in the South West Pacific?

Sea Cucumber

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Sunday Quiz 56

Hello again and thanks for waiting this week.Unfortunately,things have been a bit hectic this week,but I now have a set of 40 for you to have a go at.

Great to be back at a Grand Prix event this week as it seems ages since my last(in October).

Still waiting for my Brain of Britain date,but should hear soon,as I know I'm definitely on in January.I'll keep you posted.

Back to business(kudos awarded for linking the answers to Questions 26 and 27.I'll post that answer on Thursday).............

1.In December 2011,Brazilian football legend,'Socrates', died following complications from food poisoning.For which football club did he spent most of his career?


2.Mentioned in the New Testament,Simon of Cyrene was the person who helped Jesus carry the cross.In which modern day country could Cyrene be located?


3.What place name is shared by the capital city of Antigua and Barbuda and the capital of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador?

St Johns

4.In the 'Transformers' series of films,toys and TV shows,'Optimus Prime' is the leader of the heroic 'Autobots'.Who is the leader of the evil 'Decepticons'?


5.Winning the Gambrinus liga for the first time in 2011,they made their Champions League debut in the 2011/12 season.In which European country does FC Viktoria Plzen play its domestic football?

Czech Republic

6.In terms of population,which is the largest of the French overseas departments?


7.Famous for its 1854 battle and for its namesake type of hood,in which modern day country can the town of Balaclava be found?


8.Completed in 1986,which two Asian countries are connected by the The King Fahd Causeway?

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

9.A ten-time Grammy Award winner,she gained fame,in the 1970s,as the frontwoman of the funk band Rufus.She has since has a successful solo career and released albums such as 'I Feel for You','Destiny' and 'CK'.By what stage name is the American soul singer Yvette Marie Stephens,better known?

Chaka Khan

10.Its leading members included Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Theodore Rousseau, Jean-Francois Millet and Charles-Francois Daubigny.What name is given to this group of 19th century,French landscape painters,whose name is derived from the village near Fontainebleau Forest, where the artists gathered?

Barbizon School

11.Which US TV sitcom,first aired in 2000,has seen numerous cameo performances during its 11 year history, including Shaquille O'Neal,Alanis Morrisette,Martin Scorcese,Mel Brooks,Ben Stiller,Hugh Hefner and Ricky Gervais?

Curb Your Enthusiasm

12.In 1996 convicted murder Billy Bailey,was executed in the state of Delaware.He is noted as the last person in the United States,to be executed by which method?


13.Prominent during the English Civil Wars,what was the name of the political movement,which emphasised popular sovereignty,equality before the law and religious tolerance, all expressed through their manifesto 'The Agreement of the People'?

The Levellers

14.Which African country links UK top 20 singles for Jimme Rodgers in 1958 and Michael Jackson in 1989?

Liberia (Woman from Liberia and Liberian Girl respectively)

15.Dying in in December 2011,who was the last Prime Minister of (The Socialist Federal Republic of) Yugoslavia,serving between 1989-1991?

Ante Markovic

16.In terms of scheduled passengers carried,which is the largest non-American airline in the world?


17.In October 2004, during a qualifying for the UK Snooker Championship, Jamie Burnett became the first (and so far only) player to achieve what distinction,or record, in a competitive match?

Made a break over 147 (148 vs Leo Fernandez)

18.Extensively used in scientific research due to their ability to regenerate limbs,which species of salamander fails to undergo metamorphosis from its larvae,leaving the adults remaining aquatic and gilled?


19.The main functions of which organ in the human body are: removing old red blood cells,holding a reserve of blood and recycling iron?


20.Literally meaning 'deceive the eye',which French term,describes an illusionistic painting effect,such as painting a ceiling to look as if it is open to the sky?

Trompe L'oeil

21.In 1876,who is reputed to have shot and killed American folk hero,Wild Bill Hickok,whilst playing poker in the Number Ten Saloon,in Deadwood?

(John) Jack McCall

22.Located in modern day Jordan,it is the highest point of the Pisgah range.Which mountain is mentioned in the Bible as the place where Moses was given a view of the Promised Land?

Mount Nebo

24.Named after a British politician and merchant,by what island name was Tuvalu known,prior to its independent status in 1974?

Ellice Islands

25.President of Haiti between 1971-1986,what was the real name of the notorious leader,nicknamed 'Baby Doc'?

Jean-Claude Duvalier

26.How is the character Cio-Cio San referred to,in the title of a famous Puccini opera?

Madame Butterfly

27.Founded in the American inner cities,what name is given to the game in which two long jump ropes turning in opposite directions, are jumped by one or more players simultaneously?

Double Dutch

28.In an attempt by the government to control information getting out of the country,in which Middle Eastern state were iPhones banned from use and import,in December 2011?

29.If someone was to be said to suffer from 'bradycardia',what would be their primary symptom?

(Abnormally) Slow Heart Beat

30.Adapted into a 2010 film starring Tilda Swinton,it tells the story of a fictional school massacre.What is the title of the 2005 Orange Prize (for Fiction) winning book,written by Lionel Shriver?

We Need To Talk About Kevin

31.Usually red in colour,although the Pope always wears white,what is the name of the small skullcap worn by clerics of the Roman Catholic Church?


32.What word connects the US rappers O'Shea Jackson,Tracy Marrow and Robert van Winkle?

Ice (perform under the names Ice Cube,Ice-T and Vanilla Ice respectively)

33.Which Canadian Province,has the country's southernmost point?


34.Which 1874 Thomas Hardy novel tells the love story between Gabriel Oak and Bathsheba Everdene?

Far From The Madding Crowd

35.During which 17th century conflict did the first and second Battles of Newbury occur?

English Civil War

36.Once a very common first name in early medieval times,what is the most popular surname in Spain?


37.Best known for his compositions 'Symphonie fantastique' and 'Grande messe des morts',which French composer was once paid 20,000 francs by Paganini for the piece 'Harold en Italie'?

Hector Berlioz

38.According to Greek mythology,which of Jason's Argonauts was the son of King Aeacus and the father of Greek heroes Ajax the Great and Teucer the Archer?


39.Originally fighting for a seperate state in 1949,it changed its aim in the 1970s to try to force a Federal system.In which country does the guerilla organisation known as the Karen National Union operate?

Burma (Myanmar)

40.Which is the only city to have hosted the World Athletic Championships twice?