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?