Thursday, 11 October 2012

Another Update

Unfortunately,due to home and work commitments,I have been unable to produce anything of late.

With this in mind I feel it is probably best to switch to ad 'ad-hoc' quizzes instead of two weekly quizzes,as I cannot always guarantee they will be up.

I do have few ideas for quizzes,so I will be writing in a number of styles (pictures for example) and I will continue to write questions. However,for now,it may be best to check in every week or so for updates.

The other reason for changing to a 'ad-hoc' blog,is that I want to make more time for my own personal quiz revision time,to improve my Grand Prix average in a number of genres.

See you soon

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Sunday Quiz 74

OK, I have a 40 question sports quiz for you tonight.
I hope you enjoy,even if you are not a sports fan. If you are,then this should be a good workout.
I've also,regrettably,removed the facility to leave comments as I think somebody is trying to spoil the site for others.
 Also,for some reason there is quite a gap before you can see these questions. I have no idea why this has happened,but I have not got my usual computer here,soI assume is something to do with the file
Anyway I hope you enjoy this batch  (somewhere below!)............................

1.One of the few top players to play with long sleeves,he has the nickname ‘The Matchstick’. Which Dutch darts player partnered Raymond Van Barneveld to win the inaugural PDC World Cup of Darts in 2010?
Co Stompe
2.To  date, five golfers have won a career ‘Grand Slam’ ,by winning the US Masters, US Open, British Open and USPGA Championships. Tiger Woods, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus are three of these players, name either of the other two?
Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan
3.Sounding like a school football team and based in his home city of Rosario,from which Argentine football club did Barcelona sign Lionel Messi at just 11 years of age? 
Newell's Old Boys
4.Reaching the semi-final of the Snooker World Championship in 2000 and 2001,which Northern Irish player is nicknamed ‘The Outlaw’?
Joe Swail
5.In March 2012,Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar created history by becoming the first cricketer to score 100 international Test centuries.Against which national team,did he score his first in August 1990?
6.In road cycling,three races  make up the ‘Grand Tours’.The Tour de France and Giro d’Italia are two,but which European race is the other?
Vuelta a Espana

7.At the 1984 Los Angeles Games,she became engaged in a tight contest  with Ecaterina Szabo of Romania.Which American became the first female gymnast from outside Eastern Europe to win the Olympic all-around title?
Mary Lou Retton
8.At which weight category did Tyrell Biggs,Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko all win Olympic Gold medals?
Super Heavyweight
9. Known as Shuttlecock or Featherball in the West,what is the name of the traditional Asian game in which players aim to keep a heavily weighted shuttlecock in the air using their feet and other parts of the body (but not hands)?
10. Franziska van Almsick,from Germany,has the distinction of receiving the most career Olympic medals (10) without ever winning a gold medal. Appearing  between 1992 and 2004,in which sport did she compete?
11.Which of the legendary  French tennis players known as ‘The Four Musketeers’,was the only one not to win a Grand Slam singles title,although he did win 10 Grand Slam doubles titles?
Jacques Brugnon
12.Inspired by LeBron James,which US basketball team won their second NBA title in 2012,beating Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1?

Miami Heat

13.Surpassing Viv Richards’ 30 year old achievement,which Pakistani batsman,in 2006, hit a world record 1788 Test runs in a single calendar year?

Mohammed Yousuf

14.Baseball was eliminated from the Olympic programme after being an official event between 1992-2008. Which Asian country won that final 2008 competition and Gold medal,in Beijing?
South Korea
15.Who is the only non-German (male) football player to receive a FIFA World cup medal as a winner, runner-up and third place?
Franco Baresi
16.In cycling,what is the distance,in metres,of a lap of an Olympic standard velodrome?
250 Metres
17.Today the term is used to describe its country’s competitors in a variety of sports.What two-word name was originally  given to the 1920s athletes Hannes Kolehmainen, Ville Ritola and Paavo Nurmi ,due to their dominance in middle and long distance running?
Flying Finn(s)
18.In Judo grading,what colour belts denotes the highest ranks of ninth and tenth dan?
Red (not Red and White)
19.Winning 3 Gold,2 Silver and 1 Bronze medal,which African nation finished highest on the official IOC 2012 Olympic medal table?
South Africa
20.Founded in 1953 by Michael Kogan,which Japanese video game developer and manufacturer,created the original 'Space Invaders' coin-operated arcade game?
21.Based on an infamous UK event in 1963,it became equally popular in West Germany.Which  board game was created by Bruce Barrymore Halpenny in the early 1970s?
The Great Train Robbery
22.Appearing at three Games,(1992-1998),who is currently the most decorated Winter Olympian,winning 12 medals in total?

Bjorn Dahlie 
23.Acheiving the feat during the 1990s,which American Football team reached a record four consecutive Superbowl finals,but failed to win any?
Buffalo Bills
24.In boardsports,such as surfing,a person who rides their  board with the left leg at the front,,is known as 'regular'.Named after a Disney cartoon character,,what name is given to somebody who rides with their right leg positioned at the front?
25.Only two male skiers (to date) have won  13 World Cup races in a single season.Name either?
Ingemar Stenmark and Hermann Maier
26.The Catalan Dragons are currently the only team in Rugby League’s ‘Super League’ that are based outside of England. In which French city are they based?
27.Invented by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, which Olympic event was created to  simulate the experience of a 19th century cavalry soldier behind enemy lines?
Modern Pentathlon
28.Demolished in 2009,which legendary sports stadium was the former home (at various times) to  NewYork’s Mets and Yankees baseball teams,as well as the Jets and Giants football teams?

The Shea Stadium (officially the William A Shea Municipal Stadium 


29.Captained by Darren Maroon and formed largely of players from inner-city Sydney ,which national Rugby League team,qualified for their first and (so far) only Rugby League World Cup in 2000?
30.Which country provided the winner of the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship in 1959,1960,1966 and 1980?
31.In 2008,he became the first Norwegian to win an Olympic swimming medal.In 2012,he tragically died aged just 26.What is his name

Alexander Dale Oen 

32.Although they have never qualified for the World Cup,they have made the finals of the African Nations Cup 3 times since 2004.Which West African national football team have the nickname, ‘The Squirrels’?
33.The sport’s equivalent of the Ryder Cup,what is the name of the annual USA versus Europe 9-Ball pool tournament?
Mosconi Cup
34.After beating Maragret Court six months earlier,which male tennis player famously lost to Billie-Jean King in a more high profile (and televised) ‘Battle of the Sexes’ exhibition match?
Bobby Riggs
35.Founded in 1902 in The Netherlands,it is a mixed gender team sport similar to netball and basketball.What is the name of this sport,whose name derives from a Dutch word for the sport’s ‘basket’?
36.In 1975 the West Indies won the first ever cricket World Cup.Which team were beaten in the final?


37.One of Australia's premier sporting events,the ‘State of Origin’ is a best-of-three series of rugby league matches between which two states?

Queensland and New South Wales

38.At which racecourse is the Melbourne Cup horse race run annually?


39.A name also used to describe versatile defensive football player,what name is given to  a specialist defensive player on a volleyball team,noted for wearing a different colour jersey to their team-mates?


40.Greg Hancock,Tomasz Gollob and Jason Crump have all been recent World Champions in which motor sport?


Thursday, 20 September 2012

Thursday Quiz 76

Here is another batch for you to have a go at.

I'm on holiday next week, but I will try to provide some sort of quizzing. I do have a sports quiz ready, so you may well get that at some point. I'll keep you posted

Just a quick one. Could you please ask before advertising anything on this site. I'll happily link most relevant/good sites, but books/DVDs/Games/random sites etc I will not,without permission sought

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

1.Polish sportswoman,Natalia Partyka,competed in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2008 and  2012.She won gold at both Paralympics and reached the last 32 in the London Olympic event.In which sport does she compete?

Table Tennis

2.Also known as Forkbeard,he was father of Cnut The Great and son of Harald Bluetooth.Who was the first of the Danish Kings of England?(first name needed)?

Sweyn I

3.Completed in 1997 ,it is an iconic feature of the city's skyline.The observation and telecommunications tower known as the  'Sky Tower',is the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere.In which city is it located?


4.Formed in Sydney in 1991,this five-piece group have acheived sales of over 17 million DVDs and four million CDs.In 2002 they had become the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) most successful pre-school television programme.What is the name of this musical group who are familiar to children throughout the world,particularly on The Disney Channel?

The Wiggles

5.Jamaica broke the world record in the mens 4x100 metre relay at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and the 2009 and 2011 World Athletics Championships.Unsurprisingly Usain Bolt ran in all four races,but which other athlete also represented them in those races?

Michael Frater

6.Established in 1957,which European capital city is home to the International Atomic Energy Agency?


7.Familiar to fans of 'first-person shooter' video games,what is the name of the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government?

Medal of Honor

8.Sharing its name with a 2003 film,nominated for seven Academy Awards,what is the name of the prison central to the 1996 Stephen King novel and 1999 film 'The Green Mile'?

Cold Mountain

9.Created in 1994  by Namco,this fighting video game franchise has become popular across most formats and spawned three films.Its main characters include Heihachi Mishima, Paul Phoenix, Nina Williams and Yoshimitsu and is centred around the 'King of Iron Fist Tournament'.What is the name of this franchise? 


10.Formed in Dresden in 1905,its name is translated into English as 'The Bridge'.
What (German) name was given to the group of German expressionists that included Fritz Bleyl, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner amongst its members?

Die Brucke

11.Located in Harris County in Texas,it is named after a famous 1836 battle.What is the name of the world's tallest memorial?

San Jacinto Memorial

12.Formed in Puerto Rico by siblings Residente and Visitante and PG-13,they are particularly popular across Latin America and  have won two Grammy awards for 'Best Latin Urban album'.With albums including 'Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo' (2008) and 'Entren Los Que Quieran' (2010),which band has won more Latin Grammy awards than any other artist?

Calle 13

13.Existing (approximately) between 100AD and 900AD,the Kingdom of Aksum was noted as a great power and important trading nation.It is one of the believed locations of the Ark of the Covenant and also the purported home of the Queen of Sheba.In which modern day African nation can this Kingdom (now a city) be found?


14.Representing the Sandinista National Liberation Front (albeit under various guises),who originally led Nicaragua between 1985-1990 before returning to power in 2007?

Daniel Ortega

15.According to Thomas Hardy's novel The Return of The Native',they were known as 'black-hearts'.In Scandanavia they are popularly used in pies and in Romania it is uded as a base for the liquer Afinata.Closely related to the blueberry and huckleberry,what name is given to this wild fruit from the Vaccinium genus?


16.With Chur as the capital,it is the largest canton by area and most easterly in Switzerland.Which Swiss canton is the only one where the Romansh language is still spoken?

Graubunden (or Grisons)

17.Despite directing films such as 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes','Bringing Up Baby' and 'Rio Bravo',his only nomination for an Academy Award came in 1942 for 'Sergeant York' .Which American film director did,however, receive and Honorary Academy Award in 1975?

Howard Hawks

18.With a population of around 30,000,which Mediterranean island takes its name from the Arabic meaning 'moutain of Tariq'?


19.In a conflict which saw the Bourbons take on the Prussians and the Austrian Habsburgs,in which decade of the 18th century did the War of Polish Succession take place?

1730s (1733-1738)

20.Of the 5 individual swimming events contested over 200m at an Olympic Games,which has the slowest World record?

200m Breaststroke

21.Which famous Italian was shot and killed outside his Miami home,in July 199, by spree killer Andrew Cunanan?

Gianni Versace

22.Characterised by a milky-white glaze,it is a type of Majolica pottery,specifically from the Mexican city of Puebla.Taking its name from a Spanish city,also known for its ceramics,it is also the name of an 1809 battle of the Peninsular War.What is the name of this Mexican type of pottery?


23.Nominated for an Academy award four times,(including nominations in two different categories in 2002),her best known films include 'Boogie Nights' (1997),The Big Lebowski(1998) and The Hours (2002).What is the name of this actress,who also showed an incredible likeness to Sarah Palin,after portraying her in the television film 'Game Change' in 2010?

Julianne Moore

24.Its first  recipients were Barney Clark and William Schroeder,who survived 112 and 620 days after their respective surguries.Which medical innovation,designed by Robert Jarvik, was first successfully implanted in 1982?

Artificial Heart

25.Named after the 15th century Sultanate that ruled in this area,what is the name of the narrow stretch of water that lies between the Malay Peninsula and the Indonesian island of Sumatra?

Strait of Malacca

26.Previously known as Port Clarence and Santa Isabel,which city,located on Bioko Island,is the capital of Equatorial Guinea?


27.Taken from the Hebrew meaning 'head of the year',which festival,usually occuring in early autmn,celebrates the Jewish New Year?

Rosh Hashanah

28.At the 1987 US Open ,Martina Navratilova became the last player (so far)to win the 'Triple Crown' of singles,doubles and mixed doubles titles at a single tennis Grand slam tournament.Who was her Spanish partner in the mixed doubles event?

Emilio Sanchez

29.Working as a judge on the 2011 French edition of the 'X-Factor',which Corsican musician was a founding member of the pop group 'The Police',replaced by  Andy Summers in August 1977?

Henry Padovani

30.Celebrated each year at the 'place des Cordeliers',for which historical event did the French commune of Annonay become noted in 1783?

First hot air balloon flight  (as demonstrated by the Mongolfier brothers)

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Sunday Quiz 73

Another little workout for you

Have fun...................

1.Best known for his collaborations with composer Burt Bacharach,which prolific American lyricist died in September 2012?

Hal David

2.Inspired by the Vanuatu ritual called 'land diving',which extreme sport was popularised in the 1980s by the New Zealand entrepeneur AJ Hackett?

Bungee Jumping

3.Created by Keenan and Damon Wayans,it was an American comedy sketch show that ran between 1990-1994.It is particularly noted as a show that launched the careers of Jim Carrey,Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Lopez.Shown globally,what was the name of this show?

In Living Color

4.It has the chemical symbol Pr and the atomic number 59.Which rare earth chemical element,discovered in 1885,takes its name for the Greek meaning 'green twin'?


5.In 1978,which Italian Prime Minister was kidnapped and eventually killed by a left-wing group known as the 'Red Brigades'?

Aldo Moro

6.Two UN member countries do not recognise North Korea as an independent state.South Korea,not surprisingly is one,which is the other?


7.Yellow is famously used in the Tour de France,but which colour jersey is worn by the leader of the Giro d'Italia cycle race?


8.Her best selling novel 'The Good Earth',won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 and in 1938 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938.Which prolific US author spent most of her life in China and was also known by the name Sai Zhenzhu?

Pearl Buck

9.His appearances on 'Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew' in the late 2000s would be his final TV 'work'.Which actor,who died in 2011,is best known for playing the character of Bobby Wheeler in the 1970s/80s sitcom 'Taxi' and 'Kenickie' in the 1976 film 'Grease'?

Jeff Conaway

10.Native to South America,they have two species,known as the 'Northern' and 'Southern'.Usually around 40cm in height and 80cm in length,what is the world's smallest deer?


11.Classed as an independent sovereign island nation,it comprises over 600 islands within the four states of Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae.What is the name of this nation?

Federated States of Micronesia

12.Derived from Greek meaning 'fiftieth day',which Christian festival is celebrated 50 days after Easter Sunday?

Pentecost (Whitsun also accepted)

13.On general release in 2012,it was the directorial debut of the actor Ralph Fiennes.Fiennes took the lead role,with Gerard Butler taking the role of 'Tullus Aufidius' and Vanessa Redgrave playing 'Volumnia'.What was the name of this film,an adaptation of a Shakespeare play?


14.Today,it is the 3rd largest region in Ghana and renowned for its gold reserves.It was an Empire between 1670-1902 which fought two wars against the English in the 19th century(,the first of which saw Governor Charles MacCarthy killed).Sharing its name with an American R&B singer,what is the name of this Empire?


15.Bordering French Guiana and Suriname to the North,it is one of Brazil's most northerly states with around 90% of the state covered by Amazon rainforest.Originally known as Portuguese Guiana,by what name is this state known today?


16.Which Caribbean island nation was the birthplace of the pop singer and rapper Nicki Minaj?

Trinidad (and Tobago)

17.Also featured in the title of a work by Handel,which High Priest was instrumental in bringing King Solomon to the throne?

Zadok (the Priest)

18.In 1915 Reuters ran a report claiming two (well-known) scientists were to receive the Nobel Prize for physics.It is speculated that they were not awarded the prize due to their animosity towards each other and instead the award was given to William and William Bragg.Name one of the scientists mentioned on the Reuters report?

Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison

19.Playing 136 times and appearing at the World Cup Finals four times,who has made the most appearances for the Italian national football team?

Fabio Cannavaro

20.Found on the slopes of Mount Parnassus,which Greek town was the home of one of the most important oracles in Greek mythology and is also used as a shrine to the god Apollo?


21.Also the title of a 1998 film starring Rober De Niro,what name was given to a Japanese serf that had fled his master's land or a samurai who had lost his master?


22.Designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau,it was completed in 1993.It is the 7th largest mosque in the world and has the world's tallest minaret.In which country can the Hassan II Mosque be found?


23.Which 19th century Scottish essayist and historian was the subject of the Whistler painting 'Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2'?

Thomas Carlyle

24.Named after the the Titan father of Atlas, Prometheus, Epimetheus, and Menoetius,which is the third largest of Saturn's moons?


25.In the 1923 film 'Safety Last!',Harold Lloyd is seen hanging from a clock attached to the (modern day) International Savings and Exchange Bank Building.In which US city can this building be found?

Los Angeles

26.With many of his works rewritten by the Brothers Grimm,which 17th century French author is most noted for introducing the fairy tale genre,with works including 'Puss In Boots','Little Red Riding Hood' and 'Cinderella'?

Charles Perrault

27.Mostly found in Mumbai,their name literally means 'box person'.What name is given to the workers who collect and deliver lunches from office workers' homes?


28.The subject of a 1996 Schonberg and Boublil musical,his story was also used as a basis of the 1993 film 'Sommersby'.Arnaud du Tilh was famously the imposter of which 16th century French peasant?

Martin Guerre

29.The subject of a painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder,which biblical structure,according to the Book of Genesis,was built on the plains of Shinar?

Tower of Babel

30.Which female American swimmer and backstroke specialist won four gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games,the most of any female swimmer at the Games?

Missy Franklin

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Thursday Quiz 75

Here is Thursday's Quiz

Should keep you busy for a while. I only found Question 1 today,but thought it quite interesting


1.Named after one of the country's most famous sportsmen,which Belgian player,in 2012,won his second 3-cushion billiard World Championship?

Eddy Merckx

2. The two main islands of this archipelago are Graham Island in the north, and Moresby Island in the south.Located on the North Coast of British Columbia,it is also known locally as Haida Gwaii.By what regal name is this archipelago usually known in English?

Queen Charlotte Islands

3.Their EP 'To Mother',reached number one in the UK Indie charts,whilst their 1992 album 'Fontanelle' was,globally, the most commercially successful of this all-girl punk band. Sharing a name with a Laurel and Hardy film,as well as a Victor Herbert operetta,what was the name of this band,which had Courtney Love as a bass player between 1987-1989?

Babes In Toyland

4.Which of Puccini's operas is the Jonathan Larson musical, 'Rent' ,largely based?

La Boheme

5.Sharing a name with a strategy game,what was the name of the 2012 science fiction film,starring Liam Neeson,that also saw Rihanna make her theatrical film debut?


6.The world's richest prize for children's literature is currently awarded annually in Sweden and worth around 5 million Swedish krona.After which native author is it named?

Astrid Lindgren

7.Sounding similar to an exercise class,which city,prior to Lilongwe, served as the capital of Malawi (and Nyasaland before that)?


8.The daughter of a former Spanish Formula One driver,which Marussia Racing Team test driver,in July 2012,was seriously injured at Duxford Aerodrome,resulting in the loss of her right eye?

Maria de Villota

9.Often remembered as the man behind the implementation of apartheid,which South African Prime Minister was assassinated in 1966 by Dimitri Tsafendas?

Hendrik Verwoerd

10.Born in 1891,which American author is known for creating controversial novels including 'Tropic of Cancer','Tropic of Capricorn' and 'Black Spring'?

Henry Miller

11.Directed by Don Siegel and shot at Folsom State prison,which 1954 prison drama was banned in the UK upon its initial release?

Riot In Cell Block 11

12.Established in 1962,they were formed as an elite counter-guerilla force that could operate from the sea,air and land.Originally made up of the US navy's underwater demolition teams,how is fighting force usually known today?

(US Navy) SEALs

13.Flying aboard Soyuz 28, Vladimir Remek became the first non Soviet or American to be launched into space.Which country does he now represent in the European Parliament?

Czech Republic

14.Which word can be a model of Porsche car,a type of chili pepper or the capital of French Guiana?


15.With former players including Laurent Blanc,Eric Cantona and Carlos Valderama,which French football team won its first ever Ligue 1 Championship in 2012,beating Paris St Germain by 3 points?


16.It is the closest airport to San Marino (which has no airport of its own).Which Italian film director is honoured at this airport in Rimini?

Federico Fellini

17.Named after a German physicist who described it in 1852,what name is given to the curved motion of a spinning ball as seen in many sports,especially racquet sports?

Magnus Effect

18.Four of the first five US Presidents were all born in which US state?


19.In 1998,which Canadian author wrote the novel 'Girlfriend In A Coma',named after a 1987 single by The Smiths?

Douglas Coupland

20.In May 2012,Keira Knightley became engaged to the musician James Righton.Of which Mercury Music Award-winning band is he a member?

The Klaxons

21.Currently head coach of the Racers Track Club,who is the successful coach of Usain Bolt?

Glen Mills

22.Also the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte,which city is both the largest and the capital of Corsica?


23.Founded in 1907 it was renamed in 1951.Its name is derived from the Japanese kanji's meaning 'Osaka engine manufacture'.Mostly known for its smaller models and off-road vehicles,which is Japan's oldest car manufacturer?


24.A Greek heroine,she refused to marry any man unless he could beat her in a foot race.Who was the only female argonaut?


25.Constructed during the mid 10th century by Badis ben Habus,it now stands as a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Andalucian city of Granada.Which name,literally translated in English as 'the red one',also shares its name with a model of car made by SEAT?


26.According to Forbes magazine,which NFL Quarterback was rated as the highest paid American football player between June 2011 and 2012,earning an estimated $42.4 million?

Peyton Manning

27.What name,shared by an Olympic event, was given to the alleged German plan to assassinate Stalin,Churchill and Roosevelt at the 1943 Tehran Conference during World War II?

Operation Long Jump

28.Set over three decades in the life of the Marryott family,which Noel Coward play was adapted into a 1933 film,that went on to win the Best Picture Academy Award?


29.Her most famous work is 'Gigi',upon which the Lerner and Loewe musical is based.By what one-word name is this French author and performer,born with the first name Gabrielle,more commonly known?


30.Which 1945 Alfred Hitchcock film is noted for having a 'dream sequence' created by Salvador Dali?


Sunday, 9 September 2012

New- Sunday Quiz 72

Well I'm back at last with some new questions to keep you busy.

As usual there are 30 of them.The next 30 will appear on Thursday night.

This set has probably a slightly higher 'trash' element than normal,but I hope that doesn't spoil your enjoyment too much.

1.With both areas surrounded by a British Overseas Territory,Ormidhia and Xylotymvou are exclaves administered by which country?


2.Also a noted dramatist,which 17th/18th century architect is best known for his designs of Castle Howard and Blenheim Palace?

John Vanbrugh

3.Discovered in 2005,Dysnomia is a moon that orbits which dwarf planet?


4.Located in Arizona and northern parts of Mexico,which desert is the only place in the world where the famous Saguaro cactus,(which grows up to 70 feet high),can be found growing in the wild?

Sonoran Desert

5.He was assassinated in 1978 as part of the Saur Revolution.Which statesman,in 1973, overthrew the monarchy of his cousin, Mohammed Zahir Shah,declaring himself as the first President of Afghanistan?

Mohammed Daoud Khan

6.Receiving the award for a 2002 film,who is the youngest actor to win the Best Actor Academy Award?

Adrien Brody (for 'The Pianist')

7.Formed in 2009,they are an off-shoot from the band.The Raconteurs,and have released albums entitled 'Horehound' and 'Sea Coward'.What is the name of this band,whose members include Jack White and lead singer Alison Mosshart?

The Dead Weather

8.The famous boxers,Laszlo Papp,Floyd Patterson and Michael Spinks,all won Olympic Gold medals at which weight?


9.A soft silvery metal it has the atomic number 58.Which chemical element is named after the dwarf planet discovered in 1801 by Giuseppe Piazzi?

Cerium (after Ceres)

10.Connecting the Adriatic Sea with the Ionian Sea,which Strait seperates Italy from Albania?

Strait of Otranto

11.Adapted into a 2012 blockbuster film,which American author created 'The Hunger Games' trilogy of novels?

Suzanne Collins

12.Arriving in Paris in 1904,he refused to work with Auguste Rodin,saying 'no-one could flourish under a big tree'.Which Romanian sculptor created pieces including 'The Kiss' ,'Bird In Space' and 'Sleeping Muse'?

Constantin Brancusi

13.Published and developed by Konami,it is a popular video game franchise,known in Japan as 'World Soccer:Winning Eleven'.How is this franchise better known outside of Japan?

Pro Evolution Soccer

14.This comic book superhero has the alter-ego Clint Barton and was played on screen by Jeremy Renner in the 2012 film 'The Avengers'.What is the name of this character,who may also be familiar to tennis fans?


15.The small European state of Andorra,is governed by a co-principality.The incumbent President of France is one of the 'co-princes' ,but which religous leader,whose diocese also includes part of Catalonia,is the other?

Bishop of Urgell (currently Joan Enric Vives Sicilia)

16.Julius Nyerere International,serves as which African country's principal airport?


17.Which South African writer,winner of both the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Booker prize (twice),has written novels including 'The Life and Times of Michael K','The Master of Petersburg' and 'Diary of a Bad Year'?

JM Coetzee

18.Originally created by Norbert Jacques and inspired by characters such as 'Fu Manchu' and 'Fantomas', what was the name of the fictional villain that became the subject of three films by Fritz Lang?

Dr Mabuse

19.The Absheron Peninsula extends around 37miles (or 60km) eastwards into the Caspian Sea. It is also forms the most easterly section of the Caucasus Mountains.It is a region of which capital city,that has an estimated (2010)population of 2.1 million?


20.The UPC-Arena in Graz,Austria,is the home of the city's top two football clubs and has also hosted World Cup qualifying games.Between 1995-2005 it was known by what name,dedicated to one of the country's most famous exports?

Arnold Schwarzenegger Stadium

21.Generally described as 'indie rock' they are a Boston band formed in 1986.Their albums include 'Doolittle'(1989),'Bossanova' (1990) and 'Trompe Le Monde' (1991) and their most well known single is,perhaps,1989's 'Monkey Gone To Heaven'. What is the name of this group,whose line-up includes Black Francis,Kim Deal,Joey Santiago and David Lovering?

(The) Pixies

22.What is the name of the 7th cenutry BC Athenian lawmaker,widely known for his harsh laws and particularly remembered for creating the first written constitution of Athens?

Draco (where the term 'Draconian' is derived)

23.Preceeding Helen Clark in the role,who,in 1997 became noted as the first female Prime Minister of New Zealand?

Jenny Shipley

24.A Polish athlete,she competed at 5 Olympic Games between 1964 and 1980,winning 7 medals, (3 of them gold).She is also the only athlete(male or female) to have broken the world record in the 100m,200m and the 400 m events.What is her name?

Irena Szewinska

25.Featured in the centre of its coat of arms,it dominates the skyline of the capital,Yerevan.Which biblical location is seen as the national symbol of Armenia?

Mount Ararat

26.What was the surname of the father and son who won the Nobel Prize for Physics 53 years apart,in 1922 and 1975 respectively?

Bohr (Niels and Aage respectively)

27.Bounded on the east by the Canadian province of Ontario and on the west by the US state of Michigan,which is the second largest,in area, of the five 'Great Lakes'?

Lake Huron

28.In the human body,what common name is usually used to describe the zygomatic bone?

Cheek Bone

29.Promising Martin Luther safe conduct if he would appear,which Holy Roman Emperor presided over the 1521 Diet of Worms?

Charles V

30.She was the equivalent of the Greek goddess Hecate and her name may be very familiar to quiz enthusiasts.Who,in Roman mythology,was the goddess of sorcery and witchcraft and 'was seen only by the barking of dogs who told of her approach'?


Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Some new Questions !

I have produced a set of 64 Quiz League style/standard questions.

Although there are a few British specific questions,the majority should be accessible for all readers.

As mentioned before,the usual Sunday /Thursday quizzes will be back in early September.

I hope you enjoy this batch.............

1a.Which British architect designed the Crystal Palace for the 1851 Great Exhibition?

Joseph Paxton

1b.What is the penultimate Book of the Old Testament?


2a.Kingstown is the capital city of which Caribbean nation?

St Vincent and the Grenadines

2b.In the human body, what is the more common name for the calcaneus?

Heel Bone

3a.Which Serbian partnered Britain's Jamie Murray to win the 2007 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title?

Jelena Jankovic

3b.What was the (first) name of the Greek kebab shop owner character, made famous by Harry Enfield during the 1980s?


4a.Which 2001 film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Josh Hartnett is centred around the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu?

Black Hawk Down

4b.Killed by Achilles,who,in Greek mythology, was the son of King Priam,husband of Andromarche and brother of Paris?


1a.What is the penultimate letter of the Greek alphabet?


1b.With its major characters including John Harmon, Bella Wilfer and Nicodemus 'Noddy' Boffin, which was the last completed novel of Charles Dickens?

Our Mutual Friend

2a.Which chemical element with the atomic number 110,is named after city in the German state of Hesse?


2b.The remains of the 13th century theologian St Thomas Aquinas, can be found in French city on the banks of the River Garonne?


3a.Nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in the same year, which female singer/songwriter and former BRIT school graduate released the album 'On A Mission' in 2011?

Katy B

3b.Entering the qualifying rounds of the 2012-13 Europa league, in which European football league does the team Floriana play?


4a.Resulting in Scottish independence, which English King was defeated by Robert the Bruce at the 1314 Battle of Bannockburn?

Edward II

4b.On which island in the North Atlantic are the three highest peaks known Pico Ruivo,Torres and Areeiro?


1a.What was the occupation of Harry Enfield's 1980s TV character known as 'loadamoney'?


1b.Which Academy award nominated lyricist co-wrote lyrics to the Andrew Lloyd-Webber musicals 'Phantom of the Opera' and 'Aspects of Love'?

Charles Hart

2a.What was the one-word title of Ian McEwan's 1998 Booker Prize winning novel?


2b.Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen was the Queen consort of which British monarch?

William IV

3a.Which city is home to the headquarters of the International Red Cross?


3b.Which ratite, native to the tropical forests of New Guinea ,is the third tallest bird, behind the ostrich and emu?


4a.Which well known European mountain peak was conquered in 1865 by the English party led by Edward Whymper?


4b.Defined on Oxford as 'a distinguishing badge or emblem of military rank or membership of an organisation', which word is a model of a car made by Vauxhall?


1a Which of the US Presidents was the first to be born in the 20th century?

Lyndon B Johnson

1b.Set as horizontal bands, which three colours are used on the flag of Lithuania?

Yellow, Green and Red (top to bottom)

2a.Give a year in the life of the artist Hieronymous Bosch?


2b.Which Dane partnered Britain's Jonathan Marray to win the 2012 Wimbledon Mens Doubles title?

Frederik Nielsen

3a.Within which UK national park is the Arthur Ransome novel ,'Swallow and Amazons', primarily set?

Lake District

3b.Releasing his 17th studio album, which American singer and songwriter reached number one in the UK album charts in 2012 with the album entitled 'Wrecking Ball'?

Bruce Springsteen

4a.Also a brand of aftershave made by Yves Saint Laurent, what name is given to a sculptured representation of a youth, found in Ionic architecture?


4b.With Ahmed Abdallah as its first President, which small African country, in 1975, declared its independence from France?


1a.A regular on British TV between the 1960s and 1990s,who wrote the lyrics to the Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical 'Starlight Express'?

Richard Stilgoe

1b.Give a year in the life of the artist known as El Greco?


2a.Defined on Oxford as 'the process or result of joining two or more things together to form a single entity', which word is a model of a car made by Ford?


2b.Taken from the Greek meaning 'solid beam', what is the SI unit of a solid angle?


3a.Part of the Gennargentu Ranges, on which Mediterranean island is Punta La Marmora, the highest peak?


3b Who was the first British Prime Minister to be born in the 20th century?

Alec Douglas-Home

4a.In 1975,which London Underground station was the scene of a tube train crash, killing over 40 people?


4b.Which 2007 film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Denzil Washington is based around the real life criminal career of Frank Lucas?

American Gangster

1a.Reaching number one in the UK album charts in 2012,which British singer and songwriter released his 11th studio solo album entitled 'Sonik Kicks'?

Paul Weller

1b.Written for his ballet 'Romeo and Juliet', which Russian composer composed 'The Dance of the Knights', used as the theme tune to the UK TV version of 'the Apprentice'?

Sergei Prokofiev

2a.Caroline of Ansbach was the Queen consort of which British monarch?

George II

2b.Also the title of a computer company, what is the name given to a building material made from sand, clay, sticks, straw and water, which is then shaped into bricks and dried in the sun?


3a.What is the penultimate Book of the New Testament?


3b.Which city is home to the headquarters of the World Bank?

Washington DC

4a.Containing vital antibodies, what is the name of a mother's first breast product following a birth, which occurs before the milk flow begins?


4b.The recipient of multiple MOBO and Brit awards, which British rapper was also nominated for the 2011 Mercury Music Prize for his album 'Disc-Overy'?

Tinie Tempah

1a.Which of Charles Dickens' novels is the only one to have a female narrator?

Bleak House

1b.Which chemical element with the atomic number 67,is named after a Scandinavian capital city?


2a.Author of important 8th century text , 'The Ecclesiastical History of the English People', in which Northern England cathedral are the remains of Venerable Bede located?


2b.Which British architect designed London's Regent's Park, Regent Street and Marble Arch?

John Nash

3a.Entering the qualifying rounds of the 2012-13 Europa league, in which European football league does the team Asteras Tripoli play?


3b.Basseterre is the capital city of which Caribbean nation?

St Kitts and Nevis

4a.Following the capybara and beaver, which animal, whose name is derived from the Middle French for 'spined pig', is the third largest rodent?


4b.What is the 3rd letter of the Greek alphabet?


1a.The name is familiar in the world of mobile phones, what is the SI derived unit of electrical conductance?


4b.The 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury saw which King of England claim the final victory over the House of Lancaster?

Edward IV

2a.Set as horizontal bands, which three colours are used on the flag of Estonia?

Blue, Black and White (top to bottom)

2b.What was the one-word title of AS Byatt's 1990 Booker Prize winning novel?


3a.Adapted from Handel's 'Zadok the Priest', it which English composer wrote the Anthem for the UEFA Champions League?

Tony Britten

3b.On which Suffolk river is John Constable's iconic painting, 'The Haywain' set?


4a.In Greek mythology who was the twin sister of Helen and wife of Agamemnon?


4b.In 1954,Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli,became the first climbers to reach the summit of which well known mountain?


Wednesday, 6 June 2012

2012 Results.

Despite there only being a few entries this year,I can now announce the official results of the 2012 Fantasy WQC competition.

Congratulations to Nic Mortimer on taking this year's prize.

1.Nic Mortimer                      28pts
2.Rob Hannah                       24
=3 Paul Philpot                      22
=3 David Stainer                   22
=5 Dave Bill                         20
=5 Michael McPartland         20 

Monday, 14 May 2012

Hello again.................

Just to keep you updated.....

For various reasons I have had very little time or opportunity to write any new sets and to update my site

However,I intend to restart with new batches of questions as of Sunday 10th June

In the meantime,I will be putting up compilation/revision sets on Thursdays and Sundays.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support of this blog/site


Thursday, 26 April 2012

Thursday Quiz 74

Here is a set of WQC-type 'Low Brow' or 'Trash' questions  (sport,entertainment,lifestyle etc)


1.Played on a board of eight ranks by twelve files,what name is given to the German variant of chess,that takes its name from the German word for a chess bishop?

Courier Chess

2.Which Dutch sounding surname links the American golfer 'Bo',currently ranked in the World's Top 50,the siblings from the Peanuts comic strip,'Linus,Lucy and Reun' and the character 'Grace' played by Amanda Righetti in the US TV drama series 'The Mentalist'?

Van Pelt

3.In Ice hockey,in addition to scoring a goal and recording an assist,what would a player need to do to complete a 'Geordie Howe' hat-trick during a game?

Get into a fight

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

FC Hansa Rostock

5.Best known for his role as Cliff Clavin in US sitcom 'Cheers', who provides the voice of 'Hamm the Piggy Bank' in the film Toy Story 3?

John Ratzenberger

6.Which pop superstar performed as a dancer with French disco artist,Patrick Hernandez,as well as performing vocals in the bands 'The Breakfast Club' and'Emmy', before signing a record deal with Sire records in 1981?


7.With types such as coronary,ureteral and prostatic,what name is given to the artificial tube,inserted into a natural passage in the body to 'prevent, or counteract, a disease-induced, localised flow constriction'?


8.American astrophysicist,cosmologist and Nobel Laureatre George Smoot III won US$ 1 million in 2009 on which US TV quiz show?

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

9.With examples and collections found in books such as 'The Blue Cliff Record' and 'The Book Of Equanimity',what is the name of the fundamental teachings of Zen Buddhism,designed to expose the limitations of the mind, as in the example,'Two hands clap and there is a sound; what is the sound of one


10.Founded in 1912 and closing in 1935,this 'slapstick' film studio, produced silent pictures that started the careers of Harold Lloyd,Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle ,amongst others.It also produced a namesake act.What is the name of these studios,based in Edendale,California?

Keystone Studios

11.'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' is an American reality television series that premiered in 2007 and has led to several spin-off shows.It follows the daily lives of American socialite Kim Kardashian and her family.Featured in the show,who is her famous father-in-law,an Olympic Gold Medal winning athlete from the 1976 Games in Montreal?

Bruce Jenner

12.Founded in Milan in 1910,which car manufacturer,with models including the Giulietta,Spider and Brera,is noted for being the make of car, in which the Italian driver ,Giuseppe Farina, won the first Formula One championship in 1950?

Alfa Romeo

13.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?


14.Used in many parts of South Asia,which word or term,refers to a series of steps leading down to a water body,usually a holy river?


15.Traditionally this two word term refers to a fight involving three or more combatants, that is fought until only one fighter remains is used in  combat sports,but the term has a specific meaning, depending on the sports being discussed.It was also used in the title of a cult 2000 film by Kinji Fukasaku.Which term?

Battle Royal(e)

16.In 2000,the Dutch rock festival,'Pinkpop',was the first major public event to provide what resource for women?

Female Urinals

17.Best known for the design of the Sydney Opera House,architect Jorn Utzon,also created which Middle Eastern country's National Assemby building?


18.Which EU capital city's metro system includes the stations  Opera,Oktogon,Astoria and Stadionok?


19.Usually served with sushi,which root,also known as Japanese horseradish,belongs to the same family as cabbages, horseradish, and mustard?


20.He is head of  the film music division at Dreamworks Studios and has composed over 100 film scores.What is the name of this prolific German composer,who has written scores for film such as Gladiator,Inception,The Lion King and Frost/Nixon?

Hans Zimmer

21.Syreeta Wright was a Grammy nominated,American singer and songwriter who died in 2004.She is particularly noted for her collaborations with Billy Preston and which other music 'superstar',whom she was married between 1970 -1972?

Stevie Wonder

22.Selling more than 30 million records,she is among the most successful recording artists of all time in France. She also holds the record for the most number one hits in the French charts (which began in 1984), with twelve to date, eight of which were consecutive.Her most notable songs include 'Sans contrefacon', 'Libertine' and 'California'.Who is this prolific performer?

Mylene Farmer

23.The basis for several television series,films and even a theme park in Naantali, Finland,the 'Moomins' series of books and comic strips are the creation of which Swedish-Finn illustrator and writer?

Tove Jansson

24.His surname is familiar to astronomers.Playing for the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys,which American football linebacker,is noted as the only player to have won 5 'Superbowl' championships,doing so between 1989-1995?

Charles Haley was invented by naval engineer Richard James in the 1940s and first shown in Gimbel's department stores in has been used by NASA for experiments in zero-gravity and by John Cage in his 1959 'Sounds of Venice'.What is the name of this toy,which may be familiar to fans of the 'Toy Story' films?


26.Playing at the highest level in France, Italy and Spain for over 15 seasons,he was a World Cup winner in 1998 and European Championship winner two years later.Having recorded an impressive 142 appearances,who is the most capped player in the history of the French national football team?

Lilian Thuram

27.Slowly cooked at the table,in a mixture of soy sauce,sugar and minin,what meat is traditionally used in the Japanese Winter dish 'Sukiyaki'?


28.Which of the 'Seven Wonders of The Ancient World',would be located in the Turkish city of Bodrum,if it was to exist today?

Mausoleum of Halicarnassus

29.Awarded the prize for his performances in 1984,1985,1988 and 1992 films,which US actor holds the unenviable record, of receiving most Golden Raspberry Awards in the category of Worst Actor?

Sylvester Stallone

30.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