Sunday, 29 January 2012

Sunday Quiz 60

Here's your Sunday night/Monday morning quiz.

If you are interested,I am on 'Brain of Britain' on BBC Radio 4 Monday 30th Jan at 3.00pm GMT (or catch me on i-player -UK only). It only took me 4 years to get on.

Anyway enjoy this set.........

1.Which is the largest city in England,in terms of population,that has not provided an English Premier League football team?


2.Preventing damage to leaves in hot weather,which process,similar to evaporation,describes the loss of water vapour from a plant?


3.Founded in 1284 by Hugo de Balsham, Bishop of Ely,what is the oldest and smallest of Cambridge's traditional colleges?


4.Made by Imperial Tobacco,which global cigarette brand was named after the last Dutch Director-General of the colony of New Netherland,which would later become New York?

Peter Stuyvesant

5.Lasting between c.3200BC-c.539BC,it was located in the south west of modern day Iran.What name was given,in antiquity,to the area that saw Susa as its main city and stretched from Babylonia in the east to Persepolis in the west?


6.The sovereignty of the South Kuril Islands is an on going dispute between Russia and which other country?


7.With the atomic number 92,which metallic element was discovered by Martin Heinrich Klaproth,in 1789,in the mineral pitchblende?


8.It was created as a contingency in the event of a catastrophy destroying the presidential line of succession.Which two-word term is used in the United States to describe a member of the Cabinet, who is appointed to be at a physically distant, secure and undisclosed location when the president and the country's other top leaders are gathered at a single location?

Designated Survivor

9.The smallest of the Mascarene Islands,Rodrigues is a dependency of which African country?


10.Winning 8 in total,which female American athlete holds the record for winning the most Gold medals at the World Athletics Championships?

Allyson Felix

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


12.Spanning the borders between Pakistan, India and China,in which mountain range can the world's second highest peak,K2,be located?

Karakoram Range

13.Occuring in January 2012,in which sea just off the shore of Isola del Giglio,did the ill-fated 'Costa Concordia' ocean liner,run aground and capsize,resulting in at least 16 deaths?

Tyrrhenian Sea

14.Mrs Johnstone and her twins Mickey and Edward are major characters in which long-running West End musical?

Blood Brothers

15.Located between the Chukchi and Beaufort seas,it is the most northern point of the United States.Named after a 19th century English statesman and geographer,what is the name of this headland?

Point Barrow

16.Slain by Perseus,which of the Gorgons in Greek mythology was the only mortal?


17.With a name in common with a German composer,which French statesman was instrumental in the creation of both NATO and the European Union?

Robert Schuman (although composer is spelled Schumann)

18.What was the name of the Dominican monk,whose sale of indulgences, provoked Martin Luther to publish his Wittenberg theses?

Johann Tetzel

19.Often compared to the friendship shared by Achilles and Patroclus,what was the name of the Macedonian General and closest friend of Alexander The Great,who died suddenly at Ecbatana?


20.Lionel Messi has won the prestigous FIFA 'Ballon d'Or' football award, (sometimes referred to as the European Player of The Year), for the past three seasons.Prior to Messi,who was the last Argentinian footballer to receive the award?

Alfredo di Stefano

21.An important step in the British acquisition of Bengal,it took place on the banks of the Bhagirathi River.Which 1757 battle saw a decisive British victory,led by Robert Clive over Siraj ud Daula,the Nawab of Bengal?

Battle of Plassey

22.Equal to one thousandth of a nanosecond, what is the unit of time equal to one trillionth of a second?


23.One of the earliest surviving works of literature in the world,which epic poem from Mesopotania tells the story of a titular king of Uruk and his quest for immortality?

The Epic of Gilgamesh

24.Starring Dennis Farina and Dustin Hoffman,it is centred around the world of horse racing.What is the name of this US TV drama series,that was first premiered in January 2012?


25.Known as the 'Pious',which son of Charlemagne became the second Holy Roman Emperor in 813?

Louis I

26.Which British author,born in 1928, is particularly noted for his 'Porterhouse Blue' and 'Wilt' series of novels?

Tom Sharpe

27.Serving as President between 1954-1989,he was eventually ousted by a coup d'etat led by General Andres Rodriguez.Of which country was Alfredo Stroessner the longest serving South American President in history?


28.Founded in 1795 and named after a kind of porridge,it is noted for its burlesque musicals and annual 'Man and Woman of the Year' awards.Former members have included Theodore Roosevelt,Randolph Hearst and Jack Lemmon.What is the name of this Harvard theatrical society,the oldest of its kind in America?

Hasty Pudding

29.Which of the Four Gospels of the New Testament,is not regarded as a 'synoptic' Gospel?


30.To date he is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature.Who,in 1907 ,also became first English-language writer to receive the prize?

Rudyard Kipling

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Thursday Quiz 62

I'm finally back.

Thanks for waiting.I've had a hectic (and slightly ill) start to the year.

Anyway here is your next set of 30. I hope you enjoy.......................

1.Used in making cocktails such as the Margarita, White Lady, and Cosmopolitan,what flavour is the liqueur known as 'Triple sec'?


2.Premiered in 1893 under the baton of Richard Strauss,the opera 'Hansel and Gretel' gave fame to which German composer?

Engelbert Humperdinck

3.Used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II,which Benjamin Britten opera depicts the declining relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and the Earl of Essex?


4.Which of William Shakespeare's plays has John Gower as its narrator and features the female characters Dionyza,Thaisa and Marina?

Pericles,Prince of Tyre

5.Nicknamed 'The Eagles of Carthage',which national football team created history at the 1978 World Cup finals in Argentina, by becoming the first African side to win a World Cup (finals) match, beating Mexico 3–1?


6.Positioned in the far south of the country,the city of Aqaba is well known today as a diving and beach resort.Located within its namesake Gulf,it is also the only seaport to be found in which Asian country?


7.With an atomic number of 61,what is the name of the chemical element which has the symbol Pm?


8.First used in 1906,the Wassermann test,is used to diagnose which disease?


9.'La Comedie Humaine' is a title given to the large body of work by which noted 19th century French novelist and playwright?

Honore de balzac

10.In which US city are the TV shows 'Frasier',Grey's Anatomy' and 'Reaper' all set?


11.Which number links the element roentgenium ,Admiral Nelson and the emergency services in New Zealand?

111 (One hundred and eleven - 111 is a known as a 'nelson' in cricket)

12.A four-time Winter X Games gold medalist,she was a pioneer of the 'superpipe' skiing event.Which Canadian skier,one of the favourites for Gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics,was tragically killed in January 2012,following a training accident?

Sarah Burke

13.What is the name of the German mathematician and astronomer, who is best known for his sixteenth century eponymous laws of planetary motion?

Johannes Kepler

14.Named in honour of the second son of King George III,what is the capital city of the Canadian province of New Brunswick?


15.Used in many conflicts between the 15th and 17th centuries,what type of weapon was an 'arquebus'?

Firearm (forerunner of the musket)

16.Founded in 2005 by Kim Dotcom (born Kim Schmitz),which one of the internet's largest file-sharing sites was closed by the US Department of Justice on the grounds of copyright infringement and internet piracy in January 2012?


17.After convincing his friend Achilles to let him don his armour and lead the Myrmidons into combat,which son of Menoetius was slain by Hector,later resulting in Achilles avenging his death?


18.In physics,what two-word term is described as the speed needed to 'break free' from a gravitational field without further propulsion?

Escape Velocity

19.Playing a key role in ensuring a happy ending,in which of Charles Dickens' novels do the 'Cheeryble twins' appear?

Nicholas Nickleby

20.Since 1938, the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra has maintained a ban on performing which well known, 19th century composer's work,due to his association with anti-semitism?

Richard Wagner

21.Which historical figure married the 14 year old Elizabeth Marchant de Saint-Michel in 1655?

Samuel Pepys

22.During which decade did Martin van Buren,William Harrison,John Tyler,James Polk and Zachary Taylor all serve as President of the United States?


23.Which Jewish festival commemorates the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt?


24.Including,amongst others, Oceanus, Hyperion, Coeus and Cronus,what name was given to the race of powerful deities and descendants of Gaia and Uranus, that ruled during the legendary Golden Age?


25.Which acid,a form of Vitamin C,takes its name from the Latin phrase,meaning 'no scurvy'?

Ascorbic Acid (a scorbutus)

26.Depicted in Picasso's famous painting,in which of Spain's autonomous communities can the town of Guernica found?

Basque Country

27.Which spice of the ginger family and the world's third most expensive,shares a name with hills in Southern India and a mountain range in South West Cambodia?


28.Composing the song 'Al Otro Lado del Río' from The Motorcycle Diaries,Jorge Drexler became the first (and so far only) recipient of an Academy Award from which South American country?


29.Located to the south east of the Bay of Bengal,which sea is found to the south of Burma,the west of Thailand and the north of Indonesia?

Andaman Sea (accept Burma Sea)

30.Announced in January 2012,which Martin Scorcese adventure film was awarded 11 Academy nominations,the most of any of the year's nominated films?


Sunday, 22 January 2012

I'm back on Thursday!!!

Finally feeling better so I can now concentrate on writing questions.

I certainly need to practise,if my showing at Saturday's Oxford Buzzer Quiz is anything to go by. (Great event by the way,even if it was extremely tough).

Once again thank-you for being patient in the past couple of weeks.


Sunday, 8 January 2012

Sunday Quiz 59

Here's your next batch


1.In January 2012,the 'Ramnit' worm,stole more than 45000 logins and passwords belonging to which social networking website?


2.Used primarily during the Middle Ages,what name was given to the weapon, which consisted of a spiked metal ball-on-a-chain?


3.In 1929 George Arliss became the first British actor to win an Academy Award.He received the award playing the role of which British Prime Minister,in a film of the same name?

(Benjamin) Disraeli

4.Fought between forces from the United States and the United Kingdom,the War of 1812 is so called,because of the year it started.In which year did it end?


5.Only two English players have played in Italy's top tier of football,Serie A,in the 21st century.David Beckham is one,who is the other,an England international who played for Perugia in the 2003-04 season?

Jay Bothroyd

6.Spending his working life as a lens grinder,which 17th century Dutch philosopher is best known for his posthumous magnum opus,entitled 'Ethics'?

Baruch Spinoza

7.Which Physicist won the 1922 Nobel Prize for physics for 'his services in the investigation of the structure of atoms and of the radiation emanating from them'?

Nils Bohr

8.Also known as the 'Citizen King',he reigned between 1830-1848.What is the name of the last king to rule France?

Louis Philippe I (Emperor Napoleon III was the last monarch,but not the last

9.Making its debut in 2011,which female singer became the first winner of the American version of 'The X-Factor' and in doing so,received a $5million recording contract?

Melanie Amaro

10.Nicknamed 'The Munch',which American session musician is best known for his role as primary bassist for The Rolling Stones,since Bill Wyman's departure in 1993?

Darryl Jones

11.Which contagious (primarily childhood) disease,has the medical name 'epidemic parotitis'?


12.Led by President Anote Tong,in which Pacific island state is 'The Pillars of Truth',the ruling political party?


13.First coined by J. D. Scott,the literary editor of The Spectator in 1954,what 'unoriginal' name was given to describe the group of English writers including Kingsley Amis, Philip Larkin, Donald Davie, D.J. Enright,Elizabeth Jennings and Robert Conquest?

The Movement

14.Following the method of her torture,the martyr St Apollonia,is now regarded as the patron saint of people suffering from which painful complaint?


15.Portraying the characters Stephanie Zinone and Michael Carrington,who played the lead roles in the 1982 film sequel 'Grease 2'?

Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield

16.In office between 1845-1849,which US President was nicknamed 'Young Hickory',because he was a particular protege of 'Old Hickory' Andrew Jackson?

James Polk

17.Prior to joining the Euro in 2009,what was the currency used in Slovakia?


18.Which Islamic militant group is named after the Pashto word for 'Students'?


19.In which of Shakespeare's plays does the character Petruchio,win a bet that his wife is the most docile?

The Taming of The Shrew

20.Housing one of the most extensive collections of artworks by Pablo Picasso,in which Spanish city can the Museo Picasso be found?


21.Bounded by the Balkan Mountains to the north,and the Aegean Sea to the south,in which modern day country can the majority of the historic region of Thrace be found?


22.Located in the Himalayas in Western Tibet,it is a Holy mountain,visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.Loosely translated in English as 'jewel of the snow' ,it is sacred to followers of Buddhism,Jainism,Hinduism and Bon-po.What is this mountain's common name?

Mount Kailash

23.From which Leonard Bernstein musical is the hit Broadway song 'New York New York' taken?

On The Town

24.Sworn into office in March 2010,he was instrumental in the rescue of the miners at the 2011 Copiapo disaster.Who is the current President of Chile?

Sebastian Pinera

25.Which British author wrote the noted works of poetry,'Spirits in Bondage' and 'Dymer' ,under the pseudonym of Clive Hamilton in 1919 and 1926 respectively?

CS Lewis

26.Founded in 1905,which American magazine is noted for writing the headline,'Egghead Weds Hourglass',following the marriage of Arthur Miller to Marilyn Monroe in 1956?


27.Who was the last German football player to score in a FIFA World Cup Final?

Andreas Brehme

28.The title is inscribed in French at the top left corner of the painting.Which French artist created the famous piece of work 'Where Do We Come From?What Are We?Where Are We Going?'?

Paul Gauguin

29.What generic name was given by Allied forces in the South Pacific during World War II,to any (of approximately a dozen) English-speaking female broadcasters of Japanese propaganda?

Tokyo Rose

30.Formed in 1987,which American hip hop trio,best known for their 1989 album '3 Feet High and Rising', comprises the members Kelvin Mercer, David Jude Jolicoeur and Vincent Mason?

De La Soul

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Thursday Quiz 61

Unfortunately I cannot make the January Grand Prix event in Coventry,so I would like to wish those of you attending the best of luck.

Maybe this set will help.................

1.At the 2012 PDC World Darts Championship,which Australian player reached the semi-final of the competition,making him the most successful non-British player?

Simon Whitlock

2.The oldest person to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature,she is also the last British recipient,collecting the award in 2007.Who's best known novels include 'The Grass is Singing','The Golden Notebook' and the collection 'Canopus in Argos'?

Doris Lessing

3.Which Venetian opera librettist and poet,wrote librettos for 28 operas for 11 composers,most notably Mozart's,'Don Giovanni','The Marriage of Figaro' and 'Così fan tutte'?

Lorenzo Da Ponte

4.Which US state has the longest coastline of any of the 48 contiguous states?


5.The Central Broward Regional Park is a sports stadium located in Lauderhill, Florida.It is the only professional stadium in the USA that is dedicated to which sport?


6.Fought in 1066,which historic battle took place at a village near York, where King Harald III of Norway (Hardrada) and Tostig Godwinson, (his English ally), fought and defeated the Northern Earls Edwin and Morcar?

Battle of Fulford

7.In mathematics,which Greek letter represents the SI prefix of 'micro' (or one millionth),the Mobius function in Number Theory and the coefficient of friction in physics?


8.In terms of population ,which is the smallest country where Portuguese is the official language?

Sao Tome and Principe

9.Located in the Amhara Region,it is the source of the Blue Nile.What is the name of the largest lake in Ethiopia?

Lake Tana

10.Produced by Glen A.Larson,the TV comedy show 'BJ and the Bear' was aired between 1979-1981.It was centred around a trucker named 'BJ' and his pet companion 'Bear'.Named after an Alabama football coach,what type of animal was 'Bear'?


11.The Mount Rushmore monument lies near the town of Keystone,in which US state?

South Dakota

12.Which multi-national Japanese electronics company,was the result of a 1939 merger between the companies Shibaura Seisakusho and Tokyo Denki?


13.Located in the Jotunheimen mountain area,which mountain is the highest peak of Norway, Scandinavia and Northern Europe?


14.Which basis scientific unit,equal to 3.26 light years, is used to measure large astronomical distances?


15.In 2011,which female pop singer supported her 11th studio album 'Aphrodite',with a World Tour of the same name?

Kylie (Minogue)

16.Holding the position between 1999-2008,who was the Prime Minister of New Zealand prior to John Key?

Helen Clark

17.In the 2010 film,'The King's Speech',which royal figure was played by Michael Gambon?

King George V

18.In Greek mythology,which King of Troy was husband to Queen Hecuba and a father to,(amongst others),Hector,Paris,Helenus and Cassandra?

King Priam

19.The title of a song on the Paul Simon album 'Graceland',the 'Gumboot' is a dance that was used by miners as a means of communication,.In which African country did it originate?

South Africa

20.The younger brother of Ridley Scott,what is the first name of the English film director whose films include 'Top Gun','Crimson Tide' and 'True Romance'?

Anthony (or Tony )Scott

21.Assuming the role of a Force Recon Marine called 'Alcatraz',which first-person shooter PC title,according to technology blog 'TorrentFreak',was the most pirated game of 2011,with over 3 million illegal downloads?

Crysis 2

22.In computing,a gigabyte is defined as one billion characters of information.Which term,abrreviated to 'EB' is used to describe one billion,billion characters of information?


23.Air France Flight 4590 was the last and fatal flight of the Concorde aircraft.Departing from Charles de Gaulle International Airport,which US airport was its intended destination?

John F. Kennedy International Airport

24.Alphabetically,which of the African capital cities comes last?


25.A Canadian born author,he won both the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Pulitzer Prize in 1976.Most famous for the 1975 work 'Humboldt's Gift',his work also includes 'Henderson the Rain King' and 'Herzog'.What is the name of this author who died in 2005?

Saul Bellow

26.Three chemical elements have symbols that are consecutive letters.Manganese (Mn) is one,name either of the other two?

Cadmium (Cd) and Nobelium (No)

27.The current World Record holder for the men's 50m and 100m freestyle,he is also the defending Olympic and World champion over the shorter distance.What is the name of Brazil's most successful male swimmer,who controversially competed at the 2011 World Swimming Championships,despite failing a drugs test earlier in the year?

Cesar Cielo

28.Adapted into an eight-part TV series in 2011,what is the name of the multi-award winning novel,by Australian author Christos Tsiolkas, that is centred around the controversial subject of striking a misbehaving child?

The Slap

29.Translated in English as 'Wild Beasts',which short-lived,early 20th century art movement ,was led by Henri Matisse and Andre Derain?

Fauvism (or Fauvres)

30.Which Archbishop of Canterbury presided over the (British) coronations of both King William IV and Queen Victoria?

William Howley

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Sunday Quiz 58

Happy New Year to you all and thanks again for your support with the site.

Just one minor change (basically due to a variety of commitments).I will be printing 30 questions on Sundays instead of 40,although Thursdays will remain at 30.

Here is the first of the year.

I hope you enjoy.............

1.Following the death of his father earlier in the month,who in late December 2011,was officially declared the new Supreme Leader of North Korea?

Kim Jong Un

2.Bordering Michigan,Indiana,Kentucky,West Virginia and Pennsylvania,which US state was the first to be admitted to the Union during the 19th century and the 17th admitted overall?


3.In 1942,which group of Alaskan islands,became the only part of the United States to be officially occupied during World War II?

Aleutian Islands

4.Returning to power in December 2011,she originally became her country's first female Prime Minister in 2006.Of which Commomwealth country is Portia Simpson-Miller the current political leader?


5.Using pelota,roller hockey and taekwondo,which was the last Summer Olympic Games to showcase 'demonstration sports'?

1992 Barcelona

6.The third largest company listed on the London Stock Exchange,which bank was founded in 1865 by Sir Thomas Sutherland?

HSBC (Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation)

7.Only two artists (to date) have both won the Turner Prize and been selected to exhibit at the Tate Modern Gallery's 'Turbine Hall'.Name either?

Anish Kapoor and Rachel Whiteread

8.With a population of around 58,000,which American territory,located north of Tonga,includes the main island of Tutuila,the Manu'a Islands,Rose Atoll and Swains Island?

American Samoa

9.Forming part of the international border between Latvia and Belarus,it also flows through parts of Russia.What is the name of this 1000km long river,which also flows through the Latvian capital of Riga?

Daugava River

10.The Abraj Al-Bait Towers,hold several world records,including the tallest hotel in the world,the tallest clock tower in the world, the world's largest clock face and the world's largest building floor area.It is also the second tallest (inhabited) building in the world. In which country is it located?

Saudi Arabia

11.Which international political leader was assassinated in 1995 by Yigal Amir?

Yitzhak Rabin

12.She first came to prominence in 1925 with her publication of poetry entitled 'Enough Rope.Since then she went on to write further poetic collections as well as writing plays.She also received Academy Award nominations for her 1937 screenplay 'A Star is Born and the 1941 film 'Smash Up,The Story of a Woman'.What is the name of this American writer,poet and satirist who later became 'blacklisted' from Hollywood due her Communist associations?

Dorothy Parker

13.Won by the Russian athlete Gulnara Samitova-Galkina,which athletics event made its debut for women at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing?

3000m Steeplechase

14.Playing the role of Jeffrey Goines,for which 1995 film,inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 short film 'La jetee',did Brad Pitt earn his first Academy Award nomination?

Twelve Monkeys

15.Which of the Ivy League universities lies furthest south?

University of Pennsylvania

16.The Treaty of which European capital city was used to end the Seven Years' War,the Crimean War and the Spanish-American War?


17.Taken from the Latin word for 'rustic',which poetic form is described as nineteen lines long, consisting of five stanzas of tercets,followed by one concluding quatrain?


18.Named after the Greek navigator that discovered it,the Juan de Fuca Strait separates which two countries?

USA and Canada

19.Which TV and film producer,thought to be one of the most successful of all time,has created blockbuster films including Beverley Hills Cop,Top Gun,Con Air and Armageddon?

Jerry Bruckheimer

20.Achieving it in the vehicle named 'Spirit of Australia',which world record,still standing today,was broke by Ken Warby in New South Wales,in 1978?

Water Speed Record

21.Which country's internet domain code is shared by the chemical symbol for maganese?

Mongolia (mn)

22.Which King of England was nicknamed the 'Be-shitten' in Ireland,after his abandonment of his Irish supporters following the Battle of the Boyne?

James II

23.Of the many moons of Uranus named after characters from Shakepspeare's plays,which is the only one to take its name from the play 'Hamlet'?


24.Al Jolson was born in the town of Seredzius in 1886.In which modern day European country is it located?


25.In Judaism,what is the name of the nine-branched candelabrum lit during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah?

Menorah (accept Hanukiah)

26.The subject of a play by Sophocles,which Greek hero killed Paris with Heracles' sword?


27.A theological position concerning the relationship between 'the Creator' and the natural world,which religious philosophy,found in the 17th century,uses Thomas Paine's 'The Age of Reason' as one of its main texts?


28.Which 1981 song by 'The Who',became the first song to be played more than once on MTV?

You Better You Bet

29.In the novel by Charles Dickens,what name is given to the mother of David Copperfield who dies just after the birth of her second child?

Clara Copperfield

30.Chinese mythology has Chi You,Egyptian mythology has Anhur and the Aztecs have Huitzilopochtli.Of what,are these deities collectively associated?