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