Monday, 27 February 2012

Sunday Quiz 64

I should be back in sync now.

Enjoy this batch of questions.........................

1.At the 2012 Academy Awards,which actor,at the age of 82,became the oldest recipient of an acting award for his role in the film 'Beginners'?

Christopher Plummer

2.Sometimes known as the 'maanhaar jackal',what is the common name of the small, insectivorous hyena, native to Eastern and Southern Africa?


3.Within the pollen reproducing organ of a flower,the stamen consists of an anther and which other component,taking its name from the latin name for 'thread'?


4.The eldest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert,she was created Princess Royal of the United Kingdom in 1841.She became German Empress and Queen of Prussia by marriage to German Emperor Frederick III.What was the first name of this figure?

(Princess) Victoria

5.In a career spanning five decades,he has won a record 79 Grammy nominations.What is the name of this record producer,conductor and composer,who is particularly noted for producing Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' album?

Quincy Jones

6.Which South African author won the Booker Prize in 1983 and 1999,as well as receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003?

JM Coetzee

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

Ogedei Khan

8.Ratified in 1948,what is the SI Base unit of luminous intensity?


9.Driving for the 'Williams' team,what is the name of the last non-European to win the Formula One World Drivers' Championship?

Jacques Villeneuve

10.Part of the early 20th century group of writers known as 'The Lost Generation',which American author,completed four novels before his death in 1940,including 'Tender Is The Night','This Side Of Paradise' and 'The Beautiful And Damned'?

F.Scott Fitzgerald

11.Dastar,Pheta and Mysore Pheta are all styles of which piece of religious clothing?


12.Originally entitled 'The Roly-Poly Pudding',it was the sequel to the Beatrix Potter book 'The Tale of Tom Kitten'.By what more popular title was the book republished in 1926?

The Tale of Samuel Whiskers

13.Which musical instrument has the Italian name 'fagotto',tranlsated in English to mean a 'bundle of sticks'?


14.Nicknamed 'The Green Island',which is the largest and most populous island in Portuguese Azores archipelago?

Sao Miguel

15.Closely resembling gold,it takes its name from the London clockmaker that invented it.Which two metals make up the alloy known as 'pinchbeck'?

Copper and Zinc

16.Which SI unit is defined as 'the point immediately above absolute zero,where all atomic activity ceases'?


17.Fought between 470 Vortrekkers and over 10,000 Zulus in 1838,on which river did the so called 'Battle of Blood River' occur?

Ncome River

18.The name refers to the animal they bore on their flag.What title was given to the heir apparent,to the throne of France from 1350 to 1791 and from 1824 to 1830?


19.Behind Harvard and Yale,which is the third oldest of the US Ivy League universities?

University of Pennsylvania

20.In which of Puccini's operas do the main characters 'Rodolfo' and 'Mimi' appear?

La Boheme

21.If silence is zero decibels and 'ordinary conversation' is 60 decibels,what level is the sound of a pin dropping,(to within 5 decibels)?

20 Decibels

22.In 1688 John Dryden was dismissed as Poet Laureate,after he refused to swear an oath of allegiance to King William III.Which writer and literary enemy of Dryden,known for the play 'Epsom Wells' and the poem 'Dear Pretty Youth',became his successor?

Thomas Shadwell

23.As told in the Old Testament book of the same name,who was the governor of Judea under Artaxerxes I ,who rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem in c.5BC?


24.Releasing her debut album 'Arular' to critical acclaim in 2005,she is best known for her 2007 single 'Paper Planes',which received worldwide success.What is the stage name of the British singer,songwriter and rapper Mathangi Arulpragasam?


25.What two-word name is shared by the horse that won the 2002 Epsom Derby and the 1960s/1970s US TV series centred around an Arizona ranch,starring Leif Erickson and Cameron Mitchell?

High Chaparral

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


27.What is the name of the protagonist character that appears in the Franz Kafka novels 'The Trial','The Castle' and 'A Dream'?

Josef K

28.Still holding one of the oldest athletics world records,Stefka Kostadinova claimed the high jump record of 2.09 metres at the 1987 World Athletics Championships in Rome.What is her nationality?


29.Its name translates as 'crossroads' in English.Which French-owned global hypermarket chain,is currently the third largest retail group in the world,(behind Wal-Mart and Tesco),in terms of profit?


30.A member of the House of Hanover,what was the first name of the eldest son of King George II and father to King George III?

Frederick (Louis)

Friday, 24 February 2012

Thursday Quiz 66

Thanks for waiting,here is your Thursday Quiz as promised.

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

1.Announced as a saint by Pope Benedict XVI in February 2012, Kateri Tekakwitha became the first figure,from which ethnic group,to be venerated by the Roman Catholic Church?

Native American (Algonquin and Iroquois Native )

2.Growing up in a family of successful performance artists,she is the daughter of country music singer Naomi and the sister of Wynonna.She is best known for an acting career,including the films 'Ruby In Paradise','High Crimes' and 'Kiss The Girls'.She is also noted for her humanitarian work and for her marriage to the racing driver Dario Franchitti.What is the name of this American actress born in 1968?

Ashley Judd

3.Victorious on each occasion against the New England Patriots,what is the name of the New York Giants Quarterback,who won the award for 'Most Valuable Player' at both the 2008 and 2012 Superbowl finals?

Eli Manning

4.Behind Los Angeles,which is the second most populated city in the US state of California?

San Diego

5.In October 2011 Specific Media and which Emmy and Grammy award-winning artist,took over as the major shareholders of the social networking website 'MySpace'?

Justin Timberlake

6.Sometimes known in Spanish as the 'Mar de Hoces',it is more commonly associated with an English explorer.What is the name of the body of water between the southern tip of South America at Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica?

Drake Passage

7.Used in the formation of soap,what is the name of the chemical process, in which a certain molecule is split into two parts by the addition of a molecule of water?


8.Performing as part of a duet with Neneh Cherry,he reached number three in the British singles chart in 1994,with the song '7 Seconds'.Which Senagalese singer and songwriter entered the race for the 2012 Presidential election, competing against Abdoulaye Wade?

Youssou N'Dour

9.Which name,originally used sparingly as a male forename,became popular as a female forename,due to the popularity of Charlotte Bronte's second published novel?


10.At the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta,athlete Michael Johnson completed an individual gold medal-winning double by claiming both the 200m and 400m titles.Which European athlete duplicated this achievement,(in the womens 200m and 400m),at the same Games?

Marie-Jose Perec

11.Sharing the award in 2007,which was the last organisation to win The Nobel Peace Prize?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

12.According to Greek legend,the 'Nine Muses' were the daughters of Zeus and which titaness,the daughter of Gaia and Uranus?


13.Which is the only George Lucas film in which he directed,wrote,produced and appeared in?

Star Wars Episode III (Revenge of the Sith

14.With the atomic number 98,what is the only chemical element to be named after a state of the USA?


15.Containing Japan's second largest island, Hokkaido and Russia's largest island, Sakhalin,which sea,located in the western Pacific,lies between Russia in the north and the Kuril islands in the South?

Sea of Okhotsk

16.He received 3 Grammy Awards whilst in his tenth decade.He also became the oldest recipient of the award,when winning the 2011 'Best Traditional Blues Album' for 'Joined at the Hip',which he recorded with Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith,aged 97. What this the name of this Blues legend?

Pinetop Perkins

17.Which four-word term is shared by an ancient Chinese military treatise,attributed to Sun Tzu , the only historical work by Niccolo Machiavelli to be printed during his lifetime and a 1997 album by rap group 'Bone Thugs-n-Harmony'?

The Art of War

18.First published by DC comics during the mid-1980s,its main characters include Ozymandias,Doctor Manhattan, The Comedian,Nite Owl and Rorschach.Later adapted into a 2009 film,what is the title of this comic book series,created by Alan Moore,Dave Gibbons, and John Higgins?


19.Inspiring a 1960 Canadian TV series of the same name,her first book,'Minnow On The Say',was published in 1955.She is equally noted for her second book 'Tom's Midnight Garden',published in 1958.What is the name of this noted British author?

Philippa Pearce

20.Within 1 degree either way,on which line of latitude does Reykjavik, the world's most northerly sovereign state capital,lie?

64 Degrees (8 Seconds) North

21.In golf,who was the last European player to win the US Masters title?

Jose Maria Olazabal (1999)

22.Which type of precious gemstone is the 'Olympic Australis',the world's largest and most valuable?


23.Produced by the liver of most vertebrates,it aids the process of digestion of lipids in the small intestine. In many species,it is stored in the gallbladder and upon eating is discharged into the duodenum.What is the common name for this fluid?

Bile (or Gall)

24.Also known as a card security code,the CVV number,is found on the reverse of most (if not all) credit and debit cards.Relating to the last 3 digits located across the signature strip,for what does the acronym ‘CVV’ stand?

Card Verification Value

25.After serving just 6 months as Vice-President,who became US President,following the assassination of James Garfield? Chester A Arthur
26.Appearing in many films since 1990,from Super Mario Bros to Carlito's Way,he is perhaps best known for his role as Toulouse-Lautrec in the 2001 film Moulin Rouge.In early 2012,which American actor was cast as 'Derek Trotter' in the American remake of the British BBC sitcom, 'Only Fools and Horses'?

John Leguizamo

27.According to the (English) title of an opera by Bizet,how are the characters Nadir and Zurga referred?

The Pearl Fishers

28.Named in honour of the Greek hero who is believed to have found Mount Vesuvius,which ancient Roman town,located in the Campania region,was destroyed,along with Pompeii,following the 79AD eruption?


29.Personally ordered by Adolf Hitler and planned by Major Harald Mors,The Gran Sasso raid (or Operation Eiche),was a 1943 mission by German paratroopers, to rescue which political leader?

Benito Mussolini

30.Separated from the Iberian peninsula by the Strait of Gibraltar,what is the name of the autonomous city of Spain,which is also an exclave on the north coast of North Africa,surrounded by Morocco?


Sunday, 19 February 2012

Sunday Quiz 63

Here is your Sunday/Monday morning dose.

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

1.An American tenor and character singer,he played a record-breaking 2928 times at New York's Metropolitan Opera,over 56 years.He also performed with many of the world's biggest opera names over his vast career.What is the name of this man,who died in February 2012,aged 82?

Charles Anthony

2.In the structure of the European Parliament,Germany are allotted the most seats with 99.They are then followed by France,Italy and the UK with 72 each.Two countries come next on the list with 50 seats each.Name either?

Spain and Poland

3.Excluding any 'lost plays',which is the only one of William Shakespeare's plays that has not been adapted for film or television?

Two Noble Kinsmen

4.Most people are aware of its neighbouring country's President,but who is the current President of South Korea,serving in the role since February 2008?

Lee Myung-bak

5.Won by Simon Whitfield of Canada and Brigitte McMahon of Switzerland in their respective events,at which Summer Olympic Games did the Triathlon make its debut?

2000 Sydney

6.According to Greek mythology,who was the King of Thebes,husband to Jocasta and killed by his son Oedipus?


7.Although they were seperated for 28 years they never divorced.Which painter,in 1918,married Olga Khokhlova, a ballerina with Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes?

Pablo Picasso

8.Founded by Welsh businessman John Hughes in 1869,it has had the previous names Yuzovka, Staline and Stalino.Which city,the centre for the country's steel and coal industry,is also the 5th largest city in the Ukraine,by popualtion?


9.Taken from the Spanish meaning 'snow-covered',which word can describe a US state or a range of mountains in Spain and western North America?


10.An iconic structure,it is the most northen of the Las Vegas 'Strip' hotels and also home to the tallest observation tower in the United States.Sharing its name with a layer of the atmosphere,what is the name of this hotel,casino and tower complex?


11.After Oxygen and Silicon,which is the 3rd most abundant chemical element in the Earth's crust?


12.A Hebrew word meaning 'ascent',' it is spelt almost the same as that of an American R&B singer,tragically killed in a plane crash in 2001.What name is used to describe the immigration of a Jews to the Land of Israel?


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


14.Located on the Gulf of Guinea,it was founded in the 18th century by the Ewe people.Which city serves today as the capital of Togo?


15.Although the musical film,'Mary Poppins',won awards for the 'Best Actress' and 'Best original Song',which other musical collected the 'Best Picture' award (amongst others) at the 37th Academy Awards,honouring films made during 1964?

My Fair Lady

16.Located in the Pacific Ocean,it gained full independence under the 1986 'Compact of Free Association' .Which is the only sovereign nation state that does not have any record, (according to FIFA), of any national association football team?

Marshall Islands

17.Which prolific and popular American writer of the early 19th century,is particularly noted for writing the historical novels known as the 'Leatherstocking Tales', featuring the protagonist frontiersman Natty Bumppo?

James Fennimore Cooper

18.Serving between 1889-1893,which US President was both preceeded and succeded by Grover Cleveland?

Benjamin Harrison

19.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

20.Led by the title character,which group,in children's literature, contains the members Tootles,Nibs,Slightly,Curly and The Twins?

The Lost Boys (from Peter Pan)

21.Synonymous during the Middle Ages with anyone associated with Islam,what name was used by the ancient Romans,to refer to people who lived in desert areas in and around the Roman province of Arabia?


22.Originally used as a shipping way-station,due to its position halfway between the Strait of Gibraltar and the Suez Canal,which Mediterranean island was ceded to to Britain at the Treaty of Paris in 1814?


23.Meaning 'scribe' in Sanskrit,what name is given to the descendants of King Chitragupta,considered to be one of the highest of the Hindu castes?


24.Speaking generally,the Stanford-Binet scale is used to measure what capacity in human beings?


25.After Honduras became independent,it shared capital city status with Tegucigupla until 1880.It is also noted for its wealth of Spanish Colonial architecture and is home to the oldest cathedral clock in the Americas.What is the name of this city,which made headlines in February 2012,when a fire killed 350 inmates at its main prison?


26.At which annual European film festival is the prestigious 'Golden Bear' awarded as a prize for the best film?


27.Written by Acker Bilk for the clarinet,which instumental piece of music,in 1962,became the first British recording to reach number one on the US 'Billboard Hot 100' chart?

Stranger On The Shore

28.Which of Henry VIII's wives was the first cousin of Anne Boleyn?

Catherine Howard

29.With a small part located in Greece,its highest peak is known as Golyam Perelik.In which country do the vast majority of the Rhodope Mountains lie?


30.It is a cemetery for American servicemen,killed during World War II,mostly at the Battle of the Bulge.It is probably best known as the site of General George S Patton's grave.Located near to Findel Airport,in which European capital city,is the cemetery located?

Luxembourg City

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Thursday Quiz 65

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Back to business. Enjoy.......................

1.In February 2012,which snack company was bought from Procter and Gamble by the Kellogg Company for 2.7billion US dollars?


2.Which Belgian writer is best known for his creation of the detective Jules Maigret?

George Simenon

3.Serving for the nearly ten years,between March 1940-December 1949,he was considered,by historians,as a major figure in the history of the New Zealand Labour Party.He was in office longer than any other New Zealand Labour Prime Minister and is,to date ,the country's fourth longest serving Prime Minister.What is his name?

Peter Fraser

4.Fought in the French province of Gascony,which was the last battle fought between English and French forces during the Hundred Years' War?

Battle of Castillon

5.At the 2003 Rugby World Cup (and still held today),Australia broke the record for the biggest winning margin at a finals tournament.Which African team did they beat 142-0?


6.In the US,the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway,consists of two parallel bridges crossing Lake Pontchartrain.The longer of the bridges has a place in the 'Guiness Book of Records' as the longest continuous bridge over water.Starting at Metairie at the north and Mandeville at the south,in which southern US state is it located?

Louisiana (close to New Orleans)

7.In units of length a chain is a measurement of 66 feet.What logical name is given to a 100th part of a chain?


8.LG is a global Korean electronics company that was formed (largely) by the amalgamation of two smaller companies.Lucky was one company,which was the other,a brand particularly popular in 1980s America?


9.Popular in Europe and Latin America,it boasts over 130 million users.It has been described by a top reviewing website as 'a chat room, dating site and picture rating site,disguised as a social network'.Which social networking site,one of the largest in the world was founded by Andrey Andreev in November 2006?


10.Centred around a group of World War I fighter pilots,it also features an early appearance by Gary Cooper.Which film was the first ever winner of a 'Best Picture' Academy Award and so far,the only silent film winner in this category?.


11.Formed in 1989,they released the albums,'Pretty on the Inside' (1991),'Live Through This' (1994),'Celebrity Skin' (1998) and 'Nobody's Daughter' (2010).What is the name of this alternative rock band fronted by Courtney Love,the widow of Kurt Cobain?


12.Placed on one of the lines at the beginning of the stave,which musical symbol is used to indicate the pitch of the notes written on that line?


13.Of the 83 Academy Award ceremonies to date,only twice have the four acting awards all been awarded to non-Americans.Once in the 1960s and once during the 2000s.Name either year (ie the year the films were made)?

1964 and 2007

14.Written at the age of 80 ,which of Giuseppe Verdi's operas,based on a Shakespearean character,was to be his last?


15.An Austrian biologist and physician,he is noted for jointly discovering the polio virus in 1909 and for his work on the 1937 'Rhesus factor' with Alexander Wiener.However he is best known for his discovery of human blood groups in 1900,for which he was later awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology in 1930.What is his name?

Karl Landsteiner

16.Launched in 2011,the American version of the 'X-Factor' TV franchise, was a massive success across the globe.Winning a $5million record contract,which female singer claimed the first prize?

Melanie Amaro

17.In womens' athletics,what are the two running events used in an official indoor pentathlon?

60m Hurdles and 800metres

18.With the atomic number 83,which chemical element is thought to have derived its name from the German word for 'white mass'?


19.Consistently Fox's second most popular TV show (in the US) behind 'American Idol',which TV drama series,first aired in 2004,announced it was to air its last episode in 2012?


20.With one of its borders forming the Lebombo Mountains,which is the only country in Africa to be landlocked between (only) two countries?

Swaziland (between South Africa and Mozambique)

21.Making headlines in 2010,the Pike River Mine disaster was New Zealand's worst mining accidents in nearly 100 years.What substance was mined at the location?


22.Drawing some parallels with 'The Iliad',which Sanskrit epic tells the story of Rama (an avatar of Vishnu), whose wife Sita is abducted by the demon king of Lanka?


23.Which artist and former inmate of Wormwood Scrubs prison,was awarded the inaugural Turner Prize in 1984?

Michael Morley

24.Maine is the only US state that has only one US land border.With which US state does it share this border?

New Hampshire

25.Located in the Rwenzori range on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo,which mountain,named after a famous British explorer is Africa's third highest?

Mount Stanley

26.In terms of area,which is the second smallest US state?


27.Currently providing 29 of them,which country has the most 'Michelin 3-star' restaurants?


28.Collecting the Booker Prize in 1979 for her novel 'Offshore',she made the 'shortlist' the year before with the novel 'The Bookshop',becoming the last author to receive shortlist nominations in consecutive years.What is the name of this author,reported by 'The Times' as one of Britain's top 50 post-war writers?

Penelope Fitzgerald

29.Literally meaning 'New World',which Korean flagship store,located in Centum City,Busan,is the world's largest department store, surpassing the Macy's department store in New York City in 2009?


30.Located on the river Piray,the city of Santa Cruz (or Santa Cruz de la Sierra),is the most poulated city in which South American country?


Sunday, 12 February 2012

Sunday Quiz 62

That time again.

Enjoy another 30 - there are some tough ones in there...................

1.Achieving the feat between 1985-1988,which artist holds the record for most consecutive number one singles on the US Billboard ('Hot 100') chart?

Whitney Houston

2.Which number links the third tallest building in the world,a fictional torture chamber and a 1989 live album and documentary by pop band Depeche Mode?

101 (One hundred and one)

3.Born in Paramaribo, Suriname,he played for the Netherlands national football team at two World Cup Final tournaments and at three European Championships Finals.His clubs,as a player,included Ajax,Lazio and Inter Milan and he won two UEFA cups and a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.He has also been the manager of Tornonto FC since 2007.What is the name of this footballer,who is currently the 8th most capped player for the Dutch national team?

Aron Winter

4.In the UK they are known as 'Thomson and Thompson',in France they are 'Dupont and Dupond' and in Germany they are 'Schultze and Schulze'.In which language are the incompetent detectives from Herge's Tintin books,known as 'Jansen and 'Janssen'?


5.Also nominated for a 2012 'Best Picture' Academy Award,it was the winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2011 Cannes film festival.What is the name of this Terence Mallick film,starring Sean Penn and Brad Pitt,which is centred around a middle-aged man's thoughts of his childhood,interspersed with images of the origins of Earth and the universe?

The Tree of Life

6.Also known for having a daughter called Joanna 'The Mad',which 15th century king was responsible for the introduction of the Inquisition in 1478,expelling the Jews in 1492 and sponsoring Colombus' famous voyage later that year? (Regnal number not needed)

Ferdinand (he had several regnal numbers attributed to him)

7.How is the influential global figure, Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso better known?

(14th) Dalai Lama

8.Concerned with the active relationship between cosmic determinism and human freedom,what is the name of branch of philosophy,founded in Athens,by Zeno of Citium,in the early 3rd century BC?


9.Used in food,adhesives and photographic emulsions,what is the name of the protein,formed when collagen is boiled in water?


10.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

11.First passed by Lord Liverpool in 1815, in order to protect from less expensive foreign imports,what name was given to the series of Acts, that sharply restricted the import of grain into Britain?

Corn Laws

12.The subject of many songs,in which North American mountain range do the 'Blue Ridge Mountains' lie?

Appalachian Mountains

13.A spoof art prize founded in 1999,it has been described by organiser Trevor Prideaux as 'a crap art competition in which you can enter anything you like,but it must be rubbish'.Named after a vegetable,wht is the name of this 'prize'?

The Turnip Prize

14.Named after its scientist founder,this SI unit described as 'absorbed radiation dose of ionising radiation' (for example, X-rays).It is also defined as the absorption of one joule of ionising radiation by one kilogram of matter.What is the name of this unit,which is represented by the abbreviation 'Gy'?


15.First held in 1982, the United States Academic Decathlon National Championship,(as the name suggests),pits high school students from across the country, in a competition covering 10 academic subjects.Since its inception,only 3 different states have provided winners.Which US state has been the most successful,providing prestigious schools such as Moorpark,El Camino Real and WH Taft?


16.Serving over six years in the role,which British Conservative politician held the position of Foreign Secretary,for the longest period during the 20th century?

Geoffrey Howe

17.A prestigious series of competitions,the 'Four Hills' tournament,is one the most important events in the Ski-Jump World Cup calendar.In which two countries are the four hills (or mountains) located?

Austria and Germany

18.Named after an abduction at the Japanese Embassy in a South American country,what is the name of the phenomenon whereby abductors or captors develop a sympathy for their hostages?

Lima Syndrome

19.Its name is derived from its main ingredient of thin, cleaned strips of beef tripe,Flaki (or Flaczki) is a traditional stew from which European country?


20.With 60 stations and over 45km in length,which French city has the country's second largest metro system,behind Paris?


21.According to legend,which courtier of Dionysius of Syracuse,was given a lesson in the precarious nature of fortune,by sitting at the tyrant's throne,with a sword suspended over his head by a single horse hair?


22.Usually administered through an inhaler,it is used in the treatment of respiratory conditions and relief of bronchospasm.What is the name of this widely used drug, with the chemical formula C13 H21 NO3?


23.Originally made by nomadic peoples of Central Asia,it has been used as both medicine and as a beverage.What is the name of this fermented drink,obtained from an ass's or mare's milk?

Koumiss (or Kumiss)

24.A 16th century seaman,he made three attempts to look for the Northwest Passage.He is infamous for loading his ship with over 200 tons of 'ore',but on his return,he found it to be iron pyrite (or Fool's Gold).What is the name of this privateer,who was later knighted for his role in repelling the Spanish Armada and who also has a bay in the Labrador Sea named after him?

Martin Frobisher

25.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

26.Its magnets can be found in audio equipment,hard disks and electric motors.Which chemical element,discovered by Austrian chemist Carl Auer von Welsbach in 1885 has the atomic number 60 and has a name that translates from the Greek for 'new twin'?


27.Fought between 1939 and 1940,the Winter War,was a military conflict fought between the Soviet Union and which other country?


28.Home to the oldest botanical garden in the Western hemisphere,which city serves as the capital of St Vincent and the Grenadines?


29.Translated in English a 'young lord',what name was given to a member of the landed nobility of Prussia and eastern Germany that was particularly threatened during the late 19th century?


30.Appearing at the tournament in 1984,which international football player holds the record,for most goals scored at a UEFA European Championships finals tournament,with 9 goals?

Michel Platini

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Thursday Quiz 64

Here is another set for you to play with


1.Following his doping ban in February 2012,Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador was stripped of his 2010 Tour de France title.Which rider from Luxembourg was subsequently awarded the title?

Andy Schleck (first name needed)

2.What word links the outermost layers of the sun's atmosphere,a brand of Mexican beer and a model of Toyota car, made between 1957 and 2002?


3.Excluding compilation albums,which of Madonna's 12 studio albums has sold most worldwide copies (to date)?

True Blue (c.25million)

4.Which Sri Lankan-born Canadian novelist is perhaps best known for his 1992 Booker Prize-winning novel, 'The English Patient',adapted into an Academy Award-winning film in 1996?

Michael Ondaatje

5.Acheiving the feat in Chicago in 1984,who was the last British male athlete to hold the world marathon record?

Steve Jones

6.Composed of hundreds of 15-second scenes that were recreated by its fans,it attracted a million views on YouTube in just 72 hours,in January 2012.Which classic 1970s film did it aim to replicate?

Star Wars

7.The 'Symphonie Fantastique',is one the most important works of the Romantic era.Who was its French composer?

Hector Berlioz

8.Used in many fantasy and science fiction novels of the 20th and 21st centuries,what name,derived from Jewish folklore,is used to describe an animated being or creature,created from inanimate matter?


9.Nominated by Albert Einstein for his 'exclusion principle',which Austrian theoretical physicist and pioneer of quantum physics,was awarded the 1945 Nobel Prize for Physics?

Wolfgang Pauli

10.Joined occasionally by Neil Young,the rock supergroup known as Crosby,Stills and Nash,have been active (on and off) since 1968 and have released 8 studio albums.What are the Christian names of 'Crosby,Stills and Nash'?

David Crosby ,Stephen Stills ,Graham Nash

11.Named after the American scientist who discovered it,what name is given to the SI unit of inductance?


12.With examples including protium,deuterium and tritium,which is the only chemical element that has different names for its isotopes,in common use today?


13.The Dickin Medal was instituted in the UK in 1943 to honour the work of animals in war.Of the 63 recipients(to date),32 have been pigeons,27 are dogs and 2 are horses.Working aboard the HMS Amethyst during the 1949 Yangtze Incident,which other animal,named Simon,has received the award?


14.Derived from Greek,it is thought that he intended the name to mean 'all sweetness' .Which girl's forename is thought to have been invented by Sir Philip Sidney as a pivotal character in his epic prose work, 'The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia', written in the late 16th century?


15.Which of the Central American countries,has the most unique land borders with other countries?

Guatemala (borders 4 countries)

16.Built in 1933 by the request and funding of a local female volunteer firefighter,it was designed by architects Arthur Brown Jr. and Henry Howard, with fresco murals by 27 different artists.What is the name of this iconic art deco tower, made of unpainted reinforced concrete and situated in the Telegraph Hill neighbourhood of San Francisco?

Coit Tower

17.Owned by L'Oreal since 1964,which French cosmetics brand was founded in 1935 by Armand Petitjean and is noted for its association with Isabella Rossellini?


18.Holding the position since May 2011,which small European nation has Antoni Marti as its Prime Minister?


19.Making its Broadway debut in 1976,which musical,written by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman,is set in 1853 and tells the story of the Westernisation of Japan,from the point of view of the Japanese?

Pacific Overtures

20.Last winning in 1998 and winning 13 times from 27 nominations,which country has won the most Academy Awards in the Category of 'Best Foreign Language film'?


21.Which acid forms the basis of the hallucinogenic narcotic 'LSD' ,also known colloquially as 'acid'?

Lysergic Acid

22.Which 18th century British Prime Minister was the country's first Tory Prime Minister and also the first Scottish Prime Minister since the 1707 Act of Union?

John Stuart or Earl of Bute

23.Which European Union member state has the smallest population?


24.Lasting over 56 years,who reigned as King of England for the longest period of time?

Henry III (1216-1272)

25.Best known for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of Northern England during the early 20th century,the artist L.S Lowry is thought to have painted over 1000 pictures.For what do his initials,'L.S' stand?

Laurence Stephen

26.Sharing a name with a son of Theseus,which 3rd century Christian saint and writer,became the first 'antipope',giving opposition to Callixtus I,Urban I and Pontian as head of the Roman Catholic Church?


27.Playing the eponymous 'Charlie Townsend' in the 1970s TV series Charlie's Angels,he also became an iconic figure in the 1980s TV soap opera Dynasty,by playing the role of patriarch 'Blake Carrington'.What is this actor's name?

John Forsythe

28.The 2002 film 'Frida',depicts the life and career of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.Alfred Molina played the role of husband and artist Diego Rivera,but which Mexican actress played the title role,giving her only Academy Award nomination to date?

Salma Hayek

29.The main airport serving La Paz is known as El Alto International Airport.However in 1999,it officially changed its name in honour of a United States President,but due to public pressures the name is barely used.Which President has been 'honoured' by this airport?

John F Kennedy

30.In January 2012,which German Formula One racing driver was convicted of assault,following an incident after the 2011 Chinese Grand Prix?

Adrian Sutil

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Sunday Quiz 61

Here's some more questions for you to peruse.

I've included some of my earlier questions to test you


1.Winning Q Magazine's 2011 award for 'Nest Best Thing',she was noted for her single 'Video Games earlier in the year,which was also successful across Europe.In 2012 her album reached number one in the UK charts.How is the American singer/songwriter Elizabeth Grant better known?

Lana Del Ray

2.Which 18th/19th century,classical composer, known as the 'Father of the Symphony' ,was responsible for writing the melody used in the German National anthem?

Franz Haydn

3. Which European capital city stands at the confluence of the Alzette and Petrusse rivers ?

Luxembourg City

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


5.Which Anita Brookner novel won the 1984 Booker prize and was subsequently adapted for television in 1986,where it was nominated for 9 BAFTA awards?

Hotel Du Lac

6.With many of the traditions and language preserved,the town of Gaiman located in the Chubut province in Argentina,was founded by settlers from which of the home nations?


7.It's name is thought to have derived from the ancient Greek name for St John's Island in the Red Sea.It is a mineral,which is colourless in its pure form and has the chemical formula Al2 SiO4 (F,OH)2.Found in various locations around the world,what is the name of this mineral,which is number eight on the mohs scale and the birthstone for November?


8. Which 19th Century poet released a collection of poems called 'Men And Women', which included the poems 'Love Among The Ruins and 'Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came'?

Robert Browning

9.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

10.In doing so at the 1980 Games in Lake Placid,Eric Heiden won a record 5 Gold Medals at a single Winter Olympics.In which specific sport did he compete?

Long Track Speed Skating

11.After being declared a Kingdom in 1881,it was a short lived monarchy, beginning under Carol I and finishing in 1947 with Michael I (in his second term). In which European country did this monarchy eventually fall, as communism took over, and has been a Republic ever since?


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


13.Glorified after his death for his role as a messenger in the battles of Lexington and Concord,he is remembered for his 'midnight ride'.Who is this famous American hero also known for helping organize an intelligence and alarm system to keep watch on the British military?

Paul Revere

14.The Pali Canon or Tripitaka,is a collection of sacred texts followed by which religion?


15.In which Italian region will you find provinces including, Ancona,Macerata and Ascoli Piceno?


16.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

17.Which Swiss businessman, social activist and Nobel Laureate is regarded as the main inspiration for the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Geneva Convention?

Henri Dunant

18.In the film, Toy Story series of films, who provides the voice for the character Jessie?

Joan Cusack

19.In athletics,which is the only country other than the United States to have held the World Record for the Men's 4x400 metre relay,achieving the feat at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games?


20.Paget's disease is a chronic disease of which part(s) of the body?


21.Which pacific state was named 'The Friendly Islands' because of the friendly reception received by Captain James Cook on his arrival in 1773?


22.Abdominoplasty is the medical term for which more commonly known, cosmetic surgery procedure?

Tummy Tuck

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


24.What name links the second largest city in Argentina by population, a department of Colombia and a province of Spain, as part of Andalusia?


25.In terms of population , what is the largest city in the European Union, that is NOT a Capital city?


26.Which self-proclaimed extremist was decisively defeated by Lyndon B.Johnson,(the biggest majority to date) at the 1964 US presidential election?

Barry Goldwater

27.Elected in 2004.President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is the political leader of which Asian country?


28.Augustine of Hippo was one of the great Latin church fathers. He was killed after the Vandals laid seige to the Phoenician city of Hippo Regius.In which modern day country would you find the site of Hippo Regius?


29.Experimental Canadian poet Christian Bok wrote the poem 'And Sometimes' as part of his 'Eunoia' collection. It is experimental, because it does not contain, what?

Any (of the 5 English)vowels

30.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)

Friday, 3 February 2012

Thursday Quiz 63

Here is Thursday's Quiz as promised.

Also,good luck to those of you attending this weekend's Yorkshire Grand Prix.I hope to see you at Northampton next month.

Apologies for having two Gilbert and Sullivan questions (I need the practise)


1.With whom did Samuel Taylor Coleridge write a 1798 collection of poems,known as 'Lyrical Ballads',that includes 'Tintern Abbey' and 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'?

William Wordsworth

2.Martins Dukurs is a Latvian competitor who has won the last 2 World Cup titles in his sport and is very much on course to retain his title in 2012.In which Winter sport he is currently the dominant force?


3.In old English script,seven vowel symbols were used - a,e,i,o,u and y.What symbol denoted the seventh?

Æ orAE (known as an 'ash')

4.According to 'The Iliad',which King of Sparta,central to the Trojan War,was the husband of Helen of Troy and brother of Agamemnon?


5.Set in the city of Boston and running between 1982-1988,in which US TV drama series did Denzel Washington rise to prominence,playing the character of Dr Phillip Chandler (in all six seasons)?

St Elsewhere

6.In Greek mythology,who were Clotho,Lachesis and Atropos?

The Fates

7.What is the name of the host,producer and creator of the long-running American musical show 'Soul Train',who in February 2011,was found dead following a self-inflicted gunshot wound?

Don Cornelius

8.Also home to Spain's largest glacier,which mountain is the highest peak in the Pyrenees?


9.The name of which bird connects the island of Alcatraz,the former name of Sir Francis Drake's ship,'The Golden Hind' and a non-fiction division of Penguin Books that was discontinued in 1990?

Pelican (Alcatraz is Spanish for Pelican)

10.With the aspect ratio of 1:√2,for what everyday office item is the Lichtenberg ratio used?

Paper (sizes)

11.Which US politician acted as Vice-President under Jimmy Carter,suffered a landslide Presidential election defeat to Ronald Reagan in 1984 and was appointed by Bill Clinton as United States ambassador to Japan in 1993?

Walter Mondale

12.A subsidiary company of Vivartia S.A,it operates in several countries.In which European country does the restaurant chain, 'Goody's',serve as the largest fast food outlet?


13.If you had scotopic vision,what would you be able to do far better than an average sighted person?

See In the Dark

14.Presented annually by the King of Norway,the Abel Prize is an international award given to outstanding contributions in which field?


15.A Welsh author of thrillers and historical novels,he has sold more than 100 million copies of his works. Four of his books,including 'The Key to Rebecca' have reached the number one on the New York Times best-seller list.He is also noted for writing a version of 'Capricorn One',based on the film starring Elliott Gould.What is this author's name?

Ken Follett

16.Sharing its name with a neighbouring country,which Asian Gulf lies directly south of the Bay of Bengal and north of the South China Sea?

Bay of Thailand

17.Translated as 'Soldiers of Destiny',which Irish political party was formed in 1926 by Eamon de Valera?

Fianna Fail

18. The story concerns a band of immortal fairies who find themselves at odds with the House of Peers.Which of Gilbert and Sullivan operetta's is also known as 'The Peer and The Peri'?


19.Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress,who played the role of Lisbeth Salander,alongside Daniel Craig,in the 2011 film 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'?

Rooney Mara

20.The Kingdom of the Netherlands is split into four main parts.Which Carribbean island is the smallest,in terms of population,of the four parts?

Sint Maarten

21.He was offered the throne during the first Barons' War.Which French King,in 1216, took control over half of England and was later proclaimed English King at St Paul's Cathedral,although he was never crowned?

Louis VIII

22.According to Gustav Holst's classical piece,'The Planets',which planet was known as The Magician?


23.Bordered by Rajasthan to the north and Maharashtra to the south, its capital is Gandhinagar, while its largest city is Ahmedabad.What is the name of this state located in western India?


24.Marketed as a luxury vehicle,the 'Acura' is currently available in the USA,Canada,Mexico,China and Hong Kong.Which Japanese car manufacturer produce this vehicle?


25.Nicknamed 'The Menace',which English darts player became the first ever winner,of the PDC version,of the World Darts Championships, in 1995?

Dennis Priestley

26.Taking its current name in 1975,which African country has land borders with Niger,Nigeria,Togo and Burkina Faso?


27.Founded in 1876,it is among the oldest and most reputable Italian newspapers.What is the name of this Milan based publication,which translates in English as 'Evening Courier'?

Corrierre della Sera

28.It is mainly known for its international tourism and marine wildlife,but in 2008 it was ranked as the least affordable city in Australia.Mandurah is the second largest city,both in area and population,of which Australian state?

Western Australia

29.In the role between 1947-1954,he saw 18 different govenments under his 7 year tenure.Which French President served as the first President of the Fourth Republic?

Vincent Auriol

30.Which Gilbert and Sullivan opera,based on WS Gilbert's brief practice as a barrister,was written specifically to be a companion piece for Jacques Offenbach's La Perichole?

Trial By Jury