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