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