Friday, 30 March 2012

Thursday Quiz 70

As promised.

For those of you attending tomorrow's Bolton Grand Prix,I will see you there.


Hope you enjoy..............





1.In 2002,which Swiss tennis player beat Pete Sampras in a second round singles match at Wimbledon,marking the American's last ever competitive appearance in the event?



George Bastl


2.Also credited with the invention of the Paimio Chair,which 20th century Finnish architect is noted for the design of the Essen Opera House,the Helsinki University of Technology and Finlandia Concert Hall?



Alvar Aalto


3.Which three-word title connects the UK top 10 hit singles for Eurythmics in 1983,Madonna in 1987 and Eve in 2001?



Who's That Girl


4.Which British author wrote the 'Magic Faraway Tree' series of childrens books?



Enid Blyton


5.Found in Christian churches,what name is given to the which small chest or cabinet, in which the consecrated hosts are kept?



Tabernacle


6.In 1940,which Carribean island joined the British Windward Island administration from the British Leeward Island administration,before joining the West Indies Federation in 1958?



Dominica


7.Co-writing the film with Dan Aykroyd,which actor played the role of Dr. Egon Spengler in the 1980s 'Ghostbusters' films?



Harold Ramis


8.An area that was a major resort and site of amusement parks during the first half of the 20th century,what is the name of the peninsula that is located at the most southerly part of Brooklyn in New York City and whose name is derived from the Dutch for 'Rabbit Island'?



Coney Island


9.Commanded during the Spanish-American War by Colonel Leonard Wood and Lieutenant-Colonel Theodore Roosevelt,which two-word nickname,(used today as a suffix by several North American sports teams), was given to the First US Cavalry Regiment?



Rough Riders


10.Candice Bushell, author of 'Sex And the City' wrote another book that was turned into a TV series in the 2000's. What was its title?



Lipstick Jungle


11.Beating the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in the series,which team won ice hockey's prestigious Stanley Cup in 2011?



Boston Bruins


12.Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar was an eleventh century Castilian nobleman, a military leader and diplomat who, after being exiled, conquered and governed the city of Valencia.By what name is he better known?



El Cid


13.A 16th century scholar,he was the first to make an English translation of the Bible,drawn directly from Hebrew and Greek texts.In 1530 he also wrote 'The Practyse of Prelates',opposing Henry VIII's divorce on grounds it contravened scriptual law.What is the name of this historical figure,who was tried for heresy in 1536,where he was strangled and burnt at the stake?



William Tyndale


14.A common human birth defect,it is a congenital deformity, involving one or both feet rotated internally at the ankle.What is the name of this defect,known in Latin as 'congenital talipes equinovarus'?



Club Foot


15.In which range of mountains would you find the second,third and fourth highest peaks of Dykh-Tau,Shkhara and Koshtan-Tau respectively?



Caucasus


16.On which French river between Dinard and Saint- Malo, is the location for the world's first and largest tidal power station?



Rance


17.In Greek mythology,it was encountered by Odysseus on his wanderings.What name is given to the huge whirlpool,located in the Straits of Medina,which swallowed ships whole?



Charybdis


18.Composer of the 19th century opera 'The Bartered Bride',what was the nationality of Bedrich Smetana?



Czech


19.Which European Capital city sits on the banks of the Dambovita river and is served by the Henri Coanda airport?


Bucharest


20.Which is the only Woody Allen directed film to win a 'Best Picture'
Academy Award?


Annie Hall


21.In October 2011,they won their 11th title.Which American baseball team,are only second to the New York Yankees on the all-time list of World Series winners?



St Louis Cardinals


22.Which famous 19th century author,wrote the unfinished book,'Billy Budd',that was published posthumously in 1924?



Herman Melville


23.Adapted into a 1957 film starring Henry Fonda,who wrote the original play '12 Angry Men'?



Reginald Rose


24.Formerly known as Frunze,what is the capital and the largest city of Kyrgyzstan?



Bishkek


25.Who,in 1943,suceeded Benito Mussolini as head of the Italian Government,(serving in the role of Prime Minister)?



Pietro Badoglio


26.In classical antiquity,Illyria was a region in the western part of the Balkan Peninsula.It is also the setting for which of Shakespeare's plays?



Twelfth Night


27.A daughter of George William Lyttelton, 4th Baron Lyttelton, she became Maid of Honour to Queen Victoria in 1863 and had an aunt who was married to William Ewart Gladstone.She is noted,herself,as a pioneer of women's education.What is the name of this figure,who also has a female only Cambridge College,named in her honour?



Lucy Cavendish


28.A popular US TV series during the 1980s,it starred Tom Selleck in the titular role.Which US state was the setting for 'Magnum P.I'?



Hawaii


29.In 2005,a museum dedicated to the Swiss artist Paul Klee, was designed and built by the Italian architect Renzo Piano. Containing around 4,000 of the artists' works,in which city is the 'Zentrum Paul Klee' located?



Berne


30.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?



Poland

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Sunday Quiz 68

Back after my Thursday off due to work commitments.


I hope you enjoy this new set............








1.Consisting of the members Niall,Zayn,Liam,Harry and Louis,which group,in March 2012,became the first UK group in history,to go straight to number one in the United States,with their debut album?



One Direction


2.In 1863,she became first woman to lead an armed expedition in the American Civil war,when she guided the Combahee River Raid,liberating more than 700 slaves in South Carolina.Known commonly as 'Moses',which African-American abolitionist is best remembered for her rescue missions of slaves in the 1840s,using a network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad?



Harriet Tubman


3.The Trinidad and Tobago national stadium was renamed in 2011,in honour of its first Olympic gold medalist.Which athlete won the final of the mens 100 metres at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal?



Hasley Crawford


4.Located within the Trans-Mexican volcanic belt between Veracruz and Puebla,which stratovolcano serves as the highest mountain in Mexico and the third highest in North America?



Citlaltepetl (also known as Pico de Orizaba)


5.Which two-word title links a 1997 David Fincher film starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn,an album by Queen that includes the track 'Another One Bites The Dust' and a 2007 fantasy novella by Diana Wynne Jones?



The Game


6.Fought in 1690 near Drogheda,on the east coast of Ireland,which battle between the Catholic King James and the Protestant King William,is principally commemorated today,by the Orange Institute?



Battle of the Boyne


7.Mycology, is the branch of biology ,concerned with the study of which (generic) organisms?



Fungi


8.By winning the categories of Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay,which 1934 romantic comedy film,was the first to win all five major Academy Awards?



It Happened One Night


9.What surname links the writers,Philip,who wrote 'American Pastoral' in 1997,Jospeh,creator of 'Radetzky March' in 1932 and Henry,the writer of the noted Jewish-American work,'Call It Sleep' in 1934?



Roth


10.Founded in 1409 by Frederick I, Elector of Saxony and his brother William II, Margrave of Meissen,it is the second oldest university in Germany.With notable alumni including Johann Wolfgang Goethe,Richard Wagner and Angela Merkel,in which city does this prestigious university lie?



Leipzig


11.Written for the Press Celebrations of 1899, as a covert protest against increasing censorship from the Russian Empire,who composed the symphonic poem 'Finlandia'?



Jean Sibelius


12.Sampled on the 1985 Chaka Khan hit single,'I Feel for You',what was the title of the first US number one single by Stevie Wonder,originally released in 1963,under the name of 'Little Stevie Wonder'?



Fingertips


13.Common on structural timber of buildings in damp conditions,what two word term describes the decay of these timbers caused by the fungus 'serpula lacrymans'?



Dry Rot


14.Founded in the 1940's by Victor Goddet and successor to French newspaper L'Auto ,what is the best selling sports newspaper in France?



L'Equipe



15.The Brazilian state of Sao Paulo is the third largest political unit by population,in South America.Brazil is the largest,which country is (currently) second largest?



Colombia


16.With the entry entitled 'We Don't Wanna Put In',which former Soviet state was forced to withdraw from the 2009 Eurovison Song Contest due to perceived political connotations regarding Russia and Vladimir Putin?



Georgia


17.Which US state has Bismarck as its capital and Fargo as its largest city,by population?



North Dakota


18.The popular tourist location of Mykonos belongs to which island group, found in the Aegean sea?



Cyclades


19.It is Britain's most valuable poetry prize and won in 2010 by Seamus Heaney for his collection 'Human Chain'. Established in 1991 and offering a £10,000 top prize. What is the name of this award?



Forward Poetry Prize


20.In temperature measurements (and to the nearest whole number),0 degrees Celsius is equal to 32 degrees Farenheit and 100 degrees Celsius is equal to 212 degrees Farenheit. What is the Farenheit equivalent of 50 degrees Celsius?



122 Degrees Farenheit


21.In the natural sciences,which term can be used to describe the electrically induced heat, commonly used for muscle relaxation and also a method of heating tissue electromagnetically for therapeutic purposes in medicine?



Diathermy


22.The works of which Victorian author include 'Cranford','North and South' and 'Ruth'?



Elizabeth Gaskell


23.Used to accompany the Sardana, a Catalan folk dance,what is the name of the traditional music ensemble of Catalonia, that consists of 11 members?



Cobla


24.Similar to that received by somebody who has reached 100 years of age in Commonwealth realms,which is the first wedding anniversary that a married couple would be eligible to receive an official message from the (Commonwealth) monarch?



60th Anniversary


25.Released globally in 1999,the video games console known as the 'Dreamcast' was only available for just over two years due to the success of its rivals,the Playstation 2,Xbox and Gamecube.Which Japanese company manufactured the 'Dreamcast'?



Sega


26.Belonging to Turkmenistan,Ogurja Ada is the country's largest island.It is also the longest island to be found in which sea?



Caspian Sea


27.Which German cruiser was scuttled near Robinson Crusoe island as a result of the Battle of Mas a Tierra in 1915?



SMS Dresden


28.In fiction it has been used by Jules Verne and Edgar Allan Poe and was originally used to describe a powerful tidal current in the Lofoten Islands.Which Scandanavian word is generally used today to describe any large and very powerful whirlpool?



Maelstrom


29.Which national men's field hockey team won all the event's Olympic Gold Medals between 1928-1956,but has failed to medal since 1984?



India


30.in the Jonathan Swift novel,'Gulliver's Travels',what name was given to the land that was occupied by giants?



Brobdingnag

Thursday, 22 March 2012

I'll be back on Sunday 25th March

I've had a unexpectedly busier week than I thought,so I will put my next quiz up on Sunday March 25th.

Many thanks
Paul

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Sunday Quiz 67

The next set of 30 for you to have a go at.

(Slight apologies to my international readers,as Question 1 is quite British specific)


Hope you enjoy............



1.In March 2012,three British towns were granted city status to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.Name any two of these new cities?



Chelmsford,Perth and St Asaph


2.The largest two moons of Uranus are named after characters from which of William Shakespeare's plays?



A Midsummer Night's Dream (Titania and Oberon)


3.What is the name of the 18th/19th century Czech composer,whose works included the operas 'Katya Kabanova','The Cunning Little Vixen','The Makropulos Affair'?



Leos Janacek


4.Elected in 1841,who was the first US President to represent the Whig Party?



William Harrison


5.Which surname links a 16th century figure who produced the first complete printed translation of the Bible into English and the lead singer of the rock band Whitesnake?



Coverdale (Myles and David respectively)


6.Which United Nations Secretary General holds the record for the longest time served in office,performing the role for 10 years and 1 month?



U Thant


7.Introduced around 1757,the Italian alcoholic drink brand,'Cinzano',is a variety of which fortified wine?



Vermouth


8.Nunavut is largest and newest federal territory of Canada.Which city serves as its capital?



Iqaluit


9.One of the main founding figures of the French Socialist Party,he was also one of the most energetic defenders of Alfred Dreyfus.What is the name of this prominent early 20th century French figure who,in 1914,was assassinated by Raoul Villain, a 29 year old French nationalist?



Jean Jaures


10.Prior to marrying King Henry II of England,to which French king had Eleanor of Aquitaine been married,although annulled shortly afterwards?



King Louis VII


11.Ranked at number 5 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness,which group of phosphate minerals,includes the major component of tooth enamel and bone mineral?



Apatite


12.Who was the last Brazilian recipient of football's 'Ballon d'or',also known as the European Footballer of the Year?



Kaka


13.This sea was one of the largest lakes in the world,but has since shrunk to just 10 percent of its original size due to Soviet irrigation projects,since the 1960s.Located between Kazakhstan and Karakalpakstan,an autonomous region of Uzbekistan,what is the name of this sea?



The Aral Sea


14.In quantum theory,which lower case letter is used to denote the value of Planck's constant?



h


15.Founded in the 7th century by Dagobert I,which medieval abbey church now located in a northern suburb of Paris,is the burial place for all but three of the French monarchs upto the start of the French Revolution in 1789?



Basilica of St Denis


16.Known under various guises during his long career,what is the real surname of the singer and songwriter most popularly known as 'Prince'?



Nelson (Prince Rogers Nelson)


17.Translated as 'middle Earth',what is the name,according to Norse mythology,of the land in which humans live?



Midgard


18.Named after the sandwich bar where they first congregated,what was the name of the 1980s Italian youth cult,that became synonymous with expensive designer clothes and a tough militaristic image?



Paninari (Paninaro)


19.Making his screen debut in the film Bonnie and Clyde in 1967,he was Academy award nominated for 'Best Supporting Actor' in 1968 and 'Writing of an Adapted Screenplay' in 1974. Which (often comedic) actor,screenwriter and director,was born Jerome Silberman in 1935?



Gene Wilder


20.The largest of the carpal bones,what is the name of the human hand bone that occupies the centre of the wrist?



Capitate Bone


21.In the history of golf's Ryder Cup,only two French golfers have ever represented Europe.One did so in 1999,the other in 2004.Name either player?



Jean Van de Velde and Thomas Levet (respectively)


22.Rich in associated calcium and phosphorus,it makes up around 80% of proteins found in cows milk and is also the main protein found in cheese.What is this protein's name,taken,unsurprisingly,from the Latin meaning 'cheese'?



Casein


23.Antipholus,Dromio and Adriana are all main characters in which of William Shakespeare's plays?



The Comedy of Errors


24.Which member of the 'Magnificent Seven' cast received an Academy Award for his role as Glen Whitehouse in the 1997 film 'Affliction'?



James Coburn


25.Commemorating its former Prime Minister,who helped lead his country to independence from the United Kingdom,which Carribbean nation observes Errol Barrow Day as a public holiday on 21st January?



Barbados


26.Active between the 7th and 10th centuries,it was founded by Li Yuan and had its capital at Changan,(the world's most populated city at the time).What is the name of this ruling Chinese dynasty,generally regarded as the Golden Age for Chinese poetry,as well as a major time for printing, porcelain,technology, medicine and education?



Tang


27.Suceeding Christian Wulff,which former anti-communist civil rights activist was named as the President of Germany in March 2012?



Joachim Gauck


28.In the Quentin Tarantino film 'Reservoir Dogs',which actor,author ,screenwriter and former convict played the small role of Mr Blue?



Eddie Bunker


29.Located in the Gulf of Gabes,it is the largest island of North Africa.One of the few places in Tunisia where the Berber language is spoken,it is perhaps most famous for the town of Ajim,which provided the exterior scenes of the planet 'Tattooine', in the original Star Wars films.What is the name of this island?



Djerba


30.In March 2012,Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar created history by becoming the first cricketer to score 100 international Test centuries.Against which national(Test)team,did he score his first in August 1990?



England

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Thursday Quiz 69

Here's 30 more for you to enjoy..........




1.Following his voice-over roles in episodes of 'The Simpsons' and 'Futurama',Professor Stephen Hawking recorded a cameo role in March 2012,for which appropriately named US TV series,produced by Chuck Lorre?



Big Bang Theory


2.Which two US states surround the capital city,Washington DC?



Virginia and Maryland


3.Lying within the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, it is considered part of the Queen Elizabeth Islands.In terms of area what is the 3rd largest island in Canada and 10th largest in the world?



Ellesmere Island


4.Developed by Rees and Wackernagel in the 1990s,which ecological two-word term has historically been defined as 'the total set of greenhouse gas emissions caused by an organisation, event, product or person'?



Carbon Footprint


5.Released in 2012 by Disney,the science fiction film,'John Carter',tells the story of a former Confederate captain that becomes an interplanetary hero.The film is based on the 11-volume 'Barsroom' series of novels,created by which 19th/20th century American author?



Edgar Rice Burroughs


6.Famous for creating the 'Series of Unfortunate Events' books,what is the real name of the author known as Lemony Snickett?



Daniel Handler


7.Commonly used as a fuel for engines,barbecues,portable stoves and residential central heating,which gas has the molecular formula C3 H8?



Propane


8.Which South American rugby union side are currently (March 2012) the highest ranked national team that has never played at a Rugby Union World Cup Finals?



Chile


9.Taken from a Sesotho word meaning 'place of the red sandstone',which city serves as both the largest and capital city of Lesotho?



Maseru


10.Which specific water-soluble vitamin is also known as Thiamine?



Vitamin B1


11.Sharing its name with a letter of the Greek alphabet,which Italian sportswear company currently sponsors all Italian winter sports teams?



Kappa


12.Aired on British television by the BBC between 1946-1947,'Pinwright's Progress' is thought to be the first television series of which specific type?



Sitcom (situation comedy)


13.With an arch dedicated to him on the Via Sacre in Rome,he became the first Roman Emperor to immediately follow his father to the throne.What is the name of this figure who succeeded Vespasian and preceeded Domitian?



Titus


14.Sharing its name with one of its three bordering countries,which lake,in terms of area,is the third largest in Africa?



Lake Malawi (also known as Lake Nyasa)


15.Which two US Presidents were the only holders of the post that were related as grandfather and grandson?



William Harrison and Benjamin Harrison


16.Which European car manufacturer shares its name with the Latin word meaning 'let there be'?



Fiat


17.Used to describe two-dimensional angular spans in three-dimensional space,it uses the symbol 'sr'.What is the SI unit of solid angle?



Steradian


18.Name either of the only two football players that have scored for five different teams in the history of the UEFA Champions League?



Hernan Crespo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic


19.Which of a human's relations would someone fear if they suffered from 'soceraphobia'?



Parents In-law


20.During World War II,the 'Z Special Unit' was an elite commando unit,used to sink several Japanese ships in Singapore Harbour, as part of the 1943, 'Operation Jaywick'.Which country's troops served in this unit?



Australia


21.Early practitioners considered them to have the ideal form of society,studying them to find solutions to problems within human society.The study of which insects are practiced by myrmecologists?



Ants


22.On the short scale it reflects a sextillion.Which prefix in the metric system represents a factor of 10 to the power 21?



Zetta


23. When writing this country's national anthem,lyricist Emilio Prud'homme consistently used the poetic term 'Quisqueyano' or 'Quisqueya' to refer to the name the Indians gave to the island before the arrival of Europeans.Which Carribbean nation uses the national anthem with the English title 'Valiant Quisqueyans'?



Dominican Republic


24.In reference to waves,what term is used to describe the maximum displacement of a wave from the equilibrium position?



Amplitude


25.Discovered shortly after Easter 2005,it takes its name from the creator of humanity in Rapa Nui (Easter Island) mythology.What is the name of this dwarf planet located in the Kuiper Belt?



Makemake


26.Along with Arnold Schoenberg and Anton Webern,he was a member of the Second Viennese School.Which Austrian composer produced perhaps his most famous work in 1925,with the opera entitled 'Wozzeck'?



Alban Berg


27.Which animal-related word links UK hit singles by Malcolm McLaren in 1982,Bob Marley in 1983 and Neneh Cherry in 1988?



Buffalo (Buffalo 'Gals','Soldier' and 'Stance' respectively


28.First used in rigid airship frames,it was eventually included in many of the great German passenger Zeppelins.Developed by German metallurgist Alfred Wilm,what was the trade name of the (now obselete),aluminium alloy,which also contained smaller amounts of copper,manganese and magnesium?



Duralumin


29.Alphabetically speaking,which book of the Old Testament comes last?



Zephaniah


30.Lawrence Tierney (1945),Warren Oates (1973) and Johnny Depp (2009),have all played which US 'depression era' figure on film?



John Dillinger

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Sunday Quiz 66

A few more for you to enjoy..............







1.He wrote soundtracks,with his brother, to many of Disney's most famous films,including 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang','The Jungle Book' and 'Mary Poppins'.What is the name of this prolific American composer who died in March 2012?



Robert Sherman


2.Which character from Sheridan's play 'The Rivals' has lent her name to the misuse of words?



Mrs Malaprop


3.Sharing a name with a short lived 1980's soul/pop group, which cocktail consists of rum,Curacao liquer and lime juice?



Mai Tai


4.Sydenham's chorea or Chorea minor is a disease characterised by rapid, uncoordinated jerking movements affecting primarily the face, feet and hands. Named after the body the afflicted once prayed to, by what name is it more commonly known?



St Vitus' Dance


5.Members of the order Anura,the families of Leptodactylidae, Hylidae and Ranidae are the richest in species of which animal?



Frogs


6.Corfu,Kefalonia and Zakynthos all belong to which group of Greek Islands?



Ionian


7. From which West End theatre has the record-breaking play 'The Mousetrap ' been performed since March 1974?



St Martin's Theatre


8.In her home country- Peru, she is a National hero. Sofia Mulanovich won the world title in 2004 and has been ranked in the top 10 for the majority of the 21st century. Her biggest rivals in recent years have been the Australians Layne Beachley and Stephanie Gilmore. In which sport does she excel?



Surfing


9.Which of TS Eliot's poems was recited by Colonel Kurtz (played by Marlon Brando), shortly before his death, in the Vietnam film 'Apocalypse Now'?



The Hollow Men


10.Which author won two of the first four Pulitzer prizes for fiction. The books being 'The Magnificent Ambersons' and 'Alice Adams'?



Booth Tarkington


11.In Greek mythology,what was the name of the nymphs, best known for tending the garden, from where Heracles, stole the golden apples in his 11th Labour?



Hesperides


12.What is the name of the anarchic assassin that murdered US President William McKinley with a pistol shot in 1900?



Leon Czolgosz


13.Which type of coat,made from a coarse, thick, woollen material, is named after a town in the province of Antwerp,Belgium,where the material originates?



Duffel Coat


14.Lying in the eastern part of the nation, on the Dechatu River,which is the second largest city,in terms of population,in Ethiopia?



Dire Dawa


15.Which American author, noted for his complex works, wrote the notable novels Gravity's Rainbow and The Crying Lot of 49?



Thomas Pynchon


16.Which wonder of the world was located around fifty kilometres south of the modern city port Izmir,in Turkey?



The Temple of Artemis


17.The 'Evasion', 'Xantia' and 'Synergie' are all recent models by which European car manufacturer?



Citroen


18. How many different Labour Party Prime Ministers have there been during the reign of Elizabeth II?



Four (Harold Wilson,James Callaghan,Tony Blair,Gordon Brown)


19.King of France,Duke of Florence,Bertram, Count of Rousillon,
Countess of Rousillon and Helena are all major characters in which of Shakespeare's plays?



All's Well that Ends Well


20.Which Japanese emperor was succeeded by his son,Showa emperor Hirohito, upon his death in 1926?



Yoshihito (Taisho emperor)


21.The oldest known civilisation in the Americas, the Norte Chico is found in which modern day country?



Peru


22.Named after a Dutch-American astronomer who discovered the moons Miranda and Nereid,what name is given to the edge of the solar system, that contains at least three dwarf planets?



Kuiper Belt


23.Meaning 'heavenly' or 'divine'her greek equivalent is Artemis.Who was the Roman goddess of the hunt and twin sister of Apollo?



Diana


24.Fought and won under the command of the Duke of Marlborough,during which conflict did the 1706 Battle of Ramillies take place?



War of Spanish Succession


25.Doing so in the 1998-99 season,which Italian team,with goals by Christian Vieri and Pavel Nedved,beat Real Mallorca 2-1 to win the last ever UEFA Cup Winners Cup?



Lazio


26.Named after a 19th century physicist,what is the SI unit of capacitance?



Farad


27.Used from the times of the Cossacks and played in Ukrainian folk orchestras,what type of musical instrument is the Lytavry?



Drum (similar to kettle drum or Timpani)


28.Which impressionist painter and sculptor was particularly noted for his pastel work of bathing women and his paintings of ballerinas?



Edgar Degas


29.With stores now located in several sites around the world,which iconic London store was founded in 1760 and known as 'Noah's Ark'?



Hamleys (toy shop)


30.It was a monarchy centered in Afghanistan and included north eastern Iran, the modern state of Pakistan as well as the Punjab region of India. It was established at Kandahar in 1747 by an Afghan military commander under Nader Shah of Persia and ended in 1826,where it was later won by the British.What is the name of this short-lived,but important Empire?



The Durrani Empire

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Thursday Quiz 68

Here we are again.


Time for the next set.Enjoy....................







1.Which is the largest and capital city of the Central African Republic?



Bangui


2.In which decade did John Galsworthy,Ivan Bunin and Eugene O'Neill,all win the Nobel Prize for Literature?



1930s


3.He is noted as a reggae and ska trombonist and has worked with legendary producers such as including Karl Pitterson, Prince Buster, and Lloyd 'Matador' Daley.Probably best known for his performance on the The Specials' 1979 single 'A Message To You,Rudy',what is this musician's name?



Rico Rodriguez


4.Completed in November 2011,which country became only the second African nation,(behind Egypt), to operate an underground metro rail system?



Algeria


5.Which letter of the (English) alphabet is used as the title of John Berger's 1972 Booker Prize winning novel?



G


6.In January 2012,which Dutch darts player became the first qualifier to lift the BDO World Darts Championship title, since fellow countryman Jelle Klaasen acheived the feat in in 2006?



Christian Klist


7.Inaugurated in January 2012,Rosen Plevneliev is the current President of which European country?



Bulgaria


8.What name connects a prominent Belgian luxury car,manufactured from 1902 until 1938 and the Roman goddess of crafts and wisdom?



Minerva


9.Appointed four years after the death of Alfred Lord Tennyson,which writer became British Poet Laureate,in 1896,following the refusal of William Morris to take on the role?



Alfred Austin


10.In musical terminology the word 'pizzicato' means to play a stringed instrument by plucking the strings.Which Italian word means to play with the bow?



Arco


11.In which European city, is the CERN laboratory found,home to the Large Hadron Collider?



Geneva


12.Of the five mainland states of Australia,which has the smallest population?



South Australia


13.Housed in a gallery within the Belvedere Palace,which European capital city is the current home to the world famous painting,'The Kiss',created by Gustav Klimt between 1907-08?



Vienna


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



Mathematics


15.Which 1970s Academy Award winning actress,was also noted for her role as Winn Adami between 1993-1999, in the TV Sci-Fi series 'Star Trek:Deep Space Nine'?



Louise Fletcher


16.Having film adaptations for most of his novels,which American author's works include, 'A Kiss Before Dying','Rosemary's Baby' and 'The Stepford Wives'?



Ira Levin


17.Founded in 1954,it is now the 4th largest car manufacturer in South Korea.It's majority stake was bought by India's Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd in February 2011 and its current models include the 'Kyron','Rexton' and 'Korando'.Taking its name form the Korean meaning 'double dragons',what is this company's name?



Ssangyong


18.Beginning in March or April,which Hindu month is recognised as the first of the year by the Indian national calendar and the last by the Nepali national calendar?



Chaitra


19.Formerly called Hellespont,which turkish strait links the Aegean Sea with the Sea of Marmara?



Dardanelles


20.Alleged to have been named after a Manhatten Beach surfer,which cocktail is traditionally made from vodka,Galliano and orange juice?



Harvey Wallbanger


21.Lying in the South Atlantic,the British overseas territory of Tristan da Cunha,is reputed to be the world's most remote inhabited archipelago.Which country,located 3360km away,is its nearest neighbour?



South Africa


22.After oxygen and hydrogen,which is the third most abundant chemical element in seawater?



Chlorine


23.The second computer-animated feature film to be based on a book by Dr Seuss,it tells the story of Ted Wiggins and his quest to find a real tree, to win the affections of Audrey (the girl of his dreams).Starring Zac Efron,Taylor Swift and Danny De Vito as the title character,what is the name of this 2012 film?



The Lorax


24.Currently produced by the William Wrigley Jr. Company,they were first made commercially available in the UK in 1974.Which global confectionary brand is marketed with the tagline, 'taste the rainbow'?



Skittles


25.Located at 66 degrees north,the Arctic Circle passes through the Arctic Ocean, the Scandinavian Peninsula, North Asia, Northern America and Greenland.How many sovereign states are located or have land within this area?



8 (Eight) - Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia,USA (Alaska),Canada,Denmark (Greenland) and Iceland (the island of Grímsey)


26.In which of the New Testament Gospels does Jesus perform the well known miracle,of turning water into wine,during the 'Marriage at Cana'?



John


27.Which French musical composer,noted for his collaborations with lyricist Alain Boublil,has produced the Broadway and West End shows, 'The Pirate Queen','Miss Saigon' and 'Les Miserables'?



Claude-Michel Schonberg


28.Scientifically defined as its 'mass per unit volume',which Greek alphabetic letter is most often used to represent 'density'?



Rho


29.First held in 1983,the World Athletics Championships has seen just two South American countries receive Gold Medals.Brazil has received one,but which other country has done better,by winning three?



Ecuador


30.Translated from the Greek meaning 'ancient life',it was the longest of the Phanerozoic eras.Which geological era consisted of the Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous and Permian periods?



Paleozic Era

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Sunday Quiz 65

I've just finished a sample Quiz League question set, so I thought I would share it on here,as it may be a good place to test it. (Some questions have appeared on this site,but it may serve as a good recall test.)

I can also e-mail anyone a printable PDF version,which also shows the questions in a different format.

I'll have my normal-style quiz back on Thursday


Hope you enjoy..............

ROUND ONE
1a.What is believed to be the only painting, Vincent Van Gogh sold in his own lifetime?



The Red Vineyard


1b.In 1647 George Fox founded 'The Friends of Truth'. By what name do we now know this group?



The Quakers


2a.Port Vila is the capital and largest city of which pacific island state?



Vanuatu


2b.One of six basic drinks listed in David A. Embury's classic 'The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks'. Which cocktail is made up from rum, lime juice, and sugar (or other sweetener)?



Daiquiri


3a.Which insect lends its name to a cocktail, generally served as an after-dinner drink and consists of green crème de menthe, white crème de cacao and whipping cream?



Grasshopper


3b.Melekeok is the capital city of which pacific island nation?



Palau


4a.Founded in England in the 18th century by Ann Lee, how are members of the religious movement, 'United Society for Believers in Christ's Second Coming’, more commonly known?



The Shakers


4b.First performed in Vienna in 1805, what is the name Beethoven’s only opera?



Fidelio

ROUND TWO

1a.In which English city is Fairfield House, the location where Haile Sellasie spent nearly five years in exile between 1936 and 1941?



Bath


1b.Which English city built on seven hills and near the confluence of five rivers is estimated to have over two million trees, more per person than any other city in Europe?



Sheffield
2a.Nicknamed 'El Guaje' or 'the kid’, which current footballer is the Spanish National team's all-time top scorer with 46 goals?



David Villa


2b. Representing the national team between 1965-1974, which footballer nicknamed 'Rombo di Tuono' (Roar of Thunder), is the all-time leading scorer for the Italian national team?



Luigi Riva


3a.Located at the end of the stamen, what is the name given to the sac, in which pollen grains develop?



Anther


3b. Cymbidium, Vanda and Oncidium are all common varieties of which flower?



Orchid


4a.Of the six wives of King Henry VIII of England, which lived to the greatest age?



Catherine of Aragon (Died aged 50)


4b.Which of Henry VIII's wives was the first cousin to Anne Boleyn?



Catherine Howard

ROUND THREE
1a.Jack Dorsey is the founder of which worldwide social networking website?



Twitter


1b.In terms of population, which is the 2nd largest city in Slovenia



Maribor


2a.John Crome and Joseph Cotman were lead painters of which (primarily) British art movement founded in the early 19th century?



Norwich School


2b.Named after a borough of North London, what was the name of the group of English Post-Impressionist artists, active during the 1910s, who gathered frequently at the studio of painter, Walter Sickert?



Camden Town Group


3a.In mobile phone technology, for what does the acronym ‘SIM’ stand?



Subscriber Identity Module (or Subscriber Identification Module)


3b.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


4a.In terms of population, which is the 2nd largest city in Slovakia?



Kosice


4b.Which global web-site, was started by three former PayPal employees in 2005 and later sold to Google in November 2006 for $1.65 billion?



You Tube

ROUND FOUR –Specialist (All the answers contain the middle name of a US President)


1a.Which British Prime Minister was the great-grandfather of actress Helena Bonham-Carter?



Herbert Asquith
(George Herbert Walker Bush)



1b. Which current Everton football player, signed from Wigan for £6 million in 2007, made his England international debut against Egypt, in 2010?



Leighton Baines
(Lyndon Baines Johnson)


2a.Which city is the state capital of Mississippi?



Jefferson City
(Bill Jefferson Clinton)


2b. In the 2000 film Castaway, what name does Tom Hanks give to the leather football, which he befriends?



Wilson
(Ronald Wilson Reagan)

3a.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
(John Quincy Adams)

3b.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
(John Fitzgerald Kennedy)


4a. An 18th century British Prime Minister, John Stuart was the country's first Tory Prime Minister and also the first Scottish Prime Minister since the 1707 Act of Union. What was his title?



Earl of Bute
(James Earl Carter)


4b.Holding the position between 1999-2008,who was the Prime Minister of New Zealand prior to John Key?



Helen Clark
(Herbert Clark Hoover)


ROUND FIVE
1a.One of the first battles fought in the American War of Independence, it happened at the Siege of Boston and fought across much of the Charlestown Peninsula. Which battle?



Battle of Bunker Hill



1b.Which superhero is the alter-ego of radio news reporter Billy Batson?



Captain Marvel



2a.Deriving from a Tamil word meaning 'ruby’, which mineral, often used as an abrasive, is formed, primarily, from aluminium oxide?



Corundum


2b.Who, according to the Old Testament, was the wife of Isaac and mother of Jacob and Esau?



Rebekah


3a.In which Book of the Old Testament are the stories of Rahab and The Spies and also The Fall of Jericho?



Joshua


3b.Pyrope, almandine, spessartine, grossular, uvarovite and andradite are all common varieties of which group of minerals, commonly used as gemstones, in particular to those born in January?



Garnet


4a.Released in January 2011, it stars Seth Rogan in the role of Britt Reid and which superhero alter-ego?



The Green Hornet


4b.The site of the Battle of Koniggratz in 1866, during the Austro-Prussian War, is in which modern day country?



Czech Republic

ROUND SIX
1a.In terms of distance, which of the Galilean moons of Jupiter lies closest to the planet?



Io


1b.With a connection to a large bird, what is the name of the second largest of Saturn's moons?



Rhea


2a.The peninsula of Musandam is an exclave, which has a strategic location on the Strait of Hormuz.It is separated from the rest of which country, by the United Arab Emirates?



Oman


2b. What is the name of the exclave and province of Angola that is separated from the rest of Angola, by a narrow strip belonging to the Democratic Republic of Congo?



Cabinda


3a.At the 2011 World Athletics Championships, which Australian hurdler, later named 2011 IAAF 'Woman Athlete of the Year' took Gold in the 100 metres hurdles final?



Sally Pearson


3b.At the 2011 World Athletics Championships in Daegu, the only new World Record was set in which event?



Mens 4x100 metre relay (set by Jamaica)


4a.Presented annually since 1959, the 'TV Week' Logie Awards are the main television industry awards in which country?



Australia


4b.Celebrating the year's television and broadcasting, in which Commonwealth country are the prestigious Gemini Awards presented?



Canada


ROUND SEVEN
1a.The counties of Galway, Sligo and Roscommon are all part of which Irish province?



Connacht


1b.In which Irish province are, amongst others, the counties of Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow?



Leinster


2a.In August 2011, the annual Pukkelpop music festival, was cancelled, after storms and high winds caused a stage to collapse, killing five people and injuring 71.The second largest, behind the Rock Werchter, in which European country is this festival held?



Belgium


2b.Producing the rock and pop bands,Alphabeat,The Raveonettes and Aqua, which country also host the annual Rokslide music festival, one of the most popular in Europe?



Denmark


3a.With the atomic number 83, which chemical element is thought to have derived its name from the German word for 'white mass'?



Bismuth


3b.Discovered at the GSI Centre for Heavy Ion Research, the chemical element with the atomic number 110 is named after which German city?



Darmstadt (Darmstadtium)


4a.Which Charles Dickens novel is set around the Maypole Inn and includes the families, the Willets, the Chesters and the Vardens?



Barnaby Rudge


4b.Playing a key role in ensuring a happy ending, in which of Charles Dickens' novels do the 'Cheeryble twins' appear?



Nicholas Nickleby


ROUND EIGHT
1a.In Benjamin Britten's 1946 work 'The Young Person's Guide to The Orchestra’, which section of the orchestra, played under the theme 'Allegro maestoso e largamente’, is the first to be demonstrated?



Clarinet


1b.Which textile based art, is derived from the Arabic meaning 'striped cloth'?



Macramé


2a.Asti, Cuneo and Turin are three of the eight provinces that make up which Italian region?



Piedmont


2b.Which Italian region, located in the south east of the country, bordering the Adriatic Sea, contains the cities of Bari, Foggia and Lecce?



Apulia


3a.Who, in 1978, became the only African snooker player to reach the final of the World Snooker championships?



Perrie Mans


3b.In May 2009, who became the first woman to officiate at a World Snooker Championship final, the sport's highest refereeing honour?



Michaela Tabb


4a.What is the unit of weight in textiles, used to measure the fineness of yarns such as silk, rayon or nylon?



Denier


4b.In the Sergei Prokofiev work 'Peter and the Wolf’, which character is portrayed by the bassoon?



Grandfather

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Thursday Quiz 67

Good luck to those taking part at the Northampton Grand Prix.I'm sure it will be a great event.

I'm a bit gutted I cannot attend as it's one of my favourite quizzes,but unfortunately work commitments have taken over.


Anyway,here is your next quiz



Hope you enjoy.........................



1.Officially verified in February 2012,which human physiological record was 'broken' by Chandra Bahadur Dangi,after being held for many years by Gul Mohammed?



World's shortest (ever) human adult.


2.What is the name of the Christian denomination founded in Switzerland in 1693 by Jakob Ammann?



Amish


3.With good sources found in grain,nuts and dragon fruit,pyrodoxine is the scientific name for which particular vitamin?



Vitamin B6


4.Who was the last Democratic US President that also served as a vice-President?



Lyndon B.Johnson (vice-President to John F Kennedy)


5.Sharing a name with an Academy award nominated actor,which British artist and filmmaker has been the recipient of a Golden Camera (at the Cannes Film Festival), a Turner Prize and a 'BAFTA'?



Steve McQueen


6.Due to hold the title of European Capital of Culture (with Marseille) in 2013,which city,in terms of population,is the second largest in Slovakia?



Kosice


7.Making its West End debut in November 2011,it is due to be performed on Broadway in April 2012.Which Richard Bean play,starring James Corden,is an English adaptation of 'Servant of Two Masters', a 1743 Commedia del Arte comedy,by the Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni?



One Man,Two Guvnors


8.Adapted into a 2002 film starring Matt Damon,which American author,in 1980,wrote the spy novel 'The Bourne Identity'?



Robert Ludlam


9.Developed from a combination of water skiing, snow boarding and surfing,what is the name of the fast growing watersport that involves a competitor being towed behind a motorboat whilst performing a variety of tricks?



Wakeboarding


10.Which Carribbean island,located around 100km north of Venezuela was invaded by the United States in 1983,following the military coup and murder of revolutionary Prime Minister Maurice Bishop?



Grenada


11.In the sports discipline of alpine skiing,which country has won the most gold medals in the history of the Winter Olympics,nearly twice as many as the second-placed country?



Austria


12.Which Archbishop of Canterbury,in office throughout the First World War,conducted the funeral of King Edward VII in 1910?



Randall Davidson


13.First sold in the USA during the 1960s,it was a response by Coca-Cola to compete with the brand '7-Up'.Which popular brand of lemon and lime flavoured soft drink,was sold under the name 'Lithiated Lemon',prior to its American release?



Sprite


14.Produced in limited numbers and not re-released,they are highly sought after by collectors.The figure's design is a body that resembles an extremely simplified human form,similar in appearance to Playmobil or Lego figures.Named in honour of a famous American filmmaker who died in 1999,what is the name of this brand of Japanese toy?



Kubrick


15.The second highest ranking of the Great Officers of State,who in 2007 became the first British Lord Chancellor to be a member of the House of Commons, rather than the House of Lords?



Jack Straw


16.A series of strategic life-simulation games,it is also known for its range of expansion packs and spin-offs and was created by American video game designer,Will Wright in 2000.Which is the world's all-time best selling video game franchise,that is not owned by Nintendo?



The Sims


17.Held between 1977-1980,the Intervision Song Contest was staged as an equivalent to the Eurovision Song Contest.It was intended as a competition for countries from which geographical region?



Eastern Europe (or Eastern Bloc)


18.Becoming an official SI unit in 1999 and replacing the non-SI 'enzyme unit',what is the SI derived unit of catalytic activity?



Katal


19.Rising in the Khangai Mountains,it flows northwards for over 1100 km before joining the Selenge River.It then flows north into Russia and Lake Baikal.The River Orkhon is longest river in which Asian country?



Mongolia


20.In Norse mythology,which goddess and Queen of Asgard is described as the wife of Odin and mother of Baldr?



Frigg(a)


21.In 1962,the African countries of Rwanda and Burundi,became independent from which European nation?



Belgium


22.Which Jewish holiday commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people as told in the Book of Esther?



Purim


23.Mandarin,English,French and Spanish are four of the six official languages of the United Nations.Name one of the other two?



Arabic and Russian


24.Academy Award nominated for 'Best Picture',(amongst others),which 1990 film was advertised with the tagline 'Murderers come with smiles'?



Goodfellas


25.Still in existence in China, North Korea, Laos, Vietnam, and Cuba,what one word term,first used in Russia in 1917,describes the executive committee of a Communist political party?



Politburo


26.Taking its name from the French word meaning 'grape harvest',what was the name of first month of the French Revolutionary calendar?



Vendemiaire


27.Replacing the Australian dollar in 1975,it is made up from made up from 100 toea.Which Pacific nation uses the 'Kina' as its currency?



Papua New Guinea


28.Since the inaugural World Badminton Championships in 1977,the Mens and Womens singles events,have only been won by representatives from three countries.China and Indonesia are two,but which European country is the third?



Denmark


29.An example would be the sentence 'he lost his coat and he lost his temper'.Which English grammatical term is used to describe a sentence which joins two nouns with a common verb or adjective,but each having a different meaning?



Zeugma


30.Which city is the location for the stock exchange that is the largest in Canada, the third largest in North America and the seventh largest in the world by market capitalisation?



Toronto