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?


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


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?


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


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?


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?


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'?


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?


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?


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?


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?