Thursday, 19 April 2012

Thursday Quiz 73

More WQC revision for those of you who are interested.

For those of you who are not,enjoy this challenging set anyway..........

1.Similar to the game boules,which paralympic sport,designed for wheelchair users and those with limited motor skills,involves throwing leather balls at a jack,with the aim of being the closest to it?


2.The 'Rocket-Powered Recoilless Weapon' was the brainchild of Dr Robert H. Goddard as a side project of his work on rocket propulsion.Also used to describe any shoulder-fired missile weapon,by what generic one-word name is this weapon known today?


3.Surpassing Nokia in 2011 to become the third largest smartphone maker in the world (behind Apple and Samsung),which Asian country is home to the telecommunications giants,'HTC'?


4.Since her 1998 debut with the single 'Poker Face',she has sold over 50 million records in Japan, making her the best selling solo singer in Japanese history.She has also made three of the world's top 20,most expensive pop videos ever.What is the name of this Japanese icon,known as 'Ayu' to her fans?

Ayumi Hamasaki

5.Which Hungarian-born,Israeli biochemist, was jointly awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize for Chemistry,along with Aaron Ciechanover and Irwin Rose, 'for the discovery of ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation'?

Avram Hershko

6.The musical director of the English National Opera between 1979-1993,he has also been appointed principal conductor for several prestigious British Symphony orchestras during his career.Who was appointed chief conductor and musical director of the Halle Orchestra in 2000,a role he still holds today?

Mark Elder

7.Endemic to certain islands of Indonesia,from where its name derives,what is the largest living species of lizard,growing up to 3 metres long in many cases?

Komodo Dragon

8.Based on a 19th century poem by Alexander Pushkin,what is the name of the Tchaikovsky opera,that tells the story of a bored St Petersburg dandy?

Eugine Onegin

9.Founded in 1983,'Just For Laughs' is the largest international comedy festival in the world.In which Canadian city is it held?


10.An over-the-counter medicine,it is produced worldwide by Procter and Gamble,to treat minor digestive system upsets.Its active ingredient is bismuth subsalicylate,from which it derives its name.Which medicine is often nicknamed 'the pink stuff',following various advertising campaigns?


11.Rising to international fame with their debut album, 'Hybrid Theory'in 1996,they have since sold over 50 million albums worldwide and received two Grammy Awards.Which popular American rock band is led by vocalist,Chester Bennington?

Linkin Park

12.One of the most notorious prisons in the world,Thailand's Bangkwang Jail is usually known by what colloquial name in the Western world?

Bangkok Hilton

13.What is the name of 53km tunnel,the longest railway tunnel in the world, which links the Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido?

Seikan Tunnel

14.Held in Wales in 1991,which national team won the first Womens Rugby Union World Cup,beating England 19-6 in the final?


15.With an atomic number of 86,which is the densest of the noble gases,under standard conditions?


16.The Confederate States of America was a government set up under President Jefferson Davis between 1861-1865 by 11 Southern slave states.In this period it had 3 cities serve as its capital with Montgomery in Alabama being the first.Name either of the ither two,both cities in the state of Virginia?

Richmond and Danville

17.Written in 1876,it is described as a fantastical 'nonsense' poem and Lewis Carroll's last great work.What is the title this work which explores the adventures of a bizarre crew of tradesmen, and one beaver, who set off to find the poem's eponymous creature?

The Hunting of the Snark

18.Commissioned by Edward James in 1937 ,after which Hollywood actress is the iconic Salvador Dali wooden and satin sofa,named?

Mae West

19.On the Periodic Table,which element,in terms of atomic number,is the first to use two consonants as its chemical symbol?

Magnesium (Mg number 12)

20.Held in great respect in ancient times and obtaining its name from a legend in the 'Letter of Aristeas',what is the name of the historic Greek translation of the Old Testament adopted by Christians?


21.In 1978 Emilio Marcos Palma made history be becoming the first recorded baby to be born in which part of the world?


22.According to the sport's regulations,all Speedway motorcycles must only use which specific substance for fuel?


23.The Turkish professional football club,Bucaspor,is currently the only top-tier team from which city,Turkey's third largest by population?


24.Holding an annual exhibition for ten years in the late 19th century,what name was given to the group of Belgian painters, designers and sculptors, formed in 1883 by the Brussels lawyer, publisher, and entrepreneur Octave Maus?

Les Vingt

25.Named after the neuro-surgeon who first described it,what is the name of the hormone disorder caused by high levels of cortisol in the blood,causing rapid weight gain and associated with the consumption of certain steroids?

Cushing's Syndrome

26.Her surname is shared by a 1982 Italian football World Cup winner.Which Italian born nun who founded the 'Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus',became,in 1946,the first US citizen to be canonised as a saint?

Francis Xavier Cabrini

27.A feature,inparticular to Huntingdon's disease and Saint Vitus' Dance,what is the name of the involuntary ,jerky movements caused by damage to the part of the brain that controls muscular co-ordination?


28.Winning Peace Prize in 2001,who is the only Ghanaian Nobel Laureate?

Kofi Annan

29.What is the English title of the 1997 Italian film,that won 3 Academy Awards,including 'Best Actor' to Roberto Benigni for his portayal of a father who must employ his fertile imagination to help his family, during their internment in a Nazi concentration camp?

Life Is Beautiful

30.In 1911,the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire became one of the deadliest industrial disasters in US history,resulting in the deaths of around 140 workers.In which US city did this tragedy occur?

New York