Thursday, 26 April 2012

Thursday Quiz 74

Here is a set of WQC-type 'Low Brow' or 'Trash' questions  (sport,entertainment,lifestyle etc)


1.Played on a board of eight ranks by twelve files,what name is given to the German variant of chess,that takes its name from the German word for a chess bishop?

Courier Chess

2.Which Dutch sounding surname links the American golfer 'Bo',currently ranked in the World's Top 50,the siblings from the Peanuts comic strip,'Linus,Lucy and Reun' and the character 'Grace' played by Amanda Righetti in the US TV drama series 'The Mentalist'?

Van Pelt

3.In Ice hockey,in addition to scoring a goal and recording an assist,what would a player need to do to complete a 'Geordie Howe' hat-trick during a game?

Get into a fight

4.Which team won the last ever East German football league title in 1991?

FC Hansa Rostock

5.Best known for his role as Cliff Clavin in US sitcom 'Cheers', who provides the voice of 'Hamm the Piggy Bank' in the film Toy Story 3?

John Ratzenberger

6.Which pop superstar performed as a dancer with French disco artist,Patrick Hernandez,as well as performing vocals in the bands 'The Breakfast Club' and'Emmy', before signing a record deal with Sire records in 1981?


7.With types such as coronary,ureteral and prostatic,what name is given to the artificial tube,inserted into a natural passage in the body to 'prevent, or counteract, a disease-induced, localised flow constriction'?


8.American astrophysicist,cosmologist and Nobel Laureatre George Smoot III won US$ 1 million in 2009 on which US TV quiz show?

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

9.With examples and collections found in books such as 'The Blue Cliff Record' and 'The Book Of Equanimity',what is the name of the fundamental teachings of Zen Buddhism,designed to expose the limitations of the mind, as in the example,'Two hands clap and there is a sound; what is the sound of one


10.Founded in 1912 and closing in 1935,this 'slapstick' film studio, produced silent pictures that started the careers of Harold Lloyd,Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle ,amongst others.It also produced a namesake act.What is the name of these studios,based in Edendale,California?

Keystone Studios

11.'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' is an American reality television series that premiered in 2007 and has led to several spin-off shows.It follows the daily lives of American socialite Kim Kardashian and her family.Featured in the show,who is her famous father-in-law,an Olympic Gold Medal winning athlete from the 1976 Games in Montreal?

Bruce Jenner

12.Founded in Milan in 1910,which car manufacturer,with models including the Giulietta,Spider and Brera,is noted for being the make of car, in which the Italian driver ,Giuseppe Farina, won the first Formula One championship in 1950?

Alfa Romeo

13.Previously known under his stage name 'Sweet Mickey',the former recording artist,Michael Martelly became the President of which Central American country in May 2011?


14.Used in many parts of South Asia,which word or term,refers to a series of steps leading down to a water body,usually a holy river?


15.Traditionally this two word term refers to a fight involving three or more combatants, that is fought until only one fighter remains is used in  combat sports,but the term has a specific meaning, depending on the sports being discussed.It was also used in the title of a cult 2000 film by Kinji Fukasaku.Which term?

Battle Royal(e)

16.In 2000,the Dutch rock festival,'Pinkpop',was the first major public event to provide what resource for women?

Female Urinals

17.Best known for the design of the Sydney Opera House,architect Jorn Utzon,also created which Middle Eastern country's National Assemby building?


18.Which EU capital city's metro system includes the stations  Opera,Oktogon,Astoria and Stadionok?


19.Usually served with sushi,which root,also known as Japanese horseradish,belongs to the same family as cabbages, horseradish, and mustard?


20.He is head of  the film music division at Dreamworks Studios and has composed over 100 film scores.What is the name of this prolific German composer,who has written scores for film such as Gladiator,Inception,The Lion King and Frost/Nixon?

Hans Zimmer

21.Syreeta Wright was a Grammy nominated,American singer and songwriter who died in 2004.She is particularly noted for her collaborations with Billy Preston and which other music 'superstar',whom she was married between 1970 -1972?

Stevie Wonder

22.Selling more than 30 million records,she is among the most successful recording artists of all time in France. She also holds the record for the most number one hits in the French charts (which began in 1984), with twelve to date, eight of which were consecutive.Her most notable songs include 'Sans contrefacon', 'Libertine' and 'California'.Who is this prolific performer?

Mylene Farmer

23.The basis for several television series,films and even a theme park in Naantali, Finland,the 'Moomins' series of books and comic strips are the creation of which Swedish-Finn illustrator and writer?

Tove Jansson

24.His surname is familiar to astronomers.Playing for the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys,which American football linebacker,is noted as the only player to have won 5 'Superbowl' championships,doing so between 1989-1995?

Charles Haley was invented by naval engineer Richard James in the 1940s and first shown in Gimbel's department stores in has been used by NASA for experiments in zero-gravity and by John Cage in his 1959 'Sounds of Venice'.What is the name of this toy,which may be familiar to fans of the 'Toy Story' films?


26.Playing at the highest level in France, Italy and Spain for over 15 seasons,he was a World Cup winner in 1998 and European Championship winner two years later.Having recorded an impressive 142 appearances,who is the most capped player in the history of the French national football team?

Lilian Thuram

27.Slowly cooked at the table,in a mixture of soy sauce,sugar and minin,what meat is traditionally used in the Japanese Winter dish 'Sukiyaki'?


28.Which of the 'Seven Wonders of The Ancient World',would be located in the Turkish city of Bodrum,if it was to exist today?

Mausoleum of Halicarnassus

29.Awarded the prize for his performances in 1984,1985,1988 and 1992 films,which US actor holds the unenviable record, of receiving most Golden Raspberry Awards in the category of Worst Actor?

Sylvester Stallone

30.The last Brazilian film to have won an Academy Award was in 1985,when William Hurt won the award for Best actor. The film was also nominated in the Best Picture,Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay categories.Directed by Hector Babenco and based on the 1976 novel by Manuel Puig,what is the English title of this film,set in a Brazilian prison?

Kiss Of The Spider Woman