Sunday, 23 September 2012

Sunday Quiz 74

OK, I have a 40 question sports quiz for you tonight.
I hope you enjoy,even if you are not a sports fan. If you are,then this should be a good workout.
I've also,regrettably,removed the facility to leave comments as I think somebody is trying to spoil the site for others.
 Also,for some reason there is quite a gap before you can see these questions. I have no idea why this has happened,but I have not got my usual computer here,soI assume is something to do with the file
Anyway I hope you enjoy this batch  (somewhere below!)............................

1.One of the few top players to play with long sleeves,he has the nickname ‘The Matchstick’. Which Dutch darts player partnered Raymond Van Barneveld to win the inaugural PDC World Cup of Darts in 2010?
Co Stompe
2.To  date, five golfers have won a career ‘Grand Slam’ ,by winning the US Masters, US Open, British Open and USPGA Championships. Tiger Woods, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus are three of these players, name either of the other two?
Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan
3.Sounding like a school football team and based in his home city of Rosario,from which Argentine football club did Barcelona sign Lionel Messi at just 11 years of age? 
Newell's Old Boys
4.Reaching the semi-final of the Snooker World Championship in 2000 and 2001,which Northern Irish player is nicknamed ‘The Outlaw’?
Joe Swail
5.In March 2012,Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar created history by becoming the first cricketer to score 100 international Test centuries.Against which national team,did he score his first in August 1990?
6.In road cycling,three races  make up the ‘Grand Tours’.The Tour de France and Giro d’Italia are two,but which European race is the other?
Vuelta a Espana

7.At the 1984 Los Angeles Games,she became engaged in a tight contest  with Ecaterina Szabo of Romania.Which American became the first female gymnast from outside Eastern Europe to win the Olympic all-around title?
Mary Lou Retton
8.At which weight category did Tyrell Biggs,Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko all win Olympic Gold medals?
Super Heavyweight
9. Known as Shuttlecock or Featherball in the West,what is the name of the traditional Asian game in which players aim to keep a heavily weighted shuttlecock in the air using their feet and other parts of the body (but not hands)?
10. Franziska van Almsick,from Germany,has the distinction of receiving the most career Olympic medals (10) without ever winning a gold medal. Appearing  between 1992 and 2004,in which sport did she compete?
11.Which of the legendary  French tennis players known as ‘The Four Musketeers’,was the only one not to win a Grand Slam singles title,although he did win 10 Grand Slam doubles titles?
Jacques Brugnon
12.Inspired by LeBron James,which US basketball team won their second NBA title in 2012,beating Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1?

Miami Heat

13.Surpassing Viv Richards’ 30 year old achievement,which Pakistani batsman,in 2006, hit a world record 1788 Test runs in a single calendar year?

Mohammed Yousuf

14.Baseball was eliminated from the Olympic programme after being an official event between 1992-2008. Which Asian country won that final 2008 competition and Gold medal,in Beijing?
South Korea
15.Who is the only non-German (male) football player to receive a FIFA World cup medal as a winner, runner-up and third place?
Franco Baresi
16.In cycling,what is the distance,in metres,of a lap of an Olympic standard velodrome?
250 Metres
17.Today the term is used to describe its country’s competitors in a variety of sports.What two-word name was originally  given to the 1920s athletes Hannes Kolehmainen, Ville Ritola and Paavo Nurmi ,due to their dominance in middle and long distance running?
Flying Finn(s)
18.In Judo grading,what colour belts denotes the highest ranks of ninth and tenth dan?
Red (not Red and White)
19.Winning 3 Gold,2 Silver and 1 Bronze medal,which African nation finished highest on the official IOC 2012 Olympic medal table?
South Africa
20.Founded in 1953 by Michael Kogan,which Japanese video game developer and manufacturer,created the original 'Space Invaders' coin-operated arcade game?
21.Based on an infamous UK event in 1963,it became equally popular in West Germany.Which  board game was created by Bruce Barrymore Halpenny in the early 1970s?
The Great Train Robbery
22.Appearing at three Games,(1992-1998),who is currently the most decorated Winter Olympian,winning 12 medals in total?

Bjorn Dahlie 
23.Acheiving the feat during the 1990s,which American Football team reached a record four consecutive Superbowl finals,but failed to win any?
Buffalo Bills
24.In boardsports,such as surfing,a person who rides their  board with the left leg at the front,,is known as 'regular'.Named after a Disney cartoon character,,what name is given to somebody who rides with their right leg positioned at the front?
25.Only two male skiers (to date) have won  13 World Cup races in a single season.Name either?
Ingemar Stenmark and Hermann Maier
26.The Catalan Dragons are currently the only team in Rugby League’s ‘Super League’ that are based outside of England. In which French city are they based?
27.Invented by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, which Olympic event was created to  simulate the experience of a 19th century cavalry soldier behind enemy lines?
Modern Pentathlon
28.Demolished in 2009,which legendary sports stadium was the former home (at various times) to  NewYork’s Mets and Yankees baseball teams,as well as the Jets and Giants football teams?

The Shea Stadium (officially the William A Shea Municipal Stadium 


29.Captained by Darren Maroon and formed largely of players from inner-city Sydney ,which national Rugby League team,qualified for their first and (so far) only Rugby League World Cup in 2000?
30.Which country provided the winner of the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship in 1959,1960,1966 and 1980?
31.In 2008,he became the first Norwegian to win an Olympic swimming medal.In 2012,he tragically died aged just 26.What is his name

Alexander Dale Oen 

32.Although they have never qualified for the World Cup,they have made the finals of the African Nations Cup 3 times since 2004.Which West African national football team have the nickname, ‘The Squirrels’?
33.The sport’s equivalent of the Ryder Cup,what is the name of the annual USA versus Europe 9-Ball pool tournament?
Mosconi Cup
34.After beating Maragret Court six months earlier,which male tennis player famously lost to Billie-Jean King in a more high profile (and televised) ‘Battle of the Sexes’ exhibition match?
Bobby Riggs
35.Founded in 1902 in The Netherlands,it is a mixed gender team sport similar to netball and basketball.What is the name of this sport,whose name derives from a Dutch word for the sport’s ‘basket’?
36.In 1975 the West Indies won the first ever cricket World Cup.Which team were beaten in the final?


37.One of Australia's premier sporting events,the ‘State of Origin’ is a best-of-three series of rugby league matches between which two states?

Queensland and New South Wales

38.At which racecourse is the Melbourne Cup horse race run annually?


39.A name also used to describe versatile defensive football player,what name is given to  a specialist defensive player on a volleyball team,noted for wearing a different colour jersey to their team-mates?


40.Greg Hancock,Tomasz Gollob and Jason Crump have all been recent World Champions in which motor sport?


Thursday, 20 September 2012

Thursday Quiz 76

Here is another batch for you to have a go at.

I'm on holiday next week, but I will try to provide some sort of quizzing. I do have a sports quiz ready, so you may well get that at some point. I'll keep you posted

Just a quick one. Could you please ask before advertising anything on this site. I'll happily link most relevant/good sites, but books/DVDs/Games/random sites etc I will not,without permission sought

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

1.Polish sportswoman,Natalia Partyka,competed in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2008 and  2012.She won gold at both Paralympics and reached the last 32 in the London Olympic event.In which sport does she compete?

Table Tennis

2.Also known as Forkbeard,he was father of Cnut The Great and son of Harald Bluetooth.Who was the first of the Danish Kings of England?(first name needed)?

Sweyn I

3.Completed in 1997 ,it is an iconic feature of the city's skyline.The observation and telecommunications tower known as the  'Sky Tower',is the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere.In which city is it located?


4.Formed in Sydney in 1991,this five-piece group have acheived sales of over 17 million DVDs and four million CDs.In 2002 they had become the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) most successful pre-school television programme.What is the name of this musical group who are familiar to children throughout the world,particularly on The Disney Channel?

The Wiggles

5.Jamaica broke the world record in the mens 4x100 metre relay at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and the 2009 and 2011 World Athletics Championships.Unsurprisingly Usain Bolt ran in all four races,but which other athlete also represented them in those races?

Michael Frater

6.Established in 1957,which European capital city is home to the International Atomic Energy Agency?


7.Familiar to fans of 'first-person shooter' video games,what is the name of the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government?

Medal of Honor

8.Sharing its name with a 2003 film,nominated for seven Academy Awards,what is the name of the prison central to the 1996 Stephen King novel and 1999 film 'The Green Mile'?

Cold Mountain

9.Created in 1994  by Namco,this fighting video game franchise has become popular across most formats and spawned three films.Its main characters include Heihachi Mishima, Paul Phoenix, Nina Williams and Yoshimitsu and is centred around the 'King of Iron Fist Tournament'.What is the name of this franchise? 


10.Formed in Dresden in 1905,its name is translated into English as 'The Bridge'.
What (German) name was given to the group of German expressionists that included Fritz Bleyl, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner amongst its members?

Die Brucke

11.Located in Harris County in Texas,it is named after a famous 1836 battle.What is the name of the world's tallest memorial?

San Jacinto Memorial

12.Formed in Puerto Rico by siblings Residente and Visitante and PG-13,they are particularly popular across Latin America and  have won two Grammy awards for 'Best Latin Urban album'.With albums including 'Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo' (2008) and 'Entren Los Que Quieran' (2010),which band has won more Latin Grammy awards than any other artist?

Calle 13

13.Existing (approximately) between 100AD and 900AD,the Kingdom of Aksum was noted as a great power and important trading nation.It is one of the believed locations of the Ark of the Covenant and also the purported home of the Queen of Sheba.In which modern day African nation can this Kingdom (now a city) be found?


14.Representing the Sandinista National Liberation Front (albeit under various guises),who originally led Nicaragua between 1985-1990 before returning to power in 2007?

Daniel Ortega

15.According to Thomas Hardy's novel The Return of The Native',they were known as 'black-hearts'.In Scandanavia they are popularly used in pies and in Romania it is uded as a base for the liquer Afinata.Closely related to the blueberry and huckleberry,what name is given to this wild fruit from the Vaccinium genus?


16.With Chur as the capital,it is the largest canton by area and most easterly in Switzerland.Which Swiss canton is the only one where the Romansh language is still spoken?

Graubunden (or Grisons)

17.Despite directing films such as 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes','Bringing Up Baby' and 'Rio Bravo',his only nomination for an Academy Award came in 1942 for 'Sergeant York' .Which American film director did,however, receive and Honorary Academy Award in 1975?

Howard Hawks

18.With a population of around 30,000,which Mediterranean island takes its name from the Arabic meaning 'moutain of Tariq'?


19.In a conflict which saw the Bourbons take on the Prussians and the Austrian Habsburgs,in which decade of the 18th century did the War of Polish Succession take place?

1730s (1733-1738)

20.Of the 5 individual swimming events contested over 200m at an Olympic Games,which has the slowest World record?

200m Breaststroke

21.Which famous Italian was shot and killed outside his Miami home,in July 199, by spree killer Andrew Cunanan?

Gianni Versace

22.Characterised by a milky-white glaze,it is a type of Majolica pottery,specifically from the Mexican city of Puebla.Taking its name from a Spanish city,also known for its ceramics,it is also the name of an 1809 battle of the Peninsular War.What is the name of this Mexican type of pottery?


23.Nominated for an Academy award four times,(including nominations in two different categories in 2002),her best known films include 'Boogie Nights' (1997),The Big Lebowski(1998) and The Hours (2002).What is the name of this actress,who also showed an incredible likeness to Sarah Palin,after portraying her in the television film 'Game Change' in 2010?

Julianne Moore

24.Its first  recipients were Barney Clark and William Schroeder,who survived 112 and 620 days after their respective surguries.Which medical innovation,designed by Robert Jarvik, was first successfully implanted in 1982?

Artificial Heart

25.Named after the 15th century Sultanate that ruled in this area,what is the name of the narrow stretch of water that lies between the Malay Peninsula and the Indonesian island of Sumatra?

Strait of Malacca

26.Previously known as Port Clarence and Santa Isabel,which city,located on Bioko Island,is the capital of Equatorial Guinea?


27.Taken from the Hebrew meaning 'head of the year',which festival,usually occuring in early autmn,celebrates the Jewish New Year?

Rosh Hashanah

28.At the 1987 US Open ,Martina Navratilova became the last player (so far)to win the 'Triple Crown' of singles,doubles and mixed doubles titles at a single tennis Grand slam tournament.Who was her Spanish partner in the mixed doubles event?

Emilio Sanchez

29.Working as a judge on the 2011 French edition of the 'X-Factor',which Corsican musician was a founding member of the pop group 'The Police',replaced by  Andy Summers in August 1977?

Henry Padovani

30.Celebrated each year at the 'place des Cordeliers',for which historical event did the French commune of Annonay become noted in 1783?

First hot air balloon flight  (as demonstrated by the Mongolfier brothers)

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Sunday Quiz 73

Another little workout for you

Have fun...................

1.Best known for his collaborations with composer Burt Bacharach,which prolific American lyricist died in September 2012?

Hal David

2.Inspired by the Vanuatu ritual called 'land diving',which extreme sport was popularised in the 1980s by the New Zealand entrepeneur AJ Hackett?

Bungee Jumping

3.Created by Keenan and Damon Wayans,it was an American comedy sketch show that ran between 1990-1994.It is particularly noted as a show that launched the careers of Jim Carrey,Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Lopez.Shown globally,what was the name of this show?

In Living Color

4.It has the chemical symbol Pr and the atomic number 59.Which rare earth chemical element,discovered in 1885,takes its name for the Greek meaning 'green twin'?


5.In 1978,which Italian Prime Minister was kidnapped and eventually killed by a left-wing group known as the 'Red Brigades'?

Aldo Moro

6.Two UN member countries do not recognise North Korea as an independent state.South Korea,not surprisingly is one,which is the other?


7.Yellow is famously used in the Tour de France,but which colour jersey is worn by the leader of the Giro d'Italia cycle race?


8.Her best selling novel 'The Good Earth',won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 and in 1938 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938.Which prolific US author spent most of her life in China and was also known by the name Sai Zhenzhu?

Pearl Buck

9.His appearances on 'Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew' in the late 2000s would be his final TV 'work'.Which actor,who died in 2011,is best known for playing the character of Bobby Wheeler in the 1970s/80s sitcom 'Taxi' and 'Kenickie' in the 1976 film 'Grease'?

Jeff Conaway

10.Native to South America,they have two species,known as the 'Northern' and 'Southern'.Usually around 40cm in height and 80cm in length,what is the world's smallest deer?


11.Classed as an independent sovereign island nation,it comprises over 600 islands within the four states of Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae.What is the name of this nation?

Federated States of Micronesia

12.Derived from Greek meaning 'fiftieth day',which Christian festival is celebrated 50 days after Easter Sunday?

Pentecost (Whitsun also accepted)

13.On general release in 2012,it was the directorial debut of the actor Ralph Fiennes.Fiennes took the lead role,with Gerard Butler taking the role of 'Tullus Aufidius' and Vanessa Redgrave playing 'Volumnia'.What was the name of this film,an adaptation of a Shakespeare play?


14.Today,it is the 3rd largest region in Ghana and renowned for its gold reserves.It was an Empire between 1670-1902 which fought two wars against the English in the 19th century(,the first of which saw Governor Charles MacCarthy killed).Sharing its name with an American R&B singer,what is the name of this Empire?


15.Bordering French Guiana and Suriname to the North,it is one of Brazil's most northerly states with around 90% of the state covered by Amazon rainforest.Originally known as Portuguese Guiana,by what name is this state known today?


16.Which Caribbean island nation was the birthplace of the pop singer and rapper Nicki Minaj?

Trinidad (and Tobago)

17.Also featured in the title of a work by Handel,which High Priest was instrumental in bringing King Solomon to the throne?

Zadok (the Priest)

18.In 1915 Reuters ran a report claiming two (well-known) scientists were to receive the Nobel Prize for physics.It is speculated that they were not awarded the prize due to their animosity towards each other and instead the award was given to William and William Bragg.Name one of the scientists mentioned on the Reuters report?

Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison

19.Playing 136 times and appearing at the World Cup Finals four times,who has made the most appearances for the Italian national football team?

Fabio Cannavaro

20.Found on the slopes of Mount Parnassus,which Greek town was the home of one of the most important oracles in Greek mythology and is also used as a shrine to the god Apollo?


21.Also the title of a 1998 film starring Rober De Niro,what name was given to a Japanese serf that had fled his master's land or a samurai who had lost his master?


22.Designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau,it was completed in 1993.It is the 7th largest mosque in the world and has the world's tallest minaret.In which country can the Hassan II Mosque be found?


23.Which 19th century Scottish essayist and historian was the subject of the Whistler painting 'Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2'?

Thomas Carlyle

24.Named after the the Titan father of Atlas, Prometheus, Epimetheus, and Menoetius,which is the third largest of Saturn's moons?


25.In the 1923 film 'Safety Last!',Harold Lloyd is seen hanging from a clock attached to the (modern day) International Savings and Exchange Bank Building.In which US city can this building be found?

Los Angeles

26.With many of his works rewritten by the Brothers Grimm,which 17th century French author is most noted for introducing the fairy tale genre,with works including 'Puss In Boots','Little Red Riding Hood' and 'Cinderella'?

Charles Perrault

27.Mostly found in Mumbai,their name literally means 'box person'.What name is given to the workers who collect and deliver lunches from office workers' homes?


28.The subject of a 1996 Schonberg and Boublil musical,his story was also used as a basis of the 1993 film 'Sommersby'.Arnaud du Tilh was famously the imposter of which 16th century French peasant?

Martin Guerre

29.The subject of a painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder,which biblical structure,according to the Book of Genesis,was built on the plains of Shinar?

Tower of Babel

30.Which female American swimmer and backstroke specialist won four gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games,the most of any female swimmer at the Games?

Missy Franklin

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Thursday Quiz 75

Here is Thursday's Quiz

Should keep you busy for a while. I only found Question 1 today,but thought it quite interesting


1.Named after one of the country's most famous sportsmen,which Belgian player,in 2012,won his second 3-cushion billiard World Championship?

Eddy Merckx

2. The two main islands of this archipelago are Graham Island in the north, and Moresby Island in the south.Located on the North Coast of British Columbia,it is also known locally as Haida Gwaii.By what regal name is this archipelago usually known in English?

Queen Charlotte Islands

3.Their EP 'To Mother',reached number one in the UK Indie charts,whilst their 1992 album 'Fontanelle' was,globally, the most commercially successful of this all-girl punk band. Sharing a name with a Laurel and Hardy film,as well as a Victor Herbert operetta,what was the name of this band,which had Courtney Love as a bass player between 1987-1989?

Babes In Toyland

4.Which of Puccini's operas is the Jonathan Larson musical, 'Rent' ,largely based?

La Boheme

5.Sharing a name with a strategy game,what was the name of the 2012 science fiction film,starring Liam Neeson,that also saw Rihanna make her theatrical film debut?


6.The world's richest prize for children's literature is currently awarded annually in Sweden and worth around 5 million Swedish krona.After which native author is it named?

Astrid Lindgren

7.Sounding similar to an exercise class,which city,prior to Lilongwe, served as the capital of Malawi (and Nyasaland before that)?


8.The daughter of a former Spanish Formula One driver,which Marussia Racing Team test driver,in July 2012,was seriously injured at Duxford Aerodrome,resulting in the loss of her right eye?

Maria de Villota

9.Often remembered as the man behind the implementation of apartheid,which South African Prime Minister was assassinated in 1966 by Dimitri Tsafendas?

Hendrik Verwoerd

10.Born in 1891,which American author is known for creating controversial novels including 'Tropic of Cancer','Tropic of Capricorn' and 'Black Spring'?

Henry Miller

11.Directed by Don Siegel and shot at Folsom State prison,which 1954 prison drama was banned in the UK upon its initial release?

Riot In Cell Block 11

12.Established in 1962,they were formed as an elite counter-guerilla force that could operate from the sea,air and land.Originally made up of the US navy's underwater demolition teams,how is fighting force usually known today?

(US Navy) SEALs

13.Flying aboard Soyuz 28, Vladimir Remek became the first non Soviet or American to be launched into space.Which country does he now represent in the European Parliament?

Czech Republic

14.Which word can be a model of Porsche car,a type of chili pepper or the capital of French Guiana?


15.With former players including Laurent Blanc,Eric Cantona and Carlos Valderama,which French football team won its first ever Ligue 1 Championship in 2012,beating Paris St Germain by 3 points?


16.It is the closest airport to San Marino (which has no airport of its own).Which Italian film director is honoured at this airport in Rimini?

Federico Fellini

17.Named after a German physicist who described it in 1852,what name is given to the curved motion of a spinning ball as seen in many sports,especially racquet sports?

Magnus Effect

18.Four of the first five US Presidents were all born in which US state?


19.In 1998,which Canadian author wrote the novel 'Girlfriend In A Coma',named after a 1987 single by The Smiths?

Douglas Coupland

20.In May 2012,Keira Knightley became engaged to the musician James Righton.Of which Mercury Music Award-winning band is he a member?

The Klaxons

21.Currently head coach of the Racers Track Club,who is the successful coach of Usain Bolt?

Glen Mills

22.Also the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte,which city is both the largest and the capital of Corsica?


23.Founded in 1907 it was renamed in 1951.Its name is derived from the Japanese kanji's meaning 'Osaka engine manufacture'.Mostly known for its smaller models and off-road vehicles,which is Japan's oldest car manufacturer?


24.A Greek heroine,she refused to marry any man unless he could beat her in a foot race.Who was the only female argonaut?


25.Constructed during the mid 10th century by Badis ben Habus,it now stands as a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Andalucian city of Granada.Which name,literally translated in English as 'the red one',also shares its name with a model of car made by SEAT?


26.According to Forbes magazine,which NFL Quarterback was rated as the highest paid American football player between June 2011 and 2012,earning an estimated $42.4 million?

Peyton Manning

27.What name,shared by an Olympic event, was given to the alleged German plan to assassinate Stalin,Churchill and Roosevelt at the 1943 Tehran Conference during World War II?

Operation Long Jump

28.Set over three decades in the life of the Marryott family,which Noel Coward play was adapted into a 1933 film,that went on to win the Best Picture Academy Award?


29.Her most famous work is 'Gigi',upon which the Lerner and Loewe musical is based.By what one-word name is this French author and performer,born with the first name Gabrielle,more commonly known?


30.Which 1945 Alfred Hitchcock film is noted for having a 'dream sequence' created by Salvador Dali?


Sunday, 9 September 2012

New- Sunday Quiz 72

Well I'm back at last with some new questions to keep you busy.

As usual there are 30 of them.The next 30 will appear on Thursday night.

This set has probably a slightly higher 'trash' element than normal,but I hope that doesn't spoil your enjoyment too much.

1.With both areas surrounded by a British Overseas Territory,Ormidhia and Xylotymvou are exclaves administered by which country?


2.Also a noted dramatist,which 17th/18th century architect is best known for his designs of Castle Howard and Blenheim Palace?

John Vanbrugh

3.Discovered in 2005,Dysnomia is a moon that orbits which dwarf planet?


4.Located in Arizona and northern parts of Mexico,which desert is the only place in the world where the famous Saguaro cactus,(which grows up to 70 feet high),can be found growing in the wild?

Sonoran Desert

5.He was assassinated in 1978 as part of the Saur Revolution.Which statesman,in 1973, overthrew the monarchy of his cousin, Mohammed Zahir Shah,declaring himself as the first President of Afghanistan?

Mohammed Daoud Khan

6.Receiving the award for a 2002 film,who is the youngest actor to win the Best Actor Academy Award?

Adrien Brody (for 'The Pianist')

7.Formed in 2009,they are an off-shoot from the band.The Raconteurs,and have released albums entitled 'Horehound' and 'Sea Coward'.What is the name of this band,whose members include Jack White and lead singer Alison Mosshart?

The Dead Weather

8.The famous boxers,Laszlo Papp,Floyd Patterson and Michael Spinks,all won Olympic Gold medals at which weight?


9.A soft silvery metal it has the atomic number 58.Which chemical element is named after the dwarf planet discovered in 1801 by Giuseppe Piazzi?

Cerium (after Ceres)

10.Connecting the Adriatic Sea with the Ionian Sea,which Strait seperates Italy from Albania?

Strait of Otranto

11.Adapted into a 2012 blockbuster film,which American author created 'The Hunger Games' trilogy of novels?

Suzanne Collins

12.Arriving in Paris in 1904,he refused to work with Auguste Rodin,saying 'no-one could flourish under a big tree'.Which Romanian sculptor created pieces including 'The Kiss' ,'Bird In Space' and 'Sleeping Muse'?

Constantin Brancusi

13.Published and developed by Konami,it is a popular video game franchise,known in Japan as 'World Soccer:Winning Eleven'.How is this franchise better known outside of Japan?

Pro Evolution Soccer

14.This comic book superhero has the alter-ego Clint Barton and was played on screen by Jeremy Renner in the 2012 film 'The Avengers'.What is the name of this character,who may also be familiar to tennis fans?


15.The small European state of Andorra,is governed by a co-principality.The incumbent President of France is one of the 'co-princes' ,but which religous leader,whose diocese also includes part of Catalonia,is the other?

Bishop of Urgell (currently Joan Enric Vives Sicilia)

16.Julius Nyerere International,serves as which African country's principal airport?


17.Which South African writer,winner of both the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Booker prize (twice),has written novels including 'The Life and Times of Michael K','The Master of Petersburg' and 'Diary of a Bad Year'?

JM Coetzee

18.Originally created by Norbert Jacques and inspired by characters such as 'Fu Manchu' and 'Fantomas', what was the name of the fictional villain that became the subject of three films by Fritz Lang?

Dr Mabuse

19.The Absheron Peninsula extends around 37miles (or 60km) eastwards into the Caspian Sea. It is also forms the most easterly section of the Caucasus Mountains.It is a region of which capital city,that has an estimated (2010)population of 2.1 million?


20.The UPC-Arena in Graz,Austria,is the home of the city's top two football clubs and has also hosted World Cup qualifying games.Between 1995-2005 it was known by what name,dedicated to one of the country's most famous exports?

Arnold Schwarzenegger Stadium

21.Generally described as 'indie rock' they are a Boston band formed in 1986.Their albums include 'Doolittle'(1989),'Bossanova' (1990) and 'Trompe Le Monde' (1991) and their most well known single is,perhaps,1989's 'Monkey Gone To Heaven'. What is the name of this group,whose line-up includes Black Francis,Kim Deal,Joey Santiago and David Lovering?

(The) Pixies

22.What is the name of the 7th cenutry BC Athenian lawmaker,widely known for his harsh laws and particularly remembered for creating the first written constitution of Athens?

Draco (where the term 'Draconian' is derived)

23.Preceeding Helen Clark in the role,who,in 1997 became noted as the first female Prime Minister of New Zealand?

Jenny Shipley

24.A Polish athlete,she competed at 5 Olympic Games between 1964 and 1980,winning 7 medals, (3 of them gold).She is also the only athlete(male or female) to have broken the world record in the 100m,200m and the 400 m events.What is her name?

Irena Szewinska

25.Featured in the centre of its coat of arms,it dominates the skyline of the capital,Yerevan.Which biblical location is seen as the national symbol of Armenia?

Mount Ararat

26.What was the surname of the father and son who won the Nobel Prize for Physics 53 years apart,in 1922 and 1975 respectively?

Bohr (Niels and Aage respectively)

27.Bounded on the east by the Canadian province of Ontario and on the west by the US state of Michigan,which is the second largest,in area, of the five 'Great Lakes'?

Lake Huron

28.In the human body,what common name is usually used to describe the zygomatic bone?

Cheek Bone

29.Promising Martin Luther safe conduct if he would appear,which Holy Roman Emperor presided over the 1521 Diet of Worms?

Charles V

30.She was the equivalent of the Greek goddess Hecate and her name may be very familiar to quiz enthusiasts.Who,in Roman mythology,was the goddess of sorcery and witchcraft and 'was seen only by the barking of dogs who told of her approach'?