Sunday, 16 September 2012
Sunday Quiz 73
Another little workout for you
1.Best known for his collaborations with composer Burt Bacharach,which prolific American lyricist died in September 2012?
2.Inspired by the Vanuatu ritual called 'land diving',which extreme sport was popularised in the 1980s by the New Zealand entrepeneur AJ Hackett?
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'?
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?
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'?
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?
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'?
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?
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'?
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?
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?