Friday, 29 November 2013

Back soon - I've had flu (yes real flu)

Unfortunately over the past week, I've had real flu,so researching questions has not been something I've been able to do.

I'll hope to have some more questions for you soon.


The first winner of the Chamber's 'Book of Great Speeches' can now be announced as David Stainer.

Many congratulations on what was quite a successful competition.

Don't despair if you didn't win this time,as Chambers are offering the same prize in December. I'll make the amount of questions to be answered a bit less,as I know December is a busy month for all.

Answers the the quiz soon

Many thanks

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Next Main Quiz and Last Chance for the book

I recently passed a major landmark,with regards to number of visitors to this site. So,I would like to thank each and everyone of you that read the site. It's good to know that people out there are finding the site useful.

I imagine that I will run two quizzes (the Main Quiz and the Five Catgories Quiz) per week,for now,but that could change to more,depending on work,time etc etc.

I will also continue with my picture quiz on next one will be up in a few hours.

Also,I wanted to remind you that you have just a few hours to get your entries in to win yourself a Chamber's 'Book of Great Speeches' book.

See below, or to the side,for details.

Here's the quiz - Enjoy.................................

1.(Pictured) An American long distance swimmer,she first gained national attention in 1979 when she swam around Manhatten island.In September 2013,on her fifth attempt,she became the first person the swim between Cuba and Florida without using a shark cage.What is this remarkable 64 year old woman's name?

Diana Nyad

2.An arm of the Mediterranean,which sea is located between the Italian Riviera to the North and the island of Corsica to the south?

Ligurian Sea

3.In 1961,Gary Player became the  first non-American professional golfer ,to win the US Masters tournament.Who was the second non-American to take the title,achieving the feat in 1980?

Seve Ballesteros

4.It is bordered on the North by the Tagus River and on the South by the region of Algarve and is the capital of the Central Alentejo province.It is also home to Portugal's second oldest university and gives its name to an 1808 Battle,fought during the Peninsular War.What is the name of this Portuguese city,which is listed as a UNESCO Heritage site?


5.(Example of work pictured) Warner Bros music censored his initial artwork for Funkadelic’s 1981 album The Electric Spanking of War Babies. They deemed it  as inappropriate,due to the cover featuring an overtly phallic shaped spaceship that transported a naked woman. What is the name of this American artist and illustrator,who is best known for his elaborate cover designs for numerous Funkadelic and George Clinton (solo) albums?

Pedro Bell

6.He took part on the voyage of the Argo and was also the subject of a lost play by Aeschylus.Which King of Thrace,according to various accounts,was  tormented by the Harpies,who would steal his food,as part of a curse?


7.His father was a duke who supported the Revolution of 1789, but (the duke) was guillotined during the Reign of Terror.Following the July Revolution,he took over from the deposed Charles X as King,before being forced to abdicate himself,18 years later.Reigning from 1830-1848,which member of the House of Orleans,became the last King to rule France?

Louis Philippe I

8.It is a colourless,highly flammable liquid and natural constituent of crude oil. It was identified and isolated in 1825,by Michael Faraday,from the oily residue derived from the production of illuminating gas.What is the name of this chemical compound,which has the chemical formula  C6H6?


9.The Russian famine of 1601–1603 was Russia's worst famine in terms of proportional effect on the population, killing around a third of Russian people.Already in a politically unsettled state,the many deaths contributed to social disruption and helped bring about the downfall of which Tsar,who is also the subject of an opera by Modest Mussorgsky?

Boris Godunov

10..The World Ice Art Championships is an ice sculpting contest that is the largest of its kind in the world and attended by more than 100 sculptors from 30 different countries every year.The contest also draws tens of thousands of spectators.It is held annually in which Alaskan city,the state's second largest by population and also home to the oldest of Alaska's current colleges?


11.(Pictured) He started his career directing music videos for bands like Bad Religion and NOFX. He made his feature film directorial debut with the 1997 film 'Mousehunt',and followed it up with 'The Mexican' in 2001. He is,however,best known as the director of the first three 'Pirates of the Caribbean' films. What is the name of this Hollywood director,who,in 2013,teamed up with Johnny Depp,again, in 'The Lone Ranger',only to receive poor reviews?

Gore Verbinski

12.Taken from the Latin meaning 'alone self',it is a belief that the external world and other minds cannot be known,so might not exist outside the own mind.What is the name of this philosophical idea,that suggests only one's mind (I), is sure to exist?


13.(Pictured) Native to many countries in the northern half of Africa,they are a species of the family Bovidae and genus Taurotragus.Sometimes known as the 'Lord Derby' species they can run at up to 70 km per hour and inhabit broad-leafed savannas, woodlands and glades.What is the name of this animal,the largest of the antelopes? (Two words needed)

Giant Eland

14.Issyk Kul is a lake in the northern Tian Shan mountains. Although it is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, it never freezes,hence its name means 'hot lake',in its native language.It is the tenth largest lake in the world by volume and the second largest saline lake,after the Caspian Sea.It is also the second largest mountain lake in the world,after Titicaca.In which country is Lake Issyk Kul located?


15.(Pictured) He has won four gold medals in the last three Winter Olympics.He has also won eight World Championship Gold medals and nine World Cup Championships.What is the name of this German bobsleigh pilot,the most successful bobsleigh racer of all-time?

Andre Lange

16.Having a name in common with one of the largest moons,what name,in Greek mythology,is given to the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite,usually represented by having the upper body of a human and the tail of a fish?


17.(Pictured) Unveiled in June 2013,which Asian telecommunications company unveiled the world's slimmest smartphone,called the Ascend P6?


18.It is located in the southern suburbs of Paris and operated by the Ministry of Justice.It houses a male and female prison,as well as a juvenile prison and a Gendarmerie Barracks.It is also home to many of France's most notorious criminal convicts. With a capacity of 3800 prisoners,what is the largest prison in both France and Europe?


19.Located on the north coast of Turkey,it is a city of about half a million people and is also a major Black Sea port.It is most famous,however,as the site where Mustafa Kemal Ataturk established the Turkish liberation movement on May 19, 1919, the date which traditionally marks the beginning of the Turkish War of Independence.What is the name of this Turkish city?


20.It also shared its name with the codename for one of Adolf Hitler's World War II Eastern Front military headquarters.A useful propoganda tool,this group had a number of instances of violence attributed them, but none have been proven.Named after a mythical creature,what name was given to the 1944 Nazi group,who would act as a special commando force,which would operate behind enemy lines as the Allies advanced through Germany?


21.Often associated with a severe vitamin A deficiency,is described by pathologic dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea,where the conjunctiva becomes dry, thick and wrinkled.Taken from the Greek meaning 'dry eyes',what is the name of this medical condition in which the eye fails to produce tears?


22.(Pictured) Founded in 1993,they launched their first car, the 'Kancil', in August 1994.They mainly produce small cars,such as the 'Viva' and 'Alzi', and are also the largest maker of small/compact cars in South East Asia.They also,do not have models in the same market segments as Proton.What is the name of this company,the second largest car manufacturer in Malaysia?


23.Directed by Steve McQueen,the 2013 film '12 Years A Slave',stars  Chiwetel Ejiofor as a man,who was kidnapped and sold to slavery in 1841,where he worked on plantations for 12 years before his release.The film is based on the autobiography of which free-born African-American,who later became involved in the abolitionist cause?

Solomon Northup

24.(Pictured) Winning Gold in the 100 metres at the 1964 Olympic Games,he switched from athletics to American football,where he spent most of his career at the Dallas Cowboys.In 1972 he was a part of a Superbowl-winning team,which put his name in the history books.Who is the only man ever to have won an Olympic Gold Medal and Superbowl ring?

Bob Hayes

25.Primarily located in Edmonson County,the Mammoth cave National Park is home to the world's longest cave system.It is thought to be around 640 km in length and was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1981. In which US state,(one of the states that is constituted as a commonwealth),is this National Park and cave?


Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Another Five Categories

Here is my next Five Category Quiz.

The subjects are 1920s,Australia,Europop,Volcanoes and Physics, so a good mix.

Hopefully some interesting bits in there.

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

(PS There is still time to enter the competition to win 'The Chambers Book of Greatest Speeches', so see below for further details)

1.Signed in an exhibition room at a famous European porcelain factory,what name was given to the 1920 peace treaty,that took place between the Ottoman Empire and the Allies following the conclusion of World War I?

Treaty of Sevres

2.They were known for flouting social and sexual norms and for their brash behaviour including,smoking,driving cars,listening to jazz and wearing excessive make-up. Notable examples include the actresses Louise Brooks and Clara Bow.Also the title of a 1920s magazine and 1922 film,what seven-letter term was used to describe 'newly liberated',Western women in the 1920s,who also wore short skirts, bobbed hair, and flaunted their disdain for,(what was then considered), acceptable behavior?


3.His lungs were severely damaged by mustard gas during World War I,his heart was located on the right hand side of his chest and he was a smoker. Despite this,which French athlete,who shares his surname with a type of seabird,won a 10000m silver medal behind Pavel Nurmi at the 1920 Olympic Games as well as claiming a Gold medal,ahead of Nurmi in the 5000m?

Joseph Guillemot

4.What name,after a city,was given to the example of Homo erectus,that was found among a group of fossil specimens,discovered between 1923 and 1927, during excavations at Zhoukoudian?

Peking Man

5.'The Treachery of Images',is a famous work of art,created between 1927 and 1928,by the Belgian surrealist painter,Rene Magritte.The painting depicts which object,(usually associated with older men)?


1.It lies in the eastern Timor Sea, off the coast of the Northern Territory and has Milikapiti as its largest town. Named after the First Lord of the Admiralty from 1812-1827 and 1828-1830,what is Australia's second largest island,after Tasmania?

Melville Island

2.Mount Diogenes,is a distinctive geological formation located in Central Victoria, Australia. It is known today by which name,taken from a  1967 novel by Joan Lindsay and the site of a fictional disappearance of several schoolgirls and their teacher on St Valentine's day in 1900?

Hanging Rock (from Picnic at Hanging Rock)

3.Hosted by Sarah Wilson,it is,one of the most watched TV shows in Australia.In 2009,which global reality TV franchise,saw Julie Goodwin crowned as its first winner?

Masterchef (Australia)

4.Mount Bartle Frere is part of the Bellenden Ker Range,located in the Wooroonooran National Park and south west of the town of Babinda. It is the highest peak of which Australian state?


5.During her career, she set world records for 60 metres, 100 yards, 200 metres, 220 yards and 440 yards.She also won three Gold medals at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.What is the name of this legendary Australian runner,who won the first ever womens Olympic 400m track event?

Betty Cuthbert

1.They have had success across mainland Europe since they formed in 2001,with singles such as' Übers Ende der Welt'(2007) and 'Automatisch' (2009) . They also had some success in the US with their albums 'Scream' (2007) and 'Humanoid' (2009).In 2011, they became the first German band to win an 'MTV Video Music Awards Japan',which is apt,as their name suggests a Japanese link.What is the name of the successful German band,fronted by Bill Kaulitz?

Tokio Hotel

2.She is the lead vocalist of the electronic music duo The Knife and was previously the vocalist and guitarist of the alternative rock band Honey Is Cool.In 2009,she released her eponymous debut album.Under what solo name does the Swedish singer and musician,Karin Dreijer Andersson,perform?

Fever Ray

3.Consisting of Jeffrey Jey, Gabry Ponte and Maurizio Lobina,which Italian dance group are best known for a successful 1999,where they scored high charts positions around Europe,with the singles 'Blue (Da Ba Dee)' and "Move Your Body",as well as the successful album,'Europop'?

Eiffel 65

4. The late Austrian singer,Falco,gained worldwide fame when he released his 1986 global smash hit 'Rock Me Amadeus'. He followed this single up,with  a song that made the top 10 in many countries (including the UK) and the top 20 in the US (his only other top 20 US single). What was the title of this song,which could be answered by putting together a famous Ultravox single with a survival horror video game for the Nintendo Wii?

Vienna Calling

5.They are a nine-piece band from Barcelona,led by Marina 'la Canillas' Abad and Ramon Giminez,who describe their style as 'jipjop flamenkillo' ( or hip-hop with a little flamenco). They are well-known among World music fans and have released seven studio albums including 'Vengue' (1999),'Bari' (2002) and Techari (2006).The most remarkable of these albums was 'Bari',which sold over 100,000 copies without any label backing. What is the name of this band whose name means 'Sorceror Eyes' in English?

Ojos de Brujo

1.Located in Marie Byrd Land,it is named after the daughter of William Horlick,who was a contributor to the 1933–35 Byrd Antarctic Expedition.It first recorded ascent was in 1990 by New Zealander Bill Atkinson.What is the highest volcano in Antarctica?

Mount Sidley

2.The Roman name for the island Vulcano, has contributed the word for volcano in most modern European languages. In which European sea is the island of Vulcano located?

Tyrrhenian Sea

3.Still the 'de jure' capital,it was also the islands only port of entry.Sharing its name with an English city,what is the name of the town in Montserrat that had to be completely abandoned after being overwhelmed by a series of volcanic eruptions during the 1990s?


4.Mount Yasur is an active volcano on Tanna Island. It is believed to have erupted,(almost) continuously for over 800 years.Claimed by the residents of Sulphur Bay, of which Pacific country is Mount Yasar and Tanna Island,a part of?


5.Currently,volcanic activity has been witnessed on only three moons within the solar system.Which Galilean moon of Jupiter,is one of these?


1.A Danish physicist and chemist,he discovered,in 1820,that electric currents create magnetic fields. He is also noted as the first person to use the term 'thought experiment'.Who is this physicist,that also has a cgs unit of magnetic H-field strength,named after him?

Hans Christian Ørsted

2.In physics,which letter of the Greek alphabet is used as the symbol for wavelength, when written in forms such as equations ?


3.Famously in 2013,the World's smallest stop-motion film 'A Boy And His Atom',was created using this device.Developed in 1981,the scanning tunneling microscope (STM) is an instrument for imaging surfaces at the atomic level.It earned its creators the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1986. Name either of these scientific creators (one German and one Swiss)?

Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer

4.The inconsistency,(in classical mechanics),of which Scottish scientist's equations of electromagnetism,led to Albert Einstein's 1905 proposal of the theory of special relativity?

James Maxwell Clark    (Maxwell equations)

5.Named after a 19th century English scientist,which constant is described as 'the magnitude of electric charge per mole of electrons' and has the value 9.64853399(24) x 104 C mol-1? 

Faraday Constant

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Next Main Quiz - (And remember the competition)

Here is today's/tonight's Main Quiz.

Just two things:

1) See below this quiz if you have missed the competition to win 'The Chambers Book Of Greatest Speeches'

2)I have a new picture quiz on - This week is Best Picture Academy Award films.

Here's the next set of 25.


1.(Pictured) A Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer,he is one of only four people ever,to have won world motorcycle championship titles in three different categories.What is the name of this rider,who,in 2013,became the youngest ever winner of the Moto GP World title?

Marc Marquez

2.He is seen as one of the most influential mathematicians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.Which German mathematician, one of the founders of proof theory and mathematical logic,is particularly noted for his '23 Problems',which were first presented at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Paris in 1900?

David Hilbert

3.Distilled from either grain or potatoes,it is then flavoured with herbs,spices,or fruit oil.What is the English name of this traditional Scandinavian spirit,whose name is derived from the Greek for 'water of life'?

Aquavit (or Akvavit)

4.The Ilkhanate, was a breakaway state of the Mongol Empire that was active between 1256-1335. It covered twelve modern day countries in Western Asia and the Middle East. It was founded by which  Mongol ruler,the grandson of Genghis Khan and brother of Kublai Khan?

Hulagu Khan

5.They created  hit singles for the Jackson 5 including  ‘ABC’,’I Want You back’ and ‘The Love You Save’. Which 'business-sounding' name was given to the music writing group comprising Berry Gordy, Alphonzo Mizell, Freddie Perren and Deke Richards?

The Corporation

6.(Pictured)An American actress,she starred in several films during the 1930s and 1940s. Her films included 'The Little Colonel' (1935), in which she plays Shirley Temple's mother and Walt Disney's 'Pinocchio' (1940),where she provided the voice of the Blue Fairy.She is,however,best known as the original model for the iconic Colombia Pictures logo.What is the name of this actress?

Evelyn Venable

7.In 2008,the asteroid 274301 was discovered by the Andrushivka Astronomical Observatory. In January 2013,it was famously named after which website,one of the most visited in the world?


8.In 1903,Niels Ryberg Finsen was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology 'in recognition of his contribution to the treatment of diseases'. He is the only Nobel Laureate to be born in which modern day country?

Faroe Islands

9.Named after a Conservative politician and nobleman (and not an English city),what is the name of the domestic first-class cricket competition that is contested between teams from the six states of Australia?

Sheffield Shield

10.(Pictured)In 1996,she became the first Aboriginal Australian to win an Olympic Gold Medal, as part of Australia's Field Hockey team.On 7th September 2013,she became Australia's first indigenous woman to be elected to federal parliament.What is the name of this remarkable woman,who was also married to the former Australian athlete,Daniel Batman?

Nova Peris

11.Which Californian national park is home to the world's tallest tree,as well as the majority of Mount Whitney,the USA's highest mountain within the 48 contiguous states?

Sequoia National Park

12.(Pictured) Meaning 'house of eternity' they marked the burial site of many rich and powerful people during Egypt's ancient period.What is the name of this type of ancient Egyptian tomb,that was made in the form of a flat-roofed, rectangular structure, with outward sloping sides?


13.In 1973,British composer Benjamin Britten,wrote an opera based on which Thomas Mann novella,which tells the story of an author named Gustav von Aschenach and his obsession with a Polish youth called Tadzio?

Death In Venice

14.Published by Electronic Arts,this series of  games usually focus on large, online multi-player battles.The emphasis is usually on piloting a number of vehicles and team-based infantry combat. What is the name of this video game franchise,which features subtitles such as 'Bad Company','Aftermath' and 'End Game'?


15.Taken from the Arabic meaning 'that which purifies',what is the name of the pillar of Islam,that sees the obligatory practice of charitable giving by Muslims, based on accumulated wealth?


16.The German-born American athlete,Frank Kugler, is the only competitor to win a medal in three different sports at the same Olympic Games,doing so at the St Louis Games of 1904.Name any of the sports in which he gained a medal (two of which were used in London 2012)?

(Freestyle) Wrestling, Tug of War ,Weightlifting

17.They are the central figures of an important ancient narrative, included within a document called Popol Vuh.In which civilisation are the twins,Hunahpu and Xbalanque regarded as 'twin heroes', similar to that of Romulus and Remus or Castor and Pollux?


18.(Pictured) Between 1992 and 2000,she won Olympic medals over 100m,400m hurdles,4x100m relay and 4x400m . She also has an impressive medal haul at European and World Championships.What is the name of this Russian athlete,who is also the current world indoor record holder over 50 and 60 metres?

Irina Privalova

19.What is the fourth largest city in the Philippines,which is also the largest city on the island of Mindanao and home to Mount Apo,the highest point in the country?

Davao City

20.First coined in England in the early 1840s, it was defined as the science of the building and decoration of church buildings. What name is usually used today,to describe the theological study of the Christian Church?


21.It is the  world's largest operator and franchisor of convenience stores,with more than 50,000 outlets worldwide,(with Japan having the most stores). What is the name of this store,which is also known for its in-house frozen flavoured drink,known as a 'Slurpee'?


22.Based on a short story by Agatha Christie,it starred Tyrone Power (in his final screen role), Marlene Dietrich, and Charles Laughton and deals with the trial of a man accused of murder. It was one of two 1957 courtroom dramas to be nominated for the year's Best Picture Academy Award, (with 12 Angry Men being the other).What is this film's title?

Witness For The Prosecution

23.(Pictured) His line of businesses cover food processing, cement manufacturing, and freight. His namesake Group also dominates the sugar market in Nigeria. What is the name of the 43rd richest person in the world,according to Forbes magazine,and more notably,the richest person in Africa?

Aliko Dangote

24.Directed by Canadian filmmaker Donald Brittain,the 1970 film 'Tiger Child',made history by becoming the first ever film shown at which specific type of cinema,which currently has around 700 venues in over 50 countries?


25.(Pictured) He has a rare mineral with the chemical formula SiC,named in his honour and he was also one of the original members of the International Atomic Weights Committee. What is the name of this French chemist,who received the 1906 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, for 'isolating of the element fluorine, and for the development of the electric arc furnace?

Henri Moissan

Competition Time!

I have a prize on offer today,courtesy of Chambers. They provide some of the best dictionaries,crossword solvers and reference books around,so feel free to click on the link to see what they have to offer.

I have a brand new copy of  the Chamber 'Book of Great Speeches' on offer. I'm sure many of you will be interested in this.

To win you need to answer the 10 Questions below and e-mail them to before midnight UK time 24th November.

Entry open to everyone (except my family),as Chambers will post globally.

You just need to provide your name and country you live in, for now, but I will need to get the winner's full address,in order to send the prize.

The winner will be decided randomly and the decision will be final.

So enjoy this quiz (a little US heavy) below.........
(PS a Main Quiz will be up later today too, but no prize for that unfortunately)

1.'Votes for Women', a popular slogan in the campaign for women's suffrage in the United States, was a  1901 speech by American author and humorist?

2.Which four-word phrase,was famously used by Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev,while addressing Western ambassadors at a reception at the Polish embassy in Moscow in November 1956?

3.Although it ultimately proved fruitless,it is considered,by some,as one of the most effective speeches ever made on behalf of a candidate.Which politician,and later US President,made the speech known as 'A Time For Choosing', during the 1964 US Presidential election,in a bid to boost the prospects of the Republican candidate, Barry Goldwater?

4.Primarily concerning the Memphis Sanitation Strike,the 1968 speech known as, 'I've Been To The Mountaintop',was the last public speech delivered by Martin Luther King  Jr. In which Memphis building, also known as the central headquarters of the Church of God in Christ, did this speech take place?

5.In winning the 2002 Best Actress Academy Award,(for films made in 2001),which actress gave a memorable speech,which included the passage,'This moment is so much bigger than me. This is for every nameless, faceless woman of colour,who now has a chance tonight, because this door has been opened'?

6.After 2130 consecutive games,which baseball legend started his farewell address by saying, 'Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth'. He also closed the address by saying 'So I close in saying that I might have had a tough break – but I have an awful lot to live for!'?

7.Sometimes regarded as 'the greatest speech of the greatest orator in the world',which Athenian statesman and orator delivered his famous 'On The Crown' speech in 330BC when he defeated Aeschines whilst defending his fellow Athenian,Ctesiphon?

8.In 1940, Charles De Gaulle obtained permission from Winston Churchill,to make a speech on BBC radio.This famous speech was a passionate appeal to the French people,to not give up hope and to continue the fight against the German occupation and the Vichy Regime. The speech was in response to which French leader' 'plot' to form an alliance with Germany during World War II,where he was later convicted for treason?

9.Which US President gave an address known as the Four Freedoms speech.(technically the State of the Union address),where he proposed four fundamental freedoms that people 'everywhere in the world' should enjoy?

10.What is the name of the city hall in Berlin,where in 1963,John F Kennedy made is very famous 'Ich Bin Ein Berliner' speech,which he gave to to show US support for West Germany in the wake of the construction of the Berlin Wall?

Friday, 15 November 2013

Just an idea

In January,I was thinking of running my 'Five Category' quiz as a fortnightly event,where participants would send in their answers.

I thought of adding a bonus 2 points for getting all correct in a category and another bonus 2 points if a question is correctly answered by only one person (ie a solo).

I could then have a league table,run over six months (or 12 quizzes),based on the average score,with the best 8 of 12 counting.

It would be 25 questions per fortnight ,taking around 20 mins and you would have,10-14 days to complete. For the first 'season', I would only accept GP or EQC/WQC players,but should be able to work something out after that.

The questions will be posted anyway,so people could still compare their scores,even if they do not play.

I will get some initial feedback via Facebook, but if positive,I will post more details in December.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

More Swedish Questions and a couple on tennis

Here is my next Main Quiz

Just to remind you,there will be a competition quiz on Sunday,where you can win a real prize. More to follow.

I should have more questions up before then anyway

This set may be tough in parts,but I hope you enjoy................

1.(Pictured) Appearing in a number of films such as 'The Fisher King','Sleepless In Seattle' and 'A Bug's Life',he is far more famous for playing the character Niles Crane,the title character's brother in the US TV sitcom Frasier'.What is this actor's name?

David Hyde Pierce

2.His election as King in 1523 led to the end of the Kalmar Union. He is also noted for founding one of the (now) oldest orchestras of the world, the Kungliga Hovkapellet and also founded the city of Helsinki. Who was the first Swedish King to come from the Vasa Royal House?

Gustav I

3.Completed in June 1941, this Manifesto was circulated within the Italian Resistance, and soon became the programme of the Movimento Federalista Europeo.Regarded by some as the manifesto that began birth of European federalism,it was written by Altiero Spinelli and by Ernesto Rossi whilst they were prisoners on an Italian island,during World War II.Named after this particular island,what was the title of this important Manifesto?

Ventotene Manifesto

4.His formula is used in atomic physics, to describe the wavelengths of spectral lines of many chemical elements.Which 19th/20th century Swedish physicist also gives his name to both a physical constant and a unit of energy?

Johannes Rydberg

5.The Anarchy,was a war fought in England and Normandy between 1135 and 1153, characterised by a breakdown in law and order. The conflict originated with a succession crisis towards the end of the reign of Henry I, when the King's only legitimate son, and heir apparrent,died aboard the White Ship in 1120.What was the name of this heir apparent?

William Adelin

6.(Pictured) She won the 1983 World Athletics Championships Gold medal in the women's 100 metres,as well as three consecutive European Athletics Championships titles,over the same distance between 1978 and 1986.She also won a 4x100m relay Gold Medal at both the 1976 and 1980 Olympic Games.What is the name of this East German athlete,who was also the last non-American to hold the women's 100 metre world record?

Marlies  Gohr

7.They fought for the Spanish Republican forces against Franco and the Spanish Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War.What name,after a US President,was given to these volunteers from the United States who served in roles such as soldiers, technicians and medical personnel during this conflict?

Abraham Lincoln Brigade

8.He implemented the Apollo programme as a part of John F Kennedy's vision of 'putting a man on the moon'.What was the name of the  third of NASA's administrators,who also gives his name to the  Next Generation Space Telescope ,the planned successor the the Hubble Space Telescope?

James Webb

9.The name of its genus,is derived from the Greek meaning 'mouse-beaver'. It is also sometimes referred to as the 'river rat' or 'nutria'.What is the name of this large, herbivorous, semi-aquatic rodent,originally native to subtropical and temperate South America and the only member of the Myocastoridae family?


10.Most widespread in West Africa,it is,however,spoken across Africa.It comes from an ethnic group,primarily from Niger and Nigeria,that has its trade and cultural centre at Kano.What is the most spoken of the Chadic languages,with around 34 million Africans using it as their first language?


11. (Pictured) An American musician, songwriter and producer,he came to prominence in 2004 when he released The Grey Album, which combined vocal performances from Jay-Z's The Black Album with instrumentals from the Beatles' White Album.He formed the group,Gnarls Barkley with Cee Lo Green and produced their albums,'St. Elsewhere' (2006) and 'The Odd Couple' (2008). He is also connected to a British animated children's TV show of the 1980s that was broadcast around the world.What is the stage name of Brian Joseph Burton?

Danger Mouse

12.In Japan,which colour, is used to describe the occasion of the 14th of March, where it is traditional for the women to buy the men chocolate gifts, in reply to Valentine’s Day?

White Day

13.The only surviving Hellenistic epic, the 'Argonautica' tells the myth of the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts, to retrieve the Golden Fleece from remote land of Colchis.Who was the Greek writer of this poem?

Apollonius Rhodius (of Rhodes)

14.A legendary ruler in ancient China,he was noted for for his introduction of flood control,his moral character and most importantly,the inauguration of dynastic rule in China.What is the name of this first dynastic ruler of China and founder of the Xia dynasty?

Yu (The Great)

15.In November 1965,France became the third country (after the Soviet Union and the USA),to launch an artificial satellite into space. What was the name of this satellite,which took its name from a famous comic book character?


16.(Pictured) He shares his surname with the Danish composer,responsible for composing the music to the 'Millennium Trilogy' films. Which Australian tennis player,recorded the fastest ever tennis serve,when he hit a 163.4 mph serve,at the 2012 ATP Challenger in Busan?

Samuel Groth

17.The Battle of Cape St Vincent,was fought in  January 1780 during the American War of Independence. Led by Admiral Sir George Rodney ,it was saw a British victory over which country's navy?


18.(Pictured) In October 2013,Gambia,announced its withdrawal from the Commonwealth,after the President decided Gambia would 'never be a member of any neo-colonial institution...'.What was the name of this President,the first leader to pull out of the Commonwealth unilaterally since President Mugabe chose to withdraw Zimbabwe in 2003?

Yahya Jammeh

19.At the 1978 ceremony, he became the youngest ever recipient of the Best Actor Academy Award (beaten only by Adrien Brody since).Which American actor had a particularly good 1977, when two of the films in which he starred, grossed over $100,000,000 at the US box-office?

Richard Dreyfuss

20.Founded by 'Humboldt The White,which European Royal House was formed during the 11th century and gradually expanded to rule Sardinia between 1720 and 1861,and then,the Kingdom of Italy between  1861 and 1946?

House of Savoy

21.(Pictured) The UNESCO World Heritage Site,Tikal, is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centres of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. Situated in the department of El Peten, the site is part of the Tikal National Park.In which Central American country can it be found?


22.Bjorn Borg was one of the last professional tennis players to consistently use one, but who was the last man to win a Grand Slam singles title using a wooden racket?

Yannick Noah

23.Inspired by the idea of Simplicus, meaning 'everything flows',it applies to substances such as muds, sludges, suspensions,polymers,foods and bodily fluids.What name is given to the study of the flow of matter, primarily in the liquid state, but also as 'soft solids' ?


24.In which US city were the television shows 'Cold Case', 'Boy Meets World' and 'Thirtysomething' all set?


25.(Pictured)Utter Inn, is an art project by Mikael Genberg that offers underwater accommodation to the public.The facility is entered through a small,stereotypic Swedish house located on the surface of the water.This house is located in which lake,the third largest in Sweden and the location for the cycling events at the 1912 Summer Olympics?

Lake Malaren

Sunday, 10 November 2013

5 Category Quiz - a little tricky in parts

Here is my Five Category Quiz.

My notepad is being repaired,(along with a lot of questions), so there may not be three quizzes per week at the moment .However, I will try to put as much as I can on

To be honest this week,the quiz is tricky in parts,but should make a good test.

Probably on the same level as the Main Quiz, but without the pictures.
The categories are Basketball,Islands,Nobel Laureates,Film Related and Sweden

I'll try to put a Picture Quiz up later tonight on www, (for those of you who have been following them).

Anyway enjoy.....................

1.San Antonio basketball player, Tony Parker was named as the 2013 EuroBasket Most Valuable Player following his team's victory over Lithuania. Which European nation does he represent?


2.Between 1957 and 1969,Bill Russell,playing in the position of 'centre',won 11 NBA Championships,a record still held today.For which basketball team did he play,in every one of those finals?

Boston Celtics

3.Leading the Detroit Pistons to consecutive National Basketball Association (NBA) Championships in 1989 and 1990,what was the name of the basketball coach who led  the iconic USA 'Dream Team', to the men's basketball gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics?

Chuck Daly

4.The first winners of the basketball World Championship,in 1950,which nation of the Americas became the only the third nation outside of the United States to claim the Olympic basketball Gold Medal,at the 2004 Olympics in Athens?


5.The current team President of the Indiana Pacers,he spent 13 years,from 1978 at the Boston Celtics,where he had a successful career.He then coached at the Indian Pacers between 1997 and 2000,leading them to the NBA finals.What is the name of the only person in NBA history to be named Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year?

Larry Bird

1.Having a total population made up of 32 Brazilian navy personnel,Trindade and Martim Vaz is an archipelago located in the Southern Atlantic Ocean, about 1,200 kilometres east of which Brazilian state,which has its capital at Vitoria?

Espirito Santo

2.Located in Tanzania,what the name of the largest island in Lake Victoria,which is also the largest inland island in Africa?


3.Well known as as seaside resort and for its amusement parks,it is also the setting of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical 'Love Never Die's.Which island,(now partially connected to the mainland), in south west Brooklyn takes its name from a dutch word for rabbit?

Coney Island

4.The tallest mountain in Portugal is a stratovolcano located on, and named after the second largest island in the Azores. What is this mountain's name?

Mount Pico

5.Located in the South Pacific,it is found in the middle of a triangle formed by Tonga,Samoa and the Cook Islands. Which self-governing state,with a capital at Alofi ,became,in 2003,the first territory in the world,to offer free wireless internet to all of its inhabitant?


Nobel Laureates
1.Sharing a name with a French car manufacturer,which French jurist and educator, was a co-recipient of the 1907 Nobel Peace Prize,for his work as a 'leading international jurist and a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague'?

Louis Renault

2.Notable,as the only film performance by the Italian theatre star Eleonora Duse,'Cenera' was adapted from a 1904 novel by which Italian writer,the second female and second Italian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature?

Grazia Deledda

3.In 1943 Henrik Dam and Edward Doisy,received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine,for their part in the discovery of which vitamin?

Vitamin K

4.In 2013,the Canadian writer,Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for Literature.Who is the only other Canadian-born writer to win this award,doing so in 1976?

Saul Bellow

5.He was awarded the 2010 JJ Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics and the Wolf Prize in Physics in 2004.Which noted Belgian physicist wa also awarded the Nobel Prize in 2013,along with Peter Higgs,for his discovery of the Higgs mechanism?

Francois Englert

Film Related
1.His work is featured prominently in a 1986 Martin Scorsese film. George Balabushka is globally renowned for his craftsmanship in making what type of sports equipment?

Cues (Pool,Snooker,Billiards etc)

2.Considered,by many critics,to be the best Kung-Fu film of all time,its title was used,in part,on a 1993 Wu-Tang Clan album.Starring Liu Chia-Hui,it tells the story of a man who is guided through various rooms in a temple,as a means of training,in order to gain vengeance,after an attack by Manchu henchmen.What is the name of this film,which has a numerical theme and  also spawned two sequels?

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

3.The film 2009 film, Avatar, holds the record as the highest grossing film ever. If, however, the figures were adjusted to include inflation, it is beaten into second place by which much earlier film?

Gone With The Wind

4.As the book was banned in the Soviet Union,David Lean's 1965 film adaptation of 'Dr Zhivago',was largely filmed in which EU country?


5.He is noted as one the most influential Italian filmmakers of all time,winning the 1946 Palme d'Or for his film 'Rome, Open City'.He is also noted for his seven year marriage to the actress Ingid Bergman.Which prolific Italian film director and screenwriter is also (less) noted for the fact that his father built the first cinema in Rome ?

Roberto Rossellini

1.It is,perhaps, best known as the location for Jukkasjarvi ice hotel,which is built from scratch each year.What is the name of Sweden's most northerly city,which is also the largest city,in terms of population,in Swedish Lapland?


2.Known for his welfare reforms and establishing one of  the world's largest armed forces (at the time),what was the name of the longest serving Swedish Prime Minister,that served for over 23 years between 1946 and 1969,before handing over to his protege and friend Olaf Palme?

Tage Erlander

3.Made a UNESCO World  Heritage Site in 1995,its name is taken from the Old Norse,meaning 'city'.What is the name of the largest town and only locality with historical city status on the island of Gotland?


4.Based in the town of Helsingborg,with which football club.currently in the fourth division of Swedish football,did the Swedish international star,Henrik Larsson,both begin and end his playing career?

Hogaborgs BK

5.Usually used when measuring tiny particles such as atoms or molecules,which Swedish physicist and co-founder of the science of spectroscopy, gives his name to a unit of length equal to one ten-billionth of a metre?

Anders Jonas Angstrom

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Next New Main Quiz is here

Here is the next set of 25 new questions from my Main Quiz.

Not much to say today,other than I hope you enjoy this lot.....................

1.(Pictured)Named after a non-profit organisation against school bullying, which country's national football team,plays its home games at the Friends Arena?


2.Lying on the German Wine Route,the small town of Kallstadt belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde (collective municipality) of Freinsheim. It is particularly well known for two former residents. One is Fred Trump,the grandfather of real estate magnate Donald.The other is Johann,the father of which famous American businessman,born in 1844?

Henry J Heinz

3.A political creation of the Great Game,the Wakhan corridor,describes the area of far north-eastern Afghanistan that forms a land link, or 'corridor', between Afghanistan and which other nation?


4.(Pictured)A Swedish DJ and record producer,he is also known under the aliases Tim Berg and Tom Hangs.In 2010,he scored a global top 40 hit  single with the song 'Seeking Bromance' .However,he really found fame in 2013,when his single release,'Wake Me Up'  (featuring uncredited vocals from Aloe Blacc),stormed to the top of the charts around the world. By what name is this superstar DJ usually known?


5.Also the surname of a current Bayern Munich striker,what was the family name of the four brothers and Spanish conquistadors who ruled Peru from 1532 to 1541,but eventually had their power usurped by Cristobal Vaca de Castro in 1541?

Pizarro    (Claudio the footballer, the brothers were Francisco,Gonzalo,Juan and Hernando)

6.(Pictured) He is the Chairman of the Board of Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL) and Cheung Kong Holdings, making him the world's largest operator of container terminals. It also makes him the richest man in Asia, according to the Forbes rich List in 2013.What is the name of this businessman? (His name does sound money related)

Ka-shing Li (or Li Ka-shing)

7.Gaining  a decisive victory over the Ottomans at the Battle of Vaslui in 1475,Stephen III or (Stefan the Great) ,became the most prominent representative of the Houseof Musat. Stephen III was the Prince of which European region between 1457 and 1504?


8.Derived from the Greek word meaning 'bright',what was the name figure in Greek mythology,the daughter of King Minos and Pasiphae,the sister of Ariadne and the wife of Theseus?


9.First performed by Brad Robinson,in which decade was the forward pass officially legalised within the rules of American football?

1900s (1906)

10.(Pictured)With films including 'In the Realm of the Senses' and 'Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence',which Japanese film director and screenwriter died in January 2013?

Nagisha Oshima

11.The Cesar Award is considered the highest film honour in France and the Victoires de la Musique considered the equivalent in music. What is the name given to the equivalent (top) award in French theatre,named after a well known French writer?

Moliere Award

12.Located in the female human body,what is the name of the mucous membrane that lines the uterus and which sheds every month,as part of the menstrual cycle?


13.Taken from the Italian meaning 'three hundred',what name,considered to be the beginning of the Renaissance period,is given to describe the age which included painters such as Duccio,Martini and Lorenzetti as well as the writers Dante and Petrarch?


14.What is the name of Soviet cosmonaut and Air Force Major General who, on 18 March 1965, became the first human to conduct an extra-vehicular activity (EVA),more commonly known as a space walk?

Alexey Leonov

15.(Pictured)Construction started in 1377,although is was not completed until 1890 (some 500 years later) .In which German city is the world's tallest church located?


16.Known for his eclectic influences and experimental projects,he has earned critical praise for his diverse array of vocal techniques.Which singer/songwriter,producer and actor,has been a member of bands such as Mr Bungle, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Peeping Tom,but is best known as the lead singer of the American rock band,Faith No More?

Mike Patton

17.Nicknamed 'The Tashkent Terror' ,after his ferocity in the sprints,he is a former professional road racing cyclist from Uzbekistan.His unorthodox and often erratic sprinting also caused a number of crashes.What is the name of this cyclist,whocompeted between 1990-1997 and is one of only five riders ever, to have won the points competition in all three Grand Tours?

Djamolidine Abdoujaparov

18.Led by Max Pechstein and Cesar Klein,they were formed in 1918 and consisted of German expressionist artists and architects. After which month in the Gregorian calendar,were this artistic group known?

November (The November Group)

19.Regarded as the most famous and influential polymath of the Islamic Golden Age,his most famous works are 'The Book of Healing', a vast philosophical and scientific encyclopedia, and 'The Canon of Medicine',which was a standard medical text,used at many medieval universities.What is the common name of this 10th/11th century figure,who is sometimes known by his Latin name,Avicenna?

Ibn Sina

20.She first came to prominence with her 1999 debut single 'Candy',which peaked at number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100.Her subsequent album, 'So Real', went on to receive a Platinum certification. Also a successful actress,she landed her first leading role in the 2002 film 'A Walk to Remember',alongside Shane West. She is ,however,probably best known as the voice of Rapunzel, in the 2010 animated Disney film, 'Tangled'.What is the name of this woman?

Mandy Moore

21.Traditionally the participating team had to consist of one officer, one non-commissioned officer and two privates.Which winter team sport,often seen as the precursor of biathlon,saw athletes compete in a series of events,including cross-country skiing, ski mountaineering and rifle shooting?

Military Patrol

22.Averted,primarily,due to the 2012 American Taxpayer Relief Act,which two-word term was used to describe the simultaneous increase in tax rates and decrease of government spending in the US in January 2013?

Fiscal Cliff

23.Located on the left branch of the Songch'on River,it is the capital of South Hamgyong Province.Also home to the country's largest theatre,what is North Korea's second largest city,in terms of population?


24.Derived from the Greek for 'alteration',it is connected with rifle sights,camera lenses and the measuring of distances of celestial objects.What term,describes the displacement or difference in the apparent position of an object,when viewed along two different lines of sight?


25.Domiati, (also known as gibna beyda), is a soft white pickled cheese. It accounts for about three quarters of all the cheese made and consumed in which African country?


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

EQC Impromptu Quiz

Back from the European Quiz Championships and had a great time.

Did about as well as expected,but really going for the experience this time and hopefully I can build for next year.

Many thanks to all of the organisers and volunteers and special thanks to the rest of Team Ireland ,who made me feel very welcome.

Also it was great to see many readers of this site at the event and to hear some great feedback,so thanks again.

Today I am putting up a quiz I ran at the championships. It does use questions I've used before, but I think it will be a good test, so take a look below.

It was played in teams,with 2 points per answer. The wining team scored 66/80 and the average was around 54/80.

Should have a brand new quiz tomorrow. Enjoy.......................

Impromptu EQC Quiz (Answers are at the end of the quiz)
First Half

1. Their golden shoes have since become a pop culture cult classic. In 1984,the pop group 'The Herreys',won the 1984 Eurovision song contest with the song 'Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley'.Which country did they represent?


2. Upon his abdication in 1918, King Frederick Augustus III was the last monarch of which Kingdom?

Kingdom of Saxony

3. Considered a delicacy in Mexico,'escamoles' are the larvae of which insect?


4. Following his doping ban in February 2012, Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador was stripped of his 2010
Tour de France title. Which rider from Luxembourg was subsequently awarded the title? (Both names needed)

Andy Schleck

5. Presented annually by the King of Norway, the Abel Prize is an international award given to outstanding contributions in which field?


6. Emperor Franz Josef and Napoleon were among the rulers who participated in this battle, which led to the annexation of Lombardy by Sardinia-Piedmont. What was the last battle of the Second War of Italian Independence, whose bloodshed inspired Henri Dunant to form the International Red Cross?

Battle of Solferino

7. In athletics, which is the only country other than the United States to have held the World Record for the Men's 4x400 metre relay, achieving the feat at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games?


8. First aired in 2007, this American TV drama series follows ex-spy Michael Westen, who is trapped in Miami, after mysteriously being dumped by the intelligence services. With Jeffrey Donovan in the lead role, what is the title of this show?

Burn Notice

9. Ithuriel’s Spear belongs to which family of plants?


10. Noted for his discovery of 'quasicrystals', in which Nobel Prize category, did the Israeli professor, Dan Shechtman receive the award in 2011?


11. In July 1954, Italian climbers Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni, became the first people to make a successful ascent of which mountain?


12. In May 1955, what was formed by the 'Treaty of Friendship, Co-Operation and Mutual Assistance?

Warsaw Pact

13. Marseille won the first ever UEFA Champions League Final in 1993.Which alliteratively named footballer scored the only goal of the game?

Basile Boli

14. Which multi-national Japanese Electronics Company, was formed as the result of a 1939 merger between the companies Shibaura Seisakusho and Tokyo Denki?


15. In 1971 he was elected 'President for Life’, but this was overturned in 1993 and he was eventually defeated in 1994.Who, following its independence in 1964, became the first (and longest serving) President of Malawi?

Hastings Banda

16. Which national men's field hockey team won all the event's Olympic Gold Medals between 1928 and 1956, but has failed to medal since 1984?


17. In Greek mythology, what was the name of the wise centaur who taught many Greek heroes including Jason, Achilles and Perseus, at his school in Thessaly?


18. Previously named after its capital city, its domestic hub is located at Gimpo International Airport. They are also (currently) an official shirt sponsor of the national football team.Asiana airlines is the second largest airline of which country?

South Korea

19.In which 2001 comedy film, does Ben Stiller play the title character, a dim-witted model, who gets caught up in a plot to assassinate the Prime Minister of Malaysia?


20. In Mozart's opera 'The Marriage of Figaro’, what is the name of Figaro's bride-to-be?



21. Running for five seasons between 1972 and 1977, which US TV police drama followed the fortunes of Lieutenant Mike Stone and Inspector Steve Keller?

The Streets of San Francisco

22. Rich in associated calcium and phosphorus, it makes up around 80% of proteins found in cow’s milk and is also the main protein found in cheese. What is this protein's name, taken, unsurprisingly, from the Latin meaning 'cheese'?


23. From which animal is the food product, lard, created?


24. At the 2011 Academy Awards, which film provided the winners of both 'Best Supporting' acting roles, with Christian Bale and Melissa Leo the respective recipients?

The Fighter

25. The tallest man-made monument in the United States is located in Missouri, designed by Eero Saarinen and Hannskarl Bandel and completed in 1947.What is its name?

Gateway Arch (St Louis)

26. Found in Christian churches, what name is given to the small chest or cabinet, in which the consecrated hosts are kept?


27. Argentine middleweight boxer, Juan Roldan holds a unique place in boxing history. In 1984 he became the only fighter to officially score a knockdown against which boxing legend?

Marvin Hagler

28. Who was the leader of the Soviet Union, who followed Leonid Brezhnev in 1982 and was succeeded by Konstantin Chernenko, on his death in 1984?

Yuri Andropov

29. The Sejm and the Senate are the two chambers which make up the National Assembly of which European country's parliament?


30. Competing with Jacques Heim to produce the 'world's smallest swimsuit’, which French automobile engineer is credited for inventing the bikini in 1946?

Louis Reard

31. Housed in a gallery within the Belvedere Palace, which European capital city is the current home to the world famous painting, ‘The Kiss’, created by Gustav Klimt between 1907-08?


32. In the world of video-gaming, Blinky, Pinky, Inky are three of the ghosts in the game, Pacman.What is the name of the fourth ghost?


33. The character of Phoebe Buffay in US TV sitcom 'Friends' is famously played by Lisa Kudrow, as is the character's twin sister Ursula Buffay.On which other US TV sitcom that aired between 1992 and 1999, did Ursula regularly appear?

Mad About You

34. Named after a British politician and merchant, by what island name was Tuvalu known, prior to its independent status in 1974?

Ellice Islands

35. Literally meaning 'dance girl’, what name, beginning with the letter 'M', is given to an apprentice Geisha?


36. Linked to a relative, what is the eight-word title of the Thai film that won the Palme D'or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival?

Uncle Boonmee,Who Can Recall His Past Lives

37. With 1,196 inhabitants per square mile, which is the most densely populated state in the USA?

New Jersey

38. Which 20th century conflict was ended by the Dayton Agreement?

Bosnian War

39. If lupine is wolf-like and feline is cat-like, which marine mammal is described as squaloid?


40. 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

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Next new quiz will be in a week

Just to let you know. Due to European Quizzing Championships Revision time (ie 3 days) and the EQC itself,I will not be publishing any new quizzes until Tuesday 5th November.

However there are several thousand questions on here,that I hope will keep you busy until then.

Many thanks

Sunday, 27 October 2013

A few days until the European Quiz Championship. Hope this helps

Here's the next Main Quiz then.

I tried to get the quiz on yesterday,but a surprise bout of tonsilitis stopped that.

Anyway enough excuses.


1.(Pictured)From 1968 to 1975.he played for Bologna in Serie A, making 201 appearances and scoring 85 goals. In 1975,he made a historical transfer to Napoli,as he became the first player in the world,to be sold for more than £1 million. What is this Italian footballer's name?

Giuseppe Savoldi

2.It was the seat of the Cyrenaics, a famous 3rd century BC school of philosophy and is recorded in the Bible,as the home of Simon,who helped Jesus carry the cross.In which modern day African country,near to the town of Shahhat,was the ancient city of Cyrene located?


3.In July 2013 the Manning River Skull,threatened to re-write which country's history books,after the remains of a 17th century European human was found there?


4.Earning him the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords, he sank 47 ships weighing a total of  274,333 tons,between September 1939 and March 1941,before he was caputured. Known as the greatest 'Ace of the Deep',what is the name of this successful German U-Boat commander,who sank more merchant navy ships (in terms of tons sank),than any other (U-Boat commander) during World War II?

Otto Kretschmer

5.He has given his name to a series of annual lectures by the American Society of International Law since 1999.What was the name of the early 17th century Dutch Republic jurist,who,along with Francisco de Vitoria and Alberico Gentili,laid the foundations for international law,based on natural law?

Hugo Grotius

6.(Pictured)Derived for the Japanese meaning 'practice clothes',what is the name of the garments worn by practitioners of martial arts such as Judo and Karate?


7.A prolific novelist,many of his works have been adapted to the big screen. His most well known works include '3:10 to Yuma','Get Shorty' and 'Rum Punch', (adapted into the Quentin Tarantino film 'Jackie Brown').What is the name of this successful American author?

Elmore Leonard

8.The ideal gas law,is a combination of Charles' law and Boyle's law. In its common form,it is written under the equation PV= nRT. Which French engineer,physicist and co-founder of thermodynamics,first stated this idea in 1834?

Benoit (Paul Emile) Clapeyron

9.An influential 19th century Norweigian composer,he had a funeral march composed in his honour, by his friend and contemporary,Edvard Grieg.Who is noted for creating the Norweigian National Anthem?

Rikard Nordraak

10.(Pictured)His conquests have included the Golden Gate Bridge,The Eiffel Tower and the Petronas Towers. What is the name of the renowned French climber, nicknamed 'Spiderman', for his reputation of climbing without ropes,who also suffers from vertigo?

Alain Robert

11.(Pictured)The American record holder for the 60m hurdles,she was the favourite to win the 100 m hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but tripped on the penultimate hurdle, finishing in seventh place.In 2012 she made the final again,finishing in fourth place. What is the name of this athlete,who also competes for the US Bobsleigh team,gaining a Gold medal in the Mixed Team event at the 2013 World Championships?

Lolo Jones

12.In the Shona dialect,it means 'the early rain which washes away the chaff before the spring rains' and relates to the period between 1980 and 1987,until Robert Mugabe was first made President.What name.beginning with the letter 'g',was given to the brutal suppression of Zimbabwean civilians, mostly supporters of Joshua Nkomo, by Zimbabwe's 5th Brigade?


13.Found at the home of the late Norwegian industrialist,Christian Nicolai Mustad,which 19th century,post-impressionist painter,had a 'lost' work,entitled 'Sunset at Montmajour',discovered in September 2013?

Vincent van Gogh

14.Mainly associated with football,it is sometimes used to refer to the geographical area from which clubs recruit players.Literally meaning 'quarry' ,in Spanish,which term is used throughout Spain,to refer to youth academies and feeder teams that are organised by  sports clubs.


15.(Pictured)With films including 'In the Realm of the Senses' and 'Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence',which Japanese film director and screenwriter died in January 2013?

Nagisha Oshima

16.(Pictured)He is the main antagonist in the 2004 animated film 'The Incredibles'.Originally known as 'Incredi-Boy',he tried to assist Mr Incredible,but was unwanted,so became his nemesis.What is the super-villain alter-ego of Buddy Pine?


17.Dated to 1274BC, the Battle of Kadesh was fought between the forces of the Egyptian empire under Ramesses II and which other empire,led by Muwatalli II?


18.The group of 1960s actor including Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin was known as the 'rat pack'.During the 1980s a group of young actors featuring Rob Lowe and Emilio Estevez,was known as the 'Brat Pack'.Which term,first coined by Total Film journalist Alan Jones,is used to describe the collection of filmmakers,including Eli Roth and Robert Rodriguez, that have directed a large number of horror films,since 2002?

Splat Pack

19.Held in the Swiss town of Davos,which country,not often associated with the sport,won the inaugural and only European Bandy Championship in 1913?

England (would accept UK)

20. Nyahbinghi, the Bobo Ashanti and the Twelve Tribes of Israel are prominent 'mansions',(equivalent of denomination or sect),used in which religion,that also uses the word 'Jah' to describe God?


21.(Pictured)He is probably best known for his 1999 hit single 'Flat Eric',which reached number one in singles' charts across Europe.However,he is also a noted filmmaker,showing films at Cannes and the Sundance festival.What is the stage name of Quentin Dupieux,the French electronic musician and film director?

Mr Oizo

22.Sharing his surname with a current,well known European athlete,what was the name of the Belgian astronomer and priest who proposed,(what became known as),the Big Bang theory of the origin of the Universe, which he called his 'hypothesis of the primeval atom'?

Georges Lemaitre

23.Located in Istanbul,this bridge crosses the Bosphorus Strait and is one of the 20 longest suspension bridges in the world.It is named in honour of which 21 year old Ottoman Sultan,who was the conquerer of Constantinople in 1453,bringing an end to the Byzantine Empire?

Sultan Mehmed II (The Conqueror)

24.Which New Testament,figure has been portayed on screen many times,including performances by Richard Boone (1953),Telly Savalas (1965),Michael Palin(1979) and David Bowie (1988)?

Pontius Pilate

25.(Pictured)It is a heavy, slow-moving lizard,that can grow up to 60 cm long and is native to the south western United States and the north western Mexican state of Sonora. Named after an Arizona River basin,what is the common name of this lizard,one of only two venoumous species,(of lizards), in the world?

Gila Monster