Wednesday, 29 May 2013

The Second Half

Here's the second part to the WQC practise set. There may be a couple of  questions that could appear in several categories,so I have tried to place as best as I can. .............

PS. Good luck to all of those participating on Saturday. !


1.Founded in 1992 by freelance illustrators,frustrated with Marvel Comics,they have gone on to form one of North America's largest comic publishers. Most famously they have produced 'TheWalking Dead' series and have released titles including 'The Darkness','Switchblade' and 'Spawn'.What is the name of this company,who's logo is in the form of a lower case 'i'?

Image Comics

2.Well known as a writer of fairy tales,which 18th/19th century German figure,gives his name to the law that lays down the principle of consonatal change in the Germanic languages?

Grimm (Jacob specifically)

3.Also the title of Ernest Hemmingway's only play,it was first coined by General Emilio Mola during the Spanish Civil War.What two word term is  used today to describe a group of people who undermine a larger group, such as a nation or besiged city?

Fifth Column

4.The Crystal Globe is the award given to the Best Picture at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.Previous winners have  included  Amelie, Jar City and The Mosquito Net. It is the main film award of which European country?

Czech Republic

5.Played on screen by Jennifer Lawrence,the character Katniss Everdeen is the protagonist of which best selling trilogy of novels?

The Hunger Games

6.A title to have been  given to only eleven women (officially),which Italian word follows 'Prima ballerina'  to give a rank or title given to the most notable of female ballet dancers?


7.Written by Alex Raymond and first published in 1934,which science fiction comic strip is known in France as 'Guy l'eclair', in Latin America as 'Roldan el Temerario' (Roldan the Fearless) and in Turkey as Bay Tekin (Mister Canny)?

Flash Gordon

Originally called the Uris Theatre,it was re-named in honour of a famous American composer.It has been the home to the musical 'Wicked' since October 2003 and is located on West 51st Street.Which Broadway theatre has the largest seating capacity?

Gershwin Theartre


Which artist and writer is credited with creating comic strips including '300' , 'Sin City' and 'Batman: The Dark Knight Returns',all later adapted into blockbuster films?

Frank Miller

10.Depicting the events surrounding the execution of Gary Gilmore by the state of Utah,which American writer wrote the 1980 Pulitzer Prize winning book 'The Executioner's Song'?

Norman Mailer


1.One of the strongest in the body,the medical name of which bone is shared with a type of Ancient Greek flute?


2.Derived from the Greek meaning 'same place', which scientific term is used to describe a part of a chemical element that shares the same number of protons and electrons,but differs in the number of neutrons it contains?



Known in Japanese mythology as 'Baku',it is native to South and Central America and South East Asia. With species including Brazilian,Malayan and Baird's,what is the name of this animal,closely related to odd-toed ungulates such as horses and rhinoceroses?


4.What name used to describe -273.15 on the Celsius scale or -459.67 on the Farenheit scale?

Absolute Zero

5.Taken from the Greek meaning 'together' and 'clasp',what name is given to a structure in the nervous system which permits a neuron to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another cell?


6.The name is familiar in the world of mobile phones,what is the SI derived unit of electrical conductance?



In 2011,the European Southern Observatory Council,approved the building of the E-ELT ,which will be located in on a mountain top in Cerro Armazones.One of the biggest of its kind,when complete,what does the acronym E-ELT (four words) stand?

European Extremely Large Telescope

8.Which English theoretical physicist was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for 1933,along with Erwin Schrodinger, 'for the discovery of new productive forms of atomic theory'?

Paul Dirac

9.It is synthesised using the Vernueil flame-fusion process and gets its colour from the presence of chromium ions.Which gemstone and variety of the mineral corundum,has a long history of being mined in Myanmar(Burma)?


10.Discovered in the debris of the first hydrogen bomb explosion in 1952,it is named after a Nobel Physics Laureate that had a particular interest in this field.What is the name of the chemical element which has the atomic number 100?


Sport and Leisure

1.Which Commonwealth country  hosted both the 1971 and 1975 World Snooker Championship Finals?


Beating Steffi Graf in 1990,which was the only Grand Slam singles title won by Gabriella Sabatini?

US Open

3.Currently published by Activision,its off-shoots include ‘Warped’,’Mind Over Mutant’ and ‘Nitro Racing’.Which best-selling video game franchise is set on the fictitious Wumpa Islands and sees the protagonist trying to defeat Doctor Neo Cortex?

Crash Bandicoot

4.Formerly known simply as 'Be Quick',which top tier Dutch football team play their home games at the Adelaarshorst stadium in the city of Deventer ?

Go Ahead Eagles


Zeresenay Tadese has won medals at the World Cross-Championships on seven occasions,won the World Half marathon Championships on six occasions,won medals at the Olympics and World (Track and Field) Championships  and holds the world record over the half marathon.Despite this success he is a relative unknown.Which east-African nation does he represent?


6.Racing between 1980-1994,he represented teams such as Brabham,Ligier,Jordan and Tyrrell.Which Italian racing driver,holds the unfortunate record of competing in 208 Formula One races,without ever winning?

Andrea de Cesaris

7.Playing over 2000 games spanning 15 years,for which baseball team did Babe Ruth spend the majority over his professional career?

New York Yankees

8.The sport’s equivalent of the Ryder Cup,what is the name of the annual USA versus Europe 9-Ball pool tournament?

Mosconi Cup

9.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’?


10.Marvin Hagler lost his last professional boxing match,his first loss in  11 years.It was a World title fight against which boxer who also fought his last professional fight?

Sugar Ray Leonard


1.Located to the South of Madrid,it is associated with Miguel de Cervantes and a breed of goat. It is also equally famous as being the largest continuous vine-growing area in the world.Meaning 'dry land' or 'wilderness',what is the name of this region?

La Mancha

2.What is the name of the strait that separates the Australian mainland with Tasmania?

Bass Strait

3.In terms of both land area and population,which is the largest of the Dodecanese islands?


4.Forming part of the international border between Latvia and Belarus,it also flows through parts of Russia.What is the name of this 1000km long river,which also flows through the Latvian capital of Riga?

Daugava River

5.The Presidential Range is a mountain range located in the White Mountains of the US state of New Hampshire. After which US President is the highest peak in this range named?

(George) Washington

6.Established by Melina Mercouri and Jack Lang,which EU capital city,in 1985, was chosen to become the first European Capital of Culture?


7.The Mirabelle Festival is held annually in Metz,France in honour of the region's prolific cultivation of which fruit?


Designed by the engineer Andre Waterkeyn for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair,what is the name of the iconic building that forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal?


A broadcasting,observation and restaurant tower, it became the world's tallest tower in March 2011 and the world's second tallest structure after the Burj Khalifa. In which city can the 'Skytree' be found?


10.Which Italian region,located in the south east of the country ,bordering the Adriatic Sea,contains the cities of Bari,Foggia and Lecce?


Monday, 27 May 2013

Some new WQC style questions for you to have a go at

I should be back properly in July/early August, but in the meantime here are some new World Quiz Championship practise. There are 4 categories of 10 questions each and the next 4 categories should be up on Wednesday night,

Feel free to tell anyone who is going to the World Championships on June 1st  (or anyone else for that matter).

Hope it helps and you enjoy...........................

This actor played the role of Mearth in US TV series ‘Mork and Mindy’ and  was the voice behind Papa Smurf, in both the TV series and recent big screen version of ‘The Smurfs. What is the name of this comedy character actor,who had a career spanning over six decades ?

Jonathan Winters

2.In a 1985 film, if Madonna is Susan, who is desperately seeking her? (actress first and surname needed)

Rosanna Arquette

3.Writing albums including 'Pick Of Destiny' and 'Rize of the Fenix',what is the name of the American comedy rock band formed by actor Jack Black and musician Kyle Gass in 1991?

Tenacious D

4.Directed by Bigas Luna,its English translation is 'Ham,Ham'.Which 1992 Spanish film saw Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz,(later to be married in real-life), appear on screen together for the first time?

Jamon Jamon

5. In the 21st century she has been nominated for four Academy Awards, all in the category of Best Supporting Actress.Her films include Junebug,The Fighter and The Master. What is her name?

Amy Adams

6.Take It Easy Hospital are a band formed by Ashkan Kooshanejad and Negar Shaghaghi. They are most famous for starring in the 2009 fiction-documentary film 'No One Knows About Persian Cats' which won a special prize at the Cannes Film festival.Due to post election turmoil in 2009,they now live in the UK,but from what country do they originate?


7.Vivien Kubrick,the daughter of the film-maker Stanley Kubrick,was credited for writing the score for which 1987 film,under the pseudonym of Abigail Mead?

Full Metal Jacket


Acheiving three top 2 singles in the US and two top 5 singles in the UK,which US boyband,often compared to New Kids On The Block,released the globally successful album, C.M.B,(an acronym of the band's name), in 1991?

Color Me Badd

9.Including over 750 works,the Hoboken-Verzeichnis catalogue is  a compilation of which classical composer and teacher of Ludwig van Beethoven?

Joseph Hayden

10.Of the six main actors or actresses from the TV series 'Friends',who is the only one to have a star on the 'Hollywood Walk of Fame'?

Jennifer Aniston

Culture (Art&Literature)

1.'All The King's Men' was the title of a novel which won the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.It was later adapated into a 1949 Academy Award winning film,which included the award for Best Picture.The novel was written by which American writer,the only man ever to win a Pulitzer Prize in both fiction and poetry?

Robert Penn Warren

2.Believed to be the only painting Vincent Van Gogh sold in his lifetime,'The Red Vineyard' was bought at an exhibition in 1890,by which female member of the art  group,known as 'Les Vingt'?

Anna Boch

3.Which of William Shakespeare's female characters links the daughter of Polonius in 'Hamlet',the subject of an 1852 painting by John Everett Millais and one of the moons of Uranus?



Having a first and surname in common with a well known Norwegian footballer,which notable 19th century Irish sculptor's most prominent work is the 'Death of Nelson' - one of the four bronze panels on the pedestal of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square? (surname only needed)

John Carew

5.Which 1953 Arthur Miller play, is is a dramatisation of the Salem witch trials, that took place in the Province of Massachusetts Bay during 1692 and 1693?

The Crucible

6.A 16th century Italian painter,he was a pupil of Raphael that became a pioneer of the Mannerist painting style.His notable works include 'Isabella d'Este' and 'The Stoning of St Stephen'.What is the name of this influential painter,who is also mentioned in Shakespeare's 'Winter's Tale'?

Giulio Romano

7.Which 2010 novel by Yann Martel,an allegorical story of the holocaust,has two taxidermy animals as the story's protagonists (and titular characters)?

Beatrice and Virgil

8.Which friend and contemporary of John Milton was instrumental in convincing the government of Charles II not to execute Milton for his anti-monarchical writings and revolutionary activities?

Andrew Marvell

9.Which well known Italian painter was the uncle and teacher of Bernardo Bellotto,an 18th century Italian artist and Polish court painter,famous for his 'vedutes' of European cities?

Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)


Created by Rene Iche,it was finally revealed to the public,sixty years on from its completion. It is described as a violent representation of the bombing of which infamous Basque town?



1.A prominent city of the Roman Empire,it was the birthplace of the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus and is the site of one of the most spectacular and unspoiled Roman ruins in the Mediterranean.The ancient city of Leptis Magna is located in which modern day country?



The only surviving adult son of Charlemagne and Hildegard,who,in 816 AD, became the second Holy Roman Emperor?

Louis I (the Pious)

3.The Normandy Landings were part of the Allied forces' Operation Overlord during World War II.Sometimes known as D-Day,they were themselves,given which codename,named after a Roman god?


4.A descendant of Genghis Khan through his mother,he went on to establish Delhi as his capital in 1526, as well as becoming master of Agra. By what name is the first Mughal emperor of India usually known?

Babur (Zahir-ud-din-Muhammad)

5.The Chinese capital during the early Ming era, which city meaning 'southern capital' , was known in the fourteenth century, as the largest city in the world and also shares the name of the treaty, that ended the First Opium War?


6.Fought in 1690 near Drogheda,on the east coast of Ireland,which battle between the Catholic King James and the Protestant King William,is principally commemorated today,by the Orange Institute?

Battle of the Boyne

7.Founded by Adam Weishaupt,its name is derived from the Latin meaning 'enlightened'.With members including Goethe and Schiller,what was the name of the 18th century secret society that aimed to combat superstition and ignorance?



Which American religious leader was born in 1805,published his most famous work in 1830 and died in an Illinois jail in 1844?

Joseph Smith Jr   (Book of Mormon)

9.Which Portuguese city served as the country's capital during the High Middle Ages and is also host to the country's oldest university (one of the oldest in Europe)?


10.Resulting in Augustus III ascending to the throne,which European conflict was fought between 1733-1738 and was formally ended by the of Treaty of Vienna?

War of Polish Succession


1.Meaning 'little envelope' in Greek ,which word is also used in Greek popular culture, to refer to the bribery of public servants and private companies by Greek citizens, in order to 'expedite' service?


Previously ,ingredients have included cod and hoki fish,but since the beginning of 2013,which is the only fish used to create McDonald's 'Fillet-O-Fish' burger?


3.Which fabric,commonly used in the production of items such as athletic shorts and nightwear,takes its name from the medieval Arabic name, for the Chinese port city of Quanzhou?


4.Named after the French physician, Meniere's Disease  is a condition that affects which part of the human anatomy?

Ear (Inner)

5.Eventually made bankrupt,what was the name of the Belgian national airline that ran between 1923-2001?


6 A major aid during 'The Age of Sail',what two-word term,is given to  the strong westerly winds found in the Southern Hemisphere, generally between the latitudes of 40 and 50 degrees?

Roaring Forties

7.Used in the title of a 1992 Mary J Blige album -a nod to her previous job,which three digit number is used in the US, to call directory assistance,(known as directory enquiries in the UK)?


8.Which musical instrument has the Italian name 'fagotto',tranlsated in English to mean a 'bundle of sticks'?



The Oracle Corporation is one of the largest computer companies in the world,with only Microsoft and IBM ahead in terms of software revenue.It's co-founder and CEO is the 5th richest man in the world and the 3rd richest in the US.What is his name?

Larry Ellison

10.Founded in 1905,which American magazine is noted for writing the headline,'Egghead Weds Hourglass',following the marriage of Arthur Miller to Marilyn Monroe in 1956?