Wednesday, 21 August 2013

As promised, two quizzes in quick succession.

Next one in 5-7 days

Also, I will start to put daily questions on Twitter along the lines of 'name the halogens ,or most capped England footballers, best selling albums etc etc'. Just a bit of fun to ask friends, family or colleagues.


1.Prominent in the 1980s,he was a pop artist influenced by US street art. In 1984,he designed a jacket for his friend, Madonna, for her performance on US TV's 'Solid Gold' in 1984 and he is also famous for his 'Crack is Whack' mural (pictured) and 'Radiant Baby' symbol. What is the name of this artist, who died of AIDS related complications in 1990?

Keith Haring

2.What name connects the Taiwanese electronics company, the world's fifth largest maker of PCs and the Latin name given to the genus of trees and shrubs, commonly known as maple?


3.It was the site of the world's second largest particle accelerator, the 'Tevatron',until 2011 when it was shut down. It is also the location where the 'Top' quark was discovered in 1995.Formerly known as the National Accelerator Laboratory, it changed its name in 1974 in honour of an Italian scientist. By what name is this Illinois-based laboratory complex known today?


4.Lying to the east of the Caspian Sea, the Karakum Desert covers around seventy percent of the total area of which Central Asian country?


5.Although it achieved its greatest success through its links to the Copperbelts of Katanga province, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Zambia, the Benguela railway runs a length of 1,344 kilometres through which African country, starting from the Atlantic port of Lobito?


6.(Pictured)Playing one of the leading characters,Finn Hudson, in the hit US TV series 'Glee',which actor tragically died in July 2013,due to a drink and drugs overdose?

Corey Monteith

7.There are currently (as of August2013),two space stations in orbit. One is the International Space Station,but which Chinese owned space station is the other?

Tiangong 1

8.Proclaimed by the Polisario Front in February 1976,what is the four-word name (or four-letter scronym), of the partially recognised state,that claims sovereignty over the entire territory of Western Sahara?

Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

9.What is name of the Paris cemetery,the burial site for many intellectuals,artists and high profile people,such as John-Paul Sartre,Simone de Beauvoir,Alfred Dreyfus and Samuel Beckett?

Montparnasse Cemetery (or Cimetiere du Montparnasse)

10.(Pic)Which symbol,carried to the original crusades by the Knights Templar,was used by the Free French forces and by the French Resistance during World War II?

Cross of Lorraine

11.(Pictured)Winners of the first season of 'America's Best Dance Crew,they have gone on to appear at several award ceromonies and TV shows.They are known (currently) for their show at the Luxor hotel in Las Vegas and,in 2010,became the first dance crew to headline a show in Las Vegas.What is the name of this dance crew that is a spelling variation of a Lewis Carroll work?


12.Named after its former trade links,the football team Liverpool FC,plays in the Premier division of which South American country?


13.Which German state,with a capital at Erfurt,includes the birthplace of the Bauhaus art movement,the location of the Zeiss optics plant and the home to around half of all German Winter Olympic medalists?


14.Taken from the Portuguese for 'plantation of fennel',it is the birthplace of Cristiano Ronaldo.Which city serves as the capital of Madeira?


15.(Pic)It is the largest living species of the Viverridae,ahead of the the African civet and is found in South and South East Asia.This omnivore is the only member of the 'Arctictis' genus and is characterised by its long body and bushy tail.Sometimes referred to as a bearcat,by what name is this animal best known?


16.What is the name of the French sculptor,who designed the Statue of Liberty?

Frederic Bartholdi

17.The last male member of the royal house of Cerdic of Wessex,who was proclaimed King of England following the death of Harold II in 1066,although he was never crowned?

Edgar Aetheling

18.Taken from the Italian meaning 'red beard',which word links Frederick a 12th century German Holy Roman Emperor and the code name for Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union during the Second World War?


19.Although it achieved its greatest success through linking to the Copperbelts of Katanga province, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Zambia,the Benguela railway has a length of 1,344 kilometres in which African country,starting from the Atlantic port of Lobito?


20.(Pictured)Which politician became Premier of the Soviet Union following Joseph Stalin's death in 1953 and served until he was overshadowed and ousted by Nikita Khrushchev in 1955?

Georgy Malenkov

21.Named after a sidekick to 'The Simpsons' character 'radioactive man'.they acheived worldwide success with their 2005 album 'From Under The Cork Tree.Reforming after a two and a half year hiatus,which band featuring Patrick Stump on vocals and Pete Wentz on bass guitar released the album 'Save Rock N Roll' in February 2013?

Fall Out Boy

22.Which 18th/19th century French mathematician and physicist ,gave his name to the law of heat conduction?

 Joseph Fourier

23.In June 2013,a newly discovered prehistoric lizard, 'Barbaturex morrisoni', was named after which rock star,who named himself 'The Lizard King'?

Jim Morrison

24.Nominated for forty one awards, including the BAFTA Award for Best Film not in the English Language,it won twenty six.Which 1998 Tom Tykwer-directed film,sees Franka Potente in the title role,as she tries to raise 100,000 German marks in 20 minutes to save her boyfriend?

Run Lola Run

25.Founded in 1925 by Gottlieb Duttweiler,it has developed into Switzerland's largest retail chain and also co-founded Turkey's largest retail chain.It's name is derived from the French meaning 'half wholesale'. What is the name of this large company, recognised by its orange 'M' logo (pictured)?