PS.Well done to those of you that competed in the British Quiz Championships today.
1.(Pictured)In 2008,which American pop artist,noted for works such as Four Hearts and Toolbox 10,created a nine metre high bronze statue,depicting a walking Pinocchio,titled 'Walking to Boras'?
2.Located on the western shore of the Parana River,in the province of Santa Fe,it is the birthplace of Che Guevara and footballer Lionel Messi.What is the third most populous city in Argentina?
3.Which American-born Irish statesman, founded the political party Fianna Fail in 1924 and served as head of government on three separate occasions between 1932-1959?
Eamon de Valera
4.The Essequibo River is the largest river that flows between the Amazon and Orinoco. At 1100 kilometres in length, it is also the longest river in which South American country?
5.(Pictured)Competing between the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver,she is a cyclist and speed skater,tied with Cindy Klassen as the Canadian with the most Olympic medals.She is,however, the only person to have won multiple medals at both the Summer and Winter Games.What is her name?
6.Endemic to the district of Moruga,it ranks as high as 2,009,231 on the scoville scale. Probably not used in 'Doubles',its traditional street food,which Caribbean country is home to the world's hottest chilli pepper ?
Trinidad and Tobago
7.A central character in the Indian epic 'Ramayana' ,he is known for his great strength,agility and wisdom.What type animal is the deity Hanuman,who helped Rama to find and rescue his wife,Sita?
8.(Pictured)Originally known as 'The Ultimate',this comic super-villain was renamed by Justice League member,Booster Gold.His name is also linked with an algorithm to calculate the day of the week at a given date.What is the name of the character,best-known,for killing Superman?
9.In Spain,the football match containing Real Madrid and Barcelona is known as 'El Clasico'.Derived from this,the Argentine 'Superclasico',features two Buenos Aires based football clubs,competing in one of the most fierce,intense and important derbies in world football.Which two teams compete in this match?
Boca Juniors and River Plate
10.The greatest tributary of the Danube by volume of water,it is considered to be the northern border of the Balkan Peninsula.Which river connects the three capital cities of Ljubljana,Zagreb and Belgrade?
11.(Pictured)Taken from the Persian meaning 'twisted woven',it is a plain woven fabric made from silk or synthetic fibres. Commonly used in the production of ball gowns and wedding dresses,which fabric was also used by the Montgolfier brothers in their early experiments with balloon flight?
12.Until 1998,it was South Korea's second largest conglomerate,but in 1999 became bankrupt,with debts around $84.3bn. Half of this figure attributed to the company Chairman,Kim Woo-Choong, later sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on charges of fraud.Which company?
13.Sharing a name with Spiderman's father,what is the name of the talking tiger in Yann Martel's 2001 novel (and 2012 film),'The Life of Pi'?
14.(Pictured)Their golden shoes have since become a 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?
15.According to myth,Heracles' ninth labour,was to obtain the girdle off which Amazonian Queen,given to her by her father Ares, the Greek god of war?
16.(Pictured)He was part of the squad that won the 2000 Olympic tournament and has also participated in three World Cups and six Africa Cup of Nations (winning twice).He is the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations and is also his country's all-time leading scorer.Who is this football player?
Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon)
17.Antoine de Beauterne (or M.Francois Antoine) was gun-bearer and Lieutenant of the Hunt under Louis XV of France.Associated with the modern day departement of Lozere,he is most notable as the pursuer and slayer of which historical creature, said to look like a wolf,but as big as a cow,with sharp razor claws?
Beast of Gevaudan
18.Taken from the Greek meaning 'down', what name in science,is given to an ion with fewer electrons than protons, giving it a positive charge?
19.Located between California and Nevada,what is the name of the United States' second deepest lake,found in an area famous for its ski resorts?
20.(Pictured)His most famous novel is,perhaps,the 1929 work 'Les Enfants Terribles ',with his best known films including, 'Les Parents terribles' (1948) and 'Le Testament d'Orphee (1960),which included cameo performances from Pablo Picasso and Yul Brynner.What is the name of this influential figure in French culture during the first half of the 20th century?
21.Depicted in the 2003 book and 2011 film 'Moneyball',its name derives from the acronym SABR. What name,in baseball is given to the study of baseball statistics,with an ultimate aim of predicting the value of a player or team in the future?
22.Comparable with the size of Iran,it borders Russia, Mongolia,Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.With its capital at Urumqi,what is the largest autonomous region in China,in terms of area?
23.Completed in 1436,it was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio,with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi.More commonly known as 'Il Duomo',in which Italian city is the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore located?
24.In 1967,Ronald Ryan was executed by hanging, for the murder of a prison officer following an escape from Pentridge prison.He became the last person from which country to be legally executed?
25.A successful American rapper,he has had several top 10 albums and singles on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2001 he scored top 10 hit singles around the world on his collaborations with Jennifer Lopez (on the single 'I'm Real') and Ashanti (on the track 'Always on Time').What is the name of this rapper,born Jeffrey Atkins,who has spent nearly three years in prison on weapons and tax evasion charges?