Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Next One - A couple of Australia-friendly ones and three about Prime Ministers

Here's my next lot.

In addition to my normal quizzes,I will be also compiling a few lists over the coming weeks/months of questions 'that I should know the answer to'. This may be useful for those wishing to read an 'easier' quiz,or those who want to brush up on the 'basics'.

Hopefully I've split hi-brow and low-brow 50/50 (ish) .I've tried to do that anyway.


1.(Pictured)He won the 1932 Olympic gold medal for the 400m freestyle swimming,before breaking into acting. Born with the first names Clarence Linden (although usually known by his nickname),he starred in a number of popular films in the 1930s and 1940s,but he is best known for playing the title role in the serials Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. What is the name of this actor?

Buster Crabbe

2.What was the name of the fifth President of Finland,who was most notable for being in power during the Winter War against Russia (1939-40) and signing the Moscow Peace Treaty in March 1940,to bring it the conflict to an end?

Risto Ryti

3.Celebrated on 6th September,'Unification Day',is a Bulgarian national holiday that celebrates the 1885 uniting of Bulgaria with which former autonomous unit of the Ottoman Empire?

Eastern Rumelia

4.The plot of which 1886 classic novel,is centred around the murder of the British Member of Parliament,Sir Danvers Carew?

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

5.Hit by a major scandal in 2009,for abusing public funds for private purposes,Jonathan Motzfeldt was the first and third Prime Minister of which autonomous country?


6.(Pictured)The current  World Cup champion,he has also finished on the podium several times in  previous seasons. In  January 2013,which Austrian ski-jumper equalled Matti Nykanan's long standing record of  46 World cup wins,(which he has since surpassed)?

Gregor Schlierenzauer

7.Which is the only city in Switzerland to operate a metro underground rail system?


8.The Blantyre coma scale is a modification of the Pediatric Glasgow Coma Scale, designed to assess malarial coma in children.It is named after the city of Blantyre,the second largest city in which African country?


9.(Pictured)This mausoleum is situated in the city of Santa Clara in remembrance of a notable 1958 battle that took place there.It is named after which influential figure of that battle,whose remains were finally buried there in 1997?

(Ernesto) Che Guevara

10.Mentioned in the films 'Smokey and the Bandit' and 'Cannonball Run',which piece of law enforcement equipment,is described in CB radio slang as 'Kojak with a Kodak'?

Police Radar (or Speed) Gun

11.(Pictured)Featured on the cover of Time Magazine and listed as on of 'The 100 Most Influential People In The World',what is the name of the Pakistani school pupil and education activist ,who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban in December 2012?

Malala Yousafzai

12.Popular with Italian immigrants in the US,its National Day is on the 21st August.Translated in English as 'foam',what is the name of the Italian desert that consists of three flavours of ice cream,with (usually) a fruit and nut layer between them?


13. (First view pictured) The subject of a 1938,Paul Hindemith opera,which German Renaissance painter created his most famous work,the 'the Isenheim Altarpiece',in the early 16th century?

Matthias Grunewald

14.Used largely in Germany,it was designed to prevent opera singers from being asked to sing roles which he or she was incapable of performing.What is the name of this system that classifies singers according to the range, weight, and color of the voice?

Fach System (or Facher)

15.Discovered by a team of astronomers using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey,the 'Huge-LQG' has become the largest known structure in the universe.For what do the letters LQG stand?

Large Quaser Group

16.(Pictured)This arch is situated between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. It was erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate which Roman Emperor's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in AD312?

Constantine I (The Great)

17.Discovered in 1933 and named after a German physicist ,which 'effect' is described as 'an expulsion of a magnetic field from a superconductor during its transition to the superconducting state'?

Meissner Effect

18.Considered by some as  the 'father' of the current Constitution of France,who,in 1959 became the first French Prime Minister of the Fifth Republic?

Michel Debre

19.Played on Australia Day since 2012,the 'Big Blue',is one of the most important derby matches in Australia's A-League football (soccer) league. Which two teams (city name will suffice),contest this match?

Melbourne Victory,Sydney FC

20.(Pictured)In German speaking countries,it is sometimes called 'Fliegender Hirsch' (Flying Stag), and sometimes in Finland,it is known as 'Akkuhappo' (Battery Acid).Named in part,after the brand of its alcoholic ingredient and mixed with an energy drink,by what popular name,is this alcoholic mixed drink usually referred,?


21.Named after a village in Gloucestershire,England in which they resided,it's name (coincidentally) is also a chain of Australian bookstores.What name was given to the literary group, comprising the early 20th century poets including Robert Frost, Lascelles Abercrombie, Rupert Brooke, Edward Thomas, Wilfrid Wilson Gibson, and John Drinkwater?

Dymock Poets

22.(Pictured)He is,perhaps,best remembered as a lead actor in many films by Werner Herzog, such as Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) and Woyzeck (1979).What is the name of this actor,considered a controversial figure in Germany,who was known for his violent outbursts on set - famously captured  in Herzog's documentary 'My Best Fiend'?

Klaus Kinski

23.Produced in larger amounts by diabetics,or people on a very low-carbohydrate diet,which molecule,the simplest type of ketone, is also the active ingredient in most nail polish removers?


24.Which name is given to the capital cities of both a Caribbean nation and the Australian territory of Norfolk Island?


25.(Logo pictured)Developed by Stanford University students in 2011,this app allows users to take photos, record videos, add text and drawings and send them to a controlled list of recipients. The recipients can then view them for a period of up to 10 seconds,before they are hidden from the recipient's device and deleted from the server altogether.What is the name of this app?