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
Paul

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.



Enjoy................................












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?





Libya





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?





Australia





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?





Keikogi





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?





Gukurahundi





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.





Cantera





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?





Syndrome






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?





Hittite





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?





Rastafari





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

Friday, 25 October 2013


Here is the latest instalment of '20 answers I should know'.


I think these are a bit easier than my last post,but again,I'll let you be the judge.

I hope to have the Main Quiz up tomorrow or Sunday  and there will also be a picture quiz up on Sunday (www.justquizpicture.blogspot.co.uk)



Anyway, enjoy.......................







1.In 1999 the politician,Ruth Dreifuss ,became the first woman President of which European country? 






Switzerland





2.What name is given to the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel or iron, in order to prevent rusting?





Galvanisation





3.Mount Olympus is the name given to the highest mountain in Greece and which other European country,located in the Troodos mountain range?





Cyprus





4.Traditionally,hunters must pray to her,to release the sea animals from the oceans depths for their hunt.In which culture's mythology is Sedna the goddess of the sea and marine animals?





Inuit





5.Although he has written notable works such as 'Red Harvest' (1929) and 'The Thin Man' (1934),which American author's most famous work, is 'The Maltese Falcon' (1930),whose lead character,Sam Spade, was portrayed on screen by Humphrey Bogart?





Dashiell Hammett





6.Bryan Cranston is globally famous for playing the villanous character,Walter White,in the the hit US TV series 'Breaking Bad'. In a very different role,in which US sitcom,running between 2000-2006 did he play the inept husband of Lois and father of the title character?





Malcolm In The Middle





7.Ordered into five ranks and consisting of exactly 42 wrestlers,which is the highest division in professional Sumo wrestling?





Makuuchi





8.Which three-word title,links a 1985 'brat-pack' film,a US pop group,of which Madonna was a former member and a former American radio show,(1933-68),hosted by Don McNeill,who still holds the US record for the longest tenure as an entertainment show host?





The Breakfast Club





9.In the Old Testament book of Genesis,there is an account of her abduction by a Canaanite prince and the subsequent vengeance taken by her brothers Simeon and Levi.Taken from the Hebrew for 'judged' or 'vindicated',who was the only daughter of Jacob and Leah?





Dinah





10.A 2013 animated film,it is set in the fictional Pliocene era and follows a group of prehistoric characters,as they trek through a dangerous land in search of a new home.What is the name of this film,which is one of the biggest grossing films of 2013 and features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds? 





The Croods





11.In terms of area,which is the World's second largest lake,after Lake Malawi,that has the same name as a modern day country?





Lake Nicaragua





12.Polydipsia is the medical term used for someone with increased thirst.Which medical term,common in conditions such as diabetes and Prader-Willi syndrome, describes someone with increased hunger? 




Polyhagia





13.Named after a planet in the solar system,they were first presented in 1972.What name is given to the annual award ceremony in the USA,which honours the best television and film works in science fiction, fantasy and horror?





Saturn Awards





14.Which beach city,the largest of Los Angeles' 'beach cities',is the setting for the 1990s sitcom 'California Dreams',the destination of the road-tripping family in the 2006 film,'Little Miss Sunshine' and the title of a 1975 Patti Smith song?





Redondo Beach





15.Which English Queen consort was the mother of  Henry VIII, as well as the grandmother of Mary I, Elizabeth I and Edward VI?





Elizabeth of York





16.Situated in the Gulf of Naples,what name is given to the archipelago in southern Italy,that comprises the islands of Ischia, Procida, Vivara, and Nisida?





Phlegraean Islands





17.Co-created by 'Gorrilaz' artist Jamie Hewlett,this character's alter-ego is Rebecca Buck.What is the name of this British comic-book heroine,that was played on screen by Lori Petty,in a 2005 film of the same name?





Tank Girl





18.Also the title of a 1987 film starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman,what was the name of the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility, love, war, and sex?





Ishtar





19.In Greek mythology,she was taken as a concubine by Neoptolemus,following Hector's death during the Trojan War.Also a minor character in Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida,what was the name of Hector's wife?





Andromache





20.In the philosophy of thermal and statistical physics,what name,after a 19th century Scottish physicist,is given to the thought experiment,to show that the Second Law of Thermodynamics has only a statistical certainty?





Maxwell's Demon

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Another of the '5 Category' quizzes - Quite Tough but the EQCs are nearing!



I have another instalment of my 'five category quizzes'.


Five questions in each of the following categories:Rivers,Athletics,Animal Kingdom,Euro TV and Business


As the title suggests,these may be a little tricky,but I thought as the European Quiz Championships are near,this would be good practice.

For those of you not attending,it should still be an interesting quiz




Enjoy......................








Rivers
1.Flowing through the capital,Nicosia,before meeting the sea at Famagusta Bay,what is the longest river in Cyprus?





River Pedieos





2.Running through the Cevennes mountain range in southern France,which river,a tributary of the Garonne,does the Millau viaduct span?





River Tarn





3.Starting in the mountains near Fingalthe,South Esk river flows through the locations of Avoca, Evandale, Longford, Hadspen and finally Launceston. In which Australian state is this river,the longest?






Tasmania





4.One of the longest rivers in South America,through which two countries does the Orinoco River flow?




Colombia and Venezuela





5.Originally called the 'River of Canoes',it's current name came three years later when Alonso De Leo called it  the 'La Santisima Trinidad'  (the most holy trinity). The River Trinity,at 1140km in length,is the longest river that flows entirely in which US State?





Texas





(Modern)Athletics
1.Doing so in the 100m and 200m,Usain Bolt was the only man (from 2008) to retain an individual track Gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.Which Polish athlete was the only man to retain an individual field gold medal at the same Games?





Tomasz Majewski





2.He won two World Championships Gold medals,but never won an Olympic medal.Who is the current Mens European record holder over 400m hurdles?





Stephane Diagana





3.Which female Czech athlete, holds both the world record and the hepathlon record for the Javelin throw (although they differ by over 12 metres)?





Barbora Spotakova





4.The Womens 400m final at the 2000 Sydney Olympics,has become synonymous with the Australian athlete and Gold medalist,Cathy Freeman.Which  Jamaican athlete and seven-time World Championship medalist finished second in that race?





Lorraine Graham (now Fenton)





5.He shares both his first name and surname with an early 20th century,Polish-born,British anthropologist.Which Polish athlete,in 1980,was the last European to win an Olympic Gold Medal in the Men's 3000m Steeplechase event?





Bronislaw Malinowski





Animal Kingdom
1.Named after the mountain range in Madagascar,where they are endemic,what is the name of the dwarf lemur,that was originally discovered there in 2001,but only formally named in August 2013?





Lavasoa (dwarf lemur)





2.Which species of penguin,known for its 'tuxedo-like' appearance,was named,in 1840 by the French explorer Jules Dumont d'Urville,in honour of his wife?





Adelie





3.One of the few non-seabirds in the region,it is only found on the South Georgia archipelago.What is the name of the only song bird found in Antarctica?





(South Georgia) Pipit





4.Roaming in the rainforests between Mexico and Argentina,it is similar in appearance to the ocelot,but smaller in size.Beginning with the letter 'm',which member of the feline family,is named after the 18th/19th century,Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied?





Margay





5.They are large relatives of guinea pigs,although they are often compare,in appearance to rabbits.Most common in the Patagonian steppes of Argentina,which animal is the fourth largest of the rodents,(after the capybara,beaver and porcupine)?





Mara





Euro TV
1.It appeared on German TV between 1974-1988 and starred Horst Tappert as a titular police Chief Inspector,solving murder cases in Munich.He was also assisted by 'Inspector Harry Klein' in each episode.What is the one-word name of this show,which in 2013,announced it would no longer show re-runs,after it emerged that Tappert lied about his service with the Waffen-SS in World War II?





Derrick





2.Starring Sofia Helin and Kim Bodnia,which Swedish/Danish crime drama series,follows a police investigation,after a dead body is discovered on a famous Scandinavian landmark,from which the show's title is taken?





The Bridge (Oresund Bridge)





3.The 'X-Factor' TV show franchise,has an edition called 'X-Factor Adria'.This edition is produced in Serbia,but takes contestants from three additional countries,making it one of the few pan-regional versions of the show. Montenegro,(unsurprisingly),is one of these nations,name one of the other two?





Bosnia and Herzegovina or Macedonia





4.Starring Luca Zingaretti in the tile role,'Inspector Montalbano' is an Italian  television drama that has been shown throughout Europe since 1999.Which Italian author wrote the books from which the series is taken?




Andrea Camilleri





5.Translated into English as 'Good Times,Bad Times,it is broadcast on the country's most popular commercial TV station RTL4. In which country is this soap opera,both the first and longest running?





Netherlands





Business
1.Featuring a variety of characters and play-sets from cowboys to knight to police,which popular child's toy brand,was invented by the German inventor Hans Beck,before being produced and globally distributed by the Brandstatter Group,based in Zirndorf, Germany,since 1975?





Playmobil





2.Shinsegae's flagship store is located in Centum City, Busan.In 2009 it surpassed Macy's,in New York, as the world's largest department store.In which Asian country is it found?





South Korea





3.Founded in 1984 under the name 'Legend',it changed its name in 2004,and in 2012,became the world's second largest personal computer vendor,by unit sales.Which Chinese multi-national computer technology company,makes the 'ThinkPad' line of notebook computers and the 'ThinkCentre' range of desktop computers?





Lenovo





4.It shows a silhouette of a man and woman,sitting back to back,in the nude.Which Italian sportswear company,founded in 1916,has a company logo known as 'Omini'?





Kappa





5.Located in Spreitenbach,in the Limmat valley,which was the first country,outside of Scandinvia to open an IKEA furniture store?





Switzerland

Sunday, 20 October 2013

I particularly like Question13


Here's the next Main Quiz.



A good mix,so should suit most people. I particularly like question 13,as it's one of those facts that stick with me.


I also wanted to point out that I now have a little 'sister' site called www.justquizpicture.blogspot.co.uk, which shows 25 pictures from a given category each week. Just a bit of fun really,but something you may like.




Well,here is the quiz

Enjoy..............................





1.(Pictured) Only contested once in the Olympic Games,in 1900,it is still a popular event within the sport.Which event in equestrianism,is taken from an Anglo-French word meaning 'power' and consists of several rounds where the horses try to jump progressively larger obstacles?




Puissance





2.Based on a Stephen King Novel of 2009,it sees Mike Vogel play the protagonist and lists Steven Spielberg as an Executive producer.Which US science fiction drama,set in the town of Chester's Mill in Maine,premiered in the US,in June 2013?





Under The Dome





3.Published as a book in 1936,it was a socialist realism novel written by Nikolai Ostrovsky that features the main characters Pavel Korchagin and Tonia Toumanova.What is the title of this book,which has sold more than 36 million copies worldwide,making it one of the best-selling Russian language novels ever?





How The Steel was Tempered





4.The clue is in the name. The band Max Q,is a Houston-based band,formed in 1987. The band is unique as all of its members have which full-time occupation?





Astronauts









5.(Pictured)Located in Montezuma County,Colorado,it is the largest archaeological preserve in the United States and is particularly famous for its cliff dwellings.What is the name of this National Park that was also one of the first places in the US to be confirmed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site?





Mesa Verde National Park





6.According to Critias,it was considered only second to gold in value.Beginning with the letter 'o',which mythical metal,taken from the Greek for 'mountain metal',is mentioned in ancient accounts of Atlantis,The Lord of the Rings and Dungeons and Dragons (amongst others)?





Orichalcum





7.(Pictured)In July 2013,who became the first German woman to reach a tennis Grand Slam final,since Steffi Graf at Wimbledon in 1999?





Sabine Lisicki





8.Named after a Czech pathologist,which ligament,also known as the 'suspensory muscle of duodenum',connects the duodenum to the diaphragm?





Ligament of Treitz





9.The Peace of Nicias,was a peace treaty signed between the Greek city-states of Athens and Sparta in March 421 BC, ending the first half of which ancient war?





Peloponnesian War





10.Kyalami racing track,is noted as the site of a fatal accident that claimed the lives of race marshal Frederick Jansen van Vuuren and the driver Tom Pryce in 1977.Which country was the host of this Formula One Grand Prix?






South Africa





11.(Pictured)Derived from the French meaning 'three square',it is often used in laprsoscopic surgery.What is the name of this medical instrument,which is often passed inside a canula,as a portal for other devices, such as a chest drain and intravenous canula?





Trocar





12.Appearing on Australian television between 1989-92,it was created by,and starred Nick Giannopoulos, George Kapiniaris and Simon Palomares.Sharing its name with a 2002 BBC Radio four comedy and a pun on a famous 1979 film,what was the name of this comedy series,that was set in a Greek cafe in Melbourne?





Acropolis Now





13.(Pictured)This man is,perhaps,most famous for playing the title role in the 1980s US TV detective series 'Hunter'. He is,however,particularly noted in American Football circles,as the only NFL player ever,to have scored two safties in game.What is his name?





Fred Dryer





14.Located in the Abasto mall,which South American country is the site of the only kosher McDonald's restaurant outside of Israel?





Argentina





15.His work has been adapted into two successful films.What is the name of the American author,who is best known for writing the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series of novels?






Rick Riordan





16.Situated on the northern bank of the Moskva River,this cathedral is located to the south west of the Kremlin.At a height of 103 metres,what name is given to this building,the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world?





Cathedral of Christ the Saviour












17.(Pictured) In 1947, he took one of his most famous photos,when he depicted a mournful Albert Einstein. He is also recognised for his work with Salvador Dali,especially in creating the work 'In Voluptus Mors'.What is the name of this Latvian-born American photograpaher,who was also the subject of the 2007 film 'Jump!'





Philippe Halsman





18.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





19.In Ireland,which famous battle of 1690,resulted in a protestant victory and is still celebrated,annually,by the Protestant Orange Order on the 12th July?





Battle of the Boyne





20.(Pictured)Part of the cactus family,it's latin name is Opuntia. It's largest producer is Mexico,but it is especially grown on the Maltese island of Gozo,to produce the liquer Bajtra.What is the common (and English) name of this fruit?





Prickly Pear





21.What was the name of the 17th century Archbishop of Canterbury that was described as the chief 'over-seer' of the production of the King James Bible?





Richard Bancroft





22.In the 2002-03 season,which Greek football club became the only team in Champions League history,to draw all six of their group games,resulting in them finishing third in the group?





AEK Athens





23.The song 'Killing an Arab',was described by its composer,Robert Smith,'as a short poetic attempt at condensing my impression of the key moments in L'√Čtranger (by Albert Camus)' .Which British (and globally famous) group released this song,as their first single,in 1978?





The Cure





24.(Pictured)He made a fortune in mining,and oil and gas exploration and is currently the chairman of the Brazilian conglomerate,the EBX Group. Between March 2012 and July 2013,his net worth decreased by an astonishing 99%,with his peak net worth decreasing from $32 Billion to $200 million. What is the name of this 'unlucky' German-Brazilian businessman?





Eike Batista





25.Based on the true story behind the 2005 film of the same name,it tells the story of a struggling shoemaker and his drag queen business partner.Which musical recorded 13 nominations and 6 wins at the 2013 Tony Awards and saw Cyndi Lauper become the first woman ever,to win the composing category as a solo female writer?





Kinky Boots

Saturday, 19 October 2013

More 20 answers I should know






I have another instalment of '20 Answers I should know'



Main Quiz and Picture Quiz tomorrow.



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





1.Located in the town of Hanover,the Ivy League university,Dartmouth College,is found in which US state?




New Hampshire





2.The 2001 cult film,'Donnie Darko',starred Jake Gyllenhall as a troubled teenager.Throughout the film,he encounters a large figure in a rabbit costume,who also features on many of the film's promotional posters.What is the name of this 'rabbit'?





Frank





3.The four main varieties are Romano,Sardo,Toscano and Siciliano.Taking the name from the Italian for 'sheep',what is the name of this family of Italian cheeses,made from ewe's milk?





Pecorino





4.In honour of which US civil rights activist,is a public holiday observed in California on the 4th February and in Ohio on the 1st of December?





Rosa Parks





5.Which author wrote the 1991 novel 'American Psycho', later adapted into a successful 2000 film?





Bret Easton Ellis





6.In the United States,an astronaut,is described as 'a person trained to command, pilot, or serve as a crew member of a spacecraft'.In Russia,the equivalent person is known as a cosmonaut. In which country is the equivalent called a 'taikonaut'?





China





7.'The Lady with the Lamp',is a name attributed to Florence Nightingale,following an article printed in the Times newspaper during the Crimean War. However,it was made popular following a line in the 1857 poem 'Santa Filomena',written by which poet?





Henry Wadsworth Longfellow





8.In which Italian city does the Giro d'Italia,one of cycling's Grand Tour events,finish?





Milan





9.Which Academy Award winning film was a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film 'Infernal Affairs'?





The Departed





10.In the late 19th century,Auguste Escoffier listed five sauces as the 'mother sauces' of French cuisine. Bechamel,Hollandaise and Tomate are three such sauces,name either of the other two?






Veloute and Espagnole





11.Also winning the 1982 Commonwealth gold,which Australian woman won the first ever Olympic Hepathlon,in LosAngeles in 1984,beating Jackie-Joyner Kersee into second place?





Glynis Nunn





12.Winning a Grammy Award in 1960 for the song, 'African Waltz',which Canadian composer is best known for writing the music to the 1968 musical,'Hair'?





Galt MacDermot





13.In describing the conflict lasting between 1739-1748,which 19th century Scottish philospher and writer,first coined the term 'The War of Jenkin's Ear'?





Thomas Carlyle





14.'The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent' is a collection of 34 essays and short stories published serially throughout 1819 and 1820.Two of those stories were 'Sleepy Hollow' and 'Rip Van Winkle',written by which American author?





Washington Irving





15.Put on trial in July 2013,what was the name of the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship,which partially sank in January 2012,resulting in 32 deaths?





Francesco Schettino





16.Of the former (or present) First Ladies of the United States,that are still alive,who is the oldest?





Nancy Reagan





17.Taken from the Greek meaning 'yellow horse',she is featured,(amongst other works), in Plato's 'Phaedo'.What was the name of the wife of the Greek philosopher, Socrates?





Xanthippe





18.Naxos is the largest,in terms of area,of which Greek island group?





Cyclades





19.His co-star in all three Crocodile Dundee films,which American actress,until October 2013,was married to Paul Hogan?





Linda Kozlowski





20.Serving between 1965-1990,Lee Kuan Yew,holds the record as both the youngest and longest serving Prime Minister of which Asian country?





Singapore

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Not quite the Main Quiz ,but 25 useful questions for you

Here is my next instalment of 5 questions split into 5 categories.


Maybe not quite as tough as the Main Quiz (I'll let you decide), but I think you will enjoy it.



The 5 Categories are: Palme d'Or, Literature,Chemical Elements, Formula One and Photography


Enjoy.......(and expect more quizzes over the weekend)





Palme d'Or
1.Starring John Tuturro and John Goodman,which 1991 film won the Coen Brothers their only Palme d'Or?




Barton Fink





2.Michael Haneke directed the 2012 Palme d'Or winning film 'Amour'. For which German-language film did he also win the award three years earlier,in 2009?





The White Ribbon





3.Winning the Palme d'Or in 2000,which Lars Trier film also saw its leading lady,Bjork,claim the Best Actress award?





Dancer In The Dark





4.Which 1976 film gave Martin Scorcese his only Palme d'Or triumph?





Taxi Driver





5.Which 1987 film,directed by Billy August and starring Max von Sydow,won both the 1988 Palme d'or  and the 1988 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film?





Pelle The Conqueror





Literature
1.Which Irish writer wrote the 1916 book 'A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man? 





James Joyce





2.Which famous 19th century author's first completed novel was titled 'The Professor',but was eventually published posthumously (in 1857),after being rejected by several publishing houses?





Charlotte Bronte





3.The first 'Penguin Classic' book was published in 1946. It was EV Rieu's translation of which ancient work? 





The Odyssey





4.Adapted into the 1954 Fritz Lang film,'The Human Desire',which 19th century French author wrote the classic novel,'La Bete Humaine'?






Emile Zola





5.Released in 2013,what is the title of the fourth and most recent book in the Robert Langdon series of books by Dan Brown?





Inferno





Chemical Elements
1.Which gas is the second most abundant in the universe and has both the lowest boiling and melting points?





Helium





2.Which element,with the atomic number 58,was named after a dwarf planet,which in turn,was named after the Roman goddess of agriculture?





Cerium





3.Discovered in 1879 by the French chemist Paul Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran,it was named after the mineral from which it was isolated.With the atomic number 62 and the chemical symbol Sm,what is the name of this element?





Samarium (after Samarskite)





4.Although it contains iron,the mineral Sphalerite is the chief ore of which metal?





Zinc





5.Mainly used in strengthening alloys,in particular copper and lead,which chemical element with the atomic number 33 takes its name from the Greek for 'yellow orpiment'?





Arsenic





Formula One
1.Which Formula One constructors,hold the record for most wins at the Monaco Grand Prix since 1950,with 12 victories?





McLaren





2.Driving an Alfa Romeo,which Italian won the first Formula One World Drivers Championship,in 1950?






Giuseppe Farina





3.With which team was Michael Schumacher driving when he recorded his first Formula One World Driver's Championship victory,in 1994?





Benetton





4.When Jacques Villeneuve won the 1997 Driver's Championship,he was racing for the Williams team.Which German team-mate of Villeneuve,finished second in the championship that season,following Michael Schumacher's disqualification for dangerous driving?





Heinz-Harald Frentzen





5.In which city has the Australian Grand Prix been held since 1996?





Melbourne





Photography
1.Which Scottish photographer took the famous picture of the four Beatles on a zebra crossing,which was used on the cover of their 1969 album 'Abbey Road'?





Iain Macmillan





2.Which British photographer has been married to Rosemary Bramble,Catherine Deneuve, Marie Helvin and Catherine Dyer (to whom he is still married)?






David Bailey






3.Now cropped and adapted for numerous posters and t-shirts,which Cuban photographer took the original 1960,iconic picture,of Che Guevara,entitled 'Guerrillero Heroico'?






Albert Korda (accept Gutierrez)





4.Sharbat Gula is the name of the 12 year old Afghan girl,who was the subject of a very famous photograph by  Steve McCurry. On the cover of which magazine,in 1985,did her striking picture first appear?




National Geographic





5.Which world famous photographic co-operative organisation was co-founded in 1947 by Henri-Bresson Cartier?





Magnum (photos)







Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Some Japanese,some Bible and one about 'Splash hits'


Next Main Quiz for you.




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












1.(Pictured)The plant Actaea pachypoda is a species of flowering plant,that is poisonous to humans. The similarity of its berries with that of (a part of) a child's toy,led to which two-word name,by which this plant is commonly known?





Dolls Eye(s)





2.Based in Niksic,the country's second largest city,FK Sutjeska,won their first ever national league title in 2013. In which European country do FK Sutjeska play their football?





Montenegro





3.Apparently,the name was intended to echo the neighing of horses.In Jonathan Swift's 1726 novel 'Gulliver's Travels',what was the name of the race of intelligent horses,who were the antithesis to the beastly Yahoo people?





Houyhnhnm





4.Popularised by Richard Wagner in his opera Gotterdammerung, it translates in English as 'Twilight of the gods'. What name is given,in Norse mythology,to the series of events that will ultimately result in the deaths of major gods,such as Odin,Thor and Loki?





Ragnarok





5.Directed by Jean Renoir and starring Jean Gabin,it was described by Orson Welles as 'one of the movies he would take with him on the ark'. What is the name of this critically acclaimed 1937 film,centred around a small group of French officers,who are plotting to escape from a World War I prisioner of war camp?





La Grande Illusion





6.(Pictured)Finishing in the Top 10  in three of the year's four golfing Majors,which Australian (along with compatriot Adam Scott),posted the equal lowest cumulutive score for all four Majors held in 2013?




Jason Day





7.Gerlachovsky stit is the highest peak in the Carpathian Mountain range. It lies in which European country?




Slovakia





8.Which 1979 prison film saw a cameo performance from its director Don Siegel and film acting debut from the American actor Danny Glover?





Escape From Alcatraz





9.Jacopo was a 15th century painter and also the father of the painters Giovanni and Gentile. Between them their best known works are 'The Feast of the Gods'  (pictured),'Madonna and Child Blessing' and 'Doge Giovanni Mocenigo'. What is the shared surname of this noted Venetian family?





Bellini





10.In 2012,Madonna's half-time show at the Superbowl,became the most watched show in Superbowl history. In 2013,which female group recorded the second most watched show,as well as generating more than 299,000 tweets per minute, making it the most tweeted moment in the history of  the social media website,Twitter?





Destiny's Child





11.The famous biblical account of  David's defeat of Goliath,occurred in which valley,named after the Hebrew for 'oak'or 'terebinth'?





Valley of Elah





12.At the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona,which discipline was contested for the very first time in the competition's history,with Colombian Orlando Duque winning the Men's event and Cesilie Carlton of the USA winning the Women's event?





High Diving  (not Diving)





13.Upon winning the Academy Award for Best Actress in the 1984 film 'Places in the Heart',which actress famously exclaimed,'The first time I didn't feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!'?





Sally Field





14.Sometimes known as 'Divine Julius',he served for seven terms (on and off) between 1972-1992.What is  the name of this Italian Prime Minister,who died in May 2013?





Giulio Andreotti





15.Performed by the band Telex,which country's song at the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest,was entitled 'Euro-Vision'?





Belgium





16.It is most common in people who obtain most of their food energy from maize.In 1735 is was named by Gaspar Casal as Asturian Leprosy.What is the name of this disease,which is derived from the Italian for 'skin sour' and is primarily caused by a chronic lack of Niacin (Vitamin B3)?





Pellagra





17.(Pictured)The AT & T Park, is home to the San Francisco Giants baseball team and is located adjacent to the China basin,a section of San Francisco Bay.In 2000 a player hit the ball into this body of water creating the first 'splash hit'.Which Giants legend hit that first 'splash hit' and has recorded over half of the next 62 'splash hits' recorded ever since?




Barry Bonds





18.It is considered one of the most important archeological sites ever discovered. For the past century, this area has been continually excavated, yielding an enormous collection of papyrus texts,including plays of Menander, fragments from the Gospel of Thomas, and fragments from Euclid's Elements. In which Egyptian city,lying 160km south west of Cairo is this remarkable site located?





Oxyrhynchus






19.(Pictured)It is most commonly associated with the Edo Period and samurai,but  in recent times has become popular with sumo wrestlers.What is the name of this traditional Japanese haircut,which traditionally features a thinned or shaved pate,with the remaining hair oiled and tied in an elaborate top-knot?





Chonmage





20.In the comic book series, 'The Green Hornet',what is the name of the protagonist's assistant,played by Bruce Lee in the television series between 1966-67?





Kato





21.In the Old Testament,he is referred to as the ruler of 'the kingdom of the Chaldeans'. Which biblical king was responsible for sending Daniel into the lion's den?





King Darius(the Mede)





22.(Pictured)For the third time,he became the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest,in May 2013,aged 80. What is the name of this Japanese alpinist,whose descent down the mountain in 1970,was the subject of the Academy Award winning documentary 'The Man Who Skied Down Everest'?





Yuichiro Miura





23.It is sometimes known as 'Furniture city',as it is home to five of the world's leading office furniture companies.It is also home to the Gerald Ford Presidential museum and in 1945,became the first city in the United States to add fluoride to its drinking water. What is the second largest city,by population,in the US state of Michigan?





Grand Rapids





24.What is the name of cooking technique,used in Japanese cuisine,in which fish or meat is grilled in a marinade,usually consisting of soy sauce, mirin, and sugar?





Teriyaki





25.(Pictured) In October 2013,she reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts,with her debut single 'Royals',becoming the first solo singer from New Zealand to do so.With a very similar name,(but for one letter) ,to a flamboyant Eurovison Song Contest winner,what is the stage name used by the singer,Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor?





Lorde


Sunday, 13 October 2013

...And the Second One


Here is the second quiz of the night.


This one is the regular '20 answers that I should know'.quiz

.

I hope you enjoy...........










1.What is the name of the female singer who won the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest for Denmark?





Emmelie de Forest





2.With the chemical formula C6H5OH,by what six-letter name is Carbolic acid usually known by?





Phenol





3.What is the second highest mountain on mainland Australia?





Mount Townsend





4.Doing so in 1930,what was the nationality of the first ever goalscorer of  at a FIFA World Cup Finals (or Jules Rimet Trophy)?





French (Lucien Laurent)





5.Founded in 1999 by Billy Childish and Charles Thomson,their aim is to promote figurative painting, in opposition to conceptual art.What is the name of this group,that has demonstrated annually at Tate Britain against the Turner Prize since 2000?





Stuckists





6.The name of which model of car,made by Volkswagen is a portmanteau word containing a 'big cat' and a 'big reptile'?




Tiguan (Tiger and Iguana)





7.In which country was the actress Natalie Portman born?





Israel




8.On which island,the largest of the Cook Islands,was a 1987 Treaty signed by nations in the South Pacific,formalising the area as a nuclear weapon-free zone?





Raratonga





9.Serving 1889-1893,who was the  US President between Grover Cleveland's two non-consecutive terms?




Benjamin Harrison





10.Doing so in 1976,who was the last Australian tennis player to win the Men's Singles title at the Australian Open?





Mark Edmondson





11.It is awarded annually to a person or institution that has achieved distinction in society and contributed to improving Norway's international reputation.Previous winners have included Grete Waitz,Crown Princess Sonja and Magnus Carlsen. Named after one of Ibsen's titular charcters,what is two-word name of this prize?





Peer Gynt





12.Which male American skier won three gold medals at the 2013 Alpine Skiing Championships in Schladming?




Ted Ligety





13.With her 1993 film 'The Piano',who is the only female winner of the Palme d'Or,awarded at the Cannes Film festival?





Jane Campion





14.In 1908 it started as The Anglo-Persian Oil Company,in 1935 it became the Ango-Iranian Oil Company.What name,still used today,was is given in 1953?





British Petroleum (Company) or BP





15.What was the name of France's top rabbi,who resigned in April 2013 after admitting he did not hold a philosophy degree?





Giles Bernheim





16.In 1987 a side project led by Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon ,released their only single, a cover of Madonna's 'Into The Groove' which went on to become a number one hit in the UK Indie charts.What was the Madonna-inspired name of this group?






Ciccone Youth





17.In October 2013,the Canadian author,Alice Munro, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.Who,in 1976 was the last Canadian-born winner of the award?





Saul Bellow





18.Nefertiti,was the Great Royal Wife (chief consort) of which Egyptian Pharaoh?





Akhenaten





19.Which is the only artery in the male human body,that carries deoxygenated blood?





Pulmonary





20.Serving between 1949-1963,who became the first first post-war Chancellor of West Germany?




Konrad Adenauer

First Quiz of tonight

This is a new quiz that I will post a various intervals - assuming people like it.

It is intended as a mix of list-learning and general knowledge questions.As the quiz progresses,you will find that there are longer questions.  

Again some hard,some easy.

There are five categories,each with five questions. This week US Capitals,Turner Prize,World Cup-winning captains,Mountains, Academy Nominations and Winners



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




US State Capitals

1.What is the capital of Maryland?





Annapolis





2.What is the capital of Kansas? 





Topeka





3.What is the capital of Montana?





Helena





4.What is the capital of North Carolina?





Raleigh





5.What is the capital of West Virginia





Charleston





Turner Prize
1.In which year was the first Turner Prize presented?





1984





2.Who was the first winner of the Turner Prize?





Malcolm Morley





3.Who was the first female winner of the Turner Prize?





Rachel Whiteread





4.Who won the Prize in 2010,becoming the first artist to win,by using sound only, as their medum?





Susan Philipsz





5.In 1999,Tracey Emin received her only Turner Prize nomination (to date),with her infamous work 'My Bed'.Which film director beat Emin,to win the award in the same year?





Steve McQueen





FIFA World Cup Winning Captains (previously known as the Jules Rimet Trophy)
1.Playing in his third final,who was the captain of Brazil's 2002 World Cup winning side?





Cafu





2. Paolo Rossi was the goalscoring hero,but who captained Italy Argentina to World Cup victory in 1982?





Dino Zoff






3.Who was Argentina's World Cup winning captain in 1978?





Daniel Passarella





4.Thought to be one of the best sides of all time,who captained Brazil to their 1970 World Cup triumph?




Carlos Alberto





5.Who,in 1930,which Uruguayan captain,became the first man to lift the World Cup?





Jose Nasazzi





Mountains
1.Mount Ras Dashen lies in the Semien Mountains and is the highest peak in which African country?




Ethiopia





2.Located in Spain,what is the name of the highest mountain in the Pyrenees?





Aneto





3.The fourth highest peak in the Andes,what is the highest mountain in Peru?





Huascaran





4.Located in the South Korean resort of Pyeongchang, in which mountain range will the 2018 Winter Olympics be held?




Taebaek Mountains





5.In which European country is Kebnekaise the highest peak?





Sweden





Academy Nominations and Awards
1.Nominated in eleven categories,which was the only Academy Award won by the critically acclaimed film,Chinatown at the 1975 ceremony?





Best Original Screenplay





2.The 1985 film'The Color Purple' is infamous for being nominated for the most Academy Awards without winning a single one.Which other 1985 film was more successful at the award ceremony,(in 1986),picking up seven wins?





Out Of Africa





3.At the 1991 ceremony for films made in 1990,which film had both the most Academy Award nominations(11) and the most Academy Award wins(7)?





Dances With Wolves





4.Prior to Ben Hur breaking the record a year later,which 1958 film held the record for winning the most Academy Awards,recording nine wins?





Gigi





5.For which 2005 film did Steven Spielberg win a Best director Academy Award?





Munich

Friday, 11 October 2013

A little Plug.................

On 17th November I will be running a competition on this site with an actual prize.

As you may have noticed,there is a 'Chambers' link. They have kindly agreed to offer a prize. Assuming all goes well,this should be a monthly occurence.

Chambers for those of you who don't know are a leading publishing company, who produce various Dictionaries and Reference books (amongst other things).

I have had a look at their site and there are many books which readers of this site may be interested in. (You can click on the link and it takes you straight to their site)

The competition does have a theme, but for now,it's a secret.



Anyway, more questions soon.....................

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Two questions on Chess. Quite a tough one

Here's the next Main Quiz.


Personally, I think it's a tough one, but that's because there are a few more 'High-Brow' questions than normal. I may be wrong.


In any case,I hope it is still enjoyable and informative.



Have fun.................................







1.(Pictured)The tunnel is divided into four sections, separated by three large mountain caves at 6 kilometre intervals. While the main tunnel has white lights, the caves have blue lighting,with yellow lights at the fringes to give an impression of sunrise.Beginning just east of Aurlandsvangen,which European country is home to the world's longest continuous road tunnel?





Norway





2.In  March 2013,scientists at the University of New South Wales,working on the 'Lazarus Project', successfully rejuvenated cells of 'Rheobatrachus silus'.With this particular type believed to be extinct since 1983, Rheobatrachus silus is a species of which common animal?





Frog





3.Although Regina is the capital,which city is the largest,in terms of population,of the Canadian state of Saskatchewan?





Saskatoon





4.A former medical student,he sprang to fame in 1836,with his first play, 'The Troubadour',later adapted by Guiseppe Verdi as the opera 'Il  Travatore'. Which 19th century Spanish dramatist was also noted for writing the play Simon Bocanegra (sic),which once again,was adapted into an opera by Verdi?





Antonio Garcia Gutierrez








5.(Pictured)The project was privately funded with his own money and partly funded by a $50,000 loan from Bill Cosby.Which acclaimed African American film director, created the groundbreaking 1971 film, 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song',which also saw his son,Mario,in the starring role?





Melvin Van Peebles





6.Most common in the game of chess,which German term, is used to describe a situation where one player is put at a disadvantage,because he has to make a move when he would prefer to pass and make no move?





Zugzwang





7.A 19th century French Romantic composer,he was known primarily,for his orchestral works, 'Espana' and 'Joyeuse marche'. What is the name of this man,who was also good friends with Claude Monet and Edouard Manet and was the owner of the Paris nightclub,'Folies-Bergere' as depicted in Manet's famous 1882 work?




Emmanuel Chabrier








8.(Pictured)Reanne Evans has won the last nine World Championships and in 2013,became the first woman ever,to reach the final stages of a ranking (men's) tournament. In which sport does she excel?





Snooker





9.Prior to joining the Union as the 14th state in 1791,which Republic had the previous capital cities of Westminster and Windsor?





Vermont







10.(Pictured) In 1947,this concrete arch bridge featured as a four month exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.At only 2 metres in thickness,the Schwandbach Bridge,located near Berne,is considered to be the masterpiece of which Swiss civil engineer?





Robert Maillart





11.Situated on the confluences of the Blue Nile, White Nile and River Atbara,in which modern day country  is the site of the ancient Kingdom of Kush?





Sudan








12.(Pictured)Made by the Colorado Mine Company,it was a favourite of Elvis Presley.It is a sandwich that consists of a hollowed out loaf of bread, filled with one jar of peanut butter,one jar of grape jelly and a pound of bacon.Sharing its name with a sulfide mineral,a Stone Roses song and a 2008 'rom-com' starring Kate Hudson,what is the name of this sandwich,thought to have derived from its price of $49.95?





Fool's Gold Loaf





13.Assuming power following the death of Hector Chavez,who in April 2013,became President of Venezuela?





Nicolas Maduro






14.In February 2013 'Child's Pose',directed by Calin Peter Netzer,became the first film from which country to be awarded the Golden Bear at the Berlin film Festival?





Romania








15.(Pictured)One of the few martial arts in which the practitioner wears shoes,which French martial art,sometimes known as 'boxing francaise',takes its name from the French for 'old shoe' ?





Savate





16.Its name is thought to have derived from a royal hunting palace near Madrid and its two main forms are Baroque and Romantic.With notable composers including Federico Chueca and Jacinto Guerrero,what term (beginning with the letter 'z'),is used to describe the Spanish dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes?





Zarzuela





17.Which 1955 Patricia Highsmith novel,was  filmed under the name 'Purple Noon' (or in french 'Plein Soleil') in 1960 and under its original title in 1999,with Matt Damon in the title role?





The Talented Mr Ripley








18.(Pictured)Assuming his position in September 2013,James Comey took over from Robert Mueller, as the holder of which important position in the United States,first established in 1908?





Director of the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation)








19.The Copenhagen-based 'Noma' restaurant,is noted as the 'best restaurant in the world' and has won the title on three occasions. What is the name of the co-founder and head chef of the restaurant,who has been largely responsible for this remarkable acheivement?





Rene Redzepi





20.Which European city,is the location of the headquarters of international football's governing body,FIFA?




Zurich





21.The original Ferris Wheel was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris, as a landmark for the 1893 'World's Columbian Exposition',celebrating 400 years since Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World. Located in Jackson park,in which US city was this event held and the wheel displayed?





Chicago







22.(Pictured)A clue may come from the company logo.From which country does the popular swimwear and swimming accessory company 'Speedo',originate?





Australia   (Boomerang logo)






23.Prominent between the 6th and 8th centuries,it formed the north eastern portion of the Kingdom of the Merovingian Franks.It also comprised parts of present day France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.With a similar sounding name to a non-European country,what was the name of this historical region,which saw Metz as its capital?





Austrasia





24.Situated on the Yukon and Alaska border,it is both the second highest mountain in Canada and the USA.Sharing its name with an alternative name for Israel's Mount Carmel,what is the  name of this North American mountain?





Mount Saint Elias








25.(Pictured)At the age of 12,she became the youngest player ever to participate in the FIDE Women's World Championship .What is the name of this Chinese chess prodigy,the current Women's World Chess Champion, the youngest ever to win the title and the youngest female player ever to qualify for the title of Grandmaster?





Hou Yifan