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.


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?


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?


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?


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?


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.


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?


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?


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?


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