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 (

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

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


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


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


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?


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?


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?


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? 


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?


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?


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