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