Wednesday, 13 November 2013

More Swedish Questions and a couple on tennis






Here is my next Main Quiz




Just to remind you,there will be a competition quiz on Sunday,where you can win a real prize. More to follow.

I should have more questions up before then anyway





This set may be tough in parts,but I hope you enjoy................








1.(Pictured) Appearing in a number of films such as 'The Fisher King','Sleepless In Seattle' and 'A Bug's Life',he is far more famous for playing the character Niles Crane,the title character's brother in the US TV sitcom Frasier'.What is this actor's name?






David Hyde Pierce






2.His election as King in 1523 led to the end of the Kalmar Union. He is also noted for founding one of the (now) oldest orchestras of the world, the Kungliga Hovkapellet and also founded the city of Helsinki. Who was the first Swedish King to come from the Vasa Royal House?






Gustav I






3.Completed in June 1941, this Manifesto was circulated within the Italian Resistance, and soon became the programme of the Movimento Federalista Europeo.Regarded by some as the manifesto that began birth of European federalism,it was written by Altiero Spinelli and by Ernesto Rossi whilst they were prisoners on an Italian island,during World War II.Named after this particular island,what was the title of this important Manifesto?






Ventotene Manifesto






4.His formula is used in atomic physics, to describe the wavelengths of spectral lines of many chemical elements.Which 19th/20th century Swedish physicist also gives his name to both a physical constant and a unit of energy?






Johannes Rydberg






5.The Anarchy,was a war fought in England and Normandy between 1135 and 1153, characterised by a breakdown in law and order. The conflict originated with a succession crisis towards the end of the reign of Henry I, when the King's only legitimate son, and heir apparrent,died aboard the White Ship in 1120.What was the name of this heir apparent?






William Adelin







6.(Pictured) She won the 1983 World Athletics Championships Gold medal in the women's 100 metres,as well as three consecutive European Athletics Championships titles,over the same distance between 1978 and 1986.She also won a 4x100m relay Gold Medal at both the 1976 and 1980 Olympic Games.What is the name of this East German athlete,who was also the last non-American to hold the women's 100 metre world record?






Marlies  Gohr






7.They fought for the Spanish Republican forces against Franco and the Spanish Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War.What name,after a US President,was given to these volunteers from the United States who served in roles such as soldiers, technicians and medical personnel during this conflict?






Abraham Lincoln Brigade






8.He implemented the Apollo programme as a part of John F Kennedy's vision of 'putting a man on the moon'.What was the name of the  third of NASA's administrators,who also gives his name to the  Next Generation Space Telescope ,the planned successor the the Hubble Space Telescope?






James Webb






9.The name of its genus,is derived from the Greek meaning 'mouse-beaver'. It is also sometimes referred to as the 'river rat' or 'nutria'.What is the name of this large, herbivorous, semi-aquatic rodent,originally native to subtropical and temperate South America and the only member of the Myocastoridae family?






Coypu






10.Most widespread in West Africa,it is,however,spoken across Africa.It comes from an ethnic group,primarily from Niger and Nigeria,that has its trade and cultural centre at Kano.What is the most spoken of the Chadic languages,with around 34 million Africans using it as their first language?






Hausea







11. (Pictured) An American musician, songwriter and producer,he came to prominence in 2004 when he released The Grey Album, which combined vocal performances from Jay-Z's The Black Album with instrumentals from the Beatles' White Album.He formed the group,Gnarls Barkley with Cee Lo Green and produced their albums,'St. Elsewhere' (2006) and 'The Odd Couple' (2008). He is also connected to a British animated children's TV show of the 1980s that was broadcast around the world.What is the stage name of Brian Joseph Burton?






Danger Mouse






12.In Japan,which colour, is used to describe the occasion of the 14th of March, where it is traditional for the women to buy the men chocolate gifts, in reply to Valentine’s Day?






White Day






13.The only surviving Hellenistic epic, the 'Argonautica' tells the myth of the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts, to retrieve the Golden Fleece from remote land of Colchis.Who was the Greek writer of this poem?






Apollonius Rhodius (of Rhodes)






14.A legendary ruler in ancient China,he was noted for for his introduction of flood control,his moral character and most importantly,the inauguration of dynastic rule in China.What is the name of this first dynastic ruler of China and founder of the Xia dynasty?






Yu (The Great)






15.In November 1965,France became the third country (after the Soviet Union and the USA),to launch an artificial satellite into space. What was the name of this satellite,which took its name from a famous comic book character?






Asterix







16.(Pictured) He shares his surname with the Danish composer,responsible for composing the music to the 'Millennium Trilogy' films. Which Australian tennis player,recorded the fastest ever tennis serve,when he hit a 163.4 mph serve,at the 2012 ATP Challenger in Busan?






Samuel Groth






17.The Battle of Cape St Vincent,was fought in  January 1780 during the American War of Independence. Led by Admiral Sir George Rodney ,it was saw a British victory over which country's navy?






Spain







18.(Pictured) In October 2013,Gambia,announced its withdrawal from the Commonwealth,after the President decided Gambia would 'never be a member of any neo-colonial institution...'.What was the name of this President,the first leader to pull out of the Commonwealth unilaterally since President Mugabe chose to withdraw Zimbabwe in 2003?






Yahya Jammeh






19.At the 1978 ceremony, he became the youngest ever recipient of the Best Actor Academy Award (beaten only by Adrien Brody since).Which American actor had a particularly good 1977, when two of the films in which he starred, grossed over $100,000,000 at the US box-office?






Richard Dreyfuss






20.Founded by 'Humboldt The White,which European Royal House was formed during the 11th century and gradually expanded to rule Sardinia between 1720 and 1861,and then,the Kingdom of Italy between  1861 and 1946?






House of Savoy







21.(Pictured) The UNESCO World Heritage Site,Tikal, is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centres of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. Situated in the department of El Peten, the site is part of the Tikal National Park.In which Central American country can it be found?







Guatemala






22.Bjorn Borg was one of the last professional tennis players to consistently use one, but who was the last man to win a Grand Slam singles title using a wooden racket?






Yannick Noah






23.Inspired by the idea of Simplicus, meaning 'everything flows',it applies to substances such as muds, sludges, suspensions,polymers,foods and bodily fluids.What name is given to the study of the flow of matter, primarily in the liquid state, but also as 'soft solids' ?






Rheology






24.In which US city were the television shows 'Cold Case', 'Boy Meets World' and 'Thirtysomething' all set?





Philadelphia







25.(Pictured)Utter Inn, is an art project by Mikael Genberg that offers underwater accommodation to the public.The facility is entered through a small,stereotypic Swedish house located on the surface of the water.This house is located in which lake,the third largest in Sweden and the location for the cycling events at the 1912 Summer Olympics?






Lake Malaren