Sunday, 24 November 2013

Next Main Quiz and Last Chance for the book

I recently passed a major landmark,with regards to number of visitors to this site. So,I would like to thank each and everyone of you that read the site. It's good to know that people out there are finding the site useful.

I imagine that I will run two quizzes (the Main Quiz and the Five Catgories Quiz) per week,for now,but that could change to more,depending on work,time etc etc.

I will also continue with my picture quiz on next one will be up in a few hours.

Also,I wanted to remind you that you have just a few hours to get your entries in to win yourself a Chamber's 'Book of Great Speeches' book.

See below, or to the side,for details.

Here's the quiz - Enjoy.................................

1.(Pictured) An American long distance swimmer,she first gained national attention in 1979 when she swam around Manhatten island.In September 2013,on her fifth attempt,she became the first person the swim between Cuba and Florida without using a shark cage.What is this remarkable 64 year old woman's name?

Diana Nyad

2.An arm of the Mediterranean,which sea is located between the Italian Riviera to the North and the island of Corsica to the south?

Ligurian Sea

3.In 1961,Gary Player became the  first non-American professional golfer ,to win the US Masters tournament.Who was the second non-American to take the title,achieving the feat in 1980?

Seve Ballesteros

4.It is bordered on the North by the Tagus River and on the South by the region of Algarve and is the capital of the Central Alentejo province.It is also home to Portugal's second oldest university and gives its name to an 1808 Battle,fought during the Peninsular War.What is the name of this Portuguese city,which is listed as a UNESCO Heritage site?


5.(Example of work pictured) Warner Bros music censored his initial artwork for Funkadelic’s 1981 album The Electric Spanking of War Babies. They deemed it  as inappropriate,due to the cover featuring an overtly phallic shaped spaceship that transported a naked woman. What is the name of this American artist and illustrator,who is best known for his elaborate cover designs for numerous Funkadelic and George Clinton (solo) albums?

Pedro Bell

6.He took part on the voyage of the Argo and was also the subject of a lost play by Aeschylus.Which King of Thrace,according to various accounts,was  tormented by the Harpies,who would steal his food,as part of a curse?


7.His father was a duke who supported the Revolution of 1789, but (the duke) was guillotined during the Reign of Terror.Following the July Revolution,he took over from the deposed Charles X as King,before being forced to abdicate himself,18 years later.Reigning from 1830-1848,which member of the House of Orleans,became the last King to rule France?

Louis Philippe I

8.It is a colourless,highly flammable liquid and natural constituent of crude oil. It was identified and isolated in 1825,by Michael Faraday,from the oily residue derived from the production of illuminating gas.What is the name of this chemical compound,which has the chemical formula  C6H6?


9.The Russian famine of 1601–1603 was Russia's worst famine in terms of proportional effect on the population, killing around a third of Russian people.Already in a politically unsettled state,the many deaths contributed to social disruption and helped bring about the downfall of which Tsar,who is also the subject of an opera by Modest Mussorgsky?

Boris Godunov

10..The World Ice Art Championships is an ice sculpting contest that is the largest of its kind in the world and attended by more than 100 sculptors from 30 different countries every year.The contest also draws tens of thousands of spectators.It is held annually in which Alaskan city,the state's second largest by population and also home to the oldest of Alaska's current colleges?


11.(Pictured) He started his career directing music videos for bands like Bad Religion and NOFX. He made his feature film directorial debut with the 1997 film 'Mousehunt',and followed it up with 'The Mexican' in 2001. He is,however,best known as the director of the first three 'Pirates of the Caribbean' films. What is the name of this Hollywood director,who,in 2013,teamed up with Johnny Depp,again, in 'The Lone Ranger',only to receive poor reviews?

Gore Verbinski

12.Taken from the Latin meaning 'alone self',it is a belief that the external world and other minds cannot be known,so might not exist outside the own mind.What is the name of this philosophical idea,that suggests only one's mind (I), is sure to exist?


13.(Pictured) Native to many countries in the northern half of Africa,they are a species of the family Bovidae and genus Taurotragus.Sometimes known as the 'Lord Derby' species they can run at up to 70 km per hour and inhabit broad-leafed savannas, woodlands and glades.What is the name of this animal,the largest of the antelopes? (Two words needed)

Giant Eland

14.Issyk Kul is a lake in the northern Tian Shan mountains. Although it is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, it never freezes,hence its name means 'hot lake',in its native language.It is the tenth largest lake in the world by volume and the second largest saline lake,after the Caspian Sea.It is also the second largest mountain lake in the world,after Titicaca.In which country is Lake Issyk Kul located?


15.(Pictured) He has won four gold medals in the last three Winter Olympics.He has also won eight World Championship Gold medals and nine World Cup Championships.What is the name of this German bobsleigh pilot,the most successful bobsleigh racer of all-time?

Andre Lange

16.Having a name in common with one of the largest moons,what name,in Greek mythology,is given to the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite,usually represented by having the upper body of a human and the tail of a fish?


17.(Pictured) Unveiled in June 2013,which Asian telecommunications company unveiled the world's slimmest smartphone,called the Ascend P6?


18.It is located in the southern suburbs of Paris and operated by the Ministry of Justice.It houses a male and female prison,as well as a juvenile prison and a Gendarmerie Barracks.It is also home to many of France's most notorious criminal convicts. With a capacity of 3800 prisoners,what is the largest prison in both France and Europe?


19.Located on the north coast of Turkey,it is a city of about half a million people and is also a major Black Sea port.It is most famous,however,as the site where Mustafa Kemal Ataturk established the Turkish liberation movement on May 19, 1919, the date which traditionally marks the beginning of the Turkish War of Independence.What is the name of this Turkish city?


20.It also shared its name with the codename for one of Adolf Hitler's World War II Eastern Front military headquarters.A useful propoganda tool,this group had a number of instances of violence attributed them, but none have been proven.Named after a mythical creature,what name was given to the 1944 Nazi group,who would act as a special commando force,which would operate behind enemy lines as the Allies advanced through Germany?


21.Often associated with a severe vitamin A deficiency,is described by pathologic dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea,where the conjunctiva becomes dry, thick and wrinkled.Taken from the Greek meaning 'dry eyes',what is the name of this medical condition in which the eye fails to produce tears?


22.(Pictured) Founded in 1993,they launched their first car, the 'Kancil', in August 1994.They mainly produce small cars,such as the 'Viva' and 'Alzi', and are also the largest maker of small/compact cars in South East Asia.They also,do not have models in the same market segments as Proton.What is the name of this company,the second largest car manufacturer in Malaysia?


23.Directed by Steve McQueen,the 2013 film '12 Years A Slave',stars  Chiwetel Ejiofor as a man,who was kidnapped and sold to slavery in 1841,where he worked on plantations for 12 years before his release.The film is based on the autobiography of which free-born African-American,who later became involved in the abolitionist cause?

Solomon Northup

24.(Pictured) Winning Gold in the 100 metres at the 1964 Olympic Games,he switched from athletics to American football,where he spent most of his career at the Dallas Cowboys.In 1972 he was a part of a Superbowl-winning team,which put his name in the history books.Who is the only man ever to have won an Olympic Gold Medal and Superbowl ring?

Bob Hayes

25.Primarily located in Edmonson County,the Mammoth cave National Park is home to the world's longest cave system.It is thought to be around 640 km in length and was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1981. In which US state,(one of the states that is constituted as a commonwealth),is this National Park and cave?