Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Been a while.......................


Hello. Finally I've got some brand new questions for you. Basically lots of things came up at once blah blah blah, but anyway let's get on with it.



Here's 25 Brand new questions - they're quite tough,but I hope you enjoy......................


PS Thanks for your continued support of the site, I see that many people have still been visiting.It's much appreciated.





1. (Picture) Born in Australia in 1990,she moved to the US aged 16, to pursue a pop music career. In 2011 she released two controversial music videos singles, 'Pu$$y' and 'Two Times',which both went viral on You Tube. In 2014, she became only the second artist,after the Beatles,to have their first two singles ranked at number one and two simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.What is the performing name of this rapper and model,whose real name is Amethyst Kelly?






Iggy Azalea






2. Primarily produced on the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali and Sulawesi,its name refers to the seeds of the coffee berries once they have been eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet.What Indonesian (and most common) name is given to this special brand of coffee,generally regarded as the most expensive coffee in the world?






Kopu Luwak






3.Fought between the Swedish and Bohemian Empires,it is thought to be the last battle of the Thirty Years' War.Which 1648 battle,named after a European capital city,saw the Swedish Empire loot the city's castle as they were unable to penetrate the city itself?






Battle of Prague






4. Famed for scoring 13 goals at the 1958 World Cup Finals,Just Fontaine spent most of his playing career at which Northern French football club,scoring 122 times in 131 appearances between 1956-62?






Stade de Reims






5. The United Arab Emirates has three cities that have a population of over 1 million people. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the first two,but what is the name of the third,which also shares its name with the Emirate in which it is located?






Sharjah







6. (Picture)  Entitled 'Washington Crossing the Delaware' it depicts a surprise attack,led by George Washington,against Hessian forces at the 1776 Battle of Trenton.Which German-American painter created this work?






Emanuel Leutze






7.Affecting around 1 out of 180,000 infants,MSUD is a metabolic condition affecting branched-chain amino acids. It is mainly a genetic disease and symptoms include vomiting,dehydration and hypoglycaemia. Also,one of its most distinctive symptoms, is the sweet-smelling odour of the infants' urine,from where the disease takes its name.If the 'UD' part of MSUD stands for Urine Disease,what does the 'MS' part stand for?






Maple Syrup






8. One of the last to be added to the Roman calendar,which (modern day) Gregorian month,takes its name from the Latin term meaning 'purification' and was known in Old English as Solmonath or 'mud-month'?






February






9. Located off the north coast of South America,it  forms the group known as the 'ABC islands',together with Aruba and Curacao.Formerly a part of the Netherlands Antilles,it became a special municipality of the Netherlands in 2010.What is the name of this island,which has its capital at Kralendijk?






Bonaire






10. John Cazale is notorious for appearing in just five films,with each gaining an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.Which one of those films,a 1974 thriller,was the only one to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival?






The Conversation







11. (Picture)  Forming a formidable partnership with John Stockton at Utah Jazz over a period of 18 years between 1985 and 2003,which basketball player (now retired) is second on the all-time NBA list for 'most career points scored',behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar?






Karl Malone






12. Initially serialised in four parts in the Pictorial Review magazine in 1920, it was later released as a book in London and New York. It is set in 19th century upper-class New York and features the protagonist,Newland Archer and his issues with love interests,May Welland and Ellen Olenska.What is the title of this classic novel,which became the first novel,written by a woman,to claim the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction?






The Age of Innocence (By Edith Wharton)






13. Located near the junction of the small intestine and the large intestine it is a blind-ended tube connected to the cecum.Its use is still largely unknown,but is sometimes used in an operation for people with a neurogenic bladder,known as a Mitrofanoff  Procedure.What is the name of this part of the digestive system?






Appendix






14. Volcan Tajumulco is a stratovolcano located in the department of San Marcos. Standing at 4,220 metres high,it is the highest peak in Central America.In which country is it located?






Guatemala






15. Released six days after his death,what is the name of the 1973 Bruce Lee film, that was the first Chinese martial arts film to be made by a major Hollywood studio?






Enter The Dragon







16. (Picture) Which animal,with a link to comic book hero James Howlett,is the largest land dwelling member of the  Mustelidae (weasel) family?






Wolverine






17. Founded in 1979 by Bob Mould,Greg Norton and Graham Hart,they were one of the first wave of US post-punk hardcore groups.Their albums included 'Zen Arcade' (1984) and 'New Day Rising' (1985), and singer Bob Mould would later form the group,Sugar.What is the name of this group,which takes its name from a memory board game that was popular in Scandinavia during the 1970s?






Husker Du






18. In 1920,Ernest Rutherford conceived the possible existence of it,but it wasn't discovered until 1932.Since then,it has been an key factor for the production of nuclear power.It has no net electric charge and has a mass slightly larger than that of a proton.What is the name of this subatomic hadron particle?





Neutron






19. Which Greek hero,the son of Aeson and husband of Medea,is generally regarded as the mythical founder of which modern day European capital city?






Ljubljana






20. Which 1989 film,that cast Jeff and Beau Bridges in the title roles,gave Michelle Pfeiffer her first 'Best Actress' Academy nomination,just a year after receiving her first 'Best Supporting Actress' nomination?






The Fabulous Baker Boys












21. (Picture) Mario Irarrazabal is a Chilean sculptor,best known for his 'giant hand' sculpture entitled 'Mano del Desierto' that stands at 11 metres tall in the Atacama desert. He created another similar hand entitled 'Mano de Punta del Este' at the seaside resort town of the same name. In which small South American country can this beach sculpture be found?





Uruguay






22. He is originally described as a hired killer of Robin Hood,although he is later killed by Robin Hood himself. In later depictions,he becomes a romantic rival to Robin Hood for Maid Marian's love. On screen he has been played by Basil Rathbone (1938), Michael Wincott (1991) and Richard Armitage (in the BBC TV series). What is the name of this villainous character from the Robin Hood stories?






Guy of Gisborne






23. Between 1506 and 1620 which European country ruled the area that is now the United Arab Emirates,before being expelled by the East India company and the Safavids?






Portugal






24. Born in Brussels in 1514,he is often referred to as the founder of modern human anatomy. He is noted for his insistence on dissecting dead human bodies,which was opposed by the Roman Catholic church and for his detailed woodcut drawings of the human body. He was also a professor at the University of Padua and later became Imperial physician at the court of Emperor Charles V.What is the name of this physician?






Andreas Vesalius







25. (Picture) He is remembered in August 2014, for taking off his running vest in the home straight,whilst clear in the final of the 3000m steeplechase at the European Athletics Championships. This led to him being disqualified and his gold medal taken back. Three years earlier he also made the headlines after a fight with compatriot Mehdi Baala following a 1500m race in Monaco. What is the name of this controversial French middle-distance athlete?






Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad








Friday, 11 July 2014

Quick Update

Just to let you know that I haven't disappeared.

I had been on holiday, then I have been unwell.

I hope to be back writing soon, so keep looking back. I'll also announce it on Facebook/Twitter too when some new questions are up.

Thanks again for you support with the blog/site.
Paul


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Some questions to keep you going


As mentioned in my previous post,here are 30 questions that may be of interest.


Hopefully you haven't come across many/any on the site already




Enjoy............









1.Captured by French forces in 1994,he is known as one of the world's most notorious terrorists.What is the nationality of Ilich Ramirez Sanchez,better known as 'Carlos The Jackal'?






Venezuelan






2.Much used in the Renaissance period,what is the name of the classical motif,in the style of a ram's horn,overflowing with fruit and flowers and symbolising abundance and plenty?






Cornucopia






3.Believed to be the only painting Van Gogh sold in his lifetime,'The Red Vineyard' was bought at an exhibition in 1890 by which female member of the art  group known as 'Les Vingt'?






Anna Boch






4.The French culinary term,'beche-de-mer',refers to the food obtained from which marine animal,found in the South West Pacific?






Sea Cucumber






5.Vivien Kubrick,the daughter of the film-maker Stanley Kubrick,was credited for writing the score for which 1987 film,under the pseudonym of Abigail Mead?






Full Metal Jacket








6.(Pictured) Playing at the highest level in France, Italy and Spain for over 15 seasons,he was a World Cup winner in 1998 and European Championship winner two years later in 2000.Having recorded 142 appearances,who is the most capped player in the history of the French national football team?






Lilian Thuram







7. (Pictured) Commissioned by Edward James in 1937 ,after which Hollywood actress is this iconic Salvador Dali wooden and satin sofa,named?






Mae West






8.Driven by Maurice Trintignant,which make of French sports car,made its only Formula One appearance  at the 1956 French Grand Prix,where it failed to finish?






Bugatti





9.Awarded annually to a person or institution that has achieved distinction in society and contributed to improving Norway's international reputation,it's previous winners have included Grete Waitz,Crown Princess Sonja and Magnus Carlsen. Named after one of Ibsen's titular charcters,what is two-word name of this prize?






Peer Gynt






10.(Pictured) Erode, a city in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is the world's largest producer of which plant,used as a spice and commonly known as 'haldi' in India?






Turmeric






11.Told by Ovid in his work 'Metamorphoses',what was the name of the mythological,ill-fated lovers,that communicated their love through a crack in the wall between their houses?






Pyramus and Thisbe






12.Derived from the Greek meaning 'same place', which scientific term is used to describe a part of a chemical element that shares the same number of protons and electrons,but differs in the number of neutrons it contains?






Isotope






13.Derived from Anushtakin ad-Darazi,one of its early preachers,what is the name of the eclectic religious community, found primarily in Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan, which emerged from Ismailism during the 11th century?






The Druze






14.Taken from the Hebrew meaning 'sitting together',what name was given to the assembly of 23 judges appointed in every city in the Biblical Land of Israel?






Sanhedrin






15.A prominent city of the Roman Empire,it was the birthplace of the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus and is the site of one of the most spectacular and unspoiled Roman ruins in the Mediterranean.The ancient city of Leptis Magna is located in which modern day country?






Libya






16. (Pictured) Native to New Guinea and Australia,they have three species known as 'Northern','Southern' and 'Dwarf' and are thought to have the lowest bird-call to human ears.Behind the ostrich and emu,it is the third tallest bird.What is its name?






Cassowary






17.Who was the Prime Minister of New Zealand,before John key came into power in 2008?






Helen Clark






18.First identified in 1913 by Kasimir Fajans and Oswald Helmuth Gohring,it was originally named 'brevium'.Which chemical element,has the atomic number of 91 and the chemical symbol Pa?






Protactinium






19.Serving between 1949-1963,who became the first first post-war Chancellor of West Germany?





Konrad Adenauer






20. (Pictured) Since her 1998 debut with the single 'Poker Face',she has sold over 50 million records in Japan, making her the best selling solo singer in Japanese history.She has also made three of the world's top 20,most expensive pop videos ever.What is the name of this Japanese icon,known as 'Ayu' to her fans?





Ayumi Hamasaki






21. Located in the town of Hanover,the Ivy League university,Dartmouth College,is found in which US state?






New Hampshire






22.Messenger to the gods,the Olympian Hermes was the son of Zeus and which of the Pleiades?






Maia






23.Lying on the banks of the Kura River,which modern day capital city was used, under the Russian rule, as the Imperial capital of the entire Caucasus?






Tbilisi







24. (Pictured) Syreeta Wright was a Grammy nominated,American singer and songwriter who died in 2004.She is particularly noted for her collaborations with Billy Preston and which other music 'superstar',to whom she was married between 1970 -1972?






Stevie Wonder






25.Loosely based on  Joliet Prison,in Illinois.,it is thought to have been named after a tributary of the Illinois River.What is the name of the fictional prison in the 2005-2009 US TV show 'Prison Break'?






Fox River (State Penetentiary)






26.Which British actor was nominated for a 'Best Actor' Academy Award in three successive years,for the films 'Becket'(1964) ,'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold'(1965) and 'Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf (1966)?






Richard Burton






27.(Pictured) The 'Rocket-Powered Recoilless Weapon' was the brainchild of Dr Robert H. Goddard as a side project of his work on rocket propulsion.Also used to describe any shoulder-fired missile weapon,by what generic one-word name is this weapon known today?






Bazooka






28.A feature,particularly to Huntingdon's disease and Saint Vitus' Dance,what is the name of the involuntary ,jerky movements caused by damage to the part of the brain that controls muscular co-ordination?






Chorea






29. (Pictured) Airing between 1974-1975,it featured a young Helen Hunt as the protagonist's daughter.The American TV show 'Amy Prentiss',was a spin-off from which other 1960s and 1970s US detective series? Ironside






30.A subsidiary of 'the company,'Limited Brands,it was founded in San Francisco,in 1977,by Roy Raymond,who felt embarrassed when buying lingerie for his wife in a department store environment.What is the name of this chain of shops,which has now become the largest lingerie retailer in the US,(as well as one of the largest in the world)?






Victoria's Secret

On holiday..sorry It'll be another week.....In the meantime


Sorry, I've been caught up with quite a lot this week, so unable to get some brand new questions up.

I'm on holiday next week,so the new questions will be up after that.

So,in the meantime,I will put up some of the more interesting questions I already have (and maybe that you haven't already found) during tonight's (11.00pm) World Cup football match.

Thanks
Paul




Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Back soon

Just a quick post to say I thought I would have a week off following the World Quiz Championships.

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and 210th out of 1800 or so is not bad.

Congratulations must go to the New World Champion,Vikram Joshi for his impressive win.

I was also having a think about my questions. I want them to be all-inclusive.To that end I will write more questions. I think I'll try 40,with 10 Easy 20 Medium and 10 Hard. The easy ones and half the medium will be one or two-line questions,similar to a quiz league style. The others will be similar to my usual questions,with pictures etc. We'll see how it goes.

So I will start writing from Friday and hopefully have some questions a few days after that.

In the meantime,feel free to loo through my archive.There's all sorts in there.

Thanks
Paul



Friday, 6 June 2014

10 Questions that I just couldn't remember the answers to


In my preparation for the 2014 World Quizzing championships,I set myself the task of trying to remember the answers to all of my questions that I have written for this site (plus a few more). There were around 8,000 questions and I think I can remember them all. Some were very easy,some were hard and 10 questions would not stick in my head,no matter how hard I tried.

Let's hope none of them come up, although I'm sure when the quiz begins,I will forget everything and finish in my customary 352nd place.

Anyway see how you do.Enjoy............................





1.(Pictured) Which 19th century English chemist gave his name to the hypothesis that the hydrogen atom was the only truly fundamental object, (which he called protyle)?






William Prout







2. (Pictured) Which 18th/19th century French mathematician and physicist ,gave his name to the law of heat conduction?






Joseph Fourier







3.(Pictured) 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 jurist in the Dutch Republic,who,along with Francisco de Vitoria and Alberico Gentili,laid the foundations for international law,based on natural law?







Hugo Grotius







4. (Pictured) 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






5.In the Shona dialect,it means 'the early rain which washes away the chaff before the spring rains'. Lasting between 1980 and 1987,when Robert Mugabe was first made President,what name was given to the brutal suppression of Zimbabwean civilians, mostly supporters of Joshua Nkomo, by Zimbabwe's 5th Brigade?






Gukurahundi






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






Hausea







7.(Pictured) His occupation was as a diplomat,but he was also an opera singer,composer and music theorist.He is also well known for being a close friend of George Frideric Handel, although he nearly killed him in a sudden quarrel, during a performance of (this man's opera) 'Cleopatra in 1704'. What is the name of this man?






Johann Mattheson







8. (Pictured) Located at the far north eastern corner of Anatolia, it was the longest surviving of the three Byzantine Greek successor states of the Byzantine Empire.The rulers were known as 'Megas Komnenos' (Great Comnenus) and saw Alexios I Megas Komnenos as its first ruler in 1204 and David Megas Komnenos,its last,in 1461. What is the name of this Empire,which also became the the western terminus of the Silk Road,following the destruction of Baghdad by Hulagu Khan in 1258?






Trebizond Empire







9.(One of his paintings 'The Little Gardener' pictured) He began studying medicine in 1859, and moved to Paris in 1862 to continue his studies. There he met Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley and was heavily inspired by Impressionist painting.His best known works include 'The Pink Dress' (pictured),'Scene d'ete' and 'Le Petit Jardinier' .What is the name of this French painter,whose life was sadly cut short,in 1870,when he was killed in the Battle of Beaune-la-Rolande,during the Franco-Prussina War?






Frederic Bazille






10.(Pictured) A Danish physicist and chemist,he discovered,in 1820,that electric currents create magnetic fields. He is also noted as the first person to use the term 'thought experiment'.Who is this physicist,that also has a cgs unit of magnetic H-field strength,named after him?






Hans Christian ├śrsted



Friday, 30 May 2014

10th and last WQC Practice set


As promised,here is my 10th and final World Quizzing Championship practice set.

As I said in the previous post,these questions relate to events that have happened in the last 12 months.

I hope you've found these sets helpful (if you are taking part) and/or enjoyable,even if you are not taking part.

I think there is time to sign-up still,so I would suggest going to www.worldquizzingchampionships.com  if you are still interested.


I'm having a week of revision, so I will post sometime after 7th June with an update.


Enjoy........................






Culture
1. She was a key member of the American Abstract expressionist movement,though much of her career took place in France.She was also one of the few women to gain public acclaim during this era. Her works include,'No Birds','Ste Hilaire' and 'Chord VII' ,however, she made history in May 2014,when her 'Untitled' 1960 work (pictured),became the most expensive painting by a female artist to be sold at auction.What is this artist's name?






Joan Mitchell






2.He is noted for using paper and cardboard tubing in his constructions and has created buildings such as the Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand and the Centre Pompidou-Metz in France. What is the name of this innovative Japanese architect and 2014 Pritzker Prize winner?






Shigeru Ban






3.Discovered in September 2013,in the attic of a Norwegian collector ,which post-impressionist artist created the 'lost' work,entitled 'Sunset at Montmajour'






Vincent van Gogh






History
1.In October 2013,which Middle eastern country rejected a seat on the United Nations Security Council, making it the first country ever to reject this offer?






Saudi Arabia






2. (Pictured) Sometimes known as 'Divine Julius',he served for seven terms (on and off) between 1972-1992.What is  the name of this Italian Prime Minister,who died in May 2013?






Giulio Andreotti






3.In February 2014,which European country passed a bill,enabling them to become the first country in the world to legalise euthanasia for terminally ill patients of any age?






Belgium






Entertainment
1.Best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1998 to 2004,he also appeared in films and was the host of his own talk show between 2009 to 2014. On April 3, 2013, NBC announced that he would replace Jay Leno as host of 'The Tonight Show' at the conclusion of the 2014 Winter Olympics.What is the name of this US TV personality?






Jimmy Fallon







2. (Pictured) She is one of the world's top soprano's and has performed around the world picking up many awards. In 2014,she made history,when she became the first opera singer to perform the National Anthem at the Superbowl.What is her name?






Renee Fleming







3.Consisting of rappers Andre 3000 and Big Boi,their most recent work was the 2006 album 'Idlewild'.Which Atlanta based hip-hop duo announced their reformation in January 2014,after a 7 year hiatus?






OutKast






Sports and Games


1.(Pictured) At the 2014 Winter Olympics,she won the Gold medal in the Women's Super Giant Slalom event.Which Austrian skier followed that success by winning the 2014 (Women's) Overall World Cup title later in the year?






Anna Fenniger






2.In September 2013,the Kenyan athlete,Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich,broke the world record for the men's marathon. In which European city did he achieve this feat?






Berlin






3.Featuring players such as Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych,which country successfully defended their 2012 Davis Cup victory,by beating Serbia in the 2013 edition of the prestigious men's team tennis competition?






Czech Republic






World


1.(Pictured) Her previous roles have included Professor Emerita at the  Haas School of Business (University of California) and  the Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton. She is also the wife of the Nobel prize-winning economist,George Akerlof. What is the name of this woman,who in February 2014,succeeded Ben Bernanke to become the first female Chair of the Federal Reserve System?






Janet Yellen






2.The Tower of Winds in Yokohama is one of his most well-known creations.Which Japanese architect won the 2013 Pritzker Prize,largely in honour of his life's work,which includes works such as the  World Games Stadium in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and Singapore's largest shopping mall,Vivo City?






Toyo Ito






3.Situated on the inlet of the Gulf of Bothnia ,it is Sweden's 7th largest city by population and the largest in the region of Norrland. It is also home to a University and one of Scandinavia's largest jazz festivals. What is the name of this city,which,along with Riga,was designated Europe's Capital for Culture for 2014?






Umea






Lifestyle
1.In February 2014,Princess Madelaine,Duchess of Halsingland and Gastrikland,gave birth to her second child,Leonore.Currently fourth in line to her country's throne she is the daughter of which European monarch?






Gustav XVI (Sweden)






2.Compiled by 'Fortune' magazine,The Fortune Global 500,(also known as Global 500), is an annual ranking of the world's top 500 corporations worldwide as measured by revenue.Beating Wal-Mart into second place,which British/Dutch company was top of the 2013 list?






Royal Dutch Shell (or Shell)







3. (Pictured) She had appeared in several telenovas since 2006,(mainly as the protagonist) and was Miss Venezuela in 2004.What is the name of this high-profile Venezuelan model and actress that was killed,along with her ex-husband,in a car-jacking in January 2014?






Monica Spear






Media


1. (Pictured) The creation of Morrie Turner,who died in 2014,it is believed to be the first comic strip in the US to have a deliberate cast of diverse ethnicity. It appears in over 100 daily newspapers and during the 1970s was adapted in to a TV cartoon series called 'Kid Power'. What is the name of this cartoon strip,which is believed to have over 25 million readers and whose characters include Nipper,Sybil,Connie and Ralph?






Wee Pals






2.Her first starring role was the 2005 drama 'Hard Candy'.Since then she has appeared in films such as Smart People (2008), Whip It (2009) and Inception (2010). However,she is perhaps best known,for playing the title role in the 2007 film 'Juno',which earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress. What is the name of this actress,who in February 2014,announced in public that she was gay,whilst speaking at the Human Rights Campaign's 'Time to Thrive' conference in Las Vegas?






Ellen Page





3.Released in September 2013,it depicts a very famous World War II battle,after which it is named.Which film,which took over $50 million at the box office,became the first Russian film to be completely produced with IMAX 3D technology?






Stalingrad





Sciences

1.(Pictured) Named after the mountain range in Madagascar,where they are endemic,what is the name of the dwarf lemur,that was originally discovered there in 2001,but only formally named in August 2013?






Lavasoa






2.Established in 2002 in Hong Kong, it honours living individuals,who have achieved 'significant breakthroughs in academic and scientific research or application'.It is widely regarded as the 'Nobel of the East' and is split into the categories of Astronomy,Life Science and Medicine,and mathematical Sciences.It has also seen six Nobel Lauretes receive this prize.What is the name of this prize,named after a Hong Kong media figure and philanthropist,who died in January 2014?






Shaw Prize






3. In the news in 2014 and sharing its name with an ancient artifact,what is the name of the spacecraft that was sent into space in 2004 by the European Space Agency  and has the mission of orbiting and landing on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (due May 14)?






Rosetta

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Quiz will be tomorrow

Been a little busy this week,so I should have my next quiz up tomorrow (Friday 30th) - probably in the early evening.

Thanks

Friday, 23 May 2014

9th World Quiz Championship-style Practice questions


Hello,

Here is the 9th and penultimate instalment of World Quiz Championship-style Practice Questions.


I will post the 10th and last set next week,which will consist of events that have happened since the last World Quiz Championship (ie since June 2013). These type of questions do appear,so they may be useful.


For now enjoy the 9th set..............................



Culture
1.Initially called the 'Style Mucha',it was known in Germany as 'Jugendstil' and in Italy as 'Stile Liberty'.Which turn of the 20th century art movement was characterised by organic,floral and plant-inspired motifs, as well as highly stylised, flowing curvilinear forms?






Art Nouveau








2.(Pictured) A painter of the Pop Art movement,he was a contemporary of David Hockney and studied at Chelsea School of Art. His works include 'Still Life With Dagger', 'Sweet Bowl' and 'After Lunch'. What is the name of this artist, who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1996 and who died in 2005?






Patrick Caulfield






3.Falling between the 4th and 11th day of the first Tibetan month,it was established by Tsong Khapa in 1409.Known as 'the greatest festival in Tibet',it attracts thousands of monks,who gather, in order to chant prayers and perform religious rituals at the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa.What is this festival's name?






Monlam (Great Prayer Festival)






History
1.Which battle of 31BC,saw an Octavian victory and defeat for Mark Antony and Cleopatra,leading to their eventual suicides within the year?






Battle of Actium






2.An African empire, it was established in 1350 and ended in 1890, when it was taken over by the French. It's first ruler was N'dyadya N'dyaye and its last was Ali Buri N'dyaye.Name one of the two modern day countries that now covers the site of the Wolof (or Jolof) Empire?






The Gambia and Senegal







3.(Pictured) Serving as the Prime Minister of France from 1906 to 1909, and again from 1917 to 1920,he was one of the major voices behind the Treaty of Versailles at the Paris Peace Conference.Who was this statesman,that was nicknamed 'Le Tigre',for his determination as a wartime leader?






Georges Clemenceau






Entertainment
1.Based on the medieval legend of Genevieve of Brabant,it received its first performance in 1850.What is the title of Robert Schumann's only opera?






Genoveva








2.(Pictured) Originally made for the Discovery Channel in 2003,it uses scientific methods to test the validity of rumours, movie scenes, adages, Internet videos and news stories.What is the name of this world renowned TV show,presented by special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman?






Mythbusters






3.A music club located in Manhatten,New York,it was founded by Hilly Kristal in 1973 to promote some of the traditional styles of American music. However it soon became a leading forum for 'new wave' and 'punk' bands including Television,Blondie,Talking Heads and the Ramones. Taking it's name from its original use,what is the name of this infamous club,which closed in 2006,when Patti Smith performed the final concert?






CBGB (Country,Blue Grass,Blues)






Sport and Games
1.Named after a Conservative politician and nobleman,what is the name of the domestic first-class cricket competition that is contested between teams from the six states of Australia?






Sheffield Shield







2.(Pictured) His conquests have included the Golden Gate Bridge,The Eiffel Tower and the Petronas Towers. What is the name of this renowned French climber, nicknamed 'Spiderman',who has a reputation of climbing without ropes and who also suffers from vertigo?






Alain Robert






3.It is a  team contact sport that originated in South Asia, as a form of recreational combat training.It involves two teams occupying opposite halves of a field and take turns sending a raider into the other half.Teams win points by tagging or wrestling members of the opposing team.What is the name of this sport,the National game of Bangladesh?






Kabaddi






World

1.(Pictured) The largest mud-brick building in the world,the Great Mosque of Djenne can be found in which African country?






Mali






2. It has it's own parliament and can draw comparisons with the Isle of Man,in terms of governance.The Aland Islands,in the Baltic Sea, is ultimately under which country's sovereignty?






Finland






3.With a population of 1.4 million,which is the largest city in Siberia and Russia's 3rd largest city,by population?






Novosibirsk






Lifestyle

1.(Pictured) It was invented by naval engineer Richard James in the 1940s and first shown in Gimbel's department stores in Philadelphia.It has been used by NASA for experiments in zero-gravity and by composer John Cage in his 1959 work, 'Sounds of Venice'.What is the name of this toy,which may be familiar to fans of the 'Toy Story' films?






Slinky






2.Founded in 1954 in Ontario,Canada it had models such as PET,Amiga and Vic20.Which,one time world leading home computer company folded in 1994?






Commodore (International)






3.A global American pharmaceutical, medical devices and consumer packaged goods manufacturer,it was founded in 1886 and is listed in the Fortune 500.Brands belonging it include, 'Benecol', 'Benedryl', 'Neutrogena'  and 'Nicorette'.Named after its founders,what is the name of this very well known company?






Johnson & Johnson






Media


1.(Pictured) Probably best known for the film 'Safety Last!',where he is seen clutching to the bending hands of a clock which dangle from the outside of a skyscraper,which silent film actor,who made more money from his films than Charlie Chaplin,was also a founder of the Academy of Motion Pictures,Arts and Sciences?






Harold Lloyd






2.Initially known as 'Mother Wolf',she later reveals her name,which translates as 'protection' in jungle speech.What is the name of the female wolf who raises Mowgli as her own, in Rudyard Kipling's 'Jungle Book'?






Raksha






3.Only two directors have won consecutive 'Best Director' Academy Awards.John Ford was the first,but who was the second,claiming the prize for his 1949 and 1950 films ('A Letter to Three Wives' and 'All About Eve' respectively)?






Joseph L Mankiewicz






Sciences
1.Known for helping with sleep,when made into a tea,what is the common name for the daisy-like plant, which derives its name from the Greek for 'earth apple'?






Chamomile (or Camomile)






2.It is produced by bombarding uranium and plutonium with alpha particles in nuclear reactor.Named after an early Nobel Prize winner, it was actually identified at the University of California in 1944.Which chemical element has the atomic number 96?






Curium








3.(Pictured) Which 16th/17th century mathematician gives his name to  a right-angled triangle that has edge lengths in geometric progression linked to the golden ratio?






Johannes Kepler

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Quiz will be up tomorrow

Hello. Just to let you know that my next quiz will be up tomorrow (Friday 23rd May).

I've just returned from holiday and had a bit of catching up to do.

Also,the winner of the most recent Chambers Biographical Dictionary Competition is Slavisa Milovanovic
 (from Serbia). The answer was France.

Thanks

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Some more short questions...

Here are another 20 short(er) questions that I hope will keep you busy.

I'm off for a week now, so my next Main Quizzes will be back shortly after I return.


Also remember the competition - details are in the previous post.




Enjoy........................







1.Which Canadian band,best known for their 1998 single,'One Week',provide the theme tune to the US TV show,'The Big Bang Theory'?






Barenaked Ladies






2.At around 780 km in length,with which country does Germany have the longest border?






Austria






3.With the aim of taking control of the northern part of the Gran Chaco region,which two South American countries fought the Chaco War,that ran between 1932 and 1935?






Paraguay and Bolivia






4. Who was the last female athlete to win two individual track and field gold medals at a single Olympic Games?






Tirunesh Dibaba (5000m and 10000m at the 2008 Games)






5.Which Indian politician,former Chief Minister of Delhi and current leader of the  Aam Aadmi Party,was voted as the 'World's Most Influential Person' by the readers of Time Magazine in 2014?






Arvind Kejriwal






6.A Japanese sportswear company founded in 1949,its name is an acronym of the Latin phrase, that translates to, 'healthy soul in a healthy body'.It is particularly renowned for the Mexico 68 design,the distinctive crossed stripes,synonymous with the company brand.What is the name of this company?






Asics






7.Fought in the Gironde department in Aquitaine,it saw a decisive French victory and the death of the English commander,John Talbot.Which 1453 battle is generally considered the last Battle of the Hundred Years' war?






Battle of Castillon






8.The ski-jump event at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics,was remembered,by many, for the antics of the British jumper,Eddie 'the eagle' Edwards.However,on the competitive side,one man claimed three gold medals in the event.What is the name of this former Finnish ski-jumping legend,who fell from grace,in later life,by spending time in jail?






Matti Nykanen






9.Released in January 2014,the album 'High Hopes' ,became the 11th US number one album for which male recording artist,putting him third on the all-time (number one album) list behind The Beatles and Jay-Z?






Bruce Springsteen






10.What is the name of the ferryman in Greek legend, who worked for Hades,carrying souls of the deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron?






Charon





11. Basseterre,the capital of St Kitts and Nevis,is located on St Kitts. Which town,that shares its name with the former name of (Bahamian capital) Nassau,is the largest town and capital of Nevis?






Charlestown






12.Which of JK Rowling's seven 'Harry Potter' books,has sold the most worldwide copies - almost 40 million more than the second-placed book?






Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (or Sorceror's Stone)






13. Placed 8th in the Forbes 'World's richest' list,he is a casino developer that bought the Sands hotel on the Las Vegas,before razing it and re-building the Venetian hotel in its place. He also owns the company that owns the world's most expensive building,the Marina Bay Sands resort.What is the name of this American magnate?







Sheldon Adelson






14. Scoring in the 19th minute against Mexico,which French footballer,in July 1930,made history,when he became the first ever goalscorer at a FIFA World Cup Finals tournament?






Lucien Laurent






15.Taken from the Latin word for 'rustic',which poetic form is described as nineteen lines long, consisting of five stanzas of tercets,followed by one concluding quatrain?






Villanelle






16.Although appearing in many critically acclaimed films,the actor Harvey Keitel has only had one Academy Award nomination,to date. For which 1991 film,starring alongside Warren Beatty and Annette Bening,did he receive this nomination,in the category of 'Best Supporting Actor'?






Bugsy







17.The 'Original Six', is a term for the group of six teams that made up the National Hockey League (NHL) for the 25 seasons between the 1942–43 season and the 1967 NHL Expansion. All six teams still remain active franchises in the league.Name any two of these six teams?






Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs






18.The Riksdag is the national parliament of which European country?






Sweden






19.Which Portuguese city served as the country's capital during the High Middle Ages and is also host to the country's oldest university (one of the oldest in Europe)? 






Coimbra






20. Founded in 1992 by freelance illustrators who were frustrated with Marvel Comics,they have gone on to form what is now one of North America's largest comic publishers. Most famously they have produced 'TheWalking Dead' series, as well releasing titles such as 'The Darkness','Switchblade' and 'Spawn'.What is the name of this company?






Image Comics





Friday, 9 May 2014

8th WQC Practice Set and another competition


Here is my 8th instalment of World Quiz Championship Practice questions. (Some of these may be a little bit easier)


I am away for a week,so I'll publish some more short questions this weekend,as I did on Wednesday and then I will put up the 9th instalment of Practice questions week beginning 19th May.

I have another competition to win a brand new Chamber Biographical Dictionary. These competitions are proving quite popular,so I'm hoping Chambers will continue to provide prizes.(I'll ask for a different prize next time).

The question for this competition is: In 1901,which country provided the first ever Nobel Prize winner for Literature?

Answers to be e-mailed to justquiz@hotmail.co.uk and to be received by midnight (UK time) Sunday 18th May.
As always my decision is final. Thanks



So back to the questions............................




CULTURE



1. (Pictured) Located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York,the 1899 oil painting 'Gulf Stream', shows a man in a small rudderless fishing boat struggling against the waves of the sea.Well known for his marine subjects,which American artist created this painting?






Winslow Homer






2.Located in modern day Turkey,it was an ancient Empire that stood on the River Sakarya. It lasted between c.1200 and 700 BC and is famous,in mythology for the Gordian Knot and King Midas (amongst others).What is the name of this ancient Empire?






Phrygia






3.Held in the days leading up to Lent,it is one of the highlights of the German 'Karneval' season,(also held in German speaking countries.) Although not a national holiday,schools and offices in some parts of Germany are closed for the festivities.What is the name of this festival,which precedes Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday? (in English or German)






Rosenmontag (Rose Monday)






HISTORY
1.Originally a Danish Prince,he was later elected King of Greece by the Greek National Assembly.He served for fifty years between 1863 and 1913 and during that time he claimed significant territorial gains.He also became the uncle of Great Britain's King Edward VII and Tsar Nicholas II.What is the name of this King who was eventually assassinated by Alexandros Schinas in March 1913?






George I






2.In Roman times,primarily for the period 4th-5th century BC, what were 'triens','semis' and 'sextans'?





Coins











3.(Pictured) In the aftermath of the notable uprisings occurring in Jayuya and Utuado, Puerto Rican nationalists Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo attempted to assassinate which political figure on November 1st 1950?






Harry S Truman







ENTERTAINMENT

1.During the 1970s,she was part of Stevie Wonder's backing group,'Wonderlove'. She released the album 'Niecy' in 1976 and later duetted with Johnny Mathis on the album 'That's What Friends Are For'. In 1984 she released her biggest solo single,'Let's Here It For The Boy',which appeared on the 'Footloose' film soundtrack and reached number one around the world.What is the name of this singer,who has since returned to Gospel music,where she has won several Grammy Awards?






Deniece Williams






2.In 2010,Piper Kerman published her best-selling memoir about her experiences in prison.This was picked up by 'Weeds' creator,Jenji Kohan,and adapted into a US TV show,first aired in July 2013,via Netflix.Starring Taylor Schilling as the main protagonist,what is the name of this show?






Orange Is The New Black







3.It is based upon a Greek myth as told by the Roman poet,Ovid,in his work Metamorphoses .Written at the age of just 11 years old,what is the title of the opera that is considered to be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's first true opera?







Apollo et Hyacinthus (Apollo and Hyacinth)








SPORT AND GAMES
1.The race was notable as it saw the biggest upset in its history,when the winner came in at odds of 91/1.
In 1913,which world famous horse race,was won by a horse called Donerail?







Kentucky Derby






2.Set in the fictional cities of Grimsborough,Pacific Bay and Ocean Shore,the player acts an investigator,aiming to solve a number of murder cases by finding clues and solving puzzles. It was released in November 2012,but by mid-2013,it had become the most popular game on Facebook with over 46 million average monthly users.What is the name of this game,which is sometimes referred to,informally, as 'CC'?






Criminal Case









3. (Pictured) He is a French-born Argentinian international footballer that has the nickname,'El Pipita'.His father,Jorge,played in the top leagues in France and Argentina and his brother Federico currently plays for Columbus Crew,in the USA's top league,the MLS. He is known as a prolific scorer and had a strike rate of over 50 percent for Real Madrid and the Argentine National side. Currently at Napoli,what is the name of this player,who was top scorer in the South American section of  the 2014 World Cup qualifying round,with 9 goals?







Gonzalo Higuain







WORLD
1.Part of the Sibo-Tibetan language family,Dzongkha is the official and national language of which Asian country?







Bhutan







2.Containing  Japan's second largest island, Hokkaido and Russia's largest island, Sakhalin,which sea,located in the western Pacific,lies between Russia in the north and the Kuril islands in the South?







Sea of Okhotsk







3.In October 2013, a boat carrying migrants from Libya to Italy sank off the coast of Italy's most southerly island,resulting in over 300 deaths.What is the name of this island,which is also a part of the Italian Pelagie Islands ?








Lampedusa






LIFESTYLE
1.Produced by Italian brandy producer Arturo Vaccari and named after a 19th century war hero,which yellow liquer is a blend of herbs and fruits such as ginger and juniper,but has a distinct vanilla-anise flavour?






Galliano







2.One of the largest toy manufacturers in the world, it was founded by Henry and Helal Hassenfeld in 1923. What is the name of this company ,whose products include Mr Potato Head , GI Joe and My Little Pony ,amongst others?







Hasbro








3.(Pictured) This Puerto Rican percussion instrument consists of an open-ended, hollow gourd, with parallel notches cut in one side. It is played by rubbing a wooden stick (a 'pua') along the notches to produce a ratchet-like sound. Popular in Latin America,what is its name?






Guiro






MEDIA

1.(Pictured) An actress on her own right,she is the youngest of the successful 'Phoenix' acting siblings,(River, Rain,Joaquin and Liberty).Her films have included The Faculty (1998),Committed (2000) and Suzie Gold (2004).What is the first name of this actress,who is also married to the actor Casey Affleck?







Summer (Phoenix)







2.Winning the prize in 1993 for the film,'The Piano',which New Zealander, is the only female director to have won the prestigious Palme d'or at the Cannes Film Festival?







Jane Campion






3.An American author,essayist and playwright,he was born in 1925 and published his first book in 1946.His third novel, 'The City and the Pillar' (1948),outraged critics,as it was one of the first major American novels to feature unambiguous homosexuality.What is the name of this writer,whose other fictional works include 'Julian'(1964), 'Duluth'(1983) and 'Empire'(1987)?







Gore Vidal






SCIENCES
1.Which chemical element,with the atomic number 58,was named after a dwarf planet,which in turn,was named after the Roman goddess of agriculture?






Cerium







2.(Pictured) 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







3.A perennial South African flower,its flowers are tubular at a downward angle and turn from red to orange to yellow with age.Its Latin name is Kniphofia uvaria and grows to 2 metres high.What is the  three-word name of this flower, which gets its name from its sharp, spiky stems,but could also be associated with King Edward II of England?





Red Hot Poker

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

25 Shorter Questions for you . Another WQC Practice Set later this week


I have written 25 shorter questions for you to enjoy. I thought it would make a nice break from the 'harder' stuff I've been posting recently.(Not that these are particularly easy)

I will be posting my next instalment of WQC Practice questions later this wee,but in the meantime,I hope you enjoy this batch..............


PS I just wanted to mention to anyone who is thinking of attending a World quizzing Championship event this year,I would thoroughly recommend it. The sort of questions I put up, are generally a bit harder than the regular World Championship, so you may find that you do much better than you think. Also it's just good fun and you can say you took part in a World Championship.





1.Although it wasn't used until the second season in 1976,it quickly became popular and was covered by acts such as the James Taylor Quartet and The Ventures.The theme music to which US TV detective show was written by Tom Scott and entitled 'Gotcha'?






Starsky and Hutch






2. Appearing in Roman mythology and the Latin novel 'Metamorphoses',what is the name of the woman who was granted immortality when she married Cupid?






Psyche






3.In terms of population,which of the former Yugoslav Republics has the largest capital?






Serbia (Belgrade)






4.In 1988 Tom Cruise starred in the film 'Rain Man',which went on to win the Best Picture Academy Award. He also made which other film that year,co-starring Bryan Brown,which went on to win the Golden Rapsberry for Worst Picture?






Cocktail






5.Who is the only male European to have won a World Athletic Championship100 metres Gold medal?





Linford Christie






6.What was the first name of the Duchess of Hohenberg,who was assassinated along with her husband Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Gavrilo Princip, in Sarajevo, in 1914?






Sophie






7.Which German historical writer,won the second ever Nobel Prize for Literature in 1902?






Theodor Mommsen






8.Brandberg mountain is the highest point in the Kalahari desert.It is also the highest point in which African country?






Namibia






9.The term 'acid test' is figuratively used to describe a  particular attribute such as a person's character.It is thought that the phrase derived from a historic chemical 'acid test',which would distinguish the difference between base metals and which other metal?






Gold






10.Both adapted into successful films,which American author wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel 'The Shipping News' in 1993 and later wrote the short story 'Brokeback Mountain' in 1997?






E.Annie Proulx






11.Which very successful Swedish pop group of the 1990s consisted of Ulf Ekberg and the siblings, Jonas,Malin and Jenny Berggren?






Ace Of Base






12. In 2013 Cristiano Ronaldo was named winner of the Ballon d'or European Footballer of the year award. Which German female player won the women's equivalent?






Nadine Angerer






13.In February 2014,a 4.4-billion-year-old crystal was confirmed as the oldest known fragment of Earth's crust .In which country was it found?






Australia






14.In terms of area,which city  located in Florida, is the largest city of the 48 contiguous US states?






Jacksonville






15.Which of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World was located furthest south?






Great Pyramid (of Giza)






16.Although Piet Mondrian is perhaps its most famous exponent,which Dutch artist is credited as the founder of the De Stijl art movement,after publishing a journal of the same name to propogate the group's theories?






Theo van Doesburg






17.According to ancient sources,Spartacus,the famous gladiator,was from which historical European region?






Thrace






18.Inspector Montalbano is an Italian television series based on the detective novels of Andrea Camilleri  and first aired in 1999. Set in the fictional town of Vigata ,in which real autonomous region of Italy is the series set?






Sicily






19.The Paris Opera House is one of the most famous landmarks in Paris and is the primary location for the Paris Opera Ballet.It is also the inspiration for Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel,'The Phantom of The Opera'. It is also commonly known by another name,which honours the architect of the building.What was the architects name?






Charles Garnier 






20.Serving between 1522 and 1523,he was the only Dutch Pope (to date) and was also the  last non-Italian Pope until Pope John Paul II in 1978. What is his name (and regnal number)?






Adrian VI (6th)






21. Which river,at around 150km in length,connects two of Europe's largest lakes - Lake Saimaa in south-eastern Finland and Lake Ladoga?






Vuoski River






22.Giacomo Balla,Primo Conti and Umberto Boccioni were leading exponents of which early 20th century art movement?





Futurism







23. Taking over from from Unilever in 2012,which Asian car manufacturer  became the new sponsor, for the prestigious Turbine hall exhibitions at London's Tate Modern Gallery?






Hyundai






24.Which Ivy League university is located in the city of Ithaca,in New York state?






Cornell University






25. Which 1984,Tony Award-winning,Stephen Sondheim musical,is based on the 1884 painting 'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte', by Georges Seurat?






Sunday In The Park With George


Wednesday, 30 April 2014

7th World Quizzing Championships Practice Set

Here are the next set of questions in this series of World Quiz Championship Practice sets.



I hope you enjoy this lot................



PS Should have another competition next week, so still chances to win a Chambers Biographical Dictionary.





Culture

1.(Pictured) The Ryugyong Hotel stands at 330 metres high and contains 105 floors. It is thought that the plan for the building was a political response to the Westin Stamford Hotel in Singapore,built by the SsangYong Group. Described by some journalists as 'The Worst Building in The History of Mankind',in which Asian city is this striking building located,which is also the country's tallest building?






Pyongyang






2.The highest peak on Crete it was sacred to the goddess Rhea in Greek mythology and is also the place where she concealed the baby Zeus from his father Cronus.It also has a namesake mountain in Anatolia,where Zeus was said to have abducted Ganymede to Olympus.What is the name of this mountain(s)?






Mount Ida










3. (Pictured) A part of the Danube school of German painters,which 15th/16th century artist created a series of eight historical battle scenes for William IV,Duke of Bavaria,including 'The Battle of Alexander The Great' (or Battle of Issus),which hangs at the Alte Pinakothek Museum in Munich?






Albrecht Altdorfer






History
1.A 19th century Swiss mountain guide and mountaineer,he is recorded as the first person to reach the peak of Mount Aconcagua and Tupungato.He also has a ridge on Mount Cook named in his honour.What is the name of this man,who shares his surname with one of the 1980's great downhill skiers?






Matthias Zurbriggen









2.(Pictured) A German-born physicist,he emigrated to the UK in 1933, following the Nazi Party coming into power. In 1954 he won the Nobel Prize for physics,for his fundamental research in Quantum Mechanics,and in particular his interpretation of the probability density function. What is the name of this scientist,who also had an illustrious list of assistants including Enrico Fermi, Werner Heisenberg,Wolfgang Pauli and Edward Teller?






Max Born






3.It ran between 1843 and 1849,although 1844 is officially recognised as the year marking Independence Day. Led by Pedro Santana against several Generals,including Charles Riviere-Herard and Jean-Louis Pierrot,which country's War of Independence included the Battles of Azua (1844),Tortuguero (1844) and Beler (1845)?






Dominican Republic






Entertainment

1.She first came to prominence,playing the role of Bridget Hennessy in the US TV sitcom,'8 Simple Rules' and later appeared in the final series of 'Charmed'. She has also as appeared in a number of films and is married to the American tennis player,Ryan Sweeting. What is the name of this actress,who is best known today,for portraying the character 'Penny', in the US TV show,'Big Bang Theory'?






Kaley Cuoco






2.'Persimfans' was a Moscow-based orchestra founded by Lev Tseitlin and existed between 1922 and 1932.During this time they gained worldwide acclaim and spawned imitators in Paris, Berlin, and New York, and in 1927,they were named an Honored Collective, by the Soviet government. The orchestra was remarkable as it was missing something that nearly all known orchestras had a the time.What was missing from the orchestra?






A Conductor






3.Born in Prague,he moved to the US in 1968,following the Warsaw Pact's invasion of Czechoslovakia.He formed his own group in 1976 and has since released many albums including frequent collaborations with Jeff Beck.Although he has a large catalogue of work,he is best known as the composer of the 'Miami Vice' (TV show) theme tune,which reached number one in the US in 1985,as well reaching the top 10 around the world.What is this composer's name?






Jan Hammer






Sports and Games
1.What is the name of the former (East) German male athlete,that won the 400 metres Gold Medal at the 1987 World Athletics Championships in Rome,and in doing so,set a European record for that distance,which still stands today?






Thomas Schonlebe






2.Playing their home games at the Imtech Arena,which is the only German football team to have played every season in the top tier of the German Bundesliga,since its inception in 1963?






SV Hamburger (Hamburg)








3. (Pictured) Serena Williams has only ever lost in the first round of a Grand Slam singles event on one occasion. Which French tennis player,who reached career high ranking of 16 in 2009, inflicted this defeat at the 2012 French Open?






Virginie Razzano






World
1.In 1995,Colombia opened its first metro rail system made up of two lines and 21 stations. In which city,the country's second largest by population is it located?






Medellin







2.(Pictured) Once a a major stop on Route 66,which city, associated today,(sadly),for a terrible 1995 event took over from Guthrie,as a US state capital in 1910,three years after the state was admitted to the union?






Oklahoma City






3.They are a chain of islands and atolls in French Polynesia and form the largest chain of atolls in the world, spanning an area of the Pacific Ocean roughly the size of Western Europe. Islands on the atoll were first visited by Ferdinand Magellan,but were brought to worldwide attention in the 20th century,when France used the area for its nuclear testing programme.It is also the place where Thor Heyerdahl's voyage on Kon-Tiki ended.With a population of around 18,000,what is the collective name for these islands?






Tuamotu Islands






Lifestyle
1.The World's two most expensive buildings are both from the leisure sector. The first is located in a famous area of the city associated with sport and the second is called 'Resorts World Sentosa'. In which Asian country are these two buildings located?






Singapore








2. (Pictured) In February 2014,due to a catastrophic administrative error by the city's Employment Service,61,000 jobseekers,instead of 1,000, were sent invitations to a small (10 employer) job fair,known as the Gumtree Recruitment Fair. This sparked chaos in the city and soon needed a substantial police presence.Reported globally,in which Scandinavian city did this mistake occur?






Stockholm






2.Annie Edson Taylor,a former music and dance teacher from Michigan,seeked a way of financing her later years to avoid the poorhouses. In 1901,on her 63rd birthday,she became the first person to accomplish which achievement and survive,(as all before her had died trying)? - her cat actually survived the same feat only two days earlier?






Falling Over Niagara Falls in a Barrel





Media
1.Starring Faye Dunaway, the (now cult) 1981 film 'Mommie Dearest',was a biographical film,describing a mother and daughter's turbulent relationship,and based on a 1978 book of the same name. Written by the daughter,Christina,which Hollywood actress,who died in 1977,was being described as 'Mommie'?






Joan Crawford






2. Inspired by a suggestion from Andrew Carnegie,which American author's most famous work, 'Think and Grow Rich' (1937), is one of the best-selling books of all time?






Napoleon Hill








3.(Pictured) The characters were first seen in the 1960s animated tv series,The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. In 2014,they were made into a DreamWorks feature film starring Ty Burrell and Max Charles in the titular roles. The story follows 'the world's smartest dog' adopting an orphaned infant,who go on to have a series of time-travelling adventures. What is the name of this film,which had grossed over $250million worldwide by the end of April 2014?






Mr Peabody and Sherman






Sciences
1.Located in Australia and Asia,(particularly India),it is named after the habitat in which it is most frequently found.During the World War II Battle of Ramree Island,it is thought hundreds of Japanese soldiers were killed by these animals,after encroaching into their territory. What is the name of the this crocodile,the world's largest reptile?






Saltwater Crocodile






2.Listing five methods of inductive reasoning,which 19th century British philosopher wrote the 1843 book 'A System of Logic',with the intention to highlight the issues of causation?






John Stuart Mill








3.(Pictured) Consolida is a genus of about forty species of annual flowering plants in the family Ranunculaceae, native to western Europe, the Mediterranean and Asia.All parts of the flower are poisonous,including the seeds and are particularly harmful when young. A large amount of cattle deaths in Western US states have also been attributed to this plant. What is the common name for this plant,which is also used to describe the many species of Delphinium?






Larkspur