Thursday, 27 February 2014

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1.(Pictured) Founded in 1925,it is a company that designs and manufactures audio products, television sets and telephones. Its first significant product was a radio that worked with alternating current, when most radios were run from batteries.The company is,perhaps,best known for its  loudspeakers,such as the 'BeoLab5',(the company's flagship speaker)  and has produced sound systems for high-end cars such as Aston Martin,BMW and Audi.What is the name of this Danish company,named after its two founders?

Bang and Olufsen

2.Led by poets such as Sylvia Plath, Allen Ginsberg, and W. D. Snodgras, it was a style of poetry that emerged in the US during the 1950s and 1960s,described as poetry 'of the personal'. The content was usually autobiographical and explored taboo subjects,(at the time), such as mental illness, sexuality, and suicide. By what name was this style known,which was said to be the anthesis of the New York School of Poetry?


3.The idea had been suggested for many centuries,by figures such as the ancient Indian philospher Sanjaya Belatthaputta and the ancient Greek philosopher Protagoras.According to the philosopher William L. Rowe,it is someone who 'neither believes nor disbelieves in the existence of a deity or deities'. However,the term 'agnostic' (or agnosticism),is believed to have been first coined by which 19th century English biologist,in order to sum up his thoughts,on the contemporary views of the 'unconditional' and the 'unknowable'?

Thomas Huxley

4.In 1936 ,Ingrid Bergman,starred alongside Gosta Ekman in a Swedish film,about a concert violinist falling in love with his daughter's piano teacher.Three years later,Bergman made her Hollywood debut,by appearing in the English language remake of the film,but this time,Leslie Howard was her co-star.What was the (same) title of both films?


5.(Pictured) Prominent politicians and celebrities such as Alec Baldwin and Sarah Jessica Parker gave their endorsements to his campaign. His profile was also raised when he was arrested, while protesting at the closing of Long Island College Hospital,in July 2013. What is the name of this man,who took over from Michael Bloomberg as the Mayor of New York City,in January 2014 and in doing so, became the first Democratic New York Mayor since 1993?

Bill de Blasio

6.Several African nations pass through the Equator,but which country,with a population of around 12 million,is the most northerly country in Africa,that is entirely below the Equator?


7.It is a dicarboxylic acid,which was first isolated from apple juice by Carl Wilhelm Scheele in 1785. Antoine Lavoisier later proposed the name,derived from the Latin word for apple.Responsible for the strong flavour in Rhubard,as well as the sour taste of fruits,what is the name of this acid,which is also used as a food additive?

Malic Acid

8.With a capacity of around 250,000, it is the largest stadium in the world, and the second largest sports facility worldwide after the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Opened in 1926,it originally served as a venue for displays of synchronised gymnastics on a massive scale and during the 1960s,was used for motor racing.Today the stadium does not stage sports events,but does continue to host pop concerts Also accessible by a funicular railway,in which modern day country is the Great Strahov Stadium located?

Czech Republic

9.It was part of the Maryland Campaign and the first major battle in the American Civil War to take place on Union soil. It featured General George McClellan's Army of the Potomac making a series of assaults on the Confederates of General Robert E Lee .The result was a tactical victory for McLennan, as Lee had to withdraw back to Virginia.What is the name of this 1862 battle,named after a nearby Creek and is regarded as the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with a combined tally of dead, wounded, and missing of over 22,000?

Battle of Antietam

10.(Pictured) She released her debut album,'Careful Confessions', in 2004 on an independent label,before being signed to Epic Records a  year later. Her follow-up album,'Little Voice' was well received globally,making the top 10 in the US and UK. She is probably best known for her 2007 single,'Love Song',which made the top 10 in many countries around the world.She was also a celebrity judge on the US reality talent show,'The Sing-Off'.What is the name of this American singer/songwriter,who has sold over four million singles in the United States alone and has been nominated for a Grammy Award on five occasions?

Sara Bareilles

11.Active between 1966 and 1982, it was a political organisation founded by by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale.They were famous for their various social programs,such as the  'Free Breakfast for Children Program',but were overshadowed by clashes against the police. What is the name of this organisation,which FBI Director,J Edgar Hoover,described as 'the greatest threat to the internal security of the country'?

Black Panthers

12.(Pictured) It is a small spotted and striped cat native to the west Andean slope in central and northern Chile.It is similar in size and appearance to the Pantanal cat and Pampas cat,and 'thicker-set' than a domesticated cat. Part of the leopardus genus,what is the name of this wild cat,which shares its name which Chile's most successful football team?


13.Directed by Gabriel Axel,(who died in February 2014),the film tells the story of two aging sisters that run a Christian sect in a remote village in Denmark and take on the services of a cook.The film was shown as part of the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival and also became the first Danish film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.Starring Stephane Audran in the title role,what is the name of this film?

Babette's Feast

14.Active between 1440 and 1897,the Kingdom of Benin was a pre-colonial state,that was founded by Oba Ewuare the Great,who gained control,after a violent coup against his brother Uwaifiokun.He then expanded the city-state of Benin City into an Empire.In which modern day country,was the site of this Empire?


15.It is a form of arthritis named after a German physician who described  the condition of a soldier he treated during World War I. It is classified as an autoimmune condition that develops in response to an infection in another part of the body.There are usually a triad of symptoms consisting of  inflammatory arthritis of large joints, inflammation of the eyes  and urethritis in men or cervicitis in women. What is the name of this condition,usually described as a 'syndrome'?

Reiter's Syndrome (or arthritis)

16.Lying 240 kilometres east of the Horn of Africa,it is a small archipelago of four islands in the Indian Ocean.The largest of these islands also shares its name with the archipelago. It is known for its rich biodiversity and has over 700 endemic species of flora and fauna,found nowhere else on earth. Announced as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008 ,what is the name of this archipelago that is considered a part of Yemen?


17.They have appeared in 16 Summer Olympics games,but have yet to win a medal.However,they have been much more successful at the Winter Olympics,winning 9 medals in 18 Games. What is the name of this country,which has won all of its Olympic Medals in Alpine Skiing?


18.(Pictured) He was a prophet  in the northern kingdom of Israel during the 9th Century BC reign of King Ahab.According to the Biblical Books of Kings,he defended the worship of Yahweh over that of the Canaanite god Baal.It is also written that he he raised the dead, brought fire down from the sky, and was taken up in a whirlwind.What is the name of this important prophet,who appears alongside Jesus Christ and Moses in a 16th Raphael painting entitled,'The Transfiguration'?


19.When William Herschel discovered Uranus in 1781,he proposed that it be named after King George III. However,which German astronomer,who also correctly predicted the orbit of the planet,(as well as Ceres),was eventually credited with giving Uranus its name?

Johann Bode

20.The most popular forms of this genre include monster movies like the Godzilla and Gamera series ,and TV serials such as the Kamen Rider.In English,it literally translates as 'special filming'.What is this Japanese term,that is used to describe any live action film or television drama that features considerable use of special effects?


21.The Carlton Centre is a 223 metre high skyscraper,that is linked to the Carlton Hotel by a below ground shopping centre with over 180 shops as well as an ice skating rink.It was officially opened in 1973 and has been home to the government-owned transport company,Transnet',since 1999.In which city is this building located,which is most notable,as it is Africa's tallest?


22.(Pictured) Born in 1909,he joined the touring dance company of the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova in 1926.It was here that Pavlov suggested he changed his name slightly,to avoid his name having 13 letters.The highpoint of his dancing career came in a 1949 US Tour with the Sadler's Wells Ballet,where he and Margot Fonteyn  danced the leading roles in 'The Sleeping Beauty'. He also appeared in films and is most noted for his role as the 'child-catcher' in the 1968 film 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'. What is the name of this acclaimed Australian actor and dancer,who died in 1986?

Robert Helpmann (born Robert Helpman)

23.Paganini first met Hector Berlioz in 1833 following one of Berlioz's concerts. Paganini had just acquired a Stradivarius viola and is believed to have said to Berlioz -'I have no suitable music. Would you like to write a solo for viola? You are the only one I can trust for this task'. Once the piece was finished,Paganini was unhappy that there was not enough parts for the viola and they parted company. Inspired by a poem by Lord Byron,what was the title of this viola solo piece?

Harold en Italie

24.It is used as a semi-conductor in transistors,but is also mainly used in fiber-optic systems and infrared optics.Dmitri Mendeleev predicted its existence in 1869 and called it 'ekasilicon'.It wasn't until 1886,that the element was actually discovered,when Clemens Winkler found the new element along with silver and sulphur, in a rare mineral called argyrodite.What is the 'geographical' name of this chemical element,that has the atomic number of 32?


25. He was a tennis director at Dorado Beach Hotel in Puerto Rico during the 1970s,before becoming an instructor at  the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort in Florida. This led him to open his own tennis academy,which has since been regarded as one of the most successful in the world. Since the early 1980s,he has worked with various top players such as Andre Agassi,Jim Courier,Monica Seles,Maria Sharapova and Martina Hingis.What is the name of this very successful American tennis coach,who is from Italian descent?

Nick Bollettieri

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Latest Five Category Quiz

Here is the latest Five Category Quiz.

The subjects are:
Comics/Cartoons, Motorsport, Angola, Greek Islands, 18th Century Conflicts

Should keep you busy for a while


1. Serialised weekly between 1930 and 1940,it featured in 'Le Petit Vingtieme', the children's supplement of the Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siecle.Written by Herge (Georges Remi),the series ran alongside his better known comic strip 'The Adventures of Tintin'.The strip featured two misbehaving boys and the conflict that they get into with a local policeman.Also made into a 1980s animated TV series,what was the name of this comic strip?

Quick and Flupke

2.'PangPond',is a children's cartoon character that first appeared in the popular comic book,Cartoon Mahasanook,but has since been published in his own comic book.In 2002,'Pangpond the Series', was created,and became the country's first film to be made into 3-D animation.Appointed in 2008 as the country's Global Warming Ambassador,in which Asian country is this character very popular?


3.An offshoot of the Homo sapien species,they are also a mammalian species, but with some fish-like characteristics,such as possessing gills.The most notable member of the race is Namor the Sub-Marine and they live in the city of Atlantis.Also known as 'Atlanteans',what is the latin name for this a fictional race of Marvel Comics characters?

Homo Mermanus

4.The 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film,'Spirited Away' won the Academy Award for Best Animated feature and was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.He followed up this success with an Academy Award nomination in the same category for a 2004 film.What was the title of this film,which was based on the novel of the same name,by English writer Diana Wynne Jones?

Howl's Moving Castle

5.They first appeared under the collective name in  Marvel Feature #1.The original incarnation was led by Doctor Strange,who picked a group of 'outsiders',to work together,to beat a common enemy.These first included the Hulk, Namor, and  the Silver Surfer,(but the line-up has changed and rotated periodically). What is the name of this superhero 'supergroup',whose name is shared with a sporting position?


1.Eric Oliver of Great Britain was the first winner in 1949 and Pekka Paivarinta of Finland won in 2013. Steve Webster has won the most World Championships,with ten wins followed by Rolf Biland,with seven wins. For the past eleven years,the winning vehicle has been a LCR-Suzuki GSX-R 1000.Although the name has changed slightly over the years,what is the popular name of this motorsport?

Sidecar Racing (or SuperSide)

2.In 2013,Sebastien Ogier claimed the World Rally Championships title,breaking a nine-year winning streak by fellow countryman,Sebastien Loeb. Prior to this,which Norwegian driver was the last non-Frenchman to win the World Rally Championship?

Petter Solberg

3.He raced in a total of 123 Grand Prix races,between 1970 and 1978,winning ten.He is known to many,as the greatest Swedish Formula One racing driver of all-time,as he finished the World Drivers Championship as runner-up on two occasions.Sadly,he crashed at the 1978 Monza Grand Prix and the resulting injuries led to his death shortly after. What is the name of this Formula One racing driver?

Ronnie Peterson

4.Racing on the Grand Prix circuit between 1964 and 1977,which Italian motorcycle racer holds the record for winning the most World Championship titles,winning fifteen in total?

Giacomo Agostini

5.He won the Downhill bronze medal at the 1996 World Skiing Championships and won the skiing World Cup Overall title one year later.Which French racer,swapped his skis for racing cars,to become the winner of the 2006 Dakar rally?

Luc Alphand

1.He arrived in the area,now known as Angola in February 1575. Attracted by the prospect of the silver mines of Cambambe, he founded the settlement of Sao Paulo de Luanda, near the island of Luanda.This resulted in him becoming the first Captain-Governor of Portuguese Angola.What is the name of this 16th century Portuguese explorer,whose grandfather was also a (more) famous Portuguese explorer?

Paulo Dias de Novais (grandson of Bartolomeu Dias)

2.Still trying to seek independence,what is the name of the exclave and province of Angola, that is separated from the rest of Angola, by a narrow strip belonging to the Democratic Republic of Congo?


3.The river gives its name to two provinces of Angola and empties into the Atlantic Ocean just south of Luanda.It is also a source of hydroelectric power for Angola, in the form of the Capanda Dam.What is the name of this river,after which the Angolan monetary currency is named?

Cuanza (or Kwanza) River

4.He has spent most of his playing career at Petro Atletico from Luanda and is one of the national football team's all-time top goalscorers. He made history in 2006,when he became Angola's first and (so far) only goalscorer at a World Cup Finals,scoring against Iran.His surname is da Silva Amado,but he is usually just known by his first name.What is this one-word name,which is also the title of a 1723 opera by George Handel?


5.Sharing a name with the Prime Minister of Angola between 1992-1996,what is the highest peak in Angola?

Mount Moco

Greek Islands
1.In 1820, a very famous statue,now located in the Louvre,was discovered by a peasant named Yorgos Kentrotas,in the current village of Tripiti. This village is located on an Aegean island,which has also seen other notable works of fine art discovered ,such as the statues of Asclepius (now in the British museum) and Poseidon.What is the name of this island?


2.Mount Ida is the highest Greek mountain that is not located on the Greek mainland.It is said to be sacred to the Greek Titaness Rhea and, according to legend, was the birthplace of Zeus. On which of the Greek islands is this mountain located?


3.The Greek island of Delos,is considered one of the most sacred of the Greek isles and believed to be the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.During the 5th century  the Delphic Oracle ordered a purge of all dead bodies and then ordered that no one should be allowed to either die or give birth on the island,due to its sacred importance.Which island group surrounds Delos?


4.Alonnisos, Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros,are the four inhabited islands of which island group,located in the Aegean Sea,north east of the island of Euboea?

(Northern) Sporades

5.This island was the site of a battle in October 1943,as part of the Dodecanese campaign duringWorld War II,which saw a German victory. The island is also noted,as it is believed to be the site of the Asklepieion,where Herodicus taught Hippocrates medicine.What is the name of this island?


18th Century Conflicts
1.The last peace treaty of the Great Northern War was signed between the Tsardom of Russia and the Swedish Empire in 1721. It was signed in the Finnish town of Uusikaupunki,but is better known by its Swedish name.What is the name of this Swedish translation,which in turn,translates to English as 'new town'?

(Peace of) Nystad

2.Between 1791 and 1804,there was a slave revolt in the French colony of Saint-Domingue.This culminated in the elimination of slavery in the colony,resulting in the founding of which Republic of the Americas?


3.Tipu Sultan and his father Hyder Ali,fought against the British in several conflicts during the 18th Century,most notably the American War of Independence.What was the name of the Southern Indian Kingdom that they both ruled between 1762-1799?

Kingdom of Mysore

4.Fought between those that were loyal to Stanisław Leszczynski and those that were loyal to Augustus,the Polish War of Succession,actually saw little fighting inside Poland.Most of the fighting took place across Europe,with various Kingdoms and nations vying for territory.Lasting for five years,during which decade of the 18th century did the conflict take place?

1730s (1733-1738)

5.The longest recorded military engagement in the history of India,the Deccan Wars (or the 27 Years War),lasted between 1680 and 1707. The war saw an end to the Mughal Empire after defeat by which other Empire,established by a Hindu warrior group from the western Deccan?

Maratha Empire

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Next Main Quiz

Here is the next Main Quiz.

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1.(Pictured) He was a protege of Christian Dior,who took over his salon at the age of 21 when Dior died in 1957. Although some critics originally referred to his designs as'fancy dress',he is credited as the first French couturier to come out with a full pret-a-porter (ready-to-wear) line.Which Algerian -born French fashion designer went on to set up one of the world's most successful fashion labels in 1962,along with Pierre Berge?

Yves Saint Laurent

2.The 2014 Superbowl saw the Seattle Seahawks defeat the Denver Broncos by 43 points to 8. This 35 point winning margin was the largest since1993 ,when which team defeated the Buffalo Bills by 52 points to 17?

Dallas Cowboys

3.In 1922,he was one four men who founded the British Broadcasting Company,the forerunner of the British Broadcasting Corporation. He also (jointly) won an Academy Award for best Adapted Screenplay for the 1938 film 'Pygmalion'. In addition to these achievements,he was also the last surviving British 'flying ace',from World War I.What is the name of this man,who has a very similar name to a British poet Laureate?

Cecil Lewis

4.It is a multinational media company with headquarters in Hamburg.It operates in 16 countries worldwide and has a weekly circulation of around 38 million magazines.Founded in 1875, it has been privately owned and under management by the family for whom it is named. What is the name of this company,that also runs a host of digital TV music stations and shares its name with one of the world's leading manufacturers of ice hockey equipment?


5.He is notable for his leading role in German post-war economic reform and economic recovery,particularly in his role as Minister of Economics. He favoured a European economic unity and was a supporter of America in the Vietnam War. He is also  believed to have had the first US Presidential barbecue held in his honour.What is the name of Germany's second post war Chancellor,succeeding Konrad Adenauer? 

Ludwig Erhard

6.(Pictured) Artists such as Georges de La Tour have painting their own appreciations of this theme. The 1594 painting titled 'The Cardsharps' marked an important milestone for which Italian artist,who was attempting an independent career after leaving the workshop of the Cavaliere Giuseppe Cesari d'Arpino? 

(Michelangelo Merisi da) Caravaggio.

7.Between 1982 and 1992 he was the Chairman of his country's national football association.Prior to that he was President of Qormi FC.In 2008,he contested the election for new Leader of the Labour Party, following Alfred Sant's resignation and in 2009 became elected his country's President.What is the name of the (current) President of Malta?

George Abela

8.Originally founded in 1996 as the 'Mining Company', the website was launched under its present name in 1997 by Scott Kurnit.It provides articles and videos,by experts about various topics and is visited each month by around 90 million users.Competing with other online resource sites such as Wikipedia,what is the name of this website,that was acquired by InterActiveCorp (IAC) in 2012?

9.(Pictured) A large bird of prey,it is endemic to Africa and usually found in the open grasslands and savannah of the sub-Saharan region. Although a member of the order Accipitriformes,it is given its own family, Sagittariidae.Its name is thought to have derived from the crest of long quill-like feathers, looking like pens tucked behind the ears,although some suggest the name is a French corruption of the Arabic meaning 'hunter-bird'.By what name is this bird known,which also appears on the  coats of arms of Sudan and South Africa?

Secretary Bird

10.Founded in 1981,they are a Belgian electronic music group,known for their pioneering electronic sound.The group was originally formed by Daniel Bressanutti and Dirk Bergen,but the line-up has changed over the years. They have released 19 albums and 23 singles (to date). Their most notable singles are 'Headhunter' (1988), which had a video directed by Anton Corbijn and 'Rhythm Of Time'(1991),which was used in an iconic scene in the 1992 film ' Single White Female', starring Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Still active today,what is the alpha-numeric name of this group,whose musical style is probably described as 'industrial'?

Front 242

11.Its name is derived from pronouncing the first letters of the Arabic alphabet in order.It is also thought to be based on the first letters found in all Semitic languages such as Phoenician, Syriac and Hebrew. With the term first coined by typologist Peter T Daniels,what name is given to an alphabet,in which all the characters are consonants?


12.By population,this province is the fourth largest in Argentina and by area,the seventh largest.The province's capital shares the same name,as does one of its major rivers.It is also home to the country's largest wine producing area. What is the name of this Argentine province,which is also the location for the foot of Mount Aconcagua?


13.(Pictured) He had several roles in Swedish films, but in 1957,which Swedish actor became immortalised,when he starred in Ingmar Bergman's film 'The Seventh Seal',portraying Death as a white faced man in a black cloak, an archetype that has influenced the representation of Death in many instances since? 

Bengt Ekerot

14.Born in Argentina in 1955,he moved to Italy in 1983,with a letter of recommendation by Juan Manuel Fangio, in order to pursue his dream of building a supercar. He was a chief engineer at Lamborghini and he designed the Countach Evoluzione concept and later started his own consultancy called Modena Design. What is the name of this man,whose name has now become associated with a variety of supercars and sportscars,most famously,the 'Zonda'?

Horace Pagani

15.As a manager,he won two Dutch titles with Ajax and three Spanish titles with Real Madrid. He also made two significant achievements as a national team manager.In 2006 he managed Trinidad and Tobago at the World Cup Finals,(the smallest country by both size and population to do so) and in 2008,he guided Poland to the European Championships finals,becoming the first and only manager to achieve this feat (as Poland qualified as co-host in 2012). What is the name of this Dutch football manager,who has managed a variety of league and national sides for the past 50 years?

Leo Beenhakker

16.In 1970,Japan became the fourth nation to release an artificial satellite into successful orbit on its own. What was the name of this satellite,named after  an old province of Japan,in the area that is today,the eastern part of Kagoshima Prefecture,Kyushu?


17.(Pictured) Today she is a UNESCO Goodwill ambassador,but prior to that she achieved several political landmarks for women. She was both Iceland's and Europe's first female President and was the world's first democratically elected female head of state.Also,with a presidency of exactly sixteen years,(1980-1996) she remains the longest-serving, elected female head of state of any country to date.What is this remarkable woman's name?

Vigdis Finnbogadottir

18.Beginning around 850 and ending around 1470,it was a culture that ruled the northern coast of Peru and was the largest kingdom in the Late Intermediate period.The culture was known for its exquisite and intricate metal working,(one of the most advanced in pre-Colombian times), and also for its characteristic black ceramics.What is the name of this Kingdom and culture,whose greatest surviving ruin,is found in the city of Chan Chan located 4 km northwest of Trujillo city?


19.The Strait of Gibraltar,is a narrow strait that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and separates Gibraltar and Spain in Europe,from Morocco in Africa. At its most narrow point,how many kilometres of ocean separate the two land masses ?(you can have 2 kilometres either way)

14.3 kilometres (7.7 nautical miles or 8.9 miles)

20. Later adapted into a 2002 Academy Award-winning film of the same name,'The Hours' is a 1998 novel that concerns three generations of women affected by a Virginia Woolf novel. Winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1999,who is the American author of this work?

Michael Cunningham

21.(Pictured) 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

22.In 1947,the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology was awarded to a woman for the first time. She received it jointly,with her husband (and Bernardo Houssay), for their 'discovery of the course of the catalytic conversion of glycogen'.What was the surname of this husband and wife team?

Cori (Gerty and Ferdinand)

23. In 1910,the French aviator Henri Fabre,became credited as the first person to successfully take off and land,which type of aircraft,which is still on display today in the Musée de l'Air in Paris?


24.This may have suited a character from a 1975 film musical.In 2007,the Swedish player,Jorian Engelbrektsson,became the first (and so far only) non-American to win which World Championship,that has been officially running since 1991 and is run by the PAPA?


25.(Pictured) Best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1998 to 2004,he also appeared in several films and was the host of his own talk show between 2009 to 2014. In April 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

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Next Five Category Quiz

Here is the next 5 Category Quiz,

The subjects are:
The 1960s, Games, Chemicals and Chemical Production, Thailand, Manufacturers/Brands

That's it. Hope you enjoy..............

The 1960s
1.The Compton's Cafeteria Riot occurred in August 1966 . This incident was one of the first recorded transgender riots in United States history, preceding the more famous 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City by three years.Located in the Tenderloin district,in which US city did this riot occur?

San Francisco

2.In 1964,which African nation,gained independence from the United Kingdom and in doing so,made  Kenneth Kaunda its first independent Prime Minister?


3.Neil Armstrong is remembered as the first man on the moon and the commander of Apollo 11.However in 1962,he made another landmark achievement,when he piloted the first docking between two spacecraft.What was the name of this spacecraft,which saw Armstrong's first venture into orbit?

Gemini 8

4.In 1963,a landslide created an over-topping of which Italian dam,one of the tallest in the world,resulting in over 2000 deaths?

Vajont Dam (Vaiont Dam)

5.Released in 1965,which five-time Academy Award winning film,was the highest grossing worldwide film of the 1960s?

The Sound Of Music

1.Played on a 10x10 chessboard,the two players use four White and Black pieces,which start on a specific configuration. The players take it in turns to move their piece one or more squares in the same way as a queen would be used in chess.After this the player shoots an 'arrow' from its landing square to another square, using another queen-like move.What is the name of this strategy board game,whose title is linked to an area in South America?

Game Of The Amazons

2.Which children's game has variations known as 'Laylay' in Iran,'Peevers' in Scotland and 'Escargot' in France?


3.Made by Milton Bradley,it was first marketed under its present name in 1956. It is a development of earlier games such as Generala,Yogi and is a form of Poker dice. The game is played by rolling five dice to make certain combinations,each scoring different points.What is the name of this game,which is also the name given to the highest scoring of the dice combinations?


4.There is no set definition for the gameplay, except that they all include explicit sexual content.The first commercial release is believed to be 'Night Life',released by Koei in 1982,but the most famous title is, (probably), the 1997 release 'To Heart'.Played predominantly in Japan,what is the portmanteau word which is used to describe a video game that features erotic content?


5.It is an elimination-style dice game, in which several players  play a set number of rounds. After each round, one player is eliminated. When all players but one have been eliminated, the remaining player wins the game. Owing to its extremely simple play-structure, it is generally pursued as a method of gambling.What is the name of this game,which also shares its name with a country in the Americas?


Chemicals and Chemical Production
1.Primarily obtained  obtained  from the mineral cassiterite it is located in Group 14 on the Periodic table.China and Indonesia are the largest producers of this,although Malaysia was a very large producer during the 1970s.What is the name of this chemical element and metal,which has more stable isotopes than any other?


2.He was a 19th century German who made major contributions to agricultural and biological chemistry.He saw nitrogen as an essential plant nutrient, and his formulation of the Law of the Minimum,described the effect of individual nutrients on crops.Considered the 'father of the fertilizer industry',what is this scientist's name?

Justus von Liebig

3.It is the second least abundant of the lanthanides,after promethium, and is an easily workable metal with a bright silvery-grey luster. Despite its high price and rarity,it is used as the radiation source in portable X-ray devices and in solid-state lasers. Named after the ancient name for Scandinavia,what is the name this chemical element that has the atomic number 69?


4.The ruby is a precious stone that is a variety of the mineral corundum. Which chemical element,discovered by Louis Nicolas Vauquelin in 1797,is largely responsible for giving the ruby its red colour?


5.Found in many electrical appliances,especially remote controls and toys,perhaps the most familiar type of battery is the alkaline battery. The battery is made up of a zinc negative electrode and a manganese dioxide positive electrode.However,this type of battery gets its name because it contains which inorganic compound,commonly known as caustic potash?

Potassium Hydroxide

1.It is home to Don Mueang International Airport,one of the world's oldest passenger airports and is also home to the Wat Khema Buddhist shrine,said to hold some of Buddha's relics.Situated near the mouth of the Chao Phraya River,what is Thailand's second largest city by population,although it is one of its smallest by area.


2.Bhumibol Adulyadej is the reigning King of Thailand,having reigned since 9 June 1946.He is the world's longest-serving current head of state and also the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history. Also known as Rama IX,from which Thai dynasty,he is a member?


3.Thailand have competed in the Summer Olympics  since 1952 and have won a total of 24 medals.Prior to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney,they had only won medals in one sport. What is this sport,which has also been their most successful overall,gaining 14 medals,including 4 golds?


4.Rising in the Phetchabun mountains,it runs east through four central Isan provinces and eventually  joins the River Mun in the Kanthararom district of Sisaket Province.At 765km in length and sharing its name with the 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet,which is the longest river entirely within Thailand?

River Chi

5.It primarily handles inmates with long sentences as well as death row prisoners.Inmates are kept in leg irons for the first three months and only receive one free meal per day. Notorious for its harsh conditions,it is colloquially known as the 'Bangkok Hilton'. What is the actual name of this prison,particularly known in the Western World for handling foreign drug smuggling prisoners?

Bang Kwang

1.It is a US division of the Swiss confectioner Lindt & Sprungli and is the second oldest chocolate company in the United States.It was founded by and named after an Italian chocolatier in 1852,who originally ran a confectionery store in Peru. Known globally,it has products such as 'Creamy Devotion','Evening Dream' and 'Twilight Delight'.What is the name of this brand,which has a popular landmark square in Fisherman's Wharf,San Francisco,named in its honour?


2.Samchuly, is a leading bicycle company and is the largest bicycle manufacturer and retailer in South Korea.Its CEO,Kim Seok Hwan,is the grandson of Kim Chul-Ho.Which well-known Korean company was founded by Kim Chul-Ho in 1944?

Kia Motors

3.It is an international chain of convenience stores, founded in 1951, in El Paso, Texas.Since the 1980s,it  has been the largest company owned convenience store chain (ie not franchise) in the USA,and has the fourth most convenience stores.Originally known as Kay's Food Stores,it features prominently in the 1989 comedy film,'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure'.What is this chain store's name?

Circle K

4.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)

5. Since January 2012, the company Gradiente has been selling its Android-based smartphones under the name 'i-phone', which has been disputed heavily by the Apple Corporation. Owned by IGB Eletronica, from which South American country does Gradiente originate?


Thursday, 13 February 2014

Next Main Quiz and a Feedback question

Hello my next Main quiz is now ready for you.

I also wanted to get some feedback from as many of you as possible. At the moment,it is just a thought,but it may be something that I can implement in the future.

I am thinking of adding more questions and features to the site. I'm thinking around 200 questions per week and would also include a couple of new types of quiz. I would also want to add a few (good,I hope) features that would improve,the site and readers experience.

I have no intention of becoming a millionaire I am just wondering whether I could run my site full -time or not. If not and everyone is happy as it is,then no problem. It's just an idea and I would like to known how people felt. If you could tick the poll box,on the right side of the screen,I would be very grateful. (PS I am not able to see who ticked which box)


Back to the quiz. Enjoy.................................

PS (Sorry, I have included a Winter Olympics question)

1.(Pictured) In total there are thousands of rock carving images,on around 600 panels. These are concentrated in along a 25 km stretch,which was once a coastline of a fjord during the Bronze Age. Situated on the West coast of Sweden,what is the name of the town that has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO ,because of this high concentration of carvings?


2. It was the indigenous name given to the country,prior to the Europeans' invading and settling during the 15th and 16th centuries. What is this former name of St Lucia,which also lends its name to the country's largest airport?


3.He was a pioneering Swiss mathematician and physicist that introduced much of the modern mathematical terminology and notation.He is also renowned for his mathematical formula that establishes the fundamental relationship between the trigonometric functions and the complex exponential function.What is this 18th century mathematician's name,who is also noted for his work in mechanics, fluid dynamics, optics, and astronomy?

Leonhard Euler

4.The prolific American director,Barry Levinson,is responsible for films such as 'Young Sherlock Holmes','Good Morning Vietnam' and 'Bugsy'. However,which 1988 film,in which he makes a cameo appearance as a doctor,is his best known and highest grossing film,also picking up  four Academy Awards?

Rain Man

5.Described (separately) by Origen and Cicero,the argument is told as follows: 'If it is fated for you to recover from this illness, then you will recover whether you call a doctor or not:Likewise, if you are fated not to recover, you will not do so whether you call a doctor or not:But either,it is fated that you will recover from this illness, or it is fated that you will not recover:Therefore it is futile to consult a doctor.' What is the name of this argument,which features as a part of the philosophical doctrine of 'fatalism'?

Idle Argument

6.(Pictured)Originally formed in 1973,the band has seen many line-up changes,but has primarily centred around the Wilson sisters,Ann and Nancy. Their most successful period was during the mid-1980s,which saw the release of the 1985 eponymous album and the 1987 release,'Bad Animals'. These albums spawned global hits such as 'These Dreams','Who Will You Run To' and their biggest hit 'Alone'(1987). What is the anatomical name of this successful band?


7.The city of Dearborn has the largest proportion of Arab Americans in the United States,with around 40% of the population. The city is also notable as it is home to the largest mosque in North America and the oldest Shia mosque in the United States. In which US state is Dearborn,located?


8.(Pictured) It is a member of the molluscan class Cephalopoda and is characterised by its snail-like shell and parrot-like beak. It also has tentacles,but no suckers. What is the name of this marine animal,whose name features prominently in an 1870 book and has its name derived from the Greek for 'sailor'?


9.Between 1922 and 1961,it was only awarded to foreign citizens and came in the form of a red star with a silver lion in the middle,taken from the national coat of arms.Between 1962 and 1992,the medal was re-modelled after the country changed its name. In 1994,for political reasons,it was changed again and this time was awarded to citizens as well as foreigners. In which country is the Order of The White Lion,the country's highest honour?

Czech Republic

10.Made from the basic ingredients of flour and water (and sometimes baking soda),it is a traditional Australian soda bread. Originally used by swagmen, drovers and stockmen,it was cooked in the ashes of a camp fire,until it sounded hollow.What is the name of this type of bread?


11.(Pictured) Created by Oscar Jacobsen in 1920,he originally appeared in the Swedish  publication 'Sondags-Niss. The character was a silent,cigar-smoking man with a big hat,who had a series of misadventures.It soon became very popular and was published in hundreds of newspapers all over the world.Known in the USA as Silent Sam,by what name is this character known around the rest of the world?


12.Harold Faltermeyer is a German musician and composer,who featured prominently during the 1980s and early 1990s. He scored soundtracks for films such as 'Midnight Express','The Running Man' and 'Tango and Cash'.However,he is probably best known for his scores on two films,which won him his two Grammy Awards.One is' Beverly Hills Cop',from which the familiar 'Axel F' track is taken,but for which 1987 film did he also win a Grammy,this time helped by the guitarist,Steve Stephens?

Top Gun

13.Lulu Island makes up most of the City of Richmond, a major suburb of Vancouver.Behind Montreal Island,it is the second most populous river island in Canada and third most populous in North America.It is located in which river,Canada's 10th longest?

Fraser River

14.In 1956, 'Iproniazid' was accidentally created during an experiment while synthesizing isoniazid. Originally, it had been intended to create a more efficient drug at combatting Tuberculosis,however,it was revealed to have its own benefits.Known as the world's first,for what condition was the drug first prescribed,although it was withdrawn from the market in the early 1960s due to toxic side-effects?


15.(Pictured) Prior to 2014,she had a career-high ranking of 12,reached in 2009. She has also won three WTA tour events and played for her country in the Federation Cup.She gained her most notable achievement to date,when reaching the 2014 Australian Open final,losing out to Li Na.What is the name of this tennis player,who became the first female Slovakian player to reach the final of a Grand slam singles tournament?

Dominika Cibulkova

16.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

17.The last President to represent the party was Jorge Batlle,between 2000 and 2005. Sharing a name with a US state,which political party has provided the most Presidents in Uruguay?

Colorado (The Red Party)

18.A short-lived American reality documentary television series,'Totally T-Boz ' featured just four episodes.The series followed the singer Tionne 'T-Boz' (pictured)Watkins as she works on her new music career .Sharing the name with the TV channel on which the show was aired,with which 1990s girl group did she find global success?


19.BK Hacken currently play in the top division, with GAIS  playing in the second division.Another notable team is Orgryte IS,which is Sweden's oldest football club.Which Swedish city is home to these professional  and semi-professional football teams?


20.Today,it is located on the eastern coast of the Black Sea,in Georgia.  Important in Greek mythology,what was the name of the region that was home to the 'Golden Fleece' as searched for by Jason and the Argonauts?


21.(Pictured) Created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons and published by DC Comics,he is a fictional character from the 'Watchmen' series of graphic novels. He also made his debut in 1956, in the very first Watchmen novel and serves as both the protagonist and antagonist of the series.Named after a famous piece of literature from the early 19th century,what is the name of this superhero/supervillain,whose alter-ego is Adrian Alexander Veidt?


22.Born in exile in Hungary,she was the sister of Edgar Aetheling and an English princess of the House of Wessex. She returned to England in 1057,but fled to Scotland in 1066,following the Norman conquest.Around four years later,she married king Malcolm III of Scotland, becoming his queen consort.She was also known for her many charitable works and establishing a ferry across the Firth of Forth for pilgrims travelling to Dunfermline Abbey.What is the name of this saint,who,in 1250,was canonised by Pope Innocent IV,becoming the only member of Scottish royalty to become a saint?

Saint Margaret (of Scotland)

23.One of the co-founders of the Fauvism art movement,he met Henri Matisse at an art class,run by Eugene Carriere,whilst studying at the Academie Camillo.Which French painter (1880-1954) created Fauvist works such as 'Le sechage des voiles ' and 'Charing Cross Bridge' (pictured)?

Andre Derain

24.What is the surname shared by the Canadian freestyle skiing sisters,who finished in second,third and eighth place in the Women's Moguls at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi?

Dufour-Lapointe (Chloe,Justine and Maxime)

25.(Pictured) He was the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo,(now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo), after he helped win its independence from Belgium in 1960.His government lasted for just 12 weeks before it was deposed in a coup during the Congo Crisis.What is the name of this politician,who was subsequently imprisoned and executed,in 1961,under the command of the secessionist Katangan authorities?

Patrice Lumumba

Monday, 10 February 2014

Sports Quiz Results

Here are the Results of the Sports Quiz. 

Below are the results and some stats.

30 people entered and many more took a copy, so thank-you all for your interest: (i'll e-mail the answers today)

1.Michael McPartland 71
2.Mark Preston 69
3.Didier Bruyere 66
4.Lorcan Duff 65
5=Iain Thoms 62
5=Andy Crane 62
7=Tom Adams 60
7=Nic Paul 60
9.Mark Walton 58
10.Peter Ediss 57
11.Scott Dawson 57
12.Benny Bielstein 56
13.Dave Bill 54
14.David Stainer 49
15.Tom Barnes 47
16.Adrian Chalkley 46
17.Hugh Bennett 45
18.Neil Richardson 42
19=Derek Cray 41
20=Rob Hannah 41
21.Nick Archer 40
22.Dave Bromage 38
23.George Fercozo 37
24=Diane Halligan 35
24=Phil Smith 35
26=Jon Stitcher 31
26=Colm O'Sullivan 31
28.Callum Pickering 29
29.Neil MacAskill 21
30.Nic Mortimer 19

Well done to who scored Michael McPartland who scored 71 pts. 

I also created another Mini League of US Sports (11 Questions). The top 10 look like this:

1=Iain Thoms 11
1=Tom Adams 11
1=Scott Dawson 11
4=Mark Preston 10
4=Didier Bruyere 10
6=Michael McPartland 9
6=Lorcan Duff 9
6=Tom Barnes 9
6=Neil Richardson 9
10=Nic Paul 8
10=George Fercozo 8

Some stats:

Average Overall Score - 47.5

Easiest Questions - Q1, Q2 ,Q5 Q7  all 30 people answered correctly
                              Q4, Q8, Q28          29 people answered correctly
                              Q10                        28 people answered correctly
                              Q11, Q21               27 people answered correctly

Unanswered Questions:  Q78 and Q87 went unanswered

Solo Questions (ie answered by one person only)
Q68  (Rob Hannah)
 Q91 (Benny Bielstein)
 Q100 (Mark Preston)

Next Hardest (answered by 2 people only)
Q55  (Michael McPartland ,Adrian Chalkley)            
Q81 (Tom Adams,Michael McPartland)                                                               
Answered by 3 people only)
Q45 (Lorcan Duff,Benny Bielstein,Andy Crane)
Q66 (Mark Preston,Michael McPartland,Nic Paul)
Q75 (Lorcan Duff,Tom Barnes,Adrian Chalkley)
Q76 (Mark Preston,Benny Bielstein,George Fercozo)

Other notes.
Around half of you thought England lost the first Cricket World Cup (it was Australia) and around 70% thought the snooker player Robin Hull was from the Netherlands (he's from Finland).

I didn’t realise when I originally wrote this,but you could have also got the answer to Q88 by looking at Q93

I've tried to be as fair as I can with the answers,so hopefully your scores reflect that .(There are some notes within the answer sheets I am currently e-mailing out)

Once again many thanks for your interest,and I hope you enjoyed it.I am already in the process of writing Sports Quiz number two.


Sunday, 9 February 2014

Latest Five Category Quiz

Here is my latest Five category Quiz

The subjects are: Acting Families/Dynasties, Japan, World Heritage Sites ,The Human Body, Prestigious Prizes.

I think my questions are getting longer.

Last reminder that Sports Quiz entries must be in by Midnight tonight UK time. Hopefully I can post the scores tomorrow as well as some stats. For those of you who have requested a copy, I will send the answers out tomorrow too. I will also be posting the Sports Quiz in full on here in the next few days.

Hope you enjoy this set.................

Acting Families/Dynasties
1.Zooey has appeared in films including 'The Good Girl' (2002), 'Elf' (2003) and (500) Days of Summer (2009).She also plays the title role in the US TV sitcom 'New Girl'. Her sister,Emily,is best known for her role as Dr Temperance 'Bones' Brennan in the US police comedy-drama series Bones. Mother Mary Jo played the role of Eileen in 'Twin Peaks' and father Caleb has received five Academy Award  nominations in cinematography. What is their collective surname?


2.He is the father of the acting siblings Patricia, Alexis, Rosanna, David, and Richmond Arquette. In which TV series,did Lewis Arquette,(a prolific TV actor in his own right),appear between 1978-1981,playing the role of 'JD Pickett'?

The Waltons

3.In 1996,which famous actor,himself from a famous artistic 'dynasty',married the American film director Rebecca Miller,the daughter of the playwright,Arthur Miller?

Daniel Day-Lewis

4.Between 1960 and 1962,she starred opposite Harry Morgan in the US TV sitcom 'Pete and Gladys ' and she later had her own sitcom aired between 1964 and 1965. She also received an Academy Award nomination for her role in the 1958 film 'The Defiant Ones'.What is the name of this actress,who provides a branch to the Barrymore dynasty,by being the first wife of John Drew Barrymore and the mother of John Blyth Barrymore?

Cara Williams

5.This 1985 comedy film is centred around a group of people who lose their licenses and driving privileges,after being ticketed for numerous traffic violations.The film marks the big screen debut of Don Cheadle,but is also memorable as it features  'lesser known' siblings of Bill Murray,Stacey Keach,Meg Tilly and Michelle Pfeiffer. What is the film's title?

Moving Violations

1.Existing between 1600 and 1868,the Tokugawa shogunate was the last  feudal Japanese military government. It was finally ended following the Boshin War and the Battle of Toba-Fushimi, when pro-shogunate forces were defeated. With a name literally meaning 'end of the cutain',what name was given to the end period of this shogunate?


2.The Seikan Tunnel,is an underwater railway tunnel that connects the Japanese islands of Hokkaido and Honshu.What is the name of the body of water,(a strait),that the tunnel is located?

Strait of Tsugaru

3.Grampus (formerly Grampus 8),are one of only four teams to have competed in Japan's top flight of football every year since its inception in 1993. The team had one of its most successful seasons in 1995 when it won the prestigious Emperor's Cup.At that time it was managed by,current Arsenal manager,Arsene Wenger and featured players such as Dragan Stojkovic and Gary Lineker on the team.In which city are Grampus based,the country's fourth largest by population?


4.Which city,the capital of the Kanagawa Prefecture,is the location for Japan's tallest building and its third tallest structure?

Yokohama (Yokohama Landmark Tower)

5.In this Japanese verbal entertainment,the lone storyteller sits on a stage,(without ever standing), called a 'Koza' and uses a paper fan and a small cloth as props. It began during the 18th century,but is still popular today and thought to be a training ground for some Japanese stand-up comedians.Translated in English as 'fallen words',what is the name of this form of entertainment?


World Heritage Sites
1.Some argue that it is the best preserved medieval city in Scandinavia and,as such,been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a very popular tourist destination and home to 'Almedalen Week',where representatives from the major political parties in Sweden take turns to make speeches in the city's park. What is the name of this city and Heritage site,which is the only city located on the island of Gotland?


2.The archaeological site of the ancient city of Sarazm, is located in the Zarafshan Valley,,near the border with Uzbekistan. About 5000 years ago it was regarded as 'the largest metallurgical centre of Central Asia engaged in export', but is thought to have been abandoned in 2000 BC. Discovered in 1976,by a farmer named Ashurali Tailonov,the proto-urban site of Sarazm was formally added to the World Heritage List in 2010,becoming which Central Asian country's first World Heritage site?


3.Situated off the coast of west County Kerry lies one of Europe's better known,but least accessible monasteries (and shares the name with the island on which it lies).Thought to have been founded in the 7th century,it was a centre of monastic life for Irish Christian monks for around 600 years. On which island is this monastery located,which lies near the summit of a 230 metre high rock  and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996?

Skellig Michael

4.It is one of the few atolls whose ecosystems have been largely unaffected by human contact. Ten of its flowering plants, all four of its land birds and about a third of the identified insects and gastropods are endemic,which is quite remarkable,given the island's size. It is also the island where the survivors of the 'Nantucket' whale boat reached shore,following a whale attack (the inspiration to Herman Melville's 'Moby Dick'. What is the name of this island,one of the Pitcairn Islands and a World Heritage site since 1988?

Henderson Island

5.Which two African nations,currently host the most World Heritage Sites in Africa,with nine sites each?

Morocco and Ethiopia

Human Body
1.Often caused by the failure in the function of kidneys,it may also occur because of some severe obstruction like kidney stones or tumours.In practice,it is defined as passage of less than 100 millilitres of urine in a day and is a more extreme reduction than oliguria. What is the name of this condition,which describes the non-passage of urine?


2.Its name derives from the Latin for 'tripled twinned' and is a nerve responsible for sensation in the face and certain motor functions such as biting and chewing. What is the name of the largest of the cranial nerves?

Trigeminal Nerve

3.Its name in Greek means 'juice'.It results from the mechanical and chemical breakdown of a mass of food and consists of partially digested food, water, hydrochloric acid, and various digestive enzymes.What is the name of this liquid substance that is found in the stomach,before passing through the pyloric valve and entering the duodenum?


4.It was named after the Scottish ophthalmologist who examined the pathology and transmission of this illness,in 1914.It is characterised by hearing loss and a gradual visual impairment and has three 'types'.Sharing a name with an American R&B star,what is the name of this syndrome,which is responsible for the majority of deaf-blindness cases?

Usher Syndrome

5.Also known as Lover's fracture and Don Juan fracture,it is usually caused by a fall from height when one lands on their feet.Which bone,the largest in the foot,is affected by this fracture?

Calcaneus (or heel bone)

Prestigious Prizes
1.Established by an Italian  part-owner of the Corriere della Sera,the Prize is made up of four annual monetary prizes,to people or organisations who have made outstanding achievements in the fields of humanities, natural sciences, culture and endeavours for peace and the brotherhood of man.It offers 1 million Swiss francs as a prize and the ceremony alternates between Bern and the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome.What is the name of this prize,which is thought to be one of the world's most prestigious?

Balzan Prize

2.In 1995 Manuel Blum was awarded the Turing Prize for 'his contributions to the foundations of computational complexity theory and its application to cryptography and program checking'. In doing so ,he became the first (and so far only) person from South America to claim the prize.Although he was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and now lives in the US,from which country does he originate?


3.He served as Postmaster General in the cabinet of President Lyndon Johnson and between 1975 and 1984,he served as commissioner of the National Basketball Association.His name is used for the trophy awarded to the winner of the United States' NBA Basketball Championship and to an award which honours individuals and groups who exhibit a high degree of commitment on behalf of the Unites States Democratic Party.What is the name of this person,who uses both his abbreviated first name and full first name for these respective awards?

Lawrence 'Larry' O'Brien

4.The year and categories are never published,but are mentioned at the time of collection.Recipients have included Florian Zimmer,David Copperfield and Penn and Teller.Created by Tony Hassini and his International Magicians Society,what is the very appropriate name for these prestigious awards,sometimes referred to as the 'Academy Awards for magic'?

Merlin Awards

5.Named after a former Secretary-General of the United Nations,what is the name of the posthumous award,given by the United Nations (UN) to military personnel, police, or civilians,who lose their lives while serving in a United Nations peacekeeping operation?

Dag Hammarskjold Medal

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Next Main Quiz

Next Main Quiz - Quite a tough set I think,but should be good fun.

Not much else to say other than I hope you enjoy.............

1.(Pictured) The Art Deco design of the Union Terminal inspired the look of the 'Hall of Justice', the iconic headquarters of DC Comics' Justice League.It also features the largest semi-dome in the western hemisphere.Once a major centre of railroad traffic in the late 19th and early 20th century,it was closed in 1972. However,in 1991,largely helped by Jerry Springer, it was re-opened as a station,and today is also home to museums, theatres,exhibitions and a library. In which US city is this iconic building located?


2.The tales are believed to have begun in Ghana,but has become one of the most important characters of West African and Caribbean folklore. He takes the form of a spider and considered a god of all knowledge of stories.What is the name of this mythological god/character,whose name in Akan means 'spider'?


3.At the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano,Ross Rebagliati made history by winning the first ever Olympic Snowboarding gold medal. Shortly after he was disqualified after testing positive from a drug test. However,he was reinstated as champion after the drug he used,tetrahydrocannabinol (THC),was not on the 'banned' list.By what name is this drug more commonly known?

Cannibis (or Marijuana)

4.(Pictured) Constructed over 800 years ago,the reputed 'original' model of this instrument is kept in the town of Niagassola, Guinea.It has a resonated frame and is a wooden keyed idiophone,whereby the sound is produced by striking the tuned keys with two padded sticks.Similar to the xylophone, marimba and vibraphone,what is the name of this traditional African instrument?


5.It borders the Swiss town of Buchs and the location of the world headquarters of Ivoclar Vivadent AG, the world's biggest manufacturer of false teeth. Also larger than the capital Vaduz,what is the name of the largest town in Liechtenstein?


6.(Pictured) His first name is derived from his parents' decision to name him after a Viet Cong assassin. He chose his surname as it was the family name of his paternal grandmother. He is the son of Jane Fonda and grand-son of Henry Fonda,whom he appeared with (uncredited) in the 1981 film 'On Golden Pond'.What is the name of this actor and Golden Globe winner,who is best known for his role as Isaac Rosenberg in the 'Barbershop' films?

Troy Garrity

7.Using the symbol 'R',it is a thermodynamic (absolute) temperature scale named after the Glasgow University  physicist,who proposed it in 1859. On this and the Kelvin scales,the 'Zero' is absolute zero, but this scale's degree is defined as equal to one degree Fahrenheit, rather than the one degree Celsius (used by the Kelvin scale). What is the name of this scale which sees the temperature of −459.67 °F as exactly equal to 0 °R?

Rankine Scale

8.Between 1594 and 1603, the Kingdoms of England and Ireland fought the Nine Years War (or Tyrone's Rebellion) against Hugh O'Neill and the powerful Gaelic Irish chieftains.Fought by 18,000 English soldiers,it was the largest conflict fought by the English in the Elizabethan era. The reason the Irish chieftains could battle for so long,was largely due to financial aid from which overseas monarch,whose cousin,Archduke Albert,was offered (and declined) the Irish crown as part of the deal?

Philip II of Spain

9.(Pictured) Located in the Kjerag mountain in Rogaland, Norway,it is a 5 m³ glacial deposit wedged in the mountain's crevasse. It is a popular tourist destination and is accessible without any climbing equipment. What is the name of this site,which in 2006,became the location of the viral social media video,'Where the Hell is Matt?',where traveller Matt Harding danced atop the precarious boulder?


10.It connects the left and right cerebral hemispheres and facilitates inter-hemispheric communication. It is the largest white matter structure in the brain, consisting of 200–250 million contralateral axonal projections.What is the name of this part of the brain,normally known by its latin name,(but its English translation means 'tough body')?

Corpus callosum

11.The World Trade Organisation was officially formed in 1995,replacing the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which commenced in 1948.The organisation provides a framework for negotiating and formalising trade agreements amongst members.Located at the Centre William Rappard,in which European city are the World trade Organisation headquarters located?


12.(Pictured) Active between 1982 and 1997,this Argentine rock band consists of of Gustavo Cerati,Hector 'Zeta' Bosio and Charly Alberti. They have topped the all-time lists in much of Latin America and have set landmarks in record sales and concert attendances.In their active career,they sold over 7 million albums in Latin America alone and in 2002 were awarded the 'Legend Prize', by MTV Latin America, the first prize to be awarded of its kind. With albums including 'Nada Personal' (1985) 'Dynamo (1992) and 'Sueno Stereo' (1995),what is the name of this band,considered by critics to be the most important and influential Ibero-american band of all time?

Soda Stereo

13.Born in 1954,she grew up in Idaho on her grandfather's farm in Ketchum.During the 1970s she signed a multi-million dollar contract for Faberge and became the spokesmodel for Babe perfume.She also appeared on the covers of Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and Harper's Bazaar, and in 1975,appeared on the cover of Time, which dubbed her one of the 'new beauties'.She also starred in the 1976 film 'lipstick' alongside her sister Mariel. What is the name of this supermodel,who died in 1996,in a similar way to her famous writer grandfather?

Margaux Hemingway

14.Discovered in 1802 by the astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Matthaus Olbers on,it was originally regarded as a planet.It is the second asteroid to have been discovered,after Ceres, and one of the largest in the Solar System,estimated to comprise around 7% of the mass of the asteroid belt.What is the name of this asteroid,after which the name of the chemical element with the atomic number 46,is derived?

Pallas  (From where Palladium is derived)

15.(Pictured) This type of rodent is  native to Middle America, northern and central South America, and the southern Lesser Antilles.It is related to the guniea pig and looks similar,only slightly larger. It is thought to be one of the few mammals that can open Brazil nuts without the aid of a tool.What is the name of this rodent,that has species including 'Coiban',;Orinoco' and 'red-rumped and whose Latin name,'dasyprocta',literally means 'hairy rectum'?


16.It is a type of defence mechanism where socially unacceptable impulses or idealisations are consciously transformed into socially acceptable actions or behaviour,(possibly resulting in a long term conversion of the initial impulse). What is the name of this feature in psychology,which Sigmund Freud believed was a sign of maturity?


17.Well-known for his songwriting projects,he provided the vocals (and co-writing) to the 1999 global smash hit single 'Smooth',which was taken from Carlos Santana's multi-million selling album,'Supernatural'. However,he is best known as the lead singer of the American band Matchbox Twenty. What is his name?

Rob Thomas

18.Situated on a bay at the southern end of lake Vesijarvi,it is also the capital of the Paijanne Tavastia region and was given ordinance to become a city in 1904, by Tsar Nicholas II. Today it is home to the Sibelius Concert Hall and had hosted the FIS World Nordic Ski Championships on six occasions,more than any other city.What is the name of this Finnish city,the ninth largest by popualtion?


19.(Pictured) He represented the USA at the 2010 and 2012 Ryder Cups. In 2010 he won the PGA Tour money list and in 2012 won the Players Championship title,which to many is known as the 'fifth major'. He also gained an important win in 2013,when he won the WGC Accenture World Matchplay championships,that consists of the world's top 64 golfers.What is the name of this sometimes forgotten US golfer,who spent 40 weeks inside the world's top 10 during 2013?

Matt Kuchar

20.Representing 8% of world production,its largest mine is located  at Trimouns in Southern France. The Luzenac Group is the world's largest supplier of which mined mineral,that has the chemical formula Mg3Si4O10(OH)2 and appears on the Mohs scale?


21.The name is thought to have derived from the Sanskrit language. What name was given to both the father and son of Cyrus The Great,who also preceeded and succeeded him,respectively,as the King Of Kings of Persia?


22.(Pictured) It was founded in 1903 in an area that constitutes the eastern part of Jonkoping in Sweden. It designs, engineers, manufactures and distributes motocross, enduro and supermoto motorcycles. It has also provided many World Champions in the various classes of Enduro and Moto Cross. Bought in 2013 by Pierer Industrie AG,what is the name of this Swedish subsiduary,who have also been prominent in Swedish bicycle history?


23.It was designed for distributing, searching, and retrieving documents over the Internet and was strongly orientated towards a menu-document design.It's protocol was presented as an alternative to the World Wide Web in its early stages, but ultimately HTTP became dominant.Sharing its name with a burrowing rodent of the family Geomyidae ,what is the name of this protocol,considered a predecessor of the World Wide Web?


24. The Gustav Klimt painting ' Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I',is one of the world's most expensive paintings.It was bought by Ronald S. Lauder from Maria Altmann for a reputed US$135 million in 2006. Which US gallery is now home to this painting,which also features several other works by Klimt?

Neue Gallery (New York)

25.(Pictured) He is a character who bears several behavioral and physical similarities to porn star Ron Jeremy and has been popular amongst the UK Indie/dance scene. He has has also supported artists  such as The Strokes, Incubus, Tenacious D and the the Red Hot Chili Peppers on various tours around the world.He has appeared in several films,but may be best known in the 2004 film,'Starsky and Hutch',where he plays the role of 'Dancin' Rick',a disco dance champion who 'faces off' in a contest with Ben Stiller's character.By what three-word name,(with a slightly tenuous link to Andrew-Lloyd Webber),does Sean Matthew Tillman usually perform?

Har Mar Superstar