Thursday, 20 February 2014

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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