Thursday, 27 March 2014

WQC Practice Quiz 1

Here is the first in my series of 10 World Quizzing Championship practice sets.

I have 3 questions per category,.Some categories may overlap a little,but I have tried to keep this as realistic as I can.(For example Media and Entertainment can be quite closely related).

The aim of this,is that after 10 quizzes (roughly one per week),you would have completed a 'mock World Championship'.

I will,of course, have other quizzes in between these,such as the five category quiz and quiz league style sets.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this first set.....................

1.Although its population is just under 1000,the town of Eldon,Iowa,is still very significant in the world of art,as it is the site and inspiration of which famous 1930 painting?

American Gothic

2.(Pictured)Located in Hobart,it was built in 1845 and stands in the garden of former convict Judah Solomon.It has a seating capacity of 150 people and also features hard benches at the back of the building, for the convicts,who were once marched in under armed guard.Still in use today,it is Australia's oldest example of which type of building?


3.Following the release of documents in January 2014,the 1963 Nobel Prize for Literature saw names such as Samuel Beckett,Vladimir Nabakov and Pablo Neruda all overlooked, in favour of giving the award to which Greek poet,the country's first recipient of the Prize?

Giorgos Seferis


1.Its war of independence lasted between 1961 and 1974 and was formally ended following the signing of the Alvor Agreement. What name was given to the newly formed African state,that saw the MPLA leader,Agostinho Neto (pictured),as its first President?


2.Discovered in 1903 by the Spanish archaeologist,Hermilio Alcalde del Rio,the 'Cueva de El Castillo' (Cave of the Castle),is the home to the world's oldest known cave art. In which Spanish autonomous community is it found?


3.The original Iroquois League, based in present day  New York, was also known as the Five Nations, as it was composed of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca nations. In 1720,which tribe from North Carolina joined this league to make it the Six Nations - their name means 'hemp gatherer'?



1.She first gained prominence for her lead roles in teen films such as 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) and Down to You (2000).Between 2002 and 2007,she played the character Nicky Parsons in the Bourne film series. Her most high profile role since then,was the supporting role of Veronica in the 2012 film 'Silver Linings Playbook'.What is the name of this actress?

Julia Stiles

2.The American rapper known as Macklemore had a particularly successful 2013 and 2014. His album,'The Heist',was number one in many countries and spawned several global number one singles,such as 'Can't Hold Us'. This brought him much acclaim and he won many awards,including the 2014 Grammy Award for Best New Artist.That being said,he is actually part of a duo and nearly all of these records and awards are co-credited.What is the name of the American producer and DJ that shares this credit?

Ryan Lewis

3.He released his first album 'Djam Leelii' in 1989 and since then has released nearly twenty more,including the 1998 release 'Nomad',which featured some Brian Eno-produced tracks.He has two tracks featured on the 'Black Hawk Down' film soundtrack and provided the title track of the 2008 video game 'Far Cry 2'.What is the name of this man,who sings mainly in the Pulaar language and is generally regarded as Senegal's most famous musician after Youssou N'Dour?

Baaba Maal

Sport and Games

1.He ranked at number one on two occasions in 1996 and also won the Men's singles title at the 1995 French Open.What is the name of this Austrian tennis player,who was sometimes referred to as 'The King of Clay'?

Thomas Muster

2.Won by Christophe Riblon in 2013,it has also seen Eddy Merckx win it on the most occasions. The award has been running since 1952 and instead of a coloured jersey,the leader is denoted by a white race number on a red background instead of the usual black on white.What is the name of this award given at the Tour de France,which is decided by a jury of eight specialists and is worth around 20,000 Euros?

Combativity Award

3.He is often described as the greatest Ecuadorian football player of all-time.He spent most of his career (over 500 games) at Penarol,but finished his career at Barcelona.He also made full international appearances for both Ecuador and Uruguay. Known as 'Cabeza Magica' (magic head),what is the name of this legendary player,who is still the all-time top goalscorer in the Copa Libertadores?

Alberto Spencer

1.The Kornati archipelago,(sometimes known as the Stomorski islands), is made up of 140 islands, in a sea area of about 320 square kilometres.This area has no permanent settlements and a large part of it is now a National Park. Located in Europe,to which country does this archipelago belong?


2.He was an Ethiopian musician credited with inventing the sacred music tradition of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and Ethiopia's system of musical notation. He is also responsible for creating the traditional Ethiopian chant,the Zema,which is still performed today.What is the name of this semi-legendary musical saint,that lived between 505 and 571AD  and has a feast day of 11 Genbo (May 19th)?

Saint Yared

3.Although its presence was suspected several decades earlier,it was eventually confirmed by analysis of earthquake waves from the Great Chilean Earthquake of 1960.Forming part of the upper mantle,it is found just below the lithosphere and is involved in plate tectonic movement.What is the name of this layer,which takes part of its name from the Greek for 'weak'?


1.Between 2000 and 2007,the  actress,(and daughter of Goldie Hawn),Kate Hudson was married to which singer and musician,best known as the front man of the American rock band,The Black Crowes?

Chris Robinson

2.It was founded in 1924 by a former British soldier in Alexandria,Egypt. Originally,it was set up as a railway provision merchant,but expanded to a grocery firm,importing British Empire goods to the Mandate Palestine.It has since expanded across the Middle East,but is best known to shoppers in Dubai,as there are currently 21 stores throughout the state. What is the name of this high-end supermarket?


3.Known as 'Ko' by local people,the The Konigsallee,is an upmarket shopping area,containing luxury fashion brands and retail stores such as Cartier,Gucci and Tiffany & Co. The area is also noted for its landscaped canal that runs through it. In which German city,the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia,is this affluent area located?


1.Born as Charles Joel Nordstrom,he is a Swedish actor,who became well known for his leading role in the 2010 film 'Easy Money'. In 2011,he starred in the US version of the TV series 'The Killing',where he played the role of Stephen Holder. In 2014,he played his first Hollywood leading role,when he portrayed the protagonist in the 2014 remake of 'Robocop'. By what English name is this actor best known?

Joel Kinnaman

2.First released in 1994,it is a series of racing video games published by Electronic Arts.It has also produced several sequels including 'Hot Pursuit','Underground' and 'Most Wanted'. In 2014,the game was adapted for the big screen,with Aaron Paul playing the lead role as a mechanic and street racer,framed by a wealthy business associate.What is the three-word title of this game/film?

Need For Speed

3.One of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature,it was first published in the 16th century.The story tells of a Buddhist monk who travels to the area now known as India, to obtain sacred texts,returning after many suffering trials.What is the title of this work,which later saw Arthur Waley write a 1942 abridged translation,usually known by the title, 'Monkey'?

Journey to The West

1.One of the common apparatus used in this study is the Chladni Plate,where the surface of the plate shows visible vibrations and displacements,by using a thin layer of paste or liquid.Derived from the Greek for 'wave',what is the name of this study of visible sound and vibration,first described by the 20th century physician,Hans Jenny?


2.The name is used for any of the various mined and manufactured salts that contain potassium in water soluble form. The most common of these compounds is potassium chloride and the most common use is for fertiliser. Derived from the white residue left after evaporation,what is the name given to this mined salt,which sees Canada currently producing the most,per year?


3.Regarded as the founder of modern bacteriology, he is recognised for his role in identifying the specific causative agents of tuberculosis, cholera, and anthrax.He is also noted for his experimental support for the concept of infectious disease.What is the name of this German physician,who won the 1905 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology?

Robert Koch

Sunday, 23 March 2014

64 Questions,News about my WQC practice sets and Competition winner

A few things to mention,so if you want to go straight to the quiz,just scroll down.

Below is a set of 64 questions that I have created as a Quiz League Sample Set. The pairings are scattered among the entire quiz and there are eight questions in eight categories.

I also have this quiz on a pdf sheet,so if you want one for your own purposes,then e-mail me

Similarly if you are a UK Quiz League and interested in me writing some questions,then let me know at the above e-mail address.

For the international readers,there are a few (not many) British specific questions,but this shouldn't spoil the quiz too much.

 From next week,instead of my Main Quiz, I will be writing 24 questions that are similar to World Quiz Championship questions. It will take the form of 8 categories of 3 questions.

I aim to make 10 of these before the World Quiz Championships in June, so in total, you would have had 240 questions,(30 questions in 8 categories). This is the same amount as the actual WQC paper, so you may (or not) get a rough idea of how you may perform. There will still be pictures as part of these quizzes too.

So it is basically my Main Quiz,but a bit more structured.

I will still be writing other quizzes such as my 5 category quizzes and also may throw another Quiz League sample in.

Finally I would like to congratulate Mario Abel (Germany) on winning the Chamber's Biographical Dictionary Prize. He correctly answered that John Adams would appear first of the US Presidents.

Don't worry if you didn't win this time, I should be able to offer another one in a couple of weeks.

Back to the Quiz League Set. Enjoy............................

1a.In a game of 9-Ball pool, what colour stripes appear on the number '9' ball?

Yellow and White

1b.Martin Van Buren is known as the only US President not to have spoken English as his first language. He was born and grew up in the Dutch speaking town of Kinderhook. In which US State is Kinderhook located?

New York

2a.Prior to Pope John Paul II, the last non-Italian Pope was Adrian VI,whose papacy ran between 1522 and 1523.In which modern day European country was he born?


2b.After Paris and Marseille, which is the third largest city in France, in terms of population?


3a.The group is notable for having started the careers of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, but who was the lead singer of the 1960s rock group, The Yardbirds?

Keith Relf

3b.What was the nationality of the 20th century pediatrician, Hans Aspberger, for whom the medical syndrome is named?


4a.Give a year in the life of the Dutch Renaissance humanist and theologian,Desiderius Erasmus?


4b.In the 2012 film 'the Avengers, which American actor played the role of the Incredible Hulk?

Mark Ruffalo

1a.Although Nelson Mandela spent much of his imprisonment on Robben Island, in which prison was he an inmate at the time of his release in 1990?

Victor Verster

1b.In the 1970s/80s US TV sitcom 'Happy Days’, which character was played by the actor Anson Williams? 

Potsie Weber

2a.One of the oldest and largest museums in the world, in which Russian city can the State Hermitage Museum be found?

St Petersburg

2b.Name the Christian names of either of the daughters of Barack and Michelle Obama?

Natasha or Malia Ann

3a.Which Austrian physicist, along with Paul Dirac, won the 1933 Nobel Prize for Physics for their 'discovery of new productive forms of atomic theory'?

Erwin Schrodinger

3b.Which Pacific conflict fought between 1899 and 1902, saw the 1900 Battle of Pulang Lupa?

Philippine-American War

4a.In terms of population, which is the largest of the Ionian islands?


4b.In 1896 a collection of 63 poems entitled 'A Shropshire Lad' was published. What is the name of the English poet that created this collection?

AE Houseman

1a.Named after an American gastroenterologist, which disease, that showed inflammation of the terminal ileum of the small intestine, was 'discovered' at Mount Sinai Hospital in 1932?

Crohn's Disease

1b.Running annually since 1981, the 'Rear of The Year' is a light-hearted award ceremony, but attracts over £4million of publicity. In 2013, two professional dancers from BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing' show won an award each. Name either of them?

Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace

2a.The Copa Libetadores is the South American equivalent of the UEFA Champions League. With 22 wins since the competition began in 1960, which country has provided the most winners?


2b.All housed in the Musee d'Orsay, which impressionist painter created works such as 'The Ballet Class’, ‘At The Races' and 'L'Absinthe'?

Edgar Degas

3a.After the Conservative, Labour and Liberal parties, which political party (currently), has the fourth most seats in the House of Commons?

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)

3b.Which European sea lies immediately south of Genoa and immediately north of Corsica?

Ligurian Sea

4a.Sharing their name with a famous historic fortress, which British band released the number one album 'Bad Blood' in 2013 and later, received four nominations at the 2014 BRIT awards?


4b.In computing the acronym RAM stands for Random Access Memory, but for what does the computing acronym ROM stand?

Read Only Memory

1a.In terms of passenger traffic, which city is home to Germany's busiest airport?


1b.With the chemical formula SiO2, which mineral, located at number 7 on the Mohs scale, is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's continental crust?


2a.As of March 2014, Yoweri Museveni is the President of which African nation?


2b.Located close to the Oquirrh Mountains, the Kennecott Smokestack is the the tallest free-standing structure west of the Mississippi River and the fourth tallest smokestack in the world. In which US state is it located?


3a.Which word can be used as the title for an Alfred Hitchcock Film, a 1986 single by Duran Duran or a prefix of a 1990s American rapper?


3b.Since 2000, three golfers have won the (British) Open Golf Championship on more than one occasion. Tiger Woods, is one of these, name either of the other two?

Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington

4a.At the 2014 Academy Award ceremony, Bruce Dern was nominated for Best Actor and June Squibb was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Named after a US state, what was the title of the film in which they both appeared?


4b.Stefan Persson is listed at number 12 on the 2014 Forbes Rich List. He made his fortune as the owner of which multinational retail clothing company?


1a.Which actress and current partner of Ashton Kutcher was voted number one in the annual FHM '100 Sexiest Women in the World' poll?

Mila Kunis

1b.In office for six separate terms and nearly thirty years between 1964 and 1992, Daniel Arap Moi was former President of which African nation?


2a.In electronics the acronym LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display, but for what does the acronym LED stand?

Light Emitting Diode

3a.Give a year in the life of the philosopher Baruch Spinoza, considered to be one of the great rationalists of his era?


3a.First published in 1798, the collection of poems known as 'Lyrical Ballads’, marked the beginning of the English Romantic movement in literature. Which poet, along with William Wordsworth created this collection?

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

3b.Which city is home to the longest metro rail system in the Netherlands?


4a.Of the 10 most abundant chemical elements in the Earth's crust, only 3 have chemical symbols that do not contain any vowels. Name any one of these chemical elements?


4b.Representing the Whig party, who was the last US President that did not represent or have affiliation to either the Republican or Democratic political parties?

Millard Fillmore

1a.Eight of the tallest nine completed buildings in Canada are all located in Toronto. The Bow is the only building from outside Toronto on the list and is home to the headquarters of the EnCana Corporation, North America's second largest natural gas producer. In which city is it located?


1b.At the 2014 Academy Awards, which film had nominations including Leonardo di Caprio for Best Actor, Jonah Hill for Best Supporting Actor and Martin Scorcese for Best Director?

The Wolf of Wall Street

2a.Famous for his work, ‘The Elephant Celebes’, which German surrealist painter was married to Peggy Guggenheim between 1942 and 1946?

Max Ernst

2b.Which word connects 2000 film starring Jason Biggs, and Mena Suvari, a 1993 single by Beck and a card in Contract Bridge that will never win a trick?


3a.Four of the first six US Presidents were born in Virginia. The other two, John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams, were both born in which US state?


3b. Although the band was named after the drummer, who was the lead singer of the 1960s band, The Dave Clark Five?

Michael Smith

4a.After Madrid and Barcelona, which is the third largest city in Spain, in terms of population?


4b.Having a chemical element named after him, which American chemist won the 1951 Nobel Prize of Chemistry, (along with Edwin McMillan), for ' their discoveries in the chemistry of transuranium elements'? 

Glenn Seaborg

1a.Which 1970s glam rock star played the role of 'Leather Tuscadero', in the 1970s/80s US TV series 'Happy Days'?

Suzi Quatro

1b.The Pergamon Museum is the most visited museum in Germany. In which city is it located?


2a.Formally known as 'Centre Court’, it was given its current name in 1988, in honour of a French Tennis Federation President. What is the name of the Main tennis court used at the French Open?

Philippe Chatrier

2b.In greyhound racing, what colour stripes are worn by the dog running from Trap number 6?

Black and White

3a.Fought in 1700, the Battle of Narva, occurred during which European conflict?

The Great Northern War

3b.Which 20th century Pope, became the first Pope to travel to the United States and Australia and in fact, was the first pope since 1870,to travel outside of Italy?

Paul VI

4a.Located to the north of the Baltic Sea. What is the name of the large Gulf that lies between Sweden and Finland?

Gulf of Bothnia

4b.The notorious international criminal, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, better known as Carlos the Jackal, is currently serving his life imprisonment sentence at a high security prison in which country?

France (Clairvaux Prison)

1a.Jack, James, Donnel and Amy are the names of the children of which 20th century US President?

Jimmy Carter

1b.In terms of both size and population, which is the largest of the Dodecanese islands?


2a.2012 saw one of the most remarkable Ryder Cups in history when Europe came back from a 4 point deficit to win the cup on the final day. On the European team were two players who had appeared in more than 5 Ryder Cups. Name either of them?

Sergio Garcia or Lee Westwood

2b.With 13 wins, which country has provided the most winners of the UEFA European Cup and Champions League since the first competition in 1955?


3a.After which 3-time Grand Slam-winning tennis player, is the Main (and largest) court, at the US Open tennis tournament named?

Arthur Ashe

3b.Gina Rinehart is the richest woman in Australia and one of the richest people in the world .Although an outstanding businesswoman, she inherited much of her wealth from her father Lang Hancock. In which industry was he Australia's leading figure?


4a.In the 2012 film 'The Avengers’, which Superhero was played by the Australian actor Chris Hemsworth? 


4b.Which British singer and songwriter released the 2010 album 'Lights' and followed it up with the 2012 album 'Halcyon’, which finally reached number one in the UK in January 2014?

Ellie Goulding

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Next Main Quiz

Here is the latest Main Quiz for you to have a go at.

Also, just to remind anyone who wants to enter the competition to win a Chamber's Biographical Dictionary,you have until midnight 20th March to do so (UK time -details below this quiz).


1. (Pictured) It is a game played on horseback that combines elements from polo and basketball.It has been banned several times during its history because of violence,but during the 1930s,was regulated and a set of official rules were implemented.In 1953 President Juan Peron declared it to be Argentina's national game.Taken from the Spanish word for 'duck',what is the name this equine sport?


2.Although there had been several trials earlier, the invention of this type of clinical implant is usually credited to Dr. William F. House,who created it in 1961. His device was manufactured by 3M and tested on around a thousand people,paving the way for future clinical development.The implant is used to improve quality of life,as opposed to a direct cure .What is the name of this type of implant,which has been received by around 350,000 people and consists of a microphone,a transmitter and a receiver?

Cochlear Implant

3.To many football fans the name may be associated with a'god'. However 'Pele' is also known as a goddess of volcanoes,who is believed to live at the summit of one the world's most active volcanoes. In which mythology and culture,does this Pele,the daughter of Haumea,appear?


4.(Pictured) He is a Cuban-American recording artist and rapper from Miami He has released seven albums (to date), but it was his 2011 album, 'Planet Pit', which made him a global superstar. It featured the single 'On the Floor',a collaboration with Jennifer Lopez,which reached number one in many countries around the world. The album also gave him his first solo US number one with the single 'Give Me Everything'. Best known for his collaborations,by what animal-related stage name is Armando Christian Perez usually known?


5.He is a French director,screenwriter and producer,whose films have won him prestigious awards at the Cannes and Venice Film festivals. He has been nominated for the Golden Lion on three occasions and won the Silver Lion for his 1991 film 'J'entends Plus la Guitare'. Between 1969 and 1979,many of his films featured the German model, actress and Velvet Underground collaborator,Nico,with whom he had a 10 year relationship. What is the name of this film director,whose son,Louis,is also now an acclaimed actor? 

Philippe Garrel

6.(Pictured) Born in Melbourne,in 1979,his parents,are the founders of the Australians Against Further Immigration political party. His acting career began when he was given the role of Billy Kennedy in the Australian soap opera,'Neighbours',which he played for 11 years between 1994 and 2005.He has also appeared in films such as 'Winning London' (with the Olsen twins), Uptown Girls, and Swimming Upstream,but is most notable,globally,for playing the character Dr Robert Chase in the US TV medical drama 'House'. What is this actor's name,who has gone on to star in the US TV dramas Chicago Fire and its spin-off Chicago PD?

Jesse Spencer

7.He was born in north western Italy,sometime between 1095 and 1100.He later became noted for his Christian teachings and was ordained Bishop of Paris in 1159.His most famous work by far, was 'Libri Quatuor Sententiarum' (The Four Sentences), which became the standard textbook of theology at the medieval universities.It is believed that between the 1220s and the 16th century,no work of Christian literature, except for the Bible itself, was commented upon more frequently.What is the name of this scholastic theologian?

Peter Lombard

8.It coincides with the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia and is believed to have been adapted from the Sankranti Hindu festival.The most famous festival celebrations are in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, where it continues for around six days and has also become a party for foreign visitors.What is the name of this festival ,which is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year's Day and runs between the 13th and 15th of April?


9.Named after a 2nd century Roman Emperor,which city,known today as Edirne,served as the third capital of the Ottoman Empire from 1365 until 1453,when Constantinople replaced it?


10.It is a silvery-white malleable rare-earth metal and has the atomic number 64.It was isolated by Paul Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran in 1886 and has been effective in neutron radiography  and as a contrast agent for Magnetic Resonance Imagaing (MRI).What is the name of this chemical element,that is named after an 18th/19th century Finnish geologist?


11.The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO),is an international alliance that consists of 28 member states from North America and Europe. As well as having the smallest population of the organisation,which member country has the lowest military allocation,with just over 200 active personnel?


12.(Pictured) 'The Community Bookshelf' installation is a permanent feature of the city's main library and is designed to conceal its car park.The shelf showcases 22 titles,reflecting a wide variety of reading interests as suggested by the city's readers. The city also has links to literature,as it is where Robert Heinlein has set several of his novels and where Theodore Dreiser set the 1925 novel 'An American Tragedy'. In which mid-west city is this unique library building located?

Kansas City

13.The oldest sister won her awards for films made in 1946 and 1949. The youngest sister won her award for an Alfred Hitchcock film made in 1941. What is the name of these two actresses,who are the only set of siblings to have won lead acting Academy Awards?

Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine

14.(Pictured) The company was founded as a tool manufacturer in 1920, but diversified to vehicles in 1931.It also changed its name formally in 1984,(although it had always been selling vehicles under this name).It has created models such as the Verisa,CX-5 and Bongo,and in 1991,it became the only Japanese car manufacturer,(to date),to win the Le Mans 24 hour auto-race outright.What is the name of this Japanese company,that shares its name with the name that Zoroastrians give to God?


15.The first reported procedure of this type was performed on a dog in 1823. In 1899 the first official procedure was performed on a human. It became more widespread following the second World War and the first national program was established in India in 1954. What is the name of this surgical procedure, which involves the severing and re-sealing of a man's vasa deferentia?


16.It was the site of an unsuccessful scheme by the Kingdom of Scotland to become a world trading nation, by establishing a colony in Central America, on the Isthmus of Panama. It represents southernmost part of the Caribbean Sea and separates Panama (to the north east) and Colombia (to the west). What is the name of this Gulf,which shares its name with a famous Panamanian 'Gap' and National Park?

Gulf of Darien

17.Expressed as 10 to the power 18,it is equal to a quintillion (short scale) or trillion (long scale),depending
on which country is using it. It is also situated between the 'peta' and the 'zetta' on the metric prefix scale.One second preceeded by this prefix is roughly equal to 32 billion years and one metre preceeded by the prefix is roughly equal to 110 light years.What is the name of this three-letter SI unit prefix in the metric system? 


18.(Pictured) He finished fourth over 1500 m at the 1976 Summer Olympics and finished fourth four years later,over 5000 m at the 1980 Games.He was a specialist of the indoor running circuit,which gained him the his nickname, 'The Chairman of the Boards', and saw him break the indoor mile world record on three occasions.After competitive retirement, he continued to race and became the first man over 40 years old to run a sub-four-minute mile.What is the name of this successful former Irish athlete,that was made a member of the Senate of Ireland in 2011?

Eamonn Coghlan

19.Situated about 90 km south east of Istanbul, it formed the capital of the historic Sultanate of Rum. In 1097 it became the subject of a famous Siege,when members of the First Crusade defeated Sultan Kilij Arslan. What is the name of this town,which is known today as Iznik?


20.While it is not an SI unit, it is accepted for use with the SI due to its continued use in particle physics.Originally,it was used in nuclear physics for expressing the cross sectional area of nuclei and nuclear reactions,but today it is used in all fields of high energy physics.It is defined as 10−28 m2 (100 fm2) and is approximately the cross sectional area of a uranium nucleus.What is the 'agricultural' name of this unit of area?


21.(Pictured) Located in the centre of Manhattan,it spans the area between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987,it was completed in 1939 and consists of 19 buildings spread over 22 acres.Today it is home to buildings such as Radio City Music Hall,The Bank of America Building and the Simon & Schuster Building. The site is also notable,as part of its construction,(the RCA Building),is depicted in an iconic photo of 1932, which shows construction workers eating their lunch on steel girders,69 floors above ground.What is the name of this commercial complex?

Rockefeller Centre

22.The football club,Tyreso FF,was founded in 1971 and is primarily known for its women's team.The team has competed in the country's highest football division since 2010,(with previous spells in the division during the 1990s).It is  also notable as its former players include  the most capped footballer of all time,Kristine Lilly, joint FIFA Female Player of the Century Michelle Akers and five time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta.Despite this,they have only won the top division on one occasion. With the male counterpart team playing in the 5th tier of the men's football system,in which country does this top women's football side play?


23.Representing Jaipur and led by Shane Warne,which team won the inaugural Indian Premier league competition,in 2008,despite being seen as a 'weaker' team,prior to the event?

Rajasthan Royals

24.Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean by area. The seventh largest island in the Caribbean is the largest of Cuba's islands (except for Cuba itself).It was made known to Europeans,when found by Christopher Columbus in 1494,who named it La Evangelista. The island was later named the Isle of Pines and was home to the Presidio Modelo prison,which saw Fidel and Raul Castro as inmates between 1953 and 1955. What is the name of this island today,which in Spanish means 'Isle of Youth'?

Isla de la Juventud

25.(Pictured) His  'Seven dirty words' comedy routine was central to a 1978 US Supreme Court Case,in which the government gained power to regulate indecent material on the public airwaves. He is an American actor and comedian,who made his name on American TV with his series of HBO comedy specials. He has also won five Grammy Awards for his comedy albums and was the first ever host of 'Saturday Night Live'. He hasalso appeared in many films and is particularly well known to film fans of a certain age with his portrayal of the character 'Rufus',in the 'Bill And Ted' series of films. What is the name of this man,who died in 2008 and is often regarded as one of the greatest American comedians of all-time?

George Carlin

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Next Five Category Quiz -and Competition

Here is my latest Five Category Quiz for you to have a go at.

I also have two things to share.

Firstly, I was interviewed in my local paper this week,so this may be of interest to you.

Also I have another of my periodic competitions. This time it is to win a copy of the Chamber's Biographical Dictionary.

To enter just answer this question and send the e-mail to

Which US President would appear first in this book. (The book is in alphabetical order)?

Closing date is midnight (UK time) Thursday 20th March.

First out of the hat wins and my decision is final. Good luck

Ok,back to the quiz.

The categories are 15th Century, Brazil, Steven Spielberg Films,Structures and Buildings and Crime and Punishment.


15th Century
1.He sent  Joan of Arc to the Siege of Orleans towards the end of the Hundred Years War as part of a relief mission.Due to her spiritual guidance (and other charismatic military leaders),French troops gained several important victories that paved the way for his coronation at Reims Cathedral in 1429.What was the name of this French king,who was also the husband of Marie of Anjou?

Charles VII

2.The Spanish Inquisition was established in 1478 by Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. It was intended to maintain Catholic orthodoxy in their kingdoms and to replace the Medieval Inquisition. The public penance,(which often led to execution), following the inquisition was known as the 'auto-da-fe' and was first recorded in 1481. In which Spanish city did this first 'auto-da-fe' take place?


3.The year 1453 saw the Fall of Constantinople,meaning the end of the Byzantium Empire and defeat for the last Roman Emperor,Constantine XI.Aged just 21 years old,what was the name of the Ottoman monarch,who led this victory and,today,has one of the world's longest suspension bridges named in his honour,spanning the Bosphorus strait?

Sultan Mehmed II (The Conqueror)

4.In 1438,the ninth ruler (Sapa Inca) of the Kingdom of Cusco,became the first ruler of the historic Inca Empire.Many archaeologists believe that the famous Inca site of Machu Picchu was built as an estate for him. What is the name of this important ruler,whose name in Quecha translates to 'he who shakes the earth'?


5.They were a religious group that took their name from its founder,a Czech dissenter,born in 1389,and one of the forerunners of the Protestant Reformation.Between c.1420 and 1434 they were involved in a series of wars against religious rivals,such as the Papal States,The Holy Roman empire  and the Kingdom of Croatia. With a name which means 'chalice people' in Czech,what was the name of this group?


1.The Empire of Brazil ran for much of the 19th century,between 1822 and 1889. In that time it had only two Emperors,with the second ruling for 58 years.What (first) name was shared by both emperors?


2.It is thought he introduced the tradition of holding the winning trophy high ,so that photographers and journalists may get a good view. Although the team is probably best remembered for superstars such as Pele and Garrincha,which football player of Italian origin,was the captain of the first Brazilian side to win the World Cup?

Hilderaldo Bellini

3.Founded in 1942 by the Brazilian government,the company,Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (Freshwater River Valley Company),was privatised in 1997, after being bought out for US$3.14 billion. The company has interests in many areas,such as shipping and railways,but in 2006 became the world's second largest company in which industry,after acquiring the Canadian company,Inco?


4.Situated on the western bank of the River Branco,it is the only Brazilian state capital located entirely north of the equator.It is also the capital of the lowest populated state,Roraima.Sharing its name with a prominent Portuguese football team,what is the name of this city,which translates as 'good view' in English?


5.Pico da Neblina is the highest peak in Brazil and is part of the Cerro de la Neblina mountain range. Located in the northern amazon basin,the range forms a border between Brazil and which other South American country?


Steven Spielberg Films
1. It is believed that around 4000 child actors auditioned for the leading role of Jamie 'Jim' Graham,that was eventually offered to Christian Bale in Steven Spielberg's 1987 film 'Empire of the Sun'.Christian Bale was recommended for the role after co-starring in the television movie 'Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna',with which actress,who happened to be the wife of Steven Spielberg,at the time?

Amy Irving

2.Co-written and directed by Steven Spielberg in his feature film directorial debut,it stars Goldie Hawn and William Atherton.The plot is centred around the true-life story of a husband and wife trying to outrun the law.Named after a city in Texas,what is the title of this 1974 film,which represents Spielberg's only Palme d'or nomination to date?

The Sugarland Express

3.Tom Hanks has appeared in three Spielberg directed films. His most notable appearance,perhaps,was in 1998,where he received an Academy Award nomination for 'Saving Private Ryan'.Name either of the other two films that they collaborated on, made in 2002 and 2004 respectively?

Catch Me If You Can (2002) and The Terminal (2004)

4.The 1997 film, Amistad,was an historical drama based on the mutiny of 1839 by newly captured Mende slaves who took control of the ship La Amistad off the coast of Cuba.It eventually became a United States Supreme Court case of 1841 and the film's protagonist was Sengbe Pieh,(later known as Joseph Cinque),became the most prominent defendant in the case. The role was played by which Beninese-born American actor,who has received two Academy Award nominations for the  films 'In America' (2002) and 'Blood Diamond' (2006)?

Djimon Hounsou

5.His first major adult role was in the 1994 film 'Legends the Fall' and he later appeared in the 2002 film 'Gangs of New York'. His most famous role,however,was as a child star,playing the role of 'Elliott Taylor' in the 1982 Spielberg film 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial'.What is the name of this actor?

Henry Thomas

1.At the time of its completion, it was the tallest man-made structure in the world and today is stll the third largest granite building. After the Giza pyramids of Khufu and Khafra,the Red Pyramid is the third largest of the Egyptian pyramids.In which necropolis,located 40km south of Cairo,can it be found?


2.Joseph Strauss was the chief engineer of the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge which lasted between 1933 and 1937. One of his major concerns was that of the overall safety of the workers,which led him to install which safety feature that saved 19 lives during the course of the construction?

Safety Net (below the bridge)

3.The Tekeze Dam is a double curvature arch dam on the Tekeze River,which flows through one of the deepest canyons in the world.On completion in 2009,it became Africa tallest dam,standing at a height of 188 metres.Located in the Tigray region,the dam is found in the northern part of which country?


4.Located in east Helsinki,the tallest building in Finland is a high rise apartment building that stands at a height of 86 metres.Sharing its name with a genus of cloud whose latin name translates to English as 'ringlet',by what name is the building known?


5.In 2010, Guinness World Records certified it as the 'World’s furthest leaning man-made tower',with an 18 degree lean to the west. Sometimes referred to as the 'Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi',what is the official name of this building?

Capital Gate

Crime and Punishment
1.The Kings of Siam' method was to roll the convicted person 'about the ground rather slowly so that he is not badly hurt' and the Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great is said to have used this technique 'to chastise rebels'. Featured,primarily, in South and South East Asia,it was a form of torture and/or capital punishment,but was largely suppressed with the European colonisations of the 18th and 19th centuries.Which animal was used by these cultures to administer these,often brutal punishments?


2.He is the screenwriter for films such as 'Straight Time' (1978) 'Runaway Train' (1985) and 'Animal Factory' (2000). He has also acted in many films and is well-known for his cameo role as Mr Blue in the Tarantino film 'Reservoir Dogs'. What is the name of this man,who served time in both San Quentin and Folsom prisons in California,(the later saw his first meeting with fellow actor,Danny Trejo)?

Edward Bunker

3.In 1996,William Bailey became the last inmate in the United States to be executed by hanging. The execution took place in Delaware,which has since outlawed this form of capital punishment. Today,only two US states still use hanging as a form of capital punishment.Name either?

New Hampshire and Washington

4.In February, 2008, the 1894/95 painting 'The Boy In the Red Vest' was stolen from the Foundation E.G. Buhrle in Zurich.At the time,it was the museum's most valuable painting and is valued at $91 million.Recovered in Serbia,in 2012,who was the post-impressionist painter of this work?

Paul Cezanne

5.A middle ages torture implement,it was a tall thin stool shaped device with a metal or wooden pyramid on top.The victim would then be stripped, bound with ropes, and suspended above the device and lowered onto the pyramid,which was brutally painful and often ended in death.In Italy it was known as 'culla di Giuda' and in France is was 'la veille'  .With a link to a New Testament figure,by what name is this torture device usually known?

Judas Cradle (Judas Chair)

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Latest Main Quiz

Here is another set of Questions for you to have a go at.

I will be putting up a competition to win a Copy of Chamber's Biographical Dictionary this week. It will involve a very simple (I hope) qualifying question. I think the book would be a great addition.I get some of my questions ideas from it.

Also,you may know that I made the semi-final of Mastermind,but unfortunately got knocked out. However I did get picked for round of the week,so I thought I would share it with you (works only in the UK,I think).

Ok, here's the quiz. Enjoy...........................

1.(Pictured) It is the southern most hotel and casino complex on the Las Vegas Strip,making it the closest 'strip' casino complex to McCarran airport.Formerly it was known as the 'Hacienda',but was bought out by the Circus Circus group in 1996 and changed its name in 1999. It is the location for the 'Michael Jackson:One' residency by Cirque du Soleil and also has a shark aquarium in the complex.It also hosts the Four Seasons hotel at the top of its main hotel block. What is the name of this complex,which is named after a former capital of Burma and was the location of the main fight in the sixth 'Rocky' film?

Mandalay Bay

2.Two versions of the film,'The Great Gatsby' has won Academy Awards,(the 1974 and 2013 versions).Collected by Theoni V Aldredge and Catherine Martin in their respective winning years,which category was won by the film on both occasions?

Best Costume Design

3.In terms of revenue,Nestle is the largest food company in the world.Its products include baby food, bottled water, breakfast cereals, coffee, confectionery and dairy products.Home to the company's headquarters,in which Swiss town was Nestle founded,it is also the same town in which milk chocolate is believed to have been created?


4.Commanded by Don Juan de Austria,the Holy League was a combined powerful military force that consisted of almost all the major Catholic maritime states in the Mediterranean.Set up in 1571,it was intended to break the Ottoman Turks' control of the eastern Mediterranean Sea and saw a decisive victory at the Battle of Lepanto in the same year. The League was the idea of which Pope,who played a major role in arranging it,but died just a few months before its conclusion in 1573?

Pope Pius V

5.He began studying medicine in 1859, and moved to Paris in 1862 to continue his studies. There he met and painted with Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley .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 at the Battle of Beaune-la-Rolande,during the Franco-Prussian War?

Frederic Bazille

6.In January 2014,one of the city's football (soccer) clubs was acquired by Manchester City football club. The other one of the city's top clubs,also has a link to Manchester City,as they currently play their home matches at the Etihad Stadium. Which Australian city is represented in the country's top football (soccer) league by teams known as 'Heart' and 'Victory'?


7.During the Italian colonisation between 1890-1891, the island of Nakura was used as the Nocra prison camp,whose grim history is vividly depicted in the nation's songs.Today Nakura is an inhabited island and part of the Dahlak archipelago,whose inhabitants speak the Dahlik dialect.To which African country does this island and archipelago belong?


8.It was a scale devised by the British brewer, Joseph Williams Lovibond, at the end of the 19th century.Measured in 'degrees lovibond',the Lovibond scale is used to measure which characteristic of a substance?


9.An Austrian novelist and radical pacifist,her most famous work was entitled 'Lay Down Your Arms'.In 1876 she became Alfred Nobel's secretary-housekeeper at his Paris residence and although she only stayed in the post for just a week,she corresponded with him until his death in 1896.It is through this correspondence,that she is believed to be major influence on Nobel's  decision to have a peace prize among his prizes. What is the name of this woman,who in 1905,became the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and the second to be awarded the Nobel Prize?

Bertha von Suttner

10.(Pictured) In 1950 she won the Miss Sweden competition and also made the final of Miss Universe,which earned her a 'starlet's contract' with Universal Studios.Her first role was a part in 'Abbott and Costello Go to Mars'(1953),but she went on to appear in films such as 'Hollywood or Bust'(1956),'Interpol (1957) and 'Paris Holiday' (1958).She is,however,best known for her role as Sylvia in the 1960 Federico Fellini film, La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life),where she is seen cavorting in the Trevi fountain with Marcello Mastroianni.What is the name of this Swedish actress?

Anita Ekberg

11.It is the second largest island in Thailand,behind Phuket and until the late 20th century, was an isolated self-sufficient island. It has since began exporting traditional products such as coconuts and rubber,but most importantly has become a very popular tourist destination,with around 1.5 million visitors per year.Located 35km from the mainland town of Surat Thani,what is the name of this island,which is also the country's second largest resort business behind Bangkok?

Koh Samui

12.It is a city in western Quebec and is the fourth largest city in the province,by population. Located on the northern banks of the Ottawa River,it forms part of Canada's National Capital Region,(along with Ottowa itself).What is the name of this city which has also been known as Wrightstown,and later,Hull?


13.If Wilhelm Rontgen relates to number 111,Marie Curie relates to 96 and Albert Einstein relates to 99,which number relates to Nils Bohr?

107 (Bohrium - Atomic numbers of chemicals named after Nobel Physics Laureates)

14.(Pictured) She shares her surname with two members of the rock band Blue Oyster Cult,as well as a 19th/20th century French pathologist,who is noted for his namesake 'nodes'. In 2012 she became the first Canadian to win any tennis Grand Slam singles title,when she won the Girls' event at Wimbledon. In 2013 she was named 'Newcomer of the Year. In 2014,she continued her great form,when she became only the second Canadian ever,to reach the semi-finals of a (senior) Grand Slam singles tournament,where she lost to eventual winner Li Na  at the Australian Open.What is her name?

Eugenie Bouchard

15.In 1815,Mount Tambora provided the most destructive volcanic eruption in modern history, in terms of volume of magma ejected. The eruption killed around 70,000 people and is believed to have destroyed a small culture of Southeast Asian affinity, known to archaeologists as the Tamboran kingdom. It launched 100 cubic kilometres of ash into the upper atmosphere, which caused 1816 to become globally known as 'the year without a summer'.Lying within the Pacific Ring of Fire,on which Indonesian volcanic island,did this eruption occcur?


16.In the Popeye comic strip,he is a secondary character that is portrayed as a cobbler with a Russian accent.He is mainly associated with his ongoing disputes and arguments with the character 'Wimpy',disapproving at his scams.He appeared in several cartoon shows and he also appeared in the 1980 live action film version of 'Popeye',where he was played by Richard Libertini.What is the name of this character?

(George W) Geezil

17.The volcanic seven summits is a list of the highest volcanic peaks on each continent. The peak that represents the Australian continent on this list,is also the country's second highest peak,behind Mount Wilhem.First ascended by Mick Leahy in 1943,in which country is Mount Giluwe located?

Papua New Guinea

18.Following the formation of the Irish Free State in 1922,he was offered the position of Director of Publicity.He was sent to Geneva in 1929 as Ireland's Permanent Delegate to the League of Nations and presided over a number of diplomatic committees.This later led him to become the League of Nations' High Commissioner in Danzig. What is the name of this Irish diplomat,who would become the last person to serve as the Secretary General of the League of Nations?

Sean Lester

19.(Pictured) Along with the guanaco,they are one of two wild South American camelids and live in the high alpine areas of the Andes.They are a relative of the llama, and believed to be the wild ancestor of domesticated alpacas.The Incas valued their fur highly and it was against the law for anyone but royalty to wear it. The wool itself is very precious as the animal can only be shorn every three years. What is the name of this animal ,which is the  national animal of Peru and has its emblem on the Peruvian coat of arms?


20.With a connection to John Travolta and disco,which very successful singer and songwriter composed the theme song to the 1978 film,'Grease',which was memorably performed by Frankie Valli on the opening credits?

Barry Gibb

21.Terezin is a former military fortress and garrison town,that was also known by its German name,Theresienstadt,after Empress Maria Theresa.During the late 19th century,it was used as a prison and during World War I,it was used as a political prison camp.It's most notable inmate at this time was Gavrilo Princip,who died of tuberculosis in the prison camp.During World War II,it was used as a concentration camp and ghetto. In which modern day European country can Terezin (or Theresienstadt) be found today?

Czech Republic

22.(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

23.The event had been competed for before,but was never officially ratified by the IAAF. Today the event is part of the Olympic programme and the World record is currently held by an American.In 1981 the American athlete,Jane Frederick,became the first World record holder in which athletics event?


24. In terms of population,Burgenland is the smallest state in Austria. It's capital was known by the Hungarians as Kismarton and was the seat of the Esterhazy noble family. This was also the place where the composer,Joseph Haydn acted as Kapellmeister (music director). By what name is the capital known today,it is the same as the surname of the person that invented single sachet sugar packets?


25.(Pictured) First aired in  2012,it is an American TV drama series that follows the professional and personal lives of the firefighters and paramedics from the city where the show is set.The show stars Jesse Spencer,Monica Raymund and Eamonn Walker,(amongst others) and is now aired around the world.What is the name of this show,whose name is the same as a Major League Soccer club?

Chicago Fire

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

New Main Quiz

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Here is my next Main Quiz for you.

Some toughies in there I think, but should be a good test anyway.

Also, I will be having a competition soon to win a Chamber's Biographical Dictionary. I think this will be very useful to quizzers,so may be worth entering. It'll probably be just one easy(ish) question.

Hope you enjoy..........

1.(Pictured) Dating from approximately 3000 BC,it is a board game that was played in ancient Egypt.The board depicts a coiled snake whose body is divided into rectangular spaces. From archaeological evidence,it seems to have been played with lion or lioness-shaped game pieces, and a few small spheres,such as marbles.What is the name of this game,which was named after a mythical snake god?


2.A winner of seven Grammy Awards,she has also sold millions of records across the globe since her debut chart hit in 1961. Also successful in business,which American singer,known as 'The Empress of Soul',opened a successful chain of 'chicken and waffle' restaurants in 1997 with R&B singer,Ron Winans?

Gladys Knight

3.Developed in 1952,it is an early concept relating to the prediction of stereochemistry in certain acyclic systems and known as a rule of asymmetric induction. Sharing a surname with a famous 1980s British athlete,what is the name of the doctor,for whom the rule is named?

Dr Donald Cram (Cram's Rule)

4.It is a 1989 remake of the 1943 romantic drama 'A Guy Named Joe',(although the director,Steven Spielberg,did make some changes). The plot is centred around an aerial firefighter,dropping fire retardant slurry to put out forest wildfires.The film features Holly Hunter and John Goodman,and stars Richard Dreyfuss,in his first Spielberg-directed film,since Close Encounters of The Third Kind,in 1977.The film is also notable,as it is the last film appearance by Audrey Hepburn,(albeit in a cameo role). What is the one-word title of this film?


5.(Pictured) This company was founded in 1932 and originally known as 'Chida Handler',until 1973 when it changed to it present name.They are known for their  anthropomorphic representations of animals or inanimate objects and their most famous characters are 'Tarepanda', 'Kogepan' and 'Rilakkuma'.These characters appear on many objects such as stationery items,key chains and toys,with some characters given their own sticker books and even their own anime series. What is the name of this company,which is a major rival to the 'Hello Kitty' producers, Sanrio?


6.(Pictured) Located in the largest park in Oslo,Frogner park, is the world's largest sculpture park made by a single sculptor.The 80 acre installation features 212 bronze and granite sculptures,with the theme being 'the human condition'.Also noted as the designer of the Nobel Peace Prize medal,what is the name of the Norwegian sculptor responsible for this incredible installation,which has now become the most popular tourist attraction in Norway?

Gustav Vigeland

7.He won a bronze medal at both the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games,competing in the High Jump. In 1973,he cleared a world record height of 2.30 metres.This made him the first person to break the high jump world record using the 'Fosbury Flop' technique.What is the name of this American high-jumper,who went on to become a sports commentator and analyst on all three major US TV networks?

Dwight Stones

8.Following Alexander The Great's death in 323 BC,this dynasty ruled for nearly 300 years,until 30BC,when the Roman Empire took charge,making them the last dynasty of ancient Egypt.The last of these kings had the regnal number of 15 and ruled with his mother,Cleopatra VII,but was killed in 30BC on the orders of Octavian. What was the name of this famous dynasty?


9.From 1980 to 1987 he was the country's de facto leader when it was under military rule.During this time he became associated with the 'December murders',whereby  fifteen prominent young men,who had criticised the military dictatorship,were arrested,tortured and killed. In 2007 he accepted political responsibility for the murders, but stated that he personally had not 'pulled the trigger' . What is the name of this controversial leader,who has been the elected President of Suriname since 2010?

Desi Bouterse

10.(Pictured) She was a pioneering German intellectual and the author of many works of European history.In addition to this,she also wrote novels, poems, and  plays.She was also one of the first women to gain a doctorate from Zurich University and one of the first women to be elected to the Prussian Academy of Arts. With an asteroid named in her honour,what is the name of this woman,whom Thomas Mann called 'The First Lady of Germany'?

Ricarda Huch

11.Hosted  by Josie Dye and Wilder Weir,'Oh So Cosmo',is the flagship TV show that is aired on 'Cosmopolitan TV'. It offers stories and segments about the lifestyle of hip, urban women and also appears on Cosmopolitan magazine's You Tube Channel. In which country is this popular TV show recorded? 


12.A former Rugby Union international forward,he played 34 times for England and played for Northampton Saints and Bedford Blues. On retirement, he became a journalist and TV presenter. He may be also be known to fans of Harry Potter,as he was used as a body double for Robbie Coltrane's 'Rubeus Hagrid' to emphasise the character's height.He also played a young Hagrid in ' Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'.What is the name of this 6ft 10in (2.08m) 'giant'? 

Martin Bayfield

13.With a population of around 27,000,it is located in the San Francisco Bay Area along the north bank of the Carquinez Strait.For over 100 years,(until 1964) it was home to the primary US Army Ordnance facility for the West Coast of the United States and was also the location of the first murder by the infamous 'Zodiac Killer' in 1968. What is the name of this small city,which served as state capital of California  for thirteen months,before Sacremento took over in 1854?


14.Reigning from 1268 until 1314,he was the father of Isabella of France,who became Queen consort to Edward II of England. He also saw each of his three sons become Kings of France,with the third, Charles IV becoming the last 'direct' Capetian king. He played a large part in the downfall of the Knights Templar and his conflict with Pope Boniface VII,ultimately led to the formation  of the Papal enclave at Avignon.What is the name of this French King,who was known as the 'Fair'?

Philip IV

15.(Pictured) The largest is built on a steep hillside in Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro,but there are many across Brazil,particularly in urban areas.They first appeared in the late 19th century and were built by soldiers who had nowhere to live. This was also the place where former slaves with no land ownership and no options for work lived. Beginning with the letter 'f',what is the Brazilian term used to describe these slums?


16.Located  in  Messenia,the Battle of Pylos was fought in 425 BC ,as part of the Peloponnesian War.The battle saw an important victory for the Athenians over Sparta. An equally important battle was fought over 2000 years later at the same location,but this time the battle was known by its modern-day name,the Battle of Navarino.During which conflict did this later 1827 naval battle occur?

Greek War of Independence

17.(Pictured) This 13-story,44 metre high residence of local entrepreneur Nikolai Sutyagin was reported to be the world's,(or at least the country's), tallest wooden house. Constructed by Mr. Sutyagin and his family over 15 years (1992-2007),it was created without formal plans or a building permit. Over time the structure deteriorated while Mr Sutyagin spent a number of years in prison for racketeering.In 2008, it was condemned by the city as a fire hazard, and the courts ordered it to be fully demolished.Which country was the location of the Sutyagin House?


18.(Pictured) The Ansari X Prize was a space competition in which the X Prize Foundation offered a US$10,000,000 prize for the first non-government organisation to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks. The prize was won in 2004,when the 'Tier One' project,designed by Burt Rutan and financed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, used an experimental spacecraft.What was the appropriate name of this spacecraft,which was retired immediately after winning the prize?  


19.Best known for his songs and scores for films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios,he has won eight Academy Awards from nineteen nominations. His wins have come from the films 'The Little Mermaid', 'Beauty and the Beast', 'Aladdin', and 'Pocahontas',but has also worked on many other animated films such as 'Enchanted' and 'Tangled'. What is the name of this prolific composer,who currently holds more Academy Awards than any other living person?

Alan Menken

20.Including over 750 works,the Hoboken-Verzeichnis catalogue is a compilation of which classical composer and teacher of Ludwig van Beethoven? 

Joseph Hayden

21.It was written by Marcus Clarke and published in the Australian Journal between 1870 and 1872,before appearing as a novel in 1874.It is thought to be one of the best known novelisations of life as a convict in early Australian history and is loosely based on the life of real-life convict,Alexander Pearce. The story follows the protagonist,Rufus Dawes (originally Richard Devine),who is sentenced to transportation for a crime he did not commit.It has since been adapted to films and a successful 1983 TV mini-series featuring Colin Friels,Anthony Perkins and Patrick Macnee. What is the title of this novel?

For The Term Of His Natural Life

22.It is a disease of the bone,which is almost exclusively found in China and most prominently in Tibet.The disease consists of the death of cartilage cells in the growth plate and articular surface,which can result in growth retardation and secondary osteoarthrosis.It is thought to mainly affect children and a lack of Selenium and iodine have been considered the most important deficiencies associated with it. What is the name of this disease,which is named after two Russian military physicians?

Kashin-Beck Disease

23.(Pictured) Serving between 1952 and 1972,he was the fifth President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).He was known for his zealous advocacy of amateurism and was equally passionate when fighting against a boycott of the 1936 Summer Olympics,which had been awarded to Germany before the rise of its Nazi government. In 1972 he famously spoke at the memorial service, following the terrorist attacks at the Munich Olympics,insisting that the 'Games will go on'.As an athlete he competed in the Pentathlon and Decathlon at the 1912 Games in Stockholm,but didn't win any medals. What is the name of this man,who is the only American to have held the IOC Presidency?

Avery Brundage

24.Today she is a global singing superstar,making million-selling number one albums and singles.However,she was born to Pentecostal pastors near Santa Barbara, California in 1984  and originally had limited exposure to mainstream pop music. As a result she pursued a career in gospel music and released her debut album 'Katy Hudson' (her real name) in 2001,with limited success. By what name do we know her today? 

Katy Perry

25.(Pictured) Famous for his 'vedutes' of European cities,Bernardo Bellotto was an 18th century Italian artist and Polish court painter.Which well known Italian painter was both his uncle and teacher?

Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)