Sunday, 11 May 2014

Some more short questions...

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

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


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




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







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






Barenaked Ladies






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






Austria






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






Paraguay and Bolivia






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






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






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






Arvind Kejriwal






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






Asics






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






Battle of Castillon






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






Matti Nykanen






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






Bruce Springsteen






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






Charon





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






Charlestown






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






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






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







Sheldon Adelson






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






Lucien Laurent






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






Villanelle






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






Bugsy







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






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






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






Sweden






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






Coimbra






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






Image Comics