Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Some questions to keep you going

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

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


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


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


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

Anna Boch

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

Sea Cucumber

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

Full Metal Jacket

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

Lilian Thuram

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

Mae West

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


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

Peer Gynt

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


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

Pyramus and Thisbe

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


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

The Druze

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


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


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


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

Helen Clark

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


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

Konrad Adenauer

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

Ayumi Hamasaki

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

New Hampshire

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


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


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

Stevie Wonder

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

Fox River (State Penetentiary)

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

Richard Burton

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


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


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

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

Victoria's Secret

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Back soon

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

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

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

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

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

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


Friday, 6 June 2014

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

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

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

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

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

William Prout

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

Joseph Fourier

3.(Pictured) He has given his name to a series of annual lectures by the American Society of International Law since 1999.What was the name of the early 17th century jurist in the Dutch Republic,who,along with Francisco de Vitoria and Alberico Gentili,laid the foundations for international law,based on natural law?

Hugo Grotius

4. (Pictured) The ideal gas law,is a combination of Charles' law and Boyle's law. In its common form,it is written under the equation PV= nRT.Which French engineer,physicist and co-founder of thermodynamics,first stated this idea in 1834?

Benoit (Paul Emile) Clapeyron

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


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


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

Johann Mattheson

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

Trebizond Empire

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

Frederic Bazille

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

Hans Christian ├śrsted