Tuesday, 28 April 2015

QLL Live

I thought I should post this.

The QLL Brain of London competition is being shown on a live feed around 9.30pm QLL on Twitter gives more info but I've used the link

It is good for i-phone/mac. If you have a laptop/desktop, then use Chrome.

Kevin Ashman is one of the quizzers involved.


Thursday, 9 April 2015

Attention South West England/South Wales Quizzers

For those who don't know yet, I am on a mission to improve quizzing in the South West of England and South Wales.

I have set up a Facebook group called Bristol and South West Quizzers, which you can join if you are interested in quizzing in the area.

It is also a good place to meet fellow quizzers in the area.

I hope to start a South Glos/Bristol Quiz Club in July which will run in a series of monthly quizzes. Although competitive, there will be a big emphasis on enjoying quizzes. There will also be plenty of opportunities for people to win various categories-including a handicap prize.

Anyway if you are interested sign-up on Facebook.

Paul (more questions soon)

Thursday, 2 April 2015

A Quiz for you to try over the Easter Holidays

 Happy Easter!

I have another set of questions for you to try.

Hopefully something to keep you busy for a while.

I'm trying to set up a new site, so I may move some questions over there gradually, (but not quite yet).

Also,for UK people, I am available, should any leagues/events need quizzes written ,either soon or in the next season. Let me know via e-mail/Facebook if you are interested.


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1.(Picture) Home to the world's most expensive painting (Gaugin's 'When Will You Marry?') for over half a century before it was sold, the Kunstmuseum houses the largest and most significant public art collection in Switzerland. In which city is it located? 


2. Similar to von Kochel's index of Mozart's works, Alex Hinrichsen,devised a numbering system for all travel guides and handbooks published since 1828 that were created by which famous German travel writing company?

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3.(Picture) Roaming in the rainforests between Mexico and Argentina, it is similar in appearance to the ocelot,but smaller in size. Beginning with the letter 'm', which member of the feline family, is named after the 18th/19th century, Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied? 

4.It is a painful eye condition caused by exposure of insufficiently protected eyes to the ultraviolet rays from either natural or artificial sources. It is likened to a sunburn of the cornea and conjunctiva, and is not usually noticed until several hours after exposure. What is the medical name for the condition many know as 'Snow Blindness' or 'Welder's Flash'?

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5. (Pictured) He was Prime Minister from 1948-1972 and was the father of Kim Jong-Il and grandfather to Kim Jong-Un. What is the name of this politician, who in 1972,became the first President of North Korea?
Kim Il-Sung

6. Although dominated in the early years by the United States, which country, in recent years have become the most dominant force in Paralympic Wheelchair basketball by winning Gold Medals in 2000,2004 and 2012 and claiming silver in 2008?  

7. Winning $1500 on both occasions, which famous sporting event was first won by Missouri-born Horton Smith in 1934 - he won it again two years later?
US Masters (golf)

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8.(Pictured) Located in the twin hills known as Collines des Mamelles, it commemorates the 50th anniversary of the country's independence from France. In which country is this statue, the tallest in Africa, located?

9. Launched in 2003 by the Alibaba Group, it runs in a similar way to Amazon and E-Bay, providing a platform for small businesses and individual entrepreneurs to open online stores. Primarily aimed at China and Asian countries, what is the name of this massive Chinese brand, the world's most visited online shopping website?

10.With the atomic number 69 and symbol Tm, which chemical element takes its name from an ancient name for Scandinavia?

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11. Pictured is the character Dannl Faytonni from the film 'Star Wars The Revenge of The Sith'. This character has a minor role, but the actor that plays him, is much better known in the Star Wars franchise for playing which major character?
C3PO (Anthony Daniels)

12. Used today for measuring angles and geographic co-ordinates (among other uses), the sexigesimal numeral system uses which number as its base? 
Sixty (60)

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13.(Picture) Which Scottish photographer took the famous picture of the four Beatles on a zebra crossing, which was used on the cover of their 1969 album 'Abbey road'?
Iain Macmillan

14.Which African leader came to power during the 'Congo Crisis' of the 1960s,changing the name of his country, in 1971,from Congo to Zaire?          
Mobutu Sese Seko (born Joseph Mobutu)

15.Which high and extensive mountain range in central Colorado, includes eight of the twenty highest peaks in the Rocky Mountains, including its highest peak, Mount Elbert?
Sawatch Range

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16. (Picture) Six US Secretaries of State have later became US President. Serving under James Polk between March 1845 and March 1849, who is the most recent of these US Secretaries of State to achieve the feat?
James Buchanan

17. What name is given to the viscous thickening medium, made of gum arabic and silica, that is used to give an impasto effect to watercolour and gouache paintings? 

18.Inspired by William Shakespeare's Henry IV, which 1831 play by Alexander Pushkin tells the story of a real-life 16th/17th century Tsar of Russia? 
Boris Godunov

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19.(Picture)  Which American singer, actress and former wife of 'Magnificent Seven' actor, Brad Dexter, provided four voices for the 1955 animated Disney Film, 'The Lady and The Tramp' as well as co-writing its soundtrack?
Peggy Lee

20. Playing alongside Leander Paes, which female tennis player won her 16th Grand Slam event by winning the Mixed Doubles competition at the Australian Open in January 2015?
Martina Hingis

21.Author of the 2010 book 'How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming',which American astronomer led the team which discovered dwarf planets including  Eris, Makemake and Haumea?          
Michael E Brown

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22.(Picture) Starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson,it also sees Naomi Campbell and Courtney love in recurring roles.Sharing its name with a 1964 Andy Warhol film,which 2015 US TV series centres around a hip hop music and entertainment company and the lives of the Lyon family?

23. In 2003,Jean-Pierre Serre from France became the first recipient of which prestigious Prize,named in honour of a 19th century Norwegian?  
Abel Prize

24.Directed by Michael Anderson and starring Burt Lancaster and Olivia Hussey,the 1989 film 'La bottega dell'orefice' was adapted from a 1960 play entitled 'The Jeweller's Shop'. Which famous World leader, who died in 2005, was the writer of the play'? 
Pope John II (Jozef Wojtyła)

25. (Pictured) Created in 1893 with the intention of catering for the many English-speaking people in Rome, what is the name of the famous traditional English tea shop that is found at the foot of the Spanish Steps, in the Piazza di Spagna?
Babbington's (tea room)