Sunday, 22 July 2018

Post World Cup break questions

So, had a little breather during the World Cup, well that's my excuse anyway!

Here are 10 brand new questions to have a go at. Enjoy .....

1. Bordering three countries and named after a namesake river, which is the most northern South African province?


2. Which Japanese music producer , the most commercially successful lyricist in Japan,is best known as the founder of the hugely successful AKB48 and Onyanko Club J-Pop franchises?

Yasushi Akimoto

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3. (Pictured) Featuring Lorenzo Richelmy in the title role, alongside Benedict Wong and Gabriel Byrne (in season 2), which 2014 Netflix original historical production, ran for two seasons before being cancelled, after a $200 million loss was announced?

Marco Polo

4. Symbolised by the Greek letter Chi, which chemical property was first described by Linus Pauling in 1932 and has its properties measured on the Pauling scale?


5. Selling over 100 million copies, it is one of the world's best selling personal development and self-improvement books. Which American author wrote the influential 1937 work 'Think and Grow Rich', inspired by a suggestion from business magnate Andrew Carnegie?

Napoleon Hill

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6. (Pictured) Characterised by a slender build, golden coat, tufted ears, and long legs, which member of the felidae family, takes its name from the Turkic meaning 'black ear' and is native to  Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and India?


7. Although the majority of its population was depleted due to a major event of the early 1990s, Failaka Island is the only inhabited island of which Asian country?


8. (Name and regnal number) Ruling between 1886 and 1931, his predecessor, shared the same name. Who was the King of Spain immediately prior to proclamation of the Second Republic in 1931? (- the country had to wait another 44 years until the monarchy was restored and Juan Carlos I was enthroned)

Alfonso XIII

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9. (Pictured) Placing fourth at the 1986 Tour de France and winning the White Jersey for best Young Rider in the same year,which American cyclist went on to win the 1988 Giro d'Italia, becoming the first non-European to win the event?

Andrew Hampsten

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10. (Pictured) Located in Millenium Park, Chicago, which British artist created the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture in 2006, nicknamed 'The Bean'?

Anish Kapoor

Saturday, 30 June 2018

10 More to try

Hi, I know, a little sporadic. I blame children and the World Cup!

Also, for reference, I put up questions regularly on Twitter under the guise of 'JustQuiz', in case you wanted to try them too,

Anyway, hope you enjoy

1.Founded in 1911 as the Kaiser Wilhelm Society, it has a world leading reputation as a science and technology research organization, with 33 Nobel Prizes awarded to their scientists.In 1948 it was renamed in honour of which scientist, its former president, who served in the role between 1930 - 1937?

Max Planck

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2. (Pictured) His conquests have included the Golden Gate Bridge,The Eiffel Tower and the Petronas Towers. What is the name of the renowned French climber, nicknamed 'Spiderman' ,for his reputation of climbing without ropes - he also suffers from vertigo?

Alain Robert

3.Glorified after his death for his role as a messenger in the battles of Lexington and Concord,he is remembered for his 'midnight ride'.Who is this famous American hero also known for helping organize an intelligence and alarm system to keep watch on the British military?

Paul Revere

4.Originally created by Norbert Jacques and inspired by characters such as 'Fu Manchu' and 'Fantomas', what was the name of the fictional villain that became the subject of  three films by Fritz Lang?

Dr Mabuse

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5. (Pictured) The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tikal, is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centres of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. Situated in the department of El Petén, the site is part of the Tikal National Park.In which Central American country can it be found?


6.Named after the Scottish surgeon that first described it,what is the name of the medical condition that involves paralysis of the muscles of one side of the face,caused by the dysfunction of cranial nerve 7?

Bell's Palsy

7.Winning the Academy Award for 'Best Picture',it beat off competition from 'Citizen Kane', 'The Maltese Falcon' and 'Suspicion'.What was the name of the 1941 John Ford film,starring Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O'Hara,that tells the story of the Morgans, a close, hard-working Welsh family at the turn of the twentieth century ?

How Green Was My Valley

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8. A 16th century Italian painter,he was a pupil of Raphael,that became a pioneer of the Mannerist painting style.His notable works include 'Isabella d'Este' and 'The Stoning of St Stephen' (pictured).What is the name of this influential painter,who is also mentioned in Shakespeare's 'Winter's Tale'?

Giulio Romano

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9. (Pictured) Corresponding to Tlaloc in Aztec culture,what is the name of the Maya rain deity,who with his lightning axe,strikes the clouds and produces thunder and rain?


10.In 1488,which Portuguese nobleman and explorer,became the first known European to sail around the southernmost tip of Africa,which he originally named the 'Cape of Storms'?

Bartolomeu Dias