Sunday, 27 May 2018

More questions!

I wanted to mention a couple of Quiz dates coming up. One international, one UK.

The World Quizzing Championships takes place in many locations around the world on Saturday 2nd June. It is a chance to test yourself against the very best and you can say you have entered a World Championship too! For further details visit

In the UK, another installment of the successful Quiz In The North events takes place in Hoylake on 23rd June . For further details visit

If you would like me to add any events on here that may be of interest, then please feel free to e-mail me.

Here are another 15 questions for you to have a go at.

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

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1.(Pictured) Currently the CEO of  Kering, an international luxury group owning  brands including Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, which French billionaire married the actress Selma Hayek in 2009 - previously had a child with supermodel Linda Evangelista?

Francois-Henri Pinault

2. Containing 35 active volcanoes, the Bukit Barisan (or Barisan Mountains) are a 1700km mountain range that runs practically the entire length of which Asian island?


3. Which Royal House of Sweden was founded on the coronation of Charles XIV John in 1818 and is still reigning in 2018, under King Carl XVI Gustaf?


4. It's tomography has been used to image entire cargo containers to detect shielded nuclear material. Which elementary particle, similar to the electron, but with a much greater mass was discovered in 1936 by  Carl D. Anderson and Seth Neddermeyer?


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5.(Pictured) Nicknamed 'The Kaiser', which German professional pool player has made the most  European appearances in the Mosconi Cup, representing 17 times since the inaugural 1994 tournament?

Ralf Souquet

6. Which Japanese manga artist, screenwriter and film producer created the 'One Piece' manga series in 1997,selling over 430 million copies and making him one of the best selling fiction authors of all-time?

Eiichiro Oda

7. Currently presided by Jim Yong Kim, which International organisation was created in 1944, following the ratification of the Bretton Woods agreements, and is currently based in Washington DC?

World Bank

8. Occurring between 1796 and 1818, which series of conflicts were fought between British colonial forces and a Kingdom located on the island of (now) Sri Lanka, including the 1817 Uva Rebellion?

Kandyan Wars

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9. (Pictured) In terms of passenger numbers, Blue Air is the largest passenger airline of which European country, despite not being the country's Flag Carrier?


10. Nominated for six Golden Raspberries, including a Worst Actress win,what was the name of the 1986 film starring Madonna and Sean Penn, that was also produced by George Harrison?

Shanghai Surprise

11. In Greek mythology, which monster-slaying hero and brother of Europa, is credited as the founder of Thebes?


12. It is an international chain of convenience stores, founded in 1951, in El Paso, Texas.Since the 1980s, has been the largest company owned convenience store chain (ie not franchise) in the USA and has the fourth most convenience stores.Originally known as Kay's Food Stores,it features prominently in the 1989 comedy film,'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure'.What is this chain store's name?

Circle K

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13.(Pictured) Native to South America, they are usually between 30 and 45cm tall and weigh around 12kg. The males have antlers,but are short in length. What is the name of this animal species,the smallest of the deer famiy?


14. Winning four World Championship medals, including an individual gold in 1997, which French athlete is the European record holder over 400m hurdles, a record held since 1995?

Stephane Diagana

15.Deriving their name from the long beards they wore,which  East Germanic tribe, originally from Northern Europe, settled in the valley of the Danube , before invading Byzantine Italy in 568AD under the leadership of Alboin?


Sunday, 20 May 2018

Some new questions!

Sorry it's been a week since my last set. Busy times here and I was playing football this morning too!

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

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1. (Picture) Often identified as the creation of Denmark as a nation state, the first of these stones  was raised by King Gorm, (father of Harald Bluetooth), in honour of his wife Thyra, and the second by Bluetooth himself. Now they are a UNESCO World Heritage site. In which Danish village are they located?


2.He was the successor to Adrian IV (Nicholas Breakspear) and a close friend of King Henry II of England.He also had another strong link to England as he canonised both King Edward The Confessor and Archbishop Thomas Beckett. What is the name and number of this Pope?

Alexander III

3. With a name sounding like a 1972 David Bowie hit, what name, in Greek mythology.was given to the race of six-armed giants who inhabited the same island as the Doliones, in the ancient Greek epic Argonautica?


4. (Picture) Between 1957 and 1969, Bill Russell, playing in the position of 'centre' won 11 NBA Championships,a record still held today. For which basketball team did he play,in every one of those finals?

Boston Celtics

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5. (Picture) Featuring the early careers of Clare Danes and Jared Leto, what was the name of the 1990s US teen drama series,set at the fictional Liberty High School,and followed the trials and tribulations of several teenage characters?

My So Called Life

6. Held annually, the AVN Awards have been awarded since 1984 and are divided into nearly 100 categories. Which film genre do they honour?

Pornographic (Adult)

7.With a major port on the River Weser and home to the Hachez chocolate company,which is the smallest state of Germany in terms of area and population?


8. Taken from the Greek meaning 'near sun', what name is given to the closest point of an orbiting celestial body when it is nearest the Sun?


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9. (Picture) Kersti Kaljulaid was elected into office in October in 2016, and in doing so became which EU country's first female President (also the youngest) ?


10. In 1996,which famous actor, himself from a famous artistic 'dynasty', married Rebecca Miller,the daughter of the playwright,Arthur Miller?

Daniel Day-Lewis

11. Hugely influential in reshaping Bengali literature and music, which Indian writer and poet,in 1913, became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, largely for his poetic work,'Gitanjali'?

Rabindranath Tagore

12. Based in Delaware and Pennsylvania, they are one of the wealthiest families in US history and are known for political, business and philanthropic ventures. What is the name of this family, whose most infamous member,perhaps, was portrayed on screen by Steve Carrell in the 2014 film 'Foxcatcher'?


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13. (Picture) Formed in 1889, KNVB is the governing body of football in which European country - it is also the country's largest sporting association?


14. Used in the production of rocket fuel, which highly corrosive and toxic acid is synthesised using the Ostwald process?

Nitric Acid

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15. (Picture) Helping them sell over 100 million records since 2000, what was the name of the lead singer of the rock band Linkin Park, who sadly died as a result of suicide in 2017?

Chester Bennington

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Sports Quiz

Hi all,

Today I have provided 20 sports questions.  Sorry if sport isn't your thing, but hopefully you'll learn something new anyway.

Main reason, actually is that I had them already prepared and I've been ill over the weekend, so hope you'll except my excuse!

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

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1. Who is the only (male) darts player to have reached the final of both the PDC and BDO World Championships, without ever winning either?

Simon Whitlock

2.A term also used in football, what name is given to a specialised defensive volleyball player,that must wear a contrasting jersey colour from their teammates, and who cannot block or attack the ball when it is entirely above net height?


3. Playing all of his professional county career for Lancashire, who captained the West Indies to victory in the first two Cricket World Cup finals, in 1975 and 1979?

Clive Lloyd

4. In 2017, Yusuke Takanashi won his 5th World Championship title of the 21st century, at which board game, patented in its current form in Japan, in 1971,by Goro Hasegawa?

Reversi (or Othello)

5. (Distance and event needed) Although he would later win Gold in 2004,2008 and 2016 (silver in 2012),which was the only event that a 15 year old Michael Phelps competed in, at his first Olympics in 2000, finishing fifth in the final?

200m Butterfly

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6. (Pictured) Achieving the feat in 2000, who is the only French woman to win the French Open Womens singles title in the Open era (ie since 1968) ?

Mary Pierce

7. Helping them win the league twice, the UEFA Cup and the Coppa Italia,for which Italian football club did Diego Maradonna 188 appearances between 1984 and 1991?


8. In 1890, John Ball became the first non-Scottish person to win which prestigious sporting event, first played in 1860, and whose title is currently held by an American?

The British Golf Open Championship

9. Taking place in 1998, in Nagano,which nation won the first ever Women's Ice Hockey Olympic Gold medal?


10. Sharing its name with an  Atlantic ocean current, which Florida race course is home to the Pegasus World Cup, the richest horse race in the world?

Gulfstream (Park)

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11. (Pictured) Considered one of the best doubles players of all time, which legendary Indian tennis player, has competed at seven Olympic Games, won 18 Grand Slam titles and is the all-time record holder for most Davis Cup doubles victories?

Leander Paes

12. Which is the only country to have finished in 3rd place at two consecutive FIFA (men's) World Cup finals?


13. Taking its new name in 2017, which sport's World Champions,(particularly popular with Commonwealth nations), are awarded the Paul Barriere Trophy - the current holders are Australia?

Rugby League

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14. (Pictured) Having had multiple top five finishes at every golf major, he has yet to claim any of the titles. Famed for wearing orange on the final round of a golf tournament, what is the name of this top American golfer?

Rickie Fowler

15. In 2000, Bangladesh became the most recent Test playing cricketing nation. Against which nation did they play their inaugural test match, eventually losing by 9 wickets?


16. The official golf rankings,(as they are today), were introduced in 1986. Which European golfer was awarded first  'World Number One' rank, holding it for 3 weeks, before handing it over to another European?

Bernhard Langer

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17. (Pictured) In 2017,which Canadian ice hockey player and captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins, became only the third player to win consecutive Conn Smythe trophies as the Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup play-offs?

Sidney Crosby

18. Egyptian sportsmen, Karim Abdel Gawad and Mohamed El Shorbagy were the 2016 and 2017 World Champions of which indoor sport?


19. Which Scottish town is the location for the Scottish Grand National steeplechase run each year?


20. Merlene Ottey, has appeared at a record seven Summer Olympic Games, a record for an athlete. Between 1980 and 2000 she represented Jamaica, but which European nation did she represent at the 2004 Athens Games, on account of her coaching partnership with  Srđan Đorđević?