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

Sunday, 17 June 2018

World Cup Quiz

As it's that time, I thought I give you some tricky World Cup questions.

There's 10 to get.

Hope you enjoy  (and for the record my tip to win is Argentina)

Just to note, I previously put the wrong date for the Quiz In The North event. It is, of course Saturday 23rd June! For details visit

1.Losing to Hungary 6-0 in its only appearance,which country, playing under its former name,became the first Asian team to participate in a World Cup Finals, doing so in 1938?

Indonesia (playing as Dutch East Indies)

2.In terms of the football World Cup Finals,what was 'Tricolore' in 1998, 'Fevernova' in 2002, 'Teamgeist' in 2006 and 'Jabulani' in 2010?

The official match balls

3.Which national football team created history at the 1978 World Cup finals in Argentina, by becoming the first African side to win a World Cup (finals) match, beating Mexico 3–1?


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4. (Pictured) He is the all-time leading goalscorer of the Ghana national team, with 51 goals and represented Ghana at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups. With 6 goals, which player is the top African goalscorer in the history of the World Cup?

Asamoah Gyan

5. 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

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6. (Pictured) He spent most of his playing career at Petro Atletico from Luanda and is one of the national football team's all-time top goalscorers. He made history in 2006,when he became Angola's first and (so far) only goalscorer at a World Cup Finals,scoring against Iran.His surname is da Silva Amado,but he is usually known by just his first name.What is this name,which is also the title of a 1723 opera by George Handel?


7.It is thought he introduced the tradition of holding the trophy high ,so that photographers and journalists may get a good view. Although the team is probably best remembered for superstars such as Pele and Garrincha,which football player of Italian origin,was the captain of the first Brazilian side to win the World Cup?

Hilderaldo Bellini

8.Although Jairzinho famously scored in every round of the 1970 World Cup Finals,which European striker won the Golden Ball award, scoring 10 goals in total throughout the tournament?

Gerd Muller

9.In September 2016, Carlos Ruiz scored his 39th World Cup qualifying goal, and in doing so set a new record for most World Cup qualifying goals scored . Which national side of the Americas did he represent between 1998 and 2016?


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10. (Pictured) Playing 82 times for his country, which French right-back is noted, not only for taking part in the first two ever World Cup penalty shootouts,but for being the only person to score in both?

Manuel Amoros

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Didn't realise it's been a couple of weeks!

Back with some more questions then. I didn't realise it had been 2 weeks.

You may notice an advert (possibly two) on the site. This is just a test I'm doing at the moment, so I hope it doesn't affect your enjoyment of the site. (They may even be useful, who knows!)

Also just wanted to say congratulations to Olav Bjortomt on becoming the 2018 World Quizzing Champion. By all accounts it was a very tough set, so very well done. Hopefully those of you that attended events had an enjoyable time regardless of your score.

Good luck also to the next instalment of Quiz In The North, which takes place in Hoylake this weekend.

Hope you enjoy this set (10 for now) and I'll be back with more v.soon (a World Cup/Football one perhaps?!)

1.Dastar,Pheta and Mysore Pheta are all styles of which piece of religious clothing?


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2.(Pictured) Initially trading in 1910 as the Shwayder Trunk Manufacturing Company in Denver, Colorado,which luggage company, one of the world's largest, changed to its current trading name in 1966, taking its name from one of their trademark suitcases,which itself,had been named after a biblical figure?


3.Measured in lux seconds,what photographic term is defined as, 'the total amount of light allowed to fall on the photographic medium during the process of taking a photograph'?


4.A characteristic that gave rise to an English word,what name is given to the Norse warriors who were reported, in the Old Norse literature, to have fought in a nearly uncontrollable, trance-like fury?


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5.(Picture) Founded in 1914 in Bologna,this company relocated to Modena in 1940.They are now owned by Fiat and have a trident as a company emblem.Which is the only Italian car manufacturer to have provided an engine for an Indianapolis 500 race winner?


6.What word or title connects the superheroine alter-ego of Rahne Sinclair,an English heavy metal band,who in 1991,released the album 'Downfall and The Good Guys' and the alternative name for the flowering plant aconitum?


7.Which Graham Greene novel features the character James Wormold,a vacuum cleaner salesman,who becomes caught up in the world of espionage?

Our Man in Havana

8. Johannes Kepler was the assistant to which noted 16th century Danish astronomer and alchemist,who at one time was thought to have owned one percent of the entire wealth of Denmark?

Tycho Brahe

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9.Native to India,the plants of the genera Elettaria and Amomum (in the ginger family),are often used in Indian and Nordic cuisine as a spice.By what name is it usually known?


10. Preceded by John Tyler and succeeded by Zachary Taylor,which US President is noted for leading the nation to a sweeping victory in the Mexican–American War and for overseeing the opening of the U.S. Naval Academy and the Smithsonian Institution?

James K Polk