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How is the animal family cyprinidae better known? Carps/minnows
Where is the church with the world's highest steeple? Ulm
The fairy tale involving the Pied Piper of Hameln/Hamlyn was set in which century? 13th
Skukuza is a tourist camp in which African national park? Kruger
Wichita is in which US state? Kansas
On which London street is the Ritz hotel? Piccadilly
In which UK county is the wildlife reserve 'Donna Nook'? Lincolnshire
Northwich stands on which two rivers? Weaver and Dane
In which UK city is the Citizens Theatre? Glasgow
Which city is the largest on the Caspian Sea? Baku
Which place was affected by the 27th March 1964 'Good Friday' Earthquake, the 3rd strongest in recorded history? Alaska
What is the 9th book of the New Testament, immediately following '2 Corinthians'? Galatians
Which is the penultimate book of the New Testament, immediately preceding 'Revelation'? Jude
In which US states are the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? North Carolina and Tennessee
John Nance Garner was whose vice-president? Franklin D Roosevelt (1933-41)
Former US Vice-President John Nance Garner had what nickname? Cactus Jack
The brain part, the thalamus, takes its name from the Greek for what? Chamber
Which comedian used the catchphrase "Hello my darlings"? Charlie Drake
Who played Dixon of Dock Green? Jack Warner
Which two motorways cross the Severn en route between England and Wales? M4, M48
In April 2002, who became England's youngest football captain since Bobby Moore? Michael Owen
Which sport is played by the San Diego Padres? Baseball
Which city worldwide was the first to possess a registered association football club? Sheffield
In which county is Goodwood racing circuit? West Sussex
What diameter of archery targets are used in Olympic contests? 122cm
In the Theogony of Hesiod, who was Gaia's youngest son? Cronos
Give a year in the life of Plato. 428-348BCE
In which work of Plato does he unveil the concept of a 'Demiurge'? Timaeus
Where was Herodotus, the ancient historian, born? Halicarnassus
The ancient Greek word 'historia', from which 'history', literally meant what? Enquiry
Who was the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 to 2002? Carey
Which Archbishop of Canterbury was burned at the stake in 1556? Cranmer
What is the chemical name of washing soda? Sodium Carbonate
What is the chemical name of Glaubers Salts? Sodium Sulphate
What is the chemical name of hypo? Sodium Thiosulphate
What is the actual chemical name of cocaine? Cocaine Hydrochloride
Which street drug has been called Mary Jane and hop? Marijuana
What is THC, one of the most important ingredients in cannabis? Tetrahydrocannibol
What is 'wobble weed'? Cannabis coated with PCP
How was Dublin's "O'Connell Street" known prior to the Easter Rising? Sackville Street
What has Moscow's Lubyanka Building been before it became the infamous HQ of the KGB? A prison
Considered an important predecessor of Impressionism, Charles-François Daubigny was a member of which group of artists? Barbizon School
Who painted "La Femme Dans Le Bain S'Epongeant Sa Jambe", hung in the Musee D'Orsay? Degas
Who painted the Musee D'Orsay's "Danse Mauresque"? Toulouse-Lautrec
French artist (1840-1916) Odilon Redon is chiefly associated with which movement? Symbolism
Who painted the beautiful, sun-dappled "Bal Du Moulin De La Galette"? Renoir
What pseudonym was used by George III when he wrote farming articles? Ralph Robinson
Which US President was known as "The Man Of The People" and gained national fame through his role in the War of 1812, most famously where he won a decisive victory over the main British invasion army at the Battle of New Orleans? Andrew Jackson
Who resigned as the UK Foreign Secretary in 1938 over the Appeasement of Hitler? Eden
Who was the sixth ruler of the Seleucid Empire, living c. 241 – 187 BC, but was defeated by the Romans at the 191BCE Battle of Thermopylae (one of many so-named battles, though not the most famous 480BCE one)? Antiochus III
Membership of the Companion of Honour is limited to how many people? 65
Which music hall star was born Marie Alice Victoria Wood in Hoxton in 1870? Marie Lloyd
Who wrote the music for the operetta The Student Prince? Sigmund Romberg
Which South American country’s flag has two different sides? Paraguay
In which US state did the airship Hindenburg crash? New Jersey
What was the last Beatles’ No.1 single? The Ballad of John and Yoko
Which poet wrote the lines “The female of the species is more deadly than the male”? Rudyard Kipling
Which is the highest mountain in Switzerland? Monte Rosa
Which king of England was married to Catherine of Braganza? Charles II
From which department was John Profumo forced to resign following the 1963 scandal? The War Office
What flower gave its name to the revolution which saw Edvard Shevardnadze forced to step down as President of Georgia in 2003? Rose
Which American novelist, essayist and journalist coined the word ‘factoid’ in a 1973 biography of Marilyn Monroe? Norman Mailer
Which musical features numbers including "Adelaide’s Lament" and "Luck Be A Lady"? Guys and Dolls
he 2014 FIFA World Cup opening match saw Brazil controversially defeat which European side 3-1 after several questionable refereeing decisions went the way of the hosts? Croatia
The names for the boundaries between the layers of earth’s atmosphere all end in what five letters, which themselves form an English word? -pause
The tenth labour of Hercules involved stealing what sort of creatures belonging to the giant Geryon? Cattle
Which actor, who also played The War Doctor in the 50th Anniversary special edition of "Doctor Who", played Caligula in the 1976 BBC adaptation of "I, Claudius"? John Hurt
The US actor Wallace Shawn played Vizzini in which 1987 Rob Reiner film, based on a novel by William Goldman? The Princess Bride
The big toe and thumb comprise two, and all other toes and fingers comprise three, of what bone? Phalanges
Situated on the corner of Lombard and King William Streets, which City of London church was designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor and is mentioned in The Waste Land? St Mary Woolnoth
The brothers Chris and Eddie Amoo were members of which British soul group who had a UK number one with "You To Me Are Everything"? The Real Thing
A rival to Skype, what is the name of Apple’s video-telephony software which runs on iOS and Macintosh devices? FaceTime
What is the name of the controversial employment system used in middle eastern states such as Qatar which requires all unskilled labourers to have an in-country sponsor who is responsible for their visa and legal status? Kafala
Which Liverpool-born author, who died in 2010, received the most Booker shortlistings - 5 - without ever winning the prize? Beryl Bainbridge
Which European capital city was founded in the 17th Century by Sulejman Pasha of Mulleti? Tirana
The Ghegs and the Tosks are the two major ethnic (and linguistic) groupings of which nation? Albania
What are the two official languages of Afghanistan? Dari and Pashto
What (1700–1721) was the name of the conflict in which a coalition led by the Tsardom of Russia successfully contested the supremacy of the Swedish Empire in Central, Northern, and Eastern Europe? Great Northern War
Which Napoleonic war treaty was concluded between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the Kingdom of Sweden on one side and the Kingdoms of Denmark and Norway on the other side on 14 January 1814? Treaty of Kiel
Which playwright wrote "An Enemy of the People", "Emperor and Galilean", and "The Master Builder"? Ibsen
Who created both the radio show A Prairie Home Companion, and Lake Wobegon? Garrison Keiller
What are the two main groupings of Old Norse poetry? Skaldic and Eddic
Which Nobel laureate wrote the words to the Norwegian national anthem? Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Which Norwegian wrote Gift (1883), Skipper Worse (1882) and Garman & Worse (1880)? Alexander Kielland
Which two sons of Kenneth MacAlpin were also Kings of the Picts (and in traditional lists, Scotland)? Constantine I, Aed
Possibly not descended from Kenneth MacAlpin, who was King of the Picts from 878–889, considered an important figure in the High Middle Ages, and reigning after the peak Viking raids, little is now known about him? Giric
Donald II of Scotland traditionally is held to have died, in 900AD, at which castle? Dunnottar
Which grandson of Kenneth MacAlpin, reigning 900-943, is generally thought to have been the first King of Alba, as opposed to the Picts? Constantine II
Who played Max Rockatansky in the 2015 film "Mad Max: Fury Road"? Tom Hardy
In which county is Edgehill, site of the first pitched battle of the English Civil War? Warwickshire
Juan Sebastian Elcano completed the first circumnavigation of the world on board which vessel, which was the 4th biggest of the 5-vessel fleet that set out with Magellan? Victoria
What name did Robert Burns give to Agnes Maclehose in his poems, a lady with whom he had an unconsummated affair? Clarinda
Who is the patron saint of comedians, actors and dancers? Vitus
Who is the patron saint of funeral directors? Joseph of Arimathea
Who is the patron saint of girls and of chastity? Agnes
Who is the patron saint of grocers? Michael
Who is the patron saint of learning, bee keepers and candlemakers? Ambrose
Who is the patron saint of married women? Monica
Who (1195-1231) is the patron saint of lost articles, pregnant women and horses? Antony of Padua
Who, the grandmother of Jesus, is the patron saint of women in childbirth, lost articles and carpenters Anne
Which King of Scotland marries Mary of Guise? James V
The name of Mauna Loa in Hawaii, the volcano in Hawaii, means what? Long Mountain
The Pripyat River is a tributary of which other? Dniepr
The word 'bank' originally derives from the word 'bench', in which language? Italian
In which year was the Three Mile Island nuclear accident? 1978
In which year was the Chernobyl nuclear disaster? (26th April) 1986
What was Stalin's real name? Joseph Dzugashvili
Which war was ended by the 1921 Treaty of Riga? Polish-Russian War
Where were 22,000 Polish nationals massacred by the NKVD in March and April 1940? Katyn
The Nergal Gate is in which ruined, ancient Mesopotamian city? Nineveh
In which writing systems does each symbol represents a concept rather than a sound? Logographic
Who deciphered hieroglyphics using the Rosetta Stone? Francois Champollion
How many letters were there in the Phoenecian alphabet of around 1000BCE, that was the precursor to our own? 22
Which period of Egyptian history (c.3100-2469BCE) preceded the Old Kingdom? Early Dynastic Period
Possibly the same person as Narmer, or his successor as ruler, what name is also used for the person who first unified Egypt? Menes
What name was given to the areas of ancient Egypt that were overseen by local governors during the Old Kingdom period? Nomes
Which three pharaohs built the three large pyramids at Giza? Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure
Which Old Kingdom pharaoh reigned for a remarkable 94 years, but his reign saw the beginning of the Old Kingdom's decline? Pepi II
Meaning "house for eternity" what name was given to the type of ancient Egyptian tomb in the form of a flat-roofed, rectangular structure with outward sloping sides, much in favour before pyramids were used for royal tombs? Mastaba(s)
Where is the Step Pyramid of Djoser located? Saqqara
In 1765, Nathaniel Davison is the first recorded person to enter where? The tomb of Khufu in the Great Pyramid at Giza
Who was the 'good' deity, the spirit of light, in Zoroastrianism? Ahura Mazda
In Zoroastrianism, who is the spirit of darkness and malevolence, against which good is constantly fighting? Angra Mainyu
Who ruled Persia from 247BCE-226AD, conquering Seleucid lands under Mithridates I? Parthians
The Babylonian city of Uruk was dedicated to which deity? Ishtar
Give a year in the rule of Sargon of Akkadia. 2334-2779BCE
Give a year in the reign of the famous Babylonian king Hammurabi. 1792-1750BCE
Hammurabi's famous 'law code' was supposedly handed down to him by which God of justice? Shamash
What was the name of the Hittite kingdom? Hatti
Tyre, Byblos and Sidon were all cities in which ancient area? Phoenecia
Tudhaliya III and Suppilulliuma were both prominent rulers of which ancient civilisation? Hittites
From which city on the Tigris did the Sassanid kings of Persia rule from 226-651AD? Ctesiphon
Who was the only Roman Emperor to have been taken as a prisoner of war - he was later executed by the Sassanid Empire? Valerian
Built around 2800BCE and comprising a grassy mound rising from a flat plain, which Neolithic chambered cairn and passage grave is situated on Mainland, Orkney? Maeshowe
Which Orcadian set of standing stones lies on the narrow strip of land the Ness of Brodgar? Standing Stones of Stenness
Which German admiral scuttled the German fleet in Scapa Flow on 21st June 1919? von Reuter
Which island lies at the end of Wales's Llyn Peninsula? Bardsey Island
In which county is the seat of the Duke of Westminister? Cheshire
What is the currency of Brazil? Rial
What is England's tallest cathedral spire? Salisbury
In which London borough is the Tower of London? Tower Hamlets
Where is Wine Glass Bay? Tasmania
Which independent country worldwide has the lowest population density? Mongolia
What caused the York Minster fire of 1984? Lightning
The Red River forms part of the border of which two US states? Texas and Oklahoma
The largest convention of its kind in the world, which US city has been hosting a comic-con since 1970? San Diego
What is the more common name for 'The Friendly Islands'? Tonga
Willis, Monks and Barber were the surnames of successive leaders of what? TUC
Pangaea broke up into which two supercontinents? Gondwana and Laurasia (southern and northern)
What is the capital of the US state of Montana? Helena
What is the capital of the US state of Nebraska? Lincoln
What is the capital of the US state of Nevada? Carson City
What is the capital of the US state of New Hampshire? Concord
What is the capital of the US state of New Jersey? Trenton
Which Empire ruled Persia from 247BCE-224CE? Parthian (also called Arsacid)
Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, a former favourite of Elizabeth I, who was executed for treason in 1601, made an ill-judged truce with which Irish Earl which, ultimately, led to his death? Tyrone
In which country is it generally believed that horses were first domesticated? Kazakhstan
Where is Elizabeth I buried? Westminister Abbey
The Gerzean Culture existed in which country? Egypt
Who was (first believed wrongly, but later DNA evidence proved correctly) hanged for the 1961 A6 murders? James Hanratty
Which possibly mythical leader is said to have fought for the Picts at Mons Graupius? Calgacus
What is unusual about the Salisbury cathedral clock? It has no face (it's also the world's oldest)
Which UK cathedral has a separate bell tower? Chichester
Which is the tallest church in the world? Ulm Cathedral
Which is the tallest cathedral in the UK? Salisbury
Which UK cathedral has three spires? Lichfield
Which dukes call Chatsworth home? Devonshire
Who designed the Crystal Palace? Paxton
Epping Forest lies mainly in which county? Essex
What name is given to a judge on the Isle of Man? Deemster
Which is the northernmost of the Great Lakes? Superior
Which great lake has the smallest surface area? Ontario
In which modern-day country are the ancient sites of Susa and Persepolis? Iran
Which Buckinghamshire town has become famed for its annual pancake race? Olney
Where in the UK is the mayor ceremonially weighed annually? High Wycombe
Who discovered nitrogen? Daniel Rutherford
Whose 1957 album was called "Brilliant Corners"? Thelonious Monk
What was the middle name of Louis Martinez, by which he was known, in the 1950s CuBop movement? Sabu
Where was the first recorded performance of Shakespeare's Henry VI? Rose Theatre, London
Which French king appears in Shakespeare's Henry VI Part 1? Charles VII
Who has the most lines in Shakespeare's Henry VI Part 1? Talbot
In 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' who gives Bottom an ass's head? Puck
In 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', who are Peasebottom, Cobweb, Moth & Mustard? Fairies
In 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', who does Lysander marry? Hermia
In which Dickens work is Esther Summerson a character? Bleak House
Who was Poet Laureate from 1930 to 1967? John Masefield
Give a year in the life of Diego Velazquez. 1599-1660
In which epic work do the Kauravas & Pandavas do battle? Mahabharata
Which French painter gives his name to a type of dress, also known as the sack-back gown? Watteau
Which Polish poet wrote "Pad Tadeusz", the 'book of the Polish nation'? Mickiewicz
In 'Bleak House' what is the surname of the Sir & Lady of Chesney Wold? Dedlocks
Which city was the birthplace of Galen? Pergamon
Which proponent of eugenics argued that nature was more powerful than nurture in "Hereditary Genius"? Galton
Who founded the first laboratory of experimental psychology in the world, doing so in Leipzig in 1879? Wundt
Give a year in the life of Galen. 129-201CE
Which Italian anatomist and physician (1514-1564) discovered over 200 errors in Galen's work? Andreas Vesalius
Who claimed, in 1710's "A Treatise Concerning The Principles of Human Knowledge", that the body is merely the perception of the mind? Berkeley
Which part of the body was believed by Descartes to be the 'seat of the mind'? Pineal gland
In which country did Rene Descartes die? Sweden
Which Persian philosopher and physician wrote about trances in his 1027 work "The Book Of Healing"? Avicenna (Ibn Sina)
Who (1756-1819) rejected Mesmer's belief that hypnosis was due to magnetism in his work "The Cause Of Lucid Sleep"? Abbe Faria
Which Latin term refers to the 'blank slate' that was one believed (eg by Locke) to represent the mind of a newborn child? tabula rasa
Who were known as the Five Good Emperors of Roman times? Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aurelius
What was the name of the First Minister for Scotland who resigned in 2001? Henry McLeish
What was introduced in Britain on the 21st May 1916? Daylight Saving Time
Which government department was established in 1973 to monitor commercial activity? Office of Fair Trading
Who was the last Catholic archbishop of Canterbury? Reginald Pole
How much was the UK minimum wage when introduced in 1999? £3.60/hour
Which regnal number Charles of France was "The Affable"? VIII
What was the nickname of Charles VII of France? The Victorious
Philip VI to Charles VIII of France belonged to which Royal House? Valois
In which year did the Hundred Years war start? 1337
How does 'Caligula' translate? Little Boot
Who was US President during WW1? Woodrow Wilson
Who followed Charles De Gaulle as President of France? Pompidou
Who followed Andropov as Russian Premier? Chernenko
Who wrote "A Vindication Of The Rights Of Women"? Mary Wollstonecraft
Which disease is traditionally said to have killed Robert the Bruce? Leprosy
Which disease was called "the black vomit" in the early 19th Century? Yellow Fever
In which year was the Battle of Verdun? 1916
Which 5th Century BCE Sicilian devised the concept of the four elements of Air, Earth, Fire and Water? Empedocles
Who replaced Ahmadenijad as Iranian President? Hassan Rouhani
How does 'kamikaze' translate? Divine wind
What is the translation of "apeirion", which is what Anaximander described as the formative substance of the world? Infinite
With what was "Victorian" Majolica glazed? Lead
Maiolica, from Sicily, is pottery traditionally glazed with what? Tin/tin oxide
Which is the human body's largest internal organ? Liver
Which opera is "Die Verkauffe Braut" in German? The Bartered Bride
Who composed the opera "Oedipus Rex"? Stravinsky
From which author was the story of the Barber of Seville taken by Rossini? Beaumarchais
In which city was "Das Rheingold" first performed, in 1869? Munich
What was Dame Nellie Melba's real name? Helen (Porter) Mitchell
Who was born Sándor László Kellner in 1893? Alexander Korda
"Once There Was A King of Thule" (Il était un roi de Thulé) is a song in which 5-act opera? Gounod's Faust
Which work is usually considered the first opera - it was written in 1597 and first performed at the Carnivale in Florence? Dafne by Jacopo Peri
Fomalhaut is the brightest star in which constellation? Piscus Australis/Southern Fish
Polaris is the brightest star in which constellation? Ursa Minor
What is the collective name for eagles? A convocation
What is the collective name for badgers? Cete
Which element, atomic number 76, is used in fountain pen-nibs? Osmium
Which element, atomic number 30, is used in batteries, small non-structural castings, and alloys? Zinc
Which is the only naturally-occurring element named after a person? Gadolinum
Which chemical element is named after a Scottish village? Strontium
Which work includes the famous phrase "Ou sont les neiges d'antan?" Villon's "Ballad Des Dames Du Temps Jadis"
Who were the two most famous creations of Rabelais, both gigantic monsters? Gargantua and Pantagruel
Which three kings of France succeeded Henri II, all to some extent being influenced by Henri's wife Catherine de Medici? Francois II, Charles IX, Henri III
In which year did the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre take place? 1572
Which two Parisian revolts occurred against - among other grievances - the influence of Cardinal Mazarin on the king, in 1648 and 1651? Frondes
Which French playwright (1606-84) wrote "El Cid", "Medee", "Horace", "Cinna" and "Polyeucte"? Corneille
What was Moliere's real name? Jean-Baptiste Poquelin
Which French playwright wrote "Phaedre", "Andromache" and "Bazajet"? Racine
Give a year in the life of Rene Descartes. 1596-1650
Which French scientist (1632-62) also wrote the mainly religious "Pensees"? Pascal
Who wrote (1613-80) "Maximes" and was considered one of the group of writers called 'moralistes'? Francois, Duc De La Rochefoucauld
Who (1645-96) wrote "Caracteres", was a member of the lesser nobility and was considered one of the group of writers called 'moralistes'? Jean de la Bruyere
What was the name of the man who won the National Lottery in 2002 and was dubbed the "Lotto lout" by the press? Michael Carroll
Buffalo Bill named his rifle after which infamous woman? Lucretia Borgia
Which coin was known as a 'bob'? Shilling
William Walworth, London's mayor, ordered the beheading of who in 1431? Wat Tyler
What was the regnal name of Karl von Hohoenzollern, monarch of Romania 1866-1914? Carol I
What was the name of the fascist paramilitaries of Romania, green-shirted, and founded in 1927? Iron Guard
What is the name of a Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia, in Prahova County, Romania, on an existing medieval route linking Transylvania and Wallachia, built between 1873 and 1914? Peles Castle
Which island near Venice is famed for its glass production? Murano
Which Romanian composer, born 1881, composed 'Romanian Rhapsodies'? Enescu
Which Brasov-born painter and sculptor (1884-1960) was best known for his "Soulflowers" series of paintings? Mattis-Teutsch
Which historical region of Romania situated north of the Danube and south of the Southern Carpathians, is mainly located on a plain? Wallachia
Crystal Gayle is the younger sister (by 19 years) of which other country singer? Loretta Lynn
"As If We Never Said Goodbye" is a song from which musical? Sunset Boulevard
Who had a 1979 hit with a cover of Berry Gordy's "Money"? Flying Lizards
Which rockstar has a blue plaque dedicated to him in Brook Street, London? Jimi Hendrix
What one-word title, or nickname, is given to Beethoven's ninth symphony? Choral
Who wrote the Rolling Stones' Top 20 single "I Wanna Be Your Man"? Lennon & McCartney
Where in Derbyshire is an annual Gilbert & Sullivan festival held? Buxton
What is the main ingredient of Duxelles sauce? Mushroom
Which city did the biblical Abraham hail from? Ur
Who wrote "The Beggar's Opera"? John Gay
What is the name of the highwayman in The Beggar's Opera? MacHeath
Give a year in the life of Francis Bacon. 1561-1626
Who painted 'Golconda' in 1953? Magritte
The ruined city of Golconda in India was a centre for the production of what from the 14th to 17th centuries? Diamonds
Which treaty concerning the international law on treaties between states was adopted on 22 May 1969? Vienna Convention (on the law on Treaties)
What is the ILC of the United Nations? International Law Commission
What was replaced by the WTO? General Agreement on Tarriffs and Trade
What, internationally, is the SADC? Southern African Development Council
Which worldwide court is used to try war crimes and crimes against humanity? ICC (International Criminal Court)
In which city is the European Court of Human Rights? Strasbourg
International Courts were first established with a case where damages were sought by the United States government from the British government in 1869, for the attacks upon American merchant ships by which Confederate ship? CSS Alabama
What is locally called lokum? Turkish delight
What name is given to the women's apartments (harem) in an Ottoman palace? Seraglio
What is a nargileh? A hookah, or waterpipe for smoking
Which city was founded, according to legend, "opposite the blind", as per the instructions of the Delphic oracle? Istanbul
Which king's sons drowned in the White Ship disaster? Henry I
On 6 October 2003, Baroness Amos became the first black woman to be appointed to which position in the UK? Leader of the House of Lords
Thomas a Becket was murdered in the reign of which monarch? Henry II
Which Pope eventually canonised Thomas a Becket? Alexander III
Which French city the administrative centre of the Indre-et-Loire department and the largest city in the Centre-Val de Loire region? Tours
What relation was Henry I to Henry II of England? Grandfather
Who was the wife of King Stephen of England? Matilda (of Boulogne)
Who was the wife of King Henry II of England? Eleanor of Aquitaine
Which assizes of 1166 helped to establish the basic principles of common law in England? Assizes of Clarendon
Both the Norman barons Gilbert de Clare, 1st Earl of Pembroke, and his son Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, had what identical nickname? Strongbow
During the reign of which English monarch did Eleanor of Aquitaine die? John
To which French king was Eleanor of Aquitaine once married, before their marriage was annulled, leaving her free to become an English king's consort? Louis VII
Where are Richard I, Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine buried? Fontevraud Abbey
Which two sons and heirs of Henry II of England died during his lifetime? Henry and Geoffrey
Which two leptons might simply be heavier-mass electrons? The muon and tau
What type of fruit is a "Cox's Orange Pippin"? An apple
What food stuff are "Cheltenham Gold Top" and "Crimson Globe"? Beetroots
What is the SI unit of electrical inductance? Henry
Which scientist (1733 – 1804), born in West Yorkshire, helped to determine the constituents of air, as well as being a theologian, dissenting clergyman, natural philosopher, educator & Liberal political theorist who published over 150 works? Joseph Priestley
What is the main constituent of Britannia Metal? Tin (93%)
What was the original name of Britannia Metal? Vickers White Metal
What is the time taken for one revolution to return the sun's position to Earth's meridian? Solar day
Which musical features the song "I Get A Kick Out Of You"? Anything Goes
What was the first Number 1 in the UK Album Charts? The soundtrack to South Pacific
Who played bongos on the Shadows' track "Apache"? Cliff Richard
Who composed the music for the jazz standard "Jeepers Creepers"? Harry Warren
Ferrando and Guglielmo are characters in which opera? Cosi Fan Tutte
Carbon Dioxide and which other are the two most common on the planet Venus? Nitrogen
Which titular character in an opera by Mozart is dragged to hell? Don Giovanni
Who falls in love with Eugene Onegin in Tchaikovsky's opera? Tatyana
Verdi's "Falstaff" is based on which Shakespeare play? The Merry Wives of Windsor
Who composed the 1859 opera "Faust"? Gounod
In music, which term means "at a different speed to that marked"? Rubato
Which number symphony is Beethoven's "Choral"? Ninth
In myth, on which island was Ariadne deserted? Naxos
Which nymph detained Odysseus for seven years in the Homeric epic? Calypso
Who is credited with saying " a verbal contract is not worth the paper it's written on"? Samuel Goldwyn
Who voiced the villainous Scar in 'The Lion King'? Jeremy Irons
For which film did William Hurt win a Best Actor Oscar? Kiss of The Spider Woman (1986)
For which film did Denzil Washington win a Best Actor Oscar? Training Day (2002)
For which film did Burt Lancaster win a Best Actor Oscar? Elmer Gantry (1961)
For which film did Jimmy Stewart win a Best Actor Oscar? The Philadelphia Story (1941)
For which film did Broderick Crawford win a Best Actor Oscar? All The King's Men (1960)
For which film did Forest Whittaker win a Best Actor Oscar? The Last King of Scotland (2007)
What is the independent organisation, the IFS? Institute of Fiscal Studies
Descendants of the Queen who are not princes or princesses take which surname? Mountbatten-Windsor
What are Humbley Grove and Stockbridge both found in Hampshire? Onshore Oil Fields
Which organisation, established in 1934, and inspired by Sir Reginald ("Rex") Leeper, develops relations between the UK and other countries? British Council
How is the flower 'myositis sylvatica' better known? Forget-me-not
Which fold of skin hangs from the throat of a turkey? Wattle
Which fold of skin hangs from the throat of cattle or dogs? Dewlap
What name is given to the belief that the soul is the basis of life in all living things/ Animism
Which medical term derives from the Latin word for forty? Quarantine
In the Royal Navy, how many bells traditionally signify the New Year? Sixteen
Which two men, who were NOT presidents, nonetheless appear on US banknotes? Franklin and Hamilton
What term is used to describe a rapid increase or accumulation in the population of algae (typically microscopic) in a water system? Blooms
What is the AAAS, a non-profit organisation founded in 1848? American Association for the Advancement of Science
Who wrote 'Love In A Cold Climate'? Nancy Mitford
Which flower does Browning describe as "The Children's Dower"? Buttercup
Professor Sprout is head of which Hogwarts house in the Harry Potter series? Hufflepuff
Who won the 2005 Turner Prize, in part for the work 'shedboatshed'? Starling
"Severn & Somme", "War's Embers", "The Ballad of Three Spectres" and "Maisemore" are works by which war poet? Ivor Gurney
In classical architecture, what is the uppermost layer of entablature called? Cornice
In classical architecture, what is the lowest layer of entablature? Architrave
Which prehistoric culture of Japan is famed for its pottery, the earliest in the world? Jomon
Which architect designed Heathrow's Terminal 5? Richard Rogers
Which writer called architecture "frozen music"? Goethe
The rugby team Wasps relocated to where in 2014? Coventry (Ricoh Arena)
At the start of the professional rugby union era the Newcastle team added which suffix to its name? Falcons
Seilala Mapusua, the 2008-09 PRA Rugby Player Of The Year, played for which national side? Samoa
To whom is the book "Tao-Te-Ching" attributed? Lao Tzu
In which year did Wendy Richards and Mike Sarne have a hit with "Come Outside"? 1962
What was the one-hit wonder of 'Unit 4 Plus 2'? Concrete and Clay
In Greek myth, which was the river of forgetfulness? Lethe
'Doloroso' is a musical instruction to play in what manner? Soft, sad, pathetic
In the Middle Ages, what was a hippocras? A spiced wine
Who composed "The Christmas Oratorio"? JS Bach
Jazz musician Lester Young played which musical instrument? Tenor sax
What was the nickname of jazz musician Lester Young? Prez
Whose first big hit was "Marlene On The Wall"? Suzanne Vega
Elton John wrote the music for which acclaimed 2005 musical? Billy Elliott
Which two chemical elements make up steel? Iron and carbon
Who propounded atomic theory in his work "A New System Of Chemical Philosophy"? John Dalton
Which Presocratic philosopher (c. 460 – c. 370 BC) is famous for coming up with an 'atomic theory' and is sometimes called 'the Father of Science'? Democritus
Which simple alkyne is produced by adding water to calcium carbide? Acetylene
What are "Lloyd George", "Norfolk Giant" and "Newburgh" examples of? Raspberries
Who discovered the structure of benzene after having a dream about a snake devouring its own tail? August Kekulé
What is the one-word name of china clay? Kaolin
Which chemical element, Atomic Number 32, was provisionally called Ekasilicon? Germanium
Which was the first artificially-produced chemical element? Technetium
What is the predominant colour of wild budgerigars? Green
What term refers to an imaginary point directly "above" a particular location, on the imaginary celestial sphere? it is used when an astronomical body is directly overhead. Zenith
Which sign is used to represent seconds of arc in angular measurement? Double prime ('')
What is the highest possible value of astronomical elevation? 90 degrees (directly overhead)
The highest possible value of astronomical azimuth is fractionally below which number, in degrees? 360
Which mammal order contains the second-highest number of species, after rodents? Chiroptera
Which animals, a genus of artiodactyl mammal consisting of one extant species, are said to be whales' closing living relatives? Hippopotamus
Where are the only sweat glands on cats and dogs located? Pads of feet/paws
Which Belgian priest (17 July 1894 – 20 June 1966) was a proponent of Big Bang Theory? Georges Lemaître
Author of 'The Railway Children' Edith Nesbit was also one of the 9 founders of which political group? Fabian Society
In which year was the Labour Party founded? 1900
Which institution was founded in 1895 by Fabian Society members Sidney Webb, 1st Baron Passfield, Beatrice Webb, Graham Wallas and George Bernard Shaw for the 'betterment of society'? LSE (The London School of Economics and Political Science)
Which English statistician, progressive, polymath, sociologist, psychologist and explorer coined the terms 'eugenics' and 'nature versus nurture'? Francis Galton
Who duetted on "(I've Had The) Time Of My Life"? Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley
On which date is the Feast of The Holy Innocents? 28th December
Scott Engel, John Maus and Gary Leeds made up which group? Walker Brothers
Lady Godiva's husband Leofric held which rank when she performed her famous ride? Earl of Mercia
The UK's 1971 Eurovision Song Contest entry "Jack In The Box", was a hit for who? Clodagh Rogers
Which hymn is sung to the tune of 'Jupiter' from Holst's "The Planets" suite? I Vow To Thee My Country
St Paul was born in which town in modern-day Turkey? Tarsus
What did Simon of Cyrene do prior to Jesus's crucifixion? Help carry the cross
Who first conducted Wagner's Lohengrin in 1850? Franz Liszt
The marimba is a larger version of which musical instrument? Xylophone
The novel "Jack's Return Home" became which film? Get Carter
Marilyn Monroe was the model for which Disney character? Tinkerbell
Garry Shandling played which fictitious chat show host, supposedly modelled on David Letterman? Larry Sanders
Which UK TV series used the theme tune "Mean City" performed by Maggie Bell? Taggart
What was the name of Hilda Ogden's cat? Rommel
Which actor was classified "Anglo Saxon, Type 2008" by a studio when he first went to Holywood? David Niven
What was the maiden name of Matt Groening's mother? Wiggum
Which three ports featured in the TV series "The Triangle"? Rotterdam, Gothenburg, Felixstowe
To which actor did Mae West say her famous line "Come Up And See Me"? Cary Grant
Where in Derbyshire has a one-day agricultural show been held since 1819, one of the UK's largest? Bakewell
Where in the UK is the Royal Agricultural Showground? Stoneleigh, Warwickshire
In which English county is Gatwick Airport? West Sussex
Which English coastal town has an area called The Lanes, famous for their small shops (including several antique shops) and narrow alleyways? Brighton
Which river runs through Whitby? Esk
The world's largest 'freshwater island', Manitoulin, lies in which lake? Lake Huron
What is Grenada's airport? Maurice Bishop International
Due to manufacturers prevalent in the industry, Wichita, Kansas sometimes styles itself as The 'what' Capital Of The World? Air
Which fast food chain began life with a branch at Wichita's university? Pizza Hut
Maine borders only one other US state - which one? New Hampshire
What is the smallest state capital in the USA? Montpelier, Vermont
What is New Mexico's state capital? Santa Fe
What is New York's state capital? Albany
What is North Carolina's state capital? Raleigh
What is North Dakota's state capital? Bismarck
What is Ohio's state capital? Columbus
What is Oklahoma's nickname? Sooner State
What is Oregon's nickname? Beaver State
What is Pennsylvania's nickname? Keystone State
Which literary work includes the characters John Jasper and Neville Landless? The Mystery of Edwin Drood
In which country was Brian Molko born? Belgium
Which filmmakers from Liege won the Palme D'Or twice for Rosetta and L'Enfant? Dardenne brothers
Silas Wegg appears in which novel? Our Mutual Friend
Who was the husband of Iris Murdoch? John Bayley
Who wrote the famous poem "Ozymandias"? Shelley
In which Dickens novel does Tite Barnacle? Little Dorrit
In which town are the opening chapters of "The Pickwick Papers"? Rochester
Which historian wrote the 2002 book "The Victorians"? AN Wilson
Who was poet laureate from 1813-43? Southey
Farrell's "Studs Lonigan" trilogy is set in which city? Chicago
Meindert Hobbema (October 31, 1638 – December 7, 1709) was an artist best known for what type of painting? Landscapes
Jean de Brunnhoff and his son Laurent created and wrote about which famous animal monarch? Babar the Elephant
Who (October 20, 1620 – November 15, 1691), one of the leading Dutch landscape painters of the Dutch Golden Age, is famed for his early morning landscapes, and paintings featuring cows? Aelbert Cuyp
Which poet of the Harlem Renaissance poet wrote the play "Black Nativity"? Langston Hughes
What nationality was the portrait painter Jens Juel (1745-1802)? Danish
Which Arnold Wesker play of 1962 was based on the playwright's RAF service? Chips With Everything
In Peanuts, who is Snoopy's fantasy wartime aviation opponent? The Red Baron
Who wrote the play "French Without Tears"? Rattigan
Who wrote "The Swiss Family Robinson"? JR Wyss
Which Ancient Greek sculptor created "The Wounded Amazon"? Phidias
Which two artists were knighted by Charles I? Van Dyke and Rubens
What is Mrs Tigglywinkle's profession in Beatrix Potter's works? Washerwoman
Which work by Somerset Maugham was based on the life on Paul Gauguin? The Moon and Sixpence
What was the surname of Charles and Mary, who wrote the children's work "Tales From Shakespeare"? Lamb
What is the most abundant mineral in the Earth's continental crust? Feldspar
What is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's continental crust? Quartz
What is formed by metamorphosed limestone? Marble
Who discovered that light acts like a wave, or more formally, formulated the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation, bringing together for the first time electricity, magnetism, and light as manifestations of the same phenomenon? James Clerk Maxwell
What was the flagship of Vasco da Gama's armada on his first voyage to India in 1497-1499, when he became the first European to reach India by sea, linking Europe and Asia for the first time by ocean route? Sao Gabriel
Who was appointed Chief pilot of Spain in 1508? Amerigo Vespucci
Who wrote "On the Usefulness/Utility of the Parts of the Body" (De Usu Partium Corporis Humani)? Galen
As of 2015, which two NFL teams have a 0-4 record in Superbowls? Bills, Vikings
As of 2016, which 4 NFL teams had never appeared in a Superbowl? Lions, Jaguars, Texans, Browns
Which is the only team in NFL history to have registered a perfect season, doing so in 1972? Miami Dolphins
As of 2015, which NFL team had lost most Superbowls - five (although they won another two)? Denver Broncos
As of 2015, which NFL team had won most Superbowls (six)? Pittsburgh Steelers
Although retrospectively applied to the finals game from 1967 onwards, the term Superbowl was first used in which year? 1969
Where were 7 CIA agents killed in a double cross by Al-Balawi? Camp Chapman
Where is the HQ of the CIA? Langley
What is the real name of Mexican drug lord El Chapo? Joaquin Guzman
Which Islamist group, based in Kashmir, has as its primary motive to separate Kashmir from India? Jaish-e-Mohammed
Often named as a candidate for the Holy Grail castle, which French chateau, was the site of a famous 1243-44 siege; it ended with 220 Cathars burned in a bonfire when they refused to renounce their faith, and is a symbol of the demise of the Cathars? Montsegur
Currently centred on Piedmont, which small Christian group appeared first in Lyon and spread to the Cottian Alps in the late 1170s; they preached apostolic poverty as the way to perfection? Waldensians
Give a year in the life of John Calvin 1509-64
In which city did religious reformer John Calvin die, aged 54? Geneva
Which American stock market index based on the market capitalizations of 500 large companies having common stock listed on the NYSE or NASDAQ; it differs from other U.S. stock market indices, because of its diverse constituency and weighting methodology? Standard and Poor 500
What was Lieutenant Pigeon's Only UK Number 1? Mouldy Old Dough
Which foodstuff has a speed limit of 0.028mph laid down by its largest manufacturer? Heinz Tomato Ketchup
Which Czech brewery make what they claim is the original Budweiser? Budvar
Who was the husband of Jezebel? Ahab
Who released albums called "Astral Weeks" and "Moondance"? Van Morrison
Which whisky is made from corn or rye, with no barley? Bourbon
What drink is comprised of gin, lemon or lime, soda and sugar? Tom Collins
Which popstar was nicknamed 'The Killer'? Jerry Lee Lewis
Webb's Wonderful is what type of vegetable? Lettuce
In which city was Manfred Mann born? Johannesburg
Whose real name is Eithne Ni Bhraonain? Enya
Which Pope said "I want to throw open the windows of the church, so that the people can see out and the people can see in"? John XXIII
Which of Crosby Stills and Nash had the forename Stephen? Stills
Which of Crosby Stills and Nash had the forename David? Crosby
What is the stage name of Orville Burrell? Shaggy
Which pop singer, whose debut album was 'Writer', was once Neil Sedaka's girlfriend? Carole King
In the advert which 'pint thought it was a quart'? Whitbread Trophy Bitter
'Steam Heat' and 'Hernando's Hideaway' feature in which musical? The Pajama Game
Malabar Black is a prized form of what? Pepper
Who sang the version of 'The Power of Love' that featured in Back To The Future? Huey Lewis and The News
The books of which religion include Jacob, Enos and Jarom? Mormon
Violette Valery is a lead character in which opera? La Traviata
In Roman myth, what was the name of the spirits of the dead? Manes
Which soprano was nicknamed 'la divina'? Callas
The Tam Tam is a larger version of which musical instrument? Gong
What name is given to circular Buddhist mystic diagrams, often with Buddha at their centre? Mandalas
Fenek (fried rabbit) is which nation's national dish? Malta
Which of Mahler's symphonies did he leave unfinished? Tenth
What is bohea? Chinese black tea
Who take the name Kaur, in religion? Sikh women
Who duetted on 1982 single "Up Where We Belong"? Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
A leaf arises from which structure on a stem? Node
Which preserved railway runs from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster? Severn Valley
The dried heads of which UK plant, in the family Caprifoliaceae, were used to raise the nap on wool and cloth? Teasel (or dipsacus)
What name is given to the area where two ecosystems overlap? Ecotone
What is an aegir, in geography? Tidal bore
Which plants are also called wild celery or angelicas? Alexanders
What are stalactites and stalagmites made of? Calcium carbonate
What tool can be bow, panel, fret or pad? Saws
Which tree is the 'salix babylonica'? Weeping willow
What is the horizontally-extended root of a plant called? Runner
Which water-loving tree, belonging to the birch family Betulaceae, is used to stabilise riverbanks, and traditionally, to make clogs Alder
What is the long anchoring root of some vegetables (eg carrots) called? Taproot
Bag graining, rag rolling, stippling and draggling are all techniques used in what domestic activity? Decorating
What name is given to the thumb-like extra toe on dogs' front feet? Dewclaw
Which metalwork term means 'to hammer into shape'? Forge
What is the name given to a young plant root, technically, is the first part of a seedling (a growing plant embryo) to emerge from the seed during the process of germination? Radicle
What is the 'com' of '.com' actually short for? Commercial
Which gardening term means pinching out the growing tips of plants? Stopping
What is the slang term for a bet of £500? Monkey
Which bestselling series was created by Alexander McCall Smith - the protagonist is Mma Precious Ramotswe? The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
In which year was the Battle of Tewkesbury? 1471
Which dukedom was held by Edmund Beaufort, who led the Lancastrians at the Battle of Tewkesbury and by Edward Seymour, Lord Protector of England, 1547-49? Duke of Somerset
Which dukedom was held by Humphrey Stafford, a major supporter of the Lancastrians in the Wars of the Roses, and by George Villiers, a favourite of George I? Buckingham
Which dukedom, traditionally awarded to junior members of the British Royal Family, was held by George Plantagenet, the brother of Edward IV, who allegedly drowned in a butte of malmsey? Duke of Clarence
Which part of the body's name has been applied to Delphi, Cusco and Jerusalem, in each case due to a belief that they were at the centre of the Earth? Navel
Burning even on water, and with an exact composition that has now been lost, which incendiary device was fired by ships of the Byzantine Empire? Greek fire
Which animals were to be used in a bizarre 1942 plan, devised by dentist Lytle S Adams, and approved by president Roosevelt, to attach incendiary devices to them and drop them over Japanese cities? Bats
Which incendiary device was given its familiar name by the Finnish Army during the Winter War of 1939-40, who named it after the Soviet Commissar for foreign affairs? Molotov Cocktail
'CA' is the postcode for which British city? Carlisle
Calcium has which atomic number? 20
'HG' is the postcode for which British town or city? Harrogate
'S' is the postcode for which British city? Sheffield
Which peoples built and lived in Petra? Nabataeans
What name is given to a Prime number if p + 2 is either a prime or a product of two primes (also called a semiprime)? Chen Prime
After 43, which is the next prime where the two digits are adjacent to each other on a number line? 67
In which century was Fermat's Last Thorem first conjectured? Seventeenth (1637)
Osteosarchaematosplanchnochondroneuromuelous and osseocarnisanguineoviscericartilaginonervomedullary are names for the human body coined by Dr Cranium in 'Headlong Hall' - a novella by who? Thomas Love Peacock
John Fletcher is believed to have collaborated with Shakespeare on which play, a performance of which in 1613 saw a fire start that burned the Globe Theatre down? Henry VIII
Which daughter of Agamemnon features in a play by Euripides, a play by Goethe and an opera by Gluck; in some versions of the myth Agamemnon is commanded to sacrifice her? Iphigenia
What is the meaning of the word "bafana" in the name "bafana bafana" a nickname of the South African football team? The boys
What is the nickname of the Mali national football team? The Eagles
Who composed "Fantasia On A Theme Of Thomas Tallis"? Vaughan Williams
In which year and city were the Olympic "Games of the 30th Olympiad"? London 2012
In which year and city were the Olympic "Games of the 20th Olympiad"? Munich, 1972
Which incident of significance in popular culture took place around 11.30 on August 8th, 1969, and was recorded by the photographer Ian MacMillan? The Abbey Road cover shot
"Life is short, have an affair" is the slogan of which controversial website? Ashley Madison
Look Homeward, Angel (1929) was the debut work of which major American novelist whose early death (at 37) and enormous size (he was almost 7' tall) - not to mention his prodigious talent - have made him a cult figure amongst the American literati? Thomas Wolfe
The trophy awarded annually to the winner's of the NBA finals is named for which former NBA commissioner? Larry O'Brien
Which French catholic priest - and hero of the Resistance - founded the Emmaus movement in 1949, with the goal of helping refugees, the poor, and the homeless? Abbe Pierre
The MiG 21 is the best-selling jet fighter of all time, created by the MiG design bureau in 1956. The letter 'M' stood for which Armenian aircraft designer, after whom the bureau would be solely renamed in 1976? Artem Miyokan
How is Vaughan Williams' 'Symphony Number 2' also known? London Symphony
The largest true freshwater fish ever caught in Europe was an individual of which species (Silurus glanis)? One of the world's most prominent Loch Ness Monster hunters has recently concluded that Nessie is simply a large specimen of this fish. Wels catfish (or sheatfish)
A Canadian cell biologist at Rockefeller University who coined the term dendritic cells, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2011 despite dying 3 days earlier, making him only the 3rd person to have won a posthumous Nobel? Ralph Steinman
Which Swedish writer was the first man to posthumously win a Nobel Prize (in literature, obviously), in 1931? Erik Axel Karlfeldt
Who was the second man to win a Nobel Prize posthumously, and the first - and thus far [as of 2015] only - person to win the Nobel Peace Prize posthumously? Dag Hammarskjold
The deadliest airshow disaster of all time took place at the Skynliv airfield in which country in July 2002? 77 people were killed when a Sukhoi Su-27 crashed during an aerobatics display Ukraine
The music video to which Katy Perry hit is the most watched video of all time by a female artist on both Vevo and YouTube (as well as being the third most viewed video on YouTube of any kind)? Dark Horse
This Austrian physician laid the foundations of psychoanalysis, which were further developed by his protégé Sigmund Freud. Which early psychoanalyst is probably best remembered for his study of a patient known as Anna O. in his book Studies on Hysteria? Josef Breuer
The subatomic particles known as quarks get their name from the line "Three quarks for muster Mark" from James Joyce's novel Finnegans Wake. Which seabird - with the Latin binomial Chroicocephalus ridibundus - was responsible for speaking the line? Black-headed gull
What name is given to a two-dimensional graphical representation of the transformation law for the Cauchy stress tensor? Mohr's circle
According to Homer's Odyssey, which island - curiously lacking in consonants - was the home of the sorceress Circe? Aeaea
Europe's biggest bankruptcy occurred in 2003 with the collapse of which multinational Italian dairy and food corporation? Parmalat
Its name derived from the Latin for 'our fellow countryman', which hypothetical language macrofamily includes many of the language families of Eurasia, such as the Indo-European, Uralic, Altaic, Dravidian, Kartvelian, and Afro-Asiatic languages? Nostratic
Jules Dassin was awarded Best Director at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival for which 1955 French film noir probably best remembered for its 32 minute safe-cracking scene, during which not a single word of dialogue is spoken? Rififi
Kublai Khan founded which Chinese dynasty in 1271? Yuan
Hannover is the capital and largest city in the German state of Lower Saxony. Which city - perhaps best-known for its lion monument - is the second largest? Braunschweig or Brunswick
Containing the single Sliver as well as a series of out-takes and covers, what was the title of Nirvana's 1992 compilation album? Incesticide
Created by Samuel Stephens Kistler in 1931, which synthetic porous ultralight material derived from a gel, in which the liquid part of the gel has been replaced with a gas, is recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's lightest solid? Aerogel
Founded by a 1987 merger, which French luxury goods conglomerate, has had Bernard Arnault - as of 2016 the richest man in France - as CEO for over 20 years? LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey)
Which Nobel Prize-winning author co-wrote the screenplay for Howard Hawk's 1946 film The Big Sleep? William Faulkner
In which infamous town in Dakota Territory was Wild Bill Hickok murdered by Jack McCall in 1876? Deadwood
Which Colombian-American actress has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards for her role as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in the ABC sit-com Modern Family? Sofia Vergara
Named for a 19th century German philologist, Bekker numbers are used to catalogue the works of which philosopher? Aristotle
Famous for its striking appearance - it is a natural approximation of a fractal - which edible flower bud of the Brassica family has a Fibonnaci number for the total of spirals on each bud? Romanesco Broccoli
Influenced by Thomas de Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and Suspiria de Profundis, which 1860 book by Charles Baudelaire discusses the effects of hashish and opium? Les Paradises Arificiels (Artificial Paradises)
The film that popularised the dissolve to signal flashbacks, Le Jour se Lève (Daybreak) was a 1939 film which is, perhaps, the second-most famous work of which director of the French masterpiece Les Enfants du Paradis? Marcel Carne
Which maître d'hôtel at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel created the Waldorf Salad and Eggs Benedict as well as popularising Thousand Island dressing? Oscar Tschirky
Japan's westernmost point is to be found on which island, the southernmost of the Ryukyus? The island gives its name to the bizarre submerged rock formation off its coast which, some argue, are man-made stepped monoliths created by ancient Japanese. Yonaguni
Who was the first head of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service? Sir Mansfield Cumming
Which woman (1868-1928) - a writer, traveller, political officer, administrator, spy and archaeologist - made extensive travels in Greater Syria, Mesopotamia and Arabia and had a major role in establishing and helping administer the modern state of Iraq? Gertrude Bell
What was the name of Fireman Sam's fire engine? Jupiter
What was the real first name of Coco Chanel? Gabrielle
What was the only product that Elvis Presley did a radio advert for? Doughnuts
Who played Alfred the butler in the iconic 1960s Batman TV series? Alan Napier
Who played Winston Churchill in 2002's "The Gathering Storm"? Albert Finney
For which film did Julia Roberts win a Best Actress Oscar? Erin Brokovich
Who played Arthur Parker in Dennis Potter's "Pennies From Heaven"? Bob Hoskins
For which film did Julia Roberts get her first Oscar nomination? Steel Magnolias
Ewan McGregor got his big acting break in which Dennis Potter TV series? Lipstick On Your Collar
For which film did Nicolas Cage receive a Best Actor Oscar? Leaving Las Vegas
For which film did Ray Milland receive a Best Actor Oscar? The Lost Weekend
For which film did Humphrey Bogart receive a Best Actor Oscar? The African Queen
For which film did Laurence Olivier receive a Best Actor Oscar? Hamlet
Who won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in "The Theory of Everything"? Eddie Redmayne
For which film did Ronald Colman receive a Best Actor Oscar? A Double Life
For which film did Robert Duvall receive a Best Actor Oscar? Tender Mercies
Which two families were adversaries in the film "A Fistful of Dollars"? Rojo and Baxter
Which Brookside character's body was found under the patio of 10 Brookside Close? Trevor Jordache
Which two countries are linked by the King Fahd Causeway? Bahrain, Saudi Arabia
Who are the ruling family of Bahrain? Al-Khalifa
What is the name of the compulsory afternoon prayer of Islam? Asr
What is the name of the compulsory evening/sunset prayer of Islam? Maghrib
What is the name of the compulsory night-time prayer of Islam? Isha
Which prayer is replaced by the Friday Jumu'ah prayers? Zuhr/Dhuhr
Where are Credenhill Barracks, also known as Stirling Lines Barracks? Hereford
In which county are the Seven Sisters Cliffs? East Sussex
What is Rhode Island's capital? Providence
What is Rhode Island's nickname? Ocean/Plantation State
What is South Carolina's capital? Columbia
What is South Carolina's nickname? Palmetto State
Costa Rica uses which currency? Colon
What is the capital of Belize? Belmopan
Which currency is used in Guatemala? Quetzal
Who (1 November 1880 – November 1930) pioneered the theory of continental drift? Alfred Wegener
Which country first introduced Daylight Saving Time? Germany
Where is the Moho discontinuity located? Earth's crust
Which ancient Greek calculated the earth's circumference to a surprising degree of accuracy? Eratosthenes
What Spanish name is given to a flat-topped mountain? Mesa
Which Central American country used the colon as a currency until 2001, when it was replaced by the US Dollar? El Salvador
What term is given to the effect that arises due to the force a body (eg water going down a plughole) is subjected due because of the Earth's rotation? Coriolis
Which era preceded the Palaeozoic? Pre-Cambrian
Where is the stone, open-air Minack Theatre? Porthcurno, Cornwall
Which British peninsula's name translates as 'High Palace'? Lizard
Bananas grow in the Queen Mary Gardens in which UK town, also a port? Falmouth
In which country is the Tarbela Dam? Pakistan
In which country is the Albert Canal? Belgium
Who succeeded Henry II of England? Richard I
In which year did the Hundred Years War end? 1453
To whom are Dickin Medals awarded? Animals
Which Enhlish king inherited the throne aged just 8 months? Henry VI
Who were the 3rd and 4th men to walk on the moon? Conrad and Bean
What was famously preached by John Jewel on 26th November 1559? Challenge Sermon
What name was given to the Russian invasion of Finland in 1939? Winter War
In which year were Remembrance Day poppies first worn? 1921
Who was the English admiral at Quiberon Bay? Hawke
Which Roman Road ran from London to York via Lincoln? Ermine Street
Which two places were connected by the Fosse Way? Exeter and Lincoln
In 1655 Penn and Venables claimed which island for Britain? Jamaica
Who was the last British PM of whom no photo exists? Peel
What were the forenames of Prince Albert's parents? Ernest and Louise
In which year did Victoria and Albert marry? 1840
On the site of which famous but lost room at the medieval Palace of Westminister (actually built later by Henry III) did Edward the Confessor supposedly die? Painted Chamber
Robert Peel split the Tories over the repeal of which controversial laws, enforced between 1815 and 1846? Corn Laws
What was the forename of Charles Darwin's paternal grandfather, himself a thinker and physician? Erasmus
Which Roman Road connected the Antonine Wall to York; parts of the A1 and A68 use its route? Dere Street
A female encampment where began in September 1981 after a Welsh group, Women for Life on Earth, arrived to protest against the decision of the British government to allow cruise missiles to be based there? Greenham Common
Who was England's first Yorkist king? Edward IV
Located just outside Warrington, what was once the biggest airfield in Europe, in the 40s and 50s? Burtonwood
How was Herbert Ernest Karl Frahm better known? Willy Brandt
Which WW2 general (1883-1946), nicknamed for his caustic personality, served in China and Burma in the war? Joseph Stilwell
In 1946, Allen Dulles became the first director of what? CIA
Whose ear was bitten by Mike Tyson in a 1997 world title fight? Evander Holyfield
In myth, who did Selene send into an everlasting sleep so that she could gaze upon him forever? Endymion
What is the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Selene? Luna
Who did Ganymede replace as cupbearer to the Gods, in ancient myth? Hebe
Which term used in painting, means an initial stain of colour painted on a ground - it provides a painter with a transparent, toned ground, which will allow light falling onto the painting to reflect through the paint layers? Imprimatura
Which French term used in art denotes the first preliminary underpainting or quick sketch in oils for an oil painting? Ébauche
What is the term, referring to a clay-based unglazed or glazed ceramic, where the fired body is porous, normally used for sculpture made in earthenware? Terracotta
A statue of who was found off the Artemisium cape in Greece - it is bronze and currently on display in the Archaeological Museum of Athens? Zeus
First to bring philosophy to Athens, who (c510 – 428 BC) described the world as a mixture of imperishable ingredients, where material variation is not caused by the presence of a particular ingredient, but rather by its relative preponderance over others? Anaxogoras
What name is given to a meeting of a deliberative assembly in which all members are present? Plenum
Sagen Ishizuka was a Japanese doctor (1850-1909) who pioneered which diet, in which an attempt is made to balance the yin and yang elements of food? Macrobiotic diet
In the Bible, how old was Noah when he entered the Ark? 600
Biblically, for how many days did it rain when Noah was in the Ark? Forty
How many pairs of 'clean creatures' and birds did Noah take onto his ark, according to Genesis? Seven
Who were the offspring of the "sons of God" and the "daughters of men" before the Deluge according to Genesis 6:4? Nephilim
Which 6th century Greek thinker authored a cosmogony, derived from three divine principles, Zas (Zeus), Cthonie (Earth) and Chronos (Time), that formed a bridge between the mythological thought of Hesiod and pre-Socratic philosophy? Pherecydes of Syros
In which year did Victoria Woodhull run for US president, the first woman to do so? 1872
Pope from 1523 to 1534, who was kept as a prisoner in Castel San'Angelo for 6 months in 1527 when Rome was sacked by an invading French army - he escaped disguised as a peddler? Clement VII
How many Platonic solids are there? Five
Name any three Platonic solids. Cube, Tetrahedron, Octahedron, Dodecahedron, Icosahedron
Sidereus Nuncius, or 'Starry Messenger', was published by who in 1610? Galileo Galilei
Which Pope, reigning 1572-2585, commissioned the calendar that is used today? Gregory XIII (Gregorian Calendar)
Which German Jesuit mathematician and astronomer (25 March 1538 – 3 February 1612) modified the proposal of the modern Gregorian calendar after the death of its primary author, Aloysius Lilius? Christopher Clavius
The Tornado aircraft was jointly developed by which three nations? West Germany, Italy, UK
What are UAVs, in a military context? Unmanned aerial vehicles (drones)
What is the literal meaning of the African Islamist group Boko Haram? Western Teaching is Unclean/Forbidden
What is the literal meaning of the name of the news channel 'Al Jazeera'? The Island
Al-Jazeera is funded by which country, and is based there? Qatar
What is the 'Paveway IV'? Laser-guided bomb
Which Cairo square was the focal point of 2011 protests? Tahrir Square
Give a year in the life of David Hume 1711-1776
In 2014, which country overtook the UK as the 4th largest spender on defence, after the USA, Russia and China? Saudi Arabia
Hezbollah is largely based in which country? Lebanon
Hezbollah is a group that is aligned with which branch of Islam? Shia
GLONASS is the satellite-positioning system of which country? Russia
What is the nickname of the F-15E aircraft? Strike Eagle
During which war did the UK burn the White House in Washington? War of 1812
The 1992 work "The Adapted Mind" is one of the first major works in which field? Evolutionary Psychology
Who was the Republican candidate for President in 2012? Mitt Romney
Who was the Republican candidate for President in 2008? John McCain
Hassan al-Banna (1906-49) was one of the founders of which group? Muslim Brotherhood
Sir John Sawers was the head of which organisation from 2009 to 2014? SIS (MI6)
The 'Gerald R Ford class' is a class of which military vehicle? Supercarriers/aircraft carriers
Which poet (between 38 and 41 AD – between 102 and 104 AD), originally from the Iberian peninsula is best known for his twelve books of Epigrams, published in Rome between 86 and 103AD? Martial
Which Roman courtier during the reign of Nero is generally believed to be the author of the Satyricon, a satirical novel believed to have been written during the Neronian era? Petronius
Which American jazz cornettist, composer, and jazz bandleader had the real first names Ernest Loring, although he was known by a nickname? Red Nichols
Widely known as the 'Father of the Blues' (November 16, 1873 – March 28, 1958) who wrote 'St Louis Blues'? WC Handy
What was Duke Ellington's real first name? Ernest
Duke Ellington was primarily associated with which instrument? Piano
According to myth the Pentateuch was translated into Greek by how many elders, over the same number of days? 72
Which man (347-420CE) is best known for translating the Bible into Latin-vulgate? St Jerome
Which famous 1973 case was instrumental in creating US abortion law? Roe v Wade
Whose work is 'Burnt Norton'? TS Eliot
The F-35 aircraft is also known by which epithet? Lightning II
Which founding father of the USA spoke of a "wall of separation" between church and state? Thomas Jefferson
Which Chinese microblogging site, almost an amalgam of Twitter and Facebook, is used by over 30% of Chinese Internet users and was launched in August 2009? Sina Weibo
Which one of the 'Big Four' auditors is based in Amsterdam? KPMG
The Italian-born Johann Maria Farina developed which product in 1709, that he named after the city where he had settled? Eau de Cologne
At what mach speed do speeds become hypersonic? Five
At what mach speed do speeds become supersonic? One
Which activity involves seeing how long one can keep a ferret in one's trousers for? Ferret-legging
Which 3rd century mathematician, the author of a series of books called Arithmetica, many of which are now lost, has been called 'the father of algebra'? Diophantus of Alexandria
What is pedagogy? Art and science of teaching
The 1920s klosh, and the medieval henin are both types of what? Hat
Solar, dynamical and international sidereal are all ways of measuring what? Time
What do Americans call a car's silencer? Muffler
What name is given to a male kangaroo? Boomer
What name is given to a female kangaroo? Flier
Ermine is an alternative name for which animal? Stoat
What type of bridge is Sydney Harbour Bridge an example of? Arch
What type of bridge is the Forth Rail Bridge an example of? Cantilever
Whose portrait is on a US $100 bill? Benjamin Franklin
Knife, box and inverted are all types of what? Pleat
To what does the slang term 'pop shop' refer? Pawnbrokers
Nelly Moser is a variety of which plant? Clematis
What colour is the gemstone peridot? Green
What is a knobkerrie? A type of club (used mainly in Southern and Eastern Africa)
Major-General Ernest Swinton is best remembered for helping to develop which item during the First World War? Tank
What colour is the flower of the celandine plant? Yellow
A single dash in Morse code represents which letter? T
What is collected by a tegestologist? Beermats
Which country worldwide has the highest percentage of opium addicts per capita? Afghanistan
Of what is oneirology the study? Dreams
The 'elephant hawk' is a species of which creature? Moth
Which nest-building bird goes by the Latin name delichon urbica? House-martin
Carborundum is an abrasive made of which two elements? Carbon and silicon
Which branch of geometry deals with the properties of figures that remain unchanged even if they are bent or stretched etc; more formally 'the properties of space that are preserved under continuous deformations'? Topology
What is the name for the 'last but two' in a sequence, if the 'last but one' is the penultimate? Anti-penultimate
Which US director's best known films include The Big Parade (1925), The Crowd (1928), Stella Dallas (1937), and Duel in the Sun (1946)? King Vidor
Probably most famous for 'Scorpio Rising' which American underground experimental filmmaker, working exclusively in short films, produced almost forty works since 1937, nine of which have been grouped together as the "Magick Lantern Cycle"? Kenneth Anger
Written, directed and edited by Adolfas Mekas, what was his first film of 1963, an example of 'New American Cinema'? Hallelujah The Hills
Who directed "Halloween"? John Carpenter
Who played the psychiatrist Dr Loomis in the 1978 film "Halloween"? Donald Pleasance
In which war is the movie "Hamburger Hill" set? Vietnam
Who played the idealistic Scottish doctor in "The Last King Of Scotland"? James McAvoy
Who directed My Own Private Idaho, Good Will Hunting, Finding Forrester and Milk? Gus Van Sant
Where is the TV series "An Island Parish" set? Scilly Isles
Who directed "The Bridges of Madison County"? Clint Eastwood
Which Brit won a Tony Award for playing the MC in Mendes' Broadway version of 'Cabaret'? Alan Cumming
Who played lead character Sookie Stackhouse in True Blood? Anna Paquin
In which month does Children In Need usually take place? November
In which month does Comic Relief usually take place? March
'Charlie Hungerford' was a character in which 1980s TV series? Bergerac
Which rugby league team play at The Jungle? Castleford Tigers
Who won rugby league's Man of Steel in 1985, 1987 and 1989? Ellery Hanley
Who won rugby league's Man of Steel in 1996 & 2004? Andy Farrell
Who won rugby league's Man of Steel in 2001 & 2002? Paul Sculthorpe
Who captained the US team for the 2010 Ryder Cup? Corey Pavin
Where was the 2010 Ryder Cup held? Celtic Manor, Wales
What is the 17th hole at the St Andrews golf course nicknamed? Road Hole
Where was the 2014 Ryder Cup held? Gleneagles
In which golfing trophy do the USA play an 'International' team? Presidents Cup
Who, by winning a game against the Green Bay Packers, was the first quarterback in history to win at least one match against all 32 NFL franchises? Brett Favre
Which Malaysian badminton player was ranked first worldwide for 199 consecutive weeks from 21 August 2008 to 14 June 2012? Chong Wei Lee
Which boxer from Nottingham, born 1977, was a four-time super-middleweight world champion, having won the WBC title twice, as well as the WBA and IBF titles once each? Carl Froch
Laurence Halsted is a former British champion in which sport? Fencing (foil)
Which sport was called "poona" in 19th Century India? Badminton
What is the leading men's international team trophy in badminton, held since 1948-9? Thomas Cup
What is the leading women's international team trophy in badminton, held since 1956-7? Uber Cup
The St Lawrence Seaway links Montreal to which Great Lake? Ontario
How many locks are on the Panama Canal? Twelve
In which country would the proposed alternative to the Panama Canal have been? Nicaragua
Which canal, connecting Lakes Ontario and Erie, bypasses Niagara Falls? Welland Canal
Which French diplomat supervised the construction of the Panama Canal? Ferdinand de Lesseps
Who was the famous resident of Alloway House, now housing a museum dedicated to him? Robert Burns
What is the name of Wellington's London house, also called "Number 1, London"? Apsley House
Which Italianate mansion and estate at Taplow, Buckinghamshire was owned by the Astors? Cliveden
Rome's Colosseum is more correctly known by what name? Flavian Amphitheatre
In which year was the London Exhibition of Victoria's reign, for which the Crystal Palace was built? 1851
In which year were the remaining parts of the Crystal Palace, in London, pulled down? 1941
Which is the nearest city to Eddystone Lighthouse? Plymouth
In which year was the Eiffel Tower completed? 1889
For which French king was the Palace at Fontainebleau built? Francis I
Which famous author lived at Batemans, Sussex? Rudyard Kipling
Which National Trust property in the Lakes was the home of William Wordsworth from December 1799 to May 1808? Dove Cottage
Which peer lives at Badminton House? Duke of Beaufort
Which house in Hampshire was Jane Austen's home for the last eight years of her life? Chawton
In which Indian City is the centre of Sikhism, the Golden Temple? Amritsar
In which US state is the Grand Coulee Dam? Washington
The Grand Coulee Dam lies on which river? Columbia
What is the nickname of the bell located over the main gate of Christ Church College, Oxford? Great Tom
Which three-letter acronym, standing for the Russian for 'Great Universal Store', is the name of arguably the most famous department store in Russia? GUM
Who ordered the building of Istanbul's Hagia Sophia? Justinian
Who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938, the first American woman to do so? Pearl S. Buck
Who painted "The Old Shepherd's Chief Mourner"? Landseer
Artist Louis Wain was best known for his drawings of which animals? Cats
Who was the artist behind the comic strip "Blondie"? Chic Young
In the comic strip, who was "Blondie" married to? Dagwood Bumstead
When was The Dandy founded? 1937
Who wrote "Adam Bede"? George Eliot
What was the occupation of "The Admirable Crichton"? Butler
Who originally drew the Flash Gordon comic strips? Alex Raymond
Who wrote the story "The African Queen"? CS Forester
Who wrote "The Agony and The Ecstasy"? Irving Stone
Who wrote "The Alexandria Quartet"? Lawrence Durrell
Who was the slave girl in "Ali Baba", who assists the titular character? Morgiana
In "Alice in Wonderland" what were the 'croquet balls' hit with flamingo mallets? Hedgehogs
Who illustrated "Alice In Wonderland"? Tenniel
Who painted "Snowstorm: Hannibal and His Army Crossing The Alps"? Turner
Who painted "A Hopeless Dawn" (1888), showing a woman who realises that her husband is lost at sea? Frank Bramley
Who painted "The Last Day In The Old Home", an 1862 painting currently held in the Tate Gallery, London - it shows a feckless squire gambling away his inheritance? RB Martineau
Who painted 1804's "Pitlessie Fair", currently held by The National Gallery of Scotland? David Wilkie
Who was the author of "We Need To Talk About Kevin"? Lionel Shriver
Which Dickens novel features the character of Seth Picksniff? Martin Chuzzlewit
In 1886, Nathan Bedford Forrest became the first head of which organisation? Ku Klux Klan
What nationality was hypnotism pioneer Franz Mesmer? Austrian
Give a year in the life of John Stuart Mill. 1806-1873
Who was the paternal grandfather of Bertrand Russell? Lord John Russell, two-time British PM
The 'Hope Diamond' was presented to which French king? Louis XIV
In which year did Mussolini invade Ethiopia? 1935
Who preceded Andy Burnham as Britain's Health Secretary? Alan Johnson
Margaret Chan was the Director-General of which organisation from 2006 to 2017? WHO
Who was Britain's fiftieth different Prime Minister? John Major
In which city was there a 2009 attack on the Dutch Royal Family - while the family were unscathed, 8 bystanders were killed? Apeldoorn
Of which nation was Ricardo Martinelli President from 2009 to 2014? Panama
What role did Nancy Pelosi hold from 2007 to 2011? Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
What was the code-breaking HQ of Britain in WW2 - it later became famous through movies such as 'Enigma' and 'The Imitation Game'? Bletchley Park
In which year was the driving test made compulsory in the UK? 1935
In whose reign did the English "Peasant's Revolt" take place? Richard II
Who was the mother of James I of England? Mary, Queen of Scots
Which French poet is credited with inventing the terms Cubism, Orphism and Surrealism? Guillaume Apollinaire
In the Gnostic religion, Seth's sister Norea was the wife of who? Noah
In ecclesiology which term denotes a person receiving instruction from a teacher in the principles of the Christian religion with a view to baptism? Catechumen
Also called myrrh, myron, holy anointing oil, and consecrated oil, which consecrated oil is used in various Churches in the administration of certain sacraments and ecclesiastical functions? Chrism
Which Catholic rite is seen as the sealing of the covenant created in Holy Baptism? Confirmation
Originated by Mintons, who exhibited it at the Great Exhibition of 1851, what name is given to lead-glazed earthenware pottery made in 19th century Britain, Europe and the USA with moulded surfaces and colourful translucent glazes? (Victorian) majolica
Traditional European majolica, with a white opaque surface to which colours were applied, employed which compound as the base for the white glaze? Tin oxide
The name of Faience derives from which placename? Faenza, Italy
Which novel has as its protagonist Jean des Esseintes, an eccentric, reclusive aesthete and antihero who loathes 19th-century bourgeois society and tries to retreat into an ideal artistic world of his own creation? A Rebours by Joris-Karl Huysmans
Which small Wiltshire town, infamous as the scene of the repatriations - in coffins - of servicemen and women killed in action, became the first town to be given a 'Royal' prefix since 1909, when it received a Charter in 2011? Royal Wootton Bassett
Give a year in the life of Manichaeanism founder Mani. 215-277
"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" is a song from which musical? High Society
"Send In The Clowns" is a song from which musical? A Little Night Music
Santuzzu and Turiddu are characters in which opera? Cavallera Rusticana
Who wrote the opera "Eugene Onegin" in 1879? Tchaikovsky
Who wrote the opera "Gloriana", first performed in 1953? Britten
Who wrote the opera "Ruslan and Lyudmilla" between 1837 and 1842? Glinka
Who were the backing band of Dion? The Belmonts
Who were the backing band of Georgie Fame? The Blue Flames
Who were the backing band of Wayne Fontana? The Mindbenders
Which festival, founded in 1948 in Suffolk, is associated with the works of Benjamin Britten? Aldeburgh
In which German town, where Richard Wagner lived from 1872 until his death in 1883, did he build a festival hall to put on performances of his works? Bayreuth
Which Werner Herzog film features would-be rubber baron Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an Irishman,, who is determined to transport a steamship over a steep hill in order to access a rich rubber territory in the Amazon Basin? Fitzcarraldo
In which county does the annual Glyndebourne Festival Opera take place? East Sussex
The Glyndebourne Festival Opera is particularly associated with which composer's operas, which it has played more often than any other musician's works? Mozart
What was the first of Hercules' twelve labours? Kill Nemean Lion
What was the second of Hercules' twelve labours? Kill the Hydra
What was the third of Hercules' twelve labours? Capture the Golden Hind
Which of the Strauss composing family, an engineer, also invented a street cleaning machine? Josef
Who composed "The Blue Danube"? Johann Strauss the Younger
From 1837 to 1847 which composer maintained an often troubled relationship with the French writer George Sand? Frederic Chopin
Which composer (12 April 1801 – 14 April 1843) was a friend and rival to Johann Strauss I, and composed "Die Schönbrunner" Walzer, Op. 200? Joseph Lanner
Which British conductor was nicknamed "Old Timber"? Henry Wood
Who slew the Minotaur in Greek myth? Theseus
Until 2001 bankruptcy, who were the national airline of Belgium? Sabena
Which dog cannot bark? Basenji
Which mechanism on a watch regulates the cogs and controls energy release? Escapement
Which animal is mus musculus? House mouse
What does JPEG stand for? Joint Photographic Experts Group
"Planta Genista" (from which, Plantagenet) is which plant? Broom
What unit measures thermal resistance? Tog
What does HTML stand for? Hypertext markup language
What is the unit of linear mass density in textiles? Denier
Which element is named after an asteroid? Palladium
Lithium derives its name from the Greek for what? Stone
Who discovered the element lithium in 1817? Arfvedson
Which company bought Rowntree in 1989? Nestle
A micrometer uses which very precise measurement scale, also called a nonius? Vernier scale
The AIG business, former sponsors of Manchester United, stands for what? American International Group
Which two men founded Apple? Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak
What position was held by Richard Woolley from 1956 to 1971? Astronomer Royal
Eurolengo and Volapük are both examples of artificial what? Constructed Languages
When does the grouse shooting season end? 10th December
Which US billionaire is called 'The Sage of Omaha'? Warren Buffett
Complete the phrase relating to avoidance of military punishment :"No names...."? No pack drill
What is the South American howatzin? Bird
The white wagtail is the continental variety of which bird? Pied wagtail
Who was Royal Society President from 1703 to 1723? Isaac Newton
What induces orographic thunderstorms? Mountains
Who played the US President in the film "Primary Colors"? John Travolta
Which character in the sitcom "Porridge" was played by Peter Vaughan? Grouty (Harry Grout)
Who directed "The Usual Suspects", "X-Men" and "Superman Returns"? Bryan Singer
Brandon Routh is probably best known for playing who in a 2006 film? Superman
Who was the 'date doctor' in the 2005 film "Hitch"? Will Smith
Who played Victoria, a gangster's wife, in the film "The Long Good Friday"? Helen Mirren
In which town was sitcom "'Allo 'Allo" set? Nouvion
Which US voice actor was the original voice of Donald Duck, for 50 years until his death in 1985? Clarence Nash
Which British comedian was born blind in 1904, but started to see after a coughing fit when he was a few months old? George Formby
What role was performed by Len Martin from 1958 until 1995? Reading out football results on Grandstand
Who played Emmett "Doc" Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy, Jim Ignatowski in the television series Taxi, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family and its sequel Addams Family Values, and Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Christopher Lloyd
Jean Darblay was the real name of which character? Juliet Bravo
Complete the title of the 2002 film: "Jimmy Neutron..."? Boy Wonder
Who was played for many years by Walter Koenig in "Star Trek"? Ensign Chekhov
In the 1980s TV series "CATS Eyes" for what did CATS stand? Covert Activities Thames Section
How is Demetria Guynes better known? Demi Moore
In which country was 1981 film "Reds" set? USSR
Which Bond girl was once married to Ringo Starr? Barbara Bach
Marlene Dietrich film "The Blue Angel" was partly in which non-English language? German
Which US President appears on a $50 bank note? Ulysses S Grant
Limoges became famous, in the late 18th century, and 19th century, for the production of what? Porcelain
What runs through a ship's horspipes? The anchor cable
Argand diagrams represent which type of numbers? Complex numbers
How many faces does a tetrahedron have? Four
Launched 1954, what was the world's first nuclear-powered submarine? Nautilus (SSN-571)
In 1954, which country launched the world's first nuclear-powered submarine? USA
Which position in law entails representing parties in the High Court who otherwise would have no-one to represent them? Official Solicitor
AJ Ayer and Karl Popper were famous names in which field? Philosophy
Peaches, pears and plums all belong to which plant family? Roses (Rosaceae)
What is a sconce? A type of light fixture affixed to a wall in such a way that it uses only the wall for support, traditionally they held candles
At what time of day is a crepuscular animal most active? Twilight
How many vowels are there in the Greek alphabet? Seven
Complete the saying: "Good fences make..."? Good neighbours
How many old pence were in a British groat? Four
A sesquicentennial marks how many years? 150
Who, in the UK, are the DVSA? Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency
Which scale measures the intensity of earthquakes? Mercalli scale
Who discovered the element Beryllium in 1797? Vauqelin
In an environmental context, what is a MNR? Marine nature reserve
In formal business letters what is signified by the word 'instant'? The present month
What is the second-largest city in Sri Lanka? Kandy
Which islands, controlled by Japan in 2015, are known as the Diaoyu in China, who dispute sovereignty with the Japanese? Senkaku Islands
Which term refers to a form of sexual reproduction involving the union or fusion of two dissimilar gametes? (The smaller gamete is considered to be male [sperm cell], whereas the larger gamete is regarded as female [egg cell]) Anisogamy
Which bloodthirsty Moroccan ruler (reigned 1672–1727) fathered 867 children, the record number of offspring for any man throughout history that can be verified? Moulay Ismail (Ismail Ibn Sharif)
What name is given to a form of plural marriage in which a man is allowed more than one wife? Polygyny
What name is given to a form of plural marriage in which a woman is allowed more than one husband? Polyandry
Which conference, held from August 21, 1944 through October 7, 1944, was the meeting at which the United Nations was formulated and negotiated among international leaders? Dumbarton Oaks Conference
Which eponymous list of 23 unsolved problems in mathematics was published in 1900? Hilbert's problems
The Art Nouveau buildings of architect Victor Horta, including 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, lie mainly in which capital city? Brussels
Who composed the opera 'La Gioconda' in 1876? Amilcare Ponchielli
Lamprais and Pittu are traditional dishes from which country? Sri Lanka
Which fruit is also called a pawpaw? Papaya
Arrack is a South-East Asian spirit traditionally made from what in Sri Lanka? Coconut flower
What are the two official languages of Sri Lanka? Sinhalese, Tamil
Who won the 1996 Cricket World Cup? Sri Lanka
Which temple in Ellora, Maharashtra, India was carved out of a single rock and was designed to recall the mountain home of lord Shiva? Kailasa Temple (Mt Kailash is Shiva's mountain)
What does 'kremlin' mean? Fortress/citadel
In which US city is the Liberty Bell located? Philadelphia
Which lighthouse lies about 1.25 mi (2.01 km) off the coast of Lands End in Cornwall, England? Longships
What name is given to the central business district of Chicago, Illinois? The Loop
What was the original location of Marble Arch? Buckingham Palace
In which city is the Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral? Cordoba
Where is the National Agricultural Centre located? Stoneleigh, Warwickshire
In which country are the pagodas of Pagan? Myanmar (Burma)
The Peterhof Palace is near which major city? St Petersburg
Where is Poets' Corner? Westminster Abbey
What are sometimes called Chephren and Mycerinus? The smallest of the 3 Great Pyramids
Where is the HQ of the Royal Mint located? Llantrisant
Opening on 17 September 1998, in which city is (as of Jan 2016) the world's largest cinema complex, boasting a total seating capacity of 9,200 with 25 screens? Madrid
Which famous door in the UK, since 1991 blast-proof and so heavy that 8 men need carry it, and often seen in the news, famously cannot be opened from the outside? That of 10 Downing Street
With an overall seating capacity of around 7,000, which building in Salt Lake City was built between 1864 and 1867? Mormon Tabernacle
In which country is the Albert Schweitzer Hospital? Gabon
What is marked by 'The Monument' in London? Where the Great Fire started
In which English county is Corfe Castle? Dorset
Which was Britain's first museum open to the public? Ashmolean
Where is the world's largest pyramid located? Cholula, Mexico
A 17th-century house in Near Sawrey near Hawkshead, what is the name of Beatrix Potter's former home, now open to the public as a writer's house museum? Hill Top Farm
For whom was the Norfolk stately home Houghton Hall built? Robert Walpole
Where are the Royal Coaches kept when not in use? Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace
Which is the world's largest Buddhist temple? Borobudur, Indonesia
In the Bible, Nahor and Haran were the brothers of who? Abram/Abraham
Recovered by Austen Henry Layard in 1849 (in fragmentary form), what is the name of the Babylonian creation mythos (named after its opening words)? Enuma Elish
One of the earliest Egyptian deities, originally the god of the source of the Nile River, who was usually depicted with the head of a ram? Khnum
A central figure in the Ancient Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, who was formed from clay and saliva by Aruru, the goddess of creation, to rid Gilgamesh of his arrogance? Enkidu
Covering a large swathe of Central-Western Asia, the Ancient Greeks gave what name to all the lands north-east of Europe and the northern coast of the Black Sea? Scythia
Beginning with the campaigns of Adad-nirari II from 911 BC, which Empire became a great power in the Ancient Middle East, until its collapse between 612 BC and 599 BC, thus spanning the mid to Early Bronze Age through to the late Iron Age? Assyrian
Eventually conquered by Cyrus the Great in 539 BCE, which short-lived Empire began in 626BCE and was spurred by a rebellion under Nabopolassar? Neo-Babylonian Empire
Ras Shamra is an ancient port city that lies in which modern-day country? Syria
Which Greek lyric poet from the island of Paros (c. 680 – c. 645 BC) was celebrated for his versatile and innovative use of poetic meters and as the earliest known Greek author to compose almost entirely on the theme of his own emotions and experiences? Archilocus
Which philosopher of the later Middle Ages (c. 1320–1325 – July 11, 1382) was also was Bishop of Lisieux, a translator, a counsellor of King Charles V of France, and author of "Livre du ciel et du monde"? Nicole Oresme
Famed for its whisky, Campbeltown lies on which peninsula? Kintyre
On a 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey Map, what does CG signify? Coastguard station
What was the longest railway tunnel in the UK, until overtaken in 2007 by part of the Channel Tunnel High Speed 1 railway? Severn Tunnel
Which body of water lies between Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula? Strait of Malacca
On a 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey Map, what does a black triangular flag signify? Golf course
Eglin Air Force Base is in which US state? Florida
There are two functional Transporter Bridges in the UK - where? Middlesbrough and Newport
Tombstone is in which US state? Arizona
Which is the only French département beginning with a 'J'? Jura
Which motorway links Telford to the M6? M54
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