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GK 11

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QuestionAnswer
Whose album was 1959's "Time Out"? The Dave Brubeck Quartet
What was the signature tune of The Dave Brubeck Orchestra? Take Five
Who released the 1957 album "Birth Of The Cool"? Miles Davis
Who released the 1958 album "Lady In Satin"? Billie Holliday
Called the "The Musical Pope", "El Rey de los Timbales" and "The King of Latin Music", which Mambo musician and Latin jazz composer lived 1923-2000? Tito Puente
How was the Latin jazz musician Francisco 'Frank' Grillo better known? Machito
"The Moon and the Melodies", "Blue Bell Knoll" and "Heaven or Las Vegas" were albums by who? The Cocteau Twins
Whose album was 1990's "En-Tact"? The Shamen
Paco Rabanne was born in which country? Spain
In which year was the Battle of Spion Kop? 1900
Which gauge bosons carry gravity? Gravitons
Moldoveanu, Romanian's highest peak, lies in which range? Fagaras Mountains
The grand-daughter of Victoria, who was the spouse of King Ferdinand I of Romania? Marie of Romania
In which year was Thomas A Becket murdered? 1170
In which decade was the Empire State Building completed? 1930s
Who was the Czechoslovak leader at the time of the 'Prague Spring' of 1968? Dubcek
Which spy did Potter and Randle help to escape from Wormwood Scrubs in 1966? George Blake
Which river once formed the northern border of Mercia? Mersey
In which US state is Camp David? Maryland
Which place in East Sussex derives its name from the French phrase 'Beau Chef'? Beachy Head
Which capital city has a name meaning 'Sleeping place'? Manama
Which country's name means 'Two Seas'? Bahrain
What is the name of the compulsory morning prayer of Islam? Fajr
What is the name of the compulsory midday prayer of Islam? Dhuhr/Zuhr
What is the name of the oldest-known Arabic script, derived from Nabataean? Kufic
Which country worldwide has immigrants comprising the greatest percentage of its population? UAE
Which civilisation was based in Bahrain from about the 4th Millennium BCE and 538BCE? Dilmun
What connects Lake Superior to Lake Huron? Soo Canals (Sault St Marie)
Repoussage is the working of malleable metal from the back to create low relief - what is the opposite, where the metal is worked from the front to create a depression? Chasing
Which city was the traditional coronation site of Kings of France? Rheims
Derived from the Latin word "vitulinum" meaning "made from calf", what name is given to parchment made of animal skin? Vellum
Which technique, similar to glazing, uses instead a coating that is opaque, and is just painted on very thinly to allow bits of the paint below to shine through? Scumbling
Which style of syncopated piano music was coined in 1995 by modern ragtime composer David Thomas Roberts - the term is also an Early Renaissance art term? Terra verde
Who wrote one of the earliest works described as Surrealist, the play "The Breasts of Tiresias" (1917)? Guillaume Apollinaire
Which art movement, focused on basic geometric forms, such as circles, squares, lines, and rectangles, painted in a limited range of colors, was founded by Kazimir Malevich in Russia, around 1913? Suprematism
Which humanist scholar was the first person to develop the concept of the "Dark Ages"? Petrarch
Who wrote the poem "Locksley Hall"? Tennyson
Who wrote 1850's "The Stones Of Venice"? Ruskin
Gradgrind appears in which Dickens work? Hard Times
Which author also wrote "The Shortest Way With Dissenters"? Defoe
Who wrote "Casa Guidi Windows"? Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Which Pope (reigned 1088-99) led the appeal to join the First Crusade? Urban II
Leuthen was a battle in which war? Seven Years' War
Jimmu was the probably-legendary first Emperor of which country? Japan
How is the first Australopithecus Afarensis specimen to be discovered better known? 'Lucy'
Which German town of about 11,000 inhabitants in the district of Helmstedt, Lower Saxony is famous for four ancient wooden spears found in an opencast mine, the world's oldest human-made wooden artifacts, as well as the oldest weapons, ever found? Schoningen
In which country was King Carlos of Spain born? Italy
Who succeeded Hussein as King of Jordan in 1999? Abdullah II
In which year was the US Declaration of Independence? 1776
What was the nickname of the 11th Hussars of the British Army? Cherrypickers
In which county was Alfred the Great born? Oxfordshire
Which American bought London Bridge, and took it to Arizona? Robert McCulloch
In which year was Chicago's St Valentine's Day Massacre? 1929
Who wrote the play "A Man For All Seasons"? Robert Bolt
Who is the main character in play "A Man For All Seasons"? Thomas More
Which Irish author wrote the novel "Brooklyn"? Colm Toibin
Rosalind is a character in which of Shakespeare's plays? As You Like It
Who wrote the book upon which the TV series "Band Of Brothers" was based? Stephen E. Ambrose
Who wrote the poem "Upon Westminster Bridge"? Wordsworth
In which year did Charles Dickens die? 1870
Who wrote "The Heart Of The Matter"? Graham Greene
Who is the hero of "The Heart Of The Matter"? Harry Scobie
AR Radcliffe-Brown (1881-1955) was active in which field? (Social) Anthropology
Which area of Athens is home to several socialist, anarchist, and antifascist groups, and was the site of the shooting of 15 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos, an event that triggered riots in 2008? Exarcheia
Which is the largest of the San Juan Islands in Washington state, USA? Orcas Island
Who was the first composer to be created a British life peer? Britten
Which musical features the song "Adelaide"? Guys and Dolls
Which musical features the songs "Ain't Got No - I Got Life" and "Aquarius"? Hair
Which musical features the song "As Long As He Needs Me"? Oliver
Which chemical element takes its name from the German for "copper devil"? Nickel
Which silicate mineral's name takes its name from Greek for "untouchable"? Asbestos
"GLU" is the abbreviation for which amino acid? Glutamic Acid
Which letter is the most recent addition to our alphabet? J
What does "hic jacit" mean? Here lies
What is the highest layer of the ionosphere? F Layer (Appleton Layer)
How many sides does an enheadecagon have? Nineteen
The phylum porifera consists of which creatures? Sponges
Which duck is also known as a 'grey mallard'? Gadwall
Which duck, that lives in the UK, has a sawbill, eats fish and nests in holes in trees? Goosander, common merganser
The char belongs to which family of fish? Salmon
A tetrakaidecagon has how many sides? 14
Which business people use "Glass's Guide"? Car dealers
What name links a UK butterfly & a UK fish? Grayling
Which chemical element is called 'wassertoff' in German? Hydrogen
Alpha particles are doubly ionised particles of which element? Helium
What is a Brazilian tanager? Bird
What is a Deadly Nightshade also called? Belladonna
Conkers come from which tree? Horse Chestnut
Which Italian nuclear physicist gives his name to both an element and subatomic particles? Enrico Fermi
In what year was the QE2's maiden voyage? 1969
What is the more common name for a "foul marten"? Polecat
Which letter is represented by a single dash in Morse? T
Which acid is made in "the contact process"? Sulphuric
Which conifer sheds, in the family Pinaceae, its leaves its winter? Larch
What part of a car's carburettor reduces the air supply? Choke
What shape is the piston in a Wankel engine? Triangular
What does the computing term WORM stand for? Write Once Read Many
Which zodiac sign is the first air sign of the calendar year? Aquarius
Which layer of atmosphere lies between the troposphere and mesosphere? Stratosphere
How many bits are in a byte? Eight
What is the name given to a hook or tail ( ¸ ) added under certain letters as a diacritical mark to modify their pronunciation, usually 'c', as in the word garçon? Cedilla
What was the name of the power station that is now the home of the Tate Modern Gallery in London? Bankside
Which children's author's works - she sold over 600 million books - did the BBC refuse to broadcast from the 1930s until the 1950s because they were perceived to lack literary merit? Enid Blyton
Whose autobiography was "Every Other Inch A Lady"? Beatrice Lillie
Give a year in the life of Arab scientist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher Alhazen. 965-1040CE
Tylos was the Greek name for which island country, famed for its pearls? Bahrain
What was the name used, from 1820 to 1971, for a group of sheikhdoms in the south eastern Persian Gulf, previously known to the British as the 'Pirate Coast', which were signatories to treaties with the British government? Trucial States
Give a year in the rule of Frederick the Great, Frederick II of Prussia? 1740-86
Who (1729-86) was the German Jewish philosopher - whose descendants include a famed composer - to whose ideas the Haskalah, the 'Jewish enlightenment' of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, is indebted? Moses Mendelssohn
Which Enlightement German writer, philosopher, dramatist, publicist and art critic's works included plays "Miss Sara Simpson", "Philotas" and "Nathan The Wise", and the book about drama "Hamburgische Dramaturgie"? Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Fed by the Rivers Witham, Welland, Nene and Great Ouse, which estuary is one of the UK's largest? The Wash
Which King of England succeeded Richard I? John
Which company were responsible for the Bhopal chemical disaster? Union Carbide
In 1984, which US trumpeter became the first man to win Grammys in Jazz and Classical Music in the same year? Wynton Marsalis
Which Russian composer, and member of 'The Five' was a professor of chemistry? Borodin
In the popular song, who rode to glory at the throttle of the Cannonball Express? Casey Jones
The song "Sailing" by Rod Stewart appeared on which, aptly named, album? Atlantic Crossing
Dom Bernando Vincelli is credited with creating which drink in 1510? Bendictine
How is French pianist Philippe Pagès better known? Richard Clayderman
Which composer died aged just 31 in 1828, officially of typhoid, although it may have been syphilis? Franz Schubert
Give a year in which Robert Walpole was Prime Minister. 1721-42
Which French king, owing to control of SE England, styled himself "King Of England" from 1216 to 1217? Louis VIII
Which treaty of 1259 conceded King John and King Henry III's loss of French territory? Treaty of Paris
'Rzeczespopolita' is an archaic or formal term for the territory controlled by which nation? Poland
Which famous horse race takes place in the Piazza del Campo in Siena? Palio
"Childe Harold" is an epic poem written by who? Byron
In which year was Queen Elizabeth II's consort, Prince Philip, born? 1921
Which Italian scholar & humanist was responsible for rediscovering and recovering a great number of classical Latin manuscripts, mostly forgotten in monastic libraries - his most famous find was De rerum natura, the only surviving work by Lucretius? Poggio Bracciolini
In which century was the Dominican monastic order founded? 1200s
Members of the Dominican order generally carry which two letters after their names? O.P.
Sir Rodney Ffing features in which Carry On movie? Don't Lose Your Head
Which Bond film's plot centres around a stolen Faberge egg? Octopussy
Which three films earned William Wyler Academy Awards for Best Director? Ben-Hur (1959), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), and Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Which CBS News Anchorman broke the news of JFK's assassination to the US nation, was often cited as "the most trusted man in America" after being so named in an opinion poll? Walter Kronkite
Who both wrote and produced the music for the film "Brief Encounter"? Noel Coward
Which Goon said, as one of many catchphrases: "You dirty rotten swine - you have deaded me"? Bluebottle
Which three actresses played "The Witches of Eastwick"? Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer
Which character was played by Catherine Ross in the film "The Graduate"? Elaine Robinson
Who created both Mr Benn and King Rollo for BBC TV? David McKee
Which British sitcom starring Richard O'Sullivan co-starred Tessa Wyatt and David Kelly as a one-armed Irish kitchen hand who always broke more crockery than he cleaned? Robin's Nest
What name is given to a watering-hole in the Australian outback, usually an isolated pond left behind after a river changes course? Billabong
The Seychelles are chiefly composed of what mineral or rock, believed to be among the oldest and hardest examples of it in the world? Granite
Which chain of Japanese islands stretches southwest from Kyushu to Taiwan? Ryukyu Islands
Which Parisian island lies almost adjacent to the Ile De La Cite? Ile St-Louis
Which island, best known for various theories about possible buried treasure or historical artifacts, lies off the South shore of Nova Scotia, in Lunenburg County? Oak Island
The former penal colony of Devil's Island is now part of which country or territory? French Guiana
Andreanof, Fox, Near and Rat are four of the islands in which archipelago? Aleutian
Paxos, Ithaca and Zante are all part of which Greek island group? Ionian
Bougainville Island belongs to which nation? Papua New Guinea
Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica and Puerto Rico together comprise what? Greater Antilles
The Alexander Archipelago are part of which US state? Alaska
Bimini, renowned for good fishing, is the westernmost district of which island group? Bahamas
Which is the most heavily-touristed of the Ionian Islands? Corfu
Which island was once a possession of the UK, and Denmark, but has been German since 1890? Heligoland
Marinique, Dominica and Grenada are all part of which island group? Windward
New Britain and New Ireland are part of which archipelago? Bismarck Archipelago
What is the capital of Vanuatu? Port Vila
Diego Garcia is part of which larger archipelago? Chagos Archipelago
Desolación Island is an island at the western end of which strait? Strait of Magellan
Djerba is an island off the coast of, and belonging to, which country? Tunisia
Fatu Hiva, Hiva oa and Nuku Niva are all islands in which group? Marquesas (French Polynesia)
The Bismarck Archipelago is part of which country? Papua New Guinea
Which equally-famous man replaced Tycho Brahe as imperial mathematician to Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor, in 1601? Johannes Kepler
Stefan Zweig committed suicide in which country? Brazil
What was the pen name of Dr. Louis Ferdinand Auguste Destouches? Louis-Ferdinand Céline
Which Austrian prodigy, a novelist, librettist, poet, dramatist, narrator, and essayist wrote libretti for many of Richard Strauss' works, and the 1911 play 'Jedermann'? Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Who wrote 1940's Darkness at Noon, an anti-totalitarian work that gained him international fame? Arthur Koestler
Ben Ainslie won silver at the 1996 Olympic Games and gold in the 2000 Summer Olympics in which yachting class? Laser
What name is given to wedge-shaped monumental towers, usually ornate, at the entrance of any temple, especially in Southern India? Gopuram
Which jockey rode Nijinsky to the Triple Crown in 1970? Lester Piggott
Which three races comprise the UK Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing? St Leger, 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby
Which golfer won the first World Matchplay Championship in 1964? Arnold Palmer
The Chiefs are a professional rugby union team from which country? South Africa
At age eighteen which future Heavyweight World Champion was disqualified for passivity at the Helsinki 1952 Summer Olympics? Ingemar Johansson
Which cricketer, the spearhead of England's bowling attack through much of the 1990s, took 229 wickets in his 58 Test matches, including taking the 23rd hat-trick in Test cricket against Australia at Sydney in 1999? Darren Gough
In which country did the first rulebook for the card game Bridge originate? England/UK
In which country did Baccarat originate? France
Which former footballer's real first names were Sulzeer Jeremiah? Sol Campbell
What is Emile Heskey's middle name? Ivanhoe
What is the name of Pittsburgh's NHL team? Pittsburgh Penguins
What is the name of St Louis' NHL team? St Louis Blues
Who said that sport "was like war minus the shooting"? George Orwell
The Green Monster is a wall around which baseball stadium's outfield? Fenway Park
For whom did Toby Flood play between 2008 and 2014? Leicester Tigers
Which former European and Commonwealth Games champion athlete set a UK record for the 400m with a time of 44.36 seconds in Birmingham in 1997? Iwan Thomas
Sugar Ray Leonard lost 3 fights in his career - to Roberto Duran, Terry Norris and who else? Hector Camacho
At which athletics event did Britain's Chris Brasher win 1956 Olympic gold? Steeplechase
In which year did Steffi Graf win her 7th and last Wimbledon singles title? 1996
In American Football, how many points are scored for a touchdown? Six
The entrance to which UK racecourse lies near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel? Folkestone
The iconic 1961 photograph - entitled Double Standard - was taken by which Hollywood actor (1936-2010)? Dennis Hopper
Which Soviet leader was seen fighting with Ronald Reagan in the infamous music video accompanying the song Two Tribes? Konstantin Chernenko
Named for the 1st Marquess of Pombal, who was instrumental in rebuilding the city in the mid 18th century, Baixa Pombalina is the name given to the famous planned central district of which European city? Lisbon
The Thirteenth Dynasty of Egypt was ended in the 17th century BC with the crowning of Salitis, the king of which people, expert archers and charioteers from Western Asia who had taken over the eastern Nile Delta? They ruled Egypt for around 100 years. Hyksos
In the popular American television series The Mentalist, the titular character is attempting to track down the killer of his wife and children. The serial killer is referred to throughout the show by what nickname? Red John
Which franchised fast-food restaurant brand based in Denver, Colorado, is the second-largest submarine sandwich shop chain in North America, after Subway? Quiznos
What is the alphanumeric name of the 5,800 km long A-road which connects Cork in the west with Omsk in the east? E30
In June 2015, which Russian cosmonaut became the man who has spent the most time in space when he surpassed Sergei Krikalev's record of 803 days? Gennady Padalka
Flowing through the city of Hangzhou, which river - which formed the southern terminus of the ancient Grand Canal - is home to the world's largest tidal bore? Qiantang
Although looking very cactus-like, the African milk barrel is a member of which genus of flowering plants? Although many of the genus's species look rather cactus like, the best-known member of the genus is the uncactus-like poinsettia. Euphorbia
From the Greek for 'divination by hand' what is another name for a palm reader? Chiromancer
Which is the largest of the flatfish? (Pacific) Halibut
Until split in 2006, what was the national air carrier of Brazil? Varig
In computing, what is ADSL? Asynchronous Digital Stream Link
What is the mobile communication interface 'Bluetooth' named after? A 10thC Danish king
In which decade was the Highway Code first published? 1930s
What colour are copper sulphate crystals? Blue
Which introduced animal, one of the largest in the Outback, has an Australian feral population of over 500,000? Camel
Which yellow flower, of the genus Taraxacum, is used in French salads? Dandelion
In which year was the longitude problem solved? 1773
Which man is generally credited with solving the longitude problem? John Harrison
Which British businessman and, as of 2015, the Chairman of the Arcadia Group, unsuccessfully bid for M&S in 2004? Philip Green
What is the organisation TAMBA concerned with? Twins and multiple births
What is the family name of the Dukes of Westminister? Grosvenor
In total, how many letters and numbers make up a UK National Insurance number? Nine
An isohelm is a line on a map drawn between places of equal what? Sunshine duration
What two word term is used to describe the continual flow of charged particles from the Sun? Solar Wind
Stilted and lanced are both forms of which architectural feature? Arch
What name is given to a deliberately fattened and castrated cockerel? Capon
Which unit of measurement is exactly equal to the Sun-Earth distance? An AU (Astronomical Unit)
In which English county is Stonehenge? Wiltshire
Maiden Castle, the UK's largest Iron Age hillfort, is located 2.5km SW of which town? Dorchester
Middleham Castle, a favourite of King Richard III, lies in which English county? North Yorkshire
The area of Queens in New York City is named after which queen? Catherine of Braganza
On which road is the London branch of the Imperial War Museum? Lambeth Road
Which English pier, built in 1859, was the first to be built solely for pleasure? Southport
In the SW USA, which Spanish word refers to a dry creek, stream bed or gulch that temporarily or seasonally fills and flows after sufficient rain? Arroyo
On which ship did Amundsen set sail on his trip to become the first man to the South Pole? Fram
Which animal appears on a Victoria Cross? Lion
In which Canadian province is Whistler? British Columbia
In which year was the first English county cricket championship? 1890
In the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix, in which position in the race did Jenson Button finish in order to clinch the drivers' World Championship? 5th
Which man bowled the first ball in test cricket? B Alfred Shaw
The 19th Century Australian cricket bowler Fred Spofforth had what nickname? The Demon
In which paper was the obituary that led to the creation of "The Ashes" created? The Sporting Times
As of 2010, how many British F1 World Champions had there been? Ten
Who holds a unique place in cricket history as the only cricketer to have played for Australia and England in Test Matches against each other? Billy Midwinter
Who was the first cricketer to play 100 Test matches, celebrating the occasion with a century against Australia in 1968? Colin Cowdrey
Which man took 19 wickets in a 1956 Old Trafford Ashes Test? Laker
Which Australian cricketer who played eight Test matches as a specialist batsman between 1929 and 1931, a contemporary of Don Bradman, died aged 23 of TB? Archie Jackson
The Nigel Barton Plays are two semi-autobiographical television dramas, and were the first successful works by which screenwriter? Dennis Potter
Pieter Bruegel the Elder was a member of the artistic 'school' named after which city? Antwerp
What name is given to the technique of wall decor, from the Latin for 'to scratch', produced by applying layers of plaster tinted in contrasting colours to a moistened surface? Sgraffito
What general name is given to an altarpiece that has more than 3 panels? Polyptych
Which man coined the art term 'Gothic'? Vasari
In formal painting, what is a 'cartoon'? Preliminary sketch for a painting
Louis Leroy coined the initially derisive term "impressionism" in which French satirical newspaper? Le Charivari
Which art critic invented the term "pop art"? Lawrence Alloway
Aouda is an Indian widow in which classic novel? Verne's "Around The World In 80 Days"
In which classic novel is Kostoglotov the central character? Cancer Ward
Who wrote the children's novel "The Borrowers"? Mary Norton
Which artist painted "The Last Of England"? Ford Madox Brown
Charles Ryder is the central character in which classic novel? Brideshead Revisited
Who wrote the play "The Shadow of A Gunman"? Sean O'Casey
Who wrote the poem "A Tocatta of Galuppi's"? Robert Browning
Which work by Charles Lyell, written in 1830, was the early standard work in his scientific field? Principles of Geology
About which fictional Hall did Tennyson write a celebrated work in 1835, although it was not published until 1842? Locksley Hall
What is the correct term for the dot above a small letter 'i'? Tittle
In fiction, which character is adopted by Mr Brownlow? Oliver Twist
Blacksmith Joe Gargary features in which novel? Great Expectations
Which man was the leader of victorious forces at the Battle of Actium? Augustus/Octavian
The combined forces of which two historical figures were decisively defeated at the Battle of Actium? Marc Antony and Cleopatra
Who was the last of the Julio-Claudian Roman Emperors? Nero
Which battle thought to have occurred in the 5th or 6th century when Britons beat Anglo-Saxons, is chiefly known today for the supposed involvement of King Arthur, a tradition that first appeared in the 9th Century 'Historia Brittonum'? Battle of Mount Badon
Attila the Hun was defeated in 451 at the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains (or Fields; or Battle of Châlons) by combined forces of Romans and which tribe? Visigoths (under Theodoric I)
Who both founded Canterbury Cathedral, in 597AD, and became the first Archbishop of Canterbury? Augustine of Canterbury (not to be confused with Augustine of Hippo)
The Islamic calendar starts in 622AD, which marks what? The date of the Hejira, or flight from Mecca to Medina
Which Ecclesiastical council affirmed the date of Easter, when King Oswiu of Northumbria ruled that his kingdom would calculate Easter according to the customs of Rome, rather than the customs practised by Irish monks at Iona and its satellites? Synod of Whitby
Nebuchadnezzar II, who sacked Jerusalem in 586BCE, was a leader of which Empire? (Neo-)Babylonian
Offa, after whom the eponymous dyke is named, was a king of which country or region? Mercia
In economics and trade, what is the TTIP? Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
In which century did Dick Whittington die? 15th (1423)
In which decade was the first Guinness Book of Records published? 1950s
The Land Rover Defender was first launched in which decade? 1940s (1948)
The flag of Honduras predominantly features which two colours? Blue and white
Modern historians regard him as the first King of England and one of the greatest Anglo-Saxon kings - who consolidated power in 937 at the Battle of Brunanburh? Æthelstan
What is South Africa's executive capital? Pretoria
What is South Africa's legislative capital? Cape Town
What is South Africa's judicial capital? Bloemfontein
Which American socialist philosopher and advocate of various left-wing and civil liberties causes was the Chairman of National Council of American-Soviet Friendship starting from the early 1940s but wrote "Why I Am Not a Communist" in 1952? Corliss Lamont
In Greek myth, how many Argonauts were there? Fifty
In Teutonic myth, Ymir was the father of which race? The Giants
What was the mythical Norse home of the Gods? Asgard
In Greek myth, who turned items invisible merely by touching them, was the son of Hermes, and possessed a helmet that made himself invisible? Autolycus
In Greek myth, who was Jason's wife? Medea
Tiffin is served, traditionally, at which meal time? Lunch
Which famous composer had a patron who was a widow that he was not allowed to meet, called Nadezhda von Meck? Tchaikovsky
Who was the original drummer for The Beatles from 1960 to 1962? Pete Best
How many strings does a balalaika have? Three
In Greek myth, which married couple were turned into kingfishers by the gods? Alcyone (halcyon) and Ceyx
What is the formula of nitrous oxide? N2O
Alsike or triflorum hybridum is more commonly known by what name? Clover
Where do demersal animals live? Seabed
Which Swiss group helping those with terminal illness and severe physical and mental illnesses to die was founded in 1998 by Ludwig Minelli? Dignitas
In which month is US Labor Day? September
Linn, MartinLogan and Krell make what? Hi-fi systems
In law, which one-word term means 'related by marriage'? Affinity
In which year was the £1 coin introduced in the UK? 1983
Zenith and Ulysse Nardin are companies that make what? Watches
Ring, open and box are all types of what implement? Spanner
Who immediately preceded Ted Hughes as Poet Laureate? John Betjeman
Which author, who wrote classics for both adults and children, died on Samoa on 3rd December 1894? Robert Louis Stevenson
An Anglo-Saxon who cared for the animals at the double monastery of Streonæshalch (Whitby Abbey) during the abbacy (657–680) of St. Hilda (614–680), who was the first English poet whose name is known? Caedmon
Which US poet's (October 14, 1894 – September 3, 1962), works sometimes did not contain punctuation - his name is sometimes spelled without capitals or punctuation itself? E.E. Cummings (ee cummings)
"Ragged Dick" is a typical rags-to-riches story by which once-popular and prolific 19th-century American author? Horatio Alger Jr
Which Russian author was subjected to a mock execution in December 1849? Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Which English physician is best known for publishing "The Family Shakspeare", such an expurgated version that his name has become a verb meaning "to remove material that is considered improper, with the result that the text becomes weaker"? Thomas Bowdler
Who wrote the famous phrase "Ou Sont Les Neiges D'Antan"? François Villon
Who painted "The Menin Road", "Dead Sea" and "Battle of Britain"? Paul Nash
Who painted "Resurrection Cookham" and "Swan Upping"? Stanley Spencer
Which Scottish portraitist (13 October 1713 – 10 August 1784) painted both Rousseau and David Hume? Allan Ramsay
Christine Ann Wellington OBE is a former four-time World Champion at which sporting discipline? Ironman Triathlon
At which weight did Marvin Hagler fight? Middleweight
What was Marvin Hagler's nickname, that he actually later added to his real name by deed poll? Marvellous
The family of Naseem Hamed - both parents - hailed from which country? Yemen
What was the nickname of Audley Harrison? A-Force
Which Japanese boxer was an undisputed flyweight and bantamweight boxer in the 1960s? Masahiko Harada "Fighting Harada"
Which horse won the UK Triple Crown in 1918? Gainsborough
Who did Prince Naseem Hamed beat in 1995 to win the WBO Featherweight crown? Steve Robinson
Against which Mexican boxer did Prince Naseem Hamed achieve unification of the Featherweight World Title in October 1999? Cesar Soto
Born in La Place, Louisiana, in 1886, which jazz pioneer's recording of "Society Blues" in LA in 1922 is considered by some to be the first recording by a black New Orleans jazz band? Kid Ory
"Black And Tan Fantasy" is a 1927 jazz composition best associated with which jazz performer? Duke Ellington
When he left Chicago in 1924 for New York, Louis Armstrong played for the orchestra ked by which pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer, important in the development of big band jazz and swing music? Fletcher 'Smack' Henderson
Nicknamed The Empress of the Blues, which woman (April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937) was the most popular blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s? Bessie Smith
Which blues singer was born Gertrude Malissa Nix Pridgett? Ma Rainey
What was the forename of jazz pianist "Jelly Roll" Morton? Ferdinand
What was the forename of jazz player "Bix" Beiderbecke? Leon
With which instrument was "Bix" Beiderbecke most associated? Cornet
What was the real forename of jazz cornettist "Red" Nichols? Ernest
Which clarinettist and band leader (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was known as the "King Of The Swing"? Benny Goodman
Guarino (1374 – December 14, 1460) a scholar who translated Greek in the Renaissance, and thus uncovered many works previously forgotten, was best known by which sobriquet, from his town of birth? Guarino Da Verona
Prompted by the Protestant Reformation, and described as the embodiment of the Counter-Reformation, which Roman Catholic ecumenical council was held between 1545 and 1563? Council of Trent
To the nearest whole day, how long is a cycle of the Moon? 29 days
The most recent Pope to date to take his papal name, which pontiff was involved in a controversy with Galileo and his theory on heliocentrism? Urban VIII
The Accademia dei Lincei in Rome is an Italian academy specialising in which field? Science
Which German-born humanist wrote "De Arte Cabbalistica" in 1517, in which he did much to introduce Kabbalistic theory to Christian Europe? Johann Reuchlin
Which Biblical character, later prominent in Gnosticism,and viewed by Irenaeus as the source of all heresies, first appears in Acts 8.9-24? Simon Magus
The towns of Kassel and Buxtehude in Germany both bill themselves as the world capital of what kind of literature? Fairy Tales
Which goddess developed a cult after the Sibylline oracle recommended her conscription as a key religious component in Rome's successful second war against Carthage? Cybele
Before he was ordained a priest, he also wrote a quantity of mildly pornographic poetry as well as a novel in much the same vein, but this didn't stop him becoming Pope from 1458-1464 and authoring the famous "Commentaries" - who? Pope Pius II
Who became the coach of the Australian cricket team in 2013, taking over from Mickey Arthur? Darren Lehmann
Which former Indian Cricket Captain was nicknamed The Wall, was the first man to score a century in all 10 Test-playing countries, and in 2012 claimed the record for most Test catches by a non wicketkeeper? Rahul Dravid
Who founded the IPL (Indian Premier League) of T20 Cricket in 2007? Lalit Modi
Which cricketer controversially bowled underarm in a match between Australia and New Zealand in 1981, an incident which led to condemnation from the NZ Prime Minister? Greg Chappell
Which cricketer had a short-lived spell as captain of the one-day team from June 2007 to August 2008 - he his retirement from Test cricket in January 2011? Paul Collingwood
Which former manager of Blackpool and Leeds United has a brother that was the coach of Essex County Cricket team for 8 years? Simon Grayson
One of 8 founding members of the IPL, which team represents Mumbai? Mumbai Indians
One of 8 founding members of the IPL, which team represents Delhi? Delhi Daredevils
Which IPL team did Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff represent briefly in 2009? Chennai Super Kings
Who was England's Test Cricket Captain from 1977 to 1980 and then again in 1981? Mike Brearley
Who played Test cricket for England from 1975 to 1995 - he also scored a List A cricket tally of 22,211 runs? Graham Gooch
Who took 325 wickets for England between 1971 and 1984? Bob Willis
Which two fences are jumped only once in the Grand National? The Chair and The Water Jump
Which footballer famously initiated the "rocking baby" celebration after a goal at the 1994 World Cup? Bebeto
Who captained the Australian cricket team to 1981 Ashes defeat? Kim Hughes
Which county did legendary cricketer WG Grace play for? Gloucestershire
In 2002 Warwickshire were the last county cricket team to win which trophy? Benson & Hedges Cup
Who was the first England football player to be sent off while playing for the national team at Wembley? Paul Scholes
Which footballer made his England debut in 1999 after just eleven first team starts? Wes Brown
Tessenjutsu is a martial art based around the use of what? A fan
Whose 2006 album was "Alright, Still"? Lily Allen
Who composed aria "O Mia Babbino Caro"? Puccini
Who directed the video for Blur's 1995 "Country House" video? Damien Hirst
General Miltiades the Younger helped mastermind which victory for the Greeks against the Persians? Marathon
Who commanded the American Expeditionary Force in WW1? Pershing
Which part of the UK did the Romans call Sarnia? Guernsey
Which city in England did the Romans call 'Corinum'? Cirencester
In the judiciary, which position is immediately below Lord Chief Justice? Master of the Rolls
Which rank lies between Baron and Earl? Viscount
In which county is Billericay? Essex
What was the original name of Camp David? Shangri-La
Which city is nicknamed "The Athens of America"? Boston
The Tank Museum was opened in 1947 in which UK town? Bovington, Dorset
In which country is there an area called "Arnhem Land"? Australia
Which Turkish UNESCO World Heritage Site was once the capital of the Hittite Empire? Hattusha
Which islands were seized by the USA from Spain in 1898? Philippines
Bruges is the capital of which Belgian region? West Flanders
On which island group is the Ring of Brogar? Orkneys
What is the name of the lantern that sits in the clock tower of the Palace of Westminister? Ayrton Light
Which Australian highway bisects the Red Centre, running from Darwin, Northern Territory, in the north, via Tennant Creek and Alice Springs, to Port Augusta, South Australia, in the south? Stuart Highway
Who was the first actor to be knighted? Henry Irving
Which comedian used to say "Allo - I won't take me coat off, I'm not stopping"? Ken Platt
Which 1950s radio show was a sitcom about a ventriloquist? Educating Archie
Who directed The Miracle Of Morgan's Creek, The Power and the Glory and The Great McGinty? Preston Sturges
Apart from "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest", for which other film did Milos Forman win a Best Director Academy Award? Amadeus
Which planet are Dr Who's Daleks from? Skaro
Catherine Deneuve played "Tristana" in a 1970 film by which Spanish director? Luis Buñuel
Who was the second lead actor with Jim Carrey in "Dumb and Dumber"? Jeff Bridges
In which breakthrough 1970 film did Jack Nicholson play Robert Dupea? Five Easy Pieces
Which producer won a Best Documentary Academy Award for "Woodstock"? Bob Maurice
Who played Batman in "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight"? Christian Bale
Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and who else were the three men who were the possible fathers in "Mamma Mia"? Stellan Skarsgard
Who played Annie Oakley in 1950s "Annie Get Your Gun!"? Betty Hutton
Who won an Oscar playing the butler in "Arthur"? John Gielgud
In the Dudley Moore film what was "Arthur"'s surname? Bach
In which 1962 film does a confidence trickster set up a marching band? The Music Man
"Wart" is the hero of which 1963 Disney film? The Sword In The Stone
What was the profession of Hale and Pace before they became "comedians"? PE Teachers
Who played Olive in "On The Buses"? Anna Karen
What was the dismembered hand in the Addams Family called? Thing
"Gloags" were popular early examples of what? Cigarettes
What offspring is produced by a mare and a male ass? Mule
An RC Circuit consists of which two components? Resistor, Capacitor
What is a female donkey called? Jenny
What does the computing term 'DAT' stand for? Digital Audio Transport
Who invented the railway air brake? George Westinghouse
Which American was the first of only three people to fly to the Moon twice, the only one to have flown there twice without making a landing, and was also the first person to fly in space four times? Jim Lovell
What were the four ancient 'bodily humors', as suggested by Galen, among others? Black bile, yellow bile, phlegm, blood
Which Italian fashion designer is regarded as one of the most prominent figures in fashion between the two World Wars, and invented the term 'shocking pink'? Elsa Schiaparelli
What was invented by James Bonsack in 1880? Cigarette-rolling machine
What is detected by Marsh's Test? Arsenic
Who wrote 'A History of British Birds', and had a species of swan named after him? Thomas Bewick
What was the name given to a steam locomotive with a 4-4-2 configuration? Atlantic
Which perfume base is produced from sperm whales? Ambergris
What are the alternative names for a lapwing? Green plover, peewit
In botany, how is antirrhinum also known? Snapdragon
The 'cranesbill' belongs to which plant family? Geranium
Which is the largest turtle species? Leatherback
Which vegetable has varieties called "Tender & True", "Exhibition" and "Avon Resistor"? Parsnip
What was the first name of car maker, Mr Bentley? Walter
From which country did the British take control of Guyana in 1814? Netherlands
From 1912 to 1927 Libya was a colony of which country? Italy
What name is given to the system where the first-born child inherits everything? Primogeniture
Which Saxon system saw the estates of the deceased divided equally between sons? Gavelkind
What is the name of traditional Russian dumplings consisting of a filling wrapped in thin, unleavened dough? Pelmeni
Who wrote "Prisoner of the Caucasus"? Pushkin
In which country is the famous Cricova wine area? Moldova
"Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and "The Great Pretender" were originally hits for who? The Platters
Who recorded the song "Be-Bop-A-Lula" in 1956? Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps
Abundant in Wales, what name is given to a variety of sandstone generally characterized by its hardness, dark color, and poorly sorted angular grains of quartz, feldspar, and small rock fragments or lithic fragments set in a compact, clay-fine matrix? Greywacke
The bulk of the New Testament consists of whose letters? Paul
The Achaemenid Dynasty ruled where between 550BCE and 330BCE? Persia
Which Italian astronomer and Jesuit is known, among other things, for his experiments with pendulums, for his discussion of 126 arguments concerning the motion of the Earth, and for introducing the current scheme of lunar nomenclature? Giovanni Riccioli
Attalus I Soter ("Savior") ruled over which Greek polis from from 241 BC to 197 BC and founded the Attalid dynasty? Pergamon
Which three countries took part in the 1949-52 Antarctic expedition? Norway, Britain, Sweden
With which God was the Egyptian Pharaoh traditionally identified? Horus
Who were the primordial Egyptian gods of the Earth and Sky? Geb and Nut
Which ancient port city's ruins are now located at Ras Shamra, Syria? Ugarit
Famed for his loss to Hercules during that demigod's 12 Labours, which God of Greek and Berber origin was the half-giant son of Poseidon and Gaia, and married to the goddess Tinge? Antaeus
Centred on the upper Tigris river, which important Mesopotamian empire spanned the mid to early Bronze Age until its collapse around the Iron Age, between 612 BC and 599 BC? Assyrian Empire
In which year was William Wallace executed? 1305
Give a year in the reign of Edward II of England, 1307-1327
Which woman was famously the mistress of Edward III, having met him originally in her capacity as a lady-in-waiting to Edward's consort, Philippa of Hainault? Alice Perrers
At which 1328 treaty did Edward III sign over Scotland's independence? Treaty of Northampton
William Merlee of Oxford was one of the first men to attempt to do what on a scientific basis? Weather forecasting
'Staples' were concerned with the medieval assessment of which commodity? Wool
On 17 October 1346, the English defeated the Scots where? Neville's Cross
Which battle of the Hundred Years War occurred on 19 September 1356? Poitiers
Who is the Patron Saint of the Order of the Garter? St George
Which English king was nicknamed "Longshanks"? Edward I
Which chemical element takes its name from the Greek for 'hidden'? Krypton
What did Eli Whitney invent in 1793? Cotton Gin
What is an oribi? An antelope
What is the name given to the seed-bearing part of a flower, consisting of the ovary, stigma and style? Pistil
What is a petronel? A gun (a rifle)
In meteorology, what is the name given to a warm front overtaken by a cold front moving rapidly round a low pressure centre? Occluded front
What name is given, in meteorology, to a system of winds blowing round an area of high pressure? Anticyclone
Which is both the heaviest and softest of the common metals? Lead
Which was the first all-metal, iron-hulled battleship, launched in 1860? HMS Warrior
Who used the slogan "one day all watches will be made this way"? Seiko
Which museum is located at 111 South Michigan Avenue in the Chicago Landmark Historic Michigan Boulevard District? Art Institute of Chicago
Who painted both "Self Portrait with A Pug" and "The Roast Beef Of Old England"? William Hogarth
In which village was the artist John Constable born? East Bergholt, Suffolk
In which Norfolk village was Lord Nelson born? Burnham Thorpe
Who wrote the art treatise "Analysis of Beauty" in 1753? William Hogarth
Give a year in the life of Joshua Reynolds. 1723-1792
In a famous painting, which married woman did Joshua Reynolds depict as "the tragic muse"? Sarah Siddons
In which building is Joshua Reynolds buried? St Paul's Cathedral
Who was Al Gore's running mate in the 2000 US Presidential Election? Joe Lieberman
Which controversial private American military company and security consulting firm was renamed "Xe Services" in 2009, and "Academi" in 2011? Blackwater
What is the meaning of 'yokozuna', the highest rank in sumo? Horizontal rope
Later superseded by 'electrons', what term did JJ Thomson use to describe the negatively charged sub-atomic particles discovered during his study of cathode rays? Corpuscles
Which philosopher wrote "Liberty In The Age Of Terror"? AC Grayling
Who gave the 'Tamworth Manifesto' speech in 1834? Sir Robert Peel
In the Tamworth Manifesto, what was described as a 'final and irrevocable settlement, which no friend to peace would attempt to disturb'? 1832 Great Reform Act
Meissner's corpuscles are spring-like nerve endings found in which organ of the body? Skin
Which British scientist published his corpuscular theory of light in 1704? Newton
Which lake in Ethiopia is the source of the Blue Nile? Lake Tana
Which 1976 earthquake that measured 7.8 on the Richter scale killed at least 255,000 residents in the city for which it is named, in Hebei Province, China? Tangshan
What was George Eliot's first full-length novel, published in 1859, and featuring the character Hetty Sorrel? Adam Bede
How many Ivy League universities are there? Eight
Which is the oldest of the Ivy league universities, founded in 1636? Harvard
Founded in 1865, which is the newest of the Ivy League universities? Cornell
In which Booker-prize winning novel do the title characters become involved in a wager to transport a glass church into the Australian bush? Oscar and Lucinda (Carey)
Who directed the 1982 film "Fitzcarraldo"? Werner Herzog
Based on a novel of 1950, which Henri-Georges Clouzet film concerns an attempt to transport nitroglycerine by jeep across South America? The Wages Of Fear
Which discrete probability distribution takes the value 1 with probability p, and the value 0 with probability 1 minus p? Bernoulli Distribution
Which continuous probability distribution is obtained as a limit of binomial distributions as n tends to infinity but p does not tend to 0? Normal distribution
The first successful version of what device was built by Theodore Maiman in Malibu in 1960? LASER
What name is given to rapidly rotating neutron stars that emit regular beams of electromagnetic radiation, usually at radio frequencies? Pulsars
What is the literal translation, from the German, of the name of the musical instrument the flugelhorn? Wing horn
In astrophysics, what term is used to describe highly red-shifted active galactic nuclei surrounding a supermassive black hole? Quasars
Named after a Welsh physicist, what devices are used in a large integrated circuit to speed the passage of signals by electron tunnelling? Josephson Junctions
What is the common name of songbirds of the genus motacilla? British species include the yellow, grey and pied. Wagtail
Which Austrian physicist gives his name to an illusion of 1866 consisting of an ambiguous line drawing of a folded sheet of paper? Ernst Mach (Mach bands or Mach effect)
What nationality was Joseph Jastrow, a psychologist with an interest in optical illusions? Polish
Whose first sociological work was "The Division of Labour in Society" (1893) although he is perhaps best known for his 1897 monograph "Suicide"? Emile Durkheim
Which is the easternmost of the lesser Antilles? Barbados
Which poet wrote "L'Invitation Au Voyage"? Baudelaire
Which novel, a classic of the 20th century, was part-written in each of Trieste, Zurich and Paris? Ulysses (James Joyce)
Which US band, formed in Michigan, are known as The Saboteurs in Australia? The Raconteurs
Joe Zawinul was best known for performing on which instrument? Keyboard
What nationality was the composer Joe Zawinul? Austrian
What is comprised of two parts gin, one part lemon juice, sugar, syrup and carbonated water? Tom Collins
Who (November 14, 1900 – December 2, 1990) was known as "The Dean of American Composer"? Aaron Copland
Captain Vere features in which opera? Billy Budd
Which opera is set in 16th century Mantua and features the titular hero's daughter Gilda? Rigoletto
Rusalka, with music written in 1900, first performed in 1901, is probably the best known opera by who? Dvorak
Give a year in the life of Vivaldi. 1678-1741
What name is given to a person who writes down music on behalf of a composer? Amanuensis
Humans usually have how many milk teeth? Twenty
Which botanical term, coined by de Necker in 1790, refers to the structures, usually green, that typically function as protection for the flower in bud, and often as support for the petals when in bloom? Sepals
What are furbelows and dabberlocks examples of? Seaweeds
Which pest is known by the Latin name musca domestica? Housefly
Candlemas, Martinmas and Lammas are three of the Scottish quarter days - which is the other? Whitsunday
Who laid out the laws of geometry in his book "Elements" circa 300BCE? Euclid
Which word means both 'the right to vote in elections' and 'the right to trade using someone else's copyrighted name'? Franchise
In which town was John Bunyan born? Bedford
What is the blue variety of corundum called? Sapphire
Which Imperial measure is equal to 550 foot pounds per second? One horsepower
How is the actress born Caryn Elaine Johnson on November 13, 1955 best known? Whoopi Goldberg
Which comic actor played Baron Von Richthofen in Blackadder Goes Forth? Ade Edmondson
Who narrated the children's TV show "Roobarb" often (incorrectly) known as "Roobarb and Custard"? Richard Briers
Which former Neighbours star has won an Emmy, and appeared in films such as The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, L.A. Confidential, Memento, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Road, The King's Speech, Prometheus, and Iron Man 3? Guy Pearce
Who took over from Michael Aspel as Antiques Roadshow presenter in 2008? Fiona Bruce
Which former model from Andover, Hampshire is reknowned for a March 2008 attack when sulphuric acid was thrown in her face, causing permanent disfigurement? Katie Piper
What was the final film to be directed by David Lean, released in 1984? A Passage To India
Which film sequel of 2008, the last in a trilogy, was subtitled "Senior Year"? High School Musical 3
Which Hungarian-born motion picture screenwriter, director and producer, who had a probably more-famous brother, directed "The Four Feathers" generally considered his best film? Zoltan Korda
Which character was played by Michael Madsen in "Reservoir Dogs"? Mr Blonde
Which Catholic coeducational independent day and boarding school, opened in 1802 as a boys' school, and run by the Benedictine monks and lay staff of the nearby abbey, is in North Yorkshire near Thirsk? Ampleforth
Which Spanish town lies on the eastern isthmus of the Bay of Gibraltar, north of the Gibraltar-Spain border - its inhabitants traditionally find work in Gibraltar? La Linea
What event has been celebrated, since 1748, by the 'Trooping Of The Colour'? Monarch's official brthday
Which island, claimed in Dad's Army to be the birthplace of private Frazer - and which he described as 'a wild and lonely place' - is the southernmost of the Outer Hebrides to have a substantial population? (The Southernmost inhabited island is Vatersay) Barra
Which is the southernost of the Outer Hebrides, an uninhabited island featuring an automated lighthouse designed by Robert Louis Stevenson? Barra Head (Barra is a different island) or Berneray
Which city in the USA contains, as of 2016, the most Druze anywhere outside Lebanon or Syria? Los Angeles
Two Iron Age forts, or 'castles', in the UK - one in Somerset and one in Devon - share which name, also that of a multinational company founded in Birmingham in 1824? Cadbury
What is mainland Europe's most Northernly capital? Helsinki
What is the hereditary position that is the eighth of the Great Officers of State in the UK, ranking beneath the Lord High Constable and above the Lord High Admiral - responsibilities include organising state funerals and the monarch's coronation? Earl Marshal
Which is the first of the Great Officers of State in England, ranking above the Lord Chancellor - it has generally remained vacant since 1421, and is now an ad hoc office that is primarily ceremonial and is appointed only during a coronation? Lord High Steward
A member of the Cabinet and, by law, responsible for the efficient function and independence of the courts, which UK post is the 2nd highest ranking of the Great Officers of State (in practice the highest as the top position is normally vacant)? Lord Chancellor
In which English county is Ilkley Moor? West Yorkshire
Friedrichshafen and Lindau are two of the bigger towns that lie on which body of water? Lake Constance (Bodensee)
What is the name given to an inhabitant of Los Angeles? (eg like Mancunian or Livepudlian) Angeleno
In which African country is the largest population of the Hausa people? Nigeria
The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connects Staten Island to which New York borough? Brooklyn
Barry is the largest town in which Welsh county borough and unitary authority? Vale of Glamorgan
Which British town was called "Sagadunum" by the Romans? Wallsend
Which peer owns Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries? Duke of Buccleuch (and Queensberry)
What is the capital of St Lucia? Castries
Which university, founded in 1966, is based in Uxbridge, London? Brunel
Which symbol appears on the Irish presidential flag? A harp
Which stately home was built over 12 years by John Thynne, completed in 1580? Longleat
Which English county's coat of arms features three swords? Essex
Which two rivers converge at Wentworth, New South Wales, Australia? Murray and Darling
Devil's Island was a penal colony that was infamously owned by which country in the 19th Cetury? France
As of 2016, which country is the world's highest dam? China
The Nurek Dam, until 2013 the highest dam in the world, is in which country? Tajikistan
Who is the LCJ in English law? Lord Chief Justice
Which Cumbrian town is famed for its horse fair and gathering of gypsies? Appleby
In which stadium have Bristol Rovers played home games since 1996? Memorial Ground
What was the name under which Bristol Rovers were first founded in 1883? Black Arabs FC
What is the name of Carlisle United FC's home ground? Brunton Park
What is the nickname of Colchester United? The U's
Where did Colchester United play from 1910 to 2008? Layer Road
What is the name of Exeter City's home stadium? St James Park
Which English football team were once called Eastville Rovers? Bristol Rovers
What is the nickname of Southend United FC? The Shrimpers
Which rugby union player was involved in the 2009 "Bloodgate" scandal whilst playing in the Heineken Cup? Tom Williams
Which rugby union team was involved in the 2009 "Bloodgate" scandal whilst playing in the Heineken Cup? Harlequins
Which artist painted "The Blind Girl" (1854-6)? Millais
Give a year in the life of William Blake. 1757-1827
Who painted "Hadleigh Castle" in 1829? Constable
Who painted "The Scapegoat" (1854-6)? Holman Hunt
Who was Jan Van Eyck's brother, also a painter, who lived c. 1385–90 – 18 September 1426? Hubert Van Eyck
The two Van Eyck brothers were responsible for which altarpiece, also known as Adoration of the Mystic Lamb or The Lamb of God, named for a Belgian city? Ghent Altarpiece
Which painter died, fighting at WW1 at Verdun in 1916? Franz Marc
Which painter died aged 26 in 1428, rumoured to have been poisoned by his rivals? Masaccio
One of Elizabeth I's portraits, by the miniaturist Nicholas Hilliard, c. 1576, is named after which bird? Pelican
Which character is arrested and tried in Kafka's "The Trial"? Josef K
Which fictional detective owned a bloodhound called Pedro? Sexton Blake
What was the ‘day job’ of Alfred Gordon Clark, who wrote a number of well-received detective stories under the pseudonym Cyril Hare? County Court Judge
Which fictional detective was often assisted by the reformed criminal Hercule Flambeau? Father Brown
In which eponymous process is a solution of caustic soda used to improve the strength and lustre of cotton fibres? Mercerisation
Which Anglo-American theoretical physicist has given his name to the hypothetical megastructure in which an artificial sphere completely encloses a star? Freeman Dyson
Designed to disorientate and delay, in which everyday location might you be subjected to a Gruen Transfer? Shop/Retail outlet/Shopping mall/IKEA store
Which author, who changed his name to hide his descent from a notorious judge at the Salem witch trials, was appointed US consul to Liverpool in 1853 Nathaniel Hawthorne
Which US author, thrice nominated for a Nobel Prize in Literature, settled in England and became a UK citizen one year before his death in 1916? Henry James
Which author served as US ambassador to Spain from 1842 to 1846? Washington Irving
Celebrated in song on account of his controversial execution for murder in November 1915, which US trade-union activist coined the phrase ‘Pie in the Sky’? Joe Hill
Members of the militant organization Industrial Workers of the World were commonly known by what name? Wobblies
Who is the only trade-union leader to have become President of the USA, as of 2016? Ronald Reagan
In 1910, which writer disguised herself as a member of the Abyssinian royal family to make a hoax visit to the Royal Navy flagship HMS Dreadnought? Virginia Woolf
Who appeared at the 2002 Newport Folk Festival wearing a wig and false beard, possibly as a reference to events 37 years earlier? Bob Dylan (Booed in 1965 for playing electric guitar)
Which notoriously reclusive US author was depicted on The Simpsons wearing a paper bag over his head? Thomas Pynchon
Fourteen-year old Susie Salmon, who is raped and murdered in the first chapter, provides the narration to which 2002 book? The Lovely Bones
Joe Gillis, whose body is found floating in a swimming pool, provides the narration to which 1950 film? Sunset Boulevard
After taking her own life in the pilot episode, Mary Alice Young served as the dead narrator of which TV series? Desperate Housewives
As used in the traditional Caribbean dish ackee and saltfish, the ackee fruit has a Latin name derived from that of which noted mariner, who took the fruit from Jamaica to Kew Gardens in 1793? Captain William Bligh (Blighia sapida)
Which amber-coloured fruit, a close relative of the blackberry and raspberry, is used to make the Finish liqueur Lakkalikööri? Cloudberry
In which year was Michael Foot accused of inappropriate attire at the Cenotaph? 1981
Which was the first state in the world to adopt Christianity? Armenia
Who succeeded David Blunkett as Labour Home Secretary in 2004; he in turn was replaced by John Reid? Charles Clarke
Which judge headed the enquiry into the Profumo affair? Lord Denning
Who was president of the NUS fro 1969 to 1971; he was later a member of Blair's cabinet? Jack Straw
Which Prime Minister was the MP for Lymehouse Stepney from 1922 to 1950? Clement Attlee
Who was the Chancellor when VAT was introduced in the UK in 1973? Anthony Barber
Who was Chancellor of the Exchequer for just a month in 1970, before dying of a heart attack - he coined the term 'nanny state'? Iain Macleod
Which former Tory MP appeared as a child in a Ribena advert in 1961? Michael Portillo
Alben W Barkley was Vice-President to which US President? Harry S Truman
Who used the phrase "It's the economy, stupid" in their US Presidential campaign? Bill Clinton
In the Falklands War, which ship was nicknamed "The Great White Whale"? SS Canberra
Which conspirators famously met at the Duck & Drake Inn? Those behind the Gunpowder Plot
Which nomadic people were overwhelmed by the Huns in 375AD, and ended up migrating westwards, in 428AD they migrated over the Straits of Gibraltar, and ended up living in North Africa with the Vandals? Alans
Which foodstuff did Samuel Pepys bury in his garden to save it from the Great Fire of London? Parmesan Cheese
Which Pharaoh's head is believed to be on the Sphinx's body? Chephren/Khafra
Which Indian mogul had the Taj Mahal built? Shah Jahan
In memory of which woman was the Taj Mahal built? Mumtaz Mahal
Which palace was seized from Cardinal Wolsey by Henry VIII, to replace Westminister as his main palace? Whitehall
Which man burned down the 'Temple of Artemis' that was one of the Seven Ancient Wonders in order to 'immortalise himself'? Herostratus
Which number Dvorak symphony was written for, or about, London? Seventh
In Greek myth, which God carried the caduceus? Hermes
Who wrote the popular song "Stardust" in 1927? Hoagy Carmichael
Who wrote the soundtrack for, and starred in, the 1980 film "The Jazz Singer"? Neil Diamond
Which composer, born in 1873, stood 6 foot 6 inches tall, with a 12-inch handspan that allowed him to write fiendishly difficult piano pieces? Rachmaninov
Which actor fronts the band "30 Seconds to Mars"? Jared Leto
Forming part of a series of parody retellings collectively known as Laugh It Up, Fuzzball, the Family Guy episode Something, Something, Something, Darkside is based on which particular film in a series? The Empire Strikes Back
The traditional rhyme detailing what a bride should have for good luck has a final line that is often omitted. It says she should have something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver what in her shoe? Sixpence
Which word used for an unspecified belief in a transcendent force is equivalent to the phrase ‘spiritual but not religious’ and is derived from the Dutch for ‘something-ism’? Ietsism
The demonym for which major US city is a 13-letter word that ends with -neapolitan? Minneapolis
A Leopolitan is somebody from which European city? Lvov
Who is the subject of a monumental 19-foot sculpture, perhaps the best known work of the American sculptor Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), which is located in a building that was purpose-designed to house it by the architect Henry Bacon? Abraham Lincoln
She was born in Texas in 1964 with the surname French, but is better known with the surname of her husband since 1994. In 2013 she was appointed an honorary DBE, and in 2005 was jointly named as Time magazine’s Person of the Year. Who is she? Melinda Gates
The architect Joseph Nathaniel French is best known for the Fisher Building, a 30-storey ornate art deco landmark which has been called which US city’s “largest art object”? Detroit
Which substance, once used as an anaesthetic, but now superseded in that role by less reactive agents, has the chemical formula C3H6 and is one of the smallest hydrocarbon molecules to feature a ring of carbon atoms? Cyclopropane
C3H6 is the formula of which non-ringed hydrocarbon, the raw material for a variety of products in the petrochemical industry, including the plastic whose name is formed by prefixing with poly-? Propene/propylene
Hydrocarbons are divided into two classes: those which contain a stable ring of atoms such as benzene are described as aromatic, while all others are called by which other name? Aliphatic
Which South African city takes its name from the surname of the Voortrekker leader whose forenames were Andries Wilhelmus Jacobus? The city was founded in 1855 by his son who shortly afterwards became the first president of the South African Republic. Pretoria
This Roman general was the nephew of Tiberius, father of Caligula, brother of Claudius and grandfather of Nero. He became best known by which name, honouring the location of several of his father’s military victories? Germanicus
Although he himself was born and grew up in other parts of the same country, which acclaimed writer adopted the place where his father had been born in 1879 as his professional first name? Tennessee Williams
In written Modern Greek, which punctuation mark is used - instead of a question mark - to indicate that a question has been asked? Semi-colon
According to the APA, the five most cited psychologists of the 20th century were Skinner, Piaget, Freud, Bandura, and which American social psychologist best known for his theory of cognitive dissonance and for developing social comparison theory? Leon Festinger
Immediately prior to gaining independence from France, Mali (then known as French Sudan) joined a short-lived federation (the Mali Federation of 1959-60) with which other African nation? Senegal
Which Japanese sportswear and sports equipment company has an acronymic name formed from a Latin phrase meaning 'a healthy mind is a healthy body'? ASICS
The Russian astrophysicist Nikolai Kardashev is best-remembered today for having given his name to a well-known scale measuring… what? A civilisation's level of technological advancement
Named for a 19th century German explorer, which species of vulture of the Sahel region of central Africa is considered to be the world's highest flying bird, reaching a maximum altitude of around 11,300 metres? Rüppell's vulture
Which 1988 comedy sports film tells the story of a minor league baseball team from North Carolina? Bull Durham
Separated from the mainland by the Hecate Strait, what is the former name of the Canadian archipelago which was officially renamed Haida Gwaii in 2010? Queen Charlotte Islands
Considered one of the greatest ever field hockey players of all time, which Pakistani legend (who won 350 caps between 1998 and 2012) became the first man ever to score 300 international goals? Sohail Abbas
Performed in order to exorcise sins and uncleanness, harae are the purification rituals central to which religion? Shinto
Which Brazilian aviation pioneer built - and flew - the world's first practical dirigible and became world famous in 1901 when he flew his craft around the Eiffel Tower? Albert Santos-Dumant
Which traditional barbecued dish serves as the national dish of Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay? The term is also used to refer to the barbecue - and attendant social gathering - itself. Asado
By what stage-name is the Italian comedian, actor, and singer-songwriter Antonio Focas Flavio Angelo Ducas Comneno De Curtis di Bisanzio Gagliardi better known? Toto
The Tunisian tourist complex of Port El Kantaoui - the site of the 2015 attacks which left 39 people dead - lies 10 km north of which city, best-known for its medina, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988? Sousse
What is the name of the desert planet - nicknamed Dune - on which the action of Frank Herbert's 1965 Hugo Award-winning novel Dune is set? Arakis
The first known human immortal cell line for medical research is known as the HeLa cell line after which African-American woman who unwittingly provided it when cells from her cancerous tumour were cultured by George Otto Gey? Henrietta Lacks
Despite a population of only 2.5 million, which city in Inner Mongolia is, with an area of over 260,000 square kilometres, the world's largest city by area? Hulunbuir
Discovered by Italian archaeologists in 1964 and described as the first recorded world power, the city-state of Ebla (also known as Tell Mardikh) is to be found in which modern-day country? Syria
Which American author wrote the 1913 autobiographical novel John Barleycorn which detailed his lifelong struggle with alcoholism? Jack London
Named for a Polish physicist, which type of diagram illustrates the electronic states of a molecule and the transitions between them? Jablonski diagram
The French-born Argentine singer-songwriter and tango legend Carlos Gardel died in a plane crash in which country in 1935? Colombia
Healthy human beings have 23 pairs of chromosomes. One pair is an allosome, which determines sex, while the other 22 pairs are given what name? Autosomes
Described as "the first mainstream musical about a young lesbian", which musical - based on Alison Bechdel's 2006 graphic memoir of the same name - won five Tony Awards including Best Musical Award earlier this year? Fun Home
Known as the 'David Beckham of ____', the Argentinian sportsman and model Nacho Figueras is one of the world's most famous players of which sport? Polo
Headquartered at Washington D.C.'s Union Station, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation is better known by what one-word name? Amtrak
Which painter, born in Le Havre in 1883, but based in England, painted an award winning portrait of Flora Robson, and became one of the few female official war artists of WW2? Ethel Gabain
Which type of late Renaissance or Baroque instrumental composition, meaning to 'search out', is an early kind of fugue? Ricercar
The 1987 TV movie, A Simple Man, was about which artist? LS Lowry
For what do the initials WOMAD stand, in the name of the arts festival established in 1982 by Peter Gabriel? World of Music Arts and Dance
Which film was Clark Gable's talking debut? The Painted Desert
What was the name used by the sculptor born Naum Neemia Pevsner, partly to distinguish him from his brother Antoine? Naum Gabo
"Selling England By The Pound" of 1973, is an album by which band? Genesis
Which Hungarian won the 1971 Nobel Prize for Physics for developing holography? Dennis Gabor
The "Realistic Manifesto" of 1920 was written by which Russian artistic movement? Russian Constructivists
The French writer Emile Gaboriau is best known as a pioneer of detective fiction, with which detective, first seen in "L'Affaire Lerouge"? Monsieur Lecoq
Which unit of measurement is equal to one-tenth of a nautical mile? A cable
The gun known as a Pistole Parabellum 1908 or Parabellum-Pistole is better-known by which one word name? Luger
What is the common name for the garden plant 'lavatera'? Mallow
Which garden plant is 'mesambryanthenum cordifolium'? Livingstone Daisy
Where in the human body is the lunula? The base of the nail
Which man is credited with inventing the microwave oven in 1945? Percy Spencer
Whose quote was "before God we are all equally wise and equally foolish"? Albert Einstein
On what date is St Andrews Day? 30th November
What was the first name of the frozen food pioneer, Mr Birdseye (1886-1956)? Clarence
In which year was the RSPCA founded? 1824
The dandelion is a member of which plant family? Asteracea or Daisy (accept sunflower or aster)
Where are galoshes worn? The feet (they are a type of rubber boot that is slipped over shoes to keep them from getting muddy or wet)
What colour are the flowers of a forsythia shrub? Yellow
Which type of shoe, with a name deriving from the Algonquian language Powhatan is a type of outdoor slipper associated with Native Americans? Moccasins
Which symbol appears on a computer keyboard on the '7' key, just above the number itself? & (ampersand)
In which street were the TV duo Steptoe & Son based? Oildrum Lane, Shepherd's Bush
Who played the Austrian ambassador, Mersi, in 2006's "Marie Antoinette"? Steve Coogan
Who was Oscar nominated for a Best Supporting Actor for playing Harlee Claiborne, the Con-Man, in 'The Towering Inferno'? Fred Astaire
Who played Gary Cooper's bride in the film "High Noon"? Grace Kelly
In 'One Foot In The Grave', what was Victor Meldrew's occupation immediately before he retired? Security Guard
Which screenwriter and producer won BAFTAs for the TV series "Cracker", "Clocking Off" and "Shameless"? Paul Abbott
Who designed the Oscar statuette? Cedric Gibbons
Which children's TV show was created by Keith Chapman and ran from 1998 to 2012? Bob The Builder
Who took over as editor of British Vogue in 1992 and was still in charge as of April 2016? Alexandra Shulman
From which country is the actress Michelle Gomez from? Scotland
Where is there a transporter bridge over the River Usk? Newport
Which is the highest of the five ranks of the peerage ranks? Duke
Which city was famously described as having "dreaming spires" by Matthew Arnold? Oxford
In which English county are the Farne Islands? Northumberland
Bellagio is a resort on which lake? Como
There are just three Cayman Islands - Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and which other? Cayman Brac
Which Hampshire town, about 37 mi (60 km) southwest of London, has been called "Home Of The Army"? Aldershot
Where in the UK is St Magnus Cathedral? Kirkwall, Orkney
What is the longest river in Afghanistan? Helmand
Where are the Wills Memorial Tower and British Empire Museum? Bristol
In which year was the Economics Nobel Prize established? 1968
What was Marie Curie's maiden name? Skłodowska
Most famous for discovering the structure of benzene, who has been described as the principal founder of the theory of chemical structure? Friedrich August Kekulé
Which German mathematician (1777-1855), the first to prove the quadratic reciprocity law and claimed to have discovered the possibility of non-Euclidean geometries but never published it? Carl Friedrich Gauss
Who became King of Sweden on 15 September 1973 on the death of his grandfather Gustaf VI Adolf? Carl XVI Gustaf
Which award, popularly called "genius grants" is given to between 20 and 30 individuals, working in any field, who have shown "extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction"? MacArthur Fellowship
Which award, named after a US-born British entrepreneur, has been given since 1972 to ""has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life's spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works"? Templeton Prize
Which French literature prize has been awarded since 1903? Prix Goncourt
How often is the Fields Medal awarded? Every four years
The Wolf Prize is an international award granted in which nation to living scientists and artists, since 1978? Israel
Who was the first woman to teach at the Sorbonne? Marie Curie
The Balzan Prize, awarded to 4 people annually in a range of subjects, is named after a family from which nation? Italy
Two members of the Swedish Academy, who appoint Nobel Prizes, resigned in 1989 in protest over the Academy's refusal to denounce what? Iran's fatwa on Salman Rushdie
Which author (1888-1964) was Finland's first Nobel Laureate, winning the Literature Prize in 1939? Frans Eemil Sillanpää
Who wrote the novel "The Rescue" (1919-20)? Joseph Conrad
Who received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1903, becoming the first Swedish Nobel laureate, and in 1905 became director of the Nobel Institute where he remained until his death? Svante August Arrhenius
Who, famous for other things, wrote the plays "In Lightest Africa" and "The Bacillus Patient"? Alfred Nobel
Which Russian and American poet and essayist, expelled ("strongly advised" to emigrate) from the Soviet Union in 1972 was awarded the 1987 Nobel Prize in Literature and was appointed United States Poet Laureate in 1991? Joseph Brodsky
What Latin name (meaning "course of offices") represents the sequential order of public offices held by aspiring politicians in both the Roman Republic and the early Roman Empire? Corsus honorum
The Maya megacity El Mirador is in which country? Guatemala
The Gare De Cornavin is the main train station in which European city? Geneva
Theodoros Vryzakis (1819-1878) a Greek painter, known mostly for his historical scenes, was one of the founders of the which school, composed of Greek artists who had studied in the city of that name? Munich school
The Heptanese School of painting is associated with which country? Greece
Considered by some Muslims to be the fourth-holiest place in Islam, and the holiest mosque outwith Saudi Arabia, in which city is the Umayyad Mosque? Damascus
In which Chinese province does the Yellow Sea reach the sea? Shandong
Who the first Westerner (1771-1806) known to have travelled to the central portion of the Niger River? Mungo Park
Which capital city's name translates as "New Flower"? Addis Ababa
In which city is the Griffith Observatory, opened in 1935? Los Angeles
Which is Estonia's largest island? Saaremaa
Considered some of the first inhabitants of Botswana and South Africa, also called Bushmen or Basarwa, are members of various indigenous hunter-gatherer people of Southern Africa? San
What is the nickname of Walsall FC? The Saddlers
What was the home of Walsall FC until 1990, when they moved to the Bescot Stadium? Fellows Park
What is the name of Wycombe Wanderers home ground? Adams Park
What is the nickname of Wycombe Wanderers FC? The Chairboys
What is the name of Yeovil's ground? Huish Park
Which trophy is awarded to the Man of the Match in the English Rugby League Challenge Cup Final? Lance Todd Trophy
Yelena Isinbayeva was a double Olympic gold medallist and three time world champion at which athletic event? Pole Vault
Which football team did Italy beat in the World Cup Final in 1934? Czechoslovakia
In which nation was the 1954 World Cup held? Switzerland
Which Australian test cricketer died on 27 November 2014 after being hit by a cricket ball two days earlier? Phillip Hughes
In which decade did Harold Pinter the Literature Nobel Prize? 2000s (2005)
Who painted "Nighthawks" in 1942? Edward Hopper
Who painted "The Night Café" in 1888? Vincent Van Gogh
Which poet, for his celebratory representations of the English countryside and his lamentation of its disruption, died in 1864 in a Northampton asylum? John Clare
Captain Frederick Wentworth is a character in which Jane Austen novel? Persuasion
Captain Cuttle is a character in which Charles Dickens novel? Dombey And Son
What does "oc" mean in the name of the place "Languedoc"? Yes
Monna Vanna is an unfinished opera by which composer after a play by Maurice Maeterlinck? Sergei Rachmaninoff
Who painted the 1866 "Monna Vanna" that hangs in the Tate in London? Gabriel Dante Rossetti
Give a year in the life of Dante Alighieri. 1265 – 1321
In which geological epoch did Neanderthals live? Pleistocene
Alfred Jingle is a comic character in which novel? The Pickwick Papers
"Cloud Cuckoo Land" first appears as a concept in which literary work? Aristophanes' "The Birds"
At which battle did Henry V of England receive a facial arrow wound? Shrewsbury
Who did Henry V of England marry? Catherine of Valois
On what date was the Battle of Agincourt? 25th October 1415
Which treaty of 1420 stated that Henry V of England would inherit France? Treaty of Troyes
To which French king did Paris fall in 1436, when he re-captured it from the English? Charles VII
Which Lollard leader, believed to have been the inspiration for Shakespeare's Falstaff, escaped from the Tower of London and then led a rebellion against King Henry V, but was eventually captured and executed in London in 1417? John Oldcastle
Which sea is bounded by Corsica and Sardinia (to the west), the Italian peninsula (regions of Tuscany, Lazio, Campania, Basilicata, and Calabria) to the east, and Sicily (to the south)? Tyrrhenian
Which British artist's "The Holy Virgin Mary", which featured a pregnant black Mary surrounded by cutouts from pornographic magazines and elephant dung was blocked by Rudolph Giuliani from being exhibited in New York in 1996? Chris Ofili
What is the name of the Rene Magritte work that depicts a pipe with the words "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" underneath? The Treachery Of Images (La trahison des images)
The "Ocean Park" paintings were the later works of which US artist? Richard Diebenkorn
In which year was the Google search engine launched? 1998
Established in 2000 by Robin Li and Eric Xu, what is China's most used search engine? Baidu
Its name chosen to honour a famous library, which website, founded in 1996 by American web entrepreneurs Brewster Kahle and Bruce Gilliat provides commercial web traffic data, rankings of most visited sites, and analytics? Alexa Internet
Which grouping of artists was founded by Paul Nash in 1933, and included the sculptors Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore? Unit One
What nationality was the sculptor Alberto Giacometti (1901-66)? Swiss
Who built the first reflecting telescope in 1668? Isaac Newton
Which equation summarises Newton's second law of motion? F = ma
In which year did Hurricane Katrina devastate New Orleans? 2005
Kolya, a 1996 film that won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film was made in which country? Czech Republic
Episode 13 in Series 4 of which US TV series based on a British character was called "A Study In Charlotte"? Elementary
Which US company has the stock market initials AAPL? Apple
Which US company has the stock market initials HOG? Harley-Davidson
North Foreland and South Foreland are chalk headlands in which English county? Kent
The company United States Steel has which single-letter stock market abbreviation? X
What name is given to one of the units of sound that distinguish one word from another in a particular language? Phoneme
Which sportsperson once famously defined their race with the portmanteau word "Cablinasian" on The Oprah Winfrey Show? Tiger Woods
Which design, still used today, is based on a layout created for the Sholes and Glidden typewriter and sold to Remington in 1873? QWERTY keyboard
The Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge, which has produced 29 Nobel winners as of 2016, is named after which British chemist and physicist? Henry Cavendish (Cavendish Laboratory)
Carl Anderson won the 1936 Nobel Prize for Physics after discovering which particle - 'accidentally' - he later said? Positron
Which Bengali physicist (1894-1974) specialising in mathematical physics has a whole class of particles, whose statistics do not restrict the number of them that occupy the same quantum state, named after him? Satyendra Nath Bose (Bosons)
In which year did Norway attempt independence in the 19th century, but was later force to accept the Swedish King as Monarch? 1814
The inelastic scattering of a photon by a charged particle, usually an electron, that results in a decrease in energy (increase in wavelength) of the photon is known by what name after a US physicist? Compton Effect
Who wrote "The Double Helix" in 1968, angering his famous co-discoverer? James D Watson
Whose hand bones were featured in a famous photograph, shown in newspapers worldwide, relating Roentgen's famous discovery of X-rays? Mrs Roentgen
Who wrote the 1953 novel "The Unnamable"? Samuel Beckett
The Kikuyu are the largest ethnic group in which country? Kenya
"Kuroi Ame" of 1966 or Black Rain, later a film of 1989, directed by Shohei Imamura, is the most famous work by which Japanese writer (1898-1993)? Masuji Ibuse
Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1994, which Japanese author, born 1935 and "A Personal Matter" and "The Silent Cry"? Kenzaburō Ōe
Which Japanese writer, playwright, photographer and inventor wrote "The Woman In The Dunes" and "The Face Of Another"? Kobo Abe
Who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, the first Japanese author to receive the award? Yasunari Kawabata
Who, (24 July 1886 – 30 July 1965) one of the major writers of modern Japanese literature, wrote "The Key", "Diary of a Mad Old Man", "The Makioka Sisters" and "The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi"? Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
Best known for his novels "Kokoro", "Botchan", "I Am a Cat" and his unfinished work "Light and Darkness", whose portrait from 1984 to 2004, appeared on the front of the Japanese 1000 yen note? Natsume Sōseki
The novellists Julio Cortazar and Jorge Luis Borges were natives of which country? Argentina
Who was awarded the 1989 Nobel Prize in Literature and wrote 1951's "The Hive"? Camilo José Cela
Who was the first Latin American winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature? Gabriela Mistral
Who played Joey LaMotta, brother of Jake, in "Raging Bull"? Joe Pesci
Which football team have the words "FLOREAT SALOPIA" on their crest? Shrewsbury Town
Which mathematician and astronomer gives his name to the positions in an orbital configuration of two large bodies where a small object affected only by gravity can maintain a stable position relative to the two large bodies? Joseph-Louis Lagrange
Quadrilatero della moda is considered by some to be the world's most important fashion district. It is to be found primarily on which upscale shopping street in Milan? Via Montenapoleone
Aphrodite's Child's debut single Rain and Tears was a reworking of which piece of Baroque classical music? Pachelbel's Canon in D
The last geological period of the Proterozoic Eon, which period is named for a range of hills in South Australia famous for its fossils dating from that time? Ediacaran
Deontay Wilder is a champion in which sport? Boxing
Which Catalan cellist is best-remembered for his recordings of the Bach Cello Suites between 1936 and 1939? Pablo Casals
His tomb playing a major role in Dan Brown's novel Inferno, which Doge of Venice led the Venetian contingent at the Sack of Constantinople in 1204 despite being ninety years old and blind? Enrico Dandolo
Appearing in such films as Contempt, The Little Soldier, and A Woman Is a Woman among others, Anna Karina was the wife and muse of which French director? Jean-Luc Godard
Its interior renovated by Louis Comfort Tiffany, a house in Hartford, Connecticut is named for which famous American author who lived there between 1874 and 1891? Mark Twain
Despite being nominated for a Nobel Prize a record 84 times, he was never awarded the honour - which German theoretical physicist (1868-1951) introduced the azimuthal quantum number, the spin quantum number, fine-structure constant and X-ray wave theory?​ Arnold Sommerfeld
The PIDE were a secret security police that existed from 1945-69 in which country? Portugal
Two members of the awarding committee resigned in protest at the decision to award the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize to which two men? Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho
Dagens Nyheter is, as of 2016, the most popular morning newspaper in which country? Sweden
Meaning "great thing" or "great council" what is the name of the supreme legislature of Norway, established in 1814 by the Constitution of Norway? Storting
King of Sweden from 1771 until his assassination in 1792, who established the Swedish Academy? Gustav III
One of the first contemporary writers of Arabic literature, along with Tawfiq el-Hakim, to explore themes of existentialism, which Nobel Laureate's imprtant works include "The Cairo Trilogy"> Naguib Mahfouz
Which winner of the 1954 chemistry Nobel Prize subsequently won one in 1962 for Peace, for protesting atomic bombs? Linus Pauling
In which country was Albert Einstein born - he left aged sixteen? Germany
The physicist Max Born, born in Germany, was listed as which nationality when awarded his Nobel Prize - he had fled to that country when Hitler was in power? British/Britain
In which city was TS Eliot born? St Louis, Missouri
What is the smallest of the seven United Arab Emirates? Ajman
Which town or city was the first in the UK to introduce a congestion charge? Durham
Which canal joins London to Birmingham? Grand Union Canal
What is the main town on the Isle of Sheppey? Sheerness
Harvard University is located in which US state? Massachussetts
Ponta Delgada is the largest city in which island group? Azores
Washington is a town in the municipal area of which UK city? Sunderland
In which Welsh county is Newport? Gwent
What is New Zealand's third island? Stewart Island
The English use of the word 'taboo' comes from James Cook's 1777 visit to which island? Tonga
Which high-security psychiatric hospital is located at Crowthorne in Berkshire, England? Broadmoor
What links Coningsby (Lincs), Leaming (N Yorks) and Valley (Anglesey)? RAF stations
"Can Queen Victoria Eat Cold Apple Pie" is a well-known mnemonic for what? Seven hills of Rome
In which US state is Fort Knox? Kentucky
To which UK court are foreign ambassaors credited? Court of St James
Cabot Tower is in which US city? Bristol
Which county has its administrative HQ at Kingston-Upon-Thames? Surrey
As of 2016, which is the only private university in the United Kingdom operating under a royal charter? University of Buckingham
Which Scottish town was made a city in 2002? Stirling
Frogmore House is a 17th-century English country house in which county? Berkshire
Which town in Northern Ireland lies on the stretch of river between Upper Lough Erne and Lower Lough Erne? Enniskillen
The Coast to Coast Walk runs from St Bees Head on the Irish Sea to where? Robin Hood's Bay
Odumegwu Ojukwu was President of which short lived country in 1967? Biafra
Which word is missing from the first line of text on the inside cover of a UK Passport "Her ??? Majesty's Secretary of State"? Britannic
Hiroshi Hoketsu was the oldest competitor at the 2012 Olympics - in which specific discipline? Dressage
Who plays the girlfriend, then wife, of Michael Corleone in 1972 film "The Godfather"? Diane Keaton
Who made the cake on the cover of the Rolling Stones "Let It Bleed"? Delia Smith
What type of establishment was the setting for BBC comedy "Early Doors"? A pub
Who is the twin sister of Sebastian in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"? Viola
The AN-2 and AN-24 aircraft were manufactured by which company? Antonov
What is the minimum number of points needed to win a game of badminton? 21
In which English county is Stilton, famed for its cheese? Cambridgeshire
In which country is Mainland Europe's highest point outwith the Alps and (if counted as Europe) the Caucasus? Spain
Cannon International Airport was, until 1994, the name of the airport that serves which US city? Reno
A proposed extension to which building was shelved after it was described by Prince Charles as a "monstrous carbuncle"? National Gallery
Which building now stands on the site of the very first Waldorf-Astoria Hotel? Empire State Building
Which maitre d'hotel of the original Waldorf Astoria credited with having created the Waldorf salad, and for aiding in the popularization of the Thousand Island dressing? Oscar Tschirky
Sex and Violence, which aired on ABC on March 19, 1975, was the improbably-named pilot of which show? The Muppet Show
What is the currency of Papua New Guinea? Kina
In which English county are the Sizewell nuclear power stations? Suffolk
Where is the ESA's spaceport at Kourou? French Guiana
Four wars by which name took place between 1652-1674 and 1781-1784? Anglo-Dutch Wars
In which town or city was footballer Christiano Ronaldo born - the Museu CR7 opened there in 2013? Funchal
Pico Ruivo is the highest point on which island group? Madeira
Devil's Island, the former penal colony in French Guiana, is part of which island group? Iles de Salut
What is the capital of the Chinese province of Xinjiang? Urumqi
Which body of water in the Lake District lies between Grasmere Water and Lake Windermere? Rydal Water
Aira Force is a small waterfall near which Lake District lake? Ullswater
Britain's first transporter bridge and the largest of its type ever built in the world, it continued in use until 1961 when it was replaced by a through arch bridge, now known as the Silver Jubilee Bridge. This bridge connected which two towns? Widnes and Runcorn
Founded in 1947, which Trade Union is USDAW? Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers
Which Mexican boxer is the greatest ever fighter at strawweight, winning 51 and drawing 1 out of 52 professional fights, was the third champion in history to retire undefeated and the first to do so as both an amateur and professional fighter? Ricardo Lopez
What is the name given to various forms of folk and popular music originating among the Mexican-American populations of Central and Southern Texas? Tejano music
Two-up is a gambling game that originated in which country? Australia
How many shots are fired in the shooting element of the modern pentathlon? Twenty
Which foil is used in the fencing part of the modern pentathlon? Epee
What name is given to a word spelled from the first letters of a poem's lines? Acrostic
Which value of cards is the objective for players of baccarat? Nine
How many dice are used in a game of backgammon? Five
How many pieces does each player start with in a game of backgammon? Fifteen
Which game used to be called "housey-housey"? Bingo
First held in 1950, but now contested only on odd-numbered years, what is the name of the biennial world championship contract bridge tournament for national teams? Bermuda Bowl
Naval engineer Samuel Bentham, and Immanuel Nobel, father of Alfred, are both credited with inventing types of what, designed to be stronger than traditional wood? Plywood
In which decade did the Suez canal open? 1860s (1869)
Which mutiny, named for an anchorage near Portsmouth, that ran from 16 April to 15 May 1797 inspired the more violent Nore mutiny of the same year? Spithead mutiny
Which smokeless propellant, made from two high explosives, nitrocellulose and nitroglycerine. was invented by Alfred Nobel? Ballistite
Which family of smokeless propellants were developed and produced in the United Kingdom from 1889 to replace gunpowder as military propellant - the invention provoked legal action from Alfred Nobel, who had invented a similar (but not identical) product? Cordite
Also the name of a Brazilian football team, what is the demonym meaning "from the state of Rio de Janeiro"? Fluminense
What is the name given to an inhabitant of Madrid? Madrileno
The Cenci, A Tragedy, in Five Acts (1819) is a verse drama in five acts by who? Shelley
What links Mark Twain, Alfred Nobel, Marcus Garvey and Ernest Hemingway, in terms of the popular press? They all read their own premature obituaries
Which Scottish-American steel industrialist, who gave away about 90 per cent of his fortune, wrote the 1889 article "The Gospel of Wealth" that called on the rich to use their wealth to improve society, and which stimulated a wave of philanthropy? Andrew Carnegie
Magnus Gustaf (Gösta) Mittag-Leffler was a Swede reknowned in which field - it is claimed that Alfred Nobel disliked him so much he refused to set up a Nobel Prize in that field solely because of him? Mathematics
Site of the country's oldest and largest university, what is Sweden's fourth largest city? Uppsala
Probably a record, there were 34 nominations on behalf of which French mathematician and physicist in 1910 for a Nobel Prize - he never won one? Henri Poincare
The Prize is a novel written by who in 1962 concerning the annual prize-giving ceremony of the Nobel Prize? Irving Wallace
Which Norwegian author, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920, wrote works such as Hunger (1890), Mysteries (1892), Pan (1894), and Victoria (1898)? Knut Hamsun
The major work of which Norwegian novelist, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928, is Kristin Lavransdatter, a trilogy about life in Scandinavia in the Middle Ages, portrayed through the experiences of a woman from birth until death? Sigrid Undset
What nationality was Maria Wisława Anna Szymborska, winner of a 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature? Polish
In 1907, at the age of 41, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize, and its youngest recipient to date (May 2016)? Rudyard Kipling
Félix Rubén García Sarmiento (January 18, 1867 – February 6, 1916), known as Rubén Darío, was a poet from which country - he was very influential in Spanish modernism? Nicaragua
The Dwight Chapel and Harkness Tower are found at which Ivy League university? Yale
How many Ivy League universities are there in total? Eight
The Genius of Christianity (French: Génie du christianisme) is a work by which French author, written during his exile in England in the 1790s as a defence of the Catholic faith? François-René de Chateaubriand
Who served as the Austrian Empire's Foreign Minister from 1809 and Chancellor from 1821 until the liberal revolutions of 1848 forced his resignation? Klemens von Metternich
"The Eve of St. Agnes" is a poem (42 stanzas) by who, written in 1819 and published in 1820? Keats
Jump to: navigation, search Yniol shows Prince Geraint his ruined castle in Gustave Doré's illustration Idylls of the King, published between 1859 and 1885, is a cycle of twelve narrative poems by which English poet? Tennyson
Complete the title of the 1889 novel by Mark Twain, from which two words have been omitted: A ------ in King Arthur's Court? Connecticut Yankee
Who wrote the 1920 play "Saint Joan"? George Bernard Shaw
The Stones of Venice is a three-volume treatise on Venetian art and architecture by who, written 1851-3? John Ruskin
The painter Jacques-Laurent Agasse (1767-1849), famed for depicting animals in particular, was born in which modern-day country, although he worked mainly in England? Switzerland
What does the ABC stand for in ABC News? American Broadcasting Company
Who wrote 1943's "A Theory of Human Motivation"? Abraham Maslow
Alexandra Kosteniuk is a former Women's World Champion at what? Chess
What nationality is author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie? Nigerian
Who says "the law is an ass" in Oliver Twist? Mr Bumble
In Dickens novel "Oliver Twist", what is the profession of Mr Sowerberry, to whom Oliver is apprenticed? Undertaker
In Dickens novel "Oliver Twist", what is the 'Artful Dodger's real name? Jack Dawkins
In which publication was Oliver Twist first serealised? Bentley's Miscellany
In Dickens novel "Oliver Twist", what is the profession of Mr Bumble? Parish beadle
Robert Harris's novel "Lustrum" is a sequel to which of his books? Imperium
Until 1999 La Paz's El Alto Airport, in Bolivia, was named for which non-Bolivian? John F Kennedy
In which US state is the city of Milwaukee? Wisconsin
The A1 incorporates parts of which Roman road, with sections - particularly the section from Alconbury to Water Newton - still following its course almost exactly? Ermine Street
What is the currency used in Malaysia? Ringgit
Which ancestral home is the seat of the Duke of Richmond? Goodwood
Where does the Salmon Weir Bridge cross the River Corrib? Galway
The Roman Fosse Way joined which two towns? Exeter and Lincoln
The Mardyke is an area in which city - the Mardyke Walk was once a fashionable promenade? Cork (City)
John Player & Sons, the tobacco manufacturer, were originally based in which UK city? Nottingham
Which currency is used in Morocco? Dirham
in which city is the building of the European Court of Human Rights? Strasbourg
In which country did the nonsense poet Edward Lear die? Italy
How is the game Cluedo known in North America? Clue
Which self-proclaimed Serb parastate within the territory of the Republic of Croatia during the Croatian War of Independence was established in 1991, but was overrun by Croatian forces in 1995 and thus disbanded? Republic of Serbian Krajina (RSK)
There are two constitutional and legal entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina - one is the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is the other? Republika Srpska
What is the currency of Bosnia and Herzegovina? Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark
Whose 1967 debut album was entitled "Blowin' Your Mind!"? Van Morrison
"Twist and Shout", "Piece of My Heart" and "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" were all written by which American songwriter and record producer of the 1960s who died aged 38 from heart problems? Bert Berns
The cover photo for which album, frequently cited in polls as one of the best LPs of all time, was taken in February 1966 by George Jerman at San Diego Zoo? Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
The Kafue, the longest river lying wholly within Zambia, is the largest tributary of which river? Zambezi
What nationality was former high jumper Rosie Ackermann representing when she became the first woman to jump over 2m? East Germany
As of 2016, which county was the most recent to join the first-class English cricket County Championship? Durham (1992)
A marathon is traditionally run over 26 miles and how many yards? 385
What apposite nickname was given to 19th century boxer Hen Pearce? The Game Chicken
On 20 July 1871, in the offices of The Sportsman newspaper, C. W. Alcock proposed that which competition begin? The FA Cup
The Courtney Goodwill Trophy was a former competition, indeed possibly the first to be played for by international teams, in which sport? Rugby League
Englishwoman Gillian Gilks (formerly Gillian Perrin, and later Gillian Goodwin) is a former champion in which sport? Badminton
Which year saw the only non-English winner of the FA Cup to date (as of 2016)? 1927 (Cardiff City)
Who was the owner of Red Rum, the famous Grand National winning horse? Noel Le Mare
What is the name of Detroit's MLB franchise? Tigers
Which King of Spain moved the capital to Madrid in 1561? Felipe II
Which Spanish film director first achieved international recognition for his black comedy-drama film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown in 1988, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film? Pedro Almodóvar
Barajas Airport serves which city? Madrid
Renfe Operadora is which country's state-operated train company? Spain
The oldest part of Madrid is knows as Madrid de la -------, with which city filling in the blank? Austrias
From which plaza in Madrid are all distances in Spain measured? Puerta del Sol
A tourist attraction whose name translates as "Monastery of the Barefoot Royals" can be found in which capital city? Madrid
What is the name of Sainsbury's own brand clothing line? Tu
Its name may derive from a Royal hunting lodge near Madrid, which Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes, incorporates operatic and popular song, as well as dance? Zarzuela
Which UK shipping forecast area comes first alphabetically? Bailey
How many noggins are there in a pint? Four
Chervil, chives, parsley and what else make up 'fines herbes'? Tarragon
'Malis pumula' is the Latin name for which fruit? Apple
A stinger cocktail is crème de menthe with which spirit? Brandy
Chitterlings is a dish principally made from which part of a pig? Intestines
Chicory has been used as a substitute for which drink, including in WW2? Coffee
Also called 'Ata rodo' by Yoruba natives of Nigeria, a scotch bonnet is a type of which foodstuff? Chili Pepper
Brandy Alexander comprises cognac, crème de cacao, nutmeg and what else? Cream
'Savoury ducks' is an alternative name for which foodstuff, especially in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Lancashire? Faggots
What is a mortadella? A sausage
Born Madrid 1600, and dying there in 1681, which dramatist, poet and writer of the Spanish Golden Age was also a priest, and wrote "El médico de su honra (The Surgeon of his Honor)" and "El pintor de su deshonra (The Painter of His Dishonour)"? Pedro Calderón (de la Barca)
Found in few dietary sources, which vitamin is nonetheless present in fish oils and egg yolks? D
Miss You Nights was a brief-lived perfume marketed by which singer? Cliff Richard
Which moon of Jupiter shares its name with a character's alias in "As You Like It"? Ganymede
Which country was second, after Great Britain, to issue postage stamps? Switzerland
Which was the first country outside Europe to issue postage stamps, releasing a "Bulls Eye" stamp on 1st August 1843? Brazil
What first did Louis Bleriot achieve in 37 minutes in 1904? Crossing the Channel by aeroplane
1972's HMS Wilton (m1116) was the first warship in the world entirely made of what? (glass-reinforced) Plastic
What is the name of the short, square-headed bolt that is shot from a crossbow? Quarrel
How was Florence Nightingale Graham (1878-1966) better known? Elizabeth Arden
Which capital city was once known as Pressburg (in German) or Pozsony (in Hungarian)? Bratislava
Its basic step is the swingout - which American dance, possibly named for a famous aviator, that evolved in Harlem, New York City, in the 1920s and 1930s in tandem with the jazz music of that time? Lindy hop
Featured in a Guinness advert, which social movement, famed for colourful and expensive suits and centred in Brazzaville, Congo, embodies the elegance in style and manners of colonial predecessor dandies as a means of resistance? La Sape
Which politician, poet and member of the Hungarian Parliament (1815-56) was the leader of the Slovak national revival in the 19th century, and the author of the Slovak language standard, writing "Nauka reči slovenskej"? Ľudovít Štúr
In which year did Slovakia become independent of Czechoslovakia? 1993
The original centre of Berlin was built on which river? Spree
Which city became the capital of the newly-founded German Empire in 1871? Berlin
The CMYK and RGB are both models used when precision is required in describing what? Colours
Which architect led the reconstruction of the Reichstag building on German reunification in 1990? Norman Foster
Carl Gotthard Langhans is best known for being the architect of which structure, completed 1791, and a symbol of Germany? Brandenburg Gate
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