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In The Odyssey, which treacherous whirlpool did Odysseus encounter? Charybdis
In Greek myth, what did Castor and Pollux become, upon their death? The constellation Gemini
Who was head of the Assyrian pantheon in Mesopotamian religion? Ashur
Which instrument was JS Bach's "Goldberg Variations" written for? Harpsichord
Which mysterious artefacts, 17 in all. were found on Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh in 1836? Miniature Coffins
Found in 1919, the Traprain Treasure was the biggest horde of Roman what ever discovered outside the boundaries of the old Roman Empire? Silver
Which architect (1739-95) won a contest to design Edinburgh's New Town? James Craig
To whose workshop was Leonardo Da Vinci apprenticed at the age of 14? Verrochio
Which Italian sculptor of the Neoclassical era is perhaps best known for his "The Three Graces?" Antonio Canova
Which Scottish artist, illustrator and sculptor had a deep interest in, and knowledge of, Scottish folklore and Celtic legends painted 'The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania' and 'The Reconciliation of Oberon and Titania', both in Scotland's National Gallery? Joseph Noel Paton
The famous Pre-Rapahelite painting "Ophelia" was by which artist? Millais
Give a year in the life of artist Jean-Antoine Watteau? 1684-1721
Who painted "The Canigiani Holy Family" painted in 1508? Raphael
Who painted "Applicants For Admission To A Casual Ward" in 1874? Luke Fildes
What was the famous detective, the star of five compilation books, created by GK Chesterton? Father Brown
What did the GK stand for in GK Chesterton? Gilbert Keith
Who wrote "The Bad Child's Book of Beasts"? Hillaire Belloc
What term is used in Byzantine and Eastern Orthodox art for the traditional iconic representation of Christ in Majesty: enthroned, carrying a book, and flanked by the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist? Deesis or Deisis
Who designed the tapestry Christ in Majesty for Coventry Cathedral? Graham Sutherland
Which noted sculptor’s statue Christ in Majesty stands on a concrete arch over the nave of Llandaff Cathedral? Jacob Epstein
Czech president Miloš Zeman pushed in 2016 for his country to be known by what one-word name, rather than the Czech Republic? Czechia
Which number symphony is Dvorak's "From The New World"? Ninth
Dvorak wrote an opera called "Rusalka" - what or who is "Rusalka"? A water sprite
What name is popularly given to Dvorak's String Quartet in F? The American
Who composed "The Love For Three Oranges", a satirical opera that premiered in 1921? Prokofiev
What relation was Josef Strauss to Johann Strauss II, both composers? Brother
Who wrote the music to the German national anthem? Haydn
What is the correct name of the German national anthem, often incorrectly referred to as "Deutschland, Deutschland über alles"? "Deutschlandlied"
In Greek myth, what name was given to winged monsters with women's heads? Harpies
Who wrote the "St Louis Blues"? WC Handy
Three cities in the United Arab Emirates have a population of over 1 million, and each of the cities shares its name with the emirate in which it is to be found. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are two, but which city is the third? Sharjah
The annual Bilderberg conference - at which many of the world's most powerful politicians and business leaders gather - is named after the hotel in which country at which the conference was first held in 1954? Netherlands
Ranked eighth on Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time", which American musician scored the soundtrack to Wim Wenders' Palme d'Or-winning 1984 film Paris, Texas? Ry Cooder
Since 1997, Jeff Koons' famous work Puppy - a topiary sculpture of a West Highland White Terrier - has stood on a terrace outside which famous museum? Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
When Nelson Mandela became president of the African National Congress in 1991, he replaced which man who had held the post since 1967? Oliver Tambo
For which 2010 novel, in which the author is himself murdered by the protagonist, did Michel Houellebecq win the Prix Goncourt in 2010? La carte et le territoire (or The Map and the Territory)
With a daily circulation of over 10 million, which Japanese broadsheet has the highest circulation of any newspaper anywhere in the world? Yomiuri Shimbun
Which notoriously difficult set of equations describes the motion of fluids by applying Newton's second law of motion to fluids? Navier-Stokes equations
Forming the same function as the Western handshake, which traditional Maori greeting is performed by pressing one's nose and forehead to another person at an encounter? Hongi
The world's first professional standing army was introduced in the 8th century BC by which king of Assyria who conquered almost all of the known world prior to his death in 727 BC? Tiglath-Pileser III
In 2009, the Canadian folk singer Taylor Mitchell became the first known adult human to have been killed by which predators? Coyotes
Which Italian painter was described Vasari as "the greatest female painter of the Renaissance"? Sofonisba Anguissola
Supposedly compiled by Confucius, which Chinese chronicle - one of the Five Classics of Chinese literature - gives its name to the period of Chinese history between 771 BC and 476 BC? Spring and Autumn Annals
Which civilisation had a 260-day ritual calendar divided into thirteen day periods named for, among other things, the rabbit, the lizard, the monkey, the dog, the jaguar, and the vulture? Aztecs
In 1957, Hugh Everett proposed that every quantum event causes a splitting of our universe into a series of parallel universes, in which every possible outcome of the event is realised. By what name is this interpretation of quantum mechanics known? Many worlds interpretation
Coming to power in a military coup in 1994, Yahya Jammeh became the controversial and long-serving president of which African country? Gambia
Which American photographer is responsible for the iconic 1984 work Afghan Girl depicting a young girl, later identified as Sharbat Gula? Steve McCurry
At which naval air station in New Jersey did the LZ 129 Hindenburg airship burst into flames in 1937, killing thirty-six people? Lakehurst
Which Danish cyclist won the 1996 Tour de France but later admitted that he was using banned substances at the time? Bjarne Riis
The 23rd and 24th largest deserts in the world respectively, the Dasht-e-Kavir and Dasht-e-Lut are large salt deserts to be found in which country? Iran
In which English county is Bolingbroke Castle, birthplace of Henry IV? Lincolnshire
Snodgrass, Tupman and Winkle are the travelling companions of which fictional literary figure? Samuel Pickwick
Who painted "The Fighting Temeraire"? Turner
In "The Pickwick Papers", who does Mr Winkle marry? Arabella Allen
What nationality is J. M. G. Le Clézio, winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature? French/French-Mauritian
In Brideshead Revisited, Brideshead is home to which family? The Marchmains
Who wrote "The Box of Delights"? John Masefield
Which dog is the central character of "The Call Of The Wild" - he is stolen from his home and sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska? Buck
Captain Diska Troop features in which 1897 novel? Captains Courageous (Kipling)
On which island, a real one, is the novel "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller set? Pianosa
The Revolution of Roses (often translated into English as the Rose Revolution) occurred in which nation in 2003? Georgia
What was the botanical name given to the Portuguese Revolution of 1974? Carnation Revolution
In which year did Edward Heath become Prime Minister? 1970
Who was the French Admiral who commanded his country's forces at Trafalgar? Villeneuve
In which decade was Thomas Cook's first tour, in the UK, when he arranged to take a group of 540 temperance campaigners from Leicester Campbell Street railway station to a rally in Loughborough, eleven miles away? 1840s
Thomas Cook's first tours outside the UK took place in which decade? 1850s
Who commanded the English fleet against the Armada? Lord Howard of Effingham
How many people died in the 1819 Peterloo Massacre? Fifteen
What name has been given to the 1647 series of discussions between members of the New Model Army – a number of the participants being Levellers – concerning the makeup of a new constitution for Britain? Putney Debates
First opened in November 1850 as "The Royal Museum & Public Library", where was the first unconditionally free public library in England? Salford
Which town, strongly Parliamentarian, was stormed and captured on 28 May 1644 by Royalist forces under Prince Rupert, leading to 1600 of its defenders and inhabitants being slaughtered during and after the fighting? Bolton
Which leading Irish revolutionary figure (20 June 1763 – 19 November 1798) was one of the founding members of the United Irishmen, and is regarded as the father of Irish republicanism and leader of the 1798 Irish Rebellion? (Theobald) Wolfe Tone
The last action of the Irish Rebellion of 1798, which battle of 12 October 1798 ended the final attempt by the French Navy to land substantial numbers of soldiers in Ireland during the French Revolutionary Wars? Battle of Tory Island (called the Battle of Donegal, Battle of Lough Swilly or Warren's Action)
Which engagement, during the Irish Rebellion of 1798, of 21 June 1798, saw over 15,000 British soldiers launch an attack outside Enniscorthy, County Wexford, the largest camp and headquarters of the Wexford United Irish rebels? Battle of Vinegar Hill
In which year was the Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland, to create the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland - it is still legally in force in the UK, but has been repealed in Ireland? 1800
The Catholic Association, to campaign for Catholic emancipation within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, was set up in 1823 by which man? Daniel O'Connell
Which rebellion against British rule in Ireland, organised by the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) occurred in 1867? Fenian Rising
Which two government ministers were killed in the 1882 Phoenix Park murders in Dublin? Lord Frederick Cavendish and Thomas Henry Burke
Which previously obscure group claimed the credit for the 1882 Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin? "Irish National Invincibles".
Which man was chairman of The Home Rule League, a political party which campaigned for home rule for Ireland within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, from 1880-82? Charles Stewart Parnell
Who created the artwork "Space Girl & Bird" & "The Mild Mild West"? Banksy
Which Manchester-born winner of the 1998 Turner Prize is known for using elephant dung in his works? Chris Ofili
In 2010 Banksy won a Grierson Award and was Oscar nominated for which documentary? Exit Through The Gift Shop
In which century was Gutenberg the first to use a movable printing press? 15th
Which Greek astronomer, mathematician, scholar and student of Plato (408–355 BC), whose name means "of good repute", is considered by some to be the greatest of classical Greek mathematicians, although sadly all of his original works are now lost? Eudoxos
In which city was artist Damien Hirst born? Bristol
Damien Hirst's work "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living" features which animal? (Tiger) shark
What is the name of Damien Hirst's early work that featured a rotting cow head in a glass case? A Thousand Years
What is the name of Damien Hirst's famously-expensive work that featured a diamond-encrusted skull? For The Love of God
Which US artist became famous through his photos of corpses and his use of bodily fluids in his work, eg his controversial work "Piss Christ", a photograph of a crucifix submerged in a glass container of what was purported to be the artist's own urine? Andres Serrano
Which Italian term denotes an improvised or written-out ornamental passage played or sung by a soloist or soloists, usually in a "free" rhythmic style, and often allowing for virtuosic display, often just before the final coda? Cadenza
P Diddy founded which record label in 1994? Bad Boy Records
Which composer married Alma Schindler? Gustav Mahler
Doris Caley, Addie Harris, Beverley Lee and Shirley Owens together comprised which pop group? The Shirelles
What is a crépinette? Small, flattened sausage
How are lamellaphonic instruments played? Plucking
Which drink consists of white wine together with cassis? Kir
In mythology, who set Heracles/Hercules his challenge of twelve labours? King Euristheus
Which branch of the Protestant Church is the largest religious group in Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Namibia, and North Dakota? Lutheranism
What is the literally translation of the musical term "largo"? Broad
What name is given to an interconnecting instrumental piece in an orchestra? Intermezzo
Which branch of Shi'ite Islamic practitioners are sometimes called 'Seveners'? Ismaili
The Arctic Cathedral, often used as a symbol of Norwegian Christianity, is in which town or city? Tromsø
"Come Back My Love" and "It's Raining" were 1978 hits for which band? Darts
In which city was Maria Callas born? New York City
Who wrote the opera "The Pilgrim's Progress"? Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Italian zampogna and the French cornimust both resemble which instrument, more familiar to British people? Bagpipes
The name of which pastry derives from the French word for "cabbages"? Choux
Which spirit features in a blue lagoon cocktail? Vodka
Polo mints were based on which similar US sweet, invented as a 'summer candy' in 1912? Lifesavers
Who directed the 1959 film "Ben Hur"? William Wyler
Which ancient wind musical instrument was popularised by a 1998 Legend of Zelda videogame, generally held to be one of the best games of all time? Ocarina (Ocarina of Time)
Who directed "Some Like It Hot"? Billy Wilder
'Luxford and Copley' are a fictional company that appear in which TV series? Eastenders (they own the Queen Vic)
Which song was released by Anita Dobson, based on the Eastenders theme tune? Anyone Can Fall In Love
Which 1988 Eastenders spin-off was set in 1942? Civvy Street
Who played DCI Bilborough in "Cracker"? Christopher Eccleston
What was the name of the character who was the minister, and later PM, in "Yes, Minister"? Jim Hacker
Which character did Paul Eddington play in "The Good Life"? Jerry Leadbitter
Who played Henry V in the eponymous 1989 film? Kenneth Branagh
During which wars was the TV series "Sharpe" set? Napoleonic Wars
Bridget Fonda is what relation to fellow actor Jane Fonda? Niece
What was the forename of the chauffeur in "Hart to Hart"? Max
Released in 2016, what was Radiohead's ninth studio album? A Moon Shaped Pool
On what date was Isaac Newton born? 25th December 1642
Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworthin Lincolnshire is best known as the birthplace of which scientist? Isaac Newton
At which university college did Isaac Newton perform undergraduate studies? Trinity, Cambridge
Which Dutch-German lens maker (1570 – buried 29 September 1619) is usually credited with inventing the refracting telescope? Hans Lippershey
What are the two main operations of calculus? Differentiation, integration
Which colour of the visible spectrum is bent out of its course most by a prism? Red
Which Swede formalised the modern system of naming organisms called binomial nomenclature? Carl Linnaeus
Who wrote Democracy In America (De La Démocratie en Amérique) published in two volumes 1835-40? Alexis de Tocqueville
De L'esprit des Lois (The Spirit of the Laws) IS a treatise on political theory first published in 1748 by who? (Charles de Secondat, Baron de) Montesquieu
Which Greek historian of the Hellenistic period was noted for his work, The Histories, which covered the period of 264–146 BC and described the rise of the Roman Republic, and included his eyewitness account of the Sack of Carthage in 146 BC? Polybius
Which phrase, describing decisions made by a majority placing its interests above those of an individual or minority group, gained prominence after its appearance in 1835 in Democracy in America, by Tocqueville, where it is the title of a section? Tyranny of the Majority
Which collection of 85 articles and essays written (under the pseudonym Publius) 1787-88 by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay promoted the ratification of the United States Constitution? The Federalist (Federalist Papers)
Who launched the fashion house DVF in 1997? Diane von Furstenberg
Whose 1776 work was "The Fragment on Government"? Jeremy Bentham
Which term, first used by the Etruscans, corresponds to the length of time roughly equal to the potential lifetime of a person or the equivalent of the complete renewal of a human population? Saeculum
Who did Sophie d'Houdetot, a French noblewoman (1730 -1813) describe as "an interesting madman"? Rousseau
Which 18th century English philosopher, whose principal work was "Observations on Man, his Frame, his Duty, and his Expectations", was the founder of the Associationist school of psychology? David Hartley
Which group of English political radicals in the nineteenth century inspired by Jeremy Bentham and James Mill, included George Grote, Joseph Parkes,, John Arthur Roebuck, Charles Buller, John Stuart Mill, Edward John Trelawny, and William Molesworth? Philosophical Radicals
Established in 1826 by founders inspired by the radical ideas of Jeremy Bentham, which was the first university in England to be entirely secular, to admit students regardless of their religion and to admit women on equal terms with men? UCL (University College London)
Which (17 November 1794 – 18 June 1871) English political radical and classical historian is now best known for his major work, the voluminous History of Greece? George Grote
Led by Richard Cobden and John Bright, which doctrine, named for a city, won a wide hearing for its argument that free trade would lead to a more equitable society, and for protesting the corn laws? Manchester School
What is the meaning of 'Freud' in German, leading Jung to think that nominative determinism was at play in Sigmund's work on 'the pleasure principle'? Joy
The AT&T stadium, as of 2016 home to the Dallas Cowboys, is in which city, the third largest in the Dallas-Fort Worth urban area? Arlington
What does the surname 'Adler' mean in German? Eagle
What was the appropriately-named surname of the man who was Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the head of the judiciary, from 2008 to 2013? Judge (Igor judge)
Named after two prison officers who adopted it after an experiment first conducted by Alexander Schauss, which tone of pink is claimed to reduce hostile, violent or aggressive behaviour? Baker-Miller Pink
The Mossi are the largest ethnic group in which West African country, constituting more than 40% of the population, or about 6.2 million people? Burkina Faso
Buddy Bear and Petal Blossom Rainbow are two of the badly-named children of which English celebrity? Jamie Oliver
Interflug was the national airline of which country? East Germany
What is the maximum number of clubs that a golfer may carry in their bag? Fourteen
What is the first name of either of the twin brothers of Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter books? Fred or George
The towns of Bangor and Carrickfergus lie on the opposite side of which Northern Irish lough? Belfast Lough
Who was the father of the English Anglo-Saxon king Edward the Elder? Alfred the Great
As of 2016, which company owns both Costa Coffee and Premier Inn? Whitbread
Barbara Havers is the assistant to which fictional Scotland Yard detective? Inspector Thomas Lynley
Dame Myra Hess (1890-1965) was associated with which musical instrument? Piano
The 6th largest city in Brazil, what is the capital and largest city of the state of Pernambuco? Recife
Which Dutch long track speed skater has won a record seven Men's World Allround Championships (between 2007 and 2015)? Sven Kramer
In Greek legend the Centaurs fought against which legendary people at the wedding feast of Pirithous? Lapiths
The Icelandic singer Björk starred as the Czech immigrant Selma Ježková in which Lars von Trier film for which she also contributed the majority of the soundtrack? Released in 2000, it is the only film from the Dogme 95 collective to win the Palme d'Or. Dancer In The Dark
The Pauli exclusion principle states that two identical ________ cannot occupy the same quantum state simultaneously. Which particles with half-integer spin - including all quarks and leptons - fill the blank? Fermions
Which Slovenian girl 'decides to die' in the title of a 1998 Paulo Coelho novel? Veronika
Which Australian athlete, writer, and Mayor of the Gold Coast from 2004 to 2012 set 17 world records in middle-distance running in the 1960s? Ron Clarke
Becoming fully independent from the USA in 1994, which country was the final nation to become fully independent during the 20th century? Palau
Which was the first new country to gain independence in the 21st century? East Timor
Released in 2014 and containing songs dedicated to Eleanor of Aquitane, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and Harriet Tubman among others, 9 Dead Alive is an album by which Mexican acoustic guitar duo? Rodrigo y Gabriela
On November 13, 1985, a small eruption produced an enormous lahar that buried and destroyed which town in Tolima, Colombia causing an estimated 25,000 deaths? Armero
Three of the four highest Elo ratings in chess history were achieved in 2014. Magnus Carlsen, inevitably, was responsible for one; name either of the other two players responsible for the third and fourth highest ever Elo ratings. Fabiano Caruana and Levon Aronian (Kasparov was second behind Carlsen)
Which variant of 'fast chess' is defined as play with 10 minutes or less per player - for the FIDE World Championship of the name, each player has 3 minutes, plus 2 seconds additional time per move starting from move 1? Blitz chess
Which Cuban chess player was world chess champion from 1921 to 1927? José Raúl Capablanca
The red-legged and the black-legged are the two species of which South American birds, the sole members of the order Cariamiformes? Seriema
The Dow Jones Industrial Average features how many companies? Thirty
Which three-time president of Costa Rica foiled a plane hijack attempt in 1971 when – while serving president - he stood on the runway and pointed a submachine gun at the cabin until the hijackers surrendered? José Figueres Ferrer
Making films from 1931 to 2012, thus the only film-maker whose active career spanned from silent era to the digital age, his best-known films including Doomed Love and Abraham's Valley, which Portuguese film director who died in 2015 at the age of 106? Manoel de Oliveira
Deriving from the Latin for 'to cover', which word is given to the cervical mucus plug that blocks the cervix of the uterus after conception and to the part of the brain covering the insula? Operculum
Which Chinese classical composer composed the music for the medal ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)? Tan Dun
What are the Pythchley (in Northamptonshire) and the Quorn (in Leicestershire)? Foxhunts
Cap de Formentor is the northernmost point of which island? Majorca
Punta de la Rasca is the southernmost point of which island? Tenerife
The Welsh town of Mold is located in which county? Flintshire
Which is the only Irish county to begin with the letter 'R'? Roscommon
What is the capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia? Victoria
What is the capital of the Canadian province of Manitoba? Winnipeg
Lord Byron and Winston Churchill both attended which school? Harrow
Which English actor is best known for his leading role as Detective Inspector James Hathaway in the British TV drama series Lewis from 2006 to 2015? Laurence Fox
What does the word 'Chipping' refer to in British placenames, such as Chipping Camden or Chipping Norton? A marketplace
What name was given to the person who sponsored gladiatorial games in Ancient Rome? Editor
Who was the first female high jumper to clear 2m, a feat achieved in 1977? Rosie Ackermann
Who were the first British football team to win a trophy in European competition? Tottenham Hotspur
As of 2016, the women's high jump record remains from 1987 - which Bulgarian woman set it? Stefka Georgieva Kostadinova
The Corbillon Cup is competed for in which sport? Table tennis
How many 'community cards' are dealt in a game of Texas Hold'Em? Five
What is the surname shared by members of a family who boast a 1966 football World Cup winner and a 2003 rugby union World Cup winner? Cohen
The MLB team the "White Sox" play in which city? Chicago
In which football season was the FA Cup first held? 1871-2
As of April 2016, which football team has won the most FA Cups, with 12 victories? Arsenal (at April 2016 Man Utd had 11 but were competing in the final in May so question subject to change!)
How many players make up a softball team? Six
What is the minimum number of points required to win a tie-break in tennis? Seven
The Eel Riot of 25 July 1886 took place in which city? Amsterdam
The Grote Kerk van St Bavo, with an organ played by Handel and Mozart and the Teylers Museum are both attractions in which Dutch city of around 150,000 people? Haarlem
Which Dutch artist (1582-1666) painted two works collectively known as "Regents and The Regentesses of the Old Men's Alms House"? Franz Hals
In tradition, the Dutch Sinterklaas, or Santa Claus, "arrives" by a steamboat at a designated seaside town, supposedly from which country? Spain
Founded 1847, as of 2016 which is the most-read daily newspaper of the Chicago metropolitan area and the Great Lakes region and is currently the eighth-largest newspaper in the United States by circulation? Chicago Tribune
Which US city's largest newspaper was founded in 1865 as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle? San Francisco (San Francisco Chronicle)
What is a 'fiets' in the Netherlands? Bicycle
What is the English equivalent of France's 'Pari Mutuel'? The Tote
In the Bible, to where did Lot go after fleeing Sodom? Zoar
In the Bible, who was the father of Lot's grandsons? Lot himself
In the Bible, how old was Abraham when Isaac born? One Hundred
In Genesis, who was the brother of Abraham? Nahor
Where did the Biblical matriarch Sarah die? Hebron
What name is given to a French potato & leek soup traditionally served cold, but which can be eaten hot? Vichyssoise
The Tourtière, a pie that usually involves diced pork, but can use veal or beef originated where? Quebec
According to the Bible, how old was Adam when he died? 930
According to the Bible, how old was Noah when he died? 950
Which US band helped inspire the name of The Beatles? The Crickets
Oscar Hartzell, in the early 20th Century, conned thousands in America by leading them to believe that they could have a share of the legacy of which deceased Englishman? Sir Francis Drake
Which mafia boss feigned insanity despite running a large chunk of the New York mafia in the 1970s, 80s and 90s? He wandered the streets of Greenwich Village in a bathrobe and slippers, mumbling incoherently, in an elaborate act to avoid prosecution. Vincent Gigante
'Jimmy's World' was a faked 'exclusive' story about young drug addicts in 1980 that temporarily ruined the reputation of which otherwise well-respected US newspaper? The Washington Post
Janet Leslie Cooke is the only person, as of 2016, to have returned which prize, after her work - which won the prize in 1981 - was exposed as fraudulent? Pulitzer prize (she was a journalist who faked stories)
The Era of the Warring States lasted from c425 BC to c221 BC in the history of which country? China
Which doddery, old, and gullible Austrian general surrendered the bridge at Austerlitz after the French tricked him into believing that an armistice had been signed? He was court-marshalled for his error. General Auersperg
what was the name of the fictional Major, whose 'corpse' played a vita role in WW2's Operation Mincemeat? William Martin
At which battle in Northern Italy in 1525 was Francis I of France captured and held as a prisoner of war? Pavia
Which Act was passed by Hitler after he was elected as Chancellor that gave him all the powers of the Reichstag for the next four years? Enabling Act
Which dictator's wife, born 7 January 1916, was particularly fond of claiming (incorrectly) that she was an eminent scientist in her own country, a deception in which her husband connived? Elena Ceaușescu
On the flag of which country can you find a Spanish phrase translating as ‘Peace and Justice’? Paraguay
Who was the Emperor of Russia from 1825 until 1855? Tsar Nicholas I
The Brunswick peninsula is the southernmost point of which continent? South America
The name of which 19th Century child murder victim, dismembered in a hop garden in Hampshire, is used as a euphemism for an obscene phrase? Fanny Adams
Tagore wrote the words to Jana Gana Mana, the national anthem of which country? India
What post is the third most senior judge in England and Wales? Master Of The Rolls
Which African country was settled by the British for a similar purpose as Liberia- i.e. for freed slaves? Sierra Leone
What is the single-word nickname of Haydn's Symphony 100? Military
Anne Louise Germaine Necker, a French-Swiss author of the c18, is better known to posterity as whom? Madame de Stael
Which British Major-General ((26 February 1903 – 24 March 1944) helped restore Haile Selassie to his throne in WW2? Orde Wingate
Who (June 21, 1903 – January 20, 2003) was an American caricaturist best known for his black and white portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars, and was reknowned for hiding his daughter Nina's name in cartoons? Al Hirschfeld
Who wrote "The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant"? Stephen Donaldson
The Clayhanger Family is a series of novels by who? Arnold Bennett
What was Herge's real name? Georges Remi
Which upper case Greek letter resembles an English capital H? Eta
What term is used to describe singing in a spoken voice? Parlando
What type of creature is a phalanger? Marsupial/opossum
Who, in 1968, was the first athlete to run 400 meters in under 44 seconds? Lee Evans
What is the maximum score achievable in one shot in billiards? Ten
Who was the first British actress to win an Oscar? Vivien Leigh
Recorded in early sources as the first king of the South Saxons, reigning in what is now called Sussex from 477 to perhaps 514, who does the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle call the first 'Bretwalda'? Ælle (or Aelle)
Listed by the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as the fourth Bretwalda, which 7th-century king of East Anglia is believed to possibly have been the owner of the helmet found at Sutton Hoo? Rædwald
Which party did PM Arthur Balfour represent? Conservative
Which occult group was Arthur Balfour the chairman of between 1892 and 1894? Society For Psychical Research
Which part of the UK had its own parliament between 1921 and 1972, when it was suspended? Northern Ireland
Which king of England fathered children illegitimately with Dorothea Jordan? William IV
Which Chinese dynasty ruled in the year 1AD? Han
Who led the British at the Battle of Omdurman? Sir Herbert Kitchener
What was the topic of the 1996 Scott Inquiry in the UK? Arms to Iraq
Which star of the 1970s/1980s series "Angels" became a Bond girl, playing KGB spy Pola Ivanova in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill? Fiona Fullerton
Who created Babar the Elephant? Jean de Brunhoff
Bela Fleck, Steve Martin and the late Earl Scruggs are particularly associated with which musical instrument? Banjo
Schengen, a village, from which the name of the Schengen Agreement, is in which country? Luxembourg
The painting "Hambletonian", of a horse, is by which artist? George Stubbs
What nationality is the golfer Yani Tseng? Taiwanese
Which traditional bridge in Tokyo, from which all distances in Japan are measured, had an expressway built over its top for the 1964 Summer Olympics? Nihonbashi
What nationality is Cadel Evans, the 2011 Tour de France winner? Australian
Which 2012 finalist of the World Snooker Championship is nicknamed "The Captain" because he is a qualified airline pilot? Ali Carter
"The Queen And I" and "Queen Camilla" were novels by which writer, who died in 2014? Sue Townsend
"The Hawk In The Rain" and "Tales From Ovid" were poetry collections by who? Ted Hughes
The Indonesian salad rujak (or rojak) uses fruits from which nut tree? Cashew
Which German city was known as Confluentes to the Romans, because of its location? Koblenz
What was the name of the children's author, who wrote the Electra Brown series, who was murdered in 2016? Helen Bailey
What does "quo vadis" mean? Where are you going?
Chateau d'Yquem is the best known example of which Bordeaux sweet white wines, made from Sémillon, Sauvignon blanc, and Muscadelle grapes that have been affected by Botrytis cinerea, also known as noble rot? Sauternes
Which singer, born in 1903, had the real first names of "Harry Lillis"? Bing Crosby
What was invented by Robert Moog (1934-2005)? Synthesizer
Licenced in 1608 in Ireland, what is now the world's oldest distillery? Bushmills
Dresden lies on which river? Elbe
Which anti-Islamic movement was founded in Dresden, Germany in October 2014? PEGIDA
What is the correct name of the organ that is the dangling bait of an anglerfish? Esca
What is a "Venus's girdle" in the animal world? A jellyfish
Which whale is also called the 'white whale'? Beluga
To which other types of animal is the loris related? Lemur
On which day of the month do all of the Scottish 'quarter days' fall? 28th
Phyllophobia is the morbid fear of what? Leaves
Which company built the F15 Eagle fighter aircraft? McDonnell Douglas
Strigidae is the name of the family that comprises which creatures? Owls
Which birds belong to the Columbidae family? Pigeons and Doves
Which tradesman would use a 'darby'? A plasterer
Who was the second US astronaut into space? Virgil 'Gus' Grissom
Hydragaros was the ancient Greek name for which heavenly body? Mercury
Which company made the Pembroke light transport plane? Percival
Which bird has the Latin name phylloscopus trochilus? Willow warbler
If a pletch is cut into a sapling it means that it will be placed where? A hedge
Where do farmers rub 'raddle'? Onto the underbelly of a ram to see which sheep have been tupped
Which perfume company makes the fragarance 'Angel'? Thierry Mugler
Which car company made the 'Chamade' model? Renault
In which city was Britain's first Model T made? Manchester
What is a 'durmast'? Oak tree
What nationality is Linda Evangelista? Canadian
In the sitcom Red Dwarf, for what did the J in the name of the character Arnold J Rimmer stand? Judas
Lady Antonia Fraser was the daughter of which peer, a British politician and social reformer? Frank Pakenham, 7th Earl of Longford/Lord Longford
Which British children's television programme, shown on ITV from 30 July 1968 to 6 June 1980, was a magazine format show intended to compete with the BBC's Blue Peter, but attempted to be more "hip", focusing more on popular culture? Magpie
Who played the title role in 1974 British comedy film "The Great McGonagall"? Spike Milligan
Who played Queen Victoria in 1974 British comedy film "The Great McGonagall"? Peter Sellers
For which 1941 film did Gary Cooper win a Best Actor Oscar? Sergeant York
Which news reporter famously said "I counted them all out, and I counted them back in again"? Brian Hanrihan
The 1967 film "The Tiger Makes Out" was the breakthrough role for which star, born in 1937? Dustin Hoffman
Which British comedian, actress and niece of Nancy Astor (1910-79) was famed for roles such as the gym mistress Miss Gossage in "The Happiest Days of Your Life" and Ruby Gates in the "St Trinian's" films? Joyce Grenfell
Sacked in 612BCE, what was the capital of the Neo-Assyrian Empire? Nineveh
Founded in 1902, what industry was represented by NACODS? Coal mining (colliery deputies and under-officials)
Which themepark is based in North Stainley, North Yorkshire, England? Lightwater Valley
How many lions appear on a Royal Standard outside Scotland? Seven
How many lions appear on a Royal Standard inside Scotland? Five
What was the first ever underground railway line worldwide (eg the Tube, Metro, Subway)? Metropolitan Line (1863)
The Vyne is a 16th-century country house and National Trust property in which English county? Hampshire
Ring of Silvianus is a gold ring, dating probably from the 4th century, discovered in a ploughed field near Silchester, in Hampshire that is believed to have helped inspire which work? The Lord of The Rings by Tolkien
In which country is the Kremasta Dam? Greece
Coombe Hill is the highest point in which range in the UK? Chilterns
Which sporting trophy was originally called the "R.Y.S. £100 Cup", but was mistakenly engraved the "100 Guine Cup" - it is now known by the name of its first winner? America's Cup
What is the nickname of Lancashire county cricket club's limited overs side? Lightning
Which county cricket team's limited overs side were called first the Hawks, then the Royals, but eventually dropped nicknames all together? Hampshire
The Twisted Wheel in Manchester, Chateau Impney (Droitwich), Catacombs (Wolverhampton), the Highland Rooms at Blackpool Mecca, Golden Torch (Stoke-on-Trent) and Wigan Casino are all associated with which music genre? Northern Soul
Which English town saw two separate battles during the Wars of the Roses, in 1455 and then in 1461? St Albans
Charles XII, killed in battle in 1718, was the king of which country at the time? Sweden
To where did Paul Revere famously ride in April 1775 to warn of imminent attack? Lexington
Mary of Modena was the second wife of which English monarch? James II
Operation Paraquet was the codename for the liberation of where, in the 20th Century? South Georgia (1982)
Which militant group went by the Arabic name of Munazzamat Aylul Al-Aswad? Black September
Which king of Macedon was killed by his own bodyguard in 336BCE? Philip II
Palaeozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic are examples of which division of geological time? Era
Captain John Parker commanded 77 men who were given what name, at the Battle of Lexington? Minutemen
Who, in his "Concord Hymn", described the first shot fired by the Patriots at the North Bridge as the "shot heard round the world"? Ralph Waldo Emerson
Who was the fourth US President? James Madison
In December of which year did Napoleon's invasion of Russia end in failure? 1812
American Indians were routed in which war of 1832, named after a Sauk leader? Black Hawk War
Which Roman general (519–430 BC) famously saved his city then returned to his farm, and is thus seen as a symbol of civic virtue? Cincinnatus
Who did Haig replace as Commander in Chief of the British WW1 forces in France in 1916? John French
What early nickname, due to his exploits in that country, was given to General Charles Gordon? Chinese Gordon
Who was the last ruler of Vietnam's final Nguyen Dynasty, used as a puppet ruler by the French colonialists, dying in exile in Paris in 1997? Bảo Đại
The Hukbalahap (or 'Huk') Rebellion of peasant communist farmers occurred post-WW2 in which country? Philippines
Who was supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, commonly referred to as North Korea, for 46 years, from its establishment in 1948 until his death in 1994? He is designated in the constitution as the country's "Eternal President". Kim Il-Sung
Who was the first president of both the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea, and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) - his three-term presidency of South Korea (August 1948 to April 1960) was strongly affected by Cold War tensions? Syngman Rhee
In September 1950, where did General MacArthur famously land troops in the Korean War, helping to turn the tide of the battle? Inchon
The The Yalu River, also called the Amnok River, and often the site of military conflicts, lies on the border between which two countries? North Korea and China
Who was the first supreme commander of NATO? Dwight D Eisenhower
Who served as the first post-war Chancellor of Germany (West Germany) from 1949 to 1963? Konrad Adenauer
To include West Germany, France, Italy, and the Benelux countries, which grouping, that never came into effect, proposed in 1950, was to form a pan-European defence force as an alternative to Germany's proposed accession to NATO? European Defence Community (EDC)
Konrad Adenauer was the first leader of which political party that has been hugely influential in post-WW2 German politics? CDU (Christian Democratic Union)
The Viennese and Conservatoire are types of which musical instrument, the finest examples of which are made from granadilla? Oboes
Tony Montana is the lead character in which 1983 film? Scarface
Who captained the US Ryder Cup teams in both 2012 and 2016 - but not 2014? Davis Love III
Who wrote 1776's "The Fragment On Government"? Jeremy Bentham
In which decade did Kant publish his "Critique of Pure Reason"? 1780s (1781)
Who (1825-95) was nicknamed "Darwin's Bulldog" for his advocacy of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution? Thomas Huxley
Which (1820-1903) English philosopher, biologist, anthropologist, sociologist, and prominent classical liberal political theorist of the Victorian era was a prominent supporter of evolution, and coined the term "survival of the fittest"? Herbert Spencer
In 1845, who wrote "Essay On The Development Of The Christian Doctrine"? Cardinal Henry Newman
Widely remembered for a theory of inheritance of acquired characteristics, called soft inheritance, which French naturalist fought in - and was given an award for bravery in - the Pomeranian War with Prussia? Lamarck
The first major British geologist, who wrote 1795's "Theory Of The Earth"? James Hutton
In a military context, what are ICBMs? Intercontinental ballistic missiles
What did the Soviets codename First Lightning? Their first 'atomic/nuclear' bomb test, in 1949
Which international organisation was SEATO, which existed 1954-77? South-East Asian Treaty Organisation
The 17th parallel north formerly divided which country? Vietnam
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was the last man to hold which title? Shah of Iran
Where, in 1954, was the climactic confrontation of the First Indochina War between the French Union's French Far East Expeditionary Corps and Viet Minh communist-nationalist revolutionaries, resulting in a decisive Viet Minh victory? Battle of Dien Bien Phu
During the Cold War, the US backed Radio Free Europe (RFE) was broadcast to Soviet satellite countries, but which equivalent targeted the Soviet Union? Radio Liberty
Who was the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran from 1951 until 1953, when his government was overthrown in a coup d'état aided by the CIA and MI6, partly because he nationalised the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company? Mohammed Mosaddegh
Who was the United States Secretary of State from 1961 to 1969 under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson - the joint-second-longest serving U.S. Secretary of State of all time? Dean Rusk
In 1873, who wrote "Literature and Dogma"? Matthew Arnold
Who played the character 'Sam Malone' in 'Cheers'? Ted Danson
Who played an obsessed fan in the film "Play Misty For Me"? Jessica Walter
The director of the classic film "On The Waterfront", Elia Kazan, was born in which country? Turkey
In which 1934 movie did Fred Astaire sing the song "Night And Day"? The Gay Divorcee
The agency 'Nemesis', headed by w.l. Tremayne, appeared in which TV series of the 1960s? The Champions
Who played Othello in the 1995 feature film of that title? Lawrence Fishburne
Which literary detective was played on British TV by Nathaniel Parker? Inspector Lynley
Who composed the famous music for the 1964 film "Zorba the Greek"? Theodorakis
Who presented the Radio 2 show "Pick Of The Pops" from 2000 to 2010? Dale Winton
Who replaced Tony Blackburn as presenter of the Radio 2 show "Pick Of The Pops" in 2016? Paul Gambaccini
Which German mountain range, highest point Brocken, once divided West and East Germany? Harz Mountains
Which Iranian mountain range, highest point Mount Damavand, runs parallel to the Caspian sea? Alborz or Elborz or Elburz Mountains
Which mountaineer first climbed Annapurna? Maurice Herzog
Which range of mountains is sometimes described as "Italy's backbone", and have a high point at Corno Grande? Apennines
Toledo, in Spain, is located on which river? Tagus
Which is the world's longest mountain range? Andes
Which mountain range is the nearest to the city of Granada, and contains the highest point of continental Spain at Mulhacen? Sierra Nevada
In which country are the Cantabrian Mountains located? (Northwest) Spain
Which mountains run North to South down Wales, and have a high point at Plynlimon? Cambrian Mountains
Which theory of geological change, now discredited but prominent in the 19th century, believed changes came about by single massively violent events, rather than gradual processes? Catastrophism
Which poet declared that "poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world"? Shelley
Which German philosopher (1775 –1854) is seen as the midpoint in the development of German idealism, situating him between Johann Gottlieb Fichte, his mentor in his early years, and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, his former roommate, and later rival? FWJ von Schelling
Which German poet, philosopher, physician, historian, and playwright (1759-1805) had a complex friendship with Goethe and collaborated with him on "Xenien", a collection of short satirical poems? Friedrich Schiller
What was the surname of the brothers and German philosophers August (1767-1845) and Friedrich (1772-1829), who were the foremost leaders of "Jena Romanticism"? Schlegel
Whose work was "Biographia Literaria" of 1817, although it plagiarised the German von Shelling to a large degree? Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Which English romantic painter, who died at just 26 due to TB, painted 1824's "A Sea Piece"? Richard Bonington Parkes
"Hadleigh Castle" is a Romantic 1829 painting by who? Constable
The 1888 painting "The Lady of Shalott", in the Tate Britain, is a work by which pre-Raphaelite? John William Waterhouse
A 1905 painting "The Lady of Shalott", albeit less famed than the Waterhouse version that hangs in the Tate, was by which other pre-Raphaelite? William Holman Hunt
Who (1789-1854) painted "The Deluge"? John Martin
"The Life Of Jesus Critically Examined" was an 1835 work of Higher Criticism by who? David Friedrich Strauss
Whose written works included "Jewry In Music"(1850) and "Opera and Drama" (1851)? Richard Wagner
Mrs Humphrey Ward was a novelist who, apart from being known almost exclusively by her husband's name, was the niece of which poet and cultural critic? Matthew Arnold
What was the commonly-used forename of Madame de Stael, the early female novelist? Germaine
Which secular cult or way of thinking was founded by Auguste Comte, stating that positive knowledge is based on information derived from sensory experience, interpreted through reason and logic, forms the exclusive source of all authoritative knowledge? Positivism
Seen as one of the founding fathers of European socialism, and a man to whom Auguste Comte was once secretary, how was Claude Henri de Rouvroy (1760-1825) better known? Saint-Simon/Henri de Saint-Simon
Which radical German philosopher wrote 1841's "The Essence of Christianity" stating that "all theology is anthropology"? Ludwig Feuerbach
Which German word was coined by Wagner to describe his art, and means "Total-Art-Work"? Gesamtkunstwerk
What colour were Auguste Comte's positivist "Churches of Humanity" always painted? (Pale) Green
Which country's flag features Auguste Comte's motto "Order and Progress", albeit in its native language? Brazil
In which county is Bushmead Priory located? Bedfordshire
Whose works include "The Gay Science"? Nietzsche
Which wind is claimed by popular folk-etymology to mean "ice-eater", but it is really the name of the people in the region where the usage was first derived? Chinook
Which Italian ski resort lies at the foot of the Matterhorn? Cervinia
Which US state lies directly east of Arizona? New Mexico
A statue of which 20th century figure, sculpted by Fredda Brilliant and installed in 1968, stands in London's Tavistock Square? Gandhi
The Joshua Tree National Park in California contains parts of which two deserts? Mojave and Colorado
Opened in 2002, in which UK city is the aquarium "The Deep"? Hull
In which Australian state is the vast majority of the Simpson Desert? Northern Territory
In which modern-day country is the birthplace of Sigmund Freud? Czech Republic
What is the art of decorating a surface with cut paper called? Dècoupage
From which city did 18 year old Mathias Rust take off before landing his Cessna near Red Square in 1987? Helsinki
Which fictitious conspiracy that gripped Britain between 1678 and 1681 was concocted by Titus Oates? Popish Plot
Dame Mary Donaldson was the first woman to hold which office when she assumed the role in 1983? Mayor of London
Give a year during which Jo Grimond was leader of the British Liberal Party. 1956-67
What was the name of Barbara Hepworth's husband, also a sculptor, who she was married to from 1938 to 1951, when they divorced? Ben Nicholson
"They drew near to a very mirey slow, the slow's name was despond" is a famous line from which work? Bunyan's "A Pilgrim's Progress"
Which literary character said "I am master of all I survey"? Robinson Crusoe
Who sculpted the statues of Ariel and Prospero outside BBC Television Centre? Eric Gill
"A Room With A View", by EM Forster, is chiefly set in which city? Florence
In which city did chess champion Bobby Fischer die? Reykjavik
Which law of thermodynamics essentially states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed? First
Which letter denotes Planck's constant? h
The erg is a unit of what? Energy (or work)
In which city was Pablo Picasso born? Malaga
Which French symbolist writer is best known for his play Ubu Roi (1896)? Alfred Jarry
It has been suggested that much of which French symbolist poet's work influenced the conception of hypertext, with his purposeful use of blank space and careful placement of words on the page, very apparent in his work "Un Coup de Dés"? Stéphane Mallarmé
Which eccentric composer's most famous compositions are the "Gymnopédies"? Erik Satie
The Lumiere brothers pioneered cinema in which French town or city in 1895? Lyon
Which Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911? Maurice Maeterlinck
Who was the English dressmaker, nurse and housekeeper who was hanged in 1873 for the murder of up to 20 people by arsenic poisoning, including three of her husbands? Mary Ann Cotton
Rashid Karami, who was assassinated in 1987, was the Prime Minister of which Asian country? Lebanon
Who was the virtuoso rock guitarist who toured with Ozzy Osbourne before being killed in a plane crash in 1982, where a botched attempt was made to 'buzz' Osborne's tour bus? Randy Rhoads
What is the name of the stick used in certain traditional Gaelic sports such as shinty and hurling? Caman
Which of the Marx Brothers left the group to fight in World War I and did not appear in any of the Hollywood films? Gummo
Which 19th-Century Irish author wrote the early vampire novella 'Carmilla' and other gothic novels such as 'Uncle Silas' and 'The Rose and the Key'? Sheridan Le Fanu
The creation of the Rum Baba cake is traditionally ascribed to which King, who lived 20 October 1677 – 23 February 1766? King Stanislaus I of Poland
Which is the most densely populated state of the USA? New Jersey
Which battle of the Wars of the Roses, fought on Palm Sunday 1461, was possibly the bloodiest battle ever fought on British soil, with over 20,000 men killed (though Boudicca's defeat at the Battle of Watling Street is also a contender)? Battle of Towton
Which monster of Puerto Rican legend, with a name deriving from the Spanish for 'goat-sucker', is said to kill its prey, usually livestock, by sucking out all its blood? Chupacabra
He developed the first effective treatment for syphilis and won the 1908 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his contributions to immunology? Paul Ehrlich
What is the scientific name of the spirochaete that causes syphilis? Treponema Pallidum
Which bacterial staining technique differentiates bacteria into 'positive' or 'negative' by the chemical and physical properties of their cell walls by detecting peptidoglycan? Gram
On 13th May 2016 Kosovo and which other national football team were made full FIFA members? Gibraltar
Which early psychologist famously treated the patient "Anna O" (Bertha Pappenheim)? Josef Breuer
Which Latin phrase, meaning 'winner of the games', is the name often given to the trophy presented to the victorious teams at rowing regattas and public school sports days? Victor Ludorum
Geoffrey Rush won an Academy Award for his portrayal of which Australian pianist in the 1996 film 'Shine'? David Helfgott
What was the pen-name adopted by the German novelist and philosopher Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg who wrote 'Hymns to the Night', translated into English by the theologian George MacDonald in 1897? Novalis
Which South American liquor, distilled from grapes and brandy, is the most widely consumed spirit in Peru and Chile? Pisco
Which Christian religious order was founded by Saint Norbet in 1120? Premonstratensians
In the Bible, and specifically the book of Judges, what is the name of the chariot commander of the Canaanites killed by Jael? Sisera
Who wrote the influential book of literary criticism "Mimesis"? Erich Auerbach
Said to be the captain of the palace guard in the book of Genesis, who is best known for his wife's false accusation of rape toward Joseph? Potiphar
Complete the next line of Blake's poem: "Tyger, tyger, burning bright..."? In the forests of the night
The chief rhetorical device of the Hebrew Bible, what term means giving two or more parts of one or more sentences a similar form to create a definite pattern, and Biblically sees a second clause or line echoing a first? Parallelism
Which 80s pop group took their name from that of a fictional group in the novel 'A Clockwork Orange'? Heaven 17
What is the name of the table top mountain located on the border of Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write 'The Lost World'? Mount Roraima
Deriving from the Aramaic for 'skull', what name is used in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and John as a name for the hill upon which Jesus was crucified? Golgotha
Who was the controversial Dutch politician assassinated by Volkert van de Graaf in 2002? Pim Fortuyn
What is common name for the parasitic variety of catfish, Vandellia cirrhosa, found in the Amazon that swims into the gill cavities of other fish, erects a spine to hold itself in place, and feeds on blood, earning it a nickname as the "vampire fish"? Candiru (or Canero)
What is the original German term for Nietzsche's "Superman"? Ubermensch
Who wrote the important 1899 work "The Theory of The Leisure Class"? Thorsten Veblen
Who wrote the music for the musical 'Annie'? Charles Strouse
Which German zoologist and geographer argued that all living organisms competed in a struggle for space, something that applied to humans, and is notable for first using the term Lebensraum ("living space") in the sense that the Nazis later would? Friedrich Ratzel
To which city did Adolf Hitler move in 1907 to attend art school? Vienna
The diminutive for the French for 'book leaf' what name was given to a kind of supplement attached to the political portion of French newspapers, consisting chiefly of non-political news and gossip, literature and art criticism and the latest fashions? Feuilleton
Which French post-impressionist painter was nicknamed 'La Douanier' (or the customs officer) because he once worked as a tax collector at the Customs Office in Paris? Henri Rousseau
What name is given to the Provençal delicacy served on toast and usually made from olives, garlic, capers and anchovy? Tapenade
What was Joseph Conrad's surname at birth? Korzeniowski
Joseph Conrad's birthplace is now in which moder-day country? Ukraine
Who released the 1976 album "No Reason To Cry"? Eric Clapton
Robert Aske led which historical rebellion in Yorkshire, which saw him executed for treason in 1537? Pilgrimage of Grace
Which genus of pufferfish, containing a lethal amount of the poison tetrodotoxin, is considered a delicacy in Japan? Fugu
Who founded the discipline known as the history of ideas with his book The Great Chain of Being (1936), which is regarded as "probably the single most influential work in the history of ideas in the United States during the last half century"? Arthur Lovejoy
Which football team were the beaten finalists in the first ever FA Cup final in 1872? Royal Engineers
This American microbiologist invented the most vaccines ever, including those for measles, mumps, chickenpox, hepatitis and meningitis. It is estimated that his work has saved more lives than that of any other scientist. Who is this man who died in 2005? Maurice Hilleman
Which song, released in August 1963, was the best selling single in the UK of the 1960s? "She Loves You" by The Beatles
In terms of area, which is the world's largest landlocked country? Kazakhstan
The Stephen Sondheim musical 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum' is based on the farces of which ancient Roman playwright? Plautus
What is the Italian name for the painting technique, particularly associated with Leonardo da Vinci, that refers to the blending of colours or tones so subtly that there is no perceptible transition between them? Sfumato
The cherimoya is a South American fruit that is better known in the UK by what name? Custard Apple
The overriding theme of his works was his profound belief in democracy, be it in politics, education or communication and journalism, but he is best known for his work in education including the book "Democracy and Education" (1916) - who? John Dewey
In 1909 which Swedish feminist released her influential "The Century Of The Child"? Ellen Key
In 1924, Adolf Hitler started work on "Main Kampf" whilst incarcerated in which prison? Landsberg
Which architect designed New York's Flatiron Building? Daniel Burnham
In what field was Edward Steichen an early pioneer? Photography
Cambridge, Massachussetts is divided from Boston by which watercourse? Charles River
Who is often cited as the "father of the skyscraper" for his steel skeleton and elevators in Chicago's 1883-5 Home Insurance Building - although the building is hardly tall? (William LeBaron) Jenney
Other than Harvard, which major university, one of the world's best, is located in Cambridge, Massachussets? MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
The Wainwright Building, an early work by skyscraper pioneer Louis Henry Sullivan, is in which city? St Louis
The David Guetta song "Titanium" featured lyrics by which Australian singer? Sia
In a painting of 1836 by Paul Delaroche, which advocate of absolutism and advisor to Charles I is depicted shortly before his execution in 1641 being blessed by Archbishop Laud? First Earl of Strafford
Who had a UK number 1 in 2016 with "Closer"? The Chainsmokers (featuring Halsey)
Who, in a track featuring Justin Bieber and MØ, had a major UK number 1 in 2016 with "Cold Water"? Major Lazer
Which species of parrot, native to New Zealand, is known as the feathered wolf because of its reputation for attacking and killing sheep? Kea
Which sport, incorporating rules from squash and handball, was invented by the American Joe Sobek in 1948? Racquetball
The word paparazzi is taken from the name of a character in which film? La Dolce Vita
Who in 1975 became the first comic-strip artist to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartoons and is known particularly as the creator of Doonesbury? Garry Trudeau
Who had a UK number1 single in 2016 with "I Took A Pill In Ibiza"? Mike Posner
Who was the first British male artist to debut at number one in both the UK and US with his debut single and debut album - "Pillowtalk" and "Mind of Mine", respectively? ZAYN/Zayn Malik
If no line may be retraced, which is the only sans-serif uppercase letter that cannot be written without three separate strokes of the pen? H
The study of birds' eggs, the Dutch name of a seaport in West Flanders and the Chinese tea whose name means black dragon all begin with what double letter? Double 'O'
What terms describes the crust and brittle part of the upper mantle of a rocky planet when considered together? Lithosphere
Which American political satire web television series produced by Amazon Studios, stars John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy and Mark Consuelos as four Republican U.S. Senators who share a house in Washington, D.C? Alpha House
In geophysics, what name is given to the region of the mantle directly beneath the lithosphere? Athenosphere
Kingsley Amis's novel The Old Devils is usually thought to be set in which Welsh city where the author was a lecturer during the 1950s? Swansea
In which Welsh city is John Frost Square, named after the leader of a Chartist uprising of 1839 in which around 20 people were killed by armed soldiers? Newport
In addition to Cardiff, Swansea and Newport, two other communities in Wales have city status. For five points, name either. St David's Bangor
The UK's first aerial postal delivery was made from which airfield? Now in the London borough of Barnet, in 1972 it became the site of an RAF museum. Hendon
The Provisions of Oxford set up a council to control the king and supervise government and were imposed on which monarch by Simon de Montford? Henry III
Which Old Testament Biblical books detail the many prophecies and miracles associated with Elijah, although he is also more briefly mentioned in 2nd Chronicles and Malachi? 1st and 2nd Kings
The former capital of the 17th century Dutch Brazil, which city was founded in 1537, during the early Portuguese colonization of Brazil, as the main harbor of the Captaincy of Pernambuco? Recife
The capital of the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil, what is the eighteenth largest city in the Americas? Belo Horizonte
Gonggar Airport, with IATA code LXA, serves which city? Lhasa
Which currency is used in Brazil? Real
What was the currency of Brazil from 1942 to 1986 (two distinct currencies) and again between 1990 and 1993? Cruzeiro (it is now the real)
In mathematics, two quantities are said to be in what (a two-word term) if their ratio is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities? Golden ratio
Which term, literally meaning 'leaning on' in Greek, was used by Freud to describe a personality type that was dependent on others, or an 'attachment' type? Anaclitic
Dementia Praecox is a now-outmoded term for which illness? Schizophrenia
Which judge's "Memoirs of My Nervous Illness" became an important text in the history of psychiatry thanks to its being publicised and commented upon by Sigmund Freud? (Daniel Paul) Schreber
Who plays "Little Bill" in the 1992 film "Unforgiven"? Gene Hackman
Which city was the largest and most important in, and thus the 'capital' of, the Biblical kingdom of Judah? Jerusalem
Which book, with 39 chapters that are in the form, is the longest sustained work of poetry in the Bible? Job
Which Biblical figure was a son of Boaz and Ruth, the father of Jesse, and the grandfather of David, as well as one of Jesus' ancestors in the genealogies found in the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke? Obed
Which two men shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 with Alexander Fleming for their roles in the discovery of penicillin? Howard Florey and Ernst Chain (Florey and Chain)
The discovery of the prehistoric caves at Lascaux was attributed to which dog, who became separated from five boys on a rabbit shoot in the Dordogne? Robot
Which two words complete Howard Carter's response to Lord Carnarvon's question "can you see anything?" on breaking through into the tomb of Tutankhamun: "Yes..."? "....wonderful things."
Who formed the Ballets Russes? Sergei Diaghilev
Which man, a 1903 Nobel prize winner, discovered radioactivity? Henri Becquerel
In which year was Jerusalem, including its city walls, and the Temple, destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar II)? 587BCE
Which is the most Southerly capital city in the world? Wellington, New Zealand
What was the name of the hard-drinking racing driver who was murdered by his lover Ruth Ellis in Hampstead in 1955? David Blakeley
What name is given to the supposed hangover-curing cocktail consisting of a raw egg swallowed whole with Worcestershire sauce and, sometimes, sherry? Prairie Oyster
Who played Julius Caesar opposite Elizabeth Taylor in 1963's "Cleopatra"? Rex Harrison
Which golfing major comes first in the annual calendar? US Masters (April)
Which golfing major comes last in the annual calendar? US PGA (August)
What was the forename of Dame Edna Everage's late husband - he died from a "testicular murmur"? Norman
Played by Emily Perry - who died in 2008 aged 100 - what was the name of Dame Edna Everage's bridesmaid and constant companion who appeared onscreen but never spoke? Madge (Allsop)
There are two significantly radioactive elements that still occur naturally in large quantities as a primordial element - uranium is one, which - with atomic number 90 - is the other? Thorium
What does the MP stand for in the term MP3 player? Moving Picture
With whom did US psychiatrist Howard C Cutler co-write "The Art of Happiness"? (14th) Dalai Lama
Although many people believe it to be octopi, what is the only correct plural of octopus, other than octopuses? Octopodes
The famous films 'The Bridge on the River Kwai' and 'The Planet of the Apes' were both based on novels by which French author? Pierre Boulle
Which esteemed Polish-French artist, who died in 2001, is best known for his disturbing paintings of adolescent girls in an erotic context? Balthus
What was the currency of Finland before the Euro was adopted? Markka
Biblically, King David, from his death bed, asked who to murder Shimei- a man who had insulted him many years before? Solomon
What is the Sanskrit word for suffering, mentioned in Buddhism's "First Noble Truth"? Dukkha
In which US state would you find the infamous San Quentin prison? California
Midori is a Japanese liqueur flavoured with which fruit? Melon
The subject of a famous painting by John Singleton Copley, who led the British forces at the Battle of Jersey in 1781? Major Francis Peirson
Druk Air is the national airline of which country? Bhutan
What was the first number one single in the UK charts at the beginning of the 1990s? "Do They Know it's Christmas" by Band Aid 2
What was the first number one single in the UK charts at the beginning of the 2000s? "I Have a Dream" by Westlife
Which commercial chain of restaurants is named after a character from the novel "Moby Dick"? Starbucks
Of what is autophobia the fear? Being alone
Which group had a 1993 hit with "I'm Easy", their highest-charting UK hit, reaching #3? Faith No More
Malling Open and Royal Sovereign are both varieties of which fruit? Strawberry
What is the real name of Shania Twain? Eileen Edwards
Which composer was born in Venice on 4th March 1678, the son of a barber? Antonio Vivaldi
Who, unusually, played two different roles in different Bond films - the arch-villain Blofeld in Diamonds Are Forever, and Dikko Henderson in previous film You Only Live Twice? Charles Gray
For which film did Brie Larson win a Best Actress Oscar in 2015? Room
In Greek myth, who was the spirit of divine retribution against those who succumb to hubris? Nemesis
Which Asian religion has a name that translates as "The Way of The Gods"? Shinto
For which 2014 film did Julianne Moore win a Best Actress Oscar? Still Alice
Which composer wrote "Itaipu", inspired by the dam? Philip Glass
Who played the 'son' in TV show "Steptoe and Son"? Harry H Corbett
Released 1940, what the second animated feature film produced by Disney, made after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)? Pinocchio
Who played Fleur in the 1970s TV series "The Forsyte Saga"; she also won Emmys for "The First Churchills" (1971) and "Vanity Fair" (1973), and was in "Monarch Of The Glen" (2000-05)? Susan Hampshire
In which decade was Disney's "The Jungle Book" released? 1960s (1967)
Which children's TV show was set in Pontypandy? Fireman Sam
Who played fire chied O'Halloran in "The Towering Inferno"? Steve McQueen
Which orthodontist and quack developed an eponymous cancer therapy, an ineffective alternative treatment based on the unsubstantiated belief that "wrong foods [cause] malignancy to grow", and famously failed to cure Steve McQueen? William Donald Kelley
Who played "Longinus" in the film "The Greatest Story Ever Told"? John Wayne
What is the largest country by area in Africa? Algeria
Who first played Hannibal Lecter in a Hollywood film? Brian Cox (Red Dragon)
What were M-Bs, once used in remote areas of Canada in lieu of currency? Beaver pelts (Made-Beaver)
Which animal has the taxonomic name Apis mellifera? Honey bee
Which constellation is also called The Herdsman? Bootes
Which alliterative name was given to the 0-10-0 tender locomotive that worked the Lickey incline in Worcestershire? Big Bertha
EC is the civil aircraft prefix for which country? Spain
Axel Cronstedt was the first man to isolate which chemical element, in 1751? Nickel
What does a panegyrist do? Give praise
In the company name, what does 3M stand for? Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co.
Located in Puerto Rico, which radio telescope was the world's largest single-aperture telescope from its completion in 1963 until July 2016? Arecibo
The Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), which became the world's largest filled aperture (single dish) radio telescope on opening in 2016, is in which country? China
From which launching site was the first artificial satellite launched in 1957? Baikonur
Achille Gaggia was one of the first men to invent what, filing a patent in 1938 for use in his café? Coffee machine (accept espresso maker and similar)
Which car manufacturer used the tagline "Tested by dummies, driven by the intelligent"? Volvo
Which car company makes the electric car the "Zoe"? Renault
The UK postcode 'PH' refers to the area around which town or city? Perth
The Biblical poem The Song of Moses is sometimes called haazinu from the Hebrew, first word spoken in it - what does "haazinu" mean? Listen
What is the largest city and administrative capital of The Azores? Ponta Delgada
How else is the Chang Jiang river known? Yangtse
St Denis is the capital of which island that became an overseas department of France in 1946? Reunion
The newspaper "The Straits Times" is based in which city? Singapore
In which city is the HQ of Thwaites Brewery? Blackburn
What is the name given to somebody who comes from Jersey? Jersiaise
What is the only surviving pre-Indo-European language spoken in Western Europe today? Basque
Which nation was the first of the ex-Soviet republics to gain its independence? Lithuania
What is the name of the limited company set up in November 2008 and mandated by the UK Government to manage HM Treasury's shareholdings in banks subscribing to its recapitalisation fund - these currently include substantial holdings in Lloyds and RBS? UK Financial Investments
Famed for a supposed UFO incident in 1980, in which English county is Rendlesham Forest? Suffolk
Which town in Wales was made into a city in 2002 - as of the 2011 census it was the third largest city in Wales, with a city population of 145,700and an urban population of 306,844? Newport
The River Piddle - once called the River Puddle by prudish Victorians - is in which English county? Dorset
What is the atomic number of gold? 79
From the Greek for "many signs" what is the capacity for a word to have multiple meanings, usually related by contiguity of meaning within a semantic field - thus distinct from homonymy, in which the meanings of a word are unconnected? Polysemy
Which African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist dleivered the 1851 speech "Ain't I A Woman"? Sojourner Truth
First performed in 1909, who wrote the music for the opera "Elektra"? Richard Strauss
Plastics innovator Leo Baekeland was born in which country? Belgium
Which plastic, the first thermoplastic to be created, is made by mixing camphor gum to pyroxyline pulp, made solvent by heating? Celluloid
Bertrand Russell was the godson of which other famous philosopher? John Stuart Mill
The Spring Offensive or Kaiserschlacht (Kaiser's Battle), a series of German attacks along the Western front in 1918, was also given a name after which general supreme commander of Flanders? Ludendorff (Ludendorff Offensive)
Who wrote 1914's "Der Untergang des Abendlandes", translated into English as "The Decline of the West", that introduced the concept of 'degeneration'? Oswald Spengler
Popularly credited as being the first self-made woman millionaire in the United States and one of the first African American millionaires, converted a floor of home into 'The Dark Tower' a meeting place for intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance? A'Lelia Walker
Let America Be America Again, Montage of a Dream Deferred, Not Without Laughter, The Weary Blues and Fine Clothes to the Jew are all works by which figure of the Harlem Renaissance? Langston Hughes
American bass singer and actor who became involved with the Civil Rights Movement became an international cinema star through roles in Show Boat and Sanders of the River? Paul Robeson
The first African American Rhodes Scholar in 1907, was described as the philosophical architect —the acknowledged "Dean"— of the Harlem Renaissance? Alain Locke
What name was given to the sociological case studies of the City of Muncie in Indiana conducted by Robert Staughton Lynd and Helen Merrell Lynd, husband-and-wife sociologists in the 1930s, that provided a snapshot of 'ordinary' America? Middletown studies
Nutwood Cottage is the home of which fictional children's character? Rupert the Bear
Coombe Hill near Wendover in Buckinghamshire is the highest point of what range of hills? Chilterns
Which actress was born Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra? Meg Ryan
Which two men founded Google? Larry Page and Sergey Brin
What does NTSC stand for in the US television system? National Television System Committee
Which polymath invented bifocals? Benjamin Franklin
Which big cat, with the scientific name panthera pardus, is one of a few that is also called a panther? Leopard
Which is the heaviest of the lanthanide elements? Lutetium
For what does SARS stand in the disease name? Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
For what do the letters HIS stand on a tombstone? Hic Iacet Sepultus (here lies buried)
What is a colporteur? A travelling salesman of religious items
What name is given to a snake's dead, discarded skin? Slough
Give a year in the life of Benjamin Franklin. 1706-90
Tommy Dorsey was renowned for playing which instrument? Trombone
What was the regnal number of Pope Gregory the Great? First
In which opera do Alfredo and Georgio Germont appear as characters? La Traviata
In Japanese mythology, and Shinto, which husband and wife Gods created the islands of Japan? Izanagi and Izanami
Who was the Greek equivalent of Minerva? Athena
How is the entertainer Noah Kaminsky better known? Neil Diamond
Cross keys symbolise which Saint, traditionally? Peter
Which 1960s group had a hit song with "Tobacco Road"? Nashville Teens
Which band leader (1913-87) played both clarinet and saxophone, and led various groups named "The Herd"? Woody Herman
The poet Rodolfo features in which opera? La Boheme
What was the first name of DNA structure discoverer, Watson, who worked alongside Francis Crick? James
Precisionist works inspired which pop artist, who superimposed US flags in his work "Three Flags"? Jasper Johns
The opening score for the 1969 film "Battle of Britain" is now widely known by what name? Aces High
The opening score for the 1969 film "Battle of Britain", was written by which composer, who also scored "Where Eagles Dare", and "Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines?" Ron Goodwin
What metric foot in poetry consists of a stressed syllable then an unstressed one? Trochee
Which poem in blank verse by the Victorian poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892), written in 1833 and published in 1842 features the lines "Far on the ringing plains of windy Troy/I am a part of all that I have met"? Ulysses
Which feminist thinker wrote "Sex and Social Justice" and "Women and Human Development"? Martha Nussbaum
Which philosopher wrote 1971's "The Theory of Justice"? John Rawls
The Second Barons' War was fought by supporters of Simon de Montfort against which king? Henry III
Which jurist did not complete his work "On The Laws and Customs of England" due to the Second Barons' War? Henry de Bracton
Which journalist had an affair with former Miss India Pamela Bordes, and wed Susan Nilsson, 22 years his junior, in 2015? Andrew Neil
With a title taken from the Book of Common Prayer, which 1942 British patriotic war film was directed by Noël Coward and David Lean? In Which We Serve
Who directed the 1973 film "The Day Of The Jackal", as well as High Noon (1952), From Here to Eternity (1953), Oklahoma! (1955) and A Man For All Seasons (1966)? Fred Zinnemann
Who sung the theme music to Octopussy? Rita Coolidge
Which 2002 Sam Mendes film was based on a Max Allen Collins book? The Road to Perdition
Who was born Betty Joan Perske in 1924? Lauren Bacall
What is the name of the theme tune to children's TV show Blue Peter? Barnacle Bill
Which TV evangelist and former host of the PTL Club was involved in a 1987 sex and finance scandal? Jim Bakker
Which man, born Nigel Jonathan Davies, was Twiggy's manager from 1966 to 1973? Justin de Villeneuve
What was the name of the 2004 film about female boxing directed by Clint Eastwood? Million Dollar Baby
Women got the vote in France in which decade? 1940s (1945)
Who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948? TS Eliot
Which city was founded by Manco Inca in 1539 and was the capital of the Neo-Inca State, the last refuge of the Inca Empire until it fell to the Spaniards in 1572? Vilcabamba
In which US state is the city of St Louis? Missouri
The St Louis fair of 1903-4, the largest ever held, actually went by what name, commemorating an event of 1803? Louisiana Purchase Exposition
John B Watson (January 9, 1878 – September 25, 1958) was the founder of which psychological school? Behaviorism (behaviourism)
Who produced sociological surveys entitled "The Negro Church", "The Negro Artisan", "Economic Co-Operation among Negro Americans" and "The Negro In Business" and helped found the NAACP? WEB Du Bois
The California Institute of Technology (abbreviated Caltech) is located in which city? Pasadena
Which Soviet (1888-1972) designed and oversaw the design of more than 100 types of aircraft, some of which set 78 world records? Andrei Tupolev
Who was US President at the time of the Louisiana Purchase? Jefferson
Adana is the fifth-most populous city, with a population of over 1.7 million, in which country? Turkey
Which castle is the second-largest in Britain after Windsor, occupying around 30 acres? Caerphilly Castle
What are 'The Hurlers' on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall? A stone circle
What title is held by the Queen's personal representative in each county of the United Kingdom? Lord Lieutenant
Aoteroa is an alternative name for what or where? New Zealand
Who, as of 2016, is the Earl of Chester? Charles, Prince of Wales (the title is always given to heirs apparent)
What do the British call what the French call 'Pas de Calais'? The Straits of Dover
Coccium was the Roman Name for which NW English town? Wigan
Which NW English town uses the motto "Deus Dat Incrementum"? Warrington
It was the first worldwide - which transport system was located at Liverpool's docks from 1893, only to disappear in 1956 when shut down and demolished? Overhead (electric) railway
Which two rivers join at Stockport to form the Mersey? Tame and Goyt
Which capital city was founded by Menelik II in 1887? Addis Ababa
Adelaide was named after the queen of which British monarch? William IV
The 1968 film, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton "Boom!" was based on the play "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore", written by who? Tennessee Williams
Crater, Tawahi and Ma'alla are all areas in which city - the former because its natural harbour lies in the crater of a dormant volcano which now forms a peninsula, joined to the mainland by a low isthmus? Aden
Maikop, or Maykop, is the capital of which autonomous Russian region enclaved within Krasnodar Krai? Adygea, or the Adyghe Republic
Analogous to "state" or "province, what word was used in the Soviet Union for many autonomous areas, and is still used in Bulgaria, Kyrygstan, Russia and Ukraine? Oblast
What is the longest river in Italy? Po
With its source in the Alpine province of South Tyrol near the Italian border with Austria and Switzerland, and at 410 kilometres (250 mi) in length, what is Italy's second-longest river? Adige
Bubo virginianus, a large owl native to the Americas, is, as a result of its almost non-existent sense of smell, the only creature to routinely hunt skunks. What is its common name? Great Horned Owl
In which sport is the Aresti Cup awarded? Aerobatics
Jack Broughton drew up a list of rules for which sport in 1743? Boxing
Who did Cassius Clay defeat to first become World Heavyweight Champion? Sonny Liston
As of 2016, who was the last undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion? Lennox Lewis
Which boxer was nicknamed "The Louisville Lip"? Muhammad Ali
Which boxer was nicknamed "Hands of Stone"? Roberto Duran
Which boxer was nicknamed "Sweet Pea"? Pernell Whitaker
Nicknamed "The Rock" which boxer captured the unified Lineal, heavyweight WBC, IBO, & IBF titles in 2001 with a shock defeat of Lennox Lewis by KO in the fifth round, however he subsequently lost them back to Lewis in the rematch? Hasim Rahman
Nicknamed "Bonecrusher", who was between December 1986 and March 1987, the WBA heavyweight champion, losing the title in his first defence? James "Bonecrusher" Smith
Which American former professional boxer who competed from 1977 to 2006, was - like Ricky Hatton - nicknamed "The Hitman"? Tommy Hearns
Of which place is Shakespeare's "Pericles" a prince? Tyre
Give a year in the life of Caravaggio. 1571-1610
Who wrote Booker Prize winner "The True History Of The Kelly Gang"? Peter Carey
Which Jane Austen heroine has the surname Woodhouse? Emma
What type of animal is the Jungle Book character Shere Khan? Tiger
Garrison Keillor is famous for his stories centred on which fictional Minnesota lake? Lake Wobegon
In MacBeth, which character is Malcolm's brother? Donalbain
Who wrote the first significant novel in the Finnish language, "Seven Brothers"? Alexsis Kivi
Anne of Green Gables was the creation of which author? LM Montgomery
Which word is the singular of 'opera'? Opus
Whose 1908 "The Origins Of Continents and the Oceans" originally published in German, is a very important text in the history of geology? Alfred Wegener
The anthropologist Franz Boas was born in which country? Germany
Which Olympic games featured a section that would nowadays be seen as racist, called the "Anthropology Days"? 1904 St Louis
In 1909 the Danish botanist Wilhelm Johannsen was the first to use which term, by way of shortening one already in existence? Gene (from 'pangene')
What name is given to the outermost solid shell of a rocky planet or natural satellite, which is chemically distinct from the underlying mantle? Crust
Which are believed to be the two most abundant elements in Earth's core? Iron and Nickel
The TauTona is, as of 2016, the deepest mine in the world, and like most holders of that title, is in which country? South Africa
Which group of rock-forming tectosilicate minerals makes up as much as 60% of the Earth's crust? Feldspars
What name is given to the common extrusive igneous (volcanic) rock formed from the rapid cooling of lava exposed at or very near the surface of a planet or moon? Basalt
In 2005, which newly constructed city was announced as the new capital of Myanmar? Nay Pyi Taw/Naypyidaw
Who is the dying composer at the centre of Thomas Mann's "Death In Venice"? Gustav von Aschenbach
Who wrote 1913 book "Totem and Taboo"? Sigmund Freud
Called the 'impresario of the avant-garde" whose 1913 book of poetry "Alcools" included the work "Zone"? Guillaume Apollinaire
Which Franco-Uruguayan poet, often referred to as a Symbolist poet, wrote Soir de Carnaval (ca. 1880), Des Fleurs de bonne volonté (1890) and Derniers Vers (1890)? Jules Laforgue
Which Asian capital city has a name meaning "end of strife"? Yangon
Which family are central to DH Lawrence's work "Sons and Lovers"? Morel family
In which year was DH Lawrence's "Sons and Lovers" published? 1910s (1913)
Which German doctor (1832-1920) is credited with inventing the "association test" in psychology? Wilhelm Wundt
Which psychologist devised the concept of the "inferiority complex"? Alfred Adler
Who wrote 1912 work "Symbols of Transformation"? Carl Jung
What were the first three foodstuffs rationed in the UK in 1940? Butter, bacon and sugar
In which decade was England's last conviction for witchcraft? 1940s (1944, Helen Duncan)
Which British military historian of the early 20th century wrote a 7-volume "History of the Peninsular War"? Charles Oman
Which British Admiral defeated the Spanish squadron under Don Juan de Lángara at the 1780 Battle of Cape St Vincent? Admiral Rodney
Rhynwick Williams was convicted in 1790 of being who, a popular name given to a man who purportedly went around stabbing beautiful women non-fatally in the buttocks with a variety of sharp cutting implements? The London Monster
Who founded the Christian movement The Waldensians in the 12th Century? Peter Waldo
How many Vestal Virgins were there in the college's latter years, prior to disbanding in 394CE? Six
Tupamaros, also known as the MLN-T was a left-wing urban guerrilla group in which country in the 1960s and 1970s? Uruguay
How many points are needed to win a standard game of cribbage? 121
Which famous actor was left permanently disfigured after he was involved in a serious car accident in 1956 whilst filming the movie 'Raintree County'? Montgomery Clift
Ludwig Van Kochel catalogued which composer's works? Mozart
What was Glenn Miller's first gold-selling record - it featured in the 1941 movie Sun Valley Serenade; it was the first gold disc ever presented? Chatanooga Choo Choo
Which foodstuff comes from the plant Brassica rapa? Turnip
In the Bible, who was the first man to see a rainbow? Noah
What is the name of the person who calls Muslims to prayer? Muezzin
In which town was Benjamin Britten born? Lowestoft
Where was the Biblical giant Goliath apparently from, one of the five Philistine city-states? Gath
Who, often described as a shepherd, fell into a slumber at the behest of the moon goddess Selene so she could gaze on him as he slept, according to Greek myth? Endymion
What is the forename of the trumpeter Marsalis, awarded nine Grammys in both genres, and whose Blood on the Fields was the first jazz composition to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music? Wynton
Who was the lead vocalist of 1970s rock band "Family"? Roger Chapman
What type of creatures produce abalone? Marine snails
A soroban is an abacus-like instrument from which country? Japan
Which astronomical phenomenon which produces an apparent motion of celestial objects about their locations dependent on the velocity of the observer was explained by James Bradley in 1728? Aberration of Light
Often due to an irregular or toric curvature of the cornea or lens, what name is given to the optical defect in which vision is blurred due to the inability of the optics of the eye to focus a point object into a sharp focused image on the retina? Astigmatism
In an optical system, what term refers to aberration inherent to certain optical designs or due to imperfection in the lens or other components that results in off-axis point sources such as stars appearing distorted, appearing to have a tail Coma
In Wagner's opera 'Das Rheingold', what was the name of the dwarf who stole the gold from the Rhine maidens? Alberich
Lord Derby, Lord Kitchener and Queen of Hearts are all varieties of which fruit? Gooseberry
Which Asian capital city, with a name meaning 'muddy river mouth', is situated at the confluence of the rivers Klang and Gombak? Kuala Lumpur
Which English buccaneer, sea captain and scientific observer became, in 1701, the first person to circumnavigate the globe twice? William Dampier
Joseph McCarthy was a senator for which American state from 1947-1957? Wisconsin
About what, in 1066, did the monk, Eilmer of Malmesbury, say, “You've come, you source of tears to many mothers. It is long since I saw you; but as I see you now you are much more terrible, for I see you brandishing the downfall of my country”? Halley's Comet
In 2004, Indulis Emsis became the first European Prime Minister to represent the Green Party when he was elected Prime Minister of which country? Latvia
In Greek myth which goddess turned Actaeon into a stag for seeing her naked? Artemis
R Kelly's 1997 number 1 hit 'I Believe I Can Fly' was taken from the soundtrack to which film? Space Jam
The last surviving example of which bird, once the most common bird in the world, died in Cincinnati Zoo in 1914? Passenger Pigeon
In 2003, the Pyrenean ibex was the first species to have what procedure done to it - although the example lived for only seven minutes? Cloned back to life after extinction
Which twelve-letter word, invented by James Joyce for his novel 'Ulysses', and meaning 'the sound of a knock on the door', is listed in the Oxford English Dictionary as the longest single-word palindrome in the English language? Tattarrattat
Which 1988 film, starring Meryl Streep, told the true story of Lindy Chamberlain, a mother, convicted of killing her baby even though she maintained that a dingo had killed it? A Cry In The Dark
Which English composer was appointed the first Master of the King's Musick in 1625? Nicholas Lanier
Which sub-tropical citrus fruit was developed in the 18th Century as a cross between a pomelo and an orange? Grapefruit
Ted Ray's only appearance in a Carry On movie was in which film? Carry On Teacher
What was Charlton Heston's real surname at birth? Carter
Who or what were named after the uncle of Margaret Herrick? Oscars
Who played Jesus in 1988's controversial "The Last Temptation of Christ"? Willem Dafoe
Which American Franciscan nun was best known as a television personality, and the founder of both the internationally-broadcast cable television network Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) and the radio network WEWN? Mother Angelica
Which Bond theme was sung by Lulu? The Man With The Golden Gun
Who played the psychotic Arthur "Cody" Jarrett in 1949 film "White Heat"? James Cagney
Who played Jack Ryan in the film "The Hunt For Red October"? Alec Baldwin
Which UK TV detective worked out of the town of Causton? Barnaby in 'Midsomer Murders'
Which former Eastenders actress appeared in "Sunburn", "Two Thousand Acres Of Sky" and played Stella Price in "Coronation Street"? Michelle Collins
Which island nation is, in terms of area, the world's smallest republic? Nauru
During the 20th Century, only two leaders of the Conservative Party failed to become Prime Minister; one was William Hague, who was the other? Austen Chamberlain
What is the real first name of the soul singer Smokey Robinson? William
Also known as the monkey bread trees, the Adansonia are a genus of trees native to Madagascar, Africa and Australia. Occurring only in arid areas they are noted for their capacity to store up to 120,000l of water. By what name are they commonly known? Baobab
Which country has appeared in the most football World Cup qualifying campaigns without ever qualifying? Luxembourg
Which 1966 film, starring Kirk Douglas and Angie Dickinson, told the story of Colonel David Marcus' attempt to establish the state of Israel in 1948? Cast A Giant Shadow
Published in 1908, 'The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp' was the autobiography of which Welsh poet? WH Davies
What is the name of the paste, used in Middle Eastern cuisine, that is made from ground sesame seeds and is a major ingredient of hummus? Tahini
In which Devonian fishing port would you find a replica of Francis Drake's ship The Golden Hind? Brixham
Which African-American abolitionist, who died in 1913, was known as 'The Moses of Her People'? Harriet Tubman
What is the capital of Nauru? Yaren
Port Vila is the capital of which country? Vanuatu
Mazar-i-Sharif is a city in which country? Afghanistan
Burkina Faso's flag consists of two horizontal bands of red and green overlaid with a star of what colour? Yellow
In which sea are the Sporades islands? Aegean
By what other name are the Aeolian Islands known, the name referring to the largest of the islands? Lipari Islands
In which country is Africa's northernmost point? Tunisia
Which line on a map connects places with equal average winter temperatures? Isocheim
On which island of the Bahamas is the capital, Nassau? New Providence Island
Which artificial lake along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe was produced by damming the Zambezi river? Lake Kariba
Prior to its successful war of independence, what was the name of Bolivia? Upper Peru
Which African national football team are nicknamed Les Étalons (The Stallions)? Burkina Faso
At which football world cup did England face the USA, Algeria and Slovenia? 2010
Who won the 2009 BBC Sports Personality of the Year competition? Ryan Giggs
All of Amir Khan's champions belts have come fighting in what weight division (or the super and light categories of this division)? Welterweight
His biggest achievement was winning the 2009 ATP World Tour Finals, which Russian, once number 3 in the world, reached 4 Grand Slam semi-finals, but lost them all, three times to Roger Federer? Nikolay Davydenko
In which country was former England cricketer and captain Allan Lamb born? South Africa
Considered a delicacy, tomalley is a soft, green paste that is extracted from the innards of which creature? Lobster
La Tomatina is a tomato-throwing festival that takes place annually in which town on the outskirts of Valencia in Spain? Buñol
From the 14th to the 19th Centuries, what name was given to the infantry units that formed the Ottoman sultan's household troops and bodyguard? Janissaries
Which epic poem did Seamus Heaney translate in 1999, and a version translated by JRR Tolkien was published in 2014? Beowulf
Who attacked Wordsworth in his poem "The Lost Leader"? Robert Browning
Who says, in Hamlet, "the lady doth protest too much"? Gertrude
Whose "Triptych 1976" sold at auction for £43,000,000 in May 2008? Francis Bacon
Which play contains the line "The younger rises when the old doth fall"? King Lear
Who wrote the 1855 poem epic "The Song of Hiawatha"? HW Longfellow
How is Durer's engraving "Knight, Death and the Devil" also popularly known? The Rider
Who was born Jack Hoggan, on 17 November 1951, in Methil, Fife? Jack Vettriano
Which poem did Robert Frost read at the inauguration of President John F Kennedy? The Gift Outright
Joseph Service and Charles Service appear in which 1777 comedic play by Sheridan? School for Scandal
Manuel Zelaya was President of which country from 2006 to 2009 until being overthrown in a coup d'état? Honduras
Who took over from Hu Jintao as President of the People's Republic of China in 2013? Xi Jinping
Which disgraced Liberal Democrat MP wrote the book "Screwing Up: How One MP Survived Politics, Scandal and Turning 40"? Mark Oaten
Which American columnist, journalist, and writer who was dubbed the "godfather of neo-conservatism" wrote "Neo-conservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea", and died in 2009? Irving Kristol
Oak Apple Day or Royal Oak Day was a formal public holiday celebrated in England on 29 May to commemorate which historic event? Restoration of the Monarchy (Charles II)
The G7 group of nations are: the USA, Germany, the UK, France, Japan and which two others? Canada, Italy
In which year were the Charge of the Light Brigade? 1854
Who was the last monarch of the UK who was crowned in Scotland? Charles II
Which symbol is the traditional emblem of James, son of Zebedee, and is popular with pilgrims on the Way of St James to the apostle's shrine at Santiago de Compostela in Galicia (Spain)? Scallop shell
According to Norse mythology, who was the first human who, with his wife Embla, was created from trees? Ask
As of 2016, which is the most northerly whisky distillery in Scotland? Highland Park
Which group did Ronnie Wood leave to join the Rolling Stones? The Faces
The domestic horse is descended from which species of wild horse, the last example of which died in captivity in Ukraine in 1918? Tarpan
Which British world champion boxer was charged with the attempted murder of his promoter, Frank Warren, in 1987? Terry Marsh
In which fictional Birmingham suburb was the soap opera 'Crossroads' set? King's Oak
The Great Bed of Ware is an extremely large oak four poster bed that is on display at which museum? Victoria and Albert, London
Tate Britain's Clore Gallery is dedicated to which artist? Turner
"Jesus Wept", is the shortest verse in the Bible - for whom was Jesus weeping? Lazarus
Which man supposedly founded San Marino in 301AD? Marinus of Rab
Which vegetable provided the nickname of the statesman Charles Townshend (1674-1738) due to his development of crop rotation? Turnip (Turnip Townshend)
Katherine Jenkins sings in which vocal range? Mezzo-soprano
Red Williams and Delsanne are varieties of which fruit? Pear
What is the full title of the 6th book of the New Testament? St Paul's Letter To The Romans
Which musical instrument is nicknamed "the liquorice stick"? Clarinet
Who released the 1968 album "Sketches of Spain"? Miles Davis
Which 1966 song features the lyrics "I'm sitting in a railway station, got a ticket for my destination"? Homeward Bound
In Egypt, what name is given to the dish of fava beans cooked in oil and lemon? Fuul
Which composer was born on 23rd February 1685, the son of a surgeon? Handel
Thomas Hobbes famously wrote "Leviathan", but which other Biblical monster's name did he use for a posthumously-published work on the causes of the Civil War? Behemoth
Which Roman Emperor was killed fighting the Goths at the Battle of Adrianople? Valens
To one decimal place, what is the value in metres per squared second of Earth's gravitational acceleration? 9.8
Which part of the ocean pelagic zone extends from a depth of 1000 to 4000 meters (3300 to 13000 feet) below the ocean surface? Bathyal
Which condition associated with aging of the eye results in progressively worsening ability to focus clearly on close objects? Presbyopia
In accounts, what does CCA stand for? Current Cost Accounting
In accounts, for what does CPP stand? Current Purchasing Power
What is the traditional electrolyte in a car battery? Sulphuric acid
The sycamore and the maple belong to which genus of trees? Acer
How is ethanol, an organic chemical compound with the formula CH3CHO, better known? Acetaldehyde
Which ocean zone extends from the surface down to a depth where light intensity falls to one percent of that at the surface? Photic zone
Praxiteles "Aphrodite of Knidos" was the first nude statue of a woman from Ancient Greece and was modelled on which famous courtesan and lover of the sculptor? Phryne
Knighted in 2012, who was the leading creative figure in the TV company Endemol, responsible for bringing Big Brother to British TV? Peter Bazalgette
Which pioneer of electronic music, an Italian, won an Academy Award for his score for Midnight Express? Giorgio Moroder
What is the surname of the three sisters in the Chekhov play "The Three Sisters"? Prozorova
Which band, containing Matty Healy, released the 2016 album "I love it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it"? The 1975
Jessica Paré played Megan Draper in which TV series? Mad Men
Ivor Novello award winners are given a statue of which Greek muse? Euterpe
Which famous individual was played by Tom Hanks in the 2013 film "Saving Mr Banks"? Walt Disney
The woman who inspired the Beatles song "Dear Prudence" was the sister of which actress? Mia Farrow
"Dragostea Din Tei", a European hit in 2004, was the biggest song by which band? O-Zone
Which Saint-Saens tone poem was used as the theme music to Jonathan Creek? Danse Macabres
Who directed 1979's "Apocalypse Now"? Francis Ford Coppola
What was the first sequel to win the Academy Award for Best Picture? The Godfather Part II
Stephen Fry's 2003 film "Bright Young Things" was based on which classic novel? Vile Bodies (Waugh)
Who directed "Rocky" (1976)? John B Avildsen
The Pinky Ponk featured in which BBC TV children's show? In the Night Garden
In the Hugh Laurie medical series, what is the forename of the character "House"? Gregory
In which Bond film did Judi Dench make her debut as M? Goldeneye
Which company created both Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep? Aardman Animations
Which actress played the lead role of Betty Suarez in "Ugly Betty"? America Ferrera
Which fictional magazine provided the workplace in "Ugly Betty"? Mode
Which genus of plants takes its name from the Greek for "mouse's ear"? Myosotis
The 16th century department item the Nuremberg egg was what, worn around the neck? Clock
Which American (1890-1954) developed FM radio? Edwin Howard Armstrong
What name is given to the morbid fear of ghosts? Phasmophobia
Spectrophobia is the morbid fear of what? Mirrors or reflections
Which chemical element takes its name from the Greek for green? Chlorine
How is the genus platanus known in the UK? Plane trees
Which Semitic nation of between the late 10th and mid-6th centuries BC existed in the plain between the Tigris and the Euphrates and gave its name to the 11th dynasty of the Kings of Babylon? Chaldea
A Neo-Assyrian bas relief in the British Museum famously depicts an arrow piercing and mortally wounding which animal? Lion
Which small, dome-like structure is often used to provide a lookout or to admit light and air, which usually crowns a larger roof or dome? Cupola
What was the job title of Sir George Everest, for whom Mt Everest was named? Surveyor-General of India
K2 is in which present-day country? Pakistan
In which US state is Crater Lake and the national park named after it? Oregon
An earthquake which measured 7.8 on the Richter scale and killed at least 255,000 residents affected which city in China in 1976? Tangshan
In which year was the worst 20th-century earthquake to hit San Francisco? 1906
Which school was affected by the Aberfan tragedy of 1966? Pantglas Junior School
What number on the Richter scale denotes a 'major' earthquake? Seven
What specific aspect of earthquakes is measured by the Mercalli scale? Intensity
What specific aspect of earthquakes is measured by the Richter scale? Magnitude
In 1980 which Washington mountain was responsible for the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States? Mount St Helens
Which tennis player's only Grand Slam final win was the 2003 US Open, although reached four other Grand Slam finals (Wimbledon in 2004, 2005, and 2009, and the US Open in 2006) losing to Federer every time? Andy Roddick
Who won the women's Wimbledon singles final in 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016? Serena Williams
Which US golfer won the Open in 2009 at Turnberry, his only Grand Slam win to date? Stewart Cink
Which 3 Monopoly properties are light blue in colour? Pentonville Road, Euston Road, The Angel Islington
How much are the brown properties in Monopoly worth? £60
Which veteran golfer lost in a play-off at the 2009 Open, aged 59? Tom Watson
Which golfer won back-to-back Opens in 2007 and 2008? Padraig Harrington
Which golfer won back-to-back Opens in 2005 and 2006? Tiger Woods
Which Australian golfer won three consecutive Open tournaments from 1954 to 1956? Peter Thompson
Which Scottish king banned golf in 1457, as an unwelcome distraction to learning archery? James II
Which Spanish Conquistador founded the South American city of Lima in 1535? Francisco Pizzarro
All of the known moons of Uranus are named after characters from Shakespeare, with the two exceptions of Umbriel and Belinda that are named after characters from the works of which English poet? Alexander Pope
What name is given to the assistant leader of a Cub Scouts pack? Baloo
What is the name of the actor and singer who voiced the character Chef in the animated series 'South Park' from 1997 to 2006? Isaac Hayes
Which sculptor created the statue entitled 'Liverpool Resurgent' which stands above the main entrance to the Lewis's department store in Liverpool? Jacob Epstein
Which vegetable, also known as Chinese broccoli, has a name deriving from the Cantonese for 'mustard orchid'? Kai-Lan
Which English king was the last Earl of Wessex prior to the title being conferred upon Prince Edward in 1999? Harold Godwinson
In Greek mythology, who was the king of Thessaly who was bound to a burning wheel for attempting to seduce Zeus' wife Hera? Ixion
Which Irish patriot, regarded as the 'Father of Irish Republicans', committed suicide by slitting his throat after being sentenced to death for his part in the Irish Rebellion of 1798? Wolfe Tone
Three of the future members of which band recorded and released the single 'I Can Hear Music' in 1973 under the name Larry Lurex? Queen
Inspector Japp features in novels about which detective? Poirot
Who was the chief architect of St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City, working to plans devised by Donato Bramante? Michelangelo
Which animal, sent to Pope Leo X by Manuel I of Portugal, featured in the title of a 1996 Lawrence Norfolk novel? Rhinoceros
Who wrote the eleven philosophical notes "Theses on Feuerbach"? Karl Marx
Gustave Courbet led which art movement in 19th century France? Realism
Which Anglo-American poet wrote "Fighting Terms" and "Jack Straw's Castle"? Thom Gunn
Which Conrad novel features a cowardly desertion aboard the Padma? Lord Jim
How does papier machee translate from French? Chewed paper
Who wrote, in 1790, "Reflections On The Revolution In France"? Edmund Burke
A painting by who was bolted to the side of the lost Beagle-2 spaceprobe? Damien Hirst
Whose 1979 painting was "Raphaelesque Hallucination"? Salvador Dali
Who wrote 1988's work "Whose Justice? Which Rationality"? Alasdair MacIntyre
In 1943 who wrote "Diagnosis Of Our Time"? Karl Mannheim
What is the translation of the shows put on by the Nazis "Entartete Kunst"? Degenerative Art
Which German theologian, philosopher and mystic, prominent in the Avignon Papacy, born near Gotha around 1260, in the Landgraviate of Thuringia in the Holy Roman Empire? Meister Eckhart
Miss Rosa Coldfield summons Quentin Compson, a friend and amateur historian, and tells him a story about Thomas Sutpen, in which novel? Absalom! Absalom! by Faulkner
Which controversial term means the interbreeding of people considered to be of different racial types? Miscenegation
Who wrote 1932's "Light In August"? William Faulkner
Which author was born in Motihari in Bengal on 25th June 1903? George Orwell (Eric Blair)
Which German philosopher and physicist (1882-1936) was the founding father of logical positivism and the Vienna Circle? Moritz Schlick
Which architect from Savoy was responsible for designing many of Edward I's castles, including Conwy, Harlech and Caernarfon (all begun in 1283) and Beaumaris in Anglesey (begun 1295)? Master James of St George (Jacques de Saint-Georges d'Espéranche)
José Sócrates was President of which country from 2005 to 2011? Portugal
Which world leader owned a cat called 'Socks' and a chocolate Labrador called 'Buddy'? Bill Clinton
Which US President promised "a chicken in every pot, a car in every garage"? Herbert Hoover
Virginia Hill was the mistress of which gangster (1906-47)? Bugsy Siegel
Which Wild West lawman (1848-1929) had brothers called Virgil and Morgan? Wyatt Earp
Which monarch called the Long Parliament? Charles I
How many theses did Martin Luther famously nail to the church door at Wittenberg? 95
Who was Roman Emperor when Christ was crucified? Tiberius
Who was the first man to swim the English Channel, in 1875? Matthew Webb
Who commanded the English fleet that defeated the Spanish Armada? Lord Howard of Effingham (Charles Howard)
In the 15th century the Dominican priest Girolamo Savonarola urged the citizens of which city to burn thousands of objects such as cosmetics, art, and books? Florence
What name was given to the burning of thousands of objects such as cosmetics, art, and books on 7th February 1497? Bonfire of the Vanities
What was the nickname of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima? Little Boy
Genghis Khan bore what relation to Kublai Khan? Grandfather
The Battle of the Bulge began in December of which year? 1944
Which US Attorney-General ordered the closure of Alcatraz Prison in 1963? Robert Kennedy
In which US state was the infamous "Land Rush" of 1889? Oklahoma
In which year did the Apartheid system begin in South Africa? 1948
Who was the first man to sign the US Declaration of Independence? John Hancock
By some measures the top selling tropical salsa artist of all time, which man - with a Shakespearean-sounding name - was married to Jennifer Lopez from 2004 to 2014? Mark Anthony
What disco spin-off dance was Van McCoy's biggest hit, an international best-seller in 1975? The Hustle
Which family of mixed alcoholic drinks that are composed of an alcoholic base spirit and a larger proportion of a non-alcoholic mixer shares its name with the glass it is often served in? Highball
Who murders the eponymous 'Lulu' in Alban Berg's 1937 opera of that name? Jack the Ripper
Pooh-Bah is a character in which Gilbert and Sullivan operetta? The Mikado
Cosima Wagner was married to which man - a German conductor, virtuoso pianist, and composer of the Romantic era- before she married fellow composer Richard? Hans Von Bulow
In which opera does the 'Anvil Chorus' appear? Il Trovatore
In Egyptian myth, who was the cow-headed goddess of love? Hathor
Who sang "Eve of Destruction", that reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the UK Singles Chart in September 1965? Barry McGuire
Which chart-topping duo briefly reformed with the 1999 album "Peace"? Eurythmics
In music, which is the only major key signature to have no sharps or flats? C
Which conductor once said "There are two golden rules for an orchestra - start together and finish together. The general public don't give a damn about inbetween"? Sir Thomas Beecham
What does 'piz' mean on a musical score? Pluck (short for pizzicato)
In myth, who was punished by being chained to a rock while his liver was pecked out? Prometheus
The magazine "Rolling Stone" is named after a song by which artist? Muddy Waters
What are 'Gospel Green', 'Red Windsor' and 'Shropshire Blue'? (English) cheeses
Cisk Lager is made on which Mediterranean island? Malta
"But if you come, when all the flowers are dying" is a line from which song standard? Danny Boy
In Norse myth, how many legs did Odin's horse Sleipnir have? Eight
Douglas Glenn Colvin (1951-2002) was better known by what name, which he used for most of his musical career? Dee Dee Ramone
Which historical person was computer language 'ADA' named for? Ada Lovelace (née Byron)
Acupuncture makes use of which so-called "life-energy pathways"? Meridians
Which chemical element, Atomic number 89, was discovered in 1889 by André-Louis Debierne? Actinium
What colour are the flowers of wolfsbane, also called monkshood? Blue-mauve
In which decade was acrylic first developed? 1940s
What general name is given to the chemical elements with atomic numbers between 89 and 103? Actinides
Which UNESCO World Heritage Site which has also featured on various lists of the Seven Wonders of India, was built by king Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty in 1255 CE, and is a temple complex is in the shape of a gigantic chariot? Konark Sun Temple
Bhubaneswar is the capital and largest city of which Indian state on the Bay of Bengal, the 9th largest and 11th most populous? Orissa or Odisha
He was Mughal Emperor from 1556 until his death, the third ruler of the Mughal Dynasty in India - who succeeded his father, Humayun and enlarged the Mughal Empire to include nearly all of the Indian Subcontinent north of the Godavari river? Akbar
Who was the sixth Mughal Emperor, reigning from 1658 until his death in 1707 - under his rule the Mughal Empire reached its largest extent? Aurungzeb
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