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GK 18

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Which 1995 collaboration by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men spent 16 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, making it one of the longest running number one songs in the chart's history? One Sweet Day
A National Memorial located in Riverside Park in Upper Manhattan marks the final resting place of which President? Ulysses S. Grant
Emerging in Sudan in the 1960s, which strange but fatal disease - only affecting children between the ages of 5 and 15 - is characterised by, and named for, the distinctive pathological seizures which commonly occur after an infected child begins to eat? Nodding Disease
With a soundtrack provided by the Scottish post-rock band Mogwai, which French supernatural television drama series won the 2013 International Emmy for Best Drama Series? The Revenants or The Returned
The International Airport in the Lombard city of Bergamo is named for which famous artist who lived in the area as a child? Caravaggio
Which battle of 451 AD saw the Roman general Flavius Aetius team up with the Visigothic king Theodoric I to halt the advance of the Huns, leading to Attila withdrawing his troops from Gaul? Battle of the Catalaunian Plains or Battle of Châlons
Known by the nickname La Pasionara (the Passionflower), which Basque-born Republican leader of the Spanish Civil War is best-remembered for her oft-quoted slogan ¡No Pasarán! ("They Shall Not Pass") during the Battle of Madrid? Dolores Ibárruri
Only 3 tennis players - all women - have ever won the singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles at all four Grand Slam events. Margaret Court and Martina Navratilova are two, but which American became the first person to achieve this feat? Doris Hart
The construction of which world-famous building began in 1163 upon the orders of Bishop Maurice de Sully? Notre Dame de Paris
Which poet, rarely read these days, and generally considered to have been of modest talent, won the first Nobel Prize in Literature? Sully Prudhomme
The GPMU was a trade union between 1992 and 2005 that represented who - it became a sector of UNITE? Media (graphical, paper and media union)
Wigan law student John Whaite won which BBC TV contest in 2012? The Great British Bake Off
Which British scientist appeared on the £20 note from 1991 to 2001? Michael Faraday
On which London thoroughfare is the Savoy thetre? The Strand
Lake Constance is a lake on which river? Rhine
Which is the fastest snake in the world? Black mamba
In 1860, which British High Commissioner in China ordered the looting and burning of Peking's Summer Palace? James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin and 12th Earl of Kincardine/Lord Elgin
Between 1981 and 1997 what was the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world? Humber Bridge (completed in 1981)
Who is the most accomplished runner in IAAF World Cross Country Championships history, with six long (12 km) course and five short (4 km) course titles, and was unbeaten over 10,000 m from his debut in 2003 until 2011? Kenenisa Bekele
Who, as of 2016, is the only man to have won four Best Director Oscars? John Ford
General Charles Gordon was given the nickname 'Chinese Gordon' for crushing which rebellion? Taiping Rebellion
Where were over 300 British soldiers killed in the two days following the first shots being fired at Lexington, in the US War of Independence? Concord
Philip II of Macedonia was, it is claimed, assassinated at his daughter's wedding - what was her name? Cleopatra
In which decade was Joan of Arc canonised? 1920s (1920 itself)
Who did Allenby replace as the leader of the British forces in Palestine in 1917? Murray
Of the 12 Nazis condemned to death at the Nuremberg trials, which two escaped execution - one by suicide, the other by being tried in absentia? Goering (suicide), Bormann (tried in absentia, his body was later identified, and he too had committed suicide)
Who was head of state in Burma from 1943 to 1945 - he was imprisoned after the war for supporting Japan? Ba Maw
On what date was the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor? 7 December 1941
Which conference, formally known as the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference, was held in July 1944 to regulate the international monetary and financial order after the conclusion of World War II? Bretton Woods Conference
How are the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), and the International Development Association (IDA) collectively known? World Bank
The Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum (1822), The Creation (1824), the Eve of the Deluge (1840) were all works by which mainly Romantic English painter? John Martin
In the 19th century there were two competing theories of geological processes - one was "catastrophism"; what was the other? Uniformitarianism
In which year was Charles Darwin born? 1809
Who was Charles Darwin's paternal grandfather? Erasmus Darwin
Give a year during the voyage of Charles Darwin's HMS Beagle. 1831-1836
Suggesting a common ancestor of all species before Darwin, who wrote 1844's "The Vestiges Of Creation"? Robert Chambers
A letter from whom (1823-1913) in 1858, where the author outlined a theory of evolution that he developed independently, caused Darwin to publish his Origin Of Species? Alfred Russell Wallace
"Social Statics" in 1851 was the first major work by which evolutionist? Herbert Spencer
Where was Charles Darwin buried in 1882? Westminster Abbey
What was the forename of Charles Darwin's wife? Emma
What was the name of Christopher Marlowe's titular "Jew of Malta"? Barabas
Who painted "Belshazzar's Feast" (1820) and "The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah2 (1852)? John Martin
In 1840, at the age of eleven who became the then-youngest student to enter the Royal Academy Schools? John Everett Millais
The picture "And When Did Your Last See Your Father?" by WM Yeames is set in which historical period? English Civil War
"Pierrot", circa 1718–19, traditionally identified as "Gilles", that hangs in the Louvre, is a famous work by who? Jean-Antoine Watteau
Sam Wiggins was the head of which late 19th century fictional group? The Baker Street Irregulars
Which man, later an admiral, was painted as a boy as "Bubbles" in the Millais picture? William James
What name has been used by the Imam of the Nizari Ismailis since 1957? Aga Khan
Which city hosted the 1990 Commonwealth Games? Auckland
Who became the most-capped player in rugby union history with 148 caps in 2015, overtaking former Irish centre Brian O'Driscoll's record? Richie McCaw
Who wrote the best-selling book "Everyday Sexism"? Laura Bates
Which author, often regarded as one of the greatest of the 20th Century, born 22nd April 1899, was a world authority on butterflies? Vladimir Nabokov
Which 20th-Century French poet, who fought during the First World War, is best known for his collection of concrete poetry entitled 'Calligrammes'? Guillaume Apollinaire
Which event in track cycling is known as the "American race" in French (course à l'américaine) and in Italian and Spanish as "Americana"? Madison
Whose book "The Feminine Mystique" appeared in 1963? Betty Friedan
On which island is the spirit Zivania traditionally produced? Cyprus
Which famous French aviator and writer gave his name to the international airport serving Lyon? Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The controversial 1996 film 'Crash', directed by David Cronenberg, was based on a novel by which British author? JG Ballard
The name of which martial art derives from the Japanese for 'gentle combat'? Jujitsu
Which battle of August 1810 saw Napoleon's only naval victory over the British? Battle of Grand Port
Who achieved mainstream success with his 2009 album One Love which included the hit singles "When Love Takes Over", "Gettin' Over You", "Sexy Bitch", and "Memories"? David Guetta
Which potassium salt has the formula KMNO4 and is used in solution as an oxidising agent and disinfectant? Potassium Permanganate
Ranked the third best opera house in the world by National Geographic, and is acoustically considered to be amongst the five best concert venues in the world, in which city is the Teatro Colon? Buenos Aires
In which district is London's Royal Opera House located, a name that the house itself is often synonymous with? Covent Garden
Developed in the 15th century into a complex urban centre with five distinct religious and administrative functions, which city in the Peruvian Andes was the historic capital of the Incas? Cusco
Rediscovered in the Scottish borders in 2009, a painting of 1837 by Paul Delaroche depicts which 17th century figure being insulted by his captors? Charles I
the execution of which figure in 1554 is the subject of a large work by Delaroche in the National Gallery? Lady Jane Grey
The rock group The Eagles began as the backing group for which American singer? Linda Ronstadt
With which song did Drake, featuring Wizkid and Kyla, have a 15-week run as UK number 1 in 2016? One Dance
"7 Years" was a UK number 1 in 2016, for 5 weeks, by which artist? Lukas Graham
What name, meaning "the people of red", referred to Romans of high rank? Coccinati
What is Vancouver's NHL team called? Canucks
Founded in 1909, which is the oldest team that currently plays in the NHL? Montreal Canadiens
Part of the 1967 NHL expansion, what is the name of the professional ice hockey team from Philadelphia? Flyers
In psychology, which eponymous 'effect' is the finding that naming the colours of colour words (e.g. the words 'green', 'red', 'blue', etc.) is easier and quicker if the actual observed colours of the words match the colours that the words denote? Stroop effect
Demolished in 1994, which densely populated, largely ungoverned settlement in Hong Kong was originally a Chinese military, but latterly became a den for the Triads, and of prostitution, although most residents were not involved in any crime? Kowloon Walled City
Of what is agyrophobia the fear? Crossing the street
Which controversial 1978 American mondo (exploitation pseudo-documentary) horror film directed by Conan LeCilaire and written by Alan Black depicts a variety of animal and faked human deaths? Faces of Death
Hydrotherapy, Herbalism, Exercise, Nutrition and Balance were the five tenets of which Bavarian priest, who believed in healing via nature? (Sebastian) Kneipp
In Japan, 'shininroku' is a visit to which natural environment for its perceived health benefits? A forest
Which German city lies at the point where the rivers Blau and Iller join the Danube? Ulm
Which elementary particle is the quantum of all forms of electromagnetic radiation including light? Photon
Who released the generally well-received 2015 album "Making Life Rhyme"? Lulu
Ronnie van Zant, who died in a plane crash in 1977, was the lead singer with which American rock group? Lynyrd Skynyrd
What is the northernmost county in mainland Norway, bordering Russia to its extreme East? Finnmark
Winning 18 medals, including nine golds, between 1956 and 1964, which Soviet gymnast was once the biggest medal winner of all time at the Summer Olympics, until Phelps broke her record? Larisa Latynina
What name is given to a bed specifically made for babies from birth to around four months, and is provided by many airlines when travelling with a youngster? Bassinet
The mammalian order Lagamorpha contains rabbits, hares and which other mammal, native to Eastern Europe, Asia and North America? Pika
What would a hobophilist collect? Garden gnomes
In the sit-com 'Yes, Minister', what was the name of the newspaper edited by Jim Hacker before he entered parliament? Reform
In which town at the foot of the Berkshire Downs in Oxfordshire is King Alfred the Great said to have been born? Wantage
In which city was the Organisation of African Unity founded in 1963? Addis Ababa
Who wrote the novella upon which the 1991 film 'The Ballad of the Sad Cafe', starring Vanessa Redgrave, was based? Carson McCullers
How many players are there in each team in baseball? Nine
How many players are there in each team in shinty? Twelve
The Battle of Fort Sumter was the opening battle in which war? US Civil War
How many players are there in each team in netball? Seven
The ruins of the ancient city of Cathage can be found on the outskirts of which modern city? Tunis
Which of Shakespeare's plays feature the line "a plague on both your houses"? Romeo & Juliet
"A Room in Bloomsbury" is a song from which musical? The Boy Friend
Khorsabad, the Assyrian capital in the time of Sargon II, is in which present-day nation? Iraq
Which ancient city, now the site of a town called Shush, is located in the lower Zagros Mountains about 250 km (160 mi) east of the Tigris River, between the Karkheh and Dez Rivers? Susa
Give a century in the rule of the Sassanid Empire. Any between 3rd and 7th (226-651AD/CE)
Who was the third king of the Persian Achaemenid Empire, who ruled at the Empire's peak, ruling 521-486BCE? Darius I
What name is given to the family of printing and printmaking techniques in which the image is incised into a surface and the incised line or sunken area holds the ink - it is also a term in jewellery and sculpture? Intaglio
Valerian, the first Roman Emperor to be captured as a prisoner of war, was captured after which battle? Battle of Edessa (260CE)
Which early Indian emperor embraced Buddhism after witnessing the mass deaths of the Kalinga War, which he himself had waged out of a desire for conquest? Asoka
The deer park in which city located 13 kilometres north-east of Varanasi near the confluence of the Ganges and the Gomati rivers in Uttar Pradesh, India is where the Buddha first taught the dharma? Sarnath
The first of many major battles in the expansion of the Ghaznavid Empire into the Indian subcontinent by Mahmud of Ghazni, which 1001AD battle took place at a site now in modern-day Afghanistan? Battle of Peshawar
Ellora and Ajanta in India are both famed for monuments that were built in what specific type of feature? Caves
Nicknamed Paddy's Milestone, what is the name of the island in the outer Firth of Clyde that stands halfway between Glasgow and Belfast? Ailsa Craig
What is the name of the star in the constellation Octans that serves as the Southern Hemisphere's pole star and counterpart to Polaris in the Northern Hemisphere? Sigma Octantis
In which month does the Salmon Season start in Scotland? January
In 1954, who became the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress? Dorothy Dandridge
Deriving from the Italian for 'to repent', which word, used in art, is given to the faint images, that were painted out when the artist changed his mind, that begin to show through the paint over time? Pentimenti
What is the name of the leaf vegetable grown in Japan, Taiwan and Korea, related to the turnip, that is sometimes referred to as Japanese mustard spinach? Komatsuna
Which thoroughbred horse was unbeaten in his fourteen-race career and was the highest-rated racehorse in the world from May 2011 until retirement? Frankel
The Turkish port of Bodrum is built on the ruins of which ancient city? Halicarnassus
During which naval conflict of World War II was the British battlecruiser HMS Hood sunk by the German battleship Bismarck? Battle of the Denmark Strait
According to tradition, which prophet is said to have written the Book of Lamentations? Jeremiah
Who played young undergraduate Stanley Windrush in the 1956 film "Private's Progress"? Ian Carmichael
Which 1959 film was 1956 film "Private's Progress"? I'm Alright, Jack
What is the first name of the TV judge, Judge Rinder? Robert
What is the name of Wayne Rooney's oldest child? Kai
Which production company made most of the Bond films? Eon Productions
Who created the TV series "The X Files" and "Millennium"? Chris Carter
Which TV personality was once the MP for Ormskirk, and later Knowsley North? Robert Kilroy-Sink
The character Navin R. Johnson is known by what name in a 1979 film? The Jerk
In which decade was Joan Collins born? 1933
Cinecittà is a large film studio in which city? Rome
Treptower Park is in which capital city? Berlin
What is the longest river in Poland? Vistula
Waikiki Beach is part of which city? Honolulu
In which English county is Wookey Hole? Somerset
What is the second longest river in Europe? Danube
Yellowstone National Park is mostly in which US state? Wyoming
Which is the highest moor in the North York Moors at 454 metres? Urra Moor
What is the name of the highest point in the North York Moors? Round Hill
In which US state is Yosemite National Park? California
What is the longest river in Spain? Tagus
Who played the character Neville Hope in "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet"? Kevin Whately
Who played the role of Police Chief Brady in 1975 film "Jaws"? Roy Scheider
The 2000 Kirsten Dunst film "Bring It On" centres on competitions in which field? Cheerleading
Mel Gibson was born in which country? Mel Gibson
Complete the title of the 1994 Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston film: "Along Came..."? Polly
Which character was played by John Nettles in "Midsomer Murders"? DCI Tom Barnaby
Who created and wrote the series "Absolutely Fabulous"? Jennifer Saunders
Which fort featured in 1966 children's TV show "Camberwick Green"? Pippin Fort
Which movie was the first sequel to "Twilight"? The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Who played "Iron Man" in the Marvel franchise? Robert Downey Jr
Who directed The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981), St. Elmo's Fire (1985), The Lost Boys (1987), Cousins (1989), Flatliners (1990) and Falling Down (1993)? Joel Schumacher
Who wrote the screenplay for "Home Alone" and directed "Uncle Buck"? John Hughes
Who played Doc Holliday in Costner's 1994 film "Wyatt Earp"? Dennis Quaid
Who directed "Home Alone" and the first two Harry Potter films? Chris Columbus
Harry H Corbett appeared in which Carry On film? Carry On Screaming
What name, coming from Pemon for "House of the Gods", is given to a table-top mountain or mesa found in the Guiana Highlands of South America, especially in Venezuela and western Guyana? Tepui
Which table top mountain in Venezuela was the inspiration for Conan Doyle's "The Lost World"? Mt Roraima
What is Venezuela's largest island? Isla de Margarita
What type of animal is a troupial? Bird
How many stars are there on the Venezuelan flag? Eight
Which author of "The Edge Chronicles" was Children's Laureate from 2015 to 2017? Chris Riddell
"Thy two-fold shout" appears in which Wordsworth poem? The Cuckoo
Whose quote is "A man who wastes one hour of life has not discovered the value of life"? Charles Darwin
Which magazine, closed in 1992, was once called "The London Charavari"? Punch
Which bird did Wordsworth describe as "ethereal minstrel, pilgrim of the sky"? Skylark
Who wrote the 1974 novel "Jaws"? Peter Benchley
Whose quote is "short as life is, we make it shorter by careless waste of time"? Victor Hugo
Who wrote "Harry's Game" and "The Journeyman Tailor"? Gerald Seymour
Bolt's play "A Man For All Seasons" is based on the life of who? Thomas More
What type of poem is written specifically for a bride on her way to the wedding chamber? Epithalamium
Who did Brian Cowen replace as Irish Taoiseach? Bertie Ahern
Why did Ian Tomlinson make the news in 2009? He was a newspaper seller who died after a confrontation with police at a G20 protest
Which person in the UK government holds the title "Minister for the Civil Service"? Prime Minister
Which town in Wiltshire was granted a Royal Charter because of the many early-21st-century military funeral repatriations, which passed through the town? (Royal) Wooton Bassett
Which English king, chieftain of the Catuvellauni tribe, was captured by the Romans and paraded in Claudius' victory parade - famously he gave a speech that supposedly saw him spared death? Caratacus
Which US state was first to ratify the US constitution? Delaware
What were the Brownies, as in junior female members of the Scouting movement, originally named? Rosebuds
In WW2, where did "Bevan Boys" work? Mines
Zapatistas, or Liberation Army of the South, took part in a revolution in which nation? Mexico
de Clérambault's syndrome is also known by what name - it is a type of delusional disorder where the affected person believes that another person is in love with him or her? Erotomania
In which year was the Louisiana Purchase? 1803
Who invented the cotton gin in 1793? Eli Whitney
Who was elected President of the United States in 1801? Thomas Jefferson
The Mason-Dixon line separates Maryland from which two states? Pennsylvania and Delaware
Which canal connects the Hudson River to the Great Lakes? Erie Canal
Known as the cradle of the American Industrial Revolution, due to a large series of textile mills and factories, what is the fourth-largest town or city in Massachusetts, named after its founder? Lowell
Which German American history painter is best known for his painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware", but also painted "Westward the Course of Empire Takes its Way"? Emanuel Leutze
Who founded both the New Yorker magazine and the New York Tribune; he died after a crushing defeat in the 1872 Presidential election? Horace Greeley
Which state gave its name to a 1820 'compromise' - a United States federal statute devised by Henry Clay - that ultimately failed to avert the US civil war? Missouri
Who was the last US president who was a Founding Father of the United States and the last president from the Virginian dynasty and the Republican Generation? James Monroe
Who was US President from 1824 to 1828? John Quincy Adams
What name has been given to the forced relocations of Native American nations in the United States following the Indian Removal Act of 1830, an act which caused 4000 deaths? Trail of Tears
In U.S. politics, which three statesmen were the Great Triumvirate, who played an important role in United States politics during the Second Party System? Clay, Calhoun and Webster
In which year was the Battle of the Alamo? 1836
Which battle, fought on April 21, 1836, in present-day Harris County, Texas, was the decisive battle of the Texas Revolution? Battle of San Jacinto
What nationality was the physicist Paul Dirac? British
What nationality was the physicist Lev Landau? Soviet (accept Russian, tho born in Azerbaijan)
The inner most orbital shell of an atom contains at most how many electrons? Two
According to the Bible, at what age did Adam die? 930
According to the Bible, at what age did Adam father his first child? 130
In what century did Popes leave Avignon to live at the Vatican? 14th (1377)
Which architectural theorist wrote "De re aedificatoria", published in 1485 as "On The Art of Building in Ten Books"? Leon Battista Alberti
Which architectural element in classical architecture is used to give the appearance of a supporting column and to articulate an extent of wall, with only an ornamental function? Pilaster
What is the generally triangular portion of a wall between the edges of intersecting roof pitches? Gable
Which fleet admiral during China's early Ming dynasty commanded expeditionary voyages to Southeast Asia, South Asia, Western Asia, and East Africa from 1405 to 1433? Zheng He
Which satellite carried the first satellite telephone call? Telstar
Which country uses the international car registration letter "L"? Luxembourg
The word 'perk' is short for which other? Perquisite
Who was crowned King of Scotland in 1306? Robert the Bruce
What was the name of the black panther, one of Mowgli's mentors, in The Jungle Book? Bagheera
Which famous actor appeared as a giant holographic image in the 1980s musical "Time", 40 years after appearing on the cover of Time magazine? Laurence Olivier
Which sport is being played in Henry Newbolt's poem "Vitai Lampada" which opens with "There's a breathless hush in the Close tonight"? Cricket
The Britannia Bridge, rebuilt in 1970, spans which stretch of water in the UK? Menai Strait
How is ammophilia commonly known - it is often planted as a binding agent on sand dunes? Marram Grass
What does the 's' stand for in laser? Stimulated (Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation)
What is the name of the unit used to denote how much of the sky is covered with cloud, values range from 0 to 8? Okta
In which decade did Magellan circumnavigate the globe? 1520s (1521-22)
Which architect, born in Urbino in 1444, failed as a painter so turned to designing buildings, including the Tempietto in the Monastery of San Pietro, Montorio, in Rome? Donato Bramante
Give a year in the life of Nostradamus. 1503-66
What was the name of the hugely popular Armenian-Iranian pop singer, known as the 'Sultan of Pop' and famous throughout the Near and Middle East, who died in 2003? Vigen Derderian
Who was the architect of the Biblioteca Laurenziana, the New Sacristry of San Lorenzo, both in Florence, and most of St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican? Michelangelo
Which architect designed the monastery at San Giorgio Maggiore and Il Redentore (a church) in Venice, and wrote an architectural guide to Rome "Antichita di Roma" in 1554? Andrea Palladio
Which bright red winter apple, native to America and popular for use in ciders, is named after an American commander at the Battle of Lexington who discovered it in Massachusetts? Baldwin Apple
Found on the Liver Building in Liverpool, what species of bird are the Liver Birds? Cormorant
On which American warship did Japan sign the instruments of surrender that ended the Second World War? USS Missouri
In Greek mythology, which river of Hades is known as 'the river of fire'? Phlegethon
Stimulated by her repugnance for the September Massacres, who assassinated the French Revolutionary leader Jean-Paul Marat in 1793? Charlotte Corday
What name is given to a male weasel? Whittret
Iomain is the Gaelic name for which team sport? Shinty
In which country was the 1980s TV programme 'The Children of Fire Mountain' set? New Zealand
How is Beethoven's 3rd symphony popularly known? Eroica
Pina Colada contains which three main ingredients? White rum, coconut mik, pineapple juice
Who was Troy's king during the mythical siege in the Iliad? Priam
What type of animals pulled Thor's chariot in Norse myth? Goats
What is the translation of Strauss's opera "Die Fledermaus"? The Bat
Who wrote "Keep The Home Fires Burning"? Ivor Novello
How many humans were on board Noah's Ark, by the Biblical account? Eight
The Ten Commandments are listed in which two Biblical books? Exodus, Deuteronomy
For what does the JM stand in the name of author JM Coetzee? John Maxwell
Who coined the term "Mythologia"? Plato
Benjy, Quentin and Jason Compson are the unreliable narrators of which 1929 novel? The Sound and the Fury
"Before the Races" and "The Parade" are works depicting horse racing by which Impressionist? Degas
Which Impressionist painted "Cricket Match at Bedford Park"? Pissarro
1908's "The Football Players" is a work by which French artist? Henri Rousseau
Which American actor and comedian played Tom Haverford on the NBC series Parks and Recreation (2009–2015) and Dev Shah on the Netflix series Master of None, which debuted in 2015 and which he created, writes, and stars in? Aziz Ansari
In West Yorkshire, what is the largest town in the Heavy Woollen District, a conurbation of small mill towns? Dewsbury
Which port in Essex is famed for a speech by Queen Elizabeth I of England to the land forces in preparation for repelling the expected invasion by the Spanish Armada? Tilbury
What is the county town of Buckinghamshire? Aylesbury
Hegel, Wordsworth and Beethoven were all born in which year? 1770
The American Revolution began in April of which year? 1775
Which British actress, born in 1977, played Lyra in His Dark Materials at the Royal National Theatre, Esther Summerson in the BBC's 2005 adaptation of Bleak House, and "N" in Channel 4's 2008 adaptation of Poppy Shakespeare? Anna Maxwell-Martin
Which region of DNA binds RNA polymerase to initiate transcription? Promoter
What name is given to a segment of DNA that a repressor binds to? It is classically defined in the lac operon as a segment between the promoter and the genes of the operon. Operator
Who wrote Tracts for the Times (1833–1841), his autobiography Apologia Pro Vita Sua (1865–66), the Grammar of Assent (1870), The Idea of A University (1852)and the poem The Dream of Gerontius (1865)? John Henry Newman
The fleury, pattee and patonce are variants of which heraldic symbol? Cross
The double cross of St Stephen appears on the coat of arms of which Eastern European country? Hungary
Hooper's hypothesis can be used to determine the approximate age of which feature of the English countryside? Hedges
Which Shakespeare play ends with the words "Give me your hands if we be friends. And Robin shall restore amends"? A Midsummer Night's Dream
Which English composer of the Renaissance (1540-1623) had 42 of his keyboard pieces printed in "My Ladye Nevells Booke"? William Byrd
What is the real title of the John Foxe book popularly known as Foxe's Book of Martyrs? Actes and Monuments
The first example of what, discovered in 1967, was named LGM-1, for "little green men"? Pulsar
Lying five miles north-west of the moorland slopes of the Long Mynd, the Stiperstones are a ragged ridge of high hills in which English county? Shropshire
Carn Menyn, the jagged, rocky outcrops thought to have been the source of the bluestones used in Stonehenge, forms a part of which hills in West Wales? Preseli Hills
The ruin of an observatory built in 1883 and a war memorial to the dead of World War Two are among man-made objects occupying the large stone plateau at the peak of which British mountain? Ben Nevis
"He was the greatest of all musicians. He taught me how to say profound things and at the same time remain flippant and lively." These words of George Bernard Shaw refer to which composer, born 1756? Mozart
After an enquiry in 2003 over financial mismanagement, who resigned as chief of Hollinger International, a global media empire that included the Daily Telegraph? Conrad Black
Ver Fırına is the Turkish version, and Koko Suomi leipoo the Finnish, of which TV show? The Great British Bake Off
Borrowdale in the Lake District was the site in the 16th century of the discovery of what mineral, used locally for marking sheep and later in the manufacture of pencils? Graphite
"It took them only an instant to cut off that head, but 100 years may not produce another like it." These words of the mathematician Joseph Lagrange refer to the death by guillotine in 1794 of who? Lavoisier
A spiral with the polar equation R equals A theta is usually named after which Greek mathematician? Archimedes
What breed of dog are Stanley and Boodgie, the subject of a series of paintings by David Hockney, published in book form in 1998 as 'Dog Days'? Dachshunds
In geology, which portion of the Earth's interior lies between the Mohorovicic and Gutenberg discontinuities? Mantle
Which Cuban dancer joined the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden in 1998 and was the first westerner to dance the title role of Spartacus with the Bolshoi Ballet? Carlos Acosta
Margot Fonteyn declared which Australian ballet dancer to be her favourite partner? He played the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Robert Helpmann
Born in Kiev in about 1890, which dancer and choreographer was famed for his extraordinary elevation? He retired aged 29 after suffering a nervous breakdown. Nijinsky
Its name thought to derive from the French for "nutmeg", which grape variety is also known as "Melon de Bourgogne", and is associated with white wines from the Loire region? Muscadet
What is the common name of Araucaria araucana - the national tree of Chile, it's a popular tree in Britain with overlapping scale-like leaves? Monkey Puzzle tree
Who composed "From The Diary Of A Fly"? Bela Bartok
Who composed "The Wasps Overture"? Vaughan Williams
Passed by the US Congress in 1932, the law that made kidnapping across state boundaries a federal felony is often named after which public figure whose son Charles had been kidnapped and killed some months earlier? Charles Lindbergh
Voiced by Howie Mandel who was the main Mogwai character in Gremlins? Gizmo
Whose last film was 1980's "The Hunter"? Steve McQueen
An American docudrama from 1960 about William F. Halsey, Jr, "The Gallant Hours" starred who as Halsey? James Cagney
A leading figure in the Australian New Wave cinema movement (1970-1990), who directed the mystery drama Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), the supernatural thriller The Last Wave (1977) and the historical drama Gallipoli (1981)? Peter Weir
Later to become a major Hollywood star, who played Frank Dunne in 1981 film "Gallipoli"? Mel Gibson
Which 1966 comedy heist film starred Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine as two criminals involved in an elaborate plot centred on stealing a priceless antiquity from millionaire Mr. Shahbandar, played by Herbert Lom? Gambit
Which Eastenders character, played by Todd Carty from 1990 to 2003, was diagnosed with HIV? Mark Fowler
Which character died in the first episode of Eastenders? Reg Cox
Played by Edna Doré between 1988 and 1990, which character in Eastenders was portrayed as descending into Alzheimers? Mo Butcher
As a partnership with director David Lean, he produced Brief Encounter (1945), Great Expectations (1946), and Oliver Twist (1948), and then began directing, notably The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie(1969), Scrooge(1970) and The Poseidon Adventure(1972) - who? Ronald Neame
Which traditional three-cornered biscuit, usually eaten during the Jewish festival of Purim, is said to have been named after a Biblical Persian official whose hanging is described in the Book of Esther? Homentashn
In which Cornish town is the world-famous Furry Dance performed each May? Helston
Who was the first king of the Babylonian Empire? Hammurabi
In the Bible, which woman of Jerusalem gave Jesus her cloth to wipe his face as he bore the cross? Veronica
What is the maximum speed limit on British canals? 4mph
What was the name of the actor who committed suicide at Beachy Head in 1988, after being hounded by the News of the World while at a psychiatric unit - he was the first actor to play Mark Fowler in Eastenders? David Scarboro
What is the name of the American record producer who founded Tamla Mowtown in Detroit in 1959? Berry Gordy
Which subspecies of the plains zebra, that had zebra-like markings on its head and forelegs but plain brown hindquarters, was hunted to extinction in the 1870s? Quagga
Who was the Irish equestrian who won the gold medal for the Individual Show Jumping event at the 2004 Olympic Games only to be stripped of it due to drug offences? Cian O'Connor
The song 'White Christmas' is taken from which 1942 film? Holiday Inn
Which cape is the westernmost point of Spain? Cabo da Nave
The Costa da Morte is in which region of Spain? Galicia
Which Spanish city takes part of its name from the Latin for "field of the star"? Santiago de Compostela (campus stellae)
What name is given to a metal censer suspended from chains in a church, in which incense is burned during worship services? Thurible
What is the meaning of the name of Galician cheese 'tetilla'? Nipple/small breast
Premiered in 1781, who wrote the opera 'Idomeneo'? Mozart
Which capital city lies on the River Mtkvari? Tbilisi
Through how many capital cities does the Danube flow? Four
Through which capital cities does the Danube flow? Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Belgrade
Which river shifts the most water of any in the world? Amazon
Which is the smallest of the five Central Asian ex-Soviet 'stans'? Tajikistan
The Panj, that forms much of the Afghan-Tajik border is a tributary of which larger river? Amu Darya
Gushtigiri, Tajikistan's national sport, is a form of which sport? Wrestling
Afghanistan's national sport, in which Central Asian sport do horse-mounted players attempt to place a goat or calf carcass in a goal? Buzkashi
Which 751 engagement between the Arab Abbasid Caliphate along with their ally the Tibetan Empire against the Chinese Tang dynasty, governed at the time by Emperor Xuanzong saw Islam dominate Central Asia? Battle of Talas
Who was the last king of the Achaemenid Empire of Persia from 336 BC to 330 BC? Darius III
The Scythians were believed in legend to be the offspring of Hercules and a goddess in the form of which animal? Snake
Which 17th Century Italian sculptor was commissioned to make the tomb of Pope Leo XI and a bronze statue of Pope Innocent X? Alessandro Algardi
Popular in Mexico, what name is given to a bright container, often in the shape of a donkey, that is broken with sticks in order to collect the sweets that are held within it? Pinata
Which Roman Emperor was stabbed to death in AD96 in a plot organised by members of the Praetorian Guard, the Senate and his Empress? Domitian
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matobo National Park, which forms the core of the Matobo or Matopos Hills, an area of granite kopjes and wooded valleys, is in which African nation? Zimbabwe
Larry Maluma is a reggae artist based in Australia but hailing from which African nation, whose languages he often sings in? Zambia
One of the biggest artificial lakes in the world, which lake lies on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe? Lake Kariba
Which natural wonder is known as Mosi-oa-Tunya in one of its local languages? Victoria Falls
Which American criminal became Public Enemy Number One in the USA upon the death of John Dillinger in 1934? Baby Face Nelson
Who wrote "City of Bones" and "The Black Echo", both books in the Harry Bosch series? Michael Connelly
First appearing in 1933, who was the most famous creation of PL Travers? Mary Poppins
How many different dot combinations are used in braille? 63
In which year did Ernest Hemingway commit suicide by shooting himself? 1961
Who is the father of Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet? Polonius
In which play is the line "the evil that men do lives after them"? Julius Caesar
Who wrote "The Vision Of William Concerning Piers the Plowman"? William Langland
"Idle As A Painted Ship Upon A Painted Ocean" is a line from what 1798 poem? Rime Of The Ancient Mariner
The Sabre Dance is part of which 1942 ballet? Gayane
"O For a muse of fire" are the opening six words of which Shakespeare play? Henry V
Which author was executed by the authorities of the nascent Irish Free State during the Irish Civil War on 24 November 1922? Erskine Childers
Which poem features the line "If winter comes, can spring be far behind"? Ode To The West Wind (by Percy Bysshe Shelley)
Which author created the characters Peregrine Pickle and Humphrey Clinker? Tobias Smollett
Captain Cuttle appears in which Charles Dickens work? Dombey and Son
Which playwright created the character Lady Sneerwell? RB Sheridan
In myth, Atreus served up his murdered nephews to who? Thyestes
In myth, who was brought to Troy to be sacrificed, though had been told she was to marry Achilles? Iphigenia
In the Iliad, who was the son of Menoetius, grandson of Actor, King of Opus, and Achilles' beloved comrade and brother-in-arms? Patroclus
In myth, who trained the Theban hero Actaeon, and later made a statue of him? Chiron
Which ancient Kingdom was the home to Medea and the Golden fleece? Colchis
In myth, which Roman goddess harassed Aeneas throughout his voyage, recounted in the Aeneid? Juno
In myth, who was the son of Aeneas and Creusa? Ascanius
Which fruit bread is a speciality of Guernsey? Gache
Which ginger-like spice is of the genus alpinia? Galangal
What is aspic? A dish in which ingredients are set into a gelatin
On which island is Mount Kedros, home to resistance fighters in WW2? Crete
Which noted priest, social reformer and author wrote 1856's "The Heroes, Greek fairy tales"? Charles Kingsley
Which 1888 short story deals with the unkind treatment that Rudyard Kipling received between the ages of 6 and 11 in a foster home in Southsea? Baa Baa Black Sheep
What is a rick, seen in the countryside? A stack of hay, corn, straw, or similar material
How is Dipsacus, a genus of flowering plant in the family Caprifoliaceae, more commonly known - they often attract goldfinches? Teazle
Chu Chin Chow, a musical comedy that opened in the West End on 3 August 1916 and ran for five years and a total of 2,238 performances (more than twice as many as any previous musical) was based on which story? Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
Which hugely popular early 20th century children's play, originally written for Christmas 1911 by Clifford Mills and John Ramsey, follows the journey of four children, two girls, two boys and a pet lion cub in search of their parents? Where the Rainbow Ends
Which term was coined by the New Economics Foundation (NEF), a British think tank, in a 2004 report for a town where the High Street or other major shopping areas are significantly dominated by chain stores? Clone Town
In which English county is Maidenhead? Berkshire
Which macabre US cartoonist's first anthology "Drawn and Quartered" was published in 1942? Charles Addams
The Monument in London is located close to the north end of which bridge? London Bridge
'The Monument' in London is a monument to what? Great Fire
On a ship, what is a hawser? Thick cable or rope (often used for mooring)
Which shallow bay of the North Sea in the Netherlands,was closed off from the North Sea in the 20th century (leaving the mouth of the inlet to become part of the Wadden Sea) and the salt water inlet changed into a fresh water lake called the IJsselmeer? Zuiderzee
Established on 1 January 1986, which province of the Netherlands consists almost entirely of land reclaimed in the 50s and 60s? Flevoland
The London district of Wapping is in which borough? Tower Hamlets
What name is given to traditional hand built clinker-built wooden rowing craft of a design which has been seen on the River Thames (the name of the craft often follows 'Thames') for nearly 200 years? Skiff
In maritime law, what specifically is flotsam? Floating wreckage of a ship or its cargo
In maritime law, what name is given to cargo that is on the bottom of the ocean, but which no one has any hope of reclaiming? Derelict
In maritime law, what name is given to goods or wreckage that is lying on the bottom of the ocean, sometimes marked by a buoy, which can be reclaimed? Lagan (or ligan)
Amychophobia is the fear of what? Being scratched
Which historical figure reportedly died of a burst bladder in 1601 after refusing to leave a banquet to relieve himself because it would have been a breach of etiquette? Tycho Brahe
Which system of sense organs is found in aquatic vertebrates, and is used to detect movement and vibration in the surrounding water? Lateral line
What is South Korea's second-largest city after Seoul? Busan
What is 'U' in the NATO phonetic alphabet? Uniform
In computer memory, what term refers to the amount of main memory that a computer program uses or references while running? Footprint
How many pairs of wings does a bee have? Two
Which lunar module took Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the surface of the moon? Eagle
Which chemical element has the atomic number 26? Iron
Askival is the highest point on which island? Rhum
Complete the film title: "The Naked Gun 33 and a third:...." The Final Insult
What was the subtitle of the first Pirates of the Caribbean film? The Curse of the Black Pearl
What was the name of the father of the Tracy brothers in 'Thunderbirds'? Jeff Tracy
Who played the lead role of Bret Maverick in the 1994 film "Maverick"? Mel Gibson
Who played the lead role of Bret Maverick in the 1950s TV series "Maverick"? James Garner
Who directed "Being John Malkovich"(1999) and Where the Wild Things Are (2009)? Spike Jonze
Who did Alesha Dixon replace as sole female judge on "Strictly Come Dancing"? Arlene Philipps
Which British sitcom starring Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner revolved around family life and aired from 2007 to 2014? Outnumbered
In which TV series did Imelda Staunton play "Miss Pole" and Judi Dench played "Miss Matty"? Cranford
Which Welsh television producer and screenwriter's works include Queer as Folk, Bob & Rose, The Second Coming, Casanova, the 2005 revival of the classic British science fiction series Doctor Who, and the trilogy Cucumber, Tofu, and Banana? Russell T Davies
Who played Poirot on TV from 1989 to 2013? David Suchet
Which actress from the TV series "Cranford" has also played Miss Marple on television? Julia McKenzie
Who played the character Donna Noble in "Doctor Who"? Catherine Tate
Who did John Hurt play in the Thames TV film "The Naked Civil Servant"? Quentin Crisp
Which character was played by Wendy Richard in "Are You Being Served?" Miss Brahms
Which double act wrote "Are You Being Served?" Lloyd and Croft
Dying in 2016, who was the last of the writers of "Dad's Army" to pass away? Jimmy Perry
From which brief-lived US publication did TV series "Not The Nine O'clock News" take its name? Not The New York Times
Who released a book in 2009 called "Standing Out", and has released six autobiographies as of 2016, the latest being "Reborn"? Katie Price
What was the name of the dragster that Richard Hammond crashed at high speed, causing a head injury in 2006? Vampire
Which body of water separates Estonia's largest island, Saaremaa, from Latvia? The Gulf of Riga
Which is the only sea in the world to lack a coastline? Sargasso
The Beaufort, Kara and Laptev Seas are all in which general area of the planet? Arctic (accept similar)
Which sea largely surrounds the Maluku Islands of Indonesia? Banda Sea
What does IHO stand for in the name of the inter-governmental organisation? International Hydrographic Organization
Which sea lies NE of New Guinea, and is named for a European man who lived 1815-98? Bismarck Sea
What is the world's highest extinct volcano on land? Kilimanjaro
Which strait separates Australia and Tasmania? Bass Strait
The Cotopaxi volcano lies in which country? Ecuador
Baffin Island is separated from mainland Canada by which strait? Davis Strait
What was the real name of Nellie Melba? Helen Porter Mitchell
"Visit To The Quack Doctor" is part of which Hogarth series? Marriage A La Mode
4 tempters, 4 knights and Thomas a Becket all appear in which TS Eliot play? Murder in the Cathedral
Which Shakespeare character says the line "Oh that I could be bound in a nutshell..."? Hamlet
Christopher Wren and Major Metcalfe feature in which play? The Mousetrap
Who wrote "Haroun and the Sea Stories", published 1990, as bedtime stories for his son? Salman Rushdie
Who said Oxford was a "sweet city with her dreaming spires"? Matthew Arnold
Which play, and later film, is set in Eel Marsh House, and is based on a Susan Hill novel? The Woman in Black
Which family owns the house in "Howard's End"? Wilcox
Who painted several works entitled "The Card Players" in the early 1890s? Cezanne
The parliament of which Asian country is known as the Tshogdu? Bhutan
Which song, recorded by the rock band Queen in 1973, is named after a painting by the 19th Century English painter Richard Dadd? The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke
Which 16th Century astronomer kept a moose to entertain his guests and a dwarf named Jepp as a court jester? Tycho Brahe
Which Finnish athlete broke the men's 10,000m world record at the 1972 Olympics despite falling in the twelfth lap? Lasse Viren
In 1928, who became the first actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, doing so for his roles in the films 'The Way of All Flesh' and 'The Last Command'? Emil Jannings
Probably the best known Korean calligrapher of the 19th Century, who developed the unique style of calligraphy known as ch'usa? Kim Chong Hi
From which country does the wine Mavrud come? Bulgaria
Which archipelago of islands, west of the Outer Hebrides, is named after a non-existent saint? St Kilda
Which American soldier was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour for leading an attack on a German machine-gun nest during World War I, killing 32 German soldiers and capturing 132 others? Alvin York
In Norse mythology, what type of creature was Fenrir, the son of Loki? A wolf
One of the leading lights of the International Gothic style, little of his work has survived, but which Italian artist's 1423 "Adoration of the Magi" made for the church of Santa Trinita in Florence is widely considered a masterpiece? Gentile di Fabriano
What name is given to the platform or step on which an altar stands, or, in painting, the painting or sculpture along the frame at the bottom of an altarpiece? Predella
How are 15th century brothers Paul, Hernan and Jean collectively known, they were artists and manuscript illustrators seen as leading exponents of the international Gothic, and produced two illuminated Books of Hours for their patron, the Duc de Berry? Limbourg brothers
Which English monarch appears in the Wilton Diptych? Richard II
Give a year in Japan's Muromachi Period. 1333-1573
Often considered "the father of humanism" (1304-74) who first coined the term "Dark Ages" and was instrumental in developing the idea of the Renaissance? Petrarch
The Piagnoni were the devotees of which controversial Dominican friar who took advantage of a power vacuum in 1482 when Lorenzo de Medici died, but was condemned, hanged, and burned in the main square of Florence on 23rd May 1498? Girolamo Savonarola
Most famed for his baptistery doors in Florence, whose 1440 "Commentarii" is one of the first art autobiographies still extant? Lorenzo Ghiberti
Which contemporary of Brunelleschi, Ghiberti and Donatello, an influence on Michelangelo designed the Fonte Gaia in Siena, a major tourist attraction? Jacopo della Quercia
Born Tommaso di Ser Giovanni di Simone in 1401, who is generally considered the first great Italian painter of the Quattrocento period of the Italian Renaissance. Masaccio
Which English monarch was on the throne during the Addled Parliament? James I
Sharing his name with a newspaper columnist, which St Albans based monk (c1200-1259) is a source for 13th century English history? Matthew Paris
John Scarlett became the head of what organisation in 2004, leaving in 2009? MI6
On what date did the Euro enter general circulation? 1st Jan 2002
Which two-wheeled cart or wagon typically designed to be hauled by a single horse or ox are infamous for their use in the French Revolution, carrying the condemned to the guillotine? Tumbrels
John Blackthorne is the hero of which 1975 James Clavell novel? Shogun
Which English navigator in 1600 was the first of his nation to reach Japan, and became the first ever (and one of the very few) Western Samurai? William Adams
Which classical Japanese dance-drama, deriving from a word meaning "to lean" or "to be out of the ordinary", is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by some of its performers? Kabuki
Which season lends its name to a Russo-Finnish War? Winter
Which term derived from the Sino-Japanese word for "skill" or "talent" is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century? Noh
The Merwede, from which the Merovingian Dynasty possibly derived their name, is the name of several connected stretches of river in which country? Netherlands
The major waterway connecting the port of Rotterdam to Germany, what is the main distributary branch of river Rhine flowing through the Netherlands? Waal
What Dutch word describes a low-lying tract of land enclosed by dikes that forms an artificial hydrological entity, meaning it has no connection with outside water other than through manually operated devices? Polder
Literally meaning "mad words" or "wild speech" which form of traditional Japanese comic theatre developed alongside Noh? Kyogen
Eindhoven is the largest city in which Dutch province? North Brabant
Which is the southernmost of the Netherlands' 12 provinces? Limburg
Which Dutch Golden Age painter painted The Avenue at Middelharnis that hangs in The National Gallery? Meindert Hobbema
What is a 'katzenjammer' in Germany? A hangover
Who are the three antagonists in Beowulf? Grendel, Grendel's Mother, Dragon
A famous lithographer and publisher, Louis Prang was a German entrepreneur who introduced which seasonal item to the USA? Christmas Card
In Greek myth, who was the muse of love poetry? Erato
In Greek myth, who was the muse of comedy? Thalia
In Greek myth, who was the muse of astronomy? Urania
In Greek myth, who was the muse of lyric poetry and flutes? Euterpe
Who was the deity in Greek mythology who was the creator of mankind and its greatest benefactor, who stole fire from Mount Olympus and gave it to mankind? Prometheus
Which Greek was probably the first dramatist to present plays as a trilogy; his Oresteia is the only ancient example of the form to have survived? Aeschylus
What was, in Greek myth, the only positive item in Pandora's box? Hope
Which Greek God was father to the mythical physician Asclepius? Apollo
Which games at Delphi were held in homour of Apollo's victory over a snake? Pythian
Against which fellow Greek deity did Athena win a contest to be the main deity of Athens? Poseidon
Who was Greek god of god of music, truth and prophecy, healing, the sun and light, plague and poetry? Apollo
Who sculpted the famous Four Rivers fountain in Piazza Navona in Rome? Bernini
The Fountain of the Four Rivers, a 17th-century fountain in Rome, represents the Nile, the Ganges and which other two? Danube, Plate/La Plata
Which monarch commissioned JMW Turner to paint a canvas commemorating the Battle of Trafalgar? George IV
Which artist, whose wife went insane, and whose mistress committed suicide in his studio, painted Justice and Divine Vengeance Pursuing Crime (1808) and was commissioned by Napoleon to paint many pictures, including of Josephine? Pierre-Paul Prud'hon
Which French painter born in Rome, who had a diplomat father, painted Bataille d'Austerlitz (1810) and Cupid and Psyche (1797) and was an incredibly popular portraitist? Francois Gerard
Which famous French artist and romantic painter died in 1824 died in Paris aged 32, following a fall from a horse? Gericault
Which fellow French Romantic painter (1798-1863) posed for one of the figures in Gericault's "Raft Of The Medusa"? Delacroix
Which monarch was ousted from power by France's 183- "July Revolution"? Charles X
Later painted by Delacroix, which Greek island saw a massacre of tens of thousands of Greeks by Ottoman soldiers in April 1822? Chios
Which castle's dynamo room provided the name for the operation of the Dunkirk evacuation, and served as its planning HQ? Dover
Which 20th century British monarch was both Duke of York and Prince of Wales prior to assuming the throne? George V
Who was the last British monarch to be crowned as nominal 'King of France'? George III
Which ancient Greek reportedly said "Give me one firm spot...and I will move the Earth"? Archimedes
Which word, taken from a children's game, refers to countries trying to outdo each other in terms of building up a weapons arsenal? Leapfrogging
Kings Cross station was named for a former monument to which King? George IV
How long is an Irish Presidential term? Seven years
Who became Irish President in 2011? Michael Higgins
Dying in office, who was the first German President of the Weimar Republic, in post from 1919 to 1925? Friedrich Ebert
Who was Britain's third PM, in office 1743-54? Henry Pelham
Dying in office, who was Germany's second President from 1925 to 1934? Paul von Hindenburg
Which peace treaty was signed in 1328 between the Kingdoms of England and Scotland? Edinburgh-Northampton
Which calendar was introduced in 1752, causing the notorious 'missing days'? Gregorian
Which Bretwalda and Northumbrian king was killed by the Mercians at the Battle of Maserfield, at a place generally identified with Oswestry in 642CE? Oswald
The Battle of Northampton, fought on 10 July 1460, took place during which war? War of the Roses
Following the country's independence from Yugoslavia who became the first President of Croatia and served as president from 1990 until his death? Franjo Tuđman
What was the maiden name of Winston Churchill's wife, Clementine? Hosier
William Cavendish, PM of the UK from November 1756 to June 1757, was better known by what title? (4th) Duke of Devonshire
Who was British Prime Minister in the year 1800? William Pitt the Younger
Francis II, the last Holy Roman Emperor, dissolved the empire after defeat at which battle? Austerlitz
Sir Joseph Porter appears in which Gilbert and Sullivan operetta? HMS Pinafore
Whose opera is "Rusalka", premiered in 1901? Dvorak
What is a cassoulet? A slow-cooked casserole or stew
Marrons Glaces consists of which foodstuff 'candied'? Chestnuts
Which spice comes from the herb 'cilandro' or 'Chinese parsley' - which are its alternate names? Coriander
Which commonly eaten food is 'phaseolus vulgaris'? Baked beans
Who sung the 1972 hit "Help Me Make It Through The Night"? Gladys Knight and The Pips
Which composer's works are listed in the Zimmerman catalogue? Henry Purcell
What is the full name of the "Symphonie...." composed by Berlioz in 1830? Fantastique
Which group did Steve Marriott form upon leaving The Small Faces? Humble Pie
What is the top line on a Plimsoll line? Tropical Fresh Water
What does an ablutophobia have a morbid fear? Washing/bathing
Which RAF rank is directly above 'Flying Officer'? Flight Lieutenant
Which is the closest star to the Earth? The sun
Who invented the clock pendulum? Christian Huygens
What name is given to a baby koala? Joey
What so the Navy toast on a Monday? Our ships at sea
What is a rhino horn made of? Keratin
What is the top rank of the British army? Field marshal
Which tree has the Latin name 'crataegus monogyna'? Hawthorn
Who directed "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"? Ang Lee
Who played Winston Churchill in 1981's "The Wilderness Years"? Robert Hardy
Who played the title character in 1955 film "The Man from Laramie"? James Stewart
In which 2004 film are two divers left behind in a shark-infested sea? Open Water
'LB' or 'Little Blake' was a character in which 1980s soap opera? Dynasty
Which 2004 sequel was subtitled "Monsters Unleashed"? Scooby Doo 2
Who was the female lead in "An Officer and A Gentleman"? Debra Winger
What type of animal was Parsley in "The Herbs"? Lion
Who was married to Jack Rosenthal from 1974 until his death in 2004? Maureen Lipmann
In which fictional town is 'Heartbeat' set? Aidensfield
The names Skagerrak and Kattegat come from which language? Dutch
Which strait is the 'entrance to the Persian Gulf' from the Gulf of Oman? Strait of Hormuz
In which US state are the Ribbon Falls? Nevada
Which waterfall in Switzerland are where Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty fell, supposedly to their deaths until Holmes later came back? Reichenbach Falls
What do the Straits of Messina separate? Sicily, Italy
Which body of water separates China and Taiwan? Formosa Strait
Which body of water separates the Philippines and Taiwan? Luzon Strait
Located about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) southeast of the town of Bodø which small strait has one of the strongest tidal currents in the world? Saltstraumen
Which body of water separates Russia and Alaska? Bering Strait
Which body of water separates Africa and Madagascar? Mozambique Channel
In the book of Daniel, which archangel is described as "The Guardian of Israel"? Michael
How is pop singer Michael Barratt better known? Shakin Stevens
In Hinduism, who is the wife of Shiva? Kali
Brewed by Anheuser–Busch InBev at Piedboeuf Brewery in Jupille-sur-Meuse, what is Belgium's biggest selling beer brand? Jupiler
In the Bible, which person is thrown out of a window then eaten by dogs? Jezebel
In Norse myth, of what was Ægir the god? Sea
Who was the first white female solo artist to be signed by the Tamla Motown record label? Kiki Dee
In the Bible, who was Ruth's mother-in-law? Naomi
What is the first day of Lent? Ash Wednesday
In which modern-day country was Gustav Mahler born? Czech Republic
In Japanese cuisine what is usually made from Yabukita, a cultivar of the camellia sinensis plant? Green Tea
On which mountain did Heracles capture a boar during his mythical 12 labours? Mount Erymantius
On a Toblerone packet, what image is hidden in the picture of the Matterhorn? A bear
Who composed the 1799 opera "Falstaff"? Salieri
Which 1750-1814 self-described religious prophetess left behind a sealed box that may only be opened by the Archbishop of Canterbury? Joanna Southcott
Which meat goes into a Colombian ajiaco stew? Chicken
Which grain is used in making cous cous? Semolina
In which decade did the Vatican drop religious objections to cremation? 1960s (1963)
In 1968, Holland, Dozier and Holland founded which record label, whose biggest acts were Freda Payne and Chairmen of the Board? Invictus Records
A classic Mornay sauce uses which cheese? Gruyere
Discobolus (the discus thrower), is probably the most famous bronze work of which Athenian sculptor of the mid-5th century BC, born in Eleutherae on the borders of Boeotia and Attica? Myron
Which ancient Greek sculptor's statue of Zeus at Olympia was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World? Phidias
Which 4th Century BC Ancient Greek sculptor and architect was most famous for his statue of Meleager, the copper statue of "Aphrodite" and the head of goddess Hygieia, daughter of Asclepius? Scopas
The Aphrodite of Cnidus was the most famous statue of which Greek sculptor, who worked almost exclusively in marble? Praxiteles
Which Greek sculptor was personal sculptor to Alexander the Great; indeed, he was the only artist whom the conqueror saw fit to represent him? Lysippos
Now located to the north and west of the modern city of Bergama in Turkey, which ancient city is cited in the Book of Revelation as one of the seven churches of Asia? Pergamon (or Pergamum)
Which Pacific North West American Indian tribe declared war on the USA in 1974, under chairwoman Amy Trice? Kootenai
Which basic, rounded 'half-walnut' shaped boat, native to Wales, Ireland, Scotland and SW England is traditionally made of a framework of split and interwoven willow rods, tied with willow bark? Coracle
Originally the god of the source of the Nile River, which animal's head was Ancient Egyptian deity Khnum usually depicted as having? Ram
Which Arabic and Hebrew term traditionally refers to a valley, although some instances, it may refer to a dry (ephemeral) riverbed that contains water only during times of heavy rain or simply an intermittent stream? Wadi
According to the Bible, who found the infant Moses in the rushes? Pharaoh's daughter
The Beatitudes were recounted at which of Jesus' teaching ? Sermon On The Mount
Which Bible was the first printed using mass-produced movable metal type in Europe? Gutenberg Bible
Published in 1535, what was the first complete Modern English translation of the Bible? Coverdale Bible
The Douai Bible of 1582 is often known as the Douai-what Bible, after the city where it was published? Reims
Who was the first person whose birth is recounted in the Bible? Cain
Of Jesus' disciples, there were two names that were shared by two disciples - Simon (as in Simon Peter and Simon the Zealot) was one - what was the other? James
Which late fourth-century Latin translation of the Bible became, during the 16th century, the Catholic Church's officially promulgated Latin version of the Bible? Vulgate
Who were Gladys Knight's backing band? The Pips
Which band are the primary backing band of Bruce Springsteen? E Street Band
What is the highest rank in the Royal Navy? Admiral of the Fleet
How many eyelids per eye does a cat have? Three
What was the first satellite of the United States, launched as part of its participation in the International Geophysical Year, in 1958? Explorer I
On what date in the UK does pheasant shooting start? 1st October
Which man first reached land speeds of over 400mph? John Cobb
What does SMS stand for, in texting? Short Message Service
What is Joseph Glidden often credited with inventing? Barbed Wire
Why are the Gila Monster and Bearded Lizards unique among lizards? The only venomous lizards
Which innovation of the 1790s is often credited to the Scot William Murdoch, although Archibald Cochrane had used this invention in his family home in 1789? Gas lighting
Edward George Nicholas Paul Patrick, born 9 October 1935 is usually known by what title? Duke of Kent
Cryptogrammoideae, or cryptograms, are species of what type of living organism? Ferns
A sessile plant lacks what? A stalk
A philomel is the poetic name for which bird? Nightingale
How is the flowering plant genus of 'morus' better known? Mulberries
Two places with equal rainfall are joined by which hypothetical line? Isohyet
The merle is an alternative name for which bird? Blackbird
What is the lowest rank of NCO in the British Army? Lance Corporal
Douglas Engelbart at the Stanford Research Institute invented which computer accessory in the 1960s? Mouse
Which company originated in 1911 as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR)? IBM
What was called Nuffield Radio Astronomy Laboratories from 1966 to 1999? Jodrell Bank Observatory
Which musical was advertised as 'a picture straight from the heart of America'? Oklahoma!
Which film marked Elvis Presley's return from national service? GI Blues
Which elite group does Demi Moore's character join in critically-panned film "GI Jane"? Navy SEALS
Who directed the film "GI Jane"? Ridley Scott
How did Carole Lombard die, in 1942? Air crash
Who wrote "Spoonface Steinberg" in 1997, voted one of the 10 best radio plays ever, but is best known for writing the screenplay for "Billy Elliott"? Lee Hall
The pub The Grapes was the setting for which sitcom that ran briefly in the UK from 2003-4? Early Doors
Which British TV writer and producer was involved with The Royle Family, The Fast Show, The Mrs Merton Show, Early Doors and Sunshine? Craig Cash
Which 1935 Jimmy Cagney film sees him play New York City lawyer James "Brick" Davis, and takes its title from slang for federal agents? G Men
Who played the character Arthur Fowler in 'Eastenders'? Bill Treacher
What is the fictitious postcode domain of Walford in "Eastenders"? E20
Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver starred in which 1999 Star Trek spoof? Galaxy Quest
In Eastenders, which character was Pauline Fowler's twin? Pete Beale
Which silent screen star is one of the several people believed to have started the tradition of footprints outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in LA - her most famous film was 1922's "Smilin Through"? Norma Talmadge
Who directed "The Thin Red Line?" Terence Malick
Who directed the Bruce Willis film "Armageddon"? Michael Bay
What was the last film that Alfred Hitchcock directed? Family Plot
What was John Wayne's last film? The Shootist
Which director controversially re-shot Psycho scene-for-scene in 1998? Gus Van Sant
In which 1938 comedy do Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn look after a titular leopard? Bringing Up Baby
Which Christian day on November 2nd commemorates the faithful deceased? All Souls Day
What name is used for a supernatural double or an apparition of a living person in Irish folklore, or a ghost in Northern England? Fetch
What name is given to the 40-mile challenge walk across the highest and widest part of the North York Moors National Park in north-east Yorkshire that originated in the 1955 Dalesman magazine? Lyke Wake Walk
In ancient Roman religion, who was the divine personification of the grain supply to the city of Rome? Annona
In which year did Queen Mary die and get replaced by her half-sister Elizabeth I? 1558
Which now-ruined abbey lies in the fields in the south of the civil parish of Maltby, South Yorkshire, and was built in 1147? Roche Abbey
Which small plate, usually made of silver or gold, is used to hold Eucharistic bread which is to be consecrated? Paten
Which man led the government of the young King Edward VI from 1550 until 1553, and unsuccessfully tried to install Lady Jane Grey on the English throne after the King's death? John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland
In history, what name was given to a pensioner or almsman whose duty it was to pray for his benefactor? Bedesman
In the Bible what name was given to the portable earthly meeting place of God with the children of Israel from the time of the Exodus from Egypt through the conquering of the land of Canaan? Tabernacle
Which layer of Earth's atmosphere layer reflects radio waves? Ionosphere
Which wind blows into Egypt from the Sahara and the south? Khamsin
In which mountain range does the Chinook wind blow? Rockies
What is the SI derived unit of pressure used to quantify internal pressure, stress, Young's modulus and ultimate tensile strength? Pascal
What unit is exactly equal to 100000 Pa? Bar
What value represents a hurricane on the Beaufort Scale? 12
In the Northern hemisphere, in which direction do tornadoes rotate? Anti-clockwise
What is the Libyan name for the Sirocco wind, also a model made by Maserati? Ghibli
What name is given to a mature tropical cyclone that develops in the western part of the North Pacific Ocean between 180° and 100°E? Typhoon
The North Atlantic Drift is the northernmost part of which ocean current? Gulf Stream
Which Swiss physicist, inventor and explorer was known for his record-breaking hot air balloon flights, with which he studied Earth's upper atmosphere and cosmic rays, and for his invention of the first bathyscaphe, FNRS-2? Auguste Piccard
Ultraviolet is absorbed mainly by which of the earth's atmospheric layers, in which planes mainly fly? Stratosphere
Which dry and dusty north-easterly trade wind blows from the Sahara Desert over the West African subcontinent into the Gulf of Guinea between the end of November and the middle of March? Harmattan
In weather, what name is given to a boundary separating two masses of air of different densities, the principal cause of meteorological phenomena? A Front
Which Arabian dust-laden mind means 'poison wind' in Arabic? Simoom
What name is given to a dry, warm, down-slope wind that occurs in the lee of a mountain range? Fohn wind
Fujita scale (F-Scale), or Fujita–Pearson scale (FPP scale) rates what? Tornado Intensity
What name is given to a northern to north-eastern katabatic wind in the Adriatic, Croatia, Montenegro, Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Slovenia, Poland, Russia (Novorossiysk) and Turkey? Bora
Which cloud type's name comes from the Latin word, meaning a ringlet or curling lock of hair? Cirrus
The English East India Company under Francis Day founded which city in 1639? Chennai (Madras)
Which short-lived Kingdom was created by the Treaty of Aranjuez in 1801? Etruria
Who was the priest of Apollo in Greek mythology who was given a magical golden arrow that rendered him invisible and with which he rid plagues and gave oracles? Abaris
Who was the Christian Socialist Chancellor of Austria who was assassinated by Nazi agents in 1934? Engelbert Dollfuss
The Deep Purple hit song 'Smoke on the Water' was inspired by a casino fire that occurred whilst the band were recording in which country? Switzerland
The name of which brightly coloured marine fish is derived from the Cornish word for 'old woman'? Wrasse
Which Australian snooker player was banned for eight years in February 2006 after being found guilty of match fixing? Quentin Hann
In which English city was the 1960 film 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning', starring Albert Finney, set? Nottingham
What is the name of the school in which the Muriel Spark novel 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie' is set? The Marcia Blaine School for Girls
One of the oldest known cocktails was created by Antoine Amédée Peychaud in New Orleans in the 1850s and consists of Cognac, rye whiskey, absinthe, pastis, Peychaud's bitters and Angostura bitters; which cocktail? Sazerac
Which historical region in eastern Germany derives its name from the Sorbian for 'swamps'? Lusatia
Wilfred Bungei won gold in which 2008 Olympics event? Men's 800m
Which horse won the 2009 Grand National? Mon Mome
Where were the 2010 Winter Olympics held? Vancouver
Where were the 2014 Winter Olympics held? Sochi
In which year did Roger Federer win his first Grand Slam tennis singles event? 2003 (Wimbledon)
In which year was the first Superbowl? 1967
As of 2016, the team with most Superbowl wins, who won in 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 2006 and 2009? Pittsburgh Steelers
Which NFL team won the first two Superbowls? Green Bay Packers
Who were the first AFC team to win a Superbowl? New York Jets
From 2004 to 2016, the Superbowl has always been held in which month? February
Who won Most Valuable Player at all three Superbowls from 1995 to 1997? Brett Favre
Including endzones, how long is a gridiron? 120 Yards
In American Football, what is an 'OT'? Offensive Tackle
How many points are scored for a touchdown in the NFL? Six
How many points are scored for a safety in the NFL? Two
How many points are scored for a field goal in the NFL? Three
Which NFL player, active 1985-2004, scored a record 197 touchdowns? Jerry Rice
Which NFL team celebrates a touchdown with a Lambeau Leap? Green Bay Packers
What was NFL legend 'The Refridgerator's real name? William Perry
Where did Team GP finish in the 2008 Summer Olympics Medal table? Fourth
Who led the Polish military in the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and later became Prime Minister and, ultimately, President in 1989? Wojciech Jaruzelski
Which was the only group to have UK number 1 singles in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s? Bee Gees
What was the common name of Harpagornis moorei, the largest eagle ever to have lived, that was native to New Zealand and became extinct around 1500? Haast's Eagle
The 1965 film 'The Agony and the Ecstasy', a biopic of the Renaissance artist Michelangelo, was based on a novel by which American author? Irving Stone
In which 20th Century novel would you find cows called Aimless, Feckless, Graceless and Pointless? Cold Comfort Farm
A variety of which fruit is named after a Californian postal worker named Rudolph Hass who patented it in 1935? Avocado
Which city did Astana replace as capital of Kazakhstan in 1998? Almady
At which American university were four students killed by the National Guard after an anti-war demonstration in May 1970? Kent State University
In Hinduism, the Great Buddha is represented as the incarnation of which Hindu god? Vishnu
Mike Ness is the guitarist and vocalist for which punk band whose 1996 album 'White Light, White Heat, White Trash' was met with widespread critical acclaim? Social Distortion
'The Book of Healing' and 'The Canon of Medicine' are two of the best known works by which Persian philosopher and scientist, whose works were used as standard medical texts at European Universities from the 11th to 17th Centuries? Avicenna
Who was the only male tennis player during the 20th Century to have held the number 1 ranking despite never winning a Grand Slam event? Marcelo Rios
Who directed the 1971 film 'Death in Venice', starring Dirk Bogarde? Luchino Visconti
Who directed the 1971 film 'Death in Venice', starring Dirk Bogarde? Ashcan School
Often flavoured with fruits or herbs and sometimes used in soups, what is the name of the mildly alcoholic beverage made from black or rye bread that is popular in Russia and several ex-Soviet states? Kvass
What is the unit of currency used in both Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan? Manat
Now part of Malaysia, what was the name of the historic state in the northwestern part of the island of Borneo that was ruled by a dynasty of British rajas between 1841 and 1946? Sarawak
Who is the Roman goddess of war, regarded as the sister of Mars? Bellona
In which ex-Soviet state was Askar Akayev displaced as President after the Tulip Revolution of 2005? Kyrgyzstan
Which African cat, that is extensively hunted for its fur, has the longest legs of all cats relative to body size? Serval
Which N Yorkshire town was the home of author James Herriot, home of a racecourse, and birthplace of Thomas Lord, after whom Lord's Cricket Ground is named? Thirsk
St James Day takes place in which month? July (25th July)
Who was Lord Protector of England from 1547 until 1549 during the minority of his nephew, King Edward VI (1547-1553)? Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset
What name is given to a vault or building where human skeletal remains are stored, often built near churches for depositing bones that are unearthed while digging graves? Charnel House
Flamborough is in which county of England? East Yorkshire
Which 16th-century Protestant reformer and English propagandist is best known for authoring the vehemently anti-clerical pamphlet Supplication for the Beggars? Simon Fish
What is the meaning of the verb to 'mulct'? Extract money from (someone) by fine or taxation
Which English Catholic bishop was executed in 1535 by order of Henry VIII during the English Reformation for refusing to accept the king as Supreme Head of the Church of England? John Fisher
Which king died on 28th January 1547? Henry VIII
First established in 1563, how many articles served to define the doctrine of the Church of England as it related to Calvinist doctrine and Roman Catholic practice? 39 (39 Articles)
4,000 buildings built in a unique form of the Bauhaus or International Style that represent the largest number of Bauhaus buildings in any one city, can be found in which city? Tel Aviv
In the Bible, who sent his servants to murder Amnon, after the latter raped Tamar, the murderer's sister? Absalom
Whose diaries, contemporaneous with Pepys, also covered the Great Plague, and the Great Fire of London in 1666; he also wrote Fumifugium: or The Inconvenience of the Aer and Smoak of London Dissipated (1661) suggesting trees could hide London's pollution? John Evelyn
A quinquennial event takes place every how many years? Five
An event to commemorate the death of John Knill (1733-1811), a former mayor, takes place every 5 years in which English coastal town? St Ives
Possibly the oldest borough in the United Kingdom, in which county is Barnstaple? Devon
Barnstaple is located on which river? River Taw
In the Bible, which medium apparently summoned the prophet Samuel's spirit, at the demand of King Saul of the Kingdom of Israel in the First Book of Samuel? Witch of Endor
Mousehole is a town in which English county? Cornwall
Where are the National Trust-run castle and chapel that have been the home of the St Aubyn family since approximately 1650? St Michael's Mount, Cornwall
Which Shakespeare play has exactly two parts (i.e. Part 1 and Part 2, performed separately)? Henry IV
How many Shakespeare plays, in total, does Falstaff appear in? Four
Who was the first Poet Laureate? John Dryden
Which playwright wrote the 1993 play "Arcadia"? Tom Stoppard
Who wrote the important 1550 work "The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects"? Giorgio Vasari
In 2013, which artist's "Balloon Dog (Orange)" sold at Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York City for US$58.4 million? Jeff Koons
What is the principal export of Frank Herbert's "Dune" in the book of that name? Spice
Whose autobiography was entitled "Is That It"? Bob Geldof
Claes Oldenburg and Jim Dine were mainly associated with which type of art? Pop Art
What is the name of the American author "Goosebumps"? RL Stine
What is Rodin's statue "The Thinker" made of? Bronze
In Longfellow's poem, who did Hiawatha marry? Minnehama
Who created St Trinian's? Ronald Searle
Andre Breton and Max Ernst are most associated with which style of art? Surrealism
In the poem, Robert Browning "longed to be in England" now that which month had arrived? April
Who wrote the 1917 poem "Anthem For Doomed Youth"? Wilfred Owen
Which magazine, founded May 2, 1885 by Clark W. Bryan in Holyoke, Massachusetts, advertised itself as being "for the grown-up woman" Good Housekeeping
Algernon and John Worthing appear in which play? The Importance Of Being Earnest
Who wrote "A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian"? Marina Lewycka
"The Two of Us" and "Just Me" are books by which actress whose role in Entertaining Mr Sloane (1966) earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Lead Actress in Play? Sheila Hancock
Which children's author made serious studies of fungi and lichens, and bought Troutbeck Park Farm, restoring its land with thousands of Herdwick sheep? Beatrix Potter
Over which number of a computer keyboard is the circumflex located? 6
In which year was Shakespeare's first folio produced? 1623
Which writer said "After God, Shakespeare has created most"? Dumas
In which castle does most of Hamlet's action take place? Elsinore
What was Shakespeare's theatre company called, which Richard Burbage was a part of? Lord Chamberlain's Men
As what was Richard Tarlton famous in the 16th Century? Clown/jester/comedian
As what was Edward Alleyn famous in the 16th Century? Actor
Who wrote the play "The Spanish Tragedy, or Hieronimo is Mad Again" between 1582 and 1592? Thomas Kyd
What were the names of Shakespeare's parents? John and Mary Arden
What is the grammatical term for the repetition of a word at the start and end of a clause or sentence? Epanalepsis
Written, at least in part, whilst their author was confined to a lunatic asylum, the poems 'A Song to David' and 'Jubilate Agno' are among the most famous works of which 18th Century English poet? Christopher Smart
Which dish, consisting of toast, bacon, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce, is named after a 19th Century New York stockbroker? Eggs Benedict
The Greek architect Konstantinos Apostolos Doxiadis is best remembered for designing which Asian capital city? Islamabad
What was the name of the King's horse that trampled and killed the suffragette Emily Davison during the 1913 Epsom Derby? Anmer
What was the name of the female monster of Greek mythology, that had the head and torso of a woman and the lower half of a snake, who stole and ate children? Lamia
Who was elected American President in 1840 using the slogan 'Tippecanoe and Tyler Too'? William Harrison
Who was the American Vice-President to Calvin Coolidge who wrote the music for the song 'It's All in the Game', later to be recorded by Cliff Richard, Elton John and Barry Manilow among others? Charles Dawes
Who was the English analytical chemist who produced the first periodic table of the elements arranged in order of atomic mass in 1863? John Newlands
In 1977, which East German athlete became the first female high jumper ever to clear a height of 2 metres? Rosemarie Ackermann
Who was British PM at the outbreak of the Crimean War? George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen
What was Eva Peron's maiden name? Duarte
Born in 1674, what was the nickname of agriculturalist Charles Townshend? Turnip Townshend
Which Chinese dynasty's name means 'pure'? Qing (1644-1912)
In which century did William Adams, one of the first Westerners to successfully penetrate into Japanese culture, act as an advisor to a shogun? Seventeenth
Which British monarch had a dog whose collar read "I am Caesar, I belong to Caesar"? Edward VII
Who challenged Margaret Thatcher for the leadership of the Conservative Party in 1990? Michael Heseltine
The Sublime Porte is a metonym for the central government of which historical entity? Ottoman Empire
Which anaesthetist demonstrated, in the 19th century, that cholera is a water-borne disease? John Snow
In which city was the original 'Queen Elizabeth' shipping liner destroyed by fire in 1972? Hong Kong
Üsküdar, formerly known as Scutari, the location of Florence Nightingale's barracks, is currently in which city? Istanbul
For his reports on which war did Times journalist William Howard Russell first come to prominence? Crimean War
Which WW2 figure said "We have won the German war. Let us now win the peace."? Bernard Montgomery
Who was Britain's commander-in-chief at the start of the Crimean War? Lord Raglan
In which month of 1982 did Argentina invade the Falkland Islands? April (2nd April)
Which half-Jamaican nurse also came to prominence, like Florence Nightingale, in the Crimean War? Mary Seacole
Who was nicknamed (1875-1965) the "Saint of Lamberene"? Albert Schweitzer
Who did Nelson Mandela marry in 1998? Graça Machel
At which battle was the Charge of the Light Brigade? Balaclava
In which year did the PLF hijack the "Achille Lauro" ship? 1985
In which year did Castro overthrow Batista in Cuba? 1959
"Grant's Hill" and "Fort Oswego" were battles during which conflict? Seven Years War
Famously leading the Zulu nation to victory against the British in the Battle of Isandlwana, which Zulu king was later exiled to St Helena? Cetshwayo (kaMpande)
Which famous poem by Lewis Carroll is subtitled 'An Agony in Eight Fits'? The Hunting of The Snark
From which African country does Cap Bon wine come? Tunisia
Which mountain in the Sequoia National Park is the highest peak in the forty-eight contiguous states of the USA? Mount Whitney
In the 1st Century BC, which Roman statesman and general ordered the construction of the original Pantheon in Rome that was later rebuilt, on the orders of Hadrian, after it had been destroyed by fire in 80AD? Agrippa
What name is given to the shawl with fringed corners worn by Jewish men at prayer? Tallith
Founded by Sheikh Ahmed Ismail Yassin in 1988, by what acronymic name is the Islamic Resistance Movement better known? Hamas
What was the name of the prized stud racehorse that was beheaded in the 1972 film 'The Godfather'? Khartoum
Niomi MacLean-Daley is the real name of which British singer? Miss Dynamite
What term describes the point at which a celestial object in orbit around the Earth, such as the Moon, makes its closest approach to the Earth? Perigee
Which Northern Irish motorcycle racer, who was nicknamed 'King of the Road', died in a crash in a race in Estonia in 2000? Joey Dunlop
Which 1954 musical film was based on Stephen Vincent Benéts short story 'The Sobbin' Women'? Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
In George Orwell's '1984', Room 101 is part of which government ministry? Ministry of Love
Used in brewing, a hogshead of beer is equal to how many gallons? 54
The Place de Quinconces and the Colonnes des Girondins are sight-seeing attractions in which French city? Bordeaux
What was the first name of the young girl who, in 1948, became the first patient to be treated through the National Health Service? Sylvia
According to the Bible, from which wood was the Ark of the Covenant built? Acacia Wood
Which Norwegian politician became the first Secretary General of the United Nations in 1946? Trygve Lie
Which Russian city lies on the Volga near to where it discharges into the Caspian Sea? Astrakhan
Which British river is spanned by the Pulteney Bridge? Avon (in bath)
Paignton lies in which bay? Torbay
The Erskine Bridge spans which British river? Clyde
What does the Welsh prefix 'Bedd' mean? Grave
In which US state are the 'Finger Lakes' located? New York
What was renamed 'Seawise University' for a very brief period? Queen Elizabeth liner
The A5 enters London as which road? Edgware Road
Billund, Denmark is most famous for the HQ of what? Lego Group
After Great Britain and Ireland, which is the third largest of the British Isles? Lewis and Harris
In which countries is the 'won' the currency? North and South Korea
Which bay near the westernmost point of the Isle of Wight is noted for its multi-coloured sand cliffs? Alum Bay
In which town is the Cairngorm Brewery found? Aviemore
Which lighthouse lies on a reef about 11 miles (18 km) off the east coast of Angus, Scotland, near Dundee and Fife, and was named one of BBC's Seven Wonders of the Industrial World? Inchcape/Bell Rock Lighthouse
What name is given to the edge of a flag nearest to the flagpole? Hoist
In HG Wells' novel 'The Time Machine', what name is given to the subterranean humanoid race that feeds on a mentally retarded race of people called the Eloi? Morlocks
What is the technical term given to a shield or emblem within a flag? Charge
Tahiti is part of which island archipelago? Society Islands
Blue Grass Airport serves which city? Lexington, Kentucky
South Stack lighthouse lies off the coast of which island? Anglesey
Which foodstuff is known as 'chesnock' in Russian, 'ajo' in Spanish and 'suen tau' in Chinese? Garlic
Which is the smallest of the five inhabited islands of the Isles of Scilly? Bryher
Who was the commander of the Spartan fleet that was victorious against the Athenians at the Battle of Aegospotami in 405BC and who brought the Peloponnesian War to an end by taking Athens the following year? Lysander
How many theses did Martin Luther nail to the door of Wittenberg Church in 1517? 95
Which singer, songwriter and spoken-word artist became the lead singer of the hardcore punk band Black Flag in 1981? Henry Rollins
Nicknamed the 'comet ferret', which 18th Century French astronomer compiled the first catalogue of galaxies, nebulae and star clusters? Charles Messier
What was the name of the horse upon which Zara Phillips won the World Equestrian Games in Aachen in 2006? Toytown
The 1994 film 'The Browning Version', starring Albert Finney, was an adaptation of a one-act play of the same name by which dramatist? Terence Rattigan
Which landscape painter, born in London in 1752, was described by John Constable as “The greatest genius that ever touched landscape”? John Robert Cozens
The inhabitants of which American state are known as 'Nutmeggers'? Connecticut
As of 2016, which is the only country to have two cities that have each twice hosted an Olympiad? USA (Los Angeles, Lake Placid)
The first known mention of the word was in the third century AD in a book called Liber Medicinalis - which word sometimes interpreted as "it will be created with my words"? Abracadabra
"Sombre forêt" (Dark Forest), sung by Mathilde, is a soprano aria from Act 2 of which opera? William Tell (Rossini)
Who nicknamed Salvador Dali "Avida Dollars"? Andre Breton
Named after a region of southern Ghana, what is the name of the Akan empire that existed between 1701 and 1957 on Ghanaian territory? Ashanti
Which four-letter word is a style of cooking, native to Jamaica, in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a very hot spice of the same name? Jerk
For six years, between 1978 and 1983, the UEFA European Cup in football, finished with which country? 1-0
The Abel Prize for mathematicians is awarded by which country's government? Norway
The Vistula and Daugava rivers empty into which sea? Baltic
How is Park Jae-Sang (born 1977) better known? Psy
Animus in consulendo liber (Latin: "A mind unfettered in deliberation") is the official motto of which organisation? NATO
What common name is given to the iron sulfide with the chemical formula FeS2? Fools' gold
The "Mitchell Report," is the result of former Democratic United States Senator from Maine George J. Mitchell's 21-month investigation into the use of anabolic steroids and human growth hormone (HGH) in which sport? Baseball
Which musical genre's name may derive from a cheap perfume prevalent in US brothels in the late 19th century? Jazz (jasmine perfume)
Fourteen African countries, as of 2016, use a currency with what name - although it is really two separate, albeit interchangeable, currencies? CFA Franc
The "character mask" is a nineteenth century philosophical concept based on the idea of "mimesis" developed by which philosopher, economist and sociologist? Karl Marx
Which infection of the small intestine takes its name from the Greek for "flow of bile"? Cholera
With 209,000 participants the Kahit Isang Araw Lang Unity Run of 22nd January 2012 may have been the largest ever fun run - held in which city? Manila
In 1771, Franciscan friar Junípero Serra directed the building of a Mission on the site of which city, nicknamed the "Big Orange"? Los Angeles
What name is given to a line of English verse composed in iambic hexameter, usually with a caesura after the third foot - it takes its name from a person from antiquity? Alexandrine
Pyrrhus, from whom "Pyrrhic victory", was a king of which Greek state in the Western Balkans? Epirus
The Asti wine is made from which grape? Moscato Bianco
Prosecco is made from which grape? Glera
First conjectured by Edward Witten in 1995, by what one-letter name is the theory in theoretical physics that unifies all consistent versions of super-string theory known? M-theory
Which team sport at the Winter Olympics has two and four-men events for males, but only two-person events for women? Bobsleigh
When creating 'Superman', Siegel and Schuster were inspired by which actor and star of movies such as "The Thief of Baghdad", "Robin Hood" and "The Mask of Zorro"? Douglas Fairbanks
Which term from the 14th century Scottish for "lament or mourn" gives its name to a male singer of jazz standards? Croon (crooner)
Which method of meat preservation is actually implied by the 'corned' in corned beef? Salting
Which Carthaginian general was the father of Hannibal, Hasdrubal and Mago? Hamilcar Barca
How did the US painter Francis Davis Millet die? Drowned on the Titanic
On whose behalf, a king of Burgundy, did Siegfried woo and win Brunhilde in the Nibelungenleid? Gunther
What ornament of medieval architecture takes its name from the French for "throat"> Gargoyle
Known in Egypt as "The City of Beauty and Enchantment", which city on the Suez Canal was founded in 1863 and named after the then Khedive? Ismailia
Who was the captain of the ship 'Mary Celeste' at the time of her mysterious abandonment? Captain (Benjamin) Briggs
Who started the two periodicals "Household Words" and "All The Year Round"? Charles Dickens
A prototype of which safety device was devised by François Hussenot and Paul Beaudouin in 1939? Black Box Flight Recorder
What German name is used for precipitation that forms when supercooled droplets of water are collected and freeze on falling snowflakes, forming 2–5 mm (0.08–0.20 in) balls of rime? Graupel
Which cut of beef is taken from the smaller end of the tenderloin, or psoas major of the beef carcass? Filet mignon
Who, a grandson of Charlemagne, was the Holy Roman Emperor from 817–855, (co-ruling with his father until 840) - war with his brothers helped create modern France and Germany? Lothair I
Created in 1942 by Finnish aviation engineer Veijo Hietala, one of the first black box flight recorders was named after which historical person? Mata Hari
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress lies opposite which town, on the other bank of the River Rhine? Koblenz
Which conflict was the deadliest European religious war, resulting in around eight million casualties? Thirty Years War
Who was the the 1st state chancellor of the Austrian Empire, in post 1821-48? Metternich
Which city in northeast France is located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers? Metz
What name is given to a geometric pattern consisting of five points arranged in a cross, with four of them forming a square or rectangle and a fifth at its center, as seen on a dice face for 'five'? Quincunx
What is the US name for a re-entrant, a terrain feature formed by two parallel ridges or spurs with low ground in between them? Draw
An example is Namibia's Caprivi Strip - what name is given to an elongated protrusion of a geopolitical entity, such as a subnational entity or a sovereign state? Salient
Especially used to refer to those in the Thames, what is an ait or eyot? River island
Which saint, born Winfrid, Wynfrith, or Wynfryth in the kingdom of Wessex in Anglo-Saxon England, was a leading figure in the Anglo-Saxon mission to the Germanic parts of the Frankish Empire during the 8th century? St Boniface
What is the capital of the German lander of Hesse?W Wiesbaden
Who composed the Waldstein sonata? Beethoven
Which French naturalist coined the term 'invertebrate'? Lamarck
Which agricultural implement is used for breaking up and smoothing out the surface of the soil, and is thus distinct in its effect from the plough, which is used for deeper tillage? Harrow
What is a mattock? Handtool similar to a pickaxe
Which model village on the south side of Birmingham, England, is best known for its connections with the Cadbury family and chocolate? Bournville
The Vondelpark is amajor urban park in which European city? Amsterdam
From which tree were ancient Greek victor's wreathes made? Bay laurel
Which German poet was briefly Rodin's secretary? Rainer Marie Rilke
Worn by all classes in Britain from the Middle Ages to the early seventeenth century (and later as an old-fashioned cap for countrywomen and young children), what name was given to a close fitting cap hat covers the top, back, and sides of the head? Coif
Which cultural, historic and linguistic region in southwestern Germany takes its name from a medieval duchy? Swabia
Starveling has the shortest part in which of Shakespeare's plays? A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Rape of the Lock is a mock-heroic narrative poem written by whom in 1712? Alexander Pope
Leopold Poetsch was a rabidly right-wing history teacher who taught Ludwig Wittgenstein and which other world-famous man? Adolf Hitler
Which German socialist was a co-founder with Rosa Luxemburg of the Spartacist League, and died with her after the failed 1919 uprising? Karl Liebknecht
Richard Huelsenbeck founded the Dada group that was based in which capital city? Berlin
Who wrote 1924's "Manifeste du Surrelaisme"? Andre Breton
Which infantry general of Alexander the Great founded and gave his name to an empire that ruled over much of the territory in the Near East which Alexander had conquered.? Seleucos (Seleucid) (Seleucos I Nikator)
The famous Cleopatra, as depicted in Shakespeare's play, is actually known to history with what regnal number? Cleopatra VII
Which man (334 – c. 262 BC), originally a cynic, is generally considered to have been the founder of the Stoic school of philosophy? Zeno of Citium
Pyrrho was one of the founding fathers of which Hellenistic philosophical movement? Scepticism
Which writer created the character of Walter Mitty? James Thurber
In which country is there a newspaper called La Dernière Heure? Belgium
Who wrote the 1965 work "Where's the Rest of Me?" Ronald Reagan
Where is Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors" set? Ephesus
Which eponymous heroine of a 1913 novel's name has become a byword for incurable optimism? Pollyanna
Which Dickens novel starts with a search for bodies in the river? Our Mutual Friend
Who painted "The Old Woman Cooking Eggs"? Velazquez
Italian newspaper La Stampa is published in which city? Turin
Angelo, Claudio and Isabella all feature in which of Shakespeare's plays? Measure for Measure
What is the name of the cockerel in the Reynard the Fox tales? Chanticleer
Who wrote the series of Flashman novels based on the Thomas Hughes character, 12 books from 1969 to 2005? George MacDonald Fraser
Archdeacon Grantly appears in which author's works? Trollope (he features in Barchester Towers)
Who wrote "A Dance To the Music of Time"? Anthony Powell
What did the RB stand for in the name of RB Sheridan? Richard Brinsley
Milton's work "Comus" is also called "Masque at...." which castle? Ludlow
What was the surname of the real life 'Alice' who inspired Lewis Carroll to write his Wonderland books? Liddell
Which poet write "Goblin Market" in 1862, it is frequent seen as alluding to sex? Christina Rossetti
Which illustrator, knighted in 1893, did the drawings for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871)? Sir John Tenniel
Mr Murdstone is a character in which Dickens book? David Copperfield
Who wrote The History of Henry Esmond (1852)? William Thackeray
What musical instrument was played by Coleman Hawkins? Saxophone
In which country is Tiger beer based? Singapore
Parmentier dishes always contain which ingredient? Potatoes
The ukulele is a Hawaiian adapatation of the machete, a musical instrument originating where? Portugal
What was the last UK number one by the Rolling Stones, as of Dec 2016? Honky Tonk Women
Which US comedian used the theme tune "Inka Dinka Doo"? Jimmy Durante
In which Gilbert and Sullivan operetta do lords turn into fairies? Iolanthe
Which type of nuts are also called filberts? Hazlenuts
Who collaborated with Elton John on the 1999 song "Written In The Stars"? LeeAnn Rimes
Who sung the 2010 number one "Written In The Stars"? Tinie Tempah
In October 2008, experts at the Royal Society of Chemistry decreed that an Yorkshire Pudding should be exactly how many inches tall? Four
The 18th century doctor James Lind was instrumental in defeating which disease? Scurvy (he proved citrus fruits prevent it)
Which individual won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, sharing it with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)? Al Gore
Glen T Seaborg and Edwin Mcmillan synthesised which chemical element in 1940? Plutonium
Which is the only animal where both genders possess forehead horns called ossicones? Giraffe
An ordinary pack of tarot cards contains how many more cards than a standard playing set? 26 (78-52)
Which animals are known collectively as a 'mob'? Kangaroos
Who was the second Astronomer Royal, after Nicholas Flamsteed? Edmund Halley
Which is the only species of deer where both genders can grow antlers? Reindeer (thought to be so they can clear snow to find food)
Who was appointed Astronomer Royal in 1995? Martin Rees
Who played the violent, neurotic detective Jim McLeod in the 1951 film 'Detective Story'? Kirk Douglas
Who played Mad Dog Earle in the 1941 film 'High Sierra'? Humphrey Bogart
In which 1966 film did the character Walker, played by Lee Marvin, extract revenge on the mob? Point Blank
Who played the title role in the 1958 film "Machine-Gun Kelly", his first lead role? Charles Bronson
Who directed the Jack Nicholson film "Chinatown"? Roman Polanski
In which 1949 film did John Derek get his big break, being defended in a murder trial by Humphrey Bogart? Knock On Any Door
For which film did Bing Crosby win his only Academy Award for best Actor? Going My Way
Who was the first man to win consecutive Best Actor Academy Awards? Spencer Tracy
Who piloted 'Thunderbird 1'? Scott Tracy
What type of vehicle was Thunderbird 1? Jet
What is the capital of Barbados? Bridgetown
Porto Novo is the capital of which nation? Benin
What is the capital of the Dominican Republic? Santo Domingo
Which sea separates Baja California from the larger part of Mexico? Sea of Cortes
What is the capital of Equatorial Guines? Malabo
By what other name is Nuuk, Greenland's capital, known? Godthaab
What is the most northerly city in Mexico? Tijuana
Which US city lies just over the border from the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez? El Paso
How many US states share a border with Mexico? Four (California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas)
What is the capital of the Cayman Islands? Georgetown
Which Aaliyah song topped the charts in January 2002, 4 months after her death? More Than A Woman
What was ABBA's second UK number 1 after 'Waterloo'? Mamma Mia
Who sung the 1986 US number 1 'Shake You Down'? Gregory Abbott
Martin Fry was the lead singer of which band? ABC
Which member of ABBA was Norwegian? Anna-Frid (Lyngstad-Ruess)
Who sang the 1976 number 1 "I Love To Love (But My Baby Loves To Dance)"? Tina Charles
How was cartoon character Jerome McElroy better known? Chef (South Park)
How were pop duo David Van Day and Thereze Bazar collectively known? Dollar
Which singer was born William Broad in Stanmore, Middlesex in 1955? Billy Idol
Who had number 1s in the 1960s with "Lovesick Blues" and "Wayward Wind"? Frank Ifield
Which car company started making the sports car the RCZ in 2010? Peugeot
Rifles whose name are preceded by the letters 'AK' are made by which company? Kalashnikov
Name either of the national animals of Canada. Beaver, Canadian horse
A 'junior' is in which year of a US college's 4 year course? Third
From which London station did the 'Flying Scotsman' train depart? Kings Cross
What name is given to predicting the future using tea leaves called? Foliomancy
Which solar system planet spins the fastest on its axis? Jupiter
Under what name does ESSO trade in the USA? Exxon Mobil
Who did Charles Darwin replace on £10 notes? Charles Dickens
Where in the body would one find the pyramids of Malpigni? Kidney
What is the largest member of the oceanic dolphin family? Orca
Which bank issued Britain's first credit card? Barclays
Which makers of hosiery, placed in administration in 2016, were named after a horse? Pretty Polly
What do the succulents known as 'lithops' resemble before they flower? Stones/pebbles
The rhizomatous and rex groups are types of which tropical flowering plant, often gron indoors, and with over 1700 species, the fifth-largest angiosperm genus? Begonia
What is the Holger-Nielsen method used for, although it has now largely been superseded? Artificial respiration
Holger Nielsen drew up the rules of which sport? Handball
The 1950s Rolls-Royce Thrust Measuring Rig, a vertical take-off aircraft, developed in the 1950s, had what nickname? Flying Bedstead
What is the aviation code for Britsh aircraft? G
Which company created American Express? Wells Fargo
In which year was the State of Israel established? 1948
In which book of the Bible is it prophesied that "the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the toung goat, and the calf and lion and the fattened calf between them"? Isaiah
Which Rabbi (1626-76) claimed to be the long-awaited Messiah, but chose to convert to Islam rather than face death? Sabbatai Zevi
Which German philosopher (1744-1803) was one of the first to argue that language contributes to shaping the frameworks and the patterns with which each linguistic community thinks and feels, and wrote Outline of a Philosophical History of Humanity? Johann Gottlieb Herder
An important philosopher in his own right due to his original insights into the nature of self-consciousness or self-awareness, who (1762-1814) - not Hegel - actually was also the originator of thesis–antithesis–synthesis? Johann Gottlieb Fichte
A sado-masochist and alcoholic who was obsessed with the Middle Ages and lesbianism, which English poet (1837-1909) wrote The Heptalogia or the Seven against Sense - A Cap with Seven Bells (1880), Tristam of Lyonesse (1882) & A Century of Roundels (1883)? Algernon Charles Swinburne
Which poet, for many years a vagarant and opium addict, wrote "The Hound of Heaven"? Francis Thompson
Which poet, who died in 1900 aged just 32, first used the phrases "days of wine and roses" and "gone with the wind"? Ernest Dowson
Which poet and author, who died aged 30, wrote "Hassan ... The Golden Journey to Samarkand", an extract from which is inscribed on the clock tower of the barracks of the British Army's 22 Special Air Service regiment in Hereford? James Elroy Flecker
Which writer, President of the Oxford Union and later MP for Salford from 1906 to 1910, wrote "Cautionary Tales for Children"? Hillaire Belloc
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