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Name any two of the four films for which John Ford won Best Director Oscars? The Informer, The Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, The Quiet Man
What is the final book in Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall" trilogy? The Mirror and the Light
The Roborovski is a species of which animal and pet? Hamster
Founded in 1766, what is the Royal Family of Bahrain? Al Khalifa
Who was the first US President to be assassinated? Abraham Lincoln
Which 1924 George Gershwin work opens with a clarinet glissando made famous by its use in 'Annie Hall'? Rhapsody in Blue
The oldest university in Poland, the second oldest university in Central Europe and one of the oldest universities in the world, which university was founded in 1364 by Casimir III the Great in Kraków? Jagiellonian University
"Welcome To The 60s" and "You Can't Stop The Beat" are songs from which musical? Hairspray
On 9 June 1954, who was famously asked by army lawyer Joseph N Welch "At long last, have you left no sense of decency?" Senator Joseph McCarthy
Although best-known for his positive contribution to chemistry, Linus Pauling is also remembered for a biological blunder which saw him propose that the structure of DNA had which shape, prior to the question being resolved by Crick and Watson? Triple helix
Who wrote the poem "Sympathy" famous for its final line "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings"? (Paul Laurence) Dunbar
What name is common to: one of the names of Cassius, one of Caesar's assassins; a Greek literary critic who may have lived in the 1st century, author of On the Sublime; and the man whose lance supposedly pierced Christ's side on the cross? Longinus
Which strongly intorverted US poet (1830-86) had a noted penchant for white clothing and became known for her reluctance to greet guests or, later in life, to even leave her bedroom; most of her 1800 poems were published posthumously? Emily Dickinson
One of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry, which Missouri born poet and social activist for fellow American blacks, wrote the poem "The Negro Speaks Of Rivers"? Langston Hughes
Which American Modernist poet whose poetry is noted for her formal innovation, precise diction, irony, and wit (1887-1972) offered Ford a range of names for the Edsel that included "Utopian Turtletop", and was a great admired of Muhammad Ali? Marianne Moore
What does the acronym stand for in the name of the NRSV Bible? New Revised Standard Version
The term "poetry" derives from the Greek "poeien" for what? To make; to create
The word "fiction" derives from the Latin "facio", which means what? To do; to make
From the Greek for "the art of placing side by side" which literary technique, in writing or speaking, favours short, simple sentences, with the use of coordinating rather than subordinating conjunctions? Parataxis
What name is given to the grammatical arrangement of functionally similar but "unequal" constructs (its name taken from the Greek for "beneath arrangement"), i.e., constructs playing an unequal role in a sentence? Hypotaxis
Who wrote the plays "The Chairs", "How To Get Rid of It" and "The Killer"? Eugene Ionesco
The first commercial elevator, installed in New York's Demarest Building in 1889, was built by which company? Otis
Which was the first building in the world to have more than 100 stories? Empire State Building
The Carson Pirie Scott Building of 1904, often considered skyscraper pioneer Louis Sullivan's finest work, is in which city? Chicago
The Larkin Building in Buffalo, demolished in 1950, was the first building worldwide to be fully air-conditioned - who designed it? Frank Lloyd Wright
In which American state was the teen TV series 'Dawson's Creek' set? Massachussetts
What was the name of the mediaeval, Danish historian who wrote the 'Gesta Danorum' from which Shakespeare took the story of the semi-legendary Hamlet? Saxo Grammaticus
Which Roman Emperor of the 3rd Century AD was the father of the future Roman Emperors Geta and Caracalla? Septimus Severus
Which is the world's oldest continuously made liqueur, having first been developed by Dom Bernardo Vincelli in Normandy in 1510? Benedictine
What is the name of the Parisian cemetery at which Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde and Edith Piaf are buried? Pere Lachaise
Which river forms part of the Mexico/USA border? Rio Grande
Which river was crossed by George Washington the night before the Battle of Trenton? Delaware
Which 1980 film was such a financial disaster caused its parent studio, United Artists, to collapse, and effectively destroyed the reputation of its director, Michael Cimino? Heaven's Gate
Who won the 1994 BAFTA Award for Best Direction for "Four Weddings and a Funeral"? Mike Newell
What date is "Groundhog Day"? February 2nd
Dizzy, Mick and Scoop were characters in which children's TV series? Bob the Builder
As of 2016, how many "Carry On" films have been made? 31
What was the theme music of Laurel and Hardy called? Dance of the Cuckoos
In which soap opera was the character Fallon kidnapped by a UFO? The Colbys
In the film, what was the first name of "Bullitt"? Frank
What was the State of Mysore renamed in 1973? Karnataka
Which state is bounded on the northeast by Pennsylvania and Maryland, on the southeast by Virginia, on the northwest by Ohio, and on the southwest by Kentucky? West Virginia
Which type of chemical, used in aerospace and military applications, for ballistic-rated body armor fabric and ballistic composites, in bicycle tires, and as an asbestos substitute, takes its name from a portmanteau of "aromatic polyamide"? Aramid
Which newspaper, founded in 1838, is - as of 2016 - largest selling English-language daily in the world? The Times of India
Avarua is the capital city of which self-governing island country? Cook Islands
During which years was Harry Truman President of the USA? 1945-53
Who was Truman's Vice-President from 1949 to 1953? Alben W Barkley
Who was the 2012 and 2016 Olympic champion, World champion and world record holder in the 800 metres, and the first (and as of 2016 only) person to ever run under 1:41 for the event? David Rudisha
Who won the Country Music Association Vocal Duo of the Year with Loretta Lynn each year from 1972 to 1975? Conway Twitty
What is by far the biggest town or city in the Irish province of Connacht? Galway
Elizabeth of Bohemia, daughter of James I of England, had what nickname, also the title of a Boris Akunin novel? The Winter Queen
What overtook Cologne Cathedral as the world's tallest structure (not building) in 1884? Washington Monument
Which treaties did Napoleon sign in 1807, first with Alexander of Russia and then Frederick Wilhelm of Prussia in the aftermath of his victory at Friedland? Treaties of Tilsit
Japan derived its knowledge of western medicine largely from which country, who were the only Western country not to have their missions expelled after the Shimabara uprising? Netherlands
To whom was James I and VI's daughter Elizabeth married? Frederick V, Elector Palatine, of Bohemia
PASOK and New Democracy are political parties in which EU member state? Greece
Civic Platform and Law and Justice are two of the main political parties in which EU member state? Poland
Which 1559 and 1662 Acts of Parliament in the UK imposed the use of the Book of Common Prayer? Uniformity Acts
The 1926 General Strike in the UK was called mainly in support of which group of workers? Miners
South America's first indigenous leader, Evo Morales, became President of which country in 2006? Bolivia
Who commanded the defeated garrison at the Alamo? Lt Col William B Travis
Who led the British Liberal Party between 1945 and 1956? Clement Davies
Who took over as leader of the UK Liberal Party in 1956 and held the post until 1967? Jo Grimond
What body was founded on 10 March 1831 by King Louis Philippe of France? French Foreign Legion
Who was King of England at the time of the Battle of Poitiers? Edward III
Which man led the "Mutiny on the Bounty"? Fletcher Christian
In which year did Prince Charles marry Diana Spencer? 1981
What is the forename of the twin sister of Angela Eagle, also a Labour MP, and often harshly called "the lesser of two eagles"? Maria Eagle
Who was monarch of England in the year 1500? Henry VII
In 2016, who unsuccessfully stood against Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership of the Labour Party in the UK? Owen Smith
Who succeeded John Quincy Adams as US President in 1828? Andrew Jackson
With most of its population now living in Oklahoma, the largest of the 566 federally recognized tribes in the United States,which Native American tribe suffered most from the forced relocation known as the "Trail of Tears"? Cherokee
Which US President followed Andrew Jackson, becoming the eighth president in 1837? Martin Van Buren
Which future US President led the US Army at the 1847 Battle of Buena Vista? Zachary Taylor
The USA was at war with which country from 1846 to 1848? Mexico
Sutter's Fort, synonymous with the Californian Gold Rush of 1848, later grew into which city? Sacramento
Which 2nd February 1848 treaty ended the Mexican–American War? Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
What significant find did James Wilson Marshall make in the American River January 1848? Gold, triggering the Californian Gold Rush
Which US social reformer (1818-95), after escaping from slavery in Maryland, became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writings? Frederick Douglass
Who discovered the gold-laden tomb of Sumerian Queen Puabi, or Shubad, in the 1920s? Leonard Woolley
Which Polish-American mathematician (1924-2010) introduced the concept of fractals? Benoit Mandelbrot
Who wrote "Guns, Germs and Steel"? Jared Diamond
Who wrote the 1992 work "The End of History and The Last Man"? Francis Fukuyama
Whose first book "Ecrits" was published in 1966 and contained major revisions of Freudianism, including denying that the ego exists? Lacan
Which city on the Clain river in west-central France, famed for an 8th century battle, and a 14th century one, was the birthplace of Michel Foucault? Poitiers
Which French Marxist philosopher (1918-90) killed his wife by strangling her in 1980, though was declared unfit to stand trial due to insanity, and was committed to a psychiatric hospital for three years? Louis Althusser
Who invented and gave his name to older-generation analogue music synthesizers? Robert Moog
Which American sculptor (1898-1976) became known as the originator of the mobile, a type of moving sculpture made with delicately balanced or suspended shapes that move in response to touch or air currents? Alexander Calder
Who composed 1957's "Klavierstuck XI"? Stockhausen
In which city is the Stedlijk Museum of Modern Art? Amsterdam
Which Dane designed Sydney Opera House? Jorn Utzon
Who popularised the terms 'introversion' and 'extroversion'? Jung
Who wrote 1913 poem "A Boy's Will"? Robert Frost
Which man, famed for his discovery of an elementary particle, was President of the Royal Society from 1915 to 1920? JJ Thomson
Which Blaue Reiter artist died at the front in Champagne, France, on 26 September 1914? August Macke
Which founding member of Der Blaue Reiter died at Verdun in 1916, just before an order for him to be withdrawn as a notable artist reached him? Franz Marc
Which war poet was killed on the Sambre Canal a week before the Armistice? Wilfred Owen
To whom did Wittgenstein send the manuscript of his "Tractacus Logico-Philosophicus", whilst interned in a WW1 POW camp in Northern Itaky? Bertrand Russell
Which fictional garage band had their biggest hit with "Sugar, Sugar" in 1969? The Archies
On whom did Germany declare war on 4th August 1914? France
Which architect was commissioned by Pope Julius II to rebuild St Peter's Basilica, although he died before much progress had been made, and his plans were thus revised by Michelangelo? Donato Bramante
A phenomenon often encountered by mountaineers, what name is given to an apparently enormously magnified shadow of an observer cast upon the upper surfaces of clouds that are below the observer giving the impression of a huge stalking figure? Brocken Spectre
Who was the American athlete who, in 1991, broke Bob Beamon's 23-year old long jump world record? Mike Powell
Which 1936 film, starring Greta Garbo as Marguerite Gautier and directed by George Cukor, was based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas? Camille
Which 20th Century French painter and sculptor coined the term Art Brut (or 'raw art') to describe the kind of art created by psychotics and children? Jean Dubuffet
Which important artist and architect began his apprenticeship with Ghirlandaio in 1488? Michelangelo
Which German family of bankers took over many of the Medicis' assets and their political power and influence and controlled much of Europe's finances in the 16th century? Fuggers
Who coined the term 'renaissance' or 'renascimento'? Vasari
Which architect was born Andrea di Pietro della Gondola in Padua in 1508? Palladio
In which century was Don Quixote published? 17th (1603)
"Foe" by JM Coetzee is a retelling of which 18th century novel? Robinson Crusoe
What was the name of the two goats who pulled Thor's chariot in Norse myth? Toothgrinder and Toothgnasher
The Republic of the Rif was a shortlived country that revolted against colonial rule; it was in the territory of which modern country? Morocco
The Septinsular Republic was an island republic that existed from 1800 to 1807 under nominal Russian and Ottoman sovereignty in which island group? Ionian islands
Manuel de Arriaga was the first elected President of which country's "First Republic"? Portugal (in 1910)
Which UNESCO World Heritage Site in the UK is the only one to be awarded mixed World Heritage Status for both 'natural' and 'cultural' significance? St Kilda
What is the scientific name of the magpie? Pica Pica
Which book was the first follow up to "Game of Thrones", book two in the Song of Ice and Fire series? A Clash of Kings
What does the RR stand for in the name of George RR Martin? Raymond Richard
Which Roman stadium lay in the valley between the Aventine and Palatine hills and could hold 150,000 people? Circus Maximus
By what alternate one word name is the Sahara-dwelling screwhorn antelope, or white antelope, known? Addax
Which animal has the scientific name vipera berus? Adder
Which profession is defined as "a business professional who deals with the measurement and management of risk and uncertainty"? Actuary
Which Austrian (1870-1937) is considered to have been the founder of the school of individual psychology? Alfred Adler
Which Royal Navy rank is immediately superior to commodore? Rear Admiral
What does ADP stand for in cellular biology? Adenosine Diphosphate
What type of hormones are produced by the adrenal cortex? Steroids
What name do Americans give to the hormone and drug adrenaline? Epinephrine
In chemistry, what name is given to the adhesion of atoms, ions, or molecules from a gas, liquid, or dissolved solid to a surface? Adsorption
On what date does St Andrews Day fall? 30th November
Archangel lies on which southern inlet of the Barents Sea located on the northwest coast of Russia? White Sea
What nationality was explorer William Barents? Dutch
South American fishing often depends on which cold, low-salinity ocean current that flows north along the west coast from the southern tip of Chile to northern Peru? Humboldt Current
Which river flows through Vancouver? Fraser River
Which sea lies between Italy and Croatia? Adriatic Sea
Which capital city's name derives from the local word for 'warm', referring to 30 hot springs on the side of Mount Tabori? Tbilisi
Which sea, north of the Black Sea, is the shallowest in the world? Sea of Azov
Which sea is located between the Greek and Anatolian peninsulas, i.e., between the mainlands of Greece and Turkey? Aegean Sea
Which female saint, whose cross is recognisable by the slight drooping of its horizontal arms, has become one of the most venerated saints of the Georgian Orthodox Church? St Nino
What nationality was the artist Ibrahim Isfahanli (1897-1967)? Turkish
Which William Burroughs novel was responsible for coining the term 'heavy metal'? The Soft Machine
What connects Marilyn Monroe's character in 'The Seven Year Itch', Paul McGann's character in 'Withnail and I', and Edward Norton's character in 'Fight Club'? They are never named
Who was the calligrapher who invented the nakshi script, the first cursive style of Arabic lettering? Ibn Muqlah
What is the name of the naturally-carbonated yoghurt beverage that is a popular accompaniment to meals in Iran, Afghanistan and several of the Asiatic ex-Soviet states? Doogh
The name of which African capital city means 'rope matting' in its local language? Banjul
What was the name, deriving ultimately from the Berber for 'spear', of the short spear used as a stabbing weapon by the Zulus? Assegai
In 1558, which Scottish religious reformer wrote 'The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women'? John Knox
In which city was the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment held in 1972 that led, later that year, to the creation of the UN Environment Programme? Stockholm
Which American singer-songwriter, who recorded as a solo artist as well as with the International Submarine Band, The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, died of a drug overdose at the age of 26 in 1973? Gram Parsons
In 1824, which became the first dinosaur to be named? Megalosaurus
In 1981, Susan Brown became the first woman to take part in which sporting event? University Boat Race
Arthur Jefferson was born in Ulverston in Cumbria in 1890; under what name did he achieve fame? Stan Laurel
What is the hereditary title of the imam of the Ismaili community? Aga Khan
Meaning 'six modes' which Central Asian music form is a refined sort of music, with lyrics derived from Sufi poems about divine love? Shashmaqam
Turzonsoda is a major producer factory, the third-biggest world in the world, of which metal, Tajikistan's major export? Aluminium
Meaning 'black lake' in Kyrgyz, what is the name of Tajikistan's biggest lake? Lake Karakul
Which historical region was located between the Hindu Kush mountain range and the Amu Darya river, covering the flat region that straddles modern-day Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan? Bactria
Köýtendag Nature Reserve, formerly Kugitang Nature Reserve, that has a 'dinosaur plateau' is in which Central Asian country? Turkmenistan
The tamarix genus of trees and shrubs is also known by what common two-word term? Salt cedar
The apple originated in which continent? Asia
What type of animal is a puku? Antelope
Bemba is the most widely spoken language in which country? Zambia
Manicaland is part of which sovereign nation? Zimbabwe
The Haraz Mountains are located in which country? Yemen
Which famous prehistoric skeleton was found by Rev William Buckland in 1823? Red Lady of Paviland
How old was oldest Victoria Cross winner William Raynor, who won "For gallant conduct in the defence of the Magazine at Delhi, on the 11th May, 1857"? 61
Who commanded the US Pacific fleet from 1942-5? Nimitz
Where were French kings crowned until 1825? Rheims
Who searched for the NW Passage with ships Gabriel and Michael in 1576? Martin Frobisher
By what Christian name was Edward VIII known to his family? David
In myth, who was the father of Atreus? Pelops
In myth, across which sea did Jason sail to Colchis? Black Sea
Who was the only mortal Greek hero was, in myth, granted immortality? Heracles
In 186BCE, the Roman senate passed laws against the worship of which God? Dionysus
In Greek myth, which leader of the Centaurs trained Achilles in warfare? Chiron
In myth, which sorceress did Aegeus marry? Medea
Theseus was sent to capture which bull in myth - note that the Minotaur was half-man, half-bull, so it wasn't him? Marathonian Bull
In myth, which daughter of Priam was betrothed to Aeneas? Creusa
In myth, who killed herself when Aeneas left Carthage? Dido
Who did Aeneas marry in Italy in myth - she was his last wife? Lavinia
What name was given to a man's short close-fitting jacket, made usually of light-coloured leather, and often without sleeves, worn over the doublet in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries? Jerkin
What name is given to an officer of the College of Arms ranking below a herald? Pursuivant
Which Britten opera was written for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953? Gloriana
Which word can refer to both an area of woodland and an otter's den? Holt
What is a furlough? Temporary leave of absence
What colour are most flowers in the genus gentian? Blue
The 'International DN' where DN stands for Detroit News, is the most common class in which sport or activity, most commonly practised in the Northern USA and Canada, but also seen in the Netherlands, the Gulf of Finland and elsewhere in Europe? Ice yachting/ice boating
The 2009 graphic novel "Dark Entries" was the first work in the medium by which British crime novellist? Ian Rankin
The former Cinque Port of Sandwich and the railway town of Ashford are both located on whih river? Stour
What name is given to a verb form which functions as a noun, in English ending in -ing? Gerund
What was the name of the place in ancient Greek mythology, that was the deep abyss used as a dungeon of torment and suffering for the wicked and as the prison for the Titans, located as far below Hades as the earth is below the heavens? Tartarus
Both Thomas Wolfe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle named this as their favourite novel of all time, which 1861 historical novel by Charles Reade is set in the 15th century and relates the story of a young scribe and illuminator, Gerard Eliassoen? The Cloister and the Hearth
What name, adapted from Hindi, was used for a covering for the lower part of the leg from the ankle to the knee, consisting of a long narrow piece of cloth wound tightly and spirally round the leg, often worn by both mounted and dismounted soldiers? Puttee
Popularised by British naturopath John W. Armstrong in the early 20th century, and sometimes called mana mutra, which strange health custom was practised by JD Salinger and former Prime Minister of India, Morarji Desai? Urine therapy
Which four letter word is found in Austronesian languages and means "power, effectiveness, prestige," where in most cases the power is understood to be supernatural? Mana
How is ilex, the only living genus (of about 400 to 600 species of flowering plants) in the family Aquifoliaceae better known? Holly
Which London landmark once carried the anti-Catholic words ""but Popish frenzy, which wrought such horrors, is not yet quenched" until they were chiselled out after the 1830 ctaholic Emancipation Act? The Monument
Extant since 1575, and claiming to be the oldest distillery brand in the world, which Dutch alcoholic beverage brand line currently consists of vodkas, gins, genevers and liqueurs? Bols
Often connected to city walls, what name was given to a fortified outpost or gateway, such as an outer defence to a city or castle, or any tower situated over a gate or bridge which was used for defensive purposes? Barbican
In art, architecture, and traditional Christian symbolism, what name is given to a type of decorative framework consisting of a symmetrical shape which forms the overall outline of four partially overlapping circles of the same diameter? Quatrefoil
The Maluku islands belong to which country? Indonesia
What is the highest point on Antarctica? Mt Erebus
Which two bodies of water are separated by the Bosphorus? Sea of Marmara, Black Sea
Which two bodies of water are separated by the Dardanelles? Sea of Marmara, Aegean
Which channel, named for a patron saint, separates Ireland from South-West Wales? St George's Channel
Which strait connects the Adriatic and Ionian seas and separates Italy from Albania? Strait of Otranto
Which strait separates Corsica and Sardinia? Strait of Bonifacio
In which country is the active volcano called Hekla? Iceland
In which country is the active volcano called Raupenu? New Zealand
Which strait separates Malaysia from Sumatra? Malacca Strait/Straits of Malacca
Pyramus and Thisbe appear in a play within in a play in which work? A Midsummer Night's Dream
Which poem contains the line "The ice was here, the ice was there"? The Rime of The Ancient Mariner
Which German wrote 1955's "The Sane Society"? Erich Fromm
Derived from a Moliere play, what name is given to someone who is falsely pious? Tartuf
Which country's monarch is cured by Helena in Shakespeare's "All's Well That Ends Well"? France
Which illustrator, who died 3 days after WW2 broke out, came to prominence for his work on 1900's "Grimm's Fairy Tales" and "Gulliver's Travels"? Arthur Rackham
Who wrote the epic poem "Childe Harolde's Pilgrimage"? Byron
Which Victorian photography pioneer was the great aunt of Virginia Woolf, she became known for her portraits of celebrities of the time, and for photographs with Arthurian and other legendary or heroic themes? Julia Margaret Cameron
Complete the proverb: "All cats are grey...."? In The Dark
Which Sienese painter, (c. 1255–1260 – c. 1318–1319) was known as 'di Buoninsegna'? Duccio
Nicknamed 'Little Ellick' because of his diminutive size, who was the Vice-President of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War? Alexander Stephens
By what name is the hip-hop legend Andre Romell Young better known? Dr Dre
Which plant is sometimes known as 'burning bush' because its oil can vaporise and catch fire in strong heat? White Dittany (accept gasplant or dictamnus)
In horse racing, at which racecourse is the French Derby run? Chantilly
The television personality and singer Des O'Connor once played professional football for which league club? Northampton Town
Now usually assigned to both him and his brother-in-law Lippo Memmi, who painted 1333's "Annunciation" for Siena Cathedral, where gold words stream from Gabriel's mouth towards Mary? Simone Martini
Who is traditionally venerated as the Protomartyr or first martyr of Christianity? St Stephen
Which painter was known, when given his full title as 'di Bondone'? Giotto
His shrine in France became a famous stopping-point for pilgrims on the road to Santiago de Compostela in Spain - which saint best known for the account of his using his sword to cut his cloak in two, to give half to a beggar in the depth of winter? St Martin (of Tours)
What nickname was given to the artist Antonio Pisano (c1394-c1455), a marked exponent of the International Gothic style? Pisanello
In what form did Zeus abduct the beautiful youth Ganymede, according to Greek myth? Eagle
In Greek myth who was the goddess of women and marriage? Hera
Ares and Hebe were Greek Gods who had the same two parents - who? Zeus and Hera
Although sprouting from Zeus head after he swallowed his lover, with whom did Zeus lie in order to conceive Athena? Metis
Who was the mother of Artemis and Apollo in Greek myth? Leto
The Three Graces were usually considered to be the offspring of Zeus and who? Eurynome
Who was the mother of Heracles, with Zeus as his father? Alcmene
Who was the mother of Perseus, with Zeus as his father? Danae
In Greek myth, of what was Calliope the Muse? Epic poetry and poetic inspiration
In Greek myth, of what was Melpomene the Muse? Tragedy
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, perhaps best known internationally for some skimpy bikini photos, was elected President of which country in 2015? Croatia
The skull of Oswald of Northumbria has been interred in Durham Cathedral together with the remains of which other saint? Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
Which music term refers to a variety of rhythms which are in some way unexpected which make part or all of a tune or piece of music off-beat, or a "placement of rhythmic stresses or accents where they wouldn't normally occur"? Syncopation
In music which term can mean: a voice above or removed from others; the treble or soprano singer in any group of voices; the higher pitched line in a song or the highest pitched of a group of instruments? Descant
What name was given to Polish light cavalry armed with lances, sabres and pistols, from Turkic for a brave warrior or young man? Uhlan
What is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the seventh most populous city in Germany? Dusseldorf
Which German photographer and artist (1941-2010) founded the painting movement "Kapitalistischer Realismus" ("Capitalist realism") with Gerhard Richter produced paintings focused on historical events and perceptions of them? Sigmar Polke
A palliasse is a mattress made from which material? Straw
Which German classicist received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1902 for being "the greatest living master of the art of historical writing, with special reference to his monumental work A History of Rome"? Theodor Mommsen
Which Danish-German statesman, banker, and historian became Germany's leading historian of Ancient Rome and a founding father of modern scholarly historiography, wrote Roman History (1827-32)? Barthold Niebuhr
In physiology, what name is given to a short-lasting event in which the electrical membrane potential of a cell rapidly rises and falls, following a consistent trajectory? Action potential
"When I Was A Lad" is a song in which Gilbert and Sullivan work? HMS Pinafore
Which tree has the scientific name "Corylus Avellana"? Common Hazel
Which type of reaction, in organic chemistry, is in its simplest terms an organic reaction where two or more molecules combine to form a larger one? Addition Reaction
Which army position is an officer who assists a more senior officer, while in other armies, especially Francophone ones, it is an NCO? Adjutant
Hippolyte Mège-Mouriès created which foodstuff in 1869? Margarine
Of what is trypanophobia the morbid fear? Injections
Which dog breed, called a Deutsche Dogge in Germany, is nicknamed "The Apollo of Dogs"? Great Dane
"Grant's" (Nanger granti) is a species of which specific animal? Gazelle
In chemistry, which term was introduced in 1889 by the Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius to describe the minimum energy which must be available to a chemical system with potential reactants to result in a chemical reaction? Activation Energy
Which band released the 2009 album "We Started Nothing"? The Ting Tings
Which herb, Artemisia dracunculus, traditionally helps flavour a Béarnaise sauce? Tarragon
How is singer Pauline Matthews, born 1947 in Bradford, better known? Kiki Dee
Which woman, named 12 times in the Gospels, is traditionally believed to have anointed the body of Jesus, particularly in iconography Mary Magdalene
Jimmy Somerville left which band to join The Communards? Bronski Beat
In the Greek legends, on which lake did Heracles kill birds as part of his Labours? Lake Stympnalia
Who composed the 1929 opera "Sir John in Love"? Ralph Vaughan Williams
Gin, lemon juice and cherry brandy comprise which cocktail? Gin sling
Which musical, debuted in the West End in 1978, has an opening scene that is set at a funeral? Evita
Which country won the very first Eurovision Song Contest? Switzerland
Who was the third son of Adam and Eve, according to Christianity? Seth
In which year did Pope John Paul II first visit Britain, the first visit to that country by a reigning pope? 1982
Which Indian miniature painter in the Mughal style was famed for his use of portraiture in the illustrations of Akbarnama, Mughal Emperor, Akbar's official Biography, which is seen as an innovation in Indian art? Basawan
Reigning 1658-1707, who was the sixth, and widely considered the last effective Mughal Emperor? Aurungzeb
One of the pioneers of modern Indian art and a key figure of Contextual Modernism, the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi holds 7000 of whose (1882-1966) works? Nandalal Bose
The first major exponent of Swadeshi values in Indian art, which important artist (1871-1951) was also a writer - his books Rajkahini, Budo Angla, Nalak, and Khirer Putul are landmarks in Bengali language children's literature? Abanindranath Tagore
Which Tang dynasty Chinese poet, musician, painter, and statesman was one of the most famous men of arts and letters of his time wrote the "Wang River Collection"? Wang Wei
Which imperial dynasty of China was preceded by the Sui dynasty and followed by the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period? Tang Dynasty
Which Chinese painter of the Song Dynasty (1160/65-1225) painted Walking on a Mountain Path in Spring, and often painted the actual subjects of his works in one corner? Ma Yuan
Which Chinese dynasty succeeded the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period, and was followed by the Yuan dynasty? Sung/Song Dynasty
Which major composer (1685-1750) had 20 children? JS Bach
Both Robert Schumann and Bedrich Smetana shared which fate? Dying insane/in an asylum
The 1936 film Night Mail featured music by which composer? Britten
From top to bottom, which strings are on a bass guitar? G, D, A, E
Which strings, from top to bottom, are on an ordinary guitar? E, B, G, D, A, E
Which woodwind instrument is pitched an octave above a flute? Piccolo
Which string instrument is pitched an octave below a viola? Cello
One derived from Greek, one from Latin, which two names are given for the site of Jesus' crucifixion? Golgotha, Calvary
Johann Christoph Denner is generally believed to have invented which musical instrument in Germany around the year 1700 by adding a register key to the earlier chalumeau? Clarinet
Which musical instrument was once known as a "hautbois"? Oboe
What was the first vehicle to break 400mph, piloted by John Cobb, in land speed record attempts? Railton Mobil Special (accept Railton Special)
Which astronomical phenomenon has a theoretical longest duration of 7 minutes 31 seconds? Solar eclipse
Which company made the Merlin engines that powered WW2 Spitfire aircraft? Rolls Royce
The tallest, heaviest, and most powerful (highest total impulse) rocket ever brought to operational status, which rocket was used for all the Apollo moon missions? Saturn V
Which breed of miniature horse was developed in 19th century Argentina from horses of Criollo stock? Falabella
Which is the only planet in the solar system to rotate clockwise? Venus
What date is St Patrick's Day? 17th March
'White Lisbon' and 'Performer' are varieties of which vegetable? Spring Onion
How is cheiromancy better known? Palm reading
How is the phenomenon known as ignis fatuus better known? Will-o-the-wisp
In 1938 screwball comedy "Bringing Up Baby", who is "Baby"? A leopard
Who directed 1938 film "Bringing Up Baby"? Howard Hawks
Prior to the role of Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe had made his acting debut aged 10 as which Dickens character? David Copperfield
The Brad Pitt film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" was based on a short story by who? F Scott Fitzgerald
In the hit film, who played the "Slumdog Millionaire"? Dev Patel
Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway both won Oscars for which film? Network
Martin Scorsese's film "The Last Waltz" is based on which group's last gig? The Band
Who directed "Rocky"? John G Avildsen
Which 2008 Israeli animated war documentary film deals with the 1982 Lebanon War? Waltz with Bashir
Who played the title role in 1969 film "The Detective?" Frank Sinatra
Mountjoy Prison is located in which city? Dublin
Where did Notts County FC play from 1883 to 1910? Trent Bridge
St Bees Head is located in which English county? Cumbria
Which port lies at the mouth of the Great Ouse river? Kings Lynn
On which island is Wideawake Airfield, abandoned after WW2, but now the site of an RAF base? Ascension Island
Which term survives in administrative usage in the British Crown dependencies of the Channel Islands, which are grouped for administrative purposes into two of them? Bailiwick
Founded in 1866, what is also known as the RAeS? Royal Aeronautical Society
What was the name of the 19thC Albanian author and poet, who worked for the British Consulate in his homeland, whose best known published works include 'The Truth of Albania' and 'A Historical Outline of Montenegro According to the Traditions of Albania'? Pashko Vasa
Which trademarked quality description of a group of cultivars of rapeseed variants was initially bred in Canada by Keith Downey and Baldur Stefansson in the 1970s? Canola
What is the name of the least populous and easternmost state of Austria that joined from Hungary in 1921? Burgenland
Doing so in 1972, which NFL team are, as of 2016, the only ones to complete a perfect season? Miami Dolphins
In which event did Brit Germaine Mason finish second in the 2008 Olympics? Men's High Jump
In which event did Brit Phillips Idowu finish second in the 2008 Olympics? Men's Triple Jump
Renaud Lavillenie set the world record in which athletics event in 2014? Men's Pole Vault
Which NFL team won four Superbowls in the 1980s? San Francisco 49ers
Which NFL team lost 4 consecutive Superbowls from 1990 to 1993? Buffalo Bills
Although born in the Ivory Coast, triple jumper Nelson Evora, the 2008 Olympic champion, represented which country? Portugal
Where were the 2010 Commonwealth Games held? Delhi
Where were the 2014 Commonwealth Games held? Glasgow
Gerd Kanter, who was the 2007 World Champion in the discus and won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics, and bronze in London 2012, represented which country? Estonia
What was the nickname of NFL legend Red Grange? The Galloping Ghost
Why are the Cleveland Browns called the 'Browns'? Named after former coach Paul Brown
In which form of motor-paced cycle racing do track cyclists sprint for victory following a speed-controlled start behind a motorized or non-motorized pacer? Keirin
Who represented GB at the 2008 Olympics, winning a gold medal in the middleweight division, and by later becoming IBF super-middleweight champion became the first ever British boxer to have won both an Olympic gold medal and a professional world title? James DeGale
In which sporting event did Tina Cook win Olympic individual and team bronze in 2008 and team silver in 2012? Eventing
Which Welsh cyclist won gold in the road race at the 2008 Olympics, 2008 World Championships and 2002 Commonwealths? Nicole Cooke
Who, in 2008, became the first British swimmer to win two Olympic gold medals since 1908? Rebecca Adlington
Which island group in the North Pacific was known as the Catherine Archipelago prior to 1867? Aleutian Islands
Which 17th Century French explorer was known as the 'Father of New France' after founding and naming Quebec City? Samuel de Champlain
Which palace is the official residence of the Archbishop of York? Bishopthorpe Palace
The Last Judgment, The Great Day of His Wrath, and The Plains of Heaven are a trilogy of works by which Victorian artist? John Martin
Which Bishop of London was burned at the stake as one of the Oxford martyrs in 1555? Nicholas Ridley
Biblically, who was the son of Asa, the fourth king of the Kingdom of Judah, and successor to his father; his children included his successor Jehoram? His name is sometimes used as an oath, following 'jumping'. Jehoshaphat
Which king of England was supposedly killed in 869 by Vikings at an unidentified place known as Haegelisdun, after he refused the Danes' demand that he renounce Christ? Edmund (the Martyr)
Who was King of England from 1422 to 1461 and again from 1470 to 1471? Henry VI
Which liturgical vestment was a tunic of white linen or cotton fabric, reaching to the knees, with wide or moderately wide sleeves? Surplice
Which monk and poet, born near Haverhill, Suffolk, (1370-1451) wrote around 145,000 lines of poetry in total, including Fall of Princes, The Monk's Tale and The Siege of Thebes? John Lydgate
What name is given to a stand on which a corpse, coffin, or casket containing a corpse, is placed to lie in state or to be carried to the grave? Bier
At its height it was an international port similar in size to 14th century London, which Suffolk town has largely disappeared due to coastal erosion? Dunwich
What is the traditional English term for a painting or other image of the Last Judgment in Christian eschatology when Christ judges souls to send them to either Heaven or Hell? Doom
Sean Dillon is a character created by which novelist? Jack Higgins
Andre Derain and Albert Marquet were associated with which art movement? Fauvism
In Latin what does "Carmen" mean? Song
Which architect did Pope Julius II commission to rebuild St Peter's Basilica in 1502? Donato Bramante
Who edited the poetry collection "The Golden Treasury"? Palgrave
Veruca Salt is a character in which children's book? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Which US President - like Churchill - wrote a book called "My Early Life"? Ronald Reagan
The Epic of Gilgamesh was created by which ancient civilisation? Sumerian
Who painted "Blind Guitarist" and "Family of Charles IV"? Goya
Which Dickens novel opens with the Dover mailcoach being stopped? A Tale of Two Cities
Which British agriculturist (1674-1738) popularised the four-crop rotation system in the 18th century? Charles 'turnip' Townshend
As of 2016, who is the only woman in history to have been first lady of two separate republics? Graça Machel
At which battle did FitzRoy James Henry Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan lose an arm? Waterloo
Whose quote was "c'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas la guerre", about the Charge of the Light Brigade? Pierre Bosquet
Which historian wrote "The Struggle For Mastery In Europe"? AJP Taylor
Where was the treaty signed that ended the Crimean War? Paris
Who replaced the Earl of Aberdeen as British PM? Lord Palmerston
Whose last words of 19th April 1882 were reputedly "I'm not in the least afraid to die"? Charles Darwin
Patrick Hill, Gerard Hunter and Richard McIlkenny are all part of which group? Birmingham Six
In which year was Bloody Sunday? 1972
Which French explorer left his country in 1534 and explored the St Lawrence river? Cartier
Which explorer sighted the Cape of Good Hope in 1488? Bartholomew Diaz
In which conflict was the Battle of Aspern-Essling? Napoleonic Wars
In which conflict was the Battle of Inkerman? Crimean War
Give a year in the Seven Years War. 1756-63
Fortnum of Fortnum and Mason was a footman to which monarch? Queen Anne
Who was US Defence Secretary during the Vietnam War? Robert McNamara
Which disease killed Francis Drake? Dysentry
When was the Thirty Years War? 1618-48
Which country started awarding the military medal The Honour Cross in 2009? Germany
What is the capital city of Italy's Abruzzo region? L'Aquila
Which prominent female politician, born 1945, was Myanmar's leader of the National League of Democracy, and from 2012 to 2016 was a Pyithu Hluttaw MP for Kawhmu Township? Aung San Suu Kyi
In which year was the gay rights milestone, the Stonewall riot? 1969
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, became President of which country in 2006? Liberia
In which year did the Khmer Rouge declare 'Year Zero' in Cambodia? 1975
What was the name of the Cuban leader Batista overthrown by Castro in 1959? Fulgencio
Which battle occurred near York on 2 July 1644? Battle of Marston Moor
Who succeeded Khrushchev as Soviet PM (properly Chairman of the Council of Ministers) in 1964? Alexei Nikolayevich Kosygin
Who did Khrushchev replace as Soviet PM (properly Chairman of the Council of Ministers) in 1958? Nikolai Bulganin
How many times in total did Martin Frobisher (c. 1535 or 1539 – 15 November 1594) voyage to seek the NW Passage? Three
Which rock group, formed in 1992, were originally called Tragic Love Company? Stereophonics
The headquarters of the car manufacturer Ferrari are based in which Italian town 12 miles outside Modena? Maranello
According to the 2001 census, which is the largest town in England never to have had a football league team? Wakefield
The 1958 film 'The Inn of the Sixth Happiness' told the true story of which British missionary in China? Gladys Aylward
Which 17th-Century French author wrote many of today's most famous fairy-tales, including 'Little Red Riding Hood', 'Cindarella', 'Puss in Boots' and 'Sleeping Beauty'? Charles Perrault
With a name meaning 'to chop into small pieces', what is the name of the cold Russian soup made from raw vegetables, boiled potatoes, eggs and ham? Okroshka
The islands of Bulla, Vulf and Nargin all lie in which body of water? Caspian Sea
The word ghetto has come to describe any area where people from a specific racial or ethnic background live as a group in seclusion; but the original ghetto was an area set aside for Jews in the 15th and 16th Centuries in which city? Venice
Deriving from the Persian for 'fairy', what name is given to the creature of Persian mythology, descended from fallen angels, who have been denied Paradise until they have done penance? Peri
Who became the first President of Indonesia upon its independence from the Netherlands in 1945? Sukarno
What is the official language of Ethiopia? Amharic
In Roman times, Batavia was a region in which modern-day country? Netherlands
Which city on the Volga delta, near to the Kazakh border, is called both "The Caspian capital" and "the home of caviar"? Astrakhan
What is the most northerly lake in the Lake District? Bassenthwaite Lake
Coca Cola's HQ is in which US city? Atlanta
Often used as a metonym for the CIA, the CIA's HQ is in which Virginia town? Langley
London and Dover are linked by which A road? A2
Lusitania was the old name for which country? Portugal
The territory once known as British Togoland is now part of which independent nation? Ghana
Apart from Swansea, Cardiff, St Asaph and Newport, which are Wales's other two cities? St David's, Bangor
What is a monopsony? Situation where there is only one buyer
Who did William the Conqueror appoint as his first Archbishop of Canterbury in 1070? Lanfranc
Who was the legendary king of Athens and father of Theseus who threw himself into the sea upon mistakenly believing that his son had perished during his mission to kill the minotaur? Aegaeus
Who was British Prime Minister at the time of the Peterloo Massacre and the Cato Street Conspiracy? Earl of Liverpool, Robert Jenkinson
From 1984 to 1987, Pearl Jam's future guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Mark Ament were both members of which early grunge band fronted by the future Mudhoney lead vocalist Mark Arm? Green River
The nymphs of which insects produce cuckoo-spit? Froghoppers
At which Scottish golf course was the first Open Championship held in 1860? Prestwick
The English folk song 'Johnny Todd' was used as the theme tune to which British TV series of the 1960s and 70s? Z Cars
In EM Forster's novel 'Maurice', what is the name of the gamekeeper with whom the title character falls in love? Alec Scudder
What is the name of the traditional Ashkenazi Jewish braided bread that is eaten on the Jewish Sabbath and other holidays when the eating of leavened bread is forbidden? Challah
Which organization was founded in Belgrade in 1961, and was largely conceived by India's first PM, Nehru; Indonesia's first president, Sukarno; Egypt's second president,Nasser; Ghana's first president Nkrumah; and Yugoslavia's president, Josip Tito? Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)
What the most populous landlocked country in the world? Ethiopia
The Ethiopian calendar lies how many years behind the Gregorian one? Between 7 and 8
Called "The Queen of Christian Pop", who released successful albums Unguarded and Lead Me On, and in 1986, scored her first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 song in a duet with Peter Cetera, "The Next Time I Fall"? Amy Grant
Who released the 2008 album "Breakout" and 2010's "Can't Be Tamed"? Miley Cyrus
On which river does the Italian city of Verona stand? Adige
What was the name of the week-long Roman winter festival dedicated to the god of agriculture? Saturnalia
Which rank in the Christian ministry takes its name from the Greek for 'waiter'? Deacon
In English law, the phrase 'time immemorial' refers to the time prior to the reign of which English King? Richard I
Who was the American singer and songwriter who wrote the famous folk song 'This Land is Your Land' in 1940 in response to Irving Berlin's 'God Bless America', which he considered unrealistic and complacent? Woody Guthrie
Between the 6th and 8th centuries, this city was the residence of the Merovingian kings of Austrasia; in 843, it became the capital of the Kingdom of Lotharingia and from the 12th to the 15th centuries was a 'republic' - which city? Metz
The flag of which European country is identical to that of Indonesia? Monaco
Which third-level British military decoration was created on 28 December 1914 for commissioned officers of the substantive rank of Captain or below and for Warrant Officers, though all army personnel became eligible in 1993? Military Cross
Whose 1918 poem is "Futility"? Wilfred Owen
What is the singular form of the posts that make up a balustrade? Baluster
The Oxford Book of Modern Verse 1892–1935 was a famous poetry anthology edited by which noted poet? WB Yeats
What name was given, based on their first creator's birthplace, to prints on popular subjects rendered in bright sharp colours, sold in France in the 19th century? Images d'Epinal
Which French novelist, member of the French Communist Party and lifelong friend of Albert Einstein wrote Le Feu (usually translated as 'Under Fire') in 1916? Henri Barbusse
A pioneer in the theory and practice of montage, which French film director is best known for three major silent films: J'accuse (1919), La Roue (1923), and the monumental Napoléon (1927)? Abel Gance
Which German-born conductor, pianist and composer left Germany in 1933 to escape the Third Reich, settling finally in the United States in 1939, made his last live concert appearance on December 4, 1960 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic? Bruno Walter
Diogenes of Sinope was considered the founder of which Hellenistic school of philosophy? Cynics
Which Greek Stoic philosopher was the third head of the school - he greatly refined the Stoic position but sadly none of how works have survived? Chrysippus
Which ancient biographer of the 3rd century CE wrote the surviving Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, a principal source for the history of Greek philosophy? Diogenes Laeirtus
In classical mythology, which nymph and a follower of Artemis, known for her chastity, was pursued by Pan and asking for help, was turned into water reeds? Syrinx
Which poet and playwright wrote Epithalamion, an ode written to his bride, Elizabeth Boyle, on their wedding day in 1594? Edmund Spenser
Which poet wrote "The Scholar Gipsy"in 1853? Matthew Arnold
"The Burial of Sir John Moore after Corunna", popular in 19th century anthologies, was written by who? Charles Wolfe
Which Alban Berg opera was based on an unfinished play by Georg Buchner? Wozzeck
Who created 'serial music' in 1921? Schoenberg
Who wrote 1919's "The Economic Consequences of the Peace"? John Maynard Keynes
Which anthropomorphic character first appears in the medieval Latin poem Ysengrimus, a long Latin mock-epic written c. 1148-1153 by the poet Nivardus in Ghent? Reynard the Fox
Who is the mistress of Harlequin and wife of Pierrot in the Commedia dell'Arte? Columbina/Columbine
Which Commedia dell'Arte character is depicted as a wealthy old man? Pantaloon/Pantalone
Who created the character the Cisco Kid? O Henry
Who was, from 1945 onwards, the sidekick of the Cisco Kid? Pancho
Who wrote the novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin"? Harriet Beecher Stowe
Who wrote "Tom Brown's Schooldays"? Thomas Hughes
Who painted Bocca Baciata (1859) and The Beloved (1865-6)? Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Which man, a pallbearer at Darwin's funeral, wrote Eric, or Little by Little, a school story (1858) and St Winifred's, or The World of School (1862)? Frederic Farrar (Dean Farrar, as he was a cleric)
Which man wrote "The Water Babies"? Charles Kingsley
Which Italian conductor (d. 2014) music director of the La Scala opera house in Milan, music director of European Union Youth Orchestra and principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra, where he was replaced by Simon Rattle? Claudio Abbado
The companion of Muhammad, Al-‘Abbas ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib, known as Abbas, was what relation to him? Uncle
In Islam, which term refers to the companions, disciples, scribes and family of the Islamic prophet Muhammad? Sahabah (singular sahabi)
Whose is the first death recorded in the Hebrew Bible? Abel
What name is given to washing for religious purposes? Ablution
What name is given to the Islamic procedure for washing parts of the body (hands, mouth, nostrils, arms, head, feet) using wate, especially prior to prayerr? Wudu
Moses was descended from which of Abraham's grandsons, according to the Bible? Jacob
Absinthe has three principal flavourings: fennel, worwood and which other? Anise
Which Arabic female given name which means "She who lives" or "womanly" and was shared by the daughter of Abu Bakr who married the prophet Muhammad? Aisha
Which term means 'singing without musical accompaniment'? A Capella
On board a ship, at what time does the morning watch start? 4am
On which wedding anniversary is the traditional gift fruit or flowers? Fourth
Which letter is represented by two dashes then two dots in Morse code? Z
What is the highest value on the pH scale? 14
Which word represents M in the NATO phonetic alphabet? Mike
What is traditionally given as a gift on the tenth wedding anniversary? Tin
Which legal term means 'corruptly trying to influence a jury'? Embracery
Of what is taphophobia the (properly entirely justified) fear of? Burial alive
Which planet is sometimes called 'the horned planet'? Venus
What do Americans call an estate agent? Realtor
In which decade was Thunderbirds set? 2060s (2063)
Who piloted Thunderbird 2 in the TV series? Virgil Tracy
In Thunderbirds, what was the name of Jeff Tracy's oriental manservant? Kyrano
In Thunderbords, if FAB1 was Lady Penelope's car, what was FAB2? Her yacht
For which film did John Hurt win his only Best Actor Oscar? Kiss of the Spider-Woman
Which major Hollywood star made his film debut with a minor role in the horror film He Knows You're Alone (1980)? Tom Hanks
Who was the chief villain in 'Thunderbirds'? The Hood
Who was the first host of Gardener's World? Percy Thrower
What was Para Handy's boat called? The Vital Spark
Which 1960s TV comedy was set in St Ogg's Cathedral? All Gas and Gaiters
In which film did Morgan Freeman first play the role of Alex Cross? Kiss the Girls
Which acting brothers both appeared in the film "The Fabulous Baker Boys"? Jeff and Beau Bridges
Who directed the movie "Black Hawk Down"? Ridley Scott
In the TV series of the same name, what is unusual about Jonathan Creek's home? It is a windmill
Owned by Universal, and the main rival of Pixar, which animation studio released the franchises of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and How to Train Your Dragon? Dreamworks Animation
The cartoon chipmunks Chip N Dale can be distinguished by which physical characteristic? Number of teeth (Chip has one, Dale has two)
Who first presented Antiques Roadshow when it debuted in 1981; he died in 2015? Hugh Scully
Which film by Mel Brooks, released in 1977, was a spoof of Hitchcock thrillers? High Anxiety
In which film did George Clooney play the character Ulysses McGill? O Brother Where Art Thou?
Where does Popeye live? Sweetwater Island
What is the common name of the main square in central Mexico City? Zocalo
In which Mexican city is the cultural centre and IMAX theatre known as 'la Bola' for its rounded shape? Tijuana
What is the capital of Guinea? Conakry
What is the capital of Lesotho? Maseru
What is the capital of Swaziland? Mbababane
Pago Pago is the capital of which country or territory? American Samoa
Acklins Island is one of the larger islands in which group? Bahamas
Acre is a state in which country? Brazil
What is the capital of Western Samoa? Apia
In 1970, following a cash donation by Sir Jack Hayward, which passenger steamship was repaired and towed back from the Falkland Islands to be displayed in the UK? SS Great Britain
Roger Fenton, a pioneering British photographer, was famed for his photos of which conflict? Crimean
Which building was destroyed on 23rd May 1871 by the Paris Commune? Tuileries Palace
Beginning in Meerut, in which year did the Indian Mutiny begin? 1857
How was the Indian guerrilla Ramchandra Pandanenga, active in the Indian Mutiny better known? Tanya Tope
Who resigned as leader of the Labour Party in the UK in 1935? George Lansbury
Sandy Woodward is perhaps best remembered for commanding a British Naval Task Force in which conflict? Falklands
Give a year in the life of the real Dick Whittington. 1358-1428
Who was the first US President to suffer an assassination attempt? Andrew Jackson
Which 1902 treaty ended the Boer War? Treaty of Vereenigning
In which year was the Victoria Cross instituted? 1856
In communications, what is the 'S to N' ratio? Signal to noise
Astronomer Karl Schwarzchild laid the foundations of the theory behind which objects? Black holes
The lower case η symbolises which property of a fluid? Viscosity (co-efficient of viscocity)
What is the chemical formula of the mineral halite? NaCl
What is the common name of the mineral halite? Rock salt
Commander Lumley Robinson of the British Royal Navy invented which device in 1921, designed to hold a soft, pliable hose onto a rigid circular pipe, or sometimes a solid spigot, of smaller diameter? Jubilee clip
Prairie dogs are members of which family of rodents? Sciuridae/squirrels
Zeus and Giant George were both record holders for the world's tallest dog - what breed were they? Great Dane
How is Kleine-Levin syndrome also known, its name taken from a work of fiction? Sleeping Beauty Syndrome
What type of animal is the critically endangered silky sifaka? Lemur
Which poet (1591-1674) is best known for Hesperides, a book of poems, which includes the carpe diem poem "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time", with the first line "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may"? Robert Herrick
Which English poet (8 May 1592 – 8 September 1644) was most famous for his Emblem book aptly entitled Emblems? Francis Quarles
"Innisfree" and "Down by the Salley Gardens" were works by which poet? WB Yeats
Which English metaphysical poet's poems range from the love-song "To His Coy Mistress", to evocations of an aristocratic country house and garden in "Upon Appleton House" and "The Garden"? Andrew Marvell
Standard reading in British public schools for more than a century, who wrote 1842's "Lays of Ancient Rome"? Thomas Macaulay
The Hebrew for 'cornflower' what name was given to the first kibbutz, set up on the Sea of Galilee in 1909? Degania
Considered one of Judaism's Four Holy Cities, along with Jerusalem, Hebron and Tiberias, and a home of Kabbalah, which is the highest city in Israel in terms of eleveation? Safed
In which decade was the city of Tel Aviv founded? 1900s (1909)
In which city did Theodor Herzl die, aged 44, in 1904? Vienna
In which city was Theodor Herzl born in 1860? Budapest
What is Liberia's capital? Monrovia
Nafplio is a former capital of which country? Greece
What is the lowest point on land in Africa? Lake Assal
How many continents are bigger than Europe? Five
Where is North America's lowest point on land? Death Valley
Where, in 1985, was Europe's first 'capital of culture'? Athens
Where did an earthquake measuring 9.2 on the Richter scale hit on Good Friday, March 27, 1964? Alaska
Which two Caribbean islands are British dependencies? Anguilla, Montserrat
The cedi is the currency of which country? Ghana
Which country uses the metical as its currency? Mozambique
Which island was given to Barrow-in-Furness by the Duke of Buccleuch in 1920? Piel Island
The Tees and Skerne both pass through which County Durham town? Darlington
The Bowes Museum is in which castle in County Durham? Barnard Castle
Which UK landmark is nicknamed 'the blinking eye'? Gateshead Millennium Bridge
Which organisation is headquartered at Trevelyan House in Matlock? YHA
Which two geological epochs are named for tribes that formerly lived in Wales? Silurian, Ordivician
In which country is the wine-producing Okanagan Valley? Canada
Which organisation is headquartered at The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire, England? RSPB
The K-T boundary separates which two geological periods? Cretaceous, Tertiary
What is the largest town or city on New Zealand's South Island? Christchurch
Which one of two positions is used when MPs resign - the other being Steward of the Manor of Northstead? Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds
Which religious cult were involved in the 1993 Waco siege? Branch Davidians
How many sons did William I have? Four
What relation was William I to Edward the Confessor? Cousin
Hereward the Wake raided which abbey in 1070? Peterborough Abbey
Where did William I first land in England as part of the Norman Conquest? Pevensey
Which US first lady wrote a newspaper column called 'My Day'? Eleanor Roosevelt
From 1890 to 2013, the Netherlands had three consecutive queens - who were they? Wilhelmina, Juliana, Beatrix
Canaan Banana was the first president of which country? Zimbabwe
Which US first lady was christened with the forenames Claudia Taylor? Lady Bird Johnson
Which archbishop, a close ally of Charles I, was beheaded in Jan 1645 after being accused of treason? William Laud
Which Spanish colonial city, in Central America, was captured and sacked by Henry Morgan on 28th January 1671? Panama
Who was the king of the Zulu Kingdom from 1872 to 1879 and its leader during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879? Cetshwayo
In which socialist newspaper did Emile Zola pen his famous 'J'Accuse' letter about the Dreyfus affair? L'Aurore
In which country did Edward, Duke of Windsor, marry Wallis Simpson? France
In which Birmingham suburb was Crossroads set? Kings Oak
Which character did Sidney Poitier play in "In The Heat of the Night"? Virgil Tibbs
In which year was the Best Actor Oscar shared? 1932 (5th ceremony)
Who directed "Midnight Cowboy"? John Schlesinger
Who directed "Groundhog Day"? Harold Ramis
In California particularly, what profession is held by a 'buckaroo'? Cowboy (accept rancher or similar)
Which word beginning with 'ballet' itself, refers to an enthusiastic ballet fan? Balletomane
Which is by far the best-selling book that Stephen Crane wrote? The Red Badge of Courage
Who created the fictional FBI agent Alex Cross? James Patterson
John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra created which comic book character in 1977? Judge Dredd
Which cartoon character was created in 1919 by Pat Sullivan, although Otto Messmer also made a rival claim? Felix the Cat
Whose final published crime novel was 2015's "Dark Corners"? Ruth Rendell
Which Japanese artist coined the term superflat, which describes both the aesthetic characteristics of the Japanese artistic tradition and the nature of post-war Japanese culture and society? Takashi Murakami
Which artist's best known work is "A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel originally by W.H. Mallock", perhaps the first 'altered novel'? Tom Phillips
Which book publishers were set up in 1949 by Walter and Eva Neurath? Thames & Hudson
Which famous architect died whilst swimming on August 27, 1965? Le Corbusier
Give a year in the life of Geoffrey Chaucer. 1340-1400
Which are believed to be Shakespeare's two 'lost' plays? Cardenio, Love's Labours Won
Little Jo is a character in which Dickens novel? Bleak House
What does 'ersatz' mean? Artificial or substitute
What does the Japanese word 'banzai' mean? Literally "ten thousand years", or "forever"
Though now headquarted in Berlin, the newspaper Die Welt was founded in 1946 in which city? Hamburg
Who wrote "The Quiet American"? Graham Greene
What is the name of "The Quiet American" in the novel of 1955? (Alden) Pyle
What was Le Corbusier's real name? Charles-Édouard Jeanneret
Who wrote both "The Stepford Wives" and "Rosemary's Baby"? Ira Levin
What is the real name of author Stephen King? Richard Bachmann
What type of fictional creation first appeared in 1895's "The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls"? Golliwog
Whose last words, of 19 April 1824, were reputed to be "I Must Sleep Now"? Byron
Give a year in the life of artist Canaletto. 1697-1768
Who wrote the play in 1887 entitled "The Father"? August Strindberg
Willem Van de Velde (1611-93) and his son, of the same name, are primarily known for paintings of what? Seascapes
Francis Flute, a character in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" has what occupation? Bellows Mender
Who wrote the 1922 novel "Siddharta"? Hermann Hesse
What did the 'J' stand for in JD Salinger? Jerome (David)
Which British Prime Minister was involved in the negotiations of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919? David Lloyd George
Who was President of France from 1974 to 1981? Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
Duncan Grant and Desmond MacCarthy are probably the two least known of the ten core members of which group? Bloomsbury Group
Which economist attended the peace treaty talks in Versailles in 1919, representing the Chancellor of the Exchequer? John Maynard Keynes
A Russian Marxist revolutionary and the first Soviet People's Commissar of Education responsible for culture and education, who helped coin the idea of art as 'agitprop'? Anatoly Lunacharsky
In which city was the Vkhutemas School, a leading centre in the Constructivist art movement? Moscow
Which art movement was founded by Kazimir Malevich in Russia, around 1913, and announced in Malevich's 1915 exhibition, The Last Futurist Exhibition of Paintings 0.10? Suprematism
Who was President of France from 1932 until 1940, his tenure being ended by the de facto rule of Petain during occupation? Albert Lebrun
Who did Paul Gorguloff assassinate in 1932? (French President) Paul Doumer
Who began the Futurist movement in 1909, a poet? Filipo Marinetti
Which Russian artist published the series of lithographs "Mystical Images of War" in which ancient Russian icons appeared, under attack from enemy aircraft? Natalya Goncharova
Who wrote a riposte to Keynes - "The Carthaginian Peace; or the Economic Consequences of Mr Keynes?" Etienne Mantoux
Which 16th-17th century Dutch jurist helped to lay the foundations of international law? Hugo Grotius
Which date gives its name to an anti-imperialist, cultural, and political movement growing out of student participants in Beijing in 1919, protesting against the Chinese government's weak response to the Treaty of Versailles? May 4
What was the pen name of Zhou Shuren (25 September 1881 – 19 October 1936), a leading figure of modern Chinese literature? Lu Xun
Which Alban Berg opera is about a murderous soldier degraded by his army experiences? Wozzeck
Of what did Egon Schiele and Freud's daughter Sophie both die? Spanish flu epidemic
In which province of China was Mao Zedong born? Hunan
Karl Mannheim, a sociologist, the art historian Arnold Hauser, the composer Bela Bartok, the critic George Lukacs and the writer Bela Balasz were all members of a postwar circle named after which city and day of the week? Budapest Sunday Circle
Shockley, Bardeen and Brittain - who had fallen out - shared a 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics for developing which invention? Transistor
What is the meaning of the word 'protean'? Able to assume many different forms or shapes
Which Hebrew term, meaning commandment, refers to precepts and commandments commanded by God? Mitzvah
From the Hebrew root ayin-bet-resh, meaning to pass or cross over, what word means 'transgression' or 'sin' in Judaism? Aveira/Averah/Avera
Literally meaning 'return', what is the Hebrew term for 'repentance' in Judaism? Teshuvah
Jewish writer Ephraim of Bonn is the leading source for information about the massacre of several hundred Jews in which city on the nights of 16th March and 17th March 1190? York
What two-word name is traditionally given to the false accusation that Jews used the blood of Christian children for Passover ceremonies, that led to much Jewish persecution in European history? Blood libel
What is the German term for the 'Final Solution', the murderous policy that lay behind the Holocaust? Endlosung
The Fourth Lateran Council of 1215 that increased segregation and persecution of Jews, was called by which Pope, who also organised the Fourth Crusade, and persecuted the Cathars? Innocent III
Which Italian cause célèbre of 1858 involved a Jewish boy being seized from his parents and forcibly baptised by agents of the Papal States? Mortara case or affair
Which associate of Karl Marx, one of the founders of Labor Zionism, wrote "Rome and Jersualem: The Last National Question" in 1862? Moses Hess
Which Warring States Chinese philosopher founded the school of Mohism that argued strongly against Confucianism and Daoism, and that emphasized self-restraint, self-reflection and authenticity rather than obedience to ritual? Mozi
Give a year in China's Warring States period. 475-221BCE
The first to explain that vision occurs when light bounces on an object and then is directed to one's eyes, which Arab philosopher and early optics pioneer (965-1040CE) has been called the 'first theoretical physicist'? Ibn al-Haytham (Alhazen)
Which late 18th/early 19th century curiosity, named after its painter inventor, consisted of a blackened mirror, gently convex, that produced a blurry image of the surroundings? Claude glass (named for Claude Lorrain)
Which term was, it was found in 2004, first used by Brazilian Hercules Florence, rather than John Herschel, who 'invented' it four years later? Photography
How is pigment ferric ferranocyanide better known? Prussian Blue
Whose 'heliograph' 'Boy Leading A Horse' was bought for 450,000 Euros by the French National Library in 2002 as the 'first surviving photograph'? Nicephore Niepce
Which polymath (1792-1871) was a mentor to both Fox Talbot and to Julia Margaret Cameron and was the first to use the terms 'negative' and 'fix' in relation to early photography? Sir John Herschel
Which great chemist discovered the role of oxygen in combustion, and changed chemistry from a qualitative to a quantitative discipline? Lavoisier
Which man invented an early photography technique called a 'calotype'? William Fox Talbot
How is the Society of the Friends of the Constitution, renamed in 1792, better known? Jacobins
What was the forename of OJ Simpson's murdered wife? Nicole
What codename was given to Hitler's planned invasion of Britain? Operation Sealion
Who was Lyndon Johnson's Vice-President? Hubert Humphrey
Who became King of Jordan in 1999? Abdullah II
Who became King of Saudi Arabia in 2015? Salman
Operation Corporate was the codename for which military action? Retaking the Falkland Islands
Who assassinated Leon Trotsky in 1940? Ramon Mercader
What institution gained the metonym "Foggy Bottom" when it moved its headquarters to the Harry S Truman Building in that region of Washington DC 1947? Foggy Bottom
In which city was the famous detective Allan Pinkerton born? Glasgow
Which 2-month long English parliament in 1614 failed to pass a single act? Addled Parliament
Who was the first PM of Australia? Edmund Barton
What event caused a drop in the number of British MPs in 1922? Creation of Irish Free State
As of 2017, how many times has the Red Cross won the Nobel Peace Prize? Three
Which monarch was Clarence House built for - he was then the Duke of Clarence? William IV
In which month of 1963 was JFK assassinated? November
Which MP for the constituency for Warwick and Leamington (1923-57) was also Prime Minister? Anthony Eden
What was the codename for the Nazi invasion of the USSR? Operation Barbarossa
Which PM of the UK said "one man's wage rise is another man's price increase"? Harold Wilson
Sebastian Coe became an MP for which constituency in 1992? Falmouth and Camborne
What was the real forename of Coco Chanel? Gabrielle
The 1992 Windsor Castle fire gutted which banqueting hall? St George's Hall
What was the real name of the first Duke of Wellington? Arthur Wellesley
Who was the first non-European UN Secretary-general? U Thant
In which month of 1969 did Neil Armstrong walk on the moon? July
Which country elected Michelle Bachelet in 2006? Chile
Which prominent historical figure married the former nun Catherine Von Bora? Martin Luther
France fought the 'Pastry War' of 1838-39 against which nation? Mexico
Which American-born English socialite and MP said "I married beneath me - all women do"? Nancy Astor
The Fuggers were a family dominant in which field in the 16th century? Banking
Pseudaelurus, that lived in Europe, Asia and North America in the Miocene between approximately 20 to 8 million years ago, is an ancestor of which animal family? Cat/felines/felinidae
Which cat, also known as the tierboskat, is a wild cat found in Africa, has a small head, large ears, a golden-yellow to buff coat spotted and striped with black, and a short, black-tipped tail? It has the longest legs relative to body size of any cat. Serval
Which medium-sized wild cat native to Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and India is characterised by a robust build, long legs, a short face, long tufted ears, and long canine teeth, with a coat that is uniformly reddish tan or sandy? Caracal
Which North American cat, with 12 subspecies, is about twice as large as the domestic cat and has distinctive black bars on its forelegs and a black-tipped, stubby tail, from which it derives its name? Bobcat
Which wild cat native to the southern and central regions of South America is named after a 19th century French zoologist? Geoffroy's Cat
Which Central Asian cat, with a stocky posture and long, dense fur that makes it appear stout and plush, is also called the manul? Pallas's cat
Which medium-sized wild cat of South and Southeast Asia (Prionailurus viverrinus) that lives near water, is the state animal of West Bengal? Fishing cat
How is Felis chaus, also called the reed cat or swamp cat, a medium-sized cat native to the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia to southern China better known? Jungle cat
Which deer, rufous with white spots, also known as spotted deer or axis deer, is found in the Indian subcontinent? Chital
Which cat species are felis margarita, a long-eared species that hunts at night, and the only cat living foremost in true deserts? Sand cat
On which date is the Feast of the Annunciation, also known as Lady Day? 25th March
The dinosaurs perished approximately how many million years ago? 65 million
Which pharaoh, a son of Khufu, had the second largest of the Giza Pyramids for a tomb? Khafre/Khafra
The smallest of the three pyramids at Giza was built for which 4th dynasty pharaoh? Menkaure
Which ancient ruler started out as the cup-bearer to king Ur-Zababa of Kish? Sargon of Akkad
Considered one of the great heroes of Chinese history, who was the first king of the Zhou dynasty of ancient China, who overthrew the Shang dynasty and declared that he had a "mandate from heaven"? Ji Fa
What was the capital of the Zhou Chinese dynasty from 1122BCE to 771BCE? Xi'an
What is the largest tributary of the Yellow River, very important in the early development of Chinese civilization? River Wei
According to the Bible, which King united Israel and Judah, becoming king after the Philistines had killed Saul and his son Jonathan? David
In art, which saint is often depicted pierced with multiple arrows? St Sebastian
Which Cole Porter musical won the very first Tony Award for Best Musical? Kiss Me, Kate
In which state was US musician Jack Johnson born? Hawaii
In Greek myth, what was Adonis doing when he was killed? Boar-hunting
In myth, which lake was the dwelling place of the Hydra? Lerna
Who wrote the music for the musical "Top Hat"? Irving Berlin
What is the name of the Jewish festival of lights? Chanukah
Who was the lead singer of the band Talking Heads? David Byrne
Nancy & Ann Wilson were both founder members of which power ballad band? Heart
Violetta Valery and Alfredo Germont appear in which opera? La Traviata
Which cake takes its name from the French word for a flash of lightning? Eclair
What name is given to the first Sunday after Easter? Low Sunday (or Divine Mercy Sunday)
What is the first month after New Year in the Hebrew calendar? Tishri
In mythology, who was the famous son of Anchises and Aphrodite? Aeneas
What foodstuff got its name as it was believed to taste of cloves, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg? Allspice
Suzanne Sulley and Joanne Catherall are best known for being members of which band? The Human League
What type of wood was Noah's Ark supposedly made of? Gopherwood
Which food additives are given the E numbers E600 to E699? Flavour Enhancers
Mozzarella cheese is traditionally made from which animal's milk? Buffalo
In a sushi restaurant which fish is called 'maguro'? Tuna
'An Omelette and a Glass of Wine' is the title of a book by which English cookery writer, who is considered responsible for popularising French and Italian cookery in British homes? Elizabeth David
Which influential writer of the French Renaissance, who helped to popularise the essay as a literary form, is perhaps best remembered for his 'Apology for Raymond Sebond'? Michael de Montaigne
Telegraph, Tokyo and King of the Ridge are all varieties of which vegetable? Cucumber
Which lake and UNESCO World Heritage Site straddles the border between Macedonia and Albania? Lake Ohrid
At which battle, fought in August 1526, was Louis II, King of Hungary and Bohemia, defeated and killed by forces of the Ottoman Empire led by Suleiman the Magnificent? Battle of Mohacs
Which Pope who reigned for thirteen days in September 1590 is the shortest reigning Pope in history? Urban VII
What was the first name of the cartoon character Mr Magoo? Quincy
Released by Elvis Presley in 1958, which was the first song to go straight to number 1 in the UK singles chart? Jailhouse Rock
Hippotragus leucophaeus was an antelope that became, in around 1800, the first large African mammal to become extinct in historic times; what was its common name? Bluebuck (or Blue Antelope)
Which former Wimbledon men's singles champion was known as the Bounding Basque? Jean Borotra
Which famous Japanese architect designed the city plan for the Nigerian capital Abuja? Kenzo Tange
The mojito is a traditional cocktail that originated in which country? Cuba
In which American city could you visit the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial? St Louis
Lasting between 1804 and 1813, in which country did the first revolution to occur in Europe following the French Revolution take place? Serbia
Deriving from the Slavonic for 'assembly', which word is given to a council of bishops and other clerical and lay representatives representing the church in matters of importance? Sobor
In which country was the three time Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres born? Poland
What was the name of the 15th Century Florentine humanist and historian who is best known for his work 'On Civic Life'? Matteo Palmieri
Who was the 18th Century Swiss mathematician and physicist, who published more papers than any other mathematician in history, who pioneered the theory of trigonometric and logarithmic functions? Leonhard Euler
In which Scottish town do Albion Rovers Football Club play their home matches? Coatbridge
Who played the title character in the 1969 film 'Isadora'? Vanessa Redgrave
In 1972, Sally Priesand became the first woman in the US to do what? Be ordained as a rabbi
Who is the patron saint of architects? St Thomas
Who composed 'The Drum Roll Symphony'? Haydn
Which singer was born Steven Demetre Georgiou? Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam
How was country singer Lecil Travis Martin (1931-99) better known? Boxcar Willie
Which orchestral and operatic conductor (1912-97) won a record 31 Grammy awards? Georg Solti
In 1975 who had a UK #3 hit with "Love Me Love My Dog"? Peter Shelley
Who had a 1977 UK hit with a medley of Chip Taylor's "Angel of the Morning" / "Any Way You Want Me", reaching #27 and spending six weeks in the chart? Mary Mason
What, according to the Bible, did Nebuchadnezzar do to Shadrach, Mesnach and Abednego? Cast them into the fiery furnace
What genre of opera is considered to be humorous and 'everyday'? Opera buffa
What, according to myth, did Aeneas have to give to Prosperina in order to gain access to the underworld? A golden bough
The name of which genre of opera refers to the noble and "serious" style of Italian opera that predominated in Europe from the 1710s to c. 1770? Opera seria
Who wrote the opera "Idomeneo"? Mozart
How did God punish David and Bathsheba for plotting the death of Uriah the Hittite in the Bible? Death of their firstborn
"Tradition" and "Sunrise, Sunset" both come from which musical? Fiddler On The Roof
Which man wrote the music of "Fiddler on the Roof"? Jerry Bock
What job did Matthew do before becoming an apostle, according to the New Testament? Tax Collector
Jelly Roll Morton is most associated with playing which instrument? Piano
Which city hosted the US leg of 'Live Aid' in 1985? Philadelphia
What was the Pope's summer residence (a papal palace until October 2016) called? Castel Gandolfo
The most common recipes included salted bacon or beef with potatoes, swedes, carrots and other seasonal vegetables - which soup-like dish is often called Wales's national dish? Cawl
Who would wear a chimere? (Anglican) Bishop
What are the three 'pilgrim' festivals of Judaism? Pesach (Passover), Shavuot (Pentecost) and Succot (Tabernacles)
In Judaism, what name is given to the Passover festival? Seder
In synagogues, what is a bimah? Raised platform for Torah reading
What name is given to the Jewish text that sets forth the order of the Passover Seder? Haggadah
Since Rabbinic times it has been customary for Jews to drink how many cups of wine at the Passover meal? Four
At Passover, a Jew may put an extra cup of wine on the table for which prophet? Elijah
What is the Jewish name for New Year? Rosh Hashanah
Sounded in some Jewish festivals, what is the shofur? Ram's horn
Which medieval Turko-Persian Sunni Muslim empire was founded by Tughril Beg (1016–63) in 1037, and lasted until 1194? Seljuk Empire
Found exclusively in the Galapagos Islands, what is the name of the world's only lizard that hunts and forages in the sea? Marine Iguana
Who was the American animator who created Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny? Tex Avery
Which 20th Century French painter designed scenes for Diaghilev's ballets 'Les Fâcheux' and 'Zéphyr et Flore'? Georges Braque
Used when making tea, and deriving from the Russian for 'self brewer', what name is given the heated metal container traditionally used to heat and boil water in Russia, Iran and Turkey? Samovar
What is the capital of the Spanish autonomous region of Cantabria? Santander
Fought on September 7th 1812, which was the largest and bloodiest single-day battle of the Napoleonic Wars, involving more than a quarter of a million soldiers and resulting in at least 70,000 casualties? Battle of Borodino
The Digambara Texts are sacred writings in which religion? Jainism
Who was the Democratic Presidential nominee who was defeated by George Bush Snr. in the American Presidential elections in 1988? Michael Dukakis
Which group, formed in Glasgow in 1996, took their name from a children's book written by the French actress and writer Cécile Aubry? Belle and Sebastian
Which American medial mogul created the Goodwill Games in reaction to the political troubles that surrounded the Olympic Games during the early 1980s? Ted Turner
Who wrote the musical 'Guys and Dolls'? Frank Loesser
Simmental is a breed of which animals? Cattle
What term, much favoured by Marx, is defined as the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, embodied, or realized? Praxis
Which Canadian-American sociologist and writer, considered "the most influential American sociologist of the twentieth century"(1922-82) wrote Asylums, Behavior in Public and Stigma? Erving Goffmann
Which US sociologist explained crime by way of anomie, in that culture and the social structure were no longer in line in Western society, but is perhaps best known for the terms "role model" and "self-fulfilling prophecy"? Robert Merton
In which decade were Catholics given the vote in Scotland? 1820s (1829)
Coined by Max Weber, which term refers to members of the 'service class' or those who delegate authority or specialised knowledge on behalf of their amploying authority, in return for a wage? Salariat
Which Scottish philosopher and historian of the Scottish Enlightenment wrote "Essay on the History of Civil Society"? Adam Ferguson
Which North African Arab historiographer and historian (27 May 1332 – 19 March 1406) is best known for his book, the Muqaddimah or Prolegomena ("Introduction")? Ibn Khaldun
Which ethno-religious group, a communal branch of Anabaptists who, and similar to the Amish and Mennonites, are named after their Tyrolean founder (1500-36)? Hutterites
Which Christian denomination is distinguished by its observance of Saturday as Sabbath, and by its emphasis on the imminent Second Coming of Jesus Christ? Seventh-day Adventist Church
Which Christian denomination, founded in mid-17th century England, characteristically wore wide-brimmed hats that they infamously failed to doff for the king? Quakers
In which month of 1945 did FD Roosevelt die? April
Which date of the 20th century was VE Day? May 8th 1945
Whose second published work was 1953's "Philosophical Investigations"? Wittgenstein
On 20th June 1936, which Russian author died at his dacha just outside Moscow? Maxim Gorky
Which former professor of psychology at Harvard wrote "Science and Human Behavior" in 1953? Burrhus Skinner
Which playwright wrote "American Buffalo" (1975) and "Glengarry Glen Ross" (1983)? David Mamet
Which is the first square number, after 1, to appear in a Fibonacci sequence? 144
Who devised the Fibonnaci sequence in 1202? Leonardo of Pisa
Orogenesis is the formation of what? Mountains
What name is given to the art, science or study of lying? Pseudology
Alva J Fisher has been incorrectly credited with the invention of which domestic appliance - the real inventor remains unknown? Washing machine
In retail technology, what is EPOS? Electronic Point of Sale
In engineering, what name is given to a pin that locates a piston into a connecting rod? Gudgeon Pin
Name either of the two British birds whose common names include a place in Kent. Sandwich tern, Dartford warbler
What is scotopic vision? Low light/night vision
Which luxury car manufacturer's emblem features a raging bull? Lamborghini
Operated by Laker Airways, in which year did the low-cost Transatlantic 'Skytrain' take off? 1977
Introduced in 1951, what was the RAF's first jet-powered bomber aircraft? English Electric Canberra
What does 'Hyundai' mean in English? Modern
Name any two banks, that as of 2017, issues Northern Irish banknotes? Ulster Bank, First Trust Bank, Danske Bank, Bank of Ireland
What name is given to someone who analyses dreams? Oneirologist
Zonular fibres are found in which part of the human body? Eye
How is the plant 'tradescantia pallida', commonly used in hanging baskets, better known? Wandering Jew
The North American killdeer is a bird belonging to which subfamily? Plover
Where does a female shard-beetle preferentially lay eggs? Dung
What is the popular name of the plant Sansevieria trifasciata? Snake plant or mother-in-law's tongue
The Brighton Belle train departed from which London mainline station from 1933 to 1972? Victoria
How is the General Dynamics F-16 jet better known? Fighting Falcon
Which type and quantity of quarks form a proton? One down, two up
Which type and quantity of quarks form a neutron? Two down, one up
What name is given to an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other ionized gases? Nebula
The densest known star cluster in the Milky Way, located about 100 light years from its centre, lies in which constellation? Sagittarius
Stars are often formed from the remnants of prior star deaths - which generation of star (i.e. first, second etc) is our Sun thus believed to be? Third
What name is given to a body that is in direct orbit of the Sun, and is massive enough for its gravity to crush it into a hydrostatic equilibrium shape (usually a spheroid), but has not cleared the neighbourhood of other material around its orbit? Dwarf Planet
What is an astrobleme? An impact or meteor crater caused by an object from space
In 2017, it was announced by Japanese researchers that which element is probably the 3rd most abundant in Earth's core after iron and nickel? Silicon
Which dense, coarse-grained igneous rock is the dominant rock of the upper part of the Earth's mantle? Peridotite
Which common extrusive igneous (volcanic) rock formed from the rapid cooling of lava makes up most of Earth's oceanic crust? Basalt
Which layered bio-chemical accretionary structures formed in shallow water by the trapping, binding and cementation of sedimentary grains form mounds and are considered fossils of bacterial colonies dating back millions of years? Stromatolites
What name, from a Croatian seismologist, is given to the boundary between the Earth's crust and mantle? Mohorovicic Discontinuity
In geology, what name is given to a large area of exposed Precambrian crystalline igneous and high-grade metamorphic rocks that form tectonically stable areas that are between 570 million years and 2 to 3.5 billion years old? (Continental) Shield
What name is given to the rigid, outermost part of the Earth that moves on the asthenosphere as part of the concept of plate tectonics? Lithosphere
There are three types of tectonic plate boundaries on Earth - divergent, convergent and which other, of which the San Andreas Fault is a prime example? Transform Boundary
What name is given to salts that have a strong affinity for moisture and will absorb relatively large amounts of water from the atmosphere if exposed to it, forming an aqueous solution? Deliquescent salts
Which famously misogynistic Roman satiric poet of the 1st and 2nd Centuries wrote 'The Woes of a Gigolo' and 'Roman Wives'? Juvenal
Which famous Greek wine is flavoured with pine resin? Retsina
What was the name of the Polish and Lithuanian national hero and general who led the 1794 uprising against the Russian Empire? Tadeusz Kosciusko
Who was the Belgian socialist politician and former Prisoner of War who served as Belgian Prime Minister on three occasions between 1938 and 1949? Paul-Henri Spaak
What was Anichises punishment, in mythology, for announcing that he had slept with Aphrodite? Blinded by a flash of lightning
On which golf course did Tony Jacklin win the British Open in 1969? Royal Lytham & St Annes
Who played The Wizard of Oz in the 1939 film of the same name? Frank Morgan
Which fictional detective made his first appearance in the 1977 novel 'A Morbid Taste for Bones'? Cadfael
Named after a region in Slovakia, what is the name of the Slovak dish, also used in Hungarian and Austrian cuisine, of spiced white cheese made from a mixture of sheep and cow milk? Liptauer (or Liptov)
In which coastal town in Devon did William of Orange and his Dutch army land to fight the Glorious Revolution? Brixham
As of 2017, which is the only country in Europe to still use capital punishment? Belarus
Which Austrian psychologist and Holocaust Survivor, who founded logotherapy and Existential Analysis, wrote the book 'Man's Search for Meaning', chronicling his experiences in a concentration camp? Victor Frankl
According to tradition, all racehorses in the Southern hemisphere celebrate their birthday on what date? August 1st
Who wrote the short story upon which the film 'Brokeback Mountain' was based? Annie Proulx
Portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence in the films, who is the main protagonist of The Hunger Games novels? Katniss Everdeen
What is the first name of Zara Tindall's first child, born in 2014? Mia
World Championship boxing matches are contested over how many rounds? 12
Joseph Valente and Leah Totton are among the former winners of which British TV show? The Apprentice
What does B2B stand for in commerce? Business to business
What does B2C stand for in commerce? Business to consumer
What is the name of Blue Peter's theme tune? Barnacle Bill
Which British golfer won the 2013 US Open? Justin Rose
In which decade was the inaugural Solheim Cup (the female equivalent to the Ryder Cup)? 1990s (1990)
In which event was British athlete Phillips Idowu a world champion? Triple Jump
Which two members of the EU have a name that, in English, starts and ends with the same letter? Austria, Czech Republic
In aviation, what is the common language used by pilots? English
According to the proverb, whose wife must be above suspicion? Caesar's
Which of the Teletubbies was green? Dipsy
Someone born between the 23rd September and 23rd October has what starsign? Libra
Who was the co-presenter of BBC Breakfast from 2003 until her departure in early 2014, when she moved to Good Morning Britain? Susanna Reid
Who was the last British monarch to be part of the House of Hanover? Victoria
In police work, what is a SOCO? Scene of Crime Officer
Which former panel-show host played George Windsor in the TV show 'Waterloo Road'? Angus Deayton
Which film was Marilyn Monroe filming immediately prior to her death? Something's Got To Give
Which UK city is reputed for its 'dreaming spires'? Oxford
Which UK city has a prison that was once called Winson Green? Birmingham
What is a PCSO in UK policing? Police Community Support Officer
Which English gangland boss wrote 2014's "The Last Gangster: My Final Confession", released after his 2012 date? Charlie Richardson
In the Metropolitan Police, which rank is indicated by two pips on an epaulette? Inspector
Gee Jon, on February 8, 1924, became the first man in the USA to be executed by which method? Gas chamber
William Francis Kemmler, in 1890, was the first man worldwide to be executed via which method? Electric chair
Charles Brooks, Jr., in 1982, was the first man in the USA to be executed by what method? Lethal Injection
Hitting number 1 in 2011, what was One Direction's debut single? What Makes You Beautiful
Which nation has been nicknamed 'The Lucky Country', based on the title of a 1964 Donald Horne book? Australia
The letter 'J' is worth how many Scrabble points? Eight
Which artist designed the Sgt Pepper album cover? Peter Blake
How many red balls are used in billiards? One
Which English poet released "Songs of Innocence" and "Songs of Experience"? William Blake
Who was the arch-enemy of Biggles, first meeting him in "Biggles Flies East"? Erich von Stalhein
Which veteran British band won a 2014 Grammy for their album "Celebration Day"? Led Zeppelin
Who was the first cricketer to make 200 Test match appearances? Sachin Tendulkar
Which sport Is named after the Gloucestershire home of the Duke of Beaufort? Badminton
On which island was tennis star Rafael Nadal born? Majorca
A bawson is an alternative name for which animal? Badger
Which British socialist intellectual wrote "Religion and the Rise of Capitalism" (1926) and "Equality" (1931), and expected the imminent demise of capitalism? RH Tawney
In which city was TS Eliot born in 1888? St Louis
In Greek myth, which blind prophet of Apollo in Thebes was famous for clairvoyance and for being transformed into a woman for seven years? Tiresias
What is the first of the six parts of TS Eliot's "The Waste Land"? The Epigraph
What is the sixth and last of the six parts of TS Eliot's "The Waste Land"? What the Thunder Said
In which year did James Joyce's "Ulysses" appear? 1922
Which three cities are mentioned in the final line of James Joyce's Ulysses? Zurich, Paris, Trieste
In which city was James Joyce born in 1882? Dublin
From 1905, with which woman, later his wife and muse, did James Joyce live? Nora Barnacle
Who released the hugely influential "Maternal Care and Mental Health" in 1951 that brought about a wholesale change in how we view childhood? John Bowlby
Which US filmmaker was responsible for Armageddon (1998), Pearl Harbor (2001) and the Transformers film series (2007–onwards)? Michael Bay
In which film did Bruce Willis play Dr Malcolm Crowe? The Sixth Sense
What is a Gabbeh, in Iran? A type of carpet
Who played the 'Bad Lieutenant' in the 1992 film? Harvey Keitel
As of 2017, and since 1990, what is the highest rating given by the MPAA in the USA, for films not to be seen by children - it replaced X-ratings? NC-17
Which US state hosts the annual Sundance film festival? Utah
Which actor founded the Sundance film festival? Robert Redford
Who directed 2009 film "Valkyrie"? Bryan Singer
Which film won the first Academy Award for Best Picture? Wings
Who won the first Academy Award for Best Actor? Emil Jannings
In the title of a 1968 Peter Maxwell Davies composition, how many songs were there 'for a mad king'? Eight (Songs For A Mad King)
Peter O Toole played Henry II in two films - A Lion In Winter and which other? Becket
Who founded the High Holborn toy shop "Noah's Ark" in 1760? William Hamley
Who first played Doctor Who villain "The Master" in 1971? Roger Delgado
Which man, the "Faberge of Footwear" designed Queen Elizabeth II's coronation shoes? Roger Vivier
Henry Laurens is the only American ever to have been imprisoned in which UNESCO World Heritage Site? Tower of London
The Egyptian goddess Heqet had the head of which creature? Frog
On Twitter, 500,000 followers is equivalent to which unit, named after an American actor, blogger, voice actor, and writer? One Wheaton
Which African country is the largest Francophone nation by population? DR Congo
Which world light heavyweight boxing champion won British TV's "Superstars" programme in 1974? John Conteh
In which month is London's Lord Mayor's Show? November
Who is the only citizen of the UK allowed to keep a private army? Duke of Atholl
Which region is represented by 'P' in a British car registrations? Preston area
Which region is represented by 'D' in a British car registrations? Deeside (Chester/Shrewsbury)
The West Highland Way connects which two places? Milngavie and Fort William
Tin Pan Alley is a nickname given to which street in London? Denmark Street
The Nyiragongo volcano is in which country? DR Congo
What is the name of Las Vegas' airport? McCarran International
Which family originally owned Speke Hall? Norris
Which river forms part of the Iraq-Iran border and is formed by the confluence of the Euphrates and the Tigris in the town of al-Qurnah in the Basra Governorate of southern Iraq? Shatt Al-Arab
What is the capital of Mali? Bamako
What is the nickname of the traditional Stock Exchange in Paris? Bourse
What name is given to the group of European stock exchanges seated in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Lisbon and Paris? Euronext
Which was the first suspension bridge built over the Thames in London? Hammersmith Bridge
Which English boxer, and the world light heavyweight champion from 1948 to 1950, was linked after his 1965 suicide, with being serial killer "Jack the Stripper"? Freddie Mills
Virtually all scholars agree that the Biblical Queen of Sheba hailed from which modern-day country? Yemen
The Naval and Military Club in London has what common nickname? The In-Out Club
In which US state is Edwards Air Force Base? California
What are Heysham, Torness and Hunterston in the UK? Nuclear power stations
Hinkley Point is in which English county? Somerset
How many gold Olympic medals did Sir Chris Hoy win in his cycling career? Six
What name is given to a dive with knees straight but a tight bend at the hips? Pike
Who won gold at the cycling Men's Individual Pursuit at the 2008 Olympics? Bradley Wiggins
What is a 'dolly' in cricket? A very easy catch
What is the amateur equivalent of golf's Ryder Cup - contested in odd-numbered years by leading amateur golfers in two teams: United States, and Great Britain and Ireland? Walker Cup
What name is given to a phenomenon commonly known in paragliding, hang gliding, and sailplane flying where pilots experience significant lift due to a thermal under the base of cumulus clouds? Cloud suck
In which country did the board game Go originate? China
What name is given to an over in cricket during which no runs are scored? Maiden
What was tennis player Billie Jean King's maiden name? Moffitt
In which county is Newmarket racecourse? Suffolk
Aerials, moguls, cross, half-pipe and slopestyle are disciplines in which Winter Olympic sport? Freestyle skiing
Bachmann Industries and Peco are famous manufacturers of what? Model railways
What alternative name is given to the assistant referees in rugby union? Touch judges
Which country did former world No. 4 tennis player Robin Soderling represent? Sweden
From 1917 onwards, who have been Toronto's representative team in ice hockey's NHL? Maple Leafs
What was the first name of Mr Rubik, who invented his eponymous cube? Erno
What name is given to people other than the coach who can be in a boxer's corner during a fight - they often administer treatment to cuts and other injuries? Seconds
What was the real first name of famous cricket umpire "Dickie" Bird? Harold
What is the usual name given to the captain of a curling team? Skip
What is the English translation of the Olympic motto? Swifter, Higher, Stronger
In which decade was the Royal Bank of Scotland founded? 1720s (1727)
Seen in the name of an Edinburgh church, what was a city's 'tron'? Public scales (for weighing)
Which conflicts, both political and military, occurred in 1639 and 1640, and centred on the nature of the governance of the Church of Scotland, and the rights and powers of the Crown? Bishops' Wars
What position was held by John Tillotson from 1691 until 1694? Archbishop of Canterbury
Who wrote 1689's "A Letter Concerning Toleration"? John Locke
In which decade was the infamous Salem witch trial? 1690s (1692)
The Rye House Plot was a plot against which monarch? Charles II
What name was given to an helmet that forced an iron plate into the mouth of blasphemer or liar, formerly used as punishment? Brank or Scold's Bridle
Give a year in the life of church reformer John Knox. 1513-72
Which of her cousins did Mary Queen of Scots controversially marry? Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley
Who was Mary Queen of Scots' mother? Mary of Guise
The Duke of Monmouth, who led an ill-fated rebellion, was the bastard son of which monarch? Charles II
Which former wrestler was born Martin Ruane? Giant Haystacks
Onomastos of Smyrna was the first recorded Olympic champion at what event? Boxing
To whiom did Herbie Hide lose his WBO title in 1995? Riddick Bowe
From its inception in 1987, the English Premiership in English rugby union was, until 2010, won exclusively by Wasps, Bath or Leicester Tigers - except in two years. Name either of the teams to break their domination. Newcastle Falcons, Sale Sharks
What nationality was the referee of the 1966 World Cup Final? Swiss
Which side won the first rugby union Heineken Cup in 1996? Toulouse
Who, in 1998, were the first English winners of rugby's Heineken Cup? Bath
Kegel is a variant of bowling now mainly played in which country? Australia
Who replaced Mark Lamarr as host of "Never Mind The Buzzcocks"? Simon Amstell
"Night and Day" is a 1946 film starring Cary Grant about which songwriter? Cole Porter
Kerr Avon, Vila Restal and Supreme Commander Servalan were all characters in which UK TV sci-fi series? Blake's Seven
The 1973 film "Don't Look Now" is mainly set in which city? Venice
In which two cities was the 1971 thriller "The French Connection" chiefly set? New York, Marseilles
Directed by Liza Minnelli's father Vicente, which 1951 Gene Kelly musical won an Oscar for Best Picture? An American in Paris
Which film was the first one to sweep the Academy Awards in the categories of best actor, actress, director, picture and screenplay? It Happened One Night
In which country was actress Mary Pickford born? Canada
Who directed the Judy Garland film "The Wizard of Oz"? Victor Fleming
In which year was perennial Christmas movie classic "The Wizard of Oz" released? 1939
What is the name given to the equivalent position to a barrister in Scottish law? Advocate
What is the largest city in India by population? Mumbai
Opened in the 13th century, which salt mine near Krakow produced table salt continuously until 2007, one of the world's oldest salt mines? Wieliczka Salt Mine
Which capital city has sunk, in places, as much as 9m since the start of the 20th century? Mexico City
Which architect was perhaps was best known for his design of civic buildings for Brasília, a planned city that became Brazil's capital in 1960, as well as his collaboration with other architects on the headquarters of the United Nations in New York? Oscar Niemeyer
Which city is known locally as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon? Bangkok
Which island does Copenhagen sit on, the 96th-largest island in the world by area and the 35th most populous? Zealand (a small part is also on Amager island)
Mexico City was built on the site of which Aztec capital? Tenochtitlan
What is the largest of New York's boroughs in area, though second-largest in population? Queens
The Mayan ruins of Tikal are in which country? Guatemala
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