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Blarney Castle was built on the orders of which Irish Lord, who shares his name with an author? Cormac McCarthy
In Hawaiian myth who was the Fire Goddess, the goddess of fire, lightning, wind and volcanoes and the creator of the Hawaiian Islands? Pele
Jozef Tiso was the first President of which country - at the time a client state of Nazi Germany? Slovakia
Which Whig statesman became British PM in 1754 upon the death of his brother? Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle
In Ovid's Metamorphoses, which son of Phoebus drove the Chariot of the Sun for a day, but lost control, crashed, and turned Africa to desert? Phaeton
The shortest war in history occurred in 1896, and lasted 38 minutes - it involved the UK against who? Zanzibar
The Plymouth Brethren were actually founded, despite the name, in which city? Dublin
Lucretius' work "De Rerum Natura" was partly an attempt to explain which Greek philosopher's thinking to a Roman audience? Epicurus
The US painter George Bellows is, perhaps, best-remembered for his series of paintings depicting which sport? Boxing
Which English Anglian mystic wrote "Sixteen Revelations of Divine Love", a 14th-Century work documenting a series of intense visions of Jesus she experienced while ill? Julian of Norwich
1968 film "Bullitt" won its only Academy Award in which category? Best Editing
Which was the first movie in the Carry On franchise? Carry On Sergeant
Which was the second movie in the Carry On franchise? Carry On Nurse
For which 1966 film did Steve McQueen receive his only Academy Award nomination? The Sand Pebbles
Which UK TV series aired its final episode on 30th July 2006, after 42 years? Top of the Pops
Which song by the Allman Brothers Band is the theme tune to "Top Gear"? Jessica
Who was the first person to win a posthumous Academy Award for Best Actor? Peter Finch (Network)
In the 1993 UK TV adaptation, who played "Lady Chatterley's Lover"? Sean Bean
In which 2000 film do thieves steal 50 cars in one night? Gone in 60 Seconds
Who was the United Kingdom's first female newsreader after she was recruited to present the Midday News on the newly launched Independent Television in 1955? Barbara Mandell
Jung divided our psychological make-up into consciousness, personal unconsciousness and what else? Collective unconscious
Which French artist and sculptor who developed a rough-hewn, primitive style of direct carving was killed in the trenches at Neuville-St.-Vaast in 1915? Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
French poet, playwright, short story writer, novelist, and art critic of Polish descent was wounded in the head in 1916 in WW1, but succumbed to Spanish flu in 1918? Guillaume Apollinaire
Which philosopher spent nine months in an Italian prisoner of war camp towards the end of WW1? Wittgenstein
Which major battle of WW1 started on the morning of July 1, 1916? Battle of the Somme
Which WW1 battle took place from 9 to 12 April 1917? Battle of Vimy Ridge
Who discovered the circulation of the blood in 1616? William Harvey
Which Czech doctor is credited with the first classification of blood into the four types (A, B, AB, 0(zero)) of the AB0 blood group system (Landsteiner only distinguished blood into 3 groups)? Jan Jansky
The French psychologist Alfred Binet devised the first practical example of what? Intelligence test
In early psychology, under a system created by Henry Goddard, individuals with the lowest mental age level (less than three years) were identified by what term? Idiots
'Calculus' derives from the Latin word for what? Stone
Whose first book, released in 1971, was "How To Cheat At Cooking"? Delia Smith
The long S letter is used for which mathematical function? Integration
George I was the first king of which house to rule Great Britain? Hanover
Which policeman was shot dead in "The Blue Lamp" but resurrected for an eponymous TV series? Dixon (of Dock Green)
Who is the official messenger from the House of Lords to the House of Commons? Black Rod
Whose house is in the backdrop of Constable's "The Haywain"? Willy Lott
Which actress married Douglas Fairbanks Jr after a 3 year love affair in 1920, and was nicknamed "America's Sweetheart"? Mary Pickford
The former name of which capital city lends its name to a breed of goat, cat and rabbit? Ankara (Angora)
Which ballet move involves "A step of beating in which the dancer jumps into the air and rapidly crosses the legs before and behind"? Entrechat
Which architect designed the Sheldonian Theatre at St John's College, Oxford? Christopher Wren
Wren and Hawksmoor designed which building that acted a permanent home for retired sailors of the Royal Navy - it operated from 1692 to 1869? Royal Hospital, Greenwich
Which Bohemian-born architect designed the Wurzburg Palace (or Residence) in Wurzburg, Germany? Balthasar Neumann
Give a year in the American Revolutionary War. 1775-83
Which French architect designed the now-demolished Hotel Montmorency in Paris and the Royal Saline d'Arc-et-Senans and wrote an influential treatise on architecture in 1804, two years before his death? Nicolas Ledoux
Opened in Madrid in 1725, the Sobrino de Botín is listed by the 'Guinness Book of Records' as the world's oldest example of what type of establishment? Restaurant
Located on a peninsular in Corunna Bay in Galicia in northwestern Spain, what is the name of the oldest ancient Roman lighthouse still in use? Tower of Hercules
With which treaty of 1492 did Henry VII disclaim all historic rights to French territories, except Calais, in return for an end to French support for the pretender, Perkin Warbeck, and an indemnity of £159,000? Treaty of Etaples
According to legend, who was King Arthur's illegitimate son who fought against Arthur at the Battle of Camlann? Mordred
In 1996, Jose Ramos-Hortha and Bishop Carlos F.X. Belo were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to bring peace and independence to which country? East Timor
Which group of chemical elements, along with scandium and yttrium are called 'rare earth metals'? Lanthanides
Which element, atomic number 61, wasn't discovered until 1945 and is named after a Titan in Greek myth? Promethium
What nationality was the chemist Carl Mosander, who discovered the elements lanthanum, erbium and terbium? Swedish
Which Egyptian deity was usually depicted as either green or black and often carried a crook and flail? Osiris
Which orchestral piece was played at the funerals of both Albert Einstein and John F Kennedy? Adagio for Strings
Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians, (d. 12 June 918), was the daughter of which King? Alfred the Great
Who became king in 899 upon the death of his father, Alfred the Great, captured the eastern Midlands and East Anglia from the Danes in 917 and became ruler of Mercia in 918 upon the death of Æthelflæd, his sister? Edward the Elder
Which planet transits the sun from Earth about 13 or 14 times per century? Mercury
Which form of social security is abbreviated as UBI? Universal Basic Income
The Kirkstone Inn is on the road that links Ambleside with which lake to the North? Ullswater
What name is given to a spiral in which the length of the radius vector is inversely proportional to its angle with the polar axis,so that its equation is R theta equals A? Hyperbolic spiral
Which Swiss mathematician investigated the logarithmic spiral that he called the "spira mirabilis" and requested that one be carved on his tomb, although following his death in 1705, an Archimedean spiral was inscribed instead? Jacob Bernoulli
Which management theory is based on the idea that the selection of a candidate for a position is based on the candidate's performance in their current role, rather than on abilities relevant to the intended role? Peter principle ("managers rise to the level of their incompetence.")
Which river is often used as a dividing line between the eastern and western areas of Northern Ireland, towns to the west often being seen as having less government investment? Bann
Rising in Mongolia, and the central of three great rivers (the others are the Ob and Lena) what is the largest river system flowing to the Arctic Ocean? Yenisei River
The first woman philosopher mathematician known to history, who was the head of the Neoplatonic school at Alexandria, but was murdered by fanatical Christians in AD 415? Hypatia
Who was the mother of the emperor Tiberius, at one point exercising very real power in Rome? Livia
"So equal, yet so opposite are their merits that they may be balanced in endless controversy." These words of Edward Gibbon refer to which two Greek philosophers? Aristotle and Plato
In which town or city was the artist David Hockney born? Bradford
Which Hockney painting was described as "a stunning diagram of '60s California, of blazing sunlight and cool water, of liquid blossoming into frozen chaos"? The painting's title was also given to a 1974 film about the artist. A Bigger Splash
The ancient town of Balkh is in which modern-day country? Afghanistan
Which Pakistani city of nearly 2 million people lies just at the eastern end of the Khyber Pass? Peshawar
The Accursed Mountains are mainly in which country? Albania
Which UNESCO World Heritage Site near Lake Mutirikwe and the town of Masvingo may have been the greatest medieval city in sub-Saharan Africa? Great Zimbabwe
The Ramsar Convention is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of what? Wetlands
Who was UK chancellor from 1964 to 1967? Jim Callaghan
Which US general commanded WW2 forces in China and Burma; he died after surgery for stomach cancer on October 12, 1946? Joseph Stilwell
Who was the second woman to go into space? Svetlana Savitskaya
Andrew Fitzgibbon and Thomas Flynn are the two possible contenders for the youngest man to do what? Win a Victoria Cross
In which city was Joan of Arc burned at the stake? Rouen
Which European countries were unified until 1905? Norway and Sweden
Which club took its name from Christopher Catt's pie shop? Kit-Cat Shop
Which city did Hadrian order rebuilt in 130AD, and rename Aelia Capitolina? Jerusalem
Which nickname is used for someone who begins or furthers a political career somewhere where they have no roots? Carpetbagger
Which day of the week was 'black' in 1929's Wall Street crash? Thursday
Who married photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones in 1960? Princess Margaret
In which decade was Charles created Prince of Wales? 1950s
Who won the Battle of Actium? Octavian
What term is used for the time between legislative sessions? Prorogation
Who was Britain's first deputy Prime Minster? Clement Attlee
Named after an Illyrian king who may have been the discoverer of its tonic properties, which genus of flowering plant is used in Italian drink Aperol, is the main ingredient of angostura bitters and gives its name to an Alpine distilled beverage? Gentian
What one-word name is also used for the 'botanical box', a stiff container used by botanists to keep field samples viable for transportation? Vasculum
Which English essayist, literary & art critic, and fiction writer (1839-94) wrote "Studies in the History of the Renaissance" (1873), and philosophical novel Marius the Epicurean (1885)? Walter Pater
In Ancient Rome, holders of which office were responsible for maintenance of public buildings and regulation of public festivals? Their name comes from the Latin for public building. Aediles
Possibly deriving from the Latin for 'to bind', holders of which title in ancient Rome were civil servants who acted as bodyguards to magistrates who held 'imperium'? Lictor
Which Scottish poet and folk tale collector wrote variously coloured (eg Red, Lilac, Blue, Green etc) "Fairy Books" in the late 19th century and early 20th? Andrew Lang
The Macdermots of Ballycloran was which prolific 19th century author's first published work? Anthony Trollope
In which country was artist James Jebusa Shannon born? USA
A leading British Impressionist, who created The Bridge, The Beach at Walberswick (1890) and Girls Running: Walberswick Pier (1894)? Philip Wilson Steer
A Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, which British artist (1862-1937) was a noted caricaturist, painter and teacher at Slade College? Henry Tonks
Which two islands are separated by the Tsugaru Strait? Honshu, Hokkaido
In New York City, what body of water separates Long Island from Manhattan? East River
Who was the first aviator to fly over Angel Falls? Jimmie Angel
How many players are there per team in a game of shinty? Twelve
What name is given to the stick used in a game of hurling? Hurley
What is the name of the ball used in the sport of hurling? Sliotar
What is camogie? Women's hurling
How many points are awarded in hurling for sending the ball above the bar? One
How many points are awarded in hurling for scoring a goal by sending the ball below the bar? Three
In which city is the International Ice Hockey Federation based? Zurich
Sometimes represented as a goat on Crete, the most-frequently mentioned foster-mother of Zeus? Amalthea
In Greek myth, who was the Titan, Pre-Olympian God of the Sea? Oceanus
Which Greek God had a helmet that made its wearer invisible? Hades
Atlas was the son of which Titan, who fathered him with the sea nymph Clymene, and is often depicted as a God of mortality? Iapetus
The last son of Gaia in Greek myth, which monstrous giant was defeated by Zeus buried under either Mount Etna in Sicily, or the volcanic island of Ischia? Typhon
Who are the only three Olympian Gods in the Greek pantheon whose names did not begin with 'A' or 'H'? Zeus, Poseidon, Demeter
In Greek myth, who was the mother of Zeus, who saved him by giving Cronos a stone wrapped in swaddling so that he wasn't eaten by his father? Rhea
In Greek myth, in what form did Zeus rape Antiope and thus father Amphion and Zethus, the founders of Thebes? Satyr
Into which animal did Zeus turn Callisto to allay the suspicions of Hera? Bear
Sharing her name with an animal, which half-woman, half-snake of Greek myth was the mate of the fearsome monster Typhon, and known primarily for being the mother of monsters, including many of the most famous monsters of Greek myth? Echidna
Which school of Japanese painting was the dominant style of painting from the late 15th century until the Meiji period which began in 1868? Kanō school
Hishikawa Moronobu was a Japanese artist known for popularising which genre of woodblock prints and paintings in the late 17th century- the term means 'pictures of the floating world'? Ukiyo-e
Which Japanese artist, born in Ano-o in 1733, and active in the late 18th century founded an eponymous school of painting? Maruyama Okyo (Maruyama School)
Give a year in the life of Hokusai. 1769-1849
Which Japanese ukiyo-e artist, considered the last great master of that tradition, is best known for his landscapes, such as the series The 53 Stations of the Tōkaidō and The 69 Stations of the Kiso Kaidō; and for his depictions of birds and flowers? Hiroshige
The Bronze Age archaeological site of Phaistos is situated on which island? Crete
Which major historical school of Japanese painting was created in 17th century Kyoto by Hon'ami Kōetsu (1558–1637) and Tawaraya Sōtatsu (d. c.1643) and later consolidated by brothers Ogata Kōrin (1658–1716) and Ogata Kenzan (1663–1743)? Rinpa School
Currently one of Greece's 13 regions, capital Larissa, which region was known as Aeolia in Homer's Odyssey? Thessaly
In Greek myth, Agamemnon was the son of King Atreus and Queen Aerope of where? Mycenae
Alongside Pheidias, Myron and Praxiteles, he is considered one of the most important sculptors of Classical antiquity, who is often known by the epithet "of Argos" and sculpted a famous bronze male nude known as the Doryphoros (Spear-carrier)? Polycletus/Polykleitos
Biblically, who was King David's father? Jesse
Before marrying David, the Bible tells us that Bathsheba was whose father? Uriah
Which of Jesus's disciples famously doubted the resurrection? Thomas
Who was the chief author of the epistles in the New Testament? St Paul
Music historians generally consider the dulcian to be the forerunner of which instrument? Bassoon
Absolom, Solomon and Adonijah were the sons of which Biblically character? David
In the Biblical book of Numbers, which man's donkey is initially the only one to detect the presence of an angel? Balaam
In the Bible, the superiority of Elijah and of his God in the test at Carmel, and the slaughter of the 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah, fired which character's vengeance - Elijah going into the wilderness to escape her? Jezebel
What name is given to the morbid fear of work? Ergophobia
Which French engraver (1832-1883) provided works for an 1870 copy of The Rime of The Ancient Mariner, an 1875 copy of Tennyson's Idylls of The King and posthumously an 1884 copy of Poe's The Raven? Gustave Doré
Together with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, who was the third member of Cream? Jack Bruce
Which British engineer (1871-1955) invented the first powered vacuum cleaner? Hubert Cecil Booth
Which plants are the only living genus in the family Aquifoliaceae? Ilex/holly
In the Japanese children's cartoon shown worldwide, and featuring anthropomorphic cube shaped animals, what species of animal is Pecola? Penguin
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA) provides help for refugees specifically from where? Palestine
What is largest city in the State of Palestine? Gaza
Frequently known as "White Egret Castle" or "White Heron Castle" because of its brilliant white exterior and supposed resemblance to a bird taking flight, which Japanese castle miraculously escaped a WW2 bombing raid? Himeji castle
In the Bible, what are the three theological virtues? Faith, hope, charity.
What is the professional body RIBA in the UK? Royal Institute of British Architects
In football, which two teams would compete in the Eternal Derby, featuring fans nicknamed Grobari (gravediggers) and Delije (heroes)? Partizan and Red Star Belgrade
Which NFL team completed an undefeated regular 1997 season? New England Patriots
Who was the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers when they won the Superbowl four times in the 1980s? Joe Montana
Which American was the 2008 Summer Olympic champion for the decathlon and was also World champion in 2005? Bryan Clay
Where were the 2002 Commonwealth Games held? Manchester
Where were the 2006 Commonwealth Games held? Melbourne
Who won the women's 100m at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics? Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Called "The Father of American Football" (1859-1925) who created the sport's line of scrimmage and the system of downs, among other inventions? Walter Camp
Which men's javelin thrower was Olympic champion in 2004 and 2008, European champion in 2006 and 2010 and World Champion in 2009? Andreas Thorkildsen
At which Ivy League University were American Football's rules formulated? Yale
The Rose Bowl stadium, site of the American Football Rose Bowl Game is located where? Pasadena
Named after the Roman goddess of plants and motherly love, what is the name of the dwarf planet that orbits between Mars and Jupiter? Ceres
Although he played under the pseudonym A.H. Chequer, what was the real name of the footballer who scored the only goal in the first ever FA Cup Final? Morton Betts
Elizabeth Taylor won an Oscar for Best Actress for her role as a society call girl in which 1960 film? Butterfield 8
On which Italian island is the novel 'Catch-22' set? Pianosa
Angostura bitters, used in pink gin, was named after a town in which country? Venezeula
What is the name of the river that is formed by the confluence of the rivers Tigris and Euphrates in the Iraqi town of al-Qurnah? Shatt Al-Arab
Thought to have been the first iron-clad battleships in history, what was the name of the ships, meaning 'turtle ships' in Korean, that made up the fleet built by the Korean naval hero Yi Sun-shin to defend against the Japanese invasions in 1592? Kobukson
Which religion was founded by Vardhamana Mahavira in the 6th Century BC? Jainism
In 1875, which became the first trademark to be registered in the UK? Bass Red Triangle
Which singer-songwriter painted the cover of the 1974 Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young album 'So Far'? Joni Mitchell
Which former Cistercian abbey lies near Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire, England? Rievaulx Abbey
One of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England which abbey is located approximately 3 miles (5 kilometres) south-west of Ripon in North Yorkshire? Fountains Abbey
A relative of KingStephen, which saint holds the unusual distinction of having been Archbishop of York twice, both before and after his rival Henry Murdac? William of York
The Vale of Pickering lies in which English county? North Yorkshire
Housel is another name for which Christian rite? Eucharist
Which revolt in Norfolk, England during the reign of Edward VI, largely in response to the enclosure of land began at Wymondham on 8 July 1549? Kett's Rebellion
Who was the last Roman Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury, holding the office from 1556 to 1558, during the Counter Reformation? Reginald Pole
Who wrote 'Supplication of Souls', a response to Simon Fish's 1529 'Supplication of the Beggars'? Thomas More
Deriving its name from an Asian capital, what name is given to reversible figured fabric of silk, wool, linen, cotton, or synthetic fibres, with a pattern formed by weaving? Damask
Which Roman road ran from London to York via Lincoln? Ermine Street
In which specific field is the Hugo Award given out? Science Fiction
Orsino, Duke of Illyria, appears in which Shakespeare play? Twelfth Night
Which Dickens novel is part set in the USA? Martin Chuzzlewit
In which jail did John Bunyan write "A Pilgrim's Progress"? Bedford
Which character's real identity was (once) Linda Lee Danvers? Supergirl
What does the word 'avast', beloved by pirates, actually mean? Stop
What were the names of the three 'Borrowers' in Mary Norton's book? Pod, Homily, Arrety
Where is "As You Like It" set? Forest of Arden
What is the first line of the Shakespeare play "Twelfth Night"? If music be the food of love, play on
What is this character "^" called? A circumflex
Of what was William Shakespeare's father a manufacturer? Gloves
Who wrote "Copia: Foundations of the Abundant Style"? Erasmus
Who was William Shakespeare's wife? Anne Hathaway
Robert Armin replaced who as Shakespeare's "fools"? Will Kempe
Which lost Shakespeare play was based on "Don Quixote"? Cardenio
"The Two Noble Kinsmen" is based on which of the Canterbury Tales? Knight's Tale
After Shakespeare's death, which dramatist entered into an exclusive arrangement with the King's Men similar to Shakespeare's? John Fletcher
Who wrote the plays "Histriomastix" in 1599 and "What You Will" in 1601? John Marston
Asyntedon is the grammatical term for the omission of what? Conjunction
What is the grammatical term for the repetition of one word from the end of a line to the start of a next? Anadiplosis
Which French administrative region was formed from combining Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne, and Lorraine on 1 January 2016? Grand Est
Margarete Wittgenstein, the sister of Ludwig, is the subject of a afmous 1905 painting by whom? Klimt
Which intellectual society at the University of Cambridge was founded in 1820 by George Tomlinson, and had former members including Lytton Strachey, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tennyson, EM Forster and three of the Cambridge spy ring (Burgess, Philby & MacLean)? The Apostles
The last words of which important 20th century work are "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent"? Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (Wittgenstein)
As well as Plato, which ancient Greek and student of Socrates also wrote still-extant Socratic dialogues? Xenophon
Which Ancient Greek philosopher drew a distinction between 'kinetic' and 'static' pleasures? Epicurus
Pythagoras and Epicurus were both born on which Greek island? Samos
Which Cyrenaic philosopher, who argued that happiness is impossible to achieve, and that the goal of life was the avoidance of pain and sorrow, was so pessimistic he was nicknamed the 'death persuader'? Hegesias
Which river passes through Stuttgart, Wernau and Heidelberg? Neckar
The Bullingdon Club is a notorious dining club based at which university? Oxford
Which artist famously re-opened his wife's grave at Highgate to retrieve unpublished pems? Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Give a year in the life of biographer James Boswell. 1740-95
In which modern-day country was Marc Chagall born? Belarus
Which man had the nickname "The Sage of Cheyne Row"? Thomas Carlyle
Who wrote the 1892 novel "La Debacle"? Emile Zola
Dorothea Brooke is a heroine of which novel? Middlemarch (Eliot)
In a 1722 book, who ends up having relationships with Callum Murray and "a gentleman of Bath"? Moll Flanders
Give a year in the life of Alexander Pope. 1688-1744
Which military veteran wrote an autobiography called "Walking Tall"? Simon Weston
Which poet wrote "New Bats in Old Belfries" and "Mount Zion"? John Betjeman
In myth, who dipped Achilles in the river Styx, holding him by the heel? His mother Thetis
The musical genre 'acid house' is believed to have originated in which city? Chicago
The New Testament book of Acts ends with whose imprisonment in Rome, awaiting trial? Paul
The New Testament book of Acts is traditionally ascribed to which author, who wrote the preceding book? Luke
The name Adam is derived from the Hebrew word for what? Human or man
Fino and manzanilla are both forms of which beverage? Sherry
Which champagne bottle size holds 1.5l of wine? Magnum (2 bottles)
In the Bible, what was the occupation of Abel? Shepherd
Who had a hit with "Leader of the Pack" in 1964? The Shangri-Las
Which song's first line is "I saw the light on the night I passed by her window"? Delilah
Marmande, Tiny Tim and Delicante are all types of which foodstuff? Tomato
Which metal, atomic number 55, expands the most when heated? Caesium
Spraint is the dung of which animal? Otter
9 on the Mohs scale, which is the third hardest mineral, after diamond at 10 and moissanite at 9.5? Sapphire
Which is the only living part of the body that lacks a blood supply? Cornea
Founded in 1991, which British trade union has around 25,000 members who work in broadcasting, film, theatre, entertainment, leisure and interactive media? BECTU
Which genus of flowering plant was discovered on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) about 1696 and named after a renowned German botanist? Fuchsia
Which product takes its name from the terebinth tree, and is a fluid obtained by the distillation of resin obtained from live trees, mainly pines? Turpentine
What is the second highest rank in the RAF? Air Chief Marshal
What is the second highest rank in the Army? General
In the TV show 'Thunderbirds' what was the name of Kyrano's daughter? Tin-Tin
In the TV show 'Thunderbirds' what relation was villain the Hood to Kyrano, Jeff Tracy's manservant? Half-Brother
In the TV show 'Thunderbirds' who piloted Thunderbird 3? Alan Tracy
In the TV show 'Thunderbirds' what was Thunderbird 3? A rocket
In the TV series 'All Gas and Gaiters' who played Reverend Noote? Derek Nimmo
Which TV family lived at Skypad Apartments? The Jetsons
Who played the character Anton Chigurh in 'No Country for Old Men'? Javier Bardem
Who played lead character Rick O'Connell in The Mummy trilogy? Brendan Fraser
In which 2008 remake of a 1951 film did Keanu Reeves play the alien Klaatu? The Day the Earth Stood Still
Who played 'Beetlejuice' in the film of the same name? Michael Keaton
Which London borough was formed in 1965 from the area of the former Municipal Borough of Wembley and Municipal Borough of Willesden of Middlesex? Brent
Which Scottish village, with a population of less than 200, has two railway stations? Tyndrum
What is a Spanish 'alcazar'? Castle
Which feature of New York was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903) and Calvert Vaux (1824–1895)? Central Park
How are the Ellis Islands now known? Tuvalu
The Bargello is a museum in which European city? Florence
Which abbey near Yelverton, Devon, England is associated with Sir Francis Drake? Buckland Abbey
Who has children called Poppy Honey Rosie (b. March 2002), Daisy Boo Pamela (b. April 2003), Petal Blossom Rainbow (b. April 2009), Buddy Bear Maurice (b. September 2010), and River Rocket (b. August 2016)? Jamie Oliver
Which sportsman's first child, born 5th May 2016, was called Boomer Robert? Michael Phelps
Who married Ryan Reynolds in 2012? Blake Lively
Who was chancellor from 1947 to 1950? Stafford Cripps
Give a year in the life of Ivan the Terrible. 1530-1584
Which was the last constituency that Winston Churchill represented? Woodford
Jimmy Carter famously farmed which foodstuff? Peanuts
In which castle was King Charles I held prisoner from 1647 to 1648? Carisbrooke Castle
What name was given to Duvalier's secret police in Haiti? Tontons Macoutes
Who was "Monty's Double"? M.E. Clifton James
Which city was the capital of the Holy Roman Empire during the time of Charlemagne? Aachen
Who captained the ship on which Darwin sailed "The Beagle"? Fitzroy
Who was the firstborn child of Queen Victoria & Albert? Victoria, Princess Royal ('Vicky')
What is the literal translation of 'Tontons Macoutes', the Haitian secret police? Uncle Knapsacks
What was a sepoy? Native Indian soldier
Which man refused the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize? Lê Đức Thọ
Jointly awarded, but with one man declining, who actually accepted the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize? Henry Kissinger (Lê Đức Thọ refused)
Which ancient Roman ended all of his speeches with "Carthage must be destroyed"? Cato the Elder
In which year was the 999 service introduced in the UK? 1937
What was Aristotle's school of philosophy entitled? Lyceum
Which man married Emma in 1838 and lived at Downe, near Sevenoaks in Kent? Charles Darwin
Who was the consort of Edward VII? Alexandra of Denmark
The future Edward VII apparently had an affair with which actress, allegedly hastening the demise of Prince Albert? Nellie Clifden
Douglas Hyde was the first president of which country? Ireland
Which political party did James Goldsmith found in the mid-90s? Referendum Party
Which Nigerian culture, named after a Jaba village, produced many terracotta sculptures around 500BC? Nok
Where was the Hamangia culture, that began around 5250/5200 BC and lasted until around 4550/4500 BC, was based in which region? Bulgaria/Romania
Which period of Japanese history lasted 14,000-2300BC? Jomon
Which city, currently called Dur-Sharrukin, was founded in 717BCE by Sargon II? Khorsabad
Sennacherib, Sargon II's successor, moved the Assyrian capital to which city? Nineveh
Located at the site of present-day Tell el-Muqayyar, what was the principal city of ancient Sumeria? Ur
Which ruler of Persia possibly founded and certainly built up Persepolis as the capital? Darius I
Known, as 'pioneers', who were victorious in 1838's Battle of Blood River? Voortrekkers
Who was Rugby School's headmaster from 1828-42? Thomas Arnold
Nathaniel Woodward was a Victorian reformer in which field? Education
In which decade was England's last public execution? 1860s (1868)
Who was the last man to be publicly executed in England? Michael Barrett
In which year was HMS Hood sunk? 1941
Edward John Eyre was a controversial 19th century governor where? Jamaica
Fairfax defeated Rupert in which June 14th 1645 battle? Naseby
Which battle of 9th September 1513 is sometimes also called the Battle of Branxton? Flodden
Which US civil war leader gave his name to a tree? General Sherman
Of which country was Sidney Holland PM from 1949 to 1957? New Zealand
What is the name of Bill Murray's character in Groundhog Day? Phil Connors
What date is 'Groundhog Day'? February 2nd
Who popularized the term "MacGuffin" with his 1935 film The 39 Steps? Alfred Hitchcock
Which 1920s film star appearance as a plucky shopgirl in the film It brought her global fame and the nickname "The It Girl"? Clara Bow
In 'Thunderbirds' who piloted Thunderbird 5? John Tracy
In 'Thunderbirds' what type of vehicle was Thunderbird 5? Space Station
For which film did Kate Winslet win an Academy Award in 2009? The Reader
Who was the first Spanish actress in history to receive an Academy Award and the first Spanish actress to receive a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Penelope Cruz
Who directed the film "Vicki Christina Barcelona"? Woody Allen
Who invented the zoopraxiscope, considered the first movie projector? Eadward Muybridge
2013's "No Man's Nightingale" was the last published book by the original author to feature which fictional detective? Inspector Wexford (Ruth Rendell)
Theseus and Hermia are characters in which of Shakespeare's plays? A Midsummer Night's Dream
Later a film, who wrote the 1990 novel "Devil In A Blue Dress", his debut work? Walter Mosley
Which British playwright won the Nobel Literature Prize in 2005? Harold Pinter
Which post did Henry James Pye attain in 1790, holding it until his death in 1813? Poet Laureate
The expression "ipsa scientia potestas est" ('knowledge itself is power') first occurs in whose Meditationes Sacrae (1597)? Francis Bacon
Which Bombay-born architect designed the British Embassy in Rome? Basil Spence
Which Charles Dickens character was supposedly based on the author's own father? Mr (Wilkins) Micawber
Who painted "The Fable of Arachne (Las Hilanderas)"? Diego Velazquez
Which US artist, whose father was a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, painted the Ferragosto and Lepanto Series? Cy Twombly
Completed in 1907, but not premiered until after his death in 1909, whose opera was "Le Coq D'Or"? Rimsky-Korsakov
Who founded the art movement of 'Suprematism'? Kasimir Malevich
Hailed as one of the greatest photographs of all time, whose work was 1907's "The Steerage"? Alfred Stieglitz
Who wrote the 1934 book "Technics and Civilisation", in which he charted the evolution of technology, which he saw as driven by capitalism? Lewis Mumford
Which Russian poet was twice arrested by Stalinist forces, in 1934 and 1938, and died in a transit camp in the latter year? Osip Mandelstam
The Abbe Breuil was an eminent archaeologist much involved in the discovery and investigation of which prehistoric cave complex in the Dordogne? Lascaux
The cave art site of Altamira lies in which mountain range? Cantabrian
Which Russian artist provided the set and costumes for the Rimsky-Korsakov opera "The Golden Cockerel" when it premiered in 1909? Natalya Goncharova
Which avant-garde composer wrote "Imaginary Landscape No. 1" for two variable-speed gramophone turntables, a muted piano and cymbals, one of the first musical works that was indeterminate? John Cage
Where was Andy Warhol when he was shot and very nearly killed in 1968? His Factory studio
In 1840 thirteen notable members of the Jewish community of which city were arrested and accused of murdering a Christian monk for ritual purposes - the story becoming an international incident and cause celebre? Damascus
A Hebrew essayist, one of the foremost pre-state Zionist thinkers, and known as the founder of cultural Zionism for promoting a secular state of Israel, by what pen name was Asher Ginzberg (1856-1927) better known? Ahad Ha'am
Which sect of Judaism arose as a spiritual revival movement in contemporary Western Ukraine during the 18th Century and spread rapidly through Eastern Europe? Hasidic Judaism
In the Jewish calendar, for what does AM stand? Anno mundi
The Jewish calendar begins in which year of the Western calendar, believed to have been the time of Adam and Eve? 3760BCE
What name is given to a Jewish institution that focuses on the study of traditional religious texts, primarily the Talmud and Torah study? Yeshiva (plural yeshivot)
Born Joseph ben Matityahu (37-100CE) how is the Roman scholar and historian who wrote "The Jewish War" and "Jewish Antiquities" better known? Josephus or Flavius Josephus
The sect of Jews known as the Samaritans, who existed in Roman times, had their own temple located on which mountain - 90% of remaining Samaritans still live in close proximity? Mount Gerizim
The ancient city of Antioch is now located in which modern-day country? Turkey
Four men are named as 'brothers of Jesus' in the New Testament, although the Catholic church and Anglican church, among others deny that they were his biological siblings. Who are they? James, Joseph (Joses), Judas (Jude) and Simon
Who published 'The Pencil of Nature' in 1844 in order to showcase his early photographic techniques? William Henry Fox Talbot
Taking their name from the Greek for 'shadow', what contraption was used from around 1780 to 1850 to produce an accurate silhouette of a sitter? Skiagram
The Disruption of 1843 was a schism within which church? Church of Scotland
Scoring for Fulham against Cardiff city in 2016, who was the first football player born in the 2000s to score a goal in the English football leagues? Ryan Sessegnon
Called "the most important French photographer of the nineteenth century" because of his technical innovations in the still new medium of photography, whose photos command high prices at auction - a photo of his held the world record 1999-2003? Gustave Le Gray
In which city is Allinari Fratelli based, the oldest photography firm in the world? Florence
In the 1840s David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson produced an early photographic record of the people of which nation? Scotland
Born in Chesterfield, which English photographer's images of the Middle East, including a trip to Egypt in 1856, are credited with helping stimulate an interest in travel? Francis Frith
Which French author travelled to the Middle East with early photographer Maxime Du Camp from 1849-51, helping to document the monuments there? Flaubert
In which US state is the National Monument of Canyon de Chelley? New Mexico
Who published 'The Pencil of Nature' in 1844 in order to showcase his early photographic techniques? William Henry Fox Talbot
Taking their name from the Greek for 'shadow', what contraption was used from around 1780 to 1850 to produce an accurate silhouette of a sitter? Skiagram
The Disruption of 1843 was a schism within which church? Church of Scotland
Scoring for Fulham against Cardiff city in 2016, who was the first football player born in the 2000s to score a goal in the English football leagues? Ryan Sessegnon
Called "the most important French photographer of the nineteenth century" because of his technical innovations in the still new medium of photography, whose photos command high prices at auction - a photo of his held the world record 1999-2003? Gustave Le Gray
In which city is Allinari Fratelli based, the oldest photography firm in the world? Florence
In the 1840s David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson produced an early photographic record of the people of which nation? Scotland
Born in Chesterfield, which English photographer's images of the Middle East, including a trip to Egypt in 1856, are credited with helping stimulate an interest in travel? Francis Frith
Which French author travelled to the Middle East with early photographer Maxime Du Camp from 1849-51, helping to document the monuments there? Flaubert
In which US state is the National Monument of Canyon de Chelley? New Mexico
Which cat species, felis viverrina, has webbed feet and extended claws? Fishing cat
Which cat, also called the eyra cat, is a small wild cat native to Central and South America - it has short legs, an elongated body, a long tail and ears that are short and rounded, with a coat of a uniform colour? Jaguarundi
Which wildcat 'felis silvestris lybida' is the ancestor of all domestic cats? Arabian wildcat
Chengdu is the capital and largest city of which Chinese province? Sichuan
Which state of Western India with a coastline of 1,600 km (990 mi), most of which lies on the Kathiawar peninsula, and a population in excess of 60 million has a capital at Gandhinagar, but its largest city is Ahmedabad? Gujarat
What is the capital of the Indian state of Punjab? Chandigarh
What is the capital of the Pakistani state of Punjab? Lahore
What is the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan? Jaipur
The Aston Villa player Leandro Bacuna was the first player to play in the English Premier League who represented which national team? Curaçao
Where was the Qadan culture (13,000-9,000 BC) based? Southern Egypt
Who was the last Sumerian king(reigned reigned c. 2294 - 2270 BC) before Sumer was conquered by Sargon of Akkad? Lugalzagesi
The solar deity in ancient Semitic religion, corresponding to the Sumerian god Utu, and the god of justice in Babylonia and Assyria, who is depicted on the famous stela giving the law-code of Hammurabi? Shamash
The Bronze Age settlement of Akrotiri is located on which island? Santorini
Which pharaoh took the name Akhenaten? Amenhotep IV
Who was the wife of Akhenaten, the 'heretic' pharaoh? Nefertiti
To which ancient Egyptian town did Akhenaten briefly move the capital? Amarna (Tell-el-Amarna)
To which of Ancient Egypt's dynasties did Akhenaten belong? Eighteenth
Ramses II started his long reign as Egyptian pharaoh upon the death of who, the founder of the 19th dynasty? Seti I
Against whom did the armies of Ramses II fight at Kadesh in 1275BCE? Hittites
What was the final Biblical plague of Egypt that affected every home except those pre-marked by the Hebrews with blood from a sacrificial lamb which were 'passed over' - hence the Passover festival? Death of the first-born son
Known in the Bible as Pul, which Assyrian king (ruled 745–727 BCE) subjugated much of the Near East region? Tiglath-Pileser III
Reigning 559–530 BC, which Persian king his empire by conquering first the Median Empire, then the Lydian Empire and eventually the Neo-Babylonian Empire, and allowed the Jews to return to Judah from their Babylonian exile? Cyrus the Great
Which Nepalese town is held to have been the birthplace of the Buddha? Lumbini
Dying at Pawapuri in 527BCE, which religious leader of ancient india is considered to have been the last of the 24 tirthankars or saints? Mahavira
Traditionally the warrior elite, which word from "rule" or "authority" refers to one of the four social orders of Hindu society? Kshatriya
Who was the seventh and last King of Rome, overthrown in 510BCE? Tarquinius Superbus
The alleged rape of who by the monarch's son Sextus led to the overthrow of ancient Rome's monarchy in 510BCE? Lucretia
Who was the legendary sixth king of Rome, according to Livy murdered by his daughter Tullia and son-in-law Tarquinius Superbus? Servius Tullius
Which noble Athenian, sometimes called "the father of Athenian democracy" is credited with reforming the constitution of ancient Athens and setting it on a democratic footing in 508/7?BC Cleisthenes
In which play did Shakespeare speak of the 'seven ages of man'? As You Like It
Which singer had US #1 albums with Curious George (Soundtrack) in 2006, Sleep Through The Static in 2008, To the Sea in 2010, and From Here to Now to You in 2013 - 2014? Jack Johnson
What is the holy book of Sikhism? Guru Granth Sahib (accept Adi Granth)
In Greco-Roman myth, the anemone sprang from the blood of who when Venus sprinkled nectar on it? Adonis
What is the core belief of Adventism? The imminent Second Coming (or "Second Advent") of Jesus Christ.
How is an Aeolian harp played? By the wind alone
Who wrote the lyrics and music of "A Little Night Music"? Sondheim
Who wrote the lyrics and music of musical "High Society"? Cole Porter
'High Society' the musical was based on which Philip Barry play? Philadelphia Story
Who wrote the operas "The Queen of Spades" and "The Maid of Orleans"? Tchaikovsky
Which band originally released the Tiffany hit "I Think We're Alone Now"? Tommy James and the Shondells
What name is given to a list of tables that gives the positions of naturally occurring astronomical objects as well as artificial satellites in the sky at a given time or times? Ephemeris
The Doolittle Raid of 1942 was an attack on which capital city? Tokyo
From which US aircraft carrier did WW2 bombers take off on the 1942 Doolittle Raid? Hornet
Which geologist gave the first scientific name to a dinosaur, megalosaurus? William Buckland
How are 'gricers' better known? Trainspotters
Which English quarter day falls on September 29th? Michaelmas
What is the medical term for a gap between any, but particularly the two front, teeth? Diastema
Which layer of the atmosphere lies directly above the stratosphere? Mesosphere
In the legal calendar, which is the first law term of the year? Hilary term
Which heraldic term would signify a red diagonal cross? Saltire gules
Which wedding anniversary is an 'emerald' one? 55th
Which wedding anniversary is a 'coral' one? 35th
What name is given to a fledgling grouse? Poult
How many tentacles does a squid possess? Ten
Which astronaut said the famous line "Houston, we have a problem" aboard Apollo 13? Jack Swigert
In 1910 Claude Grahame-White achieved which aviation first? First night flight
Which disease was it once believed could be cured by the monarch's touch? Scrofula
Which English physicist who, in 1745, discovered a process for creating strongly magnetized steel, served as the first principal librarian of the British Museum? Gowin Knight
Which isotope of carbon is used in carbon dating? Carbon-14
Which degree is traditionally awarded to someone who is too ill to sit their exams? Aegrotat Degree
What was the pen-name adopted by the French novelist Henri-Marie Beyle? Stendahl
What type of pasta takes its name from the Italian for a 'three-cornered hat'? Capelletti
Which ancient country, conquered by the Roman Emperor Diocletian in the 3rd Century, covered parts of present-day Serbia, Macedonia and Albania and had its capital at Damastioni and, later, at Naissus? Dardania
Which was the final battle of King Arthur, at which he was mortally wounded? Battle of Camlann
Who was the President of the USA when the Statue of Liberty was assembled in 1886? Grover Cleveland
Which indie group achieved their best British chart position in March 1996 when their song 'Being Brave' reached number 10? Menswear
Who was the Hungarian-born American physicist, who died in 2003, who is known as the 'father of the hydrogen bomb'? Edward Teller
Who became the first £1,000 footballer when he was transferred from Sunderland to Middlesbrough in 1905? Alf Common
In the Popeye cartoons, what is the name of Olive Oyl’s brother? Castor
In Jonthan Swift's 'Gulliver's Travels' what is the name of the island that is eternally at war with Lilliput? Blefuscu
By what name was the Venezuelan city Ciudad Bolívar known prior to 1846? Angostura
According to the Bible, in which ancient city, in modern day Turkey, was Saint Paul the Apostle born? Tarsus
Which scientist was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1922 for his application of quantum theory to the problem of atomic and molecular structure? Niels Bohr
In which year was Fritz Lang's film "Metropolis" set - 100 years after its release date? 2027
Accepted by the IAU as a dwarf planet on September 17, 2008, which dwarf planet is named after the matron goddess of the island of Hawaiʻi? Haumea
Which is the only dwarf planet in the Asteroid Belt? Ceres
Which dwarf planet is perhaps the largest Kuiper belt object in the classical population, with a diameter approximately two thirds that of Pluto - it is named for the creator of humanity and god of fertility in the mythos of the Rapa Nui? Makemake
Which artist, born in Paris in 1771 and star pupil of Jacques-Louis David, was appointed as official war painter by Napoleon? Antoine-jean (Baron) Gros
How many ordinary wine bottles make up a melchior of Champagne? 24
What was the name of the language spoken by the Incas? Quechua
Taking its name from a figure in mythology, which type of intrusive igneous rocks, such as granite, are created at greater depths within the crust? Plutonic
What name is given to igneous rocks with a silica content greater than 65%? Felsic
What name is given to igneous rocks with a silica content less than 55%? Mafic or ultramafic (if less than 45%)
The Devil's Tower National Monument is in which of the US States? Wyoming
Fifty Million Frenchmen, DuBarry Was a Lady, Anything Goes, Can-Can and Silk Stockings are all musicals by which composer? Cole Porter
What is the traditional name of the transcripts of Parliamentary Debates in Britain and many Commonwealth countries, named for a 19th century printer and publisher? Hansard
William Rees-Mogg, Charles Douglas-Home and John Witherow have all served as editors of which newspaper? The Times
How many ministers did Harold MacMillan eject from his cabinet in 1962's "Night of the Long Knives"? Seven
Which politician said that being attacked by Geoffrey Howe was like being "mauled by a dead sheep"? Denis Healey
In which year was George Osborne's October budget memorably referred to as an 'omnishambles'? 2012
Which poet's first wife was Vivien Haigh-Wood? TS Eliot
Who wrote the poem "Hugh Selwyn Mauberly" in 1920? Ezra Pound
Which character in Ulysses is a young artist whose creative impulses have dried up? Stephen Dedalus
Which English-language poet received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923? WB Yeats
In 1938, which sociologist and writer wrote "The Culture of Cities"? Lewis Mumford
The Albigensian Crusade or Cathar Crusade took place in which century? 13th (1209-29)
A member of the Annales school of French historians, who wrote "The Structures of Everyday Life"? Fernand Braudel
The origin of the place name Zanzibar, which word was used by medieval Muslim geographers to refer to both a certain portion of Southeast Africa (primarily the Swahili Coast), and to the area's Bantu inhabitants? Zanj
Which Empire dominated the western Sahel in the 15th and 16th century - at its peak, it was one of the largest states in African history? Songhai Empire
Engaruka is an abandoned system of ruins in which African nation? Tanzania
Which pre-colonial state in Southern Africa was located at the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers, south of Great Zimbabwe from 1075-1220? Mapungubwe
What was the former, colonial name of Harare? Salisbury
Pierre Boulez was a one-time pupil of which French composer, organist, and ornithologist (1908-92), who used modes of limited transposition, which he abstracted from his early compositions and improvisations? Olivier Messiaen
Which term refers to Christian and Jewish people whose families had migrated from all parts of the Mediterranean to French Algeria, Morocco, or the French protectorate of Tunisia, who were expelled at the end of French rule in North Africa? Pied-noir
Who wrote 1942's "The Myth of Sisyphus", a philosophical tract? Albert Camus
Nosemosis, or nosema, is a disease that affects which creatures? Honey bees
While imprisoned in solitary confinement Martin Luther King wrote "Letter from a _______ Jail"- which city completes the blank? Birmingham
In which month and year was the civil rights march on Washington that culminated in Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech? (28th) August 1963
Joy and George Adamson famously raised a female lion from a cub - what was her name? Elsa
What is HUGO, founded in April 1988? Human Genome Organisation
Who directed "Wings" the first Best Picture Oscar winner? William A Wellman
The first Best Actor Oscar winner Emil Jannings won his award for two films - name either. The Way of All Flesh, The Last Command
Who won the first Academy Award for Best Actress? Janet Gaynor
Which was the first musical to win a Best Picture Academy Award? Broadway Melody
Who won the very first Academy Award for Best Director? Frank Borzage
Who was the final director to work on the 1939 film "Gone With The Wind"? Victor Fleming
Who was the first black winner of an Academy Award? Hattie McDaniel
What was Clark Gable's real first name? William
For which film did Robert Donat win his Best Actor Academy Award? Goodbye Mr Chips
For which film did Frank Capra win his first Academy Award for Best Director? It Happened One Night
Give either of the popular nicknames of actress Mary Pickford. The girl with the curls, America's sweetheart
For which movie did Mary Pickford win an Academy Award for Best Actress? Coquette
Who played Egon Spengler in the original "Ghostbusters" films? Harold Ramis
Syndrome was the name of the villain in which animated film? The Incredibles
In which movie does Johnny Depp play the role of Ichabod Crane? Sleepy Hollow
In March 2014, which star of "High School Musical" and "17 Again" engaged in a fight with a homeless man in Skid Row? Zac Efron
In which year was the Star Trek TV series first broadcast in the US? 1966
Who directed and produced Stripes (1981), Ghostbusters (1984), Legal Eagles (1986), Twins (1988), Ghostbusters II (1989), and Kindergarten Cop (1990)? Ivan Reitman
What was Charlie Chaplin's middle name? Spencer
Which Radio 4 poetry show that has run weekly since 1979 was first presented by Frank Delaney, and then by the poet Roger McGough? Poetry Please
The newscaster George Alagiah was born in which country? Sri Lanka
Whose very popular poem is "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"? Robert Frost
In the 1935 film "Mutiny on the Bounty", who played Captain Bligh to Clark Gable's Fletcher Christian? Charles Laughton
Which film first paired Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers together? Flying Down To Rio
Which fictional town is the setting for the soap Coronation Street? Weatherfield
"The Man Trap" was the first broadcast episode of which very popular TV series? Star Trek
What was the name of Blue Peter's first pet dog? Petra
In which US state was the 1954 musical film "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" set? Oregon
Which UK TV show was won in 2009 by Chris Hollins? Strictly Come Dancing
Who played Freddy Eynsford-Hill, the character who sings "On The Street Where You Live" in the 1964 film version of "My Fair Lady", although another actor actually supplied Freddy's singing voice? Jeremy Brett
In terms of area what is second to the British Antarctic Territory as the UK's largest Overseas Territory? Falkland Islands
What is the capital of Martinique? Fort-de-France
What was the capital of Burma from 1857-85? Mandalay
What is the capital of Mauritius? Port Louis
What was Australia's capital immediately prior to Canberra, from 1901 to 1927? Melbourne
Which city was famously designed in the shape of an aeroplane? Brasilia
What is the capital of New Zealand? Wellington
Doha is the capital of which country? Qatar
What is the capital of Reunion? Saint Denis
What is the largest city lying within the Arctic circle? Murmansk
What is the capital of the Seychelles? Victoria
Brasilia took over as Brazil's capital from which city? Rio de Janeiro
Known as a "Waterfront Wonderland", with over 400 mi (640 km) of navigable waterways, which Florida city has more miles of canals than any other city in the world? Cape Coral
Which British city famously claims to have "more canals than Venice"? Birmingham
What is the capital of Sikkim? Gangtok
What is the capital of Sri Lanka? Colombo
What is the world's highest capital city? La Paz
Dushanbe is the capital of which nation? Tajikistan
What is the world's most northerly capital city? Reykjavik
What is the capital of Tonga? Nuku'alofa
In rugby union, the term 'stand off' is almost interchangeable with what other name for the position? Fly-half
In which class of sailing did Ben Ainslie win golds at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics? Finn
Now a discipline in freestyle skiing, which winter sport sees athletes ski or snowboard down a course including a variety of obstacles including rails, jumps and othe features, with points scored for amplitude, originality and quality of tricks? Slopestyle
Which English sportswoman won a silver medal in rowing at the 2004 Olympics, and a gold in cycling in 2008 - the first British woman ever to compete in two different sports at the Olympic Games? Rebecca Romero
The first woman to ever win medals at two different sports, who won a silver medal at the 1968 Olympics in the swimming 4×100m freestyle relay, then won a silver and a bronze medal with East German teams at the 1976 and 1980 Olympics? Roswitha Krause
Tim Brabants is a British former Olympic champion in which sport? Kayaking/canoeing
Who won Team GB's only track and field gold medal at the 2008 Olympics? Christine Ohuruogu
What name is given to the place where a batter starts in a game of rounders? Post
Joining in 2017, who are the first NHL expansion team since 2000? Vegas Golden Knights
In 1954, the Tour de France started abroad for the first time - in which city? Amsterdam
What is a sumo wrestling tournament called? Basho (accept Honbasho - the official tournaments)
Which cricketer was Australia's test captain from 1984 to 1994? Allan Border
Which synchronised event was introduced at the 2000 Olympics? Synchronised Diving
To win, which part of a sprinter's body must cross the finish line first? Their chest/torso
In rowing, what term refers to the turning of an oar parallel to the water between strokes? Feather
What is the nickname of New Zealand's national cricket team? Black caps
What one-word name refers to a vinyl record collector? Discophile
The New Zealand national women's rugby union, basketball, ice hockey and cricket teams all have nicknames that incorporate which word? Ferns
Which boxer was nicknamed "Smokin' Joe"? Joe Frazier
What term refers to adjusting a yachy's sails to either fill or empty them of wind? Trimming
What was the second movie, after "It Happened One Night" to win Oscars for all of Best Actor, Actress, Screenplay, Director and Picture? One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
What was the third movie, chronologically, to win Oscars for all of Best Actor, Actress, Screenplay, Director and Picture? The Silence of the Lambs
Which filmstar, born in 1911, was often nicknamed the "Blond Bombshell" and the "Platinum Blonde"? Jean Harlow
What was actress Bette Davis's real first name? Ruth
Bette Davis and Joan Crawford appeared together in which 1962 film, where they played the Hudson sisters? What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
As of 2017, how many Academy Awards has Meryl Streep won? Three (Kramer vs Kramer; Sophie's Choice; The Iron Lady)
How many Best Actress Oscars did Katherine Hepburn win in her career? Four
The film "Shadowlands" depicts CS Lewis's affair with which US poet? Joy Gresham
What was Kenny Everett's real name? Maurice Cole
Which 1969 film's last line is "Come and see a fat old man sometime"? True Grit
Which is the largest city by population on the Caspian Sea? Baku
In which country are the Mayan ruins at Copan? Honduras
Toronto stands on which of the Great Lakes? Ontario
Which river does the Belgian city of Antwerp lie on? River Scheldt
What did Benjamin Disraeli refer to as the "gondola of London"? The Hansom Cab
What is the literal translation of Costa Dorada? Golden Coast
Jamaica is divided into which three counties, all sharing a name with English counterparts? Cornwall, Sussex, Surrey
Mount Whitney is the highest point in which of the US states? California
Shiraz is a major city in which country? Iran
What is the largest town on the Scottish island of Lewis? Stornoway
Which 19th Century French composer, best remembered for his 'Ave Maria', wrote the national anthem of the Vatican City? Charles Gounod
Which mural by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel was the cause of a dispute between the artist and the cardinal Oliviero Carafa after the latter had accused the former of obscenity because the artist had painted nude figures with their genitals exposed? The Last Judgement
What is the Basque name for Vitoria, the capital city of the Basque Country? Gasteiz
Dying in November 511 AD, who was the first King of the Franks to unite all of the Frankish tribes under one ruler thus being considered as the founder of both France and the Merovingian Dynasty? Clovis I
In Greek mythology, what was the name of the beautiful shepherd boy of Asia Minor, beloved of the goddess Selene, who put him into a deep sleep so that she may embrace him eternally? Endymion
Which French President was assassinated by the mentally unstable Russian émigré Paul Gorguloff in 1932? Paul Doumer
Which song, released in December 1963, was the Beatles' best-selling single worldwide? I Want To Hold Your Hand
What was the first name of the Austrian paediatrician after whom Asperger's Syndrome is named? Hans
At the 1976 Olympics, which Cuban athlete became the first person to win both the 400m and the 800m? Alberto Juantarena
What was the name of the real-life boxer played by Denzel Washington in the 1999 film 'The Hurricane'? Rubin Carter
Founded by Johann Friedrich Overbeck and Franz Pforr among others, what name was adopted by a group of early 19th Century German Romantic painters who aimed to revive honesty and spirituality in Christian art? Nazarenes
What is the name of the Norwegian princess who shocked her nation in July 2007 when she announced that she was clairvoyant and wanted to teach her people how to talk to angels? Martha Louise
Nicknamed 'The Wee County', which is the smallest county in Scotland? Clackmannanshire
Nicknamed 'The Dragon of Albania' and remembered for his struggles against the Ottoman Empire, by what name is the prominent Albanian national hero Gjergj Kastrioti better known? Skanderbeg
According to the Books of Samuel, who was the first King of Ancient Israel? Saul
The Orange Bowl is a famous American football stadium located in which US city? Miami
The German television station ZDF sparked controversy in July 2007 when it cancelled which long-running music show? Volksmusic
In Aldous Huxley's novel 'Brave New World', what is the name of the happiness-inducing drug that replaced religion and alcohol as the 'opium of the masses'? Soma
The only player in Major League history to have the initials U.U.U., which former Major League Baseball relief pitcher, who won the World Series in 2003 with the Florida Marlins, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for attempted murder in March 2007? Ugueth Urtain Urbina
In which South American country is the Sechura Desert? Peru
Named after a place in the Dordogne, which archaeological industry of the European Upper Paleolithic era, is characterized by a stone-tool industry with small pointed blades and by the famous 'Venus figurines', most of which were made in this era? Gravettian
The Venus of Hohle Fels, the earliest known prehistoric Venus figurine, was found in which country? Germany
Venus of Willendorf, now known in academia as the Woman of Willendorf, one of the first examples of human sculpture, estimated to have been made between about 28,000 and 25,000 BCE, was found in which country? Austria
What three word name is given to the last period in the Earth's climate history during the last glacial period when ice sheets were at their greatest extension, maximally around 21000-18000BCE? Last Glacial Maximum (LGM)
Named after a a rock shelter located in the Vézère valley, which Western European Upper Paleolithic culture of around 18,000-12,000BCE is associated with both reindeer hunting and cave art at Altamira and Lascaux? Magdalenian
What is an atlatl used for? Spear or dart throwing
None were found in the wild in a 2013 survey - what is the alternative name of the Mexican walking fish? Axolotl
Which cold, low-salinity ocean current that flows north along the west coast of South America from the southern tip of Chile to northern Peru? Humboldt Current
The site of the first known human mummification around 5000BCE, in which country is Chinchorro? Chile
Named after an Alpine wildflower, which geological period from c. 12,900 to c. 11,700 calendar years ago saw a cold period caused by melting ice sheets? Younger Dryas
What general name is given to colder phases within the quaternary period, i.e the last 2.6million years? Stadials
What was the predominant cereal crop of the prehistoric Americas? Maize
Also called manioc, what is the third largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics, after rice and maize? Cassava
What is the common name for some plant species in the genus Dioscorea (family Dioscoreaceae) that form edible tubers, often used in African cuisine? Yams
Used in luxury fabrics, which llama-like animal of South America has four times as many red blood cells per unit volume as humans, is classified as 'vulnerable' and is named from a Quechua word? Guanaco
Which South American species is believed to have been the wild ancestor of alpacas, and appears in the Peruvian coat of arms? Vicuña
Which very large Neolithic and Chalcolithic proto-city settlement and UNESCO World Heritage Site in southern Anatolia , existed from approximately 7500 BC to 5700 BC? Çatalhöyük
Sometimes known as indicine cattle or humped cattle, which species or subspecies of domestic cattle originating in South Asia is characterised by a fatty hump on their shoulders? Zebu
Which ancient city of Sumer and later Babylonia, situated east of the present bed of the Euphrates river, on the dried-up, ancient channel of the Euphrates River, some 30km east of modern As-Samawah, Al-Muthannā, Iraq is sometimes called the "first city"? Uruk
From 1988 to 2002, Prince Albert of Monaco competed at every Winter Olympics in which sport? Bobsled
What is the name of the great-granddaughter of the composer Richard Wagner who caused controversy at the 2007 Bayreuth Festival with her direction of 'Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg' that included nudity, giant plastic phalluses and ‘raining’ shoes? Katherina Wagner
Located in the Baltic Sea, to which country do the islands of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa belong? Estonia
The musical play 'Mother of All the Peoples' dramatised the life of which female Scottish missionary to Nigeria? Mary Slessor
Who was the Roman goddess of strife? Discordia
In which British city was the Israeli President Chaim Herzog born in 1918? Belfast
Deriving from the Sanskrit for ‘Man of the forest’, what is the name of the legendary bipedal primate said to inhabit the mountainous regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan? Barmanou
Which small, herbivorous mammal, native to Africa and the Middle East, looks similar to a rabbit but is often said to be the closest living terrestrial relative of the elephant? Hyrax
Who was the 19th Century English essayist who wrote 'The Spirit of the Age' and 'On the Pleasure of Hating'? William Hazlitt
Zheng Xiaoyu, director of the State Food and Drug Administration of the People's Republic of China, was executed in July 2007 after he was held responsible for the deaths of forty people in which country? Panama
Which town in Alaska is the terminus of the Pan-American Highway? Fairbanks
Which word is both a swimming stroke and a term in bell-ringing? Backstroke
Who captained Europe at the 2002 Ryder Cup - his best ever result at a major was 5th at the 1981 Open? Sam Torrance
In horse racing, what name is given to a horse that has yet to win a race? Novice
Who is the only golfer from Europe or the United States to have won two majors without making a Ryder Cup appearance? John Daly
Founded 1912, what is the international governing body for the sport of athletics? IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations)
Which US athlete was famously tripped by Zola Budd at the 1984 Olympics? Mary Decker-Slaney
Who was England cricket captain when her team won the inaugural 1973 Women's Cricket World Cup and the first female cricketer to hit a six in a Test match? Rachel Heyhoe Flint
Who rode Aldaniti to victory at the 1981 Grand National? Bob Champion
In which sport might you try to catch a fly ball? Baseball
Sandown Park racecourse is located in which English county? Surrey
What term refers to the narrower side of the pitch relative to the position of a rugby scrum? Blindside
Which sport takes its name from the French for a stick curved at the end eg a Bishop's crozier? Lacrosse
How many times was John Francome champion jockey? Seven
Cricket's Wanderers Stadium, used for Test matches, is in which city? Johannesburg
Which Dutch yachtswoman completed a solo RTW navigation at age 16 in 2011, having been denied the opportunity aged 14? Laura Dekker
Which US baseball player, nicknamed The Millville Meteor, was the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2014 and 2016 (finished second in 2012, 2013 and 2015)? Mike Trout
In baseball, what does WAR stand for? Wins above replacement
What name is given to the empirical analysis of baseball, especially baseball statistics that measure in-game activity? Sabermetrics
Including doubles, how many Wimbledon titles were won by Billie Jean King? Twenty
What are the two minor suits in Bridge? Clubs, Diamonds
Which term did Guillaume Apollinaire coin in 1917 to describe the works of Erik Satie? Surrealism
Give a year in the life of James Boswell. 1740-95
In which modern day country is the birthplace of Marc Chagall? Belarus
Prior to Donald Trump, who was the last US President to have a parent who was born in the UK? Woodrow Wilson
Who was nicknamed "The Sage of Cheyne Road"? Thomas Carlyle
Who wrote 1892's "La Debacle"? Emile Zola
Which novel cycle was subtitled Histoire naturelle et sociale d'une famille sous le Second Empire (Natural and social history of a family under the Second Empire)? La Rougon-Macquart (Zola)
Dorothea Brooke is the heroine of which classic novel? Middlemarch
Give a year in the life of Alexander Pope. 1688-1744
Who wrote the poems "Mt Zion" and "New Bats in Old Belfries"? John Betjeman
In the fairly tale, from what item did Thumbelina grow? A Barleycorn
What name can apply to both unglazed porcelain and a foodstuff? Biscuit
Who wrote "The Lost Horizon" in 1933? James Hilton
Who wrote the 1870 novel "Lothair", about a wealthy young orphaned Scottish nobleman ? Benjamin Disraeli
If articles are included, how many parts of speech are there in English? Nine
Belleek Pottery comes from which country? Northern Ireland (accept UK, grudgingly)
Who wrote "The Lovesong of J Alfred Prulock"? TS Eliot
To which actor was Bram Stoker a secretary? Henry Irving
From which city was Dante Alighieri exiled for the last 20 years of his life? Florence
On what charge was O Henry once jailed? Embezzlement
The College Historical Society (CHS) – popularly referred to as The Hist is often cited as the world's oldest undergraduate student society is based at which higher education establishment? Trinity College Dublin
A Vindication of Natural Society: A View of the Miseries and Evils Arising to Mankind, appearing in Spring 1756, was whose first work? Edmund Burke
For which novel did US novelist Paul Beatty win the Man Booker prize? The Sellout
Who won a Best Actress Oscar for Terms of Endearment (1983)? Shirley MacLaine
The Star Spangled Banner was written in 1814 during the bombardment of which fort? Fort McHenry
Monterey Bay is off the coast of which US state? California
Which monarch won 1461's Battle of Mortimer's Cross? Edward IV
What name is given to an atmospheric phenomenon that consists of a bright spot to the left and/or right of the Sun, when the Sun is near the horizon? Sun dog or parhelion
Who painted the "Grande Odalisque" of 1814? Ingres
Which author was born John Griffith Chaney? Jack London
What name is given to the combined mass of water found on, under, and above the surface of a planet, minor planet or natural satellite? Hydrosphere
Which sea is sometimes given the historical name the Euxine Sea? Black Sea
Saguaro National Park is located in which US state? Arizona
A symbol representing a clove of nutmeg appears in which country's national flag? Grenada
In 1589, Jacques Clément, a Catholic fanatic, murdered which French king? Henry III
John of Gaunt was a son of which English monarch? Edward III
Timbuktu and Djenné, were conquered in 1468 and 1475 respectively, by which Empire? Songhai
The city of Cesena is in which Italian region? Emilia-Romagna
Milwaukee is the largest city in which US state? Wisconsin
Who first proposed that energy levels of electrons are discrete and that the electrons revolve in stable orbits around the atomic nucleus but can jump from one energy level (or orbit) to another? Nils Bohr
What is the name of the Babylonian creation myth? Enuma Elish
Emerging from an egg, who was the first living being in Chinese myth? Pangu
What name was given to the creator in Platonic philosophy? Demiurge
Which century did the astronomer Ptolemy, author of the Almagest, live in? Second century CE
Thomas Aquinas lived in which century? Thirteenth
Give a year in the life of Johannes Kepler. 1571-1630
Which Dutch mathematician and astronomer (1872 - 1934) was instrumental in determining the shape of the universe from the cosmological data? Willem De Sitter
Which two men discovered the cosmic background radiation in 1965, and thus shared a 1978 Nobel Prize? Penzias and Wilson
In which city was Albert Einstein born? Ulm
Sometimes referred to as the Princeps mathematicorum (Latin, "the foremost of mathematicians") and "greatest mathematician since antiquity", which mathematician lived 1777-1855? Gauss
The existence of which object was perhaps first proposed by John Michell in 1783? Black holes
What name is given to the radius of a sphere such that, if all the mass of an object were to be compressed within that sphere, the escape velocity from the surface of the sphere would equal the speed of light? Schearzchild radius
The principle that we do not live in a special place in the universe is named after who? Copernicus (Copernical Principle)
Which Russian scientist, who died in 1925, devised a mathematical model of an expanding universe during the siege of St Petersburg? Alexander Friedmann
Which famous man was made Baron and Marquess of Douro in the early 19th century? Duke of Wellington
Which country did France invade in the 1st Franco-Hova War (1883)? Madagascar
Historically, who were the BAOR? British Army on the Rhine
In which year was the Berlin Wall built? 1961
In which year was Hitler's failed Beer Hall Putsch? 1923
Beloved by conspiracy theorists, which group is named after the hotel in the Netherlands in 1954 where the first conference was held? Bilderberg
What nickname was given to the Royal Irish Constabulary Special Reserve was a force of Temporary Constables recruited to assist the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) during the Irish War of Independence? Black and Tans
What position was held by Siraj ud-Daulah, whose troops were responsible for the 'Black Hole of Calcutta'? Nawab of Bengal
In which country did blackshirts originate? Italy
What is the literal translation of 'Bolsheviks'? Majority men
Which Chinese society gave its name to the Boxer rebellion? Society of Harmonious Fists
Which peace agreement was signed in 1978 between Israel and Egypt? Camp David agreement
Which alleged plot of 65CE (although its veracity is disputed by historians) to murder consuls was part foiled by Cicero? First Catilinian Conspiracy
In which decade was Comintern, or the third international, dissolved? 1940s (1943)
Which congress was held between September 1814 and June 1815 in the wake of Napoleon's defeat? Congress of Vienna
Manuel Noriega was a former head of state of which country? Panama
Which French king died in a tournament in 1559? Henry II
Married to Ferdinand in 1489, Isabella of Spain was originally queen of where? Castile
Married to Isabella in 1489, Ferdinand of Spain was originally king of which region? Aragon
Reigning 1957 to 1991 who was on Norway's throne immediately before Harald V? Olav V
Reigning 1948 to 1990, who was Netherlands' monarch immediately before Beatrix? Juliana
Which dynasty was on the throne in Portugal from 17th to 20th century? Braganza
Which grain is also called maize? Mealie
Whose albums include "Another Time, Another Place", "Bete Noire" and "In Your Mind"? Bryan Ferry
Which jazz singer (1924-1990) was nicknamed "The Divine One"? Sarah Vaughan
Which spirit is the base of cocktail Hula Hula? Gin
Mozart's Symphony No 38 is nicknamed after which city? Prague
"Empty Chairs and Empty Tables" is a song from which musical? Les Miserables
What nickname is given to Mendelssohn's Fifth Symphony? Reformation
What spirit is the base of a 'trouser rouser' cocktail? Whisky
Which character in a musical had the objective "to let the punishment fit the crime"? The Mikado
In the Bible, who were the two wives of Jacob? Leah, Rachel
Which operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan is also called "Castle Adamant"? Princess Ida
Who was the sister of Moses in the Bible? Miriam
Which Gilbert and Sullivan operetta has the alternate titled "The Peer and The Peri"? Iolanthe
Which female singer had, at one point in 1955, 5 records in the Top 20? Ruby Murray
Located on the slopes of Mount Carmel in Haifa, which building houses the supreme governing institution of the Bahá'í Faith? Universal House of Justice
Which two New York City boroughs are located on Long Island? Queens and Brooklyn
The only person ever to win medals in a single event in six consecutive Winter Olympics (1994-2014), which Italian luger was nicknamed Il Cannibale (The Cannibal)? Armin Zöggeler
In later life he was charged with impiety, and went into exile in Lampsacus. Which pre-Socratic philosopher - who introduced the concept of nous as an ordering force - was the first person to bring philosophy to Athens? Anaxagoras
Which poet was employed as a stamp distributor in Westmorland? Wordsworth
Who was the master of the Bluebell in "The Admirable Crichton"? Lord Loam
Which Italian Mannerist (1509 or 12 -1571) painted "The Rape of Prosperine"? Niccolò dell'Abbate
Christopher Sly appears in which Shakespeare play? The Taming Of The Shrew
Which Shakespeare play features the Seven Ages of Man? As You Like It
Bertram & Helena feature in which Shakespeare play? All's Well That Ends Well
"My Own Private Idaho" is based on which play? Henry VI
Which Shakespeare character is prince of Tyre? Pericles
Which Shakespeare play has the line "age cannot wither her"? Antony & Cleopatra
What nationality was artist Piet Mondrian? Dutch
What nationality was artist Paul Klee? Swiss
Who painted "Dream Birds" and "The Ghost Vanishes"? Klee
Who painted both "The Scream" and "The Kiss"? Munch
Who painted "Self portrait With Seven Fingers" and "White Crucifixition"? Chagall
Vassily Kandinsky is associated with which painting style? Expressionism
Give a year in the life of El Greco. 1541-1614
Which author became an American citizen in 1955, because of controversy that arose after he made five radio broadcasts from Germany during World War II, where he had been interned by the Germans for a year? PG Wodehouse
Whose autobiography was entitled "Dear Me"? Peter Ustinov
Whose autobiography was entitled "Coal Miner's Daughter"? Loretta Lynn
Where was Dickens' father imprisoned for debt? Marshalsea
Whose autobiography was entitled "Chronicles of Wasted Time"? Muggeridge
Who wrote "Brief Lives" in the last decades of the seventeenth century? John Aubrey
Whose autobiography was "Bound For Glory"? Woody Guthrie
Who wrote "The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas"? Gertrude Stein
What is Shakespeare's shortest play? The Comedy of Errors
By what pseudonym was Hablot Knight Browne, Dickens' illustrator, known? Phiz
Which author, real name Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, shocked society by wearing trousers? George Sand
Which Roman writer was forced to commit suicide by Nero? Seneca
Which writer, born 2nd June 1840, was believed stillborn? Thomas Hardy
Which author, real name Charles Hamilton, typically wore a skullcap and bicycle clips when writing? Frank Richards
Who wrote the plays "On The Piste" and "The Office Party"? Godber
St Malo is in which French region? Brittany
Which two UK national parks are International Dark Sky Parks? Galloway Forest Park and Northumberland National Park
Which eminent German Lutheran theologian wrote the famous work "The Idea Of The Holy"? Rudolf Otto
Which neologism, coined by Australian Glenn Albrecht in 2003, describes a form of psychic or existential distress to people in their home environment caused by environmental change, such as mining or climate change? Solastalgia
Aldo Leopold, author of A Sand County Almanac (1949), is sometimes called the 'Father of' which discipline? Ecology/conservation
Which 16th Century Spanish mystic popularised the phrase "dark night of the soul"? St John Of The Cross
Pueblo Bonito and Casa Rinconata are ruins in which US National Park? Chaco Culture National Historical Park
The European Commission, applying pre-Brexit, set guideline levels for night-time noise at how many decibels? 40
What is the executive body of the European Union responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the Union's treaties and day-to-day running of the EU? European Commission
The Kaibab Plateau is located in which US state? Arizona (it forms part of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon)
Which Romantic poet penned 1819's "Ode On Melancholy"? Keats
Which Japanese author (1886-1965) wrote 'Naomi', 'In Praise of Shadows' and 'Quicksand'? Tanizaki
Which 4 US states meet at the 'Four Corners'? New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Colorado
In which US state is the Chaco Culture National Historical Park? New Mexico
Which aircraft company made the F-14 Tomcat? Grumman
Which aircraft manufacturer built WW2 figher 'The Mustang'? North American Aviation
Which engineer built the Menai tubular bridge? Stephenson
Which engineer designed the first prefab hospital? Brunel
What fuse rating does a household lighting circuit have? Five Amps
What in 1971, was Russia's first space station? Salyut
What was Gagarin's craft that made him the first man in space? Vostok 1
What do Americans term a British ton? A long ton
Which car company's slogan was 'Createur D'Automobiles'? Renault
What is the pounds difference between UK & US hundredweights? 12 (UK 112 US 100)
Which aid to comfort did Schuyer Williams invent in 1882? Electric fan
Which device did Henry Seely invent in 1882? Flat iron
Which company's slogan was 'innovations beyond petroleum'? BP
Freesias originate from which continent? Africa
Which people are 'NEET'? Not in employment, education or training
Matches are largely made from the wood of which tree? Poplar
What is the most reactive gaseous element? Fluorine
Calcium and which other element form hard water? Magnesium
Milton Friedman espoused which economic doctrine in the 1980s? Monetarism
In transport, what is a 'Croydon'? Two-wheeled gig
What powers an ornithopter? The aviator himself
With what is Kime's Directory concerned? International Law
What was the use of dunnage in ships? Protecting cargo
Which country was the origin of Lassa Fever? Nigeria
What is the world's largest reptile? Saltwater Crocodile
What is a diaphone more commonly known as? Foghorn
What type of oil is typically used in oil paints? Linseed
Which child is "loving and giving" in the nursery rhyme? Friday
What type of knot is used in a lasso? Honda
ISO stands for what in terms of camera film speed? International Standards Organisation
What is a 'Campbell-Stokes Recorder' used to record? Hours of Sunshine
What does a brannock device measure? Shoe size
What is 'foliomancy'? Prediction Using Tea Leaves
Which distress signal did SOS replace? CQD
What do the crew call "George" on an aircraft? Automatic Pilot
How many engines did a Vickers Viscount plane have? Four
What is the correct compound name for 'fools gold'? Iron pyrites
How is hydrocyanic acid better known? Prussic acid
How is spirits of salt better known? Hydrochloric Acid
How is hydrated aluminium silicate better known? China clay
What is ethylene glycol better known as? Antifreeze
Which engineer first used the term 'horsepower'? Watt
Commanded by a Lt Colonel, which military unit is made up of 4 or 5 companies? Battalion
Which company used the slogan "don't ask the price, it's a penny"? Marks & Spencer
What is the correct name for the 'heads' side of a coin? Obverse
Which Greek physician was the first person known to use the pulse in diagnosis? Galen
Which ancient Greek, an early obstetrician wrote "On Midwifery and The Diseases Of Women"? Soranus of Ephesus
What is the highest rank in the British fire service? Chief Officer
What is the correct name for Japanese ritual suicide? Seppuku
Which halogen has the lowest atomic number? Fluorine
Pennine Ginger & Talbot Parade are varieties of which perennial? Chrysanthemum
Which company manufactured the long-distance aircraft 'Hercules'? Lockheed
Which sea creature is most closely related to elephants? Manatees
Which farmed animal is a Beltville? Turkey
Which chemical element takes its name from the Latin for red? Rubidium
Which type of glass, used for decorative tableware, contains litharge? Lead Crystal
The Virgin Islands belongs to which group? Leeward
Unst is an island that belongs to which group? Shetlands
North & South Uist belong to which island group? Outer Hebrides
What is the main island of Hawaii called, on which Honolulu is situated? Oahu
The Dry Tortugas are a group of islands off the coast of which US state? Florida
Naxos, Paros and Santorini belong to which island group? Cyclades
The Simplon Pass connects which two countries? Switzerland, Italy
Of the coast of which country do the Laccadive Islands lie? India
In which ocean are the Juan Fernandez Islands? Pacific
Which is the largest of the Ryuku islands? Okinawa
In which country is Lake Disappointment? Australia
What is the official language of Jersey? French
Which Scandinavian country once owned the Isle of Man? Norway
In which US State is Crater Lake, the country's deepest? Oregon
What is the German name for what we call Lake Constance? Bodensee
Which is the world's largest freshwater lake? Superior
What is Europe's largest lake by area? Lake Ladoga
What is the largest lake by area in the UK? Lough Neagh
What is the largest lake by area on the island of Britain? Loch Lomond
What is England's largest lake by area? Windermere
What is Africa's largest lake by area? Victoria
Which is the largest of the Leeward islands? Antigua
In which country are the Bitter Lakes located? Egypt
Which Great Lake is wholly in the USA? Michigan
What is the world's deepest lake? Lake Baikal
What is the USA's deepest lake? Crater Lake
What is England's deepest lake? Wastwater
What is Britain's deepest lake? Loch Morar
What did Dutch Admiral Jacob Roggeven discover in 1722? Easter Island
To whom does the Sulu Archipelago belong? Philippines
In which river are the 'Thousand Islands'? St Lawrence
Which river flows through Preston? Ribble
Which river flows through Manchester? Irwell
Which river flows through Lincoln? Witham
Which river flows through Derby? Derwent
Who composed opera 'Manon Lescaut', first perfomed 1893? Puccini
Who composed opera 'The Force of Destiny'? Verdi
Who is the villain of 'The Barber of Seville'? Bartolo
In the opera, who are both Aida, and her mistress Amheris in love with? General Radames
Whose first UK number 1 was "Mama Do (Uh Oh Uh Oh)"? Pixie Lott
Which law states: the volume of a quantity of gas varies inversely with the pressure at a fixed temperature? Boyle's
Madame Butterfly is set in which city? Nagasaki
Who composed the opera "Gianni Schicchi"? Puccini
What name is given to Mohammed's 622AD flight from Mecca to Medina? Hegira/hejira
In Jewish tradition, the Torah contains how many mitzvot, or commandments? 613
"Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale" is a quote from a poem by who? Housman
Earl Browder led which political party in the 1930s and early 1940s? Communist Party of the USA
In 1972, the Presbyterian and Congregational churches became what single organisation? United Reform Church
Who had a hit with 'International Bright Young Thing'? Jesus Jones
John Knox is associated with which church? Presbyterian
First made around 7000BC, what was the Chinese drink 'kui'? Rice beer
From which ore was vermilion pigment originally made? Cinnabar
In which modern-day country was paper money first seen, in the 11th Century? China
Currency with its own intrinsic value (i.e. where the currency is not tied to the value of gold or another item) is called what? Fiat currency/money
Which pre-Socratic said "No man ever steps in the same river twice"? Heraclitus
Made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2012, what is the world's best-preserved Neolithic town - it overlooks the Konya plateau? Çatalhöyük, Turkey
What is the more common name for the disease 'vareola'? Smallpox
What is the more common name for the disease 'rubeola'? Measles
Which American adventurer and balloonist's plane went missing in 2007, with his body being discovered only in 2008? Steve Fossett
Which company owned the Flixborough works at the centre of the 1974 disaster? Nypro
What is Wallace Carothers credited with inventing? Nylon
'Hypersonic' refers to values above which Mach number? Five
What is the study of mosses called? Bryology
What was the first name of the Titanic's 'Captain Smith'? Edward
Which ocean was Richard Branson the first to cross in a hot air balloon? Atlantic
Keratitis affects which part of the body? The eye
What is Hungary's currency? Forint
What is Romania's currency? Leu
What is the Czech Republic's currency? Koruna
Which five words appear on Karl Marx's tomb in Highgate cemetery? Workers Of All Lands Unite
Which three English monarchs were excommunicated by Popes? John, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I
Who did the Florentines defeat in 1441's Battle of Anghiari? Milanese
Lysurgus was an early founder of where? Sparta
What was an Ancient Greek foot soldier called? Hoplite
n which ship did Ian Smith and Harold Wilson discuss Rhodesia's unilateral declaration of independence in 1966? HMS Tiger
What is the state nickname of Colorado? Centennial State
What is the state nickname of Arizona? Grand Canyon State
Who is the lead singer of the Arctic Monkeys? Alex Turner
Which Jewish festival is also called 'The Festival Of The Tabernacles'? Sukkot
How was Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe better known? Jelly Roll Morton
What is the name of 'The Barber of Seville'? Figaro
Who wrote "D'Alembert's Dream"? Diderot
Jewish text, the Gemara, part of the Talmud, exists in two versions - the Jerusalem (or Palestinian), and which other? Babylonian
Whose birth name was Francois-Marie Arouet? Voltaire
14 of the letters, or epistles, in the New Testament are attributed to who? Paul
What name is given to the oldest complete copy of the New Testament, found in the mid-19th Century at St Catherine's monastery by Konstantine von Tischendorf? Codex Sinaiticus
Which is generally believed to be the oldest gospel, acting as a source for at least two others? Mark
What is the traditional symbol of the gospel author Luke? Winged ox
How many books comprise the New Testament? 27
Walden Pond, site of Thoreau's book, is in which US state? Massachussetts
Roughly 60% of what type of animal (a commonly used term, albeit one that is almost useless for taxonomic purposes) are nocturnal? Invertebrate
Who was the father of the builder of the Great Pyramid Khufu (or Cheops)? Snofru
The Temple of Karnak lies 3km NE of which Egyptian city? Luxor
What name is given to monumental gateway of an Egyptian temple, consisting of two tapering towers, each surmounted by a cornice, joined by a less elevated section which enclosed the entrance between them? Pylon
The Glagolitic alphabet is the earliest known alphabet of who? Slavs
Basil II, Byzantine Emperor 976-1025 had what nickname due to his final and decisive subjugation of a formerly troublesome peoples? "The Bulgar-Slayer"
Which two brothers, later made saints, of the 9th Century were the principal Christian missionaries among the Slavic peoples? St Cyril and St Methodius
What name was given by Greeks and Slavs to the Vikings who controlled medieval Rus from the 9th to 11th centuries? Varangians
Kiev lies on which river? Dniepr
Bodhgaya, where Buddha supposedly achieved Enlightenment, is in which Indian state? Bihar
What is the state nickname of Connecticut? Constitution State
What is the state nickname of Alabama? Cotton State
Moses' death is recorded in which book of the Bible? Deuteronomy
Which Jewish month occurs only 7 times in a 19 year cycle? Ve-Adar
Which French hors d'oeuvres consists of sliced, raw vegetables? Crudites
What is an iconostasis? A wall of icons and religious paintings, separating the nave from the sanctuary in a church, or a portable icon stand that can be placed anywhere within a church
Which Gilbert & Sullivan operetta has the alternate title "The Lass Who Loved A Sailor"? HMS Pinafore
Who composed the ballet 'Cinderella', first performed in 1948? Prokofiev
Marlborough wines originate in which country? New Zealand
Which Roy Orbison UK No. 1 begins with the line "Golden days until they end..."? It's Over
Which Everly Brothers UK No. 1 begins with the line "Don't want your love anymore..."? Cathy's Clown
Who wrote the 1930s best-seller (more than 30m copies sold worldwide) "Think And Grow Rich"? Napoleon Hill
In what type of argument does the truth of the premises guarantee the truth of the conclusion? Deductive or valid
What is the currency of Lithuania? Lita
What is the state capital of Alaska? Juneau
Which river flows through Colchester? Colne
Which river flows through Rochester? Medway
Who had a 1974 hit, with Odia Coates, entitled "You're Having My Baby"? Paul Anka
Captain Sensible fronted which band? The Damned
Cassis is a syrup made from which fruit? Blackcurrant
What does a 'Black Russian' cocktail contain? Vodka, Kahlua
What was founded in London in 1688 as a coffee shop, shortly after specialising in marine insurance, and still existing today as a unique insurance market? Lloyd's of London
Which Enlightenment-era English author wrote "A Sentimental Journey"? Sterne
Who wrote "The Persian Letters", a hugely popular 18th Century work? Montesquieu
What name, meaning 'blank slate' in Latin, is used for an epistemological theory that individuals are born without built-in mental content and that all of their knowledge comes from experience and perception? Tabula Rasa
The New Testament was first written almost entirely in which language? Greek
What name is given, in Judaism, to the writings or hagiographies of the Hebrew Bible? Ketuvim
What name was given to a one-tenth part of something, paid as a contribution to a religious organization or compulsory tax to Government? Tithe
What is the vice of venality? Being open to bribery
What name is given to a large, bright, gaseous feature extending outward from the Sun's surface, often in a loop shape; they contain plasma that is much cooler (relatively!) than that of the corona? Prominence
Into what larger structure are a collection of galaxies grouped? Cluster
What name is given to the boundary of the observable universe? Particle horizon or cosmic light horizon
Which Swiss artist (1767-1849) moved to England in 1800 where he achieved considerable success painting exotic animals (eg 'The Nubian Giraffe'), sporting scenes & gentlemen on horseback? Agasse
What nickname did the French King Louis-Philippe, overthrown in 1848, go by? Citizen King
Why was Russian Tsar Alexander II called the 'liberator'? Emancipating serfs
Alessandro Algardi (1595-1654) was a famous name in which field? Sculpture
Which German-born, US-based artist (1888-1976) painted 'Homage To The Square'? Josef Albers
Who won the 1929 Nobel Prize for Literature? Thomas Mann
Which bog of quicksand features in 'The Hound of The Baskervilles'? Grimpen Mire
In art, how is Master Jonathan Buttall better known? The Blue Boy
Trevor Kavanagh and George Pascoe-Watson have both held which position at The Sun newspaper? Political Editor
What was Glenn Miller's real first name? Alton
What was Roy Orbison's first UK number 1 single? Only the Lonely
In the Bible, who was David's father? Jesse
What was the musical based on Take That called? Never Forget
Which brewery makes 'Spitfire' ale? Shepherd Neame
Who had a 1974 hit with 'Never Can Say Goodbye'? Gloria Gaynor
Who was Hector's wife, and mother of Astyanax in myth? Andromache
Whose autobiography was "My Life, My Way"? Cliff Richard
In which ballet does the lilac fairy appear? Sleeping Beauty (Tchaikovsky)
In which century was Beijing's 'Temple of Heaven' constructed? 15th
Which short-lived Chinese dynasty immediately preceded the T'ang? Sui Dynasty (581-618AD)
What is South India's Eastern coast called? Coromandel coast
What is South India's Western coast called? Malabar coast
In which year was the East India Company founded? 1600 (on 31st Dec)
What does 'Bhagavad Gita' mean? Song of the Lord/Holy Being
Kandahar was named after who? Alexander The Great
Which city was the capital of the Mauryan and Gupta Empires, and was called Pataliputra? Patna
Which is the capital of, and largest city in, the Indian state of Karnataka? Bangalore
Mysore is in which Indian state? Karnataka
Great Basin National Park is in which US state? Nevada
Which mistress of Louis XV gave her name to a man's hairstyle? Pompadour
Who is the only member of the Nazi Party buried on Mt Zion in Jerusalem? Schindler
In which city did Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus surrender in January 1943? Stalingrad
Through which king were Mary Tudor and Mary Queen of Scots related? Henry VII
What does the Bortle scale measure? Brightness of the night sky
Mizar-Alcol is an apparent double star (actually a sextuple system) in which constellation? Ursa Minor
Which American naturalist and nature essayist (1837-1921) wrote the essay collection Wake-robin? John Burroughs
Both dawn starts and dusk ends when the Sun is how many degrees below the horizon? Eighteen
What time of day is divided into 'civil', 'nautical' and 'astronomical'? Twilight
Who created 'Popeye'? Elzie Crisler Segar
In which comic, the world's most expensive, did Superman first appear? Action Comics #1
Sarah Gamp, a character in 'Martin Chuzzlewit' has given her name to what item in real-life? Umbrella (a 'gamp')
Whose autobiography was entitled "Where's The Rest Of Me"? Ronald Reagan
With whom did Henry VIII's fifth wife, Catherine Howard, supposedly have an affair? Culpeper
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