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In which country is the source of the Danube? Germany
What is the proper name of Junction 6 of the M6, popularly "Spaghetti Junction"? Gravelly Hill Interchange
Which was Oxford University's last all-female college? St Hilda's
The Corps of Queen's Messengers, couriers employed by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, were given what nickname, from the days of Charles II? Silver greyhounds
Frequented by Beau Nash, which spa town was founded in 1606, and lies in Kent? Tunbridge Wells
Which feature on the Isle of Man is also called "Lady Isabella"? Laxey Wheel
Which is the largest dam on the Zambezi River? Cahora Bassa
Cuba and Jamaica are part of which Caribbean Island group? Greater Antilles
In which country would you find Kourou, the European Space Agency's launch site? French Guiana (accept France)
Which inlet of the Irish Sea defined by the Llŷn peninsula and Anglesey? Carnavon Bay
Who played Michaela Odone in "Lorenzo's Oil"? Susan Sarandon
What is the capital of Kyrgyzstan? Bishkek
Zomba is a former capital of which African nation? Malawi
Which nation's flag was first adopted by the XIVth Parliament of the Cispadane Republic? Napoleon
What are Mexican 'clavadistas'? Cliff-divers
Fox Studios Baja was built for which major blockbuster film? Titanic
What is the capital of Mali? Bamako
The Valley of Guadalupe in Baja California is famous for which product? Wine
Located in a county located north of San Pablo Bay, which Californian valley contains 400 vinyards? Napa Valley
Which Caribbean nation has its capital at St George's? Grenada
Meaning 'teaching' or 'repetition' which code is the foundational document of Rabbinic Judaism, and was created under the direction of Judah ha-Nasi? Mishna
What is the home ground of Plymouth Argyle FC? Home Park
The Judaic Talmud consists of the Mishna and which commentary on it? Gemara
The ancient Babylonian cities of Sura and Pumbedita, both instrumental in the creation of the Babylonian Talmud, lay on which river? Euphrates
Located in its namesake oasis, which city 100km SW of Cairo was known to the Greeks as Crocodilopolis or Krocodilopolis, and to the Romans Arsinoë? Faiyum
What name is given to a storage area in a Jewish synagogue or cemetery designated for the temporary storage of worn-out Hebrew-language books and papers on religious topics prior to proper cemetery burial? Genizah
More than a hundred Imperial Diets were held in this city on the Rhine, which modern-day city of about 85,000 inhabitants was the capital of the Kingdom of the Burgundians in the early 5th century? Worms
Which French town, the capital of the department of Aube in north-central France, has been in existence since the Roman era, as Augustobona Tricassium, and is known for both champagne and many half-timbered houses? Troyes
One of four classical methods of Jewish biblical exegesis used by rabbis, which term usually refers to the direct, literal meaning of a text? Peshat
Which acronym refers to the four methods of Biblican exegesis used by Rabbis? PaRDeS
In which town in the UK, did Napoleon III live and die in exile? Chislehurst, Kent
Which two nations fought a war between 19 July 1870 and 10 May 1871? France and Prussia
What is 'Rosh Hodesh' in Judaism, now a women's spiritual festival? New Moon
Who was the wife of Napoleon III? Empress Eugenie
Which three word nickname was given to Benjamin Disraeli? Grand Old Man
Which weekly country-music stage concert in Nashville, Tennessee, was founded on November 28, 1925, by George D. Hay? Grand Ole Opry
At which battle was "Stonewall" Jackson accidentally killed by friendly fire? Chancellorsville
Which famous Nazi-hunter was instrumental in tracking down Adolf Eichmann, and gave his name to an eponymous centre? Simon Wiesenthal
What was Herbert Hoover's original profession, in which capacity he worked in Australia? (Mining) Engineer
How old was Rose Kennedy, the mother of JFK, when she died? 104
The Jewish pilgrim festival of Shavuot celebrates which event? God giving Moses the 10 commandments at Sinai
The Jewish pilgrim festival of Passover celebrates what? Exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt
How is the Jewish 'Tabernacles' festival known in Hebrew? Succot
Which Aramaic declaration is recited in the synagogue before the beginning of the evening service on every Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement? Kol Nidre/Kol Nidrei
What is the official currency of both Uganda and Somalia? Shilling
Which city was the capital of Moldavia between the 16th Century and 1861 and the capital of Romania from 1916 to 1918? Iasi
Which ancient Egyptian god was the son of Osiris and Isis? Horus
Which early 20th Century British diplomat and MP is best remembered for his passionate support for Albanian independence and was subsequently offered the throne of Albania, which he declined? Audrey Herbert
Which American alternative rock band formed in Escatawpa, Mississippi in 1994 signed to Universal Records after their chart success with the song 'Kryptonite'? 3 Doors Down
Bando and Krabi-Krabong are martial arts originating in which country? Burma/Myanmar
Who was the ancient Greek explorer, who lived in modern-day Marseille in France, who travelled around much of Northern Europe and was the first person to mention the name Britannia? Pytheas
Which legendary monster is said to guard the Swiss city of Basel? Basilisk
Who became the first President of the independent Republic of the Philippines in 1946? Manuel Roxas
In 1583, which botanist and philosopher wrote 'De Plantis Libri XVI' which is considered to be the first textbook of botany? Andreas Caesalpinus
By what name was the English football League Cup known between 1981 and 1986? Rumbelows Cup
Resisting Charles I's demand to impose an Anglican liturgy, the Scottish National Covenant was adopted and signed by a large gathering in the kirkyard of Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh, in which year? 1638
The only ever layman to serve as Moderator of the Church of Scotland's General Assembly, which important Reformation figure wrote 1579's "The Law of Government Among The Scots"? George Buchanan
In which year was Charles I executed? 1649
Which French Roman Catholic archbishop, theologian, poet and writer is remembered mostly as the author of The Adventures of Telemachus, first published in 1699? Francois Fenelon
In which hierarchical form of church governance ("ecclesiastical polity") are the chief local authorities called bishops? Episcopal
Which author said "I'm not denying that women are foolish. God Almighty made them to match the men"? George Eliot
In which comic did the character Billy Bunter first appear? The Magnet
In Terry Pratchett's Discworld, what is the name of Death's horse? Binky
Who was Billy Bunter's form master? Mr Quelch
In Terry Pratchett's Discworld, what is the name of Death's mortal granddaughter? Susan
Which line precedes "for the black bat, night, has flown", in a famous poem? Come Into the Garden, Maud (Tennyson)
Which line precedes "and I will pledge with mine" in a famous poem? Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes (Ben Jonson)
The flamenco was created in which country? Spain
In the nursery rhyme, who killed Cock Robin? Sparrow
Known for their distinctive and highly formal appearance and manner and also for their brightly coloured graphic-style photo-based artworks, who won the 1986 Turner Prize? Gilbert and George
Which 'period' immediately followed Picasso's 'Blue Period'? Rose Period
John Alexander, who painted 2006's "The Parade", is an artist from which country? USA
Characters which populate his imaginary worlds include the Mounds, half-animal, half-plant creatures, which are preyed upon by evil beings called vegans. An alter ego and recurring character is the unheroic super hero Torpedo Boy - which US artist? Trenton Doyle Hancock
The French physician most famous for treating the painter Vincent van Gogh during his last weeks in Auvers-sur-Oise, which doctor was painted at least twice by Van Gogh? Paul Gachet
Which rural retreat for women writers on Whidbey Island, Washington, was founded in 1988? Hedgebrook
In which modern day country is the ancient city of Erlitou? China
The ancient settlements of Sechin Alto and El Paraiso are in which modern-day country? Peru
Reigning c. 1809 BCE — c. 1776 BCE which Amorite conquered lands across much of Syria, Anatolia, and Upper Mesopotamia for the Old Assyrian Empire? Shamshi-Adad I
In which century did Hammurabi of Babylon, famed for his code of laws, reign? 18th BCE (1792-1750BCE)
What was the capital of the Shang Dynasty from 1300-1027BCE, replacing Xi'an - it is currently a city of over 5 million in Henan province? Anyang
How many stars appear on the flag of Grenada? Seven
Who was speaker of the House of Commons from 1976 to 1983, a time which included the first audio broadcasts of parliamentary proceedings? George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy
In which year were proceedings from the House of Commons first televised? 1989
The War of the Three Henrys, the eighth and final conflict in the series of civil wars in France known as the Wars of Religion, occurred in which century? 16th (1587-89)
What was the historical name of the Turkish city of Şanlıurfa? Edessa
Which US baseball player was nicknamed "The Commerce Comet" and "The Mick"? Mickey Mantle
General Wolfe is said to have recited which poem before the Battle of the Plains of Abraham? Gray's Elegy
What is the most populous city in the state of Ohio? Cleveland
Which medal is awarded by the Royal Society every alternating year for "an outstandingly important recent discovery in the field of thermal or optical properties of matter made by a scientist working in Europe"? Rumford Medal
Which US state borders Arizona to the north? Utah
Which river flows through both Gloucester and Worcester? Severn
Which two rivers flow through Southampton? Itchen and Test
What is the state capital of Florida? Tallahassee
What is the state capital of Colorado? Denver
What is the state capital of Alabama? Montgomery
Which Bishop of Alexandria (296-373) identified the 27 books of the New Testament now used in modern Bibles, and promoted the belief that Christ was divine but had a human soul? Athanasius
In Judaism, what name is given to the body of supplemental teachings to the Torah, put into its final form in the 3rd century AD? Mishnah
What does Torah literally mean? "Teaching"
What name is given to a Jewish ritual pointer, popularly known as a Torah pointer, used by the reader to follow the text during the Torah reading from the parchment Torah scrolls? Yad
The Protestant Old Testament consists of how many books? 39
Which collection of works, discovered between 1946 and 1956, includes the earliest known surviving manuscripts of works later included in the Hebrew Bible canon? Dead Sea Scrolls
The Old Testament was mainly first written in which language? Hebrew
In Judaism, the Torah is analogous with which term in Christianity? Pentateuch
Which place serves as NASA's space shuttle centre of operations?7 Kennedy Space Center
What is the sixth letter of the Greek alphabet? Zeta
What name was given to the inner chamber of a temple in classical architecture? Cella
Who sculpted the Athena Parthenos statue that was once housed in the Parthenon? Phidias
Formerly commonly called Cheops, how is the builder of the largest of the Pyramids at Giza now more often (and correctly) called? Khufu
Which architect drew up plans for the Parthenon? Iktinos
Later a ruler in her own right, Hatshephut was the chief wife of which Egyptian pharaoh? Thutmosis II
Pierre Bezukhov appears in which novel? War and Peace
Who wrote "10 Days That Shook The World" about the Russian Revolution? John Reed
How was Mrs Montague Barstow better known in the literary world? Baroness Orczy
What was enacted in France in 1804 - it forbade privileges based on birth, allowed freedom of religion, and specified that government jobs should go to the most qualified? Napoleonic Code
Who wrote the book 'Citizens' about the French Revolution? Simon Schama
Madame Defarge is a character in which novel? A Tale Of Two Cities
What did the 'HH' stand for in the name of former UK Prime Minster HH Asquith? Herbert Henry
How many husbands, in total, did Catherine Parr have in her life? Four
Who was the mother of King Edward VI? Jane Seymour
Who was Henry VIII's sixth and final wife? Catherine Parr
According to legend, what alerted the Romans in 390BC that the Capitol was under attack? The Honking of geese
Who won both the 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon Ladies' Singles? Petra Kvitová
How is the city of 'New Carthage' now known? Cartagena (Spain)
What nickname was given to Ptolemy I of Egypt? Ptolemy Soter (Saviour)
The Amu river, classically called the Oxus, drains into which body of water? Aral sea
What is given on the 40th wedding anniversary? Ruby
What is given on the 30th wedding anniversary? Pearl
What is given on the 20th wedding anniversary? China
At the Battle of Abrittus in 251AD the Roman Emperor Decius and his son Herennius Etruscus were both killed fighting which enemy? Goths
Dobruja is a historical region now belonging to which two countries? Bulgaria and Romania
Which RAF rank is directly superior to Flight-Lieutenant? Squadron Leader
What is the literal translation of 'cephalopod'? Head-foot
The motto of which UK regiment is"Utrinque Paratus" - "Ready for Anything "? Parachute Regiment
Which military unit are nicknamed sappers? Royal Engineers
Which land animal has the longest known gestation period? African elephant
Which animals, genus dasyrus, are also called marsupial cats? Quolls
What is the name of the Parachute Regiment's parachute display team? Red Devils
What is the largest known living invertebrate? Colossal squid
What is the literal translation of 'amphibian'? Both kinds of life/both life
The 'evidence' of which specific animal is admissible under US law? Bloodhound
What is the largest living toothed animal? Sperm whale
Which military unit is typically composed of two or more squads/sections/patrols, and shares its name with a 1986 film? Platoon
What name is given to a major tactical military formation that is typically composed of three to six battalions plus supporting elements? Brigade
How many legs does a shrimp possess? Ten
What are animals that sleep at night called? Diurnal
Which animals (family Trichechidae, genus Trichechus) supposedly resemble mermaids? Manatee
In which other country can Giant Tortoises be found, away from the Galapagos? Seychelles
Which superfamily do both seals and walruses belong to? Pinnipeds
What type of animal is an axolotl? Salamander
Usually composed of several regiments or brigades, which large military unit or formation, normally consists of between 10,000 and 20,000 soldiers? Division
What is the currency of Yemen? Rial
What is the name, from the Spanish for 'to stop', for a kind of luxury hotel, usually located in a converted historic building such as a monastery or castle? Parador
Which NW town hosts the largest independent flower show in the United Kingdom - it has been running since 1924? Southport
Which UK academy has the motto 'serve to lead'? Sandhurst
In which English county is the Elizabethan country house Hardwick Hall? Derbyshire
Deriving from the word for a colour which 20th-century Italian thriller or horror genre of literature and film, usually features mystery elements, often with slasher, crime fiction or, less frequently, supernatural horror elements? Giallo
What was the name of the 16th century Venetian coin that was once the price of a newspaper, and is now a term familiar to the newspaper industry? Gazette
In 1932, Australia conducted a wildlife extermination programme against which animal - it is frequently termed a 'war'? Emus (great Emu War)
Which Egyptian-Greek texts from the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD are mostly presented as dialogues in which a teacher, generally identified as Hermes Trismegistus, instructs a disciple? Corpus Hermetica
Which pole vaulter broke the world record with a height of 6.16 m (20 ft 2 1⁄2 in) set indoors on 15 February 2014? Renaud Lavillenie
The real historical figure of Gilgamesh was a ruler of which ancient Mesopotamian city? Uruk
Which god in Sumerian mythology, later Ea in Babylonian myth, was the deity of crafts, mischief, water, seawater, lakewater, intelligence and creation? Enki
The earliest attested Sky Father deity, who, in Sumerian religion, was also "King of the Gods", "Lord of the Constellations, Spirits and Demons", and "Supreme Ruler of the Kingdom of Heaven"? Anu
Counterpart of the Sumerian Inanna, who was the Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility, love, war, sex, and power? Ishtar
A central figure in the Ancient Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, who was formed from clay and saliva by Aruru, the goddess of creation, to rid Gilgamesh of his arrogance - he later became Gilgamesh's close companion? Enkidu
The ancient Hebrew and Mesopotamian concept of 'sheol' later morphed into which more familiar one? Hell
Built during the Early Bronze Age (21st century BCE), and excavated by Leonard Woolley, where is the best-preserved ziggurat of those known from Iran and Iraq? Ur
Both Nineveh and Nimrud stood on, or near, which river? Tigris
The ancient city of Mari lies in which modern day country? Syria
Which ancient Semitic-speaking people from Syria occupied large parts of southern Mesopotamia from the 21st century BC to the end of the 17th century and were responsible for making Babylon a major city? Amorites
The ancient historian Herodotus used the word for which modern country to mean the whole of Africa? Libya
In 730BC which African state conquered Egypt? Kush
The kings of the 25th Egyptian Dynasty are collectively named after a modern country - which one? Ethiopia ('Ethiopian dynasty')
Which ancient city on the east bank of the Nile, near Shendi in Sudan, was once the Kushite capital? Meroë
What was the first crop known to have been cultivated in the Americas, around 2700BCE in Mexico? Maize
Often called yuca in Spanish, what is the third-largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics, after rice and maize? Cassava (manioc)
Famed for their 'colossal head' statues, who were the first major civilization in Guatemala and Mexico? Olmecs
Called ōllamaliztli in Nahuatl and pitz in Classical Maya, ulama is the modern version of what? Mesoamerican ballgame
Which extinct, prehistoric civilization, named for the principal archaeological site at which its artifacts have been found, developed in the northern Andean highlands of Peru from 900 BC to 200 BC? Chavin culture
The Villanovan culture was the earliest Iron Age culture of the central and northern part of which modern-day country? Italy
Which neo-Assyrian king (668 BC – c. 627 BC), is famed for amassing a significant collection of cuneiform documents for his royal palace at Nineveh, now housed at the British Museum? Ashurbanipal
Famed from a Delacroix painting, who was, according to the Greek writer Ctesias of Cnidus, the last king of Assyria, who spends his life in self-indulgence and dies in an orgy of destruction? Sardanapalus
Known to the ancient Egyptians as Waset, which Egyptian city was a cult centre and the wealthiest city of ancient Egypt in its heyday? Thebes
Egypt was invaded and defeated by which peoples in 525BC? Persians
Which country's name, in its oldest form, derives from words meaning 'land of the Aryans'? Iran
Give a year in the reign of Darius I of Persia. 522-486BCE
With 44% of the then-world population, which empire controlled the largest fraction of the world's population of any empire in history? Achaemenid Empire (under Darius I)
Persian king Darius's expedition to punish Athens and Eretria for their aid in the Ionian Revolt, and subjugate Greece, ended in failure at which battle? Marathon
In which city was Darius I of Persia buried - now a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Persepolis
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, what was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire under Cyrus the Great who had issued its construction (559–530 BC); it is also the location of his tomb? Pasargadae
What is the most basic alkane? Methane
The Plough and the Stars (1926) and The Silver Tassie (1927) were plays by which Irishman? Seán O'Casey
First performed in Jan 1907, which play caused riots in Dublin during its opening run at the Abbey Theatre? The Playboy of the Western World (1907)
Who played Roy Trenneman in the Channel 4 comedy The IT Crowd, and starred in Bridesmaids (2011), This Is 40 (2012), The Sapphires (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Calvary (2014), and St. Vincent (2014)? Chris O'Dowd
Which Papal Count and Irish tenor, celebrated for his performances of the operatic and popular song repertoires lived 1884-1945? Count John McCormack
The Gaelic football and hurling All-Ireland finals always take place in which month? September
The Irish Derby Stakes, the Irish Oaks, the Irish 1,000 Guineas, the Irish 2,000 Guineas and the St. Leger are all run at which Irish racecourse? The Curragh
Trinity College, Dublin, was founded by which monarch? Elizabeth I
Who wrote the pastoral poem The Deserted Village (1770), plays The Good-Natur'd Man (1768) and She Stoops to Conquer (1771) and is thought to have written the classic children's tale The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes (1765)? Oliver Goldsmith
Leinster House and Trinity College's Printing House were designed by which architect? Richard Cassels
Which jockey died in 2016 after falling from a window? Walter Swinburn
Where in Dublin is the President's building? Phoenix Park
Whose 1534-5 rebellion in Ireland ultimately caused Henry to pay more attention to Irish matters, and was a factor in the creation of the Kingdom of Ireland in 1542? Thomas FitzGerald, 10th Earl of Kildare
Who wrote the novel "Hadrian the Seventh"? Frederick Rolfe
Andrew Aguecheek appears in which Shakespeare play? Twelfth Night
In which work does Captain Absolute appear? The Rivals
Who wrote the novel "Arrowsmith"? Sinclair Lewis
In 'Around The World In 80 Days' who is Phileas Fogg's valet? Passpertout
At which club did Phileas Fogg start his 80-day circumnavigation of Earth in Jules Verne's novel? Reform Club
Who wrote "Armies Of The Night"? Norman Mailer
In which Dublin square is the statue of Oscar Wilde to be found, it is often nicknamed 'the fag on the crag'? Merrion Square
Which 19th-century French Realist painter, whose paintings are heavily influenced by the French countryside, painted both "The Gleaners" and "Breton Peasant Woman Holding a Taper"? Jules Breton
Which (17 October 1860 – 18 March 1940) Irish painter was part of the Pont-Aven movement, and painted "Reclining Nude" and "Landscape, Cassis"? Roderic O'Conor
A whole room in the Irish National Gallery is dedicated to which painter who painted "The Liffey Swim", "Men of Destiny" and "Above The Fair"? Jack B Yeats
Who painted "A Lady Writing A Letter", stolen by Dublin gangster Martin Cahill from the Irish National Gallery in 1992, a story depicted in the film "The General"? Vermeer
Which maximum security prison is located in the village of Ossining, in the U.S. state of New York? Sing Sing
What is the Oireachtas in Ireland? Parliament
Which Irish politician and writer, founded and later led the political party Sinn Féin, served as President of Dáil Éireann from January to August 1922, and was chairman of the Irish delegation at the negotiations that produced the Anglo-Irish Treaty? Arthur Griffith
Part of early nationalist Sinn Féin, before going on to become a prominent member of Cumann na nGaedheal, which Irish nationalist politician established the Garda Síochána police force? Kevin O'Higgins
In which city was Arthur Wellesey, Duke of Wellington, born? Dublin
Who was the first player to score six international footballing hat-tricks? Jimmy Greaves
How many league goals did Dixie Dean score in 39 games in 1927-8? Sixty
Which player scored 10 goals for Luton Town against Bristol Rovers on 13 April 1936? Joe Payne
In which 1896 'incident' were there Anglo-French disputes over the Nile? Fashoda
In which year did the 'Field of the Cloth of Gold' take place? 1520
Which French monarch did Henry VIII meet at the 'Field of the Cloth of Gold'? Francis I
Which political party's name means Soldiers of Destiny, although a more literal rendition would be Warriors of Fál? Fianna Fáil
The headquarters of which organisation were first located at Sidi-Ben-Abbas in Algeria? French Foreign Legion
The Fourteen Points were a statement of principles for peace that was to be used for peace negotiations in order to end which war? First World War
The Fourteen Points were a peace plan put forward by which world leader? Woodrow Wilson
After the 'Great Schism' in which city was the 'rival' to the legitimate Pope based? Avignon
What name was given to the eastward and north-eastward emigration away from British control in the Cape Colony during the 1830s and 1840s by Boers? Great Trek
Which European dynasty has included many German and British monarchs (the House of Hanover was a cadet branch) from the 11th to 20th century and Emperor Ivan VI of Russia in the 18th century? House of Welf
Which three countries the 'Holy Alliance' at the Congress of Vienna of 1814-5? Austria, Prussia, Russia
The Muldergate scandal, also known as the Information Scandal, occurred in which country? South Africa
The Muldergate scandal, also known as the Information Scandal, resulted in which President resigning? B.J. Vorster
The Hukbalahap were a Communist guerrilla movement formed by peasant farmers in which country? Philippines
Which two events 'bookended' the Hundred Days in France? Napoleon leaving Elba and Napoleon abdicating
The Hussite Wars in the 15th century occurred in which kingdom? Bohemia
The Indian Mutiny of 1857 occurred when Indian troops refused to handle which objects covered in animal fat? Cartridges
The fascist group The Iron Guard existed from 1927 to 1945 in which nation? Romania
The Jacquerie was a popular revolt by peasants that took place in which country in the 14th century? France
What was the name of the wealthy peasant from the village of Mello near Beauvais, who became leader of the peasant Jacquerie which broke out in May 1358? Guillaume Cale
Which word, meaning "new soldiers", was given to the elite infantry units that formed the Ottoman Sultan's household troops and bodyguards? Janissaries
Which countries were involved in the Kalmar Union? Denmark, Norway, Sweden
Give a year in the Kalmar Union. 1397 to 1523
Which Chinese nationalist party did Chiang Kai-Shek lead? Kuomingtang
Which Irish republican and agrarian campaigner (1846-1906) founded the Irish National Land League? Michael Davitt
The Little Entente, an alliance formed in 1920 and 1921, consisted of which three nations? Czechoslovakia, Romania, Yugoslavia
What was the name given to a massive military retreat undertaken in 1934 by the Red Armies of the Communist Party of China? Long March
What is the alternate title of "The Pirates of Penzance"? The Slave of Duty
Give a year in the life of Methodism founder Charles Wesley. 1707-78
Which book of the Bible contains the death of Moses? Deuteronomy
Who had a UK number 1 single with "Billy Don't Be A Hero"? Paper Lace
Which fruit is dried to form a raisin? Grape
What name is given to a small wooden cabinet containing two or three decanters? Its defining feature is that it has a lock and key. Tantalus
Who is the patron saint of comedians? St Vitus
Who made famous a song about the biggest aspidistra in the world, in 1938? Gracie Fields
Whose studio albums include "Trick", "Carry On The Grudge", "Kings and Queens" and "Panic Prevention"? Jamie T
"Just One More Kiss" was the follow-up single to which December 1982 UK number One? Save Your Love (Renée and Renato)
What is the capital of China's Guangxi province? Nanning
Located in Guangxi, China, which rock art of the Luo Yue people was made China's 49th UNESCO WHS in 2016? Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape/Rock Paintings of Hua Mountain
In July 2016, the Revillagigedo Archipelago were inscribed as a World Heritage Site - to which nation do they belong? Mexico
Which mountain was first climbed on 25 May 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band, who were part of a British expedition, although like subsequent expeditions they stopped short of the summit due to local sensitivities? Kangchenjunga
The legendary king Gilgamesh, according to the chronology presented in the Sumerian king list, ruled which city in the 27th century BC? Uruk
Babylon was raised from a small administrative town to an independent state and major city - which people from Syria who also occupied large parts of southern Mesopotamia from the 21st century BC to the end of the 17th century BC? Amorites
Which king founded the Ur III Dynasty around 2100BC - this was the successor to the Akkadian Dynasty of a few decades before? Ur-Namma
Which ancient pre-Iranian cilvilisation was also known as Susiana, which is a name derived from its capital, Susa? Elam
In the Epic of Gilgamesh, who asks the hero Gilgamesh to marry her, but he refuses, citing the fate that has befallen all her many lovers - she sets the Bull of Heaven on him in retaliation? Ishtar
Which Akkadian king was the first in Mesopotamian history to declare himself to be a deity? Naram-Sin
Who released the 2011 song "Moves Like Jagger"? Maroon 5
Which American glass sculptor and entrepreneur's works are considered unique to the field of blown glass, "moving it into the realm of large-scale sculpture", despite being blind in one eye from a car crash where, ironically, glass hit his face? Dale Chihuly
In which year was Chicago's Valentines Day Massacre? 1929
Which reservoir/lake is impounded by the Hoover Dam? Lake Mead
In which US state is the Valley of Fire State Park? Nevada
The Burning Man festival is held in which US state? Nevada
The Burning Man festival is held in which desert? Black Rock Desert
Which US city calls itself "The Biggest Little City in the World"? Reno
The US mountain range, the Sierra Nevada, is mainly in which state? California
Who wrote about Nevada mining life in an 1872 book called "Roughing It"? Mark Twain
Which sultan commanded the Ottoman army at the 1529 siege of Vienna? Suleiman the Magnificent
Which Polish ruler commanded the combined force that lifted the siege of Vienna in 1683? Jan Sobieski
Uranium decays to which element by alpha-radiation? Thorium
The 'Codex Sinaicus', one of the earliest handwritten Bibles, is written in which language? Greek
Henry the Navigator, born in 1394, was the son of which Portuguese monarch? John I
What was the name of the capital of Mozambique, Maputo, until 1976, named after a Portuguese explorer? Lourenço Marques
Magellan was killed in the Philippines after landing there in which flagship in 1521? Magellan
Said to have been introduced in 1909, which ragtime dance's basic step consisted of 4 hopping steps sideways with the feet well apart, first on one leg, then the other with a characteristic rise on the ball of the foot, followed by a drop upon the heel? Turkey trot
What type of building gives its name to an optical illusion in which a rotating object appears to spin in the opposite direction when viewed at an angle in silhouette from long distance? Windmill effect
What surname is that of an English father and son, the latter a noted mathematician, and is given to diagrams popularised by them in which a triangle and a staircase represent physically impossible objects? Penrose (Lionel and Roger)
The Islamic mathematician al-Kwarizmi wrote an influential treatise on numeration that gave us which word for a recursive, terminating mathematical procedure? Algorithm
Al-Kwarizmi's "Compendious Book on Calculation by Completion" gave rise to the name of which branch of modern mathematicians? Algebra
Haber's method for producing ammonia is named after which industrial chemist, who converted it into a large-scale, high pressure process? Carl Bosch
The Haber process for making ammonia initially used as a catalyst either uranium or which rare, dense platinum metal? Osmium
Which digraph is most commonly used in English to represent voiced and voiceless inter-dental fricatives? th
The hill known as the Vaalersberg is on the border of which three countries? Germany, Belgium, Netherlands
Which major city lies immediately to the south of the tri-junction of Germany, France and Switzerland? Basle
Nicholas Lanier was the first man to hold which position? Master of the King's Musick
Which town in Essex which town in Essex was the site of an invasion by Danish forces in the year 991? Maldon
Which port in west Wales the site of an abortive French invasion in 1797? Fishguard
In music, what term is synonymous with ritardando, meaning to hold back or slow down gradually? Rallentando
What name is given to the pedal on an organ that gradually brings into action all the stops? Crescendo pedal
In the Tamworth manifesto of 1834, what did Sir Robert Peel describe as 'a final and irrevocable settlement, which no friend to peace would want to disturb'? The Great Reform Act of 1832
Who wrote, in 1844, "The Tamworth manifesto was an attempt to form a party without principles", and later succeeded in splitting the Liberal Party to pass the Reform Act of 1867? Disraeli
Which 18th-century Scottish philosopher is often credited with raising the problem of induction in its modern form? David Hume
Meissner's corpuscles are nerve endings situated near which organ of the body? The skin/epidermis
Which British scientist produced a corpuscular theory of light in 1704? Isaac Newton
As in the place name 'Kilmanrnock', what does 'Kil' signify? Place of a church
The old English word 'burna' survives in place names such as Eastbourne and Sherbourne - what does it signify? Stream or spring
Which actress was once Elizabeth Taylor's stepdaughter and was married to a successful singer-songwriter from 1983 to 1984? Carrie Fisher
Tippie Hedren is which actress's mother? Melanie Griffith
Which actor was the American Power Boat Association's 1988 World Champion of the Offshore World Cup? Don Johnson
Who played the lead role of Anastasia Steele in the romantic drama Fifty Shades of Grey? Dakota Johnson
In Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf' which instrument represents a bird? Flute
In Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf' which instrument represents a duck? Oboe
In Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf' which instrument represents the cat? Clarinet
In Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf' which instrument represents the wolf? Three horns
In which year was Tutankhamun's tonb discovered by Howard Carter? 1922
Who was the father of the pharaoh Ramses II, with whom he briefly co-ruled? Seti I
In the parliamentary passage of a bill, what follows the report stage? Third Reading
What was the home ground of Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. between 1902 and 1997? Goldstone Ground
Opened in 2003, which European football team play at the Estádio da Luz? Benfica
Arthur Kinnaird, 11th Lord Kinnaird, was a leading figure in the early years of which sport? (Association) football
For which Brazilian football team did Pelé play 638 games? Santos
Which US team did Pelé play for from 1975 to 1977? New York Cosmos
Which Major League Soccer team are known by the prefix 'Sporting'? Sporting Kansas City
Which Mexican goalkeeper played in five consecutive football World Cups? Antonio Carbajal
Which captain of the Argentinian football team was infamously sent off playing against England in the 1966 World Cup? Antonio Rattin
Which man scored 13 goals at one football World Cup, still a record? Just Fontaine
What is the diameter of the circle used by discus throwers, in metres? 2.5m
Which cricketer, in 2015, became the second player since Ian Botham to be involved in 5 Ashes series wins - he has also scored a test century against all current test playing nations? Ian Bell
In 1858 was a match played under experimental rules between Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College is considered one of the first games of which sport? Australian Rules Football
In which novel does the title character murder the painter Basil Hallward? The Picture of Dorian Gray
Which Shakespeare play was allegedly written at the behest of Queen Elizabeth I, who wanted to see a character from the history plays 'in love'? The Merry Wives of Windsor
Her images of Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits (1961) were perhaps her most memorable - which photographer died aged 99 in 2012? Eve Arnold
Which composer wrote the 1929 opera 'Sir John in Love'? Vaughan Williams
What is the currency of Kuwait? Dinar
What is the currency of Azerbaijan? Manat
Which fictional character won Academy Awards for both actors who played him on film - Best Actor in 1973 and Best Supporting Actor in 1975? Vito Don Corleone (Marlon Brando and Robert de Niro)
Which method of valuing a company's stock price based on the theory that its stock is worth the sum of all of its future dividend payments, discounted back to their present value is named after a University of Toronto economist? Gordon Growth Model
In which group of volcanic islands in French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the southern Pacific Ocean, are both Gauguin and Jacques Brel buried? Marquesas
Containing mosaics by Klimt, which mansion located in the Sint-Pieters-Woluwe / Woluwe-Saint-Pierre area of Brussels was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009? Palais Stoclet
The Atomium in Brussels is designed to represent a crystal lattice of which metal? Iron
How many metal balls are there on the Atomium in Brussels? Nine
Built between 1782–1784 by Charles de Wailly, what is the official home of the Belgian Royal Family? Royal Castle of Laeken
Which Belgian painter and sculptor (1831-1905) was renowned for his social realist works, including ones of miners, sowers and dockworkers? Constantin Meunier
Which dancer's performance in the revue Un Vent de Folie in 1927 caused a sensation in Paris; her costume, consisting of only a girdle of bananas, became her most iconic image and a symbol of the jazz age and the 1920s? Josephine Baker
Which Belgian symbolist painter (1858-1921) was a major influence on Klimt and contributed murals to the Palais Stoclet? Fernand Khnopff
The Cauchie house, built in 1905 by Art Nouveau architect, painter and designer Paul Cauchie, is in which city? Brussels
The Berlaymont building in Brussels houses the HQ of which specific organisation? European Commission
Who was the tyrant of Samos from c. 538 BC to 522 BC, supposedly so despised by Pythagoras that he left to found a colony in Croton? Polycrates
The original meaning of the word 'planet' derives from the Greek πλανῆται meaning what? Wanderer
The philosophers Democritus and Protagoras both hailed from which major Greek polis on the coast of Thrace? Abdera
Hippocrates, the ancient doctor, was born on which Greek island? Kos
The change produced in the face by impending death or long illness is sometimes named after which ancient Greek? Hippocrates (Hippocratic face)
Not on proctology as one might expect, the Greek Soranus of Ephesus instead wrote a four-volume work on which medical specialty? Gynaecology
The ancient Greek doctor Galen lived in which century? 2nd century (129-200CE)
Which ancient philosopher said "man is the measure of all things"? Protagoras
Which Greek playwright and tragedian is credited with adding a second actor to works for the stage? Aeschylus
What is the identical number of plays of both Aeschylus and Sophocles that have survived to the present day? Seven
Which major Islamic theologian, who led Sufi into the mainstream wrote "Deliverance from Error" and "The Revival of Religious Sciences"? Al-Ghazali
Which geologic eon began with the formation of the Earth about 4.6 billion years ago and ended, as defined by the ICS, 4 billion years ago? Hadean
During which geologic eon, 4,000 to 2,500 million years ago (4 to 2.5 billion years), did the Earth's crust cool enough to allow the formation of continents? Archean
Which geological eon represents the time just before the proliferation of complex life on Earth - it extended from 2500 Ma to 541 Ma (million years ago), and is the most recent part of the Precambrian Supereon? Proterozoic
Which geologic period was the first geological period of the Paleozoic Era, lasting 55.6 million years from the end of the preceding Ediacaran Period 541 million years ago (mya) to the beginning of the Ordovician Period 485.4 mya? Cambrian
Which was the last geologic period of the Paleozoic era? Permian
Which geologic period, with a name coined by geologists William Conybeare and William Phillips in 1822, lasted from 359.9million years ago (mya) to 298.9mya? Carboniferous
In which modern day country is Citium, the home town of the founder of Stoicism, Zeno? Cyprus
Which Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens opposed Macedonian expansion, and took his own life on 12th October 322BCE rather than be captured by the Macedons? Demosthenes
'On the Sublime' is a Roman-era Greek work of literary criticism dated to the 1st century AD whose author is unknown, but is conventionally referred to by what name? Longinus
Which astronaut took the 1968 'Earthrise' photo that inspired environmentalists? William Anders
Which three astronauts flew on Apollo 8? Anders, Lovell and Borman
Seneca was charged with adultery with the sister of which Roman Emperor, and exiled to Corsica? Caligula
Which member of Westlife came out as gay in 2005? Mark Feehily
In which city is the Percy Grainger Museum - it was also his birthplace? Melbourne
Which singer was born Virginia Patterson Hensley? Patsy Cline
In aviation, what name is given to a dangerous spiral dive entered into accidentally by a pilot who is not trained or not proficient in instrument flight when flying in instrument meteorological conditions? Graveyard Spiral
Which highly decorated World War II veteran died in a September 1961 plane crash? Audie Murphy
Which US painter married the photographer Alfred Stieglitz in 1924? Georgia O'Keeffe
Balloon Dog is a famous work by which US artist? Jeff Koons
What nationality is sculptor David Mach? Scottish (accept British)
Whose "Hanging Heart (Magenta/Gold)" became the then-most expensive work by a living artist (since superseded) in 2007? Jeff Koons
The town of "Truth or Consequences" is in which US state? New Mexico
What was the original name of Amazon.com? Cadabra.com
Manzanilla and Palo Cortado are varieties of what? Sherry
Under what name was the Man in the Iron Mask buried in 1703? Marchioly
What nationality is audio retailer Bang & Olufsen? Danish
The Baudelaire orphans Violet, Klaus and Sunny feature in which novel series? A Series of Unfortunate Events (Lemony Snicket)
Which mathematician built the first reflecting telescope in 1688? Isaac Newton
Who released the perfume Pink Friday in 2012? Nicki Minaj
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey and British PM 1830-34, had an illegitimate daughter with which duchess? Georgina Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
Which Austrian (1870-1937) founded the school of individual psychology? Alfred Adler
Which colourless flammable gas is the simplest alkene? Ethylene
Who was the first professional athlete to sign with Nike? Ilie Nastase
Who was BBC Sports Personality of the Year in both 1967 and 1970? Henry Cooper
Planned by Peter the Great as the beginning of the road to Novgorod and Moscow, which St Petersburg avenue runs from the Admiralty to the Moscow Railway Station? Nevsky Prospect
Who killed Ranuccio Tomassoni in 1606? Caravaggio
Who said, on hearing Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus", that he is "the master of us all"? Haydn
A deipnosophist excels at what? Dinner table conversation
Who created the soap "The Archers"? Godfrey Baseley
Who is the patron saint of Catalonia, Portugal and Serbia? St George
Which magazine, launched November 1936, had a photo of Fort Peck Dam on its first cover? LIFE
DD Palmer founded which science of 'healing without drugs' in the 1890s? Chiropractice
What was the codename of the Dunkirk evacuation? Operation Dynamo
In which city was Galileo Galilei born in 1564? Pisa
Who played Sherlock Holmes in TV series 'Elementary'? Jonny Lee Miller
Which horse, named after a country, won the 2014 Epsom Derby? Australia
Which "spiritual leader of the nation" died of cancer aged 33 on 26th July 1952? Eva Peron
Who wrote the 2000 memoir "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly"? (US chef) Anthony Bourdain
Mugatu, played by Will Ferrell, is the villain in which film and its sequel? Zoolander
Which company owned what was once Europe's largest factory at Lingotto? FIAT
Which US pop star is seen giving birth on a bearskin rug in a 2006 sculpture by Daniel Edwards? Britney Spears
Which UK fashion designer created 2009's "Horn of Plenty" collection? Alexander McQueen
In 1956 John Hunt retired from the Army to run which award? Duke of Edinburgh Awards
Which Oscar winning actor's mother was Jill Balcon? Daniel Day-Lewis
A famous New York Sun editorial of 1897 said "Yes _____, there is a Santa Claus". Which US state completes the blank? Virginia
Which rapper was born Hakeem Seriki - he had a hit with "Ridin'"? Chamillionaire
While working at a London gallery in 1873 who reputedly fell in love with his landlady's daughter Eugenie Loyer? Vincent Van Gogh
Whose quote is "all poltical lives...end in failure"? Enoch Powell
Which singer wrote the 2013 musical "The Light Princess"? Tori Amos
Which US game designer created the first modern trading card game "Magic: The Gathering"? Richard Garfield
Which retired German tennis star married Barbara Hutton in 1955? Gottfried von Cramm
Who won a record 9th Stanley Cup as coach of the Detroit Red Wings in 2002? Scotty Bowman
Which dog breed is also called the monkey terrier? Affenpinscher
Launched by Hoffmann-La Roche in 1963 what was the pharmaceutical industry's first billion-dollar drug? Diazepam (valium)
In which country are Plitvice Lakes? Croatia
How are the Scottish crown jewels more commonly known? Honours of Scotland
Iffley College, Oxford, changed its name to what in 1966? Wolfson College
The Yamuna (sometimes Jamuna) is the river upon which Asian capital stands? Delhi
In which English county is Sizewell nuclear reactor? Suffolk
Which romantic poet wrote the drama "Hellas"? Shelley
Which avant-garde US theatre director, born in Pittsburgh in 1957,is noted for his unique contemporary stagings of classical and contemporary operas and plays and has a name that sounds like a late comedian? Peter Sellars
Who was the father of Xerxes I of Persia? Darius I
Reigning 465–424 BC who succeeded Xerxes I of Persia? Artaxerxes
Which French film director,a pioneer in the theory and practice of montage, is best known for three major silent films: J'accuse (1919), La Roue (1923), and the monumental Napoléon (1927)? Abel Gance
Who succeeded Lord Luce as Lord Chamberlain in 2006? Earl Peel
In Greek myth, which king of Corinth reared Oedipus after he was abandoned by his parents? Polybus
In Greek myth, who was Oedipus' real father, who he killed without knowing it was he? Laius
The last of the three to be written, which of Sophocles' Theban plays fits chronologically between Oedipus Rex and Antigone? Oedipus at Colonus
Which British actress married Damian Lewis in 2007, played Cherie Blair in 'The Queen', and Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films? Helen McCrory
Ann Whitefield is a character in which GB Shaw play? Man and Superman
Lady Cicely Waynflete appears in which GB Shaw play? Captain Brassbound's Conversion
In the Pelopennesian War, an ill-fated expedition to which island caused the loss of the Athenian fleet? Sicily
Which ancient Greek wrote the play "Ecclesiazousai" or "The Assembly-Women"? Aristophanes
Whose best-known works as composer and lyricist include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Assassins and Passion, & wrote the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy? Stephen Sondheim
Which theatre musical received a record 16 Tony Award nominations in 2016? Hamilton
Which musical won a record 12 Tony Awards in 2001? The Producers
Who is best known for co-creating South Park along with his creative partner Matt Stone, as well as co-writing and co-directing the Tony Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon (2011)? Trey Parker
Gonzalo and Sebastian appear in which Shakespeare play? The Tempest
Which Greek dramatist's - and the best-known representative of Athenian New Comedy - work was lost in the Middle Ages, with the exceptions of fragments and the solitary play "Dyskolos"? Menander
In the family Betula, what is the national tree of both Finland and Russia? Birch
Which four letter word is the handle of a knife, axe or spear? Haft
What name is given to a composite building material used for making walls, in which a woven lattice of wooden strips is daubed with a sticky material usually made of some combination of wet soil, clay, sand, animal dung and straw? Wattle and daub
In Irish myth, which warrior queen and Queen of Connacht was the enemy (and former wife) of Conchobar mac Nessa, king of Ulster, and is best known for starting the Táin Bó Cúailnge ("The Cattle Raid of Cooley") to steal Ulster's prize stud bull? Medb/Maeve
What name is given to a hill in the British Isles with a prominence of at least 150m, irrespective of its overall height? Marilyn
What name is given to Scottish mountains that are 2000–2500 ft? Grahams
Which megalithic complex in County Sligo contains around 85 portal tombs and is Europe's largest megalithic cemetery? Carrowmore
Ireland's Newgrange prehistoric monument overlooks which river? Boyne
Ireland's Newgrange prehistoric monument is in which county? Meath
Monapia is the ancient name of which island? Isle of Man
Which London landmark, completed in 1912, is situated at the end of the Mall, near Trafalgar? Admiralty Arch
What is the name given - the equivalent of Liverpudlian or Macunian - to an inhabitant of Grimsby? Grimbarian
In which country do the Hinter Rhein and Volker Rhein rivers unite? Switzerland
In which English county is Newton Aycliffe? Durham
Fountains Abbey lies 3 miles SW of which city in Yorkshire? Ripon
What is the largest town by population in County Durham? Darlington
Which geographical feature of the UK was at first thought to be natural, until Dr Joyce Lambert discovered it had been formed by the flooding of peat diggings in the Middle Ages? Broads (Norfolk/Suffolk)
Built for Robert II in 1371 which Scottish castle lies between Troon and Kilmarnock? Dundonald Castle
Which UNESCO-listed building in Greenwich, London was built originally as a hospital by Sir Christopher Wren? Old Royal Naval College
What is the highest point on Crete? Mount Ida
Which country's flag features a picture of a mosque? Afghanistan
Who wrote "An Apology for Idlers" in 1887? Robert Louis Stevenson
Which Italy football international, who played in the 1974 World Cup, was shot and killed in 1978 when he disguised himself as a burglar to play a practical joke on a shopkeeper friend? Lucciano Re Cecconi
Where, in a Rupert Brooke poem is it asked if the 'clock stands at ten to three'? Old Vicarage, Grantchester
Which English word derives from Old French for 'cover the fire'? Curfew
Which AA Milne play of 1929 was based on Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows"? Toad of Toad Hall
Which artist's mural "Man at the Crossroads" in the Rockefeller Center was destroyed in 1934, not long after completion, because it contained a portrait of Lenin and was thus deemed anti-capitalist propaganda? Diego Rivera
Who painted the National Gallery's "Madonna of the Pinks"? Raphael
Who or what were "The Good Companions" in the JB Priestley novel? Music hall troupe/music party/accept similar
Which creation of Ngaio Marsh first appeared in 1934 and appeared in 32 works, with her last novel featuring him in 1982? Inspector Roderick Alleyn
It has been described as the "Nobel prize" for the arts and humanities, social sciences, law and theology, which prize is awarded annually by the government of Norway to outstanding scholars for work in those subjects? Holberg Prize
Written for 3 year old Janet Symonds, which work was set "in the land where the Bong-tree grows"? Owl and the Pussycat
The plant "dracunculus vulgaris" or the dragon arum or voodoo lily, characteristically smells like what? Rotting flesh
Welwitschia, plant whose single pair of leaves can live for 2,000 years, grow to immense size but remain in the permanently infantilised state of a seedling is endemic to which desert? Namib
The well known poem Tarantella, beginning "Do you remember an inn, Miranda?" was a work by who? Hillaire Belloc
Which chemical compound is made by the Solvay and Leblanc processes? Sodium Carbonate
Which two-word literary term means the attributing of human emotion and conduct to all aspects within nature? Pathetic fallacy
What species of tree is believed to be Britain's oldest - it is located in Fortingall, Perthshire and may be anywhere from 2000 to 3000 years old? Yew
Which a Song dynasty Chinese Neo-Confucian philosopher (1017-73) is venerated and credited in Taoism as the first philosopher to popularize the concept of the taijitu or "yin-yang symbol"? Zhou Dunyi
From the Greek for 'to show light' what is the phenomenon characterized by the experience of seeing light without light actually entering the eye? Phosphene
Near always, what colour are the flowers of primula vulgaris, the common primrose? Yellow
In which English county is Packington Hall, seat of the Earl of Aylesford? Warwickshire
In which Irish county is the karst landscape of the Burren? Clare
Considered a weed and its appearance to mark the start of spring, which plant is also called the fig buttercup? Lesser celandine (accept celandine)
The aquilegia genus of flowers, also called granny's bonnets, are usually given what name, synonymous with a US tragedy of 1999? Columbine
What is the common name, derived from the animal world, of the flower with a chequered pattern in shades of purple that is also called a chequered daffodil or leper lily? Snake's head fritillary
Haddington Hill is the highest point in which UK range? Chilterns
How many "ladies dancing" are there in the song "The 12 Days of Christmas"? Nine
Derived from Old Saxon, which 4 letter word is used in England to describe a lake that is broad in relation to its depth? Mere
How are the carnivorous plants drosera better known? Sundews
Which NBA star's decision to leave his hometown club of the Cleveland Cavaliers for Miami Heat in 2010 was revealed in a special TV show called "The Decision"? LeBron James
In November 2001 who became the youngest male ever to be ranked no. 1 in the world in singles, aged 20, going on to win the US Open in 2001 and Wimbledon in 2002? Lleyton Hewitt
The first team in Finals history to successfully overcome a 3–1 deficit, which franchise won their first NBA Finals in 2016? Cleveland Cavaliers
Playing seventeen seasons for the New York Yankees, what was the nickname of Lou Gehrig, chosen because of his prowess as a hitter and for his durability? The Iron Horse
In the 1990s, Gary Taylor was the only Brit to win which title, doing so in 1993? World's Strongest Man
Known as 'Dominator' which Pole and mixed martial artist won the World's Strongest Man title five times between 2002 and 2008? Mariusz Pudzianowski
Which American won the World's Strongest Man title in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016? Brian Shaw
Other than tennis, in which other sport did Fred Perry excel, becoming world champion in 1929? Table Tennis
Who captained the England cricket team during the infamous 'Bodyline' series? Douglas Jardine
On which racecourse in the UK is the Stewards' Cup run? Goodwood
In which city was the first racecourse to be floodlit in Britain located, in the Dunstall Hill area? Wolverhampton
What colour are the most expensive properties in Monopoly? Dark Blue
Which online-only open world third-person shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Massive was part-created with Tom Clancy and is set in a near future New York City in the aftermath of a smallpox pandemic? The Division
The fifteenth instalment in which video games series by EA, a first-person shooter that emphasizes teamwork that was released in 2016, was given the unusual (for a sequel) epithet "1"? Battlefield
Nathan Drake is the protagonist of which action-adventure video game series? Uncharted
Players control Marcus Holloway, a hacker who works with the hacking group DedSec to take down San Francisco's advanced surveillance system in which UbiSoft open world action-adventure third person shooter video game? Watch Dogs 2
Which team-based online multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment was released in 2016, and assigns players into two teams of six? Overwatch
Which Blizzard Entertainment video game series, set in the beginning of the 26th century, centrrs on a galactic struggle for dominance between four species in a distant part of the Milky Way galaxy known as the Koprulu Sector? StarCraft
Skyrim, an open world action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks, is the fifth instalment in which series? The Elder Scrolls
Which video game series centres on an interstellar war between humanity and a theocratic alliance of aliens known as the Covenant, and particularly Master Chief John-117, one of a group of supersoldiers codenamed Spartans, and AI companion, Cortana?? Halo
What was the capital of Afghanistan from 1747 to 1776? Kandahar
Bimbo is the second-largest city in which country? Central African Republic
What is the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan, although there are 26.9 million living in Pakistan compared to 13 million in Afghanistan itself? Pashtuns
The world's westernmost 7000m peak, what is the highest point in Afghanistan? Noshaq
What name is given to a closed drainage basin that retains water and allows no outflow to other external bodies of water, such as rivers or oceans, but converges instead into lakes or swamps, permanent or seasonal, that equilibrate through evaporation? Endorheic basin
The Shrine of the Cloak, that contains the Kerqa, a cloak believed to have been worn by the Islamic prophet Muhammad, is in which city? Kandahar
Named after a British diplomat, what name is given to the 2,430-kilometre (1,510 mi) international border between Pakistan and Afghanistan? Durand Line
What is the national air carrier of Afghanistan? Ariana (Afghan)
The third-largest city of Afghanistan, which city was once called 'The Pearl of Khorasan'? Herat
What is the most commonly spoken language in Afghanistan? Dari
In aviation, what does VTOL stand for? Vertical Take Off and Landing
A mare is a female horse, technically over which age? Five years
What aid to parents did Owen Maclaren design and patent in the 1960s? Collapsible baby buggy
British engineer Hubert Cecil Booth and American inventor David T. Kenney both invented what item independently around 1901? Vacuum Cleaner
Pyrethrum is an insecticide derived from which flower? Chrysanthemum
What is Gibraltar's International Vehicle Registration code? GBZ
Who (1678-1717) pioneered the use of coke (as opposed to charcoal) in iron smelting, and thus freed the iron industry from being limited by the rate of tree growth? Abraham Darby
Which English inventor (1664-1729) pioneered the first working steam engine? Thomas Newcomen
Which Cornishman produced the first working steam railway locomotive in 1804? Richard Trevithick
Although, not really its 'inventor', he filed a patent for it and created a company to market it - which device is thus associated with Cyrus Hall McCormick? Mechanical reaper
What is the Navy equivalent of the RAF non-commissioned officer 'Flight Sergeant'? Chief Petty Officer
Named after a US city, what is the deepest point of the Puerto Rico Trench, and by extension, the Atlantic Ocean? Milwaukee Deep
The main campus of DeMontford University is in which UK city? Leicester
Which London Underground line is depicted on the Tube map as white within blue? Docklands Light Railway
The Lyric and the Quays are two theatres located in which northern English arts complex? Lowry Centre
Black Chew Head is the highest point in which administrative region of the UK? Greater Manchester
Where, now in Salford, were 178 men killed on 18 June 1885 in a mining explosion? Clifton Hall Colliery
What is the name of the UK's largest independent music school, located in Long Millgate, Manchester? Chetham's School of Music
How is polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride more commonly (and simply!) known? Bakelite
Generally considered the first thermoplastic, and first created as Parkesine in 1856, which early plastic, used in collar stiffeners and cinema film, was trademarked under its common name in 1870? Celluloid
Which thermal-shock reistant glass is used for cookware and was first introduced by Corning Incorporated in 1915? Pyrex
What is the popular name of the plant genus 'galanthus'? Snowdrop
Which American mammal, 'procyon lotor', has a black mask-like stripe on its face and a ringed tail? Raccoon
What is measured on a hyetograph? Rainfall
Which bird is also called the 'ossifrage'? Lammergeier vulture
In Australia, what is a jumbuck? Sheep
How is phenol, or hydroxybenzone, better known? Carbolic Acid
Which Norwegian-born playwright is considered the founder of modern Danish and Norwegian literature, and is best known for the comedies he wrote in 1722–1723 for the Lille Grønnegade Theatre in Copenhagen, such as 'The Political Tinkerer'? Ludvig Holberg
Complementing the Abel Prize for Maths, the Norwegian Government announced in 2001 that it would award which prize for outsanding scholarship in any of: the arts, humanities, social sciences, law or theology? Holberg Prize
The Abel Prize is awarded in which field? Mathematics
Who won the 1922 Nobel Prize for Physics? Albert Einstein
Martin Rees replaced who as Astronomer Royal - this man being in office from 1991-95? Arnold Wolfendale
The molecule Buckminsterfullerene is composed entirely of which element? Carbon
Which failed UK probe crashed into Mars on Christmas Day 2003? Beagle 2
Who designed the Pontcysyltte Aqueduct on the Llangollen Canal? Thomas Telford
What was the old, now politically incorrect, term for someone with an IQ of between 50 and 69? Moron
How many UK gallons are there in 100 litres, to the nearest gallon? 22
On what date is St Swithin's Day? 15th July
Who invented the electric razor, patenting it in 1923? Jacob Schick
Which financier is nicknamed "The Sage of Omaha"? Warren Buffett
Who was Irish Taoiseach from May 2008 to March 2011? Brian Cowen
The word 'vaccine' derives from the Latin for what? Cow (vacca)
Which type of megalithic stone derives its name from the Breton for 'long stone'? Menhir
What name is given to a megalithic structure where two or more upright stones support a flat capstone? Dolmen
'The Teardrop Explodes' were a band from which English city? Liverpool
San Miguel beer originated in which non-European country? Philippines
St Pauli FC are a football team playing in which European city? Hamburg
St Pauli Girl' beer is brewed in which German city? Bremen
What is tako in a sushi restaurant? Octopus
Who were the first Scandinavian group to top the UK singles chart with their first two releases? Aqua
Which seafood soup speciality from north-eastern Scotland derives its name from Gaelic and Scots for 'crab soup'? Partan Bree
Who was the first British female solo artist to have a UK number 1 single? Lita Roza
What was Madness's only UK number 1 single? House of Fun
In Norse myth, who was the God of death and destruction? Holler
What is a chef's hat properly called? Toque
Who had a 1988 hit with "Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi"? Kylie Minogue
The two books of the New Testament which have most chapters - 28 - are Matthew and which other? John
Which band's only UK hit was 1977's "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"? Racing Cars
Which band's biggest hit was 1973's "Part Of The Union"? The Strawbs
In church music, what is a song that is instrumentally unaccompanied called? A capella
How is Mendelssohn's fourth symphony also known? The Italian
How is Rock N Roll singer Reginald Smith (b 1939) better known? Marty Wilde
Which Gilbert and Sullivan operetta is subtitled "The King of Baratavia"? The Gondoliers
By what name is Vaughan Williams' Symphony Number 7 more generally known? Antarctica
Which former husband of Mia Farrow conducted the London Symphony Orchestra from 1969-79? Andre Previn
A Chianti must, by definition, be prepared with at least what percentage of Sangiovese grapes? 80%
What name is given to the straw basket into which Chianti bottles were traditionally once placed? Fiasco
Who was the mother of Orpheus in myth - also the name of a musical instrument? Calliope
In which French region is Saint-Emilion wine made? Bordeaux
In 1969, who were the first Scottish group to top the UK singles chart? Marmalade
According to Norse myth, from what type of tree was the first man made? Ash
In 1999, what was the first UK Number 1 to repeat the same word in its title four times? Boom Boom Boom Boom (Vengaboys)
How does the main grape used in Rioja, Tempranillo, translate into English? Early Riser
Which musical, which opened in 1989, is loosely based on the opera 'Madame Butterfly"? Miss Saigon
Who had a UK No 1 with "Sixteen Tons"? Tennessee Ernie Ford
Which Greek hero, in some stories, killed himself on a funeral pyre? Heracles
Who had three 1953 Number 1s with "Hey Joe", "I Believe" and "Answer Me"? Frankie Laine
What name was given to a 15th century German guild member who composed and performed music? Meistersinger
In music, what does 'da capo' mean? Repeat from the beginning
In the Bible, who was Ruth's mother-in-law? Naomi
Considered one of the most famous concept albums by any artists, which double album by Pink Floyd, released in 1979 featured "Comfortably Numb"? The Wall
Which John Lennon song reached number one in both the US and UK immediately after Lennon was murdered (Just Like) Starting Over
Which pair performed in front of more than 500,000 people in September 1981 in Central Park, New York? Simon and Garfunkel
Who had a UK number 5 in 1982 with "Ghosts"? Japan
Who had a UK number 8 hit in 1980 with "Fade to Grey"? Visage
What was the debut single by the English pop rock band Duran Duran, released on 2 February 1981? Planet Earth
Which man, Duran Duran's original singer, later appeared in bands Obviously Five Believers, Tin Tin and The Lilac Time? Stephen Duffy
Which 80s band went through a host of original names, including The Roots, The Cut, The Makers and The Gentry, before settling on the one with which they would become famous? Spandau Ballet
In which poem did Larkin say that sex was invented in 1963? Annus Mirabilis
Who had a 1979 UK number 1 with "Ring My Bell"? Anita Ward
In music, what is a texture in which two parts move in harmony, the relationship between them creating chords? Homophony
For who did Gareth Edwards score what has been called 'The greatest try ever', against New Zealand, in 1973? Barbarians
At which public school did the sport of squash originate? Harrow
Who rode Red Marauder to 2001 Grand National victory? Richard Guest
Which two men were the first two to take all ten wickets in a Test match? Laker, Kumble
Which trainer won the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Epsom Derby events? Aidan O'Brien
Which horse, with the same name as a country, won the 2014 Epsom Derby? Australia
Who rode Shergar to victory at the 1981 Derby? Walter Swinburn
Who replaced Viv Richards as West Indies cricket captain? Richie Richardson
Which cricket umpire went face-to-face with Mike Gatting in the finger-wagging incident that stopped the Faisalabad Test in 1987? Shakoor Rana
What is the first name of the singer Morrissey? Steven
In June 1974 the NME published its first letter by a youthful Morrissey - it was a paean in praise of 'Kimono My House', an album by which band? Sparks
What was Boy George's real name? George O'Dowd
John Cleese played Brian Stimpson in which film? Clockwise
Slaughter on 10th Avenue was the debut album by which former Bowie collaborator, released in 1974? Mick Ronson
Which T Rex album reached number 1 on the UK charts and became the best selling album of 1971 - it featured 'Get It On'? Electric Warrior
What is the name of the type of highly seasoned sausage, usually bright red, normally boiled that is frequently available in British fish and chips shops? Saveloy
Which band's debut single, in 1972, was 'Virginia Plain'? Roxy Music
'Body Talk' and 'In The Heat Of The Night' were early 80s albums by which band? Imagination
In which year did the UK Singles chart begin? 1952
Romeo Challenger was the drummer with which 1970s band? Showaddywaddy
Who were the first major civilization in Guatemala and Southern Mexico, flourishing in the area from as early as 1500 BCE to about 400 BCE? Olmecs
Who painted "The School of Athens" in 1510-11? Raphael
The great Renaissance painting "The School of Athens" featuring Greek philosophers, was commissioned by which Pope for the Stanza della Segnetura in the Vatican? Julius II
Which Italian Baroque painter (July 8, 1593 – c. 1656) painted " Judith Slaying Holofernes", thought to part depict her revenge on her real-life rapist? Artemisia Gentileschi
The famous work by Goya that depicts the French massacring Spanish patriots is entitled with which date of 1808? Third of May
The famous wave painting by Hokusai is entitled "The Great Wave off Shore at...." where? Kanagawa
Hokusai's wave painting is part of which series? Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji
The famous photo "Migrant Mother", picturing a worried mother comforting her two homeless and hungry children in the Great Depression, was taken by which photographer in 1936? Dorothea Lange
Give a year in the life of Katsushika Hokusai. 1760-1849
Who was the only woman to be painted twice by Klimt - one of those paintings was the subject of the film "Woman In Gold"? Adele Bloch-Bauer
Which famous urban work of art was entitled "Nuestro Pueblo" by its Italian-US artist? Watts Towers
From which European capital city's national museum was a Rembrandt self-portrait stolen in 2000, although it was later recovered in 2005, in a different capital? Stockholm - it was recovered in Copenhagen
Who sculpted the oversize Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC? Daniel Chester French
In which city is Vermeer's "Girl With A Pearl Earring" displayed? The Hague (Mauritshuis)
Which 'Young British Artist' is best-known for 'Alison Lapper Pregnant', a sculpture of Alison Lapper which has been installed on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square, Self, a sculpture of his head made with his own frozen blood? Marc Quinn
Which British Turner Prize-winning painter is best known for his paintings incorporating elephant dung - he won it in 1998? Chris Ofili
Which English artist based in London who works in sculpture, video, and installation art won the inaugural Hepworth Prize and the Turner Prize, both in 2016? Helen Marten
Which German artist was dismissed from his Prussian Art Academy post by the Nazis in 1933, and had his "War Cripples" included in their infamous "Degenerate Art Exhibition" - he is considered one of the most important artists of the Neue Sachlichkeit? Otto Dix
Which (1836-1910) American landscape painter and printmaker, best known for his marine subjects, was one of the foremost painters in 19th-century America and a preeminent figure in American art - he painted "Breezing Up"? Winslow Homer
What one-word term refers to the attempted transformation of the Southern United States from 1863 to 1877, as directed by Congress? Reconstruction
Delacroix painted a massacre of Greeks by Ottoman Turks on which island in 1824 - the massacre had occurred two years earlier? Chios
The Nazca lines were created by scraping away the surface gravel to reveal which soft sulphate mineral composed of calcium sulphate dehydrate? Gypsum
Which American conceptual artist (b.1940) created the 1982 work "Vertigo" and the seminal 1966 show "Working Drawings And Other Visible Things On Paper Not Necessarily Meant To Be Viewed As Art"? Mel Bochner
Which French artist (1899-1987), whose brother-in-law was Jacques Lacan, would sometimes go for days without food or sleep in an attempt to produce automatic drawings? André Masson
What name is to given the authoritative Hebrew and Aramaic text of the Tanakh for Rabbinic Judaism? Masoretic Text
What name did the Dutch graphic designers Mark Moget (b.1970) and Taco Sipma (b.1966) give themselves? Sauerkids
Give a year in the life of Austrian Egon Schiele. 1890-1918
Carolyn Davidson is a graphic designer best known for designing which company's logo in 1971? Nike
In which country was pioneer of feminist art Miriam Schapiro born? Canada
Which Russian folk singer, who died in 2009, had a surname that derived from the word 'loud'; her signature songs included Techot Volga and Orenburgskii platok? Lyudmila Zykina
The name of Chernobyl is Ukrainian for which plant? Wormwood (mugwort/Artemisia vulgaris)
Natalia Zacharenko was the real name of which Hollywood star? Natalie Wood
Sirius and Adara are the two brightest stars in which constellation? Canis Major
In cricket, what term is given to the situation where the non-striking batsman is ‘run out’ before the bowler has actually delivered the ball? Mankading
In the Hindu religion what begins on Dhanteras and ends on Bhau-beej? Diwali
Singer Paul Heaton was a member of which group between 1983 and 1989? The Housemartins
Entering into the Oxford English Dictionary in march as a noun, the Americanism 420 refers to which drug and its use? Marijuana
Which piece of music by Edward Elgar was dedicated ‘To my friends pictured within’? Enigma Variation
In computing what is a text file that typically holds a website name and user ID that is downloaded to a computer by a website? Cookie
Which daytime TV Quiz Show has international versions called “Weniger ist mehr” in Switzerland, “Personne n'y avait pensé!” in France and “Null gewinnt” in Germany? Pointless
In Irish myth who is the goddess of war and fertility? Morrigan
The Daffodil and Jonquil are plants from which genus of flowering bulbs? Narcissus
Which Japanese battleship one of the heaviest and most powerfully armed in history was sunk North of Okinawa on 7th April 1945? Yamato
What is the title of Beethoven’s Symphony Number 3 in E flat Major? Eroica
In Computing, Software, and the Internet what does the Acronym E.U.L.A. stand for? End User License Agreement
Steinlager is a beer originally brewed in which Commonwealth country? New Zealand
Tortug' Air is the national flag carrier airline of which country? Haiti
What name is given to a valley formed by the subsidence of a block of the Earth’s crust between 2 parallel fault lines? Rift Valley
Which Trade union was formed in 1993 when three public sector trade unions, the National and Local Government Officers Association, the National Union of Public Employees and the Confederation of Health Service Employees merged? Unison
In which year were British MP’s first paid an annual salary? 1911
Business magnate Bill Gates dropped out which US university? Harvard
Mountjoy Prison is in which European city? Dublin
In 1983, who became the first woman to train an English Grand National winner? Jenny Pitman
In which sport have Britons Neil Adams, Gemma Gibbons and Sally Conway won Olympic medals? Judo
Which Manchester born comedian (1931-1993) wrote the books Hitler Was My Mother-in-Law and Come Back With The Wind? Les Dawson
Give a year in the life of Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev. 1834-1907
The North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan was renamed in 2010 and is now known by the initials KP. For what does the K stand? Khyber (Pakhtunkhwa)
In July 1944 which was the first jet fighter to enter service with the RAF? Gloster Meteor
The Marquess of Blandford is the heir apparent to which Dukedom? Marlborough
In 1919 Irving Caesar wrote the lyrics for the song Swanee. Who wrote the music? George Gershwin
Who wrote “The Bone Collection”, a 2016 collection of short stories including “First Bones” (a prequel to her first book “Déjà Dead”)? Kathy Reichs
In which recently released animated film does Matthew McConaughey voice Buster Moon, a koala who hosts a competition to try to save a theatre from closure? Sing
Who was the sister of actors Corin and Vanessa Redgrave? Lynn
What was the profession of Ben Harper in the TV comedy “My Family”? Dentist
Who was Pope during World War 2? Pius XII
Who became the captain of the Australian test cricket team in 2015 when Michael Clarke retired? Steve Smith
Mona Lisa, Cleopatra, Isabella and Mead are impact craters on which planet? Venus
In “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, what is the name of Cecily Cardew’s tutor who lost Jack Worthing when he was a baby? Miss Prism
Which role in the films “Skyfall” and “Spectre” was played by Ben Whishaw? Q
At which stadium was the English Greyhound Derby run from 1985 to 2016 – it will move to a new course at Towcester Racecourse from 2017? Wimbledon
Graphene is an allotrope of carbon that was characterised in 2004 by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov at which university? Manchester
Who is the sister of actress Hayley and director Jonathan Mills? Juliet Maryon
For many years Harold Legg was a doctor in which UK TV soap? Eastenders
David Waddington, who died in February 2017, held which Cabinet post from 1989 to 1990? Home Secretary
What is the distance run in the horse race The 2000 Guineas Stakes? One Mile
The Telegraph & Argus is a daily newspaper published six times a week in which British city? Bradford
Which is the first word in OLED used in displays for TV screens, mobile phones and digital cameras – _______ light-emitting diodes? Organic
Which footballer has won the Premier League Golden Boot Award four times - in 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06? Thierry Henry
Which province of Pakistan has the same name as a state of India? Punjab
Which aeroplane’s first passenger flight was in May 1952 from London to Johannesburg? De Havilland Comet
Badminton House in Gloucestershire is the family seat of which Dukedom? Beaufort
Which 1939 song with lyrics by Yip Harburg and music by Harold Arlen was voted ‘Song of the Century’ by the Recording Industry Association of America? Over The Rainbow
The 2012 novel “Una Voce di Note” by Andrea Camilleri, published in English in 2016, is the twentieth featuring which detective? Montalbano
In “The Rivals” by Richard Brinsley Sheridan what is the name of the wealthy teenage heiress whose guardian was Mrs Malaprop? Lynda Languish
Who plays Eve Moneypenny in the films “Skyfall” and “Spectre”? Naomi Harris
Who was Archbishop of Canterbury during the Abdication Crisis in the 1930s? Cosmo Lang
What is the first name of the South African cricketer A B de Villiers? Abraham (Benjamin)
Black Worcester and Stinking Bishop are varieties of which fruit? Pear
At which weight did boxer Nicola Adams win Olympic Gold medals in 2012 and 2016? Flyweight
Which comedian, born in Bootle in 1939, wrote the books “One Flew Over the Clubhouse” and “Follow Me, I’m Right Behind You!”? Tom O'Connor
Who designed the large tapestry Christ in Glory in Coventry Cathedral? Graham Sutherland
What name is shared by a violet-coloured flower and an edible mollusc? Periwinkle
Which judge was Lord Chancellor for most of the reign of King James II? George Jeffreys
What was the forename of the artist Caravaggio? Michelangelo
Bernard d’Ormale is the fourth husband of which actress? Brigitte Bardot
Which 14-year-old topped the UK charts in 1961 with You Don’t Know? Helen Shapiro
The Batek people live in which modern-day nation? Malaysia
Boryspil International Airport serves which city? Kiev
Kremenchuk Reservoir, at 2250 square km, is the largest reservoir on which European river? Dniepr
Which currency is used in Belarus? Belarussian Rouble
Which airline is the flag carrier of Belarus? Belavia
Which is the nearest national capital to Minsk? Vilnius
The Polyesye in Belarus is one of the largest examples of Europe of what type of geographical feature? Marsh/marshland
Which tree is known as Juglans Regia? Walnut
Which tree has the scientific name Betula Pendula? Silver Birch
The UNESCO-listed Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park in Belarus is home to Europe's largest population of which large mammal, also called the wisent? European Bison
Which relatively uncommon bird, Ciconia Nigra, breeds in the warmer parts of Europe (predominantly in central and eastern regions), across temperate Asia and Southern Africa? Black stork
There are five owl species native to the UK - the barn owl, the little owl, the long-eared owl, the short-eared owl and which other? Tawny Owl
Lake Narach is the largest in which country? Belarus
Painted in 1957, whose work was "Man Lying On A Wall"? LS Lowry
Who wrote 1957's "The Uses of Literacy"? Richard Hoggart
Whose 1957 play was "The Dumb Waiter"? Harold Pinter
In which year did Harold Wilson resign as PM? 1976
Which English comedy writer is best known for creating the sitcoms Last of the Summer Wine, Keeping Up Appearances and Open All Hours? Roy Clarke
Sonni Ali established Gao as the capital of which state that dominated the western Sahel in the 15th and 16th century? Songhai Empire
Whose first TV play was 1972's "A Day Out"? Alan Bennett
Who has directed British films since the 1980s including My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons, High Fidelity, The Queen, Philomena and Florence Foster Jenkins? Stephen Frears
One of the richest people in history, who reigned over the Malian Empire from 1312-37? Mansa Musa
Which actor, born Huddersfield in 1909, was the UK's top box office attraction in 1944 and 1945, and later starred in North by Northwest, Heaven Can Wait and The Boys From Brazil? James Mason
In which town or city was William Wordsworth born? Cockermouth
David Johansen was the lead singer with which band? New York Dolls
Which artist died in Glossop on 23rd February 1976? LS Lowry
Which British TV show started as a 1973 pilot entitled "Of Funerals Of Fish"? Last of the Summer Wine
"Sunset Across The Bay" and "A Day Out" were TV plays by which author? Alan Bennett
Which Swiss-British architect was best known for designing the Centrepoint tower and Tower 42, once the tallest building in the City of London, as well as Manchester's Gateway House? Richard Seifert
In which year did Coronation Street first get broadcast in colour? 1969
Which comedy duo were once called The Sherrell Brothers? Cannon and Ball
In which poem did Philip Larkin joke that sex was invented in 1963? Annus Mirabilis
Whose 1981 book was "The Emigrants"? WG Sebald
"Pardon The Expression" and "Turn Out The Lights" were both spin-offs of which British TV show? Coronation Street
Which poet, critic and botanist was born in Pelynt, Cornwall, in 1905? Geoffrey Grigson
Which country's name translates into English as "land of the pure"? Pakistan
In the UK motorway network, how are Forton Services better known? Lancaster
Who defeated Birmingham City 3-1 to win the 1956 FA Cup Final? Manchester City
In which town did the first KFC in Britain open in 1964? Preston
"Top of the Pops" was first broadcast on New Years Day in which year? 1964
Who created the statue "Single Form" for the plaza of the UN Secretariat in New York? Barbara Hepworth
Who preceded Alec Douglas-Home as British PM? Harold MacMillan
The name of which geographic administrative division derives from the Old Norse for "a third"? Riding (thrithjungr)
Who published the novel "One Hand Clapping" under the pseudonym Joseph Kell? Anthony Burgess
Taken from a Robert Louis Stevenson story, what was the original, pre-production name of Coronation Street? Florizel Street
Whose performance in 1959's "Room At The Top", consisting of 2 minutes and 32 seconds of screen time, became the shortest ever to be nominated for an acting Oscar? Hermione Baddeley
Which British film director, who specialised in bringing literary works to the screen, came to international prominence as a director with his Oscar-winning feature film debut, the landmark 1959 drama "Room at the Top", but later turned down "Alien"? Jack Clayton
Which 1959 British film starring Richard Burton, Claire Bloom and Mary Ure and directed by Tony Richardson was based on a John Osborne play? Look Back In Anger
Which 1960 film directed by Tony Richardson, based on the stage play of the same name by John Osborne, starred Laurence Olivier as a third-rate music-hall stage performer who tries to keep his career going even as his personal life falls apart? The Entertainer
Tony Richardson won the 1964 Academy Award for Best Director for which movie? Tom Jones
Which 1960 British film directed by Karel Reisz and produced by Tony Richardson, based on a 1958 novel by Alan Sillitoe, is about a young machinist who spends his weekends drinking and partying, all the while having an affair with a married woman? Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
On September 19, 2014, Darrell Hammond was announced as the new announcer of which show, replacing Don Pardo, who had died the month before? Saturday Night Live
Which improvisational comedy enterprise, the first ever on-going improvisational theatre troupe based in Chicago, has included in its line-ups Bill Murray, John Candy, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Cecily Strong and Ellie Reed? The Second City
A daiquiri cocktail is named after a place in which country? Cuba
Who wrote the tune to the number one single "Seasons In The Sun"? Jacques Brel
Who had a UK number one single with "Seasons In The Sun"? Terry Jacks
Which general-purpose kitchen knife (and cooking style derived from it) originating in Japan has a name that translates as 'three virtues'? Santoku
Which Kylie Minogue UK number 1 single featured in the film "The Delinquents"? Tears On My Pillow
Whose first album, of 2003, was "Here Comes The Fuzz"? Mark Ronson
"Potiphar" and "Song For The King" are both songs in which musical? Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Who had a 1972 number 4 hit with the song "A Thing Called Love"? Johnny Cash
The dulcian is generally regarded to be the forerunner of which musical instrument? Bassoon
Which instrument represents the cat in Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf"? Clarinet
Which musical term is an instruction to hit the strings with the back of the bow? Col Legno
Which month in the Jewish calendar has an extra day in a leap year? Adar
How is Pauline Matthews (born 6 March 1947) better known in pop music? Kiki Dee
Which Britten opera was based on George Crabbe's poem "The Borough"? Peter Grimes
Which musical, whose 1947 Broadway production ran for 725 performances, while a film version was released in 1968 and several revivals have followed, featured the song "How Are Things in Glocca Morra"? Finian's Rainbow
What was Hank Williams' real first name? Hyram
Which jazz singer was born born Ruth Lee Jones on August 29, 1924 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama? Dinah Washington
In the Bible, who spent three days and nights in the belly of a whale? Jonah
Fugu is a Japanese delicacy, fatal if prepared incorrectly, that is made from which fish? Pufferfish
Who was the father of John the Baptist? Zacharias
As of 2017, which three types of animal have won a Dickin Medal? Horse, dog, pigeon
London Zoo is situated at the northern edge of which park? Regent's Park
Which RAF rank is immediately above Wing Commander? Group Captain
Nutria fur is taken from which animal? Coypu
Which dye is traditionally derived from predatory sea snails in the family Muricidae, rock snails originally known by the name Murex? Tyrian Purple
What was the name of the first ship to sail through the Panama Canal? SS Ancon
Where in the human body is the gracilis muscle found? Upper leg/thigh (medial side)
Which company was originally called Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo until changing to its current name in 1958? Sony
Discovery, James Grieve and Spartan are all varieties of which fruit? Apple
What were Scotland's only cavalry regiment, as of 2017 they are currently based at Leuchars Station, as part of the Scottish 51st Infantry Brigade? Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Who played 'Lofty' in "It Ain't Half Hot Mum"? Don Estelle
Which silent comic appeared in the films "Hot Water" (1924) and "The Kid Brother" (1927)? Harold Lloyd
George Sampson, Jai McDowall and Jules O'Dwyer & Matisse are all former winners of which TV show? Britain's Got Talent
Who played 'the bad' (Angel Eyes) in the film "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly"? Lee Van Cleef
Which English actor is best known for his portrayal of Caspian X in The Chronicles of Narnia films Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and for playing the title character in the 2009 adaptation of Dorian Gray? Ben Barnes
The characters Ari Gold, a ruthless agent played by Jeremy Piven and the Hollywood star Vincent Chase appeared in which TV show? Entourage
Rock Hudson played Daniel Rhys in which US soap opera from 1984-5? Dynasty
Which fashion icon died on 1st June 2008 in Paris, aged 71? Yves St Laurent
Ralph Malph was a character in which long-running TV series, played by Don Most? Happy Days
Which UK TV series was set in the fictional town of Manchesterford? Acorn Antiques
Which is the only nation to have been awarded a George Cross? Malta
Which river flows through Bangkok? Chao Phraya
Basel, Bonn and Cologne all stand on which river? Rhine
Which is the largest city on the River Po? Turin
What is the alternative name of the city of Varanasi? Benares
On which river does Bordeaux stand? Garonne
Which nation was formerly known as 'Pleasant Island'? Nauru
The Penghu or Pescadores Islands are an archipelago of 90 islands and islets belonging to which country? Taiwan
Which country has the second longest coastline in the world, after Canada? Indonesia
A left tributary of the Dijle/Dyle, which small river runs through Brussels? Senne
In which London building is the 'Lollards Tower'? Lambeth Palace
Jefferson City is the capital of which US state? Missouri
Thomas Sutton founded which English public school? Charterhouse
Bhopal is the capital of which Indian state? Madhya Pradesh
Which is Cornwall's only city? Truro
In which country is the Oland Island Bridge? Sweden
In which South American country is the Angostura Suspension Bridge? Venezuela
Madagascar's flag is red, white and which other colour? Green
Which is the only county in the Republic of Ireland to start with the letter 'T'? Tipperary
Chattanooga Choo Choo was a 1941 Number 1 recording in the US for who? Glenn Miller
In which British town is there a Chantry Bagpipe Museum, founded in 1987, mainly based on the collection of William Alfred Cocks (1892 - 1971)? Morpeth
In which US state is Chattanooga? Tennessee
Which port was known to the Romans as Portus Dubris? Dover
What is Maine's nickname? Pine-Tree State
What is Louisiana's nickname? Bayou State/Pelican State
What is Kansas's nickname? Sunflower State
What is Indiana's nickname? Hoosier State
What is Idaho's nickname? Gem State
What is Maine's capital? Augusta
What is Kentucky's capital? Frankfort
How many feet off the ground is the rim of a basketball hoop? Ten feet
On which Caribbean island was cricketer Curtley Ambrose born? Antigua
Which Brit was the first in over 25 years to wear the yellow jersey during a Tour de France, doing so in 1994? Chris Boardman
As of 2017, which batsman has scored the most cricket Test centuries? Sachin Tendulkar
At which league club did Alan Ball end his football career, in 1983? Bristol Rovers
Who was appointed head coach of the England Rugby Union team in December 2006, preceding Martin Johnson in the job? Brian Ashton
Which rugby union coach was head coach of England from October 2004 until November 2006, and followed Sir Clive Woodward? Andy Robinson
Which two events were added to the women's pentathlon, to make a heptathlon, in athletics? 200m, Javelin
Michael "Mike" Stephenson, MBE, also commonly known as Stevo, is a former player and commentator on which sport? Rugby League
The Grand Match, also called The Bonspiel, is an outdoor tournament in which sport, traditionally held between North and South Scotland? Curling
For which NFL team did Brett Favre play from 1992 to 2008? Green Bay Packers
Liang Wenbo is a prominent name in which sport? Snooker
Who was the first football player to have played in the 1966 World Cup Final to be knighted? Bobby Charlton
What name is given to the process of creating fabric by interlocking loops of yarn, thread, or strands of other materials using a single hook? Crochet
Which Irishman (1952-2015) was champion jockey 11 times, retiring in 2003? Pat Eddery
Nine pins, long alley and roly poly are all variants of which game? Skittles
Commentator John Arlott (1914-91) was most associated with which sport? Cricket
In total, how many playing cards are used in a game of bezique? 64 (2 packs of 32)
Tanya Streeter and Natalia Molchanova (1962-2015) were both multiple world record holders in which activity? Free Diving
What term is used for the technique of hitting an adjacent opponent's ball in croquet? Roquet
In which country is the Queens Park Oval cricket ground? Trinidad and Tobago
How old was Tiger Woods when he first won the US Masters? 21
What does OG stand for in stamp collecting? Original Gum
What is the lowest possible opening score in Scrabble? Four
Which two teams merged to form the rugby union team the Ospreys? Neath RFC and Swansea RFC
Emma Gifford was the first wife of which noted author? Thomas Hardy
In his famous libel case, how much did Whistler win in damages from John Ruskin? A farthing
Who wrote "The Way We Live Now"? Anthony Trollope
"Sad Times" and "Miss Miles" may be lost novels by which classic author? Charlotte Bronte
Who wrote both "The Abbess of Crewe" and "A Far Cry From Kensington"? Muriel Spark
Which capital city's old centre is called La Candelaria? Bogota
Which pre-Columbian civilisation was centred on the highlands of Colombia until encountered by Spaniards in 1537? Muisca
The Spanish colonial viceroyalty Virreinato de la Nueva Granada of 1717 comprised the territories of which four countries? Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador
The novel Hadji Murat was which author's final work? Leo Tolstoy
Which minister and leader of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States (1936-2008) was accused of incest by one of his daughters and abuse by three others in 2005, and convicted just before his death? James Bevel
Which US politician, who sought the Democratic Party nomination in 1964, 1972, and 1976, said in 1963 that he stood for "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever,"? George Wallace
With a familiar surname, who served as the fourth Vice President of the United States from 1805 to 1812, under Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison? George Clinton
Which artist (1606-69) painted "Belshazzar's Feast"? Rembrandt Van Rijn
Who first wrote of Oxford's "dreaming spires"? Matthew Arnold
Which location precedes 'gore' to give a slang term for theatrical blood? Kensington Gore
Which Liverpudlian sculptor (1929-94) produced a tribute to The Beatles in Mathew Street, Liverpool, depicting The Madonna and The Beatles with the title "Four lads who shook the world"? Arthur Dooley
Which graphic artist (1875-1962), born in London, was called the "king of the saucy seaside postcard"? Donald McGill
Rudyard Kipling's eldest son died in which WW1 battle that took place from 25 September – 13 October 1915 ? Battle of Loos
Whose 1879 poem was "The Light of Asia"? Edwin Arnold
Gimcrack the horse featured in four of whose paintings? George Stubbs
In "Pride and Prejudice" what is the Bennets' residence called? Long Bourne
In "Pride and Prejudice" what is the name of Lady Catherine De Burgh's residence? Rosings Park
Which nurse, writer, feminist, and pacifist wrote 1933's autobiography "Testament of Youth"? Vera Brittain
Which art historian won the Booker Prize in 1984? Anita Brookner
Who wrote the play "First Person Singular"? Alan Ayckbourn
Who served three times as 58th Prime Minister of France, and as tenth President of France from 1913 to 1920? Raymond Poincaré
Which animal is Canis lupus? Grey Wolf
The novels The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge first appeared in which short-lived newspaper created by Charles Dickens in 1840? Master Humphrey's Clock
Who was the winner of the first ever motor racing Grand Prix, the 1906 French Grand Prix? Ferenc Szisz
The Peace of Cateau-Cambrésis of 1559 was signed by the monarchs of which two nations? France, Spain
In 1551, which French king, who had succeeded Francis I to the throne, declared war against Holy Roman Emperor Charles V with the intent of recapturing Italy and ensuring French domination in Europe? Henry II of France
Who was the longest-reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1520 to his death in 1566? Suleiman the Magnificent
Jean de Valette, after whom Valetta was named, was the Grand Master of the Order of which Saint? John
What is the largest island of North Africa, located in the Gulf of Gabès, off the coast of Tunisia? Djerba
Who was the elder brother of Hayreddin Barbarossa, an Ottoman bey (governor) of Algiers and beylerbey (chief governor) of the West Mediterranean, killed in battle against the Spanish at Tlemcen? Oruç Reis
Wymondham Abbey is in which English county? Norfolk
What title is generally attached to the legislation passed by the US Congress on May 8 1820 that provided for the admission of the District of Maine as a state free to ratify a state constitution that neither recognized nor permitted slavery in the state? Missouri Compromise
What name is given to a 'prong' on a fork or similar implement? Tines
Which man both invented the Christmas card and came up with the idea of the 1851 Great Exhibition? Henry Cole
Which Duke's personal seat is Chatsworth House? Duke of Devonshire
Chatsworth House is in which English county? Derbyshire
Designed by Joseph Paxton, where was the world's first municipal park? Birkenhead
Which man was famous for co-designing many well-known urban parks with his senior partner Calvert Vaux, including Central Park in New York City, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and Elm Park in Worcester, Massachusetts? Frederick Law Olmstead
Sheet, crown and plate are all types of what? Glass
What type of tree is Ulmus Minor? Elm
What name is given to the third and last of the furnaces used in traditional grassblowing? Lehr or annealer
Which word for a member of the clergy derives from a word for a representative, deputy or substitute? Vicar
Edmund Cartwright (1743-1823) is most famous for inventing what in the 1780s? Power Loom
Which Irish novelist and Anglican clergyman died of consumption in 1854 wrote A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy? Laurence Sterne
In which county did Reverend Jack Russell breed his eponymous terrier? Devon
What is a coprolite? Fossilised Faeces
Which English cleric and botanist (1662-1715), an authority on bryophytes, had a genus comprising over 140 species of flowering plants endemic to Asia, Africa, and the Americas named after him by Linnaeus? Adam Buddle (Buddleia)
A war between which two countries began on April 21, 1898 in the aftermath of the internal explosion of the USS Maine in Havana harbour and lasted until August 13, 1898? Spain, USA
Which English archaeologist and Church of England priest (1820-1918) was a founding father of archaeology and has a trout fly named after him? William Greenwell
The words to which hymn were written by Sabine Baring-Gould in 1865, with the music was composed by Arthur Sullivan in 1871? Onward, Christian Soldiers
Max Mallowan was the second husband of which writer? Agatha Christie
Which genus of perennial cushion-forming evergreen dwarf shrubs in the family Rosaceae is one of the first colonising species after an ice age and therefore gives its name to two geological periods of time? Dryas
In which decade was the 'People's Charter', espoused by the Chartists, drawn up? 1830s (1837/8)
Which Epipaleolithic culture that existed from around 12,500 to 9,500 BC in the Levant was unusual in that it supported a sedentary or semi-sedentary population even before the introduction of agriculture - this people founded Jericho? Natufians
The teosinte, a type of grass, is believed to have been the ancestor of which food crop? Maize (corn)
Which family of chemical compounds are potentially toxic, most notably those which are the poisons commonly found in the plant species Solanum dulcamara (nightshade), although solaline is found in potatoes? Glycoalkaloid
Which Saudi archipelago is located some 40 km offshore from Jizan, in the far southwestern part of the country, and are renowned for their excellent diving? Farasan Islands
James Mellaart (14 November 1925 – 29 July 2012) was a British archaeologist best known for discovering which site in 1957? Çatalhöyük
With evidence of its existence dating back to the Mesolithic period circa 10,000 BCE Mallaha is an ancient city and archaeological site in which modern-day country? Israel
Tell Abu Hureyra is an ancient site that rivals Jericho for being one of the first places where humans lived a sedentary lifestyle, and is in which modern-day country? Syria
In the Gregorian calendar, the period from nightfall of September 30, 2239 until nightfall of September 17, 2240 will be what equivalent, significant year in the Hebrew calendar? The year 6000
Which US band leader (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) had the signature tune "Let's Dance"? Benny Goodman
The Nuns' Chorus is taken from which 1928 Ralph Benatzky opera, based on the music of Johann Strauss II? Casanova
In myth, who was Persephone's mother? Demeter
What name is given to the three days before Ascension Day, derived from the Latin for "to ask"? Rogation Days
Which US big band leader (May 16, 1913 – October 29, 1987) used the signature tune "Blue Flame"? Woody Herman
According to Islam, who dictated the Quran to Mohammed? Gabriel
Which country makes Franconia wines? Germany
BMV numbers classify the works of which composer? JS Bach
Who had a UK number 5 and US Billboard number 1 in 1972 with "I Can See Clearly Now"? Johnny Nash
What was the real name of British PM the 3rd Marquess of Salisbury? Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
At which battle of 2 September 1898 did an army commanded by the British General Sir Herbert Kitchener defeat the army of Abdullah al-Taashi in revenge for the killing of General Gordon? Battle of Omdurman
Who was the mother of Winston Churchill (forename and maiden name)? Jennie Jerome
What was the first name of Winston Churchill's father? Randolph
Who were the two Washington Post journalists who did much of the original news reporting on the Watergate scandal? Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
Which hero of American folklore (1786-1836) had a rifle he nicknamed "Old Betsy" Davy Crockett
Which Soviet intelligence officer was exchanged for Gary Powers in 1962? Rudolf Abel
Which US spy ship was captured by North Korea in 1968? USS Pueblo
Geronimo (1829-1909) belonged to which Native American tribe? Apache
In which year was the Hindenburg airship disaster? 1937
Who wrote the poem "The Village Blacksmith" in 1840? Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Who wrote the 1965 play "Lost"? Joe Orton
"The Nine Tailors" and "Murder Must Advertise" are stories featuring which detective? Lord Peter Wimsey (by Dorothy L Sayers)
Who wrote the novel "Silverfin" about a young James Bond? Charlie Higson
In the Jeeves and Wooster stories what is the name of Aunt Dahlia's eccentric chef? Anatole
Who is TS Eliot's "railway cat" in "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats"? Skimbleshanks
With which of the arts was Dame Elizabeth Frink best associated? Sculpture
Who created the 1890 poem "Gunga Din"? Rudyard Kipling
Who wrote "Journey to Ithaca" and "Village By The Sea"? Anita Desai
How many characters appear in both the modern and classical Greek alphabet? 24
Mr Chadband appears in which of Dickens's novels? Bleak House
In which city is George William Joy's painting "The Death of General Gordon, Khartoum, 26 January 1885" displayed? Leeds
In literature, who were Adramalech, Ariel, Arioch and Asmadai? Rebel witches in "Paradise Lost"
Who first wrote "to err is human, to forgive, divine"? Alexander Pope
Who wrote the phrase "'What is truth?' said jesting Pilate, and would not stay to answer"? Francis Bacon
Which character forces Tom to sweep chimneys in "The Water Babies"? Mr Grimes
Which literary character's more familiar name is, in full, prefixed by "J Thaddeus"? Toad in Wind in the Willows (J Thaddeus Toad)
With the Queen being called "Brenda" what name did Private Eye use for Princess Margaret? Yvonne
With the Queen being called "Brenda" what name did Private Eye use for Princess Diana? Cheryl
Who painted "The Vision of a Knight", also called "The Dream of Scipio" or "Allegory", in 1504-5? Raphael
Who beat Jesse Owens' 1935 long jump record in 1960? Ralph Boston
Which Brazilian footballer scored in every Brazil game at the 1970 World Cup? Jairzinho
Anita Lonsborough was Great Britain's only female gold medallist at which Olympic Games? 1960, Rome
Which English rugby league team played at Hilton Park until 2009? Leigh
As of 2017, who is the only British Prime Minister who once played first-class cricket? Alec Douglas-Home
The Prince Rainier Challenge Cup is awarded in which sport? Fencing
The winning jockey of which of the English horse racing classics is given a floppy red cap? St Leger
Which English cricket ground hosted its first test match, England v Zimbabwe, in 2003? Riverside, Chester-le-Street
At which British horse racecourse is "Swinley Bottom" located? Ascot
By winning the 2014 US Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton broke whose record for the most wins by a British driver in F1? Nigel Mansell
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