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As of 2017, who was the longest-lived former British PM? James Callaghan
Composed in 1160, which Jewish philosopher wrote "Epistle on Apostasy"? Moses Maimonides (Rambam)
In which city did pogroms against Jews erupt in June 1391, with the slaughter then spreading throughout the Iberian peninsula? Seville
What type of music originally consisted largely of dance tunes and instrumental display pieces for weddings and other celebrations amid Ashkenazi Jews in Eastern Europe? Klezmer
Which word means 'good' in Hebrew? Tov
Which man founded Hasidic Judaism (c.1700-60)? Baal Shem Tov (Israel ben Eliezer)
Which German writer, philosopher, dramatist, publicist and art critic, and one of the most outstanding representatives of the Enlightenment era (1729-81) wrote Nathan the Wise, Miss Sara Sampson and Emilia Galotti? Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Which German Jewish philosopher to whose ideas the Haskalah, the 'Jewish enlightenment' of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, is indebted, believed Jews should assimilate, and wrote both "Jerusalem" and "Phadon"? Moses Mendelssohn
In the Jewish calendar, there are how many leap years (years with 13 months) in a 19 year cycle? Seven
Which month is added in the Jewish calendar to make a leap year? 2nd Adar
Which character did John Forsythe portray in 'Dynasty'? Blake Carrington
What was the name of the first feature depicting Wallace and Gromit? A Grand Day Out
Which animator created Wallace and Gromit? Nick Park
Which two actors played 'The Likely Lads' in the original TV series? James Bolam and Rodney Bewes
The Likely Lads, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, Porridge and its sequel Going Straight, Lovejoy and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet were all created by which pairing? Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
What was the name of the family ranch in the TV series 'Bonanza'? Ponderosa
What was the surname of the main family in the TV series 'Bonanza' - members included Ben, Adam and Eric 'Hoss'? Cartwright
Who wrote the score for the film "Chariots of Fire"? Vangelis (Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou)
Which Olympic Games provided the setting for 'Chariots of Fire'? Paris 1924
What were the surnames of the Likely Lads in the TV series? (Terry) Collier and (Bob) Ferris
Which Japanese American author owns the brand "Rich Dad" and has written the books "Rich Dad, poor Dad" and "Rich Dad's Guide to Investing"? Robert Kiyosaki
The name of which condiment derives from the Balearic city of Mahon? Mayonnaise
Freddie Mercury composed which song in 1979 in just 10 minutes as a tribute to Elvis Presley - it featured on the 1980 album "The Game"? Crazy Little Thing Called Love
A revolt against the East India Company of 1857 began in Meerut in which Indian state? Uttar Pradesh
Who sculpted the Oscar Wilde memorial statue in Pere Lachaise cemetery and "St Michael's Victory over the Devil" at Coventry Cathedral? Jacob Epstein
Living c. 1466 – 29 June 1520 during which ruler's reign did the Aztec Empire reach its greatest size? Moctezuma II
With a name meaning one who has descended like an eagle", who was the Aztec ruler (tlatoani) of Tenochtitlan from 1520 to 1521, making him the last Aztec Emperor? Cuauhtémoc
The Habsburg Empire took its name from a castle built in the 1020s in which country? Switzerland
Which bell has hung in the steeple of Independence Hall, Philadelphia, in 1876, when it replaced the Liberty Bell? Centennial Bell
What is the name given to the sequestered living quarters used by wives and concubines in an Ottoman household? Seraglio
What did the Greek alphabet add that the Phoenecian alphabet lacked? Vowels
Acorn and Cobra-head are types of what? Streetlight
Which colour of light most affects (negatively) human melatonin production? Blue
he ganglion cell layer is in which body structure? Retina
How long does it take for the human body to adjust its circadian rhythms by 1 hour? Roughly 1 day (so it takes 12 days to reset the circadian clock after travelling across 12 time zones by plane
Which hormone, known chemically as N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine, is released at night and associated with sleep and the circadian rhythm? Melatonin
Part of the WHO, what is the IARC? The International Agency for Research on Cancer
Who painted the painting most commonly known as "The Rokeby Venus"? Velazquez
Which French artist painted "Romans In The Decadence of The Empire" and "Anselm Feuerbach"? Thomas Couture
Malvolio appears in which Shakespeare play? Twelfth Night
Which two men wrote the 'Freakonomics' series of books? Levitt & Dubner
'L'enfer' and 'Le Feu' are works (often translated as 'Hell' and 'Under Fire') by which French writer? Henri Barbusse
Lucy Honeychurch appears in which classic novel? A Room With A View
Who wrote 'The Iron Heel' and 'Martin Eden'? Jack London
Who wrote 'The Old Wives' Tale', set in the 'Five Towns'? Arnold Bennett
What did the 'H.P.' stand for in H.P. Lovecraft? Howard Phillips
Who wrote the supernatural horror novel "The House On The Borderland" that supposedly inspired HP Lovecraft? WH Hodgson
The infamous 'Window Tax', introduced in the UK in 1696, initially applied to properties with more than how many windows? Six
Which 18th Century architectural style frequently employed a shell motif? Rococo
The 'Regency' style came about during the reigns of which monarchs? George III & IV
Pinkie Brown is a gang leader in which novel? Brighton Rock
Who is the central character of "Breakfast At Tiffany's", played in the film version by Audrey Hepburn? Holly Golightly
Who wrote the book "Breakfast At Tiffany's"? Truman Capote
What was the first volume of David Niven's autobiography called? The Moon's A Balloon
Who together created the character 'Superman'? Siegel and Shuster
How were British artists William Nicholson and James Pryde collectively known? Beggarstaffs
What is the world's largest art gallery? Hermitage
Whose 'Adoration of The Magi' of 1475 depicts the Medici family? Botticelli
Which future Navy Admiral was depicted as a boy in Millais' 'Bubbles' painting? William James
Squire Allworthy appears in which classic novel? Tom Jones
Who created Roderick Alleyn? Ngaio Marsh
Which famous nurse, midwife and 'layer out' of the dead features in 'Martin Chuzzlewit'? Sarah Gamp
Who does Martin Chuzzlewit marry in Dickens' book? Mary Graham
What name is given to a gate that leads to a churchyard? Lych Gate
The tower at a gate or drawbridge of a castle is given what name? Barbican
What is the inner court of a castle called? Bailey
What name is given to a some-shaped structure in Buddhist architecture, typically containing relics or ashes? Stupa
What are two commonest types of bonds in brickwork? English, Flemish
In architecture, what can be a beam that is the lowest below the roof, or more commonly, the lintel or beam that rests on the capitals of the columns? Architrave
In which town or city was the Bauhaus movement originally based? Weimar
Black Comedy and Equus are works by which playwright? Peter Shaffer
Which town in the Nagapattinam district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, founded by the Dutch East India Company in 1620, was a Danish colony from 1620 until 1845? Tharangambadi
Directed by Max Spielberg, the son of Steven, and with the tagline "This time it's really personal", 'Jaws 19' was a holofilm playing at the Holomax Theater in the year 2015 in which real film of 1989? Back To The Future Part II
By what Anglicised name is Antti Hulkko, the lead singer of the Finnish rock group Hanoi Rocks, better know? Andy McCoy
In which sport did the Indonesian Rudy Hartono win the All England Championship seven years in succession? Badminton
The Oresund Bridge connects Copenhagen to which city? Malmo
Where could you find the statement, "...il suffit que je sois bien malheureuse pour avoir droit a votre bienveillance"? Written on the letter in the bath in David's "Death of Marat"
Building began in 1748 of which inhabited sea fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Helsinki? Suomenlinna
In which city are the headquarters of the European Central Bank? Frankfurt
Which body of water, linking the Coral Sea with the Arafura Sea, separates Cape York Peninsula in Queensland from the Western Province of Papua New Guinea? Torres Strait
Which Scottish geologist, born in 1726, through observation and carefully reasoned geological arguments, came to believe that the Earth was perpetually being formed? James Hutton
Which are the two crystal lattices in which hard spheres are packed to fill space as efficiently as possible? Hexagon close packed (hcp) and cubed closed packed (ccp)
Which John Masefield poem begins "And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by"? Sea Fever
Which aromatic spice consists of the casing of the nutmeg berry? Mace
What was Operation Jubilee in WW2? Raid of Dieppe
What precise name is given to the temperature at which the relative humidity is 100 per cent? Dew point
Which geological era is subdivided into periods that includes the Triassic and Jurassic? Mesozoic
The prefix "cheiro-" applies to which anatomical area of the body? Arm
Which German composer wrote the opera "Ariadne auf Naxos"? Richard Strauss
Who was the author of "The White Hotel", born in 1935? DM Thomas
At which football World Cup did Just Fontaine score a record 13 goals for France? Sweden 1958
How much does a discus weigh in men's athletics? 2kg
How much does a discus weigh in women's athletics? 1kg
Which British pole vaulter was given a life ban for anabolic steroid use in 1988? Jeff Gutteridge
Which men's javelin thrower competed in four Summer Olympics for the USSR team, winning bronze in 1964 Olympics, gold in 1968 Olympics and silver in 1972 Olympics, and won 4 European Championships? Jānis Lūsis
What is the name of the army personnel who are in charge of supplies? Quartermasters
From the Greek for 'virgin creation' what name is given to a natural form of asexual reproduction in which growth and development of embryos occur without fertilization? Parthenogenesis
Most are in the superfamily Ostreoidea, which animal and human foodstuff can, in many cases, fertilise its own eggs? Oyster
The name for what type of organism comes from the Greek for 'original/first animals'? Protozoa
Which echinoderms belonging to the class Asteroidea frequently possess eversible stomachs? Starfish
Which (1400 – 18 June 1464) early Netherlandish painter's surviving works consist mainly of religious triptychs, altarpieces and commissioned single and diptych portraits, and include the Prado's "The Descent from the Cross" 1460's "Portrait of a Lady"? Rogier van der Weyden
Pieter Breughel the Elder was born in or near which city at the confluence of the rivers Mark and Aa? Breda
Which German painter who moved to Flanders and worked in the tradition of Early Netherlandish painting, spent some time in the Brussels workshop of Rogier van der Weyden painted "Sibylla Sambetha" and the St John Altarpiece currently housed in Bruges? Hans Memling
Which medium is sometimes called the 'ninth art'? Comics
Which surrealist artist (1898-1967) was renowned for his 'bowler hat' motif? Rene Magritte
From the Flemish for 'mongrel', what name is given to the statue of a dog cocking its leg in Brussels that is a mickey-take of the Mannequin Pis? Zinneke
One of the leading portrait painters in Antwerp (1584-1651) was a regular collaborator with Rubens, painted "Portrait of his daughter Susanna" (1617) and " Players and courtesans under a tent"? Cornelis de Vos
Which Frankish knight, and one of the leaders of the First Crusade from 1096 until his death - after the successful siege of Jerusalem in 1099, Godfrey became the first ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem? Godfrey de Bouillon
Which Belgian painter associated with Surrealism, famous for his paintings of female nudes who stare as if hypnotized, gesturing mysteriously, sometimes reclining incongruously in a train station or wandering through classical buildings (1897-1994)? Paul Delvaux
Coudenberg is a small hill in which city where a palace of that name existed for 700 years until its destruction in 1731? Coudenberg
In the US, the Carboniferous geologic period is divided into which two periods, both named for American states? Mississippian, Pennsylvanian
From oldest to youngest, what are the six geological periods of the Palaeozoic Era? Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous, Permian
From oldest to youngest, what are the three geological periods of the Mesozoic Era? Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous
Which Scottish geologist named both the Silurian and Permian geologic periods? Roderick Murchison
What was the name of the superocean that surrounded the supercontinent Pangaea, which during the Paleozoic—Mesozoic transition occupied almost 70% of Earth's surface? Panthalassa
What name is given to the clade of tetrapod vertebrates comprising the reptiles, birds, and mammals that lay their eggs on land or retain the fertilized egg within the mother? Amniotes
When the supercontinent Pangaea broke up it formed the southern Gondwana and which northern supercontinent? Laurasia
Which geologic period followed the Cretaceous, and was the first of the Cenozoic Era? Palaeogene
What the current and most recent of the three periods of the Cenozoic Era in the geologic time scale of the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS)? Quaternary
The Quaternary Geologic period is divided into which two epochs? Pleistocene and Holocene
Which 1995 film was a remake of the TV movie "LA Takedown"? Heat
In which year was the Gunpowder Plot? 1605
The Gunpowder Plot sought to kill which king? James I of England (VI of Scotland)
In which English county is Ascot racecourse? Berkshire
Which fictional literary character had a child with Sharon Bott? Adrian Mole
What name is given to the morbid fear of having no mobile phone access? Nomophobia
In which chess variant does a piece moved on one board pass 'through the looking glass' onto another? Alice chess
Emmet Brickowski is the hero of which 2014 film? The Lego Movie
In 1279 a will by Genoese soldier Ponzio Bastone contains the first known reference to which foodstuff? Pasta
Who wrote the 1975 novel "Shogun"? James Clavell
Cedric Popkin is the most likely person to have killed who on 21st April 1918? Red Baron/Manfred von Richthofen
With 72 confirmed victories which Canadian was the British Empire's greatest WW1 flying ace? Billy Bishop
Which Frenchman was WW1's top Allied flying ace? René Fonck
In what specific procedure is a Cronin-Gerow implant used? Breast augmentation/enlargement surgery
Senh Duong created which website in 1998? Rotten Tomatoes
Who won a Grammy for his 1986 comedy LP "A Night at the Met"? Robin Williams
Daniel Raufast created which footwear brand in 1970? Kickers
Which Time Inc publication focusing on design and architecture, fashion, travel, art and lifestyle was founded in 1996 by Tyler Brule? Wallpaper
Tyler Brule founded which upmarket magazine on 14 February 2007? Monocle
Which French fashion designer introduced the men's skirt in the mid-1980s? Jean-Paul Gaultier
Who killed Topsy the Elephant in a horrifying scientific demonstration of the dangers of alternating current in 1903? Thomas Edison
In which city is the Temple Emanu-El, built in 1845, and one of the largest synagogues in the world? New York City
Citizens of which country are forbidden, by law, to gamble at the Monte Carlo Casino? Monaco itself
Which London dry gin was created by James Burroughs in 1862? Beefeater
Which Costa del Sol resort lies between Malaga and the Gibraltar Strait and has a population of around 140,000? Marbella
Whose career was interrupted by the 1976 'Gwen Troakes' incident? Fanny Cradock
Which boxer became undisputed World Heavyweight Champion in 1970 after defeating Jimmy Ellis in five rounds? Joe Frazier
Where did the 1971 "Fight of the Century" between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali take place? Madison Square Garden, New York City
Which Eltham-born comedian wrote the 1944 book "I Never Left Home"? Bob Hope
Which fast food chain sells a 'Bender in a Bun with Cheese'? Wimpy
Beginning in 1970, the Australian actor Keith Michell was reknowned for his portrayals of which monarch? Henry VIII
Who released the single "I Need A Dollar", and sung on Avicii's "Wake Me Up"? Aloe Blacc
Ludwig Purtscheller and Hans Meyer were the first to climb which mountain in 1889? Kilimanjaro
Nick Nack was the diminutive sidekick of which Bond villain? Scaramanga
Hannah Horvath, Marnie Michaels, Shoshannah Shapiro and Jessa Johansson are characters in which US TV series? Girls
Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp founded which business in 2009? Uber
SoMa and the Tenderloin are areas of which city? San Francisco
The church celebrates whose birth of 24th June? John the Baptist
On which date does the church celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary? 8th September
In 2009 which tennis player gave Rafael Nadal his first ever singles defeat at the French Open? Robin Soderling
Who wrote the line: "The rule is: jam tomorrow and jam yesterday, but never jam today"? Lewis Carroll
Mickey the Monkey first appeared in 1951 on the front page of which British comic? Topper
Which US playwright wrote "Barefoot In The Park" in 1963 - the original run starred Robert Redford? Neil Simon
Lancelot Gobbo is the servant of which character in "The Merchant of Venice"? Bassanio
Which Shakespeare play features the lines: "This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars ... This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England"? Richard II
Which hero of a classic novel of 1726 had the first name Lemuel? Gulliver
Who or what is a proselyte? One who has converted from one opinion, or religion, to another
In Norse myth, which squirrel runs up and down the world tree Yggdrasil to carry messages - his name means 'drill tooth'? Ratatoskr
In 2014, who became the youngest slalom champion in Olympic alpine skiing history, at 18 years and 345 days? Mikaela Shiffrin
In 2014, which US skier became became the oldest medalist in Olympic alpine skiing, with bronze in super-G aged 36? Bode Miller
Which band achieved commercial success in 1982 with the UK Top 10 album Sulk and UK Top 20 singles "Party Fears Two" and "Club Country"? The Associates
Which English cartoonist and illustrator created art for Pink Floyd on their 1979 album The Wall, its 1982 film adaption, and tour (1980-81), as well as being featured in the 1979 music video for "Another Brick in the Wall: Part 2".? Gerald Scarfe
Reaching Number 6 in 1967, which Pink Floyd is song reportedly about a girl who Syd Barrett claimed to have seen while sleeping in the woods after taking a psychedelic drug? See Emily Play
Que Sera Mi Vida (If You Should Go), released in 1980 was which band's highest placing track in the UK Singles Chart? The Gibson Brothers
Which folk band and one-hit wonders had the hit single, "Daytrip to Bangor (Didn't We Have a Lovely Time)" (1979)? Fiddler's Dram
Which three West Brom players were called "The Three Degrees" by manager Ron Atkinson? Cyrille Regis, Laurie Cunningham, Brendan Batson
Which 1980s pop idol was born Nicholas Bates on 8th June 1962? Nick Rhodes
Who was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on 25th June 1963? George Michael
Who is the drummer of U2? Larry Mullen Jr
What is Morrissey's first name? Steven
Which former heavyweight world champion was a working cowboy until age 27? Jess Willard
Which former Heavyweight World Champion once worked as a copper miner and was a Mormon? Jack Dempsey
Which Greek lyric poet (680 – c. 645 BC) from Paros was the earliest known to compose based almost entirely on his own feelings and emotions? Archilocus
Gustave Moreau was a French artist who principally worked within which tradition? Symbolism
Cited as the place where he met the Muses by Hesiod, which real-life summit became associated in Greece with poetic inspiration? Mount Helicon
The ceramic faience that is blue or green and was known in the ancient world is known how, to distinguish it from the later tin-glazed pottery associated with Faenza in Italy? Egyptian faience
What is a whetstone used for? Sharpening
Before moving to the Bridgewater Hall, what was the home of the Hallé Orchestra? Free Trade Hall
The Irwell Sculpture Trail follows a 30 mile trail from Salford Quays to where? Bacup
Near Altrincham, which stately home was the former home of the Earls of Stamford, but has neen owned by the National Trust since 1976? Dunham Massey
Belinda Kurczesky is the real name of which pop singer? Belinda Carlisle
Which English monarch was dubbed ‘That man of blood’? Charles I
What is the brightest star in the constellation Ursa Minor? Polaris
Named after Ellis "Puss" Achong, a West Indian bowler, which cricket term describes a left-handed bowler bowling wrist spin, usually to a right handed batsman? Chinaman
Who co-wrote the musical Starlight Express with Andrew Lloyd Webber? Richard Stilgoe
In Irish myth what is the name of the land of the young, or land of eternal youth? Tir Na Nog
Which Battle that took place in Natal in South Africa between 23–24 January 1900 saw 8000 Boer soldiers defeat a force of 30,000 British soldiers? Battle of Spion Kop
Which academy award winning director directed the films “Dog Day Afternoon”, “Network” and “12 Angry Men”? Sidney Lumet
By what English name do we know the flowering bulbs of the genus Galanthus? Snowdrop
How many compartments are there on a British Roulette wheel? 37
Which English engineer (1823-1905) was most famous for developing the first effective self-propelled naval torpedo? Robert Whitehead
Which plant is the emblem of Northern Ireland and is displayed by the Northern Ireland Assembly, appearing on the reverse of the British £1 coin to represent N. Ireland on coins minted in 1986 1991 & 2014, as well as being the national flower of Belarus? Flax
Which house did Thomas Jefferson build around 1770 near Charlottesville? Monticello
What is the world's oldest scientific zoo, opening 27th April 1828? London Zoo
In which state capital is there a State Capitol building part-designed by Thomas Jefferson? Richmond (Virginia)
Which former US President married Martha Wayles Skelton? Thomas Jefferson
In which year was the US Declaration of Independence? 1776
Which German neoclassicist architect, painter and writer was the court architect of Bavarian King Ludwig and designed the Alte Pinakothek and Residenz in Munich and St Petersburg's New Hermitage? Leo von Klenze
Which prolific German architect (1781-1841) designed Berlin's Schauspielhaus (1819–1821) and Altes Museum on Museum Island, as well as painting "Gothic Cathedral by the Water"? Karl Friedrich Schinkel
Which German architect (born 1803 in Hamburg, died 1879 in Rome) designed the Dresden Hoftheater and began the Burgtheater in Vienna? Gottfried Semper
"Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" was the last episode, broadcast in 1983, of which popular TV series? M*A*S*H
Who was Roman Emperor for one month with his father in 238, the Year of the Six Emperors - seeking to overthrow the Emperor Maximinus Thrax, he died in battle outside of Carthage? Gordian II
What is the capital and largest city of the French Overseas Collective of Wallis and Futuna? Mata-Utu
Producing 5,400 tonnes, which country produced the most silver in the world in 2015 - mines include the Peñasquito Polymetallic Mine? Mexico
In 2015 which country worldwide produced the most uranium - the Kharasan mine being a major source? Kazakhstan
Which town in west London, England, and the administrative headquarters of the London Borough of Hillingdon, is the headquarters of Brunel University? Uxbridge
The M20 connects the M25 to which coastal terminus? Folkestone
Which motorway runs from junction 1a of the M9, at the south end of the Forth Road Bridge, to Perth, passing Dunfermline and Kinross on the way? M90
Haddington Hill is the highest point of which English county? Buckinghamshire (it is in the Chilterns)
Which famous island was once called both Little Oyster Island, and Gibbet Island? Ellis Island
Tortuga Island, a Caribbean pirate stronghold in the 17th Century, belongs to which nation? Haiti
What was the French colonial name of Haiti? Saint-Domingue
Occurring 1652–54 which conflict, the first of four, was fought entirely at sea between the two navies? First Anglo-Dutch War
What name is given to the surprise attack in June 1667 on the English fleet in its home port, which arguably won the Second Anglo-Dutch war for the Dutch; it is considered to be one of the most humiliating defeats in British military history? Raid on the Medway
Which battle took place on 28 May Old Style, 7 June New Style 1672 and was the first naval battle of the Third Anglo-Dutch War? Battle of Solebay
Oliver Cromwell launched the "Western Design" in December 1654 against the colonies of which nation? Spain (Spanish colonies in the West Indies)
Who was French President from 1969 to 1974, replacing De Gaulle? Georges Pompidou
Who was the last French President of the Fourth Republic, resigning in January 1959 for De Gaulle? René Coty
Who was French President from 1947 to 1954? Vincent Auriol
Which major city in Morocco is located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean near the foot of the Atlas Mountains, just north of the point where the Sous River flows into the ocean, and was the scene of an eponymous April 1911 'crisis'? Agadir
The Rio Yavari forms, for over 800km, part of the border between Brazil and which other nation? Peru
In which country is the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the highest coastal mountain range in the world? Colombia
Which city is served by Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado? Bogota
What currency is used in Colombia? Peso
Which Latin American city is served by Aeropuerto Internacional Jose Maria Cordoba? Medellin
Used especially in Latin America what term means "all high, tropical, montane vegetation above the continuous timberline", and is also the name of an outdoor clothing brand? Paramo
Held 40 days before Easter, which Colombian city's Carnaval is second only to Rio in size in South America? Barranquilla
The soup ajiaco, made with chicken, three varieties of potatoes, and the Galinsoga parviflora herb, is considered native to which capital city? Bogota
Who wrote 1871 opera "The Demon"? Anton Rubinstein
Both Piotr Tchaikovsky and his mother died from which illness? Cholera
Which lyric opera in one act by Pyotr Tchaikovsky was the last opera he composed? Iolanta
Which Velazquez painting is sometimes also called "Las Lanzas"? The Surrender of Breda
Which US actress is best known for her role as Kimmy Schmidt in the Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? Ellie Kemper
For which novel did PH Newby win the first ever Booker Prize? Something To Answer For
William Golding's book "The Inheritors" is about the last tribe of who? Neanderthals
What did the PL stand for in the name of Mary Poppins creator PL Travers? Pamela Lyndon
What is the Christian name of HG Wells character "Kipps"? Arthur/Artie
Who wrote "Toilers Of The Sea" in 1866? Victor Hugo
What pen name was used by Ruth Rendell for some of her novels, starting with "A Dark-Adapted Eye" (1986)? Barbara Vine
The novels The Cuckoo's Calling (2013), The Silkworm (2014) and Career of Evil (2015) were written by JK Rowling under what pseudonym? Robert Galbraith
John Felton assassinated which favourite of James I on 23 August 1628, at the Greyhound Pub in Portsmouth? George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham
Apethorpe Palace formerly known as Apethorpe Hall, Apethorpe House or Apthorp Park, is in which English county? Northamptonshire
Who wrote 1771's "The Expedition of Thomas Clinker"? Tobias Smollett
What is the short, single-word name for the compound with the formula KAl(SO4)2·12H2O? Alum
Which meat market is now London's only remaining wholesale market in continuous operation since medieval times? Smithfield meat market
Which office was held by Stephen Langdon in the year 1215? Archbishop of Canterbury
In which opera does Captain Vere command HMS Invincible? Billy Budd
Who released the 1965 album "Farewell, Angelina"? Joan Baez
Which number Mozart symphony is nicknamed the "Jupiter"? 41st
Which famous opera, first performed in 1871, features a chorus of Moorish (not Hebrew!) slaves? Aida by Verdi
Which historical leader of Native Americans had a name that translates as "the one who yawns"? Geronimo
What was the name of the ship that spilled oil after running aground on 16 March 1978, on Portsall Rocks, 5 km (3 mi) from the coast of Brittany, France? Amoco Cadiz
Which UK Chancellor introduced Premium Bonds in 1956? Harold MacMillan
Who did Jeremy Thorpe replace as leader of the British Liberal party? Jo Grimond
'Mad' Frankie Fraser, an English gangster and criminal who spent 42 years in prison for numerous violent offences, worked for which gang, rivals to the Kray twins, in the 1960s, also known as "the Torture Gang"? Richardsons (Richardson Gang)
Hadrian's Pantheon in Rome was built to replace a temple commissioned by which Roman consul, statesman, general and architect (64-12BCE), a close friend of Augustus? Marcus Agrippa
In which war did the Battle of Tewkesbury occur? Wars of the Roses
What was the forename of the elder brother of Ronnie and Reggie Kray? Charlie
What was the codename (in English) of the WW2 Nazi bombing of Coventry? Operation Moonlight Sonata
The evacuation of children from British cities in WW2 was codenamed as which "operation"? Operation Pied Piper
Which Greek biographer and essayist (46-120), is known primarily for his "Parallel Lives" and "Moralia"? Plutarch
Which daily newspaper comic strip created by American cartoonists Brant Parker and Johnny Hart began in 1964? The Wizard of Id
Which American cartoonist was perhaps most famous for the "Terry and the Pirates" and "Steve Canyon" comic strips? Milton Caniff
In literature what are Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive and Clea? The four parts of Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet
Which English comic television writer is best known for creating the hit sitcom "Men Behaving Badly" but also wrote "The Durrells"? Simon Nye
In which year was Orwell's "Animal Farm" first published? 1949
In literature, how are Dmitri, Alyosha, Ivan and Smeryakov better known in the title of a novel? The Brothers Karamazov
What nationality is the author Colleen McCollough? Australia
What was the pen name of Chinese-born Eurasian Elizabeth Comber? Han Suyin
"Hilda Lessways" and "These Twain" are the second and third parts, respectively of which novel trilogy? Arnold Bennett's "Clayhanger"
Which English novelist and dramatist is probably best known for historical novel "The Cloister and the Hearth"? Charles Reade
"The Collector", Clegg, in John Fowles' novel of the same title collects what? Butterflies
Whose magnum opus was novel sequence La Comédie Humaine? Balzac
Celie, Nettie and Shug Avery are central characters in which novel? The Color Purple
Named after the man who first invented and patented it in 1858, which moulded glass jar used in home canning to preserve food possesses a screw thread on the mouth's outer perimeter to accept a metal ring (or "band")? Mason jar
Bryan Donkin acquired Peter Durand's patent in 1812 for the sum of £1000 for producing what - he later refined the design and successfully sold it, mainly to ships? Cans (of food)
Lake Wenham in Essex County, Massachusetts, was once famed, in the 19th century, for exporting which product, particularly to Britain? Ice
Which battle that took place the northernmost part of the outer Oslofjord in southern Norway, on 9 April 1940 marked the end of the "Phoney War" and the beginning of World War II in Western Europe? Battle of Drøbak Sound
Which meat extract was invented by the German chemist Julius Liebig? Oxo
Which major city was founded by King Aulungpaya in 1755? Rangoon/Yangon
In which decade were the first Wimbledon tennis championships held? 1870s (1877)
Under which name did pool player Rudolph Wanderone Jr (d. 1996) achieve fame? Minnesota Fats
Who was the only British male gold medallist at the 1960 Olympics? Don Thompson
Who won the Men's Commonwealth Games long jump in both 1966 and 1970? Lyn Davies
In which Irish county is Fairyhouse, the home of the Irish Grand National? Meath
Golfer Lee Westwood was born and raised in which Midlands town? Worksop
Which former Ryder Cup golfer is Lee Westwood's brother-in-law? Andrew Coltart
How was Martin Ruane (d. 1998) better known in a sporting context? Giant Haystacks
A statue of which former Chelsea and Southampton player stands outside Stamford Bridge - he was nicknamed "King of Stamford Bridge"? Peter Osgood
Which basketball player announced he was HIV positive in 1991, while at the LA Lakers? Magic Johnson
Sulpicius Severus is known for his hagiography of which Christian saint? St Martin (of Tours)
What name is given to a canopy of state typically placed over an altar or throne? Baldachin
Which evangelist is represented as a winged ox in Christian art? St Luke
The Ghent altarpiece (or the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, Dutch: Het Lam Gods) is an important art treasure that was painted by who in the 15th Century? Jan & Hubert Van Eyck
According to Tommaso de Celano's Vita Seconda, which saint experienced a vision of five thrones, an event later captured in a painting by Giotto? St Francis of Assisi
Who created, between 1647 and 1653, the Throne of St Peter that can be found in the Vatican? Gian Lorenzo Bernini
A grandson of Charlemagne, what epithet was applied to Charles King of West Francia (843–77), King of Italy (875–77) and Holy Roman Emperor (875–77)? The Bald
What is the official term for a Catholic pulpit, which usually stands to the right with respect to the altar? Ambo
Containing one of the Seven churches of Asia mentioned in the Book of Revelation, and scene of a 371CE church Council, which now ruined city on the Lycus is now situated near the modern city of Denizli in Turkey? Laodicea
What name is given to the traditional, ceremonial head-dress of bishops and certain abbots in traditional Christianity? Mitre
Which city lies at the confluence of the Neckar and the Rhine? Mannheim
What does GCHQ stand for? Government Communication Head Quarters
In which English city is "The Doughnut", the main base for GCHQ, based? Cheltenham
What is the highest civil decoration that can be awarded in the UK? George Cross
In which modern nation is Sidi Bel Abbes, the former home of the French Foreign Legion? Algeria
Which place in Europe was known as Riduna to the Romans? Alderney
What is the name of the parliament of Sark? Chief Pleas
In the UK, the Household Cavalry comprises which two regiments? The Life Guards and the Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons).
Where is the British Royal Navy's officer training school located? Dartmouth
A salute of how many guns is traditionally fired on the British monarch's birthday at the Tower of London? 62
A traditional basic gun salute in the UK consists of how many guns? 21
What two items are held in the arms of the statue of 'Justice' outside London's Old Bailey? Sword, set of scales
Glasgow and Cardiff both have train stations that have the same name - what is it? Queen Street
Which island is the most easterly of the West Indies? Barbados
Founded on 27 June 1937, the Trade Union BALPA represents which profession in the UK? Airline Pilots
The town of Derry, or Londonderry, lies on which river? Foyle
Which country in the world has the highest 'lowest point' of them all? Lesotho
What is the world's largest landlocked nation? Kazakhstan
The French city of Lyons lies on which river? Rhone
What is the largest province in Canada? Quebec (Nunavut is larger but is not a province)
Which peninsula in Dorset is bordered by water on three sides: the English Channel to the south and east, where steep cliffs fall to the sea; and by the marshy lands of the River Frome and Poole Harbour to the north? Isle of Purbeck
In which English county is Kimmeridge Bay? Dorset
Called a "Quinquet" in France, which eponymous 1780 lamp, named for its Swiss inventor, had more complete combustion of the candle wick and oil than in other lamps and thus required much less frequent trimming of the wick? Argand lamp
Though its precise function is unknown, guesses include buoyancy and echolcation. What name is given to the waxy substance found in the head cavities of the sperm whale? Spermaceti
Which solid, waxy, flammable substance of a dull grey or blackish colour, produced in the digestive system of sperm whales and commercially valuable, may be produced physiologically to help the whale pass the beaks of squid? Ambergris
Which large and diverse class of organic compounds, whose name derives from 'turpentine', are produced by a variety of plants, particularly conifers? Terpenes
The Canadian Abraham Gesner invented a method of extraction of, and named, which fuel in 1854? Kerosene
George Henry Bissell (November 8, 1821 – November 19, 1884) is often considered the father of which American industry, being the first to recognise its potential value? Oil
How many US gallons are there in a barrel of oil? 42
Widely considered the wealthiest American of all time and the richest person in modern history, who founded Standard Oil in 1870? John D Rockefeller
Which one-time club counted among its members Robert Walpole, Joseph Addison, Richard Steele and William Congreve? Kit-cat club
Which early 18th century pair of friends called each other "Mrs Morley" and "Mrs Freeman" in order to play down the disparity in their relative statuses? Queen Anne and the Duchess of Marlborough
Woodstock Palace, mostly destroyed during the English Civil War, was in which English county? Oxfordshire
Which (1648-1721) Dutch-British sculptor and wood carver is perhaps best known for his work in England, including at Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral and other London churches? Grinling Gibbons
Born in Wotton, Surrey in 1620, which man's diaries, or memoirs, are largely contemporaneous with those of his rival diarist, Samuel Pepys? John Evelyn
Which dynasty of Frankish/French kings was founded by Clovis I? Merovingian
Which of Jesus' disciples and apostle was the brother of Simon Peter (St Peter)? Andrew
Which symbolic name for the city of Rome is used four times in the Biblical Book of Revelation? Babylon
Who is believed to have written the New Testament book "Acts of the Apostles"? St Luke
Which Roman Emperor first decided to build a basilica to St Peter on the Vatican hill, in 320CE? Constantine the Great
According to Orthodox tradition, the apostolic successor to Saint Andrew is which of the Patriarchs? Patriarch of Constantinople
The fourth 'Pope' or Bishop of Rome, holding office from 88 to his death in 99, and considered to be the first Apostolic Father of the Church, who was allegedly martyred in the Crimea by being tied to an anchor and thrown in the sea? Clement I
Which of the Christian apostles, and disciples, once drew his sword and struck off the ear of the high priest's chief servant? St Peter
Which ancient city located in Central Macedonia, Greece, is best known as the historical capital of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon in the time of Alexander the Great? Pella
One of ten Decapolis cities that were founded during the Hellenistic period and became powerful under Roman jurisdiction, in which modern day country is Pella, to which Jerusalem Christians supposedly fled in 70CE? Jordan
Called 'the brother of Jesus' (although not accepted by Catholics or Orthodox Christians who believe in Mary's perpetual virginity), which apostle and leader of Jerusalem Christians was martyred in 62 or 69AD? James
Which Roman Emperor ruled 81-96AD, and, the son of Vespasian, was the last member of the Flavian dynasty? Domitian
Roman emperor from 98 to 117 AD, who presided over the greatest military expansion in Roman history, leading the empire to attain its maximum territorial extent by the time of his death? Trajan
Roman Emperor from 138 to 161, who may have sent an envoy to China, although given the dates involved, it could also have been his adoptive son and successor Marcus Aurelius? Antoninus Pius
He died a martyr, bound and burned at the stake, then stabbed when the fire failed to touch him; which 2nd-century Christian bishop of Smyrna? Polycarp
Which fruit is most often used in a Cumberland Sauce? Redcurrant
What was the forename of the "Leader of the Pack" in the song by the Shangri-Las? Jimmy
What was the first US number 1 single by The Beatles? I Want To Hold Your Hand
"Zadok the Priest" was first played at which British monarch's coronation? George II
Who co-wrote the song "We Are The World"? Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson
"We Are The World" was released in 1985 by the supergroup "USA for Africa". In this context, what did USA stand for? United Support of Artists
In 1922 the opera singer Alessandro Moreschi died - he was the last known opera singer with what distinction? A castrato
Which bass guitarist (10 May 1957 – 2 February 1979) famously had the notes written on the neck of his guitar? Sid Vicious
Who wrote the concert-overture "Consecration of the House" in 1822? Beethoven
Giving his name, eponymously, to any Greek artificer and to many Greek contraptions that represented dextrous skill, which mythological figure was supposed to have made the first statues? Daedalus
In Greek myth, which Amazon queen killed Hippolyta with a spear when they were hunting deer, causing her much grief? Penthesilea
Who replaced Brian Jones in The Rolling Stones in 1969, staying in the band until 1974 - he thus appeared on some of the Stones' classic albums including Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main St? Mick Taylor
In which town are Fisherman's Friends made? Fleetwood
Who was the Greek God of the Northern wind? Boreas
Which nickname, also a segment in radio programme "Take It From Here", has been given to the musical "Les Miserables", from a creative translation of its name into English? The Glums
Who had a UK number 1 single in 1987 with "Star Trekkin'"? The Firm
Give a year in the reign of Pope Adrian IV (Nicholas Breakspear). 1154-59
Which 20th century Pope's real name was Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli? John XXIII
With which song did the group Jemini famously score "nul points" and finish last at Eurovision in 2003? Cry Baby
"Scheherazade" was an 1888 work by which Russian composer? Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Who wrote controversial 2002 book "A New Kind of Science" in which he argues that the scientific philosophy and methods appropriate for the study of simple programs are relevant to other fields of science? Stephen Wolfram
Plastics are composed of repeating structural units given what name, from the Greek for "many parts"? Polymer
What name is given to an atom, molecule, or ion that has an unpaired valence electron? Free Radical (accept radical)
Which of the halogens produces the weakest acid when combined with hydrogen? Fluorine
In 1842 the Swedish chemist Baron Jöns Jakob Berzelius proposed the term "halogen" from the Greek meaning what? Salt Producer
How is somatotropin also known in biology? Growth Hormone
A 'grieve' was armour that protected what part of a knight's body? Shin
In 1959, Hugh McDonald created which aid to police investigation? Identikit
Which European car company were the first to mass produce front-wheel drive cars, doing so with an executive car whose name referred to front wheel drive, from 1934 to 1957? Citroen (Traction Avant)
In hi-fis, which device corrected distortions from the unequal amplification of frequencies? (Graphic) Equaliser
"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967) was which actor's final film? Spencer Tracy
What is the third largest island of Malta called? Comino
What is Japan's third largest island? Kyushu
Henri Mouhot popularised which famous site in the West, when he wrote of it after visiting in 1857? Angkor
Who was the first Westerner to command a ship that crossed the Antarctic Circle? James Cook
What is Africa's most easterly mainland point? Cape Guardafui
In which country is Africa's most easterly mainland point? Somalia
From 1821 to 1903, Panama was part of which country? Colombia
What is the second largest island of the Philippines? Mindanao
Which country has a formal name preceded by "Most Serene Republic of"? San Marino
The largest eagle known to have ever existed, which species, endemic to New Zealand's south island became extinct around 1400, round about the same time its main prey, the moa, did? Haast's Eagle
The Scott Base is an Antarctic research facility belonging to which nation? New Zealand
The largest community in Antarctica, which United States Antarctic research centre is located on the south tip of Ross Island? McMurdo Station
Christchurch in New Zealand lies on which river? Avon
Which noted architect designed Christchurch's Anglican Cathedral? George Gilbert Scott
Christchurch in New Zealand is named after a college at which university? Oxford
Named after a naturalist, which peninsula, created by a volcanic creator, lies to the SE of Christchurch in New Zealand? Banks Peninsula
The major port on New Zealand's south island, and not far from Christchurch, which port was used by both Scott and Shackleton as departure points for Antarctic expeditions? Lyttleton
Who directed the 1996 film "The Frighteners" and 1988's "Bad Taste"? Peter Jackson
Lying on Banks Peninsula, what is called New Zealand's "French settlement" having been founded in 1838 by Jean Langlois? Akaroa
King Ecgfrith of Northumbria died at which 685 battle against the Picts? Battle of Dun Nechtain or Battle of Nechtansmere
Which Welsh-Norman lord notable for his leading role in the Norman invasion of Ireland was nicknamed "Strongbow"? Richard de Clare (2nd Earl of Pembroke)
Said to ward off evil, what name is given to figurative carvings of naked women displaying an exaggerated vulva that can be seen on medieval structures in Ireland and Britain? Sheela na gig
What is the supposed function of 'apotropaic' magical rites? Ward off evil/misfortune etc
Who was the first English monarch to call themselves the King of Ireland, where previous monarchs had been "Lord of Ireland"? Henry VIII
What name was given to the 1593-1603 conflict fought between the forces of Gaelic Irish chieftains Hugh O'Neill of Tír Eoghain, Hugh Roe O'Donnell of Tír Chonaill and their allies, against English rule in Ireland? Nine Years War/Tyrone's Rebellion
Rebellions that occurred in 1569–1573 and 1579–1583 in the Irish province of Munster have been given what name in history, derived from the Earl whose followers caused them? Desmond Rebellions
Mark William Calaway (born March 24, 1965) is a retired wrestler who went by which name? The Undertaker
Now with a name meaning an entirely different vocation what name was given to a 17th century financier of the Plantations of Ireland, who pledge to import tenants from England to work their new lands? Undertakers
The Siege of which Irish town took place on 3–11 September 1649 at the outset of the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland - it is infamous for a later massacre of town defenders by parliamentarian troops? Drogheda
Its genus name is regarded as a misspelling of the Japanese for "silver apricot" - which primitive tree is the only living species in its division, although fossils of it dating back 270 million years have been found? Gingko biloba
Also called a "seed leaf", in botany, what name is given to the primary leaf in the embryo of the higher plants? Cotyledon
Which pizza variety is supposedly named for the queen consort of Umberto I? Margherita
Which group of lakes form the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth by total area, and second largest by total volume containing 21% of the world's surface fresh water by volume? Great Lakes
The shrub camellia sinensis is used to produce which commodity? Tea
Brought to Olympus by doves, and conferring immortality, what was the food of the gods in Greek myth? Ambrosia
The Book of Revelation in the New Testament is often called The Revelation of _______ after which of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus? John
What meteorological phenomenon is a rapidly rotating storm system characterized by a low-pressure centre, a closed low-level atmospheric circulation, strong winds, and a spiral arrangement of thunderstorms that produce heavy rain? Tropical cyclone/hurricane
"The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries" is an 1812 painting by which French painter in the Neoclassical style and friend of Robespierre? Jacques-Louis David
Which other composer is mentioned (other than Beethoven) in Chuck Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven"? Tchaikovsky
Changing her name on the advice of a fortune teller, Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon won a weight-lifting gold at the 2008 Olympics and has the longest name of any Olympic medallist. Which country was she representing? Thailand
What is Russia's largest island, called Karafuto in Japan? Sakhalin Island
Who won their first Davis Cup in 2016, after runner-up finishes in 1981, 2006, 2008 and 2011? Argentina
Thomas Cole founded which mid-19th century American art movement influenced by Romanticism? Hudson River School
With which country does France share its longest border? Brazil
Which 1968 British drama film produced and directed by Lindsay Anderson satirising English public school life shares its name with a Rudyard Kipling poem? If....
Who founded the Achaemenid Empire in 550BCE? Cyrus the Great (Cyrus II of Persia)
Which fruit gives its name to an informal measurement of ionizing radiation exposure, intended as a general educational example to compare a dose of radioactivity to the dose one is exposed to by eating one average-sized example? Banana (banana equivalent dose)
Which city, the home of the newspaper Gazzetto della Sport, is the traditional end point of the Giro D'Italia? Milan
Both surviving landscapes by El Greco depict views of which city? Toledo
Which cyclist of the late 60s and early 70s was nicknamed the 'Cannibal'? Eddie Merckx
Only three cyclists have won all five of the races called the 'Monuments of Cycling', considered the oldest, hardest and most prestigious one-day events in cycling, as of 2017 - name any two. Rik Van Looy, Eddy Merckx and Roger De Vlaeminck
Which future captain made a century on his cricket Test debut for England versus New Zealand in 2004? Andrew Strauss
Who did Bjorn Borg defeat in the final to win his first Wimbledon singles title in 1976? Ilie Nastase
Which is the last of the four golf majors to be played in the calendar year? US PGA
Which American professional boxer who competed from 1934 to 1951 was nicknamed "The Brown Bomber"? Joe Louis
Which athlete won both the long jump and heptathlon Olympic gold in 1988, and heptathlon gold in 1992? Jackie Joyner-Kersee
As of 2017, which NBA team are the only team in the major professional North American sports leagues located in Sacramento? Sacramento Kings
Which cycling one-day classic race, held in late April is called La Doyenne, is the oldest Classic, is the last of the Ardennes classics and usually the last of the spring races? Liège–Bastogne–Liège
Considered "the sprinter's classic", which classic cycling race is the first major Classic of the year, with its Italian name being La Primavera (the spring), because it is held in late March? Milan - San Remo
Winning in 2004, who was the first Russian woman to win the Ladies singles title at Wimbledon? Maria Sharapova
Which French tennis player beat Sabine Lisicki in 2013 to win the Ladies singles title at Wimbledon? Marion Bartoli
Winning 48 events in her career, Nancy Lopez (born January 6, 1957) was a major name in which sport? Golf
Which high-profile Bishop of Liverpool in the Church of England (1929-2005) played cricket for Sussex and England in his youth? David Sheppard
Which football team, that have competed in three tiers of the football league, are nicknamed "The Glovers"? Yeovil Town FC
Doing so in 2004, who was the first boxer to win six major titles in six different weight divisions? Oscar de la Hoya
Doing so in 2009, who was the second boxer to win six major titles in six different weight divisions? Manny Pacquaio
What was the real name of the British wrestler known as Kendo Nagasaki, who famously appeared on 'World of Sport' in the 1970s? Peter Thornley
How many bulls are fought in a traditional Spanish bullfight? Six (three toreadors with two bulls each)
What colour of dots are worn on the jersey of the Tour de France 'King of the Mountains'? Red (on white)
Who painted 1882's "A Bar at the Folies-Bergère"? Manet
Which video-sharing website in which users can upload, share and view videos was founded in November 2004 by Jake Lodwick and Zach Klein? Vimeo
Founded in 1994 in Montreal, Quebec by Suroosh Alvi, Gavin McInnes and Shane Smith, which magazine and website frequently devotes itself to single topics each month, and once was famed for covering taboo topics? Vice
Which company developed the Android Operating System, releasing its source code under an open source licence? Google
Which car company used the "Power of Dreams" slogan? Honda
Which entrepreneur was born Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen? Jeff Bezos
Created by Robert Kalin, Chris Maguire, Haim Schoppik and Jared Tarbell which peer-to-peer (P2P) e-commerce website is focused on handmade or vintage items and supplies, as well as unique factory-manufactured items? Etsy
A warrior goddess as well as goddess of healing, which ancient Egyptian goddess is depicted as a lioness? Sekhmet
For what did the Latin acronym SPQR stand? Senatus Populusque Romanus
Which Texas lawyer, politician, land baron and signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence refused to brand his cattle, thus allowing his surname to pass into the English language as a word for independence of mind? Samuel Maverick
What were the forenames of the Rothschild, a German Jewish banker (23 February 1744 – 19 September 1812) from whom the Rothschild banking family is descended? Mayer Amschel
The fourth and penultimate site for the Wedgwood pottery business, which area of Stoke was named by Josiah Wedgwood for an area of Italy renowned for its artists? Etruria
What was the original title of Millais' painting "Bubbles"? A Child's World
Which early Greek historian and geographer wrote "Journey round the Earth" or "World Survey" and was the first known author to mention the Celts? Hecataeus of Miletus
Which Greek geographer and explorer from the Greek colony of Massalia circumnavigated Great Britain in a voyage of exploration to northwestern Europe in about 325 BC, but his description of it, widely known in Antiquity, has not survived? Pytheas
Which country was named after the King of Spain from 1556-98? Philippines (Philip II)
Which country was named after a French Minister of Finance who was in office 1754-56? Seychelles (Jean Moreau de Séchelles)
Which microfinance organisation and community development bank founded in Bangladesh that makes small loans to the impoverished without requiring collateral shared the Nobel Peace Prize with its founder, Mohammed Yunus, in 2006? Grameen Bank
Which founder member of the SDLP was co-recipient of the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize, with David Trimble? John Hume
On which date in the calendar was VE Day, in 1945? May 8th
Who was Henry VIII's fifth wife? Catherine Howard
Who was Henry VIII's third wife? Jane Seymour
Which line divides English and Welsh speakers in Pembrokeshire? Landsker line
Who was the wife and consort of Henry VII of England? Elizabeth of York
How old was Elizabeth I of England when crowned? 25
Who built the first dedicated theatrical house in England since Roman times, in 1576? James Burbage
The Eleanor crosses began and ended where? Charing Cross and Lincoln
Which monarch began construction of the present Westminister Abbey? Henry III (in 1245)
Which monarch rebuilt St Peter's Abbey (later Westminister Abbey) in 1042? Edward the Confessor
Which monarch of England was the son of Edward the Black Prince? Richard II
Name the year Idi Amin seize power in Uganda, barriers collapsed at Ibrox stadium killing 66 people and Joe Frazier beats Muhammed Ali on points? 1971
Mount Marcy is the highest peak of which North American range? Adirondacks
Which number Tchaikovsky symphony is known as the 'Little Russian' or 'Ukrainian'? Second
What do the letters O.G. mean to a philatelist? Original gum
Which is the westernmost African country to lie on the Equator? Gabon
Who played the diver Mike Nelson in TV series 'Sea Hunt'? Lloyd Bridges
How are stages 3 and 4 of sleep collectively known? Deep sleep
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a controversial questionnaire that supposedly determines what? Personality type
Which nation won the Thomas Cup for the first time in 2014? Japan
Who was the Greek God of death? Thanatos
What is the third part of Wagner's Ring Cycle called? Siegfried
What was British Pope Adrian IV's real name? Nicholas Brakespear
In Greek myth, who rescued Prometheus from having his liver pecked at daily? Heracles
In Greek myth, Eos (Dawn Goddess) and Helios were the children of which Titan? Hyperion
In Greek myth, who was the wife of Cronos? Rhea
Give a year in the life of JMW Turner. 1775-1871
In which year did Rudyard Kipling die? 1936
Give a year in Egypt's Middle Kingdom period. 2051-1786BC
What was the name given to the Fokker FV11/3m with which Charles Kingford Smith was the first man to fly across the Pacific in 1928? Southern Cross
Which company owns the ship the RMS Queen Mary 2? Cunard
The Pilgrims' Way runs between which two English cities? Winchester and Canterbury
Which 1588 bridge spans Venice's grand canal, the oldest of the four to do so? Rialto Bridge
Which Finnish town or city, the most populous outside the Helsinki metropolitan area, is famed for its illuminations, like Blackpool? Tampere
Delaware Bay separates Delaware from which other US state? New Jersey
The capital of the Valle del Cauca department, what is the most populous city in southwest Colombia? Cali
In which English county is Rochester? Kent
In geography, what does the French ROM stand for? Regions d'outre-mer (overseas regions)
The Palazzo Bo is the historic seat of the university in which city, founded in 1222, and once attended by Galileo? Padua
Which controversial tenpin bowler was nicknamed 'PDW'? Pete Weber
Which Pakistani cricket captain was sacked in a 1995 bribery scandal? Salim Malik
What is the old name for ammonium chloride? Sal Ammoniac
'Metopic' is an adjective that applies to which part of the body? Forehead
'Volar' is an adjective that applies to which part of the body? Palms of hands, soles of feet
Which Christian ascetic who lived on top of a pillar once held the longest-standing record in the Guinness Book of Records? Simeon Stylites
Who painted the controversial "The Feast in the House of Levi" , originally meant to be a Last Supper, but the name was changed due to church opposition to dwarves, animals and drunkenness being depicted? Veronese
In Homeric myth, of where was Agamemnon's brother Menelaus king? Lakedaimon
Which Christian Sacrament is also called Holy Communion and Lord's Supper? Eucharist
Which singer was born Virginia Patterson Hensley? Patsy Kline
How is Lake Rudolf, in Africa, now known? Lake Turkana
In studies of early man, what are EEMH? Early European Modern Humans
Iron that is beat into shape (as opposed to moulded like cast iron) is called what? Wrought iron
Simmenthal and Limousin are types of what animal? Cattle
How many florins were in an old pound? Ten
Which is the world's largest stock exchange, as of 2017? New York
When introduced in 1990, gene therapy was first used to combat which disease, abbreviated SCI? Severe Combined Immunodeficiency
El Arbol Del Tule, the world's stoutest tree, is an example of which species? Montezuma Cypress
What is a domestic hen under one year old called? Pullet
The Curie point is the temperature at which a material loses what property? (Innate) Magnetism
Which name means 'Name of God' in Hebrew? Samuel
Solomon was the son of which other King of Israel? David
Which 454CE battle, fought in Pannonia, saw Germanic peoples decisively and definitively end the Hunnic Empire? Battle of Nedao
Who wrote 'Sister Carrie' in 1900? Theodore Dreiser
Which German wrote "Buddenbrooks: the Death of A Family' in 1901? Thomas Mann
Who wrote the play 'Pub Quiz Is Life' in 2009? Richard Bean
What was the nickname of Pieter Breughel the Younger because it was believed he was the author of several paintings with fantastic depictions of fire and grotesque imagery - though these paintings were probably done by his brother Jan? Hell
Which artist (1769-1830) painted portraits of both George III & IV? Sir Thomas Lawrence
Give a year in the life of Thomas Gainsborough. 1727-1788
Who painted both 'Dedham Vale" (two works - 1802 and 1828) and "Brighton Beach" (c.1824-6)? Constable
Who painted "The Long Engagement" between 1854 and 1859? Arthur Hughes
What did the 'LS' stand for in LS Lowry? Lawrence Stephen
Who painted "The Stone Breaker" of 1857? Henry Wallis
Proverbially, what do little strokes fell? Great Oaks
Who is the hero of 'Treasure Island'? Jim Hawkins
Which mythical bird carried Sinbad the Sailor away in the Arabian tale from 1001 Nights? Roc
Which 1960s TV series starred Marshall Thompson as Dr. Marsh Tracy? Daktari (Swahili for doctor)
What was the name of the snake in Rudyard Kipling's 'The Jungle Books'? Kaa
Which Shakespeare play contains the line "all that glisters is not gold"? The Merchant of Venice
Which Duke owns Goodwood? Duke of Richmond
Which female Irish playwright co-founded Dublin's Abbey Theatre with WB Yeats et al? Lady Augusta Gregory
Give a year in the life of Pierre (Peter) Abelard. 1079-1142
Which sport's playing area derives from the eccentricities of a chapel wall at Eton school? (Eton) Fives
In which traditional English throwing game are hits called "dolls" and misses "blobs", with the aim being to knock a "dolly" off a "swivel"? Aunt Sally
At which Olympic Games did Beach Volleyball debut as an official sport? 1996, Atlanta
When Nottingham Forest Football Club was founded, the name of which other sport appeared in their name? Bandy
In which country did the sport of 'autoball' - or playing football with three cars per team and a giant ball - originate and briefly flourish in the 1970s? Brazil
Which unusual sport has a name that literally means "goat grabbing"? Buzkashi
Which current sport has been played by Native Americans as early as the 12th century, and has ten players per team? Lacrosse
Which sport was invented in the Netherlands in 1902 as a way to encourage men and women to participate together in sport? Korfball
Weapons called shinai or bokuto, made from bamboo or wood, are typical of which martial art? Kendo
First the IGSA (International Gravity Sports Association) and then the IDF (International Downhill Federation) governed two sports - downhill skateboarding, and which other? Street luge
Isabella of Valois (France) became England's youngest ever queen consort at the age of six when she married which king in 1396? Richard II
What letter is two dots in Morse code? L
Which element was named Dephlogisticated Air by its discoverer, the French chemist Lavoisier who gave it this common name? Oxygen
In which county is Broadlands, the family home of the Mountbattens? Hampshire
Whose picture is on the US 20 dollar note? Andrew Jackson
Which group had a No 1 hit in 1982 with "My Camera Never Lies"? Bucks Fizz
How many gallons are there in a hogshead? 54
Which English city has districts called Inglemire, Marfleet and Gipsyville? Hull
Who is Anne Catherick in the title of an 1859 novel? The Woman In White
Name the Jewish high priest at the time of the Crucifixion? Caiaphas
Which British actress was nominated for an Academy Award (Oscar) in 2015, for her role as Jane Hawkins in The Theory of Everything? Felicity Jones
Adrak is the Indian name for which spice? Ginger
German ophthalmologist Adolf Gaston Eugen Fick invented which item in 1887? Contact Lens
What colour is Jonquil? Yellow
How many champagne bottles are there in a Methuselah? Eight
Which bird can be green, black, three-toed or lesser spotted? Woodpecker
What is the name of the resinous mixture collected by bees used for sealing the hive, also used for medicinal purposes and in making stringed musical instruments? Propolis or Bee's glue
Which Prime Minister said "the War Office kept three sets of figures, one to mislead the public, one to mislead the Cabinet and one to mislead itself"? Herbert Asquith
In which island group would you find Rarotonga, Palmerston and Aitutaki? Cook Islands
Livermorium, element 116 in the periodic table, is named after a town in which US state? California
If you were born on St David's Day, what would your star sign be? Pisces
In which American state would you find the Carlsbad Caverns National Park? New Mexico
Of which football team was Glenn Hoddle the manager immediately before taking the England manager job? Chelsea
In which English county is Fotheringay Castle? Northamptonshire
Which 2004 film was released with the advertising tag line "A romantic comedy, with zombies."? Shaun of the Dead
Which knighted actor was the voice of Mr Woolensworth in the 2005 film "Chicken Little"? Patrick Stewart
In which 1952 children's book does the character 'Wilbur the Pig' appear? Charlotte's web
In which British city are the areas Butetown, Splott and Roath? Cardiff
Who is the famous mother - an author and journalist - of TV Presenter Claudia Winkleman? Eve Pollard
Who painted "Beach at Touville" and "Towing of a Boat at Honfleur"? Claude Monet
Named after the mine it was discovered at, what is the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found, weighing 3,106.75 carats (621.35 g) when found in 1902? Cullinan Diamond
Newtown and Braamfontein are areas in which large city? Johannesburg
Which South African anti-apartheid politician and revolutionary served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1967 to 1991? Oliver Tambo
Which building in Johannesburg became the tallest building in Africa in 1973? Carlton Centre
Affectionately called MaBrrr by her fans, which South African anti-apartheid Afropop singer released 1997 album "Memeza" died aged 39 of cardiac arrest after a cocaine overdose? Brenda Fassie
Which San Francisco 49ers quarterback gained national attention when he protested by not standing while the US national anthem was being performed before the start of games, motivated by what he viewed as the oppression of non-white races in 2016? Colin Kaepernick
In football, what is an 'Olympic goal' or 'Olympic kick'? Goal scored direct from a corner
It gave its name to South Africa's currency, which 56-kilometre-long north-facing scarp in the Gauteng Province of South Africa is famed for the gold extracted from it? Witwatersrand
What name was given to the first areas in Apartheid-era South Africa where different ethnicities could live together? Grey areas
Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia was for many years the secret headquarters of which organisation? ANC (African National Congress)
After Hamlet, which character in Shakespeare's plays has the second highest number of lines? Richard II
Mr Micawber and Uriah Heep are characters in which Dickens novel? David Copperfield
Which literary grouping was turned Philip Larkin, Kingsley Amis, Donald Davie, D. J. Enright, John Wain, Elizabeth Jennings, Thom Gunn and Robert Conquest? The Movement
What was the titular name of Marcel Duchamp's urinal artwork? Fountain
Which sculpture by Constantin Brâncuși was the subject of a court battle over its taxation by U.S. Customs? Bird in Space
Which two sculptures by Donatello with the same name consist an early work in marble of a clothed figure (1408-09), and a far more famous bronze figure that is nude between its helmet and boots, and dates to the 1430s or later? Donatello
What are the Baptistry Doors in Florence made of? Bronze
Who sculpted "The Burghers of Calais" in 1889? Auguste Rodin
Which Polish-American sculpted the sculptor of the Crazy Horse Memorial? Korczak Ziolkowski
Discobolus (the discus thrower) is perhaps the most famous sculpture of which ancient Greek? Myron
Who won the first two Wimbledon ladies' singles titles, in 1884 and 1885? Maud Watson
Charles Darrow is usually credited as the inventor of which game, although perhaps Elizabeth Magie has a better claim? Monopoly
Founded in 1928, what is the name of the speedway team from Belle Vue in Manchester? Belle Vue Aces
In 1938, American architect Alfred Mosher Butts created which popular game? Scrabble
In 1992, Eric Cantona signed for Leeds United from which French football team? Nimes
Which famous horse won the 1970 Derby in England? Nijinsky
Which famous horse won the 1981 Derby in England? Shergar
How many bonus points are awarded for using all seven tiles in one go in Scrabble? Fifty
Ronaldo won the 1997 World FIFA Player of the Year while playing for which team, who he joined after leaving Barcelona? Internazionale (Inter Milan)
A five time FIFA World Player of the Year, which female footballer overhauled Birgit Prinz's previous record of 14 goals at World Cup Finals tournaments with a goal against South Korea in Brazil's first match of the 2015 edition in Canada, her fifteenth? Marta
Which photographer and artist, who generally plays the characters portrayed in her photos, released the series "History Portraits" (1989-90) and "Hollywood/Hampton Types" (2000-02)? Cindy Sherman
Released in 2000, the film "Downtown 81" chronicles the life of which artist in the titular year? Jean-Michel Basquiat
Who directed Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), The Sea Wolf (1941), Casablanca (1942), and Mildred Pierce (1945)? Michael Curtiz
Which short and violent movement in 20th-century art, whose main participants were Günter Brus, Otto Mühl, Hermann Nitsch, and Rudolf Schwarzkogler created performance art from roughly 1960 to 1971, including 1968's "Art and Revolution"? Viennese Actionists
What nationality is the performance and video artist Sophie Calle, born in 1953? French
What nationality is the performance artist Vanessa Beecroft, born in 1969? Italian
Whose play "The Breasts of Tiresias" premiered in 1917? Guillaume Apollinaire
In 1902, Cuba gained independence from which country? Spain
What colour is used to describe the type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers? "Yellow" journalism
In which decade were women granted the right to vote (at a federal level) in Switzerland? 1970s (1971)
The phrase "no country for old men" is taken from a poem, called "Sailing to Byzantium" by who? WB Yeats
In which city was Rainer Maria Rilke born in 1875? Prague
Which novelist's lesser-known works include "Burmese Days" and "The Clergyman's Daughter"? George Orwell
Betty Friedan was among the 28 founders of NOW in 1966 - for what does NOW stand? National Organization for Women
Which poet and author was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1926, to a poet and a teacher, and grew up in nearby Paterson? Before achieving fame he worked as a freelance market researcher. Allen Ginsberg
The American Institute of Public Opinion, founded in 1935, was the precursor of which company and organisation, named after its founder? Gallup
Who wrote the influential 1967 tract "The Society of the Spectacle"? Guy Debord
Born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1911, which man became famous for his maxim "the medium is the message"? Marshall McLuhan
I.A. Richards an English educator & literary critic, helped found which movement in literary theory, which emphasized the close reading of a literary text, in an effort to discover how it functions as a self-contained, self-referential æsthetic object? New Criticism
Which French historian, a resistance hero in WW2, wrote "The Royal Touch" and "Feudal Society"? Marc Bloch
Born and raised in the Bronx, which film director was a staff photographer with "Look" magazine before coming to prominence with films such as 1957's "Paths of Glory"? Stanley Kubrick
Which author (1835-1910) was a neighbour of Harriet Beecher Stowe for a time in Hartford, Connecticut, and noted - about her dementia "Her mind had decayed, and she was a pathetic figure"? Mark Twain
The most widely spoken indigenous language of which country is Nahautl, varieties of which are spoken by around 1.5million people? Mexico
Which 2015 film was loosely inspired by the lives of painters Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, and starred Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander? The Danish Girl
Who played Detective Nordberg in the "Naked Gun" movies? OJ Simpson
Which New York museum was opened in 1939 as the Museum of Non-Objective Painting? Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The Catedral de San Marcos de Arica in Arica, Chile was made from prefabricated iron in 1875 and is usually attributed to which architect and engineer? Gustave Eiffel
When teenage model Maggie Graham didn't show up for work in 1871, who did James MacNeill Whistler paint instead? His mother
In Greek myth, Jason died when which rotting ship fell on him? Argo
In the United States, what name is given to a temporary leave of employees due to special needs of a company, which may be due to economic conditions at the specific employer or in the economy as a whole? Furlough
Which large mythical creature from Australian Aboriginal mythology is said to lurk in swamps, billabongs, creeks, riverbeds, and waterholes, and bellow terrifyingly? Bunyip
The three Ecumenical Creeds of the church are the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian Creed and which other? Apostles Creed
Which English bishop traditionally signs his name 'Sarum'? Bishop of Salisbury
Midori Gotō, usually referred to simply as Midori, is a Japanese-born American renowned for her virtuoso playing of which instrument? Violin
As of the 2016 awards, the youngest winner of the 2008 BBC Young Musician of the Year award was Peter Moore, aged 12, who played which instrument? Trombone
Which French word describes a widespread culinary technique in which an ingredient is topped with a browned crust, often using breadcrumbs, grated cheese, egg and/or butter? Gratin
Although there is no evidence it occurred, which French term refers to a supposed legal right in medieval Europe allowing feudal lords to have sexual relations with subordinate women (on their wedding night is specific to some variants)? Droit du seigneur
In the Mozart opera, "The Marriage of Figaro" who is Figaro's bride-to-be? Susanna
Which American rock band from Champaign, Illinois, formed in 1967, took their name from a type of flatbed truck? REO Speedwagon
Which spirit is the basis of a 'white lady' cocktail? Gin
What seven-letter word can be a gold coin, a forward slash, or the line between the numerator and denominator of a fraction? Solidus
Campden tablets, Potassium metabisulfite and a flogger are all used in the manufacture of what? Wine (a flogger puts corks in a bottle)
What name is given to a resident of Exeter? Exonian
How many Brandenburg Concertos did Johann Sebastian Bach compose? Six
By what first name was the actress sister (1879-1959) of John and Lionel Barrymore known - she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film None but the Lonely Heart (1944) opposite Cary Grant? Ethel
Which 1960s pop group consisted of Tony Crane, Billy Kinsley, John Banks and Aaron Williams? The Merseybeats
Which songwriter and producer, who wrote "Telstar" and "Have I The Right" committed suicide on the 3rd February 1967, after first murdering his landlady Violet Shenton? Joe Meek
On which mountain did Moses traditionally receive The Ten Commandments? Mount Sinai
The Red Wings play in the National Hockey League at the Little Caesars Arena (opened 2017)in which city? Detroit
Titania is the largest moon of Uranus by diameter. Which is the second largest? Oberon
"Invent" and "Make It Matter" were slogans used by which American multinational information technology company headquartered in Palo Alto, California, and founded in 1939? Hewlett-Packard
Regarded by many as Romania's most important musician, which composer, violinist, pianist, conductor, and teacher (1881-1955) wrote 5 symphonies and the opera Œdipe, and has an airport located in Bacău, Romania named for him? George Enescu
Which English engineer who was born in Tunstead, Derbyshire, and lived much of his life in Leek, Staffordshire was the consulting engineer for the Bridgewater Canal, opened 1761? James Brindley
In which decade was the modern form of the breathalyser invented and trademarked by Robert Frank Borkenstein? 1950s (1954)
Which company produced the world's first commercial silicon transistor in 1950, and designed and manufactured the first transistor radio in 1954? Texas Instruments
The poem "The Widow at Windsor", about Queen Victoria, is part of which collection published in 1892? Barrack-Room Ballads
The Battle of Flodden took place in September 1513 in which English county? Northumberland
Which American automobile company started manufacturing the military 'MB' jeep in 1941? Willys
First flying on 15th June 1936 which Vickers aircraft with geodesic fuselage structure, principally designed by Barnes Wallis, was nicknamed the "Wimpy" after the character from Popeye cartoons? Wellington Bomber
Which chemical element takes its name from an alternate Norse name for the goddess Freyja? Vanadium (Vanadis)
Which name is the last word of the second line of each verse of the poem Buckingham Palace by A A Milne? Alice
By what two-word nickname was the Boeing B-17 aircraft known? Flying Fortress
What was the name of the space capsule that was involved in the first United States human spaceflight, on May 5, 1961, piloted by astronaut Alan Shepard? Freedom 7 (from Mercury-Redstone 3)
Who was King of Italy from 1900 until 1946? Victor Emmanuel III
In astrology, which planet is believed to rule the star sign Gemini? Mercury
In English imperial measurement, how many inches are in a span? Nine
Which 1963 jazz hit was the theme tune of "The Benny Hill Show"? Yakety Sax
Sarah Chang, born Young Joo Chang, on December 10, 1980, was a child prodigy and is an adult virtuoso on which musical instrument? Violin
Corundum is a crystalline form of which metal oxide? Aluminium (oxide)
Which cosmetics company released the perfume "Intimate" in 1955 and "Charlie" in 1973? It was founded in 1932 and is based in New York City. Revlon
Telugu, Dogri, Meitei, Bodo and Kannada are among the 22 (or 23 if English is counted) official languages of which nation? India
The Saturn Award, presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, was initially, and is still sometimes, loosely referred to by which two word name? Golden Scroll
What became the third official language of New Zealand in April 2006, alongside English and te reo Māori? New Zealand Sign Language
The Kven language, spoken in northern Norway, is considered by some linguists to be a mutually intelligible dialect of which more widely spoken language? Finnish
First given out in 1982, in which country are the Ophir film awards given annually? Israel
In which field has the Louis Delluc Prize been awarded since 1937? Film/cinema (in France)
In cinema, it is considered this country's equivalent to the Academy Awards ("Oscars") of the United States - which country gives out the Ariel Awards? Mexico
Awarded since 2004, in which country is the film festival that awards the annual 'Golden Apricot'? Armenia
What was the original, now non-PC, title of Agatha Christie's bestselling novel "And Then There Were None"? Ten Little Niggers
Which 1959 film, a winner of the Palme d'Or and an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, was made in Brazil and contained several tracks, such as "Manha de Carnaval" that have become bossa nova classics? Black Orpheus
"Despacito" was a 2017 UK number 1 in a remix version featuring Justin Bieber. It was originally released by which Puerto Rican pop artist, featuring Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee? Luis Fonsi
In which US movie of 2015 are difficult financial concepts explained by Margot Robbie in a bubble bath, Anthony Bourdain making fish stew, and Selena Gomez playing blackjack? The Big Short
Who released her second studio album, Revival, in October 2015? It debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200, while the first three singles "Good for You", "Same Old Love" and, "Hands to Myself" all topped the Mainstream Top 40 chart in the United States? Selena Gomez
Which man who lived roughly 1182 to 1226 is a patron saint of both Italy and of animals? St Francis of Assisi
What is the four word subtitle of the third instalment in the Transformers movie series, released in 2011? Dark of the Moon
The first film in the series to not feature the original human characters from the first three films, but features a new cast of human characters and many new Transformers - which 2014 Transformers film, the fourth in the franchise? Transformers: Age of Extinction
In the 'Sykes' sitcom that aired from 1972 to 1979 in the UK, who played Eric Sykes' sister? The series was brought to an end by her death of a heart attack on 6 October 1980. Hattie Jacques
To which fellow Carry On star did Kenneth Williams once propose a marriage of convenience to hide his homosexuality from the public? Joan Sims
Who played Daniel LaRusso in 1984 film "The Karate Kid"? Ralph Macchio
The fourth and final installment in the The Karate Kid series, "The Next Karate Kid", released in 1994 featured which actress who would later win Oscars in the title role? Hilary Swank
Which American president (president 1801-09) sponsored the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-06? Thomas Jefferson
In which Carry-on film did Kenneth Williams say "Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me!"? Carry On Cleo
In Greek myth, what is the ethereal fluid that is the blood of the gods and/or immortals? Ichor
In meteorology, what name is given to a line of equal mean winter temperature? Isocheim
In meteorology, what name is given to a line of equal mean annual temperature? Isogeotherm
Which actor was born Anthony Robert McMillan on 30 March 1950? Robbie Coltrane
Who replaced John Key and became the 39th Prime Minister of New Zealand in December 2016? Bill English
What is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, also known as kadō? Ikebana
In Norse mythology, what was the realm of mankind called? Midgard
The MacNaughton Rules of 1843 on criminal insanity, came into UK law because of an assassination attempt on which Prime Minister? Robert Peel
The flag of Mozambique features a Kalashnikov crossed by which implement? A Hoe
Other than Mozambique, which is the only UN member state whose flag contains a firearm? Guatemala (two crossed rifles)
Sir William Courten or Curteen (1572–1636), a London merchant, financed the colonisation of which island? Barbados
What is South Africa's most northerly province? Limpopo
Which is the largest African river by volume to drain into the Indian Ocean? Zambezi
The Senegal river forms the boundary between Senegal and which other country? Mauritania
The Pilcomayo River forms part of the border between which two nations? Paraguay, Argentina
In which US state is the city of Tacoma, population around 198,500? Washington
Which member of the royal family was appointed Chancellor of London University in 1981? Princess Anne
In which Irish county is the region of Connemara? Galway
Which thoroughfare in New York is nicknamed "The Great White Way"? Broadway
The River Rhône forks just upstream of which city and commune in the south of France, home to important Roman remnants? Arles
Which city and its Gateway Arch, completed in 1965, are known as "The Gateway to the West"? St Louis, Missouri
Which is the closest mainland country to the island of Malta? Italy
What is the most densely populated country in mainland Africa? Rwanda
Which Great Lake separates the state of Ohio from Canada? Lake Erie
Which is the first country the River Danube enters after leaving Germany? Austria
Which African capital city's name is derived from the Akan word Nkran meaning "ants"? Accra
Which African capital city's name is taken from the Mandinka (Mande) word for "rope fibre"? Banjul
At 4392m, what is the name of the Cascade Mountains' highest point? Mount Rainier
Which 1993 play by Tom Stoppard concerning the relationship between past and present, order and disorder, certainty and uncertainty was in 2206 named by the Royal Institution of Great Britain as one of the best science-related works ever written? Arcadia
Tel Maresha, an Iron Age city, is located in which modern nation? Israel
Taken from the Arabic word for dice "al-zahr", which game played with two dice was mentioned in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in the 14th century? Craps is derived from it. Hazard
Called "the Prudent", "the Cunning" and "The Universal Spider" due to his webs of intrigue, which monarch of the House of Valois ruled as King of France from 1461 to 1483? Louis XI
One of the most influential mathematicians of the Renaissance, who was one of the key figures in the foundation of probability and the earliest introducer of the binomial coefficients & binomial theorem in the west? He wrote De Subtilitate (1552). Gerolamo Cardano
A triangular array of the binomial coefficients, where the sum of both numbers above give the number below, is named for which mathematician? Pascal (Pascal's Triangle)
Which famous man was born on Christmas Day 1643 in the Lincolnshire town of Woolsthorpe? Isaac Newton
Which Swiss mathematician (1707-83) is considered to be the most prolific mathematician of all time, with his collected works filling 60 to 80 quarto volumes? Leonhard Euler
In physics, the Navier-Stokes equations describe the motion of what type of substances? Viscous fluids
A partial differential equation of elliptic type with broad utility in mechanical engineering and theoretical physics is named after which French mathematician, geometer, and physicist (1781-1840)? Siméon Denis Poisson
In 1792 nearly 1200 persons from Nova Scotia crossed the Atlantic to build the second (and only permanent) Colony in which nation, whose current capital they founded? Sierra Leone
In the UK, how was the 1961 shooting of Michael Gregsten and Valerie Storie by Michael Hanratty better known, a reference to its location? A6 Murder
Following a disagreement with Falkes de Breauté, Henry III besieged which town's castle for 8 weeks, finally destroying it, in 1224? Bedford
The oldest penal reform organisation in the world, which British organisation was named after an philanthropist and the first English prison reformer (1726-90)? Howard League
Which modern state is generally considered to have been founded by Ahmad Shah Durrani in 1747? Afghanistan
Who did Time magazine declare its "Man of the 20th Century"? Albert Einstein
In which century did the real Lady Godiva, who in legend, rode naked through the streets of Coventry, live? 11th (died circa 1067)
In which year was the Great Train Robbery in the UK? 1963 (8th August)
How many old pennies were in a groat, in the UK from the 13th to the 18th centuries? Four
What two-word term describes the employment practice which is a form of union security agreement under which the employer agrees to hire union members only, and employees must remain members of the union at all times in order to remain employed? Closed shop
The head of which animal is used as the hallmark of London's goldsmiths' hall? Leopard
Which British city uses an anchor as its hallmark? Birmingham
Which Danish cartoonist created the controversial cartoon of the Islamic prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb in his turban in 2009? Kurt Westergaard
Which British city uses a rose as its official hallmark? Sheffield
What is the metal hallmark of the city of Edinburgh? A castle
In which century did Rococo art and architecture first emerge and flourish? 18th
Bernini's "Four Rivers" fountain can be found in which of Rome's squares? Piazza Navona
Who was the leading painter of the classical French Baroque style (1594-1664) painting A Dance to the Music of Time (1639–1640), Hebrews Gathering Manna (1639) and The Rape of the Sabine Women (1636)? Nicolas Poussin
Annibale Carracci, his brother Agostino and his cousin Ludovico Carracci opened a painters' studio in which city, where they were all born in the late 16th century? Bologna
Palazzo Farnese, first designed in 1517 for the Farnese family and expanded in size and conception when Alessandro Farnese became Pope Paul III in 1534, is one of the most important High Renaissance palaces in which city? Rome
Give a year in the life of Caravaggio. 1571-1610
In the famous Goya painting, on which specific date does a man in a white shirt face a firing squad? 3rd of May, 1808
Which animal was depicted in a woodcut by Albrecht Dürer in 1515, despite the fact that he had never seen one? His woodcut was based on a sketch of an animal that had once lived at Lisbon. Rhinoceros
Which painter (1908-2001) called himself "His majesty, king of the cats"? He is known for his erotically-charged images of pubescent girls, but also for the refined, dreamlike quality of his imagery. Balthus
Who painted the famous Midwestern couple of "American Gothic"? Grant Wood
An exhibition at the Salon d'Automne in 1905 was responsible for coining the name of, and launching, which artistic movement? Fauvism
Which Italian high-Baroque sculptor active almost exclusively in Rome, and one of the major rivals of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, is today best known for the Tomb of Pope Leo XI and The Fuga d'Attila relief in St Peter's Basilica? Alessandro Algardi
Which poet wrote "A Shropshire Lad", published in 1896? Alfred Edward Housman
Founded as a weekly review of politics and literature on 12 April 1913, it was connected then with Sidney and Beatrice Webb and other leading members of the socialist Fabian Society - which magazine? New Statesman
Alfred Harmsworth founded which daily British paper in 1896? Daily Mail
The word 'abseil' derives from which language? German
Which actress first played Mrs Robinson in the West End production of "The Graduate" that opened in 2000? Kathleen Turner
Who is the clown in commedia dell'arte of the 17th century and became a stock character in Neapolitan puppetry? Pulcinella
Who created the character Lord Peter Wimsey? Dorothy Sayers
Which British architect was involved in designing Paris's Pompidou Centre? Richard Rogers
Which genre of music which is described as a mixture of son montuno and merengue rose to prominence when Eduardo Davidson's tune of that name achieved international recognition in 1961 when it was licensed in three versions? Pachanga
Who wrote the classic book "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"? Robert Persig
Lord Marchmaine is a prominent character in which 1945 novel? Brideshead Revisited
Blanche Du Bois features as a character in which 1947 play? A Streetcar Named Desire
Which British author best known for his mocking self-help books and their film and television derivatives wrote "The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship: Or the Art of Winning Games Without Actually Cheating"? Stephen Potter
Which of the Beatles smoked on the cover of "A Hard Day's Night"? George Harrison
Which loose-knit circle of Los Angeles' top studio session musicians whose services were constantly in demand during their heyday in the 1960s and early 1970s were the de facto house band of Phil Spector? The Wrecking Crew
A gimlet cocktail contains Gin or Vodka and what other ingredient? Lime juice
In which city was Enrico Caruso born in 1873? Naples
Which of the mythical Titans of Greece was associated with the moon, and with her consort and brother Coeus bore Leto and Asteria? Phoebe
Which American jazz drummer and bandleader was known as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina after he became a Muslim? Art Blakey
Which band's 1970s albums included "Fragile", "Relayer" and "Tormato"? Yes
What name links a symphony by Berlioz, a ballet by Prokofiev and an overture by Tchaikovsky? Romeo and Juliet
Which Russian composer (1904-87) is probably best known in the West for the "Comedians' Galop" from The Comedians Suite, Op. 26 and his third piano concerto? Dmitry Kabalevsky
Sometimes also a name for cranachan, which Scottish drink is obtained by mixing oatmeal brose, honey, whisky, and sometimes cream (particularly on festive occasions? Atholl Brose
Now perhaps more famous for other reasons, in which US town was singer John Denver born in 1943? Roswell, New Mexico
Who played CIA Deputy Director Ward Abbott in the Bourne series of action films? Brian Cox
In 2007, Clint Eastwood received his fourth Academy Award nomination as 'Best Director' (after Unforgiven. Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby) for which film? Letters from Iwo Jima
Which English actor and writer (d.2011) was best known for portraying Tiberius in I, Claudius, and Inspector Wexford in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries? George Baker
Who played Wallander in the English language TV series first shown in 2008? Kenneth Branagh
Which film director married Brigitte Bardot in 1952, divorcing in 1957? Roger Vadim
Which French actress (d.1923) had a leg amputated when she developed gangrene many years after injuring it playing Tosca? Sarah Bernhardt
The 1957 film "3:10 to Yuma" was based on a book by who? Elmore Leonard
Who married Jonathan Ross in 1998? Jane Goldman
Which Irish actor played Gaius Julius Caesar in the series Rome and Aberforth Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2? Ciarán Hinds
What does the J in J.D. Salinger's name stand for? Jerome
Who was the first astronaut to go in to space twice? Virgil (Gus) Grissom
What is the common name of the bird Sternus vulgaris? Starling
What does the Latin phrase "Lapsis Lingua" mean? Slip of the Tongue
Which engagement was fought between December 14, 1814 and January 18, 1815, and constituted the final major battle of the War of 1812, and the most one-sided battle of that war? Battle of the New Orleans
Which city and commune in eastern France, close to the Swiss and German borders is famous for its museums, especially the Cité de l’Automobile and the Musée Français du Chemin de Fer, the largest automobile and railway museums in the world? Mulhouse
Replaced in 1929 by the Young Plan which 1924 plan devised in the US was aimed at helping Germany to meet its WW1 reparation debt burden? Dawes Plan
Derived from the Latin for a woollen cloak, which ecclesiastical vestment in the Catholic Church, was for many centuries bestowed by the Pope on metropolitans and primates as a symbol of the jurisdiction delegated to them by the Holy See? Pallium
Which 20th century European monarch survived over 50 assassination attempts, dying in exile in France in 1961, aged 65? Zog
What was the main residence of the English monarchs in London from 1530 onwards until it was largely destroyed by fire in 1698? Whitehall
In which London park are Queen Mary's Gardens? Regents Park
Which sea is bounded in the west by the east coast of Queensland, thus including the Great Barrier Reef, in the east by Vanuatu and by New Caledonia, and in the northeast approximately by the southern extremity of the Solomon Islands? Coral Sea
Which castle was the European headquarters of the Nasrid dynasty from 1348 to 1492? Alhambra
Which country once sported the Lion of Judah on its flag, from 1941 to 1975? Ethiopia
Which country's international car registration is TN? Tunisia
Which is the nearest town or city to HM Woodhill Prison in the UK? Milton Keynes
What is the two-letter abbreviation used in international car registrations, for Venezuela? YV
In the UK, in which English county is HM Prison Whatton? Nottinghamshire
Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and which other US state have coasts on Lake Michigan? Wisconsin
Black Sheep Brewery and Theakstons are both based in which Yorkshire town? Masham
Which tributary of the Danube flows through Munich? River Isar
On which island, country or continent might you find the Humboldt Glacier? Greenland
The Danish krone is divided into 100 what? øre
Which gulf, important in the pearl industry, lies between India and Sri Lanka? The Thamirabarani River of South India and the Malvathu Oya (Malvathu River) of Sri Lanka drain into the gulf. Gulf of Mannar
Bermuda, Florida and which other island are the traditional three points of the 'Bermuda Triangle'? Puerto Rico
What is the correct title, in the UK, for the wife of an Earl? Countess
What did Karl-Marx-Stadt, in East Germany, change its name back to in 1990? Chemnitz
Often considered to be typical of East Germany, which term, meaning "slab construction" refers to buildings made of pre-fabricated concrete slabs? Plattenbau
The Old Bailey, or Central Criminal Court, in London stands on the site of which building, demolished in 1904? Newgate Prison
What name is given to a colourless or yellowish-to-amber coloured brandy produced in winemaking regions of Peru and Chile? Pisco
In which US state was the notorious Bell Witch ghost case? Tennessee
In which English county is Arundel Castle? (West) Sussex
What is the (noble) title of the main villain, protagonist and title character in the film "Nosferatu"? Count Orlok
Who is the Ruby set in the cross pattée above the Cullinan II at the front of the Imperial State Crown of England named after - he was given it in 1367? The Black Prince
What was the name of Catherine Crowe's popular 1848 work on ghosts and the supernatural that went through six editions? The Night Side of Nature
In which English county is the stately home of Hinton Ampner - a former house on the site was reputedly demolished for being so haunted? Hampshire
EW Benson held which major office from 1883 until his 1896 death? Archbishop of Canterbury
Which Henry James novel was supposedly inspired by the ghost story of Hinton Ampner? The Turn of the Screw
Which mayor of Gdansk and astronomer (1611-87) published Selenographia, the first detailed maps of the Moon? Johannes Hevelius
Which Indonesian author of novels, short stories, essays, polemic and histories of his homeland and its people, wrote The Buru Quartet? Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Doing so in 1900, which US athlete is still, as of 2019, the only track-and-field athlete who has won four individual titles at one Olympics? Alvin Kraenzlein
At the 1900 Paris Olympics, who became the first female Olympic tennis champion as well as the first individual female Olympic champion of modern times? Charlotte Cooper
In which year were the first Paralympic Games held? 1960
What name was given to the first proto-Paralympics, originally held in 1948 by neurologist Sir Ludwig Guttmann, who organized a sporting competition involving World War II veterans with spinal cord injuries? Stoke Mandeville Games
How many Olympic golds in total were won by Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson? Eleven
At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, which US player - the 2012 Players Championship - won the first Olympic bronze medal awarded for golf since the 1904 Summer Olympics? Matt Kuchar
What nationality is Kateřina Neumannová, who competed for her nation in mountain biking at the 1996 Summer Olympics, before winning an Olympic Gold medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics, in the 30 km freestyle cross-country skiing? Czech
Philipp Schoch and his brother Simon won a gold and silver medal respectively at the same Olympic Games at which sport? Snowboarding
At the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, which nation dominated in speed skating winning eight out of the twelve gold medals and won a total of 23 medals, with medals in all events? Netherlands
Which US skier, at age 36, became the oldest medalist in Olympic alpine skiing in 2014? He is also a two-time overall World Cup champion in 2005 and 2008, and the most successful male American alpine ski racer of all time. Bode Miller
A 'wetback' is an ethnic slur aimed at illegal immigrants from which country? Mexico (so named for swimming across the Rio Grande)
Which Italian banker was found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge on Friday, 18 June 1982, giving rise to several murder theories? Roberto Calvi
How is Albino Luciani (b. 17 Oct 1912) better known to history? Pope John Paul I
What was the real name of Billy the Kid, also known as William H. Bonney, at birth (1859 – July 14, 1881)? Henry McCarty
Billy the Kid was the most famous member of which American old west deputized posse that fought in the Lincoln County War? The Regulators
In which city was David Lloyd George born, in 1863? Manchester
In which current English county did Julius Caesar first land in his first British invasion, of 55BCE? Kent
Who was British Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1990 to 1993? Norman Lamont
Best known for his role as a temporary deputy marshal in the events leading up to and following the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, which Wild West figure practiced as a dentist? Doc Holliday
In which year was the 50p coin introduced in the UK? 1969
During which monarch of England's reign did the Black Death occur? Edward III
In which decade was the Bank of England established? 1690s (1694)
From 1915 to 1944, what title was given to the highest-ranking man in the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan? Imperial Wizard
Which general ordered the 'burning' (really destruction of military assets) of Atlanta in 1864? Sherman
Who was the founder of the Labour Party, the first Leader of the Labour Party and the first ever Labour Member of Parliament? Keir Hardie
Along with Graham Wallas and George Bernard Shaw, which couple founded the London School of Economics in 1895? Sidney and Beatrice Webb
In which year did Winston Churchill die? 1965
Which former UK Conservative Party chairman became the 13th Marquess of Lothian in 2004? Michael Ancram
Which former United States Marine Corps lieutenant colonel was convicted in the Iran-Contra affair of the late 1980s but his convictions were vacated and reversed, and all charges against him dismissed in 1991? Oliver North
René Garcia Préval twice served as President of which country, from 1996-2001, and 2006-2011? Haiti
How was Ali Hassan Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti (1941-2010) better known in the western Press? Chemical Ali
The Anfal genocide, named for a chapter of the Quran, took place against which people from 1986 to 1989? Kurds
Which battle, fought on Tuesday, 13 March 624 CE, a key battle in the early days of Islam and a turning point in Muhammad's struggle with his opponents? It has been passed down in Islamic history as a decisive victory attributable to divine intervention. Battle of Badr
In which modern English county is Sedbergh? Cumbria (tho traditionally West Riding of Yorkshire)
Which bank was founded in 1690 when John Freame, a Quaker, and Thomas Gould started trading as goldsmith bankers in Lombard Street, London? Barclays
Which bank started when two men set up a private banking business in Dale End, Birmingham in 1765? The first branch office opened in Oldbury, some six miles (10 km) west of Birmingham, in 1864. Lloyds Bank
What was the nickname of American bank robber Charles Arthur Floyd (1904-34), briefly the US Public Enemy No. 1? Pretty Boy
On May 19, 1996, Leslie Isben Rogge became the first person on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list to be apprehended because of which invention? The Internet
Which monarch's brother was Prince Henry, Duke of Cumberland and Strathearn - his marriage to a commoner provoked the Royal Marriages Act which was repealed in 2015? George III
The Epworth Sleepiness Scale for diagnosing sleep apnoea is named after a hospital in which city? Melbourne
Which historical region in Central Asia was located in the flat area between the Hindu Kush mountain range and the Amu Darya river? It took its name from the ancient name of the city of Balkh. Bactria
Originally named Artashata and called Codomannus by the Greeks, which king of the Achaemenid Empire was decisively defeated by Alexander the Great at the Battle of Issus? Darius III
Its ruins a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which city was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550–330 BC)? Persepolis
From the Greek for "successors" what name was given to the rival generals, families, and friends of Alexander the Great who fought for control over his empire after his death in 323 BC? Diadochi
Nicknamed 'Nicator' or 'the victor' which general of Alexander the Great won the Battles of Ipsus and Coropedium, thus founding a new Asian empire to which he lent his name? Seleucus I (Nicator)
Ai-Khanoum or Ay Khanum was a Hellenistic city founded in the 4th Century BCE that possessed a Greek theatre, gymnasium and some Greek houses with colonnaded courtyards, and is located in which modern country? Afghanistan
Nomadic pastoralists the Yuezhi founded which empire in the Bactrian territories in the early 1st century that spread to encompass much of Afghanistan, and then the northern parts of the Indian subcontinent? Kushan Empire
Which people of Central Asia who were militarily important circa 450-560 are also known as 'White Huns'? Hephthalites (or Ephthalites)
Which Sunni Iranian empire ruled from 819 to 999 - at its greatest extent, the empire encompassed all of today's Afghanistan, and large parts of Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Pakistan? Samanid Empire
The dynasty was founded by Sabuktigin - which Persianate Muslim dynasty of Turkic mamluk origin, at their greatest extent ruled large parts of Iran, Afghanistan, much of Transoxiana, and northwest Indian subcontinent from 977–1186? Ghaznavid Empire
Which branch of science takes its name from the Greek for "cold producing"? Cryogenics
Which pioneer of geology was born in Kinnordy, Angus, Scotalnd in 1797 and wrote "Principles of Geology"? Charles Lyell
What nationality was the man who devised the pH scale? Danish (Søren Peder Lauritz Sørensen)
Hans Geiger hailed from which country? Germany
Who designed the aeroplanes the Hawker Hunter, the Hawker Harrier, the Harrier Jump Jet and the Hawker Hurricane? Sidney Camm
What is the chemical symbol for arsenic? As
What name is given to Atlantic salmon that return to freshwater after one winter at sea? Grilse
What is borne by a 'balaniferous' tree? Acorns
If something is 'bacciform' it is in the shape of what? A berry
What is called a 'kylie' to the Noongar people in western Australia? Boomerang
Which European freshwater fish (Gymnocephalus cernua) is also called a 'pope'? Ruffe
How are Coccinellidae better known, they are also called "gardener's friends" because they eat aphids? Ladybirds/ladybugs
Derived from the Spanish for "axe breaker" what is a quebracho? Tree
What is the largest of the living big cats in terms of average size? Tiger
Among the largest insects on Earth, what name is given to any of the five largest species of beetle? Goliath beetle
Who made the BBC Micro computer, on sale from 1981 to 1994? Acorn
Which now-demised company made the Amiga and PET computers? Commodore
Ignaz Semmelweis was a pioneer in which field? Antisepsis
Which German physicist (1857-94) first conclusively proved the existence of the electromagnetic waves theorized by James Clerk Maxwell's electromagnetic theory of light? Heinrich Hertz
Which American mathematician, electrical engineer, and cryptographer is known as "the father of information theory" for his landmark paper, A Mathematical Theory of Communication, that he published in 1948? Claude Shannon
According to the Biblical story of the "writing on the wall" which Babylonian king, whose feast the writing appeared at, died during the night? Belshazzar
What Biblical fate befell Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, although God protected them from harm? Thrown into a fiery furnace (by Nebuchadnezzar)
Who succeeded the king Antigonus II Mattathias in 37BCE? Herod (King of Judea)
The daughter of Herod II and Herodias, which woman has an infamous role in the Bible - although her name derives from the Hebrew stem for 'peace'? Salome
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in Biblical legend represent which three catastrophes? War, Famine, Plague (or Pestilence or Conquest), Death
In which body of water was Jesus Christ baptised? River Jordan
Mardi Gras occurs on which Christian date? Shrove Tuesday
What is the text of the Biblical passage John 11:35? Jesus wept
Which American jazz rock band, founded in 1972, took their name from a sex toy in the novel "The Naked Lunch"? Steely Dan
What name is given to the Jewish ethnic division whose ethnogenesis and emergence as a distinct community of Jews coalesced on the Iberian Peninsula around the year 1000? Sephardi or Sephardic Jews
Which veteran comedian voiced the characters of Ramon and Lovelace in the film "Happy Feet" and its sequel? Robin Williams
In which English county is RAF Mildenhall? Suffolk
Nashville, USA, stands on which river? Cumberland
Which city is served by King Shaka International Airport? Durban, South Africa
The Langley HQ of the CIA was renamed in 1999 for which former president? George Bush Sr
On which British peninsula would you find Campbelltown? Kintyre
The Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George is which English city's main cathedral? Manchester
In which English cathedral is the tomb of King John and a memorial to Stanley Baldwin - the cathedral appeared on a £20 note from 1999 to 2007? Worcester
Which English town lies at the sea end of the Colneis Peninsula? Felixstowe
On 14 June 1965 it was renamed Rabindra Setu but it is still commonly known as the Howrah Bridge - in which city would you find it? Kolkata
What, as of 2017, is the most popular website in Russia, making it the largest European online social media and social networking service? VKontakte
In which country was Austrian singer killed in a road accident in 1998? Dominican Republic
"No Man Is An Island" is a famous line from Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, a 1624 prose work by who? John Donne
Which American mechanical engineer who sought to improve industrial efficiency (1856-1915) wrote 1911 book The Principles of Scientific Management and made a fortune patenting steel-process improvements? Frederick Winslow Taylor
Which capital city, whose name is believed to be a corruption of "there is a mangrove tree" and was founded in 1571, is perhaps fancifully, called "The Pearl of the Orient"? Manila
Althaea officinalis, a perennial species indigenous to Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa, is better known by what name - also a foodstuff made from its root? Marshmallow
Which type of diving duck can be Common, Baer's, Madagascar, Red-Crested, Rosy-Billed or Southern? Pochard
What is the highest point in Albania? Mount Korabi
Which currency is nominally divided into 100 qindarka, even though qindarka are no longer issued? Lek (Albania)
Which strait connects the Adriatic Sea with the Ionian Sea and separates Italy from Albania? Strait of Otranto
How many players are there on a baseball team? Nine
What shape is the home plate in baseball? Pentagonal
The Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club carried out the first bungee jump where in 1979? Clifton Suspension Bridge
What name is given to an activity that combines paragliding with falconry? Birds of prey are trained to fly with paragliders, guiding them to thermals. Parahawking
Which playing cards are not used in a game of bezique? 2 through to 6 (2,3,4,5,6)
In rock climbing, what term refers to descending by means of mechanical brakes? Rappel
What age are horses that run in the US horseracing Triple Crown? Three
In which year did Melbourne host the Summer Olympics? 1956
Which 4-time world champion figure skater won two Olympic gold medals for East Germany, first at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and the second in 1988 at the Calgary Olympics? Katarina Witt
How many fences are jumped twice in the Grand National course? Fourteen
Who did Steve Davis beat in 1981 to win his first snooker World Championship? Doug Mountjoy
Which position is abbreviated to GS in netball? Goal Shooter
The San Antonio Spurs are a professional sports team in which sport? Basketball
In intervals in which sport do spectators traditionally walk on the field to tread in divots? Polo
Which 5 disciplines appeared in the ancient Olympic pentathlon? Discus, javelin, long jump, foot race, wrestling
The Arco lamp was designed by which Italian designer brothers? (Achille and Pier Giacomo) Castiglioni
How is former Manchester United footballer Luis Carlos Almeida da Cunha better known? Nani
Which non-league football team have played at Croft Park since 1909? Blyth Spartans
Which Zurich-born typesetter devised the Helvetica typeface? Max Miedinger
Which sea divides Baja California from mainland Mexico? Sea of Cortes
What was the real name of the Billy Bunter author Frank Richards? Charles Hamilton
Which actor was born Michael Patrick Smith on 19 January 1942? Michael Crawford
'Jerry Cruncher' appears in which Dickens novel? A Tale of Two Cities
Aimless, Feckless, Graceless and Pointless are cows in which novel of 1932? Cold Comfort Farm
Little Em'ly and Daniel Peggotty appears in which Dickens novel? David Copperfield
Which artist (born 1594) painted "The Adoration of the Golden Calf", displayed in London's National Gallery? Nicolas Poussin
In which country is the 1986 James Clavell novel "Whirlwind" set? Iran
Which cartoonist and raconteur (1925-59) mounted, in 1956, the first of his three festivals in London, at which classical music was spoofed for comic effect, with contributions from many eminent musicians? He died aged 34 from a cerebral haemorrhage. Gerard Hoffnung
Who became musical critic of The Star in February 1889, writing under the pen-name Corno di Bassetto? GB Shaw
What name was famously given to the women who knitted during French Revolution guillotinings? Tricoteuses
Om Banna (also called Shri Om Bana and Bullet Banna) is a shrine located in Pali district near Jodhpur, India, devoted to a deity in the form of - what? Motorcycle
The Prince Philip Movement, that believed him to be a deity, is a religious sect followed by the Kastom people around Yaohnanen village on the southern island of Tanna in which nation? Vanuatu
The Lasker Awards are given in which field? Medicine/Medical Science
HMS Thetis that sunk killing 99 men in Liverpool Bay in 1939 was later salvaged and renamed what - it then sank again with all hands in the Mediterranean 1943? Thunderbolt
The metric carat is divided into 100 what? Points
How is the cleaning product 'Flash' called in the USA and various other countries? Mr Clean
What is the smallest species of bat and arguably the world's smallest mammal? Kitti's hog-nosed bat/bumblebee bat
In which city is the HQ of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)? London
What was known as Seawise University briefly before its destruction? RMS Queen Elizabeth (QE1)
Which colourless-to-white, crystalline solid ((NH4)2CO3) is the usual main component of smelling salts? Ammonium Carbonate
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