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Which Germanic people established a kingdom on the Italian peninsula between 568 and 774, with a capital at Ticinum (modern Pavia)? Lombards
Which reforming Russian PM was mortally wounded at the Kiev Opera House in 1911? Stolypin
Which WW1 US general was nicknamed 'Black Jack'? John J Pershing
At which British museum was the Wright Brothers' Kitty Hawk on display from 1928 until 1945? Science Museum
What name was given to a government licence authorising a privateer to attack and capture enemy vessels and bring them before admiralty courts for condemnation and sale? Letters of Marque
In 1932, Eric Gill created the 'Ariel and Prospero' sculpture for which building? BBC Broadcasting House
What is the capital of Kazakhstan? Astana
Glenridding and Patterdale are towns on which English lake? Ullswater
In which county is Hook Norton Brewery? Oxfordshire
In which English city is Eldon Square Shopping Centre? Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Who founded Bauhaus? Walter Gropius
What is the space between two arches called? Spandrel
What type of arch ends in a point? Ogee
What is a reredos? A sculpted screen behind an altar
Which famous school features in Nicholas Nickleby? Dotheboys Hall
In Nicholas Nickleby, who is mistreated at Dotheboys Hall, but later revealed to be Ralph's son? Smike
Who is Dotheboys Hall's head teacher in Nicholas Nickleby? Wackford Squeers
Who is 'Nicholas Nickleby's devious uncle? Ralph
Who wrote the plays "Up N Under" and "Bouncers"? John Godber
Complete the title of the Willy Russell play: "John,Paul, George, Ringo..."? "..and Bert"
How is the city of Canton now known? Guangzhou
In which country is the Ordos Desert? China
Which clastic, predominantly silt-sized sediment that is formed by the accumulation of wind-blown dust covers about 10% of the Earth's surface? Loess
One of the longest mountain chains in Asia, extending more than 3,000 kilometres, which range forms the northern border of the Tibetan plateau and is the source of the Yangtse and Mekong rivers? Kunlun Mountains
The smallest and southernmost province of the People's Republic of China, what is the largest island that is - unlike Taiwan - directly under the control of the PRC? Hainan Island
What name is given to a manuscript page, either from a scroll or a book, from which the text has been scraped or washed off so that the page can be reused for another document? Palimpsest
In 2016 rated the "Most Beautiful Island in the World" by readers of Conde Nast Traveller and Travel + Leisure, which long thin island in the Philippines stretches between Mindoro in the northeast and Borneo in the southwest? Palawan
Which Chinese dynasty followed the Shang dynasty and preceded the Qin dynasty? Zhou
Often translated as 'heaven', what is one of the oldest Chinese terms for heaven and a key concept in Chinese mythology, philosophy, and religion? Tian
What name was given to the flourishing of philosophy and political ideas that occurred from the 6th century to 221 BC, during the Spring and Autumn period and the Warring States period of ancient China? The Hundred Schools of Thought
Which 52-metre (171 ft) Flamboyant Gothic tower in Paris is all that remains of a former 16th-century church, which was leveled shortly after the French Revolution? Tour St-Jacques
Which trees belong to the genus platanus? Plane
Which small artificial island in the Seine in Paris is home to the Statue of Liberty replica? Île aux Cygnes
In 1667, by using candle lanterns, which became the first city worldwide to employ a system of street lighting? Paris
The start of the University Boat Race is just upstream of which bridge? Putney Bridge
Which London bridge lies between Westminister and Vauxhall bridges? Lambeth Bridge
'Four Times of the Day' is a series of four paintings by which English artist? Hogarth
Notre Dame stands on which island in the Seine? Ile de la Cite
Which steamship sank in the Thames on the 3 September 1878, causing around 640 fatalities? SS Princess Alice
Which Augsburg lawyer (1580-1627) attempted to replace the 'pagan' names of the stars and constellations with a 'Christianised' version which never caught on? Julius Schiller
Which sculptor (1840-1917) contributed works to the Bourse in Brussels? Auguste Rodin
Which river formerly ran through Brussels until it was covered and diverted in the 19th century? River Senne
The Belgian artist Rik Wouters is most associated with which artistic movement? Fauvism
The Cathedrale Sts Michel & Gudule hosts the royal weddings of which country's Royal Family? Belgium
Which type of lace is also known as pillow lace and bone lace? Bobbin lace
Built between 1444 and 1480, which is the oldest building on Brussels' Grand Place, and the only one to escape the French bombardment of 1685, despite, ironically, being the main target? Hotel de Ville
The Atomium in Brussels was built for the World Fair in which year? 1958
In which town, east of Brussels, is the main brewery of Stella Artois? Leuven
Which 16th-century Flemish/Netherlandish anatomist and physician, was author of one of the most influential books on human anatomy, De humani corporis fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body)? Andreas Vesalius
Which Belgian city is on the confluence of the Meuse and Sambre rivers? Namur
Oedipus Rex (also called Oedipus Tyrannus or Oedipus the King), Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone are surviving works by which ancient Greek playwright? Sophocles
Which play by Sophocles did Aristotle use as the greatest example of tragedy? Oedipus Rex
Name any of Sophocles' seven surviving plays that are not one of the three 'Theban plays'? Any of: Ajax, The Women of Trachis, Electra, Philoctetes,
18 or 19 plays by which ancient Athenian tragedian (c. 480 – c. 406 BC) have survived - more than double the number of Aeschylus or Sophocles? Euripides
Where was the Greek historian Herodotus born? Halicarnassus (modern Bodrum)
The Battle of Marathon, in 490BCE, was the culmination of an attempt to invade Greece by the Persians under which ruler? Darius I
Thermopylae, Salamis and Plataea were all decisive battles between the Greeks and Persians in 480-479BCE, when the Persians tried to invade Greece for a second time, under which ruler? Xerxes I
Coming from the word 'to inhabit', which ancient Greek term referred to the known world, the inhabited world, or the habitable world? Oecumene
Which cat, native to the Americas, is also called the 'tree ocelot'? Margay
Which ancient Greek dramatist wrote 'Medea', perhaps his most famous play? Euripides
Which composer's mother jumped to her death in 1922 after rumours of an incestuous affair between her and her son? Percy Grainger
Who had a number 4 hit in the UK in 1974 with "Y Viva Espana"? Sylvia
Which country produces the Marmite-like spread Cenovis? Switzerland
Cleeve Cloud is the highest point in which range of hills? Cotswolds
How is entrepreneur Keith Tanyue better known? Levi Roots
Which composer opened the first HMV store in 1921? Elgar
Alfred P Southwick invented what in 1881? Electric Chair
Lillian Donovan is a character in which 2011 film? Bridesmaids
Which company was founded by Scotsman Thomas Sutherland in 1865? HSBC
Which annual event was conceived by Marcel Bezencon in 1955? Eurovision Song Contest
What is the real name of the author who calls himself "Lemony Snicket"? Daniel Handler
On which island was Nicki Minaj born? Trinidad
What type of single-celled organism derives its name from the Greek for 'change'? Amoeba
Who owned the racehorse Red Rum? Noel la Mare
Which wheelchair athlete won his first London marathon in 2002? David Weir
What is the nickname of the dinosaur in the hall of the Natural History Museum? Dippy (a diplodocus)
Which fictional character was dubbed "The Chesapeake Ripper"? Hannibal Lecter
The 1507 Doni Tondo is which artist's only finished panel painting? Michelangelo
Which people want to found a homeland called Khalistan? Sikhs
Maenads were followers of which Greek god? Dionysus
St George's became England's flag when which Royal bride imported it? Eleanor of Aquitaine
Which mineral and element is Zambia's main source of wealth? Copper
Which native American tribe, their name a corruption of cimarrón, a Spanish term for "runaway" or "wild one", inhabited The Everglades? Seminole
Meaning The Little Bay in Scottish Gaelic, which Scottish town is 'The Gateway to the Isles'? Oban
The desert region of Fezzan lies in which country? Libya
The founder of Guy's hospital had what profession? Bookseller
Which 838CE battle took place in Cornwall between a combined force of Cornish and Vikings on the one side, and West Saxons led by Egbert, King of Wessex on the other? Egbert won. Battle of Hingston Down
Wallblake House is a tourist attraction in which Caribbean capital? The Valley (Anguilla)
Ingolstadt lies on which river? Danube
What was the birth town of Napoleon Bonaparte? Ajaccio
What is the second-largest city in Afghanistan by population? Kandahar
What was the name of the valley where the Taliban destroyed 4th and 5th century Buddha sculptures in 2001? Bamiyan
In which city is Al-Masjid an-Nabawi (Prophet's Mosque), considered the second holiest site in Islam? Medina
Arabic for 'direction' what is the name of the direction that should be faced when a Muslim prays during salah prayers? Qibla
What is the literal meaning of Al-Aqsa in the name of the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, Sunni Islam's third holiest site? The Farthest
Now about 20 kilometres northwest of Mazar-e Sharif, which ancient city, described as 'great and noble' by Marco Polo, was mostly known as the centre and capital of Bactria or Tokharistan? Balkh
Which UNESCO World Heritage Site in western Afghanistan is 62m high, and was built around 1190 entirely of baked bricks? Minaret of Jam
Parun is the capital of which Afghan province, translated as the 'land of illumination'? Nuristan
Which mountain range, with a high point at Tirich Mir, divides the valley of the Amu Darya (the ancient Oxus) to the north from the Indus River valley to the south? Hindu Kush
What is the name of the six deep blue lakes that were made into Afghanistan's first national park, located in the Bamyan Province? Band-e-Amir
Which type of poems express personal (often emotional) feelings and are traditionally spoken in the present tense? Lyric poems
Which poet, possibly contemperaneous with Homer, wrote 'Theogony' and 'Works and Days'? Hesiod
What is the home of the Hallé Orchestra? Bridgewater Hall
Buckley Hall Prison lies just north of which town in Greater Manchester? Rochdale
The Bridgewater Canal runs between which two towns? Runcorn and Leigh
Bramall Hall is two kilometres south of which town? Stockport
As of 2014, what is the tallest UK building outside London? Beetham Tower, Manchester
A statue of which former British PM can be found in Albert Square, Manchester? Gladstone
In which county is Chichester? West Sussex
Which palace is home to Vienna's Spanish Riding School? Hofburg
Who wrote 1912's "Concerning The Spiritual In Art"? Wassily Kandinsky
Which Swiss Neoclassical painter (1741-1807) who had a successful career in London and Rome and was one of the two female founding members of the Royal Academy? Angelika Kauffmann
Which (1757-1822) Italian neoclassical sculptor, famous for his marble sculptures is often regarded as the greatest of the neoclassical artists and created Napoleon as Mars the Peacemaker, Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss, and The Three Graces? Antonio Canova
Which architect (1841-1918), famous for foregrounding green metal and rejecting revivalism, designed the stations on the Vienna Stadtbahn? Otto Wagner
Which villain, the Dictator of Tomainia (a parody of Germany and Adolf Hitler), did Charlie Chaplin play in 1940's "The Great Dictator"? Adenoid Hynkel
John Wellborn Root and Daniel Burnham were instrumental in setting up an architectural 'school' named after which city? Chicago (the Chicago School)
Which building at the corner of Broadway and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan is perhaps the most famous work of architect Daniel Burnham? Flatiron Building
How did Antoni Gaudi die, in 1926? Hit by a tram
Which Spanish entrepreneur (1846-1918) commissioned Antoni Gaudi to build a public park system composed of gardens and architectonic elements located on Carmel Hill, in Barcelona that is now named after him? Eusebi Güell (Park Guell)
Which year was the Roman Year of the Six Emperors? 238CE
Which author first achieved literary acclaim in his twenties with his semi-autobiographical trilogy, Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth (1852–1856)? Leo Tolstoy
Which man gives his name to the economic philosophy holding that, while people should own the value they produce themselves, economic value derived from land should belong equally to all members of society? Henry George (Georgism)
Marmolada is the highest point in which mountain range? Dolomites
Who was principal secretary to Queen Elizabeth I of England from 20 December 1573 until his death and is popularly remembered as her "spymaster"? Francis Walsingham
Which British Army officer hanged as a spy by the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War has a memorial in Westminster Abbey? John André
The Siege of Plevna and the Battle of Tashkessen took place during which 1877-78 war? Russo-Turkish War
Which Briton won an Olympic silver medal in 1920 for the 1500m and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1959, as well as becoming a Labour MP - he is the only person to have won an Olympic medal and received a Nobel Prize? Philip Noel-Baker
Which King ordered the killing of Danes in the St. Brice's Day massacre? Æthelred the Unready (1002)
Which commodity was taxed to fund Christopher Wren's post-fire rebuilding of London? Coal
In WW1 what name did the Allies give to the Siegfried Line? Hindenburg Line
What name is given to a large, white candle used in liturgies in Western Christianity, a new one being blessed and lit every Easter? Paschal candle
A form of baldachin, but with a narrower use exclusively for churches, what name is given to a canopy or covering supported by columns, freestanding in the sanctuary, that stands over and covers the altar in a basilica or other church? Ciborium
In church architecture, what name is given to an ornate partition between the chancel and nave, of more or less open tracery constructed of wood, stone, or wrought iron? Rood screen
Which English painter, born in Leominster in 1804, painted the inside of both the Uffizi and Vatican on a 19th century Grand Tour, before dying in London of TB aged just 41? John Scarlett Davis
What short name is given to a small round container used in the Catholic, Old Catholic and Anglican Churches to carry the consecrated host (Eucharist), to the sick or those otherwise unable to come to a church in order to receive Holy Communion? Pyx
Larger than, or containing, a pyx, what name is given to a fixed, locked box in which, in some Christian churches, the Eucharist is "reserved" (stored)? Tabernacle
Which medieval Norbertine canoness regular and mystic in what is now Belgium (1192-1258) has been recognised as the promoter of the Feast of Corpus Christi, first celebrated in Liège in 1246, and later adopted for the universal church in 1264? St Juliana of Liege
In which century was French painter Philippe de Champaigne active? 17th
Born Paolo di Dono, which Italian painter and mathematician (1397-1475) was notable for his pioneering work on visual perspective in art? Paolo Uccello
Which Greek, Christian, hermit saint from Athens, whose legend is centered in Provence and Septimania, is patron saint of Edinburgh, Graz and Nuremberg? St Giles
What positions are held by the two heads of state of Andorra? President of France and the Bishop of Urgell
Which country is called 'Misr' by its inhabitants? Egypt
"The Great Charlemagne" is the English translation of the name of the national anthem of which nation? Andorra
Madrid lies on which river? Manzanares
What is Europe's northernmost country? Norway
Which member of the EU has a national anthem with no words? Spain
What is the name of Fiji's largest island? Viti Levu
What is the oldest republic in Europe? San Marino
Northampton in England lies on which river? Nene
On which river does New York City lie? Hudson
In which city does the River Cherwell meet the Thames? Oxford
Near which major town or city does the Kennet meet the Thames? Reading
What is the largest city on the South American Tietê River? São Paulo
Which independent country worldwide has the lowest population density? Mongolia
Which independent country worldwide has the highest population density? Monaco
Addu City is the second largest town or city in which country? Maldives
What is the second-largest island in the archipelago of Svalbard, Norway, after Spitzbergen? Nordaustlandet
Mount Hillaby in the geological Scotland District 340 m (1,120 ft) at above sea level is the highest point of which nation? Barbados
Which drink was, according to his diary, tried for the first time by Samuel Pepys on 25th September 1660? Tea
Which treaty of 31st July 1667 brought a hasty end to the Second Anglo-Dutch War (1665–1667) in favour of the Dutch? Treaty of Breda
Who was the last British monarch to appoint a prime minister contrary to the will of Parliament? William IV
With a reputation for withstanding neglect, giving rise to its common name of cast-iron plant, which house plant was common in gas-lit Victorian houses as, unlike other plants, it suffered no ill effects from the gas? Aspidistra
Invented by Benjamin Franklin, the Franklin stove had an alternate name which it shared with which US state? Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania stove)
What items were euphemistically called "surface coal" in 19th century America? Cowpats
What name was given to the light once used on theatres where an intense illumination is created when an oxyhydrogen flame is directed at a cylinder of quicklime? Limelight/Drummond light/calcium light
Sharing its name with a country, which steamship of the Hamburg America Line sank on 13 September 1858, in one of the worst transatlantic maritime disasters of the nineteenth century, claiming the lives of 449 passengers and crew? SS Austria
The Great Fire of London in 1666 killed five people, as far as is known. In which year did a Great Fire of London begin in Southwark on 10th July that killed up to 3000 people? 1212
Which Italian physician, physicist, biologist and philosopher, discovered animal electricity in 1780 when he noted that that the muscles of dead frogs' legs twitched when struck by an electrical spark? Luigi Galvani
Frederick Hale Holmes (born 1812) is recognised as a pioneer in the creation of what type of device? Lighting
Located in the village of Marsden in South Shields, Tyne & Wear, England, which was the first lighthouse in the world to be actually designed and built specifically to use alternating electric current? Souter Lighthouse
Which dramatist, knighted in 1714, wrote two argumentative and outspoken Restoration comedies, The Relapse (1696) and The Provoked Wife (1697)? John Vanbrugh
Which band, founded in Luton in 1967, was led by vocalist/flautist/guitarist Ian Anderson, and featured a revolving door of lineups through the years? Jethro Tull
Which unit of length measurement originally referred to the length of the furrow in one acre of a ploughed open field? Furlong
Which early 18th-century English club in London with strong political and literary associations, committed to the furtherance of Whig objectives, was believed to be named after a pastry chef or his pies? Kit-cat club (Christopher Cat)
In which year was the Battle of Blenheim? 1704
The 2nd-century Christian St Polycarp was bishop of which city, now in Turkey? Smyrna (now Izmir)
En route to Rome, where he met his martyrdom, he wrote a series of letters that now forms a central part of the later collection known as the Apostolic Fathers - which Bishop of Antioch was thrown to the lions around 107CE? Ignatius
Which Roman Emperor was the son and successor of Marcus Aurelius, the first time a son had succeeded his biological father since Titus succeeded Vespasian in 79? He was assassinated in 192CE. Commodus
In the history of the Roman Empire, how is the year 192CE known? Year of the Five Emperors
The first bishop of Rome (Pope) born in Africa—probably in Leptis Magna (or Tripolitania), who reigned from around 189 to 199CE? Victor I
Which Roman Emperor (249-51) co-ruled with his son Herennius Etruscus until they were both killed by Goths in the Battle of Abritus? Decius
Roman Emperor from 253 to 260 AD, who was taken captive by Sassanian Persian king Shapur I after the Battle of Edessa, and apparently later used by Shapur as a human mounting block so he could mount his horse? Valerian
What name was given to the February 313 AD agreement to treat Christians benevolently within the Roman Empire? Edict of Milan
The Emperor Constantine formally inaugurated the city of Constantinople, which he had wished to be called New Rome, on the site of the Greek city of Byzantium, in which year? 330CE
In which modern-day country was the Battle of Abritus, where Decius became the first Roman Emperor in history to die in battle? Bulgaria
Who was the Bishop of Rome from 10 January 236 to his death in 250, and is famous for the miraculous nature of his election, in which a dove is said to have descended on his head to mark him as the Holy Spirit's unexpected choice to become the next pope? Fabian
Pope Sixtus II (died 6 August 258) was martyred along with seven deacons, Including Lawrence of Rome during the persecution of the Catholic Church by which Roman Emperor? Valerian
The last and most severe persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire, that began in 303 CE, is named for which Roman Emperor who reigned from 284 to 305? Diocletian (Diocletian Perecution)
Who was Pope from 314 to 335CE, and therefore was Bishop of Rome when Constantine the Great first built a basilica on the Vatican hill? Sylvester I
Which Roman empress and saint was the mother of Emperor Constantine the Great? St Helena
In Greek myth, who killed the Amazon queen Penthesilea, and "fell in love with the Amazon after her death and slew Thersites for jeering at him"? Achilles
Brains brewery was founded in which town or city in 1882? Cardiff
Which famous brewery is located in Masham, North Yorkshire, and was founded in 1992 by Paul Theakston? Black Sheep
For the opening of which Vienna theatre, after it had been remodelled in 1822, did Beethoven write "Consecration of the House" - originally founded in 1788 it is the oldest still performing theatre in Vienna? Josefstadt Theatre
Which Gilbert and Sullivan character claimed descent from "a protoplasmal primordial atomic globule"? Pooh-bah
In the musical "Cats", and TS Eliot's original work, Skimbleshanks is a cat also known as what? The Railway Cat
In the Bible, what is described as something that "shall cover a multitude of sins"? Charity
Who had 1967 UK hits with "Paper Sun" and "Hole in My Shoe"? Traffic
Which character in "The Pirates of Penzance" exclaims "I am a little boy of five"? Frederic
Who is the "theatre cat" in the musical "Cats"? Asparagus
Named after a curator of the Colonial Museum in Wellington, "Hector's" is one of the smallest species of which animal? Dolphin
What is the largest city on New Zealand's South Island and capital of the Canterbury region? Christchurch
What was the real name of the serial killer known as the "Son of Sam"? David Berkowitz
In which year did the "Son of Sam" serial killer begin his terror campaign of shootings and stabbings in New York? 1976
Donald Trump had three children with his first wife Ivana - Donald Jr, Ivanka and which other? Eric
Which department store's flagship building on Fifth Avenue in New York City did Donald Trump controversially demolish (without preserving its decorative statuary) to build Trump Tower? Bonwit Teller
Tony Schwartz ghost-wrote which 1987 book, that has sold over 1 million copies? Trump: The Art of the Deal
Edward Smith "Eki" Fatu best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment in the 2000s went by which name when competing? Umaga (accept also Jamal)
Which aircraft manufacturer based in Stratford, Connecticut, sold to Lockheed Martin in 2015, is perhaps best known for its helicopters, sold with names from S-47 to S-434? Sikorsky
Which leader of the US Teamsters Union vanished in late July 1975 and was never seen again, being declared legally dead in 1982? Jimmy Hoffa
The siege of which city - lasting April to June 1689 - was the first major event in the Williamite War in Ireland? It is commemorated every year by a parade of the local 'Apprentice Boys'. Derry
William III landed at which Irish coastal town on 14th June 1690, prior to the Battle of the Boyne? Carrickfergus
Fought on 12 July 1691 which battle - occurring after the Battle of the Boyne - was the decisive battle of the Williamite War in Ireland, effectively ending Jacobite resistance in Ireland? Battle of Aughrim
During which historic event is the song "The Fields of Athenry" set? Great Irish Famine/Potato Famine
Which 8th September 1798 battle marked the defeat of the main force of the French incursion during the 1798 Rebellion in Ireland? Battle of Ballinamuck
On January 1st of which year did Ireland become part of the United Kingdom through an Act of Union? 1801
What is the lower house, and principal chamber, of the Oireachtas (Irish legislature)? Dáil (Éireann)
Who was elected Irish President on 29 October 2011? Michael Higgins
The first openly gay Irish government minister and the first minister of Indian heritage, who became Irish Taoiseach in 2017? Leo Varadkar
The Irish Civil War of the 20th century took place in which two years? 1922 & 1923
Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone was born in which city in Umbria, Italy in either 1181 or 1182? Assisi (he was St Francis)
Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem & Ramón Vilalta collectively won which prestigious award in 2017? They were recognised for three decades of work, including the Sant Antoni Library in Barcelona? Pritzker Prize
What is the most populous city in Bolivia? Santa Cruz
Tennis player Andy Murray was born in which town or city? Glasgow
Which Norwegian county is situated at the northernmost part of continental Europe? Finnmark
In 1989, which country became the first to legalise same-sex marriage? Denmark
Which Swedish PM was assassinated in 1986, in an unsolved murder? Olof Palme
Beating Australia 6-0 in Saudi Arabia, which team won the first FIFA Confederations Cup in 1997? Brazil
What is the capital of the North Denmark Region or Nordjylland? Aalborg
The only settlement is Sandvík on which small Icelandic island, 40 kilometres (25 mi) off the north coast of the main island? Grimsey
Which attache for Nazi Germany who warned the Danish Jews about their intended deportation during the German Second World War occupation of Denmark and possibly saved 7,500 by allowing them to flee to Sweden? Georg Ferdinand Duckwitz
The Continuation War consisted of hostilities between which two countries between 1941 and 1944? Finland, Soviet Union
Which man served as the military leader of the Whites in the Finnish Civil War, Regent of Finland (1918–1919), commander-in-chief of Finland's defence forces during World War II, Marshal of Finland, and the sixth president of Finland (1944–1946)? Carl Gustaf Mannerheim
Arguably the best-preserved medieval city in Scandinavia and since 1995, on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, what is the largest city on the island of Gotland? Visby
The only monolingually Swedish-speaking region in Finland and the smallest region of the country, which islands are an archipelago at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea? Åland Islands
Emperor from 361 to 363CE, as well as a notable philosopher and author in Greek, who was the last Roman Emperor to be a non-Christian, thus taking the name 'the Apostate'? Julian
Which battle took place between the Roman Emperors Constantine I and Maxentius on October 28, 312, and marked Constantine's conversion to Christianity when he allegedly saw a cross in the sky pre-battle? Battle of Milvian Bridge
Born in Pannonia, which military leader in Italy led the revolt of Herulian, Rugian, and Scirian soldiers that deposed Romulus Augustulus on 4 September AD 476? Odoacer
"Ab Urbe Condita Libri" was whose monumental history of ancient Rome, written in Latin, between 27 and 9 BC? Livy
Crowned in 98CE, who was the first Roman Emperor from Spain? Trajan
In which year did Bjorn Borg win his first Wimbledon singles title? 1976
After which tennis player is the US Open venue named? Billie Jean King
In which New York park is the tennis US Open venue? Flushing Meadows-Corona
Which Brit won four stages of the 2008 Tour de France, eventually winning 30 stages of the race in his career? In 2012 he became the first person to win the final Champs-Élysées stage in the Tour de France in four consecutive years. Mark Cavendish
Which colour jersey is worn in the Tour de France and Vuelta Espana cycling races to signify the current leader and/or final winner of the overall classification by points (often known as the sprinters competition)? Green
What is the name of the ring in which sumo wrestling bouts are held? Dohyo
What was the name of Coventry's speedway team, Elite League Champions in 2005, 2007 and 2010, who had their licence suspended in 2017 due to the lack of a suitable venue? (Coventry) Bees
Which US city hosts an NBA team that began play as an expansion team in 1968, and are called the Suns? Phoenix
Which cyclist won the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia in the same year in 1970, 1972 and 1974? Eddie Merckx
The five races called the 'Monuments of Cycling' consist of: Milan–San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris–Roubaix, and which two others? Liège–Bastogne–Liège, and the Giro di Lombardia
Who was Henry VIII's fourth wife? Anne of Cleves
Who was Henry VIII's second wife? Anne Boleyn
In which castle was Henry VII of England born? Pembroke
Between which years did Henry VII of England reign? 1485-1509
Robert Cecil was the Chief Minister to which English monarch? Elizabeth I
Where in England are the 3 surviving Eleanor Crosses? Geddington, Hardingstone, and Waltham Cross
Which historical figure were the Eleanor Crosses erected in memory of? Eleanor of Castile
At which 1346 battle did Edward the Black Prince proverbially 'win his spurs'? Crecy
Of which region or nation was Edward VIII appointed Governor after his abdication? Bahamas
What name is given to a pavilion or seat on an elephant's back? Howdah
The Weber Cup is competed for, by Europe and the USA, in which sport? Tenpin Bowling
Captain Becher fell at what then became Becher's Brook in the first Grand National - in which year? 1839
Sam Burgess switched codes to sign for which rugby union side in 2014, before departing back to league after England's disastrous World Cup? Bath
A stand is named after Billy Boston at which rugby league club's ground - one he represented for over 15 years, although the ground has changed since his day so he never played at the stadium in question? Wigan
Which Belgian finished second in the 2013 World Rally Championship, despite never having won a round of the championship in his career up until then -he eventually won 2014's Rallye Deutschland? Thierry Neuville
Which boxer, born 1971 in Nigeria, was nicknamed "The Dancing Destroyer"? Hernie Hide
Who was the first person born on the Isle of Man to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year? Mark Cavendish (2011)
The word colophon, referring to a brief description of the manuscript or book to which it is attached derives from the Greek for what? Finishing touch
Which art critic coined the term 'Fauvism'? Louis Vauxcelles
In which county is the Italianate mansion of Cliveden? Buckinghamshire
What does the 'LM ' in the name of the author LM Montgomery stand for? Lucy Maud
Which is the oldest comic strip still in syndication, created by the German immigrant Rudolph Dirks and drawn by Harold H. Knerr for 37 years ? The Katzenjammer Kids
Who is the narrator of both Joseph Conrad novels 'Lord Jim' and 'Heart of Darkness'? Charles Marlow
Aquino is a town on which European island? Sicily
In contrast to commodity money, what type of money is simply a token of exchange, with no intrinsic value except what has been assigned by government? Fiat Money
Thorium ultimately decays to which stable element? Lead
Above the asthenosphere is what rigid layer of the Earth? Lithosphere
In science, a system that allows neither the exchange of energy nor matter is called what type of system? Isolated (system)
Which geological cycle deals with movement of the plates of the lithosphere? Tectonic cuycle
Which important grain probably originated from the Mexican grass 'teosinte'? Maize
Which Portuguese ship with lateen sails was developed for coastal exploration in the 15th century? Caravel
The city of Gao, once capital of the Songhai Empire, is now part of which country? Mali
Of what is a Torr a unit of measurement? Pressure
Give a year in the life of physicist Robert Boyle, responsible for Boyle's Law. 1627-91
In 1919, which airship made the first two-way Transatlantic crossing? R-34
William Hyde Wollaston discovered which element in 1803? Palladium
In which year did Marconi send the first Transatlantic wireless signal? 1901
Which large company was founded by Chung Ju-yung in 1947 as a construction firm ? Hyundai
What name was given to an air raid by the United States of America on the Japanese capital Tokyo and other places on the island of Honshu during World War II, the first air strike to strike the Japanese Home Islands? Doolittle Raid
Which German mathematician (30 April 1777 – 23 February 1855) is sometimes called the 'prince of mathematicians'? CF Gauss
Named after a Danish scientist, what is the unit of the auxiliary magnetic field H in the centimetre–gram–second system of units (CGS), equivalent to 1 dyne per Maxwell? Oersted
Which English scientist (1791-1865) devised the terms 'cathode' and 'anode'? Michael Faraday
The first permanent colour photo, demonstrated in 1861 by James Clerk Maxwell, was of what item? (Tartan) Ribbon
Which US President was assassinated by Leon Czolgosz? William McKinley
Which British submarine sank the General Belgrano in the Falklands war? HMS Conqueror
At which battle of 4th August 1265 did the future Edward I defeat Simon de Montfort? Evesham
What title did Edward II bestow on his favourite Piers Gaveston? Earl of Cornwall
Who replaced Piers Gaveston as Edward II's 'favourite' and probable lover, he was eventually hanged on 27th October 1326? Hugh Le Despenser
Who was on England's throne at the start of the Hundred Years War? Edward III
Which monarch was captured at the 1356 Battle of Poitiers? John II of France
Phil "Steam" Shaw of the UK invented which bizarre activity in 1997? Extreme Ironing
It claims to be the smallest town in Britain, although it isn't. Which Welsh town definitely hosts the annual World Bog Snorkelling Championships? Llanwrtyd Wells
In which traditional British playground game do players charge across the playground to get to the other side while their opponent has to stop them, either by touch or frequently, rougher methods? British Bulldog
The Bury Fen Club of Cambridgeshire codified the rules of which sport in 1882? No longer popular in the UK, it is still played keenly in Scandinavia and Russia. Bandy
The sporting event of 'Beach Flags' is usually played as a training exercise by members of which profession? Lifeguards/surf lifesavers
Possibly invented by Dartmouth College students in New Hampshire which game, which combines skill and alcohol, is also sometimes called 'Beirut'? Beer Pong
Conceptualised by Belgian Filip Eyckmans in 2005, which sport o game, combining elements of volleyball, football and gymnastics with music, is played on an inflatable court featuring a trampoline on each side of the net? Bossaball
Founded in November 1993 in Las Vegas, which sporting body is often abbreviated to UFC? Ultimate Fighting Championship
Considered by UFC fans to be the most influential figure in the history of modern MMA, which Brazilian man won UFC 1, UFC 2 and UFC 4 Royce Gracie
The annual sport of "Calcio Storico" or "historic football", often surprisingly violent, takes place in which Italian city? Florence
Fort Klapperkop Military Museum is located outside which South African city? Pretoria
CIRCA on Jellicoe is an art gallery in which city? Johannesburg
As of 2017, the most successful team in Super Rugby history with seven titles (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008) in which city are rugby union team Crusaders based? Christchurch
Finishing bottom in their first season, in 2016, what is the name of the first Japanese rugby union team, based in Tokyo, to play in the Super Rugby tournament? Sunwolves
On 21 March 1960, 69 people were shot dead by South African Police in which township? Sharpeville (Sharpeville massacre)
Who was the first wife of the anti-apartheid activist and future politician Nelson Mandela, to whom she was married from 1944 to 1958? Evelyn (Mase)
In which year was the Soweto Uprising? 1976
At which Johannesburg stadium did South Africa triumph in the final of the 1995 Rugby World Cup? Ellis Stadium
What is the name of Johannesburg's Airport, also the largest in South Africa? OR Tambo Airport
Who was the third wife and widow of former South African president Nelson Mandela? Graca Machel
Chakapuli is a stew associated with which food? Georgia
Which man, Eastern Roman Emperor from 491 to 518, known of minimization of government corruption, reforms to the tax code, and the introduction of a new form of currency, recognised Theodoric as western leader? Anastasius I
What name is given, in medicine, two eyes of two different colours? Heterochromia (iridis)
In Indonesia, the game is thought to have introduced by the Dutch as a humiliation - but Indonesians have now appropriated which game where young men climb up a greased pole to collect prizes? Panjat Pinang
The national sport of Argentina since 1953, literally "duck game", which game played on horseback combines elements from polo and basketball? Pato
How many players are there per team in Australian Rules Football? Eighteen
In which Siena race, in which the jockeys ride bareback, circles the Piazza del Campo for 3 laps twice a year? Palio
The Elfstedentocht, a skating tour, almost 200 kilometres (120 mi) long, which is held both as a speed skating competition (with 300 contestants) and a leisure tour (with 16,000 skaters), is held when the weather favours it, in which country? Netherlands
Which Irish sport is also called "long bullets"? Irish Road Bowling
The Guanches are the aboriginal inhabitants of which region or place? Canary Islands
It has hosted one Test match, in October 2002 - in which city is Buffalo Park cricket ground? East London, South Africa
In which year were the modern Olympics first held in Los Angeles? 1932
Which English professional squash player has won the two most prestigious tournaments in the professional game, the British Open and the World Open, three times each, and reached a career-high world ranking of World No. 1 in June 2010? Nick Matthew
Which former World No. 1 professional squash player from Pakistan, who is considered to be the greatest player in the history of squash, won the World Open six times and the British Open a record ten times from 1982 to 1991? Jahangir Khan
Which former world No. 1 professional Pakistani squash player won the World Open a record eight times from 1987 to 1996, and the British Open six times every year from 1992 to 1997? Jansher Khan
Which Australian won the women's British Open in squash every year from 1966 to 1977? Heather McKay
Which sport was once called 'poona' or 'poonah'? Badminton
In 2016, which country became the first non-Asian one to win badminton's Thomas Group? Denmark
The 'French grip' or the 'orthopaedic or pistol grip' are two alternatives that are used in which sport? Fencing
Which shooting sport that can be performed with either rifles or archery equipment usually involves shooting at a painted wooden bird, and is popular in Denmark? Popinjay
What is the name of the Japanese martial art of archery? Kyudo
In 2015, Scot Alex Marshall won which sporting championships for a then-record sixth time? Indoor Bowls (World Indoor Bowls Championships)
The 2000 movie "Bring It On" was based on which activity, declared "not a sport" in August 1994 by the US National Sports Association? Cheerleading
Created by Joe Davis, which failed variant of snooker used two additional colours, orange (8 points) and purple (10 points)? Snooker-plus
Which are the only two gymnastic disciplines at which both men and women compete, as of 2017? Floor, vault
As of 2017, what are the four gymnastics events at which women compete? Floor, vault, Balance Beam, Uneven Bars
Jeu de Paume is traditionally considered a precursor of which sport? Real Tennis
Sale Sharks and the Salford Red Devils share which stadium, built for the 2012 season? AJ Bell Stadium
Brian O'Driscoll played his entire career at which rugby union club? Leinster
In which country was the 1995 Rugby Union World Cup held? South Africa
Which European country is said to have the oldest national flag? Denmark
Which flag is flown on British Royal Navy ships and shore establishments, as well as by ships of Trinity House escorting the reigning monarch? White Ensign
What is the smallest of Japan's four main islands? Shikoku
For every year from 2000 to 2016, which European country has been the continent's largest oil producer? Norway
Which Italian-built airship carried out the first verified trip of any kind to the North Pole and likely the first verified overflight on 12 May 1926? Norge (Amundsen was involved)
What name is given to a citizen of Leeds? Loiner
Which body is the official General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar, responsible for the provision and maintenance of navigational aids, such as lighthouses, lightvessels and buoys? Trinity House
Formerly based at Stoneleigh from 1963 to 2009, which annual agricultural show/fair was held by the Royal Agricultural Society of England every year from 1839 to 2009? Royal Show
Which city's airport is named after Franz Josef Strauss? Munich
Which Arctic explorer was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922? Fridtjof Nansen (for his work on behalf of the displaced victims of the First World War and related conflicts)
Also called Okecie International Airport, which city's airport was named after Chopin in 2001? Warsaw
What name is given to a citizen of Oxford, or a member of the University of Oxford, England? Oxonian
Which country's flag features 27 five-pointed stars? Brazil
He succeeded Abu Bakr (632–634) as the second caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate on 23 August 634, and was a companion of Muhammad. Which caliph took Jerusalem in 637AD? Umar
Holding 1790s Salons at Coppet and Paris, which French woman of letters of Swiss origin wrote "Delphine" in 1802 and "Corinne" or "L'Italie" in 1807? Madame de Staël
Which famous performer was born Erik Weisz in March 1874? Harry Houdini
Which modern artist was the partner of singer Bjork from 2002 to 2013, they had two children together? Matthew Barney
In 1930 Mahatma Gandhi led a march in protest at a British tax on which commodity? Salt
Which Dutch film director was murdered by Mohammed Bouyeri, a Dutch-Moroccan Muslim in 2004, following the release of his controversial film "Submission"? Theo Van Gogh
Considered to be the founder of video art and credited with an early usage (1974) of the term "electronic super highway", which Korean American artist (1932-2006) was a member of the Fluxus group? Nam June Paik
Untitled Film Stills is a series of sixty-nine black and white photographs by which American visual artist, released 1977-80? Cindy Sherman
Which British video artist, born in Reading in 1970, produced the videos "Frozen" for Madonna, "Windowlicker" for Aphex Twin and the 2000 video piece "Flex"? Chris Cunningham
"The Fool" (2010) and "Heads Up" (2016) are albums by which American indie rock band from California? Warpaint
Who released their eighth studio album "Vulnicura" in 2015? Bjork
Recorded at the Apollo Theater in Harlem and released in 1963, whose breakthrough album was "Live At The Apollo", often called one of the greatest albums ever made? James Brown (and the Famous Flames)
Jean-Michel Basquiat first rose to fame as a graffiti artist with classmate Al Diaz with the character SAMO - what did SAMO stand for? Same Old Shit
With whom did Jean-Michel Basquiat begin collaboration in 1982 - Basquiat's devastation at his collaborator's 1987 death may have led to the overdose that killed him? Andy Warhol
Chéri Samba, a contemporary African artist, was born in 1956 in which country? Democratic Republic of the Congo
Which German artist (b. 1960) whose paintings 'mine the intersection of his personal history with the politics of industrial alienation' created "Warten auf die Barbaren (Waiting for the Barbarians)", "Para" and "Jagdzimmer (Hunter's room)", all in 2007? Neo Rauch
At which Iraqi prison did personnel of the United States Army and the Central Intelligence Agency commit a series of human rights violations in 2003? Abu Ghraib
"A terrible beauty is born" is the last line of whose poem "Easter 1916"? WB Yeats
On which fictional island does most of the action of Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" take place? West Egg
Which writer's father was the founding editor of the Dictionary of National Biography? Virginia Woolf
Which artist (1896-1966) served as an orderly at the Saint-Dizier psychiatric centre during WW1, where he first encountered the psychoanalysis of dreams that was to inform his later work? Andre Breton
The term surrealism was borrowed from which French poet, playwright, short story writer, novelist, and art critic of Polish descent's word "sur-reality"? Guillaume Apollinaire
Who painted "Two Children Threatened by a Nightingale" in 1924, The Hat Makes the Man (1920) and Of This Men Shall Know Nothing (1923)? Max Ernst
Paul Eluard (1895-1952) and Louis Aragon (1897-1982) were poets associated with which artistic movement? Surrealism
On which 1917 ballet did Pablo Picasso, Erik Satie, Jean Cocteau and Leonide Massine all collaborate? Parade
Dubbed "the painter of railway stations" by Picasso, which painter, an Italian of Greek descent (1888-1978) founded the scuola metafisica art movement, which profoundly influenced the surrealists, although his work became more conventional after 1919? Giorgio de Chirico
Which artist painted animals in scientific detail in 1919-20's series "The Farm"? Joan Miro
Who won the 1918 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his invention of a method used in industry to synthesize ammonia from nitrogen gas? Fritz Haber
Who won the 1931 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the development of high-pressure methods in chemistry? Carl Bosch
Which element was discovered Pierre Janssen and Norman Lockyer in 1868 and was named by Lockyer? Helium
Spodumene, petalite and lepidolite are the principle ores of which alkali metal? Lithium
Which class of elements do aluminium, gallium, indium, tin, thallium, lead and bismuth belong to? Post-transition metals
Which Swedish chemist discovered the chemical element lithium in 1817 by isolating it as a salt? Johan August Arfwedson
Which element is unusual in its inability to reflect neutrons, and was used by James Chadwick to prove the existence of neutrons, as it emits a neutron when bombarded with radium? Beryllium
Thought to have a greater abundance on the moon than on Earth, which isotope of helium has sparked considerable interest as a potentially safe, environmentally friendly fuel? Helium-3
What is the one-word name for the alkaline oxide of calcium? Lime
Used as semiconductors because of their intermediate level of conductivity between metals and metalloids, which group of chemical elements includes boron, silicon and antimony? Metalloids
What is the Sunday after Easter Sunday called? Low Sunday or Divine Mercy Sunday
They have won three NBA championships in 1989, 1990 and 2004 - which basketball team that moved to Detroit in 1957? Pistons
Challenger, Fuggles and Goldings are British varieties of what? Hops
Who did Queen Anne appoint as Master-General of the Ordnance and Captain-General of her armies at home and abroad in 1702? John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough
Give a year in the life of Kurt Weill, writer of the "Threepenny Opera". 1900-50
Which 19th century German Christian revivalist movement of painters championed medieval culture and included Johann Friedrich Overbeck, Franz Pforr, Ludwig Vogel, Philipp Veit, and Johann Konrad Hottinger? Nazarenes
What disease links singers Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Ian Dury and Steve Harley? Polio (all had it)
Which US violinist and conductor once took part in an experiment where he donned a baseball cap and played as an incognito busker at the Metro subway station L'Enfant Plaza in Washington, D.C. on January 12, 2007, collecting $32.14? Joshua Bell
What is the name of the loyalty card launched by Boots in 1997? Advantage Card
Give a year in the life of Henry VIII when he was NOT King of England. 1491-1508
Which star sign runs from May 20th to June 21st? Gemini
In 1961, who became the second person, and the first American, to travel into space, and the first person to manually control the orientation of his spacecraft? Alan Shepard
How many troy ounces are there per troy pound? Twelve
The crossbill genus of birds belongs to which family? Fringillidae (finches)
"An' the dawn comes up like thunder outer China 'crost the Bay!" is the last line of the chorus of which of Kipling's Barrack-Room Ballads? Mandalay
What name is used for a coil whose length is substantially greater than its diameter, often wrapped around a metallic core, which produces a uniform magnetic field in a volume of space when an electric current is passed through it? Solenoid
The Brewers play Major League Baseball at Miller Park in which city? Milwaukee
Old world blackbirds all belong to which family of birds? Thrushes (Turdidae)
Which animal comprises the order 'anura'? Frogs
What name is given to a resident of Colchester? Colcestrian
Which Irish comedian, born 1971, who also co-wrote the series, starred as the bookstore owner in "Black Books"? Dylan Moran
Calamine's main active ingredient is the oxide of which metal? Zinc
"The House Without A Key", in 1925, was the first book, and in 1926, the first film, to feature which recurring character? Charlie Chan
Which comedy actor was born born Solomon Joel Cohen on 8 May 1913 ? Sid James
Which entertainer, activist, and French Resistance agent was born Freda Josephine McDonald on 3 June 1906 in St Louis, Missouri? She the first person of color to become a world-famous entertainer and to star in a major film, 1934's "Zouzou"? Josephine Baker
For which 1967 film did Rod Steiger win the Academy Award for Best Actor? In The Heat of the Night
What is the capital of the Canadian Province of Saskatchewan? Regina
Which English television producer and screenwriter from Huyton, Lancashire created Grange Hill and Hollyoaks? Phil Redmond
"Kitchen", published in Japanese in 1988, was the award-winning debut of which Japanese novelist and short-story writer? Banana Yoshimoto
Which Swiss poet was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1919? Carl Spitteler
In which film, released in 1936, does Charlie Chaplin's character face an accelerating assembly line where he screws nuts at an ever-increasing rate onto pieces of machinery? Modern Times
Which US film composer is particularly known for his collaborations with director Alfred Hitchcock, most famously Psycho, North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Vertigo, although he also did scores to Cape Fear, Taxi Driver and Citizen Kane? Bernard Herrmann
The 2012 film 'Pietà' was the first Korean movie to achieve the top distinction at all three of the venice, Cannes and Berlin film festivals - who directed it? Kim Ki-Duk
Who became the 29th PM of Australia in 2015 being re-elected with a one-seat majority in 2016? Malcolm Turnbull
Which Swedish writer and poet (1931-2015) was left barely able to speak after a 1990 stroke, but won the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature? Tomas Tranströmer
Which actress, born in 1957, was the daughter of Tippi Hedren, and was once married to Don Johnson? Melanie Griffith
As of 2017, who is the youngest person ever to win a competitive Academy Award, which she won in 1974 at age 10 for her performance as Addie Loggins in Paper Moon opposite her father? Tatum O'Neal
At age 19 who became famous for portraying Jeanne opposite Marlon Brando in Bernardo Bertolucci's film Last Tango in Paris (1972), although the scenes would later become controversial? Maria Schneider
Rizzo, Frenchy, Marty and Jan are part of which gang in the film "Grease"? The Pink Ladies
Sharing the name with a British indie group, which character did Jeff Conaway play in the 1978 film "Grease"? Kenickie
Who played Vincent Van Gogh in the 1956 film "Lust for Life"? Kirk Douglas
What two words were on a Remembrance Day poppy until 1994, when they were replaced by "Poppy Appeal"? Haig Fund
Which British Prime Minister, PM from 1830-34, was the architect of the Reform Act of 1832, which abolished the Rotten Boroughs? Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey
Madonna and Sean Penn appeared together, as Glendon Wasey and Gloria Tatlock, in which critically-panned 1986 film Shanghai Surprise
In which French-Italian movie from 1973 do the four main characters, among them Marcello Mastroianni and Michel Piccoli, literally eat themselves to death in a satire of consumerism? La Grande Bouffe
The Neapolitan Novels are her best known works - with novels called "L'Amica Geniale" and "Storia della Bambina Perduta" - what is the pseudonym of an Italian novelist whose real identity was controversially revealed by Claudio Gatti? Elena Ferrante
Algerian writer Kamel Daoud's debut novel "Meursault, contre-enquete" (The Meursault Investigation) is a re-telling of which classic novel? L'Etranger (Camus)
Tony Shaloub played which TV detective from 2002 to 2009? Monk
Which children's novel of 1911 is set in Misselthwaite Manor the home of Mr Archibald Craven? The Secret Garden
Which poet wrote these words; "God's in his heaven - all's right with the world"? Robert Browning (Pippa Passes)
Who was the first post-independence Prime Minister of Sierra Leone in 1961? Milton Margai
Who led Sierra Leone for 17 years, serving as Prime Minister from 1967 to 1971 and as President from 1971 to 1985? His reign was often characterized by patrimonial rule and self worship, consolidating power by means of corruption and exploitation. Siaka Stevens
Who was convicted and hanged for Britain's 1961 "A1 murder"? Michael Hanratty
Who was the leader of a group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605? Robert Catesby
Which British Army officer is best known as the leader of the successful 1953 British Expedition to Mount Everest, which saw Hillary and Tenzing reach the summit? John Hunt
Which English monarch was the first to be born at Windsor Castle? Edward III
Who was Time magazine's first "Man of the Year" in 1927? Charles Lindbergh
Which woman was the first female Time magazine Person of the Year? Wallis Simpson
Arthur Balfour was what relation to the prior British PM, the 3rd Marquis of Salisbury? Nephew
Who was the 16th President of the United States of America? Abraham Lincoln
What were the forenames of the poet A.E. Housman? Alfred Edward
Who was born Balthasar Klossowski de Rola on February 29, 1908? Balthus
"Domine quo vadis?" (1602) and "Flight into Egypt" (1603), the latter being called the first idealised landscape, were both works by which painter? Annibale Carracci
Which painter killed Ranuccio Tomassoni in 1606? Caravaggio
What are the four rivers depicted in the Bernini fountain located in the Piazza Navona, Rome? Ganges, Nile, Danube, Plate
The metaphorical spearing of a nun and saint with a spear of fire is depicted in which renowned work by Bernini, the central sculptural group in white marble set in an elevated aedicule in the Cornaro Chapel, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome? Ecstasy of Saint Teresa
Artimesia Gentileschi was the first woman artist admitted to the academy of which city in 1614? Florence
In which 1601 Caravaggio work, now in the National Gallery in London, does the resurrected but incognito Jesus, reveals himself to two of his disciples (presumed to be Luke and Cleopas)? Supper at Emmaus
What title did the founder of the Daily Mail newspaper Alfred Harmsworth take upon ennoblement? Lord Northcliffe
Which British national daily newspaper was founded in 1903 as a newspaper for women, run by women? Daily Mirror
Puccini wrote "La Boheme", but which Italian composer also released an opera with that title, in 1897? Leoncavallo
Who performed "You Know My Name" the theme tune to the Daniel Craig Bond film "Casino Royale"? Chris Cornell
Verdi wrote the opera "Otello", but which other Italian composer also released an opera with that title in 1816? Rossini
Which 1972 UK number 1 single included the lyrics "the ragged man in the ragged clothes" about the title character? Vincent (Don Mclean - the title character being Vincent Van Gogh)
In 2001 the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the National Endowment for the Arts, and Scholastic Inc asked people from the music industry, media, teachers, and students, to choose the top 365 songs of the 20th century - what came top? Over The Rainbow
Which band were formed in London in 1968 by singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Peter Banks, keyboardist Tony Kaye, and drummer Bill Bruford? Yes
Carbon has the highest melting point of all the elements. Which comes next? Tungsten
Who invented the slide rule in 1622? William Oughtred
What is a 'goose' used for by a tailor? As a smoothing iron (accept similar)
How is the Lockheed L-1011 jet airliner better known? Tristar
What is the common name of allium cepa soaked in acetic acid? Pickled onions
Which vehicle broke the land speed record in 1997, a record that still stood 20 years later? ThrustSSC
Which company's first commercial motorbike was nicknamed "The Silent Gray Fellow"? Harley-Davidson (Model 7D)
Which philosophical term denotes the belief that all knowledge derives from experience? Empiricism
Where on the body would someone wear 'alpargatas'? Feet (Argentine espadrilles)
A filbert is the fruit of which tree? Hazel
What is 'pip emma' in RAF slang? Afternoon/PM
What does BSF stand for on pre-metric UK screw threads? British Standard Fine
"Only _____ Shopping Days Until Christmas" and "the customer is always right" are saying first attributed to which US businessman and shopping magnate, 1858-1947? Harry Gordon Selfridge
Which animal is nicknamed the 'Jesus Christ Lizard' because of its ability to run on water? Basilisk Lizard
What is a wentletrap? Mollusc (sea snail)
In which decade did Isaac Newton publish his famous Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica? 1680s (5th July 1687)
An urban myth states that Bob Marley's death was inadvertently caused by which UK broadcaster when he stood on his foot during a charity match? Danny Baker
What was the UK number 1 single on the day England won the 1966 World Cup? Chris Farlowe - Out of Time
Which pianist and band leader (December 15, 1911 – August 25, 1979) had theme song "Artistry in Rhythm"? Stan Kenton
In Greek myth, who were the parents of Helen of Troy? Zeus and Leda
Meaning 'account' in Arabic, what name is given in Islam to one of various reports describing the words, actions, or habits of the prophet Muhammad? Hadith
Which composer wrote the music to the operas Berenice (1709), Orlando (1733) and Flavio (1723)? Handel
In Greek myth, who was the mother of Apollo and Artemis? Leto
Who hired Billie Holliday in 1938 as his lead vocalist, the first white band leader to hire a full-time black female singer to tour the segregated Southern U.S? Artie Shaw
Which 2005 British movie was taglined "something wicked this way hops"? Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Who played Sapphire from 1979 to 1982 in the British television science-fiction fantasy series "Sapphire and Steel"? Joanna Lumley
Beginning in 1961, which programme on BBC Radio 4 airs "news, views and information for people who are blind or partially sighted"? In Touch
In which country was female impersonator Danny La Rue born? Ireland (Cork)
Which Irish film director, screenwriter, novelist and short-story writer's first book, Night in Tunisia, won the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1979? He also won an Academy Award Best Original Screenplay for The Crying Game (1993) and directed Michael Collins? Neil Jordan
"I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue" on Radio 4 was a spinoff panel game show from which other radio show, broadcast 1964 to 1973? I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again
Which 1961 British-American epic adventure war film starred Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn? The Guns of Navarone
Which Warner Bros cartoon character was known for his signature line at the end of each short, "Th-th-th-that's all folks!"? Porky Pig
Which American screenwriter, director, producer and actor wrote the films Lethal Weapon and its sequel, The Monster Squad, The Last Boy Scout (for which he was paid a million dollars), Last Action Hero, The Long Kiss Goodnight and Iron Man 3? Shane Black
In the low-budget 1970 film "Hercules in New York" Arnold Schwarzenegger appears under which easier-to-pronounce surname? Strong
Who played Max Bialystock in the original film version of The Producers? Zero Mostel
Which writing duo co-wrote the UK sitcom "Porridge"? Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
The 2006 Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon film "A Cock and Bull Story" was loosely based on which classic novel? Tristram Shandy
Captain Cat, Organ Morgan and Evans the Death appear in which 1954 radio drama? Under Milk Wood
Which American actor is most notable for his role as Captain William "Buck" Rogers in the 1979–1981 television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century? Gil Gerrard
Which actor was part of The Dirty Dozen and The Magnificent Seven? Charles Bronson
Who directed Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), Grand Prix (1966), French Connection II (1975), Black Sunday (1977), and Ronin (1998)? John Frankenheimer
Who directed Stephen King film adaptations The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist? Frank Darabont
Who played the character Polly in "Fawlty Towers"? Connie Booth
Which English-Canadian actor of stage, screen and radio best known for his roles in the ABC television series The Fugitive (as Lt Philip Gerard) and the British sci-fi drama Space: 1999? Barry Morse
What is the surname of the character Rocky depicted in the Sylvester Stallone movies? Balboa
Who was the eldest son of the Macedonian queen Cleopatra VII of Ptolemaic Egypt by Roman triumvir Mark Antony? Alexander Helios
Who the last Pharaoh of Egypt, the son of Cleopatra VII and possibly the only biological son of Julius Caesar, after whom he was named? Caesarion (Ptolemy XV Philopator Philometor Caesar)
Who was the United States Secretary of State from 1961 to 1969 under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson and the joint-second-longest serving U.S. Secretary of State of all time? Dean Rusk
Give a year in China's Boxer Rebellion. 1899-1901
What was the name of the High Priestess of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi who also served as the oracle, commonly known as the Oracle of Delphi? Pythia
Which Swede was made an honorary citizen of the USA in 1981, Canada in 1985, Israel in 1986 and Australia in 2013? Raoul Wallenberg
Which war memorial in Ypres was unveiled on 24th July 1927? Menin Gate
In which decade was the first recorded Viking raid in Britain, at Holy Island? 790s (793)
Which modern artist left 612 time capsules that he collected for posterity from 1974 until his death in 1987; they were opened in his Pittsburgh dedicated to him? Andy Warhol
Along with sugar syrup and egg white, the addition of what makes a pisco into a pisco sour? Lime Juice
The drink pisco is mainly associated with which two countries, its main producers? Chile, Peru
Which city is served by Aeropuerto Internacional Arturo Merino Benitez? Santiago, Chile
Which of the 50 US states possesses the most active volcanoes? Alaska
The Dales Way ends in Bowness-on-Windermere but starts in which town? Ilkley
Parthenope Nightingale (later Verney), the sister of Florence, was named after the Greek name for which city? Naples
Cutting through the national capital, the Green Line, stretching for 180 kilometres (112 miles) divides which country? Cyprus
Harwich is a town of about 18,000 people in which English county? Essex
Evesham is a town of about 22,000 people in which English county? Worcestershire
In British orders and decorations, what does CH stand for? Companion of Honour
Which African capital city is named after the chief of the Tlokwa clan who established it in the late 1880s? Gaborone
The market town of Mildenhall is in which English county? Wiltshire
Oryx gazelle is which species, depicted on the coat of arms of Namibia? Gemsbok
Named after a British colonial statesman which botched and unsuccessful 1895-6 raid against the Boers was the catalyst for the Second Boer War? Jameson Raid
Which admiral of the fleet, the 1st Earl of St Vincent, is best known for his victory at the 1797 Battle of Cape Saint Vincent, from which he earned his titles, and as a patron of Horatio Nelson? John Jervis
Which important Parliamentarian victory in the English Civil War took place on 29 March 1644 in Hampshire, and is named for a village near Winchester? Battle of Cheriton
Richard Alexander Walter George, born 26 August 1944, the youngest grandchild of King George V and Queen Mary, is the current holder of which title, first conferred on Thomas of Woodstock, the thirteenth child of King Edward III? Duke of Gloucester
Miles and Flora are two children who live in the country house of Bly in which 1898 novella? The Turn of the Screw
Which author wrote 1830's "Letters on Demonology"? Walter Scott
Which man, the brother of a famous author, and a philosopher in his own right, founded the US Society for Psychical research? William James
Whose genuflection before the monument to the Warsaw Uprising in 1970 is called the "kniefall" in German history? Willy Brandt
What nationality was Alvin Kraenzlein, who won 4 golds in track & field in the 1900 Olympic Games? American
What sport did the first female modern Olympic champion (in 1900) play? Tennis (Charlotte Cooper)
What was the location of the first official Summer Paralympic Games? Rome (1960)
At which Olympic Games did Kelly Holmes win gold at both the 800m and 1500m? Athens 2004
Where were the 1998 Winter Olympics held? Nagano, Japan
When were the Winter Olympics first held in a different year to the Summer Olympics? 1994
Over what two distances does race walking take place at the Summer Olympics? 20km and 50km
What is the diameter, in feet, of a shot putt circle? Seven feet
In road bicycle racing, what name is given to a rider who works for the benefit of his team and leader, rather than trying to win the race? Domestique
What was medically unusual about Stanisława Walasiewicz, a Polish-born American track and field athlete, who became a women's Olympic champion in the 100 metres of 1932 Olympics? She had a Y chromosome and was intersex
WADA, sport's drug testing body, was set up by who in 1999? International Olympic Committee (IOC)
In 1976, who was the first female gymnast to score a perfect 10.0 at the Olympics? Nadia Comăneci
A backflip performed on the uneven parallel bars is named after which female gymnast? Olga Korbut
How many 'A' judges judge a gymnastics competition? Two
How many 'B' judges judge a gymnastics competition? Six
They have won 11 World Series championships - who are St Louis's MLB done? Cardinals
What were the MLB team the Miami Marlins known as before 2011? Florida Marlins
The Green Monster is a popular nickname for the 37'2" (11.33 m) high left field wall at which baseball ground? Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox)
How far must a tug-o-war team travel to win? 4m (13 feet)
"Ash In The Attic", "Still Life" and "Kenny Larch Is Dead" are shows by which English comedian known for his musings, rants, 'disturbances' and apparent aversion to pop culture (b.1973)? Paul Foot
Who was the father of Robert Adam, who designed Hopetoun House near Queensferry, West Lothian? William Adam
Which novel begins "Except for the Marabar Caves—and they are twenty miles off—the city of Chandrapore presents nothing extraordinary"? A Passage To India
Who wrote the plays "The Plough and The Stars" and "Juno and The Paycock"? Sean O'Casey
Which fashion designer created Madonna's "Blonde Ambition" tour outfits and her famous conical bra? Jean-Paul Gaultier
Whose second novel, in 1974, was "Shardik"? Richard Adams
Which French composer and playwright wrote the ballet Giselle (1841) and operas "Le Postillon de Lonjumeau" (1836), "Le Toréador" (1849) and "Si J'étais Roi" (1852)? Adolphe Adam
David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson were pioneers in which field? Photography
The Dundonian reformer Robert Stephen Rintoul founded the modern form of which magazine? The Spectator
Who wrote 1712's "Cato, a Tragedy", a play, and poem "The Campaign" to commemorate Blenheim? Joseph Addison
Known as taipa in Portuguese and taipal in Spanish, what is the French (and often English) term for the technique of constructing foundations, floors, and walls using natural raw materials such as earth, chalk, lime, or gravel? Pise de Terre
Which famous detective features in the novel "Murder On The Orient Express"? Poirot
Which is the oldest still-sold Sunday newspaper in the UK? Observer (1791)
Lara Antipova is a character created by which novelist in 1957? Boris Pasternak (Dr Zhivago)
Which English abbot 'of Eynsham', a consummate, prolific writer in Old English of hagiography, homilies, biblical commentaries, and other genres wrote "Lives of the Saints" (996-7)? AElfric
Which fashion designer opened the Fulham Road Clothes Shop in 1967? Zandra Rhodes
Which artist married Marie-Hortense Fiquet in 1886? Paul Cézanne
'Ad lib' is an abbreviation of which Latin phrase? Ad libitum (at one's pleasure)
In ballet which movement involves "a step of beating in which the dancer jumps into the air and rapidly crosses the legs before and behind"? Entrechat
Which artistic movement in the United States during the early 20th century that is best known for works portraying scenes of daily life in New York, often in the city's poorer neighbourhoods? Ashcan School
The word yoghurt comes from which language? Turkish
Who wrote the 1959 novel "The Tin Drum"? Gunther Grass
Which is the only word in the English language to have 5 consecutive vowels? Queueing
Which writer, born 1854, had the middle names "Fingal O'Flahertie Wills"? Oscar Wilde
The Tyneham valley and the ghost village of Tyneham are in which English county, that uses the "St Wife's Cross" as its flag? Dorset
By population, what is the second largest city in Algeria? Oran
Tamazight is the name of the language or languages of which people? Berbers
What is the more common name of the bird the hoiho, native to New Zealand? Yellow-eyed penguin
A suburb and the main port of the city of Dunedin, New Zealand, from where did Captain Scott set out on his ill-fated pole attempt in 1910, and was also where the first New Zealand frozen meat was shipped to the UK in 1882? Port Chalmers
Which New Zealand artist of Māori descent (1931-2013) produced the 'Black Paintings', the works for which he is probably best known? Ralph Hotere
What was the subject of Operation Hope Not, started by the British government in 1953? Funeral of Winston Churchill
Which English explorer and navigator (1651-1715) became the first Englishman to explore parts of what is today Australia, wrote "A New Voyage Around The World" and became the first person to circumnavigate the world three times? William Dampier
Which city gave its name to an agreement made by the prime ministers of the 16 Commonwealth realms in October 2011, including repealing male primogeniture? Perth (Perth Agreement)
Which dynasty of imāms of Persian descent ruled mostly in the central Maghreb/modern Algeria, from 767CE, as a Muslim theocracy for a century and a half from their capital Tiaret until the Ismaili Fatimid Caliphate destroyed it in 909? Rustamids
Often incorrectly called a burqa, which female Islamic garment covers the face (but not the eyes), while a burqa covers the whole body from the top of the head to the ground, with a cloth grille in the hood to allow the wearer to see in front of her? Niqab
Darja or Darija is the form of Arabic spoken in which part of the world? North Africa/Maghreb/Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya
Maeshowe, a Neolithic chambered burial site, is on which of the islands of the United Kingdom? Mainland, Orkney
"The Drummer, or The Haunted House" was a 1716 play by which man who co-founded the original Spectator magazine? Joseph Addison
Born in Grantham in 1614, which English philosopher of the Cambridge Platonist school, wrote The Divine Dialogues (1688) and was an influence on Madame Blavatsky? Henry More
The oldest city in the South Island and the second-oldest settled city in New Zealand, which city on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay claims to be the geographical centre of the country? Nelson
The Milli Surood is the national anthem, adopted in 2006, of which country? Afghanistan
Which Bactrian satrap of Darius III of Persia murdered Darius - his relative - before being killed in turn by Alexander the Great in 329BCE? Bessus
Which emperor of the Kushan dynasty in the 2nd century (c. AD 127–150), probably its greatest, is famous for his military, political, and spiritual achievements, with his patronage of Buddhism playing an important role in the development of the Silk Road? Kanishka
Seleucus was succeeded by who as ruler of the Seleucid empire? Seleucus' son, a city in Turkey called "the cradle of Christianity" was named after him? Antiochus I
The first ruler to be called 'sultan' who, the most prominent ruler of the Ghaznavid Empire, conquered the eastern Iranian lands, modern Afghanistan, and the northwestern Indian subcontinent (modern Pakistan) from 997 to his death in 1030? Mahmud of Ghazni
What is the English version of the nickname of Ala al-Din Husayn, king of the Ghurid dynasty from 1149 to 1161? He was one of the greatest Ghurid kings, and it was during his reign that the Ghurid dynasty rose to prominence. World-burner
Give a year in the life of Timur, popularly known as Tamerlane, the founder of the Timurid Empire in Persia and Central Asia. 1336-1405
Who, the second son of Genghis Khan, inherited most of what are now the five Central Asian states after the death of his father? He was hot-headed and rumoured to be an alcoholic. Chagatai Khan
Which Iranian city of around 3.7million flourished from 1050 to 1722, particularly in the 16th and 17th centuries under the Safavid dynasty, when it became the capital of Persia for the second time in its history? Isfahan
Which 1901 novel introduced the term "The Great Game", referring to Anglo-Russian posturing in Central Asia, to mainstream consciousness? Kim (Rudyard Kipling)
Banting, Best and Macleod co-discovered the therapeutic use of what substance? Insulin
Which Scottish scientist first formulated the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation, bringing together for the first time electricity, magnetism, and light as manifestations of the same phenomenon? James Clerk Maxwell
Which English physicist was awarded the 1935 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the neutron in 1932? James Chadwick
What are Ann, Viking, Troll and Frigg in terms of energy production? North Sea Gas Fields
The Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station, scene of a 1979 accident, lies just south of which US city of approximately 50,000 people? Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Which rating of petrol is used to measure the performance of an engine or aviation fuel,with the higher the number the more compression the fuel can withstand before detonating (igniting)? Octane
The Calais-Mediterranée Express was a luxury French night express train which operated from 1886 to 2003 and had what English name due to the colour of its sleeping cars? The Blue Train
Whose dramatic death while trying to stop his train and save the lives of his passengers made him a hero; he was immortalized in a popular ballad sung by his friend Wallace Saunders, an African-American engine wiper for the IC? Casey Jones
With which Frankie Laine song did Robson & Jerome score a number 1 hit single in the UK? I Believe
Which beverage was invented and patented in 1881, by Alphonse Allais, France, under patent number 141520? Instant Coffee
"I Speak Because I Can", "Short Movie" and "Semper Femina" are all albums by which indie-folk singer, born in Hampshire in 1990? Laura Marling
Whose albums include "Slicker Than Your Average" (2002), "Following My Intuition" (2016) and the 2010 covers album "Signed Sealed Delivered"? Craig David
What nationality was William Walton's wife Susana? Argentinian
Rodrigo de Borja/Borgia, one of the most controversial and debased Popes, 1492-1503, had what papal name? Alexander VI
In which year was Joan of Arc canonised by Pope Benedict XV? 1920
Originally attributed to Henry Purcell, it is now believed that which English baroque composer and organist wrote the "Prince of Denmark's March", better known as the "Trumpet Voluntary"? Jeremiah Clarke
Which English composer is best known for film music, primarily his Warsaw Concerto, composed for the 1941 film Dangerous Moonlight? Richard Addinsell
How is Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 better known? Emperor
How is Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 23 better known? Appassionata
Larry Adler (1914-2001) was best known for playing which instrument? Harmonica
In traditional depictions of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse what colour horse is ridden by death? Pale
Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn), and Soviet Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) were characters in which late 1960s TV series? The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Which three-masted schooner was the principal boat in 1970s TV series "The Onedin Line"? Charlotte Rhodes
Roger Tonge played which role in "Crossroads" for 17 years, until his death aged just 35 from lymphoma? Sandy Richardson
Which female presenter, born in Berkshire in 1967, hosted various daytime programmes including Daybreak (2010–2014), Lorraine (2010–2014) and GMTV (2000–2010)? Kate Garraway
In the 1987 film "Three Men and A Baby" who played the three men? Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson, Tom Selleck
The 1968-72 TV series "Please Sir!" was set at which school? Fenn Street Secondary Modern School
In the 1973 film "The Three Musketeers", who played the titular characters? Oliver Reed, Charlton Heston and Richard Chamberlain (Michael York was D'Artagnan)
Which flop 1978 British sitcom featured Mollie Sugden in space? Come Back Mrs Noah
Who directed Midnight Express (1978), Mississippi Burning (1988), Come See the Paradise (1990), The Commitments (1991), and Evita (1996)? Alan Parker
In which month is India's Independence Day? August
The largest city of Assam and Northeastern India, and on the Brahmpautra river, which city was once known as Pragjyotishpura? Guwahati
In which ancient city in the northwest region of Maharashtra at India is the Kumbh Mela held in rotation with three other places, and is home to the Kalaram temple? Nashik
What was the UK's first "area of outstanding natural beauty" in 1956? Gower Peninsula
In which county is the British Isles' furthest point from the sea? Derbyshire
Westminster Abbey is dedicated to which saint, the name appearing in the full name as the "Collegiate Church of St _______ at Westminster"? Peter
Located in Oregon, what is the USA's deepest lake? Crater Lake
Which shipping forecast area lies between Bailey and Shannon? Rockall
Which city was called Lutetia by the Romans? Paris
Mansel Island, Coats Island and Belcher Island can all be found in which body of water? Hudson Bay
Which island's motto is "Quocomque Jeceris Stabo" (whichever way you throw me I stand)? Isle of Man
In which town is the administrative HQ of Cornwall? Truro
Cave paintings located at Tassili N'Ajjer are found in which country? Algeria
What was the former, colonial name of Botswana? Bechuanaland
The Apostle Islands are located in which of the Great Lakes? Superior
The Thousand Islands and Swetman Island (formerly False Duck Island) are in which of the Great Lakes? Ontario
What was Thames Valley University renamed in 2010? University of West London
What colour represents the Metropolitan Line in London tube maps? Magenta/Purple
The Royal Polytechnic Institution, founded in 1838 and the first polytechnic institution in the UK, is now known by what name? University of Westminster
In which English town is the 'Citadel' railway station? Carlisle
In knitting, for what is PSSO an abbreviation? Pass slipped stitch over
In knitting, what does TBL represent? Through Back Loop
Who was the first professional footballer to earn £100 a week, whilst playing for Fulham in 1961? Johnny Haynes
What is the nickname of the winning trophy in the Open golf tournament? The claret jug
Restless D'Artaix was the 3000th winner ridden by which jockey, in 2009? Tony McCoy
Which horse was an unlikely champion and a symbol of hope to many Americans during the Great Depression winning several major races from 1937 to 1940 including the Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap twice and the Hollywood Gold Cup in 1938? Seabiscuit
Which cricketer, a captain of Lancashire, played a single One Day International for England, against Ireland in 2006 but was injured after bowling one over? He was named one of Wisden's cricketers of the year in 2012. Glen Chapple
As of 2017, five UK cities have hosted the Commonwealth Games - London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Glasgow and which other? Cardiff
Which female tennis player won the US Open in 1991 and 1992, the Australian open 4 times and the French Open 3 times, but never won Wimbledon? Monica Seles
Which jockey (1952-2015) rode 4,632 winners in flat races, including the Derby three times with Grundy (1975), Golden Fleece (1982) and Quest for Fame (1990)? Pat Eddery
Which US President delivered the first televised State of the Union address? Harry Truman
Which king of England was nicknamed 'Ironside'? Edmund II
In which Dickens novel does 'Sergeant Buzzfuzz' appear? The Pickwick Papers
Which Israeli military leader and politician was the second child born on the first kibbutz and commander of the Jerusalem front in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War & chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces (1953–58) during the 1956 Suez Crisis? Moshe Dayan
Which man's (born 27 January 1850) epitaph read "A BRAVE LIFE AND A HEROIC DEATH "BE BRITISH""? Captain Edward Smith (of the Titanic)
In which year did US Prohibition end? 1933
Which monarch gave John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough much of the funds to build Blenheim Palace? Queen Anne
Who was the eldest son of King Edward VII of Great Britain, but died of pneumonia in 1892? Prince Albert Victor (Eddy)
Which French king (reigned 1515-47) invited Leonardo Da Vinci to Amboise? Francois I
In which year was Charles I of England executed? 1649
How many quires of paper are in a ream? Twenty
On September 11th 1978, Janet Parker was the last person to date to die of what? Smallpox
How is the plant "our lady's tears", or Convallaria majalis, better known? Lily-of-the-Valley
Which Platonic solid has the most faces? Icosahedron (twenty faces)
Cockcroft and Walton first famously 'split the atom' - they used an atom of which element? Lithium
Which single letter represents Avogadro's Constant? L
Which high street fashion brand in the UK was created by George Davies in the 1980s? Next
Which leading test pilot was the first British pilot to fly Concorde, in April 1969? Brian Trubshaw
Which country was the first non-US or non-Soviet astronaut/cosmonaut from? He flew aboard Soyuz 28 from 2 to 10 March 1978. Czechoslovakia (Vladimir Remek)
Tasseomancy is predicting the future using what? Tea leaves (accept coffee grounds)
Who was the Roman goddess of the Moon, equivalent to the Greek Selene? Luna
Who was the first man to win tennis's Grand Slam, doing so in 1938? Don Budge
What name is given to any part of a circle that is bounded by two radii and an arc of the circumference? Sector
Which popular garden flower is the national flower of Mexico? Dahlia
In the films of the same name , what are "The Blue Gardenia", "The Blue Dahlia" and "The Blue Angel"? Nightclubs
Who had a 1968 US #1 single with "Hello, I Love You"? The Doors
In the nursery rhyme "Monday's Child", what will happen to Saturday's child? They will work for a living
Mustardseed is a character from which Shakespeare play? A Midsummer Night's Dream
Which British track and field athlete lit the Olympic flame at the 1948 London Olympics? John Mark
With a name meaning 'corpse shore', what is the name of the place in Hel where Níðhöggr lives and sucks corpses? Nastrond
What is the name of the monumental gateway that serves as the entrance to the Acropolis in Athens that now gives its name to any monumental gateway? Propylaea
Which 17th Century Italian baroque painter, whose works include 'Baptism of Christ' and 'Venus and Amor', is known as 'The Anacreon of Painters'? Francesco Albani
Who was the morganatic wife of Prince Rupert, Duke of Cumberland who is usually credited as the first professional actress on the English stage? Her 1st performance was in 1660, when she played Desmedona. Margaret Hughes
Opened 2001, which American football team play their homes games at Heinz Field? Pittsburgh Steelers
Said to have been founded by a sister of Diomede and the birthplace of Democritus and Protagoras, which maritime city in Thrace is said to have become so overrun with rats that is was abandoned by its inhabitants who relocated to Macedonia? Abdera
Which American athlete was the first man to run the 100m in under 10 seconds? Jim Hines
According to Islamic belief, 40 of the 70 Abdals always live in which country? Syria
Named after its ineffectiveness, which English Parliament of 1614 lasted no more than eight weeks and failed to resolve the conflict between King James I and the House of Commons? Addled Parliament
Based on the stories in 'The Arabian Nights', 'Tales of the Genii' is the best remembered work of which English author? James Ridley
First appearing in 1883, which catcher, playing for Toledo, became the first black major league baseballer? Moses Fleetwood Walker
In which organ of the body would you find the Malpigian Layer? Skin
Which car maker owns the luxury band Genesis? Hyundai
Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia broke the women's world record in which athletic track event at the 2016 Olympics? 10,000m
Father and son Nicolai and Michael Polakovs both were entertainers performing under which name? Coco the Clown
Which video game was turned into a 2001 movie with the subtitle "The Spirits Within"? Final Fantasy
In an Indian restaurant which vegetable is gobi? Cauliflower
Which stage musical includes the song "The Internet is for Porn"? Avenue Q
Bagoas and Hapahaestion were among the male lovers of which prominent historical figure? Alexander the Great
Also known as Methanoic Acid, what is the simplest Carboxylic Acid? Formic Acid
At the 2017 World Cup of Darts, which country was represented by Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez? Austria
Which scientist is credited as the discoverer of americium, curium and (with others) plutonium, berkelium and californium? Glenn T Seaborg
Losing in 1997, which Frenchman reached the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final? Cedric Pioline
Losing in 1973, who was the last Soviet to reach the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final? Alex Metreveli
Although never published and now lost, The Poor Man and the Lady (1867) was the first novel written by which author? Thomas Hardy
Although only published posthumously, The Professor (1840s) was the first novel written by which author? Charlotte Bronte
Who was assassinated by Mohammed Bouyeri in November 2004? Theo Van Gogh
Who was assassinated by François Ravaillac in May 1610? King Henri IV of France
Released in 1965, ‘I Can’t Explain’ was which group’s first top 10 hit? The Who
Released in 1970, ‘Black Night’ was which group’s first top 10 hit? Deep Purple
Which of the Five Pillars of Islam requires a Muslim to pray five times a day at fixed time? Salat
From which European language did we take the words ‘gauntlet’ and ‘mink’? Swedish
From which European language have we taken the words ‘buoy’ and ‘easel’? Dutch
What name is given to the young of a jellyfish? Ephyra
Charlotte is the largest city in the Tar Heel state. Which US state? North Carolina
Bridgeport is the largest city in the Nutmeg state. Which US state? Connecticut
In David’s 1801 painting ‘Napoleon at the Great St. Bernard Pass’ (or ‘Napoleon Crossing the Alps’), the names of which two historical figures are etched into the rocks at the foreground of the painting along with that of Napoleon? Hannibal and Charlemagne (Karolus Magnus)
Particularly associated with van Ruisdael, Veronese and Rubens, what name is given to an object, such as a tree, along either side of the foreground of a painting, that directs the viewer's eye into the composition by bracketing the edge? Repoussir
According to the inscription found at the top right-hand corner of Frans Hals’ ‘Laughing Cavalier’, how old was the sitter at the time of the portrait? 26
Which work, painted between 1472 and 1475 and housed at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, depicts a scene containing the Archangel Gabriel and the Virgin Mary and is thought to be Leonardo da Vinci’s earliest completed painting? Annunciation
The dentist Dr. Byron McKeeby of Cedar Rapids, Iowa was immortalised in which 1930 painting? American Gothic (by Grant Wood)
Which sea surrounds the Maluku islands of Indonesia? Banda Sea
The Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands is governed by which country? Australia
Which method of extracting a metal from its ore makes use of heat and a chemical reducing agent to decompose the ore, driving off other elements as gases or slag and leaving just the metal base behind? Smelting
Which nomadic people of the Zagros Mountains, often regarded as precursors of the modern Kurds, have been linked to the collapse of the Akkadian empire? They subsequently overran southern Mesopotamia and formed a royal dynasty in Sumer. Gutians
Which numeral system with sixty as its base was used by the ancient Sumerians and Babylonians and is still used to measure time and angles? Sexagesimal
In which decade was Cardiff made Welsh capital? 1950s (1955)
Which English architect and designer's most notable works are Cardiff Castle, constructed between 1866 and 1928, and Castell Coch (1872–91), both of which were built for John Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute? William Burges
In which French commune did Van Gogh paint many of his final works and commit suicide, in 1890? Auvers-sur-Oise (Auvers)
What was the pseudonym of the Dutch artist with the surname van Beverloo (1922-2010) who was part of the COBRA group, and is buried just a few yards from Van Gogh in Auvers? Corneille
Sophia Gardens and Pontcanna Park are located in which UK city? Cardiff
In which city is the opera "Carmen" set? Seville
Who wrote the 1908 operetta "The Chocolate Soldier"? Oscar Straus
Who was the first British rock star to become a knight bachelor? Cliff Richard
Which book of the Bible describes the seraphim as six-winged beings that fly around the Throne of God crying "holy, holy, holy"? Isaiah
"A Guest of Honor" was whose first opera in 1903? Scott Joplin
"London Calling" was a follow-up to which 1978 album by The Clash? Give 'Em Enough Rope
Hope & Glory was which former Heart member's first solo album, in 2006? Ann Wilson
Which American preacher, radical religious philosopher, and utopian socialist founded the Oneida Community and coined the term "free love"? John Humphrey Noyes
Which giant lumberjack in American folklore is customarily accompanied by Babe the Blue Ox? Paul Bunyan
In Islamic law, marriage is called what - an Arabic word whose original literal meaning is "sexual intercourse", but which already in the Quran is used exclusively to refer to the contract of marriage? Nikah
One of the most famous battles in the history of Norway, in which 1030 battle was Olaf II killed by troops loyal to Cnut the Great? Battle of Stiklestad
Which musician wrote the 2003 autobiography "Broken Music"? Sting
In the Bible, who called David "a man after my own heart"? God
Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam are the most widely spoken of which language family? Dravidian
Quetta is the capital and largest city of which Pakistani province? Balochistan
In which year did Bruce McCandless and Ronald Stewart perform the first untethered spacewalk? 1984
On the death of William Henry Harrison, who was the first vice president to succeed to the presidency without being elected to the office? John Tyler
Which self-educated English carpenter and clockmaker who invented the marine chronometer (1693-1776) won £14,315 for helping to solve the "longitude problem"? John Harrison
Who was US President from 1923 to 1929? Calvin Coolidge
Which English fashion designer, who designed many of the outrageous costumes worn by Edina and Patsy on the 1990s hit television comedy Absolutely Fabulous, was born in Bacup in June 1949? Betty Jackson
In 1925, what was the last stable element to be discovered? Rhenium
In radiation science what does LD followed by the subscript 50 stand for? Median lethal dose
Which measurement system of weights, which uses pounds and ounces as units, had its use authorised by Henry VII as a standard, with its latest update in 1959? Avoirdupois
The lammergeyer or ossifrage also has what common, two-word name? Bearded vulture
Which mathematics prize was first awarded in 1936 to Finnish mathematician Lars Ahlfors and American mathematician Jesse Douglas? Fields Medal
Lead crystal is in fact a form of what substance - not crystal? Glass
Preciosa is the luxury brand name for the range of precision-cut lead crystal glass and related products made in which country? Czech republic/Czechia
Bourbon Red and Standard Bronze are both breeds of which animal? Turkey
Killing many manatees every year, what two word term is used to denote a phenomenon known as an algal bloom (large concentrations of aquatic microorganisms) when it is caused by a few species of dinoflagellates? Red tide
Which British first-generation jet-powered medium bomber was in RAF service from 1949 to 2006? English Electric Canberra
In 1982 film "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" what is E.T.'s job, which he is doing when he gets stranded on Earth? Botanist
In which US state was General Robert E Lee born? He also died there. Virginia
Which nation produced the first man of African descent to go into space, in 1980? Cuba (Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez)
Achieving the feat in 1983, who was the first African American in space? Guion Bluford
From which Apollo mission was the famous "Blue Marble" photo taken? Apollo 17
What was the first manned airplane to exceed the speed of sound in level flight? Bell X-1
In which 1990 film did Nicole Kidman make her Hollywood debut? Days of Thunder
In the Lord of the Rings, which spider lives in a lair in Cirith Ungol ("the pass of the spider") leading into Mordor? Shelob
What is the name of the anthropomorphic octopus in SpongeBob Squarepants? Squidward (Tentacles)
Along with Matt Stone, who created South Park? Trey Parker
Who played Jay Cartwright in the BAFTA-winning E4 sitcom The Inbetweeners, and a young Del Boy in "Rock & Chips"? James Buckley
Which US actress is best known for her portrayal of Mercedes Jones on the Fox comedy-drama series Glee (2009–2015)? Amber Riley
Victoria May 'Queenie' Warrener Turrill, Dorcas Lane and the Timmins family were all characters in which UK TV series, based on a book? Lark Rise To Candleford
The U.S. occupied which island from 1945 until 1968 when it was returned to Japan? Iwo Jima
Which volcanic island is nicknamed "The Lighthouse of the Mediterranean"? Stromboli
Which US city was founded on September 8, 1565, by Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Aviles, thus the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement within the borders of the continental United States? St Augustine
Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013) were all directed by who? Edgar Wright
How are the "Somers Islands" better known? Bermuda
Irishman James Hoban (1762-1831) is best remembered for winning the competition to design which building? The White House
The ariary is the currency of which country? Madagascar
Who was the consort and successor of Egyptian pharaoh queen Hatshepsut? Thutmose III
Which numbered dynasty of Ancient Egypt was the Thutmosid Dynasty that included Tutankhamun? Eighteenth
Which ancient Egyptian cursive script that was used alongside hieroglyphs takes its name from the ancient Greek for 'priestly'? Hieratic
Which is the largest island belonging to Greece? Crete
According to later Greek myth, which daughter of the sun was married by King Minos? Pasiphae
According to tradition, in which century did Mahavira, the founder of Jainism live? Historically, he almost certainly died in this century. 6th century BCE
Which collection of ancient Sanskrit philosophical texts that contain some of the central philosophical ideas of Hinduism, some of which are shared with Buddhism, Jainism & Sikhism, were called "the production of the highest human wisdom" by Schopenhauer? Upanishads
The electoral symbol of which Indian political party is an image of a right hand with its palm facing front and its fingers pressed together? Indian Congress Party
What is the name of the gate- guardian deity of Kailasa, the abode of Lord Shiva, usually depicted as a white bull upon which Shiva rides? Nandi
What alternative name for the Indus Valley Civilisation derives from one of the main sites associated with it? Harappan
In which region, which takes its name from them, are the rivers Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Beas and Sutlej found? Punjab ("five rivers")
Which desert, also known as the Great Indian Desert, is a large, arid region in the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent that forms a natural boundary between India and Pakistan? Thar Desert
Also called a kite or a chute, what name is given, in sailing, to a sail designed specifically for sailing off the wind from a reaching course to a downwind, i.e. with the wind 90°–180° off bow? Spinnaker
"Curse of the Sword", "Angel of Darkness" and "The Prophecy" are all video games of the noughties from which franchise? Tomb Raider
Including the cox, how many people are there in each boat in the Varsity Boat Race? Nine
How many players are there per side on the field of play in American Football? Eleven
As of 2017, Britain's most successful equestrian Olympian, who was a triple Olympic gold medalist (1968,1972) & the first British rider to win an individual Olympic title, also winning five World Championship medals, including team golds in 1970 and 1982? Richard Meade
Receiving an OBE in 1980, and in 1974 the first woman to win the Puissance at Horse of the Year Show in London, which equestrian collapsed and died in 1983 aged just 37? Caroline Bradley
A two-time Super Bowl winner and the most valuable player of Super Bowl XLI, who was the first starting quarterback to win a Superbowl with two different franchises? Peyton Manning (Colts, Broncos)
First played in 1971, what is the name of the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL)? Pro Bowl
John Glenn was the first four-time senator of which US state? Ohio
Valerie Hobson was the wife of which politician from 1954 until her death in 1998? John Profumo
What were US President Gerald Ford's birth first name and surname? Leslie King
Who did Arnold Schwarzenegger replace as Governor of California? Gray Davis
Who succeeded Iain Duncan Smith as leader of the Conservative Party? Michael Howard
Who was the first US President to visit Auschwitz? Gerald Ford
Which was the last state to leave the Union and join the Confederacy at the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861? Tennessee
Which US President dedicated the Statue of Liberty? Grover Cleveland (1886)
Which politician's highly revealing three-volume "Diaries of a Cabinet Minister" were published posthumously from 1975-77? Richard Crossman
Which actor was appointed the Bahamas' Ambassador to Japan in 1997? Sidney Poitier
Which two wives of Henry VIII outlived him? Anne of Cleves, Catherine Parr
The term 'hussar' derives from the late medieval cavalry of which country? Hungary
Charlemagne died and was buried in which city? Aachen
In which city was the Abbadid Dynasty of 1023-91 based? Seville
Ruling 1040-1147 which Moroccan dynasty replaced the Abbasids in Andalus, and were crucial in preventing the fall of Andalus to the Iberian Christian kingdoms, when they decisively defeated them at the Battle of Sagrajas in 1086? Almoravids
Abbas I of Persia (reigned 1587-1629) belonged to which dynasty? Safavid
First used, without official recognition, by Muhammad Ali Pasha, the governor of Egypt and Sudan, and vassal of the Ottoman Empire, which Ottoman term was broadly equivalent to the English viceroy? Khedive
Which title was used by Kings in Iran, deriving from the Old Persian for king? Shah
In 1598, Abbas the Great of Persia moved his capital from Qazvin to which city? Isfahan
Which peoples laid siege to Baghdad in 1258? Mongols
Considered to be typical of East Germany, what is the German term for the buildings built using large, prefabricated concrete slabs? Plattenbau
What name is given to the Imam of Nizari Ismailism, believed to be a direct descendant of Muhammad? Aga Khan
On which Mediterranean island is the Costa Smeralda located? Sardinia
Campobasso is the capital of which Italian region, the youngest - being created in 1970? Molise
The name of which Italian archipelago lying in the Adriatic Sea relates to their seismic hazard? Augustus exiled his granddaughter Julia there, and Mussolini used them for political prisoners. San Nicola and San Domino are the only two inhabited islands. Isole Tremiti
Built in 1307, during the Pisan domination of the city, in which city would you find the Torre dell'Elefante? Cagliari
What is the second largest city by population on the island of Sardinia? Sassari
The Battles of Drumclog and Bothwell Bridge were fought in Scotland by government forces against which rebel group? Covenanters
Violetta is a character in - and the original title of - which opera? La Traviata
"People Will Say We're In Love" is a track from which musical? Oklahoma!
Which male lead starred opposite Julie Christie in the 1973 movie "Don't Look Now"? Donald Sutherland
In the books and on TV, who was Perry Mason's secretary? Della Street
Dr. James Kildare is a fictional American medical doctor character, originally created in the 1930s by the author Frederick Schiller Faust under what pen name? Max Brand
For his lead role in Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940), he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He was also well known for playing Dr. Gillespie in the NBC television series Dr. Kildare (1961–1966). Which Canadian-American actor? Raymond Massey
In the film "Gunfight at the OK Corral", (1957), who played Wyatt Earp? Burt Lancaster
In the film "Gunfight at the OK Corral"(1957), who played Doc Holliday? Kirk Douglas
In which movie did Kurt Russell play Wyatt Earp and Val Kilmer Doc Holliday? Tombstone
Who played George Lytton in the original 1963 film "The Pink Panther"? Richard Wagner
Which actor was born David Daniel Kaminsky in 1911? Danny Kaye
Which actor was born Issur Danielovitch on December 9, 1916? Kirk Douglas
Which London bridge lies between Westminster and Vauxhall bridges? Lambeth Bridge
Which symbol represents a youth hostel on an Ordnance Survey map? Red Triangle
Which labyrinthodont amphibian, of the extinct order Temnospondyli, whose fossil remains are known from the Permian of the South African Karoo Basin, has a name meaning ‘nose crocodile’? Rhinesuchus
Deriving from the Ancient Greek χελώνα, meaning ‘tortoise’, what word is popular among veterinarians, scientists, and conservationists as a catch-all name for any member of the order Testudines, that comprises tortoises, turtles and terrapins? Chelonian
What was the original name of John F Kennedy Airport in New York City? Idlewild Airport
What is the meaning of "decus et tutamen", seen on the side of an old pound coin? An ornament and a safeguard
What is the most northerly county in Ireland? Donegal
Fiordland National Park is the largest in which country? New Zealand
At 2038ft, what is the highest point on Dartmoor? High Willhays
In which city is England's oldest cathedral? Canterbury
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, formerly Victoria Station, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in which city? Mumbai
Wivenhoe Park is the largest campus of which English university? University of Essex
Released in August 2017, and replacing Nougat, what was the eighth Android Operating System? Oreo
What is the second-biggest island of the Isles of Scilly? Tresco
What is the largest and most populous island of the Isles of Scilly? St Mary's
Who was the mother of Diana, Princess of Wales? Frances Shand-Kydd
How was the city of Lincoln known to the Romans? Lindum
In which UK city are the areas Sneinton, Lenton and Colwick? Nottingham
Butetown, Splott and Roath are all areas in which UK city? Cardiff
HM Prison Hewell and Redditch are both found in which English county? Worcestershire
Which of the twelve minor Biblical prophets was a sheep herder and a sycamore fig farmer before becoming a prophet, his themes include God's omnipotence and divine judgement and his book of the Bible lies between Joel and Obadiah? Amos
The Books of Kings and the Book of Lamentations, as well as his eponymous Biblical book, are believed to have been the work of which prophet, whose scribe and disciple was Baruch ben Neriah? Jeremiah
They never formed a unified nation; they grouped into small independent kingdoms across parts of the Near East but their language became a lingua franca of the entire Near East and Asia Minor - which people? Arameans (Aramaic)
Which Semitic-speaking nation which existed between the late 10th/early 9th and mid-6th centuries BC, located in the marshy land of the far SE corner of Mesopotamia, gave its name to the short-lived 11th dynasty of the Kings of Babylon (6th century BC)? Chaldea
What was the capital of the Neo-Assyrian Empire? Nineveh
In 646BCE Assyria conquered which land, centreed in the far West and Southwest of what is now modern-day Iran, and known as Susiana in classical literature? Elam
Give a year in the reign of Sargon II of Assyria. 722 – 705 BC
At which location near Nineveh did Sargon II of Assyria built a great palace, and shift the capital? It is currently the village of Dur-Sharrukin. Khorsabad
Which Assyrian king, the son of Esarhaddon and the last strong king of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, is famed for amassing a significant collection of cuneiform documents for his royal palace at Nineveh, now housed at the British Museum? Ashurbanipal
A deified form of the capital of the Old Assyrian Empire, who was the head of the Assyrian pantheon in Mesopotamian religion? Ashur (city of Assur)
Who was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature? Rabindranath Tagore
Which literary figure killed Gabriel Spencer in a 1598 duel? Ben Jonson
Who is the most famous creation of Mary Tourtel, first appearing on 8 November 1920? Rupert Bear
Who was the only Impressionist painter to exhibit at all eight of the 'Impressionist' exhibitions? Camille Pissarro
Who was the only painter usually labelled as an Impressionist, and who lived 1832-83, who did not actually exhibit at any of the eight Impressionist exhibitions? Edouard Manet
Which Scottish architect (1726-96) designed both Somerset House and the pagoda at Kew? Sir William Chambers
In his history plays, which king of England has most lines in a single Shakespeare play? Richard III
A short story by John Luther Long in 1898 provided the inspiration for which opera? Madame Butterfly
Who wrote the play "John Bull's Other Island" (1904)? George Bernard Shaw
Timon of Athens and which other Shakespeare play are part-set in Athens? A Midsummer Night's Dream
Which Danish body of water has inlets both from the North Sea and Kattegat and hence separates the island of North Jutlandic Island from the rest of the Jutland Peninsula? Limfjord
"Der er et yndigt land" ("There is a lovely country") is the national anthem of which nation? Denmark
Which city, Denmark's fourth largest, was where Jorn Utzon, Sydney Opera House architect, grew up, and is thus home to the Utzon Center? Aalborg
Which 30,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi) sea area is bounded by the Jutlandic peninsula in the west, the Danish straits islands of Denmark to the south and the provinces of Västergötland, Scania, Halland and Bohuslän in Sweden in the east? Kattegat
What is the name of the strait running between the southeast coast of Norway, the southwest coast of Sweden, and the Jutland peninsula of Denmark? Skaggerak
Consisting of 100 cast iron figures facing towards the sea, what is the name of Anthony Gormley's sculpture work at Crosby? Another Place
Which letter directly follows epsilon in the Greek alphabet? Zeta
Which architect designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain? Frank Gehry
Which UK novelist wrote the family saga "The Shell Seekers" in 1987? Rosamunde Pilcher
The word "valedictory" derives from the Latin words for what? To say farewell (accept similar)
Part of the 'Fortunes of War' series what is the collective name for the trilogy by Olivia Manning consisting of The Danger Tree (1977), The Battle Lost And Won (1978) and The Sum Of Things(1980)? The Levant Trilogy
In which modern day country is Ramillies, scene of a 1706 Battle in the War of the Spanish Succession? Belgium
Name any two of the three films for which Janet Gaynor won the first Best Actress Oscar - the only occasion on which an actress has won one Oscar for multiple film roles. 7th Heaven (1927), Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927), and Street Angel (1928)
Which Dutchman gave his name to distance dependent interactions between atoms or molecules that unlike ionic or covalent bonds, are not a result of any chemical electronic bond, and are comparatively weak and more susceptible to being perturbed? (Johannes Diderik) van der Waals
In which peninsula of NW Scotland is the Bealach na Bà, or Drovers' Road? Applecross
Aberystwyth is the largest town in which Welsh county? Ceredigion
Which major philosophical work of 1927 was called "Sein und Zeit" in its original language? Being and Time (Heidegger)
"Jenseits von Gut und Böse" is the original German title of which major philosophical work? Beyond Good And Evil (Nietzsche)
What is the administrative HQ of the Welsh county of Powys? Llandrindod Wells
Which major philosophical work of 1843 was called "Frygt og Bæven" in its original language? Fear and Trembling (Kierkegaard)
What is the Latin name of the starling? Sternus vulgaris
What is the common name for the bird Passer domesticus? House sparrow
Malev is the former national airline of which country? Hungary
Nicole Scherzinger came to prominence singing with which pop group? The Pussycat Dolls
Which national team manager first appointed David Beckham as England captain? Peter Taylor
From 1953 to 1970, what was Norman Tebbit's job before entering parliament as an MP? Pilot
Sandi Toksvig replaced Simon Hoggart on which Radio 4 Programme? She in turn was replaced by Miles Jupp in 2015. The News Quiz
Which British boxer was presented with the Val Barker Trophy at the 1956 Olympic games? Dick McTaggart
Nephology is the study of what? Clouds
Which English monarch (1135-1154) preceded Henry II? Stephen
Which station is the London terminus for the Chiltern Railways? Marylebone
Whose voice was used for the character Lord Farquaad in the film Shrek? John Lithgow
Which BBC commentator said "Ah - isn't that nice - the wife of the Cambridge President is kissing the cox of the Oxford crew"? Harry Carpenter (at the 1977 Boat Race)
Sphalerite is the main ore of which metal? Zinc
In 1980, supporters of which boxer caused a near riot when he was defeated by Marvin Hagler at Wembley Arena? Alan Minter
Shared with the related genus Catharanthus, what is the common name for the plant Vinca? Periwinkle
Which Trinidad-born Briton won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001? VS Naipaul
In which Charles Dickens novel does the character Bentley Drummie appear? Great Expectations
What was the maiden name of celebrated cook Mrs Beeton? Mayson
Whose voice was used for the character Mufasa in the film "The Lion King"? James Earl Jones
Who was the first woman to feature on the reverse of a British banknote? Florence Nightingale
Malachite is a main ore, and a carbonate, of which metal? Copper
In WW2 which 'Operation' was the German plan to invade Malta? Operation Hercules
In which event did Chris Brasher win his gold medal in the 1956 Olympics? Steeplechase
What is the meaning of the Latin phrase "Vide Infra"? See below
Which London Rail station is the terminus of the Midland Main Line? St Pancras
Bow Street, Marlborough Street and which other Street make up the orange properties in Monopoly? Vine Street
Which Cunard Line ship first came to the aid of RMS Titanic? Carpathia
During World War 2, the Allies Operation Olympic, later retitled Downfall, was a plan to invade which country? Japan
Before becoming a member of the local council, Dennis Skinner MP worked in which profession for 20 years? Miner
How many hurdles are there in a 400 metres hurdle race? 10
How tall are the hurdles, in inches, in the 110m hurdles event? 42 (3 and a half feet)
Where (in Scotland) is the most westerly point of the British mainland? Ardnamurchan Point
Which Scottish Dukedom does the British monarch's eldest son always hold? It was first held by the Scottish heir in 1398. Duke of Rothesay
Name both of the two Normandy beaches where US troops landed in WWII? Omaha and Utah
Repealed in 1968, what was the informal name of the American film censorship code which required that in bedroom scenes one foot must be always in contact with the floor? Hays Code
A powerful and influential woman with a reputation for promiscuity, she allegedly conspired against her husband and was executed on the discovery of the plot - which wife (17/20-48CE) of Roman Emperor Claudius? Messalina
Andrew Lincoln played deputy sheriff Rick Grimes in which TV horror drama series? The Walking Dead
Which 2014 Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt film had the tagline "Live, Die, Repeat"? Edge of Tomorrow
Which European golfer sunk the decisive putt at the 2012 Ryder Cup, and won the 2014 US Open and 2010 US PGA? Martin Kaymer
“In The Mood” was which British bandleader (1909-90)'s signature tune? Joe Loss
Which condition is a type of refractive error in which the eye does not focus light evenly on the retina, resulting in distorted or blurred vision at all distances? Astigmatism
Who was the Roman god of the sun, the father of Circe? Sol
Which woman was Time Magazine Man of the Year in 1952? Queen Elizabeth II
Who played The Lone Ranger in the 1950's TV series, from 1949–1951 and 1954–1957? Clayton Moore
Its name derived from the French word for a cloth or rag, what do we call the lightweight, balanced plain-woven sheer fabric woven of alternate S- and Z-twist crepe (high-twist) yarns? Chiffon
Which sequel to "To Kill A Mockingbird" was released in 2015? Go Set A Watchman
On which British islands would you find Longstone Lighthouse? Farne Islands
What is the national flower of Spain? Carnation
According to the Old Testament, who was Moses' assistant and became the leader of the Israelite tribes after the death of Moses? Joshua
The Sanskrit word for 'goddess' which word also represents the divine feminine in Hinduism? Devi
Which Classical Sanskrit writer of the 5th century, widely regarded as the greatest poet and dramatist in the language, wrote 3 plays including Abhijñānaśākuntalam ("Of Shakuntala recognised by a token") and two epic poems, Raghuvaṃśaand & Kumārasambhava? Kālidāsa
Which Indian Gupta Empire ruler of around 320CE shares his name with the 320BCE founder of the Maurya Dynasty? Chandragupta
What is the capital and largest city of the state of Bihar in India? Patna
The eleventh king of the Achaemenid Empire, as well as the first Pharaoh of the 31st dynasty, who defeated Nectanebo II, the last native ruler of ancient Egypt? Artaxerxes III
Which Indian city is also known as Benares? Varanasi
Which Empire of around 30–375, at its greatest extent controlled large swathes of modern Afghanistan, Pakistan and Northern India, and had as its greatest ruler Kanishka? Kushan Empire
The Bhagavad Gita is an extension of which other, older epic? Mahabharata
To what did the Indian state of Orissa change its name in 2011? Odisha
Living c.350-290BCE, which ancient Greek historian, diplomat and explorer in the Hellenistic period described India in his book Indika, which is now lost, but has been partially reconstructed from the writings of the later authors? Megasthenes
Name any of the actors who played characters that successfully escaped in the 1963 film The Great Escape? Charles Bronson, John Leyton or James Coburn
In which Canadian city is there a Nelson's Column erected in 1809 - it has from time to time become controversial with some of the local people? Montreal
In which city was 'Nelsons Pillar', a statue of Horatio Nelson that was blown up in 1966 by terrorists? Dublin
In which musical would you hear the song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"? Meet Me in St Louis
In Egyptian mythology Buto, goddess of the Delta, is associated with which creature? Snake
In which technique does the artist takes a pastel or pencil or other drawing tool and makes a rubbing over an uneven surface - it is similar to brass rubbing but aleatoric and random in nature? Frottage
In which English town or city would you find Fishergate Shopping Centre? Preston
An emmet is an archaic English word for which creature? Ant
Which two comedy actors had a hit in 1978 with "You're the One That I Want" - the male singer was posthumously revealed to have committed domestic violence and child abuse? Arthur Mullard and Hylda Baker
Which fruit do the Germans call Apfelsine? Orange
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