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Ralph Vaerst coined what name in 1971 for the Santa Clara valley near San Francisco? Silicon Valley
Who released the 2000 album "Light Years"? Kylie Minogue
In which year did Nelson Mandela die? 2013
Whose 2011 debut album was "Who You Are"? Jessie J
What is the forename of the villainous albino monk in Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code"? Silas
The centaur Chiron was placed in the heavens by Jupiter as which constellation? Sagittarius
Rasalhague is the brightest star in which constellation, called the "serpent bearer"? Ophiuchus
Of what is ophidiophobia the morbid fear? Snakes
Who paibted 1662s "The Sampling Officials" (also called "Syndics of the Drapers Guild")? Rembrandt von Rijn
Who played "Stacy's Mom" in the video for the Fountains of Wayne song? Rachel Hunter
Polotsk is widely believed to be the oldest settlement in, and the first capital of, which country? Belarus
Made into a later Borodin opera which 12th century East Slav epic poem tells of a failed raid of the titular character (d. 1202) against the Polovtsians of the Don River region? The Tale of Igor's Campaign (accept similar, must have 'Igor')
In modern Lithuania, revered as a national hero, which ruler of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania commanded his troops to victory at the Battle of Grunwald? Vytautas (Vitautis)
In which war of 1558-83 did the Tsardom of Russia face a varying coalition of Denmark–Norway, the Kingdom of Sweden, and the Union of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Kingdom of Poland for control of parts of modern-day Estonia and Latvia? Livonian War
III Rzeczpospolita or the Third Rzeczpospolita refers to the current 'third' republic of which country? Poland
After which town were a set of town privileges first developed by Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor (963-73) and based on the Flemish law named - they regulated the degree of internal autonomy within cities and villages? Magdeburg
What was the name of the 1700-21 conflict in which a coalition led by the Tsardom of Russia successfully contested the supremacy of the Swedish Empire in Central, Northern, and Eastern Europe? Great Northern War
Which six-letter word is another name for a European Bison? Wisent
Which six-letter word is used for administrative divisions in Belarus, Russia and other countries? Oblast
Which King of Poland (1704-09) was placed on the throne by Charles XII of Sweden, in place of Augustus II but lost it again in turn to Augustus when Charles was defeated at the Battle of Poltava? Stanislaus I (Stanisław Leszczyński)
Which is the only US state flag that is different on each side? Oregon
Who is the principle heroine of 'Pride & Prejudice'? Elizabeth Bennet
What is Africa's third longest river? Niger
What is Africa's second longest river (after the Nile)? Congo
Which animals were originally kept in the 'Kings Mews' at Charing Cross? Hawks
Where in the UK are the group of 50 feet tall stained glass windows 'The Five Sisters'? York Minster
What is the capital of the Indian State Andhra Pradesh? Hyderabad
Which element burns in air of its own accord and emits a green glow? Phosphorus
In which town or city in the UK is the Lawrence Sherriff School? Rugby
In which London building is 'Anne Boleyn's Gate'? Hampton Court Palace
Which capital city was founded by Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada in August 1538? Bogota
In which city of approximately 500,000 people does the Russian football team FC Arsenal play? Tula
119 people were killed on 6th November 1985 in which country's Palace of Justice when it was stormed for 28 hours by members of the revolutionary M-19 movement? Colombia
Peter Kropotkin (1842-1921) was best known for advocating which social system? Anarchism
Whose work, "A Letter to a Hindu", caused the young Mohandas Gandhi to write to him to ask for advice and for permission to reprint the Letter in Gandhi's own South African newspaper, Indian Opinion, in 1909? Tolstoy
Whose Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50, written in Rome between December 1881 and late January 1882, became its composer's own funeral elegy? Tchaikovsky
CIVETS are six favoured emerging markets countries - name any three of them. Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey and South Africa.
The OAS, a continental organization founded on 30 April 1948, for the purposes of regional solidarity and cooperation among its member states, is fully known by what name? Organization of American States
Which explorer is best known for having crossed the Isthmus of Panama to the Pacific Ocean in 1513, becoming the first European to lead an expedition to have seen or reached the Pacific from the New World? Vasco Núñez de Balboa
The Thousand Days' War (1899–1902) took place in which country? Colombia
Which actress is best known for her role as Jenna Maroney in the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, for which she received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations, and also starred in Ally McBeal and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? Jane Krakowski
The Museo del Oro, which receives around 500,000 tourists per year, is in which national capital? Bogota
Which weekly news magazine published in Hamburg, Germany fell for the Hitler Diaries in 1983? Stern
Who starred in the Netflix political drama House of Cards as Zoe Barnes and appeared in the Fox TV series 24 as computer analyst Shari Rothenberg, as well as movies Fantastic Four (2015) as Susan "Sue" Storm/The Invisible Woman and The Martian (2015)? Kate Mara
Emerald is a variety of beryl, usually coloured green by the presence of which element, atomic number 24? Chromium
Wieliczka and Bochnia in Poland and Zipaquira in Colombia are places famed for mining what? Salt
In which country do the South American football team "The Strongest" play? Bolivia
Olimpia and Club Cerro Porteño are historically the two most successful clubs in which country? Paraguay
Club Universitario de Deportes and Alianza are historically the two most successful teams in which country? Peru
Which football team, based in Mexico City, are nicknamed Las Águilas (The Eagles)? Club América
How were the Order of Brothers of the German House of Saint Mary in Jerusalem better (and more succinctly) known? Teutonic Knights
Which important historical work is a history of Kievan Rus' from about 850 to 1110, originally compiled in Kiev about 1113? The Primary Chronicle
The Varangians was an Eastern name for which people, more familiarly known by a different name in the West? Vikings
The Battle of Covadonga (718 or 722) is traditionally held to signify the beginning of which period of Spanish history? Reconquista (from the Moors)
How is MDMA more commonly known? Ecstasy
Which Emperor completed his conquest of China in 1279? Kublai Khan
Which Chinese dynasty lasted from 618-907AD? Tang Dynasty
Lanzhou is the capital of which Chinese province? Gansu
Which Han Emperor (156-87BC) reigned for 54 years and saw massive territorial expansion of his Empire? Emperor Wu (of Han)
Which Chinese dynasty was the first to unify a significant part of the country, in 221BC? Chin or Qin Dynasty
Built in 691AD, which was the first Islamic architectural dome? Dome of the Rock
Which French post-impressionist was known as 'Le Douanier'? Rousseau
What was the capital of the Abbasid Caliphate? Baghdad
What was the capital of The Ummayad Caliphate? Damascus
Islamic law initially allowed how many wives (and unlimited concubines!)? Four
Which Battle of 732, won by the Franks, turned Islam back from its furthest expansion in Europe, and is seen by most historians as a critical point in Europe's history? Battle of Tours
Muslim armies unsuccessfully attacked which city in both 623-8 and 717-8? Constantinople
The ancient Silk Road city of Merv lies near which city with a population of 123,000, named after a Bible character? Mary (Turkmenistan)
What name did the Byzantines give to the Arab armies of the 7th century; it was later synonymous with 'Muslim' in Medieval Latin literature? Saracen
Which word usually refers to the collective community of Islamic peoples? Ummah
What three-letter name is given to a broad, flat area of desert covered with wind-swept sand with little or no vegetative cover? Erg
In which years was 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Christmas Number 1 in the UK? 1975 and 1991
Which batter embedded with cherries is associated with Limousin in France? Clafoutis
Which French mayonnaise is flavoured with herbs, capers, mustard and anchovies? Remoulade
How is the food known as the 'Alligator Pear' better known? Avocado
In cooking, which French term, meaning 'kettle drum', applies to a minced dish made in a mould? Timbale
Jordan, Valencia and Barbary are varieties of which kind of nut? Almond
The meat of creature forms the basis of Pate d'Amiens? Duck
Ballet "Pineapple Poll" used an arrangement of whose music when the copyright expired? Arthur Sullivan
In which English town or city is the Timothy Taylor brewery? Keighley
Which Danish crown prince married Mary Donaldson in 2004? Frederik
In which year was the Battle of Copenhagen at which Nelson distinguished himself? 1801
Referring to his sour character, what was General Joseph Stilwell's nickname? Vinegar Joe
Which monarch's forces won the Battle of the Boyne? William III
Which British monarch's forces lost the Battle of the Boyne? James II
Where in 1928 did the President of a country become the King? Albania (Zog)
What was the near-ubiquitous nickname of the corrupt official William M. Tweed - he was brought down, in part, by Thomas Nast cartoons? Boss Tweed
Which Roman Emperor visited Britain in 122AD? Hadrian
Who succeeded Woodrow Wilson as US President in 1921? Warren Harding
Who was Henry VIII's sixth and final wife? Catherine Parr
Of which British monarch did The Times say: "There never was an individual less regretted by his fellow-creatures than this deceased king. What eye has wept for him? ... If he ever had a friend – we protest that the name of him or her never reached us."? George IV
Which historical disaster was caused by phytophthora infestans? Irish Potato Famine
Located in Cheshire, what is the country house of the Duke of Westminster? Eaton Hall
Chancellor from 18 August 1892 to 21 June 1895, who preceded Campbell-Bannerman as leader of the Liberal Party? William Harcourt
Who wrote the philosophical work "Sartor Resartus" in 1836? Thomas Carlyle
Which diarist and servant secretly married Arthur Munby, a prominent barrister and philanthropist, their marriage being characterised by bizarre role-playing and erotic games, according to their diaries? Hannah Cullwick
In which current English county is Brathay Hall located? Cumbria
What is the historic county town of Westmorland? Appleby
In 1763, which author (29 October 1740 – 19 May 1795) had a liasion with a prostitute on Westminster Bridge; unsurprisingly, during his life, he contracted venereal disease 17 times? James Boswell
Once widely used to make moulded candles before more convenient wax varieties became available, what name is given to a rendered form of beef or mutton fat that can be stored without refridgeration? Tallow
Which Pope allegedly met Attila the Hun in 452 and persuaded him to turn back from his invasion of Italy? Leo I
Genseric (c. 400 – January 25, 477), also known as Gaiseric or Geiseric, who captured and plundered Rome in 452, was king of which people? Vandals
Which straits separate Sicily from the Mainland? Messina
Theodoric, ruler of Italy (493–526), and who founded a kingdom based in Ravenna, was the king of which peoples? Ostrogoths
Which soldier who in 476 became the first King of Italy (476–493), and whose reign is commonly seen as marking the end of the Western Roman Empire, was killed by Theodoric the Great in Ravenna? Odoacer
Alboin (530s – June 28, 572) was king of which people from about 560 until 572 - he first led them to settle in Italy in 569CE? Lombards
Who was the first monk to become Pope? Gregory I (the Great)
Which city was the capital of the Kingdom of the Lombards from 572 to 774? Pavia
Giving its name to a Swiss canton, what is the most important perennial left-bank tributary of the Po River? Ticino
Eastern Roman Emperor from 582 to 602, who brought the war with Sasanian Persia to a victorious conclusion and campaigned extensively in the Balkans against the Avars – pushing them back across the Danube by 599? Maurice
Pooh-Bah is a character in which Gilbert and Sullivan operetta? The Mikado
Which group had UK 1967 hits with "Night of Fear" and "I Can Hear The Grass Grow"? The Move
Which foodstuff might an American call "lox"? Smoked/brined salmon
According to the Bible who or what "hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars"? Wisdom
In which book of the Bible is it said that "charity shall cover a multitude of sins"? 1 Peter
What one-word name is given to a terrine or meat jelly made with flesh from the head of a calf or pig, or less commonly a sheep or cow, and often set in aspic? Brawn
Who was vocalist with the Jeff Beck group when it formed in 1967? Rod Stewart
Which actor had a 1968 UK number 4 hit with "MacArthur Park"? Richard Harris
Which 1953 opera by Benjamin Britten featured Elizabeth I as a character? Gloriana
Who is the author of "Six Easy Pieces" and shared the 1965 Nobel Prize for Physics? Richard Feynman
Which piece of commonly used equipment was first called "a X-Y position indicator for a display system"? Computer mouse
In the First Gulf War, which Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM), manufactured by Raytheon, was commonly used to shoot down Iraqi SCUDs, although their success is controversial, and a disputed post-war analysis suggests that no Scud was actually hit? Patriot
What sort of creature is a 'chafer'? Beetle
What sort of industrial vehicle has the abbreviation ADT? Articulated Dump Truck
Which maritime patrol aircraft, introduced in 1969 and retired 2011, was developed and operated by the United Kingdom and was an extensive modification of the de Havilland Comet? (Hawker Siddeley) Nimrod
Who manufactures the P-8 Poseidon military aircraft? Boeing
Which aeronautical engineer set up the company that built the Halifax bomber? Frederick Handley Page
Where are Epsilon Peak, the Copernicus Corner and The Straight Wall? On the Moon
What sort of creature is a wisent? (European) Bison
What was invented, as a replacement for ivory in billiard balls, by John Wesley Hyatt in 1870? Celluloid
Bernard Ebbers was the CEO of which US communications company that committed accounting fraud from 1999 to 2003 - the largest accounting fraud in American history until the exposure of Bernard Madoff's $64 billion Ponzi scheme in 2008? Worldcom
Which train service from London to Glasgow was introduced in 1937, and ran until the start of war in 1939? Coronation Scot
Halle Berry replicated Ursula Andress's famous Dr No scene in which Bond film? Die Another Day
Who became the 11th Doctor Who, in the role from 2009 to 2013? Matt Smith
In the film "The Third Man" what substance was Harry Lime racketeering? Penicillin
Karen Gillan played which assistant to Dr Who? Amy Pond
Who played the character 'Fancy Smith' in the TV series "Z Cars"? Brian Blessed
In which film is Paul Newman initially part of a chain gang as "Lucas Jackson"? Cool Hand Luke
Who played the character of Doris Luke in the soap "Crossroads"? Kathy Staff
The Case of the Velvet Claws (1933) was the first novel to feature which popular detective? Perry Mason
Which 1967-75 TV series show starred Raymond Burr as a consultant for the San Francisco police who was paralyzed from the waist down after being shot while on vacation? Ironside
Who played the character of Trot Bolton in the High School Musical franchise? Zac Efron
How is Brook Busey-Maurio, an American screenwriter, producer, author, journalist, memoirist, stripper and exotic dancer, better known - she won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for her debut script? Diablo Cody (Juno)
Who played the character Dr Niles Crane in "Frasier"? David Hyde Pierce
Which film, released in 1982, had the working titles "Growing Up" and "A Boy's Life"? E.T.
Which actor's directorial debut was the 2004 film "Ladies in Lavender"? Charles Dance
Which Hollywood actor, nominated for three Academy Awards, all for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, winning in 1992 for his role in City Slickers. once boxed under the name Jack Brazzo? Jack Palance
In 1965, Jimmy Tarbuck replaced which fellow Liverpudlian comedian as host of Sunday Night at the London Palladium in 1965? Norman Vaughan
Who was the original compere of Sunday Night at the London Palladium, doing so from 1955 to 1958? Tommy Trinder
Who is the usual doctor in The Simpsons, known for his inappropriate laughing? Dr Julius Hibbert
Which Hollywood star had a brief career as a boxer in 1919 under the name "Packy East"? Bob Hope
What make of car is Genevieve in the 1953 film of the same name? Darracq
To what did Virgin Radio rebrand itself in 2008? Absolute Radio
Which aged popstar left his wife for waitress Ekaterina Ivanova in 2008? Ronnie Wood
What is wrestler Hulk Hogan's real name? Terry Bollea
Leo the lion was the famous mascot of which film studio? MGM
Kiki Hakansson was the first winner of which competition? Miss World
What is the fictional setting of TV comedy "Dad's Army"? Walmington-on-Sea
Which actor, with the middle name Bonaventure, made his film debut in 1930's "Up The River"? Spencer Tracy
Arnie Becker and Douglas Brackman Jr were both characters in which popular US TV series? LA Law
How many cycling gold medals did Team GP win at the 2008 Beijing Olympics? Eight
Which Polish American professional boxer who became one of the greatest World Middleweight Champions in history was murdered at a ranch in Conway, Missouri at the age of 24 in 1910? Stanley Ketchel
In which year was Greg Norman's first major title win in golf, when he won the Open after famously losing on the final putt at the US Masters earlier in the year? 1986
The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is a horse race run at which racecourse? Longchamp
Which boxer was, as of 2017, the second-longest reigning heavyweight champion of all time, and has the second-most successful title defences total of any heavyweight boxer with 23 (including his initial reign as WBO champion), behind Joe Louis (25)? Wladimir Klitschko
What name is shared between the oldest known Scandinavian dynasty, and a type of sailboat and sailboat competition class? Yngling
Which rugby union team play at Sixways Stadium? Worcester Warriors
Which classic cycling race is nicknamed the Queen of the Classics or l'Enfer du Nord ("The Hell of the North") and is one of the last cobbled races? Paris–Roubaix
Which cycling classic, one of the five 'Monuments of Cycling' is nicknamed the Autumn Classic or the Race of the Falling Leaves, as it is held in October or late September? Giro de Lombardia
What name is given to is the distinctive jersey worn by the reigning world champion in a cycling discipline, since 1927? Rainbow jersey
Which was the first film with an all-black cast to win a Best Picture Academy Award? Moonlight
Which movie was the first to win a Cesar Award and Best Picture Oscar? The Artist
Which Irish sport is also known by the shorter names Peil or Caid? Gaelic Football
Equivalent to ambassadors, officials exchanged among members of the Commonwealth of Nations are known by which two word title? High Commissioner
Incorporated in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, which company was acquired by Facebook in 2014? Whatsapp
Which river splits Norfolk from Suffolk? Waveney
Which literary character's home was Thornfield Hall? Mr Edward Rochester
For his role in which film did JK Simmons win the Oscar for best Supporting actor in 2015? Whiplash
In imperial measure, how many gills are there in a gallon? 32
Name the year: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated, Nick Leeson makes spectacular losses for Barings Bank and America is shocked by the Oklahoma bombing? 1995
What is Canadian province New Brunsick's capital? Fredericton
Who was the first known astronomer to see Uranus, although he mistakenly catalogued it as a star called '34 Tauri'? John Flamsteed (first Astronomer Royal)
In which US Great Lake is Isle Royale National Park? Lake Superior
What is the capital of Bermuda? Hamilton
Which American business and finance company founded on May 11, 2000 by Jeffrey Sprecher, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia is abbreviated ICE? Intercontinental Exchange
What is Guyana's currency? Guyana Dollar
What does a dotted line on an OS Map represent? Footpath
What are the five cities in Northern Ireland? Belfast, (London)Derry, Armagh, Lisburn, Newry
In which county is Flatford Mill, that appears in the Haywain by Constable? Suffolk
Which European nation's name derives from a group whose name meant "people of the fields"? Poland (Polans)
Which small, sacred temple near the Parthenon on the Acropolis was named after a legendary King of Athens and housed a wooden statue of Athena? Erechtheum
Which ancient war lasted from 434 to 401BC? Peloponnesian War
How is ancient Corcyra now known? Corfu
Who was Alexander The Great's father? Philip II of Macedon
Which battle of August 2nd 338BC saw Philip II of Macedon decisively defeat the Athenians and Thebans? Chaeronea
Which May 334BC battle was the first of three major battles fought between Alexander the Great and the Persians? Battle of Granicus River
Which November 333BC battle, fought in modern-day Turkey, between Macedons and Persians under Darius III, was the second of three major battles between Alexander the Great and the Persians? Battle of Issus
Also called the Battle of Arbela, which battle of 331BC saw Alexander the Great finally defeat the Persian Empire? Battle of Gaugamela
How is the River Oxus now known? Amu Darya
In which city did Euclid, the famed 'father of geometry', live and work? Alexandria
The word 'Punic', as in the wars, derives from the Latin for what? Phoenecian (Carthage was settled originally by Phoenecians)
Rome's first 'province' or overseas territory was which island, captured in 241BC? Sicily
At which 202BC battle did the Romans defeat the Carthaginians in the second Punic War? Zama
In what year was Julius Caesar assassinated? 44BCE
The ancient city of Cyrene is now in which modern-day country? Libya
Pyrrhus (from which, Pyrrhic victory) was an opponent of early Rome and King of where? Epirus
Which animal was used as the standard of a Roman Legion? Eagle
Which large island was annexed by the Romans in 58BC? Cyprus
What relation was Octavian (Augustus) to Julius Caesar? Great-nephew
In which year did Emperor Augustus of Rome die? 14AD
Who was Augustus's wife and Tiberius's mother? Livia Drusilla
In which century did King Tutankhamun reign? 14th Century BC (died c. 1340BC)
How many years after the Exile from Jerusalem did some Jews' return (once the Persians had overthrown the Babylonians)? 49 years (587BC - 538BC)
Which Hellenistic Empire ruled much of the middle and near east from 312-63BC? Seleucids
What name was given to a political movement in 1st century Second Temple Judaism which sought to incite the people of Judaea Province to rebel against the Roman Empire and expel it from the Holy Land by force of arms? Zealotry
What name is given to the second (115-117AD) of three revolts by the Jews of Judaea against Roman rule? Kitos War
Fought 132-136AD, and named for its leader, what was the third of the three revolts by the Jews of Judeae against Roman rule? Bar Kobhka revolt (after Simon Bar Kobhka)
What offence was Jesus put on trial for that led to the crucifixion? Blasphemy (claiming to be the Son of God)
Believed by some to be Jesus' brother, who was the first Bishop of Jerusalem? James (the Just)
St Paul was originally known by what name? Saul (of Tarsus)
In which Canadian province is the city of Alberta? Edmonton
From which 1928 Yeats poem is the phrase "This is no country for old men taken"? Sailing to Byzantium
In which year was the first Cannes Film Festival? 1946
Which US neoconservative pundit wrote the 1967 autobiography "Making It"? Norman Podhoretz
Hiroshima mon amour (1959), Last Year at Marienbad (1961), and Muriel (1963) are famous works by which French film director (1922-2014)? Alain Resnais
Now a national park, at which location in western Kigoma Region, Tanzania did primatologist Jane Goodall study chimpanzees, published in her book "In The Shadow Of Man"? Gombe Stream
Which Austrian-American director, actor and producer, most notable as being a film star of the silent era (1885-1957) played Rommel in "Five Graves To Cairo" and Max von Mayerling in "Sunset Boulevard"? Erich von Stroheim
Who directed what is generally considered the first 'talkie', "The Jazz Singer"? Alan Crosland
How is the Russian phrase "glavnoye upravleniye lagerei" more commonly abbreviated? Gulag
Who is the furthest president to the right depicted at Mount Rushmore? Abraham Lincoln
Which Italian painter, mostly of landscapes and seascapes, is now best known as the rapist of Artemisia Gentileschi? Agostino Tassi
St. Peter's Baldachin, a large Baroque sculpted bronze canopy, technically called a ciborium or baldachin, over the high altar of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City, was designed by which artist? Gianlorenzo Bernini
How many fathoms are there in a cable? 120
Blackheath, Goldsmiths, University of London and Millwall F.C. are located within which borough of London? Lewisham
In the Bible, and in a Gentileschi painting, which invading general of Nebuchadnezzar is beheaded by Judith? Holofernes
Who first wrote "The female of the species is more deadly than the male" in a 1911 poem? Rudyard Kipling
In which country does most of the action of Shakespeare's Othello take place? Cyprus
In which country did the musical genre and dance style Mambo originate? Cuba
In which country did the musical genre Bossa Nova originate? Brazil
What is the forename of Mr Darcy in the novel "Pride and Prejudice"? Fitzwilliam
Which 1529 treaty was the Eastern equivalent of the Treaty of Torsedillas defined the areas of Spanish and Portuguese influence in Asia to resolve the "Moluccas issue"? Treaty of Zaragoza
Which British artist, best known for his sculpture for the empty fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Ecce Homo (1999), and State Britain (2007), a recreation at Tate Britain of Brian Haw's protest display outside parliament, won the Turner Prize in 2007? Mark Wallinger
The subject of a 1994 film, which name did Mary Baker adopt when she passed herself off in early 19th century society as a Polynesian princess who had swum ashore at Bristol, escaping from pirates? Princess Caraboo
Which art exhibition that took place in the London Docklands in July 1988, mainly organised by Damien Hirst, was significant in the subsequent development of the Young British Artists? Freeze
Name either of the two British scientists who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2001 for their discoveries of key regulators of the cell cycle. Tim Hunt or Paul Nurse
Sir Robert Geoffrey Edwards (1925-2013) won was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the development of what? IVF
Which German photographer (b.1955) known for his large format architecture and landscape colour photographs, often employing a high point of view, created 2 of the most expensive photos ever sold - Rhein II and Chicago Board of Trade III? Andreas Gursky
Barrow Point is the northernmost point of which country? Alaska
In which Charles Dickens Novel does Esther Summerson appear? Bleak House
Which female writer used the pseudonym Mary Pollock? Enid Blyton
Where were the Winter Olympics held in 1994? Lillehammer
What was the Anglicised name of Stanisława Walasiewicz, the intersex 1932 winner of the women's Olympics Games? Stella Walsh
How old was Nadia Comaneci when she scored a perfect 10 at the 1976 Olympics? Fourteen
At which Olympics did Olga Korbut make her debut? 1972 Munich
The Royal Crescent was designed by which architect and built between 1767 and 1774? John Wood, the Younger
Pulteney Bridge, which crosses the River Avon in Bath, was designed by which architect? Robert Adam
Ansel Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984) was a famous name in which branch of the arts? Photography
Which comedian, who had his own show on BBC Radio 4 "15 Minutes of Misery", started off as a supporting actor in the 1993 series Newman and Baddiel in Pieces? Sean Lock
Give a year in the life of Geoffrey Chaucer. 1342-1400
Which novel features the line "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done"? A Tale of Two Cities
What name (forename and surname) is shared by the founder of the University of Aberdeen, and the major-general under whose command the disastrous retreat of the British from Kabul occurred in 1842? William Elphinstone
Which was the only country to vote against Pakistan's accession to the UN in 1947? Afghanistan
Mirza Nur-ud-din Beig Mohammad Khan Salim was known by what imperial name (Persian for "conqueror of the world"), when he reigned as the fourth Mughal Emperor from 1605 until his death in 1627? Jahangir
Named after a place in Turkmenistan, which incident of 1885 was a diplomatic crisis between Britain and Russia caused by the Russian Empire's expansion southeast toward Afghanistan and India? Panjdeh Incident
Named after a British diplomat and civil servant of the British Raj (1850-1924) what name is commonly given to the Afghan-Pakistani border? Durand Line
Habibullah succeeded who as Emir of Afghanistan in 1901? Habibullah's father, he was known as the 'Iron Emir'. Abdur Rahman
Who succeeded Hamid Karzai as Afghan President in 2014? Ashraf Ghani
Meaning "grand assembly" which important meetings in Afghanistan are mainly organized for choosing a new head of state in case of sudden death, adopting a new constitution, or to settle national or regional issue such as war? Loya jirga
The Third Anglo-Afghan War lasted for just 94 days in which year? 1919
Zbigniew Brzezinski, a Polish-American diplomat, author and political scientist, was a National Security Advisor to which President? Jimmy Carter
What was the name of the Belarussian cipher clerk who defected to Canada in September 1945, with 109 documents on Soviet espionage activities in the West exposing Stalin's efforts to steal nuclear secrets, and the technique of planting sleeper agents? Igor Gouzenko
Which Polish-born Communist politician and trade union organizer became, in 1947, the only Member of the Canadian Parliament ever convicted of spying for a foreign country? Fred Rose
Which is the only Canadian province to have both French and English as official languages? New Brunswick
Which Canadian statesman, diplomat and future Prime Minister was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 for his role in defusing the Suez Crisis through the United Nations? Lester B Pearson
Which small, uninhabited barren knoll located in the centre of the Kennedy Channel of Nares Strait that separates Ellesmere Island from northern Greenland and connects Baffin Bay with the Lincoln Sea is claimed by both Canada and Denmark? Hans Island
Named after a Canadian Prime Minister, what was the name of Constable Benton Fraser’s canine sidekick in the award-winning Canadian television police drama Due South? Diefenbaker
Canada’s Four Corners point, located near Kasba Lake, is a point at which four political subdivisions meet, namely the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and which two provinces? Manitoba and Saskatchewan
What was the name of the Minister of Quebec who was kidnapped and murdered by members of the terrorist group The Front de Libération du Québec during the October Crisis of 1970? Pierre Laporte
Cape Columbia is the northernmost point of land of Canada and is located on which island? Ellesmere Island
What was the name of the one-legged cancer patient who became a Canadian national celebrity after he undertook the cross-Canada run known as the Marathon of Hope in 1980? Terry Fox
Born in 1641, Titus was the only child who survived into adulthood of which painter, who used his son as a model in several of his paintings? Rembrandt
Which artistic term, deriving from the Italian for ‘scratched’, refers, in painting, to the practice of laying one colour over another and scratching the paint so that the colour underneath shows through? Sgraffito
If the first is ‘The Heir’ and the second is ‘The Levée’, then what is the third? The Orgy
In which very famous painting of 1882 can a pair of green feet, belonging to a trapeze artist, be seen in the extreme top left hand corner of the canvas? A Bar at the Folies-Bergere
In which famous painting of 1656 can the Italian dwarf Nicolas Pertusato be seen waking a sleeping mastiff with his foot whilst the achondroplastic German, Maribarbola, looks on? Las Meninas
The snow-topped Mount Chimborazo is the highest peak in Ecuador. Its summit is also often said to be the spot on the surface farthest from the center of the Earth. Its appears, most famously, in art in a popular 1859 painting by which American artist? Frederic Edwin Church (Heart of the Andes)
Who played Norman Bates in the 1998 Gus Van Sant remake of Hitchcock’s 'Psycho'? Vince Vaughn
What is the name of the inn at which Sergeant Howie stays in the 1973 film 'The Wicker Man'? The Green Man
The 1922 film 'Nosferatu' was an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 'Dracula'. However, as the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel, what name was given to Max Schreck’s Count? Count Orlok
What is the name of the demon who possesses Regan MacNeil in the 1973 film 'The Exorcist'? Pazazu
Butetown and Tiger Bay are part of which British city? Cardiff
Which Welsh painter, draughtsman, and etcher (1878-1961) was an important exponent of Post-Impressionism in the United Kingdom and painted many distinguished contemporaries, including T. E. Lawrence, Thomas Hardy, W. B. Yeats and Aleister Crowley? Augustus John
Which Welsh painter and poet (1895-1974) was considered by T. S. Eliot to be of major importance, with his The Anathemata considered by W. H. Auden to be the best long poem written in English of the 20th century? David Jones
Completed 1794, which now mostly filled-in canal connected Merthyr Tydfil to Cardiff? Glamorganshire Canal
Which family donated much of central Cardiff's land to the nation, including the castle, and an eponymous park? Bute family
The last known contemporary example of which writing system dates to 394AD in Philae? Hieroglyphs (Egyptian)
Which period of Egyptian history saw the arrival of the invading Hyksos? Second Intermediate Period
Who was the first ruler of the Twelfth Dynasty of ancient Egypt - he ruled from 1991 BC to 1962 BC and reunited the kingdom from his capital at Thebes? Amenemhat I, also Amenemhet I
Which ancient kingdom in Nubia, existing approximately 1050BCE to 350CE, was located at the confluences of the Blue Nile, White Nile and River Atbara in what is now Sudan and South Sudan? Kingdom of Kush
Lough Erne is located in which county of Northern Ireland? Fermanagh
Which US President established the name of the White House by having "White House–Washington" engraved on the stationery? Theodore Roosevelt
What is the adjective pertaining to Madagascar? Malagasy
The television series The League of Gentlemen was filmed in Hadfield, which doubled as the fictional town of Royston Vasey - in which county is Hadfield? Derbyshire
How many sovereign nations does the Equator pass through? Eleven
The Greenwich Prime Meridian passes through the land of how many countries, not including Antarctic territory? Eight
The Purús, Madeira and Japurá or Caquetá are all geographically, the three largest what? Amazon tributaries
Which island lies 6 miles north of Ballycastle in County Antrim? Rathlin Island
Foula and Papa Stour are islands in which group? Shetlands
Travelling due east from New York City, which country's land would you hit first? Portugal
The Barton Aqueduct, opened on 17 July 1761, was built for which canal? Bridgewater Canal
Give a year in the life of poet Robert Burns. 1759-96.
Who were the first two people to win the combination of awards known as a PEGOT (Pulitzer, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony)? Richard Rodgers, Marvin Hamlisch
According to the Hebrew Bible, who was the first king of the Kingdom of Israel and Judah? Saul
Who was the father of the Biblical King Solomon? David
In the JM Barrie play "Peter Pan" who is Captain Hook's first mate, or bo'sun? Mr Smee
Which author created the character Jack Ryan? Tom Clancy
Who wrote the novels upon which the TV series "The Darling Buds of May" was based? HE Bates
Rabelais created which giant with an enormous appetite, the son of Lord Grandgousier, and who as a child, required 17,913 cows for the provision of his daily milk? Gargantua
Which American musician, singer-songwriter, satirist, and mathematician wrote the song "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park"? Tom Lehrer
What is the first name of Georges Simenon's fictional detective, Maigret? Jules
Who wrote the 1980 novel "Earthly Powers"? Anthony Burgess
Which two countries now possess most of the territory of the ancient Kingdom of Edom? Israel, Jordan
In the US version of House of Cards, he was called Frank Underwood - what was he called in the original British TV series? Francis Urquhart
Who was the only person to have been a member of the US Marines to have defected to the Soviet Union? Lee Harvey Oswald
What is the common name of the snake with the scientific name Eunectes murinus, which is also called the Greater Water Boa? (Green) Anaconda
Which title character of an 1820 Walter Scott novel which has the subtitle "A Romance" is the son of Cedric of Rotherwood? Ivanhoe
Which is the only mainland European country that, as of 2017, does not border an EU country? Montenegro
Which former MP for Middlesbrough East was the first female Secretary of State for Education, in office from 1945 until her death from an accidental overdose in 1947? Ellen Wilkinson
Which natural limestone arch on the island of Gozo in Malta collapsed after a March 2017 storm? Azure Window
Which 19th century British inventor, born in Scarborough in 1773, developed the first glider able to carry a human aloft? George Cayley
Philippe Quinault was the main librettist for which 17th century composer? Jean-Baptiste Lully
Les Huguenots is an opera by who that premiered in Paris in 1836? Giacomo Meyerbeer
What two-word term is sometimes attached to Italian operas written by Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835) and Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848)? Bel Canto
Which country ruled Sardinia from 1469 to 1708? Spain
Brown's, Pennant's, Mealy and Golden Mantled Rosella are all types of which bird? Parakeet
Which test, named after its Japanese ophthalmologist creator, is used to detect colour blindness? Ishihara
What term is used to describe animals active at twilight? Crepuscular
How is eolic energy better known? Wind energy
What type of organism (Opuntia ficus-indica) is a 'prickly pear'? Cactus
Which car manufacturer made the 'Hornet' model from 1961 to 1969? Wolseley
What is the freezing point of water in Kelvin? 273K
Which car manufacturer made the Magnette model from 1953 to 1969? MG
The Maddalena archipelago lies off the north coast of which island? Sardinia
Yanomami Indians call which animal, whose range extends from Southwestern United States and Mexico across much of Central America and south to Paraguay and northern Argentina, the 'eater of souls'? Jaguar
Where are the peroneus muscles? Calf (prompt on leg)
Of what is philophobia the morbid fear? Falling in love/love
Which animal (Melursus ursinus) is called a 'bhalu' in India? Sloth bear
The Organ of Corti is vital to which of the five human senses? Hearing
Used in cooking, or to treat toothache, what is the usual name of the aromatic flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae, Syzygium aromaticum? Cloves
'Southport Red Globe' and 'Stuttgarter Giant' are varieties of which foodstuff? Onion
In which year was the British Board of the Admiralty disbanded? 1964
Who was Pope from 1154 to 1159? Nicholas Breakspear (Adrian IV)
In which decade was adoption legalised in the UK? 1920s (1926)
The people of which nation defeated the Italians at the 1896 Battle of Adwa? Ethiopians
The West Side Boys were an armed group from which country, that in 2000 captured and held peacekeepers from the United Nations Mission and a patrol of British soldiers from the Royal Irish Regiment? Sierra Leone
Arthur Christopher John Soames, Baron Soames, was the last British Governor of which country? Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia)
In which decade was highwayman Dick Turpin hanged? 1730s (1739)
His sculpture The Great Relief (completed 1928) was included in the 2006 Danish Culture Canon as one of Denmark's cultural masterpieces - which artist associated with Skagen at Jutland's tip? (Jens Ferdinand) Willumsen
Which artists association in Denmark in the 1930s and 1940s focusing on Abstraction and Symbolism was pioneered by Vilhelm Bjerke-Petersen together with Ejler Bille and Richard Mortensen? Linien
Who played "Hans Christian Andersen" in the 1952 film of that name, singing the song "Wonderful Copenhagen"? Danny Kaye
Which Danish former professional road bicycle racer who placed first in the 1996 Tour de France later admitted using banned substances? Bjarne Riis
Which Danish football team, based in Herning, knocked Southampton out of the Europa League in 2015-16, and beat Manchester United 2-1 at home, before losing 5-1? They won the Superliga in 2015 for the first time. FC Midtjylland
Which 5-letter Danish and Norwegian word can be described as a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)? Hygge
The Danish town of Herning contains the major museum dedicated to the works of which Italian artist best known for his ironic approach to avant-garde art (1933-63)? Piero Manzoni
The NorthSide Festival and the exhibit of prehistoric Grauballe Man can both be seen in or near which major Danish city? Aarhus
The flag of which German lander is essentially the flag of the Netherlands inverted? Schleswig-Holstein
Which city on the River Trave, the leading city of the Hanseatic League, was, because of its extensive Brick Gothic architecture, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1987? Lübeck
Which German's book "Professor Unrat" was freely adapted into the movie Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel)? He was the brother of a more famous writer. Heinrich Mann
What is the capital of the German state of Saarland? Saarbrücken
Marbach am Neckar, near Stuttgart, is most famous as the birthplace of who in 1759? Friedrich Schiller
Which former United States Army officer was convicted by court-martial of murdering 22 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai Massacre on March 16, 1968? He had 3 and a half years of house arrest. William Calley
The First Treaty of London (1839) resulted in the independence of which nation? Luxembourg
On November 5th 1872, which prominent Suffragette cast a vote in the US Election along with 14 other women? She was later fined $100. Susan B Anthony
Which American suffragist and social activist's "Declaration of Sentiments", presented at the Seneca Falls Convention held in 1848 is often credited with initiating the first organized women's rights movements in the United States? Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Under which English monarch was Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March hanged at Tyburn in 1330? Edward III
Which future British Prime Minister left school at the age of sixteen in 1959 with three O-levels in History, English Language and English Literature? John Major
Which enslaved African American led a rebellion of slaves and free blacks in Southampton County, Virginia on August 21, 1831, and was tried, convicted, sentenced to death, and hanged in November as a result? Nat Turner
"Lie Down in Darkness" (1951) was which US author's acclaimed first work, published when he was 26? William Styron
Who was commander-in-chief of victorious Anglo-Dutch forces at the 1706 Battle of Ramillies? John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough
In which 2013 video game do players control Joel, a smuggler tasked with escorting a teenage girl named Ellie across a post-apocalyptic United States? The Last of Us
"Men at Arms" and " Officers and Gentlemen" are two parts of Evelyn Waugh's 'Sword of Honour' trilogy - what is the third? Unconditional Surrender
What is the minimum age that a US President must be? 35
Daniel arap Moi was President of which nation from 1978 to 2002? Kenya
Who was the first Prime Minister of Singapore, governing for three decades? Lee Kuan Yew
In which decade was 'Piltdown Man' a famous paleoanthropological hoax, allegedly 'discovered'? 1910s (1912)
Which Olivia Manning trilogy, part of the "Fortunes of War" series, consists of The Great Fortune (1960), The Spoilt City (1962) and Friends And Heroes (1965)? The Balkan Trilogy
Who was the first recipient of an Academy Award for Best Actress? Janet Gaynor
Who picked up an Academy Award for Best Actress at the 3rd Academy Awards for "The Divorcee"? Norma Shearer
With a name deriving from the Polish for ‘little tail’, what name is given to the diacritic hook placed under the lower right corner of a vowel in the Latin alphabet used in several eastern European and Native American languages? Ogonek
Coined by the theologian Frederic William Farrar in 1879, what is the linguistic term, sometimes also called ‘speaking in tongues’, for the fluent speech-like but unintelligible utterances that are often used as part of religious practice? Glossolalia
In which city was Constantine the Great acclaimed Emperor in 306CE? York
Who was the father of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great? Constantius
Which chemical element was named for the ancient Greek for 'pale green'? Chlorine
Who was the last emperor to rule over both the eastern and the western halves of the Roman Empire? Theodosius I
The ancient kingdom of Cilicia lies in the southern part of which modern-day country? Turkey
Whose (100-165CE) First Apology, his most well known text, passionately defends the morality of Christian life, and provides various ethical & philosophical arguments to convince the Roman emperor, Antoninus, to abandon the persecution of the Christians? Justin Martyr
What was the name of the system instituted by Roman Emperor Diocletian in 293 that divided rule of the Empire, which refers to the number of divisions he made - the system lasted just 20 years? Tetrarchy
Killing himself on Constantine the Great's orders in 310CE, who was Augustus of the West, with Diocletian as Augustus of the East, from 285 to 310CE? Maximian
Which Roman Emperor, reigning from 270 to 275, defeated the Alemanni, the Goths, Vandals, Juthungi, Sarmatians, and Carpi and was hailed as 'Restorer of the World' by the Senate? Aurelian
The Goths killed which Roman Emperor in battle in 251CE? Decius
Probably representing a bateleur eagle or the African fish eagle, which country's flag depicts a soapstone statue of a bird? Zimbabwe
Predominantly blue, with the coat of arms in the centre, the flag of Belize has thin stripes of which colour at the top and bottom? Red
What is the predominant colour of the flag of East Timor? Red
What colour is the star on the flag of East Timor? White
A yellow wreath with an upright olive-branch symbol within is to be found on the left of which country's green, red and blue national flag? Eritrea
Which country's flag is green with an orange-coloured African fish eagle in flight over a rectangular block of three vertical stripes, coloured, from left to right: red, black and orange? Zambia
A double headed eagle appears on the flags of Albania and which other nation? Montenegro
What colour is the star on the flag of Liberia? White
What colour are the crescent and 14-pointed star on the flag of Malaysia? Yellow
What are the two colours on the flag of Bahrain? White and red
Abraha was a viceroy in southern Arabia from which Ethiopian kingdom which controlled much of east Africa between the 1st and 10th centuries? It was centred at a namesake city that exists today in northern Ethiopia. Aksum (Aksumite Kingdom)
Which singer released her debut solo album "Animal Heart" in 2014? Nina Persson
In Zoroastrianism, what name is given to the 17 Avestan hymns believed to have been composed by Zarathusthra (Zoroaster) himself? Gathas
The Parsis, a Zoroastrian community in India, have mainly historically been based around which major city? Mumbai (Bombay)
One of the first converts to Zoroastrianism, what is the name of the righteous king who helped propagate and defend the faith, when Zoroaster apparently healed his mortally ill horse? Vishtaspa
Which ancient philosopher wrote the Enneads? Plotinus
In Zoroastrianism, which deity of evil opposes Ahura Mazda? Angra Mainyu
Which rationalist school of Islamic theology that flourished in the cities of Basra and Baghdad, both in present-day Iraq, during the 8th–10th centuries, are best known for their denying the status of the Qur'an as uncreated and co-eternal with God? Mutazilas
Derived from a word meaning "habit" or "usual practice", what name is given to the verbally transmitted record of the teachings, deeds and sayings, silent permissions (or disapprovals) of the Islamic prophet Muhammad? Sunnah
The House of Wisdom (Arabic: Bayt al-Hikma) was a major intellectual centre during the Islamic Golden Age, based from the 9th to the 13th centuries in which city? Baghdad
Which of the Suras of the Quran is the subject of the story about "The Satanic Verses"? Sura 53/The Star
In 1986, hod-carrier Michael Lush died in a bungee jumping accident rehearsing a stunt for what Saturday night entertainment show hosted by Noel Edmonds? The Late, Late Breakfast Show
What was the name of the band that Noel Edmonds formed with Multi-Coloured Swap Shop regulars Maggie Philbin and Keith Chegwin that had a UK hit in 1981 with "I Wanna Be a Winner"? Brown Sauce
Jose Luis Chilavert scored a hat-trick, as a goalkeeper, for which Argentinian club in 1999? Velez Sarsfield
Which Bosnian goalkeeper scored a 97.5 yard goal for Stoke City against Southampton after just 13.5 seconds in November 2013? Asmir Begovic
The 1973 comedy-drama American Graffiti, the second full-length feature directed by George Lucas, was set in which city in the Central Valley of California, in which Lucas had himself grown up? Modesto
Which English goalkeeper, who played over 300 games for Middlesborough from 1985, scored a penalty in his own testimonial match in 1995, thus becoming the last player to score at his club's old Ayresome Park ground? Stephen Pears
Which 2007 Ridley Scott film centres on events following the arrest of the fictionalised heroin smuggler Frank Lucas, who is played by Denzel Washington? American Gangster
The Berlin Wall fell within weeks of the appointment of which politician as the final General Secretary of the ruling Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED)? Egon Krenz
A Professor of European Studies at the University of Oxford, which British historian wrote the 1997 work The File, about his experiences under surveillance from the Stasi in Cold War East Berlin while a postgraduate? Timothy Garton Ash
Name the man, known as the "Mob's Accountant", who was a major organized crime figure (1902-83) and, along with his associate Charles "Lucky" Luciano, was instrumental in the development of the National Crime Syndicate in the United States? Meyer Lansky
Which Afro-American religion of Caribbean origin that developed in the Spanish Empire among West African descendants is also known as La Regla de Ifá or Lucumí? Santería
Of what are countries members if they are part of the 'NAM'? Non-Aligned Movement
The aboriginal Taíno and Ciboney peoples were among the original inhabitants of which nation? Cuba
Which 'G grouping' at the United Nations is a coalition of developing nations, designed to promote its members' collective economic interests? It was founded in 1964, and despite its name now has over 100 members. G77
In supranational bodies, what do the initials OAS stand for? Organization of American States
Which Spanish explorer and conquistador led the first European expedition deep into the territory of the modern-day United States (Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama) and is the first European documented as having crossed the Mississippi River? Hernando de Soto
Which nation was formerly known as French Saint-Domingue? Haiti
The Battle of Carillon and the Battle of Zorndorf were both part of which wider conflict? Seven Years' War
A War beginning in 1868 as part of the Cuban Wars of Independence was known as the how many years war? Ten Years War
According to Hollywood legend, whose RKO screen test in 1930 read "Can't sing. Can't act. Balding. Can dance a little"? Fred Astaire
As of 2017, who is the most nominated performer in any major acting category at the Filmfare Awards, with 41 nominations overall? Amitabh Bachchan
Who was the first African-American actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, for her performance in the 1954 film Carmen Jones? She died aged 42 in mysterious circumstances. Dorothy Dandridge
Which Canadian actress and singer appeared in musical films in the 1930s and 1940s including "Three Smart Girls" (1936),"One Hundred Men and a Girl" (1937), "Mad About Music" (1938) and "That Certain Age" (1938)? Deanna Durbin
Dying at 44 from a heart attack, which American film, stage and radio actor (1914-58) starred in The Mark of Zorro, Blood and Sand, The Black Swan, Prince of Foxes, Nightmare Alley, Witness For The Prosecution, The Black Rose, and Captain from Castile? Tyrone Power
Which Cuban-born American actor, musician, and television producer is best remembered for his role as Ricky Ricardo on the American television series sitcom "I Love Lucy" where he co-with Lucille Ball, to whom he was married at the time? Desi Arnaz
Which scandalmonger for 1950s magazine "Confidential" and virulent anti-Communist shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself in a taxi cab in New York in 1958? Howard Rushmore
Which male US tennis player was the World No. 1 player for six years from 1920 through 1925.? He won 15 Major singles titles including ten Grand Slam events but his later life was dogged with allegations of sex with underage boys. Bill Tilden
The most successful amateur golfer of all time, who founded and helped design the Augusta National Golf Club, and co-founded the Masters Tournament? Bobby Jones
Which athlete set 22 official world records at distances between 1500m and 20 kilometres, and won 9 gold and 3 silver medals in 12 events in the Olympic Games, as well as remaining unbeaten in cross country events and the 10,000m throughout his career? Paavo Nurmi
Earl Sande (1898-1968) was a famous name in which sport? Horse Racing
What was Charlie Chaplin's middle name? Spencer
The Yörüks are an ethnic group predominantly living in which country? Turkey
Which US actor played Phillip Morgan in "Rope" and Guy Haynes on "Strangers On A Train"? Farley Granger
Which film was Elvis Presley's first starring film vehicle, following his debut in "Love Me Tender" in a supporting role? He played up and coming singer Deke Rivers. Loving You
Who wrote the 1953 book "Battle Cry", later made into a film? Leon Uris
Which American actress, known for her "smoky voice" and being "the most beautiful face of film noir during the 1940s and 1950s" starred in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), Dead Reckoning (1947), Desert Fury (1947), and Too Late for Tears (1949)? Lizabeth Scott
Which actor (1911-76) is best known for his performances in 12 Angry Men (1957), On the Waterfront (1954), and The Exorcist (1973) and also played the role of Willy Loman in the original Broadway production of Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman? Lee J Cobb
Instituted in 1954, what is the highest civilian award of the Republic of India - Sachin Tendulkar and Nelson Mandela are among recipients? Bharat Ratna
Which 1941 film, featuring the song "Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye" was Rita Hayworth's big breakthrough? You'll Never Get Rich
By what acronym is The Kurdistan Workers' Party better known - it is considered a terrorist group by Turkey and many countries, including the UK? PKK
What is the capital of the autonomous province of Iraqi Kurdistan? Erbil
How were Alvah Bessie, Herbert Biberman, Lester Cole, Edward Dmytryk, Ring Lardner Jr., John Howard Lawson, Albert Maltz, Samuel Ornitz, Adrian Scott and Dalton Trumbo collectively known after arrest for suspected Communist activities? Hollywood Ten
The second biographical film to win the Oscar for Best Picture, which film starred Joseph Schildkraut as Captain Alfred Dreyfus? The Life of Emile Zola
Raoul Dufy was a French painter associated with which movement? Fauvism
Who painted 1932's "Daughters of Revolution"? Grant Wood
Known for painting courts, clowns and prostitutes, which French expressionist (1871-1958) painted 1937's "The Old King"? Georges Rouault
Edward G Robinson and Frank Sinatra starred in which 1959 film by Frank Capra that introduced the song "High Hopes"? A Hole In The Head
Who played Al Jolson in the 1946 film "The Jolson Story"? Larry Parks
Which city in New Jersey was the birthplace of Frank Sinatra? Hoboken
Which actor first became famous in Italy in the 1970s for a television series called Onda Libera, on RAI2, produced by Renzo Arbore, in which he interpreted the satirical piece The Hymn of the Body Purged? Roberto Benigni
Which film saw the feature film debut of filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, and was about the monitoring of East Berlin residents by agents of the Stasi, the GDR's secret police? The Lives of Others (German: Das Leben der Anderen)
What was Humphrey Bogart's middle name? DeForest
Which Irish presenter has presented both The One Show, and Robot Wars, with Dara O'Briain? Angela Scanlon
Which actor's first great success was as Duke Mantee in The Petrified Forest (1936)? Humphrey Bogart
What name is given to a virus that infects and replicates within a bacterium? Bacteriophage
What name is given to a pathogen that takes advantage of a situation that is not normally available, such as a host with a weakened immune system, an altered microbiota (such as a disrupted gut flora), or breached integumentary barriers? Opportunistic
Discovered in 2013 which type of virus replaced megaviruses and mimiviruses as having the largest genome size of any known viral genus? Pandoraviruses
What name is given to a virus that infects and replicates within another virus? Virophage
What one-word term refers to the entirety of genetic information within an organism? Genome
Equivalent structures support the gills in fish, which embryonic structures in humans develop into the thymus, the jaws and the larynx, among other structures? Branchial arch/Pharyngeal arch
Which parasitic disease is caused by an infection with one of eight roundworms, including Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi, and Brugia timori, and can lead to elephantiasis or river blindness? Filariasis
What one-word term, derived from the Greek for a type of worm, is used to refer to parasitic worms? Helminths
In humans, what name is given to the condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling caused by a compromised lymphatic system? Lymphoedema
What name is given to a type of white blood cell that engulfs and digests cellular debris, foreign substances, microbes, cancer cells, and anything else that does not have the types of proteins specific to healthy body cells on its surface? Macrophage
In which iconic film did James Dean play a character called Jim Stark? Rebel Without A Cause
Which actress was born Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko on July 20, 1938 to Russian and Ukrainian parents? Natalie Wood
Which Oscar-winning actress was born Shirley Schrift on August 18, 1920? Shelley Winters
Which 1950 film's opening scene features the body of Joe Gillis, played by William Holden, floating in a pool? Sunset Boulevard
"Splendor in the Grass" and "Love With the Proper Stranger" were the two films for which actress received Oscar Nominations for Best Actress? Natalie Wood
Santa Catalina Island, off the coast of which Natalie Wood drowned, is part of which archipelago? Channel Islands (of California)
Which British-American actress popular during the Second World War won the Best Actress Oscar for "Mrs Miniver" in 1942? Greer Garson
Which American film and stage actress was best known for her portrayal of the title character in the film Laura (1944), and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Ellen Berent Harland in Leave Her to Heaven (1945)? Gene Tierney
Which American actress and producer was best known for her role as Norma Desmond, a reclusive silent film star, in the critically acclaimed 1950 film "Sunset Boulevard"? Gloria Swanson
Which Hollywood actress attracted publicity by giving up on LA movies in 1950, aged 22, to dedicate her life to Christ - she did subsequently star in several evangelical movies, often sponsored by Billy Graham? Colleen Townsend
Which 1953 Christian epic film was based on a book by Lloyd C. Douglas? The Robe
Which film garnered Paul Scofield a BAFTA, Golden Globe and Best Actor Oscar, in 1966? A Man For All Seasons
Which actor was nominated for an Oscar 7 times, six as Best Actor but never won - his last such nomination was for 1977's "Equus"? Richard Burton
Which Swedish playwright and author is considered the "father" of modern Swedish literature with his "The Red Room" (1879) frequently described as the first modern Swedish novel? August Strindberg
Which German film director was born Hans Detlef Sierck in 1897? Douglas Sirk
Which entertainer lost one eye in an automobile accident in 1954, when it made contact with the bullet-shaped horn button of his Cadillac in San Bernardino, in California? Sammy Davis Jr.
Which photographer took famed photos of Christine Keeler in a reversed chair, and of Joe Orton? Lewis Morley
"The Human Condition" and "The Rape" were 1934 works by which artist? Rene Magritte
Which US President famously said "the business of America is business"? Calvin Coolidge
Who was the 29th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1921, until his death in 1923 - his later reputation was marred by scandals that took place under his administration, such as Teapot Dome, and revelations of an affair by Nan Britton? Warren Harding
Who wrote the 1922 novel "Babbitt"? Sinclair Lewis
Who wrote the Rougon-Macquart series of novels? Emile Zola
Published in 1920, what was Sinclair Lewis's first published novel? Main Street
In which year did Guglielmo Marconi found the first wireless telegraph company? 1900
Qarabağ FK, who debuted in the Champions League in 2017/8, are a football team from which country? Azerbaijan
In which country does the River Scheldt, that flows through Antwerp, reach the sea? Holland/Netherlands
"The Backs" and "The Bridge of Sighs" are features in which British city? Cambridge
In which US state is the city of Tulsa? Oklahoma
Which river, that flows through Sedan and Liège, arises on France's Langres Plateau and empties into the North Sea in Holland? Meuse
What is the most northerly of the major lakes in England's Lake District? Bassenthwaite
Michaelwood Services are located on which motorway in the UK? M5
The M32 Motorway, one of Britain's shortest, links to which major city centre? Bristol
Piccadilly Circus lies at the junction of Haymarket, Regent Street, Piccadilly, Shaftesbury Avenue, and which other? Coventry Street
Which volcano became active in 1995, and has continued to erupt ever since, rendering more than half of the island of Montserrat uninhabitable and destroying the capital city, Plymouth? Soufrière Hills
RAF Lakenheath is located in which county of England? Suffolk
Which fashion designer was the creative director of the French design house Louis Vuitton from 1997 to 2014? Marc Jacobs
What does the acronym MERS stand for in the name of the viral infection that can affect humans? Middle East Respiratory System
Which type of lymphocytes in the human body secrete antibodies? B Cells
Which regulatory protein found in most tissues of eukaryotic organisms is used to mark proteins for degradation via the proteasome (an organelle)? Ubiquitin
Usually found attached to the rough endoplasmic reticulum (RER) which complex molecular machines, found within all living cells, serve as the site of biological protein synthesis? Ribosomes
What does the acronym MHC stand for when referring to a critical genetic area for the immune system? Major Histocompatibility Complex
Which German poet, dramatist, novelist and journalist's best known works are the theatre plays Das Käthchen von Heilbronn, The Broken Jug, Amphitryon, Penthesilea and the novellas Michael Kohlhaas and The Marquise of O, committed suicide in 1811? Heinrich von Kleist
Which director of 1993's "The Firm" nominated for Best Director Oscars for "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (1969) and "Tootsie" (1982)? Sydney Pollack
Which 1969 American sports drama film starring Robert Redford, Gene Hackman and Camilla Sparv was about skiing, and starred Sylvester Stallone in one brief scene? Downhill Racer
The chief of MI6/the Secret Intelligence Service typically signs letters using which letter, and which colour ink? C, Green
The Continental Congress, a convention of delegates called together from the Thirteen Colonies that became the governing body of the United States during the American Revolution, was first convened in which city? Philadelphia
Who was the father of William, Duke of Cumberland, known as "Butcher" for his activities during and after the 1745 Jacobite Rising? George II
Wampum, used as gift exchange by Native Americans, primarily consisted of what broad type of item? Shells
In which city did the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley Jr. occur? Washington DC
Which man was the last person to be King of the lands that now comprise the USA? George III
Who were the only two heads of state in England to take seats in parliament? Oliver and Richard Cromwell
Which professional Australian rules football club, that plays at the Gabba, formed in 1996 from the merger of the Fitzroy Football Club and the Brisbane Bears? Brisbane Lions
What is the name of Atlanta's Major League Baseball franchise? Atlanta Braves
Which horse won the 1981 Grand National - it was especially noted as it had recovered from chronic leg problems, and his jockey Bob Champion, had recovered from cancer? Aldaniti
Sabina Park is a Test Cricket ground located in which city? Kingston, Jamaica
Who wrote 1978 espionage novel "The Human Factor"? Grahame Greene
Which city was, throughout the 17th century the residence of the Archbishops and Prince-electors of Cologne, and is today the headquarters of Deutsche Post DHL and Deutsche Telekom? Bonn
Which British former spy who worked as a double agent for the Soviet Union was discovered in 1961 and sentenced to 42 years in prison, though he escaped from Wormwood Scrubs prison in 1966 and fled to the USSR? George Blake
Roberto Arias, a Panamanian international lawyer, diplomat and journalist, married which much more famous woman in 1955? Margot Fonteyn
Under the Nazis' Nuremberg Law, all Jews were required to add one of which two names to their own, for identification purposes? Sara or Israel
What name, meaning "federal eagle", is given to the German emblem and coat of arms of a black eagle with a red beak, tongue and feet on a golden field? Bundesadler
In which English county is the town of Woodstock, located near Blenheim Palace? Oxfordshire
Who was the US Secretary of Defense that served from 1961 to 1968 under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, including during the Cuban Missile Crisis? Robert McNamara
Which osteopath, long considered a scapegoat, killed himself during his trial over the Profumo affair? Stephen Ward
Serving from 1960 to 1963, which cabinet position did John Profumo hold when he got involved with Christine Keeler? Secretary of State for War
Who won the first two Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Awards, in 2000 and 2001? Tiger Woods
Who won the first Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award in 2000, later having her award rescinded after admitting to steroid use? Marion Jones
In which year was tennis reinstated as a full Olympic Sport, after being dropped in 1924? 1988
Which female Russian tennis player won the singles gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, having previously won the silver medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney? Elena Dementieva
How many innings make up a professional baseball match? Nine
Which professional baseball team is San Diego's franchise? They have won two NL pennants — in 1984 and 1998, losing in the World Series both years. San Diego Padres
Which professional baseball team is San Francisco's franchise? They moved there from New York in 1958. San Francisco Giants
Which Kenyan runner won the London marathon in 2005, 2007, and 2008, the New York City Marathon in 2003 and 2007 and the Great North Run in 2007 and 2009? Martin Lel
Who was the 2016 Olympic marathon gold medallist, and won the London Marathon in both 2015 and 2016? He nearly broke 2 hours for a marathon in a Nike-sponsored event at Monza. Eliud Kipchoge
What is the female equivalent of the Davis Cup called? Fed Cup
Which sports team play at Stade Gilbert Brutus? Catalan Dragons (rugby league)
Which chess piece do the French call the 'fool', and is known as the 'elephant' in Chinese and Arabic? Bishop
The Harry Sunderland Trophy is awarded to the best player in which event? (rugby league) Super League Grand Final
In buildings, how is the Alkali–silica reaction, that can cause swelling, cracking and serious structural issues, better known? Concrete cancer
At which cricket ground is 'Bay 13', infamous for rowdy singing? Melbourne Cricket Ground
Which female runner, a former world record holder in the 5000 metres, 10,000 metres, won the London Marathon in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1988? Ingrid Kristiansen
Traditionally, on which Saint's day is the Eton 'wall game' played? St Andrews Day
Which MLB franchise represents Colorado? They won the National League championship in 2007. Colorado Rockies
Which former World Cup alpine ski racer from Norway, born in 1971, is the only alpine skier to win 8 Olympic medals, and has won 5 World Championship gold medals as well as 21 individual World Cup events? Kjetil André Aamodt
The Grand Challenge Cup, first held in 1839, is competed for in which sport? Rowing (men's eights at the Henley regatta)
Who discovered the electron? JJ Thomson
Other than bacteria, what are the other two domains of life on Earth? Eukaryota, Archaea
The Hawk was a four-cylinder automobile manufactured from 1945 to 1967 by which car company? Humber
The bird with the Latin name Alauda arvensis is which bird, found in the UK? Skylark
What is the element with the highest atomic number found in significant quantities on earth or elsewhere? Uranium
Which 1909 experiment disproved the 'plum pudding atomic model'? Geiger-Marsden
What is the name given to a substance dissolved in a solvent to form a solution? Solute
Which taxonomic rank lies between class and kingdom? Phylum
Which constellation in the zodiac was once considered part of Scorpio? Libra
What is the brightest star in the constellation of Virgo? Spica
Which British chemist came up with a 'law of multiple proportions' in 1803? John Dalton
Which term is used by Marxist theorists to describe the underclass devoid of class consciousness? Lumpenproletariat
Taffeta is a crisp, smooth, plain woven fabric usually made from which material? Silk
What gets stored in a Leyden jar? Static electricity
What is an ecdysiast? Striptease artist
Henry Briggs (1561-1630) excelled in which field? Mathematics
A broderer works in which field? Embroidery
What unit means one trillion (short scale) bytes? Terabyte
The brand 'Old Spice' was introduced in which decade? 1930s
The order Strigiformes comprises which type of animals? Owls
Which nation declared independence from the UK in April 1980? Zimbabwe
Which unifying name for two groups of peoples of Southern Africa is a more correct term for 'bushmen', people whose language includes distinctive 'click consonants? Khoisan
Which small cat is also called the manul? Pallas's Cat
Which capital city was called Frunze from 1926 to 1991? Bishkek
Which term, primarily used in the Eastern Orthodox and the Eastern Catholic churches, referred to a superior abbot whom a bishop appointed to supervise several 'ordinary' abbots? Archimandrite
Which word was popularized by the novel The Godfather (1969) and its film adaptation, and is Italian for "counsellor"? Consigliere
Which man was born Ján Ludvík Hyman Binyamin Hoch in Czechoslovakia in 10 June 1923? Robert Maxwell
What word, originally used for a Northerner who moved to the South after the American Civil War during the Reconstruction era, and now usually means a political candidate who seeks election in an area where they have no local connections? Carpetbagger
Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo, a Soviet serial killer, was nicknamed the 'Butcher of...' which city? Rostov
Magas is the capital of which Russian republic in the North Caucasus? Ingushetia
Rubashov, an Old Bolshevik, is the central character in which 1940 novel? Darkness at Noon (Koestler)
Which of Trollope's Barsetshire Chronicles is second chronologically, following on from "The Warden"? Barchester Towers
Of what disease does Gustav von Aschenbach die in the novella "Death in Venice"? Cholera
Both classic books, Gogol's "Dead Souls" and Sterne's "A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy" share what unusual ending? They both end mid-sentence
In which country is Pearl S Buck's novel "The Good Earth" set? China
Who is the wife of the Raymond Briggs creation "Fungus the Bogeyman"? Mildew
Who is the son of the Raymond Briggs creation "Fungus the Bogeyman"? Mold
Edward Murdstone appears in which Charles Dickens novel? David Copperfield
How many stories are there, in total, in Boccacio's "Decameron"? 100
Which English painter and sculptor, knighted in 1878, was bearer of the shortest-lived peerage in history; after only one day his hereditary peerage became extinct upon his death? Frederic Leighton
What is the name of the young boy with whom von Aschenbach is infatuated in Thomas Mann's novella "Death in Venice"? Tadzio
Which Pre-Raphaelite artist at one time kept kangaroos and wallabies, armadillos, a racoon, a Canadian woodchuck and a Japanese salamander? Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Which cartoon character has a friend called Pie-Face? Dennis the Menace
Which famed English ceramic artist active from 1922 to 1963 had a factory at Newport, Burslem? Clarice Cliff
Who painted "The Judgement of Paris" in 1600? Peter Paul Rubens
Who painted both "The Death of Marat" in 1793, and "The Death of Socrates" in 1787? Jacques-Louis David
Which style of 18th century interior design is named for a Swedish king who reigned 1771-92? Gustavian (after Gustav III)
Which writer created the detective Adam Dalgleish? PD James
The "Killing Floor" is the first book to feature which recurring Lee Child character? Jack Reacher
Who painted "Venus and Adonis" in 1803? JMW Turner
Later a Roman Polanski film, which novel about Satanism was written in 1967 by Ira Levin? Rosemary's Baby
Proverbially, what type of fruit is said to "taste the sweetest"? Forbidden
Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which medieval castle and subsequent palace served as a residence for the French monarchs from Louis VII to Napoleon III, and is located 34 miles south-east of Paris? Palace of Fontainebleau
Which symbol takes its name from the Sanskrit for "conducive to well being or auspicious"? Swastika
What is the meaning of the Latin aphorism "scientia potentia est", commonly attributed to Sir Francis Bacon, although there is no known occurrence of this precise phrase in Bacon's English or Latin writings? Knowledge is Power
Who wrote "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" (2007), a Pulitzer winner in 2008? Junot Diaz
The supernatural story "The Monkey's Paw" was first published in 1902 by which author? W.W. Jacobs
The private investigator Victoria Iphigenia "Vic" "V. I." Warshawski appears in whose novels? Sara Paretsky
Who wrote the plays Gym and Tonic (1996), Perfect Pitch (1998), Happy Families (1991) and Shafted (2015)? John Godber
Born in 1967, which American photographer is best known for organizing large-scale nude shoots of dozens of volunteers? Spencer Tunick
In which year was Osama bin Laden, the founder and head of the Islamist group Al-Qaeda, reported killed? 2011
Amanda, Tom and Laura Wingfield appear in which Tennessee Williams play? The Glass Menagerie
Which word originally derived from a new administrative body of the Catholic church (congregation) created in 1622, and originally meant spreading or propagating the Chrstian faith, although it now generally means something different? Propaganda
Which French philosopher, sociologist, lay theologian, and professor who was a noted Christian anarchist (1912-94) wrote "The Technological Society" and "Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes"? Jacques Ellul
Of whom did Conan Doyle write: "amid the desolate waters of the Orkneys, he left behind him the memory of something vast and elemental, coming suddenly and going strangely, a mighty spirit leaving great traces of its earthly passage"? Lord Herbert Kitchener
The fake 'Hitler Diaries' were purchased in 1983 for 9.3 million Deutsche Marks (£2.33 million or $3.7 million) by which West German news magazine? Stern
Who served as the commander of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) on the Western Front in World War I, 1917–18? John J. Pershing
Deriving its name from the Greek for 'almond' which part of the brain is known to perform a primary role in the processing of memory, decision-making, and emotional reactions? Amygdala
The word "stereotype" was first used in the modern psychological sense by American journalist Walter Lippmann in which work of 1922? Public Opinion
The subject of a full length biography by Larry Tye called The Father of Spin (1999), the Austrian-American Edward Bernays (1891-1995) is sometimes referred to as the "father" of which discipline? Public Relations
Who was Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945? Joseph Goebbels
Which three-time unsuccessful Presidential candidate delivered the "Cross of Gold speech" which attacked the gold standard and the eastern moneyed interests at the 1896 Democratic National Convention? (William) Jennings Bryan
What was the precursor of the German Nazi Party, that existed from 1919 to 1920? (Deutsche Arbeiterpartei) DAP
Which US broadcast journalist (1908-65) first came to prominence with radio broadcasts for the news division of CBS during WW2 and was later a pioneer of TV news broadcasting, producing reports that helped lead to the censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy? Ed Murrow
The first Nielsen ratings (for radio) were released in which year? 1947
Gracie Allen was the wife and comic foil of which US comedian? George Burns
The US comedian Jack Benny was known for playing which musical instrument on his shows? Violin
Taken from the diminutive used by Falstaff, what is the standard term used in literary criticism to refer to Shakespeare's portrayal of the young Henry V of England as a prince before his accession to the throne? Prince Hal
What does the name of the American English language commercial broadcast television network NBC stand for? National Broadcasting Company
William S Paley (1901-90) built which company from a small radio network into one of the foremost radio and television network operations in the United States? CBS
The seminal 1971 book "Be Here Now" was written by which American spiritual teacher, born Richard Alpert? Ram Dass
Which US actress received Academy Award Best Actress nominations for Some Came Running (1958), The Apartment (1960), Irma la Douce (1963), and The Turning Point (1977), before winning Best Actress for Terms of Endearment (1983)? Shirley MacLaine
Which star of 1959 film "Rio Bravo", Ocean's 11 (1960), and Point Blank (1967) later starred as Sergeant Leann "Pepper" Anderson in the NBC crime series Police Woman (1974-78), for which she received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress? Angie Dickinson
Before becoming Vice-President then President, which state did Lyndon B Johnson represent from 1949 to 1961 as its senator? Texas
Who served as the 38th Vice President of the United States from 1965 to 1969, losing a 1968 presidential election to Richard Nixon? Hubert Humphrey
Which silent and golden era actress was born Apolonia Chalupec on 3 January 1897? Pola Negri
Which 1945 American drama directed by Billy Wilder based on Charles R. Jackson's 1944 novel of the same name about an alcoholic writer, won four Oscars - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)? The Lost Weekend
In which country was film director Billy Wilder born? Austria
Judy Holliday won a Best Actress Oscar for which film, in a role she had previously played in the 1946 stage production of the same name? Born Yesterday
Which American businessman (1855-1932) invented a best selling version of the safety razor, using a thin, inexpensive, disposable blade of stamped steel? King Gillette
Which Canadian-born actor and innovator in slapstick, known at times as the "King of Comedy", made the short "Wrestling Swordfish" which was awarded the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 1932 and he earned an Academy Honorary Award in 1937? Mack Sennett
Which actor was born Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguella on May 6, 1895? Rudolph Valentino
What was the last film, made in 1973, for which Edith Head won an Academy Award for Costume Design, her 8th such Oscar? The Sting
How old was Rudolph Valentino at the time of his death? 31
Which American filmmaker (1881-1959), considered a founding father of the cinema of the United States, made "The Squaw Man" (1914), the first feature film shot in Hollywood, as well as The Ten Commandments in both 1923 and 1956? Cecil B DeMille
Claudia Shear's 2000 play "Dirty Blonde" was about which former actress? Mae West
In which year was the state of Israel set up and recognised by the UN? 1948
Mordecai Kaplan was the co-founder of which branch of Judaism along with his son-in-law Ira Eisenstein? Reconstructionist Judaism
With which actor did Mae West sing "Love Will Keep Us Together" in the 1978 comedy/musical movie "Sextette"? Timothy Dalton
Rabbi Israel ben Elizier (1700-60), better known as Baal Shem Tov, was the founder of which branch of Judaism? Hasidic Judaism
Which battle of 6th July 371BCE saw a Theban victory that shattered Sparta’s immense influence over the Greek peninsula? Battle of Leuctra
Which battle of 338BCE between the Macedonians led by Philip II of Macedon and an alliance of some of the Greek city-states led by Athens and Thebes resulted in a decisive victory for the Macedonians? Battle of Chaeronea
Named after a river which battle of May 334 BC was the first of three major battles fought between Alexander the Great and the Persian Empire? Battle of Granicus River (the other two are Issus and Gaugamela)
Which Scottish chemist (1842-1923) is probably best known today for his invention of the vacuum flask, although he also invented cordite with Sir Frederick Abel? James Dewar
Which architect (1879-1955) is best known for the post-Second World War replanning of London, a plan that bears his name? Patrick Abercrombie (Abercrombie Plan)
Which US President was also the country's first ambassador to Britain? John Adams
Which Swedish painter, sculptor and etcher painted portraits of three American Presidents - Grover Cleveland, William H. Taft, and Theodore Roosevelt? Anders Zorn
Which three wars (343–341 BC, 326–304 BC and 298–290 BC) were fought between the Roman Republic and the eponymous people, who lived on a stretch of the Apennine Mountains to the south of Rome and the north of the Lucanians? Samnites
Which English mathematician and astronomer co-shares credit for discovering Neptune with Urban Leverrier? John Couch Adams
Which 12th-century English natural philosopher, one of the first to introduce the Arabic numeral system to Europe, translated many important Arabic and Greek scientific works of astrology, astronomy, philosophy and mathematics into Latin from Arabic? Adelard of Bath
Which chemical element has the symbol 'P'? Phosphorus
Which city was named Sverdlovsk from 1924 to 1991? Yekaterinburg
According to the proverb, from where do fish start rotting? Head
"The White Man's Burden: The United States and the Philippine Islands" is a 1899 poem by who? Rudyard Kipling
The Minoan Civilisation was centred on which island? Crete
Piraeus lies on which gulf, that is formed between the peninsulas of Attica and Argolis? Saronic Gulf
Quarterback for the New Orleans Saints from 2006 to 2018, who was the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year in 2004, the Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2011, and the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV? Drew Brees
The Mari El Republic is part of which larger country? Russia
Which chemical is the main constituent of natural gas? Methane
The Equestrian Statue of Gattamelata is a sculpture by which artist - it is located in Padua? Donatello
The first person to fly solo round the moon, the ninth person to walk on the Moon as Commander of the Apollo 16 mission in 1972 and the first person to eat a burger in space, he died in 2018 - who? John Young
Which was the first chocolate bar sold by the Mars company? Milky Way
Along with Corn Flakes, which other cereal brand was exported by the US Kellogg's company in their first move to the UK market 1922? All Bran
The coarse, purified wheat middlings of durum wheat, which cereal is usually used to make gnocchi? Semolina
Which British condiment is made from a blend of tomatoes, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and pepper? Marie Rose Sauce
Symphony No. 103, nicknamed 'the Drumroll', was written by which composer? Joseph Haydn
Who wrote Symphony No.35, nicknamed "The Haffner"? Mozart
In Greek myth, Boreas was the wind of which direction? North
Which 1790 opera begins with two brothers extolling the virtues of the two sisters to whom they are betrothed? Cosi Fan Tutte
Which sauce is an emulsion of egg yolk, liquid butter, water and lemon juice (or a white wine or vinegar reduction), whisked together over the low heat of a double boiler? Hollandaise
Which 2017 Amazon TV series follows a housewife in 1958 New York City who discovers she has a knack for stand-up comedy? The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Which Elvis Presley song was the UK Christmas No. 1 in 1962? Return To Sender
Which drink can be 'fino' or 'aloroso'? Sherry
Colheita and Garrafeira are varieties of which drink? Port wine
In which town or city was Frederick Delius born? Bradford
Which musical features the songs "An American Dream" and "Last Night Of The World"? Miss Saigon
Meaning 'little tail', which Portuguese wooden cargo boat was used for centuries to transport people and goods, especially port, along the Douro River? Rabelo
Who was the first Archbishop of Canterbury, in office 1980-91, to be appointed by the Crown Appointments Commission? Robert Runcie
Who was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1974 to 1980? Donald Coggan
Which Indian conductor of Western classical music, born in 1936, conducted the first three concerts of the 'Three Tenors'? Zubin Mehta
Who was the ancient Egyptian god of the Earth? Geb
Egrets belong to which family of birds? Herons/Ardeidae
Which one-piece Chinese dress for women has a high neck and split skirt and is also known as a qipao? Cheongsam
Pierre and Pam Omidyar made their fortunes from which business? eBay
From the Greek for 'missile' what name is given to an extremely bright meteor, especially one that explodes in the atmosphere? Bolide
Unilever is jointly headquartered in London and which other city? Rotterdam
Papilio machaon in Latin, what is the UK's largest resident butterfly? (Old World) Swallowtail
Which large duck, seen in the UK, has a serrated bill to help it catch prey? Merganser
What name is given to heat energy generated and stored in the Earth? Geothermal energy
What is indicated by a Beaufort scale rating of 8? Gale
How many provinces were there at the founding of the federal dominion of Canada in 1867? Four (New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia)
According to the Constitution of Canada what is the only bilingual province? New Brunswick
Fredericton, the capital of New Brunswick, lies on which river? Saint John
The Bay of Fundy separates which two Canadian provinces? New Brunswick and Nova Scotia
The tamarack is a North American version of what type of tree? Larch
Which trophy is awarded annually to the "player judged most valuable to his team" in the National Hockey League (NHL)? Hart Trophy (Hart Memorial Trophy)
Which Canadian former ice hockey player, widely acknowledged as one of the greatest players of all time, won the Stanley Cup twice, in 1970 and 1972 with the Boston Bruins and set a record for most points and assists in a single season by a defenceman? Bobby Orr
On which Canadian island did Franklin D. Roosevelt spend his summers from the age of one until 1939? He fell ill and was diagnosed with polio there in 1921 too. Campobello Island
Which is the largest of the Fundy Islands in the Bay of Fundy? Grand Manan Island
Often called "the greatest hockey player ever", which ice hockey player, active from 1979 to 1999, became the leading scorer in NHL history, with more goals & assists than any other player, and the first NHL player to total over 200 points in one season? Wayne Gretzky
David Jacobs, John Timpson and Jonathan Dimbleby have all hosted which Radio 4 show, running since 1948? Any Questions?
In the 1963-67 TV show "The Fugitive" what physical disability did the real killer have? One arm
Which British game show was first broadcast on BBC1 from 12 June 1967 to 22 October 1984 hosted by Robert Robinson, and in a brief 2005 BBC2 revival presented by Dick and Dom? Ask The Family
Which 1997 adventure horror film by Peruvian director Luis Llosa, starred Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight, Eric Stoltz, Jonathan Hyde and Owen Wilson? Anaconda
What was the character name of Samantha's mother and Darrin's chief antagonist in the TV series "Bewitched"? Endora
Which Beatles film features the track "Can't Buy Me Love"? A Hard Day's Night
Which Beatles film features the track "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"? Yellow Submarine
Who played Lawrence of Arabia in the 1962 film of that name? Peter O'Toole
What is the name of the fictional resort terrorised by a shark in the film "Jaws"? Amity Island
What was the fictional setting of the 1984-2010 TV series "The Bill"? Sunhill
Which town is the administrative centre of Cumbria? Carlisle
Which festival, the British name for the week following Pentecost, is particularly associated with Morris Dancing? Whitsuntide
Labrador is part of which Candian province? Newfoundland
The Lenape and Abenaki are examples of which group of Native American people that were prominent along the Atlantic Coast and into the interior along the St. Lawrence River and around the Great Lakes? Algonquian
Occupying around 30 acres what is the largest castle in Wales, and the second largest in Britain? Caerphilly Castle
Ireland's four provinces are Ulster, Leinster, Munster and which other? Connaught
Which country was once called Portuguese West Africa? Angola
How are the Sandwich Islands known today? Hawaiian Islands
The FLNC is a militant group that advocates an independent state where? Corsica
Which is the largest province in Canada? Quebec
Which royal dynasty, founded by the Grand Duke of Lithuania, who in 1386 was baptized as Władysław, provided Kings of Poland from 1386–1572? Jagiellonian dynasty
Which creature, specifically, is the world's largest reptile? Saltwater crocodile
Which work by the Italian Renaissance philosopher Giovanni Pico della Mirandola is often called 'The Manisfesto of the Renaissance'? Oration on the Dignity of Man
Which is the longest book of the Old Testament? Psalms
Which American astronaut, who landed on the Moon in 1972, travelled into space more times than any other astronaut during the 20th Century? John Young
Prior to 2002, by what name was Liverpool John Lennon Airport known? Speke Airport
In the education world, what is an SRU? Super Research University
Stanford University is located in which US state? California
Belvoir castle was rebuilt in the romantic Gothic Revival style to designs by which architect between 1799 and 1816? James Wyatt
Which stately home in Gloucestershire is the seat of the Dukes of Beaufort? Badminton
Samuel Richardson took the name of Pamela from which long prose work written towards the end of the 16th century? Arcadia by Philip Sidney (The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia)
The subject of Maria Vargas Llosa's "The Feast of the Goat" which Dominican politician, soldier and dictator ruled the Dominican Republic from February 1930 until his assassination in May 1961? Rafael Trujillo
"An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews", or simply "Shamela", as it is more commonly known, is a satirical burlesque novella by which author? Henry Fielding
Which foodstuff gives its name to a massacre that was carried out in October 1937 against Haitians living in the Dominican Republic, taken from a test where soldiers would ask people to pronounce the Spanish version of the word? Parsley (Parsley massacre)
What is the pen name of the Algerian author Mohammed Moulessehoul, author of "The Dictator's Last Night", "The Swallows of Kabul" and "What the Day Owes the Night"? Yasmina Khadra
Which 1788 play by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe recounts the tale of a real-life Dutch Count of that title (1522-1568) against the despotic Duke of Alba? Egmont (about Lamoral, Count of Egmont)
Which ancient region, from which Alexander the Great's wife hailed, lay north of the Hindu Kush mountain range and south of the Amu Darya river? Bactria
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24 is an 1846 work for four solo voices, full seven-part chorus, large children's chorus and orchestra by which composer? Hector Berlioz
Independence Hall features on the reverse of which US bank note? $100
LZ77 and LZ78 are the two lossless data compression algorithms that formed the basis of several compression schemes, including GIF and the DEFLATE algorithm used in PNG and ZIP, published in 1977/8 papers by which two Israeli computer scientists? Abraham Lempel and Jacob Ziv
Polemonium, a genus of between 25 and 40 species of flowering plants in the family Polemoniaceae, has what common name? Jacob's Ladder
How is DJ and producer William Sami Etienne Grigahcine better known? DJ Snake
Which singer released his debut EP, My World, in late 2009? Justin Bieber
Which city of nearly 400,000 people in Southwestern Ontario, Canada along the Quebec City–Windsor Corridor, named in 1793 by John Graves Simcoe, was Justin Bieber's birthplace? London
Which 1879-born artist's lectures "Writings on Form and Design Theory" (Schriften zur Form und Gestaltungslehre) are held to be as important for modern art as Leonardo da Vinci's A Treatise on Painting for the Renaissance? Paul Klee
Who composed The Grande Messe des morts (or Requiem), Op. 5, in 1837? Hector Berlioz
The 1841 autobiographical travel novel written by George Sand, at the time in a relationship with Frédéric Chopin, is titled "A Winter in..." (Un hiver à...) which island? Majorca
Cladonia rangiferina, also known as reindeer moss, is a type of which kind of organism, that arises from algae or cyanobacteria living among filaments of multiple fungi in a symbiotic relationship? Lichen
Which British political party, formed in 1934 from an amalgamation of two other parties, is based at Gordon Lamb House? Scottish National Party (SNP)
Thyroid hormones are based on which amino acid? Tyrosine
Which philosopher wrote "An Essay towards a New Theory of Vision" (1709)? George Berkeley
In which city was Gottfried Leibniz born in 1646? Leipzig
Which 17th century philosopher wrote "Principia Philosophiae Cartesianae" (The Principles of Cartesian Philosophy) and "Ethica Ordine Geometrico Demonstrata" (The Ethics)? Baruch Spinoza
Which two French rivers give their names to départements that end "Maritime"? Seine, Charente
Who wrote the short story "The Cricket On The Hearth" (1845)? Charles Dickens
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, named after a US philanthropist and art collector, is in which city? Boston
Thought to be the most valuable unrecovered stolen painting ever, with a value estimated at over $200,000,000, who painted "The Concert", stolen in 1990? Vermeer
Which city founded as Simbirsk, on the Volga river, changed its name in 1924? Ulyanovsk
Milo, a 6th-century BC wrestler who won several Olympic golds, hailed from which city in southern Italy? Crotone
What is the Swahili word for freedom, also the name of a character in a famous TV series? Uhuru
George II of Great Britain was born in Herrenhausen Palace in which German city? Hanover
To whom was George II of Great Britain married? Caroline of Ansbach
The fourth-largest asteroid in the Solar System by volume and mass, which asteroid, the largest of the class of dark C-type asteroids with a carbonaceous surface, was named after the Greek goddess of health? Hygieia
What is the largest metallic M-class asteroid in the solar system, named after a lover of Cupid? Psyche
What is the largest object in the asteroid belt that lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter? Ceres
Which battle, referred to as Rinrory by contemporaries, took place on 27 July 1689 during the First Jacobite uprising between a combined Scottish and Irish Jacobite force and those supporting the new government of William III? Battle of Killiecrankie
Which engagement in 1715 at the height of the Jacobite rising in England and Scotland, was fought between British Government forces under John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll, and Jacobites under John Erskine, 6th Earl of Mar? Battle of Sherriffmuir
The successor to Aristotle in the Peripatetic school, who is both a source on the Presocratic philosophers, and considered "the father of botany"? Theophrastus
Which Miletian Presocratic philosopher believed that air was the underlying principle of all things? Anaximenes
The Sheet Metal Donkey was the nickname given to the world's first practical all metal aircraft; who designed it? Hugo Junkers
Following her execution, Mary Queen of Scots remained unburied for 6 months before being interred in which cathedral on July 30th, 1587? Peterborough Cathedral
Which defence secretary of the UK was forced to resign in 2017 because of "Kneegate"? Michael Fallon
What is the English equivalent of the German forename "Hans"? John
A score of 6-0, 6-0 in tennis is known as a double what - also the name of a bakery product? Bagel
Which sister of Boris Johnson joined the Lib Dems in 2017? Rachel
Who won the Turner Prize in 2017, the first person over 50 to do so? Lubaina Himid
The Kerch Strait Bridge connects the Taman Penisnula of Russia to which disputed territory? Crimea
In which TV drama did Meghan Markle play Rachel Zane? Suits
Whose first and second husbands were, respectively, Damon Thomas and Kris Humphries? Kim Kardashian
Who replaced Chris Riddell as Children's Laureate in 2017 - she is known for her book series, such as the Charlie and Lola picture books, the Clarice Bean series and the Ruby Redfort novel series? Lauren Child
What nationality is former tennis player Fernando González, losing finalist at the 2007 Australian Open and 2008 Olympics? Chilean
Which indoor racquet sport was invented in the late 19th century by merging aspects of real tennis, racquets and lawn tennis? Stické (or sphairistikè)
Which venue hosts the US Open tennis tournament? Flushing Meadows/USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Where was the US Open tennis tournament held from 1967 to 1977? West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills (accept Forest Hills)
What is a toxophilite an aficionado of? Archery
A domestique helps his or her team in which sport? Cycling
Whose only tennis grand slam win was the 1983 French Open Men's Singles? Yannick Noah
Which female tennis player won seven Grand Slam singles titles; winning the French Open in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007, the US Open in 2003 and 2007 and the Australian Open in 2004? Justine Henin
In which Canadian city were the 1994 Commonwealth Games held? Victoria
Arthur Wynne (June 22, 1871 – January 14, 1945) is credited with inventing what? Crossword puzzles
In which year did West Bromwich Albion FC win their only FA Cup to date? 1968
Which British national hunt racecourse has a four-furlong run-in on the Steeplechase course, the longest in Britain, and a grandstand in the middle of the track? Cartmel
Which UK rugby union team were called the Shoguns from 2002 to 2005? Bristol
How many players are there per team in beach volleyball? Two
Ulrich Salchow - who invented the skating jump named after him - hailed from which country? Sweden
Who scored a record 228 goals for Arsenal FC? Thierry Henry
Which was the first Italian football club to be joined by Liam Brady? Juventus
Which German-born English golfer played on eight Ryder Cup teams between 1953 and 1969 and had a record of 10 wins, 15 losses and 5 halved matches? Peter Alliss
Who was England's first professional cricket captain? Len Hutton
The Westchester Cup is competed for by the USA and GB in which sport? Polo
Which British writer who held the position of Children's Laureate from 2013 to 2015 wrote the critically and popularly acclaimed Noughts and Crosses series uses the setting of a fictional dystopia to explore racism? Malorie Blackman
Hogarth's work "A Rake's Progress" consists of how many etchings in total? Eight
Elzie Segar created which cartoon character, who first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip, Thimble Theatre, on January 17, 1929? Popeye
Which Shakespeare play has the same name as a Beethoven overture? Coriolanus (also Coriolan Overture in Beethoven's case)
The word 'crestfallen' supposedly derives from which now-illegal activity, banned in England and Wales in 1835 and Scotland in 1895? Cockfighting
Who wrote "Two Treatises of Government" in 1689, attacking the supposed divine right of kings? John Locke
The dog Montmorency features in which literary work of 1889? Three Men In A Boat
Which artist painted his "black paintings" series, in some cases, directly onto his house walls, between 1819 and 1823? Goya
Which artist's "Equivalent VIII", an arrangement of firebricks became the centre of controversy in 1976 after being featured in an article in The Sunday Times and later being defaced with blue food dye while exhibited at the Tate? Carl Andre
Who wrote the lines "oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive"? Sir Walter Scott
On which peninsula in Scotland is Glen Ord distillery located? Black Isle
What royal honour was David Beckham awarded in 2003? OBE
Who does Corporal Jones marry in the last ever episode of the TV series "Dad's Army"? Mrs Fox
In which 1942 Gary Cooper film did Babe Ruth play himself? Pride of the Yankees
Which New Testament figure appears in the title of a Lloyd Webber musical? Jesus Christ
Anthony Andrews played which character in the 1981 TV series "Brideshead Revisited"? Sebastian Flyte
In 1806 which future US President fatally shot Charles Dickinson in a duel? Andrew Jackson
How was the Sega Mega Drive known in North America? Sega Genesis
Who is the first person to have won all three major awards at the Grammys twice? Adele
How old was Bobby Moore when he captained England to the World Cup in 1966? 25
Which American painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the pop art movement (1925-2008) is well known for his "Combines" of the 1950s, in which non-traditional materials and objects were employed in innovative combinations? Robert Rauschenberg
Liebesträume (German for Dreams of Love) is a set of three solo piano works (S.541/R.211) by which composer, published in 1850? Franz Liszt
Composed between 1856 and 1858, Les Troyens (in English: The Trojans) is a French grand opera in five acts by who? Hector Berlioz
Metamorphosen, study for 23 solo strings (TrV 290, AV 142) is a composition by which composer, written towards the end of WW2? Richard Strauss
Le Merle noir ("The Blackbird") is a chamber work by which French composer, for piano and flute? Olivier Messiaen
The Bachianas Brasileiras are a series of nine suites by which Brazilian composer (March 5, 1887 – November 17, 1959)? Heitor Villa-Lobos
The aria "Che gelida manina" is taken from which work? La Boheme (Puccini)
The Gymnopédies, published in Paris starting in 1888, are three piano compositions written which French composer and pianist? Erik Satie
"Life's a Riot with Spy Vs Spy" (1983) was the first album by who? Billy Bragg
The US athlete Don Bragg won a gold medal at which event in the 1960 Summer Olympics? Pole Vault
Which US academic wrote the book "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance"? Angela Duckworth
For which three movies did Daniel Day-Lewis win Best Actor Oscars? My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood, Lincoln
Which Indian state takes its present name for the Malayalam for "coconut tree" and became the first functional fully-literate state in India in 1991? Kerala
Which decade saw the following: the launch of the Mary Rose at Portsmouth; the arrival of conquistador Hernan de Cortes in the Aztec court of Tenochtitlan; the death of da Vinci, and the publication of Luther's 95 Theses? 1510s
Which three word term was first used by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in his 1817 Biographia Literaria, and defined as "the sacrifice of logic and realism for the sake of enjoyment"? Suspension of Disbelief
Which actress, the youngest 20th century Oscar recipient said "I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was taken to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph"? Shirley Temple
In Hawaiian myth, who is the goddess of fire, lightning, wind and volcanoes and the creator of the Hawaiian Islands? Pele
Which General Secretary of the Central Committee Of The Soviet Communist Party opened the 1980 Moscow Olympics? Leonid Brezhnev
Who was the reigning monarch the first occasion that London hosted the Olympics? Edward VII (1908)
What caused the 1908 Olympics to be moved from Rome? Eruption of Vesuvius in 1906 (funds needed to be diverted to Naples)
Which letter represents the second orbital layer of an element, with angular momentum quantum number ℓ =1? p-Orbital
What name is given to the compound of nitrogen and hydrogen with the formula NH3? Ammonia
In the Bible, the flood occurs when Noah is what age? 600yo
What name is given to the intergovernmental military alliance that was signed on 15 May 1992 between nations of the former USSR? Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)
Habuba Kabira is an ancient city located in which modern-day country? Syria
Which common molecule has the formula C12H22O11? Sucrose
Which Renaissance artist's name means "Sloppy Tom"? Masaccio
Give a year in the life of artist Jan Van Eyck. 1385-1441
Which pharaoh is represented by the Sphinx? Khafra (also read as Khafre, Khefren and Chephren)
Amun was the patron deity of which ancient Egyptian city, a position he obtained by replacing Monthu? Thebes
Which multidisciplinary scientific journal, first launched in 1869 published landmark papers such as Chadwick's discovery of the neutron and Crick & Watson's discovery of the structure of DNA? Nature
In the 1980s, father and son Luis & Walter Alvarez discovered a distinct layer of which chemical element, atomic number 77, in a geologic layer of the time the dinosaurs died out? Abundant in space at the time, it gave rise to the 'meteor impact' theory. Iridium
Don Nigro wrote a satirical comedy drama, in 1995, named after which real-life violinist, who Rachmaninov wrote a rhapsody about? Paganini
Jeff Mangum was best known for his work as the lyricist, vocalist and guitarist of which band? Neutral Milk Hotel
Which military commander, a descendant of Henry III, was knighted by Edward III at age 14 and was a character in Henry IV: Part 1? Henry Percy (Hotspur)
As of 2018, Prime Minister's Questions takes place on which day in the UK? Wednesday
Which city will be the first to host both a Summer and Winter Olympics? Beijing
"I am the master of my fate/I am the captain of my soul" are the closing lines of which short Victorian poem published by William Ernest Henley in 18875? Invictus
In May 2017, which Kenyan athlete ran a marathon distance at Monza in 2 hours 25 seconds? Eliud Kipchoge
Which Spanish operatic soprano duetted with Freddie Mercury on "Barcelona"? Montserrat Caballé
Which Swedish chemist discovered and isolated several new elements, including cerium (1803) and thorium (1828), invented the terms "catalysis," "polymer," "isomer," and "allotrope," and first named compounds "organic" and "inorganic"? Jacob Berzelius
Friedrich Wohler synthesised which organic compound from ammonium and cyanate, thus disproving the notion that organic compounds could not be man-made? Urea
Which organic chemical compound has the chemical formula C2H6? Ethane
What is the simplest of the aldehydes, with the formula CH2O (H-CHO)? Formaldehyde
What is defined as the amount of energy (enthalpy) that must be added to the liquid substance, to transform a quantity of that substance into a gas? Heat of vaporisation/enthalpy of vaporisation
Voted the fifth greatest heavy metal band of all time by MTV in 2006, which now defunct band, that formed in Arlington, Texas in 1981, had a number 1 album in the USA in 1994 with 'Far Beyond Driven'? Pantera
The Second Tuareg Insurgency occurred predominantly in which country from 2007 to 2009? Niger
Which word was coined by Karl Brunner in 1968 to describe the economic theories of Milton Friedman? Monetarism
Who was the Austrian zoologist, a prisoner of war in the Soviet Union from 1944 to 1948 and author of 'King Solomon's Ring', who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1973 for his studies of animal behavioural patterns? Konrad Lorenz
'The Canterbury Tales' tells the stories of a collection of pilgrims travelling to Canterbury from which London borough? Southwark
Who took the famous "Guerrillero Heroico" photo of Che Guevara in 1960? Alexander Korda
What name is given to the athletic teams that represent the University of Southern California (USC)? USC Trojans
Who, the cousin and the only son-in-law of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, ruled as the fourth caliph from 656 to 661 when he was assassinated? He is regarded as the actual successor of prophet Muhammad by the Shia Muslims. Ali
Of the Twelve Olympians, how many have names starting with the letter 'A'? Five (Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Aphrodite)
In the NFL, what was the seventh official, added in 1978? He rules on pass interference, illegal blocks downfield, and incomplete passes. He also counts defensive players. Side Judge
Which Persian polymath was depicted by Ben Kingsley in the 2013 film "The Physician"(German: Der Medicus)? Ibn Sina/Avicenna
In Greek mythology, who were the female followers of Dionysus and the most significant members of the Thiasus, the god's retinue? Their name means "raving ones". Maenads
Giving its name to a famous son and painter from the town, what is the capital of the province of North Brabant in the Netherlands? 's-Hertogenbosch (Hieronymous Bosch)
Which Haarlem-born but mainly Dijon-based sculptor (1350-1405) had Philip the Good as a patron? His most significant work is the so-called Well of Moses (1395–1403). Claus Sluter
Described as the "Russian Amazon" which online retailer was established in 1998 by the Russian software house Reksoft? Ozon (ozon.ru)
Which British PM was portrayed by Rufus Sewell in the ITV TV show "Victoria"? Lord Melbourne
"Midnight Heat" is a perfume created by which singer? Beyonce
First produced in 431BCE, "Medea" is an ancient Greek tragedy written by who? Euripides
Who succeeded Laura Bush as US First Lady? Michelle Obama
The phrase "sour grapes" comes from a fable by Aesop involving which animal? Fox
How many players in England's 1966 World Cup winning starting eleven were called "Bobby"? Two
What name is given to the union of two vowel sounds in the same syllable, such as in the word "loud"? Diphthong
Which Caribbean island, the most populous island in the Caribbean, shares its name with a ship in a famous novel published in 1883? Hispaniola (Treasure Island)
Which English actor is known for his leading role as Steven Toast in the Channel 4 sitcom Toast of London, and also for his appearances in The IT Crowd, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, The Mighty Boosh, Snuff Box, and The Wrong Door and House of Fools? Matt Berry
The Ayrshire company Kays is, as of 2018, the sole provider of which piece of Winter Olympic equipment? Curling stones
Violet Jessop is known for surviving the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, and which other ship in 1916? Britannic (Titanic's sister ship)
Which city is the main base of the University of Texas? Austin
What relation was Francis Galton, who coined the term "eugenics" to Charles Darwin? Cousin
Which British organisation of 1877-1927 advocated the practice of contraception and the education of the public about the importance of family planning, and believed over-population was the root of poverty? Branches also existed in India. Malthusian League
Which French naturalist (1744-1829) is now chiefly remembered for his theory of "soft inheritance", where he held that organisms could pass on acquired characteristics? Jean-Baptiste Lamarck
In reproductive science, what is PGD? Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
What name is given to the use of reproductive and genetic technologies to select and genetically modify embryos with germinal choice technology for the purpose of human enhancement? Reprogenetics
In Homer, who was Odysseus's wife? Penelope
Which Greek word, which in its basic sense means "excellence of any kind" was used to describe heroic courage? Arete
Alberto Fujimori is a former President of which country? Peru
Greece usually leads the athletes' parade at the Olympics. However, as host country in 2004 they went last. Which nation, alphabetically first in the Greek alphabet, were the first to emerge? St Lucia
Born 1962, which German kayaker has won eight gold medals over six different Olympic Games? Birgit Fischer
What was the usual one-word name for the political youth organization in the Soviet Union? Komsomol
What colour is the leftmost ring on the Olympic flag? Blue
What colour is the rightmost ring on the Olympic flag? Red
What colour is the middle ring on the Olympic flag? Black
Where is the flame for the Summer Olympics ignited? Olympia
What type of animal was Waldi, the first Olympic mascot, used at the 1972 Summer Olympics? Dog (dachshund)
Gold Olympic medals are actually made of which metal, and just gilded with gold? Silver
Which Greek deity appears on Olympic medals? Nike
Tā moko is the permanent body and face marking by which indigenous people? Maori
Named in part after a German river, what was the codename of Nazi Germany’s invasion of Denmark and Norway on 9th April 1940, during which the Danish military offered just two hours of resistance before surrendering? Operation Weserübung
Which one of the five stem duchies of the medieval German kingdom was proclaimed by the Ahalolfing count palatine Erchanger in 915 and comprised territory stretching from the Alsatian Vosges mountain range in the west to the river Lech in the east? Duchy of Swabia
Which one of the five stem duchies of medieval Germany included several Gaue on the left bank of the Rhine around the cities of Mainz, Speyer and Worms comprising present-day Rhenish Hesse and the Palatinate region? Duchy of Franconia
Reigning as Duke of Saxony 1142–1180 and Duke of Bavaria 1156-80, who, at the height of his reign, ruled over a vast territory stretching from the coast of the North and Baltic Seas to the Alps, and from Westphalia to Pomerania? Henry the Lion
Which group of infectious diseases can be due to Rickettsia prowazekii spread by body lice, Orientia tsutsugamushi spread by chiggers, or a third bacteria spread by fleas? Typhus
Which large order of insects, comprising the sawflies, wasps, bees, and ants has a name meaning 'membrane wings'? Hymenoptera
Which order of carnivorous insects, encompassing the dragonflies (Anisoptera) and the damselflies (Zygoptera) has a name derived from the Greek for 'tooth'? Odonata
Which order of insects that comprises the caddis flies, has a name meaning 'hairy wing'? Trichoptera
Published in 2000, "Ravelstein" was whose final novel? Saul Bellow
Which conservative US philosopher wrote the bestselling 1987 book, "The Closing of the American Mind"? Allan Bloom
"If I'm out of my mind, it's alright with me" is the opening lines of which Saul Bellow novel? Herzog
Which Hindu festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships? Holi
In logic, what name is given to a formula or assertion that is true in every possible interpretation? Tautology
Born in 1806, which British mathematician and logician gives his name to a pair of laws that state the negation of a disjunction is the conjunction of the negations; and the negation of a conjunction is the disjunction of the negations? Augustus de Morgan
Which two word Latin term refers to a rule in logic that can be summarized as "(1) (P implies Q) and (2) (P) are asserted to be true, and therefore Q must be true"? Modus Ponens
Members of the genus Nelombo are commonly given what name? Lotus
What is defined as the entire set of proteins expressed by a genome, cell, tissue, or organism at a certain time? Proteome
From the Greek for 'to move', what name is given to an enzyme that catalyses the transfer of phosphate groups from high-energy, phosphate-donating molecules to specific substrates? Kinase
The "portrait trilogy" was a work by which US composer? Philip Glass
Which country sold the US Virgin Islands to the USA in 1916? Denmark
During the 1960s and 1970s Nauru had the highest per-capita income of any nation in the world due to which export? Phosphate
Which autonomous province of Serbia, located in the northern part of the country, has Novi Sad as a capital? Vojvodina
Mentioned in the Iliad with the same name as it currently has, what is the capital of the island of Euboea? Chalcis
Mamucium is a Roman Fort currently located in which major British city? Manchester
Characterized by underground drainage systems with sinkholes and caves, what name is given to a topography formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks such as limestone, dolomite, and gypsum? Karst
What comes first in an alphabetical list of the UK's National Parks? (True as of Feb 2018) Brecon Beacons
Which river runs through Richmond, in North Yorkshire? Swale
Kastrup is the old name for which major international airport? Copenhagen
The Royal Academy is based on which London thoroughfare? Piccadilly
What is the capital city of the Indian state of Gujarat? Gandhinagar
Atomic Number 80, which element of the Periodic Table lies between Gold and Thallium, beneath Cadmium and above Copernicium? Mercury
Tim Minchin is the composer and lyricist of which Olivier Award-winning, Tony Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated show that debuted in the West End on 24 November 2011 at the Cambridge Theatre? Matilda the Musical
Also called "synthetases", in biochemistry what name is given to an enzyme that can catalyse the joining of two large molecules by forming a new chemical bond? Ligases
Which geographical and historical area in southeast Europe, is now split between Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey, and is bounded by the Balkan Mountains to the north, the Aegean Sea to the south and the Black Sea to the east? Thrace
Which body, founded in 1961, has its headquarters at the Château de la Muette in Paris, France? OECD (The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
Which English composer was the first female composer to win an Academy Award in the category of Best Musical or Comedy Score (for Emma in 1996), and also scored "Chocolat" and "The Cider House Rules"? Rachel Portman
"Demand me nothing. ... From this time forth I never will speak word" are the last words of which Shakespeare character? Iago
According to the Bible, Noah died at what age? 950
Which Roman Emperor was born Gaius Caesar in 12AD? Caligula
Which body or company hands out Silver Snoopy awards to outstanding employees? NASA
In art, the three secondary colours are orange, violet and which other? Green
Which instrument represents the bird in Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf"? Flute
Who painted "Seated Woman In Blue Dress", sold for £35 million in 2017? Pablo Picasso
Which children's author created the character "Gerald McBoing-Boing"? Dr Seuss
The Severn Motorway Bridge was opened in which decade? 1960s (1966)
Which English composer and member of the women's suffrage movement wrote the operas Fantasio (1892–94), Der Wald (1899–1901),The Wreckers (1902–04) and The Boatswain's Mate (1913–14)? Ethel Smyth
In which US state is Canton, home to the US Professional Football Hall of Fame? Ohio
The first word allegedly said by Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad was "Iqra!" which means what? Recite!
What was the "bunny hug" in the early 20th century? A dance
Which Moroccan city temporarily became English in 1662 as part of the dowry of Catherine of Braganza? Tangier
Who played Alfred Hitchcock in the 2012 biographical film "Hitchcock"? Anthony Hopkins
The Chiltern hills are primarily made of what substance? Chalk
In the Disney film "Sleeping Beauty" which character curses Aurora? Maleficent
Which sailor's widow, Elizabeth Throckmorton, carried his embalmed head around in a red velvet bag after his death? Walter Raleigh
Mick the Marmalizer, Stephen "Tich" Doyle, Little Evan, Hamish McDiddy, Nigel Ponsonby-Smallpiece, Nicky Nugget, Sid Short and Smarty Arty are all members of what fictional TV group? The Diddy Men
Who presents Nobel Prize winners with their medals? King of Sweden
In chess notation, the Knight is represented by what letter? N
Complete the title of the Beatrix Potter story: "The Story of a Fierce Bad..." what? Rabbit
Which singer released the perfumes "Frankie", "Moonlight" and "Sweet Like Candy"? Ariana Grande
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