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Who is Donald Trump's only child with his second wife, Marla Maples? Tiffany Trump
What is the main city on the Isle of Lewis? Stornoway
What was the maiden name of Donald Trump's mother? MacLeod
Who is the oldest sibling of Michael Jackson? Rebbie (born Maureen)
Who was Michael Jackson's oldest brother? Jackie (born Sigmund)
Who is the youngest sibling of Michael Jackson? Janet Jackson
Who released multimillion selling albums "Luck of the Draw" (1991) and "Longing In Their Hearts" (1994)? Bonnie Raitt
Dalton, Georgia, bills itself as the world capital of which commodity? Carpets
John Landy was the second sportsman to achieve what notable feat, just 46 days after the first person? Run the sub four minute mile
Which boxing weight division lies between light-heavyweight and heavyweight? Cruiserweight
The Tarim Basin lies in which country? China (in Xinjiang)
Which Chinese Dynasty ruled the country in the year 1AD? Han (206BC-220AD)
How long did the Qin (Chin) Dynasty of China last? 15 years (221-206BC)
Which Moghul Emperor ruled 1555-1605, roughly co-temperaneous with Elizabeth I? Akbar
The word 'moghul' derives from the Persian for what, reflecting the early Moghul Emperors' ancestry? Mongol
Who was India's first Moghul emperor? Babur
What country was called 'Serica' by the Romans? China (it means 'silken')
What name is given to the now-outlawed Hindu practice of women burning on their husbands' funeral pyres? Suttee
The Bhagavad Gita is largely concerned with which God, the god of compassion, tenderness, and love in Hinduism? Krishna
Which English loan word derives from huge wagons bearing an image of a Hindu gods used in Indian festivals? Juggernaut
In 602, a dissatisfied and bloodthirsty general by what name usurped the Byzantine throne, having Eastern Roman Emperor Maurice and his six sons executed? Phocas
What name was given to the territory, centred on Metz, which formed the northeastern section of the Merovingian Kingdom of the Franks during the 6th to 8th centuries? Austrasia
In 597, where was the first Benedictine monastery outside of Italy founded? Canterbury
No longer an island, which part of the UK, and parliamentary constituency was once separated from the mainland by the 600-metre (2,000 ft) Wantsum Channel? Isle of Thanet
Gregory the Great's work 'Liber Regulae Pastoralis', a treatise on the responsibilities of the clergy, was translated into Old English by which monarch as part of a project to improve education in Anglo-Saxon England? Alfred the Great
Which pianist had two 1959 UK number 1s with "Side Saddle" and "Roulette" - he died in 2000? Russ Conway
What is seven in the song "One for Sorrow, Two for Joy"? A secret never to be told
What were there exactly nine of in the song "12 Days of Christmas"? Ladies Dancing
Which song from the film "Mary Poppins" won the 1964 Academy Award for Best Original Song? Chim Chim Chir-ee
Which popstar took his name from a black and yellow striped shirt he once wore? Sting
Similar to the classic cup and ball game, which traditional Japanese toy has three cups and a spike which fits into the hole in the ball? Kendama
What were the Christian names of the three ' Railway Children' in Edith Nesbit's novel? Phyllis, Roberta, Peter
Who is Ivan Voinitski in the title of a well-known 19th century play? Uncle Vanya
What is the world's third largest lake after the Caspian Sea and Lake Superior? Lake Victoria
Manitoulin Island, the biggest lake island in the world, is in which lake? Huron
In which month is the National Eisteddfod of Wales traditionally held? August
Who composed "The Dream of Gerontius" in 1900? Elgar
A cocktail containing vodka and orange juice is called what? Screwdriver
Which number piano sonata is Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata"? Fourteen
How many valkyries are there in Wagner's Ring Cycle? Nine
Thanjavur, formerly Tanjore, is in which Indian state? Tamil Nadu
Which Brian Aldiss work was the basis for the film 'A.I.'? Supertoys Last All Summer Long
Tenby is in which Welsh county? Pembrokeshire
In beta decay, which two types of particle may be emitted from the atomic nucleus as the 'beta particle'? An electron or positron
Which famed scientist wrote "The Electrical Structure of Matter" in 1926, and "Radioactivity" in 1904? Ernest Rutherford
Founded by Portuguese immigrants, the football team CR Vasco Da Gama play home matches in which city? Rio de Janeiro
How many symphonies did Berlioz compose in total? Four
Which composer's work is "Karelia Suite"? Jean Sibelius
Who composed the opera "The Pearl Fishers"? Georges Bizet
Where is the 1863 opera "The Pearl Fishers" set? Ceylon
Who is Rigoletto's master in the opera of the same name? The Duke of Mantua
Who composed opera "Rigoletto"? Giuseppe Verdi
Who, a dwarf, steals the Rheingold in Wagner's Ring Cycle? Alberich
Who had an August 1961 UK Number 1 with "Well, I Ask You"? Eden Kane
Cavaradossi, Angelotti and Scarpia are characters in which opera? Tosca
Which animal supplies the milk for Roquefort cheese? Ewe
What is the more common name for calcium carbonate? Chalk
What is the old name for Calcium Oxide? Quicklime
What is the more common name for traulism? Stuttering/stammering
What was India's first lunar probe, launched 2008, called? Chandrayaan-1
Facel Vega cars were made in which country? France
The League Of Cambrai was a coalition force formed in the early 16th century to fight against which European republic? Venice
The Christian ascetic Simeon Stylites lived on top of a pillar near which city? Aleppo
Who created the play "One Man, Two Guvnors" by adapting Goldoni's "Servant Of Two Masters"? Richard Bean
Who composed successful opera "Il filosofo di campagna (The Country Philosopher)", the libretto being written by Goldoni? Galuppi
Complete Venetian scholar Paolo Sarpi's famous maxim - "I never, never lie...." ...but I do not divulge every fact
Give a year in the Fourth Crusade? 1202-04
The Deutschmark was divided into 100 what? Pfennigs
The succession crisis that emerged when it became clear that Henry III of France would not produce an heir, received which fanciful name? War of the Three Henrys
Which Pope, Patriarch of Venice, assumed the position when the King of Austro-Hungary vetoed the favoured candidate during the Papal Enclave? Pius X
On which island was St Paul shipwrecked on his fourth journey - he stayed the winter there? Malta
Bithynia Et Pontus was a Roman province located (in modern-day terms) in which country? Turkey (on its Black Sea Coast)
Who was the last of the Julio-Claudian Roman Emperors? Nero
What was the 'Year of The Four Emperors' in Rome? 68AD
Which force made up the personal bodyguards of Roman Emperors? Praetorian Guard
Who was the first in the Flavian Dynasty of Roman Emperors? Vespasian
Assassinated in 96AD, who was the last Flavian Roman Emperor - he succeeded his brother Titus, and was a son of Vespasian? Domitian
The Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome was originally the mausoleum of which Roman Emperor? Hadrian
The 'Flower Duet' comes from which opera? Lakme (Delibes)
The Tamworth Country Music Festival is held in which country, annually? Australia (in New South Wales)
In which century were the Carmelite Order (Whitefriars) founded? 13th
Who had a 1968 UK Number 3 with 'Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)'? John Fred and his Playboy Band
What is the correct name of the religious sect known as the 'Moonies'? Unification Church
In Hungarian called "A kékszakállú herceg vára" Which famous piece - perhaps his most famous - did Bela Bartok compose in 1911? Duke Bluebeard's Castle
Which US singer, born Dec 11th 1944, was nicknamed 'Little Miss Dynamite'? Brenda Lee
Which composer wrote 'Preludes for Piano' in 1926? George Gershwin
As of 2017, who is the only solo French male singer to have had a UK number 1, doing so in 1974? Charles Aznavour
'Getting To Know You' is a song from which musical? The King And I
What was Sandie Shaw's real name? Sandra Goodrich
Which Selkirk fruit cake is made with sultanas? Bannock
A Roman aqueduct in which Spanish city is both a UNESCO heritage site and on the city's coat of arms? Segovia
The ruins of Kourion, including an impressive amphitheatre, are in which country? Cyprus
The first Roman-Jewish war ended with the mass suicide of around 960 Jewish rebels in which town or city? Masada
Who wrote many monologues for actor Stanley Holloway, including 'Albert and the Lion'? Marriott Edgar
In art, what does holding a palm frond symbolise? Martyrdom
How is Titus Flavius Clemens (c150-c215) better known to history? St Clement of Alexandria
What name, derived from the Central Asian nomads who practiced it, is given to the tactic of apparently fleeing on horseback, only to turn and fire an arrow at pursuers? Parthian shot (hence: parting shot)
Which Persian Empire was founded by Ardashir I in 224AD, was an adversary of Rome, and lasted until the coming of Islam? Sassanid Empire
Which Roman Emperor was taken as a prisoner of war (by Shapur I), the only Emperor to suffer this indignity? Valerian
What is given on the 35th wedding anniversary? Coral
In the Hall of the Mountain King was composed by Edvard Grieg as part of which play by Henrik Ibsen? Peer Gynt
Which newspaper editor was played by Peter Capaldi in the film The Fifth Estate? Alan Rusbridger
In which BBC TV drama was Doctor Thomas Chamberlain the Head of the Lyell Centre supported by pathologist Nikki Alexander and forensic scientist Jack Hodgson? Silent Witness
What was the name of the western lowland gorilla that arrived at London Zoo in November 1947, living there until his death in 1978? Guy
Two twentieth century Prime Ministers were Home Secretary before they were Premier. One was Winston Churchill. Who was the other? James Callaghan
Three African countries have a shoreline on Lake Malawi -Tanzania, Malawi and which other? Mozambique
Which acclaimed actor played Eric Babbage in Coronation Street in 2013, and Stan Carter in Eastenders from 2014 to 2015? Timothy West
Which English monarch succeeded Edward V in 1483? Richard III
Which writer created the detective Charlie Chan? Earl Derr Biggers
In which English county is the former village of Borstal (now subsumed by a larger conurbation) which gave its name to youth prisons? Kent (it is now part of Rochester)
Who was the Emir of Afghanistan from 1901 until 1919 when he was assassinated? He shares his forename with a man who was briefly king in 1929 until he too was deposed and executed. Habibullah Khan
Mahmud beg Tarzi became a key figure in the history of which country, following the lead of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in Turkey by working for modernization and secularization, and strongly opposing religious extremism and obscurantism? Afghanistan
Who was the Sovereign of the Kingdom of Afghanistan from 1919 to 1929, dying in exile in Switzerland in 1960? Amanullah Khan
Who was the last King of Afghanistan, reigning from 8 November 1933 until he was deposed on 17 July 1973? Mohammed Zahir Shah
As of 2017, Pakistan's longest-serving head of state, which was a four-star rank general who served as the 6th President of Pakistan from 1978 until his death in 1988, after declaring martial law in 1977? General Zia (Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq)
Which Welsh author with an interest in occultism wrote the September 1914 short story "The Bowmen" that 'inspired' the story of the "Angels of Mons"? Arthur Machen
What is the name of the annual reference book (also published online, on CD and microfiche) of information on all the world's warships arranged by nation, including information on ship's names, dimensions, armaments, silhouettes and photographs, etc? Jane's Fighting Ships
Which Scottish medium is best known as the last person to be imprisoned under the British Witchcraft Act of 1735, in 1944? Helen Duncan
Flight Lieutenant Carmichael Irwin was in command of which ill-fated craft when it crashed in 1930? R101
Ann Lee (29 February 1736 – 8 September 1784), commonly known as Mother Ann Lee, was the leader of which religious group? Shakers (United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing)
Which Belgian athlete became Olympic champion in the heptathlon at the 2016 Summer Olympics and the world champion in London in 2017? Nafi Thiam
Who was nominated for successive Academy Awards for Best Actress for her roles in Caged (1950) and Detective Story (1951)? Eleanor Parker
Who was nominated for successive Academy Awards for Best Actress for her roles in Country (1984) and Sweet Dreams (1985)? Jessica Lange
What is the capital of the Spanish autonomous community of Cantabria? Santander
Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in the USA, is to be found in which Alaskan National Park and Preserve, the name of which means "the great one" in the native Athabaskan language and refers to the mountain itself? Denali
Who led the American forces against the British fleet, under the command of Sir Alexander Cochrane, at the Battle of New Orleans, the final major battle of the War of 1812? Andrew Jackson
The Era of Good Feelings is a much-used phrase coined by the journalist Benjamin Russell to describe a period of American history under which President? James Monroe
In April 2007, a strong storm caused a 300 yard breach between Martha’s Vineyard and which smaller island off its eastern end that had previously been connected to the main island? Chappaquiddick Island
What is the name of the historic village in Viriginia where the surrender of the Confederate Army under Robert E. Lee to Union commander Ulysses S. Grant took place on April 9, 1865, effectively ending the American Civil War? Appomatox Court House
With a population of a little over 11,500, which Floridian city is the oldest continuously occupied European-established city in the USA, and the oldest port in the continental United States? St Augustine
It is traditionally held that the American Civil War began when which Confederate General opened fire upon Fort Sumter in South Carolina? Pierre Beauregard
In 1848, the former Democratic President Martin van Buren was again nominated for Presidency by which short-lived political party that was active during the 1848 and 1852 elections before being largely absorbed by the Republican Party in 1854? Free Soil Party
Devils Tower in Wyoming gained its name during an 1875 expedition led by Col. Richard Irving Dodge when his interpreter misinterpreted the Lakota name ‘Mato Tipila’ to mean Bad God's Tower, later to be altered. What is the correct translation? Bear Tower
Named after an American slave who was later hanged, what name was given to the slave rebellion that took place in Southampton County, Virginia during August 31 during which over 50 people were killed? Nat Turner's Rebellion
What was the name of the American Commodore who compelled the opening of the Japanese ports of Shimoda and Hakodate to United States trade with the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854? Matthew Perry
The Pocono Mountains region is a popular tourist destination located in the northeastern part of which state? Pennsylvania
What was the popular name given to the movement that originated in New York in 1843 as the American Republican Party that was empowered by popular fears that the country was being overwhelmed by Irish Catholic immigrants? Know-Nothing Party
Kolob Arch, the second longest natural arch in the world, can be found in which National Park in Utah? Zion National Park
Which title, referring to episode in the legendary history of early Rome, is shared by paintings by Nicolas Poussin, Peter Paul Rubens and Pablo Picasso? Rape of the Sabine Women
Which title, the name of a Biblical King, is shared by sculptures by Donatello, Andrea del Verrocchio and Gian Lorenzo Bernini? David
Which Italian theatre, opera and cinema director is best known for his films Ossessione (1943), Senso (1954), Rocco and His Brothers (1960), The Leopard (1963) and Death in Venice (1971)? Luchino Visconti
Who played Gustav von Aschenbach in the 1971 film "Death in Venice"? Dirk Bogarde
Active from 1990–2003 which Welsh rugby union player scored a total of 1090 points in international matches? Neil Jenkins
Born 25 April 1966 in Córdoba, Argentina, which former rugby union fly-half who played for Argentina and Italy, winning 74 caps for the latter, and 2 for his home nation? Diego Domínguez
Who played Larry David's wife Cheryl on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm and Dallas Royce on the ABC sitcom Suburgatory? Cheryl Hines
Which fish is traditionally used to make the dish Brandade de Nimes or Brandade de Morue? Cod
Who played both Ronnie and Reggie Kray in the 2015 film "Legend"? Tom Hardy
In Irish mythology, who was the mother of Oisín by Fionn mac Cumhail? Sadhbh (or Saba)
Which Paris landmark did a man named Victor Lustig attempt to sell twice? Eiffel Tower
Indian politician Sonia Gandhi was born Edvige Màino in which country? Italy
The artist Artimesia Gentileschi was born in which century? 16th
Which company bought the company Youtube in $1.65billion in 2006? Google
What is a sternutation in physiological terms? A sneeze
The US TV star born in 1942, with the marital name Sheindlin, is better known by which two-word stage name? Judge Judy
Which composer wrote "Quartet for the End of Time" that premiered in the Gorlitz POW camp where he was being held captive? Olivier Messiaen
Also known as Haram al-Sharif, on which hill in Jerusalem is the shrine of the Dome of the Rock located? Temple Mount
Who directed the 2015 movie "Bridge of Spies"? Steven Spielberg
Jointly offered the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973, who declined it on the grounds that "bourgeois sentimentalities" were not for him and that peace had not in fact been achieved? Lê Đức Thọ (Le Duc Tho)
The largest glacier on the European mainland, Jostedalsbreen, is in which country? Norway
Aged just 36 at the time, who was the youngest of the twelve men to walk on the moon? Charles Duke
Which American theoretical physicist and professor of physics (1904-67) is credited with being the "father of the atomic bomb" for his role as Scientific Director of the Manhattan Project? Julius Robert Oppenheimer
First flying in 1949, what was the RAF's first jet bomber? English Electric Canberra
Who was the fourth man to walk on the Moon, via Apollo 12? Alan Bean
Which room in an abbey was the monks' main meeting room? Chapter House
Deneb is the brightest star in which constellation? Cygnus
What is the SI unit of area? Square Metre
In 1947, who became the first pilot confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight? Chuck Yeager
Tollund Man is a bog man found with a rope round his neck, from the 4th century BC, that was found in which modern-day country? Denmark
In nature, what is also called a pollywog? Tadpole
Which Irish county derives its name from "the Land of Owen"? County Tyrone
Which guerrilla movement involved in the continuing Colombian armed conflict since 1964 gave up their weapons in 2017? FARC
Which museum, opened in 1852, was originally known as the Museum of Manufactures? The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)
Thomas Farnolls Pritchard and Abraham Darby III designed which unique British structure in 1781? Iron Bridge
Luas is a tram/light rail system in which European capital city? Dublin
The 11 Line Islands are divided between which two countries? USA, Kiribati
The Britannia Monument or Nelson's Monument, was completed in 1819, 24 years before the completion of Nelson's Column in London, in which coastal UK town? Great Yarmouth
If you travelled due west from Colombo, Sri Lanka, in which country would you make landfall? Somalia
Which body of water separates Caithness from the Orkney Islands? Pentland Firth
According to scientists, all true toads belong to which family, the only one that is exclusively given the common name ‘toad’? Bufonidae
The two species of reptiles of the genus tuatara (from which they get their common name), Sphenodon punctatus and Sphenodon guntheri are the only surviving members of the order Sphenodontia. They are found in the wild in just one country. Which one? New Zealand
With a name meaning "little rampart", and formerly known as Mogador, which city lies in the western Moroccan economic region of Marrakesh-Safi, on the Atlantic coast? Essaouira
Which city in the Mediterranean, the third-largest in its country, lies close to the city first established as Kition, originally established in the 13th century BC? Larnaca (Cyprus)
What is the second-largest city by population in Cyprus, after Nicosia? Limassol
What was the working title of George Orwell's novel "1984"? The Last Man in Europe
Which people invaded and sacked Babylon in 1595BCE? Hittites
In which century did Alfred the Great of Wessex live? 9th Century CE
Which river at the extreme end of Bahawalpur district in Punjab is formed by successive confluence or merger of the five rivers of the Punjab, before it joins the Indus River at Mithankot? Panjnad River
In the fencing section of the Modern Pentathlon at the Olympics, which of the three types of fencing sword is used? Epée
In architecture, what name is given to any building with a circular ground plan, and sometimes covered by a dome? Rotunda
Which poet (1631-1700) was nicknamed "Glorious John"? John Dryden
A person who has won an EGOT has won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award. What additional accolade has a PEGOT winner won? Pulitzer Prize
Following John F Kennedy's assassination, who were the next two US Presidents to be born after him? Jimmy Carter, George HW Bush
Until 2010, Platinum, Gold and Silver were the only precious metals to be given assay hallmarks in the UK. Which other metal started receiving hallmarks in that year? Palladium
Which author created the character Sid Halley? Dick Francis
What is the English translation of the French architectural term "clocher"? Bell Tower
In which city did James Joyce die in 1941? Zurich
In literature, which part of Peter Pan was kept in a drawer? His shadow
Give a year in the life of author Henry Fielding. 1707-54
Who wrote "The Life and Loves of a She-Devil" in 1983? Fay Weldon
In the Bible, which prophet anointed Saul? Samuel
What is the boiling point of water in Fahrenheit? 212F
From the Latin and Greek for 'diary' or 'journal', in celestial navigation, what name is given to an object that gives the positions of naturally occurring astronomical objects as well as artificial satellites in the sky at a given time or times? Ephemeris
Which make of car is named for the Zoroastrian god of light and life? Mazda
Selina Kyle was the real name, for a time at least, of which fictional superhero? Catwoman
Named after the man who provided an exact explanation of the phenomenon in 1836, what is the two-word name for the points of light seen around the Moon at the time of the solar eclipse? Baily's Beads
Punta La Marmora is the highest peak on which island? Sardinia
What name is given to a belt worn over one shoulder that is typically used to carry a weapon (usually a sword) or other implement such as a bugle or drum? Baldric
Now on display in a Gosport museum, what was the first submarine commissioned by the Royal Navy? Holland 1
Ancona, Andalusian and Australorp are all varieties of which bird? Chicken
Which planet has a year of 29.4571 Earth years? Saturn
Which Empire was founded by Ardashir I, after the fall of the Parthian Empire and the defeat of the last Arsacid king, Artabanus V? Sassanid Empire
The Roman army in Gaul threw off its allegiance to Gallienus around the year 260, allowing who to take the title and powers of emperor in the provinces of Gaul, Germania, Britannia and Hispania, founding what scholars have dubbed the Gallic Empire? Postumus
Presented in ancient sources as a tyrant and cruel leader, an image that has survived into modernity, which Roman Emperor, the son of Septimius Severus, was assassinated by a disaffected soldier in 217CE? Caracalla
Which Roman Emperor was strangled by the wrestler Narcissus at the bidding of his concubine and chamberlain? Commodus
In Rome, due to turmoil at the head of the Empire, how was the year 193CE better known? Year of the Five Emperors
Which Greek scholar, ascetic, and early Christian theologian who was born and spent the first half of his career in Alexandria, was reported by Eusebius to have literally castrated himself in response to Matthew 19:12? Origen
Living c. 150 – c. 215, which theologian was heavily influenced by Plato, and counted among his pupils Origen and Alexander of Jerusalem? He wrote the 'Trilogy' (Protrepticus, Paedagogus, Stromata). Clement of Alexandria
The name of the Gnostics derives from the Greek 'gnosis', meaning what? Knowledge
Who the Jewish leader of a revolt against the Roman Empire in 132 CE, establishing an independent Jewish state which he ruled for three years as Nasi ("Prince")? Simon bar Kokhba
In which year was the Great Revolt against Roman rule by the Jews, starting the first Jewish-Roman War, precipitated by the plundering of the Temple and arrest of prominent Jews by the Roman governor, Gessius Florus? 66CE
The current and historical flags of which nation, as well as the flags of several of its constituent islands, all contain a white crescent and four white stars? Comoros
In heraldry, what name is given to a charge on a coat of arms that takes the form of a band running horizontally across the centre of the shield? Fess
What colour are the crescent and eight-pointed star at the centre of the flag of Azerbaijan? White
What are the two predominant colours of the flag of Haiti? Red, blue
How many stars feature on the flag of Honduras? Five
What colour are the stars on the flag of Honduras? Blue
A gold frigatebird appears on which nation's flag? Kiribati
What colour are the three horizontal bands on the flag of Azerbaijan? Blue, red, green (top to bottom)
The flag of the Bahamas is three bands of aquamarine, yellow and aquamarine from top to bottom, with what colour triangle at the hoist? Black
A mestizo and a black man appear on which country's flag - the only one to have human beings displayed prominently? Belize
Berekum Chelsea F.C. are a team that play in which African country? Ghana
What is the name of the form of alms-giving treated in Islam as a religious obligation or tax, which, by Quranic ranking, is next after prayer (salat) in importance? Zakat
No Ruz is New Year in which religion? Zoroastrianism
Aksum had a base in the south of the Arabian peninsula since it conquered which kingdom based in modern day Yemen in 525 CE? This kingdom was centred in Zafar and succeeded the Sabaeans. Himyarite Kingdom
Michael Portillo suffered an unexpected defeat in the Enfield Southgate seat in the 1997 general election. Which Labour MP beat him in that contest? Stephen Twigg
Former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls suffered his own Portillo Moment in the 2015 general election when he lost to Andrea Jenkyns in which constituency? Morley and Outwood
Which neighbourhood on the west side of midtown Manhattan, on the Hudson River north of Chelsea, is also known as Clinton? Hell's Kitchen
Which appropriately named neighbourhood on the west side of San Francisco is located south of Golden Gate Park on the Pacific Ocean? Sunset
What album released 30 years ago included the singles Happy When It Rains and April Skies, as well as the title track? Darklands (Jesus and Mary Chain)
What was the second studio album by the Arctic Monkeys, released ten years ago? It included the singles Brianstorm and Flourescent Adolescent. Favourite Worst Nightmare
General George Keppel, 3rd Earl of Albemarle (1724-72) is best known to history for his capture of which capital city for the British in 1762, during the Seven Years' War? Havana
Which 1763 treaty formally ended the Seven Years' War? Treaty of Paris
Who led the slave rebellion that took place in Southampton County, Virginia, during August 1831, the largest and deadliest slave rebellion in US history? Nat Turner
What was the name of the American naval ship that sank in Havana Harbour during the Cuban revolt against Spain in 1898? Maine
What was the name of the yacht that was used to transport 82 fighters, including Fidel Castro, of the Cuban Revolution from Mexico to Cuba in November 1956 for the purpose of overthrowing the regime of Fulgencio Batista? Granma
Covering 541 million years to the present, what is the current geologic eon in the geologic time scale, and the one during which abundant animal and plant life has existed? Phanerozoic Era
The Carboniferous Period is divided into two subperiods, both named for US states - which two? Pennsylvanian, Mississippian
Which geologic period and system of the Paleozoic spanned 60 million years from the end of the Silurian, 419.2 million years ago (Mya), to the beginning of the Carboniferous, 358.9 Mya? Devonian
Which geologic period and system, the second of six periods of the Paleozoic Era, spanned 41.2 million years from the end of the Cambrian Period 485.4 million years ago (Mya) to the start of the Silurian Period 443.8 Mya? Ordovician
Which geological period followed the Carboniferous but preceded the Triassic? Permian
Kupffer cells are specialised macrophages found in which organ of the human body? Liver
Taking their name from the Greek for "cell movement", what name is given to a broad and loose category of small proteins (~5–20 kDa) that are important in cell signalling? Cytokines
Which 1957 horror film starring Michael Landon as a troubled teenager, Yvonne Lime and Whit Bissell was the first to have the word "teenage" in its title? I Was A Teenage Werewolf
What name is shared by the first film directed by Robert Altman in 1957, and a 1989 film starring Kylie Minogue? The Delinquents
In which 1931 film did Edward G. Robinson play the gangster "Rico" Bandello? Little Caesar
Considered to be the original outlaw biker film, which 1953 film saw Marlon Brando play Johnny Strabler? The Wild One
Which movie star was born Emanuel Goldenberg on December 12, 1893? Edward G. Robinson
Lita Grey, born Lillita Louise MacMurray, married which actor when she became pregnant by him aged just 16 - a criminal offence in California at the time? Charlie Chaplin
While the City Sleeps (1956) and Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) were the last US-made films by which influential director? Fritz Lang
Which 1958 film noir written, directed by, and co-starring Orson Welles, starred Charlton Heston as Ramon Miguel Vargas, and Janet Leigh as Susan Vargas? Touch of Evil
Which actor and singer married Loray White, May Britt and Altovise Gore? Sammy Davis Jr.
Which prominent man born was Jesse Louis Burns on October 8, 1941? Reverend Jesse Jackson
Which footballer holds the all-time top goalscorer record for the Soviet Union national team with 42 goals? Oleg Blokhin
In particle physics, what is the mechanism of interaction, one of the four fundamental forces, between sub-atomic particles that causes radioactive decay and thus plays an essential role in nuclear fission? Weak interaction
The nearest large galaxy to the Milky Way can be found in which constellation? Andromeda
Whose works included "Michael Robartes and the Dancer" (1921), "The Tower" (1928) and "A Vision" (1925)? WB Yeats
Whose first published novel was 1915's "The Voyage Out"? Virginia Woolf
Which artist (1893-1983) produced his Constellations series during WW2? Joan Miró
Reigning 1621-65, which King of Spain was a patron of Diego Velazquez, who painted him several times? Philip IV
Rene Magritte spent most of his life in which capital city? Brussels
Which Canadian-born inventor is best known for his pioneering work developing radio technology - his achievements included the 1st transmission of speech by radio (1900) & the 1st two-way radiotelegraphic communication across the Atlantic (1906)? Reginald Fessenden
Which eponymous character in a 1922 novel is a realtor from Zenith, Ohio? (George F.) Babbitt
What was the first name at birth of author Sinclair Lewis, Sinclair being his middle name? Harry
Which word, derived from the Spanish diminutive for "sin", refers to a minor misdemeanour, especially sexual misconduct? Peccadillo
Who wrote the 1912 novel "Financier"? Theodore Dreiser
Which American realist novelist, literary critic, and playwright (1837-1920) is best known for the Christmas story "Christmas Every Day" and the novels The Rise of Silas Lapham and A Traveler from Altruria? William Dean Howells
To which author did Sinclair Lewis dedicate "Arrowsmith" - Lewis had a Pulitzer Prize award for Main Street overturned in this author's favour? Edith Wharton
Which magazine was founded in 1923 and originally run by Henry Luce? Time
DeWitt Wallace cofounded which publication with his wife Lila Bell Wallace, publishing the first issue in 1922? Reader's Digest
Which novel by Sinclair Lewis was set in Gopher Prairie? Main Street
What does FB signify on an Ordinance Survey map? Footbridge
How many colleges and universities comprise the "Ivy League"? Eight
Which exotic birds have been a feature of London's St James Park since they were donated by a Russian ambassador in 1664 to Charles II? Pelicans
Which Oxford University College comes first alphabetically? All Souls
In which Worcestershire town was Edward Elgar born? Broadheath
What is Israel's southernmost city, a busy port and popular resort at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba? Eilat
in which country is the deep water port of Lobito? Lobito
Which US state is nicknamed the "Gopher State"? Minnesota
PLUNA, defunct in 2012, was the former national air carrier airline of which country? Uruguay
The Strait of Gibraltar lies at the western end of which , ying between the Iberian Peninsula and the north of Africa, that is itself a part of the Mediterranean Sea? Alboran Sea
Which US state is sometimes nicknamed "The Bay State"? Massachusetts
Which sea lies immediately north of Corsica? Ligurian Sea
Which Scottish university is named after two men - a Scottish goldsmith and philanthropist (4 June 1563 – 12 February 1624), and an inventor (30 January 1736 (19 January 1736 OS) – 25 August 1819)? Heriot-Watt University
Altamira caves are 30km west of which city, the capital of Cantabria? Santander
In which country is Willendorf, where the famed prehistoric "Venus" was found? Austria
The Hoover Institution and the Hoover Tower are both located at which US university? Stanford
What is the second largest island of Cuba? Isla de la Juventud
Which island group lies due south of Cuba's Bay of Pigs? Cayman Islands
Karl Marx was born in which German city, on the banks of the Moselle? Trier
On which of the Spanish "Costas" is Marbella? Costa del Sol
Over two-thirds of which Caribbean island became uninhabitable after the eruption of a volcano in 1995 that caused the abandonment of the capital city in 1997? Montserrat
Welshpool lies on which river? Severn
Honolulu is located on which island? Oahu
The taka is the currency of which country? Bangladesh
In which Australian state is Phillip Island, famed for its penguins and for motorsport? Victoria
The West Somerset Railway runs from Bishops Lydeard to where? Minehead
An airport located in Schkeuditz serves two cities - name either. Leipzig or Halle
Which sea separates Corsica and Sardinia from mainland Italy? Tyrrhenian Sea
The towns of Whitchurch, Ludlow, Bridgenorth and Market Drayton are all located in which English county? Shropshire
Which stretch of water separates Java from Sumatra? Sunda Strait
The anti-German invasion fantasy The Invasion of 1910 (1906) by which Anglo-French writer has been part-credited with helping to establish the British intelligence services? William Le Queux
Which 1389 battle, with heavy casualties, sometimes called the "Battle of the Field of Blackbirds" saw the Ottomans defeat Serbian resistance? Battle of Kosovo
Which Pope, a significant figure in the Counter-Reformation, was pontiff from 1585-90, and excommunicated both Elizabeth I of England and Henry IV of France? Sixtus V
Which US President wrote to music critic Paul Hume, when Hume had criticised his daughter Margaret's singing: "Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!"? Harry Truman
Which red silk pennant was the battle standard of the King of France in the Middle Ages? Oriflamme
The old British coins, the 'noble', used from 1344 to 1464, was worth what fraction of a pound sterling? One third
Which king of England was nicknamed "Curtmantel"? Henry II
Which British frigate escaped the Yangtse under cover of darkness in July 1949, after she was fired upon by the People's Liberation Army in April of the same year? HMS Amethyst
Isaac Newton lost £20,000 in September 1720 after which company's stock price collapsed suddenly? South Sea Company (South Sea Bubble)
In finance, what name is given to the practice of selling securities or other financial instruments that are not currently owned (usually borrowed), and subsequently repurchasing them ("covering")? Short selling
Once considered for the leadership of his party (which would have led to his becoming Prime Minister) in 1963, which man served as Lord Chancellor from 1970-74, and then again from 1979 to 1987? Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone
Which British model and showgirl was best known for her association with her flatmate Christine Keeler? Dying in 2014, she once described her life as "one slow descent into respectability"? Mandy Rice-Davies
In the UK, which member of the Cabinet is, by law, responsible for the efficient functioning and independence of the courts? Lord Chancellor
Which English cricketer made two test appearances and earned 20 ODI caps before he was killed in a car crash in Australia at the age of 24, in 2002? Ben Hollioake
In cricket, how many runs comprise a "double Nelson"? 222
In which English county is Southwell racecourse? Nottinghamshire
Who, on 12 August 1977, became the first cricketer to score his one hundredth first-class century in a Test match? Geoffrey Boycott
Sandown Park Racecourse and Kempton Park Racecourse are both located in which English county? Surrey
Which man (1703/4=89) introduced boxing gloves (albeit for practice only) and codified rules for boxing that formed the basis of the sport until they were largely superseded by the Queensberry Rules? Jack Broughton
What do the letters 'TO' mean next to a cricket dismissal? Timed Out
Which female German alpine ski racer (1914-2004) dominated international competition in the 1930s, winning twelve world championship titles between 1934 and 1939? At the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, she won the combined competition. Christl Cranz
In mountaineering, what name is given to a metal spike (usually steel) that is driven into a crack/seam in the climbing surface with a hammer, and which acts as an anchor to either protect the climber against a fall or to assist progress in aid climbing? Piton
Which retired baseball left fielder, nicknamed "The Man of Steal", is widely regarded as baseball's greatest leadoff hitter and baserunner & of 2017 holds the MLB records for career stolen bases, runs, unintentional walks and leadoff home runs? Rickey Henderson
Ailsa Craig, the island in the Firth of Forth, is visible from which Open Championship hosting golf course? Turnberry
In mountaineering, what name is given to a specialized type of shackle, a metal loop with a spring-loaded gate used to quickly and reversibly connect components? Carabiner
The Grey Cup is played for in which sport? Canadian Football
Which team won the Grey Cup in 2017, making it a record 17th title? Toronto Argonauts
At which stadium do Valencia CF, a Spanish football team, play home matches? Mestalla Stadium
Which palindromically-named Cambodian politician and general served as Prime Minister of Cambodia twice (1966–67; 1969–71), but saw his forces defeated by the Khmer Rouge in 1975? Lon Nol
Which American diplomat and lawyer became the first civilian but third Director of Central Intelligence serving from 1953 to 1961, and overseeing the 1954 Guatemalan coup d'état and the Bay of Pigs invasion? Allen Dulles
What is the collective term for hedgehogs? Array
Broccoli and cauliflower belong to which genus of plants? Brassica
What collective name is given to a large group of starlings? Murmuration
The U-2 spy plane was manufactured by which aircraft manufacturer? Lockheed
What type of garment is a billycock? Hat
What name is given to the lowest commissioned officer in a cavalry regiment? Cornet
Where is a puttee worn? Lower leg
How many feet are in a U.S. cable? 720 feet
The first discovered and second-largest near-Earth object with a mean-diameter of approximately 16.8 kilometres, what was the first asteroid ever studied from orbit? 433 Eros
What is the lowest layer of Earth's atmosphere, where nearly all weather conditions take place? Troposphere
How was Russian poet, born Anna Andreyevna Gorenko, better known? Anna Akhmatova
Which Russian and American poet and essayist, expelled from the USSR in 1972, was awarded the 1987 Nobel Prize in Literature? Joseph Brodsky
One of the three current official residences of the President of the Italian Republic, together with Villa Rosebery in Naples and Tenuta di Castelporziano in Rome, is located on which hill in Rome? Quirinal (Quirinal Palace)
Francesco Cossiga was president of which country from 1985 to 1992? Italy
Which British historian of early modern Britain and Nazi Germany, made Baron Dacre of Glanton, infamously authenticated the fake Hitler Diaries in 1983? Hugh Trevor-Roper
The Great Dyke, a rich mining region, runs roughly North-east to south-west, across which country? Zimbabwe
What is the highest point in Zimbabwe? Mount Nyangani
Marmolada is the highest mountain in which range? Dolomites
The Palacio de las Garzas (Herons' Palace) is the governmental office and residence of the President of which country? Panama
In which Beatrix Potter book does the title character send his cat Simpkin to buy food and a twist of cherry-coloured silk to complete a waistcoat commissioned by the mayor for his wedding on Christmas morning? The Tailor of Gloucester
Bukavu, formerly called Costermansville and Costermansstad is a city of over 800,000 people in which country? DR Congo
What was the real-life Hôtel des Mille Collines called in the title of a 2004 film? Hotel Rwanda
Who was the military dictator and President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1965 to 1997 - he renamed the country Zaire and led a brutal totalitarian regime? Mobutu (Sese Seko)
What was the surname of the man who served as the third President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from May 17, 1997 until his assassination by one of his bodyguards on January 16, 2001, and his son, who took over 8 days later? Kabila
Which English stage and film actor (1901-69) is probably best remembered for his roles in several films for Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger during the 1940s, such as 49th Parallel, One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942), and A Canterbury Tale? Eric Portman
Which English stage and film actor, who played Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind (1939), and received two nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor, for Berkeley Square and Pygmalion, was born with the surname 'Steiner'? Leslie Howard
Which US film director was responsible for )The Black Orchid (1958), Hud (1963), The Outrage (1964), The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) and Stanley and Iris (1990) Martin 'Marty' Ritt
Who played Hud Bannon in the 1963 film 'Hud'? Paul Newman
Who played Alec Leamas in the 1965 film "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold"? Richard Burton
Which Italian director and producer of operas, films and television is a direct descendant of Leonardo da Vinci, was a senator (1994–2001) for the Italian centre-right Forza Italia party, and directed 1968's "Romeo and Juliet" and 1990's "Hamlet"? Franco Zeffirelli
Lying on a windswept plain, what is the name of the house that was the final residence of Napoleon Bonaparte, during his exile on the island of Saint Helena? Longwood House
Long led by Robert Mugabe, what was the ruling party for over three decades in Zimbabwe since independence in 1980? ZANU PF
The Zambezi forms part of the border between Zimbabwe and which other country? Zambia
Which river forms the border between Zimbabwe and South Africa? Limpopo
Which colour forms the top and bottom horizontal lines on the flag of Zimbabwe? Green
Signed in 1748, the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle ended which war? The War of Austrian Succession
Which is the second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the administrative capital of Republika Srpska? Banja Luka
Which German author, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1972, wrote the novels 'The Unguarded House' and 'The Bread of Our Early Years'? Heinrich Böll
On which river does Bremen stand? Weser
Which French-speaking singer-songwriter was voted by the public as the greatest ever Belgian in the 2005 television show 'Le plus grand belge'? Jacques Brel
Which famous poem by the Beat Generation writer Allen Ginsberg begins with the line, “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness”? Howl
In classical mythology, which king ordered Heracles to perform his twelve labours? Eurystheus
In which country did French troops help to restore former President David Dacko to power in 1979? Central African Republic
Which is the only European language in which the word for mathematics – 'wiskunde' – is not derived from Greek? Dutch
Which inland sea connects the Black Sea to the Aegean Sea? Sea of Marmara
During the 20th Century, which European country was the first to officially ban religion and become the world's first Atheist state? Albania
Which cartoonist created Bogart the Cat? Peter Plant
Who is the English writer and geographer who is principally remembered for his promotion of English settlements in North America in works such as 'Principal Navigations, Voyages and Discoveries of the English Nation'? Richard Hakluyt
Which metallic element has the highest melting point? Tungsten
In 1989, who was the Moroccan athlete who simultaneously held the world record for the 1500m, 3000m and 5000m? Said Aouita
The Roman Empire reached its greatest territorial extent under the rule of which Emperor, who ruled from 98 to 117 AD? Trajan
Zentralfriedhof is the largest and most famous cemetery in which European capital city? Vienna
Who, in 1789, was the German chemist who discovered Uranium and named it after the newly discovered planet, Uranus? Martin Klaproth
Based in Leuven in Belgium and created after a merger in 2004, what became the world's largest brewery? Inbev
Located in Norway, what are Europe's highest waterfalls? Ormeli Falls
Who is the Italian mountaineer and explorer who, in 1986, became the first person to climb all fourteen of the world's highest mountains? Reinhold Messner
Widely believed to have been the location of the first Jewish ghetto uprising of the Second World War, Lakhva is a small town in which country? Belarus
William Golding wrote the novel 'Lord of the Flies' in response to which 1857 novel? The Coral Island (by RM Ballantyne)
Who, in 1929, when becoming Minister for Labour became the first woman to hold a ministerial position in the British Government? Margaret Bondfield
Deriving from the Latin for 'thunderbolt', what name is given to the natural hollow glass tubes formed in sand or soil by lightning strikes? Fulgurites
What is the correct title of the Renoir painting often called "The Lady in Blue" or "The Blue Lady"? La Parisienne
Which English poet, short-story writer and playwright (1880-1958) was best known for his ballads, "The Highwayman" and "The Barrel-Organ"? Alfred Noyes
What pseudonym was used by Benjamin Disraeli when writing for "The Times" newspaper? Runnymede
Who first used the phrase "time is money"in "Advice to a Young Tradesman, Written by an Old One"? Benjamin Franklin
Which character was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger in the late 1930s? Batman
Farouk I (1920-65) was the penultimate monarch of which country? Egypt
Which Austro–German psychiatrist was the author of the foundational work Psychopathia Sexualis (1886)? Richard von Krafft-Ebing
The Cesarewitch Handicap horse race traditionally takes place at Newmarket in which month of the year? October
Which West Indian cricketer took the West Indies' first wicket in Test cricket, and later served as Trinidad's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, becoming the UK's first black peer? Learie Constantine
Which bird, Acridotheres tristis, and a skilled mimic, is considered a pest in Australia as it is highly invasive and upsets native ecosystems? Common Myna(h)
Which American businessman, electrical engineer and market research analyst (1897-1980) gave his name to the 20th century's most popular TV audience ratings system in the USA? (Arthur) Nielsen
Which American poet and writer who was associated with the Modernist school of poetry (1892-1982) was awarded three Pulitzer Prizes for his work, and wrote 1965's "The Eleanor Roosevelt Story"? Archibald MacLeish
Which American comedian, who died in 1964, became internationally famous as the zany partner and comic foil of husband George Burns, her straight man? Gracie Allen
Known for his miserly persona, which US comedian (1894-1974) had a fictional valet and chauffeur, Rochester van Jones, played by Eddie Anderson? Jack Benny
Which US TV network is sometimes nicknamed the "Tiffany Network"? CBS
The RCA Corporation was a major American electronics company, defunct in 1986. What did RCA stand for? Radio Corporation of America
In the name of the US TV network, what does CBS stand for? Columbia Broadcasting System
Which American radio and television sitcom set in Harlem, Manhattan's historic black community, was voiced from 1928 to 1960 by two white actors, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll? Amos 'n' Andy
"The Perfect Song", regarded as the first marketed "theme song" from a film, came from which early film? The Birth of A Nation
Which cigarette brand used the slogan "It's Toasted"? Lucky Strike
To which musician was actress Angie Dickinson married from 1965 to 1981? Burt Bacharach
Which state did former US Vice-President Hubert Humphrey represent as a senator? Minnesota
Harlot's Ghost (1991) is a fictional chronicle of the Central Intelligence Agency by which author? Norman Mailer
What was the US sitcom "All In The Family" renamed for its final four seasons? Archie Bunker's Place
Which American writer and public intellectual (1925-2012) wrote Myra Breckinridge (1968), which explores the mutability of gender role and sexual orientation as being social constructs established by social mores? Gore Vidal
Who was the only of the main five members of the "Rat Pack", the group of entertainers centred on the Las Vegas casino scene in the 1960s, to be British? Peter Lawford
Which Roman empress, one of the more prominent women in the Julio-Claudian dynasty, was the mother of Nero? Agrippina the Younger
Which brand of household cleaner products from the US has as its logo, a chick emerging from an egg? Bon Ami
Who the first Puerto Rican-born actor, as well as the first Hispanic actor, to win an Academy Award (in 1950 for Cyrano de Bergerac)? José Ferrer
Who won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Stalag 17, giving an acceptance speech that is one of the shortest on record ("thank you") because of TV time constraints? William Holden
Which American singer and actress achieved notoriety for her complex and unconventional personal life being married three times as well as having lesbian relationships? Her career was ruined after she allegedly shot her husband Zachary Smith Reynolds. Libby Holman
Who directed The Philadelphia Story (1940), Gaslight (1944), Adam's Rib (1949), Born Yesterday (1950), A Star Is Born (1954), Bhowani Junction (1956), and My Fair Lady (1964)? George Cukor
What nationality was Pola Negri, a film actress who achieved worldwide fame during the silent and golden eras of Hollywood and European film? Polish
Named after a man who applied for its patent, what name is used in North America for a bed that is hinged at one end to store vertically against the wall, or inside a closet or cabinet? Murphy Bed
Which 1944 film noir directed by Billy Wilder, stars Fred MacMurray as an insurance salesman, Barbara Stanwyck as a housewife who wishes her husband were dead, & Edward G. Robinson as a claims adjuster whose job is to find phony claims? Double Indemnity
What is the literal translation of 'Shulchan Aruch', the name of the most widely accepted compilation of Jewish law ever written? Prepared or Set Table
Who wrote the Shulchan Aruch, the most widely accepted compilation of Jewish law ever written, in Safed in 1563? Joseph Karo
In Judaism and the Catholic church what name is given to a body of written decisions and rulings given by legal scholars in response to questions addressed to them? Responsa
Which Jewish diaspora population who coalesced as a distinct community in the Holy Roman Empire around the end of the first millennium comprise the majority of Jews in the USA? Ashkenazi Jews
Adding the later seven Rabbinic commandments, the total number of mitzvoth in Orthodox Judaism is what, with the majority given in the Torah at biblical Mount Sinai? 620 (613 given at Mount Sinai)
Who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Constance MacKenzie in "Peyton Place", her only career nomination? Lana Turner
Who wrote the novel "The Postman Always Rings Twice" in 1934? James M Cain
Married to Judy Garland from 1945 until 1951, who was famous for directing such classic movie musicals as Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Gigi (1958), The Band Wagon (1953), and An American in Paris (1951)? Vincente Minnelli
Joan Crawford won her only Academy Award for Best Actress for which film? Mildred Pierce
Cheryl Crane was the only child of which actress - in later life she alleged that she was subject to a series of sexual assaults at the hands of her stepfather and her mother's fourth husband, actor Lex Barker? Lana Turner
Named after a place in Cicero, Illinois, what name is given to a type of reactivity in which individuals modify an aspect of their behaviour in response to their awareness of being observed? Hawthorne Effect
Who played Hawkeye Pierce in the TV series M*A*S*H*? Alan Alda
What does the ZIP stand for in the US term ZIP code? Zone Improvement Plan
Which political party and former guerrilla group are named after the man who led the Nicaraguan resistance against the United States occupation of Nicaragua in the 1930s? Sandinistas (Sandinista National Liberation Front/FSLN)
Set in the fictional Oakdale, Illinois which soap opera aired on CBS for 54 years from April 2, 1956, to September 17, 2010? As The World Turns
Pyrrhus, one of the main enemies of early Rome, was king of which ancient Greek state located in the western Balkans? Epirus
Caesar's assassin Brutus committed suicide after which battle of 42BCE? Battle of Philippi
Which forest on the northwestern flank of Japan's Mount Fuji is internationally known as one of the world's most popular suicide sites? Aokigahara
The Brocken the highest peak in which German mountain range? Harz Mountains
The chance to play which character in a 1972 film was reportedly turned down by Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Robert Redford, Ryan O'Neal and Dustin Hoffman? Michael Corleone (The Godfather)
Which American novelist has used the pseudonyms Cameron Kay, Edgar Box and Katherine Everard? Gore Vidal
Which American power pop band, formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1986 are best known for their singles 'Golden Blunders', 'Dream All Day' and 'Flavor of the Month'? The Posies
Grodno, Gomel and Mogilev are major cities in which European country? Belarus
In 1973, which British yachtswoman and author became the first female to sail solo across the Atlantic? Clare Francis
Of what is alektorophobia the fear? Chickens
Whose 2006 music tour was called "A Bigger Bang"? The Rolling Stones
Erroll Garner was best known for playing which instrument? Piano
In the Bible, who was the husband of Jezebel? Ahab
In the Bible, which herd went mad when Jesus sent a devil out of a man into them instead, before running into a lake and drowning? Gadarene Swine
Pablo Casals was most associated with which musical instrument? Cello
Who duetted with Celine Dion on the 1997 song "Tell Him"? Barbara Streisand
"I Hate You Then I Love You"from 1998 is a song sung as a duet between Celine Dion and who else? Luciano Pavarotti
Which musical features the song "With One Look"? Sunset Boulevard
The Red Savina is a type of which fruit? Chilli Pepper (habanero specifically)
Which man founded the Tamla Motown label in 1959? Berry Gordy Jr.
The tanche is a cultivar of which foodstuff? Olive
Spending 50 weeks cumulatively at Number One in the Billboard charts, who were Tamla Motown's best selling act of the 1990s? Boyz II Men
What nickname is given to Beethoven's Piano Op. 97 in B Flat? Archduke Trio
Which number Beethoven symphony is the 'Eroica'? Three
Which number violin sonata is Beethoven's "Kreutzer" sonata? Nine
Don Alfonso and Dorabella appear in which Mozart opera? Cosi Fan Tutte
Elsa is a main protagonist in which Wagner opera of 1850? Lohengrin
What was the first UK number one of Adam and the Ants? Stand and Deliver
Julian Bream and Charlie Christian were most famous for playing which musical instrument? Guitar
Who was, according to all four canonical Gospels, the man who assumed responsibility for the burial of Jesus after Jesus' crucifixion? Joseph of Arimathea
Which Ed Sheeran track was Christmas Number 1 in 2017? Perfect
What number is a storm on the Beaufort scale? 10
What is the army equivalent of the Navy's Real Admiral rank? Major General
What is the RAF equivalent of the Navy's Rear Admiral rank? Air Vice Marshal
What does PV stand for in the PV system of converting solar to electrical energy? Photovoltaic
In heraldry, what characteristic does a 'salient' animal have? Springing or leaping
What name links the call sign of Apollo 15 to Captain Cook? Endeavour
The result of an explosive eruption, what name is given to the fast-moving current of hot gas and volcanic matter (collectively known as tephra) that moves away from a volcano reaching speeds of up to 700 km/h? Pyroclastic flow
What term is used to mean 'flying' in heraldry? Volant
Often called 'the Spring City', what is the capital of Shandong province in Eastern China? Jinan
Representing November 21st to December 22nd, what is the ninth sign of the zodiac? Sagittarius
What symbol appears over the number 5 on a computer keyboard? %
What is the correct form of address for a duke? Your Grace
Who made the first US spacewalk in 1965? Ed White
A second is technically defined by the oscillations of an atom of which element? Caesium
What is nidification, in the animal world? Nest building
When applied to grades of paper, what does GSM stand for? Grams per square metre
Which man, who circumnavigated the globe single-handedly in 1967-68, for which he was knighted, had a boat called "Lively Lady"? Alec Rose
What colour beret is worn by the SAS? Sand/beige
Which month was named after a Roman festival of purification? February
What is the name of the body of water that separates New Brunswick from Prince Edward Island? Northumberland Strait
In 1963, what became The Beatles' first UK Christmas Number 1? I Want To Hold Your Hand
Who had a 1970 UK Number 1 Christmas One with "I Hear You Knocking"? Dave Edmunds
With what song did Dickie Valentine have a 1955 Christmas Number 1? Christmas Alphabet
Chaleurs Bay separates which two provinces of Canada? New Brunswick, Quebec
The Notre Dame Mountains are a portion of which larger range? Appalachians
Known as the "Father of Canadian Poetry", who (1860-1943) published "Orion and Other Powers" and "Songs of the Common Day, and Ave!"? Charles G.D. Roberts
Which US rock band that formed in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1979 had continual members guitarist/vocalist Bob Mould, bassist Greg Norton, and drummer/vocalist Grant Hart? Albums included Zen Arcade (1984), New Day Rising (1985) & Flip Your Wig (1985)? Hüsker Dü
Which Canadian indie rock band, a musical collective including as few as six and as many as nineteen members, was formed by Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning in 1999? Broken Social Scene
The town of Shediac in Westmorland County, New Brunswick promotes itself as the world capital of which foodstuff? A 90-tonne sculpture of it is at the town's western entrance. Lobster
In 2010, it was second in The Guardian newspaper's list of the top 50 TV dramas of all time, and number 1 in the Telegraph's 2015 list - which 1981 TV adaptation starring Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews? Brideshead Revisited
Which character did Helen Mirren play in the TV series "Prime Suspect"? DCI Jane Tennyson
What was the name of the dog in the 1950s UK children's TV series "The Woodentops"? Spotty
Which TV detective, in a UK series broadcast originally from 2001-08, drove a Jensen Interceptor; and in later episodes a Bristol 410? Inspector Lynley
Which make of car was driven by Peter Kingdom in the ITV TV series "Kingdom"? Alvis
Who played Frenchy, a saloon singer and cowgirl in the 1939 film "Destry Rides Again"? Marlene Dietrich
Who played Thomas Jefferson "Tom" Destry, Jr., the new town deputy, in the 1939 film "Destry Rides Again"? James Stewart
What is the name of the US President played by Martin Sheen in "The West Wing"? Josiah "Jed" Bartlet
Who created the television series The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip; and the films A Few Good Men, The American President, Charlie Wilson's War, Moneyball, and Steve Jobs? he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for "The Social Network" Aaron Sorkin
Which 1937 Laurel and Hardy film is mainly set in Brushwood Gulch? Way Out West
Which is the USA's fourth largest state, after Alaska, Texas and California? Montana
Alphabetically, which Shipping Forecast area comes first? Bailey
Alphabetically, which Shipping Forecast area comes last? Wight
Which shipping forecast area lies directly off the coast of Aberdeen? Cromarty
Abergavenny is the largest town in which Welsh county? Monmouthshire
What is the third largest city in Ireland? Galway
Which Irish language word refers individually to any, or collectively to all, of the districts of Ireland where the government recognises that the Irish language is the predominant vernacular? Gaeltacht
In which Irish county is the plain known as the Curragh? Kildare
The golden wattle is the national flower of which country? Australia
The dahlia is the national flower of which country? Mexico
Which author used the pseudonym Mr. Conny Keyber? Henry Fielding
What English title is common to a 1797 poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and an 1897 symphonic poem by Paul Dukas based on Goethe's poem? Sorcerer's Apprentice
RLE, a very simple form of lossless data compression, stands for what? Run-length encoding
Die Jakobsleiter (early 1920s), is an unfinished oratorio by which composer? Arnold Schoenberg
6 of the 12 original teams in the English football league, in season 1888-89, were based in which county? Lancashire
In 1888-89, who were the very first English football league champions? Preston North End
Which musician was born Aubrey Graham in 1986, and performs under his middle name? Drake
Dembow is a genre of popular music or musical rhythm that originated in which country? Jamaica
Who had a UK Top 10 single in 2016 with "No Lie", featuring Dua Lipa? Sean Paul
As of 2018, which artist has had the most number 1s in the Irish singles chart, with 21? U2
Which German city was the birthplace of Einstein, and is known for having the church with the tallest steeple in the world? Ulm
Which American artist, considered the "leading portrait painter of his generation" for his evocations of Edwardian era luxury, painted the "Portrait of Madame X"? John Singer Sargent
"On the Grasshopper and Cricket" is an early 1817 poem by who? Keats
Who painted "The Tragedy of Lucretia", housed in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of Boston, Massachusetts? Botticelli
"Death and Assumption of the Virgin", housed in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of Boston, Massachusetts, was painted by which artist, beatified by John Paul II in 1982? Fra Angelico
Which animal, Alces alces, is the largest extant species in the deer family? Moose/elk
Who wrote 1857's "The Life of Charlotte Bronte"? Elizabeth Gaskell
Which town in Norfolk County, Massachussetts is home to the New England Patriots' Gilette Stadium? Foxborough
For what do the initials JPL stand for in the name of a federally funded research and development centre and NASA field centre in Pasadena, California? Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Which important city of Magna Graecia, located on the Gulf of Taranto, gave its name to a word for seekers of pleasure and luxury? Sybaris (sybarite)
Who was the commander of the government forces at the 1715 Battle of Sheriffmuir? John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll
Published in 1572, which Portuguese epic poem by Luís Vaz de Camões is often regarded as the most important work of Portuguese literature? Os Lusíadas
John Graham of Claverhouse, who commanded Scottish and Irish Jacobite forces at the 1689 Battle of Killiecrankie, was the 1st Viscount of which city? Dundee
The fifth asteroid discovered, on 8 December 1845, which asteroid was named for the Greek virgin goddess of innocence and purity, who is usually associated with the Greek goddess of justice, Dike? Astraea
The Tholen classification is used to classify which objects? Asteroids
The apeiron, or boundless, or infinite, was considered to be the underlying cosmological principle by which Presocratic philosopher? Anaximander
One of the last of the Neoplatonists, which philosopher from Cilicia ( c. 490 – c. 560) is one of the principal sources for the Pre-Socratics? Simplicius
Which Pre-Socratic philosopher stated that it was absurd that men decided that the gods resembled men, and said that cattle would invent gods that resembled cattle? Xenophanes
In Greek myth, who cut off Ouranus (or Uranus)'s genitals, where they fell into the sea - Aphrodite appearing from the froth? Kronos
In which country were 85 protesters killed and more than 600 injured by the police forces during the July Revolt of 1927? Austria
Sophia is the Greek word for what? Wisdom
In which German city was Charlemagne crowned the first Holy Roman Emperor in 800AD? Aachen
The 16th Century Italian poet Torquato Tasso is best remembered for which work in which he tells a fictionalized version of the battles between the Muslims and the Christians during the First Crusade? La Gerusalemme Liberata (Jerusalem Delivered)
In 1909, which author became the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature? Selma Lagerlöf
Which Roman Emperor founded the Flavian Dynasty in AD69? Vespasian
Which country has the International Vehicle Registration code 'RB'? Botswana
Who was the Archbishop of York who crowned William the Conqueror King of England? Aldred
Which Syrian Neoplatonist philosopher was also the biographer of Pythagoras? Iamblichus
Which MLB team, who play at Minute Maid Stadium, won their first World Series in franchise history in 2017? Houston Astros
The word 'physics' derives from the Greek "φύσις" (phýsis), meaning what? Nature
In 2018, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West named their third child after which city? Chicago
Popular in the UK in the 1970s, which budget aftershave was so named because it contained about one-third of the fragrance of the original product? Brut 33
Sharing its name with a US TV series of 1990 and 1991 that was revived in 2017, what is the name of Poundland's version of Toblerone? Twin Peaks
Which toll bridge connecting Runcorn and Widnes opened in 2017? Mersey Gateway
What is Alan Sugar's middle name? Michael (hence AMStrad)
Sold in November 2017, for $450.3 million, who painted the c.1500 work "Salvator Mundi"? Leonardo Da Vinci
Sebastian Kurz became head of state of which country aged 31 in 2017? Austria
'Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott' or 'A Mighty Forest is Our God' is a hymn, paraphrasing Psalm 46, written by whom sometime between 1527 and 1529? Martin Luther
In cycling, what term - familiar from the world of music - is the number of revolutions of the crank per minute? Cadence
Which eight-letter word refers to a technique in dancing where the head and body turn at different rates, or the eyes are fixed on one point, both to prevent dizziness? Spotting
The bishop of which city is third in seniority in the Church of England after the Archbishops of Canterbury and York? London
Who was the first footballer to have played in Merseyside, Manchester and Old Firm derbies? Andrei Kanchelskis
Who released the 2016 album "Glory Days" that featured the song "Reggaetón Lento (Remix)"? Little Mix
What is the second song, after the title track, on the 1967 Beatles album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"? With A Little Help From My Friends
Which chemical element with the atomic number 64 and the relative atomic mass 157.25 is named after a Finnish chemist, born in 1760? Gadolinum
Horace Wells (January 21, 1815 – January 24, 1848) was an American dentist who pioneered the use of what in anaesthesia? Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)
Three panel paintings of Elizabeth I, including one that was saved for the nation in 2017, and is displayed at Greenwich, are named after which major event of her reign? Armada (Armada Portraits)
In its embassy in which island nation did the US allege that its diplomats had been targeted by sonic attacks in 2017? Cuba
Michael Ehrmantraut is a fictional character in Breaking Bad and its prequel spin-off series Better Call Saul, portrayed by which actor who also played Gunderson in 1980's "Airplane!"? Jonathan Banks
Who was the first major British rock manager, and his stable of singers included many of the most successful British rock singers of the late 1950s and early 1960s, such as Billy Fury, Tommy Steele and Marty Wilde? He basically ripped them all off. Larry Parnes
Which UK newspaper launched the first regular crossword puzzle in 1924? Sunday Express
To what did Harlequins Rugby League team change their name in 2012? London Broncos
Which BBC commentator (1904-96) commentated on the annual Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race from 1931 to 1980, and also did work on the coronations of George VI and Elizabeth II? John Snagge
Which commentator famously said, during a hockey match, "where were the Germans...but frankly who cares?" Barry Davies
An Olympic medalist in 1968 and named the Associated Press Athlete of the Year for 1970, the former pentathlete turned sprinter Chi Cheng hailed from which country? Taiwan
How wide apart are the goalposts in a polo match? Eight yards
Who, in 2006 became the first woman to sail single-handedly and non-stop around the world "the wrong way"; westward against the prevailing winds and currents, and in 2009 the first woman to sail solo, non-stop, around the world in both directions? Dee Caffari
In which year did Arthur Ashe win the Men's Singles at Wimbledon? 1975
Who were the first three golfers to win all four major tournaments? Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen, Gary Player
Who retained the World Heavyweight Boxing title in 1947 by defeating Jersey Joe Walcott? Joe Louis
Irina Rodnina was a famous name in which sport? Figure skating
Which colours oppose black and blue balls in a game of croquet? Red and yellow
In which card game are jacks called bowers? Euchre
Which sporting hall of fame is located in Cooperstown, New York? Baseball
Which Canadian-American physical educator invented the game of basketball at age 30 in 1891? James Naismith
The Pro Football Hall of Fame, the hall of fame for professional American football, is located in which city in Ohio, USA? Canton
In which sport did the conservationist Peter Scott win an Olympic medal, bronze in 1936? Yachting
Which England cricketer scored a century on his Test debut in March 2006? Alastair Cook
Joe Calzaghe was a boxing champion at which weight division? Super-middleweight
Who appeared 7 times in the Men's Singles final at Wimbledon from 1985 to 1995? Boris Becker
Who wrote the play "Jeffrey Barnard is Unwell"? Keith Waterhouse
Which cartoonist was noted for his "The Man Who..." series of cartoons, featuring comically exaggerated reactions to minor, usually upper-class social gaffes, such as "The Man Who Lit His Cigar Before the Royal Toast" which appeared in the magazine Punch? HM Bateman
In the Orwell novel "1984" where does Winston Smith work? Ministry of Truth
The Velveteen Rabbit (or How Toys Become Real) is a children's book written by who, in 1922? Margery Williams
"Ballerina with Action Man Parts" and "Bombhugger" are both works by which artist? Banksy
Who wrote the anti-totalitarian novel "Darkness at Noon"? Arthur Koestler
Who wrote the 2010 memoir "Just Kids" published on January 19, 2010, documenting her relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe? Patti Smith
Which poet (1799-1845) was best known for poems such as "The Bridge of Sighs" and "The Song of the Shirt"? Thomas Hood
Which Booker Prize-winning author wrote the novel "Parrot and Olivier in America" in 2010? Peter Carey
"Lincoln in the Bardo" is a 2017 experimental novel that won that year's Booker prize, by which American writer? George Saunders
What is the first season of the church year? Advent
Who was Brendan Cole's first celebrity partner in the TV series "Strictly Come Dancing"? Natasha Kaplinsky
In Italian cuisine what name is given to stuffed rice balls which are coated with bread crumbs and then deep fried? Arancini
Which thick spaghetti-like pasta with a hole running through the centre takes its name from the Italian for 'hole'? Bucatini
Majuro is the capital of which country? Marshall Islands
Who was elected Lord Speaker of the House of Lords in September 2016? Lord Fowler
Which tunnel underneath the Thames links the London Borough of Tower Hamlets with the Royal Borough of Greenwich? Blackwall Tunnel
Kirk Douglas played what sort of sportsman in the 1949 film "Champion"? Boxer
Who was Prime Minister of Italy for five separate runs from 1954 to 1987, and nicknamed "Cavallo di Razza" ("Purebred Horse"), thanks to his innate political ability? Amintore Fanfani
Who served as the Prime Minister of Italy from 2011 to 2013, despite never having been an elected politician, leading a government of technocrats in the wake of the Italian debt crisis? Mario Monti
"Monogram", that consists of a stuffed goat with its midsection passing through an automobile tyre, is arguably the most famous work of which artist? Robert Rauschenberg
"Unto This Last" is an essay and book on economy by which man, first published in December 1860? John Ruskin
The Kingdom of God Is Within You (Russian: Царство Божие внутри вас) is a non-fiction book written by who in 1894? Leo Tolstoy
"Resistance to Civil Government (Civil Disobedience)" is an essay written by who in 1849? Henry David Thoreau
In astronomy, what name is given to is a (usually) straight-line configuration of three or more celestial bodies in a gravitational system? Syzygy
Often depicted as Nataraja (Sanskrit: naṭarāja, "Lord of Dance"), which Hindu deity is often also seen with an uplifted foot, representing freedom from illusion? Shiva
Which event in the life of Christ is often depicted in art with an emphasis on the feet, such as in a 1958 work by Salvador Dali? Ascension
Winterreise (Winter Journey) is a song cycle for voice and piano by who, published in 1828? Schubert
Who wrote the overture "Ein Sommernachtstraum" in 1826? Mendelssohn
Whose first novel "Look Who's Back" (Er ist wieder da), which has sold over a million copies in Germany, is a satire about Adolf Hitler and 21st-century Germany? Timur Vermes
The TAZARA Railway, also called the Uhuru Railway or the Tanzam Railway, is a railway in East Africa linking which port with the town of Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia's Central Province? Dar es Salaam
The Benguela Railway connects the Atlantic port of Lobito to the eastern border town of Luau in which country? Angola
What is the simplest saturated ketone? Acetone
What name is given to the industrial process for developing phenol and acetone from benzene and propylene? Cumene Process
Which French chemist isolated the first amino-acid ever identified, asparagin, in 1805-1806, is credited with discovering Beryllium and isolated, identified and started mass production of codeine in 1832? Antoine Bussy
Which English actor and theatre manager founded RADA in 1904, as well as helping fund the rebuilding of His Majesty's Theatre in 1899? Herbert Beerbohm Tree
Which George Bernard Shaw play, that opened in London in 1914, begins with a group of people sheltering from the rain in Covent Garden? Pygmalion
Which film director was the illegitimate child of actor Herbert Beerbohm Tree? Carol Reed
Which brothers led the band Sparks? Ron and Russell Mael
Formed in 2000, which US group consists of Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione and describe their style as "Brechtian punk cabaret"? The Dresden Dolls
A single orbital of an element holds a maximum of how many electrons? Two
Naram-Sin, king of ancient Akkad, was what relation of Sargon? Grandson
Who was the last ruler of Egypt's Ptolemaic dynasty, reigning for just a few days from August 12, 30 BC, up to August 23, 30 BC? Caesarion
What regnal number was Cleopatra, the famous lover of Marc Antony? VII
The philosophers Democritus, Protagorasand Anaxarchus, historian and philosopher Hecataeus, and the lyric poet Anacreon all hailed from which ancient Greek polis in Thrace? Abdera
Which Russian nuclear physicist, dissident, and activist for disarmament, peace and human rights won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1975? Andrei Sakharov
Which town in Tuscany was the birthplace, some time between 1412 and 1420 of Piero della Francesca? Sansepolcro
Which great artist was born Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi c. 1386? Donatello
The equivalent of Noah, which character in the Epic of Gilgamesh is tasked by Enki (Ea) to abandon his worldly possessions and create a giant ship to be called The Preserver of Life? Utanipishtim
The Biblical King Solomon is believed to have historically reigned in which century? Tenth century BCE (c. 961-922BCE)
Which city is the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics? Beijing
Who directed the 2009 sports film "Invictus"? Clint Eastwood
The 1954 Mile Race between Roger Bannister and John Landy, the first two men to break the 4 minute mile, was dubbed the "Race of the Century" and took place in which city? A bronze statue of the closing stages now stands there. Vancouver
The first official international match in sport, in 1844, took place between which two nations at which sport? USA, Canada; cricket
Which athlete, born June 30, 1985 in the city, was nicknamed "The Baltimore Bullet"? Michael Phelps
What is the more common name of the deadly species Carcharodon carcharias? Great White Shark
Joe DiMaggio played his entire 13 year professional baseball career for which team? New York Yankees
One of the presenters of British children's television service CBBC, which puppet Border Terrier from Wigan, has a "half-brother" called Dodge? Hacker T. Dog
Which winner of a 2006 Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 'Showgirls' stepped out of the public eye for three months in October 2008 after her mother, brother, and nephew were killed in a shooting? Jennifer Hudson
Which religious reformer is considered the founder of the both the Church of Scotland and the Protestant Reformation in Scotland? John Knox
With which band did Ian Broudie and Holly Johnson play together before becoming the lead singers of The Lightning Seeds and Frankie Goes to Hollywood respectively? Big In Japan
In meteorology, what is measured in oktas? Cloud Cover
Which large lake lies on the River Rhine on the border between Germany, Switzerland and Austria? Lake Constance
'Hatter's Castle' was the first novel by which popular 20th century novelist? AJ Cronin
Nicknamed the 'Bull Moose Party', what was the name of the American political party founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1912 after he had lost the Republican Presidential nomination to William Howard Taft? Progressive Party
Who achieved international fame as a drag queen with the release of his debut single, "Supermodel (You Better Work)", which was included on his debut studio album Supermodel of the World (1993)? RuPaul
Which 2016 Indian Hindi-language film was a record-breaking commercial success, becoming the highest-grossing Indian film ever, the fifth highest grossing non-English film ever, and 2017's highest-grossing sports film worldwide? Dangal
Which French term is the equivalent of the Italian rilievo schiacciato? Bas-relief
What was the first freestanding nude sculpture of the Renaissance - the first since classical times? Donatello's David
Which Italian artist was born Tommaso di Ser Giovanni di Simone? Masaccio
How is the number involved in the amount of substance in one mole, 6.022140857(74)×1023 mol−1 in the International System of Units (SI), better known after the Italian chemist who proposed a law involving it? Avogadro's Constant
What is the simplest alkene, with formula C2H4 or H2C=CH2? Ethylene/ethene
What name is given to an anion with the chemical formula written as [OCN]− or [NCO]−, which forms a base in aqueous solution? Cyanate
Which alkane has the molecular formula C3H8? Propane
On which island are the archaeological sites of Phaistos and Hagia Triada found? Crete
Which town in the Nagapattinam district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, founded by the Dutch East India Company in 1620, was a Danish colony from 1620 until 1845? Tharamgambadi (or Tranquebar)
What is the most northerly county in mainland Great Britain? Caithness
Directed by Max Spielberg, the son of Steven, and with the tagline "This time it's really personal", 'Jaws 19' was a holofilm playing at the Holomax Theater in the year 2015 in which real film of 1989? Back To The Future Part II
By what Anglicised name is Antti Hulkko, the lead singer of the Finnish rock group Hanoi Rocks, better know? Andy McCoy
In which sport did the Indonesian Rudy Hartono win the All England Championship seven years in succession? Badminton
The term "dey woman", used in Shakespeare, refers to a woman who worked where? Dairy
Which future monarch of England was born in Bolingbroke Castle in 1367? Henry IV
The Sundance Kid, an outlaw and member of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch in the American Old West, had what real name? Harry Longabaugh
Who was the first US President to die in office? William Henry Harrison
Which senior British Army officer is most famous for commanding the British Expeditionary Force sent to France in the first year of the Second World War, which was evacuated from Dunkirk? (John Vereker, 6th) Viscount Gort
Which American abolitionist was the primary author of the memoir "Twelve Years a Slave"? Solomon Northup
Who was Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) for the first year and a half of the First World War? John French
The "Queen's House" at Greenwich was built for which queen? Anne of Denmark (wife of James I)
What name did Francis Drake give to all of North America north of Mexico, from "sea to sea," claimed by him for England in 1579? New Albion
From the name of a German family of the fifteenth and sixteenth century, 'Fuggers' is a nickname for which profession? Bankers
To which Middlesex airport or aerodrome did Neville Chamberlain return from the Munich Conference with the paper referred to in his later "Peace for our time" speech from 10 Downing Street? Heston Aerodrome
Which US outlaw's real name was Robert Leroy Parker? Butch Cassidy
On which island archipelago was Alexander Selkirk marooned for four years? Juan Fernández archipelago
Which Israeli town is the holiest city of the Bahá'í Faith? Acre
Who became Warden of the Royal Mint in 1696? Isaac Newton
In which British town or city was William Wilberforce born? (Kingston upon) Hull
The 1969 "Battle of Bogside" took place in which city? Derry/Londonderry
How many people were killed in the 1819 Peterloo Massacre? Eighteen
Who was the commander of the Republic of Texas at the Battle of the Alamo? William B Travis
Who commanded Royalist revolutionary forces in Lancashire, Cheshire, and north Wales in a 1659 uprising, that were defeated by English Parliamentary general and politician John Lambert at the Battle of Winnington Bridge? George Booth, (1st Baron Delamer)
Which man (1910-89) who jointly won the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics for "researches on semiconductors and their discovery of the transistor effect" was an avid eugenicist? William Shockley
The Sinti people belong to which wider ethnic group? Romany
Adopted 1964, which capital city gives its name to a set of ethical principles regarding human experimentation developed for the medical community by the World Medical Association (WMA)? Helsinki (Helsinki Declaration)
In which German state is Nuremberg? Bavaria
With 35,000 living near Graubünden, Switzerland, who are the third-largest population of itinerant people all over Europe, living mostly in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium and parts of France? Yenish
In Greek myth, Clytemnestra was whose wife? Agamemnon
The city of Syktyvkar is the capital of which Russian republic and federal state? Komi Republic
Meaning "thief in law" which Russian term refers to a professional criminal who enjoys an elite position within the organized crime environment and employs informal authority over its lower-status members? Vor v zakone
"The Captive Mind" is a 1953 work of nonfiction by which Polish writer? Czeslaw Milosz
Which Australian book by Doris Pilkington, published in 1996, is a personal account of an indigenous Australian family's experiences as members of the Stolen Generation? Follow The Rabbit-Proof Fence
Which American composer and performing musician associated with the minimalist school, is best known for works such as his 1964 composition In C and 1969 album A Rainbow in Curved Air, both considered landmarks of minimalist music? Terry Riley
Which British composer and performer of electronic and acoustic music released her debut studio album, Varmints, to widespread critical acclaim in 2016? Anna Meredith
Which American composer who, along with others, pioneered minimal music in the mid to late 1960s created innovations include using tape loops to create phasing patterns, and composed "Pendulum Music" and "Four Organs"? Steve Reich
Eleanor of Aquitaine was mother of which two kings of England? Richard I, John
Who was the mother of both Charles II and James II of Great Britain? Henrietta Maria of France
Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz was mother to which two British monarchs? George IV, William IV
Burnt Norton, East Coker, The Dry Salvages, and Little Gidding, together make up what? TS Eliot's "Four Quartets"
Complete the title of the 2014 Slavoj Zizek work "Absolute Recoil: Towards a New Foundation of Dialectical..." what? Materialism
From the Greek for 'many forms' what term describes cells containing more than two paired (homologous) sets of chromosomes? Polyploid
Which medicinal drug, extracted from the autumn crocus, can be used to induce polyploidy in plants? Colchicine
Which fashion design house was started in London in 1982 by Wayne Hemingway and his wife Gerardine Hemingway? Red or Dead
Sharing its name with a character in US literature, what is the state fruit of Idaho? Huckleberry
The Battle of Tewkesbury of 1471 occurred in which conflict? Wars of the Roses
Which battle, fought on 2 July 1644, is thought to possibly have been the largest fought on British soil? Battle of Marston Moor
Which battle of 21 March 1646 in Gloucestershire effectively ended the first Civil War? Battle of Stow-on-the-Wold
Which battle, fought between 17–19 August 1648, was the largest of the second English Civil War, and the Parliamentarian victory presaged the war's end? Battle of Preston
In Greek myth, which character is stripped and chained naked to a rock as a sacrifice to sate the sea monster Cetus, but is saved from death by Perseus? Andromeda
Massacre at Chios (1824), Greece on the Ruins of Missolonghi (1826) and Andromeda (1852) are all works by which artist? Eugène Delacroix
Tamara de Lempicka was an artist from which country? Poland
St Croix and St Thomas are the largest two islands in which group? US Virgin Islands
In which English county is Market Rasen? Lincolnshire
Where is the "Ieoh Ming Pyramid" located? Outside the Louvre (From the forenames of I.M. Pei)
In 1937, Andrew Mellon donated his substantial art collection, collected at a cost of $25 million and valued at $40 million, plus $10 million for construction, to establish which art gallery? National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Jørgen Moe (1813–82) and Sophus Bugge (1833-1907) were among the foremost collectors of the folklore of which country? Norway
Pula is both the one-word motto, and currency, of which country? Botswana
Which country's motto is "!ke e: ǀxarra ǁke" in the now defunct ǀXam language? It means "unity in diversity". South Africa
Who (1536-1624) was commander of the English forces during the battles against the Spanish Armada? Lord Howard of Effingham (Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham)
16th PM of India, Narendra Modi, was born in which state, of which he also served as Governor from 2001 to 2014? The state is home to Gir Forest National Park, in turn the sole home of the Asiatic lion in the wilderness in the entire world. Gujarat
Which English slave trader, naval commander and administrator (1532-95) pioneered the slave trade, and was, in his ship Victory, third in command at the Armada battles in 1588? John Hawkins
Which Thomas Hardy novel is subtitled "A Pure Woman"? Tess of the D'Urbervilles
The second Abbasid caliph, who is known for founding the 'round city' of Madinat al-Salam which was to become the core of imperial Baghdad? al-Mansur
Ostashkov is the only city on which popular resort lake of central Russia, called the "European Baikal"? Lake Seliger
Named after a Japanese molecular biologist, what name is given to short, newly synthesized DNA fragments that are formed on the lagging template strand during DNA replication? Okazaki Fragments
Which novel begins "Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show."? David Copperfield
Somerset House, London, and the pagoda at Kew are among the most famous works of which Scottish-Swedish architect and co-founder of the Royal Academy? William Chambers
Death Comes to Pemberley is a 2011 novel by which British writer that continues Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with a murder mystery? P.D. James
Which French naturalist and zoologist, sometimes referred to as the "father of paleontology" (1769-1832) wrote 1817's "The Animal Kingdom" and was the most influential proponent of catastrophism in geology in the early 19th century? Georges Cuvier
In Greek myth, who was the oldest of the Three Fates, and was known as the "inflexible" or "inevitable"? It was she who chose the mechanism of death and ended the life of mortals by cutting their thread with her "abhorred shears." Atropos
"Pura vida" is a phrase associated with the culture of which country in the Americas? Costa Rica
The Strait of Otranto links the Ionian Sea to which other? Adriatic
Traditionally, all distances in London are measured from an equestrian statue of which king? Charles I
Popularised by the rapper Drake, which city has the nickname "The Six"? Toronto
Which is the only forename to be shared by two of the first twelve men to walk on the Moon? Alan (Bean, Shepard)
Which alcoholic beverage variously made from apples, oranges, fruit cocktail, candy, ketchup, sugar, milk, and possibly other ingredients, including crumbled bread, is best known for being made by prisoners in US jails? Pruno
Which Team GB cyclist received a knighthood in 2009? Chris Hoy
What was the name of the pirate Blackbeard (real name Edward teach)'s ship? Queen Anne's Revenge
Under which Emperor of the Han dynasty did Confucianism become China's state orthodoxy? He was born born Liu Che, courtesy name Tong, and ruled for 54 years? Emperor Wu of Han
Which German musician and composer, considered one of the most distinguished pianists of the Romantic era, was the first person to publicly perform any work by Brahms? Clara Schumann
What foul in American Football is signalled by an official placing their hands on their hips? Encroachment
Which character was portrayed by Bradley James in the BBC TV series Merlin (2008-2012)? King Arthur
The pirate John Rackham (26 December 1682 – 18 November 1720) was better known by what nickname? Calico Jack
How many times did Jacqueline Bouvier (July 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994) marry? Twice
Which fashion house made the pink suit worn by Jackie Kennedy on the day of her husband John's assassination? Chanel
Who was both the first African American head coach in the National Football League (NFL), and along with Bobby Marshall one of the first two African American players in the NFL in 1920? Fritz Pollard
"One of These Nights" was both a UK Top 10 single, and the name of the fourth studio album by which band? The Eagles
Who composed the opera "Ernani" (1844)? Giuseppe Verdi
"Pastel de nata" cakes originated in which country? Portugal
Jane Shore was a mistress of which English monarch? Edward IV
"Behind the Gloves" is a website dedicated to which sport? Boxing
The university in Linz, Austria is named after which astronomer? Johannes Kepler
How many cymbals make up a hi-hat? Two
What does footballer Javier Hernández's nickname Chicharito mean? Little Pea
Both the ancient towns of Chalcedon and Carthage took their names ultimately from the Phoenician word for what? New Town
Located 29 miles south-west of Rhodes, what is the second largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands, in the southeastern Aegean Sea? Karpathos
The first emperor to rule the whole of China, who was the first emperor of the Yuan Dynasty? Kublai Khan
Who played Custer in the 1941 film "They Died With Their Boots On"? Errol Flynn
Which Coronation Street actress, who played Ena Sharples, died on Boxing Day 1983? Violet Carson
Later appearing drunk on The Word and Shooting Stars, who played Ivy Tilsley in Coronation Street? Lynne Perrie
The US TV series Lou Grant (1977-82) featured which fictional newspaper? Los Angeles Tribune
Which actor, who died aged 45 in 1973, was born Laruschka Mischa Skikne? Laurence Harvey
Which Cumbria village is home to England's highest mainline railway station? Dent
Which solar system plane has an equatorial diameter close to twice that of Earth's moon? Mars
Following the example of the Cadbury brothers at Bourneville, which manufacturer and philanthropist developed the model village of New Earswick, North East of York? Joseph Rowntree
In which Booker Prize winning novel by Peter Carey do the title characters become involved in a wager to transport a glass church into the Australian bush? Oscar and Lucinda
Which German director made the 1982 film "Fitzcarraldo"? Werner Herzog
Based on a novel of 1950, Henri-Georges Clouzet's film "The Wages of Fear" concerns an attempt to transport what substance by jeep across dangerous terrain in South America? Nitroglycerin
Which programming language was invented by Jean E. Sammet and others in 1959 and intended for use in commerce? COBOL
Name the discrete probability distribution taking the value 1 with probability p, and taking the value 0 with probability 1 minus p. Bernoulli Distribution
The first successful version of which device was built by Theodore Maiman in Malibu in 1960? LASER
What term indicates highly magnetised pulsars emitting mainly X-rays and gamma rays? Magnetars
Which musical instrument, standard in British brass bands, takes its name from the German for "wing horn"? Flugelhorn
The economic theory that the true rate of exchange between two currencies can be determined by what can be bought with a unit of each is known as PPP; for what do these initials stand? Purchasing Power Parity
What is the name of the element with atomic number 111? Roentgenium
Which Welsh physicist gives his name to the phenomena that occur when an electric current passes through a very thin insulating layerbetween two superconducting substances? Brian Josephson (the Josephson effect)
What is the common name of songbirds of the genus "motacilla"? British species include the yellow, grey and pied. Wagtail
In 1900, the image that can be seen as both a rabbit and a duck was introduced by which Polish-born US psychologist? He also invented the "ring-segment illusion" that has an alternative name, named after him. Joseph Jastrow
What 8-letter noun denotes a plane curve consisting of two branches situated about a line to which they are asymptotic, so that any line through a fixed point intersecting both branches is of equal and constant length between asymptote and either branch? Conchoid
The German actor Gustaf Gründgens was the inspiration for the novel "Mephisto" by which German author, who questioned his actions during the Nazi era? Klaus Mann
Who gave a speech of 18 February 1943 calling for a total war, as the tide of World War II had turned against Nazi Germany and its Axis allies? Joseph Goebbels
In 2010, which tennis player became the seventh male player to win all four Grand Slam tournaments when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the US Open men's final? Rafael Nadal
Which comedian, singer and actress wrote the 1977 book "George, Don't Do That"? Joyce Grenfell
What is the commercial name sometimes used to designate a red paint made from a traditional lake pigment extracted from the plant Rubia tinctorum? Rose madder
Which collective, who teach architecture without any of them being qualified architects, won the 2015 Turner Prize? Assemble
Which chemical element has the symbol Nd? Neodymium
Which British TV series of 1992-93 was set in the fictional town of Los Barcos? Eldorado
Who wrote the poem that includes the lines "Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage""? Richard Lovelace (To Althea, From Prison)
Which colourful name is given to refer to all US tabloid papers? Yellow press
Which poet's opium-induced inspiration was shattered by a 'person from Porlock'? Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Matthew Bourne, born Walthamstow in January 1960, is famous in what field? Choreography/ballet
Which artist painted "Broadway Boogie-Woogie"? Piet Mondrian
"Squares with Concentric Circles" of 1913, "Composition VII" of 1913 and "Points" of 1920 were all works by which artist? Wassily Kandinsky
Which UK novelist's (1918-2006) autobiography was called "Curriculum Vitae"? Muriel Spark
Which wildy-successful author wrote the Michael Bennett, Women's Murder Club, Maximum Ride, Daniel X, NYPD Red, Witch and Wizard, and Private series? James Patterson
Whose one hundredth novel was published in 1999, a year after she died? Her unmarried name was McMullen. Catherine Cookson
Which Pope commissioned the painting of the Sistine Chapel roof? Julius II
Who painted 1656's "Jacob Blessing The Sons of Joseph"? Rembrandt
Which part of the body is a "bushel" in Cockney rhyming slang? Neck (bushel and peck)
What is the male equivalent of a sculptural karyatid? Telamon/atlantes
The Danish companies Lundbeck and Novo Nordisk are both involved in which industry? Pharmaceuticals
Opened in 1988, the Essen Opera House was designed by, and is named after, which architect? Alvar Aalto
Which American film, stage and television actor's most identifiable role was that of Richard Sherman in "The Seven Year Itch", and he also starred in "The Girl Can't Help It"? Tom Ewell
In "The Addams Family", what type of animal was Pugsley's pet, Aphrodite? An octopus
Which fictional character, a detective who has been featured in many British comic strips, novels and dramatic productions since 1893, drove a Rolls-Royce called "The Grey Panther"? Sexton Blake
Which British actor was born David John McDonald on 18 April 1971? David Tennant
Blanche and Jane Hudson are characters in which film of 1962? What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?
What is the name of "Strictly Come Dancing"'s spin-off show, shown on weekday evenings on BBC2 since 2004? Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two/It Takes Two
Who replaced Sandi Toksvig as host of Radio 4's "The News Quiz" in September 2015? Miles Jupp
First broadcast in 2006, what is the name of the obituary BBC radio series broadcast weekly on Radio 4? Last Word
Which British art historian and museum director presented the radio series, and wrote the book, both entitled "A History Of The World in 100 Objects"? Neil MacGregor
What is the alter ego of Wonder Woman? Diana Prince
In nuclear physics, how is the 'nucleon number' better known? Mass number
What name is given to atoms with equal numbers of protons but differing numbers of neutrons? Isotopes
Long considered stable, it was later found that which element, atomic number 83, had an isotope that decays via alpha decay with a half-life more than a billion times the estimated age of the universe? It is thus stable for all intents and purposes. Bismuth
Which prefix in the SI and other systems of units denotes a factor of 10−9 (one billionth)? Nano-
Which unit prefix in the metric system denotes a factor of 10−18 or 0.000000000000000001? Atto-
The unit prefix -pico denotes a factor of 10 to the minus what? Twelve
What are the three isotopes of hydrogen called? Hydrogen, deuterium, tritium
In what type of radioactive decay might a neutron change into a proton in an atom? Beta-decay
Which English theoretical physicist (1902-84), who shared the 1933 Nobel Prize with Erwin Schrödinger "for the discovery of new productive forms of atomic theory" predicted the existence of positrons before they were discovered? Paul Dirac
Which tributary of the Thames, that shares its name with a Lancashire town, flows through Watford and Uxbridge? River Colne
Joe Clarke won a gold medal for team GB at the 2016 Olympics in which sport? Canoeing
Phillip Hindes and Callum Skinner won gold medals for team GB at the 2016 Olympics in which sport? Cycling
Which two British rowers won the Women's coxless pair events at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics? Helen Glover and Heather Stanning
Between 1935 and 1983 Great Britain (and from 1979 Europe) won only one Ryder Cup - at which course in the West Riding of Yorkshire? Lindrick (in 1957)
Who was the last boxer to fight Muhammad Ali? Trevor Berbick
Because it took place in Nassau, what name was given to Muhammad Ali's last professional boxing fight, on December 11, 1981? Drama in Bahama
Which is the only letter in Scrabble to be worth exactly five points? K
How many players on a netball team may score? Two
The first female winner of a gold medal in the Olympics did so in which sport, and did so two months before Charlotte Cooper won a medal in tennis? Sailing (Hélène de Pourtalès, a crewmember of the Swiss boat Lérina, which won the gold medal in the first race of 2-3 ton class)
In 1987, who became the first Irishman to win the Tour De France? Stephen Roche
Inspired by the European masters such as Claude Lorrain and John Constable, Thomas Cole is acknowledged as the founder of which artistic movement, also associated with Frederic Church and Sanford Robinson Gifford? Hudson River School
Which American Old West outlaw, who boasted that he had killed more than forty men, was himself shot dead by the El Paso lawman John Selman in 1895? John Wesley Harding
Tintamarre is the largest island in which French overseas collectivity that came into being in February 2007? Saint Martin
'Knifeboards' was a nickname for seats on what form of transport in the UK? Trams
Known for championing unpopular people and causes, what was the hereditary title of Francis Aungier Pakenham (1905-2001)? Lord Longford (7th Earl of Longford, 1st Baron Pakenham)
Which former British Prime Minister lost his seat in Manchester East just months after resigning as PM? Arthur Balfour
Who was the first British Royal to visit the USSR, doing so in 1990? Princess Anne
Which Scottish miners' leader and lifelong Communist was the vice-president of the NUM during the 1984-5 miner's strike? Mick McGahey
Who was the last British PM to be PM whilst in the House of Lords? Marquis of Salisbury
Who was British PM between the first stints of Wellington and Melbourne? Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey
Who narrowly defeated Silvio Berlusconi in a 1996 election to become PM of Italy - a position he held until 1998, and then again from 2006 to 2008? Romano Prodi
Who was PM of Australia from 1996 to 2007? John Howard
How is the historical figure Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar (c. 1043 – 1099) better known? El Cid
The city of Guangzhou in China lies on which river? Pearl River
Which two letters make up the Internet code of Serbia? RS (.rs)
Which two letters make up the Internet code of Morocco? MA (.ma)
Which Shakespeare character's last words before death are, "Mount, mount, my soul! thy seat is up on high;. Whilst my gross flesh sinks downward, here to die"? Richard II
Which Shakespeare character's last words before death are, "I killed not thee with half so good a will"? Brutus
Which Shakespeare character's last words before death are, "The drink, the drink! I am poison'd"? Gertrude (Hamlet)
Which Ben Jonson comedy takes place during a plague in London and features Face, Subtle and Dol trying to relieve the gullible of theircash? The Alchemist
Which British town, on the Trent, between Newark and Scunthorpe, is believed to have been the inspiration for the fictional St Ogg's in "The Mill On The Floss"? Gainsborough
In the novels of George R.R. Martin, the seven kingdoms are found on which continent? Westeros
The city of Vasteras is the largest inland port in which country? Sweden
Which Swedish actress was also a film director, making her debut with the explicit Älskande par (1964, "Loving Couples")? Mai Zetterling
Which Scottish town is the mainland terminus of the ferry to Stornoway? Ullapool
The Melian Dialogue is a famous passage in which work from classical times? Thucydides' "A History Of The Peloponnesian War"
Give a year during the First Opium War. 1839-42 (inclusive)
Who succeeded William Henry Harrison as US President? John Tyler
Which treaty was signed on June 5, 1862, between representatives of the French Empire and the last precolonial emperor of the House of Nguyen, Emperor Tự Đức, and gave France its first foothold in Indochina? Treaty of Saigon
Considered the pinnacle work of Chinese imperial garden and palace design, which building was destroyed by the British and French in 1860 at the end of the Second Opium War? Old Summer Palace (Yuanming Yuan)
Which French composer and pianist wrote the piano suite Trois mouvements perpétuels (1919), the ballet Les biches (1923), the Concert champêtre (1928), the opera Dialogues des Carmélites (1957), and the Gloria (1959) for soprano, choir and orchestra? Francis Poulenc
Which British ballet dancer and choreographer was artistic director of the Royal Ballet in London between 1970 and 1977, and its principal choreographer from 1977 until his death in 1992? Kenneth MacMillan
What is the first line and usual title of the Christian hymn also known also as the Greater Doxology and the Angelic Hymn/Hymn of the Angels? Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Who composed the film score for the film "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962)? Maurice Jarre
Who directed the films Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999) and There Will Be Blood (2007)? Paul Thomas Anderson
Which composer wrote the scores for A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West and Once Upon a Time in America, all Giuseppe Tornatore films since Cinema Paradiso and The Untouchables? Ennio Morricone
Born in County Sligo in 1819, which Irish physicist and mathematician's name is joined to that of Claude-Louis Navier to form some equations describing the motion of viscous fluid substances? George Gabriel Stokes (Navier-Stokes Equations)
Which English poet (28 July 1844 – 8 June 1889), on becoming a Jesuit priest, burned his poems, having sent copies to a friend for safe keeping? Gerard Manley Hopkins
Which German architect and structural engineer noted for his use of lightweight structures, in particular tensile and membrane structures, including the roof of the Olympic Stadium in Munich for the 1972 Summer Olympics, won 2015's Pritzker Prize? Frei Otto
Who wrote "Cities of the Interior" (1959), in five volumes, including "The Four-Chambered Heart"? Anais Nin
Nicknamed "Old leather lungs" which singer's real name was Francesco Paolo LoVecchio? Frankie Laine
Who wrote the music for the musicals Les Misérables (1980), Miss Saigon (1989), Martin Guerre (1996), The Pirate Queen (2006), and Marguerite (2008)? Claude-Michel Schönberg
The tempranillo grape, used in wine production, is native to which country? Spain
The drink Pimms number 2 was based on which spirit? Whisky
The menorah, a symbol of Judaism, has how many arms? Seven
Who were the Rolling Stones' record label from 1963 to 1970? Decca
Which rabbinical product certification, qualifying items (usually foods) that conform to the requirements of halakha or kosher, is the Hebrew for "prior approval"? Hechsher
The cervelat the national sausage of which European nation? Switzerland
Who had UK hits with "Who's Sorry Now" (1957) and "Lipstick On Your Collar" (1959)? Connie Francis
"Once" was an April 2010 UK number 1 for which former X Factor contestant? Diana Vickers
In physics, what name is given to the process that occurs when a subatomic particle collides with its respective antiparticle to produce other particles? Annihilation
What is a dryad's saddle? Fungus/mushroom
What is the only endemic vertebrate in the UK? Scottish Crossbill
Which bird, spinus spinus, is a finch with a brown-green back, black cap and yellow flashes? (Common or Eurasian) Siskin
From 1902 until the 1950s, "Abdulla" was a make of what product, sold in the UK? Cigarettes
In the UK, what does the acronym 'FIA' after a person's name signify? Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries
What is the sum of the interior angles of a pentagon, in degrees? 540
The female equivalent of a testator, what name is sometimes given to a woman who makes a will? Testatrix
Which popular toy brand which was introduced by Lesney Products in 1953, and is now owned by Mattel, Inc made so many toy cars that they said they "made more cars than Chrysler, Chevrolet and Buick combined"? Matchbox
What name is given to an embroidery technique used to gather fabric so that it can stretch? Smocking
What name is given to a female swan? Pen
Which twin-engine monoplane aircraft was Amy Johnson flying when she went missing in 1941? Airspeed Oxford
Which rapper, born Dante Terrell Smith on December 11, 1973 played Brother Sam in the Showtime drama series Dexter and Ford Prefect in 2005 film "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"? Mos Def
In which film of 1986 did John Cleese play headmaster Brian Stimpson? Clockwise
Which 1959 American courtroom drama crime film produced and directed by Otto Preminger starred James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Eve Arden and George C. Scott? Anatomy Of A Murder
The film "3:10 to Yuma" of 1957 was based on a short story by who? Elmore Leonard
Who won consecutive Best Supporting Actor Oscars in 1977 and 1978? Jason Robards
Which horror film of 1976, directed by Richard Donner, was remade in 2006 by John Moore? The Omen
Who played psychopath Hughie Warriner in 1989 film "Dead Calm"? Billy Zane
Which famous name is used by John Cleese's character in "A Fish Called Wanda"? Archie Leach
Which country or area is called by its native inhabitants "Kalaallit Nunaat"? Greenland
What name was given to a type of open skin boat used by both Yupik and Inuit, and was originally found in all coastal areas from Siberia to Greenland? Umiak
Which animal, Ovibos moschatus, is noted for its thick coat and for the strong odour emitted during the seasonal rut by males? Muskox
Which finch-like birds, in the genus Acanthis, have three species: Arctic, Common and Lesser? Redpolls
Which country's parliament is called the Folketing? Denmark
In which treaty, concluded between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the Kingdom of Sweden on one side and the Kingdoms of Denmark and Norway on the other side on 14 January 1814 was Heligoland ceded to the UK? Treaty of Kiel
The uncommon mineral, cryolite, largely found in Greenland, was historically used as an ore of which metal? Aluminium
In which French town or city is the Saint Benezet bridge (Pont Saint-Bénézet)? Avignon
Fleet services lie on which British motorway? M3
In which US state is the Alamo? Texas
Which South African golfer won his maiden, and only, major championship at the 2008 Masters Tournament? Trevor Immelman
Which golfer, with a nickname that means "The Duck" because of his waddling gait won two majors - the U.S. Open in 2007 and the Masters in 2009? Angel Cabrera
Snooker cues are nearly always made from which wood? Ash
What is the short distance a horse may run over in British flat racing? Five furlongs
How many rods are in a mile? 320
How many points is a 'J' worth in Scrabble? Eight
In UK National Hunt racing, what is the shortest possible distance of a horse race if it involves fences or hurdles? Two Miles
What single word term is used for a National Hunt horse race run over the flat as a training exercise? Bumper
Yuriy Sedykh set a men's world record in which athletics event in 1986, that still stood some 30 years later? Hammer throw
Which stadium was the home of Wigan RLFC before the club moved to the JJB Stadium in 1999? Central Park
At which fictional school did Miss Jean Brodie teach, in the Muriel Spark novel? Marcia Blaine School
Which playwright, author of 1920's "I'll Leave It To You", died in 1973? Noel Coward
Which author, who died on 2 March 1930, had an elaborate headstone commissioned by Frieda Weekley, and has a memorial in Westminster Abbey that reads "Homo Sum! The Adventurer"? DH Lawrence
Which western TV hero was created by O. Henry in his 1907 short story "The Caballero's Way"? The Cisco Kid
What were the fictional character Captain Hook's last words, in the play "Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up" at least? Floreat Etona
What did the capital letters stand for in the 1970s US TV series CHiPs? California Highway Patrol
Which UK newspaper offered the £1000 prize won by Louis Bleriot for being the first man to fly across the Channel? Daily Mail
Who sculpted the four lions around Nelson's Column in London? Sir Edwin Landseer
Which Canadian poet, physician, author, artist and soldier during World War I is best known for the poem "In Flanders Fields"? John McCrae
Which 17th century poet wrote love-song "To His Coy Mistress"? Andrew Marvell
To which tribe did the villain Magua belong in James Fenimore Cooper's novel "Last of the Mohicans"? Huron
Which theatre style of the late 1950s, inspired by Camus, focused largely on the idea of existentialism and expressed what happens when human existence has no meaning or purpose and therefore all communication breaks down? Theatre of the Absurd
Defined as the epistemological view that "regards reason as the chief source and test of knowledge", what term links Descartes, Leibniz and Spinoza? Rationalists/rationalism
Noddy Boffin appears in which Charles Dickens? Our Mutual Friend
Who is the blacksmith in 'Great Expectations'? Joe Gargery
"My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains. My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk" are lines from which poem? Ode To A Nightingale
A gamp is an alternative word for which common item? Umbrella
The pasodoble dance originated in which country? Spain
Founded in 1767, where is the Spode brand of pottery based? Stoke-on-Trent
Swansea and Crown Derby are British varieties of what? China/porcelain
What was the first manmade object to leave the Solar System? Voyager 1
What name is given to the steepest angle of descent or dip relative to the horizontal plane to which a material can be piled without slumping of a granular compound? It can range from 0° to 90°. Angle of Repose
The 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature winner Mario Vargas Llosa stood for the presidency of which country, his birthplace, in 1990? Peru
First performed in 1958, which play by Shelagh Delaney concerns a working-class girl from Salford who becomes pregnant after a one-night stand? A Taste of Honey
In geometric optics, what name is used for the angle that a ray or beam of radiation makes with a line perpendicular to the surface at the point of arrival? Angle of Incidence
Which Greek painter who flourished during the 5th century BC apparently painted grapes so realistic that birds would peck at them? He is said to have died laughing at the humorous way he painted the goddess Aphrodite. Zeuxis
Which character narrates the novel "Treasure Island"? Jim Hawkins
Which English architect known for imaginatively adapting traditional architectural styles to the requirements of his era designed Castle Drogo? Edwin Lutyens
In which English county is Castle Drogo? Devon
Which Noel Coward play concerns a divorced couple who, while honeymooning with their new spouses, discover that they are staying in adjacent rooms at the same hotel? Private Lives
Who wrote the children's novels "Sleepovers" and "Dustin Baby", both in 2001? Jacqueline Wilson
In which real life town is the fictional Patricia Cornwell character, Kay Scarpetta, based, in her first seven novels? Richmond, Virginia
Which type of mythological creature is "Buckbeak" in the Harry Potter series? Hippogriff
Dale Arden and Princess Aura are characters in which comic books, later both TV and film series? Flash Gordon
What is meant by 'third age' in the name of the international movement "University of the Third Age", or "U3A"? Old Age
What is the modern title given to a series of six tapestries woven in Flanders from wool and silk, from designs ("cartoons") drawn in Paris around 1500? They were brought to public attention by Prosper Merimee and George Sand. The Lady and the Unicorn
The Wreck of the Deutschland is a 35-stanza ode bywhich poet, composed in 1875 and 1876? Gerard Manley Hopkins
In poetry, the study and the actual use of metres and forms of versification are both known by what name? Prosody
George's Secret Key to the Universe (2007) is a children's book written by who, in collaboration with his daughter Lucy? Stephen Hawking
Whose unfinished works were "St Ives: Being the Adventures of a French Prisoner in England" and "Weir of Hermiston"? Robert Louis Stevenson
Which actress married the British director Tom Ackerley in 2016? Margot Robbie
Which Archimedean solid has exactly 8 triangular faces and 6 square faces? Cuboctahedron
There are three national parks in Wales: Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons and which other? Pembrokeshire Coast
Exmoor National Park lies predominantly within which English county? Somerset
In 1838, John Sadleir founded a bank bearing the name of which large Irish county? He became an MP, embezzled more than £200,000 and in 1856, was found dead on Hampstead Heath next to a vial of prussic acid. Tipperary
Originally meaning a shoot or twig, especially one cut to form a graft, what word has come to mean an heir or descendant, especially of a noble house? Scion
How many electrons does an atom of halogen have in its outer p subshell? Five
Which English polymath, scientist, Anglican priest, philosopher, theologian, and historian of science (1794-866) contributed many familiar scientific words, such as electrode, ion, dielectric, anode, and cathode? William Whewell
Who painted "Portrait of a Man In a Red Turban", now in the National Gallery? Jan Van Eyck
Forty operas and oratorios and the overture known as the "Water Music" are among the works of which composer who was an influence on Handel? He was the music director of Hamburg's 5 main churches from 1721 until his 1767 death. Georg Philipp Telemann
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