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In which US state is the city of St Louis? Missouri
Flowing through or forming the border of 10 countries, which river runs through the most nations of any in the world? Danube
In which English county is Bolsover Castle? Derbyshire
What is the main shopping street in Dublin, named for the man who was the illegitimate son of King Charles II of England by Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine? Grafton Street
Peasholme Park is in which English seaside resort? Scarborough
The Shropshire Union Canal was the last major civil engineering accomplishment of who? Thomas Telford
HM Prison Full Sutton, whose primary function is to hold, in conditions of high security, some of the most difficult and dangerous criminals in the country, is in which English county? East Yorkshire
Which two Irish counties border Northern Ireland but aren't part of Ulster? Louth, Leitrim
Which flower is the French equivalent of the Remembrance Day Poppy? Bleuet de France/Blue Cornflower
Name the year: Joe DiMaggio marries Marilyn Monroe, French forces surrender at Dien Bien Phu and in Egypt Nasser takes power? 1954
Sharing its name with a now defunct American rock group, what is the name of the highest mountain in the Northwest Territories, first climbed in July 1965 by Bill Buckingham and Lew Surdam? Mount Nirvana
What was the name of the gunman who killed 14 women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6 1989, his actions leading Parliament to officially designate December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women? Marc Lepine
In 2005, which Haitian-born broadcaster and film-maker became the first black person to serve as Governor General of Canada? Michaelle Jean
What name has been given to the international fishing dispute of 1995 between Canada and the EU which ended in the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans boarding a Spanish fishing trawler, the Estai, in international waters and arresting its crew? Turbot War
Formerly known as Frobisher Bay, what is the capital and largest town of Nunavut? Iqaluit
Which title, referring to an important Roman Catholic scene, is shared by paintings by Antonio da Correggio and Anabale Carracci? Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Which title, referring to a story from Greek mythology, is shared by paintings by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Alexandre Cabanel and Sandro Botticelli? The Birth of Venus
Which scientist is credited as the discoverer of xenon, neon, krypton and (with Lord Raleigh) argon? William Ramsay
Which scientist is credited as the discoverer of rhodium and palladium? William Hyde Hollaston
Which scientist is credited as the discoverer of uranium, zirconium, strontium, titanium and (with others) cerium? Martin Heinrich Klaproth
How is the monstrous killer Daniel Robitaille known in the title of a 1992 horror film directed by Bernard Rose? Candyman
Roughly translating as ‘scaly’, which order, that includes lizards and snakes, is, with approximately 7,900 species, the largest order of extant reptiles? Squamata
During which geological period during the Palaeozoic Era did the first amphibians develop from fish similar to the modern coelacanth? Devonian
Tomistoma schlegelii is a fresh-water reptile, resembling a crocodile with a very thin and elongated snout. It is native to Sumatra and Malaysia and is also found in Borneo, Java, Vietnam and Thailand. What is its common name? False Gharial
Hatshepsut occupied the Ancient Egyptian throne during which Egyptian Dynasty? Eighteenth
Also called Hanigalbat, which Hurrian-speaking state in northern Syria and southeast Anatolia from c. 1500–1300 BC came to be a regional power after the Hittite destruction of Amorite Babylonia? Mittani
Although it was actually Cyrus, which Achaemenid king does the Book of Daniel state took Babylon on the fall of Belshazzar? Darius
Which people of the ancient Near East controlled Babylonia after the fall of the Old Babylonian Empire c. 1531 BC and until c. 1155 BC? They established a dynasty based in Dur-Kurigalzu. Kassites
Which monarch of England had his brother, Robert Curthose, Duke of Normandy imprisoned in Cardiff Castle after the Battle of Tinchebrai? Henry I
What is the county town of County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland? Enniskillen
Who was the French commander in the Battle of the Nile, killed on the first day of battle? (François-Paul) Brueys (d'Aigalliers)
In which year did the UK parliament pass The Slave Trade Act, which outlawed the slave trade, but did not outlaw slavery itself - that came in 1833? 1807
Which amendment to the US Constitution outlawed slavery? Thirteenth
Who was the first of the 'Great Royal Wives' of Pharaoh Ramses II - he constructed a temple for her at Abu Simbel next to his colossal monument there? Nefertari
On the death of Muhammed, who became the first Islamic caliph - he was also the first openly declared Muslim outside Muhammad's family? Abu Bakr
In which year was the UK's Abortion Act passed? 1967
Who was the last Achaemenid ruler of Persia, defeated by Alexander the Great in 330BCE? Darius III
Involved heavily in the creation and implementation of the Marshall Plan, who was US Secretary of State from 1949-53? Dean Acheson
In which year was the Battle of Actium, where Octavian defeated the combined forces of Mark Antony and Cleopatra? 31BCE
The US War of Independence occurred during the reign of which UK monarch? George III
Which property show, presented by Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer, first aired on Channel 4 in May 2000? Location, Location, Location
Who won a Best Actress Academy Award in 1995 for "Dead Man Walking", her fifth nomination? Susan Sarandon
Who won a Best Actress Oscar in 2015 for "Room"? Brie Larson
In which American sitcom that aired on ABC from September 13, 1979, to April 19, 1986 did Robert Guillaume play a wisecracking butler, surname DuBois? Benson
Who narrated the British children's TV series "Roobarb and Custard"? Richard Briers
Who narrated The Wombles TV series that ran in the UK from 1973 to 1975? Bernard Cribbins
Also starring in "The Affair", who is best known for playing Jimmy McNulty in The Wire, and won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor at the 2012 British Academy Television Awards for portraying serial killer Fred West in Appropriate Adult? Dominic West
Which actor delivered a 14-minute solo speech in his Academy Award winning film "A Free Soul"? Lionel Barrymore
Which character was played by Renee Zellwegger in the movie "Chicago"? Roxie Hart
Who played the lead character Thomas Fowler in the 2002 film "The Quiet American"? Michael Caine
Which Danish designer created the famous Egg chair, and the Ant chair famously used by Christine Keeler? Arne Jacobsen
The Man Meets the Sea" is a 9 metre tall white monument of four seated males located in which town in Jutland, the oil capital of Denmark? Esbjerg
Which Danish-American social reformer, "muckraking" journalist and social documentary photographer wrote 1889's "How The Other Half Lives"? Jacob Riis
Which sea lies between the coast of northwestern continental Europe and the range of Frisian Islands, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Wadden Sea
The Battle of Nyborg of 1659 was the last major conflict in which cattle? Swedo-Danish War
Which North American aquatic salamander, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, has been given the names ‘devil dog’ and ‘Allegheny alligator’ because folklore claims that it drives game fish away, and inflicts a painful, poisonous bite? Hellbender
This North American lizard is well known for its ability to run on its hind legs, looking like a small dinosaur. It has been recorded running in this way at speeds of up to 16 mph. It is the state reptile of Oklahoma - what is it? Collared Lizard
Which phrase was coined by the Polish/Austrian anthropologist Bronisław Kasper Malinowski to describe any expression whose only function is to perform a social task? Examples include saying ‘hello’ when meeting someone, or ‘bless you’ after they sneeze. Phatic Communion
One of the earliest known masters of linguistic ‘word play’, who was the Greek poet of the 5th Century BC who wrote an epic poem of 24 books, each book entirely omitting a different letter of the Greek alphabet? Tryphiodorus
The Aboriginal Australian Dalmin is the only language outside Africa of what type? Click
What name is given to the group of Jewish rebel warriors that took control of Judea, which at the time had been a province of the Seleucid Empire, and founded the Hasmonean dynasty, which ruled from 164 BCE to 63 BCE? Maccabees
Which a sect or group of Jews that was active in Judea during the Second Temple period, identified by Josephus with the upper social and economic echelon of Judean society, were known for disputes with the Pharisees? Sadducees
The Maccabean Revolt of 167-160BCE started as a revolt against which Seleucid ruler, who had issued decrees forbidding Jewish religious practice? Antiochus IV Epiphanes
Which Greek Neopythagorean philosopher from the town of Tyana in the Roman province of Cappadocia in Anatolia I said to have visited India and conversed with Brahmans there? Apollonius of Tyana
Roman Emperor for 18 years, which man, born in Leptis Magna, seized power after the death of Emperor Pertinax in 193 during the Year of the Five Emperors, and founded the last ruling dynasty before the Crisis of the Third Century? Septimius Severus
The Roman festival of Saturnalia traditionally took place in which month? December
In which year was citizenship automatically granted to all free subjects of the Roman Empire? 212CE
Meaning "completely enclosed" what name was given to a form of armoured heavy cavalry used in ancient warfare by a number of peoples in Western Eurasia and the Eurasian Steppe, where horse and rider were covered head to toe in scale armour? Cataphracts
Which city became the capital of the Parthian Empire in about 58 BC, and remained the capital of the Sassanian Empire until the Muslim conquest of Persia in 651 Ctesiphon
Which chieftain of the Germanic Cherusci tribe famously led an allied coalition of Germanic tribes to a decisive victory against three Roman legions in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in 9 AD? Arminius
Spawning several spin-offs, Happy Days was itself a spinoff of which TV show? Love, American Style
In ancient myth, Imhullu was a divine wind weapon used by which God to savage the earth goddess Tiamat? Marduk
Who had hits in the UK in the 1960s with "On A Carousel", "Stop Stop Stop" and "I Can't Let Go"? The Hollies
Which other famous composer (1797-1828) was a pallbearer at Beethoven's funeral? Franz Schubert
What is the seventh of the Ten Commandments, as written in the order given in the Bible? Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery
Symphony No. 3 in D Minor by Anton Bruckner has a nickname referring to which other composer? Wagner
Which dried fruit produces prunes? Plums
Makossa and Makassi music both originated in which African country? Cameroon
How is Schubert's Symphony No 8 in B Minor better known? Unfinished Symphony
Which commonly used English phrase actually means "bottom of the bag" in French? Cul-de-sac
Pánfilo de Narvaez named which capital city, which was originally founded in a different location on the country's south coast? Havana
In 1607 Havana replaced which city as capital of Cuba? Santiago
The Second Crusade took place in which century? Twelfth (1147-1149)
Give a year in the life of "City of God" author Augustine of Hippo. 354-430CE
One of the leaders of the Second Crusade, which King of the Franks (French) was married to Eleanor of Aquitaine until the marriage was annulled in 1152? Louis VII
In which city was the ancient Greek physician Claudius Galen born? Pergamon
In the Bible which character shows ignorance of the laws of heredity by getting ewes to stare at strips of bark so that they give birth to striped and speckled offspring? Jacob
El Morro and Cabana are large forts in which capital city? Havana
Who was the US-backed President of Cuba from 1925 to 1933 who was forced to step down after becoming increasingly dictatorial? Gerardo Machado
Born Jean Boulogne in 1529, by what name was the Flemish sculptor based in Italy, celebrated for his marble and bronze statuary such as 'Mercury' and 'Rape of the Sabine Women', better known? Giambologna
El Himno de Bayamo (The Bayamo Anthem) is the national anthem of which country? Cuba
The first land sighted and visited by Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to the New World is in which modern-day country? Bahamas
What name did Columbus give to Cuba when he landed there in 1492? Isla Juana
Deriving from the Spanish for "entrust", which labour system in Spain and the Spanish Empire rewarded conquerors with the labour of particular groups of subject people? Encomienda
Which English biologist, comparative anatomist and paleontologist coined the word "dinosaur"? Richard Owen
Which dinosaur suborder characterized by hollow bones and three-toed limbs included Tyrannosaurus, Archaeopteryx and Ceratosaurs? Theropods/theropoda
The Mesozoic Era consists of which three geological periods? Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous
Which geological period takes its name from a triplet of distinctive rock types (Buntsandstein, Muschelkalk and Keuper)? Triassic
Which geological period takes its name from a mountain range on the French-Swiss border? Jurassic
The Cretaceous geological period takes its name from the Greek for what? Chalk (kreta)
Which French film director's films La Grande Illusion (1937) and The Rules of the Game (1939) are often cited by critics as among the greatest films ever made? Jean Renoir
Which Austrian-American film director (1894-1969) directed Der blaue Engel (The Blue Angel), Morocco (1930) and Shanghai Express (1932)? Josef von Sternberg
What was photographer Man Ray's real name? Emmanuel Radnitzky
Officially Rama IX, who was King of Thailand from 1946 to his death in 2016? Bhumibol (Adulyadej)
Officially Rama X, who ascended to the throne of Thailand in 2016 upon the death of his father? Vajiralongkorn
In which US city were Gene Kelly, Michael Keaton and Andy Warhol were all born? Pittsburgh
Lise Bouvier and Jerry Mulligan are the lead two characters in which musical? An American In Paris
Oscar Levant was most associated with which musical instrument? Piano
Which English actor was married to Elizabeth Taylor from 1952 to 1957? Michael Wilding
In hairstyles, what is a fringe called in the USA? Bangs
Which American actor and director who moved to the UK after he feared being blacklisted in Hollywood due to his early pronounced liberal sympathies, was largely responsible for the modern recreation of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London? Sam Wanamaker
Which acclaimed actor was married to Merula Salaman from 1938 until his death in 2000? Alec Guinness
Which German film and television production company was responsible for such notable films as Metropolis, the Blue Angel, Die Nibelungen and Triumph des Willens? UFA (Universum Film AG)
Which acronym is the equivalent of a limited liability company (LLC) in German-speaking countries? GmbH (Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung)
Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (German: Dr. Mabuse der Spieler) was directed by who, in 1922? Fritz Lang
In which 1931 film does Peter Lorre play a child murderer who is hunted down by the criminal underworld? M
Which US screenwriter is best known for his Academy Award-winning original screenplay for Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974) widely considered one of the greatest screenplays ever written, and the first two Mission: Impossible films? Robert Towne
What was John le Carré's first published novel? A Call For The Dead
Which hugely popular French literary talk show, that drew vast audiences, was presented by Bernard Pivot for its entire run, from 1975 to 1990? Apostrophes
How is Khmer Rouge war criminal Kang Kek Lew, sentenced to life imprisonment in 2012, better known? (Comrade) Duch
Which Hollywood gossip columnist was born Lily Shiel on 15 September 1904? Sheilah Graham
Which young actress eloped with a 24 year old Bobby Darin in 1960, when she was aged eighteen? Sandra Dee
Who was Liz Taylor's first husband? (Conrad) "Nicky" Hilton
A castle in San Simeon was designed by architect Julia Morgan, between 1919 and 1947 for which magnate? William Randolph Hearst
Which actor married actress Anna Kashfi in 1957, divorcing in 1959? His second wife was Movita Castaneda, and third Tarita Teriipaia. Marlon Brando
Tomohiro Nishikado a Japanese video game developer, is best known as the creator of which 1978 game? Space Invaders
Which 1976 Atari video game was influenced by the 1972 Atari arcade game Pong, and built by Steve Wozniak aided by Steve Jobs? Breakout
Which Japanese, born 1955, is best known as the creator of the arcade games Pac-Man (1980) and Pole Position (1982)? Toru Iwatani
Who, in the original videogame, were "Urchin", "Romp", "Stylist" and "Crybaby"? The ghosts in Pac-Man
On TV, how is Phillip Calvin McGraw (born September 1, 1950) better known? Dr. Phil
Actium, the promontory after which the decisive 31BCE battle was named, is in which country? Greece
Which king of the Belgic nation of the Atrebates resisted Caesar's attacks in Gaul, but later became a king in Britain around 30BCE? Commius
The last major Gallic-Roman war which military engagement in the Gallic Wars that took place in September, 52 BC was fought by the army of Julius Caesar against a confederation of Gallic tribes united under the leadership of Vercingetorix? Battle of Alesia
Which Roman Senator of the 1st century BC is best known for his namesake conspiracy of 63BCE, an attempt to overthrow the Roman Republic and, in particular, the power of the aristocratic Senate - it was exposed by Cicero? Catiline
Which US woman (1860-1935), known as the "mother" of social work, became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931, and is recognized as the founder of the social work profession in the United States? Jane Addams
Which medieval emperor was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Adrian IV, the 'English Pope' on 18 June 1155? Frederick I, Barbarossa
Which Dominican-American former professional baseball shortstop and third baseman became the youngest player to hit 500 home runs in 2007, and became the career record holder for grand slams with 25? Alex Rodriguez
Lake Neusiedl straddles the border between Austria and which other country? Hungary
Who was the German scientist who discovered nuclear fission and was awarded the 1944 Nobel Prize for Chemistry? Otto Hahn
Awarded to Sulla and Scipio Africanus, among others, what was the highest and rarest of all military decorations in the Roman Republic and early Roman empire? Grass Crown
Which Berkshire born actor played Marcus in the 2002 film 'About a Boy' and Tony in the E4 "dramedy" 'Skins'? Nicholas Hoult
In which city are the headquarters of the World Meteorological Organisation? Geneva
Regarded as the father and creator of all, who is the chief god worshipped by the Zuni Indians of New Mexico? Awonwilona
What is the name of Dennis the Menace's pet spider? Dasher
Which hystricognath rodent, the sole member of the family Dinomyidae in the infraorder Caviomorpha, is sometimes known as 'Count Branicki's terrible mouse'? Pacarana
Which Neil Young song did Kurt Cobain quote in his suicide note? Hey Hey My My
Which bandy-legged dwarf of Egyptian mythology was the god of pleasure, jollity, music and childbirth? Bes
Which country uses the Convertible Mark as its unit of currency? Bosnia-Hercegovina
Which female ballet dancer defected to the West while dancing with the Kirov Ballet in London in 1972? Natalia Markova
Which philosophical tradition that began in the United States around 1870 considers thought an instrument or tool for prediction, problem solving and action, and rejects the idea that the function of thought is to describe, represent, or mirror reality? Pragmatism
Nicole Elizabeth "Snooki" LaValle (née Polizzi) rose to fame on which US reality show? Jersey Shore
Biff Howard Tannen is a fictional character in which film trilogy? He was purportedly part-modelled on Donald Trump. Back To The Future
What term is generally used to describe a series of 28 evening radio addresses given by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt between 1933 and 1944? Fireside chats
Running from 1964 to 1967, which US sitcom followed the comic adventures of seven castaways as they attempted to survive the island on which they had been shipwrecked? Gilligan's Island
The first one-hour dramatic television series to be produced by the premium cable network HBO, which show that ran from 1997 to 2003 was set in a prison? Oz
A winner of seven Emmy Awards, which man created the series "Almost Grown" and "The Sopranos"? David Chase
Instrumental in creating the US "House of Cards" which producer and director was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and The Social Network (2010)? David Fincher
Which American Internet media company based in New York City was founded in 2006 as a viral lab focusing on tracking viral content, by Jonah Peretti and John S. Johnson III? Buzzfeed
Owning Universal Studios and CNBC among many others, which American global telecommunications conglomerate is, as of 2017 the largest broadcasting and cable television company in the world by revenue? Comcast
In September 2012, Facebook purchased which company for $1 billion in cash and stock? Instagram
In which century was New College, Oxford founded? 14th (1379)
The oldest degree-awarding institution of higher education, the University of Al Quaraouiyine, is in which city and country? Fez, Morocco
Which large Buddhist monastery in the ancient kingdom of Magadha (modern-day Bihar) in India, near Bihar Sharif, was a centre of learning from the fifth century CE to c. 1200 CE, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Nalanda
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Taxila, a centre of learning and considered by some to have been one of the earliest universities in the world, is in which modern-day country? Pakistan
Which English scholar (c. 1080 – c. 1152 AD) helped introduce the Arabic numeral system to the West and produced the oldest surviving Latin translation of Euclid's "Elements"? Adelard of Bath
Which English scholastic philosopher (c. 1140 – c. 1210), born in Norfolk, was author of a book called both Philosophia Magistri Danielis de Merlac, and Liber de Naturis inferiorum et superiorum? Daniel of Morley
Which English author, philosopher, educationalist, diplomat and bishop of Chartres (c. 1120 – 25 October 1180), called himself Johannes Parvus (John The Little) and wrote a Latin treatise called "Metalogicon" as well as lives of Anselm and Becket? John of Salisbury
Robert Grosseteste was Bishop of where from 1235 to 1253? Lincoln
On 16th January 2018, who scored the first ever goal given after VAR review in English football? Kelechi Iheanacho
Where was the second university to be founded in Europe after Bologna, starting in 1150? Paris
In 1975, who became the first English player to be sent-off in a rugby union international match? Mike Burton
The expression 'Cloud-Cuckoo-Land' is taken from a line in which play by the Greek dramatist Aristophanes? The Birds
At 87 hours long, which 1987 Lee Groban film is listed by the 'Guinness Book of Records' as the longest film ever made? The Cure for Insomnia
Which once common household item was invented by Melville R Bissell in 1876? Carpet Sweeper
What does a laclabphilist collect? Cheese Labels
Which Scottish football team is the only one to have played in both English and Scottish FA Cup finals? Queens Park
Who was the King of Greece during World War II, who went into exile after the German invasion in 1941? George II
In 1440, the Italian humanist Lorenzo Valla proved that which Roman imperial edict, probably devised in the 8th or 9th Century, was a fake? Donation of Constantine
The 1929 cartoon 'Race Riot' is notable for being the first to be entirely produced and directed by Walter Lantz and featured which character created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks prior to Disney's greater success with Mickey Mouse? Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
The red light area of the Reeperbahn is located in which European city? Hamburg
Which river, whose name derives from the Sepedi for "gushing strong waterfalls", is also called "Crocodile River"? Limpopo
Washington DC borders which two US states? Virginia, Maryland
What was the Sears Tower renamed in 2009? Willis Tower
What is the premier Livery Company of the City of London and ranks first in the order of precedence of the Companies, also the first of the Great Twelve City Livery Companies? Worshipful Company of Mercers
With 100.36 million users in 2016, what is the busiest London underground station? Waterloo
In which garden village is the Lady Lever Art Gallery? Port Sunlight
Which major port city on the Atlantic coast of the USA has been called "Little Cuba"? Florida
How were The Maluku Islands or the Moluccas known in the 16th and 17th centuries? Spice Islands
Known as the "Imperial City" for having been the main venue of the court of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, which city is famed for its production of swords? Toledo
What is the largest art museum in the world? Louvre
Which Cairo university was founded in 970 or 972 by the Fatimids as a centre of Islamic learning? Al-Azhar University
In which US state is "Hamburger University", a training facility for McDonalds? Illinois
In which US state was the first McDonalds restaurant opened in 1940? California
Who wrote the 1975 novel "The History Man"? Malcolm Bradbury
What does PhD stand for? Doctor of Philosophy
Which city gave its name to a series of ministerial meetings and agreements between European countries to ensure comparability in the standards and quality of higher-education qualifications, starting in 1999? Bologna (Bologna Process)
Who wrote 1963's influential "The Uses of the University"? Clark Kerr
Which linguist who made important contributions to the philosophy of language and to the theory and practice of education (1767-1835) founded the oldest of the four universities of Berlin, which was also named after him? Wilhelm von Humboldt (Humboldt University)
The private research university Johns Hopkins University is located in which US city? Baltimore
Which UK university started life as Owens College? Manchester University
Which small mountain town in the easternmost Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina was the scene of a July 1995 genocide of more than 8000 Muslim Bosniaks? Srebrenica
Established 1954, which Award is awarded annually by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to an individual, group, or organization in recognition of outstanding service to the cause of refugees, displaced or stateless people? Nansen Medal
What hereditary title did Tony Benn famously give up? Viscount Stansgate
In 1986, which UK tax was replaced by Inheritance Tax? Capital Transfer Tax
Which woman (January 1, 1752 – January 30, 1836), née Griscom, is widely credited with making the first American flag? Betsy Ross
Which of Henry VIII's wives is he buried alongside? Jane Seymour
In World War 2, what was nicknamed a "Moaning Minnie" in the UK? Air Raid Siren
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 22 November 1830 to 16 July 1834, whose government saw the abolition of slavery? Earl Grey (Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey)
Which former Tory MP was the first British officer to successfully escape from the German prisoner-of-war camp Oflag IV-C at Colditz Castle during WW2? Airey Neave
What is the highest denomination of Maundy Money, ceremonially distributed by the British monarch? Fourpence
Who made up the pop duo Dollar along with David Van Day? Thereza Bazar
What dwarf planet is named after Sicily's patron goddess? Ceres
Scarlett is a 1970 musical with a score by Harold Rome based on what novel? Gone With the Wind
In the standard Hindu calendar and India's national civil calendar, what is the first month of the year? Chaitra
Which President of Brazil who ended the Old Republic, served as a dictator until 1945, and was then later democratically elected president in 1951 until his suicide in 1954? Getúlio Vargas
The Vargas, discovered in Brazil in 1938, is what type of gemstone? Diamond
Adam "MCA" Yauch was a member of which pop group? Beastie Boys
Tara Moore (born 6 August 1992 in Hong Kong) represents Great Britain in which sport? Tennis
Which US brand make the Jack Purcell shoe range? Converse
"Love Kills" was a solo UK hit for which singer in 1984? Freddie Mercury
Skaði (sometimes anglicized as Skadi, Skade, or Skathi) is the Norse goddess of which season? Winter
Which British police force is known as the BTP? British Transport Police
Who married Prince William in 2011? Kate Middleton
Who wrote the 2015 novel "Tennison" that was the basis of the TV series "Prime Suspect 1973"? Lynda La Plante
In his 1963 hit, what colour was Roy Orbison's "Bayou"? Blue (Blue Bayou)
Terry Gene Bollea is the real name of which celebrity? Hulk Hogan
In which decade did Eugene Paul Wigner, Maria Goeppert Mayer and J. Hans D. Jensen share the Nobel Prize for Physics for their nuclear shell model? 1960s (1963)
Who, after Marie Curie, was the second female recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, sharing the prize with her husband Frédéric? Irène Joliot-Curie
What was the name of the British chemist who developed protein crystallography, for which she won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1964? Dorothy Hodgkin
Winning in 1947, who became the third woman—and first American woman—to win a Nobel Prize in science, and the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine? Gerty Cori
The Emperor Taizu founded which Chinese dynasty? Song
In chemistry, what term describes a compound that contains only single bonds? Saturated
Which Italian fashion designer's (1890-1973) designs were heavily influenced by Surrealists like her collaborators Salvador Dalí and Jean Cocteau? She did not adapt to the changes in fashion following World War II and her couture house closed in 1954. Elsa Schiaparelli
Which Irish actress made her first film with John Wayne, the actor with whom she is most closely associated, with Rio Grande (1950) and followed it with The Quiet Man (1952), her best-known film? Maureen O'Hara
Which versatile author is best known for her 1936 hit play "The Women", which had an all-female cast? Clare Boothe Luce
Which actress has been married to actor Will Smith since 1997? Jada Pinkett Smith
After the Sun and the three stars in Alpha Centauri, which very-low-mass red dwarf about 6 light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Ophiuchus is the next-nearest star to Earth? Barnard's Star
Which protein complexes which degrade unneeded or damaged proteins by proteolysis, a chemical reaction that breaks peptide bonds, are found in nuclei and cytoplasm of eukaryotic cells? Proteasomes
Which small regulatory protein found in most tissues of eukaryotic organisms needs to be attached to a protein for it to be broken down by proteasomes? It was discovered in 1975 in Israel by Gideon Goldstein. Ubiquitin
The most NW part of Great Britain, which area's name is derived from the Old Norse for "turning point"? Cape Wrath
Which Shakespeare play starts with the line "O for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention"? Henry V
Who was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Economics, an L.A.-born political economist, she said "there is no reason to believe that bureaucrats and politicians are better at solving problems that people on the spot."? Elinor Ostrom
Subtitled "An Episode In The Life of An Artist", and with a less popular sequel Lélio, which 1830 symphony was possibly written under the influence of opium? "Symphonie Fantastique" by Berlioz
What is the nickname of the Liberal Party of Canada? Grits
Who was British Laureate between 1968 and 1972? Cecil Day-Lewis
Formerly known as Travancore state, which Indian state has been promoted to tourists as "God's own country"? Kerala
Which Hungarian-British electrical engineer and physicist won the 1971 Physics Nobel Prize for inventing holography? Dennis Gabor
How many days mourning are there after a funeral in Judaism? Seven
Which author, born in Transvaal in 1923, wrote "Burger's Daughter" and "July's People"? Nadine Gordimer
As of 2018, what is the most common first name of US Presidents in history? James (six - Monroe, Madison, Polk, Buchanan, Garfield, Carter)
Part of the University of London, which university was opened in 1886 as an all-female college by Queen Victoria, and is renowned for the Founder's Building? Royal Holloway
Which 19th century artist painted "The Two Princes, Edward and Richard In The Tower, 1483"? John Everett Millais
Which English mystic wrote "Revelations of Divine Love" around 1395? Julian of Norwich
What was the birth-name of Pope Francis in 1936? Jorge Mario Bergoglio
Which saint, born John in Central Italy in 1221, was named for what he allegedly cried out after recovering from a long illness? Bonaventura
Which 1970 novella by Richard Bach was about a bird learning about life and flight, and was a homily to self-perfection? Jonathan Livingston Seagull
What was the name of the parrot sidekick of the villain Jafar in the 1992 film "Aladdin"? Iago
In what year were the Dreyfus Affair and the death of Friedrich Engels? 1895
Which US fitness trainer and motivational speaker is renowned for Focus T25, Insanity and Hip-Hop Abs? Shaun T
Which UK actor and rapper first came to prominence in the 2010 film "Four Lions" and had his breakthrough in the 2014 Jake Gyllenhall film "Nightcrawler"? Riz Ahmed
What is defined as the amount of heat per unit mass of a substance required to raise the temperature by one degree Celsius? Specific heat
Which federal subject of Russia (a republic), located in the North Caucasus region, has a capital at Magas? Ingushetia
Give a year in the life of Donatello. 1386-1466
Boris Yeltsin stepped down as President of Russia on New Year's Eve in which year? 1999
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is headquartered in which city? Paris
Which type of chemical element involves sharing valence electrons? Covalent bonds
What is the main compound in natural gas? Methane
The dominant Egyptian creator god 16th to 11th centuries BC, who was the patron deity of Thebes? Amun
Which pharaoh was responsible for building the smallest of the three Pyramids at Giza? Menkaure
What is the most electronegative chemical element? Fluorine
From 2008 to 2012, who served as the third President of Russia? Dmitry Medvedev
Who were the parents of the Virgin Mary? St Anna & Joachim
Who was the founder pharaoh of the 4th dynasty of Egypt - Khufu was his son? Snefru
Which material made of aggregates, a binder and water is used as a decorative coating for walls and ceilings, and as a sculptural and artistic material in architecture? Stucco
Donatello is buried in, and has a funerary monument, in which church which he created sculpture and interior decoration for? Basilica di San Lorenzo, Florence
In chemistry, what name is given to an ionic compound that can be formed by the neutralization reaction of an acid and a base? Salt
In chemistry, what name is given to the species formed from chemical reactions? Product
The ice man, Ötzi, found in September 1991 in the Ötztal Alps, was carrying an axe with a blade of which metal? Copper
Which American security consultant known for his history as a former confidence trickster, check forger, and impostor between the ages of 15 and 21, was the subject of the 2002 film "Catch Me If You Can"? Frank Abagnale Jr.
Who directed and produced the 2017 film "The Post"? Steven Spielberg
Which illustrator wrote and illustrated the books "Mister Magnolia" (1980) and "Zagazoo" (1998) Quentin Blake
Which county in San Francisco Bay is linked to the city by the Golden Gate Bridge? Marin County
Which US pop artist is best known as the co-creator of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, with Peter Blake? Jann Haworth
The famous Alberto Korda photo of Che Guevara was captured on March 5, 1960, in Havana, Cuba, at a memorial service for victims of which ship's explosion? La Coubre
In which Chinese province was the Terracotta Army discovered in 1974? Shaanxi (not Shanxi)
Opened in July 2000, the Oresund Bridge connects Copenhagen to which Swedish city? Malmo
Which Canadian teacher, political scientist, writer, and humourist (1869-1944) created the fictional town of Mariposa? Stephen Leacock
Which horror writer once ghost-wrote a story for Harry Houdini in which Houdini allegedly escapes from an Egyptian pyramid? HP Lovecraft
Which 114.5-metre-high sculpture and observation tower in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, Britain's largest piece of public art, was designed by Turner-Prize winning artist Sir Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond? Orbit
Which man designed the chapel at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, and the south front of Hampton Court Palace? Sir Christopher Wren
On 16 October 1946, who became the first of the Nazis sentenced to death by hanging at the Nuremberg trials to be executed? Joachim von Ribbentrop
What was Golda Meir's surname at birth? Mabovitch
In which modern-day country was former Israeli PM Golda Meir born in 1898? Ukraine
Which Catholic fanatic assassinated King Henry III of France in 1589? Jacques Clément
Muhammadu Buhari won which country's general election in 2015, defeating the incumbent? Nigeria (incumbent was Goodluck Jonathan)
Arminius (18/17 BC – AD 21) fought against Roman conquest in which modern-day country? Germany
Which Merovingian king, the son of Childeric I, ruled a large area of Western Europe by the time of his death in 511CE? Clovis I
Give a year in the rule, as King of the Franks, of Charlemagne. 768-814
Pepin the Short was the first ruler of which French dynasty that replaced the Merovingian? Carolingian dynasty
Nigeria was suspended from the Commonwealth during the de facto reign as President of which Nigerian Army officer and politician from 1993 to 1998? Sani Abacha
Which retired World Cup alpine ski racer from Switzerland won the downhill at Whistler to become the Olympic champion in 2010? Didier Défago
One of the most successful Norwegian skiiers ever, who was a two-time overall World Cup champion (2007 & 2009), an Olympic gold medalist in super-G at the 2010 Winter Olympics, and a five-time World Champion in downhill, giant slalom, and super combined? Aksel Lund Svindal
At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, which male skiier won the downhill to become the seventh Austrian gold medalist in the 18th edition of the event? Matthias Mayer
Which American professional snowboarder and skateboarder, a two-time Olympic gold medallist who holds the record for the most X-Games gold medals, is nicknamed "The Flying Tomato"? Shaun White
In 2004, which US skiier became the 5th and last man to win World Cup races in the slalom, giant slalom, super-G, downhill, and combined − and today he is the only skier with five or more victories in each discipline? He also won 6 Winter Olympic medals. Bode Miller
Which Georgian one-man luger suffered a fatal crash during a training run for the 2010 Winter Olympics competition in Whistler? He became the fourth athlete to die during Winter Olympics preparations, and the seventh athlete to die in the Olympics. Nodar Kumaritashvili
Which German luger won gold at both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics in the Men's Singles? Felix Loch
British former skier Chemmy Alcott was named after Sophia Loren's character in which 1961 movie? El Cid
Which skeleton racer competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics, and won a gold medal, becoming the first British individual gold medallist at a Winter Olympics for 30 years and the only British medallist of those specific Olympic? Amy Williams
Which English former sprinter and bobsleigher became the seventh person to have competed for Great Britain in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, doing so in 2000 and 2010 respectively? Allyn Condon
Which postwar name was given to the program for mass murder through involuntary euthanasia in Nazi Germany that lasted from 1939-41? Aktion T4
What name is given to the chemical process for converting natural rubber or related polymers into more durable materials by the addition of sulphur? Vulcanisation
The landmark Loving v. Virginia case in the US in 1967 outlawed state laws prohibiting what? Inter-racial marriage
Which method of education for young children that stresses the development of a child's own initiative and natural abilities, especially through practical play is named for its Italian educationalist inventor (1870-1952)? Montessori method
Which Swiss psychologist and epistemologist (1896-1980) known for his pioneering work in child development invented the idea of "genetic epistemology"? Jean Piaget
Ephors were leaders in which ancient place? Sparta
The Green Bay Packers play at which iconic home stadium? Lambeau Field
The two flying figures on the left of Botticelli's "Birth of Venus" are usually thought to be which God of the winds, and the flower nymph he marries in some versions of the myths? Zephyr and Chloris
What did the letters SAT originally stand for in the name of the US college admissions test? Scholastic Aptitude Test
Alexis Carrel, a proponent of eugenics, and later accused of collaboration with the Nazis, was a Nobel laureate in which discipline in 1912? Physiology or Medicine
Messelina was the third wife of which Roman Emperor who ruled from AD41-54? Claudius
Who was the wife of the Roman emperor Augustus throughout his reign? Livia Drusilla
Which Roman emperor, in 274, conquered the Gallic Empire in the west, reuniting the Empire in its entirety, and had as a wife Ulpia Severina, who may have briefly reigned as emperor after his death, the only woman to do so? Aurelian
A museum to which person opened in St Thomas's Hospital, London in 1989? Florence Nightingale
In which country is the Upper House of Parliament known as the Shura Council? Egypt
Which is the largest island in the US Virgin Islands? St Croix
Located on St Thomas Island, what is the capital of the US Virgin Islands? Charlotte Amalie
The Wolesi Jirga is the lower house of parliament in which country? Afghanistan
Koori People inhabit which country? Australia (New South Wales and Victoria)
"The Vicar of Nibbleswicke" was a posthumously published book written by who? Roald Dahl
The Congress of Tucumán was the representative assembly that declared the independence of the United Provinces of South America on July 9th 1816. In which modern-day country did it take place? Argentina
Min Chueh Chang and Gregory Pincas are both best remembered for which medical breakthrough? Combined oral contraceptive pill
Give a year in the life of Emperor Wu of Jin, the first emperor of the Jin dynasty. 236-290CE
In which US state is Kitty Hawk, where the Wright Bros pioneered flight? North Carolina
Whose paintings include Studland Beach (1912), The Tub (1918), Interior with Two Women (1932), and portraits of Aldous Huxley (1929–1930), and David Garnett (1916)? Vanessa Bell
Which river joins the Severn at Tewkesbury? River Avon
Who wrote "American Capitalism: The Concept of Countervailing Power", published in 1952? JK Galbraith
Which NFL official stands at the line of scrimmage during passing plays, and gives holding penalties? Umpire
How many points are awarded for a touchdown in US football? Six
Who said, in 49BCE, "Until we know whether we are to have peace without honour or war with its calamities, I have thought it best to for them to stay at my house in Formiae and the boys too"? Cicero
Which baseball park located on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois is the home of the Chicago Cubs? Wrigley Field
In American Football, from which line does a team punt after a safety? 20 yard line
Which Italian painter and student of Roman archaeology, was the son-in-law of Jacopo Bellini and brother-in-law of Giovanni Bellini? Andrea Mantegna
in which year of the western calendar did the Prophet Muhammad die? 632CE
Who was the Greek goddess of the hearth, and Zeus's sister? Hestia
Which Native American won 1912 Olympic gold in the decathlon and pentathlon? Jim Thorpe
Chrysippus of Soli was a Greek philosopher of which school? Stoic
Which Chinese philosopher, politician, and writer of the Song dynasty was the leading figure of the School of Principle and the most influential rationalist Neo-Confucian, and assigned special significance to the Four Books? Zhu Xi (or Yuanhui or Zhonghui)
"Caliban upon Setebos", "Paracelsus", "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", "Fra Lippo Lippi" and "Andrea Del Sarto" are all poems by which writer (1812-89)? Robert Browning
Atomic Number 29, which element lies between Nickel and Zinc on the Periodic Table? Copper
"Neighbours" took over which BBC TV slot from which TV quiz show, presented by Angela Rippon? Masterteam
Poopdeck Pappy is the father of which fictional character? Popeye
Who played female lead Sylvia in the film "La Dolce Vita"? Anita Ekberg
Which film was the only Alfred Hitchcock directed that won Best Picture at the Academy Awards? Rebecca (1940)
The Starship Enterprise in Star Trek was propelled by the warp drive and which other 'drive'? Impulse Drive
Georges Aubertin appeared in what capacity on the BBC in the early 1950s? Hands of the potter's wheel interlude
Fred was the chief flour grader in commercials for what product in the UK? Homepride
Which company manufactured the F-4 Phantom II aircraft? McDonnell Douglas
"Larpers and shroomers" (2004) and "fanboys and overdogs" (2005) were books by who? Susie Dent
What is the third-oldest of the Ivy League universities, founded in 1746? Princeton (New Jersey)
Who played female lead Laura Jesson in the David Lean film of 1945 "Brief Encounter"? Celia Johnson
Which hormone is produced from serotonin and fluctuates in blood concentration, being at its highest during darkness, and is thought to help regulate circadian rhythms? It is also known as N-acetyl-5-methoxy tryptamine. Melatonin
What is the only non-metric distance recognised by the world athletics governing body, the IAAF, for world record purposes? One mile
Which British new town is named after a miners' leader who died in 1935? Peterlee
"Chain", "double treble", "reverse half double" and "slip stitch" are all terms used in which handicraft, a diminutive of the French word for hook? Crochet
In which prison was Adolf Hitler incarcerated in 1924? Landsberg
Which man, who was the Leader of the House of Commons from 2003 to 2005 and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 2005 to 2007, was acquitted of bank robbery in 1976? Peter Hain
Which spacecraft mapped the surface of Venus from 1990 to 1994? Magellan
Which artist is thought to have depicted Halley's Comet in a Padua fresco of 1305, the comet having been visible in 1301? Giotto
Charlotte Corday, who killed Marat in his bath, was a member of which republican party, named for a region of France? Girondins
Who played George Adamson in the 1999 film "To Walk With Lions"? Richard Harris
What was the first name of the film character "Crocodile Dundee"? Mick
Which Welsh-language British public-service TV channel broadcast throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland was launched on 1st Septemebr 1982? S4C
On which street was the TV series "Desperate Housewives" set? Wisteria Lane
In which town was the TV series "Desperate Housewives" set? Fairview
Which 1972 disaster movie was remade in 2006, minus the first and third letters of the 1972 title? The Poseidon Adventure (the remake was simply "Poseidon")
Which coastal town at the mouth of the River Tyne was the birthplace of novelist Catherine Cookson? South Shields
In which country did Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid die? Bolivia
Later a novelist, which actress is best known for her role as Detective Inspector Maggie Forbes in the 1980s television series The Gentle Touch and its spin-off series C.A.T.S. Eyes? Jill Gascoine
The TV series "The Sopranos", "Lost" and "Battlestar Galactica" have all pastiched which real-life painting, either in publicity shots or the show itself? Leonardo's "Last Supper"
Who played male lead Calvin Clifford (C. C.) "Bud" Baxter in the 1960 film "The Apartment"? Jack Lemmon
Who played female lead Fran Kubelik in the 1960 film "The Apartment"? Shirley MacLaine
Representing dates between July 23 and August 22, what is the fifth sign of the zodiac? Leo
What is the German word for 'Thursday'? Donnerstag
In dating adverts, what phrase is represented by "A.N.I."? Age Not Important
What is the correct form of address for an ambassador? Your Excellency
How are protons and neutrons collectively known, from their location in an atom? Nucleons
If the mass of a proton or neutron is 1, what is the relative mass of an electron? 0.0005
Alpha-emission occurs in atoms with more than how many protons? 82
Which species of animal, native to Britain, has the scientific name capreolus capreolus? Roe Deer
Part deriving from the Danish for 'fifteen', which unit is equal to 1 x 10 to the power of minus fifteen metres? One femtometre
Which two particles are emitted from a nucleus during the process of 'beta negative decay'? An electron and an anti-neutrino
Which two particles are emitted from a nucleus during the process of 'beta positive decay'? A positron and a neutrino
Which fundamental force holds protons together in the atomic nucleus? The strong nuclear force
An antiparticle has what mass compared to its corresponding particle? The same
Which type of animal has a species called "Daubenton's"? Bat
Which letter denotes the mass number of an atom? A
Which poet wrote the sonnet 'The New Colossus' that was inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty? Emma Lazarus
Who was the 1st actor to play three different American Presidents in three different films? Namely Abraham Lincoln in 'The Perfect Tribute', Ulysses S. Grant in 'The Legend of the Lone Ranger' and Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 'FDR: The Final Years'. Jason Robards
Which one of the flying Finns won four gold medals at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, including the 10,000 metres and the 3000 metres steeplechase and followed that with a gold medal for the 5000 metres at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam? Ville Ritola
Which city in South America was the first to host Test cricket? Georgetown (Guyana)
Finishing his career at Hampshire, which county cricket side did David Gower represent from 1975 to 1989? Leicestershire
The prefix peta- indicates ten to what power? Fifteen
The prefix giga- indicates ten to what power? Nine
Which prefix in SI units indicates ten to the power twelve? Tera-
Which cricketer, nicknamed "The Gaffer" played a then-record 133 Tests for England between 1990 and 2003? Alec Stewart
What was the nickname of the West Indian cricket bowler, Joel Garner, on account of standing six foot eight inches tall? Big Bird
Which former jockey and trainer in National Hunt racing was an eight-time Champion Jockey (including one title shared with John Francome), riding 1,678 winning horses in his career, which lasted 1978-93? Peter Scudamore
Which horse stopped Red Rum from winning three Grand Nationals in a row by beating him into second place in 1975? L'Escargot
Ridden by Robbie Power and trained by 29-year-old Gordon Elliott, which horse was the winner of the 2007 John Smith's Grand National at Aintree? Silver Birch
In physics, for what does CPT stand for in the terms CPT theorem and CPT symmetry? Charge, parity and time
Pauli's Exclusion Principle applies to which broad class of subatomic particles? Fermions
What name is generally given to the battle fought between the Republic of Novgorod led by prince Alexander Nevsky and the crusader army led by the Livonian branch of the Teutonic Knights on April 5, 1242, at Lake Peipus? Battle on the Ice
Prokofiev International Airport serves which city? Donetsk
Which constructed language, created in 1879 and 1880 by Johann Martin Schleyer gained many adherents prior to the emergence of Esperanto? Volapük
Which Polish doctor created the language of Esperanto? L.L. Zamenhof
In Greek myth, which twins were the children of Spartan king Tyndareus? Castor and Pollux
In which African country would you find the Mountains of the Moon? Uganda
The current King of Spain and the current Grand Duke of Luxembourg are, through the Bourbon branch, both members of which dynasty, named after the King of France who reigned from 987AD until 996AD? Capetian Dynasty
Which city is served by Metropolitan Wayne County Airport? Detroit
Who had a March 2010 UK number 1 single with "Pass Out"? Tinie Tempah
Which pianist was born Trevor Herbert Stanford on 2 September 1925? Russ Conway
Who is the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity? Lakshmi
"Una Furtiva Lagrima" is the romanza from act 2, scene 8 of which opera? L'Elisir d'Amore (Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti)
Victoria Christina Hesketh (born 4 May 1984) had UK hit singles under what name? Little Boots
Which US singer (May 18, 1912 – May 12, 2001) was nicknamed "Mr C"? Perry Como
Who wrote the song "I'm A Believer" for The Monkees? Neil Diamond
Whose 1996 duet with the Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, "Time to Say Goodbye", topped charts all over Europe and became the highest and fastest selling single of all time in Germany, where it stayed at the top of the charts for 14 consecutive weeks? Sarah Brightman
Best known from an instrumental version of 1965 by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, which popular song was written by Julius Wechter in the 1960s with lyrics by Cissy Wechter? Spanish Flea
Which song written and recorded by Bruce Springsteen in 1973 was a UK Top 10 hit for Manfred Mann's Earth Band in 1977? Blinded By The Light
How many loaves and fish did Jesus Christ miraculously feed a crowd with, according to the New Testament? Five loaves, two fish
Which sect of Second Temple Judaism that flourished from the 2nd century BC to the 1st C AD congregated in communal life dedicated to asceticism (some practised celibacy), voluntary poverty, and daily immersion, and wrote some of the Dead Sea Scrolls? Essenes
Which Christian movement, heavily persecuted in the 16th century, believe that baptism is valid only when the candidate confesses his or her faith in Christ and wants to be baptized? Anabaptists
In 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, it was ranked as the Best Restaurant in the World by Restaurant magazine, in which city is the restaurant Noma? Copenhagen
Jamie Reynolds, James Righton and Simon Taylor-Davis make up which band, active 2005-15? Klaxons
Who wrote the opera "The Rake's Progress", that premiered in 1951? Igor Stravinsky
Which famous Neapolitan song composed in 1880 by Luigi Denza to lyrics by Peppino Turco was written to commemorate the opening of the first funicular cable car on Mount Vesuvius? Funiculi Funicula
Red Stripe lager originated in which country? Jamaica
What was sent, in the traditional song, on the eighth day of Christmas? Eight Maids A-Milking
What name is shared by mythological figures variously said to be the first King of Scotland, a giant who became King of Ulster and a legendary High King of Ireland of the 3rd century AD? Fergus
What name is given, in astronomy, to the closest point of a satellite to Earth? Perigee
At sea, which watch occurs between 4pm and 6pm? First Dog Watch
Based in Glasgow, which executive agency of the UK government is abbreviated as CICA? Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
Lester Farnsworth Wire (September 3, 1887 – April 14, 1958) is credited with the invention of what in 1912 in Salt Lake City? Electric traffic light
How many isotopes of carbon exist in nature? Three
What does 'PET' stand for in PET scanning? Positron emission tomography
How many electrons can occupy a single orbital, in particle physics? Two
Named after the man who introduced them in 1916, what name is given to diagrams that show the bonding between atoms of a molecule and the lone pairs of electrons that may exist in the molecule? Lewis (dot) structures
What is the valency of a single atom of carbon? Four
In chemistry, what name is defined as a substance composed of many identical molecules (or molecular entities) composed of atoms from more than one element held together by chemical bonds? A compound
What type of animal is a red wattle? Pig
How many yards are in a furlong? 220
Peter Mansfield, Tim Hunt and Paul Nurse are all British winners of which Nobel Prize? Physiology or Medicine
John Pople, Harold Kroto and John Walker are all British winners of which Nobel Prize? Chemistry
How many chains are there in one furlong? Ten
What name is given to an organism that grows on the surface of a plant and derives its moisture and nutrients from the air, rain, water (in marine environments) or from debris accumulating around it? Epiphyte
What name is given to the leaf pores through which plants absorb carbon dioxide? Stomata
What name is given to the phenomenon when a plant grows AWAY from light? Skototropism
What name is given to an animal where fruit is the preferred or exclusive food type? Frugivore
Who wrote Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems in 1632? Galileo Galilei
Baron Greenback was the chief foe of which cartoon character? Danger Mouse
Which boys' weekly first introduced the character of Sexton Blake in 1893? Halfpenny Marvel
Who played John Michael "J.D." Dorian in the TV series "Scrubs"? Zach Braff
Who plays the character Rab C Nesbitt? Gregor Fisher
The cybernauts were villains in which UK TV series? The Avengers (the CyberMEN were in Dr Who)
Who played Tony Soprano in the TV series "The Sopranos" - he died in 2013 aged 51? James Gandolfini
What role did Walt Disney perform for the Red Cross in 1918, just after the WW1? Ambulance Driver
Who played the Scarecrow in the famous 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz"? Ray Bolger
Who played Niccolò Paganini in the 1946 film "The Magic Bow" Stewart Granger
Who wrote, directed, scored and edited the 1976 film "Assault on Precinct 13"? John Carpenter
Which actor played a submarine skipper in both the films "Operation Petticoat" and "Destination Tokyo"? Cary Grant
Most well known for being the founding contributor and executive of several motion picture studios in Hollywood, which man - born 1879 - was well known for supposed malapropisms such as "include me out"? Samuel Goldwyn
For which film did Michel Hazanavicius win an Academy Award for Best Director in 2011? The Artist
Who became the first Mexican director to win an Oscar for Best Director for "Gravity"? Alfonso Cuarón
Who became the youngest film director to win an Oscar for Best Director for "La La Land"? Damien Chazelle
Which film star was born Virginia Katherine McMath on July 16, 1911? Ginger Rogers
Which British actress, who died aged 95 in 2016, played Zillah in Lark Rise to Candleford (2008), Nana in The Royle Family, and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the 1984 film A Private Function? Liz Smith
"Under The Sea" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1989 after appearing in which film? The Little Mermaid
What was Disney's first live-action film, in 1950? Treasure Island
Who narrated the 26-episode British television documentary series "The World At War"? Laurence Olivier
Wroxeter was Roman Britain's fourth largest city - in which modern-day county is located? Shropshire
The Independence I and Independence II cultures flourished from approximately 2400-1000BCE (I) and 700-80BCE (II) on which island? Greenland
Sorbus aucuparia is which tree in the rose family? Rowan (Mountain ash)
Which elite Danish naval unit conducts long-range reconnaissance patrolling, and enforces Danish sovereignty in the Arctic wilderness of northern and eastern Greenland? Patrolling is usually done in pairs, sometimes for four months. Sirius Dog Sled Patrol
Which Athenian is associated with the first reliably dated event in Athenian history, a coup of 632BCE that bears his name? Cylon
The ancient Olympic Games were held in honour of which Greek god? Zeus
Known as "Father of American Football", who ( 1859 -1925) among a long list of inventions, created the sport's line of scrimmage and the system of downs? Walter Camp
The friar Girolamo Savanarola, associated with the famous 'bonfire of the vanities' belonged to which order? Dominicans
Meaning "the testimony" in Arabic, what name is given to the Islamic creed declaring belief in the oneness of God (tawhid) and the acceptance of Muhammad as God's prophet? Shahada
Added by the NFL in 1965, which official assists the head linesman or down judge at the other end of the line of scrimmage, looking for possible offsides, encroachment and other fouls before the snap? Line Judge
In chemistry, what name is given to a molecule with the same molecular formula as another molecule, but with a different chemical structure? Isomer
Which major intellectual centre in the Islamic Golden Age, in Baghdad, was founded as a library for private use by the Abbasid Caliph Harun al-Rashid (reigned 786–809) and culminated in prominence under his son al-Ma'mun (reigned 813–833)? Bayt Al-Hikma (House of Wisdom)
Which 1990 US film tells the true story of British neurologist Oliver Sacks, fictionalized as American Malcolm Sayer (portrayed by Robin Williams), who, in 1969, discovered beneficial effects of the drug L-Dopa? Awakenings
The fifth-longest river in the UK, stretching some 215 kilometres (134 miles) from its source on Plynlimon in mid Wales to the Severn estuary, which river forms part of the border between England and Wales for much of its length? River Wye
Give a year in the life of Confucius. 551 BC – 479 BC
Robert Lopez wrote the musical "Book of Mormon" with which two men, creators of South Park? Trey Parker and Matt Stone
Building of Hampton Court Palace began in 1515 for which man, a favourite of King Henry VIII? Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
Which two rivers combine to form the Humber Estuary in Eastern England? Ouse and Trent
The 400-mile long Nelson River flows through which country? Canada
Which public square in Bloomsbury, in the London Borough of Camden was the scene of the 7/7/2007 bus bombing, and features a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, sculpted by Fredda Brilliant and installed in 1968? Tavistock Square
What is the international car registration code of Algeria? The same two letters make up its internet code. DZ
Which English county, containing the town of Jarrow, has a coastline of just 14.49 miles? County Durham
Founded in 1123, what is London's oldest hospital? St Bartholomew's Hospital
Which Italian man shared the 1906 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Santiago Ramón y Cajal for their work on the nervous system, though he is best known for a cell organelle named for him? Camillo Golgi
The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, the fifth largest Christian church in the world, is located in which city? New York City
Named after a mathematician born in Sheffield in 1805, which physical theorem states that a charged particle cannot be held in a stable equilibrium by electrostatic forces alone? Earnshaw's Theorem
The state emblem of the USSR showed a hammer and sickle superimposed on what? Globe
The coat of arms of which EU member state includes a hammer and sickle, quite separate from one another, in the talons of an eagle? Austria
In which Shakespeare play is the line "When sorrows come, they come not as single spies, but in batallions"? Hamlet (spoken by Claudius)
El Cid was buried in the cathedral of which northern Spanish city, the historic capital of Castile? Burgos
Which Scottish racing driver won the British Touring Car Championship in 2012, 2015 and 2016? Gordon Shedden
Which British racing driver won a record fourth British Touring Car Championship in 1985? Andy Rouse
Which F1 driver won the British Touring Car Championship in 1964? Jim Clark
Who was England's cricket captain in the 2006-07 Ashes in Australia, where the team were whitewashed? Andrew Flintoff
On his comeback from retirement, needing money, Muhammad Ali was easily beaten on October 2, 1980 by who? Larry Holmes
Which black-American religious leader led the Nation of Islam (NOI) from 1934 until his death in 1975, and was a mentor to Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan and Muhammad Ali? Elijah Muhammad
The first time two undefeated boxers had fought for the heavyweight title, who was the first man to defeat Muhammad Ali in 1971's "Fight of the Century"? Joe Frazier
Which English show-jumper competed for Great Britain at the 1968 Summer Olympics, winning a silver medal in the individual jumping event on "Stroller"? Marion Coakes
Simon Santoso, Park Joo-bong and Viktor Axelsen are all famous names in which sport? Badminton
Which cup is awarded for the swim in the Serpentine in London on Christmas Day? Peter Pan Cup
Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson Of the Year in 2010, which NFL quarterback passed for over 5,000 yards in a season five times, the first to do so, and played for the New Orleans Saints since 2006? Drew Brees
Which baseball team won consecutive World Series in 1998, 1999, and 2000? New York Yankees
Which baseball franchise won their first World Series in 2017, defeating the LA Dodgers 4-3? Houston Astros
Which baseball team won the World Series in 2016, ending a 108 year drought since their last win in 1908? Chicago Cubs
Who was the first Japanese baseball player , nicknamed "Godzilla", to win the World Series MVP award, doing so in 2009? Hideki Matsui
Which American professional baseball center fielder received the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in 2014 and 2016 (finishing second in the 2012, 2013 and 2015 votes), and is nicknamed the "The Millville Meteor"? Mike Trout
Which baseball player of the 1950s and 1960s was nicknamed The Commerce Comet and The Mick? Mickey Mantle
Since 1960, what has been Minnesota's MLB Franchise? Minnesota Twins
In which country was baseball star Albert Pujols born? Dominican Republic
Introduced in 1999, which award is given annually to the Major League Baseball (MLB) players selected as the top hitter in each league, as voted on by baseball fans and members of the media? Hank Aaron Award
Margaret Flaherty, called Pegeen Mike, is a character in which novel? The Playboy of the Western World
Who is the bully in "Tom Brown's School Days", later a star of his own novels by George MacDonald Fraser? Flashman
Who wrote the 1939 play "Arsenic and Old Lace", later made into a Cary Grant film? Joseph Kesselring
Which English photographer and film director, noted for his fashion photography of the 1960s, oversaw the music video to Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" but killed himself aged 60 in 1996 after suffering from depression? Terence Donovan
Which is the first of the four parts of "The Once and Future King" by TH White, first published as a collective whole in 1958? The Sword In The Stone
Which British city's cathedral contests with the incomplete Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City for the title of largest Anglican church building? Liverpool
Which English architect, town planner and landscape designer (1908-94) designed Liverpool's Catholic Cathedral (properly Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral)? Frederick Gibberd
What is the first part of Paul Scott's "The Raj Quartet", published in 1966? The Jewel In The Crown
What is the second part of Paul Scott's "The Raj Quartet", published in 1968? The Day of the Scorpion
What is the penultimate letter of the Greek alphabet? Psi (Ψ)
Which Noel Coward play was based on Occupe-toi d'Amélie by Georges Feydeau? Set in Paris in 1908, the farcical story concerns an attractive prostitute who is entrusted to a friend by her lover, when he goes into the army. Look After Lulu!
Personal acquaintances Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Mabel Loomis Todd first published whose poetry, posthumously? Emily Dickinson
Which letter in the Greek alphabet resembles a western 'X'? Chi
Robert Henri was a leading painter (June 24, 1865 – July 12, 1929) in which school of American realism? Ashcan
The Majlis is the name given to the parliament of which country? Iran
Which US sculptor and artist achieved national recognition at the age of 21 while still an undergraduate at Yale University when her design was chosen in a national competition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C? Maya Lin
Cyril Fielding is a character in which novel? A Passage To India
"Mr Standfast" from 1918 was written by who? John Buchan
Madonna with Child is a tempera painting by which Italian Renaissance painter, dating to c. 1467 and housed in the Musée du Petit Palais of Avignon, France? Botticelli
Which influential artist (1905-98) was the only African-American female painter of the 1930s and 1940s to achieve fame abroad, painted 1938's "Les Fétiches"? Lois Mailou Jones
Which Shakespearean heroine disguises herself as Ganymede "Jove's own page"? Rosalind (As You Like It)
The Coast of Utopia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Professional Foul, The Real Thing, Jumpers and Travesties are all plays by who? Tom Stoppard
In which year, ending in '00', did the Tokugawa Shogunate begin in Japan? 1600
Who wrote the poetry collection "Cathay", a collection of classical Chinese poetry translated into English, in 1915? Ezra Pound
Which dog breed's name, also called the Russian wolfhound, takes its name from the Russian for 'fast'? Borzoi
The first sultan devoid of active military interest and willing to abandon power to his ministers, provided he was left free to pursue his orgies and debauches, which Ottoman emperor (r. 1566-74) was nicknamed "The Sot" or "The Drunkard"? Selim II
What role was held by the dragoman in the Ottoman Empire? Translator/Interpreter
In the Bible, who was the father of Methuselah? Enoch
What is the profession of Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"? Weaver
The Federal Constitutional Court, or Bundesverfassungsgericht, is the German Supreme Court responsible for constitutional matters and is located in which city? Karlsruhe
Which phrase, literally meaning "condemnation of memory", applied to those in the Ancient Roman world who were to be erased from history for perceived transgressions? Damnatio memoriae
Which Roman military leader succeeded Commodus to become the first emperor during the tumultuous Year of the Five Emperors? Pertinax
China's shortest land frontier, of around 92km in length, is with which Asian country? Afghanistan
Felix Mendelssohn was born in 1809 in which city? Hamburg
The Academic Festival Overture (German: Akademische Festouvertüre), a companion to the Tragic Overture, were both written in 1880 by which composer? Johannes Brahms
The MP Auguste Melmotte, who kills himself with prussic acid, appears in which 1875 Anthony Trollope novel? The Way We Live Now
Which poet wrote the words "The lark's on the wing/The snail's on the thorn/God's in his heaven/All's right with the world"? Robert Browning
In which decade were astroturf, the hover mower, silicone breast implants and cash dispensers invented? 1960s
In Greek myth, the nereid Thetis married which hero, the brother of Telamon? Peleus (and they fathered Achilles together, of course)
What is the largest settlement, and the only city, on Baffin Island? Iqaluit
What letter precedes 'factor' in the name of a parameter that describes, in electronics, the ratio of a reactance of an inductor or capacitor to its series resistance? Q
"The Sacrificial Egg" and "Girls At War" are short stories by which author, who lived 1930-2013? Chinua Achebe
Messier Object number one is believed to be a remnant of a supernova observed by Chinese and Arabic astronomers in 1054, and has what common name? Crab nebula
Which Goethe work is a historical play about a Flemish nobleman beheaded in 1568 for defying the King of Spain; Beethoven later wrote an overture, and incidental music for it? Egmont
In trigonometry, which function of an angle in a right-angled triangle can be found by dividing the length of the side adjacent to the angle by the length of the hypotenuse? Cosine
The Common, the Southern Hairy-Nosed and the Northern Hairy-Nosed are the three extant species of which marsupial? Wombat
Which is the largest land-locked country in Europe? Belarus
Who was British Prime Minister between the second stints of both the Duke of Wellington and Viscount Melbourne, from December 1834 to April 1835? He was himself PM for a second stint from 1841 to 1846. Robert Peel
Which early civilisation's name comes from the Nahautl for 'rubber people'? Olmecs
Who was British PM from 1812-27, following Spencer Percival but preceding George Canning? Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool
In 1992, Margaret Thatcher was given a life peerage as Baroness of where, an area of Lincolnshire? Kesteven
Who was the last Shah of Iran, overthrown in 1979? Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (Mohammad Reza Shah)
In the UK parliament, what two-word term denotes the hard-copy set of daily Commons business papers that is distributed to MPs by the Vote Office that includes the agenda for that day? Vote Bundle
Which Conservative MP was killed in the 1984 Brighton hotel bombing? Sir Anthony Berry
In British currency how many old pennies were in a groat? Four
In 1983, Raúl Alfonsín was the first democratically-elected president after more than seven years of military dictatorship in which country? Argentina
For which UK political party did Rosie Barnes famously win a 1987 by-election? SDP (in Greenwich)
Who was Australian Prime Minister from 1983 to 1991? Bob Hawke
Who was Australian Prime Minister from 1975 to 1983? Malcolm Fraser
Coups in which country in 1987 resulted in the overthrow of the elected government of Prime Minister Timoci Bavadra, the deposition of Elizabeth II as Queen, and in the declaration of a republic? Fiji
Which country announced on 13 October 2016 that it had withdrawn from the Commonwealth? Maldives
Part of which nation was briefly known as Willoughbyland from 1650 to 1667? Suriname
Indira Gandhi was assassinated on 31st October of which year? 1984
Who was the only British PM of the 20th century to have served as Foreign Secretary and PM simultaneously? Ramsay MacDonald
Which man was Foreign Secretary under Stanley Baldwin, Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill (twice)? Anthony Eden
Which British PM carried out a Cabinet reshuffle named "Night of the Long Knives" when he dismissed seven members, including Chancellor Selwyn Lloyd? Harold MacMillan
For the majority of the time that they existed, how many Vestal virgins were there at any one time, tending the fire of Vesta in Rome? Six
Which Roman Emperor's mother was Agrippina the Younger and maternal grandfather was Germanicus? Nero
In which fort in Kolkata was the infamous Black Hole of Calcutta in 1756? Fort William
All for Love (1678), John Dryden's most successful Restoration tragedy featured which couple, titular characters in another play? Antony and Cleopatra
Often causing red-brown deposits on infected plants what is the name of the plant diseases caused by pathogenic fungi of the order Pucciniales (previously also known as Uredinales)? Rusts
Who coined the term "scientist" in 1833? William Whewell
In physics, the hyperfine coupling constant, magnetic vector potential, unit cell length, mass number, and a factor of 10 to the minus 18 can all be indicated by what letter of the alphabet? A
Who played Warden Gad Hassan in "The Mummy", a slave trader in "Gladiator", Mr Safir in "Sex and the City" and the title role of Mahmud Nasir in "The Infidel"? Omid Djalili
Dolly the Sheep, the first cloned mammal, was produced by a nucleus transferred from a cell from what part of the body to an embryonic one? Mammary gland (she was named after Dolly Parton)
Born 1911, who wrote novels "The Spire" and "Pincher Martin"? William Golding
Born 1911, who wrote plays "The Night of the Iguana" and "The Rose Tattoo"? Tennessee Williams
Dying in 2011, who was - in 2004 - the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize? Wangari Maathai
Subtitled "A Life in Four Books", "Lanark" is a work of 1981 by which author? Alasdair Gray
Saipan is the largest island of which self-governing territory of the USA? Northern Marianas
Which car company, headquartered in Nagoya, Japan, and launched in 1989, used the slogan "it's the feeling inside"? Lexus
What began with Manchester v Leeds on 21st September 1962? University Challenge
Autumn 1915's "Little Willie" was the first prototype of which vehicle type? Tank
Which branch of the atmospheric sciences includes atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric physics, with a major focus on weather forecasting? Meteorology
In the UK, what profession is someone who is a member of the ACCA? Accountant
Samsung was founded in which modern-day country in 1938? South Korea
The capital of South Hamgyŏng Province, what is the second-largest city in North Korea? Hamhung
In mathematics, the number 1/x, which multiplied by x gives the product 1, or the multiplicative inverse, is also known by what one-word name? Reciprocal
At 3m tall, The Golden Buddha is the world's largest solid-gold statue, and it is located in which capital city? Bangkok
What object, made of 110.4 kg of pure gold was found in 1922 in 'KV62'? Tutankhamun's sarcophagus (KV62 is the official name for Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings)
When first introduced on 1 June 1946, the licence covering the monochrome-only single-channel BBC television service in the UK cost how much? £2
Which real-life American illustrated song model, comedian, singer, theatre, and film actress did Barbara Streisand play in "Funny Girl"? Fanny Brice
Eric "The Kid" Stoner, the titular "Cincinnati Kid" was played by who in the 1965 film? Steve McQueen
Which sport or pastime features in the 1965 film "The Cincinnati Kid"? (Stud) Poker
Whose Top 10 hit in 1976 was "The Things We Do for Love"? 10cc
Born 21 October 1971, which former model is Mick Jagger's eldest daughter? Jade Jagger
What nationality is the woman born Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias on 2 May 1945, who was married to Mick Jagger from 1971-78? Nicaragua
Who played Sid James' wife, Jean Abbott, in the UK TV series "Bless This House"? Diana Coupland
Dr. Rudy Wells and Oscar Goldman were characters in which American science fiction and action television series of the 1970s? The Six Million Dollar Man
Which American singer, songwriter, and musician was the balladeer for "The Dukes of Hazzard", composing and singing the show's theme song and providing narration for the US TV show? Waylon Jennings
What is the capital of Sint Maarten in the Caribbean? Philipsburg
What is the capital and largest city of the Collectivity of Saint Martin in the Caribbean? Marigot
The island of Saint-Martin in the Caribbean was devastated in September 2017 by which hurricane? Hurricane Irma
Regulus is the brightest star of which constellation? Leo
Productions of which English-language play feature heavily in the plot of the Pedro Almodóvar film 'Todo sobre mi madre' (All About My Mother)? A Streetcar Named Desire
How many nanograms are in a milligram? One million
Which astronomer (1905-73) discovered two natural satellites of planets in the Solar System, namely Uranus's satellite Miranda and Neptune's satellite Nereid? Gerard Kuiper
Who wrote the largely panned book and lyrics for the musical "The Beautiful Game"? Ben Elton
In which modern-day country is the very early (c.10000-8000BCE) settlement of Mureybet? Syria
Who was the real-life wife and queen of 11th century Scottish king MacBethad mac Findlaích (Macbeth)? Gruoch (ingen Boite)
In the UK, which post for general elections is an honorary one, held by the high sheriff of the county for a county constituency or the mayor of the local council for a borough - and in theory entails being responsible for the conduct of the election? Returning Officer
"The schoolmaster was leaving the village, and everybody seemed sorry" is the opening line of which famous novel? Jude the Obscure
Edward Borough and John Neville, 3rd Baron Latimer, were two of the four husbands of which woman? Catherine Parr
In classical myth, who or what was the offspring of the monsters Echidna and Typhon? Cerberus
Which island of approximately 3 square miles is called Aurigny by the French? Alderney
What name is given to the central keep of the Tower of London? White Tower
A platinum wedding anniversary celebrates how many years together? 70
Born 1890, what was the birth name of photographer Man Ray? Emmanuel Radnitzky
Nicknamed "Red", which British Labour Party politician who served as Minister of Education from July 1945 until her death two years later, was MP for Jarrow from 1935 until 1947 and played a prominent role in the 1936 Jarrow March? Ellen Wilkinson
In what context is 37 "Vulpix", 83 "Farfetch'd", 57 "Primeape", 101 "Electrode" and 142 "Aerodactyl"? Pokemon
Who was the first cricketer to take more than 500 Test wickets while playing for England? Jimmy Anderson
In which year did Devon Loch infamously lose the Grand National, by falling on the final straight? 1956
Which Irish-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse won the Grand National where Devon Loch collapsed on the final straight? E.S.B.
Which boxer died in an aeroplane crash of a Newton Cessna 172 on August 31, 1969? Rocky Marciano
In what role were Gottfried Dienst, Tofiq Bahramov and Karol Galba seen together in sport? Officials at the 1966 World Cup Final
In a fishing contest, what name is given to the position allocated to an angler? Peg
Which female tennis player won three Grand Slams: the 1955 French Championships, the 1958 Australian Championships, and Wimbledon in 1961 when she was 29 years old and partially deaf? Angela Mortimer
Which British female tennis player won a singles Grand Slam title at the French Championships in 1959 and was a finalist at Wimbledon 1961 and the U.S. Championships in 1959? Christine Truman
Yani Teseng, the youngest player ever, male or female, to win five major championships and ranked number 1 in the Women's World Golf Rankings for 109 consecutive weeks from 2011 to 2013 is from which country? Taiwan
What was the name of Atlanta's NHL franchise that existed from 1997 to 2011, when they became the Winnipeg Jets? Thrashers
How many pins are there in a game of skittles? Nine
Which cricketer scored a record 364 for England against Australia at The Oval in 1938? Len Hutton
Wilf Wild, Les McDowall and Sam Cowan are all former managers of which English football team? Manchester City
Which Oklahoma City point guard was named the 2016–17 NBA Most Valuable Player? Russell Westbrook
In which year did John Newcombe win his first Wimbledon title (of three)? 1967
Who at age 22, became the youngest player to win the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2011, although his later career was dogged with injuries? Derrick Rose
Which American football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) led them to Super Bowl LII despite starting the season as back-up to Carson Wentz? Nick Foles
Bill Murray, Billy Elliott and Johnny Cochrane are all former managers of which English football team? Sunderland AFC
What do stamp collectors understand by the abbreviation 'f.u.'? Fine used
To which club did Manchester United sell Ruud Van Nistelrooy in 2006? Real Madrid
Saint Edward's Crown, which is so heavy that it usually has to be removed after 10 minutes of coronation ceremonies, was first used in which British monarch's reign? Charles II
Which director's film "Blue" of 1993 was made while he was losing his sight and consists of audio over a blue screen? Derek Jarman
Who said in 1895 "The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Thankfully, in England at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever"? Oscar Wilde
Which British PM wrote the lyric: "Few thought he was even a starter/There were many who thought themselves smarter/But he ended PM/C.H. and O.M./An Earl and a Knight of the Garter"? Clement Attlee
The innermost electron shell of an atom is usually denoted by which letter? K
Sir Philip Sydney died at which battle of 1586? Zutphen
In physics, what name is given to the hollow brass or copper spheres used by Otto von Guericke in an experiment of 1654 demonstrating atmospheric pressure, and named after von Guericke's hometown? Magdeburg spheres
Who directed the 1932 film "Das Blaue Licht" or "The Blue Light"? Leni Riefenstahl
What name was given to the series of agreements formulated in Switzerland in Oct 1925 which attempted to guarantee the post-Versailles treaty frontiers between France, Germany and Belgium? The Locarno Pacts
Beginning in 1568, what name was given to the revolt of the 17 Provinces of what are today the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, against the political and religious hegemony of Philip II of Spain, the sovereign of the Habsburg Netherlands? Eighty Years' War
Born in Transylvania in 1886, who was the Hungarian Communist politician who ruled Hungary as the Hungarian Soviet Republic for a period in 1919? Béla Kun
Which American wrote, in 1872's "A Curious Dream": "Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run"? Mark Twain
Captain Harville is a character in which 1918 novel? Persuasion (Jane Austen)
Which derived unit for luminous flux can be expressed in fundamental S.I. units as candela steradians? Lumen
Which composer was blind for almost seven years before his London death in 1759, but continued to conduct and revise scores with the assistance of his friend J.S. Schmidt? Georg Friedrich Handel
After being dismissed by the Royal Navy, which 19th Century British naval officer, nicknamed the 'sea wolf', went on to serve in the rebel navies of Chile, Brazil and Greece during their struggles for independence? Thomas Cochrane
Represented in Zen calligraphy as a circle, what name is given to the central tenet of Taoism, translating as 'without action', that involves the understanding of when to act and when not to act? Wu Wei
Which former American President was appointed the Chief Justice of the United States eight years after he left the White House? Howard Taft
In which fictitious French village did René Artois own a café in the TV sit-com ''Allo ' Allo!'? Nouvion
The Great Mosque of which Malian city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest mud-brick building in the world? Djenné
Which philosopher contracted dysentery and diphtheria while acting as a medical attendant in the Siege of Metz in 1870? Friedrich Nietzsche
Who was the only 20th century English king who did not succeed a father or brother? Edward VII
Which Danish antiquarian was able to use the Danish national collection of antiquities and the records of their finds as well as reports from contemporaneous excavations to provide a solid empirical basis for the 3-Age System of stone, bronze and iron? Christian Jürgensen Thomsen
Which two sides contested 1838's "Battle of Blood River"? Voortrekkers/Boers and Zulus
Who was the last British monarch to use Hampton Court Palace as a residence? George II
The capitulation of Marshal François Bazaine at Metz was one of the final, decisive acts of which war? Franco-Prussian War
Which geological period immediately followed the Devonian period? Silurian
What, historically in England, were hatpieces, leopards, cartwheels and unicorns? Coins
Who was on the English throne at the time of the Rye House Plot? Charles II
After which actress did Wallis Simpson nickname the then Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II? Shirley Temple
In which fictional town does the Mark Twain character Tom Sawyer live? St Petersburg, Missouri
In pedology, a lower case 'g' indicates which process that is a result of intermittent waterlogging? Gleying
In pedology, what does the letter 'L' signify when the layer of plant material on the surface of the soil is classed as the 'L horizon' or 'L layer'? (Undecomposed) Litter
In 331BCE Babylon surrendered to which conqueror, who intended to make the city his imperial capital but died in Nebuchadnezzar's palace in 323BCE? Alexander the Great
Which two letters follow the names of members of the devolved Welsh Assembly? AM (assembly member)
"The Man Who Knew Too Much" is a work by which writer, born in 1874, and who converted to Catholicism in 1922? G.K. Chesterton
Which film producer, who died in 1974, supposedly said "any man who goes to a psychiatrist needs his head examined"? Samuel Goldwyn
The Smolny Institute is a Palladian building in which European city? St Petersburg
In which country was radio and TV actor and humanitarian Jean Hersholt (1886-1956) born? Denmark
The French airman Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who disappeared over the Mediterranean on a reconnaissance mission in July 1944, is probably best known for which 1943 novella? The Little Prince
Leo Baxendale's first creation for The Beano comic, who was intended to be a Native American version of Dennis the Menace? Little Plum
Which Spanish porcelain factory is named after the three brothers who founded it in 1952, and is famous for its stylised, long-limbed figures? Lladro
Which line is next in the 23rd psalm "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want/ He maketh me down to lie in pastures green / He leadeth me beside the still waters"? He restoreth my soul
Jean-Baptiste Lully collaborated with which contemporary dramatist on "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme"? Moliere
Which Scottish historian and philosopher was made keeper of the Advocates' Library in Edinburgh in 1752, during which tenure he produced his multi-volume "History of England"? David Hume
Who, in 1999, was the first US woman to command a space shuttle? Eileen Collins
In which year did the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrate upon re-entering Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven crew members? 2003
Which athlete won the women's 40m gold medal at the Sydney Olympics? Cathy Freeman
Which South African track and field sprinter who competes in the 200 metres and 400 metres set a new 400m world record time in 2016? Wayde van Niekerk
The prostitute Doll Tearsheet appears in which Shakespeare play? Henry IV Part 2
Which city, one of the country's largest, is the state capital of Ceará, located in Northeastern Brazil? Fortaleza
Which city is the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, and was founded in 1769 by Manuel Sepulveda? Porto Alegre
Atlético Mineiro, Cruzeiro and América Mineiro all play football in which Brazilian city? Belo Horizonte
"Lodovico's Technique" features in which novel of 1962? A Clockwork Orange
The pain-inflicting dentist Orin Scrivello was played by Steve Martin in which 1986 film? Little Shop of Horrors
What is traditionally given on a tenth wedding anniversary? Tin
Which Australian city was called Edenglassie when it was a convict settlement? Brisbane
The rachis is the anatomical name for what part of the human body? Backbone/vertebral column
Who directed "Klute", "All The President's Men" and "The Pelican Brief"? Alan J. Pakula
Who wrote the novel "The Pelican Brief"? John Grisham
In which book of 1923 did Winifred Holtby write "To David and Alice is dedicated this imaginary story of imaginary events in an imaginary farm"? Anderby Wold
Winifred Holtby is perhaps best known for which posthumously published book of 1936 that features Sarah Burton, an idealistic young headmistress; Robert Carne of Maythorpe Hall; Joe Astell, a socialist fighting poverty; and Mrs Beddows? South Riding
Which Catholic Religious Sister succeeded Nobel laureate Mother Teresa as the head of her Missionaries of Charity and expanded the movement overseas? Sister Nirmala (Nirmala Joshi)
The muse Thalia presided over comedy and what type of poetry in ancient Greek myth? Idyllic poetry
Which song, written in the 1930s, begins "Gardenia perfume lingering on a pillow/Wild strawberries only seven francs a kilo"? These Foolish Things
Which author dedicated his children's book of 1863 "To my youngest son, Grenville Arthur, and to all other good little boys"? Charles Kingsley (The Water Babies)
Which British philosopher wrote "The Problem of Knowledge" in 1956? A.J. Ayer
In which month is Martin Luther King Jr. day in the USA? January
Convicted of treason in 1949 but pardoned in 1977, what name was given to about a dozen women, including Iva Toguri D'Aquino, who broadcasted in the Pacific during WW2? Tokyo Rose
The Cueca is a dance originating from which South American country? Chile
Isabelline, pied and desert are all species of which bird? Wheatear
Baird's, pectoral and purple are all species of which bird? Sandpiper
Measured in newton metres (N⋅m) or joules per radian, what name is given to the tendency of a force to rotate an object about its axis? Torque
In England and Wales which term is used to denote a barrister or solicitor who sits as a part-time circuit judge? Recorder
Snell's Law is concerned with which phenomenon in optical physics? Refraction
Besides platinum, which other two precious metals are used in catalytic converters? They have atomic numbers 45 and 46. Rhodium, Palladium
Divided into Criminal and Civil divisions, which is the highest court within the Senior Courts of England and Wales, and second only to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom? Court of Appeal
The McGill questionnaire, the FACES test, the visual analogue scale (VAS) and the Schmidt sting are all used to measure what? Pain
Which famous ship was also called Ferreira (1895-1922) and Maria do Amparo (1922)? Cutty Sark
What structures attach muscles to bones? Tendons
The snake, the boomslang, is native to which continent? Africa
Making its debut in 2005, what is the alpha-numerical designation of Airbus's "super-jumbo" that required airports to build larger runways for it, and which holds 525 passengers? A380
Betweens, sharps, bodkins and darners are all types of what? Needles
In what context did Jack Sheppard, James Maclaine and John Rann achieve notoriety in the 18th century? Highwaymen
Which Konigsberg-born scientist gives his name to laws of current and voltage, the latter stating that the algebraic sum of all voltage sources and voltage drops in a closed loop equals zero? Gustav Kirchhoff
In which Virginia Woolf novel is the eponymous hero a favourite of Elizabeth I who lives for 400 years, changing gender on the way? Orlando
Which early device, taking its name from the Greek for "to see an image", was invented in the 1920s by Vladimir Zworykin and was the first practical video camera tube to be used in early television cameras? Iconoscope
Which type of mudflow or debris flow is composed of a slurry of pyroclastic material, rocky debris, and water? Its name comes from Japanese. Lahar
"Theory X" of human management and motivation views workers as lazy and in need of carrot-and-stick management. Which US psychologist suggested "Theory Y" which argues, in contrast, there is a psychological need to work and achieve responsibility? Douglas McGregor
The Red Arrow train connects Moscow to which city? St Petersburg
Which actor, whose middle name is 'Paige', made his pro acting debut in Mystic Pizza (1988) also starred in the Ocean's Trilogy and as Wilhelm Grimm in "The Brothers Grimm"? Matt Damon
Who won a Best Actor Oscar for playing Will Kane in "High Noon"? Gary Cooper
In the Flintstones, what was the name of the Rubbles' baby? Bamm-Bamm
Which familiar literary character did Michael Caine play (or more accurately, played another acting playing him) in 1988 film "Without A Clue"? Sherlock Holmes
Who was the lead comedian and writer of the 1960s TV series "It's A Square World"? He was also in The Goons. Michael Bentine
Which popular cartoon character first appeared in comic strip "Thimble Theater" on January 17, 1929? Popeye
Who played opposite Peter Sellers as "Marion" in the 1970 film "There's A Girl In My Soup"? Goldie Hawn
Which British actor (born 1951) had a father who was an Attorney General for England and Wales and, briefly, Lord Chancellor in the Conservative Government in the 1980s? Nigel Havers (father Michael Havers)
Which English film director won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Director in 2000 for his first ever feature film as director, released in 1999? Sam Mendes (for American Beauty, of course)
For which film did David Lean win his first Best Director Oscar, in 1958 (the film was released in 1957)? The Bridge On The River Kwai
Who won won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as a hooker with a heart of gold in Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite (1995)? Mira Sorvino
Who achieved international fame for her roles as Angela Hayes in American Beauty and Heather Gardner in American Pie (both 1999), the former earning her a BAFTA Award nomination? Mena Suvari
Which 60s BBC sitcom which featured Freddie Frinton as Freddie Blacklock with Thora Hird as his tyrannical wife, Thora, is mentioned in the lyrics to "Good Morning Good Morning" on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band? Meet The Wife
Who played Jack Ryan in the 1990 film "The Hunt For Red October"? Alec Baldwin
Who played "Young Indiana" in the film "Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade" (1989)? River Phoenix
Eric McCormack and Debra Messing played the title characters in which TV show of 1998-2006? Will & Grace
Who played Tara King in the 1960s TV series "The Avengers" from 1968 to 1969? Linda Thorson
Which newsreader hosted Radio 4's "The Moral Maze" for more than 25 years from 1990 onwards? Michael Buerk
Which role in the Harry Potter franchise was played by John Hurt? Garrick Ollivander
What was the name of the local pub in the UK TV comedy "The Young Ones"? The Kebab and Calculator
Opening with his childhood as a white, Jewish South African, which actor & novelist's 2000 autobiography was "Beside Myself"? Antony Sher
Which Portuguese king was forced to flee to Brazil in 1807 in response to the Napoleonic invasions? John VI
What is the full meaning of the Internet acronym DGUYDJ, suggesting that another's contributions are not that great? Don't Give Up Your Day Job
Which TV presenter won a court battle in 1998 against Texas cattle ranchers, who claimed she had defamed the beef industry in a programme about BSE? She temporarily hosted her show from Amarillo during the trial. Oprah Winfrey
Popular in Kent, in which pub game does a batsman attempt to strike a small rubber ball between two posts at the other end of a 21 yard pitch, the bowling side trying to knock over a wicket which the batsman is not allowed to defend? Bat and Trap
Which game takes its name from Marseilles slang meaning "feet tied together"? Petanque
Released in 1955, what is generally considered to be the first horror film from Hammer Studios - it was based on a 1953 TV series? The Quatermass Xperiment
Whose theorem suggests that any linear circuit consisting of resistances and one or more voltage sources and having two output terminals, can be replaced by a sole constant-current source & a single parallel resistance, for circuit analysis? Thevenin (Léon Charles Thévenin)
Which two actors played "Plunkett and MacLeane" in the 1999 film of that name? Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller
What were the two middle names of James Joyce? Augustine Aloysius
Who broke Ryan Giggs' record for most Premier league appearances in September 2017? Gareth Barry
At which stadium did Stirling Albion FC play home games until 1993? Annfield
Henrik Stenson in 2016, Justin Leonard in 1997 and Mark Calcavecchia in 1989 all won golf's Open at which course? Royal Troon
Which battle of 13 September 1882 was fought by the Egyptian army under Ahmed Urabi and the British, who were seeking to protect their interests in the Suez Canal? Battle of Tell El Kebir
Darren Clarke in 2011, Ben Curtis in 2003 and Sandy Lyle in 1985 all won the Open championship in golf at which course? Royal St George's Golf Club, Sandwich (accept Sandwich)
Which golfer's three major wins were the US PGA in 1989, and the US Open in 1991 and 1999, just a few months before his death? Payne Stewart
Which US tennis player lost to Bjorn Borg in the 1979 Men's Wimbledon final? Roscoe Tanner
In 2009, which English football club were banned from all transfer activity for "tapping up" Gael Kakuta? Chelsea
Which Croatian tennis player won the men's singles at the 2014 US Open? Marin Čilić
What was unusual about the first Australian cricket team to tour England in 1868? All the players were Aborigines
Which writing material takes its name from the ancient city of Pergamon? Parchment
In law, what term is applied to a litigant who brings an action to harass an adversary? Vexatious
How is the Kegel exercise better known? Pelvic floor exercise
Which common household item takes its name, via French, from the Celtic word for 'bell'? Clock
What name is given to a defensive wall between two towers (bastions) of a castle, fortress, or town? Curtain wall
From the French for "breaking wind" what is the name given to a small bomb used for blowing up gates and walls when breaching fortifications? Petard
Which Italian economist is perhaps best known for the "80/20 rule" which has been given another name, named after him? Vilfredo Pareto (Pareto principle
The Eastern hoolock, the white handed and the silvery are all species of which animal? Gibbon
What do the British and Americans call what the French call "musique entetante" (trans: "stubborn music")? Earworm
Which NWA album, their last one, was the first hardcore rap album to reach number 1 on the US billboard chart? Niggaz4ife
In which year did the US Billboard Hot 100 music chart debut? 1958
Which Arizona senator was shot in the head in a failed assassination attempt in January 2011? Gabby Giffords
Which man born 1955, was Chief Strategist for Barack Obama's presidential campaigns and apparently came up with the phrase "Yes we can"? David Axelrod
Which figure of speech is the repetition of the same word or words at the end of successive phrases, clauses or sentences? Epistrophe
Which figure of speech is a rhetorical device that consists of repeating a sequence of words at the beginnings of neighbouring clauses, thereby lending them emphasis? An example is Churchill's "we shall fight them..." speech. Anaphora
Which rock and roll pioneers had their first minor hit in 1952 with "Crazy Man, Crazy"? Bill Haley and his Comets
What did Marcel Duchamp call his Mona Lisa with a moustache, because the letters resemble a saucy phrase in French? L.H.O.O.Q.
Amanda Seyfried played the dim-witted Karen Smith in which 2004 movie? Mean Girls
Which American Rhythm and blues and Soul group formed in the late 1940s in Clarksdale, Mississippi were led by Ike Turner through to his death in 2007? Kings of Rhythm
Which American rhythm-and-blues singer, born John Marshall Alexander Jr, died in 1954 of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 25? Johnny Ace
Which retail store was opened by the Brenninkmeijer brothers in 1841, but closed all its UK branches in 2000? C
"Black Rod" is the chief usher of whose department of the Royal household? The Lord Chamberlain
Evident as clumps on the underside of fern fronds, which reproductive structures take their name from Greek for "sow", and are produced by bacteria, algae, protozoa, fungi and some plants? Spores
In which reed boat did Thor Heyerdahl cross the Atlantic to within 600 miles of Central America in 1969? Ra
Which word can mean all of: the spawn or larvae of shellfish, especially oysters; a petty quarrel; and a short cloth gaiter covering the instep and ankle? Spat
In Internet addresses, what does TLD stand for? Top level domain
In Shakespeare's play, what are Hamlet's last four words? The Rest Is Silence
Under the Gaming Act of 1968, seven games can be played in a British public house for small stakes - they are cribbage, skittles, shove halfpenny, darts and which other three? Dominoes, billiards, bagatelle
Which English word derives from the form in which Krishna's image was carried through the streets of Puri in a heavy chariot? Juggernaut
Founded in 1248, in which country are the King's Own Immemorial 1st Infantry Regiment based, the Oldest active military unit still in continuous operation in the world? Spain
Often called the "loud pedal" was the correct name for the right-hand pedal on a pianoforte? Sustaining Pedal
What is the English title of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's first novel, published in 1955? Leaf Storm
Born 1942, what nationality is writer Isabel Allende? Chilean
Which 1962 American Western film directed by John Ford starring James Stewart and John Wayne was adapted was adapted from a short story written by Dorothy M. Johnson? The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
What name was given to a light, open, one-horse vehicle, seating only one person, supposedly by an English physician who wanted to sit alone? Sulky
Which German city, the largest city in Hesse, was the birthplace of Goethe in 1749? Frankfurt am Main
Which mull is Scotland's southernmost point? Mull of Galloway
Robbie Robertson, born July 5, 1943, was lead guitarist and primary songwriter for which musical group? The Band
Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, who died aged 102 in 2000, was best known for the ergonomic design of what? Kitchens (Frankfurt kitchens, forerunner of fitted kitchens)
In which classic science fiction film does Commandr Adams land his United Planets Cruiser on Altair-4, which features a green sky, pink sand and two moons, where he is greeted by Robby the Robot? Forbidden Planet
The comic opera "Béatrice et Benedict" was which composer's last work? Hector Berlioz
Isaac Stern (21 July 1920 – 22 September 2001) was best known for playing which musical instrument? Violin
Countess Géraldine Margit Virginia Olga Mária Apponyi de Nagy-Appony was Queen Consort of which country from 1938-9? Albania
In 1999, which EU country wanted to join the Euro, but did not meet the financial criteria at that time? It did enter in 2001. Greece
Pope from 19 March 1227 to his death in 1241, who instituted the Papal Inquisition? Gregory IX
In the play by Christopher Marlowe, which title character is referring to Troy when he speaks of "the topless towers of Ilium"? Doctor Faustus
What was the Assyrian capital in the time of Sargon II? It was moved to Nineveh after Sargon's unexpected death in battle. Khorsabad (or Dur-Sharrukin)
In which modern-day country are the rock artworks at Taq Bostan or Taq-e Bostan? Iran
Ellora, Ajanta and Karla are cave complexes in which country? India
Which archaeological site near Mikines in Greece, located about 90 kilometres (56 miles) southwest of Athens, was an ancient city that guarded the mountain pass to Corinth? Mycenae
Who was the first person to win an Academy Award and a Nobel Prize? GB Shaw
The Treaty of Sugauli in December 1815 granted the establishment of a British representative in which country which thus never became part of British India? Nepal
In molecular biology, what name is given to proteins that assist the covalent folding or unfolding and the assembly or disassembly of other macromolecular structures? Chaperones
Pavel Shubin, a sculptor, Yevgeny Vasilevich Bazarov, a medical student, and Fyodor Ivanych Lavretsky, a nobleman are characters created by which author? Turgenev
Which Russian Romantic writer, poet and painter, sometimes called "the poet of the Caucasus", created the characters of Pechorin, Vladimir Arbenin and Yuri Volin? Mikhail Lermontov
Thought to have the world's largest deposits of bauxite, which was the first independent sub-Saharan Francophone country, in 1958? Guinea
What name and regnal number links the king of Navarre known as 'the Bad', the Holy Roman Emperor known as 'the Bald' and the last Habsburg king of Spain, known as 'the Bewitched'? Charles II
Which disease, whose causative agent was discovered in 1897 by Danish veterinarian Bernhard Bang is also known as Undulant fever, Malta fever and Mediterranean fever? Brucellosis
Created on 1st April 1999, what is the fifth-largest country subdivision in the world? Its flag features a red inuksuk—a traditional Inuit land marker—and a blue star, which represents the Niqirtsuituq, the North Star. Nunavut
What is the largest subnational governing body by area in the world at 3,083,523 square kilometers, and the eighth largest territory in the world? Sakha Republic
What is the capital of the Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia? Dammam
The flag of which Australian state features a black swan? Western Australia
From the Persian or Urdu for "curtain", which word is used to describe in the South Asian context, the global religious and social practice of female seclusion that is associated with Muslim communities? Purdah
Born in 1925, which British theatre director and producer is noted for his productions of Shakespeare, the first of which he directed at the age of 20? He later directed epic works such as the 1984 Mahabharata. Peter Brook
The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, usually shortened to Marat/Sade, is a 1963 play by who? Peter Weiss
Who in 2013 became the first female artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre? She was a founder of the National Theatre of Scotland, where she commissioned the award-winning play "Black Watch". Vicky Featherstone
Which former director of both the RSC and the National Theatre formed his own production company in 1988, staging "The Merchant of Venice" with Dustin Hoffman and Coward's "Hay Fever" with Dame Judi Dench. He died in 2017. Sir Peter Hall
Which theatre director has been the Artistic Director for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre, and the Theatre Royal, Haymarket and won Olivier Awards for productions of Summerfolk, The Merchant of Venice and Nicholas Nickleby? Trevor Nunn
Which optical phenomenon is often used in the quality control of optical surfaces? It is observed when light falls on a spherical surface that is in contact with a flat surface and appears as concentric alternating bright and dark rings. Newton's rings
Born in 1839, the US philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce is generally held to be the father of which philosophical doctrine, that states that an idea can be understood in relation to its real-life consequences? Pragmatism
Which US philosopher (1859-1952) popularised the doctrine of instrumentalism along with Karl Popper? He is considered one of the fathers of functional psychology. John Dewey
Who wrote 1907's "Pragmatism: A New Name For Some Old Ways of Thinking"? William James
Argo Navis, an old constellation in the southern sky has since been divided into three constellations - Vela representing the sails, Puppis the stern, and which other representing the keel? Carina
The star Canopus is named after a helmsman of which figure of the Trojan War? Menelaus
The stars Delta and Kappa Velorum, together with Epsilon and Iota Carinae, in the constellation Vela, form the asterism known by what name as it is often confused with another constellation? False Cross
La Mare au Diable (1846), François le Champi (1847–1848), La Petite Fadette (1849), and Les Beaux Messieurs Bois-Doré (1857) are among whose 'rustic novels'? George Sand
Who (1832-88) used the pen name A.M. Barnard earlier in her writing career? Louisa May Alcott
Which Australian-born British writer was born Helen Lyndon Goff on 9 August 1899? PL Travers
Who wrote the librettos for Verdi's Macbeth, Rigoletto and La Traviata? Francesco Maria Piave
In which country did death squads crack down on left-wingers and socialists in the late 1970s in what was popularly known as the "Dirty War"? Argentina
Which American film censor with the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America who applied the Hays Code to film production (1888-1965) is synonymous with the Hays Code? Joseph Breen
What was the top money-making film of the 1960s? The Sound Of Music
The silent film of 1914 The Squaw Man was the directorial debut of which man (along with Oscar Apfel)? Cecil B. De Mille
What was the highest-grossing film of the 1970s? Star Wars
What was the highest-grossing film of the 1980s? E.T.
After Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night, who were the next actors to win Best Actor and Best Actress for the same movie? Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher (in One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest) (1975)
In 1985, who became the first straight actor to win a Best Actor Oscar for playing a gay role? William Hurt (playing Luis Molina in Kiss of the Spider-Woman)
Who, age nine, was the youngest performer to have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role—an honour that he received for the film Skippy (1931)? Jackie Cooper
Who were the first brother and sister to win Best Actor and Best Actress Academy Awards? (in different years) Lionel and Ethel Barrymore
Who was first Oscar-nominated in 1940 as Best Actor for The Grapes Of Wrath (1940), but didn't win an acting award (Best Actor) until 41 years later? Henry Fonda
Who won the Best Actor and Best Actress Academy Awards for the 1976 film "Network"? Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway
Who was the only man to win two Best Actor Academy Awards in the noughties (2000-09)? Sean Penn
What was the highest-grossing movie of the 1930s? Gone With The Wind
Who was 79 years (and 167 days) old when he was Oscar-nominated for The Straight Story (1999)? Richard Farnsworth
Who won a Best Actress Oscar for "On Golden Pond"? Katherine Hepburn
Who were the first sisters to win Best Actress Academy Awards (in different years)? Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland
Which divorced acting couple received Best Actor and Best Actress Oscar nominations for My Man Godfrey (1936)? William Powell and Carole Lombard
Who were the first brothers nominated for acting Oscars (albeit in different years)? River and Joaquin Phoenix
Who was the first person to direct themselves to a Best Actor Academy Award? Laurence Olivier (for Hamlet)
For which 1958 film did Sidney Poitier become the first black man to be Oscar nominated? The Defiant Ones
What name was given to a group of mostly working- and middle-class British playwrights and novelists who became prominent in the 1950s and whose leading figures included John Osborne, Alan Sillitoe and Kingsley Amis? Angry Young Men
Goya's painting of who was referenced in the 1962 James Bond film Dr. No after it had been stolen in real life? In the film, the painting was on display in Dr. Julius No's lair, suggesting the first Bond villain had stolen the work Duke of Wellington
In which Manchester Square building in London is the Wallace Collection housed? Hertford House
In which city is the art gallery known as the Pitti Palace? Florence
Which 1907 Picasso oil painting depicting five women, a proto-Cubist work, is widely considered to be seminal in the early development of both Cubism and Modern art? Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
Which British royal married Birgitte van Deurs on 8 July 1972 at St Andrew's Church, Barnwell, Northamptonshire? Richard, Duke of Gloucester (at the time just Prince Richard of Gloucester)
Which US President was born in Yorba Linda, California on January 9th, 1913? Richard Nixon
Which Italian politician was leader of the Italian Socialist Party from 1976 to 1993 and Prime Minister of Italy from 1983 to 1987? Bettino Craxi
258 passengers and 13 crew on board were killed, along with two people on the ground, when American Airlines Flight 191 crashed on May 25th 1979 at which city's airport? Chicago
Who was the first UK monarch to travel by air? Edward VIII
The son of Cunobelin, who was king of the British Catuvellauni tribe at the time of the Roman conquest? He may have been killed early in the campaign, but some historians believe he survived and became a client king of the Romans. Togodumnus
Which 1st-century AD British chieftain of the Catuvellauni tribe, who led the British resistance to the Roman conquest, was captured by Cartimandua of the Brigantes and handed over to the Romans? Caratacus
Which city was called Alis Ubbo (Delightful shore) by the Phoenecians? Lisbon
From which city did Afonso III of Portugal move his capital to Lisbon in 1215? Coimbra
Which free-trade island in Iran is the third most-visited vacation destination in Southwest Asia, after Dubai and Sharm el-Sheikh? Kish Island
For what did the 'B' stand in the name of US President Rutherford B Hayes? Birchard
Who did Rutherford B Hayes succeed as US President in 1877? Ulysses S Grant
Made in 1889, which German field marshal's recordings, identified in 2012, are the only known voice recordings of anyone born in the 18th century? Helmuth von Moltke (the Elder)
Which chemical element has the symbol 'Ds'? Darmstadtium
What name is given to computer keys that are denoted by the letter 'F' and a numeral? Function keys
In the 1951 work "New Hopes For A Changing World", which British philosopher observed that "those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision"? Bertrand Russell
"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool” is a line in which Shakespeare play? As You Like It
The eponymous hero of which novel by Charles Dickens supports himself by working for a time as an actor in the company of Vincent Crummles? Nicholas Nickleby
The 14th Century outbreak of Black Death reached Britain when a ship from Calais brought it to which Dorset port in the summer of 1348? Melcombe Regis
In 1474, the first printed book in English by William Caxton was an illustrated history of which city? Troy
In Greek myth, which hero killed his wife and children in a fit of madness, and as penance was ordered to serve King Eurystheus for 12 years? Hercules
In Norse myth, what were the names of the ravens (meaning "mind" and "memory" respectively) who sat on the shoulders of Odin? Huginn and Muninn
The "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves" comes from which 1842 opera? Nabucco (Verdi)
Which prolific Italian librettist and playwright is perhaps best known for writing the text of Lucia di Lammermoor (1835) for Gaetano Donizetti? He had started working on Verdi's "Il Trovatore" by the time of his death. Salvadore Cammarano
Which strait was formerly known as the Hellespont? Dardanelles
What was the last opera completed by Handel? It premiered on 10 January 1741 at Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre, London. Deidamia
Who composed the scores for the hit Broadway musicals Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage aux Folles? Jerry Herman
What colour is traditionally worn on Pentecost/Whitsunday? Red
In Christianity what name is given to a tradition consisting of private or public prayers repeated for nine successive days or weeks? Novena
What is the real name of Madness lead singer 'Suggs'? Graham MacPherson
Kir Imperial is made with a liquor of which fruit? (As opposed to the cassis in kir) Raspberry
Which fruit is used in crème de cassis? Blackcurrant
Which decree issued on 26 May 1521 by Emperor Charles V condemned Martin Luther as a heretic? Martin Luther
What is the largest branch of Shia Islam, known for their belief that the last Imam, Muhammad al-Mahdi, lives in occultation and will reappear as the promised Mahdi? Twelvers
Who wrote the 1836 opera "A Life for the Tsar"? Glinka
Southey's "The Old Man's Comforts" was parodied by which Victorian writer in his poem "You Are Old, Father William"? Lewis Carroll
Which US politician, standing for the Democrats against Eisenhower, said in a campaign speech in Denver, Colorado in 1952 "Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them"? Adlai Stevenson
In astronomy, what term takes its name from a French mathematician who predicted its existence, and is given to a point in space in which a small body, under the gravitational influence of 2 larger ones, will remain approximately at rest relative to them? Lagrangian Point
Which jawless fish is a member of the family petromyzontidae, and feeds on other fish by fixing itself by its round mouth to its host and boring into the flesh with its toothed tongue? Lamprey
In which year was the Battle of Little Bighorn? 1876
Which Japanese martial art teaches self-defence and offence without weapons, was originally practised by the Samurai, and has developed into the modern sport of judo? Ju-jitsu
Which fundamental value is expressed in SI units as 1.01325 times ten to the five pascals? Standard Atmospheric Pressure
Units with the SI prefix "exa-" are multiples of ten to what power? 18
The writer Tom Wolfe was a founder, in the 1960s, of which form of writing which brought fiction's methods to reportage? New Journalism
What type of rock is a finely-grained, sometimes glassy, basic igneous rock, generally found in the form of lava flows, such as those forming the Giant's Causeway in Antrim? Basalt
What was the only London theatre not to close during the Blitz of 1941, adopting the slogan "We Never Closed"? The Windmill Theatre
The class Holothuroidae, including marine animals which are eaten as delicacies in Taiwan and Japan, are known by what common name? Sea Cucumbers
By what Biblical phrase is the principle "lex talionis" better known? An eye for an eye
The Marconi Scandal affected which British PM, who purchased 1000 shares in the wireless company, before they went on sale to the public at a much higher rate? David Lloyd George
In a play by Shakespeare, which character's madness becomes apparent as they sing "He is dead and gone, Lady/He is dead and gone/At his head a grass-green turf/At his heels a stone"? Ophelia
Which preliminary treaty ended the Russo-Turkish War, 1877–78? Treaty of San Stefano
Which powerful antiseptic oil is derived from the leaves and twigs of the tree melaleuca alternifolia? Tea Tree
Which Roman author wrote "Do not trust the horse, Trojans. Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks even when they bring gifts"? Virgil (in the Aeneid)
Which song of praise was, according to Luke's gospel, sung by the Virgin Mary on her visit to her sister Elizabeth after the Annunciation, and is used in the liturgy of some Christian churches as a canticle? Magnificat
Which early medieval cleric and chronicler was the author of "Topographia Hibernica", on Ireland, and "Itineranium Cambriae", on Wales? Gerald of Wales
In ancient Rome, what name was given to a person who practiced divination via the inspection of the entrails of sacrificed animals? Haruspices
Hayling Island lies in which English county? Hampshire
The vast majority of the city of Portsmouth is located on which island? Portsea Island
The Roman Emperor Commodus was the son of which other Emperor? Marcus Aurelius
Which Roman usurper was proclaimed emperor by the legions in Britain and Hispania after the murder of Pertinax in 193 (known as the "Year of the Five Emperors"), and proclaimed himself emperor again in 196, before his final defeat the following year? Clodius Albinus
What name was given to the breakaway part of the Roman Empire that functioned de facto as a separate state from 260 to 274 and at its height included the territories of Germania, Gaul, Britannia, and (for a time) Hispania? Gallic Empire
Who was Roman Emperor from 276 to 282 ? During his reign, the Rhine and Danube frontier was strengthened after successful wars against several Germanic tribes such as the Goths, Alamanni, Longiones, Franks, Burgundians, and Vandals. Probus
Who was the finance minister who assassinated the British usurper Causanius during the Roman reign in 293CE? Allectus
Which character owned the café in the classic Bogart film "Casablanca"? Rick Blaine
Reigning 1913 to 1918, who was the last king of Bavaria? Ludwig III
Who wrote the autobiographies "Owning Up", "Rum, Bum and Concertina" and "Scouse Mouse"? George Melly
Eddie Carbone is the central character in which play of 1955? A View From The Bridge
Which 1960 novel is set in the fictional "tired old town" of Maycomb, Alabama? To Kill A Mockingbird
Who was the first US President to win a Pulitzer prize? John F Kennedy
What is a mazurka? (Polish) Dance
Whose first novel of 1987 was "The Bonfire of the Vanities"? Tom Wolfe
Jeanie Deans (1860), The Octoroon or Life in Louisiana (1859), The Poor of New York (1857) and The Shaughraun (1874) were plays by who? Dion Boucicault
Which Shakespeare play contains the line "now is the winter of our discontent"? Richard III
Which Shakespeare play contains the line "Blow, blow, thou winter wind,. Thou art not so unkind."? As You Like It
Who wrote "Little House On The Prairie" series of novels? Laura Ingalls Wilder
In 402CE, the Western Imperial Court of the Roman Empire was moved from Milan to which other city? Ravenna
Between 364 and 392 the Roman Empire was ruled by a father and son sharing which name? Valentinian
From the name of the first one who ruled until 211CE, what name is given to the Roman Emperors who ruled from 193-235CE? Severan Emperors
"The last of the Roman generals" according to Gibbon, which man, half Vandal and married to the niece of Emperor Theodosius I was the most powerful man in the Western Roman Empire until his arrest and execution in 408CE? Stilicho
Which Roman general declared himself Western Roman Emperor in Britannia in 407 and established himself in Gaul, but was captured and executed in 411, and was the last 'Roman' emperor of Britain? Constantine III
Give a year in the reign of Alfred the Great. 871-899CE
Son of Penda, who was King of Mercia from 658 until 675 AD, and was the first Christian king of all of Mercia? In 670 he became the most powerful king in southern England. Wulfhere
Which writer compared the life of man to a sparrow that flies swiftly through a winter storm rages outside? "It enters in at one door and quickly flies out the other". (The Venerable) Bede
From Old English for "servant, attendant, retainer" what term denoted either an aristocratic retainer of a king or nobleman in Anglo-Saxon England, or, as a class term, the majority of the aristocracy below the ranks of ealdormen and high-reeves? Thegn
In Beowulf, which mythical king of Denmark's court did Beowulf come to rid him of a monster? Hrothgar
Which 1995 Gene Hackman and Denzil Washington film was set on board a US nuclear missile submarine? Crimson Tide
Gene Wilder played Leo Bloom in which 1967 film? The Producers
In the Disney classic, which species of birds encouraged Dumbo to fly? Crows
In which year was the first BBC Children In Need telethon broadcast? 1980
In "Wacky Races" what was the name of Dick Dastardly's car? The Mean Machine
In which group of islands does the word 'camp' mean anywhere outside the capital? Falkland Islands
Also called the polar front, what name is given to the ocean area where cold, northward-flowing Antarctic waters meet the relatively warmer waters of the subantarctic? Antarctic Convergence
The black-browed (Thalassarche melanophris) is the most common and widespread member of which bird family? Albatross
During the Carboniferous period, which supercontinent merged with Euramerica to form a larger supercontinent called Pangaea? Gondwanaland/Gondwana
Richard Briers was the cousin of which English comedian and character actor who died in 1990 of Parkinson's Disease? Terry-Thomas
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