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In which year did Brezhnev replace Kruschchev as General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union? 1964
From 1986 until his retirement in 2005, which chess player was ranked world No. 1 for 225 out of 228 months? Garry Kasparov
Which port in South Korea was named as its country's temporary capital during the Korean War? Busan
M13 in the constellation Hercules is an example of what type of star cluster, which contrast with open clusters? Globular
In Greek myth, the Pleiades had which Titan as a father? Atlas
Praesepe (Messier 44), one of the closest open star clusters to Earth and a popular target for amateur astronomers, is located in which constellation? Cancer
Which number on a computer key pad is where the £ sign is located? Three
The art critic Felix Feneon heavily promoted which Neo-Impressionist artist's work, which included "Jeune femme se poudrant" (Young Woman Powdering Herself), from 1888–90? George Seurat
In 1887, which Post-Impressionist painter moved to Asnières, a northwestern suburb of Paris, where he got to know Signac and adopted elements of Pointillism? Vincent Van Gogh
Which Duchy, now in Germany, was founded by Charlemagne in 804, and was ruled by houses of Billung and Ascania until partition in the 13th century? It is located south of modern-day Denmark. Duchy of Saxony
Where is the peninsula of Peary Land? Greenland
Travel pioneer Thomas Cook was born in which Derbyshire town that shares its name with a much bigger city on the other side of the world? Melbourne
What are the names of Tokyo's two main airports? Narita and Haneda
Bromma Airport is located near which European capital city? Stockholm
The Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, in the area of Dum Dum, serves which city? Kolkata
Which capital city's airport is located at Gardermoen? Oslo
Stretching for 630 miles, what is England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath, and a National Trail? South West Coastal Path
Which city do the French call Anvers? Antwerp
What is the capital of the French island of Réunion? Saint-Denis
In which Shakespeare play do the following lines appear: "Let's talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs; Make dust our paper and with rainy eyes. Write sorrow on the bosom of the earth, Let's choose executors and talk of wills"? Richard II
What is the common name of the garden weed Equisetum arvense? Horsetails (or puzzle grass or snake grass)
Who was the first Master of the King's Music? Nicholas Lanier
The post of Master of the King's (or Queen's) Music was created during the reign of which British monarch? Charles I
Which Australian was the Master of the Queen's Music from 1975 until his death in 2003? Malcolm Williamson
The smallest and rarest of the two native British toads, and reputed to be the noisiest amphibian in Europe, what is the common name of Epidalea calamita? Natterjack
To the nearest ten million, what is the mean distance from Earth to the Sun, equal to one astronomical unit? 150 million (precisely 149.6 million)
In which year was the backpass outlawed in football? 1992
How many Premier League titles did Sir Alex Ferguson win in his managerial career? Thirteen
Which Aston Villa footballer was the first PFA Player of the Year in the Premier League era? Paul McGrath
Who was the first goalkeeper to score in the English Premier League? Peter Schmeichel
Which footballer scored both the first English Charity Shield hat-trick, and the first English Premier League hat-trick? Eric Cantona
Which Scottish soldier and nobleman led the government army that defeated the Jacobites at the Battle of Sheriffmuir in 1715? John Campbell, Duke of Argyll
First published in 1852, ‘Émaux et camées’ is a collection of 37 poems considered to represent the greatest work of which French author? Théophile Gautier
Who was the English sea captain and Arctic explorer who, along with his entire crew, disappeared whilst attempting to navigate the Northwest Passage in 1847? John Franklin
Designed by Norman Foster and Michel Virlogeux, the Millau Viaduct, when opened the tallest vehicular bridge in the world, spans which river, a tributary of the Garonne? Tarn
Which Hungarian city earned the nickname of ‘Calvinist Rome’ during the 16th Century because it was one of the first cities to embrace the Protestant Reformation? Debrecen
The carcajou is an alternative name for which mammal? Wolverine
Aged 88 at the time of his resignation, who is the oldest Head of State in French history? Philippe Pétain
What name is given to the unit of pressure equal to 60 millimetres of mercury? Atmosphere
Which Cuban-born Italian novelist wrote 'Invisible Cities' and 'The Castle of Crossed Destinies'? Italo Calvino
How many characters are there in the Russian alphabet? 33
First awarded in 1978, for what is the Bookseller/Diagram Prize given? Oddest Book Title of The Year
Which French-born composer (1850-1906) is now remembered almost solely for his Ballet égyptien? Alexandre Luigini
Which British comics artist best known for his brutal, visceral work on flagship 2000 AD characters like Judge Dredd chose to end his life at Dignitas in 2010 after suffering with MS? John Hicklenton
Which sculptor (2 August 1834 – 4 October 1904) designed the Statue of Liberty? Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi
Which serial killer wrote "The Gates of Janus"? Ian Brady
In Lewis Carroll's novel "Through The Looking Glass", which celebration was held 364 times a year by Humpty Dumpty? An unbirthday
Who wrote the autobiography "From Drags To Riches" in 1987? Danny La Rue
Who wrote the best seller "Tara Road" in 1998? She died in 2012. Maeve Binchy
Which British items of clothing are called suspenders in the USA? Braces
Which is the only book of the New Testament to begin with the letter 'H'? Hebrews
The primate of the Irish Catholic Church sits in which city? He is formally called the Primate of All Ireland. Armagh
Who had a 1970 UK number 1 for six weeks with "I Hear You Knocking"? Dave Edmunds
With which band did Mariah Carey perform the song "Against All Odds"? Westlife
What was Dua Lipa's first UK number 1 single? New Rules
By what name is pimento, myrtle pepper or Jamaican pepper better known? Allspice
How was the singer Frank Ableson, born in Liverpool on 3rd February 1928, better known? Frankie Vaughan
The Cornish cheese yarg is traditionally wrapped in what? Nettles
Who was the mother of Nemesis in Greek myth - she bore Nemesis either by herself, with Erebus, with Oceanus or with Zeus depending on the version? Nyx
Which band's original line up was Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett from Jamaica, Maizie Williams from Montserrat and Bobby Farrell from Aruba? Boney M
What is the highest point in the Balkan Mountains? Botev Peak
Ranked by The Times as Tottenham Hotspur's greatest ever player in 2009, who was voted the FWA 'Footballer of the Year' in 1958 and 1961? Danny Blanchflower
Who was the first referee to send a player off in an FA Cup Final, doing so in 1985 to Kevin Moran? Peter Willis
Who set a longstanding (1968-88) men's 400m world record at the 1968 Olympics? Lee Evans
Kim Shaw, Kelly Fisher and Lynette Horsburgh are all associated with which sport? Snooker
Winning in 1983, which horse was the first Grand National winner to be trained by a woman? Corbiere
Born 1976, which footballer was nicknamed "O Fenômeno" (The Phenomenon)? Ronaldo
What was boxer Sugar Ray Robinson's real name? Walker Smith Jr
Charlotte Brew was the first woman to compete in which sporting event? Grand National
All the holes at Augusta golf course are name after what? Trees or shrubs
What name does John Fowles give to the French Lieutenant's Woman in his 1969 novel? Sarah Woodruff
The words "Take care of him; he bites" are written on a placard and worn by which of Dickens's eponymous heroes as he first attends school at Salem House? David Copperfield
The US comedians Steve Harvey, DL Hughley, Cedric "The Entertainer" and Bernie Mac are featured in "The Original Kings of Comedy", a 2000 film made by which US director? Spike Lee
Two years before the Treaty of Rome was signed in 1957, plans for the EEC had been formally discussed at a conference of ministers in which city of NE Sicily? Messina
Which studio group, put together in Germany in 1985, were the first group to have a hit with "Stairway To Heaven", Led Zeppelin having never released the song as a single? Far Corporation
Formerly the director of the Australian Ballet, who was appointed to succeed Sir Anthony Dowells as Director of the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden from in 2001? His controversial tenure lasted only til 2002, and he died in 2005. Ross Stretton
In law, which word is used in a statute to mean "immediately" or "within a reasonable time"? Forthwith
What nationality is Duncan Fletcher, the coach of the England cricket team from 1999–2007? Zimbabwean
The name of which London bridge is believed to derive from a term meaning "muddy landing place"? It lies between Westminster and Vauxhall bridges. Lambeth Bridge
Which South African-born novelist's first work was 1982's "Brother of The More Famous Jack", and was followed by "Temples of Delight" and "Juggling"? Barbara Trapido
Who, as a postgraduate student, discovered the first radio pulsars in 1967? Nobel Prizes went to her thesis supervisor Antony Hewish and to the astronomer Martin Ryle but she was excluded, despite having been the first to observe and analyse the pulsars. Jocelyn Bell
Who voiced the Jimmy Cricket song "When You Wish Upon A Star" in 1940's "Pinocchio" that subsequently became Disney's theme tune? Cliff Edwards
Who was born Josephine Esther Mentzer in 1908? Estée Lauder
The son of Sir Stanley Matthews, also called Stanley, represented Great Britain in which sport? Tennis (in the Davis Cup)
What is the most southerly shipping area in the Radio 4 Shipping Forecast? Trafalgar
Located in Suffolk, and used as a bomber station during the Second World War, what is now the RAF Regiment depot? RAF Honington
Which of the US state capitals was inhabited at the earliest date? Santa Fe, New Mexico
Published in 1575, which English verse comedy is attributed to William Stevenson and concerns the loss of a household implement and its reappearance in the breeches of the manservant, Hodge? Gammer Gurton's Needle
A fairy story by Hoffmann provided the plot for which ballet by Delibes? Coppelia
Fearing a Spanish invasion, at which Essex port did Queen Elizabeth I declare "I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king"? Tilbury
What pseudonym was given by Jonathan Swift in poems and letters to Esther Johnson, with whom he formed a lifelong attachment and to whom some believe he was secretly married? Stella
What was the name of the so-called "Film magician" who attended the first screening of the Lumiere Cinematographe and whose films included A Trip to the Moon and An Up-To-Date Conjuror? Georges Méliès
At which of the WW2 conferences did the Soviet Union agree to declare war on Japan? Yalta
Which poem by Alexander Pope contains the lines: "Know then thyself, presumenot God to scan/The proper study of mankind is man"? Essay on Man Epistle II
Which 15 in (381 mm) gauge light railway in Kent, England, operating steam and internal combustion locomotives runs from the Cinque Port of Hythe via Dymchurch, St. Mary's Bay, New Romney and Romney Sands to Dungeness? Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway
In 1813, who wrote the long poem "The Bride of Abydos: A Turkish Tale"? Byron
In which English county are the National Trust properties Attingham Park and Wilderthorpe Manor? Shropshire
Who co-founded "Blast", a Vorticist review, with Wyndham Lewis, in 1914? Ezra Pound
Who wrote the crime novels LA Confidential, American Tabloid and The Black Dahlia? James Ellroy
The Snow Maiden, first performed in 1882, is an opera by which Russian composer, born in 1844? Rimsky-Korsakov
The counterpart of the now-demolished Euston arch, the world's oldest surviving piece of monumental railway architecture lies on Curzon Street in which English city? Birmingham
What is the largest island in Iran? Qeshm Island
A Martin Jennings-designed bronze sculpture of John Betjeman can be found in which London mainline station? St Pancras
"He has a fire in his eye, a fever in his blood, a maggot in his brain, and a hectic flutter in his speech, which mark out the philosophic fanatic" were William Hazlitt's words about which poet? Shelley
"He makes man after his own image, woman after his own heart; the one is a capricious tyrant, the other a yielding slave" were William Hazlitt's words about which poet? Byron
In continuum mechanics, if stress is a physical quantity that expresses the internal forces that neighbouring particles of a continuous material exert on each other, what is the measure of the deformation of the material? Strain
Which Chinese festival, taking place in April, is also called "Tomb-sweeping Day" and honours ancestors? Qingming Day
Who was the first Premier of the People's Republic of China, serving from October 1949 until his death in January 1976? Zhou Enlai
Who was the paramount leader of the People's Republic of China from 1978 until his retirement in 1989? He died in 1997. Deng Xiaoping
Which three-word term is the usual (mis)translation of the Latin phrase petitio principii, which actually translates to "assuming the initial point"? Begging the question
Which explorer named Lake Victoria in 1858? John Speke
Ngaio Marsh, who created Inspector Roderick Alleyn, was born and died in which country? New Zealand
Geronimo (June 16, 1829 – February 17, 1909) was a prominent leader of which Native American tribe? (Chiricahua) Apache
Which martial art, essentially non-violent and non-competitive, is based on the principle of "Qi" or energy, and combines elements of jujitsu and karate, while never using force to oppose force? It was developed by Morihei Ueshiba. Aikido
Which fundamental value is expressed in SI units as 8.31434 JK-1 mol-1? Gas Constant (molar gas constant or ideal gas constant)
Units with the SI prefix "femto-" are multiples of ten to what power? Minus fifteen
The US singer Chester Arthur Burnett, born June 10th 1910, was better known by what name? Howlin' Wolf
What type of rock is of a detrital sedimentary formation, of the argillaceous group, with a well-marked bedding plane fissility? This rock does not form a plastic mass when wet, although it may disintegrate when immersed in water. Shale
Constans II of Byzantium and Count Baldwin IV of Flanders shared which epithet? The Bearded
An in-depth look at the industrial age, what 13-week TV series, followed by a book of the same name, was presented by economist JK Galbraith in 1976? The Age of Uncertainty
Philip II, who was King of Spain from 1556 to 1598, ruled which country as Philip I from 1580 to 1598? Portugal
In which decade were: the defeat of James II's forces at the Battle of the Boyne; the Salem Witch Trials, and the publication of John Locke's essay "Concerning Human Understanding"? 1690s
Which lake of the Great Rift Valley is the deepest in Africa, and has ports in Burundi and Zambia? Lake Tanganyika
What is the title of TS Eliot's poem in six parts, first publishedin 1930, of which Part Two opens with the line "Lady, three white leopards sat under a juniper-tree"? Ash Wednesday
The song "Prithee, Pretty Maiden, Will You Marry Me" is sung by the poet Grosvenor to his childhood sweetheart, the village milk-maid, in which Gilbert and Sullivan operetta? Patience
The Pharaoh's Daughter (1862); Don Quixote (1869); La Bayadère (1877); Le Talisman (1889); The Sleeping Beauty (1890) and, with Leo Ivanov, The Nutcracker (1892) were choreographed by which French and Russian ballet dancer, pedagogue and choreographer? Marius Petipa
Which painter's depiction of the Virgin Mary was described as "sick and offensive" by New York Mayor Rudi Guiliani in September 1999, before the openingof the Sensation exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art? Chris Ofili
Which British writer and entertainer was the niece of Nancy Astor, took the surname by which she became known on her marriage in 1929 and is particularly remembered for her portrayal of the policewoman Ruby Gates in the St Trinians film series? Joyce Grenfell
The mythological King Ixion of Thessaly is said to have been the forefather of which race of creatures? Centaurs
Who wrote the 1938 science fiction novel "Out of the Silent Planet"? CS Lewis
The first of Bede's kings who held imperium, who was the first king of the South Saxons, reigning in what is now called Sussex, England, from 477 to perhaps as late as 514? Aelle
Named as one of the eight "bretwaldas", a title given in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle to eight rulers who had overlordship over southern Britain, which 6th century king of Wessex was Bede's second 'imperium' king? Ceawlin of Wessex
Which King of Northumbria fell at the Battle of Hatfield Chase in 622/623, after which he was venerated as a saint? Edwin of Nortumbria
Which 7th-century King of Mercia defeated Edwin at the Battle of Hatfield Chase in 633 and Edwin's eventual successor, Oswald, at the Battle of Maserfield, before himself dying at the Battle of the Winwaed fighting against the Bernicians? Penda of Mercia
Cadwallon ap Cadfan was the king of which Welsh kingdom from around 625 until his death in battle? Gwynedd
Which Frankish statesman and military leader commanded the troops that defeated the army of the Umayyad Caliphate led by 'Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi at the 732CE Battle of Poitiers? Charles Martel
Which Lombard territory founded about 570 in central Italy lasted until 1201, and is named for a town in Umbria that was its capital? Duchy of Spoleto
What was the southernmost Lombard duchy in the Italian peninsula, named for a city in Campania whose football team were in Serie A for the first time in the 2017-18 season? Duchy of Benevento
Consisting of the Dáil and the Seanad, what is the name of the Irish parliament? Oireachtas
Who succeeded Benito Mussolini as Prime Minister of Italy in 1943? Pietro Badolglio
What is the name of Rochester's house in "Jane Eyre"? Thornfield Hall
Which poet wrote "Ode To The West Wind" in 1819? Shelley
The title of which ancient rulers translates as "great house"? Pharaoh
The word "bandit" derives ultimately from which European language? Italian
Which author won a Booker Prize in 1985 for "The Bone People"? Keri Hulme
The Herculaneum Pottery was based in which city of England, between 1793/94 and 1841? Liverpool
What word for a legislative assembly comes from the Latin for "old man"? Senate
Which 8 letter word is the shortest in the English language to contain all of the first 6 letters of the alphabet? Feedback
Who wrote the 1880 novel "Nana"? Emile Zola
What were the forenames of the Bronte sisters parents? Patrick and Maria
Which Scottish philosopher was born near Aberdeen in 1710? He was the founder of the Scottish School of Common Sense and played an integral role in the Scottish Enlightenment. Thomas Reid
Jenny Uglow, a biographer, historian, critic and publisher, wrote the 2010 work "A Gambling Man" about which British monarch? Charles II
The philologist Michael Ventris is best known for deciphering which language or script? Linear B
In archaeology, which term denotes a historic or prehistoric fragment of pottery? Potsherd/sherd
What was the original working title of George Orwell's "1984"? The Last Man In Europe
Which man, the second son of John, King of England, became King of Germany in 1257? Richard of Cornwall
Who famously quipped that the Holy Roman Empire was "neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an empire"? Voltaire
Which 17th Century German jurist, political philosopher, economist and historian called the Holy Roman Empire a "monstrosity" and wrote "De iure natura et gentium" in 1672? Samuel von Pufendorf
Deriving from the Gaelic for ‘bent’, what is the name of the Manx team sport, similar to hurling and shinty, that is played annually in St Johns? Cammag
Diaphoresis is the medical term for which bodily process? Sweating
In Edith Nesbit's trilogy of novels that begin with "Five Children and It", what name is given to the sand-fairy with ability to grant wishes, referenced as "It"? Psammead
In which constellation is the Beehive Cluster located? Cancer
Which King of England is buried in Canterbury Cathedral alongside his second wife, Joan of Navarre? Henry IV
The Kina is the currency of which country? Papua New Guinea
Whose song "Woke Up This Morning" was the theme tune to the TV show "The Sopranos"? Alabama 3
Little John is a deep sonorous bell - for many years the deepest toned clock bell in the United Kingdom, weighing over 10 tonnes - is in which city's council house? Nottingham
Will Rogers World Airport and Wiley Post Airport serve which US city? Oklahoma City
The Patos-Marinza Oil Field, the biggest on-shore oil field in Europe, is located in which country? Albania
Fredericton is the capital of which Canadian state? New Brunswick
The Welsh place name Ynys means what? Island/isle
As of 2018, the four deepest known caves on Earth are all in which country? Georgia
The Welsh word "Moel" means what in place names? Hill, mountain
It no longer exists, but what was the name of William Shakespeare's final place of residence in Stratford-upon-Avon? New Place
Faversham is a market town in which English county? Kent
Which city is the closest to the geographical centre of England? Coventry
Which city played a prominent ceremonial role in French monarchical history as the traditional site of the crowning of the kings of France? Reims
Which French region is situated between the Adour and Garonne rivers in the lower foothills of the Pyrenées, and gives its name to a brandy? Armagnac
Which country has provinces called Masvingo, Midlands and Manicaland? Zimbabwe
On which island is Dunvegan Castle? Skye
The pula is the local currency of which country? Botswana
Katz Castle and Maus Castle, in English the cat and mouse castles, lie on which river? Rhine
Which river flows through Berlin? Spree
Which large public square and transport hub in the central Mitte district of Berlin formed the hub of East Berlin and features the Fernsehturm (TV Tower), at 368m? Alexanderplatz
In which country is there a 368.5m radio and TV tower, by 50cm the highest (as of 2018) structure in the European Union? Latvia (in Riga)
Which commune in France is noted from being the starting point for Louis Bleriot's pioneering cross-channel flight, and the site of a controversial refugee camp, closed in 2002 by Nicolas Sarkozy? Sangatte
The largest palace in Berlin, which palace was commissioned by the wife of Friedrich III, Elector of Brandenburg in what was then the village of Lietzow? Charlottenburg Schloss
What is the capital of Germany's Brandenburg state? Potsdam
How many countries share a land border with North Korea? Three
Which goddess is depicted driving a chariot on top of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate? Nike/Victory
Which Berlin museum contains Greek and Roman antiquities, and perhaps most notably, the Babylonian Ishtar Gate? Pergamom Museum
Which former Sri Lankan cricketer and a former captain of the Sri Lankan national cricket team, nicknamed "Master Blaster" played 445 one day international matches? Sanath Jayasuriya
All the members of which men's national hockey team announced their retirement after finishing last at the 2010 World Cup? Many didn't actually follow through on this. Pakistan
Which former Australian international cricketer, recognised as one of the fastest bowlers of his era, played tests from 1999 and 2008, and took 310 wickets in 76 Tests? Brett Lee
Which former Pakistani cricketer and former captain of the Pakistan national cricket team in all three formats of the game, briefly banned in 2010, was the first Test cricketer to score a century in all 11 countries that have hosted Test matches? Younis Khan
Which cricketer was the subject of Christian Ryan's book "Golden Boy"? His test career lasted from 1977 to 1984. Kim Hughes
Who was South Africa's cricket captain from 2003 until his retirement in 2014? He was known for the success of his opening partnership with Herschelle Gibbs, South Africa's most prolific ever opening partnership. Graeme Smith
Which South African cricketer became captain of the South African cricket team across all formats in 2017, replacing AB De Villiers? Faf du Plessis
Which US athlete secured the 1932 AAU Games, despite being the only person on her team? She won two gold medals in track and field at the 1932 Summer Olympics, before turning to professional golf and winning 10 LPGA major championships. Babe Didrikson (Zaharias)
Which English county cricket team comes first alphabetically? Derbyshire
Who broke the women's 100m and 200m records in 1988, but died in her sleep aged just 38 from an epileptic seizure? Florence Griffith Joyner
The architect Phillip Bosinney appears in which novel series? The Foryste Saga (Galsworthy)
Which 1970s rock band, led by Ian Hunter, took their name from a 1966 novel by Willard Manus? Mott the Hoople
Which is the only Ivy League university to have been founded in the 19th century? Cornell
Which two bodies of water meet at Cape Agulhas? Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean
In which industry was Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, employed for 11 years before joining the clergy? Oil industry
Who played Fantine, a prostitute dying of tuberculosis, in the musical romantic drama Les Misérables, in the 2012 film version? She sang "I Dreamed A Dream". Anne Hathaway
Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans, born in 1670 had two very famous parents - who were they? Charles II and Nell Gwynne
Apsley Cherry-Garrard, a survivor of Scott's Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica, wrote which acclaimed account of his experiences? The Worst Journey In The World
A fish described as Anadromous does what? Migrates from the sea to fresh water to spawn
Which Italian satirist and playwright wrote 'Accidental Death of an Anarchist' and 'Can't Pay? Won't Pay!'? Dario Fo
Private Robert E. Lee "Prew" Prewitt is a character in which book and later film? From Here To Eternity
In the book "Treasure Island" who owned the Spyglass Inn in Bristol? Long John Silver
In Baroness Orczy's book of the same name, what is the real name of the character who goes by the name "The Scarlet Pimpernel"? Percy Blakeney
In the book "Treasure Island" who was the captain of the Hispaniola? Captain Alexander Smollett
Cena Trimalchionis (Trimalchio's dinner) appears in which late 1st century AD work of literature? Satyricon (supposedly by Petronius)
Who was Poet Laureate from 1972 to 1984? John Betjeman
Who was Poet Laureate from 1984 to 1998? Ted Hughes
Famously skewered by Alexander Pope, which man was appointed Poet Laureate aged 30 in 1718, holding the post until his 1730 death? Laurence Eusden
Now signifying a type of comedy, which word comes from a flat wooden device that clowns would hit each other with in performances? Slapstick
What was the real name of the cartoonist Hergé? Georges Remi
A small number of which obsolescent biplane torpedo bombers from the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious in the Mediterranean Sea took part in the Battle of Taranto in 1942? Fairey Swordfish
As Minister for the Arts in Harold Wilson's government of 1964–1970, which female MP played a leading role in the foundation of the Open University? Jennie Lee
How many illegitimate children did William IV have with Dorothea Jordan? Ten
"Where Are We Now?" of 2013 was whose last UK Top 10 hit? David Bowie
Which Greek island, in the prefecture of Chania, contains the southernmost point in Europe? Gavdos
Shah Abbas I moved the Safavid Dynasty capital to Isfahan from which city, now in north-west Iran? Qazvin
In which state or province of Canada is the Nahanni National Park? Northwest Territories
The Rabbitkettle Hotsprings in Nahanni National Park are the largest of which type of mounds in Canada, the name referring to a variety of limestone formed when carbonate minerals precipitate out of ambient temperature water? Tufa mounds
In which state or province of Canada is the Viking site of L'Anse Aux Meadows? Newfoundland
The Umayyad Mosque, the fourth holiest site in Islam, is in which city? Damascus
Which man, who directed "The Revenant" became, in 2006, the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing for "Babel"? Alejandro González Iñárritu
Who directed fantasy film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), and science fiction thrillers Children of Men (2006) and Gravity (2013) and was the first Mexican film director to win an Oscar for Best Director? Alfonso Cuarón
Which US race driver who won the 2011 Indy Lights Championship, secured his first Indycar title in 2017? Josef Newgarden
Which French racing driver was the 2016 Indycar Series champion? Simon Pagenaud
With a circulation of over 2 million in 2015, in which city is the newspaper "The Globe and Mail" based? Toronto
Who was the lead singer with the punk band The Stooges? Iggy Pop
Following on from "From Here To Eternity" and "The Thin Red Line", which posthumously published novel is the last in James Jones' "War Trilogy"? Whistle
Who was the Norwegian Foreign Minister during the years of the Norwegian government in exile from 1940 to 1945? Trygve Lie
Which American architect (1901-74), based in Philadelphia and famed for his monumental, monolithic works, created the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, the Salk Institute, California and the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh? Louis Kahn
Which us architect, who won the 1st Pritzker Prize in 1979, is best known for his works of modern architecture, including the Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut & postmodern architecture, particularly 550 Madison Avenue, for AT & T in New York? Philip Johnson
Which Japanese self-taught architect won the 1995 Pritzker Prize? He created the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth and the Pulitzer Foundation for The Arts in St Louis. Tadao Ando
What one-word name is given to creatures, spirits, angels, or deities in many religions whose responsibility is to escort newly deceased souls from Earth to the afterlife? Psychopomp
What is the surname of Croatian siblings Ivica and Janica who won Gold Medals as the Alpine Skiing World Championships in the early noughties? Janica was the first woman to win three alpine skiing gold medals in one Olympics (2002). Kostelić
What colour of dot is used on a beginners' squash ball? Blue
What colour of dot on the ball is used for experienced squash players, defined as an extra slow ball? Double yellow
In which country was shoe designer Manolo Blahnik born? Spain
In which country was shoe designer Jimmy Choo born? Malaysia
He was called the "Fragonard of the shoe" and his shoes "the Fabergé of Footwear". Which French shoe designer (1903-98) supposedly invented the stiletto in 1954? Roger Vivier
Which Paris-born shoe designer, who founded his own company in 1991, French fashion designer is known for high-end stiletto footwear incorporates shiny, red-lacquered soles that have become his signature? Christian Louboutin
In which year did the Paris Commune take place? 1871
Alternating between two forms: a massive, demonic boar-like creature and a tall, heavily built Gerudo, a race of humanoid desert nomads, who is the principal villain of the Legend of Zelda video game series? Ganon
Who is the protagonist of Nintendo's video game series The Legend of Zelda? He appears in several incarnations over the course of the games, and also features in other Nintendo media, including its merchandising, comic books, and a cartoon series. Link
Which science fiction and fantasy media franchise created by Hironobu Sakaguchi, that was conceived by Sakaguchi as his last-ditch effort in the game industry in 1987, features a recurring character called Cid? Final Fantasy
Which branch of geology is concerned with the study of rock layers and layering? Stratigraphy
Which video game series centres on an interstellar war between humanity and a theocratic alliance of aliens known as the Covenant? Halo
His portrait of Benjamin Franklin appears on the US $100 bill. Which French painter (1725-1802) was known for the clarity and immediacy of his portraits such as those of Jacques Necker or Louis XVI of France? Joseph Duplessis
Which cetacean has the scientific name Delphinapterus leucas? Beluga Whale
Which major US conglomerate led by Warren Buffett can trace its roots to a textile manufacturing company founded in Rhode Island in 1839 and owns holdings in American Express, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, IBM, Kraft Heinz and Apple? Berkshire Hathaway
Which military retreat (1934-35) was undertaken by the Red Army of the Communist Party of China to evade the pursuit of the Kuomintang army? Long March
Which actor, born in 1937, married his partner Brad Altman in September 2008, thus becoming one half of Hollywood's first same sex married couple? George Takei
What is the capital of the Italian autonomous province of South Tirol? Bolzano
Taking place at the Flemington racecourse, which event that starts at 3pm on the first Tuesday in November is known locally as "the race that stops a nation"? Melbourne Cup
At which racetrack is the Kentucky Derby run? Churchill Downs
In which Kentucky town or city is the Kentucky Derby run? Louisville
The Preakness Stakes are held at which racecourse in Baltimore, Maryland? Pimlico Race Course
Which November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986) American artist was best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes? Works included "Jimson Weed". Georgia O'Keeffe
Which syncretic religion, literally meaning "religion of God" combined Islam and Hinduism and was created by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1582AD? Din-i Ilahi
Which Kenyan author's debut novel was "Weep Not, Child" of 1964? Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
Which banker of Genevan origin who became a French statesman and finance minister for Louis XVI helped make decisions that were critical in creating political and social conditions that contributed to the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789? Jacques Necker
Although surpassed in April 2018, following the 2017 legislative elections, which Austrian Chancellor became the youngest head of government in the world, at the age of 31? Sebastian Kurz
What is the stage name of performer Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (born 16 February 1990)? The Weeknd
What was the name of the TV offshoot of Brain of Britain that debuted in 1958? Ask Me Another
Who in 1975, was the first fictional character to be honoured with a front page obituary in the New York Times? Hercule Poirot
Which Swiss sculptor, born in 1901, is best known for his works in bronze depicting rough-textured free-standing human figures with extremely long and thin elongated limbs? Alberto Giacometti
Who wrote the 1984 cookery classic "An Omelette and a Glass of Wine"? Elizabeth David
Which 18th century agriculturalist wrote the work "Horse-Hoeing Husbandry"? Jethro Tull
Which Dublin-born actor played Philip E. Marlow in Dennis Potter's TV serial "The Singing Detective"? Michael Gambon
In which US state is Pulaski, where Confederate Army veterans founded the Ku Klux Klan in the 1860s? Tennessee
Who played the titular Sabrina Fairchild in Billy Wilder's 1954 film "Sabrina"? Audrey Hepburn
Vanessa and Jesse, the children of Lorna Luft, are the grandchildren of which singer and actress, who died in 1969? Judy Garland
What type of product was first advertised in the UK in 1938 as "Like the Spitfire - scientifically built to fit the man"? Y-Fronts
A folly shaped like a pineapple, ranked "as the most bizarre building in Scotland", stands in which park, near Airth in Stirlingshire, Scotland? Dunmore Park
The little-known second verse of which nursery rhyme reads: "When the blazing sun is gone/When he nothing shines upon/Then you show your little light"? Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
What was Pol Pot's real name? Saloth Sar
At which UK university is the Brynmor Jones Library? Hull (it is where Philip Larkin worked for 30 years)
In Greek legend, Pygmalion was king of which island? Cyprus
Gaping Ghyll and White Scar Cave can be found in which of England's national parks? Yorkshire Dales
The name of which alkaline earth metal derives from the mining location in Scotland where the mineral was discovered? Strontium
The seaside resort of Brighton was known how in the 18th century, the name being shortened following the growth in its popularity after regular visits by the future George IV? Brighthelmstone
Which TS Eliot poem closes with the lones: "We have lingered in the chambers of the sea/By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed and brown/Till human voices wake us, and we drown"? The Love Song of J Alfred Prulock
Which term, derived from the Italian for "shoulder", refers to a line of fruit-trees whose branches are pruned and trained into formal patterns against a wall or fence? Espalier
What is the Japanese activity of cha-no-yu? Tea ceremony
What decorative item was invented in 1963 by Edward Craven Walker? Lava lamp
Decaying uranium ultimately becomes an isotope of which metal? Lead
Which financial enterprise began in a coffee house in Tower Street, London, in the 1680s, before moving to bigger premises near Lombard Street? Lloyds
What was Ricky Gervais' Hollywood directorial debut in 2009 - a film in which he also acted? The Invention of Lying
The natural pink sandstone arch Rainbow Bridge crosses Lake Powell in which US state? Utah
According to Sellar and Yeatman's "1066 And All That" which parliament was "so-called because it had been sitting such a long time"? Rump Parliament
Which unleavened flatbread is part of Jewish cuisine and forms an integral element of the Passover festival? Matzo
Which old-fashioned phrase for nudity, familiar from a song featured in a film with Danny Kaye, is thought to have been popularised by its use in George Du Maurier's novel "Trilby" in the 1890s? In the all together
Who wrote one of the most cited works of the Decadent Movement "The Painter of Modern Life" in 1863? Charles Baudelaire
Which French poet, dramatist, novelist, journalist, and art & literary critic was elected chairman of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts (National Society of Fine Arts) in 1862, and wrote poem collection Émaux et Camées ("Enamels and Cameos"), in 1852? Théophile Gautier
Which two-word Latin phrase , meaning that a person must not be remembered, was a form of posthumous dishonour that the Roman Senate could impose, and had the intent to erase the malefactor from history? Damnatio memoriae
How was French photographer and balloonist Gaspard-Félix Tournachon (1820-1910) better known? Among others he photographed Gustave Courbet, Claude Debussy, Hector Berlioz, Alexandre Dumas pere, Jules Verne and Ernest Shackleton. Nadar
Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in which year? 1431
Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in which city? Rouen
"A Satyr Against Reason and Mankind" is a poem by which courtier of Charles II, who has been portrayed on film by Johnny Depp, and whose debauched lifestyle earned him the reputation of "the wickedest man in England"? (John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of) Rochester
When the Republic of China was first declared in 1912, who was its first provisional president? Sun Yat-Sen
Who played the grandfather in the 1964 Beatles film "A Hard Day's Night"? Wilfred Brambell
The Hamptons, in Suffolk County - known as a retreat for wealthy Americans - is on which island? Long Island
What were the real forenames of "Wild Bill Hickok"? James Butler
In which US state is Deadwood, where Wild Bill Hickok met his end? South Dakota
Which British singer, whose name closely resembles that of an art historian who died in 1999, fronted the group Aswad? Brinsley Forde (the art collector was Brinsley Ford)
The world's first purpose-built airport was located in, and named after, which London suburb? Croydon
What was Stalingrad, now Volgagrad, called before 1925? Tsaritsyn
Which US author and journalist in "A Book of Burlesques" defined Puritanism as "the haunting thought that someone, somewhere may be happy"? HL Mencken
What name is shared by the 18th century author of "The State of Prisons In England And Wales" and a former Australian PM? John Howard
Shostakovich's opera "Katerina Ismaylova", produced in 1962, was a revised version of which earlier work, which had been condemned and banned by Stalin in the 1930s? Lady Macbeth of the Mtensk District
Something amygdalaloid is what shape? Almond
What do the letters ODTAA stand for in John Masefield's 1926 novel "Odtaa", an adventure set in South America during a revolution? One Damn Thing After Another
The coccyx takes its name from the ancient Greek for which bird? Cuckoo
Who was the first British PM to take part in a live TV broadcast? Neville Chamberlain (in 1938, coming back from Munich)
A "Decembrist" was the name given to a member of a revolutionary group called The Northern Society, opposed to the accession of which Tsar in 1825? Nicholas I
Anne Frank's real first name was not "Anne", which was a pet name or abbreviation. What was her full first name? Annelies
Which book ends with the line "It was not until they had examined the rings that they knew who it was"? The Picture of Dorian Grey (Oscar Wilde)
The wives of which jazz musician, who married 8 times, included Lana Turner, Ava Gardner and novelist Kathleen Winsor? Artie Shaw
Last minted in 1849, which old Spanish coin was initially worth two pistoles? Doubloon
"Critical Path" and "Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth" are works by which US architect and environmentalist who died in 1983? Richard Buckminster Fuller
"God is my oath" or "God is my abundance" is the literal meaning of which girls' name in common use? Elizabeth
Aristotle married which woman, the ward of Hermias of Atarneus, in the city of Assos in around 345BCE? Pythias
Who is this? The recipient of a "Lifetime Achievement" award from Loaded magazine in 2000, he made his TV debut as a guest on the David Nixon magic show, and has had sidekicks including actors Rodney Bewes, Derek Fowlds and Roy North? Basil Brush
How is musician Richard Melville Hall, born September 11, 1965, better known? Moby
Which type of stuffed pasta is formed into a shape which, according to legend, was modelled on the navel of Venus? Tortellini
St Crispin, whose day is celebrated on Agincourt Day, 25 October, is the patron saint of which trade? Shoemaking
Who debuted as Doctor Who in December 2017, the thirteenth doctor and the first female? Jodie Whittaker
The physical constant of proportionality, which has a value of 6.672 times ten to the minus 11 newton metres squared per kilogram squared, is usually denoted by which upper case letter? G (it is known as gravitational constant)
Roughly meaning in Latin " a bit cut off", what name is given to the part of a cone or pyramid which lies between the base and a parallel plane? Frustrum
The runes or "matchstick signs" known as futhark, from the first six letters of the alphabet in Scandinavian countries, are known by what name when used by what name when used by their Celtic counterparts, especially in Ireland? Ogams or Ogham
Which country is a crescent-shaped island containing 54 cities sited at least 24 miles apart, each of less 100,000 people, and was create in a work of fiction which first appeared in 1516? Utopia
Which African lake was formerly known as Lake Rudolf? Lake Turkana
In 1912 US presidential election, who was the running mate of Theodore Roosevelt on the Progressive Party ticket? Hiram Johnson
In the early hours of New Year's Day 2000, a painting by Paul Cezanne, "Auvers-sur-Oise", was stolen from which English museum? Ashmolean
Which legendary English king was, according to Geoffrey of Monmouth, the father of King Lear, and was dashed to pieces attempting to fly above the Temple of Apollo? Bladud
What did the 'ee' stand for in the name of US poet ee cummings? Edward Estlin
In contrast to epistemic modality, where the modal verb expresses a judgement about the truth of a proposition, in which linguistic modality is the modal verb used to express a command or obligation? Deontic modality
Who wrote the 1902 short story "The Monkey's Paw"? WW Jacobs
During the 1870s and 1880s, Otto von Bismarck engaged in an ultimately unsuccessful conflict with the Vatican, as he attempted to subordinate the church to the state in a campaign known by what German name? Kulturkampf
The phrase "in the midst of life we are in death" from the Book of Common Prayer had its final word altered to what in a parody by the American humourist Ethel Watts Mumford? Debt
Ulfilas' translation of the Bible into Gothic omitted which two books of the Old Testament because he felt "the Gothic tribes...were in more need of restraints to check their military passions than of spurs to urge them on to war"? Books of Kings (1&2)
Sparked off by the Richardson incident of 1862, in which a British merchant was killed by a samurai from Satsuma in Kyushu, the Anglo-Satsuma War culminated in a brief bombardment of which city, known as the "Naples of the East"? Kagoshima
Renowned for his collaborations with composer Jerry Bock, which man, born 1924, wrote the lyrics to "Fiddler On The Roof"? Sheldon Harnick
The prince of which country opens the casket that contains a scroll saying "all that glisters is not gold" in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice"? Morocco (Prince of Morocco)
Which French poet and dramatist (1868-1918) is associated with neo-romanticism and is known best for his play Cyrano de Bergerac? Edmond Rostand
Who was the father of Henry II of England? Geoffrey V, Count of Anjou
Who was the father of Henry III of England? King John
Who was the father of Henry IV of England? John of Gaunt
Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond, was the father of which English monarch? Henry VII
Which capital city was known as Aqmola until 1994? Astana (Kazahkstan)
An opera by John Howard Payne and Henry Bishop in 1823 called "Clari, or the Maid of Milan" contains which famous song that begins "Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam"? Home! Sweet, Home!
The insect known as Aedes aegypti spreads which disease, which is also part of its common name? Yellow Fever (Yellow Fever Mosquito)
What is the name of the "play within a play" in Hamlet? The Mousetrap
Under which man's papacy was the Spanish Inquisition established in 1478? Pope Sixtus IV
"The Old Vicarage, Grantchester" was written by which poet while in Berlin in 1912? Rupert Brooke
"Hey Willow Waly O!" is a duet in which Gilbert and Sullivan opera? Patience
What is the name of the rogue computer in "2001: A Space Odyssey", voiced by Douglas Rain? HAL 9000
Which town in the Girona province of Catalonia was the birthplace of Salvador Dalí and is home to the unusual Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí, designed by Dalí himself? Figueres
The 1953 musical 'Kismet' was adapted from the music of which Russian composer? Alexander Borodin
Also known as the seladang, which southern Asian ox is the largest of all wild cattle? Gaur
'The Blood of a Poet', 'Orpheus' and 'Testament of Orpheus' comprised the Orphic trilogy of which 20th Century film director? Jean Cocteau
What was the Latin pseudonym of the 15th Century German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Müller von Königsberg who is credited with establishing the study of algebra and trigonometry in Germany? Regiomontanus
The search for what mythical object has been linked to Herodotus, Alexander the Great, Prester John, and particularly the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León, first Governor of Puerto Rico when he first went to Florida, although this was a later legend? The Fountain of Youth
Which Irish Taoiseach signed the Hillsborough Agreement in 1985? Dr Garret FitzGerald
Marrying shortly before she briefly became Queen of England, what was Lady Jane Grey's married name at the time of her death? Lady Jane Dudley
Dr Orchid replaced which character when Cluedo was updated in 2016? Mrs White
Arguably the most famous of the portraits that may depict William Shakespeare, and attributed to John Taylor, what name is given to the work in the National Portrait Gallery because of the Dukes that once owned it? Chandos portrait
How many points are awarded for a goal in Australian Rules Football? Six (a player can also score a 'behind' for one point)
Which English engraver of Flemish descent's fame rests almost completely on the fact that he made the title portrait for William Shakespeare's collected works, the First Folio of 1623? (Martin) Droeshout
Which novel opens: "To the red country and part of the grey country of Oklahoma the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth"? The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck)
In 2015 which horse became the first to win the US Triple Crown since 1978? American Pharaoh
The villages of Reeth, Gunnerside and Keld are in which of the North Yorkshire Dales? Swaledale
Which movie star was married to Gloria Hatrick McLean from 1949 to her death in 1994? James Stewart
Which Hungarian-born sociologist is most known for his book "Ideology and Utopia" published in 1929 where he argues that ideologies are the true nature of any given society and in trying to achieve utopia? Karl Mannheim
Which Italian writer, poet, journalist, playwright and soldier during World War I set up the short-lived Italian Regency of Carnaro in Fiume with himself as Duce, and influenced Mussolini, including introducing the stiff-armed salute? Gabriele D'Annunzio
Which French diplomat, political scientist and historian was best known for his works Democracy in America (1840) and The Old Regime and the Revolution (1856) in which analyzed the improved living standards and social conditions of individuals? Alexis de Tocqueville
Which French general and politician was an enormously popular public figure during the Third Republic, and won a series of elections and was feared to be powerful enough to establish himself as dictator at the apogee of his popularity in January 1889? Georges Ernest Boulanger
Who wrote the fairy tales The Tale of Tsar Saltan, The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish, The Tale of the Dead Princess and The Tale of the Golden Cockerel? Alexander Pushkin
Who wrote the 1880-81 opera "The Snow Maiden"? Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
What is the main ingredient, with leeks, of a Glamorgan sausage? Cheese
What did the "MG" stand for in the name of the band Booker T and the MGs? Memphis Group
Which US girl group are best known for their 1965 recordings "Whenever A Teenager Cries" and "Tommy", and for the 1968 European hit "Captain of Your Ship"? Reparata and the Delrons
In which country is the Rutherglen wine region? Australia
In the Bible, the first appearance of angels is of three men of the Lord appearing by the oaks of Mamre to which Biblical figure? Abraham
Considered to be one of the greatest medieval Russian painters of Orthodox icons and frescos, which man (c.1360-70 - c.1427-30) was the titular subject of a 1966 Andrei Tarkovsky film? Andrei Rublev
Which Biblical king changed the capital of Israel from Hebron to Jerusalem? David
Which beings were given the job of guarding paradise to prevent human beings from returning, according to Genesis 3:24? Cherubim
Which book of scripture that is part of the Catholic and Orthodox biblical canons tells the story of the titular Israelite of the tribe of Naphtali, living in Nineveh after Sargon II had deported the northern tribes of Israel to Assyria in 721 BC? Tobit
In the Book of Enoch, seven archangels are named. Raphael, Michael and Gabriel are three - name any two of the others. Uriel, Raguel, Saraqael, Remiel
Which angel fights the devil in Biblical chapters Jude 9 and Revelation 12? Michael
Other than Gabriel and Michael, the Quran mentions two other angels, who teach the Babylonians about magic and sorcery - which two? Harut and Marut
Often equated (incorrectly) to a 'guardian angel', what name is used for the Zoroastrian concept of a personal spirit of an individual, whether dead, living, and yet-unborn? Fravashi
"Evening All" was a catchphrase used on which British TV show that ran from 1955 to 1976? Dixon of Dock Green
Which comedian (1925-2006) used the catchphrase "Hello, my darlings!"? Charlie Drake
Who played James Herriot in the 1978-90 TV series "All Creatures Great And Small"? Christopher Timothy
In children's TV, who was Andy Pandy's female friend? Looby Loo
In the TV series "All Creatures Great And Small" which character was played by Peter Davison? Tristan Farnon
In the TV series "All Creatures Great And Small" which character was played by Robert Hardy? Siegfried Farnon
Which nation's national anthem is "Īmān, Ittihād, Nazam", which translates to English as "Faith, Unity, Discipline"? Pakistan
Which English comedy duo originally performed under the name The Harper Brothers? Cannon and Ball
Which English comedian created the character DJ Delbert Wilkins? Lenny Henry
What was the name of the café in the sitcom "'Allo 'Allo"? Rene's Cafe
What is the familiar surname of the doctor played by Peter Lorre in 1944 film "Arsenic and Old Lace"? Einstein
considered by film critics to be one of the great masterpieces of Polish cinema and cited as a favourite by Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, which 1958 Polish film directed by Andrzej Wajda was based on a 1948 novel by Jerzy Andrzejewski? Ashes and Diamonds
Although the Etruscan Pygmy Shrew is the world' smallest mammal in terms of mass, which bat, also known as Kitti's Hog-nosed Bat, is the world's smallest mammal in terms of size? Bumblebee Bat
What did NVLA stand for in the name of the organisation fronted by Mary Whitehouse, and now called Mediawatch-UK? National Viewers' and Listeners' Association
What was the real first name of actress Hattie Jacques? Josephine
Who played the one-armed John J. Macreedy in "Bad Day At Black Rock"? Spencer Tracy
Who directed Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Great Escape (1963), and Ice Station Zebra (1968)? John Sturges
Both the 1976 and 2005 films "The Bad News Bears" are based around which sport? Baseball
Who played Mrs Mopp in the radio comedy ITMA? Dorothy Summers
What was the real surname of the comedy duo The Krankies? Tough (Janette and Ian)
Which American singer, pianist, comedian, and actor (1893-1980) often referred to his nose as the Schnozzola (from the Yiddish slang word "Schnoz" [big nose]), and the word became his nickname? Jimmy Durante
Which hospital was the setting for the TV comedy "Scrubs"? Sacred Heart Teaching Hospital
In 1977, Phi-X174 phage became the first organism to have what done to it? Its DNA-based genome sequenced
With a wealth of "infinity" who was the last winner of Forbes' magazine list of the 15 wealthiest fictional characters, in 2013? Santa Claus
Which city in North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany, that merged with the cities of Buer and Horst in 1928, was the most important coal mining town in Europe in the early 20thC and was known as the "city of a thousand fires", because of its smoking stacks? Gelsenkirchen
Donna Reed won a Best Actress Oscar and Fred Zinnemann was named Best Director for which 1953 film? From Here To Eternity
What are the names of the 1966 Jerry Herman Broadway musical and Jane Austen novel, first published in 1815, that are anagrams of each other? Mame and Emma
Koplik's Spots, bluish-white specks on the inner side of the cheeks, are an early symptom of which viral disease? Measles
Abu Bakr, the successor to Mohammed, and first caliph of the Muslim world in 632, was known by the epithet "al-Siddiq", meaning what? The Upright/The Truthful
Which Italian-French actor and singer (1921-91) who starred in "Jean de Florette", was born Ivo Livi in Monsummano Terme, Italy? Yves Montand
Which writer was married to archaeologist Max Mallowan for 44 years? Agatha Christie
Who played Bob Ferris in "The Likely Lads"? Rodney Bewes
Only one whole square number under 100 is the sum of the preceding two square numbers - which one? 25 (16+9)
A gimlet is a cocktail of gin (sometimes vodka) and the juice of which fruit? Lime
In Scandinavian mythology, Urd, Verdandi and Skuld were three giant goddesses who presided over the fates of both gods and men and were known by what collective name? The Norns
Which actress won her only Best Actress Academy Award for 1940's "Kitty Foyle"? Ginger Rogers
Firzan, meaning "counsellor" was the original Arabic name for which chess piece? The Queen
Which soft felt hat, with a low crown and wide brim, aupposedly derives its name, in a punning way from the fact it doesn't have a 'nap'? The Wideawake
Including the innermost circle, how many rings are there on a standard archery target? Ten
In the 1975 dramatization on ITV of "The Naked Civil Servant" which actor played Quentin Crisp? John Hurt
Who became the first female President of Brazil in 2010? Dilma Rousseff
Probably the first person in history whose function was called 'prime minister', under what name is Armand-Jean du Plessis (1585-1642) still well known? Cardinal Richelieu
Who was President of the Philippines from 1986 to 1992? Corazon Aquino
What was the commonly used first name of the widow of Argentine President Juan Peron who herself served as President from his death in 1974 until she was deposed in 1976? Isabel
Who was king, sovereign prince, prime minister, president and untitled head-of-state of Cambodia from 1941 until his final abdication in 2004? Sihanouk
The first three rulers of the Holy Roman Empire after Charlemagne all shared what name?T Otto (I, II, III)
Ferdinand Magellan was killed in which battle of 1521 against Filipino natives? Battle of Mactan
What name, widely held to be of Turkish origin, was given to the rank of nobility just below the ruling princes in the Russian (and Romanian and Bulgarian) aristocracies from the 10th to the 17th centuries? Boyar
As governor, Eske Brun kept which place out of Nazi hands during WW2? Greenland
Before the creation of the state of Israel, he was the leader of the Zionist militant group Irgun. Who was the sixth Prime Minister of Israel, who shared a Nobel Peace Prize with Anwar Sadat in 1979? Menachem Begin
What is India's second longest river after the Ganga (Ganges)? Godavari
Now part of Latvia, but previously a duchy and de facto independent state, what was the smallest European power to attempt a colony in the New World, thanks to an outpost in Tobago? Courland
Who was the first future President to be born a citizen of the USA? Martin Van Buren
In which town were both Saladin and Saddam Hussein born? Tikrit, Iraq
One of the early Irish monastic saints, with a feast day on 16th May, which intrepid traveller had nicknames 'the Navigator', 'the Voyager' and 'the Bold'? In myth, he once landed on an ;island' that was in fact a huge whale. Brendan
Which Paris theatre was the home of Margaret Kelly's famed burlesque dancers 'The Bluebell Girls', known for being very well trained and nearly all about six foot tall? Paris Lido
The anti-globalisation movement first came to a head on November 30 1999, when tear gas was used to disperse protesters at the N30 mobilisation in which US city? Seattle
The people of which island carved rongorongo pictograms into hundreds of wooden tablets, only for their descendants to forget how to read them? Easter Island
Which mammal, native to North America, sleeps the longest of any mammal - up to 19.9 hours a day? It has the scientific name Myotis lucifugus. (Little) Brown Bat
Bridge's, the common, the moon-toothed, the Mocha Island and the mountain are the five extant species of which rodent, all five of which can be found in Chile? Degu
Seals belong to which animal clade that means "fin-foot"? Pinnipeds
Which word, beginning with q, means either "very commonplace" or "occurring daily"? Quotidian
What is described, in Shakespeare's "MacBeth" as "chief nourisher in life's feast"? Sleep
Which 2004 American romantic science fiction film written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, with Kate Winslet receiving a nomination for Academy Award for Best Actress? Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind
Which two-word term is used for an aviation accident that damages the aircraft beyond economical repair, resulting in a write-off? 46% are non-fatal. Hull Loss
Founded in 1873, what is the daily student newspaper of Harvard University? The Harvard Crimson
Which 2000 Christopher Nolan film has, as its central character, a man who, as a result of a past trauma, has anterograde amnesia (the inability to form new memories) and has short-term memory loss approximately every five minutes? Memento
Analogous to the lymphatic system, what is the functional waste clearance pathway for the vertebrate central nervous system (CNS)? Glymphatic System
Taking its name from the Greek for 'thin', which human hormone is predominantly made by adipose cells and helps to regulate energy balance by inhibiting hunger? Leptin
Known as the "hunger hormone", which peptide is released by cells in the gastrointestinal tract in humans, and is also called lenomorelin? Ghrelin
Winning the Battle of Jajau in 1707 against his brother Azam Shah, what name did Qutb un-Din Muhammad Mu'azzam take on becoming Mughal emperor - it means "brave" in Persian? Bahadur (Shah)
What was the colonial name of Vanuatu? New Hebrides
President of Haiti from 1971 until he was overthrown by a popular uprising in 1986, what was the two-word nickname of Jean-Claude Duvalier? Baby Doc
The city of Gonaives, population around 300,000 was the first city to see demonstrations against the country's oppressive regime in 1985, and is known as the "independence city" of which country? Haiti
What is the largest of the traditional kingdoms in present-day Uganda, comprising all of Uganda's Central Region, including the Ugandan capital Kampala? It is also the name of the country's largest ethnic group. Buganda
Which comedian had a number 40 single in 1961 in the UK with "Don't Jump Off The Roof, Dad"? Tommy Cooper
In the carol "Good King Wenceslas", who accompanied the monarch through the snow? The page
What was Elkie Brooks' name at birth? Elaine Bookbinder
In which city was Elkie Brooks born? Salford (accept Manchester)
The 'Anvil Chorus' appears in which Verdi opera? Il Trovatore
Which American pop singer and actor had a UK number 1 in 1956 with "Singing The Blues" and in 1953 with "She Wears Red Feathers"? Guy Mitchell
For what is a mote spoon used? Removing tea leaves
In a 1960s hit which title character lived in a land called Honalee? Puff The Magic Dragon
Who was the principal conductor of the Proms from 1947 to 1966? Malcolm Sargent
Which Preston born man, known as "The Man With The Golden Trumpet", had his first United Kingdom number one single in 1954, with the instrumental "Oh, Mein Papa"? Eddie Calvert
Hengist and Horsa were the legendary first Saxon rulers of which part of England? Kent
Judith Durham was the singer with which folk group? The Seekers
Which band's only UK number 1 single was "Mississippi" in 1975? Pussycat
Which man established The Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ,commonly shortened to Peoples Temple, in Guyana in 1978? Reverend Jim Jones
Whose first work, that premiered on April 21, 1918, "Symphony No. 1 In D Major" is known as "The Classical"? Prokofiev
Who was the mother of the Virgin Mary? St Anne
Which X Factor winner had a hit in 2005 with "That's My Goal"? Shayne Ward
In the Puccini opera, which Rome landmark did Tosca throw herself off? Castel Sant'Angelo
In which town or city was Gustav Holst born in 1874? Cheltenham
Mushrooms, Shallots, Tomatoes and what else are the basis of a Chasseur Sauce? White Wine
Which Biblical husband of Ruth was the great grandfather of King David? Boaz
What are the five spices in Chinese Five Spice? Cinnamon, Cloves, Fennel, Szechuan Pepper, Star Anise
In Greek myth, how are the Moirai better known? Fates
Which type of meat is used to make pastrami? Beef
In which year did Telly Savalas have a Number 1 UK hit with "If"? Telly Savalas
In Greek mythology, who had the alternate name Kore? Persephone
Potnia and Diwia were deities chiefly associated with which ancient civilisation? Mycenaean
Chora is the capital of which Greek island, traditionally listed as one of the seven Ionian islands, although it is somewhat separate from the others? Kythira
After Rhodes, what is the second largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands, in the southeastern Aegean Sea? Karpathos
What is the largest of the Ionian Islands in western Greece? Cephalonia
Who were the people, part of another ancient civilisation, depicted in paintings at the ancient Egyptian capital Thebes, and named 'Keftiu'? Minoans
What name did Homer use to describe the Greeks in the Iliad - it also applied to an ancient region if the Peloponnese? Achaeans
Robert Fitzroy, who commanded the HMS Beagle on which Charles Darwin travelled to the Galapagos, served from 1843 as the governor of which British colony? New Zealand
Which flower, called "gillyflower" by Chaucer and Shakespeare, was once used as a treatment for fevers and is a symbol of Mothering Sunday? Carnation
Which annual publication that first appeared in 1864 has had editors that included Charles Pardon, John Woodcock and Matthew Engel, and included an entry on the trial of Charles I in its first edition? Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
For which film did William Holden win a Best Actor Academy Award in 1953? Stalag 17
Who wrote the play "Sabrina Fair" that was adapted into the Audrey Hepburn film "Sabrina"? Samuel A. Taylor
In linguistics, what term is used for a word that occurs only once within a context, either in the written record of an entire language, in the works of an author, or in a single text? Hapax Legomenon
Siccar Point, famous in the history of geology as the place where James Hutton developed his theory of uniformitarianism, is in which historic Scottish county? Berwickshire
What item of clothing, worn by some Catholic clerics, is a short shoulder cape reaching to the elbow, and in the Pope's case, is entirely white? Pellegrina
What name is given to the small, hemispherical, form-fitting ecclesiastical skullcap worn by clerics of various Catholic churches? Zuccheto
BMW's logo is based on which flag, that is white and blue? Bavaria
Which Chinese dynasty followed the Shang dynasty and preceded the Qin dynasty? Zhou
Which English cartoonist, satirist, comedian, actor and performer who co-founded the satirical magazine Private Eye died of a heart attack aged just 59 in 1996? Willie Rushton
Who were the race of intelligent horses described in the last part of Jonathan Swift's satirical Gulliver's Travels? Houyhnhnms
What is the name of the world's largest island in a lake on an island in a lake? Treasure Island (in Lake Mindemoya, on Manitoulin Island, which is in Lake Huron)
Which Soviet Red Army officer who became Chief of General Staff, Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Minister of Defence and a member of the Politburo (1896-1974) was chosen to take the German Instrument of Surrender and to inspect 1945's Moscow Victory Parade? Georgy Zhukov
The official name of the Pitcairn Islands mentions all four islands that make up the group. Other than Pitcairn, name two of the other three. Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
The Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe was actually born in which modern-day country? Sweden
An unusual combination of two common types of painting of the period: a double portrait of a recently married couple, and a landscape view of the English countryside, what is the title of the Gainsborough work sold to the National Gallery in 1960? Mr & Mrs Andrews
How is the Gainsborough painting "Mr and Mrs William Hallett" better known? The Morning Walk
Which English singer of easy listening and traditional pop music (1928-99) was known as "Mr. Moonlight" after one of his early hits? Frankie Vaughan
Who served as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Rhodesia from the Internal Settlement to the Lancaster House Agreement in 1979? A United Methodist Church bishop and nationalist leader, he held office for only a few months. Abel Muzorewa
Which dwarf in German legend features most prominently in the poems Nibelungenlied and Ortnit and has a name meaning "ruler of supernatural beings (elves)"? Alberich
Who founded the band Creedence Clearwater Revival with his brother Tom, and was the band's lead singer, lead guitarist and principal songwriter? John Fogerty
What is the name of the biological family of birds that includes ducks, geese, and swans? Anatidae
Who won the first Nobel Prize for Physics? William Roentgen
Born Margaret Ann Bulkley in 1795, which military surgeon in the British Army, born in Ireland, lived as a man and thus qualified from Edinburgh medical school? Their birth sex only emerged after his/her death. James Barry
Who was the first dean of a British medical school, the first female doctor of medicine in France, the first woman in Britain to be elected to a school board and, as Mayor of Aldeburgh, the first female mayor and magistrate in Britain? Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
Who was the first Roman emperor to come to the throne after his own biological father? Titus (after Vespasian in 81CE)
Which US orchestra leader was a pioneer in radio situation comedy, first with Jack Benny, then in a series in which he co-starred with his wife, singer-actress Alice Faye, for eight years? Phil Harris
Which order of monks are sometimes referred to as minorites or greyfriars because of their habit? Franciscans
Which English novelist and poet of the Victorian era, who was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature seven times, was as a young man Henry Wallis's model for painting "The Death of Chatterton"? George Meredith
In 1780, which Italian scientist discovered that the muscles of dead frogs' legs twitched when struck by an electrical spark? Luigi Galvani
What is the highest mountain in continental Spain and in the Iberian Peninsula? Mulhacén
Emergence, Solitaire and The Tra-La Days Are Over are all early 70s albums by who? Neil Sedaka
Which Holy Roman Emperor suffered a sudden fever and died in a castle near Civita Castellana at the age of 21, in 1002CE? With no clear heir to succeed him, his early death threw the Empire into political crisis. Otto III
"The Love for Three Oranges" or "The Three Citrons" is an Italian literary fairy tale written by which Neapolitan poet, courtier, and fairy tale collector in the Pentamerone? Giambattista Basile
What name is given to several birds in the plover family, including the tawny-throated, Eurasian, shore, black-fronted, Red-Kneed, Hooded and Inland? Dotterel
Which North American plover, Charadrius vociferous, has an unusual onomatopoeic name? Killdeer
In which English county is Cookham, made famous by artist Stanley Spencer? Berkshire
Which singer, who had a big hit in 1977, is the younger sister of the country singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn and the singer Peggy Sue? Crystal Gayle
From the town near where it was discovered, which hoard of Romano-British metalwork was found by Arthur and Greta Brooks at Gallows Hill, in Norfolk, England, in November 1979, and is now in the British Museum? Thetford Hoard/Thetford Treasure
Which Italian immigrant and naturalized citizen of the United States attempted to assassinate then-President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 15, 1933? Giuseppe Zangara
Which bivalve marine mollusk in the family of Placunidae are edible, but are valued more for the shells which have been used for thousands of years as a glass substitute because of their durability and translucence? Windowpane Oysters
The annual World Series of Roshambo is the premier event for 'professional' players of roshambo. By what name is this game commonly known? Rock, paper, scissors
The War of the Spanish Succession was triggered by the death of which childless monarch in 1700? Charles II of Spain
What are the real forenames of golfer "Bubba" Watson? Gerry Lester
As of 2018, who are the only rugby union team not from France, England or Ireland to have played in a Champions Cup (formerly Heineken Cup) final, losing the first title to Toulose in 1995-96? Cardiff
Which US abstract expressionist, who specialised in large-scale works, died aged just 51 in New York in 1962, of rheumatic heart problems? Franz Kline
Which Irish playwright and early republican political and cultural activist, was the first president of Sinn Féin from 1905 to 1908, and co-founded the Abbey Theatre with WB Yeats and Lady Gregory? Edward Martyn
The St Elizabeth's Flood of November 1421 killed between 2,000 and 10,000 villagers in which modern-day European country? The Netherlands
Who was the French economist, thought by many to have been the chief architect of European Unity, who created the majority of what became known as the Schuman Plan? Jean Monnet
Located on the Norwegian-administered Jan Mayen island in the Arctic Ocean, what is the name of the world's northernmost active volcano? Beerenberg
The famous 15th Century explorer Prince Henry the Navigator was the son of which Portuguese King? John I (or João I)
A cover of which song by Shocking Blue guitarist Robbie van Leeuwen was a 1986 Bananarama hit? Venus
Who is best known for the 1978 international hit single "Ça plane pour moi"? Plastic Bertrand
In 1997, who became the first unseeded US Open women’s finalist in the open era? Venus Williams
Which English poet, playwright and novelist, from Yorkshire, wrote poetry collections Book of Matches (1993) and The Dead Sea Poems (1995) and two novels, Little Green Man (2001) and The White Stuff (2004)? Simon Armitage
Which 1992 debut novel by Victor Headley is named after a type of Jamaican criminal? Yardie
Marcia Williams, who became Baroness Falkender in 1974, started as which MP’s private secretary in 1956? Harold Wilson
What is Latvia’s second largest city? Daugavpils
In Romeo and Juliet, who says: “I am hurt. A plague o’ both your houses! I am sped.”? Mercutio
Dedicated in 1957, the presidential library and museum in Independence, Missouri, bears whose name? Harry S Truman
Which Desperate Remedies author designed Max Gate, his home in Dorchester? Thomas Hardy
Premiered in 2009, Symphony No 4 by Estonian composer Arvo Part is named after which US city? Los Angeles
Which branch of mechanics is concerned with the motion of bodies under the action of forces? Dynamics
With 21.4 million YouTube subscribers, which Mexican woman, real name Mariand Castrejón Castañeda (born March 13, 1993), became one of the world’s most popular beauty vloggers? Yuya
The Battle of Ayacucho, on December 9, 1824, secured which South American country’s independence? Peru
Which three-time rugby league Man of Steel winner had Sydney stints with Western Suburbs and Balmain Tigers? Ellery Hanley
Which German film director first came to worldwide attention with the film 'Das Arche Noah Prinzip' that opened the Berlin Film Festival in 1984 and has since gained greater fame with 'Independence Day', 'Godzilla' and 'The Day After Tomorrow'? Roland Emmerich
Named after the town in Denmark where they are located, what name is given to the two Tenth Century carved rune stones, the first erected by King Gorm the Old and the second by his son Harald Bluetooth? Rolling Stones
In 1928, which Argentine became the first South American swimmer to win Olympic gold? Alberto Zorrilla
On Twitter, what is the character limit for a single tweet - increased from 140 in November 2017? 280
Which distress call for shipping sounds like the French for "help me"? Mayday
The common at the Surrey village of Oldwood features the oldest working example of what in Britain? Windmill
Which city in the state of Uttar Pradesh was the scene of the first uprising of the Indian Revolution, formerly known as the Indian Mutiny? Meerut
Released in 2011, whose debut album was "Disc-Overy"? Tinie Tempah
Which album by Ne-Yo contained the UK number-one hit "Beautiful Monster", as well the R&B singles "Champagne Life" and "One in a Million"? Libra Scale
Who wrote the words to hymn "Abide With Me"? Henry Francis Lyte
Who had a UK number 1 hot with "Bad Boys"? Alexandra Burke
In Elvis Presley's Jailhouse Rock, what line follows "The warden said, "Hey, buddy, don't you be no square""? If you can't find a partner use a wooden chair
The football chant "There's Only One..." uses the tune made popular by which band, whose cover version of "Guantanamera" became a transatlantic Top 10 hit in 1966? The Sandpipers
Which 10cc Number 1 contains the lyrics "We all got balls and brains/But some's got balls and chains/At the local dance at the local county jail"? Rubber Bullets
The football chant set to the tune of "La Donna e Mobile" is taken from which opera? Rigoletto
The first BBC local radio station was launched in which UK city on 8th November 1967? Leicester
The suffix .lk is used for URL's for websites originating in which country? Sri Lanka
Whose name is missing from the list of the Travelling Wilburys: George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty? Bob Dylan
Elder is tripe made from which part of an animal? Cow's udder
Rufus Wainwright's first live album was based on his sold-out June 14–15, 2006, tribute concerts at Carnegie Hall to who, whose 1961 concert he replicated? Judy Garland
Which castle was founded in the 11th century and has been described as the "Key to England" due to its defensive significance throughout history? It is the largest castle in England Dover Castle
Which singer, born May 18, 1975, and a former pro surfer, shares his name with a former World Heavyweight Champion? Jack Johnson
In which Roald Dahl sequel do aliens called Vermicious Knids invade the Space Hotel USA? Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Who was the first Tory prime minister to be born (in 1916) the son of a manual worker? Edward Heath
The foundation stone of New Delhi was laid by which king in 1911? George V
What is the Chanel 2.55? A handbag
Anthony Powell's novel sequence "A Dance To The Music Of Time" was named after a painting by who? Nicolas Poussin
What was the last novel in the 12-novel sequence "A Dance To The Music Of Time" by Anthony Powell? Hearing Secret Harmonies
The Irish actress Harriet Smithson was the first wife of which French composer? Hector Berlioz
Which is the largest city on the Danish island of Funen and the third-largest city in Denmark as a whole? Odense
The Rhône and Saône rivers converge in centre of which French city? Lyon
Located in Switzerland, what is the name of the largest waterfalls in mainland Europe, measuring 150 metres wide and 23 metres high? Rhine Falls
What was the name of the Sevilla and Spanish international footballer who died on the 28th August 2007, three days after suffering a series of cardiac arrests during a league game against Getafe? Antonio Puerte
Lampedusa, Linosa, and Lampione make up which island group in the Mediterranean? Pelagie Islands
Henry VII's queen Elizabeth of York was the daughter of which monarch? Edward IV
In 2013, who was the first player to be sent off in an FA Cup Final and end up on the losing team? Pablo Zabaleta
Planula, polyp, ephyra and medusa are stages in the life cycle of which inveterbrate? Jellyfish
The Dandy and The Beano children's comics were both first published in which decade? 1930s
Which range of hills shares its name with the house in Liverpool in which John Lennon lived from 1945 to 1963? Mendips
Which wading bird, a member of the sandpiper family, shares its name with a unit of speed? Knot
What was the stage name of Paul McCartney's brother, Peter Michael McCartney? Mike McGear
Anish Kapoor's "Sky Mirror" was originally installed in which British city? Nottingham
Who wrote "The Guermantes Way"? Marcel Proust
The Tristia ("Sorrows" or "Lamentations") is a collection of letters written in elegiac couplets by which 1st century AD poet? Ovid
From the Greek for "under burnt", what name is given to a system of central heating in a building that produces and circulates hot air below the floor of a room? Hypocaust
Which 115-line Old English poem preserved only in an anthology known as the Exeter Book, of unknown author, conveys the meditations of a solitary exile on his past happiness as a member of his lord's band of retainers and his present hardships? The Wanderer
The opposite to the eastern 'Levante' what name is given to a Mediterranean wind, also called zephyrus, that blows from the west? Ponente
From the words for 'beyond the mountains' what name was given in Classical times to a northern wind in the Mediterranean? Tramontane
Lying between the SW Libeccio and SE Scirocco, what is the classical name for a southern wind in the Mediterranean? Ostro
Involving the wearing of the titular item, which term which was created by John Lennon and Yoko Ono as part of their extensive peace campaign in the late 1960s? The intent of it was to satirize prejudice and stereotyping. Bagism
How is Donald McKinley Glover Jr, an actor, singer, songwriter and DJ born in 1983, better known? Childish Gambino
Mary Powell, Katherine Woodcock and Elizabeth Mynshull were the three wives of which writer? John Milton
In which country was philosopher René Descartes based from 1629–49, a period during which he wrote his "Discours de la method"? Netherlands/Dutch Republic
Which prophet, a minor prophet who gives his name to a Biblical book, is mentioned by name only once in the Hebrew Bible, in the introduction to his own brief book, as the son of Pethuel? Joel
Which doctor of law was celebrated across sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe for his divine poetry, particularly L'Uranie (1584), Judit (1584), La Sepmaine; ou, Creation du monde (1578), and La Seconde Semaine (1584-1603)? (Guillaume de Salluste) Du Bartas
Which substance, that forms a thin layer over human skin, is primarily composed of triglycerides (≈41%), wax esters (≈26%), squalene (≈12%), and free fatty acids (≈16%)? Sebum
In which of Shakespeare's plays does a wife advise her husband: "bear welcome in your eye/your hand, your tongue: look the innocent flower/but be the serpent under't"? MacBeth
Meaning "glimpse" or "flash", what is the name of the Scandinavian martial art used by the Vikings? Glima
Pehlwani is a South Asian version of which sport? Wrestling
In Genesis, who wrestled with a mysterious messenger from God at a ford of the River Jaboc, a tributary of the Jordan? Jacob
Which angel announces the birth of Jesus to Mary at the Annunciation? Gabriel
On which day is the Feast of the Annunciation celebrated? 25th March (9 months before Christmas!)
What name is given to a demon in male form who, according to mythological and legendary traditions, lies upon sleeping women in order to engage in sexual activity with them? Incubus
In the books of Enoch and Jubilees, which fallen angel comes to Earth with Samhazai, but unlike his companion, remains on Earth and dwells in the desert? He is associated with the scapegoat tradition. Azazel
Which archangel reputedly told Edward Kelly, John Dee's companion, of the language of angels? His feast is September 29th. Uriel
Which author of "L’Histoire de la nature des oyseaux" was murdered in the Bois de Boulogne in 1564? Pierre Belon
What nationality is Zdeno Chara, who at 6 foot 9, became the tallest man to play in the NHL? Slovak
On which island was VS Naipaul born? Trinidad
The Escadaria Selarón is a world-famous set of steps in which city? Rio de Janeiro
What did the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge name their third child? Louis Arthur Charles
The Mosquito Coast is located on the Caribbean coast of Honduras and which other country? Nicaragua
Which ballerina was the younger sister of the ballet star Vaslav Nijinsky? Bronislava “Bronia” Nijinska
The 2016 TV drama Brief Encounters was loosely based on which businesswoman’s memoir, Good Vibrations? Jacqueline Gold (the chief executive of Ann Summers and Knickerbox)
Which nesosilicate mineral derives its name from the Persian word for “gold-hued”? Zircon
Snail Mail’s (aka Lindsey Jordan) 2018 debut album and Miki Berenyi’s former band share what name? Lush
The Jewish handyman Yakov Bok is the title character of which 1966 Bernard Malamud novel? The Fixer
How is Llyn Tegid known in English? Bala Lake
Which West Indian cricketer (1901-71) became the UK’s first black peer? Sir Learie Constantine
Who did DeForest Kelley play in Star Trek? Leonard "Bones" McCoy
What is the final film in Simon Pegg's "Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy" following Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007)? World's End
Which four other countries are represented on the Royal Standard of Canada? England, Ireland, Scotland, France
The oldest Anglican mission organisation, the SPCK is the Society for Promoting what? Christian Knowledge
Which Campari and orange juice cocktail is named after a 19th-century Italian revolutionary? The Garibaldi
The 121m-tall Powerscourt Waterfall is the highest continuously flowing cascade in which country? Ireland
In which EU capital was the Liberty Statue erected on Gellert Hill in 1947? Budapest
Born in Florence in 1768, who was the last Holy Roman Emperor? Francis II (who abdicated in 1806)
Which Italian polymath built the first thermoscope (the forerunner of the thermometer) c 1592? Galileo Galilei
Which radioactive synthetic element has the atomic number 118? Oganesson
Tom Quad, the largest quadrangle in Oxford, is part of which college? Christ Church
Formed in 1858, Melbourne Football Club, aka the Demons, play which sport? Australian Rules Football
Which Royal Navy rank is equivalent to field-marshal in the British Army? Admiral of the Fleet
Which Italian footballer, one of only five players in European football history to have won all international trophies for football clubs recognized by UEFA and FIFA, died in a road accident in Poland in 1989, while on a scouting mission? Gaetano Scirea
Which novel by the Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder, published in 1991 and considered a basic guide to philosophy, consists primarily of a set of dialogues between Sophie Amundsen and the mysterious Alberto Knox? Sophie's World
Which mystic and writer, one of only three female Doctors of the Church died on the night in 1582 that Catholic countries switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar, her date of death thus variously being given as October 4th or October 15th? Teresa de Avila
Titus Lartius, the first Roman dictator, is a general in which Shakespeare play? Coriolanus
Which 1995 film, starring Kevin Costner, was the most expensive movie ever made at the time? Waterworld
The French city of Avignon is situated on the left bank of which river? Rhone
Agatha Christie’s novel "Evil Under the Sun" sees Poirot take a holiday in which English county? Devon
Which 1844 poem by Thomas Hood inspired GF Watts’s painting Found Drowned? The Bridge of Sighs
Which Indian empire formally existed from 1674 with the coronation of Chhatrapati Shivaji? Maratha - ending 1818
The Dutch physicist Frits Zernike won the 1953 Nobel prize for physics for inventing which microscope? Phase-contrast
Made with ground fenugreek seeds and maize, aish merahrah is an Egyptian type of which food? Flatbread
Which US swimmer won an unprecedented three golds in one night at the 2017 world championships? Caeleb Dressel — who won the 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 4x100 mixed freestyle relay in roughly two hours
A commonly used symbol of the city of Cambridge, which college's chapel was built in phases by a succession of kings of England from 1446 to 1515, a period which spanned the Wars of the Roses? King's College
Which US politician served as the 52nd House Speaker from 2007 to 2011, the first woman in post? Nancy Pelosi
Which 15th Century mathematician and architect wrote the short story 'The Fat Woodworker', that recounts a practical joke devised by Brunelleschi? Antonio Manetti
Which cosmetics brand launched the original Brut cologne in 1964? Fabergé
Who became Chancellor of Austria, aged 31, on 18 December 2017? Sebastian Kurz
Marcus Licinius Crassus, a member of the First Triumvirate, died at which battle? Carrhae (against the Parthians)
Who painted Symphony in White, No2: The Little White Girl (1864)? Whistler
Who wrote The Couple Next Door, the UK’s best-selling novel of 2017? Shari Lapena
The River Thames rises at Thames Head in which county? Gloucestershire
Which co-founder of fauvism painted The Drying Sails (1905), Big Ben, London (1906) and The Last Supper (1911)? André Derain
The Finnish liqueur Lakkalikööri is traditionally made from which berry, Rubus chamaemorus, sometimes also known as the bakeapple? Cloudberry
Who was the youngest daughter of Frederick V, Elector Palatine, of the House of Wittelsbach and Elizabeth Stuart who would have acceded to the British throne upon the death of Queen Anne had she not died herself just three weeks before Anne? Sophia of Hanover
Which ruler, whose name means “foremost of noble ladies”, was the fifth pharaoh of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty? Hatshepshut
The muskellunge, or muskie, is the largest member of which freshwater fish family? The pike family or Esocidae
Designed by Sergei Korolev, the R-7 or Semyorka was the world’s first what? Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)
Which Australian model, DJ, actress and television presenter appeared in "Orange is the New Black", the action films "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter" (2016), "xXx: Return of Xander Cage" (2017), and "John Wick: Chapter 2" (2017) and "Pitch Perfect 3"? Ruby Rose
The drama "Long Day's Journey into Night" is often numbered on the short list of the finest U.S. plays in the 20th century - who wrote it? Eugene O'Neill
Name either US Vice-President to have served under two different Presidents. George Clinton/John C. Calhoun
Which Korean Dynasty lasted between 1392 and 1897? Joseon
Which German (1784-1846) was the first astronomer who determined reliable values for the distance from the sun to another star by the method of parallax? Friedrich Bessel
Which American astronomer whose cataloguing work was instrumental in the development of contemporary stellar classification was also a prominent suffragist? Annie Jump Cannon
Which woman American astronomer discovered the relation between the luminosity and the period of Cepheid variable stars? Henrietta Leavitt
Which duck, Mareca strepera, is also called the grey mallard? Gadwall
What are "lady's wig" and "oyster thief"? Seaweeds
How many sides are a there on a tetrakaidecagon? 14
In food labelling in the UK, for what does GDA stand? Guideline Daily Amount
Which system of property ownership in England and Wales joined leasehold and freehold in 2002, and was the first new type of legal estate to be introduced in English law since 1925? Commonhold
How is current calculated if the values of the voltage and resistance are known? Voltage divided by resistance
Which creature, Cetorhinus maximus, may be the largest animal to regularly visit Britain? Basking shark
On a ship, what single-word term is used for the mess cabin or compartment for commissioned naval officers above the rank of midshipman? Wardroom
Which Hungarian painter and photographer was commissioned by the film producer and director Alexander Korda to design the special effects for the 1936 science fiction film 'Things to Come'? László Moholy-Nagy
What is the name of the village in Gyeonggi province on the de facto border between North and South Korea in which the armistice that ended the Korean War was signed in 1953? Panmunjom
Which American mathematician, meteorologist and pioneer of chaos theory, who served as a weather forecaster for the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, discovered the strange attractor notion and coined the term "butterfly effect"? Edward Norton Lorenz
Which small inlet on the Pacific coast of northern California is named after the Spanish explorer who discovered it in 1775 and was, famously, the setting of the Alfred Hitchcock film 'The Birds'? Bodega Bay
'Aegyptiaca' (History of Egypt) is the best-known work by which Egyptian historian of the 3rd Century BC? Manetho
Standing 171 metres (561 ft) high, which city had possessed the tallest flagpole in the world since its erection in 2014 - it surpassed the flagpole in Dushanbe, Tajikistan? Jeddah
Which poet, née Dudley, was the most prominent of early English poets of North America - her first volume of poetry was The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America, published in 1650? Anne Bradstreet
Which 13-letter traditional motto of the United States, appearing on the Great Seal, also appears on all US coins? E Pluribus Unum
In Edgar Allan Poe's story, who committed the "Murders In The Rue Morgue"? An orangutan
Abraham Lincoln said of which 1852 novel that its author "started this great war"? Uncle Tom's Cabin
Give a year during the US War of Independence. 1775-83
His baseball novel "The Natural" was adapted into a 1984 film starring Robert Redford. His 1966 novel "The Fixer" (also filmed), about antisemitism in the Russian Empire, won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Who? Bernard Malamud
In Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath" the Joad family leave which state for California? Oklahoma
Which singer, nicknamed "the Caruso of Rock", released the album "Lonely and Blue" in 1961? Roy Orbison
The Chesterfield Islands in the Pacific belong to which nation? France (part of New Caledonia)
What name, from the Greek for "suffering" or "experience", represents an appeal to the emotions of the audience, and elicits feelings that already reside in them? Pathos
Which literary term, was coined by Alexander Pope in a 1727 essay to describe amusingly failed attempts at sublimity and is associated with anticlimax, an abrupt transition from a lofty style or grand topic to a common or vulgar one? Bathos
"Areopagitica" is a 1644 prose polemic by who? John Milton
In which prison was John Bunyan's "Pilgrims Progress" written? Bedford
Which novel of 1872 was Thomas Hardy's first "Wessex" novel? Under The Greenwood Tree
Bamidbar, meaning 'in the wilderness', is the Hebrew name for which book of the Old Testament? Numbers
"(2n+1)H2 + nCO → CnH(2n+2) + nH2O" is the chemical equation that describes which process, named after the German scientists who developed it, for converting coal or natural gas into a synthetic petroleum substitute? Fischer-Tropsch Process
Which Russian poet's (1889-1966) work ranges from short lyric poems to intricately structured cycles, such as Requiem (1935–40), her tragic masterpiece about the Stalinist terror? Anna Akhmatova
Who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958, an event which enraged the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, which forced him to decline the prize? Boris Pasternak
Who was awarded the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature "for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature"? Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Which Russian poet (1933-2007) was born Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Gangnus? Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Famous for its rows of Victorian brownstone homes, in which US city is Back Bay? Boston
"Tableaux Parisiens" appears in which 1857 work? Les Fleurs Du Mal
What name is given to a specialized type of cell division that reduces the chromosome number by half, creating four haploid cells, each genetically distinct from the parent cell that gave rise to them? Meiosis
Which German, a founder of cytogenetics, who lived 21 April 1843 – 4 August 1905, coined the term "mitosis" for when replicated chromosomes are separated into two new nuclei? Walther Flemming
What name is used for organisms that have a fixed number of somatic cells when they reach maturity, the exact number being constant for any one species? Eutely
What name, from Greek for "falling off", is a form of programmed cell death that occurs in multicellular organisms? Apoptosis
Which gas is sometimes called 'marsh gas'? Methane
How many planes of symmetry does a cube have? Nine
What is the exact middle date of a calendar year, in a non-leap year? July 2nd
What was invented in 1921 by John Augustus Larson? Lie Detector
What is a polliwog? Tadpole
What name is given to a unicellular organism that lacks a membrane-bound nucleus, mitochondria, or any other membrane-bound organelle? Prokaryote
On what date does Midsummer's Day fall, according to most UK churches - it is designated as the feast day of the early Christian martyr St John the Baptist? June 24th
Give a year in the life of Nicolaus Copernicus. 1473-1543
How many Platonic solids exist? Five
In the broadest sense which term refers to any statistical association, though in common usage it most often refers to how close two variables are to having a linear relationship with each other? Correlation
Which Ancient Greek philosopher who lived c. 490 – c. 430 BCE and was supposedly a student of Parmenides is famous for his paradoxes? Zeno
Which Pre-Socratic philosopher was known by other ancient Greeks as "the riddler" or "the obscure"? Heraclitus
Which chemical element takes its name from the ancient Greek for "artificial"? Technetium
The American vocal group Manhattan Transfer took their name from a 1925 novel of the same name written by which Chicago-born writer of Madeiran Portuguese descent? John Dos Passos
Although better known in connection with a different sport, who was elected the first President of the English Bowling Association in 1903? W.G. Grace
Built on land owned by the Prince of Wales, the 'new village' of Poundbury lies on the outskirts of which market town? Dorchester
The Ancient Greek philosophers Protagoras and Democritus hailed from which city in Thrace? Abdera
Taking its name from Arabic through Ottoman Turkish for "near God" or "place for prayer", what is the highest peak in the entire Balkan Peninsula? Musala
One of its main themes being the idea that the soul is immortal, which dialogue of Plato recounts Socrates' final hours, and is Plato's fourth and last dialogue to detail the philosopher's final days, following Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito? Phaedo
The first philosopher chiefly associated with Athens, albeit born in Clazomenae in Asia Minor, which ancient Greek held that "everything was in everything", except for Mind? Anaxagoras
DW Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, and Douglas Fairbanks together founded which film studio? United Artists
What did DW stand for in the name of DW Griffith? David Wark
"Animus in consulendo liber" is the official motto of which organisation, headquartered in Brussels? NATO
How is chemical compound FeS2 better known? Fools' Gold
The "Mitchell Report" was a 2007 report in the US into the use of anabolic steroids in which sport? Baseball
The Mistral and Bora are famous examples of which kind of (usually cold) wind, its name deriving from the Greek for ‘going downhill’, that blows down an incline such as a mountain or a glacier? Katabatic wind
Introduced by scientists at the University of Chicago in 1971, what is measured on the Fujita Scale? Tornado Intensity
Coined by MIT scientist Kerry Emanuel in 1996, what name is given to a hypothetical tropical cyclone, with wind speeds of over 500 km/hr and an enormous lifespan, that could form if ocean temperatures reached around 50° C? Hypercane
Which is the only country that uses the West African CFA as currency that has Portuguese as a first language? Guinea-Bissau
Who is the eldest of the March sisters in Little Women? Margaret/'Meg'
F. Murray Abraham won a Best Actor Oscar for portraying which composer in a 1984 Milos Forman film? Antonio Salieri
Which Afro-pop singer-songwriter from Mali, known as the "Golden Voice of Africa", is an albino? Salif Keita
Which French style of abstract painting, popular in the 40s & 50s, considered to be the European equivalent to abstract expressionism, was a reaction to Cubism and is characterised by spontaneous brushwork, drips and blobs of paint straight from the tube? Tachisme
The series of battles fought by the Allied forces in Operation Iceberg (April to June 1945) are more commonly known as 'the Battle of ....' - the name of which of the Japanese Ryukyu islands fills that blank? Okinawa
How are the three Japanese islands Kita Iwo Jima, Iwo Jima and Minami Iwo Jima collectively known in English? Volcano Islands
The name of which cigarette brand derives from "Gathering" in Russian? The brand's packet also displays a lesser version of the Coat of Arms of Russia dating from 1883. Sobranie
Name the Cornell professor emeritus (d. 2015) best known for his work 'Imagined Communities' in which he argues that nations are communities that are "imagined" in the sense that all members do not - and will not - ever know all of the other members? Benedict Anderson
Which controversial website used the catchphrase "Life is Short. Have An Affair"? Ashley Madison
Which Senegalese was appointed as the first female Secretary General of FIFA by President Gianni Infantino on 13 May 2016? Fatma Samoura
Look Homeward, Angel (1929) was the debut work of which major American novelist whose early death (at 37) and enormous size (he was almost 7' tall) - not to mention his prodigious talent - have made him a cult figure amongst the American literati? Thomas Wolfe
Hannover is the capital and largest city in the German state of Lower Saxony. Which city - perhaps best-known for its lion monument - is the second largest? Braunschweig or Brunswick
Containing the single Sliver as well as a series of out-takes and covers, what was the title of Nirvana's 1992 compilation album? Incesticide
Created by the chemical engineer Samuel Stephens Kistler in 1931, which synthetic porous ultralight material derived from a gel, in which the liquid part of the gel has been replaced with a gas, is recognised by Guinness as the world's lightest solid? Aerogel
Which Nobel Prize-winning author co-wrote the screenplay for Howard Hawk's 1946 film The Big Sleep? William Faulkner
In which infamous town in Dakota Territory was Wild Bill Hickok murdered by Jack McCall in 1876? Deadwood
What is the formal name for the Islamic Arabic expression "Allahu Akbar" (God is the Greatest) used by Muslims in various contexts such as formal prayer? Takbir
Although his body was returned to Constantinople after death, the internal organs of Suleiman the Magnificent were buried under the tent where he died. In Dec 2015 archaeologists believed they had discovered that burial place, in which modern day country? Hungary
Published in the 1912 paper "Mutability and Variability" name the coefficient, based on the Lorenz curve and used to measure the inequality of distribution of wealth within a population, devised by and named after an Italian statistician? Gini coefficient
Whose work was 1866's " Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Winter Daydreams"? Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Whose Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, first performed in 1900, is regularly cited as one of the most popular classical music pieces of all time? Sergei Rachmaninoff
What name was given to the manually-operated calculating device created by John Napier of Merchiston for calculation of products and quotients of numbers? Napier's bones
Dhivehi or Divehi are alternative names for the language of which country? Maldives
In which team sport can a team nominate a defensive player as a libero, that player then having to wear a different coloured shirt to the rest of the team? Volleyball
Taking their name from a figure who, like Robin Hood, was reputed to live in Sherwood Forest, by what name are the 19th century English textile workers who protested against newly developed labour-exonomising technologies, between 1811 and 1816, known? Luddites (From King Ludd)
Filmed over five years in 25 countries around the world, which 2011 non-narrative documentary film with a Sanskrit name, transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes and natural wonders? Samsara
Which maître d'hôtel at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel created the Waldorf Salad and Eggs Benedict as well as popularising Thousand Island dressing? Oscar Tschirky
Japan's westernmost point is to be found on which island, the southernmost of the Ryukyu Islands? The island gives its name to the submerged rock formation located off its coast which, some say are man-made stepped monoliths created by ancient Japanese. Yonaguni
By what description is the medical officer Dr. Thomas Stockmann known in the title of an 1882 play? An Enemy of the People (Ibsen)
The abolitionist Sojourner Truth is best-remembered today for an speech she made in Akron, Ohio in 1851 which has become one of the most famous speeches in US history. The speech is now known by which title, a question repeated several times? Ain't I A Woman?
Which popular Egyptian condiment, consisting of a mixture of herbs, nuts, and spices, has a name derived from the Arabic for 'to pound'? Duqqa
Which Chilean tennis player is the the only male player to have won both the singles and doubles gold medals at the same Olympics Games in modern Olympic tennis? In 2004 he won the gold medal in both the men's singles event and the men's doubles event. Nicolás Massú
According to a poem by Philip Larkin, sexual intercourse began in which year? 1963
Which US holiday is observed each year on the final Monday in May? Memorial Day
Labor Day in the United States of America is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in which month? September
Who were the two Englishmen who won the World Snooker Championship in the 1980s? Steve Davis and Joe Johnson
A baseball team is made up of how many players? Nine
The House of Wonders is the largest building in the Stone Town UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stone Town is the name given to the old district of the (subnational) capital city of which island? Zanzibar
Which legendary man is said to have brought about the Old Swiss Confederacy's victory over Austria at the Battle of Sempach in 1386 by throwing himself into enemy pikes, taking them down with his body so his countrymen could attack through the opening? Arnold von Winkelried
Which British monarch was on the throne throughout WW1? George V
In which year did the US enter WW1? 1917
Asquith was British PM at the start of WW1, who was British PM at the end? David Lloyd George
What type of animal was "Cher Ami", awarded the Croix de Guerre for service in World War One? Pigeon
Who was the author of several books of military history, including his controversial work The Donkeys (1961), which is considered to have inspired the musical satire Oh, What a Lovely War! ? Alan Clark
What full name is shared by a former Welsh footballer and former chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association; and English animal rights activist who became known 1998, when he engaged in a 68-day hunger strike against animal testing? Barry Horne
What name connects the name of the golfer who won the 2007 and 2008 Open Championships, and a type of jacket favoured by mods? Harrington (Padraig Harrington; Harrington jacket)
Which Soviet leader was seen fighting with Ronald Reagan in the infamous music video accompanying the song Two Tribes? Konstantin Chernenko
With Francine Houben as the architect, the largest public library in the United Kingdom and the largest regional library in Europe opened in which city in 2013? Birmingham
Which Shakespeare character utters the line "Friends, Romans, Countrymen - lend me your ears"? Mark Antony
Complete the title of the Stephen Sondheim musical: "Sunday In The Park With - "? George
In the BBC TV series "Sherlock", starring Benedict Cumberbatch, the detective's flat is located above a café called what? Speedy's
"Portrait of a Man in a Turban" or "Portrait of a Man in a Red Turban" is a 1433 painting by who? Jan Van Eyck
The 1990 film "Men of Respect" is a mafia movie based on which William Shakespeare play? MacBeth
The Sherlock Holmes story "The Hound of the Baskervilles" was first published in serial form in which magazine between 1901 and 1902? The Strand Magazine
What is the highest decoration awarded for valour in the British Armed Forces? Victoria Cross
What was the codename given to the WW2 Allied D-Day landing? Operation Overlord
What were the names of the five beaches on which the D-Day landings took place? Gold, Juno, Omaha, Sword and Utah
The US cartoon "Family Guy"'s setting of Quahog is supposedly in which US state? Rhode Island
Ted Mosby was the central character in which long-running US sitcom? How I Met Your Mother
Steve Martin starred as George Banks in which 1991 marital comedy? Father of the Bride
Which band had 1980s hits with "The Harder I Try" and "He Ain't No Competition"? Brother Beyond
What two colours appear on the flag of Bangladesh? Green; Red
Which country's flag is a Nordic Cross of red with a blue border on a white background? Faroe Islands
"A Spell of Winter" by Helen Dunmore was the first book to win what? Orange Prize for Fictiom
Who wrote "His Family", the first winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1918? Ernest Poole
The Ems Dispatch or Ems Telegram precipitated or incited which conflict? Franco-Prussian War
Which 35-second play by Samuel Beckett features no dialogue or actors, and was first premiered in New York City on June 16, 1969? Breath
Sometimes called "the world's first novel", who wrote "The Tale of Genji"? Murasaki Shikibu/Lady Murasaki
How old is Dolores Haze, the object of Humbert Humbert's obsession in the novel "Lolita"? Twelve
Which 1974 novel by Frederick Forsyth features a small group of European mercenary soldiers hired by a British industrialist to depose the government of the fictional African country of Zangaro? The Dogs of War
"The Royal Hunt of the Sun" is a 1964 play set at the time of the Peruvian conquest by who? Peter Shaffer
Who is Shylock's servant in "The Merchant of Venice"? Launcelot Gobbo
Who wrote the 1850 novel "Alton Locke"? Charles Kingsley
Who first wrote the phrase "It is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all"? Tennyson
Which novel was inspired by the author's trip to a chemical plant at Billingham in 1931? Brave New World
Founded in 1852, which German tabloid, for many years Europe's top-selling print newpaper, featured topless girls on its front page from 1984 to 2012? Bild
Which author (1932-2010), five times nominated for the Booker Prize, once appeared on Coronation Street in 1961, playing a nuclear protester? Beryl Bainbridge
Which is the only Alistair MacLean novel to be set in Scotland? When Eight Bells Toll
Which Irish reporter with The Times, considered to have been one of the first modern war correspondents spent 22 months covering the Crimean War, including the Siege of Sevastopol and the Charge of the Light Brigade? William Howard Russell
In which decade did Oliver Goldsmith write "She Stoops To Conquer"? 1770s (1773)
The second largest sub chain in the US after Subway, which franchised fast-food restaurant brand based in Denver, Colorado, that specializes in offering toasted submarine sandwiches was founded in 1981 by Jimmy Lambatos? Quiznos
Richard Grenville was in command of which vessel when he died heroically at the 1591 sea Battle of Flores? HMS Revenge
Who commanded the English fleet at the 1591 Battle of Flores? Lord Thomas Howard
At which 871AD battle did Alfred the Great defeat the Danes? Ashdown
Which former US Secretary of State was born in Germany in 1923? Henry Kissinger
Which major European battle occurred on 21st October 1805? Trafalgar
Hubert Humphrey was US Vice-President to which President? Lyndon B Johnson
The Battle of Towton during the Wars of the Roses, occurred in which year? 1461
Enoch Powell only ever held one cabinet post - which one? Minister of Health
The Battle of Prestonpans occurred during which conflict? Jacobite Rising of 1745/Second Jacobite Rebellion
Who was General Secretary of the TUC from 1973 to 1984? Len Murray
Released in 2018, and the third in the Avengers series, what became the first superhero film to gross over $2 billion worldwide? Avengers: Infinity War
Which US actor gained international prominence by portraying the Marvel Comics character Bruce Banner / Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe beginning with The Avengers (2012)? Mark Ruffalo
Which comic book character group featured an initial roster of Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Quasar, Adam Warlock, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer and Groot? Guardians of the Galaxy
The two wives of which man were Frances Shea, who he married in 1965 but she committed suicide in 1967 and Roberta Jones who he married in 1997, 3 years before his death Reggie Kray
Who played T'Challa / Black Panther in the 2018 film "Black Panther"? Chadwick Boseman
Who served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from October 1967 until October 1991, the Court's 96th justice and, most pertinently, its first African-American justice? Thurgood Marshall
Which 1970 debut novel by James Dickey was adapted into a more famous 1972 film by the director John Boorman? The Deliverance
Sharing its name with the Spanish word for 'Iron', which is the smallest and least populated of the main Canary Islands? El Hierro
In comic books what word is used to describe the use of symbols in place of a swear word such as @#?!#? Grawlix
In which South Korean city are the headquarters of technology company Samsung? Suwon
Which film franchise centres around Isla Nublar? Jurassic Park/Jurassic World
Who voices Helen Parr / Elastigirl in The Incredibles franchise? Holly Hunter
Which 2018 Steven Spielberg film takes place in 2045, when much of humanity uses the virtual reality software OASIS to escape the desolation of the real world? Ready Player One
On display in the National Gallery, Vision of Saint Jerome is a painting by which Italian Mannerist artist (1503-40)? Parmigianino
The Norm Smith medal is awarded to the player deemed by a panel of former players, journalists and media personalities to be the Man of the Match in what? experts to have been the best player in which annual sporting event? Australian Rules Football Grand Final
What was founded in Detroit in 1930 by by Wallace D. Fard Muhammad, disbanded in 1976, and reformed the following year by Louis Farrakhan? Nation of Islam
First published on 7 November 1665 as The Oxford Gazette, and one of the official journals of record of the British government, which newspaper is used for official state proclamations? London Gazette
Which British author incurred debts of £130,000 in 1825 when a printing business collapsed and tried to write his way out of the debt? Walter Scott
The novel "Ben Hur" is about a Jewish prince with the surname "Ben-Hur" and what forename? Judah
What was the name of the Soviet navy officer (1926-98) credited with casting the vote, on board a nuclear submarine, that prevented a Soviet nuclear strike during the Cuban Missile Crisis? Vasili Arkhipov
In Shakespeare, who says ""The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones"? Marc Anthony
What is the surname of Lord & Lady Marchmain in "Brideshead Revisited"? Flyte
Which actor is best known for playing Cyclops/Scott Summers in X-Men film series (2016–present), as well as Wade Watts in Ready Player One (2018)? Tye Sheridan
What was the name of the unproduced play by Americans Murray Burnett and Joan Alison which was a precursor to the 1942 film "Casablanca"? Everybody Comes To Rick's
Named for the famed American chemist Linus Pauling, the Pauling Scale - which runs from around 0.7 to 3.98 - is used to measure which chemical property? Electronegativity
In 1936, which artist created a portrait of Mae West that is also a furnished room? Salvador Dali
What was the sequel to "Tom Brown's Schooldays", written by Thomas Hughes in 1861? Tom Brown at Oxford
Which British author wrote 2006's "The Afghan"? Frederick Forsyth
Which theatre actor abandoned his wife Florence in a carriage at Hyde Park Corner after she criticised his profession with "Are you going on making a fool of yourself like this all your life?"? Henry Irving
Name the three Oxford Martyrs, Protestants tried for heresy in 1555 and burnt at the stake in Oxford, England, for their religious beliefs and teachings, during the Marian persecution in England. Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Ridley and Thomas Cranmer
A military decoration of the United Kingdom, and formerly of other parts of the Commonwealth of Nations, awarded for meritorious service by officers of the armed forces during wartime, for what does DSO stand? Distinguished Service Order
Maspalomas is a tourist resort on which of the Canary Islands? Gran Canaria
Which NASA space shuttle was the first to make an orbital flight, in April 1981? Columbia
The Roman Empire reached its greatest extent under which Emperor? Trajan
In which city, now a ruin in Africa, was Roman Emperor Septimius Severus born? Leptis Magna
Who won the Women's Singles at the 2018 US Open, a final notorious for an outburst by her defeated opponent, Serena Williams? Naomi Osaka
Who directed the 1982 film "Blade Runner"? Ridley Scott
Bryan McFadden is a former member of which chart-topping band? Westlife
What nationality is "Lena", who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 with "Satellite"? German
Born 19 August 1883, which French fashion designer is credited with creating the "Little Black Dress"? Coco Chanel
Which holiday destination's name derives from the Arabic for "the West"? Algarve
Streymoy is the largest island in which group? Faroe Islands
What are the six official languages of the UN? English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic
Which is England's largest landlocked county? Shropshire
Which river was called "Sabrina" by the Romans? Severn
A clock in Leeds Kirkgate Market commemorates the founding of what? Marks and Spencer
Which flower is Polemonium caeruleum, the county flower of Derbyshire? Jacobs-ladder
Which US President was born July 6, 1946 at New Haven, Connecticut? George W. Bush
What is the official currency of Tuvalu? Tuvaluan dollar/Australian dollar
In which state was Ronald Reagan born? Illinois
Which Italian director is best known for his films Ossessione (1943), Senso (1954), Rocco and His Brothers (1960), The Leopard (1963) and Death in Venice (1971)? Luchino Visconti
Who directed "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" and "Il giardino dei Finzi Contini" that won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar? Vittorio de Sica
Which are the three light blue properties on a classic Monopoly board? The Angel, Islington; Euston Road; Pentonville Road
Whose 1982 Academy Awards acceptance speech included the phrase "The British Are Coming!"? Colin Welland
Black Sabbath's original line up consisted of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Terence "Geezer" Butler, and who else? Bill Ward
What was Ozzy Osbourne's real first name at birth? John
From 1950 to 1974 Enoch Powell was MP for a constituency in which city? Wolverhampton
Which Victorian periodical was a British weekly literary magazine founded and owned by Charles Dickens, and was where "A Tale of Two Cities" was published? All The Year Round
Who directed both the romantic comedy fantasy adventure The Princess Bride (1987), and the heavy metal mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap (1984)? Rob Reiner
Which Francois Truffaut film, set around the time of WWI, describes a tragic love triangle involving French Bohemian Jim (Henri Serre), his shy Austrian friend Jules (Oskar Werner), and Jules's girlfriend and later wife Catherine (Jeanne Moreau)? Jules et Jim
Which abstract strategy board game is played by putting marbles on a perforated hexagonal board with 80 spaces, with the object of the game is to get 5 marbles in a row? Boku
Coccus is a term used to describe any bacterium that has a spherical, ovoid, or generally round shape. Which word is used to describe rod-shaped bacteria? Bacillus
The (translated) first line of which 1890 novel is: "It was during the time I wandered about and starved in Christiania: Christiania, this singular city, from which no man departs without carrying away the traces of his sojourn there."? Hunger
Although introduced by Diocletian in 301 AD, which gold coin only entered widespread distribution under Constantine I in 312 AD, permanently replacing the aureus as the gold coin of the Roman Empire? Solidus
Which Guatemalan woman of the K'iche' ethnic group received the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize for promoting the rights of Guatemala's indigenous peoples during and after the Guatemalan Civil War? Rigoberta Menchú
Who painted "Women of Algiers" in 1834? Eugene Delacroix
Which book of the Bible provided Pier Paolo Pasolini with the title of a 1964 film? The Gospel According to St. Matthew
Situated next to the Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen is a museum dedicated to which neoclassicist sculptor (1770-1844) who spent most of his working life in Rome? Bertel Thorvaldsen
Selling 28 million copies, the Spice Girl's 1996 album Spice is the best-selling album of all time worldwide by a girl group. Which 1994 album by TLC - with 23 million sales - is second on that list? CrazySexyCool
These highly specialised plants occur in fresh water and wet soil across every continent except Antarctica. What common name - from the shape of the traps they use to capture prey - is given to the genus of carnivorous plants Utricularia? Bladderwort
The Vazimba were, according to popular belief, the first inhabitants of which country? Madagascar
Which director, who died 2018, won the Academy Award for Best Director and the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for "The Last Emperor"? Bernardo Bertolucci
Which director achieved international recognition for his black comedy-drama film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film? Pedro Almodóvar
Who was the first director to gross more than $10 billion at the box office? Steven Spielberg
Which band released the album "British Steel" in 1980? Judas Priest
What does a librocubicularist do? Read in bed
The first public Tweet was sent in what year? 2006
Which British film director, screenwriter, and artist directed A Zed & Two Noughts (1985), The Belly of an Architect (1987), Drowning by Numbers (1988), and his most successful (and controversial) film, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)? Peter Greenaway
Which Monopoly properties are pink? Pall Mall, Whitehall, Northumberland Avenue
"This time, please someone come and rescue me" is a line from which Rihanna hit? S.O.S.
What was the highest civilian decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union? Order of Lenin
In which year were traffic wardens introduced in the UK? 1960
Who led the Reform Party to 8.4% of the vote in the 1996 Presidential Election? Ross Perot
The US Vice-President Dan Quayle was born with which first name? James
Simon Aleyn was a Canon of Windsor from 1559-1563, and is best known as the prototype for which satirical description of an individual fundamentally changing his principles to remain in ecclesiastical office as external requirements change around him? Vicar of Bray
In which building does the US Congress sit? United States Capitol
Which date was "Decimal Day" in the UK? 15 February 1971
Which sea captain commanded the Red Dragon that sailed in 1604 to the Moluccas, and encountered severe Dutch East India Company hostility, which saw the beginning of Anglo-Dutch competition for access to spices? Henry Middleton
Which 4th April 1660 proclamation by Charles II of England saw him promise a general pardon for crimes committed during the English Civil War and the Interregnum for all those who recognised Charles as the lawful king? Declaration of Breda
Which declaration, in the form of a letter in Latin submitted to Pope John XXII, dated 6 April 1320, was intended to confirm Scotland's status as an independent, sovereign state and defending Scotland's right to use military action when unjustly attacked? Declaration of Arbroath
In which 1959 film does Sean Connery sing "A Pretty Irish Girl"? Darby O'Gill And The Little People
Which actress was cast in her breakthrough role as Elaine O'Connor Nardo in the ABC/NBC sitcom Taxi, a role she played until 1983 and received five Golden Globe Award nominations? Marilu Henner
Who played Dr Elve Sattler in "Jurassic Park" and Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"? Laura Dern
Which actress replaced Farrah Fawett-Majors in TV series "Charlie's Angels", playing Kris Munroe? Cheryl Ladd
Which actress played Sable Colby in the ABC soap operas The Colbys (1985–87) and Dynasty (1988–89) and Rose Millar in Tenko (1981-82)? Stephanie Beacham
The NBC TV series "Crossing Jordan" (2001-07) was set in which city? Boston
Which English-French film director is best known for the Academy Award-winning movies The Killing Fields and The Mission? Roland Joffé
Who played Dawn in Series 1 of "Liver Birds" and the title role in the 1989 film Shirley Valentine, winning the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and receiving Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations? Pauline Collins
Who played Beryl Hennessey in the TV series "The Liver Birds"? Polly James
Who played the lead character Joe Lampton in the 1959 film "Room At The Top"? Laurence Harvey
Who played The Penguin in the Batman TV series from 1966-68? Burgess Meredith
Which agency were the arch-enemies of Napoleon Solo and U.N.C.L.E. in the series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."? THRUSH
Which Austro-Hungarian-born American film producer who lived to be 103 (January 7, 1873 – June 10, 1976) is best known as founder of Paramount Pictures? Adolph Zukor
The 1953 movie "The Robe" was the first to be shown using which new widescreen format? CinemaScope
Who directed the 2008 film "Valkyrie"? Brian Singer
Who directed the historical drama Frost/Nixon (2008) (nominated for Best Director and Best Picture Academy Awards) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)? Ron Howard
What is the real name/alter ego of Marvel Comics character Deadpool? Wade Wilson
In which year did actor Richard Burton die? 1984
What was the first name of the character played by Drew Barrymore in the film "E.T."? Gertie
In which year was the first episode of Top of the Pops broadcast on the BBC? 1964
The Durand Line divides which two countries? Afghanistan, Pakistan
The Malabar Coast is on which of India's coastlines? (We're looking for an answer of eastern, western, northern or southern) Western coast
In which city did the explorer Vasco da Gama die in 1524? Kochi (Cochin)
The Jerónimos Monastery or Hieronymites Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in which European capital city? Lisbon
Often made of metal, what is the Indian name for a round platter used to serve food or an Indian-style meal made up of a selection of various dishes which are served on a platter? Thali
The Kochi International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT), locally known as the Vallarpadam Terminal, and projected to be the largest-capacity container port in the world is in which Indian state? Kerala
What is defined as a stable dispersion (emulsion) of polymer microparticles in an aqueous medium? Latex
Which culture that existed from around 12,000 to 9,500 BC or 13,050 to 7,550 BC in the Levant, a region in the Eastern Mediterranean, was unusual in that it supported a sedentary or semi-sedentary population even before the introduction of agriculture? Natufian
In which country is the archaeological site of Tell Abu Hureyra, the site of the earliest known farmers in the world? Syria
Which word, from the German, refers to the wild species of wheat, Triticum boeoticum, or to the domesticated form, Triticum monococcum? Einkorn
Via Latin from the Greek for "the love of wisdom", what name is given to the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence, especially when considered an academic discipline? Philosophy
To many Aboriginal people, the early white settlement of Australia in the January of which year is seen as an invasion? 1788
Boston's most visited tourist site is which marketplace and meeting hall - now a National Historic Landmark sometimes referred to as 'the Cradle of Liberty'? Faneuil Hall
Nastassja Kinski - the daughter of the legendary actor Klaus Kinski - won a Golden Globe for her role as the titular character in which 1979 film directed by Roman Polanski? Tess
Translated into English by Christopher Fry with the title Tiger at the Gates, the 1935 play La guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu (literally 'The Trojan War Will Not Take Place') is among the best-known works of which French playwright? Jean Giradoux
Heavier than the heaviest gas giant planets but lighter than the lightest stars, what name is given to substellar objects not massive enough to sustain fusion reactions in their cores and so incapable of becoming main-sequence stars (such as the Sun)? Brown dwarf
The longest river entirely within Colombia, it reaches the Caribbean Sea at the city of Baranquilla. Named for a Biblical figure, this is which river with a drainage basin covering 24% of the country's area? Magdalena River
Involved in a failed 2004 coup plot to topple President Teodoro Obiang, in which African country was Old Etonian and ex-SAS officer Simon Mann jailed in 2008? Equatorial Guinea
Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Hôtel Tassel, the Hôtel Solvay, and the Hôtel van Eetvelde are among the townhouses in Brussels that were collectively designated a World Heritage Site in 2000. They were designed by which prominent architect? Victor Horta
Gram staining differentiates bacteria into Gram-positive and Gram-negative groups by detecting the presence of which polymer consisting of sugars and amino acids that forms a mesh-like layer outside the plasma membrane of most bacteria? Peptidoglycan
HMS Warrior (1860), the UK's first armour-plated, iron-hulled warship, is currently displayed in which city? Portsmouth
Which tennis player appeared in Wimbledon Men's Singles Finals when aged both 19 and 39? Ken Rosewall (in 1954 and 1974 - he lost both)
Which Czech former tennis player won the Wimbledon Men's Singles in 1973? Jan Kodeš
Which heavyweight boxing champion, born Brockton, Massachussetts in 1923, had a thunderous punch that he nicknamed "Suzie Q"? Rocky Marciano
Bracer and pistol grip are terms in which sport? Archery
In falconry, a falconer is someone who flies a falcon, what term is used for someone who flies a hawk or eagle? Austringer
Which English National Hunt racing jockey in the 1960s and 1970s was Champion Jockey in 1965, 1966 and 1969? He later married trainer Henrietta Knight. Terry Biddlecombe
In which boat did Francis Chichester win the first single-handed transatlantic yacht race, in 1960? Gypsy Moth III
In Monopoly, what is the most expensive orange property? Vine Street
Who was the first man to take 800 Test wickets in cricket? Muttiah Muralitharan
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