Sunday, 12 October 2014

This weeks questions

1 The death of which Russian composer, on 5 March 1953, was overshadowed by the death on the same day of Joseph Stalin?

2 What is the name of the 2013 film directed by Martin Scorsese based on the memoirs of  Jordan Belfort?

3 Ellis Park Stadium which hosts football and rugby games, is in what South African city?

4 Which pop group were successfully sued for libel in 1967 by Harold Wilson, then British Prime Minister, over a promotional postcard which showed him in bed with his secretary, Marcia Williams?

5 Which author and poet wrote 'The Sherston Trilogy', named after the protagonist, George Sherston, who serves as a pseudonym for the author?

6 What geologic period, the second of the Paleozoic Era, is named after a Celtic tribe living in present Wales and England prior to the Roman conquest?

7 Which region of France gives its name to a type of car? Originally an enclosed automobile with open driver's seat, it resembled a style of cloak and hood that was worn by the inhabitants of the region.

8 What is the name of the Australian passenger train service run between Adelaide and Darwin by Great Southern Rail?

9 Which Hollywood actress founded the lifestyle website Goop in 2008?

10 With an area of 787 square miles or 2,038 square kilometres, what is the largest Area of Oustanding National Beauty in Britain?

11 Pictured above. Representing England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games she won four gold medals, the most won by an Englishwoman at a single Games since 1930. What is the name of this gymnast?

12 With a name derived from the Greek for animal and ailment, what word describes the process whereby an infectious disease is transmitted between species? It is usually used specifically to mean diseases that can travel from non-human animals to humans, such as rabies and Ebola.

13 The three stars Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka are a feature of the night sky collectively known by what name?

14 Known as the 'Eton of the North' and for instilling its pupils with traditional values, Fettes College is located in which British city?

15 On 3 July 1940 at which Algerian port did the Royal Navy bombard the French fleet, sinking a battleship and damaging of five other ships? The attack was a result of fears that the French fleet would end up as a part of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine.

16 Born in Huddersfield in 1963, which poet and author published his first collection of poems, Zoom!, in 1989? He has published a further fifteen collections subsequently, as well as translations of the Odyssey and Sir Gawain and The Green Knight.

17 On board which ship did Napoléon Bonaparte surrender to the British after the Battle of Waterloo, after finding it blockading his escape to America?

18 Marlon Brando won his first Best Actor Oscar for his role in On the Waterfront, which of his co-stars won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role?

19 In 1973, in a match billed  as The Battle of the Sexes, Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in three straight sets. Riggs had beaten which female tennis player earlier in the year, who had stepped in after King declined his initial challenge?

20 Which Conservative politician, a minister under Margaret Thatcher and Deputy Prime Minister under John Major and now in the House of Lords, founded the media company Haymarket Media Group in 1965?


1 Sergei Prokofiev
2 The Wolf of Wall Street
3 Johannesburg
4  The Move
5 Siegfried Sassoon
6 Ordovician
7 Limousin
8 The Ghan
9 Gwyneth Paltrow
10 Cotswolds
11 Claudia Fragapane
12 Zoonosis
13 Orion's Belt
14 Edinburgh
15 Mers-el-Kébir
16 Simon Armitage
17 HMS Bellerophon
18 Eva Marie Saint
19 Margaret Court
20 Michael Heseltine

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