Sorry for my being lax. It seems I have been busy ... sleeping. Oh, and working.
As I am in a mad rush I thought I ought to give you the rest of the quizzes I had pre-written. Because otherwise you ain't getting nowt.
In other news: WQC preparations have been terrible and I hope to improve this situation by going to a music festival in a few hours.
And Stainer and I came second in the Prince of Wales quiz. Disgraceful, I know. It's those darned Chester Army bods again. We will have our revenge.
Anyway, I'm off. Indie-rock forever.BH72
1 Alevis are adherents who practice a form of Shi'a and who mainly practice in which country?
2 Ainola was the home of which composer and his family from 1904 until 1972?
3 Which doctor published The Peter Principle
in 1969 and The Peter Pyramid
4 Which Jewish Polish-born composer wrote for nearly 150 Hollywood movies and won an Oscar for the 1953 Leslie Caron film Lili
5 What is the most southern of the five Great Lakes of North America?
6 What common thermoplastic is used to make LEGO bricks?
7 Which US fantasy, sci-fi and horror's grave in Providence, Rhode Island, is occasionally marked with graffiti quoting the famous phrase from his short story The Call of Cthulhu
: "That is not dead which can eternal lie,/ And with strange aeons even death may die"?
8 Jack Murphy or Murph the Surf was the jewel robber who stole which sapphire from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City on October 29, 1964?
9 What stone tower on a small island outside Bingen was restored by Hatto II, the Archbishop of Mainz in 968?
10 The Burma Valley is a low lying area on the border between which two African countries?
11 The Kings of Sitakawa ruled which island between 1521 and 1594?
12 Which famous sporting venue occupies an area that was once popularly known as Jones Road Sportsground and which was then owned by Maurice Butterly?
13 Who won a Best Actress Oscar for her role in the 1943 film The Song of Bernadette
14 In finance, what term describes the measure of the degree to which a derivative is likely to have positive monetary value at its expiration?
15 Soyembika Tower, also called the Khan's Mosque, is possibly the most familiar landmark and architectural symbol of which Russian city that lies at the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka rivers?
16 Which Italian driver holds the record for entering the most Formula One Grand Prixs (257)?
17 Where was the 2006 Formula One European Grand Prix held in May?
18 What car company is known for its Straight-4, Straight-6, V8 and V10 engines?
19 The English footballer and manager Harry Potts is best known for his connections with which football club who he led to the First Division title in 1959-60?
20 Designed in 1910 by a famous early 20th century explore and further developed by Shale Niskin, what device obtains samples of seawater at a specific depth?
21 Located in the "Valley of the Deadly Nightshade", what Cistercian monastery in Cumbria was founded in 1123 by Stephen, Count of Blois and was built for the Order of the Savigny?
22 Which comedy producer created The Little Rascals
, their first film Our Gang being produced at his studio in 1922?
23 Commemorated in the name of Porto's National Library, which Portuguese Romanticist and writer published his masterpiece Frei Luis de Sousa in 1843 and received the title Visconde or Viscount in 1851?
24 What world famous marathon finishes in Copley Square?
25 Which US tennis player won the first seven US Open Men's Singles championships (1881-1887) and was unbeaten in the championships?Answers to BH72
1 Turkey 2 Sibelius 3 Dr Laurence J Peter 4 Bronislau Kaper 5 Lake Erie 6 ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) 7 HP Lovecraft 8 Star of India 9 The Mouse Tower or Mauseturm 10 Zimbabwe, Mozambique 11 Sri Lanka 12 Croke Park 13 Jennifer Jones 14 Moneyness 15 Kazan 16 Riccardo Patrese 17 Nurburgring 18 BMW 19 Burnley 20 Nansen bottle 21 Furness Abbey or St Mary of Furness 22 Hal Roach 23 Almeida Garrett 24 Boston Marathon 25 Richard "Dick" SearsBH73
1 What is the most common Italian surname?
2 Demolished and replaced with Greenwich Hospital in the late 17th century, which royal palace was built in 1428 by Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, on the banks of the river Thames?
3 Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla were "The Three Kingdoms" that dominated which country for much of the first millennium CE?
4 Which music hall impresario was known for his "Fun Factory" slapstick comedy company?
5 The originator of the Russian bow grip, which Polish composer and violinist published his Grand Caprice Fantastique
in 1847, the first of 24 opus numbers and which also included Legende
6 Deriving its name from the fact that members were not allowed to carry swords and so armed themselves with other weapons, what Parliament was held in 1426 in Leicester and saw the infant king Henry VI knighted in St Mary de Castro?
7 The existence of the antiparticles known as positrons was first postulated in 1928 by which British physicist as an inevitable consequence of his eponymous equation?
8 Comprising animals, plants, fungi and other groups collectively classified as protists, what term describes an organism with a complex cell or cells, in which the genetic material is organised into membrane-bound nucleus or nuclei?
9 Born in the village of Hokmavar, the historian and philosopher Ahmad Kasravi was from which country?
10 Which German city is famed for a suspended monorail that was established in 1901, (Friedrich) Engels' house, the gallery Von der Heydt Museum and being the place where aspirin was invented?
11 Named so because it was discovered on St Thomas's Day, which island nation is Africa's smallest country?
12 Best known for its locally built versions of the Fiat 128, which Serbian manufacturer based in the city of Kragujevac began collaborating with Fiat in 1955 to assemble versions of its car for Eastern Europe and sold its compact cars during the 70s and 80s under the Yugo brand? It also made military small arms such as the LKP-66 sporting rifle and LKP-96 machine gun.
13 Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and launched in 1990, what was the final Yugo model?
14 Chosen for exports of such popular models as the Riva over the domestic Zhiguli brand, what is the trademark of the Russian car manufacturer AutoVAZ?
15 Which 20th century Slovak composer wrote the popular male choral cycle O horach
(From the mountain) a seminal work which established a Slovak national style, and the operas Krutnava
(The Whirlpool, 1949) and Kral' Svatopluk
(King Svatopluk, 1959)?
16 By what name was the paramilitary leader Zeljko Raznatovic better known?
17 Then aged 25, who was given five life sentences for shooting dead his adoptive parents, sister and twin six-year-old nephews at the family farmhouse in Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Essex in 1985?
18 The Swiss psychiatrist Paul Eugen Bleuler is best known for his contributions to the understanding of mental illness and the naming of "ambivalence", "autism" and what disorder which was previously called dementia praecox?
19 Which mathematician is best known for his two "incompleteness theorems", published in 1931 when was 25-years-old and only one year after finishing his doctorate at the University of Vienna?
20 One of the most famous violinists and composers of his day, which Vienna-born man after being wounded in WW1 settled in America where he wrote such works as the operetta 1919's Apple Blossoms
and the 1944 musical Rhapsody
? His cadenza for Beethoven's Violin Concerto
is the one most often employed by violinists today.
21 Who coined the term Art Brut
to describe art produced by non-professionals working outside aesthetic norms and from 1962 produced a series of works in which he limited himself to the colours red, white, black and blue and later turned to sculpture and making polystyrene works painted with vinyl paint?
22 The largest artificial explosion until the first atomic bomb test explosion in 1945, what name has been given to the incident of December 6, 1917 at 9.04am local time when the French munitions ship Mont-Blanc bound for France collided with the Norwegian ship Imo and exploded killing 2,000 people?
23 First written of in the early 14th century by Jean de Longuyon in his Voeux du Paon
, what phrase descibed the pagan (Hector, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar), Old Testament (Joshua, David, Judas Maccabeus) and Christian (King Arthur, Charlemagne, Godfrey of Bouillon) historical figures who embodied of the ideal of chivalry?
24 Defined as the mass in grams per 10000m, Decitex is a one unit measure for the linear density of what?
25 Which Asian country's provinces are subdivided into administrative districts called sums (or sumu, sumon and somon)?Answers to BH73
1 Rossi 2 The Palace of Placentia 3 Korea 4 Fred Karno 5 Henryk Wienawski 6 The Parliament of Bats 7 Paul Dirac 8 Eukaryote 9 Iran 10 Wuppertal 11 Sao Tome and Principe 12 Zastava 13 Yugo Sana 14 Lada 15 Eugene Suchon 16 Arkan 17 Jeremy Bamber 18 Schizophrenia 19 Kurt Godel 20 Fritz Kreisler 21 Jean Dubuffet 22 The Halifax Explosion as in Halifax, Nova Scotia 23 The Nine Worthies 24 Fibres (like Denier) 25 Mongolia BH74
1 In which book of the Old Testament does The Prophecy of Seventy Weeks
appear, it stemming from an Angel appearing to the eponymous prophet and making a proclamation regarding the timing of important events in the future of the Jews?
2 The murderer Johan Alfred Andersson Ander was the last person have been executed in which country and the only person to have been executed by the guillotine?
3 Which group of islands in French Polynesia is known variously in the local language as Te Henua (K)enana and Te Fenua 'Enata which means "The Land of Men", its largest island being Nuku Hiva, formerly called Madison Island?
4 The Emperor Seamounts, examples of mountains which rise from the seafloor but do not reach the ocean surface, are an extension of which islands?
5 Launched in 1921 at a then staggering price of $7, what design of Parker fountain pen is one of the most recognisable ever, the original being nicknamed "Big Red"?
6 What name is given to South Korea's business conglomerates, the word meaning business group, trust or plutocrat in Korean?
7 Founded in 1938 by Lee Byung-chul, which South Korean business group has a name meaning "three stars" or "tristar"?
8 Of which territory was David Pearey appointed Governor and Commander-in-Chief in April 2006 by Queen Elizabeth II?
9 The FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list is thought to have arisen in 1949 from a chat that J Edgar Hoover and the International News Service Editor-in-Chief William Kinsey Hutchinson had over what trick-taking card game?
10 The British concept designer John Wardley is best known for his work on what structures?
11 Located 100 miles from Arequipa, what geographical feature of southern Peru was long thought to be the deepest canyon on earth at 10,725ft, more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon?
12 The Yarlung Tsangpo Canyon is now thought to be the deepest canyon in the world at 16,650ft. Where is it located?
13 Which Italian archaeologist, who excavated the House of the Vestals in the Roman Forum, is chiefly remembered today for his Forma Urbis Romae
(1893-1901), the production of a map of the ancient city?
14 Introduced in 1931 to replace the peso at par and named after a Lenca tribal chief, what is the currency of Honduras?
15 Who preceded Terry Wogan as Radio 2 Breakfast Show presenter, staying in the job from January to December 1992?
16 First published in 1978, what was the first new national paper to be launched since the Daily Mirror in 1903?
17 Much like Spanish tapas, what term is given to various manners of bite-sized food items in the Malay Archipelago?
18 What name is sometimes given to Pandanus, the large genus of between 600-700 species of tree or shrub-like flowering plants, because their long, flat leaves grow in a spiral pattern?
19 Which large family of flowering plants includes epiphytes like Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides
), which is possibly the smallest of them all, and ground plants like the pineapple (Ananas comosus
)? Terry Pratchett wrote a children's book trilogy of the same name.
20 The Moose Test or the Elk test has been used in Sweden in what industry for decades?
21 What car company was founded as Darracq Italiana in 1907 by an Milanese aristocrat called Cavaliere Ugo Stella in partnership with the French car firm of Alexandre Darracq?
22 Which car company's many innovations since 1992 include the Trionic ignition with 32-bit microprocessor, Sensonic clutch and the Black Panel, and Safeseat rear passenger protection?
23 Now housing a museum, which writer lived at Finca Vigia
(Spanish for "Lookout Farm") and wrote some of his greatest works there?
24 ISO 216 specifies international standard (ISO) sizes for what?
25 What sovereign Native American tribe of Indians is traditionally known as Diné?
26 What is another name for a pteridophyte, any one of a group of about 20,000 species of plants classified in the division Pteridophyta?
27 St Thomas Island or Snake Island is an island in the Black Sea that belongs to which country, and is subsequently the only place in that country where wild cacti grow?
28 What virus did a 31-year-old New Jersey computer programmer David L Smith release in March 1999?
29 What electronics corporation was founded in 1968 by Gordon E Moore and Robert Noyce when they left Fairchild Semiconductor?
30 Published in September 1740, which king and patron of Voltaire wrote the essay Anti-Machiavel, rebutting Machiavelli's The Prince?Answers to BH74
1 Book of Daniel 2 Sweden 3 Marquesas Islands 4 Hawaiian 5 Duofold 6 Chaebol 7 Samsung 8 British Virgin Islands 9 Hearts 10 Rollercoasters (e.g. Nemesis and Oblivion at Alton Towers and the Dragon Khan at Port Aventura) 11 Colca Canyon 12 Tibet (along the Brahmaputra) 13 Rodolfo Lanciani 14 Lempira 15 Brian Hayes 16 Daily Star 17 Kuih 18 Screwpines 19 The bromeliads or Bromeliaceae 20 Automobiles (how to cope with sudden dangers) 21 Alfa Romeo 22 Saab 23 Ernest Hemingway 24 Paper 25 Navajo Nation 26 Fern 27 Bulgaria 28 Melissa virus 29 Intel (Integrated Electronics Corporation) 30 Frederick the Great, King of Prussia BH75
1 Bobby Charlton left Manchester United in 1973 and became player-manager at which club, although he only stayed one season?
2 In which European city will you find the 28m-long pedestrian Bridge of Four Lions over the Griboedov Canal?
3 On which island did Tacky's rebellion take place in 1760?
4 The Battles of Warburg, Liegnitz, Torgau and Kloster-Kamp took place during which 18th century conflict?
5 Considered by Beethoven to be the greatest dramatic composer of his time, which Italian composer had his first major success with Lodoiska
in 1791 and followed it up in 1797 with his best known work, the opera Medee
? His Requiem in C-minor
(1816) which commemorated the anniversary of the execution of King Louis XVI was a huge success.
6 The 18th century Burmese king Alaungpaya, or U Aung Zay Ya, established which dynasty, whose name meant "Heaven's platform"?
7 Lima lies on a desert-like coast adjacent to the bay in the Pacific Ocean where its port was built. What was it named?
8 What kind of music instrument was the Irish Piob Mhor?
9 Taking its name from a word game in the 1971 Monty Python's Big Red Book
where the first player to write a novel wins, what name is given to an extremely short work of fiction with either exactly one hundred words or less?
10 What is the only South Iroquoian language that remains spoken by 15,000 to 22,000 people in Oklahoma and the "Reservation" in the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina?
11 Which German astronomer published his work Mundus Iovialis
in 1614 in which he described Jupiter and its moons and claimed to have discovered the planet's four major moons some days before Galilieo and also claimed to have discovered the Andromeda Galaxy, though it was known to Arab astronomers during the Middle Ages?
12 Marquis reagent is used as a simple spot-test to identify what nitrogenous organic molecules?
13 From the Greek for "privative to breathe", what is the technical term for suspension of external breathing?
14 Which American applied mathematician is celebrated for his invention of dynamic programming in 1953 and also coined the term "curse of dimensionality" that he applied to the problem caused by the rapid increase in volume associated with adding extra dimensions to a mathematical space?
15 In statistics, what is a graphical display of tabulated frequencies called?
16 Named for an Italian philosopher, economist and sociologist, what special type of bar chart where the values being plotted are arranged in descending order?
17 Which Japanese professor and influential quality management innovator is perhaps best known for the cause and effect diagram (also known as Fishbone Diagram) that are used in the analysis of industrial processes?
18 In which country is the language Kven, officially called Kainu, spoken?
19 In Maori mythology, who was the first man?
20 Meaning "Silentdark", the Cichociemni
were a secret unit of which army-in-exile created to keep in contact with their homeland during WW2?
21 What bird gives its name to the railway line from Norwich to Cromer and Sheringham in Norfolk?
22 Which Berlin-born prince is the present claimant to the Iraqi throne?
23 Which member of the Hashemite dynasty was king of Greater Syria in 1920 and became the first King of Iraq in 1921(-1933)?
24 Which hip hop artist was born Cornell Haynes Jr. in 1974?
25 Bordering Armenia, Turkey and Iran, the Nakichevan Autonomous Republic is an exclave of which country?Answers to BH76
1 Preston North End 2 St Petersburg 3 Jamaica 4 Seven Years' War 5 Luigi Cherubini 6 Konbaung Dynasty 7 Callao 8 (Great) Bagpipes or the Great Irish Warpipes 9 A Drabble 10 Cherokee 11 Simon Marius 12 Alkaloid 13 Apnea 14 Richard Bellman 15 Histogram 16 (Vilfredo) Pareto 17 Kaoru Ishikawa 18 Norway 19 Tiki 20 Polish 21 The Bittern Line 22 Prince Ra'ad 23 Faisal I or Faisal bin Husayn 24 Nelly 25 Azerbaijan