BH135 & 136: All Hail the Gerbil King!
I've just spent the last four days in relative seclusion driving myself completely bonkers and a little bit doolally. Basically through the medium of "GK Learning & Revision" and being forced to have Channel 4 simmering and wailing in the background for the entire time because it is the only TV station that has decent reception on my television set (a promise: if I watch another episode of Dubplate Drama or The Hoobs I will smash the cursed device to pieces). The sacrifices I make, eh? Though, admittedly, I quite enjoyed it in a perverse way. I wouldn't do it if I hated it or found it boring would I?
Anyway, some quizzes I have to get rid of, by casting them to this here place of knowledge and what not...
1 The construction of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower was recently revealed to have involved cement production that released 540,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide last year. In which Asian city is it located?
2 Tretyakov Gallery is a state-owned gallery in which city?
3 Which Russian art duo produced the highly controversial and banned photograph Kissing Policemen (An Epoch of Clemency)?
4 Which president has renamed October 12, "indigenous resistance day" in protest at the historical significance placed upon Christopher Colombus's "discovery" of the New World?
5 Rafael Correra is president of which country?
6 Where is the Palestinian Authority headquartered?
7 Cate Blanchett has secured which fashion designer as patron of the Sydney Theatre Company of which she is co-artistic director with her husband, Andrew Upton?
8 Known for being the subject of an eponymous "Puja" festival, who is the Hindu goddess of valour?
9 Which company, set to become Madonna's new record label, is the largest promoter of concerts in the world and the second-largest entertainment venue management company?
10 Tony Hayward is the chief executive of which major company, having taken over from John Browne in May?
11 Ian McGregor is the new editor of which British newspaper?
12 Established six years ago, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation has Russia and China for two of its members. Which other countries make up the "Shanghai Five"?
13 Which composer of such TV theme tunes as Are You Being Served?, The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, Last of the Summer Wine, Blankety Blank and Yes, Minister recently died of a stroke aged 79?
14 Which Canadian rock trio, whose current album is titled Snakes and Arrows and whose major songs include A Farewell to Kings and 2112, is made up of the members Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson?
15 Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, which orchestra's musical director is Vladimir Jurowski?
16 Founded by the Ghanaian producer Charles Thompson, the fifth annual edition of which awards - known as the "Black Baftas" - took place on October 15?
17 Which ex-girlfriend of Jack Kerouac went on to publish the novels Come and Join the Dance, In the Night Cafe and Bad Connections, and two memoirs: Minor Characters and Missing Men?
18 Which US sitcom, now in its second season Stateside, centres on the travails and neuroses of Liz Lemon?
19 Set in northern China in the winter of 1944, which 2000 Wen Jiang film sees the director play a villager led into danger during his country's occupation when a gunman leaves two hostages, a Japanese soldier and Chinese collaborator - in his care?
20 Laura Jeanne are the first two names of which recent Best Actress Oscar winner?
21 In Islam, what is the "azan"?
22 What sort of musical instrument is the Chinese "zheng"?
23 The home-recorded Domestic Songs is the latest album by which Norwegian musical artiste, whose work straddles the line between pop and jazz?
24 Which Czech composed the opera Katya Kabanova?
25 The counter-tenor Max Emanuel Cencic hails from which country?
26 Written in 1710 and first performed on December 6, 1730, in Hamburg, whose opera The Fortunes of King Croesus received its UK premiere on October 17 of this year?
27 Brave is the latest album by which massive R&B star?
28 Which Australian film director first found fame with his videos for Duran Duran before going on to helm Razorback and Highlander, but is now sadly to be found making the latest Resident Evil sequel Extinction?
29 Which King of Queens TV actor voices the titular rat in the computer animated movie Ratatouille?
30 Later the wife of Jean-Luc Godard and author of the new autobiography Jeune Fille, which actress got her big breakthrough when, as an 18-year-old, she was cast as Marie by Robert Bresson in his 1966 film Au Hasard Balthasar?
31 Which space probe detected a magnetic field around the moon of Ganymede in 1996?
32 Serekunda, Bakau and Georgetown are major towns and cities in which small African country?
33 Where in County Kildare did Arthur Guinness set up a brewery in 1752 with £100 of inheritance money, before moving it to Dublin in 1759?
34 In which Central American country were 27,000 killed and one million people made homeless by an earthquake in 1976?
35 Known for its fine landscaped gardens, which port and capital of Zhejiang province was capital of China during the Sui dynasty (1127-1278)?
36 Which Pop artist combined oil paint with the photographic image in his Portrait of Gaitskell as a Monster of Filmland (1963)?
37 Hannibal's siege of which location near Valencia in Spain precipitated the Second Punic War with Rome?
38 Who was the last monarch to reside at Hampton Court Palace?
39 Which animal, scientifically known as Potamochoerus porcus, lives in Africa, south of the Sahara?
40 Executed in 1947, what position was held by Rudolf Franz Hoess from 1940-43?
41 Lying on the river Mataniko, which port on the north-west coast of Guadalcanal Island is the capital of the Solomon Islands?
42 Who composed the 1910 musical fairy opera Kongiskinder/King's Children?
43 Known for being passive traps, what common name is given to the insectivorous plants Nepenthes and Sarracenia?
44 What was renamed the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1965?
45 The female "pheasant-tailed" Asian species of which wading bird, also called the lily trotter, has a "harem" of 2-4 males?
46 Given the Latin name Panthera onca, what is the largest species of cat in the Americas?
47 The Karamanli dynasty established the virtual independence of which country from the Ottomans in 1711, though control was reasserted in 1835?
48 Which German chemist (1803-73) introduced the theory of compound radicals and discovered chloroform and chloral, and demonstrated that plants absorb minerals and water from the soil and postulated that the carbon used by plants comes from carbon dioxide rather than the soil?
49 Which constellation on the celestial equator adjoining Scorpius was once considered part of it, and was seen as the scorpion's claws?
50 The compound, mercury fulminate, is primarily used for what?
Answers to BH135
1 Shanghai 2 Moscow 3 Blue Noses 4 Hugo Chavez 5 Ecuador 6 Ramallah 7 Giorgio Armani 8 Durga 9 Live Nation 10 BP 11 Sunday Telegraph 12 Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan 13 Ronnie Hazlehurst 14 Rush 15 London Philharmonic 16 Screen Nation awards 17 Joyce Johnson 18 30 Rock 19 Devils on the Doorstep 20 Reese Witherspoon 21 The call to prayer 22 Zither 23 Solveig Slettahjell 24 Janacek 25 Croatia 26 Reinhard Keiser 27 Jennifer Lopez 28 Russell Mulcahy 29 Patton Oswalt 30 Anne Wiazemsky 31 Galileo 32 Gambia 33 Leixlip 34 Guatemala 35 Hangzhou 36 Richard Hamilton 37 Seguntum (now Sagunto) 38 George II 39 River hog 40 Commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp 41 Honiara 42 Engelbert Humperdinck 43 Pitcher plants 44 The Inquisition 45 Jacana 46 Jaguar 47 Libya 48 (Baron von) Justus Liebig 49 Libra 50 Explosives (used in detonators and percussion caps)
1 A disciple of occultist George Gurdjieff from 1914 but with whom he broke in 1924, which Russian mystic expanded his former mentor's ideas in terms of dimensions of space and time and published such works as In Search of the Miraculous?
2 Which dynasty established Parthia as the leading power in the Persian empire from 250BC to 230AD?
3 The Polish Slavic tribes under which ruler and leader of the Piast dynasty adopted Christianity and united the region around Poznan to form the first Polish state in 966AD?
4 In music, what form of 1950s serialism, in which melody and harmony are replaced by complexes of isolated tones, was inspired by Webern and adopted by Messiaen, Boulez, Nono, Stockhausen and Stravinsky?
5 Pik Pobeda is the highest peak (at 7439m) in which mountain range?
6 Which Scottish Neo-Classical architect was responsible for much of the design of Edinburgh New Town in the early 19th century, including such Greek-style buildings as the Royal Scottish Academy (1822) and National Gallery of Scotland (1850) that helped make the city the "Athens of the North"?
7 Launched in the US in 1845, the Rainbow was the first ship of which type?
8 Which French ship became the first boat to be powered by a diesel engine in 1902?
9 What is the Gaelic name for the goal in shinty?
10 Who retired in February 1990 after finishing 4th on Patchy Groundfog at Santa Anita, California?
11 In which winter sport might a competitor adopt "The Boklov"?
12 Standing on the site of an ancient town destroyed by an earthquake in the 5th century and reduced to rubble yet again by a 1963 earthquake, which city was taken in 1282 by the Serbian king Milutin, who made it his capital?
13 The US space station Skylab was launched on May 14, 1973 and was made from the adapted upper stage of which type of rocket?
14 The protagonist of Jack Kerouac's 1958 novel The Dharma Bums, which US poet's works include Earth House Hold (1969) and the Pulitzer prize-winning collection Turtle Island (1974)?
15 What sort of dessert are Portugal's pasteis de nata?
16 Anibare Bay is said to be the best beach found in which Pacific nation?
17 From what is the clear Korean alcoholic drink, soju, made?
18 Which South Korean location was the ancient capital of the Silla kingdom?
19 What is the traditional dress of the Korean people called?
20 What is the earliest eon in the history of the earth, from the time of the accretion of planetary material c.4600 million years ago to the date of the oldest rocks and hence the start of the geological record c. 3800 million years ago?
21 What sort of electrical activity recording is an EOG?
22 Where in the human body are the glands known as the "crypts of Lieberkuhn" found?
23 Covering the dentine of the root of a tooth below the level of the gum, what thin layer of bony material fixes teeth to the jaw?
24 Which Pope proclaimed the Fourth (1202-4) and the Fifth (1217-21) Crusades?
25 Originating in Malaysia, which yellow fruit has the scientific name Citrus maxima?
26 In which city are the newspapers, Apogevmatini and Avriani, published?
27 General Juan N Alvarez international airport serves which Mexican city?
28 In which modern day country is Stagira, the birthplace of Aristotle (in 384BC)?
29 A leading member of the Vienna Circle of logical positivists who dismissed traditional metaphysics as a source of meaningless answers to pseudo-problems, which German-American philosopher (1891-1970) published the works Der logische Aufbau der Welt (1928), Logische Syntax der Sprache (1934), Meaning and Necessity (1947) and The Logical Foundations of Probability (1950)?
30 Portrayed in Plato's eponymous dialogue, which Greek philosopher, born in Leontini, Sicily c.485(-380BC) advocated an extreme form of scepticism/nihilism that contended nothing exists, that if it did it would be unknowable, that if it were knowable it would be incommunicable to others?
31 Which old man and wife were the only ones to entertain the Greek gods Zeus and Hermes when they visited earth to test people's hospitality, and were saved from a flood and made priest and priestess in return for their kindness?
32 Represented as a young girl wearing a rubber mask and a crescent-shaped ornament in her nose, Tlazolteotl was the Aztec goddess of what?
33 Consort of Zeus and mother of the Horae and the Moerae, who was the Greek goddess of established law and justice?
34 Which Icelandic director's film Children of Nature tells the story of an elderly couple forced into a retirement home in Reykjavik?
35 The Hungarian dish, toltott kaposzta, consists of the leaves of which vegetable rolled and stuffed with rice and meat?
36 Author of The Getting of Wisdom (1910) and Ultima Thule (1929), what male pseudonym was adopted by the Australian novelist Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson?
37 The Australian, Layne Beachley, won the first of many women's World Professional Championship titles in 1998 in which sport?
38 Which Norse god of the sea was a giant who collected dead sailors in his hall on the island of Hlesey?
39 Which of Jesus' disciples is called "the Canaanite" in Matthew and Mark?
40 In which European capital can you visit the Gellert Thermal Baths and Szechenyi Baths, as well as cross the Chain Bridge and visit the Blaha Luiza Square?
41 Which major immovable Christian feast day is celebrated on September 8?
42 By what English name do we know the Japanese festival "Oshogatsu"?
43 The Islamic festival of Laylat al-Qadr falls on 27 Ramadan and commemorates the sending down of the Koran to Muhammad. What name is it commonly given in English?
44 The Norwegian men, Peter Thoresen and Bjornar Valstad, and their fellow countrywomen Annichen Kringstad Svensson and Hanne Staff, are all former individual world champions in which sport?
45 In which year was the Monte Carlo Rally, the world's leading rally, first held?
46 In the 1969 Tour de France, who won the major prize in all three sections - overall, points classification and King of the Mountains?
47 Setting 16 world records, which German woman athlete broke the 400m world record seven times (the last of which still stands)?
48 Ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky finished his playing career with which team in 1999?
49 Increasingly common during the 1960s, which two-word phrase describes the illegal practice of sending unsolicited goods through the post and invoicing the recipient if they are not returned within a specified time?
50 Which movement was introduced into Britain in 1915 by a Canadian, Mrs Alfred Watt, who founded a branch in Anglesey?
Answers to BH136
1 Peter Ouspensky 2 Arsacid 3 Mieszko I 4 Pointillism 5 Tian Shan 6 William Henry Playfair 7 Clipper 8 Petit-Pierre 9 Hail 10 Willie Shoemaker 11 Ski-jumping (aka V-style technique) 12 Skopje 13 Saturn V 14 Gary Snyder 15 Custard tarts 16 Nauru 17 Potatoes 18 Gyeongju 19 Hanbok 20 Hadean 21 Electro-olfactogram 22 Small intestine 23 Cement 24 Innocent III 25 Pomelo 26 Athens 27 Acapulco 28 Macedonia 29 Rudolf Carnap 30 Gorgias 31 Philemon & Baucis 32 Lust 33 Themis 34 Fridrik Thor Fridriksson 35 Cabbage 36 Harry Handel Richardson 37 Surfing 38 Aegir 39 Simon the Zealot 40 Budapest 41 Birthday of Virgin Mary 42 New Year 43 Night of Power 44 Orienteering 45 1911 46 Eddy Merckx 47 Marita Koch 48 New York Rangers 49 Inertia selling 50 Women's Institute