Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Just, you know, putting them out there... (if you want to have a look at a quiz before the Euros that might make you feel stupid, dim-witted and ignorant of all the world contains, hey, you're welcome!)
1 Which German "City of Blades" is renowned for the manufacture of swords, knives, razors and scissors by such firms as DOVO, Wüsthof, J.A. Henckels and Böker?
2 In 1817, Jeremiah Brandreth "The Nottingham Captain" became one of the last people to be beheaded with an axe in Britain for leading which uprising?
3 Londonderry Island at the western end of the Beagle Channel was named by which ship captain and descendant of the Marquis of Londonderry?
4 Which Minister-President of the Austrian Empire, from 1848 to 1852, restored the Habsburg Empire as a European great power following the Revolutions of 1848?
5 Which creator of Scrooge McDuck was called "the Hans Christian Andersen of comic books" by cartoonist Will Eisner?
6 Who created the visionary environment known as Salvation Mountain in the Colorado Desert in California?
7 Which jockey rode the last two Kentucky Derby winners, American Pharaoh and California Chrome?
8 What is the only football club to win four Copa Libertadores finals in a row, between 1972 and 1975?
9 Which Chairman of the Federation Council since 2011 is considered the highest-ranking female politician in Russia?
10 Which French singer rose to prominence in the early 1980s with hit songs like Gaby oh Gaby and Vertige l'amour?
11 The USSR wanted to name Rutherfordium, element 104, after which father of the Soviet nuclear bomb?
12 The title of which band's 1969 debut LP Pickin' Up the Pieces refers to the break-up of Buffalo Springfield?
13 Which conglomerate, founded in 1948 by Shin Kyuk-ho, is named after a character in The Sorrows of Young Werther?
14 Killed in a 1981 road accident, which motorcycle legend's pall bearers included James Hunt, John Surtees and Giacomo Agostini?
15 Which Dutchman's most famous portrait is his 1642 half-length portrayal of Gerard Andriesz Bicker, the rather plump son of Andries Bicker, the mayor of Amsterdam?
16 Entering service in 1956, which short-range AAM is the most widely used missile in the West?
17 Nicknamed "The General", which US TV pioneer is credited with an eponymous law that states the value of a broadcast network is proportional to the number of viewers?
18 In 2008, who became the first French act singing in English to top the French album chart, with A Mouthful?
19 Founded in Osaka in 1947, which Japanese football team began as the club of Sumitomo Metal Industries?
20 What is Australia's Thunder from Down Under?
21 In 1535, Angela Merici and 28 companions founded the Company of which female saint, whose martyrdom Hans Memling depicted on a shrine?
22 Nigel, Marianne, Debbie, Eliza, Donnie and Darwin the chimp form which animated family?
23 Who composed the jazz drumming soundtrack for the Oscar-winning film Birdman?
24 The libretto for Alexander von Zemlinsky's opera Der Zwerg / The Dwarf was adapted from which Oscar Wilde short story?
25 Which citrus soft drink's original formula was invented in 1940 by Tennessee beverage bottlers Barney and Ally Hartman?
26 Extending all five fingers and presenting the palm towards a person, the Moutza is a traditional insult gesture in which country?
27 What does the Indonesian game of panjat pinang involve?
28 Rainer Maria Rilke, the husband of her friend Clara Westhoff, wrote the poem Requiem for a Friend in memory of which painter?
29 The three crew members of which 1971 Soviet space mission are the only humans to have died outside the Earth's atmosphere?
30 Which Sri Lankan holds the record for most Test runs scored batting at number 11?
31 Which attempted US state was set up at Jonesborough in 1784, with John Sevier as its first and only governor?
32 Ottoman sultan Mehmed II supposedly beheaded a slave to show which Venetian painter that his depiction of John the Baptist's severed head was unrealistic?
33 Which L.A. Philharmonic conductor (1933-39) was Mahler's assistant during the premiere of the Symphony of a Thousand?
34 Which Scottish yachtsman was the first person to sail single-handed non-stop westwards around the world?
35 A gilded Budweiser carton, Fiat Veritas or Let There Be Truth is a 2013 work by which Vietnamese-born Danish artist?
36 Based on Chip Kidd's cover illustration for Michael Crichton's novel, which logo was originally designed by Sandy Corolla?
37 The documentary Maidentrip is about which 14-year-old Dutch sailor's solo two-year voyage around the world?
38 Which Flight of the Conchords actor plays lifeguard and leg model Terry Pole and various other characters in the TV show Short Poppies?
39 Which French deep-house DJ had a 2015 European hit with Goodbye (featuring Lyse)?
40 Which Uruguayan winger scored the decisive goal in the final match of the 1950 World Cup?
41 On which island is Martin Gusinde Anthropological Museum, the southernmost museum in the world?
42 Who is the only US soldier to be court-martialled and executed for desertion since the American Civil War?
43 The gin sling has been attributed to which famous bartender of the Limmer's Hotel, London?
44 Which westernmost cluster of the Caroline Islands opted for independence in 1978?
45 Which lawyer and crime author wrote the Helen West novels and Sarah Fortune novels?
46 The 1959 nudist comedy The Immoral Mr. Teas was which director's first feature?
47 Molotov Man was a photo taken by Susan Meiselas during which 1979 revolution?
48 Which Middle Eastern country is by far the world's largest producer of pistachios and saffron?
49 Which space station will be launched in 2256 as the "last, best hope for peace"?
50 Which Italian architect created a chapel, believed to be the most expensive ever created, for Igreja de Sao Roque Jesuit church in Lisbon?
51 Setting a new world record, who defeated Emil Zatopek and Chris Chatway in the 5000m at the 1954 European Championships?
52 Named after the self-proclaimed psychic (1904-97) who was born Lydia Emma Pinckert, what is the "Jeane Dixon effect"?
53 Which Geneva cathedral is known as the adopted home church of John Calvin?
54 Which Los Angeles landmark was called Nuestro Pueblo by its Italian-American artist creator Simon Rodia?
55 Which wife of Romulus was the only married woman carried off during the Rape of the Sabine Women?
Answers to BH165
1 Solingen 2 Pentrich rising 3 Robert FitzRoy, captain of HMS Beagle 4 Prince Felix of Schwarzenberg 5 Carl Barks 6 Leonard Knight 7 Victor Espinoza 8 Independiente 9 Valentina Matviyenko 10 Alain Bashung 11 Igor Kurchatov 12 Poco 13 Lotte Group 14 Mike Hailwood 15 Bartholomeus van der Helst 16 AIM-9 Sidewinder 17 Sarnoff's law - named after David Sarnoff 18 The Dø 19 Kashima Antlers 20 Male revue - rivals of the Chippendales 21 St. Ursula or Ursulines 22 The Wild Thornberrys 23 Antonio Sanchez 24 The Birthday of the Infanta 25 Mountain Dew 26 Greece 27 Climbing a greased pole to win a wheel of prizes at its top 28 Paula Modersohn-Becker 29 Soyuz 11 (Union 11) - the dead cosmonauts were Georgy Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov and Viktor Patsayev 30 Muttiah Muralitharan 31 Franklin 32 Gentile Bellini 33 Otto Klemperer 34 Chay Blyth - in 1971 on the 59-foot boat British Steel 35 Danh Vo 36 Jurassic Park 37 Laura Dekkers 38 Rhys Darby 39 Feder / Hadrien Federiconi 40 Alcide Ghiggia - who scored the winner in the 2-1 victory over Brazil 41 Isla Navarino 42 Eddie Slovik (1920-45) 43 John Collins 44 Palau 45 Frances Fylfield 46 Russ Meyer 47 Nicaraguan Revolution 48 Iran 49 Babylon 5 50 Nicola Salvi 51 Vladimir Kuts 52 The tendency to promote a few correct predictions while ignoring a larger number of incorrect predictions 53 St. Pierre Cathedral 54 Watts Towers 55 Hersilia