Welcome back for another 30 questions!
1. Which of Shakespeare's plays opens with the line, "Proceed, Solinus, to procure my fall"?
2. Which French dessert, often served at weddings, is a high cone of profiteroles bound with caramel and decorated with chocolate and has a name meaning 'crunch in the mouth'?
3. Located at the Southern end of the Mariana Trench, what is the name given to the deepest point in the Pacific Ocean?
4. Lasting for twelve days in August 1914, the first major battle of the First World War saw the Germans capture which Belgian city ?
5. In Greek mythology, who was the equivalent of the Biblical Noah who was told to build an ark for he and his wife, Pyrrha, in order to ensure the survival of one pair of humans?
6. Who was the American Democratic Senator, known as 'The Kingfish', who was assassinated in the Capitol Building in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1935?
7. A copy of which of his albums had John Lennon signed for his killer, Mark Chapman, on the day of his assassination?
8. In the human body, what is the scientific name for the bone in the neck, commonly known as the lingual bone, that is the only bone not to be connected to any other bone?
9. Who was the hapless Glamorgan bowler when Garfield Sobers hit his famous six sixes from one over in 1968?
10. Matthew Murdock is the alter-ego of which superhero?
11. Which French novelist was the lover of the composer Frederic Chopin, whom she left as he was dying from tuberculosis?
12. Said to have been the final meal of François Mitterrand, what is the common name of the small songbird, Emberiza hortulana, illegally captured and force-fed, before being drowned in Armagnac, roasted and eaten whole by French gastronomes?
13. What term is traditionally applied to one of a number of so-called "tri-racial isolate" groups of the Southeastern United States, found mainly in Eastern Tennessee, Southwestern Virginia, and Eastern Kentucky, noted for their dark skin and Aryan features?
14. Who was the American career criminal who in January 1977 became the first person to be executed in the United States after the reinstation of the death penalty?
15. What is the name of the narrator, and supposed author, of a cycle of poems that the 18th Century Scottish poet James MacPherson claimed to have translated from ancient Scots Gaelic sources?
16. In 1694, he became the first governor of the Bank of England and, as of 2006, his portrait appears on the back of the £50 note; who is he?
17. What was the name of the rock group formed by former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic that released one eponymous album in 1995?
18. The adjective 'accipitrine' refers to which bird?
19. Which Latin phrase, meaning 'winner of the games', is the name often given to the trophy presented to the victorious teams at rowing regattas and public school sports days?
20. Geoffrey Rush won an Academy Award for his portrayal of which Australian pianist in the 1996 film 'Shine'?
21. What was the pen-name adopted by the German novelist and philosopher Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg who wrote 'Hymns to the Night', translated into English by the theologian George MacDonald in 1897?
22. Which South American liquor, distilled from grapes and brandy, is the most widely consumed spirit in Peru and Chile?
23. In 1999, which became the newest of the territories of Canada when it was officially separated from the vast Northwest Territories?
24. From the 14th Century to the 18th Century which country was known as 'Lang Xang', translated as 'The Land of a Million Elephants'?
25. Which Christian religious order was founded by Saint Norbet in 1120?
26. What is the name of the independent boarding school in Edinburgh whose famous alumni include Iain MacLeod and Tony Blair?
27. What is the stage name used by the Nigerian-born pop singer Helen Folasade Adu?
28. The youngest person ever to give birth, for which there is verifiable medical evidence, is a Peruvian girl named Lina Medina who gave birth at what age?
29. Who was the Colombian footballer who was murdered after scoring an own goal whilst playing for his country during the 1994 World Cup?
30. Between 1968 and 1999, what was the pseudonym used by any Hollywood film director who wished not to be credited with a particular film?
Okay then. Hope you found that lot enjoyable. I'll be back next Tuesday with another batch. Till then...
1. THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
3. CHALLENGER DEEP
6. HUEY LONG
7. DOUBLE FANTASY
8. HYOID BONE
9. MALCOLM NASH
11. GEORGE SAND
12. ORTOLAN (or ORTOLAN BUNTING)
14. GARY GILMORE
16. JOHN HOUBLON
17. SWEET 75
19. VICTOR LUDORUM
20. DAVID HELFGOTT
26. FETTES COLLEGE
29. ANDRÉS ESCOBAR
30. ALAN SMITHEE