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1. Carlo Broschi was, perhaps, the most famous castrato singer of the 18th Century; by what stage name was he better known?
2. What was the first name of Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame?
3. What is the Polynesian name given to the famous carved statues found on Easter Island?
4. Who was the 10-year old child pretender to the throne of England during the time of Henry VII who was claimed, falsely, to be the Earl of Warwick?
5. According to the Book of Revelation, which city in modern-day Israel will be the site of the Armageddon?
6. Signed in 1373, and still current today, with which country did England sign the world's longest continuous treaty of friendship?
7. Reaching number 1 in the UK charts in 1957, which was the only one of Elvis Presley's number 1 hits for which he was given a writing credit?
8. What is the common name for the species of large cattle, Bos primigenius, once prevalent in Europe, that was hunted to extinction in 1627?
9. The players of which American baseball team were banned for life in 1921 after being accused of accepting bribes to throw the 1919 World Series?
10. The Stephen Sondheim musical 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum' is based on the farces of which ancient Roman playwright?
11. What is the Italian name for the painting technique, particularly associated with Leonardo da Vinci, that refers to the blending of colours or tones so subtly that there is no perceptible transition between them?
12. The cherimoya is a South American fruit that is better known in the UK by what name?
13. In terms of area, which is the world's largest landlocked country?
14. Which of the Seven Wonders of the World stood at Halicarnassus?
15. What is the name of the traditional black robe worn by Iranian women?
16. Which Egyptian pharaoh, daughter of Thutmose I, ruled in the 15th Century BC and is the world's earliest known female head of state?
17. Which song, released in August 1963, was the best selling single in the UK of the 1960s?
18. This American microbiologist invented more vaccines than any other scientist in history including those for measles, mumps, chickenpox, hepatitis and meningitis. It is estimated that his work has saved more lives than that of any other scientist. Who is this man who died in 2005?
19. Which football team were the beaten finalists in the first ever FA Cup final in 1872?
20. On which fictional island was King Kong captured in the 1933 film of the same name?
21. Which Swiss semiotician, whose best known work is 'Course on General Linguistics', is regarded as the 'father of structural linguistics'?
22. Which genus of pufferfish, containing a lethal amount of the poison tetrodotoxin, is considered a delicacy in Japan?
23. Which is the only Canadian province to have both French and English as official languages?
24. What is the name given to the popular uprising by Roman Catholics in Yorkshire led by Robert Aske in 1536?
25. In classical mythology, what was the name of the fluid, corresponding to blood, that flowed through the veins of the gods?
26. Who was the only American President to have been born on Independence Day?
27. What was the name of the American singer-songwriter, best known for his 1994 debut album 'Grace', who drowned whilst swimming in a tributary of the Mississippi River in 1997?
28. Which two wild birds are not found anywhere other than the British Isles?
29. Who was the 18th Century writer who published the first authoritative treatises on the rules of whist, backgammon, quadrille, piquet and brag?
30. What was the name of the taxi company in the American TV series 'Taxi'?
Better now? To the answers...
4. LAMBERT SIMNEL
7. ALL SHOOK UP
9. CHICAGO WHITE SOX
12. CUSTARD APPLE
14. THE MAUSOLEUM OF MAUSSOLLOS
17. SHE LOVES YOU
18. MAURICE HILLEMAN
19. ROYAL ENGINEERS
20. SKULL ISLAND
21. FERDINAND DE SAUSSURE
22. FUGU (or TAKIFUGU)
23. NEW BRUNSWICK
24. THE PILGRIMAGE OF GRACE
26. CALVIN COOLIDGE
27. JEFF BUCKLEY
28. RED GROUSE and SCOTTISH CROSSBILL
29. EDMOND HOYLE
30. SUNSHINE CAB COMPANY