Hello again. Let us take another wander down trivia lane. Where will it lead, I wonder?
1. Which American composer wrote 'The Stars and Stripes Forever' and 'The Washington Post'?
2. When it was introduced to Europe from Latin America in the sixteenth century this fruit was thought to be poisonous and prized only for its flowers; which fruit?
3. Hilbre Island is a wildlife sanctuary found at the mouth of the estuary of which river?
4. What was the name of the Bosnian Serb who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914?
5. Deriving from the Ancient Hebrew for 'raw material', what name is given to the animated being created entirely from inanimate matter found in Jewish folklore?
6. Stanislav Shushkevich became the first President of which of the former Soviet States in 1991?
7. In 1983, 'Only You' became the first a capella number 1 hit in the UK; which group recorded it?
8. Bubo virginianus, a large owl native to the Americas, is, as a result of its almost non-existent sense of smell, the only creature to routinely hunt skunks. What is its common name?
9. How many points are needed to win a standard game of cribbage?
10. Which famous actor was left permanently disfigured after he was involved in a serious car accident in 1956 whilst filming the movie 'Raintree County'?
11. In the novel by Anne Brontë, what was the name of the Tenant of Wildfell Hall?
12. Which vegetable is the primary ingredient in the Sicilian vegetable spread called caponata?
13. Inhabitants of which country, refer to their nation as Druk Yul, which translates as 'Land of the Thunder Dragon'?
14. What was the name of the hard-drinking racing driver who was murdered by his lover Ruth Ellis in Hampstead in 1955?
15. In Greek mythology, what was the name of the never-sleeping, hundred headed dragon that guarded the golden apples in the Garden of the Hesperides?
16. Which is the only member of the Commonwealth never to have been a British colony or dependency at any time in its history?
17. Which American country singer, who toured with her daughters as backing singers, was known as the 'Mother of Country Music'?
18. Which astronomic unit of measurement is equal to 3.26 light years?
19. In which French town was the first Winter Olympic Games held in 1924?
20. Which composer wrote the scores for Sergei Eisenstein's films 'Ivan the Terrible' and 'Alexander Nevsky'?
21. Which talented but massively arrogant German-born portrait painter, who died in 1723 having painted every English monarch from Charles II to George II, stated that the world would have been a better place had God consulted him at the Creation?
22. Which rich sauce made from egg yolks, butter, shallots, tarragon, chervil and wine vinegar is named after a region of South West France?
23. Which island off the westernmost tip of the Isles of Scilly is famous for its lighthouse and is listed in 'The Guinness Book of Records' as the smallest island in the world?
24. In which town at the foot of the Berkshire Downs in Oxfordshire is King Alfred the Great said to have been born?
25. In the Bible, who was the eldest son of Cain?
26. In which city was the Organisation of African Unity founded in 1963?
27. Which pop group, that had hits in the 1990s with 'Glory Box' and 'All Mine', are named after a small town in Somerset?
28. What name is given to the order of mammals, including the platypus and the echidna, that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young like marsupials and placental mammals?
29. The world record for which men's athletics event is the only world record of any event never to have been broken at an Olympic Games?
30. Who wrote the novella upon which the 1991 film 'The Ballad of the Sad Cafe', starring Vanessa Redgrave, was based?
Satisfied? You knew them all, didn't you? Well, some I hope! The answers, then:
1. JOHN PHILIP SOUSA
4. GAVRILO PRINCIP
7. FLYING PICKETS
8. GREAT HORNED OWL
10. MONTGOMERY CLIFT
11. HELEN GRAHAM
14. DAVID BLAKELEY
17. MAYBELLE CARTER
20. SERGEI PROKOFIEV
21. GODFREY KNELLER
23. BISHOP ROCK
26. ADDIS ABABA
28. MONOTREMES (or MONOTREMATA)
30. CARSON McCULLERS