Tuesday, 29 May 2007

THE 11th TUESDAY QUIZ

Here we are again. Hope you enjoy.

1. In Wagner's opera 'Das Rheingold', what was the name of the dwarf who stole the gold from the Rhine maidens?
2. Lord Derby, Lord Kitchener and Queen of Hearts are all varieties of which fruit?
3. Which Asian capital city, with a name meaning 'muddy river mouth', is situated at the confluence of the rivers Klang and Gombak?
4. Which English buccaneer, sea captain and scientific observer became, in 1701, the first person to circumnavigate the globe twice?
5. According to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, who was compelled by the Romans to carry the cross of Jesus as he was taken to his crucifixion?
6. Joseph McCarthy was a senator for which American state from 1947-1957?
7. Which American rock star survived the car crash that killed Eddie Cochran in April 1960?
8. Geologists believe that during the Palaeozoic and Mesozoic eras all the world’s landmass existed as a super continent, only later, during the Jurassic period, breaking into the separate continents we know today. What name is given to this hypothetical super continent?
9. Having won nine Olympic medals which country, with a population of 33,000, has won more Olympic medals per capita than any other?
10. The British sit-com 'Drop the Dead Donkey' was set in the offices of which news organisation?
11. Which Danish philosopher is regarded as the ‘Father of Existentialism’ and wrote the influential book 'Either/Or', in which he explored the phases of existence?
12. Which plant, used as a vegetable or ground in a condiment, is alternatively known as 'Red Cole'?
13. England's shortest county boundary stretches just 19 metres between Lincolnshire and which county?
14. Who was murdered by William Walworth, the Lord Mayor of London, on 15th July 1381?
15. Deriving ultimately from the Arabic for 'easterners', which word was used by the Romans to describe a nomadic Arab tribe from the Sinai Desert, and later, to describe any Muslim?
16. What is the name of the autonomous police force of the Basque Country?
17. Which group of the 1960s was the first group to have its first three singles all reach number one in the UK charts?
18. There are 11 chemical elements that were known in prehistoric times: gold, silver, carbon, copper, iron, mercury, lead, sulphur and tin were nine of those. Name the other two.
19. Since the inauguration of the Open Era in 1968, which tennis player holds the record for appearing in the most men's singles Grand Slam finals?
20. Which enfant terrible of American art directed the 2000 film 'Before Night Falls', starring Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp?
21. In the poems of Edward Lear, which creature wore a hat that was 102ft wide?
22. Which fruit, native to South America, is sometimes called the tree tomato because of its superficial resemblance to the tomato?
23. Which country became landlocked after losing its corridor to the sea after the War of the Pacific in 1884?
24. Which European capital city was known to the Romans as Aquincum?
25. What is the name of the vessel in which Holy Communion bread is carried?
26. Which Central American country adopted the US dollar as its official unit of currency in 2001?
27. Which famous singer featured, although uncredited, with Meat Loaf in the hit duet 'Dead Ringer For Love' in 1981?
28. The giant bird Dinornis robustus, found on New Zealand, was unique in the bird kingdom in having no wings. It stood at up to 10ft tall but was hunted to extinction around 1500 by early Polynesian settlers. By what name is this bird commonly known?
29. The governing body of which sport is called the Federation Internationale d'Escrime?
30. Stephen Fry's 2003 film 'Bright Young Things' was a screen adaptation of which of Evelyn Waugh's novels?


And you like? To the answers:


1. ALBERICH
2. GOOSEBERRY
3. KUALA LUMPUR
4. WILLIAM DAMPIER
5. SIMON OF CYRENE
6. WISCONSIN
7. GENE VINCENT
8. PANGAEA
9. LIECHTENSTEIN
10. GLOBELINK NEWS
11. S├śREN KIERKEGAARD
12. HORSERADISH
13. NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
14. WAT TYLER
15. SARACEN
16. ERZAINTZA
17. GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS
18. ANTIMONY and ARSENIC
19. IVAN LENDL
20. JULIAN SCHNABEL
21. QUANGLE WANGLE
22. TAMARILLO
23. BOLIVIA
24. BUDAPEST
25. PYX
26. EL SALVADOR
27. CHER
28. MOA
29. FENCING
30. VILE BODIES